Friday, November 13, 2015

Winnie & Walter Poinsettia....

So, I'm down with the flu...terrible sore throat, coughing, runny nose....not fun. BUT....yesterday I got my new Winnie & Walter stamps. Today I wanted to play.

So I stamped it out in black ink and chose three reds out of my watercolors. And I set out to paint. This process is challenging for me. I struggle with the ratio of water to color. Sometimes it's too wet and sometimes I can't get it to move well. So I fiddle and fiddle till I get it looking how I think it looks good.

I had also purchased the stamp set that is all this cool tiny bling. Sequins, squares, stars, snowflakes...super cute!!! So I used a couple of the round sequins and stamped with gold ink.

I matted it on black and then on gold glitter paper. Added dimensionals and put it on a white card front. I cut it down so it's prob 4 1/4 x 4 1/4. 

I still love using real sequins but I do like these too! Would make a cool stamped background, unlimited colors, and adds no bulk. It's fun for a different look. Once the flower was stamped, I masked it off and stamped the pine boughs and then pulled off the mask. I get a bit giddy doing that, it's so fun to see the reveal, lol! I stamped "Joy" and brushed on a bit of Wink of Stella in clear over the top. 

On the inside I stamped a sentiment and mounted it on gold glittered cardstock. 

This pic isn't the greatest, sorry bout that. Didn't feel like setting it all up again for another shot. Oh well....guess it's this flu, lol!

Anyway, love these Winnie & Walter stamp sets. They stamp so beautifully! Going to get lots of use out of these.

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There ya go! Have fun crafting and thanks for stopping by!


Friday, November 6, 2015

Gansai Tambi.....

Playing around with Gansai Tambi watercolors today. I pulled out a sketch type stamp set from My Creative Time. Stamped with archival black ink and then set about to watercolor them. I'm learning it takes VERY little of these watercolors. And that's been my biggest issue with them...I go to heavy. So today I really tried for very little ink and more water. Worked way better!

I know it's fall, but this is just what came out, lol. I love the softness of it and it really doesn't matter to me that it looks like a Spring card...I'll save it till then.

I added a few sequins and some white accents with my gel pen.

Here's what I used.

So, that's it. Simple card today. Get out your supplies and do some playing.
Thanks for coming by!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Share Handmade Kindness....

Join in on Jennifer McGuire's challenge for the month of November! Let's all spread some kindness.

Some Days...

You just need that glass of wine! Lol...really though, some days are like that. I got out my Distress Ink markers and set about to color one of the cutest ever stamps from Art Impressions....Girlfriends.

I LOVE these stamps, they are so funny! These aren't something you'll sit down and whip up many cards real fast, at least not for me. It takes me awhile to color these...but very fun and very relaxing!

Yep...some days! Anyway, I used a set of frame dies from Simon Says Stamp. You get teeny tiny, scalloped, an inner frame, and also two smaller journaling/label dies. Really frames up your piece nicely. I cut several of the tiny inner green frame and layered them up. Hard to see, but it stands up above all the rest.

I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Scattered a few sequins around as well. I coated the wine glasses with Glossy Accents to make them really look like glass. Also added some glitzy little dots to the green top with my Sakura gel pen. 

Hard to get a good pic of this cause I cut the wine glass from acetate. I added some colored cardstock under the acetate to resemble wine. Used one dimensional to pop it up and scattered a few sequins. finished off by stamping the sentiment.

Stamp and die can be found here.

Hope you got a bit of inspiration from my card to get out your supplies and get to playing!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fall Leaves Window Card...

So, I totally screwed up my first shaker card, lol. I had it all cut and all the foam tape applied to the back and then realized I'd never put the acetate on to keep the shaker bits in! 

But I didn't want to pitch it without trying to salvage it. So, I picked out some patterned papers that were very fallish in color and texture. I cut them to fit behind each window. 
I then tied some brown hemp cord around and tied a bow.

 I added a few sequins and used a bit of chocolate brown Stickles. Also, I gold embossed a piece of cardstock large enough to die cut a few smaller leaves.

