Monday, May 31, 2010

Patterned Paper Palooza

This week, ScrapTiffany is challenging you to use 3 patterned papers in one project. FUN! Like most papercrafters, I am head-over-heels in love with patterned paper..... all of it. In fact, I've always loved paper and stationery of all kinds. When my husband and I went to Wal-Mart for the first time as husband and wife (before I was a papercrafter), he was baffled as to why I insisted on buying a pack of composition books in assorted colors and patterns. You understand, don't you?
This wasn't a hard challenge for me because I'm not afraid to throw a bunch of patterns together. But did you know that there are rules for this? I was reading CK's newest special issue, "tips & tricks," and they give you 12 strategies to use that gorgeous patterned paper. One of them is the gallon, quart, pint rule. The gist of this rule is to use each pattern half as much as the bigger piece. I think I kinda did that in this card.
See, the orange piece is at least half the size of the blue piece; and the stripes are half the size of the orange piece. I actually used 4 patterned papers. The flower was fussy cut from a full sheet.

The sketch came from BoBunny's card challenge.

Come on! Pull out at least 3 of your favorite papers and get to craftin'. Make sure you post it here.

Supplies: PP is BoBunny Flower Child and Sophie; flourishes are MAMBI; sticker is SRM; glitter is Martha Stewart; Ranger Stickles; corner rounder punch

Monday, May 24, 2010

Song Inspiration

The gang at ScrapTiffany challenges you to create a project inspired by a song. I chose "You Got It All" by The Jets. I think this will make a great Father's Day card for my hubs from me. He really does have it all... such a great Daddy.

I really love these metal tokens from Tim Holtz, and they worked perfectly for this sketch from Paper Crafts Mag.

I also wanted to try Tim Holtz's masks for the first time. How easy and fun these are to work with! The metal swirlies are from Stampin' Up! 

And the "ties" and sentiment are cut from the yellow pages of the phone book. That's right! Jessica Witty from Paper Crafts Mag challenged us to use the yellow pages in our paper crafting. It's not being used otherwise with all the technology we have.

What song inspires you? Make a card or layout and post it over at ScrapTiffany. Or try the PaperCrafts sketch and challenge. Just get crafting and SHARE it.

And Holy Mackanoley.... check out this awesome giveaway.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday means Freebies

There's a ton of goodies out there..... you've just gotta leave a comment. Good luck!

Scrapbook and Cards Today has 6 prizes. Those odds aren't too bad.

Here's a pretty giveaway from GCD Studios.

Not paper craft related, but a super cute pendant giveaway at Make it and Love it.

Moxie Fab World is at it again.

Cricut cart giveaway at Courtney Lane Designs.

Another cart up for grabs from Obsessed with Scrapbooking.

My Pink Stamper has a couple giveaways, so make sure you scroll down to her second post after leaving a comment on the first post. And I think there will be more throughout the day.

Creating Keepsakes is giving away a gorgeous kit.

Freebie Friday over at Paper Crafts mag.

A cute kit up for grabs from Scrapbook Trends.

Pebbles Inc wants to give away some of there newest line.

Jillibean Soup's mystery giveaway is here.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Do not adjust your monitors

Your eyes do not deceive you. This IS the newest Cosmo Cricket line called DeLovely. It is their brightest, whitest line ever; and it's stunning. I am crazy in love with it... especially the yellow and turquoise. How in the world did little ole me get this line when the scrapbook stores are just now getting it? I won it from Cosmo Cricket. (You have been entering the giveaways I tell you about, right?)

I made this card for this week's Glitter and Bling challenge at ScrapTiffany. I kinda felt like I should've used more shine somewhere for this challenge, but the awesome papers turned out bold enough.

To get the glitter strip, I cut a strip of Tacky Tape and punched it with a Fiskars border punch. I first tried a different company's border punch, but it didn't give a clean cut. I was impressed that the Fiskars punch could do it when the other brand could not. Kudos to Fiskars! (Oh, and are you a Fiskateer? Go here and sign up. They've got a sweet gift for you.) I peeled the top layer off first to apply the glitter because I did not want the glitter to get stuck between each paper strip. Then, I applied the glitter strip to the card.

The sentiment is a sticker from SRM Stickers. (I won those, too.)

Oh, this card also fits the sketch from Everything But The Kitchen Sink.

Hope you like it!! And come play along with the ScrapTiffany Challenge.

Now, some giveaways:

Here's a really amazing giveaway. You'll want to win this "big" one.... and it's not much of a long "shot."

Cosmo Cricket has an Ella Publishing giveaway.

Elle's Studio has a nice prize.

A moxie fab prize over at Moxie Fab World.

Patchwork Pages has a Basic Grey giveaway.

Just Rite Stamps wants to give away their newest release.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

More Chances at Free Goodies

Jennifer Macguire has the newest special issue from Creating Keepsakes to give away.

Cath from Moxie Fab World has a mystery treat for one commenter.

Joy of Obsessed with Scrapbooking is celebrating 1 million hits on her blog. Big prizes over there.... a Gypsy is just one of them.

Want the Give a Hoot Cricut cartridge? Stop by My Pink Stamper and leave a comment.

Fiskars wants to hear what you think will be the next big trend. One commenter will get some wild scissors. And if you aren't a Fiskateer, you'll want to sign up to become one. Trust me!!!

Prima has a gorgeous giveaway for one lucky duck. See:

Creating Keepsakes has a couple Crop-a-diles and a Creatopia to give away. Just answer a few questions here.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Copy Cat

This week's challenge at ScrapTiffany is to copy someone else's project. The cuter term is Scraplifting, and it's a huge honor to be scraplifted (if you give proper credit to the original designer). 

I would LOVE to be scraplifted or cardlifted one day :)

Anyway, I'm sitting this challenge out because I am on my way back home to VA today. I've been visiting my family in FL for the past week.

I've already checked out what the other DT members did. Wow!!! Head on over and play along.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Some weekend freebies

Here are the giveaways I've found recently:

Scrapbook and Cards Today has a Stampin' Up! gift certificate to give away. NICE!

My friend M-C has a Cricut cartridge she wants to share.

Jennifer McGuire is giving away a Copics Cubbie.

My Pink Stamper has a cart giveaway just for her FB fans. Go here to enter.

Here's a chance to win a blue Expression from Hallmark Ladybugs.

You'll have to get out your May/June issue of Paper Crafts to enter this giveaway.

Ali Edwards has a few giveaways. Enter today because comments will be closed Sunday evening.

All Scrapbbok Steals big huge May giveaway is up. Entires accepted through Monday, so hurry.

A blog hop from A Muse Stamps: there are prizes at every stop, so it'll be worth your time.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Take Two

I had so much fun with this week's ScrapTiffany challenge. We were challenged to redo an old project, so I dug up this beauty from 2003. It honestly is one of my first 5 cards I've ever made.

VersaMark ink was my current obsession. I don't think patterned paper existed, at least I didn't know about it. I did not own any ribbon, so this crepe paper thing came from a wreath I made for my first house. Oh, and Crystal Effects was the hottest product out. I used it to give the little leaves a glossy dimension. And what do you think of my distressing? The torn paper look was my "go-to" technique. Oh, the memories!!

So, on to my re-do:

I just love the invention of gorgeous patterned paper..... and fancy ribbon..... and distressing tools.... and distress inks... and distress stickles!!!!! I love this hobby!! I did use one old school product: CHALK! I chalked in the leaves because markers would have been too bold. I like the result and will probably use my chalks again soon.

You've got to try this challenge. It was such a blast. And don't forget about the DT Call or ScrapTiffany.