Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Masked Scrapbooker Saves the Day!

I'm not talking about a superhero, but rather a super ink technique! Masking tape backgrounds have become super popular in the cardmaking world, but why not use the technique in our scrapbooks too?

I used 2" wide painters tape and simply inked it up on a stamp pad, then lightly adhered it to my white cardstock. After peeling it off, the ink is transferred. Use a new strip of tape for each color, and you have a neat striped design. You could use different widths of masking tape, and cover more or less of your background. 

I love the graffiti style this gives to the background! Adding the doodle-y pattern paper and the casual title font is the perfect touch. I even allowed myself to get sloppy in my stamping, letting the black ink stay on the edges of my stamping blocks and transfer to the paper in places. The only thing I would change after looking at it some more is adding black ink to the edges of that pattern paper. Good thing there's Un-Do!

Want to see some more ink technique ideas?  I have the answers on my Ask CS Answers page! All of the products used here are from Close To My Heart, although some items are no longer available.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Fall is Fun - Scrapbook Generation December Blog Hop

Welcome to the Scrapbook Generation Blog Hop for December. If this is your first stop, you might like to start at the Scrapbook Generation blog and then hop through each link.

I chose a single page sketch this time. I love its clean and simple lines, allowing me to embellish to my heart's desire! I used the Pathfinding paper pack from Close To My Heart, along with the coordinating chipboard embellishments and decorative button assortment. The title and leaves are all Cricut cuts, from the Art Philosophy and Artbooking cartridges.  I inked the edges of all of my papers with coordinating inks, and I added some adhesive gold sequins for a sparkly addition to the Fall theme. Some of the elements are popped up using foam tape for added dimension.

You can find the SG sketches in their books and as downloads in the SG store, and there is a free one every month in case you wanted to try it out. Next on the hop is (enter the next blog in the list here, last person link back to SG), leave a comment on each blog and one lucky commenter will receive a free sketch bundle of their choice from the store.

The winner will be drawn on Monday, December 8th which leaves you one week to leave a comment.

In case you get lost at any point, here is the list all the blogs
Scrapbook Generation blog -
Ruth -
Steffanie -
Devra -
TinaGale -
Lori S -
Cicily -
Pamela -
Katy -
Laura -
Lyne -
Penny -
Laureen -
Casandra -
Sharlene -
Corrina -

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cutie Pie - Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! If you came here from the fabulous Pamela Ellison's blog, or if you are just starting out, you are in the right place. If you get lost anywhere along the way, I have a complete list of participants posted right here.

This month's stamp set is Cutie Pie, a set of 11 stamps that I have completely fallen in love with! These images and sentiments would make great cards for all ages, would look sweet on some boxes from Artiste, and of course make awesome scrapbook pages. I chose to use them this month to make a single page layout.

I'm behind enough on "regular" pictures, so I certainly haven't done anything with the school portraits that have been layered behind each other in frames all these years. But this sweet little kindergartener is going to graduate 8th grade this year, so it's high time to get some of them back out of hiding again. (I'm also convinced the sweet faces will help me survive the teenage years.)

I created that snazzy patterned paper by stamping all four cupcakes repeatedly with Pixie ink on Pixie cardstock. I filled in any larger spaces left with the little heart stamp. I used the heart stamp again on a scrap and cut out a few hearts to scatter on the layout with some adhesive gold sequins. The banner sentiments are also from the stamp set, and I used Pixie and Flaxen inks to stamp them. Simple banner shapes are an easy way to add a little interest to the otherwise fairly simple design of this layout from Reflections, our original How-To pattern book.

I had planned to use our Bronze Shimmer Trim next, but I had used it so often, that I didn't have enough left. So what you see here is the wider (5/8") American Crafts glitter tape instead. Same color. I used the Flaxen paper from the Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment next - the glossy pattern side in the smaller strip, then the color/white pattern for the rest of the page background. Of course, as usual, I inked the edges of all of my papers.

Finally, to add a little balance, I added another heart and a few more gold sequins to the opposite corner of the layout.

I hope you like my take on this month's stamp set; I'd love to hear what you think. If you'd like to shop before we hop along, the links below will open in a new window so you don't lose your place. Now, I can't wait to head off to our next hop stop and see what the talented Dana Kessler has made for us this month. 

Cutie Pie - December SOTM
Paper Fundamentals - Whimsy
Cardstock - Pixie and White Daisy
Ink Pads - Flaxen and Pixie
Non-Stick Micro-tip Scissors
Bronze Shimmer Trim
Sequins - Gold Assortment
Bonding Memories Glue Pen
Sponge Daubers
Reflections How-To Program

A Cyber Monday First From Close To My Heart

Make a date with your computer for Monday, my crafties! For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a one-day discount on our super popular Cricut Cartridge Collections. Not just one of them, but any and/or all of them will be 20% off all day Monday! (FYI, the order system is set to Mountain Time, so that's 11pm for those of us here in the midwest.)

I also have a Mystery Hostess "party" going on right now as well. Join the Mystery Hostess gathering on my website and you could receive the Hostess Rewards for all of the orders received through December 10. You must remember to join the gathering in order to qualify, as that is the only way that Hostess Rewards can be earned.

