Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pink and Main New Releases - April Release

Hey crafty peeps... just wanted to give an little sneak peek of what awesome stamp will be coming to Pink & Main in April.

These cute critters are from the NEW "BUGGY" stamp set!! There will also be a separate set of bug themed puns/ sentiments available to match this set called "BUGGY WORDS".

Look how stink'in cute they are!! And, these are just a few of the bugs from this set!!

Here's another cute critter!!

Stay tuned for more stampy yumminess to come!!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Easter Fanpage Hop

Hello Crafty Friends I hope you all are having an awesome weekend!!
And speaking of awesome, I hope you all didn't miss the awesome line-up in the KaDoodle Bug/ Little Scraps of Heaven fanpage hop!! If you haven't there is still time!! 

Start here at he KBD fanpage...

Files used:

Chick and eggs- Eggsploding Sweetness (KaDoodle Bug Designs),
Bunny, flowers, & planter- Gnome in my Garden Collection (Little Scraps of Heaven Designs),
Stitched scalloped ovals & rectangles- Faux Stitched Mats (Little Scraps of Heaven Designs)

Additional tools used
Anna Griffin Embossing folder

CARD #2 

Additional tools used 
Sizzix Originals Designer Bookplates Die (retired)
Embossing Folders:
 Bunny- Swiss Dots (Cuttlebug), 
Dragon- Japanese Scales (Cuttlebug- Asian Bundle),
Jolie Lace (Cuttlebug- Anna Griffin)
Cherish (Martha Stewart/ EK Success)
Four Petal Eyelet (Martha Stewart/ EK Success)
Lacy Days of Summer (Fiskars)

Card #3
This adorable Bunny is KaDoodle Bug Designs Hop FREEBIE #1 

Additional tools used
Doily-Pocket Die (Teresa Collins/ Craftwell)
Scallops Sizzlit Border Die (Hello Kitty/ Sizzix)
Stamp sentiment- Bunny Lovin' (Virginia Turtle)

And, as always...
All paper piecing have been airbrush with my eBrush machine by Craftwell

For more info on the hop visit the KaDoodle Bug or Little Scraps of Heaven fanpages!!

Hope you all have an awesome weekend and have fun hopping!!

~ Mitsy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Faux Stained Glass Vase

Hi Crafty Friends!! Today I decided to step away from the paper crafts and try my hand at something I wanted to do for a while... Faux Stained Glass.

The art of stained glass is too time consuming and far too expensive to invest in yet again, another craft to spend my already tight budget. Buying all the specialized tool cutters and glass panes are a little to rich for my taste. And, on top of all that, the time it takes to cut and piece and then somehow weld the pieces together to make one solid... um, no thank you! It's not for this busy mommy!! 

And, if you are a busy bee like me... and if you already have an eBrush... then this is a great alternative that won't break the bank or take up very much space!

Supplies needed:
eBrush by  Craftwell
Glass Vase
Liquid Leading
Sharpies (bright blue, bright green, mustard/ tan, purple)
Blue Painter's Tape

I started by doodling a peacock feather about the length of my vase. I used the actual vase to trace along the top and bottom of my vase for an approximate drawing area to draw in. Make sure you take into consideration  the base of your vase may have a thick base and accommodate your drawing accordingly. 

It's ok if you have no drawing skills. There are a lot of  free images online to search for. And if you are using someone else's art work, always ask for permission before using.

Once you have your image to the desired length and size, tape to the inside of your glass vase. Always put your image in the opposite side you will be spraying on.

I then ebruhed my colors directly on the glass, using the image as a guide. Usually, you would have to put your liquid leading down first but I wasn't filling it with more liquid. And if I sprayed over it , you would see where I sprayed on the liquid leading as well.

After spraying down your colors to your liking, finally, trace the outline of your image with your liquid leading. Set aside and let dry! And, you are all done!!

Now, all I need is my darling hubby to fill my pretty vase with pretty flowers!! Anyone want to send him a hint for me?! LOL

Hope you enjoyed this eBrushed project and decide to give it a try!!

~ Mitsy

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Virginia Turtle & Me

Hello my crafty friends!! Many of you who follow me on Facebook already know this news... I am one of the newest design team members of Virginia Turtle Stamp Co.!! Woohoo!! I super excited! 

Here are a few cards I have made with their stamps so far. I won't go into too much detail but i will list the products used for each. I'll start with the most recent...

