Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Summer Vacation (part 2 of 2)

Hello again,

Winter vacations are finished and summer vacations are about to begin.

When I think of summer vacations I think of camping with my family and friends. Camping is one of the only times that I actually sit and do nothing; maybe read a book but nothing else. It is the ultimate relaxation and sometimes a little too relaxing for a person like me who is always on the go.

This past weekend, I created a camping scene for a card using my Cricut Expression and the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge.

Up until recently, I used to stress about having just the right paper for each image I was cutting. I don't stress about it any more. For the campfire, I cut the image three times out of white cardstock. The bottom layer remained intact and I coloured only the fire using YR07, Y35, and Y13 Copic markers. The second layer, I removed the fire portion, coloured the logs using E23, E77, and E37 Copic markers and adhered it to the fire layer. For the rocks, I removed the fire and logs on the third copy of the image, coloured the rocks using C5 and C3 Copic markers and layered it on top of the other two coloured layers.

Sectioning off the different elements of the image and layering them makes for a more realistic dimensional image. I love the effect and will repeat this technique in other Cricut inspired projects. I used the same technique for the marshmallows and the sign.

When I am ready to give this card to someone, I may stamp an appropriate message (Happy Birthday, Thinking of you, You light my fire, etc.) on the bottom right corner of the card or I may keep it simple.

I am entering the Campfire card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Vacation/Travel".

Thank you for stopping by and until next time, Happy Paper Crafting!

Supplies used from my inventory:

  • Recollections 110 lbs cardstock
  • Recollections Spice Market cardstock
  • Paper from Basic Grey
  • White pieces of cardstock from my scrap pile
  • Copic markers - YR07, Y35, Y13, E23, E77, E37, C5, C3, YG03, YG63, W5, W1
  • Stampin'up 2-way glue
  • Zapdots foam adhesives
  • Cricut Expression
  • Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge
  • Viva D├ęcor dark brown Pearl Pen
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Chitchat stickers
  • Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs Distress ink
  • Ink dauber

Supplies purchased:

  • Nothing

Winter Vacation (Part 1 of 2)

Hello everyone,

Winter has always been a time for hibernation. However, this past winter my husband and I took our two year old son and joined some friends of ours on a Caribbean cruise. We enjoyed our time away and I have to say, it will be difficult to survive another winter without an escape to a warmer, sunnier location for at least a week.

I used one of the photos our friend took while on the trip to create this card.


I like the triple stamping technique, it's fast and simple. My friend from Papertician had read about a similar technique using the same stacking and matching idea as the triple stamping but instead of stamping you use a photo. What a neat idea.

I am entering the Bon Voyage card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Vacation/Travel".

Supplies from my inventory:
  • Tim Holtz, Stampers Anonymous - Artful Voyage
  • Jet Black Archival ink
  • Recollections cardstock
  • Zapdots foam adhesives
  • Tim Holtz Faded Jeans distress ink
  • Tombow glue
  • Scotch Advance tape glider

Supplies purchased:
  • Black's photo developing

Thursday, May 15, 2014


Well, it has been a year since my very first post and what a year it has been.

Three Cs blog is close to 2,000 views which makes me very happy and I am grateful that you take the time to come and read what I post. Thank you.

I have many projects in the works and I am hoping, in the upcoming year, to post on a more consistent basis.

My first post in my second year of blogging comes to you courtesy of my sister. She requested a gift card to one of her favorite clothing shops for her birthday. No problem, consider the gift card purchased. However, as all crafters know, you can't just give someone a gift card, it has to come in a nice package.

I have been waiting a long time for the "Forever Young" Cricut cartridge to go on sale. No luck. It was holding strong at its current price. The "Forever Young" cartridge includes a large selection of fashion related images and would be perfect for a clothing gift card holder. Hmmm, continue to wait for the cartridge to go on sale or buy it for the sake of my sister's present? Pack your bags cartridge, your coming home with me.

One of the best things about using the Cricut is that I get to use up many of the scrap pieces of paper I have been collecting from other paper projects. It's surprising how little paper the Cricut uses and the stunning projects it creates.


The gift card would be placed in the slot between the shoes.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time, happy paper crafting.

Supplies used from my inventory:
  • Various leftover cardstock
  • Cricut Expression
  • Close to my Heart - Soul Mates Sentiments
  • Tim Holtz distress ink - Aged Mahogany, Gathered Twigs
  • Kool Tak - 2 sided tape
  • Recollections - Spice Market cardstock
  • Tombow glue
  • Scotch Advance tape glider
  • Fiskar paper trimmer
  • Big Shot
  • Sizzix Tween Tile
  • Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
  • Crop-A-Dile II
  • Stampin'up - Sincere Salutations
  • Celebrate It - ribbon

Item purchased:
  • Forever Young Cricut cartridge

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Let's Ride

Hello everyone and happy Sunday

The challenge this week at Simon Says Stamps is "Anything Goes", so here goes anything.

I have started collecting cardboard that used to end up in the recycling bin. I guess I am upcycling items around the house. The collection began as I was about to throw out a frozen pizza box. The box was clean and the cardboard was the perfect thickness to be sturdy but yet embossable.

Pair the saved cardboard with a little tin foil and you have a fantastic metallic look to work with.

I started by cutting the cardboard to the size that I needed and then ran it through my Xyron machine. I placed the sticky side of the cardboard to the non-shiny side of a large piece of tin foil. I trimmed the tin foil, leaving enough to wrap the edges of the cardboard and taped it to the back.

I ran the metallic paper through my Big Shot using a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I completed the look using the Tim Holtz Industrial Technique that I learned in his Creative Chemistry 102 online class.

I love how it all turned out and I doubt I will ever buy metallic paper again. However, my stash of cut out cardboard boxes has increased significantly.

Thank you for visiting and hope you will stop by again.

Till next time, happy paper crafting.

Supplies used from my inventory:
  • Tim Holtz - black soot distress paint
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Kelly's outline stickers
  • Recollection cardstock
  • Sookwang Creative tape
  • Peel-off's magic tape
  • Glitter Ritz - cool highlight
  • Copics - 0, 100, R89, B91, C5, E77, W5
  • Stampin'up ink - sahara sand
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous - Road Trip CMS128
  • Big Shot
  • Scotch Advance tape glider

Supplies purchased:
  • None

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