Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Scripture of the Week

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this." Isaiah 9:6-7

Have you been Christmas shopping, yet? Fought the crowds, hunted the sales, made your lists and found the perfect gift for eveyone on your list? It can be a maddening, fun, exciting time. for a child, the anticipation of Christmas is opening the gifts. For an adult, the anicipation comes in watching the gifts as they are received.

Have you opened your Christmas gift, this year? God gave to us the most precious gift of all in the form of Jesus. Through Him, we have the gift of eternal life, and life abundantly in Him. Have you received and accepted that joy? God is waiting to watch your reaction as you open your gift, this holiday season!

Scripture of the Week is a regular feature of A Faith Perspective, the faithbooking blog and column hosted by Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. We invite you to join us!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Friday Finds

I found the cutest little gift set, perfect for the holidays. Mel over at Mel Stampz teaches you how to make it- and even shows you an awesome technique for adding bling that would be great any time of year.

Take a look, this would be perfect for co workers, friends, teachers...or even to set out on your coffee table, this holiday season.

Gift Box

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Deep Thoughts

Carrie and I got laughing one dayt about deep thoughts for know, if we were going to teach philosophy for preschoolers what would it look like? The deep questions prescholers might ponder: Why is a circle round? If a toddler fills his diaper in the woods...will Carrie still change it? Silly things, tht lead to a silly layout.

This one was done for the Glitz Designs Event at Scrapbbok NEws and Review. To check out more incredile eye candy for this event, look here.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Scripture of the Week

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. " John 1:1-5

Have you started your Christmas preperations, yet? Maybe you've done a little shopping, made a few gifts, or planned who will be coming for dinner. Have you started decorating for Christmas, yet? the tree, the ornaments, all the lights...they are just so beautiful. The Bible says that Christ is the light of the world, the one true light at Christmas and throughout the year.

We put up trees, stockings and treasured ornaments, every year. We decorate our homes inside and out. But, do we shine the one true Light of Christmas? Do we remember, portray, and lift up the one true Light? I have an idea, this year. One less decoration, one less party, one less gift, this year...this is my suggestion. Instead, one more act of kindness, one more person told, one more life reached, one more block of time spent with Him. This is how we shine the Light. This is how we really 'decorate' for Chirstmas.

Scripture of the week is a regular feature of A Faith Perspective, the faith booking blog sponsored by Scrapbook NEws and Review Magazine. We invite you to join us!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Loot

I loved having the chance to play wioth Basic Grey's new Christmas Line; Eskimo Kisses. As usual, BG is one of my all time favorites. This year, they used more non traditional colors for their holiday line- pinks and baby blues even made an appearence. But, all of the BG charm and style is definitely there.

This was made for a SNR/BG event. To see more art from this event, please visit Scrapbook News and Review.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday Finds

If your not out shopping right now, I thought you might like a peek at the greatest idea...if your just getting back from shopping, you're going to be thrilled at how this little idea can save you a bundle!! This is from Holly over at Squigglefly Digital Stamps:

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Scripture of the Week

"The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song."

~Psalm 28:7

I confess, this is one of my favorite images of God- my strength and my sheild. Let's face it, you have the Creator of the Universe as your sheild, there is just not much that's going to get through. there are other verses in the Bible that refer to God as "going before me, and my rear guard". Again, these are great images- God is here. He is in control. When allowed to be in control, when trusted, there is nothing that can stand against Him. Now, if that's not something to give thanks for, I don't know what is!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Paper Trained

Here's a layout I made for the Basic Grey event at Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. I got to play with the new Eskimo Kisses line- and you know I LOVED that! These little deer were cut out of a sheet of paper, and pop dotted for depth. They really are a great accent to the page. Then, you can't really tell, but there are stckle accents all over the place on this- giving a nice glittery look for the season.

To see more porjects from this event, be sure to take a peek HERE.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Scripture of the Week

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Thy name, O Most High; to declare Thy loving-kindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness by night... For Thou, O Lord, hast made me glad by what Thou hast done, I will sing for joy at the work of Thy hands. How great are Thy works, O Lord! "

-Psalm 92:1, 4-5

Are you almost ready for thanksgiving? No, not the holiday. Not all of us live in a country where the holiday is celebrated. But, are you ready for thanksgiving? Are you ready to live in a perpetual attitude of thanksgiving. Thanking God in the morning, all day long, and in the evening. Doesn't leave a large portion of the day open to complainging, does it?

Thanksgiving is an attitude, joy is a decision, and praise is a lifestyle. So..are you ready for thanksgiving?

Scripture of the Week is a regular feature of A Faith Perspective, hosted by Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. We invite you to join us.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thankful For Friends of Faith Blog Hop

Welcome to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine's A Faith Perspective Thankful for Friends Faith Blog Hop. Today, we're out in force on the internet -- showing our faith and giving the glory to God. United, we stand as Christian paper crafters and blog owners to make a presence on the internet for all to see. We're celebrating the theme of friends and we're happy to share our projects with you based on the verse:

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. " Ecc4:9-10a

If you're just joining in on the fun, you can find the start of the train here: First, we would like to take a moment to thank our generous co-sponsors: Layers of Color Stamps, Gina K Designs Stamps and Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. Together with Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, these companies have donated some wonderful prizes for today’s blog hop.

Prizes? Oh, yeah! There will be three lucky grand prize winners for today’s event.

To enter, simply hop to the blogs of all of the participating staff members of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, take note of the staff member’s name, and leave a comment on their posts. Then send us an email at listing each of the staff members who participated in today’s hop. It’s that easy. All entries must be received by Monday, November 16, 2009 at 12 noon, EST and three winners will be randomly chosen to win.

What are the prizes?

One $100 gift certificate from Layers of Color Stamps AND a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

One basket of goodies -- four stamp sets from Gina K Designs and a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

One set of digital stamps from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps and a 3 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.

In addition, every participating staff member of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine will offer a free one-month subscription to the magazine to one of their lucky visitors by simply leaving a comment on their blog. That's a lot of chances to win, so let’s get to the Hop!

