Archive for January 31, 2014

Scooting by to say Hi!

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I can’t believe another month is almost over. I made this happy little hello card for a friend. I used Paper Smooches – SPIFFY SCOOTERS stamp and used my Derwent watercolour pencils. The building dies are from MFT –  Die-namics Skyline Border & Die-namics Solid Skyline.

Nuts about Nutting, Julie that is.

Last year Prima Marketing designer, Julie Nutting developed a series of “Prima Dolls”. They are large stamps that remind you of paper dolls. The cards, tags, and multi-media artwork I have seen with these stamps are limitless!

In 2013 there were 11 dolls released. I  purchased them all because they are all too stinking cute. For my first “dolls designs” I was inspired by the months of the year, so I made tag for January-New Year’s Day, February-Valentine’s Day, March-St. Patrick’s Day, April-Easter, May-Victoria Day, June-Prom/Wedding, July-Canada Day, August-Summer Daze, September-Back to School, October-Halloween/Fall, November-Remembrance Day, and December-Winter. I used the prima tags as base/backing and just went with what motivated me.

January - Bring in the New YearFebruary - SweetheartMarch - St. Paddy's Day

April - EasterMay - Victoria DayJune - Bride_Prom

July - Canada Day (2)August - Summer DazeSeptember-Back to School

October - Trick or TreatNovember -  RemembranceDecember - Winter is here

Prima Marketing and Julie introduced a whole new “doll” line at CHA 2014 and I am patiently waiting for my local scrapbook store to get them in stock. One of my highlights this summer will be a cruise to Alaska with Julie and 20 other crafters. Wow talk about an everything cruise.

The last doll tag I made for my friend, Pheobe. The Prima doll’s name is also Pheobe so I thought it was a perfect match. I did the design with a marine theme because she loves dolphins and whales.

Fin-tastic friend




I had my prima doll collection selected by the General Stamping forum at Splitcoast Stampers as one of their Favorites of the Week ending March 2, 2014. For more information see:



I have taken numerous online courses/classes, but the best by far for card making are the “Online Card Classes” hosted by Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner. If you missed a class, you can still take them. Check out their website for more information. P.S. I highly recommend Tim Holtz’s Creative Chemistry 101 and 102, and Clean & Simple 1 & 2.

The recent class, Stenciled, deals with using stencils. I really had no idea there were so many ways to use them. I tried three different techniques – my first time using stencils (and I have lots to learn) and for a first effort they are not too bad.

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For my first card, I went for a more masculine look. I used a MFT Gears stencil and  sprayed it with Walnut Stain by Tuskineko on Neenah Desert Storm. While that dried, I die cut the gears using Tim Holtz Sizzix Die GADGET GEARS Bigz Alterations. I used various tones of brown card stock and inked them with Tim’s Distress Inks. The tag die is MFT’s Die-namics Dog Tag and I used a sentiment from Hero Art’s WHAT A GUY cl753 2014 OWH.

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My second card used a pencil technique and scribbled heart designs using dry Derwent Inktense over the background using a homemade heart stencil. The stamp set is from MFT - Pure Innocence Love Is in the Air. I coloured her with copics and paper pieced her dress. The scalloped edge is from MFT – Blueprint 4. The banner die is by Simon Says Stamp -SMALL FOLDED BANNERS Pair of Dies S137. I like how the card has the look of a children’s card.

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My final attempt took a little time. I used a stencil called Star Pattern by Mr. Huey. I first tried to create the star background using Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint – White Picket Fence, but I had issues with the paint going under the stencil. Next I tried using  Tim Holtz’s Metallic Mixative GOLD and Silver Alcohol Inks. Once I had my starry background, I stamped my space scene using Paper Smooches – SPACE CADET and the Earth from Hero Arts Clear Stamps EPIC LOVE CL645 Operation Write Home on to Neenah Solar White card stock. I coloured the images with Copics, and the Moon and Earth were done with distress inks.

I have ordered some more stencils and the thicker Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 White Embossing Paste for more textured backgrounds so I can try some of the other techniques discussed in the class. If you are interested in learning the how to’s check the Online Card Classes, they are fun and educational, and very reasonably priced.

Snow, snow, and more snow!

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The snow keeps coming! It reminds me of the snow we used to have when I was just a kid. Currently my roommate’s car is stuck in the driveway-pretty bad when you are 4-5 blocks from work and can’t get there because of snow.

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This little bunny is a retired stamp from MFT called Pampered Bunny. I stamped him on Neenah Dessert Storm, paper pieced the tub and bunny, and coloured the bubbles with Prisma Colour Pencils, then added a touch of wink of Stella. The inside reads “A happy bunny is a pampered bunny!” I also used the same card design for Easter using the caption “What the Easter Bunny does the Next Day!”


Bouquet of Flowers

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I have seen various versions of the flowerpot card, and I wanted to try my own. I started with die cutting two flower pots for the base using Spellbinders – Flower Pot S5-060. I glued them together leaving the top lip open so I could insert the flower tag. The flower stamps are from Heartfelt Creations – Flora Grande 1. I stamped the largest on the pot, and stamped the smaller flowers using different Stampin’ Up inks. The leaf die cuts are from MFT and Impression Obsession. I made a folded stand to attach to the back of the card so it would stand up, and included a ribbon loop so the insert tag could easily be removed. The sentiments are from JustRite Papercrafts.