Some of my projects ...

Please be patient with my as I try to get this blog exactly how I would like it to look.
I am still waiting for the best header and color combination I can make/find.
Things will likely be changed up a bit in this process.
Please visit my Stampin' Up! blog at:
http://www.stampindad.blogspot.com

A Tutorial For You

I have created a tutorial on how to make this fun little bag that can be used for place settings at Thanksgiving or just to fill up with treats for the special ones in your life. Please visit my Stampin' Up! blog at http://www.stampindad.blogspot.com for more details.



I created the tutorial in a Word document format and I have attached it here in PDF form so it can be printed and followed easily.
You can download the tutorial by clicking here:
Thanksgiving Treat Bag Tutorial

The Official Launch!

I have officially launched my brand new Stampin' Up! blog!

If you are a follower/reader here, please come visit my new blog and add yourself as a follower or subscribe for email updates.
I will still maintain this blog as well. My other blog is primarily to showcase my Stampin' Up creations and to use as a business resource as I grow my Stampin' Up! business.

Please come check it out at http://www.stampindad.blogspot.com.

Thank you so much for your support!

My First Zindorf

I have always been very inspired by the work that Michelle Zindorf does with basic ink and a few other supplies. She is truly gifted and amazing!

I have recently been studying her blog and trying to learn some of her techniques. I thought I would give a try to making an image using some of her techniques.

I will tell anyone I meet that I'm NOT an artist. When it comes to understanding depth, spatial placement, lighting, and all of those other important elements - I'm really quite clueless. So if you look at this and think shadows are wrong or colors are wrong - bear with me ... I'm learning.

Without further ado ...



I used all Stampin Up inks to create the scene. The inks I used were: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Lovely Lilac, Ballet Blue, and So Saffron for the sky. Then I used So Saffron, Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, and Basic Brown to do the field and mountains. The stamps are all from Inkadinkado.

I did nothing else to the card but stamp "Thank You" in the middle and a short sentiment on the inside.

This card is for a good friend at work. Her birthdy was today, but I missed getting her a card in time for that. I've been wanting to make her a thank you card for a long time and it just felt more appropriate than making a belated birthday card.

I hope you enjoy it. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Sweet Baby Boy



Here is a card I made for my best friend and his wife who just had a baby.

I tried to keep it to only Stampin Up supplies as possible with my limited resources. I ended up using a sheet of bazzill for the yellow base because I didn't have So Saffron in the size I needed. I also ended up using my Cricut to cut out the phrase because it just fit the best with what I had in mind. It is all cut with the All Mixed Up cartridge. The ribbon and DSP was given to me from a friend from Stampin Up's last Sale-A-Bration. I ran the solid green through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder.

You can find the instructions that I followed to make the card here:
http://craftiblog.wordpress.com/2009/04/23/2009-04-23-quad-fold-card-sample-tutorial/

This card was inspired by a card that can be found here:
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1420046?&si=baby boy

Let me know what you think.

New Cricut Cartridges!!

For those of you who have a fond love of the Cricut machine and cartridges like I do, you'll be pleased to know that they are releasing 6 new cartridges at Summer CHA next week.

I'm sure many of you who read this blog may already know about this, but I wanted to share it anyway for those that might not.

It appears that 5 of these are full cartridges and 1 of them is a Solutions cartridge. There is also talk that 2 of these will be exclusively available on the new Gypsy that Provo Craft is also releasing at CHA. However I have to get them, I will get them because they are FABULOUS!!

I haven't been this excited about a cartridge release in a long time! They have really outdone themselves this time.

I have not yet been able to get screen shots of my own for you, but a great Cricut blogger named Gracie has some great shots up on her blog. Unfortunately you have to work your way through an error that shows up when you get to her blog. Be patient and just click "Okay" on the error and then click the "back" button until you can view the images. It will be well worth your time!

The names of the cartridges are: (click on the links to view images)

Picturesque
Serenade (Solutions)
Winter Woodland
Everyday Paper Dolls
From My Kitchen
Sweethearts

I hope you're as excited about these as I am. I can't wait to get my hands on them and show you some fun projects made with them!

LOTS of new stuff ...

There is a lot to cover here with this post. I’ve made several new cards that I’ll be discussing as well as some exciting news.

First of all, my exciting news. As of this morning I am officially a Stampin Up! demonstrator. I’ve been wanting to join for a long time but just couldn’t justify doing it as a hobby demo and having to meet my quotas on my own. Just recently I was asked if I would be interested in taking over a local group of stampers from a demo who is retiring. That was just the catalyst that I needed. I’ve been told that this group alone should meet my minimums, but I’m going to venture out and try a few other things as well. Now I can’t wait to get my starter kit and get going on this fun new adventure!

