Monday, September 30, 2013

Handmade Gift Christmas Card

Handmade Gift Christmas Card
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I made this Christmas card for my nephew Ben.  I think he will get a kick out of seeing how the card opens.
The neatest thing about this card to me is the bow on top that I made out of doily.

If anyone ask I'll be glad to make a how to that explains how I made the card.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!
paper piecing gift box
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Christmas gift shaped card
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handmade gift shaped card
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Handmade Noel Christmas Card

Handmade Noel Christmas Card
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I made this Christmas Card for my mom.

It was the first time that I've made a card with layered stamped images that line up.

The first step was making the basic card.

After that I had to cut a window in it that would show the snowflake on inside of the card.  I simply turned the stamp I planned to use upside down, traced it, and cut it out.

Then I closed the card and stamped the inside of the card thru the hole I had cut in the front.  I used shiny embossing powder on the snowflake.

Noel Christmas Card
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Christmas Card
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The Noel stamp was made using metallic silver embossing powder.   The first step was stamping and embossing Noel across the snowflake in the center of the card.  That way I knew it would show up in the window I had made.  Then I took a small piece of vellum and put it behind my window to prevent getting my 2nd Noel stamp on the first one.   Finally all that was left to do was line up the new Noel stamp with the first one and emboss it.

I'm hope this how to is slightly more clear than mud.  Making the card was easier then trying to explain how I made it.

I'm going to have a new Christmas Card in tomorrow's post.

Until then, have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Free 15x3 Inch Clear Stamp Block!

No I'm not giving away huge clear stamp blocks, but keep reading you will likely find you already have a 15x3 inch stamp block in your craft room and just didn't know it!

A good 4x6 clear stamp block can easily cost you $9.  That's a lot of money!  For those of you who are all new to the blog I should explain that I'm well cheap.  I hate to buy overpriced scrapbook supplies.

So recently when I wanted to use one of my stamps that was bigger than the 3x3 block I had at home I had an obvious problem.

After thinking about my dilemma for a few minutes it occurred to me that my ek success ruler was made of acrylic.  I tried putting stamps on it and guess what they stuck!  Then I used it and it worked just like any other stamp block would.

Sure it isn't thick, but you can't beat the price or the size.  Plus it has all those convenient measurements printed on it that would make arranging stamps into a huge design a snap.

I'm excited to see what kinds of stamping adventures I can have with my new huge stamp block.

If you're always looking for ways to save money on scrapbooking like me, please stop by our scrapbook store.  We have have 500 different scrapbook items all at unbeatable prices.  12x12 scrapbook papers start at just $0.18!

OK sorry for the shameless plug there, but it's thanks to the store that I have the time to blog so I have to promote it.

Tomorrow's post will have a new Christmas card.

Until then, have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Handmade Winter Wonderland Christmas Card

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Unlike the card in yesterdays post, I'm not a huge fan of this card.  It not ugly, but it didn't turn out how I had hoped.  I made it for my sister and her husband.  I'm sure she will like it.  I think I'm just critical of myself.

The one thing I do really like about it are my holly doilies.

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All the scrapbook papers used are from my scrap pile so unfortunately I can't tell you brands.

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Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Handmade Holiday Wishes Christmas Card

Handmade holiday wishes card
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I made this card for my niece Bella.

It is by far my favorite card I've made recently.  I love everything about it from the stamp to the pile of gifts.

The large digi stamp named Scarlett was free and designed by Anna Stillwell at Cuddlebug Cuties.  I explain how I colored it in yesterdays blog post.

I really love how this card turned out.  Like almost everything I make I used scrap papers from my stash.  The only paper I can identify is the background paper that was made by SEI.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!
Handmade Christmas Card
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Christmas Digi Stamp

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I've never colored a digi stamp before.  I wanted to try them out and for my first time I don't think I did too bad.

If you want to make your own this was a free digi!  The digi is named Scarlett and she's by Anna Stillwell at Cuddlebug Cuties.

She is 7.25 inches tall making her the largest stamp I've ever colored.

I hope to someday be is talented is Anna, but I know I currently have a long way to go.  I also have a lack of supplies that causes it's own set of problems.  All I can do though is keep trying.

