Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Adore U

I'm happy to show you today a layout I completed using The Paper Niche's February Design Kit. Everything on the layout is from the kit, and I just love the look of this layout. The pictures are from Thanksgiving two years ago, and I just love these. I took them myself, and they are some of my favorites of my Emily.
For the Pink Paislee wooden letters that come in the kit, I used my Lindy's Stamp Gang Spray in the color My Mojito Green, one of my favorite greens in the Lindy's Stamp Gang Collection of Sprays.
 I love the Prima embellishments from this layout, specially the details on this butterfly. It's definitely gliterrific! (OMG did I just write that!---you can definitely tell I have a two year old!)
I did a lot of fussy cutting with some of the papers in the kit, and added the shapes I cut as my embellishments. That's always a good way to add accents to your projects without adding bulk to them, or spending extra money on embellishments. Just a few foam adhesive dots to add a bit of dimension, and all the paper accents pop off the page. Don't you just love saving money? I do!
P.SPink Paislee mistables, perfect pearls, glue dots and more on sale now. Check it out!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tag #7

The time to share the final tag I created to hang on my CHA 2012 dress form has finally arrived! I'm excited because I have other types of projects to share with you coming up =D
Alright, lets get right to it! The base of this tag is white light weight chipboard which I embossed  using my Fleur De Lis embossing folder by Provo Craft. After I embossed it, I sprayed the entire tag with my Tiffany's Blue Starburst Spray.
I then cut out a Fleur de Lis using Sizzix Fleur de Lis die, and medium weight chipboard. I embossed the Fleur the Lis with King Midas Gold embossing powder, and layered on top of a scrap chipboard piece I sprayed with Cadbury Milk Chocolate Starburst Spray.
After that, I cut out of design paper from the Flea Market Collection, a fancy label using one of my Fancy Label #2 Dies from Spellbinders. I layered on top of that a brown oval which I sprayed with Cadbury Milk Chocolate, and on top of that I layered the stamped image you see, which is from the TJ Designs Rubber Stamp set I used while making all the tags I've shared with the Parisian theme.
I added some blue bling to accent the stamped image, and then added some small mulberry paper roses, and lace at the bottom of the tag. 
The flowers were colored with three different colors: Cotton Candy Pink, Icy Primrose Gold, and Frosted Forget Me Nots. To finish off the tag I added some ivory organza ribbon at the top, and some gold cording to accent that ribbon at the top of the tag. 
This particular tag was one of my favorites I've made, and I really like all the dimension and shimmer on it. I hope you enjoyed these seven tags I've shared with you in the last few days, and hope you are ready for all the different projects I have to share with you next.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Tag #6

As you might have noticed, most of the tags I've been showing are simple tags. They were not overly embellished because I wanted the Lindy's Stamp Gang products to be the star =D
On this tag I have another wooden crown (similar to the one I used on tag #5 on my previous post), which I painted using my Starburst Stain in the color Wild Honey Suckle Coral, and embellished using some silver bling pieces. I framed the crown with a frame I cut out of medium weight chipboard using the Sizzix Frame Hanging with Scallop die. I then took the frame and embossed it using one of Tim Holtz's embossing folders, and sprayed it with my Scintilating Silver Glitz Spritz. I added two acrylic transparent flowers to both sides of the frame to accent it with some bling factor lol.
On the top of the tag I added three mulberry paper roses, six mulberry paper mini rose buds, three script mulberry paper leaves, and two clear  beaded sprays. The big rose I colored using my Wild Honey Suckle Coral Starburst Spray. The two small roses I colored using Glory of the Seas Gold , and then I embossed the edges the the petals using Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder in the color Geranium Coral Blush. The mini rose buds where colored using two different Starburst Sprays: Frosted Forget Me Nots and Magnolia Magenta Gold. I also sprayed the three leaves with My Mojito Green Starburst Stain.
At the bottom of the tag, I added a banner which I cut using one of my Spellbinders Ribbon Banner dies. I stampped Oooh-la-la! with brown ink, and distressed the inside of the banner with Stormy Sky Distress Ink. I also added some ivory, beaded ribbon to add a little bit more sparkle.
The background of the tag I kept very simple with just the designer paper, which was from the Colorbok Flea Market Collection. Leaving it plain allowed for all the shimmer in all the other elements of the tag to  pop out much better than if I had done something else to it, and like I always say sometimes, less is more. Hope you enjoyed!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Tag #5

