My Creations

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

World Traveler layout

While at the scrapbook cabin, a friend provided some Stampin Up paper and embellishments and challenged us to make a layout using only Stampin Up products. I made this layout at about 2am after a full day of scrapbooking!!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

tutu cute LO

Another layout made with the Karen Foster ballet papers, stickers, and rub-ons from the bonus Ballet Kit.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Apple Picking LO

This layout uses more of the Holly Jolly Christmas paper from Fancy Pants. I did this one at the scrapbook cabin and got a chance to use the new Janome Mini Sewing Machine. LOVE IT!!! It sews so straight that it was difficult to do the "messy" sewing in this layout.

ETA: this layout has been removed for publication!!! 7-13-08

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bushels of Fun LO

This layout features photos from this fall when we went apple picking. The paper is the "Holly Jolly" line from Fancy Pants. Pretty neat using Christmas paper for a fall layout, huh?

Monday, April 21, 2008

Oceanside LO

Well I'm back from the scrapbook cabin. Only got 22 layouts done this time, but it was fun and great to get away for a while. Here is a layout that I did before I left. It's of Payton and her friend Jess in Punta Cana. Jess came to visit Payton this weekend while I was away.

The layout uses Prima ribbon, chipboard, and flowers. I love the buckle, transparency, and sewing!!!

And the Winner is.....

Beth from A Stampin Good Time!!!

Congratulations Beth! I'll email you with details.

Thanks to everyone that left comments!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Blog Candy!!!

I'm off to the scrapbooking cabin tomorrow!! So let's have some BLOG CANDY!!!!

Jen from the Coconut ScrapShop has generously donated The Wonder Years Collection from Daisy D's for me to give away!!! It contains 16 double sided 12 x12 sheets and a die cut sheet!!

To win, just visit the Coconut ScrapShop and then come back and leave a comment what products are on your "want" list!! I will draw a name on Monday!!

If you decide to order anything, you can take $5 off your purchase by entering code "CoconutSpring" at check out!

Jen's blog also has a BLOG CANDY going on! Click here to enter it!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Take a Hike

This two page layout features Kaisercraft's "What a Hoot" collection, as well as their pearls, rhinestones, flowers, and clear stamps. I 'fussy cut' the tree and owl out and then hand sewed around the branches and leaves to add texture. I also added dimension by using foam squares. I did some machine sewing around the large photo to create a frame, as well as on the seam of the papers. The title was cut out of the Kaisercraft's Brood paper using a custom font from my SCAL software on my Cricut. The tags, little owls, and scallops were cut out of the Owlish paper, while the small trees were cut out of the Brood paper. Journalling was along the top of the photos as well as in the journalling box. detail of the hand sewing....
detail of the machine sewing...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Ballet LO

Here's another layout made from the fabulous Ballet Kit from the Coconut ScrapShop. I also used some Adorn-It sticker paper in my Cricut to create the notebook journalling page. I added a transparency over the photos and also used Stickles on the word "ballet" for an added effect.

Monday, April 14, 2008


This was Halloween 2007.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Paste Embossing Tutorial

This tutorial is to demonstrate how to do paste embossing. Paste embossing gives a new use for all those brass stencils that are normally used for dry embossing. For this demo, I used Dreamweaver Stencils Translucent Embossing Paste. ETA: I cannot find this paste in stores like Michaels or Joanns...I got mine at a scrapbooking/stamping expo. Your local scrapbook store may carry it or you can also order from Dreamweaver.

1. Select your favorite brass stencil. Tape the edges securely to your paper with tape that is easily removable. Make sure you are working on a flat, sturdy, even surface. 2. Color in the stencil. You can use chalks, markers, ink, colored pencils...basically anything you want. In this photo, I'm using chalk (and I'm left handed!! LOL). 3. Put a bead of embossing paste onto the tip of a spatula. If desired, you can even mix in some iridescent powders or metallic liquid acrylic paints to the paste. (Add approximately 1/2 tsp. paint or powder to 2Tbsp. paste.)
4. Spread the embossing paste evenly over the stencil as if you are frosting a cake. The paste will fill in all the open spots in the stencil. Repeat until all the holes are filled in. Make sure you work quickly, as it starts to set up in 20 minutes.5. Carefully remove 3 sides of the the tape so that you can lift up the stencil like a hinge. This will help preserve the embossed image. Once the "hinge" is open, you can remove the remainder of the tape. Clean the stencil immediately with warm water and an old toothbrush so that the paste doesn't dry on the surface.
6. If desired, you can now sprinkle on some glitter. Move the paper around so that the glitter is evenly distributed. Discard the extra glitter. (Without the glitter, it will try into a glossy finish).
7. Let dry overnight. Your final product is a colorful 3-D image!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

I'm a Certified Fiskars Instructor!!

