Friday, November 06, 2009

The Perfect Little Box and lots of new things

I came across the perfect box today - it's the most awesome size and will fit lots and lots of goodies for the holidays. I can see this decorated in all sorts of pretty papers for just about any occassion.

I used this adorable new kit called What I Like About Me designed by Traci Reed and Eva Kipler over at the Sweet Shoppe. It will be on sale today so go check it out!

I found the template for this cute little box here

Here are some closer shots of the project so you can get the full idea of what you can do with the project.

Now...what can you put inside? It was designed to fit an 8oz canning jar, but I can think of lots of other things that would fit inside like
- Yankee Candle Tarts
- A Small Yankee Candle Jar Candle and some hot cocoa or tea
- Fill it with lots of different kinds of teas
- A little kinz Webkinz would fit inside for a child's gift
- Homemade cookies
- A couple pair of fuzzy socks
- and much, much more!

Don't forget about all the Digital Scrapbook Day fun around the web! I'm hosting the Gallery Hunt Game over at Polka Dot Plum. I'd love it if you would come play along!

The Digichick is having a HUGE sale this weekend. There are some gorgeous kits over there including some kick butt grab bags for next to nothing. Here's what I played with this week.

Using the following:
Kelleigh Ratzlaff's Nov Grab Bag - 3 cool digital templates. I used the silhoutte box to create the project above.

We Can Build A Snowman by Elise and Michelle

A layout featuring a picture from our vacation.
Herbarium by ViVa Artistry

Friday, October 30, 2009

Lots of Digi Treats!!!

Happy Halloween all you Digi Scrappers! Welcome to the Digichick Blog Hop. As promised I have my Digichick Freebie all ready for you to grab. I've created a small gable box featuring Golden Harvest by Mari K and Danielle E at the Digichick. The Gable Box Template is by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs at the Digichick. All the instructions you need are in the file. So download, print, cut, assemble and give to a friend!!! (Or hoard for yourself)The link is below.

Make sure you check out these other Digichick CT and Designer blogs for more freebies!!!
The Hybrid Chick

Don't forget that Polka Dot Plum is hosting their Halloween Party tonight at 8pm Eastern. Come join the fun!

Now here's your treat - Thank You Gable Box. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Getting Ready for Some Treats!

I am back from vacation (which was incredible!) and I've been a frantic mess this week. Lots of projects due, a huge test I have to take a work, trying to get the house ready for a Halloween party on Saturday (who's insane idea was that?)...etc. Good news - I get an extra hour of sleep Saturday night and we have zero plans for Sunday - sounds like heaven to me!

I love Halloween (at least the cute stuff). This year there are lots of treats out there for you digi and hybrid scrappers! Come back tomorrow for a little treat here on my blog and make sure you check out The Hybrid Chick because the Digichick CT and the Designers are all handing out treats on their blogs!!! Free goodies for us moms!!! Woot! Woot!

There is going to be some fun things going on at Polka Dot Plum tomorrow too! Hope to "see" you there!

I'm joinging their site CT as a hybrid contributor(thanks for the invite Suzy!) on November 1st. So make sure you come over and say hi.

I have a super cute project for you that's perfect for Halloween. Meet my boy Drac...

Isn't he just adorable? I found the coffin box template here. All the directions you need to assemble are included. I was kind of surprised how thing the box was, but in the end it's perfect for just a little card and treat. Even a gift card would fit inside. :)

The kit I used is call Frankie and Jackie by Traci Reed at the Sweet Shoppe. I'm on Traci's CT and let me tell you... she packs her kits full of great stuff! It's a great kit for Halloween pictures and some last minute crafts (come on you have two days till Halloween).

Finally I'll leave you with some Fall layouts. There are so many adorable kits out there this should go ahead and pick up a few and just take more pictures this year (he,he - scrapbooker rationalization can be fun!).

Pumpkin featuring Penny Springmann's A Little Kooky

Autumn Bliss featuring Golden Harvest Collab by Mari K and Danielle E at the Digichick

Ahoy Mates featuring Spooked by Zoe Pearn at the Sweet Shoppe

So come back tomorrow and get your freebie (I promise it will be a good one) and I'll have some more Fall/Halloween layouts and projects for you to enjoy.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Blog Hop Friday!!!!

