Monday, May 28, 2012

A Challenge to You All!

Hi guys!  Sorry, there won't be a tutorial this week. Memorial Day weekend kept me pretty busy, and I will be gearing up over the next 2 days for the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington, TX.  I promise to take lots of pics and fill you all in on the awesomeness on Sunday when I get back tho!

In the mean time, I have challenged myself to use some tools I bough way back when and just had to have.  I'm sure you all have one - what's yours?  Do you use it?  Tell me all about it!

I will be taking mine with me to the convention and working on creating something awesome and fun!  There will be a full tutorial on this project when I get back!  (And possibly a give away of goodies fresh from the convention) so stay tuned!

IN the mean time, let me leave you with a list of my favorite crafters on You Tube:

Kristen Wilson -
Drew -
KWernerDesign Video:
Chic'n Scratch -

There are quite a few more that I sub to, but these are my top 4 faves.  Stop by, check 'em out and show some love.  :)

Happy crafting and I'll see you next week!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Use Up Those Scraps!

Hi Crafters!
This weeks tutorial was inspired by two of my favorite Youtubers- Drew at cardofmyeye and starofmay.  They both did very similar cards and I just loved them both.  So much, in fact that I scrap lifted and combined the 2 designs in this weeks card.  Now I did not use my scraps for this card but it is a great way to use them up.  You'll see what I mean.

Before we get started let's gather our materials and tools:
- adhesive
-Paper trimmer
- label punch or die
- corner rounder (the chomper or Fiskars squeeze punch if you got it.)
- ink blender tool and distress ink ( I used Walnut Stain)
- patterned paper-approx 4-8 coordinating patterns (I used the Madeline line by Prima)
- coordinating card base (I used Lagoon by Bazzill)
-White cardstock
-seam binding or other soft ribbon
- flowers or other small embellishments

You can follow along with this video tutorial, or you can follow the written instructions below.

Step 1:
Trim down your patterned papers into strips ranging in widths of 1/4" up to 3/4".

Step 2:
Trim white cardstock to a 3 3/4" x 5" rectangle and cover with adhesive.

Step 3:
Starting on the top left hand corner, place the strips of patterned paper over the white rectangle, letting the excess hang off the edges.  Line up each strip against the one before it until the entire surface is covered.

Step 4: Trim the excess papers around the edges leaving a beautiful diagonally stripped pattern.

Step 5:
Round the edges of the base card and the patterned rectangle

Step 6: ink the edges of the patterned rectangle and the card, and attach the rectangle to the top of the card.

Step 6: Cut a small slit at the upper right hand corner and tie on a length of seam binding.  Can tie a bow or a simple knot.

Step 7: Using your label punch or die, punch out a labeled image and rub on or stamp sentiment.  Ink Edges and attach to the card.  Decorate with any of your favorite embellishments.

Wasn't that fun!  Now tell me what you thought or show me what you did.

Can't wait to see your creations!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Quick Quotes Quick Page Kit

Hi Crafters!

Sorry about missing last weeks update - it's been a crazy couple weeks.  But I am back on track, and this week I've got something fun!  A Quick Page Kit from Quick Quotes. Now if you don't know about Quick Quotes, let me tell you about them.  They are an awesome scrapbook and papercraft company with some amazing papers, and even more amazing kits.  They have a monthly kit club, a wide variety of mini album and canvas project kits as well as some fun card kits.  Mom and I found them last year at the Great American Scrapbook Convention and fel in love with all of their awesome ideas and products.  We took 2 or 3 classes at the convention and bought several kits at their booth.  We also ended up going to their annual weekend event called Private Reserve.  I like to think of Private Reserve as papercraft boot camp.  It's a weekend long event that starts Friday (w/ bonus classes) and goes all the way through 5pm on Sunday.  Not including bonus classes you make a 20 page scrapbook album...yes, you actually complete 20 pages - and 6 other classes plus make and takes.  Additionally the do 4 Bonus Classes on Friday.   It was a truly awesome weekend - filled with fun, great prizes, and awesome give aways.  I walked out of their with 10 completed projects, 2 free canvas kits, and at least 6 other free page kits.  On top of that I won a copy of a very popular Canadian Scrapbook Magazine and a 9" Xryon Creative Station.  I haven't had a chance to use it yet with all the changes going on here, but believe me, it'll have a nice home in the new house. :)

Mom and I only signed up for a few of the bonus classes last year...this year we are all in!    Hope you can join us, or join them at any of their other Private Reserve locations around the country.  Want to know more about them, check them out!

Today's Video was going to be one of the page kits I got at Private Reserve this past year.  The papers are fun, the layout is simple, yet awesome.  Unfortunately my video editing software had other plans and combined clips from all sorts of stuff and deleted the second half of the video I spent so much time editing....Oh well.  I do have some great pics of the finished project.  So check out these pages, and then go check out Quick Quotes for even more awesomeness!!