Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sympathy Willow

Hi, everyone!


 Just a really quick post for a really quick and easy card to make!



I'm using this card for the i{heart}2stamp November Challenge.  As always, Jen has the most versatile sketches and I love playing along monthly!


Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Willow stamp set
Imaginisce patterned paper - Apple Cider
Fine Linen and Ripe Avocado cardstock
VersaFine ink - Vintage Sepia & Spanish Moss
Misc. pearl embellishments



Happy Stampin'!!!



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

SSD's #104 Sketch Challenge!

Good Morning, everyone!!!

Welcome to SSD's Sketch Challenge #104 and the last sketch by the wonderful Chan Vuong!
Her sketches have really been wonderful to work with this month!

This is also the last time this month that you'll be seeing all of the wonderful ribbons, brads and brackets that Creative Impressions donated to the wonderful DT to use. I'm sure you'll see me use more of it on future cards, but until then, you'll have to go check out their site to see what other cute items they have to offer.


Here's my card using Chan's awesome last sketch and ribbon from Creative Impressions!
Non-traditional colors but WOW am I happy with how this turned out!

This cute sentiment really plays off the words on the front panel.  Click to enlarge so you can see the sentiment.


Are you ready to play along?
Here's this week's Skipping Stones #104 Sketch:

Joining us again for their final week this month are Jimmi Mayo, Betsy Veldman and our honorary DT is Jessica Griffin.  These wonderful ladies created some show-stoppers, so be sure to give them some love.  After you check out their blogs, you'll want to take a peek at the other Skipping Stones DT blogs to see what they have created!
Jennifer Ingle

I can't wait to see what you come up with this week!!!

I also used this card for CR84FN #43 Color Challenge! This was a challenge since I wanted to make a Christmas card using them.......but, I am loving the results for this one!



Materials Used:
Skipping Stones Design - Christmas Swirls stamp set
 Skipping Stones Design - Timeless Textures stamp set
PTI cardstock - Fine Linen, Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate
Nesties - Standard Circles and Classic Scalloped Circles (both small)
Creative Impressions ribbon
Sizzix embossing folder - Snow Globe
Memento ink - Cottage Ivy
VersaFine ink - Vintage Sepia




HAPPY STAMPING!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Stamping Only Christmas Card (No coloring)!

Hi, everyone!
This is my 2nd post of the day!  If you want to see the altered ornament that I also posted today, just click the "Home" tab at the top and scroll down below this post.  You don't want to miss that post!


 Just a really quick post for a really quick and easy card to make!

Who knew that NOT coloring could be so beautiful???

I absolutely love this inside sentiment!


I'm using this card for a few challenges this week.

Paper and Such has unique challenges and this one had me stumped for a few days.  You were only allowed to stamp, not color any of your images.  I'm glad I tried it because this card turned out beautiful.. 

CASE Study Challenge #67 is a brand new challenge blog for me.  For their challenges, you get to CASE some of the most talented card makers out there.  This week they were paying tribute to Kryssi Ng. I absolutely loved playing along with this challenge this week because I just love Kryssi's work!


Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Big & Bold Wishes: Holiday stamp set
Year of Flowers: Poinsettia stamp set
Sizzix embossing folder - Swiss Dots
Stamper's Select White cardstock
Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Club - Red Velvet ribbon
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Pure Poppy ink
We R Memory Keepers - 1/2" corner rounder punch



Have a happy stampin' kind of week!!!



Altered Holiday Ornament!

Good morning, everyone!

I have a treat for you today!

In July a crafty friend and I went to a stamping store about 40 miles away.  While there, we saw these most gorgeous ornaments and we both tried so hard to find out how they made them.  I bought one of the stamps that the store had that I needed to make them, and then went looking online for the others.  I found them and a tutorial from Outline Rubber Stamps.  You can find their tutorial HERE.  There are so many tutorials on their site, you'll have to check those out, too!

Well, obviously, since you are reading this post, I bought everything needed to make my own as gifts this year.  

Here is how one turned out!
I'm so excited with these "toppers!"  My plan is to glitter up the 3 pieces needed for one ornament every night until I have 8 of them made.  Letting them set over night with all of the glitter glue was just the perfect amount of time to let them dry completely.

Here is just one of the ornaments I chose to go with the toppers I was making.  As soon as I saw the swirly gold glitter, I knew they would match the toppers I was making.


I'm off to do more cutting so I can have these all prepared and ready to go!  I did not include a materials list for these because the linked tutorial above has all that you need.  If you have specific questions, just contact me through the tab above or post your question in the comments.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the ornaments today!
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday CAS Challenge - Outlawz Style!!!

Good morning, everyone!
Happy Sunday to you!

I'm here to post the new Outlawz CAS challenge for this week!

Your challenge this week.....
 "Accentuate the Negative" - This week's challenge is to use the negative portion of a die cut or punch on your card!


Here are my Accentuate the Negative cards!

I made 4 of these snowflake cards using Hawaiian Shores cardstock.  They were so quick and simple to make!



I also did 4 of the snowflake cards using Blueberry Sky cardstock.  All 8 cards took me less than 40 minutes.




Please join us at the Outlawz for this fun challenge.  You can also find other challenges for EVERY day of the week.  When you submit each of your entries with the Inlinkz  tab, at the end of every month there are huge prizes to be won!!!  Go check it out!!!



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Think Big Favorites #8 stamp set
Tag-It's #8 stamp set
Photo Finishers: Holiday stamp set
Damask Snowflake dies
Hawaiian Shores, Blueberry Sky and Stamper's Select White cardstock
Brilliance ink - Starlite Silver (on Hawaiian Shores cards)
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black (on Blueberry Sky cards)
Fresh Snow ink
Filigree embossing powder - White
Jolee's Boutique - Snowflake Repeats embellishments


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



Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

It's Time for Christmas LIGHTS!!!

Hello, friends!!!
Have you recovered from Black Friday shopping?
I'm not one to venture out to the stores, I prefer cyber Monday......lol



Recently, I was reading some of the posts on the PTI forum and was looking for some inspiration for one layer cards that are easy to mail (with no extra postage).  I totally fell in love with Michele's card.  She always inspires me with her clean crisp designs. 

I wanted to make it a little different, so using another older stamp set, I came up with the following.  What's funny is that I saw the top card in her post through a flickr stream and did not know how to do the embossing like she did, so I went for the PTI Framed stamp set, instead.  When I went hunting for her post with her card in it so that I could give her the credit, right below her first card was something similar to what I came up with.  I love knowing that I am thinking like someone as talented as Michele!!!



Ready for some lights?
Just a bit traditional, but so much fun!

Something that Michele did that I totally loved was use Stickles on the lights.  Perfect idea!




Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Holiday Lights stamp set
Framed stamp set
Stamper's Select White cardstock
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
VersaMagic ink - Red Magic
Brilliance ink - Starlite Silver
Studio G. ink - Yellow Gold
ColorBox ink - Evergreen
Studio G. glitter glue - Red and Green
Stickles - Golden Rod




Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Blue Christmas

Hello, friends!!!

Recently, I was reading some of the posts on the PTI forum and I found a link to Nichole's Holiday Card Making 101 post back in 2009.  I totally fell in love with Dawn's McVey's card and had almost everything needed to CASE and mass produce it.  
So, I was in another "Christmas Card Making" mood on Sunday and whipped up 18 of these in about 3 hours.  There are some subtle differences due to lack of materials, but I think they turned out awesome!


Love the colors of this card!
I tried out my new Epoxy Circles on the ornaments and they look so awesome!

Here's the inside sentiment with another favorite PTI Christmas set!



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Tree Trimming Trio stamp set
Fillable Frames #4 stamp set & die
Stylish Sentiments: Holiday stamp set
Sizzix embossing folder - Powdered Sugar
Spring Rain ribbon - Swiss Dots
Enchanted Evening & Stamper's Select White cardstock
Epoxy Circle embellishments
Tim Holtz distress ink - Chipped Sapphire
Fresh Snow ink
VersaMark ink
Brilliance ink - Galaxy Gold




Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy 
Thanksgiving,
everyone!!!

 I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you are safe in your travels.  Enjoy the time spent with family, loved ones and crafting (had to put that in there....lol)!




I'll be back tomorrow with some wonderful cards to share!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Another Cancer card

Hello, friends!!!


As much as I hate creating these cards, I'm so happy that I have this Faith & Hope set from PTI.  I used it a lot last month for the "Hope You Can Cling To 2011" card drive, but since then, I've had several friends ask me to make cards for them because a loved one has been diagnosed with this horrible disease.

Here's my most recent card for someone suffering with lung cancer. 
I couldn't wait to use my new Cover Plate die from PTI's latest release!

When I looked up the ribbon for lung cancer, I found out that it is "pearl".  Now, how does a stamper stamp in pearl???  The closest thing I could come up with is die cut the ribbon from PTI's shimmer cardstock which does have a "pearl-y" sheen to it.

