Happy Halloween

It's Halloween and I've got this layout to share. It's my friend's grand daughter and she is just so much fun.

Clearsnap Supplies:
Ink: Honey Mix'd Media Inx
Design Adhesives: Spooky, Dancing Hearts
Designer Foils: Lucky Penny, Plum Crazy
Glitter: Charcoal, Silver Lining
Embossing Powder: Honey Pearl Embossing Powder
Rollagraph: Column Relief
Smooch Ink: Pumpkin Smooch
Adhesive: Glue Gloss

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Letters: American Crafts Thickers

Starting with a sheet of orange cardstock, use the Column Relief Rollagraph across the page, reinking as necessary until the page is covered. Because I did not want to use pattern paper, the Rollagraph provided a subtle background image.

Cut a strip of Design Adhesives in half and place on the left side of the page, one piece above the other.

Gently rub until it adheres, then add Lucky Penny Designer Foils to the image.

Rub Spooky Design Adhesives onto white cardstock. Pulling back the top layer, carefully work one area at a time to add foils and glitter. I used foils on the tree, house, candles and several pumpkins. Glitter was added to pumpkins, bats and the candlelabra.

Once completed, I add silver embossing powder across the entire piece to be sure that no adhesive was left uncovered.

Mat with orange cardstock.

Tear a piece of brown cardstock large enough for your photos and journaling and add to page.

Mount photos on white cardstock, inking the edges with Honey Mix'd Media Inx.

Computer generate journaling on white cardstock, ink edges with Honey Mix'd Media Inx and mat with orange cardstock.

Ink white Thickers with Honey Mix'd Media Inx and emboss with Honey Pearl Embossing Powder - be careful while heat setting the Thickers because the foam will curl and could possibly burn.

Add Thickers to layout using Glue Gloss.

Add rhinestones to the journal block and above the title. Color them with Pumpkin Smooch Ink to coordinate with the layout.

Hope your Halloween is not too spooky.


Happy Halloween

I've got a post on the Just Imagine Crafts blog this morning showing a really quick and easy way to use your punches and assorted supplies. All you need is left over cardstock, pattern paper, ribbon, a Halloween image and, of course, your Kreaxions punch of choice. I chose to use punch 906 with insert C because I just love the corner edges it creates.

I've had this Halloween rub-on in my stash for a long time along with this journal card. So, putting the two of them together made a cute book mark. Just punch the edges around the image and the journal card. Mat both on different colored cardstock. Adhere, add a ribbon and enjoy.

So, remember to pull out your scraps and just punch, punch, punch. You never know what you'll be able to create.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Ink: Clearsnap
Ribbon: Offray
Punch: Kreaxions


Blog hop with Clearsnap and Epiphany

I hope you've been visiting the Clearsnap and Epiphany blogs. It has been a fun week of projects created by both teams.

I created a Halloween card using the new Rollagraph Simple Dots Wheel and the adorable image by Art Impressions. The Epiphany Star Tool and Bubbles is a fun tool to work with and creates great accent pieces.

Clearsnap Supplies:
Archival Ink: Wicked Black and Pumpkin Pie
Embossing Powder: Black
Jumbo Rollagraph: Simple Dots
Adhesive: Glue Gloss
Foam tips: Memory Essentials
Colorbox Dye Ink: Chocolate and Banana
Smooch Ink: Grape

Ephiphany Craft Supplies:
Shape Studio Tool Star
Bubble Caps Star

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamp: American Art Stamps


Mini books

This week's challenge at Justrite is to create with left overs.

No whole sheet of papers were cut in the creation of these mini books. All the papers were left overs from previous projects.

The pattern paper was cut 5 1/2" X 3 1/2" and adhered to chipboard cut the same size, both inside and out for a finished look.

25 index cards (3" x 5") were used for the interior pages.

The sentiments were stamped in black or brown ink and matted with cardstock before adhering to the covers.

Zutter 1/2" wires were used to bind the pages together and ribbon was added for a finished look.

These were very quick and easy to put together and would make a nice gift for a friend, don't you think!

Stamps: Justrite Friendship Sentiments
Ink: Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx - Truffle
Binding: Zutter
Ribbon: Offray
Pattern papers: K&Co., DCWV, GCD


Pumpkin fun

Summer has come to an end and I am loving the colors of Fall, the crisp, clean air and more time to work on projects.

