Friday, January 25, 2013

Scrap That! February Kit Blog Hop and Reveal ~ With Love ~

Welcome to the ScrapThat! February Kit Reveal and Blog Hop!! 

If you came here from Sandi Smith's blog 
then you are on the right track!

If you need to start back at the beginning, here is the order:
We are so thrilled welcome back the incredible
 as our February Guest Designer!

Lisa is a passionate paper crafter who became "addicted" to scrapbooking in 2006 and added card making in 2011. Lisa is a former ScrapThat! designer. She currently designs for Heartfelt Creations and Donna Salazar Designs, and her gorgeous work has been published in Scrapbooks Etc. and Creating Keepsakes Magazines.
 Be sure to drop by Lisa's Blog, Beyond Beauty, to see some of her amazing pages and cards!

SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO-Introducing our gorgeous February Kit reveal -
"With Love"

This romantic kit features the incredible rich colors of Prima's Romance Novel combined with neutrals and pinks to enhance the beauty of these papers. This is one of those kits where you, "Ooh" and "Ah" as you take out each treasure. Don't just think girly, because there are many directions you can take this kit, as our DT will show you.

Main kit

Embellishment Add-on

Flower Add-on

Paper Add-on

More details on this romantic Collection can be seen here: ScrapThat! Store

We are currently accepting new
Kit Club Members.
For more information,
complete the form on the link below:

Look at the beautiful sketch Amarilys has created for February:

See details about the challenge here: Sketch Challenges
Be sure to also check out the details of our monthly DT challenge hosted by Sandi here: DT Challenge
Everyone is welcome to participate, all entries for both challenges due by February 20th

Here is what I created using Amy's sketch. ~ 

Main kit, Flower Add-on, stash

This was such a fun page to do! As part of a dgd's graduation luncheon, we went to a great restaurant on the Riverwalk at the Gaylord Texan. A couple of the gals shared this gorgeously presented, as well as yummy, flute of sopapillas with honey! I've done lots of layering, some deep distressing and even got out the Circut to create my title. The Pima flowers were so perfect for this color scheme that I just had to use them here.  I loved using the square doily included in the Main kit as an extra layer.  All the sheets with cut-outs were resources for subtitles, quotes or simply as tags. The black Prima swirl is from my stash as is the curled jute. 

Just a close-up of the tabs. 

Another close-up of the floral cluster and netting. The leaf is from last month's kit. 


Our SPECTACULAR February Blog Hop Prize
is a ScrapThat! April Main Kit, Serendipity
This kit is chock FULL of fabulous scrapbooking products including the amazing Sweet Nothings Collection from Kaiser Craft. With rich warm colors, and rustic embellishments like wooden gates and bronze cord, this kit lends itself beautifully to heritage layouts.  We have included a white pen for you to use when creating a faux stitching effect. 

To qualify for this month's FABULOUS Prize you must complete the following:

* Visit each blog listed on the hop to see what each designer has created using this month's kit and sketch (comments are very much appreciated).
* Each designer's blog hop post will feature a word to make up a secret sentence, 
collect these words along the way.
* You must become a FOLLOWER of each blog along the way
 and LIKE us on our Facebook Page!
* Post the ScrapThat! Blinkie on your blog.
* For your last stop on our Blog Hop return here to the ScrapThat! Chat Blog.
Leave a comment letting us know you have
completed the hop.
(Please do NOT include the secret sentence in your comments.)

*Email the secret sentence to Tracey Sabella:

The Blog Hop ends Sunday, January 27 at Midnight EST
The prize MUST be claimed within 3 days of the forum announcement which will also be made on the ScrapThat! Blog.
~ If left unclaimed a NEW winner will be chosen ~
**Winner will pay actual shipping costs for sending the kit from Canada.**
Shipping costs will be invoiced via PayPal unless you are a kit member, then your prize will be shipped with your monthly kit.
Prizes won during the month will be mailed out the first week of the following month.
Due to Customs clearance, International mailings sometimes take 30-75 days to receive.


