Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Masculine Birthday

This week's challenge on the SweetStamps blog is Masculine Birthday and this is my addition to the challenge.

I used a Globecraft and Piccolo Weathervane accent covered with Vintage Black enamels as my focal point for the card.

The background sky created with Ranger Distress Inks, masking and sponging.  The cloud template can be found under tutorials in the right sidebar of this blog.

The barn was cut from My Mind's Eye wood-grain paper with a silver shimmer cardstock cut to create the tin roof which is glued on with Aleene's tacky glue.  The wood-grain is colored on the edge with marker and popped up with foam tape so the weathervane bookboard accent slips under the panel.

Perfect Paper Crafting tools:  Perfect Layers Mini 1/16" and 1/4" rulers were used for the mats.  The Perfect Ruler worked great for cutting the thin shimmer cardstock for the tin roof and all were cut on the Perfect Cutting Mat using a craft knife.

The Crafter's Workshop Chicken Wire stencil and distress ink was used to add the print on the Basic Grey background and insert.

I couldn't find the correct color of designer paper for my cross panel so I sponged on Festive Berries to change the white to red...a perfect country plaid!

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:
Distress Ink - Aged Mahogany

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

3 Ring Moon and Silhouettes

This is one of my favorite techniques which is simple sponging and masking then adding silhouette images, so quick and easy!

For the moon die cut or punch three sizes of circle from a sticky note.   Place the smallest and start sponging the panel using a cloud template (find a free pattern in the right side bar under tutorials).  Remove the circle mask and replace with the middle sized mask and sponge some more then remove the mask and add the largest and continue sponging.
Tip: when replacing with a larger mask, hold the panel to a light source and it's easier to place it evenly over the smaller masked area.

Just so you know: Papers react differently when it comes to types of ink and this Whisper White from Stampin Up really absorbed the distress ink and it spread out as it dried so the use of the cloud template shows less at the top due to more ink being applied in that area.

Images: Just For Fun Rubber StampsWildflowers, Turned Blackbird

Paper: Remember When - black textured, Stampin Up - Whisper White for images, unknown smooth white

Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Salty Ocean, Memento - Tuxedo Black

Embossing Folder - Stampin Up
Perfect Layers Mini and Perfect Cutting Mat from Perfect Paper Crafting was used with a craft knife to cut the 1/16" 3/8" and 1/8" borders.

Rhinestones: iron on (found at a resale event) Hirschberg Schutz & Co. Inc - attached with Aleene's Paper Glaze

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


This week the SweetStamps blog challenge is 'Anything Goes' so I used one of the newest released images - Glam Girls - Bailey.

The easy way I cut this 'out of the ordinary' shaped panel is by using two Perfect Paper Crafting tools:

The Perfect Cutting Mat and the Perfect Ruler.
For the first cut I place the upper right corner on the 6" mark and cut on the 45 degree line.

I then flip the cardstock and place the upper right corner on the 8" mark and cut on the 30 degree line.

The panel is covered with decorative tapes which wrap to the back side of the panel: Recollections - largest and smallest polka dots, flourish in upper let corner, Queen & Co. - thin stripe, herringbone, Forever in Time - Medium Polka Dots, K&Company - patchwork (pink checked, black and aqua strips)

Other tools: 
1/16" Perfect Layers Mini from Perfect Paper Crafting.
EK Success flowers punches
Spellbinder die - for black circles (this is a negative portion of the die)

Copic colors: skin - E13,11,01,00,000, cheeks E02, R20, eyes - B24,21, hair - YR24,23,21,31, clothing and shoes - BG15,11,10, R29,27,22,21,20

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black

Cardstock: Recollections - white, unknown red, pink, Beckett Expressions - Radiance for image

Brads - Recollections, Embossing for envelope and insert - Cuttlebug

Monday, August 18, 2014

Perfect Paper Crafting and Xyron blog hop

Welcome to the blog hop featuring Perfect Paper Crafting and Xyron products.

PPC will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner who comments on all blogs before Friday, August 22nd at 12:00 pm PST.  The winner will be announced on the company blog August 25th.  
Please check the Xyron blog for your chance to win. 

