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Monthly Archives: July 2008

I like these sneak releases from BasicGrey – sort of like the appetizer for the main CHA releases! The pinks, purples and turquoise colors in this collection are bright, fun and full of flowers. It definitely has a “girly” feel to it, but spring, parties and birthdays all come to mind when using this paper too. Coming with the usual embellishments of brads, chipboard and fiber, this collection also matches many of the newer Prima bling quite nicely! So BasicGrey, where’s the bling?

BasicGrey Euphoria


BasicGrey Euphoria

Scrapping beach-y pictures must be one of my all time favorite things to do – I just can’t do enough of them! It seems that I’m never short of ideas and it’s a good thing that I have a lot of beach photos! The photographer for this layout is Fred – thanks for the great view in Daytona Beach, Florida. Great lighting and a great view of the beach, water and condos. Thanks Fred! Check out the review for this collection at ScrapFriends.

Sandylion Coastal

Sandylion Coastal

A recent challenge on ScrapFriends gave me the push I needed to try Inchies. They are 1×1 pieces of art – each one can tell a story or a bunch of them can be put together like a mosaic. I opted for the “bigger picture” effect so here’s the result:

Starving Artistamps, Big Tulip

The Inchies were a piece of BasicGrey Two Scoops paper trimmed down for the card front then into the 1×1 squares. The tulip is from Starving Artistamps and was embossed with PK Glitz Mint Julep Embossing Powder on vellum. The coloring comes from Twinkling H2O’s and is oh-so shimmery!

Starving Artistamps, Orchid and Snail

The background is a piece of BasicGrey Sugared paper. The Inchies come from a layered background starting with the Lil Squares BG with the Orchid on top then trimmed down for the card front and into the 1×1 squares. All stamps are from Starving Artistamps.

Starving Artistamps, Orchid, Stem and Stitches

This card brings a quilt effect to the front. Pieces of BasicGrey’s Two Scoops were cut and stamped then pieced together for the effect. The Orchid was stamped and covered with Crackle Accents to bring the flower’s veining to life! I love using Spellbinders Nestabilities for the mat and corner.

Starving Artistamps, Big Iris

This card was stamped and embossed similarly to the Tulip Card above with the exception of the embossing powder was Inque Boutique’s Lilac.

Starving Artistamps, Grapes and sentiment

BasicGrey’s Periphery Collection just seemed to match the theme of this card, so I went with it! The grapes were stamped and embossed with PK Glitz embossing powder in Gilded Grape Leaf and Gilded Grape. I colored the grape image with dye inks using a Blurred Vision Watercolor effect. The Spellbinders Nestabilities once again came in handy for the sentiment.

Can you believe that this 2-page layout is the final one for my chronological 2007 book? How exciting! I’m not 100% up-to-date this year, but now I don’t feel as far behind now that I completed this page. Thanks to Tammy for issuing the Scrap-enger Challenge on ScrapFriends and for being a loyal blog commenter!

This spread is a pretty basic one, but clean in it’s simplicity. I used a new microfine glitter from PK Glitz on their new Sticky Paper which is thin enough to punch! The glitter and paper is TOO DIE FOR! LOVE it! Great work Janelle on getting the combination great for punching and die cutting. Oh yeah, can’t wait to use this with the Wizard too! The red flowers are punched from the Sticky Paper with an EK Success flower punch then coated with Red Hot Chili Pepper Glitter Glitz. Super sparkly in person. The ’07 is Grungeboard embossed with the Red Hot Chili Pepper Embossing Powder. YES! The glitter and embossing powder coordinates – how cool is that?

Labor Day 2007

I have to say that initially I thought this collection was a bit “bright”, but after using it, I really LOVE it! You may think that I say that about every Tinkering Ink collection – what’s to not like about a company that obviously has FUN designing their products and strives to keep an edge? Kezia and Paul are two of the nicest people in the industry – and they don’t pay me to say that, LOL! I have tons of fun working with their products. It’s an added treat that I get to review them at ScrapFriends.

This page was for my cutie kitty Cheddar. Al Fresco is a natural to mix with the new Doodlebug colored collections, which you’ll see in the next couple of layouts. Add some Heidi Swapp Ghost Flowers and punched flowers from the Doodlebug flocked paper and you’ve got some great dimensional embellishments.

Tinkering Ink's Al Fresco

Cheddar, close-up

Next I have a National Scrapbook Day tribute page, showing Kitty Foster and La Verne enjoying a lovely Belgian Waffle breakfast at Scrapbook Central that day. The Heidi Swapp Ghost butterflies were covered with L’il Davis’ Glitter Glaze then highlighted with pink Stickles. A little hole punch doodling created the butterfly trails.

Tinkering Ink's Al Fresco

NSD close-up

Last, but surely not least, is a take-off of an idea from Tim Holtz. It’s an altered IKEA mirror/frame. I covered the mirror in the center with a picture and themed the whole embellishment scheme around the photo. Using some of Tim’s Fragments, Crackle Paint and Grungeboard, the project came together beautifully with Al Fresco.

Tinkering Ink's Al Fresco

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As recently reviewed on ScrapFriends, the kits from The Mailbox Muse are completely FUN! Filled to the brim with ephemera, paper, doo dads and embellishments, oh the magazine of course, there is lots to see and play with.

The first is a pin using die cut puzzle pieces as the structure and covered with Paper Imagery designs. I love her attitude!

The Mailbox Muse, Puzzle Piece Brooch

The “prince” is actually created by pushing the stamp into hot melt glue on a blank ATC. The stamp is from Lost Coast Designs and inked with Gold Metallic Pigment ink. All of the extra embellishments are from the kit.

The Mailbox Muse, Prince ATC

More ATC’s created using the idea sheet in the kit along with collage sheets in paper and acetate also present in the goodies.

The Mailbox Muse, Asian ATCs

This last project is a pin made using Memory Glass, foil tape and paper from the kit. Neat idea and looking forward to having it for the holidays.

The Mailbox Muse, Memory Glass Pin

I had some time this weekend to create a new 7 1/2″ easel design with Love, Elsie’s Cody Collection which is WAY cute! There are 2 pieces of adhesive backed fabric paper IDEAL for the easel. Just trim 3″ off the side of the 12×12 piece of paper and voila! Peel and stick! A little extra trimming will most likely be necessary, but that’s good to do after placing both the front and back pieces on the easel. The Tim Holtz Tonic Paper Distressor works wonderfully along the edges to fray and distress. Add some embellishments and chipboard buttons to the magnets for covers and you’ve got yourself a decorated easel! Thanks to my cousin for posing with his dog and my aunt for taking great pictures!

7 1/2" Alterable Magnetic Easel Design



Some Odd Girl

Sizzix Blinkie

Origami Owl anyone?