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Birthday Card Idea

Handmade Birthday Card I know, I know… for a site called “Scrapbook Ideas” there sure have been a lot of cards and other crafts here. But I think there must be enough of you out there who dabble in multiple paper crafts like I do, that I can get away with it :). Why limit yourself to only scrapbooking when there are so many other wonderful things you can do with your craft supplies? Plus I love the instant gratification of sitting down to complete a whole card from start to finish, and the joy I *hope* it will bring to the recipient. Another great benefit of expanding my horizons to include card making has been that it is a less intimidating way to experiment with new crafting techniques on a smaller scale.

A Birthday Wish (handmade card)

Supplies:

From Prima: Coquette Collection paper (#602017), Caliope Collection paper (#602239), Whispered Words (#812010 and #812027). Non-Prima supplies: Distress Ink by Ranger (vintage photo), chalks, stitching, glitter glue, white cardstock.

Steps:

  1. Trim the patterned papers to a size just a tiny bit smaller than your card front. Cut around the floral design on the Caliope paper, removing the top portion, and adhere the lower portion to the Coquette paper. TIP: try to avoid using adhesive along the outer edges, as you will be sewing them shortly.
  2. Sew a border around the outside edge of the patterned papers, with a sewing machine as I did (for tips on machine sewing paper, check here), or by hand. If you sew by hand, it helps to pierce the holes in advance – I just place the card on an old cushioned mousepad, and use a paper piercer or needle to poke all the holes.
  3. Use chalks in coordinating colors around the outer border of the card, then ink the edge of the card and the papers.
  4. Adhere the papers to the center of the card, and adhere the card greeting to the papers.
  5. Add some glitter glue to select areas of the floral design on the Caliope paper.

Hybrid Butterfly Card

Here’s a birthday card I made for my sister-in-law a little while ago. It’s a fun mix of grungy and delicate, earthy colors and bright colors, digital elements and physical embellishment. (As seen on the Prima blog)

Hybrid Birthday Card

Digital Supplies: Prima Sprites 2 Silhouettes – YELLOW

Physical Supplies: By Prima: Sprites 2 (#517144), Butterfly (#528355), Center Kisses (#520717). Other Supplies: Kraft cardstock, distress ink by Ranger, glitter glue and black ink.

Steps:
In Photoshop, I created a new document with the same dimensions as my blank card. I opened the Sprites 2 Silhouettes – YELLOW digital image, rotated it 180 degrees, and positioned it on the front of the card. I used the custom paper size option in my printer settings to enter the card dimensions. Before printing, I checked my print preview, to be sure that things were lined up correctly. Then I printed the image right onto the blank card and embellished it with Sprites flowers and a butterfly!

Tips and Tricks:

  • The digital silhouette I used for this card was designed for the yellow Sprites flowers, but it still works – don’t be afraid to experiment!
  • When I printed my digital image, the printer messed up and made black smudges of ink on the edges of my card – that’s when I decided to go with the grunge look :). I used more black ink to ink the rest of the card edges, plus some distress ink and glitter glue. I ended up loving it!
  • Even though I was going for contrasts between the bold flowers and grungy background, I still inked the flowers with a little distress ink to help them fit in with the rest of the card.

P.S. I usually try to avoid using my own handwriting – especially on the fronts of cards,  but I thought this one was just funky enough that it would look like the messy lettering was intentional ;).

Handmade Baby Shower Cards

Looking for new ways to use your scrapbooking supplies? How about some handmade cards :)! I always save paper scraps left over from my scrapbooking projects to use later for cards, mini albums and other projects. These My Mommy and Me papers, by Prima were the perfect thing for some Baby Shower cards I made recently (as seen on the Prima blog).

