Thursday, May 29, 2014

American Crafts DT May Gallery

Hi everyone!

I have some projects to share with you today that I made for the American Crafts DT May Gallery.  I love that we are able to mix and match their collections, including collections from their other brands.  Here are two layouts that I made using the wonderful Studio Calico Wanderlust collection ~ So fun!


Photo of my Daughter and her friends on promotion day from Jr. High - to High School.  I can't believe it has been a year already, she is finishing up the school year tomorrow and then it is on to her Sophomore year.

I used the Wanderlust collection again on my second layout and threw in some Maggie Holmes Styleboard brads ~ love those!

Pretty Clever

This is layout is about my niece Miranda.  This photo was taken shortly after her graduation from high school and now she is studying at UC Santa Cruz.  I'm so proud of her and feeling so old.  Really where does the time go? 

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you enjoyed my layouts today~

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cards with the May Debate team

Hi everyone, good morning! I have some cards to share today that I made for the Paper Bakery using the May Debate Team Scrapbook Kit.  I love the variety of patterned paper and cute embellishments in this kit, and just knew right away that I would want to use them on a card.

Hello card

To create this card I cut paper strips and then adhered them in a diagonal fashion.  I added the adorable Switchboard puffy stickers that are included in the kit, and my card was made in a snap.

To create my second card, I also used strips, but this time I adhered them in a horizontal pattern.

Hello Friend card

To create the heart background I used the May cut files, and resized the heart background before cutting it to fit my card.

I hope you enjoyed my cards today, I really loved playing with this kit and I know you will too.  Stop by the store to pick up your May Debate Team Scrapbook kit today.  Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!

Monday, May 19, 2014

#SUMMER Layouts for American Crafts

Hi Everyone,

Happy Saturday.  I have a few layouts to share with you today that were up on the American Crafts blog yesterday.  My assignment this month was to create two layouts using the #SUMMER collection.

Summer Fun Layout

I love the bright fun colors and playful patterns in the #Summer collection.
They are so fun to mix and match.

supplies:  White (AM710-81) - Cardstock, Match-Aqua Chipboard (PLUTH-66833) - Thickers, Amy Tan Plus One Mini Marks
Rub-Ons (366844) - Accents & Phrases, Amy Tangerine Sticker Roll Team (366838) - Plus One, #Summer Flair Adhesive
Badges Picnic (366966) - Flair, #Summer Photo Overlays Shades (366969) - Bits, #Summer 6X6 Paper Pad (366984) - 
Paper Pads, Cork Stickers Stars (366630) - DIY Shop, Dear Lizzy Wood Veneer Set (366204) - Icons, Phrases, 24 Pack 
Brights Bakers Twine (366303) - Premium Ribbon, Misting Spray Inky Black (SC1-31064) - Mister Huey's, This To That
(AM617-13) - Adhesive

Santa Cruz Beach Layout

supplies: White (AM710-81) - Cardstock,  #Summer Cork Stickers Stars (366630) - DIY Shop, #Summer Flair Adhesive
Badges Picnic (366966) - Flair, #Summer Wood Veneer Shapes (366964) - Bits, #Summer Sticker Book (366963) - Remarks,
#Summer Die Cut Shapes (366971) - Bits, Beach Towel Paper (366954) - #Summer, Bicycles Paper (366949) - #Summer, 
Blue Skies Paper (366953) - #Summer, Catch A Wave Paper (366958) - #Summer, Heat Wave Paper (366950) - #Summer,
Popsicles Paper (366951) - #Summer, Road Trips Paper (366948) - #Summer, Smile Paper (366952) - #Summer, Sunglasses
Paper (366955) - #Summer, Sunny Day Paper (366947) - #Summer, Swimsuit Paper (366956) - #Summer, Enamel Dots (366785) - 
Dear Lizzy, Printshop Doodle Black Chipboard (331726) - Thickers, Transparent Letter Stickers (366064) -Remarks, Punch Star 1.5"
(KOP63102) - Knockouts, .03 Black (PP03-62311) -Precision Pens, Printed Wood Veneer Shapes (683391) - Oh Darling,
Misting Spray Inky Black (SC1-31064) - Mister Huey's, Misting Spray Double Yellow (SC1-31532) - Mister Huey's, 
This To That (AM617-13) - Adhesive, Foam Tabs Circles This To That (61709) - Adhesive

Thanks for stopping by today, have a great weekend!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Altered Pinwheel Project

Hi Everyone,
I'm back today sharing another project made for The Paper Bakery using their April Train Station Scrapbook Kit. You can really stretch this kit and get so many wonderful projects out of it!

Pinwheels Project Tutorial

To create my pinwheels for this project, I first started by cutting out 3 squares.  Then I used my scissors to cut diagonal slits in all four corners.

