Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Skipping Stones Design #139

 Its time for another Inspiration Challenge from Skipping Stones Design and this week there are so many possibilities with this awesome photo:

We are also featuring the set Cupcake Cutie this month so I stamped the bottom of my cupcake on some polka dot paper and then stamped the top on some Neenah solar white and colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers to pick up the colors in the stripe paper.  My papers are from "Be You" by Fancy Pants.  

I also added some glitter to my cupcake top which I made to look like one of those airbrushed kind my kids like at the bakery.  

Spectrum Noir colors used:
GB4, CT4
CR8, CR6, CR3
CG3, CG1
BT4, BT2, BT1

We hope you join us this week!  The keyword is SSD139 if you upload to galleries.  Be sure to link to the SSD blog if you play and you could win a new set!  BTW here's the Cupcake Cutie set :

Skipping Stones Design: inspiration photo (DT)
Designed to color: food and drink

Monday, July 30, 2012

Holly Basket

If you are here for the Stampendous! Blog Hop scroll down one post!

First I need to announce the winner of my blog candy from this week!  Random/org picked number #35 jordanbev5...So Beverly shoot me an email with your mailing address!  Congrats :)

I thought I'd share another new Stampendous! image with you today since I'm sharing my winner.  This card features the new Holly Basket stamp colored with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I also added some Crystal Multi mix glitter to the berries.

My background is FRM125 Arabian Nights Frame from Cheery Lynn Designs cut from some Bo Bunny paper. I also used Fanciful Flourish, Border Carnivale, Circle Stackers, and Stacker Layers dies from Cheery Lynn Designs.

Spectrum Noir colors used:
JG2, LG4, LG1, DG2
TN5, TN3, TN1, EB1
DR3, DR2, PP3

Challenge List:
Crafty Catz: All that Glitters
Emerald Fairies: flourishes, swirls
Poodles Parlor:anything goes
Inspire me Fridays: anything goes

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Stampendous! New Catalog Blog Hop!!

 Top of the morning!  Are you ready for a Hop full of amazing new samples of the totally awesome new Stampendous products?  If you hopped here from Lea's blog then you are right where you should be, and if not then why not start at the beginning of today's hop so you don't miss any fabulousness!  Hop order is at bottom of post if you get lost or stumbled by :)

Today I have 2 of my favorite Halloween cards for you!  The first features the new Bat Girl stamp who was colored with my Spectrum Noir markers.  The background was embossed with new Cling Autumn Words in new Aged Wine Embossing Enamel.

My second card uses the new Kitty Candy Kiddo cut out and adhered to a window card.  The window has a Spiderweb die from Cheery Lynn Designs in the peek hole.  My black background was embossed with the gears from Gears Kiddo Perfectly Clear set in Black EP.

Here's a closer peek of her :)

OK, so short and sweet from me today.  Don't forget I have Blog Candy on THIS POST, you can still comment through tonight on that one.  PLUS Stampendous! has more 3 more prize packages today so be sure to stop at all the DT's blogs today and leave them some love for a chance to win!

From here its time to head over to Pam's Blog!!

Taylor Usry (has additional blog candy)
Lea Kimmel (has additional blog candy)
Pam Hornschu (has additional blog candy)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Flag! You're it!

Its time for the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge and FLAG, you're it!  I used pennants for my flags across the top corner layering the three pieces from the MFT pennant die.  Papers and chipboard are from My Minds Eye.

I chose the new adorable Pippin's Christmas Lights from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps for my image and colored him with my Spectrum Noir markers.  AND he wobbles!!  I used new Action wobble springs for the wee-wobbling!  He's stamped twice...once on the bg piece then colored black, and then again, color him  and cut him out!

Here's a closeup of the pennant flags.

We hope you'll join us this week!  Please remember to use digital images ONLY for the challenge.
~You don't have to use SNS digi images to play along but we sure do love when you do!
~Please share a link to your creation using the Linky feature at the end of this post. If the link feature is down, please add a link with your comment.
~When uploading to online galleries, please use keyword SNSDC64.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dreamweaver Summer

Good morning!  Its time for the Thursday Dreamweaver Stencils challenge again and this is your last week to link up your summer creations to the DWS blog for a chance to win!

Today I was in an Oriental mood  so I decided to pull out some summer paper and paper piece a lovely summery kimono.  I used Kimono Stencil and dry embossed it twice then cut the pieces out and voila Easy CAS card!  I added a touch of glitter to the flowers and created an obi (belt) with some ribbon.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Dream Team has created and leave them some love, then link up your project to the DWS blog.  You could be one of the first to own this gorgeous new Christmas stencil...here's a sneak peek of just a part of this new extra large design

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Stampendous! New Release Peeks Day 3

I have more peeks for you today of new Stampendous stamps!   First up today is new Christmas Kitten and we all know how much I love cats.  I stamped the little kitten and colored him in then added some glue under his paws and sprinkled on lots of Red Glass Glitter.  After that was dry I layered on a bit of Green Glass Glitter with more glue.

I used a versamark pen to fill in the holly leaf on his hat and then embossed that with Aged Hunter Embossing Enamel.  Along the bottom of the card base is stamped the flourish from Jumbo Cottage Rose in Aged Green Embossing Enamel.

Don't forget I have blog candy this week on my blog!  Leave a comment on THIS POST and make sure you're a follower for a chance to win :)

A few of my teammates are showing off new products from Stampendous as well! Not only do some of them have their own blog candy too, Stampendous will be drawing a winner for this great prize pack.

How do you win it? It's easy! One of the featured bloggers today will be choosing a random commenter from her blog, and that lucky person will be announced on the Stampendous blog tomorrow. The more places you leave a comment, the better your chances are to win! Below is the list of team members who are sharing inspiration today:

Sweet Little Girl

I am posting on the Spectrum Noir blog today with this Sweet Little Girl, a S.W.A.L.K. image from Crafter's Companion.  I wanted to adjust my colors a bit to get just the right peach and I tell you just how I did that at THIS POST :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Stampendous! New Release Peeks Day 1 & Blog Candy

Welcome to a week of peeks of all the brand new stamps and Fran'tage essentials from the Stampendous! team!  Everyday this week we will be sharing new stuff with you!  Be sure to check the Stampendous! blog daily so you don't miss out on the daily list of who's posting!

The new July Catalog is up for your viewing pleasure, and the individual items should be on the website in the next fews days.  Many of your local stores already have shipments of new product in!

My first tag for you today appeared on the new July catalog. I stamped the Raven Background in Versamark ink then het embossed it with NEW Aged Wine embossing Enamel (my new fav!!)  I then added some pine branches from Jumbo Pine Boughs embossed in Aged Green embossing Enamel.

I then inked over the whole tag in Spiced Marmalade, Cried Marigold, Chipped Sapphire and Vintage Photo using a sponge applicator, added some ribbon and twine from May Arts and volia!

And I wanted to share a tag with you that I created yesterday on a whim combining the Fran'tage style with Dylusions ink sprays.  I was demoing at The Stamp Scrap Art tour with both products and thought it would be fun to combine!  (sorry its a bad pic, its from my phone) 

I started by spraying orange, purple, and brown ink onto the tag and drying that.  Then I added a dot mask over the top and spritzed with water for a bleached effect.  Again let dry.  Next I stamped my new Steampunk Owl in Archival Black ink and then removed some color around his eyes with a water pen.

Then comes the fun Fran'taging part!  I scattered some Aged Gold Embossing Enamel under the owl and added some Tea Stained Mica and Black Glass Glitter before I heated it.  I added some color to his buckles with a versamark pen and more Aged Gold EE and to his bowtie with Aged Wine EE.

Lastly I added Cling Clock Works background to the top of the tag embossed in Aged Gold EE.  Pretty fun, huh?  I plan to play more with this double technique soon!

OK, so want to win some NEW Stampendous! goodies?  I have blog candy this week (through Saturday at 12am EST)
I'm giving away a Treasures Glitter kit to one lucky person who comments on my blog this week AND is a follower..so be sure to follow me if you don't already!

PLUS Stampendous has a fun giveaway each day this week:

How do you win it? It's easy! One of the featured bloggers today will be choosing a random commenter from her blog, and that lucky person will be announced on the Stampendous blog tomorrow. The more places you leave a comment, the better your chances are to win! Below is the list of team members who are sharing inspiration today:

Cyndi Bundy (has additonal blog candy)
Taylor Usry (has additional blog candy)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Spectrum Noir Christmas in July Blog Hop

A few members of the Spectrum Noir team have gotten together to celebrate Christmas in July!  We have an inspiration-filled blog hop today, along with a few great prizes!  If you have arrived here from Lis's blog, you are in the right place.  If not, pop over to the Spectrum Noir blog so you don't miss a thing!

