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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Balloons

Hi Crafters,

Wow - it's been awhile since I've posted on this blog. Sorry about that. I was trying to figure out which one was the best, the one on WordPress that is associated to my website, StampinMania.com; or this one.  This one is DEFINITELY easier to use. I've had tons of website issues so it's been a bit challenging. If you are missing some of my tutorials and posts be sure to follow me on Facebook.com/StampinMania.

I'm also on You Tube - as StampinMania. I haven't done as many video tutorials as I would like to since we are still in a rental waiting on them to finish our house. Ughhh - long story - Not fun, and no good place to get away from family for videos. The house is a few months behind so I'm feeling sorry for myself - ha.

well, today I made two cards pretty much the same, just use different paper. These are great birthday cards that will work for any age.

 I love the paper from Carta Bella "It's a Celebration" we have the 6x6 paper pads as well as the 12x12 collection kits.

Supplies Used:
Balloon Dies by Paper Smooches
Sentiment Strips Dies by Die-Namics
and the sentiment was from the Stamp Set "Happy Everything" by Lawn Fawn.

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Have a blessed day and happy crafting.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Botanical Tea from Graphic 45

Hi Crafters,
Today is the first time I've used Graphic 45 paper and it is fan-tab-u-lous! I made this tag and a card. The tag is not the normal size tag (which is a #8 tag) it is a #10 tag. You need to use a larger tag when you are using the Prima Doll stamps from Prima, which of course I love. The problem is I LOVE it ALL.  Since my store is new and small I can't stock everything so I just stock stuff I LOVE....this could be a problem - ha!

My question is: ok, these tags are SUPER fun to make but what on earth do I do with them when I'm done????
Tag: Botanical Tea paper & embellishments; I used a metal dragon fly from Metal Works, and raffia for the tie. I stamped on the Botanical Tea paper and fussy cut the skirt out.  The boots and hair were colored with Inktense Pencils - which are incredible. I keep practicing to get better but they are so much easier for me to blend than with alcohol markers and copics. 

Card: Botanical Tea die cut banners, twine, and a die from Memory Box. Such an easy fast card. You can't go wrong with banners. 

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Chalk Studio by My Minds Eye

Hi Crafters,
One of my favorite design company is My Minds Eye - great quality, great design & color. I just hope my business gets a little larger so I can carry ALL of their lines. Here are the projects I created today using the Chalk Studio line today. For my friends who don't like to stamp - take note, These are non-stamping projects. I used the papers and embellishments from the line and a couple of items, like clear wink of stella - that is a crafter's MUST HAVE.  I love how it gives shimmer to everything.

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Oh wait, duh - here's the Chalk Studio product review video I made this morning. Enjoy

Friday, April 11, 2014

Shiny and watercolor paper Thank You card

Hi Crafters.

I used Hero Arts Daubers on water color paper to make the background. If you don't have the daubers you can use the shadow ink ink pads and swipe them over the paper and then spritz with water. I have 3 pics so you can get a close up of the embossing elements.

1. Swipe daubers (Hero Arts) diagonal over watercolor paper then spritz with water.
2. Use a heat tool to help set it faster
3. Stamp swirl images with versamark then emboss with Holographic embossing powder
4. Stamp the flowers in versamark then emboss with Judikins Egyptian Gold embossing powder
5. Add Ribbon
6. Emboss sentiment with white embossing powder then die cut out

Stamp sets used: Darcies Fleurs Abondante; sentiment is from one of my FAVORITE stamp & die sets Sizzix Phrases - it has 12 different size dies for sentiments - love it.

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Scootin' on By....love this new stamp set

Hi Crafters,

How cute is this scooter? I made this card last night using some new stamps and dies we got in at the store. Spiffy Scooter by Paper Smooches. Use coupon code 'scooter' to save 20% on your total purchase thru April 2014, at StampinMania.com

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Inktense Pencil Color Chart

Hi Crafters – many of you know, I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the Derwent Inktense pencils; however, when I look at the colors I don’t always know WHAT color I am going to end up with. I normally scribble on a scrap to figure it out. I finally got smart and this morning I just made a color chart. I used watercolor paper but you could do this on any good quality heavy cardstock.

1. Lightly color an area, add water (either with a water brush or paint brush)
2. Dry (it doesn’t take long since it’s ink it dries fast. However, I’m always in a hurry so I just shot it with a heat tool for a couple seconds)
3. Use a Sharpie black marker to label the color – Voila – Color Chart….So why did it take me so long to think of that – ha.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Happy Birthday with Balloons

HI Crafters, I hope you are all doing well and hopefully enjoying a little sun today. Here in Ohio the sun sightings have been rare.  So of course, I'm feeling crafty on a day that is sunny, thus I am in my craft room instead of enjoying the sun. After this post I think I'll at least go look at it !!

Here is a fairly simple birthday card. The reason I say fairly is because the die cut letters for the Happy Birthday, while they are cute, they are small and fragile. Gluing them was a little tedious. It's a new set of dies we just got in from Paper Smooches called Birthday Words. Several words come in the set. If I was smart I would have run them through my Xyron and made stickers out of them, but of course I JUST NOW thought of that - ha. Too late.

One way to add a little interest to a card is to make a hand-written border like I've done here. When you do a 'wonky' border it's super easy because you don't have to worry about being perfectly straight. Enjoy,

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Be-You-tiful Tag

Hi Crafters - I'm addicted to tags these days. While most of you are into cards, I realize that, but let me tell you, once you get playing with tags you will be hooked like me. Mine don't always turn out very good, I'm a newbie, but  sure do enjoy them. Here's one I made this evening. I used distressed inks, whitewash stain, and black ink. It's just fun to play around and see what you end up with. I'm going to do a Tag swap, like a card swap in March. If you are interested in participating leave a comment and I'll contact you when we're ready to go.

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Here's a little closer look . You can see the areas where I used whitewash stain - sooo fun

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Thank You Card

I don't know about you but I'm pretty much OVER winter. This is the most snow we've had here in Ohio since I moved here 15 years ago.  So needless to say I was playing in my craft room today. Here's one of the cards I made using some of my favorite products.

 I think one of my favorite die sets is the one I used for this card. It's from Die-Namics (MFT) and it's the  Traditional Tag Stax click to see at the store. I love love love love this die set.
This card was pretty easy. I used watermark ink (versamark) for the flowers then embossed them with white embossing powder.  The two strips of tape behind the tag is from the Fancy Pants Memories Captured collection, it's their Tape Stickers. I love the colors in this collection. Check it out by clicking here - Tape Stickers
The stamp set I used is from Basic Grey called Sugar Rush - click here to see it
I just used a black pen to draw the line to frame the card. I did it free hand to intentionally have a little wave in the lines. Sometimes I use a ruler to make them perfectly straight.
I thought about putting 3 black enamel dots on the lower right-hand corner but decided this might be the time where 'less is more' - what do you think? Would you have gone ahead and added the enamel dots?
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Love You Card

Hi Crafters; today I made card using embossing and Wink of Stella Glitter Markers - LUV Them ! Below is the card and while it's February and everyone thinks of Valentines this card works for Valentines, Birthday, Anniversary, etc.  The stamp set I used has some great stamps that would work well on scrapbook pages as well. Enjoy

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