Friday, May 28, 2010

Stamp Simply #141- Simply Patriotic

Sharon issued a great challenge to kick off this Holiday weekend. Play along and link your project on Sharon's blog, No Time to Stamp using Mr. Linky.  Here is how Sharon explains today's theme....

May 28 - ssnotime141 - Flying High and Proud Color Challenge 
This marks the beginning of Memorial Day Weekend in the USA, a time we remember and honor those who have so bravely and proudly served our country. Realizing we have blog readers that span the world, today our challenge is to make a card or any project using the colors in your country's flag. The project can be patriotic in nature, but it's not necessary. PLEASE when you upload your creation, tell us your country and your flag's colors. It'll be fun to see how many different countries we see!!!

Don't miss the fabulous, patriotic color themed projects created by the rest of the "Stamp Simply" team:

Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits; Sharon Johnson, Our Stamp Simply Leader: No Time to Stamp?; Janine Orchard: 2BKrafty; AJ Otto: The Willow Garden; Deb Saaranen: Dream in Color; Barb Schram: Explore. Dream. Discover., and tonight we're saying goodbye to our Guest Stamper for May, Teresa Kline: Enjoy the VA Sunshine.

I kept it very simple as I was short on time tonight. I knew it had to be red, white and blue and I couldn't find a patriotic stamp that caught my eye to play with.... so I went in the drawer that holds all my Cat's Pajama's stamps.... this little penguin looked like he had never been inked up, and I thought I should show him some inky love. Simple layers can take on a completely new look when you add some stitch marks. I colored my birthday penguin up with some Copics.  The oval shape is one of the nesties from the last release-- I love these loooong and skinny Mega Ovals. I used an .05 Black Micron for the faux stitches. I made a red silk bow with the Bow Easy at added it at the end of the oval, love the way silk ribbon ties and cinches down so nice and tight in the bow's center! On the balloon and the little party horn I added a touch of Rock Candy Stickles for some dimension with out having too much shine. Final card size is an A2.
  • Stamps- All stamps from The Cat's Pajamas - You say it's your Birthday Clear Set
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Misc. Red and Blue DP, Curious Cryogen White
  • Other: Distress Rock Candy Stickles, White Enamel by Ranger (polk dots on the hat), Copics, Brads by Basic Grey, Bow Easy Tool, 1/2" Red SIlk Ribbon, Spellbinder's Mega Ovals05 Black Micron

Friday, May 21, 2010

Stamp Simply #140 - Gone Askew!

Sharon issued a fun challenge for today. Play along and link your project on Sharon's blog, No Time to Stamp using Mr. Linky.  Here is how Sharon explains today's theme....

May 21 - "ssnotime140" - Gone Askew 
Today's challenge is something I like to fall back on if I'm in a super hurry to make a card because it's just so easy -- place your focal image askew on your card -- no trying to center it or mat it perfectly -- just place it askew.  I love this look and it just doesn't get any easier!!!  I'm so anxious to see your askew creations!
Check out the beautiful samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these totally creative designers: our Challenge Mom - SharonJanineAJDeb Neerman, BarbaraBarb Schram, and our May guest designer is Teresa Kline, her blog is Enjoy the VA Sunshine.
I chose to make the shape of my stamped panel "askew".  Not using Nesties or punches, but just cutting straight lines to make an odd shape. I also wrapped the jute string around the edges in a willy nilly fashion. I have had this stamp for awhile and thought it paired up perfectly with Basic Grey's Max and Whiskers Paper Collection.  I love this paper, well I like the kitties a wee bit more than the dog papers.... but they are all pretty cute and have a playful feel to them and I thought it was a good fit with the theme of having things a little off kilter from the norm. 

