card making :: oh so succulent

There’s a great stamp set by Stampin’ Up! called “oh so succulent” that comes with a matching die set.  The stamp set follows the new trend of two-step stamping where the outline and the filled in part are two different stamps.  I played around with different ink and paper colors, and mostly just used the stamps by themselves (they are not the easiest to line up correctly because of all the different points on a succulent plant, plus I’m just not that great at it!).  It became quite meditative to stamp and cut them out without actually thinking about what to do with them later.  But I knew eventually they would come together to make some sort of card.

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product review :: holiday tag project kit

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I recently had a little crafting get together at our house with a couple of friends and brought out this holiday tag project kit by Stampin’ Up!  The kit comes with all of the embellishments, coordinating papers, and full step-by-step instructions on how to assemble 30 fun and festive tags.  We divided the tags among the four of us and so each person could make seven tags to take home.  And what’s great is that you don’t have to use them just as tags if you don’t want to: adhere them to card bases or tie them to treat bags instead.  Find out some of my crafting party tips and see what’s included in each kit here.

card making :: creating opaque white surfaces

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I tried four different tools to color in small spaces on colored cardstock and got different results.  Check out the differences between these tools by clicking here.  And wait till you see what happens when you apply heat to Liquid Applique!

product review :: souffle pens

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Sakura’s line of Souffle pens are a unique product that can create 3D lines on dark paper and surfaces.  When you first draw or write with it, the ink comes out clear and takes time to change color as it dries.  The ink leaves a raised line that you can feel and the colors are very vibrant.  They also work on surfaces such as plastic, coated paper, acetate, and vellum.  I found this set of 10 pens at a local craft store and decided to try it out.  Check out the results plus learn some tips here.