Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Favorite Projects of 2015 Part Deux

Instead of one really long post, I have made two somewhat long post of my favorite projects in 2015.  I hope you enjoy.  If you want to know more about the piece, I have included the link to the original post.

I really, really loved this card from August.  I used versamark and clear embossing powder to create the "frame", it turned out beautiful...I need to do this again!

I like my use of recycled packaging on these cards:

I love this mixed media piece I did for my hubby and he did too!

One of my favorite layouts of the year.  Pinterest inspired!

I was truly enamoured with this image and I love how the card turned out.

This is a very pretty layout of my niece I did for Quick Quotes.

In November, I hosted the Quick Quotes challenge. I love this card...I sent it to my Secret Sis!  I hope she loved it as much!

These are some of my favorite cards from all year!  I can't wait to give this to my niece for her birthday in May!  She is gonna LOVE it!

I don't know who will get this one???

This is my first card with my new minc machine.  This one was for a friend expecting a girl!

I was really happy with this tag and my distress ink experimentation.

My favorite of this years Xmas cards have to be these white and gold cards using my minc.

Finally, the last mixed media/altered project of the year.  I spent so much time on this one.  It was all consuming for a bit.  I have to be proud!  It is still on my mantel.

Thanks so much for reading and have a safe and happy New Year!  I will be back in the morning (the beauty of technology) with the first Sketch N Scrap sketch of 2016!!


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

My favorite 2015 projects

I have been busy creating for January and other items I can't post yet, so I thought I would reflect on my crafty goodness from 2015.  I had so many favorites!  It was hard to this is post one of two.  My first altered project of the year was a great one.  I made this for an altered letter swap.  I am sure my friend Lynn loved it!  One of my best projects of the year!

I loved this layout with Quick Quotes for my wedding album.  It was one of my first DT post.

I love making my husband goodies! Another QQ DT post.  This was his Valentine's gift.

I really loved this card, Sketch N Scrap (my other DT) has the BEST sketches!

I really enjoyed creating this project for a benefit.  Kista stills has her "house" if I had only made it a little bigger she would fit!

These Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz cards are great.  I love those two designers together!

I have several rock n roll layouts but in light of his recent passing, I share Lemmy...

I like how I used embossing folders, vellum and chalk here.

Another Tim Holtz creation, I love Xmas in July.

Another card for my husband.  I had him in mind with all the details down to the bone in ribeye!

Check back tomorrow for my favs for the second half of the year.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Quick Quotes Sparkle and Shine Mini Album

Merry Christmas! Alicia with you today to share a Sparkle and Shine mini album.  I used lots of left overs from Quick Quotes December Club Q.  This month's kit had so many beautiful die cuts, vellum quote and embellishments.  I added more papers and embellishments from the Whistlin Dixie collection to make a fun, festive and sparkly album!

To create the pages I simply added a quarter inch to the width of the square page and scored.  I adhered the quarter inch scored and folded piece to an piece of paper of equal length but half the width.  After the eight pages were in place, I slipped the ends between the chipboard and the paper I am using to cover the outside before adhering securely. 
I decorated the pages with tags from this month's Club Q kit just adding some ribbon and a cute die cut cardinal.  I also used the chipboard words Joy, Believe, and Peace from the kit after I colored them with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalking inks.
On the final page, I left the backing on most of the chipboard sentiment until after the photograph is placed.  I also only adhered the edges of "love" paper so that a photo can easily be slipped inside.

Quick Quotes products used:

other ingredients:
Queen & Co goosebumps
Tim Holtz poinsettia and cardinal dies

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch

I just can't believe it is the last sketch of the still have 11 more days to play with all 5 sketches at Sketch N Scrap!

Here's a different angle without the reflection.

You can find the latest sketch here

Here's card #2

American Craft Merrymint 6x6 paper pack
Danelle Johnson Limited Edition Interactive circle stamps
Anna Griffin crimson ink (this has been my go to red all season)
Judikins clear detail embossing powder
Versamark ink
Ranger silver detail embossing powder
white and crimson card stock
Quick Quotes coal miner chalking ink
Stampin Up banner die

Don't forget to link up at Sketch N Scrap!

