Archive for March, 2009

Cupcake Gift Box

Tuesday & time for a 3-D challenge from Paper Craft Planet. The 3D6 challenge is to make a Cup Cake box.  Susanna provided the very easy to follow instructions.  (* I did add the extra 1/2 inch to make the lid 5″x5″square, as per the addendum instructions & that worked much better than just the 5″x5″ for me).

For colours, I decided to dig into my big stash of unloved Purple Hues.  I’m not a big purple fan, but why not.

I looked at the size of it & thought it might be a bit short for a cupcake … I like my Icing BIG :) so I thought I’d just fill it with chocolates & give it to my friend who seems to be having a really challenging week.

I didn’t have acetate for the see-thru cover, so I just used the packaging from my cover-stock paper.  It’s really thick, but it did have a funny purple pattern on it.  Ah well.

Used:  textured Yellow CS, Almost Amethyst CS, Sticky Tape, Circle Punch, EK Success Slim line Edge Punch, So Saffron Gross Grain Ribbon, Purple ‘Craft’ Chipboard from $ Store, Cover Stock Plastic Packaging :)

Puddled Joy

I don’t mind rainy days, I like ‘em at times … Liam likes rainy days too.  These pics were taken about six months ago.

This spread was inspired by Ali Edward’s Pages.  I can’t find the exact layout of hers that inspired this, but I loved how she frames her pages with type  & also having the picture fill the entire page.  


Impact Font,

Wendy LP Font, 

Used from Two Peas:




Golden Girl

So I must admit, I did feel good about having a bit of a clue about the Sneak Peaks for Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, guessing a Bond Film, but this week’s CSCC#25 was GoldFinger.  Oh btw, my girlfriends & I did make martini’s (Bond recipe:  3Gin, 1Vodka, 0.5Vermouth), but honestly, I couldn’t drink it or even sip it … too potent for me, so we switched to white wine & watched the movie anyway.  Maybe we’ll try Apple Martini’s instead, not so bitter & better with mix.  :)

I’m really not sure where I’d use this card … Maybe personalize it for a Girl Birthday, dunno.  Here’s my “Bond Girl” Card, with the Twist of Gold!

Used:  Gold paper (Grafix Gold film), Gold Leaf Foil on Ivory The Paper Company, Sizzix Die Cut Doll Clothes & Doll & Girls Hair, Turquoise Sparkly Embellishment from Dollar Store, Circle Punch, Coluzzle Circle & Cutter, Ivory CS.

Easter Wreath

So the challenge this week in the 3D group over at Paper Craft Planet, was to create a Spring Wreath.  I really wasn’t sure where to start, so I thought I’d try messing around with an Easter Egg idea.  Last year, I used my Stampin’ Up! Spritzer (air brush pump & markers) to decorate real eggs & although they were quick to make I thought I’d try styrofoam eggs because they’re lighter & easter to make into a wreath IMO.

I started with Benjamin Moore Paint Nantucket Grey, left over from my main floor powder room, & paint some styrofoam eggs.  I used a styrofoam package with pins to hold up the eggs so they would dry.  That was the time consuming part, it took a couple of days … of waiting (to thick paint) … ugh.  I’m not patient.  

After they were dry, I spritzed them with Navy Marker & Chocolate Chip Marker.  Then I impaled the eggs onto a wire.  Well, two wires of semi circles & made a circle.  The outer wreath, which is the sturdy part, was left over from a Cedar Christmas wreath.  I wrapped in in “bailer twine”, the cheap twine we keep in the garage to tie up the plants.  Then I used ribbons, to tie the egg wreath onto the bailer twine wreath.  

That’s about it, except for waiting for paint to dry & wrapping the twine, this was pretty quick.  ;)

Used:  Old Christmas wreath shell, Bailer Twine, Styrofoam Eggs (dollar store), Benjamin Moore Paint Nantucket Grey, SU Spritzer, Not Quite Navy Marker, Chocolate Chip Marker, Kiwi Kiss Ribbon, Martha Stewart Putty Twill Tape, Patience.

Spikey Birthday

My DD is going to a friend’s birthday party tomorrow & this was just the motivation I needed to make a card, in an otherwise nutty crazy week.  Kristina Werner’s Colour Inspiration #47, had some fun colours:

Here’s the card:

Ya, I know, almost no stamps, what’s that about?  I couldn’t find the sentiment stamp that has gone missing from the shelf, so I just hand wrote it in CC marker.  

Used:  Slit Punch, Circle Punches, So Saffron Ribbon, So Saffron CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Colorbök Friendly Forest Paper Pack, Chocolate Chip Ink, So Many Scallops Stamp Set, Dimensionals, White CS.

Bright, Baby!

