Friday, August 27, 2010


I found some nostalgic stamps today while shopping. I fell in love with this bicycle! It is an Alesa Baker Designs/Impression Obsession, Inc. I bought the tree stamp in a Martha Stewart embossing kit for a real cheap price at TJ Maxx. I have purchased many of her punches through this store also at only $3.99! Whenever I see them I gobble them up! This card is a bit bigger. It measures 7 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches. I used pearlescence paper by Colorbok in green and an orange glitter paper by Best Occasions from Walmart. I used Antique Linen Distress embossing powder on the trees. I used lime green Stickles on the leaves of the trees, turquoise Stickles on the bicycle and Walnut Stain Distress Stickles on the bicycle seat and basket. Antique Bronze Distress Stickles were used on the pumpkin and lime green on it's leaves. I used pop dots on the bike and pumkin. I painted the bicycle stamp using paint Dabbers. The colors were Snow Cap, Pool and Espresso. I used Sunset Orange Dabber on the pumpkin stamp. I love the colors! I used Pool to paint inside the Wander Philosophy Tag and pinned it using one of Tim Holtz's Trinket Pin and Jump Ring. The inside stamp says, May you have a sweet ride through life. I think this was in the same line of stamps as the bicycle. I used Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink over top of the stamp using an applicator. It was fun to do something different!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

My First Video! Don't laugh too hard!!!!!

I finally bought a flip video camera but have yet to buy a tripod. Therefore, my video is a great before and after video! I tried to type in many of the techniques that I used just to clarify how I got to the finished product. I had fun editing it and thought I would post it anyway. Why not????!!!!! It is all in fun. I do like how these tags came out. I used Tim Holtz techniques from my Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Book Idea Book - A Compendium Of Curiosities. This is a must have for anyone that likes his style. I have watched many a video on his web site also. ( Both the book and the site is very informative and full of great information and creative ideas! I have so many more techniques that I can't wait to try. My next weekend crop is in September and I intend on doing a lot of these techniques while there, where I am not interrupted by every day life. :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Over the years I have slowly converted my oldest daughter's former bedroom into my scraproom. There was a period of time that my second daughter used this room as her "own" bedroom during her breaks from college since her older sister had pretty much moved out, but was not permantly moved out. So I was trying to appease the two of them by painting the room a color that would match both of their completely different comforters so that it would coordinate depending on who was currently (and in most cases,temporarily moving back home). I settled on a beautiful turquoise blue in a couple of shades. (one above the chair rail and one below the chair rail) It then was always referred to as "the blue room." I now officially scrap in the "blue room." My daughters keep telling me that I need to change my blog site name to Blue Room Creations! I like that idea but I didn't know how difficult this would be since I do have 20 followers. I don't want to lose them so I must figure out a way to transfer the new name along. I decided to change my background to blue now that I am no longer totally "green" at blogging. I also learned that being "green" also meant something else to my 2nd daughter. I wasn't being eco "green" which she only knew "green" to mean. I meant "green" as to being new at something....that is showing my age and generation I guess. Gotta love it!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Birthday Box

I decided to make a pretty box to wrap my daughter's gift in. This was a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock that I scored to make an 8 x 8 inch box. You just score it at 2 inches and 10 inches turning it 90 degrees each time your score it. The lid was scored at 2 inches and 10 1/8 inches. I made the bottom plain purple but made the lid a pretty print. I also cut a matching green 8 x 8 inch to fit in the bottom of the box just to reinforce it. I used the cheater method of scotch taping the ribbon to the inside of the lid so that she didn't need to take the ribbon off. I cut the tag from a cuttlebug die and ran it through the cuttlebug in a small embossing folder for the sentiment 4 You. I then used concord grape distress ink to ink over the tag. I really like how it turned out.

