April 30, 2010

Bo Bunny Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to the Bo Bunny blog hop! I can not believe that May is almost here and that is is already time for another hop! Seriously...where did April go?
This month you are going to love our guest designer and I am especially excited because of who it is!!! I met this gal a couple years ago at CHA and we really hit it off. She was one of those people who you meet and feel like you have known your whole life! I just wished we lived closer so that it would be easier to get together! You are sure to be inspired by her work this month as she shares it with us on the Bo Bunny blog!!!
Here is a recent project I created for Bo Bunny! And yes, that butterfly is made from felt! I just added the paper and embellishments to give it a little more pizazz!

I created the flower using Double Dot Cardstock and used the flower image on the patterned paper as my inspiration. I cut the leaves from the paper and the swirls are stickers from the 12x12 sticker sheet.

OK! Back to the hop...your next stop is Rita's blog....HERE!
Remember you are hopping for a chance to win a fabulous Mama-Razzi prize pack!


Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Hopping
and
Happy Hugs!
Juliana

April 29, 2010

The place to be for NSD

I am going to share a secret with you all today. ACOT is going to be THE PLACE TO BE this weekend to celebrate National Scrapbook Day! It all starts on Friday, April 30th at 2:00 PM EST and continues through Sunday, May 2 to at least 8:00 PM EST. We have so many awesome things going on the entire weekend! Yes, the entire weekend! The crop will continue around the clock for a full 52 hours! Here are some of the highlights:
  • Fabulous classes being taught by our amazing Creative Team along with classes by Prima and IOD!
  • Chats with My Minds Eye and ScrapHD!
  • Fun games, challenges and fast scraps are scheduled throughout the weekend, with tons of chances to win ACOT points, gift certificates and prize packs!
  • Amazing giveaways, with our grand prize being a Cricut Gypsy!
  • And, $1,000 worth of prizes will be given away from some of the top scrapbooking manufacturers!
To check out all the details and to sign up for your chance to win you need to stop by HERE!

Yours truly will be teaching a class on Saturday at 9:00 AM EST (8:00 AM CST) on how to make a gorgeous handmade flower! Here is a little sneaky...
a little sneaky I know!!!

I hope you all come by and join in all the fun!

Happy Hugs!
Juliana

April 28, 2010

Just a little sneaky peaky...

Such a tease I am!!! This is a sneak of an upcoming project for GCD Studios! It will be fully revealed in their upcoming newsletter which I believe goes out May 1st. If you haven't signed up for it yet, it is not too late. All you have to do is send an email to...inthestudio@gcdstudios.com!
That's all for now folks! Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Hugs!
Juliana

April 23, 2010

GCD goodness

Hi all! Today, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite projects from the GCD Studios blog. I have been blown away by the creativity of the GCD Studios design team and how each of us has taken the same inspiration piece and made it our own. I have also really enjoyed the fabulous tutorials that have been shared. I personally am always on the lookout for fun new techniques, so that is why these projects caught my eye! Make sure you stop by and check these and all the other projects that have been posted! You are sure to find something to inspire you!

First, is this fabulous tissue paper flower created by Kris. You can see how she created it and the gorgeous butterfly banner she used it on HERE!
Next is this adorable little treat back by Lori! I just love the fun handmade paper flower she made! I have had a "thing" lately for making my own flowers so you can now see why I have picked these first two!!!! You can see how Lori created her gorgeous flower on this little treat bag HERE!
And finally...I thought this was such a clever and unique way to dress up all those buttons we all have/hoard! You can see how Teri created these fun paper rimmed buttons HERE!

I hope you saw something inspiring as you stopped by today! As always, I appreciate your visit and I love to hear from you! I hope you all have a great weekend!!!

happy hugs!
Juliana

April 19, 2010

I love spring!

Spring has sprung!!! This is definitely one of my most favorite times of year! I just love to see all the flowers starting to bloom, the trees covered in blossoms and green, green everywhere! All these springtime flowers inspired me to create my own indoor flower using the Sophie collection by Bo Bunny!

