Watercolor Butterflies

It’s been a week since I posted something…and I have a reason for it! I’m doing inventory – sounds boring right? I know… but I’m creating a supplies list and coding them with images for my future posts. It’s such a big project so I’ve been spending some time every night working on that. I usually can’t stop in the middle of something but I felt like I HAD to make a quick card because this inventory project is hurting my brain.

I got some Tim Holtz distress inks – ok not some – all the minis. It’s all or nothing for me. I was so excited about organizing these and had to do a card with them. I also got new Stampin’ Up! acrylic blocks and the Big Shot. So excited about all these purchases – I definitely went overboard this month – but I saved 40% on most of the inks and I couldn’t pass up a good deal.

Anyway ~ I made some watercolor cards. I will start listing all my supplies at the end of my post. Hope you like them!

Watercolor Butterfly

Watercolor Butterfly 1

Watercolor Butterfly 2

Watercolor Butterfly 5

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Supplies:

Tim Holtz Distress Inks:

Card 1: Squeezed Lemonade, Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers

Card 2: Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean

Stampin’ Up! Colors: Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo

Paper: Cardbase: Rich Razzleberry Layer:  Watercolor Paper

Butterfly Thinlits Dies

Stamp Set: Papillon Potpourri

Bitty Butterfly Punch

Aqua Painter

April 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit – Love You A Lot

I was so excited to get my April Pumpkin Kit the other night! I started to work on them right away. The stamp kit is very masculine and seems to prepare us for Father’s Day a little early, but also as a “mom” stamp in there as well. The colors are also masculine – Crushed Curry and Pacific Point. So with these kits, I try to do something a little different, but I try to use up all the provided accessories too – I don’t like to collect scraps – it’s just so hard to store/manage – and because I have OCD. So instead of doing the same theme for all 8 cards, I added other sentiments from other stamp sets to change it up for other occasions. The cards that are made are housed in tags – I think it’s super cute and will definitely be making this in the future with other colors and themes.

April 2015 My Paper Pumpkin 5 April 2015 My Paper Pumpkin 4

Additional Stampin’ Up! Sets Used:
Perfect Pennants
Bravo
Big Dale – Sale-A-Bration
Balloon Bash

April 2015 My Paper Pumpkin 3

April 2015 My Paper Pumpkin 1

Here’s a quick video I made showing the process:

If you’re interested in these monthly kits, you can subscribe at http://www.mypaperpumpkin.com – please be sure to use me as a demonstrator when signing up if you do not already have a demonstrator – thanks!

Rainbow Thanks – For Being You Card

I’m back for a rainbow card today. Stampin’ Up’s list of retired stamp sets and retired products are available. You can shop at stampinup.com and get huge savings as many of these items are marked down from their original prices.. Please select me as your demonstrator if you do not currently have one. I mention this because it’s the reason why I made this card. I have to say that I do not have Stampin’ Up customers…besides my mother -in-law. I know…that sounds kind of pathetic. She made a large order the other day and so I wanted to make a card to thank her for her support.

I used the For Being You stamp kit – it was only available during the Sale-A-Bration period and ended on 3-31-2015. Anyway, I finally got a chance to use and decided to make something with it.

Rainbow Thanks - For Being You

Card Base: Soft Sky

Ink Colors: Mememto Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder.

Additional tools: blender pen, Crystal Effects, 3M foam tape.

White panel is 5 1/4″ – 5 1/2″. Stamp, trim and color using the blender pen. Top with Crystal Effects when done and let dry completely. Mount on card base using 3M foam tape or dimensionals. Stamp boarder and color as desired.

Rainbow Thanks - For Being You 4

Rainbow Thanks - For Being You 3

Rainbow Thanks - For Being You 2

Here’s my video:

DIY Framed Ribbon Holder

Hi Everyone!

It’s been a few days and I’ve been itching to post something. I’ve got two videos on the way, but I wanted to quickly share this project that I worked on yesterday. As my collection of crafting tools grow, I’m finding less and less room to store everything. I had to do something with my ribbons because they were starting to pile up.

Here is how I had it stored before yesterday:

ink storage

It was just sitting on a rod that was put through some plaques. I’ve clearly run out of space. While I was at Michael’s last week browsing through their clearance isle, I came across this canvas photoframe that was on clearance for $4! So I knew instantly what I wanted to do. I asked my husband to pick up some additional wooden rods and some hooks so that I can create a framed ribbon holder.

Framed Ribbon Holder 5

My husband screwed the hooks in place for me – apparently it’s hard on your fingers because you have to apply a great deal of pressure! Sorry hubby…I love you!

Framed Ribbon Holder 4

He trimmed the rods down to the length of the frame for me…and to keep the rods from sliding off the hooks, I just wrapped some hemp at the ends until I was satisfied. 🙂 Quick solution but it probably won’t be permanent. But for now, I’m happy!

Framed Ribbon Holder

While I was putting this together, I was so frustrated by the ribbon pieces wanting to unravel. So I cut some double sided foam tape into little pieces and used them to adhere loose ribbon.

Framed Ribbon Holder 3

It’s not permanent and I think it’s a great solution.

I’m so happy I did this and I hope that someone else will find this helpful!

