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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.


Sunday, 28 April 2013

Cali Girl

Hello friends!

Today's card is a Hannah Lynn digital image called Cali Girl.  I can almost smell the ocean breeze when I look at this girl. She is all colored up with Copics.  She was pretty fun to color!!

Copics used~
Skin~E0000-000-21-11 -cast 34
Eyes~YG11-E59-Sepia Multiliner

 I am an avid hoarder and save just about anything I might be able to use on a project. Yeah, it has been suggested that I need help before. However, I only hoard in my craft room so I think I should be okay~giggle  This was an old piece of a necklace from way back when my kids were young enough to still like junk jewelery.  It was pretty tarnished so I used my Memento Rosebud reinker and mixed it with Tsukineko Frost White All-Purpose Ink and dabbed it on the butterfly with a sponge dauber.

I am entering this card in the following challenges.......

~Freshly Made Sketches 
Simon Says Stamp~ Anything Goes 
The Sisterhood of Crafters~Anything Goes 
Nutcrafters~Anything Goes 
Make It Monday~Anything Goes 
Crafting By Design~Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly~Weather
Joanna Sheen~Recycle 

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Stamps~Hannah Lynn Digital - Cali Girl
Ink~Memento Rich Cocoa - Rose Bud, Copics
Paper~ PTI, X-Press Bending Card
Accessories~ All-Purpose Ink, Fabric land Satin Ribbon, Dollar Store Crocheted Lace, Linen Thread, Sponge Dauber, Rhinestones, Broken Jewelery

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Three Wishes For Shauna

Hello Crafty Friends!!

I am still making birthday cards.   This is Mo's Digital Pencil - Spring Fairy Aleta. I think she is just cute as as button!  I colored her up with Copics and added a touch of Elizabeth Craft Microfine Glitter to her wings. Of course my photography skills are lacking so you can't see it in the photo but is is there. The sentiment is from Kraftin' Kimmie~Three Wishes.

 Copics used~
Hair~ E50-53-55-57
Skin~ E50-21-R30
Sky~ BG10
Dandelion ~YG61-63, C0, E40-41-47
Wings ~YG0000, RV00, B0000, G000, BV00 

I am entering this card in the following challenges......
Flutterby Wednesday~Sketch 
A Gem of A Challenge~Going Green 
Pile it On Color~Color Inspiration 
Paper Crafting Journey~Use a Sentiment 
Penny's Paper Crafty challenge~Anything Goes 
Creative Belli~Spring 

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!!

Stamps~Mo's Digital Pencil - Spring Fairy Aleta, Kraftin' Kimmie - Three Wishes
Ink~Memento - Tuxedo Black- Bamboo Leaves - Dandelion, Copic
Paper~PTI, X-Press It Blending Card
Accessories~ Sizzix Dots Embossing Folder, Spellbinders - Ribbon Tag Trio -Scalloped Circles - Circles, Rhinestones, RRR Seam binding, Elizabeth Craft Microfine Glitter, Pop Dots, Sponge

Friday, 26 April 2013

The Cupcake Fairy

 Hello Friends!

I am trying to catch up on all my birthday cards and I am so far behind, I think I am first again!

I used the Deconstructed Sketch No. 99.  Deconstructed Sketch No. 99

Love this sketch but I had to add an extra ribbon since I dropped my ink pad on it~ That's why my Momma didn't name me Grace....all clutz and no grace here~LOL

I colored this cute digi from Mo's Digital Pencil called Cupcake Fairy Lee with Copics.


Dress~Rv10-11-13, BG10-0000-72
Wings~RV00, BG10
Cupcake~E50-23-25-27, BG0000-10-72

I am entering this in the following challenges....
Deconstructed Sketch 99
Bearly-Mine~Digi Days

Thanks for stopping by and have a most fabulous day!!


Stamps~Mo's Digital Pencil-The Cupcake Fairy, JustRite Amazing Paper Grace-Just The Right Words
Paper~XPress It Blending Card, PTI, Pop Tones
Ink~Memento Rich Cocoa- Angel Pink, Copics
Accessories~IO Flag Die Set DIE015-F, Spellbinders-Circles- Scalloped Circles, EK Success Border Punch, PTI Ribbon, Sizzix Dots Embossing Folder, Elizabeth Craft Microfine Glitter, Rhinestones, Pop Dots, Sponge

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Boobie Love

Hello Friends!

This awesome image is a freebie digi image called Boobie Love from Saturated Canary.   Thank you for your generosity Saturated Canary!!   I have never done a digi before because I have been told that you need a laser printer and I have an inkjet printer.  I really wanted to color her and out of desperation tried heat setting it with my embossing gun.  I tried to color the flower and there was a bit of bleeding, so I heat set it again, really well! Well happy day!  It worked and there was no bleeding when I colored  with my Copics what so ever.  Yippee!!!  Anyways... I have been collecting this line of stamps and coloring up a storm with them, so you will be seeing more of these images.

 I needed to make a really special card for the principal of our school who is fighting like a girl against breast cancer.  This image looks a lot like her, spunky and cute!

Copic colors used......
Skin~E00, -E21, E34- Blush/Lips R20-Eo4
Hair~YR20, Y21, YR21, Sepia Multiliner
Shirt~C00, CO, C1, RV00, RV11, RV13
Jeans~B91, B95, B97, B99
Shadow~C00, C0

 I made the main flower and added some Offray ribbon flowers and some dollar store flowers

I am entering this card in the following challenges.......
Saturated Canary~ Anything goes
CCEE Stampers CCEE1316~ Grey, Pink and White or Cream
Creative Card Crew~Handmade Flowers 
Everybody Art Challenge~Bling 
Oldie But A Goodie~Make It Girly- My Oldie Is my ribbon flowers 
Splitcoaststampers F4A165~Pin it 

Stamps~ Saturated Canary~Boobie Love
Ink~Memento-Tuxedo Black, Angel Pink, Copics
Accessories~American Craft Ribbon and Lace, Offray and Dollar store Flowers, Spellbinders Opulent Ovals and Ovals, Sponge, Cheery Lynn Designs A2 Frame FRM115, Rhinestones, Sizzix, Damask and Scallops Borders, Pin

Friday, 19 April 2013

Memento Pearlized Poppies Tutorial

Hello friends!!

A very dear friend of mine challenged me to see how many different ways I could use Tsukineko Frost White All-Purpose Ink and well I never back down from a challenge.  I am As far as I know it's origin of use is fabric painting, so of course I wanted try something different with it other than using it for fabric or creating a misting spray, so here is what I did....

I die cut a Memory Box Prim Poppy out of card stock and painted the blossoms with some All-Purpose-Ink. The blossoms are looking all pretty and pearly now......

I heat set it to speed up the drying time even though this is a fast drying ink......

I scribbled some Memento Bahama Blue onto  a piece of plastic and sprayed it with rubbing alcohol....

This thinned the color of the ink and it seemed more blendable and a tad translucent.

I painted the blossoms with it, then decided that it needed some Memento Teal Zeal along the top edge of the blossom for contrast.....

Then I colored the stems directly with a Memento Bamboo Leaves marker.......

Easy Peasy, Quick and Easy!
 I stamped Impression Obsession - Ordinary Things D7519 with Versamark and clear embossed it.  Memento Bamboo Leaves and Cantaloupe ink was sponged over it.  The Impression Obsession Birds DIE003-A has had a bit of Memento Bamboo Leaves sponged and Frost White All-Purpose Ink sponged over the belly.

Part of a ZVA flourish and some ribbon from Celebrate-it were added and the window was cut from a Spellbinders.

The inside of the card was prettied up too.....

I am entering this card in the following challenges.......
 Crafts 4 Eternity~Spring Flowers
Bunny Zoe's Crafts~Favourite Color combo 
Card Mania~Punches and or Die Cuts 
Paper Crafting Journey~Use a sentiment
Love Rubber Stamps~ Colors of Spring 
Sweet Stampin' ~Pastels 
Through The Craftroom Door~Anything Goes 
Love To Scrap~ Cut it Out 

Thanks for stopping by and have a most most fabulous day!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

A Wild Flower For You

Hello Friends!

