SDK's Scraptuary

Saturday, June 12, 2010

June Bug Blog Hop was Awesome!!

What a Fantabulous Morning I've Had!!!

I loved viewing all the incredibly creative and inspiring videos and pics from Made by Momo's June Bug Blog Hop this morning!! My brain is on idea OVERLOAD!! 10 projects, 10 Give Aways from 10 amazingly talented women need I say more?!?! what more could this creative cardmaker ask for?!?!  maybe to hopefully win some of the awesome blog candy :D Just go to Made by Momo and let your fingers do the clicking. Oh and make sure you take a shot at finding the Secret Video at Karlee Krafts, there is a chance to win something awesome if you do....and if you missed it My Pink Stamper has recorded there LIVE show from last night.  Warning DO NOT being drinking your coffee or tea while viewing or you will be cleaning your computer screen :o{

The time has come for me to logout out of this creative blogosphere and to get back to my projects in my Scraptuary :0) Last but definitely not least, I would like to say a big HOWDY & WELCOME to my new followers. Thanks for taking time to visit me. Please leave me a comment where I can drop in and visit you :)

A cup of coffee, 2 hours of blog hoppin', and a full day of feedin' my creative I have a blessed life!! Enjoy the lil' moments of today remember God is in the details :)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Heartstrings Independence Day Seasonal Cartridge Giveaway!!!

Hello Everybody,

This is a short pitstop to post about an AWESOME giveaway that is happening over at .A fabulously creative paper crafter named Shelly is giving away...yes I said giving away, ok maybe you didn't hear me...ABSOLUTELY FREE CRICUT CARTRIDGE people ,with a ton of other goodies if she reaches a certain number of followers. 
You have Not 1, Not 2, no Not even 3, 4 is a bore, you have a total of  5 chances to win a really cool cartridge that you can show off your American pride with!! Why are you still reading this?!?!  I'm not going to post a pic of it,  go over to my sidebar to the GiveAway button and click it.

 Love the chance to add to the endless possibilities of supplies, thanks again Shelly...
 @>--%---- Stephanie

The Golden Spoon Trophy

Hello everyone :0)
Hope you are having an awesome day full of creativeness....thought I would drop in and share about something special that happened this past weekend.  You know when you have kids and their birthdays are just a couple days apart, it's easier to have a combined party. Well us wives of two awesome men did just that.  My fantabulous husband celebrated his 40th birthday with an awesome friend and bro in Christ who also turned 38 this year. The birthday men had a request of a simple, back in the day, game party. Dominoes and Spoons were the games of choice. 

What is Spoons you ask? It's a fun crowd pleasing, rowdy, sometimes painful card game that ALOT of people can play at one time. We use everyday silverware teaspoons to play with.  The amount of participants determines how many decks of cards and spoons that are used. First you place a pile of spoons in the middle of the gaming table.  The number of spoons is always ONE LESS then the number of players{ex.10 players=9 spoons} You start off by dealing 4 cards to each player.  The object of the game is to collect 4 of the same face value of the cards in your hand {ie four 4's, four Kings, four 2's, etc.} suit does not matter. You can only have 4 cards in your hand at all times.  The dealer picks up the cards one at a time and passes the ones he/she does not want to the player on the left. When the dealer finds the one they need, they discard one from their hand and replace with the one they just drew then they pass along the discarded one also. The player to the left of the dealer picks up the card and either keeps it if needed or passes it on.  The passing continues to every player{sometimes in at a very rapid speed} until eventually someone has 4 of a kind in their hand.  Now is where the fun ensues...when you have 4 of a kind then and ONLY then you quietly reach into the middle and take a spoon. Once you have your spoon in your grasp, then it becomes a free for all for the other players and the mayhem begins.  Grabbing, out of control elbows,  people flying across the table, chairs flying backwards, you get the picture. The one player left without a spoon receives the first letter of the guessed it SPOONS.  The player to receive all the letters is out of the game.  

We ended up doing a Sudden Death version just because it was taking AWHILE with 13 players playing at one time. Sudden Death for us is when you don't acquire a spoon by whatever means necessary, you are immediately out.  There is NO spelling involved. 

