Thursday, September 30, 2010

thinking of fall....

The weather man has promised fall weather next week instead of the summer weather we have been getting... YAY!
I love fall... the fresh crisp air... the vibrant colors... it is just beautiful!

I was feeling in the mood for fall today, can you tell?
Paper: white cardstock
Stamps: Inkadinkado fall squares, Stampendous "Stain Glass Thanks"
Ink: Distress, Archival, Powder Puff
Other: Grungeboard swirl, Distress Crackle Paint

This leaf stamp is approx. 1 inch square, so it made doing a mosaic easy. I stamped the image in tons of different distress ink colors, then cut them out, rounded the corners, and laid them out.

The Grungeboard swirl was colored by rubbing the distress ink pad directly onto the surface. This give a nice thick coat rather than the thin coat using a blender gives. The Grungeboard naturally soaks up more ink in some places, and less ink in others... it leaves behind a really neat mottled look. I then covered the whole swirl in Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. This is the clear one by Ranger... I LOVE it! When that was all dry, I rubbed some Vintage Photo Distress ink into the cracks to make them show up better. The ink will only stay in the cracks. The paint resists any ink sitting on top.

So, there's my little piece of fall for the day. =)
Have a wonderful evening!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

you and me...

Hey everyone!
I have gotten so far behind on my scrapbooking! *sigh* I decided to try to make a dent in the ever growing stack of photos... So today I have a LO to share with you.
Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Bazzill, DCWV, white cardstock
Stamps: Fancy Pants "Doodles and Things", "On a Whimsey", "In my Words", Glitz "Distressing", Inkadinkado "Letter", Basic Grey "Swirlie", "Euphoria"
Ink: VersaMark, Powder Puff, Distress, Archival, Staz-On, Memento, Mark-it
Other: embossing powder, nail heads, Tim Holtz mask, Fiskar paper edger, McGill ribbon punch, yarn, Pearl Ex

(yeah, I know.... it's quite a list!)

Here's some close ups... I did lots of layer with paper, inks, sprays, masks, and stamps
I love stamping on my photos with Staz-on... it adds a fun artistic touch and blends it in nicely to the page... the huge corner stamps by Fancy Pants are perfect for this.

Banners in scrapbooking and card making has become quite popular... I had never tried it though, so I thought ought to. Well, I had TONS of fun with it! It is an element you will probably see me use more of in the future.

Well, I'm off to take care of a head ache. Have a wonderful evening!!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


It's been one of "those weeks" already, and we are only 2 days in.... guess it can only go up from here, huh! LOL! Anyway, I did manage to get a card done today. (YAY!) I thought I would do a Halloween theme, and who better to help put a smile on my face than Tigger? =)
Paper: K&Co, DCWV, Provo Craft, white card
Ink: Distress, Mark-it, Gelly Roll
Cricut: Paper Doll Dress Ups, Pooh and Friends
Other: Stickles, rhinestones

Have a fabulous day! I'm off to try to get more done. =)

Friday, September 24, 2010

paper necklace...

Continuing on with the jewelry theme from yesterday, I was playing around with UTEE and my Cricut.....
Paper: white cardstock
Stamps: Glitz "Distressing"
Ink: VersaMark, VersaMagic
Cricut: Home Accents
Other: Pearl Ex, Doodlebug glitter, Glossy Accents, bead, jump rings, decorative head pin, wire necklace
Yup, this is a PAPER bead! I cut 6 layers of paper, glued them together, punched some holes, then decorated!
I covered the paper in a thick layer of UTEE. This gives the bead protection from bending, ripping, and moisture. I used several colors of Pear Ex to get a beautiful pearly color. I also brushed on a nice layer of Glossy Accents on one side and covered with Doodlebug's chunky glitter.

I wanted to add interest and movement to the piece, so I used a jump ring and decorative head pin to attach a real bead in the hole where it can swing...

The necklace i think I got at WalMart, but I'm not sure.... I've had it for quite a while.... It is made to swap out the focal medallion... this way you only need one base necklace, and can just buy a bunch of medallions to match your outfits.... or in this case, make new medallions. LOL!

