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Thursday, August 16, 2012


 Now that I am done with the CardMaker Magazine cardmaking crop challenges it's time to get back to the project I have been working on for a few weeks ......another Bride's Book.  I have been commissioned to make a book for a gal whose brother lives in Germany and got married there this past spring.  The couple have a one-year-old son named Benjamin.  Rather then write a description I will give you pictures............I haven't completed the entire book but wanted to share what I have done thus far.

 Here's the cover.  The colors of the wedding were burgundy and a bright red.
The inside of the cover is a tag for the giver to write a note to her brother and sister-in-law.  The facing page holds an accordian tag holder.  It will hold 8 tags creating enough space for 16 3X5" photos or a combination of journaling and photos of the wedding.

 The next set of pages are dedicated to Benjamin.  The pocket holds four large tags and the facing page is a frame for a favorite photo.  The sentiment says "sweet child".

 I was asked to create space for photos of the extended families' visits to Germany to visit the little family.  This is a mini-album within a mini-album.  This little album has 16 pages and 7 tags which creates enough space to hold 30 3X5" photos or a combination of photos and journaling.  

The couple will be coming back to Minnesota in September for a wedding reception so the last two pages will be devoted to that.  Which means I need to get cracking and get this book done!  I will post the entire book when it is completed. 

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Hope  you're having a scrappin' good day!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Another set of challenges................

Here are more of the CardMaker Magazine "Treat Yourself" cardmaking crop challenges I have completed.  I have one more to complete and I will have done all 12 challenges.  The trick is getting that last one done before midnight tonight...the deadline for completing the challenges to be in the drawings for each of the challenges.

So here we go................

 "Pumpkin Pie" is the name of this challenge.  We were to create a card featuring pumpkins...............
 This challenge is "eye candy" for all of the beautiful colors of fall. 
The challenge for this card was to use a sketch as the base to create a card.  The button says Happy Birthday.

Now I am off to complete the last challenge.............let's see if I can get it done by the deadline...............................................

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Have a scrappin' good day!

Monday, August 13, 2012

CardMaker Magazine "Treat Yourself" cardmaking crop....continued

Hi friends and family...................

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  It's nice to have some cooler weather.....makes it more enjoyable to be outside and enjoy the summer that is much to fast coming to an end.  BUT then we come to my favorite time of the year....FALL.
A time of vibrant, rich colors, crisp air, sparkling blue skies, the smell of burning leaves, the sound of crunching leaves beneath the feet..........ahhhhh.......

I have been busy working on the challenges for the CardMaker Magazine card crop over the weekend.   I have six more challenges to complete over the next couple of days and I am aiming to complete all of them by the deadline.  There are prizes that will be given away through a drawing for each challenge completed.  Elmer, as in the glue company, is providing all of the prizes. 

So here are the next set of three challenges:

 This challenge was to create a background by inking an embossing folder and running it through the embosser.  I love the way this turned out!  I made the flower out of circles by folding them into thirds creating a point at one end.  I attached them to another circle for the base.  I then added the brad, inked the edges and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  The "frame" around the embossed layer is orange and brown cardstock that I distressed.  I added some of my handmade leaves and there you are, my inked embossed card!
 This challenge was to create a "treat basket".  I used the template that was provided by the hostess for this challenge.  I stamped and "fussy" cut out the witch, bat, pumpkins, cat and broom.  Since the theme of this crop is "Treat Yourself", I put my chocolate in it and will keep it on my shelf in my craft room.  :-)  YUMMMMMMMM..........
This last challenge was to create a candy wrapper.  I cut a piece of desert sand cardstock just a bit longer then the candy bar and punched the ends.  I then ran it through the embosser using the pumpkin embossing folder and lightly sanded it to bring out the design.  (Close To My Heart cardstock has a white core which makes it possible to do this technique.)  I then made an orange flower out of punched scalloped circles and finally made the tag.  For the tag I stamped with clear Staz On embossing medium and then used clear embossing powder to create a clear design.  Then I rubbed the chocolate ink pad over the tag to bring out the design.  I added some ribbon and again some of my handmade leaves for a fall themed candy wrapper.

So off to complete more of the challenges. 

I hope you are having a scrappin' good day!

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Day One CardMaker Magazine Card Crop Challenges

Here are my day one challenge entries in the CardMaker Magazine Card Crop challenge.

 This challenge was called: "A Box of Sunshine".   We were to make a pretty box of our choice.  I think this one may end up holding one of my books.  


I made the box and top using two 12"X12" sheets of printed and lightly embossed chardstock from "The Formal Affair Stack" by DCWV.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon, the flourish is from Close To My Heart and I made the flower with Close To My Heart cardstock.  The key is from Cousin Corporation (I think I got it at Joann's.  It came on a card with four more keys.)  The glimmer mist I used on the rose is "Sheer SHIMMER Spritz" by TSUKINEKO and I know I got this at Joann's.  It comes boxed with a bottle of frost spritz.  I used Scotch brand double sided tape to make the box and adhere the ribbon around the cover of the box.  The Scotch brand tape states it is safe for photos and is cheaper then the tape you find in the scrapping aisle at WalMart. I found it in the office supply aisle.  The box is adhered with Liquid Glass from Close To My Heart.  I used Liquid Glass instead of tape because it holds more securely.

Here are pictures of the other two challenges.  I have presented them to you earlier but wanted them all together in this post.  So here they are!

 3-Tierd Challenge
Colors of Your Soul challenge using the heat embossing technique.



Wednesday, August 8, 2012

CardMaker Magazine Card Crop Challenge......

Hi friends and family,

I am participating in the CardMaker Magazine Card Crop Challenge that is taking place over the next four days.  Each day the hostesses of the challenge take turns putting out challenges to make a card or tag or even pretty boxes.  Each day there are three challenges to pick from or you can do as many as you want.

The first one I choose to do is the "3 tier" challenge.  The challenge is to use a 3 tier cake on your card and try to make it something other then the traditional wedding cake.  Well, one of my daycare moms recently had a baby girl so I decided to make a "birth  -  day" cake card to include with the gift I'm giving them.  Hope you like it;-)  

I will be posting the challenge creations as I complete them. 

Hope you had a scrappin' good day!


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