Friday, October 14, 2016

Side Tag Mini for Country Craft Creations

Today I'm sharing my first project as a Design Team member of Country Craft Creations.  If you missed my reveal video Tammy sent me the gorgeous Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes collection to play with.  It's stunning with very nontraditional Christmas colors of teals, pale greens and pinks.  I really enjoyed making my Side Tag Mini and I hope you like it as well.  I'm including two videos today the first will be a Walk-Through of the completed mini.  The second will be a Process video of some aspects of how I created the mini and tips, tricks and ideas I share of putting it together.  I did not share the basic construction since there are so many videos and tutorials online for that process.  But none the less if you have difficulty or questions please feel free to ask.  I'll try to list all the supplies I used at the end of this post but usually I miss something along the way, so if there's something I've used that I forgot to mention that you are curious about be sure and leave a question in the comments.

I created a sleeved box to slip my mini in for safekeeping when not being looked it.  The outer box has ample room for extra photos, special cards and tags, or memorabilia from the Holiday.  The box and mini were constructed with Graphix chipboard, covered in the Artisan Paper - white from the store, and inked with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Evergreen Bough.

Tammy sent me a set of Frank Garcia's domes and I just had to incorporate one on the box portion of my project. This is so simple to use. You can purchase the accompanying die that will cut the exact circle size from your paper.  Fill the dome, slip it through the circle opening, adhere the cut out piece to the back and place it where you want - - - Voila you're done! You can see my dome has Santa's Naughty or Nice list, a sign post leading to the reindeer or workshop and some Elf Magic crystals. 

I carried the Santa theme from the outside of the box to the cover of the mini.  I just love this old world looking Santa and left him primarily alone to speak for himself.  The 'Believe' is cut from the 12x12 page of words.  I matted it twice and used the Goldenrod Stickles over the letters.  Tammy sent me Hug Snug seam binding already dyed to match the papers and I used three here to make the bow and attach the bells.  Up close you'd see the fir boughs are all glittered with Diamond Stickles.

This mini includes six pages that open from the side resembling a tag, thus the name.  There are half inch gussets between each page which leaves lots of room for expansion.

Here you can see the front inside cover and the first tag page (on the right).  I loved making the clusters for the pages and the stoppers to slip the tag ends of the pages into.  I used almost all of the Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes Collectables, heavier weight, pre-cut embellishments, which just add to the creative process.

Each tag page, when opened, gives lots of room to add photos not only to the matted page but to the additional elements I added.  On the left are two tuck in mats and on the right is a ribbon tied book that will hold 12 4'x6' photos.  I left the inside of the tag points free as journaling spots or to add smaller photos to.

By clustering elements together, either from the pre-cut Collectables selection or from fussy cut pieces I chose from the papers, you can create a great 'stopper' to tuck the tag end under and keep everything snug and closed.  I used a combination of Eucalyptus, Golden Rod and Diamond Stickles on many of my elements.

I found that I could even incorporate the large sentiment strips from the 12x12 paper pad if I snipped them apart and put part on one page and the rest on the opposite page.  They made wonderful stoppers and belly bands for my tag inserts.

All the tag pages have elements to tuck the flaps under like the poinsettias that I fussy cut from the 12x12 paper.  I used Aleene's Paper Glaze over the top and sprinkled a small amount of ultra fine glitter into it.  Christmas Red Stickles gave the berries in the middle a real dimensional look.

I'm sharing two videos with you today.  The first will be the Walk-Through of the finished mini and box.  The second will be a process video of sorts sharing how I created the tag pages, the dimensions of the mini and other tips, trick and ideas I used in the construction. As I mentioned at the beginning of the blog post, I did not share the general construction of the mini.  The hinges are each 1/2" in size and have a 1/2" gusset between them.  If you decide to make my mini and run into any questions please just email me at and I'll be happy to help.  All pages were inked with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Evergreen Bough.  This is the perfect color if you're wanting to pick up the teals from the paper.  Supplies will be listed under the videos as well as links to Country Craft Creations.

Video 1 - The Walk Through


Video 2 - The Process

Thank you for sharing your time with me 

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Supplies from Country Craft Creations -

Please note the Christmas Wishes Collection sold out the minute I shared my reveal video, BUT, the store has the newest collection, Kaisercraft Frosted  check it out, it would be perfect for this mini! This collection also has the Ephemera to match!

Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes 12x12 Paper Pad
Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes Collectables
Prima Flowers - Sweet Peppermint
Prima Remnant Domes (3 domes in package)
Prima Remnant Dome Memory die
Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Door Pull
Artisan Cardstock - White
Art Glitter Glue - 2 ounce with tip
Score Tape - Various sizes
Hug Snug Seam binding

From my stash -
Tim Hotz Distress Ink - Evergreen Bough
Ranger Glossy Accents
Sukara 3D Crystal Lacquer
Aleene's Paper Glaze
Christmas bells
Stickles in Eucalyptus, Dazzling Diamonds and Golden Rod
Ranger Perfect Pearls - Plantinum Pearl
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Dazzling Diamonds and Iridescent Gold
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam in Rockin on Sunshine
EK Success Border Punches - Eyelet Border and Scalloped Scallop
Martha Stewart Corner Punch - Snow Flurry
EK Success Corner Punch - Venetian
Little B Scallops die
SA Crafters wooden sign post
Assorted bling
Assorted glues and double sided tapes
Graphix Chipboard

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

It's a Murder Mystery at Scrapbookers of Country Craft Creations

It's the most unsettling thing!  There's been a murder on the Country Craft Creations Mafia Team. Won't you help us discover Who Did It?  Where They Did It?  and What They Did it With?  