I hope you are not getting sick of tags, because I still have a few more to show you =D. This particular one was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest. It had the two birds kissing, and I just had to get this bird idea into one of these spring tags.
The base of the tag is manila cardstock and I embossed a script stamp made by Stampin up, using Byzantine Bronze embossing powder. I cut out Tim Holtz's bird cage using medium weight chipboard, and I then embossed it using Weeping Willow Green Gold embossing powder. 
I also cut out the Tim Holtz birds (from his birdcage die of course), from medium weight chipboard, which I covered in old music paper, and sprayed with Desert Moon Cactus Gold Glitz Spritz.
On top of the birdcage I added a wooden crown I found at my local craft store. I painted the crown in two colors: Alpine Ice Rose and Glory of the Seas Gold. After that, I just added some Kaiser Craft green bling pieces for one more touch of sparkle.
I took a piece of vellum paper and embossed the word Amour using regular black embossing powder. I then punched the word out using my Stampin up label punch. I also finished that with two green bling pieces from Kaiser craft.
The bottom of the tag is made up of a raffia bow, some mulberry paper flowers colored with Alpine Ice Rose and Glory of the Seas Gold , green beaded leaf sprays, and some orange Making Memories crochet lace.
Hope you enjoyed this one. Just two more to go!
P.S. New items added to the store today: Tim Holtz Paper Lines, District Market line and more. Check it out!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tag #4

Keeping up with the dark background tags I made, here's tag #4 for you. I again used some black light weight chipboard for the base, and used my Lindy's Stamp Gang Products to make the background. For this one I first sprayed the entire tag using my Open Arms Amethyst Starburst Spray, and then I embossed using King Midas Gold embossing powder and a fleur de lis stamp, found in that Parisian Themed TJ Designs Rubber Stamps set I used on my previous tags.
I then sprayed  a white doily I purchased at my local dollar store, using my Glitz Spritz Spray in the color Blazing Sun, and layered on top of it a felt piece I bought from my local Michael's, as well as a dress form, cut out of one of Accucut's Dress Form Dies. The paper collection on the dress form if from K&Co. Watercolor Bouquet. I sprayed the entire dress form after covering it with the paper, with the Glitz Spritz in the color Blazing Sun, added a mulberry paper flower which I colored with Open Arms Amethyst Starbusrt Stain, and finally added some trim for the skirt, and at the top of the tag.
Very simple tag that shows off all the of Lindy Stamp Gang goodness. The background is so rich, and everything shimmers!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Questions answered and Tag #3

Before I start with today's tag,  want to thank everyone who has been visiting my blog and leaving comments. I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by, and I hope you continue to do so in the future. I read each and every one of your comments, and I'm very happy to do so. 
I have received a few questions regarding my microfine glitter projects, and my altered dress form and tags which I want to address real quickly before I continue with today's tag.
First off, I wanted to let you know I will be making a video tutorial on all the microfine glitter techniques, so for those who are interested in learning more about it, expect it coming soon (as you know, it's been a little crazy around here, and well it's taken me longer than I'd hope to get this turorial filmed for you. Also, the microfine glitters are very easy to find online. or at your local scrapbook store. I know for a fact that The Paper Niche, My Favorite Things, and Simon Says Stamps carry them.
Regarding the dress form questions, I purchased  it at one of my local Ross stores. Dress forms are really popular now, and I've found many different varieties at TJ Maxx Stores, Marshalls, Home Goods and Ross. To change it's original color, I just purchased some spray paint at Walmart that was made specifically for painting metal objects. No priming was needed because the paint already had it mixed in. Saved me a lot of time too. Also, the Sizzix frame die I used in Tag #1 does fir through the Big shot and the Cuttlebug. I only have the Cuttlebug machine, and that's what I use to cut all the dies I use. I think that about covers everything for now.
Again, thanks so much for taking the time to comment and asking questions. If you ever need anything, feel free to e-mail me at I try to answer within 48 hours, if not sooner. It is hard to reply at the comments section because the person who asks the questions never knows when the question is answered unless they return to the comments section in the future. I usually try to visit the person's blog and answer there, but many don't have blogs, and therefore it's kind of difficult to get the answers back to them.
Alright now, for today's tag I did something completely different than the previous two tags. I used a black chipboard base which I sprayed with Witch's Potion Purple Starburst Spray, and then embossed using King Midas Gold embossing powder. The fleur de lis background stamp is from Stamper's Best, and I really wanted  a subtle pattern in the background, so I tried to not go too heavy on the embossing powder. The shimmer on both the spray, and the embossing powder really shows nicely on the dark background.
I added some Maya Road cream colored felt trim to the side of the tag, as well as some small mulberry paper flowers which I colored using more of my Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays. The colors I used on them where Tiger Lili Red Orange, California Golden Poppy and my Glitz Pritz in the Desert Moon Cactus Gold. I embossed the edges of some of the flowers with the King Midas Gold embossing powder too.
I added a metal key embellishment from a K&Co. embellishment pack from my stash, and I embossed it using King Midas Gold Embossing Powder. I layered the key on top of a Fancy Label I cut using one of my Fancy Labels Spellbinders dies. That piece I also sprayed with Desert Moon Cactus Gold. To finish I added some bling, as well as some gold and ivory ribbon at the top of the tag.
As you have been seeing, I tried to focus not only on the shimmer the LSG products give to your projects, but also on the different ways to use them. I particularly love using the embossing powders on  metal embellishments for my projects. Have you tried embossing your metals? Try it and you will be hooked!
P.S. New Distress Crackle Paints, Tools and more added to the Blitsy site on sale today. Check it out!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tag #2

