Bella Turtle Easel Card

well for today, I decided to pull out my cute Stamping Bella turtle, and create a card featuring the ultra cool textured stoney ground. Of course there will be a video for it in the library, along with a video for making this easel card.  I am quite happy with how it turned out.  The imgage is colored with re-inkers, and there is lots of glitter shimmering around my little turtle.  So anyways, I won’t bother you with to many details since I am visiting Andrea for a few days over the March Break.


  • Stamps:  Stamping Bella
  • Paper:  Spring Moss (Papertrey and Ink), Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip DP (Stampin’Up!), 140lbs cold press Watercolor paper (Canson Montval), 140lbs Hot press watercolor paper (Fabriano), Marjoram DP (Basic Grey)
  • Dies/Punches: Big Scalloped rectangles, Labels 11 (Spellbinder), Martha Stewart punch
  • Ink: Shabby Shutter, Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress ink), black Stewart Superior Hybrid ink, re-inkers for coloring
  • Other:  Stampin’ sponges, Basic Rhinestones, Jumbo brads, 5/8″ Real Red satin ribbon (Stampin’Up!), Brownie alphabet sticker (My Little Shoebox), glitter pen (Sakura), Stardust Stickles (Ranger industries), White poster paint (Sharpie)

Papertrey Ink Butterfly Dreams Card Featuring Distressed Edges and Shimmery Pastels Technique

Sometimes I think being a paper crafter is synonymous with being a shopper.  I don’t have a weakness for shoes, I can hold steady against purses and clothes, I can turn the other cheek when it comes to jewellery….but when it comes to paper crafting products?……I have absolutely NO willpower!

A few weeks ago I received a big order (ahem, okay, a couple of big orders) from Papertrey Ink – I’m so in LOVE! 

Now I have a confession to make, I’ve been a Papertrey Ink lurker and collector for awhile – in particular I just love Nichole Heady’s style –  but never really had much of an opportunity to use the stuff I bought.  Today I finally took some time to really dig through my supplies and just start playing. 

I actually started today’s project with a technique.  I’ve been working on a video series on Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Pastels for Paper Crafter’s Library, and have been playing around with various techniques – which, work equally well with any other brand of chalk as well. Stampin’ Pastels are Stampin’ Up!’s branded name for chalks – so they are pretty much the same thing as the Decorative Chalks you see or the Pebbles Chalks. 

Yesterday I posted a card using an Embossed Pastels technique on my Sunny Stampin’ blog.  Today’s card features a technique I call Shimmery Pastels – a combination of Stampin’ Up!’s shimmer paint and Stampin’ Pastels.  Although you can’t see the shimmer in the photo – I stamped the butterfly with my shimmery pastels and painted the die cut butterfly with it as well.  As you can see from the logo in the bottom right of the photo, I’ll be filming a video tutorial on this technique for Paper Crafter’s Library members.

I also incorporated a distressed edges technique for Papertrey’s Make It Monday: Distressing Edges – which I’ll also be filming, along with a video on how to use the new Papertrey Ink doily dies and punch-out tools.

There is already a video for the ribbon technique – faux ribbon ruching in the library.

After that, the rest of the card just evolved.

Stamps: Buttefly Dreams, Communique Curves Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Color medium: Stampin’ Pastels, Frost White Shimmer Paint (Stampin’ Up!)
Paper: Very Vanilla textured CS (Stampin’ Up!); Dark Chocolate CS, Spring Moss CS, Green Tea Leaves Collection (Papertrey ink)
Dies: Diamonds Impression plate, Signature Series: Buttefly die, Doily Details Collection, punch out tool (Papertrey ink)
Accessories: Spring Moss Luxe Satin Ribbon (Papertrey ink); 1 3/4″ circle punch, mini glue dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, paper snips (Stampin’ Up!); self-adhesive brown pearls (Dollarama)


Pan Pastel Watermelon

Ok, once again my post is late, but in my defence, March Break is coming and of course my daughter’s school has a bunch of stuff due.  Tonight I had the joy of working with her on her book report.  Also, we were gone all yesterday.  We have found and purchased an new member of the family.  She will be picked up and brought home next week.  She is the sweetest, most perfect little pooch in the world.  We went yesterday to visit the breeder, and put a deposit on a puppy which was going to be arriving in a month and a half.  Instead we fell in love with a 4 month old.  So next week I will post pictures of our new Bouvier des Flandre puppy.  She has the sweetest disposition, and the most gentle manner, and the most expressive eyes. 

Ok, so on to my card.  I wanted something sweet and summery.  This watermelon fit the bill perfectly.  The stamp is by Peachy Keen stamps, and is colored with Pan Pastels and one Pastel Pencil in White.  I love the soft painting quality of the Pan Pastlel coloring.


