I have always been a Taz fan and it just so happens that my niece celebrated her fourth birthday in Taz style. I was fun to use my Taz punch and my Taz stamps.
Created in 1999
I used the colors from the invitation and thank you notes and included them in the layout. The Taz stamps were colored with colored pencils and blended with a Dove Blender pen. This is a fun memory and a cute layout of my niece who is now 20!
This is one layout that shows how much styles have changed over the years!
I had more fun creating another card from the “Perfect
Chemistry” set from Your Next Stamp.It is also designed to go along with YNS current color
theme, using Garnet, Java and white. Love the ideas the YNS Design Team has, and the design of
the stamp lends to very similar designs for their sets!
The mad scientist (looks a bit like Albert Einstein!) is
stamped in Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black and is colored with Chameleon pens in
CG8 Cool Gray, NU1 Bisque, and RD4 Red.These pens are SO EASY to use with these smaller images.The “Eureka” sentiment is stamped in TsukinekoVersa Magic Cloud White, heat embossed
with white embossing powder, and die cut with Impression Obsession Tiny
Tags.The Chalkboard card stock by
Die Cuts With a View is die cut with Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create
2B.The “CuTe” sentiment is
stamped with Tsukineko StazOn Opaque Cotton White.It really looks like a very neat chalkboard drawing!Most Chemistry professors do not write
this neatly on the board!The die
cut images are adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.The background red card stock is
trimmed 4 ¼” x 5 ½” and is pressure embossed with Sizzix Heart and Dots
embossing folder and the corners are rounded.TsukinekoVersa
Magic Cloud White is swiped over the embossed areas to help them pop a
bit.The card base is white
card stock trimmed to6” x 9” and
folded in half before rounding the corners and adhering the layers.
This card is entered into the following challenges:
We are in the second week of our sketch challenge at Retro
Rubber Challenge Blog, and this
is my interpretation of the sketch.
I decided to work with just one set of stamps (Inkadinkado
Birthday Wish), inks, and embossing powder to create this Birthday card. This set has been in my stash for a few years, and has seen limited use, but got a little love this go around!
I started with white card stock trimmed to 7” x 8” and
folded it in half.The stars border
image was stamped in Tsukineko Memento Luxe Teal Zeal and heat embossed with
clear embossing powder. (Note
that all of the images are heat embossed with clear embossing powder, it made
the colors more vivid!)A strip of
white card stock trimmed to 1” x 7” is stamped with the party image in
Tsukineko Memento Luxe Love.Only
parts of the letters show when the card is assembled.
The edges are inked one at a time and also heat
embossed.The next layer is 3 ¼” x
6 ½”The sentiment layer is stamped in Tsukineko Memento Luxe Pear Tart, Love
Letter, Teal Zeal, and Dandelion.The candles are carefully inked in sections.The sentiment has the “birthday” inked hand drawn in with
pen to help it stand out more. The edges are also inked on this layer. The present was stamped in both Love Letter and Teal
Zeal, and the party hat was stamped in Pear Tart.Both images were fussy cut.The card is assembled with the sentiment layer and the
embellishment adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.
This card was sent off to my nephew for his January birthday
coming up next week.Happy
Time to play with the Valentine’s Day stamps!I went back to my stamping roots to
create this card with minimal supplies.The sketch is from the current Unity Stamps Sketch challenge, rotated to
fit the stamp set.
All of the stamps are from the Unity Love Is set.The heart background stamp was stamped
three times across the card face in Tsukineko Versa Mark ink and heat embossed
with clear embossing powder.BazzInk Maraschino is swiped over the surface of the card, and a baby
wipe is used to remove the ink from the surface of the embossed
background.This technique also
gave the card a watercolor feel!The word heart image is stamped in Tsukineko StazOn Jet Black over the
top of the heart embossed background.I was pleasantly surprised at how nicely the image stamped.Another scrap of card stock is inked
with Maraschino, and stamped with Tsukineko Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat
embossed with clear embossing powder.The sentiment was die cut with Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 2B to
create a neat rounded square.Two
edges are inked and embossed at a time to finish the sentiment.Searching the stash I found a bit of
vinyl “ribbon” with a black pattern to complete the card.The sentiment is adhered with
dimensional foam adhesive.
