Ha! That's our theme this March for made with love (and paper). Rachelle invited us to search the internet inserting the word mint in the search engine and use whatever comes up as our inspiration! Follow the link to see the creations of the other team members.

I came across that plate above and was mintspired!

Now, when one begins to look through her paper stash for just the right color of mint, it doesn't take long before all shades of green begin to look the same! And, who knows what colors will appear between your monitor and mine. But let's move forward.

The zig zags on the plate brought an image of an umbrella to my mind. I'm also very hopeful that spring is indeed, just around the corner! I had previously created an umbrella cut file with my Pazzles software. I decided to change it up just a bit. I wanted the umbrella to pop -- or be 3D. I added tabs to the top of the umbrella, making the top edge a perforation so that I can fold the umbrella. All this with the amazing software of Paz! I made a smaller, second layer of the umbrella with the outline/inline feature, making it just a hair smaller. This piece is placed "inside" the umbrella on top of the tabs.

Pattern

Cut Pieces for Umbrella

The next step is to place the "popped up" umbrella on the card front, carefully aligning it with the inside umbrella piece so that the two line up.

"Popping" the Umbrella

Inside of Umbrella Inserted

I carried the green color palette through with the background and digi stamp (that I created in Adboe Illustrator). A little embellishing here, a few rain drops there . . . And soon the April Showers will bring May Flowers! My finished card is a 6 inch square. I am really stoked with how this one turned out.

Darling

Time again to play with made with love (and paper). Our January theme is Winter Wonderland and the requirements are texture and sparkle. Follow the link to see other creations by the team.

The January Theme is perfect timing for us MinneSNOWtans. We just had quite the dumping of snow! More then we have had all winter combined so far. We received 8 inches (or more) in the Minneapple. However, after you shovel it can be 3 feet or more in places. We are running out of room to pile the stuff!! With the snow comes the perfect setting for a Winter Wonderland.

My background paper is a digital scrapbook paper called Snowflaked by SaviByDesign. I love it!! This Snowflaked paper is perfect. I could not find a paper in a brick and mortar store. I downloaded the jpg files and opened them in Photoshop. I recolored the digital image to match my vision. The artist gives permission to do so. This is the first time I have used digital scrapbook paper. I want you to note, with SaviByDesign, the original image does measure 12 x 12 inches. However, my printer does not print edge to edge. You will see a white border around each page. I think that is fine.

I am using the challenge, and a hint from our Minnesota weather, to create a scrapbook page. I used my Pazzles' software to create my two-page spread.

The titles were cut in both white and silver cardstock. I used a strip of the silver behind picture mats on both pages. I used a Core'dinations' white Gemstones cardstock for the mats, as well as the snowflakes. The gemstones stock is shimmering, giving it a natural sparkle.

I added more sparkle to the project dabbing glitter glue on the snowflakes and some flower petals. The texture piece of the challenge comes in to play on the snowflakes, as the Core' Gemstones paper mimics a textured linen. See the pretty silver flowers? They are a sticker collection that I had in my stash. They add a nice sparkle and dimension (or texture) as well. Do note the various layers & lifts created with the snowflakes and other embellishments.

Lastly, I give out a shout to my Minnesota friends who ventured out after the snowstorm to capture the wonder of it all in some beautiful photos. With permission, I lifted the photos from their facebook pages. Thank you Ela, KC, Steve, and Sherri. I printed these photos on white cardstock, so they didn't come out the best. But the photos are on the scrapbook layout to give you an idea of the completed page. On that note, I do have the page available for sale (with out the pictures). Contact me if you are interested in purchasing it.

I hope that where ever you are, you are blessed by the beauty that comes through a Winter Wonderland.

Full Spread

Left Page

Right Page

With Photos

Remember the design team made with love (and paper) ? We are back! Hooray. We look forward to inspiring your crafting mojo!

We start this new journey with the new season by saying "Hello Fall 2017." Even tho we have had a 2+ year respite, this is our 34th project as a design team!! Our challenge theme is "Hello Fall." So we were supposed to use plaid, swirls, and a natural element (ex: twigs, leaves, hemp). The twigs were so stuck in my mind and totally forgot the other pieces. But that's ok. We are here to create and enjoy the process.

