Monday, August 30, 2010

Bildmalarna – Folded Paper Frame





Hello!  Hello!!!  (waving…..)


I hope you’re all surviving after the crazy, hectic first week of school and you’re getting caught up on all the housework you didn’t bother doing during the summer because the kids undid everything you tried to accomplish!!!  I am pretty much caught up on housework, but now that school is back in session, I’m up to my ears in PTA and school stuff……….and I LOVE IT!!!

ANYWHO!  Our Bildmalarna Design Team is hosting an awesome challenge right now!  It’s a “Folded Paper Frame” challenge and it is SOOO easy to do!!!  Here is a link to the instructions I followed.  I hope that helps you create a FAB project to share with us!  :o)


Here is an up-close of my image.  I paper-pieced the presents with the matching patterned papers in this pack.  Isn’t this stamp just the cutest!?!?

Here are the details of this project:

  • Image – Bildmalarna Gift Bear (stamp club purchase)
  • i-rock tool
  • i-rock Crystal gems
  • Ribbon – from my stash
  • Roses – Michaels Recollections
  • Pink Patterned Papers – Making Memories Think Pink
  • Black Patterned Papers – My Mind’s Eye Garden Vignettes
  • Copics – C1, C2, RV00, RV02, 0

SUPER DUPER EASY!!!  I really hope you’ll try to make one of these.  They really are cute!

And what’s better than learning a cute new card technique?  How about a FREE PRODUCT???  Cindy with Stamping Scrapping is giving away a $10 gift certificate to the winner of this challenge.  How great is that?  You get to pick your own product with your certificate!!!


>>>LINK UP HERE!!!<<<


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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Red, Yellow & Orange Challenge


Hello Friends!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I’m the next hostess for the Red, Yellow & Orange challenge at House Mouse & Friends! 

I chose to create a back-to-school card, since school starts back in my area on Monday.  I’m not sure how I feel about that…?  The summer has gone by WAY too fast and while I enjoy my “play time”, I’m not looking forward to being home alone for 8+ hours a day again.  :-/ 

Anyway, back to the card – I started with the sketch on Friday Sketchers, which looks like this:




And created a card that looks like this:



These are the products I used on my card:


Here is a close-up of my little mousey writing a personalized note to a friend.




Be sure to link up your awesome creation on THIS POST for a chance to win a gift certificate to Stamping Scrapping. 

See ya soon!



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Monday, August 16, 2010

Paper-Piecing Challenge




Hi Blogger Friends! I’m your next Design Team hostess on Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central.  Our challenge is PAPER-PIECING!  This can be as simple or as difficult as you want to make it.  I chose a simple child card.




For this project, I used:

This was a really simple card to make.  Here is what I did:

  1. stamped just the balloons onto the edge of my polka-dot patterned paper (since a polka-dot bunny wasn’t the effect I was going for – LOL)
  2. cut out the balloons
  3. stuck the balloons down with glue dots
  4. colored my image
  5. colored the string with Pitch Black Spica
  6. die cut my shapes, using the Spellbinders
  7. while my Spellbinders die was still lined up on my image, I took the Lipstick Spica and did faux stitching around the inside of the die.
  8. stuck it all down using the Friday Sketchers sketch
  9. added a few pop dots behind the green and brown balloons.
  10. Done!!!

This is a fun card for a child.  Birthday?  Just Because?  Get-Well?  The possibilities are endless!  I think I need to make more of these…but in pink & purple, of course!!  ;o)

Make sure you stop by Stamping Scrapping and grab Balloon Journey TODAY!  It’s such a fun one to color!  And if this is your first time here, please check out my Balloon Journey Tutorial.  NOTE:  In the tutorial, I used slightly different colors on the bunny than I did on this project. 

We hope you’ll join in on our PAPER-PIECING challenge on Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central.  We can not wait to see what amazing projects you all create!!

Until next time…….


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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Windows Live Writer Tutorial…


Hello fellow Bloggers!

I know a lot of us are Bloggers and busy moms who could use a few extra moments in our day!  Well, I’ve found exactly that…a little extra time that is.  ;o)

I  use Windows Live Writer. It’s a FREE program and a HUUUUUGE help when it comes to blogging! I have four blogs that I write to between my blog and my DT blogs.  With WLW, I can type everything up in WLW, publish it to the blog I want, change up the wording, photos, etc (if I desire) and post to another blog. This is of great help when I am posting projects to my blog and to a DT blog!!! I can also type up blog posts without internet access, so when I’m away from home I can type my post in WLW, log on to the internet and click publish!

