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Harry Potter – Books from the Library

It is time for more Harry Potter! Clearly, this has become a “thing” for me. I created these two Harry Potter textbooks for our Harry Potter Trunk-or-Treat.  I popped them in the cauldron I had made for the Harry Potter party. Becuase we had the whole Trunk-or-Treat props to create, I was working on a tight deadline and so I will have to confess that I really didn’t write down supplies and tools I used to create these. That just adds to the mystery, right? However, if you have a specific question about how I created something just drop me a line. Without further ado, we enter the Hogwarts Library.

Straight from the Hogwarts library

Both books started life as blank journals. I found the larger book at a discount store and the smaller book came from my local craft store.

Dragons – created by Jennifer Miner

The Dragon book was referenced in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone where Hagrid borrowed a copy from the Hogwarts Library to learn about a dragon egg he had acquired.

I started by creating the dragon scales using a stencil and dimensional paste. I used a variety of products to get the color correct. Some paint, a little mist and finally a little Distress Stickles.

Harry Potter Inspired Textbook

Next came the “leather” portion. For this, I used heavy cardstock and more paint with a little stamping on top. Then I applied a little vaseline in a few areas and painted over the whole thing with a few shades of brown acrylic paint. I then tore the corners and adhered it to the front. I also distressed my edges to add to the whole feel.

Detail on the Dragons book

I added the corner details which were created using chipboard accents colored using Prima Marketing’s Patina kit.

More up close detail

Next, I started on the title. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the lettering from white cardstock and then I attacked it with all of my distress metallic supplies. I made two accent bands using a variety of tools and techniques.

Dragons: Breeding for Pleasure and Profit created by Jennifer Miner
To create the subheading I used my printer the wording and then I used carbon paper to transfer the words to my cardstock. I then tracked over the wording with a Sharpie pen. I knew I wouldn’t be able to recreate this on my own.
Book created by Jennifer Miner

I used a ton of different distress techniques on the book and I was really pleased with how it turned out.

Harry Potter Inspired Books handmade by Jennifer Miner

Now on to the smaller Quidditch book. The snitch in the center was created with polymer clay and gilding wax. The wings are from Tim Holtz and were colored with Pearl Alcohol Ink Metallic Mixitive. The title and shield and title were cut using my Silhouette Cameo.

Title Close-up

I used Distress Inks, paint, Crackle Paint, stain, sprays on the cover to create the work look. I also stamped a large compass to add to the effect.

Quidditch: A Complete History

I used metallic corners that I used the Patina Medium on for the corners.

Not your average library book

The metal ribbon holder and title frame are from Stampin’ Up! They are really old and have been hiding in one of my drawers for ages.

Created by Jennifer Miner

I also added metallic nailhead rhinestones and gems for just a little bling, I really love the colors on this book cover.

Inspired by Harry Potter. Quidditch book

IThe larger decorative strip is a piece of faux leather fabric leftover from my Brave costume.

Quidditch: A Complete History

I hope you enjoyed seeing my books as I had a blast experimenting and creating these. I wasn’t trying to make them match but I guess I tend to go for similar colors.

Created by Jennifer Miner

As always, thanks for popping by and checking out the latest Harry Potter addition.

Harry Potter Shadowbox

Welcome! I can’t seem to stay away from Harry Potter, not that I am complaining. Today, I have created a new project for all you Harry Potter fans – a tribute shadowbox. I am considering making these available for sale down the road. I am also working on a teacher appreciation shadow box which should be done soon.

Harry Potter Shadowbox

I created this project using my Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Studio Design Edition Software. I used only white cardstock as my base and then a ton of different tools to create the different looks.

Out of the frame – Harry Potter Shadowbox

I wish I had taken a photo of my desk when I was done, it looked like a craft bomb had gone off. I did my best to write down all of the supplies and I will list those at the end. This was so much fun to create and I had way more ideas than would fit in this 8″x10″ frame. Hedwig is my very favorite.

Harry Potter Initials

I used a lot of misting sprays and embossing powders, distress ink, Glossy Accents and PearlEx powders to pull this Harry Potter Shadowbox together.


I love how the Dobby element turned out. This was cut with my Silhouette Cameo and then the background was misted with a variety of Glimmer Mists from Tattered Angels.

Stag Patronus

I reused the stag shape I created for my Always Painting. The stage and back frame were colored with Distress Stain and the blue mat was colored with more color mists.


Above you can see Hedwig and a glimpse of the wand. Hedwig was my favorite element. I added a little Glossy Accents to her eyes.

