Sunday, September 30, 2007

I've been a busy girl....

Thursday, we took the kids to Oklahoma City so we could go to a Day out with Thomas on Friday. I have lots of pictures to scrap from that so I'll get on that pretty soon. I've also got a few more projects done. I'm just posting four of them...the rest are for a workshop I have on Friday night.

Happy Halloween Viewfinder Card

I cased this one from the October 2007 issue of Papercrafts magazine. You can find it on page 101. It's a card by Jessica Witty. I followed her pattern pretty closely, substituting Stampin' Up! products. This was a lot of fun to make!! Thanks for the inspiration Jessica!!

Supplies: All supplies from SU! Bitty Boos Too, All Holidays Stamp Sets; Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White cardstock; Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink; various Stampin' Write markers; 1" circle, key tag, 1/2 circle, 1/8 circle punches; white gel pen; black brad; Whisper White craft ink; cotton ball; pumpkin pie narrow grosgrain ribbon

Pumpkin Box

I found the box pattern on the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator web of the perks of being a demo! This box has a lid but I haven't figured it out yet...I think the pattern is wrong but it may just be me! I cut my pattern out of Only Orange cardstock. I scored all the fold lines and then I stamped my little pumpkin (Bitty Boos Too) with Only Orange Classic ink. Then, I assembled the box. Next, I inked up my other pumpkin image (Batty for You) with Stampin' Write Markers (Only Orange, Close to Cocoa, Glorious Green) and stamped on Whisper White cardstock. I punched it out with a 1 3/8" circle punch. I adhered it to a scrap of Only Orange, centered it in a 1 1/4" circle punch, and punched it out. I punched out a scallop circle from Basic Black and attached the other circle embellishment to the center. I adhered a piece of black gingham ribbon around the box making the ends meet in the center of the front panel and taped them down. I adhered the scallop embellishment over the ribbon ends with Stampin' Dimensionals. Then, I finished it by inking the edges with Only Orange ink...this should've been done after I assembled the box but that's too much forward thinking for me!!

Halloween 6 x 6 Brag Book Page

I made this pretty simple to use as a make-n-take for a workshop. You can probably look at it and figure out how to make it. The stems were stamped and cut out separate and then glued to the tops of the pumpkins. If you have any questions about it, feel free to leave a comment or email me.

Supplies: All from SU! Carved and Candlelit stamp set; Basic Black, Garden Green, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White cardstock; Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa, and Basic Black ink; Basic Black journaler

Happy Birthday Box

The pattern for this is also found on the demonstrator website. The scallop on the flower center is made with the 3/16" corner rounder and dotted with the More Mustard marker.

Supplies: All from SU! Pick a Petal and Stem Sayings stamp sets; Groovy Guava, Summer Sun, Whisper White cardstock; Groovy Guava Classic ink; More Mustard Stampin' Write Marker; Groovy Guava stitched grosgrain ribbon; 3/16" corner rounder; 1" circle punch; mini glue dots; Stampin' Dimensionals; white gel pen

Season of Joy Double Pouch Box

A few stampers were talking about this pouch on Splitcoaststampers and someone posted a link to some instructions for it. They can be found at Her instructions are very easy to follow...and humorous too! I think this was originally done at one of the Stampin' Up! Regional meetings in the last month or so.

Supplies: All from SU! except for where noted: Season of Joy stamp set; Purely Pomegrante, Whisper White cardstock; Holiday Harmoney Designer Series Paper; Purely Pomegranate, Garden Green Classic ink; Rose Red, Garden Green, Summer Sun Stampin' Write markers; Purely Pomegrante stitched grosgrain ribbon; silver brads; Stampin' Dimensionals; snowflake punch; 3/16 corner rounder punch; Crop-a-Dile and snowflake eyelets (We R Memory Keepers)--We sell the Crop a Dile now too but mine is the purple one!!

Well...that's it for now. Hope you enjoyed looking at them!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Happy Halloween Card

I finally got to sit down and play with one of my new Halloween stamp sets. This one is Autumn Apparitions from the Holiday mini catalog (click the catalog link in the sidebar and it will take you to both catalogs). I found my colors using the Color Combo. I knew I wanted to start with Elegant Eggplant so used the Color Combo to find colors to mix with it. I really like how this turned out. I sponged all the cardstock pieces with it's corresponding ink color and then ran the edges along the ink pad to define them more. I can't wait to get started on the rest of my Halloween stamps!!
Supplies (all from SU!): Stamp set (Autumn Apparitions); cardstock (Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Sahara Sand); ink (Basic Black Classic, Jet Black Staz-On, Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Sahara Sand); Always Artichoke eyelets; black gingham ribbon; moss gingham ribbon; sponges; and Stampin' Dimensionals.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Slip N Slide

I printed these pictures when I was working on the October Kit. None of the paper really fit with the pictures so I just held them back. Today, I was looking through some leftovers from past kits and ran across this paper in the June Kit. It was perfect!!