This next tag is very similar to the first tag I shared on my previous post, in the fact that it has a bow on top, and the center of attention is in the center of the tag as well.
As you can see, I used on this tag the piece from the inside of the frame I used on the previous tag I shared. I really don't like to waste, plus I love the shimmer it showed. I just had to use it right away.
The background of the tag is designer paper from the K&Co. Watercolor Bouquet Collection, and I sprayed it using Blazing Sun Glitz Spritz.
The bird cage and bird are both from the Mover's and Shaper's line of Tim Holtz's Alterations. I cut them out of light weight chipboard, and embossed them using Lindy Stamp Gang Embossing Powders. On the bird cage I did regular embossing using Spring Leaf Chartreuse Embossing Powder, after spraying some parts with My Mojito Green Starburst Spray. On the bird, I did the Intaglio Technique (you can watch a tutorial on how it is done HERE), using Kaiser Rudolph Russet Embossing Powder.
I used one of my Stamping up punches, and punched out the label where I stamped the word Paris. This stamp is also from the same TJ Designs Rubber Stamp Set I used on Tag #1, which I shared on my previous post.
I sprayed that label with my Glory of the Seas Gold Starburst Stain. I added some punch out leaves I punched with one of my Martha Stewart punches, pearls, and some pompom trim on both the bottom of the tag, and the mat underneath the birdcage. I used some ivory organza ribbon, as well as some pink seam binding to add a bow to the top of the tag, which I finished, by adding a small flower applique I found in my stash.
When I think of springtime, I think of bright colors, birds and butterflies. This tag to me screams springtime. More to come  =D
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Monday, February 20, 2012

Tag #1

Hi everyone!
After an awful week, which even included a short visit to the ER, I come to you to share all the tags I made for the ballerina form I introduced to you on my previous post. I'm alright, and back to normal now, so nothing to worry too much about. All the test results came out negative, so I'm doing well, except I can now say I suffer from severe migraines. Yippie. NOT! I have been prescribed some medication to help if anything similar happens again, but if it becomes a regular occurrence, I'm going to have to consult a neurologist for further treatment. Yuck. Oh, and did I mention, my daughter has an ear infection? Yeah, it's been tough lately.
Well, back to the fun stuff. I will be posting each tag on a separate post, just in order to list all products used, and separate them as well as their pictures, making it less confusing, and easy to get to.
Let's keep in mind that all these tags were made thinking of Paris, and Springtime, and here's the first one:

I used the Sizzix Frame Ornate #3 Die to frame in a stamped image of the Eiffel Tower, which I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder. The stamp comes from from the Parisian inspired TJ Design Rubber Stamp Set.
On the die-cut itself, I did the Tissue Paper Background Technique I showed you on a previous post, and of which you can find a tutorial HERE. The Lindy's Stamp Gang products I used on the frame were A Bit of Bubbly, and Icy Primrose Gold. I love mixing my Starburst Sprays to get different shades on my projects. On the background, which was designer paper from Colobok's Flea Market Collection, I sprayed the Blazing Sun Glitz Spritz. On the bottom of the tag I used two mulberry paper flowers which I colored using my Frosted Forget Me Not Starburst Stain. In the middle of those two flowers I added a beaded flower I got from my stash.
On the top, I added a satin double bow, accompanied by a lace applique bow. and an acrylic flower I had in my stash. I added a few pieces of "bling" on the ends of the frame, just to add a little bit more interest to it. I distressed all the edges of the the tag, and the frame using metallic white paint I bought from my local craft store.
I hope you are able to see all the shimmer from all the different sprays I used. More to come tomorrow!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Altered Ballerina Dressform

I finally get the chance to sit down and share with you the projects I created for the Lindy's Stamp Gang Booth for CHA 2012. I had a lot of fun making all that I made, but I'm sure I'll make several posts about all them, because there is just too much info to share.
First off, the booth had a Springtime in Paris Theme, which all the the designers tried to follow for all the projects made. It is a super fun theme, and with all the variety of Lindy's Stamp Gang products available, even more fun to create. I wanted to provide something to display some of my pieces, and when I saw this dress-form I knew I had to use it. It would display all the themed tags I would make for the booth. This is what it looked like when I purchased it.
For some reason I did not what to keep it black. Black just does not seem very "springy" to me lol. I decided I would paint the whole thing ivory, and lighten things up a bit.
After that, I knew I had to dress it and brighten it up, so I took some of my favorite Making Memories Rosette Trim and gave it some fine garments lol. I also used some gorgeous trim for the straps and waist accent, which I received from my friend Dale. She got it while on a trip to Norway, and I knew I wanted to use it for a special project such as this. I added some coordinating trim to the skirt and waist, and this is what it ended up looking like.
Of course, it was not finished yet. I had to glimmer it up with some gorgeous Scrintilating Silver Glitz Spritz from Lindy's Stamp Gang, and that just made it look just right. Take a close look at the shimmer on this baby.
The picture definitely does not do it justice, but if you were able to stop by the booth and see it at CHA, you know that it sparkled like no other. It was perfect to display the tags I created for the booth, and this is how they hung from it:

I will post all the tags I made with details of all I used on the next posts, as well as the other projects that I also made for the booth. You don't want to miss them. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love At First Sight

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope your day is full of love, friends and family. After all aren't those some of the best things in life?
Today was the perfect day to share this layout with you. It depicts the love my Emily has for animals, and her attachment to one of our family member's dog. I made it using the February Designer Kit from The Paper Niche. There is a mix of paper collections on this layout, and considering I whipped this puppy up in very little time due to deadlines, and how life busy can get, plus the fact I had NO mojo at the time, I think it turned out kind a cute after all.
I used my Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays to color the mulberry paper flower, as well as the super bold Pink Paislee wooden letters that were included in the kit. For the flower I used my Starburst in the Rudolph's Nose Red, and for the letters I used my Starburst in the Tiffany's Blue. As always, I'm always pleased with the amount of shimmer my Starbursts leave on my projects.
The cute heart pins are Maya Road, and the bling is from Eva creative. I fuzzy cut the heart rows and the banners from some of the design paper, just to add more color to the page.
For the first time in a while, I included journaling in my own handwriting. I mostly refrain from that because I don't have the neatest penmanship, but It's good to include it sometimes, because it's part of the memory...when my daughter looks back at this when I'm gone, she'll see my handwriting there, not just something I typed on my computer. Just because of that, I'll use it from time to time...for the most part though, expect computer font on my layouts lol.
I hope you enjoyed today's project and have a great Valentine's!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

More Playing With Glitter

Like I described on my previous post, I'm just hooked on micro fine glitter, after my encounter with the Burnished Velvet Technique.  I used different colored glitters, and some of my punches, in order to use the glitter differently on these cards. 
On this first card I used a Fiscars heart punch, as well as a postage border punch of the same brand. Love the little glitter accents. I apologize for the lighting on the pictures, but with the changing weather around here lately, it's been hard to take a decent picture, plus my lovely daughter broke my home-made light box, and I haven't had a chance to fix it yet.

 On this next one, I wanted a more masculine card, and I made a glitter striped pattern.

On this last card I used the same two punches as on the first card on this post, but added a few more colors of glitter for a little variation and a different look.

 Can you see how flat the glitter lays flat, and how it does not overpower the whole card? And let me tell you that's a lot of glitter there!
I enjoyed working on these cards, their simplicity, and their glittery touches make me happy. The Uncommon Collection by Authentique, which is the one I use for all these cards, was just great for Valentine's Day, and the labels die set from My Favorite Things which I used on all the sentiment pieces of these cards, is one of my favorites at the moment. What do you think of glitter now?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Burnished Velvet Butterfly and Copics!

I'm excited to say that glitter does not have to be flashy. It can also be elegant! What??? Yes, I've just come across this great technique using micro fine glitter that dazzles! Check this card out:
The main accent, which is the butterfly is ALL GLITTER and it's not flashy at ALL! The picture does not do it justice, but take a closer look:
Can you see that? It's incredibly flat, oh and if you could feel it! Soft as velvet!
I learned about this product through my online friend Ceecee who is super talented and super sweet. She took a class in Canada (where she lives), and shared what she learned on her YouTube channel with me. I completely fell in love with the product, and had to give it a try. Let me tell you, I LOVE the finished look this micro fine glitter gives.

I did my research and found out about it, and it's different uses, as well as the different products you can use in conjunction to it. Totally love this because it's simple, but gives such a nice finished look to your projects. You see, the reason why the technique is called the burnished velvet technique, is because you need to burnish the glitter onto a sticky surface until the glitter stays put and feels like pure velvet. The glitter is so fine that it lays flat on your projects and reflects light beautifully. Here's another version of this card.
These cards were made using just one translucent color glitter and what gave the glitter the variation in color were Copic Markers, my favorite! I used design paper by Authentique- the Uncommon Collection, which I am hooked on using right now, and some peel off's by Elizabeth Craft Designs. It was super easy and I just couldn't stop there. I purchased a few other colored micro fine glitters, and have gone to town trying stuff. You previously saw my glittered owl card I shared, and that was just one of the things I made. I will be sharing the rest of the cards soon. Until then!
P.S.New items added to the store today check it out

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Picks for 2011

Just a little video of my favorites and must haves for 2011. Do you have any favorites?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

U and I

February is all about Valentine's day, and so is the February Design Kit that the Paper Niche offers to the public. I wanted to share my first layout with the kit.
 I used the jute rope to make a heart shape on my layout, and grouped all my elements on it. Clustering is one of my favorite things to do lately. The bold wooden letters by Pink Paislee where sprayed with some of my Cactus Gold Glitz Spritz from Lindy's Stamp Gang and embossed with King Midas Gold embossing powder from the same company. I just sprinkled the embossing on the letters while they were still wet from the Glitz spray. I only wanted some touches of the embossing powder, and for it not to cover the entire letters, for a slight distressed look.
 Most of the flowers were Prima, except one small one which was a plain white mulberry paper flower.  I treated this flower the same way as the letters on the title (I used the same products), in order to make it match the colors I was using on the layout.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New new new!

After looking and drooling over all that's coming out at CHA, I can't help but get excited over a few things that I can't wait to get my hands on. First off, Ranger's new Distress Markers. Can you say fabulous? If you love distress inks as much as I do, you'll love these. At first I wasn't too keen on the idea of water based markers (I guess I love my Copics too much lol), but after seeing the demo on them, I am convinced that these are a must have for any stamper. You can watch a demo by Tim Holtz by clicking HERE.
You know me and my love for My Mind's Eye, and well, this time they did not disappoint. I'm in love with ALL of their new lines once again. ALL of them!

I also was intrigued by some of the new Prima. The Printery 2 (Almanac Collection) and Song Bird look gorgeous!

And don't mind me saying, but I think some of  Prima's New Fairybelle paper looks very similar to the popular Butterfly Garden Collection that was discontinued by Pink Paislee. It's beautiful!

Talking about Pink Paislee, I love their new London Market Collection!

There were many other interesting and beautiful lines at CHA, but of course I can't fit all of the ones I loved on this post. Just wanted to share a few, but now I'm curious, what are you excited about getting from all the new releases?

Monday, February 6, 2012

CHA was fun

CHA was a blast and I had the opportunity to meet many of the artists I've met through the internet. It was such a fun experience! It's sad though, that on my last day there I lost my video camera, so over half hour of video got lost, which I hoped to share with you. Now I'm on the search to purchase a new one, so pictures is all I have to show for the end of this trip. I picked a few of the many I took. It really was a nice time.
 This next one is the Lindy's Stamp Gang (LSG) Booth, where I demoed product at the show.

This is me and Diane, Graphic 45 head designer and owner. Their booth was fabulous, and everyone was dresses to match. So super cool.
This is the lovely Teresa Collins who is such a sweet lady. Loved meeting her! She was so nice to all of us and we ended up on her blog that day! She called us "The Queens of YouTube". She's so funny, and pretty too!
 And of course I had to take a picture with the man, Tim Holtz. He is just awesome! Love him!
This is me and Heidi Swapp. The girl does not age! Her husband is super sweet too.
Melissa Frances and I. She is soo super nice and her booth was gorgeous. Just gorgeous stuff!
 This next picture was the one featured on the Teresa Collins Blog. So cool we made it there!
 These next ones are me and some of the Lindy's Stamp Gang Design Team. We had a great time together at CHA.

This last picture is me and the LSG girls, Tracey (owner) and Kim, who take care of all your LSG needs. They were great, and we all had a fun experience together. Good times!!!
BTW, Tim Holtz Alterations added to the site for sale today. Check it out
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