It's time for another blog hop with Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs Creative Team. The team has been super busy all week working with 3 new templates being released this week.

I had the pleasure of working with two of Kelleigh's new templates this week, her Perfect Pumpking Templates and her Top Heavy Bag Template.

Acorn Box
Made using Kelleigh Ratzlaff’s Perfect Pumpkin Template and Life Has A Story Collab Chapter 1 – The Digichick. I used the medium sized template and I actually have this displayed just as photographed in my entry way because it's so stinkin' cute.

HINT: The trick with this box is to make sure you print the score lines on the box and take the time to score every line accurately so you get good crip folds.

No More Monsters Bag & Monster Spray
Made using Kelleigh's Top Heavy Bag and Traci Reed & Christy Lyle's Silly Willie being released at the Sweet Shoppe on Saturday 10/3 (you get a special sneak peek!)

Front of Box

Back of Box

Now the fun part! Hop on over to the following blogs. When you get to Kelleigh's blog leave a comment about your favorite project (go ahead and vote for me - I don't mind!) One lucky person will be drawn to win a free Perfect Pumpkin Template. Good luck!

- Tracy
- Julee
- Julie
- Christy
- Dana
- Sunghee
- Laura
- LuAnn
- Kelleigh

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Hybrid Craziness!

Fridays and Saturday mornings are always crazy for me. I work with three designers that release on Saturday at the Sweet Shoppe. Heaven and craziness all in one! Friday night dates with a glue stick instead of my hubby, heck I don't really mind.

So here's what I've been up to this week:

Traci Reed's - My 'Magination
Mini Composition Books - the perfect size for my purse!! Love it! I also love this fun and funky paper and the sayings in this kit.

To make the books I simply measured the size of the notebook plus about 1/4" around to have room to trim. The spine is a seperate piece that is about 1.5 to 2" wide. For the Reality notebook I used my new scalloped edge punch to dress it up.

Penny Springmann and MandaBean's - Anticipation
I just love this kit - the little tops and pants are just adorable. I think this would make an awesome shower theme. The finished product is 5"x7". Some cute little favors and cupcake toppers would be the perfect accompaniment to round out this party!

Eva Kipler and Lliella Designs - Ladies Night Out
Hybrid Gum Favors - what a fun thing to give out prior to a Bachelorette Party, Girls Night Out or a really fun birthday party. I'm thinking that after you use the gum you could use the wrapper as a cover for a mini album with pictures from the party. Hmm...going to have to try that!

So now that I've overworked my glue stick - it's time to do some calendar pages. Oh- it's going to be a fun day of college football and my computer. If only my computer was powered by the treadmill, maybe my diet would be doing better.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Matchbox and a prize

I'm participating in Kelleigh Ratzlaff's Blog Hop today - I'm so freakin' excited! Just to celebrate this fun occassion I tried out one of Kelleigh's new templates - Matchbox Template Set. This is the large version and it came together really quickly. I can see lots of potential for this box!!!

Here's my Happy Birthday version featuring Traci Reed's Happy Go Silly kit (Sweet Shoppe)

I simply used Kelleigh's easy template as a clipping mask to digitally cut out the box template from the brown bag paper. I then created a seperate accent rectangle for both the bottom box and the outside wrap. I printed all items on presentation paper and then used a paper trimmer to cut out. I used a piece of light green cardstock and my new scallop punch to create the green border for the wrap. The happy birthday to you circle was created in Photoshop Elements using pre-made circles and the alpha from Happy Go Silly. For assembly I simply used glue stick and double stick tape. Really - a cute project that can be done in little to no time!

Check out the Matchbox template at The Digichick. It's on sale for only $2.97 - what a steal!

I plan to tuck an I-tunes gift card inside so Katie (10) can give this to her BFF Erica for her birthday this weekend. Do you think this is cute enough to impress an eleven year old? I hope so...I wouldn't want to be the "uncool" mom!

Would you like to win a $10 Gift Certificate to Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs? If so, go check out all of the Creative Team Member's projects, then head over to Kelleigh's blog and leave a comment. Tell Kelleigh which project you liked the best, or which project you can see yourself doing next.

Want another chance? Twitter about the blog hop and leave another comment on Kelleigh's blog! Facebook it, and leave another comment for another chance! Kelleigh will pick a winner by this Friday evening.


