Emboss Me! Quick Card Ideas

Hey All!!!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!! I sure did! I enjoyed family and friends. My children were quite the happy campers as well, lol! After all the festivities, I had some down time. Want to guess what I used it for? Crafting - of course! I was in a card making mood and came up with three quick and easily duplicable cards! I wanted to play around with dry embossing. I used the Sizzix Trellis & Swirls set. I concentrated on the Trellis folder - I really loved that one :)  Here is the first one up:


Yes, I know it's a bit late - but I still have presents and cards to send. So I made a simple card using the embossing folder, some gold stickles, a tiny piece of bling and some wet embossing power in gold as well. I usually don't play with any of these things very much - but I had a ton of fun mixing them all together today! Here is another card that I created:

So cute!!! This one I just let creativity take its course. I love that I added some texture with my homemade version of texture paint.  I used (yes again) the Cheery Lynn French Pastry doily die in the background. The paper is from Prima (Fairy Rhymes).  On top of that I layers a bottle cap, with a piece of the paper collection in the middle, a metal key from Recollections, a laser wooden doily and a butterfly die cut from my stash. A simple piece of seam binding top the tag. I sprayed the seam binding with Shimmerz paint - Treasured Hymn.  Love it!! This is my last card- so cute!


This card really made me smile. I used Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder in Blue Patina to create a simple spray.  I added a TINY bit of blue reinker to add a bit of brightness to the existing shimmer. I LOVE the color. I sprayed the seam binding and the small flowers the the color mixture. Inside the embossed areas - on all the cards - I added stickles. This gives the card a bit o' pop! I used the Tim Holtz caged bird die as my focal point. I tiny blue brad gives the bird a cute little eye. Voila! three completed, quick and easy cards using embossing folders and a few embellishments. Hope you will give it a try!
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Thanks for stopping by!!

Scrappy Hugs ~ Tmika

A 'French Country' Memory Book - G45

Hey all!

Wow this year is zipping pass fast, right? I managed to get MOST of my Christmas shopping done. I made quite a few handmade gifts to give away this year. Can't just let the scrap supplies go to waste. I know I'll want more in the New Year - so I gotta make space, lol!

This brings us to the project at hand, my vertical Graphic45 French Country mini album. This is a design team project for Scrapyland (link on side bar).  I'm giving this item as a gift to a friend. I'm sure she will load it with lots of pictures! This book is 5 pages and has the ability to hold 20 photos (4x6)!! Here is a peek at the book:

I started with black cardstock as my base to build my pages. I had to use score tape to hold this together. I don't want anything falling apart!  The cover is made out of chipboard, with black cardstock over that. I used some silk flowers that I got from my local Dollar Tree - they sure came in handy. I also added some bleached twine to the cluster.  I wanted to keep the cover simple, since the recipient is not a scrapper.  I added some ribbon that I got from a friend; it was part of her packaging. I try to save all things cute to reuse later! It was perfect for this book. The ribbon serves as a closure and is threaded between two eyelets. Here is a close-up:

So cute! I fussy cut some of the G45 French Country paper and layered it on the side to add interest. The side profile is narrow and clean - Love it!

For the back, I simply used a postage shaped die cut. I will use this to be a background for my signature.

Here is a look of the pages. I just used the 4x6 die cut -outs from the collection to layer the front of the pages. Worked out great!

Here is another picture of the book lying on the side. You can see the die cuts a bit better.

As I mentioned earlier, the book can hold 20 photos. There is space on the front and back of the 5 pages - for 10 photos. Then the inserts have spaces for 10 more. There is an option to put journaling on 1 side. Here are the tag inserts:

So that's it guys! I have a clean, simple, quick and easy album for you today. I hope you enjoy it and will try this at home. Please visit Scrapyland (side bar) to get your score tape and the G45 French Country stack! You'll love the papers and the extras!!

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Scrappy Hugs,


A Pocket Full of Love w/Prima School Memories

Hey all!

OMGosh! I'm so excited to share with you guys this week's project! I made this especially for my daughter, Taylor. She is 13 years old and quite the popular kid at school. I decided to make her a "Love" package to let her know that I am proud of her. Peer pressure can be tough these days, I just wanted to let her know that mom sees her trying and is Happy!