 I used the brand new Mulberry Wood's "Purr-fect Christmas" (from Crafter's Companion) for my focal image today.  Since I'm a bit of a cat nut its fitting :)  And these 3 little kittens are just so darn adorable decorating the tree!

I kept two of my kitties gray, because most of my cats are gray, but I've always had a love for Ginger colored cats so I gave that a try on the center one.

Tip #1: For the tabby look I started with my lightest color all over (TN1) then did small zig-zaggy lines in my darkest color (TN5).  I then went back in on both sides of those like with my medium shade (TN2) and blended into the dark.  I went over the whole cat agin with TN1 but wanted to leave some distinction for his stripes.

I also went back in and made the snowflakes white with  Signo Uniball pen.  My papers are "Merri-mint" from American Crafts and the sentiment is from another new CC Mulberry Wood's set called "Wish Upon a Star".

Spectrum Noir colors used: 
Trees: JG6, JG2, JG1, LG4, LG2
Left kitten: BG6, BG5, BG2, BG1
Center Kitten: TN5, TN2, TN1
Right Kitten: IG5, IG3, IG2, IG1
Box: EB4, EB3, TN5
Star: GB3, CT2
Ornaments: CR10, CR8, D6
Sky: IB1

We hope you've been checking out the Spectrum Noir blog - it is full of great tutorials, techniques, and other projects from our design team.  If you haven't been over there, go take a look!  Before we get to the rest of the hop today, let's have a little fun.  How about a prize?  Spectrum Noir is going to award one lucky winner two sets of six markers, a pack of Crafter's Companion Ultra Smooth Premium White card stock (perfect for coloring!), and an adorable stamped called All Wrapped Up, from the new Mulberry Wood line.

Entering to win is easy.  Leave a comment on the Spectrum Noir Blog Hop Post telling us your favorite Spectrum Noir color combination you saw while hopping with us this week (please comment no later then Friday, July 27 at 6:00 PM GMT).  A random winner will be drawn using random.org and posted on our blog at 9:00 AM GMT, Saturday, July 28, 2012, so be sure to check back with us to see if you have won!  The lucky winner will have one week to claim their prize or a second winner will be chosen. 

Now, hop on over to the next amazing blog and check out what  Louise  has to share!  In case you get lost along the way, here is the entire hop order:

Thank you for joining us today as we celebrate Christmas in July!  Have fun hopping around to see all of the inspiration from our team, and good luck winning the prize pack!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge/Blog Hop and New Relase!

Its time for a little Christmas in July at Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge today!  We are blog hopping to showcase the brand new Christmas images, so if you arrived here from the awesome Ceal's Blog then you are right where you should be.  If not, start over at the SNSDC blog to catch the whole thing!!

For my card I picked the new Santa Owl digi stamp...Isn't he a hoot?  I paired him with the Wintertime collection from Echo Park and colored him with my Spectrum Noir markers.

BTW, its a Christmas in July theme this week for our challenge and we hope you play along!

Whooooo loves you?  Ho ho ho.

I also added a snowflake border sticker from the elements sheet, a punched snowflake, some ribbon and sewing.  The tag inserted into the front pocket is also from the EP collection.

OK, so you want to see more awesome new Christmas creations and the rest of the new digis?  From here head over to the oh so talented  Melinda's Blog to see what she's created!  And here's the whole hop order of you get lost!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Skipping Stones Tuesday

Its time for a new inspiration challenge at Skipping Stones Design and this week its a color combo and/or trigger photo.  You have all week to enter and one lucky winner will win an SSD stamp set of their choice!  SO go get stamping!

When I spotted the map I thought of this What's Up paper from Basic Grey that just also happened to have balloons, so guess what stamp set got pulled out?  Uplifting!   I started by spraying all my papers with Frost and Copper Sheer Shimmer Spritzs from Tsukineko.  All edges were then inked with Smokey Gray Versafine (Tsukineko).  


I then heat embossed my 3 balloons (and the sentiment) with Sepia Versafine and clear EP.  I cut the balloons all out and popped them up with Crafty Foam tape.

Here's a closer shot at the sentiment (one of many from the Uplifting set)

Challenge List:
Make It Monday: linky party

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sweet 'n Sassy Summer

Just a little extra post for you today since I didn't have anything scheduled :)  Since its soooo hot out I'm bringing you a tropical hello with Palm (Coconut) Tree and Sunshine digi stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!  

