Monday, September 28, 2009

It’s FALL, Y’ALL….




Happy Fall to you!

This is actually a very short post.  Not many details on this card.  No patterned paper, no fancy punches…just straight up stamping & coloring!  I’ve actually had this image colored for a week or so, but I’m just sitting down to actually make it into a card.  ;o)

  • Image – OLD MILL CREEK by Heartfelt Creations
  • Copics - YR16, YR65, Y17, Y15, R11, RV42, 0, B00, C3, C5, B26, B32, B24, G12, E13, E99, E33, YG17, G82, E27, E37, G24, YG63, E47, E57, C7, YG11, YG45, E49
  • Diamond Glaze – water
  • Tulip Fabric Glitter Spray – to make an overall shimmer on the card.  It’s hard to get fine glitter to photograph well, so you probably can’t see it…and since it’s cloudy & rainy outside, I won’t be taking it outside to photograph it.
  • Shimmer in sunset - Shimmerz Angel Wings

Hope you’re all having a great day!  Please come back and check with me again in the next few days.  I’m doing a second term with The Character Cafe, so I’ll be posting lots of new goodies!  This term is for 6 months.  Our first blog hop (with discounts and lots of great projects) is THIS FRIDAY!!!!  So….be sure to check back to see what our team has to show off.



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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sarah Kay Image #2




This is another card challenge we’ve issued on The Frugal Scrapper Yahoo Group for an ill/injured child.  This one is en route to South Carolina for the students at Lakeside Middle School to be able to send cards to their young friend who has Lymphoma.  I do hope the cards from her friends cheer her up!

I just love this polka dot paper!!!  I bought it at the SEI booth at convention on Friday for 10 cents a sheet.  I wish I’d have bought more!  EEK!!!

Here are the details:

  • Card Blank – 8x9 paper folded to make a 4x9 card
  • Image – Sarah Kay
  • Patterned Paper – SEI
  • Ribbon – from my stash
  • Pink Button – from my stash
  • Clear Skittles – from my stash
  • Paper Punch – Martha Stewart
  • Glitter/Shimmer for Hair & Hat – At You Spica Pen Clear
  • Copics – C3, Y06, E37, RV02, V15, E13, E27, YG17, YG67, RV00, E99, B00, C7


Here is a close-up of the image so you can see the shimmer in her hair and in the detail of her hat.  You may have to click the photo to make it bigger. 

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Sarah Kay Image


This is a card I made for a challenge on The Frugal Scrapper Yahoo Group.  Two of our members have written about girls who are either ill or injured, so we’ve decided to make it a group effort to send some cheer their way in the form of cards.  Here is my first card…one headed to Paige at Boston Children’s Hospital.  She was in a boating accident and has had part of her arm amputated.  I hope this brightens her day…even if only a little!

I used:

  • Card blank – 9x8, folded to get 9x4 (fits #10 envelope)
  • Image - Sarah Kay
  • Patterned Paper – SEI (10 cents at convention!)
  • Lace Punch - Martha Stewart
  • Pink Button – from my stash
  • Ribbon – from my stash
  • Skittles – clear ones from my stash
  • Shimmer/Glitter in Hair - At You Spica Pen in Clear
  • Copics – E37, E27, E99, E33, RV00, RV02, E21, E50, B32, YG17, G24, BV13, BV00, RV13, B24, RV06, BG10


Here is a close-up of her hair so you can see the effect of the Spica pen.  You may have to click the image to get the bigger view.  It’s really pretty and shimmery in person!

