Saturday, July 5, 2014

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

I made this card awhile back but I  thought it would be a great one to post this weekend.  I hope that all my American friends have a great 4th of July weekend!

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I first stamped the flag image onto Heavenly White cardstock . I then water-colored the flag.   After it dried I masked it and then sponged the background.  I stamped the children's parade with Versamark and then embossed with detail black embossing powder.  For the flag decorations below that I also stamped and water-colored them, cut them out and adhered them to the card.  The red and blue background cardstock are from the Patriotic Variety Package.

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend no matter where in the world you live.   Thank you for stopping by! 

Don't forget to shop the AMAZING SALE going on in the store right now!  30% off of EVERYTHING and some paper lines are 60% off!!  The sale ends when the weekend is over so shop now!  Paper Temptress

Stamps: from Flourishe's

Thursday, July 3, 2014

FABULOUS SALE at Paper Temptress! 30% - 60% off!


WOW! WOW! WOW! Now that's what I'm talking about! This is such an amazing sale by Patricia Dunbar who is the Paper Temptress! I absolutely love all of the specialty cardstock she carries in her store. Now is the perfect time to try some of the best cardstock around with everything, and I mean EVERYTHING on sale 30% - 60% off!  I'm going to stock up on some of my favorites now too!  Happy crafting!  


Here's the link to the store: Paper Temptress
And here's the link to the blog: Paper Temptress's Community


Here's some of the gorgeous paper that I LOVE:
  









These are just some of the amazing specialty papers that are carried in the "Paper Temptress" store.  Shop now!  

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Butterflies Everywhere! *mini tutorial included

I am making a butterfly mobile for a precious special needs little girl.  She loves bright colors and butterflies so I've been making them like crazy!  These are a fair amount of work so it's taking me more time than I originally wanted to take but I'm sure she will love it when I finally get finished with it.
I will post another day when I actually have the mobile done but for now, enjoy these butterflies!

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I used black Onyz for the outline of the butterflies.  I explain that process below.  As you can see in these photos, I shaped the butterflies so that they would be 3-dimensional.  Once they're hanging from the mobile they should look like they are flying.

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I ran the butterfly dies through my Big Shot using the Onyz paper  and all the little pieces came out as you can see on the right side of the photo.  I used Heavenly White paper for the background of the butterfly and colored it using copics.  I placed the black outline on top of the white paper and colored in the individual sections.  I then took the black outline off and expanded the coloring a bit so that if I didn't glue the outline exactly where I originally had it, it would still look ok.

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When gluing the black outline on top of the colored butterfly cut-out, it's important to shape the card as you glue the together.  If you wait until the glue dries then the paper won't bend right.  The Onyz paper  is a nice, thick and sturdy paper.  When you glue it to the other paper it holds that shape nicely.  I colored both sides of the white butterfly paper so that it is colorful from any angle.  So... I cut out another black outline and glued it to the back.  The front of this butterfly is below.

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Here is another butterfly using pink, blue and purple copics.  The thick outline of this set made it much easier to glue than the thin outline above - but I like the look of both.

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This is the back of this butterfly with it face-down.  You can see how I colored this side and added the 2nd black outline.  You can also see that it's shaped and not flat.

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Here it is right-side up.

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This is one of my favorite butterflies.  I enjoyed coloring different colors in the outer circle cut-outs on the wings.

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Below are the smallest and largest butterflies.  The smallest one is about 1 1/2" wide and the large one is about 3 1/2" wide.  They would be a bit wider if they weren't bent and shaped.  The orange area of the large butterfly has two shades of orange.  I thought it made a dramatic effect if I feathered the darker color on top of the light.
I plan to put pearls or other "bling" onto the butterfly bodies after I get them hanging on the mobile.  I'll be sure to glue them on good so they don't fall off!

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

The butterfly dies that I used are Spellbinders and Memory Box dies.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Paper Temptress is tempting us with an awesome sale!



Summer is here….YEAH!

Sooooo I think the best way to celebrate summer’s arrival is to help you add BEAUTIFUL cardstock to your stash at great prices! PaperTemptress’sLustre Paperline on sale for 25% …..

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Silver Lustre Package


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Laser Lustre Glossy Package

Along with the Lustre, the textured Brown Bag/Kraft paperline is 30% and the very pretty Iridescentpaperline is on sale for 30% off!

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Colored Brown Bag Package

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Floral Garden with tutorial

I thought it would be fun to do a 'Blast from the Past' that uses several of the yummy paper that are on sale at PaperTemptress.com.  The gorgeous Lustre Paperline is on sale for 25% off  and the Hambly Studio is on sale at a 50% discount!  Be sure to check out the rest of PaperTemptress's monthly specials on the new Sales page.

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I first started off with a teal cardstock and dark brown cardstock from the Basis pack and a Hambly overlay.  There are a LOT of Hambly overlays and Screenprints available at the store,in fact,Patricia has cut them down to 6×6 sheets and is selling them in sets. They are on sale too!
I used a floral die from Stampin up to make a window for the overlay to show through.  I then layered them and adhered them to the front of a card.

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Next I took these beautiful purple and pink vellum ,white Smoothie Silver Lustre and Emerald Mica.
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I took my Martha Stewart punches and just started having fun punching them out.  (the punches I used are pictured at the end of this post.)  I then took my flower making kit (by Punch Bunch) and took out the embossing tool (with the round metal ball at the end.)    

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On a floral moulding mat I first turned the flower upside down and embossed the petals by gently rolling the ball in a circular motion.  Once all the petals are shaped in upward cups I turned the flower rightside up and gently embossed the center of the flower.  Below you can see two white flowers that are embossed and the one at the bottom still needs the center embossed.

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Here’s a look at the flowers close up.  I dabbed liquid pearls in the centers.  The large flower in the center was stamped with versa mark ink and heat embossed with detail white embossing powder.

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And the top corner:

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I added some “shininess”to the overlay by putting some Viva Pearl Pen (Magic Transparent Blue).  It was really hard to photograph because the overlay reflects the light so much but I think the photo below captures it the best.

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Here’s the card with the Martha Stewart punches I used.  

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Here's some of the other supplies I used for this card.

Thank you for coming by!   I hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and have a great weekend!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Butterfly Clip & a Tutorial

I have a little tutorial for you today.    I made a butterfly and attached it to a clip so that it could be clipped anywhere you like!

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First I cut out 2 of the Memory Box Willoughby Butterfly die out of  Anthracite paper.  I cut the  Memory Box Asti Butterfly out of X-Press It found in the Copic Sampler Pack.   I laid the cutout on top of the white and colored it in with copics.  I flipped over the white paper and colored in the back side too.  I then glued the outline on top of the X-Press It and shaped it before the glue dried.

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I took the 2nd butterfly outline and with fishing wire tired it to a small clip.  This is what it looked like on the top of the clip.

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And this is what it looks like inside the clip.

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After the black butterfly outline is attached to the clip I glued it to the underside of the butterfly. 

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 Here is what the underside of the clip looks like...

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Here's the back of the butterfly once it's clipped to a paper.

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I added some diamond Stickles to the wings and some bling to the center.  I think it's just what the butterfly needed!  You can also see how the wings are shaped in the following photo.  

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And here's the front again:

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I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial.  Since this butterfly is made of paper you would need to be sure and not get it wet but it would be fun to clip to a gift package, onto a card or anywhere you would like a little butterfly clip.
Thank you for stopping by!

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.
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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:
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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.
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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.

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I colored the flowers and leaves with copics and tries to give it somewhat of a soft touch.
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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.
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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?
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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! 
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 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??!!!
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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"