Monday, October 31, 2011

A 2nd HYCCT Challenge card!

Hi, everyone!!
This is my 2nd post for the day.  If you'd like to see another HYCCT card, please click the "Home" button and then scroll right below this post.



This card is also another Hope You Can Cling To 2011 card.

It's called.................
Sometimes after a rough day we just need to "treat ourselves" to something decadent and yummy and delicious - or maybe try something a little unique....

Think cupcakes, candies, fruits, cookies, drinks, and chocolate! Yummy edibles that have a touch of pink (any shade) are our treats!
Even veggies can be pink - I think I might like eggplant a lot more if it were pink spotted!

I just love that little pink cupcake! Too fun!

Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
2011 Birthday Tags stamp set
Double Ended Banner die
Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Circles die
Doily Details die
Stampin' up patterned paper - Sending Love (retired)
Sweet Blush & Vintage Cream cardstock
Pure Poppy ink
Copic markers - R83 & R85



Thanks for stopping by today!

A Birthday Hope You Can Cling To card!

Hi, everyone!!


This card is also another Hope You Can Cling To 2011 card.

It's called.................
Happy Birthday!
You were to simply make a Birthday Card to bring a smile to someone's life.

I absolutely love these bloom builders dies.  Add a pack of gorgeous patterned paper and you have a knock-out card!


Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Verve - Happy Thoughts stamp set
Bloom Builder #3 die
Boy Basics: Simple circles die
American Crafts patterned paper - Happy Go Lucky
Sweet Blush  cardstock
Sweet Blush 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon
Rustic Cream Button Twine
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Various buttons



Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

It's another HYCCT card for today!

Hi, everyone!
I'm back for a 2nd card today, so if you didn't see my first for the Outlawz CAS challenge, please click the "Home" button and scroll down under this post!

So, here's another Hope You Can Cling To 2011 card!

This challenge was called.........

I'm betting that it doesn't take much to understand what this challenge was all about.....lol  You simply had to use pink ribbon on your card for this one!  Easy-Peasy!

I love pink and aqua and these colors look just awesome with snowflakes!!!


I also made this card using the CAS-ual Friday #26 Challenge which was a sketch this week!



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Tremendous Treats: Christmas stamp set
Tiny Treats: Christmas stamp set
Snowfall stamp set
Aqua Mist, Sweet Blush and Stamper's Select White cardstock
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Filigree embossing powder - White
Smooch - Illuminate (on the scarf, but difficult to see in pic)
Wrights ribbon - Pink Pom-Pom
Versamark ink 
Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black



Thanks for stopping by today!

It's an Outlawz CAS Challenge Kind of Day!!!

Good Morning, all of my Outlawz buddies!
It's another CAS challenge for your upcoming week.  And, do you want to know the best part???

It's an "Anything Goes" week!!!  

I chose to go with a PINK theme in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month........but, feel free to head over to the Outlawz CAS challenge and make any CAS card that you would like!

I just love this turquoise with the pink.  And the fun whimsy, froo-frooey ribbon is perfect!


This card is also another Hope You Can Cling To 2011 card.
It's called.................
 
I am challenging you to
make a Humorous CAS (Clean And Simple) creation with just a splash of pink.


Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Skipping Stones Designs - Cancer Schmancer stamp set
We R Memory Keepers patterned paper - Tiffanys
The Girls' Paperie market trims - Vintage Whimsy
Raspberry Fizz & Stamper's Select White cardstock
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black



Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

It Touches All of Us - HYCCT2011 card

Hello, everyone!


This is super quick post with another Hope You Can Cling To 2011 card.  For this challenge, you were to create a card that has a pink collage! Use the photos below for inspiration, and do a collage in any of the following ways:

Traditional collage
Unique collage-the Serendipity technique!
Inchies collage


I chose a traditional collage and used shades of pink and purple.

