Sunday, August 31, 2008

CPS #80--A Sketch and More!!

A little something different for this weeks CPS sketch. You can find the link to view all of the past CPS sketches on the right----->

CPS #80:

CPS Designer Ideas:

Teacher card & gift bag
Designer: Sherry Wright

CPS sketch #
October Afternoon papers
Cornish Heritage Farms stamps: Vintage Ledger scrapbock
"Making the Grade" set by Kim Hughes
Clearsnap inks
McGill circle punch
Zip dry adhesive by Beacon

Sugar card based on CPS17
designer Laura Williams
solid cardstock, ink - Close To My Heart
patterned paper - October Afternoon
stamps - Unity Stamp Company
sticker - Colorbok
jewels, rub-ons - K&Company

Gimme Some Sugar layout based on CPS17
designer Laura Williams
solid cardstock - Bazzill
patterned paper - October Afternoon
stamps - Unity Stamp Company
ink, brads, dimensional glaze - Close To My Heart
pen - Sharpie
stickers - Scenic Route
sticker - Colorbok
jewels - K&Company

Sweet as a Berry Card
designer: Charity Hassel
based on cps sketch 54
patterned paper: Colorbok, SEI
stickers: Colorbok
sequins: Swarovski crystals
ribbon: Maya Road

Playtime Pals
designer: Charity Hassel
based on cps sketch 54
patterned paper, chipboard: Colorbok
buttons: Autumn Leaves
diecut tags and shapes: Daisy Ds, Colorbok

Beauty in Simplicity Duo
Designer Keri Lee Sereika
***Cardstock : Iced Kiwi & Black Prismatics, Smooth White Cardstock - Prism Papers
***Stamps: Artsy Victorian Swirl - Innovative Stamp Creations
Simple Thoughts - Laughter Stamp Set -Cloud 9 Design
Ink: Charcoal Fluid Chalk Ink - Clearsnap
White Gel Pen - ranger
Fine Tip Sharpie & Ruler (for box around sentiment on card)
6" Pillar Candle

Saturday, August 30, 2008

CPS #79 Reader Updates

Today I decided to put Craftymare in the spotlight!! She has a very cute Christmas card on her blog for CPS 79, how about that embossed Christmas tree?? And she also JUST STARTED BLOGGING so I thought we could all encourage her and leave her a comment or two so she can also get some traffic generated too!

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

CPS#79, Part 3

CPS#79, Part 3

Designer: Linda Beeson

Patterned papers and stamp sets – Daydream/October Afternoon
Machine Sewing
ColorBox Black and Fluid Chalk stamp pads – Clearsnap
Black Top Boss embossing powder – Clearsnap
Watercolor crayons and watercolor brushStickers – Ranger
Brads – SEI
Tonic Paper Distresser
Clear Paper Glaze – Aleene’s®/Tulip

"Be Mine" Card
Designer: Lea Lawson

Paper: Scenic Route
Chipboard: Lil Davis
Sticker: Target
Rhinestones: Glitz Designs & Darice
Rub-on: Making Memories
Ribbon: Michael's brand
Ink: Clearsnap
Scalloped Scissors: Provo Craft
Corner Rounder: EK Success

Love Ya
Designer Melissa Phillips

Bazzill cardstock
3 Bugs in a Rug paper
Heidi Swapp chipboard alphabet letters
Making Memories button
Wright’s twill tape
Foxy Cropper Etsy shop journaling spot
Fabric and felt from craft store

Be Kind
Designer Kandis Smith
cardstock: Coredinations, Kraft
stamps: Hero Arts
ink: Clearsnap
flowers and buttons: Making Memories
patterned paper: FancyPants Designs
scissors: Provo Craft
other: stitching
gems: HEro Arts
journaling tag: K&Co.

