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Playing Catch Up

Wow.  There are tumbleweeds over here rolling across my blogland home, lol!  I have so much to catch up on I don’t even know where to begin!  My days have been busy, busy, busy lately and although blogging has been on my “to do” list for the past month, it just always seems to get skipped.  I blame Facebook.  You can come find me there if you want to make sure I’m not dead if I disappear like this again!  

So anyways.  Let’s see.  Let’s start with Scrapbook News + Review.   That would be where a lot of my time and energy is going these days and if you haven’t come by yet, trust me, you will want to!  We have got some truly amazing things that will be unveiled in the coming months, from HUGE new features in the magazine to some spectacular events planned.  I really don’t know how to even begin telling you how exciting this all is – NO other magazine, print or online, has the kind of content we have in the works right now.  Everything from our new kit club section that unveiled in the April issue to the fabulous new sections coming up, videos, TONS of techniques, big projects with manufacturers…we got it all, baby!  And don’t be shy – the staff has all been crazy busy behind the scenes getting all the new stuff figured out, but we’d LOVE to have you stop by the forum and chat with us!  We’re ALWAYS up for making some time to talk to other paper crafting enthusiasts – it’s why we DO what we do, lol!  

Speaking of SNR, I’ve still got all my March projects to share with you (eek – and a few left over from February – do you really still want to see Valentine’s Day though?).  I’ll get to those next so you should start seeing those all pop up and wake my poor little blog up.  😉

Next.  Helmar – wow, I’ve been creating up a storm with some fun new things they sent us and all of our fabulous new preferred manufacturer partners.  I’ll start getting some of that up as well!  For starters, this project went up today on the Helmar USA DT blog.  Go check it out for all the details on what I used and how!  



Another Birdhouse

It’s been a while since I’ve made one of these!  I’ve missed it.  But I pre-painted up several of them so plan on seeing some more here soon!


This one used some K & Co. papers I fell in love with.  They match my living room, lol.  Or at least two of the colors in my living room.  anyways, I took some felt flowers from Creative Impressions and spritz them with Glimmer Mist and then added Making Memories crystal brads to the center.  But wait!  I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to attach them.  Tracy, our DT leader had mentioned that the 450 wasn’t suitable for use with flat-backed crystals because it reacted with the backs of them.  Well, enough of the glue went past the prongs and hit the crystal backs.  And reacted.  And it is actually a really cool look, lol!  It’s no longer got that faceted crystal look, but more of a crackled…I don’t know, but I like it.


I also used the Helmar 450 to attach this metallic ribbon from Michael’s to the rooflines.  It’s a slippery ribbon, so the quick grab on the 450 made this soooo much easier.



And, of course, Mod Podge and acrylic paint from Plaid round out the supply list.

Christmas Mini Birdhouse

Still loving these mini birdhouses!  I had really hoped to do up a little village of them, but that’s probably going to have to wait until next year, lol!  But at least this one is done, and I have one more almost done.  All the papers on this one are from American Crafts (from last year’s collection, or maybe the year before?).  I pulled out one of my ancient deco-edged scissors for the roofline.  All the little felt embellishments are also from American Crafts.  Scribbles made quick work of adding little “ornaments” to the trees and wreath.  I also added fake snow from DecoArt.  This comes in a little tub and has “flakes”, for lack of a better term.  It’s a little awkward to work with – you need to apply it with a palette knife or something similar.  But it’s much sparklier than the photograph shows – really a fun product.  I was thinking it would make a cute ornament as well if someone wanted to add a hanger to it.  I actually ended up donating this to the little girls next door’s school holiday fundraiser sale.  I have no idea what price they put on it, but their mom came home at lunchtime and said it had sold almost immediately so that made me happy!  I hope whoever bought it enjoys it!



Haunted Mini Birdhouse

Another birdhouse I actually finished last year but after the holiday and I just saved it for this year and then it went into the October issue of Scrapbook News + Review so I’m just now sharing it.

The paper is from Zsiage and I decorated everything with a mix of Jolee’s stickers from EK and some transparent elements from Making Memories.  The transparent spiderwebs are kind of fun because they’re actually set onto the outer roof lines so it looks like they’re hanging in the eaves.  I don’t remember what kind of adhesive I used on the ghost, but obviously it wasn’t the best choice (ahem, and I’m assuming I chose something that SAID for vellum/transparency…).

But my absolute favorite thing about this birdhouse is the roof. Or roofs.  Those little dimensional polka dots?  GLOW-IN-THE-DARK Scribbles!  So much fun!  My son got the biggest kick out of how it lights up, lol!





Harvest Mini Birdhouse

It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these!  And I actually made this one LAST fall and never posted it.  Then it went into the October issue of Scrapbook News and Review so you’re now seeing it about a year after I created it.

Remember those leaves from the card I posted the other day?  Well this is why I originally bought them.  I loved the idea of a leafy roof for the birdhouse.  The paper covering the birdhouse is from Flair and everything else is simply some cute dimensional Jolee’s stickers from EK.  You know, I collected and collected those but never used them on scrapbook pages.  But they make SUCH quick work of little altered goodies like this!






Shell Villa Birdhouse

Wow – I just realized I never did post my altered stuff from the August issue of Scrapbook News + Review!  This is another mini birdhouse that I went a little crazy with the tiny shells. The patterned paper is from Paper Adventures.  Then other than the Mod Podge and acrylic paint (both Plaid), it’s just craft store shells decorating the rest!  It never did get a resident birdie – still looking for a seagull or something.

Seaside Nest for Rent

I apologize for the underlining, I have no idea how I made it do that or how to un-do it! Anyone experienced with Blogger who can tell me how to fix this?

I picked up this little truck birdhouse from Michael’s for my son. I had him pick out the papers and he decided on these beachy papers from Creative Imaginations. Probably not what I would have done with a truck, but he seems to like it! I thought the little “mobile home” effect was rather cute though!