Friday, August 30, 2013

Me & You and Stamping Simply

It's Friday, and that means a Stamp Simply sharing day! Today's card is probably my favorite style to make. Lots of embellishments with pretty paper!
I started by choosing my designer paper: Kaisercraft Secret Admirer. Once I had chosen that, it was easy to match and contrast embellishments! I chose two trims, Orange May Arts 3/4" Striped Chevron Twill, and one of the Ivory Lace trims from Lace Cards by Kaisercraft.
I ruched my twill ribbon and then sewed up the middle using a decorative stitch on my sewing machine. I added the lace and a little doily I crocheted. Next came some gorgeous sugared flowers and leaves from Prima (Mini Rose Stems - Wishes & Dreams), a contrasting hot pink button to pick up some of the color in the designer paper, a little Aqua Baker's Twine, and then finally a sentiment from the Secret Admirer paper pad.
I used my Fiskars Non-Stick No. 8 Bent Scissors to cut my adhesives: 3D Foam Squares - 1/2" White and Scor-Tape. The teflon coating is great for non-stick cutting! Everything is mounted on a Kraft cardstock base. I love how this turned out!

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to stop by The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store to see all of the fabulous things that Sharon carries!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

You Warm My Heart

It's Thursday and that means a new sketch
Here is this week's sketch #116!
I chose Hot, Hot, Hot by Fresh Squeezed Stamps and Walnut Grove designer paper for my card today. Both are available at i {heart} papers.
I added some machine stitching and distressing, and some pearls and a taupe ribbon bow for embellishments. My layers are held together with Sticky Thumb adhesive and Scor-Tape.
I love seeing what the rest of the team creates, and how different the same sketch can look, so be sure to have a visit at their blogs too! To play along, link up HERE.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Timeless Tuesday #235 - In Distress

My sweet friend, Deb, is our Hostess today for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #235. Her challenge is all about Distressing! Use your Distress inks, edge distressers, tear some paper, or distress a shabby chic style project.  Get in distress!
I chose Just My Type for my card today and decided to use some yummy pink goodness with it! Pink is my favorite color, and it always brings a smile to my face! I stamped the sentiment using Rose Bud ink. My pinking shears (found brand new - vintage - at an antique store!) made some fun edges and I used my distressing tool for some others. Everything is held together with Scor-Tape.
Read all about how to join the Timeless Tuesday challenge HERE. The rest of the team has some beautiful creations to show off, so please visit their blogs too!
Stamps: Just My Type by Flourishes - available at i {heart} papers
Ink: Rose Bud (Memento) - available at i {heart} papers
Paper: Bazzill Textured Pink, LaBlanche Specialty Stamping Paper, My Mind's Eye DP
Tools and Accessories: paper flower (Recollections), Pink Chevron Grosgrain and Cotton Candy Baker's Twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon), button (Buttons Galore), distressing tool

Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Festive Celebration

Today's Splitcoast Featured Stamper Challenge honors gabalot, with her lovely prolific gallery and fun, artsy style. I chose this Flowers for a Friend card for my inspiration.
I kept Gabby's three flowers and sentiment layout pretty close, but added some layers, embossing, and scoring. I changed images and colors and added a bow and pearls for embellishments.

My images are from Just Rite's Festive Poinsettia stamp set. I stamped on La Blanche Specialty Stamping Paper with Rich Razzleberry ink. I then scored three lines around the sentiment using my Scor-Pal Tool.
I matted the stamped panel with Prima Craftsman designer paper and mounted it on a white cardstock base embossed with the Regal M-Bossilbilities folder. I wanted a kind of subtle "fade in, fade out" look to the folder, so didn't have the embossing cover the entire piece of cardstock.
I finished off my card with a White Tulle bow and Snow Pearls. Everything is held together with 1/4" Scor-Tape. I like the simple elegance and CAS design. I hope you do too!  

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to stop by The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store to see all of the fabulous things that Sharon carries!

No Time To Stamp?

Stamps: Festive Poinsettia (Just Rite)  
Paper: 4x5.5 Specialty Stamping Paper (La Blanche), Sweet Tooth CS (Poptone), Craftsman DP (Prima) 
Ink: Rich Razzleberry (SU!)  
Accessories: Snow Pearls (Kaiser), White Tulle (SS), Regal M-Bossibilities (SB), Scor-Tape (SS)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Watercolor and Flourishes Go Together!

