Saturday, March 31, 2012

8X8 Album from ‘scratch’

My last post was my entry in the current Crop Chocolate challenge, an 8”x8” album page.  I really enjoyed doing it an decided I wanted to do a whole album.  I also decided I didn’t want to just fill a store bought album so I remembered a recent post I saw on The Crop about a project making an album out of the paper packaging material we get in our orders from Crop Chocolate.  I measured out the paper to the size pages I wanted and sewed several layers together for each page.  I also just recently purchased a Zutter binding machine and was very happy to try it!
The cover is corrugated cardboard with Fancy Pants Lilac House, Echo Park Little Boy, Fancy Pants Happy Together ribbon, Tim Holtz Distress Stain-Walnut Stain, letters by K&Co, seashells from the beach in Malibu and burlap.
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On this page I tried masking for the first time and found clear plastic letters (Heidi Swapp) that I coated with alcohol ink (stream).  MME So Sophie and Lime Twist cardstock, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain, Twinery-Maraschino Cherry twine, Basic Grey ribbon doilies, Tim Holtz mask and ticket die.
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This page is simple but cute with Echo Park Springtime, Country Drive, Playground and Fancy Pants Thinking of You cardstock, Fancy Pants Happy Together button, Twinery-Blossom twine, Lush rhinestones and Distress Ink-Worn Lipstick.
Page 3Page three is done with Echo Park  Springtime and MME Stella and Rose Gertie cardstock, MME So Sophie Graceful frame, MME Confetti journaling card, Laundry Line Lucky trim, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain, Twinery Maraschino Cherry twine, MME Paperie felt clip, BG brads, Fiskar’s punch and Pebbles felt.
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I love circles!  Lime Twist, Bazzil  Basics Two Scoops Moose Tracks and MME Good Day Sunshine, Unity Stamp, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain and Evergreen Bough, MME Tres Jolie journaling card and quote, Heidi Grace rhinestone, American Crafts mini jewel brads and Ranger embossing powder.
Page 5Details for this page can be seen on my previous post.  It was my entry for the Crop Chocolate weekly challenge this week.
Page 6On this page I used an embellishment I made using Amazing Mold Putty, Paper Clay and the key to my great grandmother’s cabinet.  I made a mold of the key, cast it in the clay and then inked it.  I also made the tissue tape using Miracle Tape and tissue paper.  MME Good Day Sunshine and Colorbok Flea Market cardstock, MME Stella and Rose trim, Fancy Pants Happy Together ribbon and button, Jillibean Soup twine, Sissix Heart dies, Tim Holtz Lock die and ticket journaling card, Stampabilities border stamp and Distress Ink-Walnut Stain.
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This album, my very first made from ‘scratch’, is a gift for my dearest friend for Easter.  Now I just need to do all the journaling so I can get it in the mail in time !!
Thanks for stopping by to check out my project.  Come back soon!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Crop Chocolate Challenge #9

This weeks challenge,  The Man Project:  Make a masculine project that must incorporate something that is transparent, clear or a glossy element.
As soon as I read this challenge I knew right away what picture I wanted to scrap.  This was eventful because usually cards come to mind first.  I was really excited to do a layout!!
Masculine Page
Crop Chocolate (CC) has been posting some GREAT challenges!!  As always at least 50% of the product had to be purchased from CC and I just got a new shipment with some great paper…I did a transparent accent (bottom layer of waves), clear accent (glossy accents on surf board on journaling card) and glossy accent (Glimmer Glaze and crackle paint on sun).  I even did some VERY basic fussy cutting by using surf boards as the suns rays.
Crop Chocolate products:  My Minds Eye (MME) Good Day Sunshine, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain and Aged Mahogany, Distress Crackle Paint-Clear Rock Candy, Slice electric cutter and Under the Sea design card, Stickles-Crystal, MME buttons, Jillibean Soup twine, Distress Stain-Broken China, MME Confetti journaling card and the clear package from this paper pack.
Non-CC products:  Bazzil Basic-Two Scoops,Moose Tracks card stock, Fiskars wave border punch and scallop punch, Glimmer Glaze-Champagne, acrylic paint dabber-white, burlap, Glossy Accent and Ranger distress tool.
MP Sun MP waves
I have been inspired to do a complete album from this set of pictures as a gift.  The page is 8x8, which I have never done in an album, so be on the lookout for more pages in the future.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Blog Candy Winner

