Please note that every challenge in this blog can be entered with any form of art work, not just cards. Themes may have to be slighly altered, but as long as they represent the general idea, feel free to enter.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Chocolatize Me, Please!!

Leap Day happens only once every FOUR years, and to celebrate this rare day, Your Scrapbook Place is having a BLOG HOP today!!  As you will tell from the projects offered, out theme is CHOCOLATE-white, dark, milk, covering fruit, taking a bath in it--well, maybe not the bath part, but what a great theme to inspire your crafty sweet tooth!!
This is the starting place for the hop, so you are deliciously poised to enjoy great cards and projects.  Our first offering to your crafty sweet tooth is a Chipboard Album cover.  After covering the bare chipboard with red textured cardstock, I added coordinating patterned paper on the spine.  I chose to color an image from House Mouse & Friends, because the image matches my attitude, which is that "I never met a chocolate I didn't like..."

I finished off the cover with flower and jewel embellies and a sentiment to set the tone of my album: "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!"

Now, what is a blog hop without some blog candy?  First, follow this blog.  Then, leave a little love in the comments section of each blog on the hop for a random chance to win blog candy.  If you belong to the Yahoo Group, Your Scrapbook Place, make sure you mention that for a bonus giveaway!  Not a member?  Never fear, click on the button at the right to join us!

If you get lost along the way, here is the hop order to get you back on track:
Your Scrapbook Place (YOU ARE HERE) -

The HOP goes until Friday night, so you'll have plenty of time to eat up all the inspirational projects along the way and leave some love.  Thanks for hopping with us again, and remember, keep crafting!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Closing out February with a CHOCOLATE Blog Hop and ATC fun!

Come join in our blog hop early tomorrow morning. Meanwhile just take a quick look at some more of the ATCs created this month in the Scrapbook Place Group - by Carolyn C. See you tomorrow morning!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Challenge: TIME FOR LOVE by Allie Gower

Hello out there, this is Allie from Well Trained Paper and I'm sharing my Challenge ATC with you.

Time for Love

I started with a Chipboard Coaster from Maya Road.

I painted a layer of clear tar gel from Golden and applied a napkin. (Note, peel apart any extra layers on the napkin, you just want the printed top layer). I also painted over that layer.

Then, I took a break. I watched an episode or two of Father Knows Best. LOL. Point being, let your napkin dry, dry, dry.

I sanded the edges and sides, and wiped down the ATC, I then stamped the Unity clock using Archival Ink. I allowed that to dry a bit as well. I spritzed the ATC with Perfect Pearls. Again, let dry.

I die cut the burlap heart using a scalloped heart die from Spellbinders Paper Arts. It is adhered with Beacon's 3-1 glue. I attached a Prima flower with the same adhesive, as well as the blue heart shaped rhinestone gem from Prima. I cut apart some pearl bling from Want2Scrap and attached that, and finally, I added a Maya Road Heart pin, along with a few beads.

Voila, a quick, (sorta quick) fun ATC.

Let's see what you do!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Little box of Chocolates...

Hi there..T here, and I have a little chocolate project for you. This little project is quick and easy and makes great teacher and friend gifts..or just a little treat for the love of your life, after all it IS the month of Love. :)    I acquired a big box of little unassembled boxes so I am using one of those for my box..but you can use any box you have on hand.  I picked out a nice brown paper to cover my little box and I used pink for embellishing.  I always think of pink and brown when I think "Chocolate".  But use your stash on hand and use up some of your left over scraps.
Here I have measured and cut pieces to fit each of the sides of my box and one piece for the inside bottom.  I decided I wanted a ribbon closure, so I am using CTMH photo hangers on the top and front panel held on with little brads.   Next I cut 9 flowers out of both brown and pink cardstock and matching designer paper with the large Paper Shaper flower punch.  You will need 3 or 4 layers for each flower depending on how full you would like them.  I will be using Janna's style of flower making so I will send you over to her video so you can see her in action:

And here we are with my 3 flowers which I have misted with some brown and shimmer glimmer mist. I then glued all the layers together with some Glass Effects (CTMH)  I find this quickly holds small pieces and dries perfectly clear. 
Using my Nesties I have cut out an image from a piece of My Mind's Eye DP using a label nestie. I used a matching pink piece of cardstock to cut out and emboss the medium Fleur De Lis nestie( ) to layer behind my image. Next distress the edges a bit with some Tim Holtz ink ( I use vintage photo for about everything)
And here we go...I assembled and glued everything on top of my little box, added a little ribbon and all done..quick and easy little treasure!  Now all I need is a few chocolates to fill it up..yumm!
Now its your turn..cant wait to see what YOU come up with. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lisa's our next DT

I did a one page layout for Valentine's day.  I don't have a special valentine's this
year but I love the Basic Grey Kissing booth paper and created something as if
I had someone special.Lisa H.

