Monday, April 19, 2010


I love prima and I am really excited about their giveaway.  Yes, I know another one.  You all have to check it out.  
This months Prima Giveaway.

Challenge Cards

Hey Everyone!

It sure has been a long while since I last posted.  I've been really busy going through job interview stuff and traveling for them, but seems like the excitement has settled down a tad bit.

Well, this week I came up with 2 different cards for the challenges I joined.  I have used one of my many card magazines to help create a layout for these cards, but of course making it my very own.

The first card is a 5.5 x 4.25 card I made for Cricut Cardz Challenge #21 (Get Well) and Crafty Creations Challenge #63 (1 designer paper, 1 image and 1 embellishment).  For the card I used medium brown cardstock for the base of my card.  For my designer paper I used a blue poke-a-dotted Basic Grey cardstock at 4.25 x 2.5 and used my Fiskar scallop punch on the top and bottom.  The image I used is a stamped Penny Black "Nature Trail Ted" with jet black Momento ink and hen coloured in with copic stetch markers.  The teddy bear image was stamped on a top-note cut with the Accent Essentials Cricut Cartridge.  After colouring in the image I used my paper piercer and went along the edge of the top-note and then distressed the edge with Tim Holtz broken china distress ink.  I used a chocolate brown ribbon for my embellishment and wrapped it around the designer paper and through my stamped image and finished with a bow.  I used one of the Hero Arts stamp sets to stamp the Get Well Soon saying with black Stazon.

I apologize in advance but I don't remember the designer paper I used for the second card but it is uber cute.

The second card is made for this weeks Paper Cutz Challenge #37 (Tag).  The card is 6 x 6 using cherry red cardstock for the base and a piece of 5.75 x 5.75 medium brown cardstock to use as a contrast colour.  I then cut a piece of 5.5 x 5.5 orange flower designer paper and used my sewing machine to 3-stitch the edges with orange thread and then adhered it to the brown cardstock. Before adhering both the brown and designer paper layer to the card base I cut 2 pieces of 2 inch cherry red ribbon and adhered in to the back of the brown cardstock and wrapped it around and adhered it to the front of the designer paper.  I then cut a piece of 5.5 x 1.75 vanilla cardstock and stamped teddy bear images with black Momento ink and coloured with copic sketch makers.  The stamp set is by Cornish Heritage Farms "Bear Essentials".  I then adhered the vanilla cardtock to a piece of 5.75 x 2 medium brown cardstock and stuck only half of the layered piece with sookwang tape to the designer paper so I could put my circle tags underneath.  To make the tags I used the backside of the designer paper and used a 2 inch circle punch and then used my mini monograms cricut cartridge to cut out a 2.5 inch scallop circle with the cherry red cardstock.  I used my crop-a-dile to set the antique brass eyelets and then I tied pieces of the cherry red ribbon through the eyelets.

Hope you enjoyed.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010


This Easter card is for the Cricut Cardz Challenge #18 (Easter) and Paper Cutz Challenge #34 (Easter - No Bunnies or Chicks).

For this card I used 8.5" x 4.25" piece of kraft cardstock for the card base.  Using the cricut cartridge Sweet Treats I cut out 4 lavender 2.5" flowers and 3 baby pink 2.5" flowers. To make the flowers I used my mini mister full of water and dampened the flowers and crumpled them up and let them dry.  After the cardstock flowers were dry I unfolded them and layered them on top of each other.  I used 3 plastic pearl beads for the centers.  Using the cricut cartridge Designer's Calender I cut out the flourishes on green cardstock and I also cut out the Easter in baby pink cardstock and handwritten the "Happy".  I then used a border punch by Stampin Up and adhered a 4.25" x 4.25" piece of lavender cardstock behind the front cover so you could see it "peeking" through the back of the border. After everything was done I glimmer misted the front with Dazzling Diamonds.

Hope you enjoyed.


Monday, March 29, 2010

Injoystampin with Robyn

At Robyn's blog she is having a giveaway of what you seen in the picture until Saturday, April 3rd.  Get in the fun and go to her blog. The link is "Robyn's blog", so give it a click.  

Have a good one. 


Wednesday, March 24, 2010


This "cute as a button"  card was made for the Paper Cutz Challenge #33 (1 ribbon and 3 buttons) and Crafty Creations Challenge # 60 (babies).

