Giveaway and a Dreamweaver Tutorial on a layout

Hello all,

I have a Dreamweaver Tutorial to share today – using embossing paste and using a stencil as a template for a scrapbook layout background. This post is also on Paper Craft Planet blog … so leave me a comment there as well for an opportunity to win a brass stencil of your choice!! The quality of Dreamweaver brass stencils are the best I have used.

Before I get to my project, I should say if you have never used embossing paste before, you should definately try it. The raised effect after the paste has dried is reall something now and you can add all kinds of glitter, pigment powders to get this awesome 3D/textured/glittery look to your image. Here is my project.

I am so happy I can use these stencils on my layouts too – not just for the background but also to make my custom embellishments. This is a layout of our very hot summer vacation to Hong Kong this year – it’s really hard for me to find Asian inspired embellishments and Dreamweaver has just the stencils for the job.

Here are the basic Dreamweaver materials I used to create the lantern banner as well as the background of my layout:

I created the background of my layout first so there was time to dry before I added my photos and papers. Also gave me some time to muster up the courage to use the embossing paste.

First, I swiped a couple of stokes of distressed stain on the background; then I inked up the part of the Big Dot stencil with distressed ink along the entire length of the background.


After I’m happy with the stenciled background, I spritzed and dribbled a bit of mist randomly around the stenciled image.


Let the background dry as I work on the lanterns.

Gather all your supplies for using the embossing paste – as a beginner, I can never work fast enough before the paste start to dry.

Tape your stencil down on all sides with removable tape. (This rookie has discovered why you should be generous with your tape in the next photo)

See the left side of the pink lantern where the paste has oozed beyond the image – that is from not taping the sides of the stencil down.

Back on task – spread your paste on the stencil using the palette knife – like you are icing a cake – about 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick.

Scrap off the excess paste with your spreader like so.

Remove the tape from all 3 sides, leaving the top as a hinge, so you can cleanly remove the stencil from the wet paste.

While the paste is still wet, sprinkle on your metallic F/X as desired. Tap the excess F/X off and let dry. (around 20-30 mins.) Try not to touch it while it’s drying – I did on the 1st piece I did..LOL. (the excess powder does brush off with a dry paint brush once the paste is dried)

I fussy cut my lanterns out and by this time, your background would have been dried and I just assembled my papers and photos as you see on my finished project.

What a fun and easy way to create a layout with embellishments that are just totally customized and unique to my photos.

Thanks for stopping by and for leaving me some love!


Spring is finally here!!

Yeah yeah yeah!!

and welcome to this week Pastel/Colors of Spring challenge at Color Me Creative Copic Challenge.

When I think of Spring, I think of warmer weather, melting snow, new babies, spring cleaning. That’s why, at this time of the year, I feel obligated to spring clean – to dig out my scraps and use them before they all burst out of my scrap drawer and drown me! The background of this card is stitched together with scraps of paper left from other projects – I don’t recall all of the manufacturer they are little scraps no more than the 1-2″ width you see – and if my memory serves me right, I see Studio Calico, My Mind’s Eye in there (I could be wrong). Stitching backgrounds together are a great way to use up paper scraps – just find a coordinating color tone and value, so I don’t stand out more than others (unless that’s your intent). My image is from Crafter’s Companion and that little furry flower center is also a piece of scrap ribbon trim.

To enter in the challenge, you can use any image you want as long as they are colored with any alcohol markers. Your card must also be newly created.

The winner of this challenge will win a 2 stamps from Little Darling Stamps and a park of Cryogen cardstock. And when you play along the entire month (just 2 cards), you are also entered into the monthly drawing for the shopping spree at Oozak. How can you beat two prize opportunities – head on over to be inspired and get to coloring.


My Homemade Washi Tape

Hello everyone,

I have OCD tendencies – there I said it. For the most part, I keep it in check and more importantly, try never to inflict it on anyone. However, every once in a while, my OCD tendencies raises it’s ugly head and I become obsessed with 1 thing. This is my latest craze … home made washi tape … thanks Janelle.

I dug out a 12 yard roll of medical tape (paper variety), tape a length of it on my craft mat, airbrushed with my copic markers and stamped on it. Pretty easy to make and let’s just say, there is probably slightly less than 2 yards left and my entire crafting studio is draped with tape. For the more visual learner, my Stampendous teammate Wendy Price has a step-out tutorial here – she uses watercolor to paint her homemade tape. I’ve tried it with acrylic paint too – didn’t like the watercolor (looks very wash out to me) or the acrylic paint (too opaque). So experiment and see which look you like.

Anyhow, with that much tape around – I had to use it of course. Here is the result:

The stamps I used for the tape were all from Stampendous- Cling Cheery Recipe card (lines), Cling Jumbo Rosehip (flower on yellow tape), Fairy Queen clear stamp (small flower on grey tape), the Polka dots were from a discontinued baby themed clear stamp set. Background paper was from studio calico, chipboard stickers were from My Mind’s Eye, the dribble of mists were colors from October Afternoon set and the alpha title was just some leftover letters I had from my craft supplies.

Total cost of my homemade washi tape – $3. Awesome layout – priceless!

Challenges entered:

Moxie Fab World



Is it too early for a Father’s Day card?

