Friday, April 29, 2011

Fabulous Ruby!

Today I wanted to share with you this simple, but sweet card I made for my scrappy friend Rina. She is one of the funniest and talented people I follow on YouTube, and a few weeks ago I sent this to her along with some goodies for her to play with. It was a simple card, but I just wanted the fabulous "Ruby" stamp from The Greeting Farm to be the center of attention. It was quite a struggle to color her hair (you know me and my endless problem with brown hair), but in the end I think I made it look pretty decent LOL.
I just love the Spellbinders Label Dies, and I used one of my favorite ones in this card ( Labels Four). I used the Ancestry Collection by K and Company, and I had to put in some brown bling to add a little bit of interest to the corners of the card. All in all I think the paper piecing of the clothes was the right way to go, and it just makes little Ruby the star of the card. I love that stamp!
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sweet Surfer

This card I made for my friend Janet, and had forgotten to share it with you here. She likes blues and the beach, so I thought this little girl would be perfect for her birthday card.
I used my fabulous Copic Markers to color her in (I love them so much, and wish they were cheaper! LOL), and little by little I think I'm getting better at the coloring. I really liked how she came out. What so you think?

Friday, April 22, 2011

A "Magical" Birthday Card

I've been wanting to post this card for a couple of days now, but have not had the time to sit down and write. It's amazing how busy life can get, and how exhausted you can be running around after a 15 month old all day! I have honestly had to learn which battles to loose, and which to not give that much importance to. My stress level has therefore decreased a bit and I'm no longer going crazy over every little detail that does not go the way it should. I'm just cruising along, trying the best that I can, adjusting slowly, but surely to the "I'm not supermom" thought. Ha!
This card is already in the hands of it's sweet owner, and I'm very happy how it turned out. I posted a video some days ago on my channel showing the process of matching the flowers to my project using Lindy's Stamp Gang's Magical Micas. You can watch the step by step video HERE. The Magical Mica color I used was just perfect for this card. It was the color Delphinium Turquoise. I also sprayed the flowers with a Glitz Spritz Spray that I can't seem to put down these days. Want to guess which one? If you follow my blog (which if you don't, you can easily do by just clicking the "follow" button at the top right of the screen), you know that it's the Glitz Spritz in the color Desert Moon Gecko Green. I just can't get enough of it! I think the use of both of these products made the flowers match my designer paper exactly! Take a look for yourself and you be the judge.
I used one of my Greeting Farm Stamps and the Ancestry Designer Paper Collection from K and Company. I love the shimmer of the flowers, and to me, they matched so perfectly that it looks like they were part the paper collection. To think they were once plain white Cherry Blossoms!
Let me know what you think in the comments. I love reading from you!
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

In love with Intaglio...the technique that is!

Hi everyone!
Today I wanted to share with you a new obsession of mine: the Intaglio technique. I first learned of this technique a few years ago at a scrapbooking event I attended and loved it, but was always scared to try it. Silly of me, considering we're only talking about paper and embossing powder here, but if I tell you in detail how I got into stamping, and how scared I was of it before I even decided to try it, you would totally laugh at me, but that's a whole other post! LOL
I was introduced to this technique a while ago, saw many people using it around me, but never gave it a shot. Well, I can now proudly say, I'm no Intaglio virgin anymore, because I gave it a try and boy was it fun and different! I immediately thought of using a Hero Arts stamp I had bought but never used, and the Moon Glow Two Toned Embossing Powder from Lindy's Stamp Gang. I think it turned out really neat.
This was the first card I've made with the technique, and I kept it simple making the embossing as the center of attention.
I really liked how this came out because I'm a fan of simple things. I used Moon Gloow Two Toned Embossing Powder in the color Cosmic Blue Violet, and I wish the picture did justice to the shimmer the card has! I sprayed the design paper (Tim Coffey's Cottage Garden) with my favorite Glitz Spritz of all time Desert Moon Gecko Green. I tell you I love that stuff! It gives a turquoise shimmer to everything I spray it on, and is so subtle but amazing at the same time.
Please click HERE to watch the video of the step by step instructions on this technique. It can get a little tricky, but if you follow the steps you'll be able to get the results you want. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 15, 2011

It's Party Time!

