The secret of your own heart you can never know;
but you can know Him who knows its secret.
-George MacDonald

Friday, March 30, 2012

Taking Your Stamps and Die Cuts Personally

The Papertrey Ink, Make It Monday #59, with Erin Lincoln this week shows you how to take your own computer generated text, print it, and then stamp and die cut over that sentiment to make something a little more personal. The creative possibilities, using this technique, are endless...
Thinking back, before my son was born, (knowing he was going to be a boy) my daughter, and then the rest of the family started calling him "baby Bobby". Wouldn't it have been nice to receive a card that had that special name on it? It would be really nice to look back on today since that "baby Bobby" is now a college student measuring 6 foot 2 inches tall!

Erin showed us how to take any stamp like this one from the Papertrey Ink stamp set, Button Boutique...

And then stamp it over computer generated text that you print yourself. I even decided to use the word art in Microsoft Word to spruce the text up a bit.

Erin's tutorial shows you how to combine text, stamp and die cuts to create something especially made for that special someone or yourself...

Like I said, the possiblilities are endless.

To see the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday for this week go to:

Papertrey Ink stamp sets: Button Boutique,Hanging Out
Papertrey Ink die cuts: Hanging Out, Super Star Borders
Inks: Memento-Danube Blue, Color Box-Sky Blue
Cardstock: Blue, Green, White, Blue and Green Plaid
Buttons and Crochet Yarn

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Yes, You Can, Kiss In Color. Make It Monday #57

This week, on Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday, Heather shows how to take a stamp that makes this image...then "kiss" that stamp with another stamp and color.

When you use that technique, it will make the solid space on the stamped image look like this...

Then, you can make a card look like this...
Really CUTE idea!
To see the tutorial, go here:

Supplies used:
Stamps-Papertrey Ink-Love and Marriage(tree), Garden Variety(text) Hero Arts-Small Metal Flourish
Inks-Memento-Bahama Blue,Versafine-Vintage Sepia
EK flower punch
Kraft paper
White and Blue cardstock
Glitter glue

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Make It Monday #56: Die Cutting Partial Images

The Papertrey Ink "Make It Monday" technique and challenge this week featured Betsy Veldman showing us how to take our dies and mask them in such a way that they only cut part of it's image. This is the die I chose to use. I LOVE this die by Papertrey Ink. It is a cover plate called the Quatrefoil Die. Fully used, it makes a beautiful decorative screen.

I chose to mask about two thirds of the die, cut, and then trim off the bottom edge just a bit.

I layered the partial die cut over my stamped image...and then layered a similiar stamped image over my partial die cut to create this...

This challenge has so many possibilites. Thanks Betsy! To see the Make It Monday Challenge for yourself go here:

Supplies used:
Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil Die
Cherry Blossom stamp by Rubber Stampede
Flower Border by TPC Studio
Thankful for You by studio g
Butterfly stamp by Martha Stewart
Inks-Lady Bug Red- Memento, Black-Versafine, Tsukineko
Water color pencils by Staedtler
Red, White, and Black Cardstock

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March, A Bunny, and Knitting

Whenever the first of March comes around I always feel like, "Wow! I made it through the winter"! Even though it's technically still winter, the first of March means we are almost there! Back in the Fall, I was determined I was going to learn how to knit this Winter. I was so envious of people who knew how to do this! I checked videos out of the library, and then some books. To my surprise, it's not too hard, AND I like to practice. Practice makes perfect, right? Little by little, I have been learning and looking for projects. Still doing the basic knit and purl stitches, I wanted to do some stuffed animals...amigurumi...but the patterns I found were a little beyond me. Then I stumbled on to this book...

Most of the patterns are easy and written so that a beginner like me can understand! Just look at the little bunny I was able to knit. Because of my beginner's hands, she's not perfect, but she is a cutie! You can find the book at some libraries or on Amazon here:

*please forgive not being able to "click" on links. For some reason, my connections are not working!