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A Gustatory Tour Through Miami and Harry Potter Land

Feeling under the weather today and decided to plan out the mini album for our Turkey trip later this year. Paging through my previous minibooks, I realized that i LOVE making books during the trip and with the right planning, die cuts, washi, and gadgets, it can be a lot of fun making a book on the go. Check out this book below from a few years back.

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Custom Gold Foil Gift Card and Box

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I spend so much time figuring out how to make custom paper craft items that it never ceases to amaze me when I hear that people spend a ton of money on plain die cut images. The other week, I was showing my mother-in-law all the things she wouldn’t have to buy anymore if she had the Silhouette or a similar device. From titles to images cut in the perfect size and shape for her layout, she was really blown away by the idea that she could create her own titles and use it right away rather than waiting a week to receive an item after finding someone on etsy or ebay to customize it for her.

I know that the Silhouette software isn’t for everyone, but learning some of the most basic functions can save you so much money and create something very unique. For example, the card below is for one of my dearest friends. I’d created a mini-kit of papers and embellisgments and coordinated a color scheme for this card long before her special day. When I found the perfect font, I was able to whip this card up in less than 20 minutes from start to finish.

custom angel card

Inside the card, I mixed three different stamps from Mama Elephant and American Crafts. IMG_0035

I also used my homemade kit to create a custom gift box for her gift, which was a necklace. I love these bows and save them for special occasions.
IMG_0024 custom box gold foilI love my Silhouette and I’m so happy I could introduce my MIL to it. Hopefully we can help her master basics that will help her customize her layouts AND save money!

on a tangent…

The ink for the “—THE BEST—” sentiment is Hero Arts’ new Ultra Pink. It’s my favorite ink pad from the entire Shadow line. I recently got some Epson Ultra-Premium paper and I can’t believe how different this ink will appear on different types of paper. The circle camera image and the “You+Me” bird were both stamped in the same ink but on different paper — the bird is on the Epson paper. The circle image is in a page protector but the color is just the same in real life. Isn’t that awesome?!

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Hero Arts – Christmas Ink Cubes Pack Swatches


I still don’t know how to use the Gold ink with stamps effectively, however, it creates a beautiful burnished gold color when stamped directly onto paper. There’s a slight shimmer to it as well.


NOTE: I didn’t make any additional swatches for Red Royal. If you want to see a swatch, it’s available in this post.

I really love the ink cube form factor. Too bad they didn’t come out earlier this year – I would have saved a TON of money when I learned about the Shadow Ink pads. The size is quite perfect for the accent stamping I do on Project Life and greeting cards.

Forever green is a really great holiday and nature color.

IMG_5788The silver is okay – it’s a shadow ink so I wasn’t looking for a bright metallic.

Hero Arts Silver


Another pic to try and capture the subtle sheen.Hero Arts Silver - sheenI’m not quite sure what I’ll do with the gold in this pack — it’s just very odd to me. It’s very splotchy and unlike other shadow inks, it doesn’t fill in solid images very well. I’ve stamped it MANY times, making sure it’s very inky on the stamp, but it looks so odd when stamped. Maybe I just don’t get the aesthetic Hero Arts was going for or I have a defective one. I have heard awesome things about Unicorn though and will probably pick up one of those next time I visit my LSS.

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Christmas Cards in August

I LOVE Christmas crafts but I hate mass producing things. This year, I’ve enrolled my friend in the process and hopefully I’ll be able to make and send out every card this year.

My friend really liked these Stampin Up stamps called “Christmas Lodge” and Snow Swirled.” These stamps are discontinued but luckily I was able to buy them off ebay. I stamped all of them in black StazOn ink on a sheet of white paper. For anyone who has these stamps and a Silhouette, you can use the image below to create digital die cuts. I really dislike fussy cutting so I used this technique, which you can look-up on YouTube, to cut out the vellum below.

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I will probably make a lot of cards in different designs but my friend will probably want to make many of the same card in one design. I’ve been putting together some prototypes to get our creative juices flowing. We’ll meet next week to decide on her design. The stamps are really traditional and it’s going to be an interesting design challenge for me because I tend to like bold, graphic, and very simple looks. Here is the first mock-up. I think it’s a little too heavy, especially the stamped image.

IMG_4543For my cards, I want something light and cute. I’ve been dying to use this snow dot embossed folder all year and it wouldn’t surprise me if every single card ended up having falling snow in the background. Even though I’ve lived in snowy places for half my life now, it still feels like I’m on holiday when it snows. 🙂

Below is the prototype for my card. I really like it but I wonder if I’ll really have the energy to mass produce this card. It’s actually not too bad other than coloring the moose.


Studio Calico’s Inked Class

Inked is the first Studio Calico class I’ve ever signed up for. I’ve been very diligent at COLLECTING stamps, but pretty terrible at using them in my projects. When this class came around, I was sold.

The class itself was pretty good. The techniques weren’t entirely new to me but Studio Calico’s design team has such a distinctive style and it was fun seeing the Studio Calico creative process. I also loved the stamp kit.

The class schedule included:

Week 1 | July 1st – 5th
01 | stamping on patterned paper
02| using glitter or glossy accents to accent a stamped image
03 | using stamp markers
04 | colorful stamped accents
05 | tweaking the shape of a stamp

Week 2 | July 8th – 12th
06 | heat embossed stamping
07 | watercolor stamped accents
08 | ombre stamping
09 | chalkboard effect
10 | using a stamp as a template for stitching

Week 3 | July 15th – 19th
11 | resist
12 | watercolored images
13 | text style stamps in journaling
14 | stamping on transparencies and layering over other images
15 | layered stamping

Week 4 | July 22nd – 26th
16 | creating patterns with a small stamp
17 | kissing
18 | digi stamping basics
19 | masking
20 | adding texture with stamps and gesso

The card below follows instructions from the sixth class and literally incorporates every single one of my favorite products from the crafty products I purchased in July. I can’t wait until my mom comes and we can go over some more techniques together.





Cut Files, Masking, and Misting

I had a lot of fun playing with the Studio Calico Kal Barteski cut files. First, I used it as a mask for some misting. Then I embossed on top with a background stamp.

IMG_4427Some more detail.


Originally I was playing on throwing away the misted mask but it so cool that I decided to use a Heidi Swapp mist on it to add some sheen and put it on top of another card. I love the mega dot gold washi and the contrast between the embossed white and lively patterned paper.


Another version of the card with different patterns and proportions.