Saturday, December 29, 2007

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I hope you and your family have a happy and healthy new year!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!!


I just want to take a moment today and wish all of you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS !!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Paper Crafting Tip #20: Glitter Star Ornaments

Here's an easy ornament that can also be used as a package topper.  You
have to play a little bit to get the cone shape right.  Look carefully
at the photos in the directions, and you'll see how to form it
correctly.  If you place the cones at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00 on
the circle, and then fill in the rest, you will get a more uniform
looking star shape.  Glitter Star Ornaments


Merry Christmas to All!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

A Few Announcements

Hi everyone!  Just an update on the Crafty Girls Swap Group.  All of the info. has been emailed to all of the members.  If you have any questions, please ask.   

Oh, and by the way, I AM NOW AN OFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE DESIGN TEAM FOR SCRAPBOOK QUEENS!!  If you haven't checked us out yet, the links are on my sidebar.  Why don't you drop by?  We specialize in encouraging newbies and experienced scrapbookers/stampers to try new things and share ideas.  (Besides, I get cyber-money if you join. And so do you! :D)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Paper Crafting Tip #19: Christmas Card Ideas

Happy Holidays everybody!  I hope you've all finished your Christmas cards and have mailed them out already.  (Right?)  Well, for those of you who haven't, here are some card ideas for you.  Feel free to "lift" them as you see fit.  If you have any questions about materials or techniques, please post them here.  I'll answer them as quickly as I can, so you can get those cards out!


I used the Glue Pad  (available through me from  TAC) to make the blue
and silver snowflake card between the teddy bear and the penguin. It's
an easy way to apply glitter to a large image. It works very well, BUT
you must let it set for a few hours.  Otherwise, the glitter will rub
off. Contact me for more information.  Enjoy!   

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Paper Crafting Tip #18: Sprucing things up a bit

This week is going to be very busy - and very expensive - for me, as I'm sure it will be for most of you.  Every year I say that I will spend less money on Christmas gifts, and every year I end up spending too much again. Well, I'm not here to tell you to spend less.  I wouldn't dream of it!  Rather, I'm here to give you a tip on saving some money by jazzing up some of the stuff you already have.  (This way, you'll have more money to spend on everyone else! :))

I've had this old clipboard hanging around the house for years.  You
know, one of the big legal pad-sized ones.  The ones with the ugly
brown base?  Yuck!  Just take a look at it now.  Here's how you do it:

Choose 3 colors of acrylic paint that coordinate.  Adding white or black adds an extra "pop" to the colors.  Make sure that your clipboard is clean but not wet or damp.  Paint the base with 2-3 coats of paint.  (I even gave the back 2 coats.)  Make sure you get the sides and underneath the clip.  Apply a thin coat of paint to foam stamps.  Here I used the Making Memories flowers.  Make sure that you don't put too much paint on the stamp, or it will be "globby."  Start with a large design, and then add smaller ones.  Remember that you can use different colors on the same stamp.  Add your black and/or white touches at the end, and paint a thin line of either color on the edges to give your project some definition.  If you want, you can paint the clip with alcohol inks, as I did.  Add a big bow, and you've got a clipboard that is not only functional, but nice to look at too!  Have a great week!  Now go buy some presents! :)

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Paper Crafting Tip #17: Use your scrapbook supplies to make a 3D paper snowflake.

Happy Holidays everyone!  Well, it's that time of the year again.  Time to deck those halls, fa la la la la.  But instead of boughs of holly, try this 3D snowflake.  Don't let the instructions intimidate you.  It's really easier than it looks or sounds.  I used medium-weight 6 x 6 squares to make this one.  Although I used some really cool Christmas scrapbook paper from Die Cuts With A View, you can use almost any paper.  I used tacky glue instead of staples, except for the innermost connections on the snowflake. There I did use the staples.  Have fun with this, and email me photos of your creations.  I'd love to post them here. 

Oh, before I forget, here's an update on the Crafty Girls Swap Group (Check my blog entry for last week).  So far, there are 5 people who have expressed an interest.  By Wednesday, Dec. 5th, I will send an email with further details to everyone who has responded.  If you're interested in joining, please email me or post a comment here by December 5.

Enjoy your week! 

Link to directions for snowflake:  3D Paper Snowflake