Saturday 25 December 2010

Milk stamping

Hi all, and Merry Christmas.

This is Cuchy.
I made a tutorial showing how to stamp with condensed milk.
Yes, milk!! soooo yummy. You will want to eat your project :)

It's subtitled in Spanish and English.

Thanks for looking. If you like it, please let me know.
You can see more of my work on my blog, or on my facebook fan page.

Monday 20 December 2010

Aquamarkers tutorial

I thought you might find my aquamarker tutorial useful. If you have thought about buying these pens or have them already but don't know what to do with them this this video may help. When used they give a lovely subtle watercolour look to you images.

For the best effect always use with watercolour paper and a Staze on ink pad
hugs Sarah x .

Thursday 9 December 2010

Create your own foam stamps

Hi there, this is Cuchy

I made my own foam stamps with a Big Shot die and an old mouse pad.
Have a look at the video, and see how I did it.

The audio is in Spanish, but I wrote the subtitles in English.
It's easy to follow, but in case you need something to be clarified, please let me know.

Thanks for looking.

You can see more of my work on my blog or on my facebook page.

Monday 6 December 2010


Hi all,this is Cuchy
I wanted to share with you how I made this tag (subtitles in Spanish and English). It might inspire you in such way to create your Xmas cards these days.
I used a variation of the salt technique for the background that I hope you like it.
If you want to see more of my work, please visit my blog or my facebook page.
Thanks so much

Wednesday 1 December 2010

Distress Inks video tutorial

I have recently been asked to do some video tutorials for a craft shop. ( I already make card samples for them)
This is the first Video tutorial I have done. Here I show you how to make a very quick and easy card with Distress Inks and stamps. If you have all your items ready you will see that it takes about 4 minutes to make this card.
I hope this inspires you to have a go.
You can see more of my work at
hugs Sarah x

Friday 15 October 2010

Ok so i wanted to show you this free form lattice card ... this is first what i originally wanted to show you but got side stacked on the others. I found this video here which inspired this card in the first place and all the other ideas flowed from then. This card was embossed with the new folder from stampin up called Elegant lines Using the Labels 4 set from spellbinders nestibilities for the window(second largest die). Punches used were the 5 petal flower and the spring bouquet from stampin up with Bashful Blue ink sponged around the window and on all the flowers petals. The small flowers have tiny half pearls and larger ones have a blue button with larger half pearls in the center. You can see more of my lattice style cards on

Enjoy the video...Blessings to you

Tuesday 12 October 2010

Just a quick note...

Hi everyone I just want to apologise for not being around as much as usual I am hoping that will change very soon but as I've been awol I haven't been able to publish comments as quickly as I like. I have therefore decided to temporarily remove Comment Moderation on the Inspirational Blogs

This makes me nervous as I do receive a lot of spam comments on both of the Inspirational Blogs so please use your discretion before clicking on any links in the comments section, I have enabled word verification though so hopefully that will help with the spamming

Julie :)

Sunday 12 September 2010

Paper Pennant - How to

Hi, this is Cuchy, from Spain.

Don't you see pennants all over the net?.
Here you have an easy way to cut the triangles out of patterned paper.
I hope you understand my English and find the tutorial useful.
You're invited to visit my blog for other tips and tutorials.

1. Grab some patterned papers and a piece of squared paper, more or less the same length as the papers

2. Fold the squared paper and put some marks as a guide to cut the triangles.
I set mine 8 squares width and 9 squares height

3. Fold the patterned papers

4. And make a sandwich with the folded squared paper

4. Now cut the triangle out, following the marks

5. Form a line with all the triangles

6. And glue them around a string or ribbon

Ready to use in a project.

Friday 10 September 2010

Hydrangea flowers from your heart punch

Hi all, Happy spring! :) its a beautiful day out today Ive been for my walk and there's not a cloud in the sky! God has blessed us this week in so many ways but in particular with an understanding of a deeper faith in Him which i know will see us through future hardships in life, its like the ultimate light bulb has gone on especially for me and i know i can shine that back to my family and friends :)
I had a really nice day yesterday creating these Hydrangea flowers how gorgeous did the turn out! they look just like the ones in our back garden! and they are soooo easy to make. I use the heart punch from stampin up for the flowers and the leaves and glued a half pear in the centers. Ive coloured them with certainly celery in the center and bashful blue on the outsides.

