…on Handmade at Amazon!…

That’s right.  In addition to my Etsy shop, I’m now selling my artsy, snarky fun at Handmade at Amazon!  My shop name stays the same, ScrapMusings.  I’m adding inventory as we speak (okay, not literally, but I’ll be adding more today.)

What can you expect?  Reclaimed cardboard made into awesome “canvasses”, ATCs, tags, and other upcycled goodies for home and office.  Here’s a little sneak peek at what you can expect to find.


Doesn’t that look just awesome!  Pop on over and tell everyone you know!


Happy scrapping!

…getting messy…

So Punky Scraps has a couple challenges going on for July.  I plan to enter both, but this one is for the challenge by Lee Thompson, which is aptly, get messy!  Now I’ve gotten a little messy before, but I went a little crazy with this one, and in one sitting too!  I ended up using some pieces that I’d stacked on top of each other as a “not gonna use it for this layout/project” pile.  Turns out, it was a perfect combo and jumping off point.

So I started with 12×12 kraft paper that I had gessoed and was left over from another project.  I added a page from the Fancy Pants Sprout collection (free from a scrapping magazine) and a 6×6 square from We R memory Keepers WhiteOut collection.

“Am I?”


As I’m typing this I’m realizing two things.  One, that my circle “I” tile is visible, but you can’t see the silver letter.  two, then my little metal/glass charm I glued to my heart could be construed as an “I”.  Huh, well, that was unexpected 😀  The circle tile I used is from the same set as the letters from my “my two goofs” layout.

So how did I get messy?  With spray ink, acrylic paint, watercolor wax pastels, gesso, modpodge, and glitter.  Oh, and some pigment stamp ink.  Here are some close-ups:


Remembered something else!  For another project (undetermined mostly), I stamped one of my Inkadinkado blue dye ink pads on my work mat, sprtized with water using my Mini Mister spray bottle (love these things!), the dropped the doily in and swirled it around.  That’s where that lovely blue comes from.  I have another larger doily with purple.  Wonder what I’ll use that for….

The paper clips started out pink, but with a little gesso and paint, they’re yellow!



The heat started out as basic chipboard.  I covered it with mod podge, adhered white tissue paper to it, then wrapped it with 7Gypsies clear washi tape.  I really like how it turned out.


The buttons are American Crafts and the flower is a Little Yellow Bicycle wood shape that I painted with Adirondack Paint Dauber (oops, forgot that one too!).  I stamped the flower with a zigzag pattern stamp and black pigment ink, then gessoed the edges, followed by a black watercolor wax crayon.  The teal dots are from a technique I think I’ll be using a lot more of: bubble wrap!

Happy scrapping!

…going a little post happy…

…since I’m off to a gaming convention this weekend where I’ll be helping hubby promote his book and possibly,show off a little of my wares as well.

So, I’m not sure how my scrapping will be going into the weekend and after coming back.  I have to pack a bunch of the stuff into our room, since little guy will have Grandma and Grandpa to himself and we don’t want him getting his little hands on things he shouldn’t 🙂

So here’s another LO I made using Scrap Friends Sketch #12


The background paper is from Kelly Panacci (not big into her stuff, but this really called to me, wonder why :P)





I went a little crazy with my collection of die-cuts.  I had a bunch that I’d been wanting to use, and this seemed a great way.

Supplies: DCWV Rock Star, We R Memory Keepers White Out, Kelly Panacci patterned paper; Transparency photo frame; Ribbons and fibers; K & Co. ephemera die-cuts; Little Yellow Bicycle Natural bird wood veneer; Tattered Angels spray mist in black and gold; Tim Holtz Paint Dabber in teal; 7Gypsies fabric tape and Bella Blvd. tape in Yellow Chevron and Pickle Juice; Fairy wood-mounted rubber stamp; Pins; Letter stickers; Tim Holtz Distress Marker Wild Honey; Hambly transparent border stickers

…seeing colors everywhere…

and next month’s Express Kit is no exception.  A sneak peek at:

The Good Life


Just as a reminder, to subscribe (which I suggest doing because even though the remainder do go on sale, they go quickly, so to get first shot, best bet is to subscribe), contract me at tjcarrigATyahooDOTcom.  The price is $29.95 plus S&H, and you can have it shipped directly to you or to me and I can deliver it or you can pick it up (Long Island residents only, unless you REALLY want to drive all that way :P).