Today's SCS Color Challenge is called "Elegant Mambo on the River" - meaning:
Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, and River Rock! 
I love this color combo and knew it would be perfect for some florals from Flourishes Old Fashioned Florals, available at i {heart} papers.
My floral image is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on watercolor paper, and then embossed with Clear embossing powder. I watercolored using reinkers and a tiny watercolor brush. The sentiment is stamped with Elegant Eggplant (SU!) ink. Everything is held together using ISP red-line tape. Check out all the Flourishes designs that IHP carries here~!

This is also for Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday Challenge #216 - Frame It!
I used Spellbinders Oval and Scalloped Oval dies to frame my pretty florals. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Dainty Doilies

I am the hostess for this week’s Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge. Our challenge is to use doilies in your creation (FTTC234)! I love the sweet look of all sorts of doilies. You can use purchased doilies or a doily die cut. I chose a purchased doily for my design.
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I love all of the different flowers from Flourishes’ Old Fashioned Florals. My floral image is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on watercolor paper, and then embossed with Clear embossing powder. I watercolored using reinkers and a tiny watercolor brush. The sentiment is stamped with Elegant Eggplant ink. I used Spellbinders Oval and Scalloped Oval dies to frame my pretty florals. A little ribbon and twine and a button and pearl center finish it off.

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I am excited to see what you will make!
Be sure to visit and leave a comment on all of my Friends of Flourishes Teamies and our guest designer for today…

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Hopping with Clearsnap and The {Stamps} of Life!

Today the fabulous Design Team from The {Stamps} of Life is hopping with Clearsnap to bring you some amazing goodies by Stephanie Barnard!
My card today uses one of the August releases (and the August Club Set!), snails2mail. I used one of Stephanie's Sprays, Sky, for my background. The snails are stamped with Licorice ink and then the shells were stamped in rainbow colors using Stephanie's Premium inks: Strawberry, Tangerine, Banana, Spearmint, Sky, Blueberry, and Grape. The sentiment is stamped with Strawberry ink.

My 1" Yellow Ric Rac from The Stamp Simply Ribbon store reminded me of a snail trail. I added some Cherry Baker's Twine for color contrast. A few red brads and all done!

Be sure to visit all the stops on the hop for lots of inspiration and the chance for some great prizes too! The Clearsnap blog has all the prize deets!

HOP LIST:
Clearsnap Blog: http://blog.clearsnap.com
Jeanne Streiff  http://inkypaws.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com
Tami Sanders http://tamisanders.com/
Lorie Souther http://www.thinkinspot.com/
Suzanne Austin http://whatsinalousyananut.blogspot.com
Kim Howard http://basementstamper.blogspot.com/
Judy Rozema http://jarfullofjoy.blogspot.com/
Becki Adams http://beckiadams.com
Beverly Sizemore http://bevscreativepath.blogspot.com/
Emily Niehaus http://emmielouwho.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Priest http://hydrangeahippo.com/blog
Laura Williams http://www.lauralooloo.blogspot.com/
Steph Ackerman http://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/
Anna Wight http://sweetmissdaisy.typepad.com/
Kelli Hull http://stampingwithadream.blogspot.com/
Adrienne Ford http://bry-and-i.blogspot.com/
Tiffany Johnson http://iheartartblog.com/
Lydia Fiedler http://www.understandblue.blogspot.com/
Meihsia Liu http://meihsia.blogspot.com
Debbie Cole http://debbiecole.com/blog/

Friday, August 16, 2013

Birds of Paradise

It's Friday, and that means it's time to share some more goodies from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. Today's card features a really neat Kanban stamp set called Birds of Paradise.
I stamped the bird image on a lovely piece of designer paper from Kaisercraft's Secret Admirer collection using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and then colored in with Copic markers. I added May Arts Turquoise Velvet and Kaisercraft's White Lace trims with Kaiser Snow Pearls
The beautiful flower is by Prima from the Queen Mary collection. I love those flowers! A little tulle bow under the flower and all done!

