Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting. Hope you find something to make your creativity bloom!

Friday, March 25, 2011

German Glitter Glass at The Beary Scrap

Happy Friday everyone! Over at The Beary Scrap we are showing off our new German Glitter Glass. This stuff is seriously so cool, I have never seen anything like it before! I am not a big fan of good old-fashioned plastic glitter, its just so darn messy and never quite looks the way I want it to. However, this stuff is so pretty, it is in a completely different world than that old plastic glitter. It was very easy to use and I love the way it shines. Make sure to check out all my other DT members projects to see some serious shine!

My project for the week is some Easter favor boxes filled with candy (chocolate, of course!) and decorated with Graphic 45's Once Upon a Springtime papers and some vintage Easter images.

These were so fun for me to make. I got these cute boxes at a local wedding supply store and simply folded them up and filled them with candy. My Easter images are free for use in craft projects, you can find them here-- I just downloaded them, sized them to what I wanted and printed them out.

Here is a close up of each image I used, with Flowersoft and Glitter added to the picture.

Remember, you still have a few more days to enter our current Beary Sweet challenge and show us your Spring projects! This will enter you in the drawing for our 5 fabulous Birthday Presents so definitely enter this challenge. You also a few more days to enter my blog candy in celebration of my own blog birthday!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Springtime at The Beary Scrap

Happy Spring to you! I hope wherever you are, a little bit of sunshine is finding its way to you. Here in Idaho, it's very wet and muddy but the birds are out and singing so I know spring is on its way. Of course, we probably will have another snowstorm or two, that's just a normal spring here but at least winter is on the way out!

To celebrate Spring and our big Birthday Bash over at The Beary Scrap, I hope you will enter your project in our current Spring challenge, create anything spring related and enter it here for your chance at winning one of our 5 incredible birthday presents!

My first spring project to go along with this challenge is a quick and easy Easter treat that would be great for kids' classes, teachers, your neighbors or anyone you want to bring a smile to!

To make my treats I started by filling a 4 x 6 open top plastic bag with some Easter candy (I love Sixlets, aren't the spring colored ones cute?) Then I cut a piece of double sided designer paper.

I punched one edge of my paper with a border punch and cut a strip of satin ribbon about 15 inches long (more or less). I laid the ribbon underneath the designer paper, folded over the top of the bag with candy and laid it over the designer paper like this:

I then stapled the ribbon onto the back of the paper, making sure to catch the edges of the plastic bag so it would be secure.

Then I folded the top (the border edge) over to cover the top of the bag and tied the ribbon around the front.

Last I added just the heads of some Tear Bear critters-- Bella Bunny and Charlie Chick-- to the front along with a "Hoppy Easter" saying. Treats are ready to go!

Don't forget, I am also celebrating the one year anniversary of my craft blog and I am offering some Birthday Candy so if you'd like to enter for your chance to win, click here to see how. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Time to Play!

Wow! I actually did some scrapbooking today just for fun! I sure wish that happened more often, but oh well. . . .

I used this fun sketch from Sketchy Thursdays:

And here is my take on the sketch:

With a close up of the Glimmer Mist and embossed stars:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

We've Been Published!

Exciting News! The Beary Scrap online store and The Beary Scrap Design Team have been published in this month's edition of Papers and Pixels.

Wow! This is so exciting, my first time being published. I really appreciate the great article about Kimm and her darling Tear Bears so make sure you check out Papers and Pixels to read all about her plus see a creation by me and my fellow DT members. This is a free online publication so be sure to sign up to receive it by email each month! Yay for us!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Big Thanks from The Beary Scrap DT

Have you ever had one of those moments when you feel like everything is going really smoothly, your happy with whatever your working one and then suddenly something comes to your mind and you realize you're actually an idiot? Well, I had one of those moments this morning when I started taking pictures of the card I've been working on, looked up at my bulletin board and thought "Hmm-- what is that sketch for again?" Oh, duh! It was the one I was supposed to use THIS WEEK for The Beary Scrap DT and I FORGOT! Thinking about this week with a Thank You theme, I knew the perfect card I wanted to make-- I made it, took lots of pictures of the process so I could show you all and completely forgot I was supposed to be using our Challenge Sketch! So, my apologies to you all, but here is my card anyway!

I really was excited to make this card to share-- I just recently learned how to make these Slider Cards and I think they are so fun! I originally learned how to make these from Nancy Keller, check out her fabulous blog and a video tutorial here.

And here's my own version of a Beary Sweet Thank You Slider Card!

1. Cut a piece of cardstock or heavy designer paper 12 inches x 5.25 inches.

2. Score this piece at 3.5 inches, 7 inches and 10.5 inches. This will leave you 3 equal sections and then a small 1.5 inch section at the end.

3. One the 1st scored section, trim each side down .25 inch

4. This will leave you with a shape like this that is the base of your:

5. Now, you will need a plastic shopping bag (it doesn't have to be Walmart, that's just what I have!) Cut a two inch strip from the bag.

6. Wrap the bag around the section of your base that you trimmed down. Wrap the bag fairly loose, this will be the "sliding" part of the card. Tape the bag with scotch tape firmly to itself-- make sure that you do not tape the bag to any part of the paper, only to itself as it will need to move. Trim off any excess plastic.

7. Next, cut two pieces of designer paper that are 4.5 x 3.25 inches. These are your slider tabs.

8. Place the first slider tab over the section with the plastic bag taped on and line up the top of the tab with the top of the neighboring section.

9. Tape the bottom of the tab to the plastic bag, again, make sure the tape doesn't touch the base of the card just the plastic bag so that it will slide freely. Also, make sure it is taped firmly so it doesn't pull off.

