Thursday, May 30, 2013

Scraps of Darkness
Destinations Kit
May 2013

All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.”
~Earl Nightingale

Kit Ingredients:

**4 double sided papers from Carta Bella's Well Travelled collection
**3 double sided papers from Teresa Collins' Far and Away collection
**3 double sided papers from Authentique's Irresistible collection
**Carta Bella Well Travelled Layered Stickers
**Teresa Collins Far and Away Garland
**Tim Holtz Idea-ology Remnant Rubs - Elements
**Prima Ascot Park Flowers
**ZVA Creative Red Crystals
**Gina's Chipboard Compass - custom designed exclusively for our kit
**Prima Lady Bird clear stamps #4
**Ranger Studio Acrylic Paint
**May Arts Gold Metallic Chain Ribbon - 24"
**An inspirational new sketch by Suepup, created just for our Destinations kit

We're sure you will love this beautiful and fun collection as much as we loved assembling it 
for you!

I created this using the May Scraps of Darkness kit called Destinations. This a photo of my father when he was young, he is now in his mid-eighties. When this kit arrived I thought of my father who traveled the country driving on trucking destinations. This is based on the "Destination Sketch" for the Destination kit.

"Destination Kit"

 This is a layout I created using the Scraps of Darkness kit for May named Destinations. I love this photo of my friend and his son walking along the beach...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Scraps of Elegance December Blog Hop

     Welcome to the Scraps of Elegance

                December Blog Hop 
                Design Team Reveal 

We are unveiling our December Kit

“Winter Wishes”

Scraps of Elegance 
Is giving away our fabulous
December Kit
To one lucky winner!

Our Scraps of Darkness Designers
Are sharing their work with the November
“Karma kit”

We would also like you to meet our newest design team members!
Sara Onneby
Vivian Keh
Kristie Taylor
Agnieszka Bellaidea
Sarah Bargo
Evgenia Petzer

All you have to do is become a follower of the Scraps of Elegance blog and “like us” on Facebook. You must visit each participating blog and leave a comment on each blog in order to be eligible for the prize.

When you have visited and commented on all the blogs return to the Scraps of Elegance blog and leave us a comment letting us know how much fun you had.
If you post about this blog hop on your own blog you will be entered into the drawing twice for an extra chance to win!

We are sure you will be inspired by our talented design team.
The December kit is stunning and you won’t want to miss out on grabbing one for yourself!
**Open to international entries**
You have until
Monday December 3rd 1:00 AM PST to complete the hop.
The winner will be announced on the Scraps of Elegance blog on Tuesday December 4th.
Be sure to check back on that day to see if you have won…

Have fun!
Blogs to visit

Scraps of Elegance-
Karolina Stopyra-
Rachael Funnell-
Helena Johansson-
Agnieszka Bellaidea-
Sarah Bargo-
Evgenia Petzer-
Sara Onneby-
Vivian Keh-
Kristie Taylor-
Charlotte Jenkins -

If you have arrived here from
Kristie Taylor
you are on the right track 

Here is the "Winter Wishes" Sketch for December

My First Layout is based of this month's sketch

This layout is of sweet Alex... I used distressing ink and a distressing tool to created the distressed edges. Added a stamp sentiment, a few rub-ons  and I cut the flourishes using Spellbinder die cuts.

I love creating alter pieces, I found a unfinished wooden tissue box at a local thrift store.  I cut the papers, adhered them to the box, stamped a few flourishes, added rhinestone flourishes and paper flowers. This project is very quick and easy.  I usually give away most of my altered pieces...not sure if I will give this one away or keep it. I am thinking about placing it in my office. 

I used Spellbinders dies and embossing tools, added a few paper flowers to create this card.
I made this for a scrapping friend for her retirement gift. 
Another layout of Alex...I love this soft photo of him, he is growing into quite a handsome young man.
I distressed the edges with a distressing tool and distressing ink. I added many layers of fabric and paper under the photo.  

Detail of layout

A couple more details of the layout
  Thanks for Stopping by.....

