Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Mini-challenge @Scrapbook Blessings Club

Hi, I'm sharing a Diamond-fold Card I created back in July for Scrapbook Blessings Club for today's Mini-Challenge -- sharing our favorite challenge for the past 3 months...

Originally, when I started this project, I thought it was going to be a difficult one because of all the folding, but once I got the 'hang' of it, it's quite simple to create.

Supplies used:
  • Cardstock and design paper from my personal stash
  • Hello Sunshine 'button' from a Monthly Card Kit from 

measurements of the card is mention within the video.  Quite possibly will have a similar tutorial   Just type Diamond-fold card in search line.

Your challenge:
Anything goes: cards, banners, layouts but if you use on of he previous SBC challenge tutorials, you will get an extra chance entry for this challenge sponsor.

This challenge ends on Saturday, Sept 6th at 10:00 pm EST.  Also, you can join up to our Facebook group: Scrapbook Blessings Club for more fun, games, inspiration, tips and techniques. 
If you do make a project using the featured technique, your project and blog may be showcased on the SBC Facebook group.

Thank you for stopping by to visit and happy crafting. 

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    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Another Squirrel with Sunflower as a card

    Good morning crafty friends, Carolyn here with this Saturday's post of another Squirrel with the Sunflower, as a Hello Sunsational Stamps


    Found here.

    Supplies used:
    • Cutfile from Scrapping with Lisa Designs 
    • Prismacolor markers for coloring image
    • Hello stamped with distressed ink 
    • Punched the lattice fence with a Martha Stewart lattice punch
    • floral embossing folder used for lower portion of fence
    Thank you for stopping by to visit with us at Sunsational Stamps and happy crafting to all

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Tuesday - Cards @Scrapbook Blessings Club

    Hi there friends in the crafting world, Carolyn here to share a couple Christmas cards I recently made...


    Christmas Village Church from here.
    The image was stamped on white card stock, and than die cut with a oval die.  Each scallop on the mat I applied Liquid Pearls and attached a ribbon on bottom.  Place it over a snow-flaked embossed mat and all attached to white card stock base. Sentiment from Stampin! Up Teeny Tiny Words.  Glitter glue applied to roof of the church; and I used Wink of Stella glitter pens to color in the stained glass window, plus the windows.  Door is also colored in with Wink of Stella glitter pen.

    Photo download from a search on Internet that I printed out, and applied glitter/stickles to areas in photo that had glittered.  And created a easel card using my Silhouette Cameo.  I believe the photo was printed out and than cut out with my Brother's Scan 'n Cut machine.  

    Thank you for stopping by to visit with me and happy crafting to you all

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

    Garden Digital Scrapbook Layout

    Hi, I am going to share my Garden Digital Scrapbook Layout using Annabelle's Garden Baskets from ClipArt From the Heart by, I believe by Cheryl Seslar.  This file of Annabelle's Garden Baskets is not in the store, but this file:  Sitting Sadie Garden Thyme CFTH: 

    is close to the file I requested.  I love the images in the Annabelle's Garden Baskets and will work with them more as I have time.  

    Here is what I done with Image #3 from the set...

    12 x 12 size
    png and /or jpeg
    3600 x 3600
    Supplies/software used:
    • I used both Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 and 4.0.3 for creating this layout. was used for creating .png format of the flower cluster, frame and garden bench.
    • The garden ben, frame and paint splatter are considered brushes from PSE software, which loaded onto a page within the software, and than saved as a jpeg.  Brought it over to to change to .png format (makes it easier to place on the layout page.
    • The 'Relax' sentiment tag from Digital Scrapbooking at Pixal Scrapper.
    • Image #3 from the Annabelle's Garden Basket set
    I can use this creation either for a layout or as a card to send to someone to cheer them up or say thank you.
    Thank you for stopping by to visit with me; and take a moment and go over to  ClipArt From the Heart and check out their store.  There is several designers so you can check out what all are doing.

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

    Squirrel with Sunflower Recipe Card

    Hey there crafty friends, Carolyn here to share my Saturday morning post for Sunsational Stamps using the Squirrel with Sunflower image from the Going a Little Nutty set found here.

