Friday, May 31, 2013

ScrapThat! "Sunrise to Sunset" June Kit Reveal

Welcome to our ScrapThat!
 June Kit Reveal and Blog Hop!! 

We are so happy to see June after the long winter and excited to show you our creations with our beautiful Prima Collection!

Our Blog Hop features fabulous hop sites including our Design Team blogs. 
We have been scrapping away and are so excited to show you our  creations! 

If you came here from:
you are on the right track!

If not, go back and start here: Scrap That!   
Then follow the rest of the order:
We are so happy to welcome the amazing 
Zoe Nemburt
as our June Guest Designer!!!


Hey, my name is Zoe Nemburt, and I am absolutely thrilled to be asked to design as a guest for ScrapThat! this month. I started scrapbooking in 2009 and seriously never looked back. I felt I had finally found my crafty passion!! Super Excited to be here for the month of June with the ScrapThat! team and I really hope to inspire you to create something fabulous.

Be sure to stop by Zoe's blog, Designs by Zoe, to be inspired by her gorgeous work! 

We are sad to say farewell to our talented DT Member, Sarah Routledge.
We have been inspired by your creativity and learned so much from your tutorials. 
With your optimism and talent, we are sure you will reach every dream.
You will be missed.
We wish you luck on your new endeavors! 

Now, without further ado....  

Introducing our June Kit,
 "From Sunrise to Sunset"

Featuring the designs of the fabulous Anna Dabrowska (a.k.a. Finnabair) we present a  collection of rich colors and designs that run from brights to neutrals. Whatever your scrapping style is, you will love this kit that is just chock-full of Prima goodies!

Take a look:

Main Kit

Paper Add-On

Flower Add-On

 Embellishment Add-On
More details on this collection can be found here:
We are currently accepting new
Kit Club Members. 

For more information,
complete the form on the link below: 
New Subscriber 

Look at the beautiful sketch Amarilys has created for June:

See details about the challenge here: Sketch Challenges 

We have something new for June!
In addition to Amy's sketch challenge,
other members of the DT will also be hosting challenges!
  • Tracey G.'s challenge: "Scrap out of your comfort zone"
  • Laura's Challenge: "Using a long title"
  • Sandi's Challenge: "Color Challenge"
  • Tracey S.'s Challenge: "Use a stencil"
Check them out here. 

Everyone is welcome to participate.

Entries for all challenges are due by Wednesday, June 26.
 All winners of our challenges, including Layout of the Week, are eligible to receive 10% off any 2012 Kits ~ including Add-ons!

Now for a little inspiration.
My first Layout is based on Amy's Gorgeous June Sketch.

MK Only

Our daughter, Grace, recently got Bree, a border collie pup. As you can see she is so adorable. Grace plans to train her to show competitively in obedience in the AKC and UKC. She earned every possible obedience title in the UKC with her previous dog, Ellie. 

I used kit cardstock and patterned paper to created these floral beauties to pair up with the gorgeous Prima canvas and burlap flower. Be sure to watch for my tutorial for this "rusted" chipboard flourish. The main kit includes such lovely scrappy treasures like the mesh I painted and distressed and a package of gorgeous Prima gems that can be used in pieces, strips like I used for my butterfly body, or pulled apart and scattered as I did across the bottom of the page. 

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Next I scrapped this fun photo of my niece showing off her messy fishing hands. I accented with the blues from the lake behind her. 


I used a new TCW stencil on the background and centered my cluster around the gorgeous FAO Prima Zipper flower. I inked the sweet MK Etsy flower and WOC carnation and used metallic paint to color the larger FAO Petaloo Flower. and mists for the smaller Petaloo flowers. I pulled apart a postal box for my corrugated board, painted it white and inked with Donna Salazar's Mix'd Media Inx. This ink works so well with embossing, so I sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heat set to give the corrugated a wavy, watery texture. I alcohol inked the FAO Maya Road butterflies, and the FAO Prima buttons were tied with a little twine before adhering. I used some Really Reasonable Ribbon twine to create the twine flowers and added some Dusty Attic chipboard leaves. The Layered doilies and clip are from the MK. You can find my twine flower tutorial here

I used the May Dusty Attic May Sketch for inspiration:

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Finally, I've saved this mixed media page for last. The girls were having fun dressing up for the photo booth at Elizabeth's wedding, and the colors in Maria's feathered hat are just right for this Sunrise Sunset paper collection.


