Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas Friends!

Hope your day has been filled with lots of love, joy, and laughter!!! May blessings be bestowed upon you and your family in the New Year!

This tag tutorial was created for Scrapbook News and Review Magazine's 12 Days of Christmas Tags. Hope you enjoy!

Joy by Scarlett Salamone Supplies Patterned Paper: Echo Park; Mix Media Paper: Canson; Cardstock Stickers: Echo Park; Snowflake Buttons: All Dressed Up; Pearls: Recollections; Extra Heavy Gel: Golden; Matte Gel: Liquitex; White Opaque Flakes: Golden; Light Molding Paste: Golden; Glitter: Martha Stewart; Paint: Tulip; Punches: Marvy, Martha Stewart; Tool: Crop-A-Dile: We R Memory Keppers; Other: Sequins; chipboard, trim

Step 1:

Gather supplies together.

Step 2:

Cut Mixed Media paper to 6 1/4 x 3 1/8. Adhere Mix Media paper to chipboard using Matte Gel.

Step 3:

Cover paper with a coat of gesso. Set aside to dry.

Step 4:

Punch a strip of patterned paper with border punch. This strip should be about twice as long as the width of your tag base.

Step 5:

Cut punched strip in half and adhere to top and bottom of tag base with matte gel. Set aside to dry.

Step 6:

Punch 3 circles, in varying sizes, out of patterned paper.

Step 7:

Cut circles in half and trim edges to fit onto tag, creating hills. Using Extra Heavy Gel, adhere the hills to the tag. Set aside to dry.

Tip: To achieve some dimension, vary each layer of gel's thickness. The thicker the layer of gel you apply, the longer you will need to allow time to dry.

Step 8:

Cover tag with White Opaque Flakes. I used a flat brush to apply. Set aside to dry.

Step 9:

Adhere snowman and tree to tag using Matte Gel. The thicker layer of gel you use, the more dimension you will achieve. Remember a thick layer of gel will take a longer time to dry. My layer required 24 hours to dry completely.

Step 10:

Add a thick layer of Light Molding Paste to the base of the snowman, tree, and hills with a popsicle stick or your choice of tool. To apply a dusting of molding paste to your hills and tree, use your finger to dab on. While molding paste is still wet, sprinkle some glitter on to it.

Step 11:

Adhere the last of your embellishments (bird, joy sticker, and snowflakes) to the tag using Matte Gel.

Step 12:

Use your Crop-A-Dile, or other tool, to punch a hole in center of tag at the top. Add trim.

Step 13:

Enjoy your completed tag!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Some New Cards to Share

Happy Friday!! I have been waiting to share these cards with you and today I was finally able to get some decent shots of them. Gotta love winter, right? I so wish I knew how to better use the photo editing on my computer. It's nothing fancy, but it's there, LOL!

The cards I am going to share were created using Just Rite stamps, the stamping featured manufacturer of the month at A Walk Down Memory Lane. Right now you can pick up a set or two of these for yourself for 25% off, along with the same discount for all The Girls' Paperie products.

Just Because

I used some of the fabulous Modern Homemaker line from October Afternoon for this card. It just arrived in the store and it's a must have if I do say so myself. I love the patterns and colors. Did you notice how the stamp has the sentiment in the middle and then a stamped border around the edge? Well, that's a super feature of the stamps from Just Rite, they have interchangeable borders to go with each sentiment.

My 2nd card was created using the Sunday sketch from the 365 Cards blog. It's been so long since I played along!!

Thank You

Again I used the Modern Homemaker line and a Just Rite stamped sentiment and border.

I had to do a close up of the flowers so you could see they appear a bit fuzzy. I used some Flower Soft, available in the AWDML store, to create this look. I have had this stuff for a long time and am just finally getting around to use it.

Well, that's it for tonight. Hope your day was really wonderful and filled with something joyful. My daughter had her last Holiday program as an elementary student. Kind of sad to know she'll be off to middle school before I know it, but it was a great concert and I was soo proud.

Thanks for stopping by to visit me! Blessings to you!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Scrapbook News and Review Issue #12....

Is now available!!! It's the Holiday Sampler and you are going to LOVE it!!! It is full of so much inspiration to help you get those LOs from last year scrapped (if you're anything like me, LOL!), finish up all those cards, create beautiful gifts, and so much more!!! Be sure to head on over to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine to sign up for your subscription.

Here's a peek at a project I have in this issue:

Jolly Old? by Scarlett Salamone Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Echo Park, October Afternoon; Letter Stickers, Embossing Powder: American Crafts; Trim: My Mind's Eye, The Girls' Paperie; Journal Spots: Jillibean Soup; Stickers: October Afternoon; Buttons: All Dressed Up; Ink: Martha Stewart; UTEE, Pigment Powder: Ranger; Markers: Martha Stewart; Punch: EK Success; Other: Rhinestones

I love this picture of my baby who is now 14!! He was just a gigglin' away and having a jolly old time at Nana's House a few days before his first Christmas.

