Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Reference: Card Bases

Hey everyone, 

If you're like me then you like to have things in more than one place, preferably in your head and on paper somewhere filed away for mind lapses. So for all us card-makers out there, even the one's who don't know their card-makers yet here is a little guideline I found. Hope it helps. 

Crafty sweetness coming soon. 


Card and Envelope Chart2

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Tool Spotlight: Spellbinders Presto Punch

Spellbinders Presto Punch

Presto punchWhat are your thoughts? Are you planning to buy one? 

Additonal Info: 

All info from Spellbinders website.  

Presto Punch™, the first automatic Punch and Embossing System!  Presto Punch™ offers the easiest, most convenient solution for paper punching. Its innovative design and one touch operation virtually eliminates the need for a multitude of bulky, space-consuming punches.

With Presto Punch™, consumers can cut and emboss effortlessly and store more than 30 punch designs in the space of just one standard punch.

Included with Presto Punch™ are 7 punch templates, in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as a punching envelope and an embossing envelope.  See below for sizes.

Presto Punch™ is automatic and easy to use.  It is battery operated, and uses 8 AA batteries, and weighs only 3.8lbs. An electrical adaptor will be available.

Presto Punch™ is compact sized and light weight, making it easy to use, transport and store.  Presto Punch™ Templates are small and light weight as well, allowing crafters to utilize the versatility of punches hassle free!

Presto Punch™ Templates are recommended for use in the Presto Punch™ System.

Approximate Ship Date: April 2010

Approximate Dimensions:

L x W x H- 5¼ x 4½ x 7"

Approximate Weight- 3.8 lbs

Punch Templates:

Circle: ½" round

Star: 716 "

Square: ½ x ½"

Tag: ⅝ x ¾"

Flower: 1 x 1"

Leaf: ⅝ x 1"

Heart: 1 x 1"

Friday, March 26, 2010

SNQ: Sentiment Placement #2

Hey everyone. 

It seems to have been the longest week of my life. I've been busy everyday this week after school and boy and I exhausted. Plus, grades are due tomorrow and I'm so behind. To all the parents out there who hate the fact that their children's teachers don't keep their grades updated..........I'm sorry. There I apologized. The end. 

But seriously I've been feeling icky today and my kids even noticed so I'm taking medicine now in hopes that I will feel better by monday. Did I mention I have to work over the weekend?? Ugh. 

On a great, fabulous note: I sent my paperwork off to the state of Texas to get my business license and I'm so super excited. Yay. More on that later. 

And in haulage: Thanks to ebay I got my hands on a Coluzzle set (which are now discontinued). I'll post pics when it gets here. 

Today I'm featuring a card that I made after my big Stampin Up Ink haul. And again I can't seem to figure out where to place the sentiment. I usually just stamp my sentiments on a piece of white cardstock, cut it out in a square or rectangle shape, mat it on coordinating cardstock, and mount it on the card in a corner opposite of the main embellishment. I need new inspiration for sentiments. 

Blue, Pink, Saffron2

Where do you think I should place the sentiment??

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Congrats: Teacher of the Year

Hey there. 

It was my first day back from spring break and I surely could have used a couple more days of rest and relaxation. And the time change over the break didn't help at all with my snoozing and oversleeping this morning. But it's time to get back into the swing of things and I'm happy to see all of my kids again. I sure hope that at least a few of them are saying the same thing about me. lol. 

I'm sharing a card with you today that I made for a dear friends mom, Mrs. Carter. We are co-workers actually and she was nominated for the Teacher-of-the-Year Award. I'm in such awe of this awesome lady because she has been teaching for 30 years, compared to my meager less-than-one, and she is so well respected by all of the staff. No one has anything negative to say about her and I just admire that quality in her. 

Congrats2I'd just recieved all my Stampin Up inks in the mail when I decided to test them out and create my own patterned paper. I just love the look of this card although I didn't like the look of the full sheet of the patterned paper that I made. I used So Saffron, Creamy Caramel, and Cameo Coral inks to create the paper and used scrap cardstock to back it and stitched a line across the top. I added some Papertrey Ink Terracotta Tile buttons and handwrote the congrats on the card just before giving it to her. 

One thing I love to do is make cards without sentiments and keep them in my purse for moments like these. I can just simple handwrite the sentiment (very carefully) and I have a ready made card for any occasion. 


