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Friday, May 22, 2009

Forever Family

Here's a couple of scrapbook pages that I made for National Scrapbook day on the Angels Only website.

I used my Scor-pal to make borders around each of the pages...such a quick way to add embossing!

This is a closeup of what I call the stamping box.

To make the stamped piece, I cut a rectangle out of a piece of scrap paper and used that as a template to stamp the background. By doing that I created my own patterned paper and it was stamped only in the places that I wanted it.

Below is a closeup of the stamping on the second page of the layout. I did the stamping the same way, only this time I moved the template over slightly and stamped the image with a different colored ink.

The patterned paper that I used on page one is from the TAC Penelope paper pack.

The flowers are from the Buttons & Blossoms packs that The Angel Company carries in our Serendipity Magalogue.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

A FUN Discovery!!

I LOVE stamps that coordinate with punches or die cuts! It makes my work A LOT easier and so much faster!

This past week I was playing around with one of my favorite sets and made a FUN and SURPRISING discovery that I can't wait to share with you!!

The star image from the "Linear Sentiments" stamp set coordinates PERFECTLY with the star nestabilities die cuts!! I was super excited when I found this out and have been playing with these stars ever since!

If you are unsure what die cuts I am referring to, there is a picture of what they look like below. You can use these dies in your Big Shot or Cuttlebug machines and many other die cut systems!

In the picture below, you can see how I used the 2 smallest sizes of the star nestabilities on my card.

The largest star on the card was made by first stamping the Linear Sentiments star image on ivory cardstock. Then, I took the 2nd smallest nestie, lined it up on my paper (the image fits perfectly!) and then put it through my Big Shot. The embossed edge begins at the edge of the stamped image! I think you can see that better in the closeup photo below.

The smallest die cut star on my card was made by again stamping the image on my ivory paper. Then, I took the smallest die from the star nesties set and centered it over my image and ran it through the machine. If you look closely, you'll be able to see the embossed edge on that die cut as well. How wonderfully exciting is that!!!??

I used a color combination that should be very familiar to you by now if you are a follower of my blog. I promise I'll move on to another color scheme soon! The cardstock is TAC brown, TAC Ivory, Robin's Egg 1, & Blue Green Bazzill. The ink colors are Water Lilly Green & Burnt Umber Palette, Thatched Straw VersaMagic & VersaMark.

Take a look at the texture!! That is SO YUMMY and it is polka dotted!! I made this using a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Here's another view of my happy, finished, polka-dotted star card!!

If you make a card using the Linear Sentiment star stamp paired with the star nestabilities, please leave me a comment with a link so that I can check yours out too!! Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Deco Designs

Deco Designs is one set that I will be SO SAD to see retired in June! I love this set and just had to pull it out today to use.

You can see in the photo below that I put an eyelet in the top right-hand corner of the image and looped my ribbon through it and then tied the tag through it using scrappers floss.

I stamped the branches with Burnt Umber Palette three times without reinking. I stamped the bird with Aquatic Splash VersaMagic ink. The paper is TAC Kraft, TAC Brown, Ultrasmooth White & Blue Green Bazzill.


Don't forget that all retiring sets are available at a 25% discount through the end of June...but supplies are limited so get it before it's gone!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Congratulations Inman 2009 Graduates

Today is graduation day for the Inman Teutons Class of 2009. You know what that means! Time to make graduation cards and there's nothing like waiting until the very last minute to do so. That's how I spent the last part of my morning.

I came up with a very simple design so that I could make multiples in an assembly line style.

Here you can see the dimension on the card. The stars are on pop dots and the orange bazzill strip has been crimped.


This last card was my first attempt but I wasn't really "feeling" it, if you know what I mean. So, I scratched that design and went with the other instead.
School colors are orange & black, just in case you thought I was in the "Halloween" mood or something!! :)


Both cards use the TAC "Date Disk", "Mini Occasions" and "Ordinary Greetings" stamp sets. They also both use TAC Ultrasmooth White paper, Orange Bazzill and TAC Black paper and Noir & Orangerie Palette ink.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Mother's Day Card

Here is the Mother's Day card I made today for my mom. It was inspired by one Jen Tapler made using patterned paper. I loved how it looked and challenged myself to recreate it using stamps and white paper. I think it turned out pretty well!

The background strips are from The Angel Company's "Friendship Strips" and "Linear Sentiments" sets. See the dots? I LOVE polka dots! I used Reflection Blue, Claret, Landscape, Burnt Umber, Sunflower & Belle Rose Palette inks to create the various stripes.

The flowers are from the "Today & Forever" set and they are stamped are in the same colors as the stripes.

Here's another view from the front. The sentiment is from "Trendy Greetings" and I use it A LOT! The brown piece that it is stamped on is popped up with pop dots.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Scor-Pal Blog Hop Part 2

Well, I told you in my earlier post that I hoped to have some cards featuring the new Scor-pal bug tool and I have those ready!! I took time to relax and play a little today!

This first card above is my favorite of them all! Have I ever told you how much I LOVE POLKA DOTS!! They are so cool and so "in"! I created the polka dot background on the green bazzill cardstock using tools that you may already have at home! For the solid polka dots I used a pencil eraser dipped in VersaMark ink and for the circle outlines, I used a lid from my water brush pen, tapped it on the VersaMark pad and then stamped it onto my paper. It took a little patience but was worth the end result!

