Sunday, July 18, 2010

Let's Chill

Hero Arts has a new cute clear stamp set called Let's Chill.  I thought it'd be fun to let the cardstock be the color so that's simply what I did.....stamp the drink in black ink and layer the tropical cardstock colors.  Easy peasy!


  • Stamp: drink and sentiment - Hero Arts "Let's Chill"
  • Bazzil cardstock
  • Punch: Martha Stewart Layered Arches Border

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I had to try the t-shirt iron on thing again because it was so fun and simple to do.  My twin nieces just turned four so I decided to make these shirts for them.  I found the perfect shirts at Wal-Mart with sparkly buttons on them.  I used Pink Cat Studio digis and sized them down to fit the right side of the shirt.  This is where the convenience of sizing a digi came into play, but you could shrink or enlarge a stamp image on a copy machine just as easily.   Happy Birthday Kyra and Ally!

  • Digis: Pink Cat Designs "Itty Bitty Betty Butterfly" and Itty Bitty Betty Ladybug
  • Copics, t-shirts, Avery Light Fabric Transfers

Monday, July 12, 2010

I haven't made a pop up slide card in awhile, but thought it'd be fun to try it again using this new image from cc designs.  This cutie is ready to hit the beach with her floater tube and summer attitude.  Just a quick post today - thanks for stopping by!


  • Stamps: cc designs Honey Summer, Sentiments - Amy R Big Words and Handy Additions
  • DP: October Afternoon
  • Ribbon, Diamond Glaze, Stickles, paper flower, pearl, Bazzil cardstock

Friday, July 9, 2010

Spring Emma Notes

I made a couple variations of this card using cc Designs' Sugarplum Spring Emma.  Tried out some Tim Holtz items such as the woodgrain embossing folder, the Movers and Shapers die and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The background of the first card is DP from SU's new Newsprint collection, but you can get a similar effect using Hero Art's Ledger stamp as I used in the second card.

In coloring Spring Emma, I used my Copics on Cryogen White Iridescent paper and following are my thoughts on the papers I like best.

Copic Tip:
I've been trying different papers with my Copics and here are my top 3 picks.  There's only a slight difference between these papers for me and I reach for them pretty equally.

  • Prism Simply Smooth White - easy to blend with and I'm most comfortable with this paper

  • Gina K Pure Luxury Pure White 120lb. - heavy weight and doesn't bleed through so if you make a mistake you can flip it over and use the back. Also, because it doesn't bleed, the ink stays closer to the surface allowing you to blend nicely.   You also waste less ink with no bleeding.  If you cut out an image, it's feels sturdier because of its heavy weight.

  • Cryogen White Iridescent - This paper is nice because it has a shimmer to it.  It does a pretty good job of blending but it's not quite as easy as the papers above.  However, it makes up for it by giving you a beautiful iridescent shine.


  • Stamp: cc Designs Sugarplum Spring Emma, Sentiments - Hero Arts
  • Die: Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Ornamental
  • Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz Woodgrain
  • DP: SU Newsprint
  • Punch: Martha Stewart Bird on a Wire
  • Ink: Vintage Photo Distress

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Birthday is a Bloomin'

My friend in NY has a birthday coming up so I inked up my PTI Beautiful Blooms II set for her card.  I also used the PTI coordinating die and a circle punch for the cut out flower and I have to say, I love how the stamps and dies are made to match.  Decided to try a vellum band to subtly anchor the flower and realized I should use vellum more often.


  • Stamps: PTI Beautiful Blooms II, Sentiment - Hero Arts Essential Messages
  • Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Versa Color Lagoon Blue, Peony and Marigold
  • Die: PTI Beautiful Blooms II Die #1
  • Punch: 1-1/2" circle punch
  • Cardstock, rhinestones, vellum, Stickles

Saturday, July 3, 2010

It's a Bunny Kind of RAK

My friend Jenny loves bunnies and she got all the latest little cotton bunnies from Funky Kits (and other sock animals as well).  She made this adorable card and was so kind to surprise me with one of these stamps that comes from the UK.

I couldn't wait to ink this one up and below is the card I made.  What fun this little cutie was to color and create with.  Thanks so much Jenny!

  • Stamp: Winifred the Rabbit - Sugar Nellie Little Cotton Rabbits
  • DP: Pebbles
  • Copics, heart charm, PTI buttons, cardstock, white uniball signo pen, ribbon, flower, pearl

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Paper Flower Embellishment

I tried these paper flowers by using the the spray bottle method to wet cardstock and I love how they look when they dry.  After the cardstock dried, I added some Crystal Stickles to give the flower some sparkle.  It makes a perfect embellishment on a gift box or package.  I added some Prima leaves to complete the flower.  I also tried alternating light and dark shades of one color and it really is stunning.  For a tutorial on this, go to Dawn's Stampin' Thoughts and check out her video.

I wrapped this gift as a VERY belated thank you to Michele of Island Scrapbooking for helping me cut the invitations for my son's 1st birthday back in November.  (Long story).  I didn't have a blog back then, so here are some photos of the invitations I made.  I made 70 of them and they were WAY more labor intensive then I anticipated.  But they got done and I'm grateful for Michele's generosity in helping me cut a lot of the pieces with her laser machine.