Archive for May, 2007

Versamagic Tutorial

May 31, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Tutorials

Well, it seems like you all want to know the big “secret” I have for coloring with my Versamagic inks, and Fantastix brushes. So as asked here goes.

I started doing this technique BEFORE I found the Fantastix tips. I use to use SU! Craft ink, and would “donate” a blender pen for the use of this technique. So given that info you can use any craft ink, or chalk ink for this as well. The Brilliance ink is to DIE for when this technique is used. I like using these inks for coloring cause they are nice and thick , so they give good coverage, and the colors stay brilliant, and make shadowing easier.

I really like this technique with embossed images, but used both embossed and non embossed for this card.

So, here are the supplies I gathered.


Alot of people ask which tips I like best brush (left), or bullet (right). I prefer the brush tip. I like it because I can get in all the little grooves of images, and give me more control!

So here is all you do-Stick the tip of the brush lightly in the ink. These are thick so you dont want to saturate the tip and get too much in the tip. You can always add more!

ink stick

Then just take the tip, and like a marker – color. If you want to shadow color over image in area again.

color tut.

Now to switch colors, just keep coloring on scrap till it colors clear, or use a fresh one. You can rinse these under warm water and let dry.


So after coloring both images, here is the completed card.


It is along the lines of the Saturday Sketch for this past week. I have to say I LOVE all the shades of purple used. The stamps used in this set are by Lizzie Anne Designs. I used Jolies Fleurs (my favorite) and Simple Sentiments!

Let me know if you try this and feel free to link your card here.

Paisley Butterfly of INSPIRATION!

May 30, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards


Happy Wednesday!

Im am SO stoked for summer. While shopping at Michaels the other day (yes for more Martha) I got these beautiful ribbons by MS. As I stacked each one to pay, I was immediately inspired to create this card! Look at the sequence of ribbon, that is EXACTLY how it was stacked, and it totally inspired my colors for this card. I knew I had to find a way to use them all together. So this is what I came up with.

A few weeks ago I was creating for a design call (wish me luck). As I stamped this “Paisley” from Jolies Fleurs, it was originally intended to be a background. With one twist of my wrist I just starred at the image for the longest time, and realized that the paisley was a BUTTERFLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is it NOT gorgeous?

On my other card I forgoed the paisley bkgd and went for the butterfly. Hopefully you will see it IN PRINT! LOL! If its rejected I will share it here.

So, I stamped with black craft ink, and clear embossed. I then used my prismacolor markers to color it in. A bit of Heidi Swap jewels were in need for the center.

Once again my Onare template from Ellen H was in need. I think its like my favorite tool these days.

Once all the layers were configured I stamped the flower in the corner. So its flying away from it in a way.

Stamped the Sketched Sentiment. I love making it say whatever you want! I used a image from Designer Dots set to make little sun. Its all in the details! LOL!

Hope you like it!

Next we have another paisley butterfly. BECAUSE I LOVE IT!

tagged thank you

As I said I am in a SUMMER mood. This ribbon is delicious! I love ribbon. It can totally inspire all kinds of cool color combos. It was also close to the colors above! So I went with it for my inspiration.

I just stamped the images in the bottom left corner. Wasnt sure if I would cut it out or what, but decided to leave it. Colored with my prismacolor markers. AGAIN used Onare template for another Flutter trail (love it!). I decided to keep it simple-andcuttlebugged my top layer. I tied the ribbon around, but “something” was missing.

SOOOOO, I used a Sizzix tag die (need to use those MORE). Stamped it then attached it like this.

I was quite pleased with it.

Well thats all for today!

Stay tuned tomorrow! I was asked to do a coloring tutorial with Versamagic ink pads, and the Fantasix wands. Its like my favorite way of coloring these days as I keep building my collection of those inks.

I have it all set to go! So check back.

Also please let me know what else you want me to share! I love hearing what you all want to see.

