June 30, 2011

Exciting news!!!!

I have some exciting news coming very soon. I am giddy with anticipation, lol!!!!!!! CREATIVE SCRAPBOOKING DIVAS ROCK!!!! Stay tune!!!

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June 11, 2011

Diva's Scrappin' Summer School Blog Hop


SCHOOLS OUT!!!!  The kids are having a blast already and it has been busy, busy, busy around here!  But Mama is having her own summer school session at CSDivas Blog Hop today!. 

The teachers for this Summer School are some of the wonderful CSDivas, giving us some cool tutorials. If you are just joining us now, you can go to Luisa’s blog to start at the beginning.

Our class list:

Luisa- http://www.creativedesignsbyluisa.com/
Sherry - http://www.patternsbysher.blogspot.com/
Sandy- http://www.scrapbookblessings.blogspot.com/- YOU ARE HERE
Marti- http://essenceofpaper.blogspot.com/
Jessica- http://jessicascraftshaque.blogspot.com/
Lori- http://scrapmomsmusings.blogspot.com/
Alecia- http://freakalecias.blogspot.com/

So attention class! Here is my tutorial:  PAPER BURST/FLOWER for a layout or card.

Supplies: cardstock, exacto knife, ruler, pattern paper, stamp, ink pad, scissors
1. Start with a basis A2 card which is 5.5x 4.25 out of cardstock and cut your pattern paper 5.25 x 4, flip your paper over and use a circle template.
2. Trace the circle (I used the stamp on this project, but I have used cups, lids and plates before) and with the ruler make the "spokes" inside where you will be cutting.
Here is a look when you use the knife to cut on the lines.
Here it is flipped over
3. Cut off the excess points that you don't want. I decided to cut them in half for the card.
4. Place your stamp on the cardstock and line it up with the paper to know where to stamp.
5. Place your stamp on the cardstock and stamp so it shows through the circled pattern paper.
6. Adhere your paper over the stamp. (I normally use a pencil to erase the lines that show with 2 sided paper but left them this time because the paper is white). And curl your little burst tabs as much as you would like.
 And there you go!  A paper burst for a card or you can do this on a layout to show off a picture of journaling.  Love the dimensional look!
Here is a flower burst that I did for a family layout.  For this one, I used a dessert plate for my template. I didn't cut my tabs because I wanted the flower look.  I also folded them back and used brads to hold down the tips.

Here is a upclose look.  These are great tp pit into shadow boxes to hang because of the dimenstional look.

Your homework assignment is to make your own creation along with a comment on all the blogs. Due by June 16, 7 pm eastern, to be entered to win the grand Diva prize.   Put them both HERERemember: post a comment at the blog hop thread and let us know you've left comments on all the Diva blogs, thanks!

Now off you go to Ms. Marti's class.

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June 10, 2011

Gate Fold Card

For our next class,I wanted to show you another card fold that I just love! It is called a gatefold card and you see them around quite a bit. For this card, you can make it any size you want.
  • I started with a 5 x10 piece of cardstock.
  • Score in 2 1/2 " on either side, giving you a 5 inch base.
  • Then cut you pattern paper a 1/4" shorter ie : cut (2) 2 1/4 and (1) 4 3/4
  • Adhere the papers to the base
  • Decorate the inside of your card
  • Then cut a second piece of cardstock for "gate" part of your card
  • I cut mine 3 x4
  • Adhere it to the left flap of your base card
  • Decorate/embellish it like you want
There you go! A very easy card to make, esp in any size and shape :)
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Brad Card

For this class, we're doing brad cards. These are sooo easy and fun to do. Here are a couple I did from a book my BFF gave me...

Step one: Cut out a shape

Step two: Cut out the shadow/blackout

Step three: Attach the two in one place with a brad so it swings

Step four: Embellish your card, hiding your brad if you want.

