Caged 3-D Project

Hey y’all! Amy here with a fun project to share using Bo Bunny’s new Safari line. When I first saw this paper line in down at The Crafty Scrapper, the first thing that popped into my head was one of those old circus trains…you know the kind like in the old cartoons?  This project is a smaller version of that idea. I got the chance to work on it while on retreat, so it came together much more quickly than it would have otherwise!

The shell of the cage is just plain ole 12 x 12 chip board. Once glued together I painted the inside with black chalkboard paint. I used the paper straws currently out by Jillibean Soup for the “bars”.

One of the parts I had fun with on the top was making it reversible. Each side of the lid has a design so you can set it back on whichever way you prefer and still have something to look at. Layers of flowers help finish off the top here. The ribbon is Tim Holtz crinkle ribbon dyed with two colors of distress spray stain to give it a marbled look.

Hanging from the lid of the cage is a tag album. Now I did mine as an album of decorations, but you could easily insert pictures to feature your own little monkeys. It’s just been so many years since mine were little enough to enjoy the zoo that I had to go another route! On the tag you see here, I laid down one of the Bo Bunny Noteworthy elephant pieces and used my Vintage Photo stain over it to create the shadow of the elephant in the background of the tag.

Not very many of my projects are complete without some Maya Road in them. Here MR bottles caps serve perfectly as the wheels to my cage, and buttons as my hubcaps.


All of the goodies you need to make this fun project or your own version of any project with this awesome paper line can be found down at the Crafty Scrapper.


Happy Scrappin’!



Disney Classes Times TWO!

It is so true that great minds think alike. Gena and Anita S both created amazing classes using the new Say Cheese papers from Simple Stories.  To try and cut down on the confusion – and to make sure you are getting the class you want – here is a run down of the two classes.

Disney Magic- Gena- $65

July 12,  12:00 – 5:00pm    *and*   August 9,  12:00 – 5:00pm

Gena Disney MAgic Class Photo

Gena used the Photo Flip Album from Heart Of Texas Studios for her album. You will create this entire album from scratch- and it is packed with space for your photos.

Gena Disney Album 2Included in your kit for this class is a full pack of Say Cheese II papers, wooden embellishments, Gold Stickles and lots more.


Magical Memories- Anita- $50

June 27,  2:00 – 7:00pm   *and*   July. 26,  12:00-5:00pm


Anita used the Oh, Snap chipboard album from Maya Road for her album base and added lots of other media to the mix.  Of course, there are lots of flaps and folds, pockets, and hidden spaces to put your photos and journaling.

Anita Magical Memories Open

You will be using the Cinch from We R Memory Keepers to bind the album- on both sides. This album opens from both sides of the base- measuring @20″ wide when fully open!  Included in your kit are papers from both the Say Cheese and the Say Cheese II paper lines, coordinating 12×12 Die Cut Sticker Sheet, multiple die cut mat-board pieces and so much more.


Really- you should just go ahead and plan on taking both classes. I mean, who goes to Disney and doesn’t have enough photos to fill two mini albums? Contact the store to reserve your spot in these amazing classes. Spots will fill up fast!


Best Friends Layout

  Hey Crafty Scrappers!

Laurie here with a layout I did with

Bella Blvd Classic Calendar paper and sticker page!

Layouts are way out of my comfort zone!

So I really had no idea what I was doing, but I think it came out pretty good!

I had all  kinds of ideas for this calendar paper.

But then I saw the 24/7 sticker and thought of my Best Friends!

No matter what we are friends 24/7!

6 Pocket Mini Tutorial

Hello!  As you know, I would call myself a card maker. But, sometimes it is fun to do something different!  I made this 6 pocket Mini for my post today.  This month I was given a whole 6 x 6 pad, Echo Park: Jack and Jill, to create with, as well as a bunch of matching ephemera, ribbons, stick pearls with fabric leaves (which I colored with distress ink), and flowers. I decided to put it all to good use!  The base is just one sheet of 12″ x 12″ cardstock.  So, it is kinda like a card, except it has a few more folds and it has a bunch of thick stuff on the front.  But, since it is a mini, I can add thick stuff, right?  Here is the front … enjoy!


