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:

Monday, March 31, 2014

Perfect Paper Crafting Brand Ambassador Blog Hop

Our Perfect Paper Crafting - Brand Ambassador blog hop is to introduce and show the results of the newest tools from Perfect Paper Crafting. Our hop runs through the April 4th at midnight PST.
Prizes: Perfect Paper Crafting is giving away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner who comments on all the blogs listed below , SugarPea Designs is donating a $25 gift certificate and Cathie Rigby is giving away a bow maker to one lucky winner.
Winners will be announced April 6th on the company blogs - the first two links in the line up below.

The Perfect Layers which I've mentioned often as the tools I use when creating mats/borders for cards are now in a MINI version which is more practical for the card creator.  The Perfect Layers Mini are much easier to pack away if you travel with your supplies and they come with a heavy clear plastic case that makes it easier to pack or store.

The Perfect Cutting Mat is also a new tool, very light weight, a nice surface to cut on and the size makes it easy to store and travel with.  I also like the markings on the mat which I use often. 

See a video showing both new products HERE.

Perfect Paper Crafting and Laura Lynn
Wendy Ramlakhan - SugarPea Designs
Pam Sparks
Roxie Glaza (this blog)
Jenny Gropp (also linked below)
Susie Moore
Kim O'Connell 
Jeanie Witmer
Heather Hudson
Lori Brown
Kat Ancheta
Dana Joy
Kristie Maynard
Kim Bush
Diana Bove
Patti Gilliam
Cathie Rigby
Linda McClain
Leigh Brunton
Nancy Baier
Jenn Cochran
Lezlye Lauterbach
Faith Abigail Prado

The background was created by sponging on distress inks then acrylic paint.  I then used the Perfect Airbrush to spritz on marker ink.  Next I did a white color wash by slightly diluting white acrylic ink on the tip of my frosting knife and blowing it off with the airbrush.  It it resulted in large puddles I placed the airbrush nozzle directly over the puddle and squeezed to spread it out.  Once dry the molding paste was applied in the upper left corner and the black flower images were stamped.  It's a fun way to spend about 20 minutes.

The borders were created using a craft knife, the 1/16" and 1/4" Perfect Layers Mini and the  Perfect Cutting Mat to cut on.  I get perfect results using these tools and like all Perfect Paper Crafting tools, they are so easy to use!

I cut the die in black and white and offset the white over black to add interest.

The envelope and insert were masked off 7/8" from the bottom and sponged with ink; darker for the insert and use only what's left in the sponge for the envelope.  The round flower image was stamped so it's a little beyond the top edge of the ink.

Ink: Ranger Distress Inks - Peacock Blue, Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Memento - Tuxedo Black
Acrylic Paint: Ranger -Adirondack- Cool Peri, White
Image: SweetStamps - ArtsyFarty - Foliage #1
Dies and Punches: Die-namites - flowers, Martha Stewart - butterflies
Plastic stencil: The Crafters Workshop
Paper: Ranger - yellow, The Paper Company - black, DMD Inc. white mini groove, plain white
Other: Golden Gel Mediums - light molding paste, Aleene's tacky glue for attaching flowers and butterflies, self sticking Forever in Time gems, foam tape to pop up the image panel, Stickles for white flower centers and butterfly bodies

The next person on the hop list is Jenny.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Colorful Border

I took a few minutes to play the Less is More challenge:
The theme this week is 
Interpret as you wish, but the connection must be recognized
This is a quick card one layer card and when I saw the theme I thought of his image with the round blossoms.
I masked off a 1" area and sponged on Ranger Distress Inks.  Then mask off a 1/4" area to sponge on just the Peacock Feathers which was actually to hide an area where the sponge went under the paper...nothing is ever a mistake, just another reason to get creative!  
The Scor-Pal was used to emboss the lines across the the card and I did the same on the envelope from the sponged area to the opposite edge.
Images: SweetStamps - ArtsyFarty: Foliage, Beautiful Day

Paper: Recollections - white

Ink: Ranger Distress Ink: Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Memento - Tuxedo Black

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Triple Tulips

I'm entering this card in two challenges:
Less is More with the theme of threes, I used an image of three and attached pearls in sets of three.
Beccy's Place to use one of her images on a project, she has some wonderful images and I love these tulips. 

I pulled out the Prismacolor pencils for this card: Yellowed Orange 1002, Spanish Orange 1003, Sunburst Yellow 919, Dioxazine Purple Hue 132, Violet 932, Parma Violet 1008, Darke Green 908, Grass Green 909, Ture Green 910, Sky blue Light 1086, Light Cerulean Blue 904, Peacock Blue 1027

The borders/mats were cut using a craft knife,  the 1/16" and 1/8" Perfect Layers Mini from Perfect Paper Crafting.

To avoid extra postage for the square card I prepared the A2 envelope using my directions in the this tutorial.

Image: Beccy's Place - digital image

Paper: Beckett Expressions - Radiance for image, Bazzill white textured, AC Cardstock  - white textured, unknown yellow

Accessories: Spellbinder pearls - self sticking, foam tape to pop up the image

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dresden Flower

The SweetStamps challenge this week is Swirls.  Create a project, link it to the challenge blog and you have a chance to win a gift certificate to the store.

This card measures 5" x 6 3/4".

Copics: center blossom - RV69,66,63, center - YR24,23,21,20, leaves - YG99,95,93,91, side blossoms - BV08,04,02,01, centers - YR15, 14,12,16, leaves B63,60

I used the Perfect Layers Mini from Perfect Paper Crafting to cut the purple border.  The pink layer was torn using the Perfect Tears so I lined the layers ruler up to the white panel using the 3/16" edge and this gave me a straight edge to work with to create my 1/16" border. 

Image: SweetStamps - Dresden Flower Borde

Paper: DMD Inc. - white mini grove, Beckett Expressions - Radiance, Cordinations - faded purple, Bazzill - pink, Die Cuts with a View - glitter cardstock (corner dies)

Embossing folder -  Nellie Snellen - Swirl Frame 

Corner features - Cuttlebug - Vintage

Other supplies: 
Aleene's tacky glue, Paper Glaze to attach pearls
foam tape to pop up all panels
Spellbinder - pearls