Friday, April 30, 2010

Stamped Project #8

Someone shared the tutorial for making this flower over on the old AC Bailey message board, and I had to try it! (By the way - the board is still going, and we'd love to have more people join us, so click on over and start gabbing any time!)

So I decided to use a stamped flower image instead of my scalloped circle, and I am loving the results! Not sure yet what I'll use the flower on, but I'll be sure to post when I do.

Supplies used: White cardstock, My Mind's Eye stamp, CTMH Sunflower ink, paper crimper

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Stamped Project #7

Here's another Dimensional Details class assignment. I'm finding it so much easier to create cards instead of layouts for this class. I think it's because all my photos are STILL in such disarray, the thought of digging through to find the perfect one for a layout is overwhelming. With cards, I can just choose a sentiment and put it in place of the photo.

The lesson for this was creating your own backgrounds. We stacked strips of patterned paper, then practiced masking. It's really hard to see in the photo, but I cut out a leaf shape with the Cricut and laid it in the lower left corner of the card front, then sprayed over it with Perfect Pearls mixed with water. It's very subtle, and the color is fairly close to that in the patterned papers, so it doesn't show up very well. Again, it's not perfect, but I'm learning as I go, and will play with this technique some more. I'll get it right at some point.

Supplies used: Kraft cardstock, white cardstock, My Mind's Eye patterned papers, Studio G $1 stamp, Brown Stazon ink, flowers and bling from my stash

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Stamped Project #6

This is a lift of a card on the cover of the January/February PaperCrafts magazine. I loved the simplicity of it, and wanted to make my own version, with colors I love to play with - I always seem drawn to green and blue.

This is another project that uses THREE of my stamp sets - go me! I'm starting to feel on a roll now! I picked up a Stampendous background stamp set not long ago at Hobby Lobby, with all kinds of grand ideas in mind, but this is the first project I've ever actually USED one of them on. You can see the white design on the kraft background. The other is the white flourish - that's a CTMH set I've had for quite some while. And, of course, the greeting. I will say, that American Crafts set has seen quite a bit of use, both for my personal projects and for some class projects as well. I love the designs, just wish the stamps were "clingier."

At any rate, I love how this card came out. I'm actually thinking of making a whole set of them.

Supplies used: Kraft cardstock, patterned paper from an old AC Bailey KOTM (May ???), Stampendous Background Stamp, CTMH Playful Flourishes flourish stamp, American Crafts Sentiments stamp, Apple Barrel white acrylic paint, Black Stazon ink, button, ribbon, and twine from my stash

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Stamped Project #5

Woohoo! This project actually used THREE of my stamp sets! This was a bonus project from Week 2 of Dimensional Details, in which we learned this stamp and resist technique. First, I stamped the flourish onto the tag with white acrylic paint. After it dried, I sponged on some blue and yellow distress inks. Next, I added the three little stamped designs over on the right. Finally, I cut a smaller rectangle to stamp my sentiment onto, followed the same procedure for inking it, and added the sentiment. Now my fingers are inky, and my soul is satisfied. I can't stop staring at it - I think it's lovely!

By the way, you can download the tag template here: Red Castle Shipping Tags. You can make them any size (mine are 2.687 x 4.687), and there are even different shapes to choose from. Cool little FREE software.

Supplies used: Apple Barrel white acrylic paint, Ranger Broken China Distress Ink, Ranger Old Paper Distress Ink, Black Stazon Ink, Autumn Leaves flourish stamp, CTMH On My Mind emblem stamp, inspirational stamp from my stash, white shipping tag, lace ribbon from my stash

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Stamped Project #4a

Although this is technically my fifth project this week, I can't officially call it that, because I didn't use a stamp from a new stamp set. I sort of got enamored with my new Love in Return set, and I really wanted to use this one for my card swap cards. (I attend a monthly card swap hosted by Michelle Cline - so fun!)

This could have easily been a "one sheet wonder" or "sheetload" type of card. The blue background pieces is 3 x 4, so you can get 12 out of a 12 x 12 sheet of paper. The patterned paper strips are 3 1/4 x 3/4, so you could easily get them from one sheet of double-sided paper, and by using both patterns could duplicate this look. I made 12 of them in about 30 minutes, and I'm all set for tomorrow night's swap!

Supplies used: Kraft cardstock, BoBunny double dot cardstock in blueberry, patterned papers from BoBunny's Mamarazzi line, cream cardstock, Love in Return stamp image from {ippity}, Fiskars 2" circle punch, CTMH Outdoor Denim ink, and Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Stamped Project #4

I got a new stamp set today! And I've got more on order... (Kinda makes my whole "use each of the stamps sets you own" project seem a little like shoveling snow in a blizzard, I know!) It's the {ippity} Love in Return stamp set (I've just signed up to be an {ippity} chick, and I'm so excited!), and I just love it! I will be able to get a good variety of projects from it, which to me is the mark of a really good set.

For this project, I decided to kill 2 birds with one stone and complete another of my Dimensional Details class assignments. This is the Week 1 assignment, which deals with a paper curling technique. See the edges of the background paper and the circle? They were treated with this technique. Basically, you wet the edges really well with water and then, while they're wet, you manipulate them with your fingers to get this nice curled effect. Then ink with distress inks, and you've got a great, dimensional look.

I love the look of the BoBunny Mamarazzi papers for this card - the muted colors really work well together to set the tone for the message of the card, would you agree?

Supplies used: Kraft Cardstock, patterned papers from the BoBunny Mamarazzi line, Love in Return stamp set from {ippity}, brown Staz-on ink, and my beloved Coluzzle circle template

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

St. Jude Charity Crop

I am so excited to announce the details of the St. Jude Charity Crop. The crop will be held on Saturday, May 22, from 9 am to 5 pm, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Minden. The crop fee is $20. Included in this fee are snacks, lunch, a goody bag, and a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. There will be raffles and silent auctions to raise additional fund for St. Jude. Registration is open, and all registrations will need to be prepaid.

We welcome additional donations of items for the raffle and/or silent auction. Any monetary donations given over and above the crop fee will go directly to St. Jude.

To register, simply fill out the form below and click Submit. Sign up today! (scroll down a little ways)

Scrappin' for St. Jude's

Stamped Project #3

This is almost a direct scraplift of a card I saw and loved in the new CTMH idea book. The stamp set, however, is just one I picked up a while ago from Oriental Trading. It's simple, but cute, I think. It could work for a boy's birthday card (they're so hard to find cards for!)

Supplies used: Kraft cardstock, cream cardstock from my stash, patterned paper from Kaiser's Mumma Bushka line, Oriental Trading Stamp set, CTMH Juniper Ink, and my beloved Coluzzle circle template

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Quick Share

Liz left a comment yesterday asking for the tent file. While I'm not knowledgeable enough yet to save it as an SVG, I can share it as a Make the Cut file. So here it is. I've taken the liberty of separating the tent into layers already, to make it a little simpler. If you'd rather have it all as one, just let me know.

MTC Tent in Layers

Stamped Project #2

This layout is actually a class assignment for Dimensional Details, the latest class I'm taking at Big Picture Scrapbooking. (I must say, I'm getting rather addicted to these classes!)

This would be the pre-class assignment. Yes, that's right, the pre-class assignment. Despite the fact that the rest of the class will move onto Week 4 on Thursday. I am NOT in the accelerated group. Obviously.

The assignment was to pledge to ourselves to have fun with the class and to experiment and play - basically to accept that there are no rules to scrapbooking. I'm all about that! (Notice the printed background - it was actually a digital download that came with the class specifically for this assignment. Cool, huh?)

Can you see the stamped part? Maybe not...the photo is not that great, and...well, honestly, my stamping technique was not that great. But I'm learning, right? I actually used a CTMH background stamp to add a little something to the title letters, "play." See it now?

The title itself was cut with my Cricut using Make the Cut software. The font is Book Antiqua, and the cut is actually the shadow of the letters. The green vine was a free SVG file I found and thought it would be absolutely perfect for this page.

Supplies used: Bazzill cardstock, Barkley, patterned papers from Three Bugs in a Rug's Simple Pleasures line, flowers are Prima Sprites. Green vine cardstock and buttons from my stash. Stamp set: Spot On Backgrounds, Close to My Heart

Monday, April 19, 2010

Stamped Project #1

I created this as a logo for a very exciting event that you'll be hearing lots more about very soon. The stamp set is one of the Studio G $1 alphabet sets. I made the tent, scissors, and frame using my Cricut and Make the Cut software. The tent pattern was a coloring book page that the software converted to a cut file. Same thing with the frame - how cool is that? The moon was created by punching a circle out of cream colored cardstock, then punching it again with the same circle punch to create the crescent shape.
Supplies used: Bazzill cardstock-Starmist, Patterned paper, kraft cardstock, blue cardstock, cream cardstock, gold cardstock, and dark green cardstock all from my stash. Zing silver glitter embossing powder (on scissors), Studio G stamps, Make the Cut software.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Me and My Stamps!

I can remember when I first engaged in this scrapbooking hobby, I was very worried about the expense. At the time, I was a stay-at-home mom and watched all our pennies very carefully. I remember making myself the promise that I would never cross over to "the dark side," into rubber stamping. Because I KNEW that if I did, I would become addicted and the temptation to spend our hard-earned dollars would be even greater.

I got involved in attending monthly workshops provided by Tammi Mixon, who is a consultant for Close to My Heart. I told her the same thing, "Oh, I don't intend to get into stamping..." She just wisely nodded and said, "I understand."

Well, here I am, about 10 years into this, and my stamp collection is, in my estimation, enormous (although, I *have* seen bigger...much bigger)! Each of my stamp sets was bought with a specific project in mind. Well, except for the $1 stamp sets. Let's face it, those I bought because...well...they were $1!

