Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stamp School Countdown Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Stamp School release countdown. 

Tomorrow the new products will be available for purchase at Stamp School's sister site, A Walk Down Memory Lane.  I want to give you a little background on AWDML before sharing my card. 

A Walk Down Memory Lane has been an online and Brick and Mortar stamping and scrapbooking store since 2003. Stamp School will eventually be looking into wholesaling our stamps, but for now, you can buy our stamps at our online store at A Walk Down Memory Lane.  A Walk Down Memory Lane has flat rate shipping on any order under $75 to the Continental USA. If your order is $75 or more your order ships free to anywhere in the Continental USA.  For our International Customers we also offer a flat rate depending on what country we ship to. IF your order ships for less than the flat rate, we will credit you back the difference, so you only pay actual costs.  You can find all of AWDML’s new products by clicking on the New Products tab.  You can find all of Stamp Schools products by searching by manufacturer under Stamp School.

Now for my card:

Meet Hannah - the newest member of Stamp School!  Using Hannah's new Stamp Set is like playing with paper dolls.  You get to alter what Hannah is doing and Hannah's clothes.  So fun!  Visit Stamp School to see the Design Teams creations using the latest products.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Made Especially For You

Happy Monday!  Today is my final challenge on the Made Especially For You Design Team.  I've had such a wonderful time getting to know my fellow designers and being a part of the team.  Plus the challenges always push me to be a better crafter.  Toay's challenge is a sketch, take a look:
Beckie from Just B Creative Crazy has been promoted to Made Especially For You's Sketch Designer.  She did a fabulous job with this sketch!  Way to go Beckie.  This week's sponsor is K'nK Designs.  The winner will receive their choice of 3 digital stamp sets.

Here's my card:

I Papertrey Inked this card out!  LOVE LOVE LOVE the new Simply Jane stamp set and Script Sentiments.  I also used the Classic Kraft Ribbon, Dearest Jane patterned paper, and Simply Jane Dies.  I also added Liquid Pearls and a Maya Road pin.  Thank goodness my wedding anniversary was January 24th and I had an excuse to buy myself something.  I was doing Hubby a "favor" by buying my own gift, so he didn't have to get me anything ; ) 

Visit Made Especially For You to see the DT's take on this darling sketch and play along for your chance to win!

Stamp School Countdown Day 2

Today is Day 2 of the Stamp School Countdown.  I have another sneak peek to share with you.  First off, I want to share a few fun Stamp School links.

Stamp School has a fabulous Pinterest Board where you can see all of the Design Team creations that have been posted to SS and find tons of inspiration, plus the color and sketch challenges.  Stamp School also has a fabulous Facebook Page where you can visit with the Design Team, see what's going on at SS, and enter contests to win lots of goodies.  We would love for you to become a follower

Here is Day 2's card:

Loved making this little card.  I also loved breaking out the hole punch to thread my ribbon thru the card.  Such a fun technique that I never use!  This month's sentiment set is fabulous, the fonts are beautiful. 

That's all for today.  Visit out Stamp School to see the Design Team's creations using these fun new products.  And stop by tomorrow for Day 3 of the countdown.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Stamp School Countdown Day 1

Has it already been a month since the first release at Stamp School ???  I've had so much fun learning new techniques, color combos, and sketches this month from the Design Team. 

For February SS is releasing 2 more stamp sets that are absolutely adorable and so fun to play with.  Plus several new colors of Pop Tone cardstock, felt, and ink.  I have a little sneak peek to share today:

This card makes me smile!  Oh how I adore Easter and Spring.  It's like nature finally wakes and it amazes me each year.  Nothing makes me happier than seeing trees bud, chicks being hatched, butterflies!  So this little card was inspired by all those feelings. 

Each month Stamp School will be releasing 2 stamp sets, a sentiment and themed set.  Stamp school will also be showcasing Pop Tones Cardstock with matching ink and felt, available at A Walk Down Memory Lane, Stamp School's sister site.

Visit Stamp School to see the Design Teams sneak peeks of February's releases and visit tomorrow for Day 2 of the countdown.

