December 31, 2012

New collections by Glitz Design

Happy New Year's Eve scrappers! Just in case you've been itching to see the new Winter CHA releases for Glitz Design like I have, here's a peek! Aren't they amazing? The "Color Me Happy" and "Unchanted Waters" are my top favorites, but I love them all!!! Which ones are you liking. Wait til you see them in full on the Glitz Design blog this week. You won't want to miss it! I especially love the roller stamps!!






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Zva Creative December DT Blog Hop!

Happy New Year to you! ZvaCreative and our talented NEW 2013 Design Team welcome you to our December blog hop where we officially welcome our new team members to our monthly hops! We are very excited about this year's team and are sure that you will be inspired by and love their work.Are you ready to hop along and get to know them better?

Today's Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's blog! Be sure head on over to check it out! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way).

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings of pearls, flowers and crystals. If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.

I am so honored to be back for another term. I just love Zva Creative's bling. Whenever I feel I am missing something on my projects, I go through my Zva Creative Bling! Notice how I've used bling on a boy layout? This just goes to show how bling fits for just about any themed layout.


If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path. I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to beinspired along the way!
The Blog Hop starts today, December 31st and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, January 1st.
***Prizes***
Hidden on FIVE of the designer's blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Blog Hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, January 2nd on Zva Creative's blog. We will do our best to notify each winner,but it's best if you can pop in to Zva's blog on Wednesday to see if you are a winner!

We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize! To increase your chances of winning:
* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted"about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products. If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.
*Hop over to Zva's facebook page and "like" our page or leave a comment there to tell us that you already do!

The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative's blog. Your next stop is Carole. Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on January 28th for our next Zva design team blog hop!
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December 30, 2012

Top 10 layouts for 2012

Hello everyone! Can you believe that 2013 is almost here? Where has the time gone? Today, I just wanted to share with you my top 10 "favorite" layouts of 2012! Just looking at these layouts makes me very happy!










 
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December 27, 2012

Pink isn't just for baby girls...

Hello scrappers! Nicole here. I must say that I absolutely love the "Hello Friend" collection. I can't get enough of it. My favorite part about this collection is the soft pinks! This is the perfect collection to scrap those friendship pictures, as well as babies!

 
Supplies:
Glitz Design "Hello Friend" Papers
Glitz Design "Hello Friend" Layered stickers
Glitz Design "Hello Friend" Crepe ribbon
Glitz Design "Hello Friend" Jewels
Glitz Design "Hello Friend" Whatnots
Glitz Design "Hello Friend" Glitzers

Supplies:
Glitz Design "Hello Friend" Papers
Glitz Design "Hello Friend" Epoxy Stickers
Glitz Design "Hello Friend" Decorative Tape
Glitz Design "Hello Friend" Crepe ribbon
Glitz Design "Hello Friend" Peek-A-Boos
Glitz Design "Hello Friend" Garland
Glitz Design "Hello Friend" Jewels
Glitz Design "Hello Friend" Whatnots
Glitz Design "Hello Friend" Glitzers
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December 17, 2012

Handmade Christmas cards made easy.

I hate to say it but Christmas is literally right around the corner! I am almost done my Christmas shopping and everything that I've bought so far is wrapped! Go me! So I'm waiting on the last few gifts to arrive by mail... Oh did you think I went out on black Friday to do my shopping? Heck no... not me. Anyways, here's a little project to help you get your cards completed! Forget about spending $1 per card and make your own!


Supplies: Plain White Envelopes by Staples, Photo paper by Staples, Papers and embellishments by Glitz Design, Corrugated alphas: American Crafts, Ribbon: May Arts, Mini stapler: Tim Holtz


Using your trimmer, cut a piece of pattern paper to 4x6 to use as your base.

 
Staple a piece of ribbon to 3 3/4"X5 3/4"white cardstock and adhere  it to the center of the base. Attach a 3 3/4"x3" photo to the front of the card.
 
 
Attach the embellishments as shown.
 

Once you've created the card, scan the card, crop out the background. Print the cards on photo paper and mail them out! This is a quick and easy solution for your Christmas cards and will only cost you about 10 cents per card after you buy your supplies, rather then spending a great deal of money on boring cards.


