Everyone has a story to tell, here's mine sprinkled with some creative projects along the way.
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stockings Gift Tags *Inspired by Stamping*

One of my new traditions for the Holiday season is giving homemade gifts from the kitchen. About two years ago I started making fudge and I fell inlove with how (a) fairly easy it was to make them and (b) they're quite delicious. My favorite one is the pumpkin pecan fudge. Just thinking about it makes me giddy! 

Anyways, part of my packaging for the fudge gifts are handmade tags and I love how most Inspired By Stamping stamp sets come with a downloadable cut file that can be used with the Silhouette machine. In the project below, I made four tags with a stocking cut file as my base. I added some stamping and twine and it's ready to be added to my homemade gifts this year.

Stocking Gift Tags
I cut the stockings twice from each pattern paper so that both sides of the tag would have the same pattern paper. Note: If you are replicating this project, make sure you flip on of the stocking image first before cutting it.

I then inked up the edges, stamped the stocking edge, added some leaves (which I cut as well) and my sentiment. Since the tags were about 1 1/2" wide, the sentiment I chose was small as well. 


So there you have it. Another quick project to add some homemade touch to your gift giving this year. 

For more info about the stamps used in this project as well as all the latest releases from Inspired by Stamping, please visit the site here

Till next time,
Grace

Friday, November 21, 2014

Santa's Helper layout *Inspired By Stamping*

One of my favorite part of the season is being able to decorate my home for the Holidays. I usually purchase decorations the day after Christmas so I can steal some deals. One year I got the Santa doll that my daughter is holding in the photos of my scrapbook page. It's so cute and we place him on the living room couch for everyone to see. And when you squeeze his hand, he will talk greeting you a Very Merry Christmas.

santashelper

 To dress up my page, I used the gingerbread man image from the Sugar and Spice set. I heat embossed the gingerbread man outline and face feature using white embossing powder. I stamped it on Kraft cardstock for that authentic gingerbread man color. I also added a red bow tie to give him some more personality. Super cute!

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 I also added some candy images on my title block as well as the "believe" paper block.

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 So there you have it. I hope this inspired you to document some of your favorite Holiday traditions and add some stamping fun in them.
 -Grace
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Sugar and Spice, Inspired By Stamping
Others: Cardstsock, Pattern papers, die cut borders, circle cutter, white embossing powder

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hello card *challenge entry*

Happy Thursday and I hope you have been enjoying my crafty posts all this week. I gotta tell you, it feels good to create and use up my stash. Now I don't feel guilty having all of these beautiful products surround me, because I'm actually putting them to good use. My latest share was inspired by this from the Fusion challenge blog....

Hello card
I decided to use the sketch as my main prompt. Instead of having a card that is more vertical, I did mine horizontal. The jar die cut represented that long block on the sketch and the circle (with a heart sticker) is the star element of my card.

I was also inspired by the photo and so I used a scallop border punch to create that lace effect like on the cake and my background pattern paper has an ombre look as well.

So there you have it. Thanks for stopping by and if you have a challenge blog that I haven't played along with and you think it might be a great springboard for my next project, please share. I'm always looking for inspirations and your fave challenge blog might just be it.

Have a great day.

till next time,
Grace

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Slurpee Day layout *challenge entry*

Hi there. It's me again and this time with another layout using this sketch as a prompt from Stuck?! sketches blog...


Slurpee Day layout
I loved the sketch and the way it incorporated many patterns and elements. It's the perfect prompt for me to use up my stash.

It felt good to stick this cute drinking glass sticker on the page. I finally found a use for it. I don't know about you but it felt good to find a layout to match my stash. No more hoarding for me. Ha!



Thanks for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Wishing you a Beautiful day card *Challenge entry*

I love sketches. They are always my "go-to" prompts for inspiration. The card below was made with this sketch in mind....

Wishing you a beautiful day card
I used some scraps from my layout yesterday (see post below) and a stamp from Inspired by Stamping which can be found here. I added some pink buttons for a visual triangle and called it a day. I love the simplicity of the card and the many ways I can take the sketch into my own style.

I'm lovin' the colors on this card. It takes me back to a warmer season, something I'm missing right now because of snow on the ground and cold weather.

Thanks for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, November 17, 2014

10 years layout *challenge entry*

Happy Monday friends. I have realized two things recently...one that the whole scrapbooking "industry" is changing. It's definitely different now compared to five (or even two) years ago and second, I scrapbook because at the root of it all, I love it and this is how I show my love for my family. Documenting both the special occasion as well as the everyday moments shows that I care about them and that I don't want to forget the special memories we share. 

With that being said, I'm making a conscious effort to continue doing what I do not for design team responsibilities or the need to add another project to my "published item" list. Gone are those days. This week, I'm sharing some projects that I made for me and my family with the help of challenges. I love challenges, they take me out of my comfort zone. But I'm not playing along because I want to be in the DT or that I want to be "noticed". Nope. I'm playing because I am inspired and it helps me use up my stash. 

So how about let's start with this one....

I made the layout below using this sketch from Stick it Down blog

 I also used the following prompts from Scrap our stash challenge....
Create a layout and you must include the specific items and quantities on the list below:
5 ~ Patterned Papers
4 ~ Stickers or Cardstock Stickers
3 ~ Numbers
2 ~ Stamps or Rub ons
1 ~ Paint or mist

and here's the result...
These are images from when my husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary two years ago. Yes I'm that behind and no I'm not at all sad about it. 

I like the single photo sketch but we all know that most of the time we have more than one photo. It's a good thing that I printed these images off in a 2x3 size so I was able to fit them all in one page.