For the background I used that "poka-dotted" paper from the previous project.  I then stamped the baby with black stazon on clear vellum.  I used a medium large circle die (spellbinders) to cut off set on the baby blue cardstock and then taped the vellum to the back so the image could be seen. I then cut a strip of marigold orange cardstock  to the blue and stamped "cute as a button".  I thought with keeping to the theme I would use the buttons along the outside of the circle and use some faux stitching.  To top it off and make it complete I used a shimmery orange piece of ribbon and made a bow.




This week I was inspired by Samantha (youtube: pinkaboo6691) to make these cute little organizers.

The first one is a phone number pal for my sister.  I embossed the front (purple marble cardstock) with spellbinders impressiblities ocean template before adhering it to some medium weight chipboard (which i used for both front and back covers).  I also used some dark purple cardstock for the inside of the covers as well as the divider tabs.  On the front I embellished with a starfish charm and some lace ribbon which I glimmer misted with: Caribbean blue, dewberry, deep plum and black gold to compliment the cover.  To hold the pages together I used my Zutter's Bind-it-all with a 1" coil.

The second one is an organizer I made for myself to keep track of all the scrapbooking supplies I have, so I don't go out and buy duplicates by accident (Thanks Samantha for the idea).  The assembly is the same as the mini phone number pal using the Zutter Bind-it-all.  The cardstock I used for the front and back is a poka-dotted one? lol (I don't know the name of it, but its cute and clean) and the inside cover is a marigold orange that I also used for the divider tabs.  I embellished the front cover with a Jolee's butterfly sticker and a prima flower.

 I hope you like my creations

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Challenge Card

This week's challenge card for Cricut Cardz Challenge #17 (child's birthday) and Crafty Creations Challenge #59 (Spots and Dots) is a Boy Baby's first birthday.

I used Accent Essentials cartridges to make the top-note (baby blue) and top-note frame (light brown). I also embossed the baby blue top-note with "Spots and Dots" cuddlebug embossing folder and used light blue eyelets to hold up the string of green one-zees.

Hope you enjoyed.



I got my Prima winnings FINALLY! I never did a video since I tore into it immedately after recieving it from the mail man and put it to some really good use. I used some of the flowers in my art journal I made last weekend. I am so excited with what Prima sent me that I am totally going to be hooked on the products. I just have to be able to find a retailer close to me since I never see them at Michaels which is about 2.5 hours from my house. I live in the middle of nowhere. lol

Hope you're hooked too.


Monday, March 15, 2010

Challenge Card

Good Morning Everyone!

This week I made a long card representing Spring time for Cricut Cardz Challenge #16, Paper Cutz Challenge #32 and Crafty Creations Challenges # 58. The only challenge request were from Cricut Cardz to use flowers, birds, butterflies to represent up coming spring and Crafty Creations to make hand made flowers. On my card I made accordion flowers using 12x0.5 strips in both orange cardstock and brown designer cardstock. I then cut a strip 12x1.5 of forest green cardstock and snipped the top with scissors to fray the edge to look like grass. I used a light green cardstock to make the stem and leaves of the flowers. I used both the Wild Card and Designer's Calender cartridges to make the "hello" and "Spring". For the middle of the flowers I put one ivory pearl to give it a little shine.

I hope you liked what I created.


Friday, March 12, 2010

Prima Art Journal

Hey Everyone!

I hope you all are doing really good.

Last night (Thursday, March 11) I watched the Prima show with Marion Smith ( and I was INSPIRED! Inspired to make my own art journal mini. So this morning I headed to one of my local scrapbook stores and bought a whole bunch of Prima Paintables 12x12 sheets (which were on sale for $0.50 each. WOW!). Lets say I went a little crazy. I also picked up 4 glimmer mists I didn't have.
The material I used for this project:3 different 12x12 prima paintables cut to 12x6 length, 6 total (inner pages)
2 6x6 prima paintables (front/back cover)
6 12x12 vanilla cream cardstock cut to 12x6 length, 12 total (2 pieces per 1 prima paintable)
2 6x6 medium weight chipboard1 6x1.5 medium weight chipboard
Black acrylic paint
~3 yards of binging material (I used black jewelry hemp)

The chipboard is to keep the mini protection for the inner pages. Before assembling the mini I painted the chipboard pieces with black acrylic paint (both sides for just the 6x1.5 piece). Then I adhered the 6x6 paintables to the non-painted chipboard pieces. I used Elmers spray adhesive to stick the pieces together. After adhering I used my crocodile to punch small holes along one side of the 6x6 pieces (as many as you think) and then 6 holes on the top and bottom of the 6x1.5 piece and then the same amount of holes used for the sides of the piece as I used for both 6x6 pieces. I then used the hemp string to lace the 6x6 pieces to the 6x1.5 piece. For the inner pages I put 2 12x6 vanilla cream cardstock inside one of the 12x6 prima paintables until all card stock was used up. I then laced the signature pieces to the back binding using the top 6 holes on the 6x1.5 piece.

