Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Kind Card

I looked in my cabinets the other day and found my Palette o' Prints from an SU! promotion back in April. The paper from that is now the Print Designer Series Paper in the new catalog. I thought the swirly paper would be perfect for the Baroque Motifs stamp set.

This is how I made this card. I folded a piece of 6 x 6 Purely Pomegranate cardstock in 1/2. Cut a piece of So Saffron Prints DSP to 2 3/4 x 5 3/4". Round the edges with a small corner rounder and ink the edges with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink. Stamp small flower on some of the swirls with Purely Pomegranate ink. Stamp larger flower image with Purely Pomegranate on Whisper White cardstock. Punch out with 1 1/4" square punch. Punch hole in flower center and place an Antique Brass brad (from Hodgepodge Hardware) in center. Ink edges with Chocolate Chip. Punch a 1 3/8" square from So Saffron cardstock and cut a 2" square out of Purely Pomegranate cardstock. Ink those edges with Chocolate Chip also. Adhere the So Saffron and Purely Pomegranate squares together. Put the flower square on the other two with Stampin' Dimensionals and adhere the whole thing to the top center of card with dimensionals. Stamp "kind" on Whisper White cardstock with Purely Pomegranate. Punch out with small oval punch. Adhere to back of small oval label holder from Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware. Tie Whisper White taffeta ribbon to each side of label holder and adhere to card bottom with a glue dot. Wrap ribbon to back of So Saffron DSP and tape ends to hold. Adhere the whole thing to the card base.

Now, if my kids will leave me alone for awhile, I'll go make something else!!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Crop Addict's July Monthly Challenge

This month our challenge was to do a layout with a lot of stuff. We had to use 5 different patterned papers, bling, ribbon, staples, handwriting, paint, chipboard, and photos. I'm trying to finish Colton's 1st year book so I made another page for him using the challenge. I really like how it turned out, too! As always, I challenge you to try these items on your next layout. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. We're supposed to use as much stuff as we can but I didn't want to busy up my layout too much.

Oh, BTW...my card was one of the three picked to be voted on in the Demo Planner Challenge so I am glad about that!! My first time being picked too! The card that won is very pretty so congratulations to her!
Supplies: Kraft cardstock (Stampin' Up!); patterned paper (Kaleidoscope by My Mind's Eye); chipboard (Lisa Bearnson's Mega Chipboard Kit); paint (Making Memories); flowers (Prima); ribbon (SU!); chalk (SU!); rhinestone brad-blue (SU!); large crystal rhinestones (The Beadery); mini rhinestones (unknown); foam tape (Miss Elizabeth--Dollar Tree); Glue Dots (Glue Dots International); pop-up glue dots (SU!); staples-green (Making Memories); "precious" staple and Fastenator (EK Success); Chocolate Chip ink pad and Stampin' Write marker (SU!); Chocolate writer (Zig Memory Systems, EK Success); date stamp (Colorbok); liquid glue (Tombow); Diamond Glaze (JudiKins); sewing machine and thread

Saturday, July 21, 2007

New Stamping School Web Site!

Linda Heller is an awesome SU! Demonstrator who has recently been given permission to have a web site full of video tutorials. Her web site is for beginning to advanced stampers alike. To access her web site, just click on the little TV at the bottom of my page elements on the left-side of this page. She has a sample video you can watch on the home page. If you like what you see and want more, you can enroll in her stamping school. It's only $28 for a yearly subscription and is very much worth the price! She has 30 videos on there now and will add to it monthly. The videos are also archived so you can catch up on anything you've missed. I just wanted to pass this along to you so you can add it to your stamping resources!! If you sign up, please let her know I sent you and leave a comment here that you signed up (she has a referral program too! ) Linda is a very talented demonstrator and I really think you'll get a lot from her videos. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!! Happy stamping!!!

Friday, July 20, 2007


I started this layout before we left for Dallas...at least as far as matting my picture and having the paper picked out. But my plan for the title and everything else changed when I actually sat down today to work on it. This was actually supposed to be for a challenge on Crop Addict but I didn't have time to finish it. The challenge was to use only red, white, and blue. The picture was taken the day before Colton's birthday and they were wearing their Cardinal t-shirts so I didn't have to worry about matching a picture to the color scheme. On your next layout, why don't you use only red, white, and blue also and see what you can come up with? Remember...it doesn't have to be 4th of July or patriotic to use those colors. And, if you have pictures you want to use but won't go with the color scheme, either try using variations of the colors or change your photos to black and white. Just have fun with it!

Supplies: white textured cardstock (unknown); blue solid paper (unk.); red patterned paper (My Mind's Eye); foam stamps (Making Memories and Lisa Bearnson); paint (Making Memories and Plaid); hole punch (Crop-a-Dile by We R Memory Keepers); chipboard, silver cord, sanding blocks (Stampin' Up!); printed ribbon (Hobby Lobby); white gel pen (Uni-ball); black pen (EK Success); adhesive (Xyron Cheetah Runner and Glue Dots)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Disappearing Act

Just wanted to let you know that I haven't completely disappeared! We went to Dallas last week for a mini vacation and didn't get back until Thursday. Friday, I thought that I was sick and tired of Ali's room and decided the best way to clean it would be to completely empty and sort as I reloaded it. Well, I got it empty and had the bright idea to go ahead and paint it. So, 6 days later I'm still trying to finish her room!! I'll post pictures when I'm done, hopefully. It is now Green Galore and So Saffron (closest color to describe it with). Her walls are green and her furniture is yellow with green doors and drawers. Now, I just need to find her a loft bed so we can put a desk beneath it so she can have a study area for school. But anyway, my point is that I'm here but just haven't had time to make anything lately. I'll try to get something posted by the weekend though...I need to do something more creative than clean!! : )