On to the cards that I’ve created.

This first one was created for two purposes. It uses one of Dustin Pike’s images that will be released this week and it follows the Mojo Monday Sketch #95.

I used simple cardstock from my stash for most of the project. The pattern paper is from a DCWV Christmas stack. I embossed the light green cardstock with the snowflake Cuttlebug folder. The Santa Claus image is colored with Prismacolor pencils and OMS as usual. I put stickles on the white parts of Santa’s suit and flocking on the snow areas of the image. I created little snowflakes by making an asterisk (*) with a glue pen and then covering those with flock as well. Unfortunately, the flock can’t be seen that well in the photo. I really love the effect it gives the image though!





This next card is one I made for the challenge on the Sugar Sweet Paper Treats Blog.

The challenge was to do some kind of a summery splash project. I originally had a different stamped image in mind to use, but I couldn't find it when I wanted it, so I used this one instead. This is a Dustin Pike image that was released a while ago. I colored the image with a different technique than I usually do. I used Stampin' Up ink pads and their blender pens to color the image. You can find info on the technique here if you're interested. It also follows a sketch challenge on the From C To Shining C website for Wednesday Card Challenges. The sketch and challenge can be found here.





This last card is one I made for a coworker's birthday that is next Monday. I've kind of become the resident card maker at work for special events. It's kind of fun to share my creations with my coworkers.

It is a 6x6 card that was inspired by this one at Splitcoast Stampers. I used some DCWV cardstock and some older Chatterbox paper from my stash for the papers. The "HaPPy" is cut from the Alphalicious Cricut Cartridge. I stamped "birthday" with a stamp from The Paper Studio with brown Stazon ink on a transparency. The crocheted flower is from Fancy Pants Designs and the rhinestone brad is from Making Memories.







Phew! *Wipes sweat from brow* That was a lot to cover in one post. I really need to do a better job at updating this thing at least twice a week. That's a new goal of mine. I'm pretty sure I'm also going to be starting a separate Stampin Up blog too so stay tuned for info on that. Thank you so much for checking in, reading, and supporting me here on my blog!

Christmas in July with Dustin Pike

Dustin Pike has been drawing up a storm - a winter storm that is!

In the spirit of Christmas in July, Dustin has provided a fun and festive holiday set of images for this week's release.

I had fun working with these fun little snowmen in the burning heat of July. It has definitely put me in the mood to start planning my Christmas cards for this year and attempt to get an early start.

So here are two cards that I have made with recent images from Dustin to showcase his wonderful art work.

This first card is made using the freebie that Dustin offered on his blog last Wednesday. It still fits perfectly with the set being released this week and fit perfectly with an idea I had in mind.

The card basically follow's this week's Mojo Monday sketch. I wanted to put "Let It Snow" on the outside, but just couldn't quite fit it into the design. So I made my own pattern paper on the inside with various snowflake stamps and "Let It Snow" stamped randomly on the card base in Versamark ink (sorry I didn't take a picture of that.)

It is colored with Prismacolors and OMS as usual. All of the pattern paper and cardstock is from DCWV. I put stickles on his black buttons and on the hills of snow underneath him for sparkle and texture.



This second card is made with an image from this week's release. I love how the snowman is tilting his hat in a sort of greeting gesture. I immediately though of "Season's Greetings" when I saw this image and wanted to create a card around that sentiment. This card follows a basic sketch from Cardmaps in September of 2007. Again, all paper is from DCWV. I stamped the sentiment with a stamp from The Paper Studio using SU! Whisper White craft ink.



Thanks for looking and be sure to head over to Dustin's blog to get this week's release of new images!

Mystery Freebie

Today's freebie at Dustin Pike's blog is a mystery. The design team didn't even know about this one ahead of time.

I'm not going to spoil it for you though. You'll have to go download it for yourself to find out what it is. Click here to get the image.

Awesome Blog Candy

Check out the awesome blog candy at Scrapmaster's Paradise! Today's the last day (sorry) so hurry over there!
http://thescrapmaster.blogspot.com/2009/06/june-blog-candy-giveaway.html

Greetings Earthling

Today is release day at Dustin Pike's blog. I've been such a slacker lately and have not done any cards with his previous two releases. So I wanted to be sure to at least get one done with this week's images.






This was my first time I've ever tried to color anything digitally. The coloring all took me so long that I didn't have much time left to do a very good card with the image. I'm not entirely pleased with it. I colored the planet, the background, and the moonscape all in Photoshop Elements 6. Several of the colors I used are Stampin Up colors that I put in the digital colors for. I then printed out and colored the UFO and the sign. I wanted a greeting for the sign that wasn't the typical "out of this world" kind of comment and I like being able to use this one for any kind of occasion. I used Sticles on some of the stars and around the middle of the UFO. I used pop dots to bring the UFO and sign up off the card.

