Sunday, September 30, 2007

A couple more make and takes. . .

Here are a couple more of the make and takes I did Friday night. One was a 6x6 scrapbook page. I think I will probably put this on a 12 x 12 page OR I might frame it as a gift if I can find the right picture for it. The other one is a 12x12 page that says "Best Friends" at the top. I think I am going to use this for pictures of me and my hubby, because he is my best friend!

Scrap Pink

Hope everyone had a great weekend! My weekend was pretty busy. As I mentioned before, Friday night I went to a crop that benefited the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. I had such a fun time and I got a lot of pages done, woo hoo! I also did some make and takes. The first one is an altered altoid tin. Sorry for the blurry picture, I just couldn't hold the camera still, for some reason. The little tag says "A Little Something." I really liked the colors on this and it was very easy to make!

Friday, September 28, 2007

More Christmas

I'm trying to finalize which cards I want to make at my upcoming open house and I can't decide. I want to keep it simple, for those that have never stamped, but I also want to show some cool techniques. In the meantime, I am getting a lot of cards I can use for Christmas!!! Yay! I like the simplicity of this card. Supplies: Cardstock: Ballet Blue, Brocade Blue; Ink: Ballet Blue; Stamps: Greetings Galore, Snowman Fun wheel, Holiday Tag Team; Ticket corner punch and Non-SU white ribbon. This card was very easy to make, and I really like the color!
I spent some time this morning getting my supplies ready for the crop tonight. It is very hard to decide what to bring, I'm afraid I will get inspired and not have something I really want to use. I am bringing all the basics and a few extras. The only thing I am really going to miss is my Cuttlebug, but if I really want to use it, I can just leave room on my page for it. For all you seasoned croppers out there, how do you decide what to take?

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Happy Halloween

I was finally able to play with my new Haunting Halloween stamp set from Stampin' Up! I am making some pocket cards for DD's daycare, I think I will put some candy in them. Supplies: Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Non-SU white, Always Artichoke;Ink: Black, Pumpkin Pie, YoYo Yellow, Close to Cocoa, Non-SU Purple; Stamp Sets: Haunting Halloween, Background Basics; Black Brads, corner round punch and Pumpkin Pie ribbon. Had a little trouble folding the its kinda crunchy, but this was just a prototype anyway! Went for a drive with my family this evening and the pumpkins are here! I guess summer is really over. Fall is one of my favorite times of year, but I'm not sure I'm really ready for summer to be over . I guess I don't have a choice..ha ha!

Christmas Tags

Whenever I get a bunch of stamps, I cannot do anything else until I have them all cut and mounted. I don't know why? Does anyone else do that? I sat down yesterday to do some stamping and just had to cut my new stamp sets. I did make a few Christmas Tags. I thought this would be something easy and fast I could do. I only have one more stamp set to cut and mount, yay! I used my Scallop Circle Punch, all my circle punches and my ticket corner punch for these. I made the tag one myself. I didn't do too much stamping, only on the red tag, I stamped snowflakes using white craft ink. I used versamark on the three circle one and stamped presents on the red and green circles. I used the Holiday Tag Team stamp set. These were pretty easy to make. This weekend is Scrap Pink, so tomorrow night I am going to a crop. It is actually my first time going to a crop and I'm really looking forward to it! The proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. So I should have a bunch of stuff to post over the weekend!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Unfortunately I needed a sympathy card this week. I don't have a sympathy stamp yet, so I used my Sorry from So Very. I really like this card, except for the adhesive you can see through the vellum =-( Usually I am able to hide it better. I guess I need to break down and buy something that won't show up. It doesn't look as bad in person as the picture shows. I used Sketch Challenge 142 for the layout. I really like this layout and I think I will use it again!
Supplies: Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Naturals Ivory, Non-SU Vellum; Ink: Mellow Moss, Orchid Opulence, Pale Plum, Lovely Lilac; Stamps: So Very, Happy Harmony; ticket corner punch and distressing.
My starter kit came yesterday! YAY! I've unpacked it all, but I haven't had time to play yet. I really need to get organized. Right now all my paper is in a 5 drawer storage system and in no order, what-so-ever! Do you know how hard it is to find a color of paper when you have to look through 5 drawers??? I am going to do some research today and see what other people use. I think I have seen where people use hanging file folders and put each color in a folder...that may be what I need to do. I am running out of room and fast!!!! It is fun though! I'll keep you posted on what I find out.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Happy Weekend!

