TaDa Invite and Faux Cupcake!

I had so much fun making these with I do believe my FAVE collection from TaDa...BIG TOP! I am thinking that I am going to do a circus theme in my classroom next year and these would be amazing invites to send to the kids to invite them to my classroom! I think they would also be great invites for a birthday party too!

I thought it would be fun to make an invite to go with this little party favor, so here's what I came up with...
I used Balancing Act, Clowning Around, and Snippets and Clippets for the entire card.

Here's the inside of the card...

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you had a wonderful Easter! If you want to know exactly how I did it, stop over at TaDa Creative Studios Blog.  If you have any questions, let me know! Hope you are having a scrap happy day!


2 Cards, 2 LInes, 4 Squares

  It's a beautiful day again here on the east coast.  I got this crazy idea today to make 2 cards with 2 different lines from TaDa Creative Studios and basically use somewhat of the same kind of sketch for the card.  

So, here's the first card.
It's made with the Abode A La Mode collection.  An oldie but a goodie! Here's how I did it!

And the second...
I made this one with the new Yee Haw collection.   You can learn how I did it here.

Hope you enjoyed them! I challenge you to make a card with four squares on it this week.  
Post it here, so we can see your four square card!
 It's Friday...here's wishing you a scrap happy weekend.


Tuesday Trigger...Home Sweet Home

For those of you who have never been to Moxie Fab World...you gotta go there.  Cath Edvalson always has some great challenges going on over there.  I've been stalking the site for about a year...I've finally decided to play along with this week's Tuesday's Trigger.

Here's the pic she showed us...

and here's what I created....
pattern paper: Crate paper In the Neighborhood, cardstock: Stampin Up and Amuse Studio, embellishments: Crate Paper and Echo Park, ink: Seattle and Fern Amuse Studio, stamps: woodgrain background Amuse Studio, embossing folder: Sizzix and Cricut cartridge: gingerbread

And here's a close up pic of the door with the woodgrain.

I am a copycat...LOL.  I got my inspiration directly from the photo.  I really like how it turned out.  Thanks for stopping by to check it out.


Taking pics in dark ...revisited)

The other day I told you I would share what I am doing now to take pictures since watching the video.  So, tonight I took some detail photos to show you what I do.  I don't know about you, but I tend to create late at night and then with going to school in the morning...I find it very difficult to get pictures during the day.  For me...it is a necessity to find a way to take "good" pictures in the dark at my house.
I turn my fluorescent light in the bathroom on, my bedroom light and my hall light.  This is where I take the picture.
 I didn't do anything except resize, sharpen to 13 and auto fix this picture in picnik.

 So, this is what my set up looks like.  Do you see how there is a shadow on the background.  I just move the card forward until that is gone before I take the picture.  I use the dull side of the white poster board and no flash.

Based on Margie's comment...she wanted me to try this. What I did was use more posterboard and wrapped it around.  I folded it to make a small little hole in the corner where it was "kind of like" in a box.  The next time I am going to fold the other one that I have wrapped around the sink, so it's closer to the project.  I think that will make a difference also.

This is my photo...cropped, resized auto fix and sharpen to 13.
Supplies Used: pattern paper-BFF TaDa Creative Studios, cardstock-Stampin Up, TaDa Creative Studios Fringe Benefits, embellishments-TaDa Creative Studios stickies, Kaisercraft gems

Here's the new one...

And this is the close up.

And the new up close shot...

Can you see the difference?  Thanks so much Margie for the suggestion!
Hope you are having a scrap happy day!!!

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Graphic 45 Design Team 2012 Audition

Have you seen this? Here's mine!  Have to say... I didn't realize how much I use Graphic 45 product until I went looking for projects that I have made.
And I did make a few for the call with my big old stash of it!:) Best wishes to all!

This one uses Graphic 45 On the Boardwalk Collection.