Have a fabulous day! I'm off to get creative!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

ice castle...

"Daughter of Light came upon a glistening white mountain, frozen in time on a sea of ice. Above all else, she knows that this mountain was more than it appeared. It was home."
-Tin Man

Hello all! Time for another CIDT challenge! This week's challenge was to find inspiration from a favorite movie... I chose Tin Man. For those who don't know, it is a modern spin off of The Wizard of Oz....
My inspiration came from the ice castle part of the movie.

Paper: Fancy Pants, white cardstock, chipboard
Stamps: Basic Grey "Euphoria"
Ink: Archival, Memento
CI paint: Winter Frost, Buttercup, Green Olive
Die Cut: Nestabilities "Label Six"
Other: Crackle Accents, jump rings, earrings, beads, ribbon

A little while ago, I got an email from my cousin asking if I would be willing to teach a class on making the very popular beaded watchbands.... of course I was thrilled! (Don't get me wrong.... I'm no jewelry expert here!) So I dusted off my jewelry making supplies and found that I had a very pathetic bead collection! LOL! Well, long story short, I have been really into making jewelry lately, and since my bead collection leaves something to be desired, I have started making beads.
These homemade beads are covered in the shimmery Winter Frost Creative Inspirations paint... How perfect for an ice castle, huh! Well, in the movie, D.G. has to break through the ice to find the door... So I added some Crackle Accents by Ranger....

I used a 1/8th inch punch to punch holes in the cardstock to hang the earrings on... this is such a cute and easy way to gift or sell homemade jewelry!

Make sure to check out all the other fabulous projects over at the CI blog!
Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

bridal shower...

Hello, hello, hello!

A good childhood friend of mine is getting married soon... This is the card I made for her bridal shower. (Alika.... you ready to make the wedding card???)
Paper: White cardstock
Stamps: Fancy Pants "Doodles and Things", "Delight", TPC Studios "Playful Expressions"
Ink: Memento, VersaMark, Archival, Distress ink
CI paint: Winter Frost, Tutu Pink
Cricut: Accents Essentials
Other: glitter, grungeboard swirl, UTEE, Pearl Ex, bead, wire, netting, rhinestones, flower centers, Provo Craft "Swiss Dots" embossing folder

I covered the grungeboard swirl with distress ink, UTEE, and Pearl Ex... This was the first time I had tried this technique, and I must say, I have fallen in love with it! It has such an fabulous finished look!

I ran the base cardstock through my Cuttlebug using the Swiss Dots embossing folder, then gently rubbed distress ink over it. This highlights the raised areas, and adds depth
I cut the pieces of the rose out of white cardstock using my Cricut. I marbled the petals, then added glitter. I didn't have a good center, so I made my own. I strung a round bead on a wire. I then rolled the bead in VersaMark, and covered in UTEE. I kept adding UTEE until it was the size I wanted, then covered in Pearl Ex.

this is the inside of the card. I brushed on Tutu Pink CI paint around the edges for a soft shimmery finish.
The flowers were stamped with Tutu pink as well. The soft color and intense shimmer add such an elegant touch!

Have a fabulous evening everyone! I'm thinkin' it's dinner time. =)

Monday, September 20, 2010

mrs. warty frog...

Happy Monday!
Just a quickie from me today... This is the card I made for Inspiration Monday over on the Creative Inspirations blog.
Paper: Scribble Scrabble, white cardstock
Stamps: Fancy Pants "On a Whimsey", "Fresh Mod", "Doodles and Things", Glitz "Distressing"
Ink: VersaMagic, Memento, Mark-it
CI paint: Emerald
Die Cut: Nestiblities "Label Six"
Other: embossing powder, ribbon, rhinestones

Here is Mrs. Warty Frog... =) I used embossing powder over the paint. Because the paint dries so fast, the embossing powder only sticks in some places. This gives a fun texture to the stamped image.

