Today’s post is different in several aspects. One, it’s the first 12″ x 12″ layout I’ve done in what seems like ages. If you have been a reader for any length of time, you’ll know that my first love is cardmaking. Secondly, this layout isn’t of family or friends–or even about a specific event. In fact, it’s the first page in a new book I’m doing called “Future Ex-Husbands”. (I’ll wait.)

In all sincerity, I had a blast with this one. I had a lovely 4″ x 6″ photograph of the talented and handsome Mr. Robert Pattinson that called out to me. Ever since I added the “Happy Hauntings” Cricut cartridge to my collection, I fell instantly in love with the fonts. I could just visualize the Cullen name in my head since I opened the cartridge. So this morning, I set out to make it a reality.

The background paper is a die-cut 12″ x 12″ glazed and glittered sheet from BoBunny’s “Jazmyne” Collection. I used Bazzill textured cardstock for the font and shadow cuts, as well as the frame. (The font and frame are from “Happy Hauntings”.) I used Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel ink (and a secret technique) to create the blood splatter effect on the title and the bloody fingerprints on the photo. (I cannot even begin to tell you how much I am in love with the title lettering on this page!). The epoxy embellishments are from Creative Imaginations and the super-talented Marah Johnson. The paper tape handwriting strip is from 7 Gypsies. I grabbed my Gypsy, my papers and adhesive and went to town. (Note: The letters and shadows were cut at 2″; The frame and its pieces were cut at 7″.)

Have a Super Friday Crafties! May you find some “Future Ex-Husbands” in your weekend ahead! 🙂


Sing It

{Materials Used: Stampin’ Up! Cardstock in Glorious Green, American Crafts Decorative Cardstock from “Teen” Collection (Driver’s Ed), Edged Grosgrain Ribbon from Stampin’ Up! Theatre Collection, Creative Charms Velvet Dimensional Flower, 7 Gypsies Velvet Green Leaves, Bo Bunny Glazed Brad, Sentiment Stamp from Unity Stamp Co., Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black, AdTech Mono Adhesive, 3/8″ Glue Dots, Zutter 1/2″ Round-It-All Corner Rounder, Scor-Pal, Carl RT-200 Paper Trimmer;}

On The Edge

Last night, I finally got around to playing with some of my new Tim Holtz ‘On The Edge’ dies. You will recall that these new dies are part of a collaboration between Sizzix and Tim Holtz for a new line called “Tim Holtz Alterations”. This die is unique in several ways. First, it is a new size and shape for the Sizzix line. The dies are 6″ x 2 3/4″ in measurement and are designed to cut a perfect 5 1/2″ border (which of course is the standard A2 card size). Each die (with the exception of one) actually features two cutting edges–one on each side of the steel rule die. You can use them in tandem–or simply use only one cut. For this project, I experimented with the die called ‘Ornate’.

I chose to use Stardream So…Silk! mica cardstock in Fair Blue for my base (cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4″). The decorative paper I chose for the front is from Cosmo Cricket’s “Material Girl” collection (cut at 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″). I adhered the decorative paper before I began to cut with my ATG 714.

I used my Cuttlebug and On The Edge Die on each end of my cardstock, making two decorative cuts by simply reversing the die on each pass.

Flipping the cardstock back to the front side reveals the shape my card will take. I really love this set of coordinating cuts. They remind of the top of a pagoda.

For the embellishment of my card front, I combined some velvet leaves from 7 Gypsies with a felt flower from Heidi Swap. I also used a sequin, silver bead and crystal floral center from Prima Marketing. I adhered the pieces of my floral embellishment together with Glue Dots and then used All Night Media 1/2″ pop dots to adhere the piece to my card front. I used a piece of Pebbles grosgrain saddle-stitched ribbon to complete the effect. The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up! and was stamped with Papertrey Ink’s Enchanted Evening ink. The final touch was a Jenni Bowlin journaling block to the card’s interior (as the color was very deep for writing to show up clearly).

There are a total of six (6) Tim Holtz Alterations ‘On The Edge’ dies released thus far. Of course, I had to add them to my craft tool collection. From a card making perspective, I would highly recommend these dies to anyone. They are versatile with dual cuts. They’re easy to store and use. They work with your Sizzix Big Shot or ProvoCraft Cuttlebug. But most importantly, they give you the ability to really jazz up the look and edges of your cards for a very unique look. The dies released thus far are: Brackets, File Tabs, Ornate, Plaque & Postage, Scallops, and Scrollwork. Each die retails for $13.99.

I hope you all have an incredible weekend ahead. Don’t forget that the next Giveaway (see sidebar) will close this weekend. As always, Keep Crafting!

Borrowing Inspiration

This weekend on my rounds of the weblogs I visit, I came upon a great project and video tutorial on Bryan’s (ScrapGuy) site. While his project was designed to display photos and journaling blocks, I had a slightly different use in mind. So, I borrowed his idea, messed with the sizing a bit, and came up with what I think is an elegant invitation to a dinner party. I ended up making twelve of these. The photographs I’m sharing with you are blank on the inside (as I really only have enough food for twelve people, lol). But, I added some lovely vellum slips to the interior and hand wrote the relevant information (date, time, place, occasion, etc.). It is a bit of work getting all of the elements for each piece together, but once you have your pieces it becomes a process of having a thoughtful and succinct assembly line to achieve your finished project.

