Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wedding Memories SCRAPBOOKED with BLING!

Happy SPRING to ya', darling friends of Want2Scrap®!

It may be a mild case of SPRING FEVER, or just the
EUPHORIA I'm experiencing, since I recently became
the proud owner of some of the newest products from
Want2Scrap®...! Yeah, actually - it's the later,

Old AND new products - TOGETHER....? WELL,
all I can say, is that there is a reason
this company is called Want2Scrap!

And, BABY! I. WANT. TO. SCRAP!!!!!!!
So ... I did!

Don't drool on the keyboard, now... But, you're
right! That STUNNING border is ONE {!}
of the gorgeous patterns, designed by the
AMAZING, Nina Bracket!
Beautiful Bling Borders - Fancy That!
By Nina Bracket

Once I pulled myself away from the astonishing
beauty of each and every faceted gem, flawlessly
festooned across the opulent border {and TRUST
me, it took a WHILE!} I began to "see" my page!

{SERIOUSLY! Look away. No, I'm SERIOUS!
Just try to break away! It's tough! I KNOW!}
Sooooooo B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!

Auugggh! {! I feel like I have MET the Queen!}
Splendid, I tell you!!! As you may have seen, above,
I ran some scissors right through the middle of the
design, while it was still attached to the packaging
transparency, to customize the look for my page...
Trust me - no bling was harmed... :o)

But, where there's NEW... there is CERTAINLY room
for OLD, and Want2Scrap® owns my heart for the
invention of Finesse Swirls™, Silver Rhinestone - 2 pk.
self adhesive
- simply a STAPLE for any well blinged
crafter, in MY opinion... I JUST love 'em! Look HOW
wonderfully they create a butterfly trail! {Yeeeeeee!}
~I love 'em, I love 'em, I LOVE Finesse Swirls!~

And WHAT a splendid butterfly to need such a
sparkling "trail"... don't you think? Yep, we
make 'em!
All kinds of COLORS + bling - CHECK
them OUT, if you have not previously done so!

Okay. Are you BACK? Good!

This is the UNDERBELLY of the beast! Ur, Butterfly...
The reason I'm showing it to you, is because I want you
to understand HOW seriously I take
embellishment placement.

VERY seriously! That's why, when I hold an exquisite
gem in my wee little hands, I DO NOT want it to get
away! No, no... A BUTTERFLY on the SCRAPBOOK
page, needs to STAY on the SCRAPBOOK page!

I sewed THAT bug RIGHT on down! Oh, sure, a dab
of Beacon Adhesive's 3 in 1 Glue is a SURE bet, and
I adore that stuff for nearly everything, glueable...
But if there is even a tiny SHRED of doubt, I'm
BUSTIN' out my mono filament thread and tying
that sucker DOWN! That's all. Don't MESS.

ONE hundred and FIFTY years from now,
folks will be OOOWING and AAAAHHING,
over this butterfly and BLINGY trial, and
sensational NINA B borders, etc. because
THAT'S what it's ALL about!

But if there's EVER a reason to get all lovey and
sentimental about the magic of Want2Scrap®,
this here, may just be the Rosetta Stone... the
missing link - the reason WE'RE on the map!
It's the dynamic pairing of Want2Scrap® bling
and the no nonsense, CLASSIC beauty of
Spellbinders™ dies... and the invention of
NESTABLING™! So exhilarating, to be able to
journal this little tag, match it to Labels Nine,
die cut it OUT, exactly where I want it, and
be-jewel it, FLAWLESSLY, with coordinating
Nestabling™, Labels Nine - Black Rhinestone!

I know!
{I've been starring at this ALL day!}
WHO KNEW, you could do
ALL this with bling!

Okay - YOU probably did! But it's the
kind of thing that is fun to discover,
again AND again! Scrapping with
Want2Scrap® BLING -
it's the PERFECT thing!

Just ASK the newlyweds!

THEY know!

