Sunday, October 31, 2010


Happy Halloween everyone!
Today's project is my submission for the Olive Juice Studio's October challenge.
The challenge theme was to make a scarecrow....
This sweet bearcrow is approx. 8.5 inches tall. He doesn't have a home yet, but I am planning on using him on my nephew's halloween LO... (gotta wait for the pictures though).

The rest of the requirements for the challenge:
1. must have something 3d (the flower is very dimensional)
2. must include a rubber band, masking tape, and a feather (feather is in the hat. To keep it acid free, I used masking tape to distress the hearts on the feet, and a rubber band to tie dye the ribbon on the hat instead of leaving them on the project)
3. must include something that starts with the letter P (I cut up old Pants to make the overalls, I also used Paint, and stamped Polka dots)
4. must include at least one cricut cut (cuts from Cindyloo made the flower, Paper Doll Dress Ups made the hat, and the leaves came from Preserves)
5. must be given a funny and fitting name (I named him 2Cute2ScareBear)

Have a wonderful and SAFE Halloween!

Stuff I used:
Paper: Coredinations, copy paper, Bazzill, white cardstock
Stamps: Fancy Pants "On a Whimsey", Glitz "Distressing", Inkadinkado "Letter"
Ink: Memento, Archival, Distressing
Creative Inspirations Paint: Fairy Dust
Cricut: Preserves, Paper Doll Dress Up, Cindyloo
Paper Piecing Pattern: "TeddyB"
Other: Snaps, Levis, wraphia, ribbon, feather, stamen, Ranger Enamel Accents

Saturday, October 30, 2010

working the clay....

Hey everyone!
I'm sitting on my back porch right now enjoying the day. It is starting to look like fall around my house... Leaves on the ground, a slight nip in the wind.... oh, it is beautiful!
Since it is Saturday once again (I can't believe how quickly the week seems to fly by me), I have another project that I shared over at the Creative Inspirations blog... This week I taught about working with clay, stamps, and (of course) the CI paints. Check it out here!

Here is my project
Paper: White Cardstock, Watercolor paper
Stamps: Artful Inkables "A Bird's Song", Fancy Pants "In My Words"
Ink: Archival, Distress
CI paint: Antique Silver, Coal, Silver Frost, Denium
Other: ribbon, clay, rhinestones

This faux metal frame was made by stamping clay with a Fancy Pant's stamp. When it was dry, I painted it with Antique Silver, Coal, and Silver Frost. Using the three shades of Silver gives it an antiqued look, and really adds to the metallic effect.

I stamped the bird onto watercolor paper with Archival ink. I like to use Archival ink when I am watercoloring because it won't bleed. *Nothing is worse than having the perfect image stamped on your project, and the ink bleeding when you start coloring. Grrr!*
I painted the bird using Distress inks. These inks are SO much fun to paint with. Just wipe your pad on a non porous surface to get a little ink. Then use some water and a paintbrush, and you are on your way. It doesn't even take much talent to get a beautiful image! (which is probably good since I have yet to really master the art of coloring with markers..... maybe I should take the Copic class....)

Once again, white ribbon painted to mach the card. This time using Denium. *I love painting ribbons... however you can also use dye inks... I was playing around with that at 1 am (don't ask) and got some pretty cool tie dye effects... but I digress.... *
The leaves were also stamped with Archival ink and colored with Distress ink. I added a few rhinestones in there just for a little pop of dimension and sparkle.
Well, I'm off to enjoy this beautiful day!
Have a fabulous weekend! (and a safe Halloween for those celebrating it)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

just add water...

Well... I was planning on having this project posted here on Monday.... I've been a little busy. LOL! Oh well, better late than never, right?
This is the project I made for the Creative Inspirations challenge this week.
Paper: white cardstock, Coredinations, Bazzill
Stamps: Great Impressions "Instant Witch", Kausercraft "Grid"
Ink: VersaMark, Memento, Distress
CI paint: Plum, Pumkin
Other: embossing powder, glitter, ribbon, acrylic paint, feather, nailhead

The entire cauldron was "colored" in using glitter, so it really catches the light. The embossed image makes easy "walls" to follow between glitter colors. I started by filling the stars in with glue, then dumping yellow glitter on. Then I filled the rest in with glue and dumped black glitter on. You don't even have to wait between colors for the glue to dry. (which works well for me who hates waiting in between steps. LOL!)

Once again, I used my fabulously wonderful plain white ribbon. I painted this one with "Plum" CI paint. The shimmer really shows up here, don't ya think!