Friday, March 19, 2010

The Worst Form Of Loneliness Is When You're In A Relationship With The WRONG Person
is blog hopping and finding wonderful creative ladies online. Updating my Typepad people lists.

March 19, 2010: Angela Antics

True Story: 

I've never been outside of the country so I'm getting my first passport at the age of 27. Sad, I know but it is what it is. So today started off with the scraps of the  to-do list that I didn't  fully complete yesterday

TO DO List

Get your passport pictures taken at Walgreens/CVS

Go to the post office and pay the gazillion dollars for the passport

I started off my day at CVS taking photos. Not only did they take the pictures with a standard point and shoot digital camera, they also used the Kodak kiosk to print them. And you charge $8.99 when I could have done all that myself, plus the picture is semi-horrible which is typical for me, so no surprise there. Mind you, I went to Walgreen's yesterday and took pictures. They came out horribly also, especially since the clerk forewarned me that the pictures weren't going to be that great because my white shirt would blend in with the background, and my transitions lenses were dark because I'd just come in from outside. BTW: Great weather in Houston the last few days.

So off I was to the post office with a certain aire of confidence since I'd already had my passport application filled out and ready to go, or so I thought. So I get to the post office and much to my surprise there is no one in line. "Thank God", says the impatient ADD child in me. I walk right up to the counter and again I'm shocked to find that the clerk is, dare I say, nice. She's nice and actually said, "Good Morning". "Wow", I thought, "my day is going so well." He he. 

Of course my confidence was dashed when she asked me for my birth certificate. "Um, what??" Here is about the moment when I realized that I hadn't really read the instructions on the application so I'm not aware that I need additional identification outside of my driver's license. And then the clerk points out that I didn't fully fill out the application, meaning the entire back side of the application is blank, probably because it has been in my car for the last 3 months. Um, yeah. 

So off I go back home to locate my birth certificate. Surprisingly I'm not frustrated or anything yet. A little disappointed in myself for not being on top of things but I'm used to my little nuances by now so I'm not perturbed by this little snafu. Upon arriving home I go through all my files and stacks of papers only to come up with NO BIRTH CERTIFICATE (the caps indicate the level of my frustration compared to my previous sentence). "Yes, I lost my birth certificate again," is my first thought, but I realize that I'd recently gotten it replaced when I was carjacked earlier in 2009. (Another story for another day). So that meant that I have to have it but I just don't know where it is which is still not helping the situation. 

At this point I am aware that I need to take a step away from this situation so I go into the living room and proceed to flip through my expensive cable channels looking for a distraction when I realize exactly where by birth certificate is..........

As you know I am a first year teacher and this school year has been a whirlwind. Amid the whirlwind I had taken my birth certificate to the HR office of the school district to put in my employee file and then I filed my birth certificate in my personal items drawer in my desk AT WORK. Yes, I know where it is. No, I can't get it today because the school is closed because of spring break. Wow, I'm proud of myself for actually filing it away in safe keeping. Of course, it's someplace that's not convenient when I really need it. 

Did I mention I had a serious case of insomnia last night?? Sleep deprivation is no joke people. 

This is my life people and reality blogging at its best. lol.

After all this I'm still having a great day. Hope you are too. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My Love Links: Flower Necklaces

Here are my love links for this week: 

Click on the Photos to be directed to the sites for more info.

Black Flower Necklace


Blue Flower Necklace



The Splurge: $299 OMG - WOW!!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Technique Tuesday: Copic Markers - Sketch

It's spring break and I'm so glad about it. Being a first year teacher I'm amazed at how much work you put into these children, how invested you become, and how much the holiday breaks are needed. I truly love my job, my students, and my co-workers, however, I so needed this break. Recuperation time is an absolute must and I'm just glad to be in a career where they are mandated. I

I'm the quintessential workaholic. I've been working since I was 15 years old. Except for my first two years of college I've always worked and I never took vacations. Of course I took days off (we call those mental health days now) but I never took a vacation where I left my home and went away for the express purpose of rest and relaxation. Vaca-WHAT?? 

Thanks to my co-worker/friends I am going on 2 vacations this summer. I'm going on a cruise with the girls for my good friend Ilene's wedding in July, and I'm going to Napa Valley with my good friend Mike also. I can't believe it but I'm so looking forward to it. 

