Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sweet Peas

Good Saturday Morning!  I have a floral card for you today.  I've been wanting to use the new border die by Spellbinders so I used it on the purple and pink paper from the Basis Package at the Paper Temptress store.

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 I stamped the image onto Heavenly White and colored it with copics.  I used quite a few copics and I put them all away so I'm sorry I don't have a list for you.  I will try to take better notes and list them for you next time.

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I added a little bow with a light purple gem in the center which pulled it all together.

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I hope you enjoyed my card today.  The lighting wasn't very good but I did my best to get it to look like it does in real life but it looks better in person.   Thank you for stopping by!

Spellbinders used: 
Nestabilites Card Creator - 5x7 Elegant Labels 4 
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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Blossoms & Butterflies

Good morning everyone!  I have a card for you that could have many purposes.  It could be used as a Sympathy card, birthday card, wedding card or for any other purpose you could think of... except maybe a masculine card.  hehe!

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I stamped the image onto Baby Girl Pink from the Basis Pack and then colored in the branch, leaves and the shading on the flowers.  I layered the blossoms image onto Azalea cardstock and then onto Heavenly White cardstock which I had folded over before I cut it out so that it would fold like a card.

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The butterflies are punched out of the Azalea cardstock and I added little tiny pearl stickers onto them and the centers of the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Coloring With Copics - Great Paper Options

Hello everyone!  I would like to showcase some of the best copic paper there is on earth!  Oh yeah!  It's that good!  And of course, you can find it at the Paper Temptress store!  

The first paper I'm highlighting is X-Press It Blending Card.  It's a bright white paper that is very smooth so that copic and other alcohol ink markers glide very well along the surface.  The smooth texture of the paper allows the ink to mix and blend when you are adding in your shading or combining two colors as I've done in the photo below.  As you can see, the X-Press It is even brighter than the white paper it's sitting on.   This paper isn't especially thick so the ink will bleed through the paper some and of course the more layers you color, the more it will bleed through.  You will need to adhere it onto other cardstock when making a card.  Don't let that steer you away from using it though.  It's about the same thickness as the Heavenly White 80 lb.  I really enjoy using this paper.

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This next project is one I made recently.  I have been taking some copic coloring classes over at Kit and Clowder and this is one of the projects I made in the class!  I used Cryogen White as my base and printed the digital stamp onto it.  I wasn't happy with my first try at the hair so I reprinted the stamp and colored it up and cut it out.  Funny story is that I printed it onto  X-Press It Blending Card instead of Cryogen!  hahaha!  After I cut it out you couldn't tell that it was different paper than the background because the background had so much detail.  I popped the mermaid and dolphin up onto pop dots and did the same with the little fishies.  I also put Crystal Effects on the bubbles so it gives them a more fluid and 3-d  effect.

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You may be able to see the crystal effects on the bubbles in the image below:

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The last paper that I'm highlighting is Heavenly White Premium Ultrasmooth Cardstock

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I colored the girl, Tilda, below onto Heavenly White 80# and paper pieced her dress.  I cut her out and popped her up on pop dots.  You can read the blog post about this card here:  I Give You My Heart.

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(ps: I colored this image before taking the copic coloring classes at Kit and Clowder.  I'm learning so much! )

Heavenly White Premium Ultrasmooth Cardstock is also very smooth and works well with alcohol ink markers.  One thing that's great about Heavenly White  is that is comes in 3 thicknesses.  There's the original Heavenly White Premium Ultrasmooth Cardstock , Heavenly White 100# Extended Archival Cardstock, and Heavenly White 120# Ultrasmooth which is thick enough that it will not bleed through the back.
If you are having a difficult time trying to decide which cardstock you will like the most then you could try the Copic Sampler Pack. This package includes 2 sheets of
COPIC X-Press It
Cryogen White
Heavenly White 80#
Heavenly White 100#
Heavenly White 120#
Neenah Solar White 80#
Neenah Solar White 110#

It's all a personal choice as to which cardstock you choose to use with your Copics and other alcohol ink markers but in my opinion, you won't find anything better than these!  So head on over to the store and stock up on your favorites today!

ps: I did not post about  Neenah Solar White soly for the reason that I have not used it in quite some time and I don't have any on hand or I would have posted something using it.  This in no way suggests that it isn't a perfectly good cardstock.  Afterall, Patricia only stocks the best!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tilda with her Little Lamb

Good morning everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far!  Before I get too far along in my post I would like to give a shout-out to my new friend Linda who I met at JoAnn's yesterday!  I was drooling over all the dies and other fun things I could use with my wonderful paper from the Paper Temptress store when we struck up a conversation and  were there talking for quite some time!  Is it just me or are crafters just the nicest people on the planet?!  I sure enjoy coming on here and sharing everyone's creativity and friendship.

Today's card is kind of Eastery...  which really isn't even a word, but the lamb in this image made me think of the cute lambs, chicks and ducks we usually have around Easter.  On the other hand Tilda (by Magnolias) sure looks a lot like Little Bo Peep taking her lamb out for a stroll on a bright Spring day!