I first decided to create a gift bag and once I finished, I decided to create a matching card.

I first spritzed the bag with Log Cabin and Gold Smooch Spritz. I then created the front of the bag, matching pattern papers and cardstock.

I have had this Sizzix Pumpkin Stencil/embossing folder forever and I used a sponge to pick up Stephanie Barnard Tangerine Ink then Lime Pastel and rubbed the colors onto the stencil. Once I had the Pumpkin covered, I added Gold Embossing Powder. I was hoping to get a funky pumpkin look and I believe I achieved that. We all know that pumpkins are not orange - they have shades of color and lots of warts!!!

I inked the edges with Stephanie Barnard Tangerine Ink and then lightly sponged on some Leather Mix'd Media Inx before matting with cardstock.

This card was created using left over pieces of cardstock and pattern paper. I love creating matching cards.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper: Creative Imaginations, Adorn-it
Stencil: Sizzix Pumpkin
Inks: Clearsnap - Stephanie Barnard Tangerine Ink; Leather Mix'd Media Inx; Colorbox Lime Pastel
Embossing Powder: Clearsnap Gold
Smooch Spritz: Gold, Log Cabin



Today's post at Justimagine - Kreaxions showcases this fun card using "left overs".

At one point, I used the Lattice Die on some cardstock, but never used it. Then I came across a black piece of cardstock that had an oval cut from it's center. So I thought I'd try to combine these items and see what I could come up with.

I glued the Lattice die cut behind the cardstock creating a fun look to the front of this card. Then I die cut the Butterfly die, thinking it might look good with the Lattice die cut. Being a little plain, I used punch #309 on the butterfly wings, inked the edges, then matted it on some red cardstock. I then added a bling "trail".

The card did seem a little plain, so I picked up some left over pieces from punch #309, and created some fun corners for the card. Then I added my sentiment.

So next time you come across left over pieces from your punches, work with them to see what you can create.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Punches: Kreaxions
Stamp: Hero Arts
Ink: Clearsnap
Rhinestones: Want2scrap


it's a wonderful time of year

Oh yes it is!! Just got a new box of goodies from Clearsnap and I'm in love. Clearsnap has a huge array of Rollagraph Stamp Wheels which you can use to create your own pattern papers, backgrounds and designs. AND they have come out with so many new styles, I'm sure you will love them too. This Christmas Package Wheel is perfect for creating amazing Christmas cards (or even birthday cards), and since Christmas is not too far away, it is a perfect time to get those Christmas cards done. Here is what I created:

The Christmas Packages is new and I decided to pair it with the Music Notes. Using Wicked Black Archival Ink, I inked the full front of the card with Music Notes rather than adding cardstock. It gives a really different look to my card. I added a little spritz of Vanilla Shimmer and Log Cabin Smooch Spritz for a little sparkle, then inked the edges with Stephanie Barnard Spearmint and Colorbox Olive Cat's Eye Inks.

I inked the wheel with Stephanie Barnard's Inks, using Strawberry, Artichoke and Chocolate. Using the Strawberry one for my base piece, I cut apart several packages in different colors and adhered them atop the base with Glue Gloss (love this stuff!) I sponged Artichoke around the packages and matted with red cardstock and adhered to the card front. The sentiment was stamped in Wicked Black, sponged with Artichoke and also matted with red cardstock and added to the card with foam adhesive.


Altered Frame

Do you ever just play with your scrapbook supplies? I know we all use our scrapbook supplies, but have you ever worked on something with absolutely no idea what you were doing and how it was going to turn out? Well, that is exactly what I did today.

Since receiving my box from Clearsnap, I've been intrigued with the wonderful assortment of products and have been playing around with everything. I decided to work with a selection of 4 different Clearsnap products and a wood frame.

Clearsnap Supplies:

Clearsnap Chestnut Roan Fluid Chalk
Clearsnap Smooch Spritz Vanilla Shimmer, Log Cabin, Silver Foil, Gold Glow
Top Boss Clear Embossing Powder
Rollagraph Zephyr Stamp Wheel

Other Products:

Wood Frame
Tissue paper

I've had this wood frame in my stash for quite awhile and I wanted to create something different, other than just painting or inking it. I pulled out some white tissue paper, placed it on a mat and sprayed it with all 4 colors of Smooch Ink.

