Saturday, February 28, 2015

Special Ops: Storybook Houses

It's no secret that I love to pickup something for nothing and turn it into a masterpiece. These items were found at an after Christmas sale for 50 cents!
~ Storybook Houses ~
Today's technique changes Primitive Country Christmas d├ęcor into vibrant, jewel-toned Storybook Houses.
Step 1:
Trace the outline of the block or house onto paper.
Step 2:
Cut out the shape and trim to fit. 

Step 3:
Stamp and heat emboss a design on to the paper.
Step 4:
Paint or color the image then adhere the paper to the block.
I used my mists and a small paint brush.
The embossed lines kept the colors from merging.
Step 5:
Wrap the edges with washi tape.
Paint the top and sides of the block with Mod Podge.
I used three layers of Mod Podge on my blocks.
Paper:Crate Paper
Washi: Love My Tapes
Stamps:Prima, Inkadinkado, Stamps Happen Inc, J. Mauck
Pigment Ink:Clearsnap
Embossing Powder:WOW
Mist:Heidi Swapp, Tattered Angels, Dylusions
Surface Sealant:Mod Podge
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Thursday, February 26, 2015


Welcome to the Scrapping Our Stash blog hop.
The embossed Princess and Crown on this banner were made using a stencil by Funfare. I thought they matched the sweet Eiffel Tower image I've been hoarding since...2011! Not to mention the Making Memories Flowers from 07 or 08.
You can find many other Funfare designs HERE.
That mask I used for the misted background is a vintage tatted collar. 
It fits right in with the bit of vintage lace at the top and the piece wrapped around the Tower. I've spent so much time collecting these bits of lace I have been forgetting to use them!

Be sure to stop by each blog for inspiration and sign up for a few freebies on the way!
Here is the order of the blog hop: 
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Paper:Maja Design, MME
Trim, Mask:Vintage Lace
Mist, Pigment Ink, Chalk:Clearsnap
Embossing Powder:Wow, Stampendous

Scrap On!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Forever, My Valentine

Well, the month got away from me and I didn't get all my Valentine's cards posted before the big day. But they are still pretty and so VERY fun to share. These cards were made with my Memorable Seasons Kit for February.
~ Forever ~
I find it easiest to put together more than one card using the same set of supplies, just with a few changes. Clearly these cards share a heart doily!!!
The majority of the paper is Crate Paper: Kiss Kiss with a few bits from former kits. Pink and aqua are one of the few combinations that make me like pink. The extra bit of red just spices things up.
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Love Always

My oldest daughter was tiny at birth and stayed that way till she hit her teens. In this photo she is wearing a 3-6 month blouse as a dress! She is 2 1/2 months old.
~ Love Always ~
This layout is my entry for Red Carpet Studios
Create a "girly" project with lots of layers.
All Papers and Diecuts are from Memorable Seasons kits.
Paper:Crate Paper, Fancy Pants
Die Cuts:October Afternoon, Crate Paper
Flowers:Making Memories
Twine:Two Berry Creative
Border Punch:EK Success
Puffy Stickers:Heidi Swapp
Washi Tape:Love My Tapes
Glitter Paste:Bo Bunny
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Little did I know that when I posted this Mermaid Valentine card using Funfare Stencils that the technique I used to make the ocean and waves would interest so many people!
~ Oceans of Love ~
I am thrilled to share with you exactly how I did it.
It was a long and artsy process so settle in for a LIST of photos. 
Paper Supplies in Inches:
Heavy cardstock for card, 4x6
Medium to heavy weight cardstock for image base, 3.5 x 5.5
Scraps of paper for tearing. 7x3
Tear your paper scrap in half. Tear slowly and with lots of "dips".
Don't feel silly practicing this!
The torn paper is the key to the wave look.
Coloring Products:
 White embossing powder (Zing), white pigment ink (Clearsnap), and three colors of mist.
I used a mint green (Heidi Swapp), a teal (Tattered Angels)
and London Blue (Dylusions).
For tools you will need sponges or cotton rounds and a pointed stick (mine is for applying rubons).
Adhere the torn paper strip with the strait edge 1/4 of the way from the top. Apply the adhesive just to the ends so that no debris remains on the image base.
Mist the sponge with the lightest color and spread it on the base in a circular motion. The color should cover all the paper beneath the torn strip.
Repeat the process with the medium color but do not cover the entire paper.
Sprinkle the darkest color onto the base by removing the spritzer and tapping the tube. Be sure to cover the top of the base with a scrap paper to catch oops drips. Leave the drops on the paper about 10 seconds before spreading them in a circular motion.

