Tuesday, January 31, 2012

SIlhouette fun

Look who's Top Dog this week in school.
Samantha got to work on her All About me Tee this weekend. She got right to work on Friday and had me print photos for her on Saturday. She has been waiting since the beginning of the school year for this week. She says she's lucky she's top dog this week, because the children are actually celebrating their 100th day of School today.

I'm going to eat lunch with her on Thursday... her favorite day of the week to eat at school because of steak n gravy. mmmm (it's ok. truly)

Remember I got the Silhouette Cameo for Christmas?
Well, Cammy and I have been getting acquainted, and I think we're fast friends!!
I kept this baby going non stop yesterday for several house making these guys.

Aren't they adorbs?
I haven't decided if I will use them as bag toppers for Valentine treats for the kids to pass out, or if we'll be sticking a lollypop on there or a twix... hmmm ideas??
I still have another 15-20 to make, but I think I have enough monsters... 

I'm thinking about print in cuts now.. like maybe these conversation hearts or that kitty you see off to the side. It says I think you're purrrrfect! :)

Oh yeah.. the 100th day of School.
I finally cracked open my rhinestone kit for Cammy (The Cameo Silhouette) and
upcycled a couple of the kids shirts. In rhinestones it has an apple with 100 days on there.
They thought it was cute.  If I want to make anymore, I think I need to buy a heat press.

I forgot to take a photo this morning.. it was either feed them pancakes or take a photo.. pancakes won out because I totally forgot the photo. I'm taking one as soon as the lil cuties get home from school today so I can show you tomorrow. :)

Hope your day is fun n crafty!
Don't forget to link up over at Paper Issues for the Valentine Linky party!
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Monday, January 30, 2012

Nuts week #198

Good Monday Morning!!
I wish I were on the west coast attending CHA!!
I am stuck in VA though.. it's not all bad, I get to share with you today my last layout with the January TallyScrapper Memories in Style kit.

I used Nuts About Sketch #198 for my layout.
Just a reminder, Nuts About Sketches is holding a DT Call.. you have about a day to get your submission in... you should definitely go for it. An excellent team to be apart of, no stress and you get great sketches to work with.

Here is this weeks sketch.
I opted to just use a 4 x 6 photo I already had printed of my mom and her siblings.
I also dug into my "I need to use these bits n baubles up" drawer and pulled out the key, and the diecut bird and vines I cut right after Christmas.
 So pretty.
Hope your Monday is off to a great start!
xoxo hugs,

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

January Tally kit

Oooh guess who got her January Tallyscrapper kit in the mail yesterday evening?
yep.. me!
I've been looking forward to creating with this beauty.. and I sat down this morning and cranked out 4 layouts in TWO hours.
Seriously? I never do that.
Until today.
I don't know if it was mojo flowing, magic in the chilly air, or the beautiful january kit.. but it happened folks. :) :) :)

I can only share 3 layouts today, the other will be coming Monday. :)

This kit will preserve your memories with style and flare, it has an artsy feel with usefulness beyond the new year. 
Great for those everyday photos or those special memories.
Kit includes 8 sheets of paper, including embossed sandable cardstock,1 card kit (makes 1 full card plus embellishments for more), 1 special round kraft paper clock, 2 feet of May Arts lace, Stickles, 2 FULL alphas, embellishment stickers, Tim Holtz fragments, and more.

On to my layouts. :)

See my tim holtz birdie stamp? love. love.

I love that lace.

 The background is coordination cardstock.. its divine. I sanded and inked the background and it picked out the dry embossing beautifully.

Hope your weekend is shaping up nicely!
Come on over to Tallyscrapper and check out two new challenges on the message board, and have fun.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Ha. who am I kidding?
I'm not sure I could ever go wordless unless of course I just don't make any new posts at all. ;-)
I need to clean my scrap area.
What I would rather be doing...
coloring more cute images like that lil Monkey hanging around there.

Guess you know what I'll be doing today.
See my lazy puggy wuggy, Ooxie?
9 times out of 10, that's where she always is.. right at my feet. :)

Hope your Wednesday is a good one!!
Wish me luck on this disaster area... then maybe I can get back to coloring! :)

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Count your blessings

Good morning my friends, today I'm up on the Clear Scraps Blog again. :) :) :)

Today, I wanted to show you another Send it Clear card debuting this year from Clear Scraps 2012 New Release. This design is called Bellgrave.

Clear Scraps new acrylic cards can be used for more than just creating cards, in this card featuring Belgrave I chose to create a desk décor item with a mini built in monthly calendar.

I started off by using an embossing template to distress the front flaps of the card. I then cut out pattern paper and applied Gesso to it, immediately placing it on the back flap facing the front of the card. This acts as a gluing medium as well as helping to illuminate the embossed impressions on the acrylic.

