WooHoo……..Marker Review

May 1st, 2014

WooHoo Dog Card

I was really excited to be able to review the brand new line of alcohol based markers for Stampin’ Up called Blendabilities. Here’s my write up over on Craft Gossip:

http://stamping.craftgossip.com/product-review-stampin-up-blendabilities-markers-with-lots-of-samples/2014/05/01/

Literary Inspiration

April 29th, 2014

Here are two new charm necklaces inspired by two of my favorite books and authors, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Necklace

Alice in Wonderland

Both have hand stamped and colored images sealed with resin in scalloped metal bezels and hand stamped metal tags.  Jane’s necklace has a ink pen nib charm and Alice has a cupcake charm. I’ve been teaching myself how to stamp on metal and it’s loads of fun, I love being able to add any words and text to charms.

Here’s how I made these.

For the main charms:
I first stamped the image I wanted onto white cardstock and colored them with alcohol markers and then use a round paper punch that was the same size as the inside of my jewelry bezel and punched out my colored images.
I used a little resin to place the circles inside the bezels (be sure to test your resin and make sure it won’t make your inks run) and then I used my Crop-o-dile punch to punch a small hole through the paper and the bezel.
I then filled the bezel with resin and let it dry make sure not to fill in the punched hole.
For the metal charms:
I placed the metal charm blanks onto a hammering block and using metal letter stamps and a small hammer to stamp out the words.
Next I used a permanent thin tipped black sharpie marker to add ink to the stamped letters.
I then added jump rings to all the charms and strung them on a ball chain.

Both of these charm necklaces are currently available in my Etsy shop.

-Heather

You’re My Hunny Bunny

March 30th, 2014

Here’s a cute Easter bunny card tutorial I made recently using stamps from Close to My Heart (large egg), Hero Arts (polka dot) and Some Odd Girl (all others).

hunny bunny card

-Cut in half a pink piece of 8 1/2″x11″ cardstock and fold for card base
-Cut a yellow polka-dot pattern paper to 5 1/2″x 1 3/4″ and cut tan cardstock to 5 1/2″ x 1 1/2″, adhere together and tie around with pink plaid ribbon, then adhere to card front

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-On white cardstock stamp bunny, color with grey and pink markers (I used Spectrum Noir), apply snow pen or puffy white paint pen and heat with heat gun, cut out bunny

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-Ink the large solid egg stamp with yellow ink and then press onto an un-inked large polka dot background stamp, this is called a kissing technique and it will transfer the background image onto the solid stamp.

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-Stamp egg onto 2 1/2″x 2 1/2″ white cardstock, stamp grass in green at the bottom, adhere to a 2 3/4″x 2 3/4″ piece of tan cardstock and adhere to card front

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-Adhere bunny using foam tape next to egg

-Stamp words in black on card front

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I hope you enjoyed this quick Easter card tutorial. You can find this card and others of mine for sale over here in my Etsy Shop.

Peep, Peep!

February 24th, 2014

Easter Border Card

The current challenge at the Lawnscaping Challenge blog is dusting off supplies you haven’t used in awhile. For my card I got out some yellow flocking powder which I haven’t used in ages and also some decorative edged scissors, which I also just don’t pick up as much any more, even though I probably have 8-10 pairs. I used stamps from the Lawn Fawn “Happy Easter” set, adding flocking to the little chicks, now they’re yellow and fuzzy! :)

To make this card:

cut a piece of green cardstock in half and fold for the card base

trim a floral pattern paper to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and  adhere to card front

trim white cardstock to 5 1/2″ x 1″, line up flowers, eggs and chicks stamps on one long clear block and stamp twice with black ink

color all images exept chicks with markers

using a glue pen add glue to chicks and cover with yellow flocking powder, lightly press down and then tap off excess, let dry

cut blue cardstock to 5 1/2″ and cut one long edge with decorative scalloped scissors, punch small holes in each scallop

adhere stamped piece to blue piece and adhere to card front

stamp sentiment in black on card front

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A Bevy of Buttons

February 20th, 2014

I love using vintage buttons in my jewelry and collage, especially white mother of pearl, so pretty! Here’s a grouping of jewelry and a collage I’ve made using buttons. Everything shown is currently in my Etsy shop.

Vintage Button Jewelry and Art

Bad Kitty!

February 10th, 2014

Kitty Birthday Card

Just wanted to share the birthday card I made for my Mom this year. She has an adorable grey kitty with white “socks” on her legs so they named her Boots, so I used a kitty with a gift stamp from C C Designs and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers to look like Boots. The stamp is actually in a Christmas set but using bright yellow and blue colors instead of red and green it’s a perfect birthday stamp too. I also added the banner stamp from Lawn Fawn.

You Can’t Put the Fire Out in My Heart

January 24th, 2014

The challenge over at the Lawnscaping blog is to make a card inspired by one of the design team members, I chose Audrey, I love her use of pattern papers, making cute scenes and she uses grass a lot, which I like to do too.

For my card I used the Critters at the Dog Park stamp set from Lawn Fawn, this cute little pooch is in love with the fire hydrant :)

Doggie Valentine Card

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Hearts and Love and Magazines

January 9th, 2014

Metal Love Card

One of the few remaining magazine devoted completely to rubber stamping is The Stamper’s Sampler. I recently posted a review of their latest Winter issue along with a card inspired by Tim Holtz, who is the featured artist. Click here to read my review over on Craft Gossip, including how to make my Tim inspired Valentine card, this is a great masculine style, perfect to give to the man in your life.

-Heather

After Christmas Sale!!

December 26th, 2013

Joyful Angel Soldered Ornament

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I’m having an after Christmas sale in my Etsy shop! Save up to 40% on all remaining holiday items, like soldered glass ornaments, hanging collages and wooden ornaments.
Click here to go directly to my sale section —> https://www.etsy.com/shop/PisforPaper?section_id=5704130&view_type=list

BRRRRRR!

November 25th, 2013

Winter is finally here, it was 17 degrees yesterday when I woke up, brrrr!

Yeti Holiday Card

To get in the mood for this frigid weather I made this adorable, abominable snowman card using stamps from Lawn Fawn.

Here’s how…..

Supplies- Light blue, pale blue, tan and white cardstocks; Lawn Fawn” Yeti” and “Critters in the Snow” (snowflakes) stamp sets; blue and black inks, jute string, alcohol markers, foam tape

- First cut a piece of light blue cardstock in half and fold for the card base

-Next cut a piece of white cardstock to 5 1/4″ x 4″ and cut a pale blue piece to 5″ long and using your scissors cut a wave shape across the top

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- Next trim a tan piece of cardstock to 5″ x 3 3/4″ and randomly stamp snowflakes with blue ink. Tip: Place several clear snowflake stamps onto the same block to make stamping quicker. Next stamp the words in black.

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- Adhere the tan piece of cardstock on top of the white then adhere the blue wave piece, wrap a 24″ piece of hemp string around the bottom, tie in a knot and fray the edges. Adhere this to the cardstock base.

- On white cardstock using black ink stamp the yeti and color with alcohol markers and cut out. Mount him to your card using foam tape.

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Yeti Holiday Card