Quote with Hogwarts

The Hogwarts quote panel was created with Distress Inks, Pearl Ex Powders and Distress Stain. The Harry panel was also created with Distress Stain, Distress Inks, and Distress Marker. The back mat was created with Embossing Powder. The Deathly Hallows Panel was done with Glimmer Mist and Silver Embossing Powder.

8″x10″ Harry Potter Shadowbox by Jennifer Miner

Overall I am happy with how this latest project turned out. I am looking forward to creating and sharing more! As always, thank you for your time!


Glimmer Mist: Purple Rain, Granite, Jack Frost, Copper, Lavender Fields, Silver Sugar, Oriental Poppy, Penny, Money Bags, Key Lime Pie – Tattered Angels

Heidi Swapp Color Shine: Black Velvet & Teal

Distress Spray: Black Soot & Peacock Feathers – Ranger

Dylusions Ink Spray: Postbox Red & London Blue – Ranger

Perfect Pearls Mist: Perfect Pearl & Bronze – Ranger

Distress Stain: Rusty Hinge, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, & Walnut Stain – Ranger

Distress Paint: Brushed Pewter – Ranger

Embossing Powder: Gold, Red, & Copper Zing – American Crafts, Copper – My Sentiments Exactly, Sterling SIlver & Clear – Stampin’ Up

Distress Marker: Aged Mahogany – Ranger

Distress Ink: Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Black Soot, Fired Brick, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, & Fossilized Amber – Ranger

Misc: Pearl Ex Powder – True Blue, VersaMark, Industrial Stamp – Stampendous, Glossy Accents – Ranger

Frame – Gunnabo – IKEA

Winter Moose Birthday Card

Today’s card is a Winter Birthday card featuring a moose. This card is for my brother whose birthday is fast approaching. It was fun to make something that is “man friendly.” I will be sharing this card with this week’s Simon Says Stamp Challenges, Winter Birthday and Be  Square. I also have a video for you.


Birthday Card by Jennifer Miner

I started with a piece of 5 in.  x 5 in. white cardstock, and using a scrap of paper with a circle punched out I inked the moon with Scattered Straw and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. I then used the negative to cover my moon so I could ink the rest of the card.

Next, I stamped the moose using VersaMark and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I then heat embossed the moose with clear embossing powder. The embossing powder protects the moose from smudging or getting any additional ink on him.

Winter Birthday Card

I then stamped the trees using Memento Ink, then using a scrap of copy paper I created a mask for the snow mounds. I randomly tore the paper and then using the stamps as a guide inked the mounds of snow using Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. Next, I  covered the snow with the copy paper so that I would be able to ink the sky.

Moonlit Moose

Then I created the sky using Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Faded Jeans Distress Inks. Once I was happy with my sky, I removed the masks and added a little snow with a white Gel Pen.  I also added a shadow under my moose with by drawing with Weathered Wood Distress Marker and then softening the ink with an Aqua Pen. Since I wasn’t using watercolor paper I quickly removed the excess water with a paper towel and then heat gun.

Created by Jennifer Miner

I trimmed my stamped panel to 4 in. x 4 in. and stamped the sentiments. Then I  added the gold and navy cardstock background. I thought I was done but it was just missing something. You guessed it, glitter! I added Crystal Stickles on the moon and the mounds of snow. Then I also added a little White Pearl Liquid Pearl on my snowflakes. That was just what this card needed and made it feel more like night. I can almost see my breath by the moonlight. Well, maybe not but the glitter really completed it.

Distress Ink Background

I think that my brother will really like this card – thank you for stopping by to check it out.


Stamps: Lovely as a Tree & Pines (Retired) – Stampin’ Up & Saying Stuff – Tim Holtz for Stampers Annonymous

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Marigold Morning – Stampin’ Up, Navy – Unknown

Ink: Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Black Soot, & Shaded Lilac Distress Ink – Ranger, Tuxedo Black Memento & VersaMark – Tsukineko

Other: Crystal Stickles – Ranger, White Pearl Liquid Pearls – Ranger, 1 1/4 in. Circle Punch – Stampin’ Up, White Gelly Roll Pen – Sakura



Copper Feather Merci Card


I so thought that I would be able to get this post up last night but I am forever underestimating the time that it takes to create videos. No worries though I am up and rolling this morning with a new card. I needed a few thank you cards and this was what I came up with!

Copper Feather Thank You card by Jennifer Miner

I will admit that I am a copper fan when it comes to metallics. I mean gold and silver are nice but I really love copper. For those of you that would like to watch the video here you are.


