Monday, March 31, 2014

I'm the Growing In Unity Girl This Week!

Oh happy day!  I've been waiting for a year to be the Growing in Unity Girl again!!    Thanks so much for stopping by to check out all the Unity Stamps projects this week.  If this is your first time here, WELCOME!  
Each day through Friday, I'll be featuring a project made with Unity Stamps.  I have a few of their kits and super heart them! 

Today, I'm using the gorgeous roses and one of the sentiments from the Better With Love stamp kit .  I got this set last year and just love the vintage feel of it.  I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then chose red and burgundy Bic Mark-Its for my roses.  I matted the image and sentiment with burgundy and purple cardstock, and just loved the result, so I stopped right there!

So, here's the dealio... please leave a comment on any Growing in Unity post on my blog this week, and next Monday I'll pick a random winner from all the combined comments to receive TWO Itty Bitty Stamps of their choice courtesy of Unity Stamps!  You can leave bonus comments for following the blog, following on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, or for subscribing to the blog.  All the links are near the top of the sidebar.  Just leave a separate comment for each. (Yes, I know that's a total pain in the bootie, but Mr. Rafflecopter was sick this evening when I tried to get him to help out!)

And PS...BE SURE to leave a way for me to reach you in case you're the winner!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Burgundy and Grey Scrapbook Layout

Once again, the color challenge has surprised me!  A few weeks ago I was whining about how hard it is for me to use the color red.  This week, I had an equal challenge...burgundy.  I mean, after all, it's practically red anyway!!

So, as you've probably guessed by now, the Color Challenge this week at MFP Speedy TV is to use burgundy and grey on your project.

I decided to go very clean and simple on my layout this week.  (I must be on a CAS kick this week since my card yesterday was the same!)  The photos I used are from an engagement portrait session my daughter and her fiance did last month.  I decided not to even put a title on the page.  To me, the pictures are so gorgeous, I just let them speak for themselves.

I started with two pieces of solid-color 12 x 12 cardstock.  I was going to do some tone-on-tone stamping, but decided to keep the design very clean.  I used the two grey frames I had cut and shown in a Money-Saving Monday Post a few weeks ago.  There's a very light pattern on it, but it didn't show up well in my photo.

I matted the photos on some darker grey cardstock, and then used the same color for the stamp and journaling space. I inked those two pieces with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Stormy Sky.  I used the Mark's Finest Paper's Love Remains stamp set.  I stamps the rose on white cardstock, colored it with my Bic Mark-Its, and then fussy cut it.  I wanted it on white so the colors would be truer than on the grey.  I stamped my sentiment below and then added a block for some journaling for later.

I hope you'll consider linking up with us this week.  You have until next Wednesday at 5 pm PST.  See you there!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Man Card!

I have a really tough time making clean and simple cards.  I like to overdo and keep going long after I should probably call a card done!  I found a technique last week on CardsTV that I thought was super cute, and decided to give it a try!

White Dry Embossed Car Card

I started with a thick piece of white cardstock and stamped my image and sentiment...a cute car from Mark's Finest Paper's Classic Dad stamp set.  Next I embossed the top of the card with a Swirls Background embossing folder, and the bottom of the card with a Diamond Plate folder.  I used my score board to score a line, by each of the edges of the folders, mounted on black and then purple cardstock and called it DONE!  Woohoo!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Washi Tape Storage Solution

So, do you remember yesterday, when we were talking about how I may have gone a little nuts in collecting embossing folders?  So, a friend found a good deal on Washi Tape recently, and NUTS isn't the word for what I went!  So I am now the proud owner of an AWESOME Washi Tape collection!  Then the question arose...what in the world am I going to do with all this?  the answer?  Find a good Washi Tape storage solution!

Washi Tape Storage Solution

It just so happens that my solution falls right in line with this week's Color Challenge at Mark's Finest Papers!  Our challenge is to use spring colors.

As I've been doing a lot lately, I first turned to the Silhouette store.  Did you know ALL their cut files are 50% off through March 27th ?!?!  Plus, every day until then, they are giving away a new free cut file!

Washi Tape Storage Solution

I found a file by Jamie Cripps simply called Washi Tape Holder.  I was able to use three sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock for each unit which houses two drawers and hold about 8 rolls of Washi Tape.  I made myself 4 units, and now I need to make a few more... *blush*

I wanted to make sure the units worked well with the colors and decor of my craft room, so I chose a light lavender cardstock.  Then, in keeping with the spring colors challenge, I used Quick Quotes Chalking inks in blue and green tones to ink the most awesome stamp!!!  It's by MFP and it's called Just a Note.  It's a huge stamp that's all sheet music!  I love it!

Washi Tape Storage Solution

I hope you can break out your spring colors and join us this week for the color challenge.  You have until next Wednesday at 5 pm PST to link up!

So now, the burning question:  How many rolls of Washi Tape do you own?

  • more than 5?
  • more than 25?
  • more than you would ever admit to??

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Embossing Folder Storage

I may have "just a few" embossing folders!  I've been collecting them for the past several years, and I actually am pretty picky about which ones I choose to purchase...or at least I thought I was until I realized I was running out of embossing folder storage space!

I had a plastic storage bin for all my folders, but when Joann's had their sale this past weekend and I came home with "just a few" more, I realized it was time for a new solution.  Me and my trusty Silhouette Cameo made it happen!

