Monday, December 20, 2010


  I made this as a wedding gift but you can also make this for the holidays.  To make the flower, you will need vellum paper,white marking pen (my favorite is Uniball Signo UM-153) and rhinestones.  The Motif used was designed by Karen Taglia,. This journal can be finished within an hour!
  You will use your embossing blade and mat.  Convert your WPC file by using the ENGRAVING feature.  This will give you the lines for embossing.  I used Island for this one.  We have Engraving/Embossing tutorials on BK forum.  I used a force of 3 and 2 passes.  Vellum will rip if too much force is used.  Be sure your mat is sticky! 
  After removing from mat, take your white outline pen and just follow the embossing lines on THE BACK of motif.  After the white (or any color) dries, it's time for the rhinestones. I used a wand/iron and individually set mine. Add ribbon and stem. 

Cut inside of journal pages out and attach between cover and back .  I used organza ribbon but you can use brads if not a thick book.  Sorry I can't locate final pictures......

Thursday, December 2, 2010


This is something I made for my grand - daughter "Presley".  She is a 2 year old who loves to write but also wants to stay right next to her Mommy.  The vinyl chalkboard Princess Mirror is 3 feet in length. Perfect for her to stand or sit in her chair to write/draw.  Boss kut sells the vinyl and chalkboard vinyl. They also have Chalk Ink wet wipe markers that are fabulous!  Don't forget the rhinestones for her crown. 

What Princess ever leaves her home without a mirror?  I made this 2 sided chalkboard  mirror for her to have when she is not at home.  I cut this using .20 chipboard and covered with my cardstock. The solid side of her mirror is made using BK glitter cardstock. My settings used for my Gazelle were: 3 force and 25 knife offset.  1 pass!!  In the handle of my mirror, I added 2 jumbo paper clips to give it some additional strength. I used 2 way adhesive tape to apply the clips.  Enjoy!

Potpourri / Gift Box

Need a fast gift idea?  This is a Lattice Box design by Terri Mouw that I love to make!  I fill these with Potpourri and set on a table.  I use a lot of essentials oils and this is perfect to refresh my potpourri without it touching something directly and leaving marks. Also good to put candles in or whatever you need

I always use heavyweight double sided cardstock.   You want double sided so you don't have to cover the inside.  I cut this on my Gazelle force 2 and 1 pass. Fold on the dotted lines and glue.  On this Holiday Box, I added  a magnet on the front, rhinestones and faux silver embossed corners. You can decorate this in so many different ways and have this project done within 30 minutes! 
Judy Stark