The 2nd unofficial Crop Chocolate blog hop was a great success and lots of fun!!  Thank you so much for hopping.  I hope you enjoyed all of the great inspiration and amazing talent you saw, these women are awesome!!!  Don’t forget to check mommyx2’s and centralNYscrapper’s blogs to see if you won any of the great prizes from Crop Chocolate and Echo Park.
I posted about a chance to win a Crop Chocolate Hot Chocolate Sweet Surprise grab bag.  This is it…
HC Grab bagToday I put all of my new followers names in a cute container,
and had one of my co-workers pull a name for me.
2012-03-27_14-01-42_91 So without further adieu…the winner is, drum roll please…
2012-03-27_19-48-00_967 Please PM me at Crop Chocolate with your contact info so I can send you your blog candy.  Congratulations!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Memory Box

The Crop Chocolate Design Team has been posting ‘Up Cycled’ projects this month.  Dee Dee did a tutorial on using alcohol inks and aluminum cans to make flowers.  You can check it out here.   When I saw the tutorial I knew I had to try it.  I love this technique and I am sure you will be seeing it again on future projects.
I found a couple of great boxes that had note paper in them.  As soon as I saw them I was imagining how I could alter them so I bought two (now I am wondering if I should have gotten more…).   I put the note paper aside for another project and got busy on my flower.
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For this flower I cut the top and bottom off of two soda cans and then cut it open so I could run it through my Big Shot to cut the shapes.  I used Tim Holtz Tattered Floral and Mini Branch and Leaf, Alcohol ink in raspberry, citrus and butterscotch, purple felt and a Lush brad.
The box is covered in Fancy Pants it’s the LITTLE things both inside and out and inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Peeled Paint.  I used Miracle tape to attach the paper.
InsideInside I attached an envelope cut with Sissix Scallop Envelope and inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Dusty Concord.   I used Tim Holtz Tags and Tabs for a small tag cut out of Echo Park Springtime cardstock and stamped with a Fancy Pants clear stamp-love, Jillibean Soup twine and 7Gypsies key charm to embellish the envelope.  Small cards are in the envelope to write your favorite and most cherished memories on and keep in this treasured memory box.
Inside close up

Saturday, March 24, 2012

2nd Unofficial Crop Chocolate Blog Hop Day 2

WELCOME to the 2nd unoffical Crop Chocolate blog hop!!   If you happened by and want to start from the beginning of this 2 day blog hop (which started yesterday) here is the link to the first blog, mommyx2.
You should have gotten here from centralNYscapper's blog where clayton528 was a guest blogger yesterday (day one).
This is stop one of day two and here is today's list of blogs on the hop:  by belle (you are here), Wildflower (Jasmine), NanCDru:-Char, NinaNStephscrap happyScrappy CanuckHaf2scrap/Lucy guest blogger at centralNYscrapper and centralNYscrapper. Nine stops today so let's get started!!

My project for this hop is an Easter card.  The challenge, Bountiful Borders, was to use a manual or electric tool for a decorative edge on at least one side of the project.


As you know, I LOVE Crop Chocolate and on this hop at least 50% of the products used had to be from that fabulous site…NO PROBLEM for me!!
Crop Chocolate products used:  Fancy Pants Thinking of You and Hot Chocolate cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Inks-Walnut Stain and Aged Mahogany, Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint-Clear Rock Candy, Ranger Perfect Pearls-White and Blue, Stickles-Crystal, Twinery-Maraschino Cherry twine, Making Memories buttons
Non Crop Chocolate products:  Fiskars scallop edge punch, Martha Stewart hop edge punch, Tim Holtz Easter elements die, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Ranger embossing powder-clear, blank folded card and clear alpha stamps from my stash.

Hope you’re having fun hopping along…next up is Wildflower (Jasmine)

Leave a comment at each blog hop stop for your chance to win great prizes!!  Comments will be open until 8am MDT on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Winners will be announced at the following blogs: centralNYscrapper and mommyx2 on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

Thanks for stopping by!!  I hope you enjoy the rest of the projects you will see...these ladies are all VERY talented!!  While you're here become a follower of my blog and include in your comment that you did, you'll be entered to win this blog candy.  Check back Wednesday March 28th to see if you won!! Hot Chocolate Sweet Surprise Grab Bag

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The 2nd Unofficial Crop Chocolate blog hop starts tomorrow!!

The waiting is almost over and the 2nd Unofficial Crop Chocolate Blog Hop will start at 8am MDT tomorrow (Friday, March 23, 2012). If you just “happened upon” this reminder, please start at the beginning of the hop, mommyx2.

We have two confirmed giveaways. One is a 12×12 Hello Spring Mini Theme Kit by Echo Park and another is a 12×12 Fourth Of July Mini Theme Kit by Echo Park (generously donated by Echo Park Paper Co.). To be eligible to win on the 2nd Unofficial Crop Chocolate Blog Hop, you need to comment on each blog along the hop and be able to receive packages (no post office boxes). It is open worldwide. The winners will be selected via Everyone will have until 8am MDT on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 to comment.

Some of the bloggers along the hop have mentioned that they plan to offer blog candy, like me. Be sure to look for those announcements and follow the steps they would like you to do to be eligible for those prizes.

I hope you will be able to hop with us!!  It's going to be fun!!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Crop Chocolate Challenge #8

This week’s challenge:  Packing a Punch-use packaging from a order (ex. brown void-fill paper, backing from stickers or brads, product packaging, plastic bags, etc) to create a component or element on a project.
This idea came to me as soon as I read the challenge and I went straight to work on it and believe it or not…I am done early!!
CC Packaging
I used brown void-fill paper from the Crop Chocolate (CC) order I received last week for the circle of the sun.
CC products:  Lush2 orange polka dot, Distress Ink-walnut stain, spiced marmalade, wild honey, pumice stone, Lush rhinestones, EP Playground, So Sophie Savy
Non CC products:  dictionary page, Fiskars punches-cloud, heart, Ranger embossing powder, clear stamps, embossing folder
A quick shout out to LBAB for the inspiration on the design of the suns rays.
Let me know what you think and stop back for challenge #9 next week.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Crop Chocolate Challenge #7

This weeks challenge: ‘Create a project using up-cycled flowers... whatever those are.’

Up-cycling is taking an item and recycling it on a project but making it look better than it did…at least that is my definition.  This month the Crop Chocolate design team’s projects have been based on this.  You should go take a look here.


Of course it had to be made with 50% of product purchased from CC. 

Up-cycled Crop Chocolate (CC) packaging paper and pages from an old dictionary.
CC products:  Distress Ink-walnut stain and aged mahogany, BG brads, Zing-silver, Twinery-maraschino cherry, Tattered Angel glimmer mist-red nosed reindeer
Non-CC products:  Sissix and Tim Holtz dies, TPC Studios stamps, Viva Las Vegastamp, Ranger embossing powder

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Crop Chocolate March Focus Group Challenge

Our challenge this month was to create a project using a sunset as inspiration…actually I think the ‘real’ challenge was to demonstrate that you could create something as beautiful as a sunset with paper.  Which would explain why we get so excited about the paper we use when we are creating.  I took the challenge fairly literally…


Crop Chocolate products:
6x6 paper pads-MME Happier, Sassafras-Count me in, EP-Victorian Gardens and Splash
TH Distress Ink-Iced Spruce, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade, Lush rhinestones
Non CC:
Stickles, TH stamp and embossing powder, white cardstock

I loved this challenge.  This idea came to me in a dream and at first I was very worried that the idea would not translate on paper.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it but when I finally sat down in my scrappy space to work on it the paper just seemed to flow together.  I am very happy with how it turned out and have since framed this 8” x 8” canvas to hang on my wall.  I hope you like it too!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Crop Chocolate weekly challenge #6

Crop Chocolate is one of my most favorite web-sites, not only for great scrappy deals, but for the great people I have met there!  They have just recently started posting weekly challenges and are giving away great prizes!!   This is the week 6 challenge:  A Yummy Recipe. ‘ Cook up a SWEET design using all of the following ingredients: 3 die cuts, 3 brads, and something that sparkles’.


You have to use 50% CC (crop chocolate) product, which is NO PROBLEM for me. 

CC product: Fancy Pants Happy Together, Stella and Rose Gertie, MME brads-black and white, Distress Ink-Walnut Stain and Evergreen Bough, Stickles-Eucalyptus

Non CC products: craft cardstock, embossing folder-wood grain, Tim Holtz bird die, Tim Holtz stamp, Ranger clear embossing powder, Twinery Charcoal twine


Come back next week to see challenge #7!  See you then.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012

Tim Holtz posted this technique on his blog, which I stalk to learn everything he has to teach.  Check it out here.  That was the inspiration for this tag I did.   What do you think??

Mosaic Tag

Saturday, March 10, 2012


This is my first ever post on my first ever blog...WOW!  Yay me, but really, it's about time!
I am figuring things out and learning how to do this so I hope you will be patient. 
I will be posting the stuff I create and looking for your comments.  I will also be sharing with you some of the amazing products I am finding on my new adventures.
Well, here we go...