This is a special project my scrappin’ buddies and I are working on for the St. Jude crop at the end of this month. Simple, clean, and colorful. Just the way I like it!

Supplies used: CTMH Moonstruck Cardstock, Moonstruck Ink, Giggle Caps alphabet stamp, Stampendous mini alphabet stamp, Black Stazon ink, Jillibean Soup Alphabet Soup patterned paper, white cardstock from my stash, stock photo

Someone shared the tutorial for making this flower over on the old AC Bailey message board, and I had to try it! (By the way – the board is still going, and we’d love to have more people join us, so click on over and start gabbing any time!)

So I decided to use a stamped flower image instead of my scalloped circle, and I am loving the results! Not sure yet what I’ll use the flower on, but I’ll be sure to post when I do.

Supplies used: White cardstock, My Mind’s Eye stamp, CTMH Sunflower ink, paper crimper

Here’s another Dimensional Details class assignment. I’m finding it so much easier to create cards instead of layouts for this class. I think it’s because all my photos are STILL in such disarray, the thought of digging through to find the perfect one for a layout is overwhelming. With cards, I can just choose a sentiment and put it in place of the photo.

The lesson for this was creating your own backgrounds. We stacked strips of patterned paper, then practiced masking. It’s really hard to see in the photo, but I cut out a leaf shape with the Cricut and laid it in the lower left corner of the card front, then sprayed over it with Perfect Pearls mixed with water. It’s very subtle, and the color is fairly close to that in the patterned papers, so it doesn’t show up very well. Again, it’s not perfect, but I’m learning as I go, and will play with this technique some more. I’ll get it right at some point.

Supplies used: Kraft cardstock, white cardstock, My Mind’s Eye patterned papers, Studio G $1 stamp, Brown Stazon ink, flowers and bling from my stash

This is a lift of a card on the cover of the January/February PaperCrafts magazine. I loved the simplicity of it, and wanted to make my own version, with colors I love to play with – I always seem drawn to green and blue.

This is another project that uses THREE of my stamp sets – go me! I’m starting to feel on a roll now! I picked up a Stampendous background stamp set not long ago at Hobby Lobby, with all kinds of grand ideas in mind, but this is the first project I’ve ever actually USED one of them on. You can see the white design on the kraft background. The other is the white flourish – that’s a CTMH set I’ve had for quite some while. And, of course, the greeting. I will say, that American Crafts set has seen quite a bit of use, both for my personal projects and for some class projects as well. I love the designs, just wish the stamps were “clingier.”

At any rate, I love how this card came out. I’m actually thinking of making a whole set of them.

Supplies used: Kraft cardstock, patterned paper from an old AC Bailey KOTM (May ???), Stampendous Background Stamp, CTMH Playful Flourishes flourish stamp, American Crafts Sentiments stamp, Apple Barrel white acrylic paint, Black Stazon ink, button, ribbon, and twine from my stash

Woohoo! This project actually used THREE of my stamp sets! This was a bonus project from Week 2 of Dimensional Details, in which we learned this stamp and resist technique. First, I stamped the flourish onto the tag with white acrylic paint. After it dried, I sponged on some blue and yellow distress inks. Next, I added the three little stamped designs over on the right. Finally, I cut a smaller rectangle to stamp my sentiment onto, followed the same procedure for inking it, and added the sentiment. Now my fingers are inky, and my soul is satisfied. I can’t stop staring at it – I think it’s lovely!

By the way, you can download the tag template here: Red Castle Shipping Tags. You can make them any size (mine are 2.687 x 4.687), and there are even different shapes to choose from. Cool little FREE software.

Supplies used: Apple Barrel white acrylic paint, Ranger Broken China Distress Ink, Ranger Old Paper Distress Ink, Black Stazon Ink, Autumn Leaves flourish stamp, CTMH On My Mind emblem stamp, inspirational stamp from my stash, white shipping tag, lace ribbon from my stash

Although this is technically my fifth project this week, I can’t officially call it that, because I didn’t use a stamp from a new stamp set. I sort of got enamored with my new Love in Return set, and I really wanted to use this one for my card swap cards. (I attend a monthly card swap hosted by Michelle Cline – so fun!)