If you aren't a member of the Scrapbookers of Country Craft Creations Facebook Group you need to get there quick, like right now, hurry!  Solve the mystery and be rewarded!  The Team Members YouTube links will be accessible from there as well, each member will have 3 clues to help you weed out the bad apple from the bunch and give them the just desserts they deserve!

To help you understand what's going on check out my intro video here - 

Introduction to the Murder Mystery

And to get you going on solving the Mystery Murder of one of the Mafia team my first clue is here - 

Clue #1

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Exciting Changes Coming!

Hi Everyone

I wanted to share with you that Tammy Merrill from Country Craft Creations has asked me to join her Design Team and I've gladly accepted.  Tammy has been a supportive follower of my YouTube and blog for years and I so admire the work she does and shares!  She is an avid crafter that gives back so much to the crafting community.  Tammy is constantly developing new albums, projects and ideas and the best part she shares how to construct them free via Facebook, YouTube and her blog. I'll leave links below so please check her out and if you aren't already a subscriber/follower become one today so you don't miss out on any exciting happenings.  You'll love shopping in her store and be totally blown away by her customer service and quick speedy delivery.

I feel very blessed to be joining her Team of talented designers and know I will be learning lots throughout the coming year from them.  Rest assured as I learn new ideas I'll be sharing them with you via my Blog, Facebook and YouTube so be sure and check back often.  

As always, thank you for spending your time with me, I so appreciate each and every one of you that stop by.

Until next time, 

Country Craft Creations

Monday, September 19, 2016

The End of the Series!

Well I'm back my friends, and I've finished up the You and Me Making a Mini Series.  I have three videos to share with you

The outside covers 

A final walk through

and what to do with the scraps!


Thanks for following along everyone.  
If you haven't seen the other videos there is a complete playlist here

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Berry Darling

A Cut at Home Design Team Project

Today I'm going to be sharing a new collection soon to be available for shipment in the Cut at Home Store.  Heartfelt Creations Berry Cafe retraces your childhood with days of lingering over a soda sharing a straw with someone special.  Remember those summers with the warm sun upon you as you picked those luscious strawberries to fill your pail?  This collection will have you reminiscing with  a smile on your face I'm sure.  Wonderful summer colors of reds, greens and golds will fill you as you check out each of the 12 designed pages in this collection, you get 2 of each for a total of 24 papers. There are five different stamp sets and 3 die sets which will allow you a huge assortment of flexibility with Berry Cafe.

I'll be sharing all the stamps and dies that make up Berry Cafe along with a fast, simple and delightful card to share with someone special.  I also want to give you my impression of a new paper I just tried from Elizabeth Craft Designs, the Soft Finish Cardstock  I hope you'll join me on today's video, You can find the full blog post about Berry Cafe on the Cut at Home Blog here.

Supplies from the Cut at Home Store –
TIP33080: Tim Holtz Waterbrush with Fine Nib

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Simply Playing With Blooms

A Cut at Home Design Team Project

Today I'm sharing four cards I've made using Penny Black's All Abloom stamp set.  I love this set of stamps!  I wanted to see if there was a method to coloring that I like best so I tried my Chameleon Markers, coloring with a paintbrush and Tim Holtz Distress Inks and doing a direct-to-paper with the Distress Inks. I found out there wasn't one I liked 'best' I liked all the methods for the different results they provided.  I'm sharing only a sneak peek of the cards you can find the full blog post on the Cut at Home blog post here.

Please join me on the video where I'll share my stamping/coloring methods, the products I used and more photos to inspire you to pick up your stamps, inks and markers and just have fun.

Supplies from the Cut at Home Store:
30-325: Penny Black All Abloom Transparent Stamps
DF3424: Marianne Design Pearls Design Embossing Folder
CT2201: Chameleon Markers Deluxe set of 22 Markers
HCDP1-244: Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms Paper Collection
LF844: Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings
30-162: Penny Black Eloquence Transparent Stamps
TIM27195: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Victorian Velvet
TIM20240: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Tattered Rose
TIM27164: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Spun Sugar
TIM20233: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Peeled Paint
SCP-014: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Cuddle Cream Cardstock
SCI-001: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Berry Black Ink
TIM27201: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Wild Honey
TIM43225: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Fossilized Amber
TIM21483: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Scattered Straw
Supplies from my stash: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Iridescent Gold and Dazzling Diamonds; Double sided tape, 3m Foam Tape, small pearls, Ivy Hollow Scrap Fusion adhesive; Seam binding; Crochet thread; Sharpie fine line detail pen; Martha Stewart Cathedral Lace Edge Punch; Canson Cold Press Water color paper.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Meg's Garden Cards

a Meg's Garden Design Team Project

To finish up my Meg's Garden Chantilly Cream collection I've made three cards to share with you. Of course my favorite will have to be the purple one!  Please join me on the video for an in depth look at how they were made, tips, tricks and many more photos.

all supplies from

Coloring - It's a Fun Thing!

