Friday, August 31, 2012

It's Your Next Stamp Fun Friday with a trip to the beach

Hello and Happy Friday!  WOW, this summer just FLEW by.  I can't believe it's the final day of August today.  Anyways, it's time for another Your Next Stamp Fun Friday and today I have a card for you where I used a sort of non-traditional stamp for our "celebration" theme.  When I was flipping through my binder of stamps I saw this cute Ellie Loves the Beach and to me it looked like she was celebrating so I used her to create a nice summery birthday card.
I stamped the image onto some white cardstock, coloured with my Copics and matted onto a pinking edge die cut to make it look like a sun.  To make by background sky blue, I used some's a great way to cover a large area quickly.

And this cute stamp happens to be on sale for 40% off at the time of this post.  So why not grab one today?
Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out the YNS blog for the rest of the design team projects AND the Splitcoaststampers forum for our FF post.

Stamp:  Ellie Loves the Beach from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Lily Bee, Echo Park, Neenah cardstock, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories:  Spellbinders die, Offray Ribbon, Button, Markers, Pebbles Inc. rub on sentiment, Stickles

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hippity Ippity Hoppity ...... boo!

Hello Unity friends! 

It's Hip Hop Thursday and today we're sharing some of the new Ippity release stamps.  I have this not-so-spooky Halloween card to share with you today. 

How cute is this witch image?  I coloured her with my Copic markers and sponged around the edges of the die cut panel with some Ranger Distress Inks.  I kept the overall design simple to showcase my image but added a few spider web accents, a clip, a rhinestone and some twine.

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Time to hop on back to the Unity blog.....

Card Supplies:
Stamps:  Ippity Halloween Greeting stamp (Witch) from Ippity by Unity Stamps
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink Wild Honey and Black Soot, Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Neenah cardstock, My Mind's Eye, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories:  Martha Stewart spider web punch, Quickutz/Lifestyle Crafts spider web die, The Twinery baker's twine, rhinestone, Copic Markers, SRM Stickers

Friday, August 24, 2012

Best Wishes on YNS Fun Friday!

Hello and Happy Friday! I'm back with another Your Next Stamp Fun Friday post.  This month our theme is "celebrations" so I have a nice bright best wishes card for you using the ever so cute Ellie with Pressies stamp.  I decided to go with a "best wishes" sentiment to make the card usable for any celebration.

Be sure to stop by the YNS blog today to see all the great celebration themed projects and of course we're still hanging out in the Splitcoast forums.

Have a great weekend!

Stamps: Ellie with Pressies from Your Next Stamp
Papers:  Bazzill cardstock, Echo Park Papers
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Viva Decor glitter paint, Offray ribbon, Fiskars edge punch, Spellbinder's Nestabilities dies, SRM Sticker, Darice Embossing folder

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WOW! Wednesday: A vintage hello

Hi!  Today's project is a heat embossed, vintage inspired, card that I created using four shades of WOW! Embossing powder applied in a gradient fashion.  After embossing, I added some Vintage Photo distress ink around the panel to age it.  For more details on how I created this card, please have a look at my post on the WOW! blog.

Supplies:WOW! Embossing Powders used:  Suzy West Earthtone Pantry Collection - Blueberry (SW-WJ06), Nutmeg (SW-WJ07), Paprika (SW-WJ00), Olive (SW-WJ03)
WOW! Embossing Powders Stamps:  Brocade Backgrounder
Papers:  Bazzill cardstock, Neenah Cardstock
Inks:  Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Versamark (for embossing)
Accessories:  Fiskars tag punch, Cricut rolled flowers cartridge, Offray ribbon

Monday, August 20, 2012

Some Authentique Itty Bitty cards

Good morning! 