Here's the inside with the best sentiment!  Feel free to enlarge the photo by just clicking on it.  You have to read how beautiful this is.



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Faith and Hope stamp set
Cover Plate: Quatrefoil die
Mat Stack #5 die
Spring Rain, Spring Moss, Shimmer & Kraft cardstock
VersaMagic ink - Pumpkin Spice & Ocean Depth
VersaFine ink - Majestic Blue
VersaMark ink



Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Skipping Stones Design's #103 Sketch Challenge!!!

Good Morning, everyone!!!

Welcome to SSD's Sketch Challenge 103!


Wait until you see the awesome sketch Chan Vuong has for us this week.  It's so versatile that you will be able to many of the SSD stamp sets that you already have on hand.  It also works absolutely perfectly with our featured stamp set for this month......Rustic Tiles (which is on sale until the end of the month for $12.49).

Once again, the SSD DT has teamed up with Creative Impressions who has so graciously donated many of the items you will see on all of the DT cards this month.  You would not believe all of the beautiful ribbon, cute brads and unique brackets that were given to us.  You'll have to go check out their site to see what other cute items they have to offer.


Here's my card using Chan's awesome sketch and some of the fun brads from Creative Impressions!
In order to have the snowman's scarf and mittens match the snowflakes, I used my water brush and the same Tim Holtz inks.  You have to heat emboss the image first and then you simply stamp a bit of the distress ink on a craft sheet and then dip the water brush in the ink to paint with.  The embossed image prevents the ink/water mixture from bleeding into different areas of the image.  You still have to be careful to to have too much water on the brush, but it's a super fun technique.


Are you ready to play along?
Here's this week's Skipping Stones #103 Sketch:

Joining us again this week are Jimmi Mayo, Betsy Veldman and our honorary DT is Jessica Griffin.  These wonderful ladies created some show-stoppers, so be sure to give them some love.  After you check out their blogs, you'll want to take a peek at the other Skipping Stones DT blogs to see what they have created!
Jennifer Ingle

I can't wait to see what you come up with this week!!!



Materials Used:
Skipping Stones Design - Sassy Snow stamp set
 Skipping Stones Design - Rustic Tiles stamp set
PTI cardstock - Vintage Cream
Creative Impressions brads
Tim Holtz distress inks - Worn Lipstick, Broken China and Ripe Persimmon
Smooch - Illuminate (on scarf)
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Filigree embossing Powder - Clear



HAPPY STAMPING!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Squigglefly Monday Challenge!!!

Good morning!!!

Are you ready for a fantastic Squigglefly challenge for this week?
Now, if you follow my blog regularly, you know that I'm a sketch fiend.  I love making a black and white page of blocks and circles turn into magic with patterned papers and stamps.  So when Heather had this as the challenge this week.....I was literally smiling from ear to ear.

Squigglefly Sketch #125!
Use the sketch below to create a card.  
You can use any image you would like, but if you want a chance to win some
FREE 
Squigglefly images you must use one on your card.


A couple of weeks ago, I received Gift Bearer by Cheryl Alger  in order to have a fun Christmas image for the holiday.  I'm a big fan of Cheryl's so picking this image was not difficult.  I did turn the sketch to the side in order to use this tall image, but the vertical sentiment from Impression Obsession worked beautifully with the snowman.

This snowman is just so darling!  You probably can't see the glitter pen that I used on all of the ribbons on the packages, but in real life, it's the perfect added touch!

Here's the sketch for this week's challenge!



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Squigglefly Digital Stamps - Gift Bearer
Impression Obsession - Vertical Greetings stamp set (sentiment)
Echo Park patterned paper - Season's Greetings
Rustic Cream and Ripe Avocado cardstock
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Martha Stewart glitter marker - Lovebird
Atyou Spica pen - Clear
Copic markers -  B000, YR07, T1, R24/27/29, YG91/93/95/97 and E18/35/39


Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hi, everyone!
It's another Feature Friday with Skipping Stones Designs and I get to feature the Rustic Tiles stamp set this month!!!  You only have a couple of weeks to get this stamp set for a discount price of $12.49.

I've recently learned how to make an impressive background using glossy paper, VersaMark ink and distress inks.  This technique is so vibrant and gorgeous that I couldn't wait to use it with the Rustic Tiles stamp set to make an impressive background for a card.

