Jul 30, 2012

Magnolia love

Hello Stampers!

Just another card I wanted to share with you made with my beloved Magnolias!  This is Tilda from the recent Summer release.  I ADORE her!

She's coloured with Copics - accented with Copic opaque white paint - and accented with Atyou Spica pens (have I shared how much I LOVE these pens?? - fabulous glass glitter - not so flashy - perfect over your Copics).  I think the white accents in her hair really make that blonde hair gleam, don't you?

And I've used one of my favourite Bo Bunny papers here - "Little Miss" - LOVE these colours for summer!

The post is one of the Magnolia "Doo Hickey" dies - they are so sweet & whimsical!  This one comes with a cat too - CUTE!

I've finally figured out to use my die pick to twirl the flower stems before I glue them down with a hot glue gun.  This is what I've seen on all the European blog and I always love the look.  Took me a while to figure this out though - silly girl!

Happy Stamping!


art journaling

Hello Stampers and Happy Monday!

If you are a blog follower and a paper crafter, you are probably very familiar with "art journaling".  If not, then welcome!  In short, it is a journal of art.  Personally, I find it a great way to practice new art mediums, techniques, and applications without the stress/ pressure of creating a finished product.  I enjoy creating for creation's sake!

Friday night I enjoyed a fabulous crafty night with my fellow divas at SGD - WHAT FUN!  And this was such a great way for me to unwind from a stressful week at work.  And of course, reminisce about our awesome CHA adventures in Chicago!  (Still on a high!).

This page uses a lot of mediums.  The concept though, is layering.  Some of the products used are:
  • Memory Box Stamp
  • Penny Black stamp
  • Tim Holtz tissue tape
  • Mister Huey's mask
  • Mister Huey's misting sprays
  • Pan pastels
  • Acrylic paints
  • Tim Holtz distress ink (antique photo) & distress tool
  • Tim Holtz distress markers
  • Ranger archival ink (black)

On this particular page, I LOVED colouring the flowers with my distress markers!  I thought they really popped against the black ink and the gentle pink background.  I am so much more in love with my markers now that I had the one-on-one time with Tim!  It was really helpful!!

Have a great week!


updates from CHA

Hello Stampers!

We are all home safe & sound from a FABULOUS week in Chicago at CHA!!  What an incredible week!  It was my first time - and wow - it certainly lived up to expectations!  My first time meeting Tim Holtz!  And countless other incredible artists - Donna Downey - Claudine Helmuth - the list goes on!  See some of the photos below!

Here is a card I created today - inspired by a creative week!  The card base is Kraft.  I prepped with gesso.  By the way - I am just in LOVE with masks & sprays - and wow - they were everywhere at CHA!  Here, I've used the Mister Huey's chevron mask - and two tones of green Pan Pastels.  Then I applied a layer of Golden  Absorbent Ground.  While this dried - I created some of my own masks.

I used plastic packaging from a die set - and cut out some shapes from my Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers dies (here I used the butterflies).  I laid them on the page - then sprayed with some Tattered Angels.  I placed them somewhere else - and sprayed with another colour.

I used these beautiful new Prima stamps - to randomly stamp text on my page in Ranger archival.  Alamanc stamp set and Songbird.  

I sprayed some lace with Tattered Angels and dried it with my heat tool.  I've applied some Prima self-adhesive gems.

The plastic butterflies that I cut out - were inked with Ranger alcohol inks and then glued to the card front.

Here are some photos from CHA!

Graphic 45 booth

Graphic 45 booth

doing a make & take at Ranger with Teri from Papercrafts magazine.  Tim said "wait for me!" and popped into our photo!

some gorgeous altered art projects at Kaiser Craft

our last day!

Jul 16, 2012

Tilda with winding flowers

Hello Stampers!

Here is another Tilda card I made with a Magnolia stamp.  This is from a class I taught last week actually.  I've coloured Tilda with my Copics.  She's accented with the Copic opaque white paint and some Atyou Spica glitter pens.  The paper is from Bo Bunny Little Miss (my latest absolute favourite!)

Happy Stamping!

Jul 9, 2012

Memory Box Dies

Hello Stampers!

I wanted to share some projects with you that I made with a new Memory Box Die.  If you haven't heard of these dies yet - you have to check them out.  

These strip dies punch out a beautiful pattern from a paper - that you can then overlay onto another paper!

OR - as above - you can use it as your own mask! 

So here is another card I've made with the same Memory Box Strip Die.

By the way - Memory Box also make GORGEOUS stamps.  I've used this one on my first card above.

SO much fun!!  

Happy Stamping!

Jul 2, 2012

Magnolia love and Spellbinder storage

Hello Stampers!

Here is one of many Magnolia cards you'll be seeing from me if you follow my blog.  I ADORE my Magnolia Tilda stamps. I just love colouring these stamps, I really do.  I think they're awesome with my Copics - or with distress inks.

This little lovely is Flip Flop Tilda from the new 2012 Summer collection.  I've stamped her in Memento Rich Cocoa ink  (by the way - have you seen all the new colours of Memento?  WOW!  LOVE!) and coloured her with my Copics.  I've accented with the Copic opaque white paint and the Atyou Spica glitter pens (I ADORE these!!).

This paper is one of my recent loves - Bo Bunny Little Miss.  Isn't it just beautiful?  The sentiment is from the sticker pack.  I just LOVE a line with coordinating elements!  Ahh - yet another 6x6 pad that I'll be buying in triplicate.  Yummy!

The flowers are another awesome find lately - these beautiful fabric, glittery, shimmery flowers from Petaloo!  These ones are Velvet Hydrangeas.  

My card is made with Bazzill card stock.  And I've used a Spellbinder Nestabilities die.  I've inked up the central image with some Tim Holtz distress ink in antique linen (my go-to colour for sure).

On the topic of Spellbinders - thought I'd share with you my latest happy storage item!

This is the before shot of how I stored my Spellbinders dies (of which I have many)
Now here are some of my dies in their new happy home!
This is an ArtBin Magnetic Die Storage Case and I think it is just fabulous!

Happy Monday!


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