Sunday, June 10, 2012

Get Your Wobble On (and get some blog candy)

Hi everyone, Michelle here from Lady of Leisure Ink.  Today I thought that I would have a little fun with some Action Wobble Springs.  I love these little 'do-dads', and am always looking for ways to use them.  Don't worry if you haven't got any, here is a great tutorial for making your own Make your own wobble springs.

I have this wonderful image from Mo Manning, and I think she is just 'crying out' for an Action Wobble spring.  This is what I did with her.

I colored her with ProMarkers, and cut her out - separating her body from her legs.  I then stuck the legs to the card base, put an Action Wobble Spring on her body and positioned her so that her body slightly overlapped her legs.  The sentiment is from stamp set called 'Life is Short' (The Angel Company.)  Click on the image below to see her in action, sorry the video is awful quality.

So there you have it, I hope I have inspired you to 'get your wobble on'.  I would love to see any projects you make - just use the linky tool below.

I have some blog candy to give away - a box of Action Wobble Springs, and few more surprise goodies.  All you have to do is leave a comment and post your 'wobble' project below.  I will randomly select a winner and post on the blog Monday 18th June.

Until next time.


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Tutorial - Coloring with minimal markers

Hi everyone! Kymberlee here again from The Paper Midwife. I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day weekend. I am visiting my daughters (and grandsons) along with their Coast Guard husbands. Going to cook them all a nice dinner tonight to show my appreciation for their service. Thankful to all the service men and women who have proudly served and remembering those who gave everything for my freedoms.

Today I thought I would do a little tutorial about coloring with your alcohol markers. I happen to own all the Copic Sketch markers but the one thing I continually hear is " but I don't have enough markers to color like that" well I'm here to tell you that YOU CAN! To illustrate my point I to a simple image from Mo's digital pencil and colored it with only THREE. Markers.
By allowing your ink to dry between applications and blending colors you can achieve fantastic results.
The image is "Just Hatched" from Mo's Digital Pencil

I started by laying down my E02 for shadows
Then I used my E40 the color I chose for the skin tone

I then used Y13 for the accent color while the ink was drying on the skin tone. I kept going back over the areas I wanted more depth letting the ink dry in between, I added a little E02 to the beak with the Y13 and used O02 on the shell diffusing it with the colorless blender. Finally adding some Y13 in splotches to give the yellow some "texture"

My last step was to add a bit of the E40 under the egg for depth
(The picture is blurry because I am posting from my daughter's and didn't have my watermark)

There you have it - an image colored with just three colors and a bit of blender.

Your challenge - try to color an image with just three colors like I did. Use layers to give your image depth. If you don't use alcohol markers to color, then make a project using three colors so you can play along too.

Thanks for catching up with me here. This is my last scheduled Guest post but I may see you again here sometime in the future.
Thanks to Caroline and Allison for letting me come and play :)


Monday, May 14, 2012

Monchrome Challenge WINNER

I had my grandson help me out while he was visiting this weekend

I am going to need your mailing address to get your goodies mailed to you. 
Please email me at  
by 5/21/12 with your mailing address to claim your prize.

THANK YOU to everyone who participated.
 We will do it again starting the 27th ;)
 STAY TUNED RIGHT HERE at Paper Craft Weekend Challange

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Roses In Bloom - Use Your Stash

Hi Everyone

Michelle here from Lady Of Leisure Ink, wishing you all a Happy Mothers Day.  My project today uses a new file called 'Rose in Bloom' from The Digi Chick.  These flowers were super simple to put together (the designer gives great step by step instructions for their assembly.)

The photo doesn't show it very well but the roses are all sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (Iridescent Pearl) - here is a close up.

I created the sentiment on my computer, along with some paper from my stash and a piece of Kraft  card stock run through a corrugater - I made a 'belly band'.  My candle looked at bit lonesome so I added some other goodies.

So your challenge is to use any flowers in a project and post using the linky button below.  I would love to see what you come up with.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Use Your Stash: Punches

Diane from My Time To Craft and it's time to dig out those punches you have hiding in the back of the craft drawer and find some new uses for them. Today I discovered that clam shell punches make great petals.

So in honor of Mother's Day this Sunday, here's a rose for all you moms.

A stack of nicer paper place mats from a local restaurant happened my way this week and I figured I could do something with them. Think stronger than your typical paper place mat with a nice linen texture. It's still pretty thin and didn't like my newer Cricut mat, so I pulled out the clam shell punch and it worked perfectly.
You can see a bit of the texture in this photo.
I then just started  rolling them to create the center and layering  the outer petals, adding a little water along the way to curl them. I loved working with this paper because it would quickly absorb the water I brushed on and would dry fairly quickly as well.

Sunday, April 29, 2012


Hello!  Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend.

