Monday, October 5, 2015

Sweet Stamps Monday Inspiration

 I hope you will join the Sweet Stamps Anything Goes October challenge. Here is some  'Anything Goes'  Monday Inspiration:
 Hehehehe  How do you like this frog?  Smoochies are a coming for someone!

 I stamped the image (Frog Prince Kiss) with Tuxedo Black Memento,  and colored with Copic Sketch markers. I added shimmer on the crown jewels with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen (stardust).  I layered the image on a piece of burlap painted with Gesso, and sponged on some Valentine Shades Ink (spot).

 I added a little dimension by using a Sweet Stamps Rounded Squares stencil and sponging on Valentine Shades die ink, and added a touch of shimmer with the Sakura Gelly Roll pen again.

All Sweet Stamps and stencils are made in the USA : )

I jump started my creativity using the Sketch Saturday Sketch challenge.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Autumn/Halloween with Michael Strong Stamps

The ladies in the Michael Strong Yahoo group are having a Halloween/Autumn Blog Hop today- it is Michael's Birthday. Happy Birthday Michael!!!

 The Hop started at Michael's Blog, and if you are hopping, you came here from Peg's Blog : )

 I decided to make an Autumn card- I have a goal to USE stamps that have NOT seen ink yet. I used the Seasonal Silhouettes stamp set.

 I used Distress ink pads on the background and blended on Fall colors : Barn Door, Shabby Shutters, Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge. I inked up the leaf and not the outer border using Distress markers Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Barn Door and Wild Honey. I added Antique Linen over the top as the white cardstock was a little stark looking......  Next, I added the black border with the Distress Ink (Black) marker.  I huffed on the stamp and I really like how the leaves have variety in color.

  The sentiment is from McMahon Five Designs (which has closed).
  I used cardstock from DCWV Brights, and added a few sequins (generic).

 Your next stop on the Hop is Laura.

If you leave a comment on all of the blogs, you will have a chance to WIN Mike's new Pumpkin Harvest stamp set.

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Sweet Stamps October- Anything Goes

The Sweet Stamps October Anything Goes challenge starts today: )  I used on of the new release images for my card- how sweet, huh?

 The stamp is from a new release set called Halloween Kids. I colored the image with Copic Sketch markers. The DP is K & C Co. Halloween (I bought this last year).
 I got some Sweet Stamps glitters, so had to use some on Globecraft and Piccolo stars.  I used glitters Violet and Leaf.
 The dies I used are Memory Box Stitched Die 30009 and the Star Die is 98460, which I also cut out and added inside : )

Sweet Sketch Wednesday aka SSW2- Sketch
Word Art Wednesday- AG
Marker Pop- Halloween

Pop over to the blog and check out the other designers inspiration- AND we have a DT call- one more week to apply : )

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Ready for Fall?

The weather is cooling down and some of the trees are beginning their color changes.......  I took the color inspiration for my Sweet Stamps card for our monthly Anything Goes challenge.

  For my Fall Colors, I used Shades Dye inks (cube/spots) Tank, Butterscotch, Rustic and Brownie. The image is from set Leaves AF4622 and was stamped in Brownie and Tank. I used a dauber to add colors on the card. I added a torn color corner using SU Rust and Olive (retired) cardstock. I used Flourishes AF4609 on the rust using Versamark just to add a little interest. The sentiment is from SS4406 Framed Handwritten Words.

 I stamped and fussy cut out a few more leaves and added some twine to finish off the corner.

***Sweet Stamps is having a DT call. It is such a wonderful company- the owner, Stacey, is so good to her DT- I highly recommend this team!  And, all of the Sweet Stamps dies and stamps are Made in the USA : ) ***   Info for the DT call is HERE  Deadline to Apply is Oct 9th.

Come and Get It- Use stash item- twine and retired SU cardstock
One Stitch at A Time- Leaves
Pink Gem Challenge- Autumn
Left of Center- Rip it Up
Simply Create Too- Autumn Splendour

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Asian ATC fan Swap

At the Oriental Stamp Art Yahoo group, we exchange ATC's with a theme each month.  For September our theme was fans.

 I stamped and embossed my fans and used Pan Pastels to color them in. I then added highlights with Copics and a Stardust Gelly Roll Pen. I was not happy with the ATC- looked blah, so embossed a little more of the base cardstock and cut it in strips, then layered on one more fan.
 The stamps were a freebie with a magazine- Cardmaking and Papercraft.

My partner Louise Howe sent me this ATC:

 What a beauty- hope you can see the shimmer from the Perfect Pearls she used : )

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dueling Darlings

I have joined a group of ladies called the Dueling Darlings-split up into the Diva's and the Dazzlers.   Each month, on the 15th, we create using a card kit that is sent to us.  This month, our theme is Tutti Fruity.
 Jeanette is always sprucing up the inside of her cards as well, so I had to add give that a go as well.....

