Monday, December 21, 2009

Star Card Sketch Challenge Winner!

A random winner has been chosen, and that winner is Jenn Koss. Blog, Scrappin for Life. Jenn, if you would e-mail me at and send me your address. I will get your package of goodies mailed out to you.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Check back with us often as we plan to host more sketch challenges with more blog candy!

Rubber Hugs!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day 12

Rose did a beautiful job using our new Poinsettia stamp. I love the vintage feel and her color coordinating. Full instructions can be found on her blog. Nice job Rose!

12 Days of Christmas - Day 11

Here is a beautiful card from Guest Designer - Jenny Gropp. If you would like full instructions on how Jenny created this work of art - click here.

12 Days of Christmas - Day 10

Well folks, time really got away from us this last week. We are posting the last 3 days this evening. Hope you enjoy the samples. It has been fun posting them!

Here is a simple STUNNING heart card ornament from Terese. You can view instructions on her blog. Nice Job Terese!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Winner for 12 Days of Christmas - Day 1!

We have read through the wonderful comments left behind for the poinsettia chipboard ornament kit and the winner is...grandmalee

Congratulations! Just e-mail us with your address and we get this sent out to you. And thanks for playing.

Check back on our blog on the 20th as we are going to be announcing the winner of our blog candy for the star sketch challenge!

12 Days of Christmas - Day 9

Anya came up with this pretty little card using our Snowflake Reindeer. I love how she lined up all three reindeer in a row, makes for a really whimsical card. The clear beads she added to the tops of the reindeer give them just enough bling.

12 Days of Christmas - Day 8

We have another beautiful sample to share created by Mary Boesel. I think you will agree this little card is simple stunning.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day 7

Here is a beautiful card by our very own Mary Boesel. I think you will agree she did a bang up job!

Don't forget we are hosting a sketch challenge this month. One lucky winner will win Blog Candy valued at over 60.00 in Prickley Pear Product. There have only been 2 entries, and thank you to them for entering. I would say that your chances of winning are pretty good. Please read the previous postings for details.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day 6

A week or so I was looking on the DT blogs and I came upon a paper ornament that I absolutely loved. DT member Terese Broman made this darling little paper heart ornament. It was woven. I liked it so much, I thought I would try my own version. And here is what I came up with.

First, I started with printing out the pattern (supplied). I cut 2 pattern pieces from this and then wove the bottom sections together. When woven, the two halves create a heart.

I then stamped the upper left side of the heart 3 times with my Poinsettia stamp and embossed with gold. I chalked in the images. I backed on black card stock and trimmed.

I then pulled out one of my ATC transparency sheets and colored the back of the transparency with copic markers. Once colored I applied Art Institute Glitter Glue and silver glitter. I let this dry before mounting onto my background paper. I finished with prima flowers and buttons.

Monday, December 7, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day 5

Hi All,
This 12 days of Christmas business sure has been fun, and we are not even half way though! I have a really striking little card done up by Design Team Member Terra Serrano.

Here is what she did in her words:
I started this card by masking with some mask shapes from Tim Holtz, and then covering them with white gesso. After I peeled the masks off, I was left with an awesome flower print. The top half of the card is a really sultry red velvet paper, which is hard to see in the picture, but super soft. I used the Retro Trees Ornament from Prickley Pear on glossy paper, and mounted that on top of a line of ribbon and black tulle. The final touch was the black buttons in the corners.

Don't forget we are hosting a sketch challenge this month. One lucky winner will win Blog Candy valued at over 60.00 in Prickley Pear Product. There have only been 2 entries, and thank you to them for entering. I would say that your chances of winning are pretty good. Please read the previous postings for details.

Jean's Junk Drawer- Making stamped wrapping paper

Sometimes it's great to make some wrapping paper for a very special gift. With just a few items it's easy to create a very elegant paper. 

Materials Needed:                                                                               
 Dark Tissue Paper- Navy, Maroon or Dark Green work great. (I used maroon)                                                                                        
Gold or Silver Ink Pad                                                              
 Various Stamps                                                                           
Gold/ Silver ribbons or bows

Start by Crumpling the tissue paper to give it some texture. Then flatten it back out. There will be wrinkles in the paper.
Next, Stamp with gold or silver ink all the various stamps. I used the Penguin Fourish  stamp. Go in different directions with the stamps.
If necessary, cover stamped areas with a clean white paper and iron to heat set the ink. (I didn't need to do that for mine. It dried fairly quickly)

Add a bow or ribbon

Sunday, December 6, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day 4 & Sketch challenge

A couple of weeks ago, one of our design team members Terese Broman did a card that I absolutly loved. I thought it would make for a really fun sketch challenge. Our very talented design team has each done up their own version of the sketch challenge to get you all started with inspiration. Please see the previous post for rules and blog candy. We will pick a winner on the 20th of this month. Thanks for playing all!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sketch Challenge!!!!

