Saturday, October 29, 2011

Always a Monster!

Hey y'all! I'm back again as promised with a fun Halloween LO that I hope you love as much as I do! It uses some great products from some great has a great pic of our kiddo (the bloody, crazy clown of course) from last year. I've been hearing quite a bit about Authentique paper lately so decided to try some out myself and boy howdy, it is fab stuff! I just loved the texture & thickness of it. And, the banner and strips behind the LO are both from the same sheet of double sided paper. When I seen those cute little variant triangles all over the page, I knew it would make the perfect banner and it did! The background paper is from AC's Mischievous line and I love it as well. When I trimmed off the bottom label of the paper, I actually made sure to keep the word "Mischievous" to use somewhere on my LO. I usually do that with most of my papers because there are always either cute patters you can use as borders, or cute words you can use on a LO or card. Just another good way to recycle/upcycle!

Cardstock - Bazzill
Patterned Paper - Authentique, American Crafts
Glimmer Mists - Tattered Angels (key lime & charcoal- from the YMH Store !)
Distress Ink - Tim Holtz (walnut fave!)
Glitter Thickers - American Crafts
Journaling Spot/Word Strips - Echo Park
Mischevious Word Strip - American Crafts
Journaling Pen - PenTech
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro, Pop Dots

Now, for a few more days you can enter into the Paper Issues Halloween Link Party! It is super fun & I am so excited be part of such an amazingly talented Creative Team. Seriously, the inspiration offered on the site is phenomenal & I sometimes feel way inferior. So, check it out HERE & I hope I see ya playing along too! On another note, I am super excited to see what photos I get from this year's Halloween affair so I can start scrappin' them. Halloween is our favorite holiday & we love nothing more than eating, watching scary movies, and trick or treating of course! So, do you have any big Halloween plans or usual traditions? I'd love to hear about them! In the meantime, enjoy the holiday & check back in a few days for my weekly Your Memories Here post! Until then, Spooky Craftin'!

I'm also entering my Halloween LO into the following challenges!
Paper Issues - Halloween Link Party
The Paper Variety - Halloween
Inspire Me Fridays - Inspiration Link Party
Delicious Doodles - Good vs. Evil
Fab n Funky - Halloween
PaperPlay - Halloween Inspiration
If the Shoe Fits - Spooky Fall
Kaboodle Doodles - Halloween/Fall

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I Dream of Mocha...

Hello again my crafty peeps! Told ya I'd be back again didn't I? Although I said I'd share a Halloween LO, I decided to save that one to show in a few days & share this one instead...mostly cause its so much fun & I just really like it! I was totally inspired to do a LO like this by a recent page I seen in Scrapbook Trends. I loved the blocked style of that LO & the similar use of some stick pins. I decided to go from there & make it my own, including scrapping about my love of iced mochas...especially the ones from Taco Bell. Seriously, have you tried those yet? They are amazing; maybe cause they use Seattle's Best coffee, I don't know. I just know that me & the kiddo are always craving one!

I was also inspired to create this LO by the current challenge over at True XoXo to use an "instagram" type feature on your photo. I used a combo of Picnik & Photoshop on mine and really love how it turned out. The retro effect you can achieve with Picnik is seriously fun y'all & you should totally try it if you haven't! And, you should definitely check out True XoXo (click here!) because they have some terrific challenges & some great designers too. The inspiration over there is really fabulous and they encourage you to scraplift their DT's ideas...which is where I was inspired to use my mists, as well as the vintage feel of the Odds & Ends papers!

Cardstock - Bazzill
Patterned Paper - Cosmo Cricket (Garden Variety & Odds and Ends Collections)
Glimmer Mist/Glam - Tattered Angels
Thickers - American Crafts
Yellow Letters - Little Yellow Bicycle
Distress Ink - Tim Holtz (walnut stain)
Cloud Stamp - Little Yellow Bicycle
Ink - Staz On
Pins - Offray
Journaling Pen - Pentec
Photo Editing - PhotoShop, Picnik
Adhesives - Glue Glider Pro, Pop Dots

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit y'all! I always enjoy your sweet comments & they really just make my day! Now, make sure to stop by again Saturday as I will definitely be sharing my Halloween LO that day. I really, really love how it turned out & can't wait to share it with you. Until then...Happy Craftin'!

