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Thursday, February 26, 2009
A Little Birdy Told Me

Early Bird

I made this scene using the TAC Early Bird set. Did you know that this set was going to only be released for a limited time in January and now ... it is available at the regular price.

I stamped the tree trunk and then masked it. Then I stamped the top of the tree with green. I colored in the tree with my pencils and OMS. I stamped the bird on yellow paper and paper pieced him. The sky and grass were then sponged in and the sentiment stamped in black. Black and white polka dot ribbon added and viola!

I made this for a friend of mine's mom who is starting a difficult journey .. quitting smoking ... a little birdy told me that :) ... I hope it keeps her motivated to keep going.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Udderly Cute

I made this card with the TAC vintage set called S.W.A.K. (Sealed with a Kiss)that is out this month only!!

I stamped the image in black and then embossed him with clear embossing powder. I colored in the flowers with my tombow markers. Used my hole punch on the scallop circle ... and added my dots to the outer edge of the card. Tied a black and white ribbon to the card and viola!

Do you love this set as much as I do??? Hurry it is only available until February 28th and then it goes back in the vault ... just like the Disney movies.

Monday, February 23, 2009
Blog Hop - Butterfly Swirls

Thanks to Melisa for hosting another TAC/PaperWings Blog Hop.

This week we had to use the set Butterfly Swirls. I didn't have this set and Melisa helped me out with some images. I had her stamp these for me in black ink on white cardstock. When I got them I didn't really like the plainness of them and wanted them on colored cardstock. But how would that happen ... I didn't have the stamps.

There in lies the magic of chalks!!! You can color ANY image that is black and white and the background as well. So that is just what I did for this challenge.

Black and White Image

Colored Image - Chalks

Colored the image with my Basic Bright Chalk Kit. I used pinks and purples and then also highlighted parts of the butterfly with my Stardust Glitter pen.

Here is the finished card

I used the chalks along with a punched scallop circle. The other image was colored with chalks as well. Notice how I covered up the butterfly in the middle of the swirls? That is the beauty too of papercrafting ... just cover up items that you don't want to see with other images - BRILLIANT! I also used Lilly Anna patterned paper on this card as well as some lilac cardstock. Added a darker mauve grosgrain ribbon and viola!

Chalking is even great for black and white clip art that you print off on your computer. Try it today!

For more inspiration visit the following blogs:


Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Just a "Post-It" Note

I used the Vintage Set this month called Sealed with a Kiss for this post-it note pad holder. I started by covering 2 coasters with Uptown Girl paper. Then I used my Bind-it-All to punch the holes and crimp the wire. I then tied black and white polka dot ribbon to the wire.

The pig was stamped on pink paper 3 times and once on a white circle. I cut out just the nose of one pig. I cut out just the head with the flowers of another pig. I cut out the entire pig body on the last one. I colored the pig's tail on the white circle with a light pink Tombow marker. I colored the flowers with a darker pink and green Tombow markers. This was all mounted on a black scallop circle. "Just a Note" was stamped using the Tag Tidbits set.

The pig was paper pieced and put together with pop-dots to make it 3-dimensional.

The pink post-it notes were attached on the inside.

I made these at a fun shop this weekend and it went over very very well! It's a cute cute project and makes a great gift.

Saturday, February 14, 2009
Happy Valentine's Day

These were the valentine's that Chase and I made for his class. We first used the new Sizzix Die - Shaker Box. Chase loved turning the crank on the machine! We then used another Sizzix Die to make the big heart on the front. The entire box was randomly stamped with a heart from the Love Blooms set. The "To:" is from the Christmas Circles set. Chase personalized each one with his classmate's name.

The inside has a overhead transparency cut and adhered to hold the treats inside. Chase picked his favorite treat for these M&Ms! The inside had another stamp saying be mine (from $1 Studio G) and mounted on a scallop circle. The "From:" is from the Christmas Circles set. Chase signed each one for his classmate.

The Finished Product!

Thanks Chase for making these with me ... I'm sure your classmates will LOVE them!

Friday, February 13, 2009
Do you smell that????!!!!!!!!!!!

