Monday, June 30, 2008

Patriotic Quotes

With the fourth of July (Independence Day) just a few days away we thought you may enjoy some patriotic quotes that can be used on or in your cards. Here are some that Sherry found for us:

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. ~Elmer Davis

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. ~Albert Camus

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. ~Dick Cheney

We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls. ~Robert J. McCracken

I love my freedom. I love my America. ~Jessi Lane Adams

From every mountain side Let Freedom ring. ~Samuel F. Smith, "America"

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. ~Moshe Dayan

And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. ~Lee Greenwood

Freedom is never given, it is won.

One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore!""

*Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes*

"Let freedom ring!" *Author: Unknown*

"Sparkling glitter way up high, fireworks light up the sky!" *Author: Unknown*

... ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. *John F. Kennedy*

A man's feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
George Santayana

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people. Abraham Lincoln

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. Dwight D. Eisenhower

He loves his country best who strives to make it best. Robert Green Ingersoll

Liberty is the breath of life to nations. George Bernard Shaw

Men love their country, not because it is great, but because it is their own. Seneca

Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall. John Dickinson

Sunday, June 29, 2008

CPS #71 - Sponsored By Rubbernecker Stamp Company

This weeks sketch is sponsored by Rubbernecker Stamp Company.
The designers are featuring images found in the Stamp Oasis Line.
All of Rubbernecker stamps are produced in red rubber, mounted on smart cling cushion, for use on acrylic blocks. We hope you enjoy~

Happy Birthday Sweetie!
Designer - Charity Hassel
Stamp- Little Loyin's Cupcake Mice - Rubbernecker
cardstock- Bazzill
Rubons- American Crafts
Colored pencils- Crayola
Sequins- K&Co.

Rubber stamps courtesy of RUBBERNECKER Baroque Background, Smallest Wonder Text and Side Spotted Butterfly
***Cardstock - Prism
Stamp pads – Fluid Chalk/Clearsnap
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Watercolor Crayons
Clear Paper Glaze – Aleene’s®/Tulip
Stickles – Ranger

Friend for all Seasons
Designer: Sherry Wright
Rubbernecker stamps (Stamp Oasis: butterfly, butterfly blossom, & sentiment)
Sasafrass Lass papers
Offray ribbon
Copic markers
Zip dry adhesive by Beacon

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Reader Spotlight and Updates

Well today I (Keri) am going to share my reader who I want to put in the spotlight. Today I am putting Sue in the Reader Spotlight! Sue's card this week caught my attention and then as I read on I realized she is also a "GO GREEN" crafter! :) She uses SODA CANS to make BEAUTIFUL EMBELLISHMENTS for her cards and other crafting projects...are you not just itching to see what I mean? Well hop on over and check out her blog post and READ ALL ABOUT IT!

And now for the rest of our amazing all ROCK!

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Parker & Emma's Mom


Tobi Crawford



Terrie B






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Friday, June 27, 2008

CPS #70 Part 4 and a new little something

"Happy Birthday to You"
Designer: Lea Lawson
Supply List:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Paper/Rub-ons: American Crafts
Chipboard: American Crafts & Creative Imaginations
Rhinestones: Doodlebug Designs
Ribbon: Michael's brand
Ink: Clearsnap
Corner Rounder: EK Success

A new little something

There are some weeks where we designers just look at a sketch and think, "this would make a great scrapbook layout" we thought that we would share with you some of our layouts based on the CPS sketches....they're not just for cards anymore!!!

So occasionally on Fridays, for all you scrappers out there we will be doing some layouts! And today is the first Friday that we have one to share!! :)

Oh Bunny Layout
Designer Charity Hassel
pic is of my niece. patterned paper, diecuts- SEI, Sass Lass buttons- scrapmode pink brad- creative imaginations letter stickers- sei

