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I am a SAHM mother of three...only one left home though. Paper crafting is my passion...I love creating things and saving memories. I also enjoy reading, baking, spending time with my friends and family, and walking my two furry children. My goal on my blog is to share something a little crafty, something yummy, and something fun every week. Thank you for visiting & comments are appreciated :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

January Swaps & Snow Days

Since the holidays we have been trying to get back on a regular schedule, but the weather has been a little uncooperative...the children have had days off, early release (due to weather) and snow days...all this makes for a wacky week. On our last snow day, Jarek and I took the dogs for a walk....they love the snow. It was cold but beautiful out. We stopped to take a break...walking with them is exercise!

In between putting up holiday decorations and shoveling snow, I have been working on several swaps. Here are just three that I have completed so far...
This is for an Layout Element Swap. I had the surprise element. They did not come out quite the way
I envisioned...but I really wanted to use the quote..."Snowflakes are winter's butterflies", so this is what I came up with....I think once it is all put together with the other elements I will like it better.

This is the card I did for a "Love is in the Air" swap...I didn't want something overly Valentine's-y...I like this because it is versatile. I heat embossed the tree and then added red stickles for the berries. I matted the tree and the red handmade paper on black. I then added a strip of white cardstock that I used a border punch on. I layered some red satin ribbon on top of it. Originally I was going to make a heart charm to dangle from the knot that said (love in bloom), but I changed my mind...

Finally, these are for a new swap we are doing on my Facebook Group (Paper Crafting Divas)...recipe cards. the finished product has to be 4x6, so I did my 8x6 and folded it...I didn't want my recipe to be cramped up on a smaller card. I decorated the front and attached my printed recipe on the inside. I am looking forward to collecting these through the year:)
I have three more swaps to finish...two Cricut Cuts and a paper bag album...the album is coming along, just have to do a little embellishing and binding. I have picked my Cricut Cuts...not to just cut them.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hybrid Layouts

I have been experiementing wth my layouts...latest is "Hybrid Layouts". I create a digital layout and print. i then use that 8x11 as my main element in a traditional 12x12 layout. Add traditional embellishments...stickers, flowers, ribbon,e tc. I thought it might be a time saver...a little...maybe more as I get more comfortable with it. I like the way they came out though. What do you think...

DS helped with these...

This is definitely a techniques I will use again...not completely though...I still like my glitter, flowers and rhinestones:)