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Monday, February 19, 2018

Sunsets & Dreams: Just For Fun

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Just For Fun stamps is hosting a silhouette challenge this month and so I wanted to share a wonderful background stamp with you. I live in Upstate NY where the weather is starting to turn and Spring is on it's way so I figured why not show off some of those gorgeous summer time stamps. 


That large background stamp is called Dolphins-Palm Silhouette rightfully so and is such a fun silhouette stamp to play around with. I decided to sponge ink onto a white piece of paper to create the background and water. I then created a sun with my shimmer pen, sorry it did not come out better in the photo. 

After I had the background and image stamped the way I wanted it I decided to pair it up with a great summertime sentiment called ...to watch a sunset. JFF has a lot of great sentiment stamps to choose from so it was hard to pick the one I wanted, but this one is my favorite so I went with it. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Crafting! 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

OSW Tutorial w/ cutting guides and sketches

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Today, per requested, I have a wonderful OSW - one sheet wonder project to share with you guys. If you have never heard of an OSW it's simply a great way to get the most out of one sheet of DSP - designer series paper. I used the "Something Magical" cardmaking workshop from CTMH which just happened to pair beautifully with this month's $5.00 stamp set called "Sunny Thoughts." You can feel free to use this same workshop or you can use some material that you have on hand. 

The actual material list is as follows: 

  • 10 card bases and envelopes 
  • 1 Sheet of double sided 12" x 12" DSP 
(feel free to use 1-sided paper if necessary)
  • 2 Sheets of 12"x 12" solid colored cardstock
(I did not use all of each design and you can 
absolutely skip this if you are trying to save paper.) 
  • Ribbon - came in the kit and again adds a little variety to your cards 
  • Sequins - again came in the kit and gives some variety 

Ok so let me first showed you how I cut my paper. 
So there are more than 10 letters on this layout, but we only made 10 cards (we just combined some to make them nicer.) Note that when I cut my papers I cut the 5" off the top then I cut the bottom into 3 sections, then I finished up by cutting out the smaller sections. I also marked the "K" pieces with my ruler then I cut them out. 

When I had the pieces cut out I laid them out exactly as they are pictured above on my table. This allowed me to keep track of which pieces I wanted to go where. 

So let's move right on to the cards and layouts :) 


Here is a closer view of the cards. As you can see I decorated with some ribbon and some sequins. The sequins in this pack are super adorable, they are a mixture of flower sequins and bubble dots...and they are just beautiful! 


Here is a closer view of the templates that were drawn out. As I progress through the 10 cards I slowly start to add my own touches and pull away a little bit from the sketches. The sentiment mat on the third card (to the right in the photo) measures 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" with the white piece measuring 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" just in case you would like to copy it. 

Also if you have not caught on my two solid pieces of cardstock include the peacock and the blush papers. If you choose to use a non-neutral card base then you might only need one other piece to layer..however with the white the cards can look a little plain so I decided to spruce them up by adding the multiple colors - besides they came in the kit anyway so why not use them. 


The next two: 


Ok first off both of these cards feature our B&T strip which can be found on the top of any CTMH DSP and should never be overlooked. The ombre diagonal lined paper is the one that I am talking about....it's like perfectly matching ribbon with no bulk! 

Also for Card E I went a little off and did my own thing. First I flipped the sketch upside down. Then again I used that B&T strip to the top and bottom. Instead of layering it I simply used the 3 1/3" x 3 3/16" piece which is the one I stamped right onto. I then attached piece E to the top background above that stamped base. 

If that threw you off then I am sorry and you can feel free to stick right to the sketch - either way everything will work out... I promise. 


Moving right along you can see in the next set is where I change up the stamps a little. Most of the cards use the SOTM - Sunny Thoughts, however when you purchase a cardmaking kit from CTMH you also get an exclusive B-size stamp set and I wanted to show how awesome that stamp was so I used it in the next card. Note that I also cut apart my SOTM so I could make it fit onto my cards better. 


Ok so two things to note in this set. The middle card is flipped. I pushed the pieces off to the side and fit another piece of peacock paper measuring 3.5" x 3" onto the base of the card. I then stamped my sentiment right onto this added piece. Again stick to the sketches or make them your own...this is your project. 