Since I turned this into a miniature decor item, I used my crop o' dile to create ribbon holes to attach my card together since the inside had more going on that usual.
When you open the card up, it has a motivational message, some stamping, and a sweet calendar on the right inside flap.

I found a free calendar at about.com, printed it off, and cut out the months as uniformly as possible (I am terrible at that!) then adhered them together along the top only using Best Creations Rubber Cement. It took 3 applications of rubber cement, but it will act kind of like a sticky note, allowing my husband to tear away one month at a time.

For the photo on the left flap, I added foam dots behind it to match the thickness of the right flap, so when this is closed, the front of the card matches up nicely.
I wonder what else you could use these gorgeous clear cards for? Could you imagine this on a scrapbook page? Until next time, hope you have a wonderful day.
Leah C
Acrylic: Clear Scraps Belgrave Card
Patterned Paper: JilliBean Soup
Stamp: Love, Elsie
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink; Ranger Alcohol Ink
Rub-ons: Hambly Screen Prints; Lasting Impressions
Ribbon: Michael’s
Paint: Bob Ross Gesso
Alpha Stickers: Adorn It
Border Stickers: Crate Paper; Ki Memories; My Minds Eye
Marker: Copics (YR18)
Glue: Beacons 3-in-1; Scotch ATG; Best Test Rubber Cement; Recollections Foam Dots
Tools: Zutter ½” Round it all; We R Memory Keepers Crop O’ Dile; CuttleBug; Provocraft Embossing Template
Other: Free printable 2012 Calendar from about.com
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Friday, January 20, 2012

Send it Clear with Clear Scraps

If you're looking for the Clear Scraps Blog Hop, you can see that HERE. :)

Today I'm up on the Clear Scraps Blog,
showing off the new Send it Clear card, with a closure buckle in the shape of a heart. It is one of 8 new designs this year and they are absolutely phenomenal to create with!

On the front of the card I lined the edges with a frilly ribbon and rhinestones, as well as covered the heart in pattern paper.

When you open the card you have plenty of room to write a message to a friend or sweetheart. I wanted to keep this card simple, so I added in a new Clearly Accent Embellishment flourish. I wanted the flourish to match the heart pattern paper on the front of the card, so I used my Copic marker BG23 to color in the flourish.
I then stamped and colored a simple sentiment and glued it to the top of the flourish inside the card. I love that I can see the sentiment from the front of the card. The beauty of the card being completely clear, is there are numerous possibilites when it comes to designing with it!
And what is really cool are the see through envelopes that come with your card.

If you look closely, you can see the card in the envelope. The only thing waiting to mail this, is the postage!
Come check out all the new releases at CHA, this year we're in booth #1192! Some fabulous make n takes are planned you do not want to miss out on!
Crafty hugs,

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

New Release For Clear Scraps Blog Hop!!

 Welcome to the New Release For Clear Scraps Blog Hop!!! The blog hop runs from today January 19th thru January 21st at 11pm EST! Check back on the Clear Scraps blog to see if you won on January 23rd! If you are just peeking in on me and would like to hop from the beginning, go here. :)

Its that time again, Clear Scraps proudly introduces the new lines for Spring 2012!
This blog hop shares what our design team has done with the latest and greatest Clear Scraps creations!

Clear Scraps is so excited to announce the newest addition to our designs "Send It Clear" a collection of easy to create cards that have a unique and special flare. They are sure to be treasured and remembered.  We also have new "Clearly Accent Embellishments" and new Mini Albums, this year is a must have-must see year!
The Grand Prize today is a set of 4 beautiful Send It Clear Cards (to be shipped in Feb.)
along with a set of Clearly Accent Embellishments!! (your choice)

You do not want to miss the opportunity to win big!

There are FOUR ways to enter!!
1. Hop & comment on all the blogs
2. Follow the Clear Scraps Blog
3. Follow the Clear Scraps Design Team Blogs (all of them)
4. LIKE the Clear Scraps facebook page! (leave a comment on the Facebook page, so we know)

I am soooo excited we have been given the go ahead to start sharing our 2012 Spring release work with you! Anyone who knows me knows I love *LOVE* mixed media canvases. Clear Scraps makes large and small word expressions that I fell in love with.  I decided to create an 18 x 24 canvas with four of the new Clear Expressions word titles; Faith, Love, Live, and Laugh.
click photo to see larger view

This has been my largest canvas made to date!
It was such a joy to create.
Here are a few close ups.
For the word Faith, I used this gorgeous liquid acrylic paint called Liquitex in Gold. It's a pigment opaque ink so I actually had to 'bake' it on with my heat gun. I was just patient and heated it up a little at a time, because if you leave the heat directly on the acrylic, it will bend and start to lose its shape. It really took no time at all.
Not only did I mask the canvas, I added photos behind the large acrylic word expressions and masked where the photo left off. If you could see close up, you can see the canvas in areas behind the acrylic words.
Acylic paint has about the same amount of drying time on acrylic as it does on paper... and the Acrylic word expressions handle rubs on beautifully. They go together like peanut butter and jelly!
 I hope you have enjoyed seeing four of the new word expressions on my canvas! Below is the hopping order, so be sure to head over to the fabulous and creative Rita's blog next!