I am working on ideas for cards to make at the open house I am planning on having to announce my becoming a SU demonstrator. Here is what I have come up with: The Pocket Card (I love making these!).

Supplies: Cardstock: Glorious Green, Real Red, Whisper White; Ink: Real Red; Glorious Green; Versamark; Accessories: brads, red gingham ribbon; hole punch; corner rounder punch and ticket corner punch; Stamps: Holiday Tag Team. I really like this one, the red, green and white. I stamped the holly in versamark and colored in the berries with real red. On the insert I distressed the edges with red, not very visible in the picture.

The other card I did was much more simple. I wanted something fairly easy:

Supplies: Cardstock: Blue Bayou, Glossy White (non-SU); Ink: Black Staz On, Real Red, White Craft Ink; Accessories: Scallop circle and 3/4 inch circle punches; dimensionals.

I was thinking about using a brighter blue. Any thoughts?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Needed a box . . .

We went to a Harry & David store today and bought some truffles, I wanted to give some to a good friend of mine, but didn't want to just put them in a Ziploc bag, so I decided to make a 2-5-7-10 box. You can find the directions here. This was so easy to make. It only takes 1 sheet of cardstock and some scrap paper! Sorry the picture isn't too great, I'm taking it to her tomorrow and wanted to get the picture uploaded.
Supplies: (All products Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted) Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Mellow Moss, White; Ink: Versamark, Lovely Lilac, Lavender Lace; Stamps: Lexicon of Love, In the Spotlight; Non-SU double sided tape, corner round punch, ribbon, hole punch.
By the way, Harry and David have this coffee flavored truffle that is totally awesome!! Plus we taste tested some pumpkin cheesecake, yummy!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


I've decided to try another altering project. This time I altered a composition book. This was very easy. You can find the tutorial on this thread at SCS. There are so many possibilities for embellishing this. I stayed fairly simple this time, but I can't wait to do it again!

I am also making a beaded pen (instructions here), this pen doesn't have the beads yet, I ran out of tacky tape! I did not use the shipping label, I just cut some of the patterned paper to size and ran it through my xyron, worked perfectly!

Supplies: Composition Book ($0.35 at Target!!); Recollections Patterned Paper; Mellow Moss cardstock; perfect plum cardstock; versamark ink; clear embossing powder; ribbon; ticket corner punch; corner rounder punch; Delight in Life Stamp set and Cuttlebug Olivia alphabet.

This project is very easy and anyone could use them. They also make the small composition books that could be altered and would easily fit into your purse for whatever purpose. I thought a good use for the smaller books would be to take on vacation so you could write down important facts for later journaling. These would make great Christmas Gifts!!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Christmas is Coming!

I decided to start working on my glass jars for Christmas today. I am doing the glass etching and then will fill with homemade candy. I figure if I start now, I just have to do 1 or 2 a week and will have enough by Christmas =-) You can find the instructions here. I have done a couple jars before, and I have a couple tips that I noticed helped this time. 1. Use your embossing buddy!! It really helps. (I got mine at Archiver's). 2. I used the Stampin' Up Clear Embossing Powder and it came off so much easier than the non-Stampin' Up brand I used last time. I am all for saving a buck, but the last jar I did took me at least 5 times as long to scrap the embossing powder off (of course, it could have been something I did like not heating it enough...who knows?) If you are doing multiple jars at once, that's great, but do not pour the etching cream on one jar while holding said jar over another jar you are working on (does that make sense?). Yes I did this and I know that it should have been obvious, but at least I learned for next time! Ha Ha! The etching cream does work instantly, so if you mess up, there is no way to fix it, at least that I know of. The picture above is the top of the jar. The other picture is the whole jar. The picture does not do it justice, these are really hard to photograph! I used the Holiday Tag Team stamp set, specifically the Santa, snowman, and tree (one on each side of the jar). The other jar I did (no picture taken) I also used the snowflake and the candy canes. I really like these jars because they are not too curvy, very easy to get the image on. I bought them at Flower Factory for $0.79, I think...not very expensive at all!