Hi All! Tomorrow, December 6th we will be doing another FANTASTIC sketch challenge.
Our designers have worked hard to come up with artwork that will
help to inspire for this sketch challenge. We will be posting it in the morning. We have some wonderful BLOG CANDY we are going to give away for the winner of the challenge.

One Lucky winner will win:

6) ATC transparency sheets, Christmas Collage, Fall & Halloween, Vintage Fashion, Vintage Boys, Vintage Girls and Collage Art.
1) Beautiful Women Collage Sheet

1) Wood Mounted - Old Saint Nick Stamp

1) Wood Mounted - Vintage Musical Figures Stamp
1) Package of prima flowers

1) Chipboard snowflake ornament kit with glass pieces. 10 pieces total

1) Winters Butterfly Kit - 3 tags, Butterfly Transparencies and a Snowflake Butterfly Stamp
1) package of red silk flowers
2) package of punchies. 100 count of mini flowers and dragonflies.

This package is worth over 60.00!!
The rules are simple for this sketch challenge. We will be posing a Mister Linkey to go along with the sketch challenge.

TO QUALIFY TO WIN THIS BLOG CANDY - YOU MUST CREATE A CARD THAT USES THE SKETCH CHALLENGE, POST TO YOUR BLOG, AND THEN LINK UP WITH MR. LINKEY. People who just link their blogs without putting up a project using the sketch will be disqualified from the sketch challenge, and your link will be removed. We will post a winner on the 20th of December on the blog. You will have to check the blog on the 20th to see if you have won.

12 Days of Christmas Day 3

This project I am going to share with you has become one of my new favorites. Jennifer Stricker sent me this beautiful little paper ornament, complete with beautifully bent wire and scraps of ribbon for the hanging portion, along with lace and buttons for the finishing touches. She used an ATC transparency piece from the Birds ATC transparency sheet, and I just love the effect.

Here is what Jennifer did in her words.
Paper} Solid-Chipboard, PP-Papertrey Ink, Vintage Sheet music
Transparency} PP
Ribbon} May arts
Ink} Tea Distress ink, Rock Candy-Tim Holtz
Tools} Copics, Wire, 100 wishes paper flowers, vintage buttons, cotton string, Crop-a-dile eyelets,vintage lace, Cricut (die-cut swirl)

Colored PP transparency on back side with Copics, and mounted patterned paper behind image. Mounted that transparency onto the music paper, curling back the corners and distress inking the whole thing. Mounted that music paper on a piece of chipboard for stability, trimming to match shape of paper. Added the wire through eyelets, and decorated with flowers and ribbon. Painted the edges with Rock Candy to add a distressed look. Added lace, die-cut swirl and buttons to finish it off.

Friday, December 4, 2009

12 Days of Chrismas - Day 2

Well folks, between working and having family visiting I missed 2 days of the 12 days of Christmas. So I will be extending to the 14th, so we can get all of these beautiful cards and projects we have to share - shown!

Here is a fun little card by one of our design team members Rose Frydrych. She made a snow globe that features our new snowman - we call him Walter.

Here is what she did

She cut the Snowglobe cut from Cricut Expression Provocraft. Stamped Walter the Snowman, colored with Prismacolor Markers, cutout image and glittered. She then mounted onto snow globe. I used Embossing Folders for texture on snow globe and trees are diecut with Cricut.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Day 1

How much fun we are going to have celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas and showing you all 12 fabulous projects from our Design Team, Mary and Myself!

I am going to get this started by sharing a fun little project that I did over the weekend.
I LOVE paper ornaments. They are just so much fun to make.

This year, we have little chipboard ornament kits available through our website. I have decorated one up.

I started by pulling out my tefflon craft sheet. I then placed a bit of Worn Lipstick and Dusty Concord distress ink onto my surface. I misted the colors lighly so that would blend a bit together.

Next, I dipped my ornament into the ink and smeared. Once completed, I pulled out my mini mister spray bottle and sprayed with brick red distress ink onto the surface.

I let the ornament dry completely.
Once dry, I stamped the poinsettia stamp off to the side of the ornament with black Memento Ink.

I then pulled out my copic markers and colored in the image as shown.

Next, I pierced the edge of the ornament and stitched the edges with gold thread. I then adhered beaded trim to the back of the ornament.

