Thursday, May 31, 2012

Some Baby Boy cards...

Hi, there! Today I have a couple of cards using The Stamps Of Life stamps. My first card uses the duck from onesie4baby and the sentiment was created using miniabc2stamp.  I created my waves using the negative from a scrap after using a scallop die. The woodgrain paper is from My Mind's Eye and the baker's twine is The Twinery.
This next card uses the set onesie4baby. I am in LOVE with that onesie stamp! I could make different onesies all day long. I stamped this onesie onto soft sky cardstock, and then went back and added some shading with a copic marker.  The bear is stamped in Stephanie's chocolate ink.  I sponged distress ink (antique linen) over the edges of all of the paper. I used some silver smooch for the snaps, but I just realized that one of the snaps kind of ran a bit. Dang!  The baker's twine is from The Twinery. I used my old Swiss Dots CB folder for the background. I do not know of anyone expecting any baby boys, but I will be ready with some cards when the time arrives!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Heartfelt Creations: Wedding card and gift bag set

Hello! Today I have a card and matching gift bag to share with you using newly released stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations Old English Garden collection.  I love kraft, black and white together. You will see me using that combination a lo,t as it has a classic and timeless appeal.  I thought this would be a nice card and gift bag combination to give a bride to be a little something before her big day.  I have included the supply list and instructions for both of these projects below. Make sure you stop by the Heartfelt Creations blog to see even more inspiring projects from the DT!!

Tattered Blossom card
HCPC 3473-Tattered Background PreCut Set
HCPC 3469-Tattered Blossom Swirls PreCut Set
HCPC 3468-Tattered Blossoms PreCut Set
HCPC 3367-Vintage Life Background PreCut Set
HCD 722 Tattered Blossom Die
other products: kraft, black, white cardstock; Ranger distress ink in Antique Linen, Licorice Ink by Clearsnap, white butcher's twine, memo pin by Tim Holtz, Kaiser black half pearls
Fold kraft card base to measure 4.25" x 5.5". Stamp Vintage Life Background stamp onto card base using Antique Linen distress ink.  Cut black cardstock panel to meausre 3" x 4" and adhere to card base. Cut white cardstock panel to measure 2" x 4.75". Stamp Tattered Background diamond pattern in black onto panel and ink edges with Antique Linen distress ink. Adhere over black panel. Stamp three flower image onto kraft cardstock and cut out. Stamp matching Tattered Blossom flower onto kraft cardstock and use matching die to cut. Adhere over center flower and add black half pearl to center of each flower. Tie butcher's twine around cardbase and create bow. Add memo pin to center of bow.  Adhere three flower image to right of layered panels over the twine.

Best Wishes gift bag and tag
HCPC 3468-Tattered Blossoms PreCut Set
HCPC 3469-Tattered Blossom Swirls PreCut Set
HCPC 3474-Heartfelt Expressions PreCut Set
HCD 722 Tattered Blossoms Dies
other supplies: brown/kraft mini lunch bag, white tag, black baker's twine, black kaiser half pearl, Licorice ink by Clearsnap, Ranger distress ink in Antique Linen, oval punch (to create handle on bag), kraft cardstock
Stamp both of the smaller Tattered Blossom Swirls in black ink all over mini lunch bag.  Stamp medium Tattered Blossom floral three times onto kraft cardstock and use matching Tattered Blossoms dies to die cut.  Layer blossoms and add black half pearl in middle.Using oval punch, punch oval handle from top center of lunch bag. Adhere layered blossom to the right of handle.
Next stamp large blossom swirl image in Antique Linen ink onto white tag.  Stamp sentiment in black over the blossom swirl. Use black baker's twine to adhere tag to gift bag by tying it through the oval handle.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, May 28, 2012

Long Distance Hugs!

Hello! I hope you all have had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  We got back from camping today and had a great time.  We actually camped in my parent's yard!!! We waited to long to try to get a spot on the holiday weekend, so my parent's property is beautiful, and I asked if we could set up camp there. It was such a fun weekend and nice to share our camping experience with my mom and dad.  At one point, the boys were in their house watching a movie, and Luke looked up at me and said, "I just love camping, mommy!"  I cracked up! Watching a movie in a recliner is not exactly "camping", but he was happy!

