Thursday, May 24, 2012

pre-school grad gift

Good Morning!
Today is graduation day for Jasmine, she's going to kindergarten next school year!
She's so excited to start school!
I made her a little gift filled with tags with pictures on them and we'll stuff some cash in there for her.
I used the new cd3 Creating with Vintage Typography from Crafty Secrets. See the little streamers hanging from the flower? I printed those from the CD and I printed all the tags too.
It so super simple to make a quick gift, like I did here.
I used some supplies that were already on my table, the Artsy Banners stamped book page, flower and lace. I love when it works out like that.
I can't remember where I got the bandaide tin, I've had it a long time.
Since I took these pictures, I've punched holes in each tag at the corner and put them through a binding ring. I thought she would keep up with the tags better that way.
I punched various pictures of her into 1 1/4" & 1 1/2" squares and adheared them to the tags, I distressed around each one with Distress Vintage Photo ink and a blending tool, then I added the ribbon and buttons, so easy!

See all the tags, they are gorgeous!
Have a fun safe weekend!
It's already a mad house around our tiny town!!
Smiley from

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

flower challenge

Happy Tuesday, friends!
Inspiration Emporium's challenge this month is flowers, anything you want to do as long as there are flowers involved. That was an easy one for me since I've been doing an art journal and playing with Dylusion spray inks and stamps.
The background pages are sprayed with a water bottle and then sprayed with the Dylusion inks. I used bubblegum pink, vibrant turquoise, squeezed orange and london blue, I did my stamping with archival jet black ink and did the outlining with a white Gellyroll pen.
To make the flowers I used one of the hats in the Dylusions Love Struck Lucy stamp set. I stamped it in a circle and put a stamped circle that I had cut out to go in the middle. I did the same thing with the small flower, I used a small circle stamp. I watercolored the the flowers with the inks and Tim's new fine tip water brush. You fill it with water, spray some ink on your craft mat, dip the water brush in the ink and start coloring, super easy and fun, you don't have to be perfect.
I stamped the leaves along the top and sides, it's from the Furthur Round the Edge stamp set and highlighted them with the white pen. The flower stems and bottom edge are from the same set.
The cat is from the Bits and Bats set, I gave him some white polka dots with the pen, just for fun.
The dots on the background sort of magically appeared when I sprayed the pages with water, they came through from another page, pretty cool!
The cute sentiment is from the The Right Words set.
Now, it's your turn to make your flower masterpiece and upload it to the Inspiration Emporium blog. Remember to use my coupon code ieirisgarden for your 10% discount!!
Have a great day!
Smiley from

Monday, May 07, 2012

Sing for Joy

Good Morning!
I have another journal project to show you today, are you getting tired of them? I sure hope not because that's all I want to do!
It's Linky Party time again, post any sample you have created with any of our products at our 2nd Linky Party starting this Monday, May 5th and it runs for a week. A winner will be chosen from all the entries to win a $50.00 Crafty Secrets Gift Certificate.
That's a great prize and it's so easy, just post your sample at the Crafty Secrets blog!
 For these journal pages I wanted to use Crafty Secrets Sing for Joy stamp set. I LOVE it, there are SO many cute images to use. One thing about journaling you have room for tons of stamps if you want to use them.
The background was sprayed with water and then sprayed with Dylusions bubblegum pink, squeezed orange and vibrant turquoise spray inks, then dried with my heat tool. I used the 5x8 dotted flowers stencil and my snowcap paint dabber to go around the the edges. I used the same stencil and my aqua paint dabber here and there for the dots. I used my Archival Jet Black ink to do my stamping and my white Gelly Roll pen for the little dogwood flowers. I colored the images with the spray inks and my fine tip water pen.
There is baby blue and cotton candy stickles in the flower centers and on the black stamped edge.
I put Glossy Accents in the bird bath to look like water. 
That's it, I hope you play along in the Linky Party, you never know, you could be the winner!
Have a great day, thanks for stopping by!
Smiley from
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