Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New Sketchabilites up today!

It seems like the days are going by so fast but
I am really happy for summer to be here!  Lots
of sunshine and relaxing and lots of time for scrapping too!

We have a new sketch over at Sketchabilites this week
and there are some really cute pages that everyone did
so be sure and stop on over and check them out... 
Here is the new sketch to create from:

and here is my take on the sketch

I used some of my favorite Doodlebug papers
to create my page and the beautiful colors and prints
made it really easy to put it together this week.
The photo is a friends daughter and she is
just so adorable and I think the papers went perfectly!

The flowers are a mix of the stickers from the Doodlebug line
 and of my Spellbinders Carnation creations. 
 I used some 3L foam squares to pop them up to 
add some dimension and that was all it 
needed!  Thanks Karan for another cute sketch and
sure hope you all created something adorable and join
us for a chance to win a prize!  

Have a Scrappy Happy Day :)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Bo Bunny Card Challenge

There is a new card challenge up at Bo Bunny this month
and I decided to make up a quick card using some of the 
scraps I had in my stash from the Kitchen Spice collection.

The recipe was to use-- 
3 Patterned papers, 2 stickers and 1 Brad/Button on your card. 

so....  I mixed a few things up, used the border and the Thank you 
as the stickers and added 2 brads.  And I added a few of my 
Spellbinders dies and came up with this:

Thanks for stopping by and hope you all 
had a really great Memorial weekend!

Cheers,  Teresa

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Wonderful Wednesday....

Yep I am still out here creating away... but much
more relaxed these days.  I am taking life a little more
slowly, working less and putting more into what I do and it's
really fun to think outside the box and create things I wouldn't
normally do. But alot of them I can't share with you all yet but
I do have a few cards that I did out of some super cute
new Bella Blvd summer papers I bought and it sure
put me in a bright and cheerful mood!

For my first card I cut 2 print pieces for the backround.  
Then i cut a paper ribbon in blue dot and flagged the bottom. 
 Then I cut and embossed 2 pieces of my Spellbinders 
Lattice Rectangles S4-319 to use as a base for the
sticker and the you make me smile tag. I used a few
3L foam squares to pop it up and add some depth. Then i
 sewed all around the outside edges and finished it 
with a few tiny white pearls and a cute white bow.

I wanted to try something with my Splendid Circle
die S4-354 and came up with this bright pretty 
medallion with little butterflies and added a tag & 
sentiment from Mrs. Grossmans stickers in Italian
that says thank you!  The bottom cut outs are made
with one of my Spellbinders Edgeabilites dies. I 
love them because you don't have to cut an edge you
can just use it to cut out and leave a design on
something and you can mix and match them which
no other dies can do... They are really fantastic!!
Here is the link to see them all here.

For my last card I used my Spellbinders Postage Stamp
die S4-348 and cut and embossed it for the back round.
  Behind the sun sticker I cut a few pieces of the yellow 
cardstock and made a lattice design and just finished it with the 
"sending you sunshine" tag and a few tiny pearls. For 
the sun I did add a little of Donna Salazar's fairy dust glitter
to make it sparkle.. I could put it on everything :) 
I just Love glittery things!

That's all for today... going to make my family
some dessert tonight and watch a movie!  
Hope you have a wonderful night,

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Teresa Collins Event

So this week was kind of an emotionally tough week 
so I wanted to do something fun that I don't normally do
and I was blessed enough to get a call from Ginger to
let me know they had a place at Teresa's Inspired Journey
in Manhattan Beach and was hosted by one of my
most favorite designers Teresa Collins.  I only got
to go to one of the days sadly but it was so much 
fun with all the girls there!!  They were all so very nice!
And.. the best part is we did 4 projects, 2 from Teresa
and 1 from Pink Paislee and 1 from 7 gypsies!

 I got to sit next to the 2 cutest girls I know, Michelle
and Cindy Farbach!  It was a real treat to be on the other side
and not teaching and we got to create 2 awesome books Sat.

 And this adorable teacher is Rebecca Cross.
She is the owner and creative director for Pink Paislee
and designed these really fun file folder pages for us
 to do and they are just so darned cute and fun to make. 
 We got to spray, ink, stamp, cut and put on lots of fun 
embellishments on the ones we did.  It was really fun!
I love things with pop ups and fold out pages....

 Our table was so nice and everyone helped and shared
to get our projects all done!  

And... the best part was prizes!  Michelle and Cindy
both picked up a few goodies :)

 Here is just a few of Teresa's projects that she brought
to share with all of us.  I just love her things because
there is so much love and heartfelt thought that goes
into designing her things and it is such a wonderful
and beautiful product to scrap family things with :)

And this I had to share--- cause it is the biggest
roll of foam tape that I had ever seen!

We had a short break for dinner so we decided
to go down to Manhattan Beach pier
and we walked around the shops and found this
amazing little Mexican restaurant that is my new
favorite place for fish tacos.. they were heavenly
and thank goodness I don't live close by cause I
could be there every day LOL!

 And last but not least this is Michelle with her new
friend on the end of the pier.... 
it's a love hate relationship though LOL!

Thanks for stopping in and sharing in the fun!

Laughter truly is the best medicine!
Hugs, Teresa 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Cardabilites sketch

There is a fun and easy sketch over
on Cardabilites this week that I wanted to join in
and create with so I used a stamp i bought from
 Inkadinkadoo with these really pretty butterflies 
and made up a quick birthday card to save for someone 
special this summer.  

Authentique has a new line out in these 
gorgeous shades of reds and it even has beautiful
butterflies on one of the pages.  For my stamp
I inked and embossed it in black and then colored
it with Copic markers and a little bit of distress ink.
  The backround behind the stamp is one of 
my favorite Spellbinders dies- 
Fleur de lis Rectangles S4-317.
Thanks so much for stopping over and be sure
and create something from the new sketch and enter
to win on the blog.  Karan would love to see
what you create!

We are having 1/2 of card club early this
month this morning and then i am off to
take a few classes with Teresa Collins down
by the beach... it's going to be a fun weekend!
Have a wonderful day!

Hugs,  Teresa

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sketchabilites #71

Karan has a new sketch for all of you today over
on the Sketchabilites Blog and it a really fantastic one
so be sure and pop over and maybe try it out with your
own take on it and enter to win a fantastic prize too!  
Here is the sketch this time:

And here is my take on it---

My title is "our adventure in Venice"

This was such an easy and fun page to do and
I used lots of different bits and pieces of things
that I had in my stash to create it.  I kept the
sketch pretty much the same but added extra borders
and a few extra tickets and letters for my title.
All the colors of flowers pick up all the pretty colors 
in the photos and for me personally reminds me of
all the beautiful flower stands there on the island.
It was a really, really fun trip for all of us.

Thanks so much for stopping over for a little inspiration
and be sure and join us and upload your page too!
Have a fabulously creative day,


Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy Monday

I hope that you have all had an amazing weekend
celebrating your moms like I did and I have a quick
card that I wanted to share to show off one of my
favorite dies to use.  It's called Persian Motifs and
comes with 4 really pretty designs and it also
looks like the sun so I created this layered card
using pastel yellow papers on lavender and popped
it up a little and added a cute little flag sentiment
that i created from the computer :)

I think the more I create the more fun it is collecting
Spellbinders borders and embossing folders so that my cards 
are unique and have lots and lots of texture.  And there
is so much available it is soooo much fun!!  For this card 
I used Spellbinders Persian Motifs SF-079
and Spellbinders Damask Accents S5-080 (border)
and papers by Basic Grey.
If you haven't tried the folders you are in for a 
real treat because you get 2 designs in each one
which is awesome not only for creative reasons
but also because it is easier to store too!!

If you click on the photo you can see up close the 
tiny embossing details of these wonderful products!
And don't forget your 3L foam dots to add dimension
to the pieces and a few rhinestones too....

Thanks so much for stopping over
today for a little Spellbinders inspiration!

