Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mixed Media Time

Time to share a couple more creations that were in the January issue of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. A set of inchies and an ATC. If you haven't tried your hand making these, you really should.

First up is an ATC. The background was misted with several colors, then the butterfly was stamped, and then I heat embossed the entire card. To create a bit of texture, I cracked the melted embossing powder.

These inchies were super quick to make. Simply ink the background, stamp desired image and heat emboss, and lastly add the crystals.

I hope you will try your hand at making an ATC or inchie!

Monday, February 21, 2011


This layout was done for a challenge at
Better Living Through Scrapbooking. The challenge was to create a layout without a title or journaling and to let the picture speak for itself. The additional challenges were to use something other than adhesive to attach the picture (I stitched on the top left hand corner of the photo), use a shimmer mist (I used a concoction of perfect pearls, distress reinker, and water), and use some sort of distressing (I used my sanding block on the background patterned paper).

The picture was taken over the past weekend. All of the family was together for the twins' second birthday. We had just gotten home from lunch and the it was nap time for the twins, and apparently for Cristy also. It's such a precious picture, it just begged to be scrapped.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Family Layouts

I can finally share a couple of layouts that were in the January issue ofScrapbook News and Review Magazine. And of course both layouts are of the youngest two munchkins.

This first layout is of Sheyla on her first birthday. Who could resist such a cute pic? It was just begging to be scrapped!

The second layout is of my sister and Emily. We asked Emily to find her nose. She did, and put a sticker there. We asked her to find Cristy's nose. She did, and Cristy got a sticker too. This one is also a 6x12 layout and I really like this size.

I hope you've enjoyed these two layouts and maybe they will inspire a bit of creativity for all you too.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine's Day Tag Tutorial

Scrapbook News and Review Magazine is on day four of a week long Valentine's event. Stick around here for a few and enjoy the tutorial below then hop on over to SNR and take a look at all the previous creations.

Love Tag Supplies Watercolor paper: Strathmore;
Grungeboard: Ranger; Stamps: Stampabilities, Inkadinkado; Ink, embossing Powder, perfect pearls: Ranger; Watercolor paint: Dick Blick; Heat tool: Stampabilities; Other: crystals, bead charm, tulle, ribbon, jump ring

Start by collecting all supplies.

Stamp background text using clear embossing ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Cover entire tag with red watercolor paint. Once the tag is dry, use a slightly damp cloth and lightly rub any paint away from the areas that have been embossed. Note: This is one time you do not want to use a heat tool to speed up the drying process. It will re-melt the embossed areas and cause the paper to soak up the paint in areas that you do not want.

Ink entire piece of grungeboard with distress ink and while the ink is wet apply a light coat of pewter Perfect Pearls.

Spritz the grungeboard piece a couple of times with water, apply a layer of UTEE crystals, and heat with a heat tool. The water will cause the UTEE to pit while it's being heated.

Attach the grungeboard piece to the tag. Also tie a strip of tulle to the tag and, using a jump ring, attach the bead charm.

Stamp sentiment onto cardstock and cut out.

Attach sentiment and heart embellishment. When adding the sentiment, I realized the charm was covering it so I added a piece of ribbon to the top of the tag and moved the charm.
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