Here are some of the elements I chose to use:

Let's Play

I had the little boxes on hand. The pattern is found within the files of the Pazzles software. The box measures 2.75 inches wide, 1.25 in deep and 2.75 tall without the handle. In the end, I cut the handle off.

Little Boxes

I drew and cut my candy corn and acorn patterns by hand.

Candy Corn

Acorn

It's coming together.

Fun Colors and Patterns

Of course the best part of the process is decorating your project.

Acorn


Candy Corn Box No 1


Candy Corn Box No 2

Here are a couple side views. The box is sandwiched between the decorative front and a plain back.

Add some treats.

Add more treats.

A lovely harvest trio. You can add treats to the boxes or simply fill them with decorative rocks of other material to weight them down. Enjoy fall.

Gorgeous!

Please stop over to our Team Site and see what the other gals have crafted. We also invite you to follow our facebook page.

Ta da! This is my first official assignment for the Pazzles Design Team.

Pazzles fans are invited to participate in the May Challenge. The admin invites you to take a picture of something that inspires you and use it to create a craft. My Challenge Project revolves around Cooking/Baking. A desire for my children to eat healthy food inspired me to learn how to cook (over the past two years). Really cook. I have a great friend who took me under her wing. We had "lessons" in which we not only produced a finished product and I learned new skills, but we also were blessed with time together.

This is the photo that I submitted as my inspiration. (One of the first things I learned to make was my own chicken stock and then soup!)

Homemade Chicken Soup

Homemade Chicken Soup

Not only I have I learned to cook, but I have a repertoire of baked goods as well. I took this "inspiration" and created a little bake set. (I also made this set as a custom order thank you "card.")

I used a Double Easel Card for the base. Here are the steps:
Begin with an 8” square cardstock
Score and fold the card in half
Cut one of the halves in half
Take each of the panels and fold the inner edge down to the outer edge
Cut two pieces of card 4" square (or other shape)
Carefully attach the two pieces of card to the triangular flaps (make sure that they don't interfere with the opening of the card)

Cut, Score, Fold

Cut, Score, Fold


Fold Inside Corners to Outer Sides

Fold Inside Corners to Outer Sides

Instead of attaching square pieces of cardstock, I chose to use a recipe cards and an apron instead. I used the Apron Recipe Cards file from the Pazzles Craft Room. I had to Print & Cut the recipe cards.

Recipes & Apron

Recipes & Apron

Next I made a mixing bowl to hold the double easels up in place. I pulled the Round Box File from Pazzles. Please note that the file has two pieces that are very similar. However, one is slightly larger then the other: One for the outside of the bowl and one for the inside. You need to pay attention to how you assemble your bowls and which way to fold the printed side of the paper. You make both pieces and then insert one into the other. This is so that you can hide all the seams.

Make the Outside of the bowl

Outside of Bowl

Outside of Bowl


Outside Completed

Outside Completed

Make the Inside of the bowl

Inside of Bowl

Inside of Bowl


Inside Completed

Inside Completed

Insert inside piece of the bowl in to the outside piece.

Inserting

Inserting


Together--Bowl Complete

Together--Bowl Complete

Add embellishments to individual pieces and then attach all the pieces to the easel card. You can see that I added some cooking utensils that I found at Pazzles as well. I designed the flour and sugar bags myself. I used Print and Cut for those.

Cooking in the Kitchen

Cooking in the Kitchen

Here are other angels of the card. I hope you can see how the "easel" comes into play. And although this is an easel "card" you cannot fold it down for mailing. You have to send it in a box or hand deliver it!

straight on

straight on


top view without flour/sugar bags

top view without flour/sugar bags


side view

side view


back view

back view

If you have any questions, do let me know. I am happy to work with you on this.

Papers that I used:
Cosmo Cricket Tea for Two
Recollections Valentine Paper Pad

You may recall that I live in the lovely state of MinneSNOWta. Sometimes, not so lovely in the winter. Indeed, it has been an extra cold winter. We are all anxious for spring.

What better time for design team made with love (and paper) to help bring a little encouragement in that department. Racehlle gave us a lot to live up o this time.

March 2014 Project
Theme: sand & sea
Requirements: white, tan and 2 blues

This was one of those creations that morphed several times. I am not even sure what I ended up with. I think I used up all of my creativity for Valentine's Day. When I was planning this in my head, originally I thought about creating a scrapbook page layout. That seemed the best for incorporating the theme and requirements. There was a lot to include. As I was creating my cut files, I decided to go with a step card. I had big plans to emboss my card stock and stack everything. Ha! I guess I did not know which type of step card I wanted. I was befuddled from that point on.

