Wednesday, December 30, 2009

So Thankful

Hello Upsy Daisy blog readers!

It's been a while since you've seen a blog post from me and all for a good reason - two good reasons, actually. On May 1st, I become the mommy to these two precious girls you see here. My husband and I adopted them into our lives and our hearts. I love being a mommy and every day is an adventure with these two. Now when I get a spare moment, I try to spend some time creating. I think my poor girls are finally used to having a camera in their faces every second! :)

My layout today uses the beautiful "A Walk in the Park" papers. I've loved these papers since I first saw them and the colors matched my girls' 1st Thanksgiving outfits perfectly. (I also loved the little birds I cut out of one of the papers - perfect for twins, of course!) I used kraft cardstock for my background, a neutral that I find myself using a lot lately. And, I used my sewing machine to add a homespun touch. "A Walk in the Park" is perfect for your fall photos!


Monday, December 21, 2009

New Year Card!

I love the look of hand stitching on cards.
I help make the stitching easier I either use a push pin and
a mouse pad to *pre poke* the holes or I use my sewing machine
with just a needle and no thread to make the holes!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Soooo Worth the Wait

Hi everyone! My Upsy Daisy box finally arrived after two months of waiting but when it did, it was sooo worth the wait because the products are sooo yummy I had to play with them right away!

Christmas Outtakes

I first played with the Hot Chocolate papers and made this layout:

Journaling: Mommy held a photo op with Nat and Phil as part of her preparations for the family’s christmas cards. These pictures are the ones that did not make the cut.

UDD Products Used: UDD0155. Wintergreen,UDD0154. Tree Farm, UDD0152. Dash Away, UDD0151. Cocoa, UDD0150. Cinnamon Stick, UDD0153. Frosted, UDD193. A Little Birdie Told Me, UDD0123. Basic Brown Alpha

I topped my snowflakes with Diamond Stickles for that sparkly touch. For my title, I used the Classic Brown Alphabet Rub-ons and made alphabet cut-outs and die-cuts using UDD0153. Frosted and UDD0151. Cocoa.

I cut out the small trees in the UDD0154. Tree Farm and UDD0155. Wintergreen and raised them up with pop-dots to create dimension. I also adhered liquid pearls on my trees for added texture.

Altered Clear Packagings

I am always on the lookout for items to alter and so, when I bought my kiddos their briefs and underwears, I saved the clear packagings that come with them.

I figured these packagings can be used to box my christmas gifts to family and friends. I filled the smaller boxes with chocolates and embellished them with Hot Chocolate and Spirit papers.

I had a change of heart with the bigger clear packaging. I fell in love with this angel and got attached - - I just have to have it for myself!!! LOL. I thought of making it as an album/journal holder instead of making it as a gift box.

UDD Products Used:
UDD0159. Peace, UDD157. Joy, UDD0156. Giving, UDD0161. Thanks, UDD208. Chic Bebe Clear Stamp, UDD0082. Oodles of Doodles - Alphas Rub-ons, UDD0081. Applesauce Alphas Rub-ons.

Christmas Journal/Album

I have seen a lot of December Dailies and have always wanted one. Since I'm quite late for the "daily" documentation, I made this one in preparation for the highlights of the family's Christmas celebration.

The size of the journal is 4 inches by 7 inches since I took into consideration the size of the clear packaging/journal holder. Instead of using jump rings, I used these ball chains so that the journal will be less bulkier and can slide in the
clear packaging/journal holder easier.

The journal used papers from both Hot Chocolate and Spirit lines. This is the front cover of my journal:

On the other hand, these are the insides of my journal. As I mentioned earlier, I plan to document the actual celebrations of the family come Christmas time, so my journal here is still bare. I will use my scraps to embellish these pages later on.

Joy Love Peace Card

For my last project, I used the remaining portion of the UDD0159. Peace paper. After cutting out the big angel which I used for the altered clear packaging album/journal holder, I know that I have to use the left over for a card.

I topped the flourishes with Platinum Stickles and adhered cutouts using
UDD157. Joy. I used the topmost right printed portion of the UDD0159. Peace paper to cover the hole made by the big angel cut-out on the lower left portion of the card. The edges were distressed using distress inks and stitched together with the UDD0160. Play paper as matting.

UDD Products Used: UDD157. Joy, UDD0159. Peace, UDD0160. Play.

Whew!!! That was a rather long post, wasn't it? LOL. Just a little trivia: I made all these projects in two nights while the kids are sleeping!!! That's how excited I am to make my first blog post here in Upsy Daisy.