A Cut at Home Design Team Project
Today I'm sharing a fun new adventure I've been on the last week or so.  I got a Deluxe set of the Chameleon Markers along with the new Dylusions Coloring Sheets and I've been playing!  Oh my what fun are these.  I love Dyan Reaverley's sense of humor and her style is a little on the tilt side which just seems to speak to me.  When I saw these coloring sheets, designed with her stamps, I was sold before they ever hit my doorstep.  I've spent the last few evenings coloring and having a ball.  I wasn't perfect, I went out of the lines or over other lines so NO BIG DEAL, I was out to enjoy myself, de-stress and just get a happy moment or two.  

I'm sharing one photo here, just a little sneak peek but please check out the Cut at Home blog post here for more photos and details, to get the most enjoyment and smiles at these silly designs view the video linked below and I'll share even more samples, photos, ideas and tips.

Thanks for joining me everyone and stop by the store and pick up a few of these fun toys to give your life some de-stress moments as well.
Supplies from the Store:
Chameleon Color Tone Markers Deluxe  Set
Dylusions Coloring Sheets
659798Sizzix Happy Birthday Clear Stamps
CMS078: Stampers Anonymous Just Thoughts Clear Stamps
CMS218: Stampers Anonymous Handwritten Thoughts Clear Stamps
SCP-018: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Special Occasion Prints
SCP-017: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Assorted Solids
SCI-001: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Berry Black Ink
CPC-CROP: Cutterpillar Crop
TIP33080: Tim Holtz Water Brush with Fine Detalier Nib

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Butterfly Tag & Pocket Album featuring Communique by Graphic 45

A Cut at Home Design Team Project

Hi everyone I'm back this week with my Butterfly Mini featuring Graphic 45's Communique Deluxe Collectors Edition Paper Pad and the Butterfly Tag and Pocket Album

I used a lot of Graphic 45 Staples for my mini this week, from the premade Tag and Pocket Album to the rolled paper along with tags and policy envelopes.

The album comes with the black butterfly album, eighteen cardstock pages, six double-sided peek-a-boo pocket pages and six cardstock tags with grommets. 

Be sure and take a look at the video where we'll walk through all the pages and I'll share what I've used on each.

Supplies from the Store:
4501253: Graphic 45 Communique Deluxe Collector’s Edition Paper Pad
4501285: Graphic 45 Tag & Pocket Album – Butterfly
4501280: Graphic 45 Inspire, Create, Imagine Ivory Tags
4501261: Graphic 45 ATC Red Policy Envelopes
4501289: Graphic 45 DIY Craft Paper Numbers & Stripes
S5-215: Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders Two

Thursday, March 10, 2016

It's a Staple, Graphic 45 that is!

a Cut at Home Design Team Share

Today over on the Cut at Home blog I'm doing a segment on Graphic 45 Staples.  I hope you'll pop over to see the whole blog post here. There are so many oldies but goodies and brand new Graphic 45 Staples to choose from, I'll touch on some I have in my stash to give you a feel for what's coming and what's available now.  Anything marked 'Preorder' is the new stuff, order it right now and it will be shipped to you as soon as it arrives.  

Check out today's video where I'll share a more in depth look at Graphic 45's Staples collection.  Oh yes and I'll even give you a sneak peek at a mini I made using the Graphic 45 Tag & Pocket Album. I'll be sharing that video next week so keep a watch out.

Supplies shown in the video:

4501265: Graphic 45 Alphabet Banners – Red ATC
4501269: Graphic 45 Alphabet Banners – Black
4501022: Graphic 45 Mixed Media Album – Black
4500541: Graphic 45 Easel Album 8×8″
4501163: Graphic 45 Book Box – Black
4501285: Graphic 45 Tag & Pocket Album – Butterfly
4501295: Graphic 45 Metal Door Plates & Knobs
4501293: Graphic 45 Metal Clock Keys
4500842: Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Door Pull
4501275: Graphic 45 To & From Kraft Artist Trading Tags
4501280: Graphic 45 Inspire, Create, Imagine Ivory Tags
4501283: Graphic 45 Square Black Tag Album
4501261: Graphic 45 ATC Red Policy Envelopes
4501299: Graphic 45 Regular Black Policy Envelopes
4501264: Graphic 45 Large Red Policy Envelopes
4501289: Graphic 45 DIY Craft Paper Numbers & Stripes
4501290: Graphic 45 DIY Craft Paper Quotes & Newsprint