This card is entered into the following challenges:
Valentine’s Day is now less than three weeks away . . . so
time to make a few cards and get them in the mail!
I recently found a new stamp company, Your Next Stamp that
has cute stamps that I actually like!You may have noticed I don’t really do cute, but the big draw on this
set was the fact that I am a Chemistry teacher!This set is called “Perfect Chemistry”.
This card was inspired by the sketch at Sketch Saturday, along
with the color choices at Color Throw Down of bright pink, light pink, blue,
The bright pink card stock is by Core’dinations, the other
colors are all from my stash and the manufacturer is unknown.The bright pink and green card stock
was pressure embossed with Sizzix Hearts and Dots.The bright pink was sanded lightly and the green was inked
with Tsukineko Versa Magic Cloud White.Spellbinders Standard Circle Large and Nested Pennants die cut the light
pink card stock.All of the images
were stamped in Tsukinkeo Memento Tuxedo Black.The test tube was colored with Chameleon Pens Grass Green
and the Erlenmeyer flask was colored with Royal Blue.The heart die is from the Project Life die set.Another item from my stash is the mesh
ribbon.The card is
assembled and the top layers are adhered with dimensional adhesive foam
Shopping my stash was
blast for this layout.The
embossed lavender card stock was spritzed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in
Purple.The red card stock was cut into
a scalloped circle shape with the Creative Memories cutting system.The dark purple card stock (Color
Mates) was punched with a Martha Stewart boarder punch.A strip of white handmade paper from
Costco was torn with a plaid deckle ruler to back the hand gathered ribbon.Two strips of Zips adhesive lines
secured the ribbon and the Recollections Red sequins ribbon.The photos were backed with the purple
card stock and the title was die cut with Quickutz Blossom font.The journaling was written on the computer
and printed on Glama Natural Velum, die cut with Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat
Create 1B die, and inked with BazzInks in Pansy. The final touches are a
few vellum stamps found in my stash and Martha Stewart Hydrangea stickers.
I completed the
following Tic Tac Toe rows:vertical
row of sequins, ink, and border punch; and horizontal row of sequins, 2+
photos, and die cuts.
Yes, I had to scrap
this! My husband thinks these photos are absolutely hilarious, and loves that I
have created this page for all three of our kids, yes I completed this layout
in triplicate.Our boys had been
home just six weeks or so when their big sister decided to help them dress up!
I’ve been the card
making mode for awhile be decided to switch gears and get back to scrapping
some pages for the kid’s albums.Since I have a huge stash and no LSS I really need to start using some
stuff up.I headed over to Scrap Our Stash and used the January challenge as a jump start to start a plan.
I ended up with the
following options for the TWINE challenge:
T for textile and texture
W for washi tape
I for ink
N for Netting
E for eyelets, and
embossing both pressure and heat versions
I started with
Technique Tuesday’s Scalloped Textile circle and dyed them with Adirondack
Brights Alcohol Ink in Sunshine Yellow and Sunset Orange. The circle centers are Spellbinders
Standard Circles Small with one Classic Scalloped Circles Large.The sentiments and flourishes are
stamped in Tsukineko Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and clear embossing powder.(Technique Tuesday-Whirly Gigs,
Scrapbook It; Autumn Leaves-Golden Moments by Maryanne Wise, Funky Flowers;
Fiskars-Layer Away Dots)
The base of the layout
is Wausau Textures card stock in black, followed by lavender card stock
(unknown), Core’dinations pink card stock pressure embossed with Darice Large
Petal Background, Karen Foster Doodle Flowers printed paper, and unknown
netting in purple.
The washi tape is by
of my eyelets are not labeled so I have no clue to manufacturer any of the fun
flower eyelets on this really fun layout.It is not often I will put flowers on a layout for my boys.
I am honored to be a guest designer over at Crafting By Designs.It is fun to share my
love of paper crafting with their wonderful team and blog readers. The theme for the challenge this
week is “Under the Weather” or “Get Well”.
My uncle recently had open-heart surgery and is still recovering
in the hospital.It seemed
appropriate to make a masculine get-well-card that references his gears not
working as well as they should.I
had a little fun with all of the gear related stamps and dies in my stash and
played with a faux rust technique for the die cut gears.
