Category: simply scrappin

2011 {a little bit crafty}

Yes, I’m still here.  Just busy. 

I have had a little time to be crafty lately.  Here are some highlights. 

Paper tape flower in picture above.  VERY EASY.  I learned how from the Tim Holtz tutorial.  You should give it a try! 

Above is a glass etching that I finally did.  After watching many Cricut tutorials, I was confident enough to give it a try… Very EASY!  I am thinking of many more things to etch!
I sent a care package to my nephew that just started college.  I wanted to include some homemade cookies.  After putting them in a ziploc bag, I placed them in this oatmeal container, to better protect them.  I didn’t want to decorate it…after all, he’s a guy.  But I did include a handmade tag with it. 

SO, that’s just a little of what I’ve been up to. 

december daily 2010 preview

Finally am posting some pictures of my December Daily 2010.

If you want to see all of the pages, you can view them on my flickr page.

I think this is my 3rd or 4th DD.  Looking back, I learned 2 main things:

1.  Don’t try to create the page ahead of time.  Stick with the dates only and allow for creativity later.

2. I rarely have ever finished a DD once Christmas passes….so, I prepared up to day 25, added 2 more pages and that’s all.  Obviously, I can always add more pages, if time allows. 

This year, i wanted a “vintage-feel”.

Thanks for looking!

Christmas cards 2010 version 1.1

Well, I said I would never do it again, yet here I am. 

Handmade Christmas cards. 

A few years ago, I made huge amounts & hated it. 

This year, I decided that if I see any cards that catch my eye, I will buy them. 

BUT, I will also make some.  Usually, I send out about 60 cards….

we’ll see if I survive this year  : )

Here we go!

I decided to use embossed white paper as the main background. 

So, last week, I sat on the couch with my paper-cutter, my white cardstock, and my embosser. 

Then, I decided to do some hand-stitching on them. 

I have tried to use my sewing machine on paper with about 65% luck.  Never guaranteed what the end result will be, so I decided to do it by hand.  I absolutely LOVE how the snowflake turned out, however, of course, that one took the longest to make. 

On this card, I used my Tim Holtz edge thingy to give it a rough, frayed look. 

I had bought pre-cut/scored Kraft cards & envelopes a while back on sale, so I decided to use those. 

I put a sheet of red cardstock behind the white…just so a tiny amount of the red showed around the edges. 

Weeks ago, I found the “Christmas Story” both the Bible story version and The Night Before Christmas version and pasted them into a word document.  Then I changed the font color to red and printed it out on cardstock.  I then took my Marvy punch (scalloped edge square–size purple) and cut a bunch of background squares. 

Then, I tied a ribbon around the white cardstock before adhering it to the page. 

I also took my Distress Ink and inked around the edge. 

I used my PapertreyInk stamp for the sentiment.  Inked around the edges with white Brilliance ink. 

To make it more dimensional, I used foam dots to adhere the scalloped square. 

I stamped the inside, added some bling and inked around the edges  (for that snowy feel). 
I added some snowflakes to the envelope. 
Here’s another version of the card. 

On the inside of this one, I stamped first and then placed some cardstock on top of the words and inked a snowy edge around the sentiment.  Thanks for looking! 

card crazy

Well, I’m a week or so late on posting these.  It was World Card Making Day last week….so I sat down and made a bunch of cards.  These are a few of them. 
I messed around with a bunch of flowers that I had punched out with a Marvy punch. 
The birdie below was actually stamped and cut out of a Starbucks cardboard cup cozy. 
I love how the flower below turned out.  It’s actually a scalloped circle then I just cut it and curled up the “petals”. 
The embellishments below is cut out of the same Starbucks cardboard cup sleeve.  Thanks for looking!

embellishment swap

I made these journaling tags for an embellishment swap over on the studio calico site.  It was a lot of fun, but it’s always hard to know if the person that will receive your items will like them!!!
The “Cookies” tag word, and cookies were cut on my Cricut.
The button wreath that I used on this tag, I made last year. 
I love how the white ink smudged along the edge looks like snow! 
All of the tags and tag pockets were cut on my Cricut also.  I love the endless possibilities!
I know it’s been a while since my last post, but I’m still here! 