I went with a plain white ribbon for this card... *this is actually the second ribbon... The first ribbon I put on, melted when I tried to heat set some nailheads on.... So, I had to cut that ribbon off, tie on a new one, and try again with rhinestones.*

The blue and white paper is actually a white cardstock... I inked up the background stamp, stamped it onto my craft sheet first, then onto the paper. This makes the image lighter, and gives it more of a distressed look.
A little hand doodling around the edges, and a few rhinestones (this time without burning the ribbon... LOL!) to finish it off.

Ok... I need to hop off the studio is calling! =)
Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

feeling flexible...

Last night, I was playing with some of my new stamps from the ScrapbookUSA expo... I fell in love with this sweet tree from Fancy Pants "On a Whimsey" set. It is such a fun image, and it screams for a clean simple card.
*Alika... you have have all the stamps needed to make this card!*

Paper: My Mind's Eye, watercolor paper
Stamps: Fancy Pants "On a Whimsy", "Delight"
Ink: VersaMagic, Distress ink, Archival
Other: buttons, Waxy Flax, acrylic paint

To color the tree, I watercolored the trunk with distress ink. I then used white acrylic paint with Shabby Shutters Distress reinker mixed in. This is a great way to get paint that matches your projects without having 20,000,000 paint bottles. =)

I used this masking technique to stamp the border behind the tree trunk.

One thing I love about clear stamps is that you have more freedom to manipulate them.
This is the way the stamp comes... fairly straight.

This is the way I stamped it... like it's blowing in the breeze. You can adjust the curves of thinner areas of clear stamps. Simply place it on the acrylic block then rearrange. It won't hurt your stamps, and they should bounce right back to their original shape as soon as you take them off the block. This works well for swirls, borders, and thin words.... It gives you more flexibility and milage out of your stamps.

A few accent buttons.... I love buttons right now. =)

Oh, and a quick word on large stamps... Fancy Pants has FABULOUS large clear stamps.... the problem is that some of them are BIG! *ok, let me rephrase...* I personally love the huge stamps, but my sister (who is newer at stamping) just got her first sets of FP stamps a few weeks ago, and was trying to figure out how in the world to use them as she doesn't have any acrylic blocks big enough.

Here is what I do... I used to use a sheet of glass. (I think it was a left over from my Grandmother's stained glass making days...) I put making tape around the edges to protect both my fingers and the glass, and it word ok... However, I have since changed what I use. I now use Fiskars Stamp Press. I picked mine up at Michaels, but I have seen them other places as well. It is a great size (not too big, but big enough), it stamps well, and it is super simple to use.
*please note: I do not work for Michaels, Fiskars, or Fancy Pants. I was not paid in money or product to say any of this... I just wanted to share what I love!*

Well, I've got to get working on Monday's tutorial. Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, September 17, 2010


Hello all! Wow, the week passes so fast! I had meant to post more this week...
Oh well, I'm here now. =)

Today I have a LO to share. I love this sweet picture of my brother. (and he was worried about if he would be a good dad...LOL!) This was the day that my nephew was brought home from the hospital...
Paper: My Mind's Eye, Fancy Pants Creative Card, white cardstock
Ink: VersaMagic, Archival, Distress ink, VersaMark, India Ink
Stamps: Fancy Pants "Pollen Dust", "In My Words", "Little Star"
Die Cuts: Cricut "Home Decor"
Others: Inksenssials Opaque pen, lace, Glimmer Mist, Grungeboard shapes, rhinestones, Distress Embossing powder

For the title, I cut the word "family" out of vinyl with my Cricut to use as a mask. I used a couple colors of distress ink over the mask... I love this look! *note: test your vinyl on a scratch paper similar to the paper you are using.... It usually comes off with out a problem, but I have had a couple of papers rip on me.*

I colored the lace with Glimmer Mist. This is a quick way to change the color of large ribbons like this big lace. Simply spray, and allow to dry. *note: protect your work area! Glimmer Mist is beautiful, but it does tend to get messy.*

All the flowers, vines, and leaves were stamped around the edges. I like using stamps to personalize a basic paper into the perfect patterned paper. I also put tiny rhinestones in the center of each flower for a little added dimension and sparkle.

