Monday, May 24, 2010

May Swap Circle Card

I totally forgot to share my swap card for May with you all!  I was pretty pleased with how it turned out.  I of course waited till the last 2 days before it was due to start working on it, so could have been even cuter if I had given myself a bit more time!  OH WELL.....when will I learn??

It is hard to tell from the above photo, but I pop dotted the circle AND the frog.  There is Liquid Glass on his eyes, spots on his legs and on the bee's wings.  OH and for those who are not too sure yet about the circle cards....I used the circle card template from the Wishes CD that is included with the Wishes book.  Which means that I printed a template, traced the template on 11 cards AND hand cut each one as I do not have a circle cutter that is 4 1/2 inches.  In an effort to cover up any irregularities in my cutting, I distressed the edges with CTMH's Edge Distresser. 

I have to admit that while cutting out 11 frogs, 2 of them ended up with 1 less toe on one foot....OOPS!!

All supplies are CTMH:
Paper: Splendor with coordinating CS
Stamps: Hot Diggity, Intrinsic Backgrounds and Circle Around
Embellishments: Liquid Glass and Colonial White Crocheted Ribbon
Tools: CTMH Wishes CD for circle card Template and Nestabilities Circles.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Hope that this has inspired you to get out your Liquid Glass and use it to accent your pages and cards!  This stuff is AWESOME and can be used for SO many different elements!



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

LOOK at what I found......

A photo of the original gift certificate holder that I made for Michelle!  I forgot that I had taken a picture of it before I gave it to her!!  This is the one that I did not cut down for the scalloped edge.  SO this one is 7 x 12 and still scored at 3.5, 4.5, 5.5, 9 and 9.5.

Enjoy!!  I just love the Topstitch papers!!  OH who am I kidding, I just LOVE ALL of the yummy papers that CTMH carries!!

Again, all supplies are CTMH (except 1 tool)!!
Paper: Topstitch and coordinating CS
Ink: Chocolate and Baby Pink
Embellishments: Chocolate Soft Set Eyelets, Baby Pink Brad, Colonial White Organdy ribbon
Tools: Soft Set Eyelet Tool, SU! Scalloped Circle Punch (to create scrunched flower)

Happy Scrapping and Stamping!!


Gift Certificate Holder in Cherry-O

About a month ago, I found this SUPER cute gift certificate holder that a very talented CTMH consultant had made using Veranda for a customer of hers.  This came at a time that I was in need of a gift certificate for a friend of mine that was going to use it for a raffle.

The original gift certificate holder was a bit longer as she had used a gift certificate that she had made ( I am guessing).   Well, CMTH already has one made up that I just had to download and print!  Does not get much easier than that!!  After just a little measuring, I made one to fit the one that CTMH created for us to use.

The dimensions for my version are 7 X 10 3/4.  Score at 3.5, 4.5, 5.5, 9 and 9.5 .  The original length of paper was 12 inches.  This is what you will use if you don't want to scallop your front edge in a different color that the rest of the holder.  Clear as mud?  LOL  I will explain a bit more below......

This is what the side of the holder will look like.  The bottom should be folded on the score lines to resemble a W.  The top of the Cherry Paper front will go directly under the flap and should meet at the top of it.  I used a small magnet (Basic Grey, I think) to secure the flap to the front.  The magnet went under my flower and under the paper on the front.

As you can see I have my Colonial White CS cut a bit shorter than the scalloped edge.  This is because I wanted to use Chocolate for my scalloped edge and the only way I could find to accomplish this was to cut the Colonial White shorter than the Chocolate.  This is the reason that my version is 10 3/4 in length and not 12 inches.

I also used CTMH's Soft Set Eyelet tool and eyelets to attach my chocolate ribbon handle.  As you can see from the photo, I just knotted the ribbon and fed it through and knotted it again.  Easy Peasy!!  My gift card is attached with a bit of adhesive on all 4 corners.

If you know of anyone that would LOVE to receive the gift of scrapbook/stamping supplies, contact me and I will customize a gift certificate holder for you!!  Or if you like this one, I can make another one!

All supplies are CTMH!!

