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12 Days of Christmas – Sure Scraps a Lot Style!

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Day 5 – Sunday, December 16, 2018

Treat Holders

I came across a video tutorial for a very easy treat holder. It’s quick to put together, doesn’t require a lot of tools, and would be good for lots of different occasions: Christmas, Valentines, Birthdays, etc. I made a few samples, which are pictured below. Tools needed:
  • scoring board
  • paper trimmer
  • punches (tag topper, circle – 1 3/8″ and 1 1/4″ are best for this project, appropriate border type, scallop circle, tag type, etc.)
  • Adhesive: tape runner, white glue
  • fussy cut scissors
Materials needed:
  • any type of double-sided decorative paper cut to 4″ x 6″ (Make sure it’s not the heavy type of paper. I tried one and it doesn’t work that well. It cracked along all the score lines.
  • ribbon, twine, string (to attach the tag and tie the holder closed)
  • scraps of paper to make tags (or pre-made tags)
And here is the link to video: I hope you enjoy putting these together! Make sure you post some of your finished product over on my Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/SureScraps/ Now for some fun! If you go to my shopping site: HERE  and, in the search bar, type in the word “tags”. A list of products will come up. Some are retired and in the clearance bin (already reduced prices!), some are not. If you order anything on this list I will give you an ADDITIONAL 30% off the price listed on my site. Fine print:
  • You have to order through me to get the extra special pricing.
  • Shipping, as always, is calculated on the full retail price.
  • You have to order by 8:00 pm on Monday, December 17, 2018. All bets are off after that!
     

12 Days of Christmas – Sure Scraps a Lot Style!

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Day 4 – Saturday, December 15, 2018

Greetings this fine evening, and welcome back! Tonight is all about story telling and Story by Stacy. She has always been a very big fan of finding and telling and sharing stories. She explains that there are really two skill sets that go into scrapbooking. A scrapbooking skill set and a story telling skill set. When we start scrapbooking, we think we are going to do it all, but as time goes on we begin to focus more on the product and design of the actual scrapbook. We learn about design and colour and photography, putting things together in beautiful ways. We can spend hours creating a scrapbook layout and then we tend to leave the little space for journaling – BLANK. You’re with me aren’t you? ‘Cause I know WE ALL do it. Do you ever wonder why it seems so difficult to fill that little tiny part of the page? Stacy knows why! We are actually using two different parts of our brain when we tell and share stories. One part helps us to design and build amazing layouts. A different part helps us retrieve and write stories, making them interesting and authentic. We all have thousands and thousands of photos, stored on our phone or tablet, our computer, in the cloud, in boxes. You name it. But how often are we seeking out those photos to look at them and remember the story that goes along with them? Well Stacy’s Story Starter workbook helps you get started doing just that! By now you’re probably wondering what this has to do with the 12 Days of Christmas! Well that’s the very cool part. I wanted to tell you what I’m doing for Christmas for my three great nephews. I have three different Story Starter Kits set aside. One for each of them.
The red one is going to be for Edward. It’s his favourite colour!
William’s going to get the striped book. It’s really bright and I think that fits his personality.
John is going to be getting the Black & White Polka Dots. Sorry John, it’s the only other choice left!
I’ve sorted through a lot of photos and decided to print out the ones from their visits here last summer. Mostly because they are fairly recent, and the boys should remember the events and places we visited. Here’s the thing though – I’m not assembling the books ahead of time! That’s right. I am packaging everything up, as a kit. Because I want to make an experience out of the gift. And I want to encourage them to remember and start recording their own stories. And I want them to really feel like this story is their own. I know John is going to need someone to do it for him (he’s still pretty young), but he’s going to be there while it happens and be included every step of the way. So we will be sitting down together, and working through the photos and the mini book to make each one their own. I’m excited! Now. Do you feel like this might be something you’d like to do with a family member or friend? If so, I have a deal for you! I have four kits left in stock: 2 red books and 2 polka dot books. They normally sell for $22.50 (including shipping & GST). This month CTMH has them on sale for $18.30 (including shipping & GST). I’m offering my in stock kits for $12.50! DO NOT DELAY cause when those four kits are gone, there’s no going back!!! If you aren’t worried about getting a kit in time for Christmas, you can still take advantage of the sale that CTMH has going on right now, and save up to 30% on the entire Story Starter collection.  This sale will last until December 31, 2018. You can check it out here:  STORY STARTER SPECIAL. If you have stayed with me to the end, then you are in for another treat. Leave me a comment here and tell me a topic that you’ve always wanted to scrapbook but haven’t yet. Everyone that leaves me a comment about this will receive a new Marvy Uchida LePen Journalling Pen, as a thank you from me for participating this evening. Until next time Valerie