Here are a few cards I created for my guest designer post on the Unity Stamp Co. blog today.  I inked up a few new Itty Bitty stamps that were sitting in my "to use" pile.  To create both cards I used only 4 sheets of paper from a 6" x 6" pad (from Authentique).  I still have a few scraps left but I really liked creating two cards at once with minimal leftovers.  I might try this a bit more often to prevent my scrap pile from getting out of control.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies (people card):Stamps: Itty Bitty Sweet Paper Pals set from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Versamark (for heat embossing)
Papers: Authentique Celebrate Line
Accessories: WOW! Embossing powder, The Twinery twine, Stamping Up notebook edge punch, SRM sticker sentiment, Glossy accents

Supplies (yo-yo):
Stamps: Itty Bitty I'm Here set from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Versafine black ink
Papers: Authentique Celebrate line
Accessories:  Offray Ribbon, Sizzix embossing folder (Tim Holtz), Glossy accents

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Some black and white WOW!

Hello!  It's team day for the Powder Puff Girls over on the WOW! Blog and I have an elegant black and white card anniversary card to share with you. 

To create my card I stamped the WOW! Brocade backgrounder onto some white cardstock and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  Then I took the same stamp, stamped it onto some black cardstock and heat embossed with some white powder.  I then cut my stamped panels into squares and patched them onto my card base before sewing around all the panels. 

I finished off my card with some ribbon, bling and a sticker sentiment.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to see the rest of the team's projects over on the WOW! blog today.

WOW! Embossing Powders:  Primary Ebony (WH00), Opaque Bright White (WL01)
WOW! Embossing Powder Stamps:  Brocade Backgrounder
Papers:  Black Recollections cardstock, Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Ink:  Versamark (for embossing)
Accessories:  Prima bling border, SRM sentiment sticker, Offray ribbon, Fiskar's border punch

Friday, August 17, 2012

A golden card to cherish

Hello and Happy Friday.  Today I'm sharing a simple but elegant card monochrome card that I created using the large medallion stamp from last month's Unity SMAK kit.  This stamp is the perfect size for a standard A2 card base.

I heat embossed the medallion with some WOW! Embossing Powder (Sierra Sunrise), adhered it to some cardstock (that I embossed with a Cuttlebug folder) and added a strip of golden ribbon across the
top.  The sentiment was cut out of some patterned paper. To add a bit more elegance I sewed around the edges and added a large fabric brad to the center of the ribbon.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: July 2012 SMAK Kit of the Month (medallion)
Ink: Versamark (for embossing)
Papers: My Mind's Eye, Coredinations cardstock
Accessories: Sierra Sunrise glitter embossing powder from WOW! Embossing Powder, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Offray ribbon, Basic Grey fabric brad

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Oh Happy Day! It's time for the annual Purple Onion Designs SALE SALE SALE!!

Hello friends!  Today I have a super cute (and easy) hybrid card to share with you using one of my favourite Stacey Yacula stamps and sentiment from Purple Onion Designs. 

If you haven't gotten your hands on these beauties yet, now is the perfect time as POD is celebrating their NINTH year in business and Michele is offering 25% off ALL stamps until August 26th (see graphic below for more details).

And now onto my card......

The starburst background on this card is actually a free digital paper offered up by the super duper talented Mel Stampz.  If you've never checked out her blog, get on over there as she has a TON of cool freebies/templates and is the master of cool tutorials!!  She also has some AMAZING Purple Onion Designs projects posted.

I printed and trimmed the starburst paper onto some cardstock, trimmed it a bit and zig zag stitched all along the "seams".  Due to my less than stellar sewing skills I think it took me longer to do the sewing than making a few more cards LOL!  but I do love the look I achieved.  I stamped the image and sentiment onto some white paper, coloured with my Copics and die cut before adhering over the disaster of a center of where all the stitches merged. 

Stamps:  Stacey Yacula Peep the bird from Purple Onion Designs, Stacey Yacula The Sweetest Day Sentiment Set from Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Digital sunburst download from Mel Stampz blog, Georgia Pacific white cardstock, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Baker's Twine from the Twinery, Spellbinder's Die, button, Copic Markers

Monday, August 13, 2012

Spooky Monday

Here's a quick and easy shaped Halloween card that I have posted over on the Unity Stamp Co. blog today using the August 2012 Kit of the Month.  How cute is that bat???  Pop on over to the Unity Blog for more details.

