Thursday, April 29, 2010

Teacher Gifts

OK, next week is Teacher Appreciation week, and I have been searching high and low for some cool gifts.  Here are a couple that I'd love to get:

I just love this necklace.  You can find it here.

Skip to my Lou had some wonderful ideas.  I loved this:


One word for these...YUM!!

You can find them here on etsy.

You can always use notecards.

These can be found here.  Tinyprints is a great site with lots of cool things, so look around.

We'd love for you to share your teacher appreciation gift ideas.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Some Hints for May...

  • colors - red, blue, yellow with a bit of green thrown in for good measure
  • butterflies
  • a bit of vintage perhaps?
  • buzzing like the bees of summertime
  • sunshine
Can you make any guesses?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Craft Reading

I love to read and look at books for inspiration. I am at my local library at least once a week with my kiddos. Our library has an online request department so I am constantly ordering new books to read. Here are a few of my favorites for 2010...

Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books from Recycled and Repurposed Materials

Papercraft: Design and Art With Paper

Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration

Kick It Up!: Adding Spice to Your Scrapbook Layouts
Kick it Up by Greta and Angelia. Does a great job of showing how to take a page to the next level. Very good read.

The Scrapbooker's Handwriting Workshop: 20 Unique Fonts to Practice and Play With

What are some your latest reads and finds? Any magazines that inspire you?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Banners, Banners, Banners!

They are all the rage it seems lately when it comes to scrapbooking and cardmaking! I've seen them as stamp-sets, patterned papers, canvas and chipboard embellishments and yes, fun cardstock stickers! Such as those adorable ones by Sassafrass Lass that just so happen to be in this months kit!

Check out all the fun ways that the Mosh Posh design team used different banner stickers from this month's kit below:

Are you inspired to jump in on the banner trend with your crafting? Be sure to share any creations with us that you come up with using banners! We would love to see them!


Monday, April 19, 2010

Today i am loving...

Cindy Tobey - she is my favorite scrapbooker right now. I look forward to seeing her layouts and techniques in CK each month.

Free actions for Photoshop at Deviant Art.

Retro Groovy Aqua Binder
Custom printed Binders from Zazzle. How great would these be for a vacation or memory album?


Lego Art from the Muji Store. How much is shipping from Japan? I need to figure out how to make these little kits on my own. See it here too.

caffeine free
Jones Soda. Always a treat for the mouth and eyes.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

April Mosh Posh Sketch and Layouts

Here is the sketch that Laina shared with us this month for one of our design team uploads...

Laina's layout based on the April sketch:

Sometimes starting off with a sketch is just what I need to get my creative juices flowing. If you decide to whip up a layout using this month's Mosh Posh sketch be sure to share a link to it here in the comments as we would love to check it out!

Amy's layout based on the April sketch:

And my layout based on this month's sketch:

Hope you are finding some creative time this weekend!


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Lets talk photography!

I, like several other scrapbookers, love photography!  Since I was not blessed with amazing photography skills, I have found a few short cuts to help me out a bit.  It is a passion that I'd love to learn more about, but until then, these links help get me by:

The Pioneer Woman amazes me with her skills.  She has so many tips, free actions, and other things at her site, you should definitely check her out!

Photojojo is another fave of mine.  They have great ideas, and the site is just so FUN!!!

Maggie Holmes, Karen Russell, and Tina Cockburn are a few of my very favorite photographers.  They take the most amazing pictures ever, and I am inspired every time I look at their work.  Karen and Maggie both offer photography classes, so check them out on their blogs.

Do you have any photo tips to share?  We'd love to hear them!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bazzill Matchmaker

I was scrapbooking with a friend this past weekend who told me that she has a hard time finding cardstock to match her patterened paper. I was surprised that she had never heard of the Bazzill Matchmaker site. It's such a great tool when you are stumped to find the right color. I stopped by the site this month to check out color selections to match my Basic Grey Koshi add-on kit.

Basic Grey kioshi Anason
Basic Grey kioshi Ayaka
Basic Grey kioshi Azami
Basic Grey kioshi Camelia
Basic Grey kioshi Ran
Basic Grey kioshi Lilo

Basic Grey kioshi Rebun
Basic Grey kioshi Fuji
Basic Grey kioshi Mokuren
Basic Grey kioshi Ume
Basic Grey kioshi Plum Blossom
Basic Grey kioshi Water Lily

Basic Grey kioshi Kiku
Basic Grey kioshi Sayuri
Basic Grey kioshi Yuriko
Basic Grey kioshi Motochi
Basic Grey kioshi Jasmine and Olive
Basic Grey kioshi Lily Child

Tutu Pink
Bazzill White
Celtic Green

Romantic Mauve

Do you see #5-510 Parakeet? My favorite Bazzill color of all time.

Don't forget...Kristen offers a cardstock add-on here at Mosh Posh every month (which I always order!). She picks fabulous cardstock colors that I cannot find at my LSS. I hope you find this tool handy too.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

April Gallery is Up!

Check out the gallery for April here. This month we were so happy to have Guest Designer Jing Jing Nickel join us...I've always admired her work and am so in awe of what she came up with using this month's kit. Here is one favorite of mine, be sure to check them all out in the gallery!

I always enjoy what Laina comes up with...and this month was of course no different. Check out all that's going on here on her layout titled "First Lost Tooth." There are so many techniques and lots of product on the page but it totally works and I love it! Thanks Laina for sharing all your beautiful work with us each and every month.

Amy's pages are just a delight this month (and every month!). I love how she scrapped so many of her Disney photos using this month's kit. The bright colors and fun patterns were a perfect fit for them. I love how she adds inks and sprays to her work too...I see a request for a tutorial on how she uses them!

I, of course enjoyed playing with this month's kit as well and have nothing but scraps left to show for it! =) That's always a good sign!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I just had to share this!!!

So I was spending way too much time in my google reader, and came accross this project over at the Tatertots and Jello (which is one of my favorite crafty blogs).  I really want to try this project out.  How cute is this?  It just screams spring to me.

Take a look here for the details.  Have a great Thursday!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Some More April Sneaks!


Seriously cannot wait to share the full gallery reveal (which will be this Friday) with you all! This kit (and the delicious add-on) is just too much fun to play sure to sign up soon to get yours as I have a feeling they'll be going fast!

Happy Scrapping!


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