Thursday, May 14, 2015


Hi guys!! Long time no post ehh? Well today I'm up on the Helmar Adhesives DT Blog with a post sharing my steps in completing a layered Layout. As most of you know I love layers upon layers of paper and embellishments on my cards, layouts, etc.  This layout will be no different, so let's get started.

I begin my process by first tearing some pattern paper to size to begin the layering process. I then use Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to adhere the layers, I add the adhesive about 1/4" from the edge of all of my paper to leave room to tuck embellishments or additional pattern paper throughout the design.

Next, I use Zapdots White Square 1/2" to begin building height within the design. Again not adding the Zapdots too close to the edge of the paper.  You never know where you may want to add/tuck other embellishments.

I continued to use Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to adhere my Dot Graph chipboard embellishment by Unique Laser Designs.

Even adding Zapdot Squares to the smallest pieces of pattern paper for an added pop.
Below are more close up shots of my layout and the various layers.

Hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial.
 Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter Greeting

Easter would not be complete if I didn't create a seasonal card for my mom. I really love creating greeting cards for this particular holiday, it's such an unexpected surprise for the receiver.
Today I will share with you my steps in completing this mildly shabby Easter greeting card.

For my card I used Unique Laser Designs Bunnies.

I begin with adding layers of pattern paper, inks and light molding paste to my base.

Next, let's add a little color to the Bunnies. I originally used Heidi Swapp's color shine mist in white but the color isn't saturated enough. I decided to use white acrylic paint and mix a little water in to dilute.
After covering the Bunnies with the paint mixture, use a baby wipe to remove some of the color. This will leave you with a more soft and shabby look.

Now layer on more embellishments

Thanks for taking a peek!
Art Ingredients:
Unique Laser Designs - Bunnies
Papertrey Ink Cardstock
Pattern Paper
Light Molding Paste
Crochet Doily
Seam Binding
Color Mist
Michaels Sentiment Stamp
Stazon Ink
Acrylic Paint

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lucky In Love

Happy St.Patrick's Day to everyone!
 I have two St Patty's day themed cards to share with you today, so let's hop right in. Starting first with the Unique Laser Designs products I used to complete each card.


First I added some ink and stenciling to the base of each card.

I used Stickles to add a bit of color and distressing to the Clovers.

Now let's begin building the decorative card base.

The finished products


Thanks for stopping by...

Creative Ingredients:
Papertrey Ink Cardstock
Pattern Paper
Heidi Swapp Color Shine
Stazon Ink
Gesso and Light Molding Paste
Ticket Punch

Monday, March 9, 2015

Timeless Memories Greeting Card

Good morning crafters! I have a card to share with you that I created using Helmar Adhesives. This card is for a dear friend of mine and I can't wait for her to get in along with her surprise package.

To start of course I gather way too many items I think I may want to use.  

I began with an A2 card base (4.25X5.50) and use cut layers and pattern paper scraps to begin the embellishment/layering process. To bond my layers and embellishments I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.


Here I also add Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to the back of this polymer mini frame.

After all of my pattern paper layers have been added and the mini frame is adhered, now it's time to add florals, lace and more ink.
Below are a few up close views of the card...Hope you enjoy.


Thank you for stopping by to take a peek. Have a grand week!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Love Mini Album

 I'm up on the Unique Laser Designs blog today with a mini album cover I embellished. This is a premade album that I will continue to lightly embellish throughout, and give as a baby gift.
The Unique Laser Designs wood embellishments used for this project are:

I began my project by of course adding more pattern print layers and paper doilies. Although the book is covered with prints, I still like a bit of dimension. I also added a thin layer of gesso atop the layers just in case I decide to add ink in the end.

I chose to do a mild crackle finish on the Custom Wooden Doily. To create this finish, use a dark acrylic paint coat of your choice as your first layer. Allow that layer to dry, then

Add a coat of any white glue, while still tacky add your top lighter coat of acrylic paint.

Once you begin the drying process you should begin seeing the crackle effect.

Now let's continue to build those layers of embellishments. *NOTE* I used the same technique on the Love Script.

Here's the final look of the mini album.

Art Ingredients:
Heidi Swapp Memory Files Mini Album
Pattern Paper
Paper and Crochet Doilies
Lace and Seam Binding
Heidi Swapp Butterflies
Heidi Swapp Color Mist

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hummingbird Tag

Wish I could start this sentence off by saying Spring is in the air, but that's so far from the truth.  Being that winter is in full effect across most of the U.S., I'll just force a bit of Spring on you today. 

*I apologize for the shadows you will see in my photos--Winter rain kept me inside*

For this tag I used a Unique Laser Designs custom designed Hummingbird.

I enhanced this beautiful wood design by using two different embossing powders to bring out the details of the Hummingbird.

I carefully used gold on the wings and a soft blue/silver mix on the body of the bird. 

Now it's time to begin building the dimension of this tag.  My first layer is cheese cloth, pulled and frayed.  Then I used this very pretty Prima packaging. 

Continue to build your layers by adding more scrap pattern paper, drywall tape and cover it all with a thin layer of gesso.  This will create a base to hold your color mist and inks. 

After all of your inks and embellishments have been applied, add gesso to the cluster of flowers to give them a vintage shabby look.

Here's an up close look of that beautiful Hummingbird.

Creative Ingredients:
Unique Laser Designs - Custom Hummingbird
Prima Julie Nutting Tag Pad
Ranger Embossing Dabber
Recollections Embossing Powder
Cheese Cloth
Drywall Tape
Various Pattern Paper Scraps
Bling Flourish
Ranger Liquid Pearls
Heidi Swapp Color Shine