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Friday, December 19, 2014

Watt's Up! - Clique Kits Cards

Hello everyone, I have some more cards to share with you that I created with the December Clique Kit Enchanted Meadow. This week I focused on the light bulb icons and brainstormed card sentiments. Here is what I came up with …

Watt’s Up? 
Say Watt? 
I Love You a Whole Watt 
Be Merry, Be Bright 
You’re Brilliant 
You Light Up My Life 
You Brighten My Day 
Your Future is Bright 
I Got an Idea… Let’s Be Together

By layering the project life cards with each other, or with paper scraps I created these. This one will be great as a graduation card …

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This one will be perfect to send to one of my kids in college with a care package.

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One for my hubby…Using the clip at the top of the card,  I can attach movie tickets or a gift card to a favorite restaurant inside so we can have a date night!

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  I saved my favorite for last, which would be perfect for any of the guys in my life…

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And I still have more light bulbs in my kit to play with! That washi tape I used on my cards is available in the Clique Store by the way. Use coupon code Marcia10 and save 10%.

Share your light bulb sentiments because I would love to hear them. Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Merry & Bright - Clique Kits Blog Share

Hello blogging friends. It's time for another Clique Kits Pep Rally!!!


Here is the awesome line-up this month.... Hop along and be sure to enter to win a prize on the Clique Kits blog.

Tyra 


Our prompt this month ...
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I should have looked at the prompt before last night, lol. I shared 3 diamond cards on the Clique Blog last week. I have really been wanting to play with my Clique Kit Card Kit before Christmas is over, so I made a Christmas card. I am way behind in my Christmas card making. It does have "bright" in the sentiment...




The Elle's Studio Fa la la stamp was an add on and may still be available in the Clique Store. I LOVE it.

Next up is Tyra .

Thanks for stopping by
~Marcia

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Sweetest Tradition - Pebbles Home For Christmas

Hello blogging friends,  Are you baking Christmas cookies, or decorating a Gingerbread House this year? Pebbles has an adorable Christmas collection that is perfect for scrapping those snapshots and more. I have an amazing friend that creates several gingerbread houses from scratch every year (30-40 houses!). Then she and her daughters host gingerbread decorating parties. She supplies all the candy and frosting too. It was such a fun time I had to scrap a layout about it. 


I used the Imaginisce Milk Paint to make this awesome die cut from 17Turtles look like peppermint candies. You just mix a little bit of the pink powdered paint with some water and apply with a paint brush. Save your packaging as they make awesome paint trays! Note...I painted my die cut before I adhered it to my layout and took this picture afterward. Go check out the 17Turtles etsy shop to see more of Juliana's cut files. You won't be disappointed.


I didn't want to cover up too much of my peppermint candy die cut background, so I created an interactive layout using some washi tape. The photo flips open, like a book. This way I could add more pictures underneath. Look at my decorated Gingerbread House, complete with a sleigh, snowman, trees, a little doggie, and Santa climbing down the chimney! 

 



It was so great to get together with my girlfriends. 
 
Supplies:
Pebbles: Pattern Papers, Stickers, Die Cuts (Home For Christmas)
American Crafts: cardstock
Imaginisce: Milk Paint
17Turtles Peppermint Parade cut file
Love My Tapes washi tape
October Afternoon Alphas

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Elf Frame - Xyron Tutorial

Hello blogging friends. I have the cutest elf frame to share with you today that I created with the Pebbles Home For Christmas collection, a SVGcuts file, my Silhouette, and of course Xyron adhesives!


I told you it was adorable! This frame is perfect for gifting a grandma, or heck, make it for yourself. It would look great on a fireplace mantel.

Sometimes I think the hardest part of a project is deciding which papers to use. lol. I cut the base of the frame out of white American Crafts cardstock. I used cardstock scraps for the elf.


The pattern paper pieces and elf (except for the body, since we need to fold him) went into my Xyron 9" Creative Station. I love my Creative Station for piecing these cut pieces together.


I find it easier to adhere the pattern pieces before assembling the frame. Once the pattern paper is in place, fold the tabs and use a fast drying glue or double sided tape to adhere.


The sides of the frame will be next. Fold each of the cardstock pieces on the score lines and glue at the corners. The sides are then glued onto the front panel. Next we adhere the front accent pattern paper onto the front frame piece.


