Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Paper Temptress Design Team Call

FOR ALL MY CRAFTY FRIENDS: Paper Temptress is having a DT Call, details are listed below.
I have worked with Patricia Dunbar, owner of Paper Temptress, for over a 1 1/2 years now and I LOVE working with her and the rest of the team. These ladies are wonderful friends and we help each other out. This has been the very best DT I've been on and to top it off, the paper is amazing!!! I love the gorgeous specialty papers and am happy to use them on my projects. The details of the Design Team call are listed below. The email address is at the bottom of the post. I hope you will join us! 
"DT Call
Paper Temptress is having a DT call for the Paper Temptress blog. We are looking for 6 to 7 DT members who would like to work in a stress free and fun team.
Design Team Requirements
You must have an active blog that you post on regularly
You must be able to commit long term
You will have a 4 month probation period
Any level can apply, we want everyone to see all kinds of projects at every level so do NOT be intimidated
You do not need to have DT experience to apply
Looking for all types of paper crafters (mixed media, markers- any type, cards, etc.)
You are required to do two to three cards/projects each month
You may use any company's image/stamp UNLESS the requirement calls for something specific which we will supply you with
DT members will begin their term in December 2015
Design Team Benefits:
You will be supplied with products from Paper Temptress
PLEASE state Paper Temptress DT CALL in your email subject line and including your blog link, present and past DTs, a short paragraph about why you want to be on the team and attach 3 pictures of your work to . We will notify you by email.

Deadline for the call October 31, 2015"

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Grown With Love ~ tutorial

Good morning!  I have a card and a tutorial for you today.


The card I made today started out one way and ended up a bit differently than I first imagined it but that's ok.  Sometimes it works out better that way!  The first thing I did was stamp my image onto Rose Vellum and then I embossed it with black embossing powder.  I don't have a photo of that stage but this is what is looks like after coloring it on the back with copic markers.


This is what the image looks like from the front after coloring it on the back.  I marked on the vellum where I wanted to cut it out to fit the seed packet.  (image coming up).


After it was all colored I added a touch of markers for shading on the front being very careful to not smear the black ink as shown on the berries and leaf below.

Grown with Love3

I stamped the seed packet image from Flourishes onto Heavenly White and embossed it with black embossing powder.  I used some of the swirl stamps and stamped and embossed in black onto the Rose Vellum. I then cut out the vellum and adhered it to the seed packet image.


Look how cool it looks with the light shining behind it!


This is what it looks like on the back.


I distressed the white a bit to give it a vintage look.


I marked and cut base of the card and the two layers of paper I wanted to use as mats behind the main image.  The gorgeous papers I used were Punch and Amethyst from the Mica/Metallic cardstock.  I used the text weight cardstock in the Amethyst color and it was quite a bit easier to cut than the heavy weight cardstock that the Punch color.  I have found that when layering or even dry embossing, the text weight works great and it's even cheaper to buy & ship!  I think I will stock up on some of my favorite colors.


Here's what the card looks like before putting on the top layer.  It doesn't matter that they don't match exactly because it won't be seen from the top.


Here's the card after gluing the top onto the other layers.  I'm quite pleased with how this turned out.  I hope that you like it too.


Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Visit me at FancyCrafty{Me}

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.


 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.


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


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 
Nestabilites Labels 39

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!


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.


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.


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.

C&L Mermaid

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


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


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.


(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!


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.


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?


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.


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!


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!


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.


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!


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.


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.  


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.


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!  


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.  


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


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.


 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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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!