Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Reveal Day #3 at Stamp School

The last 3 days of each month, you will be treated to some beautiful creations by the Stamp School Faculty. Each month, Stamp School releases 2 stamp sets per month.  The first part of 2012, Stamp School will be releasing 4 colors of Poptone cardstock and matching inks until all of their 24 colors are stocked.  Stamp School also will be releasing 100% Merino wool felt along with the cardstock each month.

Today I want to share my third and final creation for Release Week. All of the stamps, inks, cardstocks, and felts will be available for purchase TOMORROW, February 1! You can find all of the Stamp School products at A Walk Down Memory Lane.
Today I used a sentiment from Easter Blessings. The background is made using the "Inpsired By Belleek Pottery" Technique Challenge that I hosted last week at Splitcoaststampers. It is easy to do and makes such gorgeous backgrounds. You can see how to do this HERE.

Be sure to check out all Stamp School has to offer, and take a look at what my fellow Faculty members have created to show you today:
Stamp School Owner Lisa will be highlighting her creations on the Stamp School blog, so head on over there to see all the excitement! Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Easter Blessings
Paper: Poptone Cardstock - Sweet Tooth
Ink: Memento London Fog, SU! Sahara Sand
Accessories: double ruffled ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon), roses (Wild Orchid), paper flowers (Prima), embossing folder (Sizzix), pearls (Kaiser)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Release Week February Reveal #2 at Stamp School

Today is Reveal Day #2 at Stamp School! 
 I used stamps from Hannah Flying A Kite for today's sneak peek:
Isn't she cute? She is based on Owner Lisa's beautiful daughter! I thought the Lime Twist designer paper by MME was perfect for this image! I added a little fun pink grass (I love pink!), Baker's Twine, a butterfly charm, and some Sweet Tooth felt clouds and Hannah is having a perfect kite-flying day!

Today I want to share a little bit more about the inks and felt:

Inks:
The Poptone Dye Ink from Stamp School is a raised dye ink pad.  The inks are made to match the Poptone Cardstock.  The ink pad comes with a hinged lid, so you won't ever lose your lid and is labeled with the ink color.  It works beautifully on our clear stamps, and because it is a dye ink you can do any technique fit for dye inks.  We also have re-inkers available.

Felt:
Soft to the touch yet sturdy, Stamp School felt is a medium-weight 100% merino wool, imported from Holland.  Be forewarned, once you craft with it you'll have a hard time ever going back to a blend or acrylic.  Approximately 14oz. per linear yard (36x72 inches) and 1mm thick, almost 1/16 inch.  Our felt is not flammable, and safe for babies and children. 

Be sure to check out all Stamp School has to offer, and take a look at what my fellow Faculty members have created to show you today:
Stamp School Owner Lisa will be highlighting her creations on the Stamp School blog, so head on over there to see all the excitement!

Challenges for this card: 
Heart Song Inspirations - Buttons and/or Brads  
Kaboodle Doodles - "It`s all about Girls" 
Karens Doodles - Cute and Cuddly 
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes  
Make My Monday - Nature- Butterflies and/or Dragonflies (charm) 
Truly Madly Crafty Challenges - Anything Goes

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A February Sneak Peek from Stamp School!

Today I want to share with you a sneak peek from the TWO new stamp sets that Stamp School will be releasing on February 1.  PLUS, there are FOUR new paper, ink, and luscious felt colors available on Wednesday as well! How about these names: Wild Cherry, Red Hot, Cotton Candy and Grape Jelly!! YUM! Here is my peek for today:
I decided to do a CAS design and I love how it turned out. I scored two lines at the top, and then also at the bottom on the grass. I used Cotton Candy and Hot Fudge ink. I am ready for spring! Be sure to check out what the other Faculty members have to show you today too!

I love the cardstock that Stamp School offers:

Cardstock:
Poptone Cardstock from Stamp School is a heavy 100lb cover weight cardstock.  It works brilliantly for card bases.  However, we suggest you score your cardstock before you fold it.  It's just THAT heavy weight!  The Poptone Cardstock cuts beautuifully with any diecut machine and die, even the wafter thin steel rule dies from My Favorite Things or Spellbinders.  It has matching dye inks, and matching wool felt.

