Happy Birthday Suzy Blog Hop

Hi everyone, today we are celebrating Suzy's (So Suzy Stamps)  birthday with a surprise blog hop today.  As a member of the original So Suzy design team, I am so happy to be participating in wishing Suzy a Happy Birthday.

I'm using the Beautiful Cupcake sentiment - one of the first stamps I got from Suzy and it is still one of my favorites.  It works with so many other stamps as well as assorted pattern papers.

I had this lovely cupcake paper and knew the phrase would be a perfect fit.

Since I wasn't sure if Suzy would like a pink or a blue card, I decided to make one of each!  I just changed the orientation of each card.

Happy Birthday Suzy.  I hope you have a wonderful day my friend.

There are prizes to be won, so be sure to visit everyone's blog.  Remember to comment on each post in order to be eligible for the prizes.

  1. Olesya Kharkova
  2. Lydia Fiedler



Sweet Gift Bags

Hi everyone, I've been creating some some cute gift bags and you only need one sheet of double sided paper.

Double sided pattern papers such as those from Maja Designs are perfect for these gift bags because the papers are sturdy and will hold up to scoring, cutting and folding.

Step 1
Cut pattern paper 8" x 12".
Place the long edge along the Scor-Pal, score at  5", 6", 7".
This creates the base of the bag.

Step 2
Rotate and score at 1" and 7" creating the sides of the bag.
Cut in 1" along the scored lines at the bottom and remove this piece on both sides.
Accordian fold along the scored lines for the base.

Step 3
Fold along the 1" and 7" scored lines

Step 4
Place Scor-Tape along the sides and assemble the bag.

Step 5
Create a tag from the left over pattern paper.
Add a stamped sentiment on top and tie to the handles with May Arts Sheer White Ribbon.  I used Stamping Bella's Paulie has a Prezzie.

This paper is from the Vintage Baby collection.

 Next, I've created a more rounded bag.

To create the more rounded bag, follow steps 1 and 2.

Step 3
Add Scor-Tape along the edges of the sides.
Gently roll the paper to align the sides creating the rounded effect

Step 4
Create a tag from the left over pattern paper.
Add a stamped sentiment on top and tie to the handles with May Arts Sheer white Ribbon.

This paper is from Maja Design's Summer Crush collection - Meet her at the dance.

Think of all the fun bags you can create with your double sided papers.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Keep Calm Upcycled Sign

Hi everyone, I am so tired of winter.  It's the middle of February and we just got another 12" of snow!!!!!  We have had our fill of snow so it's time to think spring with sunshine and flowers.

I began by sanding a wood sign with the Delta Sander.

Next I painted the sign with Plaid Folk Art Ultra Dye in Infra Red.  This dye brushes on smoothly and easily.

Once dry, I sanded it again to get a more rustic look.

Next I created a "vase" from an empty toilet roll, covering it in Transparent Paverpol.  Once dry, I painted it with Plaid Folk Art Milk Paint in Jamestown Blue.

Next, I used the Delta Jigsaw to clean up the edges of the "vase".

Finally, I added trim to the top and bottom of the "vase" and adhered it to the sign.

I created words from left over chipboard letters then randomly stamped flowers from Joy Clair Stamps  around the sign. 

A butterfly created from Rinea Foil was added atop the vase.  Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists were sprayed over the sign to add a little shimmer as the finishing touch.

There is nothing better than seeing the flowers bloom and this sign is sure to remind me that spring is not far away.

Thanks for stopping by.



Let the Good TImes Roll with Joy Clair Stamps

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Hi everyone, the Joy Clair design team is celebrating Mardi Gras by showing you some amazing creations with the Joy Clair Mardi Gras stamp set.  This stamp set contains  19 images and phrases - so many choices!   And each of us has created such very different cards.

 I chose to create a bright vibrant and cheey card with the set.

I found some hot pick cardstock, so I began by stamping the beaded stamp in black ink on the pink cardstock. 