 The base needs to be completely dry before begin this next step.
Using the pigment ink daub the base right at the edge of the torn paper. The width of the ink strip will be the width of the white caps on the waves.

Dust the ink with embossing powder. Tap off the extra and use a paintbrush to remove any unwanted portions. Use the stick to scrape circular lines in the powder. Heat to set. 
Place the mermaid stencil over the ocean and apply ink.
Dust with embossing powder, heat to set.

To complete my mermaid I used Clearsnap ink and WOW embossing powder. The Sentiment is MME and the sticker is Heidi Swapp. All papers used are Craft Smith.
I can't wait to see this technique showing up on projects!
Be sure to share.
Scrap On!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Remember Today

Red Carpet Studio Challenge #89
Use snowflakes and white paint or modeling paste.
These photos of my mom, brother, and I were taken Christmas Day 2013.
~ Remember Today ~ 
This is one of those layouts that simply does NOT do well on camera. In person the black & white layers stand out sharply against each other. The paint and modeling paste is clearly visible. Even the snowflakes tucked among the flowers make a sharp contrast. It seems, however, that you will just have to take my word for it!!!
Snowflake Punch:Martha Stewart
Border Punch:Kreaxions #312
Title, Stickers:Echo Park
Modeling Paste:Liquitex
Paint:Craft Smart
Dimensional Paint:Ranger
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Sparring with Destiny

Star Wars is a BIG deal at our house. The Funfare Star Wars Stencil set fits right in. Here I've used it to embellish this layout.
~ Sparring With Destiny ~
To get those great silhouettes I used a reverse stencil process.
Here are the instructions:
Liberally ink the back of the stencil with pigment ink.
Place the stencil ink side down on the paper to be embellished. Place another paper over the stencil and rub all over to transfer the ink. A brayer works great here but fingertips will do.
Dust the image with embossing powder.
Tap off the extra and heat to set.
If you are looking for an even more dramatic result use a textured paper like this one from Craft Smith Co.
Paper:Craft Smith, Bo Bunny
Stickers:Creative Imaginations
Alpha:Little Yellow Bicycle
Stencils:Fun Fare
Embossing Powder:Zing
Glitter Paste:Bo Bunny
Border Punch:Kreaxions #909 and #920
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Sunday, February 15, 2015


Red Carpet Studio
 Challenge #90: Casablanca
Black and White, + 1
These photos of my second child were taken in the hospital.
This is my luck Friday the 13th daughter born in Italy.
Healthy, strong, and pleased with the black and white stuffed tiger Daddy bought for her first toy.
~ Lori ~
The center cut doily was achieved with the Kreaxions circle cutter set at 7 inches then punched around the edges at varying depths with Kreaxions Punch #918.
Punch # 916 is used on the corner of the larger photo.
To give the layout more texture I scrunched the washi tape after applying.
(turned once to the right)
Paper:Crate Paper
Washi Tape:Love My Tapes
Punches:EK Success, Kreaxions
Wood Chips:Prima, Stash
Alpha:American Crafts
Tiny Type:Glitz
Dimensional Paint:Ranger, Duncan
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Saturday, February 14, 2015