Designer Kelly Anne Grundhauser

October Afternoon-Pattern Paper Day Dream Poppy Garden
October Afternoon Stamps
Paper Trey ink Cardstock
Ranger Distress Inks
Cutterbee Razor tip Scissors
Beacon Zip Dry Adhesive
Kandi Korp Crystallina Jewels Topaz and Brass It Up Copper Wheels

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

CPS#79, Part 2

More ideas from the design team~

We all want to play
Designer Keri Lee Sereika
Cocoa Mint Page Kit, Stickers & Papers - Cloud 9 Design
***Cardstock: Birchtone Dark, Natural Smooth - Prism Papers
Ink: Charcoal Fluid Chalk Ink - Clearsnap
Labels 1 Dies - Spellbinders
Starfire Glitter - Sparkle N Sprinkle

Title Wishing You Happy Treats
Designer – Stacey Kingman
Cardstock - Bazzill
Patterned Paper – Heidi Grace Designs, Jenni Bowlin Studio
Bling – Heidi Swapp
Rub-ons – Heidi Grace Designs (alphas), Daisy D’s (cat)
Rain Dots – Cloud 9 Design
Dimensional Adhesive – Fiskars
Border Punch – Fiskars
Ink – Ranger Old Paper Distress Ink
Other – fabric, vintage dictionary page, staples, thread

Designer - Anabelle O'Malley
Felt-Queen and Company
Brads-Queen and Company
Trim-Making Memories
Paper Frills-Doodlebug
Chipboard-Making memories
Letter Stickers-Making Memories

Bloom and Grow
Designer Debbie Olson
Stamps: Floral Frenzy, Faux Ribbon (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Spring Moss, Lemon Tart (PaperTrey Ink)
Ink: Spring Moss (PTI), Pixie Dust and Thatched Straw Versamagic
Tools: Spellbinders Nestability Classic Plain Rectangle die
Accessories: white silk ribbon (May Arts)

Monday, August 25, 2008

All about Rub-ons

This week our tutorial is brought by Lea!

This week’s tutorial is all about rub-ons!! It is no secret that I am a huge lover of rub-ons. They make cards quick and easy to do, which I am all about when it comes to my busy life!

Almost every manufacturer of scrapbooking product out there has a selection of rub-ons. Many of them are jumping on the card bandwagon as well, and now offer rub-on sentiments for cards. My very favorites are the American Crafts Minimark rub-ons. They have a huge selection to choose from, and one set will make more cards than you know what to do with. Some of my other favorite rub-on manufacturers include Basic Grey, Making Memories, 7Gypsies, Glitz Designs, and Urban Lily.

The first way you can use rub-ons is easy. Just add them to your card as the sentiment!

Another way to use rub-ons is to make them just part of your sentiment. I do this a lot when wanting to layer items together to give the card more dimension, or if there is a certain item I want to use that doesn’t quite complete the sentiment.

I am a huge fan of cards with a really clean and graphic feel to them. Rub-ons can achieve this style really easily. Focus your entire card on the rub-on that you want to use, and then build the card around it. Here are a few examples of some that I have done this way.

*Note on this card, I used not only the megaphone rub-on as my main element…but also used rub-on sentiments and border to complete the card.

One of the last ways that I use rub-ons is as an added pattern or accent to the card. There are so many great background and flourish rub-ons out there, and they give such a great finish to your card. Both of these feature brand new rub-ons that Glitz Designs is releasing this summer. Let me tell you…these rub-ons go on like butter. They are so easy to use!

Now that you have seen some examples on how to use rub-ons, I also have some tips when it comes to applying them.

1. Cut out the rub-on from the sheet it came on. It makes it so much easier to place it where you want it, and you won’t accidentally mess up the other rub-ons on the sheet.

2. I don’t like to use Popsicle sticks to apply rub-ons. The plastic applicators that come with the American Crafts rub-ons work so much better because they have a fine tip on one side, and a flat tip on the other. Depending on the details of the rub-on, having both options is the best.

3. When applying rub-ons, I always draw a light pencil line with a ruler to give me a guide. This way you won’t apply it crooked, and then you can just erase the line.

4. If you don’t like how the rub-on looks after you apply it, put a piece of gift wrap tape over the top of it. Lightly rub over top of the tape with your fingernail and then gently lift the tape up. It should pull up most of the rub-on so you can start over. If after a few times trying with the tape doesn’t get it all, use a little bit of undo to get the rest of the rub-on residue. It will come right off.