Hope these projects have inspired you to play with your Hot Chocolate and Spirit papers. May you have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!


Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Spirit

With the holidays fast approaching, it's time for a little holiday Spirit. Check out the great 50% off sale on right now!! What a great time to stock up on Spirit and Hot Chocolately goodness.

One of my favourite Upsy Daisy stamps is this very versatile round stamp from the Circle of Friends line. I added an Upsy Daisy rub-on in the centre and then little red rhinestones in each inner circle to create this fun embellishment.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

T'was the Night...

Are you getting excited yet??
Only 18 more sleeps to go before the Big Fella pops through the chimney...

 My cards are all done and ready to be posted off, but I still had time to create another one with the scrumptious  HOT CHOCOLATE  and  SPIRIT  lines. I love those papers a lot as they leave so much room for getting totally creative. Just cut some of the motifs out of the papers and turn them into embellishments - easy, peasy.

UDD Products used:
Papers: #UDD0161. Thanks; #UDD0154. Tree Farm; #UDD0151. Cocoa
Rub Ons: #UDD0077. Sweet Slumber-Boy

The card base was lightly sprayed with some Glimmer Mist (which matches the UDD paperlines perfectly), papers, rub ons and buttons added and there you have a last minute card. If you don't count the time the glitter glue needs to dry - this card took all but 10 minutes to put together.

Have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas
Hugs and much love to you all and see you all on 2010

Kim x

Monday, November 23, 2009

What is life about? Sharing!!!

What is life about if not sharing with the special close ones and sharing to help the ones in need? As so, when my box full of beautiful Upsy Daisy goodies arrived at my home I already started thinking I should work out a way of sharing and why not to say, also, a way to start working out Upsy Daisy Trade Mark in Brazil. At that same day, I planned a special class at the store I teach twice a month and announced to the regular basis students. At classes, we worked with sketches, no ready to glance project, so that every work would be kind of different. We mainly used A Walk in the Park and Man About Town Collections. Each student took home a Layout and a card, as well as left at the store a second card made specially for a Social Project that I am working on. I am the one wearing grey and the other one is Daniela, one of my students. On our hands you can see Daniela's and Claire's works. Well, you will here from me every day of this week, so, for today, this is it! :D Scrap Hugs and Kisses , Julia Saddi

Kit Hot Chocolate and Spirit by Julia Saddi:

Kit A New Day by Liara Micheloni:

Kit Vroom by JuGG:

Kit Circle of Friends by Márcia Valêsca:

Kit Cupcake by Thaísa Salge:

Monday, November 9, 2009

"Snow at the Beach" and "Angel" layouts

I am very excited to post my first blog entry for Upsy Daisy Designs!  What you can't afford to miss with the releases from Upsy Daisy Designs are the great selection of patterned papers that coordinate so well with each other, but still allow you to show your own style in your scrapbook layouts. 

"Snow at the Beach"  12x12 Layout 

Below, I utilized the "Hot Chocolate" collection to create a layout with somewhat difficult photos to scrap.  The pictures are actually from a Caribbean island, Disney style!   We went on a Disney Cruise last time my husband came back from Afghanistan in 2005.   It was December, so at Disney's private island, we were at first surprised to see "snow" and huge Christmas decorations, but of course, that is what you should expect from Disney, right?

It was actually windy that day, so Kayla had a little red jacket on over her swim suit, which turned out perfect for a Christmas color-themed photo.  The decorations had a lot of pink in them as well, which made the Upsy Daisy Designs "Hot Chocolate" papers so perfect for these photos!  I also utilized a clear journaling stamp from the UDD "My Guy" set, and beautiful jeweled brads from UDD ("Bebe Girl").   And yes, that is flocking on the title that I cut with my die cut machine!  I love to mix patterns, so that is what I did for the little accents around the page.  Hope you like it!

UDD Products Used:
#UDD0151. Cocoa
#UDD0150. Cinnamon Stick
#UDD0152. Dash Away
#UDD210. My Guy Clear Stamps
#EMB002. Bebe-Girl Jewel Brads
#EMB004. Man About Town Brads

"Angel" 12x12 Layout

For my second layout, I was thrilled to use the Upsy Daisy Designs "Spirit" collection!  RED is my favorite color, so I love it when I can use it somewhere in my layouts.  When I first saw this angelic paper in the "Spirit" collection, I thought of the perfect photo I had from when my daughter, Kayla, was three.  This picture was actually taken on her third birthday.  She received a "ballerina" dress-up outfit, and in this photo, she really does look like an angel.