Monday, September 21, 2009

Some fun new hybrid stuff

I've been on a "neglect my blog and make some hybrid goodies streak" recently. So...check out what I've been doing instead of actually writing on my blog.

Hannah's 7 Badge Book and Keep It Box
Featuring As Good As It Gets by Eva Kipler and Penny Springmann (Sweet Shoppe)

Brown Bagging It Hybrid Style
Check out Eva Kipler's Blog for instructions on how to make all three of these fabulous brown bag projects using Eva's awesome kits!

Perpetual Babysitter Note Board
Featuring Baby Steps by Traci Reed and Meghan Mullens (Sweet Shoppe)
I hear this might be a freebie on Traci Reed's blog this coming weekend *wink, wink*

Popsicle Thank You Cards
Full instructions on Penny Springmann's Blog - you know these are super simple and make you look brillant with other crafty moms!

As for some whitty comments and pics of the kiddos- maybe tomorrow, or maybe not. Depends how much time I get with my glue stick tonight! he, he

Monday, January 19, 2009

Come play with me!

I'm hostessing the Digichick Sketch Challenge this week - Come join the fun!!!

This week I am bringing you a template based off a layout by one of the Digichick's new designers: Dawn Inskip. I just love Dawn's layout that features a week worth of Project 365 pictures.

Here's Dawn's Layout:

Here's a picture of this week's sketch:

Pick up your copy of a template of this week's sketch HERE.

So what else I have I been up to? Lots of layouts and projects for some new publications I'm working with. Here's some of my layouts from the last week. You can check out my main Digital Scrapbook Gallery here: Jubeefish's Gallery.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Discount Shopper indeed!

The Sweet Shoppe offered a challenge to find out what kind of shopper you are.

You Are a Discount Shopper

You love to get things as cheaply as possible. You live for sales.
It's partially because you like to save money, but it's also because you like the thrill of finding a fabulous deal.

Of all the types, you tend to shop frequently but rarely by. You keep an eye on prices.
Brand names are not that important to you. You know how to have style without collecting designer tags.

I really didn't need to take a test to know that I love the thrill of finding a great deal. Today I ran in to Target to look for more little metal mailboxes (there were 0) and ended up buying a really cool revolving photo holder for my new desk at work (can't wait to hybrid glam it up), Yahtzee Free For All (under $3), a gel cover for H's Didj, a game for the Didj ($7) and some new lunches boxes for me, H, and K. I didn't need any of it really - but it was an incredible deal. LOL!

Check this out for yourself - what kind of shopper are you?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Project 365 - 1/6 to 1/11

I'm actually not doing to poorly in keeping up with a photo a day. Thank goodness for my daughter Katie- she helps me out in making sure I remember and in taking pictures for me. Now, I just need to teacher her how to edit photos and how to post to the blog and we'll be all set - HA!

It's Tuesday and it's time to go back to school. As you can see, Hannah, is not all too thrilled about having to go to school. At least she let me do her hair for her.

1/7/09 - Katie got up early and took a shower to do her hair. She's even checking it out in the mirror before she walks out the door (she's either loving the hair products I got her for Christmas or there is a new boyfriend she isn't tell us about.) hmmm

- I took a nice walk, the weather was so awesome I couldn't resist. I took a lot of pictures on my walk but I liked being able to see the dew on the grass and the potential for a beautiful day ahead.

1/9/09 - Date day! Jason took the day off from work and slept in after watching the Gators win the National Championship. We went to Dunedin and kayaked over to Caladesi Island. It was a beautiful day and other than the water being a bit cold (and me getting soaked) it was a fun time!

1/10/09 - We met my dad at Lowe's and picked up the girls after them making a time capsule. We headed off to Busch Gardens where I left the camera in the car. On the way home Katie remembered we needed to take a picture. Take a look at the dots on the ceiling of my car - that's what happens when you leave cans of soda in your car, in Florida, in the summer - explosion!!!

1/11/09- A fun trip down a very big hill for a little girl that was very brave!

The little days of the week tags I used came from this awesome kit
- Project 365 Embellishments by Sugarplum Papier at the Digichick

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Mini Hybird Mailbox- plus a free template!

