Scrapbook Queens

A Challenge and Some News

The Paper Variety is currently challenging YOU to create anything but a card or a layout. Link up and you could win Crate Paper’s Pretty Party line!

Sadly, this is my last challenge as a Paper Variety Design Team Member. I have really enjoyed my time there, and I encourage you to apply to their design team call. They are a fun bunch to work with and the challenges are exciting and enticing. You have until June 8th to apply.

Here is what I created, I shared it earlier last week on my Blog, check out the full post here.

Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Altered Frame

On a happier note, I’m pleased to announce that I have been asked to be a member of the Design Team for Scrapbooking From The Inside Out – a fun and unique kit club devoted to helping individuals to scrapbook about their inner thoughts and feelings. I’m very excited to start my term there and to be working with the other talented women on the team! The announcement went out on their Blog yesterday:

Scrapbooking From The Inside Out

Scrapbooking From The Inside Out Design Team

Melissa Elsner - DT Coordinator
Jen Matott
Nicole Martel
Diana Brodeur
Mary Jo Rhoda
Kate Vickers — ME!

Thanks for looking and for reading this really long post! LOL!

Video Tutorial with Amy Tangerine Sketchbook and May Arts

Hi Everyone! I don’t know about you, but often find that video tutorials are  easier to follow than the photo alternative – so I thought that I would start doing them more regularly.  I still have some finessing to do with my videography and editing techniques so bear with me, I hope to improve over time.

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create one of these altered frames. I made one for myself and then decided to make one for Irena at Scrapbook Queens (Shhhh! Don’t tell her! LOL!). I used Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook Line from American Crafts, some yummy ribbon from May Arts and some other goodies including a Hambly Screen Prints overlay, handmade epoxy embellishments created with tools from Epiphany Crafts and a few other odds n’ ends. I hope that you enjoy my video, please feel free to comment, ask a question or critique. I’m happy to hear your feedback - good, bad or ugly!

In case you didn’t guess, I have applied for the May Arts Design Team and I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed and securely tied in place with pretty ribbon! I’m mildly (okay, majorly) obsessed with their ribbons and use it on just about everything I create. It’s rare for me to create a project without ribbon. Wish me luck!

Here is the first project, the gift for Irena. This is the one featured in the video.

Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Altered Frame 2

The side view… in this photo you can get a better look at the layers created with the die cuts, ribbon and mini bottle caps.

Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Altered Frame 2

Yet another close up!

Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Altered Frame 2


This one, I created for myself. I really enjoyed making the first one and my craft room walls feel a bit bare. I share my scrap room with my oldest daughter, hence the title.


Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Altered Frame

Here’s another close up.

Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Altered Frame

Here’s the side view of the second project. As you can see, I used a lot more patterned papers on this one than the first one.

Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Altered Frame

Thanks for watching, looking or just stopping by.


Scrapbook Queens Online Crop, a Sketch & Some Happy News!

Hi everyone! I created this sketch for this week’s challenge over at Scrapbook Queens. We are having an online crop on Friday, April 25, starting at 6 p.m. EST to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day. For those of you living in the Greater Toronto Area and surroundings, we would love for you to join in. There will be prizes, games and fun for all. Join us on the message board at Note that prizes must be picked up at Scrapbook Queens in Mississauga, Ontario. Prizes include really awesome scrapbooking and card making supplies such as this cute stamp from Unity Stamps.

Unity Stamp

Here is the sketch! Good luck!


Here’s my take on the sketch. Note that this is also one of my layouts for Scrapbook Queens this month. I used Little Yellow Bicycle‘s Saturdays collection with some ribbon by Maya Road, both are available at the store.


Now, onto my happy news! I have been asked to join Helmar for the month of August as a Guest Designer. Here are the details:

Thanks for stopping by!

My Mind’s Eye April Challenge and a Reveal for Scrapbook Queens

I have to keep this really short and sweet because I’m up to my eyeballs in work and there’s no time to play today! LOL!

I didn’t know it at the time, but I created a layout that would work well for this month’s challenge over at My Mind’s Eye. My friend Sherri suggested that I enter it into the Challenge (thanks Sherri!). I haven’t had time to read many manufacturer’s Blogs lately, so I didn’t even know about the challenge! The challenge theme is to create a layout featuring hexagons. It must be 80% My Mind’s Eye products and must have hexagons prominently displayed (check! and check!). Here is a link to the challenge:

Don't Bring Me Down





And… here is this month’s first reveal for Scrapbook Queens. I used BoBunny’s Ambrosia line. I love this line! It’s all available at the store, so get yours while it lasts.