This top piece will be glued to the front of the frame. Xyron's high tack double sided tape worked great for this! The back of the frame can be glued on in the same way.


Now we can assemble our elf. Before adding the eyes and nose layers, I used some chalk ink to make his cheeks rosy. Some foam adhesive keeps my elf folded up and gives him a little dimension.


Attach him to the frame with double sided tape so it looks like he is sitting there, bum lined up with the bottom of the frame. Attach a pom pom to his hat and give him a candy cane to hold with Xyron 3/16" adhesive dots.


Use your Xyron Mega Tape Runner to add your photo. This photo of my goddaughter is courtesy of 2 Chicks Photography (Twin Cities). It's perfect for this frame!



Supplies:
Pebbles: Home For Christmas papers, die cuts
SVGcuts: Santa's Helpful Elves Kit
Silhouette Cameo
American Crafts cardstock in white, foam adhesive
Xyron: 9" Creative Station, 3/16" adhesive dotsHigh Tack Double Sided Tape, Mega Tape Runner

Have you visited Santa yet? There is still time to make one of these before Christmas.
~Marcia

Friday, December 12, 2014

Sparkle & Shine cards - Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends! I have some cards to share that I created with the Sweet Stamp Shop Sparkle and Shine stamp set that was included in my December Clique Kit Enchanted Meadow. Since this kit is full of diamond stamps, diamond paper, acrylic diamonds, and even a clique kit exclusive diamond digital cut file, I wanted to brainstorm card ideas (other than wedding which was the first thing that popped into my head). Here are some sentiments I came up with ...

"You're a Gem"
"Congrats on the Shiny New Bling"
"I Think You're Brilliant"
"You Sparkle & Shine"
"You Rock"
"Rock On"

and my cards using some of these sentiments and the stamps...


On this card I printed the sentiment using my computer and  Microsoft Word software. The font is Lavanderia (one of my favorites) which you can download for free. You can find it here ... thefonty.com.  dafont.com is another great source for fonts and explains how to install your new font for different operating systems.

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and one more...

YouRock


Can you think of other diamond sentiments? I would love to hear them!

CK_VarsityTeam_Marcia

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Team Dave + Clique Kits Challenge

Hello blogging friends. I have another layout I created with the December Clique Kit to share with you today. I wanted to give you some insight into what inspired me for my latest layout. It was this 4×6 journal card from the Echo Park Creative Agenda collection. It reminded me of the musical Rent and that made me think of my brother-in-law Dave who is battling cancer. When you are in a battle for your life, you realize just how precious time is as well as those people we love to spend that time with. 
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Dave was just released from the hospital again after more surgery which was then complicated by his getting pneumonia. Hubby and I took some food over last night and were touched to see that my sister's co-workers had bought them a real tree! They are blessed with some truly awesome friends.
Anyway,,, Last Spring, my daughter and I participated in the Minneapolis Bladder Cancer Walk with Dave and lots of friends and family. So I dug out the few pictures I had from the event. Then I looked for a sketch that would work with my photos and journal cards. I found this one at Stuck?! Sketches.
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My next step is deciding what papers and embellishments to use. But I wanted the emphasis still to be that journal card, so I used my Silhouette to cut the words out of my background paper. It makes a bold statement. Here is my finished layout…
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Enchanted Meadow December Clique Kit.
One of the add-ons for the kit were these fabulous paper clips from Freckled Fawn and I cannot get enough of them.
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I spritzed some Heidi Swapp color shine in tinsel on my camera ephemera and layered some chipboard stickers on top. Using foam adhesive adds dimension, making the layers pop.
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I used my computer to add my journaling as I don’t especially like my own handwriting.
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Did you know that Clique Kits hosts a monthly challenge? and the prizes are fabulous!! This month our challenge is Anything Goes with a twist of creating something mini.  This twist is optional and can be a mini tag, mini card, mini album, mini layout or whatever mini means to you or however mini inspires you!
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This months sponsor is Creative Retreat and they are giving our randomly selected winner their November Kit and coordinating digital journaling cards designed by Danielle Young Designs
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Danielle Young Designs created the digital pocket cards for our December kit. So I created this mini card with one of her backgrounds to inspire you all to join our challenge...

