Sunday, April 28, 2013

My First Ribbon Carousel - Love it!

Hi everybody,
I'm sure most everybody has TONS of ribbon like I do and it's probably in a basket or a drawer in a 'pretty mess.'  Well, I have a solution to that called a Ribbon Carousel.  It is so functional yet so pretty to look at.  I took a picture of a basket with all kinds of loose ribbon overflowing from the basket and then what it looked like afterwards.

And this is the ribbon on my Ribbon Carousel, the loose ribbon on spools and a few rolls on their own spools. 

Here is a link to the Ribbon Carousel store ,Ribbon Carousel Store,  where you can purchase the carousels with the spools or separately.

Do you want to try your luck at winning a Ribbon Carousel?  We're having a HUGE blog hop on May 1st.  There will be over $750 in prizes. 


Blog Hop starts May 1st and ends May 4th, last day.  Winners will be announced May 6th.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A New Bestie Is Born - The Mer~ Besties Collection

Hi everybody,
I'm posting a card today from the Scrapbook Stamp Society collection (Sherri Baldi Stamps), called Besties.  This stamp is called Mer~Bestie and HERE is where you can find her.  If you haven't been to the SHOP, please take a minute and see how adorable the stamps are.  Other products are sold as well such as Memory Box Dies, Copics and more....

I used a white heavy base weight card base from Gina K Designs which I would highly recommend (this is the only card stock I use for my card bases) and the orange patterned paper (which reminded me of waves)  is from Momenta called Kaleidescope.  The greeting, which I thought was perfect for this card, is from Card Chatter - Sympathy by Close To My Heart, which I am now selling by the way. I used Gina K Designs card stock in black onyx and turquoise sea, which I embossed with a Cuttlebug folder that reminded me of bubbles. I used  Spellbinders Deckled Ovals around the image and colored her with copics and Spellbinders Grommet Tags for the greeting.  The pearls are from Kaiserkraft and twine from The Twinery in mandarin.

This mermaid stamp is posted here just in time for a give-a-way and who doesn't like those?  Here's the information....

With every order you place UNTIL TONIGHT you will get This BRAND NEW MER~ Bestie Digi Stamp FREE in your order......

Order From either Sherri's Etsy Store Here:

OR SSS Store Here:

To get your Brand NEW Mer~Bestie Free...

Happy Crafting

Please check out Sherri Baldy's Facebook Page also to see some beautiful cards made with these stamps in addition to her other Besties Stamps.  Do you like challenges?  There are challenges on the Challenge Blog.  You can win anything from copics to digis.  If you could follow their blog and show them some love that would be awesome.  Well, look for more cards in the near future using these super cute stamps!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Showers & Flowers - RC80 Ribbon Carousel Challenge April

Hi Everybody,

Have you played yet in this month's Ribbon Carousel challenge?  The theme is "Showers and Flowers" and you still have time to enter your project to win a Ribbon Carousel!  Head on over to the Ribbon Carousel Blog  for some inspiration from the DT. 

Here's the card I made for this challenge....

Card stock: Gina K Designs Red Hot, Sweet Mango and Turquoise Sea card stock, white heavy base weight 120#, and Spring Parade patterned paper.

Ink:   Tim Holtz Festive Berries

Stamps: Greeting is Gina K Designs .

Die:  Spellbinders Grommet Tags

Twine: Ribbon Carousel, a link to the store,
Gems:  Kaiserkraft

Embossing Folder:  Sizzix

Butterfly Charm

I hope you'll find time to play in this challenge.  If you love ribbon like I do, you'll want to win a Ribbon Carousel to organize it.   Here's a link to the page in the store to see the Ribbon Carousels,

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Making a Portfolio for Your Cards - TUTORIAL - Sin City Scraps Stamps

Hi everybody!

