Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sweet Treats

This week on the SweetStamps blog the challenge is Anything Goes. If you play along and link your card to the challenge blog you could win 20 dollars to spend at the SweetStamps online store.

The peppermint candies were stamped with retired Stampin Up ink.

The area of the cupcake paper is a solid image which I colored with markers and stamped then drew the straight lines.

All other images were stamped on watercolor paper with StazOn ink and cleaned immediately after stamping.

Images were colored with the following markers using an artist brush and a CD as a palette. 
Memento markers: Rhubarb Stalk, Lilac Posies, Grape Jelly, Lulu Lavender, Rose Bud, Angel Pink, Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Cottage Ivy, New Sprout, Summer Sky
Stampin Up marker: Creamy Caramel, Mary marker: Black

I cut the images out by hand and used two sizes of foam tape to pop them up and added a layer of cardstock to the cupcake to make it just a little higher than the cake the flame rest on.

Aleene’s tacky glue was used to attach the sucker and cone.

A strip of gold sticker tape was attached above and below the sentiment.

Aleene’s Paper Glaze was applied to the cherry and Stickles to all images except the candies.

The envelope was stamped with Memento – Tuxedo Black and colored with Prismacolor pencils using baby oil for blending.  Sentiment also stamped with Tuxedo Black, candies with the Stampin Up inks.

Images: SweetStamps: Sweet Treats (a clear stamp set), Hope Your Birthday 926

Paper: unknown watercolor paper, Recollections – white, Die Cuts with a View – purple and yellow, Stampin Up – deep pink.

Embossing folders:  Cuttlebug – Seeing Spots, Tim Holtz/Sizzix – Gridlock

The Perfect Layers from Perfect Paper Crafting was used to cut the 1/16” and 3/16” borders. 


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Houndstooth and Flower

I entered my card in the Hero Arts - sketch challenge; 3 sketches are offered and I used #3.
And I'm adding a second card to the Less is More - Makes Me Smile challenge, and this flower makes me smile because I got it brand new for only $1.00 and I love both houndstooth and decorative tape for quick cards, lots of reasons to smile! 

The houndstooth patterns on the card are decorative tape: Time 4 Crafts - 5/8", Little B - 1/8"  

The flower is colored with Copics markers: center - Y17,19,38, YR04,07, petals - R39,37,35,32

I debossed the lines on the front of the image so I could flip it over and emboss between the lines on the back.  I like the dimension it gives to the flower.  It's popped up with foam tape.

The envelope houndstooth is designer paper, not sure of the company but I think I saw some at Micheal's under the name Recollections; mine was purchased at the stamp convention.

Images: Hero Arts - flower and sentiment

Paper: Bazzill textured white, Beckett Expressions for image and sentiment panel 

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black

Other supplies: Crystal Stickers - black gems

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cute Little Monsters

I made this for the Less is More - Makes me Smile challenge.  They make me smile just because they are so darn silly and cute!

I also played the Inspiration Challenge 437 on Splitcoaststamps.

These silly characters are such fun to color and I used Copic to do that:
left - G19,17,16,14,12, YR18,16,15,14,12, E49,47,44
center - Y17,29,28,25,13,11, V09,06,05,04,01, C5,4,3
right - BV08,04,02,01,00, BG07,05,02
and RV10 on all three characters cheeks, it's very light but does well in real life
balloon - R29,27,2,22,21,blender
background B39,37,34,32, W5,4,3, blender

The stars on the card front and insert bottom border are from the Cuttlebug die Snowflakes 2.

They don't show in the photo but I dry embossed some stars across the bottom of the envelope.

The Scor-Pal was used to emboss lines on the insert and envelope.

The blue border/mat on the card front was created using the Perfect Layers from Perfect Paper Crafting, it's 1/16".  Use the link here or in the right side bar to recieve a discount on your order.

Image: Tiddly Inks - Monstrous Party (digital)

Paper: DMD Inc - white mini groove, Beckett Expressions - Radiance for image, Stampin Up - blue, unknown shimmer for stars

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


The SweetStamps challenge this week is anything goes with dry or heat embossing, I hope you'll join in the fun!

I did something a little different for my embossing, I had saved the negative portion of the Sizzix open scallop die which is dry embossed and decided I’d put it to use here and give the card a splash of red, I like the results!  Along with it is what I call my faux brads which I cut with a Cuttlebug Tiny Tags die and once again it’s the negative portion of the die, they were cut from white paper that was sponged with the distress ink and heat embossed with clear powder.  The small red dots are the negative portion of a Sizzix button die.  All items attached with Aleene’s tacky glue.

I used the 5/16” Perfect Ruler Mini from Perfect Paper Crafting to create the black border along with the Perfect Mat and an X-acto craft knife.  

