Saturday, October 29, 2011

fashion statement...

Welcome all my friends!

Are you ready for another fun tutorial?  I thought I would go a little bit farther today than just showing you one technique... instead, I'll share a step by step project too! Ready to get your hands sparkly?

What you need:
White Tulle
hot glue gun
exacto knife
broach pin/ hair clip  (optional)

Step 1: Cut desired length of white tulle. (18-24 inches is good)

Step 2: Cut your tulle to the width you want. (the easy way to do this is by folding your 18 inches in half over and over again until you cut the width in 1 cut.  Tulle is thin, so lots of layers won't affect the cutablility.

Step 3: Paint your tulle. I know it's hard to see, but it really does color the tulle. And yes, you could just buy colored tulle, but then it wouldn't have the shimmer of the CI paints. =)
*I'm using Onyx CI paint*

Step 4: After your tulle is dry, tie it in a bow. Then set aside.

Step 5: Use an exacto knife to cut off the fluffy part on the INSIDE curve of a feather.  (feathers generally have a natural curve in one direction or the other. Remove the inside of the curve.)

This gets really messy, and you will have feather fluff all over your room if you don't keep it under control.. I like to make sure no fans are on, no windows open, and have a lint roller handy to pick up fluff before it can fly away.  =)

Step 6: Using the blade of your scissors, curl the feather along the shaved edge just like you would curl packing ribbon. (this takes a little practice, but it isn't too hard)

Set that feather aside

 Step 7: Paint the smooth tops of 2 feathers.  (don't paint the floofy part, just the smooth top of the feather.)
*I'm using Carmel CI paint*

Allow to dry

Step 8: Curl your dry feather tips, then cut off the unpainted floofy part of the feather.

Gather up your 3 curled feathers, tulle bow, and whatever other embellishments you want to include... (I've stacked a couple flowers and added a button in the middle.)  
*that rusty orange flower is painted with Copper CI paint... matches the feathers perfectly, huh!*

Step 9: Cut a small circle out of felt. This doesn't have to be perfect, it will be hidden in the back. You just need it to be a base.

Step 10: Use hot glue to attach your 3 feathers in a cluster on your felt.

 Step 11: Hot glue your tulle bow to the felt circle

 Step 12: Hot glue on any other embellishments you want to hide your felt.

This bow would look dashing as a hair clip, beautiful as a broach, and stunning as a gift topper!


Friday, October 28, 2011

vintage thanks...

A while ago I was playing around with this large flower stamp.  It ended up being added to my stack of "ideas and starts of projects".  I dug it out and finally did something with it. About time, huh. 

The flower was heat embossed on watercolor paper. I love using watercolor paper when I'm planning on painting in my image no matter if I'm using watercolors, watercolor crayons, or Distress Inks.  It doesn't curl, and it gives you the wet time needed to blend colors well. 

To give the card a more vintage feel, I distressed and inked the edges of some of the papers.  For an added little touch, I added machine stitching... My mom bought me a lovely sewing machine, and I don't use it near enough!  I've got to work on that. =)

The string on the card is another faux bakers twine, but I used distress inks instead of CI paint to add color. 


Supplies Used:
Paper: SEI, watercolor paper
Ink: VersaMark, Colorbox Chalk (Olive Pastel), Distress Ink (Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Gathered Twigs)
Stamps: BoBunny "Olivia", Kaisercraft "Devonshire", Fancy Pants "On a Whimsy"
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Ovals"
Other: embossing powder, crochet thread

Thursday, October 27, 2011

caught a bug...

Hello everyone!

Just dropped in to share a quick get well card...
Isn't that monster adorable???  The sentiment says "Heard you caught a bug...", then inside it says "Maybe you should let it go."  Makes me smile. =)

Yeah, this is short, but I smashed my finger in a car door, and typing hurts. =(


Supplies Used:
Paper: My Minds Eye, Bazzill, watercolor paper
Ink: Distress Ink, Archival Ink, Powder Puff 
Stamps: Artful Inkables "Monster Medical"
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Circles"
Other: ribbon

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

inspired by...

Happy Tuesday everyone!  

I have some very exciting news to share today...

I have just joined another fabulous design team!

I am so very excited for this opportunity!  The stamps are absolutely gorgeous!  You can check them out here.  I, along with my amazingly talented new team mates, will be sharing inspiration, sneak peeks, and announcing new stamp sets. You won't want to miss this!!  

