Friday, April 21, 2017

Tickled Pink

I've got a quick and easy card I'd like to share with you. I recently bought some new stamps and couldn't wait to play with them. They are all sentiment stamps and some of them are super cute.
This card is also part of the April Mini Crop over at Creative Inspiration. I hope you'll stop by and play along with some or all of our fun challenges going on.

I used some Core'dinations Hocus Pocus paper and embossed the flowers with my Cuttlebug and then sanded them a bit more to get the pink to show through. Then I stamped the sentiment with pink ink and embossed it with some clear embossing powder. I punched both ends with a border punch and then added some pink Nuvo Crystal Drops.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Cutest Best Friends at Their First Communion

I've got a quick and easy layout up at the ScraPerfect Blog today. I just love this photo of my granddaughter and her best friend so I wanted to keep the layout simple so the photo wouldn't get lost with a lot of embellishments.

All the papers used were from my scrap pile except for the background but I have to admit I've had that paper for many years. The photo mat is from a store bought card I received and saved because it was so pretty. It's hard to see but it's an embossed shiny pale pretty. I've had those paper strips hanging around my desk for quite a while so I decided to use them before they got all messed up. It was so easy to get them lined up nice and straight because I used the Best Glue Ever. It doesn't dry right away so you have time to line up everything perfectly. 

The flowers were added using a stencil and white gesso. While the gesso was still wet I sprinkled on a couple of different colors of glitter. I shook off the excess and then got out my handy Perfect Cleaning Cloth to clean the rest of the glitter off the page. 

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Driving Down Beautiful And Breathtaking Skyline Drive

I recently had a layout up on the Robin's Nest Blog about my vacation drive along Skyline Drive in Virginia.

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I started by designing and cutting the background leaves out on my Cricut. I then backed them using some Getaway Glitter Cardstock (reverse side)Forest Trees Speciality Paper and both sides of the Red Plaid Linen Cardstock. I used some of the Best Glue Ever by ScraPerfect and that made it so much easier to line up the backing on the leaves. It doesn't dry right away so you have time to get it lined up perfectly.

I matted the photos with some dark green cardstock and placed the little The View tab from the Outdoors Stickers above the top photo along with a leaf shaped piece of wood veneer.

I cut out some arrows using the Hunter Green with Gold Glitter Cardstock and placed them in the top corner and along the bottom of the layout. I also scattered several of the  River Bed Tear Drops around the page because I just can't seem to do a layout without them.

Here's another look at my layout

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

How To Make A Retro Masculine Birthday Card

Today I have a retro style masculine birthday card up on the ScraPerfect blog.  I always have a hard time with masculine cards and needed one quickly so I went to Cricut Design Space to see what I could come up with. This was a perfect image for the birthday boy as he is an entertainer and does mostly impersonations of older performers!

This was a quick and easy card but using the Best Glue Ever really makes it come together nicely. I always use it to layer paper on top of a base card. Since the glue doesn't dry right away you have time to get it lined up perfectly. I also used the  Best Glue Ever to add the fussy cut image and little music notes and if any seeps out you can always use the Perfect Crafting Pouch to get rid of the glue and and then use the Perfect Cleaning Cloth to get rid of the leftover residue from the pouch.

For the inside of the card I added a little pocket to hold a gift card for the birthday boy. Again I used the Best Glue Ever along with the Perfect Crafting Pouch and the Perfect Cleaning Cloth.  These three products make crafting so much easier. I can't imagine not using them every time I scrap.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

How To Make An Iris Folding Easter Card

Hello Scrappy Friends! I recently took an Iris Folding Card Class and decided to try one on my own. I made several of these type of cards years ago and forgot how fun it was. This is the perfect card for using up some of your scraps. I have a stash challenge up at Creative Inspiration also and used this card for the challenge. You don't have to make an Iris Folded Card, you just need to use scrap papers and stickers on your project.

You can find all sorts of different patterns just by searching online. Once you have a pattern printed out, you'll need to cut the pattern out and place it on your paper where you want the design to be.

Then you need to trace around the pattern. I only needed to trace around the top pattern of this design since I cut the bottom out of cardstock.

And now the hard part, at least for me. You have to cut out the pattern and you have to be very careful while doing so.

Then place it over top the original pattern that shows you where to place your strips of paper. I used washi tape to hold it in place. Each pattern will tell you where to place the different papers you use. This one called for 3 different patterned papers which you can see off to the right side in the photo below.

Cut strips of paper 1 1/2" wide and fold in half lengthwise. Using the guide provided with the pattern, start at #1 and put the appropriate strip on the pattern. The class I took told us to use scotch tape to adhere the paper strips but I used the Best Glue Ever and it was so much easier to position the strips correctly.  The photo below shows all the layers done except for the last 3. 

The center of the pattern is called the Iris and you should cover it with holographic or glitter paper. I decided to use a bright yellow glitter paper.

Once I finished it and removed the pattern from it I found that some of the glue had leaked through. I just grabbed  the Perfect Crafting Pouch and patted it all over the front of the card and then wiped it off using the Perfect Cleaning Cloth. It got rid of all the stickiness and cleaned it up beautifully.

Iris Folding can be quite bulky so I ended up popping this up on the card. I cut out the bottom pattern in printed cardstock and then added some grass and found some old stickers in my stash that went so well with this card.

Here's another look at the finished card

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mama Bird

Welcome to the Creative Inspiration Blog Hop! For my project I decided to alter a metal bird I found at Hobby Lobby. It was a rusty metal bird that was attached to the wooden base.

