TIOT: so ready for spring!

Good Morning!

I am off to a VERY slow start this morning but i am finally here to share my TIOT project with you today. I got out my Viva Decor Modeling Cream and played around with it – LOVE that stuff!!! it is just deeLISH!

I have really been wanting to play with some of the Inkadinkado sets Susana brought in so i pulled out the Spring Garden Inchies set and stamped 3 of them in a square leaving the fourth corner open for a flower. I chose a super looking over-the-top flower – a Prima Roosevelt Delano.

for the background I began by taking a white piece of paper and the Harlequin Crafters Workshop Stencil. I simply laid the stencil over my paper and smoothed on the modeling cream. You must work quickly but not sloppily! hold the stencil down so it doesn’t pull up when you lift your spreader (i use a plastic, wide painting knife i found in the art section). Once you have covered the stencil lift it up and you have this gorgeous pearlescent embossed background:

You can see from the close up what a crisp edge i get – i just LOVE that! i also covered a Maya Road Chipboard swirl with modeling cream and a sponge dabber – gives it a great slight texture. You can see it peeking out from beneath the flower.

So what do you think? Have YOU used the Modeling Cream yet? How about the Stencils – you NEED these for sure! and just think of all the things you can do with those cute Inkadinkado Inchies sets!  And now it’s back to work for me!!!


i hope you all have a fabby weekend!!!


Creaative Inspirations: shimmer time again!

WOOHOOO the weekend is almost here!  happy thursday!  nyone else as ready as i am??  i get loads more done on the weekends while hubby plays with pezzy.  and THIS weekend we will also be going to hang out at the Leesburg garden show – love it!

so anyone else REALLY love cupcakes like me???  cupcakes have had such a huge surge in popularity – not just in the stamping world but with specialty cupcakeries popping up all over.  well hubby did something amazing yesterday….he showed up with THIS:

if you love cake you KNOW what Red Velvet is – quite possibly the best cake on earth though the only one i have ever liked is the one i make from scratch with a family recipe…so what was inside?

quite possibly THE most incredibly delicious cupcakes i have EVER put in my mouth!  turns out the Red Velvet Cupcakery shop is just a couple blocks from the site hubby is on right now in DC.  while i DID love the red velvet cupcake he brought for me i must say the key lime he got for himself was TO DIE FOR!!

blog tag

ok onto the real story!  i have a super shimmery Creative Inspirations post for you today.  i have to say i just LOVE using these paints!  i challenged the Design Team with a sketch this week and they did an incredible job with it!!!  here is mine:

let me just take a moment to say i LOVE my cricut…..i cut those green leaf-like swirls with the Storybook cartridge (a must have) and accented them with a white pen.  The border punch is an old one from fiskars.

here is a closer look at my lil’ flower.  isn’t she spaaaaaarkly?!?!  you should see it in real life!!!

i started with a plain white Prima flower.  then i took 3 shades of purple – light purple, amethyst & royal purple and my Fantastix applicator (still using the same one) to jazz it up.  I put a watered down wash of light purple on the bototm layer, amethyst on the middle layer and royal purple on the top center layer.  the embossed ridges on this flower adds to the effect even more!

the other DT members did an incredible job with the sketch.  be sure to check them out on the CI blog – so many wonderful different ways to use these shimmery paints!

it is looking like another beautiful day out today so i hope to have time in the yard with pezzy this afternoon – still have work to do out there!  i hope some of you are having some great outdoor weather too for spring!


better blog siggy

TIOT with a GREAT tip on watercoloring!

blog tag

Suzanne gave us a fun challenge this week reminiscent of blooming tulips (which i should be seeing in my yard soon!) We were to use red, purple, yellow and hot pink. Crazy colors but i had fun with mine:

This project is for the following challenges:
Paperplay – Sketch
ABC challenge – Red
Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes
Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
Twisted Thursday – Anything Goes

The papers are from my scrap pile – i matted with Kraft and inked everything with Memento Rich Cocoa – this makes an amazing difference when working with lots of colors or lots of patterns – it just pulls everything together. The cute little flowers are Prima Tiny Tots.  Those yummy little pink droplets are gorgeous Magenta Gloss Gel from Viva Decor – yet another pen that gives you perfectly formed droplets with NO effort!


Now for the part i am most excited about – i WATERCOLORED!! ok i know some of you might be rolling your eyes but this is something i have longed to be able to do but never seemed to get it. I stamped the cute little image – New Friends by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD – on watercolor paper using Memento Black.  I cut her out using Spellbinders Labels 12.  Next I pulled out my yummy Creative Inspirations shimmer paints – if you have not seen these yet you are missing out! there’s more than 50 colors, the shimmer in PACKED in there and the colors are pure and amazingly brilliant. Now the important part – a Fantastix applicator. I got this tip from Molly, the creator of the paints. never heard of fantastix? well i had heard of them and even had some but i had NO idea when or why i would ever use them. now i know. the brush tip is a spongey pointed tip. it is hard when dry but i set it in a container of water for a bit while i chose my paint colors and it soaked up the water and became spongy. next i dipped the very tip into the paint and brushed it around on scrap paper – the paint mixed with the water and became a thin watercolor paint which i used to put a light wash of color on my image – i did NOT wet the paper first for this. Next i dipper the tip back into the paint & ran the tip along the edge where i wanted a darker shadow effect. i laid the Fantastix sort of sideways so i was using the SIDE of the tip – this created a blended effect from dark to light in one simple stroke – i was FLOORED!! couldn’t be easier!!! and the best part – even on the places with the PALEST of color wash the shimmer is still just as prolific! Go bck to the top and look at the moving pic again – you will see the shading in one flash and the shimmer in the other. ALSO when changing colors just swish your Fantastix round in your water like you would a paint brush! i hope some of you find this little tutorial useful! i hope to get it on video soon so i can demonstrate it a little better!
The project itself is not card but a little gift holder – inside is a cute matchbook style notepad attached with repositionable adhesive so it can be taken off and used. i raided the $1 bin at Ms recently – it is PACKED with fun little gift set items right now including these notepads – 2 to a pack and some GREAT mary englebrite items which i got a ton of.
The colors on this one just happened to match the challenge so that is where i got my inspiration!
i hope you are having a wonderful week!!!  une in tomorrow for Artful INKables!  it is a SUPER set featuring an amazing array of TJ techniques one of which could be my very favorite discovery!!