On a different, yet related topic,  I received a phone call a few weeks back... It was my sister.  She is an amazingly talented woman, but crafting just isn't her thing.  She is however, a million times better at sending cards than I am.  Anyway, she called to make a suggestion as to what I could give her for both Christmas and her birthday (also in Dec).  She wanted cards. And lots of them. Before I moved, she would often come to my house and go through my basket of finished cards and take what she needed.  Since she can't come raid my basket anymore, she wants her own stock pile. =)


This is the first of multiple sets I'm making for her. It is a set of 12 "Thinking of you" cards. Since she gave me a long list of all the types of cards she wants, and since she prefers things not to be too overdone, I stuck with very simple.  After coloring the images, it was really fast to put together 
assembly line fashion.  

Each flower is colored in with various colors of Distress Inks. I love using them to color!!!
The Kraft background was run through my Cuttlebug using Provo Craft "Polka Dots" embossing folder. I then used Colorbox Pigment ink in Frost White to hit the raised areas. (this ink is fabulous for dark papers!!!) I also added some Fairy Dust CI paint to the raised areas for that little bit of sparkle. 


Supplies Used
Paper: Coredinations, Bazzill, Die Cuts with a View, Kraft, white cardstock
Ink: VersaMark, Colorbox Pigment (Frost White), Distress Inks
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Letter", Penny Black "Touch of Whimsy", TPC Studio "Secret Garden Collage"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Fairy Dust
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Ovals"
Other: Provo Craft "Polka Dots" embossing folder, embossing powder, ribbon

Saturday, October 22, 2011

tied up with string...

"Brown paper packages tied up with string... these are a few of my favorite things."
~Sound of Music

Not long ago, I was looking at a site (ok... more like drooling over a site) that sells beautiful colors of bakers twine.  Bakers twine has become a very popular embellishment, and I must say, I love how it looks with buttons, hand stitching, and in tiny little bows.  I love all the beautiful colors that have recently become available to crafters. What I don't love is the price. The site I was looking at blew me away with the prices... To get multiple colors would have broken the bank (and let's face it, I love color, so how could I possibly survive with only one color?? LOL)

And so... this technique was born.... Yes, it is a bit of work, but your wallet will thank you, you have the advantage of endless color combos instead of 15 or so choices, and it's sparkly! =)

What you need:
White Crochet thread *
Creative Inspirations paint
Heat gun
Masking tape

*crochet thread is found with the knitting and crochet things in local craft stores and some Walmarts. It is a thin twisted cotton thread that is very inexpensive. 

 Step 1: Cut desired amount of crochet thread from spool. I usually do about 12-14 inches or so.

 Step 2: Carefully separate the twisted strands. The crochet thread is made of 3 twisted strands similar to the way embroidery floss is made up of multiple twisted strands.  The cotton strands are easy to tangle or break, so do this slowly, one strand at a time. (if you have ever done embroidery, this should be second nature!)

 Step 3: Make a puddle of Creative Inspirations Paint on a non porous surface, and add some water. This is a lot easier if the paint is juicy instead of thick. 

 Step 4: Run your first strand through your paint puddle.  By pulling your thread through the puddle, then under your finger, you can squeeze out the extra paint, although, you tend to get messy that way... 

Step 5: Traditionally, bakers twine is candy cane striped with 2 or 3 colors. Repeat Step 4 with the 2 remaining strands and desired paint color(s).   

*yes, it is important to paint all 3 strands even if you want some of them white. Use Winter Frost or Fairy Dust, but paint them!

 Step 6: Carefully dry each strand. Use Tweezers to hold your strands without burning your fingers. Keep the heat moving so you don't burn your strands. To avoid color contamination, dry each color separately.

 Step 7: Hold one end of each strand in your fingers and gently twist. Tape this twist down to a secure surface with masking tape.  Continue twisting the strands back together until you have reached the end. This part reminds me of making friendship bracelets back in elementary school. =)

 Step 8: While holding the end of your twist to keep it tight, run your heat gun slowly over the length of your string. You do need to be careful with this step since cotton can burn.  If you watch closely, you will see the strands shrink and tighten up against each other. 

You now have a fabulous, perfectly coordinated, sparkly, CHEAP, homemade bakers twine.  I like to wrap mine around small pieces of chipboard or those little cards made for embroidery floss... this keeps them from getting tangled and makes storage a breeze. 

*like any twisted thread, the strands sometimes start to separate again... just re-twist, and reheat. 


Friday, October 21, 2011

circles and frogs...

