Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter Cupcake Kit

Hi! I'm back with another project for the Crafty Secrets April Linky Party.  This cupcake kit would be a delightful gift for your favorite baker. Who knows, you might score some yummy treats in appreciation of such sweet gift.

These adorable kids and bunnies are from Crafty Secrets SPRING CUT-OUT KIDS DIGITAL SET. I used  the Silhouette Cameo to print and cut the toppers and kids on the front of the fenced box which was cut from a Silhouette file.

These toppers and the Martha Stewart Gingham cupcake liners will add such a fun flair to cupcakes which I would love to photograph; however, I would then have to eat the photo prop. :)

Since I 'm fixing lasagna for dinner, I'm afraid I'll have to work off those calories before adding cupcake calories; meanwhile, I'll enjoy this kit as part of my spring decor.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Banner

It's time to add a little spring freshness to the Hoosier cabinet with Crafty Secrets Spring Banner.

 I cut the bottom layers of the banner with the Silhouette Cameo and stamped with one my favorite script stamps. Then I added a doily die; for the top layer-the Crafty Secrets Spring Banner- I scaled the size down a little, printed, and then cut by hand.  Embellishments include leafy flourish die cuts and violets that I made using dies and Copics. 

I'm linking up to the Crafty Secrets April Linky Party. Be sure to check out the beautiful and inspiring projects by the design team.

Digital: Printable Easter/Spring Banner (Crafty Secrets)
Paper: Vintage Cream (PTI),  Classic Crest Solar White(Neenah), Epson Premium Presentation Paper
Stamps: Document (Prima)
Dies: Parisian Doily die (PTI),  Susan Tierney-Cockburn, Thinlits Die Set, Flower, Pansy/Violet (Sizzix), Leafy Flourish (MFT)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

MIM #158 Stamping with Watercolor Mediums

Heather Nichols gives some great tips on stamping with watercolors in this week's MIM. Heather uses Gelatos to color her stamps, and I was tempted to buy some when I stopped in at JoAnn's. However, I decided to try a medium I already owned---watercolor pencils.

Using  a Pentel Aquash Water Brush, I dipped the brush it in water rather than fill the reservoir; I find with this method I can more easily control the amount of water. I used the wet brush to pick up the color from the tip of the watercolor pencil and then painted the stamp from Mini Blooms. By the time I had colored the whole stamp, the color had dried, so I spritzed the stamp with a mini mister and then stamped onto watercolor paper. I stamped the sentiment from Beautiful Butterflies in Bamboo Leaves Memento Ink. Using the Perfect Layers ruler, I cut a mat in Winter Wisteria and mounted all on a Vintage Cream card base.

I will definitely try more stamping using this method.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Feminine Touch

A quick post with a pretty package to link to Silhouette's weekly challenge. The current challenge has a spring theme. Gardenias are some of my favorite spring flowers, so it was fun to make this gardenia from a Silhouette file by Jamie Lane.

The gardenia and a doily add a sweet feminine touch to a small striped gift bag.  The tag uses PTIs  Fillable Frames #9 and Mini Blooms.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Flying By

Hi, flying by with a quick post today for Crafty Secrets March Linky Party with a card using a digital stamp from Crafty Secrets set Bunny Hop. I used the Silhouette Cameo to print and cut out the image; then I colored it with Copics using bright spring colors.  I stamped the clouds in white pigment ink and then offset the stamped clouds with die cut, embossed clouds. The sentiment is from Crafty Secrets Birds of Happiness. A gingham Polaroid frame adds to the spring theme.

 Love this "photo" of the balloon flying overhead. :)

I hope your day is covered with blue skies and white fluffy clouds.

Stamps: Bunny Hop digital stamp, Birds of Happiness (Crafty Secrets); gingham background (CHF); Heart-2-Heart #6(PTI)
Ink: Fresh Snow(PTI), Rosebud Memento (Tsukineko)
Paper:Stamper's Select White, Spring Rain, Raspberry Fizz (PTI); Blending Card by X Press It(Copic)
Other: Copics; Buttoned Up #2 die, Heart-2-Heart #6 dies (PTI)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Happy Anniversary PTI!

 As you know, February means Papertrey Ink' anniversary and PTI always throws a huge celebration, offering many contests and prizes.  One of the first contests involves creating a card using one of the downloadable color recipes and one of the card sketches. Monday afternoon, I had some time to get crafty,so I chose to use these colors and sketch.

I used the wreath from Birds and Blooms for the circle image.

Are you participating in the PTI festivities? Enjoy!

Stamps: Birds and Blooms, Love Lives Here (PTI)
Paper:Stamper's Select White, Kraft, Pure Poppy(PTI)
Ink:Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy (PTI), Expresso Truffle, Pear Tart, Tangelo (Memento by Tsukineko)
Other: Birds and Blooms dies, Love Lives Here dies(PTI)

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Glimpse of Spring

What better way to spend some time during the Polar Vortex last week than to  put on the fleece, sip some coffee, and think spring while coloring this beautiful tulip stamp from Flourishes' Tulips for Friends.

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge #253 is to create a shaped card. I used a cut file by Samantha Walker sold in the Silhouette Online store for the card and the cut file sold by Flourishes for the tulips. I used Prismacolor pencils for coloring. Slipping the gingham ribbon through one of the cutouts helps to anchor the ribbon.

Be sure to check out Flourishes wonderful newly released stamps for January and thanks for stopping by,