Thursday, June 26, 2008

CPS #70 Part 3

Little One

Designer: Debbie Olson
Stamps: Just Hatched (PaperTrey Ink); Vintage Lace (Melissa Frances)
Cardstock: Sweet Blush (PTI), Razzleberry Medium (Prism)
Papers: Lindsey and Julie (Melissa Frances)
Ink: Antique Linen Distress Ink, Versamark
Markers: Sage Shadow and Regal Rose (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Winter White EP (SU), butterfly eyelets (, Micro Dot Twinkle Sticker (A Muse), Pink taffeta ribbon (SU), lace (Wrights)
Tools: Spellbinders Classic Plain and Scalloped Oval Dies, sewing machine

Friendship Blooms
Designer: Keri Lee Sereika
***Cardstock: Intense Teal, Iced Teal, Intense Pink, Iced Pink, Smooth White - Prism Papers
***Stamps: Boho Blossoms, It's Elemental stamp sets - My Favorite Things
Inks: Coal Black, Azalea, Deep Harbor Ancient Page inks - Clearsnap
Ribbon Tags Trio Die - Spellbinders
Ribbon: Creative Impressions
Gems: Crystalina Hot Fix Gems - Kandi Corp.
Silver Leafing Pen - Krylon

Designer: Anabelle O'Malley
Patterned Paper-Webster's Pages
Sticker-Webster's Pages
Stamp-Studio G

Thank you
Designer - Kandis Smith
patterned paper: Chatterbox
stamps: Hero Arts
cardstock: Coredinations, Kraft
stickers: Chatterbox
ink: Colorbox
rubons: Imaginesce
stickers: Making Memories
other: machine stitching

It's your Special Day
designer: Kelly Anne Grundhauser
Doodlebug flocked and embossed cardstock
Creative Imaginations Samanthat Walker Diecut cardstock
Heidi Swap Felt Flower
Scrappy Cat Clear Sentiment Stamp
Jet Black Archival Ink
Diecut Metal Butterfly/ EK Paper Shaper butterfly
Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing plate
Alcohol Ink-Ranger

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ask the Designers

We introduced our “ask the designers” idea to you over a week ago, but I’ll just share the same info here as well, in case you missed it.

“Ask the Designers” is something new we are doing here at CPS. We thought it would be fun to let everyone ask questions about everything cardmaking! Whether it’s about stamping, design, adhesives, favorite tools, etc… if you have a question (big or small) you have been wanting to ask the team just post it here on the blog. We will compile the questions and get you an answer. We will answer all questions every Wendesday and also start a new round of questions then. Also, we know how many experts we have participating here and if you want to share an answer or suggestion please do so! So, ready, set… ask away!

All of your questions from this past week were great! We want to hear more from you so don’t be afraid to ask. Also, if you want to ask a specific designer something please do. So, here are the answers to your questions:

1.Sometimes I feel like I'm a bit too 'literal' on my sketch interpretations. Would you share a little about your process when working with a sketch?

Laura says –“Some sketches come easier to me than others - so sometimes I start with the sketch, and then find product to fit it. Other times, I start with product that I am really excited about (a stamp, a piece of cool paper, or stickers) and then figure out how I can fit it into the sketch. Sometimes what I end up creating is WAY different from the sketch. If I am really stumped, I try to decide WHICH elements from the sketch I really like, and work from that.”

Lea answered- “When I start my card, I look at the sketch from every angle to see which way works better for me. Then I decided on the theme or sentiment of the card, and gather supplies I want to use. Don't be afraid to change shapes that might be on the sketch. For example- there might be a flower shape for an accent. That might not work for what you want to do, so change it to a heart, star, cupcake...anything you need for it to be. I think it is important to remember that the sketch can just be a jumping off point for inspiration!”

Charity’s answer- “I take the basic layout of a sketch and think of "other" things that can go in each spot. For example, if a sketch has three dots along the bottom- instead of using buttons, why not spell out a word there, stamp some large flowers or even tie a bow there instead. Many times the design of the sketch is what is the most important- I use it to create balance, but sometimes I wont even use every detail on it.”

2.Can someone tell me or point me to a Shopping List full of the BASIC
tools/supplies someone starting out needs! Im winging it here with copy paper and SCOTCH TAPE! Please help! Im a digital scrapper, slowly moving into the paper world, so I need a list of real world things I need to get going.

