Of Corset's Your Birthday

Hi everyone.  I've got a post up on the EyeConnect Crafts blog.  I am having so much fun  designing with these amazing chipboard products.  If you haven't done so already, please take a look around the store and check out the fun chipboard products available. 

This corset is in 2 pieces.  I've inked it with products from Ann Butler Designs then laced it up and placed it on my card.
Stop by the blog and check out my Corset card.
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Upcycled Denim Purse

Hi everyone, I've got an upcycled denim purse on the Clearsnap blog today using some amazing Clearsnap inks and art screens. 

This would make a wonderful gift for the girls in your life.
Please stop by the blog for the details.
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School Star Mini Album

It's time for a new challenge at Scor-Pal.  This month's theme is school days.  So upload your school days project with more than one fold on the Scor-Pal blog.

I've created a star book which is perfect to hold all those photos taken throughout the school year as well as record report card information.

Cardstock - 3 colors, 2 sheets of each color
Pattern Paper

Cut cardstock as follows:
Color A: 6 pieces, 4 " x 12"
Color B: 6 pieces, 4" x 10"
Color C: 6 pieces, 4" x 8"

Score each piece of  Color A at 6".  Fold.
Score each piece of Color B at 5".  Fold.
Score each piece of Color C at 4". Fold.

Add Scor-Tape to the edges of Colors B and C.

Assemble C to B to A.
Assemble all 6 pieces in the same way, then run the scoring tool on each section to flatten.

To assemble, place Scor-Tape around the edges of one set and place another set on top.
Repeat until all sets have been adhered together.

To create the covers, cut chipboard 4" x 6".
Cut pattern paper 5" x 7".
Place the chipboard panel in the center of the pattern paper.
Cut the corners at 45 degree angles and fold in the edges.

Cut ribbon long enough to go around the book leaving extra to tie into a bow.
Place Scor-Tape around the edges and across the center of the front of the book.

Center ribbon around the book, leaving even lengths.
Adhere across the center.
Place the cover on top.
Repeat for the second cover.

This is a perfect book to add all those photos taken each year from the first day of school, to concerts, to parties, to the last day of school.  It easily folds to fit in your purse or on a table.  Open it up and it becomes a star.  Tie it together and leave it open to showcase all the photos.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to stop by the Scor-Pal blog and upload your project this month.


Happiness is........

It's  a new challenge at So Suzy Stamps and we are Happy.  Aren't you?
Check out the new stamps available.
Today we are working with the Happines Is series.  This fun collection of stamps includes something for everyone.  I'm using Happiness Is and paired it with Toes to Tickle.
I found some baby papers in my stash and created several cards with these stamps.
For my first card, I wrapped a panel with lace before adding it to the card.
The sentiment was stamped directly on the pattern paper between the shoes.
Happiness Is was stamped and cut into a pennant shape.
Then it was added over the lace with foam adhesives for dimension.

For my next card, I wrapped the panel with pink ribbon before adding it to the card.
Baby feet were punched out and added to the card with foam adhesives.
The phrases were stamped together and die cut into a circle.
Then added to the card with foam adhesives for dimension.

As you can see these phrases work well separately and together.
Don't forget to pop by the So Suzy blog and see everyone's creations.
Thanks for stopping by today.


Makin's Sweet Cupcakes

Hi everyone.

What is better than having sweet cupcakes on your birthday?  How about some sweet cupcakes of the non caloric version?

I used Makin's Clay clay with a Wilton flexible mold to create my cupcake elements.

These are all the assorted pieces I created, some of which I am using and some of which were put aside for another project.

How sweet is this cupcake?  Makin's Clay is perfect for using in molds - look at all those details.  The cherry adds just the right touch.  And wet clay sticks to wet clay so no additional adhesive is necessary.

And this swirly cupcake is just as delicious looking - I mixed red and white clay for a marble effect.  Plus, the different banner designs add just the right party touch.

I finished the cards with a wonderful cupcake stamp from So Suzy Stamps.

Did you know that Makin's Clay adds very little weight to projects?  The clay does add bulk depending on the size of your designs, but they weigh very little.

Thanks for stopping by today.



The future belongs.....

Hi everyone, today is my day for posting on the So Suzy blog and I'm using the Eleanor Roosevelt stamp - it's one of my favorites!

 Please stop by the blog for details.
If you love So Suzy stamps (and who doesn't?), go ahead and place an order - use coupon code  Steph20 for a 20% discount off all the stamps in the store.  Awesome!!!!  You need to hurry, though, because this code is only good through August 31.
Thanks for stopping by today.


It's Not Easy Being a Princess

Hi everyone, this week Clearsnap and Graphic 45 are having a blog hop and you are invited!

Clearsnap is the maker of wonderful inks and other assorted products.  Graphic 45 is the maker of amazing papers, stamps, books and boxes. 

Today I'm working with the Graphic 45 ATC Book Box and the Gilded Lily collection along with ColorBox Graphic 45 Decades Ink, which is a wonderful dye based ink that coordinates perfectly with Graphic 45 papers.


Ink all edges of the box with Triumphant Red Ink using an art dauber.
You could ink the box directly with the ink pad, but since I wanted a softer look, I used a dauber.

Cut cardstock to fit the box, both exterior and interior.

Cut pattern paper slightly smaller than the cardstock.
Ink the edges of the pattern papers with Triumphant Red Ink and adhere to the cardstock.
Cut a second set of layers to fit the front of the box.

Cut cardstock and pattern paper to fit the spine.
Ink all with Triumphant Red Ink.  The ink coordinates beautifully with these papers.
Adhere "Gilded Lily" on top to reflect the title of a book.  It's just the right size!

For the front cover, fussy cut a 2nd layer of the woman and the flower.
Ink edges with Venetian Lace.  This provides some dimension between the layers.
Adhere the woman with Scrap Dots for a little dimension.
Form the flower to appear more realistic and also ink with Venetian Lace.
Adhere the flower with Scrap Dots.
For the interior, I cut pattern paper panels slightly smaller than the cardstock pieces.
I wanted to "age" the papers, so I inked over the panels with Venetian Lace.

Next, I cut panels to cover the edges of the box itself.
Then cut a panel to fit inside the box so when the box is empty you have a pretty page to look at.
Now that the box was done, it was time to create the tags.

Ink the included tags with Venetian Lace and Triumphant Red Ink.
I used the direct to paper technique as I wanted a harsher look to the tags.

Cut assorted papers to fit.
Cut apart the ladies and add to the tags.
The patterns on Graphic 45 papers are well thought out and you can use any combinations of papers to create your projects.
Using the coordinating stamps, stamp phrases for the front cover and on several sides of the tags using Venetian Lace, Triumphant Red and Photogenic Inks.  You could easily use these tags as a mini album!
And a look at the completed tags.

They fit perfectly in the box.
Please head over to the Clearsnap blog and the Graphic 45 blog for other wonderful projects.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Ghouls and more ghouls

My post today on the Paper Wings Productions Blog.

Please stop by the blog and check out all the fun stamps available.

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Love is in the Air

It's a new challenge at Cornish Heritage Farms, and I'd love to see your love themed cards since today is Kiss and Make Up day!

I hope you check out the variety of digital images in the store as well as the rubber stamps. 

I've used the Brick Wall Backgrounder stamp, stamping it in black ink on red cardstock.  Love the realistic brick effect.  I then matted it with black cardstock so it takes center stage.

Next, I selected the Heart with Rose Digital Stamp and colored it with Copic Markers.  After fussy cutting, I added it to the card with foam adhesives for dimension.  Then I paired it with a sentiment from the Friend Expressions stamp set.

This is a great pairing of stamps and would work for so many different occasions.

Don't forget to check the Cornish Heritage Farms Design Team's cards on their blogs: 

Thanks for stopping by today.



Craft room wall hanging with EasyCast Casting Epoxy

Hi everyone, pop on over to the Environmental Technology blog and see how I created a fun craft room wall hanging using EasyCast Casting Epoxy.

EasyCast Casting Epoxy creates a coating (your choice of how thick or thin) that seals objects to a base - in this case my circular sign.  Since I had some room between the base and the top edge, it was the perfect sign to work with.

Because I used a lot of EasyCast Casting Epoxy, I thought it would take a long time for my piece to dry.  I was excited to find my new wall hanging was completely sealed and ready to hang in about 24 hours.  I love how it turned out.
Pop on over to the blog for complete instructions.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Dirty Words!!

Hi everyone.  Have you seen the wide assortment of stamps at KellyCraft?  There are some really snarky and funny stamps available - perfect when you want to give someone special "that" kind of card!!!!

I began by creating a card large enough to fit my Prima doll stamp.  I colored her with Copic Markers and then fussy cut her.  Unfortunately, the cardstock was not wide enough, so I had to improvise.  I placed a ribbon between the layers so I was able to tie the card closed. 

I added a panel of white inside, then used KellyCraft Jimbo Lojik Stamps - Set J.  This stamp set contains 6 phrases and an arrow.  I thought this phrase worked well with the card I created.


My doll was added to the card with foam adhesives for dimension.
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Etched Butterfly Wishes

Hey everyone, have you tried etchall yet?   Etchall allows you etch some amazing designs.

Using etchall I created this Butterfly Wishes jar.

I die cut this beautiful butterfly on vinyl using my Cricut.  I wanted a large butterfly to fit this jar and the detailing was perfect.  Using the etchall Squeege, be sure to rub the vinyl to ensure it remains in place during the etching process.

Using etchall etching crème and a paint brush, I coated the jar and left the cream in place for approximately 15 minutes. 

Since the etching crème is reusable, the crème can be removed and put back in the jar for another project.

Next, I rinsed off the jar and removed the stencil.
And this is the result.  The jar is frosted, but the area where the stenciled butterfly was adhered is clear.  I'm now using this jar to hold all my butterflies and wishes.
To finish, I just added assorted ribbons and a tag.

The stamp is from So Suzy Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Summer Beach Banner

I've got a project on the Papertemptress blog today.

Check out my beach banner.

I've used some fabulous papers from Papertempress.com, then I added some seashell embellishments made with Makin's Clay seashell mold and assorted colors of clay.

Thanks for stopping by today.