Friday, June 29, 2012

Bring on the BBQ!

Good morning!  It's the start to the Canada Day long weekend so I thought I'd share with you a BBQ themed card for Your Next Stamp's Fun Friday.

For my nice bright card I coloured this great image with my Copics.  Then to make my BBQ look like metal I added some glossy accents over the image (sorry but I forgot to take a detailed image so you'll have to believe me LOL!).

And now my tip for today:  I often have the urge to put bows on everything so for this card I made a baker's twine bow but then cut the loops open.  I think it's an interesting way to add ribbon or twine on more masculine cards.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend (and 4th of July week for all my American friends)!!  Stop on my the YNS blog for more great design team creations and tips.

Supplies:Stamps:  BBQ Box scene from Your Next Stamp, Scene Sentiments set from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Bazzill, DCWV, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:   Baker's twine from the Twinery, Copic Markers, Glossy accents, Cuttlebug Embossing folder

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Celebrating with YNS and the Ribbon Carousel

Good morning!

Once again, Your Next Stamp is teaming up with the Ribbon Carousel for a little blog hop.  Hop along and leave some blog love for our designers for a chance to win a ribbon carousel or a $10 gift certificate to the YNS store.  You can find the links to all the designer's blogs at the bottom of my post.

For my patriotic inspired card, I used the July 2012 ribbon club kit from Ribbon Carousel (all that wonderful red and blue star ribbon) and teamed it up with some of the new release stamps and dies (Ladder Lily and the tall dome globe stamp) from Your Next Stamp.  I "filled" my jar by stamping some small stars in blue and red ink and then I added some Stickles for bling.

 Finally, to celebrate our hop today, Your Next Stamp is generously offering a coupon code to all blog hop participants for 15% off any online order placed from today through June 30th!

Stamps and Dies: Ladder Lily stamp and die from Your Next Stamp, Tall Dome Globe stamp from Your Next Stamp, Fall Globe Accessories (stars) from  Your Next Stamp
Ribbon:  July 2012 ribbon kit club from Ribbon Carousel
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Adirondack Red Pepper, Adirondack Denim
Accessories: button, Stickles, Copic Markers, SRM Sticker sentiment, MFT Dienamics die, Spellbinder's die
Papers: DCWV stack, Georgia Pacific cardstock, Neenah cardstock

Thursday, June 21, 2012

A vintage Stacey Yacula Thank You

Hello!  I've been a bit of a slacker on the blogging lately---no excuses just busy with summer and not spending as much time in my craft room to actually make projects.

Today I'm sharing a card that was a bit of an experiment for me.  I created this vintage inspired card using only distress inks and three colours of Copic markers.  To create the background I stamped the music backgrounder in Hazelnut ink and then used a sponge and two colours of Ranger Distress Ink to create the shading.  Then I stamped my images onto some white cardstock and used my sponges to tint them.  I like the effect and it's a whole lot faster than using markers for large surfaces.  I accented the image with some white gel pen and used green, pink and greyish Copics to finish off the grass, flowers and the snail's face.  All in all I liked trying the new-to-me technique and I'd definitely like to give it a try again.

As you can see it's pretty easy to achieve shading even with using a sponge and ink....give it a try sometime!


Stamps: Stacey Yacula "The Sweetest Day" stamps (Tucker the snail, Toadstool and Sweet Offerings sentiment) from Purple Onion Designs, Early 1900s Music Backgrounder from Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Antique paper), Adirondack Hazelnut (for music background), Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers: My Mind's Eye, Neenah cardstock
Accessories: Manila mailing tag (Avery), wood button, twine, white gel pen, Copic markers

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Turning a 49 cent necklace into something WOW!

Hello!  Welcome to the Powder Puff Girls WOW! Embossing Powder blog hop.  You should have arrived from the talented Jan's Blog.  If you get lost along the way, please stop on over to the WOW! blog for the full blog list and some sneak peeks.

Blog hop starts on June 16th at 8am PST and ends on June 22nd at 8am PST. The winner will be posted on the WOW! Blog on the 22nd. A fabulous WOW prize package is up for grabs.  In order to win please leave a comment on all of the participating blogs and then hop on over to the WOW! Blog to tell us what your favorite color of embossing powder is.

And now onto my project........Take this 49 cent clearance pre-made necklace from the clearance aisle at Michaels:

Add some WOW! stamping and embossing powders and you end up with this.  I simply stamped on the shell surface with some Versamark ink and WOW! stamps and then heat embossed.  WARNING.....the surface gets REALLY hot, so be careful when you emboss on non-paper surfaces!!  Then I added some Stickles for a hint of glitter, a metal charm and a ribbon bow.:

And a few close ups:

Next up on today's hop is the talented Katerina.  Thanks so much for stopping by! 

WOW! Stamps:  Call Me set (script stamp), Brocade backgrounder
WOW! Embossing Powders:  WH00 Primary Ebony (black), WC05 Silver
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  pre-made necklace from Michaels dollar bins, Stickles, Offray Ribbon, Heart charm

Thursday, June 7, 2012

WOW! Summer cards

Hello!  I created a few summer cards for the WOW! Embossing blog this week.  Pop on over for some more details and close ups

WOW! Embossing products:  Suzy West Candy Counter collection:  Cotton Candy (blue), Sour Lemon (yellow)
Inks:  Versamark (for embossing)
Papers:  Echo Park, white Georgia Pacific cardstock
Accessories:  Echo Park cardstock stickers, Cloud embossing folder (Darice), Polka Dot Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Spellbinder’s die, Baker’s Twine (The Twinery), button, Cloud die (Your Next Stamp), white craft felt

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sending you some fairy dust (YNS Release Blog Hop)

Hello and welcome to the Your Next Stamp June New Release Blog Hop!!! All of the new and adorable YNS images are now available for purchase at the YNS Store! We’ve put together a fun hop to give you lots of inspiration for these super cute stamps. The hop starts at Jenny P’s awesome blog and will end on Saturday, June 9th at 12 midnight EST. There is a complete list of all the blogs at the bottom of my post in case you get lost along the way.

We have some special PRIZES hidden along the hop.  Three new release stamp prize packs will be given away to some lucky hoppers, so make sure you comment on all the blogs for your chance to win.  Karen has also put together some special Bundle Deals including the popular “I want it all” YNS Bundle so make sure you check those out.

Now onto my project:  I have a gingham card for you featuring the new Globe Jam Jar and the Autumn Fairy.  Isn't she ADORABLE?!?!  In addition to the seasonal fairies released this month, there are lots and lots of stamps designed to fit inside this (and the other new) jar stamp.  Oh, and did I mention there is a matching die?

Here's a close up of my jar.  As you can see I added some Faux Snow to be my "Fairy Dust".  Even though I used the Autumn Fairy you can really use her for anything.  I covered the lid part of the stamp with some gingham tissue paper that I recycled from a gift bag from Bath and Body works.  I used a zig zag die to pink the edges of the tissue and then added some twine to finish off the top of the jar.  I printed the sentiment on my computer.

Now it’s time to hop on over to Kerri’s amazing blog! Thank you so much for stopping by and happy hopping!

Stamps: Autumn Fairy from Your Next Stamp, Jam Jar Globe from Your Next Stamp
Papers: Lily Bee design, Neenah cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  baker's twine from The Twinery, SNF Goodie font, button, Copic Markers, gingham tissue paper, Faux Snow from the Art Institute
Challenge:  Moxie Fab Gingham challenge

Blog hop list in case you get lost along the way:
Jenny P.
Jen R.
Angela-June Guest
Jen D.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Howdy Friends!

Today I have a western-themed card to share with you that I created using my new Pure Innocence Cowgirl stamp set from My Favorite Things and some Cosmo Cricket Wanted papers (which happens to be one of my all time favourite lines of paper!).

I coloured the image with my Copics and then paper pieced her outfit with some small scraps of paper. I adhered the image with some foam adhesive tape to add some dimension and also embossed the background paper with a wood grain embossing folder for some texture.  In keeping with the theme of my card I used some burlap garden twine as my accent bow and added a wood button to the center.

