Thursday, March 6, 2014

Julie's Blogoversary Blog Hop!!!

It's here, it's hear it's finally here!!!! 

This hop is to celebrate friendship!  I have some springy and friendly cards to share with you today.  Several of them were made at a class I took at Archiver's.  I can't say enough about the ladies of this blog hop!  They are amazing crafters/scrappers/artists not to mention some of the best scrappy online friends!  Next you will head to Maria's page!!  Enjoy the hop!!!

Did you hear about the great prizes???  Oh my!!  Here's the list! 

2 $10 gift certificates from Unity Stamp Company (donated by Unity!)

3 sets of winner's choosing from The Cutting Cafe (donated by Regina Easter)

A ribbon bundle from 3 Girl JAM

Timeless Twine -- Rainbow Party Pack (Donated by Timeless Twine)

Close To My Heart Stamp Set

Close To My Heart Stamp Set

$15 Pinque Peacock gift certificate (donated by Jessica Shelton-Buffa)

Embossing folders (2)

 2 $25 Gift certificates for My Scrap Chick store (donated by My Scrap Chick)

Websters' Pages 6x6 Sweet Notes pad, an embellishment set and a Websters Pages Stamp set, plus a Unity Cloud background stamp -- donated by Lucy Evans

A background stamp from Flourishes and 3 Aqua markers -- donated by Ruth & Erin Carnes

Here's the hopping order:

Julie -

Rebecca -

Brenda -

Paula -

Kary -

Erin & Ruth -

Miwa -

Angeline Choo -



Kathy -

Donna K

Gwen -

Rachel -

Polly -


Corrie -

Mary -  <-------you are="" br="" here="">

Maria -

Karen -

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Never Ending Card (as seen on Crop Chocolate)

Never Ending Card - by mkbugs (Mary)

Original1.) Anyone remember this? “This is the song that never ends It just goes on and on my friends! Some people started singing, not knowing what it was And they’ll continue singing it forever just because….” (and repeat as many times as it takes to annoy everyone around you!)Now be honest, you were singing that in your head right? When I was teaching 4th grade, the mother of one of my students ran a scrapbook store. At the end of the school year, her daughter made me the coolest card! You can find a lot of patterns and instructions online. This is called a Never Ending Card. These are very simple to make. I tried out a few different patterns and settled on this particular one that I found in many places online. Since our theme this month is “Grandma’s Quilt” you will be piecing paper together much like you would a quilt!
Original2.) First off, here is a look at how the card looks as you are going through the steps. I wanted to make sure I could see which panels and areas were shown on each step. Really in part 2 and 3 are the only overlapping areas of your card. Something to keep in mind when you are selecting paper. Honestly, using one of the paper kits that Crop Chocolate has put up recently is a great way to coordinate each panel of this card.
Original3.) First off, cut 4 pieces of cardstock 3 x 6 inches. You can make 2 card bases out of one 12 x 12 piece of cardstock. Next, get your trusty scoring tool. You will score each of the 4 pieces the same. The “hot-dog way” (with the 6 inch side vertical) score at 1.5 inches (this will score the paper in half. The “hamburger way” (with the 3 inch side vertical) score at 1.5 and 4.5 inches. (or you can flip it around and score at 1.5 again either way.This card requires a lot of flexibility. Make sure you fold on your score lines in both directions.
Original4.) Now you are ready to assemble your Never Ending Card.First, lay 2 of your scored panels side by side, vertically. Now you will put glue in the upper right corner of the right panel and the upper left corner of the left panel. Very carefully, lay your third panel on top of the first two, but make sure it is horizontal. Line up your corners carefully and make sure your bottom panels are not overlapping. Repeat the glue on the bottom left and right corners and carefully line up the fourth panel. Make sure your horizontal panels do not overlap each other. Here’s a hint. One one sample I made (that fell apart) I used my Xyron runner, and the hold wasn’t strong enough to hold the card together through several run-throughs. Make sure you use a strong adhesive. I used the Scotch glue for this, my card has yet to fall apart!Now you are ready to create!! I used the BE YOU papers from Fancy Pants, the strips page with the different sayings made it easy to add some text to the card. Just be sure you don’t overlap any folds or the middle. If for some reason your card is getting caught, you can trim the edges as needed.
Original5.) There you have it, here is the final product! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and try it yourself, it is a fun way to make a unique card!
Original6.) Thanks for checking out my card :)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

My 20 picture layout! as seen on Crop Chocolate

Have you ever had a huge stack of pictures and wondered how in the world you were going to create a layout with them?  This project uses a total of 20 pictures. Yes, I said 20!  My family has a cabin that is about 1.5 hours from Boise, Idaho.  It was built by my Grandpa in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  He did probably 90% of the work himself. We go there a lot in the summers and it is a great place for pictures, hence my insane amount of pictures!  This is a great way to keep those special memories all together!

