Thursday, April 30, 2009

Love these papers

I have to say that I love the papers in the April kit...Crate really has a way of giving you awesome blends of color and texture that really lend themselves to altered projects.

I created this tissue box holder for my daughters teacher as an end of the school year gift....(I know I'm early, but now I have one done)

The box is from Creative Imaginations. I used a regular glue stick as my adhesive for most of the box. I sanded the edges along each corner to expose the white core of the pattern paper on the box. I used some of the flowers from the kit on the lid and some of the glitter diecuts on the sides of the box.

I am sure she will love the gift and will think of my daughter often as this sits on her desk for years to come.

Happy crafting! Lynda

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Vintage Favorites

"Find your love,
Find your place in this world,
wherever it may be.

Then, make it your home."
- Beth's philosophy on being a military wife

These precious people are my grandma and grandpa,
right before they got married.
This was their engagement photos.
Aren't they just so beautifully in love?

I just felt like our April IAAS kit this month,
was so meant to be for vintage favorites.
The type that emphasizes family and home themes.

Look at the cute little tin birdhouse from the add on therapy kit.
Simply adorable and rustic.
I chose to accent her in polka dots,
using last month's add on feature, Smooches.

Scrap those older photos my friends,
don't leave them under the bed in an old box.
Yes, they are special treasure and you don't want them ruined,
but if no one ever sees, them,
What is the point?

Preserve them safely and creatively,
and you'll treasure them even more.

Have a great week!
Beth Root

Monday, April 27, 2009

Another TWEET little house

My turn! I just loved decorating this CUTE little birdie house! I, too did some of it before assembly. I primed the wood with gesso, and then painted with acrylic paint. The roof is made from "shingles" with apron lace edges! and I used some ribbon from the kit to hang it. My 14 yo ds did my pics for me! =)

Saturday, April 25, 2009


My name is Debbie - I'm part of the Design Team here at IAAS. The IAAS April kit is just so much fun! I got this precious little bird house with mine as well. First I painted the entire little house which luckily someone told me to do before I started. Makes it so much easier! I used the Friskars Apron Lace punch to do the edging. I embossed a piece of the patterned paper for my roof and then used one of the die cuts (which I punched a hole in) to frame the little opening on the birdhouse. Finally I added a couple of the little die cut birds and a piece of the ribbon to finish it out.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Easy Peasy Title!

This kit is perfect for for making quick yet great looking titles. So many great die cuts come from this kit that all you need to do is add a little adhesive or a few pop dots for a dimension and you have the perfect title!

This really makes for great looking LO but also very easy titles!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Just PUNCH me!

NO, NO! I didn't say that, it was the PAPER talking! ;) Considering the fun, yummy new border punch that was in the kit, I couldn't resist doing a post on punches. So, I first used the Apron Lace punch to frame the whole layout, then used some other border punches from my collection. It was lots of fun and I sure enjoyed using them! Hope you enjoy the results! =)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Embellishment Heaven

I think I've died and gone to embellishment heaven this month! Crate Paper die cuts, blingy blossoms, yummy trims & ribbon , buttons and Thickers. Just when you think it can't get any better, it does! The Maya Road journal stamp is the icing on the cake.

I wanted to show you a layout that I created with this kit:

I loved the turquoise ribbon so much, I decided to give it some special treatment. Using a running stitch, I gathered it into a circle and layered it with a die cut and a flower:

The Maya Road stamp is fabulous. It stamps a crisp image and creates a perfect little journal spot. I stamped my image onto blue cardstock and cut it out to add to my page.

Let's talk about the die cuts. I used SIX on this page. Can you spot them?
I cut apart the turquoise We R Memory Keepers trim and used it to embellish the bird atop my journaling spot:

I can't wait to see what you create with your April kit! Be sure to post your projects in the gallery so we can admire your work!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Cutest little birdhouse evah!!!