Now get to hopping! Here is the complete New Release For The New Year Blog Hop order-
Clear Scraps
Cathy S.
Leah C. (You are here)
Rita B. (next up)<-----
Pinky H.
Tonya D.
Irene T.
Adora C.

Clear Scraps Facebook Page (Bonus entry)

Have a beautiful crafty day my friends.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

oooh a giveaway!!!

You are gonna want to head on over to Facebook :)
Clear Scraps and Momenta are partnering for a BIG GIVEAWAY!
You could win this prize package!
or this one!!
Go to BOTH Momenta & Clear Scraps, on facebook - they BOTH have giveaways!!

Tomorrow we have a special
BLOG HOP from Clear Scraps, so come back for sure! 

PS. I am selling my cricut imagine on ebay.. it ends in two days.. if you'd like to check it out, you can here. It's been used and comes with extras!
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Nuts week 196 and DT call!!

Shawn over at Nuts About Sketches is having her DT Call.  My 6 months is coming to an end and I've had a fabulous time creating with her weekly sketches.
Go -> Apply!!! Deadline is January 31!
Now on to this weeks sketch
and here's my take on it
I switched it up just a tad.. but that's the fun thing about sketches!

Go check out what the rest of the team did here!
Oh. and if you're looking for a fun blog hop, check out Some Odd Girls 2nd birthday blog hop.. runs until tomorrow the 17th!
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Sunday, January 15, 2012

All we need is love

Love is all we need!
New linky party is up at Paper Issues.

Paper Issues Blog Design
You know the drill.. if it has paper and in anyway resembles Valentines or Love
you are golden and should go link up!!! Tons of inspiration and fun to be had on these linky parties.
Here's what I came up with real quick.

Using the Cameo I cut out Lori Whitlocks file 3d heart box
and paired that with this cutie tobie i colored from some odd girl.
The cute thing about this heart, is the flaps actually close on top.
Go link up!!! Have fun! :)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Paper Child fun

Over on Facebook, Some odd girl issued a fun challenge for January. Have you ever heard of a Paper Child? If you click that link you can see examples, but basically it's kind of like a flat stanley without mailing him around the globe.
ex 1 & ex 2 <-- that one cracks me up.

I had colored up two images the other night. Crushin Gwen and Lovie Tobie, and next thing you know, love is in the air. But is Gwen crushing on Tobie or the peanut butter tree??

I know if it were me.. it would be the PB tree... I have a man.. kwim? hehe

Let's see if we can clear things up...
Tobie is no fool, he realized he needed to make his intentions clear!
He used that yummy PB tree as a stepping stool to gain the lovely attention of Gwen.
She still looks pretty smitten... I do believe love is in the air.  :)

I'm going to color some more and see what Samantha and Cameron can think up in the fun of the paper child. :)
Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!!

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Busy times!!

Good monday morning my friends!!
The Crowe household overslept this morning, what a wonderfully fantastic way to start off the week! Can you hear my sarcasm taking over? ;-)
Seriously, I can't be thankful enough that my school system offers breakfast for our kids in the mornings. They may only get 7 minutes to eat once they get there, but if they pop a couple of bites of food into their tummy's, it makes mama bear feel much better about letting her littles leave the house without any breakfast!
Apparently, they have breakfast for lunch today at school, so how funny would it be if I also made breakfast for dinner? <grins> lol

Today I have sketch 195 to show you from Nuts About Sketches.
It's a two pager.
If you know my style, I tend to stick with solely single page layouts, but once in awhile I will jump in and tackle a two pager. Shawn makes it easy with her fabulous Sketches.
Here's the super fab sketch
Here's my take

 What makes her sketches so easy to work with, is you can count on her measurements to work out correctly. I was able to switch out two of the 2x3 photos for two 4x3 photos that just worked better for me.

 Did you know I adore stickers??
They are my favorite go to embellishment!

In other news, Katelyns' bedroom walls are now mudded, sanded, and starting to be primed with drywall primer. We'll be painting by the weekend I think. Then it's off to by moulding and carpet! She got a new mario brothers curtain and bedding set for Christmas. I know she can't wait to move into her new room!

I haven't been creating much, but in the evenings I've been coloring.
TallyScrapper is doing LEO (layout every other day) right now, and Michelle's challenges look so good, I'm inspired to sit down and create now.
Hope you have a fantastic Monday my friends.
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