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.

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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!

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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!

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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 :)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

My First Sketch Challenge

Here's my first attempt at the Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge!
I used this week's Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge:

I used the Sweet & Sour Specialty papers from Stampin' Up, with a Pumpkin Pie base for the card. The stamps are also Stampin' Up, and I couldn't help but put rhinestones in the centers of the flowers :)
I was inspired to try this out by my demonstrator, Julie Beltramo. Her blog is, and it is a great place for ideas and Stampin' Up info.
The Sketch Challenge was created by Kerin and can be found on her blog It is also extremely helpful in finding ideas and sharing them with others!

 Thanks for stopping by!