Archive for July, 2010

Card #1

I used the Pallet technique that Lisa shared earlier this month on the little girls skirt

Copics Used: E07, E21, E31, E35, E37, R20, B93, B97

Card #2

Copics Used: E21, E07, E33, E35, E37, W1, Y11, Y13, YG13, YR16, R16, R20,
Spica pens: Orange, Sky Blue

Card #3

Copics Used: E07, E21, E31, E35, E97, E50, W1, Y28, Y38, G24, B93, B97

Card #4

Copics Used: R17, R20, E21, E33, E35, E37, E50, E97, G20, W1, B93, B97, Y28, YG91

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Hello everyone – here’s a few things I worked on over the month of July:

My cards used the palette technique that was this month’s featured technique.  You can find more details HERE if you are interested:

You can find more details (colors used, etc) in the DT reveal thread.  You can also check out some of this month’s other creations in my gallery!  Thanks for stopping by….watch for Ann’ s reveals on the 25th!!

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Copic Tips for July……

Ann’s Copic tip for July…………

Did you know that you can use your Copic refills as alcohol inks? Just like the Tim Holtz ones. They do the same thing AND they come in 334 colors. So it would be easy to make custom backgrounds that match your stamped image colors exactly.

Imagine the possibilities.

Lisa’s Copic tip for July………………

Replacing Nibs
When you are refilling your markers this is also a good time to replace damaged nibs, so keep a supply of replacement tips and a pair of tweezers. Copic tweezers have little gripping teeth to get hold of the nibs better. There are nine styles of Copic interchangeable nibs, from broad to calligraphy, that provide greater freedom of technique in your renderings.

How to Change Marker Nibs

•Using the tweezers pull the large nib out of the marker.
•Insert the new nib slowly back into the marker.
•The ink will wick form the inside out to the end of the nib. This may take a few minutes.

Here are the different nib types:

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Here is another one of my very favorite techniques that we learned at the Copic Certification course. I’ve been DYING to show you this one!! 🙂

Palette Blending
This is similar to tip-to-tip blending; however, it’s easier to see how much ink you’re picking up with this technique. You can use any plastic container for this one – and the nice thing is you can reuse your palette at a future date…just rewet your colors. 🙂 Also, you can get creative and mix a few colors together this way to see what you come up with. Okay – so basically, you choose three colors. For my example, I used the colors Y21 as my base color and G24 and R27 as my accent colors. I used an acrylic block for my palette, but you can use whatever you wish. Lots of people like to use the top of a CD case as this gives them lots of room to work.

The first thing I do is add some of my accent colors to my palette block (kinda hard to see the green, but it’s there).

Then using my main color (in this case, my Y21) I pick up a little of the accent color and start coloring from the base of my object into the center. I do the same with my second accent color from the top and blend these into the center taking care each time to make sure my marker tip has been cleaned off. I use my main color to finish coloring in the center of the object. This just gives the item a much smoother look when you need the colors to transition into one another.

For example, here you can see how I still have some green on the tip of my yellow marker to add some darker shading to the green at the bottom of my image. Just a note….I used VERY little red when doing this image as the red picks up so very fast!! You have to be careful and might even want to brush some off on a scrap piece of paper before applying to your “good” image.

Here is my finsihed image, which is ready to be cut out and applied to my project (hence the reason I didn’t care if I went out of the lines a bit)!! 🙂

And here is another image where I used the same colors on Tilda’s dress.

This technique is so much fun….I really hope you’ll give it a whirl.  Try using all sorts of different colors…the possibilities are endless!! 🙂

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I know I keep saying the monthly ribbon kits are awesome, but this one was really awesome. It’s called Sandbox Play and let me tell you, play I did

I made a chinese food take out container for my daughter. She graduated from dental hygiene school and this was her gift. The fortune cookies had messages of encouragement from all of us to her and the container itself contained her gift. I used the beige grograin ribbon on the handle and the brown loopy ribbon on the tag. The paper line that I used is My Mind’s Eye and is available in the store as well. I added some Prima bling to the tag. The container shape was cut with my Silhouette.