Here are pics/details on all four fabulous collections we have available:

Artfully Sent is the most recent offering from Close To My Heart. Geared towards cardmakers, it makes it easy to create gorgeous handmade cards in no time! Card styles include pop-ups, scenes, sentiments, sleeves, and pocket cards (also perfect for pocket scrapbooking!). The collection includes the following:

1 – Cartridge (700 images: Cards and Font)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets
1 – 12" × 12" White Daisy Cardstock Pack

Recommended blocks for included stamp sets: 1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009).

Artbooking is a scrapbooker's dream come true!  There are designs for compete layouts and mini-books, or use the elements separately for your own designs. The collection includes the following:

1 – Cartridge (700 images: Font, Mini Books, Layouts)
3 – My Acrylix™ D-size stamp sets
3 – 12" × 9" Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes)

Creative Feature Keys: Title, Photo Mat 1, Photo Mat 2, Icon, Border, Overlay.

Recommended blocks for included stamp sets: 1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" x 3½" (Y1009), 4" × 5" (Y1012).

The Artiste collection features gorgeous 3-D projects, plus interactive cards, accent pieces, and more. I use the font on this cartridge more than any other font I have, possibly more than all the others combined!   The collection includes the following:
  • 1 – Cartridge (700 images: themed projects, cards, fonts, shapes, and 3-D items)
  • 3 – My Acrylix™ D-size stamp sets
  • 3 – 12" × 9" Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes)
Creative Feature Keys: Accent 1, Accent 2, Accent 3, Accent 4, Card, 3D Object.
Recommended blocks for included stamp sets: 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009), 2" x 6½" (Y1010).

Art Philosophy is the collection that started it all!  Tons of versatile shapes, along with two font versions, makes this a great addition to every crafter's arsenal. The collection includes the following:

1 – Cartridge (700 images: font, shapes, and 3-D items)
3 – My Acrylix™ D-size stamp sets
3 – 9" × 12" Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes)

Creative Feature Keys: Layer, Decorative Layer, Tag, Card, Font, Font Layer.

Recommended blocks for included stamp sets: 1" × 1" (Y1000), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 2" × 3½" (Y1009), 3" × 3" (Y1006).

So, is your clicker finger itchy yet? To see some of the things I have made with each of these collections, click on the following links:
Any questions, just let me know!

Monday, November 3, 2014

I'm Back with Mojo Monday

So, I got a fun new stamp set from Close To My Heart and I've been dying to play with it. That and today's Mojo Monday sketch got me moving! My laptop has been having power problems leaving me postless lately, but I had to take the chance that I could get the pictures up and post written in time.

Here's what I came up with for this week's sketch:

Love, love, LOVE this!! The Make It Merry stamp set was super fun (and pretty darn easy) to work with.

Here's a  little closer look. The papers I used were all scraps left over from the
Snowhaven Card Workshop On The Go, along with a white notecard. I colored in the main body of the scooter with a Copic marker, and paper pieced the seat and fenders.

The sentiment stamp and cute little cardinal stamps I used inside are part of the set too.

Go check out this week's Mojo Monday sketch, and you can play along too!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Create for Halloween

Today I'm sharing my last two projects from October's Create magazine. I'm doubling up because they were both made with the same supplies.

First up. a two-page layout from the Halloween Gallery:

There was no requirement to use a sketch for the Halloween Gallery, but of course I did anyway! This was made with the Scaredy Cat Paper pack from Close To My Heart, Bazill cardstock (because I did not have 2 sheets of the matching Thistle CS from CTMH yet), and the Halloween Greetings stamp set with Black and Sunset ink. I also used some White Enamel Stars that I colored with an orange Copic marker.

I used mostly the same products to make this Halloween card with the required card sketch:

Don't be scared by how complicated this looks! While I used the sketch exactly as drawn, there are several other examples in Create where they used a looser interpretation. And this really isn't as hard as it looks either. It just took a little thinking, and I temporarily adhered a triangle (from the art department) to my paper trimmer so everything was cut at the same angle.

Again, I used the Scaredy Cat paper pack. I switched to stars from the Scaredy Cat Assortment because all three colors were already there for me - no coloring! I again pulled out the Halloween Greetings stamp set for my broom and sentiment, using black ink and White Daisy pigment ink for stamping.

Thanks for checking out all of my Create projects this month! Be sure to go check it out for yourself, and maybe even submit something for the January issue based on one of their free sketches.  Speaking of which, the sketches are available for free download in the Scrapbook Generation online store. Past month's sketches are all there as well.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Simple Stories and a Sketch

I'm back today with another project I had published in this month's Create magazine. This one is a fun two-page layout.

When I saw this sketch I knew right away the pictures I wanted to use, and they were just taken a week earlier! I think this is the soonest I have EVER scrapped photos, lol. I also knew just the papers, and was hoping I had enough left to make this work.

All of the paper and stickers are from Simple Stories. The Summer Fresh collection is retired, so I knew what I had left was it. I think it turned out nicely; I even used one of the circle elements for an "award ribbon" for an extra bit of journaling.  The journaling area on the left page is pretty much cut straight from a piece of patterned paper, banners and all.  I added some textured cardstock from my stash, and swiped ink (CTMH) on it to make it look similar to the denim pattern paper in the collection kit. I also used ink pads and sponge daubers (CTMH) on the edges of my papers for added dimension.

I hope you enjoy the design of this layout as much as I do. Be sure to check out the current issue of Create for yourself, and maybe submit one of your own layouts for the January issue.
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