Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
A friend shared this blog with me... Valita's Designs & Fresh Folds
Valita has a step-by-step tutorial for creating your own prima-like flowers. How great is that! Now you can make primas to match your creation exactly. You can make your own "designer primas" from your favorite patterened cardstock. Yum!
Give it a try. Let me know if it's worth the time or not. I think I'll make a few myself...
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Deniz and I really miss Hawaii. I just love the weather, the beach and of course The Spirit of Aloha. Every time I'm at Scrap-n-Stamp and we have the Hawaiian Music playing it reminds me of the island life. So here is my Aloha layout using Little Yellow Bicycle's-Zack's Life Paper and Embellishments. I also used this month's Technique of the Week (Shaker Boxes) for the title. I just love this paper, and any other paper with Hibiscus Flowers.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I created this layout for a contest on Becky Fleck's blog. I tweaked her map a little (I love that about sketches - they're a helpful starting point.) I stepped outside my comfort zone on this one a little bit. For the first time, I used paints on a layout. I painted the background paper, added some splatters to the printed paper, and painted the edges of the photo. I also had a few "oops" I had to fix. Originally I stamped and then embossed "FAMILY" but I didn't like the color and it was hard to read. So I restamped the letters with paint. The torn corner was originally another partial circle with brads, but my circle was wonky. :) Then I ran out of room for my journalling so I finished the story on card and tucked it behind the photo. The paper and chipboard accents (photo corner & circle tab) are from We R Memory Keepers White Out collection.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I use sketches all.the.time. With thanks to a scrappin' friend, I just discovered Valerie Salmon's blog Got Sketch? I also love Becky Fleck. Once a month she shares new and FREE sketches on her website pagemaps. Check 'em out.
Are you a scraplifter too? Let me know where you find inspiration by leaving a comment.
We encourage scraplifting in the shop. Next time you're in, look around at all the wonderful examples displayed throughout the store. If you're inspired by something you see let us know. One of the Girls can tell you what you need to make your own. And make sure you bring in your creation to share with us! We love to see what you do - it inspires us too!!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
These are just a few samples..come by and make a card at our Embellishment Bar anytime during store hours. Wait until you see Marilea's next set of birthday cards! Marilea, you have a great eyes for designing these cards...thank you!
Monday, July 21, 2008
And what about all those Miniature Golf outings...this is the perfect paper to capture all the fun memories...
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Even though Lisa's not physically here at the store anymore... she continues to make her presence here at Scrap -n- Stamp. Her latest creation shows just how easy it can be to make a page that just shouts out..."WOW!" We miss you Lisa!!!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
My friend, T, wanted me to use all the photos on the layout if possible - that's 10 photos that really couldn't be cropped. What to do, what to do. I love sketches! So I turned to Becky Higgins for help. I grabbed my copy of Best of Becky Higgins Sketches for Scrapbooking, opened the book using the tab labeled "9-10 photos," and found the perfect layout on page 147. Too easy! BTW, last time I was in the store there was still a copy of this book - next time you're in ask one of the Girls about it.
I used the new Sandy Lion paper and chipboard circles. Surprise, surprise, I stickled the title :) There's also a hidden journalling tag behind the title.
I LOVE this one! I used some of the core'dinations cardstock and roughed it up a bit with some sanding. Do you love the title? That's the French Script font from my computer. Did you know the Pazzle can cut any true type font? There's 100's to choose from - amazing tool we have there in the store! Be sure to ask the Girls about it.
Could this post be any longer!?
There's only 8 days left to bring your layout or card in for our July Challenge. Remember, it has gone to the D.O.G.S.!!!! Check the details here.
Monday, July 14, 2008
I also wanted to share a layout I made just for Deb :) Who doesn't love Hello Kitty! I love the color combo of red & pink with just a bit of yellow. Miss you, Deb!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Now... back to Scrap-n-Stamp. I hadn't been in the shop for over a week and even though I wasn't scheduled to work yesterday, I wanted to stop by and say hi to Chas, Marilea and Sommer and see what's new. (I also got a chance to talk to Lisa who called us from Leavenworth, Kansas!) Lots of new cards designed by Marilea (with some design assistance on some of the cards from Daniel, her husband, and me) for the Sizzlin' Summer Make-n-Take cards. Check out the new Dinosaur kid cards, birthday cards, congratulation cards and all occasion cards at the shop.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Last weekend Deniz and I ventured to Santa Cruz for the Fourth of July. We stayed with our friends Kelly and Lindsay, and boy did they roll out the red carpet. I wanted to make a Thank You card, but for some reason I just don't seem to have enough time. Lately I have been purchasing the pre-made cards at Scrap-n-Stamp, they are so cute. But I decided I could make something quick, so I used Bo-Bunny Beachy Keen paper line (my favorite) and the Imaginisce Penguin Chick Stamp. I think it turned out pretty cute.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Becky's card design:
Distress ink on the pink dotted paper (Bo Bunny, my fave!)
Oval - Spellbinders Nestabilities - Scallop and Classic Ovals
Stickles on poodle's hair, and Souffle pens to color (and Scallops, too)
Isn't that Poodle hilarious!
Lisa's layout design:
Oversized title (Chip Chatter chipboard letters)
Glossy Accents on butterflies & flourish (love the dimension & epoxy look it gives) & Gel pen
Stickles (of course!) in yellow and turquoise & Scallops (made with the EK Success large corner rounder)
The paper I used is Sandy Lion's new paper line rouge de garance inspiration. It's exclusive to the independent scrapbook stores. Come check it out - it's lovely!
Becky, Sommer, & I did a little brainstorming for the different letters. A few ideas are...
D - decorative punches or scissors, diecuts, digital, doodle
O - Overlays, overlapping, old
G - glitter glue (Stickles!), ghost letters or shapes, Grandma's buttons :)
S - stitching, symbols, shaker box, silhouette
Ok, so put your thinking caps on, let the creative juices flow, and doggon it- create something!