~ And now here are two more layouts that I've created with this fabulous kit!! ~

Main kit only, stash

This photo was taken the same day as the one used about. A big shout out to Kristen Alexander for being our photographer that day and for sharing her photos! This one is really special to me because it shows my sweet dd, dgds and their friends taking things a bit slower that day to accommodate a couple of grandmothers who were not able to keep the pace as easily that day. I've written a note about how much that meant to me and placed it on the little floral pint envelope I created with the kit and placed above the photo.

As you can see I also use a Donna Downey (Prima) stencil and some molding paste to use on my bacakground.  Although a bit of it is covered, I just had to use it! The punch work around the edges is a Martha Stewart Swirling Lace punch and on the pink panel is it her Scroll Heart punch. Behind the peek-a-boo is a piece using the Floral Vine punch. 

The floral cluster including a blue Manor House bloom from my stash as well as a Prima Romance Novel trinket. But don't you love that soft pink bloom? I've chalked the edges of it a bit for definition. 

Close-up of the peek-a-boo where I've added the pink and white twine and a small pink bloom both from the main kit. 

Close-up of the tags and my (floral) secret journaling envelope! 

Main kit, Flower Add-on, Embellishment Add-on, stash

I always enjoy doing a round layout now and then! Helena Johansson is my inspiration for doing them!  I will be doing a Build a Page tutorial on this layout in early February, so I won't go into a lot of detail here. 

The photo is of my dgd Marianne riding her tricycle and grinning all the way! You can see that I've added lots of flowers, trims, and other embellies from the main kit and from the EAO as well as the FAO.  I did tuck in a couple of bright blue flowers to bring out the blues a bit more both from the photo as well as the patterned paper. Butterfly courtesy of Lisa Gregory. 

Just a close-up of the doily edge I'll be talking about during my BAP tutorial. 

Now, on with the show .... 

My secret word is: by Max Lucado

Next hop over to

That will be your final stop. Be sure and email your secret sentence to Tracey. 

Thanks for coming by! I love reading your sweet comments! 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Scrap That! February Kit Sneak Peeks!

Time for a sneak peek of the Scrap That! February Kit called "With Love."

Stay tuned for our Blog Hop and Kit Reveal this coming
 Friday, Jan 25th, 6:30 AM EST. 
It's going be awesome! 

If you have time, check out Scrap That's! blog here.
Or visit our ning site for tons of inspiration!

Okay! See you Friday for the Kit Reveal! You're just going to love it! 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Little Darlings ~ SOUS Friday Sketch Reveal!

Yay, it's Friday and time for another Sketch Challenge Reveal at Stuck on U Sketches. This time we had a great, fun sketch by Nanne' that includes a sweet little title banner. I hope that you will find time to play along with us! Our challenges last for 2 weeks, so plenty of time to play along!

For my projects I've used my fave Graphic 45 Little Darlings collection along with a couple of photos of my twin grandsons. They are just the cutest little guys! 

In place of the banner, I've added a fussy cut graphic from the signature sheet of the paper collection. I used pop dots to give it a bit of dimension. Then I did a few layers per the sketch along with a bit of chalking and inking.  One little punched strip and that was about it except for my florals and the sweet resin bench from Prima. Flowers are  a mix of Prima and Petaloo. I finished off with some crinkled ribbon and a few tags. I did think about adding a bit more interest at the bottom ... but decided on simpler this time around. No special techniques. This one was just kind of "for fun" project while I was recuperating from the flu-bug. 

I know this is short and sweet but I have some work deadlines to finish. And hopefully, I will be feeling 100% very soon! 

Thanks for coming by! I so enjoy reading your comments.  My plan is to visit everyone this weekend and return the favor! 

Here's wishing you a scrap-happy weekend! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

SOUS Wednesday Card Challenge!

Happy Wednesday, everyone! We have another great card sketch today at Stuck on U Sketches and we   are hoping that you will find time to play along! Nanne' has challenged us to use scraps this month and that is exactly what I've done!

I still had a few little scraps left from my Scrap That!  September Kit "Victorian Dream." It was one of my all time favorite kits! (I say that about all of them, don't I?) I loved the Graphic 45 Ladies Diary papers .. and all the great embellies that Kaitlyn put in our kits! It was jam packed! So, you'd better believe that I kept those scraps!

