Friday, August 1, 2014


Meet Xavier, he is the one and only guy in the new line of images that released today from SweetStamps.  The new line is called Glam Girls, get a sneak peek below of three of the new images or check them out along with the other new releases on the home page of the store here.

Card Supplies:

Copics: hair - YR24,24,21,20, skin - E15,13,11,02,00, lips - R20, camera C6,4,3,0,00, strap - C7,5,1, shirt - B99,97,95,93,91, shorts - E47,44,43,42,41,40, hat - W7,6,5,4,3,1,0, band - C10,9,8,7,0, flip flops W9,8,4, eyes - B45

Memento markers to cover the white core - Cottage Ivy, Potter's Clay, Tuxedo Black for image

Alcohol Inks for scenery: cloudy blue, meadow, lettuce, willow, caramel, latte, slate, butterscotch, sail boat blue

Landscape images: SweetStamps - Grassy Grass735-A, Grassy Flowers 731-B, Hilly Grass 734-C, Tree #2 784-G

Perfect Layers Mini and Perfect Cutting Mat from Perfect Paper Crafting were used to cut the borders using a craft knife.  To cut the out of the box image I used the Perfect Square and cut to the image from both directions then cut under the image with scissors and leaving a rounded area will give the image support.

The faux brads were created by die cutting circles (Cuttlebug - Tiny Tags), gluing to the card with Aleene's tacky glue and covering with Paper Glaze.

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:
(Please check the store home page for Xavier under new releases)

SweetStamps Release Party

Today SweetStamps is releasing a few new lines of images, the photos you see here are Glam Girls but there are more to see so head on over to the release party on 
and maybe you'll win a prize!
The fun started Friday at 8:00 AM.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Perfect Paper Crafting & Avery Elle

Perfect Paper Crafting has teamed up with Avery Elle to bring you a blog hop filled with inspiration and fun.  For more hop details check out the text under the hop banner below the card description.

For my card I used the Petals and Stems from Avery Elle and the Petals and Stems Elle-ments die set makes it so easy to cut out the shapes.  The set has a variety of flower and leaf sizes, I used three of each for this card, envelope and insert and also added some of the accent images on the insert and envelope.  It also has a variety of sentiments to choose from.  It's a fun set to play with!

I use a stamp positioner and re-stamped the solid images until they are dark enough to suit me.  I then added some shading with Prismacolor pencils.

The 1/8" border was cut using the Perfect Layers Mini ruler on the Perfect Cutting Mat from Perfect Paper Crafting.  These tools along with the Perfect Ruler are on my work table at all times and they're used for nearly every card I design, such handy tools and the simple border really dresses up the card and makes cutting such a simple task.   

Supplies and Tools:
Ink - Stampin Up: Real Red, Garden Green, Summer Sun 
Prismacolor pencils: Tuscan Red, Crimson Lake, Crimson Red, Yellowed Orange, Sunburst, Dark Green, blender pencil
Other Tools: Sizzix - border die, Scor-pal
Paper: DMD Inc. white mini groove, Remember When black textured, Beckett Expression - Radiance for image, unknown smooth white for panel, Recollections designer paper

Each company is giving away a $50.00 gift certificate and to see how to qualify for a chance to win (and to find the complete list of blogs to visit) please hop over to the Avery Elle and Perfect Paper Crafting sites (both listed below).

Today's inspiration also comes from:

Thank you for joining us today and I hope you'll take the time to visit all the blogs during the week

Christmas Greenery

Christmas Greenery is the theme of the challenge on the SweetStamps blog this week.  Play along and link your card to the blog and you'll have a chance to win a gift certificate to the online store.

I cased myself but made some changes in the card design and way back when I used an ornament for the letter O.  the wreath was cut out, dry embossed and popped up with foam tape.  The J and Y are K&Company chipboard attached with Aleene's tacky glue.

The snowflakes are Globecraft & Piccolo board and embossing powder, I attached them to the card with Aleene's tacky glue.

Images: SweetStamps (links below)

Paper: Beckett Expression - wreath, Coredinations Foundations - maroon, Die Cuts with a View - green, unknown white stripe

Tools: QuicKutz dies for the top panel, Perfect Layers Mini from Perfect Paper Crafting to cut the 1/16" and 1/4" borders, Sizzix button die to cut the ornaments for the wreath 

Copic colors: G29,24, R89,85,83

Other supplies: Memento markers were used to color the white core on the edge of the cardstock, Aleene's Paper Glaze and Microfine Glitter to cover the ornaments on the wreath

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:

Friday, July 25, 2014

Birthday Daisy

This is a card front only that I'll be sending to Just For Fun for their show display boards; maybe I'll see it if they come back to a Michigan show/convention.

