Saturday, November 12, 2011

Inspired by Stamping

LinkDo you ever see a stamp set that just makes your heart skip a beat, because it's so beautiful? That's how I felt when I saw Inspired By Stamping's Delicate Doilies. I was immediately in love! And I also used a couple of stamps from the French Boutique set - they look so wonderful together! I stamped my main medallion and the arch on vellum and embossed them with dark brown powder. I was really pleased with the effect I achieved with this technique. Inspired by Stamping had a new release this past week - and I promise you, there are more gorgeous stamps waiting to be discovered. So head over and check it out. In December, the Design Team will start previewing new sets, so be sure to keep stopping by!

Mojo Monday: sketch
Mark's Finest Papers: Your Favorite Technique
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Recycle (a very old button from my button box)

Birthday Tag

Tags are so fun to make! And tonight, I wanted to share one with you that I made to go on a birthday present.

My papers are all from Kanban Crafts. They are so luxurious and fun to work with. I love the way the glittered transparency looked after I die-cut it.

Thank you for looking!


Party Time Tuesdays: Bling it On

Friday, November 11, 2011

Kanban Crafts Cards

Forget Love, I'd Rather Have Chocolate:

Bella Mini Paisley CRD9998


Bella Coffee Shop Delights PCT – 9965

Bella Mini Cakes PCT9973

Happy Birthday Flower

Pearl Glazed Warm Tones Toppers and Sentiments PCT9664

Baroque Blooms PCT1927

Baroque Frame Postcards PCT 1925


Winter Wishes

During November, the DT for Sakura Hobby Craft has had the opportunity to play with stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps! There are tons of stamps to choose from, but when I saw Lady with a Snowglobe, I knew this image would be the perfect companion for my Sakura goodies!

Any time a stamp has something that is supposed to be glass on it - I want to cover it in Crystal Lacquer! So the snow globe really caught my attention. I sprinkled some fine, transparent glitter around the edges, while it was still wet to make it look like the glittery snow inside. The other cool embellishment that I added were some of the Gem Particles to the confetti background. Weren't they perfect there?

I hope you will take a look at the tons of stamps that Viva Las VegaStamps has to offer, and remember how cool they are with you Sakura Hobby Craft products!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Just thought I would share my layout that was featured on today's Epiphany Crafts Blog. Be sure to stop by the EC blog each day for some great inspiration and a chance to win some awesome EC goodness!
GlueArts Glue Glider Pro - Perma Tac
GlueArts U Cut It Foam
GlueArts Extreme Adhesive Squares
Cardstock Bazzill
GCD Studios Gold paper
Epiphany Crafts Tools: Shape Tool Round 25
Epiphany Crafts Bubble Caps Round 25
Spellbinders Grand Caliber Die Cut Machine
Spellbinders Dies: Spiral Blossom I, Daisy Flower Topper, Shadow Flowers, Rose Creations, Carnation Creations
Punch Bunch Daisy punch
Cricut Electronic Die Cut Machine
Cricut Reminisce Accents Cartridge
Clearsnap Smooch Ink
Kaisercraft Pearls
Maderia Sewing Thread
Pfaff Sewing Machinee

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tis The Season

Can you believe, it's really time for Tis the Season? The whole Christmas season is one of my favorite times of the year - so I hope you enjoy this card!

I have really enjoyed using the 12 Days of Christmas papers from My Mind's Eye, this year. It's bright and fun with a fun retro twist to it. To make my dimensional wreath, I used the Boxwood Vine Wreath die from Cottage Cutz. (I also used the Holiday Doily die from them as well).

I cut my dies using white cardstock, but then colored them using Creative Inspirations Paints, before a punched them away from the paper. For the bottom layer of the wreath, I used Emerald, for my shadows, and for the top layers, I used the lighter Evergreen. For my reds, I used used Garnet and Rustic Red.

Don't forget, you have all month to play along with the Beary Scrap's Beary Best Challenge (and you can enter as many times as you like!)

DYSU: teal
VLV week 1: sketch

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sneaking in an Ornament

I do love Christmas! and I love going all out decorating - some years more than others...but I'm feeling like this year might be an over the top year! So since my mind was swirling with ideas for the season, I thought I would share with you a snowflake ornament that I made tonight. Wouldn't this be lovely to have a tree covered in these glittery flakes?

The Rubber Cafe- ornaments
Stamp and Show - recycle ( I used old Christmas wrapping twine)

Round Woven Covered Basket Tutorial for Scor-Pal

It's time for another challenge from the Design Team at Scor-Pal! It's probably pretty easy to guess - but we want to see your best Thankful projects. For me, Christmas is always sparkly and shiny, but Thanksgiving always conjures up more rustic and homespun ideas. So with that in mind, I designed a woven basket, that reminds me of all of the apple baskets I see around my hometown. I hope you enjoy it!

Round Woven Covered Basket Tutorial


(8) strips of paper 12” x ¾” for base color (red dots)

(8) strips of paper 12” x ½” in contrast color for weaving (yellow swirl)

(2) 4 ½” circles (one for the box top, one to line the inside of the box)

(3) strips of paper 12” x 1 ½” in contrast color, and use decorative punch along edge

Take the 12” x ¾” papers, and using your Scor-pal, score them at 4”, 6 3/8”, 8”. Flip the strip over from right to left, and score at the 6 3/8” mark.

The two score marks in the center of each strip, are going to be where you line up each pair of strip to glue, using your Scor-tape.

Do this for all of the 3/4 " strips, so you will end up with 4 crosses. Attach them all together in a star pattern as shown, to form the bottom of the basket.

Add Scor-tape right above the outer scored lines, on every other spoke - making sure to start with an inner spoke.

Begin weaving your yellow strips of paper (over, under, over...) and use the Scor-tape to hold the strips in place. Your paper will not be long enough to make a complete round, so you will need to add part of a strip to the end. Just make sure you add while you are on the inside, so it won't show. In my sample, I started weaving with a smaller strip, and decided I didn't like it - so I would suggest using all 1/2" strips. On each round, you will have to add some length to your strip to make it all the way around. Always try to do this on an inside pass, so your seam will not show.

Continue weaving to almost the top of the basket. You will have better results if you always add some Scor-tape on the inner spokes to hold the yellow strips where you want them. Leave enough ends of the spokes to turn under to the inside,to finish off the basket neatly (attaching with Scor-tape).

To make the lid, cut a 4 1/2" circle, and decorate it as you wish. I used the Cornucopia die from CottageCutz for mine.Take your strips with the punched edges, and score 1/2" down the length. Cut tabs about every 1/2". This way you can glue it, one tab at a time to the circle base. Your 12" strip will not be long enough, so again, you will have to add some length to it. Always try to do this as inconspicuously as possible.

After my lid was basically together, I added red grosgrain ribbon on the edge, and a couple of bows. This is quite handy if you need to hide a seam. I added a matching border at the bottom.

Don't you think this would make a great decoration for Thanksgiving?