I started with light grey card stock trimmed to 6” x 8” for
a card base which was folded in half and rounded at the corners.I used dies from the
Heartfelt Creations’ Cut Mat Create collection to create layers in the
card. Selected dies from HCD 1A and 2B were die cut
from dark grey card stock and the two largest were stacked and the window was
die cut through both layers at the same time. The edges of the layers are inked in Tsukineko StazOn Saddle Brown.
The sentiment is Sassafras Mini Robotics alpha along with a
Scrappy Cat question mark and is stamped in Colorbox Deep Green.The gear stamps are by:Sassafras--I Hear Robots, Technique
Tuesday--Borderline Industry, and Fiskars--Teresa Collins All Boy.The card base layer is stamped in Tsukineko
Encore Ultimate Metallic Champagne.The dark grey layers are stamped in Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black.
The die cut gears are Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets,
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Gadget Gears and Mini Gears.I die cut lightweight chipboard and
inked each with Tsukineko Encore Ultimate Metallic Champagne.I used Suze Weinberg’s Ultra Thick
Embossing Enamel (UTEE) in Gold and Bronze.It is best if you sprinkle one color of UTEE on and tap off
the excess, then add the second color of UTEE.(I didn’t want to make a large amount of party mix.)I purposely heated the UTEE just until
is melted and did not try to get a smooth look on the gears.To distress them a bit more I inked the
edges with Tsukineko StazOn Saddle Brown.
The card was assembled with dimensional foam dots and glue
dots to hold the gears in place between the various layers.
My boys have been home for a while from Russia, and I
continue to scrap some of our early experiences as a family.These photos were taken just five
weeks after joining our family.
I created a layout for each of the boys’ scrapbooks, and
they are exact duplicates.I
started with a dark blue card stock base and used a Martha Stewart edge punch
to make a snowflake border, which is layered on white card stock.I added a paper ribbon from Little
Black Dress Designs between the blue card stock and the snowflake paper.The snowflake paper is from my
The Snowman is a Sizzix die, Snowman Two and is die cut in a
variety of papers.I used black
brads for the buttons.The
snowflakes are a mix of McGill punches and Spellbinders Create a Flake
Three.They are die cut from white
and blue vellum, and are pressure embossed.The title is aQuickutz font, Ginger die cut from white card stock.
This was a special day for the boys, and deserved a special
layout to celebrate the joy of the day.
This layout is entered into the following challenges:
A long time member of our church passed away last week, his
home going was quick but not totally unexpected.This card is for his lovely wife.
I started with two challenges, Pals Paper Arts! Sketch PPA
#236 and Designs Rubber Stamps Color Challenge using Lovely Rose as a color
The sentiment by Unity stamps is stamped in Colorbox Deep
Green on a light rose colored card stock.The sentiment is die cut and pressure embossed with Spellbinders Labels
A light olive card stock is stamped in Colorbox Deep Green
with a flourish from the Fancy Pants Pollen Dust collection.This acrylic stamp has been in my
collection for many years and has finally seen some ink!It is what is called Never Before Used
Schtuff or NBUS.Glad I found this
challenge, because I will now make it a mission!
Maybe one of the reasons I have never used it is because the
image is larger than my largest acrylic block.So I used a
thin acrylic sheet I had handy and it seemed to work just fine.A deeper olive card stock is layered
over the pink petal marbled card base.
There are a number of flowers languishing in my stash so I
pulled a few out to make accents of layered flowers with crystal centers.The curved edge of the Labels
Twenty-five reminded me of the Basic Grey Notch and Die Cutting tool, which I
used to cut a curved slot to thread the ribbon through the sentiment
label.I used ribbon from my
ribbon stash (probably Ofray) in two colors to finish the card.
This card is entered into the following challenges:
One project every scrapbooker should consider creating for
herself (himself too) is an “All About Me” album.We so often scrap our loved ones, and often do not even end
up in the photos.I hope you make
a concentrated effort to be in the photos of an event, I hand the camera to one
of the kids so quality sometimes isn’t great!
