Friday, December 27, 2013

Quick Quotes - Hey! Call Me!

Hi! It's Barb and I am hosting the blog today! Wow! Where has the year gone? Or, where have the years gone?! I have recently been working my way through a pile of photos that should have been scrapbooked years ago! (Hey, better late than never, right?!)

Quick Quotes Happiness lines is one of my favorites! The bright colors are so much fun to work with and were perfect for these photos of my daughter with her cousin. They both received play cell phones for Christmas (way back in 2003!) and they were having a great time "calling" one another! The photo with my daughter reaching toward her cousin caught my eye because I could just picture what she was saying to him….. Hey! Call Me!

I cut apart the color blocks on one of the patterned papers and turned them into a layered banner. I added some detailing with a black pen.

I couldn't find the color of letters that I needed but could easily alter these white letters (me) using the PowderPuff Chalking Ink in Bloody Mary. They are showing up a little darker in the photo than they are in real life. The color matched the papers perfectly!

Quick Quotes Products Used:
Patterned Paper: Happiness 100, 300, 400
PowderPuff Chalking Ink: Bloody Mary

Other Supplies Used: 
Letter Stickers: American Crafts, 
Frame Die-Cuts: Studio Calico
Enamel Dots: My Mind's Eye
Brads, Flair, Chipboard Die-Cuts: Basic Grey
Arrow Paper Clip

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Quick Quotes - The Magic of Christmas

Hello everyone! I get to share a few projects that I made with the December Club Q kit. I have to tell you, I am lovin' the colors!!! It was fun to make some Christmas layouts with some non-traditional Christmas colors! I also love that everything I need to make these projects come in the kit. I don't have to go searching for other supplies! The only thing I grabbed was my PowderPuff Chalking Ink!

This layout is of my sweet daughter back in 2003. I loved the look of the lace trim… I thought it was perfect with her angelic outfit she is wearing! (By the way, the other photos I have from this photo shoot are of her pulling the ornaments off the tree! Not so angelic!!)

The mat for the photo along with the flap in front were taken from the layout kit where they laced the two photo mats together side by side. I decided to use a decorative punch on the one side and use ribbon to attach them together for the flap. The vellum quote is from the kit as well.

I am not a big fan of my handwriting so I like to hide my journaling. I think it is important to include the stories that go with the photos, I just don't necessarily want that to be the focus of my layouts. I used the flap as a way of concealing my journaling.

These darling little stickers are also included in the kit. I used some PowderPuff chalking ink in Java around the edges and then used foam adhesive to lift them off the page.

I also made a few Christmas cards!

These were super quick and easy to make and are some of my favorite cards I made this year! The middle part of the cards were actually for a wall hanging that came in the kit. I thought it was perfect for Christmas cards!

I am always amazed at how many products come in the Club Q kits! They are packed with beautiful papers and embellishments and they even include instructions! They make creating beautiful things very easy!

Quick Quotes Products Used: 
December Club Q Kit
PowderPuff Chalking Ink: Biscotti, Mocha Mama, Java, Bloody Mary, Baja Blue, Coconut White

Other Supplies Used: 
White Bling: Want2Scrap
White Paint
Wood Button
Punch: Martha Stewart
Spellbinders Die

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Quick Quotes 2014 Design Team

Happy Saturday Morning! I have exciting news to share! I am on the Quick Quotes 2014 Design Team! This will be my third term with them and I couldn't be more excited! I love the team I work with as much as their products!! I also want to say congratulations to the other ladies who get to work with this year!

You can find the Design Team announcement Here! 

Here are a few of my favorite Quick Quotes projects I made this year...

I am looking forward to another year of fun projects! Be sure to stop by the Quick Quotes Blog to congratulate the other ladies!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Frosted Designs - Christmas 2003

Happy Friday everyone! I can not believe that we are just a few weeks away from Christmas! And what I find even more difficult to believe it that my darling children in this Christmas photo are now 24, 22, 21 and 11! Wow! Where does the time go?!