I also removed the layer on the 3rd card and added a piece of white daisy cardstock measuring 1"x 3" - this was the piece that I added my sentiment to. 


Now to finish it off I adjusted these ones slightly and will explain it below. 


So I marked the adjustments on the sketches below. 


Let's check them all out together one more time. Note that all the adjustments I made were to the solid colored paper - none of them were made to the DSP so the cutting diagram stays true and accurate. 




Now for a group photo. You can see in this photo the two different stamps. 


Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure let me know below if you made these cards and feel free to share the link so we can come on over and send some love your way. 

Happy Crafting. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Stuck Sketches: Process Video

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Hello and thanks for tuning in today. For my New Year's resolution this year I decided that I need to focus on scrapbooking a little bit more. While I craft everyday, I hardly ever get my photos and memories into those books and when I do I certainly am not consistent and hardly ever finish out the year strong....so this year I am making it more of a point to focus on completing those album and cherishing those memories a little more. #MemoryKeepingMatters 

So with all of that said today I have a really fun process video for you. I was inspired by the brand new sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches (which is a great place for some inspiration!)  This is what the sketch looks like and boy do these design team members have some talent. These are bi-monthly challenges that run all month long so make sure to head on over there and join us. 


Now as I said I have a process video so I will let that take it from here. 


Here is a picture of the finished product. Don't you simply love that Fundamentals paper?!! And those gold accessories. I love the way this came out. 


Thanks for tuning in today. I hope you enjoyed and were inspired to head out and keep some memories! 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Cricut Maintenance tips & Eater Die Cuts

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I wanted to come on today and not only share a project but to also cover some tips and tricks of using the Cricut Machine. Now, if you do not have a Cricut then have no fear because I do have some excellent die cuts and stamped images to share below. 

Now if any of you know me then you know that I am frugal, very frugal, and being frugal with my Explore machine has taught me a few things.

1.) Number one on my list today is that you will have to buy new blades and mats for your machine. I know, I know there are ways to clean and maintain these parts, however at some point you will have to splurge and buy new pieces. Especially, if you use your machine everyday like I do. Eventually, no matter how much you sharpen them (which we will cover below) your blades will get dull and will tear your paper up. For a while I was able to trim my pieces with my scissors but I got sick of the quality simply not being there and the time that this took. When I broke down and bought new blades I was very glad that I splurged and spent that $10 (on 2 blades!)
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 Ok so before you head out and purchase new materials there are some things that you can do to extend the life of your tools.

2.) Tip number two is to head into your kitchen and grab a piece of aluminum foil. I always keep some right with my machine. Wad up this piece of foil into a ball, it doesn't have to look pretty, then take your blades out of the holding and jab it through the foil - being careful not to cut yourself. You can do this about 5-6 times before returning your blade into the machine and wah-lah you have an almost new, but super sharp blade. Think of this blade just as you would your kitchen blades, I know that a knife sharpener is never too far away from me in the kitchen..same concept.
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3.) Tip three is all about your mats. Now I told you how to maintain your blades and your mats can be maintained as well. Besides we pay enough for all of these tools why not get the most use out of them before buying brand news ones. For me, the best way to clean your mats is to head to the dollar store (I told you I was frugal) and to purchase some "Awesome" spray cleaner. This is a yellow cleaner that has become a necessary item not only in my craft room but also in my cleaning cupboard.

To clean your mats simply spray some awesome onto the mat directly then wipe off with your scraper or even just a paper towel. What this does is it takes off all of the excess paper and junk and wipes it clean. I then hang up my mat and let it dry completely and wah-lah a nice clean sticky mat that you can use.
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Note: I have also seen people use Dawn detergent to clean the mats. When I tried this approach my mat lost the stickiness which made it useless to me. Another tip is that if your mat is not sticky and you cannot clean it or afford a new one don't hesitate to get our the washi tape and tape down the paper corners.

Ok those are my top 3 Cricut Maintenance tips for you. What tips or tricks do you ave that others could benefit from? Feel free to comment with them below or to join us on Facebook.
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Ok now as promised I do have a project for you. I recently took part in an Easter Die Cut swap and I wanted to come on and show you the wonderful things that I created for this swap.

