Paper Secrets NSD Challenges are still open

Happy Mother’s Day everyone! The Paper Secrets National Scrapbooking Day challenges are still open! If you happen to find a lull in your day, stop on by for some great challenges w/awesome prizes. Entries need to be received by 11:59 pm PST tonight to be elligible for prizes. Don’t worry though, if you miss the NSD challenges, there are also 4 May challenges posted that aren’t due until the end of the month! So far you’ve seen my examples for the recipe challenge and the sketch challenge. Now it’s time for me to share my examples for the color combo challenge. Our very talented Amy, has challenged us to use the Turquoise, Red and White color combo on any project of our choice. You can do a layout, card or tag!

Though I love the colors and have used them in other color combos with ease, I tend to shy away from this trendy and very popular color combo. It’s everywhere in the previous CHA releases. You’ll find it with Lily Bee, Crate Paper, Webster’s Pages, Cosmo Cricket and I’m sure many others! What is it about turquoise and red together that I have trouble with? After quite a bit of thought, I’m relatively certain it’s a simply that they are both such bold colors. Well, if for no other reason than the fact that I like to step out of my comfort zone, I just HAD to participate in this one! My last project was a layout and the next one requires it to be a layout, so for this challenge I went with both a card and a tag. Here’s my take:

Materials (card):

American Crafts white cardstock
MME Kaleidoscope 12×12 papers
MME Lush2 trim
Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Booklet


Helmar Zap Dots
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac

Materials (tag):

WP scraps
MME Kaleidoscope 12×12 paper
Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Booklet
WP Chipboard button
seam binding
Punched paper scrap



NSD – Challenge Event Announcements and Projects

Happy NDS (National Scrapbooking Day) all you crafter’s out there! Hope everyone finds the time to do something creative today. πŸ˜€

In case you haven’t noticed, I love to combine challenges whenever possible. I often find it even more challenging to take a color challenge and mix it with a sketch challenge or a recipe challenge and blend it with a themed one, etc. It’s great when you can combine 3 or more challenges on a single project! Not all sites allow you to do this for your entry, but you can always do it just for you too. πŸ˜€

Today’s projects are combined challenges, however they’re unique because this time I’m combining a challenge that I’m hosting on Paper Secrets for their NSD weekend event with one on Webster’s Pages’ InspireMe! πŸ˜€ The WP traditional challenge asks you to create either a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day card using mainly WP papers and embellish it with either one of their flowers or stamps. If you don’t have either of these embellishments, you can even make your own paper flower from their papers for this challenge (CLICK HERE to enter or for further details). My example was created with this challenge in mind and my recipe challenge for Paper Secrets which requires just 1 ribbon, 2 patterned papers, and 3 embellishments of your choice from the provided list. You can use any manufacturer and can pick any 3 embellishments from a list that’s posted on the forum (CLICK HERE to enter the challenge or view further details for the challenge). Here’s what I came up with:


American Crafts cardstock base
Webster’s Pages 6×6 papers
WP Bloomer
Seam binding
WP Ladies & Gents Digi Tickets
K&Company rubons
Queen&Co. rhinestones


Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac

For the challenge I posted on Paper Secrets, you can also opt to make a tag instead of a card, so here’s my example for the tag:


American Crafts cardstock base
Webster’s Pages 6×6 papers
WP Ladies and Gents chipboard buttons w/twine
WP Ladies and Gents Digi Tickets
Seam Binding


Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac

The tag was combined with Michelle’s May Tag challenge on Sketches4All. TFL and I hope you can play along too! πŸ˜€

Projects Created with For the Record by Echo Park

There’s a great site called Sketches4All that I visit frequently. The people there are great and the challenges are a lot of fun! Well, I won SGOTM (Sketch Girl of the Month) for March and Fia sent me Echo Park’s new For the Record paper pack! When it arrived early this month, I was soooo excited! The papers are vibrant and beautifully designed, which is no surprise if you’re familiar with Echo Park’s wonderful, high-quality papers. The paper pack comes with twelve 12×12 double sided papers, one 12×12 element sticker sheet and one 12×12 alphabet sticker sheet. Of the twelve cardstock papers, there are 2 that have a pattern on one side and the other side is divided into four 6×6 sections…perfect for cards and tags! There’s another sheet that is patterned on one side and has cutout border strips on the other and lastly, there is one sheet that has a pattern on one side and cutout journaling cards on the other side. They really thought of everything! I loved working with this fabulous paper pack. Thank you Fia!!!

So far, I made one layout, one card and one tag. I still have at least 5 sheets that I haven’t cut into yet and plenty of scraps for several projects. I adore the diecut sticker images that come with this set too! I’ve set most of those aside for a journal I’ll be working on later this month. πŸ˜€

This is a tag I created for Michelle’s challenge group on the site. It’s based on the first April tag sketch and features a diecut sticker that I turned into a ribbon slider by making a couple of simple cuts:

This card was created for the rolled paper technique challenge in Khristen’s group using the colors Rosey posted for a challenge. The handmade flower was very easy to make and I hope to post a tutorial on it in the future, along with other flowers I’ve made on past projects:

This layout was based on Fia’s first April challenge for the Get Sketchy group. All stitching is done by hand since I do not have a sewing machine:

Thanks for looking!


Echo Park For the Record Collection Kit
Sei ribbon (on the tag)
May Arts ribbon (on the card)
jeweled brad from my stash
Black Bazzill cardstock
American Crafts white cardstock
DMC embroidery floss


Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac


Fiskars border/edge punch

To play along with these and other fabulous challenges on Sketches4All, CLICK HERE!

Graphic 45 Altered Box Part 2 – Finished

This project is my entry into Graphic 45’s metal challenge. Since I was hosting an altered box challenge on Paper Secrets last weekend, I used the first few steps as my example project (you can see the post showing the bare wood box and the after for the PS example on this post). I took it further for the Graphic 45 challenge since the point of that challenge is to include at least one of their new metal staples (embellishments) in your project. Well, last month I won the new G45 Le Cirque 12×12 paper pad, a Geometric metal knob and door plate staple and envelope tag staples on their blog. THANK YOU G45!!! To thank them properly, I thought it would be a good idea to use these items for the challenge. πŸ˜€

These photos pick up where I left off in my earlier post.

Here’s the exterior of the box:

When you open the box, on the left you see some of the cutouts that come in the paper back layered with a tag envelope staple tucked behind them:

Those cutouts are actually glued to a piece of repurposed chipboard to create a pocket that the envelope slides into. That way, I can hide special messages to my son in the envelope and it’s easier to add and remove the message. Also, if the envelope gets damaged from use, I can just replace it. πŸ˜€ On the right you see a photo of my son “clowning around” along with some embellishments, including the new metal knob and door plate by G45. πŸ˜€ Here’s what it looks like w/the envelope removed:

If you lift the flap the photo is mounted onto, it reveals 2 more photos mounted underneath:

You can also use the knob to lift out that entire section which is actually an insert that hides half the depth of the box, so it has a hidden compartment. Here’s the box with the insert removed:

I’ll have a tutorial on how to make the cardboard hidden compartment in another post at a later date. Hope you liked my project!


unfinished wood box (from craft store)
Graphic 45 12×12 Le Cirque Paper Pad
G45 Geometric knob and door plate staple
G45 Tag Envelope Staple
Folk Art acryllic paint


Helmar 450 Quick Dry Liquid
Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro Perma Tac
Mod Podge (though I’ve heard you can use Helmar’s Acid Free Glue for decoupage)


Sponge brush
EK Success scalloped circle punch
Martha Stewart doily lace border punch

Comments are always welcome and appreciated! Don’t forget I’m also offering up some blog candy for comments left on any post between April 3, 2011 and April 9, 2011! One comment per post per day please! Followers of my blog have a chance to win a separate prize! See THIS POST for further details and pictures. TFL!

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