Saturday, July 2, 2011

OWH Stars and Stamps: 4th of July Party: Challenge #3

OWH Stars and Stamps: 4th of July Party: Challenge #8

OWH Stars and Stamps: 4th of July Party: Challenge #3

OWH Stars and Stamps: 4th of July Party: Challenge #2

OWH Stars and Stamps: 4th of July Party: Challenge #2

OWH Stars and Stamps: 4th of July Party: Challenge #1

OWH Stars and Stamps: 4th of July Party: Challenge #1

OWH-4th of July Blog Hop Weekend Virtual Challenge



Welcome to my blog and thank you for coming by, I hope you enjoy my challenge.

I chose to remember our CHILDHOOD SUMMER MEMORIES.

I had so much fun designing this card, remembering my childhood and all the things I enjoyed during my summer breaks from school.  I hope it inspires you to design your SUMMER MEMORIES CARD too.

You can submit your entry from my challenge below by using the InLinkz button at the bottom of this post.  In addition, you can send your cards to OWH in support of our brave men and women serving in our armed services.

Your challenge is to make a card using the SUBWAY ART technique.  Your card needs to be no larger than 5 1/2 x 4 1/4, so it can be mailed in a standard A2 envelope.  Here is my completed card.

How to make your Subway Art
In designing my card I made a list of my favorite SUMMER MEMORIES in a Word document, went back changed the font style and color for each, then made adjustments to the font size for each line so it comes out evenly.

The green paper ribbon border (MS) was punched on both sides, then layered with the pink ribbon border punch (EK Success).
I wrapped the yarn around the card and tied a bow to secure it.
Subway Art is 3x3, then layered with the black and blue paper.

  • Specialty Paper: K&Company-Citronella
  • Card stock: White for card base and Black
  • Punches: MS and EK Success
  • Embellishment: Yarn-Sugar'n Cream-Denim Twists
  • Extras: Pop-ups (sentiment
Please use the first link to upload your card, thanks.

Please leave a comment on my blog and mail your challenge entry(ies) to OWH.  A winner will be chosen from comments received (challenge entry required) by using a random number generator.

Nancy F, you are the lucky winner.  Please email me your full name and mailing address so I can mail your Blog Candy to you.  Thanks for playing along.

Friday, July 1, 2011

OWH-4th of July Blog Hop Challenge

Head over to  Operation Write Home (OWH) Saturday morning - they are hosting challenges every 2 hours all day on Saturday and Sunday. For those of you who participate, you might win a prize, I hope you will stop by and check it out.  I will be hosting a challenge, on Saturday at 5pm west-coast time. 
Here is the link...http://www.owhstarsandstamps.org/

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tuesday Video Tutorial

                              ***BEE WELL SOON***
Hope you are all had a great weekend. This is a peek-a-boo card that I learned how to make from a Jenn Travis You Tube Video.  This is an interactive card that you pull on both sides. By pulling on the sides you expose the center of the card, hence, the name peek-a-boo card.

The free flower and bee clip art can be found HERE.  I used Sharpie pens to color the flowers and bees, and Stickles to highlight them both.  For the background I used an Sizzix embossing folder to give dimension.  Please leave comment, or a message letting me know if you create a card using this tutorial.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Welcome to the Creative Scrapbooking Divas' Scrappin' Summer School Blog Hop!

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog, I hope you are enjoying the blog hop.  If you are just joining us now, you can go to Luisa’s blog to start at the beginning.  This is my first tutorial and I'm very excited about sharing my graduation centerpiece with all of you.  It took me a good portion of my day to come up with my design and I think it turned out great and I'm so proud of it.  This project has inspired me to create other centerpieces for other holidays and special events, I hope it inspires you too.

This tutorial will provide you the basic information that was used in creating this fun centerpiece, should you have any questions, please feel to either leave a comment, which I would love to hear what you think or you can send me a question via email.