The fan is from the Heidi Swapp ephemera pack and I couldn't help being a little cheesy with the sentiment. Finals week  for my daughter in Vet school is this next week and this card will be perfect to tuck in her Survive Finals Week care package.
So create something mini and link up to Clique Kits here.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle - Clique Kits

Hello blogging friends! I am very excited to be on the Clique Kits blog today sharing a layout I created with our fabulous December kit,  Enchanted Meadow!  I just love all the colors and patterns in the September Skies paper collection by Heidi Swapp. I also love the exclusive digital cut files that were included in the kit. Since my daughter just got married I thought this kit would be perfect to document some of those memories. 

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Photo Credit goes to Amanda Plucker Photography. This is loosely based on the newest Creative Scrappers sketch.... I loved the diagonal lines, but made it less cluttered.


I combined two of the cut files for my title, cutting one from some Love My Tapes blue glitter adhesive cardstock, (since my daughters ring was a sapphire) and the other from black cardstock. I added a little bit of pattern paper to fill the negative space to keep the background from being too distracting. These cut files may appear in the Clique Kits digital store. Keep your eye out if you are interested.

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I spritzed some Rose Heidi Swapp Color Shine on my resist flower from the Ephemera pack. Then painted on some Peach Color Shine to give my flower some dimension.

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One of the December add ons were these awesome paper clips from Freckled Fawn. I just had to have them. LOVE!

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There are some great Black Friday sales going on all weekend at Clique Kits. Check them out. Thanks for stopping by.


  CK_VarsityTeam_Marcia

Friday, November 28, 2014

Laser Tag - Imaginisce Family Fun

Hello blogging friends! My family had an awesome Thanksgiving with lots of family and friends around. We did miss my brother-in-law Dave though. He came down with pneumonia after his latest surgery and was stuck in the hospital. They were only letting him have ice chips too. Sure hope he can go home soon.
I avoided the stores last night. I liked Black Friday better when the stores actually opened on Friday! I did venture out this morning with my daughter for a few things. Since I wasn't out running around all night shopping, I managed to scrap a 2 page layout!!!


I've had these pics for a while now. Just didn't have the right paper to scrap them until now. I LOVE the new Imaginisce Family Fun collection. The bright colors were just perfect. I decided the black background better suited these laser tag photos, since you play in a dark room. I suited up in a vest too, but I preferred shooting with my camera :)



So many fun die-cuts, enamel dots, thickers, and more....


Check out all the fun pattern papers in this collection. So perfect for lots of activities from bowling, zoo, movies, cooking, and more.

Supplies
Imaginisce: pattern paper, enamel dots, die cuts (Family Fun)
American Crafts: Thickers, cardstock
Xyron: Mega Tape Runner
Silhouette Cameo

Thanks for stopping by.
~Marcia

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Trio of Gift Card Holders - Xyron Tutorial

Hello blogging friends. I have some adorable gift cards to share with you that I created with the Doodlebug Frosty Friends collection, my Silhouette, and of course Xyron adhesives.


Let me show you how I created them...

These Silhouette cut files are by Jamie Cripps and are available in the Silhouette store. Only the bottom half of the card opens, to reveal a gift card.


When I am cutting lots of die cuts, I have a tendency to lose the little pieces (like the dots for an i). I like to keep my 2.5" Xyron Sticker Maker close by so as soon as I take a die cut off the cutting mat, I place it into my sticker maker.


Sometimes there is a little glue residue remaining on my die cut.


Xyron has a handy tool to help remove that. It's a little square of rubber that grabs hold of the adhesive.


On a couple of my cards, I wanted to created a shaker using some vellum and a few sequins.


I kept my sequins to the outside as the die cut would just cover any in the middle. I carefully stitched around the edge. Then pieced my cards together. A little bakers twine and a paper clip to keep the card closed finish them off.




These would make great teacher gifts, but I plan on gifting these to my teenage nieces and nephews.

Supplies:
Xyron Tape Runner
Xyron 2.5" Create-a-Sticker machine

Adhesive Eraser
Doodlebug Frosty Friends pattern paper, clips
bakers twine
Silhouette Cameo
Jamie Cripps cutting files
Sequins
vellum
Brother sewing machine

There is lots of time to create a few of these festive gift card holders for yourself!
~Marcia