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Beauty layout with Instructions

7 Jan

I’ve had this photo printed for a while and it has been waiting for the day I could scrapbook it. Well, that day finally came.

The photo draws me in and I wanted to find a quote to bring it alive. Sometimes my own words simply don’t capture what I’m trying to say so I look to someone else. Usually I jump over to Quote Garden which is  fabulous for finding quotes on a hoard of themes.

In order to ensure this photo would stand out, I wanted to use a black metallic paper. This one happens to be from CutCardStock.com. It is a piece of 12×12″ cardstock from the Stardream Metallics line, called Onyx. All 12×12″ papers are discounted this month at CutCardStock.com so definitely go check out the site.

I also wanted to use a technique that would bring out the distinctive beauty of this paper. I decided to score the entire page to make it appear quilted.

Here is how you can do it too.

Using your favorite scoring tool, rotate the page “on point” and place at 8½”, one on the vertical and one on the horizontal.

Score place your score tool into the groove at 8½” and then run it down to the bottom of the platform. Repeat by one inch increments on either side. Because of the page size, you will not be able to complete the full score lines. I recommend pulling the paper up beyond the top ruler and carefully continue to score.

If needed rotate the page 180° to complete the first set of diagonal lines. Then turn the page 90°  and employ the same process for a finished page.

Feel free to use this side or, turn it over, as I did, for a slightly different look.

Trim  your photo to 4×5-½”. Also trim a mat from Curious Metallics Bloom. Punch the corners of both.

Create page embellishments by die cutting/embossing S5-012 Classic Frame (2 times from Stardream Metallics Opal), and S7-017 On the Vine Border Grand (once from Stardream Metallics Opal and once from Curious Metallics Bloom). Keep the inside of the frames for later use.

{Doesn’t that embossing look amazing!}

Trim the leaves off of the Bloom colored Vine and then trim to make the vine smooth.

Create the title block by adding letter stickers to the Opal block leftover from cutting the frame. Write the rest of the quote onto a chipboard tag and add it to the bottom of the block.

Assemble the photo frame by layering the two frames so that the pieces create a heart shape where they come together.

Then add the photo and mat.

Assemble the page as shown and enjoy for years to come.

Important Stuff
Papers Stardream Metallics 105# cover stock in Onyx and Opal, Curious Metallics Berry (CutCardStock.com) (Don’t forget, all of CutCardStock’s 12×12 papers are on sale this month, January 2011)
Tools S5-012 Classic Frame, S7-017 On the Vine Border Grand, Wizard™ (Spellbinders™); Martha Stewart Crafts™ Paper Scorer (EK Success)
Embellishments Heidi Grace Designs Chipboard tag (Fiskars), 0.3 Gray Multiliner pen (Copic)
Adhesives 3D Adhesive squares (SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES by 3L)

Other Stuff Letter stickers, corner rounder punch, PVA glue


Crafter’s Tool Hunt 2

16 Feb

Hey friends, Catch the action over at WhenCreativityKnocks.com: There’s a vote going on for the Best new tool. Of course, I hope you’ll go over there and vote for the SpellbindersPresto Punch™.

Voting ends February 21st but don’t wait til then, register and vote now…you just might win one of their incredible prize packages!!!

Here are a few helpful hints…registering can be a little tricky…when you register for the site, there is a security sequence that looks like a math equation. You need to put the ANSWER in the box…ie: 4+9= {put 13 in the box}

You can click on videos to watch them and can rate the tool by clicking on the RATING bar stars. This is NOT A VOTE!

To vote, go to the right of the page to: Vote For Your Tool and click on the circle in front of the tool you want.

You can vote only once.

Thanks and have a fabulous day:   Cheers, Eli

Sweetheart Card

2 Jan

Back at it today, using a sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You. I love the simplicity and elegance of Laura’s Sketch 42. Laura challenged the 2S4Y Design Team to use red, black and silver. I liked what they came up with and also just love the colors. So I borrowed the idea. Here is my version:

I know that Valentine’s Day is not far away but I really imagine this as an Anniversary Card. Hope it inspires you in some way.

Quick Instructions:

  • Cut/emboss/sand red color core cardstock from S4-214 Eyelet Borderabilities Petite. Add them to the flower strip.
  • Cut/emboss/stencil the heart die template from the Rose Border Small. Add black ribbon to the back.
  • Stamp sentiment and die cut with S4-200 Flower Bouquet. Accent with glitter pens. Color background with W3 Copic marker and edge with W5.
  • Trim gray textured paper and adhere to card base. Layer card elements on top to finish.

Here is a close up of the center image. The glitter pens seem to shine a bit more here. They are lovely in real life.

Important Things: Wizard™, S4-214 Eyelets Borderabilities® Petite, S4-164 Rose Border Small, S4-200 Flower Bouquet (Spellbinders); Treasures Natural Cardstock, Grey textured paper (WorldWin); Red color core cardstock (Core’dinations); Spica glitter pen in Lipstick and Silver, Sketch Markers W3 and W5 (Copic)

Other Stuff: Flower paper, adhesives, sandpaper, gem stickers

Happy New Year!

1 Jan

Just wanted to pop in and officially say thanks to all of you who visit and Happy New Year to you! I am anticipating 2010 to be a good one!