It's the smell of NEW Rubber!!!!

So excited ... My new magalogue order arrived yesterday and I am just starting to index and mount these babies - oh .. not all of them are mine by the way :)

I am doing a FUN SHOP party in town on Sunday for 5-6 women ... we are going to use these new stamps for their projects! YEA!!! I have designed 3 totally cute projects for them!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Girly Girl

So I signed up for a swap over at the Stamp Shack hosted by my friend Sherri. It was called Giggly Girls. All we had to do is use a girl stamp. Not so hard right ... well ... I soon realized that I had woman stamps and boy stamps but no "girl" stamps. Luckily I remembered that with the Kid Praises set ... there was a GIRL!! Yea!

Girly ATC

I used the Kid Praises set with the card and then the sentiment is from the retired set Beautiful Place by TAC (still sad that set retired). Everything was edged with back ink and the pattern paper is from Hot off the Press.

Enjoy... How many Girl stamps do you have?
Monday, February 09, 2009
Blog Challenge

Flower Collage Trio

Today is another Paper Wings Blog Hop Challenge. We were to use the stamps from the Flower Collage Trio set. I love this tulip image! I stamped it in black and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then dug out my Stargazer Water Palette. I love these and never use them enough. They have Pearl-Ex in them and they just shine. They come in a nice tray and you just use your water brush to apply. The pic above makes the card look more pink but in real life it is red. I colored a piece of cardstock with the Mars Red Stargazer as well to match. The other stamps I used in this were Script Background and a happy birthday GWP from last year that was punched and matted on a scalloped circle. Everything was matted on black cardstock.

Here is may tip of the day: Do you have a pretty detail stamp that you want to color? Sometimes you will lose that detail once you color the image. How do you avoid this? Emboss! See Below.

This sample was done without embossing ... see how you lose the detail in the butterfly and flower leaf ... now check out the embossed one .....

This sample was done with embossing ... see how you keep the detail in the butterfly and flower leaf and can actually read the words in the circle in the upper left ... you also are able to stay in the lines better with the embossing ... so much more vibrant and sharp.

Check out all of these other blogs in the Blog Challenge today:

Sunday, February 08, 2009
Wedding Card

Co-Worker's Wedding

2 of my co-workers are getting married and I was asked to make a card for their shower. This is what I came up with. The bride loves my cards and the simplicity of them with all of the details ... so I hope this one will fit that bill as well.

detailed focal image

I used the wedding cake from TAC's Everyday Events and colored in the decorations with silver Twinkling H2Os and added a dot of silver Stickles. (It really shines in real life). I mounted that on a black nestability oval that I added metallic rub-ons to. I then mounted that to a silver oval. I pop-dotted that entire piece.

I cut a piece of black that I punched with Fiskars threading water punch. I added silver metallic rub-ons to that piece as well. I added a white grosgrain ribbon and white prima flowers. I added silver Stickles to the centers of the primas. Stamped "congratulations" from the same stamp set just above the flowers and viola!

Hand stamped/made cards are such a nice thing!

Saturday, February 07, 2009
Technique Swap

Faux Leather

I am in a swap with some TAC ladies where we have to create a card with a "technique". I chose the faux leather technique.

For this technique you need the following supplies:
White Fun Foam (I like the kind with adhesive on back)
Heat Gun
Brown Ink (I used Palette Burnt Umber)

First you cut the fun foam a little bit bigger than the desired finished size (it will shrink a little bit). Heat the fun foam with the heat gun until the edges curl up. Immediately press the stamp firmly into the heated fun foam for about 15 seconds. Apply brown ink directly to the fun foam. Rub the ink until the desired look is achieved. Impressed areas will stay white or lighter, giving it a tooled look. Trim and use accordingly.

Faux Card

For this card I used the technique above with the TAC Spring Flowers set. I mounted everything on dark brown paper. I stamped the leaves randomly at the bottom with Palette Burnt Umber ink and "thanks" from the Tag Tidbits set is also stamped with that ink. Tan grosgrain ribbon was added to the middle of the card.

Thanks for stopping by ... hope you try out this technique!

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