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.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Bo Bunny Gypsy Paper..Free For All

It is the last week of January and we are ending the month with our final Bo Bunny Gypsy paper project.  It's a Free For All.  Each designer decides whether to do a layout, card, altered item, or any crafty project using the Gypsy Paper.  We appreciate you stopping by to see what we have done.  Have a GREAT week!  Stay tuned next month as the Platinum Scraps Design Team, celebrate our 1st Anniversary!!!

"Mini Sketch Book (front)"

"Mini Sketch Book (inside)"

"People Like You"

"Pen Packs"

"Thinking of You" (Tealight Card with a twist)

"Happy Birthday Trindan"

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Time Out Thursday: Custom Papers

This week's TOT comes from Craftin' Curt:

I love patterned paper and find that sometimes, I just can't find or even buy what I want.  I also like inking my work to create dimension, but words and letters can sometimes be a pain to do.  Well, this super simple and super inexpensive technique helps me solve both of my problems and inspires me with new ideas every time I do it.


Watercolor Paper

Food Coloring

1.  Thoroughly wet the watercolor paper in the sink.  It should be fairly sot when completely wet.  Sit paper, textured side up in the bottom of the sink.

                                                 Closeup of paper texture.

2.  Using food coloring, apply drops of color to the paper in any combination you desire.  It helps to swirl the coloring around the wet paper to promote blending.  For pops of unblended color, don't swirl.

3.  Remove paper from sink and place on paper towels to allow color to soak into paper.  To achieve pastel colors, only allow to soak for 5 minutes and then rinse under lukewarm water.  For darker colors, allow longer.  This is also the point at which the color can be manipulated using combs, paper towels, etc.  Just be creative.

                                                         After excess liquid has been absorbed.

4.  After you notice that there is little or no excess liquid on top of the paper, allow it to hang dry until stiff again and enjoy it!
*I've also tried this with liquid dyes and it works just as well, if not better.  The paper will really soak up the color and wick it into the entire thickness.

                                                                       Finished product

I love the watercolor effect I can achieve with this technique because it cuts down on my inking when cutting words!  It also creates unique card bases, water or sky backgrounds, and fun clothing for dressing up those paper dolls.  The best thing is, you'll always get different patterns and results each time you do it!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Bo Bunny Gypsy Paper...Altered Items

We are continuing our showcase of Bo Bunny's Gypsy Paper.  This week we are altering items.  From plain and ordinary to creative extraordinary!!

"Flower Magnet"

'Wood Picture Frame'

"Kameron Board Book" Front

"Kameron Board Book" Inside
"Kameron Board Book" Back Cover

"Altered Frame"

Friday, January 21, 2011

Faux Wind/Pin Wheel Video Tutorial

Hello Friends.  On Wednesday night, we got a call saying can someone post a Time Out Thursday.  I hurriedly replied sure I can because I knew exactly what I had in mind to post.  I made my layout last week featuring my granddaugther Kennedi and how she blows my mind with the things she does.  I made some wind/pin wheels as a spin on the word blown.  I was gong ho about this video.  It is my second one and I would be demonstrating a technique that I love.

 Anyway, long story short, I was able to call PkaySunshine and ask her to help me upload the video.  She said sure no problem.  Then she calls back and says "T, it's not complete."  Oh no.  That equalled to no Time Out Thursday.  So blame it on video error that was created by user error.  Anyway, here is the video on Friday for Time Out Thursday.  We shall pretend that it is Thursday.

Thanks for always being loyal fans to our team.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tell Me Tuesday...Creating Your Logo Part 2

Good Morning All,

Today I am posting a followup video to last week's Time Out Thursday.  Last week, I showed you how to create your very own logo using Microsoft Word and any image of your choice.  I would like to thank you all for watching the video, leaving comments and asking questions.  Those questions sparked the creation of Part 2:  Placement of your Logo.  I hope you find this video very helpful as you continue in your crafting and personal needs.  ~ ~Cassie~ ~

Monday, January 17, 2011

Bo Bunny Gypsy Paper...LAYOUTS

Happy Monday.  We are continuing to showcase Bo Bunny's Gypsy Stack.  This week we are featuring Layouts!!!