I love how my card turned out and I hope I inspired you in some way with this tutorial! If you're looking for more inspiration, be sure to check out the following blogs today!
Sandy
Virginia
Erin
Jennifer



 
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December 12, 2012

Playing with Lawn Fawn products

Hello scrappers! When I found out that we would be partnering up with Lawn Fawn for the week, I got a little giddy because it meant that I would be given a chance to play with their fabulous product. Yay! Being a book worm, I decided to play with their “Check this out” stamps and papers. I LOVE these papers and since I couldn’t decide on a few of the patterns from the scrap pack, I decided to use bits and pieces from all of the papers. :-) Also, I used the stamps to create my title and a cute little book at the bottom… I simply stamped an image onto patterned paper and cut it out to create my very own paper embellishment. Come and see what the other designers have done with Lawn Fawn this week over at the May Arts blog!


Cardstock: Creative Memories, Patterned paper: Lawn Fawn, Decorative tape: Lawn Fawn, Ribbon: May Arts, Burlap: May Arts, Baker's Twine: May Arts, Acrylic stamps: Lawn Fawn, Paint: Tattered Angels, Corner rounder: Creative Memories, Star punch: Creative Memories, Heart border punch: Creative Memories, Adhesives: Creative Memories, Glue: Helmar.
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Happy holidays!

Hello scrappers. Nicole here with a two new Christmas layouts using the Joyeux Noel collection! I love the patterns and colors in this collection. For my first layout, I decided to scrap my favorite photos from last Christmas. Edward was so excited and I'm so glad I captured his excitement in one of the photos!

 
Supplies:

Glitz Design: Joyeux Noel Papers
Glitz Design: Joyeux Noel Large Rhinestones
Glitz Design: Joyeux Noel Whatnots
Glitz Design: Joyeux Noel Cardstock Stickers
Glitz Design: Joyeux Noel Paper Layers

And for my second project, I decided to scrap a family picture from my family's annual Wist Christmas party. Every year, the family gets together for Christmas and it's so nice to see everyone that we don't normally get to see during the year.

 
 
Supplies:

Glitz Design: Joyeux Noel Papers
Glitz Design: Joyeux Noel Large Rhinestones
Glitz Design: Joyeux Noel Whatnots
Glitz Design: Joyeux Noel Cardstock Stickers
Glitz Design: Joyeux Noel Paper Layers
Glitz Design: Joyeux Noel Layered Cardstock Stickers

Other:
Pearls: Zva Creative

Happy Holidays to you!
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December 10, 2012

Fun with paper strips

Hi everyone! I just wanted to share a layout that I created for SFTIO using their December "Release" kit. I loved this kit because it had lots of great things in it and the Crate Paper is to die for! I loved the different strips of pattern on the paper, so I decided to just cut them out and place them on my layout. I added a few stickers as well to add a bit more color to my layout.  I've been wanting to create a lyout using paper strips and the Crate Paper made it easy! The strips were already there in the paper, I just cut them out and adhered them to my layout. And as for the title, I just LOVE it. I hand-painted the title using a paint brush and the gold Ranger ink! I must admit, as I was painting the title on my layout, I had butterflies in my stomach... The layout was completely done... except for the title so I could have easily messed the entire layout up :) But, sometimes, trying something new can be fun!

 
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December 1, 2012

December SFTIO Kit

As the year draws to a close, what have you learned? The RELEASE kit is the perfect way to cap 2012. How was your year? Did you set goals and acomplish them all? Or like the rest of us, was your 2012 a mixed bag? This is a great time to treat yourself with kindness, forgive your HUMAN 'flaws' (not really flaws) and RELEASE what doesn't serve you. What can you let go of that will make your life easier, happier and more fulfilled in 2013?



With paper from Amy Tangerine/AC Ready Set Go, Crate Paper Acorn Avenue and Cosmo Cricket Jolly Days, you'll see a tiny nod to the season hidden in the stylish designs and patterns. We've added burlap banners for you to customize, border and tape stickers, vellum garland, gold embellished baker's twine, vinage wood birds and kraft butterflies...and that's just part of the list!

Come join us and look forward to all that is to come!
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November 26, 2012

Zva Creative November DT Blog Hop!

Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to our November Holiday Blog Hop!

The Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's blog! Be sure head on over to check it out! Leave a comment there for a chance to win an extra prize package just for visiting the blog and telling us that you stopped by! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way).

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. If you like what you see along the hop you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.



Supplies: Patterned paper: Transparency: Fabric stickers: Little Yellow Bicycle, Thickers: American Crafts, Ribbon: May Arts, Jewels: Zva Creative, Glue: Helmar, Corner rounder: Creative Memories.

For a dose of holiday inspiration from our design team, just follow along the blog path. I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!

The Blog Hop starts today, November 26th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, November 27th.

***Prizes***

Hidden on FIVE of the designer's blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Blog Hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 28th on Zva Creative's blog. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva's blog on Wednesday to see if you are a winner!

We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize! To increase your chances of winning:

* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products. If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.

*Hop over to Zva's blog and leave a comment there to tell us that you made it there!

The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative's blog. Your next stop is  Anna Zaprzelska. Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on December 31st forour next Zva blog hop!
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November 24, 2012

Elf on the shelf

Hello friends! Anyone doing this with their children? I just ordered my little elf from Amazon. I can't wait to torture Edward with this little guy. hehe.Let the fun times begin.
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November 20, 2012

SFTIO DT CALL!

Design Team Call!

Scrapbooking from the Inside Out, the inspirational source, kit club, and online community for scrapbookers who want to explore their inner lives and deepest thoughts and dreams is seeking a couple of new members to add to our amazing Design Team!

Our mission is to inspire women and girls to express themselves through meaningful artistic expression using the great tools of our industry.

Every month Scrapbooking from the Inside Out creates a kit that uses the freshest supplies along with symbolism that helps you tell your real story. Our industry-exclusive FREE Inspiration Page each month provides a multimedia support system - including deep journaling prompts, a music playlist, quotes, photos and evocative challenges to make tender hearts and creative minds and hands flow.

We will be taking submissions from now through November 28, 2012. Announcements will be made on or before November 30, 2012.

We are seeking talented designers (US and Canada only at this time, sorry!) who are passionate about scrapbooking and personal growth to share in this journey, to add to our team. As a Design Team member, you will serve a critical role in promoting the kits and the website on message boards, the blog, and representing the company where ever you can. We ask that our designers not hold design team positions with any other kit club or online scrapbooking retailer. Manufacturer design team appointments and teaching at your LSS are fine.

As a member of our Design Team, you will be asked to:
create 4 self-focused layouts using 80% materials from our kit each month and relating to the theme of the month
contribute one monthly article for special content (tips or techniques with step by step photos )
participate on our message boards at least 5 days per week
design for Inside Out for a 6-month term, beginning on December 1, 2012 (starting with the January 2013 Kit)
post your Inside Out LOs as requested by us at scrapbook community sites and on Facebook
submit your LOs for publication as requested

All projects made with the kit are yours to keep, and when used in the newsletter or on the website, you will be given full credit. We encourage you to submit your work for publication as long as you give Inside Out proper credit in the contents list.

Your compensation will be:
Free monthly kit, including shipping, for kit release months January - July 2013.
Paid admission to CHA-Winter 2013 in Anaheim (travel and hotel NOT included).
Recognition on our website with a link to your blog.
Publishing opportunities and featured blog opportunities based on SFTIO partnerships with manufacturers and celebrities.
Incredible friendships, publishing opportunities and creative insight into your heart!

To apply, please email the following to scrapbookingfromtheinsideout@gmail.com (subject: Design Team Submission - Your Name):

photos of 4 layouts of any size (they do not have to be new). All 4 projects should be about YOU and your inner world – your thoughts, feelings, dreams, fears
links to your online gallery, blog and/or resume, if available
your full contact information: name, phone number, email address, and mailing address
a short paragraph or two about why you want to be one of our designers – why this concept matters to you
a list of your current scrapbooking commitments – other DT work, etc.

We’re a passionate and creative team looking for like-minded people who love to share their thoughts and feelings using our craft and foster a supportive and welcoming community. We look forward to getting to know you!
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May Arts blog hop

Hello scrappers! Today the May Arts design team is featuring Helmar product throughout various blogs. This was my first time using Helmar product and I have to say, their adhesives/glues are super strong and I love how the glue dries so fast! Awesome product and I can't wait to buy some more! Yes, I love it that much.