 This week at Frosted Designs, Brenda is challenging us to use Silver AND Gold on a project. It did not have to be a Christmas project but the Frosted Designs Season of Stars Scrapbooking Kit made it so easy!! Plenty of Silver and Gold here!  :)

I had fun getting a little messy with this one! At one point my desk was covered with molding paste, paint, spray mists, gelatos, and inks! Talk about fun!! The papers in the Season of Stars scrapbooking kit layer together so well... made my job easy! And I LOVE the mesh/web ribbon in this kit. One side is white and the other is gold! And of course it has plenty of sparkle! I painted the Studio Calico Starbursts with white paint before going over them with the Silver Metallic Gelatos. I added a gem to the center for a little more bling!

I love the Teresa Collins Chipboard Stickers that are part of the Merry Christmas Add on kit. They were perfect for this layout. And how do you like those sparkly gold numbers?! Gotta love some bling!

The Season of Stars Scrapbooking Kit is now available in the Frosted Designs Store.
 You can find it HERE! The Add-On for $10 is a steal! 

I used a Sketchabilities sketch for this one... Number 104!

We would love to see you play along with our challenge this week! You could be the lucky winner of the Quick Quotes $20 Gift Certificate! 

Be sure to stop by the blog to see the other Designers projects! 
Have a great weekend!
Barb :)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Quick Quotes - Christmas Gift Set

Hello everyone! It's Barb and I am sharing an idea for a quick and easy Christmas Gift!

This gift is perfect for teachers, co-workers, neighbors, and any other "hard to buy for" person on your list! 

I started with an empty pancake mix canister that I covered with a piece of Cherry Truffle Patterned Paper. The die cut paper (also from the Cherry Truffle line) was embossed with sparkly embossing powder and the center of the circle was cut from the Back to Basics line. I added a few embellishments to decorate it, added some tissue paper and finished it off with those yummy chocolate covered pretzels!
The chipboard word was colored with PowderPuff Chalking Ink in Java.

The background paper on the card is from the Cherry Truffle line, too. I kept this one pretty simple with a Merry Christmas journal card, ribbon, flower and a flourish. I liked the berries I used for the center of the flower!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Quick Quotes Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Cherry Truffle 300, 400
Patterned Paper: Back to Basics
PowderPuff Chalking Ink: Biscotti, Java

Other Supplies Used: 
Journal Card: Little Yellow Bicycle
Die Cut: K & Co.
Chipboard Word: Maya Road
Flower: Making Memories
Die Cut: Spellbinders

Monday, December 2, 2013

Frosted Designs - Christmas Magic

Hello Everyone! I am so excited to share two of the layouts I created with the 
Season of Stars Scrapbooking Kit!

This kit is filled with fun little embellishments and a beautiful mix of papers!

All of the Patterned Papers in this kit are double-sided which means you have double the possibilities! The paper I used for the background on this layout is the back of the BoBunny Ornament Paper. The Santa with his reindeer were the perfect background for this photo of my daughter from 2003. (Where does the time go?!)

I love the gold/white mesh ribbon that is included in this kit! It is reversible (gold on one side, white on the other) and it adds texture without a lot of bulk. And did I mention that it is sparkly?!  :)

I used the Studio Calico Wood Veneer Starbursts to give the effect of "magic" floating down from Santa's sleigh!

I love the mix of papers in this kit! The chipboard 25 circle and the journal spot behind it are part of the add-on kit that is available when you purchase the Season of Stars Scrapbooking kit.

I covered the starbursts with some metallic gold rub and then added a red jewel to the center of each one. It added just the right amount of sparkle!

After making a "pretty" layout, I decided I wanted to make a "fun" layout! Which was easy enough to do with this mix of Teresa Collins and Carta Bella Papers! (The doily is a left over from the November Family Blessings Kit!)

The title is from the Maya Road Chipboard Words that are part of the Merry Christmas add-on. I painted them white and added some detailing with a black pen. I also added the clear die-cut embellishment from Little Yellow Bicycle.

