Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!! Today I have some quick and easy cupcake decorations to share with you. I used a Halloween sentiment but they would also be great if you were having a pirate themed birthday party.

I cut a cupcake wrap template out of some white cardstock (if you have a digital cutter it would speed up the process!!) and then stamped all over it with Purple Onion Design's "Skull Set" in black and orange inks.

To make the toppers I stamped the solid skull image in black ink onto some white cardstock, punched it out with a circle punch and matted onto some black and orange die cut shapes.  A sticker sentiment and some baker's twine and done!! 

Stamps: Skull Set from Purple Onion Designs
Papers: Neenah white cardstock, My Mind's Eye, Bazzill cardstock
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink (Dried Marigold), Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: The Twinery twine, Spellbinder's dies, SRM Sticker

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Your Next Stamp's Hop for Hope

Hello! Welcome to the Your Next Stamp Hop for Hope Blog Hop! We are releasing a very special set today in honor of breast cancer awareness month. This set was created by YNS illustrator Fhiona Galloway, who is currently battling breast cancer herself. We are dedicating our hop to this very special lady, along with all of the other amazing women who are fighting this difficult fight. We have several special guests joining us so you won’t want to miss all of the gorgeous creations!

You should have arrived from Amy's blog.  If not, there is a linky list at the bottom of this post.  One lucky commenter who leaves comments on all the blogs, will win a $20 gift certificate to the YNS Store.
The Fight Like a Girl stamp set retails for $15.00 and Karen is donating $3.00 from each sale towards cancer research. Are you ready to see what I made with this adorable stamp?  I went with an entirely pink theme for my card. 

Now it’s time to hop on over to Kerri’s blog! Thank you so much for joining us for this special hop, and don’t forget that by purchasing this adorable set, you are helping to find a cure for this terrible disease!
Stamps:  Fight like a girl set from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  My Mind's Eye, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Lace, Devine Twine, Prima Pearl, Copic Markers

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Oh Happy Day....Stacey Yacula is back with some HOLIDAY stamps!!!

Hello friends.  Sorry I've been a little slacking in the blog department lately but I've been super busy planning and crafting for my daughter's THIRD birthday this week (wow, where did the time go???).  Check back next week and I'll share some photos of all the party stuff I made.

So, some big news from Purple Onion Designs.....Stacey Yacula is back with some amazing new HOLIDAY THEMED stamps (The Sweet Season)!!  Of course, mine haven't arrived yet (they don't call it snail mail for nothing) but you can see all the fabulous new releases on the POD website.  And for a limited time Michele is offering the entire new release for only $60.  There are also some awesome projects using the new stamps over on the POD blog.  Check it out.

In the mean time, until my new stamps arrive, I have a card to share using Freckles the Frog from the last release. 

Stamps: Stacey Yacula Freckles the Frog from Purple Onion Designs, The Sweetest Day sentiments from Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Lily Bee Designs, Bazzill cardstock, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Offray ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Spellbinders scalloped edge die, Prima Pearl, Spellbinders pinking circle die

Monday, October 15, 2012

Wendy the witch says Trick or Treat and a SALE!!

Hello and Happy Monday.  I can't believe how quickly this month is flying by---Halloween is going to be here in no time!  So I thought I'd share a Halloween card I created using my new Wendy the Witch stamp from Purple Onion Designs.  She's all ready for some trick or treating.

Speaking of Purple Onion Designs, Michele just updated the "Specials" page on the website.  There are lots of great deals (50% off or more!!) on stamps for the upcoming holiday season, new years and some calendar themed stamps.  Go check them out :)

Stamps:  Wendy the Witch (Stephanie Ackerman's Autumn Kids) from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  WRMK, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Michaels Halloween ribbon, Fiskars border punch, Spellbinder's die, Copic markers

Friday, October 12, 2012

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.....

Well, I'm not quite ready for the white stuff to start falling just yet so for now let's settle for a winter themed card.  The theme this month for Your Next Stamp's Fun Friday is "Let it Snow".  Pop on over to the YNS blog to see some more design team inspiration for this chilly theme.