Love of Color – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

“Love of Colour”

This blog hop is one big circle, so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. Just keep clicking the link in each post to go to the next page. The page just before me is Catherine Nowak so if you are coming from there, you are on the right track! From here you’ll visit Katy Taylor’s page. In case you get lost, you can get a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post.
This month 14 of us are showcasing projects who’s colour themes have been inspired by the Love of Colour guide, which Close To My Heart released last summer. I know everyone has their own process they go through when they are creating a new layout, but today I’d like to share with you, my thought process as I create. Hope you enjoy!

Love of Color – The Book

Here’s the cover: In the words taken from the introduction: “This guide is organized by color, starting with red tones and finishing with neutrals. Looking for a specific color? Check the index at the end, which lists all of our exclusive colors alphabetically… Use this book as the ultimate color companion and never second guess your color choices again!” So. Not long ago I was sorting out some scraps to put them away. I set a piece of Glacier card stock on top of a piece of Peacock card stock and thought to myself “Hey! I like this colour combo!!” I set the two pieces aside to remind myself to use them in a project and here they are!
Now to head over to my Love of Color book to get some ideas! I headed to page 36 (the Peacock page) and look what I found:   Love love love this layout!! And to make it even better, if you look near the bottom left of the page, you’ll see that CTMH has even given you the pattern that they used. This just keeps getting better and better!  If you check out the page below from Make It From Your Heart Vol. 1, you’ll see that this is actually a 2-page layout. Now I’m really excited! I’ll have a chance to include about 6 photos! Next, I need to decide on my colours/patterns. First I go back to my Holiday Expressions Idea Book, to see which collections contain the main colours I’m going to use: Peacock & Glacier. Very easy to see that it’s going to be the Boutique Collection. I picked one Peacock-based pattern and one Glacier-based pattern.
I used the back piece, which is the Peacock words pattern.
I used the front, Glacier watercolour wash side.
Using a sticky note, with the two books side by side, I planned out the rest of my colours. The Peacock background piece (piece B) is considered to be paper #2, the Glacier embellishments are paper #1. I used the Love of Colour guide to add two more colours: Eggplant card stock is paper #3 and Sugarplum will be paper #4. That is how easy it is to use these guides! After the planning is done, it’s very quick to get the pieces cut out and placed on the background card stock. The guide suggested Heather as a neutral colour, but I wanted something a bit more grey for the pictures I was using, so I went with the light side of Pewter instead. Now for the pictures. This was a challenge because of the Peacock. Out of the photo collection that I wanted to use, there were only four that would work with this colour scheme and two of them were 5″ x 5″ and the other two were 4″ x 6″. Time for some adjustments! I kept the main layout scheme for the left hand page and then mirrored it for the right page. I was able to trim the 4″ x 6″ photos to 4″ x 4″ square, which worked much better with the bigger square ones. I raided my stash of Boutique leftovers, moved a few pieces around, added some colour with a blender pen and the Peacock ink, and done. Without further ado, here is my finished layout: Notice there’s no Eggplant in there? I cut the pieces and they got buried under the pile of scraps and I forgot about them! Too late now. I pulled out my Sparkles, added some colour with a Shin Han marker and sprinkled them throughout the two pages. Done and done. Here’s a closer look at the left page. and the right page. If the blue seems a bit bright on the rectangular sentiment, that’s because it is. I inked it with Glacier, however, I unknowingly picked up the Mint dauber (which is right below it in the case). This was the only one of these sentiments I had left, so it had to go as is. Did you spot where I used the Decorative Borders Thin Cuts? Word of advice (and I’m speaking from experience here), make sure that your cardstock is at least 1/4″ wider than the Thin Cut before putting it through your machine. Otherwise you will end up digging out many, many tiny little slivers of paper.🤔 Thank you so much for stopping by! Before heading to the next page, I’d love to hear from you! You can leave a comment at the bottom of this post. After that, keep following the links in each post and check out what we have to share with you. I hope you enjoy your time with us, see some cool projects and get some terrific tips and ideas! Now…go see what  Katy Taylor has to share with you and happy crafting!
Close To My Heart products used for this project:
  • X7235B Boutique Paper Pack
  • X7235C Boutique Complements
  • Z4234 Boutique Puffy Stickers
  • X6015 Pewter card stock
  • X5989 Sugarplum card stock
  • Z3274 Clear Sparkles
  • Z4309 Thin Cuts – Shaker Window & Confetti
  • Z4241 Thin Cuts – Decorative Borders
  • C1748 Stitched Borders Stamp Set
  • Z2841 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z2847 Eggplant Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • 9045 Love of Colour Guide
  • 9035 Make It From Your Heart Vol. 1
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS:
  1. Melissa Robinson
  2. Haley Dyer
  3. Debi McBain
  4. Wendy Kessler
  5. Michelle Johns
  6. Marciava Warrell
  7. Darlys Recker
  8. Kimberly Bower
  9. Catherine Nowak
  10. Valerie Kapsha
  11. Katy Taylor
  12. Shirley Ross
  13. Lauren Moore 
  14. Tamara Sandwisch