Now it is time to break out those rub-ons you have sitting in your stash and put them to use!! Rub-ons are a fun and easy way to add something extra to your cards!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

CPS #79, Part 1


CPS Designer Ideas

Happy Birthday
Designer: Sherry Wright

Sasafrass Lass papers
**Prism cardstock
Inque Boutique stamps (Bold carnations & Springtime swirls)
Ranger embossing powder
Zip dry adhesive by Beacon

Love's Promise
Designer Laura Williams

solid cardstock - Close To My Heart (black), WorldWin (brown)
textured cardstock - Chatterbox
stamps - Unity Stamp Company
ink, embossing powder - Close To My Heart
jewels - Me and My Big Ideas
glitter glue - Stickles

Home is where the heart is card.
Designer: Charity Hassel
patterned paper-Cosmo Cricket
chipboard- Scenic Route
rubons- Maya Road
heart patch- Mediac

Friday, August 22, 2008

CPS #78 - Part 4

There were a few more to share....we all seemed to like this sketch this week! :D

On the Mend
Stamps: Quilter's Sampler by PaperTrey Ink
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Kraft, Dark Chocolate (PaperTrey ink)
Ink: Antique Linen Distress ink, Memento Rich Cocoa
Copic Markers: E53, E55, E57
Accessories: Dark Chocolate Twill (PaperTrey Ink), buttons (Buttons Galore and Foof-a-La)

Sophisticated Swirl
Designer Keri Lee Sereika
***Cardstock (Prism Papers): Ferro Exclusives; Black & Wizard Med Prismatics; Brilliant White.
Ink (Tsukineko) Versafine: Onyx Black.
***Stamps: (JustRite) Sentiment: Small Letter Set; Harmony Classic Circle I.
(Innovative Stamp Creations): Artsy Victorian.
Professional Touch Hot Fix Applicator (Kandi Corp); 5mm Crystalina Crystals
Ribbon & Silk Flower

From The Scrap Heap
Designer Keri Lee Sereika
***Cardstock (Prism Papers): Ferro Exclusives; Black & Blush Red Dark Prismatics; Brilliant White.
Ink (Tsukineko) Versafine: Onyx Black.
***Stamps (JustRite) Sentiment: Small Letter Set; Harmony Classic Circle I.
Die (Spellbinders): Brackets
Professional Touch Hot Fix Applicator (Kandi Corp); 5mm Crystalina Crystals
Ribbon & Silk Flower

Thursday, August 21, 2008

CPS#78, Part 3

"With Love" Card
Designer: Lea Lawson
Supply List:
Cardstock: Wausau Paper
Paper: Sassafras Lass
Flower: Michael's brand
Stickers: Making Memories (letters) & Provo Craft (felt leaves)
Rhinestones: Glitz Designs (green strips) & Westrim Crafts (blue oval)
Ink: Clearsnap
Corner Rounder: EK Success

Catch of the Day
Designer Tami Mayberry

**Cardstock: Prism
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
**Stamps: Rubbernecker
Scalloped die: Spellbinders
Ribbon: Flair
Hot Fix Brass Domes: Kandi Corp
Ink: Clearsnap Ancient Page
Markers: Copic

When a child is born
Designer Melissa Phillips
Bazzill cardstock
Melissa Frances paper, rubon, and glitter chipboard
SEI paper
Basic Grey chipboard and brad
Making Memories blossom and button
Wright’s twill tape
Ranger ink
CTMH watercolor pencils
Darice hemp
Martha Stewart scalloped border punch

my little cupcake
Designer Kandis Smith

paper, diecuts, chipboard: Colorbok
gems and stamps: Hero Arts
ink: Memories
other: fabric, stitching, graph paper

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

CPS#78, Part 2

CPS Designer Ideas:

Sweet Little One
Designer: Sherry Wright

Melissa Frances paper and sticker
Pom Pom trim Clearsnap ink
Zip dry adhesive by Beacon

Designer: Linda Beeson
Cardstock – Core’dinations
Patterned papers and matching label stickers – Scenic Route (the leaves are cut from one of the prints)
Rub-on words and design – Making Memories
Rhinestone – Me & My Big Ideas
Glitter Dimensional Fabric Paint – Tulip
Machine Sewing
Fluid Chalk stamp pads - Clearsnap

With Sympathy
Designer - Anabelle O'Malley
Cardstock-The Paper Co.
Patterned Paper-Pink Paislee
Stamps-Pink Paislee, Paper Salon
Rubons-Pink Paislee
Felt-Queen and Co.
Jewels-Queen and Co.