As for the breakdown of the prompts, here it goes...
5 ~ Patterned Papers (I actually used 6 counting the journaling block cut from pattern paper)
4 ~ Stickers or Cardstock Stickers (title, word stickers and even dimensional ones which are the pinwheel and camera)
3 ~ Numbers (the numbered journaling, handwritten 2012 and #2 on the bottom)
2 ~ Stamps or Rub ons (the stamped numbers by the photos and the stamped sentiment on the bottom)
1 ~ Paint or mist (black speck of mists scattered in the layout)


Please stop by everyday this week for a new project from me and if you are so inclined, leave me a comment and tell me what has been your driving force lately to continue plugging along in making your papercrafting projects.

Till next time,
Grace

Monday, November 10, 2014

Glittered Christmas cards *Ribbons Unlimited Inc.*


Hello there ribbon friends.  It’s that time of the year again. I’m talking about tackling those holiday projects. Today I’d like to share a couple of cards where I used some ribbon and glitter to add some “shine” to these Holiday greetings.

 Instructions:
1. Create your card base. Mine measured to 4 ¼ x 5 ½”

2. Cut a strip of the candy stripe ribbon and adhere it on the center of the card front horizontally. Cut staggered length of the pastel green satin ribbon to create the Christmas tree, don’t adhere yet.

3. Adhere a strip of adhesive on the center of the ribbon strips, pour glitter over it, press to adhere the glitter and dump the rest back into the container or on a scrap of paper. Use a paint brush to clean off the rest of the glitter on the ribbon. Decorate the tree with die cut and stickers.

4. For the frame card-  Adhere some of the pastel green trim around the card front using strips of adhesive.

5 Adhere another layer of adhesive over the center of the ribbon frame and add glitter, brushing off the excess. Decorate with stickers and die cuts.

Here are some pictures of the final product….






Thank you for joining me today and I hope this inspired you to add glitter to your favorite trims to make your next crafting project “sparkle “ even more.

Happy Creating,
Grace



Supplies Used:
Satin,Pastel green, 5/8”, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Grosgrain,Stripes, 5/8”, Ribbons Unlimited Inc.
Paper and stickers- Noel, SEI
Glitter- American Crafts

Others- Adhesive strip, foam adhesive

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Happy Holidays card *Inspired By Stamping*

Hi there crafty friends. Today I'm sharing a card I made using the latest stamp release from Inspired By Stamping.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year card
I can't believe that Christmas is just around the corner. I'm still debating if I should make handmade Christmas cards or do a photo card like what I've been doing this past couple of years. I love creating handmade cards and it helps me make a dent in my stash but let's face it, with a new baby, creating 50 or so cards might be a challenge. Do you have any tips to make mass producing cards a "breeze" to accomplish?

Anyways in this card, I wanted to highlight the sentiment which is from this stamp set. I used the Fancy Labels 2 die, cut two and layered them on top of each other. Before adding the foam adhesive on the small one,I stamped some snowflakes from this set using some blue ink. I added glitter glue to the center for a finished touch. 
If you would like to know more about the stamps I used and any other products from Inspired By Stamping, please visit the site here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Glue Dots Favorite things blog hop

Hello friends. Today I'm honored to be a part of the Glue Dots favorite things blog hop. One of my favorite things about Fall are all the traditions. My family and I love to carve jack-o-lanterns, make caramel apples and bake yummy goodies. One of our favorite cookies to make are pumpkin cookies. They are delicious and when my kids were little, they love decorating them with all sorts of candies. Here's the recipe that we have used all these years...
Pumpkin Cookie recipe
*a Libby's pumpkin brand recipe

4 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
2 cups quick or old fashion oats, uncooked
2 tsp. baking soda
2 ts. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 can (16 oz.) Solid pack pumpkin
1 cup real semi-sweet chocolate morsels
Assorted icings or peanut butter
Assorted candies, raisins or nuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, oats, soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside. Cream butter; gradually add sugars, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla;  mix well. Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin, mixing well after each addition. Stir in morsels. For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet spread into pumpkin shape using a thin metal spatula. Add a bit more dough to form stem. Bake at 350 degrees, 20-25 mins., until cookies are firm and lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets, cool on racks. Decorate using icing or peanut butter to affix assorted candies, raisins or nuts.

Yields about 32 large cookies
VARIATION: substitute 1 cup raisins for morsels

*Even without the candy decorations, these cookies are wonderful. And we like cream cheese frosting on this cookies. They taste well together.

Another tradition we love to do is to make these cookies and share them with friends. Here's a cute container project that you can make to package your homemade gifts....

Thinking of you gift boxes
Supplies:
        1” Glue Lines, Glue Dots®
Pop Up,  Glue Dots®
Themed paper and ribbon
Transparency
Stamp for sentiment
Ink
Die cut machine
Button 
Twine


Instructions:
1. Cut the boxes from pattern paper using a die cut machine and a cut purchased from the Silhouette store. Cut some maple leaf design from paper as well. 

2. I wanted to make three containers so I cut three boxes plus 9 leaves.

3. Cut a circle from the front of the box.

4. Using some Glue Dots Glue lines, adhere a transparency on the inside of the box, over the cut out circle. Assemble the boxes.

5. Stamp the sentiment on paper, trim and ink the edges. Ink the edges of the leaves as well.

6. Adhere the leaves with Glue Dots Pop up adhesive while using Glue Dots Glue lines for the sentiment.

7. Thread some twine to a button, then adhere to the front of the box using some more Glue Dots Pop up adhesive.
8. Place your baked goods inside the box and tie a ribbon on the top to close. 

Now here's some more close ups of the box...



Thank you for joining us today and I hope this project and recipe inspired you to create something fun today.

Make sure you check out the other ladies that are participating in the hop and stop by the Glue Dots blog for more inspiration...
Dawn
Donna
Erin
Glue Dots blog

till next time,
Grace