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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Card Tin

Howdy blog land! Now that the Christmas festivities are over, I'm back to blogging (hopefully regularly). I taught this as a class at Scrapnesia during December and had lots of fun!! Inside this little tin are 6 basic dividers that are used to separate my cards. One tip on the dividers - make sure they are not bulky at all so that they take up as little space as possible!! This was so super simple to make and is an excellent gift idea!!

So, the details are pretty simple. Paper is from Core'dination (red solid paper) and My Mind's Eye Bloom and Grow Collection (flowered and striped paper). The CARDS word was cut using the Cricut and Ashyln's Alphabet font. This has become one of my favorite fonts!! Then, I also used some bling to accent the word. For the top (which I failed to take a picture of! LOL), I used the reverse side of the flowered paper which was striped (the same paper matting the word). I then added some ribbon around the handle. To hide all my white spaces around the hinge and handle, I added a little bit of Distressed Stickles just to give it some pizazz. I did not finish this off with Modge Podge as I'm not really a fan of what it does to the overall look of my projects.

That's it! It was quite easy and I'm sure I will be doing this again. Happy crafting!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

December Swaps and Challenges

Whew!! Finally got the December swaps and challenges post at Fancy Paper Crafters. It's quite a challenge coming up with the ideas each month!! Hope you can participate!!

Happy crafting!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

My Little Family

I'm sitting here trying to think of something to blog about and realized I haven't posted anything recently about my little family. For now, it's just me and my husband Dan. We celebrated our 8th anniversary on November 17, 2009. There is a good possibility that we will try for kids next year but we'll see. This is one of my very favorite photos of Freckles (our youngest Cocker Spaniel at almost 8 years old). She is definitely HIS dog and follows him around everywhere. If I'm home without him, she's wondering around the house looking for him!! We have had her since she was 6 months old and she is definitely a handful. She is a "chewer" and we have to be very careful about leaving stuff around the house that she can get her paws on. She's also addicted to playing with her tennis ball - from playing fetch to chewing all the fuzz off the ball LOL. It's so funny to see how she hides her tennis balls all over the house - just when you think you have them all gathered into her "toy basket", she comes strutting through the room with another one!!


Then, there is my darling Patches. We have had her since she was 8-10 weeks old. She is almost 11 years old. I think Patches is probably more my dog than Dan's but he would probably say differently. She is absolutely the best lap-dog one could ever own. She is a lover, not a fighter. She can be found laying around the house at all hours of the day. She is also very well known for "leaning" against things - whether it be your leg, your pillow or the table leg!! When someone comes to the door, Freckles is generally the one that is barking her head off while Patches is bouncing around wanting to get petted by whomever may be at the door. She has never cared to play with much of anything and would prefer a good rub down rather than having to waste the energy on playing.

Well, that's my little family. We're happy and grateful for everything the Lord has provided to us. I would love to get a third dog but Dan isn't interested. It's probably for the best since we plan on having kids soon. :)

Until next time ....

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

PMS Challenge - Makeup 4 the Weekend

So, I had an awesome friend over this past weekend (Tracey) for a little bit of craftiness. We are working on an ETSY shop to try to raise a little bit of dough (check it out - http://www.etsy.com/shop/FancyPaperCompany). I decided to try my hand at one of the challenges issued by Katie Cotton at the Paper Makeup Stamps blog. She's the owner of this ultra-cute stamp line and recently moved her challenges to the weekend. I had the stamped image in my stash (I've ordered the PMS snowmen!!) so I just decided to stick with this image instead of a PMS one since I'm making Christmas cards. Hopefully this won't disqualify me from the challenge?!

Now, for some details. The striped paper is by My Mind's Eye, there's light and dark blue Bazzill, and then (I think) Bo Bunny Snowflake paper. As I said, the image was from my stash of swapped images so I have no idea who it is made by. The little snowflakes are the small Dress It Up! embellishments. I colored the image using Copic Markers and a little bit of Spica Glitter Pen on the "cupcake" base. The little rhinestones on the Snowman's front are by Kaisercraft. I love their bling!!

Anyway, that's it for today I think. I've got some other cards to post but I'm worn out after this day!!

