Saturday, December 18, 2010

Clear Scraps Holiday Blog Hop and StazOn


I used 2 of my favorite Clear Scraps Items
 Christmas Ornament & Slides

I also wanted to go out of the norm and do a card that didn't use Traditional Colors
So what do ya think???

  • I embossed both pieces with my embossing folders
  • I then removed the clear coating
  • I used StazOn (it's my go to ink and trusted in for Acrylic) Black and Metallic gold and inked the back of my pieces
  • On the Black frame I also used Viva Pearl White to embellish my embossed dots
  • On the Ornament I inked the embossed image with StazOn Metallic Copper then embellished it  with Glitter
  • Cardstock is Core'dinations
  • Ribbon is May Arts

Now your on your way to the one and only quirky and funky Pinky.  She is a good friend and oh so talented.

Be sure to leave a comment on all the blogs for a chance at an amazing prize.
What is that prize you might be wondering... 
It's a pick your own prize package worth $20-$25
I know what I would pick do you???

Thanks for stopping by and once again your on your way to Pinky's Blog

Happy Crafting

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Paper and a Cricut... Plus a Giveaway

I love saving my holiday papers that I don't use from the years before and I am also one to shop for Christmas paper after the holiday.  I even buy Christmas paper in Feb. when stores clearance it out.. You are probably wondering why....  Well every year I make these fab little boxes for my kids to take to school to pass out to friends, teachers ect.


So you are probably wondering how I made these... Well today is your lucky day because with it being the sharing and giving time of the year.  I figured I would share how these little goody boxes are made..

things you will need...
Cricut
Wild Card Cartridge
Pattern paper
Hambly transparencies
ribbon
embellishments
good sticky tape

Cutting your box on the Cricut is so easy...  Load up your pattern paper and select 5 1/2 for your size make sure you have real dial size on and also turn on the fill page.  You will only get 2 boxes per 12x12 pattern paper.  I also like to use the heavier cardstock pattern paper.  

Once your done cutting out all your boxes with your cricut punch some fun shapes from the scraps left over or what ever scraps you have.  I also take some other papers and cut out trees, snow flakes etc.  Embellish your embellishments with glitter if you like. 

Now it's time to assemble your boxes.  I like to use a good sticky tape like Scor Tape (by Scor-pal) google it and you will be amazed.  I use this to assemble my boxes.  It goes quicker if you fold all your parts on the boxes first and then I apply tape to all of them and then assemble them.

I cut my Hambly transparencies bigger then the window and apply with Scor tape also (you can also do this step before assembling your boxes which ever way works best for you.)

Once done with all of them I fill my boxes with candies.  I like to get the flatter pieces of candy like the Hershey's bit size candy bars.  I also find some small little chocolate balls and Santa and snowman football shaped candies at Walgreens by Palmer in 2oz bags (it's the only store I have been able to find them at and they are usually 2 for a $1)  I put 2 of each of these in the boxes and Palmer makes some other "flat" chocolate candies as well that I love to use like mini crisp kringles, cookies in cream, Andes Candies (original ones or the others are to big) small candy canes etc.

 When you are done filling the boxes use a ribbon to wrap around and tie in a bow (this helps keep your box from opening and spilling out your candy)  Now embellish if you like.

I also make these for the kids to pass out on Valentines day.

Today there is a fab Giveaway on the Clear Scraps Blog.  Be sure to leave a comment on the Clear Scraps blog etc for a chance to win.... It's a fab prize  Also tomorrow we are doing a Clear Scraps blog hop so be sure to check it out as there are gonna be some fab cards and tags.

Till tomorrow....  Happy Crafting

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Friday, December 10, 2010

This week at Get Sketchy we are using sketch #68 as our inspiration.  I love this sketch for a few different reasons.  1. It's a great sketch for flipping and turning etc. 2. It's a great sketch for anyone just starting out using sketches.    This week I made 2 different cards using this sketch.   

Here are my takes on the sketch..

Products used:
Kaiser Crafts pattern paper
Kraft cardstock
Vintage lace
Gift tag
flower
Pearl

On my second one I turned it into a gift card holder to hang on my Christmas Tree.  I just love the home made feel of these and they look great hanging from the tree.   Keep on reading for step by step instructions on how to make these.  These are so easy to make that you will find yourself making several...  










