Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Joy

What is more Christmas-y than gathering around the tree for a family photo? This layout was a Joy to do! I used the December My Creative Scrapbook kit. It features the Little Yellow Bicycle's "Magic of Christmas" Collection.
I hand scalloped edges of printed paper,& distressed with Tim Holtz's
red mahogany distress ink. I punched the scallops with a Christmas tree punch & used my
Easy Filled Punch Technique to fill in the punched trees. This was adhered to the beautiful card stock made by Bazzil. ( I have to admit, I love love love Bazzil card stock!!)
Little Yellow Bicycle rub-ons were added to the picture. I distressed the photo edges using Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink.
My lettering was white, and I wanted to bring the festive feel to them also! So I simply wiped the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink, red mahogany. As I was distressing the edges, I pulled the ink to the letter top so it would"spill" over on the front. I also did the same with the white flourishes. Gold Stickles highlight the curves to the lettering!
The flower was made with silks included in the kit, and from papers used in the layout. I made the paper flowers with my Sizzix Big Shot. Gold & Christmas Red Stickles were added to flower to separate layers & add sparkle!
The chipboard ornaments were white glossy chipboard that I covered with the printed papers. the Covered Chipboard technique is something that I do all the time!! The edges were distressed with Tim Holtz Red Mahogany Distress ink. I added glitter stars & Stickles! I then attached ribbon & ran it under printed papers on top to give the "hanging" feel!
This layout was fun to do! I hope you enjoyed it!
Thanks for taking a look!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Wishing You A Merry Christmas !

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays. Please keep safe, enjoy your loved ones & take time from the busy days to enjoy the simple pleasures! It is really such a wonderful season... So enjoy! Thanks for visiting my blog! :D

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Make Those Gift Cards Special!

I was determined to add a personal touch to a batch of gift cards I purchased. So I grabbed my Basic Grey Figgy Pudding & Wassail Collections & here is what I came up with!

The basic supplies I used are shown above. Corner rounder, corner rounder w/slit, threading water punch, & bone folder for scoring!
After some trial & error I found that this really works best with 2 sided paper! I cut my paper 4"x7" & an additional flap piece cut 1.5" X 4 ".
I scored & folded my paper at 2.5" from bottom & 5.5" from bottom.
I then punched using threading water punch on top flap & corner rounder with slit on bottom.
The slit holds the gift card. If you do not have a rounder w/slit , You can do this with a regular rounder & cutting along curve with craft knife!
I then took the additional cut flap piece & adhered it to inside score with opposite side showing as an accent!

Next I rounded the accented papers corners & added 4 eyelets as shown below! This was not measured, just eyeballed! Just remember to have them on the flap & directly under the flap. It does not have to be perfect !
I also distress all raw edges, including the scoring. I think it adds a nice finished touch!
I ran ribbon through the eyelets.
I have also done some with fibers, cord etc! I think twine would look great too!

Now just fold over & pull ribbon to sides! Presto!

Embellish, Stickle, Ink, and you are good to go!
I hope you have enjoyed making those gift cards special!
Thanks for taking a look!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


This layout was the third layout that I did using the November My Creative Scrapbook kit. The kit featured Crate paper- Prudence collection. I loved the colors & found myself altering the pics to really show the beautiful tones in the paper.

The paper came with punched edges. I distressed them & matted to solid card stock. I then added the printed paper, rounding the corners to fit in with the circles in the background. I then made the scalloped edge mat, using the Filled Punch Technique. Jeweled bling was added to highlight the edges of layout & photo.

The butterflies are stamped & cut from the same same card stock used in layout. I added wire antenna's, jewels, & some Lime Green & Black Diamond Stickles to highlight! The lettering is Basic Grey Wilma, covered with Stazon Black ink.

The flower was made with different papers used in layout & my Big Shot machine. I layer the flowers, distressed & added the Lime Green Stickle highlights. A black button was used as the flower center. All flourishes are black card stock & made with my Big Shot machine.
All raw edges were distressed using Tim Holtz Black Soot & Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
I really enjoyed this kit. Here is a link if you would like to see the kits they have to offer.
Thanks for taking a look at my blog!

Easy Filled-Punched Scallop Technique

This is a simple way to add some color contrast to punched scallops! I like to do this when I want to have another color, other than the card stock or printed paper that would normally show through.
In this example, I have made a scallop-edged mat as a backing on a photo. Using the color I want as my "punch filler" I punched the scallops with the "paw print" punch and also punched round circles (slightly smaller than the actual scallop),

Next step is to simply glue the circles on the backside of scalloped mat. I find it easier to place the glue on the scallop vs the punch. This way I am certain that the glue will not show through.

Then, just flip over & put it in place! I think it looks better to distress the punch shape a bit with the same ink as the scalloped edges. But then again I distress everything! I would distress this blog if I could figure out how!!! LoL
Thanks so much for taking a look :)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Count Your Lucky Stars

The inspiration for this layout is my daughter-in-law, Stephanie. She is a great person & I could not ask for a better person for my son! We get along wonderfully, and every day I am thankful & count my lucky stars! The layout was selected to be in the October 2008 Scrapbook News & Review Ezine!
The printed paper is from the BasicGrey Mellow collection. It was distressed with Tim Holtz aged mahogany ink. The circle printed paper was from the Prima Kilarney collection. I used the old "bowl" circle template, hand cut & distressed with aged mahogany distress ink!

Layered flowers were made from distressed patterned papers, & the Imaginese Build a Blossom set , A gold button was added to the center.
Stars were made using covered chipboard distressing
The solid card stock is Bazzill. Bazzill has some wonderfully rich tones!

The Fancy Pants flourishes were inked with Tim Holtz Peeled Paint distress ink & dabbed with a bit of the aged mahogany. The picture flourishes were cut with my Big hot using a Cuttlebug die.
I added a few springs in the layout for some dimension & as fillers. This was a fun layout to do!
Thanks so much for taking a look :)


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