Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mama-Razzi ~ ScrapFIT Workout #56 Reveal

Scrapbooking is my passion and it all starts with the photos, so when I saw this ScrapFIT Workout to create a layout about my favorite gadget, I knew it needed to be about my camera. Here is the challenge and I hope you'll hop on over to ScrapFIT and create a layout to join us.

Oh, how we all love our technical gadgets! Computer, iPods, iPads, Wii, DS, Smart Phone, Digital SLR Camera, and soooo many more! What technical gadget do you hold deer to your heart? Show us and tell us why you can't live without it!

Here's the layout I created for this fun challenge:

Now, if the challenge itself isn't enough motivation to join the Workout, look at this fabulous prize donated by:

Burlap & Buttercups is back again for this workout to offer you another AMAZING kit as a prize fo the winner of Workout #56. They are a monthly kit club delivering beautifully coordinating scrapbooking supplies. 

Every month we provide our subscribers with a generous assortment of patterned paper, cardstock, stickers, ribbon and many other fun embellishments - enough to create a number of layouts and projects. Each of our scrapbook kits puts inspiration at the fingertips of those seeking to preserve treasured memories. We continuously browse the manufacturers' latest offerings, selecting some of the hottest new products to hit the market . . .  so our members can simply open their boxes when they arrive and begin creating!


Decorative Scissors ~ You know those deco scissors that went out of vogue for scrapping a while back? Well, I've been inspired by the talented Gabrielle Pollacco to use them on my layered blocks. I used two different styles - a postage stamp look and medium size wave. I added dimension on the postage stamp block by inking with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, for the waved block, I cut the block with the deco scissors, then pierced and hand stitched around the block. I then water distressed the edges by applying water with a wet cotton ball and then scrunched in with my fingers. When dry I added a light touch of Walnut Stain Ink. 

Burlap ~ I wanted a layer of open weave rustic fiber, so I took a block of burlap and removed two strands of fiber for every one strand I left. To adhere, I sprayed the back of the burlap with Krylon spray adhesive.

Flower Centers ~ I really liked these flowers - the color, size and design were perfect to go on this page, but the centers felt lacking to me. The smaller flowers had glitter centers and the pretty pewter center on the blue flower had an empty hole in the center. I remedied this by adding large pearls to the smaller flowers and a clear rhinestone to the larger. Don't be afraid to modify your flowers. Just a simple modification can make a big difference. 

Transparent Layering ~ Sometimes I like the look of layering, but don't want to completely cover my background paper. Using an open weave fiber and open crystal leaves allowed this cluster to give balance without overwhelming this corner. If you want to get more milage out of your crystal designs, don't be afraid to cut them apart and use the pieces around your page like I did with this crystal leaf swirl by Zva. 

If you see a technique on my page that you would like more information about, don't hesitate to ask. I'll be glad to give you more information.

Bo Bunny ~ Mama-Razzi Line:
Mama-Razzi, Shutter, Word, Stripe, Film
Bo Bunny ~ Mama-Razzi Combo Stickers

Bo Bunny Trinets ~ Garden Girl
Zva ~ Self Adhesive Crystal - Leaves
Jolee's Boutique ~ Parisian Flowers
Floral Embellishments by Petaloo:
Canterbury Rose x 6 Vanilla
Darjeeling Collection Deep Blue
Brighton Tan/Brown
Darice ~ Rhinestones
Heidi Grace ~ Clear Epoxy Sentiments 1 - One Sunny Day
Pebbles Chips ~ Chocolate Brown
Prima Say it in Pearls ~ SIIS and Crystal Center
Queen and Co. ~ Pearls - Sunflower Yellow
Burlap ~ Stash
Lace ~ Stash
Lace Mesh ~ a gift from my Scrappy Friend, Robyn

Technique Products
Tim Holtz Stamp
TPC Studie ~ Clearly Better Ink Pad - Chocolate
Tombow APT ~ N15
Zig Writer ~ Pure Brown
Tim Holtz Stamp - Fabulous Flourishes
Ranger Distress Ink ~ Walnut Stain, Gathered Twigs
Decorative Scissors ~ Borrowed from Pat Catan's
DMC Embroidery Floss ~ #433

Tim Holtz ~ Acrylic Grid Stamp Blocks
Fiskars ~ Craft Knife
Fiskars ~ Self-Healing Mat
Tonic Studios ~ Paper Distresser
Tonic Studios ~ Scissors
Idea-ology ~ Ruler

I've entered this at:
Bird is the Word ~ "Wish" Challenge - Journaling "I WISH they enjoyed being photographed.

