Saturday, November 28, 2009

Parris Island - Marine Corps Scrapbook

I finished another page today! I'm on a roll! I'm trying to hurry up at get this album finished so I can get a start on the other two or three that I have setting around for family members. This one is a surprise Christmas gift for my hubby. It is long overdue!

This was made using another fabulous sketch from Crafts by Rowena. I didn't follow it as closely as I do some sketches, and this frustrates me, but sometimes you just have to make due. The chicken wire is a free svg file that I got from somewhere, but I'm sorry I don't remember where. If you recognize it let me know so I can give them credit! It cut beautifully!

Pickin' Punkins - Fall Scrap & Stamp Challenge

Hello everyone! I hope you're having a fabulous Saturday! This is my first time to be a part of the Scrap and Stamp DT challenge. This week's challenge was to scrap about "Fall Traditions". These photos were so perfect for this theme. I took them of my son Travis at the Pumpkin Patch a couple of months ago. Every year we visit the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin. He loves to go there. The man who owns it is an old family friend and I think he enjoys our visits just as much as we do.

I used this week's sketch from 52 Weeks, 52 Sketches. The cute little die cut title was a free svg file from I just downloaded it and cut it with my SCAL program and Cricut. It was so perfect for this layout! As a part of the challenges at Scrap and Stamp, we are supposed to use stamping somewhere in the layout. Well, I decided to spruce it up a bit with some flourishes. So I got out my acrylic flourish stamps and used my Tim Holtz "brushed corduroy" distressing inks to put flourishes in all the right places.

Don't forget to hop on over to Scrap and Stamp to check out the other fabulous layouts done by our Design Team this week. There is a whole new crop of designers ready to show off what they've done, so share the love!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Boot Camp - Marine Corps Scrapbook

Finished another page today! I'm just squeezing them in right and left lately. This one is just pictures of my hubby on his graduation day packing up his stuff.

I used today's sketch from Crafts by Rowena.
I also thought I'd share with you the most cheesy card I've ever made (on purpose that is). This is the card that I gave my hubby for our 5 year anniversary. I didn't feel like doing anything "mushy" this year, so I remembered this free svg that I got from Mamaw's Legacy. I thought it was hilarious and I've just been waiting for the right moment to make it. I did do one thing differently though, I gave them cutesy eyes. That was not included in the svg from Mamaw.
Here is the little poem that I made up on the fly to go inside. Whatdya think? Haha I know what you're thinking, I should keep my day job. haha but I'm a SAHM. hehe.

Digi Stamps & Bottlecap Jewelry!

Before I get to my project, I just wanted to announce that today is my 5th anniversary with my husband!

This week I've been making more things for my craft booth and it suddenly occured to me that digi stamps would look great on bottlecaps! So I did these two as an experiment! They turned out great!

I first printed my digis at about 1" and then colored them with my Bic Mark Its. Then I put one Glaze Drop on top of each one to give them a bubbled effect. Then I cut around the glaze drop to remove the excess paper. Then I used some Diamond Glaze to adhere the bubbled image to the bottlecap. Very easy to do! I purchased both my glaze drops and bottle caps here. Their store is closed for Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Boot Camp Graduation -- Marine Corps Scrapbook

Wow it's been a while since I worked on my husband's scrapbook. I've been so busy with my craft booth that I've put scrapping aside, but I'm finally back in the swing of things. Here is the latest page!

I used yet another fabulous sketch from Crafts by Rowena. She is the one that gave me the idea to put the stars where the flowers are. When I first looked at this sketch I was thinking what am I going to do with this? Then I read her tips below the sketch and inspiration took over! Thanks Rowena!

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Wedding Card & A Smile Card

This first card I made using Wanda's free Scroll card SVG. I cut it out and then decided that I wanted to use just the scroll work, so I cut off the rest of it and glued it to the front of a white card. It cut out just beautifully!

Then I wasn't sure what to put in the center, but I found this tag that said "From This day Forward". It was actually a pretty design on a wedding gift bag that I pulled off to keep. I thought I could use it on something eventually and I'm so glad I saved it! It fits perfectly!
Here is another card that I threw together this afternoon. I know it looks like I did more work than throwing it together, but really I already had the blue paper embroidered with flowers. Remember my post a few months back? I created this design to cut tiny holes on my cricut and then just ran thread through the holes. This design is available in my store for just $3.00!

Anyways, so I found this laying somewhere on my craft desk and decided to finally whip a card out of it!

I've joined the Scrap & Stamp DT!

Guess what everyone! I've been invited to joint the Scrap and Stamp DT! I am so excited! This is a very sweet group of ladies from all over the world! I can't wait to get started. If you haven't participated in their challenges yet, you should! They combine scrapbooking with stamping to make some beautiful creations!

Bottlecap Jewelry

Today I thought I'd share with you what I've been up to all weekend. I got my shipment of bottlecaps and stuff in the mail and I've been playing all weekend. Here are some of what I came up with. I'm going to put them in my craft booth for sale. I have ribbon necklaces to go with them. I apologize for the horrendously blurry photos, but my camera has about had it. I'm getting a new one for Christmas *hopefully*. So keep your fingers crossed, but for now you get the idea.