I'm also entering my LO into the following super fab challenges!
True XoXo - Instagram (inspired by misting & vintage feel of Khristen's LO!)
ScrapFIT - WO #53 Journaling Goes Round & Round
Kraft Journal - Anything Goes 
Moxie Fab World - Tuesday Trigger (inspired by the block shapes & colors!)
Lollipop Crafts - Embellish It
Crafts and Me - Winter Blues/Use Blue
EAD Designs - Color Challenge
Southern Girls - Stripes & Polka Dots
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Inkspirations - Color Challenge

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thankful 4 U!

Hey everyone! So sorry for the long break...I've been battling some health issues but am doing so much better! So better in fact, you'll need to stop back in several times this week as I share several more LO's that I've whipped up, as well as a home decor Halloween project...yay! Now, while I whipped up this LO featuring some super fun Cosmo Cricket projects from the Your Memories Here Store, I used THIS fabby sketch that can be found over at Sketches in Thyme. They have several challenges a month featuring some of the best sketches ever! I discovered them several months ago and have been playing along since then. I do hope you'll check them out because they are having a DT Call...which is why I used this particular sketch. I'm hoping to make their amazing DT so wish me luck, y'all!

Now, on to the deets about my YMH DT project this week. Y'all know my love for Cosmo Cricket knows no bounds & I especially love that their collections mix n match so well! I also love that you can find some amazing Cosmo Cricket paper at super awesome prices RIGHT HERE in the YMH Store!! There are several collections available, including some I used here, at prices that you won't find anywhere else on the web...they are that fantastic. The photo itself is a recent one of me & my mommy in law at Lake Hefner Lighthouse in Oklahoma City. We spent an amazing day together doing some scrappy shopping & eating by the lake, then taking a stroll down by the lighthouse. It was a gorgeous day & am so very thankful (and blessed) to have such a great mom in law!

Sketch - Sketches in Thyme
Buttons - Cosmo Cricket 
Cardstock - The Paper Studio
Baker's Twine - The Twinery
Thickers - American Crafts
Adhesive - Glue Glider Pro, Pop Dots, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Thank y'all so much for stopping by! I do hope you'll take the time to check out Sketches in Thyme, as well as the YMH Store & Inspiration Blog. Over at the blog HERE you'll find some terrific inspiration by some amazing ladies using products from the YMH Store...which you can visit HERE for rockin' products like Tim Holtz, Prima, Cosmo Cricket, Tattered Angels and more! Don't forget to check back very soon for a super fun Halloween LO I know you'll love...until then Happy Craftin'!

I'm also entering my LO in the following challenges!
Sketches in Thyme - DT Call/Sketch
ScrapFIT - WO#54 Numbers (in my title & journaling)
Inspire Me Fridays - Inspiration Link Party
Lollipop Crafts - Embellish It
Scrapping the Music - Challenge #181 (inspired by lyric "i will love you till i die"!)
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

SPOOK-tacular Frame...more dollar store decor w/YMH!

Hey y'all! I'm back again to share some more dollar store decor that is sure to dress up your home just right for Halloween! See, as most of ya know, Halloween is our favorite holiday here in the Beshear household. And, like a lot of crafters out there right now, I'm a crafter on a budget. This project I'm showing ya today cost me $1 buck...yep, just a dollar cause all I had to buy was the frame. So, I'm here to show you how to make the most of your goodies while getting the most bang for your using your scraps, shopping your local dollar tree & scoring some amazing deals at Your Memories Here! I've designed for YMH for over a year now & am so happy to do so. I love sharing how just a few products can really jazz up a project, as well as how to get the most out of things. Kristina, YMH owner, is absolutely fabulous & really does have some amazing check them out HERE in the YMH Store!

Okay, so my little spooky project started out with a frame from my local dollar tree, just like last week's home decor project did. You can check that shabby Halloween frame out HERE. Then I started using some fun products like Tattered Angels stamps, mists & papers, as well as some Prima papers & a Donna Downey stamp...most of these items can be found RIGHT HERE in the YMH Store too. I'm tellin' y'all, one stop shopping! This project is fab-u-lous for scraps. That's actually what I made it all out of too, which makes it even better. And you can make one too cause it is soooo easy....just grab you a frame, measure your papers, and embellish to your little heart's content. You can't go wrong with this project so don't be afraid to make it yours!