AND last but not least. If you have bought any Lizzie Anne sets, Green Grass, or My Favorite Things Id LOVE to see them! So send me a link!


Purple Bling Bling Tutorial and another sample

May 29, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Tutorials

purple bling

Well I was thinking today could be like Technique day. Since I made this card and had the quickie tutorial ready to go.

I got this AMAZING paper from a PSF goody swap from my friend Laura! She is awesome. She sent me assorted papers in my favorite color-purple. This paper is to DIE for! Its got some clear embossed images with sparkle. It totally inspired my card. SO here are more of my favorite things.

Supplies for my card- Lizzie Anne Designs Daisy Dots flower, Martha Stewart purple cardstock, Martha Stewart silk ribbon, Martha Stewart Glitter (dk purple color), Bling Bling cardstock, Prima Daisy, Making Memories Boho Chic brad in Lauren (how suitable), designer cardstock (unknown) I think its DCWV. Versamark, Glue pad, heat and stick powder, heat tool.

So when I went to the expo in RI I learned this cool technique with Bling Bling paper. No big deal, easy to do, lots of WOW!

I was SO EXCITED I asked the guy if I could keep a sample! LOL! He gave me one but I saw the butterfly (you know me and my butterflies) and asked if I could have that one instead! Obviously-he said OK.

Here I am. Sorry for the blur. Also my hair was straightened that day cause we had no oil, and I couldn’t take a shower that morning-GROSS I know! But lets focus on the gorgeous butterfly shall we.


So here is what you need

Heat tool

Heat & stick powder

versamark, or other thick ink (like colored craft ink)

Bling Bling paper in choice of color ( found here aka rub on foil )

And then the usual-choice of image, and paper etc.

On to the Directions

Step 1- Stamp image in versamark

Step 2- Apply heat and stick powder

Step 3- Heat powder (not too much cause then it wont be “sticky”

Step 4- Apply foil (Shiny side up) and rub really hard!

Step 5- When fully rubbed, quickly rip foil off image (like a bandaid)

Step 6- If you missed a few spots-its ok, go over it again with fresh foil. OR you can sprinkle glitter or microbeads. That looked cool when he did it.

bling tutorial

Here is my image.

Don’t throw away any of the paper you can keep using and using tll its gone.

So, OBVIOUSLY I followed the above directions using scrap purple cardstock, I then cut out my flower.

I  used my Glue Pad, and stamped the open line image of the flower, and sprinkled the purple glitter over it.

Layered the images with dimensionals, added a prima and brad for the center.

Pretty cool huh? TRUST me the photo does it NO justice!

I hope you check out the Bling Bling paper its really cool. I used the holographic one (below sample) for some Halloween images over at the Lizzie Anne Sketchbook. Seriously go check out their samples. I have a bunch in there, as well as some Christmas stuff! LOL!

Happy Haunting


I’ve been tagged!

May 29, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: About Me, Uncategorized

Well It looks like I have been tagged by Sherry (aka BadSherry). I guess the challenge is to use ONE WORD for each answer. No explainations!  Lets see if I can do it. I’d LOVE to tag YOU as well, so feel free to reply to this with YOUR answers ok! 

Yourself: outgoing

Your Partner: amazing

Your Hair:   blonde

Your Mother:  sensitive

Your Father: alcholic

Your Favorite Item: stamps

Your Dream Last Night: creepy

Your Favorite Drink:  coffee

Your Dream Car: whatever

Dream Home: beach

The Room You Are In: office

Your Fear: heights

Where You Want to be in Ten Years: family

Who You Hung Out With Last Night: Jason

You’re Not: shy

One of Your Wish List Items: vacation

The Last Thing You Did: shower

you Are Wearing: nothing (just checcking to see if you are paying attention)

Your Favorite Weather: warm

Your Favorite Book: Hmmm?

Last Thing You Ate: twizzlers

Your Life: insane

Your Mood: happy

Your Best Friend: Jason

What Are You Thinking About Right Now: stamping

Your Car: minivan!

