Friday, August 31, 2012

Gift Cards

Good morning, Nesters!  I hope you're having a great Friday!  Cheryl here, and this week, I'm going to share some little gift cards that I love to make, using my left-over scrapping supplies.

Here's a bunch of Christmas odds and ends that I had left over from last year:


Here are some random pieces of cardstock that I pulled out of my scrapbox:


I turned all of these odds and ends into these little 3" x 3" gift cards.  All of them were made out of left-overs:


How cute are these?  They're SO much fun and SO easy to make.  I promise you, they're very addicting!  Each card base measures 3" x 6" and you just  fold that in half.  Cut a piece of patterned paper approximately 3" x 3" (sometimes I cut mine just a little smaller) attach it to the front of the card and embellish.


I added patterned paper, a circle that I punched out of another piece of patterned paper and these tiny bows.  Easy peasy.


For a little twist, just use one piece of cardstock (3" x 3") and make a cute tag.  I just attached the punched out circle of patterned paper to the tag and added the cute little bow.  I punched a hole in the corner and added jute to tie the tag onto a gift bag.


Here are three more that I made with a slightly different look.  These are all made the same way.  Make them as plain or as fancy as you want.

You don't have to limit yourselves to Christmas gift cards.  These are nice to make, and keep on hand, for any occasion.  You can make these cards 4" x 4" as well.  I kind of like this size, but that's just a personal preference.  If you wanted to get "scientific", you could "plan" your cuts on a piece of 12" x 12" cardstock.  Personally, I find if much more challenging and fun to dig around in my scrapbox.  LOL

If you haven't joined us over on Facebook, come on over!  We'd love to have you.  Don't forget to "like" us at our Facebook page, too.  If you'd like to try making some of these cuties, we'd love to see them.  You can upload them in our Facebook Group.

Thanks for stopping by today!

~ Cheryl ~




Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Escaping with Kits!

One of the things I love about kits is having a set of product already put together for you. No need to spend ages agonizing over what you are going to use on this particular layout or to go with this photo or that idea.

For me, kits are also a great challenge. For several projects, I try to use only the contents of my kit to create. I may pull an alphabet here and there, but that is it!

In the month of August, I was lucky to work with a kit from Scrapbooking From the Inside Out that had a great theme as well. Escape! As I sat down to brainstorm ideas for layouts, I managed to come up with a few different interpretations of Escape.

Of course you have your obvious travel themes which I used on this layout...
about a weekend excursion to the lake. And this layout...
which was an anniversary trip.
But then I decided to go a little out of the box.
This was actually the first idea I came up with. Even before thinking of traveling. I actually shared this layout at the beginning of the month on a post about books.
And every once in a while, it is great to escape for a night out with my friends :)
For this layout, I went a little deeper. I wanted to share my feelings about escaping real life to just have some quiet time to myself.

So four different versions of escape created using one kit!
Of course kits can come from kit clubs, but you can also put kits together on your own using coordinating product.
Have you ever used a kit or belonged to a kit club?




Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Quick Page

Life has been crazy around here...we started our homeschool year this week, our small group for church kicked off on Sunday, my online classes started last week (I'm the instructor, which means lots of administrative details to tend to), and we're prepping for an upcoming family vacation (yay!).  So I hope you'll forgive me for forgetting what day I'm supposed to be posting around here.  

I do have a quick layout to share with y'all today.  When I'm running in a hundred different directions, usually my crafting is the first thing that gets put aside.  But sometimes, spending a little bit of quality time in my craft room is just what I need to rejuvenate.

With that in mind, here's a quick layout I recently completed in about half an hour:



When I'm short on time, I usually go for a smaller size layout, and this one is an 8.5 x 11.  I'm actually hoping to start a smaller (either 8 x 8 or 6 x 6) album for my boys to record the the next year.  I've got an older K & Company pad of paper that I think will work perfectly for them...I'll share as soon as I've got something to show.  :)

I'm also getting ready for Fall.  Autumn is, hands down, my favorite time of year.  In fact, I'm pulling out the decorations this weekend.  It matters not that I live in south Georgia and the weather is still in the 90's, I'm prepping for fall!  I've got some fall/halloween/thanksgiving projects planned too, so I'll be sharing those in the next few weeks.

Before I go, please don't forget the photo challenge...I really want to give away some paper!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Photo Challenge Reminder

I just want to remind our Nesters that the week-in-photos challenge is still running...make sure you get your pictures posted to our Facebook group by the end of the week to win our Teresa Collins prize!

I'll actually be back tomorrow with my regularly scheduled post.  And no, I didn't forget that I'm no longer posting on Fridays...not at all.  ;)



Friday, August 24, 2012

Doily Love

Hello Nesters and Happy Friday!  Cheryl here to bring you my Friday Challenge.  Do you know what's inexpensive, fairly easy to find and looks awesome on cards and layouts?  DOILIES!!  I'm talking about those paper doilies that are just about everywhere.  I even find them at the Dollar Store, especially when the Christmas and Valentine goodies start showing up on the shelves.  You can always find them at Michael's (and probably Joan's) - but Michael's has a wonderful baking and candy making section where you can find all sizes.  I absolutely love them!!

I suppose I love doilies so much because they remind me of both of my grandmas.  I have dozens of doilies, of all sizes, that Granny and Grandma crocheted that I'll never part with.  (I'm SO sentimental about my doilies that I've never used any of the ones that my grandmas crocheted on a project that would require gluing or otherwise altering.  (I have used those cheap dollar "fake" handmade doilies on a thing or two, though.)

do love to use paper doilies on my projects.   If I showed you all the things I've used doilies on, it would be many many posts, so I've just picked out a few things to share with you today.   This is one of my more recent cards.  I wanted to use this image, which I call "Marilyn" that I got from Free Vintage Images.   I had gotten these beautiful handmade flowers from a friend and wanted to use them along with this piece of yellow patterned paper.  Still, I needed something to made the card "pop".  The paper doilies were just the perfect touch.  Notice I said doilies - that's because I never think one thickness looks like enough.  I usually use at least two, sometimes three.

 
Here's another card where I used doilies.  The nest is also from Free Vintage Images.  LOL  Seems like I use these a lot, doesn't it?  


Here's another card:


This card is a doily.  LOL  Many doilies, in fact.  I had to make it stiff enough to stand up.  When I got ready to photograph it, I had to put it on this little stand.

I made this card a few years ago and it's one that I've kept.  It's one of my favorite cards ever.  I found this image free on the internet.  I was surfing, trying to find a vintage Valentine image that I liked.  I loved this one because my husband's father was from The Netherlands and I loved the "Vy Not Be My Valentine?"


It doesn't photograph as well as I'd like, because it has coats of Mod Podge on it.  I folded this doily and put it behind the image.

Last, but certainly not least, here's  layout I created last Valentine's Day.  It's one of my favorite photographs of my parents.


I found these pink doilies at the Dollar Store.  They're heart-shaped and I actually used three of them behind the picture.  The points are all together (under the picture).

There are so many ways to use doilies in your projects.  My challenge this week is to create something that you use a doily or doilies on.  They can be any size and they can even be digital.  I just used a digital doily for a layout, in fact.  I'll save the digital doilies for another post.  Haha

You can upload your project to our Craft Your Nest Facebook Group.  If you haven't joined our group, we'd love to have you!!  Be sure to "like" us here at our Craft Your Nest Facebook Page.  There's always room at the nest!!

I'll be back next Friday with a new challenge for you!  Happy Crafting!

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The End of Summer

I am always a little sad when summer ends.
And the beginning of the school year pretty much signals that for me.
Luckily my kids start pretty late this year compared to most schools.
In fact, several of their friends and cousins have already been in school a week or two.
But we have until next Monday before getting back into the school year routine :)
And after such a fun summer, I am trying to enjoy every last minute.
Remembering the good times and why I love summer.
To me...
summer is...
a time for relaxing...

a time for traveling near...
 or far...
It's a time for playing outside and enjoying life.

What is summer to you?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Is it Tuesday already?

We are having a major case of the Mondays around here.  I'm not sure if I should blame it on the rain or if we're still tired out from all our traveling...either way, today has not been very productive.  I do have some pictures to share, though - including a picture of the prize for the "week in pictures" challenge I'm running.

Last week I wrote about my Mom and her scary post-surgery complications (we're talking blood clots in both lungs scary).  I'm happy to report that she is now home and doing really well.  We are so thankful for her healing and recovery!

But Mom's situation led me to think about how much life can change in one week, and I posted a week-in-photos type of challenge.  So, here's how my past week shaped up:




We had a mini-family reunion with my husband's family in Orange Beach, AL.  On our first day, we visited the Naval Aviation museum in nearby Pensacola...my boys are WWI and WWII junkies, so they were loving it!



We visited a seafood restaurant and enjoyed feeding the turtles outside.  I've never seen turtles move as fast as these!



Of course, we had to spend some time at the beach...this is my youngest enjoying the Gulf of Mexico.



In my family, no vacation is complete without a round of mini-golf!



And we can't forget the arcade...my little guy really got into his game of skee-ball!