CC Materials Used:
Designer Photo Sleeves (4x6 Vertical) (12 x 12)
EP Splash (yellow/teal)
Cosmo Cricket (Be Good: Ornaments) (Fleuriste: Maize)
Making Memories: Shimmer Alpha (Black)
Silhouette Cameo, Cabin diecut & The Wilderness diecut

Non CC Materials:
Close To My Heart: Hinges, Piercing Tools
Adhesives (wide variety)
Assortment of cardstock, from my stash
Xacto Knife

Here’s how it works:

I took a class about using photo sleeves in unique ways.  Did you know you can cut them apart?  It’s tricky, but if you do it right, you have a world of possibilities at your fingers!

Step 1 & 2:  Using a ruler or other straight edge, cut off  the part of the photo page where the holes are at. Trust me, you won’t need them!  Be careful not to cut right on the little dot perforation thingies, or you will  have to start over.

Step 3: Using the same technique, cut down the middle of the page dividing your photo sleeves into 2 columns of 3.  Again, be careful where you are cutting, you want to make sure that your able to get into all of the pockets!

Step 4:  Using a bone folder or other folding tool, fold each side of your sleeves into an accordion fold. 

Next step is the hinges. I purchased mine from Close To My Heart a while ago, unfortunately they are no longer available (keeping my fingers crossed they return) but you can find small hinges at some craft stores, and even hardware stores.  Cricut and Silhouette have some that can  be cut out, your main purpose for these is attaching the accordion folded halves of your photo sleeves to your page protector. 

Steps 5 & 6:  If you have a small cutting mat, or a piercing mat, you want to put that inside of your 12x12 page protector and decide where you want to put your soon to be photo books.  This is important or your page protector will tear!  You must pierce through the page protector with a piercing tool or if you have it, an eyelet setter (does anyone even use that anymore?)  You can use a pen to mark where you want your hinges to go.  Once you have attached your hinges the booklet, attach the other side of the hinges to your page protector.  If you are unsure of where to place your photo book, make your layout and use that as a guide.

Now, if you don’t mind your mini photo books flopping around on your page protector, you don’t have to do the next step, but trust me, you want them secure!  Again, it is really important that you pierce your page protectors with the eyelet setter tool (if it has the hole maker attachment on it) otherwise your page protector WILL tear!  I used some ribbon to secure my photo books.  You want to put a piercing pad or small cutting mat behind your layout, but inside the page protector.  Pierce your page protector and layout with your handy, thrown in a drawer and forgotten about eyelet setter.  Thread your ribbon through the holes and there you go!  Your photo books are set!  I had mine filled up before I did that. 

Here you can see all of my photos that are involved with the sleeves. I used some of the spaces for journaling.  If you look carefully where the hinges are, you can see that I cut a small strip of paper to cover the backside of the brads ( you know those pokey parts).  This protects your page protectors. 

There you have it.  Aside from the flash glare, I thought it turned out pretty well! 

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Celebrate Friendship Blog Hop

Welcome to Julie's Blogversary Blog Hop!

Please join us all on a fun hop around some great blogs to celebrate Julie's 1st year anniversary of her blog!   

My name is Mary, I am a Close To My Heart Scrapbooking Consultant, and a member of the Crop Chocolate Design Team.  I love to make cards, alter items and create gifts.  Feel free to browse around my blog.

Become a follower of my blog, and leave me a message on this post and I will randomly draw a name for some blog candy.  That simple :)  

Want to know what you could win?  You will get to choose 1 out of the 11 great 12 x 12 paper packs from Close To My Heart .  Please leave me a way to contact you (e-mail) so I can let you know if you win!!  

Be sure to check out Angeline's blog next!

Happy Hopping!!

As Seen on Crop Chocolate's The Crop!

Hidden Journaling Pockets - by mkbugs (Mary) 

For this month’s theme, I knew exactly what I was going to do!  A double layout of our two fur-babies Missy and Buddy.  But I wanted to keep the style simple, yet still have a place to put favorite stories about our furry kids.  I decided to do journal pockets, but with a different twist!

CC Products: 
EP Happy days paper,
 Xyron Mega Runner,
Alpha stickers (from Hot Chocolate)

Non CC Products: 
Foam tape,
CTMH Chocolate ink,
 white and black cardstock (from my cardstock stash)
Ribbon ( from my ribbon stash)

First off, of course, gather your materials.   Then decide which pictures or cardstock you are going to use for your hidden pockets.  I chose pictures for this particular one.   Mine are trimmed so that I could fit 3 pictures along one edge of my 12 x 12 paper. This would make them 4 x 4. 

