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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Mini 5.5 x 5.5" Album/Card

Hi Everyone! This is a mini album/card I created as a kit for my club. It can be a card if you don't want to add a picture. It's not an accordion style album but depending on the closure, it can be an accordion style. With this particular album, it opens like a regular flip page.

I created a similar album/card on Stampin Inspirations with a "clip closure" rather than "ribbon closure" and that album opens accordion style. You can check it out by clicking here.

I used CTMH Life Delights Level 2 Paper Kit which is really pretty paper kit. If you are interested in this paper kit, stop by my CTMH website located to the right side bar of my blog. I used a Sizzix flower die to create the flowers.

It's just a fun album that you can treat like a card and send to a loved one.

Here is the album opened up. It's just pictures of me and my husband. I think I'm going to give it to him for Father's Day although the design is more feminine. He doesn't care about the design anyway. He likes receiving my card creations but unfortunately, I don't give them to him often enough.

Hope everyone have a wonderful day!!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Punched Flower Card

Hi Everyone! Just a card I made last night. Just a simple layout. I was playing around with my oval punch and created the flower.

Do you buy the Paper Craft magazine? I still buy it but since I've discovered blogging, the creations in magazines are no longer as impressive as those I see on blogs. I still purchase the magazine because the card samples in Paper Craft are "scrappy cards" and I don't know too many blog sites that post cards other than rubber stamped cards.

Do you know of any blog sites that post card creations that are not rubber stamped. . .you know, blogs that post "scrappy cards"? If you do. . .please comment and add the link of the blog sites. I would love to visit sites for inspirations.

I'm primarily a rubber stamper and I'm trying to master "scrappy cards". . .LOL! Any inspirations will be helpful!!

Card Details:

Accessories: Colorbok chipboard, Heidi Swapp Heart chipboard, Colorbok designer paper, SU oval and Key Tag punches, Grosgrain ribbons, ATD designer paper, SU Wild Wasabi and Chocolate chip cardstock

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Random Card

Good Evening, Everyone!! When creating a card, do you usually have a plan before you start? Many times, for me, it's pretty random. For example. . .I created the theme of this card because as I was walking towards my craft table, I noticed that the "L" chipboard was on the floor. Rather than putting it away. . .I decided to create a card with that chipboard. That's how I made the decision to make this card.

Anyway, nothing much to the card. I basically tied a ribbon around the chipboard, added a metal tag, placed a sentiment sticker on to the designer paper and tied a ribbon around it. Simple.

Sheesh, I stayed up late,late, late last night. I went to bed about 3 in the morning. Was I crafting? Nope. . .I was watching music videos for several hours on YouTube. Isn't that terrible? But. . .I did have fun.

I love finding live concert videos of my favorite artists. I watched a bunch of concert videos of "No Doubt". I really love Gwen Stefani when she was with her band. She was a unique rocker chick back then. . .but I don't know what happened. She's now more into hip-hop. Nothing against hip-hop music because I listen to all types of music but I loved her best when she was in a rock band.

Anyway. . .maybe I can squeeze in time to create a few cards tonight or maybe not. Weekends are usually my "family" time and if I can squeeze in "crafting" time I try to but it's not a priority on the weekends.

Hope y'all are enjoying your weekend!!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Scrappy Card Friday!!

Happy Friday, Everyone!! I think I'm going to designate Friday as my "scrappy card" day meaning. . .creating cards using scrap pieces from my scrap pile.

With this card, I'm just using up a few Primas that I've had, like. . .forever! I mean seriously . ..forever. I think I bought these little Primas about 2 years ago. LOL! The lace was given to me as a RAK.

My only problem with "scrappy" cards as opposed to "rubber stamped" cards are scrappy materials are more expensive, therefore, the cost to create scrappy cards cost more regardless of how simple the card is.
Creating a card with rubber stamps are cheaper to some degree because if you don't put any embellishments on your card, then the only associated cost is the cardstock and "ink".

Anyway, with this first card, I used the SU Love & Happiness rub on for the sentiment. The designer paper is by K&Co and the cardstock is by SU (Pretty in Pink).

This is just a random card I made using scrap pieces and papers. The only non-scrap item is the ribbon and the base card. Trying to reduce my scrap pile is a daunting task that I don't think I'll ever reduce it completely but I continue to try anyway.

The big flower on my card came from a container of large prima flowers that I bought from Target almost a year ago. I only have a few left in the container so I'm really happy that I'm slowly using it up.

There's a part of me that don't want to use them all up because whenever I went to Target, I noticed that they haven't restocked this large prima flowers for over 6 months now. I know I won't be able to find this particular primas again so I have mixed feelings about using them up but it's silly to hoard them. . .KWIM?

Anyway, back to making more scrappy cards!! I'll see if I can make more of them tonight.

Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Family Scrapbook Layout

Good Morning Everyone! This scrapbook layout was borrowed from my club blog site. All my scrapbooking layouts has been focused primarily for my club site and I don't have the time to create a layout for this blog site. I wish I could work faster but unfortunately, trying to create projects for 3 blog sites is a challenge!

Anyway, the theme of this layout is "family". I used CTMH "Serendipity Level 2 paper kit" and CTMH "Just Blooms Big Pinks" for the flowers at the top left corner. Using a craft blade, I cut parts of the images of the designer paper. I kept part of it intact and slid my photo under the cut images to frame it. I also used CTMH Bigger Brads for the center of the flowers.

The chipboards are from K&Co and the stone like alpha stickers are from EK Success. I used the "visual triangle" principle to create balance to my layout. The photo corner to the top right is what balances both the black and red colors of my layout which attempts to focus my photo as the center point.

The photo is a picture of me and my family taken a few years ago. I believe this was taken in 2004. This was the last "professional or studio" photo we took together.

I'm hoping to take a family "studio" photo soon. It seems as the kids grow older, the less we take family photos together. It's a big thing when the kids are little for some reason but less so when they're older.

Hope y'all have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Last Punch Design!!

Good Afternoon! Well, this will be my last card using punches. You must be tired of it already but I had such fun coming up with different layouts using the different punches. I posted a few more on Stampin Inpsirations using stars and squares if you care to check it out!

With this card, I used the SU slit punch and punched a scallop in a row. I then layered a few over one another to give it a sort of a ruffled look.

Card Details:

Paper: DCWV embossed cardstock, DCWV textured cardstock
Accessories: CTMH Just Blooms, Target large prima flowers, CTMH craft buttons, safety pin, embroidery floss, K&Co tag, SU slit punch, organdy ribbon

Hope y'all are having a wonderful day!!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Punched Flower Design

Good Afternoon! Here's a card I made using a daisy punch! Like my other card yesterday, I punched the flowers (yesterday's card were circle punches) using a SU daisy punch and mounted them with foam tape.

I, again, used textured cardstock to add a little character to the punched flowers. In person, you can see the texture better. The card is a very simple design. Nothing much else to the card. The sentiment is a rub-on by Stampin Up.

This is the card at a side angle. As you can see the flowers are 3D looking.

Card Details:

Stickers: SU Rub-ons
Paper: DCWV Textured cardstock, Deja Views designer paper
Accessories: SU Daisy punch, Clay embellishment (unknown), Walmart ribbon

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Not So Simple Simple Card

Good Afternoon! What's a "not so simple simple card"? Well. . .although the card looks simple in design. . .it wasn't as simple to make. First of all the stitches that you see on my card was hand stitched. I used embroidery floss rather than thread. I was too lazy to use a sewing machine and thought that the embroidery floss would give my card a nice texture.

To create the circles, I used a textured cardstock because it would stand out more than a smooth cardstock. I punched several circles and mounted them with foam tape.

This was really fun card to make. lately, I've been a bit bored with my card designs. I feel a little stagnant. . .so, I wanted to create a design that is simple but different from my typical cards. I really like how it turned out!! The design was inspired once again from a sample from Scrapbook Trend magazine. In the magazine, rather than using circles, they used stars for the design. I think I'll make another card like this but I'm going to use flower punches.

Card Details:

Paper: SU Old Olive, DCWV textured cardstock
Stickers: K&Co Kurio Stickers
Accessories: Dashes, Dots & Checks ribbon, SU slit punch, embroidery floss

Friday, April 18, 2008

Hanging Flower Frame

Hi Everyone!! Good afternoon to y'all! This is a hanging flower frame that I created my stamp and scrapbooking club as a kit that I sent to the members. It's a simple scrappy project using a flower template located here.

It's really quite simple to create. All you need to do is print the template, resize the template to your desired size, trace it on your cardstock and designer paper and cut the flowers out. You then add your picture and place the flowers on a round chipboard coaster. Before placing the flower, be sure to add a long ribbon running down vertically. Glue the flowers in place, punch a small hole on the topmost coaster and tie a ribbon for hanging. That's it.

This is a close up of the flower frame. I don't know if you recall but I had created these flower frames in the past but I did not create a "hanging" one. This version, the frames are smaller. The past version was larger and I had mounted the frame on a large round plant cork board to create a "plaque" instead a hanging frame.

Anyway, this is a picture of my daughter when she was a little girl. She was in a ballet for several years and this was one of her costumes for a show that they did. I absolutely love the costumes that they wore.

I used the Close to My Heart "Silhouette Level 2 Paper Packet" for this project. It's such a pretty paper kit. You can find it on website and you can purchase it online as well . . .visit my Close to My heart website . . .the link is located on my right sidebar.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Lots of Heart Card

Good Afternoon, Folks!! Just another card using scraps. I've had this large tag in a scrap pile, like. . .forever. I used to take my scrap cardstocks and create tags using dies but then never used them. They end up becoming just a scrap.