For my project, I used the following materials and tools:

  • PAPER: Basic Grey decorative cardstock from the “Sublime” collection, Papertrey Ink Kraft cardstock;

  • EMBELLISHMENTS: 7 Gypsies velvet flowers in Eggplant, Stampin’ Up! 5/8″ satin ribbon in Old Olive, Prima Marketing Monarch Flower Center in Maple; ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Cat’s Eye in Chestnut Roan;

  • TOOLS: Making Memories paper trimmer, Zutter 1/2″ Round-It-All corner rounder, ATG 714 adhesive gun, Scor-Pal scoring board;

  • If He Only Had A Heart….


  • PAPERS: Stardream So…Silk! mica cardstock in Shocking Green (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″), Stardream Fuse mica cardstock in Emerald (4″ x 5″), Bazzill textured cardstock in Snow, Raven, Red Clay, and Light Tobacco;

  • TOOLS: Cricut Expression, Cricut Gypsy, Robotz Cricut cartridge, 12″ x 12″ Cricut cutting mat, Martha Stewart Topiary corner punch;

  • EMBELLISHMENTS: 7 Gypsies Gaffer Tape in Green Checkered, Prima Marketing Pearl Heart in Verdigris, American Craft Thickers alphabet in Lime Delight Cloth;

  • ADHESIVES: 3M ATG 714 adhesive gun, Zig 2-Way Glue Pen, Glue Dots;

  • Giveaway #2–Hearts Flutter

    It’s time for giveaway #2…and of course, it’s inspired by the upcoming salute to St. Valentine. So put your cupid wings on and enter for a chance to win this week’s loot.

    Up for grabs, a package that includes:

  • Fancy Pants “French Market” rub-ons
  • 7 Gypsies “Zanzibar” rubbings
  • Prima Marketing Journaling Bloc-Notes & Storage Box (30 sheets, 4″x6″)
  • Heidi Swapp “Crowns” Journaling Spots
  • K&Co. “Smitten” Holographic Puffed Heart Stickers
  • K&Co. “Smitten” Adhesive Chipboard Heart Collection
  • Pebbles Inc. Ribbon Sampler in “Chocolate Box”
  • Papertrey Ink 6″ x 6″ Patterned Paper Pad in “Pink Patterns” (36 sheets)

    For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post telling us: “What makes your heart flutter?”. The winner will be chosen by random draw. Entries accepted until 11:59 p.m. MST on February 3, 2010. The winner will be announced on February 4, 2010 on this blog. As always, consider officially “following” my weblog to stay abreast of giveaways and updates (see right sidebar).

    Good Luck and have a terrific weekend ahead!

  • Happy Harvest

    I have a confession to make. I’ve recently become totally enamored of a Stampin’ Up! cardstock color that often gets short shrift–Kraft. You can purchase a forty (40) count package of 8 1/2″ x 11″ 80lb. weight cardstock for $ 7.50 (#102125). Many people accuse the color of Kraft paper as being bland and boring. But with Summer dying its slow death, Autumn is right around the corner…and Kraft is the perfect color either as a main focus or accent to your projects. There’s something about Stampin’ Up! Kraft cardstock that is at once vintage and freshly modern. Another interesting thing about the Kraft cardstock is how wonderfully in coordinates and compliments the currently line of fabulously popular In Colors selections. Try pairing up some Kraft cardstock with Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, Rich Razzleberry, or Crushed Curry. I think you’ll be surprised at the palette it opens up for your imagination and creativity.

    I just finished making a set of card fronts for a Stampin’ Up! swap I participated in and I used the combination of Kraft cardstock, Soft Suede cardstock, Soft Suede ink and a new stamp set that will be debuting tomorrow (09.01.09–which is the official launch of the new 2009-2010 Holiday Mini Catalog from Stampin’ Up!). The results (if I may say so myself) were striking. (I will share the project with you once my swap happens; Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t give the Philly Inkers a shout-out!)

    Over the weekend, I tackled several more card projects using Kraft cardstock. The one I’ll be sharing with you today is Autumnal in theme. I used a piece of 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ Kraft cardstock scored at 4 1/4″ as my card base. I used a Martha Stewart corner rounder punch to lop off the four couners. The decorative mat paper is from 7 Gypsies. It is a slightly lighter shade of Kraft color base and has a very muted cranberry polka dot pattern to it. I thought the contrast in tones was intriguing. I rounded the corners of my decorative paper and then used a tea stain along the edges to draw the eye in. A strip of Stampin’ Up! Close To Cocoa cardstock cut at 1 1/2″ x 4″ serves as a horizontal break in the design.

    Using Stampin’ Up! Whisper White cardstock to stamp my images and the Papertrey Ink stamp set entitled “Vintage Picnic”, I used Tsukineko Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black to stamp my images. The basket and pumpkins were then hand-colored with Copic Sketch Markers. The sentiment was stamped on Whisper White and them punched out using the Stampin’ Up! Modern Label Punch (#116630, $ 15.95). I then used a chamomille and chai blend tea dye to “age” the sentiment label and ink its edges. I adhered all of my elements with Stampin’ Up! Two-Way Glue Pen and added a faux stitched accent with my Uniball Signo 1.0mm White Gel Pen.

    I really love this particular Papertrey Ink stamp set–it is very versatile. I also like this project because it shows that you can mix-and-match your scraps and come up with a cohesive project. It’s no secret I love using Stampin’ Up! products. But, I love many different companies and lines and often mix products in projects and designs. Don’t box yourself in to thinking that you need to be “matchy–matchy” in your crafting. Papers, stamps, ribbons, and embellishments from a host of different manufacturers often create stunning synergy.

    So here’s a look at the finished card. Whatever you are harvesting today, may you do it with a smile on your face and love in your heart. Keep Crafting!