I received this from Maureen, who found it at the “Scrap Goddess” Fabulously Artsy site.  It is a quote from Alan Alda and worthy of passing along.

Be brave enough to live creatively.  The creative is the place where no one else has ever been.  You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.  You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work, risking, and by not quite knowing what you’re doing.  What you’ll discover will be wonderful:  YOURSELF.



Got Scraps?

This stamping stuff is a challenge.  Smears, stamped image crooked, darker on one side and not much of an image in the center.  What to do with the stamp set after I have it home.  I tend to have a bit of “buyer’s remorse” after the set arrives.  So I’ve challenged myself to get with the program and stop whining!

I have a lot of old and discontinued Stampin’ Up! paper that I can’t use in any workshop or in my Clubs.  I absolutely HATE to waste paper.  What do the other Demo’s do with all their old papers?  I’ve got a stamp set with sentiments for nearly every occasion one could think of and I’ve only  used a couple of them.  Time to get that set out and get to work.

Word Play Stamp Set

Word Play Stamp Set

This is the Word Play stamp set and it comes in a set of two.  You can order this stamp set from my Stampin’ Up! Website.  The images can be used in scrapbook layouts, cards, gift items, and what ever else you can dream up.

I’ve created 3″x3″ cards with Whisper White and using my old out dated papers I’ve turned them into envelopes for these cards.  Some of the envelopes gave me fits but they all turned out pretty good.

Paper for envelope is 5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″.  Whisper White papers are 3″ x 6″ for the card base and 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ for the sentiment piece.  The patterned paper that matches the envelope is 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″.


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Painting With Perfect Pearls

Birthday Bakery Hostess Stamp Set

Birthday Bakery Hostess Stamp Set

This is another “Cheap Tricks” segment.

This cute little stamp set is a Hostess Gift only and has just begged to be treated with pizazz.

Okay, okay so it has just quietly sat on my table all the while I worked on other things.

Jann at WhatYouMakeIt got my wheels spinning a bit.  I’ve been thinking about ways to use the Perfect Pearls and have been at a total loss.  I have some really excellent embossing folders from Stampin’ Up! and Jann’s enthusiasm and imagination were hard to ignore.

I don’t have any crayons but I do have tea lights that I could use.  I have the Lots of Love Letter Press Plate and have been thinking about using that.  More especially so since Valentine’s Day is coming very quickly.   Working through the items she used in her video (you can see it from her blog post of Wax Resist) I found I did not have any of those items.

Still wanting to do something with shine and shimmer I picked up the stamp set and tried to figure out a way to use things that, not only do I have in my craft room, you have in yours.

Color the cakes.

Color the cakes.

I have Stampin’ Write Markers that I can use on the cakes.  So I got the markers out and began playing with them.  The cake stands needed to sparkle but I didn’t have anything that would do the trick, except for the Perfect Pearls.

Discarding the option of trying to stamp over the image already on the paper with VersaMark because I’m not that great at stamping just yet.  Trying to use that small ink pad that comes with Perfect Pearls was going to be a major problem all by itself.

Hairspray and Perfect Pearls

Hairspray and Perfect Pearls

Casting around in my brain for something that I have here at home that has a “fixative agent” in it lead me to hairspray.  There is a lacquer in all hairsprays.  Once the alcohol evaporates out of the solution the lacquer is what holds our hair in place.

So I sprayed some over an image from Vintage Vogue that I had stamped with Garden Green Classic Ink.  I thought I had allowed enough time to pass for the hairspray to dry, but I had not waited long enough.  Oooops, what a mess.  The hairspray also caused the markers to bleed in an unsightly manner and smear those darling cakes.

You can watch this video to see how I got the results from the first image in this post to happen.

Remember Sale-A-Bration is in full swing.  This stamp set – Birthday Bakery – is available to anyone that places a $150 order at my Stampin’ Up! website.   You will not only get this cutest of stamp sets you will also get THREE (3) other stamp sets absolutely FREE and $15 from Stampin’ Up! to shop from any catalog you want.  After your order has been placed and I’ve been notified you will also get $15 of APPRECIATION POINTS toward more free stuff from Stampin’ Up! as my personal Thank You to you.

Office Supplies Mini Albums

Papers In Feburary Kit

Papers In February Kit

The papers for the February 11, 2011 Crop and Scrap Kit will be one each from the Presto Patterns, First Edition, and Springtime Vintage Designers Series Papers.

The papers will be cut in 4″ widths.  For the back of the pocket area the lengths will be 6″.  The pocket fronts are 4″ x 4-1/2″.

Each of the papers in the kit will be different from the next kit because there are only two of each sheet of paper, except for the First Edition papers which has four of each print.  These three sheets of paper are more than enough to create this one mini album.  Even if you want to cover the front and back of the time cards which are 3-1/2 x 8-3/4″.  Add your own papers into the mix if you choose to.

Time Cards Left Bare

Time Cards Left Bare

If you choose to leave the Time Cards bare there will be a lot of paper left over and you might think about adding a strip or two to hide the total look of the Time Card.  The coin envelopes will also cover quite a bit of the Time Cards too, saving paper to use on the tags.

Since I don’t have a clue what type of pictures you wish to put in the mini I am leaving the embellishing up to you.  If you are looking for a project to do for your newborn baby or grand baby then the pieces I’ve used won’t work for that.

Time Cards Covered With Papers

Time Cards Covered With Papers

If you choose to cover the Time Card with paper you can work around the photos you wish to use from the scraps left over in covering the pocket areas.

