Monday, July 30, 2012

We stick together Joy's Life Card

This week Joy asked us to use the Sweet Popsicle Puns set. I love playing with the popsicle stamps in that set, but I seem to take pretty much every assignment as a challenge to do something unexpected. So I deliberately misinterpreted the pun here and used it for glue instead of popsicles.

I used some clearsnap stephanie barnard dye ink in pumpkin. The cardstock is bazzill and the gems are My Mind's Eye. The little glue man is part of an Imaginisce geek is chic layered sticker that I pulled apart. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bloom and Grow Joy's Life Tin

This week Joy asked us to work with some of the tins she carries. I used this cute, tiny one and wondered what would fit inside it. I came up with this cute set for a Mother's Day or thank you parent or teacher gift. The tin holds seeds!
I used the Tag You're It TWO set along with my cricut cartridge 'walk in the garden'.
I used twine from the twinery and Clearsnap ink.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Moxie Fab Stamped Love card

This card is for the Moxie Fab stamped Love card challenge. The bunny is a digital stamp from sassy studios that I altered a little in photoshop to mask out the eggs and put hearts in the basket instead. After I printed it on cardstock, I colored it in with prismacolor markers. The sentiment is a Joy's Life stamp that I stamped with clearsnap ink, 

Moxie Fab Birthday Stamped card challenge

This card is for the Moxie Fab stamped birthday card challenge. These stamps are Hero arts. The ink and embossing powder is clearsnap.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Joy's Life Boat Shaped Card

When Joy asked us to make shaped cards this week, I knew I wanted to use my new Life's a Beach Cricut cartridge.
I heat embossed the sentiment from the Pun in the Sun stamp set using Clearsnap top boss embossing ink, and top boss white embossing powder. The boat was cut with the cricut cartridge. Then I used the kraft base layer and traced it onto a folded piece of cardstock, which I cut out by hand to use as my card. I then adhered the die cut to the card front. I made the card base kraft, which was the same as the base layer of the boat, so I used a pen to outline the cut parts for a little more definition. I also colored in the port holes.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Creating Keepsakes Mixed Media issue is now available

And I have a page in it!!! Click on the image to buy or get a preview of this issue.
There is also a blog hop going on with chances to win one. You can find the blog hop HERE.

Oh I just can't wait to see this issue!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Joy's Life Recipe Blog Hop

When I found out that the theme of this blog hop was going to be recipes, I freaked a little bit. I used to love cooking and baking, but had to give it up to be a full time working mother and scrapbooker. I just don't have time for more than one extracurricular. So, it's been years since I did any real cooking or baking and I couldn't think of anything I could make. 

So, I looked at the stamps...

and saw this:

HMMMMM Now THAT I can work with! I love this saying. I love this stamp, which you can find on the pun in the sun set. And I have a drink recipe that I love! 

So, here is the recipe:

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Martini
 1 part (cold) Whipped Cream flavored vodka
 1 part Frangelico coarse ground salt

 1.Wet rim of glass and dip in coarse salt.
 2.Shake one part whipped cream flavored vodka and one part Frangelico with ice.
 3.Pour into glass and enjoy. And here is the martini party ensemble that I came up with.

Here is the cocktail party ensemble that I created.

I started with the drink tags. I cut them out with my cricut, from the Bags, Tags, Boxes and More cartridge. Then I stamped them in a rainbow of Clearsnap Stephanie Barnard Dye inks. Finally, I cut a little slit through the edge of the holes to allow it to be attached to the stem of the glass. Now, everyone can identify their drinks based on the color of the tag! 

Since the drink tags were in a rainbow of colors, I thought it would be fun and festive to make the whole set match. I made a rainbow of drink umbrellas, a recipe card, and an invitation with a rainbow of twine on it. The clocks are from the Teresa Collins Sophisticated Cricut cartridge.

Thanks for stopping by!
Next you are heading to Cyndy's blog. 

Here's the order, if you need it:
Megan:  <----- YOU ARE HERE

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Pun in the Sun Joy's Life Cricut card

Joy just came out with this new Pun in the Sun stamp set and this week she asked us to make something with it. She didn't need to ask me, I couldn't wait to put this baby to use. I made this card with my new Life is a Beach cricut cartridge - that I bought for Ellie because she wanted to be able to cut out a lizard. So far that is all I have used this cartridge for - cutting LOTS of lizards. Well, they are geckos really, but close enough to her green anole that it made Ellie happy.

Anyway, when I hear 'shore' I think of those photos on some tropical island where you see the back of a chair and maybe a table with a drink, under a palm tree with a great view of the ocean. That's what I tried to recreate here.

For the sentiment, I used clearsnap embossing ink and heat embossed with white clearsnap embossing powder.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Unity sketch of the month card

Here is my second card with my new Unity kit of the month stamps. This is for the sketch of the month challenge. I used my brand new home made stamp positioner for this card - to get the hexagons all lined up properly. I just used 3 duplo blocks to make a corner and voila! I used it with a piece of transparency and it works like a charm!