You've found the blog of a Scrapbook News and Review Magazine Staff Member. In order to enter our grand prize drawing, be sure to put my name on your list. In addition, I'm giving away a one-month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine to one lucky visitor of my blog. To win, simply leave a comment on this post with your name and e-mail address. Comments must be left by 12 noon, EST on Monday November 16, 2009. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by e-mail within 48 hours.

Since the theme for the weekend nis friends, I've deciced to share a layout I did for one of my BFF's. Holly and I were roommates in college, and friends for years afterward. One of my fondest memories of her, and college, was reading the Lord of the Rings trilogogy outloud to each other. We didn't have television in our dorm room, and this was grand entertainment!

I am so glad that you hopped my way! The next stop on this blog hop is: Patty
at: . Thanks for hopping in!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Love You!

This card was from the Outlines Stamp event in September. I loved the fun of stamping on Cloth. To do this:
1. Iron interfacing onto the back of your cloth. Use a very slow iron for this step, slower is better.
2. Stamp in Solvant ink.
3. Cut out.

It really is that simple! And, the interfacing is so cheap, too- like a $1 a yard. Ha! I got a new weapon in my arsonal!

Want to see more art from this event? Look here.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Scripture of the Week

1 Chronicles 29:11-13 (KJV)

"Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.

Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.

Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name."
We devote almost a month to the celebration of Christmas, there are decorations, parties, presents. I am not saying that is inappropriate, either. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. How can you not get excited at the thought of a God that loves you so much, He said aside His Godhood to be born a babe?!
A month for Christmas, and a day for Thanksigiving. Hmmmm.... This month, Scripture of the Week is going to focus on Thanksgiving. this week, have you given God the glory for your wealth and honor? Not rich, you say? Are you reading this on a computer? Did you eat a meal today? Are you clothed, right now? We live in the most affluent time in human history. We are blessed beyond measure. Praise God for all the many things I take for granted on a daily basis! forgive me, Lord, for all the many things I take for granted on a daily basis!

Scripture of the Week is a regular feature at A Faith Perspective, the faith blog and column hosted by Scrapbook News and Review. We invite you to join us!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Outlines Rubber Stamps

Have you discovered all of the amazing events and classes that are held on WEds and Satudays at Scrapbook News and Review? Seriously- there is so major inspiration to be had, and it is totally free!

This is from the Outlines Stamp Comp Feature in September:

I love the texture that stamping on a sheet of cork gives. You can find these sheets at Mike's in the art section in packages of 6. Very Cool!!

Want to see more projects from that event? Here you go:

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thanksgiving Card


How about a little Thanksgiving card as we close out October? This one was made usiong the new scalloped circle stamp from Apple Blossom Studios- one of my favorite stamps ever. This stamps and cuts out really well, for many different uses. Also, don't be afraid to layer a stamp with your sentiment- I think it just adds a little punch.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Scripture of the Week

"As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God? " Psalm 42: 1-2

Do you thirst for God? I am just going to be honest, and transparent, and let you know- I struggle with this. I truly want to know, love, and honor God more. I want to live my daily life in a manner pleasing to Him. I want to be one of those people that others see and are drawn to the Light shining from inside me. I want all of these things. Then life happens. The day is busy, the kids are sick, the bills come early, the (whatever) breaks down, I'm tired...dang, there are a lot of different obstacles that get thrown in our way, aren't there? During those times--am I thirsting for Jesus?

As a deer pants for water...I love the word pictures the Bible paints. A deer needs water in order to survive--and they are pretty obvious about it, too. I need Jesus in order to survive, no doubt. My encouragement for you all, this week is this: are you being obvious about it? Are you making your time with Jesus a priority? More importantly, are you allowing Jesus to walk with you throughout the day as a constant companion? Deers don't drink once a week. They don't walk away and not give water another thought. They stick close to water sources. Let's stick close to our Source.

Scripture of the Week is a regular feature of A Faith Perspective, the faith based blog and column hosted by Scrapbook News and Review. Come on over and pay us a visit, we would love to meet you!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Embossed Tile


I made this tile for an article for Scrapbook News and Review. The point of the article was to show how stamps could be used off the page. Such great little tools, our stamps are, and if we can make them even more useful- well, it just helps justify the expense, huh?

This tile was a breeze to make, and turned out so cool. To do this, or stamp on ceramic or glass, just follow these basic steps:

-Clean the surface before stamping.
-Using a watermark ink, stamp your images.
-Apply embossing powder in the color of your choice. Tap off excess. Tip: use a small paintbrush to help chase away even the tiniest of stray powder specks.
-Using heat gun, start heating powder. KEpp in mind, this part takes considerably longer than embossing on paper. Just keep heating, it will emboss.

Voila! Easy, peasy and oh so fun! Now, picture this, only with 4" ceramic tiles. Add a little cork to the back, and you have a set of coasters for a great Christmas Present.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cute As A Button


For this frame, I used the adorable 3 Bugs line: Snips and Snails. The image is from Stamping Bella.

To make the Button Filled B:
1. Use a scrap piece of chipboard from packaging to create the letter B.
2. Gather your buttons, and place them on the B as desired.
3. Use Glossy Accents to adhere the buttons to the B.
4. Fll in between the buttons using Glossy Accents.

Done, and easy-peasy.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Scripture of the Week

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." Gen 1:27

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 51:10

One of my all time favorite attributes of God is His creativity. I stand amazed, on a regular basis, that He created the universe in a breath. The infinite diversity, the amazing combinations of elements and beauty. It is simply mind boggling to me! I play at being creative. I love this thing called paper crafting, it gives me a creative outlet and an opportunity to express my heart in a tangible way. Then I look at what God has created, and am blown away at the heart that it reveals.

Of all of creation, of all of the incredible things that God has created, the one things that stands at the center as His most amazing feat would be my clean heart. I know how that yicky old thing started out, and I can promise you this, it was not pretty. Oh, people who know me, or who knew me before I was a Christian would tell you I was a basically good girl, a nice person. So, how bad could it have been, right? Compared to the holy standard God sets, a stinking piece of rotting flesh. Bad, right?

