December 10, 2012

Winter Radiance ~ PCS 2012

The winter frost is closing in. It's the time of year you'll find lots of shimmery, glistening and frosty sites. It's with those thoughts in mind the design team has created their projects for "Winter Radiance", the December issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler.

The projects this month include various snow-themed projects, winter reindeer and sparkling greeting cards. The template for this month is a "Winter's Keepsake Box".



November 14, 2012

Merry & Bright

It's here...

The winter holiday issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler.  Don't get stuck in a rut trying to search for workshop and gifting ideas. 

Inside the Merry and Bright issue you'll find glowing luminaries, holiday greetings, ornamental ideas for gift packages and tree embellishments. 

Included this month is also the template of the month, a 'Yule Log Gift Box".

Here's a few sneak peeks.  Check out the rest on the Paper Crafters Sampler website.


October 20, 2012

Spooktacular Treat Pocket

Can you believe there's only 11 days till the end of October?  Where has the time gone?  It seems like the month JUST started.

I'm still cutting away at some halloween treat pockets.  This one is designed more for adults than the kids. Just another idea using the Pocket Acorn from the Septemeber issue, "Autumn Amidst" from the Paper Crafters Sampler.

A little glitter paper and rhinestones to jazz the treat pocket up.

Tuck in a few sweet treats, or nuts for the healthy heart types.

A shiny black and grey ribbon around the rim of the cap, topped by a strip of orange and black designer paper.

Thanks for taking a peek at another Creative Take on the Pocket Acorn.

October 10, 2012

PCS Halloween Hoopla

Spook up some paper delights with the October issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler.  You'll find Boo-tiful banners, cooking cauldrons and celver candy containers in the Halloween Hoopla.
The exclusive Paper Crafters Sampler template for the month is the Ghouls Hangout.
Here's a sneak peek of my projects.  Sneak peeks from the design team can be found on the main PCS website.


October 6, 2012

Sweet Treats from Frankie

Another fun take on the Pocket Acorn from the September, Autumn Amidst Sampler.  Changed the theme once again for upcoming Halloween.
I find the new woodgrain embossing folder also has a variety of uses.  In a previous post I used it for the base fo the pumpkin and here again for Frankie's hair.
A close-up of his mouth, created with oval punches, as well as the eyes.  The pupil and bolts on the side use brushed silver cardstock.
Those who are planning on recreating Frankie's neck bolts, you'll to make sure place them inside the inner seam of the template before securing the tabs on the pouch.

Finally, a view treats tucks inside.

October 1, 2012

Harvest pocket of caramels

Here's another fun project using the pocket acorn from the "Autumn Amidst" Sampler.
I've spent the past few days creating several additional samples when I'm supposed to be working on my Halloween project for the upcoming October Sampler.  We'll blame it on the spurt of cooler weather that has arrived
Below is a Creative Take on the pocket acorn template from the September Sampler.  Originally the plan was to place pop corn inside.  Without any popcorn on hand, I substituted the next best thing,  Caramels.  YUM!  As an alternative, corn nuts would work just as well, or corn chips for that matter (if you really need to stick with the corn theme to coincide with the designer paper.
The paper used here is from the Orchard Harvest series for the cute fall-theme it.  A little raffia and a wooden button help keep with the feel of nature.

The "Warmest Wishes" text is from the Blooming with Kindness stamp set and the words tucked into the corn are from the Tea Shoppe stamp set. 
The inner tags were made with sizzlets Lots of Tags using Espresso and Cajun Craze card stock.

Here's a view with the lid off.
I hope this little project gets you inspired to start working on your own fall projects.

September 25, 2012

Pocket Acorn to Cider Pouch

What do you think so far of those fabulous projects using the Pocket Acorn?  It's always interesting seeing how each design team members comes up with a different Creative Take using the same template.
If you're just joining the Pocket Acorn blog hop you can start here and continue viewing the projects going forward by selecting the button at the bottom.  You're also free to view that awesome sample of Ruth Trice's  giant Pocket Strawberry.
I've taken a different approach using this Pocket Acorn for a fall cider pouch holder. 
The Orchard Harvest DSP was the perfect choice for the acorn cap and cherry cobbler to supply an even richer color for the fall.
For the teapot, I clipped one of the apples from the left over DSP and peices of the teapot from the "From My Heart" stamp set.  Dimensions to lift the banner and the teapot adds extra dimension.
Here's a glimpse of the inner pocket with a cider packet and some cinnamon sticks tied up with ribbon.
I hope you've enjoyed my Creative Take on the Pocket Acorn from the Septemeber issue, Autumn Amidst of the Paper Crafters Sampler.  Now, hop on over to Lisa Hensley site and check out her festive project.