Handmade Baby Shower Card Ideas

Handmade Card Making Tips

  • Stretch your paper scraps by cutting out paper design elements and using them to embellish your card front (like the flowers on the first card, and the turtles on the second).
  • Mix and match papers from one or more paper collections for a more exciting design.
  • Use a square or circle punch to instantly crop out cute sections of patterned paper, then create a mosaic out of them (you can download the free card template here).
  • More ideas for handmade baby shower cards and gifts: Girly Baby Shower Card and a Baby Shower Gift Idea

Digital Supplies: Signs of Spring Chipmates by Prima (first card)

Physical Supplies: All by Prima: Alphablends (#840723), Lovables Frilly flower (#701062), My Mommy and Me papers (#870195, #870270, #870294), Die-Cut Chipboard (#400026), Clear Epoxy Stickers (#400002), RFH Sticker Sheet. Non-Prima supplies: white cardstock, glossy photo paper.

CRD Block Party, Sale and Freebie!

Have you been over to Christina Renee’s site lately? For the month of October, she is throwing a fabulous block party with products from over 20 designers – I’m just blown away with everything these talented ladies have in the store!! Each week there will be a new release so there is even more to come. I am so happy to be joining in on the fun this week too – for this new release I have created six 12″x12″ digital quick pages, using tons of Christina Renee’s classic designs.  I also made a set of hybrid cards, inspired by some cards I’ve made with CRD designs in the past. Christina has a totally unique style, which I find really inspiring and it has been a blast teaming up with her to bring you these new products!

Here are the quick pages (Click image to purchase. P.S. they’re on sale for 30% off today):

Here’s a close up of one of the quick pages. I love the time-worn feel of CRD’s designs – they create an instant sense of history and romance to a layout. I wish this preview could show the true detail of the pages, but I just can’t get the low resolution preview images to look as pretty as the full size pages do -  you’ll have to take my word for it, they look much better in real life :)!

Here is the hybrid card set, (Click image to purchase. Also 30% off today):

This is a close-up look of some of the cards I made using the set. I love how fast these come together! They all have a vintage artistic feel to them. They are not too frilly or pretty, so you could give them to a guy too – it’s tough to find creative things to give guys, isn’t it?

This is the card I made for my brother’s birthday this summer, which was what inspired me to make this set. Tip: I used double sided photo paper to print the card on, then I printed a patterned paper on the opposite side, so the inside of the card would look good too. Then I made a hybrid design as the birthday message, and adhered that inside the card. Fun stuff!

Oh, and I just remembered the other super cool thing I wanted to tell you about the Block party at CRD!! If you are in the mood for a digi shopping spree, this is the time to do it – there are two huge collaboration kits up for grabs over there: one is free with a $10 purchase, and if you spend $20 you get BOTH kits for free :)!

Here are the kit previews:

OK, I think that about wraps it up for block party news :). Are you ready for the freebie?

I have had a digital pen and tablet since spring, but I really haven’t had the time or patience to learn how to use them yet. This little owl sketch is one of my first feeble attempts at digital drawing – don’t laugh at me :)! Hopefully I will get much, much better with more practice LOL! There is also a stamp and a pumpkin in there created from some of my photos from previous Octobers.

*Click Here to Download the Freebie*

I hope you have a fall layout or project you can use these with – enjoy!

Blog Award Ceremony!

I have been given a few really fun blog awards lately by my sweet scrapping friends, so it is finally time for me pay it forward to some other deserving bloggers! To those of you who gave me the blog awards in the first place, THANK YOU SO MUCH! You made my day, and I am so flattered!! I wish I could give you the same award right back :). But it is only fair to pick some new award recipients, so here we go :)!

I Love Your Blog Award

Super talented hybrid scrapper Michelle Filo nominated me for this one:

Here are the rules:
1. If you’ve been tagged, you can put the logo on your blog.
2. Link the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links to those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you’ve nominated.

And here are the blogs I picked for this award:

Rachel Ashwell (Shabby Chic) – She is brand new to blogging, but her first two posts are overflowing with shabby loveliness, which is no surprise to me, since I have been a huge fan of hers for the past 10 years at least!

Tara Frey – Beautiful photos, beautiful thoughts, beautiful everything, actually!

Heather Bullard (Present Past Collection) – Ah what a romantic life she leads, and she is very good at letting others in on it through her gorgeous photography.

Amy (Inspire Company) – If you want a major dose of happiness, creativity and of course, inspiration, look here!