Stamps from Papertrey Ink

I started this card by stamping the “Merci.” This is from the Think Big Favorites #3 Mini Stamp Set. I love this font and I use it a lot. Since I was making a few of these (7) I used my MISTI which helped everything go quickly. I stamped with PTI True Black Ink and then heat embossed a few with Zing Black Glitter Finish Embossing Powder. For some reason, the embossing powder wasn’t really popping on the sentiment so I  left it off the rest. It just didn’t really add anything.

Copper & Feathers

Next, I stamped the large feather, this is from the Feather Finery Stamp Set, also from Papertrey Ink. I again used my MISTI and inked using VersaMark then heat embossed using Zing Glitter Finish in Copper Embossing Powder. This is a great embossing powder, it just really created the pop I was looking for. Then I stamped the additional four feathers using VersaMark and the regular Metallic Copper Zing Powder.

Stamps from PTI

I then added the circle stamps. These are also from the Feather Finery set and I used the large and small circles, stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed using the Gold Metallic Zing Powder.

Feathered Finery & Think Big Favs #3

I then added glitter dots using Stickle in Copper and Platinum. The last step on the stamped panel was to add the sequins. I added two gold and one silver.

Created by Jennifer Miner

I then started work on the card base. As usual, I started with Neenah Solar White base and scored it, then I used metallic copper washi tape in the front to create the background. It took just under two rolls of the tape to make seven cards. Now, normally I don’t like products that shed glitter, and this washi tape sheds a lot, but I still went with it since the overall look is awesome! Next, I mounted the stamped panel onto a piece of metallic copper cardstock and then that was added to the base using pop dots.

Copper Feather Merci Cards

That was it! I just love the feathers in copper and the variety of metallics were som much fun to work with. Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Feathered Finery & Think Big Favorites #3 Mini Stamp Set – Papertrey Ink

Ink: VersaMark – Tsukineko & True Black – Papertrey Ink

Embossing Powders – Glitter Finish Black, Glitter Finish Copper, and Metallic Copper Zing Embossing Powder – American Crafts

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Brushed Copper Cardstock – Stampin’ Up (retired)

Other: Platinum & Copper Stickles – Ranger, Gold & Silver Sequins – The Paper Source, Copper Glitter Tape – Recollections

Make it Monday – Honey Bees

Hi All!

Today I have gone for something completely different! I have created a simple card for today. This will also be posted in the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #217 Challenge. I used their Honey Bees Set and only ink and paper, oh and pop dots but that is it. Really no glitter, no eyelets, and no glimmer mist. If you have seen my cards you know that I tend to have lots of layers and lots of techniques and embellishments. Honestly, I am struggling not to add glitter to today’s card.

Make it Monday #217 Challenge
Make it Monday #217 Challenge

This card is also a different size – it measures 3.25″x3.25″. All of the paper is from Stampin’ Up in Very Vanilla and Basic Black. The bee was first stamped with Papertrey Ink Perfect Match True Black Ink and then I stamped the body with Distress Ink in Wild Honey. I mounted that to a black piece of cardstock.




Next, I stamped the honeycomb images on another piece of vanilla cardstock using Distress Ink in Scattered Straw. Then that was mounted to another piece of black cardstock. I added a tiny strip of back cardstock across the bottom. I then stamped the border with the crown image and tiny flower from Honey Bees in Scattered Straw and True Black inks. Another strip of cardstock down the side and that was it.


I am really happy with the card but it is so different from what I normally do I really want to add more!



Paper: Basic Black & Very Vanilla Cardstock – Stampin’ Up

Stamps: Honey Bees – Papertrey Ink

Ink: Perfect Match True Black Ink – Papertrey Ink, Scattered Straw & Wild Honey Distress Ink – Ranger

Misc.: Foam Adhesive – Recollections

Yellow (& Pink) Submarine

We are bracing for some serious weather in Colorado today. The basically the entire state is under a Flash Flood Warning – so it seemed appropriate for me to share my submarine cards! I love the Beatle’s Yellow Submarine. It was on one of my daughter’s children’s music CDs, which we listened to a lot when she was little. I can even remember singing it in elementary school music class.

A special love submarine
A special love submarine

I really like this card, it makes me happy. I made a similar one for my Sister-in-Law for Valentine’s Day.

Who wouldn't want to live on such a cute submarine?
Who wouldn’t want to live on such a cute submarine?

I cut the basic shape using my Silhouette Cameo. The propeller, periscope and body stripe were created using scrap paper. The hearts were adhered with pop-dots and colored with Red Stickles. The windows get their shine from Diamond Glaze. the rivets were added with a Zig Pen. The only down side of Diamond Glaze is that it requires patience – I find that I have to walk out of the room to avoid messing with it once I put it on the card.

