Saturday, December 27, 2014

Fleas Navidad (Scrapbook Saturday)

What's more precious than a baby's first Christmas? How about a baby and puppy's first Christmas together? For today's Scrapbook Saturday share, designer Melissa Craig has created a fun-filled page celebrating her cousin's baby, Leo, and his first Christmas together with their puppy, PJ. I always love to see photos of baby Leo, but add in PJ's adorable puppy face, and my heart just goes pitter-patter! You can tell these two babies are having a high time enjoying the holiday together. The lower right photo of Leo giggling as PJ wags his tail near his face makes me giggle, too. Oh what joy!

To create this page, Melissa used the red and white dotted paper with a sentiment and one of the puppy images from the "Puppy's Christmas" set (available HERE for non-EU residents and HERE for EU residents). She shaped her photos to be the colorful centers of ball ornaments, topping each with a bit of digital ribbon. The way the ornaments kind of bump up against each other reflects the playfulness of Leo and PJ. The sweet prim tree she added makes a great color contrast, and ties in the pretty green ornament-shaped journalling box. "Fleas Navidad" indeed! :-)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

New Year's Crackers with Pippa Price

The new year is just around the corner! How will you celebrate? Today our December Guest Designer, Pippa Price, has a clever little project to share that would brighten up any New Year's celebration. She made her own set of New Year's crackers -- wow!

Pippa used one of the printable papers and the balloon centerpiece image from the Fun & Festive set to create this. She colored each little decorative motif by hand using Spectrum Noir pens. Here's a close-up of one of them.  You can see that she even shaded the balloons to look as if the ones in the background are showing through those in the foreground just slightly, as balloons do -- beautiful!

Pippa purchase some snaps, hats, and mottos from eBay with which to fill the crackers. Each cracker is made using a Memory Makers punch board, and decorated with patterned paper from this digi set. She tied the ends of one with some pretty purple ribbon to give it an extra festive touch.

She tells me that the little gift box that holds these sweet crackers is "cobbled together" from white cardstock. She didn't have any huge sheets with which to work, so she got creative (of course!) and put extra pieces to make the sides of the box. She cut an aperture into the lid, and lined it with snowy acetate film. She covered the area surrounding the aperture with the same printable paper from which she created the crackers. Each little cracker is adorable, but as a set, they are amazing, aren't they?

Pippa calls these "New Year Crackers" because of the theme she chose, but reminds us that these could be made for Christmas, too, or any special celebration, really. How excited would the guests at your next party be to get a clever little creation like this as a party favor? This is definitely one I'm going to have to try -- I know my girls will love helping to make -- and use! -- some of these. Great idea, Pippa, and we thank you for sharing it with all of us!

We'll be back with one last share by Pippa next week. In the meantime, don't forget to stop by her blog -- "Views from the Craft Room" -- and leave her some love! :-)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Sponsoring at Clear It Out Challenge!

Do you hoard craft supplies? I sure do! I've been a crafter most of my life, and have way more supplies than I will probably use in my lifetime. I made a New Year's vow a couple of years ago to not buy anything other than glue and the like until I worked through what I had. Let's just say that I haven't even made a dent in it. If you, like me, need a little extra push to use up some of those supplies you've been hoarding, why not give the challenge at "Clear It Out" a try? Each week at Clear It Out, there is a different challenge theme, but an important part of each challenge is "and use something from your stash!" This week the challenge theme is to lift your favorite card of 2014 (one of their designers' or someone else's) plus use something from your stash. If that isn't an easy challenge, I don't know what is! Plus, if you play along, you could win $15 digis from our shop. With the going-out-of-business sale we have going, that could buy you a lot of digis!

Here's a card that I made for this challenge. I lifted this card that Laura of the C.I.O. team made for the August 5 challenge.

As you can see, I copied the layout, theme, and general colors of her card. Using pre-colored digis from the "Ugly Sweaters" set (HERE for non-EU residents and HERE for EU residents) this card came together in less than 5 minutes -- a first for me. The "stash" elements that I used include the Kraft cardstock base (in my stash for 3 years) and the stick-on red "brads" (in my stash for 2 years). Thanks, Laura, for the inspiration!

This truly was one of the easiest challenges ever, and I hope you'll stop by and give it a try. :-)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Want $10 in Free Digis? :-)

I mentioned in my post about our shop closing that we'd be going out in a FUN way. I'm determined not to let "the tax man" totally spoil what has been a fabulous few years sharing digis with you! Part 1 of that is the sale currently going on at the shop (all prices reduced by 75% with no set more than $1). Part 2 is this: join in our December "Digi of the Month" challenge, and in addition to receiving the January set for free, I'll send you a $10 gift code to our shop! With prices being as low as they are, you should be able to snag several items from your digi wish list with that, right? All you have to do to play along with the challenge is create and link up a project made with the December set -- "Happy Brrr-Day" -- by the challenge deadline of December 28. The bear image that I used on the scrapbook page at the top of today's post is from that set. Don't you want to play with him? If you don't already have this set, you can get it in our shop for just 31 cents. Yes, you read that right -- 31 cents!

If you already linked up your December Digi of the Month challenge creation, please check your email for the coupon code to get your $10 of digis. If you haven't played, well, what are you waiting for?!? :-)