And my newest addiction in crafting... FEATHERS! I know, they aren't the "popular" thing to stick on cards and what not right now, but I like them. Maybe I can inspire a new trend... =)
I get them in bags of plain white (you know me... hehehe!) I then use dye reinkers and water to color them. I want to put together a tutorial on that, but I am still trying to figure out the best way... I tend to get very messy hands doing this, and that wouldn't be good for the camera. LOL! I will tell you this: Feathers and Heat guns, don't play well together. Let them drip dry! (trust me)

Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

three little witches standing in a row...

Saturday again... were has the week gone? EEK!
Here is my project for my Creative Inspirations tutorial... To find out how I made the polka dotted accent, hop on over to the CI blog here.
Paper: Coredinations, white cardstock, plastic clamshell
Stamps: Great Impressions "Hehehe", Clear Art Stamps "Halloween Fun"
Ink: Staz-On, Adirondack Alcohol ink, Archival ink, Distress ink, Mark-it
CI paint: Onyx, Evergreen
Other: TH fragments, ribbon, Provo Craft "Polka Dots" embossing folder, jump ring

This is a closeup of today's technique...

The ribbon (of course) was painted before being wrapped around... This picture really shows how much shimmer is packed into the paints!

I used Staz-On ink to stamp the sentiment onto a Tim Holtz acrylic Fragment, and a jump ring to attach it to the ribbon to allow for nice motion.

I didn't take a close-up of the witches, but I colored them in with Mark-its. To be completely honest, I'm not rich enough for Copic markers, so this is my cheap substitute. =)

Anyway, lots to do....
have a fabulous weekend!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

scary sweet...

Ready for a some more Halloween fun?
How about some "spooky" chocolate?

Paper: DCWV, white cardstock
Stamps: Kaiser Craft "Grid", Clear Art Stamps "Halloween Fun", Fancy Pants "Doodles and Things"
Ink: Memento
CI paint: Pumpkin, Onyx
Other: TH Grunge Board shapes, TH Tiny Attacher
Usually you see the Hersey "Nuggets" used for this type of project, but they are so expensive, and the Halloween mini candybars are on sale now.

The wraps are made from paper 1 and 1/4 in by 2 and 3/4 in. Score at 5/8, 1, 1 and 3/4, and 2 and 1/8.
Decorate and glue around candy.

6 wrapped candies fit snuggly in the "snack size" ziplock bags.
The grunge board skull was painted with Onyx Creative Inspirations paint. When that was dry, I used a nail file to distress random edges.

I used the Tiny Attacher to staple the topper over the top of the bag. I just love those cute little staples! =)

This is a fun little treat for the special spooks in your life! ;)
Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

different is good....

Ok everyone.... Creative Inspirations Inspired by... challenge for this week... "One of these things is not like the other..."
This is a great one because it focuses on a compositional technique... having one thing different from the rest gives visual interest and focus. So come on and play along HERE. You don't have to have the CI paints to play along, just meet the theme in anyway you feel inspired to! =)
Here is mine:
Paper: Coredinations, white cardstock
Ink: Archival
CI paint: Tickled Pink
Stamps: Fancy Pants "Doodles and Things", "Delight"
Other: rhinestones, ribbon

Yup, I kept this one pretty simple. (yet you might be amazed at how long it took to come up with and how many "rejects" are in my "to finish" pile. LOL!) The pink image is stamped in the CI paint, but the other two are just ink. I stamped the ribbon to tone down the starkness. I also ran a little CI paint around the edge of the white panel to tie it together. A few rhinestones for a little pop (as we know I am addicted to them.. LOL!).

Now it's your turn! Come play with us, and you will be entered into the drawing to win free paint. =)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

feeling behind...

Have you ever had one of those days when you wake up and realize the month is a lot farther gone than you thought? Well, that was me today. LOL! I realized that I didn't have much longer (like until tomorrow...) to enter the Stamp of the Month challenge over at Great Impressions. So guess what I have been doing today... hahaha
Paper: white card
Ink: Distress Ink, Archival Ink, VersaMark, Mark-it pen
Stamps: Great Impressions (SOM)"Snow Friends", "Dotted Snowflake Border"
CI paint: Winter Frost, Tutu Pink
Other: embossing powder, rhinestone, ribbon, feather, flocking, Glossy Accents, Distress Crackle paint "Rock Candy" *love that stuff!*

The background is an embossed resist using Ranger's "Frosted Glass" embossing powder and Distress ink with the Dotted Snowflake Border... I like the frosted glass for this because it isn't smooth... it kinda has the texture of a real snowflake.

