Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Tri-Fold Gift Card Video Tutorial

Happy Tuesday!!! Which, by the way, only means one thing today at the Scrap Shack #TutorialTuesday. That's right, for today's post I have a video tutorial showing you how to make a wonderful and super fun gift card holder. 

This card measures 4.25" square and opens up to reveal a little pocket which holds a gift card. 

Cute right?

I used a mixture of the "Beary Christmas" paper line paired with the "Silver and Gold" Complements. I just LOVE how the "Joy" sparkles on the front! Now before you watch the tutorial make sure to measure your gift card. The holder in the video measures 4"x 4" so if you gift card is larger than that you will have to adjust accordingly.

Wasn't that great! It was like having 3 tutorials in one and you can absolutely mix and match everything you learned to make your own creations. 

Thanks for tuning in today. I hope you enjoyed. 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Winter Scene Stamps: JFF DT Project

 Today I wanted to create a card that celebrated the season but stayed away from all that red and green that we suddenly see everywhere! So I took a little less traditional approach and used a couple of stamps from our Just For Fun winter collection.

The main stamp that I used was that beautiful Ice Skaters stamp and since I was taking a less traditional approach I wanted the card to be subtle so I used some tone on tone colors. I used the lighter side of some glacier cardstock and stamped using that same color ink. 

Do you not just love that scene stamp!! The details are a lot of fun. As you will see the stamp includes people playing hockey (my new favorite sport) as well as the water ripples and that house in the distance! It  really captures the essence of the season.
Of course how do you ever choose just one JFF stamp?! I partnered the Ice Skaters
stamp along with On Dasher... which is another fabulous stamp.

I tried to keep the classic feel of the stamp so I inked around all of my edges. I also used the Silver and Gold paper line from CTMH. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Crafting! 

Friday, December 15, 2017

How to Read a CTMH Recipe

Are you guys familiar with recipes? No, not the cooking kind, but very similar. In cooking a recipe is what you use to create something and believe it or not, craft recipes are no different. Craft recipes tell you exactly what products you will need to re-create a project. Ok, so that's cool, but why am I telling you that? Well because today's post is all about the recipe (and the Stamp of the Month.) 

The photo above is a beautiful representation of artwork using not only our December Stamp of the Month but also our beautiful Basics Fundamental line. Don't you simply love that page layout? Well I know I do and I wanted to come on and show you guys how to re-create it without having to guess or figure anything out. 

This layout was made using the Dec. SOTM which is called "A Little Bit of Pun" and I know if you are anything like my husband then Puns are just your thing. Along with that adorable stamp set the Basics Fundamental Paper was also used. Some more of the products are listed below. 

 White Daisy Cardstock
 Bashful Cardstock
 Watercolor Paper
 Bashful Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
 Espresso Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
 Black Memento™ Ink Pad
 Thin Cuts — Basic Tags
 Thin Cuts — Basic Hearts
 Thin Cuts — Scallop Border
 Thin Cuts — Thankful for You
 Thin Cuts — Block Alphabet
 Thin Cuts — Basic Circles
 Bashful Pearls
 White Twine
 Watercolor Paints
 Waterbrush — Small Round
 Sewing Machine
 Die-cutting Machine

See you get the idea now. Recipes show you everything you need to recreate a project. Close to my heart is such a wonderful company that they offer their consultants the recipes to every project in every idea book!! Awesome right?!! That's also one of the perks of knowing me, if you ever want a recipe just come on over and ask me for it and I will be more than happy to hook you up. 

Moving on, and since we are discussing the Dec. Stamp of the Month, I figured I would show you some more great projects (and recipes.) 

3" x 3" Mermaid Card 
S1712 My Acrylix® A Little Bit of Pun— December Stamp of the Month X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Packet X5941 Bashful Cardstock X5978 Glacier Cardstock Z3146 Watercolor Paper Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad Z3216 White Twine Z1263 Bitty Sparkles Z3274 Clear Sparkles Z3132 Watercolor Paints Z3188 Paintbrush Set Z1151 3-D Foam Tape Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection Sewing Machine Cricut® Shape: Artistry 2¼" Shape (p. 43) 

