Friday, February 22, 2013

Pretty Shells

Hello Everybody!

Tonight I finished a card for the challenge at Sparkle N Sprinkle Challenge SNSSC16-a color challenge using blues.

Normally, I get nervous with color challenges.  I don't know why but I do and I tend to avoid them.  You know how you figure out what you like to do.  For instance I am more a sketch and supply gal.  But today I conquered this color fear.  The last color on the palette was white (or that's how I interpreted it).  The blues I used Sparkle N Sprinkle embossing powders along with their stamps.

Here is a close up.  I chose to add this second picture because you can see the glittery goodness on the shell on the right hand side.  For the shells I used stamp set 158 Tropical.  For the shell and sand dollar I used SNS Mediterranean Star embossing powder.  For the star fish I used SNS embossing powder Ocean Spark (so pretty in person!).  I don't know what stamp set the sentiment is from (although I am pretty sure it is an SNS stamp).  I used Mediterranean embossing powder for the sentiment.  It doesn't have sparkle.  I embossed white cardstock to make those cool dots.  Lastly, I used pop dots for the star fish.

There is still time to play this challenge and you don't have to use SNS stamps but if you do they are giving folks a digi stamp-just for playing and using SNS stamp.  So exciting!

Better go for now friends!  Until next time have a great weekend!

Cirque Italia

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Happy Friday!  We have some friends coming to visit us for the week or so, so I may not be online as much.  But know that we are going to make memories that I can scrap for later! :)

Speaking of memories, I wanted to share with you a layout I finished last night.  It's for a challenge at Let's Scrap that ended last night, but don't worry.  They always have challenges so I am sure there will be a new one very soon (if not already)!

The challenge was to use feathers and bling in honor of Mardi Gras.  Also, the DT posts tutorials and you needed to include one of those as well.  Which by the way isn't a problem because they teach all sorts of different techniques-lots of fun!

 I had purple on my mind.  I guess because of Mardi Gras but I used a shimmery purple cardstock from Wassau.  The pattern paper might be Pink Paislee.  I really don't know.  I but a stack of it at the Scrapbook Expo and threw away the name of it.  So if you recognize it-let me know :)

My husband's brother was in town and we saw the show Cirque Italia.  It was so much fun.  Our 3 year just watched.  I was worried that he might be restless but he watched it and was very good.

I included a ticket from the show on the right and put journaling pieces over some parts of it.

Here is the title.  It was a photo frame from Colorbok and was clear acetate.  I used alcohol inks (one of the DT tutorials) and I love how it turned out.  The shimmery letters are from Making Memories.

Other Materials:
Making Memories-corner, tag
Tim Hotlz Chit Chat words
Bling from Michaels
Square Rinestone brad probably Making Memories

At the show they tell you that you can take pictures just no flash.  At first I thought I had misunderstood the announcer.  But then he says to tell your friends and share you pics on facebook.  Yippee!  So the pictures are a little dark but at least I was able to take pictures! It's an awesome show and great for a Saturday afternoon! :)

As always-thank you for stopping by!  I am so glad to share my projects with you and to see your projects! Until next time my friends...Ciao!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tim Holtz Feb Tag 2013

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I feel like it has been forever since I have posted.  My need for sleep caught up with me a couple of nights so   I didn't craft enough to have any finished projects.  But I am here now with a finished tag-Yay!

This is inspired by Tim Holtz's February 2013 tag which can be seen here.  I didn't have everything so I improvised.

He uses Distress Stain for the base of the tag which I have-but not colors close together.  So I had worn lipstick but nothing darker in the red family so I used a silver instead.  I didn't have the cool Queen of Hearts stamp so I used this one from Great Impressions.  I did try to do the same thing like Tim did.  I stamped on the tag, then I restamped the kids.  The boy is glued down and the girl is pop dotted.  I used the distress markers on them too (I only have 5, the basic set).  I love to color on the mat and pick it up with the water pen-so cool!

The hearts and Live Laugh Love Together is a Cuttlebug Embossing folder that came in a set.  I used Tim Holtz Coredinations paper and it sands nicely to show the color underneath.  I had Maya Arts twine that I put walnut distress ink on and tied it around the tag.  The charm is from Epiphany Crafts, and I have the punch, charms and epoxy square.  

