Thursday, January 22, 2015

Valentine Decor with Smoothfoam

Hi everyone, today I have a great project to share with you using Smoothfoam. This year I am trying to stay ahead of the game with my holiday decor- so I am pretty happy that I am getting my Valentine Day stuff done in January!

I started with the 12" Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount and used the new Authentique Crush papers to decorate. I layered several pieces of paper, inking and distressing the layers as I went.

The photo is one of the journal cards from the paper line- I really like the vintage feel!  To back the photo I used a piece of Perforated Aluminum from MD Hobby and Craft- the pattern is Lincane. I cut it to size with their amazing tin snips - really those things are GREAT.

I used the same pattern to create an accent piece using a Sizzix die and my die cut machine. I love the visual impact it adds to my project without adding bulk!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

CHA Recap Part 1

Hi everyone, I had lots of fun and saw so many amazing things at the CHA (Craft Hobby Association) Convention in Anaheim last week. It is so exciting to be able to go and see the new products each year. Here are some of the photos I took while walking the show floor- these products are will be shipping soon! We ordered lots of them for The Crafty Scrapper so keep your eye out for all the goodness to come.

 Of course, my very first stop on the show floor was BAZZILL - because you know I love that paper!

Pink Paislee, Heidi Swapp, and Bazzill had a Make N Take going on the first morning of the show, and I was lucky enough to get in on it! I have a very cute canvas album to finish up- you can see it in the photo to the left here; the one with the silver star on the cover. And the star is all in sequins, which makes it even better!

Next up was the Faber-Castell® Design. Memory. Craft. Booth- they had some fabulous Mixed Media products to release this year and I can't wait to get my hands on them!

We R Memory Keepers has some really cute new albums - and you know I love their albums! And the new FUSE tool was one of the hits of the show. I can't wait until these ship so I can play with it! We will be having Demos at the store, so stay tuned.

Kaisercraft always has beautiful papers and embellishments and this year was no exception.

I was lucky enough to be able to take a mini-class at Bo Bunny to play with some of their new products and I absolutely love the new Glitter Pastes! I have a couple that were released last year, but I am pretty sure I am going to need all of them!  They are also releasing some really pretty laser cut chipboard pieces that you will be seeing in my upcoming classes.

I don't know why I don't have more photos of the Authentique booth- because they really are on of my favorite paper companies! Somehow I came home with one photo of this really happy paper line.  I will be featuring this in an upcoming class for a home decor project.


Ruby Rock It had some really cute items for cardmakers.

 Wendy Vecchi had some fabulous stamps this time around, plus beautiful new colors of ink and embossing powders!

 OK- for all the Disney scrapbookers out there- this is the best embellishment I have sen in a while! They are not shipping yet, but they will be on the way this spring. These are from Jesse James Beads/ Dress It Up Buttons and they are the cutest things EVER.  There are many more varieties and I can't wait to get my hands on them.

 Of course, stencils are right up there on my list of things to have and there were some great ones released this spring.


 I was so excited to see the new ADHESIVE ribbons at May Arts booth. You know you want some- who doesn't? There are lot's of these on the way to the store!

If you are a Filofax fan- these new journals from Pink Paislee are the same size as a Filofax and they are so cute!  They have the most amazing accessories to go with them too - so if you are looking to streamline your everyday memories, this is a great way to go and we will be having some classes using these great books.

 So we all know I am a big fan of the Tsukineko brand of inks which is under the Imagine Crafts label and they had some great additions to the line up this year. There are several designed for mixed media art and you are going to love them!

The Delicata ink is a metallic ink that works on dark and light papers and is suitable for very detailed stamps. 

The StazOn Studio Glaze creates a Stained Glass effect on glass surfaces WITHOUT BAKING. It is available in all the StazOn colors and it is amazing stuff.

The Amplify! Is very cool for adding dimension to your projects- use directly from the bottle and heat set to puff it up!

Of course, we have all been drooling over WRMK new rolling totes- with an optional cup holder no less! They are available in some yummy colors.

 That's it for today- I will have more later in the week, including all the photos from the Ranger booth!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Love Valentine Banner Class

Hi everyone- no I have not fallen off the face of the earth, it just seems that way! I had a great time at CHA and I have some wonderful stuff to share over the next few days so check back in.

