Saturday, July 30, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Grillin' Gramps

The weekend is calling my name, I'll be off to Mtn. View to see mom and doing some relaxing and maybe some BBQing on Sunday, mmmmm!
I used 2 Our Craft Lounge stamp sets for this card. Bring on the BBQ and Golfin' Gramps. I had to find my gramps set to go with the sentiment Real Men Grill! Gramps has golf clubs in his hands in the Golfin' Gramps set, I cut those off while I was cutting him out and put the sauce and turner from the BBQ set in his hands. I colored his shirt, skin and the letters with Copic markers C7, W2, W3, E27, E31, E00, R59 and B93. The paper I used is Fancy Pants Beach Bum 6x6 pad, I paper pieced his vest and pants and added Coffee Bean Brown Sparkly Fluff to his hair, cute!

I cut the sentiment with a Spellbinders Peony die and inked the edges with Ranger Distress Vintage Photo ink and a blending tool.


Don't forget to leave a comment on this post for my Crafty Secrets give-away, it ends tomorrow!

Have a great weekend!

Smiley from

Friday, July 22, 2011

take it easy & a give-away

Happy Friday, I love Fridays, oh yeah!
I'm in such a good mood, I'm going to do a give-away!

Up for grabs is the new Creating with Vintage Patterns CD.

See the details below.

This card is made with the new Crafty Secrets Take it Easy small stamp set, you can see it here on Sandy's blog. I LOVE this sweet comfy chair, the cat & dog, and the other 5 images that go with it. I couldn't wait to upholster my chair with the Vintage Patterns CD :) doing the paper piecing technique.

I used my Spellbinders labels 8 die for the card base and pattern paper layer. The chair is on a paper doilie and sentiment is on a tiny office supply tag. The red bling is Kaiser Rhinestones.
OK, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post and I'll pick a winner for the new CD next Friday July 29th. Please leave me contact info on your post.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Smiley from

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

embossed tag

Today I've got a tag to show you. I got some embossed tags in my order from Inspiration Emporium, they were embossed with clocks.

I don't know about you, but, I've got a little catch-all dish on my desk that I'll put odds & ends in. It's got buttons, flowers I've made, beads, small things. When I started this tag I got several of the items from that dish and used them. It feels good to be using stuff I've been moving around when I'm digging in my dish! Those items are the embossed key image from the Our Craft Lounge Under Lock & Key stamp set , the rosette and the tiny banner. Then I grabbed my bellie box and went to town!

I distressed the tag with Ranger Distress Broken China & Pumice Stone inks and my blending tool. I stamped the Our Craft Lounge Coastal Wishes lighthouse image with VersaMark & embossed it with black embossing powder, then I colored or more like scribbled the image with Copic markers G82, E31, W1 & W3, I was going for a water colored look. I distressed the edges with my distress tool and inked the edges with Black Soot ink. I covered the number 3 with book paper and Glossy Accents. I glued the rosette to a piece of punched book paper and glued it to the tag. All of the metal embellishments are ideaology fasteners & findings. The T is for time/Troy, my brother.
Inspiration Emporium is having a CHA special through Thursday, 7-21, you better hurry! Just use coupon code chaspecial for 20% off your entire purchase, WOOHOOO!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Have a great day!
Smiley from

Monday, July 18, 2011

Crafty Secrets New Product Show Offs!

It's Crafty Secrets challenge time, and this month we are showing off the new stuff!
I decided to show off the Mini Vintage Creative Scraps. I've been having so much fun these scraps, I did some ATC's and now soldered magnets.

I made these magnets with images from the Mini Vintage Creative Scraps, it's so hard for me to pick out which ones I want to use, they're all so pretty!

Here are the supplies I used. I got this soldering kit from Ellen Hudson a few years ago, I checked and she still carries them.
I used a 12x12 ceramic tile that I got from Lowes to do the soldering on, it's a good work surface, it can take the heat of the soldering iron. I got the Memory Frames from Inspiratiaon Emporium, they have all sizes.

I traced around this glass piece on the butterfly from the back of the Creative Scraps and cut it out. I added the tiny words, Vintage Girl from the scraps.

I sandwiched the image between 2 pieces of glass and added the copper foil tape around the pieces. The foil tape is sticky, so it's easy to apply.

I used my bone folder to smooth the tape on the edges and corners, I fold the corners like I would when I'm wrapping a gift.

Next, you paint on flux all around the foil tape, it's a liquid and it's very important in the process. Then apply your solder. I've found that the less solder I use the better, I used to pile it on and it took me forever to try and smooth it out. Now, I just melt small drops of solder on the edge, lay down my solder and smooth it with the iron. Keep in mind, I'm not an expert at this, I don't do it often, I wish I had more time for it. There are SO many things you can make from soldered pieces, magnets, jewerly, embellishments, etc.
When it's cooled, you can smooth the rough edges with the nail file and polish it with a soft cloth. *see my finger nails, it's white crackle polish by OPI, not distress crackle paint Ü*
I glued magnets on the back with E6000.


