Friday, February 28, 2014

Waste not, Want not Scrapbooking Alpha

7gypsies packaging
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The other day Susy purchased some 7 gypsies chipboard letters for herself.  The moment she had discarded
the empty packages I asked if I could have them.  I had several projects in mind.

Today's project is a simple one that I'm sure most of you have done in the past.  Why toss perfectly good chipboard alphabets just because they are on the packaging?

upcycled scrapbooking letters
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I simply took our heavy duty paper trimmer and cut each letter out.  I didn't worry to much about the cutting them out perfectly because I thought imperfection would look better with these letters.   I left the numbers in a strip in case I want to use them that way.

It was a simple project that got me a set of free and unique alphabets to use on my projects.

Next time you're about to toss the packaging in the trash think twice.  It might look perfect in your next scrapbook layout or card.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Free Orchid Digi

This is my second free orchid digi stamp.  Simply click on the image to enlarge and then right click to save the file.  You can find the original free orchid digi stamp here.

free orchid digi
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Here is a colored example I made to share with you.

colored orchid digi
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Finally here is the photo I took to base this digi on.

orchid flower
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I hope you like the Digi!

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Monday, February 24, 2014

How to Heat Emboss without Embossing Ink

Summary: How to heat emboss without embossing ink and get a cracked paint effect.

When I made the card for yesterdays post I encountered a problem that I didn't tell you about.   After completing my black dragonfly and leaf background for the first time I embossed it with the title all natural beauty.  To my shock and horror when I added embossing powder it stuck to all my dragon flies that had been stamped with pigment ink.  It was a cool discovery, but also one that forced me to trash my first attempt at the card.

That discovery will be the subject of today's blog post.

So why did it stick to my dragonflies and not the leafs I asked myself?  The answer was simple.  The dragonflies had been stamped with pigment ink but the leafs with die ink.  A quick look at our embossing ink pad confirmed my theory.  The embossing pad was labeled clear "Pigment Ink".  Wow I said to myself it's nothing but normal pigment ink without the color?

I set up my experiment.  I stamped a rose with or embossing Ink from Inkadinkado and one with Pink Pigment Ink from ColorBox.  My first observation was that the color box ink actually worked better!  I got complete coverage of the stamped image on my first try.  However I did not get complete coverage with the embossing ink.  In fact, I had to apply embossing powder to the stamp 2 times and actually had to rub it in on my 2nd try because it just wouldn't stick.  Even after trying very hard to get the emobossing powerder to stick the result is well ugly.

You can see in the side by side how much better using normal pigment ink looks.  At least to me.

I can see you saying, but when I stamp with embossing ink my stamps come out better than your example, and I'm sure they do.  I have done many embossed images before with clear embossing ink and seldom do they come out anywhere close to this bad.  My guess would be that because I used an embossing powder for the first time that had an unusually large size for embossing powder it had trouble sticking.

Now for the exciting part.  Note the two different pinks.  One of them is the embossing powder and the other is the ColorBox pigment ink.     It has the a cool cracked paint look that I absolutely love.  Next time I need to emboss something I hope I remember this discovery and not reach for the conventional choice.

If you try this technique please post a link to a photo of your project.  I would love to see your creation.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

All Natural Beauty Card

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This card has a lot of first for me.

My first first was the Layering Dye and Pigment Inks technique.  I learned about it on Handmade Little Things that had a link to a how to at inspired apertrey ink.  I used the technique on the black paper with the All Natural Beauty title.  First I stamped dragonflies with ColorBox Pigment Cyan ink.  Then I used Marcella Evergreen Dye Ink with a fancy leaf stamp and stamped over the dragonflies. I love how the two stamps look layered on top of each other.

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The next first for me was the use of sisal twine.  I got a huge roll of sisal twine at the dollar store last weekend so I would have a cheap twine to use in my garden instead of using our expensive scrapbooking twine.  I really like the the natural look of the sisal.   I used it whole against my black and frayed to hold my two glass beads.  The frayed fibers to give it a distressed look.

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My next first was the use of the tiny attacher.  We have had a tiny attacher for several months, but I had never actually used it.

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My last first was using the chicken wire stamp from BoBunny.  It was in one of a few stamp sets that Susy got me for Valentines Day.  I stamped it several times in both black and silver.

