Scraps of thoughts, photos and art


I recently had a great time reviewing this collection at ScrapFriends. I found it was very versatile with it’s wonderful colors and patterns. Very easy to use and create practically anything – layout, card, altered item. For the layout, I used Stampers Anonymous Stamps as additional background filler. The Wild Woodland rub-ons worked wonderfully over the Heidi Swapp chipboard hearts! I trimmed the long swirl from the Tabs & Tags sheet and added a photo turn to create the large “F”. A white pen came in handy for doodling on the birds and flowers. A Glitz Roller Doodle is responsible for the swirlies on the sides of the photos, cute! Stickles were the final touch over the letters for that added bling!

Comfort Food-Wild Woodland

The card almost made itself! The patterned paper was ideal for the square card and a little added embellishment was all it needed. A rub-on from the Blur line plus stickers from Wild Woodland and a random ribbon – perfect!

Celebrate Card-Wild Woodland

Now this was a fun project! I’ve had a box of tissues on my desk forever and thought that it would be a great touch to create a custom cover just like I had in the bathroom! So, the panels were cut from one piece of Wild Woodland, adhered to chipboard then assembled together with 7gypsies Gaffer Tape. The top was a different piece of Wild Woodland then the whole thing was inked with Tsukineko’s All-Purpose Vegas Gold ink – love that stuff! I trimmed out some of the larger flowers from yet another piece of Wild Woodland and added one to each side for a 3-d effect. Now my tissue boxes will have this lovely cover whenever residing on my desk!

Tissue Box Cover, pic 1-Wild Woodland

Tissue Box Cover, pic 2-Wild Woodland

Tissue Box Cover, pic 3-Wild Woodland

So many of the recent flower stamps released by Starving Artistamps are just plain gorgeous, that I must have them all! This stamp is one of the many orchid designs recently released and lends itself to lots of design opportunities. I used some of my newly mixed pearly misters to create the background for the orchid and Nestabilities for the front frame and window. The paper is Cosmo Cricket’s Fleuriste recently reviewed at ScrapFriends.

Heavenly Card

Bandanna Technique

A big thanks to Robin Beam and her Bandanna Technique using the awesome Ranger inks and new white pigment pen. I had to try it with the new pigment pads from Ranger and got this awesome result. Part of the Ranger Pigment Ink review at ScrapFriends, this card is so cheery and came out wonderfully using those new products. The stamps are Inque Boutique which you can get at Scrapbook Central by clicking the button on the home page. The gems are from RhinestoneNY – terrific bling!

Have some fun today and bling up a card or two, it is national stamping week you know!

chalked stamped lily

Stamps – Starving Artistamps
Black Ink – Ranger Archival Jet Black
All-Purpose Ink – Tsukineko Vegas Gold
Chalk – Craft-T
Patterned Background Paper – SEI Chocolat
Sticker – DCWV
Workable Fixatif Spray – Krylon

Making cards is really one of my favorite things to do because there are a bazillion ways to make one. Quick and easy art with a stamped image and some pretty background paper. The lily, buds and stem are actually 3 separate stamps. I used masking to get the main lily flower in the foreground with the buds and stem “behind” it.

To “mask”, use a Post-it note or Eclipse Paper Tape for this technique. The object is to have a thin, repositionable piece of paper for the main image. Think ahead a little to what image you would like in the foreground of your group of images. Here, I wanted the lily as the main image. Stamp the lily on the thin “tape” and cut out just inside the stamped lines. Put this image to the side then stamp the lily on the base of the card front. Place the repositionable cut-out lily over that newly stamped image exactly matching it up. Stamp any other images you would like to have “behind” the main image, like the buds and leaf. You’ll be stamping over the “tape” or mask image. When you’re happy with the images in the background, remove the mask and you’ll have an instant visually dimensional image!

Ok, back to this particular card. Once the stamping was complete, I chalked the images with regular ole dry chalk using some mini pom-pom puffs. I don’t mind going outside the lines a bit, but if that bothers you, just erase the stray chalk with a white, soft eraser.

When you’re happy with the color, spray with a Fixatif spray to keep the chalk where you want it and to stop it from migrating to other projects. Swiping with All-Purpose Ink really gives the piece a beautiful gold finish and a light-shifting quality. Since this ink comes in a mini wide-mouth bottle, using a finger dauber works well. Be aware that this ink has nice coverage with a transparent quality, so a little goes a long way.

Trim the image close and mount onto a card front. Add ribbon or other embellishments as desired.

Claudine Hellmuth’s Beeswax Collage DVD review was just published at ScrapFriends and I was lucky enough to be on the review. I met Claudine for the first time at CHA in February this year and just knew we needed to review one of her DVD’s. Pure fun is all I have to say about Claudine and her teaching style – LOVE it! She has this knack of taking an intimidating medium like beeswax and explains it in simple terms without making you feel like an idiot! I am adding beeswax to my favorites for mediums to work with in papercrafting thanks to Claudine!

Here is a birthday card that I made using the techniques from the DVD. It’s a “Poppet” card, using a copy of my head on a made up body. The tropical fabric is a bit “me”, but the style of attire is really not – I’m a t-shirts, jeans and sneakers kinda gal. The ENTIRE thing is held together by Ranger’s beeswax, using the natural color kind, with no additional adhesive required. What I like is that it doesn’t have a strong odor like some beeswax does. It’s really quite fun to look at in person, but here’s a pic for you anyway. 🙂

beeswax poppet card

Can you say busy? Scrapbook Central was certainly busy, busy, busy on Saturday, May 4th for National Scrapbook Day. There was a 3-day crop there with a guest scrapbook author, Kitty Foster, in town from Georgia. I met Kitty at the ScrapJam scrapbook getaways, gosh, at least 5 years ago now maybe more. She became a writer and worked at Inque Boutique for a time too! Such a small world for sure…

Here’s Kitty with La Verne eating Belgian Waffles for breakfast on Saturday – you had just one each right girls??

I did actually get some Cards for Soldiers done! It was a good sense of accomplishment for the 82 cards ALL using scraps! Ok, the card base was cardstock that wasn’t really a “scrap”, but the embellishments and patterned paper or stickers were all hanging around for quite some time. I also made 2 Mother’s Day cards.

We sold 2 large Alterable Magnetic Easels too! Wait until I make some samples to put in the store – should be good for sales!



Some Odd Girl

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Origami Owl anyone?