Monday, March 26, 2012

PMS Digital Makeover Challenge #29–One for the Boys

Happy Monday! It is time again for another Digital Makeover Challenge at Paper Makeup Stamps!

The rules are simple: Use a digi and stay within the challenge theme. There will be one random winner who will receive 3 single digis of their choice from PMS (or 5! if you use a PMS image in your winning entry).

The Challenge:

I need to do a tutorial for how I sometimes make templates.  I’m kind of a weirdo because occasionally I don’t want any help from machines or computers.  I just sit down with a black piece of paper, cut shapes and tape them together until they make a template.

I will have to take a photo of the template I made for this week’s card. It is a hot mess, but it did the job. : )


It is a tri-fold, and my PMS stamp is inside:


I was so pleased that the tie hid that part of circle so well!SomeoneSpecial3


Stamps: ‘Any Man Can be a Father’ (Paper Makeup Stamps), ‘Best Dad’ (Hampton Art) | Cardstock: Cream (Die Cuts with a View) | Patterned Paper: shirt, tie, vest (Oxford by Basic Grey) | Ink: Blue (Clearsnap) | Accents: button (found item)


Entered In:

Craft Your Days Away: Men/Boys w/ a button

Crafting When We Can: One for the Boys

Do You Stack Up?: Plaid

Sweet Stampin': Anything Goes (included stamping – “Best Dad”)


Thanks SO much for coming by today! I hope you like my little ‘man’ card!

Keep it royal people!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

SP & Co. Sunday Inspiration

Good morning! It is time for some Sunday inspiration! I have a layout to share with you this morning!


SP & Co: Scallops and Lines, Candy Hearts, Mustache Madness


Entered In:

Stampin' for the Weekend: Anything Goes

Scrap Creations by Kristen: Flowers


Thanks for stopping by for some inspiration!

Have a royal day!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Smooch Spritz Page!

Hellooo peeps!! I have a page and a tutorial for you today featuring some Smooch – of which I am a big fan.  I’ve also taken a pretty big inspiration from Heidi Swapp’s Neon line (even though it’s not really available close to me yet!)

Let me give you a sneak of the page so you can see where we’re going:


Here’s a photo of my main supplies:


First, choose a photo.  Then, cut random strips from a piece of scrap paper that is at least 1 1/2 the width of your photo and 1 1/2 the length (you will understand why in a just a sec!)


Lay the strips over the photo and tape them all together to create a mask (make sure you have the photo completely covered – that is why you needed a bigger piece of scrap).


Lay the mask on your background paper (use a very light color or white) and begin to spritz!


When you are finished using all the colors of Spritz, you can remove the mask and see the ‘frame’ you have created. (If you want to, go ahead and keep the mask – it would make a great page element on another page!).


Next, use some pretty acrylic stamps (mine are Studio G stamps ) and stamp a few icons on your background paper. Do NOT stamp your icons inside the masked section – you are going to cover most of that later!


Use coordinating glitter pens to color some parts of the stamped images to add some sparkle!



Next, choose some patterned papers that coordinate with your color scheme and cut a few strips from each color.  Make the cuts irregular (smaller on one end and fatter at the other – this will make the final design look more random)


Begin laying the strips over the paper, positioning them JUST inside the masked section of your page.


This one is just a close-up so you can see what I mean:


At this point, the strips are still whole and hanging off the side of the page.  Mark each strip at the point which it needs to be trimmed (a finished strip should fit just inside the masked section on both ends).


Trim and adhere the strips.  Use pop dots to attach your photo.  The strips and the masking act sort of like a photo mat and really makes that pretty face stand out! (This is a photo of one of my baby cousins, Myscha).


A great thing to use with your spritz is the Spritz board. This is some awesome chipboard because it already has some resist designs on each piece.


This is my spritzed dragonfly.  In real life this is VERY sparkly! (The design is a bit harder to see because I got a phone call and left the spritz on a little too long.  Smooch Spritz is fast-drying and really sticks, so be ready with your paper towel right away!). 


These chipboards are also self-adhesive, which I love! : )

Peel and stick your big, sparkly chipboard!


I’ve really been loving banners lately (I KNOW I’m so late on this bandwagon, but I am really enjoying how they look with the notched ends!). So, take the leftovers that you trimmed from your patterned paper strips and notch the ends.


Use Smooch to ink the edges of each banner.


Lay them across the top of your page and attach a fiber or ribbon over them to make a non-traditional banner. (Hide the end under that beautiful chipboard!)


