Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Another Altered Box

Hi Everyone,

I know that I promised to show more of the Dare to Share projects this time but we were swamped with shipments of new products.  Hopefully, I'll get them in my next email.  

In the meantime, here is another gorgeous cigar box.  Ginny Cunningham used some of the same techniques that Dale used in the previous post.  She used the Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue.  I like how she kept the outside of the box neutral and saved the pop of color for the inside.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

I will have more Dare to Share Challenge projects next email.  This time one of our customers showed us a fun cigar box.   Dale Kaplan made this elegant cigar box.   I love how she used the gold paper to create a frame effect.  She fussy cut some of the flowers and popped them up for some added dimension.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Puppy Love

With Valentine's being our Design Team theme this month, I had to think in a more broad sense because I don't usually take pictures for Valentine's Day. I immediately thought of the new love in our family -- our puppy! So, I did a layout I just "love" with my hubby and our new puppy back in the Spring. I designed the layout with the whole thing on the diagonal just to create a different look and to keep your eye moving across the page.

For my base I used my new favorite cardstock color: DARK KRAFT! It complemented my puppy's fur color so he stood out in the pix. Then I used a Fancy Pants Love papers combined with Jillibean Soup embellies. It's so much fun to mix and match. My title "Puppy Love" is an old Jolee's from my stash.

Have you ever used a themed product collection for something a little different? Share it with us! We love to see your work too!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

LOVE STORY layouts by Gina A

Hi scrapbookers! Happy New Year one and all!

I've had a ball creating these two single-page layouts with this month's Design Team papers from Fancy Pants' LOVE STORY line. I really love the designs and colors and think they are so versatile! I intentially created two different layouts that are not Valentine themed because I think these patterns can be used so many different ways. "4 Ever" is a layout about the fourth anniversary of my husband's kidney transplant. (As an aside, he received a kidney from his sister, my best friend Brent, who is a regular Photoscraps customer so you may have met her at a crop or two!) This layout came together quickly using the LOVE STORY pattern papers. I embellished with the wallet-size designs from the "card" page and some buttons and stickers from my stash. The second layout was created with a scrap of leftover pattern paper combined with a piece of cardstock and embellished with some felt flowers, a small piece of ribbon, some ticket stubs and a journal card (flower shaped) also from my stash. (You can easily find equally cute substitutes among the current inventory at Photoscraps!) BTW, even though the subject for this page is a boy (my great-nephew... isn't he a cutie?!?!?) I found that the flower embellishments still worked - grouped together they create a solid pattern for the eye - and combined with the chosen colors the page doesn't look too feminine. I've often had ladies tell me they can't use flowers because they only have sons...look at this example and challenge yourself to use a traditionally "feminine" embellishment on your next "male" themed page. Then bring it in on a Monday night... I'd love to see your results!!!

Happy Scrapping everyone!
Gina A.

Friday, January 13, 2012

New card class with Hero Arts

Join me Saturday January 28th from 12 - 3 pm for an all new card class featuring Hero Arts stamps.  We will use a mix of new and older Hero Arts images to create 5 cards.  Get ready to ink, stamp, spritz, emboss, and do some Copic coloring!  Make sure to bring sharp scissors since we will be doing a little detail cutting.

This class will NOT be available as a kit due to techniques.

Please bring the following Copics with you if you own them:


I look forward to seeing you soon!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Elisabeth Crafts Cards from Lois Butts

One of our wonderful customers, Lois Butts, shared some of her card creations with us.  She has taken the Elizabeth Crafts classes with Tawni.  Now, Lois has been making lots of great cards to send to her friends and luckily she shared them with us.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Holiday wishes from Gina A!

Didn't have much time for blogging in these past weeks leading up to Christmas, but I was busy creating! Stop in the store soon to see the sample treat bag and luminaria candle (in the mason jar) that I made. These are samples of some of the same small treats/gifts I gave this Christmas. Tracy is also adding the photo here of the decoupage frame I made for my daughter this year. I used one of our TPC Studio chipboard frames. I altered it using some black and white papers from my stash and from the new Basic Grey "Little Black Dress" line. After the modge-podge dried I added a finish of Glossy Accents and I love the result! This is an easy idea for you to "scraplift" for yourself or your own gift-giving occasions in 2012.

Speaking of 2012... I hope all of you enjoy a happy, healthy, successful new year! It has been my pleasure getting to know so many of you from my shift-work and classes. I hope to see many of you often in the new year!

Happy New Year!
Gina A.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Love Is In The Air

Can you feel it?  Love is in the air at Photo Scraps this month.  The Design Team will be bringing you creations from not just one paper line, but from several lines that we have in store for Valentine's Day.  Our theme this month is Love and Valentine's Day.  The papers we are using are just beautiful and colorful, some with playful patterns, some with fantastic text patterns, and you will be sure to love them all!

I have made 4 cards so far.  I think these cards are great examples of how a person can create in several different styles.  The cards I have made range from cute to clean and simple to easy elegance.  I feel that I have lots of styles I like to create in, but at the core of my creating are some things that never change:  layers (I love lots of layers), ribbon (almost always a must), and bling (gotta have it).  How many styles do you create it?

My first 2 cards feature the ever adorable Flopsey and a fantastic patterned paper from Fancy Pants.  Even though I used the same stamp and even the same paper, I wanted to show you how different cards can look when you change up colors and patterns.  Each card uses one side of the Fancy Pants paper.  I love when papers are double-sided - it's like getting more bang for your buck!  Flopsey has been colored with Copic markers and then each of her chocolates has something different...Rock Candy Stickles on the pink card (looks like her truffles have been dusted with sugar IRL) and Glossy Accents on the red card to make her truffles shine.

My next card is of the Clean and Simple (CAS) variety and I just realized that it does not include any stamping at all (a rareity for me)!  The paper is from We R Memory Keepers "Love Struck" line.  This card will be available to make at an upcoming Wacky Wednesday.  Isn't it sweet?

My last card is a good example of easy and elegant.  The roses were created from MFT's Rolled Roses die and wool-blend felt (the same felt I showed you at Demo Day in November for making poinsettias).  The sentiment is also from MFT and can be found on one of their Inspired By Flowers sets.  This patterned paper is also from We R's "Love Struck" line.  It's flip side has great words all over it and I can't wait to make something with that.

Remember to stop by the Design Team section of the store to see all our creations in person and to pick up these terrific papers.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Frame Inspirations

Since we don't have any Valentine creations yet, here are a couple of bits of frame inspiration to tide you thru.   First up is Gina Adolph.  She made this cool decoupaged frame for her daughter for Christmas.  She used one of my favorite techniques, tearing paper.  I love the Little Black Dress papers that she layered in a seemingly random pattern.  The black and cream tones work great with her daughters photo.  

Next we have a cute frame from Gina Painter.  Her daughter had her whip up some fun frames for her friends for Christmas.  My daughter loved this one so much, she copied it and gave it to one of her friends for Christmas too.  Gina used the Fancy Pants Beach Babe line.  Using the same paper line that matched her embellishments made this frame a snap to make.  We carry a variety of sizes and shapes of these chipboard frames from ANW Creswood.