Saturday, June 30, 2012

Momenta and Scor-pal week wrap-up

I hope you have had fun seeing all the projects shared by Momenta's and Scor-pal's creative team this past week.

Today I will be sharing my project that was featured on the Scor-pal blog as part of this week's Scor-pal and Momenta blog week. Of course, if you missed this project or any of the other great projects from the Scor-pal team you'll want to hop on over there and see what's been going on this week. Be sure to leave comments on each post from this week for a chance to win some great prizes. Entry deadline in 8am Monday, July 2, so there's still time.

I made a couple of projects.  The first is a tri-fold card using Scor-pal's convenient brochure score markings which are the inverted triangles along the ruler.  Your starting paper size is an 11x 8 1/2 inch piece of paper, score on the two triangles and you end up with an perfect tri-fold  card base giving you ample room to decorate and play up your card theme.

My next project was a total experiment!  I used the other Scor-pal reference markings along the top ruler and created a pocket fold card.  I like the pocket because it has a nice, crisp, clean fold, and is deep enough to securely hold a gift card.

Here are the instructions:

Start with an 11 1/2 X 5 1/2 inch piece of paper.  Place on the Scor-pal tool and score at the dot, star, and inverted triangle and fold as shown in the photo.

You have created a true pocket and all you need is to add a 1 inch border so that the front which you can tuck nicely under the flap and glue down a clean edge.  Add glue on the inside edges of the pocket to secure the sides together.

Embellish and add your gift card.
Thanks for stopping by, hope you have enjoy all the wonderful creative ideas from the Momenta and Scor-pal teams! 

Wishing everyone a Happy Canada Day! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Scor-pal and Momenta promotion week!

Scor-pal and their designers are excited to announce that they are teaming up with Momenta for a fun and inspiring week on both the Scor-pal blog and the Momenta blog. The other Scor-pal designers and I have some exciting projects to share. Here's just a peek at what I have created for the event.

Be sure and check out both company blogs starting today, June 29th, and continuing throughout the week to not only find out how to make this project and many more. Don't forget to check back each day and leave comments on their blogs for a chance to win some great prizes.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Scrapbook and Cards Today Summer issue!

Summer is here and so is the hot hot hot summer issue of Scrapbook and Cards Today!- Full of fresh and fun creativity ideas. I have a couple of summer cards in this issue too! You can read the entire magazine for free on-line here.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A box with a little flip...

Here is my wrap-up post for Scrapbook and Cards Today blog about my challenge in scraplifting yourself this week.  Today's project features an additional fun twist to the Keurig box I posted on Monday.

Not to choose between my Keurig and Tassimo (I was perfectly very happy with my Keurig and then my cousin gave me a Tassimo last Christmas so I am having fun tasting all the beverages both systems have to offer!) the same box template also fits Tassimo pods too!

Here is the same box and I added a flip cover to it.  I have posted this project before but didn't have the photo steps using the Scor-pal tool:


1.       Take 5 ¾ x 12 piece of cardstock.  Score at ¼ and 6 ¼ inches. Mountain fold at the 6 ¼ inches and glue the flaps together, this leaves a nice folded edge to your cover.

2.       Place strong adhesive on underside of the small vertical flap.  This is adhered to the side of the box top.  Decorate as you wish.

Adding a flip cover gives that extra element of surprise, provides lots of room to play up your theme, and you have space for a little message.  You know me...always looking at making projects with practical purpose too!  The theme of this box project is for upcoming Father's day.  The supplies used here are My Minds Eye pattern paper, American Crafts thickers, and Memory box dies.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Making a BIG card

I like going through office supplies store just as much as a scrapbook store. When I was younger, I was that kid in the class that always had her pencil crayons precisely sharpened, my erasers cleaned (those nasty black marks on the end..yuck), my supplies labelled etc...yup...that was me.   Fast forward many years later I  am at Staples doing the happy dance with Martha Stewart's office line collection and thinking of all the fun ways I can incorporate them into my papercrafting.

My blog post at Scrapbook and Cards Today re-purposes the file folders to make a card:

Are you the designated crafter in the family, among friends, at the office?  Have you ever been asked to make a group card and making it BIG so that lots of people can sign it?  Easy at first thought but when you think of a 12 x 12 piece of paper then folded in half, you end up with an awkward size and with no envelope to fit the card. You probably so wished you had  a 12 x 18 piece of cardstock? Been there, done that! … no worries, a solution is available and it’s no surprise it involves Martha Stewart.
I was recently at Staples oohing over her office line collection and these file folders caught my eye.  Who can resist being organized with these Tiffany blue coloured folders- yummy!  Thinking beyond pretty file folders I thought these would make fantastic card bases.  These folders come plain or patterned in various colours, are very sturdy, and best of all the finished card will fit easily in a standard over-sized office envelope.