I started out with this:

not working for me

not working for me

. . . but I was not getting the layers that I pictured in my head. Maybe I can salvage it.

I ended up it a simple accordion step card. I think the sand castle should be removed--it's too busy. And not sure if I should add a face to the crab. What do you think?

step card

step card

step card

step card

side view

side view

I want to share how I made the sand dollar. I used two flowers from the Pazzles built-in library. For the first "cut" I embossed the "flower" right on my cutting mat! Then I did the cut of the dollar and holes. Here is a close up.

sand dollar

sand dollar

Celebrate the New Year with made with love (and paper). We took a little break and now we are ringing in the new year!!

Appropriately, we are centered on Celebration for our theme this January. Requirements for this month's project are letters, numbers and metal. We are paper crafters, but sometimes we like to mix things up. We are throwing in a bit of hardware this month! I think you will like what all the team members have created.

I created a "welcome spot" to greet my guests as they arrive to celebrate. Chance smiled on me with a coordinating table cloth to boot!

We start this off with paper: Pop, Fizz, Clink as well as the photo props and the numbers marking the new year, all cut from glitter paper! I designed the pieces myself with my Pazzles software.

Bling

Bling

Not required, but I threw in glass. We need Champagne Glasses if we plan to have a little "CLINK." Look at the mini glass ornaments that double as sweet place settings. These work perfectly for my display. No worries here in getting them to stand. I was really excited to find them!

Clink

Clink

Hooray!

Hooray!

Because we are paper crafters, I had to add a little more paper to my creation. I love the rolled paper spiraling out of the ornaments. It is the perfect flare for celebrating!

Now, the metal. I used floral wire to make the metal spirals. That stuff is not easy to work with. It is very flexible and once bent, cannot be straightened. I dressed up the wire with silver and iridescent gems. I put the gems on both sides of the spirals.

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

I am really happy with this creation. And it's nice to be back crafting for made with love (and paper).

Celebrate

Celebrate


Happy New Year

Happy New Year

If you noticed, over at made with love (and paper) we took the summer off. Now we are trying to get a artistic selves back to crafting and posting. Can you believe that this October marks our 27th project?! Wow! Do join us.

For October our theme is a choice of Halloween or Wacky (or choose one or use both). We are required to use as many colors as you want but be sure to include purple, green, orange, and black.

I recently joined a facebook online craft group called The Craft Hole. Most times they play and sometimes they swap. Whether you choose to swap, you are welcome to play along on any project as a challenge. You can join us. I am combining my Love project with a challenge from that group.

Have you ever heard of a Tussie Mussie? I had not. Traditionally a TM is a very small bouquet of flowers that is worn as a brooch. It is kind of like a nosegay. It can also be larger in able to carry in the hand. In the picture below the person on your right is holding a tussie mussie. The craft group challenge is to make one out of paper or a toilet paper roll.
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While some can get pretty fancy, I made mine with paper. I up-cycled and advertisement I received in the mail. The ad is gorgeous. I could not throw it out. I think it was craftiness destiny! (This company has amazing ads!) I had everything else on stock. That is always a bonus!

A collection of Ads from Pronto Heating

A collection of Ads from Pronto Heating

I used these for my crafting!

Perfect for Crafting!

When I think about it, I guess you could say that I have made these before. For Christmas and Valentines. I just didn't know I was making a tussie mussie!

You can use your tussie mussie for flowers, candy or little gifts. I present to you made with love (and paper) meets craft challenge meets Halloween! I do hope you like it and would appreciate your comments below.

About 8 Inches tall.

About 8 Inches tall.

So fun!

So fun!

Add Flowers or . . .

Add Flowers or . . .

. . . candy

. . . candy

We are back and we are crafting full speed at made with love (and paper). Our design team had a well-earned rest the past few months. We are indeed, rested and ready to share and inspire you again.