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Last Minute Gifts Blog Hop with Scraps by Gracie

We've got some awesome ideas today to create those last minute holiday gifts.
Each of the bloggers has one or more great idea for fabulous, easy gifts that can be 
created at the last minute for those holiday gift giving opportunities.
You may want to create a few of them to have on hand in your "Gift Closet." 
Doesn't everyone have a gift closet full of gifts ready to give?
We just can't have a hop about gifts and not give a few away, so be sure to hop to
and comment on each of the blogs by Wednesday 12/30/15.
Theresa at ScrapsByGracie will choose 5 winners.
One will receive a class of their choice from today's hop sponsor

Here are 4 prizes offered by our hostess Theresa:

Now on with the projects!

What is easier than completing a leftover class project for a gift?  I started this mini flip album back in August at the Quick Quotes Mini Reserve.  I had never thought of adding paper to just a photo flip book!  I did these first few pages in class.

We made a really neat bow that the front tucks into, then opening reveals these pictures:

I did keep the instructions, but it was super easy to just measure the inserts I had already completed.  4" wide and 12" long scored at 5.75". That is your basic insert.

I used several scraps to help finish this up.  I took a small strip and edged it.  I then cut it instead of scoring it, so it would fold nicer.  The great part about double sided paper is that I could have used either side.

On this page, I used one insert as usual and taped one going "down" instead of a double flip!  Utilizing every surface, I was able to put 6 pics in this one pocket!

This is another configuration from class. Instead of a down fold, we made a "tri" fold and taped it folding outward.  (not measurements are different here, but since I didn't duplicate this page from class I did not note them).  This whopper of a fold out hold 8 pictures if you are so inclined counting the one on the back that is slipped inside.

Here are some of my favorite pages I created using bits and pieces left over from all kinds of other projects.

49 Shades of Grey collection including papers, stickers and chipboard stickers
Creative Memories border maker 
Stampin Up border punch

Printing and selecting the pictures took more time than assembly.  I lifted many of these from my nieces' FB pages so I could have some current pics.  I could not find this flip album on the QQ site, I thought they said they would sell them...but you can find a flip book any where and dress it up for a really great last minute gift...using left over pics from your scrapbooking would be an even better time saver!

Thanks for hopping by today, don't forget to leave a comment to be entered into
the drawing for the 5 great prizes.

I am your last stop!  don't forget to check back to see if you are a winner!

The entire line up in case you are lost:

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Quick Quotes December Club Q Projects

Good day Quick Quotes readers!  Alicia here today with projects from this month's Quick Quotes December Club Q.  There are so many cool projects included, I am like a kid in a candy store when it arrives!  As soon as I saw the wonderful die cut Christmas trees, I knew which pictures I wanted to scrap.  I used Christmas pictures from 1972, I feel blessed to have such a wonderful childhood.

The first step to create this layout was to color the chipboard with chalk.  I used Red Hot PowderPuff Chalking Ink for the outside piece and Midnight Confessions PowderPuff Chalking Ink for the inner frame.  The chipboard die fit perfectly inside the design on the paper.  I also added a vintage touch by creating some "ornament hooks" from beading wire.  I cut both the vellum quote and the back ground paper with an ornament die.  The tag is one of many die cuts included in the Club Q kit.

I just love the vintage buttons.  I believe they came from my grandmother's stash.

Quick Quotes products used:

other ingredients:
Spellbinders ornament die
Creative Memories border punch
beading wire
vintage buttons

I also made this mini album included in this month's kit.  I loved the way it folded and pretty much followed the instructions up until the embellishments.  I pulled out the coordinating Whistlin Dixie Chipboard Die Cuts for some extra dimension.  I punched holes to lace the ribbon through and laced the buttons with floss.  As always I chalked the edges generously with Quick Quotes chalking inks. 

A hint about photo printing for a mini, I printed a couple of pages of "wallet" size photos using the "fit in frame" option which made the square photos even smaller.  I ended getting many photos in the small album.  I intend to gift to my niece on the cover.

Quick Quotes products used:

other ingredients:

white floss

Thanks for stopping by!

I would like to enter this in the following challenges: