Monthly Archives: January 2013

Thursday Tips, Tricks n’ Techniques


Hello everyone!

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and with that in mind the technique I’m sharing this week is showcased in a great little video that just came out about making double easel cards.

This video uses Stampin’ Up! products and takes you step by step through the process of creating a beautiful easel card.. and what’s great about this technique is it can easily be modified to do by hand or for use with other shapes.

I hope you enjoy the video and have fun creating your own double easel cards.

My Tip/Trick of the week..

… is thanks to my sister, Zoe, who told me some of her clear stamps were falling of her clear block just before she went to press down or while inking and she was worried that she’d make a messy stamping.


Try huffing on your block before pressing it to the stamp.. the additional moisture from your breath should be enough to stick the stamp.  Another option is to use re-positionable double sided tape although I have not tried it myself.

If anyone has other ideas.. please share them 🙂


Creative Challenge!


monday creat challengeThis week is Creative Challenge #7.

Your assignment, should you chose to accept, is to create a card using TEN embellishments!

Sounds easy, doesn’t it?!  It’s surprising just how challenging it is to use 10 embellishments all on one small card.  So, dig out your bits n’ pieces: your buttons; charms; ribbons; and other little whatsits… then, put on your crafty crafter hat and craft away.

Oh, and don’t forget to come back and let me know what you created!



What’s going on with my Mixed Media Ballerina Series??


Last year I finished the first of 3 in a series of mixed media ballerinas.

Ballerina Series, 1

Ballerina Series, 1

I am now working on the second and third… this is as far as I’ve come

Ballerina Series, 2 & 3 (partially complete)

Ballerina Series, 2 & 3 (partially complete)

I thought I’d better give an update before everyone thought I’d completely given up on completing my project 🙂

So my next step is to attach the ballerinas and add the antique newspaper (a VERY messy step!)  You’ll recall the newspaper was found by my brother-in-law in an attic during a renovation he was working on.  I love it and only have a small amount so I’ve been saving it for special projects like this series.



I’ll update again in a little while after I get further along.  Hope everyone is having a warm and happy weekend!


Sunday Sketch


Sketching may be familiar to you, but to me, it’s a marvelous brand new inspiration source and I am loving it!  I’m loving it so much that I want to share it with you.

This is the Sunday Sketch for this week, courtesy of retro sketches.  If you’d like to participate in their sketch challenge, the following information is posted with their challenge:

Things to remember:
  • The linky closes at 11:59pm Central on Friday, February 1st, 2012.
  • You MUST use the sketch. If we cannot see the main elements of the sketch, your project might be removed or at the least, not eligible for winning or getting a shout out!
  • Enter as often as you like with a different project each time.
  • You are welcome to combine challenges.
  • HAVE FUN!!!

For more information, samples, and to link your creation, click on the sketch image above to visit their site.. and good luck! 🙂


I spent last night in my craftroom using the sketch as my guide.. this is what I came up with (please excuse my terrible photography — I’m still figuring out how to take nice pictures.)

With the exception of the Paris paper tape, everything else was done using Stampin’ Up! products.

corner detail

Ooh lala :)

Ooh lala 🙂


Stampin’ Up!

  • Stamp sets – Loving Thoughts; Artistic Etchings
  • Card stock – night of navy; real red; river rock; Attic Boutique DSP (discontinued)
  • Punches – decorative label; mini curly label (SAB); ticket duo
  • Dies – adorning accents edgelits
  • Embellishments – vintage designer buttons; early espresso bakers twine; artisan embellishments kit
  • Ink – raspberry ripple; versamark
  • Embossing powder – gold
  • Adhesive – SNAIL adhesive™; Glue Dots®; Stampin’ Dimensionals®


  • Decorative paper tape, Paris by Cavallini & Co.