Wednesday, September 30, 2009

scrap shopping

shop. shop. and shop some more. if i could i'd shop for scrapbooking stuff everyday. i thought i'd share some of my latest purchases.
leave a comment to win one of the items shown in the video.

thanks for watching!

Monday, September 28, 2009

i (heart) u, butterflies

if you've never used distress inks you have to try them! this was my first time using them and now i'm hooked.
i embossed the butterflies with zing white embossing powder and then blended the distress inks over the butterflies.
if you haven't tried this technique what's great is that the embossing powder resists the distress ink. and the colors blend so beautifully.

and the winner is . . .

before i announce the winner of the giveaway i would again like to say thank you to everyone who participated here at scat and over at two peas. you all are so creative.

ok here we go. (drumroll please :) the winner is. . .

TRace44's Celebrate the Season card

she did an amazing job on this card, i just adore those smart little owls, and the jewel accented snowflakes. this card is simply stunning. don't you agree :)
to view more of TRace44's beautitul cards check out her flickr page.

TRace44 please leave a comment with your email address so that i can send you your prize. (i'm also going to send you a flickr mail if you'd prefer to keep your email private you can just respond to the flickr mail.)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Perfect Tools for A Beginner & Giveaway

I recently met this really nice lady in Michaels and she asked my advise about tools that are essential for a beginner. Here are my suggestions:

* TomBow Mono Adhesive

* Fiskars Paper Trimmer

* Fiskars Corner Rounder

* A Pack of Thickers

* A K & Company Greenhouse Paper Pad

This is just a simple list of things I think you should have in your possession. What do you think? Leave a comment on what tools you Must Have in your possession and we will send you a free gift. Thanks for stopping by have a great and scrappy week!!!!

Toya's Must Haves of the Year!!!

Usually I would blog and give my "Must Haves" for the month, but I found some GREAT GREAT Stuff from K & Company and I just had to share it with you. These are some things that I must purchase, Two Peas In A Bucket has them in stock and trust me in a few weeks I will be blogging to you all about my purchase. It is the K & Company "Green House Collection", it is so bright and innovative I must have it in my possession. Here is a list of the items I have fallen in love with:

Greenhouse 8.5 x 8.5 Paper Pad

Greenhouse Baubles

Greenhouse Pink Canvas Tote Bag

Greenhouse Blue Canvas Tote Bag

Greenhouse Alpha Adhesive Chipboard

Friday, September 25, 2009

christmas card GIVEAWAY ends today

it's almost over! time is running out.
ok all drama aside, this is just a reminder that the christmas in september card challenge ends today. so if you want to WIN just post a link to a christmas card you've made in the comments section by midnight tonight (PST).
i'll post the winner (maybe tomorrow-more likely monday :) -since i don't usually post on the weekends.
i'm so happy its friday, i didn't scrap at all last weekend and i look forward to making up for it this weekend. plus i plan to shoot a video, which i haven't done in months. so it should be a very fun, very "crafty" weekend for me.

happy friday

Thursday, September 24, 2009

shawnte's sept. must haves

this months must have list is all about BASIC GREY!
ever since the lime rickey collection i've been paying more and more attention to them. i love their color combo's and the chic modern prints they use on their papers.
i never thought they'd come up with a collection i'd love more than lime rickey, then they debuted the indian summer collection. it's breathtakingly beautiful.
so what do i want this month from the indian summer collection? EVERYTHING, LOL! -my response to everything when it comes to shopping isn't it.

but seriously here are my 4 picks
1. indian summer 6x6 paper pad
2. indian summer hip mini mono stickers
3. indian summer element stickers
4. indian summer glazed brads

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

what i've learned

last week the theme on the hero arts blog was learning. and their hostess' showed one of their first cards and then made another card showing how much they'd learned. which got me thinking.
i've been scrapbooking for about six years now, but i've only been making cards since may of this year. just 5 months!
so what have i learned?

  • that while i never used my bone folder for scrapbooking, its unbelievably handy for a card making

  • most of my letter stickers are too BIG for cards (which was as good a reason as any for me to shop)

  • 6x6 paper packs are PERFECT for cardmaking. honestly before i just didn't see the point. and i didn't own any, now i'm always on the hunt for a cute mat pack :)

  • pop dots are your friend-and make your cards SO much more interesting

  • and above all. (because i have to say i didn't own a single one until i started making cards.) YOU NEED STAMPS! :) and Hero Arts make some of my favorite stamps.

i feel like my whole outlook on scrapbook has changed since i've been making cards and when i go back i know i'll be a better scrapbooker because of everything i've learned. although i do think my scale is going to change a LOT. i used to be a 12x12 scrapbooker, i think the next book i do will be and 8x8 since i'm so used to working on a smaller scale these days.

now for the cards. the blue happy birthday was one of my 1st cards. the elements i really wanted to keep in creating my "what i've learned" card were: the horizontal border, buttons, rhinestones, and i wanted placement to be somewhat similar.
i'm proud of my progress so far, can't wait to see what my cards look like a year from now or two years from now.

want to share what you've learned? please leave a link the comments i would love to see your before and after!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Two Peas & Cricut Contest

That's right has linked up with Cricut and created a contest. The contest will go on for three weeks and there will be winners picked each week. Its real simple check below for the information and discover a way to win some wonderful and great prizes.

