Gourmet Rubber Stamp March Color Challenge

Hello there..

Are you ready for Spring!! I’m beyond excited that is above freezing here in MN and the color theme this month is making me so happy!

GRS Mar color challenge

So calm, so green and so promising … here is my take:

GRS Mar 25 color challenge

I used the Bubble Sentiments set for this card and die cut from October Afternoon. The hexagon background is also from the Queen Bee set and I just love the richly pigmented Bamboo colored ink from Tsukineko.

Happy Spring everyone!

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New Gourmet Rubber Stamps

Hello folks,

You are going to be so in love with this month’s new Gourmet Rubber Stamps appetizer release .. are you ready??

Introducing Bubble Sentiments:

bubble sentiment

Here is what I did with this WAY COOL set:

GRS Feb 15

I used papers from Lawn Fawn and Bella Blvd, inks are from Tsukineko, those index card dies are from Memory Box and the washi tape at the bottom is brand new from October Afternoon.

Incidentally, this is also our project of the month…don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to get directions on how to make this card.

And there is more … one more Appetizer release – Queen Bee:

Queen Bee

See how my other team mates have used this set on their projects:

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Stampendous & Resin Craft collaborates!

Good morning friends,

All of this entire week, the Stampendous team is showcasing what you could do with resin from Resin Craft blog and I have discovered, you can do ALOT with stamps and resin!! Oh and I have never worked with resin before and it’s so easy to use that anyone can use it. So hold on to your seats and get ready for plenty of inspiration and multiple opportunities to win some fabulous prizes from both companies.

For my 1st resin and stamp project, I did a stamped resin buttons for a layout. Here it is:

I love the juxtapose between the neat and clean layout design with the splash of painty mess – the dribbles of paint and the glittery painty resin buttons. Here is a close up of those buttons:

Here are the supplies I used:

Cardstock: Recollections

Patterned Paper: Melissa Frances, Little Yellow Bicycle

Stamps: Stampendous Jumbo Songbird, Altered Type Alphabet Perfectly Clear Stamps, Retro Alphabet Perfectly Clear Stamps

Ink/Paint: Tsukineko, Ranger

Mist: October Afternoon

Glitter: Stampendous Glitz Glitter

Ribbon/Twine: Craft Supplies

Tags: K & Co

Button: Michael’s dollar bin

Resin: Envirotex

Chipboard Sticker: Crate Paper

Clear Stickers: DCWV

Border Punch: Fiskars

Border Stickers: Momenta

Adhesive: Scotch & Kuretake

Don’t forget to check out the other talented Stampendous team ladies showcasing their projects today.

Lynn Mercurio

Melinda Gleissner

Wendy Price

Pam Hornshu

Are there prizes?? Of course!! 3 -prizes of jewelry resin, bottle cap, bevel, button plus SSC1124 Charm Collection Perfectly Clear Stamps and open to US and Canadian residents too! Leave me a comment – Happy hopping and good luck!

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A clean and simple layout

Good morning everyone,

Woohoo! It’s the first Saturday in April, and that means the Stampendous team has a brand new challenge for you. This month, in honor of Earth Day, we are challenging ourselves (and you) to make something that uses product(s) that are recycled, re-purposed, or reused in some way. The possibilities are endless! Snazz up a household item and turn it into something beautiful, use something unexpected on your card, or even just use up some scraps you’ve had in your stash forever (that’s recycling, right?!?)

This is my layout filled with scraps and things that have been in my possession for quite a LONG while. I don’t know why I even keep scrap paper this small but it came in handy now.  And those mists -so long that it clogged so I dribbled it on instead.

Ready to see some more?  Here is the whole list of my fantastic teammates, who are sharing some fabulous inspiration with you today:

 

Don’t forget – we want YOU to play along with is!  You have until Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST to add your direct link to our collection at the end of this post (or on the Stampendous blog).  You do not have to use Stampendous products, but we sure love it when you do!  As an extra incentive for playing along, one lucky crafter (drawn at random) will receive this fabulous Mother’s Love Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.  Available in stores now, it will be on the website for purchase soon!

Due to shipping restrictions, the winner must have a US address.  We hope you have a chance to play along with us (you an enter as many times as you’d like!) this month…Happy Crafting!

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My Homemade Washi Tape

Hello everyone,

I have OCD tendencies – there I said it. For the most part, I keep it in check and more importantly, try never to inflict it on anyone. However, every once in a while, my OCD tendencies raises it’s ugly head and I become obsessed with 1 thing. This is my latest craze … home made washi tape … thanks Janelle.

I dug out a 12 yard roll of medical tape (paper variety), tape a length of it on my craft mat, airbrushed with my copic markers and stamped on it. Pretty easy to make and let’s just say, there is probably slightly less than 2 yards left and my entire crafting studio is draped with tape. For the more visual learner, my Stampendous teammate Wendy Price has a step-out tutorial here – she uses watercolor to paint her homemade tape. I’ve tried it with acrylic paint too – didn’t like the watercolor (looks very wash out to me) or the acrylic paint (too opaque). So experiment and see which look you like.

Anyhow, with that much tape around – I had to use it of course. Here is the result:

The stamps I used for the tape were all from Stampendous- Cling Cheery Recipe card (lines), Cling Jumbo Rosehip (flower on yellow tape), Fairy Queen clear stamp (small flower on grey tape), the Polka dots were from a discontinued baby themed clear stamp set. Background paper was from studio calico, chipboard stickers were from My Mind’s Eye, the dribble of mists were colors from October Afternoon set and the alpha title was just some leftover letters I had from my craft supplies.

Total cost of my homemade washi tape – $3. Awesome layout – priceless!

Challenges entered:

Moxie Fab World

 

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Butterfly Frame

Hello everyone.

