Monday, July 21, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog - Challenge #12

Hello, Blogger Buddies! It is time for another challenge at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

Challenge #12 posts today!  Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge, which closes August 3rd at midnight PT.

Challenge #12 Who's the Boss?
Show some embossing on your project. You can use dry embossing or heat embossing. You can use an embossing folder or a stencil. You can emboss with embossing paste or embossing powder. You can even create something with ultra-thick embossing enamel. You probably have some sort of embossing apparatus in your hoard! Pull these embossing tools out and put them to use!

The sponsors this month are Crafter's Companion and Spectrum Noir! I used my cute little stamp and alcohol markers for the last challenge, so I am using the embossing folder that they sent to me this time! 

I received the Lattice embossing folder from Crafter's Companion. I love the pattern, and I also love that the folder is 6 x 6 inches, and it has a hole in the top for "continuous embossing"! My card is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. Since I own the WRMK envelope punch board, I can make my cards odd-ball sizes if I want! {wink}

I wanted to try a new technique so I went searching for some tutorials and stumbled upon this one from Jennifer McGuire. I took her idea, and ran with it. I did what I guess is called "double embossing." I rubbed some distress ink over the entire folder, making sure to ink the raised "cross hatch" part of the pattern. I used 3-4 colors. I sprayed the ink with water and embossed textured white cardstock normally. The ink transferred to the debossed areas of the lattice lines.

Once the ink was dry-ish, I rubbed more ink over the raised "squares" of the pattern and spritzed the ink with water. I allowed the ink to dry. I wanted a better depth of color, so I went back over the paper, spraying with a few pale mists. It is hard to see in the photo, but the paper has a wonderful shimmer. I let the paper dry over night. I used WorldWin Papers ColorMates Textured Twill White. It took all of that wet stuff perfectly, without warping!

The flowers are made from my "mess ups"! I made a few different sheets of the embossed paper, using different ink colors, different ink techniques, etc. I came out with a bunch of "water colored" and embossed papers. I just cut them up with die templates and made rolled flowers!

The pale brown branches were cut from a sheet where I used distress PAINTS rather than ink. I dabbed various paints onto the folder, and then sprayed them with water and embossed the paper. It came out a sort of metallic water color! 

The black frame is a Spellbinders die, which I cut and embossed with my die machine. I used a square die to cut out the center, making a frame!

I used watermark ink and teal embossing powder to emboss the sentiment. The sentiment is from the Birthday Word Art set that I released with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

I hope you get a chance to play with  your embossing toys! Dig into that hoard and see what you have to play with! Thanks for visiting!

Challenge Rules are HERE. Make sure you LINK your project up using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. PLEASE DO NOT LINK YOUR PROJECT HERE TO MY SCRAPS OF LIFE BLOG!

Make sure you visit the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Design Team and check out what they have to share! 

Amber Milone

Christy Butters - on a break
Debbie Seyer
Donna Idlet
Ginny Nemchak
Glenda Brooks
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE
Jan Marie Ennenga
Karen Zueger
Pam Bray
Tammi Bennett

One talented participant will receive this prize, donated by Crafter's Companion and Spectrum Noir! Yes! You get two alcohol marker sets, one large embossing folder, one coordinating stamp set, and a packet of cardstock for stamping and coloring!

Crafter’s Companion US brings you the products to make crafting a little bit easier, including the Spectrum Noir coloring system, the Ultimate Pro, and more! Crafter’s Companion produces a full range of tools to create cards and other paper craft projects. Their mission is to make their innovative, award-winning tools accessible to crafters around the world at fantastic prices.


Spectrum Noir is the revolutionary coloring system brought to you by Crafter's Companion. The range combines affordability with versatility across a vast color spectrum, deigned specifically for the crafting market. Spectrum Noir wishes to make both alcohol marker and pencil coloring achievable for colorists at all levels of confidence and ability. 


