Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mixing Old & New!

About a million years ago, you know, when I first started paper crafting, I bought my first Stampin Up Stamp Set.  It was a Birthday set that had all the pieces of a cupcake.  Thought I would be using it often, yeah, not so much...  Then there's the butterfly stamp I bought at a stamp store in Branson, MO at least 12 years ago from Holly Berry House.  

I finally bought the necessary paper to color with Copic markers, and stamped a bunch of images to practice with.  It also helped having just acquired a Stamp and Storage container to hold my Copies.  Just the push I needed to color!  Loved this little butterfly and needed a background.  I pulled out the "frosting" stamp from the Stamping Up Birthday Set and used Versamark and Zing White Embossing Powder to make resist clouds on white yardstick.  Then used two colors of blue ink to color the sky.

Hello 2017 and I'm looking for uses for the Simon Says Stamps Believe Dies and Stamps.  The cloudy sky made a pretty background for the popped up butterfly and Believe sentiment.  A bit of sparkle and shine (Crystal Stickles and Glossy Accents).  Note to self:  get the air bubbles out of stickles before it drys.

Here's two of the cards I made, one with stickles and one with glossy accents.  Enjoy!

Have a great day and keep crafting!

Friday, March 31, 2017

I love using up supplies!

It's fun using up supplies with new products added to my stash!  I recently found some Art Impression Stamps on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  Of course I snatched them up.  This card has an image from the Birthday Wishes set that I colored with Tombow markers on Bristol Smooth paper.  Paper does make all the difference when coloring with different mediums.

So one of the other new items I purchased was Hero Arts Stamp and Cut sets.  JoAnns had all their stamps 50% off a few weeks ago and bought, Happy, Congrats and Thanks.  Obviously the Happy set was used.  The birthday sentiment was heat embossed with Zing White powder on a matching strip.

From my stash, I used Stitched Rectangles from The Stamps of Life to die cut the colored image and backing.  The background papers are from Nana's Nursery, Baby Boy card stack and inked with Raw Sienna Palette Ink.  I buy most of my card stock from Michaels Recollections with a coupon!  

Hope you have a wonderful day and keep on crafting!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Saving Big when you own BOTH a Big Shot and Silhouette

So yes, I love all things paper!  Especially those lovely machines!  My craft area has a place for two Sizzix machines (remember that red one that you had to press down instead of crank), two Cricut Machines (the small and the large) and finally a Silhouette Cameo. 

There are loads and loads of techniques out there to get the best bang for your buck.  There are lots of people I follow and one of my favorite is Jennifer McGuire Ink.  She makes wonderful videos that showcases new products as well as techniques for products you may already own.

It was this Jennifer McGuire Ink video that I fell in love with a layering die from Birch Press called Dazzle.  It's actually a set of three A2 plates that have a hefty price of $69.  So, I asked Santa and all his elves for Gift Cards to Simon Says Stamps for Christmas.  Yes, I was prepared to pay that.

I was playing with my Silhouette software, looked at the online store for images and be still my heart...there was a VERY close design by Lori Whitlock called A2 Stacking Card Base Burst for $.99  - That's a $68.00 savings!!!!!!!  Now don't you worry about those Simon Says Stamps gift cards...I have a huge wish list there, so it won't go to waste.

If you are toying with the idea of Silhouette, you can visit or for crazy good tutorials and projects -  Silhouette School Blog.

Here's the card I made for my parents 59th wedding anniversary using that Silhouette Design, Tim Holtz dies and The Stamps of Life die.

You have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Hero Arts Kit Card

So I recently found out Hero Arts offers a Monthly Card Kit and was tickled as can be!  Was really bummed out when I missed the September Card kit because it was really nice.  I jumped on board with the October Card kit and here's the card I made.

It is my very first shaker card and I'll admit to watching a few youtube videos to find out the tips and techniques.  I'm thinking a few more videos might help!  When I make this card again, I'll put the snowdrift more forward and put foam tape to keep the sprinkles from falling down into the bottom.  I have loads and loads of the goodies left to make more!
Have a great day and keep on crafting.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Pretty Flowers and I Love You Card

Last month was Stamptember at Simon Says Stamps and they had exclusive stamps and dies.  I don't know about you but I love watching Youtube.  Watching videos on their new releases and how different artists use them is always interesting to me.  When I say these Hydranga Bloom Stamps and Dies, I knew they were for me! For the flowers I used Stampin' Up's Bashful Blue, Memento's Summer Sky and for the leaves, Stamps of Life Kiwi. 
Our 36th Wedding Anniversary was this week and I made this card for my sweet Hubby.

The Sentiment is from Lawn Fawn and is in Loads of Fun stamp set.  Gold Embossing really made this pop.  Sorry my pic isn't better, battery died in DSLR so I took this with my phone.  Wink of Stella clear was put all over the flowers and the centers were highlighted with a Gelly Roll Stardust Pen.  If you don't have one of these - YOU NEED ONE.  It goes with every color, even black.

Here's my card.

Hope you like it!  Have a crafty day!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Plaid Background Technique, my first try

One of the cool things about Stamp shows or Scrapbooking shows is watching all the vendors reveal their techniques.  Of course watching these are mesmerizing and some how, some way, money that I wasn't planning on spending willingly springs out of my wallet!  That ever happen to you?  Now I'm not lacking for supplies, although, she who dies with the most, wins - I bought a lot from the Stampland booth.  Darlene and William are two wonderful people who are in the process of moving and not traveling with these shows any longer.  They are, however, updating their blog with videos and shopping and links and everything stamp related.  Their site is supposed to be up sometime in October.  My best buddy Becky and I watched Darlene work her magic.  Here is my try:

I used a stamp and die from The Stamps of Life, bicycle2stamp.  First time I made a mask from this wonderful product, Art Masking Tape and once I used it, it went in the stamp packaging for the next time I need it.  Several colors of blue were brushed to get this effect.  Doodling, clear bling that I colored with copics and a touch of ribbon finish this one.

Have a great day and keep on crafting.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Congrats Cards

Here I am again using The Stamps of Life products.  Seems that's all I'm reaching for these days.  Anyways...I made two cards and embellished basically the same except... one I used ink to "chalk" inside the die to highlight the sentiment, and the other I used a micron pen and doodled inside the sentiment.  You be the judge, which one do you like better?

The papers were all scraps, mostly Recollection Cardstock from Michaels, scraps of ribbon and the Congrats Die from The Stamps of Life.

Hope you have a great day and keep on crafting!