I  did a bit of sewing on my layers although it is a bit hard to see. And I've also used my Cheery Lynn pastry die although it doesn't show too well in this multi-color. I will have to remember that it looks better with high contrast solids. Next I turned to my old CM circle makers to make my inner circle which I elevated with pop dots. Of course, I inked everything as I went along.

For my greeting, I decided to use the alphas that came with the G45 paper collection. It simply says "Hello." Since we were challenged to use scraps, I've added the the postage stamp looking strip, a few small Prima roses and a piece of twine. Then I finished off the card with a few pearls and ta-da .. finished!

I have a lovely gal in mind to whom I'll be sending this along. Hope she'll like it!

Okay,  it is your turn! Run back over to SOUS, make your card and link it up! You'll have 2 weeks and a chance at Top 3!

See you Friday for our layout sketch Reveal! Thanks for coming by!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Snowflake Flower Tutorial for Scrap That!

Good morning, scrappers! Sandi C here today with an easy-peasy flower tutorial. This one uses your basic steps of layering together a flower but with the layer being a "snowflake" rather than your typical flower shape.  So for this one, you could use a snowflake punch or use a Die Cutting machine. 

Here you can see that I've cut some of the white BoBunny double dot using my Cricut Imagine and my Home Accents cartridge.  I did a variety of sizes starting at 2.5 inches going down to 1.5 inches.  There are tons of snowflake images out there. Just think of all the possibilities for flower making! 

Next I did the same thing using one of the blue patterns. 

I spritzed the white flakes with some Smooch spray that I had on hand.  In addition to glimmer, that makes them softer and easier to manipulate.

I rolled the "petals" using the end of a fine tip paintbrush.

Then using a round implement such as the cap of a gel pen, I cupped them by placing them in the palm of my hand and pressing downward. You can see the results in the photo below.  You can also accomplish this by placing your flower on a cushy foam surface such as a mouse pad. I just like using the palm of my hand so that I can cup it a bit more. 

I then did the same thing with the other color of snowflakes.

Then I started assembling the flower, alternating the layers in color and making sure that the "petals" were rotated rather that being exactly lined up on top of one another. Kaitlyn sent some stamens along with the kit and I've used them here for the center of my flower. 

Do you use Puffy paint? I sure do! Not often .. but it does add some character to your flowers. Be sure to let it get almost dry before you use your heat gun to puff up the paint. This first photo shows the flower before using the heat gun ...

and this one shows the flower after using the heat to make the paint puff up. Remember to wait for it to get almost dry first! You can see my butterfly in the photo .. just ignore that .. I took my photo after placing him on my page. =) 

Finally, here is how the snowflake flower looks on my layout. 

Well, I hope you had fun reading my short tutorial. Can't wait to see what you create! Be sure you post them in the gallery so that I can oooooh and aaaaaah over them! 

Thanks for coming by! 

Friday, January 4, 2013

A New SOUS Sketch Challenge!

Happy Friday, everyone! It's Reveal Day over at Stuck on U Sketches. This time we have a gorgeous layout sketch designed by our own Nanne' Harry! I sure had funny creating with it.

Yes, Christmas is over for another year BUT I did not scrap a single Christmas layout  in December ... none since probably this time last year! So, I figured a little Christmas scrapping was long overdue!! 

This is a photo of one of our daughters on Christmas Eve along with her hubby and son (and one of our awesome grandkids! ) I've used some Kaisercraft Christmas papers, a Dusty Attic title and clock along with flowers made from my Tim Holtz pine cone die. I tucked in a tag by the floral cluster and added a Prima zipper pull as well as a few bridal pearl sprays. The page seemed to need a little something more, so I added a few banner strips and twine. Then I outlined my die cut specialty paper with Liquid Pearls. 

Kind of a more simple page for me but I had fun doing it! 

I hope you will stop by Stuck on U Sketches to grab the sketch and see what the other designers have done with this one. Also, hopefully you will find time to play along with us! I'm sure you have some photos that need scrapped, right? 

Thanks for all your sweet comments. I read them all and stay inspired! 
Have a great weekend! 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Quick Quotes Design Team!

