Archive for August, 2015

Aug 26 2015

Bird Crazy Gift Box Tutorial by Kath Stewart


Hi everyone…it’s my turn to share a tutorial on Inspiration Journal . Unless you’ve been abducted by aliens and are now living on another planet you’ll know that the craft world has been invaded by flocks of CRAZY BIRDS

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my team mates have been rocking all the new BIRD CRAZY products from Tim Holtz inspiring us all with their beautiful Distress Marker Colour work but I thought I would try something a little bit different…why not delve into that box of little bits of scrap papers that we all have to make an upcycled Gift Box filled with Bird Crazy All Occasion cards…a fun gift for a non-crafting friend…

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I stamped the Bird Crazy images with Black Archival Ink on to a selection of scraps from the Correspondence and Wallflower Paper Stash Pads.

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Repeated on scraps of contrasting paper and white card for the wings beak and eyes

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I matched each image with the corresponding die from the Bird Crazy Thinlits set of dies and used the Sizzix Magnetic Plate to hold the dies in place but just to make doubly sure these little dudes didn’t fly off I fixed each one down with washi tape before running them through my Big Shot

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I used Glossy Accents to attach the wings beaks and eyes and lightly coloured the edges of each bird with Hickory Smoke using the Mini Blending Tool

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Now it’s time to have a little fun with the Crazy Things  Stamp Set…accessories for every occasion and what every well dressed bird should be wearing.

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The cards I used measured 4.½” square and I kept the background fairly simple…a little bit of paint spritzing and splattering here and there before stamping the sentiments from the Crazy Thoughts Stamp Set with Black Archival Ink

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I already had the perfect box to hold the cards but it didn’t have a lid …instead I created a sleeve from white card that would slide over the box. I cut card to measure 11.¼” x  8.¾” and on the long side scored at 4.½” 5.½” 10” and 11” and covered the front and sides with paper from the Correspondence Paper Stash Pad.  I found it easier to leave the sleeve flat until I had finished decorating the front of the box.

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I coloured the Crinkle ribbon by spritzing with Fossilized Amber Distress Spray Stain and fixed to the front and sides of the box with Double Sided Tape.

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I added a cute Crazy Bird…lots of balloons from the Crazy Things Stamp Set coloured with the Fossilized Amber Distress Marker and words cut from the Small Talk Sticker Collection

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before sliding the finished  box of cute CRAZY BIRD cards into the sleeve

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial

Hugs Kath xxx

Aug 12 2015

Customizing Your Copic Markers Tutorial by Karin Akesdotter

Hi Everyone!

It’s my turn to share some tips on the Inspiration Journal where I and my super talened Inspiration Emporium teamies post new inspiration for you evey week. If you haven’t been already make sure to visit right away  – lots of amazing and inspiring projects !

If you don’t do this already I thought I’d inspire you to start customizing your copics. I often feel that I don’t have exact the tone of copics color that I need but settle with something close and good enough, but what I’ve done a lot lately is to mix my own colors using my refill bottles. It’s perfect because I can get exactly he colors I need. Copics has empty markers to buy but it works fine to use dried out markers in the same colorrange.

This is how I figure out how to refill my markers to get the color I want;

I use a metal palette and pour in one drop in one cup, two in the next and then three in the third. 

What I do next is that I take out the color I want to mix it with – This time I wanted some new shades of grayish turqoise so I poured in 3 drops in the first cup, then 2 in the second and onle one in the last one.

I then use a brush and try my new colors on a piece of paper; (I acutally added one cup while I was doing this ) and this is the result: You have to be fairly quick because the ink dries quite quickly.

I just love all of these new shades, but decided I wanted to work with no 1 and 3 so when I refilled my copics marker I took the drops times 5 = 20 drops of G00 and 5 drops of B93 for the first color. For the second color I refilled 10 drops of G00 and 15 drops of B93. If you aren’t satisfied you acn always add one of the colors afterwards to get it the way you want it.

