Echo Park CHA Releases & Blog Hop Winner


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I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas. It was over 32 degrees here so lots of swimming, eating and drinking was done by all! 


A quick post today to announce the winners of the Blog Hop last week and to share some more of the great releases coming soon from Echo Park Paper.

You can see some of the Collections in their entirety on the blog - so make sure to check them out and ask your favorite retailer to put them on their CHA list!

Blog Hop Winner
Winner of the Collection Kit of their choice is Missy Whidden


Please email me here to claim your prize.

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Christmas Memories Frame (Echo Park)

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Another frame project today, this time using the This and That Christmas Collection from Echo Park Paper and I am really excited about the simple woodgrain technique!


This collection is so versatile and the variety of patterns in this collection makes it really easy to put together a quick Christmas project. First of all I wanted to show you a two minute trick for turning a plain wooden piece into one with a dark wood grained effect.


This will work on any number of surfaces, but works really well as an alternative to painting raw wooden pieces.  First of all, simply use a sponge (or your regular ink applicator) and color the frame with Distress Ink (I used Vintage Photo). When dry then use a brown ink and a wood grain stamp all over the frame. Vary the area of the stamp you use for a random wood grain effect and in a few minutes your frame will look great!


When I create these frames - which come in two pieces – a front face with the shapes cut out and a solid back piece - instead of trying to cut paper to fit the front, I cut paper approximately 1.5mm larger on each side and glue to the reverse. This way you get a perfect piece of paper inside the frame and it looks very neat.


I love that the papers in this collection have so many elements that can be easy used as accents too. This little “Stockings” print was on the Journaling Cards Paper and it’s so great. I have also used pieces from the This and That Collection Chipboard and some assorted wooden veneer pieces as embellishments.

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)
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Accordion Mini Album Tutorial (Echo Park)

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Today's project is a Mini Album I created with the This and That Christmas Collection from Echo Park.  I have also included a step-by-step tutorial showing to create the album.


This Collection has such a variety of prints and embellishments, it is easy to put together small papercraft pieces such as this album. You can see the details of the construction below – but for the front I have used a few stickers and pieces from the Chipboard and Layered Chipboard packs, as well as threading a piece of elastic through the “Remember This Christmas Forever” piece to tie it all together - this slides easily over the top of the album.


This album is created from cardstock or paper and makes a great, economical alternative to buying one. The main face on each page is a 4” x 3” card, all cut from one piece of the Journaling Cards paper. You can see some more detailed shots below – but in most cases I simply added one extra sticker and left plenty of space for little photos, journaling etc.

Mini Album Tutorial

Note: you can add as many pages as you like to this album by repeating the technique described below. To make the number of pages in this album as shown – you will need to start with 5 pieces of paper. In order to have the album open as an accordion with the cover on an outer page – you will always need to use an odd number of pages.
  1. Cut 5 rectangles of paper measuring 7” x 4.5”
  2. Fold them all in half along the long edge, creating 2 pages measuring 3.5” x 4.5”
  3. Line the pages up as shown. Note – you are only going to see the pages facing you, so you can use blank cardstock for the reverse pieces to economize on paper
  4. Begin to glue all sides that touch – take your time and check after each time you glue that you have the album the right way up. I used a double sided adhesive tape runner.
  5. Glue all pieces to give you 3 folded album pages facing you
  6. Create 2 covers from chipboard measuring 5” x 4” and paint or ink the edges
  7. Glue your cover to the outside of the outermost page
  8. Repeat on the other side and your album is complete
You can adjust these measurements to create an album any size you like – just cut the covers approximately ½” longer and wider than your pages to create a border.



Using the journaling cards means that minimal extra decoration is needed.



Projects like this make great Christmas gifts and are of course adaptable year-round.

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Lowri :-)
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Easy Postcards w/ Everyday Eclectic (Echo Park)

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The blog-hop and giveaway previously listed here has now closed. Winner can be seen here and you can see a list of hop participants at the end of this post. Take a look at these postcards I created using the EveryDay Eclectic Collection from Echo Park.