Embossing Folder Storage Solution

I found a cut file in the Silhouette store by Jamie Cripps called the 3D Embossing Folder Storage Box.  It's actually a 2-tiered piece that sits in a tray, but the whole thing put together is deeper than the shelf  I want to put it on.  So I just made the smaller portion of the holder and I once I did, I realized it will still hold my A2 and 5x7 (not shown) folders with plenty of room left over.

I used DCWV textured cardstock and a gorgeous stamp set by Mark's Finest Papers called Just A Note.  Being a musician myself, I'm always attracted to anything music related!

Embossing Folder Storage Solution

I made a second holder (not shown) and will put the two side by side an a shelf that will hold them both perfectly.  And the best part?  Now I have room for "just a few more" embossing folders!  Woohoo!

Are you an embossing folder junkie like I am?

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Monday, March 17, 2014

How to Transfer a Negative Paper Image

Just like last week's Money Saving Monday post , I may as well just start by admitting I'm a paper hoarder...a BAD one! I want to use every little last scrap and throw nothing away.  I'm sorry, but the stuff below was just too good to toss!!!!

(And since were being honest here, I may or may not have gone out to Joann's paper sale yesterday and bought a TON more...GAH.)

Money-Saving Monday

When I was working on my Living In Color Scrapbook layout a few weeks ago, I realized I wanted to show you how to not only use the Silhouette cut I made, but also how to transfer and use the negative image, which was just as awesome as the positive one.

How To Transfer A Negative Paper Image 1

I started with a cut file from the Silhouette store called "3 x 4 Journaling Cards" and cut the four images you see above. As I was removing the images from my cutting mat, I realized a couple of the negatives (the part left ON the cutting mat) were just too cute to waste.

How To Transfer A Negative Paper Image 2

I cut a small piece of clear Contact Paper (the stuff you use to cover shelves with...this works GREAT as transfer tape when cutting vinyl and is so much cheaper!) that was slightly larger than my image.  I stuck my hands onto the Contact Paper over and over to remove some of the "sticky."  I left my negative on the cutting mat, placed the Contact Paper over it and burnished it lightly with my fingers.

How To Transfer A Negative Paper Image 3

I VERY slowly started to lift the piece off the mat.  If I saw some of the pieces weren't coming up, I would lay the Contact Paper back down over the piece, burnish again and coax it up with my fingernail or a spatula.

How To Transfer A Negative Paper Image 4

Once the whole image was off the mat, I turned it over and applied my adhesive (I think i used a Zig pen for this one) and then placed it on my layout where I wanted it.  I was VERY gentle about lifting the contact paper up off the image, since some of the pieces may not have adhered to the page the first time, or some of the paper from the negative might partially peel and stick to the Contact Paper, so go slow with it.  It's a lot more time consuming than working with vinyl.

Living in Color - Double Scrapbook Layout

Here's my finished layout showing the positive and negative image on the left page.  I really love the way it came out!

Have you every tried this technique before or do you have an easier way to do it?  I would sure LOVE to hear!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Friday, March 14, 2014

Stork and Baby Twins Card - Blog hop day 6

Stork and Baby Twins Card

Welcome to the Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company

March Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured March  9
Hoppy Easter

Featured March 10

 Featured March 11
Fabulous Pets

Featured March 12

Featured March 13

Featured March 14
Stork and Baby Twins Card
Bundle of Joy

Thanks for sticking with us through all six days of the blog hop!  Woohoo!  I used a masking technique on my card today.  The image just has one stork and one baby, but I wanted to make a card with twins in mind, so I stamps one stork and then masked it off while I stamped the second stork.  Then I stamped the sentiment on coordinating cardstock, and added an "S" to the word "one."  I used my trusty Bic Mark-Its and went to town!  A quick mount on some MME cardstock and done!  I hope you like it!

Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All six winners will be announced on 
March 15, 2014 on the Mark's Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) 
The deadline for 
commenting is 10 PM EST on Friday March 14, 2014

Here's the Design Team:

Come on back tomorrow for more creativity.

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Shades of Green Color Challenge

If you're looking for day 5 of the Mark's Finest Papers blog hop, please click HERE.

Lots of green. Pots of gold.  Cute critters.  St. Patrick's Day is coming!  

Green St. Patrick's Day Card

Welcome to the Mark's Finest Paper's Color Challenge, where this week we're featuring shades of green.

For today's card, I found an adorable little face that I just couldn't resist!  This cute little hippo is a cut from the Silhouette store called, "St Patrick's Day Hippo With Pot Of Gold."  I just fell in love with him!

Green St. Patrick's Day Card

I also used another cut called, "Lucky Tickets."  I made two rows of them to use for my background.

Green St. Patrick's Day Card Closeup

I used a sentiment from the Mark's Finest Paper's Fairies stamp set and punched it out into a star shape to attach to our hippo's pot of gold.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for some texture and popped up parts of the ticket, the hippo, and the star for some extra visual interest.

Green St. Patrick's Day Card Sideview

We would love to see you link up with us this week.  Entries were low last week so you have a great chance at winning a stamp!  You have until next Wednesday at 5 pm.  See you there!!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

PS..I've also decided to link this little cutie up over at Cuttin and Stampin!