Monday, December 6, 2010

MemoryWorks Express Kits -- October

I know I'm a little late in posting. I have been busy this past month (november). MemoryWorks put out the 2011 TeamWorks Call so of course I applied again. Keep your fingers crossed I make it again.;) I also had 3 classes that I taught along with my monthly crop I vendor at. I have been making tons of projects. I am hosting a secret santa swap on the MW Studio with the other consultants right now and I had to make an ornament and card for that. I also was assigned the November10 MW Express Kit as a TeamWorks member. I'll post photos of those projects later. But for now I am going to post the projects I made from the October 2010 MW Express kit. I loved this kit! (Although I love all of them, they just keep getting better and better). Of course I had to scrap some pet photos with this kit, my baby Marvin and his "cousin" Molly, one of my brother and SIL's beagles.

"Fun At Work" Layout by Sharon Hill
OCT10 MWE Fun At Work Layout

"Spooky" Layout by Sharon Hill
Oct10 MWE Spooky LayoutOct10 MWE Spooky Layout Left SideOct10 MWE Spooky Layout Right Side
I made the flowers out of patterned paper from the kit. I punched different sized cirlces and inked some of the edges and distressed some of the edges. I layered them together and used fun word stickers as leaves.

"Boo" Layout by Sharon Hill
Oct10 MWE Boo Layout
I hung the chandelier beads, which came with the kit, from the border sticker by poking small holes and attaching with fine twine.

"Marvin's Costumes" Layout by Sharon Hill
Oct10 MWE Marvin's Costumes Layout

"Toil and Trouble" Layout by Sharon Hill
Ovt10 MWE Toil and Trouble Layout

"Treat Bags" by Sharon Hill
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These cute mini paper bags came with the kit. I used scraps from the kit and also some stickers and elements from Echo Park's Happy Halloween line. I filled the bags with candy and took them to work. Everyone loved them! Throughout the day I was getting compliments, whether I was in the OR or locker room or pre-op, someone commented on the bags. And of course, I forgot to take pictures of some of the treat bags. Ooops!

That is all the projects I made from the October 2010 MW Express kit. As usual, I had fun making everything. For a list of all the products used to make the projects, go to my website at and click on My Idea Gallery.

Happy Scrappin'!

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Report Card Holder

Now that the Simple Stories Elementary Blog Hop is over, it is time to post the directions to make my report card holder as promised. For those of you who didn't participate, I had sneek peeks of the report card holder on my blog yesterday. There were a lot of participants yesterday and I want to thank them again for taking part in it and leaving nice comments. This has a lot of steps to it, sorry for it being long, but the end result is awesome. Now for the cover, instead of piecing it together like I did, you could use cardboard from a box. Just break it down to a long piece, cut the whole cover from it in one big piece, and scole and fold like the directions. Of course I thought of this after I made mine. Duh! Why didn't I do that.;) This project was made from the Simple Stories Elementary collection. So without further ado, let's take a flashback to the 70's and 80's (yes that is me in the photos)...............

Report Card Holder
MW Products Used:
--Simple Stories: Elementary—Kit, Designer Cardstock Pack, American Crafts Cardstock Pack, Ribbon Bundle, Free Downloadable Circle Punches and Word Strips
--Doodlebug: Buttons—Tangerine
--American Crafts: Cardstock—Vanilla
--Distress ink: Fired Brick, Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Bundled Sage, Faded Jeans, Tea Dye, Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey
--Distress Crackle Paint: Tea Dye
--Ranger: Ink Blending Tool and Foam
--Maya Road: Decorative Kraft Envelopes
Non-MW Products Used:
--Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Mustard Seed
--Chipboard or Cardboard
--Strong Adhesive (wet and/or dry)

*Make sure this is big enough to fit report cards. Allow ½” from each edge of report card to create panels.

Step 1: Gather supplies.

Step 2: Set aside a sheet of the cardstock of choice for the cover. (I used Vanilla. You will need 2 sheets of it to make the cover.) Cut 6 colored cardstock into 9 ½” X 12” strips. Score and fold strips in half. These are the panels of the accordion. Ink edges of cardstock. Stack folded cardstock so that the fold and open edge alternate and adhere the panels together to create the accordion. Set aside.
Step 2

Step 3: Set aside a sheet of the designer cardstock of choice for cover. (You will need 2 sheets for the cover.) This will be cut later. For the pockets, cut 10 pieces of the designer cardstock into 5 ¾” X 12” strips and cut 3 into 5 ¾” X 9” pieces.

Step 4: For pockets on 6 of the strips of cardstock, score and fold 3” from one end. For the other 4 strips, measure and cut designer cardstock at 3”. Keep these pieces together because they are adhered together in step 6. (If you want, you don’t have to cut 4 of the cardstock strips. Instead you can score and fold the same way as the other 6 strips.)
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Step 5: (optional) Use border punches of choice along 5 ¾” pocket edge of the strips. Use ink blending tool, ink edges of all pieces.