Happy crafting!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Southern Bella Club Meeting at Funkie Munkie Scraps

I have the pleasure of being a member of the Southern Bella Club at Funkie Munkie Scraps. This club has taught me soooo much so far and it has been quite rewarding. This month's project had 2 cute little milk cartons that fit nicely into the little holder. Now, I can't give away all of the details as that would be unfair to Funkie Munkie Scraps as this is club is not free.

BUT, I can tell you that the wonderful template that was chosen was from Lauren Meador, owner of Papertrey Ink. On her site, you can purchase (very reasonably priced!!) many many cute templates to make adoarable things like this.

The little girl stamp is by Stamping Bella. I love this stamp line. In our previous club meetings, we have only used the Bella images (fancy ladies lol). Well, this time around, we used another style by Stamping Bella which I just LOVED!! It was really nice to see what else this stamp line had to offer. We used the nestabilities oval sets to cut out the ovals for the stamps and words.

I can't wait for next month's club meeting already!! :)

Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Gift Card Holder

Okay, so with this project, I officially went outside of my comfort zone (which by chance is one of my scrappy goals for 2009). I have only altered a handful of items and have just never really felt comfortable in doing so. Then, Evelyn (owner of Scrapnesia), asked if I wanted to teach a class on altering this cute little gift card holder by Creative Imaginations.

So, I said sure, why not? Well, once I got it home, I realized I had absolutely zero time to work on it due to family issues and wasn't really all that excited about stepping "out of my box". So, as the date approached closer and closer to my class, I knew I had to get it together and get creative.

So, without further ado, here's what I came up with for the front:
and here's what I came up with for the inside:
I think it turned out pretty good for someone who's rarely altered anything. The supplies are really very simple: Bazzil Cardstock (Bitter Sweet Chocolate) for the spine, Core'dination ColorCore Paper (Poinsettia and Tank) for the leaves, My Minds Eye - Bella Bella - French Free Market for the outside and My Minds Eye - Penny Lane - Tiny Dancer Jazz Swirling Around Paper for the inside. I then inked all around the edges with Chesnut Roan Chalk Ink. I think I may have liked it better using something brighter than brown but once you start inking in brown, you can't really change :). I then added Robin's Nest Dew Drops and buttons to finish everything off.

What do ya think? Happy crafting!!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September Fun on Fancy Paper Crafters Ning Group

Hello!! I have just posted the September Challenges and Swaps on the Fancy Paper Crafters Ning Group. Hope you can check it out and participate!! Winners of our challenges receive a prize!

Friday, August 28, 2009

TGF Farmerz Challenge

I had so much fun participating in the Shrinky Dink challenge issued by the TGF Farmerz Club by Funkie Munkie Scraps. I won by default because no one else entered and can't wait to see what the challenge will be for the next month!!

So, how did I make this cute little card? It's actually relatively simple! I had to play around with the Shrinky Dinks to find the right combination for my coloring and my oven. I used Jet Black Staz On ink and my Prismacolor Watercolor pencils. I do not have regular colored pencils but those may work as well. I used the Home Sweet Home stamp set by The Greeting Farm purchased at the Funkie Munkie. I used Coredination paper for the green cardstock and standard Bazzill cardstock for the orange and lighter green which I purchased at Scrapnesia. I used a standard 8 1/2 x 11 piece of heavy weight white cardstock for the card base (cut in half). I zig-zag stiched around the outerpart of the card using my sewing machine. I wish they made a good quality portable sewing machine that i could take with me to crops!! I bought one of the little ones that you can find in the regular craft stores but hated it as I could not sew straight with the little feet that move the paper along.

Now, as far as shrinking the plastic, you'll have to check out the directions I added to my online group here. :)

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wedding Season

Wow!! There sure are a lot of people getting married this time of year! My coworker asked me to make her another card and of course, since it's a paying "gig" LOL, I said sure! I was also really excited about getting back into crafting as I've been down and out for a couple of weeks now. So, this little card took just a bit of time to do as I was using some brand new stamps but I LOVE the way it turned out.

The solid paper is by Bazzill and the decorative paper (I think) is by Basic Grey. I was trying to be good and use my scraps instead of cutting up new sheets of paper. Unfortunately, by doing this, I can't guarantee I get the brand name correct. So, my apologies in advance :).