Emily Powers: Wow, this is one inspiring chick: she has such a passion for God and for her art. And her love for others and for life is contagious!

Brenda Walton – Even though she doesn’t blog very often, it is totally worthwhile to bookmark this one. I LOVE LOVE LOVE her journals!!!

Allison – Her stampin’ blog is full to the brim with resources. Challenges, sketches, tons of links!!

Arte y Pico Award

The Digi Scrapping Queen herself (Kate Hadfield) nominated me for this one. To quote Katie:

Arte y Pico is a Spanish language blog (HERE is a (sometimes unintentionally entertaining!) English translation) that celebrates design and creativity in the blogging world. . .

. . .Here are the rules:
1.  Choose 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award based on creativity, design, interesting material, and overall contribution to the blogger community, regardless of the language.
2.  Post the name of the author and a link to his or her blog so everyone can view it.
3.  Each award-winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award.
4.  The award-winner and the presenter should post the link of the “Arte y Pico” blog so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5.  Please post these rules!

And here are my picks for this award:


Donna Gotlib (Cookie Sunshine)
– I totally LOVE her art!! And she’s such a sweet, sweet person too :)!

Melissa Phillips (LilyBean’s Paperie) – Her work is so unbelievably pretty, everything she does is just perfection!

Cindy Gilchrist – She makes the most fabulous hybrid projects – in fact, why haven’t I featured her here yet? Note to self: feature Cindy ASAP!

Julia Stainton – Sigh. Why can’t I make cards like hers? I am always amazed at what she can do with her stamps and scrapping supplies. Hmm, I need to feature her too!

Authentic Artistry – I’m a regular visitor to this blog at Christina Renee’s site, there’s always something here to help me “think outside the box” and I love her unique style!

Brilliante Weblog Award

This one was awarded to me by two great scrappers: Lynn and Karen!

The rules for this award:
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you’ve nominated.

And here are the blogs I have awarded:

Kathie – This lady is so dear to me, she’s a friend who has known me since the day I was born, and she also happens to be a phenomenal writer with an amazing blog about birds and nature!

JanMary – I’m so lucky to have met Janmary through Weeds and Wildflowers – she has a wonderful personality which is reflected in her blog, go check it out!

Julie Ann Shahin – There’s always something going on at her blog, and she always knows what’s going on in the world of scrapbooking, plus she has a super fun personality :)!

Emily Giovanni – Not only is she an awesome crafter, but she is mom to three boys, so there is plenty of excitement to read about at her stampin’ blog.

Shuterfly Digi Scrap Blog – How can you go wrong when you combine my favorite photo book company with all the coolest digital designers, plus lots of inspiration and digital scrapbooking freebies?

Angie (Scrapscene) – THE place to find out scrapbooking info and ideas :)!

Phew, what a list -  I hope you check out these blogs, I know you’ll find them so inspiring!! Have a great week :)!

Summer Birthdays Galore!

I’m home from my vacation, and I have lots of catching up to do!! We had a wonderful time in New England, if you want to see some photos from my trip, you can check them out here (I will be adding more soon). During our vacation, we had Gabe’s second birthday party and we also had a big cook-out to celebrate all of the summer birthdays in the family (mine included). What a great trip!!!

Meanwhile, in the digital scrapbooking world, there have also been plenty of birthday celebrations and new releases too, check it out:

Shabby Miss Jenn had a birthday bash with tons of new releases!

I made this card with her huge Birthday Wishes kit – it’s just what I needed!

This fun page about the crazy contest between my husband and his friends was made with SMJ’s new Going Green kit (p.s. I know about the typo, lol) 

And Lanne has some new photo tools in the shoppe – I have been playing around with her awesome photo textures. NOTE: I am still really new to using these, so I have no idea if I’m doing it right, but I’m having fun at least LOL!

And the page above was made with Shabby Miss Jenn’s Pickled Petunias available at the super cool Aussie shop www.pickleberrypop.com!

Shabby Princess also had some new releases while I was away!

This page is made with her new Sandbox collection, great for boy pages!!!