The Sweet Tooth is now my heavier weight white cardstock of choice! I love the weight and quality. 
Be sure to check out all Stamp School has to offer, and take a look at what my fellow Faculty members have created to show you today:
Stamp School Owner Lisa will be highlighting her creations on the Stamp School blog, so head on over there to see all the excitement! Sneak Peek #2 coming up tomorrow! 

PLUS, join my Geometry Class Sketch Challenge! With few entries, your chances of winning are HIGH! The deadline is Tuesday!
Stamps:  Hannah Flying A Kite & Easter Blessings by Stamp School
Paper: Sweet Tooth, Cotton Candy (Stamp School, DP by Basic Grey
Ink: Cotton Candy, Hot Fudge (Stamp School)
Accessories: Fiskars grass punch, Scor-Pal

Friday, January 27, 2012

Green Eggs and.....Hambo!

Welcome to "Green Eggs and ......Hambo" sponsored by Hambo Stamps! Today Hambo customers and the Bacon Bits Design Team are bringing you fun creations that depict book titles! It might be our favorite book, or just one that was fun to design. If you arrived here from Leslie's blog you are in the right place! If not, you might want to start back at the beginning at the Hambo blog to make sure you are eligible for the hopper prize!

A prize will be awarded to one participant whose book-themed creation tickles the Bacon Bits’ fancy in a hammin’ jammin’ way!  Another prize will be awarded randomly to a hopper who comments on all the blogs along the way. The winners will be announced on the Hoedown blog, as well as on the Hambo company blog, Talk to the Ham, on Wednesday, February 1.
My card today is based on the book I am currently reading: The Confession by John Grisham. It tells the story of two men: one in prison for a crime he didn't commit, and the other, a terminally ill man who actually did commit the crime and is trying to make restitution. But no one believes him.


I used Pig Inmate for my images. He looks a little shell-shocked from all the years in prison - he has been counting the days until someone will squeal the real story, and he will be free. He has to get out so he can head on over to Sandy's blog for another great book! Don't forget to leave a comment to be eligible to win some Hambo prizes!

We love comments anytime, but the deadline for prize entries is Tuesday, January 31 at 5 PM CST. Our current team will be retiring that day, and we will be welcoming a new Design Team AND celebrating the Hambo Hoedown’s ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY on February 1st. Don't miss it!

Hop Order:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Looking For A Sketch Challenge? With A Prize?

We call it "Geometry Class" of course! :)
You can see the sketch and all the deets here.
And here is what I came up with:

All supplies I used are from A Walk Down Memory Lane, and are listed at the bottom of the Geometry Class post -- with links to find everything! Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

More Pottery With Love


I wanted to share another card with you using yesterday's "Inspired by Belleek Pottery" technique. And I also wanted to share how you can stamp RIGHT ON pottery and have a beautiful collector's piece that you have made!

But first things first. My card today is made with images from Nature's Path by Rubber Stamp Tapestry. This darling little set makes beautiful delicate designs. I used a Spellbinders Heart die and punched out a heart template to sponge for my guide, and then stamped the wreath. I finished off with Love Block Stamp in another Spellbinders heart.

I added a second panel using the Inspired by Belleek Pottery technique (CLICK HERE) and a Sizzix embossing folder with Sahara Sand ink.

NOW, to see some really beautiful pottery and art using Rubber Stamp Tapestry's stamps on ceramic bisque, CLICK HERE. Susan has some gorgeous tutorials and ideas to show you about how easy it is! Here is a peek:
I did not make this! This is one of the many works of art that Susan has made using Rubber Stamp Tapestry's stamps. Have a look! You will love the technique and end results~!

