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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Jordy's Diving For Fun

Hi Stampers! This week I used the image of Jordy diving to create my card for Chi Chi Memories.I combined two images from the Splash of Fun Stamp Set for the focal point on my card. You can get a copy of these images for yourself from the Chi Chi Memories online store.

I used Spectrum Noir markers from the Pale Hues Collection and the Brights Collection to color the images.Then I cut the little banner from my white cardstock, and colored it with my IB3 marker. I love how it made the banner look as though it was printed onto blue card stock, with no water lines whatsoever. You have to love a good marker! My background papers is from Simple Stories, and the twine and button are from SU, and the card stock base is from Bazzill.

I am entering this into:

Thanks for stopping by, and make sure you hop on over to the Chi Chi Memories Blog to see what the other fabulous DT Members have cooked up this week!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Aloha Friday Challenge #4 Mid - Inspiration

Hi Stampers! Happy Friday! I'm back with my second project for the Aloha Friday Challenge #4. Our theme for this challenge is Summer. You can play along with your summer project by linking up to the Kitty Bee Designs Blog. You don't have to use a Kitty Bee Designs stamp, though we would love it if you did!

For my project, I used the Digi Stamp called Follow the Butterfly Bear for a cute little candle box. You can get a copy of this bear as a single digi from Kitty Bee Designs Etsy Shop:

To make my box I used a pattern from Erica Cerwin's blog Pink Buckaroo Designs, you can find the tutorial to make your own if you follow the link. Erica has lots of fun tutorials available for free, and for purchase. I love to peek at her designs now and then, she's so creative!

I colored the bear with Spectrum Noir Markers and then fussy cut her out so she would fit the box better. I used a circle punch to punch out the butterfly and then drew the dashes back in by hand using a journaling marker. The paper is from Recollections and Stampin' Up! (Blushing Bride). Here's a picture of the front of the box:

This box was super duper fast to create using my paper trimmer and score board. I'm sure I'll be making more for the upcoming holidays!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sweet Land of Liberty

Hi Stampers! I created this card with a kit that was put together by Tanya of Life's Memories and More in celebration of her store's 7th Anniversary. The kit came with some Bo-Bunny Products (Anthem) and a bag full of goodies! Some of the Chipboard Stickers are pretty big, so I made a 5x7 card to accommodate the main image. This card came together quickly, no stamping required! 

Happy Anniversary Tanya!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Happy Carnival

Hi Stampers! It's that time of year when we see fairs and carnivals popping up everywhere! I just went to my first one this year last Friday night, and sure was a great family night out. Carnivals are such a fun part of our summer that when I saw Happy Carnival in the Chi Chi Memories store, I know I had to have it!

This week I used Jordy dressed as a Carnival Clown to make an all occasion card:

I used a 5x7 card base for this card, as the image of Jordy was printed out a bit too big for a standard 4.25x 5.5 card base. I used my Spectrum Noir Brights Set Markers to color my image of Jordy. The background paper comes from Best Creation Inc and is titled Let's Party! I love the colorful stars as a background paper, and the back side of the paper is a gorgeous birthday themed print. I wasn't going for Birthday here so I decided to cut out a few of the balloons and place them into Jordy's hand. The tickets are stamped in Tangerine Tango Ink (SU) using That's The Ticket stamp set and coordinating punch, both from SU. The button and twine both came from my stash.

As you can see here, I stamped my 5x7 envelope to march my card. Oops - one ticket was stamped upside down....I totally did that on purpose! hehe

Lastly I used a few scraps to make banners for the inside of my card. I intentionally did not stamp the inside of my card because I am unsure if I'll use it as a Birthday, Thank You, or Get Well card. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, July 19, 2013

It's Aloha Friday!

Hi Stampers! I am excited to be sharing my first project with you as a Design Team Member for Kitty Bee Designs. Kitty Bee Design Challenges fit right into my niche and love of creating altered and 3-D items and I am really enjoying digital stamps - perfectly stamped image every time! For my first project as a member of Team Bees, I am sharing a Summer card with you. This will make a perfect card for a little girl's summer birthday and I know just who's getting this one!

 For my card today I used the Shave Ice Anyone Bunny image. I think she's super adorable, and honestly in this heat, who wouldn't enjoy a cone of Hawaiian Shaved Ice? I used a Stampin' Up! retired set called Tropical Party to stamp the background, and Spectrum Noir Markers to color in my image.