Xyron (this blog will feature a new post daily)
Roxie Glaza (this blog)


The following Perfect Paper Crafting tools were used for making my card:
Perfect Layers Mini: A perfect size if you're mainly a card creator, only 7" long so they're easy to store or pack in a bag.
Perfect Cutting Mat: Durable service and works well with the layer rulers, handy size for storing or packing for travel.

The following Xryon products were used to assemble my card: 
Sticker Maker: Made it very easy to add adhesive to the ribbon and flower stems so they hold tight to the card panel.
Mega Runner: To add adhesive to panel edges, this is a very handy size, easy to pack if you create away from home and very comfortable to hold if you have problem hands.
3/8" Adhesive Dots: To hold the flowers to the card, they also come in 1/4" and 1/2" and are very high tack so it holds tight.

Other supplies:
Images: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps - Stamptangle Bloom, Stamptangle Pattern Background

Paper: Bazzill white texture, Remember When black textured, Stampin Up smooth aqua (Cool Caribbean), Beckett Expressions - Radiance for flowers, unknown smooth white for background image

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, London Fog, Copics for flowers

Accessories: Stickles - Yellow for flower center, Embossing Folder - The Paper Studio, foam tape to pop up the panel on the card base, Offray ribbon

Check out the company blog or the Perfect Paper Crafting store where you can see other products and how to videos and don't forget to check out the Xyron blog daily for new postings. 

The last person on the hop is Tracy Valure so hop on over and see what she's created for you.  Thanks for hopping with us!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Double Side Step Card

I made this card for the SweetStamps monthly technique challenge, the theme is Double Side Step card.  

The tutorial provided to us was written for those who own a cutter which allows you to set the blade down 1" in from the edge and I don't have that style of cutter but I did find it very easy to cut the lines with the Perfect Ruler from Perfect Paper Crafting.  This ruler has a gripper on the bottom so when the orange bar on top is pressed down it holds the paper in place.

I used the Globecraft and Piccolo enamels to cover the bookboard flowers but I didn't have the color my mind pictured the flowers to be...not a problem, I just played with the mix of colors and came up with a lighter blue effect by mixing two colors 1 part Deep Blue and 2 parts Aged Pink.
I first coated the bookboard with Micro White, added more adhesive and avoiding the very center then added my mix of colors.
to get the EK Success acrylic dots to stick tight I heated them a few seconds so the adhesive would grab along with the help of the enamels grabbing the acrylics.

my own cloud template for sponging the sky (find a pattern in the link Cloud Template in the right side bar under tutorials)
Impression Obsession: leaves and grass dies
QuicKutz: stem die, shaped panels dies
Sizzix: border die
Perfect Paper Crafting: Perfect Ruler, Perfect Cutting Mat, Perfect Layers Mini for 1/16" borders 
Ebosser for cutting dies

Copics: RV29,25,23,21, B26,24,23,21, G24,21,20, Y17,15,11, B000,0000

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black for side panel images, Summer Sky for clouds, Angel Pink marker to cover the white core of the pink cardstock, Ranger Distress Ink - Mowed Lawn for grass

Paper: Beckett Expressions for side panels, Bazzill - blue, Die Cuts With a View - pink, Recollections - white, Stampin Up - green

Images: SweetStamps

 The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:
Aged Pink enamel, Summer Sky ink pad

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Roses and Butterfly

 I created this card for the SweetStamps 'In the Garden' challenge.  Nothing smells better than a rose garden!
Play along in the challenge and link your card to the company blog for a chance to win a gift certificate to the store, have fun and good luck!

Images: SweetStamps - Live Laugh Love Roses

Copics: R14,12,11, G03,02,00

Paper: Die Cuts with a View - coral textured, Beckett Expressions - Radiance for image, unknown designer paper

Inks: Memento - London Fog for roses, Gray Flannel for sentiment

Globecraft and Piccolo - butterfly and flourish bookboard accents, Aged Pink and Siam Silver enamels

Perfect Layers Mini from Perfect Paper Crafting was used to cut the borders.  Check the right sidebar for the PPC banner and receive a 5% discount at any time but right now they're offering a 25% discount when you bundle purchase the tools described.