So head over to Dustin's blog and check out this week's new images. Stay tuned for some prehistoric fun next week!

Freebie Wednesday Again

Once again it's a freebie Wednesday at Dustin's Blog!! This is a fun little background to go with the images that will be released tomorrow. So go get the freebie and then check back tomorrow for the official release!!

Dustin Pike Freebie Wednesday!

It's Wednesday again ... that means another freebie on Dustin's blog.

Here he is:


Unfortunately I haven't had the time to do a card with this fun little guy yet, but I most definitely will be soon! In the meantime, check out Dustin's blog to get the image for yourself and to see some creations by my fellow DT members.

I am featured in Pagemaps

Well, technically, it's Cardmaps but it's hosted by Pagemaps.

A couple of months ago an unfortunate thing happened for Becky Fleck (she runs Pagemaps) where she lost all of the email addresses of those that had contributed to Pagemaps and she sent out a mass email informing everyone what had happened. She asked that if you had contributed previously that you let her know.

I took the opportunity to let her know that I was interested in contributing and gave her my blog address. After she looked at my blog, she invited me to contribute a card for the June edition of Cardmaps.

I've known about this for some time now but was asked not to make it known until the issue was released. So I've been sitting on this for a while and chomping at the bit for the June issue to be released. Well, here it is:

http://www.pagemaps.com/jun09cardmaps.htm

Here is the sketch I was asked to create a card for:


Honestly, I really struggled with this sketch. It was definitely a challenge for me. I don't normally use tags of any sort on my cards. I decided I would step out of the box and alter the sketch to what I would use with my cards. I came up with two designs.





I sent both designs to Becky and let her choose which one she wanted to use in the feature. You'll just have to go check out the feature to see which one she chose. *smile*

It's probably the closest I've ever come to having my work "published." So I'm quite excited about it. Not to mention I'm a big fan of Pagemaps and am so excited I get to be a little teeny tiny part of it!

Birthday Monkey Shutter Card

I created this card last week for my mom's birthday. I couldn't post it until after I was sure she had gotten it. Sometimes she checks in on my blog and I didn't want her seeing it before she got it.

The images are from Dustin Pike (of course) and are colored with Prismacolors and OMS (of course). I've been wanting to use these adorable monkeys for quite some time and this card seemed perfect for them! I put Stickles on the sprinkles and Crystal Accents on the cherry. The cardstock and pattern paper is from DCWV and My Mind's Eye.

I followed the instructions found here for the shutter card.







Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think!

New Releases by Dustin Pike

Today is release day on Dustin Pike's blog/website!! There are some great and fun images in this new release! Be sure to head over to Dustin's blog today to see the new images and make your purchases. Although I haven't seen the official release yet, I'm sure that he will release them in another awesome package deal!!

The Doodle Dragon Design Team has been working with these images to come up with some great projects for your inspiration. Be sure to check out their blogs listed in my sidebar to see their awesome creations!

Here are two cards I made using images in the new release:

SOMETIMES YOU'RE THE BIRD:




HOWDY!:


Thanks for looking!

Freebies from Dustin Pike

Today is Wednesday and that means another freebie on Dustin Pike's Blog!!! YIPPEE!! This time you get not one, but two freebies! Check out Dustin's blog to get the freebie.



DON'T FORGET tomorrow is Release Day on Dustin's Blog. I'll be back later this afternoon with some of my sneak peeks of a couple of the new images.

Until then, enjoy the freebie!

A New Name ...

I've decided to change the name of my blog.

For a long time, Scrappindad's Scribbles has seemed a little too juvenile for me. I've been tossing things around for a long time. I've always kind of liked the sound of the alliteration (words starting with the same letter) so I struggled finding things that sounded right and conveyed the message of what I do.

So I finally came up with "Stamps and Scraps ... {by Scrappindad}" for a new title.

I will be working on a new blog header image over the next little bit now that I have the new name. I'm not very good at that kind of stuff, so it will probably take me a while to come up with something that looks good. Anyone better than me at this stuff want to volunteer to make one for me???

I'm still not entirely sure if I'm completely happy with the blog background right now. That may change again too - then again, it might not.

Thanks for the support while I make changes around here!

**DUSTIN PIKE IMAGE RELEASE**

Today is Thursday and there is a release of Dustin Pike's digital stamps today. Unfortunately, Dustin has had some significant troubles with his laptop this morning and wasn't able to make a blog post about the new releases.

The images are still available for purchase on his website though.

Here are the images he has released today:














These images are so much fun! The party animals are great for all those birthday cards we all have to make. The tiki monkey is the perfect summer fun image. And then the fix-it dragon will be perfect for those upcoming Father's Day cards. And since wedding season is quickly approaching, he has thrown in a happy couple for coloring!

