Friday, April 27, 2012

WOW Embossing Powder Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to my blog! I am so thrilled to be able to share my project with you today!
You should have visited the following blogs before mine... if not, please go and do that now so that you have every opportunity to win some WOW goodness!
Tina<---- That's Me! YOU Are Here!
WOW Facebook Page
For my project today, I created some quick and easy pillow boxes! These can be bought at Michaels or made on your own! They can be used as Wedding thank you favors, as gift card holders, or a million other things!!
In creating these boxes, I used the following WOW products...

To stamp these boxes, I inked the stamp with Versamark ink. Then I laid the stamp and block on the table and pressed the pillow box into it. It gave fabulous, even coverage. I had tried it the other way, but due to the thickness of the box, It was just not working well. This way was perfection! Sprinkle with powder and heat set! So simple!
I created the tags by stamping the sentiment from the GRATITUDE set onto cream cardstock using the Versamark ink, and sprinkled with the copper powder. After heating, I diecut and embossed them using Spellbinders™  label die templates. While they were still in the template, I lightly inked them. Add a few pearls and the labels were ready to tie on!
I hope that you can see just how quick and simple these little boxes are! I want to make them ahead to have on hand for wedding gifts, baby showers, birthday gifts... any occasion that could call for a gift card!!
Thanks for stopping by today! Remember to leave a comment for your chance to win!! Then, drop by the WOW facebook page (linked above) and see if you are a winner tomorrow!!
Until Next Time...
Happy Creating!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

All Smiles... Project, News and a Blog Makeover!

Hey everyone!!
Just stopping in today to say...
It's finished! The fabulous Krtistine Davidson has completed my blog makeover! What do you think?? I have to say, I love it! Thank you Kristine!! :) If you are thinking of having your blog done, Kristine does an amazing job, she is quick and very well priced! :)

Next on the agenda... Spellbinders is having a Spring Blog Hop!!! We are not showing new releases at this time, but looking to inspire you with some from our past release! You won't want to miss out on this! It is your chance to win new dies, EVERY DAY! :) It begins on April 30th and goes until May 5th! I'm up on May 3rd... in case you're wondering! :)

And last but not least, WOW Embossing Powder has a hop going on!! There is one blog revealed every day... Tomorrow is my day! Here is the blog order so that you can come play along! Of course, there will be prizes!!
Tina<---- That's Me!
WOW Facebook Page

And while you are here, I really should share a project with you! :) This is one that I created for Spellbinders in Feb I believe. Hard to imagine this little guy is now 5 and heads off to Kindergarden in the fall!! :)
All Smiles

Lace Doily Accents frame a sweet photo of my son. Fancy flowers made layers of colorful papers and Spellbinders™ Edgeabilities® Classic Ric Rac and Classic Petal sets accentuate the bling swirls. A Bitty Blossoms flower complete the cluster. Printed journaling and alpha stickers tell the story on this 12 x 12" scrapbook page.
It is so easy to make you smile! Everything makes you happy, so you always have a smile on your face. I hope you always stay that way!

Spellbinders Supplies:
•S4-125 Classic Scalloped Circles SM
•S4-344 Tear Drop Circles
•S5-062 Lace Doily Accents
•S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
•E8-004 Classic Ric Rac
•E8-006 Classic Petal
•E8-011 Classic Decorative Inserts Three
•E8-013 Classic Decorative Inserts Five
•Spellbinders Grand Calibur® Machine

Preferred Partner Products:
Want2Scrap, Large Flourish Silver Bling

Cross Promotional Partner Products:
My Mind's Eye, Dilly Dally Curious Planks, Best Vines, Hello Flannel Patterned Paper, Fiddlesticks Lucky Tapestry, You And Me Damask Patterned Paper
Buttons Galore And More, Buttons
•Jillibean Soup, Soup Stalk Twine
Beacon Adhesives, Zip Dry Glue
Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Scoring Board

Other Supplies:
Brown Dye Ink; Round Brown Alpha; Cardstock Stickers

So thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope that you are filled with inspiration! I hope that you will join me tomorrow for my WOW reveal for the blog hop... and definately come back for the Spellbinders hop next week!!
Until then...
Happy Creating!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Opperation Write Home with Miss Arts

Hi Everyone!
I am here today with Miss Arts Papercrafting School to bring you a card that I created for Opperation Write Home! If you are not familiar with OWH, you can check out their website here. I see that right now there on a campain for Fathers Day Cards!!
Here's what Miss Arts has to say...

Do you enjoy making cards? Every Tuesday in April the teachers at Miss Art's Papercrafting School will be teaming up to bring you a card tutorial, designed to spark your creativity, teach you new techniques, and meet the specifications for Operation Write Home cards.

Each Tuesday, visit the Miss Art's blog to view the tutorial. Then join designers Karen Hanson, Alyssa McGrew, Tina McDonald, and Jodi Baune in creating cards to donate to Operation Write Home. Cards will be collected at the Miss Art's office, then forwarded as a group to the Operation Write Home distribution center. Every card we receive will become an entry to win the Esther's Innovations kit from Miss Art's, or a sticker pack from SRM Stickers!

You can send as many cards as you like, earning as many entries as you like, but only cards following the OWH guidelines will be eligible. Cards must be received by May 25th, 2012 to be eligible for the drawing. International entries and cards are welcome. Cards created should be shipped to:

Miss Art's Papercrafting School
Attn: Alyssa McGrew
125 Sherry Ln
Attica, IN 47918
For more information about the specific requirements for donated cards, please view the OWH requirements page.
I have created a card to share with you, along with full instructions on how to create it! I have used a gate-fold design and some Spellbinders die tempates. If you don't have any Spellbinders die's, don't fret! You can use any dies', or premade embellishments in their place. Of course I'm a bit partial to the Spellbinders dies... LOL!
Ok, here we go!

Here is what you need!

Black, white, red cardstock (Worldwin)
GCD Studios“Paris Nights” 12x12 paper pad
ScorPal Scorboard
Spellbinders™ Grand Calibur® Machine
Spellbinders Die Templates
             S5-031 Fancy Tags Three
             S5-079 Persian Motifs
             S4-346 Labels Twenty Two
Ranger Distress ink-Frayed Burlap
Helmar Zap Dots, 1/2 “ round
Metal embellishment (Dollar store)
Jenni Bowlin Button
Flourishes stamp
ClearSnap ink, Black
Hot Glue Gun
Liquid Pearls “Ruby Red”


1. Cut black cardstock to 8 ½ x 5 ½.
2. Place on Score board and score at 2 1/8” and at 6 3/8”. Fold towards center.
3. Cut 2 pieces of Damask patterned paper 2 x 5 ¼”. Lightly distress all edges if desired.
Adhere paper to front folds of card as shown.
4. Cut strip of black cardstock 9 x 1 ¼”. Cut one strip of the border paper. Center and adhere to center of cardstock strip. Place on Scorboard and score at 2 5/8” and at 6 7/8”. Fold together and adhere just the ends together.
5. Using Spellbinders Grand Calibur die cut machine diecut and emboss the following:

• 1 Fancy Tag onto white cardstock. Stencil thru die template using distress ink before removing. Lightly ink all edges.

• 1 Persian Motifs die on white cardstock and one on red cardstock. Stencil thru die template using distress ink before removing. Lightly ink all edges.

• Stamp sentiment onto white cardstock. Cut and emboss using Labels Twenty Two die #1 (With #1 being the smallest). Stencil thru template with distress ink before removing.

6. Now that all of the dies are cut, begin layering them together. Here’s what I did!
7. With sleeve removed from card, adhere Fancy Label to center, covering the seam where the ends are adhered together.
8. Using foam squares, place one on top and on bottom of the red Persian Motif. Adhere this to the center of the Fancy Label. Adhere white one on top of that, with points coming between those of the red motif.
9. Adhere metallic dollar store embellishment to center using hot glue gun. Adhere Jenni Bowlin button to the top using hot glue as well. Tie Label on using twine. Add 3 dots of Liquid Pearls.
10. Adhere striped paper from collection pack inside card for written message from sender.
11. Close card. Insert into decorative sleeve.
And there you have it!

Thank you SO much for stopping by! I hoe that you will participate in Opporation Write Home!! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask! You can contact me at

Until Next Time,
Happy Creating!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Seasons Change

Hey everyone!
Another post... yes! So soon! :) Please continue to excuse the look of my blog... I have the fabulous Kristine Davidson coming to my rescue! :)
So, I'm here to share with you a new layout I did just for me! :) I love taking the time to create something just cause I want to! :)
This is my baby boy... almost 2 years old. I can hardly believe it! I can't believe the baby stage in my life is over... Felt like it would never end... but now that it is ending... it is bittersweet... :)
This page was created using My Minds Eye papers... I think I love EVERY paper they come out with lately! They are STUNNING!!
I dug out some old Pink Paislee Artisian accents... of course my Spellbinders die's... (Butterfly Circles and Shaddow Flowers, along with Edgeabilities Petal edge)
I often find that my sticky backed embellies don't always hold like I want them to. Ever have that problem? Try running them thru a Xyron machine... depending on the size. Here, I ran mane thru the 5" Create-A-Sticker. I also used it for my shadow flowers! Makes it SO easy to adhere them to the page! The rest is stuck using their Mega Runner! What great adhesive!!

While I'm here, I wanted to show you some of the Thank You cards that I'm making for the Cross Promotional partners we have thru Spellbinders...
These are created using Spellbinders CUT-FOLD TUCK dies... they are to DIE for!!! The intericate designs are simply unbelievable! And yet SO simple to create these sweet cards! :)
Once again... I ran these beautiues thru the Xyron 5" create a sticker... it was a dream! Trying to get adhesive on a bunch of thin lines is often a nightmare... but this machine makes it simple as pie! :)
Don't you LOVE that sentiment font? Penny Black... love it! :)
Anyway, gotta run! Parent teacher interviews... :)
Hope you have a fabulous day! Stop in again soon!
Until then...
Happy Creating!

Under Construction

Good morning!
Just a note to let you know that things may look a bit wacky today! I've decided it's time for some spring cleaning in here and I'm working on my blog! So, please be patient while I play around and get a fresh new look!
Thank you and have a fabulous day!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Quick, Yet Elegant Frame Tutorial

Howdie there my friends! :) Thank you for stopping by today! I really am pleased that you have! I hope that my work inspires you... if you ever have any questions do not hesitate to contact me at the email address on the right. I am more than happy to help in any way I can! :)
Today I have an altered wooden frame to share with you. It is a really simple project that can be completed in less than an hour! I will give you step by step instructions so that you can create this project too!

I began with a square plain wooden picture frame which I purchased at Michaels. Here's what I did!

1. Apply Xyron Mega runner around the outside of the front of the frame, and around the center hole. Adhere black cardstock.
2. Flip frame over. Using craft knife, trim excess paper from the outside. Don't be too fussy about the edges. Also cut out the inside square where the photo will go. Using sanding block, sand all edges smooth.
3. Trim Graphic 45 paper to a square slightly smaller than the size of the frame. Round edges using X-Acto corner rounder. Ink all edges using Ranger Frayed Burlap distress ink. Adhere this piece to the center of your frame using Xyron Mega Runner. Flip over, trim out center using craft knife, and sand edges. Lightly ink.
4. Trim black lace, white lace and pearls to size. Run thru Xyron 1.5" Create a Sticker "X". Adhere black lace across frame under photo square. Add white lace on top, followed by pearls.
5. Tie triple bow using black and white ribbon. Adhere to left side using hot glue gun. Add pearl spray under edge when adhering bow.
6. Using Spellbinders Grand Calibur®  machine and S5-086 Bitty Blossoms die templates, cut and emboss medium blossom onto cream cardstock and leaf onto green cardstock. Roll flower and adhere. Curl edges out and ink. Ink leaf and pucker bottom. Adhere under flower and adhere both to center of bow using hot glue gun.
7. Using glossy black cardstock (white core), cut and emboss the word LOVE from S5-099 Jewel Keys. Sand embossed areas until white. Ink with Ranger Frayed Burlap distress ink. Adhere to frame.
8. Trim photo, round edges and insert into frame.

And there you have it! Simple and can be created in less than an hour! I would love to see yours if you create one!! If you have any questions feel free to ask!

Bazill Basics: Black, green cardstock
Graphic 45: Olde Curiosity Shoppe 8x8 paper pad
Creative Impressions: Black and white polkadot ribbon
Bo Bunny: pearls
Xyron: Mega Runner, 1.5" Create-a-Sticker
Elmers: X-Acto corner rounder
Spellbinders: Grand Calibur Machine, S5-099 Jewel Keys, S5-086 Bitty Blossoms
Modern Romance: Pearl Sprays
Ranger: Distress ink Frayed Burlap
Unknown lace
Recollections: Cream cardstock.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Until Next Time...
Happy Creating!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Creating with Artistic Wire!

Good morning crafty peeps! :) I hope this day finds you well and itching for inspiration!
Today I would like to share with you two cards I designed. They were created for Julianna Hudgins books for Artistic Wire! These books are filled with fun and funky projects using wire! If you are itching to try something different, yet simple? Check out these books... they will definately give you something fun to try!
This first project is ceatured in Julianna's book titled "Creative Fusion". FULL instructions to create this project are found in the book.So I won't be sharing too much with you! :)
 God's Blessings to You 

 I love the whimsical feel to this card... it is made withthe Fairy Flora collection from Prima... and it just feels so dreamy! :) I used Spellbinders ™ die templates to create this card as well.
 LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven
S5-051 Fanciful Flight S4-114
Standard Circles Lg
S4-239 Butterfly Circles
GC-001 Grand Calibur
Here is a Close-up for you!
Supplies (Besides the Spellbinders listed above): Wire 18 Guage silver, 22 guage copper  
Prima Patterned paper and lace
Our Daily Bread Designs stamp  
Want2Scrap pearls, Burgandy  
Ranger Stickles
Clear Snap Fluid Cat Eyes Ink, Merlot and Deep Green  
Helmar Premium Craft Glue, liquid scrap dots and Zap Dots  
Clear beads (unknown)
For my second project... and my personal favorite, I used the same wire wrapping technique and created a very elegant card. I adore the colors in this one... This is featured in the book titled Wired Cards and Embellishments. This book also can be found on the website here.

Loving Thoughts

Spellbinders die templates used on this project are
LF-133 Grand Scalloped Rectangles
LF-132 Grand Rectangles
S4-314 Lacey Ovals
S4-110 Classic Ovals Lg
S5-028 Nested Pennants

Again, I love the elegance in this card. The Glitz designs papers give this such a contrasting color scheme. Here is a closeup at some of the details...
Supplies (Besides Spellbinders listed above):
Artistic Wire 18 guage silver, 22 guage silver and green, Delux Coiling Gizmo
Glitz Designs Patterned Paper
My Minds Eye Patterned Paper (Green leaves)
Bazill BasicsCardstock
Creative Impressions ribbon
Just Rite Stampers stamps
Clear Snap Fluid Cat Eyes Ink, black, pink, green
Helmar liquid scrap dots, premium craft glue

 Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope that you have once again been inspired... I know just posting this makes me want to dig out my wire and start playing!
Thanks SO much to Julianna and Artistic Wire for this awesome opportunity to design for these publications! :)
So until next time...
Happy Creating! :)

PS: I am sorry for how things are appearing on here... my blog is messing with me bad! I'm going to win though... I just need to find the time to work on it! Thanks for your patience! :)

Monday, April 02, 2012

Hello Beautiful: Spellbinders die's and Wow Embossing powders!

Hey all! What a gorgeous day! I'm sitting outside with my laptop watching the babe play... so happy that nicer weather is coming!Just stopping by to share a new project with you today!
This is a layout that I created for the WOW Embossing Powder blog. Check out here for the blog post!
Hello Beautiful

In creating this project, I used some fun embossing techniques!
1. First, I tore several of the patterned papers. Once torn, I then dipped then into ClearSnap Watermark ink, then into WOW COPPER Regular embossing powder and heat set. On the musical paper, I first dipped it into the WOW Ebony powder, heat set, then into the copper. Love the layered look it gave!
2. I created some Spellbinders Spiral Blossoms Three flowers for this page. I did the same with these… dipped them into the Watermark ink and then into the copper powder and heat set. Love that I can add any color to my flowers using this technique! Try it with premade flowers as well!

3. I also cut and embossed Spellbinders Splendid Circles and added some Copper powder to that as well!
4. Check out that large flourish! It was made by Magistical Memories. I dabbed it with the watermark ink and sprinkled it with the Black Glitter embossing powder and heat set it. Then, I added areas of the copper to give it more of a metallic look.

When I was away in AZ last week for the Spellbinders retreat, we played with some super fun techniques. Let me share them with you… they are things you will HAVE to try!!
1. We played with some Art Engraving paper… OMW! I’m in LOVE ! This fabulous paper by Royal and Langnickel is a must have! I used it on my beautiful bird and birdcage, which is part of the Bird Sanctuary set. After cutting and embossing, we sanded it using a sanding block. This brought out the copper color inside! It was such a WOW moment! So I had to use these pieces on this page!
2. Then, there is the gorgeous Elegant Post that I used. To create this, we cut the die from a glossy black paper. This paper has a white core. Once embossed, we sanded it and then inked it. Again… WOW moment! It looks like wood! LOVE!! Thanks to Judy Hayes for sharing this technique! So THAT’S how she makes things look like that! She is an amazing artist (Not to mention, one of the sweetest people EVAH!!)… and if you haven’t checked out her work… do it now! You won’t be sorry!
So I hope that today’s post has been informative and inspiring! Try something new today… you never know… you just may find a new technique that you can’t create without!
Thanks for stopping by!
Until Next Time…
Happy Scrapping…

Wait a minute… know what? It’s not just scrapping anymore, is it!? I do a lot more than that!! So, I’m going to come up with a new sign off phrase… let’s try something different…
Happy Creating!