Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Circle Frame How To'sday

Check out Scrapbook Steals today for a quick tutorial
on how to make and distress this round frame.
~ Daydreaming ~
Paper:Ruby Rock-It
Mist:Tattered Angels
Sparkle Yarn:Stash
Gems:Zva Creative and Prima
Flowers, Chipboard, Chalk, and Resin:Prima
Michele Singh for C'est Magnifique

Monday, April 29, 2013

Paper Girls Challenge Blog Hop

Time for another blog hop!
This time our theme is hand made flowers.
I've been playing around with a simple formula for making one piece accordion flowers. I think I finally have the ratios right!!!
Here are the directions:
Step 1:Cut a 4 inch circle from cardstock.
Step 2:Score your circle into 16ths as shown in box 1 and box 2
Step 3:Cut a 1.5 inch circle out of the center.
Step 4:Bunch center of the circle together to create an accordion flower, secure with adhesive. I use hot glue which looks a tad messy so I add a paper circle on top. 
Paper:DCWV and Echo Park
Trim:May Arts
Our blog hop prize this round is a set of dies and a 2.5 inch xyron!
What do you have to do to participate?

Would you like a chance to win? Get one entry for commenting on each of the blog posts, "Like" the Paper Girls Challenge on Facebook, and being a follower on our blog (all are required for an entry). It you get to see some fabulous projects and you know you want to!
You have until Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 11:59pm MST to comment. We will announce the winner on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 9:00 am MST! International readers are welcome to play along but currently we are only shipping prize packs to the US and Canada due to shipping costs.
Here is the line up:

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Butterflies and Flowers

Special Ops Training on the SWAT blog today.
Stop by and see how easy this project is to finish.
Paper and Twine:MME
Charms:Studio g
Brads:Pebbles and Recollections
Binder Clip:Office Max
Pencil Cup: Dollar Tree
Floral Wire:FloraCraft

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mother's Day

Thrilling Thursday over at the Just Imagine Crafts blog.
Stop by to see a few more shots of this pretty card.
Paper:Graphic 45
Twine:My Minds Eye
Ink:Close To My Heart
Stamps:Glitz Design and CTMH
Embossing Powder:Stampendous
Circle Cutter:Kreaxions
Punch:Kreaxions 901 and 919

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Lilac Garden

It's 10 Things Tuesday at Practical Scrappers today and we are featuring Burlap! Rush over to the blog and see what amazing inspiration our designers have lined up for you today.
 ~Lilac Garden ~
Paper:Pink Paislee
Twine:Doodlebug Design
Alpha:Cosmo Cricket
Punch:Kreaxions 4 in 1 #901
Die:Kreaxions Butterfly Die

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Snow Glaze

Just Imagine Crafts Monthly Reveal today and our theme is Earth Day. Since winter will just NOT let go of my "neck of the woods" this snowy photo seemed just the thing.
~ Snow Glaze ~
Paper:Color Bok, Bazill, and Pink Paislee
Twine:The Twinery
Star Template and Punch:Kreaxions
Tiny Type:Authentique

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Florence by Night

Drill #6 is up today on the SWAT blog! Come see the sketch and how each of our designers interpreted it! 
~ Florence by Night ~
 I'm kind of stuck on these old photos and this was a great sketch to do several at once.
The carousel and the street performers gave Florence a carnival feel, even late at night! We loved that all the stores were open late and we could enjoy strolling through the streets at any hour.
Paper:Pink Paislee and DCWV
Flowers:Imaginisce and Petaloo
Twine:The Twinery
Tag:Pink Paislee
Alpha:American Crafts
Circle Cutter/Tracer:Kreaxions
Brads:Recollections and Artsy Licious