I wanted to play off this fun photo and colors with mixed media elements. I misted, stenciled, and scattered more of the lovely MK crystals. I also tucked a couple strips of the black crystals around the photo. I just loved using the Prima alpha set in the MK for all three of my pages. The chevron flower was created with the MK vellum and some eyelash yarn in my stash paired with more of the FAO Petaloo and Prima zipper flowers. I also pulled out a couple Prima flowers and a butterfly from previous kits to tuck in. I die cut doilies from kit paper and the orange piece on the left is the negative from a die cut on Abby's fishing page that I inked to brighten up. I used more of that amazing MK mesh and a dusty attic chippie from my stash. Can you spot the Prima packaging I tucked in? 

This lovely May Prima BAP Sketch was used for inspiration:

Now for the rest of the Blog Hop details: 

The June Blog Hop Prize is our "Life's Muse" Main Kit featuring Webster's Pages Everyday Poetry Collection (Webster's Poetry)

To qualify for this month's FABULOUS Prize, you must complete the following:
  • Visit each blog listed on the hop to see what each designer has created using this month's kit and sketch (comments are very much appreciated).
  • Each designer's blog hop post will feature a word or two that will make up a secret sentence, collect these words along the way.
  • You must become a FOLLOWER of each blog along the way and LIKE us on our Facebook Page!
  • Subscribe to Kelly's YouTube Channel at
  • Post the ScrapThat! Blinkie on your blog.
  • For your last stop on our Blog Hop return here to the ScrapThat! Chat Blog. Leave a comment letting us know you have completed the hop.(Please do NOT include the secret sentence in your comments.)
  • Email the secret sentence to Tracey Sabella:
The Blog Hop ends Sunday, June 2 at Midnight EST.
The prize MUST be claimed within 3 days of the forum announcement which will also be made on the ScrapThat! Blog.
~ If left unclaimed a NEW winner will be chosen ~
**Winner will pay actual shipping costs for sending the kit from Canada.**
Shipping costs will be invoiced via PayPal unless you are a kit member,
 then your prize will be shipped with your monthly kit.
Prizes won during the month will be mailed out the first week of the following month.
Due to Customs clearance, International mailings sometimes take 30-75 days to receive.

My secret word is:

Next hop over to
For your final stop, return to the ScrapThat! Blog 
to let us know you have completed the hop.
Remember ~ only send the secret sentence to
Happy Hopping!

I hope you enjoyed my projects created with this gorgeous kit!! Thanks for leaving a note to let me know what you think. Enjoy the rest of your hop!!

~ Blessings~

Thursday, May 30, 2013

"Life Is Art" Graduation Card for RRR

It's official, we're empty nesters!! Maria found a job and has moved in with her sister to be close to work. While aspects of this are just a little crazy for me, I've been preparing and must say that we have been so blessed with our children making wise decisions for their futures. 

Maria graduated just over a week ago, and I'd like to share the card I created for her featuring Really Reasonable Ribbon. 

"Life Is Art"
Graduation Card

Maria is an artist. She has played piano for 10 years and started taking art lessons about 5 years ago. She is quite accomplished. I've been known to say, if I had her talent I wouldn't scrap; I'd draw and paint. She's won several art contests this year and really has the heart of an artist. This may not be a typical sentiment for a graduate, but it just fit Maria perfectly. I hope she embraces the life ahead of her and enjoys the journey. 

Tips and Techniques:

Double Loop Bow ~ Bonnie carries the most gorgeous and luxurious hand-died silk ribbon in her store. You really should try some of this fabulous ribbon. This particular color is not currently in stock, but she has some amazing color combinations that are sure to fit your needs. The tutorial by our RRR DT, Ginny, for these sweet bows can be found here. She shows how to tie them right on your fingers. So easy!! 

