Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Stitches & Swirls Thank You Note and a Tutorial.

I usually only post on The Paper Temptress blog once every two weeks but one of the design team members was sick and caring for sick children so I offered to post for her.  I ended up not only making a card but doing a tutorial too!  I hope you enjoy it!
It's always nice to have Thank You notes on hand so I decided to make one for today's post.  I thought it would be fun to show you how to make your own designer paper.  I used a great stamp set by Paperty Ink called Stitches & Swirls.
I used gray ink on the card that I made.  The stamp set is made of clear polymer so it didn't really show up with the gray ink so I made another background using black ink on the stamp shown here:
I used my favorite paper for copics which is Cryogen White.  Cryogen is kind of sparkly when seen at certain angles in the light.  First step is to make sure that you have scratch paper underneath the paper you are stamping on.  Instead of stamping the image in the center of the card, I stamped it in the bottom left-hand corner.  As you can see, some of the ink stamped onto the scratch paper underneath.  The two papers are almost exactly the same so I moved the Cryogen over so you could see the scratch paper.
I turned the paper over and stamped the image again onto the bottom left hand corner.  I placed the one I finished on the left side of the photo so you can kind of see how the stamped image on the right is similar to how I stamped it on the first one.

I colored the flowers and leaves with copics and tries to give it somewhat of a soft touch.
I colored the flowers and leaves with copics and tries to give it somewhat of a soft touch.  I used Amethyst for the frame and the word "Thanks".  I love the shimmer of the paper.  A great hint is to cut out the center of the frame just smaller than the paper that you are framing so that you can use it for other projects as shown in the photo below.

Here is the finished card again.  I added some lace, floral ribbon and some little pearls for a final touch.
Thank you for stopping by!   I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial today.  Have a great week!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Thinking of You

I LOVE butterflies!  Don't you?
I cut the butterfly out of Black Onyz.  I then used the cut-out to trace the outline on Heavenly White #80 and cut it out.  I colored it with copics as shown in the photo below.  I love how wonderfully smooth Heavenly White is... amazing for copics use! 
 I glued the black outline onto the colored paper and bent the wings so that the butterfly would look as though it was about to fly right off the paper!   The butterfly is mounted onto Razzleberry cardstock.  Doesn't it look yummy??!!!
I like the quote "Thinking of you" because it can be used for many occasions such as everyday, sympathy or offering a friend some strength during a rough time.
Thank you for stopping by!   Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
Other products used:
Cheery Lynn die- Exotic Butterfly med.#3
Copics RV000, RV02, RV52, V12, V15, V17
Stamp: Stampin' Up Gifts of Kindness
The dimensions of the card are 3.45" x 4.25"

Saturday, March 1, 2014

With Sympathy

None of us ever want to need a reason to have a sympathy card but in reality we will know someone who loses a loved one so it's always good to keep one or two on hand.   I like to have my sympathy cards convey a soft and comforting feeling.  Butterflies are often used for sympathy cards as a symbol that the loved one has emerged from a cocoon and is flying as free as a butterfly in heaven.  Sadly a dear friend of mine's daughter passed away so I made this card for her.  She has some rough times ahead of her but I'll be there for her especially since it's a road I am continuing to travel.
I used Basis Pink for the background and embossed it with QuicKutz Frame embossing folder.  I stamped the image onto Cryogen White and colored the image with copics.  I used Magenta Vellum for the frame behind the image and the butterflies.  I used one fabric rosette and made the leaves out of Mica/Metallic Emerald.  I LOVE this paper!  I frequently use it for making leaves.
Quick hint: Cut out the center of the vellum before adhering to the back of the image.  You can use that vellum for other projects or to punch out butterflies like I did.

I love how that fabric rosette looks on the card.  I also bent the butterflies in the center before I adhered them to the card so they look like they are flying.  The mini pearl centers are a nice touch.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Copics = RV00, R81, R83, R85, YG63, G24
Image = Stampin Up's Apothecary Art
Sentiment = My Cute Stamps: Ashley's Blossoms
Fabric flower = The Paper Studio's Pink Large Rosette
Martha Stewart Punches = butterflies and leaves

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Tilda's Heart

I know that Valentine's day is over, really I do!  hehe!  But I feel that every day is a good day to be in love.  I'm a bit of an expert at it because I've been married to my awesome husband for almost 29 years!  Our anniversary is in April and we are more in love now than ever before!  We've raised 4 children together and hope to have grandchildren to spoil someday.
I LOVE all things that have to do with hearts, the color pink and love.  I also love Magnolia stamps and Tilda is holding out her heart today.  I used my favorite paper for coloring copics on which is Cryogen White.  I colored Tilda with my copics and cut and embossed with Spellbinders.
Here's a closer look at Tilda.  I haven't used my Magnolia stamps in a while and I was so happy to use this one.  I'll have to dust the stamps off and use more of them because I really enjoyed coloring this Tilda and putting this card together.
The card base is 5.5 x 5 inches and is out of Desert Storm Kraft cardstock.   The light pink background is from the  Light Pink from the Text Weight Mica package and the frame and hearts are Azelia.  I love the shimmer on these Mica papers and thought they went well with the Kraft.
I hope you all had a fantastic Valentine's Day.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you will come back again very soon!