Embossing Folder: Crafter's Companion Die'sire Embossalicious Lattice
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers ColorMates Textures Twill White, Treasures Black
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps/Gloria Stengel Designs Birthday Word Art; Stampin' Up (for you)
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Yellow Plaid
Ink: Ranger Distress Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock Feathers; Clearsnap Top Boss Watermark; Memento Tuxedo Black
Spray mists: Lindy's Stamp Gang Frostbitten Fuchsia, Don't Eat Golden Snow, Twinkling Tinsel, Cape Cod Coral, Salt Water Taffy
Paint: Ranger Distress Antique Brass, Tarnished Bronze, Brushed Pewter
Embossing powder: Hampton Art
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Die cut templates: Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Squares, Bitty Blossoms, Foliage, Rose Creations, Carnation Creations, Cherry Blossoms; Couture Creations Nesting Squares ; My Favorite Things Fishtail Flags
Punch: Stampin' Up
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue; Beacon Fabri-tac

Friday, July 18, 2014

"Orange" You Glad That I Made a Card?!

Get it?! {giggle} Orange is one of those it or hate it. I kind of love it AND hate it! I do think orange is a HOT color for summer! So here goes!

This is my LAST project for the WorldWin Papers blog. The team is being disbanded! I am so sad about that, but in these rough economic times, these things happen. You will still be able to purchase the cardstock at The Papermill Store. To see a tutorial for this card, click HERE.

I used  Original ColorMates Cardstock Deep Spring Green and Deep Orange Dream, and ColorMates Textured Twill Cardstock White.

I embossed the orange panel with a Lattice Embossing Folder from Crafter's Companion. They sponsored the Craft Hoarders Challenge Blog this month, so I am playing with my new toys! The folder is 6 x 6 inches! Perfect for your square cards! Naturally, I rubbed the raised embossing with orange ink!

I sneaked in a tiny bit of Graphic 45 Eerie Tale paper. Just a little of the orange and green. 

I stamped the poppies image (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps) onto ColorMates Textured Twill White cardstock with black dye ink. I colored the image with Prisma colored pencils. This is my first time really working with the pencils. I love how they look on the textured paper! I added a bit of Copic markers, too. And then I blended the pencil with a Copic Blender Pen. I have one that I use JUST for the pencils. The blender pen really made it look a bit water color-y!  

That "fancy" bow is tied using the Bow Easy tool. I still don't have the hang of my Bow-it-All. I need to watch more videos!

To decorate the inside of the card, I used a small square punch to punch seven squares of decorative paper in orange and green. I attached the squares in a diamond pattern at the bottom of the white panel.

The sentiment is from the Precious Poppies stamp set.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope you will give the ColorMates Textured Twill cardstock a try! I love how it makes my image look as if it were stamped onto canvas...and water colored!

WorldWin Papers:
Original ColorMates Cardstock Deep Spring Green, Deep Orange Dream
ColorMates Textured Twill White

Embossing Folder: Crafter's Companion Lattice

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Dried Marigold
Colored Pencils: Prismacolor
Markers: Copic
Dies: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Small; My Favorite Things Banner Flag Stax
Punch: Carl
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Precious Poppies
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Orange Striped Grosgrain
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Glue Dots

Thursday, July 17, 2014

We All Live in a Yellow Submarine...

Well, not really! {giggle} I had so much fun as the June Guest Designer at The Rubber Cafe, that I came back for one more month! When I saw the July Creative Cafe Kit, A Whole Water Fun, I knew I had to play along! I love the stamps and the papers, but...with a "punny" title like that, how could I NOT join in?!

I created this cute card with the submarine stamp from the Under the Sea stamp set. I had to add the sentiment from Fun in the Sun add-on set. Get live in a tiny sub and you "wish they were here"?! {giggle} My 13 year old thought it was funny! {grin}

To make this card, visit The Rubber Cafe Blog for a "tiny tutorial"!