Berries & Cherries

Hi guys!  Been neglecting my little blog this week...but I've not been neglecting blogging.  My fingers are about to fall off I've done so many DT posts tonite, but it's all fun work.  Have a card tonite that I made for the Taylored Expressions Sketch 151, here's the sketch:

I didn't own any Taylored Expressions Stamps till Christmas.   Lets just say Santa Claus must be a Taylored Expressions fan (or could it have been my Mom???).  I'm in love with TE stamps, the quality and detail are just amazing.  Here's my card:

I used TE and Papertrey Ink Cardstock.  My patterned paper is My Mind's Eye.  I used the Taylored Expressions Berries & Cherries Stamp set.  I added a doily and Liquid Pearl.  I colored my image with Copics.  I just love the little cherry border. 

Have another card to share tonite that I made for Practical Scrappers.  The girls at PS wanted to show some examples of crafty uses for ribbon on cards. 

Ah, how I love ribbon...let me count the ways!  Especially this beautiful silk ribbon from Mays Art.  This little card reminds me of my blue bird box in the back yard....and guess what, I saw the little male blue bird checking out his box this week.  I'm hoping that's a sign of an early Spring.  Do you have trouble tying the perfect bow?  I highly recommend getting a piece of scrap ribbon and checking out You Tube ribbon videos.  Practice till you find a technique that works for you. 


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Don't Forget....

Hi guys, happy Wednesday!  Have a little card to share tonite from The Cutting Cafe.  This week the Design Team played with the Animal and Bug Love sets.  Oh my, Regina has done it again with these adorable stamps!!!  Here's my card:

I adore this little elephant!  I used Pop Tones Cardstock and Spellbinder Nestabilities.  I colored the little guy with Copics.  I used Stickles and Liquid Pearls.  And my "You're Amazing" sentiment is Papertrey Ink.  I've made so many pink projects lately it was nice using the beautiful blues.  Visit The Cutting Cafe Blog to see the Design Teams darling creations using this set. 

Now I have a fun announcement.  I've been selected to be a member of the Momenta D-Lite Team!  What is the D-Lite Team you ask....the D-Lite Team will be responsible for providing feedback on products, helping ensure that every product meets Momenta's high standards for quality and design as well as providing insight to help shape what  future products are! They will also be sharing their creations as inspiration for all of us! How exciting is this????  Such a great opportunity and I can't wait to get to work.  Expect a ton of Momenta projects from me in the future. 

I also want to share this terrific chance to work with Momenta's Design Your Own Stickers for FREE!  All you have to do is send an email with their postal address to social@mymomenta.com and they will send out a random pack of stickers to you!  This is open to US and Canada residents.  If you aren't familiar with the DYO Stickers, you can see a video here.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Made Especially For You

Welcome back to another Monday challenge from Made Especially For You.  This week we want you to think "friend". 
Create a card especially for a friend.

This challenge was fun, because I usually make cards for occasions...not a specific person.  This week's Sponsor is Designs on Cloud 9.  They are offering the winner a $20 voucher to their site!  Super prize!

Here's my card:

This little card features Pop Tones and Papertrey Ink cardstock.  My stamps are Taylored Expressions that I colored with Copics.  I used my oval Nestabilities and Stickles.  My ribbon is Ribbon Reel, stick pin is Maya Road, and button is Crate Paper. 

Next week is my last challenge with Made Especially For You.  I've loved being a part of their very first Design Team.  I recently read an article at DT Calls on "Why I love Being a Design Team Member" by the very talented Erika Taylor.  Check it out!  And visit Made Especially For You to see the DT's beautiful friendship cards.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Clean & Simple

Hi all!  Who's ready for the weekend?  I've got a fun little card to share tonite that I made for Practical Scrappers - a CAS card.  I really struggle with the simple card designs, because I want to embellish embellish embellish. Tomorrow you can visit Practical Scrappers and see lots of design team inspiration for CAS cards:

Oh how I loved Taylored Expressions stamps!  For this card I used Pop Tones Cardstock and My Mind's Eye patterned paper.  I stamped my cupcake and sentiment with PTI ink.  My cupcake was colored with Copics and I added Stickles for shine.

