Here are a few cards I made for a challenge at the Scrapping Bug Designs facebook fan page.

Theme: Spring Time
(1) You must use an SBD piecing on your project.
(2) You must also use at least 3 (yes 3) different papers in your design.
(3) And last but not least your project must have some flower embellies!!!

Want to join us?
Post your lovely "Springtime" themed project (or projects) on the Fan Page no later than 9 pm EST on February 29, for a chance to win $15 in files. Each project you post earns you an entry! One winner will be drawn from all entries. It would be most helpful when you post your project if you would specify that it is for the "Springtime" challenge.

Last week I pieced critters and printed digi stamps. Early this week I made a bundle of Valentine cards. I had so much fun! I really haven't felt creative in a while. I had some great designs from various artists to work with. That helped.
I am not going to put these cards in my Etsy shop as Vday is less then 5 days away. But if you see something here that you like, do let me know. And, I do have more in my shop, Krista's Paper Cafe.

If you want to know which artist is responsible for a particular cut file or digi stamp, ask me.

Digi Stamps
The Cutting Cafe, The Girl Creative and Krista's Paper Cafe (that's me!)

Cut Files
Designs on Cloud 9, The Cutting Cafe, ScrappyDew, Treasure Box Designs, Scraptastical Kreations by Kristy, and Krista's Paper Cafe (me again!)

There are a LOT of pictures. If you do not want to scroll through the post, you may watch a lovely video instead. Either way, I do love to hear your critques and comments. Have fun. Do enjoy. Tell me which is your favorite!!
HAPPY DAY O LOVE

Photos follow next:

pirate love

inside of pirate card

heart pockets--great for the classroom party

heart pockets--great for the classroom party

this is a fun pocket with 2 sections. only this red one available

shows how to add seed packs, gift cards, hand written poem

One more cute (and delicious) way to say I love you . . .

I think I am getting the hang of this scrapbook thing! I still like it simple. I prefer that the focus be on the event in the pictures--not all the embellishing.

I created this layout just in time for Valentine's Day. Although, it can be used for any sweet occasion.

I created the strawberries and the page title myself. The round frame with flourish and flower are a cut file from SVG Attic. I used the flourish throughout the spread, tying the frames together with that same element. The red is pretty deep and I hope it comes through in the photos. The background paper is a pale green with inlaid silver foil flowers. You will see that the ribbons are loose in the photos. The idea is that the ribbon and the flourishes will go on top of each picture. So use your imagination.

As I am still new at scrapping, I invite your feedback. Ha! I can change this one because nothing is adhered! I was wondering if I should add white prima flowers?? Let me know your thoughts. Thanks.

I am entering this layout in the current contest at SVG Attic. The team there has invited us to create any type of project using at least one element from an SVG Attic file and use glitter or metallic accents.

2 Page Spread


Left Page


Right Page

Close Ups

This is the Mother's Day card I made for my mother! She is over 70, has everything she needs, takes care of everyone and any one that calls upon her (and even those who don't). So I made another one of these "pocket packets" and filled it with decorative tags that express some of my mom's great qualities. I do not want to get emotional so I'll simply say that my mom is a great example of a mother and a Christian woman! I really am so grateful for her!! The picture at right is my mom and I (at 2 months).

I am linking this to the Patches of Pink Link Up Party. Jalisa challenged us to make anything that had "pretty springy pastel colors in it." Remember to go to the site and vote for your favorite projects. I really do not mind if you do not vite for me--I want you to show support to the person who's creation you like. We are all in this together. We all need a lift smile.

Sentiment Tags


Pocket

Is that right? I am still quite to new to blogging . . . Do I say "Repost" ?? I am posting this blog once again. May Day is right around the corner. I am trying to revive the spirit of May Day, so I present these ideas again so you can make up your baskets before Sunday arrives. Remember, don't get caught!