Image: SweetStamps – Queen Anne's Wildflowers Silhouette

Paper: Recollections – white, Remember When – black textured, Stampin Up - red

Decorative Tapes: Little B – 1/8” herringbone, Paper Bakery – stripe, Recollections – print

Ink: Memento – Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Ink – Antique Linen, VersaMark for embossing ink - if the distess ink dried to quickly

Stencil - Prima

Items used which you will find in the SweetStamps store:

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Single Layer - Shadow Stamping

 I made this card for the Less is More challenge and this week the challenge is Single layer - Shadow Stamping.

I used the masking tape technique - for this card: cut the tape longer than the card, ink it up, place it on glossy cardstock and lightly rub over it.  Pick it up and see what you got!  I raise it in sections to see if the ink covered well enough and found the top needed a bit more ink, I checked the bottom and was happy so I pulled off the tape and stamped on the image.  The second stamping was done without reinking the image to create the shadow.

I didn't like some holes where the ink seperated so I filled them in with markers and I used a heat gun to dry the ink quicker for all steps.

 Scor-Pal was used to emboss the lines.  To avoid embossing over the image I hold the card up to a light source and lightly draw the image within the path and score from the top down and the bottom up stopping at the pencil marks. Also it helps the stylus glide if you rub the cardstock with waxed paper.

Paper: Pantone - glossy

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Cottage Ivy, Dandelion, Tangelo, Morocco,  Memento Markers - Tuxedo Black, Gray Flannel, StazOn - Jet Black for sentiment

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Perfect Paper Crafting and Simple Stories Blog Hop

Perfect Paper Crafting has teamed up with Simple Stories to bring you blog hop with inspiration for  use of the Perfect Paper Crafting tools with Simple Stories papers.

The hop times: Monday, April 7, 9:00 am PST – Saturday, April 12 midnight PST.
Prizes include Perfect Paper Crafting tools and Simple Stories DIY Collection.

All you need to do is follow along EACH DAY during our hop and make a comment on all of the participating blogs.  Check back each day to see what blog to hop to next and enjoy projects from both Simple Stories and Perfect Paper Crafting design teams!

I'll keep a direct link to this post at the top of right side bar for your convenience during the remainder of the hop.

Each company blog will have a new name added to the list each day.
Perfect Paper Crafting blog
Simple Stories blog

Here's my projects:

I plan to create one or two pages for my granddaughter and her dog each year and this one shows the great companionship they have with him right in there searching for Easter Eggs with her last year and then she thought she should hide them so he helped her out with that task too.  

Great captions from Simple Stories and if you click the photo you should be able to read them better.
All papers are Simple Stories.  The flowers, banners, captions and chipboard hearts are stickers also from Simple Stories, so easy to use!

The Perfect Square makes cutting photos an easy task and for this project I used a rotary cutter which is a great tool if your not comfortable with a craft knife, I use both and in fact I used the knife for my borders/mats.

I used the Perfect Layers to cut the mats and the Perfect Ruler to cut the bold striped paper just beyond the mat outlines that are part of the paper.

Other tools and supplies: Impression Obsession - grass die, Memory Box - cloud die, Fiskars mini scissors, for faux stitching - Bazzill piercer and circle mat, Copic fine tip black marker, Aleene's tacky glue, foam squares and tapes from Scrapbook Adhesive.

I used the Simple Stories papers to create the polka dot and striped panels, borders/mats and the leaves.  The butterfly is a chipboard sticker also from the Simple Stories.

The Perfect Layers mini was used to cut the 1/8" borders/mats.

Other supplies: card base cardstock - Remember When, Petaloo - flowers, Elmer's glue spots for flower assembly, unknown pearls and Aleene's Paper Glaze to attach them, Ranger Distress Ink - Peeled Paint to sponge on leaves, Sizzix leaves die and Aleene's tacky glue to attach them


The card base is Bazzill - vanilla textured, all other papers and the chipboard phone and flower are  Simple Stories.
I used the Perfect Layers to create the 1/16" and 1/8" borders/mats and also the Perfect Ruler to cut my 1/16" black strip going across the card.  To cut the strip I line up the cardstock edge on the Perfect Mat line and secure it with re positional tape. Line up the Perfect Ruler 1/16" back from the edge of the cardstock and make my cut and as you can see I got a perfect 1/16" strip to tacky glue over the seam.  I did use a craft knife for this cut.

Other tools and  supplies: Sizzix scallop die, crewel thread for the phone cord and Aleene's tacky glue to hold it to the card.

I had a great time using the Perfect Paper Crafting tools with the Simple Stories papers, check each company blog tomorrow to continue with the hop. 

Happy Stamping and Scraping! 

Tulip Bunny

The challenge on the SweetStamps blog this week is Easter, hope you'll play along!

The bottom panel and brown border was created with decorative tapes or ribbon: Making Memories ribbon tape - brown polka dot, Time 4 Crafts tapes - pink and blue checks, plaid, argyle, Somitape Co. tape - pink stripe

The thin turquoise border at the top of the tape/ribbon is cardstock which I created using the Perfect Paper Crafting tools - Perfect Mat and Perfect Ruler.  It's a 1/16" stripe of cardstock created by lining up the cardstock on an inch line of the mat, placing the ruler on the mark 1/16" from the cardstock edge and cutting with a craft knife.  I do this to avoid using an extra layer on the card and attach with Aleene's tacky glue.