Ali was actually at her grandparents when we broke out the Slip N Slide. Caden had been begging to play with it and had already gotten it out of the box. Brannon hooked it up for them and I grabbed my camera. They wouldn't slide on it...they would just run and stomp on it and "fall" into the pool part. Brannon decided to show them how it was done with a lot of encouragement from me! This was the only picture of the bunch that I was sure he wouldn't kill me for posting! They all had a great time. Coincidentally, both boys started running high fever that night. Guess they were sick at the time but they sure didn't act like it!

I used a Creative Memories wavy trimmer to trim my title paper. The blue paper under the bottom pictures is the leftovers from that. For the title, I used Creating Keepsakes' The Best of Creative Lettering Combo. I just printed it on regular paper and then scribbled all over the back of it with a pencil. Then, I laid it on my paper where I wanted it and traced over the letters. The pencil marks from the back transferred to the paper and I just went over it with a Zig Writer. I do this instead of using tracing paper since I never seem to have any around when I want it.

Supplies: [From Crop Addict June Kit: cardstock (Bazzill); patterned paper (Jack & Jill Collection, Piggy Tales); ribbon slide, photo turn (Jack and Jill Taglets, Piggy Tales); rain dots (Cloud 9); ribbon (May Arts); flower and giggle stickers (Making Memories)] definition stickers (Making Memories); pen (EK Success); ink (Stampin' Up!); font (CK Anything Goes, CK The Best of Creative Lettering Combo)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Last of the October Kit

This is the last of my October kit! I have a few scraps and embellishments left but I just stuck them in my stash to use for other projects.

I can't hardly wait to get started on September's kit now. I had better spend tomorrow cleaning my house though. I think Brannon is starting to feel neglected! Hopefully, I'll still get some scrapping time done. I've also got some new Halloween and Fall stamps in from Stampin' Up! that I can't wait to play with too.

All the paper came from the kit. The flower center on the pink card is a leftover piece of chipboard that I covered with leftover paper and Prima flowers from the kit. I dyed the flower with Cameo Coral and Rose Red Stampin' Write markers from SU! The flower on the second card was cut out from another part of that same piece of paper and just layered on with Stampin' Dimensionals. On the layout, I didn't have enough letters so I just used what was in my stash. The journaling tags are the labels that came with one of my Cropper Hopper paper storage things. I just colored them with chalk ink and wrote on the top of it. I also used the corner stamp from Autumn Apparitions (SU! Holiday mini) for the top corners of my layout. It's hard to see it in the picture though.

I hope you have enjoyed the October kit. Crop Addict will have the kit available for purchase soon. Just keep checking the web site! Be sure and let me know if you need any of the SU! supplies and I'll help you with that. Hope to be back tomorrow! Oh...and thanks for all of you who have left me comments! I do read them and I appreciate them!!

Extra supplies:
Layout: stamps, chalk ink, mustard brads, ribbon (Stampin' Up!); blue brads, date stamp (Making Memories); chipboard bookplate (Ultimate Chipboard Kit,; letters for title (7Gypsies, Making Memories, American Crafts, Scrabble game, EK Success, K & Company, Creative Imaginations, rest unknown); labels (Cropper Hopper); pen (EK Success)
Pink card: stamp, markers, cardstock, pink ink (SU!); distress ink (Ranger); flower (Darice)
Burgundy card: everything outside of the kit from SU!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

And here's another one...

I still have a lot of my Crop Addict kit left so I'm still trying to crank out projects! I'm done with my requirements so maybe this weekend I can actually start playing with the September kit. I had a lot of fun with this layout. I normally don't play with decorative scissors much or use letter stickers and here they both are! I made the backgrounds on the two big pictures black and white using Photoshop Elements. Since Ali was working at the kitchen counter, the picture ended up with a very busy background. I hope you enjoy it!!

Extra supplies (not in kit): pinking shears (Fiskars); buttons, letter stickers (Making Memories); flowers (Darice); large orange brad (Close to My Heart); pumpkin and boo brad buddies (Hot Off of the Press); Scrapper's Floss (Karen Foster Design); and journaling pen (EK Success).

Chipboard Treat Box

I found this project on awhile back and just adapted it. Taylor Van Bruggen (Taylored Expressions) did the tutorial on there. It's a fun box to make!