Friends for Life

Friends for Life close up 3

Friends for Life close up 2

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope that you will leave me a comment – I love comments, and I will leave you one too!

March Scrapbook Queens Reveal

Well, March is just about gone and it’s that time again… to reveal what I created this month for Scrapbook Queens. This month I got to play with BoBunny’s Enchanted line, some papers from Pebbles and the Little Boy line from Echo Park! I had a lot of fun creating with these papers. I found the BoBunny to be a bit challenging for me because it’s more of a wedding line and I don’t have any weddings to scrap – so I went in a completely different direction. Here’s what I created. I hope that you like it.

I made the BoBunny background paper more girly by misting it with pink glimmer mist and then stamping on top of it with a punchinella stamp from Christy Tomlinson. I heat embossed the stamped images with pink embossing powder from Stampin’ Up.

Enchanted Evening

I cut the castle with my Silhouette Cameo. The papers are by American Crafts and Bazzill Basics. I added sparkle to the castle by running it through a large Xyron sticker maker upside down and carefully peeling the castle off of the backing. Then I added Cool Highlight (transparent) glitter by Glitter Ritz on top. You can get this stuff at Scrapbook Queens. A note of caution: this stuff is addictive to bling lovers! LOL!


I used the same technique as above on my title and I tried to match the font as best that I could to the ‘Enchanted’ word that is on the BoBunny paper.


Other supplies on this project include feathers from Scrapbook Queens, key embellishment by Tattered Angels, Candi from Craftwork Cards (the silver doohickeys),  black ribbon from Maya Road, black and white ribbon from May Arts, white ribbon with bling from Harmonie (available at Scrapbook Queens), black twine from May Arts, white pearl pen from Viva Decor, white cardstock from Stampin’ Up.

This next layout is also for the March reveal for Scrapbook Queens. The bulk of this layout was created with the Little Boy line by Echo Park. The title is actually fussy cut from one piece of paper – that’s the best value you can get for an alphabet. I pop dotted it to give it a bit more prominence on the page. I also used a lot of acrylic paints on the page, the paints are from Golden and Liquitex. I did the splatters with Golden’s Liquid Acrylics, they are a very high pigment liquid acrylic and they are excellent for splatter. Jackson Pollock would love these paints! The hand prints were done by my son. He loved being involved in the process.

Mr Messy

All of the papers are from Scrapbook Queens, they are from Echo Park and Pebbles. I also used twine from The Twinery, my iTop brad maker from Imaginisce, a button from scrapbook Queens, a Sassafras die cut from my stash, burlap ribbon and a wood button from scrapbook queens, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, thread and my sewing machine, stamps from My Mind’s Eye and the monkey button is from Purple Pumpkin.

Mr Messy close up

Thanks for letting me share with you.

Cardmaking with Microfine Glitter

Microfine glitter and a bit of high tack adhesive tape can add a lot of bang to a tiny little card. I created this cute little thank you card with microfine glitter by Glitter Ritz and Be Creative double sided adhesive tape, both Canadian products! I get my Glitter Ritz (available in what seems like a gazillion colours) and my Be Creative tape at Scrapbook Queens. Be Creative tape comes in a lot of different sizes, from large flat sheets, to rolls of really wide to really thin tape.

Thank You Card

How to Create Masks with Be Creative Tape and Glitter Ritz

1. Start off with a card base and a piece of Be Creative tape the same size as your card front.


2. Carefully remove one side of the protective paper on the tape and adhere the tape to your card base. Be careful not to touch it. If you get your fingerprints on it, you will be able to see the prints through the glitter. Keep the protective paper, you will need it for the next step.


3. Choose a die – any die will do. I chose a Sizzix die that’s sold exclusively through Stampin’ Up!


4. Keep both pieces of the die cut, the positive and the negative. You never know when you might want to use them again.


5. Carefully place the die cut paper on top of the adhesive. Smooth it down carefully without letting your fingers touch the adhesive. I like to use my bone folder or a pair of tweezers for this.


6. Place a piece of clean paper underneath the card base. Once your die cut is smoothed down, add one of your glitters liberally on top of the card. Make sure that you cover the whole thing. Brush off the excess with a clean dry brush onto the paper underneath. You can return the excess glitter to the jar.


7. Next, carefully rub the glittered areas in with your finger tip using a circular motion. This step burnishes the glitter and makes it super shiny.


8. Carefully remove the die cut mask. Add more glitter in a different colour and repeat steps 6 and 7 with this second layer of glitter. And, that’s all there is to it!

Thanks for joining me! I hope that you try this technique, it’s really fun and easy. As well, if you have to make a lot of cards in a hurry, this technique adds a lot of punch without taking a lot of time.