One of the items I was given was that beautiful Laser Cut tag from Bo Bunny that is in the pocket on the front.  When pulled out, a sentiment is stamped underneath.  You know I had to add a stamped sentiment somewhere!  I thought adding it under the tag was a kinda cool idea.  Probably, some would have added ink to the kraft tag, but it was so pretty, I was afraid I would mess it up, so I left it alone.
The next couple of photos show the progression of how it looks as it gets opened.  First …
And then the right side opens again …
Now, I do want to note, you could add pockets on the four panels above so that it would be a 10 pocket mini instead of a 6 pocket mini, but I just added designer paper to these panels and waited until you folded the above three sections down to find the 6 pockets.  Fully opened …
  I added pieces from the ephemera pack but you could add notes or photos.  So, the three pockets in the bottom sections have pockets at diagonals or straight and the three upper pockets have closures.  All of the pockets were made with 1/8″ scor-tape on  three sides to form the pocket.  The funny thing about two of the closures is that I was just telling a friend the other day how I never use eyelets anymore.  Well, now that is no longer true, as I made eyelet closures for two of the top pockets.  The middle top pocket has a Velcro closure.  Here is a photo of the three top pockets opened …
As I stated earlier the whole base is just one 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock.  Super simple with just a few score lines and cuts.  Let me see if I can explain it to you.
1. Score at 2 3/8″, and 7 1/4″.
2.  Rotate clockwise so that your score lines are now horizontal.  The 2 3/8″ score should be towards the top.
3.  Score again at 3 7/8″, 4 1/8″, 8″, and 8 1/4″.
4.  Trim the 1/4″ score area from the bottom row and top flap.  Stop trimming at the horizontal score lines. Here is a visual with the 1/4″ sections cut away …
 On the two top outer pockets, I trimmed the top sections down some to create the closed pockets..  (sorry, I didn’t make note of how much).  The middle pocket I just trimmed at an angle on two sides.  You can do whatever you want here, as this would be part of your designing process.  You can see how easy this was to make, especially using a 6 x 6 pad, as all the papers match each other and are small prints, which is so important for smaller panels!  Make you one and send me a photo.  I would love to see what you do!
I have more miscellaneous cards I have made to show you, so I hope to see you tomorrow!
Happy Stamping!

Curiouser and Curiouser

Happy Friday! It’s Erica, and today I’m sharing a fairy tale inspired canvas project.

I started with a 4×6 chunky canvas as the base. When I saw the heart-shaped key in my stash of supplies, my imagination immediately took me to Wonderland. So, I proceeded to decorate the canvas – on every square inch of space!

I copied images from a vintage Alice in Wonderland book and layered them with playing cards and all sorts of embellishments.

On the front, I colored Alice using Tim Holtz Distress Markers. I made a big rosette for the top, and made the center from a Tim Holtz Mirrored Sheet, for my looking glass.

And here is that key – I added it to one of the sides. I further embellished the sides using the Tim Holtz Harlequin Stencil, modelling paste, and Black Soot Distress Embossing Powder.

And here is the back (I told you I didn’t leave any inch uncovered!). I used a Tim Holtz Glass Vial for my “Drink Me” potion.

I even decorated the inside of the back of the canvas, because of course, you do see it after all.

I had so much fun making this project!

I hope you have a great weekend! Stay tuned for more unique projects from The Crafty Scrapper’s design team.

You Make Me Smile Layout

Hi Everyone! Gena here to share a layout I created with the new Kaisercraft Scrapyard Collection.

I believe this has become on of my all time favorite layouts!

I used the stickers and die cut collectibles along with some pop-dots to add dimension to these elements. As always, I added some brown ink (Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs) to add a little grunge.

One other fun touch to add some masculinity to the page was just the edge of the Maya Road zipper peaking from under the border.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you can come by The Crafty Scrapper soon!

A Love Story

Hi y’all, Amy here with another Bo Bunny project to share!

I love playing with papers and things that have a vintage flair and this Heritage line from Bo Bunny was just that. I lost my grandpa in May last year and had been meaning to do a project about him and my grandma’s love story for a while and this paper line just seemed like a sign that I needed to get in gear! Because of the trip down memory lane with my grandma and of course that it is still hard to look at pictures, it took a while for this project to completely take shape. But once the kinks were worked out, I love how it turned out.