Today I want to show off my fabulous new class- a beautiful Valentine Banner made with the new Authentique papers. 

This class is fun and EASY and we will be playing with some fun new products to achieve texture. Add in some die cutting and glitter and you can't go wrong!

Sign ups are taking place now  The class is January 31st at 10:30am at The Crafty Scrapper. Be  sure to reserve your space now!

I have more class previews and some CHA photos coming all week long - so stay tuned!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sparkle N Sprinkle January Reveal

Welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's 

January 1, 2015 Reveal.

This month FOUR new stamp sets are being introduced.   These sets are 20% off their regular price, until Jan. 3rd.  All the new reveal sets are available on Cling Mounted Rubber and as a digital image.  The Collector #682 is the stamp set featured in  This Month's Technique Video.

The sets are:

Big Wet Kisses #678   (digi version DIGI678)
Ellie Retail Therapy #679   (digi version DIGI679)
Itty Bitty Robots #681  (digi version DIGI681)
The Collector #682   (digi version DIGI682)

On Jan 3rd,  one Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the comments left on the designers' blogs listed below.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive

all FOUR of the new rubber stamp sets (or digi sets, if you prefer)

The new SNS Creative Challenges also begins today, with lots of prizes and recognition badges. 

The winner of the blog hop will be announced on Jan 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs.  This month's Blog Hop order is:

(Tip: if you have a problem with a particular link, try clicking on the person's blog title to send you to their Home page.)

Don't forget to leave a comment with each Designer to be eligible for the Grand Prize.  We love reading your comments and hope we have inspired you as well.  If you absolutely can not leave a comment for some reason, please email with your comment and the name of the blog or Designer you are commenting about.

We hope you enjoy the New Reveals as much as we do!
Last month the winner came from Marie's blog.  Wonder which Designer contains the Grand Prize winner this month?

Here is a look at my project for this month
This photo has a pearl finish and it is impossible to take a good photo of it!  My papers are from American Crafts, Hambly Studios, and Studio Calico. The die cut stickers are from Bo Bunny.

My sentiment is from the Ellie Retail Therapy #679 and I heat embossed with Black Detail EP171. In order to change the wording to what I wanted, I masked the word "we're" with washi tape before I inked the stamp. Remove the washi tape before stamping and the word is gone! I then added some very small alpha stickers to add the word "she's".
This sentiment is from the Camera Life #620 set and I heat embossed with Raspberry Tart EP451. I wanted to add a little more texture to my layout, so I used Faber-Castell® Whipped Spackle and a stencil to create the heart. When it is was dry I inked it with Galaxy Gold VersaMagic. I used foam tape to give the sentiment a little pop.

To see all the details on the products I used from Sparkle N Sprinkle
please check out My Gallery.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a 

Happy New Year!!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Kissing Ball with Smoothfoam

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a Merry Christmas!  It's Anita here today to share a fun Christmas project with you. We always have a kissing ball here at our house, and this year I decided to make one I could use year after year. So I pulled out a Smoothfoam ball and went to work.

3 3/8" Smoothfoam Ball
Paper flowers of varying sizes
Wired Leaves and decorative berries
1" Gold floral pins
Velvet Ribbon
Small stapler
paper piercer or small awl
Wire cutters
Beacon 3-In-1 Adhesive

1. Cut a  length of ribbon and fold in half; staple the open ends together about 1/2" from the ends. Spread the two small end pieces apart and pin to the ball using floral pins.
2. Start by stacking two flowers together. Push a floral pin through the center of the flowers then insert the pin into the ball. Continue adding flowers until the ball is covered.
TIP: Start with larger flowers to fill in the background, then add smaller flowers to cover the gaps.

 3. Make sprays of leaves and decorative berries. To secure, twist the wires together and wrap one of the wires around the others several times, very close together (this should be very close to the last leaf). Use wire cutters to clip the excess wire.
4. Use a paper piercer to poke a hole in the ball near the ribbon (move any flower petals out of the way). Apply glue in the hole and insert the end of the wires. Repeat for a total of 3 sprays, spacing them evenly around the top of the ball.
5. Shape the leaves in a downward direction.


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