Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Go Green Winner!

You ladies rocked this challenge! I was amazed by all the creative uses for stuff that would otherwise be thrown in the trash. From packaging and wrappings, to food cans, mirrors, and spiral binding--nothing was safe from being altered or added to your projects. Check out the creations in the slide below.

The winner of the camera strap is Lora! Please email me your addy and I will get it in the mail to you. For those of you who would like to make your own camera strap, here's a tutorial so you can whip up your own.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Challenge#60: Warm Wool

I live in Japan, now is winter season, today is cold day too.

My challenge is…… wool !!! playing with felt, woolen yarn, raw wool ( I love needle felting! ). Using 12 inch size felt instead of pp, making felt embellishment, knitting….please enjoy to give something warm on your project.


For this challenge I chose to work with felt. I just love felt! Felt is warm, it has a smooth texture and it gives a very interesting “depth” to layouts. I used it on the green leaf on the left of mine, for an elegant finishing touch and… for the frame around the main subject of my layout! I took a piece of felt and cut a frame in it, to give the picture a sort of Polaroid feel to it. All this must have taken me just a couple of minutes! To fix it, I didn’t hesitate to use my sewing machine on the layout. It only takes a couple of stitches but of course, you can sew it by hand for a more personal touch.

I dug up all the felty bits I could find in my stash. I used felt flowers , felt to mat the photos and some felt trims. Great way to use up those bits and pieces! Since I hate sewing I attached everything with ZipDry Glue and Glue Dots.

I used a bit of felt to piece a cute little owl for this LO. The pattern for this little cutie can be found here. The felt added a homespun touch which I echoed in the stitched borders and crocheted trim.

I ended up going a bit simple on this one, using a piece of orange felt to mat my photo, as well as felt stick-on alphas for my title I found at Michaels. I really like the texture of the felt.

I used felt on my title and my embellishment. Felt can be a great embellishment for boy layouts.

Amanda -

I die cut star borders out of red, glittery, adhesive felt. I then back the self-adhesive stars with different patterened papers.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Challenge #59 Prize

Here's what's up for grabs this week for the Go Green! challenge. One lucky winner will receive a camera strap slipcover. This strap will fit over most DSLR/SLR camera straps and is padded for extra comfy-ness!
Check out the challenge here and link up your creations in the comments by Sunday midnight!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Make It Messy Challenge Winner

The winner of the make it Messy Challenge is....

Katie! I love how you stepped out of the box to use a non art supply to mess up your LO! You Coffee Genius!! Your prize is a kit from The Scrapbook Get-Away. Pick the one you want, email me @ with your information and I'll have it sent your way! :) Thanks to all who participated! Great LOs everyone!


Monday, January 11, 2010

Challenge #59: Go Green

It's a brandy new year, filled with lots of new goals, resolutions, and good intentions. Let's start the new year off by going green! I'm not talking color here (although green is one of my faves!), I'm talking upcycling. Before you toss that cereal box, junk mail, or product packaging, take a second look. What wonderful piece of art could you create with it? What fabulous accent could you fashion to embellish your next layout, card, or project? You have two weeks to link up your upcycled project in the comments here. Up for grabs: a super comfy slipcover for your camera strap. Deets to follow later this week. Have fun creating your projects, and be happy that you're doing something great for our Earth, too!!

[inside]I reuse a small paper box (size: 7x4.5 inch) using as gift package of tea. I'll use this decolate box as a keeper of ATC (exchanged with my friends). This upcycle is very easy way as you can make decolate box, just choice favorite paper (or fabric) and wrap the basement, and then add some embellishments on it.
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This 2-page layout includes 3 upcycles - 1) the denim background was actually cut from a pair of "well loved" jeans, 2) the circle background was cut from a brown paper shopping bag, and 3) the title letters were cut from a newsprint magazine.

The embellishment in the lower left of the photo was made from the plastic packaging from Basic Grey's magnetic snaps. I used alcohol inks to color each one and then drew swirls with a Sharpie pen--easy peasy (and free!)

There are a few upcycles going on in this LO. The bracket is cut from a cardboard coffee cozy. The letters s and c were cut from the leftover negative of the alpha sticker sheets--these would have otherwise ended up in the trash bin. The tree was stamped onto a piece of cellophane packaging and cut out.


I took this Christmas gift card tin and gave it a makeover with the new kit from Scrapbook Get-Away. Now I can reuse it for a birthday! :)


This layout uses several upcycles, too. The background is a paper bag cut to 12x12. I ran a strip of the bag through my cuttlebug and inked it for a strip of paper (lower left). I also grabbed two things out of my recycling bag - a paper towel roll and the plastic top of a spice jar and used them to stamp circles on my patterned paper.


I love strips on the bottom of the papers, with trade mark, collection name and code bar. I use to keep them on a plastic bag because i don't like to put them through away, they are so cute! Here you are some of them around a pic showing my scrap table when I'm working on a layout!


I also used the label strips from my patterned papers. I used them as flowers and stems for flowers.