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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


My monthly "Girlfriend Day" is tomorrow, and for the first time this year, we are stamping again!!  We decided to take a break from making cards this year, although we continue to get together for our special girl time.   I had cut too many of the tag shapes for my CTMH Open House last month and thought I could make use of them on a card to swap.  The Deconstructed Sketch this week was perfect - the design of the large circle worked well with what I already had.  I just had to cut the top on the Cricut and emboss the bottom. 

Here's the list of materials that I used to make this card. 
All are CTMH unless indicated:

You Mean the World to Me (B1467) - front greeting
One-Way Borders (C1561) - long arrow border
Hello Summer (C1595) - small arrow
On Your Birthday (SU retired) - inside sentiment
Chalk It Up background paper (X7184B)
Glacier, Sorbet, Black and Colonial White cardstock
Black, Lagoon and Sorbet
Chalk It Up Assortment (Z3009) - sorbet foam heart
Black Striped Twill Ribbon (Z1988)
Mini Stapler (Z2027) to secure ribbon
Cricut Artiste Cartridge - tag shapes
Cricut Artbooking Cartridge - chevron overlay
Sizzix embossing folder - connected circles

Take a look at the other great cards made with this sketch over at the Deconstructed Sketch Challenge Blog.   Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 25, 2014

INSPIRED BY . . . FOOD! at Heart 2 Heart and Freshly Made Sketches 150

This is my last week as a guest on the design team over at the Heart2Heart Challenge blog.  All month long, we've been working on the "Inspired by ..." theme.  This week, it's food.  And I do believe that candy is one of the major food groups - wouldn't you agree?!
 The images are from the new CTMH Hostess Reward stamp set "Sweet as Sugar" (D1615).

I used the sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #150 for the design.  Sketches from these challenge blogs really help me when I'm in the design process.  Sometimes you just get a block and looking at what others have done with a sketch or theme can give your brain the boost it needs!

I like to add a little something to the inside of my cards, so why not more candy!  There are actually four different candy jars in this stamp set, with five different "fillers" for the jars.  I always need chocolate, so that's the main direction I went with mine.

Here's a list of what I used to complete this card (all products are from
Close to My Heart):
Sweet as Sugar (D1615)
Brushed background paper (X7190B)
Lagoon, Glacier and White Daisy cardstock
Lagoon, Glacier, Pear, Canary, Cotton Candy, Cranberry, Chocolate and Cocoa

Hop on over to both of these challenge blogs to see the marvelous creations other paper crafters have submitted.
Heart 2 Heart - Inspired by ... Food
Freshly Made Sketches #150

Thanks for stopping by - and have a great week!

Sunday, August 24, 2014


These are the four cards we will be making in the September Stamp Club.  We'll be coloring and cutting to assemble these fun cards, and learn one new technique to create a special background paper that is used on the raincoat card.  More information and detailed photos of these cards can be found on the Stamp Club page of this blog.
Dates are:
Tuesday, September 2
Thursday, September 4
Saturday, September 6
Monday, September 8
All groups start at 9:30 and run about 4 hours.
Cost is $20 and includes all materials to complete the four cards.
Email me at scrappingailaz@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.

Monday, August 18, 2014

INSPIRED BY A ... BOOK! Heart 2 Heart Challenge

This week's challenge at Heart 2 Heart is "Inspired by a ... Book!"  I chose The Secret Garden as my inspiration for this cute little purse.  While the outside of the purse looks like a beautiful blooming garden (thanks to the new Brushed CTMH papers), the inside holds a secret.

It's actually a holder for a set of cards!
I have to give inspirational credit to the ladies who originally designed this purse - Linda Bradbury
 and Linel Mehus over at ClassicExpressions.org  I tweeked the design a bit to make it work for me. 

Here's a list of what I used to complete this project.  All materials are from CTMH:
A Budding Friendship D1602 - floral images
Seaside Greetings D1609 - birthday & congratulations sentiments
Big Hug D1584 - just because sentiment
Casual Expressions D1525 - thinking of you sentiment
White Daisy, Pixie and Black cardstock
Brushed background paper X7190B
Canary, Pixie, Hollyhock, Sweet Leaf, Pear and Black
Floral embossing folder Z1994
Small Sparkles Clear Flourishes Z1812
Brushed Assortment Z3013 - metal flowers
White Daisy Grossgrain Ribbon (retired)
Check out the other projects over at the Heart 2 Heart challenge blog that are inspired by books!
And watch for information coming about the workshop so you can make this set yourself.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

SCRAPBOOK WORKSHOP - August 21 or 23

On Thursday, August 21 and Saturday, August 23 I will hold a workshop where you will create both of these 2-page layouts.  Click here to go over to the Scrapbook Workshop page of this blog to see all the specifics of this workshop.

Monday, August 11, 2014


It's Monday, so time for my next contribution to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge as a guest member of their design team.  This week's challenge is to create a project inspired by a song.  My mother loves the movie The Wizard of Oz, and especially Judy Garland singing Over the Rainbow.  I've seen so many projects recently using the masking tape technique, I had to give it a try.  So I tried to create a rainbow on my card - and think it turned out pretty well!  I tried to get all seven colors of the rainbow using the masking tape technique, but it just seemed too long.  So to include those last two colors, I added the appropriate cardstock at the top and bottom of my rainbow piece.