Step 6: Adhere edges of the 10 strips of cardstock using 1/8” double tacky adhesive. Be sure to line strip of adhesive/tape along the edge of the paper. (For 6 folded strips, apply adhesive to 1 or both side edges of pocket. For 4 cut strips, apply adhesive to back of 3” X 9” piece along 1 or 2 side edges and bottom edge and adhere to one end of the other half of the cut strip.)
Step 6aStep 6b

Step 7: Fold one of the top corners over on the 3 sheets of 5 ¾” X 9” pieces. Ink the edges of the folded corner and adhere to front of the designer cardstock. Apply 1/8” double tacky adhesive strips to the back long edge and bottom edge.
Step 7

Step 8: Adhere all of the pockets in order on the cardstock panels of the accordion. *Note: the last panel after 6th grade is left blank. This panel is used to adhere the accordion to the inside of the cover. Embellish the front of the pockets. Set accordion aside.
Step 8

To make the cover:

Step 1: Cut 2 sheets of chipboard as follows: 2 – 6 ½” X 10” (front and back covers), 2 – 1 ¼” X 10” (bindings), and 1 – 1 ½” X 10” (flap). Cut 2 sheets of vanilla cardstock into 2 - 7 ½” X 11 for the cover and cutting from the remaining strips of vanilla cardstock, cut 1 into 2 ½” X 11” piece for the flap and cut 2 into 2 ½” X 10” pieces for the inside of the binding. Cut from coffee cardstock, 2 pieces 2 ½” X 11” for the binding. Cut from designer cardstock of choice, 2 – 6 ½” X 10” and 1 – 1 ½” X 10” pieces.

Step 2: Adhere chipboard pieces to the center of the cardstock pieces (except for the 2 vanilla inside binding pieces).
Cover Step 2

Step 3: Cut corners diagonally across close to the corner of the chipboard. This will create a mitered corner.
Cover Step 3

Step 4: Fold over the cardstock to the bare side of the chipboard and adhere the cardstock to the chipboard. Once the bindings are created, adhere back side of bindings to the center of the 2 – 2 ½” X 10” pieces of vanilla cardstock.
Cover Step 4

Step 5: Adhere vanilla binding strips to the bare side of chipboard covers and flap. (Bindings attach covers and flaps together). Assemble order: cover, binding, cover, binding, flap.
Cover Step 5

Step 6: Adhere designer cardstock pieces to the bare side of the chipboard pieces of the covers and flap.
Outside cover:
Cover Step 6a
Inside cover:
Cover Step 6b

Step 7: Adhere the last blank panel of accordion to inside back cover.
Cover Step 7

Step 8: Adhere Velcro to inside of flap and on outside of front cover. Embellish front cover.
Cover Step 8Close-Up Flower

Completed Report Card Holder Opened:
Finished Opened 1Finished Opened 2Finished Opened 3Finished Opened 4
Accordion folded in cover:
Folded Accordion
Back Cover:
Back Cover

There you have it, a completed report card holder. You could also use it to store certificates and awards or drawings that your kids made. Wouldn't this make a cute recipe holder as well? The possibilities are endless.............

Happy Scrappin'!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

MemoryWorks TeamWorks Members Simple Stories Elementary Blog Hop

The day is finally here! Time to see some sneek peeks of projects made from MemoryWorks new Simple Stories collection, Elementary. You will love the ease and simplicity of this kit. This is a great way to scrap those school photos on a limited amount of time and budget. From the beautiful patterns of dots, stripes, flourishes and more, to the beautiful colors, is what makes this kit awesome. I don't have kids, except for my goddaughter, so the following projects are of me, my brother, and my goddaughter. So get ready to flashback to *gasp* the 70's and 80's. Don't laugh too much over my hair, big glasses, and clothes.;)

The first sneek peek is of a project that I made for tomorrows "Wednesday Product Highlight" on the MemoryWorks Blog. There I will have more photos posted along with directions to make the report card holder. So be sure to check back there tomorrow. I'll post it here as well.

Close-Up Flower and Front Cover:
Close-up flower front coverclose-up front cover

Close-Up Kindergarten, 3rd, 4th, 11th, and 12th Grade Pages:
close-up K pageclose-up 3rd and 4th pagesclose-up 11th and 12th pages

The next 2 sneek peeks you will see, the photos of the whole layouts will be seen on another website/blog soon.;)
Next sneek peek is a layout I did using my brother's 8th grade photo.
Close-Up Class Act LOClose-Up Class Act FlowerClose-Up Class Act

The last sneek peek is of a layout I made using my goddaughter's kindergarten photo.
Close-Up QT Pie LOClose-Up QT Pie Brown FlowerQT Pie Flower

So there you have it. I hope the "limited" photos will inspire you to create something using the new Elementary kit. The next TeamWorks member on the list of blogs to visit is Wendy. Just click on the link below next to her name.