The photos were taken by the awesome winner and owner of the first coveted Golden Spoon Trophy, Nancy{thank you for sharing them with me!!}  I used the Indie Art Solutions Cartridge to cut out the suit shapes(using the regular, shadow, & blackout features and layering them together) and the crown.  The crown was accented with the year in white gel pen. 

This game goes wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy back with my husbands family and is definitely our family favorite. You can add your own spin or additional rules to it. If you and your family has played this game before, please share about the fun you had by leaving me a comment.

I have been challenged by a dear friend to make silver, bronze, and gold trophies next time...I have accepted.  Each set of trophies with be a lil different to keep it interesting.  Thanks for hanging out and reading, enjoy the lil' things in your everyday routine...have a blessed day @>--%----

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Summertime Vacation Giveaway Entry

What an awesome day I've had.  Spending time in my Scraptuary getting creative...this is the life. This post is to participate in an awesome Summertime card challenge presented by Nicole at the Canadian Nickel Scrap'n blog.  When I think of summer I immediately picture bright colors, flip flops, and fun. The original card is a fun modge podge of what I had in my stash.  No cricutting, just old school putting together.  The circles on the background layer are glittered designer paper from Pressed Petals Assorted Cardstock Stack Little Safari, do they remind you of Lifesavers candy or is it just me? The flowers are felt that are from a spool I found in the carnival crafts section at Hobby Lobby{ one of my FAV places to shop}.  Bright colorful brads accent the flowers and wide lime green grossgrain ribbon gives them a place to rest. The flip flop image is stamped and double layered and colored in with foray markers.  They are accented with small red flower brads and adhered with foam squares. Love the sentiment from this $1 stamp found at Micheals{another FAV store during their sales}.  Of course the most fun about the card is the fun fur found at my local BigLots {yet another FAV store for great deals}.
Well before I become permanately adhered to my chair in my lil' cubby hole, I better sign off for tonight. Please leave me a commment and let me know whatcha think of my OCP(Obsessive Complusive Papercrafting).  Oh and don't forget to check out the awesome talent of Janis at and Nicole at @>--%----

Paper Playtime Challenge #2

Good afternoon everyone!! Hope everybody is doing well. Here in SA we are trying to stay dry.  What a more perfect day to stay inside and play with paper ;o) 
Please join my family and I in praying for our neighbors in New Braunsfels ,Tx.  Dear Lord we lift up the residents of Lake McQueeny and New Braunfels to you ,the massive flooding has taken over their homes and lives,we pray that the water recedes soon and that you will provide them with all the help and assistance they need to get their lives back on track, In Jesus name we pray Amen.
I am really excited about participating in my first blog challenge presented by Janis at Paper Playtime. The inspiration for the card was the quote "In thy face I see honor, truth, and loyalty".  To me there is no more honor, truth and loyalty to be seen then in our heavenly Father's face.  I see his face in every man & woman who fight for their spirituality as soliders in his kingdom, and also in those who serve our country by fighting for our liberty and freedom.  I feel incredibly blessed to be an American and evermore so proud to be married to a  National Guard Veteran. No truer colors in my opinion than red, white, and blue to use for this quote. The specs for this design are.....                                                                            

  *6x6 Blue Textured Card Base *5.5x5.5 cloud graphic paper *4.5 x 6.5 red cardstock cuttlebugged with french script folder * 3.5 x 5 off white cardstock stamped with Stampabilities Pledge of Allegiance stamp* 3.25 cross image cut first in shadow feature with white cardstock, then regular cut done in same cardstock as base for card {Indie Art Solutions Cartridge}* 2.75 Dog tag image cut out on silver metallic cardstock {Stand & Salute Cartridge, pg.46 regular cut} 
 Techniques used repeatedly were torn paper edges, inking with Distress Ink in the colors of tea dye & brushed corduroy.  The quote is stamped with Hero Arts Friendship letters and numbers set in Colorbox black ink.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Let the Commencements Begin