But, God created the world in six days. He rested on the seventh. And a few thousand years later, He sent His Son. The result? One clean heart beating in my chest a few thousand years later. Praise God.

Scripture of the Week is a regular feature of A Faith Perspective. We invite you to check out out new home on the Scrapbook News and Review mainsite.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thankful for Friends of Faith Blog Hop


We are organizing a Blog Hop for the weekend of Nov 14th, 2009. We would love to show the world how many faith based blogs, and bloggers of faith, are available on the internet, as well as give an opportunity for these blogs of faith to be seen. The theme for this weekend will be Thankful for Friends of Faith. We will ask that any who would like to participate create a project with a friendship theme, based on the verse: "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. " Ecc4:9-10a

Would you like more information? Would you like to join in? We would love to have you!! Check out this link for maore information.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday Finds

Hi, there! Hope your week has been a great one! Are you ready for some great finds? I have a few for you, this week:

Make a Crystal Ornament with Andrea

Here's a class on 4 different cards from Erika Taylor.

This tutorial will show you how to glitter flowers, from Beth Root.

Here's a Covered Button Tutorial from Connie

And, here is a class little ol ME taught that makes a few Christmas ornaments.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Splash Redux

Ever have a layout that you just cannot get to gel? One that sticks in your craw and bugs you until you just have to rip them apart and start again? This was one of those layous for me. This started out on 7 Gypsies paper, and it never felt right to me. Oh, the paper was lovely, but the layout just never seemed right. So, when I had the chance to redo it, I jumped at it. This is another project done for the July 3 of a Kind article at SNR. For this project, I did some serious masking with the raindrops over the boots and umbrella. I also added Glossy Accents to the boots and umbrella for a fun look. I liked this one much better than the last.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Scripture of the Week

"He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8

Want to know the verse I am hating right now? OK, maybe hating is the wrong word. Struggling with, right now? Micah 6:8. Oh, it may sound innocent enough. It's even a little poetic. But have you considered it? Even tried to apply it to your life? To act justly: ok, to be fair. Not too hard. To love mercy: I have to confess, I think I like justice a little more. Be fair, don't most people? We like to see the bad guy get what's coming to him. Until we realize that we are the bad guy, then it get's a little easier to be grateful for mercy, doesn't it.

The part I have really been working through, though, is the last one. Walk humbly. Yeah, that one is misleadingly easy sounding. Put my own pride, desires, ambitions, and goals away, and walk humbly with my God. Understand that it is not by my power, my competence, or my gifts that anything of value is accomplished, but by the gifts of God, through the yielding of my own will that the Spirit is allowed to work through me. That one packs a punch, I tell you. Do you think we will ever get that one mastered?

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Birthday Blessings

One of the monthly features of Scrapbook News and Review is the 3 of a Kind Article. In this article, 3 people take the same stamps and show how they can be used for 3 different occasions, and then for 3 different techniques. The fun part of this article is getting great ideas for thinking out of the box on how to use the stamps you already own. Take this umbrella stamp, for example. This was a card from the July issue, and instead of just using this stamp on a get well card, we used it for a Birthday card, a baby card, and an anniversary card, too, if I remember correctly. The umbrella is from Penguin Pants, they had such great stamps. It is always so sad to see a stamp company fall victim to the economy. The circle stamp is a journal stamp from Apple Blossom Studios. Yet another look at using your stamps "outside of the box"

Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday Finds

This week, I have found the coolest tutorial for you. How would you like to use your decorative corner punches to make circles? Renee has a great tutorial showing you how:

Here's a shimmer paint tutorial:

Angel Purse Gift Set:

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Are you ready to get all dressed up, and step out for the evening? So is this cute little number! This was made for an article in the July issue of SNR. I colored these with my BIC markers, and I have to say, I am pretty impressed with these. They really make a pretty good poor man's substitute for Copics, and they come in huge packages of color choices, too. They color very nicely, so if you are looking for an option, give these a try.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Scripture of the Week

"You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Gal 5:13-14

Oh my word, I am so sore!! But it was so freakin' cool, it was worth every was our church's Great Day of Service. Imagine it...over 2000 volunteers met at the church for prayer, then headed out into the community (of about 55,000) for service work, in the name of Christ. We are talking about entire neighborhoods swarming with people doing yardwork, trimming trees,up on ladders, painting. There were clothing drives, visits to nursing homes, shelters, food name it, we probably had a team doing it. We had the city involved in the planning- and so excited they even organized and added more to our number- then closed down a 3 block section of main street for us for an after party.

I have to say, it really was cool to go into these run down neighborhoods, work our little hearts out, and just look around and see hundreds of others working their heart out, too...and the change in the neighborhoods was cool, too. But, oh, am I sore...not use to using big old loppers to cut back overgrowth for hours at a time...

Imagine what a difference we, as Christians, could make in the world, in this generation, if people got used to seeing us out, sweaty, and working our tails of in the name of the Saviour. Imagine how attitudes and perceptions would change...and, oh- how Heaven would fill up as they asked about our Joy and Reason. I can't wait to scrap this one...such a great day.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

School Bus Redux

OK, I have a bit of a confession...this school bus was a different card, at one point. But, I too the card, added it to the front of another card, and voila! A new card, completely! I got this Sugar Nellie image in a stamp image swap over at the Card Universe, and she was a perfect edition to this little gem.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Double Header Weekend!!

Double-header, double issue FREE weekend at Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. Come check out the fun and excitement at From Saturday, September 26, 2009 until Sunday, September 27, 2009, we're celebrating the Grand Opening of our brand new website. Come get a gander at the site, chat on the forum, join in a challenge, play a game or two and the best part of all, see the inside of the magazine for FREE.