Other challenges:
Cooking It Up With Katie - Heart, emboss, punch
Crafts and Me - pink and sparkly
Creative Belli - fancy frames
Inky Impressions - heart you
My Mum's Craft shop - flowers
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Whimsy Inspiration - pearls or bling
Anything Goes Challenge - To The One I Love
My Time To Craft - Your Favourite Embellishment
Sweet Stamps - Love


Stamps: Nature's Path & Love Block Stamp by Rubber Stamp Tapestry
Paper: Rose Red, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink: Rose Romance (retired), Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss
Accessories: Diamond Stickles, Kaiser Blush Pearls, Spellbinders heart die cuts, Sizzix EF, sparkly ric rac (RRR)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Inspired by Belleek Pottery

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to go to Ireland for eleven days with my daughter and her high school choir. We spent all of our time in the north part of Ireland from Dublin to Galway, and then on up to Northern Ireland and the Belfast area. I wish I had known Bridget and Sabrina then!

It was a wonderful trip. One of the highlights for everyone on the trip was the
Belleek Pottery tour. No one knew quite what to expect, but by the time we finished the tour we were all mesmerized and enchanted with what we had seen, and every person with the choir purchased something to bring home.

I was absolutely astounded at the careful, detailed work that is done there. Here are some of the pictures I took:










My Technique Challenge today at Splitcoast is inspired by that pottery (Growing up in Arizona, it's really more like china and porcelain than what I think of as "pottery.").


We have had a Technique Challenge where we inked up our embossing folders for a negative effect: TLC160 Cuttlebug: The Negative Effect 3/17/08, and this is similar, but there are some restrictions.

We want our backgrounds to look reminiscent of porcelain or bisque pottery/china, so we will be limited in what colors we can use.


Instructions:

1. Use white or ivory cardstock only for your background.

2. Choose an
embossing folder that has some negative space. Ink up the front or top side (usually where the business logo is) with a light neutral dye ink (you can use pigment, but the result will look different and not as subdued, plus it's harder to clean the embossing folder). Suggested ink colors: Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, and similar colors in other brands. I used my brayer for even coverage. My sample uses Sahara Sand. No dark or bright colors.

3. Place the white or ivory cardstock on the inside back side of the embossing folder (the non-inked side), close the folder, and emboss using your machine of choice. I used my Cuttlebug.


4. Open the folder, and voila! A nice, subdued, porcelain-look for your background!


5. Try to keep your design focused on the background, even though you will be adding other images and embellishments. In my sample, I stamped my sentiment in Sahara Sand, and kept my lamp image uncolored to not take away from the background.


Here is my card. Click on the photo for a close-up!
I was going to make a tutorial for those visual people, like me(!), but then I found this awesome one that Diana Gibbs has done using this same technique HERE.

I hope you will play along!

Stamps:  Unity Stamps
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Sahara Sand (SU!), Sweet Tooth (Stamp School)
Ink: Sahara Sand (SU!), London Fog (Memento)
Accessories: Wild Orchid roses, MS branch punch, Cuttlebug EF, Really Reasonable Ribbon Noelle Crocheted Lace, Spellbinders Long Rectangles and Long Scalloped Rectangles die cuts, Kaiser Blush pearls
 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

It's A Kittie Kits Hop!

Thank you for joining in on the KITTIE KIT HOP fun!!  We are SO excited to share with you!  In case you didn’t know, Rubbernecker Stamps has a line of stamps called KITTIE KITS (designed by Kittie Caracciolo) and they include a  variety of images; these images can be used together in MANY different ways to create MANY different things. Just wait, you will see what I mean! The Stampin’ Sisterhood has come together to share some of the ways that THEY use them!  There is a HOP ROUTE for you to follow below. You will find it along with my creation. Each Sister will have this list for you, to help you on your journey!!   
My card is made with Kittie Kits The Moose is Loose set. I was too careful in sponging my sky and snowdrifts, so the color is a bit washed out in the photo, but the Starfire Glitter picks up the drifts a bit. These trees remind me of where I grew up - beautiful hills and spruce and pine trees - and cross-country skiing! Click on the photo for a close-up view.

Make sure to leave some LOVE at every stop, for you will want to be eligible for our PRIZE!!   What fun would it be without a PRIZE!!?