Well, I'm going through this little package that I had stuffed all these punched shapes and only now beginning to use them. If you see some of my recent cards, I've used tags for the design.

Again, I'm using the chipboard stickers from Heidi Swap. I just noticed the little heart in the center is crooked. I need to straighten it out!

The XOXO sticker is from a left over sticker pack by Pebbles Inc. The heart brads are from JoAnns and the designer papers are from DCWV. The cardstock is by SU - Regal Rose. I'm not sure what cardstock I used for the tag and the ribbon's brand is unknown. The ribbon is a scrap piece too.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

More and More Scrappy Cards

Just a few more cards that I made today. I'm on the roll! It's liberating to use all these scrap stickers and chipboards that I have. I sometimes think I'll never, ever get it reduced.

I don't create scrapbook layouts as often as I should. . .maybe if I did, I probably would do a better job at reducing my scrap pile. I think that's the next step I need to make. . .you know, create scrapbook layouts and use all the left over stickers.

I like how this card turned out. It's simple but still happy looking. The scrapbook paper actually is a paper by DCWV that came from a Christmas pack.

Hey, let's all make it a goal to clean up our scraps, stickers, and such so we can start fresh!! Are you with me on this???


Card Details:

Stickers: Heidi Swapp chipboard
Paper: DCWV designer paper, red and white cardstock (white)
Accessories: Michael's ribbon, SU slit punch, SU red markers, Making Memories metal tag, Deja View brads

Here's another card I made using the layout below. Again, using scrap pieces. . .I used the metal tag from making memories and layered it with a chipboard flower. On my previous card using this layout, I used a prima flower.
Can you see the stitches? Well, it's a faux stitch using a rubber stamp by CTMH called "Simple Stitches. Initially I was going to use my sewing machine but I was too lazy to look for a thread to match my card.

Card Details:
Stickers: Heidi Swapp chipboard, Colorbok sentiment
Stamp: CTMH Simple Stitches
Papers: K&Co Designer paper, Pink and mint cardstock (unknown),
Accessories: Grosgrain ribbon, Darice rhinestones, Making Memories metal tag

Celebrate Today Card

Hi Everyone! I finally had time to make a card! Yay! This was quite fun to make and again using scraps. You're like. . .wow, you have a lot of scraps Maria! You bet I do. . .I have so many opened packs that it's not funny. I rarely make duplicate cards so what ends up happening is whenever I create a card, I don't use the same materials but end up with a lot of opened packs. Terrible.

I think I'm going to start making cards with the same design so I can use up all the extra stuff I have. I may use a different paper or colors but the create the card using the same material. What do you think?

Do you make duplicate cards or are you like me who create a different card all the time?

This layout was inspired again by Scrapbook Trend magazine/book. It's similar but a little different. I didn't really like the book sample but I took parts of the design and created a similar design with my own personal touch.

Card Details:

Paper: SU Bordering Blue, K&CO designer paper, mint green (unknown)
Accessories: Prima Flowers, SU Slit Punch, Sakura Souffle pen, Metal Tag (Making memories), CTMH Bigger Brads, Organdy ribbon, JoAnn vellum quotes

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Scrappy Card

Good Morning and Happy Saturday! This card was inspired by a layout I saw in a magazine called Scrapbook Trend. I've been looking for different ways to use my ribbon and I saw this layout in the magazine.

I buy magazines all the time but rarely ever use any of the ideas that I see in these magazines.

Are you that way too? What's the point of buying the magazines if you never learn from the samples? So not to waste my money, I decided to start "grabbing" ideas from magazines and incorporate them into my scrappy cards.

I'm sort of layout challenged when it comes to scrappy cards because many times, the materials I have don't quite match in color or design and that's where my problem lies.

With rubber stamping. . .a lot of the cardstock match with the ink color, you choose the sentiment, the image and there's almost a controlled layout when creating rubber stamped cards. On the otherhand, with scrappy cards, well, you have to use the stickers and embellishments that you have and sometimes they don't always match in design or color.

I'm learning to be less inhibited. I'm sort of getting over the fact that the papers, embellishments, and cardstocks don't always have to match. Making scrappy cards is a great way to reduce your scrap pile. Except for the sentiment and the base cardstock, the materials used for my card were from my scrap pile. Trust me, my scrap pile is HUGE - 3 years worth, as a matter of fact. LOL!!

