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chalked stamped lily

Stamps – Starving Artistamps
Black Ink – Ranger Archival Jet Black
All-Purpose Ink – Tsukineko Vegas Gold
Chalk – Craft-T
Patterned Background Paper – SEI Chocolat
Sticker – DCWV
Workable Fixatif Spray – Krylon

Making cards is really one of my favorite things to do because there are a bazillion ways to make one. Quick and easy art with a stamped image and some pretty background paper. The lily, buds and stem are actually 3 separate stamps. I used masking to get the main lily flower in the foreground with the buds and stem “behind” it.

To “mask”, use a Post-it note or Eclipse Paper Tape for this technique. The object is to have a thin, repositionable piece of paper for the main image. Think ahead a little to what image you would like in the foreground of your group of images. Here, I wanted the lily as the main image. Stamp the lily on the thin “tape” and cut out just inside the stamped lines. Put this image to the side then stamp the lily on the base of the card front. Place the repositionable cut-out lily over that newly stamped image exactly matching it up. Stamp any other images you would like to have “behind” the main image, like the buds and leaf. You’ll be stamping over the “tape” or mask image. When you’re happy with the images in the background, remove the mask and you’ll have an instant visually dimensional image!

Ok, back to this particular card. Once the stamping was complete, I chalked the images with regular ole dry chalk using some mini pom-pom puffs. I don’t mind going outside the lines a bit, but if that bothers you, just erase the stray chalk with a white, soft eraser.

When you’re happy with the color, spray with a Fixatif spray to keep the chalk where you want it and to stop it from migrating to other projects. Swiping with All-Purpose Ink really gives the piece a beautiful gold finish and a light-shifting quality. Since this ink comes in a mini wide-mouth bottle, using a finger dauber works well. Be aware that this ink has nice coverage with a transparent quality, so a little goes a long way.

Trim the image close and mount onto a card front. Add ribbon or other embellishments as desired.

Altered Card File

Ok, I am a sucker for goofing around with paper and anything that strikes my fancy! I completed this review for ScrapFriends on this Card File product from How Do You Glue in TX. Chris and I met them at CHA in February and knew they needed a review. I completely, undeniably, LOVE my altered card file! I thought I would like it when I first saw it, but I LOVE it after working on it. I’ve been trying to get an altered birthday rolodex done for ages, probably almost 2 years now, and now I’ve finally gotten to it.

Ok, how do you glue the paper on right? Well, I used a sheet of double-sided thin PERMANENT adhesive (imagine the red Kukoyo tape runner available in a sheet) on the back of each paper piece to secure the paper down well. DO NOT use repositionable adhesive, dot adhesive or something remotely like it. Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA), PVA Glue (white Elmer’s style glue), spray adhesive or Mod Podge would also work. I opted for the dry adhesive – less mess and fuss.

Where do you get a sheet of adhesive like this? The only reason that I have this is from an engineering sample, so to make your own, use your tape runner around the backside edges of the paper that you want to attach to the card file. Make a big adhesive “X” in the middle and put it around any cut-out parts (like holes) and around areas that will bend around corners. Adhere to the item and you should be more than good!

The edges were sanded with the BasicGrey File Set (LOVE THAT! Get one now if you don’t have one) and I used my easel bumpers to put on the bottom for non-skid purposes. I Stickled the heck out of the design of the BasicGrey Sultry paper for lots of sparkle and stamped the dividers and cards with a bunch of Inque Boutique stamps. Gotta love THOSE stamps! Anyway, I’m really happy with the result, so thanks to Kelli and Vicki for making such a cool product.

Title letters are often difficult to decide on when working on a project. My thought process is to think about the “feel” to the project – is it casual or formal? fun or serious? a lot to say or a little?

Thinking about this part of the title in advance can help decide the direction to go in when picking the size and font of the letters. In the case of a casual title, think of any fun characters or images that you could use as letters. In the easel title above, I used a heart as the “U” in luv. Also, can there be a fun, alternative spelling for a casual project? Use this to your advantage!

Material and texture can also play a big part in making the project successful. For the example above, I used colored craft foam cut with a Sizzix Sidekick and Sizzix Stencil Alphabet. The foam is easy to cut with the machine. I layered a solid piece behind the cut letter for a color contrast. I find that “The Ultimate” glue from Crafter’s Corner or specific glue for craft foam both work well. Set-up time is minimal and a good bond is there after only a couple minutes. Happy crafting!

LUV MY Pet Easel

I’ve been wanting to have a new design for a pet themed easel, so when the new Love, Elsie Daisy Collection came into the store, it was a dead ringer! Easy to use for pets in general, dogs or cats, it works really well to show the affection you have for your beloved furry friends. The paw prints and stripes are actually an adhesive-backed fabric paper IDEAL for this 7 1/2″ easel! The chipboard buttons work well for the magnet caps – so easy to move around where ever you want on the board. The stencil letters are actually die cut foam pieces adding yet another texture to the project.  There are shrinky dink stamped charms hanging from the ribbon that say “CAT” – too cute! Sign up for my class at Scrapbook Central on July 1 at 7pm if you want to see how to put it all together!

Claudine Hellmuth’s Beeswax Collage DVD review was just published at ScrapFriends and I was lucky enough to be on the review. I met Claudine for the first time at CHA in February this year and just knew we needed to review one of her DVD’s. Pure fun is all I have to say about Claudine and her teaching style – LOVE it! She has this knack of taking an intimidating medium like beeswax and explains it in simple terms without making you feel like an idiot! I am adding beeswax to my favorites for mediums to work with in papercrafting thanks to Claudine!

Here is a birthday card that I made using the techniques from the DVD. It’s a “Poppet” card, using a copy of my head on a made up body. The tropical fabric is a bit “me”, but the style of attire is really not – I’m a t-shirts, jeans and sneakers kinda gal. The ENTIRE thing is held together by Ranger’s beeswax, using the natural color kind, with no additional adhesive required. What I like is that it doesn’t have a strong odor like some beeswax does. It’s really quite fun to look at in person, but here’s a pic for you anyway. 🙂

beeswax poppet card


Making cards is really a fun and relaxing time for me, especially when I’m using great stamp images! These are from Faerie Song Artstamps‘ Pixie Magic sheet. Bring a bit of magic and faerie dust to your projects by using glitter, Stickles or even Glaze pens. Shimmer and sparkle is in!



Some Odd Girl

Sizzix Blinkie

Origami Owl anyone?