Sunday, September 30, 2012

welcome to the team...

Welcome to the new term with CI! 

Just a quick shout out to the newest members of the Creative Inspirations Design Team! A few of the old faces are staying with us (including me & my tutorials... YAY!), and a bunch of new faces are joining us.  I'm excited to be working with all of you!

 All of their blogs are linked up to my sidebar, so go check them out!


PS  Do you have any idea how much fun I had spilling paint just to photograph it?  It was a blast! LOL

Saturday, September 29, 2012

should you choose to accept...

Mission: complete birthday card for 6 yr. old boy.

Mission failed.

notes:  I did complete a card... it just ended up being more of a baby card than a 6 yr. old boy card. 

 This adorably sweet stamp is by Crafter's Companion. It was colored using Tim Holtz Distress Markers. 

 I was going to add the phrase "Birthday Wishes", but it still didn't really fit the mission requirements (or the 6 yr. old).

 The shooting star was stamped twice.. once on the card, and once on another sheet of paper. The second one was painted, glittered, cut out, then attached over the first star with a foam square. It gives it nice dimension and  draws your eye to the main star.

The stars were all painted with Ivory Creative Inspirations paint, so they twinkle and glow when the light hits them. A very effective touch if you ask me. =)

I was once asked how to add color to a background after you have stamped and watercolored an image... 

my secret: masking.  

I stamp the same image on a second sheet of cardstock, then cut it out just barely inside the outside line. (this helps avoid a "halo" of white surrounding the image). I then cover the back of the cut image with a re-positionable adhesive. After that, it is just a matter of lining the mask over the image and adding color to the background. Just be careful not to let any color bleed under the mask. For this card, I mixed a drop of Pumice Stone reinker, a little Stormy Sky stain, and quite a bit of water to create a nice pastel wash.

Mission: attempt to complete birthday card for 6 yr. old boy again


Supplies Used
Paper: Kraft, watercolor paper
Ink: Archival, Distress ink
Stamps: Crafter's Companion "Shooting Star", Kaisercraft "Grid"
Creative Inspirations: Paint (Ivory), Resplendence (Angel Dust)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

so far this week...

Stamping and glitter-fying 47 sand dollars. I'm still finding glitter.

Hours on end cutting, stamping, gluing and tying 47 gift bags while watching old Abbot and Costello movies. 

Shopping in the big city. Fabulous!

Who knows?


Saturday, September 22, 2012

who says fabric is for sewing...

Hello my wonderful friends!

I love the look of fabric flowers, but I just don't like buying pre-made ones... I'd rather make my own to fit each project...

Step 1: run your chosen fabric through your die cut machine using your favorite flower die.  The steel rule dies (the heavy thick dies) work best for cutting fabric, but you can use the thinner ones if you don't mind doing a little hand snipping to finish the cuts. You can also hand cut flowers if you would rather wield the scissors.

Here I am using canvas, but any fabric will work. (I love using worn out jeans for this!)

Step 2: thin out some Creative Inspirations paint by mixing some paint with water on a non porous surface.

Step 3: paint. Yes, I know, this is the hardest step and you were all wondering just how to do it... LOL!

Step 4: Let them dry completely.

In the meantime, feel free to admire that shimmer!  The purple ones are canvas with Royal Purple CI, the darker ones are old jeans with Autumn Wheat. Gorgeous, huh!

Step 5: For shabby flowers, use your finger nail to rub and fray the edges of the petals.

Step 6: glue all layers of your flower together and add a center.

Did you know that you can take the Jeweled Inspirations from CI and alter the color using an alcohol based marker (like Sharpies)?

Step 7: Scrunch your flower up... I like to scrunch it up around the center jewel, but you can scrunch it any way you see fit.

Step 8: Gently un-scrunch your flower, and you are ready to use!

These can be made in any size or shape with what ever fabric you want. Try layering different types of fabric for a fun twist.... the flower here is layered with tulle... Try using different things for centers... buttons, pearls, charms, beads... anything you want!  If you don't like the shabby look, just don't scrunch the edges.  Make it fit your project and style, make it yours!


Friday, September 21, 2012


just a quick note to let you know my tutorial link list is back up-to-date... yes, I know I've been a bit behind. LOL!  But it is current now. =)


halloween humor...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Are you ready for a little Halloween humor?

This stamp from Great Impressions just cracks me up!

"instant witch ~ just add water"  LOL!  

I stamped the image on watercolor paper and colored it with Distress Markers and a lot of water. I love the easy shading and blending of these markers on watercolor paper! For a little spice, I used Buttercup Creative Inspirations paint to highlight the stars. In the right light, they shimmer!

I love making fabric flowers! I'll walk you through my process in tomorrow's tutorial!


Supplies used:
Paper: Coredinations, watercolor paper, book paper, white cardstock
Ink: Archival, Distress, Mark-it
Stamps: Great Impressions "G380", Kaisercraft "Grid"
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18" & "Rose Creations", Tim Holtz "Tattered Floral"
Creative Inspirations: paint (Buttercup, Royal Purple), jeweled inspirations (clear 34)
Other: ribbon, canvas, tulle

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Well, my wonderful friends, I'm done. 

I just finished cataloging my stamps. A daunting task, I assure you!

 I have found that with my ever growing collection of stamps, it is hard to remember what I have.  Which stamp sets have birthday greetings?  Which ones have monkeys?  Which ones have background textures? 

So, my solution....

I set up a database for all my stamps in Bento. Yup, I typed them all into my ipad... Not only did I put in the brand and set/stamp names, I also added a column for key words. I've typed in what is on each stamp set so I now have a searchable database of all my stamps!  

So, which ones have birthday greetings?  Well, I have the choice of 13 different sets. Which ones have monkeys? I only have 3 monkeys to choose from. How about the background textures?  Pick any one of 27 sets. 

As I start using it, I may need to add more key words into the sets to narrow down the searches, but it's a starting point.  And it only took me 7+ hours worth of hen pecking my ipad screen. =)


Sunday, September 16, 2012

cleaning up...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Have you ever found you table space cluttered with scraps of one project, odds and ends from another, and this and that from something else?  Yeah, that totally gets to me. I'm one of those crafters that will stop in the middle of a project and put any unnecessary things away... Gotta have a clear work space!

Well, I ended up with the "this and that and another" on my table, so I threw them together just to get them out of my way. =)

More distress marker coloring on watercolor paper.
 The outline around the inside of the oval is super simple to do. If you use a wafer thin die, after you run it through your machine, keep the die in place and trace the inside with a marker. I like using the fine tip of the Distress Markers for this.  It adds a nice finishing touch.


Supplies Used
Paper: Colorbok, watercolor paper, chipboard
Ink: Archival Ink, Distress Ink, All Purpose Ink, Powder Puff
Stamps: Graphic 45 "Magic of Oz", Great Impressions "Simple Elegance"
Dies: Quickutz "Nesting Ovals", Spellbinders "Labels 6"
Creative Inspirations Paint: Silver Frost, Coal
Other: Modeling Paste, Embossing powder, brads

Saturday, September 15, 2012

looks like I spent time...

Hello my wonderful friends! Happy weekend!

This is a quick card I put together last night... Like the background? I used the new Inkadinkado Stamping Gear.  This thing is very cool. I find it relaxing to just sit and make patterns. LOL!

I used Distress Makers on watercolor paper to quickly color in the image. Nothing fancy... Just some scribbles of color here, a scribble of darker there... blended with a water brush. Looks like I actually spent time on it. =)

The bow was colored using a mixture of Distress reinkers and Creative Inspirations Paint "Fairy Dust". Love doing this. Custom colors with beautiful shimmer. Great stuff.


P.S. I don't like spiders. I was taking photos of this outside to make use of the beautiful sunshine today, and a very persistent spider kept trying to climb up the cloth. URG. It doesn't seem to matter how many times my porch is sprayed, they just keep coming back!

Supplies Used:
Paper: Paper Studio, watercolor paper, white cardstock
Ink: Archival, Distress
Stamps: Inkadinkado "Elegant Flourishes", Penny Black "Flower Gallery"
Dies: Quickutz  "Nesting Circles"
Creative Inspirations: Fairy Dust
Other: ribbon, rhinestones

Thursday, September 13, 2012

tis the season...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I must admit, I have always been one who gets annoyed by the fact that Halloween takes over the stores in August, and Christmas appears  mere weeks later. Don't get me wrong, I love the holidays, I just think they don't need to stretch out months in advance. By time the holiday actually arrives, it has become mundane.


I was recently asked to come up with an idea for Christmas presents for all the children in my ward.
With this year's theme being "Choose the Right", I suggested these glittered covered sand dollar ornaments...

The Presidency loved them, so I now have to MAKE them.  Granted, the Primary here is a lot smaller than the one I used to attend in Utah, and by FAR smaller than my sisters overwhelmingly large one.... It is still a bit of a daunting task to make 60 of these ornaments and cards to go with them.

So, I have to get a good head start on the season!

First up, procure the needed sand dollars...

Since I live within an hour's drive of the ocean, and I never pass an opportunity to visit, I spent yesterday gathering sand dollars and beginning the long process of cleaning them out. It is amazing how much sand is hidden in these little dollars!  Not only is there a lot of sand, it is frustratingly hard to get it all out!  


Next step, getting a large bottle of paint, multiple spools of ribbon, an overwhelmingly large amount of Glossy Accents, and bucket loads of glitter.  I have the feeling I will be cleaning glitter out of my studio for the months after I'm finished. LOL!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

hello from Oz...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I spent last week in southern Utah with my whole family... Tons of fun!  On the way home, we stopped for the night in a good size city.  Since there was still some daylight to burn, we did some shopping. I forgot how much different it is to look at stores in a big city. LOL!  I think I was in heaven!

 I picked up a few fun things to play with including a clear stamp set by Graphic 45/Hampton Arts called "Magic of Oz".  I have to say, I am a total Oz fan!  I fell in love with the story as a child, and have never really outgrown it. (and yes, I LOVE Wicked and Tin Man too!)  Anyway, to say I was excited was an understatement!

Although I have done a fair amount of playing with the set, this is my first finished project.

 I love how the images are the old fashion Oz style!!! So artsy and vintage! *swoon*

The Scarecrow was stamped onto watercolor paper with Archival Ink by Ranger. This is an oil based permanent ink, so you can use water over it without any bleeding or feathering.  I used Distress Markers to color it in. Don't feel intimidated by the markers or watercoloring... It is easy to get great results with the markers and a water brush. Just make sure you have a good paper. If the colors aren't blending with water, it is your paper. Just trust me. 

Like this? A super simple way to get a vintage look... They are simply brads that I smashed with Tim Holtz texturizing hammer. A few good whacks is both fun and therapeutic. =)

For the background, I used Colorbox Frost White pigment ink. It shows up so well on darker papers! Love it!

And in conclusion... a little Wizard of Oz trivia.. The magic shoes that Glinda gives to Dorothy are actually silver in the original story. I guess ruby just looked more impressive in technicolor. 


Supplies used:
Paper: kraft, watercolor paper, white cardstock
Ink: Archival, Distress, Colorbox Pigment, Versamark
Stamps: Graphic 45 "Magic of Oz", Kaisercraft "Grid", TPC Studio "Secret Garden Collage"
Dies: DQuickutz "Nesting Ovals"
Other: embossing powder, brads, fiber