Thursday, November 11, 2010

Altering punch outs

Many of you may have some of Paper Secrets Punch outs. I got a set of the journalling booklet as a free gift from Paper Secrets. I really don't like the punch outs because they are childish looking, low cost if you will, they just don't call to me.

Last night while my son was playing in his room I got them out of my give away bag and was flipping through the booklet when a thought came to me... "what if I add a little zing to them?" With this thought I grabbed my color pencils, baby oil, blending stumps and sandpaper and sat down by my son and started coloring and here is what came out of this little altering project...

*Sorry about the picture quality these were taken on my phone late last night*

This is the original turtle. Very plain and almost invisible

After I added a little color and blending techniques

This is a Rose that was very plain I added 3 shades of Pink and blended them all together, sorry I don't have a before picture I just really got into this and forgot.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bloging from my phone and seeing if it worked

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Challenges to Enter

My Mother informed me yesterday I should put my cards into challenges, and when I did a search I found some awesome ones to do!

So I am now going to do a few post to separate my cards I made EARLY (and I mean early) this morning. I already did a post on them so here goes with the separation.

I absolutely love this card. After picking out colors and adhering everything it still needed something (this happens to me everytime) I found in my scraps stash some itty bitty teny tiny jewels. I thought the would add a little "bling" to the card and personally I think it turned out super cute! The Digi is from Dustin Pike. I love his digis!!

A little winter fun with Digis

I am a huge fan of Dustin Pike! I have yet to venture into purchasing digis but have been experimenting with the tons of free digis out there. At Dustin Pike's blog he gives away a free Digi every Wednesday. As I said I love them! One of my favorites I print 8 of them on a sheet, colored them and started using them on cards. After crusing through my Paper Secrets mag I found a few card ideas I scraplifted and modified to my liking. Please tell me what you think of my creations. Sorry about the picture quality, scans turned out too bright, camera pictures too dark. Does anyone have any tips for this problem?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I absolutely loves scraps! Several post ago I showed that love with a treasure themed Layout. You can check it out here: smalltown blog spot.

My Mother makes tons and tons of cards and knowing my love of scraps about once a month she sends me a treasure trove of scraps! There are paper scraps, left over buttons, jewel, stickers, diecuts, and so on.

I sat down and pick out a few of my favorite pattern papers that were in the pile of scraps and got out some digi stamps and rubber stamps and colored them to match accordingly. Personally I think they turned out cute and I used up scraps!!

Challenges Entered:
My Time to Craft Challenge 113: Quick and Cute

I had several flower pieces and I put them together on this glittery diecut that looked like a stem to me. I also had a matching button in my scraps that I added glitter to to match with the stem. Also in my scraps Mom sent there was the pre-stamped Happy birthday sentiment that matched the flower color perfectly. This card really came together like it was meant to be!!

Challenges Entered:
Stamps R Us Challenge #8: Buttons and Bows
GingerloftChallenge #5: Buttons

As I was rummaging through the scrap bag I found this super cute pattern paper. The flowers and hearts and squiggles are right up my alley, I thought this would be so cute on a pink card! I then found a diecut heart and decided that my stamped owls that I had been playing around with stamp masking ( an amazing technique) would look so cute on this heart. After adhering them on the card it looked way to plan for me so I got out some ribbon to clean up the lines and it still just need something. I went back to my treasure chest of scraps and found a few pink buttons and flowers and it clicked that it was it needed. Adding a dash of black to bring it all together I think this card turned out super cute!!

I love polka dots! I had recently bought Recollections Doodle Birthday stamp set and had been practicing coloring them with blending techniques. When I looked in the scraps Mom had sent there was this cute polka dot paper and some that had swirls and circles. I thought they would look so cute together and great with my stamps. I added a few mini buttons from my personal scrap collection and it all just came together.

Well there you have it a few cute cards all completely made from scraps and took on a few minutes each. As I said I absolutely love scraps!!