For this card I used:
Virginia Turtle's Bunny Lovin' stamp set
Sizzix Originals Scallop Oval Frame (retired)
Spellbinders Edgeabilities Classic Petal
Spectrum Noir Markers 
Momento ink pad in Tuxedo Black
(CR3, FS8, TN1, CT2, GB5, OR1, CG2, DG3, PP2, BLENDER, IG4, IG6, IG8)
Prima Flowers (Assorted)
DCWV paper French Country Stack
Hero Arts adhesive pearls
flower stamens
grosgrain ribbon - cream
Ranger white gel ink pen

And this card you may recognize this from the previous post...

And, if you haven't seen it yet you can find a more details for  this card here.

For this one I used: 
Virginia Turtle's Hedgehugs & Daisies stamp set
Spectrum Noir Markers (TN7. TN8, GB3, CG2, DG3, IG1, CT2,GB5)
the same Sizzix Scallop Oval Frame die from above
patterned paper was from my scrap pile (believe it or not)
pink & white twine
white button 

This was just a brief post to show some of the wonderful stamps available from this great stamp company! I hope you enjoyed all my cards using Virginia Turtle's awesome stamps!! To see more of their products visit their website here.

Hope you all have a very craft filled day!!
~ Mitsy

Romantic Rose Thank You Card & Free SVG

Supplies Used
eBrush (Craftwell)

Teresa Collins Cut'n'Boss machine (Craftwell)

Teresa Collins pocket dies (doily, leaves, and framed ticket/ label)
Spectrum Noir Markers (CR3, FS8, GB10, TN7, CG2, DG3)
Moment ink pad (Tsukineko- Tuxedo Black)
Sentiment Stamp (Virginia Turtle- Hedgehugs & Daisies)
12x12 sheet of acetate (overhead projection sheets or tansparencies would work fine)
Light box & stylus
Foam adhesive
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Double-sided adhesive
Blue painter's tape
Flower stamens

First, I downloaded the free SVG file from the Craftwell blog. Then I cut it out of acetate with my digital cutter. I separated and re-sized into 6"x 6" squares. I  made sure I used a sharp blade and did a multi cut. At least 2, but 3 times is better. This will make your stencils.

I taped my first stencil down to my work surface using blue painter's tape to hold it securely n place. I then sprayed down my first layer using my eBrush aand Spectrum Noir in CR3. The first stencil was the biggest flower of the templates.

This sis the result after just spraying the first stencil!! Looks good already!

I repeated the steps with second biggest flower stencil and instead of CR3, i used FS8. I know totally different color families... but hey. it works! I can start to see the flower building!! Looks awesome!

For the smallest details of the flower I actually layered 2 different colors on top of each other. I first used GB10 then TN7... Those two blended together to make that reddish brown above. This flower is looking outstanding!!

I saved the leaves for last to make sure the flower lined up properly. For the leaves I also used 2 different greens. Spectrum Noir CG2 and DG3. I ebrushed a base of CG2 then only accented it with DG3 around the edges. AND OH MY... the results... GORGEOUS!!!

Then I took each stencil (one at a time) and layered it over their matching image, taped it to my paper with blue painter's tape, and then flipped it over and used a stylus to emboss and raise the image. 

Check out these results!! It gave the flower a lot of POP!! LOVE IT!!

Then with my Pocket Dies from Teresa Collins and my Cut'n'Boss. I cut out my pieces. I cut my doily into fourths... you'll see why in the next pic.

This is how  I assembled my card. the doily wasn't big enough to cover the whole back and my rose image would have been completely covered. So this is a good way to fake the appearance of a having a huge die without actually having one! 

Check out all the layers and dimension!!

I lastly attached my feathers leaves, and paper rose, Which I also ebrushed with the same Spectrum Noir markers above (CR3 &  FS8). I then stamped my sentiment. This is from Virginia Turtle's Hedgehugs & Daisies set.    I love the font used... It coordinates with the card perfectly!! 

Here is the beautiful end result!! I just love it! I am definitely going to using this stencil over and over! It is very romantic!

Special Thanks to Judith Kim for making such an AWESOME file!!

Hope you all enjoyed this tutorial!

~ Mitsy

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ice Cream Teddy card

Oh my I forgot to hit publish  on this post from a couple days ago!!

Hey friends... It seems that I've been making quite a bit of cards lately. I've shied away from huge layouts and shifted gears and focus mainly on cards now. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. I mean, can you blame me when projects look as cute as this:

This is exactly my point!! I have been on a card making and paper piecing spree and I just can't help it! With each card I make, they just get cuter and cuter!  

The adorable Teddy above is from a KaDoodle Bug Designs file called A Cherry On Top
Doily is from Craftwell by Teresa Collins... it was part of an autoship with my Cut'n'Boss from HSN.
Framed label is an Originals die from Sizzix called Bookplates Designer (retired).
"Sweet" stamp is by Pink and Main from the Little One set.

Friday, March 13, 2015

More Sock Creations - Sock Bunnies

Hello again my friends,
I have another treat for you today!!

I took a slight detour away from my paper and played with dolls! LOL

Ok, I had to make them first, but making them was the best part!! And because of it I'm able to share with you another tutorial!! Yay!!

This is a revamp on an older tutorial I did a couple years ago around Christmas. Remember that one Christmas that every crafty mommy(and their grandmother) went on this Sock Snowman making frenzy? Yup, I was one of them.But I did my sock snowmen with a twist!

Let me explain... You see, after I made my first snowman (which came out great) I felt the need to be different... It's just in my nature! I mean, it was cute... but only as cute as the  next one.. or the next one... or even the next one after that. Everyone (and their grandmother) was making the same darn thing. So that is when I decided to make different animals and not just a snowman... You can read more about it HERE.

Anyhoo, where was I go with this?! Oh yeah... revamped sock snowmen... If you did read the original post about them, you would know that I added a sock penguin, bear, and mouse... and then I promised to make more sock animals soon... yeah, it didn't happen and life got in the way and I got side-tracked! But I am happy to say that I am finally adding to my SOCK FAMILY!!

And here it is, the SOCK BUNNY!!

Aren't they cute! They make great teachers gifts!! But not these, these are going to my children!! I'm making each one of them a bunny to put in their Easter baskets. 

 If you plan on giving your small ones one of these as a gift just be advised... there are small pieces and that playing with them should always be under close adult supervision! Don't not let your little ones chew on the the small pieces they could detach and become a choking hazard! As with all small toys... please play with caution! 


You Will Need:
3 cups of rice, preferable in a tall glass (you'll see why)
Adult sized fuzzy sock
Children's sized hair tie/elastic( in coordinating color to sock)
 a sheet of felt
Hot glue gun and sticks
Household kitchen shears or Fabric shears
Buttons or flat-back pearls (for the eyes and nose)
pom-poms (should be at least the size of  half a cotton ball, can be bigger if you wish)
Ribbon (for bows)
Bunny body parts template
And a pair of tiny helping hands (totally optional)

Pour rice int tall glass or cup.

Slide sock over cup.

Flip cup over and empty rice into sock. This would be a good time to get your tiny helping hands involved... again, it's totally optional. But this is a great way to have your children involved in arts and crafts! They can be your little "helpers" , it make them feel special having an important job.

Gather the sock where the rice ends and secure with hair tie.

With your kitchen shears cut down the center of the remaining sock fabric, going towards the hair tie. Stop just before the tie. Do not cut the elastic.. it is what is holding all that rice in!!

Also, round off the two (now cut "ears"). This makes them to look like floppy bunny ears. It should look like two big, slightly connected ovals. 

You have now just made the base of your  bunny!! Yay!

Now that this is complete cut out your bunny parts from felt using the "Body Part Template" I created.

You can download it for FREE here .

Take your bunny base, felt bunny parts, pom-pom, buttons, and ribbon. And Start gluing them down.

The smallest oval is for the muzzle/ snout and the biggest is for the belly. 

The two long and narrow oval are for the ears. Glue one oval to the center of each ear. Then place a pea-sized dot of glue on the end of the ear closest to the end and pinch close creating a crease. This will help stiffen the ear and help stand them up.

Don't forget to turn him over and glue down the pom-pom tail!!

Then add eyes, nose, and ribbon/bow. You can also accessorize with a child sized  bead bracelet as a little necklace.

I finished her off by adding some pink chalk to her cheeks with a cotton swab and drawing few black dots giving her a more complete face.

And there she is! isn't she adorable!

You can easily turn your girl bunny into a boy by placing the bow under the muzzle to make a

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!! 

Happy Crafting!!
~ Mitsy