Archive for April, 2010

April Scrapping





I haven’t done any scrapbooking in quite a while, but made up for it last night, when I did a blitz of 4 pages.  Woo-hoo!  PaperCraftPlanet’s Scrappy Sunday Group, provided a link to get these 4 templates from Bella Gypsy.  They were so cute, I had to give ‘em a go & really doesn’t take that long to put the page together, once you have the photos.  There are some wonder links to how to put together Digital pages in Photoshop Elements/ or any Photoshop program really (1, 2, 3) if you’re new to this kind of scrapbooking.  Otherwise, just use good ole’ traditional scrapbooking & these templates as a guideline:

I used some kits from MaryAnnWise, EricaHernandez, Crystal Wilkerson, Jennifer Pebbles, TiaBennett, & KateTeague

Matchbox Twist

This week’s 3D Challenge over at Paper Craft Planet, 3D59,  is from Adela with a Twist on the Matchbox.  I used a template from Ruthannzaroff Mirkwood Designs for the inside matchboxes.  Check out the fun interpretations of matchboxes here in Paper Craft Planet’s 3d59 Gallery.

The only difference I did to the template was to angle the edges of the tab, because I found that it folded over more cleanly that way.

Throw on some super sticky tape.

Now for the outside I used the K & Company Que Sera Sera Mat Pack again.



Fold over around the two Matchboxes that have been sticky-taped together.

Trim it down a bit.

Cut down

For a different twist for edging, I used Tim Holtz Grunge Board.

… coloured with Color Box Ink.

I cut a slit in the back for the ribbon to run through.

and Bob’s Yur Uncle.

Hmmm maybe to hold earrings?  Something small.  Liam is suggesting a Hot Wheels car.  LOL Serves me right for asking him.

That’s all.

Oh here’s the back …

Those High Heels

Time for Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, #76, North By Northwest.

Great movie.  We’ve seen it a few times, just one of those classic Hitchcock movies.  Cary Grant & Eva Marie Saint–aren’t they just the most cool fashion-stylin’ actors?  Just screaming vogue.  For my card, this is the snippit from the movie that I took my inspiration, specifically Eva Marie Saint’s shoes.

I am not a shoe person, really, I wear birk’s all summer long, but I did have a pair of these shoes for my high school prom.  Italian, spent $90 on them, on sale, over 20 years ago.  I loved them.  They were identical to Eva Marie’s.

Sure Cuts a Lot Software has been so much fun for me.  I drew up a shoe in illustrator, saved it as an SVG & then used SCAL Software to talk to my little Cricut machine.  It was cut out on white & then Versa marked & embossed in Black EP.  I suppose my card is more of a Cut Out, rather than a piercing; hopefully it’s still okay I played along.  I did have fun with it.  Here’s my card:

Before drawing up the shoe, I took a peek of what was already out there & here are some examples I looked at.  Hope you can find some inspiration with these shoe cards too:

Making Greeting


Shirleys Cards

My Sheri Cards


The card is layered a little to give it depth & strength.  I think there are actually 5 layered cuts of the shoe.

The Pattered Papers is DSP from Stampin’ Up.  A Little Love SU Stamp Set was used in Riding Hood Red Ink & oval punches.

Thanks for the fun inspiration, Cinema folks!

Here’s the shoe I drew …

Oh yes, & here I am in the fancy prom dress & pearls my mum bought for me, earrings my cousin Cheryl gave me, updo salon hair, Brooke Shields eyebrows & my shoes that I oh so loved in 1990 …

Nestabilities Bracelet

I saw this cute tutorial from Nathalie on the Green Bracelet from Custom Crops.  It uses one of those “benefit” rubber bracelets, Fabric Tacky Glue, scrap fabric, & Nestabilities die cuts.

Here’s my DD, who gave up one of her old rubber bracelets & now has it replaced with the refurbished bracelet.  Yes, I do know she’s wearing her shirt inside out.  Apparently, that’s cool for a 10 year old to do.  Who knew?

Fun!  Be sure to give it a go, it’s pretty quick to make.

I See One Layer

Kristina Werner had a fun & very challenging challenge to create a 1 layer Card.  Not as easy as I thought.

I did have some fun with it, though & came up with this …

I used American Typewriter & Clarendon Blk BT fonts.

Thanks for the fun!

Origami Purse Video

Well, here’s my first “go” at a video tutorial.  I was playing around with this idea from last year’s Origami Mommy blog entry and loved how it turned out.  Here is my take on her purse-basket.  I am thankful to say that I didn’t knock over the video camera that I had perched over top of me, despite being distracted by my youngest & also our 10 month old 50 pound puppy, Sparkle.  Hope you have fun with this “long video” & it inspires you to give it a go!

Clothesline & Cowboy Boots

Time for Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge!  This week, CSCC75 is Oklahoma!

Each week, I tell DH what the Cinema theme is.  This week, he immediately said, “Oklahoma!  and broke into SONG.  ”Chicks & Ducks & Geese better scurry, when I take you out in the Surrey … & fell into the entire tune.  Are you kidding me?  You have to know my 6′2″+ big football/hockey playing DH … it floored me, I mean I stood there with my mouth open staring.  I guess as a child he was in quite a few school productions, one of which was ‘Oklahoma’.

