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Time for SSPC…but what is it???

Yes,  It’s a MOUSETRAP!   Have you seen gals altering them yet?  I’ve seen a few and it just struck me today that it would be fun to have one on the frig!  Write on the note paper and then just pull that page out… the other pages stay put!  No need to worry about getting snapped at!  = )

The challenge at Sweet Stamping Pixies this month is a recipe….flowers, ribbons and die cuts.  I didn’t do very well on the plural of these ingredients but at least I have more than one flower!  Counting all the flowers on the ribbon!  We’d love to have you play along!  There’s always an awesome prize!

The alphabet stamp in the background is from Paperbag Studios HERE, stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and edged with Walnut Stain Distress ink… love their stamps!  The flower is an old Provo Craft brad… the ribbon is old, from American Crafts.  The mouse trap is even old! lol  I used Simone’s ribbon technique… I stamped Lucy and the pencil in Memento Rich Cocoa Brown ink.  Jay Jay and Simone stamp in brown ink a lot so I have just had to try it lately!  I like it!  They are colored with Copic Sketch markers

A long time ago I asked Tori Wild for her red hair color combo and I found the paper where I had it written down the other day!  I did add another color but I do like this combo a lot!  I’ve used it before but you know how it is… stuff gets lost on the messy desk! ugh!

Tori’s red hair – YR21, E97, E08 and I added E09 last

Skin –  YR0000, E0000, 000, 00, 21, 11, 13  Cheeks – diluted R20 and R30

Shirt – B60, 63, 69 – G0000, BG23, 32, 43

Khakis – E41, 42, 43, 44

Shoes – E43, 44, 47, 49

Pencil – Y21, 23, E30, 31, E11, 13, 15

I put a piece of adhesive back magnet sheet on the back, the size of the trap.  Cut the history outline paper at 2 in. x 4.5 in., die cut them with the My Favorite Things notebook die and stuck them in the trap!

The week is off to a great start!  YEA!  I do have extra happy news too!  Amanda and Cedryk were able to come home Saturday!  Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!  They were deeply appreciated and helped get them home I’m sure!

Linking up to…

Simon Says Stamp Challenge – Bingo (ribbon, free, blossoms)
Stampin’ Sisters in Christ  – something that depicts home to you
The Pink Elephant – Back to School
There She Goes – Back to School
Eureka Stamps – Back to School

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CC Designs School Hansel…

This is School Hansel… can you just hear the story about why the paper is crumpled?  The puppy got it!  Hansel is one of the new images for August, illustrated by Christine Wooden for CC Designs.  He was really fun to color!  The pencil he’s sitting on, the “write on” sentiment and the two tickets are from the new for August, School Logos set. The tickets are cut out using the Ticket die.

I used two of the new for August CC Designs Cutters dies,  the banner and the apple.  I told Christine about my banner on this card and that we needed it as a die and this is the month!  YEA!  Lots of potential for paper fun again!  For this card I wanted it to be like the chalkboards we had when I was growing up!

School Hansel and his pencil are stamped on Letraset cartridge card-stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Sketch markers.   The pattern papers I used are from the Basic Grey 6×6 Oxford pad. The Typewriter die cut letters are a Tim Holtz Sizzlet die called Typeset.  My paper pieces are all edged with Distress ink and the ink blending tool… layers are cut with the Perfect Layers Tools…


I’m not writing the ATS blog posts anymore but you’ll still find links to all the new stamps and dies in my posts here!  Thank you!

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Swiss Pixies Butterfly Lucy for Sweet Stamping Pixies Challenge #3…

It’s the second Monday of the month and that means it’s Sweet Stamping Pixies Challenge time!  The challenge starting today is… your favorite fairy, pixie or sprite!

Here’s Butterfly Lucy from CC Designs to charm you with a little scene I created.  I woke up at 4:19 Saturday a.m. with the idea to make the new fence die a heart fence… well…then I had to figure out how to do it because most punches punch from the bottom and would be upside down if you tried to punch from the top!  Here’s a video to show you how I did it!  I love it!  Hope you’re inspired to try it too!



You can click over to YOU Tube if you want to watch the video in High Definition. Click on the gear looking thing next to the red talkie box and it’ll let you choose HD.

My first Fence video is HERE.

A close up photo of the fence…

Butterfly Lucy is stamped with Colorbox Archival Wicked Black ink on Canson Manga Drawing heavyweight paper and colored with Distress Markers.  I stamped the Butterfly Logo with Versafine Onyx Black ink on Bazzill Dawn card-stock and cut it out with a Fiskars mini pinking scissors.

