MCM #12

MCM #12

Here we are again!  I don’t know about you but life is pretty darn crazy right now (thus the slightly later blog posting today), so I decided to settle upon a pretty simple design for this weeks sketch, which still delivers a pretty cute punch!

I had fun using today’s steal, the Imaginisce Christmas Cottage collection.

You can see in this card how I morphed the squares into one solid piece of patterned paper and added some brads to the corners for a little pizazz!

This sketch works so simply and easily for any type of card needed.  I threw together this quick card, once again modifying the original sketch, to create a quick ‘thinking of you’ card.  I also added some ‘half’ punches using the template punch for my itop!  Kind of a fun little addition of flair.

Gasp!  Can you believe what a short and sweet posting this is.  LOL!  So unlike my chatty, writing self.  Hee hee.

Remember to be qualified to win all of the cards based off of sketches that I make this month, all you have to do is create a card, post it to our Facebook Fan Page, or other online source such as a personal blog, and leave a comment on the coordinating blog post with a link to your project and you will be entered into a random drawing to win all that I create in the month of December.

Hope your day is great and that you find time to get everything done before this weekend!

Emboss it! (MCM #11)

Emboss it!  (MCM #11)

Hello everyone!  I hope your weekend was fantastic and filled with lots of scrapping.  I know that I can’t seem to keep up with all of the wonderful creations being posted on our Facebook Fan Page as everyone is making the effort to be a part of our Emerald Club and in turn have a shot at the fantastic Echo Park giveaway!

Well here it is Monday again, which means it’s time for Monday Card Madness.  Before we get talking about this weeks sketch, let’s talk a little bit about today’s amazing steal, American Crafts Zing Embossing Powder.  I’m not going to sugar coat the fact that I’m just not a stamper.  I looooooooove the look of it and truly admire people with the gift of stamping ability, however I will say there is something amazingly fun and magical about heat embossing.  Even though I’m not great at it, I certainly LOVE doing it!  Maybe with a little practice I’ll even get better!

I was looking through my limited stamps (yeah…because I just don’t stamp!) and thought it would be fun to make a snowflake card using the wonderfully bright colors featured in today’s steal.  I was going to do multi-colors, but one hot pink snowflake later I was hooked!

Even my 16 year old was pretty much beside herself with happiness and has decided that she will make the same card for her friends for Christmas.

So you may be asking, what exactly do you need to do heat embossing?  Mandatory is heat embossing powders (like today’s steal), stamps, versamark ink (or pigment ink) and absolutely helpful although not entirely necessary is a heating tool.  (You can use a stove top or toaster, but do yourself a favor and get a heating tool.  You’ll thank yourself within minutes!)

Heat embossing is really quite simple.

1. stamp image on to project using Versamark ink. (Or any pigment ink should work just fine, as long as it stays wet.  Just remember to coordinate the ink color with your embossing powder!)

2. Dump embossing powder into the inked image.  Dump off excess and carefully brush away and particles that want to cling outside of the stamped image.  A small paint brush works great for this.  Remember anywhere there is embossing powder sticking, it will remain on the finished project.

3. Hold heating tool 6 – 7″ away from project and gently heat until embossing powders begin to bubble and melt.  Once the magical change takes place be sure to move the heat source to a different area to avoid scorching and warping of your paper.

4. Sit back and admire the beauty of heat embossing.

I have to tell you that I absolutely love the neon colors offered in today’s Steal.  I love the pop that they give on black cardstock especially.

After creating the snowflake card I made a ‘Congratulations’ card and this weeks sketch was born!

I had so much fun using 2 different stamps nested into each other using two different colors of embossing powders.

I had to get my fill once again of using the neon colors on black and made a fun birthday card using some whimsical circle stamps and also nested two stamps again so that I could get a spash of blue here and there.

I was going to stop there with the cards but honestly laid in bed on Friday night dreaming up other cards that would work well with the sketch.  I thought it would be fun to use buttons to complete the circular portion of the card, so I made a fun girly card that would be great to send to a friend simply to say ‘hi!’.

