Monday, April 1, 2013

Texture Fades Giveaway!


I made a tag today using one of my favourite embossing folders:

(double click image to enlarge)

I use this technique a lot. I start by inking the background with Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain by Ranger. Once dry, I emboss with the embossing folder. I then use a darker brown ink, something like Vintage Photo Distress ink and with my blending tool, I distress the raised areas with the darker brown. Its so simple yet looks so great! I usually spray gold perfect pearls on but decided to leave it plain for once!

The rosette is a Tim Holtz Sizzix die. I cut it out with cream cardstock and stamped a script stain across it before building the rosette. The leaf is actually the Angel Wings Sizzix/Tim Holtz die.

Tim Holtz Texture Fades are the new feature item at Scrapbooker's Paradise. Between April 1st and April 15th, you can pick them up for $11.25 (reg $13.99). If you order online, please quote FITT in the comments section. 

To enter to win a texture fade of your choice, check out the blog post here, Pam shows you a great project with the folder and make sure you leave a comment so you are entered in the giveaway!

Have a wonderful day and Happy April!

Pink Paislee - Resist Hearts

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thank you card plus giveaway!


I have a card to share with you today using a new collection by Kaisercraft - Marigold. This collection is so beautiful! 

This is one of my favourite techniques, especially to use up all those scrap pieces of paper!

Start off by grabbing a bunch of scraps of paper, make sure they are of different widths to make them a little different. Using your glue runner, start sticking them to a piece of cardstock. Keep in mind, if you are going to use a die cut to cut it out, that you make it big enough.

Use scissors to trim off the edges.

This is what it will look like when you have finished attaching all your pieces of cardstock. You can leave it like this, or die cut it.

I chose to die cut it with a Spellbinders Labels Die.


I used a Hero Arts Stamp for the sentiment. 

I finished up by drawing dashed lines around the edge, using Vintage Photo Distress Ink to distress the edge and applying the ribbon and rhinestones.

Scrapbooker's Paradise has the 3L EZ Runner Duo tape runners on special at the moment. Between February 1st-15th you can pick them up for $10.50 (reg. $12.50). You can never have too much adhesive! If you order online, please quote FIDP in the comments section of your order. 

For a chance to win a pack, make sure you pop over to their blog (on todays post) and leave a comment. And also check out the cool card Pam made using tape runners and glitter! 

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.

Hero Arts - Stamp
Spellbinders - Labels 17
Misc - Ribbon

Monday, January 21, 2013

Birthday cards, challenge and a giveaway!


Today I am taking part in a challenge. It is the 100th challenge post at Scrapbooker's Paradise. Every Friday, there is a new challenge where you can win prizes!

This week the inspiration is:

I am out of Birthday cards so this is a great one for me to try and get on top of cards again!! These are the two cards I made:
This paper collection is an old collection by Authentique, I really love the colours and wish I had bought more of it!

And this paper collection is by Pink Paislee....I bought lots of this collection so I can make lots of bright cards!

For the 100th post they have 3 awesome prizes you can win

Click HERE for all the information on how you can play and win a prize!  You have until noon on Thursday, Jan 24th 2013 to link up your creation!

Have a great day! 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Merry Christmas

I have a card to share with your today using the latest feature item at Scrapbooker's Paradise!
I used the Distress Core'dinations paper by Tim Holtz in Tumbled Glass to emboss the image. I took a sander and sanded off the raised embossing. I stamped random snowflakes in Silver Ink and the Merry Christmas in black ink. I applied Liquid Pearls to the bow and applied Silver Rhinestones to all the snowflakes!
Be sure to check out Pam's blog here to see what she did with the other side of the same embossing folder. Each embossing folder is reversible so you get two images out of one embossing folder! Pretty cool!
Between the 1st and 15th December, you can pick up Embossing Folders By Spellbinders
(SB-EL0013 - EL022) for $10.99, regular $12.99. If you are ordering online please quote FIEB in the comments section.
For a chance to win your own Spellbinders Embossing Folder, leave a comment over at the Scrapbooker's Paradise Blog.
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!
Core'dinations - Tumbled Glass Cardstock
Clearsnap - Colorbox Silver Ink
Kaisercraft - Silver Rhinestones
Misc - Snowflake Stamps

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Kaisercraft Advent Calendar with VIDEO!