Supplies used:
paper: Graphic 45
cardstock: Stampin Up!
ink: Stampin Up!
stamps: My Pink Stamper
metal embellie: Stampin Up!
ribbon: unknown

This one uses Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime Collection.  Anywhere you want dimension just go over it with the glossy accents.  If you look closely you can see that I used it on all the butterflies on the patterned piece of paper.  You can also see that I put a dot in the center of each of those diamonds with the glossy accent to add dimension.  I also used it as a glue to put the jewels on the paper.

 With this fussy cut fairy, I placed glossy accents where I wanted and then shook glitter on it.  Not only do I have dimension, but also a shimmer.
This one also uses Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime Collection.  I used some of my Making Memories paint and wet my sponge brush to create the frame around the pattern paper, the photo, fabric letters and tag.  I sprayed my doily with Tattered Angels glimmermist sand.  You know you can get those doilies at The Dollar Tree.  And no...I didn't take this picture so that I would have it to go with the Once Upon a Springtime collection.  It was taken a few years ago on Easter.  And as always, Kati was acting so silly.  Her dress was so busy, so I made it black and white and softened it around the edges. 

To create the flower effect with the ribbon, I just tied the ribbon three times loosely, put a pop dot on the back of it, stuck it to the paper and then played with it once I put it down to get it to look like that.

cardstock-Stampin Up!, PaperTrey Ink
pattern paper-Graphic 45 (from several different lines)
ink-Memento, Stampin Up!, Copic, Bic and Sharpie Markers
stamp-sentiment Inkadinkado

Look at all the gorgeous papers from Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime. The pattern paper is cut into an 81/2" square and then folded. It goes together so fast and is super easy!!!
Hope the video below helps you to make some for your next party
or any small gift that you need to hold!
(Sorry for the static...not sure where it came from!)

This card is cut at 41/4 X11" and then the black cardstock is 4X4.  I made this with the Graphic 45 Communique Collection, some twine, Glitz letters and those cool Graphic 45 chipboard buttons.

This card is made with Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium, some Kraft cardstock, my 11/4" circle punch, a cool Graphic 45 chipboard button.

 Here's a close up of how I placed it on the card.  This was made with the 8X8 paper pack.

And here's how I attached the chipboard button. I put a pop dot under it to give it some dimension.

There you have it! Thanks for stopping by and looking! Best wishes to all who have joined this endeavor with me! There are some amazing projects out there!
Hope you are having a scrap happy day!


Poolside TaDa Winter 2012 Collection

I dug out some printed pics from 2000 to do this layout! I knew they would be just perfect for this collection.  How many pool/beach/water pics do you have already printed or on your digital camera? Too many to count...like me! This collection is PERFECT for all of them.

There are some days that you remember like yesterday when you see pictures. This was one of those days.  My sister and Dalton (my nephew) were visiting.  It was such a hot day and I was so pregnant! (Jeremy was born 9 days later!) Watching them run around the water sprinkler was just hilarious! They liked it on low, so hardly any water came out.  Then they would shake their little bottoms in it!  And the smiles on their faces was unforgettable!

  Supplies: pattern paper-Ta Da Poolside Collection, journaling card-Ta Da Poolside snippets and clippets, embellishments-Ta Da Poolside collection stickies, Jenni Bowlin crepe paper ribbon, Bo Bunny chipboard, Kaisercraft gems, American Crafts foam letters; ink-Amuse Studio seattle craft pad

This was a simple page to make.  I pulled my nail around the edges of all the pattern paper to distress it a little and then slide my ink pad across the paper.  Cut a 4" piece of Snack Shack.  Then I cut about a 2" piece of SPF 50 and fringed the bottom by trying to stay as close as I could on the red and white stripe lines and attached to the bottom underneath of the snack shack piece. Last I curled up the fringes that I cut.  I placed the crepe paper over the top and then folded it over to create more 3D on my page.

Closeups of the flip flop stickie.  You can see how I fringed the bottom of the paper with the scissors.