I edited this picture in Photoshop (I use CS3, but I believe you can do the same thing in Photoshop Elements).  First, I created a background layer that was black, and then I carefully erased the photo layer all around Kayla to get rid of a distracting background.  I used a softer brush for the erasing, with some more intricate parts using a little "harder" brush.  I also used a lighting filter so that her face would really "light up".   

After I was pleased with the look, I scanned in the angel from the Upsy Daisy Designs "Spirit - Peace" paper.  I then used the Photoshop "magic wand" selection tool to select just the wings from the paper scan, and dragged them in to my picture.  I then played with filters and opacity, and also changed the size and rotated the wings a bit to make the look how I had pictured it in my mind.  I had to erase some parts of the wings, as this was my top layer, and I wanted the wings to look really subtle. (Because my daughter is not really an angel in heaven, but to me, an angel here on earth! :)

After the photo looked right I printed it and matted it on the red "Spirit-Love" paper, making sure to keep the beautiful white snowflake pattern on the mat. Next, I used a larger piece of more of an off-white patterned paper (also from the Spirit line), and I printed my quote right onto the patterned paper.  I used a few different fonts and text colors to highlight appropriate words in Photoshop CS3, and then I printed it on a plain "practice" piece of paper to see if it lined up correctly.

After printing the quote, I went to carefully cutting out the angel from the patterned paper.  I used a "fingertip" blade which I think works really well on a self-healing mat.   Then I used the S-shaped filigree UDD clear stamp from the "My Guy" set to stamp a border in white ink across the top of the red paper.

I finished by highlighting some of the angel and paper designs with whit, gold, and silver pens, as well as pink soufflé markers, used a UDD rub-on near the angel's horn, and scattered a few clear star jewels around the text.  I used some pop dots under the top angel wing and the horn, and added a few more embellishments, including a "love" circle stamp and heart shaped rub on... also from UDD, with embossing powder.  I matted it all on a piece of patterned cardstock from the UDD "Hot Chocolate" line (I just love scallops!!)... and that's about it!  This is one of my favorite layouts!

UDD products used:
#UDD0158. Love
#UDD0159. Peace (front and back)
#UDD0153. Frosted
#UDD208. Chic Bebe Clear Stamps (LOVE circle stamp)
#UDD210. My Guy Clear Stamps
#UDD185. Baby Love Rub Ons
#EMB004. Man About Town Brads

I know this is a long post, but I hope you get some helpful tips for your layouts!  Upsy Daisy Designs paper can be hard to find here in the U.S., so ask your local store to carry it or order some won't be sorry with the quality, double-sided cardstock and patterns that are available... as well as the clear stamps, rub-ons, and beautiful brads!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Hark frame

Hi all!

I'm so excited that I get to post my very first entry here in the blog as one of the newest member of the DT.

Anyways, I was given the assignment to use one of our great Christmas collection for my project and I chose the Spirit collection. I love the colors and the patterns are great to use for backgrounds but also there's fun prints that you can cut up to make your own embellishments.

Hark the Angel frame

The idea to make this frame really started with the "joy" paper. I love the image of the angel with wings and trumpet!

Here's a little peek of the process.....

First I gathered my supplies. I love, love, love Upsy Daisy's double sided pattern papers. I get more designs and inspirations from a collection. I got my frame from my local store and the best only cost me a buck!

Next I primered my frame with white paint. This will give my edges a clean finished look.

Third, I measured my frame and cut out pattern paper to go on top of the frame. I used a liquid adhesive to adhere the paper.

Fourth, I made a couple of strips of paper to create a border and sewn a ruffled ribbon onto it before adhering the whole border onto my frame.

Fifth, I added some leaves, a stamped circle to house my angel and then the angel. I created some subtle texture to the angel by spraying it with glimmer mist before adhering with a dimensional adhesive.

Then I gathered some fun Upsy Daisy rubons and made my frame title. I made some mistakes while transfering all my letters (my fault and not because of the product) so I covered my booboo's with brads.

Finished it off with a ribbon to hang my frame. I used my husband's industrial stapler for this, but I'm sure you can use a small nail or glue gun for it too.

So there you have it. A quick project that you can make for yourself or can even be a great homemade gift for the holidays.

Take care everyone.

Products used:
#UDD0158. Love
#UDD157. Joy
#UDD0160. Play
#UDD208. Chic Bebe (stamp)
#UDD0082. Oodles of Doodles - Alphas
#EMB003. Its a Girl Thing

Monday, October 26, 2009

Colour Me Happy

As you may have noticed, during October we have been focusing on the wonderful CUPCAKE and BEBE  lines.