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Card Contest




Two of my yahoo groups are having a contest for a December holiday theme!  I chose to do this ornament card and envelope.  I used:

  • Card base & envelope – Cricut Wild Card page 74
  • Red canvas texture cardstock
  • Tree – colored with YG17 Copic
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Sizzix embossing folder – Wedding Set #2
  • Ribbon – from my stash
  • VersaMagic Dew Drop Chalk Ink for a weathered look
  • Bling on embossed surface – Icicle Stickles

Aluminum foil technique (in case you haven’t seen this done!):

Take your desired piece of cardstock and run it through your Xyron.  The cardstock I used was Georgia Pacific 110 lb cardstock.  Once you’ve run it through your Xyron, burnish the Xyron side to make sure the adhesive is adhered well to your cardstock.  Remove the Xyron paper from the back of your cardstock and affix to your aluminum foil.  Take your burnishing tool and burnish from the mid-section of your foil to the outer section of your piece to smooth it out and remove the air bubbles!  Once you’ve done that, trim away any excess foil and affix the cardstock side to your Cricut mat.  Cut at blade depth 6, medium speed and medium pressure.  You will need to do a multi-cut of two to make sure it cuts through your cardstock well!  Once you have your piece cut, emboss with desired embossing folder and adhere to your project. 

*Disclaimer* – I used Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty aluminum foil, so your experience may be different with different brands and/or thickness of foil. 


Closer photo of just the card. 

I hope to get some more cards posted in the next few days, but I won’t promise!  My parents are coming in on Tuesday to spend the week and we’re going to CKC Convention on Saturday – WOOHOO!!!!!

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Fallen Texas Marine…


I don’t watch live TV often, but we’ve had a lot of rain the last few days, so I decided to watch our news on Thursday to see what the weather was going to do.  During the news program, they mentioned a local Marine who was killed on Tuesday.  I don’t know the family, but it really touched me.  The man’s wife is pregnant with their first child…a child who will never meet his/her father!  That saddened me and caused me to make this card for his wife.  I have never made a sympathy card before, so I hope this one is okay. 




The front of the card with a shot of the envelope.


A close-up of the sentiment on the front of the card.  I used a black gel pen to do little dots around the edges of the sentiment.


Another shot of the front of the card with it opened and standing up.


Final photo – a shot of the inside of the card.  I used a Copic marker to add the red around the outer part of the star and then went around the star with diamond stickles.  Don’t look at my messy handwriting…EEK! 


I used:

  • Card Base - Cricut Wild Card Cartridge page 59
  • Card Envelope – Cricut Wild Card Cartridge Page 59
  • Sentiment – Cricut Wild Card Cartridge page 32
  • Patterned Paper - The Paper Studio All Seasons Stack
  • Bling on inside of card - Diamond Stickles
  • Copic – B34 and R29
  • Black Gel Pen – detail on sentiment

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Baby – Congratulations Card



Yesterday I showed you the Jack-o-Lantern card from the Cricut Wild Card Cartridge.  Today I am showing you this diaper pin card.  It’s really cute in person, but I couldn’t get the colors to photograph correctly.  *sigh*

I used:

  • Pastel blue bubbles vellum (this is CUTE paper!)
  • White and Yellow Cardstock
  • Silver shimmer paper
  • Skittles
  • Baby feet stamp
  • Copics – YR09 (duck beak) and B32 & B63 (Congratulations)
  • Ribbon

This one is also kind of small in size.  The envelope is long and skinny…about 2/3 the size of a #10 business envelope! 

Thanks for stopping by…I hope to have something else to post for tomorrow!  :o)


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Friday, September 11, 2009

Pumpkin/Jack-o-Lantern Card




I joined in on a card swap in one of my yahoo groups and decided to make this cute little pumpkin card from the Wild Card cartridge.  The only thing I don’t like about it is that it cuts the envelope so darned small…which means that the card has to be small too!  3 3/4 inches small, to be exact!  But, it’s still cute!  Next time I’ll just do the card without the envelope so I can do it bigger.  :o)

What I used:

  • Cardstock – orange green and brown canvas texture
  • Stickles – Black Diamond – for eyes and mouth
  • White Sakura Pen – for stem & grass detail
  • Black gel pen – for pumpkin detail

All in all, a very simple card and envelope!