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Scraps of Elegance Blog Hop

Scraps of Elegance Blog Hop
Welcome to the Scraps of Darkness & Scraps of Elegance Design Team Blog Hop.
The hop began at the Scraps of Elegance blog where we have just revealed our June kit,
 Country Charm”

We are giving away 4 prizes!!!
Scraps of Elegance is giving away a “Swan Song” kit featuring Prima’s Fairy Belle Collection to one lucky winner, and one set of Tim Holtz Spring Seasonal Distress Ink to another!
Scraps of Darkness is giving a “Summer Breeze” kit featuring Prima’s Sun Kiss Collection to one winner, as well as a set of Tim Holtz Spring Seasonal Distress Ink to another!

NOTE: This is open to international entries; however, you will be responsible for shipping charges in excess of $10.00.

All you have to do to be eligible to win is:

1. Become a follower of this blog and the Scraps of Darkness blog and leave a comment on all of the participating blogs. Many of the designers are giving away prizes if you become a follower of their blog, as well, so you have lots of chances to win extra prizes!

2. Come right back here when you have finished and let us know you have completed the hop! You will love seeing what our design team has created, and we hope it will inspire you to create something beautiful!

3. You have until midnight June 4th Pacific time to complete the hop and comment. The winner will be announced on this blog on June 6th.

If you come from are on the right track

Endless Love

This is a photo of my cousins wife's grandparents celebrating their 50th anniversary.  I plan to give this as gift to her because she holds a special place in my heart.

She Takes Our Breath Away

This is my cousins first grandchild Emma Ruth..Emma our precious beautiful baby girl. She is the most beautiful baby I have ever laid my eyes on...she is so very precious to us.

This is my take on the "Country Charm Sketch" that is part of the June kit at Scraps of Elegance.
This is a photo of my mother many years ago.  She is in the kitchen..amazing she still stays in the kitchen 40 years later.  I just love this photo of her...she is so stunning.

The Country Charm Sketch

Your next stop
Thanks for Stopping By

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Baby Love

Welcome to The Twinery and Clearsnap Blog Hop! We're all tied up in twine and loving it!! Aren't the colors just so cute and festive? Our teams are sharing some amazing ideas -- if you missed the posts from the The Twinery, check out The Twinery blog to see their team's amazing creations.
           And, it's not a Hop without a fabulous prize so here's what we're giving away:

Smooch Spritz JUMBO in Gold Glow
Donna Salazar Mix'd Media Inx in Peridot
ColorBOx Archival Dye Inkpad in Pinkolicious
These match some of The Twinery's signature colors to a tee!!

Here's how to enter:
Comment on each blog in the Hop
PIN to Pinterest ALL of the Projects from the Hop = 1 entry each image pinned (leave a comment here telling us you did it)
Follow Clearsnap on Twitter (leave a comment here telling us you did it)
Post about our blog hop anywhere (leave a comment here telling us you did it)

Clearsnap -
Robyn Weatherspoon -
Steph Ackerman -
Charlotte Jenkins You are here..
Jennifer Priest
Daniela Dobson -

Hello! Charlotte here today with a scrapbook layout that is bright and colorful and features Colorbox Dye Ink and twine by the Twinery...what an awesome combination.   I really enjoyed making this layout using these two fabulous products.
Capture that one special moment, such as celebrating the arrival of a new beautiful bundle of joy.... This is my cousin, feeding her precious sweet new granddaughter
Emma Ruth..what a priceless precious memory to capture.

Give your page some pizzazz by stamping several circular images with vivid color Colorbox Dye ink. Cut the images out and mount the images to a piece of heavy card stock.  Adhere several of the circles to the page with pop-dots.  The 3-dimensional circles bring a burst of color to a very simple page.

 Add texture to your page by coiling bright colored Twinery twine onto circles of chipboard. Cover a chipboard circle with adhesive and coil the twine, starting at the center of the circle. Seal the outer edge with a small dab of liquid glue.
 Wrap a  layer of paper with Twinery twine and add a coordinating colored button. Wrap twine several times around one of the paper layers before adhering the paper layer to the page.
Please be sure to stop by and visit all the links on the hop to see what great projects the talented designers have come up with using Clearsnap and Twinery products.