Simple Postcards Gift Set
   

Why not break out a few scraps of paper (these work really well with the Echo Park 6x6 Paper Pads) and create a fun little postcard set as a gift. The great thing about these is that you can mail them as actual postcards too!


I started with a blank postcard (mine were from Canvas Corp),covered them in paper, added some washi a couple of stickers and they were all ready to go! Little items like this are a GREAT way to use up little stickers and scraps of paper left over at the end of a larger project.

Sneak Peeks
I have 2 more holiday projects coming this week too and they both include tutorials. Be sure to check the Echo Park blog for the full details!



Blog Hop List

Echo Park Paper: http://www.echoparkpaper.typepad.com/
Kandis Smith: http://www.mycreativetreasury.blogspot.com/
Wendy Sue Anderson: http://www.wendysueanderson.blogspot.com/ 
Tamara Tripodi: http://happylifecraftywife.com  
Linda Auclair: 
http://elendae.wordpress.com/



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Lowri :-)
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Echo Park CHA 2013 Releases and Christmas Countdown Winners

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Winners from the Christmas Countdown have been announced and you can find a list here. If you are a winner please email me to claim your prize.

Echo Park CHA Releases
I know many of you are big Echo Park fans - and there are some REALLY exciting products coming in 2013. You can already see some of these online. Click on the title to be taken to more detailed information. Did I say some of these have WASHI TAPE with them...

Sweet Girl

Scoot

Photo Freedom


About a Boy

Heaps more pictures and details on the Echo Park Blog - and there are more to come this week too!

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Lowri :-)

Most Popular Project Round-Up 2012!

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The Giveaway previously listed here is now closed.
You can see a summary here and winners will be announced on December 9, 2012

Today's post is my end of year round-up - a showcase of my most popular posts by page views this year. I am always surprised by what people enjoy reading the most! Be sure to follow on Facebook and the website as I will be launching some products for sale next year - think washi tape, twine, buttons and other embellishments that can be used with any paper collection!

Click on the title to be taken to the complete post.
    Make these magnets and a magnet board with paper and mod-podge.

    Color step-by-step tutorial using a single sheet of paper.
     
     Make these colorful beads from scrapbook paper

    These little paper favors can be adapted to any occasion.

    Flowers that last forever - perfect for a long-lasting gift

     
    This little album is one of the few projects I made for myself!


    Make one of these for any celebration - lots of fun and super-quick to make


    A whole week of tutorials great for creating Wedding Stationery

    Another project just for me - great way to use your not-so-good phone pics!

    Still by far my most popular project - these cards now have their own website!

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    Christmas Mini Drawers (Echo Park)

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    The Giveaway previously listed here is now closed.
    You can see a summary here and winners will be announced on December 9, 2012


    Mini Drawers
      
    These are one of my most favorite projects to create - and these are a prototype for some wooden projects I will hopefully have available for sale early next year!


    The drawers are decorated with paper and chipboard elements from the Echo Park This and That Christmas Collection (see below to see how you can WIN SOME!) and the gorgeous buttons are from Cosmo Cricket - another favorite company of mine.


    Make sure you are a PaperVine blog follower and Facebook Fan to keep up with the exciting developments happening with PaperVine next year!

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    Lowri :-)
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    Gorgeous Girl Frame Gift (Kaisercraft)

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    The Giveaway previously listed here is now closed.
    You can see a summary here and winners will be announced on December 9, 2012

     
    Gorgeous Girl Frame

    This frame was created for workshop I taught at Artfull Crafts earlier this year. I demonstrated a simple paint technique (see below) which can be used on any kind of wood surface. All supplies are from the Kasiercraft Save the Date Collection.