Stamps: All images from August 2012 Kit of the Month (Color of the Season) from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Versafine Black, Wild Honey Distress Stain (for edges of card), Black Distress Ink
Papers: My Mind's Eye, Authenique, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories: Spiderweb die from Lifestyle Crafts/Quickutz, black baker's twine, button

Friday, August 10, 2012

Our wish your for.....a WOW! Layout

Hello!  I have a layout up on the WOW! Embossing blog today.  Do not adjust your monitors, the layout really is that bright LOL!  Pop on over to the WOW! blog for more details and close ups of my layout.

Thanks for stopping by!  And P.S.  I must say, I'm just loving getting back to my scrapbooking roots and working on layouts again---only a billion more photos of my daughter to go LOL!

Stamps:  Is it a bird set (round hearts) from WOW! Embossing Powders, Gratitude set (loopy lines and hearts in a row) from WOW! Embossing Powders
WOW! Embossing Powders:  Opaque Bright White (WL01), Neutral Ultra Shimmer (SW-WS02)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Sizzix tag die, baker's twine from The Twinery, American Crafts vinyl Thickers, Kaisercraft mini letter stickers, Prima bling

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hipping and Hopping with some Unity Phyllis Harris new release stamps!

Hello Unity Friends!  In case you didn’t notice, I was asked to stay as guest design for Unity for another month (yeah!!).  On today’s Hip Hop we’re showcasing six brand new Phyllis Harris stamp sets that are now available on the Unity Stamp Co. website! 

I have two masculine cards to share with you today using the boy stamps from the release.  Up first is a card I made with the “No.Fun” set.  Don’t you just love the look on this little guys face?  I kept my design simple on this one and added some embossing to the background kraft paper.  Even though this is a more masculine card I still think it’s o.k. to add a bow on top of the wood button I used LOL!

My second card today uses the “Wishing We’re Forever Friends” set.    When I first started colouring this image I was a bit perplexed on how to make the night sky look night-y (if that’s a word).  So I pulled out my chalks and applied some grey and black tones all over the sky.  It’s a great way to fill in a large area and I think I was able to achieve a sky look without having to use a ton of markers.  I added some little die cut stars to my image panel and some Stickles to make the stars and moon shimmer.

And how about a special??? 
The NEW RELEASE Bundle Pack is available for only $58 - Regular price - $96!

Supplies (boy and dog):
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Black Distress Ink
Papers: Fancy Pants Designs, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Spellbinder’s dies (bracket die cut, mini stars), button, Stickles, Copic Markers, Pebbles Inc. chalk,

Supplies (No fun):
Stamps:  Phyllis Harris No.Fun set from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Brown Distress Ink
Papers: My Mind’s Eye, Michaels Craft paper, Neenah cardstock
Accessories: Twill ribbon, baker’s twin from The Twinery, wood button, Copic Markers, Sizzix embossing folder

Here’s a list of all of today’s participants in case you get/got lost along the way
Jen Roach -  (YOU ARE HERE!)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hipping and Hopping with Your Next Stamp's August release


Hello! We have another special Blog Hop this month because Your Next Stamp is celebrating its 3rd Birthday!!! We are so excited about this milestone, and we have some fun and ADORABLE projects to share with you today!  You should have arrived from Wendy's blog but in case you get lost along the way there is a linky list at the bottom of my post.

We are making this hop even more fun, because we have put together a scavenger hunt! Each DT member and guest has a bold, colored letter on her blog. Collect all the letters and unscramble them to find the special saying. Once you do that, e-mail Karen at and you will qualify for the $25 YNS shopping spree GRAND PRIZE!!!

We also have 3 special new release prize packs hidden along the hop. Just leave comments along the way to win!  You have until August 9th at 12 midnight EST to play along and the winners will be announced August 10th on the YNS Blog!

And now, onto my projects.  Today I have two cards I created using the new owl images.  This first one is a masculine inspired graduation card using the new Grad Owl.

In honour of YNS's third birthday, my second card, is a BRIGHT and fun card using the birthday owl.