Sunday, September 16, 2007


The inspiration for this card was from a sketch challenge at SCS and I'm sorry, I can't find the number of the challenge! I will keep looking and edit this post when I find it. Although I don't know if I strayed too much from the challenge. I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

Supplies (Stampin' Up products unless noted): Cardstock: Blue Bayou, River Rock, Watercolor; Ink: Staz On Black, Watercolor (Rich Regals), Tea Dye Distressing Ink; Brads (non-Stampin' Up); Corner round punch, scallop punch, 1 1/2 circle punch.

1. Cut a piece of 8.5x11 Blue Bayou cardstock in half for card base.
2. Cut River Rock paper to 4.5 x 3.5.
3. Round corners of River Rock paper.
4. Cut Watercolor paper to 3 3/4 x 3. (keep scraps!)
5. Round corners of watercolor paper.
6. Stamp image on watercolor paper using staz on ink and color as desired.
7. Using scallop circle punch, punch out scallop circle in Blue Bayou.
8. Using 1 1/2 circle punch, punch out circle in watercolor paper (I stamped image first, then punched.)
9. Distress both watercolor sheets.
10. Place large watercolor on River Rock sheet, place on Blue Bayou base.
11. Place watercolor circle on scallop circle, place on top of large watercolor.
12. Punch small holes for brads in left hand corner.

This was a fun card to make, hope you enjoy it.

Explaination of Scrapbooking Fool!

I realized as I was typing my last post that the name of my blog does not match the content I have been posting. I started scrapbooking over 10 years ago, and just started stamping/card making in the last year. I've never thought about taking pictures of my scrapbook pages to share. Someday I hope to share some page ideas with you, just lately I haven't been scrapbooking! Hopefully that will change soon! I just wanted to explain why my blog is called "Scrapbooking Fool" when, so far, all I have posted is cards!!!

Reasons for making a card...

When you sit down to make a card, you usually have a purpose, right? You need a birthday card for a co-worker, a thank you card for a friend, a missing you card for a far away my purpose was using up some ribbon! I pulled out two colors that go together and matched the card, to match my ribbon. I specifically chose bright colors because that's what kind of mood I was in! I'm going to try to start posting instructions with my cards in case anyone is
interested so here is what I did for this one:
Supplies (Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted): Card stock: Yoyo Yellow, Tempting Turquoise and non-Stampin' Up white; Ink: Tempting Turquoise; Stamp Set: Lexicon of Love
Ribbon: Turquoise and Maize; Brads: Non-Stampin' Up Turquoise; Ticket Corner Punch, hole punch for brads and paper piercing tools.
1. Take one sheet of Tempting Turquoise cardstock and cut in half for card base.
2. Cut a piece of Yoyo Yellow to 2.5 x 2.5
3. Punch all corners of Yoyo Yellow with ticket corner punch.
4. Cut white cardstock to 2 1/4 x 2 1/4.
5. Stamp on white cardstock using Tempting Turquoise and stamp of your choice.
6. Punch a small hole in each corner of white card stock for brads.
7. Using matpack pierce paper as desired.
8. Tie ribbon around card.
9. Place your piece of yoyo yellow so it looks like a diamond.
10. Place your white piece of cardstock in the middle of the diamond, I used Stampin' dimensionals in each corner to give it a 3d look.
This was my first attempt at instructions, please let me know what you think?

Flip-flop Birthday and Exciting News!

