Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Web Wednesday:

The internet has been an amazing source of inspiration and information, but there is so much out there! Today, I'd like to share one of my favorite places to visit:


This wonderful blog has some of the greatest layouts that I have seen! And there is always something new! Today, I would like to share a card I made with sketch 154.

Papers: Lettering Delights Sweet Nothing
Edging: MTC Gallery==Lots of borders, user 2992
Sketch: Cardpatterns sketch 154
Cut: LD Luck of the Irish
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Antique Linen
Copic markers to shade
Diamond Stickles

So, rush right over to CardPattern's Blog. Tell Nonna sent you!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday Surprise-fun foam stamps.

Surprise! I thought that I'd share a little of my latest passion. I have been playing with fun foam, MTC software and my Zing. All I can say is wow! I can't tell you what is coming, but this is addicting fun! Today, I'd like to share the basics of using regular Creatology fun foam (without the sticky back) to make your stamps.

Creatology Fun Foam
Xyron Creative Station with repositional adhesive
MTC software
basic shape of choice: to be used as digital stamp and cutting shape with foam
white cardstock
Pen holder (I used Amy Chomas' Mini Gel Pen holder for Silhouette)
Pen for sketch
Distress inks

Set up your image in the software. Add a mat so that your image can be cut. The image is from Lettering Delights Basic Flowers.

Create a sketch outline from the basic shape. Move the mat to it's own layer. Duplicate the blue flower so that you have 6 images. 
Set aside one of the images to be used later. Using the other 5 images, size and manipulate to create a "sketched effect."

Remember the shape you set aside? Select it, break the parts and separate them. 

Vertical mirror the "stamp".

Set-up your machine to sketch the correct image.  I use print and cut, but WYSIWYG will work as well if you set the blade origin for the sketch and 'use last' for the mat. Amy's pen holder is a little smaller than the Zing blade, so to correct the offset I added a layer of painter's tape. My settings for gel pen sketching: Speed 14, Force 10-12, offset 0.

Change to blade. Hide the sketch layer and cut the mat. 

Set the mat/sketch aside. Set up foam for stamp. Run a 5" width of fun foam through the Xyron.  

Remove the paper so that you only have the foam with the adhesive. Do not throw away the white backing paper (it can be used for storage!) Position on mat to correspond with position on virtual mat.

Set up your machine with a deep cut blade. My Zing cuts foam well with the blue blade, speed of 8-9 and pressure of 62, offset of .75. Cut 2 times. 

 Send the stamp  to your cutting machine. 

When shape has cut, very carefully remove excess foam.

Place parts on white backing until read to use. 

When ready to stamp, place on clear block.

Ink as desired.

Stamp away!

Stamp center as desired.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Tissue Paper Tape...revisited!

Hi all! I am so happy to be back at BugBytes as guest designer! Hop on over to her blog if you haven't checked it out! ; it's a great place to visit. Today I am hoping to share another use for plain old tissue paper and how to make your own tape---on your home printer!

4" square aperature card with opening of 3"
3" square cardstock
Doodle Pantry Irish Birdie
Green cardstock
blue painter's tape
tissue paper cut 4.75 x 10"
White cardstock
Xyron creative Station with adhesive
I-rock jewels
Border punch (lace)
  1. Print the Birdie at 2.8" and the digital stamp at 1". Trim in the desired shape.
  2. From the Dark green cardstock cut: 1 mat to fit around the aperture (1/2"), a mat for the bird and a mat for the digital stamp. 
  3. Create the tissue tape. 

I wanted  to create the look of lace for my card. I found the easiest way was to simply punch the 4.75" with and then trim the strip at 1/2". This part of the process was frustrating as my punch kept jamming. But it was worth it! 

Adding the tape to the dark green mat was most efficient when I peeled the backing away as I applied it. I then covered the 3" square of cardstock in a 3.25" piece of the tissue. I adhered this to the inside of the card so that it was visible through the opening. I finished the card as you see it. 

All in all, I loved the look! I hope you enjoy making your own custom tissue tape, too. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Paper Tape and the Imagine, too!

It is so good to be back! Surgeries are done until the summer and I'm beginning to feel human once again. Thank you everyone for your support and good wishes!
I have to admit, I'm a little slow. I have been hearing about Washi Tape for awhile, but did not jump on the wagon. My excuse: because I have to order everything. Recently, I was cruising on the net and found a tutorial on making your own Washi. I believe it is Jenny and you can find her tut here:

Well I never! There are some really cool tissue papers out there, making my tape was so much fun! I love the results! But, I had to put my own spin on this great technique. Enter the PC Imagine!
White tissue paper
Xyron 5" Creative Station
Xyron permanent or re-positional adhesive
PC Imagine 
Imagine Cartridge of Choice
Scotch Invisible Tape
Blue painter's tape
  • Cut your tissue paper into 4.5 x 10 1/2" strips. 
  • Carefully run through the Xyron Creative Station. 
    • Center between the marks.
    • Apply slight pressure with fingers as the paper feeds.

  • Brayer back of paper/Xyron 

  • Trim sides evenly. 
  • Remove clear plastic from front. 
  • Adhere shiny side to mat. Position 1/4" from the edge of the mat (with the green arrow). Tape in position with Scotch tape at all corners and on leading edge of the mat. This allows the Imagine to read the PNC marks. As you can see, I used blue painter's tape along the entire lower edge. 

At the Imagine:
  • Select the Basic Shape rectangle,  ratio of 1:2. Set the actual size to 4.5. 
  • Flood fill with pattern of choice.
  • Select; Settings : Print Only
  • Load mat into Imagine and print. 

  • Remove from mat. Trim to desired width. I used 1/2" for this card, but if I were to do it again, I would trim the tape to 1/4". 

  • Apply to your project! I found it was easier to peel the backing away as I applied it---fewer changes for the tape to adhere to itself. 

So quick, so fun and adds so much to all your projects! Thanks for stopping by.....

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cruising on the Web: a Screen Card

While I was away I had a chance to search the internet for new and exciting sites. There are so many that I have never seen, but this one, in particular spoke to me and my love of making cards.
Click on the picture to visit. 

Today, I have created a screen-fold card from the directions.

You may find the directions for this card here:

 Recollections pink card stock
Lettering Delights Digital papers (mat) "Butterfly Blossoms" collection
Pink Ribbon Angels (
My Creative Time Pink Ribbon Stamps
Tim Holtz Distress Ink : Worn Lipstick and Orange Marmalade
White silk flowers
I-rock heat setting tool and Orange jewels
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Pink organdy ribbon

Click for the MTC File here.
Click for the SVG file here.
This file includes a mat. 

I hope you have found a new source for your inspiration, too!