Monday, April 30, 2012

You're a friend like no other

I toadily frog-got to share this watercoloured creation with you - hee hee :)

The stamps are all from the new Stacey Yacula Sweetest Day collection from Purple Onion Designs.  I went with a wood-sy theme for my card and used some garden twine, a wood button and papers from My Mind's Eye.

Thanks as always for stopping by!!

Stamps:  Stacey Yacula "Freckles" the Frog from Purple Onion Designs, The Sweetest Day sentiment set from Purple Onion Designs
Papers:  My Mind's Eye, watercolour paper
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, brown distress ink
Accessories: twine, wood button, Peerless watercolor papers (colouring image), manila mailing tag

Friday, April 27, 2012

Bzzzzzz'ing in with YNS Fun Friday

Hello and Hap-BEE Friday!  Before I get started I wanted to mention that Your Next Stamp has a Pinterest page.  Stop on by for lots of inspirational pins.

It's Your Next Stamp Fun Friday and today I'm sharing a card I made using the dress up Fhiona stamp and die set.  In case you haven't seen it you can make a number of different combinations of insects or butterflies with the set I'm showing you.  It's really fun to play with :)

For my tip today:  To create the illusion of wings on stamped images, outline with blue Copic marker and then cover with a layer of crystal Stickles (or glitter).  Then when you attach the body to the wings use some dimensional adhesive or pop dots to give depth to the image.  If you curl the wings a bit it will give the illusion of flying!

A bit of other news too....YNS has some exciting news to share on May 1st.  To celebrate, we're having a blog hop....hope to see you there!

Stamp and die set:  Dress up Fhiona stamp and die set from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Basic Grey, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Baker's twine from The Twinery, Maya Road kraft doily die cut, button, Fiskars border punch, Making Memories rub ons, Copic markers, floral embossing folder

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WOW! Wednesday

Hello!  I have a few kraft and white cards up on the WOW! blog today.  Stop on over for a closer look and more details on how to create these quick and easy cards.

Supplies (Grateful):
WOW! Stamps: Gratitude set
WOW! Embossing Powders: WL01 - Opaque bright white
Ink: Versamark Ink (for embossing)
Papers: The Paper Company kraft cardstock, Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Accessories: Wood button, Prima flowers, pearl straight pins, Fiskars scalloped border punch

Supplies (Thank you trees):
WOW! Stamps: Gratitude set
WOW! Embossing Powders: WL01 - Opaque bright white
Ink:  Versamark ink (for embossing), Memento Desert Sand ink (sentiment)
Papers:  Bazzill kraft cardstock, Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Accessories:  Flax baker's twine (The Twinery), wood button, white ruffle trim, Crafter's Workshop tree template (Aspen Trees 6 x 6" template)

Monday, April 23, 2012

MFT Monday

Good morning!  Today I have another cracked glass card to share with you using the Inspired by Spring set from My Favorite Things. I created the script background by masking the flower image and then repeatedly stamping one of the sentiments from the set top of it to cover the whole image panel.  The full instructions for this card can be found at the end of the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

And here's a close up of the cracked glass image panel.  I love how shattered this one turned out.

Stamps: Inspired by Spring set from My Favorite Things
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, Memento Tuxedo black, Rubber Stampede chocolate brown ink (for distressing), Versamark (for embossing)
Papers: Basic Grey,
Accents:  Offray ribbon, Baker's Twine, Quickutz tag die, Spellbinder's Nestabilities, Sizzix embossing folder

Stamp floral image in Espresso ink onto die cut oval, mask image and stamp with spring sentiments in black ink over masked image.  Color image with Copic markers, distress edges and heat emboss with 6 layers of UTEE using Versamark ink allowing layers to cool in between.  Cool, crack image and adhere to scalloped dark brown die cut.  Distress edges of polka dot paper and mat onto brown paper.  Add strip of distressed and embossed pink paper down center of card.  Adhere image and embellish with ribbon and tag stamped with sentiment.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Unity welcome home

Hello Unity friends!  It's been a while since I've played along for Friends with Flair Friday but I'm back to share a few cards I made with the March kit of the month.  I coloured the image with my Copics and then added some Flower Soft to the topiaries and on top of the door frame to add some texture.

A little close up of the Flower Soft.  I like how the Copic colouring underneath still shows through to add some more depth to the design.

