Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wild Wednesday - Great Catch & Feature Item

Hello everyone,

Even though it doesn't feel like it, summer will be here soon, and like many of you, this little bunny will be hitting the diamonds!  This cute image would make a perfect embellishment for scrapbooking those ballpark memories.  He is also fantastic for those difficult male cards. 

The shape was inspired by the image, and even though the overall design is clean and simple, the stitching adds a lot of impact.  The easel is held up with Thickers. 

The image was stamped twice; once on the base and once on watercolour card for colouring.  This way, none of the detail is lost with fussy cutting.

Thanks so much for reading & happy crafting!



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Technique Tuesday and a Coupon

This stamp set went into my cart the second it hit the store. Love the Tim Man!! The Audubon Egg is to die for. With Easter just around the corner, it is perfect. Today I am showing you an easy walk through, I am doing a journal page, however it will work just as well for a tag, or a layout, depending on what size stamp you buy. This sample uses the larger stamp set.

Assemble your working tools, Stamp set, Dylusions journal blank book, 
{it comes in large or small} Dylusions ink white and light blue, 
embossing glue, black or brown embossing powder, mica flakes, craft mat,
 heat tool, StazOn ink, Faber Castell India ink black pen.
STEP 1.} Play a bit with your bird and nest stamps for position on page.
Lightly sketch a tree branch for the bird to perch on as well as where the  the nest will sit. 
Note: If I was doing this on a tag or a layout, I would have used an actual tree branch. 
I didn't use that here because I need the book to close after the page is complete.

STEP 2.} Emboss your birds and nest in the desired area of your journal page.
 I used a detail black embossing powder and Distress Embossing powder for the nest.
STEP 3.}Quickly sketch over the branches to make them pop. This is a quick process, 
you will be adding more layers.
STEP 4.} Spritz white Dylusions in random places, followed by a light blue spray of your choice. 
Daub it around a bit. Then dry thoroughly with a heat gun.

STEP 5.} Use a mixture of Texture paint, spray, and mica base texturizing embossing powders. Pile it on the your craft mat,
and apply with a pallet knife to the tree branch sections of the page. 
This is a non fussy bit of smearing it around. A light touch on the nest to tie things in.
STEP 6.} Stamp along the edge of your project with the solid egg first {In light blue} 
then follow with StazOn in black or brown with the speckled egg . 
Use the feather with random stamping. Color the birds and feathers lightly with distress 
inks and your finger. The tittle on this journal page was from 'the stash' stamps.
Last Steps, Look at your page, add a title in or journaling. Fill in large blank spaces
with butterfly stamp or leaf stamp.
 Have fun, this is a quick easy journal page background.


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Outside the box Die Cutting!

Thank You to all the wonderful Ladies at Camp Croppin' for stopping by at my make 'n take for 'Authentique'. It was a great, fun project Authentique, Thanks!

You've probably invested a small fortune in dies since the addiction began so why not start using these dies in ways that they were originally not intended. This way you can get a little more wear out of those dies.

The following is a little experiment that I had to try after I thought about this in the middle of the night. I'm sure that others have done it before but this was a first for me. I also have pictures of a quick make and take that I did using the same die but in two different ways.

I love using the Movers and Shapers dies from Sizzix and I generally cut them the traditional way but this time I wanted to try cutting them but only partially cutting through and it worked!

I used the Decorative Strips cut pads because they're narrower and just left a small space between them. This space is the area that will remain uncut.  That's pretty cool! Eh?

I thought I'd give it a try with a thin intricate die using my magnetic plate and ta-da!

I'm so tired of all this snow so the following is something that I made to remind me that Spring is indeed supposed to show up. 

I used this Petal Drop Die and the Jumbo Tattered Florals Die.

There are lots of Pillow Box Dies available and they all look ....... like a Pillow Box but this one opens from the top so I thought that I would just create an open box and leave it that way as presentation. It's a gift card holder and you could make a bunch of these, fill them with coupons and or gift cards and hang them as a gift.

Fancy Pillow Box Die and Bow Tie Die.

I used the same die for the bow tie above and the one on this card below and I never made the bow tie that I was supposed to. I love coming up with new ways to use my dies.

I hope you'll give NEW life to a few of your OLD dies!

Products Used:
Sizzix Accessory - Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies - [SX-656499]
Sizzix Accessory - Tim Holtz Base Tray Movers and Shapers - [SX-657007]
Sizzix Cutting Pad - Decorative Strip - [SX-654558]
Sizzix Die - Bow Tie 3 Die D Bigz Die - [SX-658977]
Sizzix Die - Box Fancy Pillow Bigz L Die - [SX-659188]
Sizzix Die - Tim Holtz Jumbo Tattered Florals Bigz - [SX-659441]
Sizzix Die - Tim Holtz Petal Drop Bigz Die - [SX-659437]
Stampendous Stamp - Musical Motif Mixed Media Set - SPD-CRS7003]
Stampendous Stamp - Nk Studio Grunge Cling Rubber Set - [SPD-NKCRS03]
Stampendous Stamp - Nk Studio Wired Cling Rubber Set - [SPD-NKCRS02]
Riley and Company Stamp – in store only
Memory Box Die - in store only

Friday, April 11, 2014

Playing in Paradise Challenge # 12

SPRING ! At long last, its time to celebrate the end of the snow. Please join us in creating something about what this season means to you. This will be our final Playing in Paradise Challenge in this format. Watch for changes coming soon.

I am off to the Education Eh? event this weekend for what is sure to be a day filled with clever classes and gorgeous new product.I hope to meet some of you there, as well as the Camp Cropin early birds.

Tim Holtz Paper pack
Crafters workshop template
Prima  embellishments
Fabric Flower and ribbon colored with liquid mist and distress ink.
My garden photos :)I know they are out there under the snow somewhere.

Visit  Scrapbooker's Paradise Online store for all your supply needs

Let's take a look at what our Challenge team has created this week:

Our Guest Designer this month is Vicki  Glad you can join us this week and Thank You for taking the time to create this beautiful tag for us. Click on Vicki's name to see more about this gorgeous tag.

Please note: We post daily, so to find this challenge again once you have your project made, please click on the 'Playing in Paradise Challenge' button on the right hand side to be taken to the current challenge.
Become a 'Follower' and scoop our fun button for your sidebar, so you won't miss any of our  'Play in Paradise Challenges' and  a chance to win fantastic prizes.

1) Everyone is invited to play!

2) You have three weeks from today to link your entries for this challenge below.

3) Please link directly to your entry photo or your specific blog post featuring your project, so we can pop by for a visit.

How to Play Please Read:
"Our Design Team works very hard to come up with new Challenges every month.
They are designed to stretch your imagination and creative talent. We like to encourage
you to try new things, no matter what your paper crafting level is. Good luck and Please Play Fair 

CONGRATULATIONS to RUBY  the winner of the Playing in Paradise Friday Sketch Challenge #11. Please email Pam at  with your correct mailing address, or pick up location. She will  get back to you with the details for your prize and for how you can play along with us in a future challenge!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NEW this week!

Images from Heidi Swapp's Blog

Images from the Pink Paislee Blog

Images from We R Memory Keepers Website

Images from Dina Wakley's Blog

Images from the Spellbinder's Blog

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