Sunday, September 20, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I'm home from my impromptu trip to the States!!! I some great new projects lined up for you, and the new fall Magalog - "Inspiration Avenue" to share! Click on the link to the left to see some "sneak peaks"!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Toilet Paper Roll Mini Album Tutorial

We had a great Stamp Camp! Here is the tutorial for the mini album so you can make it over, and over, and over......

4 (or more) empty toilet paper rolls
Patterned paper
1/2" binding wire (or binder rings)
Bind it All (unless using the binder rings)
Corner Rounder
Coordinating Ink and ribbon
3/8" (large eyelets)
Strong Adhesive (we use Xyron tape)
1) Make sure your toilet paper roll is as clean as possible without lots of scraps of paper hanging off of it. Flatten them.
2) Cut four pieces of patterned paper 4 1/2" x 6" . Run them through the Xyron machine, or apply adhesive to them, making sure to get all the way up to the edges of the paper.
3) Wrap around flattened toilet paper roll, overlapping just a little bit. Trim off any excess.
4) Cut out four pieces of paper 4 1/4" x 2 3/8" for the tags. Using the corner rounder, round the edges.
5) Using coordinating ink, distress the edges (and backs of the tags, if you wish) of the tags and toilet paper roll. Get just inside the edge of the tp roll by using a sponge to apply the ink.
6) Punch binding holes in your tp rolls, one at a time, using the bind it all machine. you may want to practice the hole placement on a spare roll. You can also do this step with a Crop-a-dile or a strong hole punch.
7) Determine the order you want the pages of your album to be in. Then "turn the page" of the first page of your album, so that now you are looking at the second page of the album and the first page is on the back.
8) Snip off five links of binding wire and thread through the holes of the stacked tp rolls. Place in bind it all and squeeze the handle to bind. (For further instruction on how to use a bind it all, check my "links" section for a you tube link.) You can also use a binder ring at this point instead of wire. Tie ribbon on rings.
9) Using the Crop-a-dile, punch 3/8" holes in your tags. Place and set your eyelets in these holes. Thread your ribbon through them and tie into a simple knot. These are the "pull" tabs for your tags.
10) Stamp and embellish as desired! I used my tags for journaling, so I stamped journaling boxes on them and used a white gel pen (Souffle pen) to enhance it. I also used the tag sheet that came with the paper pack to create embellishments and the title. You can also cut out individual images (like a flower or a frog, or whatever) from the patterned paper and use it as an embellishement. I did this (see the flower on the album cover?) and used Crystal Laquer to make it shiny and dimensional. Word stamps are also great - I used "More Abundance" for the title.

Have fun and make it your own!!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Shanna's take on my Mini Memories Class

I asked my friend Shanna to try her hand at a Toilet Paper Roll mini album using TAC's Hip Hop collection. Here is what she did:


Monday, June 29, 2009

Mini Memories Stamp Camp!!

Here is a preview of what we will be making at my Mini Memories Stamp Camp:

I hope you all can come out on Friday, July 17th and make one of these sweet mini albums! Reserve your spot today!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

June is here!

And so are the some of the cutest new promo sets I have seen yet! Click on the pictures to the right of the page and check out the details!

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hoppy Birthday Frog Card

Thanks to Melissa Waldorf (Paperlicious Designs0 for the cute card idea!Supplies: AquaColor Crayons (F-31, F-32, F-38)
Circle Stamps (I used circle stamps from the following sets: Circle Sampler (T-2691)
and Sweet Goodies (T-2990))
Hoppy Everything stamp set (T-2732) - for Frog
Spirit of Christmas stamp set (T-2685) - for present
Birthday Wishes stamp set (T-2941)
Celebrate the Seasons stamp set (T-2959) - for hat
Niji Water Brush
White Cardstock
Purple Cardstock
Circle Pop Its - Pop Dots (D-89)
Palette Noir Ink (TT-220)

1) Cut your 8 1/2 x 11 piece of purple cardstock in half, width wise, to create a standard size card base.
2) Cut a piece of white cardstock into a 3 7/8" x 5" rectangle.
3) Stamp random circles of various sizes onto your white cardstock rectangle, using the Noir Palette ink.
4) Use the Aquacolor crayons to heavily outline the circles. Once you have them outlined, you will use the water brush to draw the color from the outline into the middle of the circle. Use a circular motion when brushing, and avoid soaking the paper if possible. To add more color, simply scribble the crayon on a piece of plastic, like a cd case and use the brush to pick it up from there.
5) Adhere the now decorated cardstock onto the purple card base. If you find that the paper is a little warped, a dry iron on low heat can help this.
6) Cut a 2 5/8" square of white cardstock. Stamp "Birthday Wishes" square on it, using the Noir Palette. Outline and watercolor as you have done before. Adhere to front of card.
7) On a scrap piece of white cardstock, stamp the frog, hat and present. Watercolor as you did the others, and cut each piece out individually.
8) Use a Pop Dot to "pop" the frog, present and hat up from the page. Place them within the Birthday Wishes square.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Ship Collage Card