Next I stamped the mask on white cardstock and colored the image with Clearsnap Smooch Accent Inks, then I die cut the image and matted it with pink then black cardstock.   Smooth Accent Inks come with a tiny brush that allows you to add color in the tiniest of areas so I was easily able to add some additional colors to the feathers. 

The phrase was stamped on white and added to a pink label which was added to the card with foam adhesives for dimension.

Thanks for stopping by today and please be sure to stop by everyone's blog to see their wonderful creations.  All links are on the Joy Clair blog.


Sunset with Palms

Hi everyone, I've got a new post on the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps blog using the fabulous
scene sunset with palms and the coordinating sentiment:  to watch a sunset

The scene is so pretty and I can see myself sitting on the beach watching the sun go down.

My first card was created using Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities to create a circular card.  Once I stamped the scene, I die cut it with the next sized die, but first fussy cut the palm tree so the palms would not be cut off.

My next card is rectangular as opposed to circular, giving a different look to the card.  Here you see more of the image.  I colored the image slightly differently and added the sentiment off to the side.

Please stop by the Just for Fun store and see all the amazing stamps available.
Thanks for stopping by today.


Spring Birdhouses

Hi everyone, have you tried Rinea Foils yet?  If not, please stop by the store and the blog to see all the amazing projects you can create with Rinea Foils. 

I got this amazing Tutti Designs die called Birdhouse Collection.

This die is extremely intricate, but cuts beautifully.  Although I die cut from white cardstock, I added color with Copic Markers.  To dress up the birdhouses, I die cut 2 of them from Rinea Foils using the Red/Gold Glossy Foil.  No matter how intricate the die, Rinea Foils cut beautifully.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Star Wreath with the Bowdabra

Hi everyone, my newest project in on the Bowdabra Blog.  This month's theme was red, white and blue.

This star wreath can be displayed for so many different holidays – think Memorial Day, President’s Day, 4th of July, Labor Day.  You could even leave it out all summer.

I wrapped the Smoothfoam Wreath with navy blue ribbon and pinned the ribbon to the wreath to hold it in place.

Creating bows with the Bowdabra is easy.  Simple fold the ribbon and twist it as you place in the Bowdabra. 

Make as many loops as you want then pull up on the Bowdabra wire and tie it off to hold the shape.

Using the excess bow wire, tie the bow to the wreath.  Selecting assorted chipboard stars spritz with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.  Once dry, add chipboard stars and display.

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to stop by the Bowdabra blog for more ways to use the Bowdabra.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Valentine's projects with Whisker Graphics

Hi everyone, I'm on the Whisker Graphics blog with some quick and easy projects for Valentine's Day.  Valentine's Day is next Tuesday, but you still have time to create some projects.

I created some mini cards measuring 3" x 3".  The white panels were cut a little smaller and I stamped a selection of stamps from the Candy Hearts stamp set from Joy Clair Stamps.  Once assembled, I wrapped Divine Twine Metallics - Rose Gold around each card.  The twine was just the right embellishment needed. 

I created banner strips for the next cards and used Divine Twine Metallics - Rose Gold to hang the banner strips.  Again, I used the Candy Hearts stamp set from Joy Clair Stamps on the banner strips. 

And Valentine's Day is the sweetest day of the year so you can't just give a card, you need to give some candy too.  I had these test tubes that fit small candy hearts perfectly so I embellished each with Divine Twine - Red Solid and Divine Twine - Cherry, wrapping the twines randomly around the test tubes.

I created little tags which I also stamped with a selection of stamps from the Candy Hearts stamp set from Joy Clair Stamps.  I added Solid Red and Cherry twines to the tags, then added the tags to the test tubes.

These are perfect little cards and treats to give your child's classmates and teachers.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Just a Note with Joy Clair Stamps

Hi everyone and welcome to a new month with Joy Clair stamps.  This month is all about water coloring. 

There are so many ways you can water color your creations  - don't think just paint and water!

Today, I'm using the new Aztec Background stamp set which I think is perfect for creating backgrounds.

I used an assortment of Gelatos with a baby wipe to create my background. 
Please stop by the Joy Clair blog for full details and to see another card I created with this set.
Thanks for stopping by today.


Happy Valentine's Day with Rinea Foils

Hi everyone, I'm on the Rinea blog today with a Valentine's Day project using Rinea Foils.  with Valentine's Day a few short days, this gift bag and matching card will make a wonderful statement for someone special.

I have this amazing Spellbinders die that is perfect for Valentine's Day creations.  Once I die cut Glossy Red/Gold Foil, I had this lovely die cut image.  As I looked at the image, I realized I wanted to fill in all the details with another foil so I used Embossed Silver Foil and die cut the image again.  Then I rebuilt the design with both colors.

Next, I used an assortment of stamps from Joy Clair to create my backgrounds. 

I die cut the heart into a circular shape and inked the edges before matting with a larger red cardstock circle.  This was then added to a large doily that formed the backdrop of my projects.

Repeating this process I created a coordinating card.

For added dimension, I placed assorted dew drops around the hearts.

Thanks for stopping by today.  And remember to stop back often as the design team has some wonderful projects to share with you.



Heart Wreath

Hi everyone, here's my newest post on the Proxxon blog just in time for Valentine's Day.

Nothing screams Valentine's Day like hearts so I used the Proxxon Delta Sander to sand my hearts and wreath.  Plaid Folk Art dyes and milk paints were used to paint the wreath and assorted rub-ons were added. 

I used the Proxxon Professional Rotary Tool to distress, sand and buff the metal embellishment.

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist added a sparkle of color to the embellishment.

What will you paint today?

Thanks for stopping by.



Bouquet of Clay Roses

Hi everyone, do you like roses?  I know I do, but they die too quickly.  On the Makin's Clay® blog I've created roses that will last forever!

Makin's® Clay - White Yellow, Green
Makin's Professional® Cutting Mat
Makin's Clay® Roller and Cutters set
Makin's Clay® Clay Cutters - Round
Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine
Beacon Adhesives - 3-in-1 Adhesive

Using the Roller, I rolled out white clay.  Then I used the medium sized round cutter to cut 6 white circles from the clay.

Next, I lined up each circle one at a time and pressed them firmly in place.  Wet clay holds to wet clay so no adhesive is necessary at this stage. 

I allowed the circles to set for a few minutes, then used a thin paint brush (you can use a straw or wood skewer)  to roll them up.  Gently push the piece off the paint brush and seal the edges together.

I thought this rose was a little too thick, so I took some more white clay and ran it through the clay machine.  I started at the highest setting and ran it through the clay machine until I had the thin layer I wanted.  To add some color to the clay, I spritzed on Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and allowed it to dry.

I also painted additional white clay with Prima Gold Metallic Paint.  Once dry, I cut out circles with the round cutter.

I also wanted some leaves, so I mixed green, yellow and white clays then ran them through the clay machine until I had the thickness I wanted.  Using Spellbinders dies, I then die cut an assortment of leaves.  Wet clay die cuts easily, but remember to use wax paper between the layers so the clay does not stick to the dies.  I wanted some shape to the leaves, so I placed them on pens and let them set over night.

I placed the roses on skewers and formed the petals.  Using Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive, I adhered the leaves then let them sit overnight before proceeding further.  I arranged the roses in a watering can, pushing the skewers into styrofoam to hold them in place.  Next, I added shred around the roses.  These roses look extremely life-like and look amazing in the watering can.

It's almost Valentine's Day and this would be a wonderful gift for someone special.  But also think Mother's Day or a birthday as these roses will last forever.

Please stop by the Makin's Clay blog for more details on how to create these roses.

Thanks for stopping by.