Ain't LOVE grand!

It SURE is! And I have been LOVIN' my
Want2Scrap® bling for OVER a year now,
and the honeymoon hasn't diminished,
in the LEAST! That's why
I'm SO grateful to you
for letting me share my joyful
with Want2Scrap®
products! I LOVE them ALL!

Want2Scrap® Products Used:

Beautiful Bling Borders - Fancy That!™ by Nina Brackett
Swirls - Finesse, Silver Rhinestone™
Butterfly - 1" White
Nestabling™ Labels Nine - Black Rhinestone

Cross Promotional Products Used:

Spellbinders™ Labels Nine SKU: S4-233

3 in 1 Advanced Crafter's Glue - by Beacon Adhesives
Graphic 45 - Le Romantique

Additional Products Used:

Cardstock - Stampin' Up!
Polka Dot Designer Paper - Creative Imaginations
Ephemera - MAMBI
Ribbon - Michael's

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Altered Spring Tags Tutorial

Want2Scrap has these fun new tags and since Easter is just around the corner I created some fun and pretty tags to pop in the baskets. Here is a list of the main materials I used...with each new tag I added more colors of paint, bling and embellishments, but the base of each tag was created in the same way.

I first sprayed each tag with spray ink.

After it dries I use a mask or template and add a little paint.

Now it is time for embellishments...both bling butterflies, chipboard embellishments , or rose ribbons work equally as well. Of course for the chipboard we got to add a little extra paint fun!

Then for a finished look add stamps, more paint for the edges, rub-ons, bling and pearls of various colors...they add the pop that says "Spring has Sprung"!

How about all these pretty spring colors!

I hope this inspires you to did into your crafts and create for the season!

Want2Scrap Products:
Winged Bling Butterflies
Designer Embellishment- Mixed Media
Lavender Pearls
Pink Pearls
Sleek Strips-Silver Rhinestones
Lady Bug 2 3/4
Swirls - White Pearl
White 1" Butterfly
Beige Rose Ribbon
Black 1.5 Inch Rose
Purple 1.5 Inch Rose

Other Products:
Paint- Claudine Hellmuth
Pen- Scarlet Lime
Ink- Ranger
Masks- Crafters Workshop
Rub-ons- Kaiser Craft
Stickers- Authentique
Stamps- Stampers Anonymous

Friday, March 23, 2012

Meet Card Team Member Trudy

 Meet Card Design Team Member.....TRUE!!

Hi! My name is Trudy friends call me True.
My husband, Robert and I were high school sweethearts and are still very happily married today. I am the mother of a wonderful 26 year old son Kurt and MIL to a beautiful new DIL Kristin. I am also super excited that I will be a grandma in October! :) 
Since I started making cards a few of years ago, I have been blessed with many new card making friends, been asked to speak and teach at major craft events, and have been lucky enough to have my cards published and featured in magazines and books. 
 I love sharing my craft with others and following other artists for inspiration and fun!
I currently design and illustrate stamps for Clear Dollar Stamps. I also design for, Inky Antics, Discount Card Stock, Really Reasonable Ribbon and Helmar. I am also very honored to be on the CardMaker Magazine blog design team.
I am super excited to have the chance to play with the girls on the Want2Scrap team! Can't wait to show you what happens when I get my BLING on!  :)


 We are thrilled to have True on our team and look forward to all her designs!
You can see all of her beautiful work at her blog: True's Gifts from the Heart.

Monday, March 19, 2012

March Guest Designer Misty Russell and a Stunning Layout

Please welcome Misty Russell our March Guest Designer...we told you a little about her at the beginning of the month:

Hi! I am a mommy to 2 awesome kids, and a wife to an amazing husband who supports everything I do...even though, he may be rolling his eyes while I do it! ;)  
I started scrapping in September 2010 and have been hooked ever since.  Finding the artsy side of me has been a very liberating experience, and I can't imagine my life without it now!  I'm a technique junky, who loves getting messy with my style.  I'm very excited to be a guest designer for Want2Scrap this month!  
Misty made this fantastic layout...outstanding and gorgeous...