    Paint Technique

    1. I have used a simple paint technique that will work on any wooden base and with any combination of colors. I generally use 2 accent colors with white or cream on top. In this case I used green and mustard as my accent colors with a white coat on top.
    2. Apply your darkest accent color to the frame. It does not have to cover the frame completely, but wipe any paint that spills over the frame edge with a baby wipe. 
    3. When dry – apply your second accent color and let dry. Finally, apply your top color (white or cream) all over the frame – again, wiping any smudges over the edges. 
    4. When COMPLETELY dry – take a small piece of rough grit sandpaper and sand over the top. Go lightly at first until you reach your desired level of distressing.
    You can also use Washi Tape to cover the frame too!

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      Tree Gift Box and a Treat for the Dog (Echo Park)

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      The Giveaway previously listed here is now closed.
      You can see a summary here and winners will be announced on December 9, 2012


      Christmas Tree Treat Box



      Putting a small gift in a fancy box is always a great way to jazz it up - especially when you make a box that can be used as a decoration too. I have used the Happy Holidays Mini Theme from Echo Park and this file from the Silhouette Store. The lovely ribbon is from May Arts.


      To make the tree stand up, I just created little supports from bent scraps of paper - super simple!

      For the Dog


      I am considering not giving my dog anything for Christmas this year after she ATE one of my DT assignments filled with cookies - but truth be told I have already got one ready! This was also created with my Cameo using this file, an Echo Park shape to accompany Woof Mini Theme from Echo Park.

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      One Collection, Two Cards (Echo Park)

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      The Giveaway previously listed here is now closed.
      You can see a summary here and winners will be announced on December 9, 2012


      “Deck The Halls” Card



      I created the “swing card” base using this Cameo file from Lori Whitlock, but it is easy to cut by hand too. Take a look at this great online template from Beate Johns.


      The green chevron print has a clean and modern style and the ultra simple decoration is all that is needed to make this card really striking. Hint -  Don’t be afraid to trim your stickers to fit your projects. Sometimes it’s nerve-wracking to do that – but de-sticky the backs with talc first and you can play around with the placement before re-gluing into your chosen position.


      Using foam dots to mount small elements helps add some extra dimension to your card.

      “Merry Christmas” Card


      This card has the same base created from the fabulous Ultra White Felt Carta Bella Cardstock.  If you are creating card bases with your Cameo – I have to say that this cardstock cuts like a dream! It’s very thick and textured so I was skeptical as to how it would work – but it’s absolutely my number one choice for digital cutting.


      This time I chose a red print as the base and then added some “busy print” papers for a richer look. Once again I have cut down some stickers to fit and added an inked wooden “25” for extra interest.


      These cards are not only simple to make, they fold flat for mailing and are just different enough to stand out in a sea of festive goodness!

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      Lowri :-)
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      Pop-Up Present Cards (Kaisercraft)

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      The Giveaway previously listed here is now closed.
      You can see a summary here and winners will be announced on December 9, 2012


      Christmas Cameo Cards


      Making creative card bases is a snap if you have a digital die cutting machine! To create this card I have used the file from Lori Whitlock found here in the Shilhouette Store and here on her website for those with other machines.



      I have used the Kaisercraft Merry and Bright Collection for the decoration with the addition of a little washi and a Kasiercraft flourish on the front.

       

      Here I have another colorway with the same collection - the slightly unusual orange and green make for some subtle and elegant color combinations.

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      Lowri :-)
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      Snow Day Card Tutorial (Pink Paislee)

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      The Giveaway previously listed here is now closed.
      You can see a summary here and winners will be announced on December 9, 2012


      Snow Day Card

       
      I couldn’t get this fabulous "Snow Day" collection from Pink Paislee in New Zealand last year and it was only recently I was able to buy some of the embellishment pieces.

       
      I still had no matching paper, however I downloaded the digital paper pack and printed some papers for the base.  I painted the Snow Day veneer piece white and then embossed with a white woodgrain on top for a little extra definition. Additional pieces from the ephemera pack work perfectly to create a super-quick and simple card. 


      To create the base - simple follow this diagram below, The card will easily fold flat for mailing too.

       

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