The inside are Chit Chat words from the regular set.  I didn't know they had a Seasonal one so I will keep my eyes out for it.  I am totally addicted to typed words.  LOL :)

The tissue ribbon is Tim Holtz-and what a fantastic idea that is!  I will be using that idea again.

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...tag your it! :)

Friday, February 15, 2013


Hello Everybody!

I hope everybody had a wonderful Valentine's Day!  I did-it was nice and low key.

Time is ticking for the challenge at The Craft Barn but I finally have made my ATC for their Alphabet Challenge.  The letter now is E.  I chose the word embroider.  And that is what I did on this ATC.  I used a little walnut distress ink to better highlight my word plus I used a straight stitch to section off my word from the rest of the page.

Here's a close up.  The flowers and basket are from a design in the book Creative Embroidery on Paper by Erica Fortgens.  I had originally heard about sewing on paper from Ecstasy Crafts many moons ago.

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends... I wonder what the next letter will be! :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Valentine For Ewe

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Valentine's is almost here!  I have a couple of more Valentine's in the works so for now here is this one.  I used the digi's from Bugaboo Stamps.  (I got it for free a few Friday's ago!)  You can find this stamp here and the sentiment is included too.

The heart paper is from Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby and the red paper is from Bazzill.

I made 2 copies of the ewe so I could make his head and wings 3-D.  I added a little glitter to his wings too. I used Copics to color the hearts, wings and his face.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...lot's of love, hugs, and Candy! :)

Valentine Card

Hello Everybody,

Today I bring you a card I made using my Cricut cartridge Celebrate with a Flourish.  The background paper is from Echo Park.  And I used Red Stickles on the arrow.

This week at For Fun Challenges-the challenge is to use arrows (1 or more).  This is going to be our last challenge.  So I hope you play along!

Until next time my friends..."Don't cry because it's because it happened"...Dr. Seuss.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Liebster Award

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A most wonderful thing has happened!  Sandy from Lonely Cards awarded me with the Liebster Award.  How sweet is that?!

So here is the deal with the Liebster Award:

About the Award:
This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion.  Once you've been nominated, you award it to blogs that you like that have fewer than 200 followers, to encourage new visitors to visit these new blogs.

Rules for Acceptance:
Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog.  Post the award onto your blog.  Give the Award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have fewer than 200 followers.  Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!

Pay It Forward:
Here are the five awesome blogs that I think you should check out:

Also, thank you to everybody that stops by and is a Cut and Paste Friend!  Thanks for your support! :)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Valentine's Day Card

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*This card made the Top #3 at ABC Challenges! :)

This is the last one for today-or at least right now!  Here is my Valentine's Day Card:

I am submitting this into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Have a Heart

ABC Challenges: ABC15 Candy Hearts:-Embossed background Candy Hearts from Cuttlebug and the little colorful hearts are rub-ons from Royal Langnickel

The sentiment is from The Alley Way Stamps and the twine is My Mind's Eye.

Thank you for stopping by again!  Until next time my friends...time to eat some York Peppermint Hearts! :)

In the Air

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What's in the air?  Love is in the air with this card I made for The Alley Way Stamps Be Inspired Challenge #21.

Here is my card:

I used a freebie from The Alley Way Stamps.  It had steam but I cut off the steam and put little punched out hearts instead.  The sentiment is from the Love is in the Air stamp set from The Alley Way Stamps.

Here is the picture that inspired this card:

I like the little coffee cup from the picture and thankfully they had one at TAWS!  And the hearts made this easy to be a Valentine's Day card! :)

Thanks for taking a peek!  I got another card coming up so see you soon! :)

Cupid Card

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I am working on my Valentine's Day cards so get ready to see lots of red and pink...and grey?

Here is my card.  I am entering it in the Cut It Up Challenge #11: Love is in the Air.  The cupid is a Sizzix Die Cut from Tim Holtz.  I use grunge paper to cut him out (with my cuttlebug) and painted him with Close to my Heart Pearl paint mixed with tulip re-inker.  Then I painted him with Rock Candy Crackle.  So cooool. :)

The love is embossed from a Cuttlebug word folder and I cut out love and sanded it.  I used a TH distress Coredinations paper so it's red on the outside and pink on the inside.  In this case-too pink.  I used some distress walnut ink and then it was too dark.  So then I put a little white paint on it and rubbed it in with my finger.  The musical notes are washi papers from Reflections and I kind of bunched them up on each side.

Oh and the background?  The technique is in Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities I.  It's called Rusted Enamel and it's on page 41.  I don't want to say how to do it for respect to Mr. Holtz.  (His blog might have it:

I will say there is embossing powder involved.  I took this picutre with the flash on by accident.  You can see the texture in the background.

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...Love is in the Air! :)

Boy Scouts Merit Badge Challenge

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This week's challenge at For Fun Challenges is Boy Scouts because February 8th is Boy Scout Day.  Now I will be honest-I don't know that much about boy or girl scouts (I wasn't a girl scout as a kid).  But after looking at this site here I am in awe of what Boy Scouts need to learn to earn badges.  Take a look (especially if you aren't familiar with the program like me).  Wow!  All different areas of expertise!

So for my project I made 3 ATC's.  The merit badges I covered are: hiking, nuclear science, and robotics.

Here are close ups of each card:

For the background on this ATC I used Dylusion Sprays and stickers.  Below is a close up of the park map sticker.  After I made this I realized that there was a separate badge for backpacking.  So I was more careful with the next two! ;)

This ATC background comes for a chemistry book page (195 to be exact) ;)  A while back I picked up a chemistry book for free.  And now I was able to use it!  Yay!  I adhered the piece of the text book page to the ATC base and I used red and yellow distress inks around the edges.  Nuclear is from the book also and the letters are Authentique.  The black circles at the bottom are Prima rub-ons.

And this is the Robotics ATC card.  Here I used Tim Holtz gears from the Sizzix die and the robot and sentiment are from The Alley Way Stamps.  I used silver embossing powder on the robot and perfect pearls.

I put some perfect pearls on the sentiment too.

I hope that you will play along too!  There are lots of badges to choose from-so let your creativity run wild!

Until next time my friends...have a fantastic day! :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Embedded Image

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I am so excited to share with you the month's technique at Technique Time Tuesday!  This month's technique is to use embossing powder to embed a stamp image-and this technique is so cool.  I think melting embossing paper is magical already but to add the stamp in a different color embossing powder-is just wow!  It all looks like one element.

So here's my card.  The Eiffel tower is the embedded image.  I first took a square of white cardstock and stamped a script background stamp in walnut stain distress ink.  Then I covered it in clear embossing powder a couple of times.  I used Wow embossing powder which is thicker than other brands.  Then I stamped the Eiffel Tower on the square (using versamark) and covered it with black embossing powder.  You can't feel the Eiffel Tower.  How cool is that!  So with a brown Staz On ink I stamped the hot air balloon.  I rubbed some alcohol inks on the embossed square (since it's now non-pourous right!)

I stamped the sentiment on a beige card stock using walnut distress ink (Tim H.) and used other distress inks to color the background.  Then I used some more of the clear embossing powder for it.  One note though-although it's clear the embossing powder does seem to make the ink darker.

Here's a clow up of the embedded image.

Eiffel Tower-Hero Arts
Paris stamps-Great Impressions
Sentiment-Tim Holtz
Hot Air Balloon-Hampton Art
Little paper flower and pearl centers

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...I can't wait to see what you create with this awesome technique! :)

Friday, February 1, 2013

C is for Cage

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I made this ATC for the Alphabet challenge going on at The Craft Barn.  The letter is C for this challenge.  I used the word cage.  I built a little cage on my ATC card using jewerly wire.  At the top I tied some ribbons and a little twine.  I also used a Tim Holtz bird charm and colored it with alcohol inks.  The bird can actually "fly" when you move the card back and forth :)

Here is a straight on view.  The background is inked with TH Distress Inks and I did a white embossing resist with the swirly stamp.

Here is a side view.  I was trying to capture the 3-D effect of the cage.  (good thing this isn't a photo contest) ;)

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my's time to fly! ;)