The bottlecaps and the Glaze Drops came from Sun & Moon Craft Kits. Apparently their store is closed over Thanksgiving break, but you'll have to check them out when they return! They have some great deals! I was able to make these for under $1.00 each. Maybe even less than that!
Anyways, the way I did it was I printed my images, cut them into 1" circles and then used fabri-tac (any tacky glue would work) to attach them to the bottle cap. Then I placed one of the "Glaze Drops" over the top to give it a bubbled up effect. So easy!

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Moon Blog Hop

Welcome to our Customer and Design TeamTwilight Artful INKables blog hop! Make sure you start at the Artful INKables Blog, so you don't miss a single thing! To celebrate the release of NEW MOON today, we're highlighting the Artful INKables Twilight inspired sets: Into the Moonlight and Fictionally Inspired. Artful INKables also has a set of Vampire Romance Themed Charms available! Artful INKables is also sponsoring Twilight Tuesday’s Hop that include Twilight Prizes, so be sure to check them out today as well!

So here is my card! I had a hard time deciding what to do. I wanted to somehow combine the wolf with the tulip from the book cover. So this was what I came up with! I used the stamps from the "Into the Moonlight" set. You're probably wondering how I got the tulip so small. Well all you have to do is stamp your image on white paper. Then scan it into your computer. I used a free program called to erase all of the image that I did not want (the chess piece and apple). Then I used the "magic wand" tool to select the flower and I saved it in a new document as a png file. Then I was free to resize it as I please! So I guess you could say I created my own "digi stamp" using a rubber stamp! I printed it out very small and then used colored pencils to color both the wolf and flower.
The gems were clear acrylic gems that I colored a coppery color using my Bic Mark Its! The background paper is a digi freebie from Lindsay- The Frugal Crafter. I just altered the color of the paper to a more natural color. I used my Tim Holtz "brushed corduroy" distressing inks to distress the entire card, even the paper.

I used this week's sketch TTSC15 and I also am participating in this week's Monocromatic challenge by using all brown tones. (with the exception of the flower, hehe)

The next stop on the hop is Tonya.

In case you get lost along the way, here’s the order of the hop:

Kristin Soboloski
Margie Cortina
Alison Heikkile
Jen Shults
Lois Bak
Michele Lourenco
Jodi Collins
Jennifer Olauson
Jen Pahoulis
Juanita Gillen
Donna Wardle
Joy Stagg
Cathy Cunningham
Sherry Campbell
Michelle Woerner
Crystal Irwin
Kathy Jones
Dani Chapman
Tamara Bennett
Tonya Klar
Jackie Rakoski
Holly Endress

April Davis
Make sure to leave a comment on each blog along the way for your chance to win your choice of 2 AI sets! Please leave your comments by Midnight, November 23rd!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Recipe Mini Album/Cookbook

This week I found my inspiration for Lindsay's recipe digi collection! I got a lot of great ideas from the other DT members over the past couple of weeks and this week I finally jumped in with both feet. It actually didn't hit me what I was going to do until I came across this adorable recipe album at Big Lots for just $3.00! I loved it immediately. It has a cute little fold out part so it can stand up. So I got started creating my own mini cookbook. It has space for up to 24 recipes. I already have a journal with some of my favorite recipes in it, but it is a bit messy. So I'm compiling the best ones to create this fabulous book.

The little pizza image is a bit of clipart.

The little grill is clipart.
Apple is clipart.

The little coffee cup is from Lindsay's Coffee Set.
I saved all of the recipes on my computer, I thought about creating a second one to put in my craft booth. These little pages don't take anytime at all to whip out. Typing them up on the computer is what took the most time.

Don't forget to stop by Lindsay's blog to get your weekly freebie and to check out the rest of the DT's projects!

Now for your Thursday Freebie! Floral Happy Birthday SVG

Friday, November 13, 2009

Candy Cane Treat Holders & Hot Cocoa Slider Cards

My mojo is flowin' this week! I am having so much fun creating things for my craft booth. I usually don't create these kinds of things because I didn't know what to do with them after I make them. So I'm finally creating everything that I've been admiring on other people's blogs for so long. Here are some candy cane treat holders that I created tonight. I made 12 of them. I never realized how cheap candy canes are! I got a pack of 12 for 88 cents at wal-mart. You can't beat that! I love the cherry flavored ones the best. I got the inspiration for these from Dawn's Stamping Thoughts. She has a tutorial on her blog here. She acutally did them for Easter and put twizzlers in them.
The bear holding the candy cane is a digital stamp from Dustin Pike. The Minnie Mouse and Puppy were images I pulled from Google. I've got them priced at just $1.00 each!

Of course I created some more bookmarks to go in my Twilight section. I am totally a Team Edward fan all the way, but I went ahead and created a few "Werewolf" ones as well, because I know you Jacob fans are out there. haha. The wolf is a digi stamp from Artful Inkables. They will be $1.50 each.
These are some Hot Cocoa slider cards that I made for the craft booth also. The image is another digital stamp from Dustin Pike. I love how the snowman is floating in the cocoa. Kinda ironic. haha. These were super easy to make. I got the idea from a tutorial of The Pink Stamper. I've been using a lot of white cardstock to make these because I just have sooooo much of it. You know those sheets you pull out of your scrapbook albums when you buy them. I keep all of those and I'm finally using them!