With the summer months comes warm weather, sunshine, flowers, beach balls and, yes, bugs! And that is what we bring you this month.
june theme: june bugs
requirements: use bugs as inspiration for your project

I am so behind on cards. So this challenge helped me to get a bunch made around the same theme of bugs. Most of my buggers are bees. Bees and the honeycomb theme have my interest as of late. I love embossing paper. Embossed paper is so versatile. I have the Sizzix Embossing Boutique (it looks like a purse). I did not have honeycomb folder (used to make the impression in the paper). My friend Sarah embossed honeycomb paper and mailed it to me as a RAK. Thanks Sarah. I have the other embossing plates that you will see. I look forward to making more. Although I did give in and buy my own honeycomb embossing folder.

As always, we invite you to join us in this challenge. Please share your creation on our facebook page.

I desgned teh bee myself and I chalked the emboosed trail.

I designed the bee cut myself and I chalked the embossed trail.

Again, a little chalk on the embossing. Look at the cute bee button on the flower.

Again, a little chalk on the embossing. Look at the cute bee button on the flower.

Playing with honeycomb (or hexagons)!

Playing with honeycomb (or hexagons)!

A miniature seed pack and a layered fly sticker give an old fashioned flavor.

A miniature seed pack and a layered fly sticker lend to an old fashioned flavor.

These two square cards include honeycomb and bee cut files from the amazing Bird's Cards. I created the digi stamp sentiment myself.

These last two do not have a bug, but they are part of the family with their honeycomb!

 sweet

sweet

Daisy Crazy

Daisy Crazy

With February comes the Month-O-Love! And that is no different at made with love (and paper). Our design team always make love with paper!! Ha! I have a lot to share with you. (I am also spreading the love here by advertising some of my favorite craft suppliers.)

February is about Valentnes. We hope our projects inspire you to create some paper love for the people in your life.
theme: love is in the air
requirements: hearts, ink, decorative edging (from scissors, punches, die cuts, etc), and a sentiment

Happy Valentine's Day from Krista's Paper Cafe and made with love (and paper).

So first I made these pillow favor boxes. I designed the box cut file myself. Not only did I forget half the elements, I do not like how they turned out. I do adore the little buttons that I attached with a small safety pin. The button can be removed and worn on your shirt pocket. I purchased the darling, hand made buttons from Inna at OctoButton. Additionally, the digi sentiments are created by Regina at The Cutting Cafe and the Bee is a cut file from KaDoodle Bug Designs.

Pillow Favor Boxes

Pillow Favor Boxes

Look at these darling buttons--as well as the way that Inna packages them!
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My second try brought me closer to the assignment of the month. I made Valentine cards that do not open--they are one-sided. The idea is that your postage is less. Plus I think cards that don't open are very smart. Otherwise, you have two wasted sides of the card. You can write your sentiment on the back. Traditional children's Vday cards are made that way. Some of these cards met the design team requirements, some not. But I did have a lot of fun making these. Again, the digi stamps are from The Cutting Cafe. I am exchanging these in swap at Karle's Passion paper crafting group.

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Then, while I was at it and having so much fun, I made these adorable book marks or tags. I used The Cutting Cafe digis. I love the colors and how they turned out.

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Lastly, I drew up these heart lockets as well as the keys with my Pazzels software. I think I will put them to use on a card with other embellies. If you have a Pazzles and would like the WPC file for free, let me know. I hope you enjoyed all my Valentines.
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This month at made with love (and paper) design team we are Ringing In the New Year!!

And that is our requirement: Make a paper craft that makes you think about celebrating the New Year.

I have always wanted to attend a fancy new year party--with beautiful dresses. But we do not "hang" in that circle. We do not have fancy clothes and gorgeous diamonds. Maybe one year I will host one. There are plenty of shiny clothes to be had from the thrift store. We can create our own glamour! I think it would also be fun to attend a new year masquerade ball. That is what I made: A Mask.

I drew (half) a butterfly and a mask. I layered the butterfly on top of the mask. You could merge the two. I used fancy swirls that are built in to the Pazzles library software. The paper is shimmery -- hard to tell. If was really fun. It is hard to stop adding swirls and gems. But you can't go wrong. No matter how many or how few you use, it looks great! I thought this was going to take a long time. I created it rather quickly. I love the fibers as the finishing touch!

Happy New Year from Krista's Paper Cafe and made with love (and paper).

Swirls and Bling

Swirls and Bling

Swirls and Bling

Swirls and Bling

Added decorative Fibers and a Stick for Holding

Added decorative Fibers and a Stick for Holding

My Beautiful Daughter as my model

My Beautiful Daughter as my model