Use a coordinating stamp that has a place for journaling.  To really tie it in with the rest of your page, add some color to the image with the glitter makers.




Lastly, add your title to the bottom and HANDWRITE your journaling! (It is so personal when it’s handwritten).


Finally, here is the finished page:



Mist: (yellow, lime, orange) Smooch Spritz by Clearsnap | Ink: (Silver) Smooch by Clearsnap, (black) Clearly Better by TCP,  | Chipboard: Spritz Board by Hampton Art _ Stamps: (Dragonflies, Journaling spot) Hampton Art | Patterned Paper: (Orange dot, stripe, flourish/damask) Die Cuts With a View | Cardstock: (Lime, white) The Paper Studio | Markers: (Yellow, Orange) Martha Stewart Crafts | Letters: (yellow, black, green) American Crafts | Fiber: (yellow) EK Success | Pen: (black) Faber-Castel


I hope you enjoyed the tutorial today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Keep it royal people!

Monday, March 19, 2012

PMS Digital Makeover Challenge #28–Photo Inspiration!

Happy Monday! It is time again for another Digital Makeover Challenge at Paper Makeup Stamps!

The rules are simple: Use a digi and stay within the challenge theme. There will be one random winner who will receive 3 single digis of their choice from PMS (or 5! if you use a PMS image in your winning entry).

The Challenge:


Sometimes I really like the simplicity and comfort of old stand-bys. Things that I am entirely comfortable with.  Like everything old and comfortable, you have to love it for its quirks. 

My parents first got the internet when I was about eleven.  I became seriously savvy, SERiously fast. But, as is the way of things, I was learning as I went (armed only with STRICT orders not to give out personal info or talk in chat rooms, lol). I wanted to make my own website and I didn’t really understand all about the vast options that were available to me on word processing programs. I wanted to create banners and buttons for my ‘site’ and I became obsessed with a little-used, and often underestimated program called Microsoft Paint. 

I got to know it so well that, even to this day, I probably use it in my scrapbooking and cardmaking about once or twice a day.  Paint is limited, I will admit.  But, part of art is learning to work with imperfections – in yourself and in the art.

Paint is very sensitive to slight differences in hue.  When I imported the stamp  I was hoping that I could color certain parts while keeping the rest of the image black.  As luck would have it, the outermost ‘black’ was a slightly different ‘black’ than the innermost black of each flower.  This is not an affectation of the stamp files, but of how the program READS those files. So, don’t worry that your PMS stamps wont print true – they are GREAT files.

I’m excited to share my card with you and I hope you’ll give PAINT a chance. : )


I wanted to share the front view also so you could really see what I did with my coloring (all done in paint, of course).



Stamps: (Dandy Wishes set) PMS, (background) Stampabilities, (sentiment) Stampendous | Rubons: (doodle borders) The Paper Studio | Gems: (Purple) Darice | Cardbase: (cream) DCWV | Ink: (brown, black) Memento


This didn’t really fit with any other challenges, but I’m still happy to be able to share it with you!

Thanks for stopping by!

And remember – it is so good to be queen!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

SP & Co. Sunday Inspiration

Happy Sunday everyone! I have some lazy-day inspiration for you, using some SP & Co. stamps.


Stamps: Musical Butterfly and Bold Sentiments I


I went very C & S here  because I just love the intricacy of that butterfly stamp.  I just used petal-shaped ink pads to create the ombre look both on the stamp and then ink-to-paper for the top border.

Thanks for taking a look!

Keep it royal people. : )

Friday, March 16, 2012

Party Ensemble for Paper Crafts Connection!

I am so happy to come and share this with you this evening! I’ve been working on this on and off for a few days and I’m so excited that I am finally done and ready for you to see it!!

Over at Paper Crafts Connection there was an entire week of Party Ensembles to go with their awesome new special edition! There is a SA-WEET prize up for grabs, so I decided I would get out some of my crepe paper and get my party on!

I’m sooooo in love with what I ended up with! I wish SO MUCH that I had a better place to photograph it, but I tried to use the most natural light possible and give it a clean (if a little saggy, lol) background. I hope (HOPE!) you like it! May I present:

‘Something Blue’ Bridal Shower Ensemble


These pretty little dresses (Above) are the invitations. I love Heidi Swapp’s little paper bows and so I made a fair few of them to tie this all together. I also love this crepe paper application (the skirts) which is inspired by all the crepe paper bunnies I’ve been seeing on Pinterest. : )


I really love this color combo. I made the shiny, blue paper with a white and silver paper and Glimmer Mist (Jack Frost). That silver really gave a great resist and made a paper I LOVE! I also LOVE that ‘Follow your dreams’ sign that I hung from the candle – it’s just a leftover from my invites! I love using the negative image from die cuts!


Those multi-colored streamers are so EASY to make. They are just crepe paper and thread. My crepe paper flower pennants are a little more sparkly in real life but I still love them (especially because they each have a little doily backer!).


Here is the whole ensemble pictured together! I hope you’ve taken some inspiration from this and, if you have a Party Ensemble that you haven’t shared yet get over to PCC! The deadline is tomorrow!

Thanks so much for stopping by and wish me luck!! I REALLY worked hard on this and I want to win! If you entered, I wish you good luck!

Keep it real people, and keep it royal.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

One Groovy Card!

I’m sharing a card I made that has an image on it that I already had all colored up.  I love this far-out little lady from Tickled Pink Stamps and I’m excited to share my creation with you today!



Stamps: 60s willow (Tickled Pink Stamps) | Patterned Paper: K & Company| Cardstock: (Orange, Yellow) Die Cuts with a View | Accents: (Gems) The Paper Studio | Coloring Medium: (hair, clothes, rainbow sentiment) Copic Markers | Tools: (Flower Punch) EK Success, (Circle Punch) Marvy, (Scallop die) Lifestyle Crafts | Other: (ribbon)


Entered in:

Just Some Lines: Spring Cleaning (My Cardstock, Patterned paper and ribbon is all over 6 months old)

Allsorts: Say it With Flowers


Thanks for stopping by!

And remember…it’s GOOD to be queen!

Monday, March 12, 2012

My Printer will not PRIIIIINNNNTTT!!!!!

I’m extremely frustrated that my printer somehow cannot connect to my computer!  GRRRRRRRRARRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!

So, here is a St. Patty’s day puppy because I need a pick-me-up.

Found on Pinterest via

Keep it royal people.  And, if you have a working printer – kiss it and hug it and tell it you care. 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Spring Bunny Card - SP & Company!

Hello people! Good morning and happy Sunday! We are here today showcasing some SP & Company stamps! I am in LOVE with the little circles on my card this week! They look very Easter-Eggy and go so well with the Spring Bunny!

I used the Shaving Cream technique to create the paper that I then punched my circles out of! There are more really fine projects using SP & Company stamps over on the SP Stamps Blog!



Stamps: SP&Co Spring Bunny and Easter Bunny Sentiment | Ink: Memnto, Ditto, Ranger Adirondack Inks | Copic Markers | Ribbon: American Crafts |


Entered in:

2 Sisters: Spring Colors

Inspire Me Fridays: Anything Goes


Thanks for stopping by! Thanks for all the lovely comments lately!

Keep it royal people!

Friday, March 9, 2012

SP&Co March Blog Hop! (Green!)

This month's color is Green in honor of St. Patrick's Day! After you're done hopping around today, make sure you play along with this month's Green challenge (click here for details) for a chance to win some awesome SP and Company prizes!

Join us for our Release Celebration that is happening today and tomorrow on the SP Forum HERE. You can talk to all of the designers, discuss projects and chit chat with other stampers!

Don't forget that the random prize patrol is watching so leave a comment on every blog to be eligible for the prizes!! The more blogs you comment on, the better your chances are of winning something fun!

Stamps: SP & Co. Lippity Single, Vintage October: All Zipped Up (NEW!!), Martha Stewart - You're Invited | Cardstock: Stripe (Echo Park), Floral (DCWV), Kraft (Recollections) | Ribbon | Ink: Memento (Tsukeniko), Colorbox | Software: MS Paint |

Make sure you check out the SP Blog to see what Samantha did with the new stamps! We also have the Stamp Team and the Challenge Team teaming up today to show you lots of amazing projects with the newest stamp sets!

Here is the list of designers that will inspire you today:
















Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy hopping! And remember, it's GOOD to be queen!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Paper Makeup Stamps’ Spring Blog Hop!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!  It is the 7th of the month and time for a little blog hop!

If you came here from Katie’s blog then you are in the right place! If not, then please start back on the PMS blog!

Here is a little bit of PMS inspiration from me:



Stamps: PMS Color It Stamp Set, World w/o Flowers | Gems: The Paper Studio | Cardstock: The Paper Studio | Glitter Gel pens | Software: Photoshop Elements


We are challenging you to make a Spring card for the challenge this month. 

Please use a PMS image for your entry! (Rubber or Digi)

We have plenty of digs easily accessible at the PMS store. There is a freebie for those who don't have any PMS so no one has the excuse that they can't play. The winner is going to win a SWEET card making pack full of paper, embellies, a few stamps and such from our owner, Katie Cotton.  We will also have a comment winner which will be randomly selected from all of our blogs to win a $15 gift certificate good towards any digi in the store!


Here is the hop list:

PMS Company Blog 


Britt <'---- You Are Here!!









Have fun on the Spring hop!! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the challenge!

Remember: it’s good to be queen!!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

PMS Digital Makeover Challenge #26–Clean and Simple

Happy Monday morning! It is time again for another Digital Makeover Challenge at Paper Makeup Stamps!

The rules are simple: Use a digi and stay within the challenge theme. There will be one random winner who will receive 3 single digis of their choice from PMS (or 5! if you use a PMS image in your winning entry).

The Challenge:

I was really inspired by some old and not-oft-used adhesive that I'd recently been thinking about.  I’ve been running out of adhesive lately and I was thinking about using those white, double-sided Scotch photo squares. 

I had them out on my desk and I was having a lot of trouble making something Clean and Simple (I’m not even sure if what I made REALLY qualifies…) so I picked up the squares to start sticking on elements and WHAM – inspiration struck like lightening! Thirty minutes (and lots of patience with the glitter) later I had the following:


I LOVE the look of this.  It looks a little bit like how I imagine pixels would look if they were covered with GLITTER!! lol!


Stamp: PMS You Make Life Sparkle | Cardstock: Recollections (Kraft, Black) | Glitter: Doodlebug Designs | Adhesive: Scotch Squares, Scotch ATG | Gem: The Paper Studio


Entered In:

Scrapper's Delight: Bling it Up!

Stamp, Scrap, and Doodle: Use Your Stash (The glitter I used is one of the oldest things I have in my stash)

Paper Crafting Journey: Anything Paper Goes!


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are inspired to make something C&S and join in!

Keep it royal people!

Stamping with Sami #10– St. Patrick’s Day/Luck

Hello people! Good morning and happy Sunday! It is time again for another Stamping with Sami Challenge! I have a card with no sentiment this week – very weird for me!

St. Patrick’s Day/Luck

The Rules:

Our Stamping With Sami (SWS) challenges are designed to inspire beginner and advanced stampers. We focus on SP and Company Stamps and supplies found in the SP Store because we know our products are fantastic and I am sure you would agree! We want our challenges to be super fun for everyone, keeping the following rules in mind:

  1. Entries must clearly identify SWS Challenge in their blog post or gallery entry so that we KNOW you are playing along with the SWS Challenge. Link back to us, list us as part of your description, etc. Make it clear that you are participating in our challenge or else your entry will be deleted from the linky widget. We don't want our challenge to be the last thing you list in tiny print, we want to be the inspiration for your creation.
  2. Entries to our challenges must use at least ONE SP and Company Stamp.
  3. Your creation must be newly created, specifically for our challenge.
  4. We love other challenges, just like the rest of you, but there comes a time when the challenge madness gets out out of hand. So to curb excessive challenge pile-ups: Entries that enter more than 2 other challenges will be removed.
  5. Or course, entries must follow the guidelines given for the actual challenge also.

And here is some inspiration:


I didn’t realize how crooked my double stitch stamping was until I took a look at this picture.  Yeesh! I will tell you that those imperfections are operator error and not the stamp.  It actually stamps perfect…trust me!  I also stamped the background of the shamrocks with the zig zag stamp.  That part turned out great!


Stamps: SP & Company Stitchery Doo | DSP: Echo Park Dots n Stripes | Cardstock: Recollections | Die cutting machine: Cricut Expression | Software: MTC | Ink: Memento | Punch: Martha Stewart | Ribbon


Entered In:

Hiding in my Craft Room: The Color Green

Secret Crafter: Green for Go

Polkadoodles: Dots or Stripes


Thanks for stopping by!

Have a great day and remember is is GOOD to be queen!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Little Card: Celebrate

Hello and Happy Saturday! I just want to share a little card with you today.  I really liked how simple and sweet it turned out!

What do you think?



Stamp: Celebrate (Dollar bin, probably Studio G) | Flower: Martha Stewart | DSP: Basic Grey | Cardstock: Recollections | Zig writer | Distress Ink: Vintage Photo


Entered in:

Annabelle Stamps: Color Combo (Brown, Olive, Mustard)

Inspire Me Fridays: Anything Goes

Crafter’s Companion: Spring (A daisy is so SPRING to me : )


Thanks for stopping by!

Keep it royal people!