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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Paper Makeup Stamps December Fan Blog Hop

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my little spot of craftiness. I’m very excited to be a part of the December Fan Club Blog Hop for Paper Makeup Stamps. If you’ve been hopping along today, then you probably got here from Simonne Clay’s blog SemSee’s Sparkly Scribblings. If you haven’t stopped by her place yet, be sure to do so as her creations are amazing!! If you’ve gotten lost along the way, just take a peek at the listing below to get back on track.

Without further ado, here’s my little creation for Paper Makeup Stamps

This was so much fun to create! The sentiment is of course by Paper Makeup Stamps and is the May the Spirit of Christmas Wordart. I absolutely love this sentiment! This will surely be one of my “go to” stamps this year for my Christmas cards.

Other details of this card … I used the Stampin’ Up Snowfall Printed Window Sheets for the base of my card. For my layers of cardstock, I used Bazzill Dotted Swiss Cardstock. I’ve been turning to this cardstock a lot lately as it has polka-dots which is a current favorite of mine. Spellbinders Labels Seventeen were used to make the layers of the card. The snowflake crystal is by Mark Richards. I used B00 to airbrush over the sentiment to make the “whiteness” of the cardstock tone down a bit and blend better with the card.

Paper Makeup Stamps is offering some stamp goodies to one lucky commenter so be sure to leave a comment below and on the other blogs by December 14!! Thanks so much for poppin’ in!! Your next stop is Stephanie Zito’s blog Dream Create Inspire.

Happy hoppin’!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Lovely Fall

I absolutely love this time of year. I really like seeing the color changes in the leaves. So, naturally I was drawn to this canvas class with the gorgeous fall colors. This class was offered by the only remaining scrapbook store in Greenville, SC - Scrapnesia. The fabulous Katie Cotton, owner of Paper Makeup Stamps taught this class. She is an absolute master at airbrushing with the Copic markers and I was really happy to learn how to do this project from her.
Now, of course I can't tell you exactly how we made this as this was a class I had to pay for and that wouldn't be fair to Scrapnesia or Katie. The leaves were cut using the Cricut. She made a stamp out of the Cricut stamping material which allowed the stamped image to match exactly to our diecut leaves. The stamped sentiment is from Paper Makeup Stamps. The flourish bling is Say it in Crystals by Prima. We used the YR family of Copics to make this canvas wall hanging.

It measures approximately 8x8 in size and took about an hour and a half to make. This would make a fabulous gift for someone. In the class sample, Katie had a photo on hers. You can see it on Fancy Paper Crafters. I'm sure it is on her blog as well but I can't locate it right this moment. I would highly recommend you check out her blog as she has some really awesome projects posted.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Technique Series: Embossing Folders

So, one of my very favorite things right now are the embossing folders by Cuttlebug, Sizzix and QuicKutz. They are wonderful at adding just a bit of pizzaz while keeping it quick and easy. So, I thought it would be neat to play with an embossing folder at one of my card classes I teach at a local scrapbook store, Scrapnesia.

I have tons of these little folders and it was hard choosing the perfect one for this project. I've been using these little fleur de lises on several other projects so I decided to stick with this theme. The original intent with this project was going to be to use paint on the embossed piece of paper and then use my sanding block and alcohol inks to antique the piece of paper. However, I learned a very valuable lesson on my first attempt. Kaisercraft Acrylic Paint and Ranger Alcohol Inks do not play nice together!! My tube of paint was pink and my ink was brown. After I painted and sanded the embossed paper, I went to apply the ink with the ink applicator and wherever the ink touched the paint, it turned gray! Not only did it turn out gray and not brown ... it smelled of rotten eggs!! Eeek!! So, of course, I had to figure out something to do as I'm sure Scrapnesia would not appreciate if I made her store smell like rotten eggs.

So, I decided to obtain an antiqued look a different way. After embossing the paper, I used my chalk ink colors (sorry but I cannot recall the exact name) gray and golden to bring out the embossed patterned. Then, to finish it off, I used the True Friends are Hard to Find wordart sentiment stamp by Paper Makeup Stamps, some very simple ribbon and a little flower hidden behind the bow.

Easy enough right? I hope you've enjoyed this technique. Happy crafting!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Technique Series: Shaving Cream Fun

Hey y'all! So, I'm not sure if you guys know this, but I teach a monthly Technique Card Class at a local scrapbook store, Scrapnesia. I've been teaching there for over 2 years and absolutely love it! One of my favorite websites to scraplift techniques is Split Coast Stampers. They have an enormous resource section and offer lots of valuable information.