Before we left, we tried to get a picture of the cousins...at least most of them are looking at the camera.  ;)



And finally, back at home, I think it was safe to say the kitten missed us.  (Yes, we do have winter sheets on our bed in August...call it wishful thinking.)

So that was my week!  I'd love to see a week in your life in pictures.  You can join in the challenge by posting your 7 (or more) photos to our Craft Your Nest Facebook group.

By the way, at the end of the month, I'll randomly choose someone who entered the challenge to win a set of Teresa Collins Celebrate papers.  Here's a peek at what you'll get:



Before I sign off, I'd like to share a layout I finished while we were at the beach.  (I wanted to be prepared in case of rainy days.  That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!)  Here's what I made:



That's it for this Monday.  I look forward to seeing your pictures, and I hope you have a great week!

Friday, August 17, 2012

What Do You Do With It?


Hello Nesters and Happy Friday!  Cheryl  here with a new ATC and a project challenge.  You know I'm the "Card Chick", but you also know that I love making ATCs.  First of all, let me show you my newest "tiny treasure", based on a sketch by Pagemaps:



People almost always ask me the same thing.  "What do you DO with the ATCs that you make"?  Well, I keep most of them.  (You know I'm a hoarder and that's just one more thing I hoard.  LOL)  However, I've just started turning some of them into wall art.  (It's not actually on the wall yet, but it will be.)  I bought four identical wooden layout frames and here's what the first one looks like:



I filled this 12 x 12 layout frame with two of my favorite cards (that I couldn't part with ~ I hoard some of them too) and four of my ATCs.  I used a piece of 12 x 12 patterned paper for my background.  I think this one is Rusty Pickle ~ I wanted to use something with script on it.  I actually attached the patterned paper to the 12 x 12 piece of cardboard that was already in the picture frame, because the paper I used was very thin.  Then I proceeded to make a "scrapbook page" just using my cards and ATCs.  They're all just attached to the background paper just like a page.  So, now I just have to get those other three identical frames filled.  Something to do in my "spare time", right??

If you'd like to see the four ATCs out of the frame, come on over to my blog and take a look.

My question to you is: "Have you ever turned your papercrafting projects into a home decor piece"?  If so, we'd LOVE to see them!  All you have to do is join our Facebook Craft Your Nest Group (if you haven't already) and upload your projects there.

C'mon over and join in on the fun!  Even if you don't have a project to share, join our Group!  We'd love to have you!!  I'll see you again next Friday here on the blog and hope to see you over on Facebook!!

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Back to School!

It's that time of year! Time to go back to school.
And today I want to share an older layout I made about going back to school that is not very traditional and unique to us.

My layout is about a tradition Evan and I started the year after his little sister was born. I could tell he was needing more one on one time with me. And this trip was a perfect excuse for just that! We go to a hotel about 30-45 minutes from the house, eat lots of great food, swim in the hotel pool, go back to school shopping and to a movie. We always have such a great time on these trips!

My challenge to you:
Scrap something unique about your "back to school" traditions. Maybe you do something special on the first day of school every year. Or have a unique school supply that would make a great subject of a page. Or a fun teacher gift. Teachers, scrap a page about your classroom :)
And if you aren't involved with schools any more, my challenge for you is to use "school themed supplies on a page".

As always, if you play along with the challenge, please share your project with us.
Either link up here or join in with our Facebook group!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Come Celebrate With Me!

I have a confession to make...I don't have a project ready to share with you this morning.   I do have a very good excuse, though.  

Last Tuesday, I received a phone call that I wouldn't wish on anyone. My Mom was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening complications from surgery. Needless to say, my family dropped everything and made the 10+ hour trip to be with her.  Fast forward to today...she has made an incredible recovery and will most likely get to go home today. In the span of 7 days, she went from being unable to move from a hospital bed to walking laps in the hospital hallway!  What a difference a week makes!

In thinking back on this past week, I've been reflecting on how quickly life can change - for both better and worse.  While I'm thanking God for the recovery my Mom has made this week, I know that there are others who had to say goodbye to precious loved ones in the same time span.

My challenge to you is to document this week in photos.  Each day, take one - or more - pictures of your everyday life and post on our Facebook page.   (If you're not already a member, just ask to join through Facebook and I'll add you ASAP.)

Because I'm celebrating my Mom's recovery, I'll be giving away a set of papers from Teresa Collin's Celebrate line!  Next Monday, I'll randomly select a winner from everyone who completed the week-in-photos challenge by posting at least one picture each day for the next seven days.