The image panel was cut with a Spellbinder Basics die.

The Heidi Swapp stencil was sponged with Ranger Distress Inks after I masked off the remainder of the card.

Using a stamp positioner the happy birthday to you sentiment was stamped as a border to the sponged pattern.

Scor-Pal was used to emboss the lines .

The Perfect Layers Mini 1/8" ruler was used to cut the pink border and it's popped up on the base with foam tape.

The flower image was colored with Copic markers: Y15,13,11, BV17,13,11, and cut out leaving a white border.  Diamond Stickles was applied to the black swirl lines of center and it's popped up with foam tape.

Images: String Art Daisy, Sentiments 1 sheet (happy birthday to you)

Paper: Beckett Expressions for flower, Stampin Up - Whisper White for image panel, unknown pink and white for base

Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Inks: shaded lilac, squeezed lemonade, spun sugar

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Christmas Tags

 This week's challenge on the SweetStamps blog is Christmas Tags, play along and upload your card to the challenge to be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to the online store.

This is a very simple tags to create, stamp the tag image, color, cut the borders, glue on the tiny snowflakes and they're ready to attach with a strip of double sided tape on the back.
Supplies: Prismacolor pencils, Perfect Layers Mini from Perfect Paper Crafting, Fiskars border punch (tiny snowflakes), image linked below:
I had created this panel for a card and made an obvious mistake so rather than call it a lose I just cut out the mistake and created a tag.

The sky is created with Ranger Distress Inks and water.  The snow shadows were created with distress inks, cut paper and sponging.

The snowflakes are created with accents and enamels from Globecraft and Piccolo.

The moon is created by punching a 1/2" circle and punching again after moving the punch left or right of the previous punch and I'll save the perfect circle for another project.


The tag is designed to open and write the to and form info on the white border layer.  The white and navy were attached together, scored at 1" from the top of the navy and only attached to the pink layer from the score line up.  A hole was punched for the ribbon to feed through.

Other tools and supplies: Perfect Layers Mini from Perfect Paper Crafting,
Crop-A-Dile corner chomper, Aleene's tacky glue to attach snowflakes and moon

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:
Chipped Sapphire distress ink
This tag was a lot of fun to create but took a bit more time than the others shown in this post so it's designed to also be used as an ornament if the recipient wishes to by closing the back of the tag permanently with a touch of glue or double sided tape.

I cut button shapes from heavy cardstock and layered four together with Aleene's tacky glue, lightly rounded the edges with a sanding block then covered with embossing powders or Globecraft and Piccolo enamels.
-The polka dot hearts were heat embossed first with white embossing powder then added dots with a VersaMark pen, covered with silver embossing powder and heated again.
-The star was heat embossed with Siam Silver and I quickly poured on Golden Glitz glitter before it had a chance to cool off.

All buttons were attached with Aleene's tacky glue then stitches added with needle and thread.

Paper: Recollections 120 weight (purchased at Micheal's) for buttons and back, shimmer white for the front base and to cover the stitching on the back of the front

Dies: Sizzix - buttons, Lea'bilities - star

Pearls, Mickie's - blue pearls (dollar store find), Eyelet Outlet & Brads - pink pearls (dollar for about 400, Spellbinder - tiny ovals and round pearls (dollar a pack), Kasiercraft - large and medium white pearls, all were attached with Aleene's Paper Glaze

The back panel is scored approximately 1 1/2" from the top, the silver embroidery thread was put in place, Aleene's tacky glue was applied then the back was closed as you see it in the photo below:

The following items can be found in the SweetStamps store:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Polka Dots and Daisy

The daisy is colored with Copic markers, cut out, a black marker colored the edges, lightly embossed on the back side and popped up with foam tape attached just under the yellow center and a thin strip under the stem.  I also popped up the large panel and it's stitched on the sewing machine.

Copics: Y38,17,19, C0,00, G24,21,20

Paper: Recollections white (for base) and designer paper, DMD Inc red linen, unknown black, Beckett Expressions white (for daisy image)

Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Copic ink, Marvy black marker ink

Accessories: Eyelets Outlet & Brads - black acrylic dots, Coats and Clark red thread 

Tools: Spellbinder circle dies, Perfect Layer Mini from Perfect Paper Crafting to cut the borders, sewing machine for stitching