Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Be Inspired Wednesday- Challenge #20

Happy Wednesday Everyone!--

Here is the card that I created for the Cuttlebug Be Inspired Wed. Challenge. This week our challenge was to create a card that was inspired by a Sketch by Valerie Salmon. I am quickly becoming a huge fan of the Cuttlebug Border Embossing Folders! There are so fun and you can use them in unique combinations to create fabulous embossed designs. I also love incorporating art metal into my card creations from time to time ... it really increases the WOW factor! To re-create this card, follow these simple instructions:

1. Score and fold a 5x10" piece of carstock
2. Cut the following pieces of assorted printed papers:
Large Floral - 4 1/2"x4 1/2" piece
Red print - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece
Yellow Print - tear by a hand a round circle
Large Floral - tear by hand a smaller circle
3. I inked the edges of the card with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Do the same to the edges of the large floral piece before adhering to the top left of the card.
4. I then placed the red print piece into the Script EF and ran thru my Cuttlebug. Remove and rub over the embossed design with the distress ink pad. I used a Fiskars decrative corner punch on each corner. Adhere to the card as shown.
5. Next, I cut a 5"x 1 1/2" piece of brown art metal (Ten Seconds Studio) and die cut the daisy flower out of another scrap piece of brown metal. I embossed the metal flower in the Swiss Dots EF and lightly sanded over the embossed dots to expose the silver finish. Next, I took my scallop border EF and placed it along one side of my metal strip piece and ran thru the Cuttlebug. I then took the same border EF and ran it along the other side of the metal strip and ran thru the Cuttlebug. This creates a fabulous mirror image! Lightly sand over the embossed designs to expose the silver finish and trim around the scalloped border on both sides with your scissors.
6. Adhere the scallop-embossed metal strip to your card using tacky tape.
7. Take both of your hand-torn circles and scrunch them up in your hands....that's right, wad them up! Now, gently unfold them (don't smooth them out) and rub over the crinkles and wrinkles with your distress ink pad. Now, take your metal flower and gently curl the petals to create dimension. Next, layer them all together. First, your yellow scrunched circle, then, the smaller scrunched circle, then the metal flower. You may want to secure these with glue dots. Once layered, embellish the center of your flower with a decorative brad and adhere to the card as shown.
8. I then die cut a few little swirlies out of cardstock and adhered to the card.
9. Stamp your sentiment using the distress ink pad and adhere to the lower right side of the card as shown.

Thanks for letting me share with you today! I hope you were inspired and I can't wait to see your submitted challenge cards. To submit your cards, visit the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog and be sure to add them to your blog roll today!

Keep Creating,
Tracy :)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Crazy for the Cupcake Crop!!

I just had to post a few pic's from our Cupcake Crop! I want to thank everyone for coming! I am still so thrilled and excited about the huge turnout that we had! I would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Laura Hovis (Jaclyn's Mom) for her contribution to our crop...120 cupcakes to be exact! Everyone loved them and it was so sweet of her to bake them for us! The Chocolate Fountain was also a big hit...I saw many of you frequently visiting it! Thank you to Susan's friend for providing it for us! What more could you ask for, chocolate, cupcakes, fun prizes, M&T's and wonderful time spent with our favorite "scrappy" friends!!

Here is a shot taken from above...Can you believe all the people! I'm so excited to tell you that we had 98 people in attendance! The creative spirit was truly "alive & well" in NRH on this wild and crazy crop night!

Take a look at this adorable cupcake-filled tree that was created by Linda Hahn. She did such a fabulous job on it! Thank you so much Linda for putting so much time and effort into this fabulous creation! Woo Hoo! What a night! I will have to say it was a great way to celebrate Create Joy's 1st Birthday! I rec'd several cards, gifts, and well wishes from so many incredible women! You truly touched my heart in such a sweet, special way! I'm so happy and grateful to be a part of your lives! Always remember to stay true to your passion -- Keep Creating!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge #19

Welcome to my blog! Once again, it's Be-Inspired Wednesday on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog. The Design Teams challenge this week was to create a card featuring embossed acetate. I love clear cards so I thought this would be a great opportunity to show you how beautifully they emboss in the Cuttlebug embossing folders.

I used one of the new Border EF's on the card and used the Tiny Bubbles EF on the clear flower die cut. You're probably wondering why the embossed image isn't clear?? Well, I simply rubbed my EF's with a Black StazOn Ink pad before embossing. This creates a fabulous embossed and stamped image. If your image doesn't come out quite as dark as you want, grab your nearest Black Sharpie and touch up the image. Remember, if you try this technique on acetate or clear plastic sheets, that you must use StazOn Ink because the acetate/plastic is a non-porous surface. StazOn cleaner will clean your EF's right up!

To create shading on your clear cards, take a small piece of Cut-n-Dry foam and rub it on a StazOn ink pad (I used Yellow) and lightly rub over the edges and corners of your card. It creates a really nice effect. For more great techniques, tutorials, and inspiration, check out the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog. Add it to your blog roll today!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Countdown to CJ's Cupcake Crop!

4 more days...OMG 4 more days till CJ's Cupcake Crop! I can hardly believe it...we have had such an overwhelming response to this crop! The anticipation is really building and I can't wait to celebrate Create Joy's 1st birthday with all my scrappy friends! The Scrap Shack will be rockin' this week as the team and I finish up projects and prep for the crop M&T's. I hope you will be joining can email me to hold a spot for you.

Crop on girlz!
Tracy :)

Friday, February 13, 2009

February Scrapstasher's Project...

