Monday, September 30, 2013

Love Paris Plaque

Don't you love Paris?  I do! My love probably stems from my Great Grandmother being French.  So whenever I see the Eiffel Tower or something with Paris on it I'm really drawn to it.  Naturally, one of my first projects for the Zappy Dots design team would feature one of their lines with both Paris and the Eiffel Tower.

This project is fairly simple and can easily be adapted to any colors or theme.  I happen to have this unfinished MDF base ready to be decorated and that's where the design began.  Originally I was going to paint the base, but as things came together I actually liked the natural look of the base and just left it as is. 
Next I just layered three different patterned papers, each about a 1/4" smaller than the other.  Then I used my Tim Holtz rosette die to make the rosettes. 
To adhere the Zappy Dots I used my mini hot glue gun.  I first made a hot glue dot and let it cool.  Once it has cooled add another layer of hot glue and adhere to the front of the rosette.  Once it has cooled adhere to the layered squares. 
See, simple and quick to make!
Zappy Dots used on this project
And don't forget....
The Zappy Dots Polka Dot Pumpkin blog hop starts tomorrow.  It's not too late to join in the fun, click here if you'd like to participate.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Zappy Dots Sneak...

Testing out a post from my phone today with a sneak peak of a fall project featuring new fall Zappy Dots! 

Check back soon for my latest project featuring some fun Paris Zappy Dots! 

               Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Zappy Dots Polka Dot Pumpkin Blog Hop

Zappy Dots is hosting a Polka Dot Pumpkin Blog Hop. 
Click here for details and how you can join in the fun.
Starts October 1st.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Acrylic Strawberry Thank You Card

Have I mentioned I love playing with acrylic?  It adds a unique aspect to paper crafts, and you can do so much with it.  Here is a simple card with a splash of color using an acrylic card base from Close To My Heart. 

I trimmed the strawberry paper a bit smaller than the actual card base and used my We R Memory Keepers corner chomper to round the edges to match the acrylic base.  The banner pieces were made from scraps of paper and I just winged it on those.  The word thanks is made using paper from Jillibean Soup's Coconut Lime Soup 6 x 6 pad. The round punch tool from Epiphany Crafts.  The letters and flower are on the outside of the card.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 13, 2013

It's A Cupcake Birthday Party!

I'm so excited to share with you my first project created for Zappy Dots!  I received a selection of birthday and cupcake themed Zappy Dot flair buttons to create this project.  I had so much fun creating these cupcake goodies, hope you enjoy this sweet party set.

Cupcake Card

My first project was the cupcake card. 
This is actually a pocket card and the top of the cupcake slides into the base.  To make the card I traced to cupcake shapes (I used a chipboard shape, but anything would work) onto cardstock and cut them out.  Cut one in half where the top of the cupcake meets the bottom, this will make the pocket and the insert.  Now attach patterned paper to the two front pieces.  You can't tell by this picture and the patterned paper I used, but I ran the paper through a paper crimper before adhering to the cardstock piece.  For both pieces I adhered a rectangle of paper and trimmed around it.  Ink edges if desired.
To make the insert piece, trim a piece of cardstock to fit your cupcake, mine was 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".  On one side mark the bottom ends to what the bottom end needs to be, I marked mine at 1/2" on both sides.  Trim from mark to opposite corner to create an angle, repeat for other side and attach the wide end to the back side of the top of the cupcake.  Now add your embellishments.  I love how this Zappy Dot works with this card and papers.

Cupcake Box

To make the box I covered to cupcake chipboard shapes with patterned paper, both sides.  On the sides that were going to be the front and the back I crimped the paper I used for the bottom adhered to the chipboard.  Time to embellish the front and add that special Zappy Dot!  To create the actual box, I traced the bottom portion of the cupcake onto to a piece of cardstock, then using my score board, I scored one line down the bottom of the outline I just drew and measured 1" made another score line and trace the same portion of the bottom of the cupcake.  Use scissors to cut out the box, being careful to leave "wings" on both sides to form your box.  Fold up and adhere together the box and adhere to the inside pieces of the chipboard cupcakes.

Cupcake Toppers

Next up is the cupcake toppers.  I love how these turned out and they are really so simple to make, they would be great for a party with cupcakes.

All you need is a flower shape die (or any shape you want) in a couple sizes.  I used the 3 above for the toppers and the wreath.  For each cupcake topper you need one large and medium flower and one lollypop stick. 
After you cut your shapes ink the edges if desired. 
place a little hot glue on one end of the stick and adhere it to the back side of the smaller shape.  repeat with the front side of the larger piece, the stick will be sandwiched between the paper. 
Then attach your Zappy Dot.  For these I placed a foam dot on the inside and attached with a dab of hot glue.


Last but not least I made a fun wreath using the same die cut shapes.
For the wreath I die cut several pieces of each color and size, I always cut extra so I have a nice variety to choose from.  Start with a 6" wreath form, mine is an mdf base, you could also make one from chipboard.
For each flower I used the end of a small paint brush to gently shape the petals adding a 3dimensional look.  Ink the edges.  A flat layer of flowers around the wreath.  Now layer the top row of flowers, every other one will have a Zappy Dot center and the others will have a small flower center. 
The flowers with 3 layers are attached to the base while the flowers with the Zappy Dot center is adhered with a foam pop up adhesive.
Hope you are inspired to create your own Zappy Dot Cupcake Party!
The following are the Zappy Dots used for the Cupcake Party.
 Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Zappy Dots Sneak Peek!

Check back soon for the full reveal, but here's a peek at my first project for Zappy Dots!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sweet As Jam Card

Here's a card I made recently.  I was never a big fan of all the mason jars out there but I tried to embrace them here.  It's a fun card for someone that loves to can or enjoys making jam.
I fussy cut the jars from the patterned paper and covered them with Liquid Glass below the lid.  When they were dry I tied some embroidery floss around the lids.  The paper I used is from a older 6 x 6 pa from Jillibean Soup called Coconut Lime Soup. 
Supply List
Patterned Paper - Coconut Lime Soup - Jillibean Soup
Cardstock - American Crafts
Liquid Glass - Close To My Heart
Alphabet Stickers - Echo Park
Embroidery Floss - DMC
Paper Trimmer
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Black With Two September Challenge

Wow, I can't believe it is September already!  This year is just flying by.  With a new month brings a new challenge on the Black With Two blog.  I had a lot of fun with this months color pallet and hope you do too.
Here's September's Pallet - Brights Special
It's a lovely pallet with so many color combinations.
Here's my take on the challenge
I used my Cricut to cut the circle and built off of that. American Crafts Thickers were used for the title. 
Here's a close up of the flowers.
And a bonus this month, I also created a card for the challenge.
For the card I trimmed strips of paper and punched with the swiss cheese punch available from EK Success. 
Would love to have you come play along at Black With Two, there are two prizes up for grabs each month.  One for layouts and one for cards.  Plus it's fun!  Can't wait to see what you create.
Thanks for looking!