Sunday, February 28, 2010

Twitterpated Circle Card | Practical Scrappers and Mojo Monday Challenges

This week's challenge at Practical Scrappers is to use inks or chalks. I opted for inks, of course! I stamped the branches, leaves, and flowers from the Grown With Love stamp set in ink and also sponged some ink around the edges of all the papers for some added dimension. The flowers are on 3D foam as well as the entire square piece. The card sketch is from Mojo Monday...isn't it a cute one?!

Supplies (CTMH except tools)
Stamp Set: Grown With Love
Paper: Twitterpated
Colors: Sorbet, Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf, Chocolate, Colonial White, Cocoa
Accessories: Cocoa grosgrain ribbon, Colonial White brads, Bitty Sparkles (LOVE!)
Tools: Nestabilities large scalloped circles, cuttlebug

Friday, February 26, 2010

Sketch Friday

Today is Sketch Friday at Practical Scrappers. This is my take on the sketch for this week, from Heidi. This is not my "normal" scrapbook style, as I usually add more pictures and have less frill. But it was fun to break out of the box. I love these photos of my niece opening the Tickle-Me Elmo that Gramma and Grampa gave her for her little brother's baby shower. She was scared of Elmo at first. But now she loves him. The cutest is when she eats crackers or something, and she feeds them to Elmo, too!
I used patterned paper from the Twitterpated and Caboodle paper packs. I love how so many of these papers are interchangeable because they have very similar colors. I also used some tissue paper between the paper in the scallop flower. The journaling spot was stamped from the Comments stamp set.

Stamps: Comments
Paper: Twitterpated, Caboodle
Colors: Sorbet, Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue, Colonial White
Accessories: Just Blooms White Daisy, Bitty Sparkles, Sweet Leaf Ribbon, brads and sparkles from stash
Tools: 2" scallop circle punch

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Practical Scrappers Challenge: Stamps

This week's challenge at Practical Scrappers is to use STAMPS! This was an easy one for me! I decided to showcase how fun and versatile stamps can be with my submission. I randomly stamped my card base with several stamps in different sized from the Sweet Baby stamp set and 4 different colors to make my own patterned paper. The cake is from the Piece of Cake stamp set, which is February's Stamp of the Month (see how you can get yours--only til the end of Feb!). I colored it in with a blending pen using ink from the stamp pads. I added glitter to the candle flames, and liquid glass to the polka dots for some added texture.
The card sketch is from Charisma Cards for this week. They have a fun new sketch every Thursday.

CTMH Stamp Sets: Sweet Baby, Piece of Cake (only available til 2/28/10!)
CTMH Colors: Orange, Ocean, Watermelon, Clover Meadow
Brads and paper flowers from stash
Blending Pen (a must-have!)
Prisma Glitter
Liquid Glass

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Five Things I Love

I was tagged by Carolyn at Scrapping Servant to list 5 things I love. I'm going to try to be more creative than the obvious friends, family, etc, but know that I DO love my friends and family immensely :)
  1. First, as you can tell from my blog, I love papercrafting. Here's one of my favorite projects I did for my new nephew.
  2. I love my dog. Probably more than a person should love an animal. But I love this guy so darn much. He's Oslo the Wonder Dog, my Husky/Wolf/German Shepherd mix.
  3. I love Mammoth. It's our home away from home in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This also goes hand-in-hand with my love of snowboarding!
  4. I love The Mikey Show in the mornings. They get my day off to a great start and make me laugh. Give them a try on FM 94/9 in San Diego OR listen anywhere on the iphone app for 94/9 like I do!
  5. I love the Chargers. So sad that LT is officially retired from the Chargers :(
This was one of my most favorite days ever. Chris's friend's uncle has suite seats for the Chargers and invited us to go. It was absolutely amazing...lots of free food and drinks and just a really fun the Chargers won this game!

Now, TAG, you're it!
1. Melissa - Meli La Gringa
2. Mandy - My Passion for Scrapbooking
3. Erika - Intravenous Drip
4. Melissa - fancyMelissa
5. Shar Hoff - Scrapendipity

Monday, February 15, 2010

Caboodle Baby Shower Layout

This week's challenge at Practical Scrappers is to use flowers. Since I have been scrapbooking Baby Shower photos for my NEPHEW, flowers weren't an easy embellishment to incorporate. But my creative juice began to flow and I created flowers out of large buttons. This didn't seem as girly as traditional flowers, so I think it totally works for this layout!
I also used the new Irresistibles Lots of Dots letters from Close to my Heart (below). As soon as I saw them in the new catalog I knew I had to have them, but this is the first I've played with them. They're so fun! They come white with little embossed dots. You can sponge ink on them to make them any color you need, and the embossed dots resist the ink, so you get this fun polka dot look.
The new episode of CTMH Art & Soul features resist embossing and some other ways to use these new Irresisibles letters. You can watch it on my website!

