Wednesday, August 22, 2012


I am CRAZY in love with our Frugal Finds Feature over at Practical Scrappers.  How Christine, Erin, and I continue to out-do ourselves and inspire the ladies to create with things you would never think possible for scrapbooking and cardmaking blows me away.  The best part is, I don't know where I come up with my own ideas-- you never know where your crafting is going to take you. 

I have two projects to share.  This was the first one I created. I was inspired for this creation when, after Christine announced what her choice was.  Now I'll admit, I was not happy with her when she told us her choice -- even promised severe payback with my choice for next month (bwaa ha ha *note* my evil laugh). I found my groove and "dug right it".

Broken ends of plastic spoons (flower petals)
Cardstock: The Paper Company (kraft)
Pattern Paper: Crate Paper (Emma's Shoppe, Random, Seasons, & Peppermint Collections)
Tools: Cuttlebug
Dies: Provo Craft (maple leaf cut and emboss combo), Die-namics: rolled mum die,
Spellbinders: Lacey Squares
Stamps: Studio g (thanks so much)
Ink: Tsukineko VersaMagic Chalk Ink (red magic and hint of pesto),
 Copic Markers (Y06, Y08, Y17)
Bling: pearl from a random string of pearls
Hot Glue Gun

I cut off the ends of my spoons, colored with my copics to highlight the center of the flower, then hot glued them together to form a flower.  I placed the rolled mum in the center to hide the broken bases and topped that off with a little pearl.  For my leaves, I used the maple leaf cut and emboss combo die but I cut it up to only use one of the three points.

The second card I have up here I got a little crazy--no surprise there!  This one might be considered dangerous because even though it's plastic, but the fun I had creating this card is PRICELESS!! So much fun, that it is my new favorite all time project EVER, and I doubt I will surpass this (though I will try).  On this one, I used some clear pastic knives--take a look:

Cardstock: The Paper Company (kraft and white)
Pattern Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle "Hello Fall"
Ink: Studio g (light blue chalking ink),
Copic Markers (R35, YR04, Y17, G05, B29,V09)
Dies: Spellbinders (Lacey Circles)
Punches: EK Sucess- Cupcake punch (clouds)
Cuttlebug (D'vine Swirls Embossing Folder)
Brown Letter Stickers (unknown from a swap)
Clear Plastic Knives
Wire Cutters (cut off plastic knives)
Metal File (file sharp points of knives down)
Hot Glue Gun

I stared and stared at a box of clear plastic knives for at least two hours.  I even joked with the ladies on the design team (while chatting on facebook) that the only thing I could think to do with them was throw them across my office at the sytrofoam wreaths hanging from my office doorknob.  And no joke, I did take a few stabs at that due to mental block.  But the more and more I stared at them I saw the arch shape and thought of a rainbow. 

Coloring the spoons with my Copics worked so well with the spoons, I decided to give it another go with the clear plastic to get more of a stained glass/transparent look.  I colored each one of the serated ends first on the front side. Now, here's the trick!  When coloring on plastic, you have to be careful not to do too many layers.  It becomes streaky (you can kind of see it on the green), but it did trigger me to go back and color the other side to enhance the color (doing both front and back) which worked great for the blue and violet leaving no streaks at all!  Finally, I hot glued them down to my card and staggered the embossed clouds inbetween to get that 3-D effect.

Hope you enjoyed my silverware inspiration today!  You can head over to Practical Scrappers to see the rest of the gals' inspiration!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Family Flip Flop Mini Album

Today over at Practical Scrappers, we are doing our "10 thing to do with a..." feature.  This week's choice...the dreaded scoring board.  Most of you probably have one of these lying around espically if you are a card maker or a fan of the making boxes.  My project today is a mini album, a flip-flop mini to be exact.  You can find the instructions for this over at the Scor-Pal website.  This was one of the first projects outside of a scraopbook page, I ever learn how to create back in 2007.  I decided it was time to revisit the past and redo what was done then.  Now I did changed mine up a bit.  Instead of making the larger tags giving you only a front and back, I made it a pull out tag giving you double the place for pictures and journaling (two out outside, and a two on the pull out tag).

album cover

album open

one of the pull-out tag sections...these areas will fit a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" photo

2 pieces of Chipboard 6 1/4"x 6 1/4" (light weight--I used recycled cereal boxes)
Cardstock: The Paper Company (kraft)
Pattern Paper: Crate Paper (Restoration Collection)
Embellishments: Crate Paper Chipboard and Cardstock (Restoration Collection)
Ribbon: Crate Paper (Static Collection) 
Ink: Versa Mark ( Jumbo Java Chalking Ink), Staz-on Timber Brown
Punches: Martha Stewart
Bling: Studio 18
Stamps: Autumn Leaves (journaling lines)

Thanks for stopping in today.  Make sure you head over to Practical Scrappers to see what the rest of the ladies came up with for using their scoring board.  Also, if you scroll down to the post below, you will find my second project that I made some envelopes using my scoring board. 

