Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Stamping fun at Practical Scrappers!

We all love our stamps and if you are like me at all you have way many more than you will ever need (but you gotta have them cause you never know when you might want to use that one). I love to stamp, but this week I wanted to do something I've never done before with my stamps and I found two fabulous tutorials that I just couldn't wait to try out.

The first card here I used the "chalkboard" technique. Here's the link to the Youtube video where I learned how to do the. It's really simple....all you need black cardstock, white craft ink, stamp, chalk, and a microfiber towel (lintfree towel---I've also seen it done using just a cotton ball, but I prefered how my image looked after using the towel)

All the papers on this card are from Heidi Grace Reagan's Closet Collection
Black cardstock
Stamps are all Studio g (spring 2009)
Ink Studio g
Chalks Studio g
ribbon-- offray
heidi Grace chipboard embellishment (Reagan's closet)
Cuttlbug Embossing folder- D'Vine Swirls

and here's the inside using the same technique:

The second card here is another great technique called paper casting with stamps. I tried this for the first time last week and used it on my project for the Cuttlebug Spot but-- I did it with embossing folders where I got the idea from my scrappy gf Aymee-- check out her blog here. Aymee got the idea of paper casting with embossing folders from Dani at Treasured Scrapbooking with her tutorial on her blog of paper casting with stamps that you can check out here-- don't you just love where the snowball of ideas come from! Anyhow, I wanted to make sure I gave credit where credit was due.

here's a picture of the Inkadinkado stamp I used:

and here's my card:

Note: When I wet my toilet paper, I mixed water with a scoop on Perfect Pearls in my mini mister to give it some shimmer (click on the picture to enlarge it and you will be able to see the perfect pearls). After my flower dried (which I sped up the process by taking my heat gun to it....carefully, your toilet paper will turn brown and start to burn if you get it too close), I chalked it up.

I hope you enjoyed these two new techniques that I learned. Please go and check out the videos and tutorials that I linked up for you and try to use those stamps in a a new way!

Have a scrappy day!


Monday, February 22, 2010

Double Embossing @ The Cuttlebug Spot!

Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me!! Even though I decided 4 years ago that I was done celebrating birthday so I could stay 29 forever, my family still insists that I have one...and I'm glad they did this year because it was a very good one. They took me to Perkins for breakfast, my mom made me my fav cake (chocolate with pb icing), and the DH and kids got me SCAL for my cricut...Can I get a WOOT WOOT!! I am very excited and cannot wait to get some free time to start playing (won't be until at least the weekend...*bummer*). So, lots of great things are happening at The Cuttlebug Spot some new sponsors coming along with some great prizes and a fabulous technique that was posted awhile back in the tutorials here that we are revisiting called Double Embossing with Nestabilities. So much fun, and just what a I needed to get some of those creative juices flowing.
here's my card:

it's not a great picture, because the battery was charging in my good camera and had to use my point and shoot, but it works.

Make sure you stop by The Cuttlebug Spot and check out all of my DT sisters work which is fabulous as always! And do forget to leave a comment for this week's entry from one of our new sponsor, Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping in!


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Weekly Sketch at Practical Scrappers

I am not one for doing a white space LO (I really like to make the most of my 12 x 12 paper), but the sketch this week inspired me to step outside my box and try something new-- I do like how it turned out!

here's Ann-Katrin's sketch this week:

and here's my take on it:

This is my DD, Delaney, from her princess makeover at her photo shoot afterwards. I didn't love this photo until I made it a B&W and added the pink border to it-- what a difference it makes in the pic.

All papers are DCWV
CB embossing folder flourish frame
Rhinestone alpha stickers from Jo-anns $1.00 bins
Perfect Pearls
Inkadinkado flourish stamps
Studio g purple pigment ink

Thanks for stopping in and have a scrappy day!


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Flower Challenge LO @ Practical Scrappers!

So, I showed how to make the flowers, now I'll show you how I used them. Here's my LO for the challenge this week at Practical Scrappers.