I stamped one corner of the photo with Archival Ink, then highlighted the swirls with Inksenssials Opaque pen. A little had doodled highlighting is a quick way to take your stamped images up a notch.

The Grungeboard hearts were embossed with Distress Embossing powder, stamped with a portion of a swirl stamp, then edged with ink. IRL, you can see a lot of depth and texture in the hearts.

The journaling was done on a Fancy Pants Creative Card. To give it a little more character, I did my journaling with a fountain pen. I haven't done that in a while, so I had to practice a bit.... It is really fun to do though =)

Well, it is late, so I'll sign off for now... Until next time, have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

b2b: inks...

I have been asked questions about inks recently, so I thought I would walk though the basic differences and uses for the most common crafting inks.

These inks come in a spongey foam ink pad. They have a thicker consistency, and are generally more opaque. They stay wet for long enough that you can use them as an embossing ink. They are great for stamping with clear stamps because the ink will not bead. They work best on porous surfaces such as regular paper and cardstock. Some brands will not dry on surfaces like glossy paper (however if you use an embossing powder over them, they work fine)

Chalk inks are pigment inks that dry to a matte finish.

These inks will come in a felt pad. They have a thinner consistency, and are semi-translucent. They dry quickly and therefor are not good for embossing. You can watercolor with these inks by rubbing the pad on a non-porous surfaced (like an acrylic block) and using a water brush to paint your color. They do not always work well with clear stamps. This is because some clear stamps resist some brands of dye inks causing it to bead and the image to stamp very blotchy. To fix this, try scruffing up the surface of your stamp with an eraser or nail file. If this doesn't help, try adding embossing ink... see below. They can also be applied using a FOAM blending tool/applicator. These can be used on glossy paper. *please note: I am talking about clay based glossy paper like the kind from Ranger. They will not work the same on photo paper!*

Some dye inks (like Archival Ink by Ranger) are "water-resistant". This means that once the image is dry, it won't smear with water. This allows you to color images in with markers without your lines bleeding

Tim Holtz Distress Ink:
Technically these are dye inks. However there are some differences. They are designed to blend well. They are translucent so they layer well (both on top of each other, and over printed/stamped paper). They are specially formulated to work well with water. You can watercolor with them like regular dye inks. If you apply a layer of ink, than flick water droplets at it, you can get a really neat effect. They are also designed to stay wet long enough that you can emboss with them.

Embossing ink:
This comes in either clear or tinted. It is used for heat embossing. It is a thick sticky formula that stays wet for a fair amount of time. You can also use it to allow embossing with dye inks, and fixing the problem of beading on clear stamps. To emboss with dye inks, ink up your stamp with your embossing ink, then ink the stamp in your dye ink, then stamp. Cover with powder, and heat like normal. Having the embossing ink under the dye ink will not hurt your dye ink pad, and will keep the ink wet enough to allow for embossing. If your dye ink is beading on a clear stamp, ink your stamp in the embossing ink, then the dye ink, then stamp. Allow to dry. The embossing ink gives the dye ink something to stick to so you get better coverage, and less beading.

The best known of this kind is Staz-on. They can be used for most surfaces including acrylic, acetate, paper, metal, and plastic. Staz-on makes a special stamp cleaner that can be used to help get the ink off your stamps and acrylic blocks. It can take some time to dry, so you need to be careful not to touch it too quickly to avoid smearing.

These don't come in ink pads, but in little bottles. They are good for non-porous surfaces such as glossy paper, metal, plastic, and glass. They are translucent. They can be applied using a FELT blending tool, fillable alcohol ink markers (by Ranger), or with a water brush filled with blending solution. The blending solution is used to blend, lighten, and remove Alcohol inks. This is a good ink to use if you want to change the color of your rhinestones, brads, eyelets, etc.

I hope that gives you a basic idea about the different inks, and what they are used for. If you have any questions, let me know, and I will be happy to answer them.

Monday, September 13, 2010

aged buttons...