I started by taking the bird off the base. I painted the bird with white acrylic paint and then put several colors of metallic gelatos over the paint. I added the nest on top of the base and reattached the bird. I added some moss to the nest and 3 little plastic eggs. I die cut the flower and the fern like leaves just to add a little color and then wrapped the blue and white twine around the base. 

My challenge to you is to make something that has a bird and flowers on it. It doesn't have to be an altered item. It can be a layout, card, ATC or whatever you want. 

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Then using something you saw on the hop that inspired you create and share your project in comments and who and what inspired your project. You have all month long to play along with us.

Post your project on the Creative Inspiration website under the Saturday, April 1st challenge. Be sure to comment here on my blog so that you will be eligible for a prize drawing.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

How To Upcycle A Simple Spice Jar Into Something Cute

Hello Scrappy Friends! I've got an altered project up at the ScraPerfect Blog today and I'd like to show you how I transformed a simple spice jar into a cute little container.

This is what I started with. It was a very old (like probably 20 years old) spice jar. My mother had saved a couple of these and I found them when I cleaned out her house a couple of years ago.

I peeled as much of the label off as I could and had quite a mess left on the jar.

As you can see, I grabbed my Best Cleaner Ever and went to work on it. Look how nice and clean it came out!

Now comes the fun part of decorating the jar. I took two different colors of jute that I wanted to wrap around the jar. I used some of the Best Glue Ever and painted around the middle of the jar with it. I then wrapped the jute around and it held beautifully.

And since we've been doing a cross promotion with Lawn Fawn I used their stamps and dies to create a banner for the label. I used the Bannertastic stamp and die set. Their dies and stamps are just the cutest and they cut and stamp so crisply!

I also added several flowers and leaves and since it's a container for my pins I added two pearl stick pins. For the lid, I used some more of the Best Glue Ever to glue the ribbon and raffia around the side of the lid. This was adhering fabric to metal and the Best Glue Ever worked perfectly! For the top of the lid I just punched out a circle and placed a flower on top.

Here's another look at the finished project.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

It's Fun To Feed The Little Baby Ducklings!

Here's a layout I made for The Robin's Nest about my granddaughter's class trip to feed the ducks. Aren't the little hats they made super cute!

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I started with the Brown on Brown Glitter Cardstock for my background. I cut a circle out of the Bunny Cardstock and used the reverse side and cut down the Rubber Duckies Glitter Cardstock and rounded the corners. 
I wanted to bring out some more of the colors of the photos so I decided to mat the photos using the Pink Glittered Leopard Cardstock.

Next, I cut some little duck feet on my Cricut and placed them along the top of the page right over the Rubber Duckies Glitter Cardstock.

And since there just wasn't enough bling with all the glittered cardstock I used, I decided to make a few small flower shapes using some of the Diamond Dew Drops and the Mini Dew Drops

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

How To Make A Card Sparkle With Glass Bead Paste

I've got a post up at ScraPerfect today and wanted to share it here with you.  I had so much fun making this card. I finally got around to trying some glass bead texture paste and I love it! I highly recommend it....the texture and sparkle it adds to your project is amazing. We're also doing a cross promotion with Lawn Fawn so I got to use some of their wonderful die and stamp sets.


I started by mixing some Liquitex glass bead texture paste with a couple of different colors of gelatos. I taped a stencil down to a piece of the Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes paper  and applied the paste trying to get it as even as possible. Not an easy thing to do because if you scrape your spatula across it, it will remove the glass beads.  I just played around with it til I was happy and then set it aside to dry which takes a while....I even left it overnight just to be sure it was dry. Then I used some of the Best Glue Ever along with the Embellie Gellie to add some black nail heads to the centers of the flowers. The Best Glue Ever is so good at adhering things to a bumpy surface and you only need a little bit and the  Embellie Gellie makes it so easy to get your little doodads placed just right.

Now it was time to play with the Lawn Fawn stamps and dies. I used the Bannertastic Stamps and Bannertastic Lawn Cuts Die to make my sentiment banner. I also used another piece of the Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes paper for the banner.

Here's another look at my card

Hope you have a scrappy day and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Old Tunnels Through Rock Can Be Amazingly Beautiful

Here's another travel layout about our trip down Skyline Drive in Virginia last fall. It's a fairly simple layout because I didn't want to take away from the photos.

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I started with a 5 x 12 " piece of the Khaki Glitter Cardstock and a 7.5 x 12" piece of the Red Plaid Linen Cardstock and glued the two of them together to make a 12x12" square. I used the Best Glue Ever for this as it makes it so much easier to get your edges lined up nice and straight. I then used a stencil and some brown ink to create the two starbursts on the Khaki Glitter Cardstock. I matted the photos with some brown cardstock and placed them on the Red Plaid Linen Cardstock. I cut out some chevrons using the Hunter Green with Glitter Cardstock and added some Mini Dew Drops on each of them. I used the Embellie Gellie  and the Best Glue Ever to get them right where I wanted them. 

I cut the map out of the Lodge Cutouts Cardstock, inked the edges and tucked it under the Red Plaid Linen Cardstock.

I inked and layered a Leafy Green Card and a Rusty Rose Card on top of each other and placed them on the bottom right corner.

To finish it off I used several rub ons from the Belgian Chocolate Boy Rub Ons

Here's another look at the finished layout

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