In the mean time I'm investing most of my time to my favorite hobby paper crafts. In the next few weeks I'll be posting my original designs, links from my favorite blog hops and crafty ladies, and videos of techniques and cool things that I may find. 

As a scrapnewbie I'm a blog stalker. Yes I admit it. I mean, that's what they are there for, right?? So i've come across many blogs where the awesome crafter has used Copic Markers to color images and I'm just amazed. I haven't purchased any copics of my own but I have plans to own them. 

Here is a great tutorial by Amy Rysavy from Prairie Paper and Ink on how to color with Copic Markers.

Here is a great intro/tutorial with the new Copic Airbrush system. 

Copic's ABS DVD Series Promo from Pushplay Productions on Vimeo.

Do you use copics? Where do you buy them? Where do you get your images?

That's all for now. Have a great week. 


Monday, March 15, 2010

Epiphanie Bags is having an *awesome* giveaway!!! Actually two.

    For all us photogirls out there we all know a truly awesome camera bag is a must. And as much as we like to be stylish and fashionable most of the camera bags out there are just plain drab. Thanks to Maile at Epiphanie Bags we can now fulfill the greatness within all while taking fabulous photos to capture the moments of our lives. 


    Donna Downey hosting a giveaway from Epiphanie Bags on her blog. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a gorgeous epiphanie camera bag. 

    If that isn't awesome enough for you, go on over to Epiphanie bags blog and follow the simple directions for a chance to win an Epiphanie camera bag AND Canon 5D!!!!!! Yes you read that right and that is an AND not OR. I've entered. Have you??

image from donnadowney.typepad.com

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Happiness Always

Hey there, 

    I've been having the best time making cards with all my new supplies. If you haven't already gone out and purchased the Janome Sew Mini you need to do that now. Go online and order it. You will be pleasantly surprised by how much this can spur your creativity. 

    On that note I have a pretty little card to share with all of you. In addition to my buttons galore and my sewing sweetness, I also picked up a new embossing folder from Michael's yesterday (So I totally threw away the packaging before I looked at the name of the embossing folder....Sorry).
I just love the pop of purple in the center of the flower bundle. Can you tell that the white flower is actually Stampin Up's scallop circle punch. Yes it is, Yes it is. 

image from i680.photobucket.com
Supplies: Stampin Up - Stamp Set: Whimsical Words, Ink: Bold Brights Lovely Lilac Miscellaneous: Cardstock and Ribbon from Michaels. Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Sultry Collection

 Hope you like. Let me know. 


Tool Spotlight: Xyron Creatopia

Good Morning Scrappers, 

    If you didn't already know I'm a total gadget geek. I love gadgets. I can't even keep a wishlist because it's forever changing based on reviews I find online, mac rumors I hear on blogs, scrapbooking debuts from various companies in the industry, and shopping excursions all over Texas and even online. In the midst of all my shopping shenanigans, I've come across a great video for a product I've had my eye on for quite some time. 

I was first interest in this item when I started looking into letterpress

    Can you see how beautiful this is? The texture, the clear crispness of the heavy weight paper, the clean impression of the letters, words, and ink. Oh this makes me happy. 

      Anyhoo, I love paperclipping.com and all of their crafty podcasts and I'm also subscribed to their youtube channel. Although I planned to attend CHA Winter 2010, I wasn't able to make it this go round, but thanks to Noel Hyman and her camera crew she gave all us scrapping youtubers an inside look at all the wonderful companies and products that debuted. One of those products and my top pick that has been added to my non-existent (he he) wishlist is the Xyron Creatopia. Take a look at all it can do: 

    I've seen prices for this machine range from $100 - $150 depending on how many attachments come with the machine. Do you love it or hate it? Would you buy it? Leave a comment and let me know and if you find it on sale please post a link. 

That's all for now. Happy Scrapping. 


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Your Too Kind

Your too kind_edited-1 Happy Monday,  

    Hope your weekend didn't go by too fast. I had a super fun, busy weekend full of crafting, movie going, adventure, and socializing. 

Here is one of my many projects from the weekend. 