Here is a layout that I created. I simply glued the ribbon down on the paper using the 450 Quick Dry Adhesive. This stuff is GREAT!


Here's a close up:

Supplies:Cardstock: Creative Memories, Patterned paper: Glitz Design, Stickers: Glitz Design, Garland: Glitz Design, Decorative tape: Glitz Design, Jewels: Glitz Design, Die cuts: Glitz Design, Ribbon: May Arts, Adhesives: Creative Memories, Glue: Helmar.

In case you get lost, here is the order of the hop today with links!' Comment on any stop along the way' the prize will be ribbon and adhesive.  Happy blog hopping!

• Karen Baker: http://thebalddragonfly.blogspot.com/
• Martha Richardson http://themermaidscloset.blogspot.com/
• Kendra Wiggins: http://scrappincricut.org/
• Lisa Wilkinson: http://www.createfor7.blogspot.com
• Leah Farrar-White: http://1alabasterowl.blogspot.com/
• Sally Lynn MacDonald: http://www.sallylynnmacdonald.com/
• Monica Edwards: http://scraps2treasure.blogspot.com/
• Amy Lassiter: http://sparklinggnome.wordpress.com
• Nicole Martel: http://www.nicolemartel.blogspot.com/
• Virginia Fynes: http://fynesdesigns.wordpress.com/

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November 19, 2012

Grateful

1. Grateful for my husband who continues to adore me and remind me that I’m annoying and nagging at times (giggles)…

2. Grateful for the Twilight series… it made me feel young again 

3. Grateful for sales.

4. Grateful for my beautiful almost 3 year old son who lights up my life.

5. Grateful for my love for reading and scrapping!

6. Grateful for having the chance to travel before having a child.

7. Grateful for having the courage and determination to earn my bachelors degree in Business Management after two hard years.

8. Grateful for having a house, a car, warm clothes and food in the house.

9. Grateful for so many fun memories with my hubby, family and friends.

10. Grateful for having friends who show up when it matters the most.

11. Grateful for boots and fun socks.

12. Grateful for my ability to laugh at things through good and bad times.

13. Grateful for my grandmother (I can tell her anything).

14. Grateful for music (it truly does the body good).

15. Grateful to keep on learning and growing and to become a better person that I am.

16. Grateful for my independence and determination.

17. Grateful to have a good head on my shoulders.

18. Grateful to have a good job when millions of people are out of jobs right now.

19. Grateful to have my Daisy girl.

20. Grateful for Creative Memories… they have helped me so much.

21. Grateful for being alive and having the things that I have.

22. Grateful for nice people who truly care about others and are willing to help others selflessly.

23. Grateful for being on multiple design teams to help with my scrappy addiction.

24. Grateful for my husband, he is a wonderful father!

25. Grateful for coffee, I need it to get me going in the mornings.

26. Grateful for my heath.

27. Grateful for God and my Guardian Angel.

28. Grateful for Wine.

29. Grateful for chocolate and Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby (good stuff).

30. Grateful for health insurance!

31. Grateful for the girls I work with, they make it fun!

32. Grateful for Lilies, they truly make my day.

33. Grateful for my sister Jamie, she is so good to my son.

34. Grateful for my sister Katie, she tries  She is me… at 16.

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November 14, 2012

GD for American Crafts!

Hello scrappers! I have some exciting news to share with you all! I am the guest designer for American Crafts this month!! I can't tell you how excited I was to wake up to an email from Paige asking if I was willing to guest design for the month of November! Heck yea! I had so much fun creating these projects and I hope you will enjoy them as well. Please hop over to American Crafts's blog to leave me some love :)

Farm boy by Nicole Martel


Design note: Try enhancing the look of fabric embellishments by stapling a little piece of ribbon to them.

Supplies: Caramel Apple Paper (35884)- Pumpkin patch, Pecan Pie Paper (35881)- Pumpkin patch, Corrugated ABC Stickers (53389)-Sunset, Remarks Fabric stickers (42256)-Oh Yes, Dimensional Stickers (85591)-Details, Stitched Vellum Embellishments (85593)-Details, Ribbon (89429), Roller Date Stamp (96731), Stamp marker (62600).

