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Steller: The Art of Story Telling

My new obsession… Steller.

Steller was released in March of this year and I simply fell in love with making stories with it, and sharing ideas.   The App allows you to create stories with images, videos, and text in pre-designed layouts.  The layouts are limited but allow for a lot of creativity with fonts, sizes, and placement.  Additionally you can share your stories via other social media outlets after you publish them through the app.

This is my most recent story on steller called In The Sky.  It is a collection of firework pictures that I took with my iphone.  Only the last picture has been edited to make the colors really show up.

You can find my story here:  In The Sky

My new story on the Steller App!

My new story on the Steller App!

Here is a link so you can view all my stories:  My Steller Profile

While you can use the computer to browse through stories they are best viewed on the phone.   That is part of what makes the Steller app so unique.  It is a phone first medium for social sharing.

Daily I am amazed by all the talented people on Steller. I have seen people display their photography, food,  digital scrapbooking, crafts, and to bring awareness to social causes.  My personal favorites are the stories about traveling and other places and few that I have found about cats.

Some of my other stories include a very popular DIY water coloring with markers tutorial.

Water Coloring with Markers Story on Steller

Water Coloring with Markers Story on Steller

Water Coloring With Markers

I am excited to see what is next for Steller!

When you join Steller be sure find me and me let me know!

See you soon!









Tag of February : Happy Valentine’s Day

This is my Tim Holtz inspired tag of February. It is a Valentine that I made for my husband. It is our 1st Valentine’s Day as a married couple. In a few weeks we will be celebrating out 1st anniversary.  Seems like every day I find myself more in love with him.

Tag of Feb Tim Holtz Inspired from KittyCandy

I really enjoyed making a tag this month.   Not only because I made this for my husband but because I just had fun! Thanks for the inspiration Tim!

Below I have few detail pictures from the tag.

I freakin love you tag of feb from KittyCandy

The love portion has been heat embosses with white distress powder.

You're the one Feb Tag KittyCandy Paper.comInstead of chalk I used perfect pearls.  If you keep reading you can see how I did this.   I ended up trying perfect pearls because I did not have any chalk.  I did put chalk on my crafty things to get list.

Vintage earing embelishmet Feb Tag KittyCandyPaper.comThis is a vintage clip on earring that was given to me by a friend of the family.   (Thanks Anne!)

Forever Always OXOX Kittycandypaper.comLast but not least… the cute conversation stickers from Tim Holtz.  These are from the white set that I dyed with Distress Ink.

Here is my little experiment with Perfect Pearls.

First I heat embossed with clear embossing powder on black card stock.

Heat embossed stamped image on black card stock Kittycandypaper.comI selected Prefect Pearl Perfect Pearls … It was the most chalk like substance that I had in my craft room.

Perfect Pearls over clear embossing powder.

Then I used a paint brush to cover the cardstock and heat embossed stamped image with perfect pearls.

IMG_4151I kept using the brush to cover the image and as I did it just looked really stunning to me.  The experiment turned out really cool!  So much prettier than any of the photographs I was able to took.   The photos were not able to capture the shimmer.


Thanks for stopping by and looking at the blog hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day. ❤

If you are interested in making your own tag and joining in on the fun then check out Tim Holtz blog.     There is really tons of variety in this month participants!  Love all the inspiration.

Tag of January 2014

Tag of January 2014

This is my Tim Holtz Inspired tag of January 2014.  You can find Tim’s Tag and other inspirations over on his website  HERE.

It took me a while to  begin to working on the tag for this month. This is my birthday month, my birthday always makes me think of things that I want to get done before next year.  I have dedicated  this year to making time for myself, taking care of myself, cooking for myself (instead of eating out or convince eating), and finding time for the things that I love to do.  Finally over the last two weeks I have been carving out time to work on this tag and really get some crafting done.

I knew that I wanted to incorporate time into my tag I was just not sure how I was going to do it.   I used an embossing folder that had clocks with a multimedia piece of craft metal on it to get the metallic feel for the tag.   After a few days I decided that I wanted to make some butterflies out of the clock pieces.  I know it is hard to tell but here is a more detailed picture.

