Monday, June 27, 2011

Blog Winner and "Feel the Love" card

Happy Monday! Thank you to everyone who checked out the Beach Blog hop. It's time to pick a winner for the Stampin Up stamps!! winner is.... 

Anita Braddock!! Congrats Anita! Send me an email at and I will mail your stamps out asap! 

Now for my "Feel the Love" card. For those of you who don't know, Madison from Funky Cards has come up with this idea and every month she is picking someone who needs to "Feel the Love". This month it's for a teacher from her hometown who has fallopian tube cancer for the second time. To read more about what Madison has put together please click here. Cards for this month are due by the 30th BUT a new person will be announced soon! 

Thanks for checking out my blog today! 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Beach Party Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Beach Party blog hop! If you have come from Carley's blog then you are in the right place. If not and you would like to start at the beginning, please go to Abby's blog

For those of you who follow my blog you know I've been obsessed with The Greeting Farm stamps lately! So of course, I had to use one on my card for this hop. This is Hula Anya! I colored her, cut her out and then pop dotted her to give the card depth. The sun is from Doodlecharms and I'm so sorry I can't remember which cart the palm tree is from. I had about 5 different palm trees up on my Gypsy trying to figure out which one worked the best. I think its from Create a Critter. I cut the sand from Paper Doll Dress Up. The Sun's face is a peachy keen stamp from Boy Mates. 

Now of course what kind of blog hop doesn't have blog candy?!?!?! I will be giving away these BRAND NEW stampin up stamps. All you have to do is become a fan of my FACEBOOK page and leave a comment. I realize not everyone has a facebook so if you don't just say so and you will still be eligible to win the stamps. 

Next up is Angelica from Handmade by Angelica! Make sure to check out the entire hop, lots of great prizes up for grabs!! 

Happy Summer!! 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ohh La La - Pink by Design day + a tip for you!

Happy Thursday Everyone!! Candace from Paper Crafts by Candace here. :) Today I am soooo excited to share with you my Pink by Design project and tip! First my project.. 

I was very inspired by this cute dress from June's stamp set of the month. I looked at it and immediately thought of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. So I decided to try to go with more of a Shabby Chic theme which to me means pink, grey, pearls and lace. I stamped the dress on a light pink patterned paper, cut it out and then colored the skirt portion with my copics. I also added lots of pearls with my Viva Decor pearl pens including a belt of black pearls along the skirt line. "Ohh La La" is from Pink by Design- Flirty Girl. The paper is from a new paper line called Mosipis, you can see and buy it on Scrapbookaholic by Abby's blog

I used my spellbinders- crown ovals and large ovals. I cut out the crown oval first and inked it then put the large oval in the middle of the crown oval and cut that out. I also cut out another oval in the same size to place underneath the dress. I then used the crown oval with the oval hole as a frame. I pop-dotted both the frame and the dress. Here is a picture taken at the side of the card so you can see how its pop-dotted. 

And I couldn't stop at just a card, I decided to made a quick little matching bag. This is the perfect size for a gift card! I'm thinking a Victoria Secret gift card for a bridal shower / bachelorette party or even a birthday! "Just for you" is also from Pink by Design "Flirty Girl"

Now for my tip! I have recently started cutting out my stamp images by hand. I used to just cut them out with a spellbinder shape but that limits your creativity. Now I have to admit, I am no where near perfect when it comes to cutting out my stamps. I am either to inpatient or there are such little details that I cant seem to cut them out perfectly. Here is a super easy solution for you to hide that! 

First stamp your image on your paper. 

Next, cut it out. I placed my dress on black paper so you can see all the excess paper outside the line that I didn't cut perfectly. 

Now grab a piece of scrap paper and a black fine tip pen. Place your stamp on your scratch paper, hold it down with one hand and use the other hand to kind of trace around it. You will actually be drawing on your scrap paper BUT make sure its close enough to your stamp that just a little hint of that black marker is drawing on your stamp. 

And here is what it looks like when you are done with the entire thing! As you can see, the border around the dress is a tad thicker and darker BUT by the time your done altering your stamp (coloring, adding glitter etc) you won't even be able to notice it. When you first looked at my card at the beginning of this post, did you notice it? :)  

I hope this tip was helpful to everyone! Have a great day! :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Monsterfully Well Done!!

Happy Friday!! I hope everyone is having a great day so far! I just got Bump in the Night cricut lite cartridge in the mail and had to create something with it ASAP. I am LOVING this cartridge! So many cute little monsters. I also used my black Viva Decor Pearl Pen to create the little pearls all around the card. "Monsterfully well done" is a stamp from :)

I hope everyone has a happy Friday and a great weekend!! :) 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pink by Design Day!

Happy Thursday Everyone! Today I am excited to share my card along with a tutorial!!

First here is the card.. I used Pink by Design's June's Stamp of the Month dress stamps to create this card. I stamped the dress on light green patterned cardstock. I then colored the bow in a darker green with my copics then cut it out with scissors. I used my spellbinders- oval and scallop oval for the cardstock that the dress is on. "Just fabulous" is from another June release.. "Material Girl".

Now for my tutorial- one of the most frequently asked questions I get is how do I create the inked border when I use spellbinders. It's actually very easy, I just ink the inside of the spellbinder!!
Step 1: Determine what size/shape will work for your project. Then cut it out as usual BUT DO NOT REMOVE THE PAPER FROM THE SHAPE AFTER IT'S CUT.

Step 2: Pick out your ink. As you can see on the left is my oval spellbinder with the paper still inside. On the right is my scraps. For this project I knew I wanted to use pink ink on my pink cardstock. I had two pinks that I could pick from so I used my dauber and tested them on my scraps before trying it on the real thing.

Step 3: Start inking! Yes it's as easy as that. I use my dauber and lightly press it on my ink pad then start applying the ink to the inside of my spellbinder. It is OK to get ink on your spellbinder, after your done it just wipes right off. I like to go very lightly at first and keep applying ink until I get the right darkness.

And here is what it looks like when its complete! Depending on the project and your style you can do a thick/dark border like below or a very light thin border.

And here is what it looks like after I pop it out of my spellbinder. Nice crisp border!

Before placing it on my project, I put the dress back on top to make sure I like how thick the border is. At this point if I wanted a thicker border I could easily ink more of the inside even with the spellbinder already off.

I hope everyone enjoyed my tutorial on inking borders with spellbinders. I hope to see lots of projects with this technique being posted on the Pink by Design messageboard!! 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Scrap week continues!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!! Scrap week continues! I hope everyone is trying to make the most out of their scraps. I am usually so bad at using my scraps but I'm determined to organize them and use them. Hopefully later this week I will have some posts on how to organize your scraps. I've been hitting up Michaels and Joanns here and just can't seem to find exactly what I'm looking for to organize my scraps. 

Anyways..  Here is the latest card I made with my scraps. This card is made out of 100%... yes 100% paper scraps!! I am just loving this card if I do say so myself :) 

Details: The dog is cut from Create a Critter. His face is Peachy Keen "Critter Faces" size large. "Hot Diggity Dog" is from Pink by Design "Simply Everything" stamp set. Then I just added alittle ribbon and gems. :) 

Make sure to come back tomorrow.. Its Pink by Design day AND I have a tutorial for you!! :) 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Use Those Scrap's Week!!

Happy Monday!! This week I've decided to challenge myself to use my scrap's on all my cards. I don't know about you all but I have TONS of scraps that just sit there that I don't use. :) It's not like they are small scraps either.. they are pretty good sized. Anyways, Here are some cards that I made to kick off "Use those scrap's WEEK!" Oh and not only did I use mainly scraps but I managed to use 5 different Pink by Design stamp sets too! :) 

First card.. everything is scraps except the pink card base. The butterflies were punched out by a Martha Stewart punch. "Best Wishes on your special day" is from "Hats Off" stamp set. 

Second Card.. is all scraps except the light blue card base layer and the white paper that the birds are stamped on. "Happily Ever After" is from "Here Comes The Bride" stamp set. 

Third Card.. everything is scraps except the grey card base and the white paper which the kitty is stamped on. The kitty is a The Greeting Farm stamp. "You're Perfect" is from "A Haunting We Will Go" stamp set. 

Fourth Card.. everything is scraps except the white paper which the tree is stamped on. The green card base is scraps and was left over from another project I had worked on. The tree is from and "All things grow with love" is stamped from "Life's a Garden". 

And last but not least my favorite card I've made out of scraps.. It is all scraps except the pink card base. The frog is stamped from The Greeting Farm and "from out pad, to yours" is from "Jump and Jive" stamp set. 

Thanks for checking out my first post for Scrap week. Make sure to check back this week for more scrap posts AND Thursday is my Pink by Design day so I will have a special project and technique showcased for you! :) 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Another Sneak!!

I am just LOVING the new Pink by Design stamps which are being released on Friday (details here). Here is another sneak for ya :) 

Oh and I've lately been obsessed with Red and Blue color combo if you can't tell between this post and yesterdays post :)