Let’s Paint Fireworks!

Howdy folks, I hope you had a safe and fun 4th of July. We took the kids to see the fireworks for the first time and it was amazing, I even took 70 pictures of fireworks and most of them came out well! The challenge at oriental stamp art this week was fireworks so I thought I would do a tutorial video on painting some (I say painting but it is super easy, you need not be an artist!) here is a card with one of the papers I made. I will show you a scrapbook page later this week using the big firework paper. The dragonfly and sentiment rubber stamp is from About Art Accents and the little swatch of paper in the lower RH corner is from the Grunge Flowers CS from Nicecrane Designs (it covers up a stamping boo-boo 😉

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: Gold pattern 9DCWV), Inked Background (see video) Swatch on right (Nicecrane), Markers: Copic, Ink: Memento

So, wanna see how I made the “fireworks” paper I used on this card as well as two other fun techniques? Well have a gander at my new video:

Do try these easy techniques, they are fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


This weeks challenge in the Oriental stamp art Yahoo group is Oriental brush painting. I did not have a chance to dig out my inks and paints but I had this cute brush style cat stamp from About Art Accents and I quickly made this card:

Stamp: About Art Accents, PAttern PAper: Nicecrane Designs, Clip Art: Lettering Delights, Charm: Around the block, EB folder: Cuttlebug

I had the rubber mouse charm FOREVER it came in a grab bag and I thought I would never use it but couldn’t part with it either so I am glad it has a home now;) The strips of luscious paper is from the Grunge Flowers collage sheet from Nicecrane Designs, I love this sheet, it has 9 beautiful swatches of paper that are ATC size but if you need them a bit larger you can crop the pattern you like and print it larger and it still looks pretty good!

The “fun” tag is from the Garden Meditation set from Lettering Delights, I print up sheets of the clip art at different sizes then cut them out as I need them, they are the perfect touch to ma Asian cards and they go well with the cards made with the PAgoda cricut cartridge because it came from the Lettering Delights font Asian Serenity, unfortunately they removed that font after the cartridge came out (I’m so glad I bought it before that!) They have lots of cut Asian style clipart perfect for cards that you don’t want to miss;)

In additon to the OSA challenge this card also qualifies for: CArdvarks (embossing), Crafty Ann (embossing), Creative Craft (stamping), Flourishes (embossing) and Tuesday Throwdown (dry embossing).

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

We are all mad here…

Oh Alice! I do love Alice in wonderland and when I saw the “Read” challenge over at Gingersnap Creations I have to pay tribute to Alice in Wonderland:

Stamp: Sweet Pea Stamps, collage sheet: Nicecrane designs

I used a stamp from Sweat Pea Stamps, isn’t is freakishly delightful! The vintage image tucked behind it is from the Alice Through Time CS from Nicecrane Designs, the images on the Alice collage sheets at Nicecrane are fantastic, it is hard to pick a favorite, luckily there is a Alice Collage sheet bundle you can get so you don’t have to pick! Too much of a good thing is wonderful! (yep, another Mae West quote LOL!)

I used my Cricut and SCAL software to cut the shaped card above (font: kutups09) and the swirls on the card below 9font: DB Dainty Swirl).

Stamp: Sweat Pea Stamps, Die cuts done with Cricut and Scal software using the font DB dainty swirls.

This image seemed a little liquid to me, like it was underwater so I went with cool colors, I call it “Alice Underwater.” I hole punched the edge for a bubble effect and added dew drops for, well, water drops. The background on both of the cards is done by weaving 1/2″ strips of book pages from Alice in Wonderland and inking them. Fun!

These cards also qualify for these challenges: The ABC Challenge (vintage), The Crafty Pad (over the edge), Creative Craft Challenge (ribbons and bows-red card) and Oh Alice (use swirls+Alice image-purple card).

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fun colors: Jade & Peach

This week at Oriental Stamp Art the theme challenge was “Jade”, in  China the stone Jade is more valuable than gold or diamonds. As for me I just love the color and what better way to make it POP but by adding its compliment (opposite on the color wheel) coraly peach:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Washi Papers (digital): Nicecrane Designs, Pattern paper for envelopes: K&co

I used the Flowered Handled Teapot and the Papercut Carnation stamp from About Art Accents on this set. The washi papers are from the Washi Texture Collage sheet set 1 from Nicecrane Designs. I simply printed the collage sheet and cut up the papers, easy peasy!

I used the scraps from my handmade envelope to accent my card, waste not, want not!

I stamped the teapot  with clear ink then heat-embossed it with sea foam green sparkle embossing powder, then I used emerald green watercolor paint over that. I wiped it with a soft cloth to get the paint off of the embossing.