Supplies list (CTMH unless noted)
Paper: Caboodle & Twitterpated
Colors: Crystal Blue, Buttercup, Sweet Leaf, Sorbet, Colonial White
Clear Craft Buttons
Dimensional Elements In Color - Organic
Sweet Leaf Designer Ribbon
Natural Hemp
Irresistibles Lots of Dots
Colonial White Designer Brads

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Introducing Connor Bradley...and ramblings of my AWESOME week!

The long-awaited arrival has finally come! My nephew, Connor Bradley Evans was born on Friday, 2-12-10, at 7:50am...right on his due date! What a punctual little guy. Here is a picture of him with my sister, Ashley.
And here's a picture of me with Connor once they got home today. He's such a sweetie, and a great sleeper!!
My niece, Madison, is 19 months old and doesn't quite understand what's going on yet. She thinks he's one of her baby dolls and wants to hold him. It's pretty darn cute. But I'll tell ya, my sister and her husband are going to have their hands full...Madison is VERY active and is getting to that age when she likes to say "no" to everything. They are all in my prayers!

This has been such a great week! In addition to a precious new nephew, I also have a new job! On Wednesday I was driving from my house in LA to my see my family (and was hoping a birth too) in San Diego. On my way down, I got a call from Gospel Light Publications, a company I had applied to work at. (They publish Sunday school curriculum, church resource books, and other Christian books.) Well, they let me know they'd like me to work for them on a temp-to-hire basis to try things a position that is perfect for me!!! I am going to start on Tuesday. I am SO ecstatic! When I lived in San Diego I worked for Christian Ed Publishers/Warehouse, and I worked closely with Gospel Light as a Marketing Coordinator, so I already had a relationship with them. They were probably my favorite publisher that we distributed for, so I'm really excited to be working for them now!

I don't normally share much personal information on my craft blog here, so here's a little background info... My husband and I moved to Los Angeles from San Diego in July. He is in grad school for Sport Management and got an internship in UCLA's Athletic Dept (his dream school), so we made the move (although I miss SD immensely). I got a temporary job at Disney for a special project, but that ended Dec. 31, and they're not hiring right now, so I have been part of the 10% of Americans unemployed for the past 6 weeks. Although I am a CTMH Consultant, it is not a full-time job for me, and since I recently moved and do not know many people in LA, it has been hard to get it going again (although I have still been holding CTMH workshops in San Diego). I had originally applied at Gospel Light back in July when we first moved to LA, but they were reorganizing their Marketing dept, then I got the job at Disney. Once I contacted Gospel Light again in January, they were fairly quick to act, and offered me the temp-to-hire job! Woo hoo!

Ok, another reason this is a great week is because I have new teeth. I know this sounds really weird, so here's a little explanation. When I was 7 years old I knocked out the bottom halves of my 2 front teeth. When I was in high school I got porcelain veneers. They lasted for 12 years, and one night in June they just decided to pop off. (Good thing I was sitting at home when it happened...I was mortified even for my husband to see my teeth!!) I went to my dentist first thing the next day and was fitted for new veneers. They do things much differently now than 12 years ago...they're supposed to last 20+ years now! Then I had to go in 2 weeks later to have them put in. BUT the new veneers were not made correctly. They were ok, but not perfect for the huge amount of money they cost! My dentist wasn't very happy with them either. So he wanted to re-do them, but I had just moved to LA and he is in SD. This was a series of 2 more 2-3 hr appointments, so I said I'll do it in a little while, I'm burned out on dentist visits. But then I got a job and didn't want to take any days off to go to San Diego when I was trying to impress Disney, so I had to wait until now to get my new veneers again. And this time they're PERFECT! :) Phew.

To top off my week, I won $20 from a lotto scratcher. I went to 7-11 with my sister the other day so she could grab something (before having the baby), and she got us each a scratcher just for fun. She got me a crossword one since I've been into Scrabble on my iphone lately. It took me a while to scratch off all my letters, but that little scratcher put an extra $20 in my wallet. Thanks, Ash!

Well if you've gotten this far, I thank you for reading my ramblings. I normally don't ramble like this...I like to post crafty pictures :) But I feel like I've made some sweet friends throughout the blogosphere, so I thought I'd share a little more of myself with you. I hope you enjoyed :) And Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

My Mom's Valentine's Card

My mom and I did some crafting tonight. I am working on my nephew's baby announcements (which I posted a photo of last week), and my mom made a Valentine's Day card for my dad. I think it turned out cute, so I thought I'd share it on my blog. It's masculine, yet has some bling :)

Veranda and Bird Basics Card

I adore this new paper from Close to my Heart. This is from the Veranda Creative Basics kit, which includes these 2 patterns (12 sheets) of paper and ribbon for only $7.95! You can also order the "regular" Veranda Level 2 Paper Pack which has more patterns and coordinating cardstock. I love the soothing colors and elegant patterns. Perfect for a wedding, too!