sunday sketch challenge from SC

Yesterday was a good day!  I actually scrapbooked for a while…and I decided to try out the Sunday Sketch from Studio Calico.  You can see their sketch below…and then my version…  
This is my son after getting his temps.  I used some random keys for the masking and I think the vintage cards are from October Afternoon. 
Next, I had a picture that I love of our dog, Chewy, waiting for his pancakes.  My husband started a weekly tradition of Pancake Saturdays….hubby gets up and makes pancakes and bacon, while I make the coffee…we all look forward to Saturday mornings, the 3 of us + Chewy…. 
For the masking, I used some hearts that I had cut out with my Cricut.
…Most of the supplies used came from Studio Calico monthly kits…and I love the fabric Thickers! 
Finally, I had a picture that I took of my new glasses.  On the day that I turned 40, I went to my first eye-exam and ended up needing bifocul reading glasses.  Welcome to the 40’s, lol. 

For this layout, I challenged myself to simply grab random supplies and use it. 

The brown strips I bought a  few years ago and it has sat in my stash forever. 

Below it I used a polka-dot tape, from the $1.99 bin at Archivers. 

The “details”, I had cut out using my Cricut. 

So, that’s all.  Feels good to have scrapped some layouts, using supplies on hand. 

Today’s the last day of summer break.  Where did Summer go? 

altered note card holder & some vintage rick rack

I’ve been holding on to this note card holder waiting for the perfect project to alter it for. 
I finally thought of the perfect thing!  It’s the perfect size to store CDs in on my desk at work!! 
Here’s how:

  • First, I painted a small amount of green paint around the edges of each side, in case any of it showed, I didn’t want the original colors to ruin the color of the project. 
  • Then, I simply cut paper to the size of each side. Using my large sticker maker, I adhered the paper to the box.  This Xyron is perfect for these types of projects…I always use it! 
  • Collect embellishments such as ribbon, flowers etc…anything you want!  My BFF Lisa had just given me a bag of vintage ribbon and rick rack–in the original packaging!!!!!!  This rick rack matched perfectly!!!  And when I opened it, I realized that the packaging was the perfect size for the front of my box…so, of course I had to use it! 
  • Before adding the embellishments, I used sandpaper around the edges to rough them up a little and make them look old.  Then, I dabbed the edges with a white ink-pad.  Followed by some squirts of my favorite Marshmallow Mist to add a little glitter to the paper.
  • I used various sizes of my scalloped oval Marvy Punches, some bling, and a Sassafras button flower.  I used some blue embossing powder on one of the ovals, (first time I’ve used embossing powder…not sure why I haven’t tried it before). 
  • I also ran the 2 colors of rick rack through my sticker maker…great way to add adhesive to ribbon.
  • After all embellishments were added, I sprayed a layer of Matte finishing over the entire thing. 
And that’s it! 

I love how rough and “vintagey” it looks.  Can’t wait to use it!! 

altered board game journal

My sister’s birthday is this week and so is her yearly birthday trip to Lakeside.  I had an old “Lakesideopoly” board game, (Lakeside version of Monopoly) and so I thought I would make her a journal for her trip! 
The sunshine is actually made from a wood self-adhesive embellishment. 
Most of the papers and embellishments were part of past Studio Calico monthly kits. 
Every trip to Lakeside, includes a trip to The Patio, where she buys a slice of her favorite Red Raspberry pie….so I included money for her afternoon “sweets”. 
I loved using the game property cards for some fun embellishments as well. 
She recently redecorated her home, so I know that she plans to spend time wandering through the shops looking for more home decor, so I included some fun-money for her shopping trips. 
…I loved this pin-up girl flair in her pink bathing suit… 
Do you have an extra board game laying around the house collecting dust? 

Make a fun mini album! 

little mini

Happy Belated National Scrapbooking Day! 

Incase you didn’t know, it was this past Saturday, lol. 

I am typically, not a ‘cat person’, but my sister had to put her 20 year old cat, “Mini”, to sleep at the end of last week.  She, of course, is going through a sad time right now. 

So, I did the only thing I know how. 

I scrapped. 

My mom gave me some pictures of the cat, from over the last 20 years, and I made a “mini album about Mini”. 

Some of the supplies used were from:  Dear Lizzy, Studio Calico, Maya Road, PapertreyInk, Cricut & more! 

Thanks for looking!