So, I thought I would share some of the fun techniques I've learned on my blog. Maybe this will help me keep up with this blog more often ;).

As some of you know, I'm not a fan of messy projects LOL ... this is one reason why I don't use things like glitter or paint on hardly anything. I'm trying to break out of this box a bit more. So, this technique features the use of shaving cream to make pretty designs. Here's my card (totally meant to color the image before I posted this but oh well lol):

This was so super easy to do! First, for an easy and disposable work surface for the shaving cream mixture, I went to the meat department at a local Bi-lo and they gave me a stack of unused meat trays. This way, when I'm done, I can just toss it away and not have to worry about staining anything. If you are rinsing your dish in a sink, soak your dish in the water first to dilute the ink. Some inks will stain so be careful.

So, how did I do it? First, find your favorite Dye Ink re-inkers to match the color scheme for your project (I also tried alcohol ink re-inkers and they did not work). Spray some foam shaving cream (not the gel kind) on to the meat tray. Take your re-inkers and place several droplets of the ink on the shaving cream. Using too many colors may make your color come out brown so I would suggest sticking with around 3 colors. Once you've got the ink dropped in to the cream, using a wooden skewer (or other similiar tool), mix the droplets of ink in to the cream. I made vertical lines and then horizontal lines to mix mine (too much mixing will make one solid color so gingerly mix it).

Once you've got it mixed, take your white cardstock (I used Bazzill White) and lay it on top of the cream. Press your cardstock in to the shaving cream to make sure the card front is completely covered. Pull the cardstock out of the shaving cream. Take a paper towel and wipe away the shaving cream in a swirling motion. Once the cardstock dries (won't take long), you're ready to use it!

Easy peezy right? I hope you've enjoyed this mini tutorial. Happy crafting!!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fun Stuff for July

One day I'll be able to keep up with a blog ;). I don't know where the time goes! I am so busy running Fancy Paper Crafters which is where a lot of my time is spent. But, I really do enjoy it despite the slow participation. I have recently posted the Swaps and Challenges for July. We have some really awesome swaps going on this month - Handmade Card using sewing, ATC Swap with a "Dog Days of Summer" theme and a Cricut Vinyl Swap.

We also have a very exciting giveaway this month. Melissa, owner of Pretty Little Studio, is giving away a $50.00 gift certificate to her online store. I am very grateful for Melissa's generosity!! To be entered for a chance at winning this giveaway, just participate in a swap or a challenge during the month. It's just that easy!!

Well, I'm off to play in my scrap room. Happy crafting!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Carpender Baby Shower

Wow! Long time no post. I seriously need to get better about blogging. It has been a very busy weekend. Some friends of ours are expecting their first baby July 19 and thought I would share a couple of photos. Excuse the graininess of the photos as these were taken with my phone. Not sure if you can see the card she's holding but I made that :). Her colors are brown, pink and white so I used those colors in the card. I forgot to take a picture of it before I sealed the envelope (don't ya hate it when that happens?!).

They were opening gifts and Nick (the daddy to be in this picture) had to "guess" what each gift was before they opened it. If he was wrong, he had to put a grape in his mouth and couldn't chew it up until all the gifts were opened. Surprisingly he only had 2 grapes in his mouth at the end of gift opening!!

Aren't they just adorable?! I swear it looks like she's got a basketball stuck to the front of her. Their shower was held at Paris Mountain State Park. It was very hot but we had a great time. They got some really cute stuff. One of the cutest things was a pink camoflaged onesie. Nick is big into shooting/hunting and his brother (Jason) gave them the gift of the onesie. It was precious!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

RAKin' Good Time

Hello blogland!! It's been forever since I've last blogged .... life has gotten in the way yet again. One of the things that is keeping me the busiest is the ning group I created for crafty folks - Fancy Paper Crafters. I never realized how much time went into being the organizer of a social site until I made the leap and did it myself. Even though it does take up a large amount of my spare time, I absolutely love the fact that I have a place to go to share my craftiness without feeling that I'm not good enough.

So, I made another leap today and decided to create a Facebook Group to go along with the ning group. Just trying to get our name out there to get more people involved. To entice folks to join (either group), I'm offering up this RAK. You will be entered for joining either group (join both and get TWO entries!).
This is a Flocking Powder Collection by Inkadinkado that offers 12 different colors. You can read all about it either on the Fancy Paper Crafters Facebook Group or the Fancy Paper Crafter Ning Group.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Stamping Bella Club at Funkie Munkie Scraps

Oh my!! It's been way too long since I've last blogged. Why is that life always seems to get in the way?!?! I am a member of the Stamping Bella Club offered by Funkie Munkie Scraps. It's an awesome club all about the Stamping Bella line of stamps and embellishments. We meet monthly and have done some really fabulous projects. This month's project was in celebration of Saint Patrick's Day.The little bucket was from My Time Made Easy ... it's actually meant to be a baby buggy (just shows you how truly versatile these templates can be!!). The shamrock is from Paper Dolls Cricut Cartridge. I look forward to see what Katie can come up with for next month's project ... she's a great teacher!!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!! Happy crafting!! :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Fun with Warm Gray Copics

Okay, so I learned this technique through the fabulous Copic Munkie Club at Funkie Munkie Scraps. It's working with the Warm Gray color family of Copic Markers. I can't tell ya exactly how I did it (it's a club secret but you can learn too if you join!!) but I can tell you that it is sooooo much easier than you would think! I was really nervous about this at first because some of the markers used are REALLY dark but in looking at the sample provided by Katie in the club class, I kept the "faith" and persisted on.

So I did this card for a sketch challenge for The Greeting Farm blog. I had never made a black and white type card and wanted to give it a try. The sketch required the use of a stamp from The Greeting Farm. This gal is from the Rain, Snow, Shine collection. I used several of the markers in the Warm Gray family to color her. The sentiment is from Stamping Bella as well as the glittered dots (Bella Dots Glitter Coal). All of the cardstock is from Bazzill. I placed a white sheet on the inside of the card so that I could write in it when I wanted to send this to someone. I like how it turned out overall. I'll keep practicing with this technique for sure. At the most recent club meeting, we worked with the Cool Grays so that may be my next project!!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

PMS Makeup 4 the Weekend #15

Paper Makeup Stamps hosts an awesome challenge each week called "Makeup 4 the Weekend". This week's challenge was to use lots of pink and lots of bling. So, with that in mind, here's what I came up with:
I made this card for a coworker of mine that had surgery recently. It was a pretty major surgery that is going to keep her out of the office for 6 weeks so I'm sure she's going to need some cheering up. She is always oohing and aahing over handmade things so I wanted to do something special for her.

I used one of my newest stamps from PMS, The Heart Fairy. This is another stamp created for charity - The American Heart Association. I stamped the fairy on Neenah paper and colored the fairy using Copic Markers (E00, E21, RV21, RV23, RV25, RV29, BG000, BG02, E25, E27, E29, E49 and C1). I also used the clear Spica pen to give the wings and the heart a little bit of shine (can't easily see this in the picture). I inked around the white cardstock to tune it down a little bit and blend better with the pinks. The bling is Swarovski Rhinestones and is actually 2 shades of pink and also clear. I used a Sizzix texture plate to create the embellished dots on the background paper. The paper that I used for this card is from Papertrey Ink. This is one of my very favorite paper lines as it's excellent smooth cardstock. It's very difficult for me to find smooth cardstock that is high quality and is available in the 8 1/2 x 11 size for my card making.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Crafting!! :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

PMS Challenge

A dear friend of mine, Katie Cotton, owns a fabulous stamp company called Paper Makeup Stamps. She and her team design gorgeous fairies, cute monsters and beautiful word art. PMS just celebrated their first year anniversary and is partying all month long. As part of the celebration, Katie is issuing various challenges during the month. This is for an opportunity to win a $25 gift certificate. How cool is that? All I had to do was use one of my favorite fairy stamps.

This little card was made for one of my best friends as she is going through a bit of a difficult time right now. She's a new mom and could use a little pick me up. This fairy is called A Fairy for Kayleigh. PMS has created several stamps in order to help raise funds for certain families or charities. You can read about about little Kayleigh's story here. It is quite touching and really makes you think about the little ones that struggle to survive.

Anyway, just a little bit of details today about how I created this card. I'm still developing my skills on using the Copic markers which is why some of the blending kind of didn't work out. But, it's all part of being handmade right?! LOL

Paper: Bazzill, My Mind's Eye - Lucky Me - Hello World, Neenah / Pearls: Kaiser Craft - Off White / Misc Flower Ribbon / Copic Markers - E00 & E21, E27 & E29 & E47, RV21 & RV23 & RV25, B000 & B01

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dad's 60th Birthday

We went down to Myrtle Beach for the long weekend and to celebrate my Dad's 60th birthday. It's hard to believe my dad is 60 already!! We don't often get to celebrate my parents' birthdays with them so this was even more special of a time. My mom turns 60 this year as well (in June) so we decided to get them a really nice combination gift as a suprise. So, I made him this special card just before we headed out the door to go to their house. This was a super easy card but still pretty nice if I say so myself :).

I used only scraps on this little card (woo-hoo!). Because of this, I have no idea what brand the patterned paper is. The brown cardstock base is smooth cardstock from Papertrey Ink - she has really nice paper that is perfect for cards!! The rest of the paper is a mix of Core'dination Cardstock and Bazzill Cardstock. The birthday stamp is by Impression Obsession - it's actually a small set of sports stamps with just a few phrases. The ribbon is your basic grosgrain ribbon. The little bling is from AC Moore and comes with 42 pieces in total. I actually found these in the beading department. They are the Hot Fix Crystallized Swarovski Rhinestones and work perfectly with just a dab of glue. I have found that these little guys give off more sparkle than anything else I've found. So, when I'm looking for some realistic looking "bling", I turn to these. Be careful though, they're slippery little boogers!! LOL. To finish it off, I added a dimensional sticker by Soft Spoken (bought at Hobby Lobby). He's a golfer and the gift was golf related to it meshed with the theme. For the inside of the card, I simply printed off a description of the gift in a pretty font. I then cut it down to fit inside the card and taped it right inside.

I'm still working on developing my skills in making "manly" type cards. It's pretty challenging for me as I have LOTS of girly stuff and not much boyish stuff. My Dad really loves getting my handmade cards as he's amazed that one can actually make things like that. They were both really suprised at our gift. He was also very happy to get to eat at Captain D's for lunch - this is his favorite place but Mom hates it so he doesn't get it but once a year - ha ha!!

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Design Team Call

Talented Designers for Scrapnesia's Design Team. Team Members are provided with materials and supplies along with the opportunity to earn discounts and more. Provide a minimum of THREE scrapbook layouts, TWO cards, and a 3-D item along with recipe of products and techniques used. Include stamping in at least one sample. Include blog or gallery links and tell us why you would be a GREAT asset to our TEAM.

Contest Rules:
1. Submit THREE scrapbook layouts (layouts can be 12x12, 8x8, 8.x5x11, or 6x6). At least one of the layouts needs to be a double-page layout.
2. Submit TWO cards.
3. Submit ONE 3-D item (anything other than a normal card or page ... can be a mini-album, altered tin, clipboard, pop-up card, frame, etc.)
4. Include recipe of products and techniques used for all projects and include your name on the back of each item.
5. At least ONE sample must include stamping.
6. Write a short paragraph telling us about you and why you would make a GREAT asset to our TEAM.
7. All projects are due at Scrapnesia on or before 5:00 pm Saturday, February 13, 2010.
8. Winners will be announced at the Anniversary Celebration February 26-28.

What is expected of Design Team Members?
1. You will be a Design Team Member for a term of 1 year
2. Each Design Team Member will be responsible for:
-- Stopping by the store to pick up product to use to make samples for the store and returning samples to the store in a timely manner.
-- Host a crop at the store every other month which means be the Design Team Member on staff to help customers at the crop with their pages.
-- Post your layouts to the Layout Gallery online and bring to the store to display in the store. Include a recipe of all products used. These items will be displayed in the store until all the products used in the layout are sold out.
-- Check and comment on the Message Board online at least once a week.
-- Help with Make and Takes, Demos or other needs at the store on our Anniversary, on National Scrapbook Day and other special events.
-- Attend Design Team Member meetings.
-- If you cannot fulfill an assigned duty (for example: crop hosting), you need to make arrangements to trade with another design team member.
3. It would also be nice to have Design Team Members to teach classes or demo products at the store it at all possible. Teachers are compensated for their classes.

Design Team Member Benefits:
1. You will receive store products (FREE!) to complete your assigned projects. Basic tools are not provided (adhesive, trimmers, etc.).
2. After all products are sold out and your layout is no longer needed, your creation is yours to keep!
3. Entry into CHA with discounted pricing. Travel and lodging is on your own.
4. Special Design Team Member crops.
5. Discount on all product purchased at Scrapnesia for your personal use.
6. Input on new orders for store product.
7. The fame and recognition of being a Scrapnesia Design Team Member!!