For my project I used :

peridot rose ribbon 1.5"
Grey ribbon 1"
Beautiful Bling Borders-fancy that! by Nina Brackett
Chipboard sentiments-words of love
baby bling pearl purple
baby bling rhinestones turquoise
square ribbon slide
 We love what she did with Want2Scrap!

She has more to come so DON'T MISS OUT!

Do not forget to enter the EXTREME BLING CONTEST you can enter at Want2Scrap's facebook page...remember the more friends you send and they mention YOUR name the more you can win!

Want2Scrap will be on the road this weekend in March 25-26: The Original Scrapbook USA Expo, Sandy, UT
AND March 25-26: Memories Scrapbooking Expo, Columbus, OH!

Hope to see lots of you there! Join us back here this evening as we introduce another one of our Want2Scrap Card maker design team members!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Want2Scrap's 2012-2013 Card Team Member: Nina Brackett

Card Maker Nina Brackett

Nina Brackett:
I’m just a wife and mom who discovered that her love for paper crafting could extend beyond card making and into product design 2.5 years ago when I started illustrating for a stamp company. I was born in the Philippines, educated in the US and now live in a small town in Croatia, where my husband and I are in full-time Christian ministry. I studied Biology in college and am still a science geek at heart. I’m fortunate enough to have traveled extensively to many places in the world. My experiences in these different cultures and my love for God’s creation as a Biologist have made me a keen observer of beautiful things around me. I’m drawn to the soft, feminine and vintage style, but with simplicity in mind (as a busy mom to 3 young girls, I always strive for quick but beautiful projects). I like to call my style “simple shabby.” Despite my frequent travels, I am a homebody and consider the experiences I share at home with my family and friends to be the best in the world.
Here are a few of Nina's amazing cards! 
My paper crafted projects have been published in several print publications, including Paper Crafts, Cards, Scrapbooks, Etc and CardMaker Magazines. I love making cards and hand-crafted gifts (e.g., notebooks, wall hangings, etc.) to give away. I teach in our small town regularly as a way to reach out to the women in the community. It's a rewarding work because I get to do it with my girls.
I joined the paper crafting community in 2009 when I started my blog ( I have since worked for several stamp companies (Layers of Color, The Craft’s Meow, Gina K Designs, The Angel Company and There She Goes Stamps) and for Spellbinders Dies as a product designer. Spellbinders Paper Arts just recently released my first licensed designs, Sewing Elements and Home Sweet Home. And I am excited and grateful that I have joined the Want2Scrap team, both as a product designer and as a DT member. I look forward to showcasing their beautiful products to you all!  

Always beautiful work and we are thrilled to have such a wonderful designer on our team!
To see more of Nina's work go to: Crafting in Croatia

 Join us tomorrow as we introduce another one of our card making team!

Don't Forget to put your idea for EXTREME BLING up on our facebook wall !! THE More Ideas the more we give away!
This contest is open to ALL residents of Earth! Come on with us and have fun...WHAT can't you bling??

Monday, March 12, 2012

Inside the DOG HOUSE with Want2Scrap©

What goes on inside of the Dog House -
should be SEEN!

That's why I'm BACK with this fun project! A
while back, I shared with you how to jazz up the
OUTSIDE of the old Dog House, but now I'm
back to share what goes on INSIDE!

