Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cute As A Button frame

As soon as I saw the current challenge at
I knew what I was going to make.

It may not quite fit what the design team expected,
but it is something I've been wanting to make
to have on hand for the next wee one that comes
into my large extended family.

(NOTE: the photo is an advertisement for a doll)

I started by stamping a button borders image
(I'm guessing it is from around 1997, by Stampin' Up!)
 onto four pieces of card stock that were cut to 1" x 5". 

I lined them up to create a frame,
adding double stick tape to the corners.
I cut them on a diagonal to create miters. 
Tip: take your time in placing the tape,
considering what portions will become scrap
once cut. You don't want the tape to be on the good
portion of the frame you want to use. 

After cutting the miters, I applied double stick tape
and adhered it to a chipboard piece I cut to fit.
I then cut strips of  thin advertising magnets
(great use for those junk mail magnets)
and glued them on the back so it would stick to metal.

My button is one I made from "paper clay"
and a mold that Stampin' Up! sold several years ago.
There is no date on the packaging, 
but I'm guessing it is at least 5 years old, maybe more.
Not that I don't have oodles of buttons in my stash as it is,
but I needed to get some more use out of this barely used kit.

Once the clay was dry, I painted it with glossy black
craft paint then carefully filled in the dashes around 
the edge with white paint using a toothpick.

The button was finished with scraps of ribbon tied into a knot.

The flags were cut by hand.
"Cute" is a portion of the "how cute is that" stamp that I inked
 from the old set Phase Starters by Stampin' Up!, dated 2003.

"as a button" was made by assembling Small Casual Snap Stamps 
into the phrase. They are dated 2005.

Supplies: Ivory Naturals (bought in 2000) card stock and black ink.

I am also entering my frame into the Anything Goes challenges at
and PDE Linky Party(optional wall banners) .

Thanks for looking =) 

EDITED TO ADD 5/7/2017:
My project  was a top pick at Retro Rubber Challenge !

Friday, April 28, 2017

Color Challenge Digi Scrap Page

Today I'm sharing another quick digi scrap page for a challenge at 

I used a kit from JMC Designs called Celebrate Everyone 
which is actually a birthday themed kit, but there were enough extra elements 
to make it work for this page. It was the only digital kit I have that the colors 
would sort of work for this challenge ;)  I also used My Memories Suite V8 software.

Below is a fun little group of elements and text I created as a countdown reminder for
Digitally Made Challenges: we go live on May 1st!

Thanks for looking !

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Masculine 22nd Birthday Card

Today's project is a card I created for my gear head
son who works as a fabricator/welder. 

The textured black card base was cut with a circle card Sizzlits die.

I had to hand cut the embossed white layers because 
there are no dies for it in the card base set (from Stampin' Up!).

The white side panels are embossed with the Clockworks 
embossing folder by Cuttlebug.

The gear dies were from Joy! crafts.

The 22 was made from an alphabet die set from Stampin' Up! 

I used a Spellbinders circle die to cut out the white panel.
I pierced around the edge of it.

The happy birthday stamp is from Stampin' Up! 
as are the red eyelets and vellum. 

Although I may not have used circles as the design team intended,
 I am entering this card in the current challenge at

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Persnickety Prints 12x12 Prints Review

I just had to write a review about the prints I recently ordered.
If you are a digital scrapbooker and haven't had your pages printed,
I recommend giving Persnickety Prints a try.

After doing creative team work for several years,
I have dozens (umm, yeah, make that more like a couple hundred!) 
of layouts stored on my hard drive. It was time to have some 
of my favorites printed. Add to that the fact that I was working
on a large photo display project (I'll share that in the future)
that required several 12 x 12 prints, I had to find a place 
that would print large images and at a reasonable price. 

After doing some online research, I came across
Persnickety Prints and am so pleased that I did!

I'm including several photos below to attempt to show
the overall quality experience I had,

First off, the ordering process went well.
I did need to go someplace to access high speed internet 
(no such service available where we live).
to upload my 77 files. Yes, seventy seven for my first order!
I used the online ordering process on a computer. 

