Monday, May 31, 2010
I have heard from lots of people that are concerned about putting bling on masculine cards and layouts. These rhinestones are from Basic Grey and are perfectly masculine. Around my house, they are known as boy bling!
Don't let Father's Day sneak up on you~~get busy and make those special men in your life their cards before you forget!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Happy Holiday weekend! Hopefully you are getting some much needed rest and relaxation. I also hope you are getting some much needed scrappy time! If you are here is a sketch for you to try! It allow lots of room for pictures as well as lots of journaling! Can't wait to see what you create.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Gold Detail. If you grab some card and pat it with the Gold Acrylic Dabber and then shake Gold embossing powder over the top ... once heated you are left with a really lovely textured vintage look ... trust me! No one will believe it started life as a piece of white card.
So ... don't leave me in suspense ... What are your favourite things?
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Thanks for stopping by!
Remember, we also have a May Scraplift Challenge in progress.... it's not too late to play along! Check out the details HERE!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Summer is coming, and here in Florida so many people are wearing cute little sundresses. I thought that would be a great embellishment for a friendship card. Of course I will show you how to make them yourself! Depending on the size of your scallopped circle, you could use this to embellish a layout, card, or almost anything you desire. Get out your scallopped circles and start sizzling!
First, I decided to use some more of our friend Nikki Sivils Willow Bee papers. I adore sunflowers, and thought that pattern would make a cute little dress. I used my die cut machine to make 3 scallopped circles. If you don't have a machine that does this, you can purchase pre-cut scallopped circles in chipboard or maybe even patterned paper. Or...you can even use one of those doilies that are showing up everywhere!
I made 1 circle out of patterned paper (that will be for the dress itself) and 2 out of complementing cardstock for the ruffles.
Next, I took the patterned paper and transformed it into a sundress. To do this, count off 4 scallops for the neckline and 10 scallops for the hem.
Make a template using cardstock first, and save that for future reference. It isn't hard, but you know how finicky we are about having things just so!
To pump up the cuteness factor, trim the cardstock scallopped circles to make ruffles for the hem of the dress. You can use as many layers as you like.
I added a sash at the waist before adhering it to my friendship card. I just love this sentiment. It exemplifies true friendship!
Hope you are inspired today!!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
kit ... as well as the stamps ... so what are you waiting for? Oh ... there are instructions on how to make this card and five other's too! And if you make all six ... there is still plenty of stash left over to make a few of your own and all for only $15.00! Cool huh?
I hope you all have a fab weekend ... I am off for a crafty retreat ... work of course ... but I bet we manage to have a whole lot of fun too :0)
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I wanted to pass the site on to you so you can download the tutorials for yourself and they're free!!
Check them out! TUTORIALS BY TAMMY
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I stamped the sentiment onto cardstock that I had cut into this fun shape...the flowers were stamped onto a piece of transparency and colored with Sharpie Mark It markers.
I hope you'll take a peek at these stamp sets from Stampendous!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Step #1--drizzle some rubber cement in a random pattern on top of your glossy cardstock. I am using a 4x6 sheet of photo paper here.
Let the rubber cement dry before proceeding to the next step (tick~tock)
Step #2--use your felt pad or dauber to apply ink to the entire sheet of glossy cardstock...go right over the rubber cement!
This is how it looks now :)
Step #3--use an adhesive remover to pull up the rubber cement. You can try using your fingers to rub it off, but if you rub too much you will get a blister (ask me how I know this, I dare ya!)
GUESS WHAT~~??? Your sheet of cardstock is now ready to be used!!!! You can use this for a photo mat on a layout, or a mat for an image for a card.
Here is a card that I made using an adorable stamp from Penny Black called CHEERS! (isn't she just moooo--velous?), patterned paper from Nikki Sivils Willow Bee collection, and a muddy brown cardstock. I was trying to be witty so I wrote my own sentiment.
My middle son graduated from High School on Friday, and he will be using cards like this a thank you notes!!!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
For this Card I wanted to create a simple card with black on turquoise. The butterfly is a Class A Peel . Be sure to check out these stamps. Just think of the possibilities.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
If space is limited, and you don't have a ton of buttons, you could go with my personal choice for button storage. I just throw them all in an old silver dish that a friend bought for me in Mexico. I love this piece, and I leave it sitting out beside my sewing machine. I love to just dip my hand into it and dig for that perfect button. I know it isn't necessarily “organized”, but it works for me.
Maybe you have plenty of space, and if you have a lot of buttons, these plastic containers with compartments are very functional. If you would like something more compact, small metal tins work perfect and can be easily stacked to save space.
If you are looking for something more decorative, fun jars might be what you need. You can get all shapes and sizes based on your space and how many buttons you have.
One of my favorite button storage ideas is the converted spice rack! It is functional, decorative, and a space saver!
The possibilities are endless with button storage! Have fun with it and happy scrapping!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
For my card, I used Le Plume markers to watercolor my image.... you scribble the ink from the marker onto a slick surface (such as a butter lid) and then lift the color with a wet paintbrush...this gives you a great amount of control over the color and allows you to create a more translucent look.
I hope you'll consider picking up a small Stampendous image and creating some warm greetings for a friend.
Monday, May 10, 2010
This stamp comes along with the icon for courage. My future daughter-in-law has a birthday this week, and I made this into a card for her. The papers are from the June 2009 KNK kit and are from 7 Gypsies. I stamped her then added some glitter to the bamboo leaves to give her a bit of bling! She looks fabulous in real life.
I hope you enjoy the photo of my son Dave and his fiancee---Happy birthday Jenna!!!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
I have made this card with plain white card stock, I then blended Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick to colour. I used the Stampendous Agapanthus set stamped in Coffee Archival ink and then stamped the sentiment in Jet Black Archival to make it pop slightly. I matted the card onto simple Brown card stock and added a Jenni Bowlin butterfly. The butterfly was tinted slightly using Spiced Marmalade Distress ink.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
And oh yes, I need to announce the winner of the sketch contest for April! Thanks to Laura for playing along, here's her winning layout! I love those black and white photos, they compliment her chosen paper just perfectly. Great work Laura!
Laura, your prize will be in the mail to you this week :) Keep on the lookout for another sketch contest, I'll be posting one soon!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Friday is bring in a note to your teacher...so we created cards using this wonderful Stampendous April Showers Flowers Perfectly Clear Stamp set.
The girls are so excited to write special notes inside; which I made them wait until I snapped a photo of each. I hope the teachers like the cards this year...I know I am so very thankful for all their hard work and dedication to the students in their classrooms.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
My second layout for today included items from the add-on kit and items that are available in the shopping mall. Again, there are the cork buttons from the add-on kit. Items for purchase from the mall are the chipboard letters/numbers, the flip notes, the Jenni Bowlin buttons, the Pink Paislee Bella brads, and the Borderlines Clear Stickers. I totally recommend buying every last one of these items. Actually...at least 2 of the chipboard letters/numbers...you will fall in LOVE with them!
I hope that you enjoy these items as much as i did!