Paper: Cherry-O, and coordinating CS included in paper pack
Inks used: Chocolate, Tulip and Sweet Leaf
Embellishments:  Large Soft Set Eyelets, Chocolate Ribbon, Tulip Bloom and Tulip Brad
Tools: Soft Set Eyelet Tool, Corner Rounder with guard removed and 1 1/4 CTMH Circle Punch

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope that I have inspired you to either create one of these for your own gift certificates, OR to contact me for your very own gift certificate holder to give to the scrapbooker/stamper in your life!

Happy Scrapping and Stamping!!


Friday, May 14, 2010

Nugget Tins and 3x3 Matching Cards.......

Good Morning my fellow scrapbookers and stampers!!  Happy Friday!!  I just LOVE coffee and the way it makes me feel in the morning!  LOL  I think I will have to start drinking it ALL day long......maybe I would get more done with a little java in my system throughout the day.....HHHMMM  

I wanted to share with you all these sweet little nugget tins and matching cards that I created for a friend of mine.  Each year she holds a BINGO night for the American Cancer Society.  Cancer has touched both of our lives in a HUGE way and I was honored when she asked me to be a part of it this year.  

These nugget tins will go to the women who host a table for their friends and family.  Each of these tins holds 12 Hershey's nuggets perfectly!

If you would like to get your own nugget tins, go to Papertrey Ink  and look under Package.  They are the nugget tins for $2.  LOVE these things!!  So super cute and very inexpensive!!  

Supplies used are CTMH (unless noted)

Paper: Cherry-O, Chocolate CS and Colonial White CS
Stamps: Thank You and Bowl of Cherries (found in the WOTG Kit)
Embellishments: Colonial White Ribbon, Chocolate Ribbon and Cranberry Waxyflax
Tools: SU! Scalloped Circle Punch,  SU! 1 3/8 Circle Punch, and Nugget Tins from Papertrey Ink

I hope this inspired you not only get involved in amazing charities such as the American Cancer Society BUT to also get a few of these little nugget tins and make a few gifts for your friends or family!  Nothing better than a bit of chocolate wrapped in these darling papers!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stamping and Scrapping!!


Sunday, May 9, 2010

May 21st Scrapbook Group Pages

I LOVE the You Rock paper pack!!  These are the pages that we will be making in group this month.  This  paper pack was SO much fun to work with and can easily be used for SO many different subjects.  It is a lot like Caboodle in that it is SO stinkin' versatile!!  This month instead of using the My Reflections Stickease that coordinate with this paper pack, we are using the Rockin' Top Coats.  Everyone will get a FULL package with their kits to use on their pages.

I have to take a moment and reflect a bit on these 2 pages with my now x-SIL and my nephew Cody.  Do you have friends or family that have come and gone in your life that you are no longer friends with, but you still have amazing memories of times spent together and the photos to along with them?  What do you do when that happens?  Do you stop scrapping because things ended not so good?  I wanted to!  But, I started thinking that just because they are not in my life NOW, does not mean that the memories I had THEN were not good ones.  They were.  So scrap them and relive the GOOD times through the pages!!  Even though these pages make me sad now..... I know that I was happy when I took the photos.

One more thought.....when my daughter saw these pages of Tee and Cody she gave a big sigh and with a tear in her eye she said how much she missed her aunt tee.......absolutely heartbreaking.

I did use a few of the My Reflections You Rock Stickease on these 2 pages along with the Rockin' Top Coats for my title and a few accents.  These pictures are of my FIL's retirement party 10 years ago.  And he truly felt "Wild & Free"!!

The pics on the photos below are of my side of the family!  These photos are from the Nebraska Football Game party that I posted a few months back.  Just getting around to scrapping the rest of the pics that my Aunt Judy took while she was vising.

Lastly, I am going to show my group girls how you can use 1 sheet of paper to cover an entire 12x12 page AND use paper from the same piece on the 2nd LO.  This was a technique that I was taught way back when I attended group at my upline Shari's.  I honestly had forgotten all about it until I was making these pages.  I thought, darn!  I don't have enough of the multi dot paper to create both pages!  AAHHH but with a little creative cutting with the trimmer, VWLAH, I do now!!  LOL

Supplies used on these LO's:

Paper: You Rock
Stamps: Cocktail Alphabet, Just be You (from the wotg kit)
Inks: Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Honey and Goldrush
Embellishments: Outdoor Denim Mini Medley, Rockin' Top Coats and My Reflections You Rock Stickease

Thanks for stopping by!!

