Friday, May 31, 2013

It's Friday!

Hello Nesters!  Can you believe it's Friday already?  Even though it's been a "short week" with the holiday, I'm still ready for the weekend. 

I have some new cards to share with you this week.  I recently got the Echo Park "Sweet Girl" collection and have had so much fun creating with it.

I used some of the cute chipboard self-adhesive pieces for this first card.  I also used some October Afternoon Washi tape at the bottom of the card.  I attached the paper doll and the sentiment with pop dots for added dimension.

For this next card, I made my own oval doily using my Cuttlebug.  The banner across the top is a sticker from the Sweet Girl collection.  The bird and sentiment are also stickers ~ I just attached them with pop dots.  Stickers are so versatile because you can use them flat on a surface, or "pop" them up.

I used dimensional stickers, from the Sweet Girl collection, for this card.  The "sentiment" was hand cut from some patterned paper and glued on.  I made a border from some left over patterned paper to give it a little added "zip".

I made one more card, using this collection, while I was in the card-making mood.  I used three different patterned papers for the base of this card.  The words "Lovely and Girl" were hand cut from some scraps and again, I used stickers.  The little dresses on the clothesline were attached directly to the card and the flowers were attached with pop dots.

Thanks for stopping by today and letting me share my newest cards with you.  We'd love to hear from you in our Facebook Group

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

We Call Her George!

Last week I mentioned how I wanted to try this sketch from The Paper Bakery...
Well, I was able to complete this layout over the holiday...

Since Paper Issues current issue is using dies and an Everyday Life theme, I decided to use an Instagram photo about our Everyday Life I have to say that I love the story behind this photo. My daughter's insistence that Curious George was a girl and so needed to wear a tutu. And on top of that, needed to be buckled into the car seat when riding with us. :) Definitely something I want to remember. One of the "little things" that I might forget if I didn't scrapbook about it. Isn't scrapbooking a wonderful thing?

I would like to challenge you to scrapbook one of those little everyday moments, and bonus points if you use the sketch as your starting point ;)
Also make sure if you do complete a page with an Everyday Life theme, to link it up at Paper Issues
*Here*. They are giving away *seven* prize packs of dies and Shape N Tape sheets to participants from Lifestyle Crafts!
If you use die cut machines and emboss, than this may definitely be a good prize for you! :)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Matte Multi-Medium Magic

Howdy Nesters!  Today I want to share a really cool product that's new to me: Claudine Hellmuth Studio's Multi-Medium.

I used this gel medium to transfer patterned paper to some wood shapes (I used Studio Calico wood veneer products).

I was hoping to show a video of the process, but my camera died this weekend and the videos on my old camera are not compatible with iMovie.  (Funny thing...just last week I told my husband I wanted to upgrade to a Canon dSLR.  So, if anyone has recommendations - I don't want to spend a fortune - please leave a comment on this post!)

The steps are really easy though.  First you paint the multi-medium on your surface, and then attach your patterned paper pattern side down.

Allow to dry (I gave them 24 hours) and then wet the paper with water.  Rub off the paper with your fingers and you're done!

It's really easy and a very cool technique!

One thing I learned: be very liberal when applying the medium to your surface.  You'll see areas in my photos where the paper did not transfer - it's because there wasn't enough medium in those places.

Overall, I was pleased with my first attempt.  Here's a close-up of a small bird shape (I had to use an x-acto knife to clean leftover pieces of medium from this one):

I'm going to use these pieces in a layout soon, and I'll be sure to share that with y'all.  :)

Before I go today, I want to share one more thing.  A couple weeks ago, I shared that I am now a consultant with Close to my Heart.  To help the victims of the tornado in Oklahoma, CTMH is donating 100% of the profits from this brand new stamp set to the Red Cross:

I've got an online party running until this Friday if you'd like to purchase this thank you stamp.  (Remember, with a $35 purchase, you're eligible to purchase the Dream Pop paper set for only $10, and with a $50 purchase, you can grab the May Stamp of the Month set for just $5!)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

My New Scraproom

We recently moved and I've been busy getting my scrap room furnished, organized and up and running.  I've had several people who have wanted to see my progress, so I thought I'd share some pictures with you this week.