I just realized in posting this photo that the holly leaves look black in this picture, but I promise that they are a deep dark green felt.  So much prettier than my camera captured in this photo.  In order to get the red matting around the patterned paper to match, I simply used the same red distress ink directly on the white cardstock.

When I slice down my matted panels, I always end up with thin strips.  These are just perfect to perk up the inside of your cards.

I'm using this card for a few challenges this week.  Card Positioning Systems always has awesome sketches and this week's #244 sketch was perfect to showcase a background.  Christmas Card Challenge #50 also had a perfect challenge for my card which was to use holly or a wreath on your Christmas card this week!



Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Skipping Stones Designs - Rustic Tiles stamp set
Skipping Stones Designs - Christmas Swirls stamp set (sentiment)
Martha Stewart patterned paper - Snowflace
Ranger Inkssentials - Gloss paper
Fillable Frames #7 die
Holly Jolly dies
Rustic Cream, Kraft and Stamper's Select White cardstock
Pinefeather and Pure Poppy felt
Tim Holtz distress ink - Festive Berries
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
VersaMark ink
Martha Stewart glitter marker - Lovebird


Have a happy stampin' kind of weekend!!!



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holiday Card Bootcamp Card!

Good morning, everyone!


I'm currently taking another online card making class called Holiday Card Bootcamp and this card was inspired by Jennifer McQuire!


This embossed card turned out so perfect for mailing!
If you click to enlarge, you can see all the shimmer and shine from the Perfect Pearls.

To make the background, you simply emboss a panel of watercolor paper and then using distress inks, you buff on the ink.  Spray it with some Perfect Pearls and let it dry for a beautiful shine.


Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Year of Flowers: Poinsettia stamp set (sentiment)
Sizzix embossing folder - Winter Botanicals
Photo Finishers: Holiday dies
Rustic Cream cardstock
Misc. red cardstock from LSS
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Tim Holtz distress inks - Festive Berries & Forest Moss
Perfect Pearls mist - Perfect Pearl



Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Skipping Stones Blog Hop & Sketch Challenge #102!!!

 Good Tuesday to you, everyone!
It's time to get creative and earn a chance to another Skipping Stones Designs stamp set!!!

Welcome to Sketch Challenge #102 and to showcase our Featured Stamp Set of the Month, Rustic Tiles!   Rustic Tiles is a versatile set, that you are about to see from our fabulous Design Team.   You'll also see some classy brads, ribbon brackets and ribbons that Creative Impressions has donated to the DT for the month of November. 

I took some liberties with the sketch in that I added the holiday lights brads and some ribbon from Creative Impressions instead of flowers.

If you just came from Jimmi Mayo's blog, you are in the right place.  If you just happened along my blog today, start at the beginning of the hop at Skipping Stones Design.  The entire hop order is there and you can hop from blog to blog with ease.

Be sure to hop along and leave comments on all the fabulous designers’ blogs.  This month we are welcoming Jimmi Mayo, Betsy Veldman and Jessica Griffin to our team as Guest Designers!  Chan Vuong will be providing all the fabulous sketch inspiration this month including the sketch we're using in today's hop!
Head over to JoannValderama's blog for some more Skipping StonesDesign inspiration!

Stephanie Mino (You are HERE!)
Here's your SSD #102 sketch for the week!
So, let's see what you can create with us this week!


Materials Used:
Skipping Stones Designs - Rustic Tiles stamp set
Skipping Stones Designs - Timeless Textures stamp set
Echo Park patterned paper - Season's Greetings
Misc. letter stickers
Nesties - Standard Circles (large)
PTI - Pure Poppy & Kraft cs
Pure Poppy ink
VersaFine ink - Vintage Sepia


Have a happy stampin' kind of Tuesday!!!



Monday, November 14, 2011

Sympathy Trees

Good morning, everyone!


Today I'm showcasing a sympathy card that I had to make this weekend.  Despite having to make a sympathy card, I just love the way it turned out using Play Date Cafe's color splash with a splash of orange.  I hope it brings comfort to the family that we have to send it to.


The pop of orange just turned out so beautifully on this card.

I just love this touching, inside sentiment.


I made this card using the Play Date Cafe #107 Color Splash Challenge!





Materials Used (all PTI, unless otherwise noted):
Through the Trees stamp set
Impression Obsession - Sympathy Sentiments stamp set
Vineyard impression plate
Stamper's Select White cardstock
Tim Holtz distress inks - Spiced Marmalade and Dried Marigold
VersaFine ink - Onyx Black
Filigree embossing powder - Clear



Thanks for stopping by today!
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