12 Days of Christmas – Sure Scraps a Lot Style!

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Day 3 – Friday, December 14, 2018

Tonight I want to show you two different ways to use the Silver Tinsel Embossing Powder for backgrounds. Make sure you read all the way to the bottom of the post. Just sayin’ Supplies you will need to follow along with these projects: Z4248 Silver Tinsel Embossing Powder C1745 Merry Trimmings Holiday Stamp Set Z3236 Black Glitter Paper Z3366 Silver Foil Paper X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack X5989 Sugar Plum card stock Z4190 Red Pearls Z4306 Merry Christmas Thin Cuts (retired) or any other large Christmas sentiment Cricut Design Space file https://design.cricut.com/#/design/121098801 First is a card inspired by a Danielle Wagner design. I changed it up just a bit, and here’s what I came up with. So cute! Remember to do your Design Space cuts first. Then heat emboss your snowman with Silver Tinsel Embossing Powder. Attach him to your card base, add his hat (I used a pop dot) and scarf and finish him  off with three red pearls. Notice that all of the writing is upside down? I was so focused on the Versamark that I didn’t pay any attention which way the stamp was facing. Argh!!!! I stamped the sentiment on the inside using the same technique.   So simple and easy, and so pretty! Okay, the second card is quite different. Inspired by a Gail Gross design (with just a couple of minor changes), it is just as simple, and beautiful, as the first one. Just a couple of tips for this one: First, cut your Sugarplum card stock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Then do your heat embossing. After that, cut just a bit of the border off. You need a border when you’re embossing so you have something to hold onto and not get your fingers burned! Second, When you cut out the Merry Christmas, make one in silver foil, and TWO in plain white card stock. Glue one white card stock layer onto the back of the silver foil layer, offsetting just slightly. Then glue the second white card stock layer onto the back of the whole thing. You will be amazed what a difference it makes!  Here is a look at the card from the front. You can see the white layers peeking out.   Now for the REALLY easy part! If you purchase ANY of the items used in tonight’s projects (except the retired Merry Christmas Thin Cut of course), you will receive a whopping 50% discount. Yes you read correctly 50%!!!!! Do I know how to celebrate Christmas or what??? The fine print: You must place your order directly through me, not on my shopping site.                              You must order BEFORE 8:00 pm Saturday, December 15, 2018                             Shipping is calculated on the full retail price of each item. Happy card making until next time! Valerie

