Thursday, June 30, 2011

Playing with Viva Decor Pearls Pens

Hi!  It's Jamie back with my final post.  I have had an amazing time playing with such a variety of product and I hope that you have enjoyed seeing all the various ways the Design Team has used those products!

Today I am working with the fabulous Samantha Walker Sweet Life stamp set by Unity! This is one of my most favorite stamp sets! I love that you can customize the ice cream. :)
I stamped the images on different papers and then cut them out and layered them, adding in the Gold Viva Décor Pearls to the ice cream!

Cardstock: Recollections
Paper:  Walk in The Park Paper Pad 6"X6", Echo Park
Pen: Black Dual Tip, Creative Memories
Stamps:  Sweet Life, Samantha Walker/Unity
Twine: The Twinery

Monday, June 27, 2011

Altered CD Mini Album with a Mini Tutorial

Here is a mini album that I made out of some of the many old CDs that we have in a box next to the computer.  My hubby says that he should sell them to be used in skeet shooting, but I convinced him that I can make some fab things with them like this super cute mini album. I used my Cricut Expression to cut the circles that are covering the CDs and the Paisley cartridge to cut the layered flowers.  I also used the wonderful Viva Decor Pearl Pens to accent the pages in my mini album.  Click on the pics to view them larger.

Pages 1 and 2

Pages 3 and 4

Pages 5 and 6

Pages 7 and 8

Pages 9 and 10

Back Cover

Here is a mini tutorial on how to cover the CDs:

Step 1: Gather your supplies. 
               You will need a CD, 5 inch circle cut out of patterned paper,
               Scor-Tape, and sandpaper

Step 2: Place strips of Scor-Tape to the outside edge of the CD

Step 3: Adhere the 5 inch circle over the CD and then sand off the edge that overlaps the CD.  This gives it a perfect distressed finish and fits the CD perfectly.

Step 4: Decorate the finished CD page and then bind to other completed pages with your favorite binding machine.

I just love the Scor-Tape.  It works fabulously for those hard to adhere projects and it was the perfect adhesive for this project.  I also love to use it to secure ribbon to projects (like the ribbon on page 2 of the mini album above).  I have never had any other adhesive hold ribbon to paper as well as the Scor-Tape does.

Another of my new favorite items is the Viva Decor Pearl Pen.  It works fabulously to add a perfect dimensional accent to any card, scrapbook page, or mini album.  It even is a fabulous accent for clothing as shown by other members of the ScrapbookPal design team.  Here I used the Gold color to accent the butterfly body and also the butterfly trail (on page 6 of the mini album):

Here I used the Silver color to add a center to the flower on the cover of the mini album:

To create this flower, I cut out 4 different sizes on my Cricut Expression with the Paisley cartridge.  I then rolled the petals and then pinched the ends a little.  I then covered with some Mod Podge and when they were dry, I spritzed a little Glimmer Mist onto them.  I layered and adhered them together with some Glue Dots and then added a little punched flower to the middle along with the Viva Decor Pearl Pen center.

      Cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon, felt flowers: Stampin' Up!
      Die Cuts: Cricut Expression with George and Basic Shapes and Paisley carts
      Stickers: SRM Stickers
      Punches: Stampin' Up! (scallops, corner rounder, flowers),
          Martha Stewart (butterflies)
      Pearl accents: Viva Decor Pearl Pens
      Adhesive: Scor-Tape, Glue Dots, Scotch ATG
      White gel pen: Sakura
      Binding system: Bind It All
      Other: CDs, buttons, paper clips, Glimmer Mist

I hope you enjoy my mini album and tutorial!!  Have a fabulous day!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Envelope Mini Album

Hello everyone!! Today I have a Envelope Mini Album that I designed using items and cartridges from! LOVE making these, they are super fun and EASY to make :)
1st off I used the Wild Card Cartridge Page 63 
This will be for 4 purple envelopes
Cut at 11.5" with the shift key on
 I put the envelopes together using Scor-Tape 1/4" along both sides of the insides of my envelopes.
 For my mini envelope on the inside 
I used the Cricut Expressions and Sentimentals Cartridge page 61 for envelope
cut at 2 1/4" and then cut 2 matching cards at 2 1/4" as well
For Butterfly
2" butterfly
2" shift key butterfly in purple