What Are You Doing At The Moment: DUH?

Relationship Status:  married

What Is On Your TV: v-smile

What Is The Weather Like: gorgeous

When Is The Last Time You Laughed: last night

WOW! That was hard. I wanted to “explain” everything! I hope you give it a try. Me being the chatty person I am it was NOT an easy task. I even broke the rules.

Now to tag 5 people HMMMM

Hopefully these are newer blogs to you

Robyn, Kendra, Kristen, Kim, Rebecca

If you reply to the tag on a blog link it here so we can all read it!

TLC118 Paisley & Petals with Onare

May 28, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards

WT use it

So, I HAD to try the technique challenge when I saw it. Its called wet watercolor.

I have to say it takes a little practice to get the image as you want it. I did not like too runny of a look. So, I used my Petals & Paisley  patterned paper by my FAVORITE patterned paper company SEI to get me started.

I also noticed that solid images with a open line image over it, in a bold color work best. So I used my Daisy Dots set by Lizzie Anne Designs for the challenge.

I colored the solid image with Saffron, Cameo, and Turq, then misted my white cardstock with my Mini Misters by Ranger. It took a couple tries to get the colors to blend like I wanted, and get the feel for how much to spritz or NOT! Once I got the image I was happy with. I heat set my cardstock so it would dry quicker, and not warp or bow/buckle.

I then stamped the open line image with my glue pad, and added brown Martha Stewart glitter (told you Im in love). So it shimmers, quite nicely!

Once that part was complete I used my Onare piercing template which is a serious MUST HAVE! I linked the particular one that I LOVE to pieces!!! Anyway-that gave me my leaf border.

From there I punched some coordinating cardstock with my Martha Stewart butterfly punch.

Then……..(I feel like I have a run-on sentence going and am breathless) I stamped the “thanks” from the flower set, and popped it out with my 3/4 circle punch by SU! Added it to the center of a clear Foo-Fa-La button (another must have) and adhered to flower center.

The ribbon was tied at the top, and is of course by Martha Stewart! LOL! Its a pretty lightweight, silky/shimmery type of ribbon.

I was very please with the fresh colors, and the overall flow of the design.

What are some of your favorite colors?

Finally For Sale!

May 28, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards

Yeah! Im SOOOO excited cause now you can get the NEW! Summer sets by Lizzie Anne Designs!

Their new collection went on sale today. Sign up for their newsletter.

If you decide to purchase anything I’d LOVE to hear what your favorite sets are.

I was so excited to see their newsletter in my IN-BOX because it featured my Fairy card!

So I think Ill post a sample each day this week with my Lizzie Anne sets! I will also attempt to use some of my favorite products for you to see.

SO my first card is in HONOR of Memorial Day, using somewhat Patriotic colors.

Flocked Flowers

Flocked Flowers

I adore red and blue together, but dont use it enough. For this particular card I used the NEW! Power Flowers bkgd, and Sketched Sentiments. I used a rectangle block image by A Muse, stamped with sky blue pearlescent ink by Brilliance.

I then stamped my flower bkgd with versamark, applied heat & stick powder, and heat set it. Once melted, I applied my Fun Flock in Chilli Pepper Red. Then heat set again.

I LOVE fun flock. I must be in a time warp. Im suddenly drawn to *old* items! LOL! I’m lovin Twinkling H2O’s and Fun Flock these days. Is that old school or is the trend reappearing? Lets hope for the latter ok.

Now to complete my project. I got these delicious felt flowers by American Crafts. They are the Green House collection. I got mine at AC Moore. Several colors and a variety of sizes are in each bottle. I feel this complimented my design. Plus I got a smudge in my upper right corner! LOL! Had to cover it up somehow.

I also LOVE Making Memories jewel brads.

I drew the stems by hand with a marker and ruler. Had to add my bling stickers to the centers-I love those muchly!