1. MemoryWorks (
2. Lacey (
2. Sandy (
3. Mary (
4. Sarah (
5. Sharon ( You Are Here
6. Wendy ( Go To Here Next
7. Christina (
8. Simple Stories (

Thank you for coming to my blog!

Happy Scrappin'!

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Christmas In July Blog Hop WINNER!!!

I know! I'm a day late. I was relaxing in the air conditioned area of the house yesterday. And it is going to be even hotter today than yesterday!! So I figured right now it isn't too bad yet and I needed to post the winner of the blog hop. I want to thank everyone for the comments and hope that some (if not all) of you ladies will continue to follow my blog.;)

I am unsure how to post the screens from here so you can see the number drawn. So for now, I copied and pasted from the website.
Now, unto who won the Christmas Mini Album I made. And the winner is................

"Random Integer Generator
This form allows you to generate random integers. The randomness comes from atmospheric noise, which for many purposes is better than the pseudo-random number algorithms typically used in computer programs.

Part 1: The Integers
Generate 1 random integers (maximum 10,000).

Each integer should have a value between 1 and 22 (both inclusive; limits ±1,000,000,000).

Format in 1 column(s).

Part 2: Go!
Be patient! It may take a little while to generate your numbers..."

I entered 1 for the random integers, the value between 1 and 22 (there were a total of 22 comments to my blog post) and 1 for the column. I selected "Get Numbers" and the number that was drawn........................

"Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2010-07-06 14:02:22 UTC"

So the winner is #13 and the 13th comment posted was by Lindy!!

Congrats Lindy!! If you could email me your full name Lindy with your address, then I can get the mini album in the mail to you. Email me at and put in the subject line "Blog Prize". Thank you!!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Last Day of MemoryWorks Christmas in July Blog Hop!


Happy 4th of July everyone!!! I hope all is well and everyone is safe. Don't like to hear of fireworks accidents. I'll be joining my parents later for supper/cookout. I hope everyone is having fun with the blog hop. After this blog hop, I want to keep up with this blog and to add more things to it (once I figure out how to do it) like I see on other blogs. I also want to do more project posts with supply list and/or instructions to make it yourself. Now as promised in yesterday's post, I am now going to post my distressed tags that I made. So if you missed seeing it on the MemoryWorks Blog a few months ago, here it is now.

Techniques Used: Distressing, Wrinkle-Free Distressing, Masking, Stamping, Heat Embossing.


MW Products Used:
 Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade, Faded Jeans, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Black Soot.
 Tim Holtz Embossing Ink
 Tim Holtz Distressing Powder in Black Soot
 Tim Holtz Florets Mini Mask
 Ranger Non-Stick Craft Mat
 Ranger Ink Blending Tool and Blending Foam
 Ranger Mini Misters
 7 Gypsies Journal Clear Stamps
 American Crafts Fun Clear Stamps

Non-MW Products Used:
 Shipping Tags from Staples
 Heat Gun
 Clear Blocks
 Stamp Scrubber
 Tray
 Water
 Paper Towels

Step 1:
Gather supplies.
Step 1

Step 2:
- Swipe ink of choice next to each other on craft mat.
Step 2a

- Spritz ink with mini mister.
Step 2b

- Place tag onto ink.
Step 2c

- Carefully lift tag and dry with heat gun. (*Note: Tag will curl when wet but will flatten when dry)
Step 2d

- Place tag on remaining ink and dry again. (*Note: Try to avoid placing tag on large droplets. I used paper towel corner to wipe them up.)
- Wipe leftover ink from mat.

Step 3:
- Using ink blending tool, ink edges of tag with a circular motion.
Step 3

Step 4:
- Place mini mask on tag.
- Using ink blending tool, apply ink over mask using a swirling and blotting motion.
- Peel mask off tag.
Step 4

Step 5:
- Stamp image of choice.
Step 5

Step 6:
- Stamp with embossing ink.
- Shake Distress Embossing Powder before opening to mix powder and crystals.
- Sprinkle powder over stamped image and tap excess powder off of tag.
- Heat with heat gun. (*Note: Distress Embossing Powders take longer to set than regular powder. Image will be matte and feel rough like sandpaper. If it feels like sand, heat image again.)
- Once tag and image are cool, rub finger over embossed area to remove the crystals. This gives a more distressed look. Throw away what is rubbed off.
Step 6

Finished Tags:
- Once I finished embossing, I stamped the bird on the branch image.
- Decorate as desired.
Finished Tag

These tags could be used with your Simple Stories album as journaling for the page.

So there you have it. I totally love Tim Holtz's products and techniques. I love the Wrinkle-Free Distress Technique at the beginning with the ink and water. You can use different color combinations depending on what you are using the technique on (for ex, red and green ink for christmas). Once I play around some more with new techniques, I'll share them here with you as well.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday today and stay safe!! After all, you'll need all your fingers in order to scrap all the pics you take today and fireworks pics you take tonight.;)

I'll announce the winner of the blog hop tomorrow.

Happy 4th!