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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Happy Quotes Mini Paperbag Book # 2

Yesterday, I posted here the first of two mini books that are filled with quotes and lyrics of an uplifting nature. This is the second presentation, using many of the same papers for tags and pages.  Paperbag books are so much fun to make because there is a sense of freedom in putting things together.  Anything goes!

SEI Promise Me Paper Collection
To find quotes, I did a few internet searches and came up with hundreds of potential candidates for the book.  It would be easy to make a dozen or so mini-books with happy feeling quotes and lyrics!
Click on photographs to read quotes
I did not check for accuracy whether the quotes were accurately attributed to the authors which are listed on my pages.  Just so you know.  In case you use one for a public speech or something that might need to be fact checked. :-)

One of the six tags in the book
The bags can accommodate more than just one tag.  I may add some additional tags because I still have so many wonderful quotes that I'd like to include. Yes, even with TWO books!

Reverse side of tag pictured above
The tags were cut at 6" by about 3".  Some were a little narrower because I wanted to have a bit of variety in the sizes.  The tags were topped with ribbons or diecuts used as pull-tabs.

CTMH Bohemian Alphabet Spells 'happy' on Cover
Papers: SEI, CTMH, SU!
Stamps: CTMH
Inks and Mists: CTMH, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Tattered Angels, Perfect Pearls
Embellishments: CTMH, Heidi Swapp, May Arts, Queen and Co., Zva, Prima, SU!, Webster's Pages
Bags are "Mini-Sacks" made by Bag of Chips for Hobby Lobby.

Thank you for visiting!
Have a great day!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Happy Thoughts Paperbag Mini Book

Mini Book Filled With Positive Quotes
 I love to make mini books.  About half of the ones I make don't have photographs in them.  Sometimes, I make journals and other times I have made reference-type books, like a color index for inks and markers.  The idea of a "happy thoughts" type book has been bouncing around in my head for many, many months.  It was time to finally doing something about it!
Back Cover with Quote from FDR
 The book is made with 6 paper bags that measure 3 1/4" wide by 6 1/2" long from a package of 12 bags that I purchased at Hobby Lobby last October.  The book has a chipboard binding with chipboard covers.  I will post a video in the next few days that shows how I made the binding and assembled the book.
Inside Pages Each Have a Tag Inserted In Them
 Some of the quotes or song lyrics are stamped images from CTMH or Technique Tuesday.  The rest were all printed on cardstock.  I random stamped some of the cardstock with flowers and swirls to make the print a little more interesting.
SEI Pattern Paper Adhered to Bags to Make Book Pages
 I had recently finished some other projects and had some scraps of paper sitting on my desk, so I decided to use those.  The rest of the papers came from my stash.  Some are retired SU! and CTMH papers that coordinated with the new SEI papers.
Quotes Inside Book - Click on Photo to See/Read
 Inspiring quotes are really uplifting to me, so I ended up making TWO books.  I will post pictures of the second one tomorrow.  Thank you for stopping by today!
Front of Happy Mini Paper Bag Book

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Frosted Designs Tuesday Card Sketch #17

Cameo From Kaiser Craft's 6 1/2" Bonjour Paper Pad

Hello!   Thank you for stopping by today!  The card I have made for today's Frosted Designs' Card Challenge came about because when I saw the sketch, made by Ann Bacon, my first thought was the Kaiser cameo pictured above. I flipped that element on the sketch and skooched the sentiment to the center, as you can see.  I love Ann's sketch and knew that it would look lovely as a vintage card

Card Sketch by Ann Bacon for Frosted Designs
Sometimes I feel a need to layer and layer and layer my cards.  This is one of those cards.  It can still be mailed because it isn't excessively bulky with all the layers.  It will probably require extra postage because of the weight, though!  The bottom layer is kraft cardstock. On top of that are two different Glitz papers from their French Kiss line.  The one on the bottom is a narrow strip that I topped with a scrap piece of a damask overlay from Michael's.  On top of the overlay I placed the stamped sentiment from CTMH, a couple of round stud "Durables" also from CTMH and a piece of natural lace from Kaiser. 
The pleated ivory ribbon is from May Arts. I think by having it under the black velvet paper it keeps the focal point on the cameo.  The pearl and heart flourish from Zva adds another nice vintage touch.