I really like this idea for a one page layout.  We all need to keep our "BOMs" up to date.  For those who haven't started one, BOM means Book of Me.  Who is #1 is your life - Yourself of course.  Record your life very simply by doing layouts and keepng them in a scrapbook binder.  I think this layout would be just awesome with a photo of Lisa all glamored up, don't you?!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Chocolate Valentines and Birthdays!

Chocolate..Valentine's Day-they just go hand in hand! 

by Carolyn C.

I was recently asked by Scrapbook Place to help come up with a theme card for our blog featuring one of the 4 food groups, CHOCOLATE. I had just come across some Delicious, rich, Chocolate colored papers by Basic Grey called Bittersweet and wanted to try a new design for me-the Pop Up Heart. After much cutting, bending, creasing I've got the most amazing card, I think!  The front is in browns and pinks and with an intricate pattern.  I randomly glazed the swirls-makes it look like melted chocolate! Rich brown heavy lace is offset with rose dew drops; pink flowers and a flourish peak your interest with what's INSIDE: a coordinating pink and brown paper and this gorgeous, pink Martha Stewart Glittered heart that fully extends. To help this stand up, I used a light poster board but really think that I could've used a heavy Bazzil card stock and it would've been fine.  A friend of ours asked me to do a card for his wife for Valentine's Day, which is also her birthday so I think this will be well received.  Thanks for looking!

(Carolyn, that is one lucky gentleman!.......Linda)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Valentines, Challenges and Design Member #2

As she says on her BLOG:  "This being the Month of LOVVVVVE, I chose to do a switch on the old saying "He Loves Me, He Loves me not" for my Red Challenge from Squiggle Fly....I just want to think of LOVE!

This A9 Card features a simply Beautiful deep red Rose paper from Paper Studio that shows off the Heart shape, outlined in black loopy trim. I love using this Squiggle Fly Butterfly holding Daisies instead of a heart. He's got Red Stickles on his spots and there are curved petals floating down from his bouquet-done w/ handmade paper and rolled for dimension.  I made curved sayings and all images are elevated.  Behind the curved front, the inner liner says it all-I Love You!"

Be sure to enter our ATC challenge - the Mr.Linky is on the right hand side for anyone to put up their entry.  Prizes await!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Introducing our 2012 Design Team - Member #1

Ladies, Scrapbook Place loves to encourage everyone to create and relax.  It's great for the soul and the body!  So Karissa volunteered to create something for our blog - and in keeping with the theme of February - WHAT ELSE - CHOCOLATE and we now present her beautiful work.  Karissa is also the first DT member this year to display her work for us.

"I had fun with this challenge. When you think of chocolate, you usually think browns and pinks (at least I do, lol). So I decided to go outside the box and do an elegant chocolate card.

This is the front.

It opens up to this.

and then to this.

When it is complete, it looks like this!

It is made with bazzil gold metallic cardstock, and bazzil black cardstock. I used red and black bling on the flowers. I embossed the gold cardstock too.

Enjoy! - Karissa"

Ok, so now you've seen one gorgeous easel card, and so you arern't overwhelmed, let's start out in mini size.  Read the challenge from yesterday at our blog, create a small card the size of an ATC card, and upload it to Mr. Linky!  You could be a winner.  And most of all, enjoy creating!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Little ATC Card Inspiration

Since I was overwhelmed this Christmas with family drama and no time off from work, I didn't get a chance to make my co-workers their annual ATC Christmas cards, so I promised myself I would make some for Valentine's Day.  They love these little pieces of art, so I was happy to create for them.  There are about 12 people that I cherish enough to create my cards, and I am finishing off another four while I type, so I'll let you see them later in the week.  But see how easy it is to make a bunch of these to give to friends and family?  I hope you try your hand at these!  Remember, if you do, to upload your photo with Mr. Linky below.  I heard through the grapevine that he was acting crotchety again, but my heroine, Anna, came to the rescue and soothed his savage soul (or whipped him into shape, I don't honestly know what she does to get him to behave!).
Looking forward to seeing your cards!