Mixed Media Background ~ I started by stamping my sentiment with Donna Salazar's Jasmine Mix'd Media Inx, then sprinkled with opaline embossing powder and heat set. 

Then I laid punchinella next to the sentiment and "inked" through the holes with Perfect Medium. Any kind of clear embossing pad should work. I sprinkled with Fran-Tage Shabby White Embossing powder and shaved ice mica then heat set. 

I've had Faber-Castell Gelatos in my stash for some time, but just never have gotten around to trying them out. Let's just say, I'll be using them a lot more now that I've broken the ice. What gorgeous colors and so easy to work with. I scribbled the colors across my nonstick craft mat using similar colors to the ribbon, spritzed with water, then laid my paper into the liquified color. Just like the ribbon colors blend, gradating into each other, the Gelato colors did the same. I just love the effect!!  I colored two pieces - the white cardstock background and then the stamped and heat embossed sentiment on water color paper. 

Once the water color paper was dry, I hand sketched the heart shape around the sentiment, cut it out and hand distressed. The background paper was distressed with my Donna Salazar Distrezz-It-All. 

On the background I took some bubble wrap and painted it with gesso and used as a stamp in places. This is very subtle, but adds great visual texture. I also "stamped" some circles of gesso using a small bottle cap. 

Oh, and wouldn't you know, the sentiment got a little muddied by the mixed media, so I took a white Glaze pen and carefully went over the letters to make them pop again. 

What I love about this technique is that you can really create a custom background to go with any of the hand-dyed silks. 

Pearl Accents ~ I added Kaisercraft pearls from the RRR Store. There are a wide variety of colors to choose from. 

Ribbon ~ I adhered a strip of the hand-dyed silk ribbon across the card using Scor-Tape. I wrapped the Iridescent White String around the ribbon three times, crossing in the center. This string is one of my favorite items in the RRR Store. I already had to order more!! LOL It shimmers so beautifully in the light. Finally, I attached the bow to overlap the heart. 

Other products:
White Cardstock 
Strathmore 140lb Mixed Media Vellum Surface
Bienfang PH Neutral 140lb Watercolor Paper
Faber-Castell Gelatos ~ Metalllic Melon, Metallic Blueberry, Butter Cream, Lemon, Boysenberry, Tangerine
Donna Salazar Mix'd Media Inx ~ Jasmine
Ranger Perfect Medium
Sparkle N Sprinkle Embossing Powder ~ Opaline
Stampendous Fran-Tage Embossing Powder ~ Shabby White
Stampendous Fran-Tage Shaved Ice Mica
Sakura Glaze Pen ~ White
Liquitex Gesso
Bubble Wrap
Bottle Cap
Stampendous Cling ~ Life Is Art Stamp
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
Donna Salazar Distrezz-It-All
Tim Holtz Distress Tool
Tim Holtz Grid Blocks
Ranger Mini Mister
Ranger Craft Mat
EK Cutter Bee Scissors
Martha Stewart Mini Score Board

I've entered this at:

Word Art Wednesday ~ Challenge #82 anything goes or Proverbs 14:26 Word Art

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

ScrapThat! June Kit Sneak Peeks

The ScrapThat! Design Team has been hard at work to create some fabulous inspiration with the June Kit. Here are some sneak peeks. Be sure to come back Friday for our reveal and blog hop. 

A couple more sneaks from my projects:

I hope to see you hopping through on Friday!! 

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Saturday, May 25, 2013

ScrapThat! Design Team Call

ScrapThat! ~ Canada's Best Kit Club, is looking for a designer to join our Team!
Design Team members receive:
1. FREE PRODUCT - A full monthly kit plus the embellishment add-on kit, valued at well over $50 retail. 
2. GENEROUS DISCOUNT - A 30% discount on all product purchases that will fit in the box with your kit to ship free of charge!
3. FAME & GLORY - Your photo and bio on our Design Team page!