Clearsnap -
Robyn Weatherspoon -
Steph Ackerman -
Charlotte Jenkins You are here..
Jennifer Priest
Daniela Dobson -

Clearsnap Products:
Stephanie Barnard ColorBox Premium Dye Ink: Chocolate, Guava, Sky, Blueberry, Artichoke and BubblegumColorBox Stylus Tips

Other Products:
The Stamps Of Life: spiros2stamp and labels2use
The Twinery Caribbean Baker's Twine
Bazzill Light Blue Card stock
Zot Dots 3-Dimensional Glue Dots
Paper Studios Rub-Ons
Creative Imaginations Narratives Paper Collection

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Clearsnap " Spring, I Hear the Birds Singing"

Hello, Charlotte here and today I am excited to share with you my fun and easy "Spring, the Birds are Singing" cupcake tower. I love spring, I love the renewal of life and the beginning of outdoor parties and gatherings. What could be more perfect for a spring gathering or party than..a colorful cupcake tower.  
Click here for instructions for making this project.

Clearsnap Products
Colorbox Blackberry Chalk Ink
ColorBox Classic Canary Pigment Ink
ColorBox Premium Banana Dye Ink by Stephanie Barnard
ColorBox Premium Grape Dye Ink by Stephanie Barnard
Standard Rollagraph Handle
Ancient Page Neptune Ink Cartridge
Rollagraph Design Wheel Fine Flowers

Click here to find the products above listed in the Clearsnap 2012 Catalog

Other Products
Oriental Trading Cupcake Pedestal
Crafters Workshop Swirly Vines Stencil
Delta Home Accents Teal Acrylic Paint
Delta Home Accents Wisteria Acrylic Paint
Bo Bunny Garden Collection Paper
Stampendous Tiered Birdcage
Kaisercraft assorted paper flowers
Celebrate It Gift Container
Ashland Signature Accents Candle Ring
Ashland Nature Center Bird

Scraps of Elegance "Awakening Kit"

A couple of layouts I made using Aprils' Scraps of Elegance Kit.

Scraps of Darkness "Sakurabana" April Kit

Sakurabana: The Japanese word for Cherry Blossom

"The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it
would not be a wasted life". ~ quote from The Last Samurai, spoken by Katsumoto

Here is a layout I created using the kit.
Kit Ingredients:

*4 double sided papers from Bo Bunny's Serenity collection, 3 double sided papers from
Glitz Design's Happy Travels collection and 3 double sided papers from Fabscrap's
Classic collection
*Bo Bunny Serenity Noteworthy diecuts
*Kaisercraft alphabet stickers
*Melissa Frances resin frame
*ZVA Crystal Flourish in Jet
*Glitz Design Happy Travels Giant Rhinestones
*Prima Hermosa Flowers - Carmine
*Prima Meadow Lark clear stamps
*2 Black Ostrich Feathers
*24" sheer 2 tone ribbon
*A fabulous new sketch by Suepup, created just for our Sakurabana kit
We're sure you will love this beautiful collection as much as we do

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Scraps of Elegance "Awakening kit"

We've assembled some gorgeous papers from Glitz Design's Pretty In Pink Collection, Moxxie's sweet Spring has Sprung Collection, and Pink Paislee's fun Spring Jubilee Collection and added some top notch embellishments from Prima, Glitz Design, Fabscraps, Reneabouquets, and more. You can see the full list of papers and embellishments on our website.

In addition to the Main Kit, we have a nice range of kit add ons for you, which you can also see at, including our signature Vintage Finds Add On.

Every month, Suepup creates a beautiful sketch to complement our newest kit, and we have a Sketch Challenge with a nice prize for the winner on our forum. This month's sketch is a beauty! I hope you'll find inspiration in it, whether you use it with our kit or with your own supplies...


