Saturday, March 28, 2015

"Craft Market" Crate Paper Project and Review by Valerie Bishop

I have been a huge fan of Crate Paper products for a long long time so I was thrilled when I received some beautiful goodies from their new line "Craft Market" to create with! The colors of this line include teal, pink and GOLD - one of my favorite color palettes to use right now. The fun mix of embellishments - from the puffy gold stickers, the accent stickers, to the wood veneer pieces - are perfect for my style of creating layers on my layouts.
I used a couple of the journal cards cut from the "Project Glitter Paper" piece to start my layering, then after deciding where I wanted my photo to be I added the additional textures.
 I used some of the stickers flat and then used pop dots to give some of them dimension. I bunched up some gold thread and layered it under one of the popped up stickers.
I used the puffy stickers as accents on the flat stickers - the hearts on the bicycle tires and on the center of the camera.
The large wood veneer ampersand added just the right pop of color to my title to catch the eye and lead right to the photo
which is where I think the most important part of my layout is. That's me with my younger daughter!! This line of paper crafting goodies makes my very happy!! :)

Here's a list of supplies I used 

You can order all of these and so much more from The Little Blue House online store

I hope you have a fabulous and creative day!!

Hugs, Valerie

Friday, March 27, 2015

Craft Market Paper Rosette Ribbon Tutorial

Hey there, it's Lindsey here with a quick tutorial using Crate Papers new line,  Craft market to make a fun paper rosette award style embellishment.

Gather your supplies....

White Pen- Sakura Gelly roll
Foam Tape

Step 1.  Using the pink and gold paper, cut approximately 7 stripes out.  I had the "V" pointed down and cut from the right hand, bottom side

Step 2.  Gather the 4 longer pieces, discard the shorter pieces.  Also cut 3/4 in strip of Doodlebug Vellum and add to the pieces. 

Step 3.  Dovetail all the pieces, I just eyeballed this with scissors.  

Step 4.  Trace the wooden loop and cut out.  Play with the lengths until you like what you see, The longest for mine was 4 inches and the shortest 3 inches.  

Step 5.  Write a sentiment on the chalkboard sticker.  I used a Sakura white gelly roll pen in my faux-calligraphy handwriting. TIP:  Don't be afraid to lightly pencil out the sentiment, once the pen has dried its very easy to go back and erase.   I let things over-dry, nothing frustrates me more than smeared pen.  ( As a lefty, I am too familiar with it)

Step 6.  Using glossy accents glue the wood hoop to the paper circle you cut out in step 4.

Step 7.  Add some foam tape behind the chalkboard sticker 

Step 8.  Place chalkboard sticker in the center-ish. 

Step 9.  Select arrow from the puffy stickers and cut in half.

Step 10.  Trim the excess ribbon off the pink rose and glue using glossy accents or hot glue.  Place the pieces from the arrow on either side.  

Step 11.  I added a few more words in my handwriting to finish it off.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, its a fun little piece to make with all the graduations coming up- it could be added to a card, put a pin on the back and have the grad wear it.... possibilities are endless!

Thanks for stopping by, all the products used are available at the Little Blue House!

Best wishes, Lindsey

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"Happy, Happy Day" Layout Tutorial with Susan Tidwell

Crate Paper- Craft Market

Hi everyone, Susan T. here with a layout tutorial for you using the lovely "Craft Market" papers from Crate Paper. 
 I love the soft hues of this collection and it suited my photos of the day our newest grandson came home and his 2-year-old brother finally got to meet him.
I used an easy watercolor technique on the background using the new Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink. This new color is beautiful and matches this paper line so well.
Take a medium-size acrylic block and smoosh (technical term!)
the ink pad on it and then spritz it with water until it beads up.

"Stamp" with the inked block randomly over the "Craftsman" paper. Press down harder if you want more coverage; press lightly to get a droplet effect. Repeat this until you have the desired coverage. So much easier than painting with a brush!

Here you can see that I started where my photos would be to practice first. It gets "patchier" toward the outer edges.

I added a torn strip of Doodlebug Bubble Gum Sprinkles Vellum by machine-stitching it over a few paper elements. This eliminated the need for adhesive which will show through the vellum.
Here you can see the envelope piece cut from the "Project w/ Gold" paper and a strip of the "Thrifty" paper
(I think that paper is my favorite of all the collection!)