12 Days of Christmas – Sure Scraps a Lot Style!

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Day 2 – Thursday, December 13, 2018

Well here we are, already at Thursday, December 13th! Time seems to be speeding by at such a rate that sometimes it’s hard to keep up. I often wonder if our soldiers serving at home and abroad feel the same way. Or is it the total opposite, where every hour inches by. I recently came across a Facebook post by Pay It Forward Effect, Canada. The post said this:

When filling out your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it to this address:

Any Canadian Forces Member PO Box 5140 Stn Forces  Belleville ON K8N 5W6

If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards will be sent overseas to these wonderful, special people, who have sacrificed so much. Please copy and post on your wall.

Postage is required.

I know there isn’t a lot of time left, but if every person that reads this message sends just one card to this address, well, THAT’S A LOT OF CARDS!!! If you agree with me, and are willing to send just one card to Belleville ON, leave me a comment here. Such a small thing we can do that will make such a big difference.  The picture shows the card I’m going to put in the mail today! I made this one as a sample for the Fast & Easy Christmas Card Class. It’s not too girly or sappy. I’m going to write something inside to express my appreciation. Just haven’t decided what yet.   Until next time Valerie

12 Days of Christmas – Sure Scraps a Lot Style!

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Day 1 – Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Let’s start this event off with a Christmas Ornament!! In spite of what I said in the video, it REALLY takes about 20 minutes to put together. If you create one yourself, or any ornament for that matter, make sure you snap a pic and post it to my Facebook Page HERE so we can share the love❤ Without further ado, here is our Christmas Ornament tutorial:    

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS!!

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12 Days of Christmas – Sure Scraps a Lot Style!!

I’m here to tell you about a fun and exciting event that will be happening beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, December 12, 2018. My posts always go out at 8:00 pm, so each post’s activities, specials, instructions, etc., will last for 24 hours.  Once you receive the next post, all bets are off for the previous post!

How It’s Going to Work:

Each post, sent out at 8:00 pm, beginning tomorrow night, will include a featured project, technique, product, etc. You may or may not have a chance to enter a contest or draw. You may or may not have a chance to buy discounted product. You may or may not have a chance to showcase your projects. You will not know until you read my post, exactly what is going on that day. So you need to tune in every day to make sure you are not missing out!! This event will be coordinated with my Facebook page: here So if you are not following me there, then GET WITH THE PROGRAM!!!

Last Minute Plug:

I have been playing a very fun game on my Sure Scraps a Lot Facebook page, called HO HO HOPE YOU WIN!! It involves this envelope: Which, as you can see, has the numbers 1 to 30 written down the side. Inside the sealed envelope, is a slip of paper with a number written on it. THAT IS THE WINNING NUMBER! From now, until December 29th (or sooner if all of the numbers are taken), for every $25 you spend, you get to write your name down by one open number. If you check it out, you’ll notice that there are only 7 spots left!!  You will totally never guess what the winner is going to get. Close To My Heart just revealed their newest addition to the Designer Travel Collection, and here it is, the brand new Designer Travel Shoulder Tote!
The details:  Features a zippered main compartment, one small interior zipper pocket, and one large exterior zipper pocket; 18½” opening, 6″ × 13½” base, 14½” tall. Retails for $78.
  With me so far?? Well if you are, then you’ll probably have guessed that this is what the lucky winner of the HO HO HOPE YOU WIN GAME will be receiving. Yup. If you want an even closer look at the bag, you can check out my Facebook live video here. So. If you want in on the fun, and a chance to win this amazing new bag, check out my CTMH Shopping Site here where you can order direct, or email me here. Stay tuned tomorrow night, Wednesday, December 12th. 8:00 pm when we begin our fun journey through the “12 Days of Christmas” Until next time Valerie  