To make my collage I started off by heat embossing the bras on glossy cardstock.  Next I applied distress inks in splotches all over the bras, then using a paper towel, I buffed the ink into the paper and off of the embossing.  Next, I heat set the background panel and finally used the "French Writing" stamp on top of the images and heat set it again.  Very carefully, I used a baby wipe to remove the ink from the bras.  It sounds harder than it actually was.......and I had so much fun creating the collage!


Materials (All PTI, unless otherwise stated):
Skipping Stones Design - Bras Vol. 1 stamp set
Hero Arts stamp - Old French Writing
Photo Finishers: Holiday stamp set & die
Tim Holtz distress ink - Worn Lipstick, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, and Vintage Photo
VersaMark ink - Clear





Thanks so much for visiting me today! 

Friday, October 28, 2011

HYCCT1121 & CPS card!

Hello, everyone!!!

Here's another Hope You Can Cling To 2011 card!


Here's the challenge............

Breast cancer isn't picky, it doesn't care what size your ta-tas are--the physical and emotional toll it takes is enormous, regardless. And, although it's rare, it also attacks children. So, when I saw this slogan on a breast cancer awareness site I knew that was what I wanted to do. Let's "support" them all by using two sizes of any geometric shape on your project: Circles, rectangles, squares, ovals, you choose, just use two sizes!

I just received this Breast Cancer stamp set from PTI this past week.  It's entitled Faith & Hope and I can see using it often for this card and for the Relay for Life cards that I make for my nephew.

I ended up using 2 sizes of rectangles and 2 sizes of circles for this card.  I just love that fern stamp in the background.


I'm also entering this into the Card Positioning Systems #241 Sketch Challenge.



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Faith and Hope stamp set and die
Stampin' Up patterned paper - Sending Love (retired)
Nesties - Standard Circles and Classic Scalloped Circles (Small)
Sweet Blush & Vintage Cream cardstock
Raspberry Fizz & Spring Moss ink
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black



Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

More HYCCT cards!!!

Hi, everyone!!
This is my 2nd post for the day.  If you'd like to see another HYCCT card, please click the "Home" button and then scroll right below this post.


This card is also another Hope You Can Cling To 2011 card.
It's called.................
We all know how heart-warming it is to open our mailbox and find a beautiful hand-made creation inside. It brightens our day in a way that nothing else can. For my challenge, simply make a card of encouragement and hope, and send a little sunshine today!

I just got the Faith & Hope stamp set from PTI this week.  You have to click to enlarge this picture so you can read this awesome sentiment. It's one of my favorites.

and.........
I'm also entering this into the MFT #43 Sketch Challenge.


Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Faith & Hope stamp set & die
Stampin' Up patterned paper - Sending Love (retired)
Sweet Blush and Vintage Cream cardstock
VersaMagic ink - Pixie Dust
VersaFine ink - Satin Red and Onyx Black



Thanks for stopping by today!

I will Survive HYCCT card

Hello, everyone!!!


Here's another  "Hope You Can Cling To 2011" challenge card. 

Year after year, the number of women/men who survive breast cancer increases tremendously. Breast cancer touches every family and doesn't make exclusions

You will see a sea of pink in October, but maybe we should add some PURPLE for the survivors. Not only did they fight the good fight and WIN, but they blazed a trail for those of us who may one day walk that path.


Your challenge to day is to make an encouraging card/project using any shade of purple.

Nothing like purple on purple!!!  I hadn't gotten to play with my new Flower Fusion set from PTI, and it fit this sketch perfectly!


I'm also entering this into the Clean & Simple #163 Sketch Challenge.



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Flower Fusion #8 stamp set & die
Year of Flowers: Violets (sentiment)
Lavender Moon & Stamper's Select White cardstock
Tim Holtz distress ink - Seedless Preserves
VersaFine - Onyx Black
We R Memory Keepers 1/2" corner rounder punch


Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Another HYCCT card!!!

Here's another quick post with another Hope You Can Cling To 2011 card!!!This is my 2nd post of the day, so if you'd like to see another HYCCT card, please click the "Home" button and scroll down below this post.