***You could win your choice of one AWESOME KITTIE KIT stamp set of your CHOICE!***
***The winner will be announced FRIDAY 1/2so you all have time to HOP!!***

How cool is that?  OK, better get HOPPIN’, there is LOTS to see!!   Be on the look out for our NEXT HOP coming IN FEBRUARY!!  We look forward to bringing you MORE sharing and prizes!!  Until then, be sure to check out the daily posts on the STAMPIN’ SISTERHOOD blog!!  There is LOTS of inspiration to be found!  Thanks again for joining us today and ENJOY!!

**HOP ROUTE**
Rubbernecker Stamps is also having a Design Team Call right now! Check it out and come join our fun team! Click HERE to read the details! Deadline is tonight at midnight!

Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps Kittie Kits The Moose is Loose
Paper: Always Artichoke, Glossy White (SU!), Sno Cone (Stamp School's Poptone)
Ink: Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand (SU!), Sno Cone, Berrylicious (Stamp School)
Accessories:White Dots Organdy Ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon), button (Basic Grey), Pennant die cut (Spellbinders), rhinestones (Studio G), embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Starfire Glitter (Sparkle N Sprinkle), silver thread (in button)

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    Flowers, Ribbon, Lace and Pearls = Smile

    Today's sentiment comes from TLC Creations. Paulette has lovely word art and vintage images at her blog - the majority of which are FREE!  If you haven't ever been there, check it out.
    How do you start your cards? Sketch, color, theme, image? I think I change every time I design. This one started with a sketch I did, and then I chose the designer paper. I loved all the colors and richness. It's Madeline by Prima. Wild Orchid has the loveliest flowers, don't you think? I get mine at I Brake For Stamps. Add some pearls and lace and I am a happy girl!

    I would love it if you would be a Follower! Just click the button in the right sidebar! Have a wonderful day!

    Challenges for this card:
    Gingersnap Creations - favorite paper
    Whimsical Wednesdays - anything goes 
    Cupcake Craftroom - anything goes
    Lexi Creations - anything goes 
    Stamps: I Wish You Comfort by TLC Creations
    Paper: Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, GP White, Madeline DP by Prima
    Accessories: Wild Orchid roses, MS bird punch and branch punch, SU! Chocolate Chip striped grosgrain ribbon, slit punch, lace trim, Bazzill Just the Edge cardstock strips, pearls, Spellbinders Circles Large die, Cuttlebug EF

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    Comfort and Peace

    As I get older, I find that I need more sympathy cards. I love the message on this sentiment from Stamp School's Christian Sympathy stamp set:
    This was a quick card to make, as the Authentique Gathering 6x6 pad has such beautiful paper in it and I wanted to highlight those vibrant colors. 
    You can see how I made this, and all the supplies that I used in today's Study Hall at Stamp School!

    And there is a Facebook Giveaway! Read all about it:
    Did you know Stamp School has a Facebook Page? We’d love it if you “liked” us… in fact we’d love it so much that we’re running a Facebook Contest. There will be a Stamp School prize pack awarded to one lucky Facebook commenter (randomly chosen by random.org). All you need to do to enter is like us on Facebook and answer a question. Since we’re Stamp School, we want to know the name of your all time favorite teacher! For additional entries, you can tell others about Stamp School. When your friends like Stamp School they should answer the question AND tell us who sent them (i.e. My favorite teacher was Mrs. Smith, and Samantha Taylor sent me). They’ll get an entry for commenting, and you will receive an additional entry for every friend you send over to Stamp School.
     
    All comments need to be made by 11:59 pm CST on Friday, January 20th, on our Facebook Page. To comply with Facebook rules and regulations, the winner will be announced here on the Stamp School blog on Saturday, January 21st.
    Good luck!
    Challenges for this card:
    Die Cut Dreams - Sympathy
    Lexi's Creations - Anything Goes 
    Squigglefly - Buttons 
    Pollycraft - BINGO (ribbon, button, die cut)
    The Crazy Challenge - Tic Tac Toe (ribbon, image, pearls)
    Kenny K Krafty Girlz - "Bow-Dacious"
     

    Sunday, January 15, 2012

    Halfway Through January!