Now, for the ink, I used Cat's Eye Pigment Ink (Burnt Sienna maybe LOL) by Clearsnap. The bride/groom stamp is by Stamptivity out of the UK. Their stamps are wonderful and really great in quality! The circle sentiment is by Just Rite Stamps. The set is the Wedding Stamp Ensemble. Then, for the final little touch, I added just a few baubles which are from the Wedding Cake Bauble Set by Stamping Bella. Robin's Nest makes little dew drops that are very similar so those would work wonderfully as well.

Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

August Fun!!

Check out the exciting new swaps and challenges that have been posted on Fancy Paper Crafters for the month of August. You will not want to miss out on all the fun!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Eazy Peazy Card

A friend of mine had a couple that had recently gotten married and she asked that I make a card for her. She needed it rather quickly and I knew I needed to get started to right away. I am known for taking FOREVER to make one card so this was definitely a challenge. With the theme being "Just Married", I knew right away that I wanted to use black, white and silver color combos.


So here are the details for this super easy card:
Paper: Bazzill White and Black Coordination
3-D Sticker: Jolees
Ribbon: Sheer Black
Embossing: A2 Embossing folder by Cuttlebug

Very simply, I cut a 2 inch piece of the Bazzill White cardstock and appx 3 inch piece of Black Coordination. I ran both pieces through my original Sizzix machine to emboss the dots onto the cardstock. I then took my sanding block and ran it over the black coordination paper to bring out the core of the paper. I love this effect and have used it on several cards. Then I cut a piece of ribbon and attached it and added the 3-D sticker at the bottom. For the inside, I placed a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of black bazzill cardstock and a 5 x 3 3/4 inch piece of smooth white cardstock. This added a little more pizazz than just leaving it plain.

Super easy right? Hope you enjoyed! Until next time ... happy crafting!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

June SouthernBella Club

Howdy! Finally uploaded some of my pictures off of the camera and thought I would post the cute little project we did in the SouthernBella Club offered by Funkie Munkie Scraps. I had so much fun doing this and am convinced now that I *must* have a Zutter Bind-It-All for future projects :). It's a cute little flip book that can actually stand up on it's own!


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Blog Candy Alert!!

Don't miss out on this awesome chance to win some super cute stamps!! Check out the Starving Artist Stamps blog HERE for your chance.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Scrapnesia Rx Club Kit - August

I am so excited about the August Club kit! If you're not familiar with what this is, hop on over to Fancy Paper Crafters and find out all about it. Cindy and Michelle (Scrapnesia design team members) did a fabulous job at putting this kit together! The August kit contains beautiful papers from 3Bugs in a Rug (Simple Pleasures), 2 bottles of Making Memories Paint (Chocolate and Charteuse), BoBunny Naked Chipboard (already backed with adhesive!!), Karen Foster "Family" rub-on, Poinsettia Dew Drops, large clear dew drops, coordinating cardstock, ribbon, fiber and soooo much more!! Call Scrapnesia today at 288-7771 or visit their website today to reserve your kit. You won't want to miss out on this kit that has a retail value of over $40!!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Explosion Box Frenzy

Wowsers! It's been an awful long time since I posted something. Life has been super hectic the last month or so ... does it ever slow down?!?
Anywho, I have been hearing a lot lately about these things called Explosion Boxes and decided to try my hand at one (thank you Kelly for creating this challenge!!). I made this as an entry to the TGF Farmerz challenge for June. If you haven't checked out this fabulous blog, do it now right here! :) I made the bow on top as well (scraplifted it from Split Coast Stampers - they have an awesome resource section!!). I know the solid cardstock is by Bazzill and I *think* the patterned paper is by SEI but not 100% sure. On the inside, I used an Anya stamp by The Greeting Farm. These stamps are so adorable!! I also used lots of little bitty Prima flowers. I added some mats for some photos that I may want to add later (or possibly journal boxes) and also used some awesome new Lollipop flowers by Prima. I'm not usually a fan of paper flowers but these things feel like fabric and are really fun to work with!! For additional embellishments, I added some of the little butterflys that are available by Robin's Nest. These are the perfect little "bling" just when you need it. Hope you have a wonderful day!! Thanks for stopping by :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Fancy Paper Crafters

We have sooooo much fun going on at Fancy Paper Crafters. Be sure to check us out as you don't want to miss out!! Visit Fancy Paper Crafters today :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

So Ya Wanna Swap??

Check out Fancy Paper Crafters! We've got some FABULOUS swaps posted and would love to have you join in on the fun :). Happy crafting!

