Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sorry I've been MIA!

Its been hectic over here! I'm working on some new items to post in my etsy shop, so make sure to check back often to see what I've dreamed up! Also, keep watching for the Tip of the Week! :-)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Another DavidsDesigns Creation!

I've been working on cards for family and friends today and just had to show you all this beautiful Anniversary card that I created for some friends! The green and brown really make the flowers pop and the copper color of the lettering is just perfect! I'm so proud of myself!
Just imagine what I could do for your family or friends' anniversary, birthday, or whatever card! Please contact me at if you are interested in having me create a special project for your needs!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Tip of the Week

For a fun Thank You card after a child’s birthday party; take a photo of the opened gift, the gift-giver and your child. Include this photo along with the Thank You portion of the note. This not only teaches your child to say thank you, but also shows the gift-giver how the gift was appreciated! This is also really nice to keep track of who gave what for scrapbooking! :-D

I have had rave reviews for this in the past!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wow! Pirate Invites!!

I didn't even know that I had it in me! Aren't these invites great?!?! This is the type of work that you could get if you contacted me about that special project that you have in mind!
(Sorry about the black - but I had to make sure that my customer's info was safe!!)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A New Tip of the Week!

Stretch your scrapbooking budget in these harder times -

Trade papers with a friend, trash to treasure you know!
Use scraps to make paper piecings, paper posies, etc. This will use up even the smallest of pieces and save money on embellishments!
When cutting paper for a border around a photo, cut the middle out of the background photo. It won't show, but give you a perfectly matched paper for a paper piecing embellishement!

Need more time before re-inking your stamp pad? Spritz the ink pad with a small amount of water and let sit for a while (I'm not sure if this is recommended or not, but I do it and it really works to extend the life of the pad until I can get it re-inked!)
Buy a reinker with a friend and use it together, as needed - only if this is a trust-worthy friend though! No stealing the ink!!

Use odd household objects to create new stamps! I found that the inside plastic of a roll of tape makes a really neat circular stamp!
Repurpose old pencil erasers into rubber stamps, just cut a design with a craft knife! I have a whole tiny alphabet set from pencil erasers!
Use foam shapes as stamps. Layer a few of the shapes together, glue, and voila! a new stamp!
Wrap rubber bands around your brayer before inking for an interesting new background design! Guaranteed to never look the same!!
Use your brass embossing pads as stencils for your ink. Sponge inside the shape and then let dry!

Save all small ribbon scraps. These can be used as a decorative border when used around a matted photo, as a part of your paper piecings, or as texture on your next card (green ribbon = green stem on a flower!!)

Save on Purchases:
Always check Goodwill or Thrift shop type stores for scrapbooking supplies like ribbon, buttons, thread, charms, flowers, etc! The list goes on and on! I recently found a bag of green buttons for a whopping $0.35 + tax. You can't go wrong!! You can also look at Rummage, Garage, or Tag sales. Think outside the box!
Get a job at your local scrapbooking store, just for the discount! If you spend alot of money on supplies, the discount would help you save and put some money in your pocket!! (That is if you don't end up spending your whole paycheck on supplies!!)
Always buy a product that is multi-purpose - such as tools that do double duty, cutting and embossing, etc. Rubber stamps can be used multiple times, while a package of stickers can be used 1 time each!