Finally I can post the card I sent to my sister for her birthday! (It was Friday, Happy Birthday, Sis!!!) She loves flip-flops. So I found a flip-flop stamp and some flip-flop brads and voila, her birthday card . . . I think the only Stampin' Up product is the mellow moss and the Happy Birthday stamp. I found the palm tree stamp on ebay! I'm sure I will get lots of opportunities to use the flip-flops! I also gave her a picture frame altered with flip-flop paper, a jumbo paperclip book mark using flip-flop paper and a glass etched jar and candle using the stamps from this card. I know I took pictures of all this stuff, but I can't find them. I will look for them and post them later! My mom gave her a basket and we filled it up with goodies! It was a lot of fun.
Now to the exciting news! I am going to become a Stampin' Up demonstrator! Yay! They have a great sign-up special right now, so, that is my major motivation and getting the discount is a huge plus! I will probably try to drum up a little business, but I'm not really worried if I it doesn't work. I'm excited though! I think it will be a lot of fun! My current demo was very supportive when I talked to her about it and that was very cool! My hubby was also supportive too and that just goes to show what a wonderful man he is!!! Enough babbling this morning! Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Midweek Fun!

I decided to do another sketch challenge from SCS today. It is SC141. I don't know why I keep doing Thinking of You cards, I guess i just have enough birthday cards. The mug/flower was done using Cuttlebug embossing folder and I used chalk to color over it. I used the ticket corner punch. I feel like this needs something more, but I'm not sure what. Sorry for a short post today, my mind is blank and I can't think of anything else to say =-)

Monday, September 10, 2007

Pocket Card

If your looking for something easy to do, but not a traditional card, the pocket card is the way to go. The possibilities are endless! I decided to join a Pocket Card Swap on SCS, because I really like them and I thought it would be a piece of cake, but I really had a hard time coming up with an idea. My hardest part, I think, was the color combinations. Since I really like the In Colors this year, I thought I would do something with them! So this is what I came up with. I used the Purely Pomegranate and Wild Wasabi paper and ink. I decided this would be a good Thank You card for Christmas gifts.
I thought I would try a new technique today (new to me) so I printed out the instructions for the Surprise Pocket Card. Unfortunately, I just couldn't get it! I scored in the wrong places and it just ended up ugly (I didn't get too far). I gave that up pretty quickly. I will try that another day when I have time to sit and concentrate. My problem is when I have to find 3/8 or something like that...I have to really think about it and sometimes when I'm doing this, I don't want to think! I want to be creative, not a mathematician! I will say that I am the one with the problem, not the directions...ha ha! I'd really like some feedback on this card...does it need something? Too much Pomegranate? Distressing too much? Just right!! Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Happy Sunday!

Hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend! We spent a lot of time with family and it was great. It poured here on Saturday and my daughter had a blast playing in it! Lots of fun. Didn't have too much time to stamp or scrap, but I do have a card to upload that I worked on last week. It was another sketch from splitcoast...SC137 by JusColorado and since I used my favorite colors, I like it a lot!!! I used a velum strip under the thinking of you. The stamps are Happy Harmony and Thinking of you from the Three for You Punch Box. I am hoping in the next few weeks I can get started on my Christmas cards, but I also have some Halloween cards I want to do. I am looking forward to the fall! I think I'm just rambling I will go now =-)

Saturday, September 8, 2007

My New Favorite Technique!!!!

While browsing through SCS the other day I stumbled on the tutorial for Wednesday. It is a Criss-Cross Card. I looked through the gallery and saw all the beautiful cards and thought I should try it, but I just knew it would be hard and mine would never turn out. But you have to take a chance sometimes and this is one of those times!!! This technique calls for patterned paper, so I looked through my stack and found this "Aloha" paper and decided to use it! I am so pleased with how this turned out and it was very easy to do! The design is by Michelle Wooderson (she is one smart cookie!) and you can find the tutorial here. I think I am going to use this technique for Christmas cards this year! Now I just need to order the paper. I liked it so much, I did a second one. I do like the 2nd one better because of the colors. Did you ever notice how there are not enough hours in the day to do all the things you want to do?
There are so many different types of cards that I would like to try. I guess I will just have to continue, one by one! Well, thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Tent Topper