With that being said, I saw a tutorial on YouTube showing a Valentine's project using this same concept. I loved it and had to COPY it for myself. I used the Prima's School Memories paper pad. I love how my project turned out! By the way, I have a video on this project if you prefer to see it in that format. You can find it here.   Let's take a peek:

Taylor just fell in love with it and was so happy that she received something special - made for her. I started out with velum envelopes. I cut a bit off at the top and used it as a pocket using my score tape, on the front of the package. I picked a few flowers from my stash and colored them with my red and black mists. I added some simple black string for interest as well. Using the Prima paper pad, I cut small strips and made them into banners. I love the look of that. I added a cute little Graphic 45 primer paper chip embellishment and some red flat black pearls to fill up the right side of the envelope.

I am also a design team member for The Cutting Cafe. I chose to use three of Regina's files on this project. I used the pinwheel file (later in the project), the coin envelope and the scallop circle set for the front decor of my card. I think it added just enough writing room for what I needed to say. I was gifted that cute little red paper clip heart and red brad off to the side.  I punched out a simple ticket piece and stamped LOVE U on it with my Cat's Eye Ink.  Some white seam binding and a Tim Holtz bingo chip, seal the deal. Here's a peek:

See how the pocket pulls out? Here is a looky at the back of the card and the tag from the coin pocket:

So now, let's move into the goodies! The chocolate part, lol! Inside I made Taylor a bookmark. I used Prima doll stamp pad as my base. I covered it with black cardstock and the Prima School Memories paper pad. I colored the seam binding with my red mist, for a pop of color. Of course I used the French Pastry doily die  by Cheery Lynn Designs - its become a staple in my projects now :) Lastly, I made a bottle cap charm and used a circle piece from the collection as well. I added the pinwheel to the chocolate bar and tied some twine around. I added a few embellishments to the M&M's and stuck that in the pocket. Picture time:

 To finish it off, I added design paper to the back of the envelope. I didn't want to leave that out.

Well, what do you think? I love how it turned out - and so does Taylor! Here's a quick wrap-up:

I used The Prima School Memories paper pad, the Cheery Lynn French Country Doily Die, Cat's Eye Pigment Ink by Colorbox, seam binding and Score tape to finish. You can also check the links for other products outside of Scrapyland.

I hope you guys will try this at home. You can use this idea for anything. You'll love creating it and giving it as well.

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Scrappy Hugs,


Shabby Chic Mixed Media Tag

Hey guys!!

 I'm really excited to share with you all today! I dabbled into mixed media a bit last week for my C.A.S.E. IT CARD TUESDAY series I host on my YouTube channel. I had so much fun playing around with the different art mediums - I had to do it again! There is so much to learn about the art of mixed media. I found a host of tutorials online and decided to give it another go round.

I picked out a paper pad that I thought would work for my tag. I used the infamous Prima Engraver paper pad. When you see it at first glance, you think vintage or grunge. But really, it pretty versatile. Here is a pic of what I created using the paper.

Omg! It's so cute!! I started my base page with a darker color from the collection. I went over that with a coat of Gesso.  I started using my brick mask from Crafter's Companion and some homemade texture paste.  Next, I added beautiful colors. I used Dylusions, Mister Huey's, Lindy's Stamp Gang and Shimmers pPaints to get that perfect backdrop on my tag. Love it!

Next I cut out a doily from my favorite doily die from Cheery Lynn. I cut that in half to use at the top and bottom of my tag. I then cut from the same page design, the daisy topper die cuts. I really liked the layering effect it was causing. Take a peek :)

I wanted to floral arrangement to pop up a bit, so I used foam dots to help with that. I placed them underneath a piece of chipboard I layered with the design paper. I did a quick whitewash on that and added more of the textured brick to it.  I found some adhesive canvas and wood pieces in my stash that had the perfect sentiments on it. On that goes, on top of the chip piece.

I decided to tie some seam binding and add a ribbon buckle and a flat back pearl to the top.  Finally, I added some metal embellishments, crochet doilies, leaves and white pearls to finish the tag.

I absolutely LOVE how this turned out!!! What do you think? I will definitely have my hand in more paint, gesso and paste in the near future, lol!

Don't forget to stop by Scrapyland.com to pick up the Prima Engraver paper pad, the foam dots, the Spellbinders Daisy Topper die, the seam binding and much, much more!!

Thank for stopping by and hope to see you next time!

Scrappy Hugs ~ Tmika

Altered Photo Frames - Prima Lyric

Hey all!!

I'm to share with you guys a project for Scrapyland.com. I hope you had a chance to check out the other fabulous ladies on the design team. I am happy to be a part of such a creative group (awww)!

