Monday, September 30, 2013

For You floral gift box

Hello crafty friends!  How was your weekend?  We spent ours celebrating Lara's birthday with her grandparents on Saturday.  That completed Lara's birthday week.  Next weekend may be a little disappointing for her after all the celebrations she's had ;)

Since both kids came down with a cold, we took it easy on Sunday and I was able to complete this large gift box using my boxer board and Sheena Douglass' A Little Bit Magical Honesty stamp set. I have really been a lot of mileage out of this stamp set, as there are so many in it.  I stamped the lovely floral corner image with Jet Black Staz-On ink four times onto a piece of vellum to create the square border shown below.  The "For You" sentiment (also part of the A Little Bit Magical Honesty stamp set) was stamped in Staz-On as well.

Once the ink dried (only take a minute), I flipped over the vellum and colored the backs of the rose buds and leaves with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  The larger roses were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink onto Premium white cardstock, cut out, and also colored with Spectrum Noir markers (colors used: DR4, DR5, DR6, and DG4).  I then randomly glued the roses onto the vellum.

I create my box using my boxer board (using the 2-inch line for both lid and base of the box) and Luxury Centura Pearl 12x12 Snow White Cardstock.  I cut a 6-inch square out of the center of the lid.  The vellum was adhered to the inside of the lid so that the images were centered in the middle.  A pink piece of cardstock behind the vellum gives it that rosy glow.

I always try to have some gift boxes on hand, just in case I need to throw together a quick present for someone.  How about you?  Do you make your own boxes or buy them in stores?

Hope you are having a wonderful day!


Thursday, September 26, 2013

A little bit Oriental Blog Hop!

The designers over at Crafter's Companion are hopping with joy this week!  Sheena Douglass has just released another absolutely gorgeous new collection called A Little Bit Oriental.  The collection not has 4 brilliant new stamp set, but also includes 4 matching 5x7 embossing folders and a 48-piece paper crafting collection

To celebrate this stunning new release, the designers have been busy making some wonderful projects and we can’t wait to share them with you. Hop along and don’t forget to leave comments along the way because Crafter's Companion will be selecting a random winner who will receive one of the lovely new Sheena Stamp Sets (winner’s choice).  

I used the Koi and Waterlilies stamp set for my card.  Don't you just love water scenes?  They always make me feel so serene :)   I used the following Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers to color the lovely stamps:

Water: IB1, IB2

Flowers: PP1, PP2, GB1
Leaves: LG2, LG3

To create the sparkly effect on my waterlilies, I rubbed Memento Golden Glitz Delicata Ink around the edges of my flowers after I cut them out.  Then I sprayed them with Spray and Sparkle Gold Varnish.  

Thank you for so stopping by and participating in the A Little Bit Oriental Blog Hop.  Below is a list of the designers' blogs who will be sharing projects today.  You have until Monday Sept 30th at 9pm (ET) to leave a comment.  The winner's name will be posted on the Crafter's Companion Blog after the blog hop ends.  Good luck!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pretty in Pink

Hello Crafters!  I have a pretty scenic card to share with you that is for my little princess.  This is my favorite kind of card to make - super feminine!  It was very easy to create too.  

You probably recognize the beautiful princess from my princess layout I create here.  She is part of the A Little Bit Magical Honesty stamp set that I recently obtained.  I stamped the princess on Ultra Smooth Premium white card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored her with the following Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers:

Dress: PP1, PP2, PP4
Hair:  TN5, TN7, TN8
Headdress: LG5, PP4

With scissors I cut out the colored princess and using my finger, applied Diamond Stickles on her dress and flowers in her hair.  After gluing her down on my paper, I added a few flowers and leaves that I had in my stash.  I then stamped some of the butterflies from Sheena Douglass' A Little Bit Scenic Flying Colors onto colored cardstock and cut them out as well.  To make the butterflies pop off the page, just fold back their wings and only apply a little bit of glue to the center of butterflies. Very easy :)

Speaking of Sheena Douglass, Crafter's Companion is launching a new line of her stamps called A Little Bit Oriental.  There will be a blog hop on Thursday featuring this awesome Asian collection that you won't want to miss!  There might even be a prize involved... ;)  Make sure you stop by the Crafter's Companion blog on Thursday morning.