So the name of this challege is.........

Make a project that features bees, a bee-friendly scene (preferably with bees present, like a flower garden w/ bees), or the color yellow!


Love this honeycomb patterned paper!
I think my favorite part of this card is the big poofy ribbon.......lol


Materials (All PTI, unless otherwise stated):
Honey Bees stamp set
Honey Bees Sentiments stamp set
Happy Trails stamp set
MFT - Well Worn dies
Echo Park patterned paper - Country Drive
Pink Patterns patterned paper
Simply Chartreuse cardstock
Berry Sorbet 5/8" grosgrain ribbon
VersaFine ink – Onyx Black
Simply Chartreuse ink




Thanks so much for visiting me today! 

Find Your Happy Place HYCCT2011 Challenge

Good Morning!


Here is another card for the "Hope You Can Cling To 2011" challenges this year.

It's called.................
 

Every now and again, we all need to get away, either mentally or physically SOMEWHERE.  You can use the colors, the smells, the scene, or something you think about while you are there. The sky is the limit! Post a link to a photo if you'd like, or keep it secret to yourself. The goal is make something to bring a smile to the recipient's face, just like your happy place brings a smile to yours.

Hmmmmmmmm????  Anyone know where my happy place is???
Those of you who read my blog and know that I've coined the phrase "Campin' Stampin' " know that my favorite place is our river lot along the Juniata River in PA.  While there this last weekend, most of the leaves have fallen from the trees and only the pine trees are green.  That's where I got the inspiration for this card.

I didn't want to go "Christmas-y" with it, so I figured that this might bring a smile to a patient that needs to send a card in the middle of winter.  It will be the perfect fit.

I'm also entering this into the CAS-ual Friday #25 Challenge.



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Impression Obsession - Starry Tree stamp
the {stamps} of life - standup4setiments stamp set
American Krafts ribbon - Campy Trails
Pinefeather, Harvest Gold and Rustic Cream cardstock
Pinefeather button
Jute Twine
Smooch - Illuminate
Martha Stewart glitter glue - Carrara Marble
Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
Vintage Cream ink
Filigree embossing powder - Clear
Copic markers - E 17/18, Y18, YG67



Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Skipping Stones Designs #99 Sketch Challenge

Good Morning, everyone!!!

Welcome to SSD's Sketch Challenge 99!

Here is Christina Kowalczyk's last sketch for October.  I don't know about you, but I will definitely miss her CAS style and wonderful inspiration.  

Also, finishing up this last week of October are our 3 very talented guest designers.........Tammy Tutterow, Andrea Ewen and Karen Christensen.  These ladies are so, so talented and I'm sure you'll want to see what they've made their final week.

Every month SSD has a "Featured Stamp Set of the Month" and this month they are featuring Wise Men and Christmas Swirls.  Along with the "feature" comes an awesome price.  You can get both sets for $12.49 each!!!!  Run on over to the SSD store because you only have about a week left to get that price on these gorgeous sets.


Here's what I created for you using Christmas Swirls and Sketch #99!
Something simple is just perfect.  Don't you think?  I just absolutely love this huge swirly ornament! 

Another awesome aspect of this set is the fantastic complimentary inside sentiments for each large image.  They work so perfectly for your Christmas cards.

Are you ready to play along?
Here's this week's Skipping Stones #99 Sketch:


I started you off with our sketch designer and guest DTs above.......but don't forget to check out the SSD design team and take a look at all of their beautiful work!




I can't wait to see what you create this week!!!

Materials Used (All PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Skipping Stones Design - Christmas Swirls stamp set
Stylish Sentiments: Holiday
Pure Poppy, Silver and Stamper's Select White cardstock
Half & Half die
The Twinery twine - Maraschino
VersaFine ink - Crimson Red & Onyx Black
We R Memory Keepers - 3/8" Corner punch




HAPPY STAMPING!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Another Hope You Can Cling To 2011 card!