"Turning 40"


"Divine at Nine"

"my son kameron"

"24/7 Scrapper"

"You Blow Me Away"

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Time Out Thursday...Creating a Logo in Microsoft Word

Happy Thursday Fellow Crafters.  One thing I learned several years ago is the fact that I needed more time to learn proper stamping techniques.  I gave up then but now I'm back and still learning.  Besides, stamps are so much cuter now than they were 8 years ago.  Most of the time when I create cards, it's always an order for 25 or more.  Because I'm the not the neatest stamper, I needed a way to add my logo to the back of my cards and do it rather quickly.  In comes my faithful stand-by... Microsoft Word.  If you've every watched a Cassie video, you know I love using Word as a quick work around.

Watch the video to create text boxes and make your own logo using Microsoft Word.  Be sure to let me know what you think and what you'd like to see in the future from the Platinum Scraps design team.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Bo Bunny Gypsy Paper...Card Challenge

For the remainder of January, we have decided to shine a spotlight on Bo Bunny's Gypsy Collection.  Our assignment this week is to create a card.  No sketch involved.  It is all about your style, your way.  The only must have, is paper from the Gypsy Collection.  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.  Do you have this paper at home? Do you have a card using this paper?  Show us what you have created by using Mr. Linky below.  Post a link back to your blog, showing us your Bo Bunny Gyspy Collection Card.

"Thank U"


"Birthday Wish"


"Where has the time gone?"


"To My Friend"

Add a link to your card, using Bo Bunny's Gypsy Paper Here:
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Thursday, January 6, 2011


SCRAPLIFTING.  When I first started scrapping and I heard this term I immediately thought it was a negative thing. How is it OK for someone to steal your ideas? Of course I was educated that it is not only OK, but often encouraged. Immitation is the best form of flattery. Why not "lift" my card or layout? If others think my work is so amazing that they want to duplicate it, I find that great....I even blush at the thought. Crafters everywhere often lift ideas from others that it is often hard to determine where the original idea came from. The main rule of scraplifting is that you do not take credit for the idea. As long as you are not publishing your work as your own, its OK. So I decided to scraplift. Oh, I have done it many times in the past but I wanted to make a few cards that show different levels of lifting. I used the latest issue of Cards Magazine to do my crime.

When I saw this card I really liked the tag with the sentiment.  It inspired me to make my card. As you can see my card and the lifted card are not similiar at all. The only thing I took from this card is the tag.



Now this card I lifted completly. I had some foam thickers laying around and when I saw this card I had to try to follow it as much as possible. I would have even rounded my corners had I not stuck the thickers on first.




**Both cards were lifted from Cards Magazine January 2011 issue. Designers: Karolyn Lancon and Carina Lindholm.

Monday, January 3, 2011


Happy New Year fellow crafters.  Welcome to 2011!  We hope everyone had a Scraptastic 2010.  The Platinum Scraps Designers look forward to sharing more Layouts, Cards, Altered Items, Recipes and more with you, this year.  And just the same, we want to see what you create using the sketches we post.

"And now let us welcome the New Year full of things that have never been." (Rainer Marie Rilke)

The theme this week is New Years.  Our sketches are from Beggahuna.  The Design Team had the option of doing one or both of the layouts provided.  Thanks for looking.


Lets say thanks and "see you later" to our guest designer...Myra_B!
On behalf of all the designers here at Platinum Scraps we want to say thank you to Myra. You have great talents and they are sure to take you far in the years to come. Thank you so much for contributing for the month of December to our blog! are some of her farewell words!

"Thank you to the Platinum Scraps Design Team for inviting me to be a guest designer for December. It was a wonderful way to close out 2010. All of the challenges were enjoyable and I finally got to try digital scrapbooking and I'm hooked! I look forward to participating in your future challenges and being inspired by your wonderfully diverse and exquisite creations! All the best to you and yours in 2011!"

Here is her LO for our New Years theme pages. Thanks again Myra!


"Happy New Year"

"Ring in the New Year"

"Happy New Year"

"Playin in 2011" Page 1

"Playin in 2011" Page 2

Now, we would like to see what you can do with the above sketches. Once you complete one or both of the sketches, please post a link (using Mr. Linky below) back to your blog, so we can see your take on this New Years project.

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