    I am presently creating a Mini-ablum cookbook as a Fence for the main's a work in progress and thought this Squirrel with a sunflower and pumpkin would be unique for several of the Recipe Cards.  I colored the images with Copic markers and created a back shadow so it could be highlighted on the Recipe Card.  (I am starting with the dessert section for this Recipe Book!)


    The slice of pumpkin in lower left corner is from SilhouetteAmerica Online store.  All images was print 'n cut using my Sihouette Cameo along with the recipe card.   

    Thank you for stopping to visit with me and please visit us at Sunsational Stamps  and on our Facebook page at Sunsational Stamps FB page; where a challenge has been posted.  Please join us in this challenge which is going on through August 31st.  You can read all about the challenge on the Facebook page.  Happy crafting to all.

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Digital Scrapbook page for Thursday Product Review

    Good morning, Carolyn here with a product review.  I will have to confess - I thought I had signed up for Friday - Layouts this week and when I rechecked again, oops, Product Review.  So I will be reviewing the software I used to create the page layout..

    TIP:  don't be afraid of learning how to use new editing software. 

    I used two different software in creating this:
    • Abode Photoshop Elements ver. 12
    • (free software)
    First, using I changed the images from jpeg to png format so I can place onto the scrapbook page in Abode Photoshop Elements, even the garden bench was saved from Abode PS Elements as a jpeg; and than converted to png in

    Now into Abode Photoshop Elements I first created a colored background layer.  Than using the png formatted images, I placed where I wanted them.  (The garden bench and frame originally Abode PS Elements brushes that I downloaded from a free website on the Internet.)  The flower cluster was found in a Internet search; the Relaxing tag and paint splatter from Digital Scrapbooking at Pixel Scrapper; and Garden Girl, Annebelle  was from Clipart from the Heart (was not able to find in the store). Each element other than Annebelle Garden Girl opacity was changed; and I shadowed the Garden Girl.

    Now I am a beginner in creating digital layouts, and it may not be up to what the pro's do, but I am happy with it.  Once I have a little time, I am converting each image to jpeg so I can load up into MyMemories Suite software and create a layout there.

    Thank you for stopping by to visit with us at Scrapbook Blessings Club and with me today, and happy crafting to you all.

    Sunday, August 17, 2014

    Challenge #26 Pop Up Slider Card - Owl

    Time for another challenge over at Scrapbook Blessing Club

    Following are two videos to watch showing you how to create this Pop Up Slider Card.

     Our sponsor for this  challenge is (drum-roll please)  BLUE MOON DESIGNS

    or from

    Now to share my Pop Up Slider Card with an Owl....

    Card laid flat

     Card showing slider up revealing the sentiment stamped on underside... in my case directly onto the inside of the back card as it was only a one sided colored cardstock.

    Showing the sentiment on the pull tab.

    Supplies used:
    • Cardstock in my stash
    • Owl digi image from Blue Moon  and printed in a circle to fit
    • Scalloped circle tags from SilhouetteAmerica Online Store
    • Birthday stamp (believe it's retired) from Stampin! Up
    • Two green beads from personal stash
    • Ribbon I created with my Bow Maker from Stampin! Up.
    Thank you for stopping by to visit with me, and, if interested, here is the information for joining with us this challenge.

    Your challenge:
    Anything goes: cards, banners, layouts but if you enter a Pop Up Slider card, you will get an extra chance entry for this challenge sponsor.

    This challenge ends on Saturday, August 30th at 10:00 pm EST.  Also, you can join up to our Facebook group: Scrapbook Blessings Club for more fun, games, inspiration, tips and techniques. 

    If you do make a project using the featured technique, your project and blog may be showcased on the SBC Facebook group.

    Challenges entered:
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    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    Going a Little Nutty - Squirrel with Fence

    using jpeg with
    Abode Photoshop Elements 12

    Prismacolor Markers for coloring fence and pumpkin
    Wheelbarrow full of leaves printed and cut out with the
    Brother's Scan 'N Cut electronic cutting machine
    Kraft card stock for base
    Design paper from Stampin! Up

    Thank you for stopping to visit with me today, and take a moment and head over to Sunsational Stamps blog for more inspiration.