Remember to link up your card at to play along!

Have an awesome day!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Roxie Thinking of You Card

Here is a quick card made using the Roxie paper from CTMH.  The center was cut with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and stamped with a beautiful sentiment stamp.  This is one of my favorite sets and unfortunately has been retired.  I am hoping that CTMH comes out with some new fancy sentiment stamps with the next idea book. ;-)

Color Ready Seam Binding Ribbon Colored with Smoothie Ink
Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Paper Bag Purse Mini-Album Tutorial

A couple of years ago I taught a class on how to make these albums. The posts are here, here and here.

I have been asked to share the information on how to make them on several occasions.  Usually, I can easily provide the information when someone asks. Which is what I was thinking when another request came to me and I said that I would send it out.  Well, we have a new-ish computer  and I couldn't find the written instructions for cutting the pages and covers. As I was pondering this, I realized that there is another issue with paperbag albums in that the bags come in lots of different sizes. So I decided to make a video to share how to make a template for the covers.  Hopefully, this will help people have success with this fun project.

The inside pages are cut to cover the paperbags.  To jazz up the pages, I usually use a few different papers and vary the inside as much as the mood strikes me.  The tags are made to fit the size of the pockets.  I typically use a combination of cardstock and decorative pattern paper.  The papers in the video are all retired because these books are from January, 2010.   There are always so many wonderful new papers to choose from, so there wouldn't be any shortage of great ones to create really cute purses!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Two Cards - One Feminine and One Very Rugged

Transparency Overlay on Colonial White Cardstock Base
 The two cards I have posted are very different from each other.  The first has  lace, ribbon and a flower along with a pretty overlay background.  The second one almost looks like something from a camping trip into the wilderness.
Stamped Images are from CTMH  Key Moments Stamp Set
 Both of these were fairly quick to make.  Mainly because  a lot of the components were already done.  On the first card, the diecuts were leftovers from a different project.  The felt frame is a purchased embellishment from a CTMH collection. And the lace is ancient from my stash. On the bottom card I embossed the woodgrain Texture Fade onto Barn Red cardstock - which was leftover from yesterday's card.  The cork embellishments, bakers twine, Durable Studs and bottle caps all come from CTMH.
Image from CTMH  Blue Ribbon set stamped on Evergreen Cork Shape ticket
I love the bottle cap peeking out (like litter) from behind the top 'wood' layer on this card.  This card will go in  my stash so that I can have one at the ready for dh, when I need one.

Have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Country Life Embossed Card

Tim Holtz Texture Fades Bricked and Woodgrain used on Base and  First Layer
It has been awhile since I made a card for my dh, just because.  He likes cows for some reason and I love this stamp set - voila, the process is in motion!  As soon as that was decided, I knew that I would use Barn Red cardstock under the sticky backed canvas stamped image.  The white core cardstock looks so cool when it is embossed and sanded.  It is one of my favorite things to do with embossing folders.

The Tim Holtz Texture Fades folders come with two different designs in a package.  It seemed like a waste not to use the woodgrain one since it was already out of the package.  So I ran the natural cardstock base through the Cuttlebug with that one.  After distressing the edges, inking and tying a piece of jute to the card, it was just about done.  The last little step was to add some antiqued copper brads and a photo clip. A fast and easy card for my dh, who deserves to know how much I appreciate him, even though he doesn't always get a card! :-)
Stamped Images are from CTMH Country Life 
Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Paper: CTMH - Barn Red and Colonial White, Natural Cardstock from stash, Claudine Helmuth Sticky Backed Canvas
Ink: CTMH - Black, Tim Holtz Distress - Vintage Photo
Stamps: CTMH - Country Life
Embellishments: Jute (Hobby Lobby), CTMH Antiqued Copper Brads and Photo Clip
Tools: Cuttlebug, Edge Distresser, Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge (label for sentiment)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Reverse Stretched Canvas Shadowbox Tutorial