As always we have some awesome specials at the YNS Store. Everyone will receive a FREE scratch card with every purchase all month long or while supplies last.  Every card is a WINNER!

Also receive 25% off your order August 6th-August 10th! Online code is HAPPY

Karen has just improved the YNS Store website, so make sure you check it out! We now have larger thumbnails so you can see these adorable images even better!

Now it’s time to hop on over to Dana’s fabulous blog, but before you go, don’t forget about the scavenger hunt! My letter is H Happy hopping!

Supplies (Grad Owl card):
Stamps: Grad Owl set from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Bazzill cardstock
Papers:  Basic Grey Oxford collection, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Baker's twine from the Twinery, wood button, Stamping Up notebook punch

Supplies (Birthday Owl):
Stamps:  Birthday Owl from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Echo Park, Neenah Cardstock
Accessories:  Fiskars border punch, SRM Sticker sentiment, Offray ribbon, Spellbinder's die, Stickles

Saturday, August 4, 2012

It's a ..... new baby set from Your Next Stamp

Hello stamping friends!  It's once again time to show some peeks of the fabulous new releases from Your Next Stamp, and as usual there are lots of fun new releases including a new baby set designed by Heather Rolin.  Be sure to stop by the YNS blog for the next few days for some more sneaks and designer projects AND on Monday it's release party day on Splitcoaststampers and of course the monthly blog hop where rumour has it you can win some great prizes!  Your Next Stamp is also celebrating it's THIRD birthday this month so be sure to check out all the festivities.

And now onto my projects......Today I two baby cards to share with you that I made with the new baby set.  The first card is a clean and simple design for a boy.  This card layout is becoming my "go to" design for quick cards (as you may have noticed LOL!) As you can see the "it's a boy" sentiment fits perfectly inside the onesie (the set also comes with a "it's a girl" sentiment).  This stamp also fits exactly in a 2" circle punch so you can use it with the Fun Flower stamp and die set for a quick frame.

My second card is all out girly!  I didn't quite know when to stop with the pearl paint on this one LOL!  For this cute stroller stamp you can use some small buttons for wheels.  The paper I used in this card is probably at least 10 years old!  I had an old pad of baby girl paper that I thought would be perfect with this stamp set.  This just proves that you don't have to have the latest and greatest papers to make some cute cards (well at least I think so!!)

Stamps and Dies:  Baby Set from Your Next Stamp (available August 6, 2012), Fun Flower scallop stamp and die set from Your Next Stamp (on boy card)
Papers:  Deja Views (Pink), Making Memories scalloped edge paper, Martha Stewart Crafts (blue), Georgia Pacific cardstock, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, Viva Decor pearl pen, Making Memories tag, buttons, safety pin, Spellbinder's die, Deja Views ric rac punch out, Fiskars scalloped edge punch

Friday, August 3, 2012

One more vintage crackle card

Hello and happy Friday!  I have lots of projects on the go to share with you in the next few days but I found this vintage cracked glass card that I haven't shared yet.  You can find the full supply list and instructions at the bottom of the post. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stamps: Hugs and Prayers set from Gina K Designs, Versatile Verses (sentiment) from Gina K Designs
Ink:  Versamark (for embossing), Adirondack Espresso, Rubber Stampede chocolate brown ink (for distressing), Ranger Broken China blue Distress Ink, Palette Noir ink
Papers:  Basic Grey
Accents:  Tattered Angels chipboard frame, lace, Prima flower, Fiskars scalloped border punch, Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel

Stamp floral image onto rectangle of floral paper, apply 6 layers of UTEE (using Versamark Ink and a heat gun) and crack image when cooled.  Onto a cardstock base:  mat large strip of teal paper, with distressed edges, onto dark brown paper, stamp floral images in blue ink and sentiment in black ink.  Add strips of blue floral paper and pink brown/pink distressed paper to card base.  Add strip of lace across card, attach cracked glass image, chipboard frame and lace bow with flower.  Add strip of scalloped blue paper across bottom of card base.