Thursday, December 27, 2012

SCS Variety Challenge 180 - Consider the Cardstock

Time for another variety challenge for Splitcoast Stampers. Who wants to play along? Just follow the link below. This should be an easy one for anyone who is cardstock junkie (like me)!

SBVC180 - Consider the Cardstock
The final issue of Scrapbooks, Etc. had a list of ways to dress up cardstock. Your challenge is to use at least two of these ideas on your next layout.
1. Die-cut it.
2. Ink its edges.
3. Emboss it.
4. Paint it.
5. Spritz it with water, crumple, and ink it when it's dry.
6. Layer punched designs on it to create your own cardstock.
7. Punch or die-cut a border on it.
8. Sand its edges.
9. Spritz it with ink.
10. Stain it.
11. Stitch it.
12. Weave it.

My layout uses die-cuts, inking, borders, and embossing. I even inked the dots on my embossed pieces to add a little more emphasis.
Glamour Lowercase Alphabet stamp set
Perfect Day Level 2 papers
Cocoa, Desert Sand & Colonial White cardstock
Cocoa, Desert Sand & Tulip ink
Cocoa marker
Cocoa, Colonial White & Chocolate craft buttons
Tulip & Colonial White embroidery floss
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: star, scalloped border, frame
Cuttlebug: Swiss Dot embossing folder

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

EMS Sketch Challenge 40 - Hometown Holiday

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you are having a blessed time with family and/or friends. In case you manage to carve out a few scrappy moments while the kids are enjoying their presents, here is a 9 photo sketch to inspire you. Feel free to rotate pictures or switch up sizes to make it work for your photos, and don't forget to tell me about your finished page.

The sketch:
My layout:

Mistletoe Creative Basics papers
Cranberry, New England Ivy, Black & Colonial White cardstock
Cranberry & New England Ivy ink
Cranberry brads
Cranberry baker's twine
White wire (Artistic Wire, Ltd.)
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: stars, scalloped border, title

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Whooo's Your Valentine?

I know we are only days away from Christmas, but I want to skip to February for just a moment and share the sweet Whooo's Your Valentine kit from Close to My Heart! It's the perfect way to treat someone special (actually, 12 special people) on Valentine's Day. It can all be yours for the awesome price of $10 (plus tax and S/H) when you spend $35 on Close to My Heart Products between now and January 31st. Since it comes with a D-size stamp set (a $17.95 value), you can imagine what a steal of a deal this is! The kit includes:
  • 12 die-cut boxes
  • 12 treat tubes
  • 3 cardstock sheets
  • 1 sheet of silver glitter paper
Plus the exclusive D-size stamp set I mentioned previously!

Contact me ASAP to order this great kit. If you live locally, I can even help you put your kit together!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dotty for You BIrthday Card

My mom's birthday is coming up very soon, so I sat down at my desk this morning and created a card for her using scraps from my Dotty for You paper pack, plus unused shapes I had cut out on my Cricut. Am I the only one who has a box of those? The result is perfect contrast to this gloomy, rainy day in Southern California!
Happy Birthday stamp set
Dotty for You Level 2 papers
Lagoon, Sunset, Smoothie, Tulip & Colonial White cardstock
Lagoon, Sunset, Smoothie, Buttercup & Sweet Leaf ink
Sorbet ribbon
Pearl Opaques
Sunset button brad
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tag, butterfly, flowers, heart
Cricut Artiste cartridge: word balloon

Thursday, December 13, 2012

SCS Variety Challenge 179 - Pick a Pocket

Considering all the layouts I have not created in the past two weeks, I really should think about renaming my blog Even Less Scrapping! Fortunately, I am in charge of posting a biweekly challenge for Splitcoast Stampers, so I really have to get my act together and scrapbook at least twice a month. Here's the latest challenge; please hop on over to SCS if you want to play this or any past challenges.

SBVC179 - Pick a Pocket
Does anyone remember the old thief Fagin singing, "you've got to pick a pocket or two" in the musical Oliver? I found myself humming that line the other day (no idea why!), so in honor of Fagin, today's challenge is to add a pocket or two to your layout.

For my layout, I created a pocket using vellum and a bunch of star brads to go along with my theme. I then added the program from the Christmas musical at which these pictures were taken.
Black, Moonstruck & Colonial White cardstock
Vellum (The Paper Company)
Silver star brads (from my stash)
Wishblade: title using Gabriola font