Monday, April 20, 2009

New Blogs by Funkie Munkie

Check out these super cool blogs from Funkie Munkie: Copic Munkie and TGF Farmerz and StampingBella.




I can't wait to see what fun stuff is to come!!









Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Swaps, Swaps and more Swaps

If you LOVE to swap and want MORE, check us out over at Fancy Paper Crafters!! We have several different swaps open for about another week and would love to have your participation!! Happy crafting!!

Digi Image

Check out the FREE digi image offered by Dustin Pike on his blog http://dustinpike.blogspot.com/2009/04/anyone-seen-monkey.html. Super cute!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Online Experience

I am having so much fun with my new online group Fancy Paper Crafters. We are up to 62 members and I am so thankful for all the support from my friends and family in creating this new group. I couldn't do it without them. I was in a different online group for quite some time and have recently had some poor experiences which led me to branch out and create a new group. It's really really difficult to know that you put your heart (and TONS of time) into something, only to have other folks criticize my actions and point fingers (and not to mention the gossip - holy cow - I thought we were adults?!). I just want to scrapbook and be able to talk to other people about papercrafting. Is that asking too much??

Whew, I feel better and thanks for listening :) ... hope to see you around the group! After tax season, I've got some big goals for the rest of the year and can't wait to start working on them!

Happy Crafting :)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Snow!!

We had so much fun playing in the snow today!! We ran to Target and while we were in there, it started snowing. We came out to our car being completely covered and were very excited as it's been a while since we've seen snow. Although it's hard to see, this is Dan playing in the snow with our dogs, Freckles and Patches. The other picture was taken from the front porch of our house. It stopped snowing for a little while but has recently restarted. I'm hoping my work will be closed tomorrow as I do NOT want to drive in this mess! If you have to go out, please be safe! Maybe we'll get to build a snowman tomorrow before it all melts away! I'm sure my dogs would have fun barking at it!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Little Bit of Blog Candy

Be entered to win a bit of blog candy by spreading the word about a new group I created called Fancy Paper Crafters. Click HERE (or on the picture above), sign up for the group and your name will be entered into a drawing for some SUPER FUN blog candy! Check out the Forum section of the group for even more chances to WIN! Drawing will take place on Sunday, February 22.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Online Experience

Hello! Happy President's Day! I for one, love this day ... I'm off work! Woo-hoo! So, I thought what better way to spend the day than to start my own online social network for paper crafters.

I've been a member of several different groups for a few years now and have finally ventured out on my own. If you're looking for a fun group to join, please go to Fancy Paper Crafters. Once we accumulate some members, we will have challenges, swaps, RAKs and more!

Thanks for checking out my new group! Happy Crafting!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Upcoming Craftiness

Hey y'all! I've talked to a couple of folks and they've asked where I'm gonna be for any upcoming crafty events. So, in response to that, here's my schedule thus far:

Sunday - February 15 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Participating in Stamp Camp @ Funkie Munkie
Monday - February 16 - 7:00 pm - Teaching Scrapbook 101 Class @ Scrapnesia
Wednesday - February 18 - 7:00 pm - Teaching Card Class @ Scrapnesia
Saturday - February 21 - 10:00 am - 12:00 am - All Day Crop @ Scrapbook Creations
Friday - February 27 - 6:00 pm - 2:00 am - Scrapnesia Anniversary Celebration Crop (they're 1 year old and actually have a crop all day but I won't make it until after work!!)
Saturday - February 28 - 11:00 am - 11:00 pm - Scrapnesia - come join in on the fun all day crop and lots of Make N Takes in celebration of their anniversary!!
Friday - March 6 - 6:00 pm - 1:00 am - Crop @ Scrapnesia

More to come I'm sure. Hope you can join in on the fun! Happy Crafting!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Scrapnesia - Design Team Call

Hello! I've been on the Design Team for a wonderful LSS (Scrapnesia) for almost a year now. It's hard to believe that a year has already passed since Evelyn opened the store. I have had so much fun being on this talented team and look forward to participating in the future. Our team has lost several members for various reasons and Scrapnesia is looking for additional talented designers!! Below is the information for the Design Team Contest:

Wanted:
Talented Designers. Crew Members are provided with materials and supplies along with the opportunity to earn rewards and more. Provide a minimum of THREE Scrapbook layouts, TWO cards, and a 3-D item along with recipe of products and techniques used. Include stamping in at least one sample. Include blog or gallery links & tell us why you would be a GREAT asset to our CREW.

Contest Rules:
- Submit THREE Scrapbook layouts (layouts can be 12"x12", 8"x8", 8.5"x11" or 6"x6". At least one of the layouts needs to be a double-page layout.
- Submit TWO cards.
- Submit ONE 3-D item.
- Include recipe of products and techniques used for all projects and include your name on the back of each item.
- At least ONE sample must include stamping.
- Write a short paragraph telling us about you and why you would make a GREAT asset to our crew.
- All projects are due at Scrapnesia on or before 5:00 pm Saturday, February 28, 2009.
- Winners will be announced on March 20th, 2009.

What is expected of Design Team Members:
- You will be a Design Team Member for a term of one year.
- Each Design Team Member will be responsible for:
- Stopping by the store to pickup product to use to make samples for the store and returning samples to the store in a timely manner.
- Host a crop at the store every other month. (Be the Design Team Member on staff to help customers at the crop with their pages).
- Post your layouts to the Layout Gallery online and bring to the store for display in the store. (Include recipe of all products used). These items will be displayed in the store until all products used in the layout are sold out.
- Check and comment on the Message Board online at least once a week.
- Help with make & takes at the store at our Anniversary, National Scrapbook Day and other special events.
- Be available to help Husbands for "Husband Shopping Day" in December.
- Attend Design Team Member meetings.
- If you can not fulfill an assigned duty (ex. Hosting your scheduled crop), you need to make arrangements to trade with another design team member
- It would also be nice to have Design Team members teach classes, or demo products at the store if at all possible.

Design Team Member Benefits:
- You will receive store products (papers, stickers, embellishments and more) to complete your projects. (Adhesive, trimmers and other basic tools are not supplied)
- After all products used are sold out and your layout is no longer needed at the store, it is yours to keep.
- Entry into CHA (Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show) where you will have the opportunity to receive many free gifts from vendors. Travel, hotel and meals are on your own.(CHA Summer is held in July and CHA Winter is held in January or February. )
- CHA Discounted Membership prices to special educational events at CHA.
- Special Design Team Member & Guest Crop twice a year.
- Discount on all products purchased at Scrapnesia for personal use.
- Input on orders for new products.
- The fame and recognition of being a Scrapnesia Design Team Member!
- The fun we have together!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Paper Makeup Stamps


A very talented friend of mine ... Katie Cotton ... has started her own stamp company called Paper Makup Stamps. She is a very talented gal and her stamps are oh so cute!! Do a little clickin' and check out her site here or click on the banner!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Randomness for the day...

I was off work today (thanks to MLK Day!) and decided to post some of my recent projects. This little card was made using acetate and some carefully placed bazzill cardstock. The stamp is from Stamping Bella - Wreathabella. I've really gotten into the acetate cards lately but failed to take pictures of the others before I gave them out! This particular card was made for a Christmas Card Swap on Split Coast Stampers. This group is so much fun and has really offered a lot of wonderful ideas. It was a bit of a challenge to get used to maneuvering around the site but now that I know what I'm doing, it's a breeze! If you're looking for an inspiring group, I highly recommend it. Anywho, the stamp was colored in using Copic Sketch markers. I'm still getting used to using these and it's been quite a challenge. I've been trying to get some "directions" from Katie Cotton's blog. She does some absolutely fabulous things using copics!



This little card was one of the Christmas Cards I sent out this year. I had so much fun with this and loved using my new stamp from Stampabilities - Decorated Dog House. Sorry for the poor image quality but I took this picture using my cell phone. My Christmas cards were late this year so I had to get it in the mail the same day LOL.

I'll post some more stuff later. I don't have pictures of the projects I did this weekend while I was at Scrapbook Creations but I will soon.


I have a ton of swaps going on right now between Split Coast Stampers and Fiskateers and have plenty of work to do! I am also an assistant organizer on Greenville Scrappers and Stampers but we have been having a lot of trouble keeping the group active. There are a lot of things going on with that group that I have some issues with and am trying to promote a new group I started on Yahoo! Groups called Carolina Scrappers. I am hoping to get this group up and running very soon and would love to have tons of members!

Until next time .... happy crafting!