Autumn is my absolute fave time of the year! I LOVE everything about it....colors, temps, smells, sounds...all of it!!!

So these types of cards are so fun to make!

 I used my Sizzix Eclips2 to cut this card. I created a shadow layer for each leaf, but I changed the cut line to a score line. I love that look of stitching left on the negative space. It's faint in the pics, but really looks nice in real. My Sizzix Eclips1 got pushed aside for awhile since using my Cameo. But been very frustrated with it of late. So, I got it out and realized I wanted the Eclips2...and I ordered one. I love the machine and I love the Ecal software! Now the Cameo is pushed aside and the frustrations with it! This is by far, my go to machine. It's awesome!

Don't pitch something just cause it might not have worked as planned. See what you can do with it and come up with a whole new idea. I'm glad this didn't make it to the trash can!

Get out your toys and get to crafting!

Fall Leaves Shaker Card...

I have had this idea for awhile now and wanted to try it out. I love my dies that have the stitched edging that shows up on the negative space. So I decided to try it with my cutting machine. So I picked out a leaf shape I liked and sized them to fit a 4 x 5.25 inch card front.

I then added a shadow layer but changed it from a cut line to a score line. It's faint in the photos, but you can deff see it's there when you actually hold the card in your hand.

I had recently bought a huge pack of seed beads from Michael's that has every color you could possibly need. And I have a lot of sequins and micro beads as well. So I created my own mixes. I chose three different color schemes and used one in each window.

I wrapped some twine along with some metallic threads...copper and gold...and tied a bow. The sentiment is gold embossed and cut into a flag end. I glued the left edge direct to paper and put a foam square under the right edge.

I scattered around some sequins and had gold embossed an area of cardstock to get a few leaves die cut out. I than placed those slightly over the windows on the card front.
I mounted the front panel to some chocolate brown card stock and then that was placed on a white card base. 

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you were inspired. Get out your supplies and do some crafting!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Candy Corn Shaker...

I had an idea one night lying in bed about how to make a candy corn shaker card.
So, for my DT project this week, I set out to see if I could make it work.
I opened the candy corn file from Fleurette Bloom and used my software to get the "parts" I wanted.

I opened it a couple times cause I needed a couple. I layered the the orange middle section on top of the yellow bottom layer and did a "back minus front" to get the bottom yellow piece I needed. Then, using a second orange layer, I layered the white layer on top of that, and again did a "back minus front". This gives you the three pieces you'll need to make your sections.

Next, with each piece, I created an inset shadow layer.... .017. Making it in far enough to give a decent size frame piece. Center those two pieces over each other and go up to Object on the toolbar and select Merge. This will give you your little frame for each color. White, orange, and yellow.

Cut several of these little frames. I think I cut six or eight of each. Glue them all together and you get yourself these little framed pieces, deep enough to hold a good amount of these tiny seed beads. Save one of each color that will be glued on top of the acetate piece.

I then glued all those "frames" in position, on top of a patterned paper. Now you can carefully add your beads, go all around the outside edge with some liquid glue and glue on your clear acetate. 
Then glue on another frame of each of the colors to finish off the top to look nice.
 I layered all of that on top of a black shadow layer.

Embellish as you'd like and you have yourself a candy corn shaker card!

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Happy Crafting!


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Tim Holtz Crazy Birds...

So...I had my eye an a stamp set for ages and just couldn't get myself to spend that much on one! We were in a local store this weekend and they have tons of Tim Holtz products. And they had the Crazy Bird stamp set. My hubby said get it and I wasn't about to argue! I LOVE them and boy are they fun to play with.

I have neglected my Copic markers lately and really wanted to use them with these. So, since I've never colored these stamps before, I launched Pinterest for some ideas. I found this layout, loved it, and totally lifted it! 

Hope you like my card. I don't usually acknowledge my stuff as any good....I know, everyone tells me....but I will admit on this one, it came out pretty nice!

I am totally in love with wood grain papers right now! Any color any style. these looked cute against that paler color. I mounted them with foam squares.