Thanks for stopping by!  Check back periodically over the next week.  I’ll be posting several projects…assuming I can get them all done!  ;o)


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The Character Cafe – Feature Friday




Hi, and thanks for stopping by to check out my Feature Friday post!  This one was SUPER simple!  I used:

  • Black textured cardstock for card base
  • Patterned paper – The Paper Studio All Seasons (I think!)
  • Boo Witchy – The Character Cafe
  • Googly Eyes – from my stash
  • Diamond Stickles – to bling the spider web
  • Copics – C5, C7, 100, E50, E21, RV25, E99, E37, YR07, YR09


Yes, I added stickles to every little piece of the web!  About halfway through I was seriously wondering what the heck I was thinking because it was such small lines and there were so many of them!  See all the lines!?!  But now that it’s all done, I like how it added the shimmer that a spider web with dew on it would have when the light hits it.  :o)

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Mummy Halloween Card




This is the front of my mummy card.  It’s for a girl, so I decided to do a bow for her “hair”!  ;o)



This is the back of the card. 



And finally…the inside of the card.  I decided to go with the “ripped and inked” edges throughout the card.  The inside of the card looks just whatever, but it’s for a kid.  Need I say more……?  ha!

What I used:

  • White Cardstock
  • Timber Brown Stazon Ink
  • Pink Gel Pen
  • Cricut
  • White Ribbon
  • Pink Prima Flower
  • Skittle
  • Googly Eyes

I hope you are having a GREAT Labor Day weekend! 

Thanks for stopping by and I will, hopefully, see you again soon!


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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Color Block Page




Sorry for the low resolution photo!  My wonderful husband has the charger for our new camera in his car…and the older camera!  So I had to resort to photos with my phone!  Men!  LOL

I created this page today to be able to scrap my daughter’s first “real” haircut at an actual hair-cutting place!  I’ve always done it before because she never wants anyone else to mess with her hair.  But this time we went and got our hair cut together.  I took photos, but haven’t had them printed yet, thus the reason for the blank mats!  ;o)

This is my first color block page.  Far from perfect, but I think it turned out okay!  I see a few issues that you probably see too, but I can live with them and move on!  ha!

I used:

  • paper – SCRAPS
  • inchies – okay, they were 2-inchies.  ha ha ha!!! – done with a Marvy punch
  • tag – Plantin Schoolbook
  • Scissors – A Child’s Year Cricut Cartridge on silver shimmer paper
  • Cuttlebug Embossing folders – several of them!
  • Flowers on tag – Primas from the “brown” bottle
  • Brads – from my stash

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Work It Wednesday – Using STICKLES!


When my group accepted The Character Cafe Design Team position, we were asked to prepare a Work It Wednesday post for a chosen date and topic during our term.  I {Billie} chose Stickles as my tutorial for today.  I hope you have learned something from our past Work It Wednesday posts and that you can use some of this information too.  :O)

Stickles are a small bottle of Acid Free “glitter glue” used to add BLING to pretty much any project.  They are available in an array of colors!  Michaels and Hobby Lobby carries them, as well as many, many online retailers.  They run $1.50 to $2 a bottle, depending on where you purchase them!

Here I will show several ways I’ve used Stickles, as well as included 101 uses for Stickles, which you may copy & paste into a Word document.  This is not my creation and I honestly don’t know where it originated.  It has been bouncing around in a few of the Yahoo groups I belong to!  If this is your information, please let me know and I’ll give credit where credit is due!  :o)




For the first photo, I used our school colors (maroon and gold) to cut the word “Read” on the Mickey & Friends Cricut Cartridge.  I layered the two pieces together and used Black Diamond Stickles around the edges of the letters to make them stand out. 



Here I have cut my name on the Cricut, shaded it in with a little purple ink and completely colored the letters in with Lavender Stickles.  Don’t mind my messy handwriting!  I wasn’t intending on leaving that part in the photos, but it worked.  ;o)



For this one, I covered this dark brown Prima flower with Diamond Stickles to give it an all-over bling effect. 



