Jane’s Doodles Blog Hop

Today I am part of the Jane’s Doodles blog hop for a friend of mine, Jane Beljo. She is the talented gal I order handmade buttons from and she also designs some adorable stamps.

Here is a card I did with her new Noah’s Ark stamp. I added a computer-generated greeting – seemed fitting for a friend who is going through some rough waters…

I colored it with Copics and then stamped over it with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and the Hero Arts Envelope Pattern. This bit of stamping adds the look of fun texture to the colored piece. And I finished it off with Black Enamel Accents on the eyes and Rock Candy Distress Stickles on the clouds…

I also created a simple card with the Garden Friends set…

I stamped over these pieces, too, as I did above. And the background? I layered two images: the flowers with Soft Green Shadow Ink and the text with Grass Chalk Ink. A great way to get a new look. (Products are linked below.)

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog hop. It starts at Jane’s HERE. If you are already hopping, the next stop is at Judith’s HERE. There are prizes in the hop!


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Sticky Back Canvas Resist

I love taking products and changing them up. Giving them a new life and a new look.

Here, I started with a piece of Sticky Back Canvas. To “cut” canvas, I just do a little cut at the edge and tear it. It tears straight and leaves a lovely frayed edge every time. Next, I white heat embossed the circle image on it. I then pressed a ton of various Distress Inks right over on it until it looked absolutely awful. Next, I sprayed it about ten times with a Perfect Pearls + Water mix until it looked worse. But when it dried? Awesome…

By putting on lots of Distress Ink and spraying it, it blending nicely, coloring the canvas and leaving some shine. I also took a Basic Grey flower embellishments and changed it up a bit, adding pearls and twine and such…

For complete instructions, visit Ranger HERE. For supplies, see the small images below.

The background of this card was stamped with THIS fabulous Tim Holtz stamp. The fine lines in the image make it perfect for a subtle background. I lovey it…

And if you don’t have Sticky Back Canvas, I highly recommend it. So many fun techniques you can do with it – it is fun for Copics, stamping, paint, Distress Ink and more. SO much easier to work with then regular fabric. Claudine Hellmuth is brilliant.

Oh, and it comes in natural now, too…

By the way, did you know Ranger now has a bigger Mister bottle? I love the Mini Misters, but this bigger size is so much handier. Less refilling but just as great of a fine mist…

Happy day.

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Sometimes cutesy is fun…

When Ranger sent me the new colors of Perfect Pearls, I was instantly drawn to the Ocean Blue color.

And I knew exactly what I needed to make: something with the ocean. It is the perfect color.

So, before I knew it, I was creating this overly cutesy card for their CHA booth…

Sometimes cute is fun. Isn’t that Perfect Pearl color perfect for ocean waves? Makes me want to jump in.

For complete instructions and more information, visit the Ranger Blog HERE. (They have a good blog… be sure to follow it.)

Simple. Cutesy. Fun. And perfect for my step-daughter’s birthday card.

Have a good one!

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Class Giveaway + Discount Code

My friend, Lain Ehmann, has a new class at Big Picture and said I could do a giveaway! She is talented and fun – her classes are, too. Here are the details:

The Mother LOAD (Layout a Day): A Scrapbook Marathon

Are you a marathon scrapbooker? Do you want to be? As crazy as it may sound, scrapbookers have a lot in common with runners. Both can run into the same problems – lack of time, isolation, a routine that has become more of a drudgery than a help. The good news? You can easily overcome these obstacles.

No, Lain won’t make you run 26.2 miles in just a few hours – but she will challenge you to scrapbook 26 layouts in 26 days! Through The Mother LOAD – A Scrapbook Marathon, part of the 4Experts series for 2011, Lain will show you how committing to making scrapbooking a priority in your life will help you:

  • Scrapbook faster
  • Love your pages more
  • Actually USE your stash
  • Connect with what you love best about this hobby of ours
  • The first two months of class will be spent on “basic training” to increase your stamina, refine your process, and get you mentally and physically ready for the ultimate challenge: creating a layout a day for the first 26 days of September. After you cross the finish line, there will be time for reflection – and celebration!”

For more information, please visit HERE.

Want to win a spot in this class? Just leave a comment here by June 19 for a chance to win – a $79 value!

Also, you can get $20 off by using the code “load2011.”

See you there!

Coming out of the water…

… to log in and say hello!

We are still on vacation and it is heavenly. Here I am snorkeling with the kiddos…

I love being in the water. It is amazing here.

Anyway, I know I have a lot of winners to announce, but I will do them all when I am home. Internet is very sketchy down here. This is my first success so far. But, I do have to admit: I am ok with that. The water is calling my name.

See you soon!

Echo Park Giveaway!


From the moment Echo Park opened, I was in love with the patterns. Oh my cuteness, they are adorable. I use them a lot.

And I was even more tickled when they came out with some fabulous basics papers with some tone-on-tone goodness – Dots and Stripes Collections. Delightful.

A few days ago I was in desperate need for a non-girly thank you card. This is as simple as I can do. I love the look of those diagonal stripes lined up between the colors. (That is the engineer in me.)

And that greeting strip? It is a sticker in one of their paper packs. All I did was add the pearls. Brilliantly easy.

These papers come 6×6 and 12×12


So, how about getting your hands on a pack of these goodies? Just leave a comment here by Wednesday at 11:59pmEST and I will pick a winner of the Dots & Stripes Metropolitan Collection Pack. (Thank you, Echo Park, for sharing this with us.)

Good luck!

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