I had some fun with my Dylusions Dirty Martini Spray Ink on this layout! I liked the splashes of color peeking out from behind my photo clusters.

And one more close up of the layout! I adore that red & white trim that comes in this kit!

The Season of Stars Kit is now available in the Frosted Designs Store! 

And if you buy the kit, you can purchase the Merry Christmas add-on for only $10 more! 
It has a retail value of over $22!! 

We have a limited number of add-on kits so order early!

We will be back all week with new projects so be sure to stop back by! 

We are also having a Cyber Monday Sale!
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We carry UmWow Studios Chipboard and Flair. 
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Quick Quotes - Black Friday Fun!

Hello Everyone! Barb here to share some Black Friday Fun! Are you in the group of crazy shoppers who stay up all night shopping?! Well, me and my girls love to fight the crowds! So, I created a Black Friday layout using the one and only photo we took last year. This one was taken around midnight, right before the doors of the store opened!

I combined three Quick Quotes lines for this layout: Back to Basics, Treasure Chest and Dusty Road.

The green striped paper and the journal spot are from the Dusty Road 6x6 paper pad. I also used several of the PowderPuff Chalking Inks to color the wood heart, the tags and the edges of the papers.

I love that the PowderPuff chalking Inks can be used so many ways: I stamped some circles on the background using the ink, distressed the edges of the journal spot and papers using the ink and colored the chipboard arrows with the ink!

If you aren't out fighting the crowds for the good deals, then hopefully you are doing something creative! Enjoy your day!

Quick Quote Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Back to Basics 100
Patterned Paper: Treasure Chest 300
Patterned Paper: Dusty Road 400
Dusty Road 6x6 Paper Pad
PowderPuff Chalking Inks: Biscotti, Mocha Mama, Java, Mango Mai Tai, Green with Envy

Other Supplies Used: 
Shimmer Mist: Creative Imaginations
Inka Gold Metallic Rub: Creative Imaginations
Letter Stickers: American Crafts, Making Memories
Colored Twine: American Crafts
Chipboard: UmWow Studios
Brad: Cosmo Cricket
Flags, Flair: Basic Grey
Clothes Pin: Little Yellow Bicycle
Other: Buttons, Tag

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you and your families a blessed Thanksgiving and Holiday season. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Quick Quotes - Turkey Placeholders

Hello! It's Barb and I am back to host the blog today! Where has November gone?! I can't believe that it is almost Thanksgiving! For my post today, I thought I would share a cute little Turkey Placeholder you could create to make your Thanksgiving table a little more festive!

How cute are these little guys?! They each kind of take on their own little personality! The best part of this project is that you can make 8 of these turkeys with only 2 pieces of patterned paper and a piece of cardstock (I used kraft.)

I fussy cut the raindrop shapes from this paper to create the feathers on the front of the turkey and the beaks. I also cut 1 inch strips from this paper that I accordion folded to create the body of the turkey. I used the backside of the paper for that. 

I love the color blocks on this one! I cut apart a few of the blocks (3 per turkey) and turned them into the turkey's tail feathers! The variety of colors worked perfectly for giving each of my turkeys their own personal look! 

These cute turkeys also look adorable as napkin rings and as decorations on gifts.

I added a few as a topper on a large candy bar that I wrapped in patterned paper They made nice little gifts for my daughter to give to her teachers. 

If you would like to see the step by step instructions for these cute little guys, check out my video!

Happy Thanksgiving! 

QuickQuotes Supplies Used: 
Patterned Paper: Happiness 100, 400

Other Supplies Used:
Kraft Cardstock
Moveable Eyes
White Cardstock
Black Pen
Adhesives (Glue, Hot Glue Gun)
Wood blocks

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My Art Journaling Phobia

I'm not sure that is the official term (Art Journaling Phobia) but that is what I am calling it!!  :)  Let me start from the beginning.... when we first decided to open the Frosted Designs Store, I knew that I wanted to provide all of you with a Mixed Media Paper Kit. I didn't want a kit that had random mixed media items added to it that I wouldn't have a clue how to use. I wanted a kit that combined my love of paper crafting with the new Mixed Media trends. I admire all of the mixed media items that everyone is using on their cards and layouts and art journals but I didn't have a clue how to add them to my projects. So, the goal of the Mixed Media Paper kits is to not only inspire, but to educate as well!