I hope that I have inspired you to get out the photos good times gone by and scrap them despite the relationship that you have now with those in the photos.  It can be very therapeutic......

Happy Scrappin' and Stampin'!!


Thursday, May 6, 2010

One more CLEAR scalloped circle card. with paper flower tutorial.....

BUT not the last.....LOL

Have you visited Jeanette Lynton's blog recently?  If not, click on her banner on the side of my blog and check out the cards and color combo that she posted on Monday.  I faithfully visit every Monday to see what color combo's she has and I always have good intentions of creating something using those colors.  But, I never seem to get around to doing it. 

Well, I did this week.  I also created the flower that she created on the bottom card.  It took me a few tries, but I ended up with something completely different, but just as beautiful, I think!  lol

Inside of card is fairly simple......

Onto the tutorial.......This is step by step on how I made this flower.  Remember to check out the flower that this was inspired from over at Jeanette Lynton's blog.....

Start with a 4x4 square and hand cut a spiral. i did NOT draw it first....pencil lines showed. I started with a piece of Colonial White CS and dyed it. You can start with any color CS you choose to create your flower with. I am in the dying paper and flowers I created my own look using Re-inker/rubbing alcohol spray.


Cut off square edges.


I sprayed mine first with Baby Pink reinker/rubbing alcohol  


Then again with just a couple sprays of Hollyhock 
 Sponged the edges with Hollyhock ink 


sprayed with shimmer mist (rubbing alcohol and pearl paint)  

better pic of the shimmer!

Start rolling in outer edge  

continue till edges are all rolled up. At this point you should only have the center of the swirl left. It will be about 1/2 - 3/4 inch around. This is what you will put your liquid glass on (or other adhesive) and adhere the bottom edges of your flower to.

At this point, you can fluff as desired and add to your projects, OR you can continue on as I did and smoosh it so it lays a bit flatter.....


I sprayed mine again and again with the shimmer mist and smooshed and rolled and seperated the edges outward as I sprayed until I got the look and height that I wanted. I put it on top of a bloom that I sprayed Hollyhock and embossed and was finished.  


I did not put the original flower onto an embossed bloom, but for the tutorial, I used one.


Finally, a smooshed flower ready to put on any paper project that you create!!


Supplies used on this card are all CTMH unless noted:

Paper: That's Amore', Hollyhock CS, Olive CS and Blush CS
Stamps used: Card Chatter and It's a Buzz
Inks: Hollyhock ink pad, Staz-on white ink pad, Hollyhock and Baby Pink Reinker
Embellishments: Spring Blossom Just Blooms and Clear Scalloped Card from CTMH

Thanks for stopping by!!  

I hope that I have inspired you to check out Jeanette's Blog and to create these beautiful flowers to enhance any project that you are working on!  

Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!!


Tuesday, May 4, 2010


I ran across this awesome tutorial over at Patty's Stamping Spot where she shows how to create this awesome paper flower using a paper crimper.

For my flower, I used a corner rounder without the guard and scalloped the edges. For the leaves, I used my 1 1/4 inch punch as shown below.....

The center flower is about 3 inches around.  So, I made the card a 6x6 and used a card pattern from Originals.  The flowers up the left side, corner flourish, word bloom and words on the stem are all from the CTMH Primavera Rub-Ons.  Talk about easy!  I added a few sparkles in the centers of the flowers for a little bling.

I followed the leaf instructions up until Patty cuts them out by hand.  I used my 1 1/4 inch punch instead and then inked them in Sweet Leaf for a bit more dimension.

  You can make the leaves different sizes depending on where you put them into the punch.....

