Sunday, October 3, 2010

A new route.

I am now blogging HERE and I explain all the reasons HERE.

If you are a follower of The thrifty Scrapper please consider becoming a follower of Creating Treasures. I will keep posting tutorials, videos and more there.


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Going Digital!

ok, don't freak out!! I know I did when I found out about the new Digital thing. Yes, digital scrapbooking.

If you are like me - you love to cut and paste paper, embellish, stitch, distress and do other manual things to your scrapbook layouts or cards, to go digital is just foreign. But did you know that you can go digital just not completely digital?

Ok, I will explain. I use digital papers to create my scrapbook papers and cards. It's called Hybrid scrapbooking. I use clip art, digital stamps, scanned images, enhanced and altered photos and digital papers.

Going Digital is great because you can save money on storage.

I made a confession once that I hoard paper. Well now I can without so much guilt because it is not creating piles in my craft room, it is stored away in my hard drive. Yeah, I know. You got to have room to store in a hard drive too. Another topic for another post.

For now, let me tell you that you can use digital papers for less money and less storage space than the actual papers.

Here are some examples of my hybrid work.

I will share in a few days how to create some of those hybrid layouts.

:) Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

So I got carried away...

Recently I was creating a custom bridal card and got carried away coloring my card with my watercolor pencils.

I was trying to create a halo around the bride and it ended up looking like she was contaminated with nuclear chemicals or something. Anyway, the whole thing made me take a closer look at the books I read to my children.

I read this one recently and realized that it has beautiful artwork and what you know? All the illustrations were made with watercolors and there is a WHITE halo around the characters from where the artist left the area without color. The whole concept is perfect but if you look too close it might look a little messy.

I am definitely learning some serious art as I scrap and card make. :) Every day is an opportunity to learn new things and grow.

So for now my brides will not have a blue halo around them, but who knows in the future!! :)

Also, if you are interested in scrapping but is really short on time please follow me. I will be doing a little tutorial on using digital to short cut your scrapping time. :) Here are some of my recent pages I made using these shortcuts.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, July 30, 2010

And the Winner is....

Sorry, I am late posting the winner for the Blog Candy! I have been busy with many projects that I am hoping to share soon.

The winner is ...


YEah, congratulations!! Espero que te guste mis creaciones. Por favor enviame un email con tus direciones para que yo pueda enviarte las tarjetas.

thanks so much for all that participated!

I will be showcasing a Wedding Album soon, so be sure to check back!!


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Blog Candy - harder than you think!

I think I finally get the hype of stamping.

If you have seen my cards you know I am a fan of digital and vintage. I love to layer papers, stitch my cards, add glitter, paint and ink. I love to stamp to create a distressed, old, worn look.

I do, however, love the look of clean and simple too. And often I will ooh and aahh over a card and tell myself that the card is beautiful but pretty easy to make. HA!! Big mistake! I want right here and right now to APOLOGIZE to all card makers out there that have dedicated their lives to stamping the perfect image. I found out that it is harder than I thought. I am very sorry for thinking that it was easy. It is an Art to do what you ladies do out there!! See end of post for a few of my favorites..

Below the result of my experience:

Supplies: Prima and Technique Tuesday stamps, Tim Holtz distress inks, Staz On ink, satin ribbons.

Now check out these pros:




And to these ladies I would like to say: YOu are simply the Best!!!

And if you, my fellow blog reader, think the above cards are worth anything, then leave me a comment and enter to have a chance on winning the cards above. The lucky winner will be picked on July 27th.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend :)


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

How to make a chipboard album - Last Part

Hi everyone,

I am in full blast summer! We have been grilling eggplants. Have you ever tried it? Just slice them and sprinkle salt, pepper and olive oil. A few minutes on each side and they are done. They are soooo good.

We also did a beer but chicken WITHOUT the beer. We didn't have any so we used a can of ginger ale. Oh, my!!! It turned out soooo good.

Ok, I will share some photos and recipes in a later post.

Now back to scrapbooking...Below is the last part of the Bikas album that I finished and it is on its way to Portugal. Please excuse my rhetoric. It is pretty bad. I was rushing, trying to get done because of the lighting and the children and I ended up stammering and forgetting words. So enjoy the images and excuse my speech.

Would love to hear your comments and questions. :) Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

The monster I created.

The other day I was trying to organize my craft room. It used to be my dining room now it is our library/ craft room/ study room.

I needed a place to store my ribbons. I have so many spools and I thought maybe I could hang a rod on the wall and store them there. My DH (he is wonderful) made a big fuss about making holes on the wall and what rod to get and blah blah blah.

I realized it was going to be a big problem and I would have to wait a while before I got my storage solution. So... I just put my brain to work and came up with this.

I used an old bulky piece of Styrofoam I had in my closet where I store my boxes and shipping supplies. I covered it with a piece of fabric and stuck some bamboo kabob sticks in it. Then I organized my spools by type and size. To finish it up I covered it up with another piece of fabric to keep it safe from the dust.

There is a saying in Brazil that says "If you don't have a dog to hunt with, you hunt with a cat." Can you translate that into an English saying??

Now, it may not look the best but solved my storage problem. :) Hey, the day my studio looks like something out of a magazine, it will probably BE in a magazine. LOL

Next week, I will try to share some photos of my Studio. You might remember my husband made me a new table. You can see the Before pictures here.

Thanks for stopping by,