So with that said, let's get started in making this fun and colorful graduation centerpiece. 
Completed project

Score Pal/bone folder (Rosettes)
Paper Trimmer
Punch: Circles (Rosettes)
Sizzix: Flower Daises (cut 2 sets of each color)
Stampin' Up: Embossing folder-Square Lattice for pants/shirt
Sizzix-Emobssing folder-Swiss Dots on paper flowers
Cuttlebug: Embossing
Accents-(applies to stamped image on Cap)
Green floral tape for stems
Bamboo sticks for stems
Cricut Cartridges:
Hello Kitty Greetings (Diploma) (7 inches)
Everyday Pop Cards (Cap & Congratulations) (Fit to Page 12x12)
Paper Doll Dress Up (Indian Warrior) (6 inches)
Birthday Bash (You Did It) (6 inches)
Country Life (Class of 2011, Girls Name) ( You will need to determine for your piece)
Cardstock: Blue, Yellow & White, (Warrior) Tan, Brown and Black
Pattern Paper: Junkitz-Summer Collectionz-Summer Multi-stripe/2005
Brad/Doodlebug/Flocked (flower centers)
Stickles: Yellow (tassel & stars), Starry Blue (tassel, diploma, & cap) and Crystal (Name)
Stamp: Stampin' Up-Great Grads (located on Cap)
Pens: White gel-for stitching on Cap, Sharpie/blue/white flowers & black for warrior face
Silk plant greenery for fill
Container: Box or Vase of your choice
Rosettes: I made sample sizes from 1/2 inch to 1 3/4 inches to help me determine which sizes I needed.  This allowed me to play around with them to see what sizes worked well together.  Now I have a sample set that I can use for any project I'm working on.


The winner of my BLOG CANDY is JESSICA, she said "OMG you really outdid yourself with this one....love everything about it! I love the "off-centered" look it has, too.  Great tutorial! :O) Jessica"

Our Tour List includes:Luisa- http://www.creativedesignsbyluisa.com/
Sherry - www.patternsbysher.blogspot.com
Sandy- www.scrapbookblessings.blogspot.com
Marti- http://essenceofpaper.blogspot.com/ (Your here)
Jessica- http://jessicascraftshaque.blogspot.com
Lori- http://scrapmomsmusings.blogspot.com
Alecia- http://freakalecias.blogspot.com

Divas—don’t forget to comment when you are done!
 If any links do not work, please refer back to the Divas homepage,http://divascreativas.ning.com.

Post your entries by June 14, 7 pm eastern, to be entered to win.

Thanks for hopping!

Remember: post a comment at the blog hop thread and let us know you've left comments on all the Diva blogs, thanks!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Paper Layerz-The Coordinating Scrapbook Paper

If you are looking a great new paper pad, take a look at this new product line over Paper Layerz- http://www.PaperLayerz.com .  I was so excited to share this great idea with all of you.  Megan's videos showcasing her line is very helpful.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Summer Fun....Rolling on by.....

Creative Scrapbooking Diva-Pam's May Sketch Challenge.....The sketch below is the assignment for this challenge.  Pam chose a sketch from Sketch Inspirations which is one of her favorite spots and now one of mine!  Go visit...you also will fall in love!  This is sketch #156 from their sight.  You can find CSD at http://divascreativas.ning.com/

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New Official Cricut Blog Launching Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Provo Craft is proud to announce the launch of the Official Cricut Blog sponsored by the Cricut Circle! This all new blog will go live Wednesday, May 18, 2011 and they want you to be a part of the celebration!
The Official Cricut Blog will introduce artists and crafters to the benefits of the Cricut Circle. It will showcase inspiring projects designed by the Cricut Circle Design Team and provide a central location to receive announcements, promotions and updates on everything Cricut, directly from Provo Craft.
The Official Cricut Blog sponsored by the Cricut Circle will feature the following:
  • Inspirational projects using your favorite Cricut machines. The Imagine, Expression, Cricut Cake, Cuttlebug, Yudu and more.
  • Hello Thursday Cartridge announcements.
  • Educational videos and tutorials directly from Provo Craft.
  • Occasional sneak peeks into the exclusive Cricut Circle Community.
  • Access to the latest Cricut.com deals.
  • And much, much more!
To help spread the word about the Official Cricut Blog, grab their ‘blinkie’ and post it to your webpage, blog, facebook wall, etc. with a link to www.cricutblog.org . Also be sure to become a follower of the Official Cricut Blog and enter to win fantastic Cricut prizes!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Scripture Layout-Nature

This layout was created for the DIVAS MANSION TOUR BLOG HOP!!!. over at creative scrapbooking divas this past weekend.  The theme was Scripture-Nature inspired.  The photo was taken last spring during a trip to the coast.

