Elegant Birthday Wishes

Happy Wednesday,

White is always beautiful and always elegant.  It's not just for weddings it can be for anything and for anyone.  When I don't feel like picking paper, I grab white.  The designs always turn out so beautiful, so does cream.

  1. The card is a 6x6 tent
  2. I used Spellbinders Marvelous Squares dies.  Die cut all of the pieces and layer them as shown using pop up adhesives as shown.  
  3. For the flower I used Spellbinders Rose Creation. Cut 2 of the large and 2 of the 2 of the next size and 1 of the rest
    1. I fold each petal in half toward the middle with tweezers
    2. next with the tweezers I take an edge and roll it toward the middle of that pedal on each side.  Do this all the way around
    3. Once all the layers are done I attach them rotating them so the flower is full
    4. Now I refold shaping the flower
    5. This part can be a little tricky.  I peel the paper apart to give the flower a fuller more dainty look.  then reshape it again.
    6. To build a really nice flower does take some time but it is worth it.
    7. Hint - if you run your die cut or punch flowers through a paper crimper it will break down the paper fibers and fold into shape much nicer. The paper will also peel easier. 
  4. Cut a 1x6 inch strip and wrap with white tulle and tie knot bow.  I secure with sookwang tape.  I also use this tape to attach it to the card.
  5. I attach the rose to the card with pop up adhesive
  6. run your leaves through the paper crimper to add texture and crease in the middle
  7. add your white pearls


And the Winners Are!!!

I've drawn my winners at random from Friday's Blog Hop with Stampendous and Glass Etching Cream
The winner of Vintage Frames Clear Stamps with 2 stencils packs 
The winner of Creative Glass Etching Book with 4 stencils packs
Angelica Chambers
Please email me with your address so I can get your goodies mailed out this week.  Congratulations!!!
Thank you all for your support and wonderful love notes.  I appreciate each of you so much.  You always inspire me to continue to create outside my box.

Stampendous has also announced their winners you can visit the Stampendous Blog to see if it was you.


Vintage Happy Birthday

Today I am sharing vintage birthday card using CRW099 Birthday Fairy and CRQ170 Cling Zinnia from the latest Stampendous release.  It really easy and would be great to do in your next craft group.


Stamp Birthday Fairy on Kraft paper with VersaMark, then emboss with Clear Bark. You will need 2 Zinnias. 

Add blue ink to the zinnias as shown.  I like to use Distress Inks because they have a little less pigment.  Next, emboss the edge of background paper with Aged Marine Embossing Powder.  "Smush" the corner of the VersaMark pad here and there on the paper.  With your fingers lightly sprinkle the embossing powder and heat from the under side until melted.

I love to layer!  I used medium blue and tan paper with the prints and two tones of tan for the card.

Finally, it's time to add all the elements.  You can heat set them in embossing powder or use a clear glue and sprinkle them on.  But before you do that don't forget to add your ribbon.  I used May Arts sheer in brown.  
Here is a close up of where I added elements.  I chose to use my clear adhesive.


Stampendous and Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream Blog Hop


It's Friday and once me and my deign team sisters at Stampendous  have been playing this week.  Which means.........BLOG HOP!!!!!!   Yes, it's time to hop and let us show you our glass etching with Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream.  Oh, there are huge prizes too! Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to check them out!!!

Here we go.....I am calling this design, "Reflections"

Today, there isn't a tutorial.  I'm not even going to talk much about my project.  I am just going to sit back and "reflect".    Oh yeah.....The butterflies are from the Jumbo Butterfly Trio and I did you antique gold rub and buff on the etched part of the glass.

There are amazing prizes to win from Stampendous for three lucky winners.  
  1. Jar and Bottle Cutter
  2. 10oz. jar of etching cream
  3. Variety of stencils for Glass Etching
  4.  Stampendous Jumbo Cling Peruvian Lily Stamp with Free Template:
To win make sure to leave a comment :)  

But wait.....If you become a follower of my blog and let me know in your comment you will be entered for a change to win a prize from me!!!  If you are already a follower and want a chance to win just let me know when you leave a comment.  I will be choosing from the comments here from Random.org.  What can you win?  
One winner will receive Vintage Frames Clear Stamps with 2 stencils packs and one winner will receive Creative Glass Etching Book with 4 stencils packs.  