Vintage Keepsake Box

I wanted to share this Vintage Keepsake Box project that I made for a special friend.   For more details on how to create this box. Please click on the word "tutorials" on the home page of my blog.  I created this box for the Clearsnap Design Team.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Altered Basics Blog Hop

Welcome to the Altered Basics Blog Hop! The Clearsnap Design Team is inking and altering our Basic Necessities, a variety of packaging materials and containers released at the CHA-W 2012 show in Anaheim, CA earlier this year. These "Basics" allow you to create custom inkpads, mix your own color combinations of Smooch Spritz and glitter, as well as provide a blank canvas for cute altered gifts, like the adorable tins our My First ColorBox Stamps are packaged in. You might recognize packaging from some of your favorite Clearsnap products like the salt shaker style jars from the Donna Salazar Designs Fairy Dust Glitter, an uninked ColorBox inkpad, and the Clear Boxes our Smooch Spritz Assortment Packs are packaged in. We think these Basic Necessities will allow your creativity to soar!

We're also excited about giving away a set of select Basic Necessities items as prize for one hop commenter! Just click on the blogs each day, browse through the post and check out the "Altered Basic", and then leave a comment about your favorite Basic Necessity to be entered to win.

For an extra entry, post the secret phrase "I love the Basics!" on our Facebook Page here:

We'll choose one winner from all of the comments on March 9, 2012!

  • Clearsnap - Jean Okimoto
  • Steph Ackerman
  • Jennifer Priest
  • Charlotte Jenkins You are Here

Don't forget to leave a comment about your favorite Basic Necessity on each blog in the Hop. Happy Hopping!

Hi, Charlotte here and I want to share a couple of altered projects today. The first project is an altered bottle using Donna Salazar's Designs Fairy Dust Glitter bottle.  Turn a plain bottle into a beautiful keepsake.   This bottle is a quick and easy way to create a unique gift.  All you need to do is add a stamped image, some fancy trim, wire, chain or a charm, and instantly you have a treasured keepsake. 
Clearsnap Products
ColorBox Limited Edition Pigment Ink Blue Jean Ink Pad
ColorBox Limited Edition Chalk Ink Arctic Deep Ink Pad
ColorBox Limited Edition Chalk Ink Sea Crystal Ink Pad
ColorBox Cat's Eye Prussian Blue Ink Pad
ColorBox Stylus Set Cat's Eye Adapter Set
ColorBox Mix'd Media Inx Peridot Embossing Powder
ColorBox Mix'd Media Inx Jean Embossing Powder
Smooch Spritz Log Cabin
Clearsnap Basic Necessities Glass Shaker Glass Jar
Top Boss Watermark Embossing Ink Pad

Other Products
Kaisercraft Madame Boutique Rub Ons
Creative Imaginations Marah Johnson Foil Stickers and Gems
Kaisercraft Script Clear Stamp
Miscellaneous Chain and Charms  

Altered Vintage Shaker

The second project, I used the 7"X 4.5" Basic Necessities Clear Box.   For this project, I created an altered homemade greeting card holder. I absolutely loved used using the Basic Necessaries!  " Love the Basics" 

Clearsnap Products
ColorBox Limited Edition Pigment Ink Blue Jean Ink Pad
ColorBox Limited Edition Pigment Ink Zen Garden Ink Pad
ColorBox Limited Edition Chalk Ink Red Barn Ink Pad
ColorBox Limited Edition Chalk Ink Sea Crystal Ink Pad
Rollagraph Simple Dots Wheel Stamp
Rollagraph Jumbo Self-Inking Handle
ColorBox Stylus Set Cat's Eye Adapter Set
Clearsnap Basic Necessities 7"X4.5 Plastic Box

Other Products
Kaisercraft Madame Boutique Rub Ons
Kaisercraft Script Clear Stamp
Authentique  Tabloids Collection Gathering
Scor-Pal Score Board

The Necessities Card Holder
Thanks for Stopping By.....