When I was growing up, my mom kept a big jar of buttons in her closet. My sisters and I would spend hours playing with those buttons. I loved looking at all the different sizes, shapes, textures and colors. I loved scooping up handfuls and letting them trickle through my fingers making a musical clinking as they landed back in the jar. And I can't count the number of times we served "Button Soup" to the family.

Perhaps because of that, I have always loved buttons. And, as buttons have become such a popular craft embellishment, I have accumulated my own large jar of random buttons. So, for today's Inspiration Monday, I thought I would show you one way that I alter buttons.

Aged Buttons

You will need:
Button *light colors are easier to alter the color*
Creative Inspirations Paint *optional*
Sticky note
Crackle Accents by Ranger
Dye ink *I like Distress ink*
Makeup wedge
Ink blending tool

Step 1: Pull off a sticky note, and flip it over. There is a strip of temporary adhesive on the back. Stick your buttons onto that. This allows you to hold you buttons without your fingers getting in the way.

Step 2: Using a makeup wedge, apply the Creative Inspirations paint to your button in a pouncing motion.

Step 3: The paint will go on fairly thinly, so you will need to build up a few layers. Allow your button to dry, and pounce on your next layer.

Step 4: Continue adding layers until your button is completely covered and the original color of the button no longer shows through.

Step 5: Let your button dry completely. This is important!

*Crackle Accents by Ranger is the real secret to this technique. *

Step 6: Apply a coat of Crackle Accents to your button. How thick you apply it will determine how small or large your cracks are. I like to apply a nice thick coat for larger cracks, but it is up to you.

Step 7: Let dry NATURALLY. Depending on how thick your coat is, this could take a while. Don't be tempted to speed it up with a heat gun as that will ruin it. *This part is the hardest for me. I HATE
waiting! I usually set the buttons aside and work on another project. Because they are on the sticky note, they are easily moved.*

As your button dries, cracks will form. These cracks are random and no two buttons will end up the same. *I love that!*

When your button is completely dry you can add ink. You don't have to do this, but it does add contrast and the cracks show up better.

Step 8: Using an ink blending tool, rub ink into the cracks. This takes a little pressure, so don't be afraid to really work the ink in.

Step 9: Gently wipe the excess ink off of your button with a slightly damp rag.

You will be left with ink only in the cracks like this. When your ink is dry, you are ready to attach it to your project.

Here is the project I did featuring this technique:
Paper: Coredinations, white cardstock
Stamps: Fancy Pants "Doodles and Things", "On a Whimsy", Glitz "Distressing"
Ink: VersaMagic, Distress Ink, Memento
CI paint: Mango
Other: Provo Craft "Polka Dots" embossing folder, ribbon, buttons, Crackle Accents by Ranger

You can see that the shimmer from the CI paints still shows through beautifully.

Here is a button that I didn't alter the color, I simply put the Crackle Accent over the plain button.

This button was altered with Alcohol ink before Crackle Accent was applied.

So, here's to having fun with your stash of buttons today!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

spotlight window...

This weekend has been busy!
Yesterday I went to the Scrapbook USA expo... Tons of fun! I get Fancy Pants Designs stamps there for a REALLY good price.... I got my sister into their stamps too.... LOL! I have all these fun new goodies, and I haven't had a chance to get into my studio! =(
However, I am heading there as soon as I finish this post...

So, with everything thats been happening I decided that for today's post I would just pull out an old card from my photo library...

I don't know what products were used because it was made before I blogged, so I didn't write things down.... I don know that the stamp is an image from Clear Art Stamps (isn't she as sweet witch!). Distress ink, embossing powders, and a TH fragment were also used.

Here is a close up of the witch...
I stamped the image twice (once on the card, and once on another paper). I colored the second witch, glued the fragment on, then cut it out. I then lined up the image over the card, and glued in place. This makes a kind of magic window spotlight kind of effect...

Well... I'm off to play with all my new stamps, inks, papers... *sigh* Today, life is good!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

seeing purple...

I'm not usually one for the Monochromatic look... I have a hard time (especially on SB pages) not reaching for more colors... at least an accent color here, or a pop of color there.... So, I decided that since I challenged the CIDT to go Monochrome, I should do it too.
Click here to see the rest of this week's team's work.