For this little pink flower (can’t remember if this was a Prima!), I used Icicle Stickles to add a little bling to the center.




This is a little hard to see, but if you click on the photo, you should see a slightly bigger image that you can hopefully see!  I cut a “Drippy Goo” SVG on my Cricut and added some Stickles to give them different effects.  For the top one, I used Ruby Slippers to give a “bloody” look.  This would be cool on a Halloween page or card.  For the bottom “goo”, I used Frosted Lace Stickles to give an “icicle” effect.


This paper doll is one I made a while back.  She was cut from the Paper Dolls Dress Up Cricut Cartridge.  I used Black Diamond Stickles on the details of her tutu and Cotton Candy Stickles to color in the hair bow and shoes.  She usually hangs above my desk, but I took her down (temporarily) for this photo!  ;o)



For this spider web patterned paper, I added Diamond Stickles to only a portion of it to let you see what a difference it would make.

Hopefully between my examples above and the list of uses below you will find some information useful for this week’s challenge!

Your challenge for this week is to use Stickles to add bling to your project!  Upload your photo to The Character Cafe blog, NOT here!  ;o)

101 Uses for Stickles

1. You can use Stickles to outline the letters in your titles.

2. You can use Stickles to outline the patterns, pictures & designs on your patterned papers.

3. You can add a little shimmer by spreading it around with your finger!

4. You can use Stickles on handmade cards.

5. You can use Stickles to make flowers glittery.

6. You can use Stickles to make “glitzy photo corners!”

7. You can use Stickles to make firework photos glittery!

8. You can use Stickles to make the “trails” from butterflies and dragonflies.

9. You can use Stickles to do doodle dots and stitches.

10. You can use the clear one which is AWESOME on stickers etc. to really make them look special.  The Basic Grey cardstock stickers become 3-D and really spectacular! !

11. You can use Stickles to outline the veins in leaves.

12. You can use Stickles to add to the clothing on Bella stamps to make the girls look ready for a night on the town!

13. You can use Stickles to make brads sparkly!

14. You can use Stickles to make ribbon sparkly!

15. You can use Stickles to make icing on cupcakes and cakes shimmer.

16. You can use Stickles to make waves look 3-D.

17. You can use Stickles for making cherries/fruit shimmer as if wet.

18. You can use the color Orange to make the “fire” on the end of a birthday candle!

19. You can use Stickles to make rain drops or water drops from a watering can.

20. You can use Stickles to make fairy dust around a fairy’s wand.

21. You can use Stickles to decorate your kids school supplies instead of buying designer stuff.

22. You can use Stickles to cover entire cutouts.

23. You can use Stickles over the designs on grunge board. It looks great!

24. You can use Burgundy Stickles as the perfect color to add blood droplets on your Halloween LO’s.

25. To cover clear embellishments entirely and make them oh so sparkly!

26. You can use Stickles under transparencies, to adhere them. Looks great for bubbles.

27. You can use Stickles for decorating t-shirts. When they’re worn down, ripped or you tired of them, cut out the design and scrap it. More mileage this way.

