Monday, June 25, 2007

Ribbon Idea 1

I found this idea in MM Ribbonrie book. Its full of great ribbon ideas. Anyway, the idea is to use your rub-ons on your ribbon!! Who would have thunk?!? So I tried it. Its alot of fun! You just have to find the right size of ribbon to work with. I still have yet to use rub-ons on grosgrain. I'm gonna give it a shot, but I'm not sure how it will work out. I love this little giraffe! And I love this color combo.

Tip: When you apply the rub-on you will have to rub harder than usual with the rub-ons. Take your time and make sure that everything is sticking to the ribbon the way it should.

  • SU Pixie Pink, Pretty in Pink, W White, Bazzill apricot CS
  • Wordsworth Rub-ons
  • Unknown Ribbon
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders
  • SU Bundle of Joy set
  • SU black ink, SU refills Pretty in Pink and B Banana
  • Stickles
  • LI Buttons
  • Irridescent cording
  • Aqua painter and blender refill

Ribbon Idea 2

Here is another card using the rub-on ribbon technique. This one is a little harder to see because the rub-on is blue in color. You can see it up close by clicking.


  • SU T Turquoise, C Caribbean, L Lilac, W White
  • SU black ink
  • SU ink refils: T Turquoise, Lavender, B Banana, Gable Green
  • Stickles
  • Prima flower
  • LI pearl brad
  • SU ribbon
  • Stamping Bella Diplomabella stamp
  • Heidi Grace Designs rub-on
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folders
  • Aqua painter and blender refill

Monday, June 18, 2007

Stamping Tip

This is just my own personal thing... But when I am stamping I use freezer paper under my projects. I use it to practice on, paint on, stamp on, etc. Sometimes I cut it out and use pieces for masking.. It is so handy because the inks and paints do not leak through to your table...
It also comes in handy for taking notes, or writing ideas down...

Blender Pen Refill Recipe and Technique

Just FYI....

This is the recipe I use for the blender pen refill:

1 part glycerin (can be found at walmart)
2 parts distilled water
1/4 tsp of rubbing alcohol

Or you can use this one:

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons glycerin
5 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon rubbing alcohol

This can be really messy, so store it in an airtight container... Even those have a tendency to leak... I use one of the tiny tupperware cups. I have had my refill mix for a really long time--just that tiny little bit!

If you use the refill recipe with your ink refills, I personally like to just dip the tip of the aqua painter into the blender pen refill and mix it on a palate with a small amount of ink (instead of filling the painter with the blender refill fluid). I usually have scratch paper to the side to dab off the extra ink and to play around with the colors. I also have a small container of water to rinse the painter off.. Give it a try!!

Crab and Co 1

I love this set!! The little shrimp are cute, but my first reaction was... what do I use it with?? There really was no saying in the set... I came up with this one......
I colored these with ink refills, blender pen refills and an aqua painter. I really love coloring with these because the colors are so rich.

  • SU Cool Caribbean, W White, Bazzill pink
  • SU Black ink
  • Coluzzle circle
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Giga scalloped circle punch, Word window punch
  • Michaels and May Arts ribbon
  • SU Crab & Co, Best of Cluck (spots) sets
  • LI Brads
  • Stickles
  • SU Font

Crab and Co 2

I love the pink and apricot with these little shrimp!

  • SU Crab & Co, Sandy Shells wheel, Best of Cluck (spots)
  • Bazzill CS, SU W White
  • SU refills
  • Aqua painter
  • blender pen refill
  • SU font
  • MM Brads
  • Stickles
  • Michaels ribbon
  • Mesh
  • Corner rounder

Crab and Co 3

Ok, I colored up a bunch of these little crabs.. Don't be surprised if you see more!

  • SU Crab & Co set, Sandy Shells wheel
  • SU Cameo Coral, Whisper White, Cool Caribbean, Bazzill pink
  • May Arts ribbon
  • Mesh
  • SU refills
  • aqua painter
  • blender pen refill
  • Tempting turquoise, pretty in pink, and black inks
  • Giga and Mega scalloped circle punches

Crab and Co 4

I'm having so much fun with this little crab!

Here's the recipe:

  • SU Orchid Opulence, Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst, Whisper White
  • SU Crab & Co set
  • SU & Tsukineko refills
  • Aqua Painter
  • Blender Pen refills (homemade)
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Michaels and unknown ribbon
  • Dog tag punch, corner rounder
  • SU Lovely Lilac and black inks
  • LI Brads

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Belated Thanks

I received this beautiful RAK/Thank You card from Rochelle Wick. I received this card quite a while back and just never had the time to post it. I found it today and wanted to give her my thanks! Thanks Rochelle!

Bodacious Bouquet

I'm really liking this color combo. I love the Cranberry Crisp and wish it was going to stay. I really don't like the Bravo Burgandy. The color is so dark it reminds me of rust... I never would have imagined putting Apricot with these colors.