What we ask of you:
  • A 6-month term
  • Design exclusivity to ScrapThat! Product manufacturer sites are fine, but we must be the only online store/kit club that you design for.
  • You must have a blog and Facebook account and update it regularly each week including posts about projects you’ve created from the kit, design tips etc. We ask that you also have links to our site on your blog and any other sites you are involved with where allowable.
  • Minimum of 3 projects created every month with the kit. One layout must use the main kit contents only, (no items from the add on kits).  90% of each project must contain kit contents. 
  • Post your 3 kit designs, plus an additional two projects of your choice (made with your stash) in our gallery every month as well as to one other large gallery site, either  or  Postings on these sites must include *ScrapThat! Kit* in the title line.
  • Projects must be well photographed; standard size we are using on the website is 640 x 480 rectangular & horizontal…no text or frames please. Have cropped and ready to be uploaded on our site (and your blog) the last Friday of each month. 
  • Submit your kit design work for publication when applicable to open calls. Where possible, credit must always be given for projects created using our kits.
  • Active participation in the ScrapThat! forum and gallery. This is quite possibly the most important thing! We have a terrific on-line community and our members are of the utmost importance to us, so this is huge!
Should this be of interest, kindly apply and submit:
  • Full Name, E-Mail Address, Country
  • A paragraph about who you are and why you want to be a part of the ScrapThat! team. 
  • Attach three projects that best showcase your style sized to 650 pixels. (You may also provide links to these projects on your blog and/or gallery.)
  • Blog Link
  • Links to Current Online Galleries including and/or Two Peas in a Bucket. 
  • List of all Design Teams you are currently serving on with links. (including manufacturers, wholesalers, stores, challenge blogs, kit clubs, etc.) 
  • List of Former Design Teams 
E-mail: with "ScrapThat! DT Application" in the subject line by Friday, May 31. 

Please note: At present, this opportunity is only open only to those applicants with shipping addresses in Canada and the USA.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Really Reasonable Ribbon Sale and Prima Feature

This has been a week of stormy weather and tragedy across the USA this week. My prayers go out to those who have lost precious family members and homes.

I'm excited to share that my Really Reasonable Ribbon "Dancer" card is featured as one of the April Prima Product Pics. Also, be sure to scroll down for the details on the RRR Memorial Day Weekend Sale

Birthday Card

For close-ups and details stop by my original blog post.

If you would like more Prima inspiration head on over to the

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Bonnie is offering a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend Sale over at Really Reasonable Ribbon, so if you are looking for gorgeous ribbons, laces, twines, and fibers, be sure to head on over to make your selections. Don't forget, Bonnie also offers great accessories like buttons, pearls, headbands, clips and a variety of adhesives including Scor-Tape. Stop by the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog for all the details and to get your Promotional Code to use at checkout.

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Mother's Day Card and Ribbon Coloring Tutorial for RRR

In a couple short weeks, I'll officially be an empty nester. Maria walked the stage to receive her diploma on Sunday and the previous day was offered a job working with her older sister at Best Buy. She'll be moving in with Grace next week instead of this fall when college starts to be closer to work. 

I've been blessed to spent the past 26 years with my husband, raising our children, so it will definitely be a change around here, but I embrace the new life!! It's only appropriate for me share the Mother's Day card I created for my mom. I often buy white or off white ribbon, then color it to coordinate with my project. So it was natural when making my Really Reasonable Ribbon selections to get several lengths of gorgeous white ribbon. Today, I'll be sharing a tutorial showing you how I dyed ribbon for the bows on this card. 

Mother's Day Card

RRR Products Used:

Dyeing Ribbon with Alcohol Ink Tutorial

Supply List:
Alcohol ink in color(s) of choice (Ranger Sandal)
Small glass container
Heat Tool (Optional)

Step 1. Cut ribbon to length for project.

Step 2. Place enough water in a glass dish to just cover and dye the ribbon when wet. (Plastic containers can be used if disposable, since they will be dyed by the alcohol ink.)