    Today is the 15th and that means it's time for two new Dirty girls to join the Dirty Dozen at Splitcoaststampers. If you are a Fan Club member, you will be able to see who they are and see the creations I made for this month's theme! If not, head over there and join! It's a great way to support SCS and receive benefits just for FC members! I am SUPER excited about both girls that are joining the SCS Design Team this month! Here is a sneak peek of one of my creations:
    Isn't he cute?
    I can't believe how fast my six months on the team has gone! I only have one more month as a Dirty Girl! Seems like I was just announcing my secret! It has been so much fun.

    The 15th also brings a new challenge to Really Reasonable Ribbon and today's challenge is Valentines! Of course you must have ribbon or trim somewhere on your project! Here is what I made:
    I used my Grand Calibur and Grand Ovals dies to cut out my frame, then added some fun designer paper by The Paper Studio to the inside before I stamped my sentiment. I embossed with Cuttlebug's Seeing Spots embossing folder. The heart is a Spellinders die. I made two slits and tied it with Dots White Organza and Cherry Baker's Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I used my heat gun to curl the edges of the ribbon.

    Kind of hard to get a good photo that shows both the inside and out! I hope you will play along!

    Other challenges for this card:

    Stamps: Pretty Phrases by Paper Smooches
    Paper: PTI White, Cherry Cobbler, DP by The Paper Studio
    Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
    Accessories: (and Tools): heat gun, Grand Ovals and Heart dies (Spellbinders), Cherry Baker's Twine & Dots White Organza (Really Reasonable Ribbon), button, Seeing Spots embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

    A Stamp School Tutorial PLUS HEALING

    For the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop CLICK HERE.

    Over at Stamp School in yesterday's Teacher Lounge, I showed a technique tutorial using Distress Inks. I hope you will check it out and let me know what you think! Here is the finished product:
    Head over to Stamp School to see how I made this!

    And I would love it if you would check out my AIHU website HERE. I LOVE LOVE these products. Here is Aihu's Mission Statement (CLICK on it to see larger print):
     If you suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, dermatitis, migraines, sinus headaches, or tension and stress, AIHU products may help alleviate some of the pain associated with those ailments. I would love to tell you more about it, and help you find the products that will best help.

    Healing Skin Care, Facial Healing Skin Care, Healing Mineral Make-up, Anti-Stress, Baby, and Home Keeping products are what we offer!

    Check out the site! Have a great weekend~!

    Challenges for my card:
    Annabelle Stamps Challenge – Anything Goes
    Crafty Catz - Something New (felt)
    Fairy Tale - Something New (felt)
       

    Friday, January 13, 2012

    Hopping With Really Reasonable Ribbon

    Welcome to the January Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon! If you arrived here from True's blog, you are in the right place! If you just happened along, be sure to start at the beginning at the RRR Blog (I am the third stop, so you don't have far back to go!) so you don't miss out on the awesome projects, fun news, and a prize from Really Reasonable Ribbon!
    This month we are showcasing the fun pinks, reds, and whites in the January Monthly Ribbon Club Kit. If you really love ribbon and would like to have a wonderful assortment of ribbons sent to you automatically each month, just join the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club! Monthly ribbon club assortments are selected and pre-packed to reflect a specific theme, color, or holiday season. The assortments vary from month to month, but an average assortment has 5-8 different ribbon styles and consists of 10-15 yards of ribbon.

    Here is what I made:
    My images are from Cats Set 597 by Rubbernecker Stamps. It has such fun images and sayings for cats! I chose the fun pink dotted satin ribbon from the January Club for my card. This is a 4.25" square card. Click on the photo for a closer view.

    Now off to Joanna's blog, where she has something super fun to share! Thanks for stopping by today! 

    Bonnie will be giving away a January Ribbon Monthly Club kit to a random commenter so please make sure and comment on all of the girls' projects to increase your chances of winning! There is also a Blogoversary Giveaway to celebrate and you will want to enter HERE!