The Flower Border die is cut out of three colors of card-stock.  I leave the green together and glue the pink and yellow on top of the green.  The Grass Border die is die cut and then crimped with Quilling Creations crimper!  LOVE this fun tool!  Links below…

The three yellow butterflies flitting around the scene are an EK Success paper shapers punch… the tree limb is my favorite Leafy Branch die from CC Designs Cutters… links below.  I used the Rosie’s Roadshow cloud template, Tumbled Glass Distress ink pad and ink blending tool to make my cloud background.  I edged the papers and fence with Distress inks and the blending tool.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  oh,  this was long but I hope you had a good time!  I had fun creating this to share with you!  Hope you can click over to check out the SSPC blog too!

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Umbrella Lula and how I store my thin metal dies…

For today’s card,  I used Umbrella Lula and colored her with Promarkers and Flexmarkers… scroll down to my post from yesterday for  the color information.  See that cute paper pieced umbrella?  That’s a new die and the umbrella stamp and sentiments are from the Umbrella Logos set!  Very cute!

I’m sharing a video I made quick the other day…I know… I got carried away with videos…hohoho!  I wanted to show how I keep my thin metal dies… so without further ado… here’s a 2 minute quickie!

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Coloring with Promarkers and Flexmarkers…

Today I’m coloring with Promarker and Flexmarkers colors. I’ve colored five skin tones and a variety of colors to hopefully give you an idea of how the colors look and work together.  I haven’t colored with these markers very long…I’m still learning for sure! I like them and enjoyed learning to use the chisel tip for covering larger areas and getting in tight places! 

Here’s cute Umbrella Lula showin’ her colors!


 forgot to add, I used Dusky Rose on her cheeks!

Markers and Umbrella Lula in the store, click the links below…

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Let a leaf be your umbrella on a rainy day…

Another month of Swiss Pixie adorable-ness!  This is beautiful Rainy Day Birgitta… sweet, sweet, sweet… keeping dry under her leaf umbrella!  Birgitta is illustrated by Christine Wooden for her stamp line CC Designs. I stamped Birgitta with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored her with Promarkers.

I’m sure you’re dying to know about the new dies I’m showing today!!!  Well… I’m dying to tell YOU!  Aren’t they awesome?!!!  Awhile back Christine asked the Design Team gals on our forum what ideas we had for dies!  Guess what I asked for… hehe.. yep… a flower border!  I couldn’t be happier!  It’s totally charming!

The Grass border is separate from the Flower border and then there is the Fence… purely fun! I will make a video on how I shaped it for dimension. Easy, I promise and the video will be short! I stamped the fence with a woodgrain stamp… so cool and then inked the edges with Walnut Stain distress ink and the ink blending tool. I added some copic colored grass to the grass border die cut and some copic pink to the flowers in the flower border… I did do some paper piecing to the dies also… yep… true love… I ❤ these dies!

The Happy Spring Words and Hello sentiments are from a new for this month AmyR Stamps sentiment set called So Wordy…. cool name even and fun fonts too!  The flowers I used in the word border are from the NEW Watering Can Logos set we’ll be showing tomorrow… I know… I got a head… just a bit! hehe   I used my trusty ‘ole stamp a ma jig to do the word/flower border… no pattern paper was harmed in making of this card!  Oh,  there are two flower stamps…one solid and one outline… cool… more stamping!

The die cut clouds are CC Designs Cutters cloud dies.  I also cut one of the top one to use as a mask to make a cloud background. Following Tracy’s tutorial on the ATS blog,  HERE… only I reversed it… used blue paper and white distress stain!  I really liked it when I was done too… there is always that chance, it’ll be a bomb ‘ya know… so happy when it isn’t! hehe   Always fun to try something different anyway!

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Ima Butterfly…

So…I tried the no outline coloring… I love it but… when I took the pictures this a.m. her face looked awful in the photos!  ugh! boo! whine!  So,  I tried to blend it more…well,  we all know what happens then… ugh!  So the photo above is the second photo session because of that evil E11! lol  It is not my friend in photos anyway.  I thought the coloring was fine until I took the pictures!   I used V20, 22, 25, 28 for her dress and boots. E30, 31, 34, 37 for her hair. YG0000, 00, 01, 03 for her wings and a clear Spica glitter pen.

The pattern paper is Basic Grey Sugar Rush 6×6 pad. Dies and punches and of course the Perfect Layers Rulers!

Here’s the first photo I took this a.m. before I tried blending and removing color on her face.  I think in trying to get the shading I just used too much ink!

I’m not throwing the card away because IRL,  it’s cute and I really like it! Figures I can’t get a photo that does it justice!  Oh well,  click over to the ATS Blog and see the fab cards by the some of the other ATS gals.  Tons of new stuff in the store @ All That too… Scroll down to see my post about the coupon code for the NEW Magnolia Princes and Princesses collection and magazine!

Have a great day!  Not sure I should try anything else new this week! hohoho  I do need to do some more creating so who knows what will happen! lol

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