I realized that I had run out of foam tape, or misplaced it in my hugely disorganized scrap space, so that prompted a trip to the craft store.  The only foam tape I could find, and trust me I had some thin foam tape before, was 3/8 of an inch wide.  If your foam tape is on the wider side, simply cut the foam tape in half (which can be tricky). Outline the backs of 3 sides of each picture with the foam tape. 

Don’t do what I did and forget to look at the front of the picture before placing the tape J  Once you have done all three pictures or pieces of cardstock, take the backing off the tape and place (ever so carefully) the pictures or cardstock in the desired place.  This makes a great pocket where you can add some dimension to your tags if needed.

Next you want to create your tags. You want them to stick out a little bit from your picture, and you want them to slide neatly and easily from the pocket you created.  Mine are 3.5 inches by 4.  But you can create them however you like.  I even found a way to use some of the alpha stickers that I get in my Hot Chocolate when I order!

I love to write and journal, but I wasn’t feeling like my handwriting was up to par on the day I did this.  (Do you ever have that happen or is it just me?)  So I went with the next best thing and used a cool font on my computer and wrote about some fun memories I want to remember about Missy and Buddy because we know that pets don’t live forever. 

I cut the journaling strips and folded them so that they can be easily unfolded.  I adhered them to the back of my tags and TA DA!!  I was able to write a lot, yet not overpower my page with a lot of wordiness! 

So here is my finished product.  Sometimes I like a simple layout with coordinating papers, and it’s fun to make some hidden pockets to put cherished memories of your beloved pets!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Crop Chocolate Challenge 51

The challenge was to stamp or doodle a background.   I had a card idea in mind, but the first one didn't turn out how I liked.  My second one, however, turned out how I wanted it to! 

This is my first card.  I wasn't as happy with it. I should have rotated some of the stamping I think :)
Here's my second one. I really like how this turned out. 

I am involved in a blog hop this weekend. Stay tuned!  The theme is Celebrating Friendship.  Be sure to check back for more information. The hop starts on Friday, March 1!!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Blog Hop Candy Winner!!!!!

Congratulations to:


You are the winner of my CC Design Team Blog Hop Prize!!!

A HUGE thank you to all who hopped!  Such lovely comments!

And thank you to my new fans and followers!

 pboszko  please message me your address either here or on Crop Chocolate (I'm mkbugs :) )  

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Crop Chocolate New Year New Team Blog Hop

 Welcome to the Crop Chocolate New Year New Team Blog Hop!!!!

My name is Mary Shriver.  

Welcome to my neck of the web!!  I'm so excited to be a part of the infamous Crop Chocolate Design Team.  You hopefully arrived here from Jasmine's blog.  If you haven't been through all of the blogs here, make sure you see each one!! These ladies are amazingly talented!!

Amber asked us to list 5 interesting facts about here it goes!

 5 Things You Should Know...

  1. I have different colored eyes. Completely natural, and yes I wear contacts, but they are clear!
  2.  I love to play games...board games, card games, video games...
  3. I have seen the fireworks from the top of the Empire State Building
  4. I love to bake
  5. I grew up in a small town in Oregon
Here are my entries for the CC Design Team tryouts

The top one is one that reflects me.  I love to create altered items for my home and as gifts.  I didn't have the pictures for the bottom frames at the time, but they are on the to do list :)

I love to quill. And since Crop Chocolate hasn't sold any qulling materials yet, I made my own! This project was entered as my "think outside of the box".  I had never made my own quilling paper, but it worked great with some EP scraps from my first project!


I appreciate you coming by and visiting my blog! Hopefully you saw some cute ideas :)  I am giving away some blog candy.  It is a surprise, but believe me, well worth it :)  To enter, Follow my blog, and leave a comment on this post.  That simple!!  I will use to choose a winner at the conclusion of the blog hop.

I am humbled and honored to be a part of the CC design team. I hope you check out the rest of the hop!!

Amber -
Jenni -
Kathy -
Jasmine -
------You Are Here -----Mary -
Nina -
Polly -
DeeDee -
Miwa -
Chris -
Corrie -
Karen -
Julie -
Becky -
Laura -
Michele -

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

My First Design Team Assignment!! 


