Friday, July 30, 2010

special guest...

Today I have a very special guest designer!

This is my niece....
Isn't she just adorable? Ya, I think so too. =)
She loves crafting with me. This spring my mom picked up a bunch of kid inks for her to use. She loves them! I also keep my Cricut cuts that didn't quite make it on a project and she uses them.

This is a thank you card she made for my neighbor who let us swim in her pool.
Isn't she talented?!? I can't tell you what papers/products are used on this... I totally don't remember what I used on the die cuts... they have been sitting in my "holding" bag for a while... I'm glad they were finally put to good use.

Well... I'm off for more adventures today..
Have a great Friday!!!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

an elephant never forgets...

or so they say...

Ever wanted to go explore the jungle? I have.... but I just hate mosquitos... hmmmm... guess that would make it hard. Well, guess this is the best I can get for now. =)
Over at the CI blog it is DT challenge again! I wanted to know what fabulous ideas the DT could get from the jungle, and they did a great job! Here is what I came up with...
Paper: Scrapworks chipboard puzzle piece, old book paper
Stamps: Will n' Way, Fancy Pants "In My Words"
Ink: VersaMark, distress
CI paint: Antique Silver, Emerald, Blush
Other: ribbon, embossing powder, dymo, metal clip

Basically, I covered the chipboard shape with a Mod Podge, then an old book paper. When that dried, I tore off the top layer of the book paper with masking tape. Then I covered it with distress ink.
I heat embossed the elephant, then just painted him in with Antique Silver. A little Blush in his ears and on his cheeks gives him a little character.

I made a stamp pad with Emerald CI paint (I totally love this technique!!) to stamp the swirls. I love how easy it is to add shimmer to detailed images using these paints!

I used my Dymo labeler for the words. This gives it a different look than I usually do, but I think it is kinda fun to do different things now and then. =)

I strung a sheer ribbon through the chipboard for easy hanging.

To finish it off, I used a strong adhesive to attach the whole thing to a strong clip. I now can clip up all the things I need to remember. *do you think I would get more done if I had everything written down that I was supposed to do?*

"Don't forget" to check out the CI blog for other projects from the DT! =)

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


today I wanted to share a new site that I have found....

They are a new challenge site that will be kicking it off in a few days (August 1). Their goal is to inspire people to scrapbook not only the perfect moments, but also the hard moments that help shape who we are. I think that is such good advice. I have heard people ask if they should scrapbook depression, illness, and death.... I say YES! All those experiences make up you, your family, and your friends. I think it is important to pass on the stories that say "Life isn't perfect... but it sure is amazing!"

So, there you go... a little rambling from me... reminding all of you to scrapbook LIFE...
have a fabulous day!

Monday, July 26, 2010


Hello everyone!

In honor of hot summer days (and wishing I was at the beach) I have a sandcastle card to share today...
Paper: Coredinations, watercolor paper, plain white cardstock
Ink: VersaMark
Stamps: Great Impressions
CI paint: Carmel, Tan, Chocolate, Copper, Antique Copper, Emerald, Aqua Marine, Antique Silver, Coal, Sky Blue
Other: embossing powder, ribbon

I heat embossed the image using Pirate Gold embossing powder (by Stampendous). I then painted it in using lots of different shades of brown Creative Inspirations Paint. You can find a tutorial on watercoloring with Fantastix here.

I also sponged on varying shades of CI paint around the edges.

The edges of the blue paper were distressed to show the core color (love the coredinations color core papers!) I also painted the white sheer ribbon with CI paint to match the card.

In RL, this card shines like the sun off sand!

Well, I'm off to get more done! Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

feet in the sand....

Happy 24th!
So in the good state of UT, it is actually a holiday worthy of parades, bbqs and fireworks. Fun, huh?

for today, I have a slightly different project to share....
a painted sand dollar!
this natural beauty was found on the beach in Washington state the last time I was there. Man I love that place! Forests, beaches, rain.... but I digress...
I decided to keep it simple and just follow the natural pattern on the shell. I used a toothpick to apply Rustic Red to the petals. I then used a fantastix to paint the center Sunshine. To finish it off, I used a sponge dauber to apply so Sea Foam to the edges.*fitting huh? LOL!* Just look at the shimmer the Creative Inspirations Paints have... even on shell!
This was a very quick project... The thing that took the longest was painting the petals... that's because I'm picky about fussy work.=)
One thing I learned is that because of the nature of this particular kind of shell, the paint gets absorbed as soon as it touches the shell... therefor, it is not forgiving like paper is. A little water will not remove the paint.

well, I hope you enjoyed the little break from the traditional...
Have a wonderful weekend, full of amazing adventures!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

against the odds...