Here is a video on my Envelope Album!
thank you for looking and have a lovely weekend!!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Baby Onsie and Card

For my project I really wanted to try the Viva Decor Pearl Pen on some fabric, so I decided to make a little baby gift. I took a plain white onsie and stamped the moon and star in Palette ink. Then I stamped the sentiment from the Baby Love stamp set from Pink By Design. I heat set the ink so that it can be washed. Then I added the Viva Decor Pearl pen to the moon in silver and the star in gold. After about 45 minutes it was dry and so cute with the little bit of shine and demension it adds. I wanted to have a matching card, so using the Create a Critter cartridge I cut the moon at 3 1/2" and the star at 2 1/2". I used some 1/4" Scor Tape for the glitter strips. All you do is cut a length of tape, take off the paper and sprinkle the glitter on, remove the excess and you have perfectly dry, stuck glitter in no time :) I accented the moon and stars using the Viva Decor Pearl Pen again. I hope you enjoyed this project, I had fun making it! Be sure to check out Scrapbook Pal and remember, they offer free shipping on any order over $25!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Pretty Notecard Gift Set

Hello again!  Have you ever met a crafting product that just made your heart happy?  I did this month.  It's called Scor-Tape.  It's not pretty, the way most things that I fall in love with in the papercrafting world are, but it is just about the most useful stuff I have ever used.  It comes in several widths -- what I used is 1/4" -- and it is a seriously strong adhesive that sticks to anything.  Plus it comes on an enormous roll for a ridiculously reasonable price.  I LOVE IT!!! (Okay, I'm sorry for shouting.  I just get really excited when I'm in love...)

Project by Tomi Ann Hill
(Click to enlarge)

So I thought for my project to highlight it, I would tackle two of the adhesive-using projects that have given me the biggest fits over the years -- boxes and accordion flowers.  With both, I have tried several other adhesives with mixed (mostly aggravating) results.  I had taken to hot gluing, which worked pretty well, but was a little messy and bumpy and then there's all that waiting for the glue gun to heat up... At any rate, this Scor-Tape is my new best friend.  Both the box and the accordion flower came together beautiful and feel as solid as a rock.  I also used the Scor-Tape to adhere the lace and it worked beautifully. 

I'm also still in love with the Viva Decor Pearl Pens I highlighted earlier in the month, so I used the Gold and Cream colors to highlight details on the box and on the stamped image on the accordion flower.  I also used them to created that big pearl in the center of the flower.  The tip of the pen is so fine that you can create accents from teeny-tiny to huge and bling-y.  Love that!

(Click to enlarge)
To go inside the box, I created 6 very simple notecards with coordinating paper from the same Basic Grey line that I used for the box.  To create this I cut regular 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 cards, then added a 1 3/4"x5 1/2" strip of patterned paper and another strip punched with a Martha Stewarts border punch.  But just to add a little touch of special, I accentuated the border punch strip by adding a line of pearl drops with the Cream Viva Decor Pen. Just right!

As for the accordion flower, I had promised the lovely Ann that I would do a tutorial highlighting especially how to use the adhesive, and I really tried, but the video was out of focus and it crashed my computer when I tried to put it together.  So I came up with a list of instructions and tips to help.

1.  I used the Tim Holtz accordion flower die to create the one pictured above, but you can create your own by cutting a strip of paper (I like about 1 1/2"x12") and scoring it every 1/4" or so.  Then fold it like an accordion.
2.  Take your accordion strip and bend it so that the first and last flat surfaces of the accordion overlap.  Apply Scor-Tape to the last flat surface and adhere the two together.
3.  Punch or cut a small circle (about 1") to be the base of your flower.  Apply two strips of Scor-Tape to it in  a "+" shape.
4.  Press the center down so that the side you want to be the bottom is facing up.  This will save you a lot of grief, because you'll be able to just grab your pre-adhesived base circle and attach it rather than trying to lift your flower and get it to the base.
5.  Press your base firmly into the center of the accordion flower.  Decorate the center as desired.

