April 24, 2014

Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder

Hey kids!  Cindy back on the SBC blog today with a product review of Tim Holtz Distress Embossing powder

TiP:  Use a chunky or solid image stamp when using Distress Embossing powder. 

Okay, I'm using:
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing pwd in Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Versamark stamp pad
Ranger heat tool
Stampers Anonymous - Playful Journey stamp set
 Stamp your image with VersaMark stamp pad.
 Shake your Distress embossing pwd well.  Cover your image with pwd.
 Tap off the excess and return it to the jar.  Heat with your heating tool.  Wait a little bit for it to cool.  Then gently rub your fingers over the image to release any of the distress particles of pwd that didn't heat up and stick.  This causes a distressed look.  It's hard to see it in the photo but it's really cool in person.  Makes this old jalopy look very real :-) 
 And here is the card I created with this distress embossed image!

5" square cardbase in Kraft
The Paper Studio - Newsworthy stack - all patterned papers
TPC - Greetings stamp set
Oriental Trading co- brads

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope I've inspired you to create something fun! 
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Have a blessed day!

Cindy--- In Love with PAPER

April 23, 2014

Under The Sea - Glass Block

Hello, Friends.  Today I went to Michaels and picked up a glass block at 50% off.  Tip:  I'm convinced now is the time to purchase items at bargain prices - don't wait until Christmas season when you'll gladly pay full price if you can locate a glass block in the store.

I searched the internet and found some fun under water images to use on my glass block.  These images were traced and cut using my Silhouette.  Other images found on the glass block were purchased.

The background colors were all created using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks.  Images were all printed and cut using Square1 Printable.  Love Square1 - no layering.  And I can take images off, move them around, whatever.

I could add lights to this glass block, but I think I'll use it to keep loose change.

Thank for visiting today!

Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,

~ Marilyn


April 22, 2014

Challenge #17-Anything Goes/Flowers and TOP 3 Second Chance Winner

Hi SBC friends! Its time for to see who our winner for the challenge is and the design teams top picks!!!  
The prize for this challenge comes from:  
Scrapping for Less

    They are giving away this cute flower pack  

     to the winner of this new challenge

      .....Good Luck!
    We had awesome entries for this challenge, linked up to the blog and from the SBC Facebook Group, and our Random Winner is

    please email Sandy- Cleosan52 at yahoo dot com

    Top 3 DT Picks




     Congrats Ladies! Don't forget to get your badges.
    The 3 Top Picks will be eligible for the second chance prize at the end of the quarter (June)

    Also, we have our top 3 second chance winner. This includes entries from Jan to March.  Our random winner is....

    please email Sandy- Cleosan52 at yahoo dot com


     Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,



    So Thankful For You

    Happy Tuesday morning, all! Melissa here with a "just because" kind of card. This is a tri-shutter, card. I just love to make these! So fun. If you've never made one before, you can follow this tutorial. You'll be addicted in no time, I promise.

    This card uses various techniques besides the fun card fold. I also did second generation stamping, and dry embossing using my Cuttlebug. If you're not sure what second generation stamping is, you can watch this video.

    For this project, you will need:
    • Tools: paper trimmer, score board or scoring tool, cuttlebug (or equivalent) and folders
    • Pink, black, white cardstock
    • Stamps and coordinating ink
    • Letter stickers
    • Punch (heart shape)
    Tip: Tri-shutter cards are great for "themed" projects, because of all the various panels. Don't be afraid to make three dimensional cards. They still fold up and fit in an envelope for mailing.

    Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,


    April 21, 2014

    Die Cut Monday

    Hello and Welcome on this Monday. Glad to see all my crafty and scrappy friends here. Today is die cut monday so I am going to show you a layout with cricut die cuts.
    Tip Of The Day: Always read the instructions in front of the booklet that comes with your cartridge to understand how that particular cartridge uses sizes. For example, for this cartridge, The First Few Years, each image tells you the size to cut in order to make a 12 x 12 layout similar to the one they have designed for you. Artbooking on the other hand, has you keep the size the same and will cut the smaller pieces to the correct proportion to the size of your page.

    Here Is my Layout for today:

    I used the "first few years" cartridge and made a 12 x 12 layout.
    The smaller paper in the middle is 8 x 8.

    Blue background paper
    Gray striped piece 8 x 8
    Red, Blue, and Gray Card stock
    These are the pieces you want to cut from your cardstock.
    All these pieces are from the same LO with the truck as the basic image.

    Cut the truck in red at 2 inches
    Cut the title in red at 4.25 inches
    Cut the DO Dad (the small tag) in red at 2.25 inches

    Cut the truck shift image in gray at 2 inches
    Cut the Title shift image in gray at 4.25 inches
     Cut the title block(which is the square tag) shift image in gray at 2 inches.

    Cut The do dad (small tag) shift image in blue at 2.25 inches
    Cut the title block (the larger square tag) at 2 inches.

    I also added texture paste with a stencil at the bottom right corner.
    I added stickles to the Lightening bolt cut out shape from the truck and square tag.
    I kept the lightening bolt cut out from the blue tag and added it to the top of the layout.

    Here are the pieces you will have cut:

    As always questions and comments are welcomed. Design Team will try to answer your questions as soon as possible. 
    I hope you are inspired to make a Layout from your cricut or other die cut machine.
    Till next time

    Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,

    April 20, 2014

    SBC Challenge #18- Anything Goes (tutorial feature- background scenes)

    The prize for this challenge comes from:  Bugaboo Designs

    7 wonderful digital stamps goes to the winner of this new challenge.