Have you ever had one of those days when you feel like the universe is conspiring against you? Well, that was me yesterday.

Earlier this week, while helping my parents fix the pond in their yard, my finger got smashed between two large rocks. OUCH! And of course, it is on my right hand... *you would think that I would have become left handed with how many times I have hurt my right hand...*
So, fast forward to yesterday.. I was trying to get my project done for the CIDT. This in of itself was a challenge with a big old brace on my finger. Then the thunder starts. *ok, so I love watching lightning and listening to thunder, but really, I was TRYING to be productive!* So I have to unplug everything. Ok, so I can craft without electricity... just have to use different techniques... Then, a migraine decides to join in the fun. During a migraine it is useless to even try, so I gave up, took a hot shower, and fell asleep.

Needless to say, I didn't actually finish my DT project on time.... but, better late than never, right?

This week over at the Creative Inspirations Blog the DT was challenged to take their inspiration from the forest. I love the forest. It is one of the most peaceful places for me. I love how the light filters through the trees... the moss.. the smell of moist dirt and life... the birds calling... the occasional deer... I love it all!

Here's my project...
Paper: DCWV, Bazzill, watercolor paper, white cardstock
Ink: Archival, Staz-on, VersaMark, distress
Stamps: Heartfelt Creations
Cricut: Cindy Loo
CI paint: Green Olive, Emerald, Mocha Latte, Sunshine, Burnt Clay, Antique Silver
Other: glitter, UTEE, charm, ribbon

I stamped this cute bird on water color paper with archival ink. I then painted him with Creative Inspirations Paint. Look at that shine! I inked around the edges with several colors of distress ink for some dimension.

This fun embellie is actually plain cardstock. Yup. Pretty cool, huh? I cut it out with my Cricut, then painted it with Antique Silver CI. That, however, didn't seem to be enough. It needed some dimension... so I inked the whole thing up with VersaMark and dumped on some UTEE... I built up about 3 layers of UTEE, then I sprinkled a little silver glitter over it just for larger sparkles. Isn't it pretty?

This metal charm I have had in my stash for a long time. It was silver, but it just seemed too stark... So I daubed on several layers of Burnt Clay CI. It didn't have quite enough shimmer for me, so I added a layer Fairy Dust CI over it. I then sanded the edges, little nicks, and the raised letters to give it a worn look. To highlight the letters I ran my Staz-on pad over them and the edges.

Don't forget to check out the DT's projects for this week here. They did an absolutely amazing job this week!

have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

a fabulous mix...

I've been neglecting my personal blog lately... sorry!

but here I am today with a project and a tutorial!
I put this together last night as a way to keep track of color combinations that I like.
Paper: white cardstock, old book paper, chipboard
Ink: VersaMark, Distress ink, mark it
Stamps: Fancy Pants "Fresh Mod"
CI paint: Fairy Dust
Other: embossing powder, ribbon, button
Binding: Bind-it-All
the ribbon is just a sheer ribbon I had in my stash, and tied through a fun orange button

I love the texture that the embossing powder picks up from the torn paper behind it.

I stamped the swirls using a mixture of "Fairy Dust" Creative Inspiration Paint and "Rusty Hinge" Distress reinker. Click here to go to the tutorial on making stamp pads with CI paint.

So, how did I make Rusty Hinge CI paint? Let me show you...
I started out by putting a small glob of Fairy Dust CI paint on a piece of plastic packaging.
Fairy Dust is a clear shimmer paint, so it won't change the color of the ink.

Then, add a tiny bit of Distress reinker by just tapping the dropper on the plastic. Unless you are making a large batch, you won't need a full drop. Start small and add more if needed.

Using a plastic popsicle stick, stir your pant.

The color is amazing, and the shimmer fantastic!

here you can see how close the colors are to the images stamped with the Distress ink pads. For the rose, I used Victorian Velvet with Fairy Dust. The leaves are Forest Moss and Winter Frost.
Winter Frost is CI's white shimmer paint, so it will lighten your ink color. If you add Coal (CI's black shimmer paint) it will darken your ink. If you want to have lots of fun, try adding ink to any of the colors of CI paint. You can get lots of great variations of colors with a little playing around!

Have a fabulous day!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

mallow king...

Happy Thursday!

It is time once again for me to play along with the Creative Inspirations DT. The challenge I gave the girls for this week was to find inspiration from a favorite desert.