And just a note -- if you are using the Tim Holtz die, it doesn't really score the fold lines -- it perforates them. Which is all fine and good, because it folds really easily, but it also tears if you're not careful with it.  (I've had the same problem with made-from-scratch versions where I was a little too eager with the scoring tool.)  If that happens, don't panic.  Just lay your accordion strip out flat and lay the two pieces together as if they hadn't ripped, then secure with a small piece of scotch tape.  No one will be able to tell. :)

Thanks again for stopping by!

Materials used:  Adhesive -- Scor-Tape; Pearl Accents -- Viva Decor Pearl Pens; Patterned Paper -- Basic Grey; Border Punch -- Martha Stewart; Stamps and Scallop Circle Punch -- Stampin Up; Distressing -- Colorbox Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan; Lace -- Fancy Pants; Magnetic snap to keep box closed -- Basic Grey

Friday, June 17, 2011

It's a Girl Layout

Project by Crystal Butler

Good morning. Today I have a special to me layout to share with you. Today (June 17th) we are celebrating my good friend's third baby girl with a baby sprinkling. A sprinkling is where we all get together to celebrate the new addition to be but instead of gifts of clothes etc we do consumables (diapers, wipes etc).

I made this page for all the guests to write their words for the new baby to be on the onesies. I will, of course, be taking pictures so when I get them edited and printed I will add them to the white spots.

This month sent the designers the awesome Viva Decor Pearl Pens and Scor-tape. Now me being a novice on anything not in big box stores, thought Scor Tape was like a foam tape but I was wrong. This stuff is strong, like gorilla strong! I used it all over this layout, to string the ribbon for the faux clothes lines, to adhere the bigger polka dotted ribbon towards the bottom and eventually will use it to permanently adhere the clothespins to the layout once the words are written. If you have not tried this tape I highly recommend it. You can find it here and with free shipping over 25.00 what are you waiting for?

You will need the following to make this quick and simple layout:
Cricut Expression
New Arrival cartridge
ATG and adhesive
Scor Tape 1/4 inch
Viva Decor Cream pearl pen
Chestnut roan ink pad
ribbon of your choosing
pattern paper
Brown, white, Kraft and pink card stock
polka dot stamp

1. Make the following cuts in the colors indicated using the Cricut Expression and New Arrival cartridge:
8 Onesies in pink at 2.5 inches
Title: It's a girl at 3.5 inches in pink, Shadow same size in brown

2. Adhere shadow and title cut using ATG tape or other adhesive of your choice. Stamp the title and clothespins using chestnut roan ink and your choice of a polka dot stamp.

3. Ink all edges of the onesies with chestnut Roan Ink.

4. Using Kraft Card stock as your base, adhere the pattern paper strips (6X12) to the middle of both pages. Adhere polka dotted ribbon using score tape to the bottom of the pattern paper strips.

5. Cut, ink and adhere two 4X6 photo mats (actual size is 4.25 by 6.25).

6. Using scor tape adhere thin brown ribbon to make a faux clothesline; first clipping the stamped on clothes pins in place. DO NOT adhere the clips or onesies to the page until you get the guests to write down their thoughts.

7. Using the cream Viva Decor Pearl Pen accent the photo mats with pearls, and use for the center flower in the title "It's a Girl".

8. Using white paper, cut 1/4 or smaller strips, ink all edges. Use these as journaling spots beside each photo mat. Ink all edges of Kraft card stock. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Belated Birthday Card

Belated Birthday Card by Jamie Cripps is carrying the Viva Décor Pearl Pens!  These pens can be used in so many different ways and they are a lot of fun to play with!  All of the design team members are showcasing them this month, so be sure to check out all the ideas!

For this card, I used the Black Viva Décor Pearl Pen to create the black pearls in the corner of the card and along the bottom edge!  The spots take a while to dry, but once they are set they feel like a pearl gem and they shine!

Cardstock: Recollections
Paper: Basic Grey
Markers: Copic Sketch   
Die Cut/Embossing: Spellbinders  
Stamps:  Stamps by Judith
Paper Distresser: Paper Edger (Creative Memories)  
Misc: Ribbon

Monday, June 13, 2011

I Love.....

This month I am so excited to share with you the creations that I made using the wonderful Viva Decor Pearl Pens from These pens rock, they go on without a mess and ROUND OUT no flicking/flipping the bottom to get them to settle into domes! AND they are only 4.79 a piece and one tube lasts me forever! There are 24 colors that is carrying so go check them out!