Today I'm excited about a tutorial making a portfolio using clear card boxes that can hold cards, as many as you please, sketches, articles, anything crafty you can think of.  I'm using Sin City Scraps stamps to decorate the front of this portfolio and Close To My Heart card stock and patterned papers called Chantilly.  Both of these used together make such a pretty creation.  I got this idea from Pinterest. :)  Gotta Love Pinterest!

Here's the supplies used except I ended up using different buttons than shown below.  I'm using Sin City Scraps stamp set called Wildlife, which I love.  It's such a fun set.  Please check it out!  That's 8" of ribbon, you need 2 pieces for front and back of portfolio.

 Choose a couple of pieces of card stock and a piece of patterned paper ( this is what I used for mine, you can choose any combination obviously that you want). I used ivory which isn't pictured below for the strip that will run across the front. See below.

First, measure a 5-1/2" x 1-1/2" strip of card stock and a 5-1/2" x 1-3/4" piece of card stock in a different color, you can decorate the bottom and top with scallops, etc., make it slightly wider if you want to decorate top.

 Second, I stamped a peacock border from Sin City Stamps called Wildlife.

Next, cut solid paper that will match your other papers and/stamps and punch 2 holes in the top at 1/2" from the top and 1-1/2" from each edge.  Put an 8" piece of ribbon through the holes and tape ends to back of paper. Adhere a 3" x 5-1/2" piece of patterned paper to the solid piece of card stock.


Adhere this piece to your solid bottom layer that will be the size of your card box.  You can add buttons or other embellishments if you'd like.

I cut a 1-3/8 inch circle from ivory card stock and used Sin City stamp from the Wildlife set to stamp a greeting that would describe the theme for my box.  Then I cut a scalloped circle for the bottom layer.

 Now, you're going to cut the top of your box off so that you can use it to put your items in.  I used a regular Fiskars trimmer.  You might have to run it back and forth a few times.  You can use as many boxes as you'd like.  I used 2 but 3 would be great also. 


Next you're going to cut card stock to go in the back of your card boxes. You'll need as many pieces as boxes and you can just put it in the back or back and front, it's up to you. 

Here, I put the card stock back and front. 

I used score tape to adhere the decorated part to the front of the box.  I also used score tape to adhere a second box to the first. 

Then, you're going to decorate the back of the box using the same papers as the front and a piece of ribbon.  Adhere with score tape.

I put some cards and envelopes to show you how well they fit.  I could easily put 8 total maybe 10.  

 And here's the picture of it all put together.  How cute is this?  What a super cute gift for someone that you're giving cards to. 

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. Again, here is a link to the Sin City Scraps Shop.  If you have any questions, let me know and be sure to leave your contact information.  I'd love it if you would leave a comment to let me know how I'm doing on the tutorials.  Am I being too detailed? 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

I Love Mississippi's State Flower!

Hi everybody,
For those of you who do not know me very well, I'm originally from Mississippi.  The state flower is the Magnolia, which I would love even I weren't from Mississippi but it makes it even better that I am. lol 

When I saw this magnolia stamp from Gina K Designs, I fell in love.  The stamp set is called Stately Flowers 3.  I colored it with copics and it almost turned into a work of art.  I made it into a Mother's Day card.

Is this magnolia stamp perfect or what?  I used Star Dust Stickles in the center, not sure if you can see that. 

I sell my cards and I'm freaking out just a little because I gave a quote yesterday for note cards using this stamp for one of the State Representatives of Mississippi for 50 cards.  Eeek!  lol

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Out of the Norm Mother's Day Cards

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to share a couple of Mother's Day cards with you.  Most people think of pearls, lace and flowers on a Mother's Day card but these customers wanted something different.

Here's a fun card using a Dolly Mamma stamp and colored her with copics.  This person's Mother is an artist, loves lots of color and COFFEE so I thought this would be perfect.

 This person wanted brown and green colors and damask so here's what  I came up with.  I used a Verve stamp for the frame and greeting. Ribbon is from Ribbon Carousel.

I hope you liked these Mother's Day cards and will make some that are out of the norm yourself. :) 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

A Brand New Bestie is Born!

Hi everybody,

I want to show you another super cute brand new Bestie from Sherri Baldy Stamps.  Here's a LINK to where you can find this cute stamp. She's having a contest on Facebook on her page to name her and you can win a prize! Here's a LINK to Sherry Baldy's Facebook page where you can see other cards using her stamps as well.

I used copics to color her, red twill ribbon from Ribbon Carousel and the paper is from Fancy Pants called The Good Life.  I LOVE how colorful this paper is!  The sentiment is from Market Street Stamps called Riding By.  Card stock is Red Hot by Gina K Designs and I used Spellbinders Petite Ovals.

Here's a LINK to the Scrapbook Stamp Society Store where you can see this and all the other cute Besties and other Stamps available.

I also entered this stamp into a challenge since it is colored with copics.  Here is a LINK to the Color Me Creative (CMC) Challenge called 'All About Hair'.  

I hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tutorial Proud as a Peacock - Sin City Scraps


Hi everybody,

Today I'm using two different stamp sets which are shown below and links to both.  I'll be showing a super easy tutorial on two different looks you can achieve just by inking and sponging.  I made this card on Easter actually and you can tell from the colors I chose.

I used two stamp sets, Metal Madness and Wildlife.  (click on the links to view the stamp sets more clearly)

Metal Madness

Wild Life

I used the beautiful background stamp from the Metal Madness stamp set. This tutorial shows direct to paper ink technique, sponging and emboss resist. It's not a difficult tutorial and doesn't take a lot of time.  I wanted to show the beauty of these two stamp sets.  

To begin, here are the supplies I used to emboss the background, Versamark, embossing powder and heat gun. This is the background stamp from Metal Madness stamp set.

To emboss, stamp the rubber background stamp with Versamark, inking it really well.  Take an anti-static sponge and rub over the paper to be stamped.  Stamp your paper and pour embossing powder over the Versamark image and shake off.  Use heat gun on this until the embossing powder turns matte or shiny depending on what kind of embossing powder you're using. I tried to take a picture to just how perfect this stamp embossed but it is white on white so not sure how well you can see it.  A lot of people say they do not have much luck stamping with large background stamps but you will with this one! (I apologize for the photo, I need to learn how to edit white on white better.  I am just trying to show how perfect this large stamp stamps and embosses)

 Next, I did the direct to paper ink technique.  You just take your ink pad and rub it on the embossed image starting with about a third of it and turning the paper and rubbing down the image again and turning once more and rubbing the ink pad down once more.  This is what it will look like. 

What's interesting about this background pattern is when I took the ink pad and rubbed it long ways in the opposite direction, I got this completely different look.  It looks like 2 different stamps doesn't it? 

Here's close up comparison of the two different results.

One way, the ink went into the middle of the design showing more white and the other showed more pink.

Next I stamped peacock feathers from the Wildlife stamp set in Versamark and embossed, same as above but this time I took Memento ink and a sponge and sponged color all over the feathers causing an emboss resist result.  I love this technique!

Then I cut around the feathers I wanted to use, stamped the greeting, also from Wildlife stamp set and made a first draft of the card. 

I decided to cut the greeting into separate words.

I added some shimmer with Perfect Pearls Mist to the background before adding everything to it.  I tried to show the shimmer. You can see it a little. It just adds a little something without taking away from the beautiful background.

I popped the feathers and greeting on the card with some pop dots so they looked 3 dimensional and here is the finished card.  I got some of the shimmer in this photo.  Below is a close up of how pretty this stamp is and how well it inked up. (I used Memento Angel Pink on the background)  Normally I try to add ribbon, twine, gems, etc., but I didn't want to take away from the background so I left it to where the stamps would stand out, being the center of attention.

And that is how you can achieve beautiful results just by using a simple ink pad and sponge and get different looks in the process.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will try it to make some beautiful embossed backgrounds of your own.   HERE is a link to the Sin City Scraps SHOP.  HERE is a link to their BLOG. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!!