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I stamped my image onto Cryogen White and colored her with copics.  I stamped her dress onto some patterned paper, shaded it with copics, fussy-cut it out and glued it on.  I then fussy-cut Tilda and her lamb out to go onto this fun Spring scene.
All the other paper I used are from the Basis Cardstock Package and the Astrobright Colored Package.   I used 3 different shades of yellow to make the sunburst and using a die to cute it out made it sooo easy!   Taylored Expressions carries that die!  

The image below shows the different layers and how the butterflies and flowers are shaped.

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I hope you enjoy your weekend and that you get some crafting goodness time in!  

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Butterfly Mobile & tutorial

Good morning everyone!  I'm sure that everyone is about ready for Spring so I'm here with a butterfly mobile because nothing says Spring more than seeing butterflies fluttering everywhere.

First I cut out a bunch of butterflies.  I cut at least 3 of each butterfly of the same pattern and color.   I cut 4 of some but I ended up only using 3 of each.  Pretty, aren't they?

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I first scored each butterfly down the center and folded them in half.  I then glued 3 of each of the same butterflies together  putting them back halves together leaving one side open.  Here's 2 of them below so you can see how they look.  You could put 4 of them together but I felt that 3 were plenty.

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The reason I left one side open was so that I could put the fishing line into the center of the butterfly before gluing it closed.  I beaded some large beads at the bottom of each fishing line strand to weigh the butterflies down and put some decorative beads in between the butterflies.   I ended up with 6 strands but you can do as many as you like.  I added glitter glue to some of the butterflies just for some sparkle.   I also felt like the basis paper that I had was beautiful but not quite as thick as the metallic/mica paper and the glitter glue made it more sturdy.  I am sending this mobile cross-country so I want it to hold up well during shipment.  Don't worry, I am going to wrap these butterflies very carefully and box them up so they don't get squashed.... at least I sure hope they don't get squashed!

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I wrapped a large metal ring with ribbon (lots of glue on the back of it) and hung it with 3 strands of ribbon tied to a center small key ring.  I tied each strand of the mobile to the ring and viola', a butterfly mobile!

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Here's a close up of the top half of the mobile.  It looks much better in person!  I didn't really have any rhyme nor reason to what order I put the butterflies or beads, I just had fun making it at random.

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If I make another one (and my husband says I need to make one for him!) I may choose to have more of a design to it.  The little girl I'm sending it to won't even care if there are two yellow butterflies together (like in the back shown below)... she will be thrilled to receive it and so will her mom!

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I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.  I hope this project will inspire you to enjoy the little things in life just as my daughter and I have always enjoyed looking for butterflies.  Enjoy your weekend!

Paper Temptress Paper:
Mica/Metallic: AzaleaAmethystLagoon
Glimmer: Autumn Hay
Astrobright: Plasma PinkLunar BlueGamma Green

Dies by: Spellbinders, Memory Box, Poppy Stamps

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Easter Tilda

Easter is right around the corner so I decided to make an Easter card to show you today.
The image I used is from Magnolias and her name is Tilda.  Isn't she cute?  I stamped her onto Heavenly White and colored her with copics.  I enjoyed coloring all her little Easter eggs in different colors.

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The background of the Easter egg is Lagoon.  The top and bottom decorative strip of paper is made out of Amethyst and the center strip is Pink from the Basis Pack.  

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As you can see in the photo below, the card is in the shape of the egg and opens up.  Tilda is popped up on pop dots and positioned in a way that her feet keep the card from rolling or falling over.

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Thank you for joining us today!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Dies are by Spellbinders:  "Nested Eggs" and "A2 Bracket Borders One"

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I Give You My Heart

February is heart month and Congenital Heart Defects Awareness month so I am posting a card full of hearts!  



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I used Incandescent Rosso for the background and small red heart and I used Opal for the  frame, heart and "love" die cut.  I stamped Tilda onto Heavenly White cardstock and colored her with copics.  I stamped the dress onto a designer cardstock, fussy-cut it out and shaded it with copics.  

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I popped Tilda and the red heart up with pop dots to give the card some dimension.  

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Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Heart dies and oval frame by Spellbinders, "Love" by Stampin' Up!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hearts & Banner

Good morning everyone!  It's time to start getting ready for Valentine's day!  I had a lot of fun making this card with so many of the beautiful papers from the Paper Temptress store.

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 For the top portion of the background I used a small portion of "Pink Vintage Patchwork" which is a 6x6 overlay from the package Hambly Overlays #3.   The white background and heart are made from Laser Silver Luster which is one of my favorites!  I used several of the Mica/Metallic paper.  The pink heart is Azalea, the blue heart is Vista.  I used Alpine Aster  and Spring Larch from the Glimmer Cardstock Package 1.  The two parts of the banner that I stamped was stamped onto Heavenly White cardstock.   I don't know if you can tell that the pink heart is popped up a bit from the background and the white heart is popped up on top of the other hearts.

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend whether you are dealing with snow, sleet, rain or maybe even sunshine!  Take the time to tell someone that you love them today!  Thank you for stopping by! 

