Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Halloween Paper is HERE!!!

I am excited to announce the first Halloween Digital Papers by A.J.'s Digi Shoppe.

This pack of twelve (12) digital papers is inspired by one of nature's most delicate items - spider webs.  Each paper is 12"x12" and is created at 300dpi for professional printing quality.  This set of Digital Papers is $5.00 USD.  To purchase this paper pack visit the Digital Paper Section of A.J.'s Didi Shoppe.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

You had me at GRRR!

Frankly my dear...
Digi stamps & papers:
Frankenstein and Mrs. Frankenstein, and Leaf Paper Pack
Markers: BIC Mark-Its
Accessories: Club Scrap paper roap, Sakura Hobby Crafts 3D Crystal Lacquer, Foam Tape, Zots Bling Dots 
You all know I LOVE these owls and the leafy papers from AJs Digi Shoppe...I just had to create one more card with the Franken-owls. My huband Bill and I love the movie The Young Dr. Frankenstein so I thought this would be a fun thinking of you card to send to him around Halloween. 
I layered my digital cardstock in my Microsoft Publisher program and created my sentiment there as well. I then printed out the stamps, layered cardstocks and sentiment. After coloring the digis with BIC Mark-Its, I highlighted the owls' eyes with Sakura Hobby Crafts 3D Crystal Lacquer and trimmed out the papers, sentiment and owls. The owls were attached with foam tape to the leafy paper, The paper rope was attached with Zots Bling Dots. The whole thing was layered onto a card base with foam tape. 
I hope you enjoy my card--it made the husband smile! Thank you for looking!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Christmas Owls Card

I really had fun making this 5"X7" Christmas card, The tree was made from a template by HOTP, the sentiment inside the card was cut freehand, matted and stamped, the little Christmas and Santa owls are of course from A.J's Digi Shoppe and available HERE .

Card Designer - Vince Ballard.
Owl Digi Stamps - Amanda Marks.
Digi's coloured with Letraset Flex.
Sentiment stamps - Personal Impressions.
Various peel offs and gems for the tree.

Vince :0)x

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sneak Peek Wednesday (Finally!)

So between the first day of school and no internet last week I have been playing catch up but I do have something to show y'all.  I also want to thank my awesome Design Team for keeping everything moving smoothly the past couple of weeks - you guys ROCK!!!!
Here is my Sneak Peek for September's New Line of Stamps!  
I also have a couple of NEW Freebies in the Freebie Section of the Digi Shoppe check them out HERE!  Hope y'all have a great Wednesday and thank you for checking out what I am working on!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Not Finished Folder

12 inch x 18 inch Folder  I made for Works In Progress

I created a folder for my 'works in progress' from the front and back cover of a dollar store children's scrapbook.  I used several Deco Arts paints mixed with Deco Arts Blush and Blend extender and Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist in perfect pearl to create my background. I used Amanda Marks' adorable caterpillar and the very realistic mushroom from her A.J.'s Digi Shoppe Bugs collection which are available here.  I drew the large flowers myself and colored the stamps and my flowers with school grade Buffalo watercolor paints and Stabilo Funcolor pencils.  I used Elmer's Rubber Cement as a masking agent  for the swirls on the mushroom cap.  I used a scrap of K and Company Paper and Bic Mark Its to make the banner and added dollar store 3D stickers as embellishment.  I used Elmer's Craft Bond Spray Adhesive to afix all of my paper elements to my folder, and held the folder together with Reflectix Metal Tape, covered with dollar store ribbon.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Whooooooo loves you?

So I want to first thank Amanda for letting me on the team. I  am grateful and I hope to bring you all great projects. I decided to go with the owls in love . I think they are too cute.  I also wanted to create a tag so I could show you different ways you can use a digi and I also am a tag lover. I made this tag by 1. Cutting out the base which is thin chipboard. 2.Cutting out card stock  into the shape I wanted which I picked a heart since it went with the owls .3.Colored Amanda cute digi owls and adhered wiggly giggly eyes .4.Next added some bling to the background and to the girl owls bows and  I used glossy accents for the owls  beaks and feet.5. I added some pretty flowers and cut a tag out from my cricut machine. The supplies I used was glossy accents ,bling from Michael's,eyes from hobby lobby,owl digi from  A.J digi shoppe,flowers from Michael's, paper is dcwv,  fibers from  Michael's . I hope you  love the tag.  Thanks for stopping bye.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

SOAR! with Mama Owl

I just love these digi papers and stamps that Amanda has released! The Leaf Paper Pack was released earlier this summer and has the awesome leafed branch papers as well as matching background papers!