Do you have a Summer Themed card that you would like to enter into the Aloha Friday Challenge? You can link up to our challenge at the Kitty Bee Designs Blog - you don't need a Kitty Bee Stamp to enter. Hop on over and see what the other Design Team Members have been cooking up!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Pink Peppermint

Hi Stampers! Are you managing to stay cool in your neck of the woods this week? Here in New England we are expecting a "doozy" of a day with this continuing heatwave. In fact, before I left work yesterday we had already received a verbal reminder, followed by an emailed memo asking us to please keep the kids inside to stay cool in our air conditioned classrooms - as if anyone would ever have to tell me twice to do that!!

As I sat inside my house by the air conditioner creating this card, I had a strange craving for Pink Peppermint ice cream! But really - who wants to go out in that heat even for an ice cream? Today's card is my submission for the final challenge at Catch the Bug, and I used my favorite Bugaboo Christmas stamp, Christmas Cupcake Candycanes for the main image. Today's challenge is a recipe challenge, but before I share my recipe I think I should share a photo of my card:

Doesn't it look yummy? Here's the recipe:

  • Tied up with a bow: Stampin' Up! 1 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon in Pink Pirouette
  • Keepin' Warm - include at least 3 layers: Walnut Cream Card Stock by Bazzill, and layers from my Crate Paper Snowday 6x6 Pad, plus my cupcake!
  • Let it Sparkle - use glitter or bling: Dazzling Diamonds and Dazzling Details (SU)
  • A Little Eggnog - use the color cream: Walnut Cream Cardstock for the base, Middle layer and Cupcake.

I used my Spectrum Noir Markers for this cupcake in the following colors: PP1, PP6, DR2, DR4, JG1, JG2. I also want to mention that this card was somewhat based on a recent design by my fellow ChiChi Memories Design Team member, Alice Carmen. I just fell in love with Alice's card when I saw it -the layout was just really appealing to me. You can see the card Alice created on her blog, Cards by Alice.

Before I wrap up my post, I just want to give a big shout out to the Bugaboo Design Team! I have enjoyed visiting all of your blogs this week, and viewing your fabulous creations. Such inspiration! It's really been a pleasure to participate in this week's challenges. With so many awesome prizes and give-aways up for grabs, I am hoping that I will be able to increase my collection of Christmas Cupcakes - at the very least :)

I had so much fun making this card, I am also adding it to the Merry Monday challenge at the Always Playing with Paper Blog. The theme this month is Anything Goes!

Thanks for stopping by and following along this week - keep cool - and enjoy your Friday!


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tag You're It!

Hi Stampers! It's Thursday and I'm back again with another Christmas in July Challenge for the Catch the Bug Challenge Blog.  Today's challenge is titled Tag You're It and I made a set of 3x3 Tags along with a little box to hold them in. I used a sheet of 6x6 paper from my Jillibean Soup Christmas Eve Chowder pad to cut out and paper piece the trees onto the cards, adding some little mylar stars to top off the trees. Talk about something that lasts, and lasts - I have had the same container of stars in my embellishment basket for at least 10 years! They just seem to last forever, but I'm not complaining - they're stinkin' cute! Here's a close up:

I have to admit that I have long been a fan of Lisa Young's projects and this is a project I cased from her galley at Split Coast Stampers . This is the second time I've cased this project because it just makes an adorable gift for a co-worker, neighbor, or friend.

Well I'm off to start my day. I'll be back early tomorrow morning with my final project for this week's challenge. It's been a busy week and it's been fun, but I really appreciate that I've got a few projects done for the upcoming Christmas holiday season!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Christmas In July Wednesday

If you've been following me this week, you know that I've been following Catch The Bug's Christmas In July Challenges. Today's Challenge is "Make Us Laugh" - so here's my card:

I created this little penguin - who I imagine is mischievously throwing snowballs at an unsuspecting playmate just out of the picture! I hope you think he's as cute as I do. I used a variety of oval punches, circle punches and a blossom punch for his feet, along with some scraps of Crate Paper "Snow Day" from my 6x6 pad.

 I used some Dazzling Diamond Glitter to accent the snowballs and snowbanks...and as I write this post, I am secretly wishing this was the scene outside my window tonight!! I think this summer has been a continuous heatwave, so Christmas sounds just dreamy to me....what are you doing to stay cool this summer?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Christmas Bingo!

Hi Stampers! I'm back for a second post today to keep up with the Christmas In July Challenge at Bugaboo Stamps' Blog  Catch the Bug Challenge Blog. Here's my card for today:

Today's challenge is a Christmas Bingo:


I went straight across the middle, using Bling, Red and Green, and Plaid. My image was stamped with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with Red Sparkle Powder.  The bling on my card comes from the sparkly embossing powder and the glimmer paper strip in the center. I added the cute little bird as a finishing touch. I love these little guys and have been using them alot lately. Well, it's my night to work to I'm off.

