Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Let the Party Begin!

...the Christmas Card Party, that is!  I am notorious for making tons of cards and never actually giving them to anyone.  Well, that's all going to change this year!  I'm challenging myself to make and GIVE AWAY at least 20 Christmas cards this year!  So, I wanted to come up with a fun and simple card that would be easy to replicate many times over.

Here's what I came up with using the Simple Stories Handmade Holiday Collection from A Walk Down Memory Lane!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you like the cards and are inspired to make some of your own!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sunburst Card Tutorial

Hey, there everyone!
Today I want to share a quick tutorial that I shared on the Birds of a Feather Blog last week!  It features the fabulous November 2012 Kit and is a great way to use up scraps!

A few weeks ago, I uploaded a layout that included a sunburst pattern and a few people asked how I did it. So, I decided I'd share. This is a great way to use up scraps when you have created several projects (ok LOTS of projects) with your kits!

Today, I'm going to show how to do a card, but used the exact same techinque on THIS LAYOUT.
First of all, start with a piece of cardstock that is the size that you want your finished sunburst to be. (My finished card is 4 1/2" X 6", so my cardstock piece is 4" X 5 1/2") The color doesn't matter because it will be completely covered when you're done. Then, punch a circle from a random scrap of cardstock and adhere it where you'd like the center of your sunburst to be.

Now comes the fun part! Just start cutting wedge shapes of paper and adhering them to your cardstock with the point of the wedge landing on the centerpoint circle. As you work your way around, you may find that some of the wedges don't land exactly in the center of the centerpoint circle. That's ok-- you'll see why when you see my finished card.

And, keep adding more wedges....

And go all the way around until it looks something like this: (Note: usually my wedges laid flat against eachother, but sometimes it was necessary to overlap them in order to keep the curve).

Then, flip this mess... ahem... I mean "beautiful starburst"... over and you should see this:
Now, using your scissors or paper cutter, cut along the edge of your original piece of cardstock. You should be left with this:

Now, using your scissors or paper cutter, cut along the edge of your original piece of cardstock. You should be left with this:

Now, all that's left is to finish your card. You'll see that I matted the starburst pattern and then added that to my card base. I also used a circle for my sentiment that covered the center point of the starburst so that you don't see where all of the points didn't come exactly together.

Isn't that FUN?! I love using this technique- especially when I love a paper collection or kit and I just can't bear to throw any of the scraps away! I hope you liked my tutorial and that you're inspired to try one for yourself. 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

More November Kit Goodness!

The November kit at Birds of a Feather is just incredible!  Every month I think that Amy has put together the best kit ever... and then comes the next month!  Beautiful, beautiful kits!  This month's kit features papers from Simple Stories and Lily Bee, embellishments from Prima and ScrapFX and lots more!  Check it out HERE to get yours!

Here are two cards I've made so far with the kit:

For this one, I cut a bunch of leaves from the various papers included with the kit and then adhered them to a chipboard circle from my stash with a liquid glue.  Then, just added a ribbon, stamped a sentiment and, voila!  A beautiful card!

For this one, I used some of the Lily Bee paper from the patterned paper add-on and cut the quilt looking strips out of it.  Then, I just layered the strips one on top of another until I had the size I wanted.  Then, I matted it and added it to my card along with a stamped sentiment and a beautiful flower from the kit!
So glad you stopped by today!  If you haven't checked out the BOAF November kit, do it now befofe they're all gone!!

Come back soon for more scrappy projects!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

I'm FALLING for the November Kit... Birds of a Feather!  It's an incredible kit featuring Simple Stories, Lily Bee, Prima, chipboard, twine and more!  Seriously-- there are a few kits left so HURRY and get them now!

Here are some layouts that I've created with the kit:
My sweet Duffy boy playing in the leaves in the yard.  I really think he's the happiest dog ever!
 I made a little rake to go with the beautiful leaves included in the kit.

And a close-up of the photos... isn't he the cutest?!

And another layout about playing in the leaves-- this time my kiddos!

Check out this incredible ScrapFX Chipboard tree!  I used a leaf punch to make the leaves.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I'll share the cards I made so far with the kit tomorrow!  And, if you haven't got your November Birds of a Feather Kit yet, go HERE to check it out!