      .....Good Luck!
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Are you ready for our next fun challenge? Challenge #18- Anything Goes.  But first here is our feature inspiration tutorial.... making your own background scene. 
    This is just one of the many great techniques to use

    So what do you think?
    The DT made great scene cards using various media and some awesome Bugaboo digi stamps.
     To find more information on how they did that, please click on their name/blog or the challenge under their picture. Thanks for playing along.
    We hope these design team projects inspire. 

    Melissa - Paper Shenaniganz
    My tip: Don't be afraid of dimension, especially when you're trying to create a background to showcase your beautiful digi's.

    My Tip: Use an embossing folder to give a tree trunk texture.

    Cindy --In Love with PAPER
    TiP:  I crunched up my clouds to add texture.  Instead of matching the orange sun rays up perfectly, I offset them to have some of the yellow show, too.

    Kimberly- Creations by Kimmy 
     My Tip: If you cut out an image like this little girl above take a black marker and go around the outer edges, makes it look more clean cut and hides any jagged edges you may have left giving the image a more finished look. 

    Brenda - Disney Girl 
    My Tip:  Journey Glaze or Glossy Accents work wonderful for achieving a water/wet look.

    Tip: Use temporary adhesive to adhere any masks you create.
     I learned that the hard way! Butterflies
    are covering my little boo-boo. LOL!

    My Tip: For a quick, easy and cute background, try a digi one. 
    Bugaboo has this great front door and stoop one!

    Lynne aka Her Craftiness

    TIP: I love to add Action Wobbles to the back of fussy cut items to add movement and more dimension to my cards

    Your challenge:
    Anything goes: cards, banners, layouts but if you create a card or project with your own "scene background", you will get an extra chance entry for this challenge sponsor.

    This challenge ends on Saturday, May 3rd at 10:00 pm EST.  Also, you can join up to our Facebook group: Scrapbook Blessings Club for more fun, games, inspiration, tips and techniques. 
    If you do make a project using the featured technique, homemade flower,
    your project and blog may be showcased on the SBC Facebook group.

    And as always, comments are appreciated. Thank you for stopping by and Have a blessed day!
    SBC Design Team

    April 19, 2014

    DIY Body Butter

    Hello, Friends!  I absolutely love body butter.   I love the creamy and fluffy-ness of it.   So, last January when I was invited to attend a make-and-take on lavender body butter, I happily attended.   The recipe below is from a Young Living Essential Oil group called Only One Drop.  Their web site is onlyonedrop.com and they are also on Facebook.

    Well, January has come and gone and now I'm needing more body butter.  So, here I go.  I'm using their recipe and making my own.   I switching out the Lavender Essential Oil for Peppermint Essential Oil.  Why?  My order for the lavender has not arrived yet.   So, I'm using what I have.  LOL!  Hope I love it as much as the lavender version.

    Original Recipe:  DIY Lavender Body Butter from Only One Drop

    I found all the ingredients (except essential oil) at my local grocery store.
    Prices for each are listed below item.

    • 1/2 cup Shea Butter
    • 1/2 cup Coca Butter or Mango Butter
    • 1/2 cup Coconut Butter
    • 1/2 cup light oil like almond, olive or jojoba
    • 10 - 15 drop Young Living Lavender Essential Oils
    Combine all ingredients (except essential oil) and melt over medium heat

    1. In a double boiler or glass bowl, combine all ingredients except essential oils.
    2. Bring to medium heat and stir constantly until all ingredients are melted
      Remove from heat and let cool slightly
    3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
      Move to fridge and cool for 1 hour
    4. Move to fridge and let cool another 1 hour or until starting to harden but still somewhat soft.
      Add Essential Oils
    5. Add essential oils.
      Whip for 10 minutes
    6. Use a hand mixer to whip for 10 minutes until fluffy.
      Back in fridge for 15 minutes
    7. Return to fridge for 10 - 15 minutes to set.
      12 ounce glass jars
    8. Store in a glass jar with a lid and use as you would regular lotion or body butter.

    Making a Jar Label:
    2 inch circles

    • On Silhouette, make 2 inch circles.  
    • Color fill
    • Insert text 
    • Print and cut outer edge only using Square1 Printable.
    Apply Square1 labels to jar lid

    • Peal and Stick to top of jar lid
      Makes three 12 ounce jars of body butter

    Wouldn't these also make great gifts?

    Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by, ~ Marilyn


    April 18, 2014

    Friday Easter Layout

    Welcome to my day to post here at Scrapbook Blessings Club! I have a super cute layout for you today! Making memories is really a big deal for me! And documenting those memories is even better!

    Tip: Don't be afraid to try new things!

    I had never layered a flower like this before. It turned out to be my most favorite element on this page. I am sorry I cannot give you the supplies on this layout as I pulled it out from my large stash
     of pages that have never been shown on my blog before.

    I hope you have a fantastic Easter Holiday with your family. Thanks so much for joining us today. Don't forget to enter our challenge...it ends Saturday evening.

    Fresh and Renewed

    Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,

    April 17, 2014

    Thursday's Product Review

    Hi there Cristina here with our Thursday Product Review. Today I will be sharing with you Pocket Pages by MAMBI (Me and My Big Ideas) You can purchase these at Michaels or any craft store. These are great to make quick and easy cards. The packs come in a variety of themes, I happen to purchase the Birthday pack so that I can be stocked up on birthday cards.
    My Tip of the Day: Make as many cards as you can from the pack so that you can have them when you need them. Left overs are also great for layouts.
    I made 10 cards using the Pocket Pages, Recollections shimmer card box, 2 sheets of 12x12 cardstock (I used white & teal),1 12x12 cork sheet, and Tim Holtz Distress ink in Black Soot and Barn Door. Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by, Cristina