Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Cheer!

I want to share my very first shaker card! To be honest, shaker cards seemed a bit intimidating to me.  I recently ordered the Memories & More Merry Little Christmas card pack and was immediately inspired by the acetate overlay cards included in the pack.  They just screamed shaker card to me! I decided to give it a try and here is the card.  The came together quickly and was a lot less complicated than I thought.





Here are a few of the cards in the Memories & More Merry Little Christmas card pack.  I used the overlay card pictured here in the lower right hand corner.  There are other overlay cards that can be used as a shaker card too.  Wouldn't the silver ornament be perfect???  There are coordinating stickers in the pack and even some of these are trasparent like the overlays!  These cards are so versatile - they make your pocket scrapbook pages pop, create quick easy cards, tags and, well more!


Check out the video below for a closer look at the cards and more project ideas.  You get a lot of bang from this amazing $10.00 pack!!



Constructing the Card: 

Card Base
  • The base is a standard A2 card (4.25" x 5.5") in Basic Gray.  
  • The mat is cut to 4" x 5.25" using a scrap from my Year of Cheer DSP.  I love the retro vibe of this print and it works perfectly with the bold font on the acetate card. I adhered this using Fast Fuse.
Shaker Element
  • Cut a piece of whisper white cardstock to 3"x4" to match the size of the acetate card.
  • I used the foam adhesive strips on all sides of the whisper white piece.
  • I placed some silver stampin' glitter and some metallic sequins in iridescent and silver onto the Whisper White piece, being careful to keep them in the center so they would not stick to the foam when I attached the acetate card.
  • I adhered the acetate panel to the top of the white piece making sure to line up the pieces so the sequins and glitter would be sealed in and not spill out. The foam is the right thickness to make the shaker work perfectly!
  • I made a frame to for the acetate panel using basic gray cardstock.  The outside measurements of the frame are 3 1/8" x 4 1/8".  The inside of the frame is 2 1/8" tall by 3 3/8" wide.  This makes the top and bottom edges of frame a tad wider than the sides.  I used the measurements on the Stampin' trimmer to cut out the inside. I love that the guide has measurements that allow me to do this so quickly!
  • The frame needed an extra something so I cut two strips of Champagne foil strip measuring 1/8" x 4 1/8".  I attached the strips using the fine-tip glue pen centering each strip on the top and bottom edges of the frame. The foil strips complement the silver borders of the acetate card tying everything together.
  • I used Fast Fuse to attach the shaker element to the card base.  I just love how this turned out!

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Stamp-n-Paper Junkie - That's Me!

The Scrappin' Bug Bit Me
Almost twenty years ago I was dragged to a Creative Memories party.  My aunt was hosting and I went out of obligation.  I was convinced that I wouldn't like it and on the off chance I did, I certainly couldn't afford a new hobby. And by afford, I meant time as much as money.  I wasn't prepared to be bitten by the Scrappin' Bug!



My CM Days
The very next day I signed up to be a Creative Memories consultant.  I was hooked, so what better way to share my new passion than teach and sell!  I was a consultant for eight years and enjoyed every class, crop and workshop.  Who knew you could do so many fun things with paper!  I especially loved seeing people who claimed they were not crafty or artistic make beautiful pages.  When you are preserving precious memories of your family, how can that be anything but spectacular?  Being part of a community of papercrafters who were generous, fun, and creative was rewarding.  For me, this was a modern day sewing bee and I was in my realm!


Life Happens
While I was a consultant, I was balancing a fulltime job, part time business, and, most important, my family.  I started when my CM business when my children were still young and as they grew up and became involved in activities, I wanted to be there to support them.  Or perhaps more accurately, to be the helicopter parent that is so typical of my generation!  Gradually I held fewer scrapping events, and my CM business slowed to a crawl.  I still worked on my own scrapbooks and kept a few dedicated scrappers as customers.  Then in 2008, our family suffered some big losses.  Between us, my husband and I lost six family members.  The hardest loss for me was my father who died unexpectedly in his sleep.  After he passed we moved into my mother's house, I packed up my scrapbooking supplies and packed up they stayed.


Ink. Stamp. Repeat.
While my scrapping was placed on hiatus, I discovered the art of making cards.  My mother-in-law, one of my biggest CM customers, became a Stampin' Up consultant.  My love of paper was awakened!  And. Now stamps and ink too!  Making cards is much quicker than constructing a scrapbook layout and I could express my creativity again.  Out came my scrapping supplies.  To that I added numerous stamps, and more paper of course!  Then I discovered YouTube tutorials - WOW! I learned to make mini albums, journals and more.  I am hooked on papercrafts once again!




Stamp-n-Paper Junkie


My friends and family are the recipients of my hand made scrapbooks, cards, and journals.  I enjoy making unique items for them.  At their encouragement, I have decided to start this blog so I can share my handiwork with others.  I am glad you found me and I hope you will share your creativity with me too.  Together we can be Stamp-n-Paper Junkies!






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