Monday, August 16, 2010

My Daughter's Birthday

It is my oldest daughter's birthday on the 17th! She is 28 years old already! Where does the time go???? I made her this sparkley butterfly card. She is a music teacher so I added one of Tim Holtz Fragments with music as the paper underneath it. I flipped the butterfly and cut it from Create a Critter at 2 inches. I also cut the Happy Birthday from this same cart at 2 inches. I love the sparkley, glittery paper. I had an exta butterfly that I had cut at 1 1/2 inches so I used it on the envelope. I made the envelope using my Martha Stewart Scoring Score Board. It matches the main cardstock of the card. I believe I bought this paper at Target. It is made by Colorbok and is Pearlescent Paper. The orange and green glitter paper I bought for $4.00 at a clearance at Walmart. It is Best Occasions glitter paper pack. The snipits that I used (the music paper) is from Tim Hotlz Paper Stash Vintage Shabby that I got at Michaels 40% off. His paper packs are the best!!!! The can't remember where I bought this ribbon. The overlay paper is from some 6 x 6 paper that I won leaving a comment on Lisa Buttafuoco's blog. ( I was so excited to win some goodies! Thank you Lisa for the opportunity to win!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I have been wanting to make some boxes. I got the Martha Stewart Scoring Score Board and found out how easy it is to make them as well as envelopes! Here are two quick boxes that I made using some printed cardstock. I also finally got my pink ATG gun from and I love it! I know that the boxes will stay together for sure. The larger one is 8 x 8 and the smaller one is 4 x 4.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

MPS Critter or Animal

I decided to make the MPS Critter or Animal using MPS product line. I used a MPS stamp from Family & Friend, "Wish you were here". I mean, who wouldn't want to be on a cruise with this cute little octopus??? I cut him from Create a Critter cartridge at 2 inches. I found the white trim on his hat to be very difficult to cut at this size. I had to try many many different pressures, speeds and blade depths. I cannot remember which one I finally got the cut on. I just kept adjusting and pushing the repeat last button on the cricut until I got one right! I cut the cruise ship out of Summer Vacation cartridge. I cut one out of red and one out of blue at 3 1/2 inches so that I could add the blue on the ship as well as the water since there is no shadow or layer features on this cartridge. I used turquoise blue stickles to enhance the blue additions. I cut the main water border with threading water border punch to get the scallops at the top to look like waves and ran it through the Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder. I enhanced the swirls with the turquoise stickles. I used pop dots to raise both the ship and the octopus. I thought that the bright yellow base cardstock made it look like a sunny day!!!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

My Son's Birthday

My youngest child is turning 21 years old tomorrow!!!! I cannot believe it! Where has the time gone? I made him this card using coordinations cardstock. It is a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 card. I used the "A" (for Andrew) font from Tim Holtz Grungeboard Alphas. I ran it through the cuddle bug using Tim Holtz's Collage embossing folder. I inked it with Black Soot distress ink and raised it with pop dots. I cut the tag from a cuttlebug die that I found at Big Lots for $2.00. It has four different tags on the die. I cut the "21" using Ashlyn's cartridge. I used pop dots on the "21" and added just a touch of ribbon on the tag. The Happy Birthday stamp is from MPS Family and Friends stamp set. The inside sentiment was a Fiskars stamp. I lined the inside with the lighter blue coordination cardstock measuring 5 1/4 x 8 1/4. I seemed to be stuck on these colors of blue and black when it comes to making a masculine card. :)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Great Storage

Michael's had an internet coupon for 20% off your entire order including sale items. Well, the storage items were 40% off so I picked up quite a few things for just a few dollars! I found this jewelry storage item that happens to match my turquoise scrap room (which we call "the blue room") and I took one look at the plastic pockets and I thought that Tim Holtz distress inks would fit perfectly in them. Sure enough they do! Now I can see all my inks in a blink of an eye and it hangs nicely off of my paper stacker or the dresser as is shown. I proceeded to hang many other inks and tools in the pockets as well. I think I ended up only paying $8.00 for this storage item.

Trying out Wild Card Cartridge

I have had Wild Card for some time now and I have not used it. So tonight I decided to give it a whirl. I find it difficult to figure out. I wish the manuals were more explicit and I also wish that the pictures were bigger so that you can actually see what you are trying to cut out! I cut this out at 6 inches. I used three different greens for the card and envelope. I stamped Happy Birthday and the cake which I colored with Zig markers. I added the sticker on the left side of the inside only because I accidently got some ink on the card. It is merely covering that up. I do feel that too much is going on inside but it is different. I just need to get more comfortable in using this cartridge.

A Fishing Gal

My husband's godchild is having a birthday. She is not a girly girl. She likes fishing so I used Celebrate with Flourish cartridge again to cut the fishing pole out at 4 inches. I used bright pink as the base card just to make it a bit feminine. I used a clear Happy Birthday sticker for the outside sentiment and another one for the inside sentiment. It is a simple card for a simple girl. I think she will like it a lot.