Platinum Scraps was originally launched February of 2010 as a vision of several friends who met on the Cricut Message board who wanted to venture out into creating, sharing, and showcasing the many talents each of us possess. Platinum Scraps showcases the diversity in scrapbooking and features designers from all walks of life. To keep the tradition going, each week our design team is challenged to create a unique layout or card based on a sketch that exemplifies their skills and talents. We hope that we inspire your creations and we appreciate your continued love and support as we grow together.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Time Out Thursday - Creating 3-D Embellishments

Ok, here goes, I certainly hope this works.  I have been trying to create, save, and upload this tutorial all day long.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Color Challenge

This week, the designers took on a Color Challenge.  The instructions were:

Can be Halloween or Fall themed. Card or layout. Project has to have fall colors: orange, brown, black, yellow. Note: Don't have to use all colors but you should be able to see the fall colors in the project.

The designers all have really different and creative projects, so enjoy them!

                                                         "Witch's Brew"
                                                           Craftin' Curt

                                                          "Witch's Brew" Inside
                                                               Craftin' Curt

"Halloween 2009"

                                                              Sanura Scraps


                                                                 "Autumn" Page 2
                                                                 Sanura Scraps


"Sleepy Superhero"

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Long over Due Postings

Several months ago, our designers came together and made cards for a little boy who had been in an automobile accident.  Life got in the way and time slipped away, therefore, they were never posted to showcase our designers many talents and kind hearts.  Please take this opportunity to enjoy these beautiful cards.

"Get Well"

"Get Well Soon"

"You're Unforgettable!"

These cards were to inspire a team member's daughter that yes, she could make it thru basic training.  The butterflies were actually demonstrated earlier in  a going green tutorial on recycling your cartridge holders to make beautiful projects.

"Well Wishes"

Sometime life does interfer and we can't always meet project deadlines no matter how hard we try.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how Shelly transformed the metallic(not acutally but resembles) looking paper in the Basic Grey Vagabond line and used it to make this nice layout for her hubby using the Cricut Cartridge HandyMan.

"Fixing Up the Place"

Friday, October 22, 2010

Blog Candy Winner

The results are in!  The winner of the October 31st Cart is:


She commented

     Thanks for the chance to win!! I love do scrap my Halloween pictures!! I am already a follower...

As the winner, you have until Saturday, October 23rd to contact us with information regarding where to send your blog candy.  Email us at:

  Congratulations and thanks to all of you for entering the drawing.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween Blog Candy Part 2

Halloween is just a few weeks away.  After taking all of those adorable pics of the little ones (and big ones) you can use this cart on your Halloween layouts.  This is October 31st - a seasonal fall cart.  I has lots of scary images you can use to make your layouts pop!

Would you like to win this cart?  Just follow us AND leave a comment to be considered.  If you are already a follower just leave a comment.  The drawing will be open until midnight Thursday, October 21st MST.  We will use to pick a winner.  Thank you for following us and good luck!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Basic Grey Vagabond Card Sketch

This week is the second challenge using Basic Grey's Vagabond paper.  After doing a layout, we decided to do a free-for-all card.  The designers have created great projects with unique points of view, so please enjoy and leave us your comments.

                          "You Rock"
                       P-Kay Sunshine



                          "Autumn Card"
                           Craftin' Curt

                             "Autumn Card (Inside)"
                                     Craftin Curt


                                        "Get Well Soon"
                                       Croppin' Cassie

                                     "Inspirational Card"

                                     "Autumn Easel Card"
                                          Sanura Scraps

                                   "Autumn Easel Card" (Inside)
                                          Sanura Scraps

                                                 "I Love You"

                                       "Card of Encouragement"

Monday, October 11, 2010

Vagabond Paper by Basic Grey Challenge

 This week is the first of two weeks that will feature the Vagabond paper stack by Basic Grey.  For this week's free-for-all, the designers created layouts and really showed off their creativity.  Leave us your comments and be sure to check back next week for another free-for-all featuring Basic Grey's Vagabond papers.



"Snow Day"


"The Woods Brothers"

"Perfect Paradise"

Friday, October 8, 2010

Blog Candy Winner

And the winner is.....


She said...

great blog candy and LOs! Love them all!

Congrats Vernetta!!!
You have until Saturday, October 23, 2010 to claim your prize. Email your mailing address to
Thanks to all who entered.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

TOT: Go-to Embellishments

This week's TOT comes from Craftin' Curt.  In his own words, he shares his 5 favorite go-to embellishments for those times when he is "less than inspired" and needs that extra touch to complete a project.


Flowers always seem to help me out in a pinch.  I try to keep a variety on hand at all times- layering types, rhinestoned, patterned- so that I can add a little unexpected interest in addition to solving design problems or mistakes.  When layering, use dimensional foam to create some depth.


To be absolutely honest, I really did not take to these when I first came across them.  I thought them to be pointless.  Months later, I saw some on clearance and decided to open my mind to them.  Now, I absolutely love them.  They can be easily colored using inks or markers in a variety of ways.  My favorites are the mini frames because they're so versatile.


I began using these about 5 or 6 years ago....for professional tutus.  I used the ones made by Swarovski and they were (and still are) an easy way to decorate a full tutu without all of the hand sewing or messy glues.  Once I began crafting, my rhinestone collection quickly dwindled as I found that they are perfect for cards and layouts.  The hotfix glue is super strong-once you put it down, it's there for good!  The heat tool isn't necessary (an iron will work) but the interchangeable tips to fit a multitude of rhinestone sizes makes the heat tool a smart purchase.


I lumped these two together because they serve the same purpose for me- detail & accents.  Smooch Inks have a fine-tip brush built into the cap which enables you to use it much like nail polish.  It comes in a variety of colors with a slightly metallic look to them.  Souffle Pens create the look of heat- embossing without the powder or heat!  You have to draw fairly slowly with them, but once dry the ink puffs up slightly and adds interest and texture.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Halloween Blog Candy

Can you believe its already October?!?  This month brings on fall weather and the countdown to the holiday season.  But before we jump the gun with our green and red Christmas decor, we must first celebrate Halloween.  We are here to help you get started on those Halloween decorations and crafts with blog candy!  We are giving away Pumpkin Carving Cricut cartridge!  Just follow us AND leave a comment to be considered.  If you are already a follower just leave a comment.  The drawing will be open until midnight Thursday, MST.  We will use to pick a winner.  Thank you for following us and good luck!

October Layout Sketch

This week's sketch comes courtesy of Got Sketch? and  the designers did a great job with it.  Check out their individual interpretations and tell us what you think!

In the past we have used Mister Linky but only a few of our loyal followers have participated.  We would love to see your take on the sketch. 

The Sketch


"The Spa"

"Tropic Punch"

"You Rock"

"My Rules"

"A Girls Best Friend"

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