There are several options (some fun ones too)
 to edit your images online. I didn't use any of them
since I was uploading digi scrap pages that didn't need edited.
Look across the top of the screen shot to see what they are:

When you have all of your prints chosen, edited, etc
and are placing the order, a box will pop up to let you know
if any of them are not large enough to make quality prints.
I know this first hand as there were a few in my order.
You have the choice to go ahead with the order or fix the files.
By the way, they offer many print size options a well as other 
fun items you can have your images printed on. 
Prices vary according to the product you order.
12" x 12" prints were $1.99 US when I ordered mine.

Everything was pretty easy and worked fine on the high speed internet.

My order was submitted just after 11 PM on a Friday in their time zone.
I received an email the next day stating they received the order
and were processing it. Later that night an additional email
came to let me know that my order was on the way ! 
The following Monday it arrived in the mail via 
USPS Priority Mail. Three days from uploading the digital files
to receiving the prints! Wow ! 
Turnaround time will likely vary due to where you live 
and what you order. 

This is how my order looked when it arrived,
the prints were in perfect condition:


They have a one price shipping feature, $5.99 US.
Since my order was over 14oz, it came Priority mail. 
Be sure to check the website for all information
regarding product and shipping prices. 

When I cut the two pieces of heavy packing tape to open the
package, a few pieces of paper slid out:
printed order form with a handwritten name,
thank you card with the satisfaction guarantee on the back,
advertisement and discount offer.

Flip the package open one more time to see the packaged prints taped
in place with this fun logo printed on the chipboard covering them. 

 The prints were packaged in self adhesive cellophane bags.
I ordered 77 prints, so they were in two packages.

I think they look great, both in color and crispness.
Any issues there may be are on my amateur end.

Not the best image, but I was trying to give you an
idea of how thick the Fujicolor Crystal Archive photo paper is. 
I had prints done elsewhere several years ago and they were very lightweight,
so flimsy that they would crease easily. 

I chose matte finish for my prints; there is a glossy option.
Note: the print looks curled in this photo because I bent it slightly
  to get a better angle/light on it when taking the photo.
The prints were nice and flat. 

The backs were lightly printed with my name and 
the file name of the image.

Bleed area = barely noticeable !
Above is a photo showing the digital file vs a photo 
(NOT good, do not use it to judge the quality of the print)
of the same section of the printed image to show how very little
is lost along the edge in printing a 12"x 12" page at Persnickety.
Some places tell you to leave a certain amount of bleed area 
around your layout to avoid having important portions 
along the edges cut off, lost in the printing process.
This may be true with their process, so follow their guidelines.
I would still recommend that you design your layouts with an area
that could possibly be cut off during printing just to be safe.
Meaning, no journaling or photographs too close to the edge.
I was just showing that I noticed nothing significant
along the edges of my prints cut off on this order.  
They were well centered.

Now to get all of my prints into albums - and prepare a second order ! 


I was not compensated by the company in any way for this review.
I just wanted to share my experience with others that may be 
considering printing their digital scrapbook pages.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Digi Scrap Freebies

It's been a while since I've shared free digital scrap supplies exclusive to readers of my blog and through My Memories. These are available until April 30th , see links below.
Enjoy !

 for $10 savings, plus extras, on My Memories 8 software.
Be sure to type in STMMMS23251 in the Promo Code section.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Spring Digi Scrap Page

The digital scrap book page I created to share today
was made to fit a couple of challenges. 

The first is a template challenge by JMC Designs.
It is free right now on the web site.
The challenge is to use the fun template
and one of the designers kits. 
If you play along and share your layout,
you will be entered for a chance to win one of her kits !

I'm part of her design team, so I wanted to 
participate to help promote the grand opening 
of her two new stores at:

I used the kit Springtime Wishes.

The second challenge I created this page for is a new one I found,
Lasting Memories Layout Challenges.
I couldn't find anything specific in the rules against digital pages,
so I took a chance on entering ;) 
This page is for the Use The Word SPRING 
There are actually several challenges that run the 
entire month, a new one each week. 
Another challenge is to use flowers,
which this page could have worked for as well,
but I chose to enter it in the spring word challenge
to show off that fun word art in the digital kit.