Inside View:

Cheers to You
Designer Keri Lee Sereika
***Cardstock: Fero Exclusives; Brilliant White, Baby Pink Med Prismatics - Prism Papers
***Stamps: Main Image - Innovative Stamp Creations; Sentiment - Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Onyx Black & Smokey Grey Versafine - Tsukineko
Pink Dottie Ann Magic Mesh
Mini Rick Rac - Creative Impressions
B&W Ribbon - Michaels
Professional Hot Fix Applicator, 4mm Crystal AB Crystalina Crystals - Kandi Corp

Monday, August 18, 2008

Simply Distressing

Thank you, Debbie, for the wonderful tutorial this week:
Do you like a vintage look? Aging your cards convincingly is a relatively simple process! Probably the most common way is sponging distress ink on the edges of the cardstock or patterned paper. My favorite distressing ink is the Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress pad, followed by the Vintage Photo color. I keep sponges handy in both of these colors, tapping them on the ink pad, testing it on a scrap to make sure it isn’t too wet and blotchy, and simply wiping ink on the edge of the cardstock with my sponge.

When I use printed patterned papers, I like to first sponge ink on the edges, then randomly sand the edges. Why both? The darker perimeter helps convey age as well as drawing the viewer’s eye to the focal point. Our eyes are naturally drawn to light, so when the perimeter is darker and the inside is lighter, we tend to focus on the inside—where our focal image usually is. The sanding does not remove all of the darker area—just the very outside area. Sanding adds one more visual layer, and one more aspect of age.

Scraping, Tearing, and Curling Corners: I often combine these three methods, so I’ll group them together here. First, scraping edges: I have bought three or four distressing tools over the years. But I have to confess that 90% of the time, I simply use the back of my scissor blades. I hold the cardstock firmly in my left hand (because I’m right handed), and I vigorously scrape the edges of the cardstock, pushing the frayed edge up so that it shows on top of my mat layer or focal layer.

Occasionally I’ll scrape extra hard in one place so that I can create a little tear and curl its edges up—usually about 1/3 of the way across an edge rather than in the very center of the edge. I also like to roll the corners up and occasionally peel apart the layers of the paper so that I can have a tighter inside curl and a looser outside curl. Scraps, tears, and curls are a great vintage look!

How about trying the cracked glass technique for aging? In cracked glass, you begin with an already slightly aged image, preferable, then press the image face down into Versamark ink or embossing ink and sprinkle UTEE or clear embossing powder on top of the image. (If you use UTEE, you can get by with one or two coats. If you use regular clear embossing powder, you should use three or more coats to get a significant effect.) Heat-emboss to melt the clear EP to the cardstock, reapplying it to get thicker layers as desired. Then set your thoroughly coated cardstock into the freezer for a few minutes. Take it out and immediately bend the cardstock in several directions; you should end up with hairline cracks that you can emphasize with distress ink if you choose.

Not as often, I will wad up a piece of cardstock, then smooth it out a bit with my hand before sponging distress ink on it. After distress ink has been applied, you can even iron the cardstock out so that it lays flat on your card—it will still maintain enough of the wrinkled look, especially if you’ve sponged distress ink on it, to be convincingly aged.

These are all fairly simple ways to add a bit of age to your vintage cards; we would love to see your distressing projects if you’d like to paste a link in the comments area!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

CPS#78, Part 1

CPS #78

CPS Designer Ideas

Wishing You Well
Designer Laura Williams

patterned paper - My Mind's Eye
solid cardstock, ink - Close To My Heart
stamps - Unity Stamp Company (flower, leaf, striped background)
sentiment stamp - Close To My Heart
tag - Making Memories
twine - May Arts
jewel - K&Company
pen - Sharpie

Hugs & Wishes
Designer – Stacey Kingman
Stamps – Heidi Grace (flower),
***Innovative Stamp Creations(words)
Patterned Paper – Heidi Grace
***Cardstock – Prism
Bling – Heidi Swapp
Ink – Tsukineko
Dimensional Adhesive – Glue Dots
Ribbon – May Arts
Decorative Scissors - Fiskars
Punch – Fiskars
Markers - Copic

Back to School card
Designer- Charity Hassel
Patterned Paper: Scribble Scrabble, Cosmo Cricket.
Diecut trim: Scribble Scrabble
Flocked chipboard: Scribble Scrabble
Button: Autumn Leaves
Rubons: American Crafts
Ribbon: unknown


Designer: Linda Beeson

Patterned papers – Garden Chair/Daydream/October Afternoon (both sides)
Stamp pads –Fluid Chalk/Clearsnap
Glitter Dimensional Fabric Paint – Plaid
Decorative label – K&Co.
Rub-on words – Scenic Route
Rub-on damask designs – Plaid
Rhinestones – Me & My Big Ideas