Gotta love those bubbles!
Gotta love those bubbles!

The bubbles a were created with a hole punch and coated with Liquid Pearls.


Paper: Nennah Solar White, Night of Navy, Marigold Morning, Real Red & Basic Blakc – Stampin’ Up

Ink: Tea Dye Distress Ink – Ranger

Misc.: Diamond Glaze – Judi Kins, 05 Zig Memory Pen, Red Stickles, Pop-Dots – Recollections, White Opal Liquid Pearls – Ranger

Once my daughter saw the yellow submarine she demanded requested that we make a pink and purple submarine, and here she is!

So girly!
So girly!

For this submarine I sponged the teal background with teal ink. The submarine was stamped with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. The periscope, rudder, portholes and nose cone were embellished with purple Stickles. Once the Stickles were dry I coated the portholes, rudder, and periscope with Diamond Glaze. I added pink Stickles to the outside of the portholes and the top of the submarine. I think that she is fabulous.

Glitter and  gems
Glitter and gems under the waves


Paper – Nennah Solar White, Misc. Cardstock from the stash

Ink – Versamark Ink, Pink Passion – Stampin’ Up

Stamps: Summer Soiree – Fancy Pants Designs

Misc.: Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up, Gems – TPC Studio, Diamond Glaze – Judi Kins, Pop-Dots – Recollections, Cotton Candy & Purple – Stickles

Hopefully we’ll get through this next storm with not too much rain – only time will tell.



Woodland Baby Shower Favors

Good Evening!

I hosted a baby shower yesterday for a good friend who is expecting twins! We had a great turn-out and packed our house. All of the guests are fellow riders and we all know each other pretty  well.  Other than nearly slicing off the tip of my middle finger off with a mandolin it was a great party. Lots of work but a really nice time.

Since one baby is a boy and one a girl I needed a gender-neutral theme. I went with a Woodland baby shower but I did get some ideas from fairy themed parties. I love Pinterest and I found a lot of great ideas there. Generally when I start a project like this I start a new board and just pin away. I like having a central location where I can keep my inspiration. Of course, you can’t do everything you see but it gives me a place to start.

Tonight, I am going to share the favors I made of the party. I wanted to make something personal and memorable. True soap making starts with lye and is pretty intense, this is not the type of soap making I get involved in. With pets and an almost five-year old daughter running around I try and stay away from things that are caustic. I purchased three packages of goat’s milk soap base which made 24 bars of soap. I only purchased one mold which made fours bars at a time so I made the soap in small batches. In hindsight, I really should have bought at least one more mold so I could do eight at a time because it took a full day to make the soap four at a time. I also ended up having to make four additional favors when I thought that I was done because we had some late RSVPs. You cannot remove the soap from the mold until it is totally cool which took close to two hours. I mangled a few bars trying to remove them too early.Once you gradually melt the soap you add the scent and colorant, then pour it into the molds. I had purchase colorant that said it was purple but actually turned out more pink. I had made soap before and found some old soap dye that was red and blue in my stash which allowed my to have more control the color. So, half were a little more pink and the other half were a really nice lavender color.

Once I made the soap I packaged each in a plastic bag added a wired burlap and lace ribbon and a small 1/8 ribbon over that. Each soap was then placed in a small brown bag that was topped with a tiny clothespin embellished with a small sunflower. I added tags that I stamped with a fox stamp and tied with baker’s twine. The tags were cut with my Silhouette Cameo, I also added a little eyelet to each. I thought that they turned out pretty cute and the guests seemed to appreciate them.

In progress photo of the favors for the Woodland Baby Shower
In progress photo of the favors for the Woodland Baby Shower
The final product
The final product

If you make these ahead of time they weren’t too bad on the time and cost front. If you were running out of time you could easily put purchased soap or another small item in the bag.  I bought the paper bags, clothespins, ribbon and sunflowers 50% off which helped a lot on the cost. The little sunflowers are on stickers, the adhesive wasn’t great and some of the adhesive disks stuck to the sheet when I tried to pull them off and those I just glued on. The eyelets, baker’s twine, 1/8 ” ribbon, plastic bags and paper for the tags all came from my stash. The fox stamp was from Michaels and was stamped with Pumpkin Pie ink from Stampin’ Up, the “Thanks” is from Papertrey Ink’s Mixed Messages.

I have lots more to share from the party! I’ll admit that I haven’t taken the decorations down yet but maybe tomorrow. 🙂

Good night all!