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:
Enamel EP - Aged Pink

Monday, August 11, 2014

PerfectPaper Crafting and Taylored Expressions Blog Hop

Today is the last day of the month long blog hop with Perfect Paper Crafting and Taylored Expressions.  You can find all the details for the hop and how to win on the Perfect Paper Crafting blog.   The winner of the prize will be announced on August 14th.

You will also want to check the inspiration from Charmaine Ikach for today hop.

This is my card using dies from Taylored Expressions and Perfect Paper Crafting tools.

I created the background landscape first using alcohol inks.

To create my borders I used the 1/16" Perfect Ruler to cut the white layer and then used the Perfect Ruler to line up the panel to the Perfect Cutting Mat measurements.  Next I used the measurement markings on the Perfect Tears ruler to line it up, wet the cardstock and then made my tear.  To cut the outside white border I lined up the 5/16" Perfect Layers ruler to the first white border and made my cut perfect cut.  The tools make the task very easy to accomplish.
Tip: the tears are easier to create with a wider piece to grab onto when tearing, mine was a scrap. 

Click photo to enlarge.

The tree and flowers dies were colored with Prismacolor pencils using baby oil for blending.

Supplies used:
Ranger Alcohol Inks: Cloudy Blue, Lettuce, Meadow, Latte, Ginger
Prismacolor Pencils: flowers - Sunburst Yellow, Pink, Hot Pink, Dark Green, tree - shades of Cool Greys
Taylored Expressions dies- Birch Tree Border, Birch Tree Accessories, Silhouette Stem 4
Paper: Beckett Expressions - flowers, Pantone - white glossy, Recollections - birch, Paper Hollow (local store) - black, The Paper Company - olive green, unknown white - borders

The envelope was created by cutting the deer shape out of the front section with the die before the envelope was assembled.  Clear packing tape was placed on the inside avoiding folds.  On the front of the envelope place a die cut out over the tape.
Sponged with Ranger Distress inks - Mowed Lawn, Crushed Olive.  Ebosser machine for cutting the dies.  We R Memory Makers - punch board.

If you haven't already been there don't forget to hop over to see the creation of  Charmaine.
Thank you for joining us during our month long blog hop!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Asian Spider Mum

Here is a quick and easy card using the Asian Spider Mum from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps. 

I cut the image with a Spellbinder circle die which is a little larger than the black circle in the image so it appears to be three layers when it's only two.  I used the out of the box with Nestabilities technique to cut the image and you can find easy to follow instructions under tutorials in the right side bar.

The black and pink prints are decorative tape which I wrapped to the back of the card.

The pierced half circle was done with a Bazzil piercer and template.

The Perfect Layers from Perfect Paper Crafting was used to cut the narrow borders.

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Bazzill - pink, Remember When - black, unknown white for base

Tapes: Pink - Amy Tangerine, K&Company - polka dots, Recollections - print

Copics: RV29,25,23,21, YG97,95,93,91, C1,0,00

Paper: Beckett Expressions - Radiance for image, Bazzill - pink, Remember When - black unknown white for base

Aleene's Paper Glaze to attach the small gems

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


The SweetStamps challenge this week is 'Bling', I used some very tiny gems and pearls.
Play along with the challenge and link your card to the blog and you'll be entered into the drawing for a gift certificate to the online store.

Copics: RV29,25,23,21, G29,28,24

Images: Sweetstamps (all linked below)

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black

Die: Lea'bilities (linked below), I like these dies because the frame cuts away from the panel so it was easy to heat emboss the frames and attach to the panel and have it all as one layer.  Tape holds them together on the back. Each panel is popped up with foam tape.

Other tools: The Perfect Ruler from Perfect Paper Crafting to cut the 1/6" strip of cardstock to act as a border to the border stamp panel.  I attached with Aleene's tacky glue and I cut the strip to avoid adding bulk under the die cut panels.

The image panel was lightly stenciled with a plastic stipple tool.

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store: