The Rules...

We love to see all of your beautiful creations but to be in for the prize drawing it must be a scrapbook layout or mini album. After all that is what we are about here. We all love to stamp on our cards but sometimes we forget to use them on our layouts and other projects. They are cheap embellishments and plentiful after all. You are welcome to combine our challenge with others. Happy Crafting!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

the winner is.....

libeeti! Congrats! Please email me and I will let you know how to claim your prize! You can see more of libeeti's beautiful work HERE!
Thank you to everyone who played along with us!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Welcome everyone, Thanks for playing along with us at Scrap and Stamp today! Are you glad that spring is here? I know I am we have been soaking it up here. Before long it will be too
Before I tell you about this weeks challenge I would like to let you know about our current DT call. You can find all of the info on this post! We can't wait to see all of your wonderful layouts!

This week we have a great sponsor, Squiggle Stamps! Please be sure to stop by the Squiggle Stamps store and check out all of the beautiful designs.

One lucky participant will win a gift voucher for 15 pounds from the Squiggle Stamps store!

The challenge this week is a recipe...use tearing, large title, stripes and at least one stamp! You can use more but your layout must contain these items!

Please check out the design teams beautiful layouts before you run off to create!




We hope you will have a chance to play along with us this week. Please link us to your new layout by Friday, April 2nd at 11pm EST!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Design Team Call!!

It is that time again! Time for us to add to our team! Would you like to be part of a fun group of ladies? Then we would love to have you!
We are looking for at least 4 more talented people to join our fabulous team!

The Requirements:
The term will be for 6 months (April 30th-October 31st). You will need to submit one page a week based on the challenges that you will receive ahead of time. I try to give them out at least a month in advance so that you can work ahead if you wish. Of course we all know that life gets in the way at times and that is okay too. I just ask that you let me know as soon as possible if you are going to miss. You will also need to submit one tutorial during your term.

You will also need to leave some love to those who play along with us. We all love comments so we like to spread the love!
You will be working with your own supplies mostly. I am sorry that I can not offer you supplies each month but occasionally our sponsors do offer some fabulous goodies for the design team to play with.

All you need to do is send the following to me at with DT CALL in the subject line by April 17th. I will be announcing the new members the following week!
1. A short bio
2. 3-5 of your favorite layouts featuring stamping, after all that is what we are all about here!
3. A link to your blog if you have one
4. A list of current and past design teams you may be worries if you have never been on a design team...we would love to discover some fresh new talent!

We would also love for you to play along with our upcoming challenges if you get a chance. This will give us a chance to see a little more of your work!

Good luck everyone! I can't wait to see what you all submit!

the winner is....

Anne Gaffney-Iehl for the sketch challenge! Congrats! Please email me with your addy and we will get them out to you shortly! You can see more of Anne's beautiful work HERE! Thanks to everyone who played along with us!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The challenge....

Thank you for joining us for another Scrap and Stamp challenge! I am so glad Spring has finally sprung even if it is cold here this

This week we are offering our 2nd tutorial by our very own Cariena Basson, be sure to check the previous post for it. Let us know what you think!

Our challenge is for you to use either heat embossing or masking. Or both if you are feeling really adventurous with at least one stamp!

This week the wonderful Helen of Ellephantastic Cards and Crafts is sponsoring us. Be sure to check out the Ellephantastic shop for some super cute digis, knitted items and lots of other goodies!

Someone will win 4 digis of their choice from Ellephantastic!

Now lets see what the design team came up with!





We hope you will take a little time to play along with us this week. Be sure to link your new creation here by Friday, March 26th at 11pm EST! Happy Crafting!

Masking Tutorial

Hi everyone! Today I am going to take you through a short journey with MASKS! Maybe you have used them, maybe not. I LOVE masks! Masks are made from a durable, flexible material that is tacky on the one side. It is basically the opposite of a stencil. You can use them with anything that adds color – paints, ink, spray – you name it. Today I am going to use my favorite paint in the world – Ranger’s Paint Dabbers.
Of course I chose my paper first – I chose this stunning paper by Heidi Swapp, and I am also using one of the masks from her Mega Mask set – Brackets. I place it on my paper where I want it.

