Archive for February, 2007

I have seen several of these milk cartons that people have made but hadn’t made one myself.  Yesterday when I was waiting for my husband to come home from work, I decided to give it a try.  I have a set of directions that someone wrote out, and I also have a PDF file with a template that prints right on your card stock.  I decided to go for the easier of the two.  That was the PDF file!  I will post both of the files below for you to print/save for yourself.

Supplies I used:

Card Stock: Cool Caribbean, Taken with Teal, Whisper White

Ink: Taken with Teal, Cool Caribbean, Pretty in Pink, Pale Plum, Black

Accessories: snail adhesive, glue dots, prima flowers

Patterns and Directions:
Download perfect_size_milk_carton.pdf

Download milk_carton_measurements_by_conductorchik.doc

I want to let you know that my printer actually stopped printing the last edge of the pattern, so measure between the panels and make sure that you have the last edge to cut along.  I probably needed to change my margins so it could print the whole thing.  Finishing the top is a little tricky.  My hubby helped me finish the folding along the top when he got home.  Give it a try!

Until Next Time…..Happy Creating! 🙂


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In a previous post I mentioned using the ink on the lid of my stamp pad to color in images.  Here is a quick picture tutorial of how to do that.


With the lid closed on your ink pad, squeeze the lid down towards the ink pad inside.  This will "ink the lid".


Once the ink is on the lid, you can use your blender pens or aqua painter to color in your images.  This will give it a watercolored appearance. 
Until Next Time……Happy Creating!

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I had mentioned in another post about masking an image.  Many of you are pro-stampers and have done this for a long time, others are new to stamping.  I thought it might be helpful to a "how to" to explain what I mean by masking.


1. you stamp your image onto your card stock that you are using to make your card.


2. Stamp the same image onto a post- it note along the sticky edge.


3. After you have stamped the image, use a pair of scissors to cut out the image.


4. Place the mask (post-it note) over top of your original image on your card stock and sponge or spritz as desired.


5. Remove mask to reveal your uninked image!  You may finish this as you desire!

I hope this has been a helpful tutorial on Masking.  Until Next time…….Happy Creating!

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Natural Beauty

Coral_natureI have had this stamp set (Natural Beauty) for over a month now and hadn’t cut and mounted it until last week!  I decided that would be a great way to pass the time while I was sitting in the car rider line after school.  I was determined that over the weekend I would make something with this set!  This is what I came up with.

Card stock: Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Watercolor Paper
Ink Colors: Chocolate chip ink pad and marker, Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery and Apricot Appeal, Black StazOn
Accessories: Olive Organdy ribbon, blender pens, Spritzer Tool, sponges

First I started by inking up my Canvas Background stamp with Chocolate chip ink and stamped that onto my Cameo Coral card.  I rubbed very lightly so that I didn’t get a dark impression on my card stock.  I wanted it to look kind of sketchy.  Then I used my sponges to ink more chocolate chip ink onto the background.
For the image, I stamped it in Black StazOn on my watercolor paper. I used my blender pens and the ink on the inside of my ink pad lid to color in the flowers. (**To get ink on the lid of your ink pads, squeeze the ink pad and ink will touch the inside of the lid.**)
After the images were colored in, I made a mask of my flower image and covered it up. (**To make a mask, stamp your image onto a post it note or other piece of card stock.  Then Cut it out and place it over top of the same image for your card.  This protects it from "getting dirty" while you do something else around your image.**)  Once the image was covered, I sponged the card stock with Chocolate chip ink.  Then I removed the mask.  To get the speckles, I used my spritzer tool with my SU marker.  I also swiped the edges of the card stock onto my chocolate chip ink pad.  Lastly, I made doodle stitching marks around the edge.  Once I finished my image piece, I just layered the card stock together and put it on my card.  The Celery layer also has been stamped with the canvas background stamp with Celery ink.