Happy Friday everyone!  It's the weekend!!!

 Today's card is kind of about using leftovers.... I didn't really do that on purpose, but it ended up being that way... The Kraft paper is from another project, and it has been embossed with Provo Craft "Polka Dots" embossing folder. The raised dots were then inked with a pigment ink, and clear embossed. 

The purple cardstock is a scrap, and it has been distressed around the edges. Because it is Coredinations, the inner core is a coordinating color, so I didn't  need to use any ink on the edges... Nice and simple...

The ribbon is also leftover... It started out as a white ribbon, but I dyed it with All Purpose ink. The great thing about using that ink to dye ribbon is that if it is heat set, it is a fabric ink. No need to worry about the color coming off.... 

The cute little frog is by Penny Black, and I used Distress Inks to watercolor him in...  that is one of my favorite ways to use this ink!

These fun little embellishments are just regular buttons from my stash, I then glued some Metallic Inspirations over the holes... it gives it a whole new look with a fun pop of color...  Even those these are heat set Metallic Inspirations, I use Glossy Accents when adhering to buttons. It ensures a very strong bond.

Pop back by tomorrow for a fun tutorial that takes another common item to a whole new level!


Supplies Used

Paper: Kraft, watercolor paper
Ink: Archival (Jet Black), Distress Ink Victorian Velvet, Forest Moss, Green Olive, Dusty Concord, Tea Dye, Seedless Preserves, Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy), All Purpose Ink (Orchid Odyssey, Champaign Mist), VersaMagic (Spring Peony)
Stamps: Penny Black "Toadily", Crafty Secrets "Frame It"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Metallic Inspirations "Matt Purple"
Other: Quickutz "Nesting Scalloped Circles", Provo Craft "Polka Dots" embossing folder, buttons, ribbon, embossing powder

Thursday, October 20, 2011

a little white...

Hello my sweet friends!

(if you see typos, it's because I have a big fat bandaid on my finger... those steel edged rulers can do numbers to you if you aren't careful!!!)  lol!

Early next month my niece is getting baptized (in our church children are baptized at age 8), so I wanted to make her a special card to celebrate the day.

I ran a piece of white cardstock through my Cuttlebug using the Provo Craft "Stylized Flowers" folder. I then sponged on a layer of Winter Frost Creative Inspirations Paint to add a subtle shimmer.  The butterflies are made from coffee filters. I painted them with Winter Frost CI paint as well, then embossed them with silver embossing powder. I then cut them out and glued just the bodies to the card to allow the wings to move freely.

The flowers are silk flowers that I glittered and added large rhinestones to the centers.  *just a quick tip here.... don't try to heat set rhinestones on silk flowers that don't lie flat.... I ended up melting several petals before I got smart and just used Glossy Accents. lol!*


Paper: Bazzill, white cardstock
Ink: Powder Puff "Amaretto", VersaMark
Stamps: TPC Studios "Butterfly Collage"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Winter Frost 
Jeweled Inspirations: Clear 34
Other: Provo Craft "Stylized Flowers" embossing folder, Doodlebug glitter, silk flowers, ribbon, coffee filter, embossing powder

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

mouse mini...

Hello everyone!  

I have been having so much fun experimenting with mini albums! If I had known just how fun they are, I would have started making them a long time ago! (although, maybe it's better this way... if I had been making them all this time, I would need a storage shed just for them... LOL!)   =)

This mini is made from coin envelopes. My mom had a whole box of these that she just didn't want anymore, so I claimed them.  Each page is a coin envelope, and because I left the flaps open and pointing out, each page has it's own pocket for journaling, photos, and memorabilia.  

The front cover is actually 2 parts. The turquoise and the "family" diecut are on one layer, and the mice are stamped on acetate page layered on top. The acetate page is only attached near the binding (under the white edger), so the mice really seem to be floating in the breeze!

They are stamped with StazOn in on the front, and colored with alcohol inks on the back. Because of the transparent nature of alcohol inks, the mice didn't really pop as much as I wanted them to, so I sponged on some white pigment ink behind the alcohol ink.  It makes the alcohol ink colors more vibrant, and it added the perfect touch of white to the dandelion puffs.