This layout is done for a 11” x 8 ½” landscape style Pioneer
album.It was a prize at a crop
and has a purple cover, which just happens to be my favorite color.When I
started on my All About Me album I tried to locate additional page protectors,
but was not able to purchase any more.So this will be a small album, I have a few more layouts to complete the
Created in spring of 2009 for a challenge on a private
forum, the theme of the layout is Crossroads.It details the crossroad of being a long-time single woman
to marrying my husband at 45.This
was a major, but much welcomed change in my life.Just 6 months after I completed the layout, our family changed dramatically with the
adoption of our two boys.Our blog, Journey of Joy, chronicles the process and the first months the boys were home.
The card stock is My Mind’s Eye 29th Street
collection.I layered pre-made flowers and added jeweled centers and leaves. Along the bottom edge I punched paper with Fiskars edger punch and added a bit of sheer ribbon. The titles are die cut with Quickutz Ginger font. Our wedding photo was printed at specialty photo printer that allowed you to add digital frames. This was before I learned how to do it on my own with PhotoShop Elements.
Enjoy, and go create something that is ALL ABOUT YOU!
For Anything But a Card New Beginnings challenge I decided to
re-purpose a mailing box and several cardboard tubes to hold my crafting
mats.Several years ago I made a re-purposed
a 3” x 5” file box to hold my sketches that would look pretty while sitting on
my craft table.
This is the Sketch File Box that I completed in 2009.
Meanwhile my collection of craft mats were rolled and stored
in cardboard tubes . . . nothing pretty about that!So with a little bit of ingenuity I came up with this
I started with a small priority mail box, but any box will
do.It just needs to be wide
enough to accommodate the cardboard tubes.The tubes are re-purposed from wrapping paper or from paper
towel rolls and trimmed to fit the interior of the box.I still had some of
the Basic Grey Lucky left in my stash, so it was very easy to match the new
craft mat holder to the existing sketch file box.
I started by determining the size of holes to cut in one end
and used my old school Coluzzle template and swivel craft knife to cut through the
cardboard.Each of the edges of
the box were inked with Colorbox Berrylicious. The paper is cut to the exact
dimensions and adhered to the exterior of the box with Plaid Mod Podge.The box was still flat at this
Circles were cut in the flap where the holes were, but are
smaller to allow a bit of paper to be tucked down into the tubes.The paper is clipped, similar to the sewing
technique, to allow for the curve.Tacky tape was carefully placed on the inside of the tube and the tube
was attached.This wasn’t quite
finished enough for me, so I also put a strip of paper around the top of the
tube (not shown).
My box was about the same width as the tubes, so I adhered
the tubes to both sides of the box as I assembled the box into a closed
position.I used a bit of gesso to
fill in the gaps and had to wait FOREVER for it to dry!The gesso and edges were inked
again.A few more layers of Plaid
Mod Podge, and the Craft Mat Storage was ready for my desk.
Here it is on my messy desk next to the Sketch File
Box.Now I notice that the edges
of the Sketch File Box have faded to white instead of the pretty purple they
Thank you for stopping by and please come on over and join the fun at Anything But a Card. The theme is "New Beginnings" and can be re-purposed, or some other art form that references a new beginning!
Today was a busy day, but I decided it was time to have a
little crafting fun and play along with a few challenges.Although I did spend most of the day
watching wrestling, this card was quick and easy to put together.The Color Throwdown ctd 324 and Techno
Stamper TSSC 348 provided the inspiration to get started.
The deep red color reminded me of the Hygloss Velour Paper
that has been in my stash for at least 18 years.Perfect for pressure embossing with Cuttlebug’s Bit of
Paisley accent strip.High gloss
black card stock was a nice contrast and was trimmed to 4 7/8” x 6 3/8”.The sentiment is from the Fancy Pants
set Pollen Dust and is stamped in Tsukineko Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black on white
card stock and heat embossed with detail clear embossing powder.The embossing powder gave a nice gloss
finish to match the high gloss black card stock.The sentiment has a heart in the center, so I decided
to use a mini heart brad over the image and as the accents in the sketch.The sentiment is die cut with Spellbinders
Fancy Tags and is adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.The card is assembled on a Halcraft
6-Bar white card.
It is difficult to see how pretty the embossed velour paper looks without a close-up!
This card was inspired by and entered in the following
Wow, it is Thursday and not a holiday!Time for a new Throw Back Thursday
post, to review past projects made before I started blogging.In 2010 I created a few personalized
magnetic memo boards for my nieces and sis-in-law. I made a total of five, but did not photograph the first two before I sent them off. (Oops!)