This could have easily been a “one sheet wonder” or “sheetload” type of card. The blue background pieces is 3 x 4, so you can get 12 out of a 12 x 12 sheet of paper. The patterned paper strips are 3 1/4 x 3/4, so you could easily get them from one sheet of double-sided paper, and by using both patterns could duplicate this look. I made 12 of them in about 30 minutes, and I’m all set for tomorrow night’s swap!

Supplies used: Kraft cardstock, BoBunny double dot cardstock in blueberry, patterned papers from BoBunny’s Mamarazzi line, cream cardstock, Love in Return stamp image from {ippity}, Fiskars 2″ circle punch, CTMH Outdoor Denim ink, and Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink.

I got a new stamp set today! And I’ve got more on order… (Kinda makes my whole “use each of the stamps sets you own” project seem a little like shoveling snow in a blizzard, I know!) It’s the {ippity} Love in Return stamp set (I’ve just signed up to be an {ippity} chick, and I’m so excited!), and I just love it! I will be able to get a good variety of projects from it, which to me is the mark of a really good set.

For this project, I decided to kill 2 birds with one stone and complete another of my Dimensional Details class assignments. This is the Week 1 assignment, which deals with a paper curling technique. See the edges of the background paper and the circle? They were treated with this technique. Basically, you wet the edges really well with water and then, while they’re wet, you manipulate them with your fingers to get this nice curled effect. Then ink with distress inks, and you’ve got a great, dimensional look.

I love the look of the BoBunny Mamarazzi papers for this card – the muted colors really work well together to set the tone for the message of the card, would you agree?

Supplies used: Kraft Cardstock, patterned papers from the BoBunny Mamarazzi line, Love in Return stamp set from {ippity}, brown Staz-on ink, and my beloved Coluzzle circle template

This is almost a direct scraplift of a card I saw and loved in the new CTMH idea book. The stamp set, however, is just one I picked up a while ago from Oriental Trading. It’s simple, but cute, I think. It could work for a boy’s birthday card (they’re so hard to find cards for!)

Supplies used: Kraft cardstock, cream cardstock from my stash, patterned paper from Kaiser’s Mumma Bushka line, Oriental Trading Stamp set, CTMH Juniper Ink, and my beloved Coluzzle circle template

This layout is actually a class assignment for Dimensional Details, the latest class I’m taking at Big Picture Scrapbooking. (I must say, I’m getting rather addicted to these classes!)

This would be the pre-class assignment. Yes, that’s right, the pre-class assignment. Despite the fact that the rest of the class will move onto Week 4 on Thursday. I am NOT in the accelerated group. Obviously.

The assignment was to pledge to ourselves to have fun with the class and to experiment and play – basically to accept that there are no rules to scrapbooking. I’m all about that! (Notice the printed background – it was actually a digital download that came with the class specifically for this assignment. Cool, huh?)

Can you see the stamped part? Maybe not…the photo is not that great, and…well, honestly, my stamping technique was not that great. But I’m learning, right? I actually used a CTMH background stamp to add a little something to the title letters, “play.” See it now?

The title itself was cut with my Cricut using Make the Cut software. The font is Book Antiqua, and the cut is actually the shadow of the letters. The green vine was a free SVG file I found and thought it would be absolutely perfect for this page.

Supplies used: Bazzill cardstock, Barkley, patterned papers from Three Bugs in a Rug’s Simple Pleasures line, flowers are Prima Sprites. Green vine cardstock and buttons from my stash. Stamp set: Spot On Backgrounds, Close to My Heart

I created this as a logo for a very exciting event that you’ll be hearing lots more about very soon. The stamp set is one of the Studio G $1 alphabet sets. I made the tent, scissors, and frame using my Cricut and Make the Cut software. The tent pattern was a coloring book page that the software converted to a cut file. Same thing with the frame – how cool is that? The moon was created by punching a circle out of cream colored cardstock, then punching it again with the same circle punch to create the crescent shape.
Supplies used: Bazzill cardstock-Starmist, Patterned paper, kraft cardstock, blue cardstock, cream cardstock, gold cardstock, and dark green cardstock all from my stash. Zing silver glitter embossing powder (on scissors), Studio G stamps, Make the Cut software.