Thanks for stopping by!


Summer Sunflowers

Hi Stampers! It's Tuesday and that means it's time for my weekly Chi Chi Memories post. This week I used the stamp set Specially for You:

I used a combination of papers from Crate Paper, Jillibean Soup and Stampin' Up! to create my card. I also used the Sweet Sunday Sketch #188 as a layout for this card.

The image is colored using Spectrum Noir markers from the Brights Set. I used the following color combinations: CR9, DR2, DR4 for the wagon, GT2, LG5, JG2 for the leaves and stems, and GB6, GB7, and a Blender Pen for the Sunflowers.

Be sure to stop by the Chi Chi Memories blog to see what the other Design Team members have been up to this past week!

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Chocolate Raspberry Cream

Doesn't that just sound yummy? It's the color combination for Monday's challenge at the Bugaboo Stamps Catch the Bug Blog.


Here's my card for the challenge, and I of all the cards I've made for this week's challenges I think this one is my favorite. I'm not sure if it's because of the gorgeous color combination or the cute little sequin sprinkles, but I really like how it came out!

I used some paper from the Crate Paper Snowday Collection as well as Jillibean Soup's Christmas Chowder. Both are from 6x6 pads. I love, love these little pads. They are super easy to store on my desk top and real easy to keep organized! I used the ticket stamps (That's the Ticket) and punch from Stampin' Up! The buttons and sequins are from my stash. I grabbed a pinch of sequins and sprinkled them over my card, gluing them where they landed.

Here's a picture of the inside of the card. Embellishing the inside too is the way to go if you perhaps need to cover up an inky fingerprint teehee.

Thanks for stopping by today. Stay cool!



Sunday, July 14, 2013

Christmas In July Sunday Sketch

Hi Stampers! It's day 2 of the Christmas in July Challenge at the Bugaboo Stamps blog and today's challenge is to use this sketch. I don't have many Bugaboo Christmas Stamps but I did ink up this stocking stamp and dusted off the matching punch to make this card:

While I was digging through my stash to find a set of die cut ovals to follow the sketch I came across a baggie full of these little sequins that have been popping up on projects all over blogland these past weeks. I never did find the ovals, but the sequins are pretty cute, don't you agree?

If you're hiding away from the heat this week, you might consider playing along with the Christmas In July challenges for a chance to win some fun images!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Saturday, July 13, 2013

It's Christmas in July!

Hi Stampers! This week I am going to attempt to keep up with the Bugaboo Stamp Challenge Blog's Christmas in July Challenge. The first challenge for the week is Show Us Your Santa. Here's my Santa:

My Santa comes from the Jolly Old Saint Nick stamp set. I just love this vintage version of Santa. I stamped my image with Stayz-On Black Onyx ink and then colored it in with Spectrum Noir markers FS2, FS3, IB3, BT8 and my blender. I added a little bit of Dazzling Details (SU) to Santa's beard and hat for a touch of bling. The sentiment comes from Four the Holidays Stamp Set (SU) and is stamped in Tempting Turquoise. The paper is from the Jillibean Soup Christmas Eve Chowder 6x6 Pad. I used this week's Freshly Made Sketch to create my card:

Be sure to stop by the Freshly Made Sketches blog to see the fun projects other stampers have created using this sketch, and don't forget to stop by the Bugaboo Stamp blog and follow along with the hop this week - they have some great give-aways!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Just Add Tequila!

Hi Stampers! Last week I was able to add lots of Bugaboo Stamps to my collection after winning a challenge on the Bugaboo Blog. It was hard to choose just 10 stamps from the fun and fabulous collection over there - I started out with cupcakes and cute kids, but then came across some of these hysterical stamps and before I knew it my order took a turn from cute kid stuff to a more grown up sense of humor. Anyway I love it and if you do too, then you should check back now and then because I can't wait to use more of these babies!! Or better yet, head over there and pick out a few for yourself!

I have big plans for this card! Not only am I entering it into a couple of challenges, I'll be offering it in next month's Stamp A Stack card class. I've really been on a creative role this past week and I'm actually just about ready for next month's class, as well as tonight's! I colored my main image using my Spectrum Noir markers, so we'll of course be using these in class too! The sketch is this week's Mojo Monday Sketch #301.

Well onto a couple challenges:

Anything Goes @ Catch the Bug

Mojo Monday #301

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sometimes You're the Windshield, Sometimes You're the Bug...