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Do you love Lindy’s Stamp Gang products? Join the party!
Enter your artwork using any LSG products in the Lovin’ Lindy’s Linky Party and you may win a Little Lindy’s Try-Me Kit! There’s a giveaway a day, drawn randomly, for seven days! Just follow these simple rules:
1. Projects must contain at least one Lindy’s Stamp Gang product.
2. Your email is required to qualify for prizes. (Don’t worry, it’s safe, LSG will never sell or give away your information).
3. Your entry photo must be posted somewhere public, like a blog or online photo album (picasa, google, photobucket). Please link to your blog post, not just your blog address.
4.  Enter as many times as you would like.
5. Giveaways will be drawn randomly every day from all entries posted. Winners will be posted on the Lindy’s Stamp Gang blog and will be contacted by email. Prize winners have 7 days to claim their prize.
Are you ready? Just select the grey “Click Here to Enter” button below the thumbnails and follow the steps to join the party!

Can't wait to WIN?

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April 15 only

Use coupon code TAXDAY on checkout

Monday, April 11, 2011

Lovin' Lindys' Bunny Hop

LSG Bunny Hop
Hoot Hoot! Are you ready to have some fun?
I'm here for Lindy Stamp Gang's Lovin' Lindys' Bunny Hop! Each one of the LSG Design Team members will be sharing some super amazing projects created with Lindy Stamp Gang (LSG) products on their blog. You don't want to miss out on all the tips and tricks being shared with you on this hop. Get ready for some great inspiration!

Now on to my project!
The hop's theme is Spring and/or Easter, and when I think of Spring I think of flowers, beautiful bright colors.... I think of nature. This was the way I wanted to go with this project. I've been wanting to alter one of those balsa boxes from Michael's, so I decided to stop hoarding the one I had, and just have some fun. Since I
just got my hands onto some of the LSG Paint Pots I wanted to use some and give them a try. I never imagined how fun they would be!
Let me tell you, I just got them and I'm in love! Completely in LOVE! The colors are so amazing, just like the regular stains, mists, and spritzs, but when using a brush, these are just the product you have to go for. So super comfortable and fast to use!

I was hesitating on using the pots on the wood since they are water based, and I didn't think there would be a good adhesion to the wood, but man was I wrong!!! They work magic, coverage was awesome, and I loved how the colors just naturally blended on the surface and didn't cause any streaks! Heaven. If you are worried about the color coming off, which really stays put, you can always add in a layer of gel medium on top and you'll be all set. I painted the parts of the box that would not be covered in any designer paper with a Moon Shadow Inkpot in the color Burnt Umber, heat set, and there... I had the most glimmery, pretty wooden surface I had ever seen!

After drying the box nicely with my heat gun (who wants to wait for it to dry, right?), I adhered the designer paper. I used Tim Coffey's Cottage Garden Collection and my soft gel medium. I thought this collection was just perfect for this spring project. So bright and colorful! I sanded down all the edges of the box to get rid off any extra paper and to smooth everything out. After that, I used my Vintage Photo Distress Ink to go over the sanded edges, and attached a gold button to the closure of the box to add a spark of gold to the color mix. I took some brown velvet and sheer fabric stretch ribbon to use in my closure as well and attached it to the box.

To embellish the box I used one big flower which I colored using LSG Starburst Stain Color Shot Pot and a brush. The colors I used were Alpine Ice Rose and Icy Primrose Gold. I also sprayed the flower with a Glitz Spritz in the color Dessert Moon Gecko Green. I just love that Spritz! If I could spray it on every project, I would! It just made the flower the perfect color to match my project. I also colored two mini roses the same way but with the Moon Shadow Inkpot in Burnt Umber (the same color I used to paint the box). I used two skeleton leaves, some gold pearl sprays and a Tim Holtz pin to hold an Tim Holtz Adage Ticket that reads the word Live.

I used two LSG Brass Charms. I love them so much! They are super strong, have great texture, and are super easy to alter. I used a butterfly/moth and a dragonfly for this project. For the butterfly I used my Versamark and LSG embossing powder in Geranium Coral Blush and heat set. For the dragonfly I used LSG embossing powder in Spring Leaf Chartreuse and embossed just the body of it, leaving the wings untouched. I just love the look of these too pieces, and the way they act as nice accents to the main flower on top of the box.

Click HERE to watch the video tutorial for this project. It was so fun to create, and my first altered box ever!

