Friday, March 29, 2013

Sizzix Pop N Cuts Cards

Just a quick card share on two Sizzix Pop 'N Cuts cards I made this week.  I have had the Pop 'n Cuts starter die set and Flower die insert for months and had not used them.  I thought the flower die would lend itself well to an Easter card.  Once I made the Easter card - I just had to make another card using the Pop 'n Cuts die.  I really love the results you can get with the Pop 'n Cuts.  I will definitely be using these dies to make more cards.

Cardlift Friday Card

This week's YouTube cardlift featured a design by Daniela Dobson in the April 2013 issue of Cards Magazine.  You can view the YouTube video HERE.  A list of supplies is provided at the end of the video and at the end of this post.

I loved the design of this card, but had a hard time finding a flower in my stash that would work with the card design.  I had one that was the right size, but the wrong color.  Another was the right color, but the wrong size.  It took some time to find something that would work and I finally settled on a silk flower that looked right.

I did not have any enamel dots so I took red, yellow and pink nail polish from the Dollar Tree and painted some flat back pearls to match my card.

This card was slow in coming together and while I was making it I was not sure I was going to like the end product, but I do like this card!

Thanks for visiting my blog.


Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream card stock
Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy card stock
Papertrey Ink Sweet Blush card stock
October Afternoon 5 & Dime patterned paper
Papertrey Ink Double-Ended Banner die
My Favorite Things Insert It Insta Frame Dienamics die
Spellbinders Ironworks Accents Die
Flat Back Pearls
Assorted colors of nail polish
Silk Flower
Pink Brad from Hobby Lobby

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Last Week's Cards

Last week's Cardlift Friday card was a fun one to make.  I was pleased with how it turned out.  I cardlifted a design from Papercrafts Magazine Card Creations Volume 11.  The designer of the card I cardlifted is Kim Kesti.  I could not find just the right butterfly shape in the punches I own - so I cut the butterflies used on the card with my Silhouette.  That is one of the great things about the Silhouette - if you don't have a die cut or punch to make a shape, you can always find what you are looking for in the Silhouette store.  You can view the YouTube video showing how I made this card HERE.

The next card I made was a birthday card for my brother.  His birthday is close to St. Patrick's Day so I made a card for him with a St. Patrick's Day theme.  I used shamrock foam stickers from Michael's and used a Sizzix Movers & Shapers die to cut out the four square windows.  The sentiment on the front and on the inside of the card came from a Papertrey Ink Birthday Basics stamp set.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Challenge......

I don't participate in a lot of challenges because I usually have a crisis in confidence that my creation is not "up to snuff" (as my grandmother Loretta used to say).  But, I decided to just go for it and create something for the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals challenge.  Plus, the Tattered Floral die is one of my favorites from Tim Holtz.

This project took me about two weeks to create.  I started by running the die through my Big Shot what felt like 8 zillion times, but was probably more like 12-14 times.  I cut the petals out of grunge paper.  I then base coated the petals on each side in an ivory acrylic paint. After that was done, I added a crackle medium and then a top coat in each of the four colors - light pink, coral, blue and purple.  When that dried I turned each of the petals over and did the same thing.  Then I took out my glue gun and just started manipulating the grunge paper into the flower shape I wanted.  I also took some white stamens I purchased from Michael's (baking aisle) and dipped the tips of these stamens in glue and then in yellow flower soft. After that dried, I painted the stems of the stamens light green.

The leaves were cut with Tim Holtz's Tattered Leaves die out of velvet material taken from some Christmas poinsettias I purchased on sale at the end of the season.  These leaves were ivory in color, but I used Peeled Paint Distress Stain to color them green.

I purchased the basket at Hobby Lobby for $4 and painted it with an off white acrylic paint.  The basket filler is paper shred from the dollar tree.  It was bright yellow, but I used a bleach and water solution to bleach it to an off white.

Whew!  I think that is it.  If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment.  I have a video describing this project on my YouTube channel HERE.  The basket was hard to photograph and you might get a better view of it on the video.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

More Resin..........

A quick post to show you some photos of the latest resin pieces I have been making.  These molds came from a seller on called Longzang Mold.  The molds are a little cheaper than the First Impression molds, but I like them just as well. It does take about two to three weeks to receive the molds since they are mailed from some place in China.  I purchased a bird cameo mold and a flower cameo mold and did a two step resin pouring process (poured the lightest color of resin to fill just the image -bird and flower -part of the mold, let that set over night and then poured the next color - background color - over the image and let that set over night).

I think they turned out pretty well.  What do you think?

Spring Card

This week's cardlift on my YouTube channel here featured a very Spring looking card.  I don't know about you, but I am ready for some beautiful, warm Spring weather.  Cold weather really isn't my thing.

The design of this card is based on a card by Roree Rumph featured in the March 2013 issue of Cards Magazine.

I selected bright papers for the card and a design that included patterned chipboard flowers.  Bright colors and flowers say Spring to me!


White card stock by Papertrey Ink
Lemon Tart card stock by Papertrey Ink
Hip, Hip Hooray patterned paper by American Crafts
Much Appreciated sentiment stamp from the Garden of Life stamp set by Papertrey Ink
EK Success Dotted Scallop Edger Punch
Double Ended Banner die by Papertrey Ink
American Crafts Greenhouse Chipboard Flowers
White embossing powder
Handmade Resin Daisies

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Roses are Purple, Pink, Aqua, White, Yellow........and Red Of Course

I have been at it again making resin embellishments.  I am addicted to making these embellishments for my cards and projects.  I love the molds by First Impression Molds.  I buy these molds on  They are a little pricey, but totally worth it. The quality of the molds is top notch and I love the designs.  I recently purchased Daisy molds (large and small) and a rose mold and have made lots and lots of resin roses and daisies.  I guess I am really looking forward to Spring and all the wonderful flowers this season brings.  If Mother Nature is not ready to provide the flowers, I will just have to make resin versions to tide me over until Spring!

I also purchased a Cameo mold from First Impression molds.  This is another favorite.  I am still getting the hang of the two step process of pouring resin (I pour just enough in to cover the Cameo image and wait until this layer of resin dries and then pour a darker color of resin for the background and let that dry).  It takes two days to complete with the drying time for each layer, but the results are worth the wait.


First Impression Rose Mold
First Impression Daisy Mold (smaller)
First Impression Daisy Mold (larger)
First Impression Cameo Mold
Easy Cast Clear Casting Epoxy (available at Michael's and Hobby Lobby)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Two YouTube Cards

These are two cards I made for my Cardlift Friday video series on YouTube.  To see how I made the first card, click HERE.  To see how I made the second card, click HERE.  All materials are listed at the end of each video.  Thanks for visiting my blog!