Our Special Double Issue -- our largest issue of the year -- debuts on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. EST and from the moment of debut until 8:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, you'll have complete access to the world's largest online scrapbooking magazine. With over 400 layouts (scrapbooking and digital), cards, stamping and altered art projects, product reviews, manufacturer spotlights and more, you'll be amazed at the incredible inspiration, fabulous tips, tricks and techniques, amazing tutorials and exciting eye candy. Don't delay -- register on our site today. You must be a registered user to play.

Friday Finds

Welcome to a new feature here at Paper Cutz and Praisez: Friday Features. I have quite the ginourmous number of blogs that I follow on a regular basis, so I thought you all might like me sharing some of the best of what I find. This could be really cool tutorials, great projects, sales, giveaways, or anything else of interest that I think you might want to know about.

This week, I have found a couple of really cool tutorials for you:

Create Vinyl Stickers using your Cricut: I love this tutorial not just for the how to...bit she has some great ideas for using vinyl stickers. It's not just about wall art! There are also some very helpful tips.

Make Your own Glimmer Mists: plus great tips for usage...are you looking for the "recipe"? Here you go:

Plus, Making Memories is looking for opinions for upcoming embellishments- and they have asked for our input...take a look:

I hope you have a great scrappy weekend!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thank You Butterfly

Joy, at Apple Blossom Stamps, has put out a great new set of journal stamps, in wonderful shapes and sizes. One thing I love is that her stamps are perfect for card sentiments, too. This is a simple stamp, but it adds the perfect touch to this card.

Supplies: Paper: Basic Grey, Kraft; Stamps: Apple Blossom Studio, Stamping Bella; Ink: Whispers; Chip: Basic Grey

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Scripture of the Week

"As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." I Peter 2:4-5

Living Stones. You know, scripturally, there are two purposes for stones. Stones were used to destroy, as in to take someone out of the village and stone them. Or they were used to build up, as in a strong fortress, a wall around a city, a shelter. The question this week is very simple, very straight forward: Which kind of stone are you? Are you allowing Christ to use you to uplift, encourage, instruct and train others in righteousness? Are you a shelter for people when they are wounded? Or are you the one hurling the stones?

This is from the Scripture of the Week over at A Faith Perspective, the faith blog sponsered by Scrapbook News and Review. For more resources, community, and Spirit, we invite you to come over and join us!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

With You

I do love a humerous card, and this stamp from Toni over at The Digi Shack made this easy. This one was a free give away during one of the Card Universe Digi Day events. Toni is one of our regular sponsors, and always provides a great evening of fun.

I also used one of the new Apple Blossom Studio stamps on the background of this card. Tip: Look at you journal stams with fresh eyes. They often make great background designs when stamped randomly.

Supplies: Paper: AC, Kraft Paper, Stamps: DigiShack, Apple Blossom Studios; Ink: Whispers; Colors: Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils; Burlap.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Princess at Work


This is a layout that appeared in Scrapbook News and Review a few months ago. I love the look of the black and white photo with the black AC paper. Quick tip: To make lollipop flowers, tear simple circles out of your paper in graduated circles. Crumple them up in your hand, and open them back up. Adhere them to each other and add a button or brad for the center. These look great with shabby chic layouts, too.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Scripture of the Week

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. " James 1: 2-4

A couple of weeks ago, I was awakened at 5 AM by my beloved sister crawling up the stairs to tell me she had fainted and hit her that order. After quickly determining that she had lost basic cognitive skills- she couldn't even tell me a day of the week, or who the president of the US was, let alone dress herself- we headed off for the hospital. Everything turned out alright, Thank God. A moderately severe allergic reaction had caused the fainting.

Afterward, she remarked about my calmness. I didn't even appear worried, let alone scared. Are you kidding? I was scared spitless, lol. But even in the midst of the unknown, even in the midst of the fear, I was so profoundly grateful. Because it wasn't my job to handle this alone. I didn't have the ability to make her all better. Heck, I don't even know how these bills are going to get paid. But, I know the one who could handle it, make her better, and ultimately, pay the hospital bills. And that was joy!

Scripture of the Week is a regular feature on A Faith Perspective...Have you joined us on A Faith Perspective yet? This is a community of Christian crafters sponsored by Scrapbook News and Review that is dedicated to serving the Lord and uplifting each other. We would love to have you, come on over and pay us a visit!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

All Things

Sometimes there is nothing that beats a simple card with a sentiment as true as can be. this card allows the papers to shine, and the sentiment to sing. The papers are from American Crafts, and by layering them a bit, they stand out. Tip- if you don't have the right colored brad, pull out your shiny paint for a quick dot of color.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Going Places

Today, I am going to do something that doesn't happen very often- I am going to show you a card from the current issue of Scrapbook News and Review. This month, SNR put My Favorite Things in the Manufacturer Spotlight. We had a wonderful time talking with the owner, Kim, and learning all about this wonderful company. In addition, the talented stamping staff had the chance to play with these wondeful stamps.

For a look at this article, click here and enjoy.

Like what you see? Of course! This just one of the articles in this month's jam packed issue. :-)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Better Late

Than never, right? I made this card for the June issue of SNR. I really wanted to remind people that sometimes less is more. This card has very simple lines, not a lot of fussy detail, and I think that is what makes it work. Tip: Look at your paper for key design elements. In this case, my sentiment strip is straight from my paper. It saved time, and looks oh-so-coordinated.

Supplies: Kraft paper; Scenic Route, Bazzil, Whispers Ink, Twine.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Can We Help?