I continued to layer cut and torn pieces of several of the papers ("Studio," "Inspired w/ Gold", and "Thrifty") and added stickers from the Journaling and Title Accent Sticker Sheet.  
After adding my photos I embellished with the Puffy Gold Stickers (stars, hearts and arrows).

In this photo you can see a portion of the Wood Veneer Hoop that I added over the larger photo to highlight my two cute little grandsons.  I loved that it looked like a real wooden hoop so I used it as is.  I also used one of the paper strips to fold over an American Craft Paper Straw to make a flag.  The polka dot strip came from Craft Market- Studio Paper at the very bottom of this photo is actually a barcode strip from one of the papers - I love that some manufacturers add these patterns and I use them frequently!

Here you can see one of the Wood Veneer Tags w/ Gold Glitter Accents. I added number stickers from the sticker sheet for the year, added a scrap of printed paper to cover the hole of the tag and embellished with another heart puffy sticker.  I used the Wood Veneer Circle w/ Gold Glitter Accents in the upper right corner of my layout, adding the date of the photos with a gold Uniball Signo pen.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and love these papers and embellishments as much as I do. It's a versatile, pretty paper collection and it's available now at The Little Blue House or
online here!

Susan Tidwell

Bunny Hop Recap & a Prize Winner!!

We hope you enjoyed our Bunny Blog Hop!!!
Here is a Recap of all the "Egg"cellent Projects our team designed!!

Now it's Time to Announce our Bunny Hop Winner........
please contact the LBH to claim your Basket of Goodies!!!
Thank you everyone for hopping along with us!
Hoppy Easter,

Monday, March 23, 2015

Bunny Blog Hop begins TODAY!!!

Are you Ready to HOP??
We have 8 Easter Inspired Project Tutorials to get you Egg-cited for Easter!! Lindsey is here on the LBH Blog sharing the first Tutorial for our Bunny Hop! 

"Carrot Vellum Treat Bag"

Gather Materials Needed...

empty toilet paper roll
Echo Park Papers, Happy Easter, Carrots Paper ,Sunny Days Ahead Red/yellow
Sewing Machine  (thread color of your choice)
Green tissue paper
hot glue gun
paper cutter
adhesive of your choice
clear tape
Decorative scissors, scallop
(check the LBH Online Store for items you may need)

 Step 1.  Using the yellow paper from Echo Park (Sunny Days Ahead in Red/Yellow) trim to 4 inches by 6 inches.  Followed by the Doodlebug Vellum in Tangerine, trim to 4 inches by 6 inches.

 Step 2.  Adhere vellum to paper

 Step 3.  Adhere the pieces glued together onto the toilet paper roll.

 Step 4.  Draw some leave shapes to use atop of the tube.  Just before you cut them out use an eraser to lighten the lines.  Leave just enough to see where to cut.

 Step 5.  Position leaves so that they will fit across the front of the toilet paper roll on a piece of clear tape.  The sticky side should be up.

 Step 6.  Cut an approximately 6 in strip of tissue paper from the widest width of the paper ( typically 30 inches)

 Step 7.  Use decorative scissors to make a pretty edge to the tissue paper.

 Step 8.  Adhere paper leave to tubes.  Feed the folded tissue paper through the center on the tube and apply hot glue at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 position of the circle.  Press tissue paper into the hot glue and add more glue to tack down the excess.

 Step 9.  Use your sewing machine to sew the bottom closed with an approximate 1/8 in seam allowance.

Step 10.  Fluff and fuss with tube until its the right shape.  You can leave this open or easily close it up with a treat inside.

I hope you've enjoyed this Easter tutorial!
 It's quick and easy and appropriate for so many ages.

Bunny Blog Hop Grand Prize:
Leave a comment on each of the blog posts featured on the Bunny Blog Hop and you will be entered to WIN a fantastic Easter basket filled with amazing  paper-crafting goodies! Winner to be announced on March 25th.

 Here is our HOP order...

HOP this WAY to....-Natalie!!!!

Miss Tracy
Susan Liles
Valerie Bishop

Thanks again for reading...hope you enjoy my Cute Carrot Treat Holder! Don't forget to leave a comment and then head on over to Natalie's Blog to see her Crafty Creation! Click HERE.

Happy Spring!