Thursday, May 20, 2010

IO Challenge - Friendship

It's Friendship Card Challenge Time with the Impression Obsession Design Team. As always you can play along and WIN some $$! So check out the rules right here on the IO Blog and join in the fun.
The IO Design Team has their Friendship cards all ready for you to check out!  Most of us just got our hands on some HOT new rubber and are giving you a sneak peek at some of the NEW SPRING/SUMMER STAMPS to be released in the IO Online Store soon. Check out we we cooked up for you today, Here are links to get you there: Deborah MarchDina KowalJeanne StreiffJulie KoerberKathy MenziesLaura Fulcher and Rosemary Marino

I guess I was feeling girly! This card really turned out more soft and girly, not my usual! I am showing off one of the new Cover a Card backgrounds featuring this yummy rose print. I stamped it in Memento London Fog and added a hint of Copic color to the roses on the white background panel.  I paired up solid papers from Basic Grey's Capella Line. I used Spellbinder's Labels 8 to trim the sentiment, but then I trimmed the edges off the top and bottom changing up the look a bit. Hmmm... why did that change happen?? Well, an inky fingerprint was the reason for the change!
A little detailing along the edges, courtesy of a Martha Stewart Edge Punch and a little sheer ribbon to finish this girly friendship card! Finished card size is an A2.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Prickley Pear BLOG HOP!

Welcome to the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Blog Hop!
Introducing a new line of coordinating die cuts and clear stamps.
Visit the Design Team’s daily releases and the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp blog from May 18 until May 21 to have chances to win one of four prize packages worth $50 in PPRS products. Of course each of the prize packages will feature one of the new release sets: Build a Bird, Hibiscus, Build an Owl and ButterflyMore than one chance to win. Each day you have more than one chance to win. Start at the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamp Blog. Leave a comment on the blog for one chance to win. Then hop on over to the day’s release blogs and make comments there for more chances to win. Sounds easy enough. And the bonus is that you’ll see some fabulous paper projects featuring the new sets.
For each release, you’ll have 2 days to participate…you’ll have until midnight the night AFTER the release day to enter comments. Please just one comment per blog.
Release schedule:

  • May 18th Build a Bird Clear Stamps and Die Cut featured on the PPRS Blog,  and then check out what Eli and Tesa cooked up!
  • May 19th Hibiscus Clear Stamps and Die Cut featured on the PPRS Blog, down below is what I made with this set and also hop over and see what Leslie created using the same set!
  • May 20th Build an Owl Clear Stamps and Die Cut featured on the PPRS Blog with designs also on the blogs of Anya and Jennifer.
  • May 21st Butterfly Clear Stamps and Die Cut featured on PPRS Blog and Eli's blog!
I had a ball playing with the new Hibiscus set and am showing off a few cards I created featuring these new stamps!
I masked the flower, then stamped it repeatedly, sot that they would overlap. I colored the flowers and the background of the Flowers using Copics.

I LOVE the color combo of white, red and black! I stamped the flower several time using a mask again for this card. The center and the flower edges got colored up with a red Copic, the lines on the petals were hand drawn using a Micron Pen. I thought it changed it up completely and I really liked how this one turned out!

This one definitely has a fall feeling to it. I played around with Nesties using pieces of this shape or that. The background of the card is DP cut in to strips. Nothin' fancy!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Have you heard of Zentangles? 
.... above is a full page of Zentangles I created. I worked on these while watching TV. I started with a blank piece of paper 8 1/2 x 11" and just drew using a black Micron pen..... repeating patterns, connecting them, watching new patterns emerge sparked by my imagination or a pattern I saw in something around me. Each one unique and ever changing with a stroke of the pen. I do think it's helpful (for me anyway) to have some kind of starting point. On this page, I used a round CD and traced overlapping large circles to give me some edges to start with. There are several methods to creating these and you can be symmetrical, working in a defined pattern or free and wild with the pen and see where it takes you! I have always been a doodle girl, be it on a message pad or my (long ago) school notebooks..... I have been playing with these for awhile and also incorporating them in with stamped images. So more is to come.... I'm hooked. Not sure what kind of project this page will evolve into... time will tell, but for now I just liked to look at it propped  up on my desk. In all I think I have a little under of seven hours invested in this.... again while watching TV shows.

 I pulled this tidbit from the Zentangle website to better explain this new form of fancy doodling! Check out their website or just google "zentangles" and look at the images that pop up - amazing!

What is Zentangle?

Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a fascinating new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity. Zentangle provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Zentangle is enjoyed by a wide range of skills and ages and is used in many fields of interest.
We believe that life is an art form and that Zentangle is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life. Explore our web site and learn how you can use this wonderful and uplifting discovery.
The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at

Sunday, May 16, 2010

SNEAK PEEK! Prickley Pear has NEW stamps!