I am a Dazzler- we used an image from Jeanette, and the Diva's used an image from Kelly.
Image- Penny Black- Hedgy Gift
Sentiment- Riley- Apples are Dangerous
DP- DCWV My Sunshine Stack
Darice Rhinestones
Hobby Lobby Decorative Trim Ribbon
Hobby Lobby- Natural Hemp Cord
Recollections- Apple Brad

I added SU-Green Seam Binding
Image colored with Copic Sketch markers

I used a few challenges making my card:
The Sketch is from MoJo Monday #415
Fashionable Stamping Challenge- Words
Penny Black Saturday- 3 or more DP
Simon Says Stamp- Use a Stamp

Thanks again for inviting me to join you ladies : ) You can check out the other versions of this kit by following the links on my side bar. Visit the Diva's too : )

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sweet Stamps DT call

                        Design Team Call

Hello Friends of Sweet Stamp!

It once again is that time.... Design Team Call 
November 2015 – April 2016

DT Requirements:
- Create 1 project each week to be posted on the blog and your personal blog every Monday. Projects can be cards, tags, ATC's, scrapbook pages, altered art, etc. and must exclusively use images from
- Participate in a monthly Anything Goes challenge.
- Have the ability to take quality photos of  completed projects.
- Regularly promote on-line in galleries and forums, including your personal blog, facebook, Pinterest and other social media sites.
- Support fellow DT members by commenting and sharing their blog posts.
- Mail your creations at the end of each quarter for use on display at conventions.
- You must commit to a 6 month term.

DT Benefits:
- A welcome package of products plus a selection of new releases as they become available.
- A $30 monthly product allowance for stamps, stencils and piccolos of your choice.
- DT member discount of 30% on all & Piccolo brand products, 20% discount on all other items we sell online.
- A personalized page on the blog which will include a photo, bio and links to your blog and online galleries.
- Your work will be showcased on the blog, company facebook page and advertisements and promotional materials.

How to Apply:
- Become a follower of the challenge blog
- Like us on facebook.
Email the following information to: with DT Call in the heading.
·         full name & email address
·         links to your blog and any online galleries
·         short bio about yourself and your style
·         tell us why you'd like to be a DT Sweetie
·         list of current & previous design teams (if applicable)
·         links to 3-5 recent projects that highlight your style

Deadline for applications is October 9, 2015.

Due to rising shipping costs, this DT call is open to US residents only, sorry for any inconvenience. 

Good Luck!

We look forward to hearing from you!!!

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Friday, September 11, 2015

For Sonia

  I made a card for a friend that just had the fight of her life- and lost the battle...... It was a very quick diagnosis to passing time period for this wonderful lady.

  I found this stamp set and die at Stampaway at the Our Daily Bread Designs booth.  I cut out the center of the die and used a light purple/blue vellum behind the cut out. The image was stamped and embossed with clear EP.  I also had a die that did not cut out perfectly, so I trimmed off a piece of that and added it to the bottom. I die cut a butterfly out of a piece of yellow sparkly paper and the top is a purple die cut.  I added pearls and a bow and stopped, since this had to be mailed out.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Sweet Stamps- Anything Goes

Happy Monday!  I had fun getting inky with one of the new Sweet Stamps digital images- named Shelly : )
 The image was colored with Copic Sketch Markers. I used the Enjoy stamp from the Deco Frames set for the sentiment.
 I got inky with Distress Inks for the background in Picked Raspberry, Pine Needles and Evergreen Bough.  I tapped it on the craft mat, misted it and dragged the cardstock thru it. I dried it between colors so it did not get muddy. I added background images in Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and Sweet Stamps white dye ink using the Always on My Mind clear set. 
 I decided to add texture using the Geo Triangles stencil and White embossing paste. I took a coffee stir stick and dabbed it in the paste to add more texture. I colored the embossing paste with Distress inks once it dried, but I did not like it, so spritzed water on the panel and pressed a piece of paper to it and removed some of the color. I added shimmer to the edges of that with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

 ***Make Faux Sequins***Instead of sequins, I placed Mini Glue Dots on my card background, then sprinkled Fushia Microfine glitter over the dots. ***

613 Ave Create- Used: Image, sentiment, stencil, faux sequins, Baker's Twine
Glitter and Sparkle- Faux Sequins and Gelly Roll Pen around stencil triangles
That Craft Place- Mixed Media
Mixed Media World Challenge- AG w/Textures
CCEE Stampers- CITY= C- Copics, I-Inked background, T-Twine, triangle stencil, Y- Yellow highlights in her hair and her cell.
Simon Says Stamp- Make it Colorful

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Technique Junkies ATC swap

I participated in a Technique Junkies ATC Swap for Fall Colors- we use any TJ technique from Newsletters or any of the CD's.
 My ATC's were made by using the Plain Technique from the Dec '10/Jan '11 newsletter. I seem to enjoy making a mess and experimenting with color : )  I love this new image from Technique Junkies and had to ink it up.....called Contemporary Floral.

Here are the ATC's I recieved back:
 Lt- Dawn Tinkham using 'That Shimmering Touch' 6/03
Rt- Beth Cutwright- Swap Hostess- Textured Tissues June /July 2014

Top- Holly Brown-Watercolor Resist 12/08 - so shimmery IRL!
Bottom- Priscilla LaBranche-  More Yellow/Green  IRL and the leaf is copper- Faux Designer Paper 12/08

 Lt -Tina Johnston- Layered Watercolors 12/14 (More orange for flower and the BG is more green)
Rt-Hewitt Hulse- Sectioned Retiform Aug/Sept 2004

Have a Fab Labor Day weekend!

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