Supplies: Navy blue cardstock
Tan cardstock
Off White cardstock
Prussian blue Palette ink (TT-209)
Versamark Pad (S-1179)
Transcendence Powder (C-151)
Ship Collage stamp set (T-2027)
Happy Birthday stamp (I used the Gift with Purchase stamps)
Ribbon Borders Stamp (T-2312)
Background texture stamp (I used a retired TAC crackle stamp)
Crop-a-dile (K-100)
Marvy Heat Tool (F-163)
Tidy Tray (C-1233)
Used dryer sheet


1) Cut a standard size card base from the navy cardstock.

2) Cut 5 x 3 3/4" piece of tan cardstock. Using the background texture stamp (crackle, in my case), stamp the tan cardstock with Versamark ink. This will impart a "watermark" image.

3) Layer tan cardstock onto the front of the card.

4) Cut a 3 1/2 x 2 5/8" navy blue rectangle. Adhere to card (see picture).

5) Cut a 3 1/16" x 2 6/16" off white cardstock rectangle. Rub the paper lightly with a used dryer sheet to eliminate static. Stamp ship collage image on this using the Prussian Blue Palette.

6) Moving quickly, pour the Transcendence powder over the freshly stamped image. Tap off excess. Heat emboss with the Marvy heat tool - you will notice the image begins to look glossy. Adhere to navy cardstock rectangle.

7) Cut a strip of navy cardstock 3/4" x 5 1/2" . Cut a strip of tan cardstock 1/2" x 5 1/2". Layer on top of navy cardstock and adhere.

8) Cut another strip of navy cardstock 1/4 x 5 1/2" . Using the Ribbon Borders Stamp and the Prussian Blue Palette, make your faux ribbon. Layer on top of the other strips. Use the Cropadile to punch a hole in either end of the strips and attach the brads. Adhere entire strip to card base bottom.

9) Cut a strip of navy cardstock 3/4" x 2" and a strip of off white cardstock 1/2" x 1 3/4". Layer on top of each other, wipe with the dryer sheet and stamp "Happy Birthday" on the off white cardstock piece. Emboss quickly with the transcendence powder. Adhere over faux ribbon on bottom of card.

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Supplies: White Cardstock
Light pink cardstock
Patterned paper (I used paper from the Basic Grey "Phoebe" line)
Brown Cardstock
Solid colored paper (I used blue paper from the Basic Grey "Phoebe" line)
pink ribbon
White flocking
Fruit Punch Stickles
Pink Petunia Versamark Ink
Black Palette Ink
Essential Glue Pad Refil bottle
Tidy tray
Sweet Things Stamp Set (Promotional TAC set - also could use Little Cupcake)
Giga 3" Scalloped Square punch
Giga 2 1/8" Square Punch
Pop-It's Pop Dots

1) Cut your card base out of white cardstock. Standard size card base is 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".
2) Cut your card front back ground shape out of pink cardstock. I used my Cricut - Accent
Essentials Cartridge set on 3 3/4". Layer on top of your white card base.
3) Cut a 3 3/8" x 2 6/8" rectangle from your patterned paper. Layer on top of your pink back
ground shape. Place to the center left.
4) Use the Giga Scalloped Square Punch to punch out a brown cardstock square.
5) Use the Giga Square punch to punch out a white square of cardstock. Using the Pink petunia
Versamark pad and a sponge, sponge around the edges of the white cardstock square.
Adhere square to brown scalloped square. Adhere both squares to the center right of the
pink cardstock and half on top of the patterned paper (see photo).
6) Adhere ribbon across front of card, laying it over the bottom third of the scalloped square.
7) Stamp cupcake twice, using black Palette ink - once on a scrap of white cardstock, and once
on a scrap of the solid colored paper. Cut the cupcake liner out of the solid colored paper and
place it on the image stamped on the white paper. This is called "paper piecing". Then cut
the entire cupcake image out.
8) Using the Essentials Glue pad refill bottle (or your choice of clear craft glue) cover the
frosting part of the image. Then pour the white flocking over the image and gently pat it
down. Shake off excess flocking.
9) Embellish with stickles and place over the ribbon on the scalloped square, using a pop dot.
10) I used my Cricut to cut out the word "sweet" and adhered it to the top of the card. Add an
additional sentiment to the bottom right (like "birthday wishes").