So I decided to use the pens and create a double page 8X8 layout for a good friend of mine. She will use this in her book of me and her colors are ONLY brown, pink, white and cream. It is a pretty simple layout, pretty self explanatory but I used the Viva Decor Pearl Pens to dot the journal strips and to make faux photo corners where she may put pictures. I only used the cream and ice white on this layout but all the colors are amazing! I love the extra touch they give and that they are hard like pearls!
Do you see the title? Those are chipboard letters that I painted pink and covered in glossy accents, they give it a sheen/shine. Everything was inked with chestnut roan ink and I used ATG and Zig glue pens to adhere almost everything. I hope you like it.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

I Miss You - Stamp Shaped Card

Project by Amy Crockett

Here is a fun stamp shaped card that I created with the Sentimentals cartridge, my Gypsy and Cricut, along with the fabulous Viva Decor Pearl Pens from ScrapbookPal.  These Pearl Pens are a fabulous way to add texture and shine to your image and they dry in a short amount of time and stay raised...not flat......and the best part is that you can make them any size you want to.

Here is how you make this card:
  • Using your Gypsy, Design Studio, or Cricut Craftroom program, weld two of the shadows from the Sentimentals cartridge together at 5 inches and cut out with your Cricut onto white cardstock.
  • Cut out the image at 5 inches in black and adhere to the white card base.
  • Cut out the layer for the  image at 5 inches in red.  Run this cut through your Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and then layer and adhere over the black piece.  Using the Viva Decor Pearl Pen in black, place little dots along the edges.
  • Add a black ribbon around the center of the card (going through the slots from the stamp image) and tie a bow on the left side of the card.
  • Cut out the crown image at 5 inches in yellow.  Place a sentiment in the center of the crown and add some Viva Decor Pearl Pen in cream to the upper portions of the crown as pearl accents.  You can also add a few white lines with a white Gelly Roll pen.  Adhere the crown to the card with dimensional adhesive.
Thanks for stopping by!!  Don't forget to check out the current specials at ScrapbookPal HERE.

        Cardstock: Stampin' Up! (black, red), Bazzill (yellow), The Paper Company (white)
        Die cuts: Cricut with Gyspy and Sentimentals cartridge
        Sticker: SRM Stickers
        Embossing: Cuttlebug with Swiss Dots embossing folder
        Gel pen: Sakura Gelly Roll
        Pearl accents: Viva Decor Pearl Pens
        Ribbon: Stampin' Up!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pocket Tag for a Mini Album

Hello everyone today I wanted to share a pocket tag that I made for another Mini Album I'm working on :) Ive used 3 cartridges from

For this pocket I used 3 cartridges from (tags,bags,boxes and more, Cindy Loo, Sentimentals) all from , I've also used Viva Pearl Pens(LOVE these),and Life's a Garden Stamp set.

To get all cuts for this pocket tag:
Tags,bags,boxes, and more
Cut pocket at 11 3/4" 
Cut tag at 5 3/4" with Real Dial Size ON
This will give you the pocket & tag for your album
Sentimentals Cartridge
1 envelope of your choice cut with Gypsy at 6.60 wide x 2.5"  using the envelope button
1card cut at 5.21 wide x 2.5 high using the card button. This is for inside the envelope
Cindy Loo Cartridge
2.5 high x 2.89 wide this is for the flourishes

Machines I used
Memento black ink(stamp sentiment)
Versa Magic Pink Petunia(for distressing)
G24 Copic for airbrushing the flourish
Flowers , Primas and Gem
 I thought this darling little pocket envelope was perfect for this this tag pocket. I plan on putting some journaling inside :) and a picture on the large tag and the back of this pocket :)

Thank you for looking and have a lovely day!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

5 Years

This month we got to play with the Viva Decor Pearl Pen! What a fun product :) I love how easy it is to use and the really cool thing is that there is no tapping it down from the back of the paper to get a perfect dome shape. I decided to use it on my son's 5th birthday LO which was great to have a fun new embellishment that can be very boyish.