Butterfly made out of embossed metal.

Butterfly made out of embossed metal.

To make the butterflies I used the butterfly pair that is from mover and shaper dies.  I had a bit of trouble getting them to cut then I had trouble with them cutting to much.  (ie getting stuck into the thick plastic of the protective plates for the Vagabond.) I’ll have to do some more experimenting with shims when working with mixed media metal sheets.

Next I added some paint to the butterflies and let a little of the paint dry and then rubbed the rest off to create some dimension and make the embossing look a little deeper.

To finish the butterflies I just added some thin wire from my jewelry making supplies.   (Sorry I am not sure of the thickness of the wire.) On one of the butterflies I added three purple Swarovski’s crystal beads.

Metal butterfly with Shivorski Crystals

Metal butterfly with Shivorski’s Crystals

For the tag I started out with a white card stock tag and added some dark blue hearts with Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint using a stencil.  Next I added some Stormy Sky Distress ink over a border stencil and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to act as a resist.  (know it is hard to tell )  Then I added some more Distress Inks in blue hues.  I used Distress Ink Daubers to add Picked Raspberry in the bottom right corner and Dusty Concord at the top.   I was not really thinking to much about how much I placed the colors on the tag.   I let the tag dry and then I used a gears embossing folder to give the tag even more dimension.

There is a lot going on in this tag but the more you look at it the more you can see all the layers.

I used Tim Holt’s Chit Chat Stickers for the main sentiment and for a secondary sentiment I added a word band and attached it with wire as well and created some little wire sprongie things.

Live in the Moment Word Band from Tim Holts with wire accent.

Live in the Moment Word Band from Tim Holts with wire accent.

On the the Chit Chat Stickers I used my distress makers to make tiny dots and the boarder.  When that dried I added some perfect pearls to the words to give them some extra shimmer.   I attached the words with glossy accents.   After I was done fiddling with the placement of the words I put more glossy accents on top of the words and let it dry over night.  They now look like they have a little dome on them with sparkles inside.  I love sparkles!

To finish up the tag I died some white crinkle ribbon with Dusty Concord Distress Ink and spritzed water onto it to make the ink react and create shades of purple.

Live in the Moment Word Band from Tim Holts with wire accent. Here is to making a every day a magic memory.  =^_^=

Day 3: Texture and Dimension with Pastes

Day 3: Texture and Dimension with Pastes
Today was a lot fun. I really liked the videos for the class today and it also really made me want to get embossing paste! I was not able to find in the store anywhere so I will have to order some online.

For today class I worked with some Black Gesso and I LOVED the results!



I mad this the card background on cream cardstock, used Black Gesso over a tree bark stencil from Modge Podge and let the gesso dry.  Next I added vintage photo distress ink to color the tree bark brown.  Next I used some cute animal stamps and friendly greeting.  I cut half the deer out of the cardstock because I wanted more of the tree to show.   I attached the tree panel onto a card that was slightly smaller than the card because I thought it would be cool if hung over the edge a bit.   Then I added the stamped greeting.  It also hangs over the edge and is attached to the inside of the card.  It looks like a little tab to open the card.   This picture does not do the card justice!

Here is a closer picture to see a the dimension that the gesso adds to the card.

Black gesso over stencil from KittyCandy Paper Crafts

I have a few more projects but it was getting late so I will have to finish them another day.

Stenciled: Day 2: Template Techniques

Stenciled: Day 2: Template Techniques

These are a few projects from day two of the Stenciled from Online Card Classes.   This is an example of stamping inside of stencils.  I have used a similar stencil technique before however I like the additional technique to add some shading around the edges.

Stamping inside a stencil

My next card was inspired by today’s workshop too. I used some patterned paper that has little squares on it and it reminded me of graph paper.   I thought it would make a great graduation card.  Firstly I heat embossed the stamped images and used stencils to add stars.   To make the stars I used a black ink pen.   It looks like some professional stars scribbles.   This is my favorite card of the day.

Scribling inside a stencil