Wednesday, June 20, 2018

KDB Mini Pocket Letter

Hi Guys! Today I have a Christmas in July project to share with you. I recently decided to swap mini pocket letters with a pen pal and the theme is Christmas in July. Now while I love this file I am not overly impressed with the outcome of this project and feel as thought the print and cut feature was not the best option, however take a look and then let me know what you think. 

This project uses the "Beach Santa" file from Kadoodle Bug Designs and while this file is super cute the quality of my print and cut was simply not there. 

Here is what the whole file looks like, just in case you are feeling in the holiday spirit. 

Beach Santa

Now the file only came with cut images so in order to use the print and cut feature (which saves time, but again doesn't always look the best) I had to piece together the images in Design Space and then use the "flatten" button. This feature makes it super easy to convert any image into an easy print then cut. 

Thanks for stopping in to see my project today. Happy Crafting! 

Monday, June 18, 2018

KDB Little Artist Layout

This past weekend we had a kids in free day at our local museum, so of course I grabbed the boys, packed up the car and heading out to explore this new museum (well at least new to us.) The museum was nice, but our favorite room was of course the arts and crafts room which led to the perfect opportunity for some memory keeping. 

This layout is a 12" x 12" layout and features die cuts from the Kadoodle Bug "Little Artist" file. I love using cut files to decorate larger layouts because the images tend to be larger and much easier to piece together. One of my favorite parts of this set is how she incorporated extra little paint splatters so I could embellish. I decided to leave off the journal notes because I have more photos which I will add to an additional/matching layout and I will tell the story on that page. 

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

Thursday, June 14, 2018

CK Washi Wonders Card

Welcome to another wonderful challenge day over at Creative Knockouts where this week we are challenging you to use Washi Tape on your projects. As always we have a wonderful sponsor and this week it happens to be Crafty Sentiments who is generously giving one lucky winner 3 prize images so make sure to come on over and play along. 

For my project I have decided to use the image Toby in Pot which is a really cute image. Now I went to color this image in using my alcohol markers and I started to have some trouble with them leaking and being extremely wet, so please excuse the large outline that the pot has. 

So I started by printing this image out using my Cricut. I then layered it onto some white cardstock to provide a little more draw to it against that craft background. As far as coloring in the image I sponged the blue, green, and brown background and then colored in using Alcohol markers. 

I found some green glitter washi tape in my stash and thought this would be perfect to pair with those flowers, which I cut out using my Cricut. I then also found a "smile" sentiment which was cut out using a die and adhered that the the front to provide a sentiment. 

Oh yea and as for the card base, I used a Cricut cut for that as well. 

Thanks for stopping by today and make sure to stop by Creative Knockouts and play along with us. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mini Loaded Circles

Today I have another new project to bring to you!! I know it's exciting to have so much new stuff going on in one short week, isn't it?! Today I am showing off a project that I made for a swap and this one just like my one sheet mini album is a great way to get some smaller goodies off to your pen pals. 

 These little 4" circles are called "Mini Loaded Circles" and are so super simple to make. To make them simply start off by cutting two 3.75-4" circles. Now I left a little room in there because you can either use stacking dies or you can use your die cutting machine, like I did. One of these circles is going to turn into your base and the other one will be glued to the base and used as a pocket. The best advice I have for you on this step is to glue all but the flat top, so that way you can slide your goodies right into the pocket. Also if you are more of a visual person then you can search around on YouTube, or even request one below, and I will be happy to create a video showing this technique. 

Since the swap was to create three of them I also wanted to show off the other two that I created. 

It's hard to choose a favorite one but the colors in the one below are really pulling me towards it. 

For all of these Loaded Circles I used the Kadoodle Bug Designs "Little Buggies" file set. This set is super cute and can be found here

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you back here tomorrow for a brand new Creative Knockouts challenge! 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Father's Day Shadow Card: KDB Announcement

Hello and happy Monday to everyone out there. Today I have some awesome news, I am one of the newest members of Kadoodle Bug Designs team!! I have been playing around with these files for forever now and I am so excited to officially be joining the team. If you are unfamiliar with KDB make sure to head on over and check out these designs, best news is that there is always a daily freebie!! 

Ok so now moving on to my first DT project I have decided to use Jennifer McGuire's Shadow Card tutorial and create a Father's Day Card. For this project I have decided to use the "World's Best Dad" file located here. This file is not only adorable but also perfect for my wilderness boys to pass along to their dad while they are at their annual camp trip this coming weekend. 

As I mentioned this is my first attempt at a shadow box card and I LOVE making these cards. If you have never tried this, warning it is addicting, head on over here and give it a try. 

For the outside I decided to cut the file out and piece it together. Then on the inside, because I was unaware of how the card would work out, I decided to use the Print and Cut feature. 

Thanks for stopping by today and sharing some great news and fun projects. I hope to see you back here on Wed. for my next KDB project. 

Not All Who Wander...

As many of you know I live in Upstate NY and right now is the perfect time for camping, which may be what inspired this card. 

For this card I decided to use the Round Camper stamp which I colored in with alcohol markers and then fussy cut out. To add some more interest to the card I popped this camper piece up using 3-D foam tape. 

For the background of the card I used the Fir Trees stamp which I stamped in a green ink. I then stamped the Not All Who Wander are Lost sentiment stamp onto some white paper and matted it onto the forest green. 

Finally I accented with some flower sequins and rounded the corners. 

Thanks so much fro stopping by today.  See you back here soon and Happy Crafting! 

Friday, June 8, 2018

One Sheet Mini Album: Video Tutorial

Today I wanted to come on and share a video that I created a while back on how to make a One Sheet Mini Album. These little pint size albums are perfect for sending along goodies to your besties or even for keeping your own die cuts in order. 

The album is made using one sheet of double sided 12" x 12" paper so each pocket ends up being roughly 3"x 4." You could easily adjust this album to make less pockets that are larger, however since I love working with even numbers I have decided to opt for 8 pockets. 

While you are over at my YouTube channel please make sure to subscribe and share. I always have great tutorials up and I love to teach and connect. 

Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Crafting! 

Monday, June 4, 2018

JFF: Dream Girl Card

Welcome back and Happy June! It's hard to believe that it's June already. Today is my day to design for the Just For Fun blog and I have a beautiful stamp and a beautiful card to show you. 

So as you may, or may not know, I take part in a couple of craft swaps and one of my new favorite swaps is called a kit swap. If you are not sure what this is let me break it down for you. We split up into teams and each team has a "creator." The creator has the job of creating kits for all of the members, these kits have to be created from the same materials. Then she sends them to each of us. Once we receive the kits we have to create a project, usually a card, tag, or page layout which is specified when you join the event. The fun part is seeing how many different creations can be made using the one kit. 

So anyway, long story short, today's card came from that kit. 

Now I should also mention that you receive 5 different items in each kit, all of which must be used, but then you can also add up to 3 of your own this case the Just For Fun stamp, Dream Girl, paired perfectly. 

So for the image I simply took some watercolor pencils and a blender pen and I colored in that beautiful image. I found that the watercolor pencils work best when I color the heaviest on the top then use the blender pen to drag the color to the lighter areas. I then went ahead and stamped the sentiment onto the white banner that came with the kit. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my project. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Imagine That: Baseball Boy Birthday Card

Hey Guys!! Don't you simply love short weeks and the fact that it is already Thursday!! Woot, Woot! I know I do. 

Today also marks the launch of Creative Knockouts brand new weekly challenge: Embossing!! It's one of my favorite themes because you can do so much with some simple embossing. You can dry emboss, you can heat emboss, you can emboss resist, many great ideas..and they are all so much fun! I chose to use a Tim Holtz embossing pen paired with a beautiful sentiment from Imagine That!

Speaking of which, as with any good challenge, our sponsor this week is Imagine That Images and trust me you might wanna head over and check their designs out. I decided to use Baseball Boy which was a great set that came with 3 items and multiple sentiments. Don't you simply love tat adorable batter?!

When I received the images that I requested I downloaded them all into Cricut Design Space and drew up the card right on the program. I then decided what pieces I wanted to print and cut and which ones I wanted to cut straight out. I ended up printing everything, beside the large star banner. I then added foam tape to the baseball (to help hold the top piece) and the front baseball boy. The bats are just cut directly out and places on with some tape adhesive.

As far as the embossing goes, I printed the sentiment out then cut out the banner with my cricut. The print and cut feature really makes working with digital images so much more enjoyable. I then took my Tim Holtz emboss It pens and outlined the printed sentiment. These pens are really amazing and this is a great technique that is super simple and can really make a card that much more spectacular. After the embossing ink covered the sentiment I applied a clear powder then heat set it, just as if I were using an embossing ink pad. 

Thanks for stopping by Today. Make sure to head on over to Creative Knockouts and check out all of the other adorable DT creations.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Why I Scrapbook/Family Layout

I was recently asked why I scrapbook and without hesitation my response was "Because tomorrow is never promised and furthermore our memories can lie." My husband often criticizes me for being too blunt, but sometimes that's the best way to get things across to people. Think about it for a second... in death people often look back at old photographs to help their memory recall their favorite times. Why not get creative, relieve stress, and have fun all while preserving those precious memories, especially since one day that is all that will remain. 

Well now that I have set the mood, please forgive me I did not mean to start off so dark - just trying to get the importance out there, I want to show you a scrapbook layout that has a special meaning to me. 

Recently, my son's school hosted a grandparent's breakfast where all of the kids got to invite their grandparents to come and eat breakfast with them and to furthermore see what the children have been up to as far as school goes. My son, being the lucky kid he is, ended up getting both my parents and my husbands parents to come with him. This was very special to everyone who was involved because moments like this are limited, making it even more important for me to capture it and cherish it the correct way so I can make sure to preserve it for years and decades to come. 

There are plenty of reasons to scrapbook, whether you are using it as a creative outlet, preserving memories, or maybe you even head out to crops to get some much needed "me/mom" socializing in. Whatever you reason is, please make sure to continue to make it a point to cherish these memories. Also remember your pages do not have to be masterpieces, they just have to be from your heart. 


Have a safe and happy memorial day weekend! 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Kit Swaps: Tags

I recently took part in two kit swaps, as part of our swapping group on facebook. Now if you are not familiar with these, they are quickly becoming my favorite type of swap, I highly recommend you looking into one. 

In short there is a small group with one "Creator," the Creator has the job of creating the same kit for everyone in the group using 5 items that they have on hand. The Creator then sends the kits out to the others and we see what everyone creates. These are fun because everyone gets the same materials and has to create the same project, card/tags/layouts, using the kit and only 3 additional items (if need be.) 

I tell you this because not only are they fun but they are also how I came up with both of today's projects. 

Now for the first one I decided to adhere everything onto the tag and then I went ahead an added a black "Hello" die cut to it to give it a "purpose." I had a tough time deciding which side of the paper I wanted to use since they are both so lovely. The white floral was one side and that pink was the other. 

Then onto this one which is one of my favorites because it carries a very elegant feel. The "Creator" paired together beautiful gold and blush colors and even included that lovely wood grain paper and the sentiment, which is lovely!! For this tag I simply layered the sentiment onto some gold embossed paper to give it a little more focus. 

Thanks for stopping by today. If you are interested in joining us for some swapping fun you can find the facebook group here, or simply search there are plenty of craft swaps groups out there. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Patriotic Layout Video w/ Watercolor PML Cards

Hey guys and welcome back. Today I have a really fun video showing off some spectacular watercolor PML cards from CTMH. Here is what the completed layout looks like. 

Notice that beautiful watercolor PML card?! In the video below I show you how you can easily transform it to match any layout or card that you desire. These PML cards are based off the resist idea and each one features a glossy resist design so that when you color over them the white design shows through. If your interested in learning more about these beautiful cards you can find my direct link here

Now moving onto the video. 

If you are interested in joining our Scrap Shack Design Lounge group on facebook you can find us here. In this group I not only share tips, tutorials, and LIVE videos, but I also share discounts, deals, and of course we strive to motivate and inspire each other every day. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you around. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

American Beauties with a Raised Sentiment

Today I have another really fun and fabulous card to show you. This card follows suit with our Just For Fun monthly Challenge which is to use two or more stamps on your card, however unlike my previous ones, this one uses the stamps as the focal point. 

This card is fairly simple and using a technique I learned from Jennifer McGuire related to 3-D stacking. To start off this card I stamped the American Beauties stamp from Just For Fun onto some white cardstock. I then colored in my image using alcohol markers. Once my image was colored I went ahead and stamped Happy Birthday on top of the already colored image. 

Now to take this card a step further I went around the bulbs of the American Beauties stamp and fussy sliced (using my exacto) just the bulbs up. This created a raised image center and of course that partial raised sentiment. 

To finish off the card I trimmed the white cardstock down and layered it onto a canary colored piece. I then took some matching dots and accessorized. 

Thanks so much for checking out my newest project. If you were inspired to play in our monthly challenge make sure to head on over to Just For Fun and join us. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Baby Announcement - Pocket Style

We recently informed all of our friends and family that we were expecting our third and final baby and of course with that came a great opportunity for a family selfie-photo shoot. 

For this layout I used variety of cards and embellishments from my stash. My main focus was to get some gold and red pairings, even though these colors are not typically found together. I also focused a lot on hearts for my shape. I think that finding repeating elements can help any layout come together better and simply helps the eyes focus more. 

For all of these pocket cards I took the base card and then added extra embellishments to them. 

Then of course I left one open to add my story to. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Crafting! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

May Classes

For May I have decided to not only offer a card class but to also offer a double page layout class and I couldn't be more excited to showcase both of these classes to you. 
So first up is the card class, which features two cards created using the "Beautiful Friendship" paper line from CTMH. 

These cards, as with most of my classes, are very generic and excellent to add to your stash. I created the cards using the "Beautiful Friendship" paper line along with the "Art-booking" cricut cartridge. This kit will be offered for $15 (including shipping to the lower 48) and will include all of the material (pre-cut) as well as the card bases and envelopes. I will also include step by step instructions on how to assemble these cards. 

Now if you are more of a scrapbooker then have no worries because I have you covered also. 

This double page layout also uses the "Beautiful Friendship" line along with the coordinating scrapbooking stamp set. All images for this layout will be pre-stamped and pre-cut so you simply adhere and continue on with your day. This will also be a $15 class and will include all of the material, aside from the base paper. This allows you to easily adjust the layout to match your album size. This kit will also come with step by step instructions. 

Now as a special thank you I will be discounting anyone who purchases both classes, so if you love this line make sure to sign up for both. 

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you for the class. 

Kit Options

Monday, May 7, 2018

Mason Jars and Firefly's

Today is my day to design for the Just For Fun Challenge blog and I am so excited to bring this project to you. Before seeing the card I want to let you know that it's a new month!! Just in case you missed it. Also, with a new month come a new challenge which happens to run all month long and this month we are focusing on using 2+ stamps on your projects. Now this might be scary to some of you but trust me with the wide variety JFF offers it's actually very simple to do. Now moving onto my challenge project. 

Now my card came right off from Pinterest and easily incorporated those JFF stamps into it. I started by inking my background with a variety of purple, yellow, blue, and green inks. Once I had the background the way I wanted it I moved on to making that Mason Jar. For the jar I used the 
CJ-Canning Jar Large and stamped it onto some white. I then fussy cut it out and created a shaker with some matching sequins and vellum. To add more fun to the shaker I used the Firefly stamp which I colored in with a yellow Shi Han marker. I also added shimmer to these critters to make them shine a little, you know like a firefly should. 

Before I adhered the mason jar I decided to stamp some milkweeds onto the background. I then attached the mason jar along with that embossed "Hello" banner which was made using the Hello stamp set. 

This was a really fun challenge to play along with and as I said it's easy to create a card with more than 2 JFF stamps, whether they are made to pair or not. I hope to see your creation this month. Happy Crafting! 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Ck Friendship Challenge

Today marks a brand new challenge over at Creative Knockouts and this week we would love to see all of your "Friendship" cards. This is an excellent chance to make up some "just because" cards or even some cards just to say hello and "your friendship is appreciated." Our sponsor this week is Broken Fairy Designs and they have some wonderful images to choose from so make sure to head on over there and take a look. 

For today's card I decided to use the Morning Latte image and as soon as I found this image my brain starting creating some wonderful ideas, however then I became distracted by Jennifer McGuire and this is the card I created. 

Now as you may, or may not, know Jennifer has some wonderful tutorials up on her blog and this one is no exception. For this card I decided to use a die technique where you get out your stacking dies and start layering them on. Stacking dies are a great tool to work with because there are so many things you can do with them. If you are interested in seeing Jennifer's video you can check it out here, as always she shares a number of techniques including the one I used.

In order to make this card I cut out five different pieces of solid colored cardstock using my stacking dies. I then pieced together the different papers to create the look you see above. Again Jennifer's video go into detail on this technique so I am going to keep it simple. 

I then printed off the image from Broken Fairy Designs and colored it in using my favorite Shi Han markers. I decided to layer this image using some espresso and tan paper, just to give the image some support against those dies. All of the embellishments came from my stash including the sentiment, which is actually a cut up pocket card. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you were inspired by my project and I hope that you come on over to Creative Knockouts and play along with our challenge. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

FMS Challenge: Stenciled Background

It's been a while since I played in a challenge that I was not part of, and since I LOVE challenges so much I have decided to play in one and of course share it with you. One of my favorite types of challenges is sketch challenges and today I decided to play along with the Freshly Made Sketch challenge which looks like this: 

This is a very fun and somewhat easy challenge and the best part is that you can create with so many different outcomes. Their design team did a wonderful job putting together some examples so make sure to head on over there and check them out. Now onto my project. 

Since it's Monday, I decided to grab my Just For Fun Rubber stamps along with a stencil and get to work. I have been playing around with a lot of different techniques lately and this one is no exception. 

For this card I decided to stamp the background using the Cone Daisy stamp from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps. This stamp was then colored in using my Touch Twin alcohol markers, in a couple of shades of yellow and a couple of shades of cool grey. 

Once I had the background image the way I wanted it I lined up the top piece of paper and cut out a circle using my Friskars circle cutter. This circle cutter is excellent because you can adjust the size of the circle you would like, anywhere from 0-6"+ making it an all in one tool. Once the top circle was cut out I took a stencil and sponged some Topiary and Honey ink onto the cardstock. I then decided to give the card a little depth and layered the top piece onto the bottom using 3-D foam tape.

To finish off this card, and provide the other "circle" in the sketch I decided to fussy cut out the Whimsical Profile Butterfly stamp, also from Just For Fun. This stamp was also colored in using alcohol markers. I wanted to provide a little more color so I decided to pair the green and yellow with some orange and blue. Then to tie in the orange I layered the entire card onto a piece of orange paper, making three layers in total. Also, before putting on the butterfly I decided to wrap some brown ribbon around the card front, this helped break up some of the design. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my creation and make sure to check out the Freshly Made Sketches challenge. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

CK: A Button Challenge

Today welcomes a brand new challenge over at Creative Knockouts and this week we are showcasing all projects featuring buttons! Now I have a huge stash of buttons that I simply do not use and to be honest I actually completed my card today and then went back and added the buttons because I forgot all about them. Anyway, our sponsor is the wonderful "A Day for Daisy" who is graciously giving away a $12 voucher to their store so this is definitely a challenge that you want to play along with.

My card today features the "Miss Claire Clown" which I thought would be perfect for building my birthday stash back up with. Since I mainly go to kid's birthday parties I decided to keep the card to primary colors like yellow and blue. As with most of my digital stamps I sized out the design and image using Design Space then after I had the image ready to go I decided to color it using my alcohol markers. 