Thank you by Nicole Martel


Design note: Create a fun photo corner using a piece of fabric sticker and epoxy heart sticker. This is such a quick and easy way to pull the viewer’s eyes to the photo.
Supplies: Sunflower (AM710-38)-Cardstock, Turf (AM710-567 )-Cardstock, Grande Street Paper (35830)-SOHO Garden, High Line Park Paper (35831)-SOHO Garden, Corrugated letter stickers (53426)-Stroll, Remarks Fabric stickers (42272)-Bleecker Street, Adhesive layered embellishments (85606)-Mayflair, Bits (85607), Ribbon (89429)- SOHO Garden, Stickers (42273)- Poppy District, Layered chipboard stickers (42271)-Midtown, Remarks Cute Overload (42253).
 Happy Birthday by Nicole Martel
Design notes: Use your ribbon and a gluber to create your own floral embellishment. Add a vellum embellishment and you have yourself a fun embellishment.

 Supplies:  On The Clock Paper (35779)- Ready Set Go,  Remarks stickers (42296)-Autumn, Adhesive Badges (85590)- Flair, Stitched Vellum Embellishments (85593)- Details, Remarks Fabric Stickers (42256), Remarks Layered Stickers (42255), Ribbon (89429), Stickers (42273)- Poppy District, Fabric stickers (42272)-Bleecker Street, Roller Date Stamp (96731), Stamp marker (62600).

 Thankful by Nicole Martel
Design note: Try documenting the things you are thankful for in a little journal. This “Thankful” journal was super quick to create!
Supplies: Chocoate (AM710-47)-Cardstock, Molasses Cookies  Paper (35878)- Pumpkin patch, Accent & phrase stickers (42295)-Hayride, Remarks Cute Overload (42253), Paper Leaves Shapes (85592)-Field House, Daybook (76232)-Date Night.
Hello there by Nicole Martel
Supplies: Bubbles:Weave (71722)- Cardstock, Caramel Apple Paper (35884)- Pumpkin patch, Remarks Accent & Phrase Stickers (42252)- Delighted.

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Pink isn't just for girls

Hello scrappers! Nicole here. Today I'm going to share two layouts that I created using the lovely "Hello Friends" collection. I can't get enough of the soft colors in this collection. I'm normally not a pink person, but I think this collection changed that :) I even used pink on a boy layout. Oh my!

 
Supplies:
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Paper
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Garland
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Cardstock Stickers
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Large Rhinestones
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Epoxy Word Stickers
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Layered Cardstock Stickers
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Glitzers

Other:
  • Corner rounder: Creative Memories
  • Heart punch: Creative Memories
  • Adhesives: Creative Memories

And for my next layout, I decided to create a layout for my sister. I love her... I think the layout says it all!

Supplies:
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Paper
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Garland
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Cardstock Stickers
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Large Rhinestones
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Epoxy Word Stickers
  • Glitz Design: “Hello Friend” Layered Cardstock Stickers
  • Glitz Design: "Hello Friend" Glitzers

Thanks for stopping by today!
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November 11, 2012

Pleated ribbon border

Hello scrappers! Today I have a fun layout featuring my top 10 music artist of 2012. I'm also going to share a fun ribbon tutorial with you using the November kit by SFTIO! I know some people might cringe at the color combination, but it's one of my favorites :)

 
I wanted to create a pleated border across my layout to add texture to my layout. This is such an easy technique and all you need to do this is a mini stapler and some lace or ribbon. Simply staple a piece of theribbon to the paper, flip the lace back, staple again, pull the ribbon forward, staple and repeat this process across the paper.
 



Thanks for visiting today. Please come back :)
 
 
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November 9, 2012

I have a little genius :)

I was in the back room listening to Edward rummaging through the fridge when all of a sudden, I heard him banging something against the counter and this is what I find... He broke the eggs all by himself onto a paper plate. The shells were all together in a neat little pile on a bag! He even pulled out the big spoon. I have a genius 2 year old (almost 3).


And I'm not sure if I posted these, but here are a few of my most recent favorites!






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