This pretty Wildflower -D8998 was stamped with Memento Tuxedo black and colored up with Copics...
Petals~RV63, RV69,RV99
Stem~YG11,YG63, YG67

I stamped Sweet Beautiful You - B13114 in Memento Rich Cocoa and sponged  the edges with Adirondack Wild Plum.  I added some leaves using the Vine DIE051-B and sponged them with Memento Bamboo Leaves.

I just couldn't find a ribbon to match the Daisy Petals in my stash, so I used my Copic Airbrush System and colored some white satin Ribbon with an RV63 Copic Marker.

Added a rhinestone flourish, some dry embossing and to finish it off I spray the white background panels with homemade Frost All Purpose Ink Spray to finish it off.

I am entering this in the following challenges......
Impression Obsession~Flowers For You
Bearly-Mine Spring Flowers
Sister Act~ Anything Goes 
Crafts and Me~Bling it Up 

Thanks for stopping by and have a most fabulous day!

Stamps~Impression Obsession-Sweet beautiful You - B13114Wildflower -D8998

Ink~Memento -Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, Bamboo Leaves-, Adirondack Wild Plum Copics

Accessories~Dollar Store Lace, RRR White Satin Ribbon, ZVA Creations Rhinestone Flourish, 
Sizzix Embossing Folders-Sugar and Starry Night Set, Daisy Blast-, Impression Obsession Vine DIE051-B, Tsukineko Frost White All Purpose Ink, Sponge, Pop Dots, Spellbinders Opulent Ovals, Ovals, Flower Soft

Monday, 15 April 2013

International Uptown Girls And A Winner

Hello Friends!

My very sweet young friend Ashten and her friend Katie are off to England to do good in the world for a few months.  This is the card I made for Ashten.  This Stamping Bella image called Uptown Girl Molly Takes A Detour was perfect for the occasion.  She was clear embossed with Tsukineko Versafine Vintage Sepia  and Colored with Copics.

Colors used are....
Skin~E50, E51, E53, R20
Hair~E51, E53, E57, E47
Dress and leaves~G40, G43, G46
Suitcases~E70, E74, E77
Journal and Tag~E40
Flowers~BV00, BV02, BV04

Sponged with Memento Desert Sand and Rich Cocoa while still in the die.  Popped up over An A2 Filligree Spellbinders from the Amazing Paper Grace line that has had some green Satin Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon threaded through it.
A little glitter in the center of the flowers from the JustRite True Friends Vintage Labels Four Set. Then the the whole card was sprayed with homemade Tsukineko Frost White Shimmer Spray using All Purpose Ink and Rubbing alcohol.  It is very hard to photograph and capture the shimmer but it is has a pretty soft shimmer to it.  Of course I had to add some rhinestones.

Ashten and Katie came over to make a quick  and simple journal before they left yesterday on their adventure.


We used the same image and die cuts as the card for the focal point and Hero Arts International Skyline along the bottom.  I did mine in Kraft and stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa. At CHA in January I tried a fabulous product that I had never tried before called Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray by Tsukineko at the Imagine Crafts Booth.  I am so glad I got myself a bottle!  I sprayed it on the cover of the journal after stamping and sponged rich Cocoa ink over it and what a texture it is!  I love the feel  and look of the cover after spraying!  It resists the ink and has given it a worn look. Love this new to me product!!  We punched a scalloped edge on the spine and added more rhinestones.
Here is Ashten and Katie with their journals. They used Versafine Black Onyx and Homemade Frost White All Purpose Ink Spray on theirs. I do wish photographs could capture the shimmer but my photography skills are lacking greatly!  Wishing you girls a happy and safe adventure while you are out saving the world!!!

On another note......
Today is the day for the blog candy winner.....
 My Blog Candy Ends April 15/13

 Drum roll please.........

 #2 was jimlynn. She said..... 

Ellen, thanks so much for this great tutorial! I just LOVE all the IO dies (and stamps too) and it's great to see what you can do with the butterfly die and that ink. Made a beautiful and lovely card.
I follow you through my Blog Dashboard (um...think that's different than Google Reader but actually don't know for sure).

Lynn, email me your address to ellentaylor38@yahoo.ca  and I will pop this in the mail! 

