Friday, January 29, 2010

Transparency Butterfly Tutorial

I found this neat way to make transparent butterflies using embossing power and alcohol ink. I can't find the blog where I saw the please if you see this, contact me so I can link your blog.

Supply List:

*Transparency-the type of transparency is VERY important. I use 3M Write on Transparency Sheets from Office Depot. If you go to Staples or some other office supply store their brand is more flimsy. It will warp under high heat. Also if you make your own pearl flourishes it's harder to hold and cut.

*Versmark Pigment Ink Pad

*Embossing Powder

*Alcohol ink and Mixative
*Embossing gun

*Stamp- acrylic or rubber

Step one:
Cut a square piece of transparency. Obviously bigger than your butterfly.
Put about 3 drips of alcohol ink and 2 dots of a mixative on the transparency.
Here I used Slate Alcohol ink and Silver Mixative.

Step 2:
Blend the alcohol ink and mixative together large enough to fit your stamp.

Step 3:
Ink up your stamp with the Versmark

On the backside of the transparency stamp your image. Now, I say the backside because if you stamp on the front with the alcohol ink it may stain your stamp. Also it's smoother on the backside.

Step 5:
Sprinkle your image with Embossing Powder. Here I used Silver Embossing Powder.

Step 6:
Heat up the embossing powder with your heat gun.

Step 7:
Cut out your image. See, super easy!!! * Thank you to my "Hand Model" Cleapatra*

Here I used Red Pepper Alcohol ink and black embossing powder.

and here....Eggplant and Gold Embossing powder. Possibilities are endless!!!!

Here is the layout I used with the butterflies.

I added Prima pearls for the body for the finishing touch.

Not only do I love Alcohol ink, I totally love Glimmer mist. Here I used Silver Glimmer mist on the white flowers.

Oh, and guess what??!! I finally got Photoshop. I figured out to leave Cleapatra's eyes blue and the rest of the photo black and white. I soooo love this effect and been wanting to do it for YEARS!!!! So, most likely I will be editing many of my photos this!!

Well, I hope that you found this tutorial interesting!! Good luck trying your own butterflies!!

*Update: Here is the link to the blog that I first seen the tut. on(Thanks Auntie Em)

Thursday, January 21, 2010


This time around my blog held one of the 5 ZVA prizes for the Blog Hop!! The Winner will get $30.00 worth of Zva product.

And my random winner is......................................

Anne said...
What a lovely page! So girly-girly! I LOVE the flowers!!! Anne, YourMaineStamper

Anne, Please Email me your addy for your yummy ZVA Prize! CONGRATS!!!!!

You can find the other four winners at the following blogs:

Becky Olsen:

Lori Roop:

Ingrid Danvers:

Lisa Johnson:

Thanks for playing along. Hope to see ya again for the next Blog Hop!!


Monday, January 18, 2010


Yay, another Zva Creative DT Blog Hop!

We are joining together today to share a project that we have created using the latest Zva Creative products that are releasing at winter CHA craft show. I am hoping that you will take some time to join us for a little bit of fun! Zva is introducing 100+ brand new crystal and pearl embellishment designs at the show. All designs have a fresh new look and are available in various popular color choices. If you are attending, please stop by the Zva at Booth # 2991.

The Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes' blog: Paper Hugs .She is linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. There are 12 design team members, so be prepared to be inspired along the way. Hidden on 5 of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Those blogs will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way. Our team is so wonderfully diverse, so we are hoping that you will be inspired when you reach the end

This Blog Hop runs through midnight on Tuesday, January 19th and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, January 20th. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. The more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.

Garden Pixie

Product List:
FLBK02CA113 Pink Icy Blossoms
FLBK02CA114 Blue Icy Blossoms
FLBK02CA110 Blue Sweet Blossoms
FLBK02CA111 Pink Sweet Blossoms
FLBK02CA103 Elegant Rose Buds Pink
FLBK02CA104 Elegant Rose Buds Blue
FLBK02CA109 Elegant Rose Buds Green
Please hop over to see Sherry Wright's Blog: A Season of Change
Thank you SO MUCH for joining us

Saturday, January 16, 2010


I'm so excited about all of Zva's new crystal and pearl flourishes. Now, they are coming out with with new shapes.
The crystal "photo corner",as I like to call it, is a triangular shape. I placed my photo over it. It kinda reminds me of a crown. All the flowers are Zva as well!!

This flourish has little flower gems at each swirl tip. Totally adorable!!

How fabulous is that crystal it!!

Zva will be hosting another Blog Hop this Monday the 18th. Be sure to join for an awesome prize and more sneak peeks!!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

ZVA Sneak Peek #2

Here is Sneak Peek number two!!!
Sorry about the totally bad photo. The background really is white.

Not only does ZVA have gorgeous crystal flourishes, they ALSO have beautiful PEARL flourishes!!!! I usually have a hard time with negative space layouts. You know me, I love to fill my pages up. But, these pearl flourishes made it so easy.

Just a close-up of the pearls. Aren't they sooooo pretty!! They have a really sturdy backing so applying to your page is simple.

This flourish comes in two pieces. I made it into a photo corner and added the white rose.

I'll be posting another Sneak Peek soon!!!


Tuesday, January 12, 2010


The best thing about being on a DT is seeing all the new goodies BEFORE they hit the market!!! Let me tell you, ZVA is coming out with some gorgeous new crystals!!!
Here is just one of my sneak peaks!!

The beautiful long flourishes remind me of butterfly trails. The butterfly is also ZVA.

Here is a close-up of the flourish!! I love the color!!!

I totally love the icy blooms and tiny roses!!

This is one of the corner flourishes. I just put one of the icy blooms right in the center!! I also used some of Rhinestone brads.
Thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned for my next Zva Sneak Peek!!