3" x 3" World Card 
S1712 My Acrylix® A Little Bit of Pun— December Stamp of the Month X7224B Cats & Bats Paper Packet X5954 Pewter Cardstock X5964 Pomegranate Cardstock Z3146 Watercolor Paper Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad Z1263 Bitty Sparkles Z3274 Clear Sparkles Z3132 Watercolor Paints Z3188 Paintbrush Set Z1151 3-D Foam Tape Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection Sewing Machine Cricut® Shape: Artistry 2¼" Shape (p. 43)
So the next time that you are going through our idea book and you see a project you really love make sure to head on over to the Lounge and ask me for the recipe. Remember to have fun and get creative! 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Creative Knockouts: Christmas Delight

Thanks for joining me today as I present a brand new challenge over at Creative Knockouts. Our sponsor this week is  All Dressed Up and we are featuring any project that is inspired by "Christmas Delight."  All Dressed Up has some really great images, and host challenges themselves, so if you have not had the chance to check these guys out make sure to head on over and see their designs. 

For today I decided to use the Christmas Snow Globe which is such a beautiful stamp. 

Now I of course have been working with vellum this week so that is what I reached for with this card. I ended up printing the image directly onto the vellum (who would have thought?!!) and it came out beautifully. Now to take it a step further I decided to make a shaker card. I am not too impressed with the overall outcome of the card, but I am still in love with the idea. 

Shakers can be tough because you have to balance the "shaker material" out...you don't want too much but you want enough to know that it's a shaker. 

To create a shaker card I simply placed 3-D tape on the sides of the vellum paper then I added the sequins and glitter and then I added another piece of scrap paper - creating a little 1/2" area for all of the sequins to move around in. Let me know if you have never done one and I can create a tutorial for you. 

Make sure to head on over to Creative Knockouts and see what the other design team members came up with. All Dressed Up is offering 2 images to one lucky winner so grab your supplies and get crafty. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Crafting! 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Holiday Favorites

As the end of the year approaches, so does the end of our current idea book, Holiday Expressions. And, even though it may a bit taboo to choose a favorite child, we went for it and picked out a few of our favorite products from this catalog to show you just how versatile they really are and that they can be used outside of the holiday season.

It’s easy to associate pine trees with Christmas, the majority of us have one dominating our living rooms for the entire month of December (or more!) every year. But, lets not forget that before they got all dressed up for the party these beautiful trees had a more rustic existence.

These tree line dies can be used in multiple ways to invoke a natural scene. Their design allows for you to use one border at a time or to stack the die cuts, as we’ve done here, creating a more dimensional setting.

Another favorite is the My Acrylix Oh Snap! stamp set.

If you’re reading this post, you’re hanging with the crowd that doesn’t need a holiday to preserve memories. We’re all about capturing life’s moments, no matter the season.

Next up, we chose a more subtle and less obvious embellishment—the Cats & Bats Dots.

We have black and Emerald enamel dots. Yes, they work perfectly with this year’s Halloween collection, but these little guys are a force to be reckoned with all on their own. Embellishments like these are great to have on hand to add a splash of color any time you need it. And the low price means you can really stock up on these babies and use them on project after project!

Find merriment in anything and everything with our Merry Everything Cut Above tag kit.

Gifts should be shared all year round!

For the last highlight, even though we love all of our children the same, take a look at what we did with our leaf embossing folder below.

We love so many of our products that will be retiring in just a few weeks, it was difficult to list just a few. Take advantage of your opportunity to snatch up these items while you still can and remember that just because they are featured in the Holiday Expressions idea book doesn’t mean you can’t use them outside of the holidays. Revisit your catalog and take a look at those products again, thinking outside the holiday gift box!

Have you used any of our holiday products in a non-holiday way? Share your creative ideas below!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Feature Friday: Benefits of Pocket Scrapbooking

Well we have officially made it through the first full week of December! I have been so busy this week making holiday presents for everyone, even the mailman!!, that I haven't had much time to create for me. 

I know, I know this is a problem we all face in December, right?! Well, that's exactly what I want to talk about today. I want to make sure that you do not fall too far behind on preserving those special moments. I mean the holidays only come once a year so I want you to be present while also documenting and preserving, and the best way to do that is to simplify the process.

That's all great, but just how do you simplify scrapbooking? My answer to that would be to use a wonderful method called pocket scrapbooking. Have you hear of it? You see pocket scrapbooking is a simple and fast way to tell the stories behind your priceless photos. If you have used this method before then stay tuned for some wonderful inspiration, if you have not then take a look at just how simple and easy this method is. 

