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.