Thursday, May 30, 2013

Winner!!! Winner!!! Winner!!!

Once again its time to celebrate the winners!

But before that we want to thank everyone who entered the Drills and took part in the Basic Training. We spend a lot of time going through each and every entry, and were so impressed with the submissions!
We hope that you will join us again in June!

But first, let's celebrate this month's winners!
The winner of Drill #7 Tic Tac Toe, is:

Rochelle Spears

Rochelle ,Please contact us regarding your prize.
Basic Training, Fun With Flowers:

Wendy Brassart

Wendy, Please contact us regarding being June's S.W.A.T Girl!
Drill #8 Sketchy Saturday:

Renee, Please contact us regarding your prize.

Thank you all again for sharing your amazing
talent with us! We hope that you had fun!
See You Saturday!!

Please contact us by email at:
All prizes must be claimed by June 15th

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Special Ops: Altered Item

It all started with a dare....
"I bet you can get that case for 25¢."
"But what would I DO with it?"
"You know you'll think of something!"
And so I tried, and of course the price went down to 25 cents, and then they threw in more junk, and soon I was at $2 and wondering just exactly WHAT I was going to do with it all. Altering the cassette case was the obvious answer so I began with ripping off the faux leather.
Next I scrubbed of the remaining glue and used a craft knife to remove any stray bits of vinyl.
Then it was time for the fun part,
covering the case with paper.
Step 1:I chose a light, patterned paper for the center strip. I measured, cut, and adhered my paper so that I had a different strip for each surface. For this case there were 5 in all.
Step 2:For the edges I used a dark patterned paper. Again I cut the strips so that they didn't bend over the joints. When paper is used to cover the joints it tends to buckle and bulge each time the joint is bent.
Step 3:I painted along the joints where the papers meet.
Step 4:For the love of washi I added tape along the stripes of patterned paper. Washi tape has a little more give than paper so I wrapped it right over the joints.
My newly decorated Junque Trunk is a little off center and the paint isn't exact, but it has a very
flavor to it and will look delightful at any crop.
But why take it to a crop, you ask? Because it is actually a twine carrier! Now I can take my twine with me everywhere I go and have all my colors right at my finger tips!!!
Check this post (Thrilling Thursday) for a quick tutorial on making these twine cards.
As always my blog, Scrappin Chaos, has details on products used.
Scrap On!


Monday, May 20, 2013

Design Team Call

Design Team Call
Hello everyone!

S.W.A.T. is looking to add to our Design Team. The DT term will run from Jun 22, 2013 through Jan 5, 2014. 

Why apply for our team? 
  • To be inspired and to inspire others 
  • To be on the ground floor of an up and coming blog 
  • You will be a part of an amazing group of designers and develop lifelong friendships with crafters from all over the world. 
  • Your work will be featured on Facebook and Pinterest. 
What is expected of our Design Team? 
  • You MUST be a follower of our blog & Facebook Page.
  • Complete 2 projects a month (you will be given all challenges at the start of the term). **On occasion a third project when there are five Saturdays in the month oe a Blog HOP.
  • Comment on participants entries (THIS IS A MUST!).  Any team member not adhering to this rule will be promptly removed from the team so please make sure you can do this before applying. 
  • Commit to a 6 1/2  month term (beginning Jun 22, 2013 ending Jan 5, 2014.
  • Keep an active blog that is updated frequently. 
  • Post our challenge and your project on your blog on reveal day and link back to the S.W.A.T. blog.
  • You must have a Facebook account all our information is relayed in our Private Facebook Group.
How to apply:
  • Create a layout based on our DT Call Sketch(Below)using your favorite trendy technique and send it to us at:
  • ("DT Application/Your Name" in the subject line) with the following information;
    • Your Name
    • Your Email Address
    • Any Current Design Teams (no previous DT experience required)
    • And a little bit about yourself (if you are selected this will become your Bio on the Blog).
    • Provide links to your blog and any online galleries.
Design Team Call Sketch

We are accepting applications through June 10th.  New design team members will be notified by June 14thThis is an open call, what that means is, We have the right to close this call at any time if We feel all the positions have been filled. The first reveal will be July 6th.

Again, No previous DT experience needed. However we are only looking for dedicated members who have a love for scrapbooking and enjoy sharing their ideas and creations!
Everyone is welcome to apply!
If you have any questions please contact us at:


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Drill #8 Sketchy Saturday

Drill #8
Sketchy Saturday!

This week we have an amazing sketch created by our very own Becci. She has packed it full of pictures to punch up your creativity!  

And this week's beautiful prize!

Now lets see what the S.W.A.T Ladies did with this week's sketch!

Featured S.W.A.T Girl

Now it's your turn,
be sure to submit your project by May 28th!

If you are loving our new site,
make sure you stop by Monday!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

May Basic Training

Welcome to May's Basic Training!
Homemade "Water" Flowers!