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Winter just doesn't want to let go of North Dakota this year! I spent Monday morning snowed in but I had my scrapping supplies to keep me busy. I decided on a lighthearted card with just a touch of romance for the days project. When I found this sweet image in the Le Cirque collection I knew it was exactly what I was looking for. Stop by the Just Imagine/Kreaxions blog for a link to the punch I used.
~ Amazing ~
This card is my entry for the Red Carpet Studio:Vintage Card Challenge.
Paper:Graphic 45
Twine:The Twinery
Drafters Vellum:Bruning
Gold Star:Bead Landing
Punch:Kreaxions #919

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Our Lady of the Mist

Practical Scrappers 10 Things is all about Hexagons today. For my project I trimmed out the printed hexagons from a package of chipboard, then flipped my new diecut over. I positioned the cardstock so that the right colors showed through.
~ Our Lady of the Mist ~
This layout is also my entry for the Scrappy Friends Challenge.
Kerys is offering a recipe challenge:Hand Stitching, Punch, Mixed Alphas.
Rochelle has a color challenge.
Kristi wants us to add something that flies to our page.
Brenda is offering us a fabulous sketch to help put it all together.
Paper:Pink Paislee and DCWV
Trim:American Crafts, Making Memories, Stash
Tags:Pink Paislee
Punch:Kreaxions #901
Alpha:Jillibean Soup
Tiny Type:Glitz Design

Monday, April 15, 2013


Double Reveal Day
This week The Paper Girls are presenting Challenge # 30:Travel
I've been going through my old photos and decided to focus on these ones from Pisa. I even found a train ticket stub from one of our trips there!
Today is also Nuts About Sketches #261.
I love combining challenges from both these sites. I hope you'll join me and have fun with this sketch by Shawn Lahr.
Paper:Echo Park, Kaiser Craft, We R Memory Keepers
Eyelets:Making Memories
Felt Arrows:Maya Road
Washi Tape:Crafty Steals
Enamel Accents and Stickles:Ranger

Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Great Day

While preparing for last weeks Kiwi Lane blog hop I tried out a several different templates. For this one I used the paisley shape, Celebrate 7 to make a butterfly. I love all the turquoise and orange colors of trim with the pink!!!
Paper and Flowers:Webster's Pages
Trim:Webster's Pages, Making Memories, Glitz Design, and stash
Twine:My Minds Eye
Rub-Ons:GCD Studios
KLD Templates:Celebrate 7
Sketch:Amber 6
Kerys Sharrock for Scrapbook Steals
Mid Week Mojo sketch challenge Amber #6


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Lazy Dayz

 My day to post over at the Just Imagine/Kreaxions blog!!!
Hop on over there and find out how to use cheesecloth with your diecut machine.
~ Lazy Dayz ~
This is my entry for the sketch challenge at My Minds Eye, check that post out here:
Punch:Kreaxions # 919
Buttterfly Die:Kreaxions
Paper, Stickers, Diecuts, Twine, Alpha:My Minds Eye
Ronda for MME
Ronda Palazzari MME March Sketch

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

10 Things Twine

10 Things Twine at Practical Scrappers today! The goal is to come up with an unusual way to use the featured item. Twine is my go to embellishment/trim so I had lots of ideas to pick from.
This is the project that won!
~ Thanks ~
I was going for a beach theme with this card. I thought the twine laced through the latice punch had a fish net look to it.
Twine:The Twinery
Vellum, Ink and Pearls:CTMH
Punch:Marth Stewart
Canvas Sticker:Prima
Sentiment:Cosmo Cricket
Acrylic Design Template:Kiwi Lane Designs

Monday, April 8, 2013

Love U 4 Ever

Stop by the blog and see what the ultra talented designers have done with this fun sketch!!!
~ Love U 4 Ever ~
Paper:Farmhouse Paper Company
Alpha:Jillibean Soup
Tiny Type:Glitz
Ink and Film Strip:Ranger
Punches:The Paper Studio and Martha Stewart

Friday, April 5, 2013

Kiwi Lane Designs Blog Hop!!!