Elegant Love

It's February first!  Valentine's day is this month so it's considered the month for romance, the month for LOVE!
The pink is the Light Pink from the Text Weight Mica package.  The white stripped strip of paper on the bottom is from the Silver Lustre Package and the LOVE is the Mirrored Reflective Cardstock.
Thank you for stopping by!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Owl Love

I can't believe that Valentine's day is just around the corner!   I made this cute card for my Stampin' Up card making group so I made 10 of them!
I had fun putting this cute card together.  These two love birds (ok,they’re owls) are looking at a beautiful moon together.   I used Wild Cherry Pop Tones for the background and tiny heart.  Wild Cherry is also found in Paper Temptresses Valentine’s Day Package which on sale!!
I used Black from the Basis Package for the silhouettes of the owls and branches.   The picture below is darker so that I could show you the shimmer of the moon.  LOVE the Gold Sparkle paper for it’s beautiful shine.
Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Embossing folder is by Sizzix called “Valentine set”and the punches are from Stampin Up.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Oh Come Let Us Adore Him

Are you ready for Christmas?? If you are then hooray for you!  Me... not so much!  haha  But I'm working on it!
My card today is a simple yet elegant Christmas card.  The background is the gorgeous Black Onyz .  The stamp "Come to Bethlehem" by Stampin' Up was embossed with silver embossing powder.  The sentiment was stamped onto Autumn Hay glimmer paper and then a red silky ribbon was added.  Easy Peasy and fast! 
Thank you for stopping by!  And as always, I appreciate each and every visit and comment!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Saying Merry Christmas with Poinsettias

I love to say "Merry Christmas!" with these handmade poinsettias!  I LOVE this gorgeous paper from the Paper Temptress!   All the paper I used came from the Christmas Paper package.
Poinsettias and "Merry" - Jupiter Red Mica/Metallic
"Christmas" and card background - Candido Incandescent
Embossed background - Emerald Mica
Dies and embossing folder:
Spellbinders - Layered Poinsettia
"Merry" - Taylored Expressions - very merry (with companion die)
"Christmas" - QuicKutz Holiday Phrases
Embossing folder - Cuttlebug - Holly
Thank you for stopping by today!  There's still time to order your paper from the Paper Temptress to make your Christmas cards!  I just ordered mine and it was shipped right away.  Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful Thursday Sale all weekend long at the Paper Temptress

Thankful Thursday….that is PaperTemptress’s sale name LOL!

Okay there is Black Friday,Cyber Monday,Small Business Saturday so I decided that PaperTemptress’s sale is going to be Thankful Thursday!  Clever huh…yeah right LOL!

Okay now to the good stuff!  Starting Thursday at 6AM (pst) everything and I mean everything will be on sale for 30% off until Monday December 2nd @ 6PM (pst)except for the products that are already discounted more than 30% off.  The amazing Leather paperline is already 40% off,all Ribbon is already 50% off,all Hambly Overlays,Screenprints,and stickers are 60% off too.

Once Monday @ 6PM every product that isRed,White,Green,Silver,Gold,Bronze or can be used on any Christmas design will go back to being 30% off so even if you miss the Thankful Thursday sale amazing deals are still available at PaperTemptress.com.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Snowflake at Night & A Tutorial

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 and I LOVE the gorgeous papers that come in it.!   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.
 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:
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.
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.
I added a sentiment for the finishing touch.  I just LOVE how the Black Onyz shines in the light.
Thank you for stopping by!  This was a fun card to make even if it was a little more time-consuming than most cards.  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!  Please leave a message for me below! 
The good stuff:
Snowflake dies: Lifestyle Crafts - Snowflakes; Spellbinders - Create A Flake One 
Sentiment: stamp - Stampin Up - Angelic Joy.  (Unfortunately this stamp has been discontinued and is no longer available) 
Spellbinders dies: Fancy Framed Tags Two & Labels Twenty
Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and don't forget to let me know if you make a project using the Die Cut Inlay technique!  

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Cards Galore! And a SALE!!!