As it is summer I thought about marshmallows. I love a golden brown marshmallow that has been roasted over a campfire or a BBQ. My nephew happens to agree with me. =)

This year, my mom found some big marshmallows to bring to the family BBQ. *when I say big, I mean HUGE!*

In case you are wondering, the smallish looking marshmallow is actually the normal LARGE marshmallow. The big one is something called a CAMPFIRE marshmallow.... We couldn't resist having a contest to see who could stuff the most marshmallows in their mouth with these... Non of us got more than one.... They are HUGE!

the funny thing is, he really did manage to get this sucker in his mouth... don't have a clue how, but he did.

Photos like this deserve a LO!

Paper: My Minds Eye, Coredinattions, Bazzill, white cardstock
Cricut: Cindy Loo, Lyrical Letters, Home Decor, Gypsy Wanderings
Stamps: Martha Stewart "Patterns", Me & My Big Ideas "Sassy Icons", Fancy Pants "Fresh Mod", "In My Words"
Ink: VersaMark, Memento
Creative Inspirations Paint: Chocolate, Winter Frost, Coal, Autumn Wheat, Carmel, Mocha Latte, Tanzanite
Other: embossing powder, Enamel Accents

Close up of right page. *he was so proud of his mouthful of mallow!*

Close up of left page. This is the s'more he made with a campfire marshmallow... he had to have grandma help hold the thing it was so big and messy!
This is the edge of the journal tag *that I will fill in later..*. I stamped the swirls in Tanzanite CI. I love how shimmery and colorful these paints are, and they work so well with stamps! I also edged the tag with Chocolate and Coal CI paint to match the look of toasted marshmallows.

The main frame was also edged with Chocolate and Coal. To do this, I simply loaded a little paint onto a finger dauber and rubbed it along the edge of the paper.
I painted in the swirls with Winter Frost. This is a white paint, and I love it! I also brushed in a little bit of watered down Tanzanite along the edges to bring in the blue and give it a little more interest.

Another fun thing I did on this LO with my CI paints is to stamp on a photograph. I used Mocha Latte and Autumn Wheat. They dry quickly and stay great on the slick surface.
These are the swirls tilted slightly to really show of the intense bling factor!
Isn't it beautiful? LOVE IT!

To see the other great projects from the talented DT, click here. Don't forget to leave a little love when you drop by their blogs!

Monday, July 12, 2010

stamping shimmer

Hello, and happy Monday!

Today's project was made for Inspiration Monday over at the CI blog.
It is a quick card that can work for so many things! *I think I may make a set or two of different colors and sayings just to have around... or give away... hmmm..*

Paper: cheap white cardstock
Stamps: SEI "Mimosa", Fancy Pants "Pollen Dust"
Ink: VersaMark
CI paint: Garnet
Other: black embossing powder, ribbon

I started out by stamping the flower with Garnet CI paint. (to see step by step instructions for making CI paint pads, click here)
The color and shimmer is amazing! I really love the look of stamping with these paints!

The background was also stamped using the Garnet CI paint. For the black edge around the flower, I simply rubbed the VersaMark pad against the edges of the square. I then dipped into the embossing powder and heated. Very simple, but gives a fun, textured edge to things.

A little ribbon tied around the card gives it that added touch that I love. *can you believe it, I didn't paint my ribbon this time. I know, you are in shock... me too! You can scrape your jaw off the floor at any time... I promise I will be painting ribbons again before long! LOL!*

Quick note... If you have any creations using Creative Inspirations Paint, you can now share your projects with us by linking your project to the CI blog! Simply jump over the the blog, and on the top of the side bar there is a button that says "Add your link". Click there and follow the instructions. Easy peasy!

Ok, I'm off to eat some lunch! Have a fabulous day!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

a little squeeze...

Good morning all!

I am so excited! The Creative Inspirations DT is back up and running! Man, are their projects great! Check them out here.

The challenge for this week was to use fruit as your inspiration. Here is what I made...
Paper: Bazzill, DCWV, My Minds Eye, white cardstock
Die cuts: Spellbinders "Label Six", Cricut "Preserves"
Stamps: Autumn Leaves "Build-a-Flower" and "Flourishes V2"
Ink: VersaMark, Distress, Designer, Powder Puff, Mark-it
CI paint: Mellow Yellow, Chocolate
Other: ribbon, embossing powder, Glossy Accents (by Ranger), brads

I have a lot of different textures going on in this card... The swirls on the brown parts are gold embossing powder, added just as accents. I covered the seeds in Glossy Accents to mimic the smooth round shine of real lime seeds. I applied VersaMark to the wedge pieces directly from the pad... I then used clear embossing powder. I love how it isn't even and smooth... doesn't it look like a fresh cut lime? The rest of the shimmery areas are CI paint. I love how the different textures make it look more realistic, and all the different kinds of shine make it look fresh and juicy.