And since many of those well-intended projects have never seen the light of day, and since most of my stamp sets have never even been inked, I've decided to do a little challenge with myself. For the next - however many days/weeks/months it takes - I am going to use at least one stamp from each of my stamp sets. Yes, even the football one. And the Disney one.

My goal is to create 5 new projects per week: tags, cards, altered items, and/or scrapbook pages, take a picture of each one, and post it to the blog. Who knows? Perhaps I'll even include a few tutorials along the way!

So, what's in your stash that you'd love to see getting used? Perhaps it's patterned paper, or better yet, patterned paper SCRAPS. Maybe you're in the same boat as me, and you've got tons of stamps just begging to be inked. Whatever it is, feel free to join me in the challenge to use what you've got, be creative, and get some projects done!

Friday, April 16, 2010

MemoryWorks Express Kits

Just a quick note to say that the April kit is now on sale - get 'em while you can (call or email me today)!

And also to share a quick sneak peek at May's kit, Garden Party:

Looks promising, no?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

MemoryWorks Clearance!

Have you checked out the MemoryWorks store lately? If you haven't, you should! There are tons of great items marked down to clearance prices to make room for all the awesome new goodies in the Spring catalog.

Things like these 7 Gypsies chipboard alpha stickers marked down to just $4.00 -

And the Beloved theme set from My Mind's Eye for only $5.43 -

How about Maya Road Maya Mist in black and silver for only $9.45 -

Don't know what to do with it? Let's talk!

Or Basic Grey's Nook and Pantry rub-ons marked down to $5.60 -

So cute! I'm snagging some for a recipe binder project I'll be undertaking this summer.

These ZVA jewel flowers tickle my fancy for only $1.40 -

There are heaps of great deals like these just waiting to be grabbed in the Clearance section of the store. Head on over there now, and email or call me if you'd like to order. I'll be placing an order around 4:00 tomorrow (Friday, April 16), so if you'd like to share shipping costs - let me know ASAP!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Simple Stories for A Week in the Life

Any Ali Edwards blog followers out there? If you do follow her blog, you already know about her Week in the Life project, slated to begin next Monday, April 19. If you're not familiar with this concept, you can read all about it here: Ali's Blog.

What I want to share with you today is how MemoryWorks' new Simple Stories line is a perfect complement for a project like Week in the Life.

The Simple Stories Life Documented kit has all the components you'll need: patterned paper, journaling cards and tags, stickers, all in a beautiful, universal color scheme that goes great with any photos.

Rounding it out are the divided page protectors. The elements in the it are sized especially to fit with the sections in these unique page protectors, making your job of documenting...well...simple!
So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a Simple Stories kit, charge up your camera batteries, and get ready for a great adventure! Are you in? I am!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

April MemoryWorks Express Kit - Strawberry Kisses

Have you checked out this month's Express Kit? It is gorgeous, and jam-packed with all kinds of brand-new Spring-inspired goodies!

Just look at this list of items! At 29.99, it's a steal of a deal!

To see some awesome ideas and sketches using this month's Express kit, click here: April Idea Express

Patterned Paper
1 12x12 Strawberry Kisses Cupcake Paper (Prima)
1 12x12 Strawberry Kisses Cherry Blossom Paper (Prima)
1 12x12 Strawberry Kisses Daydream Paper (Prima)
1 12x12 Strawberry Kisses Berry Splash Paper (Prima)
1 12x12 Strawberry Kisses Apricot Tree Paper (Prima)
1 12x12 Strawberry Kisses Raspberry Lemonade Paper (Prima)

Solid Cardstock
1 12x12 Leaf (American Crafts)
1 12x12 Chestnut (American Crafts)
1 12x12 Vanilla (American Crafts)
1 12x12 Cranberry (American Crafts)

1 12x12 Strawberry Kisses Glitter Shapes and Alphabet Stickers (Prima)
1 6x6 Chocolate Chip Chipboard Album (Basic Grey)
ATC Parenthesis Stamp (7 Gypsies)
10 Strawberry Kisses Paper Flower Layers - Assorted Sizes and Patterns (Prima)
1 Strawberry Kisses Dimensional Paper Flower - Assorted Patterns (Prima)
2 Strawberry Kisses Pebbles (Prima)
8 Neutral Brown Buttons - Assorted Colors & Sizes (American Crafts)
1 Brown Embellished Butterfly - Assorted Designs (Jenni Bowlin)
1 Brown Mini Bingo Card (Jenni Bowlin)
1 Yard 1/2" Oatmeal Dot Ribbon (Creative Impressions)
1 Yard 1/2" Brown Dot Ribbon (Creative Impressions)
1 Yard Gathered Carnation Ribbon (American Crafts)

Bonus Cards
1 6x6 Leaf (American Crafts)
1 6x6 Chestnut (American Crafts)
1 6x6 Vanilla (American Crafts)
1 6x6 Cranberry (American Crafts)
4 61/2x61/2 Natural Envelopes


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