I got all my new supplies in from my orders from Stampin Up & Papertrey Ink and was so excited to use them that I didn't think to film my unboxing........so I jumped right in and put them to great use. I purchased the Janome Sew Mini from Overstock for less than $45 including shipping. I caught a great deal because the shipping was only $1 and I was able to get a warranty. As you can see from my card it's so easy to use and is totally fabulous. I

In addition to the Sew Mini, I also purchased all of Papertrey Inks buttons. Yes I said all of them (there are 21 bags of buttons on my crafting table and it's fantastically awesome.)

 Last but certainly not least, I purchased all 4 sets of Stampin Up Classic Ink families. (Earth elements, Bold Brights, Soft Subtles, and Rich Regals). These inks are so versatile and has opened up so many doors for my crafting. There is a color to match almost any type of patterned paper I have in my stash. (And as a scrap newbie my first obsession is always patterned paper).

 I'm so excited about everything I've purchased. It has really sparked my creativity (hence me posting at 11pm on a school night). But I'm off to bed now. Teddy's already asleep on his bed and I'm a little jealous at the moment. 

Stay tuned for my sweet scraps. 


Having issues with my typepad.com url. www.scrapsugar.typepad.com is not working but www.scrapsugar.typepad.com/thesweetlife is? What's up with that?? I'm confused.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Friday, March 5, 2010

Happy Birthday

Here is the final placemment picture for my happy birthday card for my student. A big thank you to Mary Fish @ stampinpretty.typepad.com for the suggestion.

Blog posted here.

Happy Birthday

Thursday, March 4, 2010

I'm in the process of updating my blog and moving it over to typepad. Any tips??

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

SNQ (Scrap Newbie Question): Placing Sentiments

Good Morning everyone,

It's the day after TAKS Testing and I have a card to share. One of my students requested a card for his Aunt for her birthday. He wanted something pretty and girly so of course I thought butterflies and flowers. Girly right??


So here's my issue: Where do I put the sentiment. I love the papers. I love the butterflies and the flower, but where in the heck am I supposed to put the sentiment? On what paper? What shape? See my point. The options are endless.

Also can someone please tell me the standard card sizes so I can order envelopes. Thanks.


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Blue Green Thank You

Here is a great little card for a co-worker of mine. She's helping me with the design of a new project I'm working on right now. She's been a real doll and I wanted to give her a little token of thanks.
Card Recipe:
Cardstock - Stampin Up, Patterned Paper - Basic Grey Offbeat collection, Stamp: Stampin Up Elegant Thank You, Punch: Fiskars Threading Water border punch, Miscellaneous - Ribbon from Michaels

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Scrap Goodies on the Way.

Hello there,

It was been a wonderful start to a brand new year. I'm 12 weeks from the end of my first year as a teacher. I teach 8th grade so a big thank you to everyone who prayed for me and sent positivity my way. Secondly I passed my PPR certification exam so now all I have to do is complete 2 more college courses over the summer and I will be fully certified. Yay me!!!

I started off the year with the hardest break-up I've ever been through and I'm glad to say that I'm better and wiser for it, (plus we are still friends). So I'm single again and getting used to being not-committed and available, and I must admit it's totally weird to me now.

I also have new things going on in the Sweet Studio. I'm so excited because I've finally let myself get some new scrap goodies.

  • Big Big News: I am now a  Stampin Up Demonstrator. I debated this decision for months and months and I'm really excited about it. 

    • As you can imagine I've gotten new stamp sets, ink, and cardstock so my creative juices are flowing

  • Secondly, I'm totally obsessed with Papertreyink.  They have the most beautiful cardstock (so thick) and lucious buttons, stamps, ribbon, ink, and now dies. How can you not love PTI???

    • And yes I ordered every color of buttons they make. I did. I did. and I don't deny it. Plus I plan to purchase more from them soon.

  • Lastly, I ordered a Janome Sew Mini sewing machine. I've been wanting to sew on cards for the longest time but never had a sewing machine. In a few days I will, I will. 

As you can see I'm so excited and motivated. With spring break and summer break coming up (oh the benefits of being a teacher, love it) I will have much more time to create than I've had in the last few weeks.

Also, I'm still trying to find a home for my blog. Blogger is working for me right now but I want a bit more control of the design, content placement, and overall usability of the blog, so a typepad switch may be happening soon. I would like some feedback on typepad so if you have a typepad blog please let me know why you like is compared to the free blog sites like blogger. 

That's all for now. 

Love ya,


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