Please take a moment to check my fellow DT member's blogs to see the prjects they have created with these wonderful new images! They are a great source for inspiration using Dustin's images.

The entire set can be purchased for $10.00 (WHAT AN AMAZING DEAL!!), or individually for $2.50 each.

You can purchase the images at the Doodle Dragon Studio

Dustin Pike Sneak Peak!!

Dustin has a new release coming out tomorrow (remember they will be happening each Thursday). Once again, there will be no disappointment with this week's release. These images are FABULOUS and FUN!

The design team got the images a bit early so we could make up some projects to accompany them on release day.

In discussing the images with my wife when we saw them and what we thought I should do with them, the predominant idea for this set was a "honey do list." I don't really know if it's a good thing that I created this or not, but it seemed to be the perfect fit for the images.



This is actually the first time I've colored one of Dustin's dragons. I really wanted to go with something that wasn't the standard green, and blue dragons have always kind of been my favorite.



I really liked the idea of him having a shimmery tummy and spikes, so I put some stickles on him and spread them around a bit.



The tools that Dustin included along with this image made for a perfect little "border" of sorts.



So be sure to go over to Dustin's blog today to get the weekly freebie and then make plans to be there tomorrow for his new release.

Don't forget about his blog candy contest that's going on right now too - those details are in the previous post here on my blog.

Don't we all just love Dustin?

Dustin Pike Blog Candy



Dustin Pike is giving away his first ever blog candy. Here are the details in his own words:

It''s official... It's my very first "BLOG CANDY" and after much thought I came up with this...First I was just gonna pick someone randomly from a post but then I realized there alot of people who really would appreciate a card made by the visitors to my blog... I have chosen one site.

http://www.postpals.co.uk

Next time I can find another similar site and do the same thing. If you know of a site like this please let me know and I can schedule it for another month...

So whatcha gotta do is create a card, project something paper crafty for a child on this site. It doesn't have to be my art (appreciated, but not required) , follow the mailing directions and send it in the mail. Next post a photo or scan of what you did on your blog or site and I am trusting everyone on this part (mail the item)... post a comment on this post that you have done all of this and I will choose 1 grand winner and 10 first prize winners. All chosen randomly...What's up for grab.

1 Super Grand Blog Candy prize: Dino Rubber Stamp from http://www.papermakeup.com
Right now there are 3 stamps, but the others are coming first part of June, The winner will win the entire Dino line designed by me "In rubber", not digital stamp.

10 first prize winners will win 2 digi downloads of their choice from my digital stamp line.

http://doodledragon.dustinpike.com/Digis.htm
http://doodledragon.dustinpike.com/Digis2.htm

Please feel free to share this wherever you feel the need, I would like for these kids to get a flood of cards from people making their day just a little brighter.

*****Due date of June 6 2009, that gives people a little time and the dino stamp set to be done, BIG thank you to Katie at Paper makeup for donating the prize*****


So go check out the site at http://www.dustinpike.blogspot.com and enter to win the Blog Candy.

Dustin Pike New Releases!!

Dustin Pike has just released 7 new images for purchase. You can go to his blog at http://www.dustinpike.blogspot.com to check them out. You will also see a link to view a gallery page where he is displaying creations by his design team using the images.

Here are two of my creations using his new images:

"I'm Not Asleep"

I love Dustin's bears. The expressions he puts into them give them so much personality, they're just so much fun to play with.

This card is a 6x6 gatefold card. The bear is colored with Derwent Studio and Prismacolor colored pencils and then blended with odorless mineral spirits. The pattern paper is by DCWV. The cardstock is a mixture of Stampin Up, DCWV, and Bazzill. The font is 2Peas "Proud Papa" for the sentiment. The flowers are by Fancy Pants Designs with Making Memories brads. I used the Stampin Up ticket corner punches for the corner designs.







"Wishing You a Magical Day"

I love this wizard! I just jumped out at me as a favorite among the new releases. I love how Dustin leaves blank spaces for you to be able to fill in with your own sentiments!

This card is a trifold gift card holder. It's a 6x12 sheet of paper folded into thirds. The brown cardstock is DCWV, the blue cardstock is Bazzill. The stars is a sheet of printed vellum I've had FOREVER that I just cut and placed over the same blue cardstock. The border punch for the stars is by Martha Stewart. I colored the wizard with Derwent Studios and Prismacolor colored pencils and blended it with odorless mineral spirits. I cut him out and raised him off the card with pop dots. I filled in the starts on his hat with silver stickles.





Please go check out Dustin's new images and the creations by my fellow design team members at http://www.dustinpike.blogspot.com