Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gift ideas

I'm sorry I have been MIA.
It's a busy time of year. I have my dad visiting from Sweden    ( I'm blogging here about it) and the scrapbook retreat that me and my friend planned is this coming weekend. So yes, you can say I'm a bit busy...but it's all fun stuff.

I put some of my tutorials together in one handy-dandy post. Click the pictures and it will take you to the tutorial. I will add to this post later, because I have many more great ideas for gifts to share...as soon as I have more time on my hands.

I hope you all are doing good!

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Monday, November 15, 2010

November sketch # 2: Guest designer Cindy deRosier

I'm so happy to introduce my  second guest designer;
Cindy deRosier.

She sais:

Hi everyone!
I'm Cindy deRosier. I'm so glad to be on the Scrap a Little Design Team! I had a lot of fun working with Sketch #37.
I almost never use circles, so this was a great challenge for me and a way to step out of my comfort zone. I'm very happy with the results! I'll definitely be using more circles in the future.
A little bit about me: I have an MA in Education and taught 4th/5th grade for 11 years. I am currently a stay-at-home mom to Trevor, age 4. I've been scrapbooking for as long as I can remember. As a young child, I glued photos onto paper and cut shapes out of construction paper to decorate the pages. Around 1998, I discovered the scrapbook industry, such as it was at the time. I couldn't believe that there were all these beautiful papers and special adhesives that would forever replace my construction paper and rubber cement pages! I love everything about scrapbooking. I consider my scrapbooks to be my greatest treasures and hope that someday Trevor loves them as much as I do.

You can see more of my work here

You can also find me on the Fiskateers message board (Cindy #4113) and on the Guest Design Team at Flamingo Scraps

Here's sketch # 37 that Cindy worked with

and her three different takes on it:)

Here's two more of Cindy's fabulous layouts, based on my sketches.

And here is Cindy's favorite layout from her gallery:


Thanks Cindy for all the inspiration!

I always enjoy seeing how you guys use my sketches.

I was especially thrilled that Cindy used my first sketch ever.
I don't think I ever saw someone do that:)

Again, you can look forward to a new sketch and designer in only two weeks.

Take care!

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Friday, November 12, 2010

A non-scrappy giveaway!:)

This is so exciting!
I'm having another giveaway, but it's not scrappy stuff you can win this time.

Have you heard about Scentsy?

Let me tell you real quick what it is;
(if you like candles you will LOVE Scentsy)

"Scentsy Warmers use a low-watt bulb to melt specially formulated wax slowly, maximizing the fragrance time of the Scentsy Bar or Scentsy Brick.

With no flame, soot, smoke or lead to worry about, the Scentsy system is a safe way to enjoy more than 80 delightful Scentsy fragrances".

I heard about Scentsy for the first time last year and fell in love right away, so I decided to sign up as a consultant.
Not to make a lot of money,but to get the discount  for myself.

Today I have several Scentsy warmers in every room. The kids have their own and my hubby has one in his office.
These things are awesome.
I have my warmers on 24/7, because they are perfect as night lights.
My house always smells great and they are so decorative.

One of you lucky blog readers will win this full size Scentsy warmer, perfect for the holidays.

And to go with it you will get a bar of "Pumpkin Roll" scent that will fill your whole room with yummy smell.

All you have to, to be in the random drawing is to sign up for my Scentsy Newsletter.

Go to helencroft.scentsy.us and click on "get my newsletter".

That's it!
You don't have to buy anything- even though it's allowed;)

Unfortunately, this drawing is only for readers with an American or Canadian address. It has to do with shipping,but also with watt,voltage and those electrical thingies.

I will wait a week or two, to see how many of you signed up and then I will have the drawing:)

And ,oh yeah...if you DO sign up, please leave a comment on this post...
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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tutorial for paper bowl

ere's a loooong overdue tutorial!

I totally meant to post this BEFORE Halloween,but that's OK. It's always the right season for chocolate and giving away sweets.Right?
I just made a bunch of these paper bowls for a crop tomorrow. Scrapping and chocolate is like peanut butter and jelly;)

What you will need:
  • cardstock or double sided patterned paper
  • ribbon
  • hole puncher
  • trimmer
  • ink
  • border punch

You can make these bowls any size you want.It's up to you how much candy you want them to fit.
I like 9" x 9". It's not too big or too small.

So start with you 9" x 9" square.
Use a border punch all around if you want to be fancy.

 Then you need to score or draw lines. If your paper is 9 x 9, score by 3" and 6" both horizontal and vertical.
(Note:if you used a borderpunch,you will need to measure your paper and divide by three, to know where to score. A good idea is to use a calculator. I didn't in this example and the whole thing turned out crooked!)
I learned a tip from my dear friend on how to score easy.Use a stulys and slide it through your trimmer.

You will have 9 squares. Score the four corner squares diagonally.

Fold the horizontal and vertical lines in a valley fold and the diagonal lines in a mountain fold.

Punch a hole in the four corners and thread a ribbon trough them.

Make a bow,ink the edges, add a tag or whatever and you're done!

These a perfect little gifts. Can be used for birthday parties, baby or wedding showers. You name it!
And they are also very easy to make so they are great for kids crafts.

Good luck and happy crafting!
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Monday, November 1, 2010

November's Sketch~ guest designer Melissa Laverty

It's time for a new month and a new sketch and also it's time to introduce Scrap A Little's first guest designer. Yay!
Her name is Melissa Laverty and this is what she has to say:

Hey Scrappy peeps! I had so much fun playing with Helen's awesome sketch!

I'm Melissa Laverty, aka fancyMelissa and I LOVE putting my memories to art! I'm a consultant with Close to My Heart, a premier scrapbook & stamp direct sales company located in the United States and Canada. We have excellent scrapbooking supplies and the world's best clear acrylic stamps. If you haven't tried stamping on your projects, you really need to.

I have been teaching my customers paper crafting for more than four years. In addition to teaching at CTMH's annual Convention this summer, I serve on the company's Advisory Board. I also lead a team of over 40 consultants from Virginia to Japan. Finally, I'm a little bit addicted to Social Media. I'd love to add you to my exclusive Facebook Group. Please check out my blog & art gallery at fancyMelissa. What fun!

Here's the new sketch;

And here's Melissa's take on it;

Here she rotated the sketch:

Here Melissa made a two page layout with
sketch #36 and sketch # 13

And here are two more of Melissa's gorgeous layouts.

Based on sketch # 30

 and based on sketch # 21

Thanks Melissa for your inspiration and colorful layouts!

To  see more of Melissa's work, be sure to visit her blog.

Look forward to a new sketch and a new designer in two weeks.
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