For this card, I paired the Veranda paper with the January Stamp of the month and Bird Basics Stamp Set. I added some dimension with 3D foam dots and some prisma glitter for sparkle on the wing!


Friday, February 12, 2010

Just Blooms Card

Here's a great way to use up your scraps. I really love this patterned paper but only had this small piece of it left, so I designed this card to focus on the flower instead of the paper. I used one of the Just Blooms CTMH paper flowers and inked the edges in Watermelon ink. Then I used the Cottage Floral stamps to add some dimension on top of the flower. This stamp set is great for layering.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Simple Thank You Card

This card is super simple, but very clean and fun. I simply punched 1" circles from coordinating patterned paper and punched a circle in the card itself to add some dimension and interest. Enjoy!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Animal Cookies Baby Announcement With a Surprise Inside!

I made this sweet little box for my sister's baby announcement. My nephew Connor is due any day now...I can't wait! The top flips open to reveal a box of Valentine Sweethearts, and the inside of the lid will house the baby's photo and birth stats once he is born.

This is my submission for Practical Scrappers this week...the challenge is to use brads, which I used to attach the ribbon handle. I've included a tutorial below.
I have seen boxes similar this one around the blogosphere, so I created this template to fit the Sweethearts boxes I bought. Here is my tutorial:
  1. Cut two pieces of good-quality cardstock, one at 4" x 5-1/16", the second at 4-1/16" x 5-1/8" (I used Close to my Heart). You want the lid to be just slightly larger so is fits around the base.
  2. Score 3/4" from all sides of both pieces.
  3. For the base, cut on the score line on both long sides from the edge to the perpendicular score line.
  4. For the lid, you will also cut from the edge to the perpendicular score line on one long side. On the other long side you will cut off the corner that the score lines make. (See below.) Note that since this piece is 1/16" wider than the base, you may want to cut in just a little bit farther than the score line when snipping off the corner, because the tab that is left will be adhered the the base and you don't want it to be wider than the base.
  5. For the base, fold each side up and add adhesive to the the little square flaps, adhering to the inside of the box that forms.
  6. For the lid, also add adhesive to the two little square flaps, adhering to the inside of the box. The other side does not have these flaps, just fold the long tab up.
  7. Add adhesive to the long flap and adhere to the base of your box.
  8. Once the basic box is formed, you want to add your decorative paper. I used CTMH Animal Cookies. Top: 3-9/16" x 2-5/8"; Long sides: 11/16" x 3-9/16"; Short sides: 11/16" x 2-5/8"
  9. Embellish as desired.
Let me know if you have any questions about this tutorial - jaymalew[at]

Supplies (CTMH unless specified):
"it's a boy" - Sweet Baby stamp set
Yellow heart - Grown With Love stamp set
Red heart - Love Language stamp set
Animal Cookies Paper Pack
Ink: Tulip, Sunflower, Dutch Blue
Bitty Sparkles
Goldrush safety Pin - Autumn Garden Mini Medley Accents
Blue brads - Joann's
Ribbon - Michael's
1" round punch - Michael's
Font - "A Little Pot" from

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Bright-Colored Thank You Card

I am making a box 'o cards gift for my aunt, and this is one of the cards that will be inside. She loves bright colors (as do I), so she'll love this card. I love my Martha Stewart edge punch! And of course I used my favorite Thank You stamp set from Close to my Heart. I'll post my finished box soon.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Practical Scrapper Challenge - Use a Die-Cut Machine

For this super-sweet card I used Nestabilities from the Large Circle and Large Scallop sets. I have a Cuttlebug, so that's the die-cut machine I used for the Practical Scrappers challenge for this week.

Practical Scrappers Card with CTMH stampsI pieced together several CTMH stamp sets for this card. The leaves are from Cottage Floral; "You're" is from part of a stamp in the (retired) Card Sentiments set; "sweet" is from the Sweet Baby stamp set (which I've used for more non-baby projects than baby ones); and finally, "thanks a million" is from the "Thank you" Stamp set. If you are a follower of my blog, you probably know that the "Thank you" stamp set is one of my all-time favorites and most-used. I make more thank you cards than anything, and this set always has the perfect size or shape stamp for my card.

CTMH Stamp Sets
If you are not familiar with Close to my Heart stamps, let me take a moment to tell you how wonderful they are! They're made of a clear polymer, so by pairing it with a clear acrylic block, you have perfect placement and perfect ink coverage on your project every time. Plus they're really easy to store because they come on a clear flat carrier sheet in a plastic envelope and don't need to be stored with bulky wooden blocks.

Please don't hesitate to contact me at jaymalew[at] or visit if you have any questions about Close to my Heart's clear MyAcrylix stamps. I'd LOVE to share them with you :)