Good Morning! TGIF! Well I've had some "stampers block" this week and would find myself just sitting at my table cutting paper and stamping, but nothing was coming together, so I decided to try my first SCS Sketch Challenge!!!! I knew it would give me a starting point. For those of you who don't know what a sketch challenge is, let me tell you! A sketch challenge is basically a "challenge" to make a card using the sketch that is provided (pretty simple, right?). You can do whatever colors, stamps, embellishments, etc. you want, just use the sketch guidelines. The other cool thing about the sketch challenges is that there is no time limit! The first one I chose was from a couple of weeks ago. I decided on SC134 that was designed by Michelle Wooderson, it is a tent topper card. I had never done one of these before, so I was excited to try! It took me a while to come up with a color scheme and decide on what my topper would be, but once I finished it, I was happy! I used the new In Colors (again!).
Here's my recipe:
Paper: Sky Blue, Purely Pomegranate and White
Ink: Sky Blue, Purely Pomegranate and Wild Wasabi
Ribbon: Wild Wasabi
Embellishments: Buckle
Technique: Tent Topper and Distressing
What do you think? Thanks for taking the time to look! Hope you enjoyed.
P.S. I wanted to be sure to give credit to the sketch designer, but I wasn't sure of the best way, please let me know if anyone knows of anything else I should have done!!!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

New Stuff

Well I didn't get much play time in yesterday. I had 4 stamp sets to cut out and by the time I got everything organized and watched Big Brother, I only had time to make one, very simple card.

However, this one little card allowed me to use the new In Colors that I like so much, my new ticket corner punch, round tab punch and In the Spotlight stamp set. I was having a hard time coming up with something because I really wanted to use everything I got. So this was the final result. I also finished my other Grandparent's Day card, very similar to the one I posted the other day, but I added a Scallop Circle and a Three for You flower punch:

I'm hoping to get a chance to play some more tonight after DD goes to bed! I made a trip to Target today, did you know in there $1 spot they have scrapbooking items???? Maybe not the best quality, but some of it was pretty cute. Some fall ribbon, scrapbooking paper (several sheets for $1, can't remember exactly), small punches, embellishments (very cute jewel embellishments, I bought two of these). There was some other stuff two. The punches will only work on plain (non-cardstock) paper. They also have a bunch of their school supplies on sale. Composition books for $0.35!! I bought several of these to alter...will post pictures of those some day (when I get them done!!) Gotta love target! OK, one more upload for the day: I joined a Fall Colors and Design on SCS and this is what I submitted:

I used Close to Cocoa, Really Rust, Mellow Moss and Watercolor paper; versamark and Close to Cocoa ink; chalk coloring and Chocolate Chip ribbon. I am pleased with the way it turned out. Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


I'm sorry, I can't come to my blog right now because I recieved my Stampin' Up order today! Please leave a message at the beep and I will get back to you as soon as possible!


Monday, September 3, 2007


Happy Labor Day! It's been nice having three whole days to spend with my wonderful husband and beautiful daughter! I did have the opportunity to make a few cards. I need some opinions on one, I'm just not 100% sold on it, but I don't know why...Anyway, I was looking through the SCS gallery yesterday and I noticed someone posted a Grandparents Day card, and that reminded me I needed to do a card for my Grandparents =-) Here is my attempt:

I used some of the in colors, Wild Wasabi (card stock), Soft Sky (card stock) and Groovy Guava (card stock and ink), Riveting and Rough Edges Alphabet stamp sets, craft ink, cuttlebug and Ivory Ribbon. What do you think? Be honest, I can handle it =-)

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

More cards!!!

Well, since it is a holiday weekend I thought I would take the time to upload some more of my favorite cards. This one was using the Blooming with Happiness hostess stamp set from Stampin' Up, it is now retired, but I really like it. I used glitter glue on the cake and the flowers. I also used my cuttlebug and retro flower punch.

This one is my watercolor. It is another retired Stampin' Up set, Seaside Sketches. Very simple, but very cute!

OK, one more for today and I'm done =-) This one was a very simple one, I had just bought the retro flower punch and wanted to play with it!

We are having beautiful weather here in Indiana this weekend, so not its time to go out and enjoy it. Happy Labor Day!!!