My second card today is for the April Unity KOTM Sketch challenge. I love this banner stamp.  I just used up a bunch of scraps from the card above and added some twine and a wood button.  It's difficult to see but I added some pearl paint around the outside of the star.

Supplies (house card):
Stamps: "from head to soul" March 2012 Kit of the Month (image and sentiment) from Unity Stamp Co.
Papers: Pink Paislee, My Mind's Eye, Neenah cardstock
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, brown distress ink
Accessories:  Flower Soft, garden twine, wood button, Copic markers

Supplies (banner card):
Stamps: March 2012 Kit of the Month (banner and sentiment) from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers: My Mind's Eye, Pink Paislee
Accessories:  Wood button, burlap twine, Viva Decor brown pearl paint pen (on star)
Sketch:  Unity KOTM April 2012 sketch

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Today is the Sweetest Day

Today is the day that "The Sweetest Day" line of Stacy Yacula stamps are available for sale at Purple Onion Designs and Rosie would like to say happy birthday to you! 

I stamped Rosie onto some Neenah cardstock, coloured her with my Copics and then masked and stamped over her with the 1900s music backgrounder in light brown ink.  I used this month's Sketch for You to Try for the layout.

Stamps: Stacey Yacula "Rosie" and "Party Hat" stamps from Purple Onion Designs, Early 1900s music backgrounder from Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Desert Sand, brown distress ink
Papers: Neenah cardstock, Pink Paislee (Prairie Hill collection 6 x 6 pad)
Accessories:  Copic markers, garden twine, wood button, SRM sentiment sticker, Spellbinder's die

Monday, April 16, 2012

And the winner is.....

And the winner of the new POD Sunny Blooms stamp from yesterday's post is......

McStamper said...
Love the use of kraft and a little color. Just perfect. I'm glad you
changed your mind about a blog!

15 April, 2012 3:54 PM

Please email me your name and mailing address and Purple Onion Designs will mail you out your stamp (my email contact is under "profile" on the right hand side under my photo).

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Oh happy day and a giveaway!

Hello!  As promised, today I'm sharing a card I created with the new line of Stacey Yacula stamps from Purple Onion Designs.  This beauty is called "Sunny Blooms". 

If you'd like to win your very own Sunny Blooms stamp, just leave a comment on this post by noon EST tomorrow (April 16th) and I'll draw a random winner and post it Monday evening.

I created the background for this card by stamping the kraft cardstock with the Swiss Dot backgrounder and heat embossing with some bright white WOW! embossing powder.  If you look closely you can also see that I "distressed" the edges of the card with some Versamark ink and then dipped them into some more powder and heat embossed again.  For the main image panel I stamped the image and sentiment in the white embossing powder and then coloured the image with some Copics.

Check out the other designers who are previewing the new stamps today (you just never know who has stamps to give away (hint hint!!):

POD blog -
Donna -
Cherry -
Mel -
Courtney -
Jen R. - <----that's me!

Stamps:  Stacey Yacula's Sunny Blooms and sentiment from Purple Onion Designs (available Tues April 17th) , Swiss Dot Backgrounder (Heidi Kress) from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Versamark (for heat embossing)
WOW! Embossing powder:  WOW! Collection - Bright White
Papers: Gina K kraft cardstock, Georgia Pacific white cardstock, Lily Bee paper
Accessories:  Copic markers, Spellbinder's die, buttons

Friday, April 13, 2012

Something awesome is on the way .....

Purple Onion Designs is releasing a brand new line of stamps designed by the talented  Stacey Yacula.  Starting today, and every day until the release next Tuesday (Apr. 17th) on the POD blog you can see sneaks of the new stamps and there are tons of giveaways on the linked designer's blogs---so hop on over :)

And speaking of hopping, here's a little peek at one of my projects that I'll share next week.  Come back on Sunday to see one of my projects and there may just be a little stamp give away for you too (hint, hint!!)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dress Up Ellie is FABULOUS!

Good morning!  I'm back today for the April release blog hop from Your Next Stamp.  As usual, Karen has put together a great set of prizes for today's hop.  You have until Sunday April 15th (midnight EST) to comment on the Design Team blogs for your chance to win a $20 YNS gift certificate or one of two secret blogger stamp prizes.  A list of all the participants is at the bottom of this post and the winners will be posted on the YNS blog on April 16th.

