Sunday, January 24, 2010


Hi, I love the colours here, there so what I like doing, since the background of the pics is the kids backyard, I thought earthtones are the best bet. Here I did for the first time resist inking, which is nothing more than embossing in clear powder your image and then inking on and around it, then wipping away with a clean paper towel.  The embossed part with wipe clear and the image with show along with the paper under the embossed image. Follow this link it will show you how to do this tecnique. You can see it here under the title, the leaves were done with the clear embossing powder.  I did alot of stamping but I thought that black would make a good contrast colour to set the brown back a bit.  Like always layer, layer, layer, it just give it so much more detail to what you do.
TIP, clear stamps and stamps in general are such a great investment, not only can you use them over and over again, but with different coloured inks and dyes the possibilities are endless.  Apart that you can also emboss with them and watermark. When your looking at your lo and just don't know what to do in that little corner or that awkard space between something, get out your stamps, chances are theres just what you needed.  It worked for me here!!!!


Hi, this is a lo I did of my bf little girls Talia and Channelle, I just love these colours a sort of teal, aqua kind of colours. People have asked me if it was complicated to make and it was all the contrary. It may look complicated probably because of the pp, but it was all just assembly, the hard part was the thought process, lol.  I layered the bottom cardstock and cut a 12x12 pp, oh about and inch in and distressed the edges.  Then put on top the big tag and finished the layers with the yellow, to give it some spark and the pic.  On the yellow I used some Liquid Pearls in white and distressed the edges.  The flowers are just two different style punch-outs in different sizes that I inked the edges with Distress Inks blacksoot from Tim Holtz of Ranger, used two different pp for the punch out all in cordinating colours. The fence is a foam tape runner that I found at a bargin store here in Puerto Rico, but cant remember the name of the brand, it fell off, but I imagine you can find this in any local hobby or craft store. I you find it buy it it's definatly and investment.  The piece of resistance is the birdcage, this is a clear stamp from Basic Grey called Porcilain Avairy, I think, lol, that I embossed it in black embossing powder to give it that rich depth feeling.  Title, birds, branch and flowers all from Cricut cartridge Home Decor.
TIP, I like to layer alot but for me sometimes the edges sort of blend a bit, I remedy this by distress, inking or using faux sewing, which is nothing but drawing the stitching lines by hand.  I love the effect of stitching on the edges but Im sooooooo lazy to go to the sewing machine and doing it, so what better way I found to just draw them.  Some perfer the actual stitching, which is fine, but I feel I get a similar affect for what I need. Best investment for this is white journaling pen and any rich dark black fine marker, thanks take care!!!

"MI BOLETO" (my ticket)

Hi, this is a lo I did of my neighbors little girl, Karina, she just adores pink, so what better way than PINK everywhere, lol.  Very simple, i layered under the photo some pp and the last layer I punchout the edges with an edge trimmer and then inked the same edges with Dew Drops Perfect Pumeria chalk color.  With the same ink I masked some butterflies that I later punched out and put on top.  The flowers are two different punchout in style that I did in three different pp and then inked the edges of the petals.  Since I couldn't find brads that would go, I just added some black Liquid Pearls.  I couldn't decide on what ribbon to use, none seem to go well, untill I found this lace, I think it went well, hope so, lol.
TIP, on the petals of the flowers if you look closely you will see that it sort of has those little lines that petals naturaly have along the length of the petal.  That I achived by accident, lol, just use the ink pad of the Dew Drops and swipe it gently along the petal.  The pad itself has a texture that will give it a swipe affect, which in turn will give you that little line effect.  Sorry I dont have a close-up pic of this, but I will put little photo close-up of all my tips, just got to get a little organized, lol, take care bye!!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010


(so precious)

Here I needed to fill in the left side of the purple paper and didn't know what to do, untill I remembered my Tim Holts flourish mask.  Must say did the trick, I used some distress ink in vintage photo to give it the effect, then spayed it with some Tattered angels Maghogany colour, to give it that fine glitter effect. Then used some Liquid Pearls to give the flourished mask some more detailing (love details) so it would pop out. The butterflies are just some punch outs from regular pink cardstock that i inked the edges and embossed.  The flowers are the perfect example of what I wrote in anothe lo of using plain white paper flowers and painting them and stamping them. Here I took the flowers painted them, waited for them to dry and stamped on them with white chalk ink. Finished off with brads in the center. Like I try to do when using little girl lo I made one of the flowers of pink ribbon.
TIP,  when you see scrapbooking papers with different designed edges, usually scalloped, buy one that is a thicker paper like cardstock and don't use it and have it as a template to keep using. Just reverse the side of the one lo paper and draw the outline of the template paper, I usually do it on the side Im not using in case my lines show, then just cut it out.  A very frugal way to do it, but effective!!!


Work of love, I just love the way this card turned out, the pp already had the holy and that sort of distressed peach tone background, so I just distressed the paper and distressed inked it with vintage photo from Tim Holtz and added a cut out of a gift box, the letters and the little banner with the words. For the "piece of resistance" I stuck the Santa cut out behind the top layer and ripped part of the paper in that section so you could see some of his body. I've seen this done alot in layouts and thought, why not in cards as well. Must say the Santa was the hit of the card, lol.
TIP, if you want to give the feeling of depth to a page or card, when you put on cut outs or stickers off center them and take them out of the edges or borders into other parts of the design, makes the background sort of recede, like here with the gift box and the tag of 25.
Thanks for looking, bye!!!


Hi guys, well this is a card I did for christmas. The card opens in half and the ho ho ho part is with the ribbon holds it in place, which is tied in the back but slids off the card so you can open it. Simple layering with green cardstock and pattern paper of the holy's. Seemed a little long so I gave it the illusion of being shorter with the thin red ribbon on the bottom.  The center part is just some embossed green font clear stamps with some little dots that came along in the set and embossed them in red, made it blend with the pattern paper.
Tip, this would make and excellent wedding invitation, same principles just different colours and tones, remember for wedding invitation, less is BEST.
Hope you liked it, take care, bye!!!


Hi, this is a card I did for my neighbors little girl Karina, her favorite colours are pink and soft purple, so choosing the colour wasn't hard, lol.  I tried to make it simple so it would look delicate. Did layering, used ribbon, for girls cards I like to use ribbon when possible, gives it that touch, try it!  I'm into brads do here its a little obvious, lol.  The flower is just some prima plain white flower that I painted with acrylic paint and gave it that extra somthing using glossy accents from ranger, makes it look plastice but soft.
Tip, try to always get plain white flowers and paint them your selves, apart from that extra feeling of accomplishment it will be totally unique to the page.
Tip, when painting flowers or altering them I have found that diluting the acrylic paint (just regular, little bottle acrylic hobby paint) with water will give you very different looks. Very diluted a soft tone and straight from the bottle more harsh, all depends on the effect your striving for.
Hope you liked the card, Karina did, lol, thanks for looking!!!