This is the blank slate that I started with.  It's great room, on the front of the house, with double windows and lots of natural light.

I have always wanted one of those shabby chic islands, and I finally got one!  I love the two deep and long drawers, plus there are shelves down below, in the bottom cabinets.  The back side of the island has a drop-down section, but I have it up because I need lots of work surface.

I also have a dedicated coloring area now and I finally invested in an Ott light.  As you can see, I have lots of natural light during the day and the Ott light for night time coloring.

Here's another work surface.

And I have to show you this awesome revolving organizer, which was a surprise gift from my good friend Stacy Harper-Watson!! 

I converted the closet into a storage unit and now I can clean up the room and just shut the closet doors!  I love this!!

In case you hadn't noticed, I'm huge on "containers".  Haha.  It's the only way I can stay half way organized.

Thanks for letting me share my progress with you.  

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Scrapbooking Around the Net!

Here are a few fun scrap activities happening on the internet right now.
1. Paper Issues has a new issue up starting this week with Lifestyle Crafts as the sponsor. For those of you who use dies in your scrapbooking, this could be for you! There is a chance to win one of seven prize packs from Lifestyle Crafts.
You can see all the details *Here!*

2. And over at The Paper Bakery, the second sketch for the month of May was revealed today.
I have completed layouts using all of the sketches there so far and I think this one looks fun, too!

3. One of the things I love about  Big Picture Classes is there free events and classes.
There latest is a fun "Pajama Party" sponsored by Close to My Heart. That one is coming up on May 30th and you can learn more about it and see how to register *Here!*

Well, that is all I have for now, but I think it is enough to keep me busy for the next two weeks :) Have you seen any fun, interesting scrap activities or classes around the net recently?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Follow My Lead

Today I have something new to share with you - a sketch from me! I'm going to walk you through a layout I created using this sketch:

I have a bad habit of not measuring before I cut patterned paper, but here are the rough dimensions of the five papers I used:
  • tan background square: 11 in x 11 in
  • dark blue pennant: 4 in x 10 in
  • orange rectangle: 9.25 in x 7.25 in
  • red rectangle: 2 in x 7 in
  • turquoise rectangle (photo mat): 8.25 in x 6.25 in
I started out with my papers and two 4 in x 6 in photos:

I adhered the large square piece to my cardstock and then adhered the pennant on the right side of that square:

Next, I adhered the larger (orange) rectangle.  After border punching one of the long sides of the small (red) rectangle, I attached that to the left of the orange rectangle.

Then came the photo mat with my two photos.

Now, it's time for the fun stuff: embellishments!  I knew I wanted the right side of the page to have a larger cluster of embellishments, so I went to town with stickers, washi tape, chipboard, enamel dots, and cork.

The inside of the cork camera needed a little something, though.

I decided to try putting a heart in the center of the camera.  I grabbed this vellum arrow from a pile on my desk (you can see a bit of the chaos that is my work surface in this next picture) and I pulled out this triple heart punch that I've had for several years:

I ended up cutting out three hearts, and I used two of them.  I needed a piece of foam tape to pop up the hearts, and you can see how it shows through.  I added a second heart on top of the first using Tombow Mono glue in an attempt to hide the foam.

 And here is the final product:

Here's another shot of the embellishment cluster on the right:

And here's the left-hand side:

I hope you enjoyed this walk-through.  If you create a layout based on my sketch, please share it in our Facebook group or link in the comments.  I'd love to see what you create!

Also, if you enjoy sketches, please leave a comment.  I may introduce these as a regular feature here on the Nest.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Using Chipboard & Stickers on Cards

Hello Nesters!  I have some new cards to share with you this week.  

I just love all of the adorable chipboard embellishments that come with some of the paper collections!!   They're so much fun to use on cards.