    Stamps: Cats 597 by Rubbernecker Stamps
    Paper: Pink Passion, Positively Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White (SU!), Sweet Stack DP (DCWV)
    Ink: Pink Passion, Memento Tuxedo Black
    Accessories and Tools: gems (Studio G), brads (The Paper Studio), embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Spellbinders die cuts, January Ribbon Club (Really Reasonable Ribbon), border punch (EK Success)

    Wednesday, January 11, 2012

    Inflation?

    Over at the Hambo Hoedown today there is LOTS of fun news! There is a DT Call, a blog hop you can join, and a fun new image! BALLOON COST is the image the Bacon Bits worked with this week, along with the challenge of using TWO CIRCLES OF DIFFERENT SIZES. I love the look of rainbow colors together and I made a CAS (Clean and Simple) card for my design. Above is the outside, and this is the inside:
    I thought the sentiment was perfect to pair with Balloon Girl! Dance on over to the Hoedown to see what everyone else made and read all about it!





    Other challenges for this card:
    Paper Pretties - sentiment as focal point
    365 Cards - candyland
    Anything Goes Challenge - Anything Goes at Anything Goes
    Deep Ocean Challenge - Lots Of White

    Stamps: Balloon Cost & Balloon Girl by Hambo Stamps
    Paper: Green Galore, Yoyo Yellow, Real Red, Only Orange, Lovely Lilac, Ballet Blue, PTI White
    Ink: Copic MarkersY08, R29, YR68, B24, B00, V15, YG06
    Accessories: large oval punch, Spellbinders Circle dies, Cuttlebug embossing folder

    Monday, January 9, 2012

    The Best of 2011 Techniques

    I am excited to announce that I will be joining my good friends Holly and Joan as a Splitcoaststampers Technique Challenge Hostess for 2012! And today I am hosting a "Best of 2011" Challenge. Come on over to the TLC forum and play along! There are 52 challenges to choose from; something for everyone!
    I chose TLC313 Bargello Design for my background. I love this technique! It gives me a chance to use several different designer papers (and I have oodles!). Joan has a wonderful tutorial on her blog that shows how easy this technique is. It takes a little time, but I love the effect! Try it! If you are like me, I know you have enough paper out there!

    My images are Coffee Girl by Hambo Stamps. She is one of my all-time favorite Hambo digital images! Speaking of Hambo Stamps, there is a Design Team Call going on right now through January 18th! We would love to have you apply! Get the DEETS HERE. 

    On another fun note, my "Out With the Old, In With the Newt" Hambo Stamps card won Top Three over at Come and Get It Challenges! Woo!

    Have a great day!
    Other challenges for this card:
    Creative Inspirations Paint - Something Old (buttons & twill)
    Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes
    Gingerloft - Anything Goes
    One Stitch At A Time - Use Embellishments
    Sparkles Forum - Anything BUT a Christmas Card 
    Allsorts - Paper Piecing 

    Stamps: Coffee Girl by Hambo Stamps
    Paper: Kraft, Riding Hood Red, GP White, DP from stash
    Ink: Twin Touch & Copic markers
    Accessories: PTI twine, cardboard heart, buttons, May Arts twine, Spellbinders dies
    Techniques: Bargello Design, paper piecing

    Saturday, January 7, 2012

    A New Year Wish

    I think this card's sentiment is perfect for the New Year! "Encourage your hopes, not your fears."
    Wouldn't life be disheartening without hope? We hope we will lose weight, find a new job, stamp something pretty, be liked. We hope our children will make friends at school, that our new recipe turns out, that we have enough money, that we can zip up the jeans. We hope we can keep our mouths closed when we should and that we will have the courage to stand up for something when it's right. We hope for a cure for cancer, hope that the wars will end, hope that our family is safe, and hope that we can sleep well tonight.