I'm glad I came across this challenge blog
and look forward to playing along with them again.

Lastly, a quick reminder that we are counting down to the launch 
of the new 100% digital crafts challenge blog,
We go live May 1st, check us out !

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Digital Birthday Card

We are counting down to the debut of the new

This is a new 100% digital crafts challenge
that goes live May 1st.

Today I am sharing a digital card I made 
for the countdown at Digitally Made.

I've created a digital card using
My Memories Suite V8 software
and elements from the Spaced Invaders
 digital kit by JMC Designs.

The rocket ship represents the number one
combined with the numeral zero embellishment
to create a "10" on this printable birthday card.

Thanks for looking =) 

Recycling Greeting Cards

Earth Day , Every Day

                            Reduce,  Reuse,  Recycle

There are lots of great ways to implement the three "R's" that can be found all over the internet.
Here is a new to me idea:

I know, I know: not even contributing to the flood of wasteful products to make cards, etc in the first place would be even more "green", but I won't give up my crafty things to put my creativity to use !

I should start writing notes on a separate piece of paper rather than writing directly on the inside of cards more often, then the recipient could resend the card to someone else if they wanted.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Egg Double Embossed Card

Happy Easter !

Another rubber stamp image from the little box of stamps 
I stumbled across at a fundraiser basement sale for a church.

I heat embossed it with black embossing powder and Versamark ink
on water color paper. 

I water colored it with inks from my dye ink pads. 

It is mounted with dimensionals on top of a piece of card stock
that I ran through a Cuttlebug embossing folder. 

A scalloped edge square die was used to cut the purple card base.

Thanks for looking.

Have a wonderful day !

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Prima Flower Easter Egg Card

Putting some old Prima flowers to use on a card for Easter,
inspired by the current challenge at 

I'm also submitting it to the Anything Goes challenge at

How many of you have these in your stash still ?!

The white "egg"is the portion cut out from another project.
I knew I'd find a use for it someday.
I used a scoring board and stylus to create the striped
embossed lines on the oval.
The lines are coated in glitter nail polish I bought to wear
to a Mardi Gras ball this past February!

Sentiment, ink, card stock, paper punches, embossing folder
for the edges of the yellow card stock, yellow organdy ribbon
 were all bought from Stampin!  Up! years ago.

Yellow rhinestones were actually sold as "tattoos" at a dollar store
many years ago (before rhinestones were popular for use on paper crafts).
 They were assembled into Halloween designs. 
I cut them apart as needed to use on craft projects. 

 I think I may add some tiny white paper punch flowers....... 

 Thanks for looking =) 

Photo Banner Frame

Today I'm sharing with you my project for the 
March Anything Goes crafty project for the

I repurposed an old wooden frame
by using a banner kit to create a 
fun way to display photos of my cat!
Timely project, too, since April 11th
was National Pet Day in the USA :)

Cute enough as wall art without photos!

Once I decided the order I wanted the pieces in,
I strung them with the linen thread. 

There are any number of ways you can attach
the threaded pieces to the frame:
I chose to use hot glue. 

My photos are 4x6 so they overwhelm the fun
elements of the banners. I need to resize and reprint them.

Packaging photo of completed kit as suggested.
I did not use the "pom poms".

I'm entering my project in the current

Thanks for looking !

Be sure to visit the rest of the design team members blogs

Friday, April 14, 2017

Surprise Easter Card

Mom and I stopped at a church fundraising sale recently. It was the end of the sale and we weren't even sure they were still open, but since it was on our way home we pulled in to see what may be left.
At first we didn't see much, everything had really been picked over. There wasn't a lot aside from clothing. On the next to the last table, I spied a small box of assorted rubber stamps ! Since everything was half price or $5 for a bag of goodies, we decided to take a bag. I snagged  the small box of stamps (mostly the cheap children's craft kit type images like I bought my own kids many years ago), a new in package picture frame and of all things, two remnants of paper crepe paper streamer to craft something with ;) Mom found a couple of things for herself as well.

