Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Step-By-Step Wednesday - Green Team 14-21

Green Team 14-21
Little Monsters
This week the Cuttin' and Stampin' Design Team made projects with Paper Smooches
Space Cadets stamps and Be Different Paper from Fancy Pants. 
You can find these products in the Cuttin' and Stampin' Scrappy Supply Store.

With the end of the school year drawing ever closer, trying to keep my kids interested in reading during the summer is always on my radar.  These stamps are so cute and kid friendly that I thought fun bookmarks may just do the trick!

These were super fun to make and the kids were both begging me to let them make more!  The two on the right are mine....the rest are made by my two children (ages 10 and 7).

To start I did a quick Pinterest search for a template.  Found one, but modified it just a bit to make the measurements even.

Start with a square that measures 5" x 5".  I used cardboard to keep the template more intact during the tracing process.

Next score it at 2 1/2".

Now comes the tricky need to cut out one square and 1/2 of two more.  I used my ruler to get a straight line.

Trace your template onto the base of your bookmark......I used white, just to make it simple.

Cut it out and either score and fold, or just eye-ball it and fold in the flaps.  Use a bone folder to get a stiff crease.  if you would like patterned paper on the inside, now is the time to cut and adhere that.  To cut the square, I measured just a tad shy of the 2 1/2".  

Fold in the flaps.  Only put glue on the bottom side of the top flap.  You don't want your "pocket" glued together and then it won't slip onto your page.  Next you can glue another piece of patterned paper onto the triangle at the top or decorate it anyway you choose.

Then I started decorating!  

I used stickles and pop dots, my kids just colored theirs with crayons.  I hope this keeps them interested in their books through the will be starting again before you know it!

Give it a try, they are easy and turn out really cute!!  Great for gifts to exchange with their friends in class too!  I see more of these in my future! 

Go HERE to enter your Little Monster projects.

Until next time!

Jenni =D

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Color Challenge - Black

Black is one of those colors that's good for background or matting, but not usually the main color.......well here is your chance to use it!!  This week's challenge at Clear It Out Challenge is a color challenge -- use black and the stash item is stickers.

Our sponsor this week is Di's Digi Designs.  The DT was given the allowance to use our own images for this challenge.  This image is from Paper Smooches Chubby Chums along with the notebook paper die used.  The woodgrained patterned paper is from Basic Grey Granola.  Paw print stickers and ribbon from stash.

Break out the black stuff!  Give it a try!  It's easier than you think!  

Until next time!   Jenni  =D

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Vintage - doesn't necessarily mean old!

Hey there crafty friends!  This week at Clear It Out Challenge our theme is "VINTAGE."  Which, being several decades old, I am!  LOL  The stash item this week is to use pearls.

Our sponsor this week is Stitchy Bear Outlet my image is called Steampunk Heart.  I used my Tombow Art Markers to color in the image.  I used a steampunk embossing folder with some Tim Holtz Kraft-core paper.  Once embossed, I sanded it a bit to give some dimension.  I then added some metal gears, some pearls and a tag with a bow.

Thanks for checking us out!  Be sure to visit Stitchy Bear Outlet for their amazing images!

Jenni =D

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Step-By-Step Wednesday - Graduation Money Card

 Weekly Challenge 14-19
Graduation Day

This week the wonderful design team at Cuttin' and Stampin' is using Doodlebugs The Graduate paper line and the Paper Smooches Seeing Stars stamp set.  

It's that time of year again.......graduation time!  I personally received only one announcement (so far) for my 2nd cousin-in-law........let's just say he's related! :)

Since we will be sending money for his college fund, I thought I'd show the steps to make a money card.  I'll be perfectly honest, I found this information on Pinterest.  Although it's a little different, the main idea was there! 

Let's get started!

The white card base should measure 8 1/2" x 6 1/2".  Turn your paper longways and then score it at 6 1/2" and 3 1/4".

Fold on the score lines and use a bone folder to make the creases very crisp.

Next will come the assembly!  My favorite part!  Once the white base is folded, you'll need to create the money pocket.  Be sure to secure it as close to the edge as possible to allow room for the money or check to slide in.  I've used staples, but feel free to use whatever you'd like......brads or glue work well too.  Once it's secured, you will be gluing it to a backing piece to cover up the staples or brads.  The backing piece measures 3 3/8" x 6 5/8".  I then added a piece of patterned paper to the money flap and used a circle punch (any size, doesn't really matter) to create the half circle to make getting he money out easier.

I used my Stampin' Up owl punch to create this cute little guy!  I added a bit of white pen to his eyes for dimension.  To create the diploma, I took a piece of regular copy-type paper (thin), rolled it, then tied it with some twine.  I attached it with a glue dot to be sure it stayed secured!

I added a square of black with a gold brad as his hat.  I played around with sizes, and then ended up cutting it down a little bit more with scissors.

I did utilize a few of my punches on this one......I love it when I can do that!  A chevron border punch on the bottom, a rolodex card edge punch on the front.  I hope he likes the card as much as what's in it!!  

This can obviously be adapted to ANY occasion just by changing the details!!

Thanks for check out our great Graduation Inspirations.  The products used in today's featured creations can be purchased in the Cuttin' and Stampin' Scrappy Supplies store.  
You can go to the Challenge blog site to enter your own creations. 

Until next time, Jenni =D

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Celebrate Mom!

Although Mother's Day was this past weekend.......we at Clear It Out Challenge are still celebrating Mom!  After all doesn't she deserve it?!?!  

Our sponsor this week is StampArt Design by Kathryne.  Our theme is: Mother's Day/Female Card and the stash item is: flowers.

My image today is called "Happy Spring," and seemed appropriate for mom!  Happy bunny, clearly looks to be blessed!

I used my Tombow Art Markers to color him in.  Piece of scrap for the base.  I used my newly purchased We R Memory Keepers Nesting Doily Circles.  I then added some stickles, some buttons, a tiny flower and a tag with twine to compete it!!

Visit StampArt Design by Kathryne for some fabulous images!!

It doesn't need to be Mother's Day to celebrate your mom!  As I tell my only get one! :)

Until next time!  Jenni =D

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What's your style?

Happy May crafters!  This week's challenge at Clear It Out Challenge is all about you!  Your style and your favorite products!

My style is CAS (clean and simple), the cleaner and simpler the better!  This beautiful card contains some of my Tomobow Art Markers, any color of Bazzill cardstock and Basic Grey cardstock on the planet and my newest favorite discovery......melted perler beads!

This card is brought to you by Bugaboo Stamp Designs.  Give them a peek, you'll be happy you did!

So get out your favorites and put them on display!!

Until next week, Jenni! =D