The sentiment was made using the Sketched Sentiments. Isn’t this cute?

I love the layout too.

So I hope this will encourage you to try Flocking. I’ve been using it a few months and its just so great on a card.

What’s YOUR dream?

May 27, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards

spread your wings

I love that sentiment. Its just so sweet and encouraging dont you think?

So what’s YOUR dream? If you could do ANYTHING what would it be? I would LOVE to hear your responses, so reply to this thread with them.

My fantasy dream would be to fly-like the fairy. You know just pick your feet up off the ground and float around. I think I would only hover, because I am petrified of heights! LOL! But the idea of it amazes me.

My realistic life dream- I really hope to continue to work with the design teams I’m on, and get more publications, but truly, I would LOVE to work for a magazine someday. That is my ultimate goal. My dream. one I feel is possible, but yet somewhat not. If that makes sense.

Family dream-well health for my family is definitely #1. But my dream would be to own a beautiful house by the beach. For Jason and I to just sit together, and watch the sunset. Most likely my children will be grown, but if not, watch them run along the beach building sand castles.

OK so onto my card. I got this FABULOUS paper by K & co. When I saw the flourishes I knew it would be perfect with my Fairy because it was similar to her flutter trail. The Fairy, and Fairy Sentiment is from the Simply Singles line by Lizzie Anne Designs and is ONLY $3.99! OMW! That is FABULOUS. You’d pay more for a store bought Fairy card.

Anyway-the Fairy was colored with my FAB-U-LOUS-O Twinkling H2O’s. Yes I love them. She she shimmer’s ever so perfectly-just like a Fairy should. My color spritzer was also used for a little bit of color burst here and there. Love that thing. The ribbon is May arts, and one side is shimmery as well.

NOTE: the butterfly in the upper right corner. Isn’t is beautiful? Its a Martha Stewart punch! I got the LAST one. Yeah baby! I just punched some coordintaing paper. Isn’t it so cute? I love butterflies.

I took a trip, and got some retail therapy to help my depressed state these days.


OK So here is a small piece of visualevidence that I am addicted to cardstock! I love Martha Stewarts new line. ALL OF IT! But I am addicted to her new colors of paper, and well many lines of cardstock, and patterned paper. Its out of control! LOL! I am also a ribbon hoarder. I love patterned ribbon, if it matches the paper OMG! Im a goner. I love matchy things. Cardstock- ink- ribbon -buttons -brads WHATEVER, if it goes together I need it. Its insane.

Im also addicted to flower and shape punches. But hey WHO isnt right. Don’t get me started on jewel stickers!

Whats worse is I need to go shop again tomorrow! I held back on buying a few things and its plaguing me. Oh well. 50% off coupon here I come. Please tell me Im not alone on this insanity to have every little impulse thing I want. I think its a serious condition. It started with my grandmother….

Oh well thats it for now.

Thanks for reading. Dont forget to share your dreams! More importantly “go for them”.

What’s WRONG with this picture?

May 26, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: My family stuff, Uncategorized


Can you guess?

Well Look at Amber’s arms! She spotted! She has a very strange circular rash on JUST her arms. It started tonight.

Does it not look like someone did the reinker technique where you put in dye ink (in this case red), and dish liquid, then blew bubbles and let it pop on her arm?

THAT is how I described this to the Doctor over the phone. HE is not a stamper, but I think he got my drift.

Its called a TARGET rash. Im surprised I dont break out in this every weekend when I need my shopping fix! LOL!

In all seriousness this is freakin me out. This is what they THINK she had. Its a response to a virus or a allergic reaction. “I” have never seen this before. On anyone. Ive worked in some crazy places and seen some crazy things (such as a man who ripped his indwelling urinary catheter out, and his penis ripped WIDE open : like a hot dog that splits down the middle when cooked too long. AND it healed that way! OMG! Let me tell you I did almost pass out when that happened. Everytime I took care of him it made me cringe seeing it) but never a rash like this.

So now we wait.