  • Stamps:  Faceless Fruit (Peachy Keen)
  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, River Rock (Stampin’ Up!), Lemonade DP (Basic Grey), Canson Mi- Teinte in a brown
  • Ink:  Walnut, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye (Ranger Distress ink)
  • Coloring:  Pan Pastels, Conte Carre white pastel
  • Dies/Punches :  Scalloped Oval, Oval (Spellbinder), Border punch (Martha Stewart)
  • Other:  Old Olive 5/8″ Satin Ribbon, Lace trim, Basic Rhinestones, Mini Glue dots, Sticky Strip (Stampin’ Up!), Soft Tools (Pan Pastels), White poster paint pen (Sharpie), Flamingo Liquid Pearls, Blending tool (Ranger Industries)


Hero Arts Antique Engravings Card

Today’s card features one of my favorite Hero Arts stamp sets called Antique Engravings – that’s where the butterflies come from. It also features one of my favorite collections of patterned papers from Basic Gray – the Lemonade collection.  The colors are so bright, fresh and beautiful.  This whole card actually feels to me like a little bit of spring!  All the snow had melted last week, making me hopeful that spring was around the corner, and then Saturday, we had a huge rainstorm which transitioned to freezing rain and then finally transitioned to a snow storm. 🙁

Here are supplies for today’s card:

Stamps: CL383 Antique Engravings, CL476 With Sympathy (Hero Arts)
Ink: Basic Black Craft ink (Stampin’ Up!)
Paper: Pretty in Pink CS (Stampin’ Up!), Honeybee, Pink Fizz and Sunshine patterned paper from the Lemonade collection (Basic Gray)
Accessories: Double Scallop Edger punch (Martha Stewart); Black embossing powder, heat tool, Embossing Buddy (Stampin’ Up!), pink pearls (Hero Arts)
Adhesives: mini glue dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals (Stampin’ Up!)

Have a great day!

Thanks so Much Bug

For this Card, I decided to play around with Pro Markers, which are an alcohol marker like Copic.  They are somewhat different though.  I find that the Pro markers are a little more finicky, and they do not blend quite as smoothly on the same papers as Copic, but I am starting to get used to it.  The also seem to have a bit more of a softness to them.  I wanted to make a small thank you card for a friend, and decided on this cute Hanglas and Stanglar image for my card.


  • Stamps:  Hanglar Stanglar
  • Ink:  Rager Industries: Distress inks in:  Walnut, Peeled Paint, Memento in Tuxedo Black
  • Paper:  C.C. Designs: Copic Quality 110 lbs. white, Stampin’ Up!:  Shimmer White CS, Certainly Celery, Old Olive CS, Georgia Peach DP (Stampin’ Up! retired)
  • Coloring medium:  Pro Markers,  Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip marker, Stampin’Up! pastels
  • Other:  Cuttlebug die machine, Spellbinder Pinking circles, Stampin’ Up! Rub-ons, Stamping Sponges, Spica: orange glitter pen, White gel pen, Sponge Dauber

My Craft Room

ETA:  I thought I would just answer a couple of the questions posted.  The whole room is actually only 12′ x 26′ and is only a portion of  the downstairs.  We have the downstairs arranged with 2 bedrooms, a playroom, laundry and bathroom, then my own area.  It is nice because I can look through the french doors and keep an eye on the kids playing in the playroom.  The Punches are actually on IKEA towel racks.  My husband mounted them to the wall, and they are perfect for holding the punches.  They were mounted on studs for extra strength.  I will get the name of the company who we got the paper shelves from, I just need to dig through my receipts.  Oh, and that cute little guys name is Malachi. He is almost 2 years old, and quite the little busy body.  He likes to come marching in, and start flipping the switches on the powerbars lol.  As for the cubhoard…… I stuffed everything in them before taking the pictures lol.Well wonder of wonders, and miracle of miracles, I actually finally cleaned up my space, and kept it clean, long enough to take pictures of it lol.  I have been asked to do so several times, and I have promised to do so multiple times, but somehow I have not until now accomplished it!  Well here it is!  It is my pride and joy, and a testament to my husbands love for me.  He spent countless hours planning and arranging this room, as well as doing the ordering from the United States.  Getting those acrylic shelves was like pulling teeth for him.  He had to arrange for a broker, beg plead and conjole the company to ship them to Canada and basically go through a huge headache.  So to my husband……. Thank you with all my heart, and as for me…. I feel like the luckiest woman alive.  So here it is, my studio!

Our house is a raised ranch, so my studio is actually downstairs.  You start by going through some double french doors.

The first thing you will see is my table which my husband designed for me.  It is huge, on casters so that I can move it around.  The cubbies accomadate items greater then 12″ high.  The entire surface is 4′ x 8′, with a solid butcher block top and a glass top over this to protect it.  The table can be taken apart so that I could take it with me if we were to move.

Right behind my table are the cabinets.  It gives me a ton of storage space.  The top cupboard is all shelved, and the bottom cabinets have one shelf each, and a roll out open drawer.  The counter top is used for tools, my Copics, printer and computer.

You can see in this shot, my punches on the wall, and my table top.  One side is for working, the other is for filming, and my beloved paper racks are along the side wall.