So that's it. You're done. You just have to customize it to yourself.

I used a watercolour technique that Marion showed using glimmer mist to colour in the paintables. The glimmer mists that I used are as follows:
Wild CurrentPeach Delight
Hula Hoop
Black Gold
Candy Apple Red
Winter Pine
Meadow Green
Snow Angel
Lemon Grass

Sorry the description is fast and vague but if you have any questions just drop me a line and I can try to walk you through it or go to the ustream link and it will take you right to it.

Hope you all enjoyed


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Cricut Cardz Challenge #15

Hello Everyone!

Here is my Cricut Cardz Challenge #15 entry for this week. This weeks challenge was a gate fold card of any style.

This weeks card I made a "Thinking of you". This card uses the "Wild Cards" cartridge to make the frame and bird branch image. I also did some blocking using different cuttlebug embossing folders. The cuttlebug embossing folders I used are: Fleur de Lis, Spots and Dots and a floral one (can't remember the name). On the frame I did some faux stitching to make it "pop".

In the inside of the card I just stayed with the theme and stamped 2 birds and a branch with jet black stazon ink.

Thanks for viewing,


Friday, March 5, 2010


Hey Everyone!

I am so excited that I'm not quite sure what to do.. Jump for Joy or scream at the top of my lungs "WAHOO!"

I'm sure you are all wondering "why?" and I will tell you. Most Tuesdays and Thursdays I watch the ustream shows with Marion Smith. She is my inspiration in scrapbooking and I love her to bits. But last night in her Prima show I won one of the 3 Prizes and I am SO EXCITED! I can't believe it. I'm not very lucky but I try to be with buying Max Million tickets when the draw gets over 50 Million (which isn't very often). LOL. I am not sure what I won but I will be sure to post everything I got. Maybe even do a little video, but I am very camera shy so we will see. Check back now and then so you can be part of the huge surprise.

Prima Marketing w/ Marion Smith (Thursdays 630pm PST):

APieceOfCraft w/ Marion Smith (Tuesdays 630pm PST):

Also, this morning I stalked the Purolator truck waiting for my Stampin' Up package and he finally gave it to me! YAY! Below is the items in my package. I suppose you could call it a mini haul.
Stampin' Up Items:

1. Cutter Kit (#106958)
-Mini Rotary Scorer
-Mini Rotary Cutter
-Mini Rotary Perforator
-Paper Distresser

2. Bella Toile Large Stamp (#111598)

3. Photo Corners Punch (#109042)

4. Vintage Labels Stamp Set (#118392) <-- This item was free since I purchased over a required amount

Thanks for viewing and I hope to see you back.


Thursday, March 4, 2010


Prima has a secret coming up pretty soon and there are some pretty GREAT looking giveaways. Here is a link to their site. So please go check it out and Good luck to everyone!!!!


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Rider's Puppy album

Hey Everyone!

We have a new member of our family! YAY!

His name is Rider and he sure is a cute little guy. He is a pure German Shephard and he is going to be 10 weeks this coming Friday. He is starting to grow so fast. Right now, he is about 22lbs and he is still so little then what he will be.

But, I thought I would welcome him to the family with his own puppy album. I can't remember everything I used, but I'll describe a little after every picture

I did make it look dirty around the edges since all puppies love to play and get in to mischief. And I used a lot of various dog papers, as well as a word album (puppy) kit I found at our local scrapbook store.

Around most edges I did a tearing technique and then used various browns and copper Versa Color inks to make it look grungy. On the binding rings I used to hold the album together I put different coloured ribbons that coordinated with the papers used throughout the album and a sticker charm that says "good dog" on the first page "P" . Also you can see paw prints, which were from a sticker pack I found on clearance.

On the first official ("second page"), I kept it simple with a glitter dog bone sticker and a place to put a picture. The "U" has a corner taken off and roughly filed to make it look like it was bitten at (I thought it looked pretty cute that way).

On the third page I just made a placement for a larger picture (picture of my mom and Rider) and more paw print stickers.

On the fourth page I used a dimensional sticker "WOOF" and a place for a photo. On the back of the third page I made a pocket for journaling tickets. On the pocket I used a rub-on "puppy love" and a large paw print stamp and I used my cricut to cut out Rider's name. The tickets were made out of the dog papers used throughout the album and I used a brad to hold on the different coloured ribbons.

