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Video: Shaker Tag

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Hi all! I bit the bullet and overcame my fear and decided to try to make a shaker style project! I have seen a ton of people do them, and it looks so easy but when it came down to me trying it, I was afraid. This didn’t start out as a shaker style tag…. I began the project by just make a small panel for a card front….  Not only did I make a shaker tag for the first time, I filmed it!!! And there are definitely things I learned along the way to do better the next time I make a shaker project (fun foam on the way via Amazon, lol)….


You can watch the video here or over on my youtube channel in HD!


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Watercoloring with Distress products with VIDEO

Hi there! Today I have a gorgeous card to share with you all… I think I might try something similar onto canvas omitting a sentiment so I can hang it in my craft room. What do you think?


I used lots of Tim Holtz distress paints, a stain and an ink pad to create the flowers! And this fabulous stencil of course! Here’s a close up:


I’ve got a video for you today showing you how I made it!! You can watch it here or over on my youtube channel in HD!  :)


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A Taste of India Blog Hop


Hi there everyone and welcome to the  A Taste of India Blog hop!  The line consists of  6 stamps sets and 6 embossing folders (see the sneak picture at the end of the post)…  You should have arrived here by way of my friend, Jingle!  Today I’ve got a card to share with you all that features the Mandala stamp set from the A Taste of India line. I colored the gorgeous flower with different colors of Liquid Pearls (A first for me… It gives a great texture)… Then I cut out the flower. Before adhering it to the base, I decided I need to jazz up the background watercolor style so I used some Fired Brick distress ink and dabbed and swished with a paintbrush until I got the look I wanted… Here’s a closer look:



With a blog hop surely means there are prizes, right?? OF COURSE THERE ARE!!!! And you have lots of opportunities to win:

  • DT Blogs – 6 prizes will be given out to 6 different randomly selected blog comments from all of the designers blogs. We will award the sets when the winners are announced.
  • CC US blog – 2 sets from this release to 2 different randomly selected CC US blog comments, winner’s choice.
  • Participants may add comments to any of the blog hop posts from Thursday, April 17th – Monday, April 21st until 11pm (ET)/8pm (PT).
  • Winners will be selected on Tuesday and announced on the CC US Blog on Wednesday, April 22nd.
  • Winners must send an email to claim their prize (information will be provided when the winners are announced)!

So there you have it!! Now be sure to head  on over to the sweet Mary Dawn and she what she has created for you….

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Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Animal Antics


Hi there! Happy Wednesday to you all and welcome to another Simon Says Stamp challenge!!!!! We’ve got a fun one today. ANIMAL ANTICS! Break out any items that have an animal on them and use them!!! The Design Team are showcasing Stampendous products this week! I used some of their fab pink fine glitter to create the burst background there on the tag….. The Dino was stamped onto vellum so I could really show off that background… Here is a closer look:


I applied some pearlescent embossing powder to this stencil and then sprinkled the glitter over top and allowed to dry! It is just that simple!!!

The amazing peeps over at Simon Says Stamp have an amazing prize to win! A $50 gift certificate to their online store! Be sure to head on over to the challenge blog and check out the rest of the AMAZING creations by the design team.



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Sneak Peek: Sheena A Taste of India

Hi there!!!! Newsflash: There is a new  Sheena Douglass 6-set range from Crafter’s Companion coming your way next week (Thursday, April 17th) called Taste of India.  We will be celebrating next week, but until then  designers from both the Education and Inspiration teams will be sharing a few sneak peeks each day until the release on the 17th!


Yup, This is very unlike my usual style, but it’s fun to venture outside the box a little bit! I colored the tiger with watercolor crayons….. The background is embossed with this gun metal embossing folder and then I heavily spritzed it with Memento Fireworks sprays in Ladybug, Tangelo, Tuxedo Black and London Fog. But I couldn’t stop there! I sprayed the tiger with some iridescent sparkly crafting spray


Thanks for stopping by today! See you tomorrow!

Clouds and text


Hi there and happy Friday! I’ve got a quick card to share with you….. I love the clouds embossing folder from Crafters Companion. I paired it with the Overlapped Text background and some distress ink.


Easy peasy! Have a great weekend!!!!

SMILE TAG says the panda: VIDEO


Today I’ve got this really cute tag on the blog today to share with you all….. I love Mama Elephant! Their images are fantastic, their dies are outta this world and the owners? SUPER DUPER SWEETIES!!!

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You can watch the video here on the blog or even better… Over on my youtube channel in HD!


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Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Easter or Sweet Treats

Hello, hello! And welcome to another Simon Says Stamp challenge. The winner of the Spectrum Noir Markers from last week’s challenge will be announced on the blog tomorrow. Today’s challenge is all about Easter or sweet treats. We know not everyone celebrates Easter so we wanted to be sure to make the challenge open to everyone! I do celebrate Easter so I made an Easter card to share with you all today… The Design Team is using Basic Grey products. I used this amazing 6×6 paper pad.


I decided to add some color to the bunny after I paper pieced him. Not sure I like it yet, lol!


The amazing peeps over at Simon Says Stamp have an amazing prize to win! A $50 gift certificate to their online store! Be sure to head on over to the challenge blog and check out the rest of the AMAZING creations by the design team.



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Cat in the Hat

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Have you ever wanted to try one of the Barkley Crafter Companion’s sets but as a clear stamp? Well today is your lucky day! They have released some of the most popular Barkley images in an acrylic form right here! I took the adorable cat in the box image and turned it into a tag using this die. I created the sky pop up with this die and foam dimension. And the grass came from this die and I colored it with a green wink of stella glitter brush pen.

The cat in the box image was colored with my Next Generation Spectrum Noir markers: BT2 (sky), TN2, TN1(hat, inside of box), BP3 (flowers), PP2, IB2, PL3, CT4 (stripes and polka dots) onto Ultra Smooth White Premium cardstock.

I had fun making this cute little tag for my daughter!!!

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Lawnscaping Challenge: Try a new technique: dry embossing with dies with VIDEO

Hi there! It seems like FOREVER since our last challenge since March had a 5th week thrown in there!!!! Today we are back with a SUPER fun challenge. I know I say that every challenge, but I love them all, lol! This week’s challenge is all about trying something new. A new technique! There is inspiration everywhere!!! All over the web. Facebook. Pinterest. Challenge blogs…..  And I’ve bookmarked a TON of fun techniques I want to try! I use a private pinterest board and also I star blogs that I come across that inspire me… I use Bloglovin for my mac and I use Newsify on my Iphone for blog following after Google Reader bit the dust.. :)

For my card, I tried dry embossing with my dies as well as ghost stamping… Two techniques I have seen for a while but have never tried before.. Here is the card I made for the challenge. Very clean and simple and easy to mass produce.


See the embossed background? I made it with my die cutting machine and this die. I love that stitched border! The bench and sentiment are from this set and the clouds are from this stencil set. Rather than walk you thru how I did this, I filmed it! Yay! You can watch it here or over on my youtube channel in HD, which is way better – just sayin!




 Now, be sure to head on over to the Lawnscaping Challenge page to see what the rest of the design team created and what new techniques they have used (yup, I’ve got some more techniques I want to try inspired by them)… Also, during the week, the fab Facebook Inspiration Team will be showcasing products featuring new techniques over on our facebook page as well so you don’t want to miss out!


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