I find myself sometimes being subconsciously steered into a set theme for my cards and layouts because of the name for a certain paperline...and sometimes that may prevent me from seeing the true potential a paper design has.

Take for example the BeBe line - you would automatically think Newborns, Babies, Children - right? And the first thing I created was indeed a little gift card holder for a new baby.

UDD Products used:
#UDD0163. Belle / Beau, #UDD185. Baby Love, #EMB007. Walk in the Park

But you have so many more options of using these papers, thanks to their very subtle and soft designs. For this picture of my nephew (who loves to paint), I thought the "boy" side of the BeBe paper line to be perfect. The green and blue compliment the colours in the picture.

UDD Products used:
#UDD0163. Belle / Beau;  #UDD0165. Layette;  #UDD0130. Stillness; #UDD187. Man About Town; #UDD185. Baby Love; #UDD0004. Doodle Bet

I leave you with a card I created with different papers and rub ons from the CUPCAKE line - again, the papers invite you to create something for a birthday but you can do so much more!

UDD Products used:
#UDD0137. Scrumptious; #UDD0136. Sweet; #UDD0133. Delectable; #MT2-011. Carter; #UDD190. Sweet Celebrations

Last but by no means least: Don't forget our FACEBOOK page, we are still having product giveaways going on!

Monday, October 19, 2009

It's that time of Year...

Oh yes it is!!!

Many of my friends are like me when it comes to Christmas cards.
We have the best of intentions of making our own cards every year, and dream of gasps of delight, from far and wide, as our nearest and dearest open up those creamy envelopes and feast their eyes on our glittery home-made creations.

Alas, like me, many of my friends get caught up in the necessities of everyday life, and before we know it, we barely have time to drive down to the store and pick up a box of pre-made cards.

But this year, it's gonna be different.
Armed with one of my favourite "Upsy Daisy" lines, I've gotten started.
And the best part?
I'm going to show you two beautiful cards I made using only a sheet and a half of paper.

"Hot Chocolate", a Christmas line from Upsy Daisy Designs, conjures up images of steaming mugs of hot chocolate sipped before a roaring fire, with little peppermint flavoured stirring sticks on the side.

For my 2 cards I used "Frosted" and "Cinnamon Stick" from the line.

As you can see, both cards look very different from each other, and in fact, look as though loads of different patterned papers were used on them.
In fact, all I did was take advantage of the double-sided patterns, and with some creative trimming, I managed to get these two beauties.

So, tonight, why not get a head start on those Holiday cards.
Grabd a sheet or two of your favourite Upsy Daisy papers, and see how many cards you turn out.

P.S I still have scraps left over for at least another card, and maybe even a tag :)

Monday, October 12, 2009

New Bebe on the Block

I have several friends who have delivered gorgeous new babies in the past few weeks - so what better way to celebrate their arrival than scrapping a few projects?
The "older siblings" of these new babes should not be left out either - say hello to Olly who turned two the same week his little sister arrived...

Isn't he adorable? I just want to pinch his cheeks and squueze him all day long :)
For Olly's page I used the Boy side of the Bebe range of Upsy Daisy papers - cool baby blues and greens with some soft brown inking to give it depth.

My next Lo was loooooong overdue - my little Hannah's third birthday came and went in a flash and I have only just got the chance to scrap it. Doesn't life just flash by in the blink of an eye, sometimes?

Hannah is the original "girly girl" - you can't have enough pink, enough bling, enough sparkle, enough fairies and - in the case of her birthday - enough cupcakes, LOL.

The Upsy Daisy "Cupcake" paper range was perfect for the job:
Such gorgeous colours call for a happy, summery layout.
There are a couple of Tips you could take from either of these LO's to use with your Upsy Daisy papers:

* Crop your photo tightly around the face of your subject so that you make a real feature of their gorgeous eyes (and dimples!).

* Use Die Cut Lace cardstock upside down - that is, with the white showing rather than the right side. It makes for a delicate break-up of the background without being too "lacey" or "girly".

* Break up your page with a couple of journaling spots layered one over the other - it gives the impression of the page being more "full" without overloading it.

* Use your scallop punch to create strips of cardstock, then mount these on top of each other to create a "Cake" embellishment.

* Use the little cupcakes that are printed on the strip at the bottom of the Upsy Daisy papers - they are super cute embellishments!

