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Spring is on the Way March 5, 2016

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Well, I certainly hope that Spring is here soon!  Even if it decided to elude us for a little bit longer, here is a project with some nice, pastel colors and flowers.

This project is for the current challenge on the PaperTemptress.com‘s Facebook page.  Please come over and check it out!  Any and all are welcome to join in on the fun, and we encourage you to try out a new technique, use a new-to-you product (like some of the luscious specialty cardstock Patricia carries) and just have a good time creating a work of art!


For this card, I started out with All Dressed Up‘s adorable digital image “For You” which I printed out on Cryogen White and colored with the following Copic markers: B21, B23, E00, E11, E50, E51, E53, G21, RV00, RV02, RV04, Y32.  I used some Framelits to die cut the Cryogen and Juniper Berry Glimmer cardstock, and I mounted those die cuts on to Mountain Rose Glimmer cardstock, which I embossed with Anna Griffin’s Batik Floral folder.

Here are the guidelines for the challenge:

Theme – Anything Goes
Deadline – March 31st @ 9:00PM EST

Sponsors and prizes:

Paper Temptress: $20.00 gift certificate to one winner. If you use a Paper Temptress card stock and you are the winner, you will receive an extra $10.00 gift certificate. You must list the card stock used. Cryogen White is excluded.

All Dressed Up: 2 images, winners choice

– 2 submission limit per person
-Post your entry in the photo album of the Facebook group

Winter Whites January 23, 2016

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Hello, everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  Just a reminder: the January Winter Whites challenge is going to be ending soon, so get your creations entered… The challenge can be found over on the Paper Temptress Facebook page here.

Gentle Baby

For this card, I started out with a card base of Neenah Solar White covered with an embossed sheet of my favorite vellum, the heavyweight vellum.  It embosses like a dream!  The beautiful image itself (Gentle Baby) can be found at A Day for Daisies.  The image is printed on Cryogen White cardstock, a beautiful off-white shimmery cardstock, and then I tore the edge around the image before adhering it down to the vellum.  It is colored using Copic markers in the following colors:  B26, B39, B41, B45, BG10, BG45, C1, C2, C4, C6, E00, E11, E13, E27, E29, E79, R02, and Y000.

Here are the details for entering the contest on the Paper Temptress Facebook page:

Theme – Winter Whites – Cardstock/Papers must be in WHITES. Images can be colored
Deadline – Feburary 1st @ 9:00PM EST


Paper Temptress: $20.00 gift certificate to one winner. If you use a Paper Temptress card stock and you are the winner, you will receive an extra $10.00 gift certificate. You must list the card stock used. Cryogen White is excluded.
A Day for Daises: $12.00 gift card
The Stamping Boutique/Glitterbabe’s: The winner will receive 2 images of their choice. PLEASE NOTE: if the winner uses a STAMPING BOUTIQUE or GLITTERBABE image they will receive 1 extra image of their choice making a total of 3 images.
Oozak – $10.00 gift certificate to one winner

– 2 submission limit per person
– Must follow the monthly theme
-Post your entry in the photo album

Birthday Bunny September 5, 2015

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Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone.  Hope that you are able to enjoy it!  Today I am sharing a birthday card.


For this card, I started out using the adorable bunny on a cake stamp from Unity Stamp Company’s eat ALL the cake stamp set.  I loved the look on the bunny’s face as he tries to peek over his big belly.  The image is stamped using Ranger’s Archival ink onto 135 lb Richeson watercolor paper, and then colored in using Rose Art markers (yes, the super inexpensive kids’ markers) and water.  This is a quick technique for using inexpensive markers to color cards and get a different look.  Scribble the color onto an acrylic block and then use a paint brush and water to “paint” the image and get somewhat of a watercolor look.  The sentiment is from the same kit.  I stamped it on Cryogen Iridescent 89# cardstock.  The background stamp is done in Bahama Blue Memento ink, and then I blended the ink color onto the cardstock.  Both the background stamp and die are by My Favorite Things and are made to look like washi tape.  I matted the image using the Spellbinders Card Creator dies on Cappuccino Sorbet Text, and again onto the card base of Neenah Desert Storm.  The photo doesn’t really pick it up, but I did go around the white space where the “sparkles” are, and I added some clear Wink of Stella so that in real life, the card does have some sparkle to it.

Mini Notebook July 25, 2015

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I’m really excited to share this notebook with everybody today.  The original tutorial I saw was done by Lawn Fawn, and you can see it here.


Front, showing closure

In order to create this mini journal, I started out with some Cryogen Iridescent 89# cardstock.  You really need to use a heavier cardstock for the cover of the mini journal because otherwise, it will not hold up well with the closure.

I cut the Cryogen at 7 3/8″ by 4 1/4″ and used a Hero Arts stamp called Many Petals to stamp the design all over the cardstock.  The stamps are colored using Spectrum Noir markers (DR5, CR7, CR11, IB1, and I softened the edges of the IB1 using the colorless blender).

After creating the background for the journal cover, I scored it at 2 7/8″ and 6″.  I used my Cropadile to punch the hole in the journal flap, used a small circle die cut (about 1/2″ diameter) to create the “button” closure from Epic Black cardstock and attached it using a snap since I didn’t have any coordinating brads on hand.  I used a 3/8″ corner chomper to round the corners of the flap of the journal cover.


back of mini journal

The paper inside the journal is five pieces of copier paper cut down to 10 4×6″ pieces.  I folded them in half using a bone folder, and then I used a craft knife to trim the edges of the paper down 2 3/4″ wide so that the edges will all lay evenly and not peek out of the journal cover when it is open.  The paper is attached to the cover using a stapler, but you could also punch some holes in the spine and thread more twine through to keep it together.


journal, open to show pages

I attached some twine to the under side of the Epic Black cardstock with Glossy Accents, but any strong liquid adhesive will do.  After letting it dry, you can wrap the twine around the journal a couple times and keep it closed.  I also tied a knot in the bottom of the twine so that it wouldn’t unravel.

Hope you enjoyed this and will give it a try yourself!  These would make really cute little gifts, and you can truly customize them using specialty paper and stamps.

My First Shaker Card July 11, 2015

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Hello, everyone!  I couldn’t resist this stamp set – it was just too cute and I had to have it.  It’s one of the small Lawn Fawn sets called Sweet Smiles, and I think it’s a very versatile set since you can use those adorable faces with so many other stamp sets.  It does come with a die set, but I didn’t purchase that.


For this card, I started out using Cryogen Iridescent 89# cardstock for the base and the front panel.  It gives the card a subtle shimmer, which I like.  All coloring is done using Copic markers: B29, G14, R22, R24, R27, RV14, T1, T3, T5, V25, Y08, and YR07.  I stamped the gumball machine twice and colored the front panel of the machine before cutting out the glass container part with a craft knife.  I layered the second piece of Cryogen cardstock behind it and lined up the images.  There is a piece of acetate from some packaging that I used for the clear front of the card.  The front panel and the pennant are popped up using dimensional adhesive.  I cut a piece of some absolutely gorgeous Vintage Silver Lustre Text weight cardstock to fit behind the machine.  This paper is so beautiful.  It looks like it has very fine brush strokes in it, and I love the texture and shine it adds to a project.  I had to die cut a circle in it so that the colored gumballs on the back piece of Cryogen would show through to the front of the card.

Loving the Gelli Plate May 16, 2015

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For this card, I used my Gelli Plate to transfer designs onto packing tape in order to create a background for my card.  The background is created using acrylic paints, stamps, and household implements such as bottle caps and Q-tips.  After the print is lifted, I used gold mica powder to fill in the “blank” spaces and get rid of the sticky part of the tape.  Then, I wrapped the pieces around the Neenah Solar White cardstock and adhered them well with Red Line tape.  Because the tape is wrapped around the card base, I suggest using a sturdy base, otherwise it will be more difficult to get the beautiful tape to lie flat.


I used some Elizabeth Craft Designs stickers on Cryogen cardstock and colored them in with Spectrum Noir markers and Copics.  The edges are inked with Weathered Wood Distress Ink, and the birds have Tulip heat set gems on them.

Peacock Card March 21, 2015

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As some may know, I love seeing the peacocks and peahens at the zoo.  They are amazing!

This card contains an image and sentiment from the Pretty Peacocks set by Imagine That! digis by Kris, and it’s this month’s freebie for the progressive challenge.


The entire set is fantastic, and this card was so much fun to make!  I printed the image on Cryogen cardstock and then used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to color the image. After cutting out the image, I mounted it onto the peacock feather paper from a Recollections animal paper pack and added the sentiment, also printed on Cryogen.  After snapping the photo, I decided to add a thin line of Cool Mint Stickles around the sentiment, and I think it pulls the elements together – sorry that detail isn’t included!

Easter is Coming March 19, 2015

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Daffodils are starting to come up in my yard.  The temperatures have remained above freezing.  Spring is on its way!  Officially, it will be here tomorrow at 6:45 p.m. EDT, but who’s counting the minutes??  Here is my card for the From the Heart Stamps progressive challenge.


For this card, I started with the adorable Easter Trio image printed on Cryogen cardstock, and I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint the image.  After I watercolored the image, I used a Bic Mark It to color around the edges to frame them.  For the card base, I used some 6×6 Hambly Studio prints and a strip of Cryogen.  I rounded the bottom corners with my 1/2″ corner chomper.

Friends Make Life Blossom March 7, 2015

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With the winter cold and snow being what it’s been this year, I’m definitely ready for some springtime flowers!  Hopefully this card brings some brightness to you today.


For today’s project, I started out with a digital image printed out on Cryogen cardstock.  This cardstock is so versatile!  It is my go-to for Copic coloring as well as light watercoloring projects because it holds up so well.  I used Prismacolor watercolor pencils and a waterbrush to color the image.  The yellow strip of paper is from the Basic Grey Highline collection, and I added some extra sparkle using a clear Wink of Stella pen on the fairy’s and bee’s wings before rounding the bottom corners.

Always Love You February 23, 2015

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Well, between frigid temperatures and other household woes, I wanted to create something spring-y and fun to lighten the mood!  This adorable chickie by From the Heart Stamps fit the bill perfectly.


What a fun card to create… I started out with the image printed onto Cryogen cardstock.  Then, I used a combination of Portfolio and Prismacolor watercolor pencils to color the image.  I added some Wink of Stella clear pen to the top of the bird’s eyelids and to the flower petals, as well as to the pearl necklace which I left white.  I used some Fired Brick distress ink around the edges, and I trimmed it with some twine colored with an RV19 Copic marker.  The background is from the Basic Grey 6×6 paper pad called Highline.  This paper pack is full of fun geometric designs, and it was hard to choose one for the background of this card, but I thought these bright colors played well with the image.

I will be entering this in the FTHS progressive challenge.