May Day
There is such a diverse history of May Day. From honoring labourers, celebrating spring and summer and worshiping pagan gods. There are also secular traditions that have taken hold (in America). May Day was celebrated by some early European settlers of the American continent. In some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made. These baskets are small and usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone's doorstep. The basket giver would ring the bell and run away. The person receiving the basket would try to catch the fleeing giver. If they caught the person, a kiss was to be exchanged. This is what I think about when May Day is approaching. Every year my kids and I make baskets and leave them at the doors of neighbors and friends. After 12 years, most of them have caught on to us. And a few have literally caught us!! We always make 1 extra basket and leave it on our own step. That way, when "interrogated" we simply reply, "Oh, we got one too! I do not know what is going on!"

Sometimes we use real flowers or plants, sometimes we make flowers and sometimes we use artificial flowers. We always include a poem that explains a bit about May Day. Each year we add new friends to our list of recipients and they may not know about May Day! It is so fun!!

Today I present 3 ideas to inspire you to partake in the joy of treating (and fooling) your friends and neighbors on this Day of Fun and Love! I have 2 projects that you can do with your kids and one for adult crafters. I have made a video tutorial for each project. If you need more instruction, I am happy to communicate with you.

Flower Pot, Kid Craft
This is really easy. You can make the flowers using hand punches or your cutting machine. I like the punches because the kids get more involved and that helps to make an even better memory for them. Let the kids choose all the colors. They can even color on the pots versus adding a ribbon. Video Tutorial up next.


Seed Packet Pocket, Kid Craft
This is a simple scalloped circle folded to make pockets. Use patterned paper or plain and have the kids decorate it. The video shows a pattern for a 5-pocket packet by folding the half-circle in to thirds. You can easily make a 7-pocket packet by folding the half-circle in to fourths. You can use this creation in a variety of ways. You can use it for gift cards, party favors, love notes, even photos! View the Video Tutorial.


May Day Basket for Adult Crafters
This project was a delight to make. Using my Pazzles Inspiration personal paper cutter, I started with a built-in file for the paper bag. I show a second bag option with handles. Next I created the cut file for the flower petals. Of course I tested it out and tweaked it to perfection for you. You need a strip of paper that is 3" by 1.5" and four petals that are approximately 2" by 1.5". Add a few smaller green petals and a fancy stamen to nicely finish the flowers. I sued one sided paper for my bouquet. You will see in the video, that the yellow flower is colored on both sides. It is more beautiful and I recommend that choice in paper. One last Video Tutorial.

Come hop with us as we feature over 40 different home decor projects with instructions on how you can duplicate them! Make sure you visit the lineup each day because a lot of us gals will feature a new project for each of the three days!
I have made a different item for each of the three days of the hop. See my Easter Egg Boxes from Day 1 and my Popsicle Magnets from Day 2.

Easter Blessings to you and yours. You should have arrived here from Faithfule Creations. Faith is the first stop and our hostess this weekend. Be sure you follow her directions for a chance at winning extra blog candy. My candy is listed at the very end of this post.

Your next stop is Handmade by Angelica.

Sprucing Up the Place
Today's decoration is a picture using the technique called Iris Folding. Iris Folding originated in Holland, where early craft persons made their designs using patterned paper cut from the inside of envelopes. Iris folding is a paper craft technique that involves placing coordinated strips of folded paper over a pattern, creating a spiralling design that resembles the iris of a camera. When I first learned this craft, I was taught to tape the strips of paper in to place. I find that if I glue them I am happier with the finished product. Also, when I first Iris Folded I cut out my finished "frame" by hand with an xacto knife. Thanks to my Pazzles personal paper cutter, I now have a clean cut out surrounding my iris fold!

Growing a Tree
I chose to make a tree with three colors surrounding the iris.

A Couple Tips & Tricks
1. Remember, when it come to glue, "A dot does a lot!"
2. Use almost any kind of paper: scrap book, wrapping, junk mail, origami,
3. Thrift stores are a great resource for picture frames

More Designs
Here are a couple other pieces that I framed. My Pear picture won second place in the 2009 Minnesota State Fair. If you click each picture and then click it again, you will get a larger picture to examine and see the iris.

Quick Video Tutorial

Iris Folding is a fun way to make spectacular greeting cards and framed art! You can also use it in scrapbooking.

