CHA Recap Part 1

Hi everyone.  Anita here to share some CHA picks.

I had lots of fun and saw so many amazing things at the CHA (Craft Hobby Association) Convention in Anaheim last week.  It is so exciting to be able to go and see the new products each year.  Here are some of the photos I took while walking the show floor- these products will be shipping soon!  We ordered lots of them for The Crafty Scrapper so keep your eyes open for all the goodness to come.

Of course, my very first stop on the show floor was BAZZILL – because you know I love that paper!
Pink Paislee, Heidi Swapp, and Bazzill had a Make N Take going on the first morning of the show, and I was lucky enough to get in on it!  I have a very cute canvas album to finish up- you can see it in the photo at the bottom left; the one with the silver star on the cover. And the star is all in sequins, which makes it even better!



Next up was the Faber-Castell® Design. Memory. Craft. Booth. They have some fabulous mixed media products releasing this year and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!


We R Memory Keepers has some really cute new albums – and you know I love their albums! And the new FUSE tool was one of the hits of the show. I can’t wait until the FUSE ships so I can play with it!  We will be having demos at the store, so stay tuned.

Kaisercraft always has beautiful papers and embellishments and this year was no exception.

I was lucky enough to be able to take a mini-class at Bo Bunny to play with some of their new products and I absolutely love the new Glitter Pastes! I have a couple that were released last year, but I am pretty sure I am going to need all of them!  They are also releasing some really pretty laser cut chipboard pieces that you will be seeing in my upcoming classes.
I don’t know why I don’t have more photos of the Authentique booth- because they really are on of my favorite paper companies! Somehow I came home with one photo of this really happy paper line.  I will be featuring this in an upcoming class for a home decor project.

Ruby Rock It had some really cute items for card makers.

Wendy Vecchi had some fabulous stamps this time around, plus beautiful new colors of ink and embossing powders!








OK- for all the Disney scrapbookers out there- these are the best embellishments I have seen in a while! They are not shipping yet, but they will be on the way this spring. These are from Jesse James Beads/ Dress It Up Buttons and they are the cutest things EVER.  There are many more varieties and I can’t wait to get my hands on them.

Of course, stencils are right up there on my list of things to have and there are some great ones released this spring.


I was so excited to see the new ADHESIVE ribbons at May Arts booth. You know you want some- who doesn’t? There are lots of these on the way to the store!






If you are a Filofax fan- these new journals from Pink Paislee are the same size as a Filofax and they are so cute!  They have the most amazing accessories to go with them too – so if you are looking to streamline your everyday memories, this is a great way to go and we will be having some classes using these great books.









So we all know I am a big fan of the Tsukineko brand of inks which is under the Imagine Crafts label and they had some great additions to the line up this year. There are several designed for mixed media art and you are going to love them!

The Delicata ink is a metallic ink that works on dark and light papers and is suitable for very detailed stamps.





The StazOn Studio Glaze creates a Stained Glass effect on glass surfaces WITHOUT BAKING. It is available in all the StazOn colors and it is amazing stuff.








The Amplify! Is very cool for adding dimension to your projects- use directly from the bottle and heat set to puff it up!

Of course, we have all been drooling over WRMK new rolling totes- with an optional cup holder no less!  They are available in some yummy colors.

That’s it for today.  I will have more later in the week, including all the photos from the Ranger booth!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Let it Snow with Carta Bella Papers

Once again I was given these beautiful items to create this layout for The Crafty Scrapper.  I really love being on the Design Team for it allows my imagination to flourish!  These two are my grandchildren Kenzie and Logan.  We were on a trip to Tyler, Texas and it so happened to snow which is very unusual for this kind of weather here in Texas!
The papers that I used are from Carta Bella – Warm & Cozy Colleciton. I used lots of items to create this layout.  Some are Alcohol Inks, Distress Inks, Metal snowflake, Distress Tool, Santa Button, Snowflake chipboard which all these can be purchased at The Crafty Scrapper.
I inked, distressed, modeling paste, stamped, etc. on this layout.
Please see these close-ups!
Thanks for looking and please visit The Crafty Scrapper for all your scrapbooking needs!  You may also find this layout there with all the items that I used written on the back.
Hugs –

Christmas Countdown Frame with Amy

Hi guys, Amy here with a project I had tons of fun making!Months ago I ran into this old frame at an antique store and I just had to have it. Didn’t have a clue what I would do with it but with the wide space around the opening I knew when the right paper line came out inspiration would hit. That inspiration came in the form of Bo Bunny’s new line Christmas Collage.