Hope you are having some jolly days and taking time to enjoy the little things this Christmas season.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Home Decor Inspiration

Happy Thursday my friends! Don't you just LOVE Christmas time!! I know I do. It's my favorite holiday and creating things using all the fabulous winter and Christmas stuff out there is just a joy to me. Today I want to share with a bit of inspiration to create a tree to deck your own halls! I have been wanting to do up a Christmas tree since last year when I bought the styrofoam bases. I just ran out of time last year, but this year when I saw the trees Lolly Chessie created for Crate Paper's summer CHA release, an idea was born and I knew I was going to finally do up a tree when I could get my hands on the Snow Day line! So that's what I did.

Snow Day Christmas Tree

I started the tree by painting the styrofoam base green, just in case it peeked through in any areas. Then I cut a TON of paper strips, looped them in half, and pinned them to the base.

Next, I went through my ginormous drawer full of ribbons and trims and picked out some I thought would be fun to add for garland. I used hot glue to hold it in place at the top and just began winding it around, tucking it here and there.

I knew I wanted a star up top, but wasn't exactly sure how I was going to do it at first. Then I remembered I had just gotten some Tim Holtz Memo Pins and found my Sissix star die. Perfect fit! I sprayed the star with some Tsukineko Psst! Shimmer Spritz. I wish you could see just how sparkly this stuff is. If you haven't tried it, you should. It is amazing and blows away all other mists.

The last thing I did was to create all the little ornaments for my tree. I used a lot of Crate Paper Snow Day diecuts along with some sequins. It is truly amazing how many sequins I have! So glad to finally have used some up.
I am just really thrilled at how this turned out and told my wonderful hubbie we should use this as our tree this year! LOL! We have a couple mischievous kittens that seem to think our tree is their jungle gym.
I am going to leave you with a few more pictures of the tree so you can see some of the ornaments up close. Sorry if it's overkill, but I just really had a lot of fun with this.

Thanks for stopping by today!
God's Blessings to you!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tutorial for Tuesday

I shared this tutorial on the A Walk Down Memory Lane DT blog for the 12 Days of Christmas going on over there and I thought it would be a grand idea to share it here for all my bloggy friend too! I will put out a little disclaimer that I am still working on perfecting this lil' poinsettia, but you will get the idea of how to try and perfect one of your own! Sorry in advance for the dark photos. It's so hard to get good shots in winter isn't it? I have to talk DH into helping me out on that front. So enough blabber and on to the tutorial!

Here is the flower we will be making:

I used October Afternoon's Good Cheer papers for this.

Step 1:

Cut 12 strips of paper to 3"x.5". You will use 6 now and 6 later in the tutorial.

Step 2:

Fold strip in half.

Step 3:

Fold strip in a diagonal, creating a flat bottom V.

Step 4:

Fold strip diagonal again in the opposite direction.

Step 5:

Push in sides of strip at the folds you created.

Step 6:

Fold strip in half to look like above picture and place a glue dot at the end to hold in place.

Step 7:

Crease folded piece lengthwise and then fold over edges.

Step 8:

Pinch ends together and place glue dot to hold in place. You may have to play with the shape of you petal a bit to get it the way you would like it to look.

Step 9:

Repeat steps 1-6 with remaining 6 strips. Punch out circle for base of flower. Adhere folded pieces to circle. This is what it will look like when all pieces are placed:

Step 10:

Adhere the first 6 petals you created onto the circle in between base petals. You are ready to embellish the center.

Step 11:

Embellish the center to finish off your flower.

So there you have it. I must say this does take a little bit of time to create, but I am looking forward to trying out another real soon. I'll come back and share when I do because I am hoping it will be even better!

Hope you have had a beautiful Tuesday! Please scroll down to see the address to send a recovering American soldier a card this Christmas.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gettin' Down with Some Fussy Cuttin'!!!!

Happy Monday! I have been doing lots of thinking lately about what brings me joy. There are so many things: a wonderful husband who adores me and would do anything in the world to make me happy, two great kids who are doing great in school and learning how to be more and more responsible everyday, fantabulous friends both IRL and online, and oh so much more! As far as scrappy joy goes, well I don't even know where to begin with all that, but off the top of my head I would have to say fussy cutting brings me lots of joy. I love being able to take a piece of paper, cut it all up, and then use it to create whatever my lil' heart desires. So I was elated when one of the assignments I signed up for at Scrapbook News and Review Magazine was for fussy cutting! This LO debuted in the June 2010 issue and I am finally getting around to sharing it.

Playin' House

I absolutely adore Sassafras Lass papers for fussy cutting! The possibilities are always endless and really make this whimsy at times scrapper happy! I used papers from the Apple Jack and Nerdy Bird collections, along with some other Sass scraps.

I had a lot of fun dressing up certain fussy cut items to give them a unique look and to add a bit of additional dimension.

I am so thankful my daughter went to preschool #1 where I worked and #2 where people loved her soo much and took so many pictures of her throughout the years we were there. It means so much to have these moments captured.

A peek at the dimension the LO has.

