Thursday, January 30, 2014

Another Valentine to share!



Just a fun Valentine tag in a glassine bag to share.  It has a little bit of everything once again...Basic Grey True Love, Chic Tags, SEI Gold Bling, Twinery Twine..and some sequins!  The doily and little glassine bag are from Gina's Designs.  
 Creating for Valentine's is almost as much fun as creating for Halloween...well maybe!
Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A White Space layout...

Sharing my layout that was up on the Quick Quotes Blog yesterday!

I love the crispness that the black snowflakes add, along with the added interest and contrast that the white embossing paste dots create!  These two embellishments that are both minimal, but really capture the feel I wanted to create with this layout. The quote is perfect for these two little shining stars.  They are my friend's little ones and let me tell you these two cute kiddos couldn't be any more loved than they already are! The quote says:

If I could reach up and hold a Star for every time you've made me Smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my Hand.  

Quick Quotes always has the perfect quote for every occasion out there, whether vellum or cardstock, it's always a wise idea to have a bunch in your stash...so you can add text and journaling with ease!


other supplies:
AC Black Card Stock
Bazzill Dotted Swiss Salt Card Stock
Embossing paste
Heidi Swapp Stencil
Snowflake button

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Chalkboard...On Trend with Practical Scrappers!

Check out all the chalkboard fun at Practical Scrappers today!
So much inspiration!
Here is the layout I created using some Elle's Studio...
I added a bit of Marshmallow Glimmer Mist, then cut a stencil out on my Silhouette for the hexagons and used a white chalk marker!
Love how it turned out!  Such a cute kiddo, thanks to Angie for sharing him with me!  
Hope you are staying warm and having a terrific Tuesday!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Keepin' Cozy Layered Mini album for Samantha Walker

Layered Mini Album with Keepin' Cozy by Cathy

Hi!  I have a mini album to share with you, featuring several Samantha Walker cutting files and the paper collection she designed for
Echo Park...Keepin' Cozy! My very first post for her Creative team, so thrilled to be a part of this team and this journery!
   
A couple of months back, I saw an amazing mini album on the Silhouette Blog.  I loved it and bought the bundle to create my own. Then, when we were assigned our dates to post for Samantha Walker's Creative team...I wondered if I could create one similar with her files.  So that is exactly what I did!




I love how it turned out!

Here is the list of files I used to create the mini and towards the end I will list the files for cover.

I cut all the pieces in the order listed above.  I had to ungroup the hexagon snowflake card, so that I had just the card base.  The only file I reduced was doily lace, which I reduced to 6 inches in diameter. 
Here is a screen shot of the layers.

After everything was cut, I inked all the edges except the white card stock.  I layered the pieces all back together and added a glassine bag for one more layer.  I added a piece of scrap paper, sequins and stickers to create a fun little pocket on one side and then a tag to other.  I stitched through the entire stack of layers...no problem for mysewing machine whatsoever.

For the cover, I used the snowflake that I ungrouped from the hexagon snowflake card, and circle tear drop scallop #4238 reduced to 6.25 inches.  I added a 5 inch circle of vellum for one more layer. Then finished up the mini with stickers from Keepin' Cozy, a little Twinery Twine, then added some miscellaneous buttons &sequins.

I can't wait to send this to my BFF back home, so she can add all of her fun Instagram photos of her kiddos sledding and playing in the snow.  There are so many 
Samantha Walker cut files that you could use to create a mini...the possibilities are endless!

Equipment: 
Silhouette Cameo or Silhouette Portrait electronic cutting machine
Sewing machine
Files Used: 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Some Valentine's to share...

Just a quick post to share a couple of Valentine Cards that I made...

 This one has a little of everything, Pink Paislee, Basic Grey and Elle's Studio!
 And mainly Bo Bunny here with a little Basic Grey and MME tossed in along with some Freckled Fawn embellishments!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Hexagon Love

I am hosting the blog today over at Quick Quotes and I am playing along with Challenge 35, a  Bright and Shiny New Year.
I had fun layering vellum and adding sequins for bling. 
 A simple card but I love how it turned out. I used the Dusty Road collection and my Silhouette Cameo to create my card.

I cut the hexagon twice, once with Dusty Road 100 and then again, shadowed just a bit larger with Dusty Road 400.  I then cut two pieces of vellum to fit and added some sequins for the bling. 

The card sketch is from the talented Christine Meyer.