Maya Road’s newest chipboard album was a perfect backdrop once I decided that I wanted to make the album stand and cover it with Verday bronze paint. I constructed a faux book out of an old book I keep on hand to tear apart and some of the Bo Bunny paper. I used my craft knife to cut around the hearts and then clear embossing powder piled on to give them a glazed look. And what cover (at least on one of my projects) is complete without a pile of flowers??

Throughout the album I worked hard on keeping the pages pretty simple. I wanted the pictures to take center stage and the embellies I added to just add to the story. The Prima lace stickers I used here around the picture on a black background help do that, I think.

The new May Arts self adhesive ribbon trim is wonderful! No more gluing myself to the page when I use ribbon. :)

All of the lovelies I used on this project can be found at The Crafty Scrapper…go see the girls and they will get you hooked up.

Happy Scrappin’!


Wendy Vecchi Workshops

We are all so excited to have Wendy back to the store. She is an amazing teacher, teaching you techniques that will amaze you.  Wendy taught at my store years ago before she had her stamp line and signature line with Ranger, I knew then that this lady was going places.  Sign ups start Monday May 4th @ 10am.
A little about Wendy………

Wendy Vecchi is a full time artist/designer and owner of studio 490.

She is a signature designer for Ranger, Stampers Anonymous and Blossom Bucket, Senior Educator for Ranger, and a past member the Tim Holtz and Maya Road design teams.

Wendy loves to demo and teach at stores and events across the country and has been published in numerous publications. She was the guest instructor for the Artful Voyage in Mexico with Tim Holtz, in October of 2009.

Her style is unique and eclectic with an exceptional attention to detail and a fresh approach to the creative spirit. She shares her love of techniques on her blog and reminds you that whatever you do each day just – “Make Art!”.

You can find more inspiration on her blog at and on the Ranger website at



Mixed Media Art Adventure 102 ~ $120
Saturday June 13th 9:30 ~ 6:30pm ( 1 hr. lunch)
Lunch included $130

Come and join us for a full day art adventure as we take it to the next level.

we’ll start the day by focusing on 10 new mixed media techniques that can be used on cards, tags, scrapbook pages, home decor and in your art journal.  we’ll play with distress spray stain and archival inks…embossing pastes and embossing powders, rubber stamps, stencils…and more. you’ll create 10 technique tags and the backs will be conveniently labeled with the technique instructions. this makes a great reference for future play.

next, we’ll put those “just learned” techniques to good use. we’ll be creating a mixed media canvas, that you’ll be proud to display or give as a gift. you’ll leave with your custom canvas mounted in a 8 x 8  inch frame so that it’s ready to be hung and admired in your home. you’ll choose your canvas colors and the title to make it a perfect fit for YOU.

shhh…don’t tell anyone….there’s an extra surprise home decor “something” that we’ll also create…I LOVE secrets!

students need to bring these 4 items…

scissors…I like tim’s tonic scissors

Ranger craft sheet

blending tools with replacement foams

wet adhesive (multi medium is great)

10 technique tags and a framed mixed media canvas = a fun mixed media art adventure and a GREAT way to spend the day!

hope to see you there!

I can’t show you all the tags…this is just a little peek…a girl HAS to have some secrets!

Sunday June 14th 9:30am ~ 6:30pm ( 1hr lunch)
Lunch included $130

we’ll start the day by customizing this AWESOME BEAUTIFUL ADORABLE (yes, I love it) Tim Holtz idea-ology flip frame. we’ll load up this fun frame with lots of “pages” and each page will focus on a fresh mixed media technique or 2. you’ll find that these techniques will be useful for your cards, art journals, scrapbook pages & MORE…with a ton of supplies (stamps, stencils, inks, pastes & more)  provided for you,  you’ll have lots of choices to make these pages uniquely YOU…

at the end of the day you will have created an awesome flip frame that’s LOADED with YOUR art…this flip frame is a great home decor piece that you’ll be proud to display… come join us…it’s guaranteed to be  FLIPPIN’ FUN!

Students need: craft sheet

scissors I like Tim’s Tonic the best

blending tool with replacement foams

wet adhesive …multi medium is great

here’s the description…and a peek at just one page…

OR EMAIL for Carolyn for Gena

Friends and Adventure Frame

Hey Crafty Scrappers!

I have a fabulous frame for you. It’s made with Tim Holtz Idea-ology

 Paper Stash 2015 Correspondence.