Today I took an instructor training class at the Fiskars headquarters in Madison, WI. The training certified me to demonstrate their products at craft shows, local scrapbook stores, etc. and get paid for doing it!!!

Bad Girlz

Here's a few more old layouts from the last scrapbook cabin that I forgot to share. I used the Creative Imaginations Marah Johnson kit for these. The photos are of me getting my belly button pierced and my friend getting a tattoo.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Having A Ball

The photos are from a Mallards baseball game last year.

Prima Ballerina LO

You know you're a scrapbooker sign your daughter up for ballet lessons because you got an awesome ballet scrapbook kit from the Coconut ScrapShop!! Yup, that's what I did! Click here to see the entire kit!

Isn't Payton absolutely cute in these photos??

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The Coconut ScrapShop now has a message board! It is so much fun and more people are joining daily! We also have several challenges and contests going on...all with free RAK's and goodies!!
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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Kaisercraft Victorian Tag Album: "Ready. Set. Grow."

I've been working hard on this Kaisercraft Victorian Tag Album lately!! I've titled it "Ready. Set. Grow." It documents Payton's growth from 3 months to 3.5 years. I used Kaisercraft papers, stamps, rhinestones, wood florishes, pearls, flowers, and rub-ons. I also utilized my SCAL software on the Cricut to cut extra flourishes and embellishments. I used about 300 glue dots on this project!!!
I absolutely LOVE Kaisercraft - their products are so easy and fun to work with!!!!

Click on the photos to make them bigger.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Fun in the Sun LO

I used the Pima hydrangea flowers along with the leaves to accent this layout. Photos are from Punta Cana.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Innocence LO

I used all Stampin Up products on this layout!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Coconutty Contest with a wonderful prize package!!!

My Coconutty Contest (sponsored by the Coconut ScrapShop) is to create a scrapbook page, card, papercraft, or altered item with DISTRESSING on it!!! You can distress by using a nail file, sandpaper, razor, distress inks....whatever you like. The idea is to add that "aged" look to your project. Post your creation to your blog or gallery or email me the photo to be entered into a random drawing.

The winner will receive the must-have BasicGrey Precision Filing Set AND a collection of Tim Holtz Distressables Paper!!! If you can't wait and want that filing set right now, you can go to Coconut ScrapShop and buy it for only $5.96 (let Jen know that Cheryl sent you)!!! If you purchase the set and are the winner, the price will be refunded to you!!! This contest will run from April 3-14.
Here is my sample layout. I used sandpaper to distress the chipboard letters and I also inked the edges of my torn tags. By the way, the tab on the photo is cut from ribbon using Ribbon Stiff (I'll do another tutorial on that in the future).

Mini tutorial for those that haven't distressed items before:

This is what the chipboard letters looked like before distressing:
Here I just brush the surface of the letter with sandpaper.
The final product....see how the dots and edges look worn?

I can't wait to see your creations!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

do-re-mi LO - Coconut ScrapShop April kit

This is one of my favorite papers by Teresa Collins! I love the large brackets!

Well, so far I've gotten 7 projects out of my April Coconut ScrapShop kit!! Isn't that awesome?? Especially if you are a first time buyer...that's only $2.14/project!!! Visit Coconut ScrapShop and enter the code "firsttimebuy1" at checkout.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Bling Ring!!! Coconut ScrapShop April kit

The April kit has SO much in it!! Even this decorate-yourself bling ring by Teresa Collins!! I used a rub on and some rhinestones to decorate mine, but the possibilities are endless!

Want your own bling ring? Coconut ScrapShop has them for only $1.25 and they come in different sizes!

Pure Joy LO - Coconut ScrapShop April Kit

Here's another layout using the ultra wonderful Coconut ScrapShop April kit. I used a sketch from CIS-ters Stylish Sketches.

Make sure to click on the photo to see the mini magnifying glass (that comes with the kit) over the word 'love." I also put glitter on the ghost heart.