Friday, September 27, 2013

Fright Night!

Today my Stamp Simply post is highlighting some fun products for Halloween. I love this color combination. Take a peek:
My designer paper is from the Bo Bunny Fright Delight 6x6 Collection. It has all sorts of beautiful greens, purples, blacks and oranges. I matched it up with some of the beautiful Parrot Green Wrinkled Ribbon from May Arts and tied a double loopy bow.
My skeleton image is from Bo Bunny's Fright Night stamp set.
I stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then cut it out and popped it up with the rest of the layers using White Foam Squares and Scor Tape for my adhesives. A few Dark Purple Rhinestones from Kaisercraft, a fun textured button and all done!
Hopefully a pretty, spooky card, rather than a pretty spooky card! 
I used Deconstructed Sketch #120 for my layout. I simply love this sketch.
I know the rest of The Deconstructed Sketch Girls have some amazing eye candy for you too, so be sure to stop by their blogs as well.
You can see more details about this card, and some product information 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!
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Timeless Tuesday #239 - Pointilism

This week’s Timeless Tuesday challenge brought to us by Hostess Allison is to…

Create a card or project using DOTS to color your back ground and/or part of your image.  This technique is known as POINTILLISM  (FTTC239).

I love this technique and used it to color my image as well as my background.
My images are from Flourishes' Love Notes. I stamped the guitar with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored in with my Copics using all dots. I left it a little open and not so blended to match the theme of the card. 
I added Light Blue Chevron Twill ribbon and an embossed button with blue twine to add some color.  Not many other frills, as I wanted this to be more on the masculine side.
Read all about our challenge and find a tutorial on pointillism HERE. Take a moment a leave a comment on the Friends of Flourishes Team member blogs and our guest designer for September…

Other challenges:
Cards For Men - must be masculine - String or Twine 
Ooh La La Creations - Cards for Men

Stamps: Love Notes (available at i {heart} papers)
Ink: Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Glitz DP, Poptone Sweet Tooth, SU! Basic Black
Accessories: Light Blue Chevron Twill, SB dies, button (Buttons Galore), twine

Friday, September 20, 2013


For my Hambo Stamps Time Machine Hop card, click HERE or scroll down one post. You won't want to miss it!

It's Friday, and that means a Stamp Simply sharing day! I love the muted sepia tones in today's card:
I started by choosing my designer paper: Life Time by Prima. I then decided on my image: Harp Ornament by LaBlanche. I stamped it with VersaMark Vintage Sepia ink on one of the papers in the 6x6 collection. The three trims came next: Ivory Grosgrain, Havana Brown Seam Binding, and one of the Ivory Lace trims from Lace Cards by Kaisercraft.

Next came some gorgeous sugared flowers from Prima (Mini Rose Stems - Wishes & Dreams), some tan pearls from Melissa Francis, and then finally a sentiment using letters from the Prima Zephyr collection.

Everything is held together with 3D Foam Squares - 1/2" White and Scor-Tape. I love how this turned out!

Last week's Stamp Simply card was featured at Inspire Me Fridays!
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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It's a Time Machine Blog Hop with Hambo Stamps!

Welcome to "Hambo's Time Machine" sponsored by Hambo Stamps! Today Hambo friends and the Bacon Bits Design Team are bringing you fun creations that depict something cool from the 1980's! It might be our favorite book, something in the news then, a fashion fad, a song, or something that really stuck out to us in looking back. If you arrived here from Kendra'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 Time Machine creation tickles the Bacon Bits’ fancy in a hammin’ jammin’ way!  Another prize will be awarded randomly to a hopper who comments on all of the blogs along the way. The winners will be announced on the Hambo company blog, Talk to the Ham, on Wednesday, September 25, as well as at the Hambo Hoedown challenge blog. We love comments anytime, but the deadline for prize entry comments is Sunday, September 22 at 5 PM CST. Don't miss it!

I had a hard time choosing what I wanted to do. I mean, the 80's!? LOTS of fun things going on then. I finally decided on a movie and a song with a huge cult following that almost everyone knows. Can you guess what it is?

You can find Ghost Duo on the Hambo Halloween page. Lots of fun rubber images there for the upcoming holiday! I stamped both ghosties on textured white CS with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Hambo Stamps carries a large selection of Memento Ink colors, so be sure to check those out too!

Click on it. You know you want to.

You have reached the end of our hop today and we hope you had fun taking a trip back to the 80's with many things that will jog your memory -- or show you something you missed!

Be sure to join us at the Hambo Hoedown this week. Not only will we announce this hop's winners, but we have some big changes coming up and you won't want to miss them!
Complete hop order:
Talk to the Ham

Thursday, September 19, 2013

To The Moon

It's Thursday and that means a new sketch
Here is this week's sketch #119!
I love all the banners on this one!

I chose Paper Smooches' Cosmos stamp set and Cosmos Icon Dies for my card today. Both are available at i {heart} papers.
I stamped my sentiment with Memento's Tuxedo Black ink on Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock and my moon on one of the designer papers. I cut out the moon and a star with the dies.  My layers are held together with Sticky Thumb adhesive and Scor-Tape.