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Misti's Birthday Bonanza Stamp Camp!

Yes, as you can see by my blog, it has been several months since I did a Stamp Camp. But my annual Birthday Bonanza was an event, not to be missed! I had a full house on Friday night, and we created five different birthday themed cards - and of course, had my favorite birthday cheesecake from Henry's Cheesecake! YUM!!

As soon as I find where Emily hid the camera, I will upload pics of our projects, and of course, the directions on how you can make them at home.

Thanks to all who attended!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Valentine Scrapbook pages

The minute I saw this layout posted by Julie2515 on Paperwings, I knew that I wanted to do the same thing! I love the combo of black, white and red - it just screams amore!

Ink: Brilliance Rocket Red (from the Basic Dew Drop Set S-7001), Noir Palette (TT220), Embossing Stamp Pad (S-775), White Embossing Powder (S-759)
Paper: Scarlet 12 x 12 Cardstock (V-291), White 12 x 12 Cardstock (V-292), Black 12 x 12 Cardstock (V-246)
Stamps: Just A Note (T2820), Love Blooms (T3025), Fancy Curls (T2804)
Punches: Mega and Giga Scallop circle (D700 & D701)
Tools: Heat gun (F-163), acrylic blocks (G-515), paper cutter, adhesive (I used Wonder tape (F-241) on the ribbon), Cropadile II Big Bite (K-102), Scissors.
Other: White flower (from Assorted Bitty Blossoms D-437), Black Ribbon Brads (F-926), Black Scrapper's Floss (F-912), Large red brad, ribbon

Tips and Techniques:

Tearing: To make tearing the black cardstock easier, use a wet q-tip to trace the line you want to tear upon. This will help make your tearing easier and more uniform!

Embossing: For the embossed black paper, start by wiping black cardstock with a used dryer sheet. This will help prevent the embossing powder from sticking where it doesn't belong! Next, stamp your swirls using the embossing stamp pad. This has no color, but dries slowly to allow time for you to place your embossing powder. Next, sprinkle white embossing powder generously onto your stamped images. Give the back of the cardstock a good flick to dislodge any stray grains of powder on your paper. Heat using your heat gun until powder melts and becomes shiny.

Love Forever Card - Second Generation Stamping

This card is pretty self-explanatory. The one technique we used is called: Second Generation Stamping. This is what we used to create the "Love" background.

What you do is this: Ink up your image and press it onto a scrap piece of paper. Then without re-inking, stamp on your card. This will give a lighter image, or a second generation image. Then you can stamp another image on top of it - this time full strength! Looks cool, doesn't it?

For this card I used:
Ink: L'Amore red Palette (TT-195)
Paper: Scarlett Cardstock (V237), light pink cardstock (V-42), white cardstock (V-290)
Stamps: Forever Family (T2952)
Other: SU scallop edge punch, ribbon, stickles

Matchbox Valentine Tutorial

I loved this little valentine box! Small, but filled with love (and a miniature bar of chocolate, of course!). Thanks to Heather Scott for the pictures and how-to's!

  • Empty matchbox (I got 10 for 100 yen!)

  • Patterned paper (I used TAC's UPTOWN GIRL V-922). Cut into a strip 2 1/4" wide x 4 1/4" long (or as long and wide as your matchbox). Use an additional scrap to stamp your image on.

  • Scrap of black paper (cut into 1 inch square or enough to mount your stamped image on)

  • 12x12 sheet white cardstock

  • black ribbon

  • pink ribbon

  • Noir Palette Ink (TT-220)

  • Claret Palette Ink (TT-194)

  • Love Doodles Stamp Set (T-2709)

  • This Boy Stamp Set (T-2893)

  • Paper cutter

  • Scor Pal

  • Scissors

  • Tombow Blending Pen (F-20)

  • Sponge

  • Adhesive
Step 1) You will begin by inking the edges of the matchbox with Claret Palette ink.

I also take a sponge and try to get inside the edges a bit.

Step 2) Then adhere your pattern piece around the outside of the box. Be sure your adhesive gets right up to the edges so that the paper sticks down nice and tight.

Step 3) Next you will paper piece your heart - start by stamping your image onto white and a scrap of your pattern piece.