8 x 8 Stretched Canvas Turned Into A Shadowbox
 A couple of months ago I made a reverse canvas shadowbox for a photograph taken at my grandparent's house in 1968.  That post is here, if you would like to see it.  At the time I knew that the only other photograph I have from that era would be given a similar scrapbooking treatment.  The pair of shadowboxes are now ready to be hung.

Embellishments include CTMH's Timeless Metal Charms and Prima's Chipboard
 Here is a video tutorial showing how I made this project:

Prima's Wood Ticket Layered Over Linen Scraps With Webster's Pages Country Birds Whimsies
 The photo below shows the journaling pocket on the back of the canvas on the post from March 4, 2012.  The pocket is less deep than the 3M Command Strips.  This allows the journaling cards to easily be removed while the shadowbox is hanging on the wall.

6 x 6 CTMH Flip Flap Memory Protector Holds Journaling on  Back of Shadowbox
8" Square Stretched Canvas
Papers: CTMH Florentine B & T, Olive, cardstock, SU! black cardstock
Stamps: CTMH Universal Backgrounds
Ink: CTMH Olive, Bamboo, Chocolate
Embellishments: CTMH Green Ribbon Collection, CTMH Timeless Charms, CTMH Mocha Opaque Adhesive Gems, Prima Marketing Chipboard, Prima Marketing Wood Tickets, Prima Marketing Chipboard Stickers, Webster's Pages Country Birds Whimsies, black poker chip from Michael's, scraps of linen and burlap
Tools:  Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge, Claudine Helmuth Multi-Medium Matte, foam brush

Thursday, April 12, 2012

New Tutorial - Making Faux Textured Cardstock

A couple of months ago I stated that I would share a video showing the techniques I used to change plain cardstock into something that appeared like textured cardstock.  It has taken me a bit longer than I expected, but here it finally is:

There are three different ways that I have used ink on the cardstock to create an aged/weathered/textured appearance.  First, I used stamps with dye based ink and stamped several different images on top of each other.  Oftentimes I will use two different colors of ink.  The second method is to apply pigment reinker onto the cardstock.  And the third is to use both of the previous techniques, stamping on top of the pigment reinker after it has thoroughly dried or been heat set.

Here is the original post with the photographs showing the process to alter the cardstock for a vintage layout.
Adding Texture to Plain Cardstock with Ink
All inks, stamps and paper are from CTMH.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for stopping by today!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Frosted Designs Tuesday Card Sketch #16

Kraft Cardstock Base Stamped and Embossed With White
Welcome to another Frosted Design's Sketch Challenge!  We are using another awesome sketch from Ann Bacon.  In fact, I had so much with it that I made two cards this time!
Ann Bacon's Card Sketch For Frosted Designs
I used the same SU! background stamp for the base and the first layer.  Each was stamped with Versamark and then embossed with white powder. I used a couple of pieces of linen fabric, an ephemera rub-on from 7 Gypsies, a digital House of 3 postcard and a kraft/Spellbinders die to make the cluster with a red bottlecap as the main accent.
CTMH Bottle Cap on Twilight Cardstock
The second card is sort of a kitschy take on the sketch.  The layered pattern papers are from House of 3/Pink Paislee's Daily Junque line. The CTMH Twilight cardstock tag was cut using the Cricut Art Philosophy.