Okay then, Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, #24, this week was Charlie & the Chocolate Factory … loved that book when I was a kid.  Oddly enough, we showed the Johnny Depp version to the kids a few years ago & it scared the bejeezes out of them.  Hmmm … maybe they’ll like the book better.

The movie is Colourful & Bright & Candy filled.  Oompa-Loompa’s paper doll card didn’t come to fruition, golden ticket, bubblegum card?  Oh dunno, somethin’ fast today and the parameters for the challenge were BRIGHT COLOURS!

Thanks for the fun escape in the craft room Brooke & Sankari!

Used:  White CS, Colorbök Friendly Forest Photo Mats CS, MakingMemories 7/16″ Creative Letter Stickers, Adhesive Foamies from the kid’s Stash, Chipboard Letters, Offray 3mm Purple Ribbon.

Girly dress for a bad hair day

Time for Kristina Werner’s Colour Inspiration #46.  Needed something to cheer me up today … I went for the WORST HAIR CUT earlier … Oh my …. when I came home my kids & DH said, “you shouldn’t go back there again” … oh man.   Then the kids said, “we have to change your ‘me’ on the ‘wii’ ”  Oh dear, I am not all that fussy about outwards things, but really.  I need something to cheer me up so this CI was it.

Here’s my card, trying to make something pretty.  I got the dress template from here.  It also has a little apron template to go with it, if you want.  

For those who are wondering, I didn’t have the heart to tell the woman that she butchered by hair.  I simply said “it’ll take some getting used to” & gave her a tip & left in a hurry.  

Used:  Dress Template, Regal Rose Textured CS, Ridinghood Red CS, Pretty in Pink CS, Bashful Blue CS, White CS, Black Gross Grain Stitched Ribbon.


I having been trying out the Weekly Challenges from Two Peas to help me learn how to use Photoshop better.  It’s been great, I try, I make mistakes, I try again … either way I learn.  When I leave the craft room, it’s TIDY!  One great thing about Digital Scrapbooking vs traditional!  This weeks challenge was using drop shadows.  I like drop shadows, as long as they’re not to strong, it gives the LO more dimention IMO.

Used:  from Two Peas


CrystalWilkerson_2ps_CandyCane_Twill Tape (I rounded the corner on one of the edges to make a frame)

2peas scrapbook font

Rhonna Farrer Roughed Up Tool Kit 2ps_RhonnaFarrer_2_




Peppermint Patty Box

Paper Craft Planet has week 4 of the 3 D Challenge!  3d4 was to create this cute little Peppermint Patty Box, with the wonderful directions from Cambria Turnbow.  Thanks for pointing out this cute craft, Tammy!  It didn’t take up much paper, just a 5″x5″ CS + any Embellishements.  I of course, don’t have any Peppermint Patty’s in the house.  I did have some not that long ago, but needed a chocolate fix & they went to a good cause.  :)

I found this little 5×7″ paper pad, from Colorbök, called Friendly Forest.  Cute, inexpensive & perfect for cards.   They have matching Brads too … but I didn’t use it on this project.

This craft was really quick to put together & I could see making some for the kids classes … well, might get around that, let’s see that’s 3 kids times 25 kids … yikes when’s Easter this year?

Used:  Bordering Blue CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Colorbök Friendly Forest, Buttons, Embroidery Cross Stitch Floss, Oval Punches, Scallop Edge Punch, 1 1/2″ Brown Offray Ribbon, Sticky Tape.  What?  No Stamps?  WHAT is THAT?

Borrowing the Pets

I have absolutely been loving the Digital Video Tutorials,  all 8, that Sande Krieger has been graciously offering at Two Peas.  I have been learning so much from her step by step instruction.  I totally look forward to the 10th of each month to see her new lesson.  Sande gave out freebies for those who have just Photoshop Elements & still want to do Circular Text on a Path.  

This month’s lesson was changing Pattern Paper by using Hue/Saturation/Light.  This was fantastic, as I could change the Papers to match the carpet & stair rail, really quickly & easily.  

I used Sande’s Elements from DigiKit – French Kiss , more elements from DigiKit – Note to Self, and her Papers from DigiKit – Antiquities.  I adjusted the colour, as shown in Sande’s Tutorial & the H/S/L changes are listed below.  

Used from Two Peas

2Peas Renaissance Font

Impact Font

SKrieger_2ps_text on a path


Modern_Theatre_Antiquities_SandeKrieger_2Peas (changed: Hue -10, Saturation -44, Light -58)

Lined_Paper_Antiquities_SandeKrieger_2Peas (changed: Hue -17, Saturation -73, Light -49)

Notes_to_Self_SandeKrieger_2Peas  (added a new fill adjustment layer, Solid Colour Orange & adjusted from Normal to Hue)