With this layout, I wanted to add texture. I mixed the ribbon with bands of the patterned paper at the bottom in a curved pattern. Aside from the ribbon from the kit, I used My Mind’s Eye Breaking Free papers and embellishments. I also used cork and some Jilly Bean Soup journalling spot and alpha.

I kept this layout clean and simple. I love the bauble trim from the ribbon kit and wanted it to draw attention to the centre of the layout. The paper is Jilly Bean Soup. The butterflies and title is cut out using the Silhouette.

This layout also features papers and embellishments from the My Mind’s Eye Breaking Free collection. I distressed all the layers and used lots of Glimmer spray. See the interesting border across the bottom of the layout? That is a bath scrunchie that I cut up and used on my layout. (just goes to show you, you can use anything) I sopped up the excess glimmer mist with the flower to give it that grunge appearance as well. The brown loopie ribbon really worked well with this paper.

The canvas features the ribbons in a different light….. as flowers. I coated the canvas in gesso and then pressed a piece of cardboard into it to leave the indentations. I sprayed it with glimmermist and inked it with distress inks. The bird cage is all Tim Holtz. (both papers and die cut) The crystals at the base of the cage are Maya Road. The bling is Prima. The chain is a remnant from a stained glass project that I made. The word “create” was cut out with my Silhouette.

I hope you enjoyed my July reveal….. and I hope you have fun with the July ribbon kit, I know I sure did!!

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Hi, Jennifer here….. I thought I would show you a fun way to jazz up a cheap picture frame. I happened to get mine at Micheal’s, but you could use any picture frame. These are the products that I used

I have to admit, I did add a few other products as I got going, but I will cover what they were as we come to them.
The first step is to paint your frame with gesso. This allows you to adhere paint and paper to the frame. If you have never heard of gesso before, I highly recommend getting some if you plan to alter items. Gesso is like a miracle medium! This is what the frame looks like with a coat of gesso on it. The whole idea is for the frame to look distressed so don’t worry about applying the gesso evenly, it adds to the character later.

I then took pummice stone distress ink and inked up my frame. It is hard to see in the photo, but there is quite a bit of distress ink around the frame in random spots. I die cut a piece of Webster’s Pages paper with the scallop die from My Favorite Things and I distressed that as well with the ink. I adhered that with glue so that it was well attached. At this point I added a product….. I decided I wanted some stamping on the frame to add to the distressing. I took a music stamp from the Dear Lizzy whistle set and I randomly stamped it on the frame and paper in the distress ink.
The next step is to adhere the Prima flower spray to the frame. I separated the stems a bit to add some width to the spray. I glued it on with hot glue since the spray is fairly heavy and I don’t want it to come off.
I then added the yellow Prima flowers throughout the blue flower spray. My clustering flower tip is to place the flowers where you think you want them and look at it all together before you glue them on, that way you can move them around until you are happy with their placement. You can also add more at that time too (which is usually what I do)

 The top yellow flower is from the dollar store but it worked well here. I glued the Prima lace around the frame opening using Fabri-tac. it is great glue to use when attaching ribbons. I added some small white flowers that I got in a fabric store and some pearls to add some weight to those small white flowers. The finishing touch is the sheer yellow bow that I tucked in. The ribbon is a little sneak peek of great things to come. I hope this tutorial inspired you to create your very own shabby chic picture frame

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The beautiful July Kit, called  “Sandbox Play” from Savvy n Sassy is a wonderful kit to play with.

 Here it is:

This ribbon kit goes with so many things, it is amazing. I used it with good effect to showcase some photographs of my daughter Kate and her horse, Grace.

The photos you see below were  taken by Danique Fisher, of Century Classic Photography; in Aylesford, Nova Scotia.