For this card is used the Natural Beauty stamp set and the Floral Background

Card stock: Bashful Blue, Metallic Gold, Night of Navy, Watercolor paper

Ink: Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, Gold Encore, VersaMark, Watercolor Pencils, Black StazOn

Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Eyelets, Aqua Painter, Blender Pens, HodgePodge

First I started with a Bashful blue card, and stamped the floral background using my VersaMark ink pad. The flower image on top was stamped with Black StazOn and colored in with Watercolor pencils and my aqua painter.  The shadowing around the flower image and along the sides of the watercolor paper was done with my aqua painter and the sahara sand ink.  The blue layer with the eyelets was made from Bashful blue card stock swiped with night of navy ink.  After that had set/dried, I stamped the word stamp with the gold encore pad and embossed it with gold embossing powder.   Layer the layers together and attach to front of card.  I then added the hodgepodge bracket.  The word "wish" is stamped directly on the blue card front.

The measurements for the top stamped image is 3-1/16" x 2-1/8".  The swiped layer measures 3-1/4" x 4".  You can layer then how you would like but those are the measurements I started with.


This card was made for a submission to my upline.  She wanted us to make a card inspired by another example and send them to her!  I think she is going to post them in a gallery on her blog.

I love the resist techniques.  There are so many options.  For this one I used white crayon.

Card stock: Certainly Celery, Lavender Lace, Apricot Appeal, Glossy White

Ink: Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Lavender Lace, White Crayon, Black StazOn

Accessories: Round Tab Punch (Available March 1st from the SU Spring Mini), Spiral Punch (also available March 1st from the SU Spring Mini), staples, Bone Folder to curl edges, and sponge daubers

First I stamped the flower stamp all over the Celery card with celery ink.  Then I stamped the Lavender Lace layer with the word stamp in lavender lace ink.  This piece measures 5-1/4" x 3-1/4".  I used the spiral punch to create the slots down the left hand side.  The top butterfly images were stamped with Black StazOn onto white glossy paper.  Next I took my white crayola crayon and traced the lines I wanted to resist the ink.  Lastly for that top layer, I sponged color onto the white glossy paper using my sponge daubers.  Once complete, wipe off excess ink to reveal the white crayon markings that you drew on earlier.  This paper size is: 4-1/8" x 2".  The apricot layer that this is attached to is cut bigger and the edges curled by rubbing the bone folder along the edges to roughen them up.  You can finish curling them over with your fingernail.  I punched the tabs out of all three colors of paper and attached them to the lavender lace layer with my stapler.  They are stamped with the stamp set called Small Script (this set is retired).

Give it a try……Until Next Time…..Happy Creating!

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Netherlands Tile Card

I have had several people ask me how I made this card, so I decided to do a tutorial on it!  The stamp sets I used were Stampin’ Up!’s Floral Background and Summer By the Sea. I didn’t layer the front of this card, and I wish I would have.  My original card is posted in my SCS Gallery: tmryal.


Supplies Needed:

  • Floral Background stamp
  • Summer by the sea stamp set
  • Brilliant Blue ink pad
    • Azure StazOn Ink pad
    • 1" square punch (mine was 15/16")
    • adhesive
    • VersaMark Ink Pad
    • UTEE or Glassy Glaze (ultra thick embossing enamel)
    • Heat Gun
    • tweezers to help place tiles and hold paper while heating


After stamping the floral background with Brilliant Blue on white cardstock, use your square punch to punch as many squares as needed.
I always line the squares up around the edges before sticking them down with adhesive.  That helps you get the spacing that you need.


Next you want to place your background layer for your little girl image.  I used Brilliant blue card stock.


Next, I stamped the little girl with my Azure StazOn ink.


I then colored her in with my bliss  blue marker and my
aquapainter with ink from my bliss blue ink pad lid.  I realize this color is retired by SU but their replacement
color for it is called Bashful Blue.  It is still a light blue.


Once I glued on the little girl image, then I placed VersaMark ink over the entire card.  Make sure you have good coverage.  You want the ink to get down in the grooves between the tiles.Utee  Once it is completely inked, place the Glassy Glaze or UTEE over the entire piece. Once the front is covered, Heat set it with your heat gun.

You can make this a card front to be layered on top of a blue card, but I just made this one a card by itself.


You can use more than one layer of UTEE if you’d like.  My original card (the one linked to at the top of this post) has only 1 layer.  With this card I did 2 layers.

Hope this helps you understand the process of making "tiles" on your card!

Until next time….Happy Creating!

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One Sheet Wonder!