I won’t have the list is items until the kit is released and sent to subscribers, hence the sneak peek!  Some sneak peeks really excite me, and this is one of them.  A good balance of colors and patterns and no doubt there will tons of goodies packed into the kit.

So contact me and let’s get scrappin!

Happy scrapping!

…pretty busy…

So I’ve been busy working on a project for dear hubby for a gaming/fantasy convention we’ll be a vendor at later this month.  I also finished a layout that was actually for a couple challenges, but I didn’t finish in time 😦  I’m still going to post it here for you guys:)

So this layout was based on a couple old challenges.  One challenge was to use the color combination of red, brown and black (this was also during February).  Another was to use your punches.  Well, I only have one punch.  The main problem for me is storage.  I’d love to have a Cricut, but no space 😦

Anyway, here’s my layout: “Die Hard Love”






Supplies:Patterned paper – BasicGrey, DCWV Tattered Time & Rock Star; Stamps – Studio G (arrow, zigzag lines), Amy Tangerine Photo Op Roller Date stamp; Stickers – Pebbles, Inc.(love, together) and other;  Acrylic paint in red, black, brown; Chipboard – Paper Crush (tag, stars), other (die); Fabric tape – 7Gypsies; rub-on alphas; Avery tag; Ink – Tim Holtz Distress Ink Rusty Hinge, Studio G – black pigment ink;  Punch – Fiskars Postage Stamp Border Punch

As for the project for my hubby, Charles, I’ve made a display piece to advertise his books.  I’ve got one done, one in process.  Here’s the one for Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero

Arcon marketing

I attempted a gesso texture technique that didn’t work as well as I hoped.  So, from the same UK magazine, I tried a different technique with tissue paper.  Basically, you glue objects to your base (cardstock, grayboard, etc.).  You then glue tissue paper over everything, gently pushing the tissue down around the objects.  Then you paint to your heart’s content.

Questions and comments welcome!

Happy scrapping!

…chomping at the bit…

…because of the fabulosity (is that even a word?:D) of even more new Memory Works goodies for Spring 2013, and I’m in love…with paper, that is :P…

So first, this month’s Express Kit, absolutely phenom: Everyday Moments


And introducing…


Crate Paper


Simple Stories


From American Crafts: Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy




Studio Calico

 And why don’t I have any little snippets for these?  Well, it’s said that the catalogs speak for themselves.  And all of these collections (not to mention the rest), I feel really do speak for themselves.  Some collections I can take or leave (and you know me, I don’t like pink), but there’s minimal pink in these collections, and I absolutely LOVE them!  Seriously, I know it’s not my birthday or any big gift-giving holidays, but yeah, they’re that cool to me!

So if anything catches your eye, e-mail me!  If you’ve got a comment on something, comment already 🙂 Please let me know what you think!  And man, if only I could buy these…heh

Happy scrapping!


…oddly desperate to use all my supplies…

…okay, maybe not all of them, but I have such a stash that I want to do something with.  Mainly because I’m having new product envy.  Strictly speaking I’m not really able to purchase new stuff (having lost my permanent job and now looking for a new one), so I’ve been trying to find challenge blogs (plus I love the inspiration and the, well, challenge :P), and different little projects to make to use what I have.

On this train of thought, I’ve discovered art journaling (and yes, there are challenge blogs for that too! wow :P) and some other names in the scrapbooking industry overseas (mainly Europe).  I’ve added a couple new links to my sidebar.  One for SODAlicious and another for I Like Grey.  Both overseas and both with some fantastic stuff!  Check out their blogs and let me know what you think.

And now, a little teaser, I’ll be posting the sneak peek for the March Express Kit from Memory Works.  You know how some sneak peeks just get you salivating to see the whole thing?  Yeah, this one did that for me…so stay tuned later on 🙂

Happy scrapping!