Rudolph's Spares Stocking Stuffers & My Craft Booth

Wowza have I been busy! I have just finished 30 of these cutsie little Rudolph tins for my craft booth. I've priced them at $2.25 each. That seems a bit high, but the cost of the tins and candy made up for at least half of that. I got the idea for them from Kerry's Paper Crafts. She has a tutorial for how to make them on her blog.

The tins were a wedding favor pack that I found in the wedding section at Wal-Mart. I got 30 of them for $19.00. That makes them $0.63 each!

I've also taken some photos of my craft booth to share with you all. I am so happy with the way it turned out. I have such a tiny space (4.5'x5'), but I love it! I am really fortunate because I didn't have to buy any of the shelving or anything. My parents own an automotive repair/parts store. So I just drug this stuff out of storage and spray painted it!

On this peg board I have my glass pendants and ribbon necklaces (coming soon). Below are my premade scrapbook pages.
On the shelf in the back, I have other odds and ends crafts like the rudolph's spares, post it note holders, ect.
And on this rotating rack I have all of my handmade cards sorted by category.
And of course, I have a section solely devoted to all things Twilight! Hoping to fill that section up soon! If you've got any ideas for me...please let me know!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

SVG Cuts Blog Candy!

Hop over to SVG Cuts to sign up to win a YourStory™ Binder/Laminator! Looks pretty cool!

Post-It Note Holders Using Digi Stamps!

This week I decided to branch out and try something new. If you haven't read any of my previous posts, you may not know that I'm opening up a craft booth at the local "Trends & Treasures" flea market. It is an indoor store that is open 7 days a week. I've never done anything like this before, but I've always wanted to! So I saw these adorable post-it note holders on Dawn's blog and decided to make some of my own to sell! She has a video tutorial for how to make them if you'd like to try it. It is so easy!

I used 4"x6" acrylic frames that I bought at wal-mart for just $1.00 each! Then printed out Lindsay's doodleflower and ladybug stamps from the Doodle Flower collection. I used the png images so that I could easily layer them with the circle frames that they are in.

Althought it may appear that I have made four of these, it is really just two frames. I just made them reversible. That way if someone gets tired of looking at the same pattern, all they have to do is pull it out and flip it over!

The front

The flip side

The front

The flip side

Don't forget to drop by Lindsay's blog for your weekly freebie and to check out the work from the rest of the Design Team!

Now for your Thursday freebie!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Letters to Santa Mailbox

Hi there everyone! I just thought I'd pop in today to show you my latest project. I made this little mailbox for my craft store. I got the mailbox in the unfinished wood section of HL. It was on sale for $1.50! I thought it would look really cute sitting on someone's hearth or something.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

I'm opening my own craft booth!

I was so excited I had to share this with you all! Someone is opening up an indoor "flea market" of sorts in my town. It is going to be for antiques and handmade crafts! It's called Trends & Treasures. I have rented out the smallest booth they have. It is tiny. But it'll get me started. I have always wanted to do this and I'm finally taking steps towards doing it. The hard part is getting together all of my creations and organizing everything so it can be priced and put in the booth.

So I just wanted to share with you the banner that I made to go in my booth. I wanted to use my blog title as the name of my booth, but I do so much more than just scrapbooking, so I was afraid that would confuse people.

I'll try to keep you posted on how my sales are going and such. But before I go, I wanted to give a shout out to Kerry's Paper Crafts for all the great tips on selling your handmade crafts. I just stumbled across her blog the other day and she has all kinds of great tips and tutorials on her blog for how to make all kinds of neat things. She also has photos and information about how she does her craft booth at the craft shows that she attends. So if you have time, go see all the wonderful things she has to share!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Cool Yule! -- Lindsay Stamp Stuff

This week I decided to go cool! I am in the Christmas spirit! It's amazing how fast it comes around every year! This too-cool-for-school penguin is part of Lindsay's digital stamp release for this week! She's got freebies on her blog, so don't forget to stop by! The background paper is an old Lindsay freebie. You can snag it here. If you haven't noticed (because it doesn't show up well in my photo), the sentiment and digi stamp are both set on top of Lindsay's new faux embossed mats. The thing that I love about Lindsay's stamps is that they come in both jpeg and png format. So all I had to do was layer them on top of one another and print!
Also check out the other DT members for a Tutorial on Digi Stamping Candles!
I used this week's sketch from Mojo Monday.
Now for your Thursday freebie!

Thank You SVG

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Guys -- Marine Corps Scrapbook

It's 11:30pm my time and I've finally completed my last layout of the day. I am so tired my eyes are filling with sand as I type. Anyways, yet another fabulous sketch from Crafts by Rowena. Not much to say about this one. I love the paper. It was from a paper pack that someone gave me for christmas last year and I love every piece!