Hello, again!!!
This is my 2nd post of the day, so if you want to see the Squigglefly challenge for this week, just click the "Home" button and then scroll down to the post below this one.


This is another card that I made this weekend in order to catch up on the HYCCT challenges.

It's called.................
 

"HOPE" makes me think of looking up and to the future! The dictionary says it's looking forward with expectation! And things ARE lookin' up for the future - survival rates are better than ever before and research is bringing better and more effective treatments on the scene! Our challenge today is to make a card with things we can see when lookin' up! Let your creativity run loose with butterflies, birds, bees, ladybugs, balloons, airplanes, clouds, sky, stars, sun, rainbows, sunsets, mountains...you get the idea!

Since we were camping......one of my favorite things to do is "look up" at all the birds!  That makes this image just perfect for this challenge.


I'm also entering this into the Play Date Cafe #104 Color Challenge.



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Little Bitty Bird stamp set
Winterberry stamp set
Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients cardstock - Avocado
Autumn Rose & Stamper's Select White cardstock
Spring Moss ink
Memento ink - Rich Cocoa
Copic markers - RV32/34 and Y13



Thanks for stopping by AGAIN today!

Squigglefly Challenge #121 - Thank You

Good morning!!!

Are you ready for a fantastic Squigglefly challenge for this week?
It's an easy one!

Thank - You!
All you have to do is create a thank-you card.  Now, most would be thinking fall, Thanksgiving and turkeys with this challenge at this time of year.  But, my mind is constantly thinking pink with Breast Cancer Awareness..........so here's the card I created for you today!


In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I decided to use Heartful Wreath from Lynne Stansbery.

I'm not sure if you can see it, but if you click to enlarge I used Liquid Pearls in Bisque to add some bling.

Squigglefly also has a guest designer this week......Kathy Bradley!!!  You'll have to go check out her creation on the Squigglefly Blog.  And then.......go to her blog and give her some love!  ;-)

Finally..........Would you like a chance to earn some mega images from Squigglefly???
They are hosting a Mega Givaway!

Here are the details:
It's close to Halloween, and we'd like to give away a "bag full of treats" to three lucky people!

From now until October 31st, every digi purchase at Squigglefly.com will automatically enter the buyer into a drawing for one of three prizes! The winners will be announced on November 1st US CST right here on the Squigglefly blog.

1st prize - $50 of free digis from Squigglefly.com
2nd prize - $35 of free digis from Squigglefly.com
3rd prize - $20 of free digis from Squigglefly.com

Each digi purchased will result in one entry for that buyer. For instance, if a single purchase contains three images, the buyer will receive THREE entries for that purchase.

What better excuse to go shopping? See you at the store, and good luck! :)

I'm also entering this card into the I{heart}2stamp October Sketch Challenge. This will also be one of the Hope You Can Cling To 2011 entries entitled Brave Heart.


Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Squigglefly Digital Stamps - Heartful Wreath
Tag-Its #6 stamp set (sentiment)
Stampin' Up patterned paper - Sending Love (retired)
Vintage Cream cardstock
Taylored Expression's Key Ingredients ribbon
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Tim Holtz distress ink - Spun Sugar
Liquid Pearls - Bisque
Copic markers - YG63/67, R29, RV34, and E81
We R Memory Keepers - 3/8" Corner Rounder punch
Cuttlebug embossing folder





Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

HYCCT1111 - Fight Like a Girl

Hello, again!!!
This is my 2nd post of the day, so if you want to see a wonderful announcement and 2 more cards, click the "Home" button and then scroll down to the post below this one.


I just got home from a camping weekend and couldn't wait to get caught up on some "Hope You Can Cling To 2011" challenges.  Well, I sure did that!  I made 7 cards this afternoon.  And after this blog post goes up, I'll schedule all of the rest of them for later in the week.  You'll have lots of eye-candy comin' your way!

First up.................

Flowers, lace, glitter, bling, pearls, ribbons.....I adore all things girlie! So my challenge to you is to FIGHT LIKE A GIRL, and create a card or project with some girlie embellishments on there!