I just had to share the photo with you all.

BTW I offered to email the photos to the DR but they declined. HMMMMM.

Let hope it goes away tonight.

She so cute even with spots isnt she?

Going with Gray! Saturday Sketch

May 26, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Saturday Sketch

OK I did it!

It wasn’t easy combining Gray in my design I must admit. After looking at that site with color combo’s I was ready to go-then it hit. My mojo was not lovin gray! No matter what I did! LOL!

So I went with Orchid as my non pink combo. Purple shades were recommended a few times, so figured why not. I will say in all, I am happy with this card. And I liked the layout. It gave a nice opportunity to create my own “patterned ” paper. I will have to try some of the other suggestions when my rut is over.

So here it is

Happy when skies are gray-


Why that title? I don’t know I love the song “You are my sunshine” and sing it when I use gray. SO that is my nifty name! LOL!

SO for this card I used my Daisy Dots  stamp set, as well as Simply Sentiments . You all know how much I love my flower images. Can’t get enough. This set will be available on Monday!!! YEAH!!! Gotta love all the New Lizzie Anne sets. On my must have list is the So Swirly and Blissful Blossoms. Dont have those yet, sigh. And a few others.

OK, back to the sketch-got a little carried away when talkin about rubbah! I stamped the large solid flower randomly in gray and orchid tone of versamagic ink. Another product I use constantly. Then used  a darker purple for the open lined flower.

The flower centers are the swirly circle done using my Glue Pad, and Martha Stewart crystal glitter.

Its really pretty IRL.

The cut out flower was colored using my NEW! Twinkling H2O’s. I know I must be a cave woman having *just* purchased them for the first time 2 weeks ago. I must say- I’m in *love* with them! They are just gorgeous. I love bling and these really rock. I got 2 sets of 6. Now I must find MORE! LOL! They are so easy to use too. So if you know where I can find some PLEASE tell me!

Anyway-the ribbon on this is 2 toned and its from Michaels. I tied it through the flower center. I must say I love doing that. I then stamped the “hello” from the same set, and punched it out with my 3/4 circle punch. Popped it in the middle of a clear Foo-fa-la button and was wicked pleased.

I added the “tabs” cause something seemed to be missing. I wont even tell you how long this card took to complete. I just let out a huge sigh of relief when I was done. Dont think you will be seeing any fabulous gray combo’s from me anytime soon.

Why I feel compelled to make things I dont really like work is beyond me. Next time I will just “get over it”. LOL!

So there is the challenge sketch! I hope you will have time to try it, and link it here. ONLY condition is you CANNOT use patterned paper in the large square panel! And you dont have to use a flower, you can try a circle or square image there in place. Have fun with it. It would make a great one to use with a OSW!

See ya tomorrow- more Lizzie Anne. Sorry I can’t help it. I really love the new sets.

I’m also gearing up for my next product review. Im having a hard time deciding- more suggestions always appreciated. maybe it will help me narrow it down.

Enjoy the holiday

Mytime Mail winner

May 25, 2007 Author: mytime | Filed under: Mytime Mail


via random selector , the lucky winner is Number 11- Who writes:

# doverdion 24 May 2007 at 4:18 pm

I like your Peek-a-boo card. I think it’s cute. A favorite color combo that I like with grey is Always Artichoke-Elegant Eggplant-Pale Plum and Going Grey. I love the purple grey combos as well as the pink and grey.

Hope you find the combo that works for you. Thanks for a chance at a great prize

SO, doverdi

Please contact me with your info so I can get the set off to you!

I did make a card tonight featuring gray but will post it tomorrow as it may just be the sketch challenge! I have to think about that. Plus my batteries in the camera are dead! LOL! Dont you love that.

 So, Im sorry there is no sample-TONIGHT. I will say that site for color combos ROCKS!

Thanks again everyone, and those of you who posted links!!!

See ya tomorrow. Enjoy the holiday weekend.

My Etsy

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