Here is what it looks like now:

Framed Ribbon Holder 1

3″x4″ Best Day Ever Mini Gift Bag

I’ve been pushing myself this past week to do more of what makes me happy – which is a great distraction from work and frustrates me – but I’m so fulfilled by paper crafting. People I don’t know are subscribing to YouTube channel and I feel so immensely blessed in every way to be able to capture love through my small projects. Thank you everyone for your support – I am so grateful!

I made a gift bag and wanted to share it with you all. You can make many variations of it…I’ve seen a lot of different dies that you can use – but why spend that much money for dies that you have to cut and piece together when you already have everything you need? I made my dimensions convenient – I started with a 5 x 8.5 piece of cardstock but you can literally cut a standard piece of paper/cardstock (8.5″ x 11″) in half and get two 5.5″ x 8.5″ pieces – it’ll just be a little taller than what I made here – and you can get 2 cut gift bags out of one piece of cardstock. No waste??? YES, please!

Best Day Ever 3x4 mini gift bag 4

Instructions: With the chosen cardstock in landscape orientation on your scoring tool, score at 3″, 4″, 7″, and 8″. Rotate paper clockwise and score at 1″. Trim off bottom right hand corner (smallest rectangle). Cut bottom flaps and assemble!

Best Day Ever 3x4 mini gift bag

I made a tag using my Scalloped Punch Tag Topper and stamped using the Best Day Ever Stamp Set and tied it off with Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana ribbon. In one of my bags, I used an oval die to make handles instead of tying it closed.

Best Day Ever 3x4 mini gift bag 2

Colors: Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry

Stamp Set: Best Day Ever

Designer Series Paper: Best Year Ever

Watch my video to see it:

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Big on You Stars “Spotlight” Card

Hello Everyone!

I haven’t had any extra time this week – but I’ve forced myself to stay busy because I’ve been so excited about my new videos and all the stuff I’m learning from other crafters online. I made a card using the “Spotlight” technique yesterday. Instead of choosing one focal point, I did 3 – no solid – hollow stars.

The Big on You kit has 4 great/fun/large sentiments and is perfect for this type of project. So I decided I would make my sister in law a card – I think she’s pretty swell. I got pretty excited yesterday when she said she’d do a mini photo session for us when we visit Kansas City in a few weeks – AHHH! So excited!

Spot Light - Big on You 2

Doesn’t that look fun?! The image is stamped on the layer and on a template, then stamped again over the template once you have your “Spotlight” pieces on the the template where you want it. Then those stamped “Spotlight” pieces are propped up using foam adhesive. I used stars from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar kit to add some extra color/hightlights to my spotlight stars before I cut them out using my Stars Framelits dies. I used the two smaller stars to create hollow stars. Save the negative space/pieces for other decorations!

Cardstock/Ink Colors are: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, and Wild WasabiSpot Light - Big on You

Spot Light - Big on You 4

Spot Light - Big on You 3

Watch my video here for a more detailed tutorial:

Have a great day!

Coloring with the Blender Pen and Aqua Painter

I’m back today for a coloring comparison between the Blendabilities markers, blender pen, and aqua painter. As some of you know, Stampin’ Up! has discontinued their Blendabilities markers due to unacceptable manufacturing issues. You have to appreciate a company that cares about the quality of their products. We are all very sad about it, but know that Stampin’ Up! will come out with something in the near future to rectify this issue. The Blendabilities were soooo popular. When I started this hobby in August of 2014, I was completely overwhelmed by all the choices. As a beginner, I purchased the complete line of Stampin’ Write Markers and thought that was all I’d need. But as I tried my first few Blendabilities sets, I was hooked and it was ALL I used for coloring.  I’m glad that I invested in the entire set with the exception of the skin set before they got discontinued. Anyway – I’m grateful that there are other ways to color as well and today, I posted a video on a comparison and the technique of coloring with the alternatives – the blender pen and the aqua painter.

Coloring

Unlike with Blendabilities markers, you’ll want to use watercolor paper with the blender pen and aqua painter. You also have to use Stazon permanent ink. If you don’t use a permanent ink to stamp your images, the image will bleed while you color. You want to keep a crisp image as you color. My samples are colored using the Blended Bloom stamp and Bermuda Bay ink.

Here is the original card I made using Blendabilities:

Coloring-Blendabilities

The Blender Pen:

Coloring - Blender Pen

The Aqua Painter:

Coloring - Aqua Painter

Side by side comparison with Blendabilities on the left:

Coloring - Blendabilities vs Blender Pen

blender pen

Coloring - Blendabilities vs Aqua Painter

aqua painter

There are definitely differences – and it’s all about the look you’re going for (and how hard you want to work to achieve the look you’re after). Personally, I prefer the blender pen over the aqua painter – it’s much easier to control; to add color and to blend). I almost would prefer a paint brush and a cup of water over the aqua painter for this reason (you can’t control the amt of water that is released while coloring). This is my true and unbiased opinion. Regardless of my opinion – I think they are both FUN ways to color and you can do a lot of neat things with either technique. I hope this was helpful for people who hate that Blendabilities markers are no longer available but want to color with other options. You can definitely make your project look beautiful no matter the technique you choose!

Here’s my video, enjoy!