Blog Candy
The blog candy I am offering is somewhat related to home decor. I have this lovely 8 X 8 Cookbook Recipe Journal Kit. The theme is Bar-B-Que. It is fun and cute. It comes with a very nice hard cover, papers, stickers and recipe cards. I sure hope that some one who likes BBQ wins!! For your chance to win, become a follower and leave a comment. I would like to know if you have tried iris folding? Not required, I do invite you to check my fan page on facebook. I often posts project there that I do not post on my blog.


Next Stop
Do enjoy the creations presented on the hop today. Maybe you will be inspired to make one of them. We hope you enjoyed to past three days. Great thanks to Faith for hosting The Home Decor Blog hop. Have a good week and Happy Easter.
Your next stop is Handmade by Angelica.

Come hop with us as we feature over 40 different home decor projects with instructions on how you can duplicate them! Make sure you visit the lineup each day because a lot of us gals will feature a new project for each of the three days! I have made a different item for each of the three days of the hop. I did make a different item for each of the three days. See my Easter Egg Boxes from Day 1.

You should have arrived here from Faithfule Creations. Faith is the first stop and our hostess this weekend. Be sure you follow her directions for a chance at winning extra blog candy. My candy is listed at the very end of this post.

Your next stop is Handmade by Angelica.

Deliciously Edible Decor!
Today's decoration is for the kitchen! I made some fun Popsicle Magnets. They were easy enough to design in my Pazzles software and cut. I made a back to them and sandwiched the popsicle stick in between. This gives a cleaner look. They are fun to embellish. You could use traditional colors that represent the popsicles that you find inside your fridge as well. I do have some of these and other cute summer treats available in my online Paper Cafe.

Blog Candy
The blog candy I am offering is somewhat related to home decor. I have this lovely 8 X 8 Cookbook Recipe Journal Kit. The theme is Bar-B-Que. It is fun and cute. It comes with a very nice hard cover, papers, stickers and recipe cards. I sure hope that some one who likes BBQ wins!! For your chance to win, become a follower and leave a comment. Not required, I do invite you to check my fan page on facebook. I often posts project there that I do not post on my blog.


Come hop with us as we feature over 40 different home decor projects with instructions on how you can duplicate them! Make sure you visit the lineup each day because a lot of us gals will feature a new project for each of the three days! I have indeed made a different item for each of the three days of the hop. So do come back tomorrow!

You should have arrived here from Faithfule Creations. Faith is the first stop and our hostess this weekend. Be sure you follow her directions for a chance at winning extra blog candy. My candy is listed at the very end of this post.

Your next stop is Handmade by Angelica.

Happy Easter
Today I am sharing a decoration for your home for Easter weekend. I present to you these fabulous Easter Egg Mini Boxes! Originally I was going to share these on Sunday, being that Easter Day. But I am addicted to making these and think that you will love them as well. You will want to make time in your weekend to create at least a couple! They are easy and allow your imagination to run free! They can be beautiful or cheery. The cutting file comes from SVG Shop. Eleanor is a genius!!

As I said, they are easy to make. Using Eleanor's cut file, I made two sizes--and Four Collections!! (I told you I was having fun with these!) The file comes with clear directions. Eleanor tests everything--she knows her stuff! As you see I used several designs of patterned card stock. I do recommend card stock over paper. These are boxes that open up for hiding treats. With that in mind, you want to think carefully about the papers that you use for the sides, insides and bottom of the box. You will see in the Fabergé Collection that I used black paper for sides and back. You can embellish them as you choose or leave them plain. Yes, they are boxes, but you could just use the top in any other manner you can dream up. You can even get the kids involved in making these darling boxes! My first grader just informed me that he does not want the box. He simply wants the chocolates inside!! Well, do enjoy.

I Need YOUR Tips
I am still very new to using a Xyron. I do not like how it leaves "orphaned" adhesive between intricate cuts. It is hard to wipe away. Suggestions?
Can you suggest a foil or metallic paper? The stuff I have flakes and tears easily.

Krista's Paper Cafe Egg Gallery
The Embossed and Fabergé Collections displays eggs that are 3 1/2 inches tall. The Fabergé eggs are all on shiny and shimmery paper--but it is hard to see that. They are supposed to look expensive! The Christian and Cheery Collections displays eggs that are just under 5 inches tall. Let's begin our tour of the Gallery.