10. Now flip the base over and repeat with the second slider tab, lining it up with the top of the neighboring section and taping it firmly to the plastic bag. The slider tabs are ready.

11. Now, on the third section (the one next to the small 1.5 inch end), create an indentation to show the hidden tabs-- you can use a circle or scallop punch, cut a rectangle or triangle, anything to show off a little of what's hiding beneath. I chose to have my indentation on the bottom of the card but you could place it on top.

12. Now go ahead and fold your card and adhering the small tab to the back to hold it all together.

Now you have something that looks like this:

And by pulling carefully you 'll have two tabs that slide out for more fun space to embellish and add your message (don't pull too quick or too far, it's really hard to get the tabs back in if they are pulled too far, I have done this!)

And there's your card, so embellish away! I used the Echo Park's Little Girl collection papers plus diecut stickers and tags, many of which I cut apart and used differently than originally intended. I popped up some with foam dots added Lavendar and Glam Pink (brand new!) Stickles and then attached my Tear Bear on the front. Here is my finished card showing the inside tabs.

Now, finally, I am to the bottom of my post and from the bottom of my heart, I wish you all a huge THANK YOU for supporting The Beary Scrap during the last year-- we owe all our success to our wonderful customers and followers! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

ps-- I am also celebrating the one year anniversary of my blog and am offering some birthday candy, here is a sneak peek--

--please visit my blog for your chance to win and don't forget to enter our Beary Sweet Challenges this month for more chances to win one of our 5 Birthday Presents!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Happy Birthday to My Blog!

It has been just over a year since I started my blogging adventure and I am celebrating with some blog candy up for grabs!!

My candy includes:

22 6x6 cardstock sheets My Mind's Eye Laundry Line
4 pkgs rubons My Mind's Eye Laundry Line
9 diecuts titles and tags My Mind's Eye Laundry Line
9 adhesive chipboard elements My Mind's Eye Laundry Line
10 velvet flowers by 7 Gypsies
7 yds assorted ribbons
2 Acrylic Stamps by Studio G
3 Decorator Pins
Assorted buttons and embellishments

To be eligible for my candy, please do the following:
1. Become a follower of my blog.
2. Also become a follower of our Beary Scrap Design Team Challenge Blog.
3. Post the candy on your blog, either in a post or on your sidebar with a link back to this page.
4. Leave me a comment.

This candy will be open until 11:59 MST on March 31 and I will announce the winner on Monday April 3rd.

If you want more chances to win great prizes this month, be sure to visit our Beary Scrap Design Team and Challenge Blog for details on the 5 incredible Birthday Presents we are giving away to celebrate our 1st Birthday!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Happy Birthday at The Beary Scrap!

It's our Birthday at The Beary Scrap Deisgn Team and we are celebrating in a major way! We are sending out some FANTASTIC Birthday presents to 5 of you at that end of the month to celebrate. So be sure play along in our challenges during our Birthday month and join in all the Fun!

Here's my Birthday layout, based on our Sketch this week, of my daughter's 7th birthday last September. I really love the colors of these papers-- they are bright and fun, without being too overwhelming- perfect for some cute birthday pics.

A close up of the Stickles-- remember, I am in love with them again since my layout last week and so I used them on this layout too!

Materials Used:
Bazzill Cardstock-- Kimm is having a fantastic sale right now, time to STOCK UP!
Fine & Dandy Tickled Pink line from My Mind's Eye, papers and Diecut Stickers
Bo Bunny Chunky Chips Alphabet
Stickles Glitter Glue in Cotton Candy and Aqua
Fastenator Staples, twine and Glue Dots

We can't wait to see your projects based on the sketch, plus don't forget to check out our first ever challenge on Facebook! Beary Sweet Birthday Wishes to You!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday to Us!

March is our 1st birthday here at the Beary Scrap Design Team & Challenge blog and we are celebrating in style!! Read on for all the important details to see how you could win.

2 Challenges - 3 Chances - 5 Prizes

We will have two challenges like we do every month, but will not have the normal gift voucher prizes. This month your challenge entries are actually chances to win our birthday party presents! After the second challenge ends on March 31st we will randomly pick 5 names from all of our challenge entries to win. We want to honor and thank our challenge participants both old and new by making the prizes available only to those who play with us. We appreciate you so much!

Chance #1: Enter one project in our sketch challenge March 1 - 14
Chance #2: Enter one project in our theme challenge March 15 - 31
Chance #3: If -and only if- you enter either challenge, you can also put our Birthday badge on your blog sidebar for a bonus chance to win!

"What are the prizes", you ask? Let me tell you, because they are AMAZING!

Winner #1 will receive this fantastic prize pack:
Prize pack includes:
Scor Buddy
Echo Park's "For The Record" complete 12x12 kit
Graphic 45's "Once Upon A Springtime" 8x8 pad
MS Deep Edge Border Punch "Flower Bed"
Glimmer Mist "Bahama Blue"
Meyer's Imports German Glass Glitter "Pink"
Kaisercraft Pearls in 4 great colors
Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen set
Stickles "Lagoon" and "Diamond"
Beautiful May Arts ribbons and lace
Fantastic assortment of mulberry roses and calla lilies

Winner #2

Winner #3: $25 Gift Voucher
Winner #4: $20 Gift Voucher
Winner #5: $15 Gift Voucher

Wow! Aren't those prizes great? Kimm is fabulous and our Design Team is so excited at how her store has grown and changed over the last year. We invite you all to get crafting and join us in our Birthday Challenges!

Click HERE for all the challenge rules and to view the sketch for the first challenge and your first chance to be entered in our birthday prize drawings.

Thanks for celebrating our birthday and playing along with our challenges - we really appreciate you!