Sunday, June 26, 2011

Celebrating Someone Special

It is always fun to celebrate someone's birthday...and even more fun when it is filled with lots of inspiration! Today a bunch of us have gotten together to celebrate Katie Cotton's birthday (owner of Paper Makeup Stamps and colorer extraordinaire).  Since I am trying to type this while camping...and late at that, I will have to fill in all of the details at a later time.  Ok I somehow messed up the whole publish from a mobile device published, but now is nowhere to be found!  Hope you guys don't mind me recycling a card I made a very long time ago...using ones of my favorite PMS Stamps...Penelope!

Anyway,  Happy Birthday Katie!  Make sure to follow the links below for the rest of the birthday inspiration!   Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

Monday, June 20, 2011

It's a Quixotic Blog Hop

Today some of the Paper Makeup Stamps Design Team are joining with the Quixotic Paperie Design Team to throw the spotlight on the Paper Makeup Stamps range as part of Quixotic Paperie's 2nd Anniversary celebrations (Quixotic Paperie are the UK online stockist for Paper Makeup Stamps)!

As you may be aware - Paper Makeup Stamps is owned by Katie Cotton and to give you a clue as to where the name of her company came from - Katie is a professional makeup artist. Katie has some fabulous artists contributing to her company including Steve Hammond with the Monsters range, Diem Pascarella's Beautiful Day Fairies, Moody Girls by Cynthia Liu and the Retro Cutie Critters by Diem Pascarella.

The Paper Makeup Stamps range is available in the UK/Europe at Quixotic Paperie.  If you're in the US then you can of course find the stamps at Paper Makeup Stamps direct!

As part of the celebrations and the spotlight today, we have a PRIZE GIVEAWAY!  
Pop on over to the Quixotic Inspirations blog to get all the details and enter the draw to win some fantastic Paper Makeup Stamps and more!

Now for some more inspiration! Hop on over to each of the blogs below to see some fantastic Paper Makeup Stamps creations!
Elaine Judy - Kim Dellow - Mary - Andrea - Tangii - Stephanie - Tina - Katie - Dawn - Randee - Lisa K - Jami - Anita - Michelle - Shaela -

Thanks for joining us and we hope you are enjoying all the Paper Makeup Stamps loveliness and thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!
The Engineering Details
Stamps - Schoolie Ed and Sentiments (Paper Makeup Stamps); Paper - Heavenly White 100#, Treasures Pool, Incandescent Rosso, Gold Sparkle, Basis Black (Paper Temptress); Ink - Momento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Accessories - Lacey Circles & Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Scallop Border Punch (SU!), dimensionals

Friday, June 17, 2011

Perfect Summer Digi

Back again with another Father's Day card...I always hate it when I forget to show the cards I make for holidays BEFORE the holidays!  So this is me cramming them in before Sunday!!  

So I am assuming you all know that Paper Makeup Stamps is giving away FREE wordart digis nearly every Friday...and if you haven't, you have now!  You can find the free digis at the PMS Blog or in the PMS Store.  This wordart is the digi from last week...I so love, love this quote.  Just makes me giggle!  And if you ask me, it is perfect for Father's Day!

My layout is from the SCS Clean and Simple Challenge #123 which was a layout this week based on a card.  Verve Stamps has also opened up their Get Your Diva On Challenge for this month and the theme is Bring on the Summer, Sunshine, and Blue Skies...think I covered that here!  Nothin' like a sweet simple card that turned out pretty cute!

I hand cut the grass and the sun was made with Big Scallop Circle Nestabilities...cut it once and then rotate it a little to and cut again to get the points (did that make sense?).  The faux stitching was then added with a white gel pen.  

Well that is all for me...I am hoping to get you my first week's theme for summer this weekend...that is assuming I get my Father's Day project and Teacher's Gift and Card done first!  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Perfect Summer Day Digi (Paper Makeup Stamps); Paper - Crumb Cake, Bashful Blue, Summer Sun (SU!), Summer Grass (Pebbles Etc.); Ink - None; Accessories - Signo White Gel Pen, Big Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), scissors, dimensionals

A Monster of a Father's Day

School is finally winding down here and summer is starting to get into full swing!  I think my son's school is one of the last to get out for some reason this year.  I am pretty excited for summer.  I will be taking care of a couple extra kids two days a week, so I think that will be fun, especially since my son and the girl get along famously! I actually have decided to have theme weeks throughout the summer.  I will be sharing them here in case anyone is wondering what I am talking about...I will hopefully even let you know ahead of time so you could join in on the fun!  

But in teh meantime, let me share with you the Father's Day card I made for my wonderful husband.  The adorable monsters (called Me and Pops) are from Paper Makeup Stamps and I have been wanting to ink this one up for awhile!  Just love it!  The layout is from the SCS Sketch Challenge #337 and the colors were taken from the Color Throwdown Challenge #146.  

Well off to work on my Father's Day project...have a great night and thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Me & Pops (Paper Makeup Stamps), So Many Sayings (SU!); Paper - Kiwi Kiss, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry Textured (SU!), Green at Heart Paper Pad (Basic Grey), watercolor paper; Ink - Kiwi Kiss, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry (SU!), Momento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Accessories - Brown & White Baker's Twine (unknown), aquabrush, dimensionals

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Time for Some Summer

So are your kids out for summer yet?  My son does not get out until the 21st...crazy!  It will feel like a lot of summer is gone by then...although that is the first day of summer I guess we won't miss anything then!

How about a little summer inspiration?  Summer inspiration in the form of a Paper Makeup Stamps Blog Hop!  Sounds like fun, right?  You should be arriving from the ever sweet, Lisa M.  If not, make sure you start at the beginning at the PMS Blog.
This card is a Clean and Simple (CAS) card based on a sketch from a Paper Crafts call.  Why is it that CAS cards can be the most time consuming?!  I had to create this card like three times before it turned out.  That hurt too because it is obviously a one layer I threw away a whole card each time...ugh!  Anyway it uses the still-awesome-always-going-to-love-it Dandy Wishes set from PMS.  The large and small silhouettes were embossed in black with my edges masked with Post-It notes.  Then I brayered ink over top, removed the masks, stamped my sentiment,and drew the black border.  Wow that made it sound so easy...guess easier said than done!

Well now you are off to the ever talented Tangii.  If you happen to get lost along the way, you can follow the link list below:

Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Dandy Wishes (Paper Makeup Stamps); Paper - Basic White (Papertrey Ink); Ink - More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie (SU!), Versamark (Tsukineko); Accessories - black embossing powder (SU!), brayer, Post-It notes, Black Pen (Sharpie), ruler

Friday, June 3, 2011

50th Anniversary

I recently posted on the Paper Temptress Community Blog two cards.  So far I showed you the graduation card in this POST, so now I have for you the 50th anniversary card that I made.  I combined a couple challenges for this card.  The layout is the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #193 and the card was inspired by the Moxie Fab World Trigger Tuesday: Classically Modern image.  The layout had the diagonal cut background that I thought paired well with the print in the inspiration photo where is switches from blue on white to white on blue.  So that is how my background came to be.  I basically took a square of Iridescent Cryogen White (gotta have that sparkle!), cut it diagonally into quarters, and embossed each piece with the textile embossing folder.  Then I took a sponge inked with Baja Breeze and gently rubbed it over the positive (bumpy) side of two of the pieces to give me the blue on white and then over the negative (side with depressions) side of the other two pieces to give me the white on blue.  Kind of subtle, but I think pretty cool.  My blue isn't the beautiful bright blue in the inspiration photo, but I didn't have brighter blue color in the amazing Glimmer cardstock from Paper Temptress that I wanted to use.

The "50" was heat embossed with silver embossing powder and mounted on a piece of
Juniper Berry Glimmer cardstock.  Such a beautiful shimmer to this can see it better in the detail shot.  After I added the ribbon and the swirly border of the Glimmer cardstock, it still needed something.  So I went back to the inspiration photo and loved the radiating spikes from the center of the silver wall decoration.  Couldn't figure out how to make spikes, so I added some rhinestones around my "50" to give that radiating effect.  Well at least that is how it played out in my head!

Well I guess that is all for me.  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - None; Paper - Gray Basis 80#, Juniper Berry Glimmer, Iridescent Cryogen White (Paper Temptress); Ink - Baja Breeze; Accessories - Chipboard Numbers (My Best Occasion), Clear Rhinestones (Darice), White Satin Ribbon (Offray), Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder (Provo), Labels 14 Die (Spellbinders), Apron Border Die (The Cat's Pajamas), silver embossing powder (SU!), dimensionals, heat gun, sponge

Thursday, June 2, 2011


So have you ever been so mentally exhausted that you were actually physically exhausted?  That is where I am.  We decided to bite the bullet and throw my daughter in underwear on Saturday to begin the potty training process.  We didn't have to go through this elaborate process with my son when he was little...he was in daycare at the time and daycare basically took on the potty-training process...kind of wish Adi was in daycare now too!  Actually, she was doing great...a couple accidents a day, but we were getting somewhere...and then today came.  Number 2 was overdue and trying to get a stubborn little girl that already tries to prevent ever going Number 2 to get the Number 2 into a potty...yeah it was a loooong day!  She did finally have success, but there was a lot of tears, screaming, and tummy pain before then!  

Ok enough potty talk...sorry there is lots of potty talking going on here...kind of my main focus right now!  Onto what you are really here for...I made a graduation card for a friend of ours that just got his degree.  Better late than never!  So since it was for a guy, I went the more simple route and used my most masculine graduation image...a star!  I know completely brilliant!  hehe!  The layout is from the Card Patterns Sketch #117.  

The fabulous cardstock is all from Paper Temptress.  The base is Gold Basis 80# and I stamped on the Heavenly White 100# (which is so beautifully smooth...maybe smoother and definitely heavier than SU! Whisper White cardstock).  But the best is the Incadescent Nero cardstock (which is on SALE right now!).  You can see in the detailed shot that this cardstock has a great texture too it and a gold sparkle too it.  Simply stunning making my simple male graduation card that much better!

Back to the watching for potty signs!  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Seeing Stars (Verve Stamps), Wonderful Words (retired SU!); Paper - Gold Basis 80#, Heavenly White 100#, Nero Incandescent (Paper Temptress); Ink - Summer Sun (SU!), Tuxedo Black Momento (Tsukineko); Accessories - Labels 16 Die and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), black and white bakers twine, dimensionals
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