Here's the sketch

The stamps are from the Unity June kit of the month. The inks are Clearsnap stephanie barnard dye inks.

tutorial at clearsnap

My tutorial is up on the clearsnap blog. It's about how to use toilet paper to create a textured card. Check it out HERE.

and in other news, if you missed my facebook posts, the new lines from My Little Shoebox have been revealed! They are all amazing, and include TRIMS!!!

This one is my favorite I think though.
Check out all of them on the blog.

Oh, I almost forgot! My Christmas in July work was up on the Hydrangea Hippo blog also. Check it out HERE.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Unity stamped summer card

I just started subscribing to the Unity kit of the month club, because I saw June's kit and fell in love. (July's kit is just as great!) I find that I have trouble choosing stamps for myself, but if someone just gives them to me, I often find unexpected inspiration.

So, this is the first card that I created with my Unity kit of the month.
I stamped the strawberry in Clearsnap Stephanie Barnard dye ink in artichoke. Then I colored in the strawberry and the leaves with my prismacolor markers. I had originally intended to use the strawberry patterned paper from this Jillibean soup collection, but decided that it was overkill in the strawberry department, so I went a little more subtle. The papers are Jillibean Soup thought. 

These bright colors and the strawberry and even the stitching, remind me of summer. This is for the monthly Unity challenge, which this month is to create something summery.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tuesday Trigger Hero Arts Card

On the fourth of July, everyone else was out having fun, and I was home sick, sleeping most of the day. When I did finally manage to drag myself out of bed, I decided to do a little crafting, but didn't have the energy to do any of my assignments, so I gave myself permission to have a little fun.

I used this Tuesday Trigger from Moxie Fab world, I was inspired by the red flowers and the little gingham center of the middle one.
I combined it with the Hero arts challenge to make paper flowers and came up with this:

Ink and embossing powders are Clearsnap, stamps are hero arts, paper is Bazzill, bling is My Mind's Eye.
I have also entered this card into the DYSU red challenge, the paper play happy birthday challenge and the papertake weekly anything goes challenge.

Joy's Life and My Mind's Eye altered K-Cup holder

This week Joy asked us to make 3D projects. Since my 'tags bags boxes and more' cricut cartridge has been getting a workout lately, I thought I would do something different.This clear plastic box originally came as the packaging for some Prima flowers. I found that it fit 6 K cups just about perfectly. (I had to put a little divider in the middle because the box is a little too tall and I wanted to be able to see the K cups at the top)
I used the Coffee Pot and cup image along with the 'Espressly for you' stamp from the Tag You're It ONE set. The label is cut with the Cricut, using the Lacy Labels cartridge. The inks are Clearsnap Stephanie Barnard Dye inks. I colored the image in with some Prismacolor and Copic markers.

The papers, chipboard, bling, button and pins are from My Mind's Eye. The ribbon rose is Webster's Pages. I trimmed the yellow edges with some fiskars deco scissors.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Skipping Stones and Ribbon Carousel Blog Hop

The Skipping Stones Design Team is thrilled to be teaming up with the fabulous designers from The Ribbon Carousel to bring you a blog hop that is sure to impress!

Let's talk prizes!!

Hop along and leave some blog love for our designers for a chance to win one of 2 great prizes!  The Ribbon Carousel will be giving away a ribbon carousel and Skipping Stones Design will be giving away a stamp set of the winner's choice!   Winners will be announced on Saturday at 8:00 PM EST!  

Ready to hop?!  
Lets do it!

So you are here at number 16 - Megan Aaron. I am thrilled to be a part of this hop!
  I don't normally make patriotic cards, but I am pretty happy with how this one turned out. The ribbons really inspired me! I used the Skipping Stones pumpkin seed sentiments diamond patterned background and Happy Birthday sentiment. I thought that the diamond pattern echoed the stars on the American Flag. To reinforce that I idea a little bit, after stamping them with navy mixed media ink, I embossed them with Opalescent embossing powder. (It's hard to see in this photo, but it gives a little shimmer to the 'stars') I embossed the 'Happy Birthday' with White embossing powder. 

I wanted the ribbons to look a little like fireworks, so after tying the wide navy ribbon into a bow and attaching it, I created spirals with the red star ribbon by applying glue dots as I twisted the ribbon. Finally I unwound a piece of the jute ribbon and used the threads to create a little more interest and a better 'firework' effect. For the 'USA' part, I used a Maya Road mini chipboard frame which I covered in Gesso. I covered the center piece in the same navy ink, then added the My Little Shoebox mini alpha stickers and followed it all up with a generous helping of glossy accents to hold it all together and make it look a little like epoxy.
Thanks for hopping with us!

Monday, July 2, 2012

New Scrapstreet Magazine!

Since yesterday was the first of the month, that means there is a new issue of Scrapstreet Magazine available!

Click on the image above to start from the beginning.
But also be sure to 

Check out my article, wall street, with a webster's pages page from me, and some awesome work from contributors featuring ways to use pre-coordinated kits.

And don't forget the future calls