 Close up of the star stickie...
It was so fun doing this page! Helps me think of the warm weather that is hopefully on its way.  Make sure you are checking out Ta Da's blog to see all the yummy projects that are being made with Yee Haw and Poolside Collections. 
Hope you are having a scrap happy weekend!


Taking good project photos..

I found this on Design Team Calls.  It is well worth the $7.  I was not getting the quality of photos I wanted and now I feel like I am starting to get some nice photos again.  It is so frustrating when you can't get a photo to show off how good (you think) your project looks.  Try it out!  I have found 2 ways I can do it.  One in natural light and one in my bathroom under fluorescent lights.  I'll show you what I've started doing later this week.


Amuse Studio Blog Hop RAK Winner!

 I want to thank everyone for stopping by on the blog hop and hope that you will join us in March too! Your sweet comments made my day!  I am sorry that I forgot to do this on Friday! Here's how I determined my RAK winner.  I asked Jeremy to give me a number between 1 and 14.  

The number he gave me was 11!

Fun cards--fun hop!
February 1, 2012 10:48 PM
is my winner!!!
Please email me your address at starrystamper@yahoo.com, so that I can get your goodies sent out to you!


Yee Haw Collection from TaDa!

Here's my first project with the new Yee Haw collection! I literally just picked my box up from the post office at 9 this morning and two hours later this is what I have for you! And let's not talk about the mess that I have to clean up as I was in my creative zen! LOL!

pattern paper: Yee Haw collection from Ta Da, laser cut: 6X6 Lucky in Burning Ember, embellishments: Sassafras Lass, provocraft: Cricut accent essentials cartridge

I sanded it and distressed the edges of everything.  I am really happy with it even though it's just a very simple layout!
You know they always say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Jeremy wore that hat and those mud boots 24/7 when he was 4 years old.  I'll never forget when I had to take my oldest to the dentist one day and I fought with him about wearing those boots for 15 minutes.  Finally, I gave in and realized that it just didn't matter! When we got to the dentist that day, the girls there just laughed and laughed and Jeremy looked at me and said, "See, they think I look cool!" In my mind I thought no...they think you look ridiculous! Isn't it amazing how things that seemed so important then, was just so NOT!  I can't believe he is almost 12!

Have a scrappy day! Hope it is filled with joy!


a|s February Spotlight

Here are a few projects up close and personal with these stamp sets and colors.
I wanted to share the Amuse Studio February Spotlight Flyer.  I love the stamps and the colors they are highlighting this month.

a|s supplies:
beautiful botanicals stamp set
woodgrain background stamp set
lido ink
seattle ink
pebble ink
vanilla cardstock
pebble cardstock
super stick tape (to adhere paper to container)
container of choice

a|s supplies:
blue stripe washi tape from spring collection

binder clips

 a|s supplies:
                                                  floral duet stamp set (large open flower used here)
versamark ink
white embossing powder
other: file folders of choice

a|s supplies:
grey grid washi tape from winter collection
neutral colored pencils

Happy creating! Hope you are having a great day!


Published in January Cards

I don't think I told you this great scrappy news.  I was published this past month in January's Cards Magazine.  My first paper publication!

Here's a screenshot of my card on page 56!
Thanks for stopping by!!! 
Have a great day!


Yee Haw and Poolside Ta Da Collections

And here are the added extra goodies to go with....

If you want to see Poolside Collection more up close and personal to google over it.  You can go here
And the added extra goodies....
If you want to see Yee Haw Collection up close and personal so you can drool over it, go here.

I can not wait to get my hands on these! My daughter has a goat 4H project to scrap from 4 summer's ago.  And of course I've got swimming/beach/water photos that I could surely scrap! (Don't we all?)
I love that these collections have bright colors and such fun themes! 
And look at those stamp sets, stickies and the snippets!
 What do you like about these new collections?
Hope you are having a happy Thursday!