Place a piece of tape on the back side of the pattern piece and cut out - The Mini Kai Scissors work great for tiny cutting jobs..
Adhere heart over top of same heart on white piece. Cut out white piece.

Step 4) Color in the edge with a blender pen and ink pad - by simply tapping the tip of the blender on top of your ink pad and then coloring like a marker. When the colors get lighter just tap again and repeat.

Mount on the black square of cardstock and adhere to top of box. Tie ribbon around box.

Step 5) Now for the acordian folded insert! Cut your white cardstock into a strip 11"long x 2" wide (this measurement is for the matchboxes purchased at the 100 yen store. If you are in the US, you would want to cut it to 11 1/2" long x 1 7/8 " wide.)

Step 6)Now to score your accordian - the Scor-pal makes it SO easy! Because you want to score every 1 1/4 inches you need to take your 11" x 2" piece of white cardstock and place it at the 3" mark. on your Scor-pal. Score at 4 1/4.

Now slide your scored line and place it into the 3" line. (the dent of the score will sink right into the line!) Now score again at 4 1/4. Repeat until you reach the end of your paper.

Step 7) Stamp your images from the "Love Doodles" stamp set, and the "Things I Love About You" stamp from "This Boy" stamp set on both sides of the strip.

Step 8) Fold on the lines and you are done!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

February Stamp Camp!!

February is the month for love - and I LOVE these adorable Valentine projects!
Here is a peek at what we will be doing at our Stamp Camp on Friday, Feb. 6th:

Thanks to Heather Scott, and Julie 2125 (Paper Wings) for the inspiration!

Peek into Serendipity!

Here is a peek into our new magalog, Serendipity!

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Our new Magalogue is in!!

Inside it has:
2 NEW level A hostess sets
2 NEW level B hostess sets
1 NEW level C hostess set
69 Color samples - from Cards to mini books to craft project and scrap pages
6 Inspiring Ideas with step by step directions
4 Project cards to clip and save with color pics and step by step directions
Full size stamp images
19 Try It! tips and techniques for inspiration
Email me for your copy today!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

January Stamp Camp

Hey everyone! It has been awhile - I told you I'm not good at this blogging thing! Well, we had January's Stamp Camp and it was a blast! We only made one project this month, but it really got everyone's creative juices flowing. We made a desktop coaster calendar. Here is mine:

We used the paper from the Catelyn and Reece collections, so there were many different varieties. I provided an assortment of embelishments and stamps and let everyone make their own creation. Everyone was so creative and they all turned out fabulous!
Here is the tutorial so that you can try to make this project at home:

2 - 4" square coasters
4 - 4" square pieces of patterned paper
Cropadile or paper piercer
Calendar pages
Additional cardstock
Paper Cutter
Decorative scissors or edge punch (I used SU scallopped edge punch)
sanding block
Coordinating ink pad (I used Pallette Cote d' Azure)
1/2 inch binding wire
Bind it All
Step 1
Print out your calendar pages and cut them in equal pieces.I printed mine out at redcastle for free! I set my template to a 2 3/4" square and used Tahoma Small Cap font. I cut the pages into 2 3/4" squares.
Step 2
Line the pages up on top of each other, center it over additional cardstock layers (I used a 3" piece of brown and 3 1/4" robin blue cardstock squares.). Using a pen, mark the place on the top two corners where you want your brads to go. Then use your Cropadile or paper piercer to add two holes on your marks.
Step 3
Secure your calendar pages with brads to your cardstock layers. Set aside.
Step 4
Apply adhesive to your chipboard coaster.
Step 5
Using your decorative scissors or edge punch, cut trim the inside edge of two of your pieces of patterened paper. This will be the INSIDE of your calendar, with the trimmed edge near the binding.
Step 6
Adhere one of your patterned paper pieces to your coaster. Trim any overhang of the paper.
Step 7
Sand the edges of the paper with a sanding block for a distressed look.
Step 8
Adhere patterned paper to the second coaster as well as to the back side of both coasters. Repeat trimming and sanding.
Step 9
Rub ink pad around the edges of the coaster to distress it.
Step 10
Punch binding holes in both coasters with your Binding Machine.
Alternative: You can also use a Crop-a-dile to make the holes.
Step 11
Insert wire through binding holes and close it.
Alternative:Use ribbon or binding rings to connect the coasters together.
Step 12
Tape the calendar to one side, decorate the other page with a stamped image or photo. At this point, you can add embellishments as you wish! In my example, I cut out a flower from the same patterned paper I used and glued it on the corner of my photo.