I then thought that it would be a little more ‘boyish’ to make a card eliminating the ribbon but adding some photo corners instead as well as replacing the circles for stars.

So there you have it!  If you’re looking for a great treat for Santa to put under your tree, today’s steal would be a fantastic option!  We can’t wait to see your take on this weeks card sketch.  Remember to be qualified to win all of the cards based off of sketches that I make this month, all you have to do is create a card, post it to our Facebook Fan Page, or other online source such as a personal blog, and leave a comment on the coordinating blog post with a link to your project and you will be entered into a random drawing to win all that I create in the month of December.  Maybe not the most exciting of prizes, but hey….it will give you a stash of cards to have on hand for various occasions!

Have a GREAT Monday!


Mini’s, Matchbook Making Mania & Monday Card Madness! Wow that’s a lot of mmmmmmmmmm’s…..

Mini’s, Matchbook Making Mania & Monday Card Madness!  Wow that’s a lot of mmmmmmmmmm’s…..

…..and I’m tellin’ ya straight up that Today’s Steal, the DCWV Matchmaker and Textured Card Kits are FANTASTIC!   I know it’s that time of year where you start to question ‘do I need this, or my Starbucks (or for me my Diet Dr. Pepper!), or stocking stuffers for my kids.  Guess what.  You NEED this.  I haven’t had this much fun card creating in positively AGES!  My kids would keep coming into my work room and there I sat with this perma-cheesy grin on my face.  Yeah.  They thought perhaps I was enjoying myself just a little *too* much, but you’ll see why.

When I saw the adorable little cards I immediately though ‘GIFT TAGS’.  Seriously.  How perfect to have a pre-made…itty bitty 3×3 card WITH an itty bitty envelope!  (Why oh why does itty bitty = cuteness?)  Hee hee!  Let me show you the first round of gift tag cards that I made.  Of course I can’t seem to break away from the Holiday mode right now, especially since I was singing along to my new Glee Christmas album at the top of my lungs while creating these!

Do you want to know the thing I LOVE about these little cards?  It’s how little product it takes to actually make something stunning.  Not to mention you get the chance to use up odds and ends that otherwise would have been collecting dust!  Take for instance the green card with the red snowflake.  I bought that snowflake set to finish off a layout 14 months ago.  I only used one on the page, so it’s been nice to have little projects to use up the rest of my stash!

I realize that it’s not always going to be the Holiday season (which I’m sure my kids are grateful for as I’m not entirely sure how much singing from their mother they can take), so I decided to make a couple of birthday tag cards…

…a thank you card…

…and a congrats card!  All using up bits and pieces of my stash.

Now that particular card kit isn’t only filled with darling mini’s but matchbook style cards.  We had so much fun making gatefold cards, that I decided that would be the format of this weeks card sketch.

(To create your own matchbook card, if you just can’t stand it and want to make your MCM TODAY, cut a piece of paper measuring 11.5 x 4.25″.  This will allow you a small margin for cutting scallops.  Make one fold 4.25″ from left hand side of card, and the smaller fold 1.5″ from right hand side of card).

For some reason these cards kind of screamed girly to me with the scalloped edges, so I went with it.  I made some frilly, ribbony, flowery cards for this weeks sketch, which will work so great for so many different occasions.  Thank you, thinking of you, wedding, birthday, shower….you name it!  You just may want to think once or twice before giving your hunny a flowery, ribbony card, because odds are, he may not appreciate the thought quite as much as a manly card!  :)

Well, now that it’s December it’s time to pick a random winner of all of the MCM cards that I made during the month of November.  Our lucky winner is Linda Hernandez!  Here is her lucky card that was the Random.Org winner!

I absolutely adore the color scheme on this card.  LOVE me some pink and brown and the little pops of green in the flowers are perfect!