I don't know about you but I totally heart the Target Dollar Spot! Last year I eyed these cute basic tin mailboxes and picked up one after Valentine's Day when they clearence out the Dollar Spot. I've been hanging on to it just to make a little something special for my family for Valentine's Day this year. When I saw that they had them again this year I was delighted and decided to clean out my "things to alter" drawer and whipped up this fun little project.

Here's my finished project from the flag side:

The front

The non-flag side

I used Nikki Beaudreau and Kitty Designs' new collab called Butterfly Girl available at Shabby Pickle Designs to create this project. Check this kit out today for 20% off!

Basic Directions:
Use the Free Template I am providing to you to create your mailbox cover designs.
1. On the long rectangular piece you will see there are two green lines and two black lines. You want to position your design for the sides of the mail box so that they are between these two lines. The green line is the base for each side. Don't forget to rotate your design and put the bottom of the design near the green line so that your design prints right side up for the mail box.

3. I provided two smaller rectangles to be used for the front and back of the mail box. All you need to do is to create your design to fit in the square. The same thing with the Flag piece. You can also duplicate the flag piece so that you have a decorative flag on both sides of the flag piece since you can see it from both sides. (I chose to keep it simple and only use one flag)

4. Print your designs out on your favorite type of paper. I would recommend presentation weight paper for this project, however, I used Glossy photo paper because it is what I had and it gives me the best color.

Assembly: The only thing tricky for assembling this project is getting around the flag pole. After trimming the long rectangular piece and wrapping it around my box (with no adhesive for a dry fit) I snipped where the flag needed to go once I got my position right. All I did was just cut in to where the flag hinge was and then cut a circle based on how big the hinge was. I then slid it in. You can see here the slit and how I tucked the paper in around the flag as much as possible. I would recommend trying this with a piece of scrap paper before you do it with your printed design.

For the front and back door pieces you will need to lay your front piece (that comes off of the mail box) down on the paper and trace on the wrong side. Trim inside the line for the perfect sized piece. Repeat with your back door piece.

Cut out the flag and adhere to the Flag pole. I tied on some ribbon and then used some Monoadhesive around the lip of the doors to adhere some more red ribbon.

That's it - not a hard project at all and you could definitely use up some paper scrapping supplies or stamp this project. It has endless possibilities!

If you give this project a try come back here and link me up so I can leave you some love and feel free to pass along the link to my blog to your friends who might like this project.


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Cricut Creations and a New Gig with Vera!!!

I got a big surprise gift from my mom for Christmas. A Cricut! I had lobbied for a Sizzix Big Shot and my DH told me no- didn't need it. My mom had no idea I even wanted a Sizzix, but saw the Circut infomercial late one night and thought I would enjoy it - lucky me!!! These are the first three cards I made with my Circut Create (the smaller machine).
These are from my all day card making session with my friend Kirsten. We played all day New Years Day with the machine while the guys watched football and the kids played. Heaven!!!
This uses the Paper Pups Cartridge and some Die Cuts With A View patterned paper. I got both that the fabulous Jo-Ann's clearance after Christmas.
This card also uses the Paper Pups Cartridge and the same DCWV paper pack. I used some SU! chalk to help color the dog.

I made this card with the Home Accents Solutions Cartridge that my mom got me as an eary birthday present. :) I used the same DCWV paper pack for accent and the cardstock is most likely Basil and SU!

Vera Lim's CT asked me to join them to be part of their Hybrid Blog Team. This is a really cool gig and I'm so honored to have been invited to join this very talented bunch of ladies. My first project for Vera was also my first ever Digi/Circut project.
A New Beginning Gift Card Bag and Card

I made a 4.75" Cricut Shopping Bag using Tags and Bags cartridge, out of cardstock first so I could measure the paper I cut from and the finished bag to determine the placement of my digital papers and elements. I made myself a little guide template to work from. I ended up being 1/8" off, but I think that was the way I placed the printed design on the Circut cutting mat versus the actual design. The card was designed to fit in the bag and hold a gift card.

This project features Vera Lim's newest kit being released on 1/12/09 at Shabby Pickle Designs.

I'm looking forward to coming up with more projects using my digiscrapping supplies and the Circut. I'm still getting the hang of using the Cricut - I think my 10 year old actually has it down better than me - figures!