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps is releasing four sets of clear stamps with coordinating die cuts. The four sets, which include a Build a Bird, Butterflies, Hibiscus and a Build an Owl, will be available for purchase on May 18th, the launch day of our blog hop. Sold separately, these sets coordinate beautifully to create stamped images that can be die cut perfectly around the shape. How cool is that? It’s so cool, in fact, that they want to give some away. So they’re hosting a Blog Hop, May 18th-21. You’ll have the chance to what you think of the new products and of course, the chance to WIN.
So come back on May 19th to see the stamps and die cut I’ll be featuring. You won’t want to miss it. I'll have several projects to share with you featuring the Hibiscus set!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Cherry Blossoms

LOVE, love, love this new set from Flourishes, Cherry Blossoms. OK, I know I love most of their stamps. I used Copics to add a little color. The coloring looked a little too neat, so I added a little highlighting to the branches with a lighter brown and then used my Blender pen to kind of rub it it away leaving a "washy" color edge. Finished card is an A2.

  • Stamps: Cherry Blossoms by Flourishes
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Brown, Pink, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pink Checkered DP  by Wild Asparagus
  • Other: Copics, Corner Rounder, Cuttlebug Folder "Swiss Dots", Misc. Ribbon, Bow Easy

Friday, May 14, 2010

Stamp Simply #139 - A Sketch Challenge

Jennifer Buck is bringing a 
Sketch Challenge for us to play with this week!
Check out all the Challenge Details and see Sharon's creation on her blog No Time to Stamp. Play along and link your project with Mr. Linky on No Time to Stamp, Sharon's blog! Check out the beautiful samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these totally creative designers: JanineAJDeb Neerman, BarbaraBarb Schram, and Jennifer

I have been absent.... but I have been working on some new stuff and have fun cards to share in the coming days! This was a fun sketch, I loved the clean lines of the layers and so I didn't fuss it up with a lot of embellishments! I went "old school" with this one.... no Copics and no Nesties! All of the layers are popped up with a little foam tape. Finished card size is an A2.

  • Stamps: #CL43 Anytime Sentiments by Impression Obsession
  • Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Dark Grey, Red, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, DP from the 6x6 Basic Grey Collection Max and Whiskers
  • Other: Cuttlebug Folder, Brads

Friday, May 7, 2010

Stamp Simply #138 - Mother's Day

Sharon issued a challenge to create a card for Mother's Day or just a feminine card.
Check out all the Challenge Details and see Sharon's creation on her blog No Time to Stamp. Play along and link your project with Mr. Linky on No Time to Stamp, Sharon's blog! Check out the beautiful samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these totally creative designers: JanineAJDeb Neerman, BarbaraBarb Schram, and Jennifer. Tonight we have Sherry Cheever as a guest stamper!

I made this card last week -- I sat down and felt like coloring and that's just what I did! I pulled out this Spring Bouquet set from Flourishes and just went to town! I colored the floral bouquet with Copics, some very simple layers and a yummy silk bow created with the Bow Easy to finish it off!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cinco de Mayo

Had to ink up the newest and cutest little penguins from TCP for today's post.  I paper pieced this little guy's hat and then attached it with silicone after I curved it slightly to have a little bend. The margarita has a layer of Crystal Lacquer on it and some Spica Sparkle added to it. Finished card is 5" Square. 

  • Stamps: All stamps are by TCP Clear Set "Salud"
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, DP by Wild Asparagus
  • Other: Black Jute String, Bow Easy, Copics, Crystal Lacquer, Spellbinder's Labels 12, Spellbinder's Labels 9

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


This card ended up making me think of a seed packet.  Nothing too fancy going on here, just a fun little floral image colored up with Copics.  The ribbon has the little edge details on it which did not make for tying a nice clean bow, so I just doubled it over and added a button center. The black center panel is also Cuttlebugged, but it's hard to see in the pic. Finished card size is an A2.

  • Stamps: All stamps by There She Goes: What's up Buttercup? Clear Set
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Black, Misc. Yellow DP
  • Other: Cuttlebug Folder, Misc. Ribbon, Button by BG, Spellbinder's Labels 11, Copics / ABS