Thursday, June 30, 2011

Front Porch Kit Giveaway!!

Would you like to get your hands on a Front Porch Kit?
Practical Scrappers is doing a here to check it out.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Little Tacky

Last month we featured some coffee filters for our dollar store finds feature at Practical Scrappers. This month it's tape and not any of that Washi tape that is made for paper crafting. I'm talking about masking, scotch, packaging, and electrical. I have a layout that I didn't finish in time (too busy getting ready for a birthday party we had today). But here is my card...

Here's the process...

Cut out your image from a magazine (good way to use up those old scrapbook magazines you have around). Lay it on a flat surface and cover with packaging tape. Take a bone folder and rub over it until the image looks as if it has been laminated.

Let it set in a bowl of warm water 3-5 minutes (the longer it sets the easier he paper comes off).

Rub/wipe off the back layer of the paper gently with your finger--do not use finger nails as the will scratch off the image.

This is what it will look like finished. Let it air dry and cut/trim to desired size.

If you have any questions leave me a comment....thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Gettin' Froggie!

This week's challenge on the Create Blog is to create an animal-shaped card. Something a lot of my friends and family do not know about me is I have this new found love for frogs. Don't know when it started or where it came from but I am drawn to all that frog paraphernalia that is out there in the stores right now (especially the baby stuff--too CUTE!). So here's a fun card I made for a friend of mine that I was on the phone with the other day having a conversation about where "the real" prince charming is! I'm sure she'll get a kick out of it!

Product List:
Core'dinations (green core essentials cardstock)
Bazzil cardstock (pink and white)
Cuttlebug (Spots&Dot embossing folder)
Craft Essentials ribbon
Google eyes
Copic Markers ( G17 & 100)

Now most of the time when I create a shaped card I create my own SVG and use my SCAL & Cricut to cut it out. But this time, I decided to kick it back old school and do some fancy hand-cutting because this from idea came from a coloring page I had printed out from somewhere for my kids. I did a little piercing together and added my own fun twist --the tongue slides in when you open it up. To highlight my embossing I decided to pull out my Copic G17 marker and go over the embossing just to change the shade a little darker (also did this on the eyelids). To finish I went around the edge of everything with my black and drew in some lines to define the froggie legs.

Thanks for another great challenge and thanks for stopping in!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Father's Day Envelope Mini Album

* this picture is of the album all folded up.

I ran out of time to create my husband the album I wanted to for Father's Day on Sunday, and I had remembered seeing this cute little envelope mini album a long time ago (probably last year when I was looking for ideas). So, I gave it a whirl and what you see, is what I came up with. I absolutely LOVE how this turned out. Probably my best quick gift I've ever created! I did this in less time that it takes me to do most of my layouts believe it or not!

* this is a picture of the back of the album (it is able to stand up on it's own perfect for dad's desk)

* this here is the front opened up

* Last, this a picture of the front again with all of the pulled out of the envelopes

* all pattern paper and ribbon used in this project are from Crate Paper's Static Collection
*all cardstock used in this project are from Core'dinations
* tools used: Gypsy, Cricut Expressions, Cuttlebug, Diamond Plate Embossing Folder
What I absolutely love about this project is that you can adapt it to any size envelopes that you have lying around. There no set size. I chose to use 5X7 envelopes (which is really 5 1/4" x 7 1/4") because I don't make a lot of 5x7 cards so, I have an abundance of them. The inserts for the the photo were 5x7, with a 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 matting, and a standard 4x6 photograph (save some time from cropping photos). Then all you do is attach one to the other by gluing the flap to the front side (the side you would address) of the bottom of the other envelope. Fold it like an accordian (refer to pictures) and begin to cover and decorate however you like.

Thanks for stopping in and hope I inspired you to create your own mini envelope album!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Card With Paper Weaving

So, I started doing the challenges two weeks ago at the Create Blog and now I seem to be an addict! This week's challenge was to create a card that used some paper weaving. I've done a bunch of paper weaving before, but they were all for baskets on Easter cards so I tried to think of something seasonal right now. It didn't take me long to think of a picnic blanket with red and white checks and the rest just fell into place.

Here's my summer themed card...

The picnic basket, water mellon, and grass sprouts embellies I created using some Cottage Cutz Dies in Cuttlebug.

Thanks for stopping in and I cannot wait to see what's in store for next week!


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Embedded Embossing

We are going to start a new monthly feature at Practical Scrappers where we "Focus On Technique". Erin, Christine, and I decided we would kick of this feature with embedded embossing. For those of you who haven't heard of this, it's basically starting with a base layer of card stock and adding layers (other cardstock, stickers, rub-ons) to it; running all of it through your embossing plates/folders to create one single layer look with your layers "embedded" into the base. It's a lots of fun and a great technique (some of you may have been doing it and not realizing that there was an actual technique for what you were doing).

Here are my two projects I did with this...

This first layout is a new Disney layout I did for my continuous work on this album ( I may finish it some year). I used the technique on the black cardstock that has the red and white different size circles I punched out. Also used it on the embellishements that stay, Road Trip and Taking Photos. They were stickers that I placed on cardstock and ran through my Cuttlebug using my Dots and Spots embossing folder.

This one same idea...cut 7 strips of red cardstock and placed it on my white base, added my 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 square of star pattern paper. Hand cut some stars and did my doddling. Glue it all down then ran the entire thing through my Cuttlebug using the Stars embossing folder.

Thanks for stopping in and hope you get a chance to try this technique if you never have, or give it a go again if it's been awhile!



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