Thursday, November 29, 2012

gift card holder...

Hello my wonderfully fabulous friends!

December brings me not only the need for Holiday cards, but birthday cards as well.  One of the cards I need is for a guy. I don't know about you, but I struggle with guy cards. I keep wanting to grab some flowers or rhinestones... 

However, the DCWV "Traditional Holiday" has some great papers that can be used for those masculine cards. 

I adore this plaid! It has just a touch of the gold foil running through it to give it pop without overwhelming everything.  And being printed on kraft paper? Yeah, I'm loving it!

The inside of the card has a built in pocket that is perfect for slipping in a gift card. These papers really made this card quick and quite painless. 


Supplies Used:
Paper: DCWV "Traditional Holiday" stack, kraft
Ink: Distress Ink
Stamps: Heartfelt Creations "Small Cardinal"
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Circles"
Other: nailheads

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

santa pop-up...

Hello my crafty friends!

I was asked to be a guest teacher for a local scout troop. I was only in scouts for a few weeks when I was younger, so I'm not too sure what to expect. However, I know at least half of the girls, so it should be fun.

As part of their project, I want to teach them how to make simple pop-up cards.

Here is the sample I'm going to take...
I used the DCWV "Crafty Christmas" stack. I love that it is printed on kraft paper!!! It is such a fun twist on the traditional printed card stock!

I dyed crinkle ribbon using Distress Ink to match the red of the card.  I also attached a little type charm to the bow using a safety pin. I love the little bit of movement it adds to the card.

And for the inside, I cut out some of the images from other papers in that stack. 

I love the dimension the pop up gives it!

Hopefully the girls will like learning the pop-up cards... I know I think they are fun!


Supplies Used:
Paper: DCWV "Crafty Christmas" stack
Ink: Distress ink
Stamps: Basic Grey "Winterland", Autumn Leaves "Messy Dates"
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Circles", Spellbinders "Labels 18"
Other: Tim Holtz type charm, jump ring, safety pin, crinkle ribbon

Saturday, November 24, 2012

water painting...

Hello my wonderful friends!

I hope you have all had a fantastic week!  Anyone hit those Black Friday sales?  

Well, how about finding a comfy spot and relaxing with a little creative goodness?  

Today's tutorial was inspired by this tutorial by Dyan Reaveley. I love the look, however, I couldn't resist throwing in my own CI twist.  Ready for some super fun water painting?

We are going to be working on watercolor paper because it can handle the abuse of lots of water. You are also going to need some dark waterbased dye ink. I prefer working with Distress Inks because I know they react well with water.

Step 1: Cover your watercolor paper with ink. Lay it on thick. You will get the best results using dark colors, but I like to have a little pop of bright or light peeking through.

Step 2: Dry your paper. Heat set it, or walk away for a while. The Distress inks are made to stay wet longer so you can emboss with them. They may feel dry to the touch, but don't let that fool you. (You'll see I rushed things a little...)

Step 3: Rub your dry watercolor paper with an embossing buddy (or other such anti static powder duster).  Again, this is to ensure the embossing powder doesn't get stuck where you don't want it.... (again, I didn't do so well with that step... you'll see.)

Step 4: Stamp an open lined image using a clear embossing ink.

Step 5: Cover with Creative Inspirations Deliquesce powder and tap off. I wasn't careful enough with my drying, so I had lots of stray powder, so I'll show you how to fix that.

Step 6: (if needed) take a fine dry paintbrush and gently wisk away any stray powder. It took some time, but the image cleaned up well.

Step 7: Heat the Deliquesce powder to melt it.

*note: you can just stamp the image with a waterproof ink, but the embossing will give a "well" to hold the water. It just makes it easier to keep the water inside the lines.

Step 8: Use a paint brush or a water brush to paint plain water onto the desired area.  You will want to work in small areas at a time.

Step 9: Let the water sit on the image for 5-10 seconds to activate the ink, then place a paper towel over it and press down. This will lift off the ink, giving it a bleached look.

You can repeat this step multiple times to achieve the desired look (this is why we wanted watercolor paper!). Keep in mind that it will dry a little lighter than it looks right after removing the paper towel.

Step 10: Continue doing this until the desired areas are highlighted. They end up with chalky looking finish. 
This is very effective left there, but let's add a little "WOW!" factor, shall we?

Step 11: Paint the bleached areas with Creative Inspirations paint

 Fairy Dust our clear paint, so it won't change the color, only pack it with shimmer.  Absolutely beautiful!

However, Fairy Dust isn't the only color that works well... Here I used Autumn Wheat.  This gives it a delicate gold sheen.