better blog siggy

TIOT: a dreamy color challenge

Be sure to come by tomorrow for all of the subscription info on the NEW newsletter!!!

blog tag
This week Suzanne issued a color challenge for the Try It Out Tuesday teama over on the store blog for Susana’s Custom Art & Card Designs and it just happened to be my FAVES! pink, sage/moss green & cream/white – oh deeLISH!

i used this week’s OCCC sketch (altered a bit) for my card.

my patterned paper is from Porcelain by Basic Grey and Susana has it in the 6×6 pad which i LOVE – makes me feel less bad about needing ALL of them! for the 2 smaller panels i played a bit with some smooch spritz and tissue paper. i lightly sprayed the tissue paper with limoliscious and pink sprinkle from the latest color release. once dry i crumpled it really good. next i covered two pieces of cardstock with adhesive using a zyron and then i opened the tissue pper up but did not smooth out the wrinkles completely. i laid it on top of the adhesive on the cardstock and then pressed it down so the wrinkles stayed somewhat like silk. i used the paper lace technique with my martha stewart punch for the cream strip. i used a plain white prima flower that i jazzed up a bit with some Tutu Pink Inspirations Paint – i loaded my brush with water and then dipped it into the paint and mixed it around on my craft sheet and then brushed it onto the flower lightly to catch the raised portions. then i painted it on straight for the center flower. the little green branch pieces are from my cricut. finally i added the gorgeous glossy pearls with my viva decor paper pens in Lime Green & Rose.

my main image is a SUPER DUPER cutie from the recent Elisabeth Bell release – “bunnie” – what a sweetie right? i stamped her with memento black & colored her with Copics. Her ribbon and lace edges are painted with Fairy Dust Inspirations Paint. i added a bit of Sweet Pea Flower Soft to the flowers along the handle of her basket.

i hope you enjoyed today’s project! now head on over and check out the rest of the team’s projects too! 


Have wonderful week!

better blog siggy

TIOT for SCACD: fancy folding & a couple winners

good morning all! 

we have WINNERS of those deeLISH american crafts glittered & metallic buttons!  if you are not one of them you can always pick some up for yourself over at my buddu Susana’s store SCACD!

our 2 random winners are:

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-12-08 00:47:34 UTC

that means

Anita, on December 4th, 2009 at 12:48 PM Said: Edit Comment

My guess is paint and glad to know that someone else’s child runs around naked. Mine did that too and glad that they out grew it


Denise Wells, on December 5th, 2009 at 9:08 AM Said: Edit Comment

My best answer would be that blasted Blueberry muffin Strawberry shortcake stamp set that you have to put all over yourself to show that you are having a total blast! Thanks for a chance to win some cool prezies! Man too bad about the floower soft. I would have jumped at some of those samples just to see and try them!

Denise Wells

will both get some yummy buttons to play with!

pezzy and i had a successful first day on our own – we spent a good bit of it running errands.  i am SO happy to say i found a coat to replace my stranded at the airport one!  i also ran to Michaels as a favor for an MB member and found what she was looking for and then a stop at target where pezzy made me buy BOY pull ups because they have pics of lightening mcqueen (a race car) and the girl ones have princesses and princesses are dumb………as for bedtime i decided she is just going to sleep with me while daddy is gone.

now onto my fun SCACD project:

blog tag

it’s marti back with another fun challenge from Suzanne, our fearless SCACD (susana’s custom art & cards.) she asked us to make a card with a fancy/unusual fold. the timing was perfect as i had JUST done a couple in the SU tech club i go to each month. i thought it was really neat and i knew it would work wonderfully with the Boho Chic image from Elisabeth Bell exclusively for Susana – SCACD:
i really needed a bit of a breather from Christmas-ing my heart out and i LOVE pink and navy blue together!  the patterned paper is from the Basic Grey Wisteria paper pack – GORGEOUS colors – BG is always so YUMMY!  i covered my primas in UTEE and glitter and then popped some amazing Prima jewelry in the centers.  i balanced the right side off just a bit with a few matching sparkling pink Pezabling acrylic square embellishments.

i colored this cute chica with copics and used spicas for some added pizzazz on the detailing of her shirt, jewelry and barrette.
BE SURE to check out the specials Susana is running in the store right now – some really great deals for ya!
i hope you enjoy all the wonderful ideas some of the other DTs have for you today on the SCACD blog!

better blog siggy