Hey ladies.  Here is a new shiny Blog Hop graphic that you can use on  your blog posting if you wish.  :)
Woop Woop!!! So excited to be a part of this months Kiwi Lane Designs Blog Hop!
Not only do I get to work with their FABULOUS product...I get to keep it!  :) Which is a good thing since I got GLUE all over it! Yep, the old fashioned Elmers kind!
~ lovin' my new SHADES ~
 I received the Chestnut Drive designer templates for my project. After playing around with them for a few days I realized they looked EXACTLY like fingernail tips with an AWESOME mani! So I traced and cut my border strips, then slid the KLD template down half an inch and painted the tip with Elmers. After sprinkling liberally with glitter I left my border strips to dry. Here comes the best part...I threw my templates right in the kitchen sink and added a squirt of dishsoap, to clean them off! {We ain't too proud, folks.}
Here are the templates I received:
Chestnut Drive
Stacks Image 3301.
Sadly, the photo just doesn't show my pretty fingernails well enough. I'll have to give you another peek:
But enough about me..what about you? Did you know that a random winner from ONE of the 10 blogs (including the Kiwi Lane blog), will be given a $25 gift certificate to the Kiwi Lane Shop, for leaving a comment. That's right, start commenting! Here's the order of the blog hop:
1. Kiwi Lane http://kiwilane.com/here/blog/
2. Katrina Hunt http://paperscissorsandglue.blogspot.com/
3.  (You are here) Charity Becker http://menemenetekeluniversity.blogspot.com/
4. Jen Collins http://jande14.blogspot.com/
5. Marisa Torp http://mojoandmore.blogspot.com
6. Staci Jones http://www.scrapbookingischeaperthantherapy.blogspot.com/
7. Stephanie Umpleby http://sucw.blogspot.com
8. Stephanie Dang http://www.paperandi.blogspot.com
9. Roselyn Riley http://prettylittlepackages.blogspot.com
10. Charissa Miller http://akihasmommascraps.com

Paper:MME, DCWV, We R Memory Keepers
Stickles and Ink:Ranger
Alpha:Jillibean Soup and Making Memories
Glitter:Martha Stewart

KLD Templates:Chestnut Drive 3A and 3B; Shapes 2
Sketch:Amber 3
Kerys Sharrock for Scrapbook Steals
Scrapbooking inspiration sketch challenge using Lifestyle Crafts Border dies 
I'd love to have you join my blog. I'll be giving away 4 colors of Petaloo flower trim when I reach 150 followers. As you can see that number isn't far away!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Simply Authentic

It's my day to post on the Just Imagine/Kreaxions blog and this is what you can expect to see:
~ Simply Authentic ~
You'll find this bright, cheerful card along with a tutorial on how to make an accordion flower in a SNAP! Run over and take a look at it.
Paper:Pink Paislee and Glitz
Sentiment:K and Company
Punch and Circle Cutter:Kreaxions

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Night Glow

 Practical Scrappers 10 Things Corner Punches today!
I love my punches and wanted to show how easy it is to use a corner punch to make a border strip. First I cut my strip into chevrons and then punched all the points! Super fun look and a great way to use those corner chompers.
 ~ Night Glow ~
Paper:Kaiser Craft and Pink Paislee
Twine:The Twinery
Corner Punch:Kreaxions
Butterfly Punch:Martha Stewart
Stickles and Enamel Accents:Ranger
Buttons, Border Stickerc and Die cuts:Pink Paislee
Sketch: Amber 5b
Scrapbooking inspiration sketch challenge using MME The Sweetest Thing Tangerine Collection

Monday, April 1, 2013


Paper Girls Challenge Blog has a new challenge up and it's all about April!
Rush over to the blog to see what's up then start crafting.
I just love the assignment for Challenge # 29! It gave me a great opportunity to combine the latest Special Ops tutorial from SWAT with a completely different theme.
Paper:Webster's Pages
Ink:Close To My Heart
Designer Template:Kiwi Lane Designs, Celebrate 6