Why stop there?  Silver Frost colored the dragonfly wings for this one. I used Mint for the leaves, Autumn Wheat for the flower, and a very diluted Antique Copper for the center.  When you are using dark colors, add a water to them to make them thinner. This will help keep the bleached look.

So, there you have it... a fun way to literally paint with water. =)


Thursday, November 22, 2012


For those of you in blogger land that celebrate Thanksgiving, may I wish you and yours a wonderful and safe holiday.  Even if you don't celebrate, I think we all have things in our lives to be grateful for. I know my life is filled with people, places, experiences, and opportunities that I am VERY thankful for. I am truly blessed. 

With that in mind, I knew I had to join in the ScrapbookUSA's very first challenge. The theme is "Thankful"

My nephew is just learning to talk.  He is absolutely adorable, and sometimes you can actually understand what he is trying to say. LOL!  He's "ank oo" is so sweet!  We are taught from a young age that it is polite to say "thank you", but I don't think it really makes sense until we find out for ourselves how much a truly heartfelt "thank you" can mean. 

Sending a "thank you" card is a great way to show how thankful you are for someone, so I went with that for my challenge project. 

I kept it fairly simple with a patterned paper background from the DCWV "Fall & Halloween" stack. I also diecut flowers from a coordinating paper from that stack. The leaves are from Petaloo. And a home made crinkle ribbon to tie it off. 

The flowers were made from diecutting both paper and tulle using Spellbinder's "Carnation Creations" die. I then folded them in half and added a button. I brushed some Gold CI paint on the petals and leaves for a little extra sparkle.

Well... I've got pie to make....

Thank you to all of my wonderful visitors, followers, and friends! You make blogging worth while!
Happy Thanksgiving!


Supplies Used:
Paper: DCWV "Fall & Halloween" stack, kaft
Ink: Distress Ink, VersaMark, Colorbox
Stamps: Fiskars "Petals from Scratch"
Creative Inspirations: Gold
Dies: Spellbinders "Carnation Creation"
Other: Petaloo foliage, buttons, floss, embossing powder, crinkle ribbon, tulle

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

autumn colors...

Hello everyone!

You know, one of the things I love most about fall is the colors!  The reds, oranges, and golds all blending in with the fading greens. Beautiful!

This card captures some of my favorite fall colors!  I used the DCWV "Fall and Halloween" paper stack as well as the DCWV "Autumn Melody" embellishment flip pack for the main elements of the card. It made it quick and easy to mix and match while keeping in the same color families! 

I didn't like the ribbon that came on the tag, so I just untied it and added my own crinkle ribbon. I think the added a pop of bright color really sets off the embellishment cluster well.

Under the embellishment cluster, I used bubble wrap and acrylic paint to stamp a texture onto the subtly printed paper. I love the effect!  


Supplies Used:
Paper: DCWV "Fall and Halloween" paper stack, kraft
Ink: Distress Ink, VersaMagic
Stamps: Fancy Pants "On a Whimsy"
Other: DCWV "Autumn Melody" embellishment flip pack

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

12 hours later...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Yesterday, a wonderful storm knocked out my power. It ended up being a crazy day that involved the garage flooding, an alarm being tripped, and  for you "UP" fans, chasing squirrels.

It is the time of year that my sister requests cards. She goes through a ton of cards during the year (I wish I was as good at giving cards!), so she has me make her a box full for Christmas. I love it!

I had a set of card fronts made and just waiting for the card bases to be cut and folded. That was my first goal yesterday.

Well, I kinda got distracted. 12+ hours later I realized that I had beautifully altered drawers, matching tins for ink pads, and I still hadn't made the card bases. LOL!

I did get the cards done though!

I keep it simple for my sister... 
A tissue paper background colored with Distress ink. Add a stamp, a little machine sewing, and crinkle ribbon.... quick and effective!


Friday, November 16, 2012

kitty notes...

Hello my wonderful friends!  

I am so thankful for the little moments in life that just make me laugh whether it is the silly things the kids say, the dog singing opera (don't ask), or the cat playing the piano... (and looking so cute!!!)

Isn't this a lovely color combo?  All three papers came out of the DCWV "Fall and Halloween" paper pack.  I love these!  They aren't the traditional colors I think of for fall, but they really work! 

Stamping on dark patterned paper can be hard... I use acrylic paint. It shows up really well!  

A little tattering of the photograph as well as machine stitching softens the edges to match the softer colors and feel of this LO.

