Friday, August 31, 2012

Naughty or Nice Tag

Lately, I've been thinking ahead to Christmas, so I decided to make a Christmas themed tag.  I used the new Owlee stamp from Queen Kat Designs by stamp designer Che Gilson.  Such a cute stamp!

To start the tag, I used two different washi tapes and simply crisscrossed them until the tag was covered.  Then I added a bit of punchinella, patterned paper, ribbon, and a flower.  Super simple to recreate.

I stamped and then heat embossed the image.  I knew I was going to cut out the image, and having it heat embossed seems to make it easier to cut around the edges.  I used my Prismacolor pencils to color in the image.  Her scarf makes this a perfect winter image!

Monday, August 27, 2012

More Cards to Share

Today I have a few cards to share that were created for Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.  All three are very feminine in style, and of course are glittered and shimmery. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping in today!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Sunshiny Day

Welcome back! Today I an adorable stamp called Owlee by Che Gilson, which is a newly released stamp for August from Queen Kat Designs.

 For the base of the card, I layered a script patterned paper with a soft teal paper.  Then, I used my Cuttlebug and Spellbinders die to diecut the stamped image.  I then added a bit of glitter around the edges of the stamped image just so it would pop a bit from the background.  Lastly, I added a butterfly rub-on, a bit of ribbon, and a flower.

For the stamped image itself, it was colored guessed it, my Prismacolor pencils.  Once I had the image fully colored, I stamped a second image but only colored the bow and scarf.  I then cut out the bow and scarf from the second image and layered them on the fully colored image.  The edges of the bow can be folded up slightly, and the end of the scarf can also be lifted slightly.  Both just add a nice bit of dimension to the image.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Dos Tarjetas

I'm back with you today to show off a bit of Basically Bare and Authentique!   Today I have dos tarjetas, or two cards, to share with you.

I love the Oh So Mini Mixed Media albums, but I'm not really an album kind of gal.  So, I found another really fun way to use the album pieces - as cards.  All of the pages are 6x6, so they make for a really fun sized card to work with.

For my first card, I started with the acrylic page and used StazOn ink around the edges to create a shadowed effect.

Next, I used Glimmer Glaze on the wings and dress form.  Once the Glimmer Glaze was dry, I added the dress form, a flower, and a few sentiment stickers to the acrylic page.

For the chipboard page, I layered the Authentique paper with a bit of ribbon and punchinella.  Lastly, I inked around the edge of the paper and then used a bit of ribbon to bind the acrylic and chipboard pages together to form the card.

My second card was created in a very similar fashion.  I applied a think layer of acrylic paint to the edges of the acrylic page.  While the paint was still wet, I pressed a paper towel into it to create a really fun texture.

Next, I used three paisleys to embellish the front of the acrylic page.  The acrylic paisley was painted with Glimmer Glaze, ran through my Cuttle bug for texture, then the raised portions were inked with StazOn.  The felt paisley was spritzed with ink, and once dry, I added Enamel Accents dots around the edge. Lastly, I added a bit of Authentique paper, a few crystals, and a mirrored bird to the chipboard paisley.

For the inside of the second card, I layered several sheets of Authintique paper.

Basically Bare items used:
- Oh So Mini Mix & Match Mixed-Media Album - Ticket and Tabbed in acrylic and chipboard
-Paisleys in acrylic, felt, and chipboard
-Dress Form in corrugated
-Wings in chipboard

Tattered Angels items used:
-Glimmer Mist in Yellow Daisy
-Glimmer Glaze in Emerald Cove and Mellow Yellow

Authentique items used:
-Curiosity Collection Kit

Friday, August 17, 2012

Back To School

Ready for another card using a newly released stamp from Queen Kat Designs?  Well, here goes. Today I'm using the Sparrow Fairy stamp by stamp designer Che Gilson.  

The kids here have just started back to school. So when I noticed the messenger bag on this stamp, I immediately thought of doing a back to school card.  My oldest niece is starting her first year of High School this year, so I thought a card might be in order just for an extra bit of encouragement.

I started with a black cardstock base because I really wanted the reds and oranges of the stamped image and cardstock to pop against the background. I even managed to work in one of my fave items - punchinella.  I love using this stuff on any and every project because it adds a fun texture.

For the stamped image itself, I used my Prismacolor pencils and then blended the colors with a clear Prismacolor blender pencil.  

Monday, August 13, 2012

A Happy Home

I'm back with you again today with an 8x11 canvas.  This canvas was made specifically for Summer CHA featuring Basically Bare and WOW Embossing Powders, and I'm finally sharing with those who could not attend. I can't tell you how much fun I had working on this piece!  I haven't made a lot of canvases, so working on something different really allowed me to play and experiement with different techniques.

Let's start with the background first.  I am very impatient when it comes to waiting for mixed media pastes and gels to dry, so I did something a bit different.  I took several colors of Distress Ink pads and swiped them across the canvas until it was fully covered.  Then I gave the entire canvas a good spritz with water and let the inks run.  I just kept adding ink and spritzing with water until I was happy with the result.  Then, using WOW embossing powders and a Crafter's Workshop template, I heat embossed the circles on the background.

Next, I started adding all of the dimensional pieces.  Using a WOW stamp and embossing powder, I heat embossed a canvas heart.  Then I simply flicked some ink on the heart for a splattered effect.  I found some old letters in my stash which I painted and ran through my Cuttlebug for dimension.