…revealing a new layout…

…it’s challenge time!  I mentioned in an earlier post that I really don’t like pink and this month is the love month, and while I’m not against the holiday, or at least the sentiment, pink tends to be everywhere this month.  Red I don’t mind as much, but I can’t really do pink. So I was very excited to see this color scheme on the ILS blog for February.  And this Creative Scrappers sketch #246 provided the layout.  I flipped the sketch around to fit my photos better, and made this to cheer up a single friend of mine, who has hated the past few Valentine’s Days.

Strangers, Friends, Family:

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My husband and our friend were matched up as college roommates.  Even though my husband is from LI and our friend is from the Bronx, they didn’t even know the other existed.  What started as a nervous 2-hour phone call developed into a close friendship that is still strong to this day.


Supplies include:

Kraft and black cardstock

DCWV Paper Stack Tattered Time and Asian

Simple Stories Destinations “journey” sticker, “Noteworthy” and large journaling die-cuts

Letter stickers “Strangers, Friends”

Metal cut-out letters “Family”

Marvy Uchida Stamp Markers Plum

Brads, brown and tan photo corners, large paper clip

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Rusty Hinge

Studio G Asian lettering stamp

Studio G black and brown pigment ink

Border stamp dots double row

Corrogated cardboard


Happy scrapping!

cold, tired, and inspired…

cold because we got hit with snow, and while I’m not complaining (I’m from Buffalo and living in Florida for four years gave me a serious jonesing for winter snow), I don’t like being cold…

tired because the apple my son partially ate yesterday disagreed with him and decided to log it’s argument at 12:30 in the morning.  We had to change his pajamas and the bed sheet twice and clean his blankie, which he would not go back to sleep without, so after everything was said and done, we all got to sleep around 1:30/2 o’clock in the morning…

inspired because even though it’s February (and no me and hubby are just fine, I just don’t like pink, or diamonds, or all the jewelry commercials for said jewelry that have totally outrageously astronomical prices), I found a scrapbook challenge that I actually want to do!  It’s from another blog I follow by a wonderful photographer and artsy, wicked cool scrapbooker who’s a Design Team member for another blog.  Aaaaanyway…the color scheme chosen for this month has no pink!  and the red is more or a maroon/red-brown.  And so I’m going to do a layout featuring my husband and a very good friend of ours who has impacted our lives and who is like family, so Greg, that upcoming post will be for you!

For now, please enjoy some delightful goodies from memory Works.  I haven’t posted anything from them recently, and show you all some scrapbooking link love…

First off…The February Express Kit “Fanciful”


Next, for those who want to throw a party, a class, or just have a big group that would love to order stuff…MW Hostess Incentive for this month…


And finally, for those who aren’t fans of winter, a little spring sunshine from My Mind’s Eye…


my eye’s been caught by Notable and Remarkable…how bout you?

As always, thank you so much for coming to see me, feel free to comment, and happy scrapping!

…really glad…

..to have my advertising projects done, yay!  In case you didn’t know, I teach scrapbooking classes (or, well, I’m trying to) at my local craft store.  And to get more people interested, I thought, why not some touch inspiration.

Behold, my altered tag :

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Among my supplies:

Teal glitter

Baker’s twine (pink and blue)

Butterfly die-cut (for the shape)

Stamps (Chinese background, Chinese lantern, four different alphas, and Amy Tangerine for the pencil)

Colored pencils (the color the lantern)

Black pigment ink


… and my altered bag

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To say I used a lot of supplies is an understatement, but they included

7Gypsies Fabric tape

Simple Stories journaling die cut

Assorted chipboard, ribbons, and buttons

Jolee’s France-inspired tag

Baker’s twine

Prima flower and leaves in fall colors

Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge

Once Upon a Time paper pack

VersaMark white pigment ink


So hopefully my work is not for naught and people will be inspired to take my classes.  Fingers crossed!  What do you think?

Now to get to that layout challenge I’ve been itching to do…hehehe

Happy scrapping!