Step 3. Add several drops of alcohol ink to the water. You can combine different colors if you wish, to achieve the hue you need. Start with only 3 or 4 drops, mix well and add ribbon. Allow the ribbon to soak in the colored water for a couple minutes. You can pull some of the ribbon out of the water to check the color. Normally the color will lighted a bit when dry. If you want a darker color, add some more alcohol ink to the water and continue soaking the ribbon. Repeat until you achieve the color you desire. 

**Note** For more intense color, use less water and more alcohol ink, and use darker, more intense alcohol ink colors. 

Step 4. For a crinkled end result, crush the ribbon into a ball. You can let it sit to dry, or if you are like me, use a heat tool to dry, being careful not to get too close to the ribbon, or you may melt it. 

Now you have beautifully dyed ribbon, ready to be used on your creation. 

Tips and Techniques:

Double Loop Bow ~ Ginny's fabulous tutorial on the RRR blog to create these sweet bows can be found here.

Silky Crush Ribbon Background ~ This gorgeous Silky Crush Ribbon is nice and wide, so just two strips create a beautiful background for my chipboard flourish.

Chipboard Flourish and Butterfly ~ I painted these lovely Blue Fern pieces with antique white paint, then a light coat of liquid pearls in cream to give a wonderful luster and texture to the chippies.

Pearled Chipboard Heart ~ I painted this Blue Fern heart like the other chipboard pieces, allowed to dry, then randomly placed self-adhesive Kaisercraft Bliss pearls on the chipboard using nearly the entire package of pearls. I just love how elegant and soft it looks paired with the bow and flower.

Heat Embossed Title ~ I stamped this mother image on a scrap of paper from the May ScrapThat! Kit with Donna Salazar Pewter Mix'd Media Inx, then sprinkled with Super Fine Detail silver embossing powder and heat set. I fussy cut around the edges.

Hand stitching ~ I pierced the holes around the edge of the card and hand stitched with two strands of Ecru embroidery floss.

I hope you've been inspired to grab some ribbon and create a project today. 

Don't forget, the RRR Red White and Blue Challenge is going on right now. Head on over to the RRR Blog for all the details and to link up your project.

Other Products Used:
ScrapThat May Kit ~ Prima Paper Envoy
Lasting Impressions ~ Oatmeal Plaid
Donna Salazar Mix'd Media Inx ~ Pewter
Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder ~ Silver
Ranger Alcohol Ink ~ Sandal
Viva Pearl Pen ~ Cream
DecoArt Acrylic ~ Light Antique White
7Gypsies Clear Stamps Ink-Family
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard ~ Flourish, Brigitte Butterfly Set
Prima Sherwood Rose Cottage #55271
Prima Serenade C #561444
Prima Lady Bird Collection #565480
DMC Embroidery Floss ~ Ecru
Beacon Fabri-Tac
Ranger Glossy Accents
Tombo Mono Liquid Glue
Darice Heat Tool
Tim Holtz Grid Blocks
Martha Stewart Mini Score Board
In Stitch'z Bazzill Mat and Piercing tool

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Music Man Details for ScrapThat!

It's a busy time here in the Sabella home. Our youngest daughter is graduating on Sunday with a party here at our place afterwards, so we're all busy with preparations. It's such an exciting time! 

I created a layout featuring a photo of Maria with the ScrapThat! May Anniversary Kit. She performed in her high school musical, The Music Man, last spring. You may have seen this page during the blog hop, but today I thought I'd share some close-ups and details. 

"The Music Man"
Main Kit

Maria is the one with the big hat!

I used Amy's gorgeous May sketch:

For details on our ScrapThat! May challenges, check out the following links:

Tips and Techniques:

Embossed Vellum Flowers ~ I used the vellum included in the main kit along with Heartfelt Creations stamps and dies to created these lovely flowers. My step by step photo tutorial can be found here

Die Cut Blossoms ~ I used kit cardstock and my Donna Salazar Bitty Blossoms Spellbinder Dies to created these lovely rolled paper flowers and leaves along with distress ink to color. The larger flower is Spellbinder's Spiral Blossoms 1 die. 

