Friday, March 5, 2010

Recent Cards I've made

this is from the Wild Card Cartridge.  Recollections Cardstock and Bazzil Dotted Swiss.  Added Stickles to the frosting, the candle and the envelope candles.  this card and the sentiment is also from the Wild Card Cartridge.  The swirls stamps are from Inkadinkado.  I punched a hole on top for the ribbon which is from Bo Bunny

for this birthday card I ran the blue paper through the Cuttlebug.  You can't see it very well but its the Happy Birthday one.  I added a few embellishments and used one of the My Pink Stamper stamps.

Getting Started/Basic Tools

Happy Friday!  Wanted to share with you some basic scrapbooking tools I use and that everyone should have to get started.  This is just the bare minimum.  As you continue you will find there will be other things you will include in your everyday crafting.  Remember there's no wrong way to scrapbook.  If you like it then its right. 

1. 12" Paper Trimmer - this is a must have in your stash.  Some people think that having scissors is enough but trimmers are essential to cut straight lines & crop your photos.  I use the Provocraft trimmer when I go out to crops.  For home I alternate with my Cutterpede which is a little bigger.  There are smaller ones out there but you will quickly want to upgrade to a 12"  especially if you decide to create 12 x 12 pages. 

2.   Scissors -  another must have in your stash as there's a lot of small cutting involved in crafting.  A small pair of sharp scissors is good enough.  I like to carry 2 of them.  One for cutting only ribbon and the other for paper.  In the beginning its fine to start out with one.  I use Cutterbee.  Very sharp and cuts great. 

3.  Adhesive - Yet another must have.  Very important for putting your creations together.  Adhere photos, paper and embellishments.  There are many many different types of adhesives.  I use the following most.  A tape runner, (no specific type, whatever is working for me at the moment.  It works best for adhering paper, photos, or lightweight embellishments to the paper. An acid free glue stick, it can be used for adhering large areas of paper.  I also use pop dots - it adheres your embellishments but adds a bit of dimension to your page.  Last I use glue dots.  (Can't live without them)  They are super sticky and help me adhere things like buttons, flowers and odd shaped embellishments that won't stick with anything else.

4.  Black Pen - a nice fine black pen really comes in handy when you want to journal on your layouts.  Putting the date and writing down the event and certain things that occurred that help tell the story. 

5.  Paper - this is not really considered a tool but in my world it is.  You can't create if you don't have the paper.  There are all kinds of paper, sturdy, flimsy, patterned, glittery, metallic...etc  You can't go wrong with a sturdy cardstock (NOT CONSTRUCTION PAPER!)  You can buy them by the page or in paper packs. 

You can get all these tools and a whole lot more at your local craft/scrapbooking store.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Thank you/Birthday card

This is a thank you card I made for my son's teacher.  She was so sweet to think of him during the Superbowl and she brought him a one of the programs from the game.  He was thrilled with it.  I cut the turtle out with my cricut (Walk in my Garden cartridge) The stamp is from "My Pink Stamper" and I embossed the blue paper with my Cuttlebug.

This is another card I made for my friends birthday.  I cut the tree out with my cricut and used the layering feature to add the green leaves.  I also inked up the tree so that the trunk looked browner.  You can't see it but I embossed the tan paper with my Cuttlebug Happy Birthday folder.    I stamped the name with some foam stamps I've had for a few years now.  I really like how this card came out.  

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Newbie Blogger

As a "newbie" to blogging I wanted to say how excited I am to be doing this.  I can't wait to start sharing all my creations, thoughts and ideas.  I'm an avid scrapbooker and have recently dabbled in stamping and creating cards.  I follow numerous blogs that inspire me from day to day.  Check out "A little about Me" section to get a little sneak peek into my life.  Hope you enjoy this and that I can inspire you through my creations as others have inspired me.