Archive for March, 2012

A Bit of Stardust

Sakura’s Stardust Clear Gelly Pen has been a staple in my craft room for quite some time. In fact, it’s one of those items I use up regularly. I love how it gives images a subtle bit of glitter without all the mess of regular glitter.

Sometime ago when I was still selling with The Angel Company, I treated myself to a set of Gelly Roll Stardust pens by Sakura.

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Of course I had to test them out as soon as they arrived. I am thrilled to say that these pens have exceeded my expectations! They are spectacular! The colors are bright and vivid and they glitter magically. Just like the label says, they are as smooth as ice cream.

I have since added more colors to my collection.  They are perfect any time you have a project that needs just a little something extra!

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The Never Ending Card Returns

Ever since I discovered this design, I have been completely fascinated by the Never Ending Card! It looks difficult but it really is an easy card to make. It is so much fun to decorate as well!

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As you can see from the pictures, this card folds over on itself again and again. You won’t want to stop playing with it!

I decorated my card using images from The Angel Company’s Wonder and Joy stamp set and coordinating papers. I also included punched images and rhinestone embellishments.

6 by 6 Albums

These cute little 6 inch by 6 inch scrapbook albums are available at a number of stores. They are relatively inexpensive and so quick and easy to decorate.

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I have templates for creating coordinating layouts for all 20 pages using only 4 pieces of 8-1/2 by 11 inch cardstock — 2 sheets of white and 2 sheets of 2 different colors. The guidelines are printed on the backs of the cardstock and show exactly where to cut the cardstock. Prior to cutting, the white sheets are covered completely with randomly stamped images, again in coordinating colors. Letters which are printed on the individual pieces aid in matting the pieces together so that they are ready to be attached to the pages. The result is a completed album just waiting for pictures!

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Smaller images and solid stamps give the most striking results. I selected The Angel Company’s “Aged Ornaments” stamp set for these albums. The images coordinate so well with the album covers!

Iris Folding Revisited

I’ve been collecting Iris Folding patterns for some time now.  I have some fabulous coordinated paper that is just perfect for this technique.  Here are some of my favorite patterns made with these papers. These cards are so much fun to make and the results are stunning!

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One of my favorite websites for patterns is Circle of Crafters (http://www.circleofcrafters.com/irisfolding/).  They have detailed instructions and lots of patterns.  They even have information on how to create your own patterns.

I “cheated” with the little sentiment tags.  They are pricing tags I purchased at Office Depot.  Super quick and easy!

“Design Lifted”

I have quite a collection of old stamping catalogs — Stampin’ Up, Close To My Heart, The Angel Company just to name a few.  I cannot bear to part with them!   Even though the products may have changed, the catalogs are full of SO many wonderful samples and ideas.

I remember when The Angel Company came out with its 2010-2011 Inspiration catalog.  “Inspiration” couldn’t be a better name.  The first time I looked through the catalog, I fell in love with Christine Pennington’s card on page 63. To put it simply, it is stunning. I loved the Butterfly Swirls set before, but I love it even more now!

I needed to make a card to go with a wedding gift and I knew that one would be just perfect. I’d wrapped the gift in black and white paper with a bright pink ribbon.

Here’s my version of Christine’s card recreated in pink.

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Remember, your new (and old) catalogs are great references!

Thank you Christine for being my inspiration!

True Beauty

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This card was created using The Angel Company’s True Beauty stamp set, VersaMark Ink, and Pebbles Jewel Tones Chalk Kit. The camera doesn’t exactly do the image justice in capturing the beautiful shimmer of the chalk. I absolutely love this set of chalks!

There are at least 5 different sets of chalks in this series by Pebbles. (More may have been added since this original post from 2010.)

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The Jewel Tones Chalk Kit is my favorite! The colors are rich and bright and shimmer when applied to images.

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The Shimmers Chalk Kit is very similar to the Jewel Tones Kit but with lighter colors. It coordinates quite well with the Jewel Tones Kit.

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The Basic Brights Chalk Kit is a wonderful collection of basic colors. These are regular chalks without the shimmer.

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The Pastels Chalk Kit is another set of colors without the shimmer.

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Last but not least is the Earth Tones Chalk Kit. It is a wonderful set of rich earthy colors without the shimmer.

I can’t say enough good things about these sets! They come with reusuable pom poms and an applicator tool all within a metal storage case. A must have for any stamper. The hardest part is choosing just one set — but then again, why limit yourself to just one!

Seeing Shamrocks

It’s time for the wearing o’ the green!

When The Angel Company Inspiration Book & Catalogue came out in June 2010, one of the stamp sets I knew I had to have was “Cheers to You”. I just loved the little mouse with the 4 leaf clover and of course the beer mug!

Here are the cards I created for St. Patrick’s Day:

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The mouse card is a modified retiform technique. It is a great technique for making some amazing looking cards very quickly.  The mouse has been colored using colored pencils and gamsol.

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The background on this card was created using shades of green ink and daubers. I then randomly stamped the shamrocks in black. It was torn and matted. There is a cluster of shamrocks that are cut out and pop dotted on top.

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The image on this card was colored using Twinkling H2Os. These are watercolors that give any image a very pretty metallic sheen. Unfortunately, the camera doesn’t do them justice!

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My last card is a shaker card. I had found some shamrock confetti that I knew would be perfect. I used VersaMark to watermark the shamrocks on the green card stock. Of course the mug of beer makes it complete. What better way to say Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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