Kit Goodies ~ The sweet pink rosebud and gorgeous Prima Crystal and Pearl Flourishes are included in the main kit. 

Fiber Swirls ~ I dyed the kit fiber and wrapped small portions around my finger to created these darling little swirls to tuck into the cluster. 

Fussy Cutting ~ I fussy cut and inked doilies and hexagons from the patterned paper to layer around the photo and cluster.

Embossed Vellum Lace ~ I stamped and heat embossed the vellum with a lace stamp, then fussy cut around the design. I colored the back with blue Distress Ink. 

Doily ~ I picked up this crochet doily in the dollar bin at Michaels and colored with distress ink to coordinate. 

Distressing ~ The mats and paper edges are distressed with my handy dandy Distrezz-It-All. I get soooo much use out of this tool!! 

Butterflies ~ These Petaloo butterflies started out with pure white wings. I colored with several shades of distress ink, added crystals, then kit pearls for the body and the delightful Prima flourishes for butterfly trails. So charming and easy to alter. 

Splatter ~ I splattered the background with mist, then used an eye dropper to add the larger splats 

Lace Edge ~ I pulled the paper back in a couple spots and tucked in some Prima lace from my stash and adorned with the Kaisercraft kit pearls. 

Title ~ The scroll under the hot air balloon was just the right spot to add my title using Prima letters from my stash. 

Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.

~ Blessings ~

Monday, May 13, 2013

Patriotic Birthday Card for the Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop

Good morning and welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop.

If you've just been inspired by Jeannie's fabulous work, you are in the right place. If not, you can join us for some patriotic inspiration with the gorgeous May RRR Ribbon Club Assortment by hopping on over to the RRR Blog to start at the beginning. There you will find all the blog hop and prize details.

Just look at the gorgeous ribbons in this month's RRR Ribbon Club Assortment! They are perfect to create projects for those Memorial Day and 4th of July family get togethers. My dad is a proud Air Force veteran, so I selected several ribbons from this collection to feature on the birthday card I created for him. 

"Patriotic Birthday Card"

Tips and Techniques:

Ribbon Star ~ I wanted to go with a vintage, masculine look for this card, so I colored the white patriotic dot grosgrain from the May Ribbon Club Assortment with distress inks. I folded it into a partial Moravian Star design to create a wonderful masculine center for my twine flower. 

Layered Flower ~ The base of this flower was cut from denim using my Donna Salazar Grand Peony dies by Spellbinders. Next I created a loomed twine flower with RRR Natural Jute String. My twine flower tutorial can be found here. And of course on top is the ribbon star I created with the RRR May Ribbon Club Assortment

Title ~ I fussy cut the title mat from BoBunny Liberty Cut Outs. The letters were cut using my Tim Holtz Typeset strip die. I colored some speckled cardstock to coordinate with the BoBunny Liberty Collection papers used to created this card. 

Stamping ~ The flourish next to the twine and ribbon flower was stamped with a BoBunny Liberty stamp with distress inks. 

Ribbon Strip ~ To achieve a more vintage feel, I layered the red swiss dot grosgrain from the May Ribbon Club Assortment behind the sheer portion of the blue ribbon also found in the May Assortment.   I added this vintage BoBunny flag trinket over the layered ribbons. Every project needs a little bling and the iridescent stitching on the blue ribbon adds that nice touch without looking "girly."

Distressing ~ I distressed the paper layers with my Donna Salazar Distrezz-It-All by Zutter. 

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The May RRR Club Assortment is so versatile and can also be used for more elegant projects as well. I used two of the red ribbons and white lace here in this wedding layout posted earlier this month of our sweet daughter-in-law, Rachel and her maid of honor. The red ribbon was an absolutely perfect match to the red in the dresses with the lace being a perfect accent for a wedding page. 

"Maid of Honor"

For close-ups and details of this layout go here

I hope you've been inspired to grab your May RRR Ribbon Club Assortment and start creating!

Your next stop on the RRR May Blog hop will take you to 
to some amazing inspiration from Cheryl

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  ~ Blessings ~