I used some Glossy Accents to make the porthole look like it was made of glass. I used a decorative die template that had a water drop shape around the edges. I glued a few of the "water drops" to the main image. 

The dimension is nice, not too thick. I just love the blue paper peeking out from behind the yellow.

I like the font for the sentiment. It's very casual and fun!

I added a white panel to the inside of the card, with a thin strip of the fish scale paper attached to the bottom. I couldn't resist stamping the Under the Sea sentiment at the bottom!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe July Kit of the month Under the Sea, Fun in the Sun
Paper: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe July Kit of the month Echo Park Walking on Sunshine 6x6 pad
Cardstock: Bazzill Daisy, Bazzill Bling Glitz from the kit; Copic Xpress It Blender Card White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Tumbles Glass
Markers: Copic
Paint: Ranger Distres Picket Fence
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Ranger Glossy Accents
Embellishments: Ribbon from the kit
Tools: Spellbinders Standard Circles Small and Large, Tear Drop Circle; My Favorite Things Die-namics Sentiment Strips, Polka Dot Cover-Up

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Crafty Secrets Design Team Feature

I am so excited to join the Crafty Secrets Design Team! Love their stuff. It is all vintage, all the time!

If you have never used any Crafty Secrets product, there are lots of freebies for you to try. Go HERE and scroll down the right sidebar until you see the FREE stuff, directly under the Blog Archive. I am loving all the digital items as I can print what I want, the size I want, when I want, on the paper I want! 

I have been a fan of Crafty Secrets for YEARS! I think I first found them in 2007 or so when I purchased their Halloween Fun stamp set, which is now available as a digital set!

I love this sweet vintage witch. She brings to mind memories of Trick-or-Treat from years gone by.

Here she is again, with her little kitten! In fact, Sandy featured this card back in 2010! Click HERE to see! 

I am currently the July Guest DT for Crafty Secrets {wink}. Here is the card I made for the July Linky Party challenge.

View details of the card HERE. (I used five different Crafty Secrets products and all the links are in the main post.)

I went through my files and found a few older cards with Crafty Secrets product on them. They were fun to pull out of the vault! 

I used the Vintage Girlfriends Image and Journal Notes for this one. The inside says: ...on the Internet. {giggle} I think I sent this to my friend Sandy for her 50th birthday a few years back.

Here is another card I made several years ago. But it's still "good." 

I used images from the Material Girl stamp set for this card. This set is currently available in digital format. 

I want to thank Sandy, owner of Crafty Secrets and Kathy, the DT leader, for giving me this opportunity to play in the "vintage sandbox"! I feel very blessed by their confidence and generosity!

Crafty Secrets is also our sponsor for Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog in September. You will get to see what the Hoarders team does with the products!

Monday, July 14, 2014

A "Crafty" Little Announcement...

Last week, when I announced that I was "getting back in the saddle" a bit by joining the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Design Team...well, I had this other news under my hat, too! I have been asked to join the Crafty Secrets Design Team for a three-month spot! 

I hope that I will be able to handle the extra load, which will enable me to stay on longer, but for now, baby steps! 

As to what I have going on these days...I am designing stamps and I am doing a few projects a month for some really sweet teams. I am not doing anything too stressful, and am starting to have fun and enjoy crafting again. I do find I need some deadlines or I never craft! I just sit and look at all my stash and say....meh! That makes me super pleased to become part of the Crafty Secrets family! I mean...have you see all that vintage-y stuff?!! Visit the store HERE!

Drop by on Wednesday to see my Designer Feature! Until then...craft on!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Come Along and... with us at Crafty Secrets! The July Linky Party is going on now! You have until midnight July 13 PT to join in. And it's so easy! You only need to create a NEW project featuring Crafty Secrets products. (You don't have to use the summer theme, but if you choose to do so, that would be really fun!)