Have a great day, thanks for stopping by!

Smiley from

Monday, July 11, 2011

Shout it Out! ~ Our Craft Lounge

I've got an Our Craft Lounge card to show you today made with the Shout it Out stamp set.

This is a fun set, perfect for paper piecing! All of the cute animals have big mouths and there are word bubbles for the sentiments, super cute!

I used the Spellbinders Grand Nesties, big scalloped circles for the card. This die makes the cutest scalloped cards! I used the Peony die for the background for the whale. The papers are Fancy Pants Beach Bum 6x6 pad and blue cardstock. I cut the paper and cardstock wave and stitched them together. I stamped the whale, bubble and sentiment with jet black Archival ink and cut them out. I popped up the whales tail with a foam dot. I added some waterfall Stickles to the tiny bubbles in the word bubble and some rhinestones from Walmart for the whales water spout. I colored the white seam binding with a B21 Copic marker and added a button. I threaded the little buttons with some white string and adhered them with Glue Dots.

Go check out Inspiration Emporium, they have all of the Our Craft Lounge stamp sets, plus, all of the supplies I used for this card.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!
Smiley from

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Mini Vintage ATC's ~ Crafty Secrets

I made 3 ATC's with the new Crafty Secrets Mini Vintage Creative Scraps. I absolutely adore these new scraps. The back side is just as pretty and fun as the front. Sandy is selling some necklaces that have blank pendants that are perfect with these scraps! Do you like to solder pendant, pins, magnets etc.? OMG, these scraps are for you! There are tiny words to put on your images, YAY! You can click on the picture of the scraps below or click on the link to see them bigger.
This is a close-up of one of the ATC's. I used the new Crafty Secrets Vintage Patterns CD on all of the ATC's. I love the pink flowers with the bird and nest. I made a flower using my Martha hydrangea punch, pink crepe paper, glitter and a pearl brad. I put Martha white gold glitter around the image, added some Kaiser pearls and a piece of vintage tatting along the bottom.
Here they are all lined up. Tim's memo pins are perfect for holding the ATC's, they are stuck in corks.

This one was fun, I used my 3/4" square punch to punch all of the tiny images. I distressed each one with Ranger Distress Vintage Photo ink and blending tool. I covered the bird with a Fragment using Glossy Accents. I colored the white seam binding with a blending tool and Broken China and Vintage Photo ink. I cut out the tiny words and put them on an office supply tag that's embellished with a Vintage Patterns paper scrap and Kaiser Rhinestones.

The last one has another gorgeous vintage image. I added a flower I made like the one above, but, I used Vintage Pattern scraps to punch the flowers. I added some pins, did some stitching and added some vintage lace.

Go check out the new Mini Vintage Scraps and see what you can create, you'll have fun with them, I promise!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I hope you have a great day!
Smiley from

Friday, July 01, 2011

Inspiration Emporium July Challenge

It's challenge time again at Inspiration Emporium!

You know, if you play along in the challenge and upload your creation to the IE blog, you can win a $50 shopping spree?!! They have all the current crafting supplies and all things tim, too! So, get creating and start your shopping list, just in case! ;)

This months theme is embossing. I decided to do the cracked glass technique with clear embossing powder. I stamped the image from the Our Craft Lounge Let Freedom Ring stamp set on the cardstock, colored it with my Copic markers. Then I took my VersaMark pad and covered the entire image with the ink. I poyred on the embossing powder and heat set it with my heat tool, then I repeated that to make it super thick. I put the piece in the freezer to harden for a few minutes and then I took it out and bent it several times so the ep would crack. It looks so vintage, I love this technique!
Supplies: Stamps - OCL Let Freedom Ring. Paper - Distress Coredinations, tan, cream, Webster Pages Seaside Retreat, Garden Gala, & Natures Storybook 6x6 combo pack, MME Stella Ruby. Ink - Ranger Distress Black Soot, Antique Linen, Copic markers, Archival - Jet Black, VersaMark. Acces. - Kaiser Pearls, May Arts velvet rick rack, clear embossing powder. Tools - Martha fence border punch, Spellbinders Classic Oval (lg) die, sewing machine.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Remember when I talked about me and Terry going through the Titanic in Branson?

Here's the pictures they took of us when we were inside.

We're heading toward the iceburg in this one, ACK, lol!

We're fixin' to hit the hay here.
Yeah, we're exhausted, can't you tell, lol.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Have a great day and have a safe and
Smiley from
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