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.

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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.
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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.

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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: 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Happy Birthday Ann Butler

Hey everyone, today I am thrilled to be involved in a blog hop to wish the amazing Ann Butler a very happy birthday.  Happy Birthday Ann.

ColorBox Crafter's Ink for Ann Butler - Tangelo
ColorBox Art Screens for Ann Butler - Stars
Earth Safe Finishes - Tangelo Iridescents
May Arts Ribbon
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Coredinations Cardsstock

Place the Stars Art Screen on a gift bag and ink with Tangelo Ink. 
Move the Art Screen up to finish the bag.
Place the gift bag aside to dry.
Flip the inked stencil onto white cardstock.
Using a baby wipe, rub the stencil until the ink has been released on to the cardstock.
Use this panel to create the card.
Cut the panel to fit the card, matting it with cardstock.
Create a pennant shape sentiment and add to the card with foam adhesives.
To finish the gift bag, emboss a panel of white cardstock with a birthday embossing folder.
Paint Tangelo Iridescents across the panel.
Paint white ribbon with Tangelo Iridescents.
Mat the embossed panel with cardstock and wrap with the ribbon.
Add a torn strip to the bottom of the panel, then add the panel to the gift bag.
Stamp a birthday sentiment on white cardstock and die cut into shape.
Mat with cardstock and add to the gift bag with foam adhesives for dimension.

Please continue to wish Ann a happy birthday by visiting everyone's blog below.  And pop on over to Ann's blog and link up your card.

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Butterfly Wings

Hi everyone, I've got a post on the Paper Wings Productions Blog today.

Please stop by and check it out.

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Hi everyone, today is my day for posting on the So Suzy blog and I'm using Boy on the Dock and Confidence is Sexy.

After creating the background, I added the stamped and colored image.  Next, I stamped Confidence, being careful not to stamp the complete sentiment.

This little guy is so confident that he'll get that fish. 
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Every day is a blessing

It's a new challenge at Cornish Heritage Farms, and it's National Lighthouse Day so use a lighthouse on your card.

I've used the Lighthouse Oval Digital stamp.  

The papers are DCWV and each layer was matted with cardstock.  I colored the lighthouse with  Faber Castell pencils and gelatos. 

The sentiment is from A Time to Stamp set.  This was matted with cardstock then added to the card with foam adhesives for dimension.

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

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Fun with dolphins

Hi everyone, I've got a new post on the Eyeconnect Crafts blog today.  Check out the fun dolphin cards I created. 

The background and dolphin were colored with Faber Castell Gelatos.  The faux sea grass was created using Ann Butler's stamps and inks found here:  EZ-De's Rail Fence Set A by KellyCraft  and Limelight Crafter's Ink by ColorBox Crafter's for Ann Butler. 

And I even created a short video of my creations.

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Teacher's Pencil Box

Hi everyone, I've got a post on the Makin's Clay blog. 

Check out the Makin's Clay blog to how I created this fun pencil box for the upcoming school year.

Makin's Clay Basic colors - White, Red, Green
Makin's Clay Cutting Mat
Makin's Clay Push Mold - Fruits
Makin's Professional Ultimate Clay Extruder
Earth Safe Finishes Chalk Paint - Cherry Jubilee

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Pinwheel birthday card

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

I've created my own background by stamping a panel of white with a birthday stamp from Creative Vision Stamps

Then I created a pinwheel to fill the card and added the Birthday sentiment to the center of the pinwheel. 
Quick and easy and a birthday card anyone would love, don't you think?
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Sending you Fishs

It's a new challenge at So Suzy Stamps.  Won't you check it out?

I've created this Sending you fishs card using Pluto the Octopus and Polka Dot Fish.  I've paired them with a part of the Sending you a Note Stamp.

These stamps are so cute!  Pluto the Octopus is my favorite by far!  I've colored them with Copic markers then fussy cut them.

In keeping with the under the sea theme, I die cut circles to create bubbles, then fit my stamped images around the circles. 

Stop by the challenge blog and enter your card today.

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