Chipboard Pieces Sprayed with Studio Calico's Bonny Blue Mister Huey
The photo below shows the center of the chipboard piece backed with yellow cardstock and adhered to the tag. I wanted a sort of tone on tone affect with the two blues because the rest of the paper is so busy all around that element.
Small Wooden Scrabble Tile Stickers by EK Success
Please play along with this fun challenge. Visit to link up your card for a chance to win a prize from this week's sponsor, Create With TLC.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Spring On A Brown Background

Picket Fence Cut With Edge Punch and Whitewashed with Tim Holtz Distressed Stain
Just a happy little card in browns, white and pink.  Have a Happy Easter Weekend!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thinking Of You - Stamping On Vellum Layered Card

Card With Vellum Cover
 Vellum seems so elegant to use on a hand-crafted card.  I love how what is layered underneath seems extra special.  This card is very simple to create, but in person still has a wow factor.
Vellum Adhered On The Fold Side
This card uses a 12" x 6" piece of cardstock, a 6" piece of vellum and a white cardstock diecut made with the Silhouette Cameo.   I spritzed the diecut with a mixture of CTMH Crystal Blue reinker, Create A Shade Pearl Paint and water to give it a bit of a blue tinge.  To make it easy to adhere, I ran it through the Xyron and made it into a gigantic sticker. This was then adhered to the card front.  The vellum was layered on top with a thin strip of vellum adhesive after stamping.
CTMH Thinking Of You Image From The Childhood Portrait Set
The image was stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with white powder.  I used a white fiber (retired CTMH) on the fold side and tied it in a bow.

Even though this card is layered, it is not at all bulky.  The fiber adds a bit of dimension but would not interfere with any of the automatic postage sorting machines.  No additional postage would be necessary if it were a standard size.  Of course I didn't think of that until after I made it. :-)

Thank you for stopping by today!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Importance of Fun

Edited on 6/21/2012 - Reposted after having been removed for publication. 
12 x 12 Layout
 One of my sisters helped me complete college by watching my dd1 on the weekends.  I worked full-time, went to school full-time and was a single parent.  I didn't have time for fun.  This was about twenty years ago. I now have some time for fun, so I am finally scrapbooking a photo from that era.

Hidden Journaling Tag
 I will always be eternally grateful to my sister for helping me.  But, I am more thankful that she taught my almost 3 year old that Fun is Important.  That fun can be a part of daily life.  She became the "Fun Aunt".  Eva loved going to see her.  My sister made time for her.  She enjoyed being with her. And Eva always knew that.

Journaling on Hidden Tag
When I graduated from college, my sister told me that she felt that the diploma sort of belonged to her, too.  I agreed.  It did. Absolutely.  Next month my sister will be traveling nearly 1,700 miles to celebrate dd1's college graduation.  I think she played a big part in this diploma, also.  If not for her, dd1 would not be the person that she is today.  I am so thankful that Eva was fortunate to have so many wonderful people in her life as she grew up.  Each one played a role that I could not fulfill.
 Brenda showed her how to have fun.  How to enjoy life and relish the simple gift of a beautiful day.
Photo Mounted on Black Velvet Paper

My dear Eva and I are so very lucky, in so many ways.  But mainly because of the people we know and who care about us.  Thank you, Brenda.  I love you.

Here is to a fun-filled day!

Paper: Webster's Pages, BoBunny, black velvet, CTMH
Stamps: CTMH, Technique Tuesday Ali Edwards
Ink: CTMH black and New England Ivy, Tim Holtz Black Soot, Quick Quotes Powder Puff Mocha Mama
Embellishments: May Arts Ribbon, Prima flowers, chipboard "Remember", fairy tile, Almanac journaling tag and wood ticket, SU! journaling sticker, Pink Paisley chipboard bird
Tools: Silhouette, Spellbinder, and CTMH edge distresser

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Happy Easter Card - Woven Paper Basket

 Easter is my younger daughter's favorite holiday.  I made this card for her.  As a seven year old girl, it has most of the components that someone of her peer group would like:  Bunnies, a butterfly, pretty colors and Easter eggs.
 After weaving the paper, I rolled it down to make it look very similar to one of my dd's previous Easter baskets.  The cute stamp images are retired from CTMH. The sign is paper pieced, the rest colored with Copics.

Happy Easter Week!