For The Love Of Tags #1

First I must tell you that I'm a huge fan of Tim Holtz and all that he creates. When the first set of his Christmas tags came out I was instantly in love and have been doing tags ever since.
I had to come up with 3 new tags and a tag holder for a class that I just taught yesterday for a LSS. This is the first tag that I created and used a stamp as inspiration. The candy canes are made from Fimo clay. the sock was embossed using a folder from Stampin Up ( i think it's called lattice) and Flower soft was applied to the cuff of the sock to make it fuzzy. Holly was hand cut from Grunge paper and a bit of stickles added along with some pearl berries.

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A Christmas Poinsettia

For those of you who like to use Spellbinders, here's one for you. I used red vellum and embossed them using my stylus. I cut two of the largest dies, one medium and one small for the flower parts. I poked o hole in the center of the small and medium dies so I could put the stamens through and adhere them in place. I used foam dots to layer the vellum to give it dimension. Be careful with the placement of your foam as it will show through the vellum, I put it where the vellum's overlapped just in from the edge of the petals. I then cut one large die from green and cut the petals apart and tucked them in under the red for some leaves. The lattice punch is from EK. I made this card for a LSS to show a use for red vellum.

When using your stylus on vellum I used a foam stamp pad underneath and applied light pressure at first and increased it until I found the ripping point of the vellum. Practice on a scrap piece first till you get the feel of it.

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A Sock Filled with Sweets

This was card was made for a LSS to showcase the stamp. I won't lie to you it took a bit of time to put it together as I had to stamp it six different times to get the colours and layers. The punch used to fancey up the edge is by Stampin Up.

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Santa Wreath

I will start off by apologizing for the photo, the detail in the background is washed out.
The white base was embossed using the snowflakes from Cuttlebug. I cut the centre out of a paper doilie and mounted it on a piece of Doodlebug black velvet paper. Using the Martha Stewart Wreath punch I took three shades of green cardstock and punched about 5 wreaths from each colour. After cutting the wreaths apart I layered and staggered the pieces.

The Santa face is another Martha Stewart punch. I punched it once using red cardstock and twice out of white. Using my copic markers and airbrush I coloured his face and his eyes are black rhinestones. I layered his beard and hat trims to give him more dimension.

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Branches of Holly

I whipped this card up in about 5 min. I used two different Cuttlebug embossing folders and the Martha Stewart Holly punch along with some dew drops. The holly was punched out of Basic Grey Jovial paper several times and layered to make a long branch.

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The Bowens

Let me introduce you to my Grandparents, James and Madeline Bowen On October 27th they will celebrate their 65th Wedding Anniversary and this layout is one of many that I have been putting together as a gift for them.
This layout took some time and many redos until this emerged. Each strip was inked and assembled and mounted on the black. The clock face, gears, and hand are all from Tim Holtz and mounted in the centre of a handmade flower from the same patterned paper used in the woven piece. The bottom left hand corner was an extra piece of the base cardstock that I cut to fit and embossed it with the Manhattan Rose from Stamp'n Up and inked it with weathered wood to match the colour of the patterned paper from Making Memories. The rose buds are all twisted together and woven with ribbon. The font is from the "Song Bird" cartridge from Cricut

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Just Sit'n

For this card I chose the patterned paper first, and I challenged myself with this colour as many people tend not to use orange but given the fact that fall is around the corner I thought let's give it a try. The stamp used is from Magnolia and to tie it to the patterned paper I used orange and green for the clothing colours. I then used a Petaloo rose and airbrushed the smaller flowers so that all the colours worked together. The scroll was a die from Sizzix.

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Sock Full of Mice

This card features a House Mouse Stamp.
After colouuring the image with copic markers I used some stickles on the light bulb and then put 3 coats of glossy accents to give it some dimension and gloss. I also used the air compressor to give the light bulb some glow( if you click on the image to enlarge you can see this subtle effect)
The stamped image was cut out using the Lacey Square from Spellbinders and laced a ribbon through the decorative edge.
The saying was stamped using a phrase from Stamp'n Up and adhered to a border punched out from EK Success.

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This is the second page in the layout, depicting the start of the Honeymoon!

The journaling card was created from a stamp from Stamp'n Up and cut out. All the flowers are bits and pieces I had in my stash along with the pearls. The font for the title is by Sizzix called "Endless Love"

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October 27th 1945

What do you get a couple to mark their 65th Wedding Anniversary? Since the couple celebrating happen to be my Grandparents I have chosen to do a scrapbook of their life together. I thought that this would be easy!
The layouts are easy and fun but gathering the photos and trying to get dates and names have been a little work.
If you don't own a scanner the process of converting slides into printed photos can be costly and time consuming, my family literally took hours going through slides, mind you they had a great night of entertainment in the whole process.
This layout is the first half of a double page depicting the Wedding Day of my Grandparents. My Grandparents are the couple on the right looking at the photo, the other couple getting married with them in a double ceremony is my Grandmothers brother and his new bride.

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A Time Remembered

This is a simple layout easily completed in about 20 minutes. The decorative blue strip down the centre was created using the Grande Borderabilities "Illumination" by Spellbinders. This layout is a great way to use up wallet size photos.

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Card Pattern Sketch #72

This sketch is perfect for using up all your little scraps, it's also very quick and easy when your in a hurry. I made a promise to myself to use up most of my old paper stash before I bought anything new so I could actually have some room, well I am using up the paper but it didn't stop me from buying more! LOL

Summer Glitter Ritz

I was reorganizing things to make better use of space in the studio and came across my Glitter Ritz and thought Hmmm! Most people tend to use this product for the Holidays to add sparkle but I wanted to try something for the summer, well it turned out to be everyday stuff!

"Time" for another Masculin card

This card was based on a colour combination I found in a photo ad in a magazine of an upholstered chair. This is the first time I've ever tried taking a cue from something other than whats already in my head! So here it is using a variety of techniques, embossing folders, alcohol inks, and spellbinders.

A Pair of Cards

A couple of cards using Basic Grey, Wisteria line and a handful of Copic Markers. I was given a couple of stamps from a LSS to design two cards to teach a few techniques using the Copic markers, so I chose the house because it gives opportunity to try overlapping boards for siding, bricks for the chimney and pebbles for the walkway. I also put stripes on the cat to give him some character.

A Father's Poem / Card Patterns Sketch #65

Here is another Father's Day card as this special day is fast approaching and sometimes it can be a daunting task to do a masculine card. This is very easy, a Sizzix embossing folder, a Spellbinder die, some ribbon and some walnut distress ink.
The poem reads like this:
A Father means

So many things...

An understanding heart,

A source of strength

And great support.

Right from the very start

A constant readiness to help,

In a kind and thoughtful way.

With encouragement and

Forgiveness no matter what

Comes your way.

A special generosity and

With affection, too a Father

Means so many things

When he's a man

Like you

I hope your day is filled with sunshine!


Father's Day Card

This was an attempt to re-create a card that is very popular for Father's Day. All the other cards I looked at were made with a printed paper that looked like denim or the used plain cardstock and used a denim bacground stamp and blue ink to get the look and texture. Here lies the challenge, I had no denim printed paper or a denim background stamp, so how was I going to do this?
I picked a piece of light grey co'ordination paper and inked it with Broken China, Faded Jeans, and a little Black Soot all from the Distress line from Tim Holtz.
Next I wet the paper and crumpled it up, carefully unfolded it and dried it with the heat tool. To give it some highlights I then sanded the paper to reveal the lighter colour underneath.
I then overlapped two pieces of the paper and sewed the seams. If you don't have a sewin machine don't worry just get out your paper piecer and start spacing the stitches evenly.
I took a copic marker ( B45 and W5 ) and added a shadow to the right hand side of the stiching. the french seam was a little too light so I gave it a little shadow inbetween the natural highlights that occured from the sanding.
Printed the verse out on cardstock using the computer and inked it with walnut to distress it.
I added the red tag to give it a little fun just like the original "501's"
The "jeans" are a very faded and just out of the wash look.
I hope you try this technique!

Young Love Card Pattern #64

As promised I made a card of the picture I coloured the other day. This took me a little longer than I thought it was going take. I took these pictures outside today and the sun was so bright and warm, I didn't even notice that because of the extreme natural lught the stickles on the girls hairbow, lace parts on her dress and the handmade flower seem to have washed out. (I will work on the photography part) For a change I used patterned cardstock for the base and added a panel to the inside for stamping or handwriting.

All the patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye

Have a great day! and I hope you able to enjoy the sun today!


Prcious Moments with Copic Markers

It's Friday!!

I have a picute that I coloured last night to share with you. I downloaded the picture from a site that offers free printable colouring pages and printed it out on Bazzill white smooth paper. Later today I will make up a card with this picture to post.


Since Copic markers are sweeping through the papercraft industry like wildfire I thought that I will start posting some cards that I've been working on. This Cruise-a-bella was the very first stamped image that I coloured over a year ago!

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Natural Beauty

I tried to keep this layout simple! I used 6 sheets of patterned paper and coloured cardstock to complete this look. The butterflies are cut out using the new Tim Holtz Sizzix die. Other items used were Stamping Up punch and Top Note die, Martha Stewart border punch, rub ons, rhinestones, stickles, glittered brads, a cardstock sticker and Distress Ink.

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Very Quick and Easy

This is a very quick and easy card that I used scrap pieces from a layout that I just did. I used a Stamping Up Bird punch, Martha Stewart border punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder and Cuttlebug die for the "Hello". It's hard to see but I inked the edges of the light coloured papers (bird included) with "pine needles" distress ink.This card took about five minutes from start to finish.

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Trying Something New!

In the next few days I hope to fill in all the blanks on this Blog and start adding projects, classes, layout sketches, and information to help you be inspired to create!