Shake Things Up! – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

“Shake Things Up”

Each month we share with you a different technique, featuring Close To My Heart products. This month 21 of us are showcasing “Shake Things Up” projects.
This blog hop is one big circle, so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. Just keep clicking the link in each post to go to the next page. The page just before me is Catherine Nowak so if you are coming from there, you are on the right track! From here you’ll visit Katy Taylor’s page. In case you get lost, you can get a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post.
This month we’re all talking about how to incorporate Close To My Heart’s new Shaker Windows and coordinating products into your artwork. If you are wondering what on earth a Shaker Window is, well it’s a shape (usually a circle) with a window, and items – usually sequins, inside the window, that make you want to shake it! Shaker Windows are commonly found in cards, but can also be incorporated into other paper crafting projects, such as scrapbooking layouts. For this hop, I’ve chosen to use a shaker window in a Christmas layout. This layout will also be the one that my customers and friends will be creating at our regular monthly paper crafting workshop! I started with this sketch, from Susan Stringfellow over at SketchSavvy.blogspot.com:
Since this is a Christmas layout, I wanted it to have lots of sparkle and shine!
Which can be hard to see from a distance, so I have some closer shots for you as well.
Tis the Season Left Page
Tis the Season Left Page
Tis the Season Right Page
Tis the Season Right Page
See the white glitter paper circle with stars, on the right page? That is actually the leftover from cutting the stars for the shaker window! And the tag that is sort of above it, is a tag for hidden journaling. The snowflake is blinged up” with a brushing of clear shimmer pen.
Shaker Window
This is a close up of the Shaker Window! As you can see, I used red glitter paper for the background and gold foil paper for the top, stitched ring. You can also see the white, glittery stars inside that were cut out from the Thin Cuts. Another consultant had suggested gluing a few of the sequins right to the background paper so they aren’t all at the bottom. I did that, and then when I shook it, more got stuck there! Thank you so much for stopping by! Before heading to the next page, I’d love to hear from you! You can leave a comment at the bottom of this post. After that, keep following the links in each post and check out what we have to share with you. I hope you enjoy your time with us, see some cool projects and get some terrific tips and ideas! Now…go see what  Katy Taylor has to share with you and happy crafting!
Close To My Heart products used for this project:
  • Z4194 White & Gold Skinny Ribbon
  • Z3237 White Glitter Paper
  • Z3241 Red Glitter Paper
  • Z3365 Gold Foil Paper
  • Z4309 Thin Cuts – Shaker Window & Confetti
  • Z4235 Loose Gold Sequins
  • Z4310 Shaker Window Foam & Acetate
  • Z4227 ‘Tis the Season Buttons
  • Z4226 ‘Tis the Season Snowflakes
  • X7239B ‘Tis the Season Paper Pack
  • Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim
  • X7239D ‘Tis the Season Coordinating card stock
  • Z2831 Charcoal card stock
  • Z2850 Fern card stock
  • Z2835 New England Ivy card stock
  • X5992 Candy Apple card stock
  • D1801 ‘Tis the Season – Scrapbooking stamp set
  • Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad
  • Cricut – Season to Sparkle
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS:
  1. Melissa Robinson
  2. Haley Dyer
  3. Debi McBain
  4. Wendy Kessler
  5. Michelle Johns
  6. Michelle Loncar
  7. Marciava Warrell
  8. Darlys Recker
  9. Kimberly Bower
  10. Catherine Nowak
  11. Valerie Kapsha
  12. Katy Taylor
  13. Shirley Ross
  14. Maz Wood
  15. Carol Loftus
  16. Annemarie Julian
  17. Carrie Simonds
  18. Vandra Stenton
  19. Lauren Moore 
  20. Tamara Sandwisch
  21. Jayma Malme
Until next time
Valerie
at Sure Scraps a Lot
 

November Stamp of the Month Cards Are Here!