This is the first time I've ever done any masking as well. I stamped each bird on a separate mask and fussy cut them out. So, first I stamped the front bird. Added the mask over it and stamped the one on the left. Add the mask to that one and stamped the red bird. Applied the mask over that and then stamped the last bird. How fun when you pull off all the masks! It's like Christmas fun! Then I set about to color each of them. I added Glossy Accents to the eyes and a few sequins. 
Stamped and embossed a sentiment with white embossing powder. One foam square on the right side and the left side is direct to paper.

Love these little guys and will deff be using them much more! I ordered the coordinating "things" set that goes with them. Then can make them for any occasion.

There you have it. A fun card and I learned...well, tried....a new technique for the first time. So fun, now I want to mask off everything! 

Get out your supplies and have fun! Go for something new. Stretch yourself. Learn something new.
Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Funky Fall Pumpkin Boxes...

Hey guys, I've got a post today for Fleurette Bloom Design Team. Last year Fleurette designed these cute funky style pumpkin boxes. Never got to make them, so pulled up the file this year. I think they are pretty cool...something different!

I pulled out some patterned papers from my stash, it is last years, at least! Anyway, I liked the kind of grungy look of the oranges and purples. I used foam dimension tape to add the panels to the boxes. My only regret, looking at it now, is that the white foam tape shows...sad face. Wish I had had black on hand, but I don't. 

Here's a pic of all three boxes together. I pulled out some Halloween stamp sets I have and thought this big "BOO" would look cute. Then I cut some bats from a Fleurette file and used other bling, twine, and sequins.

I like the bit of sparkle from the sequins and hard to see, but added black liquid pearls for the eyes on the bats.

If you look close, you might see the eyes on these bats. Glued on a flair button on top of the twine ribbon.

I kept the tops to black papers so the stems and leaves would show off nicely. I tied twine around all the stems and crinkled up the leaves and rubbed ink on them. I curled up the tiny strips and glued those as well. Ugh....that white foam...I think I'll try to see if I can get the tiny tip of a black marker in there to hide it better. Why do we find these things after we're all done and taking the pics?! Learn from my error...have black and white foam adhesives, lol.

Anyway, these were fun to make. Here's what I used on these boxes.

So, there you have it. Something a little different for your fall season. Get out your toys and make up something fun! Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cutest Wooden Paper Pumpkin Ever....

I totally LOVE Autumn!!! Fave time of year ever. And I love to make paper projects for the seasons as they change. So, I found this adorable pumpkin and new I had to make it! It is super fun, super easy, and you can customize it to be your own with your paper choices and added extras.
 I also LOVE to print my own digital paper. I don't have to store it, won't ever run out, and print it as needed. LOVE doing that. So, the papers for this project were purchased over at
I used The Story of Fall by Echo Park and the teal colored paper I purchased over at Etsy, here.

Now come cute is this???!!! I'm telling you, that paper looks so much like real have to look twice!
And not to mention....I'm totally in love with teal!

I used a couple of dies from My Creative Time, but it might have been retired or revised cause I can't find it. But any leaves you have would work just as well. I also gathered up some twine to wrap around and tie a bow.

So, there you have it! A super fun and super cute light up pumpkin! Get over to SVGCuts to pick up this super cute kit.

So...get out your supplies and get to crafting some super cute Autumn projects! 
Thanks for stopping by, and have fun!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

To The Moon And Back... news, lol! I had a sabbatical from Fleurette Bloom design team. It has been a rough year for me and I just needed a break from lots of things. And, now I feel ready again, and Fleurette was so kind to welcome me back. 
And what a time to return!!! She now is designing stamps! And I've been having a lot of fun playing with different techniques, such as water color, Copics, colored pencils...and on and on. So, my first project back is a shaker card.

I used a piece of Tim Holtz water color paper and set out to create a starry sky. I used various colors of blue. Dried in between layers to get the great water color look. After it was totally dry, I used my anti static powder tool to get rid of any static. I then stamped the stars in Versamark ink and used white embossing powder. I then went back and used some metallic gold water color and painted in those stars. The white embossing acts as a dam and the water pretty much stays put. I like the shimmery look it gives.

