Paper Tearing & Chalking Tutorial...

Today I'm sharing a tutorial for The Paper Variety on a few basic techniques that I use for paper tearing and chalking.

What I like about chalk is it easily adds a subtle enhancement. You can add more or less by simply blending the color with a cotton ball or applicator unlike using ink pads. .

Mermaid Card made from tearing and chalking paper

Mermaid Card


I actually learned this paper tear technique from a scrapbooking demonstration that I attended on a Royal Caribbean Cruise years ago. The chalking was something else I've added.What a great vacation, huh? Sun, food and scrapping!


The Paper Variety Photo Challenge.....You Go Girl!

 For the new challenge this week at The Paper Variety we want to see your creations inspired by this movie poster. 


I love the colors in this movie poster, my first design project at TPV, Wish Upon A Star used this same color palette.

I've yet to see this movie but I did a google search and read it was set in Ireland.

That sparked my first idea of a St. Patrick's Day project then a few other ideas came along but I just kept coming back to that fabulous green dress which needed a cute pair of shoes to match.




So here's my card inspired by my favorite type of shoe and that fabulous green dress. Oh, how I so want a pair of these wedges!




I thought the sentiment inside the card was fitting since the movie is about her asking a man to marry her so...... "You Go Girl"!

Card base and layer-Art Philosophy Cartridge.
Shoe- Paisley Cartridge cut at 2.41 inches.
Paper - K & Co, Handmade Pack
Stamped sentiments from K. Andrew Designs- Fashionable Friends set.

Thanks for looking and we look forward to you linking up with us at TPV for a chance to win this awesome prize from  Apron Strings Designs.

Love Is In The Air Today......Blog Candy Winner!

Happy Valentines Day!  


Thank you so much for all the kind words and blog love I received on my Hot Air Balloon.   

I accidentally deleted the True Random Generator widget from my post but the lucky number that came up was # 13........ Jenny from Jennys Scrapbook Haven!  Yeah-Jenny!


It's Time for Valentines.......

This is what we did this weekend.....made homemade Valentines for my kids classrooms. Fun!

My daughter is 5 and she was totally into making Valentines where as my son who is 7 1/2 really didn't have much interest.  I'm sure he would of preferred the store bought Lego Star Wars Valentine kits if I gave him the choice.  Here's what we came up with for our......

Valentines Suckers



It's a bird, it's a plane......


Wedding Favors.. Sour Cream Containers


Since Spring Weddings are already being planned, I decided to make simple but elegant Wedding Favors out of sour cream containers for the challenge this week at Getting Cricky with K. Andrews .  Too bad there isn't a better name for these little containers, the word "sour" just doesn't sound that elegant but that's what they are thanks to Wendy's.  


Wedding Favor Sour Cream Containers

Wedding Favor Sour Cream Containers

When I got married, 13 years ago, I had the big church, big dress wedding.  If I had to do it again (not that I'm planning on getting married again...LOL),  I'd totally do a shabby chic, barefoot, beach wedding and make these favors! 

Love is in the Air... Valentines Hot Air Balloon

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Welcome to Cooking with Cricut Love Song Blog Hop!  We've got lots of LOVE floating around and our designers have come up with some great Valentine's Day projects inspired by their favorite love songs. 

 The only song that kept playing in my head as a love song was  the original "Love is in the Air"  song by John Paul Young back in 1978.  I know, how generic is that?   The other cheesy song that ran  through my head was "The Love Boat"....Yep, I'm a 70's child and I still dig the music. 

I do have LOVE in the air though, look what I made, a Valentines Hot Air Balloon....Eeeeek!


Valentines Hot Air Balloon

Valentines Hot Air Balloon 


Maybe you've seen a previous posting of mine about a "happy little accident" that I made called  The Best Kisses are Chocolate?

Well, this is the top part of the cupcake!  Yep, since I cut them both in the wrong size, I turned the bottom part into a candy bowl and the top part into a Hot Air Balloon.

A Heart With Love...

    I found this heart shaped box at Target in the dollar bin and I could just hear it calling my name. "Please, alter me with some Ribbons and Glue"....pardon the pun....LOL.


Don't you just love this paper lace?   Suzanne, a fellow design team member of mine at The Paper Variety , posted a tutorial on how to make this faux paper lace.  



Red Hot Love Card.....

This week for Challenge # 72 at Cooking with Cricut we want to see you create a Grown Up Valentine's project using black and brads.  My little "Red Hot" hearts are cut from the Sweethearts cartridge.

Red Hot Love Card

Red Hot Love Valentines Card

I made this card even more "RED HOT" by adding a zebra print brad, rhinestones, red glitter, swirl embossing and tying it all together with a black grosgrain ribbon.

Owl Love You Wreath...

 Guess where I picked up this wreath from?  It's my "90%  off"  after Christmas deal at Target...Cha Ching!  I just knew I could turn this Christmas Wreath into something cute for Valentines Day.
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Owl Valentines Wreath


Valentines Owl Wreath

Isn't Up-cycling fun?  Especially when you find awesome deals and turn them into awesome decor. 


Heart Garland...

I saw this cute Heart Garland on Pinterest and of course I just had to make one myself. 


Simple Heart Garland

Heart Garland

So simple to make and I didn't even use my Cricut....Bleekk!

The Joy of Christmas..

 Look- it's a Christmas layout already scrapped-Yeah!

    Well, it's actually from 2010...I'm really, really behind with all my scrapbooking. I used to be a scrapbooker, I'm still one at heart though. I just haven't scrapbooked much since I've become obsessed with card making and Cricut projects over the last two years. 

Since being on TPV design team, I've been so impressed by the talent these ladies have and there amazing layouts that they've inspired to do a little scrapbooking again.

Joy of Christmas

The Joy of Christmas Layout


This week at The Paper Variety were doing a Sketch Challenge. Now I have to admit, this is also my FIRST sketch challenge ever!

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