Happy Scrapping!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Purse Note Card Holders

It's crunch time and I am trying to see how much product I can get done before school starts next Tuesday.  Today, I decided I was going to make some mini note card holder sets that hold 4 note cards and 4 envelopes. 
All closed up

Here is the box and one of the envelopes.  I create them using my Scor-Pal. I got the instructions on how to create them right from the Scor-Pal website here, but I went from the 4x4 notecard and had to adjust my measurements.  I cut my cardstock to 6 1/2" x 6 1/2".  Using the 6 3/8" marker I scored at 4 1/2".  It give you a 3 3/4" envelope for a 3 1/2 card. 

Photo of the notecard, envelope, and purse box.

Last you can see the purse open with the cards and envelopes fitted in it.  I used a velcro square to close it shut.  You can find the pattern for this shaped card and purse box at My Scrap Chick in their 30 boxes and more set of SVG's.  The paper used on this set comes from My Mind's Eye "So Sophia".

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

New Fall Wreath

Just finished this one up this morning. Working on some more craft fair stuff and decided I needed a fall theme wreath. The kids want to keep this one because they think the owl is too cute to sell!

Pattern Paper:  Little Yellow Bicycle "Hello Fall Collection"
Creative Memories Complete Cutting System (circle and oval)
Creative Memories Letter Stickers
Stampin' Up Owl Punch
Versa Mark Jumbo Java Chalking Ink
Tuelle (brown, orange, tan, olive green)
Craft Essentials Brown Ribbon (1")
Goggle Eyes (5/8")
Hot Glue Gun

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


I am playing along in a challenge for the first time , oh I'd say in probably a year, at DCWV blog with their August Stack-a-holics Challenge

Here's my Layout:

This was the original sketch that came from Sketch Savvy:

I decided to flip the sketch sideways so I could use the fabulous witch paper in the new "The Bewitched Stack".  All of my papers come from this new Halloween line.  Used some American Crafts glitter Thickers, a black Gelly Roll pen, and some Studio g black chalking ink to finish it all off.

Thanks for stopping in and happy crafting!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Calendar Swap

Just sharing a quick project I made-- actually it wasn't that quick because I did 12 of them. Every year I play along with all my SAS sisters on the for our yearly calendar swap. We do 6x6 layouts for each month. These really make a great gift or your own personal desk calendar for your scrappy space. I have October because Halloween is my favorite season to scrap! Here's what my little calendars look like...

Pattern Paper: DCWV "The Halloween and Fall Value Stack"
Cardstock: DCWV
Cuttlebug and dies:  (cat and spiders)
Embossing Folders: Diamonds and Spider Web
Nestabilities: Label 16
black foral wire
DYMO label maker

Monday, August 6, 2012

WINNER...and a few new projects!!

First up, we celebrated our three year anniversary at Practical Scrappers over the weekend!!  WOO HOO!!  Can't believe it's been that long already. 

Congrats to the winner of our anniversary giveaway: Kristie Maynard! Kristie please email us at with your address.

Kristie is the winner of this fabulous prize package from the administration team!

Onto a few new things!  I posted  some Christmas projects yesterday...don't worry didn't forget about Halloween coming first.  Here are two Halloween projects.

Authentique: Glowing Collection
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (graphite)
American Crafts Thickers Letter stickers
Orange and Black Tuelle

DCWV "Bewitched" and "The 2012 Halloween and Fall" Stacks
DCWV Black Cardstock
EK Success Bat border punch
American Crafts Thickers Letter Stickers
Gelly Roll Black Pen
StazOn Jet Black Ink
Autumn Leaves Journal Lines Stamp

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Too Early For Christmas?

Not in my book is it too early for Christmas!  With the school quickly approaching which means back to work for me, crafting time will be very limited!  I'm getting a jump start on my holiday craft fair projects this year--no waiting til the last minute this year.  Here are two of the five wreaths I've made over the weekend.  I really enjoy making them and they don't take a lot of time at all.  I've got it down to 52 minutes start to finish.

*pattern paper and chipboard embellishments used here are from Crate Paper-
"Snow Day Collection"

You'll see a lot of different methods out there to make these curled paper wreaths.  They all work, this was just my preference.

1 - 10" styrofoam wreath ( has to be the hard smooth foam, not the kind the sheds when you touch it)
6 -12" x 12" sheets of pattern paper (doesn't have to be double sided)
1 -box of dress/straight pins (the ones with the flat metal head that look like a nail)
paper trimmer
 bone folder

I started by cutting my paper to 1/2" strips (getting 24 strips per sheet of pattern paper).  Once all were cut I used my bone folder and curled my paper just as you would with scissor with curling ribbon.  Start in the center of  1/2" x 12" strip and curl to one end, then do the other. It will look like two loops meeting each other at the center.  After they are all curled you can design as you like, you can see in my first one I used 6 different pattern papers and kept each pattern together.  One the second one I used three different pattern papers (2 of each sheet) and scattered them throughout. One thing to note:  double sided papers are a little harder to curl (depending on the brand/manufacturer) and you may have to curl each strip twice.  However, they make wreaths that are much fuller while the single sided papers make a tighter curled wreath.  You can see how the top wreath I made using my favorite manufacturer (Crate Paper--Snow Day Collection) is more full and the empty space in the center of wreath is smaller than the second wreath.  Both look great, and I actually like the white on the back of single sided paper showing in spots because it breaks up the patterns in spaces.

Thanks for stopping in!


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