I recently bought the Shadow Box Advent Calendar by Kaisercraft and made a video on how I put it together.
Here is the finished product and below I list the do's and don't I learnt from the project!
This video is a little all over the place and was filmed over a week where I had to keep starting and stopping. I realise I say the word "SO" alot...sorry! And then half way through, I knock the table and it sends my camera in a different direction...sigh. Hopefully you still enjoy it!


Music by Dan-O at

Some Do's and Don'ts from my mistakes:
I would recommend sticking it together with Ranger Matte Accents instead or Glossy Accents. I could not get a hold of Matte Accents so just used what I had. When the glue dries and you can see it, it will appear glossy and it will stand out more than if you used a matte finish.
Do not paint with the Olive Radiant Rain on the boxes. I thought it would come out a deep green but it came out lime! I repainted with the Distress Stain in Peeled Paint, I really recommend this. It was easy to use and had a nice even finish. The Radiant Rain was very blotchy.
Because I had to put so many layers of colour on, it meant my boxes would not seal properly, hence the wrapping of the paper. You could probably skip this step if you just paint one coat or leave it raw. Actually, you don't see the colour on the outside of the box so you could wrap the paper and leave the box raw, saving your self some time. Make sure you paint the inside and the base of the box though.
Using Matte Accents to seal the box would be easier than the Glue N Seal because the Matte Accents has a fine nozzle and it will create a lot less mess.
Do not stick the middle piece of paper to the base with wet glue. I learnt the hard way and found my lovely image had turned green from the paint. Luckily, I was able to get another piece of paper and do it again. This time I used lots of Scor Tape.
I applied Glossy Accents to a lot of the boxes to highlight the numbers. I suggest you do this BEFORE you stick the square piece to your box. If you do it once its on the box, it causes the paper to lift off of the box and you have to re stick it. This happened to the middle piece, I had originally stuck it with Scor Tape and then went over the words Celebrate with glossy accents which caused the whole square piece to lift off. That's when I decided to stick it back down with glossy accents which then turned it green!! Ugh!
The box has held up well with Glossy Accents. I have moved it around a lot and it has not fallen to pieces. I did find wood glue but it said it would take a long time to dry and you had to clamp it....far too much work for this lazy girl!
The instructions recommend filing the edges down on the wood if you paint then as they will expand. I painted 3 coats of the brown Radiant Rain on all pieces/edges. I did NOT file any pieces, I risked it! It worked out fine, the pieces went into the grooves perfectly. The Radiant Rain is thin ink, I don't know how it would be if you used a thicker paint or Spray Paint. I know of someone that built the Calendar raw and then spray painted it.

The Brown Radiant Rain did dry but the glimmer did not. It had a green tint glimmer to it and when the box got wet, your fingers or whatever touched it turned green. This is how the middle of my box got damaged from the wet Glossy Accents. I contacted Creative Imaginations and they told me I could seal it with a Spray by Krylon. I sprayed by box several times with thin layers and so far so good!

Thanks for stopping by...have a great day!

Kaisercraft - Turtle Dove Paper Collection & Stickers, Silver Rhinestones and Shadow Box
Ranger - Glossy Accents, Glue N Seal, Peeled Paint Distress Stain, Ink Blending Tool and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
Creative Imaginations - Olive and Nutmeg Radiant Rain
Krylon - Workable Fixative
Making Memories - Falalala Collection
Martha Stewart - Scoring Board

Sunday, September 30, 2012


I have a Christmas tag to share with you today. I am enjoying making tags and would love to make some tags for Christmas presents this year.
I have used an embossing folder by Tim Holtz and Sizzix. These are on special at Scrapbooker's Paradise. Between the 1st-15th October you can pick them up for $11.25 (regular $13.99). If you order online please quote FITT in the comments section of your order.