Today I'd like to introduce you to Dress Up Ellie. I blinged my Ellie all out by colouring her dress with a Sakura glitter pen and also added the glitter pen accents to her crown, earrings and boa. To add even more sparkle, I added a nice big shiny black sparkle bow.
Oh yes and one more thing for all my local stamping/scrappy friends.  YNS will be at Scrapfest again this weekend (April 14th and 15th).  If you can't make it out Karen is offering Scrapfest Cropper Fhiona or Scrapfest Shopper Fhiona for only $5 each in the YNS store.

Stamps: Dress up Ellie from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Making Memories, Neenah cardstock
Accessories: Copic markers, Fiskars border punch, black sparkle ribbon, Sakura gel glitter pens, Spellbinders die

Here's a list of all of today's hoppers:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Thanks a Latte Ribbon Carousel!

Hello!  We have lots on the agenda for today, so let's get down to business.......Your Next Stamp is sponsoring this week's Ribbon Carousel sketch challenge (RCC48) and today we're having a blog hop.  A link to all the participants can be found at the bottom of the post.  Just leave comments along the way for your chance to win some fabulous prizes (including the stamp I used on this card!) AND show us your take on the sketch for even more chances to win.

For my take on the sketch, I'm sharing a little sneak peek-a-roo at one of the new April stamp and die releases from Your Next Stamp.  Introducing the super adorable "Latte Ellie" and the awesome new Spring grass and puffy cloud dies.  I added lots of texture to my card by using some regular craft felt to cut out my dies and a floral themed embossing folder.  That nice sheer/satin ribbon across the bottom of the card is from the Ribbon Carousel's April kit

All participant's for this week's sketch can also receive a 10% discount in the YNS store.  Just enter the code "RCCAPRIL" at checkout.  Karen also has ANOTHER chance to win some stuff on the YNS blog so check that out too :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Your Next Stamp Dies:  Spring grass die and Puffy cloud die from Your Next Stamp
Stamps:  Latte Ellie from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Bazzill cardstock, My Mind's Eye papers
Accessories: Craft felt, embossing folder, Copic markers, Prima pearl, Ribbon Carousel ribbon (April 2012 Kit)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

Since I'm behind on my craft posts (still on vacation mode LOL!)  how about a few Easter photos of my little bunny?

My Alice in Wonderland shot with the rabbit and the clock :)

The egg hunt.

Woah, that's a lot of stickers (from inside the plastic eggs).

My Easter bonnet.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter from our house to yours.  And P.S.  I have several crafty posts for you next week.

Monday, April 2, 2012

MFT Monday: A spring cracked glass creation

Hello!  For MFT Monday this week, I'd love to share with you a vintage spring card that I created using the cracked glass technique.  For full instructions please scroll down to the bottom of the post.

I also have a bit of exciting news about this card below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

A close up of the crackle.  As you can see I also added some dry embossing with a Cuttlebug folder for more texture.

And a big of exciting news.  You might remember a while back I mentioned I was working on a special project.  Well, I was asked to create a series of cracked glass cards for Stamper's Sampler magazine.  They used all six of my creations for a special article in this month's issue!! (April 2012 issue).  I'm super super thrilled to have my work shown in my first ever feature article.  I'll be sharing the rest of the cards with you on my blog over the next few weeks :)

Stamps:  Inspired by Spring set from My Favorite Things, Just My Type set (sentiment) from My Favorite Things
Ink:  Rubber Stampede Choclate Brown (for distressing), Adirondack Espresso, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark (for embossing), Ranger Spun Sugar (pink background text)
Papers:  Basic Grey, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Accents:  Spellbinders die, brads, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE), button, lace, Prima flower spray, Fiskars scalloped border punch, Copic Markers

All stamps from My Favorite Things.  Stamp spring cursive sentiments in pink distress ink and bird nest image in Espresso Ink onto white cardstock, colour image with markers, and distress edges.  Apply 6 layers of UTEE using heat gun and Versamark ink, crack image when cool and adhere to doily die cut (with distressed edges).  Dry emboss teal paper with dot embossing folder, distress edges, and mat onto dark brown paper and cardstock base.  Add strip of floral paper, image panel, lace bow and floral spray onto card base.  Stamp sentiment in black ink and adhere to card with two brads.  Add strip of scalloped teal paper to bottom and adhere to card base.