3 looks | 1 stamp

I’m totally in love with this Penny Black stamp. IN. LOVE. I’m also struggling with ways to make cards that I like.

I purchased this stamp with the thought that I could color it, stamp it onto a blank card, and be done. Guess what? It totally works. Today I’m going to share how that came out – and how I used distress inks + this stamp to make three stamped cards in less than 30 minutes!

All of the cards use distress colors in some way, and all are stamped onto the card. I really enjoyed tweaking what I did just slightly, but creating the same look on each card. Now let’s look at each one more closely:

Card #1: color the stamp with distress markers, then mist lightly with water and stamp onto blank card. Mist card with water, then perfect pearls mist, and edge (use blending tool) with seedless preserves distress ink.

Card #2: This is by far my favorite. Stamp the image onto the card with seedless preserves, then coat in clear embossing powder and use heat tool to set. Now color in the stamped image with distress markers. To finish, mist card with water and rub distress stain (milled lavender) around the card background. Edge with seedless preserves distress ink, then mist with water again to further blend.

Card #3: Color stamp with distress markers, mist with water, stamp, and then dry totally. Then stamp again (close but not exactly on top of first stamp) with embossing ink and coat with clear embossing powder. Heat set it. To finish rub distress stain or markers over the card, then mist with water to blend and add spots.

I got some creative play time, some lovely cards that could be given as a gift or used for any occasion, and I tried out some techniques too. Can’t beat that combination! Here are links (just click images) to the supplies used today:

Everything seen today can be found at – and today’s post is also sponsored by – Simon Says Stamp!

With great shipping rates, fast service, and all the inky goodness I want it is one of my favorite online shops to frequent. They sell all things Tim Holtz, and have a great selection of inks, stamps, and so much more.  Simon Says Stamp is also a great source of inspiration – with a shop blog and two challenge blogs that host weekly challenges (with gift certificate prizes!) there’s always something happening.

Main blog   * Stamp & Share challenge blog  * Challenge Blog

trend | confetti burst

It is Monday June 11, and you know what that means – Camp Scrap is here!

Tune in every day for a new post – you can see the welcome post + basic info for Camp Scrap here, and of course you’re welcome to join the Big Picture community here too.

Let’s get this party started with some confetti burst inspiration!  Here is a page I created for the Creative Crop at Big Picture – it was my first attempt at a confetti-like burst:

Links to supplies used:

Since then, I’ve really fallen in love with the idea of the embellishment burst, and I’ve come up with a system that works really well for me!

What you’ll need is some sequins, rhinestones, pearls, tiny punched paper, confetti, or other small accents. Tiny buttons, beads, even brads can work too. The point is that you’re gathering small things of varying size, shape, and material.

I created a brand new layout today for Camp Scrap featuring the tags + buttons of the always fabulous www.shopevalicious.com to share with you:

 Also to kick off Camp Scrap – I’ve made a video for you. I am sharing my process for how I’m doing these little confetti bursts, where I’m putting them, and why I love them so much.

[link to youtube]

supplies used in “love” layout:


today’s post is sponsored by www.shopevalicious.com

Evalicious offers art journals & pretty handmade scrapbooking embellishments including a wide assortment of cool tags and badge buttons. Her shop has long been one of my favorites – and you don’t want to miss out on her kits either. Her products work great for all kinds of paper crafting and scrapbooking projects. You can visit the shop at www.evalicious.bigcartel.com

Welcome to Camp Scrap!

Every Sunday, I will post a bulletin (you’re reading the first one!) and share what is coming over the following week in Camp Scrap. It’s my spot to share information I think you might want, give you some teasers as to what projects and prizes are coming, and just check in. Remember if you have questions or comments feel free to leave a note on any blog post, or email me directly. Let’s get started by sharing this week’s schedule of activities:



If you like to save money when you shop, good news. We’ve got some very special offers from some of the Camp Scrap sponsors. I will post any new offers and update this list each week, as well as over in the Camp Scrap community.