Dies and stamps are from Stampin Up and Lifestyle Crafts - QuicKuts.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!  We got a huge surprise!  It snowed at my house New Year's Eve and it only snows here in Southern Arizona once every few years so it was a real treat!  My project today was inspired that that snowstorm which dropped quite a bit of snow throughout the SouthWest and freshened up my little corner of it.

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I used Vista cardstock for the card base.  I love the beautiful blue and the smooth texture of the mica/metallic paper.

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I used Mirrored Reflective Cardstock for the snowflake and the word "snow".

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I used Stampin' Up's Snowflake Card Thinlits Die and the coordinating Letterpress Winter.  I really like how the card folds and unfolds to reveal the front and back of the snowflake.

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Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you are enjoying 2015 so far!

I'm entering this card in the JUGS #274 winter challenge: winter

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Looking through a Christmas Window

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  *singing*  At least it does in every store in town!  Many of us like to get our Christmas cards done early so we here on the blog are giving you ideas on what you can make using paper from Paper Temptress's  Christmas Paper Pack.

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I used Red Ruche from the Christmas Paper Pack  for the outside of the house and  I made the window out of the Autumn Hay.  The greenery is the gorgeous Emerald Metallic cardstock.

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As you open the card you will see that the window was cut open so that you can see the main image on the inside of the card.

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Here’s the image on the inside of the card.  I sponged some yellow around the image to make it more warm and welcoming.

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Thank you for stopping by!  I will be taking some time off from the blog for the month of December while my husband has surgery but I'll be back after the first of the year!  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Blast from the Past - Snowflakes Tutorial

Since I'm living in a construction zone right now due to an unfortunate plumbing issue which led to the dishwasher flooding our kitchen and hallway, getting underneath our wood laminate flooring and into our walls... I decided it would be a good idea to post a Blast from the Past post using one of my favorite cards from last year.  What's great is that the Paper Temptress's Christmas paper package is on sale again right now!!!  I love this paper so much that I've ordered more of it throughout the year.  It's gorgeous!  Now onto the post:

I have a special treat for you today!  This is one of the cards I made using the Paper Temptress's Christmas paper package which is on SALE!!  You can really get a lot of cards out of the package!   I tried a new technique for this card which is called Die Cut Inlay.  The paper I used are: Black Onyz Mica/MetallicRusso Incandescent and Candido Incandescent for the snowflakes.

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 I found a video by Jennifer McGuire here: Die Inlay It's a fun technique and I think I did pretty well considering this was my first try at it.  I had to work with a LOT of small pieces because I chose snowflakes... which have a lot of small pieces.  hehe!

First, you need to choose your background paper and the inlay paper.  You need to decide where you want the inlay pieces (snowflakes) to be on the background paper.   I placed the snowflake dies on top of the black Onyz background, taped them into place and ran it through my die cutting machine. (pictured below - you can see the black snowflakes top left of the image and the black background cut out just below.)  You then need to cut the same pieces (in my case - the snowflakes) out of the contrasting (inlay) paper also shown below:

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Be sure to save all the little pieces - you'll need them!  Next you will adhere your background paper to the card and then start filling in the white spaces.  It's just like a puzzle.  You need to be sure to fit the snowflakes and the tiny pieces in where they fit.  You'll need to dot liquid glue to the backs of the pieces.  My favorite glue is Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue found in most craft stores.  The smaller bottle has a fine tip so you can easily manage how much glue comes out.  Try not to get glue on the background paper or on the top of the snowflakes.  I use tweezers to pick up the pieces and place them onto the card.

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You can see that parts of a couple of snowflakes hang over the edge.  Carefully cut off the excess for a professional look.  You can see in the photo below how the card is one layer.  I added 1/2 pearls to the snowflakes to give them an elegant look.

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I added a sentiment for the finishing touch.  I just LOVE how the Black Onyz shines in the light.

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Thank you for stopping by!  This was a fun card to make even if it was kind of time-consuming.  But once I started putting the "puzzle" together, it was fun and went quickly!  If you try this technique of Die Cut Inlay, please let me know!  I'd love to see it!  

The Good Stuff:
Snowflake dies: Lifestyle Crafts - Snowflakes / Spellbinders - Create A Flake One / Sentiment stamp - Stampin Up - Angelic Joy (no longer available) / Spellbinders dies: Fancy Framed Tags Two & Labels Twenty

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Blended Bloom

Good morning!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  Today I have a card that could be used as a friendship card for someone who is going through a rough time, or is ill or having surgery or even a sympathy card.  


I stamped the flower onto Cryogen White cardstock and colored it with Stampin' Up's new Blendability markers in Calypso Coral.  The leaves were also stamped onto Cryogen White cardstock  and the background was stamped onto Kraft cardstock.

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Thank you for stopping by!

Other supplies used: Stampin' Up stamps: Blended Bloom, Wonderfall, Hardwood and Gifts of Kindness

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Happy Labor day weekend!  To get the weekend started off right I thought I would make a USA flag card for you.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and just had to give it a try!

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Here's a different angle.  I popped the stars up so they stand out more and *pop*!

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Thank you for stopping by!  We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!

Paper used on this card:  Jupiter RedCitrine and Deep Blue Crepe (Ruche).
Punches from Stampin' Up!