Using a Spritzer, Copics, Dylusion Sprays and Distress Inks for PL

Amy | Sunday 20 April 2014 2:23 pm

Happy Sunday (and Easter to those that celebrate it)!

Today, I’m going to show you a card that I made from die cuts (cut from my Silhouette) and colored with a spritzer and copics (for the background) and distress inks/dylusions sprays (for all the die cuts).

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I knew I wanted bright spring colors on my project, so I decided to use my Spritzer and Copics for the multi-colored blue sky and Distress Inks and Dylusions Sprays for the die cuts.  All these choices add dimension to the project with colors and blending of colors.

Distress Inks by Tim Holtz and Dylusions Sprays are both reactive with water and cause blending of colors.  I will take you step by step through my process.

I started with the grass and the sun.

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As you can see, I combined the green in the Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and Cut Grass Dylusions Ink Spray to get my multi-toned green grass (still wet in picture.  I did dry it with my heat gun to move the color in the water along the die cut and to speed up the drying process.)  I combined Squeezed Lemondade and Mustard Seed Distress Inks with Pure Sunshine Dylusions Ink Spray for the sun.  For all the combos, I put some color down on my craft mat and then misted with water and colored the die cuts by smooshing them into the color on my mat.

For the Die Cut Eggs:

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Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink

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Fired Brick and Mustard Seed Distress Inks

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Picked Raspberries and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks

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Salty Ocean and Mustard Seed Distress Inks

I then took my background paper and spritzed it with two different Copic markers to create the sky.  I got my Spritzer from Amazon awhile back, but know that Tim Holtz also sells one.  You can add any kind of marker into the barrel and point the tip down towards the nozzle.  Then point it towards your paper and squeeze.  You will get spritz of color from your marker onto your paper.  I’ve done this like this and with stencils, with Copics, CTMH markers and with Sharpies.  I’ve even used my Wink of Stella in my Spritzer.

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And my final sky before adding any layers and then with the layers added.

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I then trimmed off the extra (I wanted you to see how I layered the grass, etc.) to get my final project.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial on how to use a Spritzer and Distress Inks/Dylusion Ink Sprays to get a project with dimension by mixing and playing with color.  I would love to see what you’ve created using any of these great products.  Be sure to link them up, so that we can be inspired by your creations!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check us out on the Project Life Card Swap FB group!





Storing My Dots

Alicia | Saturday 19 April 2014 6:30 pm

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Hello! Hopefully, you know about the crazy trend many crafters have recently discovered of DIY (Do-It-Yourself) enamel dots, that cost only pennies compared to the expensive manufactured enamel dot embellishments, at $3-$5 per package. (If not, Danielle posted about them HERE.) This is how I have been storing mine, in a set of mini drawers I found in the Target $1 Spot. I just dig through and find whatever I want, since they’re not self-adhesive. They’re cute, too!

But what about all the Enamel Dots I acquired before making this DIY discovery? I had pulled many of them from their packaging to keep them in a bin, but that got messy and full very quickly, plus my silly cat loves packaging plastic so she was chewing on them! I needed a better solution. I considered using the trading card sleeves in a regular size binder, since i have plenty of those, but I really didn’t want to fuss with the different sizes of plastic sheets my dots were already on, or worry about sliding them into and out of the pockets to use them. And then I remembered I had bought these cute little mini binders at Target, and still hadn’t put them to use!


These are approximately 6″x9″ binders I purchased months ago, because the gold dots are so pretty and the colors were irresistible to me. I did some scouting and found some other mini binders at Office Depot, as well. They aren’t as cute but could easily be decorated! I’m sure they could be found online or at other office supply stores, as well.


In the front of the aqua binder, I added all my unopened packs of dots loose on the rings, to make the process easier on myself. I can easily remove the packages and add them on sheets like the rest at any time, but I got tired of doing that and this is a workable solution.


As you flip through, you’ll see I used plain white cardstock. I cut regular 8 1/2″x11″ sheets in half and hole punched them, to create pages that are 8 1/2″x5 1/4″. This allowed me to use a lot less paper than if I had trimmed my cardstock to 6″x9″ and tried to fill the binder to the edges; I got two pages from each sheet this way, instead of just one and some scraps. I made sure to only place dots on one side of a ‘spread’ of cardstock, and to add a sheet of cardstock in between the pages of dots, to keep them from rubbing together and catching on corners. Essentially, I used the front and back of every other page and then left the rest empty.