While still wet, I squished the tissue paper together, then I sprayed some more Smooch.

Then squished it again into a smaller ball and sprayed some more Smooch.

I painted the wood frame a light green paint. While still wet, I tore pieces from the tissue paper and added it to the wet painted frame.

Work quickly since the paint is used as the adhesive. If you find the paint is too dry, just add more paint before adhering the tissue strips. Continue working until the frame is completely covered. When you are done, spritz the entire frame with more Smooch. It is quite a wonderful mess don't you think?

I allowed about 3 hours for the frame to dry before continuing. When I was confident it was dry, I took some sandpaper and lightly sanded off the excess tissue paper. In spots where the tissue was "pulling up", I added a little more paint. When I sanded off all the excess, I had this nice looking frame. The Smooch provided some nice color and the tissue paper provided some nice texture.

Using the Zephyr Rollograph and Chestnut Roan Ink, I rolled the pattern along the long edges of the frame. Then I added Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it.

To ink the other sides of the frame, I used an index card as a mask to avoid inking over my first pattern. I again used the Zephyr Rollograph and Chestnut Roan Ink and rolled the pattern along the edge. I then added Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it.

And the finished frame.

Look at all the texture.

I pulled some flowers from my stash that didn't really go with my color scheme, so I spritzed them with Smooch again to get exactly the colors I wanted.



Bounty of the Season

Justrite's challenge this week is to create a card based on this sketch:

Using Justrite's Cling stamps: A Day in the Country and Hangin' Around, I created this card. I used the pumpkin from Hangin' Around, coloring with Copic Markers, then die cutting the layers with Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities. I inked the top 2 layers with Colorbox Creamy Brown ink to add a little dimension.

Using both stampsets, I stamped the leaves on the beige paper after first inking them with red, green and brown Colorbox ink while on the block. Once stamped, I spritzed this paper with Clearsnap's Smooch Spritz in Vanilla.

I stamped the sentiment with Clearsnap's Stephanie Barnard Chocolate Ink and layered this on a Spellbinders Label die.

A collection of pearls finishes off the card.

Cardstock: Worldwin
Stamps: Justrite
Ink, Smooch Spritz: Clearsnap
Markers: Copic
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities


Happy Thanksgiving

Today at Papertemptress, I wanted to showcase Papertemptress' line of Ruche papers. These papers come in 10 different colors, and can be purchased by the sheet or in a package of assorted colors. These papers are lovely, textured and supple. You can do so much with them:

Tearing them gives the paper a two tone appearance.
Stamping in a similar color creates a nice subtle background technique.
Die cutting is a breeze.
Inking adds more color.
Misting adds a hint of irridisence.

Using 3 pieces of Ruche Green; Khaki; and Cocoa Crepe, I inked, die cut, embossed and tore the papers.

In this view, you can see the stamping on the backgound. The die cut leaves were inked with yellow, orange, and brown in an attempt to mimic the colors of fall. Then I sprayed some Smooch Spritz on the leaves and heat set them. The green panel was torn allowing the two toned appearance to show.

Using foam adhesives, I layered the leaves for a 3-D effect.

Cardstock: Papertemptress
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink, Smooch Spritz: Clearsnap
Dies: Cuttlebug



October's Out of the Box Color Challenge at Clearsnap features Picante, Chestnut and Pistachio ColorBox Classic Pigment Inkpads. To play along, create a project using the colors above, upload it to your blog or online gallery, and post a direct link to your project here. This Challenge ends November 14, 2011 so start creating now!!

This is the card I created. I used a Hampton Arts Screen for the corners of my card and inked it with Pistachio. I then spritzed the entire card with Log Cabin Smooch Spritz. The stamps are from Hero Arts and I decided to ink my image with all 3 colors while on the stamp block. I wanted to create a "changing seasons" effect. I then matted it with orange and brown cardstock and wrapped twine around it.

The tags were inked the same and a Hero Arts round pattern stamp was stamped in Picante onto both tags, then "Hello" was stamped in Chestnut. The torn edge of the card was inked in Picante while the other 3 edges were inked with Chestnut.

Let's see what you can create. Remember to upload your link here.

Clearsnap Supplies:
Inks: Pigment Inks - Pistacio, Picante, Chestnut
Spritz: Smooch Spritz - Log Cabin

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Spritz Screen: Hampton Arts
Stamps: Hero Arts
Twine: The Twinery
Tags: Office Supply


Today's post at Justimagine - Kreaxions showcases the new punches we received.