Graduation season is upon us so today's post will be of a few examples of invites I have made for family and friends. The first one was for my son's high school graduation...GO FALCONS GO!! He is a proud member of the first Pure Falcon Class 2009 of  John Paul Stevens High School. These were a labor of love and worth evey minute of it. The best way I can describe it is a Matchbook Double Pocket with inserts?!? All I know is it turned out realllllly cool. 
The black and white paper is textured cardstock. The initials are clear stamped images on smooth white cardstock layered on a small shadow of black and then blocked on red. The angle cut outs of the blocked letters had two purposes, one they made the images large enough to be the front closure of the card and two it gave that extra pizazz. The intials are adhered with double layered  foam squares.

When you open the invite you first see a miniature piece of notebook paper stamped with vocabulary sentiment at the top followed by a handwritten list of my sons achievements, ending with another stamped sentiment. The way I did this was by cutting an index card in half and punched holes down the side with a hand punch. The black side contains the party details inserted into the first pocket of the invite. On the outside of the pocket is is another embellishment of a stamped image with ribbon attached by a staple.
Now on to the full view of the inside. On the left side panel,  printed off the computer, is the info for the ceremony and other info, typed out on top of the school seal faded into the background. The info and red matting circle were cut the same size and shifted just slightly for depth. The middle panel was reserved for my son's photo which is not permenately adhered. It is held in place by stamped images that were handcut out and pop dotted to the red matting. Notice the half circle punch...that is where the second pocket is. It held an updated family photo. The card base was made by cutting a black and white 12x12 sheets in half.  The black sheet was overlapped onto the whiteand adhered with doublestick tape. This whole invite was 6"x6" in size.
We have ALOT of  family and friends and the post office made a pretty penny off of us when we mailed them out...your welcome Uncle Sam =0) There were a total of 100 made all PRE-CRICUT!!  It took me awhile, but I wouldn't change anything because of the smile they brought to my son's face as well as my family and friends.
Now we move on too the graduation invites AAC(After Acquiring Cricut)...I was challenged by a friends daughter to make several examples of invites that consisted of every shade of purple, as many as possible. The card base is the Scallop card image off the Wildcard cartridge cut from a deep purple bazzil cardstock {pg. 32 in the handbook}. The cover embellishments are cut from the Storybook cartridge; the base in lavender is a Marquee image using the fancy corner feature, cuttlebugged with the textile folder and inked with a plum inkpad. The  initials of E, M, are from the fancy corner feature and the F is regular cut layered with a shadow cut adhered with foam squares cut to fit. The corners have miniature silver brads and the whole embellishment is adhered with foam squares.

One to the next two...the one on the left is a cut from the Wildcard Cartridge, the Booklet card on pg. 38 of the handbook using the blackout feature.  The 2010 cuts are from the Storybook cartridge using these layers; base is cut in shadow feature, middle layer is regular cut, and the top layer is the accent frame feature. Card # 2 on the right is a save the date/ invite combo with magnet on the back. It has a two layer base with the top layer cuttlebugged using diamond back folder, inked with plum ink.  The hat is the Graduatn card from the Wildcard cartridge {pg.73}, accented with the liner feature for the tassle.  The cascade of stars is an icon feature from the #1 card from the same cartridge {pg 69} using metallic lavender paper. Other embellishments include a brad to hold the tassle, star wire paper clips, and handwritten quote and initials in white gel pen on the hat.  The info block paper was inked and torn on the edges.

Her choice was the save the date/ invite combo. The info is written on the inside of the hat.  On the scroll cut out {the frame feature pg.73 Wildcard cartridge} is handwritten her favorite quote.  I ended up using lavender and deep purple glitter paper for the star cascades. The example pictured is her special copy for her scrapbook. The others behind it are the actual invites. I love being challenged by people on designing one of a kind makes my God given creative talent grow!!
Well that's all for today's posting...on to my next project of making programs for one wedding and invites for another. Hope you enjoy seeing my my original inspirations. I love feedback, so please take time to comment and let me know whatcha think ;o)