This first card has quite a variety of chipboard on it.

The patterned paper and chipboard elements are all from October Afternoon.  I created the banner out of individual pieces of chipboard and made sure that each end touched the end next to it ~ to make the banner.  I added the little chipboard butterfly to the top and the chipboard buttons in each corner at the bottom. 

 Of course, you know how much I love ribbon, so I added a little gingham bow to each button.  I finished the card off with a tiny sentiment from Webster's Pages.  It was in one long strip, so I cut it apart and inked each piece all the way around.

Here's a close up photograph.

I also love all of the wonderful coordinating sheets of stickers that come with some paper collections ~ I'm talking about those awesome 12 x 12 sheets.

{I posted last January, that I don't like the "stickiness" of stickers, though.  I told you, in that post, how I "de-sticky" them.   I do love what you can create with stickers though.}  

Here's a card that I used three different stickers on.  The patterned paper and all of the stickers are from Echo Park.

This card has a stamped image on it, chipboard and stickers.  

This image is by Floppy Latte and I colored it in (very softly) with my Spectrum Noir markers.  The birdhouse and buttons are chipboard and the border under the flowers is two different strips of stickers.   The patterned paper, chipboard and stickers are also from Echo Park.

I've got one more.  This one was quick and easy, but the result was good!

I just glued two pretty doilies on my patterned paper card.  I overlapped them so that they would cover most of the card.  Then I added the three different chipboard elements.  Like I said, quick and easy.  The chipboard is all from October Afternoon.

I hope I've given you some new ideas about how to use chipboard and stickers on your cards.

Thanks for stopping by today.

~ Cheryl ~

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Video Tutorial: Dawn makes a card!

I guess all those Online Card Classes courses I keep taking are starting to pay off...recently I made not one, but TWO cards!

Here is a video of my process:

And here are the cards I created:

(card set: For a Friend)

I am so proud of myself.  :)

And now, for my announcement...Some of you may have noticed the new ad in the right sidebar of the blog.  I am excited to announce that I am now a Close To My Heart consultant!  The papers featured in my "For You" card are part of the National Scrapbooking Month promtion.  For every $35 you spend, you can purchase the Dream Pop kit (which includes 12 sheets of cardstock + 12 sheets of patterned paper) for only $10.  

Also this month, if you spend $50, you can purchase the Pinwheel Stamp of the Month for only $5!

My CTMH business is helping to support this blog, so you'll hear about specials and promotions each month.  To kick things off, I'm running an online party right now.  I'll be sending a Spring/Summer Idea Book to each person who places a $25+ order!  For orders of $50+, I'll be including an Idea Book plus a $5 gift certificate for a future order!  To order, just click "Join" next to "Dawn's CTMH Online Party" on my website:

Please feel free to contact me (or leave a comment on this post) if you have any questions.

I hope y'all have a fantastic week!  I'll be back on Tuesday with a layout (or two, if I'm really productive this weekend!) to share!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Scrap That Music

I love to create layouts about what I am listening to right now on my ipod.
Here is my most recent...
five Cd's that I am listening to a lot!

Here is my layout I did in April of 2012...
We went to a lot of concerts that spring including Jane's Addiction and The Black Keys from my list. So of course I was listening to them a lot :)

And a layout from May of 2011...
which didn't use any photos. Just song titles and the band name.

Do you ever create layouts or scrapbook projects about the music you love?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Back from a Much-Needed Break

Sometimes, you just need a break.  Last week, I finished up a very hectic semester at work (I ended up teaching 8 classes - and I'm a part-timer!).  I was looking forward to my two-week break before the summer term when last Tuesday happened.  My husband was having some lower abdominal pain, and we spent the day (the WHOLE day) at the doctor's office.  Thankfully, he's fine, but it was a day lost.  And sometimes a day can throw my whole week!  (I'm hoping someone else is like me in this regard...I have very well-managed Asperger's, but I'm totally comfortable blaming it on that, too.)