Supplies:
Bo Bunny Sophie Cut Outs
Bo Bunny Double Dot Kiwi Dot and Ocean Dot
Bo Bunny Ribbon Aquamarine
Bo Bunny 12 x 12 Sophie Chipboard


Cut out the flower shape from the Sophie Cut Outs. Distress the edges.
Back with the Ocean Dot Cardstock and cut around the edges.
Attach the circle chipboard shape to the flower center and finish off with a gem.
To create the flower stem, cover the dowel rod with 1/2 inch strips of Kiwi Dot cardstock by wrapping it around the dowel and adhering it as you go.
Affix the dowel to the back of the flower. Cut the leaves out of the Kiwi Dot cardstock and attach them to the stem.
Place the finished flower into the flower pot.
(I hot glued it into place, but flower foam would probably be much easier!!!)
Add spanish moss or Easter basket filler to the top of the pot.
Finish it off by adding a little bow to the front.
Well, there you have it, a cut little sign of spring for you to keep in your home! And better yet...it requires no watering! LOL!!!!


Finally I wanted to share with you a LO I recently created for Bo Bunny (again using the Sophie collection!). Our challenge was to use the 12 x 12 chipboard on our project. I incorporated the flower spray and butterfly and added a little Stickles to give them some added bling! The new 12 x 12 chipboard is definitely my favorite new Bo Bunny product from their 2010 Winter release.

This is a close up of the bling!
I gave the letter stickers added dimension by popping them up with double sided foam tape! This is most definitely one of my go-to products!
I hope all of you are enjoying spring or that it is at least getting closer to spring for you!!!
(Unless of course you live on the other side of the equator...then you have a ways to go yet!)
Thanks for stopping by!

April 16, 2010

Today is a good day!!!

Why you ask? Because, today I am posting my first project created as a DT member for GCD Studios!!! I have been having a blast working with and creating with their products. Especially the Chip Art tool! Our theme this month is all about spring and we were asked to create a project based on this theme using the following inspiration piece...



Don't you just love the gorgeous colors and flowers?! Definitely inspiring and the gorgeous pinks and greens in the Homespun Chic collection just screamed "Happy Spring!" to me!
So here is what I created...

Be Brave Birdhouse by Juliana MichaelsBe Brave Birdhouse by Juliana Michaels
Don't you just love the fabulous detail and sparkle on my little birdie?!
I used the Chip Art tool to add the fun texture.

Be Brave Birdhouse by Juliana Michaels details
Be Brave Birdhouse by Juliana Michaels details
Supplies:
Homespun Chic Pink Sparkle
Homespun Chic Homespun Mod
Homespun Chic Pink Stitchery
Homespun Chic Word Strips
Chip Art Chipboard Shapes Birds
Chip Art Ornamental Stamps Mini Shapes

Other Supplies:
Bird House Hobby Lobby
Shimmerz
Stickles
Kaiser Craft Pearls
Fiskars Paper Crimper and Border Punch

Please stop by the GCD Studios blog for more details on how I created my project and instructions on how I used the Chip Art Tool.
Just a reminder...today is the last day to enter for your chance to win the Ava Collection.
Check out all the details HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Hugs!
Juliana

April 9, 2010

Sneak Peak No More!

I know I teased a large number of you last week during the Bo Bunny blog hop! I am sorry! Really I am!!! Well I can now tell you that the teasing is officially over! Here is the LO I created using the fabulous Jazmyne line...
We were challenged to use an ad to create a LO. I ended up using the cover page from an article in a magazine. The colors (purple!), the circle shapes and the flowers caught my eye and really inspired me to create this LO! I flipped the placement of the circles and use the chipboard flowers in place of the hyacinths!Thanks for stopping by and make sure you stop by the Bo Bunny blog to see how the other designers used ad's to inspire them! Who knows, you might just find the inspiration you been looking for for your next LO!

Happy Hugs!
Juliana

April 8, 2010

Fun with Chipboard and the Chip Art Tool

Today I wanted to share with you some of the products I have had played around with while using the GCD Studios Chipboard and Chip Art Tool. Melody Ross has shared some amazing ideas with us using paint and a fun distressed look. You can see a great little video HERE. I love this look, but struggle to use it with my style. I decided to go on an adventure of my own and see what other looks I could come up with!

I will be sharing one of the many combination's I discovered with you on the GCD Studios blog and on my blog as well on April 16th. So stay tuned!!!