"Mine: Grace" created with the July SnS "Sandbox Play" Ribbon Kit

Supplies and info:

Ribbon used on this LO is from the “Sandbox Play” July 2010 Ribbon Kit

*white pom-pom trim
*brown lacy trim
*wide striped twill
*blue grosgrain ribbon

“MINE” Lettering- Li’l Davis Designs- Vanderbilt Ivory Flocked Chipboard Alphabet Item #2161
Lettering was inked with “Ink it up!” Turquoise ink (Darice)

Patterned Papers:
BasicGrey Urban Prairie/ harvest/ urp-1309
BasicGrey Urban Prairie/wild flowers/urp-1312

Flower petals: created from shrunken (felted) wool sweater- repurposed!
Large Brad as flower centre: Bazzill
Swirl (“stem”)- Bazzill Chips “Flourishes” #302712, inked with “Ink it up!” Turquoise dye ink (Darice)
Key: Bazzill Chips [Inked with Ink it up! Black dye ink (Darice)]
ZigZag Stitching: Gutermann thread color #926
CM Corner punch used on main photo mat

Photo Credit: Danique Fisher of Century Classic Photography 


"Amore: Our girls" Layout created with July SnS "Sandbox Play" Ribbon Kit

Supplies and info~

*Ribbon used on this LO is from the “Sandbox Play” July 2010 Ribbon Kit
*Brown lacy trim
“Our Girls” BasicGrey Lettering
“Amore” K&Co (TY to friend Maggi)
“2010” numbers: ‘Take a Number’ Cardstock number Stickers: Flair Designs
Background CS: Bazzill
Cream Floral pp: Websters Pages, Coco Collection: “Fresh Baked” item # US1574D
Striped floral pp: Kaiser Craft “Jade’s Garden” Collection, P211 Jay
Large Scallop created with Dollarama’s “Crafts” brand ruler template
Circular Doodles on Scallop: Merangue Sparkle hi-jell Gel Roller pen in dk orange
CM corner punch used on main photo mat
Bo-Bunny (Mama-razzi Flowers) item #PPM195
Prima small blooms:  item #505349
Prima Essentials No. 9 item #539733 “Flights of Fancy”
Making Memories: “Flower Shop” Jar Collection Lemonade #30730; Blooms Mix Hibiscus
Handmade flowers: EK Success scallop punch, podge, ink, EK Sccess eyelet tool (to create hole for brads)
Brown pointy leaf in lower left cluster: recycled from broken pce of jewelery
Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink: Moonlight
Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink: Gold Lame
Versamagic Chalk Ink: Gingerbread
Versafine instant dry pigment ink: Toffee
Lg brass brad: recycled from office item
Smaller shiny brass brads:  unkn source
Mini antiqued brads: Bazzill
Crystal centered brad: Dollarama’s “Crafts” brand
MM Ribbon Glue
Pritt Glue Stick
Glue Dots: Large 1/2″
Glue Dots: 1/8″ pop up; 1/2″ ovals
Scotch Scrapbooker’s Glue by 3M
Photo Splits- “Crafts” brand
Photo Credit: Danique Fisher of Century Classic Photography

Additional views of detail:

#1~Close-up of the lower left corner floral cluster and edge of horizontal brown trim, & view of some of the vertical taupe grosgrain ribbon against striped pp:  


#2- Close-up of the upper right floral cluster:


~ Project #3~

"Believe"~ Layout created with the July 2010 "Sandbox Play" SnS Ribbon Kit

Supplies and info~

*Ribbon used on this LO is from the “Sandbox Play” July 2010 Ribbon Kit
* sheer white organza ribbon
Photo Credit: Danique Fisher of Century Classic Photography
Background CS- Bazzill chatterbox dark taupe
Photo mat CS- Bazzill
Patterned paper: Moxxie “Filly” collection
Wide brown patterned fabric border strip under photos: Ruby Lemonade STFBS-7335 “Tapestry” by C.R. Gibson
“Believe” epoxy coated metal embellie w/ clear glitter on surface- unknown, from friend Shannon in New Mexico (TY)
Flowers: all Prima
1/2 lg flower: Heidi Swapp
Hole punch: Darice
Pink crystal-look brads: Dollarama
Raspberry brads: BasicGrey
Rose brads: BasicGrey
Mini brad: Bazzill
Ink- Versafine pigment ink: Toffee