For each I started with a 12” x 12” galvanized metal sheet
that I rounded the corners and drilled holes in for a more finished look.Plaid Mod Podge in matte finish layered
the decorative papers in place.A
combination of patterned papers, stamping, stencils, decorative scissors, and
punches were used to decorate the layers.
I painted chipboard letters with Making Memories Scrapbook
Colors paint.I still have a large
collection of paint colors and it is perfect for painting on paper or chipboard.Pam and Larissa’s letters were finished
with stamped images in StazOn Cotton White.Rachael’s letters covered in the same paper as the Tim Holtz
music staff stencil at the bottom of her board . . . it was the first try with
the stencil repurposed to decorate the letters.Each letter has small ceramic magnets so the name letters
can also be used to hold things to the board.A jewelry grade adhesive, E6000 glue held the magnets in
The flower magnets were assembled and adhered to ceramic
magnets.The glass baubles
have decorative paper adhered with Mod Podge to the back-side, then they are
attached to ceramic magnets.Each
board is finished with a coordinating ribbon.
Our rules are very simple!Use your Retro Rubber first of all and incorporate your
Crimper in this project.We
suggest stamps that have been in your stash at least a year.The blog will fill you in on the
Now that we are past the holiday season, and I don’t have
many birthdays to plan for it is time to get back to scrapping a few
layouts.My son picked these
photos out to share with his class last year and they have gone begging, so
this was a perfect opportunity to scrap a layout and use my Fiskars crimper!
Back in the day before pressure embossing folders we had
brass stencils and light boxes to add design and texture or the crimper.The crimper adds a corrugated cardboard
look to a simple piece of card stock.
After a little experimenting, and looking at a strip of
paper on my crafting table I decided on the design you see here.
Close up detail
1.Trim strips of card stock 1 ¼” x 4 ¼”.I started with five of each color, but
ended up cutting one more of each to complete the design.
2.Crimper the card stock at a 45-degree angle.
3.Cut four strips of double-sided adhesive tape
that has a protective paper on one side to 12 ½”; I used Pioneer Photo Memory
Mounting Tape.Place at ¼”, 1 ¾”,
2 ¼’, and 3 ¾” (or in the positions shown below) and use magnets to hold in place on a magnetic mat.
4.Alternate card stock colors, butting up edges as
shown.Because the crimper shapes
the paper, it will no longer be square.Take care to line the corners to allow a straight edge when trimmed.
5.Trim the excess adhesive tape with
scissors.Using a very sharp Xacto
blade and a metal ruler, trim the edges to a straight line.Trim into two strips that are 12” long
you are CASing this design I would suggest 14 ½” adhesive strips.
7.Stamp sentiments (Scrappy Cat Inspirations) in
Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black and trim to size, and ink edges.
8.Journal as desired, I choose to print the
journaling on my computer, trim and ink egdes.
9.Place elements on the layout and determine placement
of title.Stamping directly on the
layout can be challenging, but remember there is always the other side of the card stock if you do not like the first result!The font is Recollections Distressed Double Alphabet.I stamped the “Favorites” first then
centered the “Oshkosh” above it using a centering ruler.
layout elements, and sign the back!I started doing this when I first started scrapping for my boys after
they came home from Russia just over 5 years ago.
Now that Christmas is past it is time to create thank you
I started with a 6-Bar Halcraft card and trimmed it down to
4 ¾” x 6 ½” and inked the edges with Memories Midnight Blue ink.Next I used my version of Wisteria
Wonder and a Martha Steward punch set—Cherish to create a front panel.In my scrap bin I found a bit of Night
of Navy and some Canford Silver card stock.These were placed strategically on Sizzix Thank You
embossing folder and were pressure embossed.
The sentiment image Stamping Up’s Think Happy Thoughts is
stamped in Tsukinkeo Encore Ultimate Metallic Silver and heat embossed with
detail clear embossing powder.The
sentiment and mat are die cut and pressure embossed with Spellbinders Standard
Circles Large and Small.The
Wisteria Wonder circle is inked with Midnight Blue ink and adhered with
dimensional foam to pop it up from the card base.
What a quick and easy card to create!It is inspired by and entered into the