As promised, here is a picture of the project we created at our February Scrapstasher's meeting. It was such a fun and easy project to create! I showed the class an easy stamping and painting technique for the canvas and then showed them how to create these beautiful torn paper flowers and leaves. Such a great use for all those scrap pieces of printed paper that you have on hand! Simply tear the paper (by punches allowed...) in circular shapes, crumple the paper circles tightly in your hand, unfold and rub over the crinkles and wrinkles with a cat eye, curl up the edges with your finger and layer in different sizes.
It's that easy!

We also embellished our canvases with a cute stamped saying and some jute! If you didn't make it this month, but would like to come next month, please let me know and I will fill you in on all the details! You can also find info regarding Scrapstasher's Anonymous on my website.

Keep Creating,
Tracy :)

Monday, February 9, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge #18 - Shaped Card

Hello everyone!
I wanted to share my card that I created for this week's "Be Inspired" Challenge on the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog. The challenge was to create a shaped card. I chose to create this adorable Valentine's Card.

I wanted to be unique so I designed my valentine to slide open rather than fold open like an ordinary card. Isn't it cute!

I just love Owls, don't you?? This card is perfect to add a sweet lovey message or a photo would be darling too! I also incorporated a stamping technique with my Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. To learn more about how to create this card for yourself, please check out the "Step-by-Step" instructions below.
"HOO" LOVES YOU? Shaped Slide Card:

1.To create the scalloped circles, I simply cut them using my Cricut and ordinary cardstock. You will need the following sizes:
Brown Cardstock: 4 3/4 in. (cut 2)
White Cardstock: 3 3/4 in. (cut 2)
2 3/4 in. (cut 1)
2 in. (cut 1)
2. Next take the two largest white scalloped circles and get your Cuttlebug ready. I used the Swiss Dots EF on this card. Take a red ink pad and rub over theinside top cover of your EF. Be sure to get good coverage. Then quickly lay the white Sc. circle in the embossing folder, close and run through the Cuttlebug. Remove and you will see how beautifully the cardstock is now embossed and inked. So fun!! Reapply ink and repeat this process on your second sc. circle. Clean your folder with a baby wipe (note: if you used Stazon - you will need to clean your EF with Stazon cleaner).
3. Repeat the process for step #2 but this time use a light pink ink pad and emboss the smallest white scalloped circle.
4. Ink the edges of your remaining scalloped circle with a Chestnut Roan cat eye.
5. Cover your chipboard Owl (Maya Road) with a printed paper and ink the edges heavily with your Chestnut Roan cat eye. Cut a small piece of brown cardstock for his breast section and emboss in the Swiss Dots EF. Adhere it to the Owl's chest. Next, I cut a small piece of red felt for his nose. Adhere two mismatched buttons for his eyes and adhere the nose right under the eyes. Such cuteness!!

6. Take your chipboard branch (Maya Road) and ink heavily with Chestnut Roan and lightly apply some clear stickles to add some sparkle. Set aside to dry.
7. Stamp "HOO" LOVES YOU? and I DO! on to white cardstock. Cut into strips and ink the edges with Chestnut Roan.
8. Now you are ready to assemble your card. Use the pictures as a guide for placement. I attached my Owl with pop dots. Further embellish your card pieces with a few flowers. I put white brads in the centers of my flowers.
9. To attach the two card pieces, simply align and attach a large eyelet to the top center. Your card will then easily slide open and shut.
I hope you were inspired and will make some slide cards of your own! Please feel free to post your comments or questions. Be sure to add the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog to your blog roll today to ensure that you don't miss out on all the great tutorials, ideas and inspiration that it has to offer!

Happy Valentine's Day!
Tracy :)

Friday, February 6, 2009

Luv Bug Weekend Grand Prize Winner!

Congratulations Sue Hyde! Sue resides in England and is the Grand Prize winner that was recently picked during the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog's Luv Bug Weekend. I would like to thank my good friends over at Ten Seconds Studio for donating the Grand Prize which was an awesome variety of their newest products valuing upwards of $150.00! Sue is one lucky lady! You could be a lucky lady add the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog to your blog roll today! Along with being a Sr. Design Team member, I was recently appointed the blog's Event Coordinator. Our next BIG event will happen around the 1st of May! I'll keep you posted as things develop. In the meantime, check out the blog daily for great inpiration and fun challenges and of course, great opportunities to WIN (just like Sue did!). Please visit the site at and check it out!

I also want to congratulate Lynne Phelps she was the first to guess correctly about the Mosaic Metal Heart Canvas. Remember the question...what are the embellishments around the heart?? She guessed thumbtacks, and she was right! I used ordinary white thumbtacks but before I put them on the canvas, I applied Black alcohol ink to them to create a beautiful black metallic finish. It was so easy and they fit so tightly into the canvas and the wood frame.

Lynne also one a prize package donated by Ten Seconds Studio! She's receiving a full sheet of metal in ALL the fabulous colors they carry! Congratulations Lynne!

Once again, congratulations to both TSS winners and all the other winners from the Luv Bug weekend event!

Playtime with Lolli

I just had to share these pictures of Kaden!
He is growing so fast. His Mommy started back to College this semester two days a week and his other Grandma and I (Lolli) watch him while she attends her classes.
It is really fun to have him all to myself (at least until his little Aunts & Uncles arrive home from school). He is rolling like crazy, gives great slobber kisses, and is always so happy!

When Auntie Maddi came home, she and Kaden played a round of baby pool!...
supervised by Lolli of course...

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Hello all! Thought I would post my Luv Bug Weekend featured project. If you would like to see the full tutorial, please visit the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog at I used some Cuttlebug embossing folders and some Ten Seconds Studio molds. Check out the tutorial to learn how to emboss the new Kabukas (new lg molds by TSS) in your Cuttlebug! Also, there will be a drawing for a TSS starter package. Winner will be randomly drawn from those who post comments on the blog.

Stay true to your Passion -- Keep Creating!

Tracy :)