Saturday, November 12, 2011

It's Been a While..

It's been so long since I posted! I've been soo busy with school, so I never have time for crafting, much less posting. Anyways, I made a Tumblr recently (and I don't really care about keeping it hush hush..), and I really love browsing pictures of handmade art. I found some of bookbinding, so I made my first book.
I cut printer paper in half to make the pages, folded them into groups of 4 or so, then sewed through each group to make loops on the spines. I then ran a strip of paper through all the loops & glued the two end pages to the covers that I made out of cardboard covered in paper. As a finishing touch, I covered the spine with a piece of DSP.
Part of the inspiration for posting again was that I got a new camera, and it takes really good pictures.

So if you guys wanna follow me on Tumblr, my address is
Thanks for checking in(:

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I'm Back!!

Actually, I got back 2 weeks ago. I worked the first week on new things, because while I was gone I bought heat embossing materials! So here are some of my favorite techniques:

Card #1: Gate-fold

What I really like about this card is that gate folds look great with flower-covered focal images.

I embossed the leaves and put pearls in the flower centers. Soon I'll be getting bigger and prettier flowers, and more paper. :) I used dimensionals on some of the flowers, and glue dots on others, so it gives it a nice contrast.

Card #2: Teeny Flowers

I really like the background of this card. I used a nice subtle patterned DSP, then stamped a whole bunch of cute flowers using the masking techinique.

Here's a close up of the flowers- I used flowers from the Bitty Punch Pack to punch out flowers in Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry. I put a large dimensional in the middle, stuck flowers to it, then stuck another ring of flowers around it with glue dots. I also embossed the leaves and put pearls in most of the flowers' centers.

Card #3: another take on my first Sketch Challenge

I was stuck, unable to think of how to approach a card, so I used the simple Sketch #209 from Stamping 411. I also used some new tools.

I bet you all are probably bored with my using the sweet & sour DSP, but don't worry, I'm getting a bunch of new materials soon! I love pearls, too, so I use them a lot.
My mom bought a scallop circle punch while I was gone, and I really like how it looks in this card. It almost looks lacey and delicate. On it, I stamped the flowers (twice, using masking), painted them in, then heat embossed them.

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I'm just so excited I'm tickled pink! I finally got the basic supplies for heat embossing! I tried it all out and it made me even more anxious to get back and make cards! But alas, I can't stamp for over 2 more weeks:( Still, definitely something to anticipate:)

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Patriotic Pride!

I love my country, and really caught on to this challenge. It's from Stampin' Royalty (, and the challenge is to express your patriotic pride in a card, project, or scrapbook page. I decided to make a card for my parents, so here it is (they can't see it until Independence Day):

This was a very fun card because it has so many aspects! Besides trying techniques with the stamps (like the skewed lettering), embossing one of the stripes, and making the stripes different lengths, I also curled the ends kind of like ribbons.

I used the masking technique I learned from Lee Conrey's blog ( on the blue square. I stamped hearts, but it wasn't finished until I had scattered pearls and rhinestones across it. I also used a little scrap of white twine left over from Julie's stamping class yesterday :P

Hope you have a wonderful Independence Day, and don't forget all our country has endured to be free. God bless you, and God bless America!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fun & Girly Journal

So I tried something new.. I decorated the cover of a notebook! I started looking in the catalogs and blogs for ideas, when some just hit me, so here it is:

Ok, so I pieced it together on a piece of white paper cut to the shape of the cover. All the pieces are from the Sweet & Sour dsp except the green, which is Certainly Celery. My favorite part is the bottom corner. Here's an upclose:

After cutting the background dsp, I stamped flowers from the Build-a-Roo set in Pumpkin Pie. I used the "masking" technique laid out by Lee Conrey. It worked well and looks good. Then I stamped and cut out butterflies and popped out their wings. Of course it wasn't complete without rhinestones and pearls.
Another part I really enjoyed seeing come together was the big bow! This is the best bow I've ever tied! It took a lot of maneuvering, but...

Tah-dah! Also, underneath the bow, the middle section is made of Pumpkin Pie paper with sheet music stamped in Pumpkin Pie, then embossed with the Elegant Lines embossing folder. I thought that would be kind of interesting.
Finally, I made one more little piece of art on my cover:

The piece is Certainly Celery; I stamped a tree in Certainly Celery from the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set, then punched out flowers with the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack out of Sweet and Sour dsp. I finished each off with a rhinestone or pearl center!
This was a fun project that only took a few hours (I take a loong time on each project) and turned out quite nicely!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Elegant, Yet Manly Birthday

So I needed another birthday card for a family member, this time for a guy. I used a sketch from Stampin' Royalty (their site is

I actually heard about this site on Julie's blog, and jumped at the oppurtunity to join another sketch challenge! So here's my card:

I used papers from the Elegant Soiree DSP. The first layer is a Crumb Cake base card (I love this color), followed by Early Espresso bordering the designer paper. The focal image is a 2-1/4" square of Espresso, followed by a 2" Crumb Cake square, then a 1-3/4" circle of designer paper with a 1-7/16" circle of Vanilla with a stamped Happy Birthday in Espresso. The string tied across is actually dark brown hemp twine, tied around a dark brown button. I improvised... Here's the button detail:

What's funny is when I started this blog a few days ago, I was taking pictures with my iPod. That's why they aren't very good. However, my mom has a high quality Canon camera, so I took these pictures and figured out how to get them on my blog. It worked!

Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sweet & Sour Birthday

I was looking through older sketch challenges and decided to play around with #203. Here's the sketch:

Again, I had to use the Sweet and Sour specialty papers because they're the only good coordinating papers I have right now.. and they're cute. I also needed to make a birthday card because I'm going to a family reunion, and several family members have birthdays in July! Here's my card:

And here's an upclose of the details (I added pearls!):

Thanks for viewing :)