Hugs,  Teresa

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mother's Day card ideas

Mom's are amazing women.  They juggle so many plates
at one time and for some it is effortlessly. It's amazing...
 Here is a poem I found to dedicate 
to all the wonderful moms out there! 
And a few cards to give you ideas to make a few for
a special mom, aunt, grandma, or sister in your life! 

Mother's Love 
Her love is like
an island in life's ocean,
vast and wide
A peaceful, quiet shelter
From the wind, the rain, the tide.
'Tis bound on the north by Hope,
By Patience on the West,
By tender Counsel on the South
And on the East by Rest.
Above it like a beacon light
Shine Faith, and Truth, and Prayer;
And thro' the changing scenes of life
I find a haven there. 

Author Unknown 

I loved the pinks and browns in this collections and the die fit perfect
 to cut out this piece and use it as the focal point for my card. I cut
out and embossed the paper for the dressform with my
 Spellbinders die Romantic Rectangles S5-090.---  It's soo pretty! 
For the scallop I used an Edgeabilites die E8-008 on the music
notes paper and tucked it under the rectangle.  The rest
is layering squares and rectangles and adding a cute
bow with an old fashioned rose and a few stickpins.

For this card I used the patterns in the MME paper
for the backround and cut a matted rectangle for the
back and over that I layered a small Labels Eighteen
die cut shape and over that I used the frame and tiny
inset to have as a backdrop for the Mother Tag from MME.
To finish it I added little flowers from Petaloo and a
tiny snippet of ribbon. 

This was a really fun card to make so I saved it for last.
I used 3 dies for this card:
Spellbinders Scalloped Squares S4-127
Leafy Squares S4-332
and Edgeabilites E8-012 and moved the paper
just so the purple was peeking out under the edge.  
I masked the backround with 3 colors of ink and stamped
the black over it.  It didn't need much else more than a pretty
ribbon and a flower and a few stickpins and it was all done.
Now for some great sentimental poems for the inside and 
I can send them out for Sunday.. Yay!

Thank you so much to all of you that left the kind comments
for the Blog hop it was really fun and I hope that lots of you got to win 
some of these amazing dies to play with!  

Have a great Sunday,

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Spellbinders Spring Blog Hop & Giveaway Day 5

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to our first hop with the new Spellbinders Design Team of 2012.  I hope that by now, if you have been hopping with us, you are brimming with lots of creative ideas on how to use our fabulous New Spellbinders™ dies.  I have a fun project to share with you today for all the Senior Grads in your life --so grab a cup of tea and sit a bit while I teach you how to make this book with our New Tags and Labels Die from Becky Fleck and the Creative Book Pages Dies from Donna Salazar.

Spellbinders™ Paper Arts:
Crosspromotional Partners:
*Bazzill Basics Cardstock- Black textured / white / Royal Blue
*Kaisercraft-  After Five Collection
*Creative Impressions- Bits Of Bling
*Canvas Corp- Black Cording
*3L Adhesive EZ Runner and 3D Foam Squares
*Scor-Pal- Scor-Tape
Other Supplies:
The Paper Company- Graduation
Reminisce- Graduation Stickers
Sticko- Letters/ black
Silver Eyelets
Industrial Chic Rhinestone Charm
Recollections- Graduations stickers
Stampendous- Congratulations stickers

Project Directions:
To begin making the book you are going to cut 8 pieces of black cardstock 7 ½” x 6 ¾”
Cut 2 more pieces out of the black textured cardstock with the scalloped book pages (set 1) and emboss them.  Cut 4 pieces of 1” x 6 ½” for the front and back inside and outside edges to bind.  Set these aside.  Cut and emboss the silver diamond paper with the creative book pages and glue onto the front piece of the scalloped black book page.  Cut a square of 5 ¼” x 5 ¼” of the school color you would like to use.  Cut the year print 5x5 and glue this on top of the colored cardstock.  I added foam tape between the colored and black layers to make it stand out more at this point.  You can mat your photo in white and glue this down on top of the other pieces.  Cut out 3 tiny ticket tags, 2 flowers and a tab out of white cardstock and emboss them.  If you have stickers that work great you can put them on the tags or you can print it on your computer and lay the dies over the top and cut and emboss them so that you can use words that would personally fit your project. Set this front finished piece aside with the black pages.