     Challenges entered:

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    Mid-month Inspiration at Christmas Cards All Year 'Round - featuring Sparkle and Glitter

    This is a oval-shape card that I printed from my Silhouette Studio Design Edition; and than cut it out with my Brother's Scan & Cut.  I did create the scalloped-oval shape easel with the Silhouette Studio Design Edition and cut with the Silhouette Cameo.  Haven't worked with the online software that goes with the Scan & Cut yet!

    I used either Frosted Lace Stickles  or Ice Stickles Crystal Ice Glitter Glue to outline the areas where it was glittery in the photo, make it more glittery.  Printed the sentiment onto card stock and print n cut the label with the Silhouette Cameo.  Inserted a brad on each end, adhered to poster board for dimension and foam taped to base of easel card so it will prop the front up.

    I also sponged around the edges to complete my project.  And used washi tape across where the card stock meets, or over laps.

    Thank you for stopping by to visit with me; and have a free moment, head over to Christmas Cards All Year 'Round for more inspiration and to join in the Challenge - Sparkle and Glitter.

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    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    Cupcake Birthday Card - Sliceform technique

    Hey, Carolyn here with Tuesday - Cards at Scrapbook Blessings Club and I am sharing a card technique that I found on Extreme Cards and Papercrafting and by clicking on the link will direct you to the instructions for this cupcake card.

    Front view of Cupcake Card (hopefully you can see the cupcake)


    Card laid flat for mailing purposes (and to give you some indication of what it looks like)


    Top view of card

    MY TIP:  don't become frustrated when putting the card together.  Take your time, and take a break if it becomes to much for you.  In putting it together, have to twist the pieces to get them to insert into the slots.

    Supplies used:
    To be honest, I temporarily paper-clipped the cupcake holder together as it may not be the final piece.  I downloaded a holder from the SilhouetteAmerica Online store that has Happy Birthday cut out, so this is just to show what you can do.

    I printed the candles and than used my PrismaColor markers to color the flame and candle (great-grandson will be 4 in October).

    Thank you for stopping by to visit with me, and please visit Scrapbook Blessings Club for more inspiration.

    Saturday, August 09, 2014

    Let It Snow

    Good Saturday morning to all, Carolyn here to share my latest card I created using a new acrylic stamp by Lisa of Scrapping with Lisa Designs called Snowfall


    I stamped the image, using VersaMark Watermark stamp pad and than applied black embossing powder over the image.  (If you look closely, you will find small black speck dots of black which I had hope would not happen because I rubbed the card piece with my little 'pillow' to remove the static).  Heat embossed the powder, and once I was assured it was dry, I colored in the snow hats, and shoes, and twigs (arms) with my Prismacolor markers.

    As this is a 5.50x4.25 size card, the WordArt, Snowfall would not fit, so I stamped the 'Let it Snow' sentiment, and cut this out with my Brother's Scan N Cut electronic machine.  On the Kraft card stock, I embossed the top with snow flakes using my Big Shot embosser, with white ink applied to the inside top of embossing folder.  Not the greatest outcome though.  Layered the Snowmen on two pieces of cut to size matting; and applied with glue to the front of the card stock.  I felt it needed something as it looked blah, I added three button dots to the one corner.  The sentiment was foam taped to the opposite corner.

    Thank you for stopping by, in your busy day, to visit with me, and happy crafting to you all.

    Friday, August 08, 2014

    Challenge # 97 - Monochromatic

    There's another challenge going on at Pattie's Creations Designs Challenges and the theme is Monochromatic.  As you will see, my card has a background of black; and the butterfly is shades of blue...

    Supplies used:
    • Butterfly1 from here
    • Black chalkboard paper background from SilhouetteAmerica Online store
    • Copic markers for coloring
    • Sentiment stamped and trimmed out , using stamp from Stampin! Up Butterfly of Happiness (retired set)
    • one black brad from Stampin! Up stash
    Thank you for stopping by to visit with me, and join us in the challenges over at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge ; and happy crafting to all.