Sorry for the amateur photos..lol! 
The goal was to create 10 die cuts so I quickly grabbed my favorite cartridge (besides the CTMH ones) Create A Critter and got ready to cut. With my new blades and new mats this job went super fast and was super easy. This was my first time in 3 years purchasing new tools and man it really did pay off!

Here's some close up shots of those die cuts.






The chick and the bunny came from "Create A Critter" while the basket and the words came from randomly uploaded SVG files. I only recently became organized enough to sort those so I am not sure exactly where, but I would guess Marjory Ann Designs since I did a brief stint as a DT member over there.





Then to add to the die cuts I decided to fussy cut out some stamped images from the CTMH "Easter Animals" stamp set. This is a set of 11 stamps and features Bunnies, Chicks, Easter/Spring sentiments, and of course some fun grass border.





And my favorite of the bunch is this cute little chicky.



Here's a look at the complete stamp set.
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Well there you have it. I leave you with a project and some tips. I hope you enjoyed today's post and don't forget to leave us your best tips below.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Creative Knockout - Bath Time Deirdery

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Wow! It's already Thursday!! This month is flying by faster than January, if that's even possible. Anyway, today is the day that we start a brand new challenge over at Creative Knockouts and this week's theme is "Birthday Wishes." 


So the sponsor for this week's challenge is none other than Dr. Digi and in my card I used the Bath Time Deirdery stamp. This theme is really fun to play around with, because honestly who doesn't need birthday cards, and to make it even more enticing Dr. Digi is giving one lucky winner 2 free digital stamps!! So make sure to come on over this week and play along with us. 

As far as my card goes I decided to feature that really cute Deirdery stamp along with our CTMH SOTM - Sunny Thoughts. I paired these two stamps with our Adventure paper line and a hint of our Color of the Year, bashful- look closely under the image layer. To finish this card off I used  some Happy Moments Complements and some Bitty Sparkles. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you were inspired to head out and create a birthday card. Don't forget to stop by Creative Knockouts by Feb. 14th to enter your creations. 






Monday, February 5, 2018

Magical Tag Card (JFF Post)

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Happy Monday and thanks for joining us. Today I have a really fun card featuring the JFF Landscape Tag. Tags are a really fun and easy project to add to a gift and can be even more fun when they double as a card topper as well, like with today's post.


This card features the beautiful Peacock and Eggplant color combinations which paired lovely with the Make Waves paper collection from CTMH. Here is a closer view of that lovely and very detailed Landscape stamp. 


I stamped the tag in Archival Black ink and then I sponged some peacock ink around it starting in the lower right corner (where I wanted it to be the heaviest.) When sponging ink onto my images I always start off the paper then drag the sponge onto the paper. I think this method helps to prevent those annoying dark splotches that inking can cause. 

When I had the tag just the way I wanted it I stamped the image again and fussy cut out just the floral centerpiece. I used the same sponging technique for this piece except instead of Peacock ink I decided to use Eggplant ink. Once that piece was cut out and inked I applied my Shimmer Pen to give it a little sparkle and then I popped it up onto the main tag using 3-D foam tape. I finished off this tag by adding some Whimsy Ribbon, paired up with brown hemp/twine. 

After I had the tag completed I layered it onto some vellum paper and then placed it onto the base of the card. For the card base I decided to cut a piece of paper diagonally then added a strip across the middle. To pull through some of that neutral (white) I decided to add some white dots to the strip and the darkest corner of that tag. 


Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting! 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Baby Girl Mini Album Video Walk-thru

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Is it just me or did January come and go just like that?!! I feel like I am still playing catch up from the holidays, which is good because I have tons of projects to show you starting with today's Baby Girl mini album. 

This mini album was created as a customer order and uses the Echo Park "Baby Girl" line. 
Now if you have been a long time  bestie of mine then you might remember me creating a baby boy mini album using the "brother" paper line. Well I just LOVE Echo Park so much that I went straight back to it when I got this request. 



