Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Marlene Rocks!

Marlene always sends me Christmas cards that take my breath away. She pays such great attention to detail, especially for a card that she probably made many of. Thanks so much Marlene for sending me this beautiful card!

Are you a Scrappy Mama Fan?

If you are a regular reader of this blog, there is a new feature on my blog to share with the world that you're a fan! To the right at the top of my side bar is a section for "Followers". Thanks to "butlerfly24", for becoming my first Follower, even before I knew that such a thing existed. If you'd like to become a follower of Scrappy Mama, feel free to sign up on the right. I would be so excited to see how many fans are out there!

I've also added new ways for you to subscribe to this blog just below the Followers section. This is in addition to Feedblitz, which is the service I've used in the past for subscribers.

Thanks to all of you devoted readers! I'm expecting to have a little candy soon to share with you to thank you for all your support over these past 2 years. Wow! Coming up in a few months I'll be celebrating my 2 year blogging anniversary!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

New Scrapbook Pages Available

I just added a couple more scrapbook pages to my Etsy store for you to check out. Here's a taste. I'm hoping to make more Disney pages over the next few weeks. If you're interested in some custom Disney pages, contact me. For those of you who see me at my classes, you may purchase these pages online and I can adjust your invoice to remove shipping if you plan on picking them up at one of my events.

Christmas Thanks

I am so lucky to have received several handmade cards this season! I am so impressed with the work that went into each one of these cards. Thank you Sylvia, Candy, Sara, and Suzi for these beautiful cards!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Cards Done!

Today, I finally got my Holiday cards out in the mail! I have to say that I designed so many different cards for classes this fall that by the time I came to designing the rest for my own Xmas cards, my creative juices just weren't flowing. I think I burned myself out on Xmas cards this year unfortunately. Regardless, I'm happy that they're done!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Beautiful Christmas Card

I got my first handmade Christmas card in the mail a few days ago and it was made by my talented Sister-in-Law. I was so "Wowed" by this card that I just have to share it with all of you! I can tell that she put a lot of work into this card, and I'm so impressed. It appears that she used a masking technique to sponge ink into a circle ornament shape. She embossed gold swirls on the ornament stamped some flowers, and added some glue dots with glitter for some eye-popping sparkle. It looks like she used a scallop circle punch and some gold cord to create the top of the ornament....so creative! Some clear rhinestone brads add even more sparkle to make a dazzling card. Thanks so much Sarah!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

December Scrapbooking: Christmas & Winter

This month's themes for my monthly scrapbooking class are Christmas and Winter. I'm still loving the Winter Post Stamp set so I couldn't help but use it here in my first layout.
Stamps: Winter Post, Best Friends Lower
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Papers: Holiday Treasures DS Paper, Ridinghood Red, Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon
Stamps: Lovely Letters, Season of Joy
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Papers: Holiday Treasures DS Paper, Ski Slope DS Paper, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, Clear Stardust Gel Pen
Note: Some sparkles were added on the swirls stamped on the left and right sides of the layout with the stardust pen
Stamps: Best Friends Alphabet Upper and Lower, The Snowflake Spot
Inks: Close to Cocoa, Tangerine Tango
Papers: Frosty Day DS Paper, Kraft, Close to Cocoa, Bashful Blue,
Accessories: Tangerine Tango Striped ribbon, Brass Brads

Monday, December 8, 2008

December Technique Class: Aquapainter Techniques

This month my technique class projects focus on use of the Aquapainter and so we did some watercoloring for this first project with the help of some watercolor crayons. I guess I've got Christmas on the brain because all three cards are for Christmas. I think this year I've designed more unique Christmas cards than ever! These might be the last of the season.

Stamps: Baby Jesus is Born
Inks: Stazon Black, Not Quite Navy
Papers: Holiday Treasures DS Paper, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Watercolor Paper
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, watercolor crayons, aquapainter

For this project we used the Aquapainter to we some mulberry paper before pulling it appart to get the fuzzy edges.

Stamps: Winter Post, Warm Words
Inks: Ridinghood Red, Baja Breeze
Papers: Ski Slope DS Paper, White Mulberry Paper, Ridinghood Red, White
Accessories: Clear Stardust Glitter pen, aquapainter (to wet paper and tear)
Note: I couldn't resist adding some sparkle to this one on the patterned paper and the snowflake stamped image
This last card used the Painted Pearls technique, I have several cards using this technique on my blog already, though I haven't used it in a while. I added some sparkle to the skaters by applying pearlex with an Aquapainter filled with Future Floor Wax.

Stamps: Winter Post, Sincere Salutations
Inks: Chocolate Chip
Papers: Holiday Treasures DS Paper, Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Naturals Ivory
Accessories: Felt Stitched Ribbon, Pearlex (Russet, Gold), aquapainter, floorwax
Note: Sparkle in the pearlex can be seen in picture below

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas Stack Cards

A couple of nights ago I hosted a Christmas Card Stamp-A-Stack and these are the cards that we made. I think this first one is my favorite because of the colors and its simplicity. Here's the recipe:

Stamps: Winter Post, Warm Words
Inks: Ridinghood Red, Baja Breeze, Basic Black
Papers: Ridinghood Red, Baja Breeze, Naturals White, Ski Slope DS Paper
Accessories: Ridinghood Red Taffeta Ribbon

Stamps: Punch Pals
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Bashful Blue
Papers: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Frosty Day DS Paper
Accessories: Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brad

Stamps: Season of Joy
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Versamark
Papers: Kraft, Naturals Ivory, Ski Slope DS Paper
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Clear Stardust Glitter Pen
Note: The stardust pen added some sparkle to this card, which was hard to capture in a photograph. You can see it a little bit in the picture below.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Another Mosaic Card

Here is another Cut Mosaic Card that I made recently. I used Shimmery White paper for this and added highlights with the Clear Stardust Gelly Roll Pen, though it's hard to see that in the photo.

Stamps: Season of Joy, Sincere Salutations
Inks: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss
Papers: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Shimmery White
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Horizontal Slot Punch (ribbon slot on side of card), Clear Stardust Gelly Roll Gel Pen

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

November Scrap Class

These are the pages that we'll be making at my Scrapbooking Class on Friday. The first is a generic kids page. I think I'll be using this one for my son's first day of school pictures.
Stamps: Big Deal Alphabet, Nursery Necessities
Inks: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, So Saffron
Papers: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, So Saffron, Urban Garden DS Paper
Accessories: American Crafts Double Sided riboon, Notebook punch

This page is a "boy" birthday page. I just love this color combo, it's so bold.
Stamps: Big Deal Alphabet, Year after Year (retired)
Inks: Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango
Papers: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Doodlecharms Cricut Cartridge (party hat), Tangerine Tango Striped Ribbon

This last layout is a "girl" birthday layout, though it could be used for any girl photos, especially photos of girls in princess dresses! I've used it here for pictures of my daughter's princess birthday party.

Stamps: Doodle This, Big Deal Alphabet, Best Friends Alphabet Upper
Inks: Pixie Pink, Lavendar Lace
Papers: Pixie Pink, Lavendar Lace, Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom, So Saffron, Pink Pirrouette
Accessories: Paper Dolls Cricut Cartridge (Princess), Pretty in Pink Taffetta Ribbon

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

More Scrapbook Pages!

I've been cranking pre-made scrapbook pages out lately with extra supplies on hand. These pages have been recently added to my Etsy shop. Each layout has a matching 2nd page for a complete 2-page layout. More photos can be found at http://scrappymamastore.etsy.com

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A few Ribbon & Paper Addict Kits Left

Due to early interest in the Ribbon and Paper Addict Kits, I was able to order the supplies a little early so I will be able to send these kits out earlier than expected. If you are interested in these fantastic assortments of ribbons and papers, contact me now. Kits are reserved on a first-come-first serve basis. If you have problems with the online Paypal payment system, let me know and I can send you an invoice or arrange other form of payment.