 I had this very boring frame, that I’ve had hanging around forever.

So, I painted the edges of the frame and collaged the front.

I cut out embellishments from the Tim Holtz

Correspondence paper to give it some depth.

With the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Traveler –

I layered the Ranger Transparent Gloss Texture Paste.

This gives extra character to the frame–don’t ya think?

Be sure to come into The Crafty Scrapper and

check out all of the new creations the Design Team has been working on!

<3 Laurie

A Birthday Cake to Remember

Hey y’all – Amy here with a project to share….ok, so I gotta tell you, I am so excited to share this one with you!! Right before the birthday bash, Carolyn at The Crafty Scrapper dropped a hint on Facebook that there was some new birthday paper in the store and it sure would be nice if someone *maybe the 3D girl* could do something with it for the Birthday celebration. Now it took about 39 seconds – to be exact – for a rough version of this lovely to pop into my head and TWO DAYS for me to agree to do with the insane schedule I had that week. :) In the end, I couldn’t resist. One because I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. And two, well I just love a challenge.  The only thing that makes me produce better under pressure is more pressure. LOL

From bottom layer to tip of the candles, she stands about two feet high roughly.

The base is an oak circle I had laying in the craft closet. I didn’t originally intend to use it but the one time I needed all that spare 12 x 12 chipboard I hoard – I was OUT! Hidden underneath the circles providing the height is Maya Road spools glued together to accomplish whatever height I wanted for each layer. Loads of different trims in play here edging off the different layers – all available at the store!!! :)

Working my way up this beauty…I couldn’t make a project without my “signature” flower pile. I was all done with the cake when I realized that that pile of flowers was what it was missing. More Maya Road, Petaloo, and KaiserCraft working in this area.

What is a birthday cake without a few candles? Or in this case – TEN! For ten years of awesome sauce!! (I’m kind of partial to my happy place.)  The candles are Paper Straws from Jillbean Soup and the “wicks” are – are you ready for this? – recycle flower stems from all those flowers down below!!! You can find a use for just about everything from the packaging to the stems if you really try hard!  I also like on this layer how the Maya Road adhesive road trim in white really looks like frosting in this layer.

Thanks for letting me share my cake project. It has excited me all over again about what else I can build in my scrapbooking world.

Happy Scrappin’ Y’all!!


My Favorite

Hello again! It’s Erica, and I’m back with another project to share. This time, I had some beautiful papers from Authentique’s Classique Beauty collection to play with.

The sunny yellow is perfect to put winter behind us and welcome the sunny spring weather. I made a fun card using the Authentique papers and some embellishments.

I used a dark charcoal gray and a sunny yellow cardstock from Bazzill to really make these papers “pop.”

I gave the banner dimension by adhering it with pop-dots. The added texture of the wood banners helps break up all the patterns.

I hope you’ve been able to enjoy this beautiful weather we’ve had here in Texas! It won’t be long before we’re complaining about how hot and dry it is, and that we can’t wait for winter to return :)

More Celebration Pictures……

I am so blessed with a great staff! Among these ladies is one that has been with me for almost all of the 10years, Marylou. She surprised me by showing up as the Birthday Clown, thank you Marylou!

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We started our birthday celebration with a BIG thank you to everyone for supporting us the last 10 years. Then it was time for cake and the make-n-takes. A sweet friend of mine who I have admired for years for the way she balances her family and her business, surprised me with this awesome Crafty Scrapper shirt to wear. The back reads ROSS “10”, thank you so much Shawna Mathis, you are a rock star and a very inspiring person yourself.

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Another special gift I received was this amazing paper and embellished cake the talented Amy Lanford made. Thanks Amy you are truly the queen of 3-D projects!

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The scratch offs were back and we had 2 of our big winners by 1pm!  One was the $100 gift card to the store and Pamela Olsen won the grand prize the Tim Holtz Vagabond machine, perfect for a new mom.

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Another big winner of our FB giveaway was Becky Wibbeler. She also won the drawing for the WeR Memory Keeper pinwheel punch. Becky if I was you I would go buy a couple lottery tickets!


It was an amazing day! Loved visiting with all our customers you all are why I love my shop. Who wouldn’t love visiting with friends and sharing our love of art for a living!


~ Carolyn