And on a fun note, last week's card using Stamp Simply goodies is featured today at Inspire Me Fridays HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to stop by The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store to see all of the fabulous things that Sharon carries!
No Time To Stamp?
And one little note of great importance, hold Sharon in your prayers, as her father passed away unexpectedly this week.
Hugs and prayers to you and your family, Sharon!


Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Fall Deconstructed Sketch

It's Thursday and that means a new sketch
at The Deconstructed Sketch!
I love Jen's sketches. They are so easy to work with.
Here is this week's sketch #114!
I still had my Twiggy (Memory Box) designer paper out from a creation earlier this week, so decided to use it again for today's sketch. It is an older line, and I suppose I should be using it all up instead of hoarding it!
I chose a sentiment from the In Nature Flourishes set I had on my desk from Tuesday and used the paper as my "image."  The sentiment is stamped in Memento Espresso Truffle ink. Both the stamp set and ink is available at i {heart} papers. I added some fun Olive Pom Pom trim and paper flowers with a Latte button and twine bow.

I love seeing what the rest of the team creates, and how different the same sketch can look, so be sure to have a visit at their blogs too! To play along, link up HERE.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

It's A Surprise!

For today's Really Reasonable Ribbon hop, click here
For today's Timeless Tuesday post, click here.

It's a Surprise Birthday Hop for Monica Hunter! Monica is the owner of Hambo Stamps and today is her birthday. The Bacon Bits Design Team got together and decided to throw a little surprise party for her, and we would like you to join us! 

If you arrived here from Jeannie's blog, you are in the right place. Otherwise, start at the beginning with Deborah's blog so you don't miss out on any party fun. Every birthday has to have presents, and this one has one for you! One random hopper that completes the hop and comments on each blog will receive a Hambo Birthday surprise! The winner will be announced at the Hambo Hoedown on Wednesday, August 21. 
Here is the hop order in case you get lost:
Deborah
Jane
Jeannie
My card today is made with one of Hambo's new releases: Big Giraffe (5116) and Age Spots (5115). It's no secret that I love giraffes, and this one is just adorable! I made a CAS design today, because I know Monica loves clean and simple designs! I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored in with Copic markers. The inside says "At least they're not stripes." My "spotty" designer paper banners are from American Crafts.

Happy happy birthday, Monica!! Now hop on over to
Kendra's for more birthday fun!

August Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon!

It's time to hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon! If you arrived here from Bonnie'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! Our hop goes live at 6:30 AM CST.

Each 13th of the month it's the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop where we highlight the Ribbon Club! This month is a Pink & Brown Vintage Assortment:
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 5-9 different ribbon styles and consists of 10-15+ yards of ribbon.  You will love it! Tell Bonnie that Judy sent you!

My card today features a fun design by I Brake For Stamps. I stamped my images using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored in with Copic markers.
Since pink is my favorite color, I loved this month's assortment. I chose the Stitched Satin Pearl Pink for this card, and added some paper flowers and a pearl to the center. 
And by the way, I love my mother, and would be honored to be like her!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to comment along the way at all my amazing teammates' blogs for the awesome prizes from Really Reasonable Ribbon

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Now off to Heidi's blog, for some amazing eye-candy!
 


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Timeless Tuesday with Autumn Colors

My Flourishes Timeless Tuesday post today is all about Autumn colors! Broni is our lovely hostess and she chose our theme for today.
I decided to use one of the sentiments from In Nature, one of the July releases, and some beautiful fall papers from Memory Box called Twiggy. I also used the Memory Box Small Madison Window die.
Read all about how to join the Timeless Tuesday challenge HERE. The rest of the team has some beautiful creations to show off, so please visit their blogs too!
Other challenges for this card: 
Bearly Mine Challenges - Anything Goes 
Creative Card Crew - Banner/Pennant
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes 
Crafty Cardmakers - 1 image, 2 patterned papers, 3 embellishments (ribbon, flowers, brads)
Crafty Sentiments - Dies and Punches

Stamps: In Nature by Flourishes - available at i {heart} papers
Ink: Morocco (Memento) - available at i {heart} papers
Paper: Twiggy (Memory Box), Crumb Cake and Garden Green (SU!)
Accessories: Small Madison Window die (Memory Box) - available at i {heart} papers, paper flowers (Prima), leaf brad (The Paper Studio), Chocolate Chip striped ribbon (SU!), pearl brad, banner die (TE)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Dare to Reach Out

Beginning today I will be sharing each Friday my creations made using lots of goodies from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. I am thrilled to be one of the new designers on Sharon's team, as she was one of the first people I "met" online when I discovered Splitcoast many moons ago.  What a sweetheart!

