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Monday, May 18, 2015

Congratulations from the #Cre8time Garden... CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop

Hello friends! Today I am bringing you a special project from the garden at Little B® for the CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop. I was thrilled to be invited to design a special project for the upcoming summer show - for this project I was challenged to create something using an assortment of gorgeous and easy to assemble paper flowers and dimensional embellishments from Little B® LLC

Check back all week long to play along to win prizes and see sneak peeks of the latest and greatest from CHA Paper Arts+ Exhibitors and CHA Designer projects.

This basket of paper blooms will be perfect to accompany a gift card for saying congratulations to the Graduate, new Mother or job promotion! My floral bouquet is nestled in a handmade basket made of recycled chipboard, embellished with "The Sweet Life" Hot Off the Press patterned paper, Little B® LLC Black Corrogate adhesive borders and Little B® LLC "Cherry Blossoms" decorative tape. The center is filled with pink recycled packing peanuts and recycled paper crinkle filler. All I need is to add a little card to complete the gift and this bouquet can be enjoyed for the entire summer season {or more}.

The best part about this project is that it will be traveling to be on display at the CHA Paper Arts+ Show July 21-23 in Chicago... so make sure you check it out there are many handmade touches that make ready-to-assemble flowers come to life.

You can WIN $500!

Follow the CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop all week on the CHA Blog for updates on new designer blog posts and projects. There will be a “password” at the end of each designer blog post. Make sure you keep track of all of the “passwords.” At the end of the hop you’ll need to use the “passwords” to form a phrase.

The first two people to tweet
CHA @Craftandhobby
the correct phrase will win:

1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show (trade only)
2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card

Here is your “password”: for

Don’t forget, registration is now open for the CHA Paper Arts+ Show in Chicagoland where you’ll see, touch and learn about product, like the flowers and embellishments  that was donated for this Blog Hop by Little B® LLC. Paper Arts+ is A CRAFT FUSION experience with exhibits offering everything from paper to jewelry to mixed media materials.  The industry will be there looking for fourth quarter trends and new product SKUs. Members attend for FREE! For more information and to register, visit

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Thanks for visiting! Stay tuned for more details on how I embellished these gorgeous paper flowers with Nathalie Kalbach Studios stamps by Stampendous. :) Sb

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cooking up some #AlteredBook Fun for Unruly Paper Arts Reader's Art Quest

Hello Everyone... how is it the middle of May already??! Well it's time for some more inspiration for the current Reader's Art Quest at Unruly Paper Arts. This month's challenge theme is "Food Glorious Food" - need I say more. This inspiration board makes me dream of summertime pies topped with loads of meringue.

The Unruly Paper Arts Reader's Art Quest "Food Glorious Food" Inspiration photo and color palette, are perfect for the all sorts of creations and the interesting food holidays are quite fun also.

For this month's inspiration I went back to something I have not done in a while... book altering. This spread I created in an old vintage cookbook for my local round robin group. I really enjoyed this project combining book altering and art journaling.

The page is dedicated to my Dad, his love of cooking and a throw together recipe that my Dad made for me on a visit. Tucked behind the collage clipping of the coffee drinker {from an old baggie of scrapbooking alterables}, I have fashioned a pocket to contain the recipe and the story of his "spaghetti pie." I needed a little something extra to ground my floating pie photo {it was so delicious and no matter how I try, I can't get mine to taste as good}. I got the idea of simpified line drawings from the kitschy images in the cookbook this is created in. The book is "The Fireside Cook Book: A Complete Guide to Fine Cooking for Beginner and Expert" Hardcover – 1949 by James A. Beard. 

I hope you enjoyed my project and that you are inspired to join us in this month's Reader's Art Quest. I would love to see what you create. Please leave me a comment with your link.  :) Sb

Friday, May 8, 2015

Say a SPECIAL Thanks for National Teacher's Day...

Greetings Friends! In a couple weeks school will be ending for summer break and I wanted to make a special gift for the teacher. If you search Pinterest there is a plethora of ideas - it's quite overwhelming. I found loads of fun ideas that I can do with stuff I have on hand that sent me off to the studio to rummage through my scrapbooking stash.

I'm sharing a quick and easy handmade Teacher appreciation gift with items you have in your craft stash, a Deflecto Craft Frame and Wet-Erase Markers. This project can be done in about an hour, the kids can even help, and the best part... it's re-usable and interactive, too!

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This month the Deflecto USA Ambassador Design Team is sharing a variety of projects Teacher's as well as for Mom's, Dad's and Grads using Deflecto Craft products so you'll want to CLICK HERE to jump over to the Deflecto Craft Facebook Page or Deflecto on Pinterest to see more of the teams creations.

For this project I used the 8 1/2" x 11" Deflecto Double Sided Portrait Frame Item #879201. A heavy-duty, two-sided clear frame featuring durable acrylic - this holder is tough enough to withstand frequent use... perfect for a busy teacher. It couldn't be easier to fill and decorate. I trimmed a black sheet double-sided scrapbooking paper to size and layered a large heart doily over the top.

My penmanship is not what it used to be so I did a little creative cheating - but it was more for being a SUPER TIME SAVER! I picked some fun fonts and printed out my text on the computer sized to fit the frame. I placed the printout in the frame and traced around the letters and colored them in using the non-smearing, fast-drying Deflecto Wet-Erase Markers. I have to admit this totally looks store bought.

I completed one side and let it dry completely before penning the other side. I recommend working upside-down and from left to right - it seems alien to do it this way, but it keeps your hand out of the wet chalk ink as you work.

The only other craft item I used was some American Crafts "Thickers" letter stickers applied to the outside of the frame to spell out "days until". This adds a little dimension and I used up a little something I had on hand. The stickers can be easily removed later if desired.

The great thing about the Deflecto Wet-Erase Markers is that with a quick wipe with a damp cloth, this can be changed and re-used over and over again. The black paper simulates a blackboard and the frame can be changed out to hold photos, calendar or other signage.

The finishing touch in blue - a personalized message.

With a handmade card and tied up bundle of the Wet-Erase Markers... this gift is ready for teacher. Wouldn't your child's teacher love to receive a thoughtful gift like this?

How would you create with Deflecto Craft Frames?

Thanks for visiting! Please join me each month when the Deflecto USA Ambassador Design Team will has a new Deflecto product challenge to debut.  :) Sb

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