You will need the following items to make it:

5 chipboard squares (the same size). I used Bazzill for mine.
Patterned paper--here, BasicGrey's Stella Ruby from Crop Addict's Oct kit
paint that coordinates with paper--Making Memories
Mod Podge
sanding block
distress ink
eyelet/paper piercing template from Stampin' Up!
coordinating ribbon--Stampin' Up!
glue for box bottom--used Crystal Effects from SU! but can used E-6000 or your favorite adhesive

1. Paint the outside and edges of your chipboard with a color that coordinates with your patterned paper. Let dry and apply a second coat if needed. Chipboard doesn't take very long to dry so this is a short process.

2. Cut patterned paper to the same size as your chipboard square. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to naked part of chipboard and a thin layer to the back of the paper. Make sure to go edge to edge on the chipboard. Don't worry about it with the don't want your paper to warp. Adhere paper to chipboard and let dry.

3. Sand edges of squares until paper is flush with the edges of the chipboard. Apply distress ink to edges.

4. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of paper and let dry. This will seal it.

5. Decide which square you want to be the bottom and set aside.

6. You will need to punch holes in the other four squares to make the sides. On this one, I used 2-inch squares. I lined it up on the template in the part that says "For Small Eyelet Placement"--it fits perfectly. You will need to adjust for bigger squares. Then, along 2 edges, mark your holes. I started mine with the 2nd hole on the template giving me 3 holes on each side. Mark your holes on all 4 squares.

7. Punch holes using the Crop-a-Dile. You can use an anywhere hole punch but the Crop-a-Dile punches through a lot faster and easier.

8. Tie squares together. You can even sew them together with ribbon or other fiber.

9. Glue bottom of box on with Crystal Effects or E-6000. Let dry.

10. Finish by embellishing if you want, fill with a treat, and give away (or keep!).

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Best Friends

This layout actually started out as my project for Crop Addict. The chipboard flower was supposed to be a picture frame. I painted and crackled a couple of leftover stamp blocks (from when I went unmounted) and was going to attach the flower somehow. Then, I decided to make it an earring tree. I punched my holes and set my eyelets...two to a petal...and mod podged my paper to the front. I attached a hinge to the back that was screwed into the wood blocks. Didn't like now it's a clock on a layout! So now I have 5 layouts and no project but I'm still trying! I've got something else in mind so we'll see how it goes. As has been usual lately, everything is from Crop Addict's October Kit except for a few things: Mod Podge; eyelets, chocolate ribbon, and chocolate marker (outline letters) from Stampin' Up!; paint from Making Memories; and the other chocolate marker (journaling) from EK Success. Oh, and I sanded my journaling block a little so the journaling would be clearer.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


I made this layout with some more of the October kit from Crop Addict. I just planted this rosebush last year and these are a couple of the roses coming off of it. Roses and daffodils have always been my favorite flowers. In fact, Ali's middle name is Rose...Daffodil wouldn't really go with her name! : ) Every year I take pictures of my flowers. These are two of my favorite pictures from the batch I took last September. The only extras I added to the kit for this was rub-ons from Basic Grey and ribbon from Stampin' Up! (the ribbon is grosgrain that I frayed). Everything else came from the kit and I still have a lot left to play with!! I can't wait to show you my project I'm making...just have to finish it! Until next time....

Monday, September 17, 2007

Crop Addict's October Kit

I received my October kit from Crop Addict last Thursday. The box also included September's kit and my prize from the July challenge I was telling you about. The prize was a BUNCH of paper from Three Bugs in a Rug! Yall know how I love patterned paper so I was stoked!! I haven't played with my September kit yet. I have to do 4 layouts and a project with the October one first since I'm a guest designer so I've really been working on that. I'm in the process of doing my project and I have 3 layouts done already.

This is the first one I did. Ali's Brownie troop went to Wild Things Farm last year for a field trip. I think the paper was perfect for this. All of the paper, ribbon, and flowers came from the kit. The stuff I added is a charm from Nunn Design, ink from Bazzill, date stamp from Colorbok, skeleton leaves from Stampin' Up!, letter stickers from Polar Bear Press, and the tab punch from McGill. My journaling is on a card with the tab under the big picture on the first page of the layout. I also wanted to include all the pictures I could so I printed them out as a contact sheet and trimmed around them.

This is the second layout I made and really my favorite one. I really love Basic Grey's collections and we've been getting a lot of paper from them lately. Insert BIG smiley face!!! Once again, most things came from the kit but I added a few from my own stash also. The slide mounts are from Design Originals, distress ink from Ranger, chocolate marker from EK Success, some ribbon from Hobby Lobby, the corner rounder, sanding block, Hodgepodge Hardware, stamps, chocolate craft ink, and dimensional adhesive from SU!, and the Crop-a-Dile tool from We R Memory Keepers (to punch out the center of the clock). My journaling is also on a tag under the main photo.

