Monday Card Madness #2 and a little Halloween Crafty Fun!

Are you girls ready for MCM #2?  Usually it will be a bit of an afternoon treat, but I was so excited to show you what I made using today’s steal, the American Crafts Halloween Kit, that I thought I would post a little bit early.

First things first…let’s talk about cards.  All of us on our Facebook Fan Page were absolutely thrilled and delighted with the abundance of gorgeous cards that were posted for us to swoon over!  The introduction to Monday Card Madness was definitely a hit!

Starting this week I will provide you with a sketch to follow for inspiration in creating your card. While you can adapt this sketch to any size card that you’d like, I went with the standard size of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″

This weeks sketch is simple, but has dimension due all of the layering.  The key to creating a card with lots of layers is to build from the bottom up, adhering the pieces of paper to your card base as you go.   I used papers from the American Crafts Halloween kit and picked out some prints that made me happy!  Truly, what’s not to love about those skeleton heads and the polka dots!  I added a little black ink to the edges of the solid orange paper just to give it a little more punch.  Add some buttons and you’ve got the perfect Halloween card to give to someone that you love with all of your guts.  Maybe I will even make another to give to my hunny as we met on Halloween almost TWENTY ONE years ago.  Yikes.  Where has the time gone?

As far as this card goes, I will be giving it to a random winner along with all of the first 4 weeks of MCM cards.  All that you will need to do is create your own card, post it on our Facebook Fan Page and then  post a comment on the MCM blog post that pertains to your creation that you did it, and after the 4 weeks I will pick a random winner from all of the posts to send my cards out to!

I LOOOOOOOOOOVED that today’s kit came with 2 sheets of the glitter Thickers embellishments.  Since I have already scrapped quite a few Halloween pages, I thought it would be so much fun to make a game for my children, or even for their school Halloween parties.  (Yes…somehow I’m helping out with 2 of them.  LOL!)   What child doesn’t love a memory game?  And how can anyone resist such a cute Halloween one that sparkles!

This game was SO easy to make.  I chose several different sheets of papers and cut the cards to 3 x 4″.  I used the solids as the backside only because I liked the challenge of having less similar patterns to choose from since some of the papers have the same colored backsides.

To make it easier for smaller children you could add the embellishments to the same print of paper so that there are less choices to make overall.  I decided to make everything random as I will be using this for my 4th graders class.

Super easy!  Super quick!  Super fun!  And my kids already love it!

Deck the halls (and neighbors porches), with boughs of Fancy Pants!

Be.  Still.  My.  Heart.  I <3 today’s steal, the Fancy Pants Christmas Magic collection.

When I saw the kit, and knew I’d be creating a project with it I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I wanted to make a paper wreath.   I had seen one made at one of the CHA Scrapbooking trade shows a few years back and thought this collection, with its delightfully vintage feel, would make the perfect addition to my wall during the Holiday season.  I had no idea how to make one so I did a Google search and look at what I found.

Not only step by step instructions, but a wreath featuring this VERY collection of papers on the Fancy Pants Blog.

I figured that Miss Fancy Pants did a far better job than I could do demonstrating the wreath so I decided to make my favorite Christmas Craft…a neighbor bucket.

Over the past couple of years, I have absolutely LOVED creating these darling ‘pass along pails’ to go around the neighborhood.

My kids get the biggest kick out of going ‘doorbell ditching’ and not even getting in trouble for it!  :)

These buckets are *so* easy to make.  I found a cute clear bucket at my local craft store.  You can also buy regular paint cans at your local home improvement store.

There are many different mediums of adhesive that you could use to adhere the paper to your bucket.

I chose to use the Xyron as it was super fast and has great stick!

I trimmed my paper so that it was 5″ in height.  That way I had a small window of clear bucket showing at the top and bottom.  Keep in mind that a 12″ piece of paper is not big enough to go around the entire surface of a gallon sized bucket, so you will need to cut 2 lengths, trimming the 2nd piece to the appropriate width.

After adhering the paper around the outside of the bucket, I went to my ribbon stash and found a cute brown ric rac that would look great around the top of the can.  I used glue dots to adhere the ribbon.

Around the bottom of the bucket, I used some border stickers from the collection as well as cut a little bit of paper and added ink to finish things off.

(Note, if you want to re-create a bucket like mine, using the border sticker, you will need 2 kits.  One border sticker is not enough to go around the entire surface of the can.)

I then added some stickers, buttons and a chipboard snowflake that I covered with Sugar Coated Glitter from Doodlebug.

Covering the lid of the can is super easy as long as you have some sort of circle cutting system.  Actually even a bowl from your kitchen would work great as a template if you don’t have a circle cutter.  The diameter of a gallon sized paint can lid is 5 1/4″.