 The scripture reads: Song of Solomon 2-12
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.


I love making PAPER FLOWERS because you can get to many different looks just by changing the shape or color.  This flower was made by cutting out the same flower in 9 different sizes. I used the flower found on Cricut Cartridge-Forever Young, page 70, Flower7.  Cut each flower once in the following sizes inch increments: 3, 2 3/4, 2 1/2, 2 1/4, 2, 1 3/4, 1 1/2, 1 1/4 and 1 inch.  The paper I used was from K&Company, Confetti.  Once the flowers have been cut out place a whole in the center of each flower large enough to accommodate a brad that will be used to attach all the petals.   Next, lay your flower out and lightly spray with water to breakdown the paper so it will be more manageable. You made need to spray the front and back depending on the paper used.  While the paper is still damp start adding the smallest flower to the brad (while attaching each flower gather it up towards the brad) until all flower petals have been added.  Secure your brad, and give the whole flower a big scrunch, then slowly start pulling the petal back out from the center. 

Banner for My Craft Room

I've been wanting to do a banner for awhile now, and I finally had the time during this past weekend during National Scapbooking Day, I think it turned out pretty cute, I'm not sure if I done with it yet.  I still think it needs a little something, what do you think, any ideas?  Leave a comment with your suggestion, I would love to hear your ideas.

Special Member of Our Family

Our wonderful dog "Molly" has been apart of our family now for 14 years, we think of her as one of our kids too.  She brings so much joy and fun to our family that we just can't imagine not having her around.  I hope you like the layout spotlighting her.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Twisted Easel Card

Twisted Easel Card

These Twisted Easel Cards are super simple to make.

Flower Pot Cards

These are so cute and fun to make, who doesn't like to receive flowers.  The directions for completing your own project can be found at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/flowerpotpocket/.  I hope you take the time to complete a card yourself for a special someone in your life.


Monday, April 4, 2011

Thank You for Being My Friend

This card was designed for a friend a work, she is always so thoughtful and so I thought I would give her this card to let her know how much her friendship means to me.

Card Recipe
Size 5 1/2 x 4 1/4

Base: Black Cardstock
Designer Paper: 4 x 2
Red Cardstock: 4 x 3 2/16 & 5 Scallop Circles for Flower
White Cardstock: 3 14/16 x 2 14/16
Black Cardstock: 4 1/4 x 1 2/16
White Cardstock: 4 x 1
Stamps: Penny Black-Sweet Smiles
             Hero Arts-Thank You (CL351)
Stickles: Christmas Red
Punch: Stampin'UP!-Scallop Circle 1 3/4
Brad-1 Red

To make the Flower you will need to punch out 5-6 Scallop Circles
Place one on top of each other, and make a whole large enough in the middle so a brad can fit.
Place several together and cut slit after every two scallops (it will look like a heart) you will need to cut far enough down to allow you to bend the heart in half to form a petal.
Once you have made your petals on each of the scallop circles, layer them on top of each other and secure with a brad.  You may need to scrunch your petals to give it a more realistic look.  The more you work with the petals the better it looks.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Creative Scrapbook Divas-March Card of the Month

Wow, I just found out today that I was chosen for the Card of the Month for March at Creative Scrapbook Divas.  Here is the link http://divascreativas.ning.com/group/cardmaking.  This is a great scrapbook site for inspiration and a great way to meet people who love to paper craft. I hope that you will take the time to stop by their site and hopefully join like I did.

Here is the card-

Sunday, March 20, 2011

CPS Card Sketch Challenge 209-Sending You My Love

Here is my creation for the CPS Card Sketch Challenge 209.  Here is the link if you would like to take a look http://cardpositioningsystems.blogspot.com/2011/03/cps-209-part-1.html.

Card Size: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Georgia Pacific-White
Chatterbox-Happy Garden
Bazzill-Lily Pond

Stampin'Up: Stamp set-Circle of Friends
Stampin'Up-Stamp Pad-Classic- Cameo Coral and Old Olive
Stampin'Up-Embossing Folder-Square Lattice
My Favorite Things-Stamp-Congrats All Around
Hand Punch-1/8 circle
Martha Stewart-1 inch circle
Pop Up dots
Cricut Cartride-Accent Essentials, #48, page 79

If you like my design, I hope you will leave a message.