I am proud to share with you the newest release from Crafter’s Companion – Stamp It Stamps – that you may have seen at CHA last week. These are about the coolest vintagey looking stamps there are and here is the Butterfly Frame on my card.

Pardon the poor photo quality of this card – I didn’t have my lightbox with me when I had to take a photo 1 day before leaving for CHA last week.

Here is how I did the card:

I stamped the image onto kraft cardstock and embossed it with black embossing powder so it would still remain dark after I finish inking it.

This is the part I had the most fun with – I sprayed the image with white color mist and then dribbled brown color mist on top to age it further. The mists were from October Afternoon. The edges were trimmed with my deckling scissors and inked with brown chalk ink. I embellished the focal image further with some Stampendous mica flakes (crushed so it wouldn’t be so heavy). I love how those flakes easily attached with just adhesive and I get instant texture – I’m all for anything easy to use.

The rest of the card was left simple so that the focus would remain on the main image and sentiment – which happens to be from the Fairyopolis winter set.

Check out more card inspiration using this Stamp It collection from my Crafter’s Companion team mates.

Have a fun and inky day!

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Step it up …

Hello my online friends,

I wanted to share this card I made using a Mabel Lucie Attwell Card Kit – a Flowersoft New Release. This is a first for me in a couple of regards – using a card kit and making a center step card!

I don’t know why I have never thought of using a card kit before but I LOVE how this turned out! It’s just so easy to use – I just cut out the image and used it as a card topper. The image is just perfect – no coloring, with pre-marked lines that is easy to cut out and all I did was just embellished – how fun! It sure helps with a lot more room on a center step card to play with.

Papers are from October Afternoon, Crate Paper, Studio Calico and My Mind’s Eye. My sentiment is a Stampendous stamp on a Crate Paper chipboard tag. I love how the vintage elements playing along side nicely with the relatively modern felted trees from Pebbles.

And thanks to the DVDs I have been watching from Crafter’s Companion, I finally mastered making a card with more than 2 folds.

Now your challenge is to take any card found on one of the Design Team blogs or on the Flowersoft Blog and “step it up”.  You will need to link to the original card and show your stepped up creation. If you upload your creation to SCS, please use the keyword FSC43 and flowersoft so we will be able to find you and then add the link to your card to the comments section on the Flower Soft Blog.  The prize for his challenge is the Mabel Lucie Attwell Card Kit.

 Here’s a list of the other Design Team members so you get some inspiration:

Jeanne Streiff 
Deb Felts
Deb Seyer
Jennifer Buck
Linda Beeson
Krista Riley
Dawn Lusk
Lisa Murphy

Cibele Glazer

Have a creative kinda day!

Steph

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Pay attention to the box please.

Is anyone in a panic yet – it’s Christmas eve and I have my last batch of cookies to bake, forgotten presents to buy and wrap, several Christmas decorations that fell off that needs to be put back up. So much to do and so little time…

Here are the baked goods I’m giving to my friends and neighbors this year – focus on the gift box please. I spent more time on the box than the cookies:

Yup every box is different. I got these white boxes from TPC Studio but I discovered you could get them at Michaels for almost half the price of what I paid for them…Grrrr..too late now but I know better for next time.

Covered all the sides with patterned paper (these are from Webster’s Pages, Graphics 45 and October Afternoon). Cut 2 3” square diagonally into triangles to decorate the top of the box. I used different Stampendous stamps for labels and tags for the boxes. Seen here are From the Kitchen Perfectly Clear Stamp set and Cling Poinsettia Silhouette.

From the Kitchen Stamp set was colored with Copic Markers and Cling Poinsettia Silhouette was embossed with Stampendous Vintage Embossing Tinsel (Vintage Mahogany for the poinsetta & Vintage Olive for the leaves). Here are a few up close look.

Merry Christmas everyone!!

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Sunday with Crissy Guest Post

Hey everyone,

By now, you would have figured out that I am a huge fan of Crissy Armstrong’s images – they are so achingly adorable, I think. I am extremely proud to be guest designing for her today.

Her challenge this month is “anything goes” – make any card you like and go to her challenge blog, Sundays with Crissy, to play along.

I made 2 cards using her images:

Ain’t Rupert the cutest – I left the card without a sentiment so I could use it for any occasion as it crops up. DP is from Basic Grey (green) and I apologize I cannot remember the manufacturer of the yellow dot paper (it’s from my stash). The butterfly pin is from Jillibean Soup – I have the hardest time finding hat pins so if you know of a place to get them, let me know.

My 2nd card is below:

This little cutie (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) is one of Crissy’s newer releases … even the name is cute. I love that she has these pencil drawing too – make the whole images so much softer. DP is from October Afternoon (black menu) and Lily Bee Designs (yellow dots). Ribbon is from Fancy Pants Designs. Flower is from Kaiser Craft.

There is your dose of cuteness for the day. All of these Crissy’s images that I have used can be found at Whimsy Stamps.

Have a fun kind of day!

Challenges entered:

Moxie Fab World – inspired by kitchen (card #2)

Simon Says Stamp

Mark’s Finest – Fav embellie (why ribbon of course)

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Cardabilities Reveal Day for Nov 15

Hello friends,

Welcome to Cardabilities Reveal Day – November 15. I am excited about today’s sketch – this one sparked lots of interesting ideas for me …

Here is the sketch:

Here is my card:

I had so much fun with this sketch – the patterned paper, the layout of the circles, the borders, the size of the card, the shape of the card. So many possibilities. I even love the bling around the sentiment – wish I had found a larger circle bling – but a hug is supposed to be a tight squeeze right?

Love this sketch!! Come play along – you will love it too.

Challenges entered:

Anything Goes challenge blog

Deep Ocean Challenge blog

Mark’s Finest Speedy Cat Challenge – using punches

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