Current special offers from our sponsors:

InspirationEmporium has great camp scrap supplies – and you can save 10% – enter the code campscrap  when you check out. Offer valid through July 27, 2012

Pink Persimmon is offering 15% off all regularly priced stamps when you use the code:  scrap2012  (See sale page for even more savings) Offer valid through July 27, 2012.

Scrapbook Circle is offering 15% off any new order to Camp Scrap participants. Just use promo code MayF15 to receive your discount at checkout. Offer valid through 7/31/12

www.shopellesstudio.com is offering free shipping on all orders over $35. Just use the code CAMPSCRAP during checkout – offer ends August 31st, 2012

Join The ScrapRoom for the first time and mention “CampScrap” in the comments section of your order to receive a FREE Layout kit in your first shipment. Offer valid through July 27, 2012

Watch on June 14th for a very special offer in my post from Blue Moon Scrapbooking. That one is only good for two days!

All special offers are valid for new purchases, code must be entered at time of purchase, and if you have questions or want clarification on anything please contact the store/company directly before ordering.

Before I go, I’ll share some FAQ answers here:

What is Camp Scrap? It is based off of my popular BPC class of the same name, and it is 7 weeks of nonstop creative play.

Where can I find all the Camp Scrap posts? All Camp Scrap posts will post to my blog, you can read them all (any time, for as long as I blog) here, or you can get posts delivered via email (sign up for that in my side-bar), read on google reader, etc.

What do I need to pack? Nothing! Whatever you have at home in your stash will work great.

What is the supply list? There isn’t one. I’m working from my stash, you can do the same. You may discover something new you want along the way – or you may rediscover treasure in your own stash. I will be posting supply lists for each project that I share – so you will be able to see exactly what I use each day.

Will there be assignments? Nope. Your participation could simply be reading and entering for prizes, creating based off of some of the ideas I share, or going totally your own direction. This is inspiration, zero pressure, no such thing as being “behind” kind of an event.

How often will you post projects? What will they be? Monday > Friday now through July 27 a new project will post. Tags, layouts, cards, altered projects… all kinds of paper crafts will be shown.

Where is the free Camp Scrap community? Right here. Thanks Big Picture for sponsoring that!

What’s up with the sponsorships? You don’t usually have that here. Normally no, my blog isn’t sponsored. When brainstorming Camp Scrap 2012, and figuring out how to make it a free event, this is how it worked out. And I’m THRILLED! We get to see some truly great companies featured, some wonderful (maybe new to you) stores highlighted, and it all remains free for you. The sponsors support is making this free event possible- and I can’t thank them enough for that. I hope you’ll check them out, and if you are in a crafty shopping mood consider shopping from them and support these great companies!

Want to chat with other participants? Hop on over to Big Picture – they’re sponsoring a free Camp Scrap community!

My fingers are ink covered

Between last week of school, camp scrap prep, and the new fall BPC class prep… well it has just been more than the usual busy. I’ve been spending hours on this blog actually… you’ll be seeing a lot very, very soon. In fact, I know what I can blog today… how about some sneak peeks of projects coming in the next few weeks?

Camp Scrap posts are getting drafted, videos uploaded, projects photographed. It all starts on Monday the 11th – but I might just start on Sunday the 10th with posting what you can expect for the first week.

So please excuse my radio silence [hey, I did give you 2 little sneak peeks there!] and just know it’ll be worth it…

Camp Scrap images for bloggers

I almost forgot! If you have a blog and would like to have a Camp Scrap image to have in your side-bar – cool! Here are a few you’re welcome to use. NOTE: so, every blog type is different, so I’m just giving you the URL for the image. You will need to insert it, add code, whatever it is you need to do for your kind of blog. if you need help, google “how to insert image into sidebar on __[blogspot, typepad, etc]__ blog” and you’ll get it.







Note: If you do put one of these up – be sure to leave me a comment (with link to your blog) and let me know! 🙂