Are you new to Lindy Stamp Gang products and are wondering what color set you should start with? Think about what your favorite colors are, what your style is. Check out Lindy Stamp Gang's website. You might even want to check out some of the LSG video tutorials to help you decide what products might be right for you. But before you do that, don't forget to check out what my fellow LSG Design Team members created for the hop, and don't forget to comment and show some love on their blogs!
Below is a link to the other Design Team members and their fabulous projects. Be sure to check them out and see what they have planned for today, and get inspired to make your own masterpiece!
Remember the Linky Party coming up on April 15, where you have a chance to win some great LSG products by just submitting your creations with LSG products. See you back here then!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Ancestry Mini Album Kits

Hi everyone!
I made four kits so you can make a mini similar to this one HERE

I only have four (4) of these kits available
Please check out the video I made HERE with the details on the sale.
E-mail me at if you are interested.
Thanks for your support!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Exciting news

Hi everyone!
I am jumping up and down with excitement as I announce that I am a new Design Team Member for Lindy's Stamp Gang (LSG)!
I'f you've been following me for a while, you know I love their products, specially to use on my tags and stamped images. They are of great quality, really simple to use, and affordable. If you like shimmer, you will absolutely love their product.
I will be joining the Design Team's Lovin' Lindy's Bunny Blog Hop scheduled for this Monday April 11th! Hoot hoot!
LSG Bunny Hop
All of the Design Team members will be sharing a project on their blog using LSG products. Talk about a talented group! You definitely don't want to miss it!

One other thing I didn't want to leave out is, that we will also be hosting a linky party real soon (April 15-22), and it will be open to everyone who creates with LSG products! You'll have the chance to submit your creations and win some great LSG products. There will be a giveaway of one Little Lindy's each day, drawn randomly from all the submissions. Oh so exciting!!!!

Be sure to spread the word, mark it on your calendar and check back here on April 11th. I will have a post with my project and links to my fellow LSG Design Team member's blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Weekend and Minis

Hello there!
I had a fabulous weekend, except for Sunday when I was not feeling well all day. I was able to go to a crop on Saturday and had a fantastic time with a bunch of crafty ladies...and you know what the funniest part was? We all met on YouTube! You could say we were a crafty bunch brought together by paper!
We had a fantastic time, and shared some great moments. Our host Marlene went above and beyond, making all of us feel welcome, and all the details she had prepared for the day were beautiful. All the gals were super nice too! Some of the ladies' projects were displayed for inspiration throughout the day, and boy were they nice! I'd like to share a few with you:

It's amazing how technology and the internet gets people connected! We definitely plan on doing these kinds of get togethers more often. I can't wait for the next one!

Today I also wanted to share two mini albums I just completed. I had a lot of fun working on these, and could not make just one. I made one for myself, and one for a friend. They are not identical, but very similar, since I used the same paper collection, as well as most of the same embellishments. There are things that are exactly the same, but others that are completely different. Take a look:
This first mini is the one I made for myself...
This next one is the one I made for my friend...
You can click HERE to watch the video, showing you the albums in detail, all the pages, as well as all the information on what products and techniques I used.
Again I thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate every comment that I receive, and hope you stay tuned, because remember, this week I'm sharing some exciting news!
Hope you have a great day!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Woot woot!

I had a ton of fun creating my own chipboard charms...a first for me, but I think they turned out gorgeous, and those Primas in the front cover are probably my favorite of all time!I love making minis inside mini albums and this time I put in a few here and there...

Three posts in one week. Yippie! I'm on a roll! Hopefully I can keep up with myself! LOL
I have been quite busy getting stuff updated everywhere, answering emails, replying to comments, getting into trouble-----hehehe, I have definitely been neglecting the house this week LOL, (I'm I the only one that hates house work?)... It's definitely like another job when you think about it...but a fun job, because getting to know each and every one of you is super fun for me....if only YT would upload my videos faster, we would be all set! LOL

Anyways, today I bring you my finished Baby Mini album. It was quite a task to finish considering I got stuck right smack in the middle of it, and had no idea what to do to finish it off...but sooner than I expected I got my mind to it, and I got the job done (any other project I would have put away and maybe never finished----I have 3 minis that way, stuck in a box, waiting to be completed). Here are some sneak shots of the mini album.
I really love all the colors I used in this mini, and after all the time and energy it took for me to get it done, I think it turned out pretty cute. As always, I did not post pictures of all pages and details here, but I invite you to check out my You Tube Channel (smscrapper) for the complete video with details of it. I discussed all products and techniques used. If you'd like, subscribe to my channel and know immediately when I've posted a new video, this way you won't miss any by mistake.

I have some exciting news to share with you next week (I'm so excited!), so don't forget to drop on by. Remember to please follow my blog (click on the link at the top right corner of this post where it says Follow) to be the first to know when I make a new blog post. I'd love to hear any comments you might have regarding this project, and thanks again for stopping by.
Hope you have a fantastic weekend!
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