    Whether we be young or old,
    Our destiny, our being's heart and home,
    Is with infinitude, and only there;
    With hope it is, hope that can never die,
    Effort and expectation, and desire,
    And something evermore about to be.
    --William Wordsworth (The Prelude)

    Have a wonderful day!
    Card Challenges:
    Catch The Bug - January Anything Goes
    Craft Your Days Away - New Beginnings
    Crafty Emma - Anything goes
    Crazy 4 Challenges - New Year, use something new (first time to use the stamps!)
    Just Some Lines - Anything to do with New Year 
    Sweet Stampin - Spots and Dots (in the designer paper)
    Card Makin' Mamas - New Year or Something New 
    Crafty Catz - New Beginning 
    Fairy Tale - Something New (first time to use the stamps!)
    Jellypark Challenges - Use Something Old AND Something New (new: stamps - old: roses)
    Fashionista Friday – Use up Stash (roses) 
        
    Stamps: French Connection by Tim Holtz
    Paper: Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory, Stella and Rose Hattie Papers (My Mind's Eye)
    Ink: Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou, Close to Cocoa
    Accessories: journaling tag (K & Co.), distressing tool, paper doily, Latte pearls (Kaiser), paper roses (Wild Orchid), Circle and Pendant dies (Spellbinders), Sunburst Border Punch (Fiskars)

    Tuesday, January 3, 2012

    Out With the Old, In With the Newt!

    Doesn't this image just make you smile? It's a new digi release by Hambo Stamps and you can read all about the Hoedown Challenge here! It comes with three sentiments, so there is sure to be one that tickles your fancy!

    I used two new things on this card: Epiphany Crafts Button Studio and Really Reasonable Ribbon's Mauve Mid Ruffle Satin. I LOVE the ruffled ribbon that RRR carries, and you can see all the colors and types HERE. My designer paper is Basic Grey's Lemonade. Perfect colors for my guy's shirt too!

    Hambo Stamps is having a DT Call RIGHT NOW! We would love to have you apply! Check out the Hoedown (until Jan. 9), and check out RRR's 2 Year Blogoversary Giveaway (until Jan. 26)! HAPPY NEWT YEAR!
    Other challenges for this card: 
    Cupcake Craftroom Anything Goes 
    Creative Stamp Friends - New Year Cards 
    Critter Sketch - Celebration 
    Kaboodle Doodles - Celebrates 
    The Crafter`s Cafe - New Year/ New Beginnings 
    There She Goes - "A New Year, A New Start" 
    Come and Get It Challenges - Happy New Year Card 
    Creative Inspirations Paint - Something New 
    Robyn`s Fetish - Anything Goes 
    One Stitch At A Time - Use a Digi 
    Sentimental Sundaysmust include a Sentiment - Anything Goes 
    The Squirrel & the Fox - Something New
    Stamps: Reptile by Hambo Stamps
    Paper: Lemonade DP by Basic Grey, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, GP White
    Ink: Copics
    Accessories: Spellbinders dies, felt flower, ruffled ribbon (RRR), Cuttlebug EF, Epiphany Crafts Button Studio
    Techniques: paper piecing

    Monday, January 2, 2012

    Join in My Color Challenge at Stamp School!

    Today at Stamp School is my first Art Room post - a color challenge that I hope you will join! There is a prize package to be had for one lucky player! I loved the muted colors in this artwork. If you don't have any Poptone Cardstock from Stamp School yet, head on over to A Walk Down Memory Lane and order some! You will love the quality of this 100 lb. cardstock!
    My card is today is made using both the Christian Sympathy and Natural Landscape sets and the beautiful colors above. My sentiment and flowers are both stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and the flower are colored in with Copic Markers. The beautiful patterned paper is from the Authentique Gathering 6×6 pad.

    My ribbon is White Diamond Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

    You have until 11:58 CST on the last day of the month to upload any challenge entries. I hope you will join in!

    Other challenges for this card:
    Incy Wincy Designs - Anything Goes 
    House of Gilli - Anything Goes 
    Heart Song Inspirations - Anything Goes 
    Simon Says Stamp and Show... - Something Old and New (Old: embossing folder; New: cardstock, button and stamps)
    The Pink Elephant - Anything Goes
    Stamps R Us - "What you got for Christmas" or Anything Goes 
    The Cutie Pie Challenge - Use a Sentiment