Because of the age of the frame, I made a mat with chipboard to even out the irregularities before I laid the paper down. The mat also helped with cutting the paper since the size of the opening varied as you went around the frame. I used an 11 x 14 canvas board and covered it with gesso and then several coats of chalkboard paint. I then stenciled the snowflakes on using Dylusions snowflake stencil.
Petaloo flowers and Maya Road embellies help make this flower arrangement stand out in the corner. I also love the film strips that Bo Bunny always puts out with their paper lines and was excited to work one into this project.


I used my Vagabond machine and my paper scraps to make these flowers. It’s another way to highlight a paper line in your projects when you make your flowers and embellies out of your paper scraps!



 Not shown are all the number tags that are changeable as the season progresses. I used Wendy Vecchi black embossing paste and a stencil to create the numbers and Dylusions sprays and stencils for the backgrounds.


I let the Bo Bunny chipboard embellies take center stage in this corner. I didn’t plan it when I picked the music paper for this corner but it worked out that the music paper and the Fa la la la la went there together!!
All the paper, embellies, and paint goodness you need to make this are down at The Crafty Scrapper. If you’ve got an oversized frame sitting around, dig it out and get to scrappin’!
Happy scrappin’ and Merry Christmas y’all!

Christmas Memories with Ginger

I was given so many gorgeous items from The Crafty Scrapper to make this wonderful layout for the Design Team.   This is my youngest grandson Colby and a real reindeer in his yard!  He was wearing his Ninja Turtles sleepwear and was so surprised to see this reindeer in his front yard.

This was truly a very magical moment!!!

The papers used are by Jillibean – Winter Tortellini & Spinach Soup Collection; Carta Bella – Warm & Cozy Collection; and BoBunny – Hey Cafe Collection.
They all worked so well together to create this layout.  I used snowflakes, distress ink, Christmas Stickers, Holly Stencil that was from The Crafty Scrapper.
Please see these close-ups!
Thank you for looking and please visit The Crafty Scrapper and perhaps you may see this layout there!
Hugs –

No Peeking Shadow Box with Amy

Hi guys, Amy here!
It’s that time of year, lots of Christmas projects to be done and
I’ve got another one for you!
Bo Bunny’s Candy Cane Lane is a nice break from the traditional red and green that so many of us think of when we think of Christmas. The pinks and blues lend a happy quality (for me) to this project!
I took a black 7 gypsies box and used gesso all over the outside and lip. I then used Wendy Vecchi embossing paste and a Dylusions stencil to create a ribbon effect around the outside. Once that was dry I was able to ink the whole box with Distress Ink.
To create the shadow box effect I wanted on this side I took a box that my ribbon came in (yes I reuse packages!) and Christmas paper wrapped it. I glued down the snowflake first, then the box, and that gave me the lift I was looking for before I layered up my flowers. I used a mix of the Bo Bunny flowers for this paper line, Kaisercraft Paperblooms, Petaloo, and Maya Road flowers.
I probably had the most fun creating this tree and this is where the box idea started from…as a way to showcase the tree. I started with a leftover banner piece. I covered it with one layer and then added layers and used scissors to create the fringe. The tree STILL wasn’t full enough so in came the Maya Road fringe. The trunk is grunge board I cut grain into with my crafting knife and the tree is elevated using Maya Road spools.
I used chipboard glued into a box form so that I could Christmas paper wrap these boxes to create the presents. No Christmas tree is complete without presents, right??  The Bo Bunny chipboard “No Peeking” sign was perfect right on top!!
All the goodness you need to make one of these can be found at my favorite store The Crafty Scrapper.
Happy scrappin’ y’all!

The 12 Tags of Christmas Day #12 with Anita H

Hello Crafty Scrappers and Merry Christmas! It’s Anita Houston, The Artful Maven, here to close out the 12 Tags of Christmas with Day 12!!!

TCS 12 Tags GraphicI had so much fun with these that I made four tags using the same background made with Ranger’s Liquid Pearls, and I have a tutorial for you showing how I’ve made them! Grab some sustenance as there is a lot to show!

22I have created a tutorial for you to show you how I made them. Click the slideshow below to see the steps.


Check out How to 12 Tags of Christmas With the Crafty Scrapper by Anita Scroggins on Snapguide.

Merry Merry Christmas everyone! And thank you Carolyn and Anita S. for asking me to join along in the fun! I’ll see you all next year!


The 12 Tags of Christmas Day #11 with Casey

I hope you guys have been enjoying the tags we’ve been showing to you. :) Casey here, for my last Christmas tag. I went back to the traditional side for this one. :)
So, for this one I used MME paper and attached it to my pre-made tag. Distressed with TH vintage photo. Added some shimmery red ribbon to the tag where the vertical lines start and stopped. I adhered a Maya Road flower to the corner of the tag. What are your thoughts on negative space?

I used glossy accents to give the ornaments the embossed look. Once the ornaments were dry, I added the pearls and the numbers at the bottom.

This one was short and sweet. Hope you enjoyed it and I reminded you of how easy it is to add dimension.



The 12 Days of Christmas Day #10 with Tina

Hello Everyone, Tina here, back with another tag creation for you.
This time I was given some fun and colorful papers from Doodlebug Design, which is a favorite company because a lot of their designs are small for card makers, like me!
I was given some cardstock stickers from the same line.  Now, rarely would I use these, as I own lots of stamps, but I thought okay, let’s use them this time.
So cute …
Of course, I added sparkle with Stickles and the Wink of Stella glitter pen.
 Then, the rhinestones and a stamped sentiment made my tag really come together.On Monday, I used the same tag set from Elizabeth Crafts but this time I did not put a layer behind to show though, which gives a totally different look.Stop in at the store soon to see all the tag creations!
Happy Stamping!

The 12 Tags of Christmas Day #9 with Ginger

 Merry Christmas everyone!  This is Ginger and I know this is not your normal Christmas Tag but I just love it!
 I used some old blue paper that I have had in my stash.  I wish I knew who made it.  I also added Vintage Photo Distress ink from Tim Holtz and his clock die cut.  I also have a star from Maya Roads plus a chipboard circle which I painted both pieces a bright yellow.  On the moon (the circle) I added Diamond Stickles to make it glisten.  I also added modeling paste to Jenny Bowlin and Prima stencils.  I add left over part of flower chipboard by Dusty Attic.  I then added the flowers from Prima and added snow to the petals.  I found this cute bird on a piece of paper which I cut it out, added a silver bell, a blue ribbon and then added a locket which says…The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!
This is my wish for everyone this Holiday Season!
May you all be blessed!

Hugs –

The 12 Tags of Christmas Day #8 with Gena

Merry Christmas! It’s Gena and I want to share with you the tag I made for our 12 Days of Christmas.

TCS 12 Tags Graphic


We have been having a great time with our 12 Tags of Christmas- I hope you have had a chance to see them all! If you have missed any, you can see all of them starting here.




I began by using a technique I learned in class with Wendy Vecchi.  I started by putting a thin layer of Silver Embossing Paste on the tag. imageOnce that was dry I added a layer of Crackling Texture Paste.


As that drys you will see the silver paste through the crackle. How cool is that?  Next, I added some ink to the tag… I used Iced Spruce and Tumbled Glass. This really shows the crackle.  For the snowflakes I used the Tim Holtz layered snowflake, I added the Ranger texture paste and while it was wet added in the dry Clear Rock Candy glitter.  I added Maya Road Vintage Raspberry beads to the centers… These beads can be broken apart.