I love how the card turned out and hope it inspires you to try something new for the first time.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Monochromatic Angel Prima Doll

Monochromatic Angel Prima Doll
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This past weekend I purchased a pair of Prima Doll angel wings.

When I get a new toy I have to play with it right away, so I've been itching to use them.

Then a few days back on the This Thing Called Life blog I came across a beautiful monochromatic card that Sharla had made and was struck by inspiration.  I love blue so I went with her color scheme and used mostly Copic markers from the BG family.  BG05, BG15, BG01, BG000

Friday, February 21, 2014

How to Make an Easel Card

How to make an easel cardA few days back I was surfing scrapbook blogs and came across a person trying to sell instructions for making an easel card.

I said to myself I can make that without instructions and got out my scissors.

Around 30 minutes later I had my very own easel card. Here is how you can make one of your own.
  1. Get a 12x12 Scrapbook paper.
  2. Cut it in half so you have two 12x6 paper
  3. Cut one of the 12x6 papers in half into two 6x6 papers.
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  4. Take your 12x6 paper and fold it in half.  Next fold one of the halves in half again.  You should now have a fold at the 6 and 9 inch points of this paper.
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  5. Glue one of your 6x6 papers over the 6x6 section of your larger paper.
  6. Glue the top half of your other 6x6 paper to the top 6x3 fold of your larger paper.  You now have the basics of the card.
  7. Cut a 6x1 strip of paper and attach it to the 6x6 paper that is glued completely to your larger paper.  I attached it at the 3 inch point with pop dots, but the closer you place yours to the fold the more upright your easel will stand.
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For the card I used the free digi stamp I made for yesterdays post along with a couple of stamps from our stash.
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stamped bee
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stamped flower
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asian easel card
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Once Upon a Time Easel Card
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easel card back
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Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Free Asian Girl Digi Stamp

Free Asian Girl Digi
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colored asian girl digi stamp
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After spending a long time searching for a free Asian Girl Digi online I couldn't find one.  I decided to make my own and share it with my scrappy friends.  I hope you all love her.

The only major change I made from my drawing was adding arms behind the fan.  I had somehow forgotten to do that in my drawing.

I spent a little extra time to make this a png file.  I wanted to make the stamp easy to use and make a snow white background and a png file was the only way to do that.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Making of a Digi

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I'm working on a card and needed a stamp of an Asian girl.  After looking online for more than one hour for a free one I gave up.

I decided to make my own.

I'm going back to my roots on this one and starting with a drawing instead of a a photo.

I should hopefully have the digi done by tomorrows blog post.

Notice the little changes I made on her?  At one point she had a rag doll that I erased.  I also changed her dress a few times, the fan twice, the hair 3 times, and the eyes and eyebrows 4 or 5 times before settling on a simple dot.  Last, but not least when I showed Susy she pointed out the feet were off center so I cut them off and moved them :).  I'm sure when I make the digi I'll have 1 or 2 more changes in her, but I really like how she turned out.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking

drawing of asian girl
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Love Prima Doll Masking

Love Prima Doll Masking
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All I can say is I'm in LOVE.  I think this turned out great and I'm excited to show all my scrappy friends.  I used the same Prima Doll mask that I made in yesterdays post.  However this time I used several different inks and stamps with it instead of spritz.

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All the stamps were from our pile of stamps so I can't tell you the brand sorry.  The inks were Color Box Dragonfly Black, Cranberry and Pink.

I used ColorBox Cranberry Ink on the edges of the DCWV Surf paper.

I put accessory on black scrap paper.  I'm particularly proud of the top of this accessory.  To make it I used 4 punches.  The large center punch and side punches are Martha Stewart corner punches.  the small circles were punched with a provo craft punch and We R Memory Keepers Punch and Eyelet Setter.  If anyone ask I'll be happy to make a long post explaining exactly how I made it, but I don't want to bore you.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Prima Doll Masking

I had a lot of fun making this scrapbook accessory.

Prima Doll Masking How To
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I started by stamping a Prima Doll on a scrap paper.

Prima Doll stamp
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Next I cut her out so that I could use the paper is a mask.

Prima Doll Masking
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Then it was a simple matter of using the paper for a mask and making my doll with spritz.

spritz prima doll
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Last, but not least I stamped slightly offset over my misted image with the original doll stamp.  I loved how this turned out and hope you like it also.