If you are wondering where to get these paper lines you can check out this link. If I am not purchasing from CTMH I head straight to Scrapbooking For Less. The customer service is awesome and you get your products in 2 days!! Plus the prices are all really low so it's honestly a win, win, win! 

Echo Park Collection Kit - New Addition - Bundle of Joy - Girl

I hope you enjoyed that video. If you are interested in joining us for our monthly Creative Club we would love to have you join us over at Scrappin' Happens facebook group. This month we are using the Kitchen Traditions Cut Above kit to create a wonderful recipe flipbook. The cost of this course is a little under $27 and joining our group would give you access to Hostess Rewards, Video Tutorials, PDF tutorials, and much more. 

Hope to see you over there! Happy Scrappin' 


Monday, January 22, 2018

French Postal V-day Card

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Today I have a card that is a little out of the normal for me. This card combines a really pretty pink along with some spectacular heart stamps and what could make that more romantic? How about adding some fabulous and fun French doodles onto those stamps!! Here take a look. 


I started this card off by choosing a couple of different papers from the CTMH "Adventure" paper line. For the top paper I wanted to give a fem. grunge feel so I tore the bottom half and then used my edge distresser tool to push it a little farther. I then paired up that beautiful pink paper with the "French Postal Hearts" 2-sided stamp from Just For Fun. Here is a closer view of those stamped images.


I first inked the stamp up using a "Smoothie" colored ink. I then took the whole ink pad and gently swiped it across the stamped image. I then fussy cut out one whole heart and just a rectangle portion of the wording on the second stamp. When I was done I added some shimmer, using my clear shimmer brush, because hey it's pink already! 



I also took some scrap white paper and inked around the edges and layered that onto the back of my main heart. When I had all the paper laid down I embellished using Bitty Sparkles and a paper clip flower which I received from a swap partner. 


Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed and were inspired to create something beautiful! 



Monday, January 15, 2018

American Beauties - JFF Card

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I always feel a little lost when it comes to making cards in January. I'm not sure if it's because I am still burnout from all the holiday cards or perhaps it's simply because there are no solid card holidays in this month. Who knows, but recently I have realized that January is a great month to make all of those miscellaneous cards, or perhaps to build up your stash for the long year ahead. 

Today is my day to post for the JFF design team so I decided to make a card that is very clean and really focuses on the beauty of Just For Fun stamps.


This card is made from a black base and features the American Beauties stamp. This stamp is large, gorgeous, and totally in charge! As with most JFF stamps you can really view all of those beautiful details that set these stamps apart from the rest. This stamp would have looked equally as nice if I decided to color it in, however for this card I wanted to keep it simple. 

For the card I used a black base with a white base title on top. I stamped the image straight onto the white paper, using a black archival ink. I then topped off the card with some marbled gems and a grey toned sentiment sticker both from our Chelsea Gardens line. Another option for the sentiment would be to white emboss one of our sentiment stamps onto black cardstock. As always play around with your designs and see what works best for you. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this clean card. If you are interested in this stamp make sure to head on over and check it out (right now it's 40% off!!) 

What types of cards do you focus on in January? 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Spring/Easter Layout

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Yes, even I get behind on Scrapbooking and Yes you did read that title correct it does say Spring/Easter Layout. Trust me, being a northerner, I really do know that Spring is right around the corner and that's why I figured it would be a great time to Scrap a layout from last Easter...you know to warm it up a bit around here. 

Here's the left page. 


Then the companion page on the Right.  The top photo was supposed to have two smaller photos but I did not have an extra photo that I wanted to add so I increased the size of the mats slightly and then just centered my photo. I am planning on adding some journalling perpendicular to the top photo and therefore I left a larger white border. 


Of course I love to see pictures of all of those details. I used the CTMH "Adventure" paper line which matched perfectly with the Happy Moments Complements. If you are interested in shopping my CTMH site you can find that here. We just released a whole new idea book so there are lots of wonderful goodies over there. 


Of course I had to capture the little man up close, this was the first Easter he could enjoy. We found that putting stickers onto the colored eggs were just as much fun.


Then of course I had to get a close up of that title. I love the soft watercolor feel of not only this paper line but also these complements. 


Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you were inspired to head out and get some of those old photos preserved.