{3.31.2011} Assemble This! tutorial

I can’t believe March is coming to an end!

This year is flying by… it really needs to slow down.

March has been good to me and the blog. Lots of posts going on and Take Two week with Emily was fantastic.  Plus, some BIG and FUN events are in my future.  So much to be excited about and I can’t wait!

I am blogging on the Ippity blog today and will share here too. 🙂

I have a TON of birthdays coming up in April.  Nothing like waiting till the last minute eh!  This one will get me through the first birthday, but I better get stock piling. Ha.

Dots for Sure
Party Hat Wishes
Quotes a la Happy

The polka dot strip is some decorative tape I made. Isn’t it cute and fun?

All you need is some paper tape {from any drugstore first aid section}, some ink and stamps. Super easy.

I’ll show you how and share a few tips in this Assemble This! tutorial… hope you enjoy.


stamps:Dots for Sure, Party Hat Wishes, Quotes a la Happy {ippity}
patterned paper: be mine {echo park}
punches & die cuts: scallop border {fiskars}
other: twine {Twinery}, black pen, white gel pen {Uniball}, paper tape {3M}

{2.17.2011} no frills scallops

I have a little tutorial to share with you today.
I’m blogging at the Ippity blog today and thought I would share it here as well.

Remember the days when you didn’t have LOTS and LOTS of scrapbooking gadgets???
You may be at that stage, so I thought I would share an easy way to add some scallops to your projects without all those fancy border punches or scissors.

Remember Lisa H’s card from Sunday?  I’ll show you how I did the pink scallop for her card.

And how I added them to this circle card in the video below.

I am submitting BOTH cards to the Paper Piecing Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.  I LOVE paper piecing, it is one of my favorite techniques.



Lisa’s Birthday Card

stamps: Book it, Dots for Sure, House a Home, How you Doin’ {Ippity}
patterned paper: Crate Paper
punches: 3/4 inch circle, notebook punch {stampin’ up}
tools: corner rounder

Sunshine Card

stamps: Quotes a la Happy {Ippity}
patterned paper: Crate Paper
punches: 1 inch circle
other: white gel pen, black pen

{1.29.2011} a Valentine tutorial

Surprise… a Saturday POST!


I actually blogged about this yesterday on the Ippity blog, but thought I would share it here today as well.

This was FUN!

I have never made a mass produced Valentine, so it was a bit out of the box for me.  I love how it turned out though.  That flower from Now and Always is practically worn out from all the times it has been inked up.  I will never get tired of it.  I think it paired nicely with Straight from the heart and the label from Season of Joy.

Here is the Video Tutorial for the Valentine Treat as well.. hope you enjoy.


stamps: Now and Always, Straight from the heart, Season of Joy {Ippity}
card stock: Bazzill, Georgia-Pacific
other: white embossing powder, blender pen {Tombow}, dum dum lollipops

12.13.2010 – H{ippity} Hop and a new challenge

It is H{ippity} Hop time!!!

This week I am challenging everyone to create an Easel Card using Ippity stamps.

Do you need directions for an Easel Card???  Click HERE for all the deets.

These are my girls!
Yip, that is how I refer to them.  Sienna is in the back and Ella is in the front looking so forlorn.  In my other photo option Ella looked like the grim reaper was coming after her,  so we went with the slightly depressed version.  Ha!  They are still too cute though!

I’m using the Straight From the Heart and Dots for Sure {ippity} sets.  These two girls stole my heart over 7 years ago.  Love them!

Here is the FUN inside!!!

It is a desk calendar!  Now I can look at these cuties all year long!

For the calendar template you can click HERE.

I have a Tutorial Video for today as well.. hope you enjoy.


Check out the full list of Hippity Hoppers on the Ippity blog. Don’t forget to leave some love too. A random blog commenter will be chosen from all Hippity Hop participants to win a free prize from Ippity!
Woo Hoo!


stamps: Straight From the Heart {Ippity}
patterned paper: Olivia 6×6 pad {Basic Grey}
die cuts: Labels 3 {Spellbinders}
other: clear embossing powder, tiny scallop scissors
tools: Corner Chomper


a smooshed flower tutorial

It is National Craft Month and we are celebrating on the Limelight Papercrafts blog.  There will be a different tutorial every Monday.  This week I thought I would show you how I make smooshed flowers.  “Smooshed” is a very technical name I adopted for these flowers.

Here is what you need…

  • Double sided paper
  • Scalloped circle punch (mine is 2 inches)
  • paper piercer
  • embrodery floss
  • button
  • small brad (I used a 3mm silver brad)
  • a foam adhesive square (somehow didn’t make it into the picture)

First, you need double sided paper.  If one side is white the smooshed flower lacks flair.  If you do not have double sided paper, you can do what I did and make it.  I cut a strip of 4.25 x 12 inch paper and folded it in half.  Then, I glued it together with a glue stick and smoothed it out with a bone folder.  Give it a few minutes to settle and then you can punch out your scalloped circles.  You will need 4 to 5 circles.  Since the paper was pretty thick, I only used 4 circles for this flower (even though I cut out 5).

Stack your scalloped circles and pierce a hole in the middle.  Doesn’t have to be perfect, just make it large enough for the brad.  Now take each circle separately and crumple it up.  This helps to soften the paper for when we form the flower in a minute.  The more the crumple, the easier it will be to mold the flower.

Once you are done crumpling, place a brad in the center of all the circles and fasten.  I have tried eyelets, it didn’t work for me so I recommend a brad.

Start folding and crumpling each layer toward the center.  You may have to be a bit rough, it is ok.  Just fold the outside in toward the center and it will crumple up.  Keep folding each layer until you are done.  Once done… now we smoosh!  I take the heal of my hand and smoosh the flower down to flatten a little.  Then I re-fluff till I get the look I want.  At this point you could be done.  But I like to add a button to the middle.

Open the flower up and place a foam adhesive square in the middle.  It works to form around the brad and hold the button in place.  I tied the embroidery floss in the center of the button before adhering.  Put the button in place and do a little dance (oh, wait, that isn’t right).  Do some last minute fluffing and scrunching instead until you are happy.  Now let’s use this fabulous flower on a card!!!

{supplies: cs- DCWV, pp – Urban Prairie (Basic Grey); stamps – Life is Fabulous kit (Unity); ink – Versafine; button – Basic Grey; nesti- Labels 8; other – scalloped circle punch (Ek Success), Swiss Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug), string, Bazzill 3mm brad, sewing machine}

I can’t wait to see all your fabulous smooshed flower projects!!!

If you have any questions on the flowers, leave me a comment or shoot me an email.