Friday, August 17, 2012

VC Rocks Final Blog Hop

I hope you are enjoying the hop!
Can you believe it's the final blog hop already?  VC Rocks 2012 has gone by so fast.
You have come from Shari's Stamp Pad.  Although it's been years since I read Harry Potter, I enjoyed her HP characters!

The first creation I want to show you is actually an ATC.
ATC Kimono template is from Penny Wessenauer and I downloaded it from
 I used Simply Scored to score for the folding and cutting.

The belly band slips right off to open it.
Inside is supposed to be a tea bag, but I just made these tags instead.

 This is such a great idea for a gift card and it could be adjusted to make a full sized card.
Stamps used:  Bright Blossoms, Perfectly Preserved, Petite Pairs
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, More Mustard & for sponging - Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo, Cajun Craze.
DSP:  Summer Smooches, Orchard Harvest
Cardstock:  Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, More Mustard
Accessories:  Flower from punch pack, 1 1/4" scallop circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, pearl jewels, linen thread, Autumn Accents die, Pumpkin Pie ribbon, ticket corner punch (ret).

This next card reminds me of my dad because he had an old tractor under a tree for years. (Yes, I grew up in Louisiana.  Lol)  I really wanted to stamp a tree over the tractor and hubcaps leaning against the tires.  I may still do that!

And the inside...
Does anyone know why my cell phone made those darker stripes going across the picture?
Stamps:  Harvest Blessings, Lovely Little Labels
Ink:  Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory
DSP:  Subtles Color Stack,  Comfort Cafe'
Accessories: Metallic Brads, Artichoke denim ribbon (retired), Apothecary Accents Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits (then I ended up trimming closer to the "barbed wire" frame)
This card will be going to a classmate's 15 yr. old son, who is getting treatments at St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Now, you are going to Robin's Craft Room.
I know you will love what she creates!
Have a blessed day,
Elizabeth K.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Several weeks ago I took an online class called Bind-it-All 101.
When making this guide, I learned different ways to punch and bind.
It was so much easier than trying to read the instructions & look at the pictures.
(Some of us need a little more instruction and repetition. Lol)

Then I made this cute "little" pocket book, meaning it was supposed to be around 4 or 6 pages, but I had to use each of the different papers/cardstocks that were in front of me to make tons of pockets.

I had to bind it first, then come back to decorate and make the tags.  Oh I loved making all those cute tags.

Cute, huh?
Ok, that's all the pocket pages I am going to show. 
 I have had a couple of fun things I've done this summer that will make their way into here.

My favorite is this Fall Fun scrapbook:

This is a fun page that opens up.
You can see on the left side how I messed up the fold on the first try.
It will be covered up with a cute picture of a kid, anyway.

Most of the patterned paper is SU! Orchard Harvest from the Holiday 2012 Catalog.

And that's the back cover.  
I love these apple pattern pages and the colorful stripes.
I am anxious to use them.  Is it fall yet?

Come back this weekend for our last VC Rocks Blog Hop.
Have a great day!
Elizabeth K.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

VC Rocks Non-card Blog Hop

Hello!  So glad you hopped over to me from Tania's Blog.  
If you want to start from the beginning, you can go to VC Rocks Blog.

The two items I want to share with you today are shaped keyring post it notes and monogram notes in a box.

These keyring post it notes are handy whether it is hanging on your purse or near your phone.
I used Stampin' Up's Perfect Plum, Concord Grape (ret) and cardstock vellum for these since the post it notes were purple.  I had them in several other colors, which I must have given away.
When using the Butterflies die, I cut out several pieces at a time.  For the notes I just pulled off enough from the post it stack to make the thickness of 3 or 4 pieces of cardstock.  At the back I added one cardstock butterfly.  Then I used my crop-a-dile to punch through the layers, adding the ring and finishing off with ribbon and rhinestones.  I adhered my cardstock butterflies to the front only in the middle to give my wings movement.