Dog lover or not, it's hard not to be smitten by this
intricately shaped Want2Scrap© chipboard album.
{Isn't it ADORABLE!}

On the inside, there is endless possibility to showcase
pictures, memorabilia and darling memories.
I'm excited to share with you, some of my
solutions to embellish photos and really have
fun with the shape of this album. I chose dog
photos, of course, but it dawns on me
that this would make a super fun collection
for Halloween photos, or a great play on
"being in the dog house!" {I'm pretty sure my
husband could qualify for such a
photo montage, but I digress....}

"WHAZ UP?" Alert and ready for love...
A playful explosion of Eco Green Craft's
acrylic paint behind a carefully silhouetted
photograph does this pup proud. Love,
love, love the serpentine accent to the roof
line, compliments of some stunning bling
strips of black rhinestone and white pearl.
Makes me think, Snoopy, himself, would be
proud to dwell in this finely decorated house!

Exactly, Mr. Shultz -
Warm puppies make EVERYONE happy!

And look HOW fun and easy it is to take these large bling
nuggets from the 72 Count, Self-adhesive, Silver Rhinestone
collection, and turn them into adorable paw prints....

Did ya see what I did there?
Just added "toes" with some silver
baby bling rhinestones! How cute
would THOSE prints be on your
kitchen floor!?! Well, maybe it's
best they stay in the album, for now...

What ELSE is in the album? HOW about
a bunch more unforgettable photos of my
pups? Check out WHERE they hide...

For tips on how I add these, super useful, hidden
photos, check out this post here! There are SO many
ways to fill the pages of Want2Scrap's© amazing
albums. We feature SO many different designs
and SO many ways to create stunning accents...

Finesse Swirls are STILL my favorite, customizable,
go-to bling accents. You can cut and re-assemble
them to bring illumination and impact to nearly
any corner of an album, card or project! To the
lower right corner of my dog's photo, I pieced this
accent together to balance out this fun layout!

And with this composition, the tiniest ring of Nestabling™
petite scalloped circle invites the album viewer to
pop open this flap to enjoy MORE hidden photos!

I shudder to think you might miss a shot of
my furry companions - this album is FULL
of adorableness!

I even created an extra page for journaling!

Just follow these steps for "adventure journaling!"

Trace a page of Want2Scrap's© chipboard album
of your choosing. Hand write the journaling,
on a scratch piece of light weight paper.
Re-write the journaling in computer program,
using a font size close to your handwritten version.
The top, right corner shows how I placed a chipboard
page on an 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock, to interpret

Print out a sample on computer paper, before printing
directly to chipboard. For my purpose, I printed two
sheets, with a second page of journaling for the back
side. I then traced the shape onto the journaled piece,
cut and glued the two, back to back, for a thick page,
suitable to add to the album.

One last page, MORE hidden photos...

{and MINE!} for the keeping!

Thank you, for letting me share my addiction
to ALL THINGS Want2Scrap©, but especially
for our FANTASTIC shaped chipboard albums!
Such the PERFECT place to let your bling do
its THING! Hope you'll get started on one of
these, today!!!

Want2Scrap© Products Used:

Dog House Chipboard Album

72 Count -Self Adhesive - Silver Rinestones

Baby Bling Rhinestones - Silver - 100 ct. Self Adhesive

Swirls, Finesse - Silver Rhinestone- 2 Package Self Adhesive
Swirls, Finesse - White Pearls - 2 Package - Self Adhesive

Nestabling™ - Stars Five - White - {Coordinates with Spellbinders S4-092}
Nestaboard™ - Stars Five{Coordinates with Spellbinders S4-092 die}

Beautiful Bling Strips - Black Wave Rhinestone - Self Adhesive
Beautiful Bling Strips - White Pearl Wave/Black Rhinestone - Self Adhesive

Nestabling™ Pennants - Black Rhinestone {Coordinate with Spellbinder's Die s5-028

Nestabling™ Petite Sm. Scalloped Circle - Silver Rhinestone

Cross Promotional Products Used:

Eco Green Crafts - Acrylic Paint
Beacon Adhesive - 3 in 1 craft glue

Additional Products Used:

Cardstock - Stampin' Up!
Ink - Stampin' Up!; Versafine; Staz On
Stamps - Stampin' Up!; Fiskars
Chipboard Letters - 7 Gypsies


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