Here is what I can't do a card without:
Paper Trimmer
Textured Cardstock
Patterned Paper
Zig Squeeze Roller (adhesive)
Glue Dots
Rub-on sentiments (American Crafts makes great ones)
Chalk Ink
Corner Rounder

Other items I use often:
chipboard shapes
scalloped deco scissors
sandpaper (to sand the edges of white cored paper)

A beginnner card maker/scrapper needs some good cardstock, a paper trimmer, scissors, adhesive (glue dots, etc.), a few embellishments (ribbon, buttons,etc.). These are the very basic tools. As it sound like you are a digital girl, I would encourage you to maybe print out some of the things you design on your computer then simply use them to make your cards. It probably wouldn't take many embellishments to create a fabulous hybrid card. For more ideas on hybrid card see our hybrid cards and hybrid cardmaking tutorial.

3.I am organizing my scraproom and looking for a good way to sort and organize my paper and pages in progress. What do you suggest??

I have most of my patterned paper and cardstock pieces in an expandable 12x12 file box (that I got from JoAnn in the scrapbooking dept.) I have gallon ziplock bags in each compartment, for small pieces of paper, so they don't get lost. Larger pieces go behind the bag, and the whole thing is organized by color (with the first pocket being for patterned paper that has SO many colors, I just don't know WHERE to put it!) I do have additional cardstock and patterned paper tucked away in some sort of scrapbook storage bag, in my closet. But the stuff I reach for daily, and all my scraps are contained in that expandable file. (Oh, and well, I do have one drawer with some paper stuck in it too!!) I am realizing that organizing a scrap area is really an ongoing process, and my area is ALWAYS changing and being rearranged to suit me the best at any particular time.

For pages in progress, I have two ideas. First one, go to your local pizza place and ask to buy some clean pizza boxes. I haven't ever heard of them saying no, and pizza boxes are big enough to hold the layout in progress, and the product you are using on it. The second idea is to save the large ziploc baggies that paper comes in when you are buying stuff online. I have a zillion of them, and I often store layouts in progress in them. They just won't fit a lot of extra product.
I use 12x12 paper trays to organize my paper. I like to be able to just grab the paper that I want, so paper trays were the best option for me. The paper is in alphabetical order by manufacturer, with the order for each manufacturer going from newest line to oldest.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

CPS #70 Part 2

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Designer Laura Williams
Cardstock, ink, brads - Close To My Heart
Rub-ons - Art Warehouse
Stamps - Unity Stamp Company
Paper flowers - Prima
Glitter Glue - Stickles

Honey I’m Home card
Melissa Phillips
Bazzill cardstock
Melissa Frances
paper, rubon, buttons, and cardstock sticker
Doodlebug jewels
American Crafts fleece hearts
Old book print
Ranger ink
Delta acrylic paint
Martha Stewart string

Just {Bee} You Card
Designer Stacey Kingman
***Cardstock – Prism
Stamps – Heidi Grace Designs
Ribbon – Cloud 9 Design
Punch – Fiskars
Ink - Ranger
Other - Thread

Oh Happy Day
Designer Stacey Kingman
***Cardstock – Prism
Stamps – October Afternoon, Heidi Grace
Pin – Heidi Grace
Ribbon – Pebbles, Inc.
Bling – Heidi Swapp
Ink – Ranger, Versamark, Color Box
Decorative Scissors – Fiskars
Punch - Fiskars

Monday, June 23, 2008

A Button on Top

Melissa has shared a wonderful tutorial on using buttons this week:

I was recently asked what my favorite paper-crafting product was and I responded without hesitation…BUTTONS of course! I love them for so many reasons. They are inexpensive, they are the perfect finishing touch, they come in any color you could ever need, they come in a huge array of sizes and shapes, and they are CUTE in every sense of the word.

So my tutorial today will be about these crazy and fun little items. I’ll show you a few ways that I enjoy using them in my projects---but the most enticing part about buttons is that there are a lot of ways to use them that I have yet to try, but certainly look forward to. One wonderful resource I would love to inform you of is the Paper Crafts 101 Special Issue It is full of ideas not only for how to use your buttons creatively but many, many other products as well.

Let’s get started.

How about creating a photo corner or two from buttons to accent a sweet baby photo?