The Owls Set--an August Release--has Owls to celebrate all sorts of seasons but my favorite is the Mama Owl with her hatching makes me think of baby birds flying the nest, soaring. I think it is perfect for back to school as our little hatch-lings fly the nest to go to school! 

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy my card. 

Recipe for Soar!
AJ's Digital Stamps: Mama Owl & Leaves Paper Pack
Card stock: Bazzill Basics Kraft
Markers: BIC Mark-Its
Accessories: Foam Squares, Silk Flowers, Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer, Beacon 3-n-1 Craft Glue, Tim Holtz Hardware and ticket, Peeled Paint Stain and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.

  1. Print Mama Owl at 3½" wide on white card stock
  2. Print Green leafs paper at 5" wide on Kraft card stock--placing at the top left or bottom left of page depending on where you want the card to fold [I chose dark branches on top]
  3. Color Mama Owl with BIC Mark-its
  4. Trim out card base to 5×10" so that the card folds at 5" along the edge of the printed leafy paper
  5. Add Peeled Paint Stain and Burlap Distressed Ink to edges of trimmed card 
  6. Trim out Mama Owl and attached to card base with foam squares.
  7. Attach flowers with Beacon 3-n-1. Attach stained Tim Holtz ticket and hardware to card.
  8. Make 3D owl eyes by adding Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer to centers of owl eyes.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Yes I know it's still only August but it's never too early to make a head start on your Halloween cards, I always have fun making them.
I picked the paper I wanted to use first so I was able to colour the owls to match.
Amanda's Mr & Mrs Frankenstein Owl Digi Stamps are so cool and were great fun to colour, you can find them HERE with many others.

Vince x

Card Designer - Vince Ballard
Digi Stamps - Amanda Marks
Background papers - We Memory Keepers - Halloween pack.
Bat Rubber stamps - Exclusive Images
Owls coloured with - Promarkers
Stick on dimensional eyes
Foam pads. (Pop Dots)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Summer Fun

In honor of Summer, I made this whimsical wall hanger using the Beach Bum Owl digital stamp from A.J.'s Digi Shoppe Owls collection.  You can find this cute stamp and other owls here.  Check out Amanda Marks' other digital stamps here.
Project Design: Dawn Taylor
Digital Stamp Design: Amanda Marks 
Wooden Base painted with: Deco Arts paints and crackling medium
Papers: Staples cardstock
            Crafts patterned paper (Umbrella)
            Scraps of K and Company paper (Sentiment)
Colored/Drawn with: Schwan Stabilo Fun Color water pencils
                                 Bic Mark Its
                                 Sharpie Fine Tip markers
                                 Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Fired Brick
                                 Ranger Perfect Pearls Mists in Perfect Pearl
Adhered with: Multi Crafts Canada Scrapbook glue
                      Elmer's Craft Bond Spray adhesive
Misc. Supplies: Crafts Stickers (Sentiment)
Check out some other designs of mine on my blog

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mrs. Frankenstein Bookmark

For today's project, I used an AJ's Digi Shoppe Digi as a pattern to construct this fun seasonal bookmark. Amanda's new August release Owls is amazing and the Mrs Frankenstein Owl is my favorite. I thought she'd be perfect for a bookmark for my mother who loves owls AND Halloween! 

felt remnants
14" 1"-wide grosgrain ribbon
remnants cotton yarn
2 giggle eyes

I cut one piece of tan felt the entire perimeter of the owl for a base. I cut the individual pieces for the dress, collar, hair, face, feet, beak, wings, eyes, and lightening bolt. The cape I cut as one solid piece to place the dress and wings upon. I glued the pieces to the felt, adding the cotton yarn and the giggle eyes last. I placed the ribbon so that when it is placed in the book and she "dangles" that she is facing right-side up.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy my Mrs. Frankenstein bookmark! 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Owls! Owls! and More Owls!

August 1st already!?  It is hard to believe but it is true.  I am proud to introduce The Owls.  I plan on making more but this is the first set and I hope everyone enjoys them :)

They can be purchase as a set or individually.