Supply List:
All PP are DCWV (from various stacks)
DCWV cardstock
Cricut (Storybook Cart-- hibicus flower)
Cuttlebug (D'Vine Swirls embossing folder)
Thickers ( Sprinkle font)
Craft Essentials Pastel Lilac embossing powder (and heat gun)on Thickers

Make sure you stop in every day to check out what all my other fabulous DT sisters have in store for you. We're going to pick three winners - the most creative use of flowers, the project that uses the most flowers (leave us a comment so we know), and again our favorite project! We will also be picking one winner randomly generated to get some bling from Glitz Design. Can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Happy Scrappin',


Monday, February 15, 2010

Ribbon Flowers Tutorial

This week at Practical Scrappers our challenge is Flowers we are challenging you to use those flowers, whether they are handmade or primas we want to see how you can use them. You don't get to see my project yet (Wednesday), but I do want to share with you the tutorial I made for the flowers I came up with and used on my project. The are super easy and very cute-- plus a great way to use up some of that ribbon you have just lying around. If you have any question just leave me a comment and I'll get back to you on them, but I think you can figure out what to do from the pics I tooks and the directions I wrote on the pictures. Have fun and please stop back by and show me what you came up with!

Thanks for stopping and happy scrapping!!


Altered Picture Frames at The Cuttlebug Spot!

So this week I tried two completely new things for this challenge. 1.) I did some papercasting with toilet paper and my cuttlebug folders courtesy of my fellow DT sister and one of my first online scrappy friends Aymee Gandy(you can check out the tutorial Aymee made for this here). 2.) The second new thing was perfect pearls. I've had these things forever now, and have yet to use. So, I forced myself to try them and guess what?..........I will probably never do another LO or altered project without using them. WOW, are they amazing!! I just added a scoop to some water in a mini mister and went "spray happy" with it. here's the picture frame I made from scratch out of recycled cereal boxes ( I think you could say recycled cereal boxes are my favorite supply-- with a family of 5 who goes through cereal like we do I will never have a shortage of this and it's FREE!!).

Product used:
toilet paper (paper casting tutorial available here again)
Cuttlebug embossing folders D'Vine Swirls and Swiss Dots
Perfect Pearls by Ranger (perfect pearl color)
Studio g red chalk
Silver beading
Cricut (Beyond Birthday cart-- I Love You)
Red and silver cardstock

Make sure you stop by and check out what the rest of my DT sister have in store for you at The Cuttlebug Spot! This week's winner will be chosen randomly-- all you have to do is leave us a comment. That lucky winner will get a $20.00 gift certificate from Custom Crops-- just in time for the great sale going on there. Thanks for stopping in!

Have a scrappy day!


Monday, February 8, 2010

You've Got Mail!

I absolutely loved this challenge that Nilda gave to us. Mostly, because I think of all the things that I love to create, altered items are my favorite!! So, we were supposed to use those super cute $1.00 Target mailboxes for this challenge. Well unfortunately, I do not have a Target within 2 hours of traveling and I had my girlfriend look for my and they did not have them. So I did what I do best...create my own. I found a pattern from Better Homes and Garden that I used for a template after enlarging it quite a bit, and created mine out of recycled cereal boxes (my favorite recycling item to use when scrapping) I added my own little twist here and there.

All papers used are My Mind's Eye
Cardstock Bazzil
Cuttlebug Embossing folder- D'Vine Swirls
Studio g pink pigment ink
pink fur trim

Thanks for stopping in and be sure to stop by The Cuttlebug Spot and check out all the othe cute mailboxes my DT sisters have in store for you. Plus, don't forget to leave a comment for this week's random drawing!

Happy Scrapping!


Saturday, February 6, 2010

RObin's Nest Feature and Weekly Sketch at PS!

Ok, Well these first two LO's here are so fitting to the day we are having her in NW PA....all that snow!! All in all there are about 6 new inches of fresh powder on the ground (plus the 2-3 that were already there) which made for some fun sled riding this afternoon! The kids had a blast!! I had to bribe them with sledding since they were mad at me that we didn't get to drive to their friend Jack's birthday party due to the weather.
Anyhow, here the my LO's using the Robin's Nest kit that Christine sent to me. These papers were fabulous, and so were the rub-ons and dew drops!

Next here, is the weekly sketch challenge at PS. The sketch this week was done by Ann-Katrin. A very nice simple sketch that leaves yo a lot of room to do what ever you like with it.

here's my take:

Thanks for stopping in!


More Blog Candy!

