Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Best Friend Ever!

I have a GREAT scrappy friend.  Despite several moves, we still talk frequently and do card challenges together.  I appreciate how well she listens and how funny she is.  She spoils me often, and while that is NOT why I like her so much, I do appreciate the happy mail.  Pam has a friend who went to the October Afternoon Warehouse sale and her friend mailed her a box of goodies.  Look at what my scrapbook fairy shared with ME!

Yep.  I am spoiled.  (THANKS, PAM!)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mini Calendar Spots Tutorial

Calendar Spots: Versitile, gender nuetral and just plain handy to stick on a page or card. 
First I cut some grid paper (if you don't have grid paper, then go HERE to print some out) down to 2x4.
Print out some Mini Calendars (Mini Calendars HERE) and cut them apart.
Glue the mini calendars onto the grid paper.

I have a great tab punch and a banner punch.  I punched out shapes in colors that matched my kit and then glued them to the calendar spots.  Super easy and they look cute.  You could use a die cut machine or even stamps to decorate yours.

Love these...now let's see if I can use them up!  I might try some different shapes later.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hat Paper tutorial

I love the paper from Pretty Little Studio Monsieur Collection.  It has such a fun, vintage feel to it and is definitely for boys only.  When I saw the Mr. Smith paper (see below) I knew I had just the right things to counterfeit it!

Sometimes I find a treasure in the dollar stamps at JoAnnes.  This was one of those times.  I also got some fabulous Mustashe stamps, too!
So, how to make the paper....here we go:
Pick a selection of stamps to use for your paper.  Normally I would pick a variety of large and small stamps, but I decided to stick with these hats and one more tiny stamp that you will see later.

You can have SO much fun with the paper process by choosing different inks.  It can give you paper a whole different feel!  Try tone on tone...mixing different colors...or doing black and white, like I did.

Most of the time I stamp starting in one corner and moving accross the page, stamping some of the images a bit off the page to give it more demention.  This time, I tried to be more medthodical and grid like as I stamped in rows.

Here is the finished piece.  I stamped with a tiny stamp in between each hat.  I decided I didn't like it after I finished, but it is growing on me now.  LOL

Here are some videos that might help you as well:


If you have not tried to make your own paper then what is stopping you?  Try it out.  Go on.  Right now.  I'll wait. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November Counterfeit Kit

Welcome to our Counterfeit Kit Hop!  Call me crazy, but we thought it might be fun to each counterfeit something different this month!  Whoohoo!  If you want to join in, then pick your FAVORITE collection pack from this past year and make your own version of it.

To join in on all the fun, check in at Counterfeit Kit Challenge!

A kit that I have been eyeing is the Monsieur Kit over at Pretty Little Studio.

Here is a peek at the paper from this kit:

I love the fun patterns and the vintage feel of it!
Aren't you anxious to know what I did with it?  Well, here is my version:  No Girls Allowed!

I was happy to see in my stash a fair amount of masculine paper.  Happy and surprised.  LOL  How did that get in there?  See the Hat paper?  I made that myself...you'll see those stamps momentarily.

I am a bit better in the masculine stamp category.  I actually have a fair collection of those.  Do you spy the hat stamps?  I love them...almost as much as the mustache stamps.

I had fun making some more neutral embellishments.  The kraft tags were snagged from my last kit and the tickets underneath were leftovers from another project.  I printed the Bingo Cards out from oneline.  I really need to learn how to make them myself.  Aren't the calendar blocks cool?  I like how they came out!

I made the banner pieces myself.  Aren't I brilliant?  LOL  Lots of little triangles.  I have had these corregated alphas for awhile and not used them yet.  They have some interesting possibilites.

More banners and some journaling blocks.  Easy enought with a Cricut.

I will admit that I did skip the vintage paper doll guys, but I know you can find some to print out if you look for printable vintage paper dolls. 

So, what Collection are you going to counterfeit?