I haven't been posting very often because I've been creating Christmas cards like mad!  Below is an idea of what I've been doing.  All of these card fronts are made using paper from the Paper Temptress.  I only used 1/2 of the Christmas paper package!  These papers are luscious and so fun to work with.  And you're in luck!  This paper package is ON SALE right now!!!  So hop on over to the store by clicking here.

Stay tuned because I plan to highlight these cards one at a time and will include a few tutorials.

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment!  Comments make my day! 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Through a Christmas Window

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  *singing*  At least it does in my craft room!  I have been busy making Christmas cards from the wonderfully beautiful paper from the Paper Temptress!   All of the paper I used is from the Christmas Paper Pack.


I used Red Ruche for the outside of the house.  I made the card out of the white paper found in the Christmas Paper Pack.    I made the window out of the Autumn Hay.  The greenery is the gorgeous Emerald Metallic cardstock.


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.  The image is from Stampin' Up called Welcome Christmas.  Unfortunately this set has been discontinued but you can still purchase the digital version here:  Welcome Christmas Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download .  The die I used is Taylored Expressions Picture Window.  


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


Thank you for stopping by!  I'll be back another time with more Christmas cards I made using 1/2 of paper from the Christmas Paper Pack.  I've made 8 cards and am still working on more so stay tuned!  
Have a great weekend and don't forget to leave a comment!  We all love comments!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Operation Write Home Blog Hop starts TODAY!

Hello Hopper! Thank you sooo much for coming by!
We brought our creativity together in the hopes that we would inspire you to join us (DT members) in doing a good deed!

Most of you know our Boys and Gals from the armed forces are deployed all over the world. Sometimes these men and woman are in places that make it very hard, or they’re far away from anywhere that they can pick up a sweet card to send a quick note home. Luckily, they have OPERATION WRITE HOME (OWH). OWH is a non-profit organization that sends special boxes filled with cards to soldiers all over the world. How can you help OWH keep the good deed going? Making cards!!! Yes! OWH angels receive tons of handmade cards from crafters all over the world, then they check and organize cards to be sent out to our soldiers. 

We would love for you to join us to help OWH. We thought it would be amazing fun to do a blog hop to inspire you! Design Teams from PaperTemptressOozak and Color me Creative Class will join together in one amazing Card Drive HOP. The fun just gets better! You can join in by making a project (following OWH – size and safety guidelines), entering a picture of the project on the hop inlinkz (One project linked per person please) then mailing the project to us. We would loooove it if you could send as many as you can by November 7th (we will screen them and send all of them to OWH) . You could win super prizes from amazing, super generous sponsors!!! YES!! You do a good deed and you also can win a sweet gift!!!

Thank you to our sponsors
I have three cards for you today using all papers from the Paper Temptress of course!  

This first card features paper from the Mica/Metallic paper family.  I used Copper for the tree and parts of the owl,  Amber for the owl, Spring Larch for the leaves and Emerald for the grass.

This second card also uses mostly shiny, smooth paper from the  Mica/Metallic paper family.  I used Amethyst for the background; Emerald Azalea and Bronz for the flag and Emerald for the "happy birthday" sentiment.   Just a hint, I used a water-based ink to stamp the sentiment and then used clear embossing powder and heat-set it so the ink wouldn't smear.  I used Cryogen White for the image and used my copics to color the image.  By the way, the image is from A day for daisies.

This last card has the same die for the tree but I used Brown Bag Cardstock instead of the metalic color I used on the first card. The owl stamps are stamped onto my favorite paper, Cryogen White and I colored them with copics.  The grass is Olive Cardstock from the Basis Package.  

It’s time to HOP around. Leave little note as you pass by these lovely designers’ blogs! Don’t forget to add you project to the inlinkz at the end of the Hop! You will also find the address to mail your cards at the end of the hop. You can Hop throughout the month of October. This way everyone in their own time can hop and join in!

Blog Hop list directory

OWH Prize Guidelines:
The ONLY objective to this blog hop is to get as many as possible "QUALITY" cards to our soldier's to send home so to meet that objective we are offering 
many great prizes that you can win! Here are the 14 prizes that are available:

Two $25.00 Gift Certificates from PaperTemptress.com
Three $15.00 Gift Certificates from Oozak.com
One Copic Coloring class offered at Color Me Creative classroom worth $50.00
One $25.00 Gift Certificate from Heartfelt Creations.com (I want to win that one LOL)
 One set of designer stamps created by Gilli Stamps.com
One $30.00 Gift Certificate from Bugaboo Digi Stamps
One $12 Gift Certificate from A Day for Daisies
A one year subscription of Through The Craft Door Magazine worth $18.00
Three Digis from Floppy Latte (worth is determined by choices of digis)
One $15 Gift Certificate from Sweet Pea Stamps
$10.00 worth of digis at Pizzas Aplenty 

SENTIMENTS TO USE…no Christmas since they will not arrive in time:
Thank you
Missing you
Thinking of you
Blank (no sentiment)

The person who sends in the most "QUALITY" cards (description on what is considered a QUALITY card is below in red) will win TWO prizes of THEIR 
choice having the first selection also so a real incentive to make as many QUALITY cards as possible…heck you have a whole month to create so do your 
best work EVER!