* Use a template to mark a circle around your LO, then adhere double sided tape all around it. Place one end of a length of ribbon at the beginning of the circle and gently "pleat" it at one inch intervals. It takes a bit of time to perfect, but it's worth it - trust me!

Well, that's all from me for now - I hope there is something in there that helps you want to dive into the scrapping supplies. For me, it's going to be a busy few days and we are having enormous dust storms over here in Australia, so we are all trapped inside until they pass. Oh well, more time for scrapping!
Take care all,
Sares x

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Our Fourth New Designer....

Grace Tolman....

"My life in a nutshell: During the day I stay at home with my kids, a 6 year old son and a 4 year old daughter. Our days are filled with school, trips to the library, park days and sometimes when they're good a trip to Burger King or McDonalds. At night I work part time as a Retail Associate at Aeropostale. A hip, fun clothing store that I constantly use as a great source of inspiration for my paper projects. I have a loving and very supportive husband of 7 years. He's supported me all the way in this addiction I call "scrapbooking".
Although I’ve been doing some type of scrapbooking since grade school, I only started to scrapbook seriously after my son was born. When he was born I knew I will be staying at home with him but coming from a fast paced sales job I was afraid I would ran out of things to do during the day. Little did I know that with a newborn you won’t have anytime to do anything else. Anyways after going through a basic scrapbooking class I was hooked and haven’t stopped scrapping since. My style has evolved through the years but there's one thing that never changes- my quest to tell the story. That's always the first thing I think of when I want to make a scrapbook page and/or project. And lately I've been inspired by pattern paper and fun, bright colors.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Stay in Touch

Do you know the feeling when you sit back and think that there are some peeps you should really contact, as you haven't spoken or written to them in ages?

What better way to just grab your scraps and create a few quick cards - just send one to someone who least expects it and make their day. We all love to get a little suprise in the post, right?

It can either be a Thank You card, as in "Thank you for being a friend" or a little love note - whatever the sentiment, your recipient will be thrilled you took the time to create something for them.

For the first card, I initially wanted to create something without a sentiment and left the little journaling block empty - but somehow it didn't feel right to me, so I added one of my trusted stamp-spots to it. I think I prefer the second version of the card :)

UDD Products used:
Papers #UDD0129. Serenity; #UDD0127. Calm >> both from the TWEET line
Stamps #UDD208. >> Chic Bebe

And for the Thank You card I mixed and matched lots of different Upsy Daisy Design Product - I just adore how well all the different lines compliment each other.

UDD Products used:
Papers #ED011. Charmed >> from the ENCHANTED line; #WP011. Beautiful >> from the WALK IN THE PARK line
Stamps #UDD210. >> My Guy
Rub Ons #UDD0077. >> Sweet Slumber-Boy

I hope I was able to inspire you a little to get those scraps out and sent those cards to your loved ones :)

Before I go - did you know that Upsy Daisy Designs are now also on >> Facebook << ? Yep, in addition to the weekly inspiration on the blog, we will keep you up to date with what's new in one of the fastest growing online communities.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Say "Hello"....

to Julia :)

"Hi there! My name is Julia, I am from Brazil, and I’ve been a paper designer since I was able to hold and cut with scissors! I considered myself a very blessed being ‘cause I have never been rich or anything similar to it, but the Lord has helped me so much to grow up as a human being in all senses, that, whenever a good opportunity comes my way, I put as much love and effort as I can so that at the end it turns out being a great new something on my life.
In 2004 I started learning 3D paper techniques and took a refinement course at the Alicia's Atelier in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

On 2007 I started focusing on Scrapbook and, since then, our home office has never been the same! In 2008 I got the following Certifications: SDU (EK) Basic Course, in Brazil and SDU Advanced Methods, in Chicago. With great joy, I accepted the invitation to become Scrap Teacher at a local store in Brasilia-Brazil, as well as member of the Hobby Farm Design Team 2009.

At the moment,I juggle among my daughter raising, family, career, community work, teaching …, besides the everyday scrapping hours! August this year I attended the USA CKU-Provo willing to get updated and learn even more of Scrap technique. And… Won! Yes! I won the CKU contest “Best Project on the Overall”. And that’s not all! It’s September, spring time in Brazil and flowers are just blossoming and, together with it, I got the wonderful news that very soon Upsy Daisy will have its products sold on the Brazilian Market and… from now on I have a spot on the Upsy Daisy Design Team!!!

I shall thank the Lord, my close family and my true friends for the wonderful achievements in my life. Their support and love make all difference in my life"

Thursday, September 17, 2009

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