Once you have the directions for folding the legal sized file folders into the shape necessary for this mini you can think about using the papers and things you already have on hand.

With Sale-A-Bration going on now and through March 31, 2011 you can take advantage of the FREE stuff when you order the Butterfly Prints, Notably Ornate, or Vintage Vogue stamp sets along with any other items you wish to get in your $50 order.  You can even purchase your very own pack of Presto Patterns Paper and experiment with it.

Watch this video to see what each type of mini album looks like, either fairly plain or totally embellished.

Linky Results!

This is a few days late… usual for me.  Out of sight and out of mind is what this is all about.

I am thrilled to report there were three links placed on the “Link Your Blog” post I did last week.

Thanks ladies for humoring me in my foolishness.


Homemade Stickles

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This is one of those crafting sessions where one thing lead to another.  More like “I wonder what would happen if…..”

It started with using Presto Patterns Paper, the Island Floral die, and Stampin’ Pastels chalks.  I thought the edges needed a bit more oompha.  I was using the Craft Mat Maureen had given to me already.

With the Pretty In Pink Stampin’ Spot I smooshed a patch on the craft mat and squeezed a dab of Glossy Accents in the ink then smeared it around with a toothpick.  That resulted in a pink mixture that applied well to the edges of the die cut pieces of the flower.  I then went on to  using the Garden Green and Summer Sun ink spots to work on the other pieces.

I cleaned up after each application and it all came right off the craft mat with no problems.  That got me to thinking about adding glitter in the mix.  Knowing that Glossy Accents will dry out and become really hard in time I chose to leave the glitter out of the mix and only add it as I needed to apply it.

I had stamped the Notably Ornate image on a coin envelope and it looked like it needed to be gussied up a bit so why not try it on that?  If it failed then I had not lost much and had learned something in the process.  You can watch the video below to see how this experiment progressed.

Personally, I would not advise mixing up a batch with the Glossy Accents or Crystal Effects and trying to store them.  The glue dries after a while and becomes totally hard.  While it stays liquid in the original container I have no idea what would happen if you mixed in drops of ink for color and added the glitter.  It might separate and the results would be a solid mass in a bottle.

As to the question of using Craft Inks in this type of application I would think they would work better than the Classic Inks since the Craft Ink has a longer “wet” time.  This “scientist” did not do her own “diligent trials” in this experiment and pretty much did things as usual – by the seat of her pants.

As to the question of how much ink to use on the craft mat?  I smooshed out enough that I could see it on the mat and have no idea how much I used.  The next question would be using drops of ink with the glue and I don’t have an answer for that one either.

All I can affirm is what I have done and had success with.  The rest will have to wait until later OR until I hear from you other “Scientists” what your results had been.

First Edition Paper

First Edition Paper

First Edition Paper

Sale-A-Bration begins today and runs through March 31, 2011.  This is the time of year when EVERYONE gets to be the Hostess and receive FREE stuff from Stampin’ Up! when you purchase $50.  Stamp sets and more are available to you during this time.

Get one (1) FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration group with your purchase – before taxes and shipping – of $50.  Get two (2) FREE items with $100 and so on.  With a $150 purchase (before taxes and shipping) you get three (3) FREE items from Sale-A-Bration PLUS you get the Hostess Benefits and $15 to shop.  Remember that I do offer Appreciation Points with every $10 purchase you make from my Stampin’ Up! Website toward more FREE stuff.

First Edition Specialty Paper from Stampin’ Up! is my answer to tearing pages out of books.  Jann Gray-Saulsberry of WhatYouMakeIt on YouTube was the first crafter I’ve watched use pages from books to add in her scrapbook pages and cards.  I don’t like tearing pages out of books but I do like the look of the printed words.  It’s exciting, to me, that she is blogging once again and I can add Jann’s blog to my daily ritual of finding out what is happening outside my door.

I love to pilfer ideas from other people when I see something they do that I want to try.

Flowers made from First Edition Papers

Flowers made from First Edition Papers

Here is an example of my pilfering.  I saw a YouTube video over the weekend of making these flowers and I got so excited I left without writing down the woman’s name nor her YouTube channel and I’m having a difficult time finding her to give proper credit.  Do you have any idea how many videos are posted demonstrating the fan flower?

This all started with Lynn Claridge in the UK when she showed some crafting she had done.  Next was Shelly Makowski’s blog entry with the flowers she made.  Both of these women have made stunning flowers and I wanted to give it a try.

Not having done this before I had some major difficulty in getting the strips of paper joined and made into the flowers.  You can see all the trouble I had in making the first flower by watching this video.  You will also see how I glittered the edge of the blue one, courtesy of that woman I can’t seem to find.

Flower Trials

Top Note Die

Top Note Die

This First Edition Paper is really great to use in die cutting also.  This is the Top Note Die made exclusively for Stampin’ Up!  Spray it with Glimmer Mists or your own home made sprays, apply ink with sponges to give it an aged effect, pile on the flowers and glitter.  Your creativity is the start of great things.

This paper comes in a pack of 16 pages and measures 12 x 12.  There are four different types of printed pages.  The same design is on the front and back of each page.  There are four (4) pages of each type.  I have found that using the paper punches with this paper can be troublesome at times, it doesn’t want to cut properly.  Lynn suggested using repositionable adhesive on another piece of paper and adhering this to it then use the punch to get better results.

Tulip Die

Tulip Die

I’ve used the Tulip Die and edged it with Close To Cocoa ink, placed it on a piece of Close To Cocoa card stock and backed it with Basic Gray card stock.

This First Edition Specialty Paper looks good in all of your projects.

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