Now, that leads me to the project I am sharing with you today. I have been following along with Sandee when she does her Sunday with Sandee Series. (If you have missed these, you are missing out! Click HERE to get caught up!) I casually mentioned to her how terrified I was of Art Journaling. I mean, I LOVE to look at art journaling but there is NO WAY I could ever do that! Sandee has sweetly nudged me to give it a try and after her tutorial on wax paper last Sunday, I knew I was going to have to try it! (After all, she does make it look so easy!) So, the journey for me begins!

When I told Sandee that I actually opened the journal for the first time (yes, I was that scared to start!) she asked me if it bit me. (Gotta love a girl with a sense of humor!) And good news, I had my journal open and was unharmed! I thought to myself... I can do this! And I did!!! Slowly I started to build my page and here is what I created....

I have to say.... not only was the process not miserable, but I actually had a lot of fun with it once I got started!! I might even to so far as to say, I enjoyed it and I will probably do another page (or two!)  Like all new things, I learned a lot. There are things I am really happy with and then there are things I am not so thrilled with. But the good news is, I am looking at this as a learning process, so reflecting on what worked and what didn't is part of that process!

One of the things I did that I really liked was the way I used Gesso to tone down the inks toward the center of the flower. I literally stuck my finger in the Gesso and lightly smeared it around the center of the flower and part way up between the petals. I also like the way my doodling on the flower turned out.

Another thing I was really pleased with was the overall background. I love the way some of the ink smeared together and in other places, the spots are more distinct. I also combined a Spray ink that had some shimmer to it with the Dylusions Spray Inks that have bold colors but no shimmer. To create the dots, I brushed some bubble wrap with gesso and stamped them on the background.

One of the things I wasn't happy about was the butterfly. I drew a butterfly on the page but didn't like it so I went through the October Mixed Media Paper Kit to find one of the Maya Road Die Cut Butterflies. I liked this one better so I traced over the other butterfly (yep... totally cheated!) Since I needed to cover up the old butterfly, I decided to paint the butterfly with the DecoArts Paint that was in the kit as well. Once it was dry I added some black outlines and a few pink dots to the wings. I don't love it but for now, it is staying put.

When Debbie shared her project for the October Mixed Media Kit, she pointed out how she used paint to highlight some of the words on the paper. I loved this idea and used it for my flower. (By the way, the paper is from BoBunny and was in the same kit.)

After I got the background done and added the flower to the top, I sent Sandee a photo and said "now what?!" She sweetly told me to find a quote that spoke to me to add to my page. And since I was terrified to start this art journal journey, this quote really summed it up for me! I actually conquered two fears today... I also used my own handwriting to do the journaling. I usually don't like to do that but I decided to give it a go! And the good news is, (in my opinion) it's not horrible!  :)

Now that I have shared my page with you, we would love it if you would share your pages with us! We have had a few of you share them on our FB page and we are loving it! Keep them coming! Click HERE to find our FB page. 

I used items from the October Mixed Media Paper Kit. I also used the Gesso from the Mixed Media Starter kit. (If you are just getting started with Mixed Media, this is the kit for you!)

We still have a few of the October Mixed Media Paper kits in the store. And, in TWO days we will be releasing the November Mixed Media Paper Kit. And a reminder.... if you purchase a 3 month or 6 month subscription to the Mixed Media Paper Kit, we will send you a free Ranger Dylusions Creative Journal (which has a $24.99 retail price). You can start your subscription with the October Mixed Media Paper Kit or the November Mixed Media Paper Kit. Just keep in mind that this offer expires on Nov. 30th.

Would you like another sneak peek of the November Mixed Media Paper Kit?! Well here you go....

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