Twine - The Twinery
Numbers - American Craft Thickers (rain boot font)
Flocked Letters - Dollar General
Sentiment Stamps - Studio G
Ink - Staz On
Patterned Paper - Authentique, Reminisce
Cardstock Stickers - Target
Dimensional Stickers - Wal Mart
Adhesive - Pop Dots, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Frame - Dollar Tree

So there you have it...easy & inexpensive, but totally cute, Halloween decor for the crafter on a budget. Now, what are you gonna make? I would love to see it! I'd also love it if you hopped on over to the YMH DT Blog for inspiration HERE & the YMH Store for terrific products HERE. And, do not forget that all month long we are having a Halloween link party at Paper Issues! It is so completely awesome & I hope you'll join us for your chance to be featured, or win a great mini kit from the Paper Issues store! Go HERE to link up your Halloween creations. Whew! This was kind of a long post, huh? Sorry about that, but thanks for hangin' in there with me! Make sure to check back for more Halloween/Fall projects comin' your way, plus a very special Guest Design Spot I can't wait to announce...until next time, Happy Craftin'!!

I'm also entering my altered frame into the following fun challenges/parties!
Paper Issues - Halloween Link Party (all month long!!)
PaperCrafting Journey - Die Cuts &/or Punches (i'm a GDT for this challenge...yay!)
Blue Cricket Design - Show & Tell Link Party
Inspire Me Fridays - Inspiration Link Party
Skip to My Lou - Made for You Monday Link Party
Lollipop Crafts - Critters (they're everywhere on my project!)
The Paper Variety - Include a Forest Friend (my cutie owl!)
All Things Thrifty - All Things Spooky Link Party
Delicious Doodles - Tales of the Unexpected
Fresh Brewed Designs - Pumpkins (got one or two on my frame!)
Fab n Funky - Die Cuts or Punches (lots of die cuts!)
Crafty Creations - Create a Crafty Decoration
Delightful Sketches - Make it Dimensional
PaperPlay - Autumn Colors

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Dollar Decor w/Tattered Angels from YMH!

So good to see y'all again! I've been hiding away in my crafty cave trying to get an insane amount of projects done. Not only do I have my regular DT projects due, but also some GDT stuff & lots of Fall/Halloween home decor craftiness taking place. Seriously, you should see my craft room. It looks like a tornado & earthquake happened in the same time. I will clean it though. Soon. Maybe. Anyway! I'm here today to share with you a super cheap, super cute & shabby Halloween home decor frame made with some awesome supplies from the Your Memories Here Store. First off, this project cost me $1. Yes, $1. I had everything on hand but the frame, which called my name when I was at my local Dollar Tree the other day. I instantly knew what I wanted to do with it.

I have a bunch of old, vintage books that I use for projects like this. I grabbed one, ripped out some pages with the binding still in tact, & cut out a pumpkin shape. I used my Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam (grab it HERE) and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (get that HERE) to give it some pretty orange sparkle & shimmer. I also put a few drops of charcoal glimmer mist in a ziploc baggie & added my ribbon. I smooshed it around & then pulled it out to dry. This is easiest way to "mist" your ribbons without getting mist everywhere. I cut my paper to fit the frame, found me a cutie stick & set to getting everything glued down. I also added that cute little Halloween tag...which I found in a pack at Target for $1. So maybe the project cost me $2...but technically I didn't buy the tag just for this frame so I'm not gonna count it. That's just how I roll...LOL!

Now, hop on over to the YMH Store HERE to grab some fabulous Tattered Angels goodies at amazing prices. And visit the YMH DT blog HERE for awesome inspiration. Plus, don't forget to check out the brand new linking party at Paper's all about Halloween! You'll also have the chance to win some fun mini kits from the Paper Issues store & the party will last all month long RIGHT HERE...woo-hoo! Make sure to check back soon for a very special GDT post...until then, Happy Craftin'!

Glimmer Mists/Glams - Tattered Angels (charcoal, mimosa, & copper kettle)
Frame - Dollar Tree
Halloween Tag - Target (check out their $1 spot...awesome stuff!)
Adhesives - Pop Dots, Aileen's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Vintage Book/Button/Ribbon - Stash
Stick - Outside (seriously, go outside & grab some stuff...see what ya can create!)

I'm also entering my home decor project into the following challenges!
Paper Issues - Halloween
Lollipop Crafts - Halloween
 Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Anything But a Card
Inspire Me Fridays - Inspiration Link Party
Blue Cricket Design - Show & Tell Link Party

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