Of course I couldn't help but wonder how many rubber stamps or other crafty supplies may have been there at the start of the sale.......

I've had fun water coloring a couple of the stamp images the past week. This card is made with one of them. It is a large image, so the finished card is 5"x 7".

Because this card has a chick on it, I am going to enter it into the current challenge at Retro Rubber (a challenge blog I recently discovered, perfect for me since all of my stamps are oldies!): Challenge #60 Baby, baby - use baby critters on your card.

One of the rules of the challenge is to include the age of the stamp in the blog post. Unfortunately there is no date on the stamp, so I did a google search. From what I have found, it is discontinued and was likely produced in 2013, making it 4 years old.

Stamps Happen #90245 Surprise by Carolyn Shores Wright

The image was stamped on water color paper. I water colored it with inks from my old classic Stampin' Up! ink pads and then layered it on Tangerine Tango and Pacific Point card stocks.

Thanks for looking !

Edited To Add: 4/24/2017
My card was a top pick at Retro Rubber !

Monday, April 10, 2017

Happy Spring Card

A quick card made from more scraps from a previous project.
It was given to my husbands long time friends along with a freshly picked batch of morel mushrooms.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Scraps-N-Pieces Store Has Closed

For any of you that has followed my digital work for JMC Designs who sold at, the site has crashed. I just found out today (4/7/2017) that the store is gone. All of the links to kits and other content at SNP I've posted here on my blog over the past few years no longer work.  I will try to update them if JMC Designs sells the kits again elsewhere, otherwise I will disable the links. In the meantime, sorry for any inconvenience it may cause if you were interested in any of the kits. 

Email I received from SNP on 4/7/2017:

"As some of you may have noticed, the store has been down for the last couple of days.  After two days of hard work, it looks like the information for product downloads has been lost.  The cost and time to reconstruct, re-upload, and continue to maintain that section is not going to be possible at this time.  We are so sad to say that the store will not re-open.  If you have made purchases in the last couple of weeks that you have not downloaded, please let us know by emailing and we will work at getting those products to you.  The forum will remain open for a week or two in case there is any information you would like to gather from there.  We, as well as most of our designers will continue to sell at the other stores that we are currently selling at and some will be adding new stores.  Please follow along and continue to support them.  Their information will be available in their newsletters, on their blogs and Facebook pages.  We have love
d being part of this community with you over the past 6 years.  We have made so many friendships and hope that those will continue to last.  Never fear, we aren't disappearing altogether, we will just be available at a different place.  Thank you all so much for your continued support of Scraps N Pieces.  We love you and will miss you.  Our Scraps N Pieces Chatter page will remain open so we can keep in touch."

Making Memories April Challenge

The April Anything Crafty Goes challenge at
Making Memories Crafting is now live !
This month we have an inspiration photo for you:

Our sponsor this month is

Scrap 'N' Dipity - prize $5 Gift Voucher

I did not use anything from the Scrap n' Dipity store.

I instead used the Act of Kindness digital kit by JMC Designs,
and a brush quote by for my project. 
I recolored the brush quote white.
It is an all digital printable
created with My Memories Suite V8 software.

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Springtime Wishes digi kit

Springtime Wishes 
is the newest digital kit by

It is a Bits N' Pieces set of kits,
meaning you buy each portion separately.

Each portion of the Bits N' Pieces kits:

Elements include - banner, bee, bench, bird, birdhouse, 3 bows, Wooden Brad, Brick Fence, Bushes, Butterfly, 4 buttons, 2 clips, Dragonfly, 11 Flowers, 3 Frames, grass, 2 grunge, heart, ladybig, 3 leaves, 3 mushrooms, pond, 6 Ribbon, 2 ric rac, staple, stitching, 4 strings, 2 swirls, 2 tags, tree, wooden fence, 2 word bits

Accents include - Flowers, Grunge, Labels, Leaves, Metal Button, Star, Tags, Wooden Hearts - one in each color of the palette

24 Patterned Papers - 12X12 - 300dpi

7 Cardstock - 12X12 - 300dpi

6 borders

5 unique Word Arts