For those of you who don’t know, here’s the ‘Surrey’ song …

Well, I definitely had something to start with this challenge for inspiration, let me tell you.  I went with the clothes line & cowboy theme from the movie.

The little Gingham origami dress instructions (freebie) can be found here over at: origami-club.  I love orgiami dresses.  I’ve made them in 1950’s style before here.  Just too much fun.  The Patterned Paper is from Martha Stewart.  Great co-ordinating papers, that I punched with SU Scallop Punch.  The “hey girl” is an alphabet stamp from making Memories Magnetic Stamps, stamped in SU Bliss Blue Ink.  Mini Clothes pins … dollar store maybe?  not sure.

The boot template can be found from Ellen Hutson.  I used an old Stampin’ Up Punch for the decorative swirl.  I think it’s called ‘wroght iron’ corner punch.  The Papers are like a faux suede, flocked kinda thing I got from Heather’s Stamping Haven.

I adored the little boot.  It would be great for a treat holder for a little boy (well, in this case, it’s a bit more girly), but you could easily turn it into a boy party favour.  I used a SU double ribbon whole punch & threw on some ribbon.

Thanks for the fun!


Pinwheels & spring time just go together, don’t they?  In the Spring we used to get new jump ropes, outdoor chalk, kites & pinwheels.  I guess my parents wanted me out of the house LOL.

This week over at Paper Craft Planet the 3D Project this week, 3d57,  is from Wendy, inspiring us to make Pinwheels.  I love that she used them as an embellishment on a card, so cute!  I couldn’t wait to try this, so I pulled out some K & Company Berry Sweet Patterned Paper.

I used an incredible outline template from Style me Pretty, well, to be honest, I drew it again so I could save it as an SVG file to have my Sure Cuts a lot Software cut a bunch in my Cricut Cutter machine.

EDITED:  Here is a link to the SVG I drew from Style Me Pretty’s beautiful template.  What can I say, svgs faster than scissors.

Did I mention how lazy I am with scissors?  It took me about 20 minutes to draw it, save it & cut it.  Probably faster if I had used scissors, but here’s what I had …

I made one with a brad, using my Crop-a-dile to punch the holes in the paper & in the popscicle stick.

The crop-a-dile does a really tidy punch, but with the brad, the pinwheel doesn’t spin.

So I made another, with a straight Pin, bent.

Make sure it has room to spin …

I used super sticky tape to hold the pin in place & make sure no fingers are hurt …

I covered the tape with patterned paper.

And then had two super cute pinwheels.  Wouldn’t they look great as a stir stick in a Cosmopolitan Drink for GNO?   Or party favors for a little girls party?

pop UP

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, #74, this week is UP!  I believe this was the first 3D movie we took all 3 of the kids.  Liam is pretty young, so I wasn’t sure how he was going to react with the bad glasses & things coming at ya, but he did well & loved “Doug” & the idea that you could get a house to fly if you attached enough Helium balloons.

We have some boy birthday parties coming up so I think this will go to Edward or Nathan probably.  Fairly plain on the outside:

I haven’t messed around with Pop Up cards in years, but thought this would be a good excuse to go at them again, since it reminded me of Liam’s first experience with 3D.

It’s a pretty simple Pop Up.  If you goole Pop Up you’ll find amazing and intricate examples from people like Robert Sabuda, PubliQue Living and Kirigami … love that stuff.  I think I want to try Robert’s Birthday Cake Pop Up next.  Here’s my simple Pop Up:

This little Stampin Up Stamp Set, All God’s Children, reminded me of Russell & Doug.

The b/ground sky blue is a felt/velour paper that I bought at Heathers Stamping Haven.  The little balloons is from a Small Marvy Uchida Punch I’ve had for years.  I have a thing for punches, since I am challenged with scissors.  A little white gel pen & upholstery thread for depth & bob’s yur uncle:

Pop Up cards can be very simple to make, just cutting straight lines, fun fractal example here, & scoring so that the folds are straight.  Then just stick on some details.

Of course, if you get side tracked by some incredible origami folks & their work like this dinosaur Pterodactyl. (Pattern) You might, like me try to make Kevin & then realize that it’s not working & abandon it, but if anyone wants to give it a go, I’d love to see it.  Here was my abandoned attempt.  I couldn’t get him to fold down, without a hugely bulky card.  I think it was Kevin’s googley eyes.

Round Plait

The last couple of days of the Everything But the Kitchen Sink Challenge.  This go’s challenge is with String.

I had some Turkey Trussing Twine in my kitchen & a Sailor’s Knotting Book (The Knot Handbook by Maria Costantino) that I have had for years.  Yes, I am a craft book junkie.  I use the excuse that I can teach the children, but honestly I like it more that they do.

Anyways, here was my kitchen twine after an hour of American Idol & probably another hour after that … TAH DAH it’s called a Round Plait or Mat.  Kinda reminds me of those coaster-hot pads for pots from the 70’s.  Anyone?  Maybe it’s just me & my grandmother’s house.

I glued it onto some Kraft Card Stock & an embossed SU Wonderful Words, with some dimensionals & Ivory CS.

Thanks for the fun.