So there you have it a great example showing my love for fussy cutting. If you like this LO, you should see all the other ones that were published for this call in Scrapbook News and Review Magazine! Awesome for shiggity!! If you don't have a subscription yet, I'm not sure what you are waiting for. You can access all the way back to a year's worth of information and projects. The new Holiday Sampler mini issue will debut on the 12th and you surely won't want to miss out on all the great projects there are in store! Be sure you get yours today.

Hope you have had a beautiful Monday! Please scroll down to see the address and post I have about Making a Difference. It's an easy peasy way to brighten up someone's day.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Make a Difference This Season

Happy Monday blog friends! This time of year always brings such joy to my heart. I love all the sights, hearing the Christmas songs, and gearing up to celebrate our Savior's birthday. I feel really blessed as I have a home that's nice and warm, food to go in the bellies of all living here, health could be better but could be oh so much worse as well, so I am just really blessed. Then I stop to think of those who may not have a home this year that's warm, or are lacking in the food department, and are struggling to deal with getting healthy and it makes me want to do what I can to help brighten days of those around me or not so close to me. So when my friend Niki from MSW posted an address to send cards to, I knew I was going to do it! What about you?

Here's all the information you need to send a card to a recovering soldier:

Take one Christmas card, just one will make a difference, and send it to A Recovering American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20307-5001
These brave men and women have given the ultimate sacrifice so you and I can enjoy all that we do each and everyday. They are recovering from protecting us and making this a great country to live in, so please take some time this year and address one card to a recovering American soldier. Think of the joy they will receive when stuck in a hospital bed this season. I know I am going to do at least one, what about you?

And I am pretty sure I am going to start with this ornament card I created for A Walk Down Memory Lane's 12 Days of Christmas and it is also my monthly card challenge at My Sketch World.

This is a card that can be transformed into an ornament for a tree. I wanted to do this because there are so many times people throw out things made for them because they just don't know what to do with it after displaying it for awhile, so I thought making a card that could double as an ornament would be great! I like that whoever gets my card could keep it for as long as they like and hang it up wherever they could find a spot in their room.

If you want to see the inside details you could head over to the A Walk Down Memory Lane DT blog to see them there. It's so easy, why wouldn't you try it on out! Let me know if you do and be sure to go to My Sketch World and load it on up in my challenge thread and the gallery. You will be entered to win a fabulous prize Lucy is offering this month.

Well that's it for now. Hope you have a really delightful day and remember you can make a difference daily somehow as long as you are willing to find the way.

God's Blessings to you and yours.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Girls' Paperie is on Sale!

At A Walk Down Memory Lane you can take advantage of 25% off The Girls' Paperie products this month since they are one of the featured manufacturers! The stamping featured manufacturer this month is Just Rite Stamps AND we have the 12 days of Christmas going on! So many ways to save, one fantabulous store!!

Here are a couple of my projects I created for this month's reveal:

The Best Gift

This LO was created using a sketch by my great friend and skecth artist Lucy Chesna. You can find daily sketch inspiration in the forum at A Walk Down Memory Lane. Just think, if you visited everyday you would have 365 new sketches at your fingertips!

Couple of Close Ups

I used the Tinsel and Twig line for this page and really love the traditional colors and feel to this paper. I punched the snowflakes using my Martha Stewart punches and added some elegant buttons. I also really have been loving using the same patterned paper to just pop up with dimension. My girl Sasha rocks this out!

The twine I used is from the Twinery and the trim at the bottom is The Girls' Paperie, so are the letters.

Here is a card I made featuring the Paper Girl line from The Girls' Paperie:


Love the fun mix of papers this line has and the colors are some of my favs together, especially that green!

Here's a close up of the flower so you can see all the sparkle it has:

Remember you can go to A Walk Down Memory Lane to get yourself some of the fabulous products I used on these creations all at 25% off.

Thanks for stopping by tonight. Hope you have had a really wonderful day

Thursday, December 2, 2010

It's December!

The beginning of a new month always brings lots of scrappy stuff I get to share with you all. Today I have my card creation for My Sketch World. I LOVED the sketch Lucy had for this month and I decided to continue forth with my adventures in mixed media to create a card that I adore! Not sure I will be able to part with it!

Here is the sketch for the month of December:

My take on it:


I used Crate Paper's Snow day line to create this card along with all sorts of goopy goodness to jazz it up. Some of the things I used are: White Opaque Flakes, Luminiere paints, Perfect Pearls, and Molding Paste.

Here are some close ups:

I know this is not the best of pictures, but it shows how the Perfect Pearls really sparkle and shine on my patterned papers where I added them.

My little scene.

Here you can see where I layered up some molding paste. You can't tell from the picture but it is sparkly fabulous in real life!

If you love this Crate Paper line as much as I do, be sure to head on over to A Walk Down Memory Lane where you can purchase all these goodies. It's also the 12 days of Christmas over there so you can find spectacular deals for the next 12 days waiting for you as well.

Hope all is wonderful in your world on this day we have been given! Be blessed and enjoy every minute of it!

~ Scarlett