Up and Away!

I’m back with some goodies to share with you! A few weeks ago, I started to make some party favors for a friend using this great idea I came across online.  The party theme is hot air balloons – so what’s a better party favor than these cuties…

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To start, I ordered a bunch of eos chapsticks in a variety pack from Jet.com.  I stamped the hot air balloons and colored them using distress inks and copics! After, I used a circle die cut to make the holes inside the hot air balloon:

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TA DA!! I will add some twine to the top of the cards so it will be easy to take and carry! I absolutely love these party favors and think it will be a hit with the guests =)

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Oh, and can I tell you all of these eos chapsticks smell delicious! So much so my scottie almost took a bite of out them!

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Distress, Stencils & Scotties

I’m back to share a set of handmade cards I made as a thank you gift:

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I used a variety of distress inks and rubbed them gently over a Heidi Swapp stencil.

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I sprayed the cardstock with some shimmer spray, used glitter cardstock for the sentiments, and then some final touches of sequins.

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My little scottie decided the help keep watch over the cards as they were drying.

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Hope you are having a wonderful Easter weekend!

 

Beautiful Bokeh!

Sometimes, it is really the paper that makes the card:

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My bff sent me this wonderful bokeh paper from Lawn Fawn and gosh we both just love it!

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The bokeh paper just screams winter wonderland and it reminds me of snow! I made two versions of this card:

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No such thing as too much red or reindeers right!?

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Rudolph would be proud!

Box of Christmas Kisses!

This year I made a lot of Christmas Card Box sets as gifts which gives me (and hopefully my recipient) a lot of joy:

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To give it some personal touches I added a great pen, stamps, and a few little snowflakes.

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I love these cards because it has a lot of dimension and embossing paste as snow.

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A box of handmade cards is a great idea to give all year round because everyone needs cards for the holidays!

Holiday Update!

Hello everyone! Ack! I have neglected my blog but I have a legit excuse:  I have been busy hoarding my holiday supplies for the X-mas season.  Case in point:

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Ugh! These stamps are so adorable. I love the throw back Rudolph stamps and I am excited to watch these movies (Snoopy!) during the holiday season.   Onto more craft goodies, I picked up this awesome washi tape:

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Plaid is all the craze right now so it’s perfect that there is plaid washi! And of course, my favorite X-mas goodie for this season are these adorable stamps from Mama Elephant and these adorable sticker Santa Hats.

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Umm..glitter and bling in one hat? Yes to die for!

Actually, I’ve been making a ton of Holiday cards but I haven’t had a chance to take some pictures…but I will this weekend!  In the mean time, I will share this adorable gift tag my bff made using the oh-so-cute reindeers:

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I love how she used the Lawn Fawn Bokeh paper for the tag and added all the little details. Ack! So cute…More cards on route!

Halloween Tags!

My best friend made the cutest Halloween Tags that I just had to share with everyone…

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Aren’t these adorable! She made vellum tags using the pretty pink posh die cut and stamped the sentiments on it.  She then used patterned paper for the cool background.  Love love love! These will be tied around candy bars for Halloween! I’m getting a sweet tooth just thinking about it =)

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

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!

Unconventional Valentine’s Day

Something a little different for valentine’s day this year:

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I was attempting to make a non-cutesy valentine’s day card and came up with the idea of adding little touches of pink distress inks around the die cut stitched circles:

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I really like how soft and subtle the card came out! Aren’t these stitched dies and borders adorable?  To make the happy sentiment, I applied distress inks to the edges and then used two coats of clear embossing powder to give it that “dome” look.

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For the final touches I added sequins and gold thread to give it that pop of color! More fun valentine’s day cards to come!

You are Super Duper!

Sometimes we need to tell the wonderful people in our lives that they are just super duper!

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Every month I excitedly wait for the release of stamps from Mama Elephant.  And this release, they created the Tiny Heroes stamp set which is sooooo adorable!  I was inspired by this card from Nichol Magouirk and wanted to make a clean and crisp version. OMG the super hero dog is just way too cute with the mask!

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I cannot tell you how much I adore Mama Elephant’s new Sew Fancy die set. It goes with everything and makes that perfect background for any card.

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Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

A True Friend!

Once I saw this sentiment stamp I knew I had to make this card for my BFF:

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Seriously, I love this stamp from Riley and Company.  They have really funny and witty sentiments perfect for those silly people in your life.

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For the dresses, I stamped and cut them out from patterned paper. I made the stars using texture paste and added some green glitter on top.

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For some final touches, I made the banner using washi tape and added Pretty Pink Posh pink and yellow sequins.  This card makes me laugh and I hope it brings a giggle to you!

Merry Hedgehog Kisses!

I finally got my hands on this adorable stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  It has been sold out for months! But at last…

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I have made a series of Christmas cards using adorable critters and this is the first of that series! For the background, I used distress inks in a sorta non-traditional Christmas color combination.

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For Mrs. Hedgehog, I used wink of stella to give a glittery coat for the holiday season.

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Also, I used embossing paste to create a snowy background and I added small gold snowflakes to tie in the gold Merry Christmas sentiment! Love this time of year!

Up and Away with Watercolors!

I am always a little behind on the trends in stamping…But I am glad when I get caught up:

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I finally picked up some Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  It is amazing! I can’t believe what a difference it makes when using distress inks.

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I love using the gold foiled paper for the background and balloon!

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The worse it looks while you are adding distress inks to the watercolor paper – the better it will be when it dries! Love that.

Penguin Party!

I have been literally counting down the days for the Mama Elephant release! I love love love their stamps (as you can tell!):

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Even my Scottie loves to be a stamp model! lol.  I saw this version on Laura Bassen’s blog and knew I had to make a shaker card version!

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Aren’t these stamps so adorable?! I love that there are so many different images! Ugh. So cute!

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Can’t wait to make more dancing penguin cards! Shake shake it!