One of our new DT members Fern is offering up some amazing blog candy, check this out:

That's right a good Old Benjamin Franklin-- Can you believe that? She is one very talented lady and you won't be disappointed becoming a follower of her blog. You can check out all the details here. Now, what are you doing? Get over there and get youself a chance to win!



Thursday, February 4, 2010

BLOG Candy!!

Found some awesome blog candy up for grabs at this wonderful inspirational blog called Cricut Creations by AMKSCRAP. Amanda is offering up three of three new Christmas Solutions cartridges as blog candy (and some more because of how floowers she now has) and you have until Feb 10th to get your name in the hat too! Hurry, you don't want to miss your chance on this. You can go here to get all the details. Thanks Amanda for the chance to win!!

Happy scrapping everyone!


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Die Cut Challenge at Practical Scrappers!

Wow!! This is unusal for me three days into the week and three post-- I guess I'm on a roll right now with getting the projects done, taking the pics, and posting. We'll see how long I can keep it up before "life"! We've got another great challenge for you this week at Practical Scrappers--die cuts! IT can be any die cut your heart desires, but we just want to see them. We hit a record high of participants last week at Practical Scrappers of 112 entries-- let's see if it can be topped! And once again, thanks to all of you who are making that happen---AMAZING!!

I did this LO, too at my all day crop with the ladies on Saturday. I forgot to tell ya a funny story from the crop. So who's like one of the last people you'd expect to see at crop after not seeing them for nearly 10 years..........any guesses...............your college roommate! I walk in the door rolling my tote and carrying my cricut and I hear from across the room, "Kerri Yarus"! I just about died!! It was so nice to see her and catch up on her family. It's just wierd, of all places I could have run into her I see her at a crop...Ok, enough babbling here's my LO!

What I used:
My Mind's Eye Halloween Paper (both PP's)
Yellow cardstock
Cuttlebug Butterfly die and embossing combo set
Black Glitter Thickers
Inkadinkado flourish stamp
Jet Black STAZ-ON ink
Studio g orange pigment ink
Rhinestone gems

Make sure you stop by and check in each day to see what new creations all of our DT members have for you-- you won't be disappointed!!

Happy Scrappin!


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Scrap FIT Challenge #13-- My Hubby's V-Day card!

Ok ladies, this is kind of out of my element here, but I saw this card pattern by Pinky so long ago and thought it was one of the craftiest things ever, and I still love it!! This month at Scrap FIT Pinky is the guest designer and the challenge is to create a bra card for that someone special or a gf saying "I support u" or thanks for "your support". I made mine for my DH because I've been trying to think of something cute, but something I could make funny. I always like to add my sense of humor to my cards for him and this challenged just hit the spot for it!! You don't get to read the inside...for his eyes only... but I will share with you the front and the back of the card.

I kicked it up a knotch and did both the bra and panties, I evn stamped and heat embossed the little heart on it! I just couldn't resist putting a "heart tatoo" on the!!

Kelly and the girls thanks for a great challenge this week and for helping me get another project I needed to get done finished!! Everyone else you should head over to Scrap Fit and check out the challenge and see the fabulous creations by their DT!

Have a scrappy day!!


Monday, February 1, 2010

CBS Post-IT Adhesive Paper Challenge

Good morning Monday!! What a fabulous weekend it was! I had full 10 hours of cropping all day Saturday with the ladies and it was a blast! Didn't get quite as much done as I wanted to, but I was very productive! This morning I'm going share one of the LO's I is for our weekly challenge at The Cuttlebug Spot. Nilda sent us this wonderful 3mm adhesive backed paper by Post-IT, that can be inked, chalked, embossed, cut on die cut machines and my goodness was it fabulous!! I loved it (and so did that ladies that werer cropping with me) and cannot wait to get my hands on some more of it. It was so nice to cut on the cricut and not have to got back apply your own adhesive. So much for my no paper buying, as soon as I see this in the stores you better believe I will be snatching it up!

So, the adhesive back paper on the LO is the orange pumpkins, green scalloped frame, and the owl (he also has the orange adhesive paper behind him). This paper is every paper pierces dream come true I tell ya!! You all just have to get your hands on it...Joanns will be carrying as well as other stores. And don't forget to leave a comment at the could be one of three random winners for a pack of your very own!

Thanks for stopping in!



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