This was from the May issue of SNR. I was trying to show how easy it is to create backgrounds using your stamps. Even the little dollar stamps that so many of us buy and then don't know how to use, can be used to create wonderful backgrounds. The brown and the green strips are examples of this. In this case, I also made my own ebbossed paper by embossing all of the stamped images, as well. So easy to do, yet is adds such great texture to the final project.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Scrapping Cents

I saw the best tip...this is from fellow SNR staffer Lucy Chesna:

Make your own Stickles

What you need:
Clear craft lacquer ( aleene's paper galze, ranger glossy accent or judi kins diamon glaze)
Glitter ( any color )
toothpick or brush to mix
Mixing container
mini bottles- empty eye dropper bottles cleaned out and ready to put in your stickles

In your empty container mix equal parts clear lacquer and glitter. Mix with a toothpick or brush
Add more glitter if it's too runny or more clear lacquer if it's too thick.
It should be the consistency of glitter glue (or thinner if you want to cover a large area)
Then when you done , use your syringe and suck it up and put it into your bottle.
You are done and repeat the steps for any color of glitter you want to use

Such a great tip!! For more awesome ideas and information, be sure to join us on the SNR forums. We are a wonderful group of scrapers who love to chat and share ideas, inspiration, and smiles. And you are very welcome!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Hi, thanks for hopping in. Aw, come on! You know I couldn't resist. I got some new Apple Blossom Studio stamps to play with- and they are so perfect. The green matting on this card is one of the new journal stamps. I love finding different ways to use these treasures! The frog is one of my favorites from Whimsy Stamps.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Evening Snack

Pulling from the stash a bit, but this was a perfectly summery one, so I thought I would share. This was made with a stash of Bo Bunny Paper I had been saving- and I loved the somewhat grungy look.

Want to make flowers like this? It is is simple. Cut your paper into rough circles of graduated sizes. They down't need to be perfectly round, in fact, they look better if they are not. Then, take an edge distresser, or a pair of scissors, and rough up the edges all the way around. A few tears will add to the look. Now, take the circles, and crumple them up into a ball. Open them, but don't flatten them out. Stack, add a button, and your done. Easy, and a great way to get custom flowers for your project.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Flower For You

Lizzie Anne Stamps were one of the sponsors of our last event- and I fell in love with these stamps. These are deeply etched red rubber, and leave the nicest, crisp impressions. The paper for this is Cosmo and Prism.

Here's a little tip for you: I left the tag blank on this, so that I could fill it in later. Having a small stash of all occasion cards, like this, can be really handy for those events that just seem to pop up.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Isn't this a fun and cheery card? I made this for the SNR Spring into Summer Event- and it is all Cosmo. Isn't this the perfect card for a warm summer day?!

Want to see something else that is fun? Head on over to Scrapbook News and Review- we have just launched an all new site- and it is too cool!! There are all kinds of great new features, a new interface, an more new bells and whistles are on the way. Everything you have always loved about SNR- souped up!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Blog Love

So, I gave my blog some love today- it was time, don't ya think? If you are in a blog reader, take a moment to click on the site and see the changes. I think they are fun. :-)

Have a great Sunday!

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Is there anything as soothing as a kitty all snuggled in for a nap? I love it, just instantly relaxes me...or makes me completely jealous, lol. I made this layout for the Scrapbook News and REview Spring into Summer Event. While there is some great chipboard and patterned paper from our Sonsor- Cosmo was our other sponsor Prism that formed the bulk of this layout. I had never worked with Prism before, and since I am extremely picky about my cardstock texture, I was a ;little nervous to try them. Wow!! Was I ever suprised! This paper is an awesome weight, and has a great texture, too. The thing I liked most, though, was that you can turn it over and get a smooth side for stamping. Perfect!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

1, 2, 3...Blow!

OK, cute story. So, the kids are out on the playground and they are doing what they are not supposed to---they are purposely trying to get the ball stuck in the tree. Congrats to them...they did it. Now the problem becomes- how to get it back down? So they are standing around, holding a big meeting, weighing all the options. Pretty soon, one of them tries to grab a tree limb and pull it down- which is against the rules. Anne: "NO. You can't break a rule, even if you have a good reason." More discussion. One of them gets a stick...also against the rules. Anne: "No. You may not break the rules, even if you have a good reason." At this point, I get a bit distracted. The next time I look over, they are all lined up, under this ball, pointing their little bodies at the ball. And, I hear...."ok, 1,2, 3....BLOW!!!" Color me shocked when that didn't work!

This was a layout I made for the Sping into Summer Event at Scrapbook News and Review. this was an awesome day of events, classes, challenges, prozes and more. This layout featured Paper and Chipboard from one of our sponsors: Cosmo Cricket.

Thursday, July 30, 2009


I love to try for action shots- and I have a pretty good camera, so they usually turn out. But, these were just beyond fun. I love seeing the water splashing up, and Erin part of the way in...too fun! Oh- and play a little in your graphics proggie, and you can even set up fun filmstrip prints, too.

I made this for the Scrapbook News and Review Spring into Summer Event. This was an incredible day filled with fun, workshops, challenges, games and more. Be on the watch for more fun events from SNR!

Supplies: All Cosmo Cricket.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Busy As A Bee

My goodness, it has been a serious while since I have shown you a layout, hasn't it? I do still make them, lol. Here, let me prove it. This one is for a few pictures I took in my own garden. Now, I love the pictures, but I have to tell you- I give seriousl kudos to those photog's that can get the amazing shots that stop the bee's wings. Man, that is hard! By the time I would get the little guys all focused, he would have dissappeared. Argh! I shot probably 100 pictures that morning- and these are the best I got. But, it was fun trying!

I made this for the Scrapbook News and Review Spring into Summer Event. This was an incredible day filled with fun, workshops, challenges, games and more. Be on the watch for more fun events from SNR!

Supplies: Cardstock: Prism; Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket; Punch: EK Success; Pearls: Basic Grey

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Under the Mushroom

This is an image I received in the Card Universe Stamp Image Swap. Ever done one of these? They are too fun. the concept is so simple, you stamp out five imges for every person in the group. Then you mail those images to the hostess, she swaps them around, and you get a bunch of images back in the mail. Too fun!

I colored these with a little of the Smooches, too. Used the grey to highlight a few of the details. It may be hard to see in the picture, but in real life, it gives this stamp the look of a charcoal drawing. Very nice.