The ribbon was painted in Chocolate CI paint... I love how well this ribbon shows off the shine of these paints!
I painted the entire word bubble with Mellow Yellow CI.... Isn't it gorgeous! I love how it covers the letters without hiding them.

(oh, the saying is: "Sending You... A Little Squeeze) LOL!

Don't forget to check out the other DT projects, and leave them love!

I'll be back soon with more crafty stuff!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

grab your boots!

Hello everyone!!!

Yesterday was fabulous! It started out just like any other day.... However, when I got the mail, that changed! In my mailbox was a key. Now, I don't know how your mailboxes are set up, but if there is a key in my mailbox, it means there is a package for you that doesn't fit in the regular mail boxes.... So, I excitedly unlocked the big package mailbox, and sitting in there was a box... It was addressed to me... *grin*
Well, of course I knew what it was from the return address, and as soon as I got inside (where the whole neighborhood wouldn't see me doing the happy dance...) I raced to my studio to tear into the package.

So, what was inside? It was a rainbow of shimmery goodness! Oh, the colors! Oh, the shine! Oh, the cute little jars of Creative Inspirations paint! *swoon*

I think my dogs worried about my sanity as I spread all the jars out to drool over them. =)
I now have all the current colors, and I am on cloud 9!

Also in that box of happiness were a bunch of stamps.... can I say CUTE! *squeal* There were also a few odds and ends that you will see me using in the near future...

*sigh* Thanks for making my day Molly! You are awesome!

So, of course, I had to dive in and start creating right away! This particular stamp just made me laugh! It is kind of hard to read in the photo, but it says: "When it rains on your parade... Just put on really cute boots." LOVE IT!

Paper: DCWV, white cardstock
Ink: VersaMark
Stamp: Great Impressions
Die cut: Spellbinders "Label Six"
CI paint: Sunshine, Sea Foam, Fuchsia, Mango, Lavender, Aqua Marine, Spring Green, Blush, Emerald
Other: Provo Craft "Polka Dots" embossing folder, embossing powder

Here are some of the boots colored in... isn't that shimmer amazing! And the colors are simply delicious!
I like to heat emboss images I am going to paint because it helps keep the paint where you want it, and if you get any paint on the embossed lines, it easily wipes off with a little water and a q-tip.
For the background, I ran a piece of DCWV white core cardstock through my Cuttlebug using the "Polka Dots" embossing folder. I then sanded off the raised portion to reveal the white core. After that, I dabbed CI paint on some of the dots randomly. Notice it isn't perfect... That's ok... it just adds a splash of interest.

Well, I'm off to play some more! Have a fabulous day, and don't forget your cute boots!

Monday, July 5, 2010

simple elegance

Hey everyone!
Has it really been almost a week since my last post? Sorry! Things have gotten kinda stressful around here... But I'm here now, eating a bowl of watermelon, and typing away... Life is good.

I just got the new Cindyloo cart for the Cricut.... oh, I love it! So, of course, I had to break it in... =)

Paper: Bazzill, All My Memories, white cardstock
Ink: Distress, VersaMark
Stamps: 3 Bugs in a Rug "Flower Patch"
CI paint: Mellow Yellow, Fairy Dust, Autumn Wheat, Tutu Pink
Other: Doodlebug glitter, Fiskars Edgers, Perfect Pearls, button, ribbon

Each of the layers of this flower were cut from plain white cardstock. I then covered them in distress ink directly from the pad. These colors are so gorgeous, and they all go together so well! This however, just didn't quite look how I wanted, so I blinged it up a bit... Creative Inspirations Paint was applied to the layers, and chunky glitter adds dimension and texture.

"thanks" was stamped with just plain VersaMark. I then brushed some Perfect Pearls over it. The shimmery dust only sticks to the wet ink. Moisture is all you need to set the powder, so no additional work was needed... Love how simple Perfect Pearls are to use!

I used the edgers to give a nice scalloped edge to the dark paper. I then tied a ribbon (that had been painted with Tutu Pink CI paint) through a button for a nice finishing touch.

I love the simplicity of this card, yet the elegance it gains from the shimmer.

'Til next time, have a fabulous day!