Have a great day everyone!!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Love Card

Good Morning, Friends. You're not going to believe this but it took me an hour to make this supa simple card. You're like "no way". Yup! Why did it take an hour to make? Well, a few months ago I had bought pink safety pins and I thought it would be perfect for my card design.
Well, I did not know where I had put it. I looked high and low and basically tore my room apart looking for a package of safety pins. I spent 45 minutes looking for those darn safety pins and finally gave up.
The good news is I found a gold safety pin! LOL! After looking for as long as I did, any safety pin worked just fine.
Do you go through similar problems? You know you bought something and when you need it, you can't find it. . .

Anyway, here are the details of this card:
Papers: SU Pretty in Pink, DCWV embossed cardstock, K&CO designer paper
Stickers: Heidi Swapp chipboard stickers, Pebbles Inc. stickers
Accesories: Gold safety pin, organdy ribbon, SU stamps, embroidery floss, CTMH Craft Buttons

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Card

Hi there! Just a card I made this evening. Most of everything about this card came from my scrap pile meaning it came from an opened packaged of stickers, cut up cardstock, cut up designer paper, strips of ribbon in my scrap jar, etc. The only thing that is not from my scrap pile is the purple ribbon. Oh, the brads are not scraps either.

Do you have a scrap jar of ribbons? I put every cut up ribbon in that jar if it's more than an inch long. Sometimes the ribbon can be at least 6 inches long but cut up from it's base then I'll put it in the jar. I found the ribbons in my scrap jar and it matched my card design so I used them.

I don't typically like to stamp any parts of cards or projects that I post on this blog site because I'm trying to keep all my stamping projects on Stampin Inspirations. There's a little of stamping to this card because after searching through my scrap pile, I could not find a birthday sentiment and I did not want to open a new pack of stickers.

Did you know that I've had these candle stickers for over 3 years. It was an opened pack with only the candles left in the pack that I kept and never used. I'm glad I finally used the stickers! Yay! One down, 100 to go! LOL!!

Anyway, hope you all have a wonderful Friday!!

Card Details:

Stickers: K& Co Birthday
Stamps: SU So Many Scallops
Ink: SU Blue Bayou, Sakura Souffle Pen
Accessories: Organdy ribbon, Making Memories Ribbon, Fiskar Cloud scissors, DCWV Luxury paper, SU Orchid Opulance, Blue Bayou, JoAnn brads

Monday, April 07, 2008

Sweetheart Card

Hi Everyone! Argghh. . .I couldn't take a good picture of this card because the designer paper has a sheen and when the light shine on it, it reflects.

Well, I did not use scraps for this card. I actually opened a new pack of chipboard for the big heart. I disappoint myself. I told myself not to open a new pack of chipboards or stickers until I can get my scrap pile down. It was a lack of will power, I guess.

Anyway, this was a fun card to make. Quite easy as a matter of fact. It was fun because it was easy!! LOL!

Card Details:

Paper: SU Pretty in Pink, Rose Romance, DCWV Luxury stack
Accessories: Fiskar Cloud Scissors, Heidi Swapp heart chipboard, American craft elements ribbon, organdy ribbon, JoAnn heart brads, EK Success stickers, CTMH My accents accessory kit (swirl clip), Sakura Souffle pen

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Scrappy Card - Bright Happy Card

Hi Everyone! You're like. . .wow, there's a lot of things going on with your card, Maria! LOL! I have the most difficult time putting scrappy cards together but I decided to just wing it and pull out a bunch of embellishments that were left overs from projects I created. This card is truly a "scrappy" card. It's great that I finally used a few of my left over scraps.

Most of the stickers, chipboard, and papers are from various packages of K&CO products. They were just stuff that were left overs.

It was actually liberating to just throw all of the stuff together and see what the end result would look. I actually like it . . .primarily because of the bright, happy colors.

The ribbon is by Making Memories but I don't know the brand of the large flower.

Anyway, I'm off to making more of these scrappy cards. I have a lot of scraps to reduce so I better get movin'!!
Hope y'all are having a wonderful Sunday!!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Stamp and Scrapbooking Club April Enrollment

Hi Everyone! Sheesh, I haven't posted anything on this blog site for a while now. Sorry about that but I had a bit of medical problem for the past two weeks and what time I did have to craft, I concentrated on my "Stamp and Scrapbooking Club". I had to prioritize my time.

I'm feeling better now so I think I'll be back to my normal crafting and blogging. This scrapbook layout is a layout for a challenge on my club's blog site "Heartfelt Inspirations". Every 2 weeks, I post a challenge and give a prize to a winner. I also have a weekly card challenge for my club members. I am enrolling new members for April to June membership.

Email me at if you are interested in the details of my club. I'll continue to take new members until April 15.

Scrapbook layout details:

Paper: CTMH Let's Get Together Level 2 Paper Packet
Accessories: CTMH Craft Buttons, Fiskar Cloud Scissors, Sakura Opaque pen, SU Photo Corner Punch

Hope you'll join!!