Products used:
Pattern paper is from JoAnns
Bazzill Cardstock 
Kraft Cardstock
Inkadinkado stamp
VersaMagic ink in Hint of pesto
clear embossing powder
Stickles in Christmas Red
Distress inks in Fired brick and Old paper
Making Memories loopy ribbon
Hemp cord from JoAnns
Eyelets 

Instructions 
  1. trim cardstock to 4 1/4 x 7 and fold in half with the folded side at the bottom and glue on both sides leaving the top open
  2. trim pattern paper to 4 1/4 x 3 1/2
  3. stamp image on left corner
  4. emboss
  5. Ink edges of pattern paper and adhere to the front of your gift card holder
  6. Adhere ribbon to the bottom of your card
  7. Cut out Christmas tree (I used my Christmas Cheer Cricut cartridge)
  8. ink edges of tree and place on your card ( I used foam tape to pop my tree up a bit)
  9. Punch your holes on top and add eyelets to them
  10. run your cord,ribbon etc through them and tie a bow
  11. Hang them in your tree, with a stocking etc.
This will make a great teacher gift with a Starbucks etc card inside.

Here is this weeks Get Sketchy Sketch

Be sure to join in on this weeks sketch for a chance to win some amazing digi images from Michelle Perkett's Etsy Shop.  Be sure to check out the other designers takes on the sketch and remember to get your cards linked up before Next Friday Dec 17th at Get Sketchy.
 
Till next time.  Happy Crafting.

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Friday, December 03, 2010

Get Sketchy #67

This week at Get Sketchy we are using sketch #67 as our inspiration.  Once again I just love the sketch and with Christmas just around the corner I had to point out that the big day is almost here. lol  I also used up some older papers on this one.  The pattern paper is from We R Memory Keepers last years Christmas Collection. 

Here is my take on the sketch

 Products used:
Bazzill Cardstock
We R Memory Keepers Pattern paper
Snow Writer 
Clear Button
May Arts ribbon
Glossy Accents

Here is this weeks Get Sketchy sketch


If you love Prima then be sure to join in this weeks sketch for a chance to win some Prima goodies.  Be sure to check out the other designers takes on the sketch and remember to get your cards linked up before Next Friday Dec 10th at Get Sketchy.

I'll be back soon with a few new projects.  Things here at home have gone out of control and I am hoping that next week things will calm down. lol 

Hugs

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Get Sketchy #66

This week at Get Sketchy we are using sketch #66 as our inspiration.  I simply adore the sketch and with all the snow we have been getting I just couldn't help but use snowflakes on my card.

Here is my take on the sketch

Products used:
Kraft Cardstock
Jenny Bowlin deco paper
recollections epoxy snowflakes
Queen and Company Pearls
Elle Studios sentiment
red ribbon

Here is this weeks Get Sketchy Sketch

This week Get Sketchy is give the winner a $20 Gift Certificate to a store of their choice! How awesome is that...   Be sure to check out all the designers takes on the sketch and link your take up before Friday December 3rd at Get Sketchy.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It snowed..

Yesterday we had our first snow fall of the season.  Today we are having our first snow day of the season.

When the kids got home yesterday they wanted to play in all the fluffy snow so Miranda grabbed the camera and snapped a few photos.  Which was perfect as I was creating with the We R Memory Keepers Merry January collection for Lila's Scrapbooking and snow photos is what I needed.

Here is my layout and a couple cards.

I added some October afternoon mini alphas as they were the perfect color and a black #1 thicker from American Crafts.  Everything else is We R Memory Keepers Merry January.

 
I added a flower soft topper and flower soft to the card on the right.  I am just loving flower soft.

Thanks for looking and until next time... Happy Crafting.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Get Sketchy #65

This week at Get Sketchy we were to find something in our home that inspires us and design a card based on that.  Since the holidays are approaching we have been slowly getting our Christmas Decorations up.  This sits on my mantle.  (The tree was published in Simply Handmade Dec/Jan 2009 issue)




I choose to take Gold as my focal color as well as use something that is flowing etc.  So this is the card I came up with. 

Products used:
Kraft Cardstock
Gold Metallic alcohol ink
Recollections butterflies on a vine
Vintage lace

Be sure to join in on the fun and post your card and what inspired you for a chance to win a great prize from SRM stickers.  Also if you like sketches Get Sketchy is expanding into page layout sketches and are looking for a design team. click HERE for the info on that.

Thanks for looking and Happy Crafting.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I have been keeping a wee secret....hehe

Yes I have.  I found out a couple weeks ago that I was selected as a New Designer for Get Sketchy Card Challenges.  I am beyond thrilled about this new adventure.  If you know me you know I haven't considered myself a card maker until very recently.  I always loved to make cards but was never really happy with them till I started looking at cards as small little canvases and then something clicked inside my head and I started creating cards with that in mind and Now not only do I enjoy making cards but I actually like the cards I'm creating. LOL 

Here is the current sketch for Get Sketchy Card Challenges...






Now if you love sketches like I do I am happy to announce that Get Sketchy is expanding Get Your Sketch On is a new sketch site that is dedicated to scrapbooking layout sketches and is now looking for designers...  Click HERE to read more about it and how to submit.

I will be back tomorrow with my take on the current sketch at Get Sketchy.  If you have time be sure to jump on in and create with the sketch.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Christmas Card Class tomorrow...

Tomorrow is my next card class at Lila's Scrapbooking in Everett WA. 

 Christmas Card Class
5 cards for $15.00
November 10th 3-4:30 or 5-6:30





There are a few spots open at each time so if your local to me and want to take my class please call Lila's Scrapbooking and get your name on the list.

Till Tomorrow Happy Crafting.

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

A couple new cards...

I recently got a huge box in the mail from Two Peas and couldn't help but dive right in and get creative.  I will be the first to say that I don't order from them a lot but when I do it's because they have something that I'm looking for that I can't find locally or they have an amazing sale that I just can't pass up.  Can you say Prima at 30-50% off.  Plus free shipping on orders over $50 yeah that's not hard to do with a box filled with Prima flowers, bling, pearls and paper.  I created a layout and 2 cards.  I can't show you the layout just yet as It's something I made for a certain company mixing it with some of their Mixed Media products but as soon as I can I will post away.

Ok so on to my cards.  This first card I created I used this weeks sketch at Get Sketchy Card Challenges. 

Products used:
Prima Pattern Paper
Kraft Cardstock
Prima flowers
My Minds Eye deco Chipboard
Pebbles Inc rub-on
Prima Pearls and gems
Glittered Paper 
Satin Ribbon
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
MS butterfly punch

Here is this weeks sketch at Get Sketchy



Here is my second card that I created

Products used:
Prima Pattern Paper
Kraft Paper
Anna Griffin Deco journaling spot
Prima Pearl Rose
Prima Gems
Satin Ribbon
Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog.  If your not a follower please sign up...  

Till next time Happy Crafting.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Thankful for My Family

When I seen the new Teresa Collins Giving Thanks collection I knew I wanted it to be our November Family Mini.  I don't normally do monthly mini albums but when hubby is deployed that is something that I do.  When it's filled in with photos etc then I ship it to him so he can see what we have been up to what the kids are doing and how things are at home.  It's his little piece of home that comes to him.. Each page is also a pocket that will have letters placed inside them to him from the kids as well as more photos etc.




Products used:
Teresa Collins Giving Thanks Album Covers
Teresa Collins Giving Thanks Collection
Jenni Bowlin Bingo Cards
7gypsies tags
Prima Flowers
Morex Ribbon
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Kaiser Crafts Gems
Little Yellow Bicycle chipboard pieces
MS butterfly punch and boarder punch
Paper Trey Ink buttons
Twine


Thanks for looking and I will be back tomorrow with a couple cards.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Vintage Santa Images

I am totally loving all the Vintage Santa images that  you see in pattern papers this year.  Pink Paislee has totally out did themselves and I am in love with the Father Christmas line.  I paired the Father Christmas line with a clear acrylic star from Clear Scraps.

I love using all the different clear shapes that Clear Scraps makes.  I enjoying using them on my layouts and altered projects but most of all I love using them as the focal point of my cards.  Today I am showcasing Clear Scraps "Small Stars" which are great for any project no matter what theme or event your working on.   I love to ink them up and emboss them to make them stand out more on projects.

Here is my card showcasing the Clear Scraps Small Stars


Santa card 2010

Here is a close up of the star

  Santa Card 1a 2010
Products used:
Clear Scraps Small Stars
Pink Paislee "Father Christmas" Pattern papers
Kraft Cardstock
Vintage Glass Glitter
Zig Silver paint pen
Staz-on Teal Ink
ColorBox Creamy Brown Ink
Tim Holtz Sizzix embossing folder
Ribbon
Instructions:
Cut cardstock to 10.5 x 5.25 and fold in half
Cut pattern paper to 5x5 and ink edges in Creamy Brown and adhere to front of card
Peel off protective coating from star and ink with Staz-on Teal ink
When dry emboss star
Paint the embossed image with the silver Zig Paint Pen
Trim out Santa from pattern paper and apply Vintage Glitter Glass with favorite adhesive and then pop dot to center of star.
Adhere Star to center of the card
Add ribbon and tie in bow.
I hope you will try these fun and simple techniques on your next project.

Thanks for looking and till next time.
Happy Crafting

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Christmas Card and a couple winners...

I have already started my Christmas Cards for this year.  I actually started a couple weeks ago and I am so glad that I did as I will be sending a lot of cards to my husband and his squadron as they will be leaving soon.  Christmas will be a little different for us this year with Hubby being gone this year we are actually doing a mini Christmas here in a couple weeks.  So I am looking forward to putting up our Christmas tree next week.  Never thought I would put it up before Thanksgiving.. lol

With that said here is a card that I made this week using this weeks card sketch at Card Patterns.