    Thursday, August 07, 2014

    Thursday - Product Review - Embossing Folders

    Good morning crafty friends, Carolyn here with a product review of two (2) embossing folders by Sheena (by Sheena Douglass) of a scenic nature.

    TIP:  When embossing, use a dauber and daub alcohol ink on the front inside of embossing folder to create a colorful background.


    I believe I purchased these two embossing folders through the Facebook page, Lone Wolf Designs Discount Craft Supplies one day when I was cruising through the catalog and thought I would use them.  They are a little too large for my card needs - I generally create 5.50x4.25 size cards, and this measures out to approximately 5x7.

    Here is my two cards I created using these folders:

     On this card, I used a dauber to apply the ink to the inside of the embossing folder using Ranger's Distressed Ink Salty Ocean.  I first had rubbed the ink pad across the folder but applied too much ink so tried the daubers and works great.  Sometimes I have a heavy hand, so the finger dauber works great for me!  With this card, I decided to use my Prismacolor Markers and colored in the tree and grass.  The fence was colored in with Copic Grey markers.  Punched out butterflies using my 3-layered butterfly punch, applied zig glue to center of top butterfly and applied to the first butterfly; and than applied glue to first layer of butterfly and laid it on the card top, giving it a 2D layered look.

    This is card #2 that I applied, with a finger dauber, the same distressed ink to inside top of embossing folder and ran thru my Sizzix Big Shot (machine was used on both applications) and decided to not paint in the tree leaves or flowers, to leave as is.  I applied the butterflies, using the same method of gluing as above. (I love my Zig glue pen and will be using it quite a bit in my card making and scrapbooking)..

    Thank you for stopping to visit with me today, and please head on over to Scrapbook Blessings Club to check out our projects, tutorials, and challenges.  Happy crafting day to all.

    Wednesday, August 06, 2014

    Two layouts created Sunday....

    I am not a pro at creating layouts for others to use.  Just love playing around and this is what I come up with...

    I have a link on my blog, I Love Craft Crave which I go to every day for ideas and free downloads from Digital Scrabook Freebies and find a gold mine of clusters, frames, etc.  The cluster above is from such a search; and the frame was located thru a Internet search.  (I have a filmstrip cut/jpeg file in my files, but was not able to locate it at time of creations). 

    I also have a membership to Pixal Scrapper Digital Scrapbooking and have downloaded some great stuff there; i.e. button, button, and journal tag.  The frame featured in the first project also from the same website; and the butterflies and ribbon across the bottom of frame are brush tools within Abode Photoshop Elements 12.

    One advantage of using Pixal Scrapper Digital Scrapbooking is her tutorials where I am learning how to move around in Abode Photoshop Elements 12.  Some of my embellishments, above, I first open into my Paint.Net software to create the .png format, save and than use in Photoshop.

    Thank you for stopping by to visit with me, and looking at my creations, both here and on my second blog page My Own Card Creations where I just blog the photos of what I create without all the write ups (just click on the link on top menu and will take you to that page).  And please have a great crafting day wherever you're at.

    Tuesday, August 05, 2014

    August Card Kit

    Good morning crafters, I am here to showcase my card I created for Scrapbook Blessings Club

    using the card kit for August....

    Using a Kraft card stock for the base (4.25x5.50) I placed the design paper from the kit on the side.  I cut out 4 triangles and fit into a square mat which was placed on a bigger mat.  I stamped the band aide, prescription bottle and sentiment, using Black Stazon ink and than sponged Distressed Ink, Tea Dye on edges of each embellishment.  I fussy cut the label that the sentiment was stamped on.  Stamped the little hearts with Distressed Ink, Barn Red; and the label on bottle and heart colored in with Prismacolor Markers; and the colors for the band-aid was Copic markers.  The arrow embellishment from the card kit.

    To the important stuff:

    .What is August's Card Kit and how do you get it?!?!
    • Check out the Card Kit video (above) plus many inspiration pieces made by the SBC DT!
    • To purchase your card kit, you can click below to place your order. 
    • $15.00 includes shipping

    Thank you for stopping by to visit with me and happy crafting to you all.