28. You can use dots made with Stickles to border a page!

29. You can use Stickles for slug trails.

30. You can use Stickles for snail trails.

31. You can use Stickles to decorate tennis shoes.

32. You can use Stickles to decorate buttons.

33. You can use Stickles to decorate ribbons.

34. You can use Stickles to make a spider web sparkle in a Halloween LO.

35. You can use Stickles on handmade tags.

36. You can use Stickles to add bling to hats or crowns.

37. You can use Stickles to make jewelry gleam!

38. You can use Stickles to make belts shine!

39. You can use Stickles to add pizzazz to purses & some shine to shoes!

40. Add Stickles to all or any misc accessories! (whether it be in a LO or IRL.That’s up to you! LOL!)

41. Add stickles dots to decorate lots of things, especially stamped swirls or flowers.

42. You can use Stickles generally anywhere on your LO, just to add some bling!

43. You can use Stickles to highlight just one letter in a title and make it POP!

44. You can use Stickles to make a circle or square of dots to frame closely in on a face or object in a photo.

45. You can add Stickles to the center of flowers.

46. You can run Stickles along swirly-swirls!

47. You can use a line of Stickles to make a thin (or thick!) border around anything (or everything!) on your page.

48. You can use Stickles to highlight the shadow on stamped letters.

49. You can use Stickles to stamp with them!

50. You can use Stickles to embellish concert LO’s.

51. You can use Stickles to make flourishes on your flourishes and make them look embossed.

52. You can use your Stickles to add bling to a star.

53. You can add them to flames to make them shimmer, glow & come alive!

54. You can use the color Cotton Candy to enhance.Um, well, Cotton Candy!

55. You can use the Candy Cane Stickles for.Candy Canes!

56. You can use the Icicle Stickles for.Icicles.

57. You can use Waterfall Stickles for.Water & Waterfalls.

58. You can use Orange Peel Stickles for.Oranges.

59. You can use Stickles to make the lines of a shooting star!

60. You can use Stickles on flowers to make them sparkle!

61. You can use Stickles as paint (dot a little then spread with paintbrush)

62. You can use Stickles to make a proper Disco Ball!

63. You can tear paper snow for cards or layouts & run Stickles along the top edge of the snow.

64. Stock up on the white/frosty colored Stickles.Stickle the paper or the ghost shape flakes.You can also stamp snowflakes and put Stickles in the center of the snowflake.

65. You can add Stickle to anything that you stamp!

66. You can use Stickles on paper piercings.

67. You can use Stickles on die cuts.

68. When using jewels, outline the jewel with Stickles.

69. You can use Stickles to outline a journal box.

70. You can use Stickles to decorate a cast.

71. You can use Stickles to decorate gift bags.

72. You can use Stickles to decorate wrapping paper.

73. You can use Stickles on feathers for Mardi Gras or Las Vegas LOs.

74. You can use Stickles with a stencil instead of ink.

75. You can print out stuff from Google, then add Stickles and top with Diamond Glaze to make homemade sparkly stickers!

76. You can apply Stickles to the top of Thickers.

77. When glitter comes off of stickers/paper, you can fill it in with Stickles to make it back to normal!.You can use Stickles to glue more glitter on top of the sticker!

78. You can use Stickles to make the eyes on a Disney Princess cut with your Cricut.

79. You can use Stickles to create rays of sunshine!

80. You can use your Stickles to create a rainbow!

81. You can use Stickles to make a heart (or hearts) shine!

82. You can use Stickles to make stars glitter & shine!

83. You can use Stickles to make moonbeams shine!

84. You can use Stickles on die cut Christmas trees to make the bulbs sparkle & shine!

85. You can add Stickles to your own Christmas ornaments or Christmas ornaments as gifts!

86. You can use Stickles to add shine to a trophy.

87. You can use Stickles to a title block.

88. You can use Stickles to add sparkles to a Shamrock.

89. You can use Stickles to add sparkles to an Easter Egg.

90. You can use Stickles to add rays of light to a Christian cross.

91. You can use Stickles to create firework frame around something (For example, a name or an object!)

92. You can use Stickles to make fish glimmer.

93. You can use Stickles to make water reflect (ocean, lake, waterfall, ripples, streams, fountain, aquarium, etc.)

94. You can use Stickles to make a reflective mirror.

95. You can use Stickles to highlight Art Deco from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s or 90’s found in the backgrounds of pictures.

96. You can use Stickles to highlight a monogram.

97. You can use Stickles on inchies.

98. You can use Stickles on tear bears.

99. You can use Stickles to add bling to automobiles.

100. You can use Stickles on your Disney Princess pages.

101. You can use Stickles on everything & anything & as long as you still have Stickles to use!


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