You can also view all of Sheena Douglass' fabulous stamps, as well as project ideas, on the Crafter's Companion blog, as well as Sheena's own website at

Have a great day!


Thursday, September 19, 2013

O' Come All Ye Faithful

I have an exciting new stamp set from Crafter's Companion to share with you today.  It's part of the new Makey Bakey Mice collection that is being launched today.  This collection is full of adorable mice.

I absolutely adore the Christmas Carols stamp set.  It's just so sweet!

I stamped my Makey Bakey Christmas Carols stamp with Tuxedo Black Mememto Ink on Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock and then die cut the papers.  I colored the stamped image with Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers.  Here is the breakdown of Spectrum Noir alcohol markers I used to color my image:

Mouse's fur: TN3, TN5, EB4
Mouse's tummy: GB1, GB2
Santa Hat and coat: CR7, CR9, CR11
Caroling book: EB 1, EB2,  JG3

I added a bit of white liquid appliqué on the Santa Hat and coat for a little added texture.  I also stamped a few music notes from the Popcorn the Bear Beary Merry Christmas stamp set with Memento Delicata Golden Glitz Ink (coming soon to Crafter's Companion online store).  The background is from the gorgeous Embossalicious Seasonal Music Embossing Folder.

Speaking of embossing, Crafter's Companion has an embossing challenge during the month of September. Two lucky random winners will have the opportunity to become a guest designer for Crafter's Companion's, as well as receiving some goodies from the Crafter's Companion's fabulous online store!  Be sure to view to enter the embossing challenge here, as well as view some lovely samples from the design teams.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

My little princess

Good morning friends!  I am playing with a new favorite stamp set of mine, Sheena Douglass' A Little Bit Magical Honesty stamp set.  It has a all sorts of beautiful images including a princess, bird, flowers, flourishes and potions.  I used the princess and two rose stamps for today's layout.  I stamped the roses onto patterned paper, cut them out, and them glued them down onto my layout.

The picture is of Lara playing dress up in her Cinderella dress.  She has a very girly, princess-themed room, as you can see in the picture.

The vellum quote says, "Spending a day with a child is like digging for gold.  You never know when or where you will find treasure...but the adventures you encounter along the way are far more precious than the gold. - Patsy Gaut".

To color the princess, I stamped the image with Memento Black Tuxedo Ink on Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock and colored her with the following Spectrum Noir alcohol markers:

Dress:  IB1, IB2, IB3
Skin:  EB1, EB2
Hair : IG3, IG5, IG7, IG9
Headdress: IB3, CG4

A princess's dress should always have some glitter on it, so I also added Diamond Stickles to it.

Crafter's Companion has a sale going on right now with the A Little Bit Magical set.

Lara liked her layout so much, she asked if she could hang it in her room :)  

Hope you have a fairytale kind of day!


Monday, September 16, 2013

Let Freedom Ring

It's Monday again and today I am scrapping some pictures from the 4th of July.  Sketch-N-Scrap has a great sketch layout that is perfect for a scrapping multiple pictures.  The photos were taken at Calabasas High School.  They have an awesome firework display and two fun bounce houses for the kids.  The best part is that they only sell a certain number of tickets, so it's not packed full of people.  I love the picture of Lara sitting on the grass looking up at me.  We were waiting in line for a balloon and she decided she'd rather sit in line than stand in line :)

I used Pink Paislee's Declaration collection for my layout.  (I got it all from their annual online warehouse sale, gotta love that!)  One of Scrap-N-Sketch designers, Heather, used their Declaration collection for this layout too.  So I got a double dose of inspiration from Scrap-N-Sketch :)

Have a great day!


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Crafter's Companion and Designed to Color are teaming up!

Crafter's Companion is sponsoring the Designed to Color Anything Goes challenge this week!.  All you need to do to join in is to color an image and link it up to the Designed to Color blog.  Make sure to check out all the wonderful projects there for inspiration.

I used this fabulous stamp from the Frou Frou Never Too Early stamp set for my card.  I also used Collall's Tacky Glue for adhere all my paper and embellishments.  It's very tacky and quick drying.

Here's how I colored this fabulous stamp with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  First, I used TN1 and TN2 to color the bar fixture.  I used some random dark streaks of TN2 along the top and bottom of it, to give it a bit of a distressed look.

Then I colored the woman's beads, shoes, and the roses with CR6 AND CR8.  The leaves and martini olive were colored with DG1 and DG2.  To color the glass, I used EB1.

To darken the woman's dress, I colored it with IG2, IG3, AND IG5.  I used these colors for her headdress, as well.  Her skin tones were colored with FS1 and FS3.

Lastly, I colored the lady's umbrella with BT1, BT2, and BT4 and the bar chair and vase with HB1 and HB2.

To complete my card, I added a few flowers, ribbon, and the sentiment "Keep calm & drink on" from the stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day!


Friday, September 13, 2013

Thank you tags

Good morning crafters. Today I am sharing the tags for Lara's birthday treat bags that I made over the weekend.  It is her very first "big" party and she invited her entire kindergarten class to an indoor playground.

To create the tags I used Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock and the Sentimentals Cricut cartridge.  I cut out the butterfly tag (page 46) at 4 1/2 inches.  Make sure you have a newer blade in your Cricut when you cut these.  I didn't when I started and the butterfly image kept tearing.  Once I replaced the blade, they were all cut perfectly.

Once all my tags were cut out, I stamp the sentiment, "Thank you from the bottom of my heart" from Crafter's Companion's Angelica and Friends Florence Stamp set.  I used Memento Delicata Golden Glitz ink (coming soon to the Crafter's Companion online store) which is so sparkly that the image almost looks embossed when you stamp it.

Once the sentiment had dried, I also delicately inked all around the tags, giving them a bit of a border.

Next, I cut and curled some ribbons, thread them through my tags, and tied the tags around my bags with a bow.

Here's what is inside the gift bags:

Have a fantastic day!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Be unique be yourself canvas

Good morning friends!  This morning I am sharing an 11 x 14 inch canvas I made for my 10 yr old son, Nick.  I found it really challenging not to add feminine elements like flowers or lace!  Once I realized how many forgotten metal and chipboard embellishments I had on hand, it became a little easier. The embellishments were mostly from Tim Holtz, Prima, Graphic 45, and and Basic Grey.  My favorite piece is the shape of a guy in chipboard from Basic Grey.  Though the metal bird in the left hand center is a close second.

I used Paislee's mist-ables patterned paper collection for the background and Heidi Swapp's Color Magic banners. I also laid down some masking tape horizontally prior to adding my ink.  The "Be Unique be yourself" mist-able quote is from Tattered Angels.  I sprayed all my elements with a combination of inky sprays.  I don't usually stick with just one brand.  I just use the colors that I think would go well together.  I used a combination of Tattered Angels glimmer mist and Dylusion sprays for this canvas.  Once the ink had mostly dried, I added a bit of Luminarte Solar Gold Silks Acrylic Glaze to my embellishments.  I just used my finger to dab a bit on.  It really adds a lot of shine to the canvas.

I am entering the canvas I made in the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - Something 'Tweet
Totally Gorjuss - Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenges - Child's Play
Pile it On - Tic Tac Toe (Patterned Paper, metal, for a child)
Crafting for all Seasons - for a child
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Any sentiment

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day!


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Route to Success

Good morning friends.  I have an inspirational card to share with you today.  I used a sketch from Sketch-N-Scrap to get started.  

I made my card with my sorely neglected Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime paper pad and a fabulous quote from Crafter's Companion's Stamp-It Australia Ornate Accessories stamp set.   The quote reads, "Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act.  There is no other route to success. Pablo Picasso".  So true!

I inked up my papers with Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give it a little bit of a distressed look and then added a sheer pink ribbon. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Lucky in Love

Hi everyone.  Today I have a quick layout to share with you.  The kids don't have school today as it is a local school holiday.  I created my layout using the oh-so-gorgeous Once Upon a Sketch sketch layout challenge where the journaling response was "Lucky".  That was a really easy prompt for me because there are so many things in my life that are a blessing to me. But today I decided to create a layout about my darling husband.

I had a lot of fun with the layout, spraying it with different sprays, inks and stencils around the edges.  The luminous paint are Iris Petal and Solar Gold Silks Acrylic Glaze.

I have a hard time journaling, so I added mine inside the large heart in the center of the layout.  

The beautiful cloud-like hearts and bottle with the word "love" on it are part of the Sheena Douglass Just the Two of Us stamp set which I stamped with Dusty Conord Distress ink.  Here's a closer look at them.  Aren't they so romantic?

 I worked on this layout for a couple of days, giving each layer time to dry.  I am really happy with how it turned out. And more importantly, so is the wonderful man featured in it :)

Thanks for stopping by and having a look.  I hope you enjoy the rest of your afternoon :)


Monday, September 2, 2013

Two-tone heat embossing

With school now in session, it's a great time to start thinking about teacher gifts.  For one of my kids' teachers, I thought a thank you card set would be nice.  Teachers receive so many gifts over the course of a school year, I'm sure they go through thank you cards rather quickly. 

For the main image of your cards, cut six pieces of Luxury Centura Pearl paper to 4 inch by 4 inch squares. This paper is so shimmery and really thick which makes it perfect for cards and envelopes. Using your Rock-A-Blocks, stamp the large flower of the Stamp-It Decorative Swirls stamp with your tinted embossing stamp pad in the center of your 4 x 4 inch paper.  Using a tinted embossing stamp pad allows you to see the image once it is stamped on your paper.  For each card you will need two shades of embossing powder for each color family.  Sprinkle the darker of your embossing powder over the center and back edges of your image, as shown below.  Shake the excess powder off the back of the image so it doesn't stick to the front of the flower.

Next, sprinkle your lighter color of embossing powder over the rest of your stamped flower.  Shake off the excess embossing powder towards the front of the flower this time, so you aren't covering your darker powder.   Using a small paintbrush, brush off any stubborn embossing powder off your card.  Make sure not to brush over your image.

Now you can emboss your tone-toned image with your heat tool.  Your image should look a little something like this (colors will vary).

Once you have done this several times with various colors (or even the same two colors if you prefer), you will mat the flowers onto a matching 4 1/4 inch by 4 1/4 inch colored card stock.

For the sentiment, I stamped the Thank You sentiment from the Popcorn the Bear Someone Special stamp with Jet Black Staz-On Ink onto a 3/4 inch by 3 inch strip of Luxury Centura Pearl paper.   I matted each stamped sentiment with the same colored card stock I used for the flowers.   Each colored mat measures 1 inch by 3 1/4 inch, as shown below.

Now it's time to add your embossed flowers and sentiment to your card.  To create the card base, simply fold a 10 1/2 inch by 5 1/4 inch of Luxury Centura Pearl paper in half.  Then adhere your matted flowers to the center of your cards with Collall's Tacky Glue.

To create a bit of a 3-D effect and bring focus to the Thank You sentiment, apply Double Sided Adhesive Foam Circles to the back of the matted sentiments.  In the second one, you can see how I used the negative part of the foam adhesive.  You don't want it to go to waste :)

Here is a close up of a completed card.

To create envelopes for my cards, I used my Envelobox Creator and Luxury Centura Pearl paper.   I started with an 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch square piece of paper.  Using only Position 1, I scored along line G.

Once I scored line G along all four corners of my paper, I cut out the small notch where two score lines overlapped.

Once the envelope was assembled, I finished it by adding Envelope Gum to the top edge of it.  When the Envelope Gum has dried, you can just lick it to reactivate the glue and it will seal the top flap to the bottom of the envelope; just like any envelope you buy in the store.  You don't need a lot, just a thin coat.

For the last step, I followed the instructions on my Boxer Board to create a gift box for my gift card set. Like the cards, the teacher may want to give away the box as well.  So I did not personalize it in any way.  (Box create with 12 x12 paper and scored at the 2 inch line for the Box base and lid.  It is large enough that you can include all cards, envelopes, and two big sheets of tissue paper.)

I hope you've found my tutorial helpful.  If you create a card set using this technique, please let me know so I can stop by and admire it.

Have a wonderful day!