Scraps of thoughts, photos and art


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If you ever travel abroad or like the international flair on your projects, definitely get some clear stamps from Dove of the East. Beautiful in their detail and perfect for cards and embellishments, these stamps bring China, Japan, India and Russia right to you! Check out the ScrapFriends review and other great projects using the images.

The first is an ATC with the elephant debossed into embossing powder. The other stamps on the background are also from the India Journey set.

India Journey ATC

This card uses images from the Japan Journey set. So lovely!

Japan Journey Card

I think this is my favorite! The clock kit is from Kaiser and the paper plus stamps are from Dove of the East, China Journey. I really love how it looks aged, all keeping with the great picture a fellow coworker took while in China last year. Pretty amazing!

China Journey Clock

With the summer here with a new CHA, so goes the introduction of more new product from Tinkering Ink. Beau Jardin is as refreshing as a summer day! See my review at ScrapFriends and the projects are below. This collection is just perfect for those summer memories.

 Love those Rip Strips! (they’re the adhesive backed fabric pieces gathered under the flower)

 More Rip Strips and embossing powder from PK Glitz.

I should come up with a clever t-shirt saying that has something to do with a love of cardstock! There’s just nothing better than a wonderful solid color of paper with a texture. Easy to go with everything, yet sometimes overlooked, cardstock is as necessary to scrapbooking as adhesive, don’t you think? My ode to cardstock really lies with Prism Papers, the wonderful makers of Prismatics and now Seaside cardstock textures and colors. I must admit that I also love the new entry to the cardstock playing field, Core’dinations. That fabulous textured with a color core cardstock. I MUST use that more too – good stuff indeed.

We’ve reviewed both of these cardstock lines at ScrapFriends with accolades for both. They are different thus both are needed! Yes, I said needed. 🙂

Here are some projects using the Seaside Collection from Prism. I can’t wait to use it more! The layout uses a die from Spellbinders to cut the corners out of metal. The stamps are from Starving Artistamps and Inque Boutique and the photos are tinted using Distress Ink. The blanket stitching along the sides of the boot paper is actually a stamp. I’m good at lining up the stamps aren’t I? lol, I love the texture on this page.

This card was created using Stamp Camp images and PK Glitz embossing powder, oh and another Spellbinders die for the label frame. FUN!

It’s a weird thing – how I LOVE Halloween stamps and papers, but don’t really do anything on the day itself! My mom was a big lover of decorating for the holidays, Halloween was one she especially had fun with. She even dressed up one time as Dr. Doom (or some other equal meaning name) with a grim reaper type costume on and white make-up on her face! What a site since she worked at the City Hall at the time! She sure knew how to surprise people!

I had the opportunity to work with Reminisce’s new Scare Tactics line, available at Scrapbook Central. I used some pictures of the owner’s daughter, Lexi, the disco cowgirl! She is super cute and plays the guitar as evidenced in the photos!

A little trick – the cobweb corners are actually 1 cobweb cut into 4 parts. It is a rub-on available with this collection, so utilize it well! The fuzzy spiders are from Little Yellow Bicycle’s Halloween line.

Reminisce Scare Tactics

Reminisce Scare Tactics, close-up

And a card using the same collection.

Reminisce Scare Tactics

One of my design team kits this month from Scrapbook Central was the Summer CHA release of “Offbeat” from BasicGrey. Terribly cute with it’s birds, fruits and retro geometric shapes, you can’t help but have fun with it! The paper is single-sided and has alpha and elements stickers to accent in typical BG fashion.

Here is a layout that uses mostly Inque Boutique stamps in conjunction with the BG – a nice combination! The card borrows a sketch from a recent post on the Hero Arts blog – love it!

BasicGrey's Offbeat

BasicGrey's Offbeat, close-up

BasicGrey's Offbeat

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Some Odd Girl

Sizzix Blinkie

Origami Owl anyone?