Here's a close up:

 And using my Fun Flowers die, here are my flower ones:

I decorated the front and the back with Tempting Turquoise cardstock, Summer Smooches DSP, brads and ribbons.  Notice that it is not necessary to use a ring;  just the ribbon looks great too!

This monogram note box is for my VC Roomie, Mary!  
(Don't look, Mary, if you want to be surprised)

The instructions to make this box are at Splitcoast Stampers.
Stamps used are Broadsheet Alphabet and Everything Eleanor.  Images are stamped in Primrose Petals onto just plain old copy paper cut down to size.
I also stamped on the outside of the box:

The piece of Primrose ribbon is adhered to the inside box bottom.  The button on top makes it easy to pull out a slip of paper when needed.

Just a preview of what is to come next week:

I finally learned how to (properly) use my Bind-it-all and made these great mini-scrapbooks.  I love embellishing them with Stampin' Up's Designer Series Papers and ribbons!
It's so much fun!

Speaking of fun, there is more at  Shirley's Blog.
Thanks for hopping!
Elizabeth Kratzer

Friday, June 15, 2012

VC Rocks Card Blog Hop

Hi, did you make it through all of those blogs?  
Wow, that's a whole lot of stampin' goodness!
You have probably come from Pam's blog.
If you need to go back to the beginning, you can go to the VC Rocks blog.
The blog after mine is Loni's Life.

Sometimes it's the little things that make life great.  That's certainly true about this card.
I was inspired by the card on pg 104 of the Annual Catalog.  
(Pictures are not the best, mostly because I was just too lazy to make them better:))

I used Lovely Little Labels and Itty Bitty Banners stamp sets.  The Labels are punched with the Little Labels Punch Pack.  I also used Summer Smooches DSP and Tangerine Tango ink.

For my second card, I really wanted to show off the new Natural Composition Specialty DSP.
 These papers are so natural looking on the backside and the front has this gorgeous raised print on it.
The big flower reminded me of the one from the Everything Eleanor stamp set, so I used that stamp for a lighter image on the sentiment, which is from the Trust God stamp set.  I also used linen thread, crumb cake cardstock and curly label punch.
I tried to pick up the shine on the specialty paper.  I hope you can see it.

My third card is my favorite (mostly because I thought I was cleverly "breaking the stampin' law" using part of the Carry On stamp set, but I see that it is allowed now to use the stamps except the one that says "carry on and").

The stamped frame is from the Everything Eleanor stamp set.  This card also uses vanilla, midnight muse,  cajun craze & suede cardstock, and Comfort Cafe' DSP.
I don't know if you can see it, but I punched about 6 of the little postage stamp from the Little Labels punch pack.  I stacked them behind the cut out of the flower stamp to try to make it look a little 3D.
Other punches I used were the 2 3/8" Scallop circle and the 2 1/2" Circle punches.  Midnight Muse stitched satin ribbon added the finishing touch.

Now, you have one more stop on the blog hop and then you will have all the inspiration you need to Stamp On!
Have a blessed day!   Elizabeth K.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Heartfelt Blog Hop

Having fun on the hop?  I hope so!  
You probably came from Angela's Blog.   
The VC Rocks homepage is here.  
The next blog after mine is Diane's. 

Today I want to share a scrapbook page I made with Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio.  It's a page of my Dad, who passed away in March of this year.  Even though we didn't live in the same state,  I still miss him quite a bit. 

I used the February page template from A Year in Review Photobook in MDS.
It's so easy to just drop in those photos and make a title.
My Dad is playing the accordian - an instrument that is necessary for playing Cajun music.
He wasn't the best player, but he taught several of our family members to play.  My brother even had a band that was nominated for a Grammy Award a few years back. 
This picture taken a few years ago shows Daddy enjoying his music again, after he had been ill for several months with his diabetes.  I have great memories of him from that day.
One of the life lessons he taught all 9 of his children:  
Deal with the crisis at hand,
and then move on with the living of life.

Speaking of moving on - the next blog is Diane's.

Have a happy hop day!
Elizabeth Kratzer