Monday, November 29, 2010

Grateful everyday Mini Album

Monday already? Today I have a mini album to share with you. I LOVE these monthly journaling tags from Teresa Collin's giving thanks line. They gave me the idea to use them in a mini to journal about each month in my daughters lives. But for this mini, the journaling is on the pull out tags, where I have written some private thoughts to my girls. Each month, I highlight the important things that happened that month and how very proud I am of them:-)

Since I have SO many photos of my girls, I thought it would be fun to highlight a photo month so I could glance over it and see the gradual changes!

Teresa Collin's lines mix together beautifully and in this mini I mixed giving thanks, celebrate, and freestyle. And of course, lots of blingage!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Frog hunt

Can you believe that these cute little frogs are frozen solid right now? Yeah, it's true. Their hearts actually stop beating while they are in this frozen state, so it is not like hibernating where the heart slows down. AMAZING.

I am constantly in awe of the natural world and find peace when I am out in it, exploring all of the wonderful creatures that we share this planet with. I am so happy to be able to share this passion with my girls. They especially love frogs and we are so lucky to have them just behind our house.

I hope you are having a fabulous weekend!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I feel so lucky to have such wonderful daughters and even more lucky to be able to be with them each day! And just look at them together, they love each other so much! Don't get me wrong, I am sure that not five minutes after this photo, they were bickering like cats and dogs!!! But, overall, they do get along very well!

This layout uses mostly product from Teresa Collins Giving Thanks line. It was featured in the November Teresa Collins newsletter along with lots of other great inspiration from the other members of the DT. To subscribe to the newsletter go HERE.

Each month, over at Art Freckles, there is a monthly layout and card sketch challenge and I used the November sketch for this layout. So come on over and join in the fun!

Have a fantastic day! It is -30 C (-22 F) here today so I am staying inside as much as possible!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Gift tag set

Another project today for gcd studios!

With the Christmas season quickly approaching, I love to have special gifts on hand to take with me to give to the host of a dinner party or for my kids teachers...there are just so many people who deserve a little special something! And this project, doesn't break the bank!

I made a set of four Christmas tags using the lovely papers from the Joyful Peace collection. I simply adhered some scraps on paper to white cardstock and then cut out my tree shapes. I then added some yellow stickles to some some gcd studios star chipboard! Simple! Adding a quick paper bow to the box really finishes it off!

Happy creating!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Christmas Ornaments

For my project this month for gcd studios, I decided to make some ornaments out of paper. I used these gorgeous papers from the Christmas Sleigh Collection...and I WISH you could see and feel the texture and shimmery goodness, so beautiful! Perfect for my ornaments! I really like them in this dish to use as a centerpiece on my table but now I need to make some more to hang from my tree :-)

Here is close up:

Want to make one? It is not as hard as it looks but grab a coffee and I'll go through each step with you!

First gather your supplies: You will need paper, glue, and a punch (if you have a 1" or 2" circle punch this will make it soooo much easier...I used a coluzzle which took a bit more work). So go ahead and and make your "template" circle out of cardstock.

Fold your circle into a triangle shape by folding in three sides to the middle.

Go ahead now and punch out 20 of these circles from your patterned paper.

Use your "template" circle to help you fold all of your circles so they are all folded the same.

Now that they are all folded, we can start to adhere them together.

Glue five of them side by side until you make a "hat".

Make three of these "hats" and leave the other ones for now.

Next, glue two of these hats together on one side.

Now take a single piece and adhere it to where you see the open triangle space in the photo above.

Next, ahere another "hat" directly below where you just adhered the single piece. The hat will can be adhered on three sides. To fit in the spot shown in the photo above.

Ok, if you are still with me it should look like the photo above. See how there are three triangle spots? This is where you will adhere three more of the single pieces.

Alright, now there is just one piece left to adhere!

Congratulations! You are now done! Happy creating!!!