I used my ATG to adhere the plastic sheets to the cardstock in whichever way fit the best. I am not considering this a permanent solution, but as a way to see what I have better so I can USE IT UP! I cut the sheets of dots as needed to make them fit in spaces on the pages, as well, trying to maximize the usage. I trimmed off excess plastic around the dots, or plastic where the dots were already used.

In the orange binder, I added all my previously collected/hoarded bling, gems and pearls (and other sprinkly self-adhesive embellishments) using the same method. I purged quite a lot during this process, but I kept a lot that I know I will use at some point.



These mini binders are too tall to fit on my desktop storage, since the ClosetMaid Cube-icals mini cube shelves I have on my desk are only 7″ tall, but they do fit lying down, so I can keep them at arm’s reach while I’m working. You can see there is even room for another binder or two to sit in the cube with them, in case I think of another supply that would benefit from a similar storage and organization system!


These little binders are easy to flip through and all my dots and bling are easy to find and use now, so I’m reaching for them more and more! I hope my simple storage system helps to inspire you to keep your supplies at hand in an orderly system, so you can get the most enjoyment possible from them!


Happy Scrapping & Happy Swapping!!!


APRIL Sponsor Spotlight 3: Dee Slater with Stampin’ Up!

Monthly Sponsor | Friday 18 April 2014 1:54 pm

The Design Team is so excited to work with this month’s sponsor: Dee Slater with Stampin’ Up!.  You can find Dee’s website at and her blog at

Dee generously provided the Design Team with fabulous kits and I continue to be amazed at how different designers use the same product/kits in completely different ways!

Here’s a little inspiration using Stampin’ Up! product from the Design Team:


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I used my kit with Watercolor Designer Paper and was cut with the Banners Framelits die cut.  I decided to make it appear to be floating in my pocket by using a transparency as my background.  I then wrapped the Daffodil Delight 1/4″ stitched grosgrain ribbon around the pennants once cut to the size I wanted.  I stamped my sentiment on a Word Bubble die cut (with edge cut off to make a rounded rectangle instead of a speech bubble) and attached it on top of the ribbon.  I then took die cuts from the Petite Petal Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch and Pansy Punch and layered them and added my Wink of Stella in clear to add shimmer.  Once dried, I added a Basic Jewels pearl.  I attached my banners to the transparency and then used pop dots to attach the flower.  I absolutely adore the colors and look of my Spring blooms card.


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I used the Stampin’ UP tag maker, and the Decorative Label punch  and Primrose Petals Stampin’ UP! ink. …sequins, bakers twine and pop dot.  The background is stamped with the Hardwood stamp.

I love how different both cards are.

Our last 3 projects all use the same kit in different ways too.


Lisa McIntyre Sponsor Project Dee Slater 3

Lisa used the Kaleidoscope Designer Paper, Geometrical Stamp Set (for the sentiment), Smokey Slate Cardstock embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die and Small Heart Punch.  She cut her embossed square in half to add to either side of her project and inked the sentiment to help it stand out on the card.  She cut the Tasteful Trim scalloped piece in half to add to the top and bottom of her project.  She topped her project off with Basic Jewels Rhinestones.

Thanks Lisa for your creative take with this kit!


Danielle Piere Sponsor Dee Slater 2

I just love the colors in this one! I used the “Love you so” stamp from the Geometrical Stamp Set on Whisper White cardstock and then added just a touch of pink ink to accent the sentiment and make it stand out just a bit against the colorful Kaleidoscope Designer Series paper. I wanted to make a base for a small square photo (which will go on an opposite angle to match), so I used the Smokey Slate cardstock which was embossed using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and then a small border cut from the Tasteful Trim BigZ XL Die. My finishing touch was a piece cut from the Small Heart Punch which I added some clear Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to for some sparkle and shine. I’m thinking a photo of my daughter will be perfect on this!

Danielle, I love how you made your project into a perfect place for a photo!  Such a cute card for your album with such fun colors!


Virginia Delgado Sponsor Project Dee Slater 3

I really like the font in the Geometrical Stamp set used here! It is a versatile set, and perfect for Project Life! For this card, I used a 3×4 piece of paper from the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper collection. The sentiment is stamped in Crushed Curry ink on Whisper White cardstock. I also used some pieces of Smoky Slate cardstock and the same Kaleidoscope paper and layered them under the sentiment. Some Rhinestone Basic Jewels added the perfect finishing touch to this simple card.