I know that you have seen this image before, but I just love this little freebie Shy Bear from Squigglefly Digital Images.  It's called: Shy Bear: Caring Bear and it's drawn by Lynne Stansbery.

My "girlie" embellishments are flowers, bling, the bow in Shy Bear's hair and, of course, PINK!


I'm also entering this into the Freshly Made #7 Sketch Challenge.



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Squigglefly Digital Stamps - Shy Bear: Caring Bear
Stampin' Up patterned paper - Sending Love (retired)
Nesties - Classic Ovals, Large & Small
Eyelet Lace die
Beautiful Blooms II - #3 die
Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush & Stamper's Select White cardstock
Copic markers - R20/81/83, RV25 and E17/18



Thanks for stopping by AGAIN today!

Exciting News to Share!!!!

Good morning, everyone!!!!
I've got some fun and exciting news to share with all of you!
I've gotten asked to join the wonderful team of designers over at the Outlawz forum!!!  

Honestly, I was totally blown away and excited when I got an email from Colleen (the founder) to join the CAS team (Clean and Simple).  These ladies have a top notch forum, and I am so honored to be working with them.  
The first thing you'll notice is all of the challenges they have along with FANTASTIC sponsors (Can you say Oozaks???  ***swoon***).  There is a challenge every day of the week with all kinds of options......CAS, Greeting Cards, Copic Markers, Color challenges, Sketch challenges.......etc.  You get the idea.  Seriously, go and check them out if you are in need of something a bit different.  You won't be disappointed.
So, on that note...........
Starting today and running until October 29th is the CAS challenge in which you are to use a leaf image on your Clean & Simple card.

I chose to pull out my favorite PTI leaf stamp sets and combine them with the woodgrain impression plate.  Such easy and quick cards that are ready to mail.  All done in about 20 mins. 
Gotta love that!!!  ;-)
 
I absolutely fell in love with the new Harvest Gathering DCWV mat stack.  This plaid paper has been calling to me for over 2 weeks.  I finally got to use it on the gorgeous die-cut leaf.

If you click to enlarge either picture, you really get to see the woodgrain impression so much better.

Please consider entering this week's CAS challenge.
I'd love to see what you create!!!
 

BTW......If you would help joining the NING site or navigating around the forum, please shoot me an email.  I'd be happy to explain anything that seems confusing.


Materials (All PTI, unless otherwise stated):
Leaf Prints stamp set and dies
Falling Leaves stamp set (sentiment) 
Double Ended Banner die
Woodgrain impression plate
DCWV patterned paper - Harvest Gathering mat stack
Kraft & Summer Sunrise cardstock
Dark Chocolate ink
Vintage Buttons Mix - Autumn
Jute Button Twine



Thanks so much for sharing my good news!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Lovely Snowflake cards!!!

I bet you think it's snowing outside since I have more Christmas cards!
Truth is.......I bet the snow WILL be flying before we know it........***sigh***

I will admit that when I go "Stampin' Campin', "  I do tend to CASE cards (copy and steal everything), because it is just too difficult to pack for "creative freedom."  So, going with an idea and materials is a big, big help.

I have to tell you that when I saw Marlo's Christmas cards using the new Damask Snowflake dies, I knew that these would be easy to mass produce and be easy to mail this holiday.  So, I have to give credit where credit is due........Please check out her blog post with the card that gave me so much inspiration to just run with a ton of these.  You can find it HERE!


Love these snowflakes!
You can't see it in this picture, but I used Tim Holtz's Rock Candy Distress Stickles over the top of the snowflakes and you should see how much they shine!  They are so beautiful in real life.  Try clicking to enlarge the photo and you may be able to see it on the burgundy snowflake.