Here are some ways I made the card less office-y looking.  Like a standard file folder, there are score lines close to the spine so I just used a pretty border to cover it up.  I also cut the tab off on the right edge.  The theme of my big card is wedding or engagement and will fit lots of personal messages. It is very practical because the card can be re-purposed back as a folder for the bride to organize her notes or momentos.

On this card, the butterfly, heart, heart border, and fence are Memory Box dies.  I love that they are so pretty and delicate.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday challenge

I am blogging for Scrapbook and Cards Today this week and Monday's are usually dsigner's challenge so here is my post:

I love spending time pouring over magazines, surfing the internet, reading message boards, etc. for creative inspiration- does that sound familiar?  There is one other source of inspiration that is often overlooked.  Do you wanna know what it is?—take a few steps away from your computer and find a mirror, stare straight ahead and there is your answer- You!

My challenge is to scrap-lift yourself.  Sort of makes sense when you pour your heart and soul into a project, why not look back on it and take inspiration to create something similar with a little twist?

I love my Keurig and all the yummy drink options that are now readily available.  Here is a Summer-y treat box I made containing ice-tea drinks.  This box is really easy to create and you can find the steps here project I made last Christmas.  My design originally used a square window and this time I opted for Spellbinders square label die to cut out the window shape.  This would be a fun teacher’s appreciation gift or a thank you to hostess gift for an upcoming bbq.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Squeezing out another page...

Hello! as I was wrapping up my supplies I had out on my scrap desk for the Nikki Sivils and Sketch Support product challenge last month, I was able to squeeze one last page.  Happy to make so many projects using only one collection pack--challenged me creatively and was also very good on my budget (which means I can go shopping for my scrapping goodies...yay! see how that logic works so well, hehehehe)

This last page is an extension of the other summer vacation pages I scrapped during the product challenge so it will all tie nicely together in the album.  I didn't follow a particular sketch for this page but in general the look of the banners and geometric circles is the continuing theme.

One last note, if you do not already know, Sketch support is taking a little break, you can read Allison's announcement here.  The creative team is 100 % behind Allison's decision and have all expressed that if Sketch Support ever resumes at a later time, we would be there for her in a heartbeat!  I still love Sketch Support and will continue to use Allison's sketch books for inspiration.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Accucut Grandemark Challenge

I love all diecuts ...from thin wafer dies to the big wooden dies like the Accucut system.  Accucut dies are fantastic when you are cutting thicker materials like chipboard and foam core. Recently Accucut posted a product challenge, you can read more about it here. 

Here are some projects I submitted to the challenge (warning long you may be hitting that scroll down key a few times...)

I know it's way too early to think about the holidays but I loved playing with My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas collection to create this fun display.  The frame is the Accucut Victorian frame, normally you would have the centre shadow box flanked by 2 sides but here I extended it to create an accordion style display by connected two units together.
Accucut Victorian Shadow box frame
Next is a chipboard House album using the large house die, and different sized tag dies as pages.  The paper collection and diecut embellishments are by Kaiser Kraft Fine and Sunny collection.

Scrapping in style? make a pretty dress using soft pink ribbon, flowers, and pearls.  The Accucut dress die was used to cut out of white felt as the base material.

Go through your recycling box and use them in your crafts! here is a tag using recycled corrugated cardbox and newspapers

Stretch the use of your dies.  I re-purposed the standing Treat Box die into a window card.  The die will score a fold line in your paper but cover it up and no one will ever know that the paper is scored.  Folding the diecut shape centres the window to make the card:

Accucut Treat Box die
For a simple and fast wall hanging, take a canvas mounted on a wooden frame and run that through your Accucut.  It is important to check that the height of your wooden frame is less than the height of the actual die.  Centre the die under canvas/pattern paper, roll (because the wooden frame is less than the height of your die it will not obstruct the roller), and voila you have made an instant shadow box of your diecut shape.

Accucut butterfly

I love making minis containing pages with a fun little twist.  Here is a Wedding Story envelope album.  The square envelope and castle dies are the main elements of the mini.  The pages are diecut and folded so that the over all shape of the castle can be seen but some of the pages are made to open gate-fold style.

Love starts
with a Smile

Grows with a Kiss

Ends with a Tear
Accucut Castle Die set
Lastly, I made a baby wall frame out of the 9 circles mat.  This die is perfect because it has 9 little areas to decorate and play up your project's theme.  I cut the 9 circles frame out of foam core, felt and the transparent overlay   (transparency is by Fancy Pants).  Each circle contains a little something all cute and baby and of course you can add photos in place of the embellies.

Accucut 9 circles mat
So that's a wrap to my week! Thanks for stopping by.