And my favorite collection from this new release is Gabby, which I used for the page above – there are so many great pieces in there, so go check it out to see the rest :)!

And Shabby Princess also did a collab with Gina Miller, called Fresh-n-Fruity, which is available at Gina Miller Designs. I used it to make the page above :).

Last but not least, Weeds and Wildflowers is kicking off a big birthday bash starting TODAY! There’s a big sale going on (including all of my Quick Albums)! Here’s the message from their site:

Phew! Sorry for the long post, but I think I’m all caught up now :)!!! Happy shopping ;).

Heart Shaped Card Tutorial at The Daily Scrapper

I just wanted to let you know about two new publications I have out this week :). Firstly, the latest issue of Bella Scraps magazine came out, and I have a digital layout in there! If you already know how much I love this online magazine, you know how happy this news made me (if you don’t know how much I love it, check out the review I wrote right here). This issue is even more beautiful and inspiring - they just keep getting better and better :)!

I also wrote a tutorial for how to make a heart shaped card for the hybrid section of The Daily Scrapper, click here to see it. I’m sooooo excited about this super cool new online newspaper, The Daily Scrapper! Have you checked it out yet? It’s full of great ideas, you don’t want to miss it :)! This is only the 4th issue, if you have missed the previous ones you can see them all in the archives.

Here is a sneak peek of the card I made for the tutorial, actually it’s a lot like the one in this post :).

Hope you enjoy your weekend :)!!!

Featured Scrapper: Irene Tan (Scrapperlicious)!

Irene Tan It has been soooo long since my last featured scrapper interview, so I am excited jump back into doing these!

Today I am so happy to feature Irene Tan, also known as Scrapperlicious :)! I stumbled upon Irene’s blog one day when I saw her link in a scrapbooking forum. I was totally amazed by her work, and I have been a fan of hers ever since. She has the ability to turn each and every scrapbooking project into a complete work of art using all kinds of creative means, and the best part of it all is that she explains her techniques in detail on her blog, so we can all try them out too :)! At first glance her work is fantastic, but it is even more amazing when you take a closer look and realize that the majority of the colors and patterns on her pages are created by hand using inks and other artistic methods.

I wanted to know more about Irene and the inspirations behind her art, so I have asked her a few questions and she was willing to give us an inside look:

First of all, is there anything about yourself and your family that you’d like to share with other scrappers?

Well, I’m a mom to two miracle blessings and a wife to a wonderful husband.

When did you start scrapbooking? What first made you interested in scrapbooking?

As most other scrappers, my first motive of scrapping is to document down the milestones of my son. During then, I didn’t know that scrapbooking had grown into such depth and fun in other countries till I visited the States in 2004. Therefore, my first scrapping with sb products was around end of 2005. I did took a year off in 2006 with some pregnancy complications and only got back to it in 2007.

Are you a 100% paper scrapper, or do you do digital scrapping as well?

I started off at a paper scrapper and later down the road, I’ve tried some digital scrapping on my son’s projects (while he’s on the Reggio programme with me). But when I start scrapping again in 2007, I’ve found myself having lots of fun with all the different kinds of art mediums and interesting new products for crafting and scrapping.

Where do you get inspiration and ideas for scrapbooking? What inspires you to scrap?

Most of the time my inspiration came directly from the photos. Each photos has it’s story and I tried to interpret or read that story. That’s what normally inspire me. I do occasionally scrap using sketches but still implement other elements using this inspiration. ie. colours, embellies, textures and overall presentation. It’s more of, putting my expressions and thoughts through my work and hoping others would see that too. My family is my first and most important reason to scrap. Besides that, I always find the need to scrap when I have an idea of a technique or simply to play with some fun products.

Your scrapbook pages have so much intricate detail – are they difficult or time consuming to create?

This actually depends on each individual. To me, it’s not considered difficult at all or time consuming at all. First of all, in May, Style’s The Word had organized a challenge on using my techniques to create layouts and I could see that most of the players had no problem at all using those techniques and all entries are just amazing. Secondly, I wouldn’t consider it time consuming if one is really enjoying the process.

Do you have any advice for other scrappers who would like to make pages like yours?


