Gold, Glitter, and Green!

I have to say all the wonderful things about this beautiful gold ink is true…

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I picked up these goodies while I was out of town this week.  I was so excited that as soon as I got off the plane I ran straight home and started to craft! I thought using this ink would be perfect for the mama elephant challenge!

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I felt very inspired by the blue/aqua colors from this photo. And with Easter around the corner, I needed to make a few Happy Easter cards!

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I love this background stamp from impress rubber stamps.  The details are so beautiful and the gold is so rich and glittery.

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In order to give the Vellum that beautiful aqua color I took my hero arts tide pool shadow ink and rubbed it into the Vellum.  I love how it turned out!

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For this second card, I just added an extra layer behind to bring out more of the lovely blue/aqua colors.

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For the bunny tails, I used a puffy marker to give it some dimension!

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For this last card, I used a kraft card stock for a different look!

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Thanks for visiting!  If you haven’t tried the gold ink – I would definitely recommend it! Happy Easter =)

Chickies in Glitter!

Must have been the Saving Mr. Banks movie that I watched which gave me a Mary Poppins inspiration for this card…

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As you can see, I am still crazy about the embossing paste and glitter combo.  It looks so beautiful in real life!

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For some finishing touches I sprayed the clouds with a glitter mist and gave the chickies nose a little glossy accents.

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I love this stamp set Thanks for stopping by!

Smile! Hello Mom!

I was inspired to make a different kinda of card this week for my mom. She loves lots of embellishments and bling. Lol.

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I love all the fun colors! After this post I ended up adding a strip of the colored paper right above the “mom” sentiment which help give the card a nice balance.

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Hope this card adds a little pop of color to your day!!

Happy Anniversary Bunnies!

My friend asked me to make an anniversary card for her…

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She really liked the colors I used from Owen’s birthday bash and the Worst Day Ever card:

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I love the little bunny bottom hopping away on the inside of the card. Cracks me up.

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For this card I used a lot of my Project Life 3×4 pocket cards.  I have taken a little break from my Project Life and didn’t want all these cards to be forgotten!

Craft Corner

I love searching the craft blogs and seeing all the creative spaces of fellow crafters.  That’s why I wanted to share my craft space:

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I recently got this wonderful desk from ikea and I love how there are shelves to store stamps and paper.  Believe it or not, when I first started stamping I used to create out of a suitcase and worked on the floor! Flash forward 4 years later – I am building a small empire!  Love it.

Some Bunny Loves Paste!

Here is the first of many cards using my new stencils and modeling paste:

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I just love the new mama elephant stamp set! It’s so cute that it makes me smile ear to ear when I am stamping away.  For this card I used an awesome stencil by Heidi Swapp that I purchased at my local craft store:

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I love how the modeling paste creates the raised hearts.  I added a little sprinkle of enamel dots to tie in all the colors in the card.

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Adorable!

Happy Birthday Owen!

My best friend is having an adorably themed “Milk and Cookies” party for her son’s 2nd birthday!  I made these cute milk tags for the milk bottles:

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I heat embossed the “Milk” sentiment and glass.  To make the milk, I colored the cup with a white pencil crayon and then sprinkled on some distress glitter.   I totally love the red twine tied around the milk bottle!

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For some fun toppers, I made these “Happy Birthday 2″ using my fabulous silhouette!  I added some red pearls and then white enamel dots to give a little extra pop!

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Finally, I made a large birthday banner and cake banner:

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Viola! Here is the final package of all the birthday decorations! I loved making these goodies and had so much fun!

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Happy Birthday Owen!!!

Embossing Paste – I found you! (Sorta)

So of course, I could not resist the stencil and embossing paste craze that has hit the stamping world!

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But for the life of me, I could not find embossing paste in any of my local craft stores! (I drove to three different cities and still no luck!)  Finally, I read that modeling paste could be used as an alternative. So I got this at my local Michaels store for $6 (with a coupon!)

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So far, I have experimented with adding distress inks to color the modeling paste which is super cool!  The drying time for a thin layer is about 20 minutes and anything thicker is about 30 to 45 minutes.  I was hoping it would dry to white opaque-ish color but it’s not quite there.  I am still really curious to try the Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste (hesitation is whether $15-including shipping- is worth it).

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Anyone have any experience with these pastes? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Airmail with Love!

I just love all these airmail papers! They are so adorable…

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This set is from Martha Stewart’s Love Notes patterned paper.  They have such a great vintage look and there are so many cute patterns to choose from!182846-600x600-1

I added a few finishing touches by using the airmail stamp to make a cute border and I made my own epoxy stickers from other Martha Stewart valentine’s day patterned paper. Of course, there had to be a Love from Above angel on there =)

Happy Superbowl Sunday!

  • Recipe:  Patterned paper from Martha Stewart, Stamps from Mama Elephant and Lawn Fawn, and Epoxy Stickers.

Glitter-where have you been all my life?

Okay, a long long long time ago (when I first started stamping) I bought a glitter stamp pad from Martha Stewart and never really fell in love with it.

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Flash forward years later – Glitter is my new love! I  just looooooooooooooooooooove how this looks!  Granted, I am covered in glitter from head to toe and so is my poor little Scottie by the end of the night! lol.

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So in order to achieve this look – I used double sided adhesive sheets and just rubbed the glitter in stages so that I could reuse it later.  It’s not too hard once you practice a few times.  Below is the very first glitter card I made.

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I tried using the distress glitter on this dress (do you recognize the peacock color?) and it didn’t turn out too bad.  I think I will stick with the Martha Stewart glitters because I love the brightness and shine it gives off.  Absolutely stunning! Love Love Love.

  • Recipe:  Silhouette, Martha Stewart Glitter, Distress Glitter, Bling, and Double sided adhesive sheets.

A little love…

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It’s so adorable!!! I think I will have to hide it somewhere in my stash of stamps so I will stop using it! So for this card, I tried to give it a lot of dimension and color.  I added light pink distress ink at the top and bottom.   It’s hard to tell from the photograph but the white in the middle really highlights the heart box.

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For finishing touches, I added white dots and little stitched lines on the heart box. Also, I added distress glitter to the little angel wings. Love love love these cards for Valentine’s day.

  • Recipe:  Cardstock from PTI, Mama Elephant Stamps Love From Above, Silhouette.

Happy Thoughts!

Always a good idea to have happy thoughts on your birthday!

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This card really made me love the wink of stella clear glitter pen even more!!! I used it for the finishing touches on the wooden hearts – so cute right?  A few months ago, I went on a craze a bought a ton of these little license plates. I love how they add just a little something extra.

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I can’t get enough of these new puffy stickers that have great shapes like arrows, hearts, etc.  I think it adds a lot of layers and textures to cards.  I also used patterned paper from a halloween paper pad!

  • Recipe:  Cardstock from Papertrey Ink, Liquid pearls, Project life, epoxy stickers, wink of stella, wooden hearts, and brads.

Thanking my Lucky Stars!

A thankful card to go with the thanksgiving holiday…

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I felt really inspired to create a card with lots of layers, embellishments, and glitter.  For this card, I was able to use Tim Holtz glitter clear rock candy – it is awesome.  It has that great candy like texture but not too much bling. (I used it on the white stars).

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I found these great mini label clips from We R Memory Keepers and I am in love! I added the little scottie decal on top because everything is better with a scottie!  Also, I finally got my hands on the wink of stella clear glitter pen – OMG. Love love love it.  The glitter pen totally lives up to the hype and I see why it has been all over the craft blogs!  LOVE.  You need to get it. Period.

  • Recipe:  Card stock from Paper Trey Ink, Project Life Card, Tim Holtz Glitter Rock Candy, We r memory keepers mini label clips, Sequins from Doodle bug, Wink of Stella, Enamel Dots.

Oh, deer!

I have been wanting to try this stamping technique for a while…

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I love how it turned out! I made a dozen at one time – not too bad!

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I am still obsessed with these epoxy stickers – I need more for the holidays!

  • Recipe:  Card stock from Papertrey Ink, Christmas Stamps from Papertrey Ink, Epoxy stickers, Cuttlebug die cut.

Your Place or Mine?

I heart Ramen!

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So why not make a card to celebrate it? In fact, I made a whole project life section dedicated to all the Ramen places I have eaten within the last year. Yes! Crazy!

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Now back to this cute card, I used the cute little stamps from Paper Smooches to create this delicious little meal! Now time to eat!

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Nom nom nom!

  • Recipe:  Card stock from Papertrey Ink, Paper smooches healthy vibes Stamps, Project Life Cards, Stickles.

Santa Here, There, Everywhere!

So there are a few more shaker cards that I want to share…

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I love how the Santa is bouncing around with all the little beads and stars!

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For this holiday season, I have been using all of my old Martha Stewart patterned paper.  I love how the patterned paper can be used over and over! Ho ho ho!

  • Recipe:  Cardstock from Papertrey Ink, Patterned paper from Martha Stewart, Santa stamp from Tiny Treats Papertrey Ink, Liquid Pearls, Sizzix Flip It Die, and Spellbinder.

Stamping memento!

When I travel I always look for a stamp or stamping tool so that I remember my trip!

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I found this adorable stamp set from Hobby Lobby and wanted to make a one layer card.  I was going make a winter wonderland scene but decided to stay with a fall-ish theme.

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Love Hobby Lobby must look for a local store!

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  • Recipe:  Card stock from Papertrey Ink, Lawn Fawn Home Sweet Home and Sweet Christmas, Paper Smooches Sentiment, Stampabilities Stick Figure Set, Distress Inks, Frost Shimmer Spray, Martha Stewart Heart Punch, Glossy Accents.

Foxy Hexagons!

I was trying to figure out what to do with all of my little scraps of patterned paper…

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And Taaaa daaaaa! At last, I was able to use my wood grain paper to make the cute little polaroid frame! Note to self: This sheet of wood grain paper is very pricey so practice on scraps to avoid any mistakes!  Also, I added clear card stock to the polaroid to give it a little something something.

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For a little “flair,” I added an epoxy sticker to my fox! To do this, I cut my own hexagon shape from the epoxy sticker.  Here’s a closer look:

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Kinda neat right?! For the final touches, I placed little hearts and sequins on the hexagons. Totally a great use for my scraps and hexagon die cut! Love it.

  • Recipe:  Card stock from Papertrey Ink, Hexagon and Polaroid Die from Papertrey Ink, Epoxy stickers, Lawn Fawn Into the Woods collection kit, Martha Stewart Heart Punch.

Candy Shakers!

As a kid, my favorite Christmas treat were those rainbow candy canes…Yum!

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For this card, I tried to create that fun-happy-candy feeling! Do you have a tooth ache?

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This card just makes me happy because I love mixing all the different patterned papers.

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I have a few more holiday shaker cards but for now I will be experimenting with some new techniques for Christmas cards! Christmas shaker card series to be continued!

  • Recipe:  Card stock from Papertrey Ink, Patterned paper from Martha Stewart, Happy Holidays stamp from Papertrey Ink, Spellbinders, Scottie Bow die cut, and Sizzix Flip It Die.

Hello Lovely!

I almost died when I saw this cute post over at Lea’s Cupcakes’ blog that I had to make my own:

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I created the saying “Hello Lovely” because I overheard someone say it the other day and it was so sweet!

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I added foam dots to the grassy polkadot hill to give the card some fun layers.

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Ack! So cute! Also, I made my own “Hello” flair using some epoxy stickers and a Martha Stewart punch:

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I found that this combination was a bit more cost effective instead of buying the entire epoxy sticker kit.  I also found a seller on etsy that sold epoxy stickers in sets of 50 or 100:

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The only difference is the etsy epoxy stickers are more flexible or softer vs. the epiphany epoxy stickers are harder and do not bend.  I think both are great options and glad I have a variety of them!

  • Recipe:  Card stock from Papertrey Ink, Lawn Fawn Into the Woods, Epoxy Stickers, Sequins, Bling, Papertrey Ink Cloud Die Cuts.

Gingerbread Man Likes to Shake It!

Run gingerbread man, run! Well, maybe just shake it…

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These delightful Christmas Shaker Flip It cards so fun to open and close!

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I have fallen in love again with the silver liquid pearls that you see all over the card. I was thinking to try some gold, white and maybe black liquid pearls to see if they are just as cute. I’ve decided if I start making a few Christmas cards on the weekends that come time for Christmas I will have enough to send family and friends!  Here’s to cute Christmas cards!

  • Recipe:  Cardstock from Papertrey Ink, Patterned paper from Lawn Fawn, Gingerbread man stamp from Tiny Treats Papertrey Ink, Liquid Pearls, Sizzix Flip It Die, and Spellbinder.

Christmas Bears Like to Shake It!

Determined to make a shaker Christmas card, I am now on a non-stop roll…Here is the first of many Christmas shaker cards to come!

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I was able to make these shaker cards by making the window a smaller size so that the card would be easy to flip.  (I was struggling with that last week and had to abandon the idea!)

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Inside the window I added white embossing powder, glitter, and sequins to create a snowy look. I even added glitter to the little bear’s ear! So cute.

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Overall, I am in love with the fun little window and am excited to share a few more with you!

  • Recipe:  Cardstock from Paper Trey Ink, Sizzix Flip it Die, Martha Stewart Christmas Paper Circa 2010, Mama Elephants Nursery Deco Stamp, Christmas Hat Brad, Christmas Sentiment from Paper Trey Ink, Spellbinders Die, Clear Cardstock, Liquid Pearls, Bling, Glitter, Embossing Powder, and Sequins.

Into Christmas!

I made my first Christmas card using my favorite new stamp set from Lawn Fawn called Into the Woods…or in this case it should be “Into Christmas!”

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Originally, I wanted to make the circle part a shaker but it was too bulky for the card to open smoothly. So instead, I covered half the circle with the patterned paper and clear card stock, and stamped some snowflakes on the window to make it look like it was snowing.

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I used four different pieces of patterned paper to cover the card (which was really fun!) Then for the final finishing touches, I gave the cute little deer a Santa hat and red nose!

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At the last minute, I decided to decorate the back of the card to cover up the brads, and as silly as it sounds, I also covered the deer so that it would match with the love joy peace patterned paper!

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Adorable.

  • Recipe:  Card stock from Paper Trey Ink, Lawn Fawn Into the Woods Stamp Set, Lawn Fawn Pattern Paper Peace Joy Love, Sizzix Large Circle Flip it Die, Star Punch, Spellbinders Circle Die Cut, Brads, Bling.