Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Layout? What?

I made a layout!  What?!?  I know, it's a real shocker lately anytime I find opportunity to create.  But I had to made time to create with my latest box from Your Scrapbook Stash!  I received the Upcycle collection from Cosmo Cricket, and I love the colors in this collection!  I used letters from October Afternoon with it.
The photos are of my children helping my clip coupons for a grocery shopping trip.  They love grocery shopping, so I am trying to teach them right from the beginning. :)

While I am here, I want to share this list of sneak peeks at upcoming classes for Miss Art's Papercrafting School.  I have a class of my own coming in October, but I can't tell you much about that yet.  So, you'll have to settle for these peeks for now:

- A review of mists from 9 different companies.  Learn how each brand works on white, black, acrylic, and more!
- Basics of using misting products on your projects
- Basic Sewing skills (think fabric gift bags!)
- Handmade clay embellishments
- A mini album class
- Making patterned paper from your photos
- Creating your own silhouette stickers from your childrens photos
- 3 Christmas classes (cards, gift albums, and more!)
- A Jewelry Class (and tips for using jewelry on layouts!)

Lots to look forward too!  I hope to meet you in a class of live chat soon.  Have a great weekend.

Friday, July 29, 2011


Time for Winners!!  Thanks to everyone who came by and let comments on my blog.  I drew winners randomly, and the first lucky lady is...

Blogger Andi Keding said...

I altered a hard cover book once. Should have taken pics of it. The book was a few inched thick. tore out pages, cut holes in others added pics, beads, paint, fiber. lots of fun but a big project. Love your work. I also scrapbook and do ATCs. Andi K

My second winner is...

Blogger Lisa C. said...

I need to work on my misting skills. I love using mist but it doesn't always look so good on my layouts. Thanks for a fun blog hop!!

Winners, email me at to claim your prize.

I want to leave you with a quick peek at a few of the current classes at Miss Art's Papercrafting School:

Learn about Acrylic and all the fun things you can do with it in All About Acrylics with Heidi Kelley:
 Learn how to Stretch Your Stash and use items from around the house with Lydell Quin:
 Learn some new flower making techniques that will blow your mind from Lisa Valentine:
Check back tomorrow for that layout I never got to today, and some sneaks and the Miss Art's Fall line up!

Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

YSS Blog Hop (Giveaway #2!)

I have a project to post later, but I wanted to get this up right away for all you morning hoppers!  My second winner will be drawn tomorrow from comments left on this post.

Here's the order of today's hop:

Alyssa McGrew (you are here)

To be entered to win on my blog today, leave me a comment and tell me what skill or technique you most want to learn.

Happy hopping!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

YSS Blog Hop Time!

It's time for another Your Scrapbook Stash Blog Hop, and you know what that means: Lots of giveaways!  Today through Friday, each DT member will be hosting giveaways, and we'll also have more to give away on the store blog and the YSS Facebook Page.

Here is the order for the hop:

Alyssa McGrew (you are here)

For your chance to win on my blog today, keep reading to the bottom of this post. :)

I have a project to share with you today.  It's made with Cosmo Cricket's Upcycle (the background), Kaisercraft's Chapter One, and Shimmerz Pearlz, all of which are in the YSS store.  The crocheted flowers were handmade by Stacy Cohen, and are available in the Miss Art's store.

Now, for your chance to win today, leave me a comment and tell me if you do altered art, and if so, which types of projects are your favorite.  I'll draw all winners on Friday.

Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Almost Six, Going on 12...

Eeek... another week since I blogged.  Between finishing up this house, listing it for sale, and preparing to go to CHA for Miss Art's Papercrafting School, it's been so CRAZY around here!  Last week I created this sketch and it's interpretation for YSS:
 I used Kaisercraft's Chapter One Collection, along with some Maya Road goodies and older Sassafras.

Thanks for coming by!

Monday, July 4, 2011

My First Attempt

My first attempt at a canvas tote bag or purse came a few months ago. Yes, I'm a little behind in sharing!  This tote is made by Prima, and was part of their new release in January.  Here's what I did with it:
I started by stamping the circles with gesso, then misting over them with "Meadow" Glimmer Mist.  I taped off the yellow areas to contain the mist.  Then I reversed the taping and misted the grey and yellow areas.  Then I outlined the circles with my PITT Pen from Faber-Castell.  A few more canvas embellishements and some lace finished it off.

Next time I do one, I'll do a few things differently, but overall I think it turned out pretty cute!  Prima canvas is so thick and wonderful to work with!  I think this may become a birthday gift for my daughter... she's been eyeing it for a while now, ever since modeling it for me for this photo!

Thanks for coming by!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Sneaky Mommy

A few days ago while we were playing a board game, I picked up my phone and started taking pictures of the kids.  I got a few in before they realized what I was doing.  Then they figured it out and started hamming it up for the camera, and I captured these shots:

Now I just need time to get these on a layout!

Thanks for coming by!