Wednesday, April 28, 2010


With Mother's Day fast approaching you may be thinking about getting cards for the moms in your life. Why not make them a card this year. I created the following two cards for my mom. One is a birthday card and the other is a thank you card for being such a wonderful mom. There is also a sketch to go along with each card.

Happy Birthday:

Thank You:
Making cards is also a great way to use up scraps from your past TTT kits or other scrap supplies from your stash! Each card also includes a transparency from TTT!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sketch and Layout Sample

Here is a sketch from PageMaps and my example layout. I used the sketch as a general guide but as you can see it varies some from the sketch. The great thing about a sketch is you can use it as much as you want for inspiration. Why don't you try this sketch yourself and see what you come up with.

The sketch:

Jen's Layout:

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Cool Technique

Ever finish your page and take a step back and think it needs something more? This happens to me often and the technique I turn to most is stamping with Versamark ink on the background. This is an easy technique to do after your layout is done since the Versamark ink is only is a watermark ink. If you get a little extra where you don't want it then it's not that big of a deal since it's not as noticeable as pigment inks. I love to stamps circles or swirls on the background. Can you tell?
This layout was done with the TTT March Kit #1.
Or on this page I used a leaf stamp from my flower set to add some leaves to these hand stitched stems. I used the TTT April Kit #3 for this layout and a Pagemaps sketch!

I hope you give this technique a shot next time. Make sure to upload your layouts in the TTT Gallery and check out the great deals on the TTT & Embellish it cruise coming up this October!!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Tag Ideas: transparent tags!

by Nathalie

This month, I wanted to play a little with my Transparent Touches transparencies* and I came up with the idea of making tags that would fully use their transparent aspect. You will see below what I mean. I framed (on both sides) and decorated each transparency but did not add any paper on the back of them. That way, they have a fun "see through" look (not easy to capture on photos).

Click on any image to enlarge it

They will be of great use on my kids' teacher's gifts and I hope they are giving you some ideas to use your transparencies!
* all the transparencies are available for purchase in the Transparent Touches store.

What a Catch!

by Nathalie

Hi there TTT fans!
We just had our Spring Bling Crop which means that the User gallery is FULL of new pages and is overflowing with inspiration. I highly recommend you checking it out! It was hard to limit myself to only three but here are a few that caught my eye:

"It must be Spring" by scrappin_in_AK

I love the creative work behind this page! My favorite part is the stitched circles framing the photos and how they add pops of colors to a black and white page. The photo is adorable too!

"Goofin off in the 40's" by mamadonald

I admire the whole vintage feel of this page (and am a bit jealous because I can't do that!). The old photos, the colors, the misting, the flowers, the swirls of different textures, the interesting design make this page magazine worthy in my opinion! I just love it!

"4th of July" by annaBananna

Totally my kind of design! So much so that I want to scraplift it! I love the four vertical and rounded photos with the journaling in between! The papers and embellishments give this page a great "americana" look that is perfect for the subject!

Great job ladies!!! Thank you for inspiring me and for sharing your talents with us!
I will be back later to share new tags using TTT transparencies.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Step by Step by Chrystal Riddell

For this layout, you will need the following:

*Flowers or other 3-d embellishment
*1 sheet of background patterned paper
*1 6 3/4 x 11 1/4 piece coordinating paper
*various coordinating scraps
*1 journaling card
*1 coordinating frame
*1 cardstock strip or ribbon
*2 4x6 photos (or 1 8x6)
*circle punch (I used and 1 1/2 inch punch)

***Don't forget to ink edges before you adhere your paper (if desired.)

1. Trim bottom of 6 3/4 x 11 1/4 piece coordinating paper with deco scissors. Adhere approximately 1/2 inch from left.
2. Punch 4 circles from scraps, then cut in half to make 8 pieces. You will only need 7 pieces.
3. With a ruler, draw a line where your "scallops" will be, then run a tape runner over it. Adhere the scallops along the line, then adhere the paper strip or ribbon. Pull up or bend the scallops for dimension.
4. Place/adhere photos, leaving room for the frame overlay.
5. Mat your journaling card, trim, and adhere.
6. Layer flowers and adhere in bottom left corner.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


TTT MAY 2010 kits are up!
Each kit features *NEW* papers from CHA!!

(You do not have to be a TTT kit member to purchase kits and sale items)

If you haven't already emailed me to let me know which kit(s) you'd like for MAY...please do so. If you would like to order an extra kit, just let me know which ones you'd like and I will put you down for those. I try to keep up with the kit emails as they come in so I know when a kit is sold out...but you may not get an email response from me confirming your choice for a few days. It takes me quite a while to go through them individually. Thanks for your patience! If you have a question in your email, I do try to answer those quickly.


Refer a friend to TTT for 6 months and you will BOTH receive a FREE GIFT! (must mention the special to receive the gift)

There are3 great kits offered for the month of some great add ons and extra things available!

CLICK HERE for more information
about TTT kit subscriptions.

CLICK HERE to read the FAQ's about TTT's kits.

Scrapbook Fun Fest is an all day scrap event (10am-10pm) on May 29th in southern Oregon at 7 Feathers Casino. I will be a vendor at this event! If you want more information and to buy a ticket, just go here for more info: SCRAPBOOK FUN FEST

Have you seen the upcoming paper companies I'm using for upcoming TTT kits???


To see full list of each kit description, click on the kit picture below

MAY #1:
Crate Paper: PINK PLUM







MAY #3: October Afternoon: FLY A KITE




You don't have to be a kit member to purchase these items. You can send me an email letting me know what you'd like to order. Thanks!

I have a couple of monthly kits available from past months (prices vary) (Click on the name of the kit to see a picture of it)

August #2: $24

September #3: $24 (I have two left)

November #1 $24

December #2 $24

January #2: $27

February #3: $27

March #1: $27

March #3: $27

7 night cruise to the Eastern Caribbean
October 10, 2010
prices start at $593 per person+taxes


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Transparent Tuesday!

Well, it's Transparent Tuesday and so it is time for me to share with you the transparency LOs made by the design team with TTT transparencies. All of the transparencies shown and many more can be found on the TTT site for sale.

Created by Nathalie and Jen:

Created by Chrissy and Carrie:

Created by Chrystal:

Thanks and have a great day!

Altered Door Hanger

This is a great project for your kids or grandkids. I first made on for my new baby but then my 4 year old saw it and needed to have one. Since her room is decorated in birds and pink and green the TTT March kit #1 was perfect for creating it! I purchased the door hanger from my local craft store for under a dollar so it was also a great bargain project too!


  1. Cover the door hanger on one side with paper. I used a liquid glue. Let dry and cut out with a craft knife.
  2. Cover the other side and cut out again. Now both sides should be covered with the hole in the middle all cute out. Then use a small ink pad to ink all the edges. I like how this gives it a nice finished look.
  3. Add strips of paper on the bottom of both sides. I chose different patterns for each sides.
  4. Add different titles to both sides. I went with Big Sis and Girls only but Naptime, Big Bro, their name or anything you like will work. Mix up your fonts or use premade stickers like I did for my Girls only side.
  5. Embellish with flowers, chipboard, Stickles, whatever you like and you're done!

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Our SPRING BLING CROP is just getting started today!
Plus take a look below at the HUGE 4 DAY SALE!

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Transparent Touches & Tags is hosting a Spring Bling Crop from Thursday, April 8th (evening) through Sunday, April 11th. There will be door prizes, games, and lots of challenges to participate in. We hope you can join us for all the fun. If you are not a current board and gallery member, please sign up for a new account on the message board and gallery (you have to register for each one seperately) Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate!

ALL CHALLENGES will be posted by 8 PM Pacific Time on Thursday

ALL GAMES will be posted by 3PM Pacific Time on Friday


GRAND PRIZE: If a current kit member wins, they will receive a 3 month subscription extension!!!! If a non member wins, they will receive 2 kits from TTT (one owner choice, one winner choice). Winner will be chosen by drawing from all submissions posted in the Spring Bling Crop Gallery. But that's not all, there will be lots of fun prizes for playing the games as well!

We hope to see you at the crop!!


***HUGE 4 DAY SALE!***

1) Sign up for a 6 month kit subscription and receive a free gift with your first kit

2) Renew your 6 month kit subscription and receive a free gift with your first kit

3) Save 35% on all TTT transparencies in the online store (code to use at checkout is: SPRING35) please note: shipping will be adjusted after your order is placed if your order can ship for less than what it says at checkout!

If you would rather use paypal and not go through the store, just email me a list of the ones you'd like and I can send you an invoice. If there are transparencies from recent kits that you like that are not in the store, you can email me for those too.

4) All past kits are on sale for the next 4 days only!! (see pics and prices below...some kits I only have one or two of. A lot of these kits were soldout, but I have one or two left from customers who did not pay. Please email if you'd like a kit or two and I can send you an invoice or charge your card.

SALE ENDS SUNDAY, April 11th @ MIDNIGHT (pacific time)

2009 Kits: 35% off ($19.50+shipping)
2010 Kits: 20% off ($24.00+shipping)
SHIPPING ON KIT SALE: FLAT $10 total for shipping no matter how many kits you buy. (US orders) If you are a kit member and want your extra kits shipped with your monthly kits, add $5 total for shipping instead of $10
International orders: Actual shipping charges will be applied

Here are the kits I have available:

May #1 2009

August#2 2009

September#3 2009

November#1 2009

November#3 2009

December#1 2009

December#2 2010

December#3 2009

January#1 2010

January#2 2010

January#3 2010

January#4 2010

February#1 2010

February#3 2010

March#1 2010

March#3 2010

Have a great weekend,

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