I made this card a while back and forgot to post it. I used some Sweet N Sassy stamps for this one.  I stamped the background in Antique Linen distress ink. I then stamped the postage mark in black and the heart in red. i tied some baker's twine around the bottom and added a heart stick pin.

This fits the Moxie Fab Postage Challenge along with this week's CAS challenge on SCS.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, May 25, 2012

Happy Summer!

Hi, there! Today I have a couple more cards using pops2eat and patterns4pops from The Stamps Of Life. I just can not get enough of these popsicles! I paired the pop of with some paper from echo park's Summer Days collection, and added some baker's twine from The Twinery. I used a real popsicle stick and added some chunky glitter to the top of my pop.  The embossing folder in the white circle is also one of Stephanie's new embossing folders by Sizzix only available through The Stamps Of Life. It matches some of her other sets, but I thought it was fun with this set, too!

Below is another fun pop card to share with you:
I sent this card to a gal who was having a birthday.  My papers are from My Mind's Eye collection. The frame is from hearts2love collection by TSOL.  The dotted ribbon is Offray (i think). I used a copic marker to color in parts of the frame. I again added some glitter to the top of this pop to make it look icy!

I hope you all have a fun, safe weekend!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Heartfelt Creations-More English Garden!

Hello! Today I have a card using another fabulous image from Heartfelt Creation's Old English Garden collection. I kept this layout CAS. I also pulled out some of my watercolor paper. I had fun using various reinkers to color this image.  Make sure you check out the Heartfelt Creations blog for more inspiring projects from the design team. You will find the instructions and product list for this card below.

A Friend Like You
HCPC 3470-Broken Cinder Blocks PreCut Set
HCPC 3363 Inspire Me Sentiments PreCut Set
other products: Dusty Durango cardstock (SU), Water color paper, Hemp twine by Hemptique, watercolor blender pen (SU), Black Staz On ink, Fired Brick distress ink by Ranger, London Fog ink by Memento, Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, River Rock, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Dusty Durango inks all by SU.
Cut card base so that when folded it measures 4.25" x 5.5".
Cut water color paper to measure 4.25" x 3.25".
Stamp image in black Staz On ink onto water color panel.
Use dye inks (as listed above or you choice) to color image using blender watercolor pen.
When dry, adhere to center of your card base.
Stamp sentiment in black ink in lower left corner.
Tie hemp twine around bottom of image twice, and then create a bow.

 Oh, and here is one more card using more of these fabulous stamps! I heat embossed my image onto vellum, and then colored the image. The instructions and product list are below.

You Inspire Me Card
HCPC 3469-Tattered Blossoms Swirls PreCut Set
HCPC 3363-Inspire Me Sentiments PreCut Set
Other Supplies: Bazzil Black, Wisteria cardstock, vellum paper, white cardstock
inks: Top Boss embossing ink by Clearsnap, Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Orchid Opulence, Crushed Curry by SU; Versamagic Spring Pansey; Licorice ink by Clearsnanp
Kaiser half pearls, black embossing powder, heat tool

Fold card base so it measures 5.5" x 4.25".
Stamp floral image in embossing ink onto vellum paper and sprinkle with black embossing powder. Use heating tool to emboss image.
Use inks and a blending pen to color image directly onto vellum.
Die cut a rectangle scallop frame for image and adhere to card base.
Stamp sentiment in black onto strip of white cardstock and use scissors to create a banner.
Add pearls to sentiment banner and adhere and center under floral image.

Thank you for stopping by!


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Twisted Tuesday Challenge: Vacation!

Hello! I am excited to share that I am guest designing this week for the Twisted Tuesday Challenge!  This week's challenge is to make a card using the word vacation as inspiration. The twist-keep it simple! I love a good CAS card, so this was perfect for me.
As some of you know, we bought a camper last year, so I decided to pull out this Unity oldie but goodie stamp for my card.  I used text from an old book in the background, and copics to color my image.  I sponged Antique Linen distress ink over all of my paper edges, and added a loopy baker's twine bow and heart button.
I thought about making a couple more of these cards and creating "travel" goodie bags for my boys to take with them on our first trip of the year.  Our trips are usually just weekend trips. I can not imagine going on a trip for longer than that, but maybe we will try it someday! :)

I hope you get a chance to join the Twisted Tuesday Challenge!
Thanks for stopping by,


Friday, May 18, 2012

FWF-The Man

Happy Friday!  Today I have a card I made with the ippity set, The Man.  I bought this a while back from the fabulous Noelle,(Noelle offers free shipping, 25 yards of free baker's twine, and discounted prices!) and it has been sitting in a drawer until now. I thought it would make the perfect Father's Day card for my hubby.  He usually wears a suit and tie to work, so this is so him. I will tell ya, that he would probably NEVER wear an orange tie, but it looked cute, so I went with it. :)
I pieced the tie with some Making Memories DP. The shirt is bashful blue from SU. I took a copic marker and added some highlights.  The words are stamped in Night Of Navy in the background. I was soooooooo tempted to add some baker's twine to the top or bottom, but my oldest son told me NO. "No bows for dad! Come on, mom!" to quote him exactly.  Well okay baker's twine bow for dad.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

More Pops!

I have some more cards to share using the pops2eat and patterns4pops sets from The Stamps Of Life.  This is the perfect set for summer!  I have had fun making so many cards with these sets, so get ready for even more pop cards!  On the card above, I used the dimensional looking stamp.  I love that it creates a look with depth, without coloring. Quick and easy!
On the card above, I decided to make a creamsicle.  I added some chunky glitter to the top, to give it an icy effect.  I used one of Stephanie's new embossing folders for the background.  The popsicle stick is from my craft supplies, but you can also just stamp them like on my first card.

The first card is perfect for Yes, Virginia...I'm Inspired challenge!

Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Heartfelt Creations-English Garden Tea Party!

Hello! Today I have a card made with newly released stamps from Heartfelt Creations. I just love the beautiful, vintage tea cups that match the Spellbinder's dies!  Go check out the Heartfelt Creations blog for many more great projects and ideas by the design team.  You can find the instructions for this card below:

HCPC 3472-China Fragments PreCut Set
HCPC 3470-Broken Cinder Blocks PreCut Set
HCPC 3363-Inspire Me Sentiments PreCut Set
HCD 702-Decorative Butterfly/Border die set
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Nested Tea Cups die set

other products used: Prisma pencils for coloring floral design on tea cup, Antique Linen Distress ink by Ranger, Staz On ink in black, American Crafts flower ribbon, May Arts pink burlap twine, vintage button, black sharpie pen for faux stitching on edges of paper, Melissa Frances Kitschy Kitchen designer paper, white Georgia Pacific cardstock

Cut white cardstock base to measure 4.25" x 5.5".
Cut gingham designer paper to measure 4" x 5.25".
Sponge antique linen distress ink on all card edges and use sharpie pen to add faux stitching to border on designer paper.
Stamp Broken Cinder Block image in upper left and lower right corners of gingham designer paper and then adhere to cardbase.
Stamp medium tea cup and handle in black and then use coordinating Spellbinders dies to cut out.
Sponge Antique Linen distress ink over edges. Color floral pattern in Prisma pencils or color medium of your choice.
Die cut decorative border from HCD 702 die set and sponge with distress ink. Adhere to center of card.
Now adhere teacup and handle, centered over the decorative border.
Apply yellow, flower ribbon just under decorative border and then tie pink burlap bow around bottom. Add button and tie in a bow.
Stamp "With Love" sentiment in black in lower left corner of gingham paper.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Go Fish Challenge #17!

Today mark's the beginning of another Go Fish Challenge. This week we have a color/inspiration challenge for you.  I used some older Jillibean Soup DP for my card. The sentiment is from The Stamps Of Life. Take a look at the yummy photo below:

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fabulous Day...

Hello! Today I have a card that I made for the Moxie Fab Doilies and Lace challenge. I pulled out my Teresa Collins Posh collection. It was perfect! My sentiment is stamped in black and is from the PTI signature series collection. I added some pink gems around the sentiment and there you go! A quick and easy card sure to put a smile on the face of friend.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

A little bit of Christmas...

How about a little bit of Christmas in May? I must admit, I NEVER do holiday cards this early, but it feels nice to add one to my box in May! I created this card for two challenges. The first was this week's color challenge on SCS-Pacific Point, Certainly Celery, and Kraft. The dessert option was to make a holiday card, which I did!! The stamps are from CTMH Winter Joy set.  I stamped my sentiment on a white tag, and added some little snowflakes and gems.  The twine is from The Twinery and the gingham paper is October Afternoon. I just stamped the larger snowflakes right onto the gingham paper.