Ice Cream Cone: I used a button for the cherry and glued over top of brad (Indie)

Car: I used buttons again for the headlight, I glued one over a brad and the other I used pop dots so they are sitting up the same (Graphically Speaking)

Star: I used a brad under the top star along with pop up dots to hide the brad. (George)

Can't wait to see what you do! If you don't have a Cricut or other die cutting machine for shapes, no worries. Take a two shapes like a square, circle, heart, etc and attach them together with a brad and then decorate. Perfect way to use your scraps for a quick and easy card!!!
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Easel Card

This is my ultimate favorite card fold to give friends and family. I also made these for my sister as thank you favors for her teacher's luncheon at church. They were a huge hit!
Easel cards are sooo easy and make a great gift!
You need: 1 (5x10) solid paper
1(5x5) solid paper
1(5x5) pattern paper
  • Score (5x10) cardstock at 2 1/2" and 5" (fold as above)
  • Adhere (5x5) solid paper to 2 1/2 front side
  • Adhere (5x5) pattern paper to bottom (5x5) section of base
  • Decorate front of your card
  • Add a strip of card stock (1x5) to base with pop dots to hold up your front side of card (making your easel)
  • Embellish the bottom the base of your card. I used a simple heart with some red stickles.
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June 6, 2011

Paper Ruffle and Pleat by Alecia

Simple Ruffle Tutorial by Alecia from CSDivas...

1. Gather your papers and scrapping supplies: scissors, distresser, inks, sewing machine, and either glue dots or liquid glue.

2a. Cut your strips to the width you prefer. I like working with 1 inch to 1 ½ inch strips most of the time, since I make cards. Remember the strips should be twice as long as the length of your project! If it’s a 5” card, you need a 10” strip, for example. I’m using Cosmo Cricket Everafter wedding papers.

2b. I like to distress and ink the strip edges. I distress first and ink second, but most how-to’s say to do just the opposite and distress then ink. Personal preference, whichever look is more “you.”

3. I make double ruffles as well as single ruffles. Place one strip atop the other before pleating. Here, they are double ruffles with two complementary patterned Everafter papers. The top is folded one atop the other (layering folds), and the bottom is accordion pleat. When I plan to use glue dots or pop dots, or to sew them down, I use layered folds. Accordion pleats are much easier to work with!

4. Fold them back and forth like a fan, crumple them some, then straighten them out. Be gentle, distressed paper tears!

5. I use wavy lines to sew a decorative stripe down the middle of the layered strips. If you have a sewing machine, and not just a handheld Singer like I own, you can actually sew them to the page at this step!

6. Here, I’ve used a 1 ½ inch tall strip that is 10 inches wide to fit a 5” wide card. I used three pop dots to adhere it so it kept its 3D effect.

7. The finished product—add a distressed and inked sentiment, and a embellie for balance. Here, I’ve used a Prima naturals flower and a Cosmo Cricket Everafter die cut.

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June 5, 2011

Basic Stamping Technique

Stamping Technique

Press stamp firmly into ink pad several times, and then
stamp lightly on the pad several times to ensure even ink coverage.
Check before stamping to be sure that all parts of the image are inked
inking large stamps, I like to lay the stamp flat on
its back and tap the ink pad ONTO the stamp.

Press your stamp straight down firmly, no rocking or twisting, to create
a sharp image.
Hold for a few seconds to allow time for the card stock to
absorb the ink.
I recommend stamping first onto scratch
paper, to see what the image looks like and get the ‘feel’ of the stamp
before beginning your project. Some stamps require more pressure, some
less pressure to achieve that sharp image you’re looking for. This is called first generation or solid stamping.
A second-generation impression is what you see the second time you use the stamp, without re-inking, it is a lighter impression.
Third-generation is what you see the third time you use the stamp,
without re-inking, an even lighter impression.
It’s a great way to create depth.

Marker Stamping: Use markers to ink your stamp image instead of ink pads. This offers you a way to color different portions of
the image in separate colors to customize the image. Make sure you
begin with the lightest color marker you intend to use. If you are using
a large stamp, re-moisten just before stamping by “huffing” on it with
your warm, moist breath. If you want some of the texture of your marker
to show, stamp quickly after applying the ink.
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