Embossed Collection

Christian Collection

Cheery Collection

Fabergé Collection

Inside and Edge Views

Your Turn
Are you inspired? "Hop" over to SVG Shop.
Remember, your next stop is Handmade by Angelica.

Blog Candy
The blog candy I am offering is somewhat related to home decor. I have this lovely 8 X 8 Cookbook Recipe Journal Kit. The theme is Bar-B-Que. It is fun and cute. It comes with a very nice hard cover, papers, stickers and recipe cards. I sure hope that some one who likes BBQ wins!! For your chance to win, become a follower and leave a comment. Be sure I can contact you. As well, I invite you to check my fan page on facebook. I often posts project there that I do not post on my blog.


Is your living space in need of a makeover or did you just move and don't know what to do with all those walls? Maybe you are looking for the perfect housewarming or wedding gift even. Come hop with us as we feature at least 30 different home decor projects with instructions on how you can duplicate them! Make sure you visit the lineup each day because a lot of us will feature a new project for each day! The Hop starts at Faith's Place on Friday.

New Design Team
"made with love (and paper)" Design Team
made with love consists of a group of gals that love paper-crafting! Each month we challenge ourselves to complete projects with specific requirements. We are a new group to the craft world in internet land. This is our second assignment. Please stop by and join us!! You are welcome to submit your creation to the challenge.

This month our small group at "made with love (and paper)" Design Team we are sharing our ideas for May Day. We hope that by posting way ahead of this unofficial holiday that we will inspire you to engage in this festive celebration.

May Day
There is such a diverse history of May Day. From honoring labourers, celebrating spring and summer and worshiping pagan gods. There are also secular traditions that have taken hold (in America). May Day was celebrated by some early European settlers of the American continent. In some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made. These baskets are small and usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone's doorstep. The basket giver would ring the bell and run away. The person receiving the basket would try to catch the fleeing giver. If they caught the person, a kiss was to be exchanged. This is what I think about when May Day is approaching. Every year my kid and I make baskets and leave them at the doors of neighbors and friends. After 12 years, most of them have caught on to us. And a few have literally caught us!! We always make 1 extra basket and leave it on our own step. That way, when "interrogated" we simply reply, "Oh, we got one too! I do not know what is going on!"

Sometimes we use real flowers or plants, sometimes we make flowers and sometimes we use artificial flowers. We always include a poem that explains a bit about May Day. Each year we add new friends to our list of recipients and they may not know about May Day! It is so fun!!

Today I present 3 ideas to inspire you to partake in the joy of treating (and fooling) your friends and neighbors on this Day of Brotherly Fun and Love! I have 2 projects that you can do with your kids and one for adult crafters. I have made a video tutorial for each project. If you need more instruction, I am happy to communicate with you.

Flower Pot, Kid Craft
This is really easy. You can make the flowers using hand punches or your cutting machine. I like the punches because the kids get more involved and that helps to make an even better memory for them. Let the kids choose all the colors. They can even color on the pots versus adding a ribbon. Video Tutorial up next.

Seed Packet Pocket, Kid CraftThis is a simple scalloped circle folded to make pockets. Use patterned paper or plain and have the kids decorate it. The video shows a pattern for a 5-pocket packet by folding the half-circle in to thirds. You can easily make a 7-pocket packet by folding the half-circle in to fourths. You can use this creation in a variety of ways. You can use it for gift cards, party favors, love notes, even photos! View the Video Tutorial.

May Day Basket for Adult CraftersThis project was a delight to make. Using my Pazzles Inspiration personal paper cutter, I started with a built-in file for the paper bag. I show a second bag option with handles. Next I created the cut file for the flower petals. Of course I tested it out and tweaked it to perfection for you. You need a strip of paper that is 3" by 1.5" and four petals that are approximately 2" by 1.5". Add a few smaller green petals and a fancy stamen to nicely finish the flowers. I sued one sided paper for my bouquet. You will see in the video, that the yellow flower is colored on both sides. It is more beautiful and I recommend that choice in paper. One last Video Tutorial.