Create leaves from ribbon and insert just under the edge of your button to resemble a flower.

Layering is so fun with buttons---for this first card I used chipboard, a clear button, and a metal button—love the dimension this brings. And for the second card I just attached a tied button over a chipboard heart---simple.

I love adding found objects into my creations so for this I used a hat pin through a button hole and then added a flower and tag beneath.

Why not accent things such as wheels on a baby buggy, dotting the “i’s” in your title, or the center of a star---buttons can add so much interest to many different elements.

Instead of fastening a brad through the holes on your bookplate, try tying a button to the hole.

One of my most favorite things to do with buttons is to tie them to the center of a bow---I can’t stop myself from adding this as a finishing touch.

Attaching brads through button holes is a lot of fun and a way to bring in color, texture, and interest---I love how this looks.

One very common thing to do with your buttons is to accent flowers by using them in the center. These 2 pictures show the versatility and range of sizes in buttons for this purpose.

I ‘m so happy to have clear buttons at my fingertips as well---basically you get to create your own buttons with these---simply trace them onto your patterned paper, cut out and adhere to the back.

I have a lot of fun experimenting on buttons by tying them with different things such as ribbon, hemp, thread, jute---try experimenting on those naked button holes :)

And lastly, try attaching a button to the top of a tag---mix things up and see how it changes the look of your project---you’ll love it.

Paper-crafting would not be the same without these little gems---enjoy them, have fun, and experiment a little. Be sure to show me you’re creative ideas as well…I’d love to add them to my list of techniques!

Enjoy your Monday!


Sunday, June 22, 2008

CPS #70

Designer: Linda Beeson
Patterned paper – Metropolis/Main Street/Scenic Route
Chipboard circle – Scenic Route
Rub-on words – Making Memories
Stamp pads – Fluid Chalk/Clearsnap
Paint – Apple Barrel/Plaid
Stickles - Ranger

Sending love & prayers
Designer: Sherry Wright
Inque Boutique papers (Memoirs)
Inque Boutique chipboard (Isn't it Romantic)
Inque Boutique stamp (Sentiments & French quarter)
Inque Boutique ribbon (Memoirs)
Zip dry adesive by Beacon

I will always remember
Designer: Charity Hassel
patterned paper and diecut: scribble scrabble, dewdrops- the robin's nest, twine- target dollar section, scrorpal used to make embossed lines.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Reader Spotlight & Updates

This week Anabelle chose our reader for Reader Spotlight....and I am glad she picked this one because I was super impressed with it too! For the very same reasons that Anabelle shared here:

"I just love Delaney's card! The colors are amazing and that pop of black is perfect! It's a beautiful interpretation of the sketch."

Now don't forget to get your card links in time for us to add you to the list to choose from for Readers Spotlight each week!

Enjoy the rest of these links...they are all downright amazing!




Smylin Stef





















Jackie G













Friday, June 20, 2008

CPS #69 part 4

Welcome Home
Designer: Stacey Kingman
***Cardstock – Prism
Patterned Paper – October Afternoon
Stamps – October Afternoon
Adhesive Foam – Fiskars
Chipboard – Heidi Grace Designs
Ribbon- Heidi Grace Designs
Rub-ons - Heidi Grace Designs
Ink – Tsukineko, Colorbox
Other – thread

Designer: Stacey Kingman
***Cardstock – Prism
Patterned Paper – October Afternoon
Stamps – October Afternoon
Adhesive Foam – Fiskars
Border Punch - Fiskars
Bling – Heidi Swapp
Ink – Colorbox
Other – thread, buttons

Just for You
Designer - Keri Lee Sereika

***Cardstock: Black, White, Baby Blue Light, Desire Metallic - Prism
*** Stamps: Nature Silhouettes I - Innovative Stamp Creations
Inks: Rhubarb Stalk, New Sprout Memento, Graphite Black Brilliance - Tsukineko
Iced Blue Fluid Chalk Ink, Frost White Colorbox Pigment Ink - Clearsnap
Die: Antique Book Plate I - Spellbinders
Ribbon - May Arts
Brads - Creative Impressions