Gingham-that brings me to the second challenge! I am entering this in the Moxie Fab Gingham Challenge.  There are so many fun challenges going on at Moxie Fab right now, so go check them out for some inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Heartfelt Creations: Thanks A Bunch!

Hello! Today I am sharing a card with you featuring newly released stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations. I just love this collage stamp. It looks gorgeous colored, and stamped in black. I wanted to keep my design simple, to show that you do not have to do a lot of coloring to make their images stand out in a crowd!  Below you will find the supply list for this card and instructions on how to make it. If you head over the Heartfelt Creations blog, you will find many examples with complete instructions from the other DT, too!

Products used:
HCPC 3471-Tattered Collage PreCut Set
HCPC 3468-Tattered Blossoms PreCut Set
HCPC 3474-Heartfelt Expressions PreCut Set
HCD 722-Tattered Blossoms Die
Other supplies: white, kraft cardstock; corner rounder punch; Black half pearls-Kaiser; Licorice ink by Stephanie Barnard for Clearsnap
Fold white card base to measure 4.25" x 5.5" so it folds and stands vertically.
Cut kraft cardstock panel to measure 4" x 5.25".
Stamp Tattered Collage image in black ink onto kraft cardstock panel.
Stamp two small and one medium flower from the Tattered Blossoms set in black onto matching kraft cardstock. They should match the size of the flowers on the collage image.
Use the coordinating Tattered Blossoms dies to cut the three individual flowers from the kraft cardstock.
Adhere these three flowers over the coordinating flowers on the collage image.  Add half pearls to the centers of the flowers.
Stamp sentiment from Heartfelt Expressions onto strip of white cardstock.
Cut and round corners and adhere in lower right side of the kraft panel, over the collage image.
Adhere the entire finished panel onto the white cardstock base.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, May 7, 2012

You deserve a treat!

Hi, there! Today I would like to share a sweet little card with you using the new set, pops2eat by The Stamps Of Life.  I kept this card very simple. I stamped the sentiment and outline of the pops with Licorice ink. The actual pop is stamped in Strawberry ink. Both of these inks are by Stephanie for Clearsnap.  They are super juicy and give you a brilliant, rich color. The pop sticks are stamped in antique linen distress ink. It was the perfect color for those sticks. I added some baker's twine from The Twinery at the top.  I simply scored a line down the middle of my pops, to show how they can break apart. 

Warm weather is upon us, and I always make sure to have LOTS of popsicles on hand for my boys and all of the neighbor kids.  They are cheap, easy and make the kids oh, so happy! :)

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, May 4, 2012

The Stamps Of Life and Clearsnap Blog Hop!!!

Products used on this card
Stamps: mums2stamp, pattern2stamp and tinyphrases2stamp by The Stamps Of Life
paper: Georgia Pacific white cardstock, Pink Pirouette by SU
ink: Licorice, Guava and Bubblegum inks by Stephanie Barnard for Clearsnap, Donna Salazar mixed media ink in Peridot by Clearsnap
Accessories:  white seambinding, fairy dust glitter by Clearsnap, glue gloss by Clearsnap

Please join The Stamps of Life and Clearsnap for a blog hop featuring The Stamps of Life stamps and Clearsnap inks and other fun products. Make sure to comment on all the stops along the hop because prizes will be randomly chosen among the comments.
The Stamps of Life will be giving away 3 prizes – one stamp set (of the winner’s choice) per winner.
Clearsnap will be giving away an assortment of Stephanie Barnard Colorbox Premium Dye inks.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Go Fish Challenge #16-Shaped cards!

Hello! It is time for another Go Fish challenge. For this challenge, we ask that you make a shaped card (anything but a rectangle or a square) for Mother's Day.  For my card, I used Spellbinder's dies to create my card base.  I also used Heartfelt Creations Perfect Petals and Posy Patch dies to create my leaves and flower.  I stamped the leaves with Heartfelt Creations matching Perfect Petals Medley stamp set.  The white circle is embossed with a Sizzix folder made exclusively for The Stamps Of Life. I also added some mandarin baker's twine from The Twinery.

Hope you find some time to play along in the challenge!