Saturday, July 28, 2012


Welcome to my post in the Creating the Crafty Life "Take Me Away" Blog Hop!!! If you are coming from Leslie's Blog, then you are on the right track! If not, I encourage you to start from the beginning of the hop at Misty's Blog.

The theme of our hop is vacations/destinations, so I made a cute little travel suitcase out of an Altoids tin. It went from this:

To this:

I covered the tin in patterned paper and added appropriate stickers/embellishments to make the suitcase appear as if it's been "around." The handle is made out of a cut strip of leather and I adhered brad heads to the ends to make it look like it's fastened to the suitcase.

I continued the theme on the inside, adding bits of appropriate papers showing various destinations. I made a tiny mini out of chipboard and covered the "pages" in matching patterned paper, then bound them together with a small dog tag chain.

A closer look at the contents. :)

And the back!

I hope you like my project.... I really enjoyed making it for this hop. Makes me want to go on vacation right now!

There is a lot of hidden blog candy to be won, so please be sure to leave comments and to follow all the blogs along the hop. Here's what's up for grabs for the GRAND PRIZES:

$20 gift certificate to the MB's Treasurista store!!!

Check out the STORE
To be eligible for the grand prize, you must do the following:
*MUST* "like" MBT Facebook page - FB PAGE LINK
*MUST* be MBT blog follow - MBT BLOG LINK
*MUST* follow and comment on all the designers' blogs

5 Digi images

Here is the line-up for the hop:

Carli - Krolli Kraft!   <------- YOU ARE HERE!
Deb - Crafty Texas Woman   <-------  NEXT UP!
Tiffany - Maineokie Scrapers
Adelle - ANoriginalcrafts


'Til then,

CCL Monthly Theme Challenge - Mini Albums!

This month's theme at Creating the Crafty Life is mini albums! As a member of the design team, I had to create a component for a mini album, and I did a journaling spot. Imagining a mini album with a tea-time theme, I made a journal spot with images of tea cups, spoons, sugar, etc. in mind. Here is what I came up with:

I created a pocket out of patterned paper and made three matching journaling cards that sit in the pocket. The cards have a teaspoon and sugar cubes, detailed with Stickles to make them look like real sugar crystals. I also attached a small clothespin embellishment on the front of the pocket to hold a miniature custom-made tea towel. Finally, I added a small bead accent to dangle in the upper left corner. This journaling spot could either be adhered nicely to a page in a mini album or could be used as a page itself.

Be sure to check out CCL this month for more ideas, swaps, and challenges centered around mini albums!

'Til then,

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Hi, everyone! First off, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS to Misty over at Creating the Crafty Life, as this marks her 1-year anniversary of the site! Woohoo! CCL has been such an awesome place for me; I've learned so many new techniques and have been inspired so by so many projects from fellow crafters that I've really grown into a better crafter myself. I've also made several new friends... I really love the level of kindness and sharing there. Membership is free if you'd like to join us: Creating the Crafty Life !

For the anniversary, CCL is having a 2-week FUN spree! It already started this week, but it runs through next week, so there's still plenty of opportunity to get involved. TODAY, I am hosting the second give away. here is the loot you could (easily) take home:

Just go over to Creating the Craft Life and post a comment under the post  for GIVE AWAY # 2 what your favorite anniversary memory is. I will randomly select a winner from the comments and she/he will be announced on the 28th. GOOD LUCK!

'Til then,