Then, my husband took a few vacation days (our 13th wedding anniversary was yesterday), and as part of his vacation time, we've taken a break from almost all social media.  It's been really nice.  I even went 36 hours at one point between email checks.  Considering that I normally check email at least 12 times a day (did I mention I teach mainly online classes?), it was especially refreshing to not worry about it - even if it was just for a little while.

Life is returning back to normal tomorrow (my husband is back to work, and the boys and I will go back to our regular routine), but I feel refreshed.  Even if I didn't get as much accomplished around the house as I would have liked.  Even if I didn't get as many crafty projects completed as I had hoped.  I was given the chance to be with my family and rest, and I am thankful for it.

I do have a couple things to share with you this week.  Since I can't write a post without pictures, here are a couple recent layouts:

Later this week, I'll be back with a video post and a little announcement.  :)

Has anyone else taken a break recently?  As I get older, I'm learning that it's important to rest (though I still wish each day had just a couple more hours in it!).

P.S.  For all our momma's (and momma-figures), I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day on Sunday!

Friday, May 10, 2013

A New Layout & Some Pictures

I'm kind of late posting this, but better late than never.  

I wanted to share my latest paper layout with you this week.

I created this for an "Oh Boy" challenge on a site I'm active on.  We were supposed to use pictures of boys or men, chevrons, at least 1 arrow and any kind of twine.  

I took these Instagram pictures of Asher a couple of weeks ago, when he was getting his "big boy haircut".  I just had a batch of Instagram pictures printed up and thought these two pictures would be perfect for this challenge.

The chevrons are on the one piece of patterned paper I used, and I found this wooden arrow in my stash.  I wrapped the twine around the layout 3 times and tied the excess in a big bow.  I also wrapped the arrow and tied a bow on it.  The patterned papers and embellishments are all Echo Park and are a combination of A Boy's Life and Scoot.  

I also have three new pictures to share with you.  I took these yesterday while Asher was eating his lunch.  Don't we all just have to have those pictures of the kids with their messy little faces?  

He was really engrossed in eating.  I cut up an avocado and gave him some of it and guess what?  He loves it!  He was actually eating a piece of it in this picture.

Do you notice the two spoons?  I call him a "two fisted eater".  Haha

This one is a classic:

Dogs are pretty cagey ~ they know to lay right under the babies while they're eating.  If you'll look closely at the dog's face, you'll see a little big of cottage cheese.  Asher is also eating that and apparently, Sam had intercepted a dropped morsel.  LOL

Well, that's about all I have for you this week.  Of course, I have lots and lots of pictures on my camera and my phone, but I'm running out of room on the blog.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

~ Cheryl ~

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Paper Bakery Sketch

Last Wednesday I shared a few on-line spots I was planning to visit on National Scrapbooking Day this past Saturday. The Paper Bakery is one of those places. They had a fun little blog hop, some free cut files and a sketch available.
After the blog hop, I printed up the sketch to give it a try. It is the one layout I was actually able to complete on NSD. :)
I am working on an album for a trip we took to Florida in 2007 right before my daughter was born. I was six months pregnant at the time. These were a few of the photos I came across in the huge stack I had printed. I remember Mike snapping a few photos which is why I am kind of half smiling in the one on the right.
I didn't want this page to go in the trip album. But I thought it would be kind of an interesting take on one aspect of the trip. Truthfully, he was very well behaved despite sleeping in strange hotel, lots of time at the amusement parks and just being totally off schedule. And if you know Evan, you know how much he loves his routines!
Just FYI, I asked Evan's permission before posting this one ;) He thought it was kind of funny. And that is what I love about scrapbooking. That there are memories that may have not been so funny at the time, but we can look back and kind of laugh at now. :)

So if you want to use the sketch, I am sure they would love to have you link it up over at the Paper Bakery blog. They have a place to add links on the right side of their blog. And a chance for one of the lucky participants to win a prize just for joining in.

Let me know if you link up in the comments and I will come visit your blog!
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