Alter Somethin' Days - Cotton Bags

Monday, August 29, 2011

First let me say Happy Happy Birthday
to my oldest girl Rebekah!
Happy 20th. Love ya girlie! Rachel, Nana, Papa, Auntie Cokie and I are sending hugs all the way to California. She's having a great start to the semester. Yay! Here's my fave page with Bekah on it.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program!

I'm starting something new on my blog!


This will be a bi-weekly feature to show crafters
 the  fun of making altered projects!

First up are Altered Cotton Bags!!!

These bags are so fun & easy to make. I filled each bag with sweet treats. You can also fill these with buttons to give to one of your crafty friends. :)

To make these:
1. Get yourself some small cotton bags. I ordered these from The Kraft Outlet

2. Add your favorite embellishment to the front. Chipboard is easy to use because it's sturdy and will stay in place. Use Glue Dots to make them pop-up.

3. Add a sweet sentiment - I used SRM stickers. Love these.

4. Add Twine at the top for a pop of color.

And I must give a shout out to Monika and her fabulous blog - I Love It All. Her designs are AMAZING. She sent me the YUMMY twine {from The Twinery} that I used on today's projects. She also sent me some of her adorable prints. Here's one that I used to make a card. I overlay the top of the print with a transparency from MME's Lime Twist collection. I'm going to frame it and sit it on my desk.

You gotta check out her Etsy shop too:

It's full of beautiful prints, mini books, journals, supplies, and more. I already have my sights set on several items to give as Christmas presents.

And another shout out goes to the sweet Virginia Lu. She sent me the fun SRM stickers that I used on today's project. Check out her fab blog too!

Hope you find inspiration from my new feature!
And if you love altered projects be sure to play along in our
 upcoming altered challenges at LESSology.

Felt, Kraft, & A Movie!

Friday, August 26, 2011

(Updated - This project appeard in the Create Idea Book - Stamping 2012)

Yay for the weekend!

We had a great start to the school year. Rachel likes all of her new teachers {but is worried about Geometry}. And I managed to memorize all of my student's names. {hope I don't forget them by Monday} My brain is on overload right now...LOL

Here's my latest project.

The movie "Julie & Julia" is my inspiration.
It's the perfect choice for me since {I love to bake, love Julia Child, and love Meryl Streep}.

Hope you all have a Happy Weekend.
And be sure to check out the fun over at the new LESSology blog.

That's So Rad!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Happy middle of the week everyone!

The school year started out great and we are still rolling along. I'll need a good nap by the weekend. :) :)

Here's a fun layout today featuring the

I added the word "RAD" to this page because I'm always using it around my daughters. They laugh at me and say that I am sooo behind the times because no one uses that word anymore. Well I'm trying to bring it back! :)

I'm not the only one out here still using some "old" slang. 
What term do you all still use?
{can't wait to read your answers}

And LESSology is now on Facebook.
Be sure to "Like" us by clicking {HERE}

Share Your Smile!

Monday, August 22, 2011

It's "Happy 1st Day of School" for many of us today. I'm praying that all goes well this year! I don't have a school project to share, but I wanted to show off a little something that I made using the goodies & sketch from Artful Delight!

Also, I'm sooo lovin' the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger - Girly & Gutsy challenge. I think my project fits right in.

I made this using 3" x 3" chipboard, covered it with paper, punched a hole in the top left corner, added a flower, a metal ring and this pretty Really Reasonable Ribbon. It's the perfect little "Girly Gift" to make someone SMILE!

I added my own Prima flower that I won
from Fern's wonderful blog candy.

 Love the sentiment.
It's part of the Authentique goodies in the kit.

I hope you all have a Fabulous week!

Little Alien Birthday

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Happy Weekend!

It's been a whirlwind of a week for me with back to school time upon us here in Texas. I've got my classroom all ready to go for Monday! It's gonna be a great school year!!!

 I'm stocking up on birthday cards and here's my latest!

I added some fun Really Reasonable Ribbon. Love that orange gingham. You can find it {HERE}!

I love to use SRM Stickers on my cards too!

This little rocket ship full of adorable aliens makes me SMILE!
{Crate Paper makes it}

Hope you all have a happy weekend!
If your kiddos start school on Monday tell them to
have a great school year!!!

P.S. Check out this DT Call - {HERE}

Just Too Cute!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I wanted to pop in today to say {HUGS & THANKS} for all of the love you all left for me on the LESSology blog. You guys are sooooo super sweet!

Now let's take a look at my new card!

I'm playing over at The Kraft Journal this week. I used some fun papers, stickers, and this yellow birdie {that is pre-printed on kraft cardstock}.

I lost the package for this cutie.
{if you know which manufacturer makes it please let me know}.

Kraft is sooo much fun to work with!

Have a great week!

Head on OverThere!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Head on over to LESSology today and leave me some love!
There's fun stuff going on and two Big giveaways! 

Check it out by clicking the link!

{I've turned off comments here so you can just comment over there}


Keep It Clean!

Monday, August 15, 2011

I'm kicking off my Monday with the Really Reasonable Ribbon - "Keep It Clean" Challenge. Your mission {if you choose} is to create a CAS card and play along with us {HERE}.

I added an October Afternoon "Helpful Sally" vintage card to the front. I love how she is helping her mommy clean the house. Don'tcha just wish all kids were this eager to clean? (smile)

I also added some beautiful RRR White Crochet Lace and a Creative Charms Red Vintage Poppy to the bottom. I think it keeps the look crisp and clean.

Now what are you waiting for?

Link up your CAS cards today. There's an AWESOME prize up for grabs. And be sure to visit the RRR Store for all of your ribbon goodies.

And be sure to pop over to the LESSology Blog today.
There's another special announcement and
a Big Giveaway from Gauche Alchemy.

RRR and The Hamster Hop!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Welcome to this month's Really Reasonable Ribbon Hop!

This month I made some cute Hamster Tags to tie around pencils that I will give my students on the first day of school.

I used my SU punches to make the tags.
I found the hamster stickers at Target - {my fave shopping place}.

I then added some fun Blue Topaz Striped Grosgrain ribbon from the August Ribbon Club assortment.


Your next stop on the hop is Crystal's blog.
Please make sure to head on over to see her wonderful project.

If you get lost on the hop be sure to start {HERE}
And be sure to visit the RRR Store for your ribbon goodies!

Happy Hopping!

A Lucky Girl Gift Idea

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Happy Thursday ya'll. I'm back at work now after a very busy summer. My classroom looks so bland right now. Gotta break out the crafts and and get it ready before my new students arrive. {so much to little time}

In the meantime...
here's this month's Lucky Girl Crafts Kit project.
I made this using the August Kit.

Did ya know that there's so many things you can do with a kit {besides making a layout}. Here's my Altered CD case made using the kit.

I started off with a plain kraft CD/DVD holder and topped it with Echo Park Little Girl Teal Paper. I then added the Making Memories Glitter Bling Pink Flower Frame. Instead of putting a picture inside the frame, I cut one of the blooms off of the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Spring Lovely Ribbons. Lastly, I adhered the bloom in the center of the frame with Glue Dots.

This is a great idea for party favors, weddings, a baby shower, birthdays, and even teacher gifts {hint, hint}...LOL

Instead of putting a CD/DVD inside you could always insert a handmade card and/or gift card as well. The gifting possibilities are endless.

To order your Lucky Girl Crafts August kit please be sure to visit the shop {HERE}. To visit the fun & fab blog click {HERE}. While you are there be sure to become a follower.

And here's a sneak peek at another LGC project that I will debut next time. This one is a fun one where I poke fun at myself. Can't wait to show it to ya. Stay tuned...

We are Gleeks!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

We are Gleeks!

If you ever watch the T.V. show "Glee" then you know exactly what I'm talking about. If you were ever in choir or theater in high school then you will love, love, love this show.