For my card today, I used the YNS Holiday Snow Globe Set. Did you know that all of the mini stamps from Your Next Stamp fit inside this globe? A great set to grab that you can use over and over!

To keep with the winter theme, I embossed my background with a snowflake themed embossing folder and then added some clear Stickles on top of the raised surface to add some sparkle.

Let's hope this is the only snow we see for a while! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Holiday Snow Globe set from Your Next Stamp
Papers:  Recollections (from Michaels), Neenah cardstock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black
Accessories:  The Twinery Twine, Fiskars tag punch, Fiskars border punch, Stickles, Copic Markers, Basic Grey button, Faux Snow, Spellbinder's die, Quickutz/Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Good morning!  This past weekend we celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada so I thought I'd share a fall themed "Thankful" card that I created using some of my new fall stamps from Purple Onion Designs.

I kept the design fairly simple on this card and focused on using paper with rich fall colours.  To add a bit more texture to the card I embossed the orange patterned paper for my background and inked around the edges with some brown distress ink.  The doodle frame pumpkin image was coloured with my Copic markers and paper pieced onto some green gingham paper.  I finished off the card with some garden twine that I think adds to the fall look.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps: Pumpkin framed doodle set (by Stephanie Ackerman) from Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Crate Paper, Neenah cardstock
Accessories: Burlap twine, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Copic Markers

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Time for the October Your Next Stamp release hop!

Hello and welcome to the October Your Next Stamp New Release Blog Hop! We have tons of adorable new images to show you including some stamps from TWO new artists-woohoo!  We are so excited to welcome Cory Designs and Mabel Designs to the YNS family. We are all just LOVING the new images, and we know you will too.  We also have some new stamps from artist Heather Rolin and two awesome new dies.
Of course we have some amazing prizes up for grabs.  Just leave comments on all of the DT blogs for you chance to win one of THREE new release prize packs.  You have until Sunday, October 14th at midnight (EST) to comment. Karen will post the winners on the YNS Blog on October 15th.
And now onto my projects....first up is this sweet gingerbread creation.  To create the background for the card I stamped the gingerbread man image and heat embossed in clear WOW! Embossing Powder before applying two shades of brown Distress Ink over the surface.  I also used the sentiment and round image from the new Celebrate the Season set for this card. 

Stamps:  Celebrate the Season set from Your Next Stamp

Ink: Ranger Distress Inks:  Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo, Hero Arts Java, Fancy Pants, American Crafts
Papers: Georgia Pacific cardstock, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories: Offray ribbon, wood button, Spellbinders die, white ruffle ribbon, WOW! Embossing clear powder, Copic Markers, large gingerbread die (Sizzix---I think it's retired now)

Next up is a Happy Holidays card in some more non-traditional colours.  I used the new Christmas Bauble Robin on this card and did some paper piecing and colouring with my Copics.  I used several pearl accents on the card and the background blue paper has some shimmer to it.

Stamps: Christmas Bauble Robin from Your Next Stamp
Papers: American Crafts, Neenah cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Offray ribbon, Prima pearls, Copic Markers, Making Memories tag
All of the new stamps and dies are available NOW in the YNS Store PLUS Karen is offering a new release special – 15% off your order using code YNSOCTNR!
Now it’s time to hop on over to Jenny P's amazing blog, but don’t forget to leave me a comment before you go so you can be in the running for a new release prize pack! Happy Hopping!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sending you Joyful Wishes (Your Next Stamp October release sneak!)

Good morning!!  Once again the month of September flew by and it's time to show off the October release stamps from Your Next Stamp.  This month brings TWO new artists to the YNS family as well as releases from some old favorites.  Be sure to stop by on Tuesday Oct 9 for the release blog hop where you can win some fabulous prizes.  And to see today's other sneak peeks from the design team, hop on over to the YNS blog.

For my card today I used the new Joyful Wishes set (designed by Heather Rolin).  Because of the traditional design of the stamps I went with a traditional "stampy" card.  This set is perfect for creating cards that are easily mass produced for all those on your Christmas card list.

To create this card I stamped the wreath image in green ink onto a white cardstock panel and then stamped the berries in red ink.  I added the sentiment to the bottom in black ink and matted onto a die cut dark green rectangle.  Some ribbon and an embossed background and voila, a simple yet elegant card in less than 10 minutes!

Stamps: Joyful Wishes set from Your Next Stamp (available October 9)
Ink:  Distress Inks - Evergreen Bough and Festive Berries, Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  KI Memories, Bazzill cardstock, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Offray Ribbon, button, Stickles, Sizzix embossing folder, Spellbinder's die

Saturday, October 6, 2012

WOW! It's World Card Making Day (and we've got prizes!!!)

Hello friends!  In case you haven't heard today is World Card Making Day.  There are lots of fun events going on today around the web and WOW! Embossing Powders have joined in on the fun.  Hop on over to the WOW! blog for your chance to win some prizes.....there are some Christmas stamps and sets of embossing powder up for grabs.  All you need to do is leave a comment over there....easy peasy!

And now onto my card.  It's not exactly a festive one LOL! but we all need to make some sympathy cards now and then.  I have a nice quick and easy, almost single layer card to share today using some of the new WOW! CHA stamp sets and some black embossing powder.

To make the card I stamped the script stamp in grey ink onto grey cardstock and allowed to fully dry (I zapped it with my heat gun just to be sure).  Then I stamped the two dandelion images in Versamark ink over the script and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  I added some ribbon, some pearls and matted onto some grey and black cardstock and voila, a quick and simple sympathy card.

Don't forget to go over to the WOW! blog to win some of these stamps:

Stamps:  WOW! Embossing Powder (Everyday Sentiments, Funky Border Strips, Make a Wish)
WOW! Embossing Powder:  Primary Ebony WH00
Inks:  Memento London Fog, Versamark (for embossing), Staz On black
Papers:  Martha Stewart Crafts, Coredinations cardstock, Recollections cardstcok
Accessories:  Prima pearls (tinted with Copic marker), Offray Ribbon,
Fiskars edge punch

Friday, October 5, 2012

A few Itty Bitty cards

Hello Unity Friends.  Today I have a few little mini cards (that I shared on the Unity blog back in August) using some paper scraps and some Itty Bitty stamps.

If you're anything like me you probably have a huge pile of scrap paper lying around.  So in an effort to use up what was on my desk I created a few mini cards (approximately 4" x 4").  I think it would be great to use these as gift tags or tuck them in your loved ones lunch boxes. I definitely want to make some more of these quick and easy cards for my pile!

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!

Stamps: Hoot for Hope Itty Bitty from Unity Stamp Co.
Papers:  Bazzill carstock, Scenic Route paper, Neenah cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Spellbinder's dies, The Twinery baker's twine, Offray ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Stickles, Copic markers

Stamps:  Favorite Moustache Itty Bitty from Unity Stamp Co., Good Luck - Remember This Itty Bitty from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink:  Versafine Black
Papers:  My Mind's Eye, Fancy Pants
Accessories:  Cuttlebug embossing folder

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Oh Baby!

Hello!  Lately, I've been on a kick of making cards with NO patterned paper.  For those of you who follow my blog, you will know this is definitely not my usual style....the more patterned paper the better for me!!  Even without patterned paper you can still add so much interest to your cards using different textures and embellishments.  I like the clean lines and simpleness (if that's a word) of just using cardstock.

Here's a baby card I recently made using the Framed Bear stamp set from Purple Onion Designs.  I coloured the image with my Copics and cut it out.  I embossed the textured blue cardstock with a large polka dot embossing folder and then added some lace and twine.  I used the "baby" sentiment like a tag under my twine bow. 

So don't be afraid to step away from the patterned paper once in a while. You just never know if you'll find yourself discovering a new style of cardmaking!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!
Stamps: Stephanie Ackerman's Bear Framed Doodle set from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Bazzill cardstock, Neenah cardstock
Accessories: white lace (fabric store), Devine Twine, button, Copic markers, Cuttlebug embossing folder