If you have never refilled your copics before there are lots of tutorials out there. Here’s one from the copics homepage;

Next I wanted to share how I make my own sprinkles.

I start out by collecting some different sizes of diecut small cirkles. These are insides of O’s, , eyes and sequins dies. If you go through your diecollection I’m sure you’ll be surprised at how many different sized dots you can actually cut. When I have the diecuts I want I tape some post-it tape to a piece of sturdy cardstock with the sticky side up and place the die-cuts face up on this. This will keep your dots in place when you color them and add the glossy accent.

I then color them. After coloring some I realized I wanted some darker ones too and added some B97 to my mixes. Just make sure you clean your mixing bowls right away so it doesn’t get too difficult to clean them out.

After I’ve colored the dots the shades I want them I add Glossy accent to each one of them. I then store them in a safe place to dry.

Let them dry completely before you start adding them to your projects. I use gluedots to adhere them safely. This is also a great way to store the dots you don’t use (-:

Here’s another example of where I used these sprinkles:


Most of the supplies I used for this card can be found at  ;  Inspiration Emporium.

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Post-it tape 

Glossy accent

Tim Holtz design tape 

Paper:    Echo Park  

Dies: Lawn Fawn   (stitched rectangles)

Stamps:  Paper Smooches 

Ink; Memento Ink

Paints or markers;  Copic Markers Copics refills G00, B91, B97, BG

Adhesive; Plus Glue tape  Glue Dots   Scotch Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape

I also want to point out that US shipping is always just $5 and international shipping is ONLY $10! I just LOVE that!!!!


Have a great day, hugs, Karin
Aug 5 2015

Bird Crazy Hello Friend Card Tutorial by Danielle Lounds

Hello, crafty friends. It is Danielle popping in with a card featuring some fun new products from the Tim Holtz line. I’m a big fan of the CMS212 – Bird Crazy stamp set and was delighted when it was announced that there would be coordinating dies and sentiments. So for my tutorial today I thought I would use them and a few of my favorite new items to make this friend card:
To start, I decided that a custom background was in order so I pulled out one of the new stencils, THS047 Zigzag Stencil, and the recently released Twisted Citron Distress Paint(this is my one of my favorite colors!). To keep everything in place I use a bit of tissue tape to hold the watercolor paper and stencil in place.
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Then I mixed a bit of the paint with a few drops of water and used a paintbrush to apply the paint to the paper using the stencil as a guide.
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Once the paint dried, I cut the panel to size. But it needed a bit more texture so I pulled out my Glossy Accents and Antique Linen Distress Glitter. I drew a line along the bottom of every other zigzig with the Glossy Accents and then coated with the distress glitter.
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I kept repeating the process until the entire background panel was complete. And then I set the panel aside to dry. This requires patience so while I waited I decided to create another background piece.
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This time I used Gold embossing powder, a Clear Emboss It ink pad, and the mesh stamp from CMS221 – Mesh & Linen stamp set to heat emboss a piece of light blue cardstock. I intentionally left a few spots of the cardstock bare. Once cooled after embossing, I used a stitched circle die to cut out a piece from the panel.
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More fun ahead! I stamped a couple of the one bird from CMS212 – Bird Crazy in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock. After coloring with Copic markers I used the new Bird Crazy Thinlits Die Set to cut out the bird and bird parts.
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I finished the bird by assembling the pieces together, using Glossy Accents to adhere the wings, the one eye, and beak in place. I did twist the wings a bit so they would stick out and then I used a couple of glue dots to adhere the larger eye in place so it was popped up just a tiny bit.
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Once of the pieces were complete, I stamped a sentiment from CMS236 – Crazy Talk on white cardstock and assembled the card using a LOT of foam tape. Heh heh. I also added a small strip of polka dot designer paper and a few orange enamel dots.
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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s project! – Danielle