I am entering this in the following challenges...

Thanks for stopping by! Your visits and comments make my day!!

Sunday, 14 April 2013

You Are So Amazing

Hello Friends!.

I promised myself that I would try and use all the fabulous stamps that have never seen ink, so I finally inked up this gorgeous vintage lady from the Hampton Arts Graphic 45 Ladies Diary 1C0190.  The sentiment is JustRite Amazing Paper Grace - Just The Right Words. I used the layout for this weeks Freshly Made Sketch FMS81.

She was embossed with Tsukineko Versafine Black Onyx and colored up with Copics and die cut and popped up with Spellbinders Majestic Elements Opulent Ovals.  

 Copic Colors used~
Skin~E000, E00, E34, R20
Hat and Dress~BG11, BG32, BG72, Y23, Y26, Y28
Background~E41, E42

 All the papers have been lightly sponged with Memento Desert Sand and Memento Teal Zeal and the patterned paper from Papertrey Ink has been pierced along the edges.   Embellished with  Maya Road Pleated Ribbon and  heart pin, then finished off with some Swarovski Crystals since this card is for someone special.

Before die cutting the black Opulent Oval for the focal image on the front of my card,  I made sure the card stock was the same size to use as a mat for the inside.  That way you can use the negative die cut and save paper and money in the process.

I am entering this in the following challenges.....                     Freshly Made Sketch FMS81.
Fashionista Challenge~Mothers day 
Cards Galore~Vintage

  Thanks for stopping by and have a most fabulous day!!


Monday, 8 April 2013

All-Purpose Ink, Blog Candy And A Tutorial


Hello Friends!

I received a few emails over the weekend with lots of questions about how to use the Tsukineko Frost White All-Purpose Ink.  Cathy asked if I would do a video, however I am tech challenged so here is a pictorial for you.  Using All-Purpose Ink is such a quick and simple way to add shimmer quickly with no fuss or mess and you can make cheap paper look like a million bucks! This is only one way of using this product.  It can also be used on other porous surfaces such as wood, fabric, leather and more.This card is very shimmery in real life but it was all photographed  in the middle of the night with no natural lighting.

I die cut 2 Impression Obsession Fancy Butterfly DIE059-N twice, one in black and once in cream. reserving the left overs pieces for another project.   I sponged Memento Danube Blue ink on the solid butterfly.

I rubbed some Memento Bamboo Leaves directly  on a craft sheet  and picked the ink up with a sponge dauber.

I sponged the ink onto the die cut.

Using a Tsukineko Brushstix  I added some Memento Lulu Lavender ink in a few spots.

Using a sponge dauber I put a thin coat of All-Purpose Ink over it. This dries really quickly. Then  layered the  the black detailed die cut over top.

Here it is the same butterfly die cut using a different color palette.....

Starting with yellow cardstock just add memento Love Letter ink using a flicking motion, making sure to leave some yellow highlights.

Add a thin coat of All-Purpose Ink.

Adhere the top layer of the butterfly....

I also added some to the other elements of my card....

This  Impression Obsession Fancy Butterfly Die DIE059-N and Tsukineko All-Purpose Ink are two of my favorite crafting products.  So I have some to share with you.......

 This blog candy is only for my bloglovin' and Networked Blogs followers.  Google friend connect is going away July 1st.  If you would like a chance to win these for yourself just leave me a comment in this post and let me know how you follow me..  I will draw a name Monday April 15th using Random Org Generator.  Good Luck!!

I am entering this in the following challenges.....

Shopping Our Stash- Specialty Paper
Moving Along with The Times- Let's Get Crafty
Loves Rubber Stamps- Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts-Leap into Spring

Thanks for stopping by and have a most wonderful day!

Ink~Memento Inks-Bamboo Leaves,Lulu Lavender, Danube Blue, Love Letter, Tuxedo Black 

Stamps~ Impression Obsession- Love You C8558

Accessories~Impression Obsession Fancy Butterfly Die DIE059-N and Butterfly Set-DIE046-A, Scor-pal, rhinestones, Spellbinders Ovals & Scalloped Ovals, Brushstix, Sponge Daubers, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Black Velvet Ribbin, Pop Dots,