So This is Love

 My second daughter's pregnancy was very difficult and the birth ended with a loss of spinal fluid. This resulted in an agonizing head ache that lasted a couple of weeks...although it felt like MONTHS! In all of the distraction I still was amazed at the beautiful creature I had given life to.
~ So This Is Love ~
When my background paper has a very busy pattern I have to find a way to pop-up my title. One way to do that is to build a base with strips of Washi Tape. I use a contrasting color for my title to make it extra visible.
Paper and Burlap:Craft Smith
Washi:Studio g, Crafty Steals, Love My Tapes, Japan
Flowers:Petaloo, Prima
Twine:Two Berry Creative
Metal Charm:Momenta
Alpha and Tiny Type:Echo Park
Heart Punch:EK Success
Corner Punches:Kreaxions #913, #916, #917
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Dream Big

I am THRILLED to announce that I am on the design team for
Love My Tapes!
Washi tape is ULTRA fun to play with and comes in plenty of color and prints.
Be sure to stop by these Social Media sites to keep up with my new company!
 Hot-air-Balloons and puffy clouds go together like stars and sparkles!
Although I've never ridden in an airship it is definitely on my bucket list.
~ Dream Big ~
The sequin clouds on this card are my rendition of beautiful pearl clouds by Lee-Anne Thornton. The stars inside the balloon are strips of washi tape cut to fit exactly.

Paper:Craft Smith
Washi Tape:MME, Love My Tapes
Tiny Type:Authentique
Metallic Rub:InkaGold
Sequins:Greenbrier International
Balloon Pattern:Silhouette Portrait

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sisters Forever

When my first child became a sister she wasn't so sure about this intruder. In fact, she chose to simply ignore her for the first few months. Eventually she accepted her, but it wasn't an easy process.
~ Sisters Forever? ~
This layout is my entry for the February Scrappy Friends Challenge
I used horizontal row 1:Sticker, 2-word Title, File Folder
Kelly's Word Challenge
I used "forever"
Paper:Carta Bella, Crate Paper
File Folder:Making Memories
Burlap:Carta Bella
Stickers, Alpha:Echo Park
Trim:Ranger, Recollections, Stash
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Good Day

 A couple days before my birthday a sweet friend of mine took me to the races. It was my first time and I LOVED it!!! The following day I drove by one of the race cars being repaired. The crew very amiably took my photo next to the car.
~ A Good Day~
A banner is a quick way to add washi to a project.
A couple brads to hold the twine down, and an assortment of tapes folded over the twine make a colorful statement.
Paper:Craft Smith
Washi:MME, Japan, Target, Love My Tapes
Brads:Teresa Collins
Resin Flowers:Basic Grey
Stickers and Tiny Type:Echo Park
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fun Fare Design Team

I am super thrilled to be working with Fun Fare by M and N Creative Designs!!! 
Although these stencils are originally meant for food decoration I see SUPER FUN cards and party invitations when I look at them!!!
Here are the sets I was sent:
So many more stencils are available!
Check them out in the Etsy shop:
What is JUST as important as variety?
Well PRICE of course!
The 6 piece sets are just $10 and individual stencils range from $0.75 to $2.
Go check them out!!!!
And like that Facebook page as well.
For my first project I chose the Mermaid.
First I sponged a bit of mist onto the card in swirls.
Then I added pigment ink and white embossing powder for the waves.
The mermaid is inked and embossed in gold.
Paper:Craft Smith Co.
Pigment Ink:Clearsnap
Embossing Powder:WOW, Zing
Mist:Heidi Swapp, Dylusions
Alpha:Prima and American Crafts
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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Love You

SWAT Drill #49
Valentine's Cards
Every year I make the kids cards.
It's getting harder to keep them a surprise, but
 a Mom's gotta do what a Mom's gotta do!
~ Love You ~
I used a wonderful lime green washi tape to create a checker board design for my background. Next I layered modeling paste stars and a gold heart doily over the top.
Very traditional and Oh So Sweet!
Paper:Craft Smith
Alpha:Basic Grey
Modeling Paste:Liquitex
Mask:Memory Box
Punch:Kreaxions #905
Scrap On!