Just adding a small border strip across the center of the card with punch # 310 gives a nice added detail that breaks up the pattern paper background. Any punch would do the same, however, I think this punch pattern is very similar to the pattern paper.


Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper: Basic Grey
Punch: Kreaxions
Ink: Clearsnap


Happy Halloween

I recently had the chance to work with some Crafters Workshop Stencils and I chose to work with the leaves and create a unique background for my card. I created a top fold card from purple cardstock using my Scor-Pal.

Taking a sheet of white cardstock, I placed the stencil and sprayed several colors of Smooch Spritz, allowing a few seconds of drying time between each color. Once I had the look I wanted, I removed the stencil. I cut my piece to size and inked the edges. I also stamped the sentiment and ghost in black ink and embossed each piece. The sentiment was cut to fit the card front and the ghost was cut out.

I then matted pattern paper for the card front, fitting the sentiment on top. I inserted the ghost behind the sentiment with foam adhesives allowing it to "pop" up.

I cut another piece of the background and added it to the interior of the card, stamped the sentiment and embossed it with black embossing powder.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper: Imaginisce, Reminisce
Ink: Clearsnap, Stephanie Barnard Licorice, Colorbox Spooktacular
Embossing Powder: Clearsnap, Black
Stampes: The Stamps of Life
Smooch Sprays: Clearsnap - Log Cabin, Vanilla, Lemon Zest
Stencil: Crafters Companion


Scor-Pal and Little Darlings blog hop

Welcome to the Scor-pal/Little Darlings blog hop! Today we are featuring some fun projects using the Scor-pal/Scor-buddy along with the newly released Fall/Halloween Little Darlings stamps. If you came here from Janiel's blog, then you are in the right spot. If not, you will want to start from the beginning at the Scor-pal blog so you don't miss any of today's projects. There will be some Little Darlings stamps given away by Love to Stamp and Scor-pal will be giving away a Scor-buddy to one person randomly chosen from all comments left. The more comments you leave the better your chances of winning. You can also increase your chances of winning a Scor-buddy in other ways as well so check out the Scor-pal blog for complete details.

I love using my Scor-Pal and when I had the opportunity to select a stamp from Little Darlings, I chose this to use this "Autumn Friends" stamp. I loved it so much, I couldn't stop creating cards!!!

Once I had my stamped image colored with Copics, I scored around it, creating a nice focal point. I inked the edges with Clearsnap ink, working my way towards the image with a lighter hue.

I added a word paper under the image which I matted with cardstock that I also scored for effect.

I created a top fold card for my next image, and added 3 score lines under the image. The Scor-Pal really provides crisp, clean lines that show up even when using a vibrant striped pattern paper.

Because the Scor-Pal creates perfectly straight lines, I was able to add some bling straight on.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper: DCWV
Scoring Tool: Scor-Pal
Stamp: Little Darlings
Ink: Clearsnap
Markers: Copics
Rhinestones: Want2Scrap

Thanks for stopping by today! Your next hop stop is Angela's blog.


Soccer Fun

Check out my post on the Scrappin Stuff blog . I love this soccer paper and the embellishments carried in the store.


Cardstock: Bazzill Black, White
Pattern paper: Scrappin Sports
Thickers: American Crafts
Borders: SEI
Die cuts: Cricut Expression, Plantin Cartridge


Use Soccer paper as background
Cut a 2” strip from the reverse side (stars) of a second sheet of Soccer paper
Mat with black cardstock and adhere
Cut focal photo and mat with white and black cardstock
Adhere focal photo on top of the star strip
Adhere title across strip using die cut letters
Cut assorted photos into 2” squares and mat onto a block of white cardstock and black cardstock
Adhere to right side of layout
Add a strip of soccer balls across the bottom with foam dots
Create a journal block and adhere under focal photo
Add a strip of grass to journal block with foam dots


One Falling Leaf....

Clearsnap has these fun Molding Mats that can be used with the Memory Essentials Inking Handle to create fun backgrounds. For this card, I used the Game Board Molding Mat.

Using ColorBox Pumpkin Pie Dye Ink , I inked the Molding Mat and covered white cardstock, reinking as necessary until I was done. I then cut apart the pieces and, selecting 5 pieces, I inked the edges with Leather Mix'd Media Inx before matting with cardstock.

