Thursday, January 26, 2012

Crop Chocolate Blog Hop

Welcome to the Crop Chocolate blog hop, if you just came accross this please go to Beth's Blog and start from there, I am the next stop on the hop and here is my project.  I actually made two projects, one is called a sour cream holder and I put some treats for my daughter inside, and the second is a mini pizza box (not an actual pizza box just one I made) with a mini album for my husband inside.  I will post a tutorial soon for these but I made them from MME Lush Paper and some other goodies I got at Crop Chocolate.

Both projects

Sour Cream Treat Holder

Pizza Box with Mini Album

Please leave a comment on each of the blogs and you will be entered to win a prize from We Scrap, they have a great forum and some great kits so check them out.  Your next stop on the hop is Jamie's Blog, good luck to everyone.

Products used:
MME Lush
Spellbinders Scallop Circles
AC Zing Embossing Powder
CTMH stamps and ink

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Focus Group Submission-Valentines Card for my DH

Crop Chocolate is running another focus group tryouts and here was the sketch we were given.

I tried to tear the paper and even had great plans to roll the edges a little bit but it just didn't work out.  So I used my punch around the page set from Martha Stewart as the border instead of tearing the paper and went from there.  The flower was based on a Jen Lowe tutorial I found here Flower Tutorial, I took a corsage pin added some beads and it came together from there.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Butterfly Kisses-Making a flourish with Liquid Pearls

Our challenge for this month was to create a project based on a song.  I decided to a layout based on Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlise.  I had these really cute pictures of my daughter taken with some butterflies and this seemed like the perfect challenge to create a layout for them. 

Here is the layout

and here is a closeup of the swirl I created using Liquid Pearls

The are actually easy to make and here are the instructions and a video if you would like to try it yourself.


  • Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky "Perfect" Butterflies Paper
  • Liquid Pearls
  • White Ink
  • Card Stock
  • Rhinestone Template


  • Take a rhinestone template and lightly attach to the paper (note I used painters tape, and removed some tackiness by sticking it on my shirt first)
  • Sponge a slightly contrasting ink over the holes of the template, you want this to be fairly light but contrasting enough to see the marks.
  • Squeeze liquid pearls on the marks left behind from the template, try to match the size of the marks as well.
  • When you have applied all of the liquid pearls gently tap the paper to remove the "peaks" left behind the pearls and round them out.
  • Let dry and use on your project, note I cut mine out but you don't need to.
Products used:
Liquid Pearls
Spellbinders flying beauties
MME Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky "Perfect" Butterflies Paper
Rhinestone Template

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Crop Chocolate Grab Bags

Every couple of months Crop Chocolate has a warehouse sale and once the sale is done (I wish I lived in Utah) they usually follow it with an online grab bag sale.  There are usually paper grab bags, alpha grab bags, and warehouse grab bags (aka embellishment grab bags).  When they come up people usually want to know what has been in the bags.  I finally managed to snag some and here is the contents of two grab bags.  This was all in one bag with grab bag x 2 on it.  I think they prepackage multiple bags so that if someone gets two or three bags they don't get lots of duplicates.  Here is what was in my double grab bag for $8 this is what I got:

  • MM Panorama Monogram Alpha Stickers
  • MM Panorama Design Shop Stickers
  • MM Love Struck Design Shop
  • MM Love Struck Metallic Alpha Stickers
  • MM Love Struck Large Tags
  • MM Paper Reverie Butterflies Sienne
  • MME Stella and Rose Hazel Trims
  • MME Lush Turquoise Buttons
  • MME Lush Turquoise Trim
  • MME Laundry Line Trims
  • BG Marjolaine Tabs
  • BG Take Note Journalling Stamps
  • BG Bark Stamps
  • BG Tree Hugger Stamps
  • Bo Bunny Sunburst Stamps
  • Bo Bunny Love Birds Stamps
  • Bo Bunny Clearly Mixed Up Flower Album
  • Bo Bunny Clearly Mixed Up Serendipity Album
  • FP Lilac House Note Book Journal
  • AC Felt Embelishments
Definetly worth the $8 and next time I am getting more.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Easel Card Tutorial

Here is the original inspiration for all the easel cards you have been seeing were inspired by this one from November.   The instructions were easy enough for my husband to follow so hopefully I can inspire you to make some.  If you do leave a comment I would love to see what you make.  

  • 4” x 12” piece of card stock
  • 3.75” x 3.75” piece of decorative card stock
  • 3.75” x 3.75” piece of white card stock
  • 1-1.5” x 3.75” piece of card stock
  • Distress ink (optional)
  • Adhesive
  • Scoring Tool
  • Embellishments, stamps, etc
  • Take a 4” x 12” piece of card stock and cut at 4”. You will have two pieces a 8” x 4” (base) and a 4” x 4” (card top)
  • Take the base piece and line it up horizontally, score it at 2” and 4”
  • Fold it in half at the 4” mark and then over itself again at the 2” mark (like an accordion fold)

  • Cut a piece of pattern paper 3.75” x 3.75”, decorate and embellish as desired.  Once it is embellished adhere to the top piece (4” x 4”)

  • Adhere the 4”x 4” top piece to the accordion fold and line it up so that when the card is flat it is 4”x 4” (top of the base piece to the top of the accordion fold)
  • Take a 3.75” x 1.5” strip (punch, stamp or embellish if desired) and adhere to the bottom of the 3.75” x 3.75” white piece (this is where the top will rest on, creating the easel effect).  Since this part will be visible when the card is open, you can place your greeting here or do some other decorative effect.
  • Open the card and adhere the 3.75” x 3.75” piece of white card stock to the bottom on the inside.
  • When closed the card will measure 4” x 4”, but when open the top piece can rest on the small piece (1.5” x 3.75”) and create an easel

Card Closed

Card Open

Inside of Card

I have a video you can watch here:

Products used:
Spellbinders Circles
MME Holly Jolly
CTMH Stamps