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Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring Fun

Easter is right around the corner. Hop in to Scraphappy to pick up your paper supplies for card making, paper quilting, scrapbooking, your art journal - collage page whatever it may be your having fun creating. This would be a great time to make a mini  as shown in "HALLOWEEN" Popcorn Mini Pouch From October 2012 or " BE SPOOTACULAR August 2012" &. Leave a page or two for a picture of the child, and then stamp Easter images on each additional page. Put it in the Easter Basket or just an activity to keep them busy. May be great for the card ride to grandmas, family & friends.

I made these two cards with the Spring and Easter paper. On the Easter card I placed a Polaroid with Easter paper where a stamp or photo could be placed as well. I glued the sides and bottom, leaving the top open, where I placed carrots I cut from the Cricut expression.( If you do not have one you can stop by scraphappy to trace the carrot.) You can write little notes on each carrot. You can purchase the Polaroid ready made at Scraphappy.

This is the journal page completed with a pocket and then glued into the Cereal Box Journal. I placed two file cards in the pocket that you can place photos, stamp, journal, I can only imagine what all you creative peeps can come up with. I also used one of the Polaroids on one of the files with Washi tape.

Stop by Scraphappy to check out the Cards and Art Journal and as always Christy and Stephanie are happy to help you. Happy Easter & Happy Spring!!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Scrapper's Block

How many of you have experienced 'Scrapper's Block?' It's frustrating; it's annoying; and it takes up valuable time that could otherwise be spent creating. I've been experiencing a serious block recently. I stare at my stash and my photos. I think about my stash and my photos. I sit down with my stash and my photos. And yet, I cannot come up with an idea or plan for what I want to do.

So what to do when you hit a creative wall? Look for inspiration. Inspiration is all around us: on-line, magazines, nature, God's creation, the smiles and laughter of our children, our own scrapbooks and history. Typically, when I am having trouble creating, I can take a walk with my camera, capture some of our beautiful world, and come back home inspired. Sadly, that did not work for me this time. So what did I do? I went shopping.

I found this adorable, trendy stamp set from Lawn Fawn at ScrapHappy, and I thought that it would be perfect for helping me get through this block. It is fun and is a chevron pattern that I frequently use when I choose patterned papers. Slowly but surely, I am working through my block. I have made a few layouts with this stamp set this week, and although they aren't my favorites, they are still documented memories that I can add to my albums, and I know that I will be able to enjoy this toy for many years to come. So without further ado, this month's layouts:

This month's challenge is to pull out your stamps and use them to scraplift yourself. Look through your scrapbooks. Enjoy your memories. Use them to generate new projects. To be eligible for this month's prize ($5 store credit!), upload your project to facebook and tag Scraphappy on your project. A winner will be randomly drawn and announced in my April post.

And finally, last month's Challenge Winner: Jessica Gabe! Thank you to all who entered and played along.  Jessica, next time you are in ScrapHappy, you have $5 credit to spend however you desire in the store!

- patterned paper - Echo Park, Studio Calico, Lily Bee
- thickers
- enamel dots - My Mind's Eye
- chipboard stars - Pink Paislee
- stamps - Lawn Fawn, Kelly Purkey, and Studio Calico
- wood veneers - Studio Calico
- puffy stickers - Amy Tangerine
- stamping ink and embossing powder
- washi tape

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Girlfriends + Pink = Fun Cards

So it’s after Valentine’s Day and I’m strolling through Scraphappy. There is still so much pretty pink paper, ribbon and cardstock, an amazing variety in shades of pink. I am intrigued…

I picked out several 12 x 12” sheets of pink cardstock, some pink and black ribbons, a breast cancer awareness punch, variety of pink buttons, rhinestones and flower embellishments. I cut some of the paper for horizontal cards and some for tall cards. My flower punch gave me lots of petals from the patterned papers. They were fun to assemble into flowers that can be added to any card.

There are many great color combinations for pink but the light chocolate jumped out at me. But once the creative side of my brain was engaged, the possibilities grew. What about pink and black, definitely!

Then I knew the pink needed flamingoes and a cupcake card… and then my favorite little penguin could show up in her little pink bathrobe. The cupcake card has a nice pink on pink textured card stock, pink Stickles for a glittery frosting and a fringe of layered brown and pink paper flowers with little silver brads to hold the little stacks together. The brads get a topping of pink Stickles too!

The pink and brown seemed soothing so my reflective lady with several shades of pink patterned paper was a must. Buttons made a nice complement to the pinks and browns. I stamped her in brown, layered the image with pink and more brown and let the subtleties of the color palette do the rest of the work.
Then a flurry of stamping without limits on theme; I have several sweet friends battling breast cancer so using the Flourishes Think Pink - Fight like a Girl kit was a must. (I think Scraphappy still has a couple of these great kits). The ribbon skirt is colored with Copic markers and accented with tiny pink rhinestones.

The black rickrack sectioned the pink and black card and created the perfect placement for the little penguin. I layered the stamped image onto black card stock to accent the color combo. By stamping and layering the words in the same manner as the image, the card develops a cohesive color combo.

And I wind up with 10 new pink cards with various themes and sayings. Some sweet friends are about to be reminded of how much they mean to me! Drop by and ask Christy and Stephanie to show you the great pink options they have and let the inspiration begin.