Recipe Challenge

This month’s challenge on the Scrap It Girl blog is a recipe challenge hosted by co-DT member April Walker.

The ingredients require 1 stamp, 2 punches and 3 different patterned papers. I opted to use some brand-new paper from Bo Bunny:

march challenge by Candy Spiegel

I didn’t intend to use this photo originally, but as I was digging through supplies, it landed on the paper and the colors matched so perfectly, I had to use it! This is a photo of my kids during one of Christopher’s recent trips home from Guam. (click on the photo for a larger view)

Here is a close up of the Tim Holtz stamp I used …

march challenge 2I used an EK Success circle punch to accent the stamp and a Fiskars border punch to create the base for the title.

What would you create with one stamp, two punches and three different patterned papers?

Put together your creation and submit it to Scrap It Girl. We choose our favorite and send them this pack of goodies …

I can’t wait to see what you create!


A One-Paper Card

I love layering patterned paper in both my layouts and cards. However, creating a card with lots of layers can get quite pricey. In this card, for example, I used seven different patterned papers, plus a blank card. If I was to buy those to make just this one card, it would cost me about $8 — before I added the pearls, Distress Stickles and roses.

But, when KaiserCraft makes a single sheet of double-sided paper with multiple patterns on it, I can buy one sheet of paper for about $1 and create this beautiful card! Even better, I have four squares left to make another. Pretty cost-effective, don’t you think!?


Paper, flowers, pearls: KaiserCraft

Card Base: Michael’s

Distress Ink, Distress Stickles: Ranger/Tim Holtz

Die cut: QuicKutz

Pop Dots: EK Success

The Butterfly Garden

When we visited the Butterfly House at the Detroit Zoo, we got some amazing photos of the butterflies and the foliage they live in. I wanted to pick up the bright colors in the photos on my scrapbook page, but I didn’t want it to look like a child’s birthday party with primary-colored cardstock. So, I used Copic Sketch Markers to airbrush a design that was as elegant as the butterflies and I added homemade 3-D butterflies as an accent. Here’s what I came up with:
 Click on the images for a larger view.
Cardstock: American Crafts (white textured & Black), DCWV (orange), Paper Accents (white smooth)
Copic Sketch Markers: G14, YR18, N9, Y35, colorless blender & Multiliner
Copic Airbrush System
Letters, stamp: Tim Holtz
Corner Rounder: Creative Memories
Thread: We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy system
Punch: EK Success
Mini Glue Dots
Other: Brads
1. Airbrush butterfly flight path on cardstock.
2. On a smooth sheet of cardstock, airbrush with multiple colors then spritz with Colorless Blending Solution and let dry. (The Colorless Blender gives a pitted design where it lands on the airbrushed paper)
3. Cut into strips and round the edges with a corner rounder.
4. Adhere to page and then use Sew Easy to stitch edge.
5. Add letters for title.
6. Crop photos & use punch to crop small pictures
7. Mat large photo with black and then orange. Use N9 Copic Marker to edge orange mat.
8. Adhere photos to page as shown.
9. Add journaling block and brads.
10. Stamp butterflies, cut out (cut off antennae) and airbrush.
11.  Use a Mini Glue Dot to attach just the center of the butterfly to the page. Ink just the antennae portion of the stamp and stamp them on each butterfly. Then, bend the wings slightly to create a 3-D image.

We Got Chickens!

Ever since visiting Key West in 2005, I have been in love with the chicken.

If you haven’t been, wild chickens hang out on the streets of Key West. There is nothing more surreal than pumping gas at a city gas station while watching a chicken wander around the parking lot!

And so my fascination with chickens began …

For the past several years I have been trying to convince both my parents and my in-laws to get chickens. Despite my promises to help care for them, neither one gave in.

Then, we moved to the country and what was once a dream has become a very real reality.

I am know the proud mamma of six baby chicks and I created this page to mark the fabulous occasion. (Click on the image for a larger version)

I used papers from TPC, cardstock from American Crafts and some leftover ribbon to create this page. The flowers were made using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Flowers Die and the journaling block was made with a punch from EK Success. For the title, I used Ashlyn’s Alphabet and the Cricut. The gems are from Queen & Co.

Here’s a close-up version of the right side …

Christmas Mosaic

I know it’s months after the holidays, but I’m just getting around to scrapbooking my Christmas photos.

There is a family near me that goes all out for the holidays with blow-up decorations. Over the past 8 years or so, I have watched each holiday as their collection grows and grows. It has become a bit of a tradition to drive by and observe the variety of characters they have. Trust me, they have them all — Pooh, Mickey, Dora, Scooby, The Grinch, Santa, trains, balloons, lighthouses, hippos and more.

This year, I decided to scrapbook them using a mosaic page. I used a 1″ punch by EK Success to cut out the smaller images and Tami Potter’s system for cutting out the rest. I used a bit of creative license to make up the word for the title, but I think it captured the magic. What do you think?

He wants to be a rock star

My son dreams of being a rock star.

I don’t think it is the love of music that attracts him. Rather, I think it is his love of “money for nothin’ and chicks for free.”

So, a few years ago, as part of a high school photography assignment, he put together this lovely outfit. Thank goodness I only saw the photo … I’m not sure any mother wants to see her baby boy in leather pants!

When Scrap Tales gave me this paper by Creative Imaginations to work with for their design team, my husband, remembering Christopher as a rock star, immediately suggested this photo.

I have to admit, it does work perfectly!

I used a craft knife to cut out the middle of the paper and then adhered the photo to the back side.

The tag is cut from a die by Tim Holtz. The title was stamped with a Hero Arts alphabet. The chipboard star was painted with a Paint Dabber. And, the stickers are from EK Success.

Hopefully my son will laugh when he sees this … it is hard to imagine the person in this photo working at a hospital in Guam as part of the U.S. Navy!