Next, I die cut the new Sizzix Tim Holtz  Christmas Winter Angel out of Ranger Mirrored paper and added that to my tag. Then I die cut “peace on earth” from the Tim Holtz Christmas script words. After gluing it all down I added a little clear Stickles to the words to help them show a better.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday! Hope to see you soon at the Crafty Scrapper!

The 12 Tags of Christmas Day #7 with Lori

Hi everyone, today we have one of the fabulously helpful ladies from the store participating in our tag countdown. Next time you are in the store, be sure to see if Lori is in- she can answer all your scrappy questions and she is uber talented too!

TCS 12 Tags GraphicHere is a look at Lori’s tag

12 Days of Christmas Tag LoriHere is what Lori has to say about her beautiful tag:

Hi Everyone and welcome to our 12 Days of Christmas Tags!

I am excited to be participating in this event and hope that you are inspired by the tag that I have created for you!

To start, I cut a 3 ¼ X 6 ¼ piece of cardboard from a box that I had ready for the recycle bin.  I wanted something that was very sturdy for this tag. You will see why a bit later.  I photocopied a vintage piece of sheet music and layered that to the tag.  I used Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo and Old Paper Distress Inks to distress around the tag and onto the sheet music layer.

I next used a diamond cut stencil and spread BoBunny’s gold glitter paste across the entire tag.  This paste is awesome, only takes a thin layer and leaves a beautiful glittery result!

The new Candlelight Die is the main focus to my tag.  I love the vintage candle cups that were used long ago on the Christmas tree to hold candles.  This was my inspiration for my tag.  I cut out several layers of the candles as well as the flames and the drippings.  I layered these together to give a stronger and thicker dimension to the candles.  I took the above Distress Inks and distressed the textured paper that I used for the cut-outs.  Across the body of the candles, I used Faber Castell Double Scoop Gelatos in Champagne.  This gives a shimmer and the texture in the candles just “pops” with this product! Once all the pieces are layered and glued together, I covered everything with Glossy Accents and then sprinkled Distress Glitter in Clear Rock Candy on all of those pieces.  Once dry, glue all the candle pieces together.  Use the picture on the Candlelight Die packaging as it really helps for placement of all these little pieces!

12 Days of Christmas Tag  Lori 2

Now, the reason that I wanted a cardboard piece for my tag is this…going back to the vintage candle cup inspiration, I wanted my candles to look like they were standing on a limb of the Christmas tree.  So, I used so clippings from a real tree.  I placed and glued the clippings to the bottom of the tag using Glossy Accents.  I love the “feel” that using real clippings give to my project.  I sprayed the limbs with Perfect Peals Mists, Biscotti. This is my favorite color in this line!  It totally makes the tree clippings have a glow from the candles.  Unfortunately, the pictures don’t pick it up, but trust me, it’s there!  A final touch of seam binding ribbon using the Distress Inks and a water bottle to flow out the color.  I wrapped and scrunched the ribbon up in a paper towel, let it dry .  Final step was to tie it to the top of the tag.

I hope that you are inspired to find something that you love and put it on a tag! I wish you the Merriest Christmas and hope to see you in the store this season and in the New Year!


The 12 Days of Christmas Day #6 with Tina

Hello everyone!  Tina here, with my tag for day #6. 
I was given some pretty papers from Authentique and a really beautiful chipboard snowflake ornament from Leaky Shed.  I just taught a tag class last week and used the tag set from Elizabeth Crafts.  I knew combining these would make one pretty tag …
And it really is pretty, more so than the photo shows!

I lightly added aqua acrylic paint to the chipboard and then added stickles and pearls!

I love how with the tag set, it shows the coordinating paper through the opening of the front tag. It really adds a pretty element to the tag.

I will be back on Friday for tag #10!

Make sure to stop in soon to the store to see all the tags we are creating for you!

Happy Stamping!