Next, I used a hole punch to punch 5 holes.  One for each corner and one for the middle of the  pinwheel.

Next, fold in each corner and line up the punched holes.  Use a brad to pin them in place.

Now you are ready to embellish your pinwheels.  I used a small circle punch to punch 3 small circles.  With adhesive, adhere
them to the center of your pinwheels and embellish with Maya Road sparkle resin flowers (included in kit).  Use strong adhesive (I used Zots) to adhere a straw onto the back of each pinwheel.  Now, your pinwheels are done and ready to display.

After creating my pinwheels, I thought that it would be fun to embellish a small jar to display them in.  I decided to use a glass ball jar and jute twine for this.

Using liquid adhesive, adhere one end of your jute twine to the lower bottom side of jar, and start wrapping around.  I used liquid adhesive around each wrap to make sure that my twine would stay in place.
Continue wrapping around until you get your desired look.  Trim off any excess and glue the end down.  

Now, you are all finished and ready to display.  These make fun party decorations and can be used to also dress up your house.

Here are a few closeups of the pinwheels:

This kit was so much fun to work with and you will love all the 'springy colors' in this kit.  You can pick up the April Train Station Scrapbook Kit right here.
Have a wonderful weekend!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

AC NSD Winner Announced....

Hi Everyone,

I am back today to announce the winner of the American Crafts NSD Blog Hop!

The winner is..........

Amber, please contact me so that I can send out your prize.  Thank you to all of those that took the time to leave a comment on my blog, I truly appreciate it!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

A litte info about our August retreat...

Hi everyone,

We have been working around the clock at BoxCrops to get our first weekend retreat together and I have some exciting information to share with you today....

We opened Registration today.  If you are interested in signing up for our event please click on the Registration link below.  Space is limited!  If you have questions about the event please feel free to email us at


If you are looking for the American Crafts Blog hop winner - the hop ended today, so I will be back to announce the winner tomorrow! Thanks!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

I've Been Keeping a Secret.......

................ And now I can finally share!  


A few weeks ago my friend Lisa Uribe and I started a new business venture together. And now I can finally spill! Introducing Box Crops Retreats & Events! We are currently planning weekend retreats, events and day crops for 2014 and 2015 in Northern California.  More info on our events coming soon on our website and Facebook page!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

April Train Station projects with The Paper Bakery

Hi Everyone,
Good Morning, and I hope that your month is off to a good start.  I have two projects to share with you today for The Paper Bakery using the April Train Station Scrapbook Kit .
I love the mix of colors and patterns in this kit, and did you notice the exclusive Midnight Blue/Gold alphas from Pinkfresh Studio?  Hello cuteness!  I just knew that I needed to use them right away on a project.

Hello Card

For my first project with the kit I created this simple card.  I went for a simple angled design.  I love how those alphas just stand out.
I also added some Studio Calico opaque gems (included in the kit).  I love that they look like miniature disco balls and when they catch the light just right, they really sparkle.

Everyday Moments Layout
For my second project I created a layout using the exclusive “Star” Die Cut paper included in the kit.  I backed 3 of the stars with other small pieces of pattern papers from the kit, added some messy stitching, stickers, a title and gems and I was finished.
I love how easily this layout came together because of that fun die cut paper!

I hope you enjoyed my April Train Station projects today, I’ll be back later this month to share more fun projects for the Paper Bakery.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

American Crafts NSD Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the American Crafts National Scrapbook Day 2014 Blog Hop!  I hope you'll be inspired to by the amazing design team today and play along with each one of the challenges!

My Challenge: Is to make a background out of die cuts for your layout!

Sweet by Gina Lideros

How to:  Using Gelatos and a watercolor paintbrush spread white gelatos all over the background of your layout.  Dip watercolor paintbrush in water and use to blend in the background.  Die Cut stitched hearts using stitched heart die from Studio Calico.  Add some machine stitching with a sewing machine and adhere to background.  Add photo, title and ribbon.  Finish by adhering buttons and embellishments.
SC Wanderlust 6x6 paper pad, SC heart stitching die, Daydreamer Wood buttons & epoxy heart,
SC LemonLush vellum labels, AC cardstock - Shamrock, Amy Tangerine Cut and Paste epoxy bows,
Crate Paper Oh Darling clothespin & vellum ephemera

A giveaway you say?  Of Course!  Leave a comment on this post by Saturday May 10th 2014 and I'll randomly select a winner to receive this fun prize pack that I put together:

giveaway prize pack includes: 
1 Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste daybook
DIY shop washi tape (gold & silver)
DIY thickers
6 cork hearts

Here is the full hop list in case you get a little lost along the way.  Make sure you go through the entire hop, leave a comment on each blog, then visit the American Crafts blog to win an extra super ginormous prize!

Next on the hop is Diana Waite!

Happy National Scrapbooking Day, hope you are doing something fun with your day!