Of course the snowmen had to be all sparkly, after all, it's SNOW! LOL! I did my coloring with Distress Ink, then washed over all the snow parts with Winter Frost (the cheeks are Tutu Pink).
To add a little extra texture, I added flocking to the hats to make them fuzzy. =)

Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint is a clear one-step crackle paint. It has such a fun effect for wintery cards. I love it!

It is really hard to see in the photo, but the very end of the feather also has Winter Frost CI paint on it for a little extra shine. You can't cover the whole feather, or it will look like a drowned duck was flopping around.... Just a little at the end where the feather is less "down", and more "what ever the outside feathers are called"

Oh, and while I'm talking Great Impressions Stamps, I made this candle the same way I did these candles, using the Dotted Snowflake Border and Denium CI paint. I then added some little rhinestones to the centers of the snowflakes.
Well, have a fabulous day!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

textured painting...

Well, because it's Saturday again, I get to teach another technique for using Creative Inspirations Paint over at the CI blog.... I thought I would share my project with you guys too. =)

Paper: white cardstock
CI paint: Evergreen
Ink: Mark-it, Powder Puff
Cricut: Gypsy Wanderings
Other: Doodlebug glitter, Diamond Dust, yarn

The basics for this technique is you cover an acrylic block with CI paint, then stamp it onto your paper.... This is what my block looked like covered in paint...

This is what it looked like stamped..... I thought it looked perfect for snow covered trees...
So, I let the paint dry completely, then I ran it through my Cricut....

A little glitter in random places (especially over the white areas) and some Diamond Dust (my newest addiction) on the ground, and it's a beautiful snowy scene.

*for those who don't have a clue what Diamond Dust is, it is a glass glitter... meaning it is made out of tiny thin chips of clear glass. It is so much fun to work with, and it has a very different feel from traditional glitters. I found mine in the Christmas section of Michaels*
Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, October 15, 2010

cracked globe

Earlier this week, I was honored to be a guest designer over at Great Impressions Stamps... They asked me to put together a tutorial using their stamps and the Creative Inspirations paint (which you can get through GI). Of course I was thrilled!
Here is the finished card I made for that tutorial
Paper: Bazzill, DCWV, watercolor paper, white cardstock
Stamp: Great Impressions "Snow Friends", "Christmas Globe"
Ink: VersaMark, Distress Ink
Creative Inspirations Paint: Garnet, Onyx, Winter Frost, Mango, Tutu Pink, Denium, Tanzanite, Beige, Mocca Latte
Die Cut: Spellbinders "Label 6"
Other: Glitter, Ranger Crackle Accents, Ranger Glossy Accents, rhinestones, ribbon, button, thread, Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper

To see the full tutorial, click here.

Have a fabulous day!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

toothless beauty...

My SIL sent me this adorable picture of my niece. Her toothless grin is so sweet, that I had to do a large photo on the LO for her book. =)
Paper: Cosmo Cricket, white cardstock, acetate
Ink: Distress ink, Staz-on
Stamps: Glitz "Distressing", Fancy Pants "Pollen Dust", Hero Arts "Antique Engravings"
Cricut: Cindyloo
Creative Inspirations paint: Onyx, Burgundy
Other: lace, white Enamel Accents, silk leaves, stamen, Heidi Swapp Chip Letters, rhinestones, Fancy Pants sticker

I designed the petals of the flowers using two cuts from Cindyloo welded together on my gypsy. I then stamped, inked, and scrunched them. I stacked 12 petals together for each flower to give it layers and depth. I used silk leaves behind the flowers to help set the flowers apart from the background since they are all varying shades of pinks and purples. (my niece is very into the girly colors right now!) a bunch of fake stamen were also glued into the center of each for a finishing touch
This flower, I made the same as the others, but folded it in half before gluing it on. This just adds a little variety and visual interest.
I stamped each of these adorable butterflies by Hero Arts twice onto acetate. I then hand cut them out... It takes some time to do this, but the effect is worth it, I think. I layered the matching butterflies on top of each other using glue only on the body. I then gently folded the top layer of wings up. This not only gives dimension, but motion. They look ready to fly off the page. =)
I added a few rhinestones on each body for a little color and sparkle.
I had fun with the lace... It was a cream color, but that was WAY too stark for this page. CI paints to the rescue! I was feeling slightly lazy, and didn't want to brush on the paint the way I usually do... So I decide to try out a different way.... I got the ribbon wet, then I stuck it in a plastic bag along with paint and water. I then smooshed it around... It didn't give me the even coverage I was hoping for, but I thought the random light and dark splotches worked well with the background paper, so I was happy. =)
The chipboard letters by Heidi Swapp came colored a metallic copperish color that disappeared into the background paper, so I covered them with Onyx CI paint. While trying to place them on the page, one of the letters got scratched. I could have done a quick touch up with the paint, but I really liked the grungy look, so I took an emery board to the letters.... I love happy accidents!
I also love stamping on photos.... Just be sure to use an ink made for glossy surfaces like Staz-on, or you could end up ruining your photo.