Copics: bunny fur - E37,35,34,33,31,30, inside ear - E99,95,93, bow - BG18,15,13,11,10, tulip  RV29,25,23,21, G05,03,02,00, background - BG10,11

Images - SweetStamps (link below in photos)

Paper: Art Canvas Paper - white textured (tablet watercolor - Big Lots), Ranger Coordination  textured - dark teal, Bazzill - smooth light teal, Beckett Expressions - Radiance for image and die cut flowers, Recollections 110 white - die cut leaves

Other tools: Spellbinder  - Lacey Squares, Circles for sentiment, My Favorite Things - Oopsy Daisy die, EK Success - medium flower punch, unknown tiny flower punch, SweetStamps leaves linked below, Cuttlebug die for medium flower center, Sizzix button die for tiny flower center

Items found in the SweetStamps store:

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Shades of Turquoise

 I made this card for the Less is More challenge, this week's theme - A Touch of Turquoise.

This is a very quick panel to create unless you take the time to watch the effects of the ink during the drying time and I do, it's my time and I can waste it if I want to!

The technique: on glossy cardstock scribble with alcohol markers using lighter shades as you go up the panel.  Add drops of the blender solution from the bottle to create the watermarks then stamp on the images.

 The flower and leaves were embossed using a metal tool.  The leaves are attached with Aleene's tacky glue and the flower with a foam pop from Scrapbook Adhesives.

Copics: flower - Y38,35,32 and YG04 for center dots, background panel - BG07,05,02,01
Images: Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge, Flower Shop
Paper: Bazzill - white textured, Beckett Expression - Radiance for leaves and flower, Stampin Up - Tempting Turquoise, Taken With Teal, unknown glossy
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up - Taken With Teal, Tempting Turquoise
Embellishments:  Recollections - Enamel Dot Stickers
Cutting Tools: Stamping up - Pansy Punch, Sizzix - Little Leaves die, Perfect Layers Mini for cutting border mats
Other tools: Perfect Tears - center zero feature to place the dark turquoise panel evenly from top to bottom of the card 
Embossing Folder:  Stampin Up - Square Lattice

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SweetCuts Dies

 The SweetStamps challenge this week is to use a die cut in your creation and the design team is featuring SweetCuts which you can only find through SweetStamps.

This card uses the SweetCuts die Flower Oval and I layered it on a Spellbinder die and used a punched Martha Stewart butterfly as an accent.

The lavender design is created with Golden Gel Mediums - molding paste and and a Crafter's Workshop stencil. I cleaned the stencil right after it was applied the paste and by this time it's dry so I re positioned the stencil over the design and rubbed on Versa-Mark, removed the stencil poured on the glittered embossing powder and heat set.

I used the Perfect Layers Minis by Perfect Paper Crafting to cut my 1/6" border to the thin white strip going across the card.  
Once the card was assembled I thought the top was just to plain so with the Perfect Tears ruler (or you could use the The Perfect Ruler), I used the center zero feature as a guide and placed the die cut circles on the card.  This sounds tedious but my system of touching a stick pin to glue then to the back of the cut shape makes for an easy pick up of the circle, I then put it in place on the card, press down with my figure and pull the pin away and it's set.  
I save those little negative circles from a Spellbinder A2 Polka Dots die set because I never know when I might use them.  The larger circles on the thin layer is from the same set.

Copics: petals - BV00,000,0000, centers - Y23,21,22, leaves G03,02,00, ground area - G14,12, sky - B21,23 and lots of blender

Paper: Recollections 110 weight white for base and oval frame, Bazzill white textured for think layer, unknown lavender, Beckett Expressions - Radiance for flower die

For the envelope and insert - Cuttlebug -  Just My Type narrow embossing folder

Items found in the SweetStamps store:


I used the SweetCuts Tulips Oval die for this card and layered it on a QuicKutz die.  I used a Copic marker to define the tulip oval, this really makes it stand out against the white layer under it.  

The prints are designer tape: Recollections - both polka dots, Forever in Time - floral.  I used the Perfect Tears to create a nice even tear on the tapes and LOL, then covered up most of it...but the idea was a good one and great way to get a variety of tears.

I used the Perfect Layers Mini from Perfect Paper Crafting to create the 1/16" border.  I can get a variation of width when using these rulers by tipping the blade slightly and in this case my hands goes right which makes the blade tip go left, keep the angle the same all the way down the ruler.

Copics: petals - R29,27,24,22,21, leaves G03,02,00, ground area - G24,21,20, sky - B21,23, BV01,000 and lots of blender

Paper: Bazzill - white textured, red, Beckett Expressions - Radiance

For the envelope - Cuttlebug -  Just My Type narrow embossing folder

Items found in the SweetStamps store: