Sunday, March 25, 2012

Card class at Scraptopia March 30th.

Hello ladies, I wanted to share with you the cards that I (with the creative contribution of my dear friend Karen) have created to teach as the card class at Scraptopia next weekend. The cost of the class is $5. So if you are attending Scraptopia and would like to participate in the card class please e-mail me at to sign up.

Mothers Day card

 Fathers Day card
 Generic/friend card
 Also be sure to take a look at the Footloose layout  here, which is the other class option for Scraptopia.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Footloose layout

Here's a layout I did for a class at Scraptopia this spring. The class will cost $5 and include everything needed to create this great layout, just add pictures!!! The layout is based on the Workshop on the Go additional layout, with a few alterations.

If you are attending Scraptopia on March 30, 31 and April 1, and would like to sign up for the class, just send me a quick e-mail at and let me know. Space is limited to 10 for this class.

Supplies used
-Footloose paper pack
-creme brulee ink
-lagoon ink
-olive ink
-Footloose Workshop on the Go stamp set
-sanding block

Quick Cards Butterfly

I knew as soon as I saw this stamp set in the new idea book that I wanted to use it with the shaving cream technique and make it a beautiful Monarch Butterfly. So I promptly ordered the stamp set, and have had it in hand since the middle of Jan. For only $6.95 it's a steal! The problem---the men in my house only use shaving gel--and the technique needs the foam type!!! Of course every time I went shopping I never remembered to get some, and every time I sat down to scrap--I never had the foam!!! I finally remembered to get some, and here is the result.

I am so thrilled with the way it turned out. I actually stamped the image directly on the colonial white card stock then stamped the butterfly in black on the cardstock that I had done the technique on, cut it out and using a pencil, curled the wings just a touch to give the impression of it getting ready to fly off the card. I used a few of the small black opaques gems on the body and did not glue down the wings at all! I used a texture plate to put the swirl pattern on the creme brulee cardstock, and using a sponge, lightly highlighted the texture and edges with creme brulee ink.  

This is also my entry in the Frosted Design Things with Wings challenge.

Supplies used
-colonial white cardstock
-creme brulee cardstock
-Quick Cards Butterfly stamp set
-black ink pad
-creme brulee ink pad
-autumn terracotta re-inker
-desert sand re-inker
-shaving cream (non CTMH, would've had it done allot sooner if we carried it!! Ha ha)
-Opaques Licorice gems
-Sizzix texture plate pattern 1 (non CTMH)

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Name banner

Wanted to share with you this banner that my daughter and I made for one of her friends. This friends mother claims to not be "crafty" ( I haven't been able to convert her yet!!!), so where most of my daughters friends have had a name banner made for them, this friend didn't have one and had mentioned wanting one--so we thought it would be a perfect Birthday gift.
Please excuse the blurry pics--forgot to take pictures until we went to wrap the gift, so just took some quick shots while hubby held it up for me.

The base for each circle is actually beer know the kind that bars and some restaurants put on the table for your drink! They make the perfect sturdy base, and best of all, I get them for free!!!

Most of the products are not CTMH with a few exceptions........

The bling brad on the T (love those things!) And the Colonial white flower on the E.

that adorable butterfly on the A--I inked it up with some sweet leaf and pansy purple ink.
The buttons on the N are also CTMH as well as the Bling button on the I.

This dragon fly is part of the Wooden Garden shapes from the new idea book and I inked it up with some pansy purple ink.

Thanks for looking!
Have a great day.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Florentine Paper Pack

Today I have my version of the layout on pg 50 of the current CTMH Idea Book using the new Florentine paper pack.

It's also my submission for the Frosted Designs Sketch Along Tuesday #35 challenge.

These papers just called to me for a wedding picture, and this candid shot I took of my cousin Craig and his new wife Melissa at their wedding reception was just the one! Their eyes and the twilight papers are a perfect match!
The double row of hand stitching around the boarder was made so much easier with the CTMH ruler, which comes with 2 rows of guide holes to help me keep my stitches evenly spaced. And what would a wedding layout be without some bling!! So I had to get in the Bling buttons, as well as the new Bitty opaque pearls, which come with an adhesive back, sooo much easier (can you imagine trying to glue these little suckers down!)

I even added a few pearls to the body of the butterflies of the new Garden Wooden Shapes (it was a wedding after all--couldn't send them naked!) I layered a couple of the lace flowers, then a flower button, and finished it off with a bling button. It's a pretty thick layer, but it's all held together with liquid glass, so I know it isn't going anywhere. You can't really tell in these shots but I also used the liquid glass to highlight the ring of hearts between the mini pearls, it adds some beautiful dimension. Peaking out from beneath the lace flowers and under the corner of the picture is one of the new sparkle flourishes, then topped it off with a branch of leaves also from the Garden Wooden shapes collection.
The edges of all the papers were distressed and then inked in desert sand using my sponge dauber. The title was cut using the exclusive CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge, and then inked as well.

Supplies used
-Florentine paper pack
-Bitty Pearl opaques
-sparkle flourish
-Bohemian Assortment (lace flowers)
-garden wooden shapes
-Bling buttons
-Blue button assortment
-colonial white embroidery floss
-desert sand ink
-liquid glass
-Art Philosophy cartridge
-edge distresser 
-sponge dauber

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Beach

This year I've been off to a bad start with my blog, but I have been scrappin! So I'm going to share one of the layouts that I created recently (OK well finished lately--I actually started this one last Nov)

It also falls into this weeks Heart 2 Heart challenge--it's a photo inspiration challenge and the colours in the photo definitely remind me of sand and water.
This layout will show how my scrapbooking is always forefront in my mind...what was a last minute trip to the beach to cool off on a hot summer evening, had me planning a layout right from the word go. The kids rushed to get into their bathing suits and I made sure to grab my camera--while they were playing in the water, I was writing words in the sand and taking pictures to use on the layout!!! Can you say obsessed!!!
I used flip flaps to create this layout--but didn't put them in it to take the pictures--they photograph much better out of the flip flaps.
So here's how it will look all closed up.....

This shot shows you the full layout with the 2 6"flaps open--(that's a full 36inches of layout, 48" if you count the other side of the flaps!!! Have I told you how much I love flip flaps!!)
Our white core cardstock is perfect for a project like this---I was able to tear the twilight cardstock so that some of the white showed, and gave the impression of the white caps you see on waves, at least I think so!

Here's a closer look at the left page, I've even used some of the 4x6" flip flaps on this page below the journaling.

And the right page open.
I tried to duplicate the bubbles that you see when the water washes up on the beach, by using a glass bead gel along the edge of the twilight paper (water) where it meets the kraft paper (sand).

I took an idea from the 2012 spring CTMH idea book and braided some embroidery floss then put knots in it to add to my embellishments. I'm actually glad I hadn't finished this layout before the new book came out, otherwise I wouldn't have had these great Seaside Wooden Shapes to add to my layout. I gave them a little coat of Pearl Paint, to give them a bit of shimmer.
The real shells that I put on the pages I first filled with liquid glass in hopes that it would prevent the shells from getting crushed once the layout is in my album---just another use for Liquid glass!
You can see the glass beads better in this picture.

Supplies used
-Kraft cardstock
-Twilight cardstock
-white daisy cardstock
-Sky cardstock
-4"x6" flip flaps
-6"x12" flip flaps (not shown)
-Seaside wooden shapes
-assorted blue buttons
-blue sparkles
-Colonial white embroidery floss
-shells (the real ones!)
-burlap (non CTMH)
-Glass Bead Gel (non CTMH--made by Golden)