Ok, on to my project. I've been meaning to alter some photo frames and give them as gifts to a couple friends. They sat around my room for almost a year! I got each of these frames from Michaels for under $2 last December, with the intention of giving them as Christmas presents. Does anyone else do that? Ugh.

I used the beautiful Prima Lyric paper pad for both of these frames. I first added gesso to my frames - front and back. I added mod podge to the frames and laid my paper down. I sanded the edges to get that 'clean' look. I wanted to add some interest to the inside of the frame. I chose lace to help me out - Love it!!  I die cut some flowers using my Spellbinders Aster Flower Topper Die with the paper collection.  I topped them with some flowers from my stash and added stickles for some sparkle. Here is a look at the first frame.

The flat back pearls and spray added some definition to the frame. The black "wire" is from a pic I got from Michaels.

The treasure epoxy sticker is added on top of a wooden banner from Studio Calico. Tucked under the flowers is a flower filagree, it was a great fit.

Oh my - I love how they turned out. I hope they will too!!! So I had to create another, right? For the second one, I followed the same base procedure as the first.  As for the added decor, I opted for a more simple and elegant look. I had a string of pearls that would be perfect for it - so I added them all around the frame. I tried to create a look of the pearls freely dancing around the frame. I added the smallest of the die cut flower topper under a wooden and paper flower. I did this to add some interest. I added a few tiny flowers to the piece as well. The lace again, I glued to the inside of the frame. I think it turned out cute as well. Take a peek :)

The cherry blossoms are from Wild Orchard Crafts. They add just the right touch.

 Voila! We're done! This project was simple and fun to make. It will surely brighten someone day, if it were received as a gift from a friend :) Thanks for stopping by!! Be sure to check out Scrapyland.com for the Prima Lyric paper and the Spellbinders Aster Flower die. They are great products to have in your arsenal!

Scrappy Hugs,


Blissfully Yours ~ Card Creations

Hey Guys!!!

This week has gone by so fast! Has it for you? Well in the midst of it all, I managed to create some cards! I used the AWESOME 12x12 Collection Kit by Simple Stories called Vintage Bliss! The vibrant colors make the cards seem uplifting and fresh!  I absolutely love this collection pack.  I got the collection pack because I wanted to use the die cut elements and sticker sheet for cards. This makes card making SO much easier :)  I also picked up the 6x6 paper pad as well. This was going to help me with all the extras, like backgrounds, layering, banners, tags..etc. Aside from a couple pieces of lace, silver pearls, the Cheery Lynn doily die that I love and a few flowers, I just used the collection kit. Let the paper do the work!

I saw SO many ideas on pinterest for using this collection pack. There were layouts, mini albums, tags and of course - with all the cuttable elements and sticker sheet - cards! With Christmas coming around the corner, why not whip up a batch of cards as a gift? It can't get any easier - just copy mine, lol!

Okay, no more talking (typing), here come the pictures!!! I hope that you can visit Scrapyland to pick up this paper collection - you will not be disappointed!!!

Also, visit my blog to check out other things I've created. I welcome ALL crafters :) Here we go!!

Well, that's it for now guys! I just wanted to pop in and give you all some ideas on ways you can really work a paper pad. This Simple Stories Collection kit is no different! I have a TON of paper left still, I used the sticker sheet and the journaling cards sheet almost until there was nothing left. I love how most of the card work is done for you!

Thanks guys for stopping by and I hope that you were able to gather some inspiration form these cards and make your own. These would make great gifts ;) You can find the collection kit and the 6x6 pad on Scrapyland's website.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit me sometime :)

Scrappy Hugs,


A Joyous Christmas

Hey- Hey all!

Have you ever destroyed a paper pack? By that I mean in a good way. Using the ENTIRE paper pad until there is nothing left BUT scraps? Well, that is just what I did. You remember last week I talked about the Joyous paper collection by Authentique? I made the Christmas Home Decor. I love the paper and it was all so very handy with basically any type of project.  I decided to see how many projects I can make with it. So, let's count :)

I first started out with a paper bag mini album. If you're looking for something quick and easy to complete in a sitting, this one is my favorite go-to mini's to make. I used black Recollections paper bags and made some chipboard covers. I added some colored balls and black flat back pearls to the cover. I let the paper and the die cuts do the rest.


Here is the inside of the mini album. It has 5 pages, complete with tag inserts that can hold 4 large photos each! I have also included some extra tags inside the front and back pockets. See how this paper collection/die cuts can do so much?