Thanks for stopping by. I treasure your comments!

~ Blessings ~

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Christmas Wedding Card ~ ScrapFIT Reveal ~ Workout #55 Tis' the Season

ScrapFIT Workout #55 is to create a Christmas card or tag. As you can tell from my blog postings, I usually create scrapbook pages and haven't done much in the way of making cards, so this was quite a challenge for me. Of course I don't mind being stretched!!

Our son is getting married in December to his beautiful fiance, Rachel, so rather than make a traditional Christmas card or tag, I created this Christmas wedding card. Here are the results of my efforts with front and open views:

Our sponsor for this Challenge is Burlap and Buttercups. They 
have donated this wonderful kit for our winner:

I hope you have been inspired to join ScrapFIT Challenge #55 to create a Christmas Card or tag ~ 

We know Christmas will be here before we know it so let's start spreading ideas for Christmas Cards and Tags! Show us what you're putting in the mail or attaching to a gift this year!

I can't wait to see what you create!!

I've only created single fold cards before and found Bonnie Szwalkiewicz's tutorial on how to create tri-fold cards to be very helpful. She has a picture tutorial with dimensions in addition to her easy to follow video.


I used the McGill Lily punch, Punch Bunch ~ 3D Punch Craft Tool Kit, and In Stitch'z foam mat to punch and shape the leaves for the poinsettia. I also crocheted the cream doily behind my flower and tucked in a bit of black netting as well. The center was created with some shimmery gold glass beads from my stash.

Glitter Snowflakes:
I used the Martha Stewart Double Sided Snowflake Stickers and ultra fine glitter to create these sparkly snowflakes. I'll really like the way they turned out, but will warn you that getting the sticker from the paper backing to the card was quite some challenge. I used my piercing tool to poke down each little piece of the sticker, then placed a scrap of the non-stick backing over top, and rubbed it with a bone folder to make sure it was completely adhered before sprinkling the glitter on. A good tap and a light rub with my finger removed the excess glitter. 

Brad Attachment:
The love piece is a brad. I didn't want to pierce my paper in this tri-fold card or have the extra bulk of the brad prongs, so I used my wire cutters to remove the prongs. I put several layers of red backed tape until it was even with the depth of the brad. I tried to use foam tape, but it was too thick.

Fussy Cutting:
An inexpensive way to get a nice embellishment is to fussy cut from scraps. The rejoice image was cut from a scrap left over from a previous project.

Bo Bunny ~ Decaf Dot, Noel Stripe, Noel Cheer
Bazzil Cardstock 
Green Cardstock ~ Scrap from my stash

Brown Lace ~ stash
Music Ribbon ~ stash
Black Tulle ~ stash
Flower ~ Crocheted from scraps
Rhinestone strip ~ Stash
Love brad
Prima ~ Pearl Swirl

Technique Products:
Zig Textile Marker #40 Green
Zig Textire Marker #93 Green Grey                         
Gold Beads ~ Stash
DMC Embroidery Floss
Crystal Gliter Ritz ~ Cool Highlights
Martha Steward ~ Double Sided Snowflake Stickers
Ranger ~ Matte Accents

McGill ~ Lily Punch
Punch Bunch ~ Tool Kit
In Stitch'z Piercing tool
In Stitch's Foam Mat
Idea-ology Ruler
This card is entered in:
Anything Goes Challenge Blog: Challenge #53 ~ Stitches real or faux - Hand stitching on borders of card front. (Nov 14)**
Crafty Sentiments: More than one fold ~ Trifold card (Nov 7)**
Catered Crop: FTR24 Recipe ~ I used burgundy/green colors, Christmas theme, glitter and lace (Nov 10)**
Come and Get it Challenges: Anything Goes **
The Hybrid Chick: Card Caravan Challenge #5 THCCC5 ~ Homemade flowers - Poinsettia (Nov 11)**
Ribbon Girls: Jingle all the way to Christmas ~ Use ribbon on a Christmas themed project - Used music ribbon on Christmas wedding card**

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I treasure your comments!

~ Blessings ~