Virginia, I absolutely love how you make the pennants hanging down behind the sentiment!  Perfect for the geometrical feel of this card!

I know all the designers are really enjoying using the Stampin’ Up!  kits that Dee so generously prepared for us.  And you can win one too.  The kit that Dee will be giving away includes all the product that the DT is creating with plus a gift certificate for free shipping with a $30 or more order of Stampin’ Up! product ordered through Dee.  All comments made on Sponsor Spotlight posts in the month of April will be entered to win.  Be sure to link up any projects that you have made with Stampin’ Up! product.  We would love to see it!

And be sure to check out Dee’s blog and website today.  And be sure to check it out in May, when SU! and Becky Higgins, pair up with Project Life!  I know that many of you are looking forward to that and Dee will be the perfect source for the great products that are coming in May and June.   Thank you again to Dee for being such a wonderful sponsor!


Dining Out “Foodie” Pocket Scrapbooking

Kelley | Thursday 17 April 2014 11:38 pm

Many pocket scrapbookers are also foodies and record their food escapades and travels as part of their every day life.  I tend to collect all our foodie experiences in a deconstructed “smash” type of journal, however I thought that it could be easily translated into the pocket scrapbooking. You don’t need to be a foodie to capture your dining adventures, I have also done food/restaurants as “my favorites” or as special ocassions (e.g. birthdays).

Last week, pretty late–I decided on a whim that I would head over to our local Chipotle for a bowl.  While standing in a line of 24+ people, I looked around more than I usually would and mind wandering. I picked up a menu to check out all the offerings– (I always order the same thing each time) then watched the workers making food, grab, steam, scoop, wrap…   While waiting,  I picked up a few other items–a catering menu with pictures of the food, I asked for a few extra sheets of the waxed printed paper that they line the baskets with and then grabbed another to go menu.   The workings of a pocket journaling page were already in the making!

You really don’t need much if you can pick up 2-3 or more items from the restaurant–to go menus, business cards, paper napkins, coffee sleeves, stickers (many places have them), the paper bags from the restaurant–I have plans for my bag and the bag that reads “CHIPS” on the front!

So, starting with the “found” items:


Then using just a few pieces of kraft paper and my pocket pages..



I got busy cutting up the menus, tissue paper, receipt, and catering brochure (which had nice photos of the food and a woodgrain background)…

This first one is a 3″ x 4″ section of the take out menu.  I corner rounded, chalked the edges and then cut out a chipotle circle and punched woodgrain circle from the brochure.


This second card is a blank 3″ x 4″ piece of kraft paper, with pennants cut from pieces of the menu and brochure.


This third photo is the back side of my receipt–it had the writing all printed, and when I laid it down on a piece of scrap kraft, you could see the circle logo from the front of the receipt, so I used my Exacto knife, cut out the circle and then adhered the receipt to the scrap of kraft, then inserted the circle logo back into the center (originally on the front of the receipt!)



This last one is a 6″ x 4′ card that I adhered the waxed and printed tissue to a piece of kraft paper to serve as my “printed paper”.  I then cut pieces of the menu and brochure to use as embellishments.



Here is one possible arrangement for the layout:



You can do as many or as little cards as you like (my album is a 6″ x 8″ size) .  So save those pieces of ephemera from your travels and use them as your backgrounds, embellishments or turn them into one of a kind upcycled journal cards.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to post a comment here or email or PM me via the PLCS Facebook group!

I hope that you find this little project useful!


Need paper…

Monthly Sneak Peak | Tuesday 15 April 2014 6:52 pm

Hi there Project Lifers, Treasa here today with part 3 of my hybrid series. Do you ever just sit down to work on your PL album or a project and can’t find the right paper for what you are working on. I know it has happened to me, I picture something in my head and then go through my massive pile of papers to just find that I don’t have what I’m looking for. Well I have an easy solution for you…go hybrid.

There are tons of free digital pattern papers out there on the web, just waiting for you to go and get em. All you have to do is search for “free digital paper” or just look on Pinterest. Trust me , there are tons of them out there, ready for you to download.