Materials (All PTI, unless otherwise stated):
Stylish Sentiments: Holiday stamp set
Damask Snowflake dies
Basic Grey patterned paper - Eskimo Kisses
Kraft, Autumn Rose, and Pure Poppy cardstock
LSS - Cream cardstock
VersaFine ink – Onyx Black
Tim Holtz Distress Stickles - Rock Candy



Thanks so much for visiting me today! 

Friday, October 21, 2011

HYCCT1110 and Card Patterns challenges

Hello, everyone!
It's FRIDAY!!!  FRIDAY!!!  FRIDAY!!!

This is super quick post with another Hope You Can Cling To 2011 card.  For this challenge, you were to create a card with pink and ribbon with a friendship theme.  This Stampingbella stamp was just perfect for this challenge!


Please click to enlarge so you can see all the wonderful colors and cute ribbon.  Love this image and it was so quick to color!


I'm entering this into the Card Pattern's #137 Sketch Challenge.



Materials (All PTI, unless otherwise stated):
Stampingbella - Javabellas stamp
Fillable Frames #11 stamp set (sentiment)
Pink Paislee patterned paper - Pop Fashion
Nesties - Standard Circles & Classic Scalloped Circles small
Sweet Blush cardstock
Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients ribbon & pink cardstock
Misc. button
DMC floss
Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Copic markers - G17/94/99, B21/23, E00/18/55/81/99, C3/9, RV11/25/29




Thanks so much for visiting me today! 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tips & Tricks Thursday - Making Your Own Wrinkled Ribbon

Hi, everyone!

This is Stephanie and I'm here for Skipping Stones Design's Tips & Tricks Thursday!!!

Today I'm going to show you two ways to make your very own wrinkled ribbon to match your cards,  scrapbooking pages and paper projects.



 You'll need the following items:
  • Seam Binding that is 100% Rayon 
  • Copic markers
  • Distress inks
  • Spritzer bottle (tiny)
  • Heat gun
  • Disposable container that you won't mind ever using again
  • Disposable gloves

I absolutely love Hug Snug's seam binding.  You can use any neutral color such as white or cream and it won't affect your results.


Using Copic markers to color your ribbon:
I like to use my Copic swatch book to try to match the patterned paper of my card to the colors I have on hand.  This makes it a little easier to match the ribbon to the project.
Next.......Simply color a length of the seam binding with your Copic marker.  I use the broad tip end so that I don't mess up my point on the other end.  This only takes a few minutes, but be sure to have your workspace covered so you don't get ink everywhere.
Next scrunch your ribbon up in your hand while wearing a disposable glove or you will have very inky hands.  I usually really squeeze it together holding it tight for a few seconds.
Finally, using your heat gun, dry the ribbon (not too close) while constantly turning and scrunching it as you go.  This usually takes less than a minute since the Copic doesn't totally saturate the seam binding.




Using Distress inks to color your ribbon:

Once again, I like to use my Distress ink chart to see which color will match most closely to my project.  In this case, I decided on Victorian Velvet.
Next, put 2 full droppers of ink into the little spritzer and then fill the rest of the bottle with water.  If you would like your color more saturated, you can add 3-4 droppers.  I use a disposable container that I wipe out all of the time to do my spritzing.  This allows me to wipe up the extra pools of inky water with the seam binding and prevent it from getting on to my workspace.  Spritz the ink/water mixture over a length of seam binding, making sure to not spray it everywhere (don't ask me how I know  ***rolls eyes***), and sop up all the ink making sure to cover all areas of the ribbon.  If you want a tie-dyed or marbled look use less ink, and don't squish and squeeze the ribbon as much.
Once again, scrunch that ribbon up tightly for a really nice "wrinkled" look. 
Again, use your heat gun to dry the seam binding.  If you use this method it does take longer to dry than it does using the Copics because the seam binding is really saturated with color and water.  Make sure it is thoroughly dried before attaching it to your project.
Finally, attach your seam binding to your project and you have a perfectly coordinated wrinkled ribbon!



Thanks so much for joining me today!  
Be sure to check back at the Skipping Stones Design blog every Thursday to learn something new!


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