You will LOVE this program once you start using it…TRUST ME!

Anyway, I did this tutorial a while back for our Design Team and since we’ve been talking about it on The Frugal Scrapper a lot recently, I decided to put it in here for you all to see if it’s something you might find useful. 

First step (obviously), is to click the link above to download the WLW program!  Again, it is a FREE program.

Now open your new program and click Tools>Accounts to get this screen:


Click Add to get to this screen.


Click your blog service. I use blogger, so at this point, I would click “other”. Click Next to get here:


Enter your blog address, username, password and click remember my password. Click next and you’ll see your program working.


…now you’ll get to this screen once it finishes populating your blogs into the WLW program.


Click next and you’ll see this:


If you have more than one blog, you can add them each during this step by repeating the steps above for each blog you wish to add.

Now you’ll see this:


Click finish.

Click “auto linking” and remove the check in the “link to each term only once per post”. What this does is make it where each time you use a specific word or phrase in a blog post, it changes that text to a link. We’ll get to that part in a minute!


Click okay and let’s start writing up a post! To choose a blog to write to, click the drop-down box in the upper right hand corner of your WLW screen. See below!


The rest of it is pretty simple, but I’ll walk you through it just in case.

There are three steps in the next screen shot, but they’re really, really easy ones! You’ll type your title and blog post in the area where I’ve typed that information below. Click “picture” on the right hand side in the area where my arrow is pointing.


Once you click on the picture link, you’ll get the pop-up to locate whatever photos you want to include in your post.


Choose the photo you want to insert into your blog post and it will show up like this:


Just like within the blogger editing software, if you drag a photo around, it makes it “unclickable” within your post. I’m not sure why…it just does! If you decide you want to rearrange your pictures, it’s best to delete them and add them again in the appropriate spot.

Now let’s work on how to do the links for keywords you’ll use in your blog post. For this example, I’m using the words “Bildmalarna Little Mimosa”. I type that information into my post, highlight the words and click the icon that looks like a world with a chain link in front of it.


You’ll see the “edit hyperlink” box pop up. Here is where you’ll type the direct link to the item you want to link to. In this example, I’m linking to Little Mimosa on the Bildmalarna storefront. I located Little Mimosa, copied the information in the address bar of the website and pasted it as shown below:


I always click the “open link in a new window” button so if someone wants to click to visit the link, they can without interrupting their visit to the blog post they were viewing. Once you have all of that done, click “ok” and you’ll see this:


You can enter tags by clicking on “Tags” a few spots below the “picture” link on the right hand side. I enter things like “Bildmalarna, Copics, Spica, Stamping Scrapping, Little Mimosa” so that if someone goes to the blog and does a search for something, they will be able to pull it up easily.

Something big that we Bloggers like to use is publishing posts on a specific date in the future. To do that, click the arrow to the right of “set publish date” in the bottom right hand corner.


Choose your date from the calendar and the calendar will close. Now change your time (don’t forget AM or PM).

Before you click publish, MAKE SURE you are publishing to the correct blog via the drop-down menu in the upper right hand corner! Click Publish and you’re done!

**If you aren’t done with your post yet, you can click “save draft”, come back to finish it later and publish then. I use the “save draft” feature every time I color an image and I’m not making it into a project yet. That way I can type in the Copic colors I used and I’ll have them when I’ve got it made into a project. J

Hope this helps. If I didn’t make something clear and/or you have questions, just give me a shout.


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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Photo Inspiration




Hello all!  Thanks for stopping by today to see my

latest project for Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central Design Team.  Leanne is our current hostess and she has an inspiration challenge for us.  Create whatever you wish, using this photo and items available for purchase at Stamping Scrapping.  


I pulled colors green, orange and white from her photo and used this sketch from Friday Sketchers:


sketch - Page 013


This is the card I created using the above two photos:




Items used on this project:

We hope you’ll stop by and link your inspiration project for a chance to win an awesome prize courtesy of Cindy at Stamping Scrapping!!!

Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.  :O)


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