Up next is a book card that I made. You can find the tutorial here for this type of card. Again, I used the paper collection to do most of the work. I cut slim strips and curled them with my pencil to add interest. I also made a couple ribbon banners out of the scrap strips. I used another Michaels pick to make a floral assortment in the corner. Some crochet dollies, bling trim, seam binding and lace complete this look.  On the inside, I added more lace and trim and popped a die cut from the collection on pop dots to add dimension. I enjoyed making this book card.


Up next are a few cards that I made with the left overs. You can do a lot with the unused journal spots or images from a paper collection. At the very least, make a couple of 3x3 note cards to send to family and friends. I'm sure that they will love the gesture!


So if we count last week's post of the home decor, the mini album, the book card and the additional cards - we have a WIN WIN!! Im planning on selling these items at my upcoming craft fair. I really feel like Authentique did a good job on creating versatility with this Joyous paper collection. KUDOS!

I hope you are able to grab this collection at Scrapyland and make some of these quick and easy projects for your family and friends! Until next time, guys...

Scrappy Hugs,


Prima Doll and Tag

Hey all!

Hope you guys are having a wonderful week! First things first, if you entered to win the mini album from last week's post over on my blog, be sure to check to see if you are the winner! Thank you all for leaving such awesome comments!

Now, on to this week's post. Today I'm using the cutest little 6x6 paper pad from Teresa Collins. It's called Memorabilia and its Uber Cute!! I wanted to create a tag and coordinating card to go with.  I think they turned out rather cute. What do you think?

For the tag I used my Prima doll stamp as my focal point. I did some simple paper piecing with her and added some bling to her headband. I used my Cameo to cut out the sentiment, the angel wings and the halo. Quick tip: use household spray starch to add some sturdiness to your cardstock die cut elements.

I took some random scraps from the paper pad and distressed the edges with Colorbox Pigment Cat's Eye Ink in black. I gotta admit - I love these little things! They are so handy to hand on hand. I popped the Prima doll on some American Crafts pop dots to add dimension. I added stickles to the wings, halo and sentiment.

Some lace, bling trim and a silk flower complete the tag. Here is the card I created to go along with the tag.

The card came together pretty quickly. I chose to use a black card stock base of 5x5. Since I was using fairly thin card stock I added an extra layer. I used my crimper to add some sturdiness to the paper. Once I did that, I just added the patterned paper. I did pop the second layer up with dimensionals.

 I added more bling trim ( I love this stuff) around the edges of the sentiment. I fussy cut the flag banner from the collection and added it to the top. For a final touch, I used resin embellishments and seam binding to the corners.

Thanks guys for stopping by! I hope that you are able to stop by Scrapyland.com to check out these items and more!

Scrappy Hugs,


From Trash to Treasure - Holiday Decor with Tmika

Hey guys!

Hope all of you are having a fantabulous week! I sure am. I found a great find on a curb this week. I was on my way to the gas station and saw this unusual art piece on the curb with a 'free' sign on it.  It immediately got out and grabbed it because it was something I knew I can alter into something great! Want to see what I found? Here ya go:

The patches in the center were padded pieces of quilt art. It looks bad up close, lol! I decided to rip those babies out with my Tim Holtz scossors and see what's hiding underneath.

After removing the patches and lining fur, I started painting it with gesso. I used 3 coats to try and get a crisp white look. I was able to retain some of that natural crackle as well.

Ahh..I was loving it already. I decided to add some patterned paper at this point. I used this AWESOME Christmas collection called Joyus by Authentique. Loads of stickers and cutouts! (more projects coming with this ;)

 At this point, I thought it needed something extra to make the edges pop. So I decided to outline them with black paint. It was rough, but I got it on there :)

Now comes the fun part! I started decorating. I created a wreath using my Cameo - love this thing! It was a TON of little leaves to fold and place, but it was all worth it in the end. I added the punch outs from the Joyus paper collection  and popped those up with pop dots. I added some faux cherries and gold colored balls from a spray I got at Michaels.


 I added some lace and trim that I got from Hobby Lobby and a string of gold color beads to tie it all in.

 For some final touches, I used some silk flowers to create a little floral collage on the corners, added some lace to hang the piece, some stickles to add flair and finished with a tiny bow on both ends. Voila!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you were able to gather some Holiday inspiration. Maybe you can go out on a hunt for someone's 'trash' and make it your 'treasure'!  Be sure to check out Scrapyland's store for these items and more!

Scrappy Hugs,