Cosmetic Bag Makeover with Dies and HTV

Cosmetic bag with HTV diecuts

Hi! Do you have a bag that could use a makeover? I had a VERY plain cosmetic bag that I got for free at a makeup event. I decided to give it a makeover with some dies and a little HTV (heat transfer vinyl). I had the bag for over a year just sitting in a drawer. Not sure why it took me so long to do something with it. This was SO easy.

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Little Love Tags Valentine’s Day Shaker Card

Little Love Tags Valentine's Day Shaker Card

Stopping in for a quick, late night post today. I’m also working on a video to post tomorrow. This should have been one too but thinks went awry :(. If you still need a card for Valentine’s Day, maybe this post will help (or tomorrow’s video). The stamps and dies are the Little Love Tags BUNDLE from Concord & 9th. I used the Altenew Wavy Grid Stencil with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink to add a little interest to the front panel. The beautiful confetti (the pictures don’t do it justice) is from a four-pack from Nuvo called Cross My Heart.

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VIDEO: Glitter Vinyl Mermaid Cards

Mermaid cards with glitter vinyl

Hello! After a major creative crisis and a few vinyl projects for friends, I am back with two mermaid scale cards using glitter adhesive vinyl. Previously, I had only used vinyl to decorate glasses or metal mugs but one day I thought that vinyl would be a great material to use on cards when watercoloring. The adhesive on the vinyl is super strong and it can be cut with a Silhouette Cameo or other die cutting machine (it cuts like butter so well!) or you could also cut it with dies and even punches.

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Many Tags with Concord & 9th’s Holiday Cheer Tags Stamps

Christmas Cheer Tags Concord & 9th


Today I’m sharing a bunch of tags that I made with Concord & 9th’s Christmas Cheer Tags stamp set.  I used my new Sizzix Sidekick, which is a small die-cutting machine that is great to keep on your desk, and the dies that came with it.  Some of the tags are made with nothing but stamping while others have die-cut shapes and some layering.  I did not want to to any heat embossing for the video but the green tag with the gold doily does have white embossing.

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Hey There Cupcake with Concord & 9th

Have you seen the Concord &9th turnabout stamps?  They are so cool!  They allow you to quickly create a background pattern using colors of your choice.  For today’s card I used the Sprinkles Turnabout Stamp Set.  You can also purchase a bundle with dies in it.  I hope to post a video in the near future but, in the meantime, you can watch the Concord & 9th instruction video for the Mosaic Turnabout stamp HERE.  The process is exactly the same.

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I’m a Puffer for You Two for One Cards

This post was supposed to go live from the coast of Florida (Miramar Beach).  The location totally matched the theme of these two whimsical fish cards created with the I’m a Puffer for You Stamp + Die Combo from Hero Arts.  I call them “two for one” because I inked up a single panel of Bristol smooth white cardstock (great for ink blending) with Peacock Feathers and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide Inks.  I splattered some water over the panel and, for a little more interest, splattered some White Gold Gansai Tambi watercolor from the Starry Colors set.  Not sure you can see that in the pictures but, in person, the watercolor adds some nice shimmery splatters.  Then I used Concord & 9th’s Everyday Circles Dies to cut out the circle, and used the panel and the die cut circle to make two cards, eliminating the need to ink up two pieces of cardstock.  The Everyday Circles Dies cut that very thin black circle frame.

I stamped all the images and the black parts of the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  The “CELEBRATE” is stamped with the same Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink I used on the background.  I used my MISTI to make sure I would get a nice solid impression and perfect placement.  The entire “LET’S CELEBRATE/IT’S YOUR DAY” sentiment is from the Birthday Stacks stamp set from Concord & 9th.

For this card, I inked up a wide strip of Bristol Smooth White cardstock with Wild Honey Distress Oxide Ink along the bottom and then added Twisted Citron, Abandoned Coral, and Picked Raspberry above that, creating rounded areas where the bellies of the fish would go.  I thought this would be easier than inking the fish separately and I could always add more ink after they were diecut.  I then diecut the three fish at one time.  The hat and party blower are colored with Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Ink.

The detail around the circle on this card is created with the “sunburst” die in the Everyday Circle Dies.  I aligned it on each corner and ran it through my BigShot.

I'm a Puffer For You Birthday Stacks

To make the fish eyes stand out a little more, I used a white Gelly Roll gel pen (my favorite gel pen) around the black centers of the big fish eyes and on the little fish eyes I used Nuvo drops.  I thought the latter looked a little weird so I used gel pen on the second card.  A coat of shimmer pen on the black fish, a thin strip of black cardstock, and black and white baker’s twine finish off this card.

For the second card, I smooshed the same inks I used for fish on the first card onto a craft mat and used a water brush to color in the fish.  As you can see, the colors are a little lighter and the ink is only inside the lines, leaving a white border.

I'm a Puffer For You Birthday Stacks

The next card I’m going to make with this set will be for my husband using the “Let’s float away together” sentiment from this stamp set.  Our anniversary is in August and we hope to go back to the beach for it :).



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