On the fifth and final page of the album I made a placement for a large photo (myself and Rider) and I used a glitter fire hydrant and paw print stickers. On the back of the fourth page I did another pocket for journaling tags.

Hope you all enjoyed viewing. Sorry about not going into major detail, forgive me.

Take care all,


Tuesday, March 2, 2010


This week I have made 2 different cards for the challenges I am entering this week with Cricut Cardz #14 and Paper Cutz #30.

The first card is for the Cricut Cardz Challenge #14. The card is a 5" x5" center open St. Patty's day card where I used the Designer's Calender cartridge to make the leprechaun hat and clover, as well as the saying " St. Patrick's Day". On the light green background I used a "happy saint patrick's day" clover stamp with timber brown stazon ink.

My second card is for the Paper Cutz Challenge #30. This week's challenge was for a feminine birthday using a digital or handstamped image of a fairy, pixie, butterfly or bird, and using only the colors pink, green, white, and lavendar or blue.

The card I made is 4.25" x 5.5" on white cardstock. To make this card I downloaded a butterfly image off the internet and used my sketch copic markers to colour it in. I then used my fiskar border punch on the one side and adhered a lavender piece of cardstock to the inside of the card. I used my Accent Essentials Cricut cartridge to cut out the flower and I adhered it to the corner with a stitched button for the center. The "Happy Birthday" stamp was one that I had in my huge collection of stamps, that I stamped with jet black stazon.

Thanks for viewing.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cricut Cardz Challenge; Challenge #13

Hello Everyone,

Today I decided that I was going to participate in the Cricut Cardz Challenge at The challenge request was to make a tall card (9" x 4") which fits into a legal size envelope. This challenge had no theme and no colour basis, so it was an anything and everything goes (practically).

To make my card I used the "Life is a Beach" Cricut cartridge to cut out the palm trees, sun and waves. Before I adhered the cut outs, I embossed my background cardstock with flourishes using Versa Color Cyan and clear ranger embossing powder. Using some of my stamps that I have at home; I stamped the monkey in the inner-tube and the saying "have a beach-n birthday!" using black Momento ink. Once my images were stamped and dry I used my copic sketch markers and coloured in the monkey and then I did the taring technique around my saying.

Then WAH-LA! There you have it. A wonderful birthday card for any age.

Thanks for reading and viewing.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Halloween 2009

These were the attempts I made for scrapbook layouts. I know they are little late (4 months. lol) but I thought I would share them anyways.

The man in the picture is my boyfriend Cameron. He was having fun taking the pumpkin guts out and carving out awesome pumpkins. He is a Mario Bros Guru.


More Valentine's Day Cards

Alright, so I have some more Valentine's cards I had made that weren't part of the card class, that I wanted to keep separate. These were just simple cards using my cricut expressions, copic sketch markers, valentine stamps, buttons, primas, gems/bling, faux stitching and I also did some heat embossing. Enjoy.

Some more apologies for the backgrounds, I had taken the pictures at my creation station.


Valentine's Cards (Card class)

Here are 3 cards I had made during a card making class with the girls at Scrapbook Central in Courtenay. I can't remember everything that was used but we did a lot of stamping, colouring with copics and die-cuting; oh and of course.. adhering and using gems. 2 of the cards are standard open-close and 1 is a swing/pop-up card (the pink chandelier). I hope you enjoy and ask any questions you may have.


My Mom's Birthday Card

I just wanted to show you a creation I made for my Mom's birthday this past Saturday.

It's a simple card where I had letterpressed with ink using the circles spellbinder impressabilities metal sheet and then I cut out 2 scallop circles and used an acrylic cupcake stamp for the center. To destress the edge of the scallop circle I used brushed corduroy by ranger and then I used copic sketch markers to colour in the cupcake.

I apologize for the lighting I took it at night and couldn't use the flash or I would get a huge glare.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Hello Everyone,

My name is Stephanie Mrdeza and I am 23 years old; and I am very new to the blogging world so it will take me a while to get my blog up and going steadily. I am from a small town on Vancouver Island called Campbell River. I haven't been scrapbooking for very long, maybe just over a year. I do mostly cards but I have recently went out of my comfort zone and started to make my own scrapbooking layouts. I will hopefully get some of my projects up on my blog for everyone to see. Then my next task is to figure out how to do videos.

Take care everyone.