I'm looking forward to sharing this next week with you!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Cut It Up

Hello and happy Friday!  Cheryl, your Card Chick here, and this week I'd like to show you how to "cut it up".  I'm a patterned paper nut ~ I LOVE to use it any way I can.  Quite often, I even use it to make my own embellishments.  Sometimes, I actually buy paper just to cut up and make embellishments.  When I saw this busy paper covered with butterflies, for instance, I KNEW I'd never use it just for a background.  I KNEW that I'd cut all of those butterflies out by hand.  I still have a piece of it, so I scanned it for you:


The paper is 12 x 12, but I only have an 8 1/2 x 11 scanner ~ so you get the idea.  LOL  Busy, busy, busy, huh?  I actually had a vision when I bought several sheets of it, though.  Here's a card that I made, with a bright yellow background and I added some of the small butterflies:


I curled their wings for added dimension and attached them with tiny pop dots.  Here's another card that I made, using some more of the butterflies:


This time, I used one of the larger butterfles and one small one.  I also curled their wings and added rhinestones.  Do you recognize that flower?  It's cut from the same paper that the first card is made from.  I cut out some of the petals and overlapped and stacked them.  Like I said, I'm a patterned paper nut.

My challenge to you is to "cut it up".  Make your own embellishments ~ you can use flowered patterned paper, for instance.  Cut out the flowers and use them for embellishments on a card, or cut out some butterflies, if you have some.  Go through your scrapbook stash box and find some of that busy paper and make your own embellishments.  Let your imagination run wild.

If you'd like to join in on this challenge, or any of our challenges, upload your project to our Facebook Group page.

Til next Friday, have a great weekend and "Happy Scrapping"!

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Triangle Challenge!

A recent trend in scrapbooking I have been noticing lately is the addition of triangles to scrap pages. It kind of goes hand in hand with chevrons which have also been hot. They are both a great way to add movement to a page and draw your eye along a layout.
For two of my recent design team projects, I was inspired to add a few triangles to my pages.
The triangles on this page actually come from this Dear Lizzy banner...
that I took apart in a few places.
On this layout, I actually cut the triangles from the tips of some of the chevrons of this paper...

that is from the Pink Paislee Prairie Hill line.
And here are a few more favorite triangular products.
The Crafter's Workshop has this great template I can just see being used as a mask for misting or with any other type of mixed media medium. Plus their site has great how to video's as well!
Love, love, love wood veneer! It has taken the place of chipboard for me these days, and Studio Calico has lots of fun shapes. Especially these banner pieces.
And triangle washi! I found this roll by Love My Tapes at www.twopeasinabucket.com

So my challenge to you this week - create a project using triangles.
And just to help you along, here is a little inspiration that I found on Pinterest.
Love quilts and love the colors!
And the great thing about Pinterest? Because of this photo I discovered this blog - Sew, Mama, Sew!
I am a basic sewer only. Fixing holes and replacing buttons.
But this blog looks like so much fun! :)

Would love to see any creations made using my triangle challenge!
Check out our Facebook group (link to right) or link your project in the comments here :)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Easy Wall Art

Happy Monday!  This morning I'm going to share a Subway Art-inspired project I created for my son's bedroom.  This project is very simple and could easily be a project that you make with your children - mine preferred to supervise though.  ;)


I started with a frame that I picked up on clearance a couple years back.  It was originally intended as a graduation frame (though I think I threw away the mat that came with it...sorry 2010 graduates).  I liked the size (it's just under an 8 x 10) and the fact that it was thicker than most frames (almost, but not quite, a shadowbox).


Using the back of the frame as a guide, I cut a sheet of chipboard and patterned paper to fit.  I also inked the edges of the paper (it's very subtle though).


Next came the most time consuming part of the process.  I knew that I wanted to use some Thickers, but I wanted them to really pop, so I cut down foam squares and applied them to the back of the letters in my phrase.


Before adhering the Thickers to the patterned paper, I placed them down for a rough placement of where they should go.  I paid special attention to the word "courageous" because I knew that would be the first word I adhered.


Using a ruler as a guide, I adhered the letters, starting from the bottom.  This part was also a bit time-consuming, but something that could easily be done in front of the tv.


Once the bottom word was adhered, I eyeballed the space between the words and used the ruler as a top guide to keep the individual words straight.


And that's it!  Once it was done, I popped it in the frame, where it's waiting for my son's room to get painted.  (Because of the glass, it's hard to get a glare-free shot of this...it's brighter in person.)


And finally, here's a shot to show the dimension of the letters:


What are you making this Monday?  Any word art in the works?  I'd love to see your creations!  Simply post on our Facebook group (who knows...you may be featured on the blog in the future!).
 
Images by Freepik