Friday, August 26, 2011


I was browsing through Pinterest one day and I stumbled across a tutorial for making glitter bangles. My darling daughter had a birthday to go to, so I decided this was the time to try them. Basically some vinyl tubing, some glitter and water. I only added water to one of them. The thicker bangles are a lot easier to fill than the thinner ones. They are easy, it only took 15 minutes to make the bracelets. However, I am graceful and it took 30 minutes to clean up the glitter lol.

The gift bag is repurposed, the candy centers of the flowers it held in February having been eaten.

August Papertrey Ink Blog Hop and My Monthly Mojo and a Good Cause All in One

This is the photograph that inspired Papertrey Ink's August Blog Hop.  I used one of my favorite Papertrey Ink stamp sets, Friendship Jar and the daisies from Friendship Jar Fillers. I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used Memento markers to color them. I used repeated strokes to add shading to the flowers.

This also is my entry for Sasa's My Monthly Mojo. Every month she interviews an artist about their creative process and has a place to link a related piece.  This month we're supposed to include some notes about our creative process and why we like to share our work. Now this is a lot harder for me than just making stuff, but in the spirit of community (and a chance to win a great stamp set), I'm dipping my toes in the water :D.

When I saw the photograph for the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop, I knew I needed to do the mason jar and the flowers. Especially as I had stamps for those lol. I picked up the suitcase element by rounding two of the card corners with the Corner Chomper. Sometimes I like to pick up the feeling of the whole photograph (like I did last month) and sometimes just an element or two. I also made the card to donate to an event organizer who had asked My Pink Stamper readers for cards for a breast cancer survivor breakfast. And because of that I combined the red and white colors as a pink. So it's a threefer card!

Now the reasons why I like to share are usually a little less clear than my inspiration, but it's usually a combination of not having access to a lot of real-life folks who are thrilled to bits about giving feedback to my papercrafting projects and a means of keeping track of things I've made. It's also a way to give back to the online community I've learned so much from. In a larger sense, it's also given me more freedom to just put it out there for it's own sake, not so much for the feedback I get from others, if that makes sense lol. But I really do love comments. So that's me in a nutshell, full of contradictions lol.

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Fine Linen and Sweet Blush.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Memento Dual Marker Summer Sky (jar), Dandelion (flower center), Pear Tart (leaves), Angel Pink (flower petals) and Rose Bud (edge around the Fine Linen mat).
Tools: Corner Chomper (1/4").

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WOYWW 116 Marker Heaven

 I've been having oodles of fun with markers. Since my budget does not allow for all the Copics my colorful self pines for, I was tickled pink to find Memento Markers at thirty percent off, some Adirondack Markers on clearance and a couple of the empty alcohol ink pens (to be filled with blender or alcohol inks of your choice) also on clearance. I'm loving the Memento Markers, but the Adirondack Markers are not really the color of the alcohol inks of the same name.

So I filled one of the markers with Citrus Alcohol Ink, and I've discovered it's very close in color to one of the Memento markers. I'm thinking it's a favorite color :D. I'm having a really hard time deciding which color to use in the other marker, but Stream is a front runner.

I found a copy of Craft Stamper at Joann Fabrics.

And inside an article from WOYWWer Hels Sheridan :D. Which reminded me, it really was Wednesday and I had not posted yet lol.

So if you are wondering what's all this WOYWW, head over to Julia's Stamping Ground and have a gander. Better yet, snap a picture of your workdesk and join in the fun :D.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cricut Lite Botanicals Giveaway

Tammy Skinner is giving away a Cricut Lite Botanicals on her blog. Definitely worth scuttling over for a chance to win it if you don't already have it :D.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

WOYWW 115 Feeling Scrappy

Today I'm working on a Papertrey Ink layout. I bought enough stamps over the last year to qualify for the Thank You Anniversary set and I just loved the printed piece that came with it. So when I was cleaning up after my Club Ruby Designers August Design Team projects, I came across the thank you and a layout was started. I really do try to clean, I just keep getting interrupted lol. The 12 x 12 paper is made from two different sheets glued together.

I also finally finished (and photographed) the cards I made from my Paper Layerz experiments. Rather I was testing the dickens out of the paper and couldn't bear to throw them away lol. With Papertrey Ink cardstock for the card bases, I made a whole stack of cards using one 12 x 12 sheet of PaperLayerz. And I still have some more to finish!

After I took the Damask Decor silhouette cut off the mat, this was left, well this was face down on the mat. And it looked too pretty to scrap off, so I put glue on the back (that was facing up on the mat), and put the mat on it, let it dry and then pulled it off, put some faux stitching and another mat on it and ta da, second card lol.

This is an A2 sized card, I never thought I could make this Paper Lace cut at less than four inches. It's glued on with Patina Stickles. The other cut was an experiment from years ago lol.

The moon and dream are from Graphically Speaking. That dream cut is tinnnnny, but easy peasy on the PaperLayerz. I got the little bit of dimension by putting Tombow Adhesive on the back and letting it dry (it's still really tacky though after it's dry). The toughest part was transferring the cut from my fingers to the paper lol. I used Marvy Ink's Ochre to edge the mat (more scraps from the past btw).

The last two cards were made from one Creative Memories Reminisce cut. The soar is colored with the Stardust gel pen and attached using the dried Tombow adhesive. Platinum stickles for a little more sparkle lol (I'm such a magpie!).

I used the Papertrey Ink white Shimmer cardstock as the base for this one. White gel pen and Faded Jeans Distress Stickles for extra umph :D.

If you are wondering what's all this WOYWW, head over to Julia Dunnit's Stamping Ground and have a gander. Better yet, snap a picture of your workspace and join in the fun!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Glitter Hello card

Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #28 the challenge was to use a thick glue pen around a die, only I don't have a thick glue pen, so I used a copic marker (cool gray) and colored over it with a Martha Stewart glue pen and used Pallette Ultrafine Prism glitter.

cardstock: pink mat from stash, PTI soft stone (mat) and sweet blush (A2 card), vintage cream (mat shape #3).
marker: C5 (cool gray) Copic, chisel edge around the shaped mat, side of brush to edge the rectangular mats.
inks: Spun Sugar and Pumice Stone Distress Inks
stamps: Papertrey Ink Honey Bees and Mat Stack 3 Collection.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Two Fast and Easy(ish) Cards

Finally had a chance to do a Make It Monday. This week's challenge was to make a copic colored ribbon. I used red and green on Papertrey Ink's Fine Linen Topnotch Twill Tape. The cardbase is Papertrey Ink's Stampers Select. The robots on the bottom of the card are from a self-inking Inklings stamp I picked up at the dollar store. The other robot stamp is from a Stampin' Up Lots of Bots stamp set.

The thank you card is Papertrey Ink's Stamper's Select cardbase masked off with painter's tape. The stamps are all from Papertrey Ink's Embellishments stamp set and the inks are Distress Inks (bundled sage and sooty black). Easy peasy! I'm thinking this would do well as a Thank You card set.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Papertrey Ink stamps to use on the left, box of Cricut cuts under the Papertrey Ink cardstock sample book on the right. Cards to finish behind.

It's great for picking out cardstock color combinations. One of my favorites: vintage cream, pure poppy and Hawaiian shores.

It has a handy dandy chart in the front.

So I added the various whites that I have (stamper's select, white shimmer, vintage cream, rustic white), and re-arranged my cardstock in the order of the chart. Thinking this will make it easier to find what I'm looking for :D.

It's been a fairly quiet week considering that DD is back after 5 weeks away at camp lol. And somehow I managed to get a gallon of water in the floor of the passenger side back seat (American seating that is). Thankfully I bought a small automobile wet/dry vac a couple of years ago. Still haven't figured out how the water got in, if it was an open window I think the seat and door would have been wet too. Apparently there is no gel pack I can just put on the floor and vacuum up later. I might have to borrow a hairdryer to dry out the residual.

If you are wondering what's all this WOYWW, head over to the Stamping Ground and have a gander. Better yet, take a picture of your workdesk and join in the fun :D.

Monday, August 1, 2011

I'm Really Loving the First of the Month!

As I might have mentioned once or twice lol, I'm on the Club Ruby Designers' Design Team.  On the first of the month I get to see the fabulous projects my team mates have posted on the site and I get to share what I've made.  This month we're allowed to share a photograph of one of our projects on our blog and this is the one I chose :D. It's a small gift box, about 3 x 4.5 inches, and I feel the colors are neutral enough you could use it for a gift box for anyone. And no wrapping required! And it's a birthday keepsake! Love multi-purpose things :D. Except for the stickles and the Papertrey Ink Twine, everything is from the Fancy Pants August 2011 kit.

So if you want to see all the other projects, hop on over to Club Ruby Designers and join up. There is even a free membership level!