April 30, 2014

Post-It Note holder teacher gifts

Hey kids!  Cindy back on the SBC blog today.  I've got some Post-It note holders to share with you.  Since the school year is rapidly coming to an end I thought these would make great teacher gifts.  A shout out to Connie Jones who shared one on our FB group :-)  Thank you, Connie!!

TiP:  Keep your design simple when making quite a few of something. 

I've used some cute Bugaboo Digi images.  They are sponsoring our current challenge and the winner will receive 7 images from their online store :-) 

Bugaboo digis :  Bugaboo Brat Sean Slingshot
                           Bugaboo Brat Sean Dog
                            Bugaboo Brats Isabella beach
                            BBrats Girl Flower Sitter 
The Paper Studio - Daydream Doodle stack - blue polka dot
The Paper Studio - Uptown Flair stack - dash  paper
Terrifically tacky tape - 1/4"
Glossy Accents - to make dog's eye shiny
Mini gel pens - from Staples
Post -it notes
watercolor pencils

Here is a video tutorial I found on utube.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

I hope you have a blessed day,

Cindy---In Love with PAPER

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April 29, 2014

Creating a Card Stash!

Well, Happy Tuesday fellow crafters! We are one day closer to the weekend right? So glad you could join us here today. I am going to share with you a really quick and easy way to create a card stash...now I only have 3 cards to show you but it is just so you can get the idea on how/what to do to go about creating a quick and easy card stash!

Tip: Keep your layouts simple!

There is a little step by step process here to do this:

First, take some time on a rainy afternoon to create a stockpile of various diecuts using either your Cricut or Silhouette machine. It makes quick and easy cardmaking even quicker.

Second, choose only 1 or 2 Sentiment stamp sets to use. I used these cool and fabulous new sets from Crafting Desert Divas...check them out...I think you will love them!

Third, choose 2 main colors of cardstock (I chose blue and yellow) and choose 1 6x6 pad to use as your patterned paper. {Take one that has been forgotten and unloved and put it to use.}

Lastly, choose your simple layouts and start creating...

Here are the 3 cards I created this afternoon in about an hour.

Don't you just think these are super cute? I sure was pleased with how they turned out!
Thanks for taking the time to join us today. Make sure to check out our current challenge over at Scrapbook Blessings Club!

My Blog: Fresh and Renewed

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April 28, 2014

Office Wall Decor

Hello, Friends!  Marilyn here.  Earlier this month I started a new job.  It's a hard and exciting adventure.  I had been with my previous employer since 1999.  Yikes!  Anyway, my new office came equipped with the usual desk, PC, bookcase and white board.  The walls are blank and need something.

I found a couple of cartoon images via the Internet and traced them using my Silhouette software.  The images are all printed on Square1 Printable.  Makes it so easy to peel from backing and apply right to the office wall and white board.  And when using Square1, they can be re-positioned whenever I'm ready to move them.  Tip:  Use Square1 Printable to easily decorate blank walls.

Roadrunner is on a corner of the white board
Snoopy is dancing over my name plate outside the door
  Roadrunner and Snoopy were both located via an Internet search.  They are not layered, but are all one single colored layer.   Images are printed and cut using Square1 Printable and can be easily moved and reused in another location.

Layout of Roadrunner within Silhouette software

  • Roadrunner image found using Internet search.
  • Image saved as a .jpg on my PC
  • Image traced within Silhouette software giving it a cut line around the image.
  • Image sized at 9" height and 5.6" in width.
  • "Beep" text created within Silhouette.  Sized at 1.5" in height and 3" in width (each).
  • Add Registration Marks.  Make sure images fall within registration outline.
  • Set paper size to 8.5" x 11" and print on Square1 via Silhouette software
  • Cut image using Silhouette.
  • Peel from backing and apply directly to white board.
Layout of Snoopy within Silhouette software

  • Snoopy image found using Internet search.
  • Image saved as a .jpg on my PC
  • Image traced within Silhouette software giving it a cut line around the image.
  • Image sized at 9" height and 5.5" in width.
  • Flower images purchased via Silhouette store.  Sized at 1.5" in height (each).
  • Add Registration Marks.  Make sure images fall within registration outline.
  • Set paper size to 8.5" x 11" and print on Square1 via Silhouette software
  • Cut image using Silhouette.
  • Peel from backing and apply directly to office wall.
Thank you for visiting today!!

Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,
~ Marilyn

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April 26, 2014

Scuba bear

Hey kids!  Cindy back on the SBC blog today!  So, who is ready for summer?  I am :-)  I've got a cute summer home décor project to share with you.

TiP:  Use things in nature to enhance your projects if possible.

I recently found some cute little frames in the $3 dollar bins at Michaels.  I had a teal one and wanted to use it but the color was a bit bright.  So, I painted the frame with white Acrylic paint and then wiped some of it off before it dried for a more distressed look. 
Isn't that sweet Scuba Bear the cutest?  He comes from Meljen Designs who is one of our fabulous sponsors! 

Frame approx. 4" x 5"
DecoArt white acrylic paint
Core'dinations paper- teal color
Meljen's Designs - Scuba bear
watercolor pencils
Glossy Accents (used to make bubbles and to make his mask shiny)
Tim Holtz sanding tool
Cuttlebug embossing folder - musical flourish
Life is a Beach Cricut cart - seaweed @ 1", 1 1/4"
Sand and seashell from our beach vacation last summer :-)
Diamond Stickles (it's hard to see but I used it on the little fish)
pop dots

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope I've inspired you to make some fun home décor today!  Join us for more fun on our FB group.

I hope you have a blessed weekend!

Cindy ---In Love with PAPER

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April 25, 2014

Friday Layout

Hello everyone. Happy Friday! Friday is LO day here at Scrapbook Blessings Club. My name is Barbara and I am going to show you how to do a fast and easy LO using a grid design.

My Tip for today:  You can use a grid design many times and come out with very different Layouts each time. It is a good "go-to" design.

Here is my Layout for you today

Bo bunny Zip a de do dah collection
Bo Bunny kraft wood glasses
October Afternoon Daily Flash Chipboard
Jenni bowlin Chevron stamp
Ctmh Lagoon ink
Maya Road Camera Stamp
black ink
CTMH picture perfect stamp set
blue mist
brown mist
green mist

First I cut all my photos to 3x3. 
Then cut enough mini canvas pieces to make nine total counting your photos also to 3x3
The background paper I used was black and white and I wanted some color so I misted it with three mists.
While that is drying, I embellished each of my mini canvas peices. some with stamps, some with premade embellishments some handwriting as well.

Next I attached my 3x3 pieces and my photos onto the background paper. I did not want all my photos to be in any kind of line so I staggered them. It just depends on the look you want. I did put them in date order from left to right.

Then I added my title piece over the center grid piece at an angle.

I added more embellishments from the Zip a de doo dah sticker sheet and some washi tape and it is done.

Thank you all for joining me today for this quick and easy Layout. I hope you will make one and show us what you made on our FB page.
As always comments and questions are welcome and we will do our best to get back with you and answer any questions you have. 
Have a Scrapbook Blessings kind of day.


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April 24, 2014

Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder

Hey kids!  Cindy back on the SBC blog today with a product review of Tim Holtz Distress Embossing powder

TiP:  Use a chunky or solid image stamp when using Distress Embossing powder. 

Okay, I'm using:
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing pwd in Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Versamark stamp pad
Ranger heat tool
Stampers Anonymous - Playful Journey stamp set
 Stamp your image with VersaMark stamp pad.
 Shake your Distress embossing pwd well.  Cover your image with pwd.
 Tap off the excess and return it to the jar.  Heat with your heating tool.  Wait a little bit for it to cool.  Then gently rub your fingers over the image to release any of the distress particles of pwd that didn't heat up and stick.  This causes a distressed look.  It's hard to see it in the photo but it's really cool in person.  Makes this old jalopy look very real :-) 
 And here is the card I created with this distress embossed image!

5" square cardbase in Kraft
The Paper Studio - Newsworthy stack - all patterned papers
TPC - Greetings stamp set
Oriental Trading co- brads

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope I've inspired you to create something fun! 
Join us for more fun:
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Have a blessed day!

Cindy--- In Love with PAPER

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April 23, 2014

Under The Sea - Glass Block

Hello, Friends.  Today I went to Michaels and picked up a glass block at 50% off.  Tip:  I'm convinced now is the time to purchase items at bargain prices - don't wait until Christmas season when you'll gladly pay full price if you can locate a glass block in the store.

I searched the internet and found some fun under water images to use on my glass block.  These images were traced and cut using my Silhouette.  Other images found on the glass block were purchased.

The background colors were all created using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks.  Images were all printed and cut using Square1 Printable.  Love Square1 - no layering.  And I can take images off, move them around, whatever.

I could add lights to this glass block, but I think I'll use it to keep loose change.

Thank for visiting today!

Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,

~ Marilyn

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April 22, 2014

Challenge #17-Anything Goes/Flowers and TOP 3 Second Chance Winner

Hi SBC friends! Its time for to see who our winner for the challenge is and the design teams top picks!!!  
The prize for this challenge comes from:  
Scrapping for Less

    They are giving away this cute flower pack  

     to the winner of this new challenge

      .....Good Luck!
    We had awesome entries for this challenge, linked up to the blog and from the SBC Facebook Group, and our Random Winner is

    please email Sandy- Cleosan52 at yahoo dot com

    Top 3 DT Picks




     Congrats Ladies! Don't forget to get your badges.
    The 3 Top Picks will be eligible for the second chance prize at the end of the quarter (June)

    Also, we have our top 3 second chance winner. This includes entries from Jan to March.  Our random winner is....

    please email Sandy- Cleosan52 at yahoo dot com


     Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,



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    So Thankful For You

    Happy Tuesday morning, all! Melissa here with a "just because" kind of card. This is a tri-shutter, card. I just love to make these! So fun. If you've never made one before, you can follow this tutorial. You'll be addicted in no time, I promise.

    This card uses various techniques besides the fun card fold. I also did second generation stamping, and dry embossing using my Cuttlebug. If you're not sure what second generation stamping is, you can watch this video.

    For this project, you will need:
    • Tools: paper trimmer, score board or scoring tool, cuttlebug (or equivalent) and folders
    • Pink, black, white cardstock
    • Stamps and coordinating ink
    • Letter stickers
    • Punch (heart shape)
    Tip: Tri-shutter cards are great for "themed" projects, because of all the various panels. Don't be afraid to make three dimensional cards. They still fold up and fit in an envelope for mailing.

    Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,

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    April 21, 2014

    Die Cut Monday

    Hello and Welcome on this Monday. Glad to see all my crafty and scrappy friends here. Today is die cut monday so I am going to show you a layout with cricut die cuts.
    Tip Of The Day: Always read the instructions in front of the booklet that comes with your cartridge to understand how that particular cartridge uses sizes. For example, for this cartridge, The First Few Years, each image tells you the size to cut in order to make a 12 x 12 layout similar to the one they have designed for you. Artbooking on the other hand, has you keep the size the same and will cut the smaller pieces to the correct proportion to the size of your page.

    Here Is my Layout for today:

    I used the "first few years" cartridge and made a 12 x 12 layout.
    The smaller paper in the middle is 8 x 8.

    Blue background paper
    Gray striped piece 8 x 8
    Red, Blue, and Gray Card stock
    These are the pieces you want to cut from your cardstock.
    All these pieces are from the same LO with the truck as the basic image.

    Cut the truck in red at 2 inches
    Cut the title in red at 4.25 inches
    Cut the DO Dad (the small tag) in red at 2.25 inches

    Cut the truck shift image in gray at 2 inches
    Cut the Title shift image in gray at 4.25 inches
     Cut the title block(which is the square tag) shift image in gray at 2 inches.

    Cut The do dad (small tag) shift image in blue at 2.25 inches
    Cut the title block (the larger square tag) at 2 inches.

    I also added texture paste with a stencil at the bottom right corner.
    I added stickles to the Lightening bolt cut out shape from the truck and square tag.
    I kept the lightening bolt cut out from the blue tag and added it to the top of the layout.

    Here are the pieces you will have cut:

    As always questions and comments are welcomed. Design Team will try to answer your questions as soon as possible. 
    I hope you are inspired to make a Layout from your cricut or other die cut machine.
    Till next time

    Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,
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    April 20, 2014

    SBC Challenge #18- Anything Goes (tutorial feature- background scenes)

    The prize for this challenge comes from:  Bugaboo Designs

    7 wonderful digital stamps goes to the winner of this new challenge.

      .....Good Luck!
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Are you ready for our next fun challenge? Challenge #18- Anything Goes.  But first here is our feature inspiration tutorial.... making your own background scene. 
    This is just one of the many great techniques to use

    So what do you think?
    The DT made great scene cards using various media and some awesome Bugaboo digi stamps.
     To find more information on how they did that, please click on their name/blog or the challenge under their picture. Thanks for playing along.
    We hope these design team projects inspire. 

    Melissa - Paper Shenaniganz
    My tip: Don't be afraid of dimension, especially when you're trying to create a background to showcase your beautiful digi's.

    My Tip: Use an embossing folder to give a tree trunk texture.

    Cindy --In Love with PAPER
    TiP:  I crunched up my clouds to add texture.  Instead of matching the orange sun rays up perfectly, I offset them to have some of the yellow show, too.

    Kimberly- Creations by Kimmy 
     My Tip: If you cut out an image like this little girl above take a black marker and go around the outer edges, makes it look more clean cut and hides any jagged edges you may have left giving the image a more finished look. 

    Brenda - Disney Girl 
    My Tip:  Journey Glaze or Glossy Accents work wonderful for achieving a water/wet look.

    Tip: Use temporary adhesive to adhere any masks you create.
     I learned that the hard way! Butterflies
    are covering my little boo-boo. LOL!

    My Tip: For a quick, easy and cute background, try a digi one. 
    Bugaboo has this great front door and stoop one!

    Lynne aka Her Craftiness

    TIP: I love to add Action Wobbles to the back of fussy cut items to add movement and more dimension to my cards

    Your challenge:
    Anything goes: cards, banners, layouts but if you create a card or project with your own "scene background", you will get an extra chance entry for this challenge sponsor.

    This challenge ends on Saturday, May 3rd at 10:00 pm EST.  Also, you can join up to our Facebook group: Scrapbook Blessings Club for more fun, games, inspiration, tips and techniques. 
    If you do make a project using the featured technique, homemade flower,
    your project and blog may be showcased on the SBC Facebook group.

    And as always, comments are appreciated. Thank you for stopping by and Have a blessed day!
    SBC Design Team

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    A Note from the DT...

    Thank you for visiting us here at the Scrapbook Blessings Club! We ask that you please do not copy photos or projects as your own. Also, we would love for you to leave a comment for us and consider following. We hope you were inspired and learned something new today!

    ScrapBook Blessings Club You Tube Team