Prima Doll Spritz

Supplies Used:

Background: Provo Craft  Paper 42-5156
Stamping Ink: Dragonfly Black ColorBox Ink
Stamps: Prima Doll stamp and unknown stamps from stash
Spritz: Cherry Blossom Walnut Ink Solution by TSUKINEKO

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Happy Place Scrapbook Layout

Universal Studios Parade Scrapbook Layout
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Susy made this scrapbook layout of a parade we saw while visiting Universal Studios Orlando.  We took a lot of pictures.  Susy did a really good job squeezing them into the layout.
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She made 3 rows and dedicated each to a different character.  The top row is dedicated to sponge bob, the middle to dora, and the bottom to hop.

Supplies Used:

Papers from DCWV Snapshot Stack
Sticker tittles: October Afternoon Mini Market
Arrow Sticker: Basic Grey Fact and Fiction Stickers
Embellishments from stash

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Improving the Blog

writing classA big part of this and well any blog is writing.  I would not say my writing is bad, but I would not say it's great either.

That's why starting February 17 I'm going to start a free online class called Writing for the Web.   I'm very excited.

I know many of my readers also blog themselves.  I wanted to share a link to the class with all my scrappy friends so they could take advantage of the class if they wanted.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

I hope you are having a great Valentine's Day.  I'm going to keep this post short so you can go spend time with the ones you love.

I just wanted to share a quick little coupon for our store with all of you.

Valentine's Day Scrapbook Coupon

Have a wonderful day.

Your Friends at


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Update on Our Store

This is my 2nd post of the day and not a fun one.  However, we try to keep our customers up to date on all changes to our store.

Sadly not only is this not a fun post, but a sad one also.  The picture with this post sums it up nicely.  Sometimes shipping options just don't work anymore.  Up until only minutes ago customers could go to our store and have any order under $5 shipped for only $3.50.  All orders from $5-$49.99 shipped for $5.99 and orders over $50 shipped free.

Unfortunately due to the high cost of shipping items and how close we sell our items to the wholesale price we pay for them we have lost money on the last several small orders we sent out.  We love scrapbooking and helping our customers save money, but we can't stay in bussiness if we lose money on orders so we have been forced to discontinue or $3.50 shipping on small orders.

All orders under $50 still ship for $5.99 to all 50 states in the US including Alaska and Hawaii.  All orders over $50 still ship free to all 50 states.

I'm truely sorry that Susy and  I had to change our stores shipping policy.  It only applies to new orders placed after the change.

If you have any questions please ask and we will be happy to help.

A special thinks to George Hodan for the great photo

Key Tag

Key Tag
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This was a fun little tag to make.

I cut a scrap paper using the Tim Holtz Alterations Tiny Tabs and Tags die cut and then embossed it using a Sizzix embossing folder.

Then I simply added some red ink to highlight the embossed bits, the key, and the keyhole.  The finial step was stamping some black flowers and gluing the key and keyhole from yesterdays project to the tag.

For a tag that only took a few minutes to make I'm in love with how it turned out.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Multi Media Upcycle Tag

I made this tag out of a thick chipboard tag that was on a pair of blue jeans.  Sadly I had already started making it when I took this photo and that's why there is a key cut out of it.

sears and roebuck jeans tag upcycle
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 I love how the tag turned out.

upcycled tag
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multimedia tag
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once upon a time
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key hole
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For tomorrows post  I'm going to use the left over parts of this tag to make a different one.

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fountain Scrapbook Layout

Fountain Scrapbook Layout
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Susy made this layout of her sitting by a fountain at Universal Studios Orlando.

I remember taking the picture.  The fountain was in an out of the way area and Susy wasn't very happy that I was taking us on a few minute walk so that I could get this shot.    I'm glad I got her to take the photo though.  I always enjoy taking her picture and I think the layout turned out really well.

Girl at Fountain
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Supplies Used:

Background:  DCWV Merry Little Christmas Paper Pad
Word Paper: Bo Bunny Back to Backs Tuscany Rose
Photo Mat and Butterflies: Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Butterfly Species
Feathers: Want 2 Scrap Chipboard embossed
Wood Veneer Butterflies: Studio Calico embossed

Have a Great Day and Happy Scrapbooking!