Monday, July 9, 2007

July Demo Planner Challenge

It's time for another Demo Planner Challenge Submission. This time I used Unfrogettable...just love that little froggy! I used the sketch and cardstock colors listed in the demo planner. I rolled the Lily Pad wheel using a Basic Black cartridge. I then used markers to color it. I painted the sky with Soft Sky and an aqua painter. The dragonfly's eyes and the frog's eyes are coated with crystal effects to make them stand out more. And I added glitter to the waves, the dragonfly's wings, and the frog's crown. I cut the bug, the frog, and the crown out and attached them with dimensionals. I made the slits with the slit punch and added a couple of So Saffron brads. All the edges are inked with Close to Cocoa. This was a fun card to make. Surprisingly, it really didn't take me that long to come up with it. Here's a challenge for you...take the same sketch and see what you can come up with! Hope you have fun with it!!

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Wow...tagged again!

I was tagged again! This time by Chipper. Her blog is Stamperriffic. I just looked at it and she has a lot of cute stuff on her site (cute kids too!). So I hope you have time to check it out!! I still don't know who to tag...I have so many blogs I like to look at. I really need to update my list but still haven't had time to really mess with it. I've got 7 things listed about me on my post from April 29th. I can't think of 7 more right now. We just got home from a trip to my in-laws. A few hours in the car with three children (4 if you count my hubby) is pretty mind-numbing. If I get a chance, I'll come up with 7 more. Hope everyone had a great weekend!! Until next time...

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Paper Bag Album

Paper bag albums are a lot of fun to make. You can add as many pages as you would like for yours and decorate them however you like for any subject. For this tutorial, I'm just using two so you can have an idea of what to do.

1. You will need two (or however many you like) paper lunch bags. I usually find mine where the zip lock bags are. (Fig. 1)

2. Figure 2 shows you how to line them up...bottom to top. Then, just put one on top of the other one like in Figure 3.

3. Fold the whole thing in half (Fig. 4).

4. To bind it, you have a lot of options. Some of them are to sew them together, punch holes and tie with ribbon, staple it, bind it with a paper fasteners (like you would find on file folders), or even binder rings. Just use your imagination!

Figure 5 shows a finished one I did for my daughter several months ago.

Have fun playing!!

Loads of Love

Yesterday, I was playing around with my Prismacolors and thought the truck would be fun to color with them. I used them with odorless mineral spirits to blend them. Other supplies: Loads of Love and Loads of Love Accessories, Print background, Jet Black Staz-On, Ballet Blue Classic Ink, Going Gray Classic Ink, Very Vanilla cardstock, Ballet Blue cardstock, Pumpkin Pie cardstock, Perfect Layers and craft knife (for mat), Stampin' Dimensionals, aqua painter, blending stump, Mona Lisa odorless mineral spirits, and Prismacolors. Oh, and yes, I know it's a little early for pumpkins but they looked cute! : )

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Thank You!

Just wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone who left comments on my Faux Ribbon Technique! I never thought I'd have hardly anyone ever looking at my blog when I started it and now I'm about to hit 1000 hits! I wish I could do some blog candy for you right now but my hubby has me on a budget for the time being. Maybe by the time it gets close to the next 1000 or 2000, I can do something. But, I did want to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to visit!!

Sunday, July 1, 2007

My Scrap Space

Thought I would share pictures of where I create. I always get inspired by looking at others' spaces so maybe something here will inspire you, too. Scrapbooks, etc. had a contest last fall for re-doing your scrap space and I used that to do my own (I never win those things anyway!). It is definitely a work-in-progress, changing constantly as I try new ideas. Right now, it's half-way clean but won't be by the end of the day. I have other storage that I also use but my kids have wrecked the rest of the room so we won't go there. Hope you enjoy it!

I'm planning on adding a power strip along the backsplash so I don't have to use exension cords anymore. I'm going to put in lighting under the glass cabinet and maybe one in the corner above those shelves. I also saw an idea for using a curtain rod on the wall to store punches so I may be doing that soon too...my punch drawers are over-flowing! If you have any additional ideas, feel free to comment! I love getting organization tips!

Ali-Doodle This Scrapbook Layout

I was watching the latest installment from the Essential Scrapbooking Video Collection and was inspired to use my Watercolor Wonder Crayons. I've had these since we first starting selling them but really haven't used them that much. But now, they are becoming one of my favorite mediums. I used the Doodle This set and Jet Black Staz-On with watercolor paper. After I stamped the images and colored them, I tore the designs out instead of cutting them and added glitter. I attached them to the page using glue dots and Stampin' Dimensionals. The ribbon is the ribbon I used for the example in the Faux Ribbon technique below.
Supplies: Doodle This and Three for You Punch Box; Whisper White Craft Pad, VersaMark pad, Rose Red Classic ink, Jet Black Staz-On; watercolor wonder crayons; Whisper White, Rose Red cardstock and watercolor paper; black pen; mini glue dots; Stampin' Dimensionals; aqua painter; 2-way glue pen; Dazzling Diamonds glitter; bottle cap