On the other side of my table, you will see how my husband designed it to have one cupboard where I store all my digital and regular die machines.  The rest of the space in the table is drawers for my tools and embellishments.

The other end of the room is designed as the entertainment area, social area, and a great place to deposit my magazines and cards.  Sadly my husband did not realize how much stuff I have, so one of those cabinets houses all the different types of paper and extra’s of supplies for when I run out… sorry baby, I guess they should have added in the vows ” through sickness and through health, through stuff, and more stuff, till death do us part” !

Ok so this is my extra slat wall on the other side.  Eventually I will order little acrylic shelves for displaying projects, and little bins for all my bits and pieces. There is my youngest son again sneaking into the photo’s lol.

So this is my last shot.  This is my view from where I sit.  Heaven’s know that I spend a ton of time here.  While the room is not quite finished ( my husband would like to frame and mount some of my scrapbook photo’s) it is still the most amazing room I have ever owned! 

So to everyone, here it is, and I hope you enjoy looking into my space. It is my little slice of heaven!


Enjoy the Moment

There are just so many elements in this card.  I loved using this beautiful Magnolia, with these dainty leaves.  To add just a small punch of color, I added the ladybug which just acted as the perfect contrast for the rich green leaves.  All the coloring was done with the watercoloring with markers technique, a technique which can be found in the library.  The background is a mix of sponging and pan pastel, a technique which will be featured later on.  All these together, create a soft, yet vibrant look!


  • Stamps:  Flower:  Me and Carrie Lou, Leaves: SU Growing Green, Ladybug:  Magnolia, Background:  SU Woodgrain BG
  • Ink:  Stewart Superior black Hybrid ink, SU Tempting Turquoise, SU Creamy Caramel, SU Early Espresso, SU Garden Green,
  • Paper:  SU Creamy Caramel CS, SU Kiwi Kiss CS, SU Pacific Point CS, SU Whisper White CS, Canson Montval 140 lbs cold press watercolor paper
  • Coloring Medium:  Stampin’ Up markers, PanPastels
  • Other:  Stampin Dimensionals,  Crystal Effects, 1/8″ Espresso Tafetta ribbon, Stampin’Sponges, Tag die or punch, Heat Tool, Gold Embossing powder, Waterbrush, Pan Pastel Sponges, Workable Flexible Fixative

Bloom Geraniums

I love stamping, but I also love my dies.  I love how the color of the paper provides a rich color background which can easily be shaded and highlighted with a variety of sponging and copic techniques.  The end result has so much dimension, texture, and richness.  The effect can be just as beautiful as stamping!  This particular card has a fun doodled border, dark and light inks to provide the depth to the paper pieces, Copics to add texture, and just the right amount of glitz with Sakura gel and Spica pens, and Stickles.


  • Dies:  Cricut: Freshly Picked for plant, Spellbinder: Labels 2 nesting die, Quickutz/ Lifestyle : Holiday alphabet,  2″ x 2″ bird die which can still be found new on Ebay by some sellers
  • Ink:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink in Alabaster, Ranger Industries Distress ink in: Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Walnut, Peeled Paint, Pine Needle, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogony, Broken China, Rusty Hinge
  • Cardstock:  Stampin’Up: Textured Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Bashful Blue dP, Realy Rust, Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla CS
  • Coloring Mediums:  Copic Markers,  SU Chocolate Chip marker
  • Other:  Quckutz Squeeze tool, Sakura gel pen, SU Stampin’ Sponges, Cricut Machine, Cuttlebug die cutter, Spica Red glitter pen, Star Dust Stickles, Sharpie Poster-paint White fine tip marker, Zutter Distrezz-it all distressing tool, Stamping Dimensionals, Zip-Dry glue, tweezers 

Cricut Round box

I decided to pull out my Cricut and Copics today.  This week I am focusing on filming these two fantastic products.  On top of that though, are some really fun new products.  For instance, you will see that pink embossed paper featured which is the amazing Coordination cardstock which has been embossed and sanded to reveal the paler core color.  Then there is that fun new line of paper from My Mind’s Eye.  Every pattern in the 6″ x 6″ pad looks gorgeous!!  My image is of course colored on Copic Express CS, and which offers some really easy blending.  All in all, I am happy with how it turned out!  Now I just have to bring myself to give it away!


  • Stamps:  Hanglar and Stanglar (swedish stamp company), Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
  • Paper: pink CS (Coordination), Blue (Bazzill), White CS (Copic X-press), Kiwi Kiss (Stampin’ Up! retired), DP Stella Rose Hazel (My Mind’s Eye)
  • Punches/dies:  Cricut Expression, Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, Cuttlebug, embossing folder  (Cricut), leaf punch, grass border punch (Martha Stewart)
  • Accessories:  Rouge Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Basic Rhinestones (Stampin’ Up!), roses (Prima), ribbon (seam binding), sponges, glue dots, dimensionals, glue, Scor tape, sanding block
  • Ink:  Basic Black (Stampin’ Up!), black hybrd ink  (Stewart Superior), Shabby Shutter, Broken China (Ranger Distress inks)


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