Good morning peeps,

I manage to spend more time in my happy place (my crafting space) last night and I finished all of Class 3 at Color Me Creative Classroom! I am loving all the tips and techniques Suzanne is sharing in her class and gosh, if you do your homework (sorry – I’m lacking in that area) – Suzanne will even personally critique your work!

But I did make a card from what I learnt … and here it is:

Love the newsprint paper from Studio Calico and twine is from Doodlebug Designs. Humphrey here is my favorite from Crafter’s Companion and he is colored with Copic Markers:

  • hat and shoes: E31, E33, E35, E37, E71, E74, E50, E53;
  • elephant: C1, C3, C5;
  • jeans: B93, B95, B97;
  • singlet: W1 for highlights only;
  • tie: R24, R27, R29, YG00, YG01, YG03

Now, onto class 5 – I know I can do better with my coloring and I can’t wait to learn more. Check out Suzanne’s classes online or see if she is coming to your town!


Wire Works Wednesday

Well hello again,

I like the fact that once a month, the Flower Soft design team are featuring creative ways to use Flower Soft wires! It helps me use a product that seldomly comes to my mind when creating and I’m astound how much fun it is on my creative psyche to find ways to use them – not to mention, I’m actually using up my stash! All the more motivation!

My background patterned paper is from My Mind’s Eye, papers used for my pinwheels are from Studio Calico, the pinwheel tutorial can be found here. I colored the Flower Soft wires with alcohol markers and sentiment stamp is from Unity Stamps.

I hope I inspired you to use your stash or find creative ways to use them to add instant dimension to your work.


Tuesday Throwdown From the Heart Challenge

Hi y’all,

Before we get to the challenge this week, I am very sad to announce that this is my last challenge with the Tuesday Throwdown design team. This team is one of my 1st design teams and over the last half a year, I have gotten to know these ladies and come to regard them as my friends. To leave them is very heavy on my heart. I’m going to miss you Brenda, Ceal, Davi, Deedee, Lauren, NanaConnie, Yolanda.

Without making everyone any more sappy, the challenge this week is to use HEARTS in your creations. Our sponsor is Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps.

For such a simple card, I wasn’t quite expecting to use so many paper selection for this – My Mind’s Eye (floral & gingham), Studio Calico (tan text), Crate Paper (wood grain), Authentique Paper (dark red background). The black mat is actually just acrylic paint roughly painted on.

Come join in the fun at Tuesday Throwdown.



CHA sneak peeks …

Hello everyone!! (warning: photo heavy post)

This has been a crazy week for me because I’m prepping last minute cards and projects for CHA and it’s also incredibly exciting because I get to leave for CHA this weekend!! Woohooooooo!!

So if you are going to be there – I’m looking forward to meeting you in person and if you’re not going to be there, don’t worry, I promise to do a daily post with lots of photos so you feel like you’re there!! yeah yeah!

Wait – there is more – just like you, I’m also drooling and swooning over the rash of new papers and embellishments coming out and here is a sneak peak of what catches my fancy.

Oh definately these easy to use washi tapes …



Studio Calico

Crate Paper

Crate Paper

And the huge array of honeycomb pattern papers …

My Mind's Eye

My Mind's Eye

My Mind's Eye


and these back in style iconic images (telephone, bicycles, mason jars, smooch smooch smooooooooch) …

Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490

Jillibean Soup

Studio Calico


Jenni Bowlin

Jillibean Soup

Cosmo Cricket

and 1st the chevrons, now the zigzags … com’on, give my pocket book a break PLEASE!!

Jenni Bowlin

GCD Studio

What catches Your fancy? curious minds want to know …


Step it up …

Hello my online friends,

I wanted to share this card I made using a Mabel Lucie Attwell Card Kit – a Flowersoft New Release. This is a first for me in a couple of regards – using a card kit and making a center step card!

I don’t know why I have never thought of using a card kit before but I LOVE how this turned out! It’s just so easy to use – I just cut out the image and used it as a card topper. The image is just perfect – no coloring, with pre-marked lines that is easy to cut out and all I did was just embellished – how fun! It sure helps with a lot more room on a center step card to play with.

Papers are from October Afternoon, Crate Paper, Studio Calico and My Mind’s Eye. My sentiment is a Stampendous stamp on a Crate Paper chipboard tag. I love how the vintage elements playing along side nicely with the relatively modern felted trees from Pebbles.

And thanks to the DVDs I have been watching from Crafter’s Companion, I finally mastered making a card with more than 2 folds.

Now your challenge is to take any card found on one of the Design Team blogs or on the Flowersoft Blog and “step it up”.  You will need to link to the original card and show your stepped up creation. If you upload your creation to SCS, please use the keyword FSC43 and flowersoft so we will be able to find you and then add the link to your card to the comments section on the Flower Soft Blog.  The prize for his challenge is the Mabel Lucie Attwell Card Kit.

 Here’s a list of the other Design Team members so you get some inspiration:

Jeanne Streiff 
Deb Felts
Deb Seyer
Jennifer Buck
Linda Beeson
Krista Riley
Dawn Lusk
Lisa Murphy

Cibele Glazer

Have a creative kinda day!