So, did you make a New Year’s Resolution? I made one last year that actually stayed with me all year…to go to bed and get the rest I need. It was a good one! I’m not sure about this year yet but I do want to share something that is really important to our family. We have three values we try to live by:

1. Be faithful

2. Be men and women of our word (have integrity)

3. Be silly

These ideals have never let us down! Maybe your family can begin explore what is important to you and by the end of the year, you’ll have a code too.

Again, Happy New Year!


Merry Merry card

21 Dec

This one came together quickly thanks to CPS Sketch #147. (Perfect for Christmas.)

I cut/embossed the patterned paper with Spellbinders™ S4-116 Standard Circles SM, #6 (counting from the center).

To create the card base, I cut a piece of double sided cardstock just taller than Spellbinders™ S4-194 Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles LG #6 and twice as long. I folded the cardstock in the middle and placed a small portion of the cut edge over the folded edge and ran through the Wizard™ in a cut sandwich which follows:

  1. White Master Mat
  2. Magnetic Spacer Plate (Raspberry Wizard™) or White Spacer Plate (Purple Wizard™)
  3. Die Template, cut edge facing up
  4. Cardstock
  5. White Master Mat

I had to run it through twice to cut through both layers of cardstock. I added the patterned paper circle to the card base. I cut/embossed S4-235 Fancy Tags with the double-sided cardstock but use the color that is on the inside of the card. Write sentiment onto the tag and add it to the card.

Cut S4-222 Create A Flake One the small pinked snowflake. After I cut a small slit into the center, I crossed over two points and glued them together to make a small cone “flower”. A drop of super sticky glue held in my shiny bead and glued the flower to the card as shown. For a final touch, I dotted glitter glue to each point on the card.

That’s it…super easy and very flexible sketch: Baby shower card, birthday card, New Year’s, Valentine’s…you name it. Thanks, CPS for a great sketch. Here’s one more look, a close-up of the tag and flower!

Important Stuff: S4-116 Standard Circles SM, S4-194 Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles SM, S4-222 Create A Flake One , S4-235 Fancy Tags, Wizard (Spellbinders); Red and white patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye); DoubleMates Berry Red cardstock (WorldWin);Icicle Stickles (Ranger); Tiara red metallic pen (Sakura)

Other stuff: Dimensional adhesive, PVA glue, white bead


Deck the Halls card

4 Dec

Another installment in my effort to play a little with some of the games on other blogs…my fave? 2 Sketches 4You…Check there to see what they do over there with the fearless leaders: Kazan and Laura. Then click here to see the sketch that inspired this card:

It was fun to put this card together. Using Spellbinders™ Pendants is one of the easiest ways of bringing elegance, details and simple beauty to any paper projects that crafters make. A little sandpaper truly pops out the embossing. Then little dabs of paint pen add a little color and dimension. Thanks for stopping by today and have fun “Decking” your own halls.


Important Stuff:  Wizard™, S4-205 Eyelet Pendants, S4-214 Eyelet Borderabilities® Petite (Spellbinders™), Pink and Green Color Core Cardstocks (Core’dinations), Memento Rhubarb Stalk Dye Ink (Tsukineko), Brayton Font (JustRite® Stampers), Espie Paint Pen (Sakura-Japan)

Other Stuff: Pink Ribbon, PVA Glue, Corner Rounder Punch

Back to my Roots

15 Nov

In my little world of paper crafting, I began as a scrapbooker. When I was 5, I remember putting greeting cards inside those old paper albums. At some point, I graduated to real scrapbooks in college and then got restarted when James and I got married.

Today, I thought I’d share some scrapbooking layouts. The theme? My birthday…what fun, since it was yesterday. My family gave me a great day. Thanks to Hannah and James.

Let’s see this one a few years ago. (It was the ONLY time I turned 39, really). The challenge for you is to see if you can find all 39 candles.

111509 bday lo

Next, how about a trip back in time to my first birthday. Since these are the original, vintage photos, I used clear photo corners to put them on the page. Just in case I ever need to remove them for any reason.

111509 one lo

Now, in honor of the snow we have outside today is a layout of Hannah. This is one of my favorite photos of her on Christmas, outside in the snow. I love those pink cheeks and the colorful snow suit she is wearing.


Thanks for letting me share some of where I began in this industry. I’ve changed a lot over the years but my love for this type of paper craft will never disappear.

Happy shoveling and creating…Eli

Hello world!

23 Aug

Hey everyone. I’m back and ready for action. Taking the summer off to explore Italy and France with my family have renewed my passion for creating and I can’t wait to share projects with you.

Eli having a cafe in Paris

Eli having a cafe in Paris

The architecture, sites and history are so inspiring. For 10 weeks, I took over 6,000 photos and am progressing through them to create a couple of shutterfly.com books. One is finished with another one on the way.

I am also preparing to return to Spellbinders Paper Arts as their Community Communications Specialist focusing my efforts on communicating with folks who love the Spellbinder’s products. I’ll be working on a consumer newsletter, writing for the blog and a few other things.

I am also preparing for my first craft show. St. Anne’s, Hannah’s school, is having a “Chocolate Lounge and Holiday Mart” in November and I was asked to be a vendor. I’m working on all kinds of journals, mini albums, birthday books, etc. That is keeping me creating, which I have missed.

So, check me out when you get a chance…it’ll be fun!

Cheers, Eli