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Victoriana Kit Scraps of Darkness

"I want to lead the Victorian life, surrounded by exquisite clutter."
~Freddie Mercury

Kit Ingredients:
*6 double sided papers from Prima's Printery collection and 4 double sided papers from
Kaisercraft's Madame Boutique collection
*On Edge Screen Printed Transparency by Hambly Studios
*Printery Resist Canvas shapes by Prima
*Parchment Petals - Vintage flowers by Prima
*Madame Boutique Colour Rub Ons by Kaisercraft
*Pearl Flourishes by ZVA
*Art Metal Blooming Flower by Vintaj
*Arte Metal Bay Leaf by Vintaj
*Hand Crafted Cameo
*Antique Gold Satin cording - 24"
*Black and white trim - 1 yard
*A fabulous new sketch by Suepup, created just for our Victoriana kit

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Scrap of Elegance Kit Reveal

You may know Scraps of Darkness already, she is on the edgy and daring side and is always the "pushing the envelope" kit of diversity.
Now we would like to introduce you to her new sister---
"Scraps of Elegance" is the alter ego of her sister club.
Her style is more on the sweet and romantic side... a true classic beauty

Today is the reveal of our very first "Scraps of Elegance" kit!

We've carefully chosen these beautiful papers from Kaisercraft Sweet Nothings, Websters Pages Western Romance and Melissa Frances 5th Avenue Collection. We have also added some wonderful embellishments and unique vintage items for you to create something beautiful to compliment your most treasured photos. 
You can see the full list of kit ingredients on our website:

We are proud and honored to introduce one of the most coveted designers in the industry helping us show off our new line of kits.

February Guest Designer
Ms. Gabrielle Pollacco
You won't want to miss the gorgeous work she's done with this kit!

We know how much you look forward to the sketches our ever talented artist Suepup creates each month for Scraps of Darkness. We are excited to announce she will be designing the sketches for each Scraps of Elegance kit as well!
Now we are sure you don't want to just hear about her sketches so we are pleased to share this months inspirational sketch with you.

We would also like to introduce you to some of the most talented designers in the scrapbooking community...
Our 2012 Scraps of Elegance design team:

Lisa Novogrodski- Lead Designer
Charlotte Jenkins- Sketch Artist and Designer
Jennifer Snyder-Designer
Mandy Harrell- Designer
Karen Zueger- Designer
Renea Harrison- Designer
Rachelle Sigurdson- Designer

And we are quite certain Escape Kitty will sometimes make off with some of Jennifers Scraps of Elegance goodies to create something beautiful!

We are kicking off the reveal of our first kit by way of a blog hop this month. You can enjoy not only the full reveal but a chance to win an incredible prize!
We will be awarding a THREE MONTH SUBSCRIPTION TO THE SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE KIT CLUB on this blog to one lucky winner!!!!
You win not one, not two but THREE SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE KITS!
The subscription will begin with our March kit and end with our May kit.
The winner will be announced on the Scraps of Elegance blog on February 4th. You have until midnight February 3rd pacific time to post your comment.
Many of our designers are giving away their own prizes on their blogs so there are many chances to win.
All you need to do to win is become a follower of the Scraps of Elegance blog. Visit each designer and leave a comment on their blogs. When you have completed the hop come back to Scraps of Elegance and leave a comment letting us know you have completed the hop and are a follower. (If you are already a follower, after commenting on the designers blog leave a comment here letting us know!)
International entries are welcome to participate. All international entries are responsible for shipping costs in excess of 15.00.
(The designers will address the eligibility of international participants individually on each of their blogs)

Now let's get started! We warmly welcome you to the first SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE BLOG HOP!

Your next stop and final stop will be the Scraps of Elegance Blog 
Scraps of Elegance Blog -

Sunday, January 15, 2012

January Reveal "Escape" Kit Scraps of Darkness

Get the Escape 
Searching for my lost shaker of salt"
~Jimmy Buffett

Kit Ingredients:
*7 double sided papers from Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue collection, and
3 double sided papers from Pink Paislee's Nantucket collection
*Tropical Travelogue Die Cut Chipboard by Graphic 45
*Envelope Tags Staples by Graphic 45
*Gathering Tabloids Die Cuts by Authentique
*Prima Carlotta - Tropics Flowers
*Prima Say It In Crystals Gems
*12x12 piece of crafting fish net
*1 Sand Dollar from the Phillipines
*Tiny seashells
*7 Gypsies Vintage Pins (6)
*A fabulous new sketch by Suepup, created just for our Escape kit

We're sure you will love this beautiful collection as much as we do.