I then grabbed a circle die and cut a circle in that background piece. This became the shaker window. I backed it with clear acetate and applied foam tape to the back. I filled the window with tiny seed beads in colors of golds and clear. A piece of plain white cardstock covered that to hold the tiny bits in place.

I then created some watercolor in yellows, several layers, then stamping and white embossing the moon. I cut by hand because it was easy and I wanted it right up to the line. I mounted that on foam tape and positioned on the acetate where I wanted it. I then cut out the stars from the cut circle piece and positioned those with foam tape as well. Stamped and embossed the sentiment and cut to create a flag. Added it on foam tape...I love foam tape, lol!
Glued down a few sequins here and there and called this card finished!

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Sun Moon and Stars stamp set 

Hope you take some time and craft today! Whatever you do, make it fun!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cruising Through Life...

I found a new channel on YouTube and I love her! She made a card the other day, and I wanted to do one too. Here's my version.

I cut out several of these bikes using my die. I arranged them so that they covered as much of the card front as possible. I then cut about 4-5 out of black cardstock and layered them up. I then put one more of the green on top of that and aligned it with one on the card front. 

Then I pulled out some bright green Stickles and highlighted the metal parts of the bike.

I stamped the sentiment and cut a banner end. I layered up that with a green piece and a black piece. I smeared a bit of the same Stickles on the green piece. I popped one end up and glued down the other end. 
I then strew around a few different bits of bling, mounted it to a black layer and then that went on the card base.
Hope you like it! 

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Thanks for stopping by. Now go do some crafting!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Foiled Hugs...

Here's today's card project. Super bright and super fun! I'm stuck on foil and watercolor these days, lol
To start with I used card front die but I did not cut it, I embossed it instead. Once that was done, I used water colors and love how it settles in the indentations. Dried in between each layer of color. I picked colors out of  Kuretake Gansai Tambi water color set and watered some down, left some more intense. Love how this looks!

I cut a hole in the center to create a shaker card.  Added sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, and a bit of seed beads. I scattered a few on the front of the card. 

And yep...I added foil, surprise surprise, lol. I cut the sentiment and little bow from paper printed in my toner printer and foiled it in my laminator. I then cut the sentiment again from fun foam for added dimension. I rotated one of the bows just a bit to see a bit more of it. The entire panel was then layered up on the card base.

And, there you have it. A super fun and super bright card. Wouldn't that brighten someones day?!

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Happy Crafting! Have fun with your supplies and get creating!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Playing with foil...

I have fallen in love with foiling!!! I did the moment I saw it, as have many of you. I already had a laminator and all I needed was a printer using toner. Found one at Staples for about 59.00! 
What I do is print letter size paper in the toner, then I can use it for any of my die cuts. Or I can do print/cut with my Cameo.
Either way, I love the look. So I have two cards to share today.
I wasn't totally have with the look I was getting. So, I did some experimenting. I did what others posted, using a folded typing paper carrier...or parchment paper. They never came out good. I was a bit bummed as I really want it to work!
Well, today I increased my carrier to 80# cardstock. A fair bit heavier than the others. I thought maybe it would increase the pressure a bit, making a better bond. AND IT DID!!! I am so thrilled. On to my cards.

Here's the first one. I used a die from Simon Says it! I then cut another out of fun foam to add dimension. You gotta LOVE that rainbow foil!!! I adhered that to a panel cut using a rectangle die. I popped that panel up with fun foam as well. Then I scattered about, some sequins and various sizes of foiled dots. I have a die that cuts  all various sizes of dots. Love how this looks!

  I made this card doing all the exact same things using the negative space left from cutting the hello. I really like how this came out as well. So fun and pretty. Sure to cheer up anyone!
You gotta admit, these are so pretty!

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Various foil sheets were purchased on Amazon. If you look, you'll find a lot!

Hope you like my cards for today and got a bit of inspiration. Get out your supplies and have some fun!