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CardMaker Magazine and Clearsnap Blog Hop


Happy Monday and welcome to the CardMaker and Clearsnap Blog Hop.  Clearsnap provided the CardMaker DT some wonderful inks to try for the blog hop!  They are called Izink and are an acrylic based pigment ink and come in both pearl and solid colors.  These inks can also be used as a spray and Clearsnap provided a spray bottle for that application.  I used the inks to stamp and paint with for my two cards below.  I also wanted to try using them as a spray but ran out of time.   I had so much fun playing with them!  Clearsnap is offering a giveaway of 6 Izinks on their blog (last on the blog hop) so miss it!


My first card it my favorite!  Loved how it turned out!  I stamped the image and then used the Izink ink’s as paint to color the image.  I then covered the image with vellum to soften the look.  I then stamped the sentiment with Versamark and embossed it in gold.


For my second card, I applied the ink with a sponge to my stamp images.  Love how the ink gives the monster images some texture as if I was using paint.  I’ve been wanting to use these monster images with some googly eyes for a fun kid card.

Next in the blog hop is Kristine Reynolds.  A complete list of blogs participating in the hop are provided on the CardMaker Magazine blog.

Floral Card:

  • Cardstock: Pacific Point (Stampin’ Up); White 110 pound (Georgia Pacific); Vellum (Papertrey Ink)
  • Ink: Volubilis, Tulip, and Cactus (Izink by Clearsnap); Jet Black (Archival by Ranger); Versamark (Tsukineko)
  • Stamps: Large Flower Background (Hero Arts); Wild Rose (Amuse Studio)
  • Accessories: Gold Super Fine Detail embossing powder (Ranger)

Monster Card:

  • Cardstock: Pacific Point (Stampin’ Up); White 110 pound (Georgia Pacific);
  • Ink: Volubilis, Tulip, and Cactus (Izink by Clearsnap); Onyx Black (Versafine)
  • Stamps: Monster Bash (Amuse Studio); Monster Fun (Hero Arts)
  • Accessories: Googly eyes (Amuse Studio, Fun Express, Darice)



Tsukineko Ink Joins CardMaker Magazine for a Blog Hop!

Happy Friday everyone!  CardMaker Magazine is hosting a blog hop today for Tsukineko new Neon Radiant pigment inks.  Tsukineko just released this winter.



I had so much fun playing with them.   I had so much fun that I have 6 cards to share with you…….I just couldn’t stop!  All card supplies are listed below.  My first card uses the Electric Blue and Purple inks on the background stamp.  I applied both inks to the surface of the stamp and got some blending where the inks overlapped.  These pigment inks stay wet for longer so they blend beautifully with very little effort.


My second card uses the already inked background stamp from card 1 to make a second generation inked image.  Doing this gives a much more muted look even though I was using neon inks.  I added some bling to the inked portion and wink of stella to the white spaces to my background strip to add some visual interest to the card.


Cards 3 and 4 use the starburst stamp and 3 different neon radiant inks.  I again blended the ink colors near the center.  I love how well the blend.  I kept the card simple so that the starburst could take center stage.  I kept the images and sentiment centered over the center of the starburst.  My oldest son will likely get the superman card in his lunch.  And in Card 4, I didn’t do a very good job inking up the stamp so there a bit of a distress look to the stamp image.  I kind of like it and it fits with the cleaner look of this card.



My 5th and 6th cards use my new pretty peonies stamp set.  I love the Electric Coral ink color I used in Card 5 and 6.  It’s such a pretty color and looks so pretty on floral images.  Stampin’ Up’s strawberry crush works really well with the Electric Coral inks.



Aren’t those pretty ink colors?  How about the chance to win a full set of Radiant Neon ink pads?  Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts is hosting a giveaway of a full set!  In order to enter for a chance to win, readers will need to visit each blog and collect a word or set of words to complete a sentence. Full details of the giveaway will be on the Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko blog. My word for the Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts contest is  available.

Okay…you made it to the end of my post and now you’re ready to make the hop to Ellen Taylor’s blog.  If you have any problems with the blog hop links, you can always find the full list of participating blogs for CardMaker’s and Tsukineko’s blog hop here at CardMaker’s blog.


Card 1

  • Ink:  Electric Blue Radiant Neon (Tsukineko); Electric Purple Radiant Neon (Tsukineko); Onyx Black (Versafine)
  • Cardstock:  White (Georgia Pacific); Blueberry Sky (Amuse Studio)
  • Stamps: Many Merry Messages (Hero Arts); Diamond Zig Zag Background (Hero Arts)

Card 2

  • Ink: Electric Blue Radiant Neon (Tsukineko); Electric Purple Radiant Neon (Tsukineko); Onxy Black (Versafine)
  • Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific); Blueberry Sky (Amuse Studio)
  • Stamps: Many Merry Messages (Hero Arts); Diamond Zig Zag Background (Hero Arts)
  • Accessories: Crystal 5 mm cupped sequins (Darice); Wink of Stella (Zig)

Card 3

  • Ink:  Electric Yellow Radiant Neon (Tsukineko); Electric Orange Radiant Neon (Tsukineko); Onyx Black (Versafine)
  • Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific); Papaya shimmer cardstock (Amuse Studio)
  • Stamps: Super (Paper Smooches); Starburst Background (Hero Arts)

Card 4

  • Ink: Electric Yellow Radiant Neon (Tsukineko); Electric Orange Radiant Neon (Tsukineko); Electric Coral Radiant Neon (Tsukineko); Onyx Black (Versafine)
  • Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific); Papaya shimmer cardstock (Amuse Studio)
  • Stamps:  So Breezy (Mama Elephant); Starburst Background (Hero Arts)

Card 5

  • Ink: Electric Coral Radiant Neon (Tsukineko); Onyx Black (Versafine)
  • Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific)
  • Stamps:  Essential Sentiments (Amuse Studio); Pretty Peonies (Amuse Studio)
  • Accessories:

Card 6

  • Ink: Electric Coral Radiant Neon (Tsukineko); Onyx Black (Versafine)
  • Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific)
  • Stamps: Essential Sentiments (Amuse Studio); Pretty Peonies (Amuse Studio)
  • Accessories:


Z Becky Brown and CardMaker Blog Hop

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Today I have a creation that I’m so excited about!  CardMaker asked the blog team members to create an insert for Z Becky Brown handbags.   The inserts go into the Z Becky Brown handbags to create of one-of-a-kind bag.  Z Becky Brown sells several different styles of handbag lids, handles, hardware, prepared inserts and blank inserts.   I won’t comment on how long it took me to decide which handle, hardware, lid color, and prepared insert I wanted.   But the best part is that you can also select blank inserts that can be used to create your own one-of-a-kind insert.  You can use the inserts as a template for your favorite pattern paper. You know, those papers that we hoard and save because they are too pretty to actually use on a project.  Now we can walk around and show them off.  Yep…one excited gal here thinking about the possibilities. They are currently running their spring sale with a 25 percent discount!  Click on the image below to link back to their website.  They are also having a giveaway on their website so follow the links of the blog hop back to their website for the giveaway info!  Winners will be announced March 7th.


Okay….so when I sat down to decide how I was going to decorate my handbag I was stuck between the dilemma of using some of my favorite pattern paper or doing a scrapbook type of insert.  Now I’m not a scrapbooker…I get intimidated by the size of the projects and can’t be satisfied by just focusing on the page in front of me.  I have a few projects that only have 2 or 4 pages done before I quit.  But doing a scrapbook style insert won out.  I loved the idea of carrying my boys around with me.  I’ve got youngish ones so they are still thrilled at the idea that mom made a handbag with them on it.  And it also is a good reminder of how much I love them when I’m about ready to kill them for being a pain while I’m shopping with them.

So I started off with the black Ziva cardstock insert.  The insert is already prepared so no additional cutting is necessary.  I printed out some of my recent photos of my boys. Luckily they both like wearing red so it was easy to coordinate colors for all of the photos that I was going to use on the insert.  I decided to keep the background plain and  accents very simple since I wanted the photos to stand out.  I cut banners from red cardstock and herringbone pattern paper.  I used postbox red ink spray to dye the pattern paper.  I added thickers to give my insert a theme “My Miracles”.   Like I said….there are days when I’m shopping with them that I might need a reminder.

Here is a view of the prepared inserts.  The top one sits around the sides and front of the handbag.  The bottom insert fits along the back of the handbag.  Then there is a felt insert that sits over the cardstock insert to make sure that the cardstock insert doesn’t get damaged by things in your handbag.


Here is a view of the completed handbag with my scrapbook style insert and a view of the handbag using one of the prepared inserts sold by Z Becky Brown.  I selected the insert that is reversible so I can use either the red  mock-crock or black hounds tooth.  I’m showing it with the red mock-crock insert.





Melyssa Connally is next on the CardMaker / Z Becky Brown blog hop.  But if you have any problems with the link, you can always click here to go back to CardMaker’s blog hop page for all of the team’s links.    Happy blog hopping!


  • Cardstock: Black Eclipse (Ziva from Z Becky Brown); Real Red (Stampin Up)
  • Pattern Paper: Herringbone Artisan Papers (Pink Paislee)
  • Accessories: Postbox Red Dylusions Ink Spray (Ranger), White Maple Thickers (American Crafts)