*Winners for both Stampendous and my blog need to have a U.S. mailing address.  Thank you.

Here are the rest of my team mates that are playing today...

Asia King

Cyndi Bundy

Janelle Stollfus

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Tobi Crawford

Rhea Weigand - you are here

Jamie Martin

Krissy Fossmeyer


Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream with Stampendous


This week Stampendous is etching Glass with Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream.  It is fast, easy and way cool! Who would have thought you could use your stamps and embossing powder to etch glass.  I certainly never did until this week.  

Of course we are ending our week tomorrow with a big blog hop which means there are prizes!  Make sure to read the all the way to the bottom for more details.

Note:  Because I worked with mirrors the etched image appears to be blurry but it is the reflection.

You will need:

  1. Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream which you can find at Michaels or Hobby Lobby and JoAnn's  You can even order it online here
  2. 2 Mirrors if you want to layer them.  I found mine at the dollar store.
  3. CRP179 Violets or if you collect wood mounted stamps the product code is P179
  4. Embossing powder - using a detailed color will make it easier
  5. VersaMark embossing or pigment ink
  6. Contact Paper
  7. Masking Tape if you want to etch the bevels of the mirror or edges of a mirror
  8. Die shape

  1. Cut frame our of contact paper leaving enough edges to wrap sides or tape and protect areas you don't want etched in case of an accident or messiness.
  2. Place the frame on the glass.  Make sure all bubble are out :)  
  3. Clean the area you are about to emboss with window cleaner or rubbing alcohol.
  4. Stamp and emboss image
  5. Apply etching cream.  with a brush. You may want to do this outside, it kinda smells, keep the coat very thick and even working on a small area at a time.
  6. Wait about a minute.  Rinse with warm water simultaniously washing away all the embossing powder.
  7. Let air dry
Here is a link to the online instructions including a video 
Once your image is dry 
  1. Tape the middle section only leaving the edges exposed.  I used the middle of the die cut shape from the contact paper to mask the image :)
  2. Repeat the process for etching the edges of the mirrors
When they are dry you are now ready to assemble and decorate.  The ribbon is May Arts Organza that has been heated with heat gun so it will ruffle.  The centers of the violets are silver beads with rhinestones accenting the ruffles of the octagon and corners of the square.

I used white Prisma pencil on the image then carefully painted a coat of Matte Glazon.

Three lucky winners this week (chosen randomly from the comments) will each receive an Armour Jar and Bottle Cutter to create vases, lamps, and other home decor out of glass bottles and jars:
Jar and Bottle Cutter
Jar and Bottle Cutter
Armour Glass Etching Cream
Armour Glass Etching Cream
A variety of stencils for Glass Etching:
Stampendous Jumbo Peruvian Lily
Stampendous Jumbo Peruvian Lily


Also playing along with me today is Krissy and Jamie hop on over to see what she has designed
Tomorrow is the big blog hop and I will have another drawing too!  


Red White and Blue

It is time for another Challenge at
Are you ready to play along with us?  Our challenge is...
Red White and Blue!

We are kicking off another fun filled Challenge and hope you play along.  You can win a $20 gift certificate to the 7 Kids College Fund store.  There are a few simple rules so be sure to visit the challenge blog to check them out.  
For this challenge I chose Sunshine in The Rain by Penny Black.  I colored the bear in Warm Gray 0 1 3 and 5 and textured him with a terry cloth rag and blending solution.  The background was done with BG0000, B000, B00, W1 and BG72.  Reds are a combo of R05, R27 R46, R56 and R86.  Teals are BG72, BG18, BG75, BG78.  Yellows....I honestly don't have a clue :)

I hope you found a little inspiration to get you to play along.  Thank you for stopping by and please leave a little love note.  I really do love to read everyones comments.  I really love it when I get a new follower!  I promise to follow your blog too :)