The card design is based on the sketch for this month’s guest designer contest over on Splitcoaststampers.

Stamps:  Pure Innocence Cowgirl set from My Favorite Things
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Palette Noir (Sentiment), brown distress ink
Papers:  Cosmo Cricket, Neenah solar white cardstock
Accessories:  Wood grain embossing folder (Darice), Silver gel pen (belt buckle), Copic Markers, Spellbinder’s die, Dienamics File Tab Die, wood button, burlap twine, Fiskars scalloped border punch

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Make a wish....a YNS Sneak Peek!

Guess what time of month it is? It's Your Next Stamp's release time and boy oh boy you are not going to want to miss this month's stamps. They are AMAZING!!

Today I have a little sneak peek for you featuring the new Jam Jar stamp (and there's a matching die---whoot!) and the Spring Fairy. Hop on over to the YNS blog today, tomorrow and Tuesday for more sneaks.

I coloured this cutie with my Copic markers and then I added some Faux Snow to the jar for my fairy dust.  I added some glitter to her wings, the top of the jar and to some of the embossed white cardstock.

Here's a close up of my jar so you can see the "Fairy Dust" that I added.

Be sure to come back on June 5th for the blog hop and release party over on Splitcoaststampers---rumour has it that Karen is giving away some AWESOME prizes *wink wink*

Stamps:  Spring Fairy from Your Next Stamp, Jam Jar from Your Next Stamp (available June 5, 2012)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black
Papers:  Bazzill, Basic Grey
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, SRM Stickers, Spellbinder's die, The Art Institute Faux Snow, Copic Markers, Fiskars border punch, Cuttlebug Embossing folder

Friday, June 1, 2012

A few more cracked glass creations on Unity Friday

Hello Unity Friends!  Today I have a few more cracked glass creations to share with you.  For the first card I stamped onto some Tim Holtz tickets and then added the embossing powder and cracked them.
I added lots of Distress Ink to the tickets beforehand to age them more.

For this second card I stamped onto a large square of patterned paper before doing the cracked glass technique.  It's a bit more difficult to get an even layer of embossing powder on larger surfaces and the cracking can be a bit more random but it still gives a nice effect.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  And don't forget to visit the Unity blog for more great customer creations.

Supplies (Ticket Card):
Stamps: Donna Downey Insightful Meadows set from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, Rubber Stampede chocolate brown ink (for distressing), Versamark (for embossing)
Papers: Basic Grey
Accents:  Tim Holtz die cut tickets, MFT Dienamics scalloped edge die, Maya Road decorative pins, Twill ribbon, Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel

Instructions (Ticket Card): Stamp sentiment and floral images in Espresso ink onto die cut tickets, apply 6 layers of UTEE and heat emboss using Versamark ink.  Cool and crack images.  Distress edges of square of beige polkadot paper and mat onto dark brown paper and then card base.  Distress three strips of die cut scallops and adhere to bottom of card.  Add strip of beige twill ribbon and die cut tickets to card base.  Embellish with twill bow and decorative pins.

Supplies (Bird Cage card):
Stamps:  Marah Johnson Bird Cage from Unity Stamp Co., Worn Music Backgrounder stamp from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, Ranger Spun Sugar Distress Ink, Versamark (for embossing), Rubber Stampede chocolate brown ink (for distressing)
Papers:  Basic Grey
Accents:  Fiskars scalloped border punch, twill ribbon, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, SRM Sticker sentiment

Instructions (Bird Cage card): Stamp music backgrounder in pink ink, and bird cage and flying bird in espresso ink onto pink paper. Distress edges, apply 6 layers of UTEE using heat gun and Versamark ink and crack image when cool.  Distress edges of all papers.  Onto cardstock card base, mat bird cage themed pink paper onto brown/pink paper. Add strip of polka dot paper across center of card and add strip of dark brown twill ribbon.  Add sentiment sticker and dark brown scalloped strip to bottom of image panel and adhere to card base.  Embellish with large brown bow.