Now get creating girls!  It’s always such a joy to see what you create.  I know I’ve told you before, but you all inspire me so very much.  If ever I’m feeling like creating is the last thing on earth I’d like to do all it takes is 5 min. of pouring over your wonderful creations on our Facebook Fan Page, to want to toss my short boy a box of Cheerios and a case of Capri Sun to keep him entertained for a bit.  😉

Remember you have ALL MONTH LONG to get the December card sketches created and posted to our Facebook Fan page, or your own personal blog, with a link provided on the appropriate blog posting to be eligible to win all of the cards that I make for sketches during the previous month.  One note to keep in mind however, is that comments automatically close 3 weeks after the posting date, in order to help control our insane amount of spam.  If for whatever reason comments are closed, I give you permission to post the link on one of the open MCM’s with an explanation that it’s really for a different sketch number.

Hope you weekend was great!  Now to start thinking about MWM, although I have to admit…..I’m a little intimidated after Chloe’s amazing sketches last week.  😉

Happy scrappin’.

I think there is a little Chill in the Air…MCM #6

I think there is a little Chill in the Air…MCM #6

So I have to tell you that  today is the *perfect* creating weather.  It’s gloomy and doomy outside, so what better way to spend some time than snuggied up creating!

I have been dying all weekend to get my hands on today’s steal, the WINTER Creative Charms Collection.

Even though I despise snow with every ounce of my being (and yes, I even saw the dreaded white stuff flying today), I LOOOOOOOOOOVE snowflake embellishments, and today’s steal is of no exception.

Thankfully that kit alone, saved this weeks MCM.

I’m sure we are all in the same boat from time to time, where being creative kind of hurts your brain.  I feel like mine slipped or something because the creative vibes were sort of a challenge today.  Truth be told, I think it’s the post vacation energy flop.  😉

I really wanted to keep this weeks sketch fairly simple as I am so in love with the snowflake border in the Creative Charms kit, that I wanted to make sure that it was a big focus of the card.  Of course I had to get a little bit busy with my Silhouette and cut out one of the snowflakes that came with the machine.  I added a little silver ink and the amazing Creative Charms bling ‘brrr’, popped a gem brad in the center of the snowflake and sure enough..done!  (Truth be told, I’m feeling a bit better about it right now.  My 13 year old just walked in and ooohed and ahhhhhhhhhd over it.  What a good girl.  Or maybe I just have her trained well.  HA HA!  😉  )

I then made another card tweaking the sketch slightly.

I also couldn’t resist playing a little more with my Silhouette and decided to download a fun winter tree design.  I added the snowflake gems from the Creative Charms kit as well as some of the gradient gems then finished it off with another blingy sentiment!

Keep your projects coming!  We LOOOOOOOVE seeing what you create.  Remember to have your MCM #6 posted online or to our Facebook Fan Page with a link provided in the comments of this posting for your chance to be eligible to randomly win this months batch of cards.

Monday Card Madness #5

Monday Card Madness #5

I LOVE today’s steal, the Fancy Pants Rusted Sun and My Family card kits.

I’m sure that you are all like me and have days where I want to create but don’t necessarily want to have to *think* about creating.  Simply put, I want someone to give me the goods, the directions and an example of the finished project.  :)

That is where the beauty of the Fancy Pants card kits lies….it’s all at your fingertips, from the papers and embellishments, precise measurements, to a photo of the final look.

I didn’t time myself to see how long it took me to create all of the cards from the Rusted Sun kit, but it didn’t take me long.

After I had finished the cards I chose my favorite of the group to use as inspiration for this weeks card sketch.  I really liked the design of this happy birthday card.  I love the layers of different papers and the addition of the star stickers.

I decided to take the basic design of this card for this weeks sketch, adding a little embellishment to the top, right hand side of the page to complete the visual triangle of embellishments.

I then went to my stash of stuff and used the Bo Bunny pet papers to make this birthday card.

So there you have it!  MCM #5!

We have all been truly spoiled with the cards from last week.  Every week you girls just keep getting better and better and your creativity blossoms by leaps and bounds!

Don’t forget to post your card on our Facebook Fan Page, and leave a comment and a link on this blog post to be eligible to win a random drawing for all of the cards that I make this month…and perhaps a little something extra as well!

Stay tuned the the blog tomorrow afternoon for the announcement of the winners from our on line crop as well as the winner of the cards from MCM 1 – 4!

As always…happy scrappin’!