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Mysteriously, I got this in the Mail…

Numbers StickersHmmm!  I received this in the mail the other day.  Strange, I don’t think I ordered it.  Note the key words “I don’t remember”.

The return address said Kable Products out of Fairfield, OH.  I don’t remember ever ordering anything from them.  I went onto the internet to look them up, I didn’t have any luck with finding the business.

So, I put it in a drawer (with the envelope) waiting on someone to let me know where they came from.  Maybe, there will be a message that says, oops we mailed you something that you should not have received.

The package they came in says “Wordz Danelle Johnson, Self-Adhesive Designer Embellishments.  Oh well, I like what I got  and I’m going to be using them since I haven’t received any notification.

If you sent these to me, thanks a-lot!  If you didn’t send them, then stay tuned as I use them in either a card or a scrapbook layout.

Thanks for looking, and be sure and leave me a comment.  I love hearing from you!

Jun 14, 2009 - Cards    No Comments

MCPT June Challenge ….

I participate in a card challenge on the Cricut Message Board each month.  This month’s image is two little hedge hogs in a boat.

MCPT & Stickles

Here is a picture of the coloring and of course there is some stickles added.

Fish Bowl - Staz - on Azure Blue

The entire card is made out of acetate and folded at the center.  I used Staz-on ink in Azure Blue to ink the edges.  Don’t forget to allow the ink to dry in between coats. 

You can see, I also inked it heavier on the left side of the bowl.  This helps give the illusion that the bowl is glass and has water in it.

Image under Acetate front

Slide the image under the front of the acetate card.  This helps shows the inking on the acetate and helps me determine where to put the rest of the elements.

When adhereing to acetate, I do my best to hide the adhesive under an embellishment.

Acetate shows just about every kind of adhesive.



This is the inside of the card.  I freehanded the splat and it’s mat, then popped it up with dimenstional tape to give it some interest.  I used Cloud 9 splats and hearts to drive home the message.  I also used a Sakura Star Dust Gel pen to do some extra doodling.





Front of Card

So here is the final product….two hedge hogs fishing in a fish bowl and catching the only gold fish in the bowl.

On the outside of the acetate I used Cloud 9 bubbles on the left side of the bowl.  The togetherness is a rub-on and I took clear stickles and colored it using the Azure Blue Staz-On ink.  I used a liner brush to make the commas on the right side.  I used Staz-On white ink for the white flourish.


I loved how this card turned out.  If you want a closer look just click on the picture.  Thanks for looking and be sure and leave me a comment.

Jun 7, 2009 - Cards    1 Comment


Finished Card

On Thursday, my best friend and I made a trip to the Great American Scrapbook convention and we enjoyed ourselves not only in what we saw but just being with each other.

In one of the booths (I don’t remember the name of the vendor), they had taken acetate and glittered it.  The results were outstanding and so I decided I would try my hand at their technique.

Of course you can’t really see the beauty of the glitter, but I love this technique on acetate.  I made this card for Phyllis.  I know she will see it here before she receives it but the card is a lot prettier in the original form so it will still be a surprise.

Card Items

So here is what I used:

Stampin Up – Cherish and Thanks

CS – 2 shades of pink, 1 shade of brown and white.

1 piece of acetate cut at 3″ x 4″.

Card – 4 x 6 card made out of the darkest shade of pink.

Mats:  Cut two 3.75″ x 5.75″ out of the brown; two mats 3.5″ x 5.5″ out fo the white; two mats out of the light shade of pink at  3″ x 5″.

CuddleBug – Textile A2 Embossing Folder

Ink – Staz-On Timber Brown, Color Box – Chestnut Brown.

Punch – Ticket Punch by Stampin Up; Glue – Quickie Glue pinpoint roller, vellum runner, Pro-Glide ermanent glue; Goat hair brush – Making Memories; Quick Giltz glitter – Wild Rose, Slickwriter Pen – Black; Embossing Powder – Copper.


Acetate/Inked EdgesAll the cs was inked with the Color Box – chestnut brown.  I used the Staz-On Timber Brown to stamp the Cherish and Thanks image and to ink the edges of the acetate.

TIP:  When inking acetate; ink it and then let it dry and then re-ink the edges.  Since acetate is a non-porous substance it does not absorb the ink.  If you try to re-ink the edges while it is wet, you just lift off the original ink.  I like the look inking the edges gives the acetate.  It gives it a sepia look.


Stamp the image and let it dry.  Once dry turn it over so you are looking at the image in reverse. 

Tip: I taped the acetate block to a light sheet of paper for a couple of reasons; 1) you can see the stamped image better and 2) it holds the acetate block in place and keeps it from sliding around when you are gluing.

Using the Quikie pin point glue start applying the glue where you want to glitter on the image.  Depending on how detail you want it and how much glitter you want to wade through, sometimes more is less.

Tip: This is a slow process so be patient.  I worked in a block.  I glue a few lines and swirls then apply the glitter and let it dry.  Once dry I would use the goat hair brush to brush off the excess.  I also used my small blade utility knife to clean up any blotches or over gluing that might occurred.