Ok so what's the deal here? Well, it's as simple as 1, 2, 3... done. Step 1 is to choose your supplies. You will need an album, some page protectors, PML (CTMH's pocket cards) and of course photos. If you do not have any cards on hand you can shop our wonderful inventory located here. We have all of the supplies you need including some really great holiday cards to choose from. 
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Then step 3 is to put your photos and your cards into your page protectors. That's it! It's that easy. Of course once you get some more free time, or are confident in this method, you can add extra embellishments and stamps on your photos. You can honestly get just as creative with these pages as you do with the traditional scrapbooking pages. 

Also because most of our PML kits coordinate with our paper lines you could even combine pocket pages with more traditional layouts for a wonderfully cohesive album. 

You can add as many photos (or cards) as you desire. Each PML kit contains over 24 cards and cost less than $10 (it's actually closer to $5!!) 

Get creative, have fun, and most importantly be present while still preserving those memories. I once heard that scrapbooking is good for you because your memories lie. 

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Crafting. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

How to Achieve a 2-toned Stamped Image

Have you seen the artwork on page 68 in the Annual Idea Book? It's spectacular and I can't stop flipping back to it. This page features a wonderful layout with tons of space for tons of photos! It also would be easy to recreate.

 I mean c'mon now let's talk about that embossed title centerpiece for just a minute!

So my post today not only center's around how you can re-create that beautiful layout above, but of course how you can also recreate that beautiful embossed two-toned look. So let's talk about that first and get the hard stuff out of the way. 

  1. To achieve that two-toned look, in any project, you start by grabbing your favorite stamp. In this case the designer opted for our beautiful "What Matters Most" stamp set. 
  2. Once they had the stamp picked out you must pick your favorite color of pigment ink. To achieve a two-toned artistic look make sure to dab one color of pigment ink onto the bottom of your stamp and another color onto the top. 
  3. Once your image is stamped sprinkle a clear embossing powder over the ink and then set it with a craft heater. 

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"What Matter Most"  set of 4   D1728

12" × 12" Family Tradition Page Recipe:

D1728 My Acrylix What Matters Most Stamp Set
Z3351 Adventure Fundamental Paper Packet
Z3352 Enchantment Fundamental Paper Packet
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5949 Almond Cardstock
Z2504 Whimsy Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set
Z2505 Enchantment Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pads Set
Z3354 Inspire Complements
Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
Z3216 White Twine
Z2088 Ranger Clear Super Fine
Embossing Powder
Z555 Craft Heater
Sewing Machine

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Crafting!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Candy Canes & Peppermints

Happy December guys!!  I am 100% into the holiday spirit now that December has arrived and today's project is a true reflection on that.

For today's project I started off with a piece of Cranberry Cardstock measuring 4.25" x 5.5" then I matted a piece of white daisy (measuring 4" x 5.25") on top - I always mat in 1/4" increments. 

Now to create that background I took the Peppermint Candies stamp set from Just For Fun and inked it up with Cranberry Ink. I then "randomly" stamped the white daisy cardstock in a triangular pattern making sure to stamp off the page in some spots. 

I then took the "Merry Christmas" sentiment and stamped it in Achival Black Ink. I also stamped those candy caned in Cranberry (while I had my inks and stamps out.) 

Now the measurements for the banner are 4.25" x 1.5" and it is mounted about 1.5" from the top of the card. After I had the banner cut out I took some Red Glitter Paper and cut a square out measuring 1.25" and then I cut that in half on the diagonal to make two triangles. 

The two squares behind the candy cane measure 2.25" and then 2" on the Cranberry. I then popped both of them up using 3-D foam tape. This helped to give the card some depth (note: if you are mailing the card I suggest skipping the additional depth.) 

To top off the card I fussy cut out the candy canes and adhered them to the top.  

Some suggestions on how to personalize this card a little more include adding shimmer to the candy stamps, using second generation stamping (alone or together) in the background (just don't get too busy), or even switching up the color schemes or flipping the sketch to a horizontal landscape. 

As always get creative, play around, and create! Thanks for stopping by today. 

Supplies Used: 

JFF Stamps

Candy Canes stamp set 
Sentiments 1 stamp set