I am so excited that I can finally share .... because it's hard to keep a secret, right?  I've been asked to be a part of the 2013 Quick Quotes Design Team! And I'm still pinching myself! I already know several of these gals but some of them are new to me and I can't wait to get acquainted.  Here is the line-up: 

Introducing... the New 

2013 Quick Quotes Education Team
New for 2013, we will have a team dedicated to video tutorials!

2013 Quick Quotes Traditional Design Team
Rhonda Van Ginkel* (DT Coordinator)
Sandi Clarkson ... that's me!! 
*Returning Designers

Thanks, Quick Quotes, for having confidence in me! 

Scrap That! January Kit Creation details

"A New Season"
Main Kit only

I had loads of fun with this kit, starting with this project first of all.  I knew I wanted to use the wooden slat background even though it is a bit stereo-typical by now and I wanted to leave the left corner pattern just as it comes. Sometimes I am hard-headed like that even though I usually try to think outside the box. Next, I distressed the paper and used my Martha Stewart punch randomly. Then I concentrated on the center! I started with some molding paste and my Prima brick mask although in the end I mostly covered it. Isn't that how it always goes?!!  While that was drying I applied Gesso to my torn corrugated cardboard that comes in the kit and used that as a frame behind my photo. While both of those were drying, I did some photo editing with my Florabella actions to make this photo of my granddaughter a bit more "edgy." Then I mounted it on a couple of the BoBunny papers and snagged a doily from my stash. I've used foam dots to adhere it.

I wanted to create a unique flower using some die cut snowflakes and I'll be doing a quick tutorial on that later this month. Isn't that blue yarn ribbon gorgeous?! I just had to use it on this brown as it is so striking against the brown. I finished that cluster with a Sizzix branch die and a Cheery Lynn butterfly die. For balance, I've added the Zva jewels in the right hand corner.

Here's a close-up of the floral grouping.


Main kit, EAO, FAO, stash 
Based on Amarylis' sketch

This wintery layout was inspired by Amarylis' sketch although I did venture off from it a wee bit, flipping it and getting quite carefree with my design! I've used lots of layers, paints and a couple of things from my own stash .. the resin Prima fairies, doilies and some gauze tucked along the edges.

I loved the flowers that came in the FAO and focused on using them on this page. Again I've done some random punching and paint splattering.  I took the Prima Soprano flowers and manipulated them into a bit of a turned back shape, then dabbed them with white Gesso. I also took apart the Prima vine and used it in 2 places. I've added some of the Powder Mountain buttons to my clusters although they are a bit hard to spot but here are a couple of close-ups.

 As I mentioned during the Reveal, my title letters were cut from the Cricut Provocraft Happy Hauntings cartridge which is a Halloween cart.  I bought it solely for the alphas as we don't do much Halloween here. I thought they added a real frosty look to the page. My photos are of a "freak" snowstorm in 2010 when we got over 10 inches of snow. Very rare for this part of Texas.


"Snow Angel" 12x12 canvas
Main kit, EAO and stash
Scrap lift of Gabrielle Pollacco's mixed media canvas and template found HERE

Last but not least  ... This project is my pride and joy of the month! I've been wanting to create another canvas and decided this was the perfect time to try my hand at using Gabi's template of a lady in motion.  I wanted to create my own dress template but with the holidays I ran out of time! Next time, I will! What a great use of the gorgoeus BB papers for the dress, hair and headband as well as the "hill" on the left. I've been holding on to this set of feather wings for some time now and thought they'd be perfect for my Snow Angel.

 I've added molding paste using my Crafter's Workshop Tile Texture Stencil, glimmer mist in Sapphire, Plum Fairy and Patina, Dusty Attic (grass) and of course the gorgeous BoBunny Powder Mountain papers. (Butterflies by Lisa Gregory.) For the media work I've used jar lids coated in blue GM and bubble wrap from my recent move. Lastly, I added in the BoBunny jewels for her necklace and bracelet ... and the yummy Bella organza brads for the flower in her hair and the ruffle on her hips. A bit of color on her cheeks and she was done! 

Again, I used the Happy Hauntings cartidge for my title and some random snowflakes from my stash.  Note that I used a partial one for her crown. I've added Diamond Dust to my alphas and here and there on the canvas. Below is a close-up of those gorgeous brads which I took apart and simply glued in place. You can also see a bit of the background texture and the Dusty Attic piece covered in Gesso and edged with silver Colorbox chalk. 

That's all from me for today! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! Thanks for coming by!