And, this is my third one. The popsicle stick was included to use with the rub-ons but it kept saying "stamp me" so I did! Pretty much everything is from the kit on this one too. Extras: stamps from Close to my Heart (shhhh...don't tell!); ink, eyelets, beads, copper cord, and glue dots from SU!; rub-on from Basic Grey; journaling pen from EK Success; copper swirl clip-unknown; and a piece of Velcro to hold the folder shut. My journaling is written on the inside of the folder.

I hope you enjoyed these! I'll post the other projects as I finish them. TFL!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

September Demo Planner Challenge

It's time for another Demo Planner Challenge! I missed August with school starting and everything else going on, so I was ready to jump into another one! I used Looks Like Spring for my stamp set. In fact, I think I used just about every stamp in the set except for the friend tag one. The cardbase is Always Artichoke with the edges inked with Always Artichoke ink. I then cut a piece of Bordering Blue and stamped the argyle stamp with Bordering Blue ink. The argyle outline was then stamped with Night of Navy. I distressed the edges with the cutter kit and then inked them with Bordering Blue. The next piece is Mellow Moss stamped with the flower trio with the same color ink. The edges are also distressed and inked. I cut a piece of Always Artichoke and tore the top and bottom and distress the sides and inked them. The small flower is stamped on it with Always Artichoke. The top piece is Whisper White with the edges torn and inked with Bordering Blue. I inked the large flower stamp with Bordering Blue and then took a Night of Navy marker and shaded it from the center out and stamped it in the center. I reinked it and shaded it and stamped it again on another piece of Whisper White and cut it out. I bent the petals to make it fluff and used mini-glue dots to attach it the center of the first flower moving the petals to fill in the spaces left by the first flower. I tied a piece of natural hemp to a Night of Navy button and attached it to the center with mini-glue dots. I adhered the layers together and "sewed" them with hemp and attached to the cardfront with Stampin' Dimensionals. Oh and the background on the Whisper White piece was done by watercoloring Always Artichoke all around the flower. When I did this, some of the blue was picked up and made a few purple highlights which was unexpected but I loved! I also swiped my ink pad across the pieces before adhering them together. Hope you enjoy!

All supplies from Stampin' Up!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

I WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! I won Crop Addict's Guest Design Team contest! Yay! I'm so excited. This is the biggest thing in scrapbooking I've ever won. YIPPPEEEEE!!!!! Ok...I'm done for now! :)

It's a Lovely World

In July our family went to Dallas for a little mini-vacation. On our way home, we stopped at Allen and shopped at the outlet mall. While there, I bought Ali a shirt that ended up being the inspiration for this page.

I used Very Vanilla for my background page and I stamped flowers from Looks Like Spring and Love It (retired) in Groovy Guava and Creamy Caramel. The bigger flowers are from Big Blooms (retired) and Looks Like Spring. I cut the bigger flowers out and a couple of the smaller ones and attached with foam tape. I freehand cut the stems and leaves out of Wild Wasabi and sewed them in place on my background. I stamped my title with Whimsey Alphabet Lower (retired). "Lovely" was stamped on watercolor paper with Creamy Caramel and torn out around the edges and inked with Groovy Guava. It was attached with foam tape also. "It's a world" was stamped directly on the background with Groovy Guava and outlined with a Close to Cocoa marker to make it stand out from all the flowers. I added mini rhinestones to the centers of some of the small flowers and used pearls from the new Pretties Kit for the bigger flowers. The photo mats are also torn watercolor paper inked with Groovy Guava. They are attached with foam tape and the photos are also.

The colors of the layout just screamed for sepia-colored photos. I picked the photos I wanted and then edited them using Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0. I cropped my photos to the size I wanted. Then, I opened up Levels>Hue/Saturation. I moved the Saturation slider all the way to the left. I checked the Colorize box and that instantly changed it to a sepia look. I wanted more of a sepia tone so I changed the Hue to 23 (it was 16 before). It wasn't a huge change but just enough. Then, I just flattened my layers, saved, and printed.

I got a little flower happy but I still like the way it turned out. Hope you do too! See what can inspire you next time you are working on a layout. You may just be surprised what you can do!

Supplies: stamps, cardstock, ink, markers, pearls (Stampin' Up!); watercolor paper (Hunt Corporation); mini-rhinestones (unknown); foam tape (Miss Elizabeth's); sewing machine and thread

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Finally...Stamp Camp Projects!

I have finally finished all of my projects and taken pictures so now I can share them with you. These are the projects that we will be doing at my Holiday Stamp Camp tomorrow. The box and the gift card holder are from, the planner from, and the card from one of Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Success magazines. The calendar is actually my own creation. I made them with the Bind-it-All. Just love that little blue guy!! My calendar is still a work in progress but this is what it is looking like anyway. I hope you enjoy them!