Crinkle ribbon bows are so fun! I love how vintage-y and shabby they are!  For a quick accent, I used one of the epoxy flower stickers from the DCWV "Autumn Melody" embellishment flip pack. It matches the background paper beautifully! Love that!


Supplies Used
Paper: DCWV "Fall and Halloween" paper stack
Ink: Distress Ink
Stamps: Sassafras Lass "Collage Trim", Fancy Pants "Doodles & Things" & "From the Garden"
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18"
Other: DCWV "Autumn Melody" embellishment flip pack, crinkle ribbon

Saturday, November 10, 2012

tissue, please...

Hello my wonderfully fabulous friends, and happy weekend! YAY!

If you are here looking for the Creative Inspirations & 3 Girl Jam hop, there is still time to enter for a chance at the prize! Click HERE!

Now, are you ready for some inspiration?

It should be no surprise to any one that I love tissue paper. There is so much you can do with it!  Today, we'll be working with it to achieve a fabulous look that just can't be made any other way.  It also happens to be very easy! 

Step 1:  Cut a piece of white tissue paper that is slightly larger than your cardstock.

Step 2: Using a regular glue stick, completely cover the cardstock with glue.

Step 3: Wrinkle the tissue paper and lightly lay it on top of the gluey cardstock.

Step 4: Press the tissue paper into the glue. Make sure to leave lots of wrinkles.  Rub your fingers over the whole piece to ensure all the tissue paper is glued on.

Step 5: Check all the edges to make sure they are all glued down. 

Step 6: Allow to dry completely. If you are impatient, like me, go ahead and use your heat gun to speed things up.

Step 7: Trim off extra tissue paper.

Step 8: If you want it colored, now is the time. I like to use a blending too and distress inks, but you can use what you want.  If you want to stamp a design, you can also do that now. Use a waterproof ink like Archival Ink or StazOn.

Step 9: Now we get our fingers messy... Shake your jar of Creative Inspirations paint to make sure there is paint on the inside of the lid. Touch your finger to the inside of the lid to get a thin layer of paint on your finger.  (This beautiful color is Silver Frost)

Step 10: VERY lightly, rub your finger over the wrinkles of the tissue paper. You want to just brush the tops of the wrinkles to highlight the texture.

Isn't that great texture???  I love it!

And the shimmer of the Creative Inspirations Paint really makes it pop!

The light colors are very subtle, but the bright colors like Garnet (used above) can be very stunning too!

And don't forget to finish it all off with a fun crinkle ribbon from 3 Girl Jam!


Friday, November 9, 2012

crinkled cards...

Hello my wonderful friends! 

If you are looking for the CI/3 Girl Jam hop, click HERE.

Can you believe it is Friday already?  It has been quite the week, and next week promises to be far crazier!  YIKES! On the other hand, what better kind of crazy could I ask for than family and crafting projects?  Life is good.

In preparation for tomorrow's Creative Inspirations tutorial, I have 2 cards to share with you...

Can I just say that the Shaded Lilac Distress ink is a beautiful color!  It is great for the non-traditional winter color schemes that seem to becoming more and more popular.  I love it! 

I painted the snowflakes in with Winter Frost CI paint for some beautiful shimmer, then scattered various sizes of rhinestones for a little added bling.  

And that bow?  It is two colors of Crinkle ribbon from 3 Girl Jam Tuxedo and Lilac. I saw a two toned bow on the hop and loved the look!  Hops are such a great place to get inspiration!

I went a little more traditional with this one.... For the background, I sliced up a couple DCWV cardstocks and some plain white cardstock. I then covered a piece of cardstock with adhesive and lined up my strips in random order. It is a great way to use scraps and create a custom look!

The stamp is from Great Impressions... I searched their site, but I couldn't find it listed, so I guess it is a retired image....I like it though.  I painted in the candy and holly with CI paints for an eye catching pop of sparkle.  And to finish it off, another Crinkle ribbon from 3GJ, Goblin Green.

Make sure you come back tomorrow as I share with you a fun and easy technique to create one of a kind crinkled backgrounds!


Supplies Used:

Winter Wishes card:
Paper: Coredinationswhite cardstock, tissue paper
Ink: Archival Ink
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Snowflakes", Crafter's Companion "Winter Wishes"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Silver Frost, Winter Frost 
Other: 3 Girl Jam Crinkle Ribbon, rhinestones, 

Peppermint card:
Paper: DCWV, Coredinations, white cardstock
Ink: Archival ink, Distress Ink
Stamps:  Great Impressions
Creative Inspirations Paint: Winter Frost, Garnet, Fairy Dust, Evergreen
Other: 3 Girl Jam Crinkle Ribbon