I just had to color these in bright fun colors with my Spectrum Noir markers to match some old but loved Echo Park papers from the Splash and Summer Days collections.

Sentiment is also from the Sunshine digi stamp collection from SNSS.  Ribbon from Bo Bunny, and edges were inked with Versacolor pads from Tsukineko  (Canary, Celadon, and Lime)

I used this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch for my layout.

And don't forget you still have a few days left to play along with this weeks Fun Fold Challenge at SNSDC!  Then this Friday is new release and Blog Hop day!!

Challenge List:
Pile it On: Kick back and Relax!
Crafty Bloggers Network: anything goes
Inspire me Friday: anything goes
Totally Papercrafts: lots of layers

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Stampendous and Envirotex Blog Hop

Thanks for joining the Stampendous gals today for a fun hop! We've been enjoying the fun crafting potential of combining our fantastic stamp images with EnviroTex Jewelry Resin from Environmental Technologies. Carmi Cimiata of the Resin Crafts Blog has helped us learn so much about how this product works, what it can and cannot do. We're so appreciative of her and the folks at ETI who sent us all some resin to play with. {big round of applause!}

 We've prepared some fantastic projects to inspire you today. We hope you'll run over to your local Michaels or other craft store and pick up some resin and some Stampendous stamps and get playing. If you make something fun, please take a picture and put it on our Facebook page! We'd love to see what you're doing! As you visit each blog, you'll be entered in our drawing for a great prize package when you leave a comment! If you don't tell us you were there by commenting, we can't include you in the drawing! We'll pick a winner from today's comments separate from the commenters throughout the week. Get hoppin!

For my project today I used a new set called Jumbo Snow that should be arriving in local stores any day now!  I started by stamping my background in various sizes of the snowflakes with Versamark ink (from Tsukineko)then heat embossing with Aged Marine Embossing Enamel (also new).  

On a small metal edged tag (from my stash from years ago...I think they were from Making Memories) I stamped the large snowflake and heat embossed with the same ink and powder.

Next I poured some of the resin onto the tag, sprinkled on some Champagne Glass Glitter, Steel Blue Glass Glitter, and Pearlized Mica Fragments then topped that off with more resin.  After this dried totally I had to cut a small amount that overflowed from around the edges using my Ranger scissors.

Lastly I matched up the snowflake over the matching one on the cardstock base and glued it on with red line adhesive since its a bit heavy for an embellie.

OK, so here's the hop order, don't forget to comment along the way!

Whats up Pussy Cat?

I totally couldn't resist this last week's challenge from The Cat's Pajamas to use THIS TEMPLATE in TCP Splicoast Stampers page to create a shaped card.  Cause guess what? The first ever Cat's Pajamas stamps that I bought were Sprinkle Annette and Moon Doggie.    

I mean just how perfect are they for this fun summer card??  I also used papers from Fancy Pants and Piggy Tales for my card and gems from Hero Arts.  Images were heat embossed with Versafine ink (Tsukineko) and clear detail powder then colored with my Spectrum noir markers.

Sentiment is also from TCP called "What part of Meow".  Here's what the final card looks like at a slight angle for better viewing :)

Challenge List:
The Cat's Pajamas: technique
Pile It On: kick back and relax
Forever Friends: Summer holidays
Tuesday Throwdown: Hot colors
Card MAd Fairy: summertime
Make It Monday: linky party

Friday, July 13, 2012

Skipping Stones Design Feature Friday

Its a double post today! If you're here for the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi challenge scroll down to the next post please :)

I'm also up for Feature Friday at Skipping Stones Design today!  I used 3 different sets for my card including the newest release Darling Damask for my background.  BG was stamped repeatedly in Old Paper ink on Kraft cardstock.

My focal point was created using one of the Beautiful Botanicals stamps and some Tim Holtz Distress markers in Barn Door, Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint, and Dusty Concord.  I colored directly on the stamp then huffed on it which moistens the ink then stamped.  Voila! Watercolored effect!  You can actually spritz this and stamp up to 2 more times for a more watered down look!

I added some Kraft photo corners to the main panel, some Ivory Taffeta ribbon and my sentiment (from Heartsong 2) was stamped in Barn Door Distress ink.

Hope you enjoy :)