What do you do with them after you download them you ask? Well there are tons of things that I use them for. But for this segment I just want to focus on using them just as they are, printable pattern paper. Even if you don’t have a photo editing program you can still use them. You just need to open it up and click on print, then click on full page. Thats it, you’ll get an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of patterned paper, ready for you to use.

I needed a piece of graph paper for my Steal an Idea (Silhouette) swap, so I found one here. She actually has tons of pattern paper for download. I just opened it up in my photo viewer program , then clicked on printH

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Here is my printed pattern paper:

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I hope that this has shown you the endless possibilities to getting the right pattern paper you are wanting for your project. As a Thank you for all of your support on the blog I would like to send a set of Project Life swap cards to a random commenter. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know what you love about Project Life Card Swap group, easy peasy.  I will close this on Sunday April 20th at 12:00 pm.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time….

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May Sneak Peek

Monthly Sneak Peak | Monday 14 April 2014 7:05 am

It’s finally the 14th of the month and time for a Sneak Peek of the May swaps that are coming.

May Sneak Peek


EASY Epoxy Embellishments & a Giveaway!

Danielle | Monday 14 April 2014 4:14 am

Good morning, PLCS’ers!  Can you believe we’re already mid-way through the month?  Are you ready for SNEAK PEEKS??  They’re coming, very soon :)

Today I thought I would show you a very simple and inexpensive homemade embellishment for your PL cards and layouts.  I recently got these “Clear, Round, Epoxy Stickers” from the Spare Parts line by The Paper Studio at Hobby Lobby.  They are $2.99 for a pack of 24 epoxy stickers and you can find them on sale at Hobby Lobby quite often.

These embellishments are so easy, my four year old could do it!  All you need to make these are the epoxy stickers, a 1″ diameter circle punch, and paper.  This is a great way to use scraps of patterned paper or printables that you may find online (Silhouette Online Store and Studio Calico come to mind).  I have used PL and MAMBI cards, stamped images, and even (are you ready for it?) cupcake wrappers to make these epoxy embellishments.

Epoxy Embellishment Supplies

I have a punch by Epiphany Crafts that is made specifically for making these embellishments, but any 1″ diameter circle punch will work.  All you have to do is put the paper in your punch, then stick your epoxy sticker over the opening, and punch your paper.  After you punch it out, you will have a perfect little circle embellishment to add to your cards and layouts.  Like I said, so easy a 4-year-old can do it!  Then just use a little bit of your favorite adhesive to attach to your cards or layouts.

Here’s a small sampling of some of the epoxy flair I’ve made.  As you can see, I’ve used a variety of papers, stamped images, my cupcake wrappers, and even some of the new KIWI PL cards to create these.

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GIVEAWAY!  One lucky commenter on this post will receive a set of 6 of these easy epoxy embellishments!  I will pick a random winner sometime this week!

Happy Scrapping!


Using Washi and paper punches

Carrie | Sunday 13 April 2014 6:00 am

Hello today I am sharing a technique from an Idea I saw on Pintrest ( Love Pintrest for all the fun ideas )  This is a really simple and fun way to create custom PL style cards for any occasion.

These are the supplies I used to create my card


First I cut one 4×6 black photo mat down, I needed 1 3×4 piece and 1 2×3 piece for my card.  I covered the 2×3 piece with my 4 different ( but coordinating ) washi tapes, making sure that there was enough tape on each side of the paper to turn under and seal on the backside.

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I used my scallop border paper punch to punch one edge of the card.  Then I used a small flower punch to punch out my flower shapes.  I had 4 flower shapes and a small strip left after punching out my cards.

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I glued the 2×3 punched card to the front of my 3×4 card and glued the punched out flowers to the top of  the scallop design. I also used the small strip that was left from the scallop punching and glued that to the top of the card.  I then stamped my sentiment and completed my card.


Quick, simple and cute.  My favorite kind of technique!

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment on this post and I will pick a name and send you this card as a TY.  You have until 4/18 to leave a comment.

Happy Scrappin’


APRIL Sponsor Spotlight: Dee Slater with Stampin’ Up!

Monthly Sponsor | Friday 11 April 2014 8:00 pm

The Design Team is so excited to work with this month’s sponsor: Dee Slater with Stampin’ Up!.  You can find Dee’s website at and her blog at

Here’s a little inspiration using Stampin’ Up! product from the Design Team:


Virginia Delgado Sponsor Project Dee Slater 2

Love how this card turned out! This is one of my favorite color combos right now—Basic Black, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana & Strawberry Slush!! For this card, I used a 3×4 piece of the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper, and a scrap piece of card stock in Basic Black which I embossed with the Chevron Embossing Folder. The sentiment is stamped in Coastal Cabana ink and is from the Geometrical stamp set available in the Occasions Mini Catalog. I added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels, an arrow and voila!!


