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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Live in Gratitude

Today I have a beautiful card tutorial by Andrea Ockey Parr using 100 Proof Press stamps, Distress Inks, embossing powder, and watercolor.  I was so amazed by the look and process of creating this card I had to make one myself.  

STEP ONE - Stamp the 15 Block stamp and heat emboss with black powder onto white watercolor paper.


STEP 2 - Get out your watercolors and paint each square.  

Step 3 - Take Distress Inks and smudge them onto the areas that had corresponding colors.

Step 4 -  Cut out the 15 Block, hand-draw a border, attach some fabric scraps and pink thread.  Stamp and emboss Live in Gratitude and mount it out black cardstock before adhering to the card.  Oh so lovely!

I have always been a fan of Andrea's use of color and fabric with her stamp art.  To see her original post on this card and more of her lovely creations click HERE

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A New Blue Updo

Andrea Ockey Parr got rid of her winter blues by giving this stamp a new hairdo.  In this stamping tutorial Andrea will demonstrate how she created this lovely background using all 100 Proof Press stamps!  This is one that I really want to try.  I hope it inspires you as well - enjoy.

The girl stamp, called Flowers for Hair is stunning.  I stamped her on flesh-colored card stock, then fussy-cut around her and added pink chalk to her cheeks.  I trimmed down her stamped hair and glued yarn strands to her head instead, which totally changed the look of the image.  I also made a dress for her.

For the card's background, I started with white card stock and heat-embossed two stamped images on top of each other (Balance Sheet in black, and Large Handwriting, placed vertically in blue).  On top of that, I stamped Mode de Paris Buttons in green and smeared them with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.

I followed up with more inking.  I smeared Salty Ocean Distress Ink down the vertical handwriting lines and smudged some Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on the background along with some Fresh Green Colorbox Ink.

I topped it off with this Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil cover plate die, which I cut a few sections out of and added ink to.   I also glued some of the cut-out pieces back in.

I nestled my blue-haired friend behind the cover plate die, added the Beautiful You sentiment and was done! 

If you enjoyed this tutorial by Andrea, be sure to stop by her blog, Snapping Monsters, for some more brilliant stamping ideas!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Reindeer Card

Coming at you from Alaska!  This is a creative card by Kersten Christianson - she used the burst stamp like I've never seen it used before.  Beauty & Love indeed.

Stamps Used: Reindeer, Beauty & Love, Star Cluster, and Burst

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Squirrel Girl Card

Happy Monday!  Here's a cute card to warm your hearts from Mou Saha.  I just love the warm colors, and happy feeling.  
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Stamped Halloween Projects

I have some wonderful Halloween Projects by designer Teresa Abajo to share with you. Teresa lives in Australia and she says they don't celebrate Halloween as much as we do here in the US, but she loves crafting it up come October.  Today I am sharing two cards, a beautiful tag, and a little tiny Moo Card to really get you in the Spooky Sprit.  

This card is made with The Trick or Treat Shilouette, and the Trick or Treat! from the Halloween Cling Set.  To create the background she used Distress Inks.

All of these projects were created with the Halloween Cling Set.  You can visit Teresa's blog to get a bit more details on these projects.  They are just awesome!  There's still time to get your Spooky Crafting in. 

BOO!  (don't forget about our Moo Card Contest!)

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Friday, August 02, 2013

Cards with the Daydreaming Mermaid Stamp Set and Tsukineko Inks

It's August, and I'm trying to flip into Autumn mode - but I just can't do it yet.  So to keep the summer spirit alive a little bit longer, I'm sharing two beach-themed cards created by Teresa Abajo using the Mermaid Stamp Set.  The first one she made by ripping papers and layering them which echos the feeling of waves.  Then she stamped the images with two colors of Tsukineko StazOn (Azure - the dark blue, and Teal blue - the paler blue), and added a touch of twine to complete a summery-nautical feel.  

The second card she used the twine again, and stamped the shell plate onto paper, framed it with black cardstock and adhered to it another piece of white cardstock that was splatted and also stamped with an anchor.  

How are you keeping your summer alive? On a side note, Teresa lives in Australia, where she created these beautiful cards in the dead of winter - if you like her designs stop by her blog and say hi.

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Bon Voyage Cards with the Mermaid Set

Happy Monday!  I have two samples made with the nautical cling foam stamp set.  I used the shell stamp as a background stamped the mermaid and did some layering.

Here's another super-quick and easy card using the cling foam set.  Just stamp the sea horse in three different colors and add some twine and Bon Voyage at the bottom.  I would love to see what beautiful creations you can come up with using the 8 stamps included in the set...

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Stamped Feather Cards

I've noticed that feather stamps have been flying out the door lately, so I'm going to share two simple feather cards you can stamp up - one uses the small feather, and the other one, the favorite feather.  On the first card Teresa Abajo stamped a rainbow of small feathers using 10 different distress ink colors, wrapped the card with twine, and added a simple, but meaningful sentiment. This card will surely bring some cheer to the recipient.

And here is a card by Jennifer Ingle, she has used the large (favorite) feather to create a "feathered thanks."  She stamped the feather with a deep peach color and embossed the tips with a lavender embossing powder from Stampendous.  She added a sticker to finish the card.  

Thanks for stopping by today - What would your feather card say?

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