Overall, I'm happy with how this turned out.  I'm going to put it on a card.  I'm thinking I'll give the card to my niece.  She likes the dolls that look like this.

Keep reading to see how I made her.  She has paint, colored pencils, spectrum noir markers, flock, glitter, alcohol, glue, and traditional markers.
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 First I printed the image.  Our printer is basically out of ink so the image is hard to see.

Then I used a red spectrum nor marker and a pink one (BP6) to color the dress.  I don't have a blender marker so I tried dipping a q-tip in alcohol and using it to blend the markers.  It worked, but not very well.  I'm looking forward to buying a real blender.

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Next, I used acrylic paint to paint her face and legs.  I do not have skin colored markers and the q-tips had smeared red unto her face that colored pencils wouldn't cover up.  I was very unhappy with how I painted the face.  I paint over it again later.

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After that, I grabbed a traditional black marker and traced all the lines and cut her out.

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I used Martha Steward decoupage glue to add flock and glitter to the fur.

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Last but not least, I repainted the face.

I hope you like my first ever digi stamp.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Robot Card

handmade robot card
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I was on Terres Scrap Therapy the other day and saw a cool stamping technique that I had to try.  She had stamped the ink off her stamp and created a motion effect.  I wanted to try this technique myself, so I made a card.

I don't know what it is with me and cards, but I really enjoy making them.  Before long I'll be making cards for things a year in advance.  I made this card for my nephew Tyler who loves robots.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!
robot card
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Monday, September 23, 2013

How to make a Vellum Bow

Vellum Bow
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This tutorial on how to make a vellum bow is based on similar one I found at how about orange.  Knowing how to make one might just come in handy next time you have to wrap a gift last minute or want to make it extra special.

It took me two tries to make my bow and I learned a little during the process, so  I wanted to make my very own how to and share what I learned.

1st:  Cut a vellum paper into strips 3/4 inch wide.  You will need 3 that are 10 1/2 inches long, 3 that are 9 1/2 inches long, 2 that are 8 1/2 inches long, and 1 that is 3 1/2 inches long.  I found the easiest way to make them was to first cut 9 strips of paper 3/4 inch wide and then trim them all to the proper length afterwards.

2nd:  Turn all but the shortest strip into  mobius strips.  This is easier to do then it sounds.  To do this all you have to do is take one end of the strip and turn it upside down.  Then take that end and bring it to the center of your strip.  Next take the other end of the paper turn it upside down and also take it to the center of the paper.  Finally fasten the two ends to the center.  I used a stapler, but your could also use glue or tape if you wanted.

3rd:  Fasten the same length papers together into a bow shape.

 4th: Fasten the three layers together.  I found a quick drying glue works best for this step.  I sued Glossy accents.

5th: Make your smallest strip into a loop and put it on the top of your bow.

6th: Glue a small paper to the bottom of your bow to flatten it out.

I hope this how to helps

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Multimedia Butterfly Trash to Treasure Part II

Handmade Multimedia Butterfly
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My last trash to treasure multimedia project was so fun I had to make a new one.

multimedia butterfly
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part of old box
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old makeup
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This time I started with a old box flap and some old makeup cloths from the trash.

I cut the box flap into a square and then tore off around half of the portion that covers the box corrugation.  I kept the process messy, because I didn't want a clean look.

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Next using acrylic paint I painted the box white.

Then I used blue watercolor paint to paint the box blue.  I painted the corrugated part a light blue and the flat part a fun darker blue design.

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For the butterfly I used a Tim Holtz Sizzix Die on the makeup cloths.

I soaked the butterfly parts in watercolor paint and then glue them together.  After gluing them together I wanted the wings to stand out more so I used white acrylic paint to accent them.

The clouds were made out of paper scraps from my stash.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Simple Paper Flower

I was inspired earlier today to create a flower.  Instead of looking for instructions (likely the smart move) I said to myself you can do this.

 I tried several ideas that didn't look like flowers when I was done.  In the end here is what I did.

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Step 1: punch several paper circles and glue them together at the center.