Here's my latest page of Rachel and my nephew Kendall striking the official "Glee" pose. I used one photo (instead of 2) on the fun Sketchy Thursdays sketch.

I kept it clean and simple by using some fun A.C. Amy Tangerine paper, burlap from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and other goodies.

I purchaed some Glee memorbilia an actually used a "Glee" keychain on the page.

I also added a "Glee" Button as well to add some fun T.V. nostalgia.

The title was made using Authentique alpha stickers that I won from Artful Delight.

And this large polka dot button is from Creative Charms. It looks great set against the A.C. Amy Tangerine fabric Thickers. {Yep - I turned the letter "L" sideways three times to serve as a line of dimension on the page.}

If you missed yesterday's exciting news about LESSology click {HERE}. Hope you enjoyed today's page. I'm working a camp at school this week, so I will see ya again on Thursday for more crafty fun.

Big News, Bloggy Friends, & A Giveaway

Monday, August 8, 2011

I can finally spill the secret!

I'm one of the Co-Founders of LESSology!
It's a brand new challenge blog dedicated to Altered Things!

If you like to make altered boxes, tags, bags, frames, and just about anything else...then this is the challenge site for you.

Head over to LESSology right now & become a follower to enter to win our BIG pre-launch giveaway from the wonderful Nikki Sivils!

Be sure to {click on each tab} at the top of the LESSology blog for more info on our site. This week is our pre-launch, but the following week we will reveal even more including a very TALENTED design team, awesome PRIZES, and FUN challenges.

And a Big Happy Birthday to Amy Tsurtura. She's such a SWEET bloggy friend. Enjoy your day girl!!!! Oh and I'll be sending ya some happy b-day mail soon. Hugs!!! :)

And I had such a {Happy Saturday} too. I got to meet my SWEET bloggy friend Jen at Archiver's. She has an AMAZING blog - Simply Chic Design

She is an absolutely WONDERFUL new friend. We talked for hours and barely crafted anything, but it was loads of fun to meet her and Roma. Jen even made me a sweet gift in my fave color. Thanks ladies for hanging out with me. Can't wait to meet up with you again for "stamp camp". Yes...Jen is gonna help me with my stamping. :)

Now head on over to LESSology and join in on the fun. Remember to {follow} the new site and enter to WIN super cool goodies from Nikki Sivils.

Polkadot Door Inspirational Blog Hop

Friday, August 5, 2011

Welcome to the Polkadot Door Inspirational Blog Hop!

I am so honored to {Guest Design} with the talented designers at Polkadot Door Designs. Once a month this wonderful group puts together a wonderful blog hop based on an inspirational image. This month's inspiration is beautiful!

I was drawn by the festive colors and the beautiful globes and pom poms. I love making my own gift tags and made some fun ones based on the photo.

The photo also has a beautiful quote on it - {don't follow your dreams - chase them}. I added the word {dream} to one of my tags.

I also used yummy Imaginisce paper, Kraft Outlet tags, and Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Be sure to hop around to see the all of the lovely projects.
{and vote for your favorite blog hop designer at the end of the hop}
Angi (you are here)
Dee Dee
Polkadot Door Design

This month's prizes are sponsored by:

Pork Chop Show, who is providing the prize for the Challenge winner.

Live the Chaos is giving away a gift certificate and mini stamp to the blog hop winner.

Duetica is providing a HUGE giveaway for the featured designer.

Hope you join in on all of the fun this month. Be sure to link up your creations at Polkadot Door Designs. Happy Hopping!

P.S. And I almost forgot...keep reading to see what all of my hints were about this week...{full details & giveaway on Monday...I promise}

Need a fun new place to share your creative talents? Well, there's a BRAND NEW challenge site launching next week that will stand out from the crowd. There will be contests that will stretch your design imagination, a super cool design team, fabulous prizes, and much more. You don't want to miss this one! Tell your friends and be prepared for some CRAFTY FUN!