If you don't have any Crafty Secrets goodies, there is a list of FREE PRINTABLES in the sidebar the Crafty Secrets Blog. Just click, download, print, and create! Just scroll down to where is says: Links To FREE Crafty Secrets Vintage Printables!

EVERYONE who plays along will receive a $6.00 credit to the online store and ONE LUCKY PARTICIPANT will be randomly drawn to receive a $50 shopping spree!  

I mean, come on! $6 just to play! $50 for the winner! Jeepers, gang, go and play!

Here is my card, as I am the special guest DT this month! Is that bathing beauty image fantastic, or what?! She is from the Crafty Secrets  Summertime Vintage Image and Journal Notes Booklet. This booklet is FILLED with vintage, summer images!

Read all the details about my card HERE

Visit me on I have some super exciting news.....

PS - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is having a Christmas in July Release! (I don't have a stamp set in this release, but it's a WONDERFUL release, so run over and check it out!) Click HERE to see!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Artsy Hands!

First a disclaimer....this blog is my craft blog, and as such, I am always "selling" you product, right? Well, this time I am hosting an online I am still trying to "sell" you stuff! {grin}

If you are a paper crafter and you are on Facebook, you cannot escape Jamberry Nails! They are everywhere. They are popular with all age groups and all fashion styles! I am so surprised at how popular these are with the crafty ladies!  

Jamberry is a home party company that sells nail wraps. Now, I was super skeptical. I love pretty nails but I NEVER do my nails because I am so hard on them. I mean, I am the person who wrecks a few between the salon and the car, and a few more before I get home! And painting my own nails....takes me hours and I usually have to start over a few times and they look horrid! So...I tried the wraps! Look how pretty! This is Kiss Me Ombre (pink) and Carmen Ombre (flowers). These lasted for 11 days! And even then, only a few needed to be replaced, but I decided to change them all. 

My daughter picked this set (these are my hands), Fruit Punch and Sunset Beach (palm tree). However, she decided she did not wish to do the nails again. So...I decided to try her selections. This set lasted about 9 days, and they would have lasted longer, but....I picked at them where they were starting to grow out and show the nail bed! {shame!}

This set is Candy Chevron and Fruit Punch. I will tell you...I am super hard on my hands and nails. You all know that I make messy craft stuff every day! Well....nothing messed these up! I had blue fingers one day from inks and mists, but NOTHING stuck to the nail wraps! Nothing! A baby wipe took it off lickety split! This set lasted me 7 days and I took them off only because I wanted a NEW LOOK.

Ok, I purchased more wraps! This is Neptune (stripes) with a Deep Sea accent nail. So summery! It takes me about 45 minutes to prep my nails and apply the wraps. I confess, I am pretty good with my off hand (I am left handed), but once you get the hang of putting these on, it is so much easier than polish! And NO DRY TIME! NO TOP COAT! About 3 seconds after I finished this set, I was loading laundry! 

 If you would like to try these, I have a Facebook Party going on HERE. Message me and I will invite you. Or, if you just want to order under my party, click HERE

Jamberrry has a BUY THREE GET ONE FREE deal, which makes each set of wraps $11.25 (regular price is $15). You get 2 manicures and 2 pedicures, plus lots of left-over wraps for accents from each set of wraps! ONE mani is at least $15, and for me, lasts about 20 minutes! The wraps last 2 weeks on hands and 4 weeks on toes. I just took my toe wraps off, and they were on 3 1/2 weeks.

Comment on this post and I will pick a winner to receive a few accent nails to try! All you need is a hair dryer (or the Jamberry Heater, which I love), a nail file, and nail scissors. An orange stick/cuticle pusher is helpful, and maybe a pair of tweezers. 

I am NOT a Jamberry Consultant! And don't plan to become one. My consultant is Bonnie Garby, who is the owner of Really Reasonable Ribbon, and my amazing friend! {I just want to earn some free wraps!} 

Ok, back to your day! {grin}