After finishing this project, I felt like all I could see was PURPLE... my workspace, my tools, even my hands! EEK! =)
Paper: Coredinations, white cardstock, unknown patterned paper
Ink: Archival, Distress, Powder Puff, Memento, Stazon, Mark-it
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Letter", "Sketchy Flourishes"; Fancy Pants "In My Words", "Fresh Mod"
Die Cuts: Cricut "Graphically Speaking", "Cindyloo"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Ivory, Winter Frost, Light Purple
Other: rhinestones, ribbon, buttons, Prima flowers, Glossy Accents, Crackle Accents

here is the journalling tag. It is cut from white cardstock using "Graphically Speaking". I love this journaling corner stamp by Fancy Pants! I stamped it on the top, then flipped it over and stamped on the bottom. I then used Distress ink to make it purple...

This is a sheer cream ribbon that I painted with a mix of Winter Frost CI paint and Dusty Concord Distress reinker. (For more on how to do that, click here.)

Remember this technique I taught over at the CI blog? I decided to use it again. The Ivory on the dark paper shows up really well in some lights, and not as well in others. That's ok, because I stamped a flourish pattern in the same area (with out the vinyl mask) so you can see that pattern when the CI paint isn't catching the light.

Using Stazon, I stamped directly onto the photograph. I also dragged the ink pad across the edges of the photo. This has an artsy brushed look, and I love it.=)

The flowers were painted with a several colors of CI paints so I have dark, medium, and light flowers. Most of the buttons were also painted. (Like that cracked button look? So do I! I'll have a tutorial put together on that soon!)

Ok, now do YOU feel like you are seeing purple? LOL!

Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

the raven...

It is that time of year again.... You walk into stores and see isles of candy, flashing lights, and spider webs draped on everything. As you pass, some creepy motion sensor thing starts cackling or playing some other eerie noise.... Yup, Halloween is right around the corner. (Ok, so we still have a ways to go, but you have to start early with crafts...)

So, in honor of all the Halloween decor I saw in my local craft store today, I decided to make a treat bag. =)
Paper: SEI
Stamps: Inkadinkado
Ink: Archival, Stazon, Distress, Versamark, Mark-it, Alcohol inks
Die cut: Nestablilites "Label Six"
Other: embossing powder, ribbon, metal tag, Tim Holtz Tiny Attatcher, small bag

I ran the largest "Label Six" die through my Cuttlebug. I then folded the die cut in half. This forms the base of my topper. I embossed the spider web in the corner using a clear embossing powder that has glitter in it. I stamped the raven in Archival.

I inked the edges with Wild Honey, and Rusty Hinge distress inks. I love the soft look you get when you use the blending foam and distress inks. I then used an edge distressing tool to tatter the edges. To cover up the white edges left from that, I brushed on some Walnut Stain distress ink. (Notice how the spiderweb stands out because I embossed it before I inked. This acts as a resist, making the image pop.) I doodled dots around the edges with a Mark-it pen just for fun....

We all know that I like my ribbon to match, so I use a lot of white ribbon that has been altered. So.... This too was a white ribbon. I dyed it using Peeled Paint Distress reinker. I put a single drop on my non-stick craft sheet (a little goes a long way!!!). I then added water until I had a nice puddle of green goodness. I let the ribbon sit in the puddle and soak up the color. I then let it blow dry in the wind. (my neighbors probably think I'm weird always dancing around outside holding ribbons....oh well...LOL!)

The metal tag and staples seemed too stark, so I colored them with a little Alcohol ink... I also brushed some Stazon ink on the tag to highlight the letters as well as distress the edges.

To put it all together, I filled the bag with chocolate covered sunflower seeds (a current addiction of mine... SO YUMMY!). I then put a piece of Tacky Tape on both sides of the top of the bag. I then slid it into the folded topper. Now, you can stop there, but I like to add staples as a decorative touch.

Once you have the basic design figured out, these are really quick to make, and they make such fun little gifts. =)

Ok... I'm off to get stuff done.... I'll be back tomorrow!