I made this for the Scrapbook News and Review Spring into Summer Event. This was an incredible day filled with fun, workshops, challenges, games and more. Be on the watch for more fun events from SNR!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Flowers for You

Here is another card I made for the SNR Spring into Summer Event. This one features a Magnolia stamp, and the fun new smooches from Clearsnap. These are a hoot to work with, I tell you. They come in the cutest little nail polish bottles, and the applicator is a dream to work with. It is the perfect size for really getting into those small areas.

Here's a tip for you: When coloring with Smooches, start from the inside of the image, and work your way towards the edges. This will help you to avoid smudges and glopping ink over the lines.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


This is a card made with a Teresa Collins journal tag. I love the elegant look of the tag against the Cosmo Card. And, yupo...this is just more goodnewss from our event. Be sure and watch for our next Summer Workshop event.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009



I thought I would show you a little of the ggodness that happened over at the Spring into Summer event at Scrapbook NEws and Review. This was the banner I taught in my class for Prism Cardstock. In this class, I showed how to chalk for a watercolor effect, resize images from the web to create digital stamps, paper piece, paint with acrylics for a great washed effect...and more. and mone was only one of 7 classes that happened. If you hurry over, you can still take a peek at the workshops that were offered.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Congrats to our Winners!!

We want to thank everyone who participated in last weekend's Oh Say Can You See Blog Hop. With over 90 blogs along the way, there was quite the parade of inspiration, fun and patriotic celebration for the holiday weekend. We have appreciated all of the wonderful comments and feedback we have received from everyone involved. A special congradulations goes to our list of Scrapbook News and Review winners for the event.

From the Staff Blogs, the winners for the 1 month free subscription are:

Anne: Peggy Marsh- the Wired Angel
Tina: Ginni Gass
Pam: Anita Bugg
Jamie: Kristina
Tami: Beth
Grace: Andrea
Jennifer: Sheila
Thena: Joyce of
Lucy: Cassie
Cheryl: Sonia Kertznus
Kim: Freida

And, our winner of the free 1 year subscription to Scrapbook News and Review: Adina Medina.

Congradulations, we know you will enjoy all of the inspiration inside our magazine.

A Day of FUN!

Are you looking for a great day of fun?! We have an amazing day planned for you over in the Scrapbook News and Review Forums. It is our first in a series of summer long events- today is A Spring Into Summer. We have free workshops, challenges, games, prizes, and a gallery filled with brand new inspiration. This event has been months in the making, and you get to benefit.

So, pull out your scrapping supplies and head on over...It is definitely an afternoon you will not want to miss!

Saturday, July 4, 2009


A big welcome to everyone who is joining us from the Card Universe Oh Say Can You See 4th of July Blog Hop. If you came from Hand to Paper you are on the right track! If you didn't you may want to hop to the Card Universe and start at the beginning.

Today I want to show you my Lizzie Anne Designs Patriotic Card:

For this project, I used my sizzex die to cut out the flowers. My favorite trick for making flowers look lifelike and interesting is to fold the leaves. Too often, people cut out die cut or punched flowers, they layer them, but they leave them flat. You want realism, start moving the petals toward the center of the flower, helping them to curl and add depth.

This is a project made especially for the Spring into Summer Event coming up next week at Scrapbook News and review. Lizzie Anne Designs is one of the sponsors for this, and there will be an entire gallery filled with inspriration. There will also be workshops, challenges, games and more- for all of our sponsors. It is going to be an incredible afternoon- so clear your schedule!

Now, my blog is the first SNR Staff member blog on the hop so far. So, I get to give you our first secret word. Your word is: COUNTRY. Write this word down, and as you hop along the blog hop, be on the lookout for the rest of the SNR Staff blogs. Each staff member will have a secret word or phrase to give you. Collect them all, and when you arrive at th last stop- SNR, you will be asked to unscramble them and form a famous quote. If you can do this, you can win a chance at a free 1 year subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine!

Which reminds me- I have a little blog candy to share with you! Each SNR staff member is also giving away a 1 month subscription to the magazine. To enter into this random drawing, simply leave a comment to this post. Your comment must include your email address, so I will know how to contact you. You have until 10PM CST Sunday July 5, 2009 to leave your comment. Want an extra entry? I will give all those signed up to follow my blog an entry too. So, leave a comment, and sign up to follow my blog, and that is 2 chances to win. Winner will be by random draw, and notified by email.

Now- for your next stop on the Blog Hop. You are off to visit Jeanette at H2O Creations. HAve a great time- and enjoy the rest of the Hop!!

Friday, July 3, 2009


Don't you love teddy bears? I have a confession, I used to collect teddy bears. Had over 75 stuffed...until they threatened to over run me and take over my home. Now, I stick to the adorable paper variety.

This little guys was a coloring page on the internet. I opened him up in my graphics editor, scaled him to size, and printed him on some brown cardstock. Then I sanded and distressed the edges for a little texure. The bracket from Technique Tuesday made the perfect window.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Scrapping Cents

Anyone still out there- or have you all given up on me? I woud understand- I have been a baaaadddddd blogger! But, I have been very busy- and I can now tell you why. It's your tip this week, too- ready?

How would you like to go to a completely free stamping convention? We are talking completely free, top notch workshops, incredible manufacturers, prizes, ideas, ton- and I mean TONS of eye candy...and a chance to be seen by the manufacturers, too?! I am dead serious- and the travel and airfare is free, too- cause it's virtual, lol! That's right- SNR is hosting it's first Summer Stamping Wrokshop- and it is going to be IN-CRED-I-BLE!! I am not kidding- I know the plans, and I am bouncing excited.

OK- here's what you need to do- keep an eye here...I am going to get you a supply list and class schedule in the next couple of days. And then- plan to be at SNR next Saturday afternoon. Send the Hubby and the kiddos to the movie- the new Ice Age is out- they'll love it. It is going to be one truly awesome day!!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Scrapping Cents

I love making cards- it is such a great way to use up your scraps...and a mini piece of creativity, too. Today I came across a free template for the cutest flower pot card. Well, I had to show it to you!!