Supplies used for this project are all CTMH (unless noted):

Paper: Cherry-O stripe, Crystal Blue CS, Tulip CS, Colonial White CS and Chocolate CS
Inks: Chocolate, Tulip
Embellishments: Sweet Leaf ribbon, Bitty Sparkles, Primavera Rub-Ons
Tools used: Paper Crimper (non ctmh) and 1 1/4 inch punch available now from CTMH!!

Thanks for stopping by!! 

I hope this inspires you to check out the flower/leaf tutorial and give it a try!  I really had fun creating this flower and will be making many more!  Maybe in different sizes too!

Happy Scrappin' and Stampin'


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Tutorial for embossing on paper flowers.....

I wanted to share with you a super fun way to spruce up your paper flowers! I am still on the emboss resist kick from a couple of weeks ago and was trying to come up with other ways to use this technique. This is what I came up with. Although, it really is not an emboss resist technique.....started out to be, and can still be. But I like this version better.

This is the Scalloped Circle Clear Card that CTMH sells along with the square clear card that I posted earlier. Once again, I am SO loving these cards!!! I feel like there is no end to the possibilities with these sweet cards!! My tutorial will show you how you can create the flower on the front of this card......ENJOY!!


First you will need White Daisy pigment ink, stamp of your choice ( I used Spot on Background for mine), clear detail embossing powder, reinker and rubbing alcohol (mine is mixed in spray bottle)  


Spray your just bloom with desired color, let dry.


Stamp with White Daisy pigment ink with stamp of your choice.  


Immediately after stamping, cover flower with embossing powder, remove excess powder to emboss.  


Heat powder just till it melts pretty fast. For this flower, you are done!!  


To create the Sunflower colored flower, I started with the Creme Brulee flower....

Followed the same steps as above, only added a couple of sprays of Sunflower ink to darken the yellow....  


I changed up my clear card a bit on the inside to include another couple of blooms to cover up the "snot dot" that was showing through the back. Card front (again)  


Card inside (changed to add flowers) To emboss the Tulip colored flower, just start with the tulip flower and emboss! Does not get much easier than that!!  


HTH!! Any questions, please feel free to e-mail me! Most of all, HAVE fun playing!! I know I have!!  


Thanks for stopping by!!

I hope that I have inspired you to try this fun technique!! If you don't have the supplies for this project, you can either order them from your favorite CTMH consultant, or go to my website and order them to be delivered straight to your house!!

Supplies needed to create this card are: All supplies CTMH unless noted....

Paper: Animal Cookies
Stamp: Spot on Background
Ink: White Daisy Pigment Ink, Dutch Blue, Tulip
Reinker: Sunflower
Embellishments: Spring Blossom Just Blooms, Clear Buttons, Cranberry Waxy Flax and Badge Buttons
Close to my Heart Clear Scalloped Circle card
Stazon White Powder (not CTMH)

Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!!


CTMH now has CLEAR Cards!!!

These are SO stinkin' cool, I can't hardly stand it!!  The cards come in a pack of 8.  You get 4 scalloped circle cards and 4 square cards along with 8 clear envelopes.  All this for just $8.95!!!  Check them out this weekend on my website in the BRAND SPANKIN' NEW Summer Idea Book!!  

There are so many possibilities with these cards!  I have only just begun.....

Inside of the card.....  

While I would like to take full credit for this card, I can't!  CTMH provided consultants with instructions on creating a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card that used these papers and stamp set.  I scraplifted the idea and shrunk it and created one for the clear card.  The original looks like this......  If you live in the area and would like to create the card below.....give me a call and we can schedule a home party for you and your friends!!

I loved that I could follow the same card pattern for this card and just shrink the papers a bit to fit the clear card.  The clear card turned out so cute and much more dimensional looking too!

Supplies used for the cards above: 

All products are CTMH!!

Paper: Splendor 
Stamps: Over the Rainbow
Embellishments: Colonial White buttons
Inks: Desert Sand, Autumn Terracotta and Crystal Blue
Clear Cards are available NOW in the Summer Idea Book!!

Thanks for stopping by!  

I hope that I have inspired you to try the clear cards!!  They are so fun and easy to create with!  Imagine receiving one of these in the mail......

Stay tuned for another clear card AND a tutorial on how you can emboss on paper flowers!!

Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!!