Friday, June 29, 2012

fairies and pixies

Good Morning!
I have 2 atcs to show you made with the new Crafty Secrets Fairy Wishes and Pixie Dust stamp sets.
Oh cute are these sets?! Adorable!!

The one on the left is made with the Fairy Wishes set. I stamped the fairy, bird, xox and the scroll along the bottom with Archival Jet Black ink. The background papers are printed from the new Crafty Secrets  Creating with Vintage Typography CD. I colored the images with Copic markers e00, rv11, r83, bg72, g21, y17, y0000 and b21. I added glitter to her wings and Amuse twinkle stickers to her antennas and by the bird. I used my tracing wheel for the faux stitching around the edges. I used my blending tool and Distress Vintage Photo ink to distress the edges. I attached some May Arts zigzag velvet ribbon with my tiny attacher.
For the rectangle one I used the Pixie Dust set. I used mostly the same supplies. The Copic markers I used are g82, yg23, bg72, rv11, e57, w3 and e00. I used some mini pompom trim. I stamped one of the flowers again and popped it up with a piece of a foam dot for a little dimension. 

Head on over to the Crafty Secrets blog and see what's going on, there is always something fun!
Have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!
Smiley from

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Inspiration Emporium ~ car cup holder coasters

Hi friends!
I have a set of car cup holder coasters to show you today. I've altered these before, years ago and I decided I'd do a couple more with my vintage stamps. I had used some SU! stamps before with Sharpie markers, this time I used Tim's stamps, The Girls and Copic markers with a little distress added in!
These coasters are so simple to make and make cute little gifts for men or women.
I picked these up at the dollar store, it doesn't matter what picture you chose on the front, because you alter the back of the coaster.
I used my Ranger Archival Jet Black ink to stamp the images on the coasters. I used one stamp on each coaster, these stamps were perfect for that. I added some Archival Coffee ink around the edges with my blending tool. I colored my images with Copic markers in E00, E37, E31, G82 & BG72.
I used my Gelly Roll Stardust pen on the little girls pearl necklace for some bling.
Remember, you can pick up all of the supplies I used at Inspiration Emporium and use my coupon code ieirisgarden for your discount at check out!! Just click on the links to get to the items.
Here they are in my car. It's fun to look down and see these in the cup holders :)
Now, onto my rant :/
I've been having so much trouble with Blogger on my PC. I can't upload pics at all anymore, and this morning I couldn't post my blog winner post and I didn't even have any pic's. It works just fine with my laptop, weird, huh? I'd rather use my PC for blogging but, Blogger just won't work for some reason. Does anyone have any ideas for me? It's really frustrating!
Thanks for stopping by!
Smiley from

the winner is....

...MB Isaac
Love the mixed elements! beautiful..... I am new to stamping and having a blast - glad there are blogs like yours to visit for motivation and inspiration.
Congtrats MB, I'll be emailing you shortly for you mailing address.
I'm going to add a couple more Crafty Secrets goodies in addition to your American Beauty stamp set, have fun and thanks for visiting my blog!
Smiley from

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Crafty Secrets American Beauty and a give-away!

Just think, in less than a month it'll be time to celebrate the 4th of July!
Now would be the perfect time to get started on those BBQ invites and cards. 
Sandy at Crafty Secrets has the cutest new set called American Beauty. 

There are so many stamps on this set including my fave little Campbells soup kid!
I used 10 of the stamps on my journal pages and I used the Artsy Banner set for the banners along the top and bottom, I stamped them with Archival Jet Black ink on an old book page and cut them out. I stamped the inside of the top banner with one of the star stamps with Archival Vermillion ink, then I put Fired Brick Distress Stickles in the center of the stars. 
The page backgrounds are made with Dylusions spray inks in postbox red, london blue and a spray water bottle. I used my new Distress Markers, L  O  V  E these markers, to do my coloring on the
Campbells kid, flags around the borders and the lady. 
I was looking at the pages later and decided I wanted to try some doodling and out lining like I see on so many journal pages people make. I didn't do much, but, I thought it really added to the pages. I used my Gelly Roll white pen and a black fine tip pen.
The white-ish circles are made with Dylusions 5x8 Dotted Flowers stencil. I layed it on the page and sprayed water on it, blotted the excess water and dried it with my heat tool.

It just so happens I have an extra American Beauty stamp set and I'm going to give it away to one of my readers! All you need to do is leave a comment on this post for your chance to win, I may throw in an extra item or 2 or 3!
I'll pick the winner Monday, June 18th.
Have a great day, thanks for stopping by!!
Smiley from

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

journey in the sun ~ inspiration emporium

Good Morning!
It's challenge time again at Inspiration Emporiam.
This month the theme is sunshine/beach.
I got out all of my Dylusion stamp sets and spray inks and made this scene.
I used the houses from the Right Up Your Street set, the sail boats (hats) from Doolally Dorris set, the small circles on the sun from the Love Struck Lucy set, the sunrays (hat) from the Bits and Bats set, Journey from the Word Love set. The "in the" stickers are from idea-ology chitchat verbiages tablet.
I wrote the "sun" with a black Copic marker.
To begin, I sprayed my pages in my journal with water, then I used my spray inks and and sprayed Pure Sunshine for the sun, Londen Blue for the sky and Vibrant Turquoise for the ocean. I wiped off the excess with paper towels. I dried the inks with my heat tool and then I stamped everything with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. I did my coloring with the inks sprayed on my craft sheet and my fine tipped water brush. I used my GellyRoll white pen for accents.
The beach is Muddpuddles Malibu Beach that I got at CHA a few years ago. It's sticky, I guess it has glue in it. I spread it across the pages and after it dried I added Distress Stickles in Antique Linen across it with my finger for some sparkle. I put Rock Candy on the sun.
I hope you can play along this month, don't forget to use my coupon code ieirisgarden if you order for your discount at check out!
If you don't own any sun/beach stamps, just use what you have and use your imagination like I did!  Go check out all the details at the Inspiration Emporium blog, you never know, you might be a winner!
I hope you have a great day, thanks for stopping by! 
Smiley from

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