If you're like me, and every other scrapbooker I know, you have so many flowers.  Sometimes, no matter how many flowers I have in my stash, I can't seem to find the "perfect" flower for my layout.  Or, if I really like the patterned paper I'm working with, I make my own flowers.  I have several different flowers I like to make.  Today I'm going to show you a very easy, pretty flower.
Supplies needed:
Flower punch or punched out flowers
Spray bottle with water in it
Buttons or brads
OK, Let's get started!

First you will need some cut out flowers.  I used a punch for mine.  If you don't have a punch, you can use your flower dies or cut out from your Cricut or Cameo. 

 Next, you will want to choose your patterned paper.  I usually use 2 different patterns, but, it is up to you.  Punch out your flowers,  2 large and 1 small.  And, you will need a spray bottle with water in it.
 Next, you want to take a punched out flower and spray both sides with water.  Saturate the entire flower, and shake off the excess.  You will lay the flower down on your table and "pinch" and "push" up the petals towards the center.  If they start to come un-done, re-do it until it stays in place.  Be careful as the wet flower will rip easily.

Once you have finished all of the flowers, set them aside to dry completely.  If I am in a big hurry, I will use my heat gun (holding the flowers with a long pair of tweezers).  Once completely dry, the flowers will hold their shape.

Next, you will need your favorite adhesive.  (I usually use ultra thin large glue dots for these flowers.)  You want to stack them alternating petals.  Large on bottom and in middle and small on top.  Sometimes, I just use the two large flowers, depending on what I want to put in the middle.  But, for this flower, I used all three.

Now, you will want to find a center for your flower.  Buttons and brads work great!

That's it!  Now you have a pretty flower that will coordinate perfectly with your layout!  You could also ink the edges, mist your flower or use stickles.  If you don't like the "pinched" look, you can wad the paper, or form it in a different way.  The possibilities are endless!  Get creative with this!!!   I really hope that you will try this fun, easy technique!

Here is my layout with my homemade flowers:
We would love to see your newly created
"homemade water flower" project! 
Submit a project showcasing your homemade flower element, for a chance at becoming our featured S.W.A.T. girl.  One winner will be chosen from all of the entries.  Be sure and link up your project using Mr. Linky.  Have fun, and be creative!


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Drill #7 Tic Tac Toe

Drill # 7

Pick your path to a beautiful project!

For Drill #7 we challenge you to mix up your supplies and techniques and pick a row to create your Layout or Card.

Make sure you let use know what row you used and remember this challenge can be combined with any challenge so have fun but please don't forget to link back here.

The winner of this drill will receive this beautiful Kit to add to thier scrappy stash!

Now before you get started check out what the S.W.A.T. Ladies have created to help you get your scrappy game on!

Featured S.W.A.T Girl
Used: Row 3
  3 Manufacturers, chipboard, Paint and bonus stitching :)

Used row 1 across:
3 buttons, get your doodle on and stamp on it.

Used row 1 down:
 buttons, stitching, 3 manufacturers

Used row 1 across:
 3 buttons, get your doodle on and stamp on it.

Used row 3 across:
 3 manufacturers, mist, and chipboard

Used Row 1 down:
 3 buttons, stitching, 3 manufacturers.

Used Row 3 Across:
 3 manufacturers, misting, chipboard

Used Row 3 Down:
 Stamping, No Patterned Paper, & Chipboard

Used Row 1 diagonally:
 Use 3 button, Use Ribbon, Use Chipboard
The challenge ends May 28th at 11:59 EST.
We can't wait to see what you create!
Thanks for stopping by today see you next Saturday!


Friday, May 3, 2013

May's Featured S.W.A.T. Girl!

Please join us in congratulating

May's S.W.A.T. Girl!!


I am very honored to be a S.W.A.T. Girl for May 2013.
Thank you for having me!

Hi, my name is Lee-Anne Thornton and I'm known in the online scrapbooking world as Scrapperleeanne. I am married to my biggest fan Rick and have three children Brandon 28, Shannon 25, and Clayton 13. My youngest is still at home but my two older kids are married and have left the nest.

We wanted to get to know Lee-Anne so we asked her a few questions:
1. How long have you been scrapping and why do you love it?
I started scrapbooking back in 2002 when a friend of mine asked me to go to a "crop". I was a cross stitcher and didn't have the slightest idea what she was talking about. Back then, it was all about stickers but it has evolved into so much more the last few years. It really became a passion when I starting attending scrapbooking conventions, retreats and last year a scrapbooking cruise to Hawaii. It has just been the last two years that I have really taken this passion to the next level and started getting published and being on some design teams and getting to know such lovely, creative people that share the same passion.

2. What are you favorite tools and manufactures?

My three favourite tools are my Silhouette Cameo, my ATG gun and my Making Memories Paper Trimmer.....I love all the manufacturers as long as they have pretty papers.
3. How do you usually get started with a layout?

The photo is usually my starting point and I go from there. I love colour, layers and texture but most of my layouts are clean with bright colours.
Next we asked her to share a few of her
favorite projects and here they are:
Make sure you stop by to see Lee-Anne's Blog!
Make sure you come back for Drill #7 I can't wait to see what 
Lee-Anne has in store for us this Saturday!