To be honest, when it is not snowing out and your grass is still green, even though it is winter, it is hard to think about ice!  When deciding on what to do for this project, I literally thought about ice cubes!  I have used colored ice cubes in my son’s bath, it doesn’t stain him, and he has fun chasing the ice cubes around the tub. So I thought to myself, “what if I did that to paper and used it on a card?” And so, here goes my first Crop Chocolate Design Team Post!

CC Materials Used:
Yellow/Teal cardstock by Echo Park (Splash by Bella Road)
Teresa Collins Gentry’s Glitter
Making Memories Embossed Butterflies
Xyron Mega Runner

Non CC Materials:
Ice cube tray
Liquid food coloring
White cardstock (for the card base and for coloring on)
Assorted ribbon from my stash

The first step is to take a regular ice tray, fill it with water and add one tiny drop of food color to each tray.  You can mix and match and experiment with different combinations, but you may want to dilute the color if you get too much color into it.  Freeze until solid.
Your hands will take on some of the color, but it does wash off.  You wouldn’t be a crafter if your hands didn’t get dirty!

Next, take some white card stock (I used what I had in my paper stack). You could also use a light color if you do not have white available.  Start coloring with the ice!  You can mix and match your colors on your paper. Make sure you color the entire page.  Your paper will be rather wet, let it dry, and the edges will start to raise up, that is ok.

Once it is dry, start creating!  Make sure, however, that when you put adhesive on it, that you put adhesive all the way to the edges, otherwise the paper will curl up.  I used my paper for some cards, always nice to have cards on hand and my card stash was running low.

I am excited to see where the Design Team Projects take me and look forward to getting my craft on!

Monday, December 17, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Gifts

So I greatly apologize for not updating this. To be quite honest, the 12 Days of Teacher Christmas Gifts was a big adventure!!  I I do have pictures for day 7.  And I will post all of the days when I conclude this event on Thursday!

So for Day 7, we gave quilled snowflakes for the tree.  I first got into quilling a few years ago, but didn't do much with it until the past year or so.  

For the 7th day of Christmas,
Something for your tree,
Snowflakes that are unique,
and sure to please.

Some of the pictures are blurry...but you get the general idea...I added some bling to help make them sparkle.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The 12 Days of Christmas!

This year for my son's teacher, I am attempting to do the 12 days of Christmas.  Mostly giving teacher/classroom supplies.  The first day is a clipboard.  

It will have a tag that reads:

 For the 1st day of CHristams, 
something for you to use.
I'm giving you this clipboard,
so your papers you won't lose.

This all starts on Wednesday, and we are doing the 12 school days before Christmas Break.  

Stay tuned for more :)  I will try to share each day.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Teacher Birthday Gift!

I made Brendan's teacher a gift (ahead of time) since we have a baby coming!  It is a party in a box, complete with cake mix, candles, frosting and variety of sprinkles.  I have to give credit to my Close To My Heart Upline Kim McCall.  She got the directions from a friend.  I am not posting the directions, but will post the pictures of the finished product :)    I think it is a fun idea!!

It really is a cute idea!!

Addison's room Part 2

I got a little more crafty!!!  Scary thought I know!  I bought some plain wooden plaques for $1 and painted them in the colors of Addison's bedding, pink, green, purple and brown.  

I used the smaller decals, and wasn't sure if they would stick, sure enough, they did start to peel off....
I used my tombow adhesive and applied it to the back of the decals, it did show through a little, but you'd have to be pretty close up to see that....

I used some matching ribbon for each one and hung them up, although I think I might move them because I do have a neat banner that my sister-in-law made for Addison from our baby shower.   But you get the general idea of how they look together!

Baby Addison's Room!!!

I had purchased letters for both our 5 year old son Brendan and our soon to come daughter Addison.  These were painted with acrylic paint purchased from Craft Warehouse.  Brendan chose Boise State University colors, blue and orange!!

His grandpa helped him get them up on the wall. 

Addison's letters went with our theme of brown and pink.
The backs of the letters had holes to hang them by screws or nails, but we found that they weren't all the same distance from the top edge of the letters. Rather than spending a long time figuring out where to put nails, we used Command Strips by 3M.  We used the ones for picture frames, cut them in half to get more bang for your buck and lo and behold, they are still hanging on the wall!! I love these things!!!

I had purchased some wall decals for Addison's room, thinking they would be perfect rather than painting her entire room.  Unfortunately, they do not stick! No fault of the company, but we followed the directions to the letter, and within 10 minutes they were peeling off. They were on sale, so I wasn't out a ton of money, and thought about taking them back, when my crafty side kicked in. I purchased some picture frames for the larger stickers, and framed some of them!!  

I thought this was an easy solution to decals that won't stick!! Plus the frames were on sale for $2.49 at Craft Warehouse!!!