If you'd like to learn more about these kits, click on the links below:

Paper Addict Collection

Ribbon Addict Collection

November Technique Class: Mosaics & Masking

This month's focus is on Mosaic & Masking techniques. The first card is a Mosaic card that was made by cutting the graphic image up into pieces and then reassembling like a puzzle leaving some spaces between the pieces. As I reassembled the pieces, I did need to do some trimming to get them to line up squarely on the black cardstock. The stamped images are on Shimmery white cardstock and then I added some extra sparkle highlights with my Stardust pen (see an example of this in the image below).
Stamps: Doodle This, Wonderful Words
Inks: Basic Black, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss
Papers: Shimmery White, Basic Black, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Black grosgrain ribbon, Gelly Roll Stardust gel pen

This month I couldn't hold myself back from making 2 Holiday cards. This one uses a masking technique that I think is sometimes referred to as Faux tearing. I started with Very Vanilla cardstock and covered part of it with a torn piece of scrap paper. I then sponged red ink over the uncovered portion and also stamped some snow flakes. It gives the appearance of 2 sheets of paper all on one sheet.

Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Winter Post
Inks: Ridinghood Red, Chocolate Chip
Papers: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Ridinghood Red, Kraft
Accessories: Scallop Circle punch, Alpine Ribbon Originals

This last Christmas card is both a mosaic card and a masking card. I created a window template using some cardstock and a square punch. I layed this over my white cardstock before sponging and stamping my design. When the template was removed, this cute mosaic remains.

Stamps: Season of Joy
Inks: Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black
Papers: Natural White, Basic Black Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: Black Grosgrain, Black Brad, Little Felt Flurry

Thursday, November 6, 2008

My New Etsy Store!

I'm excited to announce that I've created an Etsy store to sell some of my handmade creations! This store will provide premade scrapbook pages and albums to make your scrapbooking projects quick and easy. I only have a few items for sale in the store now, but I expect my inventory to grow each week. Check out my store and spread the word to anyone you know that would appreciate some premade scrapbooking products.

My store is called "scrappymamastore" on Etsy which is an online store exclusively for handmade items and supplies for making handmade items.

Click here to get a peek at my store!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Ribbon Addict: Holiday Treats Ribbons

As many of you may know Ribbons are also an addiction of mine, and like the patterned paper it's easy to find myself wanting all of them. So, to compliment the beautiful patterned papers in the Paper Addict Holiday Treats Collection, I've selected some coordinating ribbons that can be used to create some beautiful projects. In this sampler ribbon kit, you will receive 2 yards of each kind of ribbon. This Holiday Treats Ribbon Collection includes:

  • Chocolate Chip 1/4-inch grosgrain
  • Bashful Blue 1/4-inch grosgrain
  • Old Olive 1/4-inch grosgrain
  • Ridinghood Red Taffeta Ribbon
  • Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon
  • Tangerine Tango 5/8-inch striped grosgrain
  • Pink Pirouette 1 1/4-inch grosgrain
  • Baja Breeze 1-inch double stitched grosgrain
  • 5/8" Real Red grosgrain

Cost for this beautiful collection of ribbons is $14.95 for those customers that can pick up from me, or $19.95 for those who want the ribbons delivered to their door. Shipping within the United States only, please. Please email me with any questions that you have.

Delivery Option

Be sure to check out the Paper Addict: Holiday Treats Collection which coordinates perfectly with these ribbons.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Paper Addict Collection: Holiday Treats

Are you addicted to patterned papers like I am? Do you want to have all the Stampin' Up! Designer Series papers but don't want to spend a fortune? I feel your pain! That's why I'm offering a new product called "Paper Addict Collections". Each Collection includes 24- 6" x 12" sheets of Designer series paper from 4 different Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper Packs. And since these papers are double sided, you'll be getting 48 unique designs. The cost for this collection is $12.95 for my customers that will be able to pick up their collection from me at an event, or $16.95 to have it shipped right to your door. Shipping within the United States only, please.

This month I've chosen 4 Paper Themes that can be used for Holiday & Winter themed projects. In this Holiday Treats Paper Addicts Collection, you'll receive 6 - 6"x12" papers from the following Stampin' Up Paper Packs:
  • Ski Slope (from the Holiday Mini Catalog - page 12)

  • Frosty Day (from the Holiday Mini Catalog - page 21)

  • Bella Rose (Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book -page 168)

  • Holiday Treasures (Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book -page 170)
Please note that many of these papers can be used for non-holiday/winter themed projects. They just have colors that lend themselves well to these kinds of projects.