Would you like the opportunity to make 5 of these ornaments yourself??

We want to know that you are reading and enjoying our posts. Simply leave a comment behind for this thread, with your e-mail attached to the message, and you will qualify to win the poinsettia stamp (unmounted) and 5 chipboard ornaments!!! You must leave your e-mail address for you to qualify - so we can easily get in touch with you!

Until tomorrow!! Happy Stamping!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Jean's Junk Drawer #4 Snow Globe Cards

With winter approaching, it's the perfect time to make snow globes for the front of holiday/ winter cards.

Materials Needed
Ornament Stamp
Black Ink
Blue and white cardstock
Snowflake Patterned Paper
Large Glitter Snow Flakes
A Snap-together name badge type button. (One part is the plastic dome. The other is the plastic pin back piece. Places like Hobby Lobby and Oriental Trading carry them.)
Spray Adhesive and Diamond Glaze
Markers, Colored Pencils and Chalk
Silver Cording and White Ribbon

First stamp the ornament on white cardstock. Color with markers/ pencils. Using a pom pom. apply a blue chalk to create the background color.

Make a pile of glitter flakes in the center of the ornament. (This prevents glitter getting in the glue from the dome.)

Put a clear drying glue or Diamond Glaze around the edge of the plastic badge. Then lay the badge over the colored ornament. Set it aside to dry for about 10 minutes.

Then cut out the ornament. Add a bow at the top made from silver cording.

There's one more glittering touch to add. Use a light spray adhesive on the white ribbon. While sticky, apply a fine iridescent glitter.

I used a little 3D Foam tape to attach my snow globe ornament to the front of the card. Between the large flakes and glitter on the ribbon it's a beautiful, sparkling, holiday card!

Suggestion of the week: Put two globes together with a cord in between to make a hanging ornament.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Working in Layers

How Jennifer made the Buck/Deer look 3-D
Jennifer has had a lot of requests to show how she did the buck on this Birthday card, and had been gracious enough to share with us how she made this stunning card.

Here are the directions in her words.
Paper Solid: Cream- Archivers, Blue-Stampin' up
Paper Patterned: Making Memories "Just Chill in"
Ribbon: May Arts Tools: Prisma Colored Pencils, E57 Copic, Cricut-Accent Essentials Cartridge, Fiskars border punch, Brown StazOn and VersaColor Pinecone #171

I cut down the blue paper to A2 size. I cut down the plaid paper to be slightly smaller than the A2 card so when Its mounted to the blue paper you can see just a little of the blue border. I used the Cricut to make the plaque that is mounted behind the deer, using the Accent Essentials Cartridge Acct#48 at 4". I used my Copic to edge the plaque before I glued it down (I did not want to see the white of the paper). I also edged the small border that is on top of the sentiment block with the Copic. I printed the "Happy Birthday Dad" on my computer, the font is called Haettenschweiler. I edged this block in the VersaColor just to add some depth. I glued the border tot he edge of the sentiment block, added pop-dots and mounted it on the card under the deer. Added the woodgrain ribbon tied in a knot to the spine of the card.

Here's how she did the Deer:
He is stamped 6 times on cream paper using brown Stazon. I colored all 6 of them the same using Prisma Colored Pencils. (There are an extra 2 on this sheet-the top corners. I was experimenting with how I wanted to color him.)

Next you need to cut out all 6 deer. I first cut out his nose, then the next layer is the nose, eyes and jawline. And so on and so forth, using up all 6 stamped images.

I used SU Dimensionals to put between the layers so they would "pop" off of each other.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Jean's Junk Drawer #3 Metal ATC's

A long time ago I read about making ATC's cut out of metal. Being adventurous, I rushed right out to our local hardware store and bought a roll of metal sheeting. It is very inexpensive and there is enough to share with every stamper in your neighborhood. I figured there would be a day where I would have "extra time" to experiment with the metal. It's been on my shelf for over a year.

Recently, "Metal" was the theme for one of my monthly ATC swaps- using something metal needs to be somewhere on the ATC . Since I already had the metal on hand, I took it a step further and used it to make the base of the ATC.

Materials needed:
Metal ATC
Alcohol Inks
Blending solution
Transparencies or rubber stamps
Dull scissors (Relieves sharp edges)
Chipboard Pattern of ATC
Metal Edging Tape
Spray adhesive
Using the chipboard pattern and dull scissors, cut the metal to size. This is a thin metal so is fairly easy to cut.