Kymberlee here from The Paper Midwife with your challenge today.  For this challenge you will create ANY project you like with a MONOCHROME theme aaaannnnd YOU CAN WIN BLOG CANDY!!!

Lately I have really been loving BLUES, so here is my project:

I made a 4x6 card

The image is "The Fat Lady" from Mo's digital Pencil 

So grab your stash and make a MONOCHROME project

Oh wait.... didn't i mention BLOG CANDY?!

Well.... if you would be so kind as to post your project here using the inlinkz tool below, I will pick a random winner to receive a 4x7 padded envelope that I crammed FULL with NAME BRAND goodies to help you in future challenges! It contains items from Basic Grey, Heidi Grace, BoBunny, and maybe even a Prima thing or two among other goodies.

I will pick a random entry from all received by May 12th when I am back from a little vacation.

I hope to see YOUR challenge project posted here soon!!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Use Your Stash - Stencils

Hi everyone, Michelle here from Lady of Leisure Ink - so happy to be here again, thank you Allison and Caroline for having me.

I rarely buy card crafting magazines, because I usually find that I like several cards in the edition but never have the supplies to make them.  When I was shopping the other week I picked up a copy of Paper Crafts Stamp It 3 Ways - because one of the cards on the front 'caught my eye'.  Sure enough I did not have the rubber stamp needed for this, and despite several emails to the stamp company (who have not replied,) it doesn't look like I'll be getting it anytime soon.  So I decided to go a different route and break out a stencil.

Here is the stencil I used.

Then I reached for my distress stamp pad and dauber.

 The finished stenciling looked like this.

Not the most exciting, is it?  But after taking my paper cutter to it, adding a Stampin' Up stamp (Sweet Talk) and a little bit of ribbon - here is the finished card.

A simple card - just in time for my wedding anniversary.

I hope I have encouraged you to dig through your supplies and dust off those old stencils to create -  we'd love to see, please use the linky tool to share with us.

Until next time (if they'll have me back!)


Friday, March 23, 2012

A New Journey

Good morning everyone and welcome to your almost weekend!  Today is my day to post at the Paper Craft Weekend Challenge blog.  I have a vinyl project to share with you today!  In keeping with this baby shower my sister is putting soon, she forwarded a few pregnancy pictures of the expecting Mom and asked me to work some magic with them.  I decided to customize a frame with vinyl.  First, I have to tell you that I printed the photos using my new wide format printer and I am in LOVE with it. Epson Artisan 1430 for those of you in the market for one - you won't be disappointed.

I used my Silhouette Cameo and studio software to design the frame.  One thing that I learned recently about the software is that you can import images into your work space mat and size and tweak them like you would any other image.  Having the actual picture on the work space goes a long way in helping me decide if I do or don't like an element, it's placement etc.  I get to see how everything will look when it's done before I make a single cut.  I have been doing this more and more and I have been amazed at how much time I am saving by laying the entire sketch out in the design program first.  Here is what my file looks like after I completed the design.  You will note that none of words or flourishes are reversed or mirrored.  That's because I used a floating frame for this project.  If was using a regular frame I would have had to mirror or reverse the images so they would appear correctly.  Floating frames are an easy way around that problem and especially nice to use if you want more space to work with.

And here is the finished frame.  I really love how this project turned out!

Silhouette Cameo:  Baby Boy & Flourishes
Paper:  Echo Park's Happy Days
Font (A New Journey) - AL Hurried Note
Vinyl:  Silhouette flocked black vinyl

Your challenge for this weekend, should you choose to accept it, is to pull out some vinyl and create a project using it.  It can be a frame, a t-shirt, some wall art, whatever.  Vinyl is very easy to work with and generally makes a project go very quickly.  Thanks again to Allison and Caroline for letting me guest design today.  If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a message or contact me at my blog - Sabrina from Sabriolet Designs.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Use Your Scraps

Thanks Allison and Caroline for once again allowing me to come and play at your blog.  I will admit upfront that this post is purely self-indulgent, because it is about one of my favorite things - Paper Piecing.  I think one of the reasons I like it so much is that it enables us to use those scraps of patterned paper that are so small they really should have been put in the trash, but you just can't bring yourself to do it.

First you will need a stamped image with an element on it that you are able to cut out easily, and then your scraps.

I chose this image because I felt that the star would be great to highlight in a piece of patterned paper.  Ink up your stamp and stamp the part of the image you want on the patterned paper.

Next cut out the image - the only tricky part here was cutting around the hand.

All that is left to do is color your stamped image, glue your cut-out on top of the original stamped image and assemble your card.

Of course you don't need to stop with one part of the image, especially when you have so many little scraps to play with.

I hope I have encouraged you to dig through those scraps and create.  Don't forget to show us by posting a link below.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Use Your Stash!  Washi Tape

Hi Everyone...Elise here with a Use Your Stash Challenge Sunday edition!

If you are anything like me, when you find a cute product, you have to have it in as many colors/patterns you can find!  Well, a while ago I happened upon Washi tape - it's tape that is kind of like really pretty masking tape...I found an online source and ordered some.  I also found sound in my various expeditions to the craft stores.  I purchased a bunch - see picture:
I got them home and right into a drawer they went, never to be used!  Until today that is.  I decided they would make a really cool background for a card.  I took a 4 x 6 piece of Dusty Durango from Stampin Up  and proceeded to lay the tape diagonally on the paper with a little space in between each pattern:

Once I had the whole paper covered, I took my scissors and cut the edges like so:  

Once I got the whole piece cut, I inked the edges with Dusty Durango ink and put glued it to a card base.
I have this stamp set from Paper Trey Ink called, Quilter's Sampler.  I thought the sentiment went perfectly with the tape measure tape (if you can't read it, it says "friendship is sewn with love and measured by kindness).  I stamped the thread spool with the Dusty Durango ink and the sentiment with black ink.  Framed that with black paper and popped it up with Stampin Up Dimensionals  and voila ` here is the finished project!

Let's see what you can do with your tape.  If you don't have tape, you can do the same sort of background with patterned paper or even ribbon.  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Photo Challenge and GIVEAWAY!

Kymberlee from The Paper Midwife posting today.

I am heading off to a crafting retreat and a week away from my family!  This post will have occurred right in the middle of my trip. As per what has become my usual, I am running behind and this has caught me unprepared as I STILL don't have a crafting space! 

Here is my challenge to YOU -

Use the photo as INSPIRATION to make something - ANYTHING. What thoughts or feelings does the photo inspire in you? A color, a layout or card? Some coloring? Organizing or rearranging something? ANYTHING GOES!

Post a photo of whatever you did here and ONE person who posts a photo will win a 
 GIFT CARD to an online vendor of YOUR CHOICE
Random drawing from all photos entered will occur March 4th, 2012


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Color Inspiration

Happy Sunday!!! I'm happy to report that it has been a FABULOUS weekend so far. Hubby and I are celebrating our 5th Wedding Anniversary. But of course I couldn't leave our readers hanging here so I have a quick project for you. This week is Inspiration week and I decided that it would be a color challenge.

A couple friends and I are doing a letter swap so we can have a piece of each other in our craft room and when I saw the colors above I knew I needed to use those for my letters. And wouldn't you know I HATE the color orange but I love pink and orange together ... go figure. LOL

Close up of flowers and butterflies

And of course I have a new love BEADS ... so since it's a piece of me I had to make some charms for the letters.

Can't wait to see what you come up with. Happy Crafting!!!!


Friday, February 17, 2012

Butterflies and Flowers

This is Pam from Papillondigitaldesigns  today on Papercraft Weekend Challenge.
Thank you Allison and Caroline for having me as your designer today.
It's a bit cold in Texas but warm colorful spring is almost here! And nothing says spring like flowers and butterflies. So today on Theme Friday of course I had to make something with both.
Not quite spring yet so I chose not to do very colorful.

This was cut with silhouette sd. and the card is just 4 x 4 inches. For intricate cuts silhouette is the way to go!

A peek at the silhouette file

The card base is just 2 rounded rectangles welded together. The intricate butterfly lace is a design from silhouette online store -
Now I did not want to cut the lace out So I first inserted the mat and used a silhouette pen to trace the butterfly on to a kraft cardstock. While doing this make sure to set the card base to "no cut" (in the scissor or cut window) and just the butterfly lace to "cut" . Then after drawing the silhouette goes back to original position . DO NOT UNLOAD THE MAT. But just change your marker to blade - I used the red blade at settings 3 & 33 (ie depth and speed) - and then cut.
Next I created another file which I cut with white cardstock - again using the marker for just the sentiment "Thank you".

Then I stickled the butterfly lace design on the front with diamond stickles. I colored parts of the  scalloped butterfly doily with copic markers and stickled and blinged them. I also colored just the leaf in the  oval leaf frame  and just a dab of color in the flower corner (butterfly doily - ;  oval leaf frame - & flower corner - ) . I did cut a plain circle out thinking I would mat the scalloped circle but then decided not to.

Inside of the card

To just give an idea about the intricacy of the cuts here is the card next to a bic ball point pen (not the thicker gel pen but the smaller ball point pen - yep ! I am laying it on really thick aren't I ? But I just love the cameo and SD so just had to do it! Impressed ?)

Oh ! I added some pearls both the half pearl sticker and also used the perfect pearl pen apart from the stickles. I wanted to use those Candi that Caroline enabled but decided to save it and go with pearls as candi's were a bit large for this card.
Your challenge for this weekend is to include flowers and butterflies in your project.

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