Saturday, September 29, 2012

Koi Tattoo Art Tag Inspiriation


A really quick and easy project that packs a lot of punch! The finished project can be used as a gift tag on a present, an accent on a page or an addition on a greeting card. This project features the Koi Tattoo set and is not exactly a tutorial, but just a little project for inspiration. ;-) I hope you like it.

After stamping out and coloring my Koi, I started out using a plain craft tag, some no-name blue ink (to set off the orange Koi) and my brayer.

I rolled the brayer in the ink on all sides to make sure I had an even application and layed down the color. I did this twice until my tag was completely covered.

I cut out my Koi and placed it on the tag and stamped 'harmony". Next I used the small wave stamps from the set to create a textrued background. After gluing my koi fish down I slightly distressed the edges of the tag and added some green ribbon. You could add a little glitter to this, or perhaps some glossy accents for a wet look.

Voila! Easy and fast, with a big punch!

Hope you enjoy this little project and you're inspired to use your Koi Tattoo set! ;) Its one of my favorites!


Thursday, September 27, 2012

'Inspired by Autumn' - Visible Images Competition!

Our competition is called 'Inspired by Autumn'

You can enter a card, project, canvas,
anything you like really.

Your inspiration must come from Autumn or
Bonfire Night, interpret that however you wish!


Hop on over to the Visible Image Blog to enter!!

1.  You must blog your creation and mention that you are entering the Visible Image 'Inspired by Autumn'  Competition with a link to our blog. (There is an InLinkz button to allow you to link up!)

2. You do not need to use our stamps,though it would be great if you did!

3. You must be a follower on our blog and also place a link to our website on your blog post!

Here is our blog badge! 

1.  Email us with a link to your blog (If you do not have a blog you can just email the images to us)

2.  The competition closes at 8pm on Sunday November 4th. Winners will be announced on Bonfire Night (also known as Guy Fawkes Night!) which is November 5th.

3.  Prizes:
1st Prize - £20 worth of Visual Image Stamps
2nd Prize - £10 worth
3rd Prize - £5 worth
 (you choose the stamps!)

Looking forward to your entries!! We are so excited to see what you make!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Let's Hear it For the Girls!! - Bombshell Stamps Blog Hop

Welcome Back!

If you're here for the Bombshell Stamp's September Blog Hop, you're in the right place! But! If you have not started from the beginning, please start here to make sure you see all the beautiful projects!

Alison's challenge for us at Bombshell Stamps this month was to create a card or project that could be sent to someone in October, which is (here in the States), Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So, with that said, I made a pink Support Card. I hope you like it as much as I do!

I used Girl's Ruin stamp set to create this card.

I hope you enjoy this little burlesque pin up! She's a doll! 

You can win prizes from Bombshell every month just by participating in our challenges and commenting on all the members of the hops projects!!! 

Random winners are chosen every month by our prize patrol hottie!!!  

So leave some love and get some love, loves. :-)

~ Now hop on to our very own Ms July! Suzie Little!~

Here is the list of hops

Join our forum asap to sign up for next month's hop - hop and be hopped!

This card has been entered in the:


Monday, September 24, 2012

Visible Image Design Team!

Hi All! Welcome Back!

I'm happy to announce that I've been honored as a new Design Team member of the fabulous UK stamp company Visible Image!

I'm so excited to be apart of this fantastic company - I can't wait to begin designing!! 

Visible Image Stamps and designs are simply wonderful! There's so many things that you can do with each set because they're so versatile! Here's a video showing just one inspirational project using The Sewing Room set. 

You can this set, and many more, at Visible Image!

Hungry for more? Click me!!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Merry and Bright!

Welcome Back!

Can you believe it? I found a stamp in my collection that I haven't used before! I can't believe I hadn't used it before - I absolutely adore Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! So, of course I through some ink on there and got to stampin' away! This is the first Thanksgiving card of the season! Original design blank inside.

I think this card works even without a sentiment. Have you started on your thanksgiving cards or layouts yet?

Avast, Me Hearties Yo HO!


Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!!!

To find out more info on TLAPD, check out this website.

And here's the card I made to celebrate this fine day!

I used a MFT sketch to create this card, paired with crosshatch cardstock and specialty gold and blue embossed paper. Hope you enjoyed this card! It was a lot of fun creating it!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Paint Splatter!

The lovely Ms September, Lizzie, at Bombshell Stamps challenged us to come up with a paint splatter design. I don't currently have any paint in my collection of art supplies (accept crackle) so I used Adirondack Alcohol Inks to create a paint splatter effect.