I then printed out a little poem onto a circle measuring 4 1/4″ in diameter.  I inked the edges and then placed it in the center of the lid.

I cheated and bought 2 bags of Crunch & Munch to fill the bucket with.  Time is always at a premium around the Holidays so sometimes it’s just easier to buy a little treat!

These buckets are so much fun to make and truly brighten the day of the recipient!

Another thing that I LOVE about this Fancy Pants kit is the sheet of paper that comes with 12 ‘tags’.  I knew they would make the PERFECT answer for handmade Christmas cards in a snap!  I truly threw these cards together in about 10 min. each!  So now the enabler part of me will jump in and say that this kit is PERFECT to complete your neighbor gifts as well as making Christmas cards.  So much less expensive than buying them and gives the added bonus of the handmade touch!

Here’s wishing each and every one of you a weekend filled with crafty time!  I know I’m headed out all day tomorrow to scrapbook!  Yipee!

Until Monday Card Madness…..happy scrappin’!


MWM #12 and a little Halloween Party Fun!

Doodlebug is just one of those manufacturers that gets me every time.  Honestly….what is not to love about the bright and bold colors, jewels, and sugar coated goodness!  Today’s Halloween kit is simply PACKED with delicious goodness!

I had so much fun creating this weeks sketch.

I had a request from our Facebook Fan Kristina MacKeen for a little help with a one page landscape style, single photo layout.  I hope that this works for what she has in mind!

I set to work taking photos of my little guy in his Halloween costume and realized that my favorite photos were all taken portrait style, so I decided to merge 3 of them together in Photoshop to create a landscape format photo to work with the sketch.

I was seriously giddy over this Doodlebug collection.  In fact so many of the papers have velvety textures that I sat at my desk just ‘petting’ them!

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE all of the chipboard and of course the sugar coated brads and ribbon that come with this kit.  Honestly I could not have asked for an easier grouping of embellishments to work with to complete my page!

And of course…you know me with my journaling…always have to tell the story.  This sketch allows a decent sized area to preserve the who’s, what’s, when’s, where’s and why’s!

I admit I don’t usually scrap an overwhelming amount of Halloween photos so I wasn’t quite sure what I would do with another fantastic Halloween kit.  But after creating this weeks Mojo layout, the ideas kept spinning and a party plan came to mind!

Everything in this kit works so well together and is so cute, that I thought it would make the perfect collection to make invites and cupcake toppers for a “Ghoul’s Night Out”.

These cupcake toppers flew together simply by punching out a 2″ circle and adding stickers and a few embellishments.

The invite was very easy to make.  I simply took a sheet of paper and cut it to 4 1/4 x 7″ and scored the paper 1 1/2″ from  the top and folded it down.  I used my zig zag scissors to cut the edge to give it a little variety.  I added some of the chipboard, a button a few embellishments, some ink and badda bing, badda bam!  DONE!

As always we are super excited to see what you all create for Mojo’s.   Our Facebook Fan Page is simply packed with inspiration!  Our random winner from the MWM Sketch #11 is Catherine Povec.

I love the colors that she used on her layout and of course the photos and journaling are priceless!  Thank you for participating Catherine.  Be sure to send us your address at and we will get your scrappy prize sent out to you!

Remember…post this weeks mojo creations to our Facebook Fan Page by next Monday at midnight to be eligible for your chance to win our random drawing.  And as always…share, share, share!  We have yet to reach that magic number of 100 shares for a double drawing, but if we all pitch in…we can do it!

Until next time….Happy Scrappin’.

Welcome to Monday Card Madness!

So what’s that you say?  You’ve got the Monday blues?  Not loving that your routine ‘work’ week has started yet again, and it’s still a few days until Mid Week Mojo?  Well hows this for putting a little brightness in your Monday afternoon.

Welcome to Monday Card Madness!

Now that you’ve got the wee ones all snuggled into bed for a nap (if you’re lucky), or your morning madness at work has hopefully eased up…it’s time to sneak a minute for a little crafty inspiration.

I’ve had a TON of requests to focus on card making, so I figured what better way to start off the week than with an afternoon card blog post.

Sure lots of you have made cards before, but just in case you haven’t, this week we are starting out super basic.

I know that all of you that ever create with paper, are bound to have scraps.  That is my favorite part about card making is that I get to put to use some of those amazing scraps, that I just can’t bare to throw out!

An average sized card is simple to make as it is merely a sheet of 8.5 x 11 piece of paper, cut in half.

Your card base should measure 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″

It’s then helpful to use a scoring blade or bone folder to score your card in the center of the paper.  This makes it easier for folding, although a score mark is not necessary.  You can simply fold the paper in half.

Your finished card size will be 4 1/4″  x 5 1/2″.   You can use this base either vertical or horizontal.

For today’s card I wanted to keep it very simple.  I found a piece of pink paper that I liked with the green base, and laid the paper on top of the front of the card.  I have a quick cheat that I often use in crafting.  I use my fingernail to make a notch in the paper where I’d like to use my trimmer to cut.  You could do the same thing with scissors, but I’m always looking for a way to make things quicker!

I then used my trimmer to cut the paper to the desired ‘fingernail marked’ size.

I decided to add a little flair to the edge of the card by trimming the outside of the pink paper with my scalloped edge scissors.  You could use a punch or even tear the edge of the paper for a little variety.

I wanted to add a border of ribbon across the front of the card with a cute bow.  I selected my ribbon…

..and tied the knot bow in the ends of the ribbon.

I then cut the ‘loop’ of the ribbon to give me two ends.  It’s far easier to create a nice looking knot this way than trying to tie around your paper.  After cutting the ribbon I then taped the ends with scotch tape to the inside of the card.

I wanted to add a little more ‘flair’ to the front of the card and figured it would be fun to use the Xyron Design Runner that we are featuring today as our ScrapbookSteal.  I ended up using the cute heart border.  SO easy and simple to use!

I cut out the heart strip, inked the edges and adhered it to the front of my card.

I then punched out a 2″ circle of white paper, inked the edges and applied a rubon sentiment.

All in all a cute, super easy, and fun card to give to someone that you care about!  I know I always love receiving a cute little pick me up in the mail!

We’d love to see what cards you create!  Share them with us on our Facebook Fan Page, and you could be the lucky winner at the end of the month to receive all 4 of my Monday Card Madness creations!  Just be sure to leave a comment on any one of the Monday Card Madness blog posts stating that you made and shared a card and I will pick a random winner at the beginning of November!

Now get digging through those scraps and put them to use!

How about a little Itop fun?

Oh.  My.  Word.  The Itop, by Imaginisce has got to be one of the most fun tools that I have used for scrapbooking in a long time.  If you don’t know what an itop can do, let me show you!

I have to admit.  I was a little challenged at first as to how to use the tool.  I’m pretty much a visual learner, so to read the instructions…even though they had photos, still was a tad on the challenging side for me.  Yeah.  I’m slow.  I’ll admit it.

I found this great tutorial on the Imaginisce web site, which really helped me to understand how to use the tool, and what I was doing wrong.  (psssssssssst….if you use a large brad, you need to change out the head!  I learned that the slow way!)

Once I figured the basics of the tool out, my mind started spinning on the possibilities that I could create with it.

I really wanted to make something absolutely custom for a scrapbook page.   Something a little out of the ordinary.  I was contemplating this thought over a piece of gum and it smacked me up the side of the head how fun it would be to do a layout about my gum obsession, and use the cute wrappers as embellishments.

I will walk you through the step by step on how to use the tool.

1. Select the desired brad size that you’d like to create.  Remember, if you are using a large brad, you will need to switch out the head.

2. Use the punch to cut out the ‘topper’ from a medium of your choosing.  If you are using something other than paper, you will have to cut it out by hand.

2.  Place the top of the brad on the top of the itop piece that is round and silver.  Without the rubber portion.  Place it so that the is face up.

3.  Place the desired ‘topper’ on top of the silver brad.  In my case, the punched out portion of my gum wrapper.

4.  Give the handle a squeeze, so that the top of the brad pushes up into the pink rubber top.  Release the handle and use your fingers to gently push the edges of the paper into the center of the brad top.

5.  Next insert the bottom of the brad into the hole in the silver portion of the tool.  The same part where you just placed the brad top.  (The heads of the tool pull out and swivel for ease.)

6.  Align the tool head pieces and squeze.  This pushes the bottom of the brad into the top of the brad, securing the paper.

7.  Release and you have a custom covered brad!  You will need to be gentle in removing the brad from the pink rubber end of the tool.

I am so pleased with how the brads turned out for my layout!

There are so many other fun things you can do with the Itop.  I decided to have a little fun and make some hair accessories for my girls.  Because I wanted to cover the brad with fabric, I just cut a circle in the approximate size that I needed.

I then layered the flowers.

The added the fabric covered brad to the center.

You can add a clip to the back, or create a headband to attach it to.

I had little fun making a Halloween headband for my daughter to wear to school.  She was super excited.  One trick I found when wanting an exact placement for the ‘skull’ in the fabric was to use some glue dots to adhere the fabric into place exactly where I wanted it.  You will notice that I used the ‘pin’ back for this one as it was easier to pin it to the tuelle.

I also had some fun making my little band geek some magnets for her locker.  She happens to share lockers with the Drum Major of the band so I made them some that they could share.  I just had to be sure when punching out the images to center them as closely as possible for cutting.

So there you have it!  The Itop is so much fun!  The possibilities are truly endless.