Hi and thanks for checking out my crafting blog. While it will primarily be dedicated to paper crafting, particularly card making, I do love a variety of crafts. So you never know what might show up here. Hopefully you can pop by often to see what this nerdy girl is currently crafting.
which provided the
inspiration for the layout and how I did the background.
For this piece, I started by stamping the acorn and leaves
on a snippet of X-Press paper with Memento Rich Cocoa.Then I colored them with Copics and fussy cut
them out with my Fiskars fingertip craft knife. The image is by
I don’t know about you, but white edges drive me batty when
I fussy cut things out.So I’ve got a
tip for dealing with that.After I cut
the piece out, I place it on a piece of scrap paper and run a marker in the
same/ similar color as the ink I stamped with along the piece.Basically I trace the piece on the scrap
paper.That way the edges get
colored.Just be careful, I can’t tell
you the number of times I slipped and add a line to the image.Here are some before and after pictures.
For the base, I took a piece of patterned paper and stamped
with the background sentiment stamp by the Stampin Place with Versafine in Vintage Sepia and embossed with clear embossing powder.I added the lace to the back of the piece and attached that to the kraft
I used a Spellbinders die to cut out the piece for the
sentiment.The sentiment is by Impression
Obsession and stamped with Versamagic in pumpkin spice.
For this card, I took a three by three piece of cream
cardstock and stamped it with the Inkadinkado flourish stamp with Versamark and
heat embossed with clear powder.Then I inked
the piece with Distress Inks in Spiced Maramalde, Fired Brick and Wild Honey. And wiped the ink off the embossed
portions.Then I cut the square into
inchies (one inch square).I took five
of the inchies and added stamped images and the sentiment.I added the squares to a kraft base.Then I added the orange ribbon from August’s ribbon club assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbons.I made the bow using my bow-it-all and added it with a glue dot.
The stamps used are:
butterflies – Stampendous
Big leaf – Fiskars
Small Leaf –
Fall – Stampendous
This card is my version of an absolutely beautiful card made
by Jennifer McGuire. Jennifer McGuire Get Well. You will notice that my piece is strikingly
similar.I used different stamps and
different techniques but I just loved Jennifer’s piece, and as they say,
imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Because it is so similar to Jennifer’s piece,
I wasn’t going to post it but, I really like how the butterfly came out.So I decided to share it.
To create this card, I started with two pieces of watercolor
paper.For the card base, I brayered on
Distress Ink in fired brick.Because the
paper has some texture and I used the brayer to apply the ink, it created a
cool effect.I think I misted the brayer
with a little water to get better coverage.For the smaller piece, I used Spiced Marmalade and did the same
thing.I stamped both pieces with
Inkadinkado flourish stamps with Memento Rich Cocoa ink.After stamping, I used my corner rounder on
the smaller piece.
I inked a scrap of watercolor paper with DI in Fired Brick
for the sentiment, stamped it with DI in Vintage Photo and dovetailed the
ends.I inked the edges with Vintage
Photo as well.When I attached it to the
smaller piece, I put a foam square in the center and then used adhesive on the
ends to glue them down.
For the butterfly, I stamped the butterfly with Versafine in
Onyx Black and embossed with clear embossing powder.Then I painted the butterfly with twinkle
Once assembled, I added liquid pearls in Cantaloupe and
Rogue.To get them to flatten, I applied
a couple of dots at a time and then thwapped (yes, I just made up that word) the
card against my craft desk.Basically, I
tapped, with some force, the back of the card against my desk until I liked the
look of the dots.I figured out that
given the heat in Florida, the liquid pearls start to set up fairly
quickly.So I had to apply the dots in
batches or the thwapping wouldn’t work.
I started by cutting the tag shape with my silhouette from
watercolor paper and from plain cardstock.I actually made a few of these because I donated several to Operation
Write Home.So for the first one, I cut
the branch from the watercolor paper tag first and then the leaves.But that meant when I cut the leaf that’s
dangling off the branch, I didn’t get the full leaf.So I had to re-cut it from a snippet of
watercolor paper.For the rest of the
tags I made, I used the branch die to figure out the placement of the leaf, but
cut the leaves first.Hopefully that
makes sense.Then I ran the branch and leaves through my
Big Kick again to emboss them.
I inked the background with Distress Ink in Mustard
Seed.Then I stamped the background
sentiment by the Stampin Place with Tea Dye Distress Ink (I think).I colored the branch with Tea Dye and Vintage
Photo Distress Ink. The leaves were
colored with Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemon, Fired Brick and Barn Door.
I then attached the watercolor paper tag to the plain
cardstock.Then I placed the branch and leaves back into
the tag.To finish it off, I added some
ribbon from my stash, pattern paper to the card base and the tag on top.
Woo Hoo!!! I'm more than half way to my goal of 50 cards. I'm really going to have to get moving with posting if I want to meet my goal in time to do some crafty shopping on Black Friday.
The image is a stamp by Stampendous.I colored it with Distress Inks in Dusty
Concord, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade.I then used Frantage (by Stampendous) embossing powder and mica chips,
and some Martha Stewart glitter along the edge.I’m not sure if I like how it came out.I have a love-hate relationship with the Frantage embossing powders and
elements.I love the stuff I’ve seen it
used on but I tend to hate how it turns out when I use it.I think I just need to keep practicing with
Pumpkin Head Girl
This image is by Stampendous, stamped with Memento Tuxedo
Black and colored with Copics.I added stickles to her hat.I inked the edges with Distress Ink in Dusty
Concord.I think it needs an
embellishment but I can’t find one in my stash that I like how it looks with
This image is by Inkadinkado, stamped with Memento Tuxedo
Black and Colored with Copics.I added
stickles to the collar.I die cut the
oval and the scallop oval mat with Spellbinder nesties dies.
Girl Dressed Like Pumpkin
The image is by Recollections and was RAKed to me after last
year’s Stamptoberfest over at Two Peas.She’s stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics.I added stickles to her tights and the three
corners.The candy corn circle and mat
were cut with Spellbinder nestites dies.The candy corn is from the same stamp set as the girl.After coloring them, I added glossy accents
for some shine and dimension.The
background was made by repeatedly stamping on the diagonal a long sentiment
stamp by Stampendous.It is about 5
The image is from the same set as the girl dressed like a
pumpkin by Recollections, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with
Copics.I got a drip of ink on the top
corner, so I covered it with the enamel pumpkin sticker.The bow was made with my bow easy.The sentiment is by Studio G.
This is another fairly new stamp, by Outliners/ Hampton Art.I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black and
colored with Copics.I added liquid
pearls to the hat, stickles to the spider’s thread, metallic pen to the buckle
and Wink of Stella to the flower.I
created the bow with my bow-it-all.I
love that thing.
I know it is a little late for Halloween cards, but I didn't have a chance to post these before Halloween.
I just love House Mouse stamps.These cards (except for the very last one)
were made using stamps from a set of clear stamps by The Paper Studio that I’ve
had for years.I just think all the
little mice dressed up for Halloween are too cute.There are also stamps with the mice dressed
like a ghost, a bat, a vampire and a lobster.All of the images were colored with Copics, and I will list the colors
at the end of this post.
For the bottom half, I stamped the sentiment and the candy
corn using ColorBox ink.The “candy” and
the solid candy corn are by Studio G and the outlined candy corn are by Recollection.The mouse prints are from the same stamps set
as the mouse.I used the wavy blade for
my paper trimmer to cut the mat for the mouse and the mouse prints.Finally, I added some stickles to his
The orange strip is stamped with pumpkin baskets from the
same set using Versamark ink.They are
really hard to see.The sentiment is by The
Paper Studio (I think).The small
rectangle of pp is the reverse of the pp that I used for the card base.
For this one, I matted the image on an offset rectangle to
do something different.The ribbon is
from my stash.The sentiment is by
Studio G.I used Ranger enamel accents
in black to create the dots on either side of the sentiment.
The flowers was cut using my silhouette and colored with
Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade and I used buttons from my stash for the
For this card, I created a spinner card.I used my silhouette to cut the rectangle in the center of the purple paper and in the card base.Then I sandwiched twine between the image and the sentiment.
Then I sandwiched the ends of the twine between the purple paper and the card base so that the image is suspended in the whole in the card and will spin.
I added liquid pearl dots.I didn’t like how the image looked against
the white card bases, so I added a rectangle of green paper to the inside of
This last card was made using a new stamp I got this year
(pre-moratorium).It is a cling stamp by
Stampendous.Since it is such a big
image and I was sticking with a 4 x 5.5 card base, I kept this one fairly