I embossed both of the white mats.  Using the ticket punch on the brown mat and acetate block on the front of the card and the brown and pink mats on the inside of the card.  I adhered the pink mat on the front of the card using brads.  The other mats I used the Pro Glide permanent ink.  I used a vellum tape runner on the acetate block, hiding the tape under the thick part of the “C”.










Inside of Cherish Card

I stamped “Thanks” inside on the pink mat and heat embossed it in copper.

I kept the inside of the card more subdued than the outside, since the sentiment I was wanting to emphasize was Cherish.

A little personal note and we are done with the inside.









Final Touches

A glittered butterfly, houndstooth print ribbon in pink and brown and this picture doesn’t show it but I added three beads in gold after her name to finish the card off.

The antennes and on the butterfly are drawn on the acetate using a black Slickwriter and a little free-hand doodling finished it off.

The ribbon is tied through two holes punched in the white and pink mat.



Hope you enjoyed this beautiful technique.  Although, it is a little more time consuming than usual glittering the results are outstanding.  Since the glitter is on the back side of the acetate it keeps it protected.  Also, the wild rose glitter behind that Staz-on Brown ink looks like copper.

The next thing on my agenda is to get Rylan’s little outfit done.  Then there are Father’s Day cards to be made.  Gareth’s birthday is around the corner and I have costumes to make for all his hats and of course a B-day card for him.  I also have a couple of card challenges from the MB.  Whew! I need to get busy.

Thanks for looking and to get a closer look, just click on the picture.

May 28, 2009 - Cards, PW Card Swap    No Comments

To Dazzle or Not To Dazzle???

Can't you just smell them?I know, I couldn’t resist… here is another peek into the card that somebody from the PW MB is going to receive.

The picture does not do it justice.  I know you will love this, because you will get to see first hand how lovely the MCPT (Magic Color Pencil Technique) is when used on stamped images.

Now I’m headed off to San Antonio to go with my #1 Daughter to take my DGS to Fiesta Texas (they have a Wiggle World there) and to Sea World.

I’ll try to post something by Friday, but don’t hold me to it I may be too tired.  Talk with you when I get back. 

May 25, 2009 - Cards, PW Card Swap    No Comments

Just a Peek….

Inside the June Swap CardOk, I’m going to be gone from Tuesday through Thursday, so I’m not going to be posting.  However, I’m feeling a little mischievous and thought I would give you a peek at the card I have finished for the PW first Card Swap.

The theme is “anything goes” and Fab from England is spearheading this event.  I can’t wait to get mine in the mail to “my buddy” (whoever I get in the random pick).

So, I hope this gets you motivated to get your card done or better yet if you haven’t joined you still have time to join.  Go to www.paperwishes.com/messageboard and scroll down to the June Card Swap thread.  All the information is there and even a thread for questions if you have them.

Thanks for looking and be sure to leave me a comment.  I love hearing from you.

Apr 27, 2009 - Tips    No Comments

Tips – Saving & Recycle

Here are a couple of ways that I save and recycle at the same time.

Tip #1

The plastic containers and wrap  from around various items that you buy can be recycled and used for acetate.


Cut it a part and then cut out the flat center part of the packaging.  This is what I used to cut out the acetate bubbles on my “May Your Day Bubble Over” post (http://www.talentisoptional.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=132)



Tip #2:

Use the cardboard boxes that cereal, cookies and frozen dinners come in as chipboard.  You can alter this chipboard the same as the kind you buy at the craft store.  I’m thinking why pay for chipboard twice?


You’ll be surprised how much acetate and chipboard you can collect when you cut it down and recycle it.

Apr 22, 2009 - Cards, Tutorials    1 Comment

May Your Day Bubble Over …

This card was designed for what is known as a MCPT (magic color pencil technique) Challenge on the Cricut Message Board (CMB) .  You can go onto YouTube and key in MCPT and see several videos of how to do this technique.  I borrowed the acetate circles for bubbles from a friend of mine whose name is Sonshine on the Paperwishes Message Board (PWMB).  Thanks Sonshine, I think your creativity made this design awesome!

img_2063So let’s get started:

Changito Monkey stamp

Card Size = 5-1/2 x 5

Card Stock (CS) = Stampin-Up Rich Regal – Yellow; Green; Pink; Black; White

Adhesive =  Pro Glide Permanent tape; E6000; Art Glitter Adhesive.  (Tip -you need a glue that will adhere acetate to card stock.  I used E6000 to begin with but discovered Art Glitter Adhesive worked great. (www.artglitter.com).

Ink = ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink – Olive Pastel

Paper = Pattern Paper Making Memories – Garden Party; Vellum – white.

Paperwishes – Easy Stitches Template #HotP7328

Embellishments = Rain Dots – Cloud 9; Acetate – recyled from various packages; Stampendous – Blue Ultrafine glitter; Stickles – Star Dust; Ranger – Glossy Accents; Sakura Pen – Clear Star;  Flowers- rub ons; Jewels – $1 bin M’s; Circut E with George Cart and Mini Monograms using Design Studio.

MCPT Coloring = Prisma color pencils and odorless mineral spirits.