Here is another version of the same flower but with a larger 1/2" circle center. I also use the 2 step bird punch wing and branch for the leaves in this spray of flowers and the wide oval to add some curly vines. Glitter to finish!

And don't these look great with just a single flower on the card!

all the products Ive used to make these cards and more are from Stampin up and can be purchased through me here. you can download a print out of this free tutorial here
and now watch the video ! enjoy and have a great day..
Blessings to you

Wednesday 18 August 2010

Recycled Vinyl Record - Photo Frame


Don't you love the nostalgia of old vinyl records? There are still many of those old darlings in my possession, but sometimes they're scratched. So I give them a second life as a piece of decoration (still very experimental at times, hee hee). Here's my first attempt to create a round photo frame, and that's how it works:

You need...

  • Vinyl record

  • Jigsaw

  • white pen

  • Embellishments - here: little wooden butterflies, old sheet music

  • hot glue gun

  • picture frame hanger

  • a nice photo

vinyl1Let the record have its very last turn on your record player. Take a pen which is visible on black, and hold it onto your record approximately 2.5 inches from the border. You'll get a perfect circle.

vinyl2Now cut along the line with a jigsaw or scroll saw. It doesn't matter where you start cutting, even if it severs the frame. You can hide the cut later on.

vinyl3If the frame got a rough edge like mine did, sand it with a Dremel or simply a cutter knife.

vinyl7The center part of the record can be turned into a heart - or any other shape you like.

IMG_2426I took old music sheets and tore them into strips. I inked the edges for a vintage look. Now you can add a strip of double-sided tape on the back ...

IMG_2427... and fold the note strips around the frame and press them on the tape.

vinyl6For the piano, paint a section of the inner record part white. I used a white pen, but I guess white spray would have looked more even. Let it dry and cut it into slightly wedge-shaped pieces. I made the black keys by eye measure.

vinylNow arrange your decorative elements on your vinyl frame. When it looks good to you, attach them with hot glue. Print a photo you like, trim it to the size of your frame and tape it to the back. Attach a picture frame hanger - and you're done!

You can use any embellishment you like, so you're not limited to this music-themed version. How about old book pages and chipboard letters as embellishments? Or something glittery for little girls? I'd really like to see what you come up with :)

Have lots of fun, and if you like this post, please take a minute to leave a comment (either here or at my original post). Thanks!


Monday 16 August 2010

Digital bookmark

I made this for my eldest as she is such an avid reader, printed off and laminated. I used the Digital Scrapbook Artist program, altering sizes and using a couple of different 'digipacks'. It shows how versatile this program is. I use it for scrapbooking, cardmaking, business cards and also decoupage amongst other things!

Thursday 12 August 2010

Gift Bag Making

Today the lovely Arina from Arina's Card Corner has accepted to share with us her wonderful "Gift Bag Making Tutorial".  Here's how it goes:

Hi everyone here I am again with a post I saw yesterday on you tube a movie about how a bag can make an envelope.

So I thought to myself I'll also try to make an attempt to make the end I made two.

I have for you like a workshop, I explain step by step with pictures how to make the bag.
'm Curious what you think.

What you need an envelope, ribbon, designer paper, 2 brads, colored and afdrukjes.

Step 1: First glue the envelope shut, and then cut out of the sides about half an inch off.
Step 2:

then go on creasing 1.9 cm on both sides and the bottom is 2.5 cm.  Then you fold the crease lines here, but does so as well so you get a tight fold.

Step 3: then go on top briefly with a cartel scissors cut a piece off so you get a nice edge.
Step 4: Then you just run your hand into the bag and fold the crease lines on the sides and bottom and that should it look like.