Everything I read and watched about this technique suggested using painter's tape so that the tape wouldn't stick to the card.  But the blue painter's tape I had was too wide, so I decided to use washi tape.  I had lots of it in different widths, and found the one that worked best for my size.  I do suggest using gloves to protect your fingers (and save your project from getting ink where you don't want it).  You just put the sticky side of the tape on the ink pad, press it to get the ink on the tape, and then apply it to your paper.  The amount of pressure determines how much ink gets onto the tape, and then you rub it on your paper to release it.  A different look for each strip you put down!

The stamped images and sentiment are from the CTMH set "Your Own Kind of Wonderful" (D1627).  Here's the rest of the items I used on the card (all are CTMH) :
Inks -
Crystal Blue
Papers -
Wanderful B&T paper (polka dot background)
Brushed B&T paper (yellow for large butterfly)
Glacier cardstock (small butterfly)
Cranberry cardstock
Gypsy cardstock
White Daisy cardstock

In addition to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge, I am also entering this card in the Case Study Challenge.  They also had an "Inspired by" theme, but the inspiration came from one of the projects created by their design team.  I chose two designs as my inspiration -  Laura Bassen, as she had a rainbow-like color progression, and JJ Bolton with her rainbow stripes.

I hope you'll check out the other projects created for both of these challenges.  Just click on the links below:

Heart 2 Heart - "Inspired by a Song"
Case Study - Anniversary Inspiration

Once you've checked these blogs out, I hope you will be inspired and join along with one or both of them!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 4, 2014

HEART 2 HEART CHALLENGE - Inspired by a Movie

This week’s challenge at Heart 2 Heart is to create a project that is inspired by a movie.  Since I love winter, I selected the movie “Frozen.”  Of course, that meant that I actually had to WATCH the movie Frozen in order to honestly say the movie inspired me for the card!  My husband cooperated and we enjoyed an evening of Disney animated fun. 
As you probably know, Elsa’s magical powers trap the kingdom of Arendelle in an eternal winter.  There was one view of the kingdom where it looked so beautiful, with all the snow-covered roofs and smoke rising from the chimneys.  I know it’s not that great in reality, having grown up in the Midwest.  But I can look back fondly on it now that I live in the high desert of Arizona! 

The serene snow village scene that I used on my card to replicate Arendelle is from the new “Frosty Fun” stamp set (D1611).  I embossed it in white on our new Glacier cardstock and then used our chalk marker to color the house roofs.  I fussy-cut around the top of the image before popping it up over the snow-filled sky.  Snowflakes from several sets were used on the sky – Snowhaven Cardmaking WOTG (G1085), Polar Bear Holiday (C1557) and Snowflakes (D1480).  I stamped the lighter layer of snowflakes in White Daisy pigment ink, then let them dry.  I came back and stamped some of the snowflakes again, but added white embossing powder this time to make them stand out.  I must say, I am SOOO glad that CTMH is offering embossing powder again.  It is one of my favorite items.

When Elsa was heading up the mountain and winter swirls were all around her, I noticed a beautiful bright color, and realized it was Thistle!  Now that’s a CTMH consultant for you – thinking in our color palette *U*.  So I stamped the sentiment on this card in our new Thistle ink and added a thin Thistle cardstock mat behind the Glacier cardstock before mounting it on the card base.  The sentiment itself is from the Flakey Friends stamp set (C1506). 

I like to add a little something to the inside of my cards as well, so found one of the larger snowflakes I hadn't used in the sky and added a few small flakes around it to finish it off.

Think about a favorite movie of yours, or maybe watch one you’ve been wanting to see, and design a project around it.  Add it to the challenge posting over at Heart2 Heart.  I can't wait to see what you all create.

Friday, August 1, 2014


This blog post is a first for me – the first time I’m on a design team, this time as a guest member for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog.  This is one of the blogs I follow regularly, even if I’m not always able to participate.  So this is really an honor for me.

Now – on to the project!  Today is the scrapbook challenge, which is “Inspired by Nature”.  The added challenge for the scrapbook layout is to use distressing.   On this layout using the new Seaside papers from CTMH (now available!!!) you can definitely see the inspiration of nature, and hopefully you’ll see several different ways I’ve added distressing.
First – the paper itself has the distressed, weathered wood appearance.  

Second – the stamped title and the stamped image behind the journaling block have the distressed look to them.
Third – I inked the edges of the cut-out accessory pieces.  I used the Desert Sand ink to tone down the Colonial White cardstock and make it blend in better with the other elements.
Finally – I used the edge distresser on the Chocolate Cardstock photo mats to rough them up, and even turned over several corners for that worn look.

The pattern for the layout is from the “Magic” Interactive Scrapbook Designs book – Out of the Hat found on pages 82 & 83.  I took several elements from the Seaside Workshop on the Go layout, substituting the Cricut Artbooking photo strip and frames for regular matting.  I also used an Artbooking overlay instead of a solid piece of cardstock on the left page of the layout.

In addition to the Seaside WOTG stamp set, I used “Hello Summer” and “Have a Happy Day.”  Embellishments are the Seaside Assortment (those darling metal shells and fish) and Aqua Dots.  Inks used are Pear, Sorbet, Chocolate, Glacier, and Honey.

Check out the other layouts inspired by nature over at Heart2 Heart – and give it a try.  You have until the end of the month to enter this challenge, so put your thinking hat on and create away!