Thursday, March 27, 2008

Punch Drunk

Hola! I found a small amount of time to post and wanted to share some purty things I've been hoarding from you...not really, life has just been busy for me lately!
I've been wanting to make one of these boxes for quite some time now. Love it in this paper!! If you haven't done one, it's made by covering square drink coasters with patterned paper. I used ModPodge to keep the paper uniform with the entire surface.
As much as I love this paper, I decided to paint one coaster with white acrylic paint to add some contrast. Then I stamped on it. The brush strokes gave it some nice texture and made the stamped image appear distressed so I decided to enhance the look further by dragging my Apricot Appeal craft pad
across it. Isn't it delicious? I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch the holes and simply knotted ribbons to hold the box together on the corners. The bottom piece is glued with ModPodge.
My last open house was earlier this month and we made this sweet card and a little stand up photo thingy...that's the technical term! *wink* The card includes a clear button, and I stamped the images you see through it! This photo doesn't do it justice, give it a click and you can see more detail in the background. I used a marker on a background stamp to give the rounded yellow card stock piece some texture.
More coasters, made into a mini photo frame. Super easy. I used the designer label punch from Stampin' Up! to do faux metal hinges! I just punched a cardboard box right over the edge so it was pre-scored in the center. You know, like a cereal box. And then I coated the cardboard with VersaMark then gold embossing powder, and
heat set! Whip out the Crop-A-Dile again and secure with brads.
I had a ton of fun making these favors for my attendees and they were a little time consuming to put together, but oh so cute, and I love punches!!! Whoops I forgot to photograph the tab punch...that is the one you need to make these baskets; well that and the two ovals, and a few flowers. Aren't they adorable??
I'm still in the planning phase for my next workshop, but it will be all about punches! We will stamp and punch and CREATE! It'll be almost too much fun!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


...and just where have YOU been? Is what you must be thinking. Well being a cookie mom for Troop 920 has taken over my life and there has been very little time for crafty creations. But I have some things I never got around to posting, that I will be following up with later.For now, I have THREE sketches to share. I wasn't overly thrilled with the 5 photo layout, but it has had a great response so far. Check out these pages that were done with it!


Monday, March 3, 2008

A Sketch for VSBN...

Saturday March 1st at 11:00 AM CST I posted this sketch for Virtual Scrapbooking Night (VSBN), and yes I realize it wasn't night, or even in the afternoon. But by the time ALL the challenges were laid out it was WAY dark outside!

I scrapped a sample page using my sketch, and it really came together fast! It is so unlike me to only use one picture on a layout, but every now and then you have to try something different, and for this particular page I honestly only had one picture to use!

The challenges that followed mine continued though out the weekend, for a total of 12. If you have a gallery on SCS, it's not too late to check them out and submit a page of your own. CLICK HERE to see them all!

My crazy schedule over the weekend prevented me from doing more than one myself. But I was still online right after my challenge (chatting mostly) and I was eager to try a technique I wasn't familiar with. Anita introduced us to the Glitter Window, SCS has a tutorial for it, but it's really simple:

Just punch a circle (or any shape really) in your desired card stock, add a piece of clear packing tape over the punched opening, and sprinkle glitter on the sticky side. For my page I decided to minimize the spread of glitter by punching around my circles with the scallop punch. I just put it right onto my page glitter side down. Which means there is clear tape on top. I guess I could have "sandwiched" it with another punched piece, but I like my shiny "flower windows" with sparkle in the middle! This is the page I did using one of my sketches (backwards), and a close up of one of my "windows" above on the left!

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