I'm working on the next reveal for Stamp School.  Today I posted a simple flower tutorial at the Teacher's Lounge...all you need are scalloped Nestabilies and felt. 

And news from The Sampler Kit Club.  We are having lots of challenges and super giveaways!  Play along with our card and sketch challenges to be entered in a Sampler Giveaway.  Here's a little something I made with my January Sampler Kit:

A LO of Mom and I.  Loving all the My Mind's Eye and Hambley on this LO...plus the Pink Paislee wooden letters!  Eek! 

OK I think that's all I've got for you right now.....be back Monday with new creations.  Plus I received really HAPPY email this week, can't share at the moment but when I do you will understand why I'm on Cloud 9!

Monday, January 16, 2012


It's Monday and that means a new challenge from Made Especially For You.  This week's challenge is dear to my heart, because it involves RIBBON:

Create a card featuring three ribbons.

Our sponsor this week is Pattie's Creations where the winner will receive 3 digi stamps of their choice.  Now for my card:

This card features Pop Tones Cardstock.  My stamps are Papertrey Ink.  Ribbon is Ribbon Reel and stick pin is Maya Road.  I colored sections of my flowers and leaves with Stickles.  I also used Liquid Pearl on the sentiment banner. 

Visit Made Especially For You to see the Design Teams beautiful creations and play along for your chance to win!

Snowy Sundays

Hi all!  Hope you've all had a terrific weekend.  It's been snowy here, had a few inches the past several days.  We had my friend's baby shower on Saturday and it was "duck themed".  Turned out great.  Will post pictures of the duck punch, centerpieces, and other decoration later.  Made a few cards today...I have lots of Design Team projects in the works so it's always fun to fit in crafts just because I love the hobby.

First up is a card I made for Case Study:

This little card features Pop Tones and Papertrey Ink Cardstock.  Ribbon is PTI.  My pp is My Mind's Eye.  Butterflies aer Jenni Bowlin and sentiment is a Melissa Frances rub-on.  I really love playing along with Case Study, it's so challenging to take someone's card and make the design your own. 

Up next, this week's challenge at The Play Date Cafe:

Here's my card:

These colors are really beautiful together and not colors I use often.  My cardstock and stamp is PTI.  My patterned paper is PTI and My Mind's Eye.  I finished my card off with Stickles, of course.  I wasn't sure where to add my sentiment and I've found "when it doubt, add a tag"...you can stick a tag sentiment anywhere and it looks good. 

And my last card is for this week's CAS-ual Friday challenge - add a scallop.  This is by far the hardest challenge I play along with because my style is not clean and simple....I say "the more the merrier" and could layer and embellish till the cows come home.  That's what makes this challenge fun for me, I've gotta get out of my comfort zone:

And my card:

Is there anything better than chicken stamps???  Not for this farm girl.  My stamps are Taylored Expressions.  Cardstock is Pop Tones.  Patterned Paper is MME.  I colored my images with Copics and added Stickles and Liquid Pearl.  I also used my Fiskars scallop punch.

I want to remind everyone that Practical Scrappers is having a Layout Contest.  We'd love for you to stop by and vote for your favorites! 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lots Of Love

This week at The Cutting Cafe we are focusing on "love".  There are so many "lovely" files to help with your Valentine plans or if you just want to send a special treat to a "loved" one.  This week I used 2 files, the heart bag and the heart shaped card.  I adore Valentine's Day and making crafts this time of year.  You get to be "over the top" with hearts, flowers, pinks, and reds!  Take a look:

I used Papertrey Ink cardstock to make my bag.  My ribbon and lace is Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The heart pp is MME.  And my ruffled bag topper is Melissa Frances.  This little bag is adorable and big enough to hold several treats in.  I also made a coordinating card:

I used Pop Tones Cardstock and Felt to make this little heart card.  My lace is Ribbon Reel and letters are MME.  I also used Stickles around my heart edges.

Such an easy way to dress up the simpliest gift.  Visit The Cutting Cafe for more inspiration from the Design Team.  Enjoy!!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Inspired By Stamping Release Day

Today's release day at Inspired By Stamping.  The Design Team will be revealing the full kits and the stamps will be available for purchase at the Inspired By Stamping Shop.  First off, I want to share with you the entire set I used this month:

Could these be any sweeter???  Today I want to share a cute pocket I made to hold my Valentine's:

For my pocket I used stamps from Inspired By Stamping.  My ink and cardstock is Papertrey Ink and Pop Tones.  My twine and lace is Ribbon Reel.  I used a Maya Road pin and Prima Flower.  And of course Stickles!  My pocket template is The Cutting Cafe.

Now for the details of my previous release cards:

My cardstock is Papertrey Ink and patterned paper is My Mind's Eye.  My inks are Pop Tones and PTI.  I used Liquid Pearls and Stickles. 

This card features Pop Tones Cardstock.  My ink is PTI.  My bird cage is Maya Road.  I used twine from Ribbon Reel and Liquid Pearl.

Here are the Design Team links:
Deb Hickman

Visit Inspired By Stamping to shop the weekend away!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Inspired By Stamping Sneak Peek 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the Inspired By Stamping Release.  So you've heard the old saying "heart on a chain"...how about "heart in a bird cage"??? 

January's release makes Valentine's and sweet cards simple.  Plus most all of the sentiments can be used throughout the year.  Visit the Inspired By Stamping Design Team for more inspiration.
Here's a list:

Tomorrow is the big reveal day with more creations from the design team and the stamp set will be available for purchase at the Inspired By Stamping shop.  I will also have all the details on my sneak peak cards and how I made each.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Inspired By Stamping Sneak Peek 1

Today begins release week at Inspired By Stamping.  This month Joanna is releasing 5 beautiful sets that are perfect for those of you that "love" stamping. 

This little card features one of the new stamp sets.  I paper pieced to add layers to my stamped image.  The sentiment stamped perfectly, love how the black stands out on the red cardstock.  Visit the Inspired By Stamping Design Team members to see their creations using the latest stamps.  Here's a list:

Visit Friday for more sneak peaks from me and the talented DT.  Saturday is the big reveal day with more creations from the design team and the stamp set will be available for purchase at the Inspired By Stamping shop.  I will also have all the details on my sneak peak cards and how I made each.


The Blues

Hi all!  How's everyone's Wednesday going?  It's been rainy here in Kentucky and we're expecting a couple inches of snow tomorrow nite.  It would actually be nice to see a "little" snow before Winter's over.

Have a card tonite that's all blue.  I'm entering it in the Moxie Fab World Die Cutting Challenge.  I'm also playing along with this week's Ribbon Carousel Challenge 35:

And The Shabby Tea Room Week 96:

Here's my card:

OK I'd be lying if I said this card didn't come together perfectly.  I rarely wake up early because I work nite shift, but sometimes on my days off when I do get up early....seems like I'm super inspired, lol.  So I whipped this beauty up this morning.  I used Pop Tones Cardstock.  My sentiment, blue ink, and doily die are Papertrey Ink.  I used Stickles, silky ribbon, and goodies from Jillibean Soup.  My pin is Maya Road.  I inked the edges of my card with brown Martha Stewart Ink.  When you add lots of inked edges and layers to your card it builds so easily.  I highly recommend trying multiple layers of cardstock, adding lots of embellishments, and inking edges.  And I've also shared my latest addiction with you lately - Stickles and Liquid Pearls.  I have used these products for years, but one day I stumbled upon Sankari's Sunshine Corner and I was amazed!  It's always fun to fall in love with an old product! 

Later today, the first sneak peek at Inspired By Stamping's January Releases.  Believe me, if you are a fan of Valentine's, you will adore Joanna's sets this month!!!

And I'd love for you to stop by The Cutting Cafe and check out the Design Teams projects using the Long Sentiment Tags and enter for a chance to win goodies from The Cutting Cafe.
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