For my LO I used the Boy Will Be Boys cartridge and cut the title at 4" using the arrow font for the number 5 and the block font for the word "years". After assembling the LO I used the Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Red to create a faux star embellie on the car and to liven up my title. For the letters I simply squeezed out the size dot I wanted and had nice shiney domed embellies! The other great thing about these pens is that it doesn't take ages for it to dry, my dots and star were dry in just about 1/2 an hour.

These pens also work on fabric, so I plan on playing with that a bit for my next project, think baby onsie:) Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out Scrapbook Pal for all the new fabulous products they have and get free shipping on any order $25.00 or more!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Fancy T-shirt with Viva Decor Pearl Pens

Project by Tomi Ann Hill

Oh, goodness -- I think I have found my new favorite craft goody!  This month sent me a selection of their new Viva Decor Pearl Pens, and my mind was immediately going like crazy with ideas for how I can use them.  These work on a great selection of materials, including being machine washable on fabric.  How cool is that?!  So my first project just had to be embellishing a plain t-shirt that I bought from the thrift store for $2.  It's my favorite color, but it was so plain and blah before.  

For the base design, I combined some different swirls and flourishes from Cindy Loo and cut them to create freezer paper stencils.  If you haven't tried this yet, DO IT!  It's so fun and easy, and it works great.  There are a bajillion tutorials online for how to do it, but you can check out a great one from "CleverSomeday" right here.  After I painted on the swirls, I cut a small swallow shape from Heritage and painted that on with the Viva Decor Pearl paint.  It took several coats to make it semi-opaque, but it has a gorgeous pearly finish.

After that base paint was dry (helped along by my blow dryer because patience is just not one of my talents), I went to work with the Pearl Pens.  I used Ice White and Silver for this project.  I just created little pearl dots along the edges of the painted flourishes with the Ice White, and then with the silver I created additional flourishes.  It turned out SO cool, and now my $2 has some seriously fab personality!

Thanks for stopping by!  Tune in later this month when I showcase these pens again, along with my other new favorite thing -- Scor-Tape!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Patriotic Mini Album

This month the wonderful folks over at sent me Viva Decor Pearl Pens in all sorts of colors and my favorite adhesive Scor-Tape!!  I had decided I wanted to do a paper bag mini album this month and was so excited to be able to use my new Viva Decor Pens.

Project by Tammy White

I started with 3 - 12 3/8" x 6 1/8" paper bags and folded them in half.  I then inked all of the edges with Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad.  I then took 2 - 11" x 5 1/4" inch lunch bags and folded them in thirds and inked those edges too.

I used the K&Co Americana 12 x 12 paper pack for my papers.  I cut 10 pages at about 6" x 6" and distressed the edges using the Tim Holtz Distressing Tool and inked the edges with the Vintage Photo Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad.   I cut photos mats out of the same paper at 4" x 4" and 3" x 3" and distressed those the same way.  I attached the papers to the paper bags using Scor-Tape.

For the front and back covers, I cut chipboard at approximately 6 1/8" tall x 6 3/8" long.  I painted the chipboard navy blue.  I used the paper from the Americana  pack with the flag on it for the front and back.  I distressed them the same way as the interior papers and attached to the chipboard with the Scor-Tape.  I attached the first paper bag to the inside front cover and the last paper bag to the inside back cover with the Scor-Tape.

The letters spelling out "America" are from one of the papers in the pack which I hand cut and then attached to tags I made from the left over papers.  The "A, M and E" are small tags measuring 4" long x 2" tall.  The "I, C and A" are 11" long x 5 1/2" wide made with solid color cardstock folded in half.  The "R" is not a tag and is just attached to the back inside cover with Scor-Tape.

I used my Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite to punch holes in the pages and covers and then used jute twine to attach all of the pages together.  I also cut a small piece of Tim Holtz Grunge Paper and attached it with the Scor-Tape to the inside edges of the covers.

As you can see in the pictures, I used the Viva Decor pearl pens throughout the pages to add texture and dimension and then embellished with adhesive rhinestones, tickets, and mini flowers.  I used a Gold Viva Decor Pearl Pen to color in the bell I cut at 2 1/4" from the Independence Day Cricut Cartridge.  I used a Silver Viva Decor Pearl Pen to write "And Proud of It".

I hope you enjoyed this mini album and that I've inspired you to make one of your own!