Dab a few colors of alcohol inks along with the blending solution on a piece of felt. Color the complete ATC. (It will dry in a matter of seconds.) I tried to keep the colors light so my transparencies would show up better.
Next spray the transparency with an adhesive to lay over the ATC. Trim any edges. For extra security use a thin metal looking edging tape around the whole piece. All that's left are a few embellishments and it's finished!

Another option is to secure the transparency with eyelets or brads. I used a Crop-A-Dile to punch my eyelets.
Transparencies are just one of the many looks for metal ATC's. Stamping directly on the ATC gives a wonderful effect. Just use an ink like StazOn for the best coverage. The metal can also be painted, cut into any shape or embossed. The possibilities are endless!
Suggestion of the week: If you own a Melting Pot, the edges of your metal can be dipped in UTEE.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fun in the Craft Room

This weekend I decided it was time to be a little creative, and with the holidays coming up and fall in the air, (yes - even for Phoenix) it was time to do a little seasonal stamping.

First is a card I made using the Cardinals in Birch Trees.

I stamped the image onto white card stock with black Memento ink. I then pulled out my Copic markers and shaded the areas around the trees with blue hues. To blend, i started with my darker blue color and pulled that color out with 2 shades lighter of the lighter blue. I colored in all of the cardinals red, and put a little bit of cream in the trees to give a little bit of depth.

I mounted on rust and dark blue card stocks to pull out some of the colors in the stamped art.

Next, a Poinsettia holiday card.

I pulled out my distress inks, reinkers and misting bottles. I created the background that the stamp is sitting on by using my various misting bottles filled with watered down - various colors of distress inks.

First, used a sheet of tinfoil. I randomly placed a few colors from my ink pads onto the tinfoil. I then sprayed with a little bit of water.

I then dipped my card stock into the ink and smeared it around. To add a little bit more dimension and to mix the colors more. I used my misting bottles and sprayed more colors on top of what I had already dipped into the tinfoil. I let the colors blend and bleed together.

It gives you a really beautiful modeled look.

Once dry, I stamp the Poinsettia image onto the card stock with black Memento Ink.

I blended the petals using the same technique with the markers. I started with my darkest shade of red in the center of the flower then pulled out and blended the color using a red that was 2 shades lighter.

I repeated the same process with the second flower, and placed it under a square glass pebble from

One fun thing about the Copic markers. I got 2 completely different looks with the markers. And I think that they both turned out pretty good.

Happy Stamping!


Sketch Challenge Winner!

Is Krisha,
From Shafter CA. Krisha, email us at and give us you full address so we can send you you grab bag of stamps! Thanks for playing.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Jean's Junk Drawer #2 Background Stamps

Because of my Cuttlebug and all the embossed background folders I own, I forget about my background stamps. With Nicole's background stamp requests from our Design Team, I figured it was time to dig out my old stamps to try a new technique. I found it in my Technique Junkies Newsletter. It's called "Burnished Backgrounds". (Oct. /Nov '09)

This technique creates a richly colored background that brings out the detail of the background stamp.

Black or Dark Pigment Ink or VersaMark
Black Embossing Powder
Dye Inks in Complementary Colors
Sponges or Daubers
Background Stamps

First, Stamp and emboss the background Image on a light, Ultra Smooth Cardstock.

Next, starting with the lightest color sponge various spots on the background. Continue using the next to lightest color etc. (Yellow, Orange, Red) Once the whole background is colored, go back over each spot again to bring out the richness of the colors. My card above uses the Maple Leaf Background Stamp, Single Maple Leaf and Pumpkin.

Using a smaller background stamp (Swirls), I could create a fun ATC using Blue, Purple and Pink Inks. Other stamps used were the Dreams Take Flight and Faces half sheet.

Suggestion of the Week: Dig around for those old background stamps and some sponges. The results may surprise you. If I did these again, I would wear rubber gloves while swirling my colors.(I'm a messy Stamper!)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Hi All,
We are soooooooo excited to be offering our first EVER sketch challenge. Our design team has agreed to play along. You can view their cards and the sketch in this posting. We WANT YOU to play along! We are attaching a Mr. Linkey box at the top of this post.

We are running a little contest with this sketch challenge. Post your CARD or ART made from the sketch, to your blog, and link to Mr. Linky by Saturday the 24th, and you will be entered to win in our drawing! We are giving away a grab bag of 25 unmounted stamps valued at over 50.00! A winner will be picked randomly on the 24th and announced on our blog. You will have to check back onto this blog to see if you are the winner. Good luck and have fun creating. And enjoy the samples.
Here is the sketch!

Here are some samples from the design team: