Friday, October 28, 2011

YNS Day 8 -- Winter Home

Today is day 8 of the YNS holiday release party.  Thank you for all your kind comments yesterday and I hope you're enjoying all the fun so far.

Today I'm sharing a simple shaker card I made using the new "Winter Home" stamp.  The design of this card is super simple---just two squares of patterned paper layered on top of each other.  The top square was made into a shaker using some faux snow.  For the window I added a scalloped ring around the edges to create a focal point.  If you would like a step by step tutorial on how to make a shaker card, check out this post on Splitcoaststampers.

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to stop by the YNS blog to check out today's other releases, more details about the early bird sale and more fabulous samples!

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Basic Grey patterned papers, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Faux snow (by Art Glitter), Fiskars border punch, Spellbinder's dies, acetate (for clear window), Offray ribbon, Wilton baker's twine, Making Memories tag, Stickles, Copics, button

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I'm DIE-ing to show you something new, PRIZES....and a challenge

Welcome to day 7 of the YNS holiday release AND my project for this week's YNS ABC Challenge (see end of post for more details).  Today is an exciting one as I’m sharing a little gift wrap/package that I made using the new winter stamp and die setYou can win your very own stamp and die set just by commenting on this post, all the other design team blogs and the YNS blog (visit YNS blog for a list of today's participants).

The finished package/pouch is approximately 4” x 6” and it would be perfect to hold a small gift or even a gift card.  I plan on making a few more and wrapping up an ornament and gift card for each of my daughter’s day care teachers. 

I took a white wedding treat bag (made by Wilton) and stamped the entire surface with the sentiment block stamp in red ink.  Then I coloured the trees with a green Copic (just a tip but if you don’t want it to bleed through to the back of the bag, place a piece of cardstock inside to catch the leaks---let’s just say this one is a prototype LOL!).  I then added two strips of scrap paper to the front of the bag and attached the tag with some baker’s twine.  On the tag I used the tree stamp and cut it out with the coordinating die.  No fussing around with the cutting---yeah! 

Head on over to the YNS blog and check out all the samples that the design team created with the set and don’t forget about the early bird special going on right now J

Oh, and one more thing.....this week's YNS challenge (#54) is an ABC challenge -- anything but a card-- you can make tags, gift bags, scrapbook pages, decorate ornaments...anythings goes as long as it's not a card! One lucky winner will be chosen by to win the adorable Ellie Loves to Skate cling stamp (or YNS Bucks if you already have her) and the Winner Blinkie to proudly display on their blog! More details can be found on the YNS Challenge blog.  You have until Tuesday, November 8th at midnight EST to enter and you must use a YNS stamp or digi image.

Stamp and Die Set:  Holiday Stamp and Die set from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Adirondack Red Pepper, Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Papers:  Provo Craft patterned papers, Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Accessories:  Basic Grey embossing folder (Sizzix), Avery mailing tag, Wilton baker’s twine, Die-namics scalloped die, Copic Markers

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

On the fifth day of Christmas YNS gave to me.....

On the fifth day of Christmas YNS gave to me---one happy reindeer!

As I was digging around for some Christmas papers to use on my project, I came across an ancient (like we're talking at least 10 years old I think!!!) Provo Craft Christmas slab and it was exactly the inspiration I was looking for for my happy reindeer image.  I took four different papers bold, bright and graphic papers from the slab for my layered creation.  This cute stamp also comes with a sentiment in a fantastic Christmas-y looking font.

Be sure to stop by the YNS blog for the rest of today's releases and more samples from the designers.

See you later this week with a look at the new stamp and die set-----and don't forget to dig out some of those old papers, you never know what you'll find :)

Stamp:  Happy as a Reindeer from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Provo Craft, Neenah carstock, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories:  Foam snowflake, Wilton baker's twine, button, Dienamics scalloped die, Fiskars border punch, Copic Markers, Making Memories pin and sentiment tag, Stickles, Spellbinder's dies

Monday, October 24, 2011

Love and kisses

Welcome to day 4 of Your Next Stamp's holiday release.  Be sure to stop by the YNS blog to see today's other new release stamps and some more designer's samples.  Just a reminder that from today until Nov 2nd you will get a FREE gift with EVERY purchase plus FREE SHIPPING on all orders to Canada and the US over $30 (enter code YNSHolidays).

And now for today's project----Allow me to introduce you to the new "Family Photo" stamp.  I just totally love this stamp---it reminds me of my perfect little family (aside from the fact that my hubby has a shaved head and we don't have a dog LOL!) 

After colouring my image, I realized I wasn't digging the solid colour clothing.  So I decided to add some pattern to my image using my Copic colourless blender and drew some lines and dots onto the clothing.  This is the first time I've used this technique and I really love how much texture it adds.

I used a shaped card base (cut out on my Mom's Cricut) and just layered a second die cut circle on top before adding my image.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  Family Photo from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Lily Bee, Neenah cardstock, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Accessories:  Card base cut on Cricut, Offray ribbon, SRM stickers, Prima flower, Copic markers, Stickles, Spellbinders die

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Your Next Stamp’s (YNS) 14 Days of Holiday Fun!

Hello and welcome to day 2 of Your Next Stamp’s (YNS) 14 Days of Holiday Fun.  From now until November 3rd YNS has .....
  • New Releases, New Releases and more New Releases! There are over 30 new holiday stamps AND a new Holiday Stamp and Die set being release on Oct 27th
  • Prizes! You'll have lots of chances to win some of these awesome holiday goodies! Check the YNS blog and YNS Facebook Page daily everyday to find which days are prize days (you will only have 24 hours to enter)
  • Design Team Inspiration - everyday on the YNS blog, the DT projects featuring the new releases for that day will be posted. There are lots of great holiday projects you will not want to miss!!!
  • Early bird special sale – from Oct 21st - Nov 2nd you will get a FREE gift with EVERY purchase plus FREE SHIPPING on all orders to Canada and the US over $30  (enter code YNSHolidays)
And now that we’ve got all those details out of the way, onto my project---Today I’m sharing a card I made using the new Holiday Joy stamp set.  I chose to use a simple design so you could make a lot of these fairly quickly (assembly line style) for your holiday card list.  I like using a more non-traditional colour palette on my holiday cards so that they can be used for everyone, regardless of whether they celebrate Christmas or not.   Scroll down below the images for my supply list and full instructions.  Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  1. Dry emboss light teal cardstock with holiday themed embossing folder, lightly sand around edges (to reveal core) and distress edges with white pigment ink.  Mat onto white scalloped rectangle (I created mine by gluing two Nestabilities rectangles together) and then adhere to white cardstock card base.
  2. Die cut bracket shape out of white cardstock (marker friendly) and teal patterned paper.  Cut the patterned paper in half and adhere to bottom of white die cut bracket (for each patterned paper die you can make two center panels so keep the extra).
  3. Stamp “Joy” image in black ink onto white part of cardstock and colour with markers.
  4. Add strip of ruffled ribbon and baker’s twine across paper seam (I purchased the ribbon already ruffled at a fabric store).  Ink edges of teal portion of panel with white ink and adhere to card base using dimensional adhesive.
  5. Embellish image with glitter glue and add twine bow and button.
Stamps:  Holiday Joy set from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Joann’s Essentials white pigment ink
Papers:  Coredinations cardstock, Neenah cardstock (for image panel), Georgia Pacific cardstock (for card base and scalloped rectangles), My Mind’s Eye patterned paper
Accessories:  white ruffled ribbon (fabric store), My Mind’s Eye baker’s twine, red button, Spellbinders Nestabilities dies, Stickles, Sizzix Basic Grey embossing folder, Shinhan art makers, Copic markers

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thanks Teacher on Unity Friday

Good morning Unity friends.  I have a short and sweet post today......

This is a thank you card that I made using one of Samantha Walker's new release stamps (A to Z Coordinates) from Unity.  The design is quite simple and was based on the WCMD sketch challenge from Splitcoaststampers.

I stamped the school house image onto the lined patterned paper, coloured with my Copics (this brand of paper is good to colour on with minimal bleeding) and then used a notebook edge punch along the top.  All of the school themed papers are from October Afternoon.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for more great projects from Unity Stamps, stop by their blog for the weekly customer blog hop (don't forget you can win some fabulous stamps too!!)

Stamps:  Samantha Walker A to Z Coordinates (Schoolhouse) from Unity Stamp Co., April 2011 Kit of the Month ("teacher") from Unity Stamp Co.
Papers:  October Afternoon
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Twine, button, Copic markers, Stamping Up Notebook edge punch, SRM sticker

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Knock knock....who's there?

It's the last of my Halloween projects --- a decorative door hanger that I created using stamps from Purple Onion Designs.

For this project, I covered a pre-made wood door hanger (available at Michaels) with some orange paper and stamped on it with the vintage demask backgrounder in black ink.  I stamped the Halloween Noteblock onto the same orange paper and added that to the hanger before adding lots of die cuts and embellishments.  There are two layers of trims on the bottom --- black sheer curly trim (from the fabric store) and some pom pom trim.  You'll notice there are a few different shades of orange on the paper.  To achieve this look, I added some Ranger Distress Inks with a sponge.

You could easily adapt this design for other fact I'll probably make a Christmas one so stay tuned :)

Stamps:  Vintage Demask backgrounder from Purple Onion Designs, Halloween Noteblock from Purple Onion Designs, Halloween Ribbons from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Palette Noir, Ranger Distress Ink (Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade)
Papers:  DCWV
Accessories:  Black ribbon trim (fabric store), Offray ribbon, button, black Stickles, Martha Stewart accordian embellishment, Quickutz/Lifestyle Crafts spider web and bat die, pom pom trim, wood door knob holder (craft store)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Another Spooktackular Unity Friday.

Hello and Happy Friday!  Today I'd like to share with you not one but TWO Halloween cards I created for the Unity World Card Making Day challenges.

The first card was for an inspiration challenge (see image in challenge thread ).  I was inspired by the black and white of the inspiration image.  I created the background using a Tim Holtz embossing folder and lightly sanding the surface.  Then I used the spider web stamp as the focal image of the card and added lots of embellishments and a giant die cut spider that I glittered up with some Stickles.

This second card was created for the Halloween challenge.  I used the same spider web image and added some colour with some Distress Inks and a sponge.  Lots of scraps on this card and once again an embossed background.

I'm also linking these cards up for this week's Simon Says Halloween/Goth challenge :)
Supplies (pumpkin card):
Stamps:  Samantha Walker Halloween Traditions set from Unity Stamp Co. , September 2010 Kit of the Month (pumpkins and sentiment) from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink:  Ranger Dried Marigold Distress Ink, Palette Noir (black)
Papers:  DCWV carstock, Georgia Pacific cardstock, Recollections patterned paper (polka dot), Echo Park patterned paper (stripes)
Accessories:  Cuttlebug embossing folder, Spellbinder's die, American Crafts ribbon, Dienamics scalloped die from My Favorite Things

Supplies (black and white card):
Stamps:  Samantha Walker Halloween Traditions set (Spider Web background) from Unity Stamp Co.
Papers:  DCWV cardstock, Georgia Pacific cardstock, Echo Park patterned paper
Ink:  Palette Noir
Accessories:  Quickutz spider die, Spellbinders dies, Dienamics scalloped die from My Favorite Things, Pom Pom trim, Martha Stewart twine, button, Tim Holtz embossing folder

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Halloween week continues with some treat bags

Hello!  Today I'd like to share with you some quick and easy Halloween treat bags that I created using some Purple Onion Designs stamps, distress inks, and some plain white treat bags (from Wilton-designed for wedding treats).  My inspiration for the treat bags came from my childhood memories of getting little paper bags filled with treats on Halloween.  I discovered they don't even make the paper bags anymore (at least in my area) so I set out to create my own.

For the first bag I took some orange distress ink and applied it using a stipple brush around the outside of the bag.  (For you novice stampers, a stipple brush is like a giant paint brush that you can use with inks to give a soft overall application of colour.  I personally find the stipple brush easier to control the colour compared to using sponges.)  I then stamped some bats in black ink onto the bag and added some ribbon, trim and twine to close the bag.  As a final accent I added a glittered die cut bat.

For the second bag I simply stamped the witch and bat images in orange and black ink.  Then I created a paper strip border with some scrap papers and again added some trim and twine.

These bags were very quick to create.--I'd say for both a total of five minutes or less---so you could easily make a lot of them in a short time!  I made 20 of them for my daughter's school Halloween party (but modified a bit to make them toddler friendly) and I filled them with some individually wrapped cookies and peanut free treats.

Stamps:  Bats and Flying Witch (Halloween Flight Set) from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Palette Noir, Ranger Dried Marigold Distress Ink, Ranger Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink
Papers:  Echo Park Apothecary
Accessories:  White paper treat bags (Wilton), Martha Stewart twine, pom pom trim, Dienamics Scalloped edged die from My Favorite Things, Offray ribbon, Quickutz/Lifestyle Crafts bat die, black Stickles

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

It's a Halloween challenge with Your Next Stamp and a FREE Digi!

Hello!  It's time for another challenge from Your Next Stamp.  This week's them (YNSC53) is Halloween. 

For my project I made a tag to label my daughter's Halloween bucket for her party at daycare.  The pumpkin image is one of the limited edition digi stamps available in the YNS store until December 31.  I printed the image on some thick white cardstock and then used some Tim Holtz Distress Stain to cover the image (see Today's Tip below).  Then I added some shading with a coordinating shade of Copic and some black Stickles to bling up the eyes and mouth (Disclaimer:  the shading is not quite as abrupt as it appears in the photo---it's probably just due to my sharpening of the image in Photoshop).  Then I covered an Avery mailing tag with some scraps of paper that were on my desk and added a double bow and some pom pom trim. 

Today's Tip: If you have a large image that is primarily one colour (such as the pumpkin image), distress inks or distress stains are a great way to add colour without using markers.  Use the dauber of the stain or a sponge (for the distress inks) to wipe the colour over the entire image as your base colour (in this case orange).  You don't even have to worry about going outside the lines because you will be cutting it out!  Then add other colours (such as the green in the stem) on top with your markers.  You can even shade directly on top of the inks or stains to add depth. 

And now it's YOUR turn to play along.  How would you like a FREE Halloween digi image from Your Next Stamp?  All you need to do check out the digi stamps section in the YNS Store and select which image you would like to use for the challenge.  Send Karen an email (see email address here) and she'll send along the image so that you can play along with us this week.  The winner of this week's challenge will win an Eek the Bat stamp.

Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to check out all the great Halloween projects you create :)

Stamps: Pumpkin digi stamp from Your Next Stamp
Papers:  WRMK, Recollections, Echo Park
Embellishments: Pom pom trim, Martha Stewart twine, Tim Holtz distress stains, Copic Markers, Stickles, Dienamics scalloped die, Offray ribbon

Friday, October 7, 2011

Unity Friends with Flair...inside and out

Hello Unity friends!  It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to join Friends With Flair Friday but I’m back to share a Halloween card (yep another one LOL!) I made using the October KOTM sketch. My card was inspired by one of the designer's samples.

I finished my card inside and out using stamps from the September 2011 kit (pumpkin stamp image) and the September 2010 kit (sentiment).  I made the background for my card by using the cover sheet of the Echo Park Apothecary collection (you know the one that comes with the 12 x 12 complete kit) and then layered a bunch of ribbon/trims and die cuts onto the front.  Sorry for the orange-y hue to my photo but this time of year it's very hard to get decent light for my photos (booo!!)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  September 2011 Kit of the Month from Unity Stamp Co., September 2010 Kit of the Month (sentiment) from Unity Stamp Co.
Papers:  Echo Park Apothecary collection, Georgia Pacific Cardstock, Recollections cardstock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Copic markers, Offray ribbon, pom pom trim, Spellbinders die, Quickutz/Lifestyle Crafts spider web die, Recollections flower

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Witch-y Wednesday

Hello!  Hopefully you're not tiring of Halloween projects because I have another few to share this week. 

Today I'd like to show you a card I made for the October Sketch for You To Try using one of the new Your Next Stamp digital stamps.  I printed the Cute Witch onto some Neenah cardstock and coloured her with my Copics.  Then I made a little scene with her using some of the WRMK Spookville papers.  What I like about digital stamps is that you can make your image as big or small as you need for your project.  To embellish my card I used another one of the Martha Stewart pre-made accordion embellishments I got at Liquidation World, changed the colour with distress ink and stamped my sentiment onto it before adding a twine bow.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Cute Witch Digi stamp from Your Next Stamp, sentiment from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Palette Noir (sentiment)
Papers: WRMK (Spookville line), Neenah cardstock
Accessories: Martha Stewart accordion embellishment, Martha Stewart twine, button, Copic markers, Fiskars border punch
Sketch:  October Sketch For You To Try by Jen Del Muro

Monday, October 3, 2011

For your Halloween treats.....

Hello and happy Monday!  This month the Purple Onion design team was challenged to create some Halloween decor and treat containers. 

I made a little treat bag using some pre-made white favour containers from the wedding aisle of the dollar store.  They came 6 in a package for $1 so they're a great inexpensive way to jazz up your treats.

I used cut and dry foam to cover the container with orange distress ink and then stamped the front and back with the Vintage Demask backgrounder in black ink by masking off the side panels.  Then as my embellishment I took a pre-made Martha Stewart accordion fold embellishment (I picked up a few packages at a liquidation center for 20 cents each!!and changed the colour using distress ink.  I also added some extra layers of black cardstock and then glued it back together.  I then added a sentiment from the Halloween ribbons set and a bat to finish off the embellishment.  To make my container more "spooky" I used crepe paper instead of tissue paper to line the box.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Vintage Demask background from Purple Onion Designs, Halloween ribbon stamp from Purple Onion Designs, Halloween Flight set (bat) from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Palette Noir, Ranger Distress Ink (Dried Marigold)
Papers:  My Mind's Eye
Accessories:  White party favour box (from the dollar store), Martha Stewart accordion sticker, button, Martha Stewart baker's twine, Offray ribbon

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Feeling outdoorsy with Market Street Stamps

Hi!  Today I'd like to share with you a masculine-ish card I created for the Market Street block party using some of the new Market Street Stamps that were in my "to get inky" basket.  I went with an outdoorsy look on this one and used the camper image from the Gone Camping set and the Wonderful Wood grain background stamp (which I just love bc it has a cool graphic feel).

If you look closely you'll see that I added some wood grain to the round image panel in light brown ink and then also I wanted some texture on the camper so I also stamped on it before paper piecing the door and heart.  All of the papers are from the October Afternoon Campfire collection and I added a sentiment sticker from SRM Stickers.  I figured the card could be used as a going away card or moving card or even just for any occasion that requires a good luck.

Be sure to stop by the Market Street blog for more wonderful MSS customer creations.

Stamps:  Gone Campin' set from Market Street Stamps, Wonderful Wood Grain backgrounder from Market Street Stamps
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Ink (Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo)
Paper:  Neenah cardstock, October Afternoon Campfire Collection
Accessories:  SRM Sticker sentiment, Copic Markers, twill ribbon, wood button, Scalloped Dienamics die from My Favorite Things, Spellbinders dies
Sketch:  Market Street Stamps blog

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy World Card Making Day!!

Hello and Happy World Card Making Day! 

First of all I'd like to announce that I'm thrilled to be joining the Your Next Stamp design team!  I did some guest design work for them earlier this summer and it's a honour to represent this local Canadian stamping company on a regular basis.  I'll have some new YNS creations for you shortly but in the mean time you can check out all my YNS creations here.

Second of all....hop on over to the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog for a special card gallery.  They are featuring one of my Halloween cards that I made using a Noteblock Stamp from Purple Onion Designs.  For more details on this card, see this previous post.

Ink: Palette Noir
Papers: Making Memories, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories: Spider web die cut (Lifestyle Crafts/Quickutz), Offray ribbon, Recollections flower, Cricut card base