Step 5: then make 2 holes on the sides of the ribbon, and then create the ribbon on your bag.

Step 6: Then decorate the front and back with the design paper, if you did go down the bottom flap so they stick.

And after you tie the ribbon around it, so the base of your bag ready and you can further decorate it yourself.

And below you see two of my creation programs I made.

1 it was made for a mother of a friend who is sick hyves.

You can do everything in, I've even made matching cards with which you have money, gift etc can put.

Arina has many other wonderful ideas over at -->her blog<-- that you might want to take a look at ;-)

How I made my Apple :)

Hi All is nice I can writing in here again....

Today I have a tutorial how I made my Apple for my card.

First I try to found my stash red and green cardstock from my "stash Paper" box :)

Found it and I collected my "Apple" and "Leaf" Hand Puncher together from the drawer :)

Now I draw the APPLE with red copic and the leaf with my normal green Pen (also the stem) oops so sorry not so great Pict...I mean I am not so good in Drawing :) but at least you can see this is an Apple :)

Punched so many little Apple and little Leaf and collect it, also made a Stem for the Apple with brown paper.

Then I adhere all the LITTLE Apple to the BIG Apple and the LITTLE Leaf to the BIG Leaf. Oops so sorry again not so nice Pict...(no sunshine today :( )

Also this is the whole Apple I have finished

This is my whole card :)

Thanks for looking my tutorial...

I hope that you found my tutorial is useful.

If you like to see more project or cards please take a peak to my BLOG :)


Tuesday 10 August 2010

Circle Slide Book Album

Mary Giemza is a very talented cardmaker...  and she has gladly accepted to share with us this lovely tutorial...  a Circle Slide Book Album.

Here's how it is done:

I’ve been really excited to share this photo album I made for my daughter who recently gave birth to the most beautiful little baby girl ~ Quinn (a/k/a Quinney poo)!
It’s not a normal album either ~ each page has a mini hidden slide-out photo page.   As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for an album keepsake for the whole family.      (Please keep in mind, I’m a card girl (My Cardz) and this is my FIRST attempt at scrapbooking!  Although, I do think I have discovered a NEW hobby!!)

Here’s how the “hidden” photo is revealed . . .    (it slides out!)

And a closeup view . . .

Pretty cool, huh?  These are photos of my VERY pregnant daughter from just a few weeks ago!   

In trying to not overwhelm you, I won’t show each and every photo from the album, since there are a total of six pages, PLUS six hidden photos.     I did, however, put together a wee-little slide show of the entire album which can be found at the end of this post!    Yep, just a proud grandma!

I just LOVE this type of album, I think it would make a perfect gift for Christmas, birthdays, new babies!   :)      The album is being sold over at I Brake For Stamps.  

I have a few photos to show you how super easy it is to put together.   This is what you will receive in your package . . .


It may look confusing at first, but believe me ~  if I can do it  —  anyone can!      Your first step is to take one of the black chipboard spacers and a black chipboard circle . . .


and glue them together . . . always being sure to line up the punched holes.


You then peel off the blue protective film from one of the clear pull outs . . .


and glue two black chipboard pull tabs to the front and back of the square end.   (I’ve left the film on so you could see it a little easier in this photo.)


Lay this tabbed insert inside your glued circle as shown below . . .


and glue a second chipboard circle on top ~ always being sure to line up the punched holes.


That’s it!    (Of course, you have two more to put together.)     The album pages measure 8 1/2 inches, so I cut out all of my papers/cardstock  . . .


and used one of the chipboard pull tabs as a guide to cut this section to adhere to the album.


Since I was using double-sided papers, I marked the back of each piece so I would know which side I had planned to use.


And now the REAL fun begins!    Adding your photos and embellishments.    I decided to cover the clear plastic pull outs with DP also, which was not necessary – if you decide to do this, one little suggestion I have to make your life a little easier, cut and measure these BEFORE you glue your album together!   Live and learn!    If you do purchase one and run into ANY problems, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll try to help.


Now click -->here<-- if you want to see more of Mary's creations.