As most of you might have known, my most favourite words are “Scrap with your heart and don’t forget to have fun too!’ These words will carry you far if you stick to it. Everyone has their own styles and preferences. The most important thing is to enjoy and be proud of it!

What favorite scrapbooking tip, trick or technique do you use most often?

This is a rather hard question for me as I love all kinds of techniques. I’m always trying to find new techniques to do things and have fun. But I must say that till to-date, my passion towards ink is still irreplaceable.

Thanks so much, Irene, for sharing with us :)!!!

OK, Ready to see some of Irene’s work? Here are a few samples from her blog – be sure to click on the images to see more detailed photos and descriptions of each project on her blog :).

Wow – pretty inspiring, huh? If you’d like to learn more about Irene Tan (Scrapperlicious), check out the links below:

Scrapperlicious Resume

Gallery at Scrapbook.com

Scrapperlicious.blogspot.com

Prima Paintable Card

I was at my friend Lettie’s house earlier today and I saw this card on her fridge which reminded me that I never posted it here :)! I used the super fun paintable cardstock from Prima. It comes in black and white and it’s nice and sturdy so you can paint it or color it however you like :). I used watercolor pencils from Stampin’ Up to color in the paper, then I used blender pens (also from Stampin’ Up) to blend it and give it a water colored look.  The other fun tool I used for this card was my white gel pen (Uni-ball Signo), which can make bright white text on dark backgrounds – cool! Hope you’re having a nice weekend, I’m going to go have some oreos and milk with my sweetie now :)!

More Doodly Patterns from Weeds and Wildflowers

Gina and Heidi have whipped up some more Doodly Patterns, this time it is a set of super fun frames (plus another coordinating paper pack)!
Here are a few ways they can be used:

Credits: Doodly Patterns – Frames by Heidi and Gina of Weeds and Wildflowers Design. Fonts: Century Gothic, Arial Black and Kayleigh.

TIP: If you have a photo you love, but the resolution is too small for printing (like a cell phone photo), you can still make a layout to share online like I have here. The photo in this layout is only 72 dpi, so I wouldn’t print it, but I really wanted to make a page with it – so why not? The added bonus is that the 300 dpi digital papers get super sized when placed on a 72 dpi page, so there are more options (size-wise) for how to use the page elements. I left one striped paper full resolution, which made the stripes look really wide :).

Digital Supplies: Doodly Patterns – Frames by Heidi and Gina of Weeds and Wildflowers Design.
Physical Supplies: Flowers and Button by Prima, Stamp by Close to My Heart (using Versamark ink), thread and brown cardstock (unknown).

Hybrid Card Tutorial

This was another quick and easy card to make, and here’s how I did it :).

  1. I created a new 4″x4″ 300 dpi document in Photoshop, and filled the background with a digital paper. Then I layered two of the doodly pattern frames one on top of the other over the digital paper. I resized the frames to fit well within the boundaries of the document, tilted them slightly and added some drop shadows. When I was happy with the look I printed the design out onto matte photo paper.
  2. I cropped a piece of brown cardstock to make a 4″x4″ card. Using Versamark ink, I randomly stamped a flower image over the whole front of the card (Versamark ink creates a watermark effect).
  3. When the printed image was dry, I cut around the outside of the design, then adhered it to the front of the card.
  4. I then layered three flowers on top, making a slight accordion fold in the middle flower to ruffle the petals and make it fit inside the bottom flower.
  5. I threaded the button and tied it off with a messy knot, then adhered the it on top of the flowers.
  6. Lastly, I used a pen to doodle the border around the outside of the card. 

TIP: OK, who knows if this is the “right” way to do it, but I thought I’d share… I love to use my trusty old hot glue gun when making cards and other scrappy projects with layered flowers. It’s faster, easier, cheaper and I can manipulate the flowers and they actually stay put! Plus, I love to press down the top layer (button, jewel, etc) and hold it for a few seconds so that the whole shebang gets melded together really nicely :). I seriously wonder if I am the only scrapper alive who uses a hot glue gun, but it works for me LOL!

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