Step 2: fold a pyramid in the center of your flower and then fold the other circles around this pyramid

Step 3:  you have a folded flower bud you could stop here or you could unfold the petals to open your flower
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premade flower
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Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Tin Foil Flower Tag

tag win tin foil flower
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I loved using stamped tin foil so much in yesterday's post that I had to try it again.  This time I stamped a flower.  I used StazOn ink and Spectrum Nor markers.

It was actually very hard to figure out how to use the flower after I made it.  It took me a few tries but I ended up with this tag.

I'm happy with my end result, but had a lot of trouble getting the flower colored.  I'm not sure I would color tin foil again anytime soon.  I found that tin foil, markers and StazOn ink do not mix well.  The markers tend to erase the ink.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Are We There Yet Card

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This is my favorite card that I've made in a long time.  I was inspired by the tag at card therapy.  Sue had used a layered stamped image to make a tag and I loved the result so much I had to make my own version of it. 

I sprayed the background of the paper card with a shinny blue mist and made the doily using the technique from the post on September 5.

I like the 60's style paper I used for the van.  However, my favorite part of the van is that I used tin foil for the wheels and bumpers.  I actually like the result so much I'm going to make some sort of stamped tin foil image for tomorrow's post.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Boys Will Be Boys Accessory

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Susy made this fun little accessory.  She colored the robot with colored pencils.

I'm working on a very cute little card for tomorrow's post that I'm very excited to show you.

Until then, have a great day and happy scrapbooking.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Shark Attack Scrapbook Layout

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Susy made this layout.  The photos are from Universal Studios Orlando.  I'm in love with the title she made I think it's just too cool.

Supplies Used:

Background: Coredinations - mistic gray and cloud paper from Amy tangerine yes please paper pack

Flair- Studio Calico Badges

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hexagon photo
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Wood Veneer: Geo tag and hello studio calico

Label: My Minds Eye

"attack": Cosmo Cricket tiny type

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Trash to Treasure Mixed Media Butterfly Tag

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I've never done a mixed media scrapbook project before, but I've always wanted to.

I see so many scrapbook blogs with beautiful mixed media projects on them.  I've always looked at them and found attempting something like that out of my league.

However, not long ago I read a blog that basically said it's easy.  Just glue a lot of different items to a paper and then paint them.

I consider myself a mildly skilled painter so when I found someone call it painting it was much less intimidating.

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I spent the next week or so looking for items I could glue to a paper.  This was actually a hard task becasue I wanted the items to be trash, but still pretty. 

After looking and looking all I was able to find was a bit of old metal.

Then two days ago Susy shows me a stack of old ugly tags.  She was going to toss them, but always give me the option of having them for my personal stash first.  Instantly I knew I had found the base for my project.

With little more then a handful of tags and a old rusty bit of metal I went to work.  I put a small tag on top of a larger one.  Luckily. the small tag already had a large pop dot under it so I already had dimension for my project.  I glue the old bit of metal to the small tag.
mixed media tag unpainted
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Using a hole punch I made several flowers that I glued down to the paper. 

I took a piece of twine and glued it to my tag.
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Now it was time to paint.  I painted the entire tag white with acrylic paint.

Finally, I the real fun began.  I used a few different techniques along with paint types and colors to make this blue monochromatic tag.

I know in my heart that it isn't the best mixed media project ever.  I've seen far better ones before, but for my first try and for only using items (besides the bit twine) that were trash I'm proud of myself.  I find my mind already racing with ideas for my next attempt at mixed media.

Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!
finished mixed media tag
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Round and Round Scrapbook Layout

Dr Seuss scrapbook layout
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Susy made this fun layout of the Dr Seuss carousel at Universal Studios Orlando.  It looks nice in the picture,but even better in person.  The hearts are shinny metallic red.  The thicker title is glittered.  The frame is fabric.  However, perhaps the cutest thing about the layout is the gem frame around the cat and the hat.

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Supplies Used:

 Background: Dr. Seuss

Rhinestones: Heidi Grace

Frame: Maggie Holmes crate paper

thickers title

Best Day ever Basic Gray fact & fiction

Admit two label : Amy Tangerine

Brad: making memories pitter patter

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Have a great day and happy scrapbooking!