Thursday, June 19, 2008

CPS #69 Part 3

Hi Card
Designer Anabelle O'Malley
Patterned Paper-Making Memories
Tag-Making Memories
Jewels-Darice, Heidi Swapp
Chipboard-Scenic Route
Buttons-Autumn Leaves
Ink-Clearsnap Colorbox

It's a baby shower
Designer: Sherry Wright
Jenni Bowlin papers
Queen & Co. mini felt
Inque Boutique stamps (mini baby shower)
Clearsnap inks
Offray ribbon
Zip dry adhesive by Beacon


Designer: Melissa Phillips
Supplies: All supplies from Cherries Jubilee Creations:

Sweet Baby Shoes
Designer: Debbie Olson
Stamps: The Shoe Boutique, Broad Stripe, and Perfect Plaid Scrapblock (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Cardstock: Natural, Baby Pink Light (Prism), Kraft (PaperTrey Ink)
Ink: Pearlescent Brilliance (Tsukineko), Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Micro Dot Twinkle Stickers (A Muse), pearls (Ellen Hutson, LLC), ivory silk (May Arts)
Tools: Sewing Machine, Brayer

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

CPS #69 Part 2

Birdie Thank You
Designer- Kandis Smith
patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs, Making Memories
stamps: Hero Arts
ink: Memories
scissors: Provo Craft
carstock: Coredinations
felt: Fancy Pants Designs
other: string, machine stitching, button

"You're So Precious"
Designer: Lea Lawson

Supply List:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Paper/Stickers/Chipboard: K & Company
Rub-ons: Creative Imaginations
Ribbon: May Arts
Rhinestones: Glitz Designs
Ink: Clearsnap
Deco Scissors: Provo Craft

Happy Birthday Friend
Designer Laura Williams
Cardstock, ink, stamps, brads - Close To My Heart
Patterned paper - My Mind's Eye

Monday, June 16, 2008

Finishing Touches

Tami has made it easier to find our past tutorials by including the links on the side of the blog.
Today Laura has shared some fantastic ways to add the wow factor to cards:

Sometimes I look at a card that I’m working on, and I try to figure out how to give it a little more POP, and how to achieve a more polished look. I get such good ideas and find my own creativity growing and stretching by really studying the work of those I admire, so I have enlisted the help of some of the lovely CPS designers and their beautiful creations to point out some ideas that can help us all take a card from OKAY to STUNNING!

My first idea is to add something unexpected. It might be a splash of color, some bling or glitter, or really any element that catches your eye, and gives the card some POP!

I love that Kandis made these fantastic glittered flowers - but the leaves also help to make this card really stand out. The creases for added dimension, and the way they hang off the side of the card, really give the card something extra.

Tami made this cute card . . .and without the unexpected touch, it would still be cute. But in my opinion, the white dotted line really adds a fun and unexpected touch!

Lea’s card shows the power of COLOR! The pop of teal on this card really stands out against the white and yellow. I love this! Lea’s card also demonstrates my next idea. . . adding a border.

Adding a border can be as simple as layering cardstock or patterned paper, as seen on Lea’s card but a border can also be created by inking the edges, sanding the edges, stitching, dots, or scallops. Here are a few examples:

I love how Anabelle roughed up these edges!

The skinny blue border on Debbie’s card adds definition between colors, and around the edges. It really adds definition to this sweet card!

How about Melissa’s shaped border? This makes an already gorgeous card REALLY POP!

Melissa’s card also demonstrates the last idea I’d like to share. The rule of THREES. Three points of interest will cause the viewer’s eye to continue moving around a piece of art – whether a painting on the wall, or a card on your desk! Melissa has three great elements in the corner of her card, all contained within that bold border. I love it!

Keri’s card works so well together because the main image, bow, and sentiment form a triangle which causes the card to flow so nicely. Imagine the card with one of those elements moved, or missing. It just wouldn’t look quite right!

Debbie’s card shows off three repeating shapes – the three circles keep your eye moving around this card. (And the button flowers are so darn precious!)

I hope that these ideas will give you something to think about the next time you are stuck on a card. Remember that these ideas also apply to scrapbook layouts, and really almost any art project you work on! Thanks for looking at some of my favorite cards with me!