Ok, that's all for now... I'll be back soon!

Monday, October 11, 2010

petite purse...

Just hopping on for a quick post....
The CI Inspired by... challenge for this week is Little Things...
This tiny purse is the perfect size for a few candies or a small gift.
Paper: Bazzill, white cardstock
Cricut: Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More
Stamps: Basic Grey "Euphoria"
Ink:VersaMagic, Memento
Creative Inspirations Paint: Burgundy, Ivory
Other: brad, ribbon, Glossy Accents, glitter, rhinestoens

The dark flower was painted with Burgundy CI paint. I also dipped the brad in Burgundy, then covered it with Glossy Accents. I also brushed on some CI paint around the edges of the purse.

Ok, I told you this would be a quickie... I'll be back soon with more fun stuff!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

cute feet...

(and no, they aren't mine. LOL!)
Wow, it's Wednesday already! I have been so busy working on things that I can't post on my blog yet, that I haven't had time to make project I CAN share with you... So while I was waiting for some ink to dry, I dug into my file of photos and found this LO... I don't think I have shown you this one yet...
Paper: Coredinations, My Mind's Eye, transparency
Ink: Archival, Mark-it
Stamps: Fancy Pants "In My Words", "Fresh Mod"
CI paint: Sunshine, Garnet
Cricut: "Lyrical Letters"
Other: eyelets, ribbon

The photo was printed in black and white on an inkjet transparency. I then mounted it over some white paper. (This is a fun way to add some color to an image.. simply put it over a different colored paper.) I then used Archival ink to stamp corner flourishes directly onto the transparency.
For something a little different than I usually do, I used the journaling as a border around the entire page. It is kind of a fun way to get journaling in when you don't have tons of room.

Well... Do you think my glass is ready yet? (no, I'm not very good at waiting in between step of a project when I can't be working on other things in the mean time. LOL!)
Have a fantastic day!

Monday, October 4, 2010

bed time stories challenge...

"Winkin', Blinkin', and Nod one night sailed off in a wooden shoe;
Sailed off on a river of crystal light into a sea of dew."
Paper: white cardstock
Stamps: Fancy Pants "On a Whimsey", "Doodles and Things"
Ink: VersaMark, Archival, Distress ink
Creative Inspirations Paint: Denium
Other: Nailheads, Rhinestones

Starting yesterday, the Creative Inspirations blog is having weekly challenges! Fun, huh!!! This week's challenge is to be inspired by a bedtime story. I chose an old favorite of mine from my childhood... "Winkin', Blinkin', and Nod"
I stamped the swirl stamp in VersaMark, then embossed with a pearl embossing powder. I then used Denium CI paint to do a wash over the back by mixing lots of water with the paint and brushing it over the whole background. I love how beautiful the color stays, and how much shimmer there is even when watered down!
The ship was stamped with Archival ink, then colored using Distress ink... I added some nailheads for a little extra texture and shine. I then cut out the boat, and used foam dots to attach it to the card. This makes it stick out slightly, giving the card more dimension.
I distressed the edges of the blue paper using an edge distresser. I then added more ink. I glued all that onto the front of a white cardstock card that I had inked the front brown.

Well, for as far ahead as I was by last Friday, I sure feel behind now since I got nothing done over the weekend.... Guess I better go vacuum or something productive....
Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

sparkling candles...

Happy Saturday!
As you know, I used to write tutorials every Monday over on the Creative Inspirations blog... Well, things over there have undergone some great changes, and my tutorials have been moved to Saturdays.
So, here I am, revisiting a project I did several months ago... decorating candles.
This time, instead of ink, I stamped the image with Creative Inspiration Paint. It is really hard to photograph because of the rounded surface of the candle, but, IRL you can really see the shimmer!
Ok... off to play with the visiting kiddos.