Since this collection is time sensitive, all orders have to be in by November 10th in hopes to get these papers to you by Thanksgiving. If I have enough orders before the 10th, I'll order the papers earlier to get them to you sooner. Please email me with any questions that you have.

Delivery Option

Also don't forget to check out my Ribbon Addict collection that coordinates with these Holiday Treats Papers

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

October Scrapbooking

I had fun creating this month's scrapbook pages for my monthly class. It's always a treat to pull out the halloween papers and autumn colors for a change. This month's themes included Halloween, Fall, and a generic layout (which actually uses some Fall colors as well). I really can't explain what goes through my head when I'm designing these pages. The creative process is still quite mysterious. But you've probably noticed that my layouts have become very "square" in nature and this month I used very little stamping, probably because I don't currently have a lot of Halloween and Fall themed stamp sets. Therefore, all of these pages highlight some of the beautiful patterned papers that I've acquired over the past few months.

Papers: Basic Black, Ghostly Greetings DSP, Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Black Grosgrain ribbon, Paperdolls Cricut Cartridge (bat)

Stamps: Rough Edges Alphabets, All Through the Year
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Papers: Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Really Rust, More Mustard, Whisper White, Autumn Vine DSP
Accessories: Wide & Narrow Chocolate Chip Grosgrain, Doodle Charms Cricut Cartridge, Buttons, linen thread
Stamps: Fabulous Flowers
Inks: So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie
Papers: Ridinghood Red, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Washington Apple
Accessories: Slit Punch, Cropodile hole punch, Vanilla grosgrain ribbon, Flower Brad, Silver brads

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Simple Thank You

I made 10 of this card for a swap coming up this week with the local MOMS Club. I got the layout idea from an old weekend sketch challenge on Beate's Blog (WSC59). I love the layout so much I may have to repeat it! It's perfect for showcasing coordinating Designer Series paper.
Stamps: Pocket Sillouettes
Inks: Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy
Papers: Urban Garden, whisper white, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Nestabilities Scalloped Circle, Paper Piercer and template, White grosgrain ribbon
Notes: I used a special technique that I just learned to space holes evenly around a circle. You can find a tutorial on Beate's blog here.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

October Technique Class: Fun Folds

This month's focus is on unique card folds including the Triangle Trifold, Gate Cards, and Joy Fold Cards. This was fun for me because I rarely stray to a non-standard card fold or size. The first card below is a Joy Fold card, and also an example of the Emerging Color Technique.

Stamps: Winter Post
Inks: Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Papers: Ski Slope DSP, Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Accessories: Real Red Grosgrain ribbon, Large Brass Eyelet, Little Felt Flurries, Clear Embossing Powder
Notes: This uses the Emerging colors technique by versamarking and embossing clear on patterned paper, then applying chocolate chip ink over everything. The patterned paper shows through the reindeer. The Reindeer piece is a flap that opens to the right and is held in place by the snowflake. The instructions for the Joy Fold Card can be found at: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ee/index.php/resources/tutorials/joy_fold_card/

The next card is a trifold card called a Gate card, with two side flaps that open from the middle.

Stamps: Pocket Sillouettes
Inks: Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss
Papers: Urban Garden DSP, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White,
Accessories: Nestabilities Scalloped Square, Paper Piercer, Boho Blossoms punch, Flower Fusion Too, Sanding block, Green Rhinestone brad
Notes: I sanded the edges of the DSP before adhering to the front flaps, and the Felt Flower holds the card closed. The Gate Fold card instructions can be found at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ee/index.php/resources/tutorials/gate_fold_card/

The last card is a Triangle Trifold card, and a fun little card for Halloween using the relatively new Halloween Designer Series paper called "Ghostly Greetings."

Stamps: Haunting Halloween
Inks: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Lovely Lilac,
Papers: Basic Black, Whisper White, Ghostly Greetings DSP
Accessories: Black Gingham ribbon, blender pen, Gelly Roll Stardust Gel pen,
Notes: You can't see it in the picture, but I added some sparkle with the Stardust pen on the necklace charms and the buckle. The instructions for a Triangle Trifold can be found at http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ee/index.php/resources/tutorials/triangle_trifold/