Tip: make envelopes with pattern paper but use the pattern paper on the inside, the envie will look lined and you can easily write and stamp on the outside. Also you can make a fancy envelope just by using a corner punch on the top flap! Clever, no?

I did a little stamping on the envelope. I love the paper cut carnation stamp, I used my Tombow and Whispers watercolor markers to color directly on the rubber, then I breathed {huffed} on the stamp to re-moisten the ink and stamped it on my envelope, it is a nice touch I think 🙂 I made the envelope with my Scor-pal, if you ant to see how I have a video here.

This packet is 3"x3.5", perfect for a couple bags of tea!

I used the tea bag template from the TeaRiffic Digital stamp Set at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff to make this tea bag pocket. I stamped the carnation, punched it and layered it on green cs and trimmed with mini scallop scissors. I adhered only the bottom half of the circle so the flap could tuck behind it to close.

Here is a look at the tea packet open. The template comes in a printable and SVG version.

This set qualifies for the following challenges: OSA (Sketch and theme), Creatalicious (Asian), Lucy’s Cards (1 digital element), Pile it On (out of the box), Quixotic (Emboss it), Sisterhood of Scrap (embossing) and  Spoonful of sugar (celebration).

That’s all for today:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Happy Monday folks! I have a nice relaxing weekend relaxing outside and digging in the dirt (still sore from digging, I have no gardening muscles apparently;)

The other day I was playing with some of the Pin Up images from Nicecrane designs and came up with some more cheeky gems!

Image: Nicecrane Designs,

Image: Nicecrane Designs, Font: Giddyup, Quote: Mae West, Other: Magnet sheet, glue, brown ink

I used images for the Sexy Pin Up collage sheet, Grunge Pin-Ups Covers,  and Unique Pin Ups all by Nicecrane Designs. All of the images on the sheets are 2 1/2″x3 1/2″, perfect for ATCs, but instead of making ATCs I glued the finished cards to magnet sheets to make fun & cheeky magnets, I think they would be great as a favor for a “Girls Night Out” or bachelorette party! This project qualifies for the Gingernap Creations Challenge (quotes), Stamping with Dragon (naughty theme),  Diecut Dreams (words, no stamped image), and Secret Crafter (no pattern paper).


Each magnet is 2.5"x3.5", click the picture for a closer look.

I get my sheet magnet for a local sign shop. They often have scraps that are too small for them to use and they will give it to you, I usually donate the magnet sheets to the local school but I will keep a few sheets on hand to make some more of these!

Since I have no need for 21 pin up magnets (I got a bit carried away making them, I couldn’t stop LOL!) I decorated  a little box to display them in at one of the local shops I sell at.

a simple covered display box;) These are addictive to make!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Rated “R” for Risque!

Don’t read on if you are easily offended or have delicate sensibilities. I saw the challenge over at Stamping with Dragon to make a “naughty” card and the challenge at Gingersnap Creations to use a quote and kraft cardstock on a card and I couldn’t help myself:

Pin Up Girl image: Nicecrane Designs, Stamp: Runner Stampede, other: Bridge score cards, playing cards, cardstock

The image is from the Sexy Pin-up collage Sheet from Nicecrane Designs.

If you are ever looking for a funny naughty quote you can't go wrong with Mae West!

They have 4 sheets of vintage pin-up girls over at Nicecrane designs, they are really fun to use when making cheeky cards!If you want the bridge score sheet and directions I used on my card you can snag them for free here, when you print select page scaling, 2 per page, and 50% and they will all print on 1 page at the correct size.

I hope I didn’t offend anyone and you got a chuckle on your Friday morning 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

a “Diamond” in the rough!

I tried a diamond fold card for the first time today, I’m not sure if this is something I’ll do again or not, it was easy enough and it is lovely but I’m not so sure it is my cup of tea:)

Stamps: About Art Accents, PP on card: Nicecrane designs, PP on envelope: K&co, Basic Grey, Dies Cuttlebug

I made the envelope with my scor-pal (see yesterdays post for a tutorial) and when you make these envelopes you have strips of paper left over, I scored some at 1/2″ intervals and accordion folded it to make the ruffled flowers next to the envelope in the above pic, you can find a tutorial here.

Pattern paper: Nicecrane Designs, Stamps: About Art Accents

For the beautiful poppy I stamped the image (About Art Accents) twice on white cardstock and colored it with copics (3 coral shades) and trimmed them closely. I crumpled the first one and glued it to the card then I cut slits between the petals on the second flower and gently bent then to add dimension before adhering it over the first poppy with foam tape.

T he beautiful Asian papers on the card is from the Washi Texture collage sheet and the Spring Flowers collage sheets from Nicecrane Designs. These patterns are so pretty and easy to work with, I just print and create!

Thanks for stopping by, til next time happy crafting!

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