I stamped the sentiment on the smaller piece and then backed it with a Spellbinders die, adding foam adhesives for dimension, then added a few pearls to complete my card.

Cardtock: Bazzill
Molding Mat, Inking Tool, Ink: Clearsnap
Die: Spellbinders
Pearls: Want2Scrap



This one of the new punches in the store and it has so many possibilities!!!!! If you love the look of doilies, it is so easy to create one of your own in so many different sizes and colors!

I started by cutting out 2 circles with the fabulous Circle Cutter, one was 5" and one was 4". But the sizes can vary based on the card you are creating. Using punch 311 upside down (because it's easier to see where you are punching,) I first punched 4 equally distant punches. You can of course use a stencil to create this card, but I was at a crop without my stencils, so I thought I'd play and see what happened.

Once I had the 4 punched areas, I then lined up my next punch mark with the edge of the punched area, continuing until the whole circle was punched. I then pulled away the unecessary edges and I now had beautiful doilies. The larger doily has 12 punches and the smaller has 8 punches so you can imagine the possibilities when creating larger and smaller circles.

I then placed the larger doily on the card, placed a white circle on top then placed the black doily on top of that with foam adhesives. Another small circle was added to the center with the sentiment using foam adhesives also.

Why not head to the blog and see what the team has been creating.

Cardtock: Bazzill
Punch: Kreaxions
Stamp: Hero Arts
Ink: Clearsnap Wicked Black


Blog Hop with Sizzix and Clearsnap

I am so excited to be part of the Sizzix Fresh Vintage blog hop today. Every Tuesday and Thursday for the next 6 weeks, one of the 12 dies in the Fresh Vintage collection will be featured. 6-10 projects for every die will be posted by 75 of the most creative designers in our industry. To view the hope, click on the above link to go back and forth and see all kinds of wonderful creations.

On the Clearsnap blog today, I posted a Butterfly Frame I created. Now I'm showcasing the Butterfly Die on this pretty card.

The Butterfly and the Scalloped Circle were cut with matboard. I added a piece of vellum between the butterfly layers which was inked with Clearsnap's Soft Pastels Petal Point inks and a touch of glitter.

The top most butterfly layer was inked with Clearsnap's Mix'd Media Inx in Jasmine, Periodot, Honey as well as Frost White. I then embossed it with Clearsnap's Opalescent Clear Embossing Powder. Once I placed the pearls, I painted them with Pool Smooch Ink for a little more color.

The scalloped circle was stamped with a Hero Arts stamp and Clearsnap's Decades Bon Voyage Blue.

The background was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. Decades Venetian Lace Ink was lightly rubbed across the embossed areas.

Be sure to stop by the Clearsnap Blog to see other samples of these dies and matboard in use.

Die, Matboard: Sizzix
Inks, Glitter, Embossing Powder: Clearsnap
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper: GDS
Vellum: Colorbok
Stamp: Hero Arts
Pearls: Want2scrarp
Brads: Making Memories


Sweet Treats

The new Scor-Pal challenge is up at Splitcoast Stampers and this month the theme is Sweet Treats. So create whatever it is you want with this theme - packages, cards, layouts, etc.

I decided to create a treat holder for a bag of popcorn. This was very quick to make and looks a lot nicer than just giving someone a bag of popcorn!!!

I cut black cardstock 9" x 6" which allowed just enough of an overlap at the back. With the 9" length across my Scor-Pal, I scored the cardstock at 2", 2 1/4", 6 1/4" and 6 1/2". I cut orange pattern paper to fit each panel - cutting slightly smaller to allow some of the black cardstock to show. I then embossed each panel with a Sizzix Embossing Folder, and lightly inked the embossed sections with some Clearsnap ink. I matted my image on brown cardstock and added it to the front. The sentiment was stamped on cream cardstock and the edges were scored and inked.

I cut the ribbon long enough to wrap around the popcorn bag and tied it into a bow after first putting it through the holes in the cover. Pulling up on the ribbon pulls the popcorn bag out.

Scoring Tool: Scor-Pal
Cardtock: Stampin' Up
Pattern paper: Daisy D, Provocraft
Ink: Clearsnap, Chestnut Roan
Ribbon: Offray
Stamp: Studio G