Printable Template

Here's a tutorial for this card: Flower Pot Card

Have fun!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009


My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love the decorations, the carols, the gifts...and of course the meaning! Care's favorite holiday is Easter. She gets so excited every year...and for her it is all about the meaning. This is a child of God who is thankful for Grace!!

This year, I decided she needed an Easter decoration. She was thrilled...yeah, ok- one of the reasons she loves Easter is that there are no decorations. But, she did like this one, so I was happy.

This features the new Blossoms and Blooms line from My Minds Eye. I love the colors in that one.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


My sister has a servant's heart...she always has. One day, I started coming downstairs in the morning, to find everything I needed to make my breakfast right there by the microwave. All portioned out, all ready to put together. It's a little thing- but it is her way of saying I love you. Since I made this layout, that has changed. Now, she brings is- all cooked- on a tray up to me, every morning. You see, she read that for the body to work best, and process calories best, you should have a certain amount of time between meals. So she is helping me with that. I spoiled? Oh yeah!!

This one used all Basic that Bittersweet Collection!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Scrapping Cents

Want to hear my Scrapping Cents Tip for this week? I actually have two for you...not sure either of them is profound. But, I'll share them anyway. Here goes...


Garage Sales ROCK for organizational equipment!! No kidding...people have bought them by the droves, gotten frustrated with them, and are selling them for a buck or 2 a piece. Get out there--I ahve never come home empty handed. Now, I am not just talking drawer dividers and containers- I mean shelves and white particle board units. Yeahm you know- the rubber made ones that you spend 15-40$ a piece on at WM. Think vertical...A 3' shelf, stacked with a shoe thing on top...or any combination. Once you marry them together, these look like furniture. I'm telling you...


The old Cassette tape holders...the ones that were made to put your cassette tapes into...these things are perfect for ribbons on the roll. Each slot hold one spool of ribbon. And, they come in wall units, vertical towers, etc, etc... Best part? People are giving them away! I mean- who uses cassettes anymore, right?

Hope these ideas help!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Out My Window

This was for last month's issue of SNR. I have been wanting this picture forever. So many mornings as I get ready for work, I will see this cardinal in the branches out my window...but he was so skittish. I couldn't believe he atually sat still long enough for me to get this shot!!

The scripture I added to this, was Mt 6:26 "Look at the birds of the field..."

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


I did this one for last month's issue of SNR- and I liked the simplicity of it. I can the background paper through my cuttlebug for the embossing...then did a little distressing and inking to make it pop. The bird is from the 7 Gypsies Nottinghill collection- and I love the subtle texture he adds. The paper is from Kaiser. Have a great day!!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Scrapping Cents

Ever wish you could go to a Stamp or Scrap Convention and not have the time or resources? What if I told you, you caould learn the same stuff at home, without spending any money? Cool, huh!! Well, there are soe incredible resources out there, that will help you do just that. This week, I am going to share a couple of my very favorite with you.

Technique Trail: This is an awesome blog, filled with tips, trick, and a ton- a literal ton of tutorials.

Stampin' Academy: this one has a bunch of videos, and ideas that will make you wonder: why didn't I think of that?!

Card Universe: This one is my favorite- of course. Do you know we have over 100 videos in our Video area...and we add to it weekly! We have a page of tutorials that will blow you away! And--it is just great fun and companionship, too!!

NOTE: This month's issue of Scrapbook News and Review just published--hurry on over and check it out!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

A Fun Challenge from Scrapbook Express{ions}

Some of you may have noticed that my design team term with Scrapbook Express ended. So sad, as this really was the best store and the best team to work with. It is always wonderful when you can design or something you believe in- and I really do endorse this store. Anytime, for anyone.

Fortunately, however, I have the chance to work on the brand new blog team for the store. This is a really fun blog, that you will definitely want to add to your feeder and check often. There are fun posts, challenges, tips and ideas every week day. This week, there is an ad challenge going on with a great prize!! Hop on over and take a look, cause the contest closes Weds night. You could even win a great stamp set from Bo Bunny as a go check it out!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Scrapping Cents

This week is going to be a quick one, friends. Sorry about that...but I did find a great tutorial for making your own designed patterned paper. What a great way to save some money and get a custom look, too!!

Check it out- and aren't the cards she made with them too cute! This whole thing just made me want to pull out my stamps and play!

Mish Mash: Patriotic Cards One Sheet Wonder Style

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Baskets of Happiness

This week, SNR and the Card Universe are thrilled to be sponsoring the challenge over at 365 Cards. This fun blog is chocked full of daily inspiration and mojo. Our challenge was a sketch that I made for them- and this card was my play. This stamp is a Gina K that I recieved in the stamp image swap hosted by SNR--isn't it cute? I love the shading on this. The paper is Making Memories Garden Party...add a little ribbon and a little bling, and voila!!

Be sure to hop on over to 365 Cards and play along. You might even win a 3 month subscription to SNR! Fun, fun!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

BathTime Bella

Stamping Bella are some of my favorite stamp--ever. So, when I got a couple in a Stamp image swap hosted at SNR- I couldn't wait to play. This one was chalked on the edges to make a great aged look. I also added Glossy Accents in the tub and on the puddle to look like water. And a few stickles in the bubbles aded a great bit of glitter.

This one was my Mother's Day Card for Mom. The inside says: It's your day...enjoy!

Have a great day, yourself!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Scrapping Cents

Hey- guess what I found? I found the coolest site for hybrid scrapping! WAIT! Don't click away, yet...I know, I said the word is a little intimidating...but it is so cool, super easy...and can be a great way to save a few buck, too!! This site is run by the Digichick Boutique, and one of the things I love about it is the awesome walk through on how to get started. She has some great tips for printing your very first digital paper- um, which makes it paper, paper, lol! They also have awesome hyprid templates, to make your paper projects super easy...and to get you started- a free paper pack. You really should check it out!

The Hybrid Chick

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Whoooo's 2?

OK, I admit it--I am in love with this cute owl paper from American Crafts. Yes, you have seen it in a few other things- but, dang! It's just too cute. My other new love affair? Glossy Accents. Seriously. This suff is great- for this card, I covered the 2 in it. And, see those cute little brown brads? Nope- they are little hole punched circles from brown cardstock, and a drop of glossy accents on top. Voila- and, you really would think they are brads in person, too. Did you know that GA makes an excellent glue, too. My handle came off my wood handle sponge ink applicator. :-( 2 drops of GA, it was set in like 5 minutes! Lumpy stuff for you layouts? GA, baby! Yeah, I know... I am starting to sound like an infomercial...I'll stop. But, I did tell you I loved the stuff, lol!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Flowers For You

I made this card for the Scrapbook Expresss blog- and really like the way it came out. The white is embossed with my Swiss Dots folder...then I masked a Unity stamp to get just the stems and leaves. A simple set of Bazzill Bitties and a ribbon- and it is a lovely card. I love cards that will work for many different occassions, too!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Scrapping Cents

OK- can't take credit for this one...all Mom's ideas. You know, every once in a while, she just has a good one, lol! Anyway- her suggestion--need wrapping paper and don't want to buy a whole pack? Dive into the scrapping supplies! Those 12x12 papers will work for many smaller boxes- and you can get them for a great price on sale. Um, yeah- Mom doesn't know about the hoards and stashes of older paper that we are trying to get rid of!! Great use for the older stuff, huh?

Now, I just want to know what Mom was dong in a scrapbook store without me?!

Thursday, April 30, 2009


This really isn't the best picture- but I have been having a great time scrapping my favorite songs, and wanted to show you. Scrapping songs? Yup. You see, I love to sing during my private time with the Lord, and so a song book comes in handy. Let's face it, He may not get tired of the same song everytime, but I do, lol! Anyway, I have scrapped several of my favorites to make them look pretty, and then just added them to my prayer journal. Nice and Handy! This is so fun- you really should give it a try...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Can We Help?

I died laughing...we pulled out the Christmas decorations, this year, and our boys were all over it! I am sure they just wanted to help!!

This one features the fun Craft Fair line from American Crafts. The second and fourth strips are embossed with Studio G $ stamps and white embossing powder for a fun look. I also added strips along the botoom and top using my new Fiskars Apron String punch. Fun!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Scrapping Cents

I am mad about techniques and tricks that come right out of the pantry. No cost there, right? Well, I have found the coolest technique- and it just uses wax paper and mad podge. I have those! And, you should see the awesome look of these- dang! Take a look at Mel's blog for all the cool ideas and tips!:

Wax Paper Embossing

A Scrapping Cents Tip:

Got an email yesterday, and wanted to give all you Cricut owners a head's up- Michaels will be having there cartridges on sale next week for 29.99$. HTH!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

April is up!!

The April Issue of Scrapbook News and Review has published- and it is better then ever!! The list of things in it...just by title...was a word document 8 pages long- yup EIGHT pages!!! If that does not tell you what an amazing magazine- and amazing value this is- I don't know what will!!

But, I will tell you this: There are 14 articles in the Card/Stamping Section. That includes 3 tutorials, 2 product reviews, an incredible Guest Card Maker....and more eye candy than you can shake a stick at!

WAIT- did someone say Guest Card Maker? Yes, sirree!! This month, SNR is pround to be joined by Amy Sheffer. Amy is a Design Team member for Our Daily Bread, My Favorite Things and Verve Stamps. Her style is rich, and simply amazing!! Best of all- she has made a couple of stunning cards just for our readers!!

I am also super excited about another new addition to the magazine- Kit Clubs. Beth Root is heading this one up- and it is a monthly review of all the best and most fun kit clubs a vailable anywhere. Always been curious about what comes in the box? Head on over to SNR and check it out!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Scrapping Cents

Do you love the look of Glimmer Mists but hate the idea of spending $7 a bottle? Me, too!! I found this solution, and it works like a charm:

-Go to WM and get a little travel size hirspray bottle for 97 cents.
-Add ink color- distress reinkers, alcohol inks, whatever...
-Add perfect pearls or pearl ex- just a little goes a long way.
-Add a little hairspray (yea, it is a sealer)
-Shake and spray...voila!

Yup, for a fraction of the cost, you can make your own custom colors. Cool, huh?!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Scrapping Cents

Are you ready to make a few Easter Treats? Worried that you don't have the perfect stamp in your collection to make a great project? No worries! Today, I am bringing you a few digital stamp collections. What is a digital stamp, you ask? Simply an image you print from the internet/computer onto cardstock, color and add to your project. In some cases, the digital stamps are meant for this purpose- in other case, these are color pages. You can print the color pages full size and hand them to your kiddos---or make them a coloring book to add to their Easter basket. Or- you can tell your printer to print at 20-25% scale- and you are ready to add to your project. Here you go- have fun!

Bunny with parachute

Religious Easter Images

Tons of Easter Images

Easter Bunny and Egg

List of Great Easter Images

Scapping Cents Sightings:
-Tuesday Morning: I hear there are D Ring albums to be had for 6.99!! If you haven't switched over- you really need to!

-Michaels has reset the store- look for the great Tim Holtz and Hero Arts in the Stamp Section!!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Basic Goodness...

One of my new favorite things is to use fabrics on cards and layouts. You know you can run them through your manual die cut machine, right? Oh yeah- they come out beautifully...though tighter weaves do tend to fray less. This flower was made with a Szzix die and som canvas...don't you just love the texture?! I also used some Basic Grey Sugared for the paper in this...I love that collection- so much lushness!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Imaginations at Work


I love this picture of the kiddos hard at 'work' is always fun to see them with their brows all scrunched up, just enjoying the creative process. Interesting sidenote- I have them all completely addicted to my scrapbboking supplies. They just get totally excited when they see me bring down one of my 'toys' for them to play with, lol.

This layout uses the Fancy Pants All Fall Collection. If you are looking for the latest Fancy goodness, be sure to head on over to Scrapbook Express!