I went fairly simple with the binding accents... Just a large bow, some thin feathers, and a charm. (to see my charm tutorial, click HERE)


Supplies used:
Paper: Crate Paper, acetate, matt board, coin envelopes
Ink: Powder Puff (Amaretto), Colorbox Pigment (Frost White), Archival Ink (Jet Black, Coffee), Alcohol Ink (Ginger, Latte, Salmon, Sandal), Distress Ink (Tea Dye, Gathered Twigs), All Purpose Ink (Autumn)
Stamps: Glitz "Distressing", Penny Black "Make a Wish", Fancy Pants "In My Words", Kasisercraft "Devonshire", Autumn Leaves "On the Edge"
Cricut: Home Accents, Home Decor
Other: Martha Stewart "Button" punch, clear embossing powder, water color crayons, Glossy Accents, rhinestones, Bind-It-All, pearl cotton, ribbon, feathers, charm, findings

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

color organization...

Happy Tuesday!
I thought I would share a little organizational tip with you today... 

I make these little color swatch books for all my inks/paints that I have a reasonable collection of... 

The books are made of small slips of card stock and bound with binder rings. Each slip of paper has a color name and a sample of the color. This makes finding colors quick and easy.  It is very helpful when trying to match ink colors to your project, or when you want to play around with possible color combinations. They may not be the prettiest books, but they are very useful! I use them all the time. I have them all hanging on little hooks right by my work table. 


Saturday, October 15, 2011

sniff, sniff...

Welcome to another Saturday tutorial!

Do you remember way back when the "scratch 'n' sniff" stickers were popular?  As a kid, I remember thinking it was the coolest thing when I got one of those on my homework paper. =)

Well, in honor of that (and the fact that I have a whole bunch of oils left over from a princess party), I bring you scented paints. 


What you need:
Creative Inspirations Paint
Small jar or paint container
Stirring stick (toothpick works)
Essential oil 

*essential oils are often found at health food stores*

 Step 1: Put desired amount of CI paint into your small jar. 

 Step 2: Add 1 drop of essential oil.  This stuff is really concentrated, so 1 drop goes a long way. Start there. You can add more if needed, but start there.

 Step 3: Stir.

 Step 4: Use as you normally do. Here I've used it to stamp the frosting on the cupcake... Makes it smell fabulous!

The scent will fade over time, but for a card or tag, it is a wonderful little extra touch to make it special!


Paper: white cardstock
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Distress Ink (Stormy Sky, Pumice Stone, Gathered Twigs)
Stamps: TPC Studio "Playful Expressions", Basic Grey "Cakes"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Mocha Latte, Carmel, Chocolate, Fairy Dust
Other: Pearl Cotton, Cinnamon essential oil

Friday, October 14, 2011

brown and blue...

I absolutely adore this photo of my nephew's first visit to the ocean, so I wanted to make it the main focal point of the page and keep the rest of the page simple. 

*quick tip: when printing you photos, instead of using glossy photo paper, try printing them on a lightly textured card stock for a faux canvas look.*

That's what I did here. I used a cream sheet of Bazzill card stock. The cream color accented the sepia photo well... If I had a colored photo, I would have used white card stock instead.  

I used a couple blue buttons mixed in with the browns to give it  a little pop of color. I also brought a tiny bit of blue up the page with the stitching on the side of the photo. To keep it from being overpowering, I used a faux bakers twine in cream and light blue. 


Paper: Die Cuts with a View, Coredinations, Bazzill, Chipboard
Ink: Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap), Markit (Tuxedo Black)
Stamps: Martha Stewart "Patterns"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Carmel, Mocha Latte, Fairy Dust, Tanzanite
Cricut: A Child's Year
Other: pearl cotton , buttons

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I just wanted to jump on and share a quick project with you.

This week over at the Creative Inspirations blog the challenge is "Inspired by Embossing", and since I just bought an ADORABLE boyish stamp set (I have a hard time coming up with those!), I decided to make this...

I used distress ink (Ripe Persimmon) to ink the flat side of the "Polka Dot" embossing folder by Provo Craft. I then ran it through my Cuttlebug with plain white cardstock. As soon as it came out, I quickly covered it with clear embossing powder, and heat set it. The melted embossing powder acts as a resist, so I could then color the raised areas (that have no embossing powder on them) with a different color. In this case, Distress ink Chipped Sapphire, and CI Fairydust.

Don't forget that Creative Inspirations is currently having a Design Team call! Click HERE to get all the info you need!


Paper: Bazzill, white cardstock
Ink: Archival Ink (Jet Black), Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire, Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, Pumice Stone), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Stamps: Reollections "I'm a Little Monster"  
Creative Inspirations Paint: Fairy Dust
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Circles"
Other: Provo Craft "Polka Dots" embossing folder, embossing powder, nail heads

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Monday!