Next, on to the houses.  The green house is covered with layers of Washi tape, and then the edges have been embossed.  The yellow house was inked with Tattered Angels and then heat embossed. The last house on the right is covered with layers of Ranger's Tissue Tape, then a thick layer of Crackle Paint.  Once the paint was dry, I inked over all the cracks with Distress Ink.  And to keep the paint from flaking off, I gave it a good spray with an acrylic sealer.

The flowers were created by stamping onto Clearly For Art Modeling Film,  inked with alcohol ink, and then cut out.  I then heated the film with my heat tool, and while it was still hot, carefully molded the leaves so they had lots of dimension.

Lastly, I added a bit of punchinella and word strips to complete the saying.  The  word strips were outlined with a Zig Millenium pen.

Basically Bare items used:
-Happy Little Houses Set
-Canvas and Felt Heart Set 2

WOW items used:
-Gummy Bear Green embossing powder
-Sour Lemon embossing powder
-Sierra Sunrise embossing glitter
-Gratitude Stamp Set

Tattered Angels item used:
-Yellow Daisy Glimmer Mist

Kuretake item used
-Zig Millenium pen

Friday, August 10, 2012


I'm back with you today, and boy, oh boy do I have a cutie of a stamp for you today!  It's a newly released stamp from Queen Kat Designs called Masked Chick by stamp designer Sandra Caldwell.  I can see myself making all kinds of invitations, birthday cards, and New Year's cards.

To make the base of the card, I used my Cuttlebug and Spellbinders dies to cut three different layers. Then I stamped my image on white cardstock and then also die cut that piece of cardstock.  After inking the edges of the piece of cardstock that had been stamped, I added some pop dots underneath before adhering it to the card to add a bit of dimension.  Lastly, I added a strip of ribbon and a sentiment sticker.

The image itself was colored with Prismacolor pencils and then blended with a clear Prismacolor blender pencil.  The last thing I added was a bit of Stickles because everything must have a bit of shimmer and shine.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Beauty comes in so many shapes and forms, and my niece just overflows with it.  Of course, that's a completely unbiased opinion. :) 

The picture I used is from her Confirmation.  This was one of those layouts that easily came together.  As soon as I printed the picture, I knew exactly what papers I wanted to use.  

This layout was created for Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, so head on over and take a look around.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Shaped Cards Times Two

Here Ye, Hear Ye!!  Queen Kat Designs is hosting a Royal Blog Hop feturing their royal artists' stamps.  The Royal Stamping Maidens have designed gorgeous, funny, edgy cards, all with the same theme - cards with a shaped edge to them.  As a Royal Stamping Maide, I am one of your stops on the Hop!  If you came here from the QKD blog, then you're on the right path.  If not, please go back to the QKD Main Blog so you don't miss out on any fun, inspiration or prizes! 

We were given four criteria to use for our cards on this blog hop:
-Use a Queen Kat Designs stamp - I used Amy Brown's Leaf Fairy
-The card must have a shaped edge -I used a punch to give the card a scalloped edge
-Use more than three patterned papers - I used four
-Use at least two different embellishments - I used five - a photo corner, ribbon, mirrored bird, flower, and sentiment sticker.

The card is 6x6, which is a bit larger than cards I normally make.  However, I now see myself making more cards this size.  I stamped the image with Archival Ink then colored the  image with Prismacolor pencils.  Love, love, love the pop of the hot pink in her wings!  And just to give everything a nice shimmer, I gave the entire card a spritz with Glimmer Mist.

I love to make shaped cards, so I couldn't stop myself from making a second card!  I used the same criteria on the second card:
-Use a Queen Kat Designs stamp - I used Jaz Higgins's Sunflower Fairy stamp 
-The card must have a shaped edge - for the card itself I went a bit outside the box.  The base of the card is a 6x6 chipboard Basically Bare Oh So Mini Mixed Media Album page and the top of the card is a matching acrylic page, both from the Bracket Album Set
-Use more than three patterned papers - I used four again on this one
-Use at least two different embellishments - I used two - lots of ribbon and the sentiment sticker

To make the base of the card, I simply adhered patterned paper and layered on a couple different papers and the banner sticker.  For the acrylic top layer, I used white StazOn to create a faded edge, then added a bit of pink StazOn.  The two card pieces are held together with ribbon.  The stamped image was again colored in shades of pink using Prismacolor pencils. And the little birdies in the background?  They were all originally black/white.  I used a water brush and Distress Ink to add some color to the birds.

Thanks for stopping by!  Now on to your next stop on this fun blog hop!  In order, here are the remainder of the stops on this fun hop:


To New Beginnings

Jamie here with you today with an adorable stamp from Queen Kat Designs called Mouzie With Berry by stamp designer Melia Newman.  As soon as I laid eyes on this stamp, I immediately though of  making a wedding/bridal shower card. She has such a serene look on her face!  

 For the imaged, I stamped it twice on white cardstock.  The first imaged I colored completely.  The second image I only colored the wings and then added a bit of Stickles to highlight portions of the wings.  I then fussy cut out the wings and layered them over the fully colored image.  I only added adhesive to the part of the wings closest to Mouzie, that way the ends would flutter open.

 To finish the card, I simply ran pink and white cardstock through my Cuttlebug for lots of texture, then just layered the cardstock pieces.  Lastly, I added a bit of ribbon and the rub-on for the title.

  I hope you've enjoyed today's creation!
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