My card today is made using a variety of trims that you might not think would work together, but I surely love the look! I started out my choosing my background designer paper from the Prima Zephyr collection. I love all of the papers that Prima makes; the patterns are so unique.

I then stamped my sentiment from one of Our Daily Bread designs stamp sets, Keep My Lamp Burning. My favorite embellishment to add to any card is pearls, and this Kaisercraft Pearl Flourish was perfect. I layered Turquoise Ric Rac with Tangerine Seam Binding and fancy Lace with pearl center, and then added some beautiful Prima paper flowers to my seam binding bow.
No Time To Stamp?
Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to stop by The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store to see all of the fabulous things that Sharon carries! Everything you could want for your designs!





Challenges for this card:
Brown Sugar – Anything Goes 
Card Crafter's Circle - Ribbon and Lace 
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

I'm Late, I'm Late!

It's Thursday and that means a new sketch
at The Deconstructed Sketch!
I love Jen's sketches. They are so easy to work with.
Here is this week's sketch #113!
There are LOTS of fun new releases at The {Stamps} of Life and one of them is a darling new set called insides4snails, which coordinates with the Club Set this month, snails2mail.
I stamped my snail using Stephanie's Licorice ink and then used Grape and Artichoke to fill in the snail. My sentiment is stamped in Sky and then cut out using clouds2cut die set. My designer paper is by Doodlebug. I hand cut my grass and added a Teal Ice button, Green Apple Double Ruffle Satin ribbon and Plum Baker's Twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon) for my embellishments.

I love seeing what the rest of the team creates, and how different the same sketch can look, so be sure to have a visit at their blogs too!
Here's what you have to do to if you want to play along with us...

1. Use the sketch above to make a project, any kind you like using any image you like.
2. Post it somewhere on the internet. Use keyword DS113 if you post to an online gallery like Splitcoaststampers.
3. Link back here to Inlinkz at the bottom of the post so we can stop by and see it.
4. Check back here next Wednesday to see if you are one of this week’s favorites and grab a badge for your blog.

Want your sketches a little early? Follow the Deconstructed Sketch on Facebook!! And if you are looking for some older sketches to dig through you can find them in the Deconstructed Sketchbook.
To play along, link up here!

Other challenges for this card:
Happy Campers - Summer 
By LORi Designs - Designer Paper
Crafty Creations - Texture 
Creative Belli - Summer
Paper Pretties Wednesday Challenge - 2 or more Designer Papers
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes with ribbon  
Delightful Challenges - Make it pop...add layers or dimension


Stamps: snails2mail and insides4snails (The Stamps of Life)
Paper: Sweet Tooth and Green Apple (Poptone), Lovely Lilac (SU!), Doodlebug DP
Ink: Stephanie's Premium Licorice, Grape, Artichoke, Sky inks
Accessories: Teal Ice button (Button's Galore), Green Apple Satin Ribbon and Plum Baker's Twine (RRR)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Stamping Your Own Backgrounds

I love patterned paper. And I use it a lot. I also like the look of stamped backgrounds. But I hardly ever do it! So I was happy to see that today's Timeless Tuesday Challenge #232 was to stamp your own background!
My long-time friend Angel Rivera is our guest hostess for today and she has challenged us to make our own patterned paper using stamps.
My images are from Bee My Honey. I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored in using the Copic markers below. I love the added twinkling touch of Spica Glitter pens.
Read all about the challenge and how to play HERE
I hope you will come play along!
Please be sure to check out what the rest of the team made!

Stamps: Bee My Honey
Paper: Ivory Naturals, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede (SU!)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Antique Linen Distress (TH)
Accessories: Circle and Scalloped Circle dies (Spellbinders), button (Buttons Galore), twine, Forest Gingham and Edna Crochet lace (Really Reasonable Ribbon)