Shrinky Dink Paper!?

Where have you been all my life! Omg…this is amazing and I cannot believe I just learned about it!

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(Btw…That’s 25 cents in the middle of the photo as a reference for size).

So for those of you who are not aware of shrinky dink paper and its wonders – let me explain to you the joy this can bring! Shrinky dink paper is a transparent paper that allows you to stamp, color and shrink your creation into hard plastic.  I bought this package from Amazon:

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And it comes Super Sanded which allows you to easily color on one side.  (Apparently, other films may require you to take sandpaper and smooth it out before you get started.  That seems like a lot of work so I would recommend using this one).

When you open the package you will find that one side of the film is super slick and shiny vs. the other side which is a bit rough.  To get started, I stamped my image using Staz-on ink on the slick side.  Then I flipped it over and used a combination of Sharpie markers, pencil crayons and Copics to color the image.

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Overall, I like how the Sharpies and Copics look because it seems a little smoother in texture once it shrinks.  For instance, the blue elephant on the left was colored with Copics vs. the grey elephant on the right was colored with pencil crayons.  I have to say, using a white pencil crayon on the images looks amazing so I will continue using that for my images.

If you decide that you want to turn your creation into a charm for a keychain, bracelet or pendant – Be sure to hole punch the plastic before you start cutting away.  So far I like how the images look when I cut around them vs. leaving a lot of empty space around the image.  For some reason, the plastic around the image is not entirely clear and it might be because I’m using super sanded paper and thus it’s a little opaque.  I will have to do some experimenting with different types of films and post an update!

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Once you are done trimming your creation you have two options to heat your film (1) Use your toaster oven or (2) use your heat gun.  For the toaster oven option, I would follow instructions from this super cool YouTube video.

Embossing Heat Gun Technique:

If you are a stamper like me then time to bust out your heat gun!

Using a shoe box, line the shoe box with some parchment paper.  Then place the shrinky dink film with the rough side facing upwards.  I used a wooden chopstick to hold the shrinky film down and then evenly went over the film using my heat gun.

Be prepared, the film curls up and gets crazy looking but that is part of the process. It will curl up and then uncurl and start to flatten out.  Once you see that it is flattening out, remove the heat gun and take a piece of parchment paper and lay it on top of the film (now hard plastic).  Take your acrylic clear stamping block and smush it down on the plastic so it will flatten out.

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As you can see, the images shrink down about 25% of its original size! (The original stamped image is on the left hand side and is about 3 inches tall.  The shrinky dink version is about 1 inch tall!).  Tell me this is not the coolest thing ever since…wink of stella??? lol.  I find that really large stamp images (3 inches or wider) don’t seem to do very well because the edges curl and start to melt together.  Again, I will have to update when I play around with different films, sizes, and images!

I can’t wait to try and make dog tags, key chains, and…the possibilities are endless! So happy is me.

Mother’s Day Part 2

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Moms, Mums, Ma, Me, Mama, Maman!!!

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I was inspired by a pinterest of a kitchen aid mixer shape card! It was so adorable.  I decided to scale mine back a bit and use this beautiful glitter paper pack I have been hoarding for years. Most of the patterned paper is from Martha Stewart circa 2010. lol.  Thank goodness no expiration date on patterned paper.

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I love the background paper (which is from DCWV) but it is hard to see in photographs! For the final touches I added some spring flowers, butterflies, and bling to give it a little more dimension.

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I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day filled with love and happiness…!!!

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And maybe a cute little cupcake too! xoxo

Sneak peek and a Smile!

Just thought I would share a preview of some mother’s day cards I am working on…

bowl1Every year I enjoy the process of making holiday cards…i.e. trying to figure out cute ideas and then mass producing it! The fun is in the planning and preparation I swear!  Here’s the throwback to last year’s Mother’s Day cards:

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Pretty darn cute! I love those little aprons…In the meantime, here are some cute smiling faces of my little rugrats!

IMG_20150419_120203Let’s get ready for some weekend fun!

One Sheep Two Sheep…

These Ombre Inks are here to stay! I just adore them so much!

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I used the ombre inks for the thank you sentiment and background. For the banner, I turned it into a shaker banner by using a fun sprinkle of pretty pink posh sequins.

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I thought it would be funny to shake the card and see the sheep bouncing around! lol!

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I love the layers of vellum and cardstock.  It just makes the card feel really special and that it’s made with love!

Smile and say Photo Bomb!

Every now and then a stamp set comes along that just makes me squeal with happiness…yes, I said squeal!

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I love this stamp set because it reminds me of the Oscars selfie that was so popular a few years ago! I used versa mark to create the air mail background and just love how it turned out. This stamp set is great to use because you get to practice all the fun copic coloring!

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The smile sentiment is just to die for because the script goes with every sentiment! Hope you get a smile in the mail really soon from someone you love!

Happy Spring Skunk!

I wanted to do a little throw back to this lawn fawn stamp set that was super popular a few years ago…

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I made this into another shaker window card and used chalk inks to get that soft grass and sky background. It is a bit hard to see from the photos but I stamped “Birthday” on some vellum paper.

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For some finishing touches I added white enamel dots to the border. Skunks are good for spring right??? lol.

Hero Arts Ombre Inks!

At last…they have arrived and Yes, they were worth the wait:

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These ink pads are just so awesome! As you can see they have three separate ink pad strips in one.  The best way to get a great result is to pat the stamp back and forth so that the colors blend together.  I absolutely love the results.

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The color combinations are great for sentiments and background stamps!

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So excited because these ink pads are perfect for Spring theme cards! =)  Happy Spring!

Stamp Your Own Succulent!

I don’t have a green thumb – so here is my solution for the few succulents that didn’t quite make it the last few weeks…

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TA DA! Create your own succulents! (I have the greatest BFF in the world! She sent me this adorable succulent stamp set so I could stamp my heart away.)  I created the background using watercolors and colored the little plants with copic makers.

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I love this stamp set from Hero Arts because you can mix and match all the plants and flowers to make your own little creations.  For future cards, I will try and be more bold with color plants and flowers.

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I say be adventurous and try your own!

OMG! Kristina Werner!

OMG OMG OMG! My card was featured in Kristina Werner’s February 2015 Mail Call!

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Do you see it? It’s the pink shaker heart card on the upper left corner! (see video at 6 minute mark) Woop Woop!  I am over the moon happy because I absolutely love all of Kristina’s cards, techniques, and stamp/stencils.

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TA DA – As you may recall, here is the card and previous blog post! When I first started stamping, I watched all of Kristina’s youtube tutorial videos and purchased all of the products she recommended for beginners.  Flash forward 5 years later and I am still watching her videos and purchasing her products!

Thank you Kristina for featuring my card in the February 2015 mail call! I am happy as a clam…

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Or should I say… Happy as two scottie pups!=)

Life Saver…Not Just the Candy!

Here’s another card using the sweet stamp set from Mama Elephant…

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The stitched dies are just so lovely and I cannot get enough of them! In fact, I have ordered more to come!

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Again, this cute shaker card is filled with Pretty Pink Posh sequins and distress inks were used to add some color to the clouds and sun! I am waiting anxiously for the new hero arts ombre inks…Please please come soon!

Everyday. Period.

I love this card because the sentiment is so sweet and so are the little pandas:

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I made the shaker window using a die cut for  3×4 pocket cards.  I love how the edges are rounded off.  For the sky background and hillside, I used a combination of pink chalk inks from memento and distress inks.

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I wanted to create that summer sky where everything looks like cotton candy.  Yum! For the final touches, I added pretty pink posh sequins for the shaker card. It is hard to tell from the photos but the pandas are standing in front of the clear window so it adds some dimension.  Remember that somewhere out there, you are loved by someone, everyday. period. =)

Succulents here, there, everywhere!

I am not sure how it happened, but I suddenly became succulents/cacti crazy! Succulents and cacti are everywhere – even as stamps!

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I went to my local nursery and found these amazing little succulents and cacti.  The selection was wonderful and I cannot wait to go back for some more.  The price on average is about $2.50 to $2.99 for the mini succulents and cacti.  My favorite are the spiky succulents because of its interesting shape.

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I filled the bottom of these pots with medium sized aquarium rocks.  The middle layer is cactus soil and the top layer is simply small white aquarium rocks. (The rocks can be purchased at any local pet store).

In case you are wondering, I followed Jennifer McGuire’s video on how to plant succulents in small pots/jars.  I prefer these little mini ones because they are so adorable and make really great gifts for friends and family.  I love how the little lady bug looks like she has spiky hair! Here is a view from the top:

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I recently picked up a mini red cactus and will post photos as soon as I get it planted.

I also made a few planted succulents as office gifts but sadly, the one on the left, did not do very well indoors. I think they need a good amount of sunshine in order to thrive/survive.

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In case you need some ideas as to where to showcase your succulents/cacti, I found this cute planter stand at a local furniture store:

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I am hoping that with the right amount of sunshine and watering these new planted succulents will thrive.   Hopefully my pups will not try to snack on these little succulents/catci plants! (Yes, it has happened before!)

Who Cut the Cheese?

It’s a popular saying when you have two little pups running around the house! lol

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I made this mouse and cheese shaker card using stamps from Sweet Stamp Shop! I love the stamps because they are so adorable and have the funniest sentiments.

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I used the trick from Jennifer McGuire and glued a few sequins in the shaker card area so it doesn’t look so empty when you are holding it up. Finally, I used some red foiled paper to create the tiny bow and added bling to the center. I love the little expression of the mouse – he cracks me up!