Altered Scrapbook Supply Packaging: Decorated Envelope for Big Shot Directions

Supplies and info~

*Ribbon used on this LO is from the “Sandbox Play” July 2010 Ribbon Kit
* wide striped twill
* taupe grosgrain ribbon

Heavy Cardstock used for envelope : Recycled from K&Co scrapbook product packaging
– Pritt Glue Stick
– Glossy Accents by Ranger
Tiny Bird was a freebie download (vintage bird stamp) from The Graphics Fairy; printed on smooth CS & cut out w/ Cutterbee scissors
Flowers: All Prima
Crystal flourishes- “Rhinestone Border Stickers”- Dollarama “Crafts” brand, item # 02-3009109
Turquoise crystal butterfly: Dollarama “Crafts” brand
Square turquoise crystal: as above
Blue oval gems: from DD, unkn source

Smooch Pearlized accent ink: Moonlight (flower petals)

Smooch Pearlized accent ink: Gold Lame (birds’ wings)
Centre of pink blossom in lower left- recycled small pearl from broken freshwater pearl necklace
Dk blue clear beads- Dollarama: adhered & sealed with with Glossy Accents by Ranger

 As you can see this kit is totally versatile: From the pragmatic to the romantic, it serves every style and purpose.

 Be sure to get your July 2010 Sandbox Play Ribbon kit today. Even the name of this kit says “FUN!”  

Hurry on over to the SnS store and throw one in **your** scrappy cart!!

Thanks for visitng the SNS Blog today. See you soon!



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Until July 18th, you can get some awesome deals in the SavvynSassy store!

What’s on sale? Hmmmmm….lots of things. Let’s see…

How about some Tim Holtz Distress Inks?

Core’dinations Cardstock

Fancy Pants


Also on sale: Scor-Pal, Shimmerz, WRMK, Crate Paper, Ribbon Iron

There are limited numbers of these items available, so hurry to the store while you can!

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Isn’t it just gorgeous!

I was so inspired by the kit I did 4 layouts this month!!

Just 2

SnS July Sandbox Play ribbon kit

K&Co die cuts

Pink Paiselee

October Afternoon alphas

American Craft

SnS July ribbon kit
The Girl’s PAperie
K&Co Die cuts

Making Memories alphas
October Afternoon
Pink Paiselee
American Craft

Our 1st trip to the library

SnS July ribbon kit
K&Co Diecuts
October Afternoon & Making Memories alphas

My Little Yellow Bicycle


Here I made a small pocket to put the tickets from the library to store!

Olive picking

SnS July ribbon kit
K&Co Diecuts
October Afternoon & Making Memories alphas

October Afternoon


My Little Yellow Bicycle

American Craft

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I love teals and browns so this kit was right up my alley!

Tired Mommy
SnS July Sandbox Play ribbon kit
Crate Paper
PinkPaislee alphas
Prima Pearls

I made a twisted ribbon flower on this page. If you don’t know how to make one just ask and I can show you how.

At The Park
SnS July ribbon kit
Ranger Ink
DMC embroidery floss
Uniball Signo pen
Sakura Gellyroll pen
Everything else is ColorBok

I used some handstitching for the butterfly trail. One of my favourite things to do!

White Garden
Sns July ribbon kit
CM pp
Magistical Memories chipboard
K&Co. flower
AC Thickers
Fiskars Punch
Ritzy Ditsy Glitz
Maya Road journal spot

Don’t be afraid to pull your ribbons and trims apart like I did with my pom pom trim so I could use it to make the body of my butterfly.

SnS July ribbon kit
Cosmo Cricket pp
Luxe rubon
Oct. Afternoon stickers
Uniball Signo pen

I like to pleat my ribbon for added dimension and I made faux stitching lines with my Uniball Signo pen.

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