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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.
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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:



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!


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.

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
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.

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 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 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

Mother's Day Flower Pot Card

So I jumped on the recent bandwagon and made a flower pot card for my mom and mother-in-law for Mother's Day.

I followed the tutorial found here to make the basic card. The pattern paper is by Fancy Pants Designs. All of the cardstock is DCWV and the gems are from a set I bought from JoAnn. The flowers were cut from the George cartridge, the leaves are from the Walk In My Garden cartridge, and the leafy stems are from the Joys Of The Season cartridge. The stamps on the card portion are from Studio G. I blurred out the writing since I took the picture after I wrote it out to my mom.

I have also submitted this card as my creation for our most recent challenge on Sugar Sweet Paper Treats

Let me know what you think. Thanks for looking!

Two Graduations and a Sympathy

I've recently made several cards that fall into categories I don't usually make.

My wife and I are at the stage in life where we really don't know very many graduates. The graduates we do know tend to be college grads rather than high school grads. I'm sure there will come a stage later in life where I will be making a lot more graduation cards than I do now.

Anyway, here are two graduation cards I made. One is for my brother-in-law that just graduated with his Bachelors and was accepted to grad school. The other one is for a neighbor that just graduated with her Masters.

This first one is a technique I recently learned called a swinging card. I really would like to do a tutorial of this card soon, but haven't been able to do one yet. I won't go into how the swinging portion is made, as I am hoping to do a tutorial.

The pattern paper is DCWV and Chatterbox. The gray paper right under the grad hat is just gray cardstock that I stamped with Studio G stamps and Staz-On ink. The hat is just a piece of clipart I got off the internet, printed, cut, and covered with glitter. I then embossed a brad to make it black. The tassle is just embroidery floss that I made into a tassle. The "congrats" stamp is from The Paper Studio. On the inside, the pattern paper is also Chatterbox and the border punch is from Martha Stewart.

This is a shaky little video I took to show how the graduation hat swings.


This next one uses DCWV pattern paper, May Arts ribbon, and a Changito image and sentiment. I colored the image with my Prismas and mineral spirits. The pin is my first decorative pin I've made and used for a card.

A coworker's father recently passed away so I made this sympathy card for our coworkers to sign and give to her. The carstock is just from my stash. I used the Cuttlebug for the embossing and the embossed butterfly. The pattern paper is My Mind's Eye. I used the Martha Stewart lacy border punch, and one of the EK Success slimline punches for the other scallops. The sentiment was cut with Wild Card. I embellished the butterfly with some bling from my stash. You should have seen the reaction from my coworkers when they found out I made it and not my wife!! LOL!

Thanks so much for looking!

Dustin Pike Design Team!!!

I am so priveleged and excited to announce that I was just chosen to be on the charter design team for Dustin Pike Designs. Some of you may have heard of this fantastic new artist to be hitting the crafting world. His name and his art have been spreading through the stamping community like wildfire!

Please take a moment to check out his artwork here on his blog:

And you can purchase his pieces of art to add to your collection here:

Please tune in regularly to see how things develop with this new design team and to see some of the artwork of Dustin Pike that I will proudly be displaying on my blog!