Then EIGHT more prizes will be handed out for the most QUALITY cards that are submitted with the winner also being able to select the prize they want. 
Example…one submits 10 quality cards and the next submits 9 quality cards so the person who submits 10 quality cards will have first choice at picking the 
prize and then the person who submitted 9 will choose next and so on.
The remaining 5 prizes will be selected randomly for everyone else that has submitted a QUALITY card and left a comment.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL, please remember this is such a worthy cause so let's work really hard to create a lot of happiness for those who are defending our 
freedom right now!

We do our best work for our heroes, since they do their best for us! Take your time to make beautiful cards, use your nice cardstock, and be sure everything is 
glued down well. No glitter, and no handwritten sentiments.....just really pretty cards! Remember that your card could be the last communication a family 
receives from their hero - and it could be scrapbooked and kept forever, so make it withstand the test of time. 

Thanks again and don't forget to leave some love!  


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Birthday Boy & Operation Write Home preview

Are you looking forward to the Operation Write Home Blog Hop??  We sure are!  It's coming up soon!  So for today's post I decided to give you a sneak peak at one of the cards I am sending to our brave soldiers.

The image I used is from A Day For Daisies who is one of the many sponsors for the Operation Write Home Blog Hop!  It is printed on my favorite paper Cryogen White which is VERY copic-friendly.  I love how it shines and is very smooth and great for blending your copic markers.  It's great for all your inks as I sponged around the inside of the tag with water-based ink pad.


Don't you just love all these luscious papers from the Paper Temptress?  I used Amethyst for the background; Emerald Azalea and Bronz for the flag and Emerald for the "happy birthday" sentiment.   Just a hint, I used a water-based ink to stamp the sentiment and then used clear embossing powder and heat-set it so the ink wouldn't smear.


Here's a closer look at the image.  Isn't he cute?

Thank you for stopping by today!  I look forward to each and every visit!  Don't forget to check back on October 2nd for our official Operation Write Home Blog Hop.  Make some cards for our soldiers and win some great gifts as well!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Follow me on Bloglovin!

As you all know, some of our favorite ways to follow each other's blogs are no longer available.  I am on Google + and on Facebook but I am also on Bloglovin.  I really like Bloglovin because you can choose to receive your updates individually as each blog your follow posts a new update or you can choose to have one email per day.  I chose the latter one and I love scrolling through one email to view each update.  You can click on an individual post too in case you would like to take a closer look.  Sign up for Bloglovin!

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Operation Write Home Blog Hop

I have some awesome new for you!!! I am so proud to announce that I'm participating in a blog hop for Operation Write Home!  I hope you will join us on October 2nd!  More details to come so stay tuned!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Fairy Angel for Aspen

Good afternoon everyone!  I'm so sorry I'm late getting my post up today.  I hope my project is worth the wait!
I made a Fairy Angel for a sweet little girl named Aspen who is having heart surgery next week.  I wanted to make something pretty for her to look at that could be hung from her IV pole.  I think it will help to brighten up her hospital room and as she looks at it she can remember how loved she is.
I didn't just want to hand the Fairy Angel to Aspen so I made a pocket card to put her in.  Some time ago I bought Martha Stewart's Circle Edge Punch but hadn't tried it before.  I found a great video on YouTube on how to use it.  It's found HERE.

Fairy Angel

The pocket is made out of Lazer SilverLustre.

Fairy Angel2

I used one of Sherry Baldy's stamp found here.  I printed the image on Cryogen White paper and colored her with copics.   

Fairy Angel4

I flipped the image in my Photoshop Elements program, printed her up and colored her with copics.  For some reason the flipped image turned out slightly smaller than the original so I cut out a doily in Smoothie Silver Lustre to help hide the small discrepancy in the different sizes of the image.  It also gives it shine and a delicate, feminine touch.

Fairy Angel3

Thank you for coming by today!  And don't forget to shop at The Paper Temptress for all your paper needs!  Patricia has some awesome sales going on now which will end soon so hurry on over!!  Also, please keep Aspen and her family in your prayers.  I've been in their shoes with my down daughter (who had multiple heart surgeries & other surgeries) and it's not an easy thing to get through.  Thanks again and don't forget to leave a comment!!!