For the sentiment I decided to take a piece of vellum and to heat emboss a birthday greeting. Both greetings come from a retired CTMH stamp set of the month. I heat embossed the larger one using clear embossing powder and my black ink and then for the smaller one I simply stamped straight onto the paper. Then finished off the card by adding two buttons. 

If you are interested in playing along with us this week you can come on over to Creative Knockouts and enter your card. Thanks for stopping by today and as always Happy Crafting! 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

2-Tone Stamping Video Tutorial

Today I have a wonderful video tutorial showing off some 2-tone stamping. Now if you have not seen these stamps yet then you need to check them out..they are so beautiful and make creating beautiful projects so simple. These stamps are designed to be layered which in turns achieves a 3-D shaped stamped image.. Amazing!! right?!! Here to see what I am talking about check out my video below. 

Are you not totally in love with this technique?! I know I am. Close To My Heart has a few different stamps that will help you achieve this look such as the "Thoughtful Bird" set located here. There is also the "For You Darling" one found here, and even the "Beautiful Friendship" stamp set that is not out yet, but can be seen below. 
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If you love that stamp set as much as me then you should make sure to join us for our Creative Clubs in May where we will be using it to create cards and a scrapbook layout. If you would like more information on those clubs make sure to join our Facebook Group by clicking on this link

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you over in the Lounge. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

JFF: Stamptangle Sea Turtles

Today I have a really fun card that features one of my favorite stamptangle stamps, the 
StampTangle Sea Turtle 2 from Just For Fun stamps. If you have followed along with me at all then you know that this is one of the best stamp lines that anyone on the market offers, I simply adore it and cannot get enough of them. Here take a look for yourself. 

I mean seriously, how can you not LOVE this line. 

For this card I took a piece of sea foam cardstock (I mean what other color would match that stamp perfectly) and I stamped that sea turtle stamp on the background using Topiary colored ink. I wanted this to show but not be the focal point of the card so I then decided to pair it with that beautiful kraft cardstock and started to layer. 

To pop up the focal image a little more I used two of my dies to create a rigid, stitched squares. These dies come in a set of about 6 so I simply picked out two sizes that were close but not the same and again with the layers. 

The turtle was stamped onto a piece of vellum using black ink. I then decided to flip it over to the back and color in the image using alcohol markers. I flipped the paper over because I did not want my alcohol markers to mess up the image's ink. 

For the finishing touches I decided to wrap some green twine around the card front and to stamp a "hello" sentiment onto a piece of white cardstock. The "hello" stamp comes from Just For Fun and can be located here

Following the same steps I also decided to use the 2-sided butterfly stamp and create a duplicate card. 

With the butterfly card I simply switched out the cardstock colors so that I was using the kraft as my primary background. I also decided to stamp this image onto some white cardstock and again colored it in using my alcohol markers. 

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you were inspired. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Birthday Boy's Pocket Style Layout

As many of you know I am a mom of boys, which means that most of my scrapbooking is better when I use a masculine paper line. Now that doesn't mean that I can't turn any paper line into a work or simply means that I reach for the blue paper before the pink. Today's post is a great example of that. 

In today's layout I wanted to capture my oldest son's birthday party and as you can imagine there were a ton of awesome photos taken throughout the weekend. Me, being a mom, could not limit myself to only 2-3 photos so I decided to create a pocket page double layout which solved all of my problems.

For this layout I used the PhotoPlay "My Imagination" paper line which features awesome blue, red, and yellow patterns along with really boyish themes like robots, dinosaurs, and gaming. The line came with a number of 12" x 12" double sided papers as well as some PL cards which I ended up cutting out and using throughout the layout. 

Now unless you are shopping a line that features the same design both horizontally and vertically it might be necessary to adjust, trim, and layer your PL cards to fit in the appropriate slots, which is exactly what I did here. 

Since I purchased the whole kit I also got some coordinating stickers which I used to accent my handmade and pieced together PL cards. I love purchasing the whole kits when I buy new papers because I can always rest assure that the whole design will match perfectly without question. 

Here's one last look at the completed layout. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my post.