Yesterday I decided to do another One Sheet Wonder.  The idea behind this is to create 10 cards fairly quickly.  I have used the templates that were put together by LeeAnn Greff.  They are an awesome place to start.  After you’ve done a couple, you get the feel for what you can change and do differently.  LeeAnn’s templates work by printing your template directly on your card stock.  The neutral template (for white or vanilla) is the card stock that you would stamp all over and print the template on the opposite side.  Once they are printed, you would then cut apart the templates and stack them in piles according to the numbers.  Once your templates are all cut you can assemble the cards.  Here are the cards that LeeAnn made from her template.  I’m showing you these so that you can get an idea of which template you would want to use if you change the color scheme.


Click on this file to find her step by step directions.

Download directions_for_osw.doc

The following files are the templates in PDF form for you to save and print onto your card stock.


Download OSWneutralbackground.pdf

Download OSWCelery.pdf

Download OSWRegalRose.pdf

Download OSWRoseRed.pdf

For the following cards, I used the neutral template and then used up some scraps to make the layers and layouts that I wanted to use!

The colors I used are Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Almost Amethyst, and white.


I also used my cuttlebug for the background dry embossing.  The punch along the sides is from the new Spiral punch offered by Stampin Up starting March 1 in the Spring Mini Catalog.


The Stamp sets that  I used are: Petal Prints, That’s Nice (from the new spring mini), Polka Dots and Petals (from the new spring mini), Delight in Life (sellabration set), Graceful Words (retired), Much Appreciated, and Happy Everything.


The black stitching on the Faith card is from a new pen I got called GLAZE.  It is a gel pen that dries and stays shiny.  No need to emboss, these pens are 3-D.  I found them at Archivers.  I got to use my gift card that my husband gave me for Christmas!! 🙂

Remember that you can click on each picture to see a larger version.  I hope you have as much fun with these templates as I have.  Start with the basics and then you can add more pizzaz the next time!  I have 9 cards posted here today.  The templates make 10 cards.  I haven’t finished the last card yet.  I think these will give you the idea though!!  Until next time…..Happy Creating!

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Ranger Alcohol Inks

Here is a technique that I want to share with you.  My friend Heather and I made these yesterday. I have made a card similar to this before and just placed the finished acetate on the top of my card stock.  This time Heather and I were talking about how cool it would be to feature the acetate as a stained glass window.  She came up with the idea of this layout!  Go Heather!

Supplies Needed:Alcohol_ink_tutorial_supplies

1. Window sheet (acetate) Make sure that the acetate that you use can withstand heat.  Laser Printer transparencies work well.
2. Stamps-not solid
3. Black StazOn ink
4. 3- Alcohol Inks in coordinating colors
5. Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
6. White Craft Ink (pigment)
7. Clear Embossing powder
8. Heat gun
9. supplies to finish your card…adhesive, etc.
I used Crystal Effects to attach mine to the card and also my Creative Memories Oval Cutter to create my shape of choice.

Step 1: Stamp images with Black Stazon onto acetate.  When you are finished with this you will turn your acetate over for the following steps.


Step 2:  Place a few drops of each color onto your acetate.  I have chosen to use one that had not been stamped on yet so you could see it clearer.


Place blending solution onto cotton balls or cosmetic pads and blend the dots to help spread the blending solution.  Doing this helps the ink spread when you add more color.


Here is what it looks like once all the colors are blended.  You can add as much color as you choose.


Step 3:  Once the alcohol inks have dried, dab white craft ink over the whole thing.  This is all still being done on the back side of your acetate.


Step 4:  Put clear embossing powder over the whole thing.


Step 5:  Heat emboss to melt the embossing powder and seal in the color.  Be careful not to concentrate on one place and keep the heat gun moving to avoid melting or curling the acetate.


Finished background!  From here you can create your card as you choose.  You can attach it with brads or eyelets.  I have also used glue dots and crystal effects.  For the card at the top of this post, we chose to have the window effect and cut away the cardstock before attaching the acetate.

I hope you have fun playing with these products.  My family is headed for a weekend away with the rest of the family.  We are going to Grand Lodge which is one of those hotel/waterpark places by the Mall of America!  Have a great weekend and we’ll catch ya next week!  Until then…..Happy Creating!

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