The recipe:
  • SU Cranberry, Apricot, Vanilla
  • SU Buckaroo, Apricot, Cranberry, Artichoke inks
  • May Arts and unknown ribbon
  • Ticket corner punch
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders
  • SU Bodacious Bouquet and It's Your Birthday
  • SU linen thread
  • LI buttons

Simply Said Birthdays

Today was a pretty lazy day.. It ended up being pretty rainy (good ol' NW!). Not much else to do but stamp! The colors for these cards were inspired by the Chatterbox patterned paper used in the bottom card. Here are the recipes:

Card 1
  • SU Cranberry, Artichoke, Vanilla CS
  • SU Cranberry, Artichoke, Apricot and Buckaroo inks
  • Ribbon by May Arts
  • LI buttons
  • Cuttlebug dies
  • SU linen thread
  • SU Simply Said, It's Your Birthday, and Love You Bunches sets
  • SU eyelets

Card 2

  • SU Buckaroo, Cranberry, Vanilla CS
  • Chatterbox patterned paper
  • SU Ribbon
  • SU linen thread
  • Cuttlebug dies
  • SU It's Your Birthday, and Simply Said sets
  • SU eyelets

Bodacious Bouquet

I finally got to play with this set today! I have had this set on my table unmounted for the longest time. I really enjoy working with this set. I found some old ribbon and thought it went perfect with this...

The recipe:
  • SU Artichoke, Cranberry, and Vanilla CS
  • SU Artichoke, Cranberry and Apricot inks
  • May Arts ribbon
  • Gold Brads
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders
  • Corner Rounder
  • SU Bodacious Bouquet and Teeny Tinies set

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Stamping tip

Do you ever find it hard to get some colors off the rubber of your stamps or brayer? Try this... I use Kiss Off. It comes in a stick and costs about $4-5. It works great to get most of those nasty stains off your stamps.. Not only does it clean, but it conditions too.. It won't dry the rubber out on the stamps like some cleaners do. You can find it at most stamp stores and even in some variety stores.. You can also go to ... I have used this for years. It works really well, especially on black ink. You have to use it right after you stamp your image if you want it to come completely off. The best part is that you can use it on clothes too!

Cowboy Kid

Here is a card I came up with last night. Since
I have been out of school I have been able to do some crafting. Its so nice to take a break. Anyway, here is a card I came up with using Cowboy Kid... I used bandana fabric and tore a strip out to use for ribbon.

Here are the rest of the supplies:
  • SU Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Ruby Red, Whisper White and Craft CS
  • SU Cowboy Kid set
  • SU Creamy Caramel, Basic Black inks
  • Prismacolor pencils
  • Bandana fabric
  • Western font
  • Distressor
  • SU star eyelets
  • Hemp twine

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Snips and Snails

I made this baby boy card today. Seems boys are popular in my family these days! I just love this stamp by Whipper Snapper. If my pocket book could afford it, I'd probably have all of their stamps!! I wish they came unmounted... they would be so much more affordable... But in any case I'll still buy them because they are so stinkin' cute!
Here's the recipe:
  • SU Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White CS
  • SU Basic Black, Basic Brown inks
  • Fiskars texture plates
  • MM brads
  • Whipper Snapper stamp, Paper Trey's Faux Ribbon set, and MSE's Baby Boy set
  • Corner rounder
  • Distressor by Making Memories
  • Prismacolor Pencils
  • Ribbons by American Crafts, SU, and Martha Stewart

SCS RAKs received

A big thank you to Karina Anaya and Kitty Anderson for their beautiful Splitcoast Stampers RAKs..

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Toadally Blue...

I didn't have much time to stamp today... The idea for this card has been in my head for days and I finally got it out on paper.... The inside says "without you"..

Here's what I used:

  • SU Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue, Ballet Blue, Whisper White CS

  • SU Basic Black, Brilliant Blue inks

  • Prismacolor pencils

  • Stickles

  • LI Brads

  • MM rub ons

  • Corner Rounder

  • SU Best of Cluck set (the spots), Whipper Snapper Frog Stamp

  • Cuttlebug alpha

  • Chatterbox ribbon

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Quick Birthday cards

I put these together this morning for a birthday party for two of my nephews. They are super quick to make...

I used:

  • SU Ballet Blue, Cool Caribbean, Whisper white CS
  • Doodlebug patterned paper (punched out)
  • Cuttlebug dies and embossing folders
  • Doodlebug and SU ribbon
  • SU Ballet Blue and Green Galore inks
  • Stickles
  • My Sentiments Exactly birthday stamps, SU Riveting stamp set
  • Circle punches

Gift Card Holder

I found the pattern for this gift card holder over at Cambria Turnbow's blog. I wasn't sure that the gift card would fit inside, but it does!! I'm definitely making more of these! They will come in handy at Christmas time...

Supplies include:

  • Crate Paper patterned paper
  • SU Chocolate Chip and Vanilla CS
  • SU Certainly Celery and Chocolate Chip inks
  • SU The Art Of Life stamp set
  • SU Taupe ribbon