Today I have a seemingly simple LO, but it took me a while to actually assemble. (I try to tell myself that it is adding all the little details that takes so much time, but I've decided that I may just be a really slow scrapper... oh well, I'm okay with that. LOL!)

I love the look of stamps and ink being used directly on photographs to accent and frame... However, it can be kinda scary to ink directly onto a photo... Yes, I realize that since I print my own photos at home, that fear is obsurd, but there ya go. An easy fix is to cut an acetate sheet, or overhead transparency to the same size as your photo. You can then stamp that and tack it over your photo. This gives you the added bonus of being able to flip the direction of your stamps by stamping on one side and flipping the transparency over and using the other. =)

This cute guy, is actually a LARGE stamp by Tattered Angels. I stamped it on clear polyshrink plastic (similar to shrinky dink plastic), cut it out, and punched a hole. After it was heated and shrunk down, I glued it onto a coordinating paper using Glossy Accents and again cut it out. A few jump rings, and you have the perfect custom charm.

 There's a couple things going on in this photo... first, if you look carefully, you can see a ghost image behind the title. That is a piece of sticky back vellum by Quickutz that I ran through my Cricut. I think I had my blade depth at 6 and my pressure at 3 to get a kiss cut (cut through the velum, but not the backing sheet). I then loosely outlined it with a white pen. 

For the title, I did the normal layering for this cut (the base and the outline), but I wanted the heart to pop. so I brushed on a layer of watered down white acrylic paint to help cover the blue without being too stark. I then painted the heart with Creative Inspirations Paint "Rustic Red" and stamped the plaid with white pigment ink. After glueing the outline to the base, I filled in the heart with glossy accents. It gives it a nice glossy finish and really helps the shimmer in the paint pop when the light hits it right. 

*incidentally, I'm really in need of a quality white pen.... any suggestions?*

This faux filmstrip was so fun to do, but definitely took the most time. If you are looking for a way to get more photos on a page (and not draw too much attention to the fact that some of the photos aren't really good enough to be large prints...), try this technique!

Here's what I did... I used my gypsy to create a filmstrip border using the Mickey and Friends cart.  (YES, it does have a small film strip as one of the icons! It's one of the images I forget I have, but love to use when I remember. LOL). To get my border to be a true 12 inch border, I design it on the 12x24 mat.. This allows me to place my paper in a way that the image can cut off the edges of the page instead of leaving a gap. 

I cut my border out using an overhead transparency. Since the transparency is only 11 inches long, I cut it in half length wise, and taped the two strips together. I then had plenty of inches to cut. (a little tape around the edges will help hold it in place if you don't have a super sticky mat)  I then cut that same border, but used the "hide contour" feature to hide the big inside squares. This gave me 2 filmstrips that I could layer and still have the little square notches line up. 

I added definition and visual weight by swiping my black StazOn pad over the first filmstrip (the one with all the holes)

I then figured out the size I needed to print my photos. Yes, there is probably a very easy way to do it, but I just went with the trial and error way. I figured I was just using my laser printer and cheap copy paper to size it, so I wasn't too worried that I had to try a few times before I had it right.  Once I had the size right, I printed the photos on an overhead transparency made for the laser printer. You can use color photos, but I didn't want to pull too much focus from the main image, so I went with sepia. 

*side note: I realized while doing this that it was a good thing I chose to go small with my filmstrip... my laser printer really doesn't print photos well, so they aren't too high of quality as you can see from the close up. At a small size though, it just adds to the distressed look and isn't too annoying. =)

After cutting out my photos, I stacked my two filmstrips (the solid one on bottom) and used Glossy accents to glue them together as well as glueing in the photos.

*sidenote: journaling was added after the photo int the white space under the filmstrip*

Wow... I know that's lots of detail, but hopefully you can find inspiration in at least parts of it to use in your own projects. 


Paper: Coredinations, Quickutz vellum, "Spontaneous Delight" by Carrie Stephens, "Muted Floral Grunge" by DLS Designs, acetate, polyshrink
Ink: Markit (Tuxedo Black), StazOn (Jet Black), Colorbox Pigment (Frost White), Inkssentials (Opaque white pen)
Stamps: Tattered Angels "Seaside", Martha Stewart "Patterns"
Cricut: Mickey & Friends, Calligraphy Collection
Creative Inspirations Paint: Rustic Red
Others: Ranger Glossy Accents, acrylic paint