Other Supplies
Silhouette Files:
Love Hexagon Design ID #53654 by Jamie Cripps


assorted banner set Design ID #33110
vellum
Maya Road Cording
Washi Tape
Sequins



Friday, January 17, 2014

A Bendy Fence Card..

So many great new Samanta Walker Silhouette Files this week..I love her new Bendy Cards.  So much fun to play with...I might be addicted.  I love how this one turned out using the
Bendi Card w/ fence file and her Echo Park Paper collection, Keepin' Cozy.

Isn't it adorable..lol?
I followed Samantha's tutorial here on how to assemble the bendy cards, then cut the snowman and snowflake.
For the card, I used two different colors of card stock, and just ungrouped the card so I could cut the two back panels in blue and the fence in white!  Followed the tutorial to put it together and used Scor tape for adhesive.  
I then cut the snowman...I reduced him by 50% and ungrouped him so I could cut it in various Keepin' Cozy patterned papers and card stock.  I used a glue pen to put him together and added black bling for his eyes, mouth and buttons...which are hiding behind the fence.  I cut my snowflake next and then had fun building my scene with my snowman, snowflake and Keepin' Cozy stickers.  A little twine, a couple of pearls and it was complete.

Here are the files I used:


And Samantha Walker's Echo Park Collection Keepin' Cozy!
Other supplies:
Bazzill Swiss Dot Card Stock Salt and Neptune, Twinery Twine, Doodlebug Gems and Vintage Photo Distress Ink!

linking to Paper Issues Link Party  Say it isn't Snow Cold

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Samantha Walker January Blog Hop~Snowflakes

You should have arrived here from Diana Fisher's blog!
We have a fantastic prize for our hop!
This month you could win this French Frills Spellbinder Die Set!
All you need to do to enter is use the Rafflecopter widget below!  You can earn multiple entries by following us on Facebook, commenting below, tweeting about the giveaway, and signing up for the email updates.  This giveaway is open to US customers only!


This month the team has been focusing on snowflakes and the Samantha Walker Silhouette Store has so many great files for snowflakes and winter...it is so hard to choose!  After checking out all of the great files, I chose Snowflake Border
Snowflake 5 and the
circle tear drop scallop for my layout! I really wanted this to be simple, focusing on the amazing photo that my friend Leah took and the snowflake border.  I think I love the simplicity of it the most!


other supplies:
Salt and Pepper Swiss Dot Card Stock from Bazzill, Maya Road Cording, Vellum, miscellaneous pearls and sequins, Marshmellow and Blue Twilight Glimmer Mist, Sunday Font

I reduced the snowflake border by 50%, duplicated it and welded it to make it fit across the page.
And for the snowflake 5 with the tear drop scallop..I reduced the circle by 25% , added the snowflake which I reduced by 35% and then simply centered the snowflake inside the scallop circle.  Once it was cut, I then cut circle in half with my paper trimmer, adhered the vellum and added it to my page.
Don't forget to sign up for Samantha's Newsletter through the Rafflecopter widget to receive your Free SVG and Silhouette file!
We will announce the Blog Hop Winner on Monday, 01/20 on Samantha's Facebook Page.
Thanks so much for stopping by, now click on the image below to go to Nicole Stark's blog.

Card Sketches at Practical Scrappers

I have card up on the Practical Scrappers blog today.  There are two great sketches to create cards and I chose to play with this sketch created by Christine Meyer.  So fun!

I love how this turned out...it features American Craft Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party from The Scrapbooking Studio!
Thanks for stopping by today and make sure to follow the link at the top to check out both of the great sketches and ideas at Practical Scrappers!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Scrapping our Stash Winner!

Thank you for all of the comments on the hop, and I am thrilled to know that I am not the only one with a few unopened paper packs in their stash!  Sssshhh, no just don't tell my hubby!
The winner of the Crate Paper Story Teller collection pack is:
Laura Turcotte
Congrats Laura!
Blogger Laura Turcotte said...
Great layout! I have a couple of new paper packs, less than 5, in my stash...I am already a follower.

Please email me your snail mail address and I will get it shipped out to you on Wednesday!
artplay@nvc.net

Friday, January 10, 2014

Scrapping our Stash and a GiveAway

You should arrive here from 

Practical Scrappers is having a Scrapping Our Stash Hop...there is a great prize from Kiwi Lane for so make sure to leave them so love on their  Kiwi Lane Facebook page.

I have a layout to share using my stash and a prize to giveaway too...and I know lots of the other designers have prizes to giveaway too along with lots of inspiration!
I used a line from last year, Echo Park's Winter Wishes!
Based on a sketch for the talented Christine Meyer!  I loved it and just had to give it a try. 