I love the way the ink mixed and ran! Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Smashbook/Junk Journal/Art Journal

Hi Bloggers,

With the popularity of smash books I thought I'd share this video in which the videographer explains the difference between smash booking, junk journaling and art journaling. I just have an art journal from when I was a teenager, personally butI haven't jumped on the smashbook train yet.  Anyways, take a peek at this video. I thought it was done very well! I'd never even heard of junk journaling before!

A List of Scrap Stores in Washington

Hi All,

For those of you in Washington, this list should be the most helpful. Here is an up-to-date list of all
the arts and crafts and scrappy scrapbook stores in Washington State.


Treasury of Memories
1305 Fraser St. Ste. D7 

Stampadoodle/The Paper Cafe
1825 Grant St. 

Casey's Crafts 
14485 SR 525 Ste. 2 
Langley, WA 

Granny's House 
9322 271st St. NW 
Stanwood, WA 

2621 Bickford Ave. Ste. D 
Snohomish, WA 

The Ranch 
Snohomish, WA 

Craft Mart 
233 Marysville Mall Way
Ben Franklin
19505 State Hwy 2 
Monroe, WA

Lila's Scrapbooking 
7207 Evergreen Way 
Everett, WA 

Stampeeze (d/b/a Fun Stamps)
18920 28th Ave. W. #G 
Lynnwood, WA 

The Creation Station 
19511 64th Ave. W. 
Lynnwood, WA 

Hobby Lobby
19310 60th Avenue West
Lynnwood, WA 98036

Urban Scrapbooker 
9810 Edmonds Way 
Edmonds, WA

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft # 805 (super)
15236 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133-6124


Packaging Specialists 
515 S. Michigan St.
Nice selection of ribbon. Next to the 76 gas station in Georgetown.

Aaron Brothers 
1513 3rd Ave 
downtown Seattle 
(many more locations) has a nice Tim Holtz selection and offers coupon

Paper Source University Village (near Impress)

Impress Rubber Stamps
 3 locations: University Village Mall
Bellevue Square Mall; and 
their largest store at 120 
Andover Park E. 
Tukwila, WA

Nancy's Sewing Basket 
2221 Queen Anne Ave. N.

Fusion Beads 
3830 Stone Way Ave. N. 

A Muse Art Stamps
7107 Greenwood Ave. N.


Ben Franklin 
15756 Redmond Way 
Redmond, WA 

Rubber Soul 
Redmond Town Center 
Redmond, WA 

Paper Source 
700 Bellevue Way
Bellevue, WA 

Bellevue Art and Frame
13131 NE 20th St. 
Bellevue, WA 

The Mad Scrapper 
1590 NW Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, WA 

Friends & Company 
1175 NW Gilman Blvd. 
Near Rite Aid and GI Joes

95 Front St. 
Issaquah, WA 

Siegerts Paper Platz 
900 Front St. 
Leavenworth, WA 


Toadilly Scrappin 
6820 Kimball Dr. Ste. 7
Gig Harbor, WA 

Craft Savvy 
14023 Purdy Dr. NW 
Gig Harbor, WA 
call first

Scrapbook Central 
7512 Stanich Ln 
Gig Harbor, WA

Scrapbook Zone 
9621 Mickleberry Rd. NW #106 
Silverdale, WA 

Always Scrapin 
24090 SR 3 NE Kathy's Dr. 
Belfair, WA 

Rubber Soul 
18830 Front St. NE 
Poulsbo, WA 


138 West Washington 
Sequim, WA 

My Favorite Memory 
717 E. First St. 
Port Angeles, WA 

Crafts Cottage 
1980 W. Sims Way 
Port Townsend, WA 

I hope that this updated list helps you if you're in Washington State, or plan on visiting us here in the future!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Yay! New Stamps!

Ah, got some stamp love in the mail earlier this week!
Also placed a rather large order for copic reinkers, mounting cushion and replacement nibs for my copics. Maybe its me, but if you use copic markers, what colors do you run out of the most? With me it seems to be the flesh and earthy tones, mostly, and my red. I use a lot of red.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Gift Combo Packs Available

These combo packs are now available in my ebay store! More selection to follow soon.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Very Happy Birthday - Bombshell Stamps September Sketch Challenge

Every month Kathi at Bombshell Stamps designs a fresh new sketch. They're always great and its so much fun to play along!! Check out the Bombshell's Forum and Blog.

This month's sketch was perfect to showcase Rose and my new Banner Set. I chose to go with lime green, a grey and white and green polka dotted paper and a grey and green gingham print paper, paired with a tan wood-like printed paper and a sparkly grey card stock that I purchase from Paper Zone before they closed (*tear*).

I love using Rose on projects because I think she's a really versatile image. Whatever colors you pair her with she looks great and it gives her a different feel.

I enjoyed adding depth to this card through layering of color, adding gloss to Rose's lips and popping her image off of the sketch pattern. I enjoy the cohesiveness of this card. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think! :-)

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