I then used a wide flat brush and mixed my Denim ( a dark Blue) and Cloudy Blue ( light blue) paint to get the color I wanted. I did not want my page covered completely, but I wanted the pattern to be clearly defined, so I made sure that I paid a bit more detail close to the mask.

When finished painting, remove the mask, and wash it. I found that washing it makes no difference to the tackiness – but I don’t wash them anymore when I use the paint dabbers – they dry so quickly, and it is just too much work! When I use distress ink or other inks, I wipe them immediately, but I think I can safely say you can leave it when you use the Ranger dabbers.

Next I added the letters from Heide Swapp’s Alphabet mask, spelling the title for my page. I am not going to use it as a MASK in the same manner, but as a STENCIL!! You can trace the words with a pencil, or, as I was going to paint them black, I used a black pen.

Here you can see what it looks like when I removed the mask. Now I am going to paint it with a thin paint brush to get the detail and my Black Paint dabber.

Here is a close up of the painting being done

And here my word is finished! I have to tell you – I was tempted to use the original mask as the title ( the masks are about the price of a sticker sheet of alphabets) but then I decided to go the proper route!!. You can, of course, use them as a sticker.

Next some embossing. I am using one of my favorite Tim Holtz flourishes, together with Distress Embossing Powder and the Distress Embossing Ink. The reason I am using these powders is because I like the distressed look for this page, with the painting being all distressed and a bit messy. I am using Black soot, Denim and Broken China – all spread over the stamped image.

Just a tip – remember to use your anti-static pad to make sure no stray powders land on your layout!

And this is the result of the embossing. I spread the colors on the image, so that you can get all of them onto the flourish.

And this is my finished layout. I just want to point out, that from a cost point of view, this layout cost me the piece of paper, the Cloudy Blue Dabber and Broken China Embossing powder( which was an indulgence – I did not have to do that to achieve my effects) and the photo. I had everything already in my stash – and it just goes to show – you CAN scrap and not spend a fortune!
My challenge to you this week would be to use either a mask (in any shape and size) or any form of embossing – dry, heat, wet – you name it, on your layout!! JUST CREATE and remember to use a STAMP!!!!

Tutorial by Cariena Basson

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The winner is....

Amanda Bodine! Congrats please email me and I will let you know how to claim your prize! You can see more of Amanda's work HERE! Isn't that photo just precious!

A Sketchy Challenge.....

Thank you for joining us for another Scrap and Stamp challenge! We always love seeing every ones beautiful creations!

This week we have Glue Dots as our sponsor again! I don't know about you but I love Glue Dots! I use them for everything! Someone will win 2 Dot n' Go runners!!

This week we have a Pencil Lines sketch for your inspiration! I love this sketch and there is so much you can do with it! Any interpretation of the sketch is fine as long as we can see the just of it on your layout! Of course you need to use at least one stamp as well!
Now it is time to see what the design team has come up with for the sketch! I love all of their takes. How about you?



We hope you will have a chance to play along with us this week. Be sure to link your new creation here by Friday, March 19th at 11pm EST to be in for the prize! Happy Crafting!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

The winner is.....

Julie for the texture challenge! Congrats please email me and I will let you know how to claim your prize! You can see more of Julie's work HERE!
Did you all think we forgot? Well I almost did...sorry about that! Stay tuned for a new challenge tomorrow and this weeks winner!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

La, La, La, La Musical Inspiration....

Thank you for joining us for another Scrap and Stamp Saturday challenge. We love seeing everyone creations each week!

This week's challenge is all about Musical Inspiration. We want you to use a song title or lyrics in your page creation. 

Our sponsor this week is Sew Many Cards and Jeri  has generously offered 5 images of winners choice. Wowza!!

Be sure to check out the Design Team's musical debut below. Now get out those cds and iPods and get to creating.  I dare you to "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"!!

We hope you will play along with us this week. Please link your new layout here by Friday, March 12th at 11pm EST.