Just leave a comment telling me how many unopened paper packs you have in your stash and follow my blog with one of the many options... you could win Crate Paper's Story Teller Collection pack!
Just leave me a comment before Sunday at Midnight!
Hop on over to Jennifer Haggerty's blog next!
Hope you inspired to scrap a bit of your stash!

And here's the complete list if you get lost a long the way!


Charissa Miller http://www.akihasmommascraps.com
Cathy Harper  http://alteredplayground.blogspot.com/ (you are here)
Kristina MacKeen: http://mamasanity.blogspot.com
Charity Hotrum

Thursday, January 9, 2014

My first post for Quick Quotes

My first post it up for Quick Quotes..you can check it out here:  http://www.blogquickquotes.com/2014/01/introducing-cathy-harper.html

I was instantly drawn to the Dusty Road Collection and knew that is would be perfect of this little guy on his first birthday! His gorgeous blue eyes and his shirt just made it all fall together easily!
I had some help from my Silhouette Cameo, I used the sketch pens to add a bit of interest in the background and then cut lots of different hearts and border.  I backed all the hearts with vellum and added a glassine bag to hold the little tag.  Loving the look of the vellum with these Quick Quotes patterned papers.  I inked everything with Blue Moon Powder Puff Chalk Ink, and I have to say I love these, totally hooked now!  

Quick Quotes Supplies used:

Other Supplies
Bazzill Swiss Dot Card Stock
Glimmer Mist Twilight Blue
Glassine Bag
Sequins
Maya Road Blue Raspberry Cording
American Crafts Lime Card Stock
Machine Stitching
Silhouette Cameo
Buttons
Silver Cording

Thanks so much for stopping by and joining us today at Quick Quotes
~Cathy

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Scrapbooking Studio post

I have a post up over at The Scrapbooking Studio, holiday fun with American Crafts Peppermint Express! 
I will sneak a couple a couple of my favorites here for you to see, the rest you will have to pop over there to see!
Keeping in the winter theme, two more layouts of Hayden...I simply can't get enough of these photos!


Hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday!  Stop over at 
The Scrapbooking Studio to see more and make sure to check out their online store!
Linking to Paper Issues Link Party Say It Isn't Snow Cold

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Practical Scrapper's Layout sketch for January

Another awesome sketch from Liz Chidester for the January Layout sketch at Practical Scrappers.
 Such a great sketch, that I didn't change it up at all...I knew I had the perfect photo of Hayden and the perfect paper for it..
Echo Park's Let it Snow! Love when a plan falls together that easily!  A little help from my Silhouette Cameo pens and some great cut files from 

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!
Linking to Paper Issues Link Party, Say It Isn't Snow Cold

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sharing December's Cards Publication and the January Cover!

Sharing my pub in the December issue of CARDS magazine...love this card with Pink Paislee City Sidewalks!

 And beyond thrilled to have my card on the cover for January!
Yay me!
Stay warm if you are in the freezing Midwest!  Brrrrrrrrr!

Friday, January 3, 2014

A little MME!

Just sharing a card with some fun My Mind's Eye papers and embellishments that I received from 
The Scrapbooking Studio
 It is the Cut n Paste Charm line!
Love it!


Thanks for stopping by and Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Team...beyond thrilled!

I know a bunch of you saw this yesterday on Facebook, but I had another post I needed to do yesterday! Yep, still thrilled and excited to be part of this amazing team and amongst all of these talented ladies!


Announcing the 2014 Samantha Walker Creative Crafters Team!


Thank you so much to all of you who put your heart into your creative team entries! It was so much fun to see your projects, and visit your blogs! I love seeing how you create with my products. It is your creativity that brings my products to life, and gives people inspiration how to use them in ways I would have never thought of! 


The new 2014 team:

Guest Digital Specialist:

Guest Designers:

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Winner! Winner!

Happy New Year!
Thanks to everyone for stopping by the blog for My Top Ten of 2013! 
 A huge thank you to Christine Meyer for organizing all of it! 
The winner of the Fancy Pants Blizzard Collection is
  Kelly Massman said...
Great projects. My favorite is the brothers layout. The photo is fabulous, and you have highlighted it so wonderfully with the paper and embellies you chose!!!! I have become a GFC follower, and thanks for a chance to win! 
Congrats Kelly!
I will email you or you can email me at artplay@nvc.net. You can send me your snail mail address.  I will get it shipped over the weekend!