To create the pocket inside pages you will cut 12 pieces of white cardstock 6x6.  Cut 12 pieces of Graduation themed papers 5 ¾” x 5 ¾” square and center them and glue them down onto the white pieces.  To make the pockets you are going to cut 12 pieces of printed cardstock 3” x 5 ¾” You are going to cut these at a slant making sure that you have 2 pieces that criss-cross together making enough for 6 pages.  Glue these down with ¼” Scor tape around the outside bottom edges to create a pocket to put the tags, photos and memorabilia in… See photograph below.

At this point you should have 12 - 6x6 pages, 6 with pockets and 6 for pictures and the front and back pieces.  So lets put this book together. Get the 8 pieces of black cardstock and the 1” strips you cut in the beginning and stack them on top of each other. On the front page lay the matted piece with the photo on the right and the 1” strip on the left next to it and glue down. (the strips are there to reinforce the edges)  Do the same for the pieces on the back of the book. For the inside pages you are going to center the pocket pages to the outside edges on the right and left of the pages and glue them down.  There should be about a 3/8” around the outside edges.  The pockets pages should be glued down on the right side. (Start gluing from page 1 and go back so that the 2 pages facing each other will match.)

Now we are ready to create the journaling tags for the pockets.   For these you are going to cut 6-8 white rectangles 3 ½”x 5 ½”.  Cut black mats for them out of cardstock 3 ¾”x 5 ¾”.  Glue together.  Cut 6-8 pieces of black cardstock 3 ½” x 1 ½” and glue ½” down from the top on the white cardstock. Next you are going to cut 6-8 strips of the year themed paper 1”x 3 ½” and glue that on top of the black.  To make the adorable tags you will cut and emboss 2 of each tag and add the lettering either by rubons or adhesive letters.  You can add foam dots on the back of each and adhere them onto the tags.  Add rhinestones to each tag. You can click on the pictures to see more detail in the photos.

Now we are ready to assemble the book.  Figure out where you want to holes to be on the left edges and make yourself a template.  I did 3 holes and marked each of my pages first with a white pencil and then punched them so that I could add the silver eyelets. (These will help reinforce the pages when they get turned.)  When you are done adding the eyelets you can string the book together with the black cording.  Make sure that it is not too tight so that you can turn the pages easily.  Add bits of ribbon and cut tiny little tags in white and emboss them and tie them on with ribbons.  You can add the name of the student, school name, year or just words onto the tags to decorate..

To finish your book you can mat photos or announcements or whatever you have collected from the year to put on the pages and in the pockets to make a priceless book for them to remember that very last year of high school or college.  I added stickers and extra embellishments on the pages too so have fun with it and please email me if you have any questions.

The Spellbinders™ Spring Blog Hop will begin April 30th, and will end on May 5th, 2012. It consists of 16 individual and one grand prize drawings.  Enter the Spellbinders™ Spring Blog Hop by visiting the participating blogs each day.
From each Blog Hop post, click on the Blog Hop "Enter HERE" at the end of each blog to open the entry form. You may only enter once from each blog each day.
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Thanks so much for visiting my blog today and I hope you got inspired to create something fun with these fabulous dies from Becky Fleck and the wonderful Book Page dies from Donna Salazar!
The next stop on your list of inspirational blogs is the wonderful and talented…
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Courtney's sketch with Pagemaps

There is a new contest up at Pagemaps this week with a 
chance to win a copy of Courtney Walsh's new book. Yay!
We were asked to do the sketch with one of the
themes listed and I thought I would do this page
of my daughter and her best friend and boyfriend
at Easter this year.  I used Basic Grey papers
and stickers for it and it went together really fast 
thanks to Becky's wonderful and cute sketch.  
And ----I love BG papers too so that helps spark
my creativity alot.  

Thanks so much for stopping in and be sure
and head over to the Pagemap blog and 
help Becky with her Relay for Life Run!
Lots of Hugs,


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