Be sure to have a visit at my teammates' blogs too! To play along, link up HERE.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Timeless Tuesday #238 - Let It Shine!

It's Tuesday and that means a new Friends of Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge. This week Cheryl is our hostess and she is challenging us to “Let It Shine”!
Just incorporate a light source in your card: …a candle, lamp, lighthouse, fire, the sun…  
—anything, as long as you “Let It Shine!“.
I chose the lantern and matching sentiment from S'more Fun. I stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with Clear embossing powder. I then used Copic markers from the collections below to color my image. The cloud background is from a handcut stencil and is sponged with Bashful Blue ink. 

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!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Cherish Your Family

I think Prima makes the most beautiful designer papers and flowers around. I started today's "quick" card by choosing my paper first - Prima's Life Time 6x6 - then deciding what flower(s) I would use.
I loved the Shabby Rose trim from my card the other day, and it inspired me to use a similar flower - Shabby Daisy.
I decided to do a little 'freestyle' technique (inspired by Julia Stainton) - using what was already on my desk, so the embellishments were easy: Snow Pearls, Lace Trim, Seam Binding (look carefully under the flower!), and a paper doily. The tag and little "FAMILY" addition are part of the Prima Life Time paper collection. All of my layers are held together with Scor-Tape and Foam Squares. Both of the tags are popped up.

I loved how this turned out and I hope you like it 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! It is your one-stop shop!

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Friday, September 13, 2013

September 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!
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 CAS (clean and simple design using Lawn Fawn's So Thankful (available at i {heart} papers) and the pretty leaf grosgrain from the September RRR Club assortment. I stamped with Memento Black ink and then colored in using Spectrum Noir markers. The DP is Graphic 45's new Steampunk Spells.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to comment along the way at all my amazing teammates' blogs to see what fabulous projects they have too. This is my last hop with RRR, as my DT term is up at the end of September. I have LoVeD being on this team and working with Bonnie, and will miss it greatly!

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Little Leaf and A Lot of Fun

On Monday I hosted the Splitcoaststampers Technique Challenge. I challenged stampers to use real leaves on their projects - no leaf stamps allowed. What a beautiful gallery of different types of leaves. You should check it out and then play along!

There is no "one" way to stamp with leaves. You can use a brayer, or your hands, or run it through a machine, or use a rolling pin!
I chose one leaf from the elm tree in my back yard. I pressed it into my inks and then again brayered it with Banana ink, then Pumpkin, then Artichoke, all without cleaning the brayer in between. The sentiment was stamped in Pumpkin and was such an appropriate saying for me, as I am made a life changing decision this week, and will gain the great! Keep reading.

I have been teaching music for over 30 years, with the last 12 being where I live now, in an elementary school. This week I took a leave of absence from that job so that I could care for my mother, who has become critically ill. We are sharing some wonderful times and I am so blessed that I am able to do this. It will be a challenge in many ways, but a blessing to us both. "Gain the great."
I have also stepped down from some design teams that I love, but felt the need to free up some time right now. I will continue to post and make cards, as it is a wonderful, creative outlet that I need and love!

Come play along in the Leaf Stamping Technique Challenge! Only real leaves this week!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Black and Blue

I adore this teal shabby rose flower from Prima. In fact, I designed my entire card around it! You can purchase these flowers in as little as groups of three or by the yard from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. See all of the shabby Prima flowers Sharon carries here.
My sentiment is from Scripture Collection 2 by Our Daily Bread designs. I stamped it using VersaMark ink and then embossed with White Detail Embossing Powder. After cutting with my Circle Nesties, I pierced around the edge of the circle an then attached it to my paper doily with Scor-Tape. My designer paper background is from the Prima Zephyr 6x6 collection. I added three kinds of textured trims: Black Chevron Twill, 1/8" Teal Velvet, and Lace. The leaves for my shabby rose are cut from a Prima paper flower from the Puccini A Collection. I added pearlized stick pins and black rhinestones for the small embellishments.

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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Stamps: Scripture Collection 2 (Our Daily Bread designs) 
Paper: Basic Black, Zephyr 6x6 (Prima) 
Ink: VersaMark ink
Accessories: Black Rhinestones (Kaisercraft), Teal Shabby Rose and Puccini A Paper flowr (Prima), White Detail EP (Stampendous), 1/8" Teal Velvet & Black Chevron Twill (May Arts), Lace trim (Kaisercraft), paper doily, Circle dies (SB), pearlized pins (Dritz) 
Techniques: Heat Embossing - heat gun available here

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Deconstructed Sketch 117

It's Thursday and that means a new sketch
Here is this week's sketch #117!
I chose Just My Type by Fresh Squeezed Stamps and Echo Park's Sweet Girl designer paper for my card today. Both are available at i {heart} papers.
I stamped my sentiment with Memento's Rose Bud ink and embossed the designer paper mat with Lifestyle Craft's Zig Zag embossing folder. My layers are held together with Sticky Thumb adhesive and Scor-Tape.

Be sure to have a visit at my teammates' blogs too! We are welcoming Kim to the team this week! To play along, link up HERE.