Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Message Center

I had a booth at a craft fair this past weekend and this message board is one of the things I had for sale. It was simple to make and would be a great Christmas gift!

I got the idea for this project while browsing in the craft store. I found a pack of three canvas boards for (I think) $3.99. The canvas board is flat, but you could use a regular canvas on a frame, too. They would just be more expensive.

Here's what you need for the project:

Canvas board (mine was 12 in x 9 in)

Adhesive (I used a combination of Yes glue, Mod Podge, Sticky Strip, Tombow Multipurpose adhesive and hot glue)

Scrapbook paper


Cork (I used a 4 x 4 square)

Note pad

Stickers, stamps, and embellishments


Because the board was 12x9 and I wanted to wrap the paper around the board I used two sheets of paper. I coated the board with Yes glue which is a book binding glue. I have had mine for probably five years and I bought it at the local scrapbook store which was the only place I could find it back then, but I think I have seen it at Michael's more recently. Yes glue is really thick so I used a plastic spoon to spread it on the canvas and then smoothed it out with a foam brush. I placed the paper on top with 1 inch hanging over the edges. At this point I set them aside to dry for a few hours.

Once they were dry, I used the Tombow adhesive to glue the overhanging paper to the back of the canvas board. I used clothespins to hold down the edges until they dried.

Once the paper is dry on the back you can embellish the board as you like. There was a slight gap between the two papers, so I used Sticky Strip (aka red tape) to attach a piece of 5/8 inch grosgrain ribbon over the seam. I also used Sticky Strip to attach a small piece of ribbon that went from under where the note pad will be around to the back. There should be enough room to put a pen under the ribbon.

I hot glued a cork square to the board as well as a note pad. The note pads are sold at the office supply store as Scratch Pads and the ones I bought were sold in a pack of 12.

I spelled out "Notes" using felt letter stickers and created a flower embellishment using paper and a brad.

I punched holes in the top corners with my Crop-A-Dile and threaded more 5/8 inch grosgrain through for the hanger. I used Sticky Strip to attach the ends of the ribbon to the back.

I decided to hot glue one of many clips that I've had around for ages to the bottom of the board. I think it's called a Bulldog Clip. I found mine years ago in the clearance bin at the office supply store.

Once I was finished decorating my board, I used Mod Podge to adhere an 11 7/8 x 8 7/8 piece of Kraft cardstock to the back just to make it look pretty.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sketchy Thursday

Here is another MDS page I made using this week's Sketchy Thursday sketch. My Mom and I walked in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer this past weekend, so this is my page from that weekend. We walked 13.1 miles both Saturday and Sunday! I think I might finally be recovered.

All elements are from Stampin' Up!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Blog Giveaway Winner!

The winner of my Blog Giveaway is Melissa Schabel! Congratulations Melissa and thank you for donating to my Avon Walk. The Charlotte Walk raised 2.3 million dollars for the Avon Foundation!

Melissa, I'll be contacting you for your mailing address so that I can get your package in the mail.

Here is a picture of my Mom and I at the finish line yesterday!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sketchy Thursday

So, a while back I found a blog called Sketchy Thursday that posts a scrapbooking sketch every Thursday (Bet you hadn't guessed that one!). I have great intentions of creating a page using the sketch every week, but so far I have yet to accomplish that task. Until today, that is. This morning when I saw the new post, I decided that I was going to get a page done today no matter what! And I did!

I took my daughter to a science museum called Discovery Place this summer and we met up with a friend of mine from high school and her girls for a fun morning. Here is my page from that day:

All of the elements in this page are from Stampin' Up! Fonts are Devon Caps and Faye from (both under fonts for peas).

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sweet Birthday Card

I know have been posting mostly birthday cards lately, but that is because the majority of what I use are birthday cards. And this week I needed a birthday card for a cousin whose birthday was last week and I forgot to send a card, so I used this week's 2 Sketches card as my inspiration. I have been working on thank you cards for people who have donated to my Avon Walk, so I will definitely have a non-birthday card to share later this week.

Don't forget about my big Blog Candy giveaway!

Materials for this card:

Patterned paper: KI Memories (Sweet Life), Stampin' Up! (Brights Paper Patterns Stack)
Card stock: Stampin' Up! (Melon Mambo, Sahara Sand, Whisper White and Crushed Curry)
Stamps: Hero Arts (Birthday Messages), Stampin' Up! (Party Hearty)
Markers: Stampin' Up! (Tempting Turquiose, Chocolate Chip)
Stamp Pad: Stampin' Up! (Chocolate Chip)
Tools: Stampin' Up! (Decorative Label Punch), EK Success (3-D Dots)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Cards for a Cure Sneak Peek

Here is another card we'll be making at my Cards for a Cure class on Oct 8th & 9th!