    Challenges entering:

    Monday, August 04, 2014

    Gate Recipe Mini-album

    This design is titled 'Tid Bit Teddy Bless My Kitchen" which I thought was from Clipart from the Heart but in my search for the item, not able to locate.  I've had the file for a little while, so it could've been replaced.

    I started out with a fence that I converted to a cut file using my Silhouette Studio Design Studio, and I tell you, it was a lot of tweaking, but I accomplished it and like the results.  Teddy Bear and title "Bless my Kitchen" from Tid Bit Teddy Bless My Kitchen; the measuring spoons was print 'n cut using the Brother's Scan 'n Cut machine.  Also the recipe cards was printed and than cut out by the Brother's Scan n Cut machine.

    The inside gate pages will have a solid inside that the recipe cards will be adhered to; and there will be every other fence designs, plus waterfall card base to hold recipe cards to.  As I finish each page, I will take a picture and post here.

    Thank you for stopping by, and happy crafting to all.

    Sunday, August 03, 2014

    Challenge #25 Anything Goes (featuring Joy Fold Cards)

    Challenge is sponsored by


    Video tutorial for this challenge at Scrapbook Blessings Club.....

    Here is my creative projects for this challenge:


    Supplies used:
    • Lazy Susan Buggies
    • Honeycomb embossing folder 
    • Design paper and card stock from my stash
    • Create double circle with my Silhouette Studio Design Edition software
    • Spectrum Noir markers used for coloring
    • hello stamp used for greeting and punched with a scalloped oval punch
    • Button from personal stash
    • Brad by Stampin! Up
    • I rounded the two corners with a corner punch
    Head over to  Scrapbook Blessings Club..... checking out the Design Teams inspirational projects, and join us in this challenge.
    Thank you for stopping to visit with me; and have a happy crafting day.

    Saturday, August 02, 2014

    Hoo Loves School? Card

    A couple weeks I used the Hoo Loves School?  from Sunsational Stamps as a focal image on a layout of my granddaughter's page for her scrapbook of her 5th grade school photo; and decided to use the same image on a card.


    Hoo Loves School?

    Supplies used:
    • Image printed on white card stock and than layered with red background card stock
    • Brads in each corner of card
    • Approx 5x7 card, bigger than what I normally make
    Thank you for stopping by to visit with me and may you have a day of happy crafting.

    Another Sparkle and Glitter Christmas Card


    Supplies used for this card:
    •  Free cut file of frame from  Cards by Bird (have to scroll a bit to locate the file)
    • Ice Stickles used for the bridge and around the pond and snow banks
    • Copic markers for the pond
    • Merry Christmas stamp from Teeny Tiny set by Stampin! Up 
    • Button and ribbon from a MyMemories Scrapbook file
    The button and ribbon embellishment was cut out using my Brother's Scan & Cut machine (love that machine).  The frame was cut out using my Silhouette Cameo electronic cutter.

    Thank you for stopping by to visiting with me; and please visit us at Christmas Cards All Year 'Round  for this challenge, entering your creations as we would love to see them.

    Friday, August 01, 2014

    A Sparkle and Glitter Christmas Card

    Here it is August already, and more Christmas cards over at Christmas Cards All Year 'Round  that the Design Team has been working on.  Our theme for the month of August is Sparkle and Glitter...

    I am sharing this card .....


    Supplies used:
    • Christmas Village Church from d.r.s.designs Rubber Stamp
    • Embossing folder Snowflakes by Tim Holtz Alterations (not sure where I purchased the folder, possibly from Lone Wolf Designs Discount Craft Supplies   via their group page)
    • Ice Stickles - Crystal Ice used on roof of church
    • Liquid Pearls - Silver placed in scalloped sections 
    • glitter pens used for the windows and stained glass window, plus the church door
    • Ice Stickles used for the snow falling which was stamped first.
    • Ribbon from Stampin! Up and created using a comb.
    • Copic Markers used for coloring the church
    And since blogger is not cooperating with me, my 2nd card will be written in a separate posting.  Thank you for stopping by to visit with me, and head on over to  Christmas Cards All Year 'Round and share your creations with us in this challenge.  Happy crafting to all.
      Challenges Enter: