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February 29, 2012

Cricut Craft Room - February Challenge


This can be a 6x6, 8x8, or 12x12 Scrapbook page. The 'star' can be ANY type of Cricut cut, character, flower, etc... The rectangles do NOT have to be pictures, they can be cricut cuts.  

You must use Gold and White, and one other color of your choice. Our general theme for the month of February is
LUCK! It can be St. Patrick's Day, Good Luck, Rainbow, Vegas.....etc.  
This month's winner will get a $20 gift certificate to my webstore.   www.shop.ericascraftroom.com









This was certainly a challenge because Gold is one color I rarely use. It was fun stepping outside of the box though!

This was the 1st picture I saw of Mr. Wonderful on Cupid.com. He asked to see a photo of me and I sent my baby picture LOL. He didn't say a "recent" picture. LUCK certainly played a role because he said he never responded to anyone that didn't have a picture on their profile. I am so glad he did!! We became a couple 8/13/06, got engaged 8/13/08 and married 8/13/10 XoXoXo

Supplies:
Cricut Life's A Party - Rings
Cricut Celebrate with Flourish - Heart
Close to my Heart - Pair-A-Phrase Stamp
Zing Embossing Powder - Glitter Finish - Blue
Stampabilities Dye Ink - Black
Hampton Arts Tinted Embossing Ink
Martha Stewart Pigment Ink - Dusk Blue
Paper Studio Punch

February 28, 2012

Flower Soft Technique

Looking for some advice please ~ I received this awesome Flower Soft (Baby Peach) and Flower Soft Glue from scrappingstamping.com. My 1 and only attempt....failed. I stamped the flower image with VersaMark and embossed with pink embossing powder. I then added glue to 1 petal, applied the Flower Soft and pressed firmly. Allowing ample time to dry, most of the Flower Soft came off leaving gaps in the petal. I wish I would have taken an "after" photo before throwing it away. Did I use too much Flower Soft and not enough glue? If you have used this product, I would love to know your thoughts ~ Thanks! 




 This is the photo I took prior to shaking off the excess.

February 18, 2012

Krafty Girls Home Sweet Home Challenge #1

The challenge is to create a project based on a country/state/city/town that is important or special to you in some way.  http://www.kraftygirls.com/

Ok, so I have read over and over again that ALL projects count, even the ones with mistakes so I am going to post this one anyway...can you find it? Never mind, don't look too hard or you just may!! 






Supplies: Spectrum Noir Pen DR3 Red & BGR3 Gray; Stickopotamus alpha stickers; EK Success Jolee's Boutique dimensional stickers; Darice charms and craft wire; Emagination punch, Inspirations Holiday ribbon; Ranger Archival Ink - Sepia; Stickles - Star Dust 

Storage Options

My sweet hubby is on the road.... a lot.... with his job as an auditor with Payless and he was working at a store that happened to have a Michael's next door. We don't have one of those around here. Being the awesomely, wonderful man that he is, he stopped in and found all of these items at 40% off! It was like Christmas in January!! This also allowed us to have quality time putting these little babies together! LOLOL  It wasn't too bad though. The instructions had pictures so we were able to muddle through! 
Almost finished with the craft room so I will be posting the "after" pics once I get everything hung back on the walls. It is such a happy place with my blue walls!
Ladies, next time you have a Payless Shoe Source in your sites....please stop in....buy lots of stuff (shoes, socks, jewelry, handbags, smelly goods like lotion, perfume, etc) so I can continue supporting my hobby/habit/obsession! 




 The little black strip is elastic so you can store extra cutting tools or cartridges - I have never seen one of these before! The picture makes it look like you can leave the machine in there all the time but the back is solid so you have to move the Cricut before cutting. It's nice for keeping the dust at bay while you aren't using it.

February 13, 2012

Your Story Bundle - Blog Hop Win

If you have never been on a blog hop before...put your bunny slippers on and get goin'!    They are really fun and you see so many ideas and unique projects. Truly a source of inspiration! As an added bonus, many of the designers give away prizes aka blog candy! This is what I received in the mail today.....the Your Story bundle from the awesome Gabby http://www.gabycreates.com/   Thank you so so much! Now all I have to do is figure out how to use it! If you have one, suggestions are welcome!! 

February 12, 2012

My Pink Stamper Challenge

Tonight's Challenge: Use the color red, a circle, a pink ribbon and MORE THAN ONE  My Pink Stamper stamp. (If you don't own any of my stamp sets yet, that is okay!  Use what you have).  
Also, use a die cut with this challenge!  Anything will work!


Supplies: The Paper Company cardstock, Stampabilities Scribble Heart Background stamp (I do not have any MPS stamps yet :-(, Hampton Art Stamps Embossing Pad, embossing powder - Pink, Hampton Art Dye Ink - Pink, Stickles - Cotton Candy, Viva Pearl Pen - Ice White, Bic Marker - Black

The Sweet Shop Sketch Challenge

When I came across this challenge, I went with the 1st thought that came to mind....Arlington National Cemetery. We visited Arlington last year and the quiet, stillness of the entire place was a feeling I will never forget. So many lives, so many families affected. God Bless to those who have given their all and those who are currently serving in the US Armed Forces! 


Supplies: Cricut Stand & Salute, CTMH Dutch Blue ink; Martha Stewart border punch, The Paper Studio stickers 

February 4, 2012

Copic vs Spectrum Markers

I have studied and researched Copic markers for months but couldn't justify the expense. I learned through the StampingScrapping yahoo group about Spectrum Noir ~ You can get the whole set for $114.99 with free shipping from StampingScrapping.com! These markers are compatible with Copics as well! Here is a video demonstrating the markers



Here is the comparison review that sold me 



Hey everyone.  Glad my review has inspired some folks to try these out.  One woman, Joan, asked me if they could be used with Copics, as she has already invested in a few of them.  Since I did not know the answer, I did a little test last night.  
Attached is a scan of my test.  Let me say up front though - I am NOT an artist, do not really do much blending if I can avoid it.  I just love to color and always loved the way the Copics just got such a big space colored without leaving those brush marks like a Tombow does (but, in reality, Tombow markers are my all time fav).  But for this test, I stamped a Magnolia image 3 times.  I tried to use as close to the same colors of the different pens for each sample, but I left most of my Copics in Brasil and have a limited amount of colors here.  
The first image I used just copics.  The second I used just the Noir.  And the third, I used a combo of both to see if they worked together.  Well, they do.  
You can use the Noir with Copics.  They blend perfectly with each other.  Neither of them knows that they are each from different tribes!!  
And, after really using them more and more, I have to say that I do not miss the brush tip on the Copics.  The fine tip nib on the Noir work much better for me and I can get into smaller spaces than the brush tip on the Copic.  Again, just my opinion.
Also, remember that Copics came out of nowhere.  All it took was a few stamping bloggers to start to use them and they took off.  Everyone had to have them.  I get the feeling that once people start using these Noir pens, the same is going to happen.

~Michael