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Welcome to my blog! I am a paper crafter that loves to share new tips and techniques. Feel free to case (copy and share everything) any of my projects. I am honored when my work is duplicated. I only ask that you provide a link to my blog if you are uploading to the internet anywhere, giving credit where credit is due. . Please do not submit my projects for contests or magazine submissions. Content within this blog are shared for personal/non-commercial use and for inspiration only. From time to time some of the products used on my blog have been provided by the vendors mentioned in my posts. Let me reassure you , I will always be completely honest with you whether I truly believe a product is fabulous or not.


Thursday, 26 May 2011

A Card for a Queen~Anne Ryan

Today's card was made to honor a very regal lady. Over at Splitcoaststamper's there is a challenge called Queen for a Day.  Anne Ryan was the sweet lady who started this challenge to  honor the talented ladies over at Splitcoaststamper's.  Congratulations Anne, enjoy your crown!!  So it was only fitting that my first challenge card would be for her.  I chose this beauty to case........

Here is my tip today.....
when using embossing power, I always rub an embossing buddy over my card stock. This is a little sack filled with a powder that helps prevent static cling on the paper. This ensures that you don't end up with little specks of embossing powder where you don't want it and your image is crisp and clean.

The image is from Rubbernecker  Stamps. I embossed it with silver embossing powder and hand cut it out. The pin is hand made, using a simple florist's pin, a pearl, a savorski ring and left over jewelry making bits from years ago. I added some rhinestones to dress up the corners.  Layered it on navy cardstock with my all time favorite paper ~Silver Mirror card stock ( I so wish this was available in Canada!).  Finished it off with some navy striped ribbon from Stampin' Up. I sure hope the Queen enjoys her reign!
I know this is 2 posts in one day.....I am sure that won't happen to often!
Thanks for stopping by and good night!
Over and Out,

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Graduation Congratulations

I have seen punch art owls everywhere and thought I would give one a try.  If you are like me and use your punches a lot. you will find that they get dull after awhile. I have even thrown some in the garbage~YIKES!! If you look at the left eye of the owl, you can see the edge is  rough. Time to sharpen my punch!!! I once paid $8.00 for a punch sharpening kit at  the Local Scrapbooking Store. When I got home and opened it up.....I felt like I was totally ripped off.  You see all it was was tin foil.........

Today's Tip..... To sharpen a dull punch~

 Take heavy duty aluminum foil and fold it over and punch the foil with the dull punch several times  until it will punch your card stock clean and crisp again!  Easy Peasy and cheap!!!


Stamps~Something to Celebrate (SU)

Paper~Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzaz-cs &dp,White, Black, Pumpkin

Ink~Chocolate, Pumpkin, Pear

Accessories~Lace from my stash, Gold elastic cord, Piercing Tool, Glitter, Rhinestones,  Dimensionals, Swiss dots Embossing Folder-CB, Scallop Circle Die-Sizzex,Sponge

Punches~HEAD-Round Tab, EYES-3/4" circle,1/2" circle.1/4" circle , Wings-2-3/8" Scallop Circle. Body-Scallop Circle, Beak-5 Petal Flower, Feet-Flower Trio, Grad Cap- Designer Label, Word Window.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!!

Over and out,

Monday, 23 May 2011

Masculine Tissue Cover Box

I made this tissue box for a sick friend that is a music teacher.
One of the hardest things for me to make is anything .....masculine.  I am always inclined to smother everything in glitter, ribbon and any kind of sparkly trinket.   I started with this tutorial from Splitcoaststampers........


SCS has well written tutorials that even I can follow~LOL

The tip of the day is.....  yes, I learned this today....when you are choosing the embossing folder, choose one that is not to intricate.  The more intricate the design, the more feeble the opening for the tissues is.  I doubled the the card stock on the opening to make it sturdier.  I try to make my projects to stand the test of time.

 I know my friend will be thrilled with his designer tissue box.  The edges are all sponged with creamy caramel ink. for more dimension. I hope you give it a try. I know I will be making these again.

Stamps~ Rubbernecker
Paper~Kraft, Black, White
Ink~Memento Black, Creamy Caramel- SU
Accessories~Spellbinders, Black Grosgrain ribbon, Sponge, Tim Holtz embossing folder

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!
Over and out,

SS Ellen

Brayer and Glitter Ritz Tutorial

I thought I would start my first project using the tool that intimidated me the most.....  the BRAYER.  One of the first things I bought when I started stamping was a brayer......the biggest dust collector in my craft room!   I would just about break into a cold sweat whenever I would even think of blowing the dust off of it.  Just recently I decided I should make friends with it and now it is one of my favorite tools.   I am hoping when I get a little more blogger savy I will be able to do step by step photo tutorials, for now sharing my projects in print will have to suffice.  My dad always  said Rome wasn't built in a day.

My brayering tips for you today are...... make sure your brayer is good and inked up and when you start to roll the brayer.  Make sure you have scrap paper under your cardstock and  start rolling on the scrap paper first, quickly rolling onto the cardstock.  This helps prevent a big ink splotch where you begin.
I will have more tips at a later date.

~ I started out with white cardstock. Brayered daffodil ink 2/3 of the way down.
~Punched out a circle from a post it note ~making sure you punch as much of the sticky part you can and position it where you want your sun.
~Ink the Brayer up with pumkin ink and roll it  over the daffodil, leaving some daffodil showing.
~Ink up cajun ink and roll it over the pumkin, leaving some pumpkin showing
~remove the post it note and sponge  just a smidge of pumpkin on one side of the sun to give it some dimension.
~Stamp your silhouette image in black
~Sponge some olive ink ( using a pouncing motion) at the bottom to create the illusion of grass
~Sponge some black ink over the olive ( using a pouncing motion ) not covering the olive completely, creating the illusion of shadows.

All in all, a very quick image to create.

This card is super sparkly, I  cut a circle of score sheet, the same size as my image, laying it over top of the image, peel off the backing, sprinkle CRYSAL CLEAR GLITTER RITZ over top and burnishing it into the image with your finger.
This is the perfect glitter for this technique due to it's transparent quality and beautiful sparkle. I haven't managed to capture the sparkle in the photo.

Stamps~ Inkadinkadoo, Stampin' Up
Ink~Daffodil, Pumpkin, Cajun Craze, Olive, Apricot, Black
Accessories~Score sheets (Doubles sided sticky sheets), Spellbinders, Kaiser Rhinestones, Glitter Ritz -Crystal Clear, Dollar Store Lace, SU Pear Seam Binding, MS Punches, SU Punches, Dimensionals, Speed Ball Brayer, And 2 pieces of sponge.

Clear as mud?  Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous day!

Over and out,
SS Ellen