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I used the Kaleidoscope Designer paper as the card base, Basic Black paper with the chevron embossing folder to create the pocket. It is embellished with a Basic Jewels Rhinestone on a banner cut from the Strawberry Slush card stock. The stamp is from the Geometric Stamp set. I added bakers twine to the tag, Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to the words Hooray, and added DIY perler bead dots to the bottom. I love how it turned out!


Amy McVey  Sponsor Project Dee Slater 2

I used the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper with the Geometrical Stamp Set.  The Smokey Slate cardstock was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing folder and then flipped over for a different look.  I also edged my Whisper White cardstock with my stamped sentiment with a grey ink pad by just running the ink pad over the edges.  This helps my sentiment piece stand out.  The scalloped piece is cut from the Tasteful Trim BigZ XL die and cut to fit my Whisper White cardstock.  Final touches included a heart punched from the Small Heart Punch, Basic Jewels Rhinestones and I used my Wink of Stella clear marker over the sentiment and heart to add some shimmer to my final project.



I also used the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper with the Geometrical Stamp Set. Final touches included a heart punched from the Small Heart Punch, Basic Jewels Rhinestones and I used Stampin’ Up! Primrose Petals ink on the edges of the cardstock and designer paper.

I really love how different all the projects are turning out considering that we are using the same supplies!

I know all the designers are really enjoying using the Stampin’ Up!  kits that Dee so generously prepared for us.  And you can win one too.  The kit that Dee will be giving away includes all the product that the DT is creating with plus a gift certificate for free shipping with a $30 or more order of Stampin’ Up! product ordered through Dee.  All comments made on Sponsor Spotlight posts in the month of April will be entered to win.  Be sure to link up any projects that you have made with Stampin’ Up! product.  We would love to see it!

And be sure to check out Dee’s blog and website today.  Thank you again to Dee for being such a wonderful sponsor!


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Project Life® Your Way!! Part 4 of 4

Virginia | Thursday 10 April 2014 11:00 am

Hello, PL Swappers!! I hope you all are having a fantastic start to April! I just can’t believe how fast this year is flying by already. More the reason to capture those beautiful everyday moments and document them! My post today is short, and it is the last segment in four part series, Project Life® Your Way! I hope you have found these posts helpful, and if you missed some parts, worry not! I will list the link to all series posts down at the bottom of this post.

Today’s last segment in the series is Part 4: Use Your Stamps!! We all have those “these are perfect for PL” stamps that we buy and then sometimes forget to use. Or is it just me??? Hehe! For my layout today, I am still working on finishing up pics from last summer’s beach trip.


So, I pulled out some stamps and a few sheets of Crate paper to see what I could come up with. This page is a bit picture heavy so it doesn’t need a lot of “filler” cards.

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I ended up just using that one sheet of paper from Crate’s DIY Shop as the 3×4 cutouts were perfect for my page! Then I just went about choosing the best stamps for those cards. One of my faves is this one I stamped in Versamark ink with  “I Love Summer”. LOVE how it turned out! This is the great thing about using your stamps, you can make your own backgrounds or patterns to fit your needs for your layout or PL page.


I settled on using my CTMH stamps {Best Day Ever & Love This},  A Muse Studio stamps {I Was Here & Arrows}, and the other stamp in the WRMK set that had the “I Love Summer” stamp {Beach Babe} for the rest of the cards. I used my Palette ink in black, and my Stampin’ Up! Coastal Cabana ink pad {love this color!!} and love how the colors work well together with the pics and the cards. I’m going to journal on the “I Love Summer Card” but haven’t decided if I will write it out or print off my computer yet so I left it blank.


What do you think?? Do you use your stamps often in your PL pages? If so, link up below and show us!  Again, I hope you have enjoyed my Four part series on doing Project Life® Your Way! Here are the links to Parts 1-3:

Part 1: Using Paper Pads

Part 2 Using Your Current Scrapbook Supplies 

Part 3: Using A Few Sheets of Paper for Your Spread

Until next time….


Happy Swapping,


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