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November Stamp of the Month Cards!

CTMH Nov 18 SOTM Card KitI am loving November’s SOTM (stamp of the month) “Seasonal Trees”! Here are the three cards I created for the November SOTM Kit.

  Get this D-size Stamp of the Month for $24.75 OR purchase a minimum of $50 in CTMH product from my shopping site (or me if you attend one of my events) any time during the month of November, and add this stamp set to your order for $6.00!

November SOTM – S1811               Seasonal Trees

Only Available November 1 – 30, 2018

CTMH SOTM Seasonal Trees S1811
Set of 23 stamps. Recommended My Acrylix® blocks: 1″ × 1″ (Y1000), 2″ × 2″ (Y1003), 1″ × 6½” (Y1005), 2″ × 3½” (Y1009)

You will receive your FREE kit to create these three cards with the rest of the items in your order.

*Every month, I create a one-page layout OR 3 cards/envelopes to compliment the images in the SOTM. With every purchase of a Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month, you will receive one of these FREE kits, which will include everything you need to create the projects.* Until next time Valerie  

Paste-fully Creative – CTMH Technique Blog Hop

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Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

“Paste-fully Creative”

Each month we share with you a different technique, featuring Close To My Heart products. This month 18 of us are showcasing “Paste-fully Creative” projects.
This blog hop is one big circle, so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. Just keep clicking the link in each post to go to the next page. The page just before me is Catherine Nowak so if you are coming from there, you are on the right track! From here you’ll visit Katy Taylor’s page. In case you get lost, you can get a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post.
This month we’re all talking about how to incorporate our new pastes and coordinating products to texturize your artwork. I’ve chosen to feature the Opaque Matte texture paste in my Christmas card. Before you take a look, bear in mind that I am a newbie (with a capital N) to the texture paste scene!
Christmas Card
Before beginning to use the texture paste, I mixed 8 drops from our Gold Shimmer Brush into the water in one of our misting pens. After applying the texture paste to the stencil, but before removing the stencil from the card stock, I lightly sprayed over all of the stars. It’s really hard to get it to show up in the picture, but it’s quite lovely! I discovered a few things:
  1. The card stock will warp a bit after applying the texture paste (even without spraying). Leaving it taped to the work surface until it dries, helps a bit. Once it was completely dry I adhered it to an extra piece of cardstock, using LOTS of adhesive.
  2. If you are using a stencil that has large open spaces, it’s better to use a longer palette knife. You can see on many of the stars that I did not get it even all the way across.
Thank you so much for stopping by! Before heading to the next page, I’d love to hear from you! You can leave a comment at the bottom of this post. After that, keep following the links in each post and check out what we have to share with you. I hope you enjoy your time with us, see some cool projects and get some terrific tips and ideas! Now…go see what  Katy Taylor has to share with you and happy crafting!
Close To My Heart products used for this project:
  • Opaque Matte Texture Paste (Z4245)
  • Palette Knives (Z4247)
  • Gold Shimmer Brush (Z3316)
  • Gold Glitter Paper (Z3238)
  • White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack (X254)
  • Sapphire Card Stock (X6021)
  • Linen Card Stock (X6009)
  • Wonder of the Season stamp set (B1632)
  • Sapphire Exclusive Inks stamp pad (Z2848)
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS:
  1. Melissa Robinson
  2. Haley Dyer
  3. Michelle Johns
  4. Michelle Loncar
  5. Wanda Rogers
  6. Darlys Recker
  7. Kimberly Bower
  8. Catherine Nowak
  9. Valerie Kapsha
  10. Katy Taylor
  11. Shirley Ross
  12. Maz Wood
  13. Tamara Sandwisch
  14. Vandra Stenton
  15. Jayma Malme
Until next time
Valerie
at Sure Scraps a Lot