The May Therapy kit contains the cutest little birdhouse... I mean look at this thing:

I first sanded all my pieces with a fine grit paper.
I then painted all the pieces white.
I then decided what coordinating paint color I wanted to this case a light blue. I painted the back (which is not in the photo) and the perch with that paint.
I decided that I wanted my perch to be a bit shorter; so I sawed it a bit in the garage, resanded it and then repainted mine is a bit shorter by like 2 inches.
I then covered the front with the cute birdhouse Crate pattern paper from the Kit.
I then used a circle punch and two of the pattern papers to create the shingle look for my roof.
I used the same red/white pattern paper for the side bottoms.
I then assembled my birdhouse; using the included nails for all but the roof. I used Helmar 450 glue for my roof since I needed to have it hold exactly right and I was not doing such a great job with the hammer and nails.
I added some yellow trim from my stash to the roof line.
I added the little birdie from my stash too...I covered him with a scrap left over from the roof...and used a brad for his eye.

I hope you like my project and I hope if you get this month's Therapy kit you will share your birdhouses with us in the gallery!

Tweet, tweet - Lynda

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Total Cuteness...

That is what we should call this kit! I am having so much fun playing with all the goodies...Crate Paper, lots of ribbon, chipboard trees and lovin' those adorable flowers! Be sure to dig in and play with this is all fun!

Here is a LO from my playtime...

A few details:

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wow I'm am so thrilled to get my kit this month. The papers came in a little late so we are just getting rolling on them but with this kit I imagine we will all be scrapping away. This kit is just packed full of all kinds of goodies - the new Crate Papers Lillian collection, lots of pretty ribbons, felt goodies, buttons, flowers and chipboard. I've already got all kinds of ideas running around in my head for this and can't wait to get started. I can't say enough about this wonderful Design Team and the awesome kits that Holly and Lynn have put together for us. Will be posting some pages here soon - keep checking for all the Design Team's inspiration.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sweet Lil' Judy.....

If I could be half the woman that this little girl grew up to be....

How many times have you said that about you mother?
I am sure that if you are like me, not enough.
Thank you Lynn for putting together this wonderful collection of fun and whimsical products this month.
April's "I Am A Scrapaholic" monthly kit truly inspired me to be pull out some fun and cherished photos that needed to be remembered in a sweet way.

"Lil' Judy" is my mom as a little girl.
Thanks for letting me share.
Have a Happy Day!
Beth Root

Monday, April 6, 2009

A word from Amy Teets.....

I would like to thank Lynn and all the ladies at IAAS for making my month a fun one! I'm very honored to have been asked to be the visiting therapist for March, and I hope to do it again in the future. The gallery rocked this month with not only kit creations, but with all the cards, layouts and projects that were posted! Thanks again IAAS community for having me as a guest this month!

And thank you Amy, for your amazing product! We had so much fun!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Kit

The birds are chirping and the flowers are starting to sprout up. Spring is finally here in New England! I can't tell you how happy I am! This month is very springy.
You'll surely hear the birds chirping when using the Crate Paper's Lillian line. And for those receiving the Therapy Kit this month there is a cute little wood birdhouse to make. Watch the blog for instructions on altering it. Please show us your finished project.
Due to a product delay to the manufacturer the April kits will be slightly delayed. I expect to start shipping kits on April 10th. Crate Paper is so sorry for the inconvenience, however the delay was beyond their control. I too, am sorry for the delay. I decided not to change the paper line this month because it would be very hard to coordinate another paper line with the other products this month and there would still be a delay. I thank you very much for your understanding and patience.

More smooches projects from the March kit!

Two more of our designers showed their creativity with the Smooches ink in March's kit.

Debbie Standard used multiple Smooches colors with a stamp on this card - true eye candy!
"love you CARD"

Debbie Standard

Debbie Fitzgerald used the same coloring technique on her card and also included the SEI Petticoat Border - simply stunning!
"thinking of you CARD"
Debbie Fitzgerald

Thanks gals for your super inspiring cards!