Friday, December 31, 2010

Cute Valentines

I may be a little ahead of myself here, but I couldn't help myself when I saw this little image all stamped up and coloured in Promarkers, just waiting to be used as a topper. What usually happens is, I sit in front of the telly with my stamped images in black ink, my box of Promarkers and use the time in the ad breaks to colour my images. It really is a satisfying and relaxing way to watch telly!

Anyhow I kept it simple and added a paper carnation for effect. Hope you like it!

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I've entered this card into the Passion for Promarkers Mega Christmas challenge.


Till next time!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

How to clean your stamps

When cleaning your stamps, you have many options. You can use soap and water, a baby/face wipe or a specialist cleanser preferably with conditioner in it so it will keep your stamps fresh and new for a long time to come.

I prefer a solvent type cleaner that removes any ink or paint I might be using. Try Papermania, Clear Stamp Cleaner. As matter of personal choice though, I do not over clean my stamps as it can damage the cushion under the stamp and loosen the adhesive in wooden stamps and may damage the longevity of acrylic stamps.

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  1. Apply a generous amount of stamp cleaner to the rubber stamp
  2. Blot the stamp on a clea,dry paper towel and reuse as neccessary or store.

Till next time!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Vintage Christmas

Loving this beautiful Decoupage card. I think the vintage look is starting to grow on me, and there is nothing that says a merry traditional Christmas quite like this card.

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This gorgeous vintage greeting card, was made using Anita's Victoriana Die-cut Decoupage Duos.

I love the fact that you dont have to use scissors, you can just pop it out as it is die cut! It really helps save time in your decoupage projects and handmade card making. Plus I think the poinsetta looks absolutely fab decoupaged and it doesn't get more traditional vintage christmas card images than that.

Till next time!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bright and Breezy

Today, I got a tad tired of all the wintry cold. To cheer myself, I decided to remind myself of the summer days yet to come. Looking through my stash to find the brightest, summery papers inspired me to make this card, which is joining the ranks of my favorite cards simply because it is so pretty! :)

I think I'll send it off to my bestest girl pal whose birthday is in April. Till then, you guys can have a go.

If you'd like to get these beautiful glittered Rub-ons for yourself, Get it here.

Tell me what you think,

Till next time

Monday, December 27, 2010

Walter wants to sleep!

I made this cute card for my brother, who is always the last to come out into the cold and play. He loves lying in bed into the late hours of the morning.

The stamp is Walter in a Pom Pom hat.  Get it here. The sketch is from a card making and paper craft challenge. Check it out here.
Hope you liked it. Till next time!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Top Tip Tuesday: What ink to use with Promarkers?

Promarkers and Copics are alchohol, solvent based ink pens which when used with other solvent based inks such as staz-on etc, can lead to feathering or dissolving your stamped design.

Use Memento ink pads which are dye based inks and therefore repel the solvent in your pen ink, thereby preventing all your problems!

Top Tip!!