Here is a close up 
Products used:
Kraft Cardstock
DCWV Pattern Paper
BoBunny Stamp
VersaMagic Red Magic and Spanish Olive ink
Colorbox Creamy Brown Ink
Jenni Bowlin scalloped circle
Kaiser Crafts glems
Ribbon

Here is this week's sketch at Card Patterns

Can I just say that I was really excited to see that I made the top 6 cards last week at Card Patterns.  It totally put a smile on my face and made my day...  Thanks to everyone at Card Patterns for picking my card as one of the top 6.


Ok so now on to the winners of my last giveaway with the amazing U-Cutz from Darcies

Blogger TeenaBugg38 said...
Your cards are adorable!!! I am already a follower :)Thanks for a great giveaway!
October 22, 2010 10:31 AM

and

BloggerCasey Wright said...
These cards are super cute!
October 22, 2010 2:40 PM

Please send me your snail mail addy so I can get these off to you ASAP (click to e-mail me)

Till tomorrow

Happy Crafting.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Cards for men...

I love making cards for my boys and hubby and Scrap Within Reach Industrial Park collection is perfect for any male theme cards you may need to create.  I also mixed in the Noteblocks from the Cambridge Collection.

This first card features a kraft mini bag from Scrap Within Reach.  It's a great way to add a gift card to your card.


I just adore the Noteblocks in the Cambridge Collection and it makes for a quick card that is sure to stand out.


Don't forget to leave me a comment on my previous post for a chance at a sweet little giveaway.

Thanks for looking and I will be back tomorrow with another project.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

A couple cards & a Giveaway...

Yesterday I spent the day cleaning, purging and creating in my scrap room...  Today I want to share 2 different cards that I created.  Be sure to leave a comment and or follow my blog to be in a drawing for a some of the items I used on my cards.(items are listed at the end of this post)

First up is a Winter theme card that I created using this weeks sketch at 2 sketches 4 you.  I just adore the sketches each week...

 
Products used:
Kraft Cardstock
Pink Paislee pattern paper
Jenni Bowlin Circle tag
Chipboard Snowflake
Vintage lace
gems
VersaMagic Dew Drop - Cloud White
VersaMagic Dew Drop - Sahara Sand
Tsukineko "Sparkle" Shimmer Spritz
Tim Holtz Sizzix embossing folder
Fiskars Upper Crest Border Punch


Here is this weeks sketch from 2 sketches 4 You




This next card I created using this weeks sketch from Card Patterns weekly sketch blog.  I came across it from a friends blog and just fell in love with the sketch.  

Products used:
Kraft Cardstock
Darcie Pattern papers
Darcie Happy Birdy U-Cuts
Jenni Bowlin Tag
VersaMagic Dew Drop - Sahara Sand
Satin Ribbon

Here is this weeks sketch at Card Patterns


I have several snowflakes, 3 different U-Cuts and some Kraft Cardstock and Satin Ribbon Packaged up and ready to send to two lucky people.  All you have to do is leave a comment.  If you want to try your chances twice all you have to do is sign up to follow my blog. 

Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog and I hope you will leave me a comment so I can hop onto your blog.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Aluminum Foil and Alcohol inks

Last week I showed you this card using aluminum foil.


I promised I would show you what I did to my  leaf.  So today is the day.

Supplies needed:
Scrap paper
Glue Stick
Alcohol inks (I used Terra Cotta Black and Metallic gold)
Aluminum foil
Inking tool
Leaf dye and embossing folder

Instructions:
1. Tear off some aluminum foil and crush it up a bit
2. Apply glue to scrap paper
3. Place aluminum foil on top of scrap piece of paper and smooth it out


4. Trim off extra aluminum foil and die cut your leaf from your paper and then emboss it


5. Shake Metallic Gold alcohol ink and apply a few drops directly to your leaf


6. Apply Terra Cotta alcohol ink to your Inking tool and start dabbing your leaf till it's covered with ink.

7. Apply a small dot of black alcohol ink to a new felt strip on your inking tool and dab in a couple spots and then switch back to felt strip with Terra Cotta alcohol ink and dab over black ink.

8. Continue dabbing your leaf letting the ink dry some and then dabbing it again.  Once you get the look that your looking for set it aside and let it dry.


9. Use your leaf as an embellishment on a card.

I also did the same technique on a pumpkin.



If you are local to me I will be teaching a class using Aluminum foil and alcohol inks creating 5 different Christmas Cards at Lilas Scrapbooking in Everett.  Here is a peek at 2 of those cards.


Class is Wednesday October 27th from 3-4:30 or 5-6:30 and repeats again on Friday October 29th

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