- Week 1 : 9.14-9.20
- Week 2 : 9.21-9.27
- Week 3 : 9.28-10.4

[1] Create any project showcasing use of your Cricut.

[2] Upload your project to the Two Peas gallery. You must relate at least three products you used that are carried in the Two Peas store. You also must select at least five descriptive tags so that members can easily find your project when searching the gallery. You will also need to check the appropriate contest checkbox under "member challenges" to be included in that week's contest.

[3] You will need to post to your blog - Two Peas or personal - about how using the Cricut on this project made it easier, completed the project, etc. You need to include the following verbiage somewhere in your blog post :

[4] To complete your entry, you will need to reply to the contest blog post for the correct week on mellypea's blog with links to your project + blog post for each project submitted.

You may submit more than one project for each week's contest.

Weekly winners will receive a Cricut cartridge and their choice of any Two Peas digital die cut kit.

Have Fun!

Sharing Some Fun Ideas

Above is a sample of a few cards that I completed after watching "A Finally Friday" video. I was totally inspired by the Cosmo Cricket Line, and the giraffe and turtle stamp. Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

celebrate with style

i've been kind of busy lately not a lot of time to post. i'll make up for it this weekend by actually doing a decent post. but here's a quickie of a card i made.
i purchased these cute prima flowers and loved the colors so much. they're so bold and bright they embody my scrap-style. to make them the focal point i did the rest of the card in black and white.
thanks for looking leave comments if you have any questions.

OH! don't forget about the GIVEAWAY!!! just make a christmas card and post it-and leave a comment, i'll be picking a winner soon :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

christmas in september plus a GIVEAWAY!

i can't believe how quickly this year has gone by. its only September but the holiday scrap supplies are already on display in craft and scrapbooking stores. christmas is easily my favorite holiday and in the spirit of the coming season i thought i'd make a couple of christmas cards.

with this first card i really wanted to create a "scene" card. i love the little polar bears, i think it came out pretty cute.

supplies used: recollections stickers (polar bears & santa hats), HA clear stamps Jolly Christmas Clear Design stamps, recollections rhinestones, DCWV stickers (christmas boxes). colorbox chalk ink blue, red, and colorbox fluid ink white.

the second card i made was using american crafts christmas rub ons. i was so inspired by the festive ornaments.

now for my very first GIVEAWAY!!!!
to win help me celebrate christmas in september! make your own christmas card and post a comment with a link to your blog or flickr page.
a winner will be selected on friday 9/25/09.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

SCAT's Red Carpet

Welcome to SCAT's Red Carpet! Where you're the scrap-star and we cant wait to get the dish on you and your scrap style.

Our first scrap star is the incredibly talented Jen.
SCAT: How long have you been scrapbooking/cardmaking?
Jen: About 5 years, but I've always loved playing with paper and collecting stationery since I was little.

SCAT: What was your last scrap-related purchase?

Jen: Patterned paper from BasicGrey and Sassafras

SCAT: List three adjectives that describe your style?

Jen: Eclectic! Dimensional, clean.

SCAT: List three items you can't scrap without?

Jen: Good quality scissors, kraft cardstock, thickers

SCAT: Share your current favorite project? And why it's your favorite?

Jen: I love this card I made recently because of its simple design that doesn't use a lot of fancy product but I just loved how using the coloured pencils really transformed the stamped background. Those moments when I have a new idea and it actually turns out to work are the most gratifying for me creatively.

for more info on Jen's amazing work and style check out her BLOG!

Toya's Toy's and Projects

My partner in crime Shawnte and I are always sharing our wonderful wish list and the great new tools that we would love to purchase. Well this summer I bought some great new things and wanted to share with you all the fun things that I have purchased at Michael's and Sonja's Scrap Spot.........I have learned in the last few months how more important tools are because you can reuse them and if you treat them good they will last for years and years. So this summer I purchased the Marvy Uchida 2" scallop circle punch, and 1" scallop circle punch, a Fiskars Square Punch, and Large Circle Punch. I also caught a sell at Michael's where I was able to get a Martha Stewart Scallop Dot Edge Craft border punches to complete my collection. To show you how much I am enjoying the tools here are a few cards that I created to sample my new toy's. Stay tuned for new updates and project ideas. Thanks for stopping by have a great day!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


it's manweek on the hero arts blog. i can't believe it. i almost fell out of my chair with laughter when i read that monday. whenever toya and i scrap together we always talk about how much we suck at what we call "man-cards" because they're just not as much fun to do.

seriously you don't get to use all the fun girly elements like ribbon and flowers, and pretty girly colors. it's torture! :)

but you know me, i love a good challenge. and i know (well i hope) i can rise to the challenge and come up with a man-card i can be proud of.

not to mention the second part of this super hard (by my standards) challenge: getting your husband to make a card too.

the 1st and only time my husband ever touched my scrap supplies was to make me a scrapbook album which he used to propose to me. it was one of the most romantic things he ever did. but he hasn't touched any scrap tools since! LOL! and when i asked him last night he didn't seem to optimistic about it. oh well. i'll keep trying and i guess we'll see what happens.

any of you having as hard a time as i am getting your husbands to make a card for this challenge?
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