Make sure you stop by the Scrapbooker's Paradise blog today to see what Pam has made and for a chance to win your own embossing folder by Tim Holtz!
Are you planning on making any tags for gifts this year?
Thanks for stopping by :)
Art Gone Wild - Stamp
Hero Arts - Stamp
Tsukineko - Versafine Black Ink
Kaisercraft - Rhinestones
Misc - Ribbon

Monday, September 24, 2012

How I store my Spellbinders

Here is a video on how I store my Nestabilities by Spellbinders...and any other metal die I may have .

Thanks for stopping by :)

Making a Mold with Mold and Pour

I had some questions about how I made the Mold in my Melting Pot Video so I made a little video showing how I did it!

Thanks for watching :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy 30th

Here is a card I made for my friends 30th recently!
The paper collection is by Echo Park - Victoria Garden.
Other supplies are by American Crafts, Prima, Heidi Swapp, Kaisercraft and My Minds Eye!

Friday, August 3, 2012

My wedding guestbook

My husband and I got married in June and I thought I would show you the guestbook I made. I had a very DIY wedding, being a paper crafter, I wanted to make everything! So I made the invites, the table decor, fans, candy buffet, guestbook, message in the bottle etc hence why this blog was so bare this past year!
Anyway here is a video on it. I did take some pictures but I cannot find them. We do not have our professional pictures yet but I think they took some so I will add them if they did!

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Happy Birthday!


Its my hubbys birthday today! Happy Birthday!
 Here is his card

I have so much paper that I am trying to use up old stuff. I am not sure who made this paper as I only have scraps left, I thought it may have been Little Yellow Bicycle but the texture feels different to what their paper normally feels like so sorry I do not know. If you know....drop me an email or leave a comment!

Thanks and have a great day!

Stamp - Imagine That (UK) and Stamping Bella
Ink - Memento Black
Markers - Copics
Brads - My Minds Eye

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Melting Pot, UTEE, Video and Giveaway!


Wow its August, this year really has flown by! Time for a new feature item at Scrapbooker's Paradise and this time it is UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel).

Between August 1st and August 15th, you can pick up the coloured versions of UTEE for $6.75, regular price is $7.99.
If you are ordering online, please quote FIUT in the comments section of your order.

I chose the white UTEE to play with and I saw all the cool things on the Ranger website that you can do with UTEE and a lot of them were using the Melting Pot so I borrowed one and played around with it last night. Its so much fun, I have just added it to my wish list!

I bought the Mold N Pour kit which allows you to make your own molds. So you can make a mold say of a flower and then create all the resin type flowers you want.

I have a lot of the Movers and Shapers by Sizzix and Tim Holtz and love them and as my UTEE is white I decided to make a snowflake mold.

Here is a video

To create the tag:
I inked up the whole tag with Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass and Broken China. Distress Inks allow you to emboss, so i quickly poured a mixture of white and clear UTEE onto the tag and heat embossed it.
I continued this by adding more layers of coloured Embossing Powder/UTEE quickly. Be careful and do not throw the whole pot of UTEE onto the carpet like I did!
I continued adding versamark ink and embossing powders and UTEE's in white, silver, glitter etc until I had a background I liked.
I stamped the snowflakes and the believe stamp in Black Staz On. Be light on the stamp as this surface is very slick. If you make a mistake or smudge the ink, rub it off with staz on remover and start again.
I inked up another tag with the two blue Distress Inks and poured on a mixture or white and clear UTEE and heated it with a heat gun. I then cut out the 25 with a Movers and Shapers die by Tim Holtz/Sizzix.
I poured wet glue (Tombow) onto the bottom of the tag and dipped it in crushed silver glass by Stampendous.
I added my snowflake piece and applied jewels to the middle of the snowflakes.

My teammate Pam has shown lots of different ways to use UTEE so make sure you check out her blog HERE!

And then go to the Scrapbooker's Paradise Blog and leave a comment on todays post for a chance to win your own UTEE!
Art Gone Wild - Mini Holidays Tim Holtz Stamp
Kaisercraft - Silver Rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by!