I have a cute card to share with you today. One of the girls who attends my monthly Stamp A Stack class asked if we could make a card using some cute stamps she picked up, so this the design I came up with  as a sample for the class. On the inside we'll be stamping the verse "Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug!"

It also game me an excuse to try out a new color combination from my Brights collection of Spectrum Noir markers. Trying different colors of Blue and Greens I was able to blend the colors together nicely. I haven't been able to locate a color chart for this particular set of SN markers so if any of my readers have found one, could you please point me in the right direction? I'd sure appreciate it! In the meantime I'll continue to create my own combinations and save them to my creative journal when I have the chance!

I stamped the bugs using a stamp from my stash, andso heat embossed this using Stayz-On Black Onyx Ink and clear embossing powder. It's my solution to coloring hand stamped images with these markers until I can get my hands on a pad of ink that doesn't smear.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you're enjoying your week!


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Summer Days

Hi Stampers! Are you ready for some summer days at the beach? I have been having a "wicked blast" with these images from the Beach Time stamp set!

This week I used the image of Jordy from the set colored in fun shades of blue and green, with a bit of summer orange for my color palette. I colored the image using Spectrum Noir Markers, and couldn't resist creating a little beach sign on the side with a free download I found at Simple Stories. I said earlier in the week that I would try to find the link and post it, so here it is!

It reminds me of the beach side signs on Cape Cod! The little brad in the corner of the card is also from Simple Stories, and the papers are from Jillibean Soup and Stampin' Up! You can get your own copy of this cool stamp set at Chi Chi Memories.

Lastly, I want to mention that I am entering this card into the Unscripted Sketches Challenge #218:

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the Chi Chi Memories blog for more fun ideas from the Design Team using Beach Time!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sweet Summer

Hi Stampers! I have a sweet summer card to share with you today, and a touch-up technique that I use from time to time as needed.

As I stamped and assembled this card, I thought I was happy with the results of my stamped image. After all, I prepped this unused bold stamp just yesterday. ( Can you believe that this stamp has been on my stamp shelf since 2009 and only see an ink pad once? ) I have since learned that bold rubber stamps hold ink better if they are sanded, just a tad, with a nail buffer. It's kinda like painting a car, you know? It just makes the ink blend on the rubber better. Anyway I did all that before stamping my image and thought it didn't look bad, until I took a photograph with my digital camera. Leave it to a camera to bring out all the little flaws, huh?

Anyway I didn't like how the letters looked like maybe my ink pad was drying out!

Not good! And certainly not blog worthy! So I unpacked my ink pad and my blender and got to work on filling in the stamped image by picking the ink up directly from the ink pad. I have got to admit that I have tried many blender pens, but I think that Stampin' Up!'s blender pen works best. The brush end is just the perfect size for getting into small spaces, and the pens last for a long, long time. If you're careful with your marker nibs you can freshen them up with a few drops of glycerin (found in the cake decorating section of your local craft store). I've been using the same $5 bottle of glycerin for a looong time! And I think the after shot shows this is a technique that works:

Here's a close-up of the strawberries. I'm not sure if they count as punch art, I used my Big Shot and my Quickutz Heart Die:

The flowers and berry tops were made with the SU Boho Blossoms Punch. The gingham ribbon is also from SU - no longer available but oh so timeless! I love these little wooden buttons. I found them at Life's Memories & More - I'm sure if you called Tanya you might be able to arrange to get a few ;) The little wood veneer birds are from Studio Calico. If you're nearby and you would like to make a set of these cards for yourself, I am offering them as one of the cards we'll be making at my Stamp A Stack on Thursday at Life's Memories and More!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Beach Time Memories!

Hi Stampers! Are you ready for another Beach Time card? I know I am! I've been waiting days to share this one and I think it's my favorite this week. We need Mother Nature to cool off a bit around here, so I used a combination of bright and cool colors for this card.

The main images are from the Chi Chi Memories Beach Time Stamp Set. It was colored in with my Spectrum Noir Markers. These have been really fun to play with and when I need a bit of down time I have been finding myself pulling out my digi files and coloring. We'll see how this unbelievable hot weather we've been having effects my markers. I suspect I may need to purchase some ink refills soon - at least for my favorite colors! My fellow Chi Chi Memories DT member Marcee Rodgers recommended them and I just love them!

Here's a quick view from the side. I love the layers on this sketch, and I used a variety of foam dots to give my layers a variety of height.


If you have been seeing this sketch everywhere in the bloggy world this week, it's probably because it's a really big deal over at the Mojo Monday Blog where they are celebrating their 300th sketch. There are tons of give aways, so if you have an online gallery you might want to play along for a chance to win a fun prize!

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the weekend!