This card was inspired by a sketch in the PaperCrafts Go To Sketches magazine. I love to use sketches for inspiration, so I have loved having this magazine on hand.

Materials for this card:

Card Stock: Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up!)

Patterned Paper: Fresh Cut (Doodlebug Designs)

Stamps: Birthday Messages (Hero Arts)

Ink: Soft Suede Classic Ink (Stampin' Up!)

Accessories: Certainly Celery Brads and Button (Stampin' Up!)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

2 Sketches Birthday Card

Here is a card that I made using the 2 Sketches 4 You sketch for this week. I got an order from Two Peas last week and one of the things I got was the Birthday Messages stamp set from Hero Arts. I have been searching for a birthday greeting set for a while now and I think I have finally found it! Love this set!

We'll be making this card at my Cards for a Cure class on October 8th & 9th! If you live in the Winston-Salem area, I hope you'll join us!

Materials for this card:

Card stock: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Whisper White and Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)

Patterned Paper: Rainbow Sherbet (Doodlebug Designs)

Stamps: polka dot (Martha Stewart), cake/greeting (Birthday Messages by Hero Arts)

Ink: Black Chalk Ink (Inkadinkado)

Tools/accessories: 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Summer Sun Marker (Stampin' Up!)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Cards for a Cure

I am holding a card class to raise money for my Avon Walk. We'll make ten birthday cards (two each of five designs.) The entire class cost of $25 will be donated to the Avon Foundation.

There are two sessions for you to choose from!

Friday, October 8th 7pm

Register here.

Saturday, October 9th 10 am

Register here.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

2 Sketches Card

Here is my 2 Sketches 4 You card for this week. I just got this new embossing folder from Stampin' Up! just a few days ago and had to try it out. I just love this design!

I am still having my big giveaway to help me raise money for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Please read all about it here. I really need your help to raise $1,800 so that I can walk!

Materials for this card are: Early Espresso, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery and Whisper White card stock; Soft Subtles Patterns DSP; Two-Step Bird Punch; Pretty in Pink 1/8 inch Taffeta Ribbon; Elegant Lines Embossing Folder.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Adhesive Review

I used to love, love, love to use the Tape n'Roller. It was my go to adhesive and it pretty much would stick anything to anything. I stocked up on a bunch of refills and then I sort of felt guilty that I was a Stampin' Up! Demonstator and I didn't use their adhesive, so when they started to carry the Tombo Multi Purpose adhesive, I started to use that. Alas, that affair was short lived (just too messy!), but much to my dismay the Tape n' Roller has been discontinued!

Needless to say, I have been on a search for a new adhesive to use. I bought a cheap Scotch tape roller at the craft store first and I didn't like that one. It was constantly getting gummed up and it wasn't always applying adhesive when I thought it was. So I went to a different craft store to see what I could find. I ended up buying three different adhesives and here is what I think about them. By the way I am not being compensated for this review and no one actually asked my opinion, but I thought I would share with you anyway!

Here are the three that I bought:

Scotch Adhesive Dot Roller (different from the previously mentioned Scotch adhesive that I didn't like), Pioneer Photo Memory Fix and This To That from American Crafts.

I think the Scotch Dot Roller is great and I know that some people prefer dots to solid or strip adhesive, so if you do then you'll probably love this adhesive. It applies easily and holds well. The applicator does not get gummed up and it is refillable (which was important to me.) The display with the Scotch Dot Roller also had a tear pad with a mail in rebate which will make the roller free when I get my rebate back, so I figured why not? I would definitely buy this again, although at $6.99 it was a bit pricey.

The next is the Pioneer Photo Memory Fix. This one was so-so. I honestly bought this one because it was $2.99 and so I figured I would give it a try. It is a solid adhesive similar to Mono Adhesive and the previously mentioned Scotch that I didn't like. It was easier to apply than the Scotch tape roller, but it still required just the right wrist flick when you pulled up the applicator. It also had a tendency to gum up the applicator. Not my favorite, but I'd use it in a pinch. I guess you get what you pay for!

Finally, is the This to That from American Crafts. This was my favorite of the three. I don't remember what I paid for it at the craft store, but it is available from Two Peas with a refill for $4.99. I bought the Stripe, but it is also available in Dot and Solid. This one is closest to the Tape n' Roller and it holds really well and goes on easily. It is an opaque adhesive, so you can't use it with vellum or acrylic pieces. I may try out the other two types of This to That adhesive just to see what they are like (Two Peas has an assortment pack for $9.95.

So there you have it! Hope that helps a few of you!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

This week's 2 Sketches card

This week was a fun sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You! I also got the new Color Coach from Stampin' Up! and I really LOVE some of the combinations in the new color coach! I started out with one of the color combos that I loved: Pear Pizzaz, Rich Razzleberry and Tempting Turquoise. I used a piece of the new patterns paper in each of those three colors and then mounted them on a piece of Early Espresso card stock. I used a rub-on from the Chat Room Rub-ons (now retired) for the greeting. I just didn't want to deal with Craft ink or embossing on the dark cardstock ;).

I love how this card turned out! (If I do say so myself!) I will definitely be making a few more of these (and using up some more of my paper scraps).

By the way, I am doing a REALLY BIG giveaway right now! Read all about it here.

Materials for this card: Pear Pizzaz and Early Espresso cardstock; Brights Patterns and In Color Patterns DSP; Twill Tape; Fresh Favorites Buttons (retired, but you can win a pack in my giveaway!); Chat Room Rub-ons (Retired); Glue Dots.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Big Giveaway

A year ago this week I sat with my mom in her doctor's office while she got the news that she had breast cancer. My mom went through chemo, radiation and surgery and is now cancer free. To celebrate, my mom and I are participating in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in October. I also decided to walk because I have a three year old daughter and I hope that by participating in fundraisers like this one, my daughter's generation will not have to deal with breast cancer. My mom and I'll walk up to a marathon and a half over two days. We also have to raise $1,800.

In order to help me reach my $1,800 goal, I am offering a chance at a big prize to anyone who donates. I will also give another entry to anyone who blogs about my giveaway.

Here's how to enter:

  • Go here to donate and then leave me a comment that you made a donation.

  • Blog about my giveaway and leave me a comment with a link.

So what can you win? All of this! (All of these items are retired Stampin' Up! merchandise.)

  • 8 (new and unmounted) Stamp Sets: Wee Watercolors, Comfort Food, God's Beauty, Gently Falling, Yummy, Congrats, Botanical Blooms & A Little Somethin'
  • Accordion Book Kit
  • Chinese Take-out Box Kit
  • Tin with 7 sheets of flower self-adhesive die cuts
  • 19 6x12 Sheets of self adhesive die cuts (from various Simply Scrappin' Kits)
  • 5 White gable boxes ready for you to decorate
  • Stampin' Up! water Bottle
  • Bag of assorted chipboard pieces
  • Package of Fresh Favorites Buttons (I forgot to put this in when I took the pic)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Scrap Card

Here is one of the cards that I am making with many of my scraps and patterned paper. Everything on the cards is retired except for the stamp that is from Fiskars. I got this stamp on a recent trip to AC Moore. The card is based on a sketch from Sheet Load of Cards. Can I just say that I really miss Sheet Load?

I have enough cut to make about 20 of these cards, so I'll have a good stash of cards! I will probably leave some of them without a greeting, so that I can stamp whatever suits my needs at the moment.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

2 Sketches Card

I was so excited to get some craft time yesterday morning! I got an order of new Stampin' Up! product on Saturday and I was so happy to get a chance to play with some of it. I am still working on using up all of my scraps and I will have my scrap card to show you later this week.

This is my card using this weeks 2 Sketches 4 You sketch. I haven't been participating lately, but I'm glad to be back! I had so much fun with this sketch (and with my new stuff!)

I really love the new Patterns Stacks of DSP from Stampin' Up! There are only four patterns, but they are in ALL of the colors in the collection. Loving the new colors as well!

Materials in this card: (All materials SU!) Birthday Bliss stamp set; Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White card stock; DSP Patterns Stack-Brights; Designer Series Paper Pack (Hostess); Jet Black Staz-on; 1 3/4, 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 Circle Punches, Scallop Edge Punch; Brights Designer Buttons; Celebrations Quick Accents; Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose and Old Olive Markers.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Holy Scraps

So I've been organizing and cleaning out my stamp room and I have realized that I have way to many scraps and papers I'm not using. Deep down I knew this already, but I don't think I wanted to admit it, but I found two packs of retired Stampin' Up! Designer Paper that only had maybe one sheet used and then I realized that I had to admit that I had too much stuff I wasn't using. Admitting it is the first step, right? ;)

Now on to step two, I have recently come across a few card sketches that will be great for using up my designer paper and have been cutting like crazy!

I also plan to use up some of my scraps punching out shapes and cutting out shapes with my Big Shot for future use.

I'll have some pics of my scrap cards soon. I made a really cute one for a birthday and then forgot to take a picture before I mailed it.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Father's Day Cards

It's funny that making Father's Day cards kind of snuck up on me. I started thinking a few weeks ago that I needed to get to work on my Father's Day cards, but then I thought nah, that's still a few weeks away, I can wait. Then, of course this weekend I realized that it was only a week away and I needed to get cards in the mail! Luckily, my husband let me sneak away to my stamp room after church yesterday to get some cards done!

This first card is for my Dad who is a banker, so I thought the background paper would be fun for a card for him! The paper is from Cosmo Cricket's Girl Friday collection. The rest of the supplies are from Stampin' Up!
This second card is for my grandfather, I thought the Cosmo Cricket paper looked like a tie, so I made a pattern for the tie and used a strip of Whisper White card stock to create the collar. Again the paper is from Cosmo Cricket's Girl Friday collection and all other supplies are from Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Teacher Gifts

It's hard to believe that another year of preschool comes to an end tomorrow. My daughter had awesome teachers again this year and this is a little gift that I made for them as a thank you.

Both of the cards were based on sketches from Sheet Load of Cards. (Can I just say that I was so sad to see that end!)

Materials for the cards are:
Stamps: Schoolbook Serif Alphabet (Stampin' Up!)
Card Stock: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip and Taken with Teal (Stampin' Up!)
DSP: Sweet Pea and Cottage Wall (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Rose Red and Rich Razzleberry (Stampin' Up!)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Color Inspiration

Kristina Werner has started her Color Inspiration Challenges again, but this time her blog readers are submitting and voting on the inspiration photos. All of the photos submitted this time were so gorgeous, it was hard to pick just one to vote on!

I was so excited to see the colors in this challenge since they are some of my favorites. I love Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze and I am SO glad that Stampin' Up! is bringing them back! I also used the new bird punch from SU! I borrowed the punch from my mom forever ago to play with it and tonight was the first time I have used it. Love it! I'm going to have to use it some more before I return it!

Materials for this card are: Medallion and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets; Baja Breeze, Going Gray, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White card stock; Bird punch; Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon; I also used a retired SU! DSP and for the life of me I can't remember the name of it.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Stamp a Stack card

I just wanted to share a card that we made at my last stamp a stack. The stamp a stack was actually back in January before things really got going on our house addition and I still had time to stamp! My stamp room was where we stored all of the things we had to move while addition was being built and it eventually got to where you could hardly get in the door.

Posting this card reminds me that it's time for another stamp a stack! I'll be holding my next stamp a stack on June 26th, so stay tuned for details!
Did you know that Stampin' Up! now offers clear mounted stamps? I had never tried them before, but now that I have, I love them! The monkey stamp is from Fox and Friends which is one of the new sets that is offered as clear mount stamps. I just love that little guy!

Materials for this card are: Fox and Friends, A to Z and Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp sets; Kraft, Old Olive, Rose Red and Whisper White card stock; Sweet Pea DSP; Old Olive and Rose Red classic stamp pads; 1 3/4 inch and word window punches; silver brads.

Friday, April 30, 2010

I'm Back

Hello everyone! Hopefully I am back to blogging on a regular basis and I'll catch you up on the goings on in my life soon, but I wanted to get this card posted and I'm not sure that I can keep my eyes open much longer!

I haven't made a card in months, so I thought I would get back into the creative mood with a sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You. I have really missed being able to play along with their sketches.

I was on a sort of limited supply challenge as I am out of town at a conference with my husband and only brought a few things with me. I love how this card turned out! I remember seeing the flower embellishment on another blog, but I have no idea which blog.

Unfortunately, both the stamp set I used and the patterned paper are no longer available.

Materials for this card: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red and Pretty in Pink Card Stock; Sweet Pea DSP; Chocolate Chip Classic Ink; Silver Brads; Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon; 1 3/4 inch, 1 3/8 inch and 1 inch circle punches.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Valentine's Day Card

Man, it has been a while! It's not that I haven't wanted to stamp, but I just haven't had the time. We are putting an addition on our house and I have spent most of my free time answering questions and picking things out. I will have a new craft room when it's all done so I'm looking forward to getting that organized!

I created this card with the sketch over at 2 Sketches 4 You this week. I bought the Love Sparkles Simply Scrappin' Kit back in November to make some Valentine's Day projects and today is the first time I have opened it up. I love these kits because you can create awesome projects just using what is in the kit. I did add a few things for this card, but not much.

Materials for this card: Love Sparkles Simply Scrappin' Kit, Whisper White card stock, Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, white gel pen.