I used the Circut E and Design Studio to make a cut file for the bubblewand, jar of bubbles, frame of rings (inside the card), scalloped medallions and the acetate circles.  The following are the dimensions:

George Cart.:  

Bubblewand (Pink CS)-  4 circles: [email protected] 2.164″ and [email protected] 1.8″  placed inside the 2.164″ circle. Next  [email protected] 1.62″ and [email protected] placed inside the 1.62″ circle. This creates the cut outs for the bubblewand. Weld them to a rectangle that measures .37″ w x 1.785 h.  Cut the bubblewand three times.  Once glued together (with the vellum and acetate) this will make what is called a “shaker”.

Acetate:  Bubblewand – Cut 1 circle at 2.164″ and 2 circles at 1.62″.  Various sizes of acetate circles – 3.65″, 1.912″; 1.612″; 1.497″; .987.  (Tip) I used the multiple cut (4)  feature on the Cricut and set the depth to 6 using the regular housing, speed set at low, pressure high.  Use a very tacky mat.

Vellum-cut circle that measures 2.164″ around the words “May your day bubble over with fun”.

Jar of Bubbles (Green CS) – 1 rounded rectangle at 1.393w x 1″h welded to 1 rounded rectangle at 1.897w x 3.788h welded together.

Frame Rings for inside of card (Pink CS)- 1 circle @ 3.65″ with 1 circle @ 3.25 placed inside the 3.65″ ring to create the frame.

Mini-Monogram Cart:

Scallops : 2 @4.45″ (1 from Pattern Paper adhered to 1 cut out of white CS)  and 1 at 4.85″ (Green CS).


Generate words “Bubbles” and “Let’s go Play!” in Rave (free font) on blue  CS. ” May your day bubble over with fun” is a stamp that I scanned into the computer then printed out on vellum.  You could also hand write it and get the same affect.  (Tip – practice in pencil, then once you have it like you want it go over it with black ink.  Let the ink dry and erase the pencil with a white eraser).

General Instructions:

  • Make the card out of yellow card stock and ink the edges.  Cut pattern paper to 2″ x 51/4″ adhere to card stock. Ink bottle and adhere it over the pattern paper.  Print the words Bubbles and Let’s go Play! on blue CS and cut “Bubbles” at 1-15/16″ x 1-1/2″ ink edges and adhere to card.  Cut “Let’s go Play” at 1-15/16″ x 1-7/8″ ink and adhere to card.  I used Paperwishes stitch template to  draw stitches around the labels and to make the ridges on the cap.  Take a small strip of black card stock (CS) and adhere to the bottle at the base of the lid.
  • Bubblewand: Take cut (#1) of the bubblewand and adhere the vellum on the back of the end with the large circle .  Adhere a small circle of acetate on the back of the small end of bubblewand (#1).   Take cut (#2) of the bubblewand and adhere it to the front of bubblewand #1.  Take cut (#3) of the bubblewand and adhere acetate to both large and small circle on the back of  bubblewand cut (#3).
  • Glue bubblewand #3 to bubblewand #1/#2 all the way around except for a small gap on each end (see photo). 
  • Shakers
  • Make a small funnel out of paper and slipped it in the gaps so you can put glitter into the shaker.  (Tip – Be careful here and don’t put too much glitter; less is more).  What you are seeing is the funnels in between the layers (#1/#2 and #3) of the bubblewand cuts.  Let the glue dry before you add the glitter.
  • Once the glitter is in, seal the gaps so the glitter does not leak out.  I used a tooth pick to finish gluing the gaps.
  • Place the bubblewand on the front of the card and place three of the various sizes of acetate circles on the front of the card using glue dots.  (Tip – you can sand the acteate to make it have a scuffed look also.) I then used stickles to cover the glue dots on the acetate circles and scattered rain dots around the card.
  • img_2065Color the stamp image and use glossy accents on the large bubble and rain dots on the other bubbles.  Add Stickles with a little of the blue glitter to the large bubble after it dries. Placed flower rub-ons and doddled the birds and butterfly.  I added the jewel to the girl monkey’s navel and added additional eyelashes.
  • Ink the scolloped medallions and adhered to the card.  Ink the edges of the two ring frames and adhered large acetate circle to the smaller ring frame and then adhered the small ring frame to the larger ring frame.  Adhered over the stamped image.
  • Take the Sakura Pen – Clear Star and outline the various elements on the front and inside of the card.

If you don’t have Circut E or Design Studio you can use punches, die cuts and even a real bubblewand to achieve the same affects. 

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Apr 20, 2009 - Cards    1 Comment

Shakers – Cont

Thought I would do a quick post to keep you interested.  Here is the bubble wand I’m working with and making into a shaker.

Shakers  What you can’t see is the acetate in both ends of the wand.  What you do see is a tiny paper funnel on the large end between the vellum (with writing on it ) and the acetate.  The small end just has a slip of paper stuck in there for now.

Unfortuantely, my glue stick didn’t glue the acetate to the card stock. So it is off to Micheals or Hobby Lobby or Joann’s for some glue that will stick.

I’ll be back later to show you more of what is going on, but this is really been interesting and ..oh yea, a lot of fun.