Here are some of the products I have tried so far...
  • Water-based Dye Ink
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Silver/Gold Leafing Pens by Krylon
  • Stickles by Ranger (any glitter product would work!)
  • Glimmer Mist
  • Shimmerz ...Paintz or Spritz (actually any of their products work well!)
  • Folk Art Antiquing Medium (If you like the distressed look that Melody has shared, but don't want to have to mix up your own paint and Mod Podge I have the answer for you. Folk Art Antiquing Medium! It gives it an awesome aged look with out the work! (Call me lazy if you want to, but I love this less messy option!))
I have found that by mixing and matching these various products you can get a wide array of looks. You just have to let go and free yourself up to making a mess! I promise, you will have fun and come up with something super cool and crafty during the process!

Happy Hugs!
Juliana

April 6, 2010

GCD Studios Mixed Media Challenge

Just wanted to share with you a fun little challenge GCD Studios is hosting over at Scrapbook.com. If you play along you could win a fabulous prize package (shown below) that includes some of the new Melody Ross products!!! All the details can be found...HERE!








Have fun and happy crafting!!!!

April 4, 2010

Hoppy Easter!

I just wanted to wish all of you a very blessed and Happy Easter! And while you're at it, eat some peeps for me!!! I just can't get enough of those things!!!

These are some of the Easter cards I created this year. I used Bo Bunny's new Sophie Collection and some of their new Double Dot Cardstock colors! They were super quick and easy to put together and my family just loved them!


I also wanted to let you all know that GCD Studios is having a fabulous giveaway right now! If you sign up for their newsletter and become a follower on their blog you will have the chance to win the gorgeous Ava collection! Stop by the GCD Studios blog (HERE) to read all about and to enter for your chance to win!
Next week I will be sharing my first GCD Studios project with you and I am so excited that I can hardly wait to share it....however, I have to wait. So, until then I thought I would share some fun ideas using their new Chip Art Tool. I was so lucky to be given one to play with as a member of their DT and I have had a blast working with it!

The chipboard shapes are so fun and funky!
I especially love these birds, but they also have some fabulous butterflies too!
This is one of the alphabet stamp sets called Sparrow!
And these are some of the fabulous sets of stamps that I have been playing with!

I also wanted to say "THANK YOU!!!!" to all of you for stopping by and all the sweet comments you left during the Bo Bunny blog hop! Several of you asked about when my LO will be revealed. I apologize for not sharing the information with you during the hop. It will be revealed on the Bo Bunny blog on April 9th.

Thanks again for stopping by!

April 2, 2010

Bo Bunny Blog Hop

Welcome to our first ever Bo Bunny Guest Designer Blog Hop! Before you get started I wanted to share this fun new Bo Bunny blinkie. Please feel free to grab it and use it on your blog, etc.!!! OK! Now on to the hop! Below you will find the link to your next stop! However, before we get to the rest of the details, I wanted to share with you a little sneak peak of an upcoming Bo Bunny project that I created using the fabulous Jazmyne line! This line is so gorgeous with all of it's shimmer and shine and I have had so much fun working with it recently!
If you have made it this far on the blog hop, let me just tell you that you are nearing the end of your journey! I hope you have had fun and enjoyed all of your stops along the way. I wanted to remind you that besides finding out who our April Guest Designer is, you are also hopping for a chance to win a fabulous Jazmyne prize package. However, you must make one more hop! So, without further ado, hop on over to our April Guest Designer's blog....HERE! She is amazingly talented and I am positive that we will all be greatly inspired by what she creates this month using Bo Bunny products!

I hope you had fun and thanks so much for hopping by!
Happy Hugs!
Juliana

April 1, 2010

Spring Melody...Paper Poppy Kit Co

I was asked to guest design this month for Paper Poppy Kit Co. They are a fabulous new kit company started by Aphra Boyler! When she asked me to guest design for her this month, I was so excited to be given this fabulous opportunity! This month's kit is amazing and full of so much scrappy goodness! I created 4 LO's and an altered project with plenty left over for more... at least 2 more LO's! Make sure you stop by their website...HERE and their blog...HERE to place your order and to see more great ideas and inspiration using this months kit!


Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Hugs!
Juliana