Monday, October 29, 2012

Birthday card/new technique

My oldest granddaughter celebrated her 7th birthday a few weeks back.  Of course, as most of us know it's all about the gifts and not so much the card.  Although, she does enjoy making cards w/me so I thought I would try out a new technique to see if it worked.  Plus, I thought she would really enjoy it. 

I had seen a couple of tutorials on scratch n sniff cards/images.  So I thought, why not make a cupcake and make the frosting 'chocolate' scented.  So I went out on You Tube and found a 'recipe' for making scents.
You basically use any sugar-free product like Kool-Aid, Jell-O or drink mix (Crystal Light).  They had suggested mixing it 3 parts clear embossing powder to 1 part sugar-free mix.  It had said it was better to error on the side of caution, then not to have all of your mix 'melt'.  Again, this is why it has to be sugar-free - so as to melt w/the clear embossing powder.  I had picked up a cheap store brand chocolate pudding and gave it a try.  I put my mix into a cup and mixed it up really good. 

I had cut out the 'frosting' of the cupcake on my Cricut w/brown cardstock.  Then inked it up w/Versamark, and then put on the mixed embossing powder.  Making sure to coat it really good.  Tapped of the excess, and used my heat gun and TA-DA.....a chocolate scented cupcake.

Here it is:

I had her scratch it and tell me what it smelled like.  She was like "Grandma, it smells like chocolate....yum".  Now I can't wait to try other flavors :)

I had fun and I hope you will try it and see what you think!!

Thanks for stopping by

Monday, October 22, 2012

October Reveal is here!!

It's reveal day!! And as always Faith has some wonderful images. A couple of Christmas, some winter and misc. too! When I got my first peek at the new images I knew for sure which one I wanted to showcase.  My whole family & I are HUGE Green Bay Packers fans!! And I live in Green Bay as well, so I knew I wanted to show off the "Little Quarterback Girl" in Green Bay Packer colors : )

So, here are my cards and I hope you stop by and check out the rest of the design team as well. I have to say they have some pretty awesome cards out there!!


IMAGE: Little Quarterback Girl

PAPER: Reminisce~Football Leather, Scrappin Sports & More~Green Bay Packers

COLOR MEDIUM: Gamsol and colored pencils

INKS: Distress Ink~Old Paper, Memento Tuxedo Black

MISC: atYou Spica Markers~Yellow, Belle Buttons~Football, Me & My Big Idea Rhinestones~Pale Green, American Crafts Twine~Pine & Carmel

Fight Like a Girl

IMAGE: Little Quarterback Girl

PAPER: the Paper Studio~Ooh! la! la!

COLOR MEDIUM: Gamsol and colored pencils

INKS: Distress Ink~Old Paper, Archival Brilliance~Moonlight White, Cat Eye~Charcoal

MISC: Offray Ribbon~Pink, Doodlebug Designs Mini Pearls~Pink, atYou Spica Marker~Pink, Studio112 Gems, ek Success Dotted Wave Edge Punch

Hoppy Christmas

IMAGE: Hoppy Christmas

PAPER: the Paper Studio~Holly Jolly

COLOR MEDIUM: Gamsol & colored pencils

INKS: Distress Ink~Old Paper

MISC: Stickles~Star Dust, Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch, Doodlebug Design Mini Pearls~Red & Green, atYou Spica marker Lipstick Red, Misc ribbon, Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge punch

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

I'm so excited!!!

My girlfriend recently attend a scrapbooking expo and told me about a great new company. The company's name is Raisin Boat, and they are located in my home state of WI in Waunakee which is near Madison.

Bobbi Lemanski and Kim Ziehr of Raisin Boat, are avid cardmakers and scrapbookers who could never get enough stamps to satisfy their love for the hobby. And I TOTALLY agree with them!! So, they have the very first company to offer easy online stamp rental. As my girlfriend described it to me "It's like Netflix, but with stamps"! You choose the membership plan you like, create your pick list and let the creativity begin once you have get your set in the mail.

I'm not sure about you, but I have always seen sets in the stores and thought "Oh this would be cute, but I would probably only ever use it once". And we all know we hate to make that commitment.  This is where renting from Raisin Boat comes in so handy!! Get your set in the mail, create, and send it back and get your next simple!

Here is my first card using the "Undies in a Bunch" set.

I stamped the 'underwear' onto some DP and then carefully cut each of them out. Then stamped the clothes line onto my paper and "hung my underwear" on the  : ) I had so much fun creating this card. I can't wait to get my next set!!

I hope you will go and check them out over at Raisin Boat. It's a really neat site!


Divas by Design~Anything Goes

Friday, October 5, 2012

Scrapfest 12'

A couple of weeks back, my girlfriends and I went to the Mall of America in Minnesota for Archivers annual Scrapfest.  We look forward to this time every year to learn new techniques and see new products, but most of all - scrap and have a great girls weekend!!!

One of the classes we took was called "Cute Cards in a Snap" offered thru Archivers themselves. Below is a copy of the flyer that was handed out in our class.
Each of the classes we took last approx. 45 to 50 min, but of course you can never get all of your projects completed.  The idea is to give to the basics of a new idea or technique, or get a chance to learn how to use a new product. We usually end up going back to our hotel room that night and finish up the rest of our stuff.

This is my take on the project.  Of course they tell us we don't have to follow the directions word per word - we can always take our "own spin" on it if we would like.  Here are mine:

I switched the direction of the 'banners' on a couple of them, as well as the size of the banner too. Recently at work, I was asked to make a card for a fellow co-worker that had cancer, went into remission and recently, had found out that the cancer had come back. 

I really liked the design and layout of the card we had created in class,
so I created a "Thinking of You" card.
As always - my girlfriends and I had an AWESOME time and I love all the new ideas and techniques I came back with. Hope you enjoyed them too : )

See you again real soon!!