Here is how the embossed/de-embossed lines were made using the Scor-bug.

First, I lined up the orange bazzill cardstock so that I would be able to do 2 rows of dots 1/4" apart using the scor-pal.

Next, I took the scor-bug and first ran the bug down the paper on the BACK side of the paper so that the dots would be raised when I turned the paper over. Then, I turned the paper over and scored with the bug on the front side so that the dots would be de-embossed as you can see in the photo above. You move the tool over the scor-pal just like you would if you were using the scorer tool.


This is how the dots look closeup.

Stamps: Graphic Blooms, Petal Pack, Blooming Builders, Laughter Hostess Set
Inks: Water Lily Green, Orangerie (stamped off twice before stamping on the paper) & Burnt Umber Palette

Here is another card using the same stamp set as above, Graphic Blooms, but with a whole different look. See how you can take the same set, use a different color scheme and the set takes on a whole new identity?

For this one I embossed with the scor-bug on the back side of the cardstock. Then, I turned it over and took a sanding block and lightly sanded the embossed circles to create the white bumps. What an easy way to create a background! I also added stickles to the centers of each of the flowers. You can see a closeup of what this looks like below.

The next cared has a shape all it's own!

See what I mean? The top part of the red TAC Scarlet paper goes above the top of the card base by about 3/4" or so. Yes, it would require a slightly larger envelope (or you could scale the card down so that it would fit in a standard A2 sized envelope). I printed the TAC free black & white paper download onto this scarlet paper and that is what the background is made of. I also had a piece left over from the card that I am going to show you next and that is what I made the strip with. You can see that I used the scorbug to de-emboss a row of dots down the side of the card. A closeup is shown below.

And, last but not least, here is my last example of using the scorbug on a card (well, for today anyway).

This uses a set you've seen a lot of recently, "Victorian Elements". I used the Scorbug right below the black ribbon. A closeup of this is shown below. This is another piece from the paper that I used above (the B&W TAC free download paper printed on to TAC Scarlet).

I hope that you enjoyed these samples as much as I enjoyed making them! Be sure to check out these other Angel blogs to see their scorpal projects!

Melisa - http://paperliciousdesigns.blogspot.com/2009/05/score-pal-projects-blog-hop.html
LaurieW - http://www.soapboxcreations.blogspot.com/
Brenda - http://bcraftytoday.blogspot.com/
Carol - http://stampincarol.blogspot.com/
Rita Kegg- http://ritasangels.blogspot.com/2009/05/blog-hop-scor-bug.html
Jany - http://stampwithjany.com/
Vicki - http://angelstamper2.blogspot.com/
Bridgett - http://hoosierstamper.blogspot.com/
Allison - http://stampedbyanangel.blogspot.com/2009/04/trio-tutorial-money-holder-business.html
Chris - http://allamericanstampers.blogspot.com/
Kim - http://angelatmydoor.blogspot.com/
Betty - http://stampinteacher.blogspot.com/2009/04/scor-pal-blog-hop.html
Jamie - http://inkspots101.blogspot.com/2009/05/stamped-teachers-gifts.html

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Scor-Pal Fun Blog Hop

I LOVE my Scor-pal and have created a lot of fun projects using this tool!

To see projects that I have made using this tool, click here.

The card above is one that you may have seen on my blog before and it is one that I CASED from Becky Ohlers but it is one of my favorites!! I used the Scor-pal to create a border on each side of the Bazzill cardstock to add a little visual interest. It's such a quick and easy trick but adds so much to a card!

Hopefully this week I will show you some cards made using the new Scor-pal tool "Scor-Bug" that is SOOOO much fun!! I had hoped to show you some today but after a very, very long week I just couldn't fit that into my schedule.

To see what other TAC Angels have made using the scor-pal, visit the links below!

Melisa - http://paperliciousdesigns.blogspot.com/2009/05/score-pal-projects-blog-hop.html

Friday, May 1, 2009

My Girl

I love how this page turned out and it was so simple!!! If you are new to scrapbooking and want to start small but really like the look of a 12x12 page, then try this little trick. Start by creating a smaller page like the one below and then attach it to a 12x12 page (like the one above). Just like that you have a full sized 12x12 layout with the work of a smaller 8x8 sized page!

The flower image in the middle of the page is from “Victorian Elements” and is stamped with VersaMark ink. The border at the bottom is stamped with an image “Curls & Swirls” using VersaMark ink.

The scalloped paper is 8x8 and made with DCWV Scalloped paper Robins Nest 3.

I stamped one of the flower images from “Victorian Elements” with Water Lilly Green palette ink onto the Robin’s Egg 3 scalloped paper. I stamped it first on scrap paper and then stamped it the second time onto the cardstock to make more of a watermark effect. I stamped it 3 times to create a partial border. The tag is from the Reece paper pack and is popped up on pop dots. “Our Girl” is from the “This Girl” set and is stamped in Water Lilly Green ink. I used flowers & buttons from the buttons & blossoms jars in the catalogue and also stamped the flower image onto the blue flower (which doesn’t show up well in the photo but has a nice effect). I tied scrapper’s floss through the button holes and attached them to the flowers with glue dots.

I LOVE how the “bow” is tied through this button hole! I didn’t pull one side of the ribbon completely through forming a loop. I pulled the knot tight and had a cute little accent for my button (which came out of the Audrey Embellishment Jar). Easy but it adds a nice touch!

I LOVE this layout..and that little girl!!