September 18, 2012

Pocket Pumpkin

Sharing an alternative for using the Pocket Acorn from the Autumn Amidst issue of the Sampler.
The Chex and Cheez-It is a healthy alternative to using candy.  Pour your treats into a clear envelope and seal.  What could be easier?

Here the cap to the acorn is removed.  The base of the pocket has an additional as an alternative to using the self-sealing clear envelopes.

Here's a close-up of the inner box with the acorn cap removed.

September 10, 2012

Autumn Amidst ~ Sept. 2012 PCS

The Fall issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler is all about Autumn.  This month's Sampler highlights the rich, earthy colors of the upcoming fall landscape.
The Autumn Amidst September 2012 Sampler projects includ beautifully colored cards, fall centerpiece and table setting accessories in addition to an natural family frame photo project.
This must exclusive template is the 'Pocket Acorn'.  The template was designed to be used for several upcoming holiday projects.  Stuff treats inside for adults, children or simply use it to decorate your home.
Here's a few sneak peak of my project:

August 31, 2012

Handcrafted Inspiration ~ Free Download

Stampington has released a free digital download of their Handcrafted Inspiration.  This digital issue is chocked full of project from several of the companies popular publications.  Close to 300 pages of pure inspiration.  That's over 175 project ideas. 
  • Artful Living
  • Jewelry Making
  • Sewing & Fiber Arts
  • Journaling & Mixed Media
  • Paper Crafting & Seasonal Projects
  • For Beginners
  • Digital Arts & Photography
  • Doll Making
  • Creating with Kids
  • Eco-Friendly Projects
  • Cooking & Entertaining
    This digital copy is available for download to your Mac, PC's, Nook, Kindle Fire and Ipads.

    August 26, 2012

    Bold Striped Frightening Feline

    Enjoying the fall stamp collections available in the SU! Holiday mini.  Here's a something I created for a Control Freaks swap. 
    The Howlstooth and Scaringbone designer paper are bold and striking, which helps give some punch to halloween projects.

    The use of fancy metal edgelits and frames provide the curves and fancy layer edges.

    Attaching frayed twill adds softness to the peice.  Text on Tangerine cardstock printed from "Nite Owl" MDS.

    Embossing the main "Frightening Feline" image adds additional texture.

    August 22, 2012

    Black Swan Boat

    Here's a fun idea if you're looking to dress up an dinner table for an evening get-together.

    Start by creating some vibrant colored flowers.  Next, create a black swan boat using the template from the August issue, "Sublime Nuptials" of the Paper Crafters Sampler.  Stamp the side of the swan and add black glitter.  Add a floral foam to the inner base of the swan.  Place floral wire through the center of each flower.  Arrange flowers inside swan boat and secure wire to floral foam.

    Create a table seating card to place in front of your swan.  Add a little black netting, feathers and walla!

    August 15, 2012

    Sublime Nuptials

    Autumn weddings are the perfect union for end of summer, early fall ceremonies.  A mixture of tangerine and gold summer sunsets with the amber and crimsons of upcoming fall.

    The "Sublime Nuptials" issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler offers an array of ideas for the autumn bride.  Enjoy medallion floral wedding favors, 3-tiered cake cards, fancy foliage gift card holder for the newlyweds and a special traditional style shaker card.

    Of course, there's a new exclusive template designed for the August theme.  A Swan Boat (printable PDF) can be used for favor boxes or table decor.

    The "Sublime Nuptials" issues also includes a bonus template, Wedding Coach.  A little folding carriage for writing your well wishes to the bride and her prince on their special day.

    Here's a glimpse of what you will find inside:

    July 24, 2012

    Blooming Hope

    Here's a little something I created for a Control Freaks swap.

    The flower images is from the "Blooming with Kindness" stamp set as well as the word "Hope".  Several framelet metal dies were used along with a sizzlet (background layer of "Hope").

    The flower was embossed first with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder onto First Edition paper.  The embossed layers (flower and Vanilla background) were sponged with a little coffee crumb to give it an aged effect.

    July 10, 2012

    Summer Spectrum ~ PCS July 2012

    Ready for another fresh issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler.  This month's theme is filled with projects highlighting the radiant colors summer.  Bring the sunshine into your home with these brightly colored projects in the July 2012 issue, "Summer Spectrum". 

    July 3, 2012

    Stampinton's July Guest Artist

    Guess who's the guest artist in Stampington's July issue of the Stampers' Sampler?  

    A big thanks to Stampington for the six page layout. 

    Here's some close-ups of a hand-ful of what was published: