August 25, 2014

Published Tiara with a Book Giveaway!

Crafting gets in your blood and it's in mine :)  Those of you that follow my blog know that I love paper crafting but I also love mixed media, jewelry making, painting and baking.  I was very excited to have a hand-made jeweled tiara featured in the issue of Just Jewelry!

The issue is jam packed with step by step directions on how to make "Stunning Wearable Art" from mediums including clay, leather, fabric, metal, beading and more!  I made my tiara using dies from Spellbinders A Gilded Life collection (That's our little Princess Alexandra modeling the piece!)

{Win a copy of Just Jewelry!}

I have an issue of Just Jewelry that I would love to give away to one of you.  If you love to experiment with different mediums to make beautiful jewelry pieces or if you have considered diving into this popular craft activity but need a little inspiration to get motivated then enter to win!

Simply leave me a comment on this post telling me how you have incorporated jewelry in your crafting adventures.  I will do a random drawing next week Tuesday (Sept 2) and announce the lucky winner here!

Good luck!

August 7, 2014

Offering Sympathy with Grace

During times of sorrow many find comfort knowing that they are thought of.   For me, words of comfort are sometimes so hard to come by.  This beautiful sentiment sympathy stamp set has so many sayings of encouragement.  My hope that in presenting a handmade card from the heart will offer the recipient a tiny form of condolence during their time of grief.

I used several JustRite Papercraft products on this card.  

I stamped the background stamp in a deep dark purple onto a slight purple cardstock.  After coloring in the stamped design with a light purple Copic marker I added highlights with Spectrum Noir pencils.

The beautiful intricate label is a custom JustRite die template from Spellbinders.  I created the layers by adding adhesive foam squares to the outer label

There are beautiful samples using these products and others on the JustRite Team's blogs

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope your day is filled with things that bring you joy.


August 6, 2014

Pretty in Pink Birthday Card

With two little girls in the house there is always a demand for pretty pink birthday cards.  Once I have my color palette established my cards come together quickly using beautiful stamps and embossing folders

Lets start with the tag die and stamp set.   These are all part of JustRite Papercraft's newest releases:

JustRite's custom die set were designed to perfectly coordinate with the stamps

The paper, embossing folder, ink and twine are all part of Spellbinders brand new Celebra'tions Line!

To make my card I inked up the embossing folder and adhered it to the front of my card base.  I stamped the flowers and leaves twice and colored them with Copic markers and used Spectrum Noir pencils to create depth and detail.  Each of the flowers and leaf sets were fussy cut and adhered to the die label.

The JustRite team have all put together a variety of samples using a combination of these products

I hear squeals of laughter outside, the girls have friends over.  I think I may just find a little time to spend creating something for tomorrow ;)  


August 5, 2014

Such a Fan & Giveaway

This gorgeous fan die set and matching stamp set is so much fun to work with - and so unique too!  I have always loved vintage style uncle use to give them to us as little girls when he traveled overseas so making a card with the paper craft version was right up my ally!

The die and stamp set are both new releases from JustRite Papercraft

I colored the images with Copic markers and added details with Spectrum Noir Pencils.  I made a shaped card base using Spellbinders Reflective Moments die set.

{It is Tuesday Tutorial Giveaway time too!}

Simply answer today's two giveaway questions on the JustRite blog post or on Darsie's Video.  How many Birthday Cards do you make each year? How many Christmas Cards do your make each year?
Remember that you can double your chances of winning by leaving comments on the JustRite Blog and on Darsie's Video. 

This is such a beautiful set with so many intricate stamping details.  Take a peek at the Design Team's projects - they are gorgeous!

I will have another project for you tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Good luck with winning too!

August 1, 2014

Fun Stampers Journey Birthday Gift Bag

Pink, Black and White remains one of those classic, timeless color combinations.  Rose, a good friend of mine, issued a challenge on Facebook for Fun Stampers Journey Coaches and Guests to create a card using Pink & Black.  Sometimes I just can't help myself once the creativity mojo kicks in and ended up bending the rules slightly by creating a gift bag (not a card) and adding in white with a little yellow and orange (for the flame).   Here are the details on how I put it all together...

This gift bag is a mini - only measuring 4 x 5 x 2".  I purchase them in bulk, usually sets of 5 or so at craft or office supply stores.  I like the size of this one because it's the perfect proportion for my birthday cake stamp.

1. Stamp cake image from To You stamp set onto Whip Cream cardstock.  Stamp birthday sentiment Little BIG Greetings underneath.  I used Black Licorice True Color Fusion ink.
2. I used Copic markers to color my cake.  

True Color Fusion ink is a combination of die and pigment ink.  This gives you incredibly rich looking fine art stamped colors that look like pigment ink but dry like dye.  Because of the combination I quickly heat set my image before coloring it with my Copics.

3.  Trim the sides and bottom to resemble a banner.  Make sure the length of the banner fits the length of the bag ;)
4. Pierce holes a long the edges and sew a border using colorful thread

Journey Glaze is one of those products that I simply CANNOT live without.  Use it to add dimension to a project or as an adhesive.  It is a combination of a Glaze and a Resin!  It dries crystal clear and is self beveling.  I applied a few drops over my entire cake image - a little goes a long way.   Add it on thickly for a raised bevelled look or spread it out thinly for a shiny glazed look.  (see no running on the second image - LOVE) Either way it's going to be stunning!  Promise :)  I left mine to dry for about 15min.

{Stamping Chevron}

Love the look of Chevron and Fun Stampers Journey has a gorgeous background stamp called Chevron Trail.  I stamped the image using Black Licorice ink onto Whip Cream cardstock.  Trimmed the piece to fit the front of my gift bag.

All thats left to do is adhere the banner after I added the pearls to the almost dry Journey Glaze.  Then  I finished this baby off with a pretty bow and tissue paper!

{Supply List}

 Products for today's project can be found in the  Catalog here:

Fun Stampers Journey

Thanks for stopping by today.  Let me know if you have any questions about the products I used or any of the techniques.  Yay!  it's Friday :) Have a great weekend.