#Stamptember Sneak Peak

Today I am sharing a card I created as a sneak peak into one of the wonderful #Stamptember products being released September 1st at Simon Says Stamp

This adorable set is called Tons Of Hearts.  It is loaded with many solid and outline hearts of all sizes.  I decided to use my Tim Holtz mini Distress inks to stamp the solid hearts on Distress Watercolor Cardstock.  I took this technique from a video Kristina Werner posted recently.  After I was done with that, I took the matching outline stamps and stamped it over some of the watercolor hearts with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink from My Favorite Things.  I finished the card by adding a sentiment on a band of 40lb Bazzil Velum embossed with Ranger Black Sparkle embossing enamel.  I made another watercolor piece of cardstock with the same colors of Distress Ink.  I die cut some hearts out of it, covered them in clear Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents, and added them to the velum band.  I am really happy how this card turned out.  I hope you enjoy this and head over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog and Store starting September 1st for a month of fun and new products.

Robertos Review at CC Designs

Hi there crafty peeps!  Today we are reviewing the August release of Roberto's Rascals at the C.C. Designs blog.  I created my card using the adorable yet spooky Vampire Henry.  I also used the new sentiment set by AmyR called Spooked out.  Both are available now in the C.C. Designs Store.  Head on over there and pick yours up today!

Stamps: Roberto's Rascals Vampire Henry; AmyR Spooked Out Sentiments
Paper: MFT Black Licorice Cardstock; Tim Holtz Watercolor Cardstock; DCWV Bewitched
Ink: CTMH Archival Black ink; Tim Holtz Distress Markers; Versamark; Ranger Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder
Die: MFT Pierced Rectangle Stax
Embellishments: Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon; flatback pearls and button from stash

Cats Challenge

Hi everyone!  This fortnight at the Craft Room, Christi is challenging us to use the theme of cats to create something special.  I created a fun Halloween card for my inspiration.

The stamp set is from Simon Says Stamp and it is called "Hey Pumpkin".  I colored this adorable cat and pumpkin with my Copic markers and added some stickles glitter to the Jack-O-Lantern.  The cat is colored to look like my cat Basil.  She is a beautiful long haired Nebelung kitty.   The patterned paper is from Tricks and Treats by Pebbles.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I hope you enjoy, and come join in the fun for your chance to win a great prize. 

Craft Hoarders and Altered Pages Blog Hop

This week we are teaming up with Altered Pages to do a blog hop.  Gloria is challenging us at Craft Hoarders to use buttons.

Challenge #14 Button it Up!

Crafters of every stripe are button hoarders! Buttons are pretty, inexpensive, and extremely versatile. If you are a card maker, quilter, layout artist, or anything in between, you probably have a button hoard! Buttons come in many sizes, styles, shapes, and colors, plus they are easy to store...usually in cute containers! Pull out those bins of buttons and use some of them for your challenge project!

One talented participant will receive this prize, donated by Altered Pages!

ALTERING YOUR CREATIVITY, that's what we believe in at AlteredPages.com. Our job is to supply you with inspiration and the tools to make it happen. We enjoy the creative process of all skill levels and mediums, so dive in and have fun with this challenge. Both Design Teams are creating inspiring works to spark you into creating too! Grab those bins and boxes, drag out your stash and let's GO.

Website: http://www.alteredpages.com
Blog: http://alteredpages-artsociates.blogspot.com 

I created a card using products from both Altered Pages and Canvas Corp.

The image is from Altered Pages.  The patterned paper is from the Pretty Things collection by My Minds Eye.  The buttons were from my Stash.  I created the large flower with damask canvas from Canvas Corp and dress pattern tissue from Altered Pages cut with Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die.  I really love how it turned out.
Follow along with the links and visit all of the other DT's blogs.
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Team

Altered Pages team

Altered Pages Blog:

Roni Johnson:

Trisha Too:

Daniella May:

Stephanie Siatta:

Tonya Trantham:

Robin Horasanian:

Debi Tullier:

Barbara Rankin:

Lyneen Jesse:

C.C. Designs August Preview Day 3

Today on the C.C. Designs blog we are previewing the new Pollycraft stamps that will be available starting tomorrow at 11am CST in the store.  I used the new Frankie stamp along with the AmyR Spooked Out Sentiments.

I colored Frankie up with my Copic markers and added Stickles to her dress and shoes to add some sparkle.  The patterned paper is from DCWV.  The twine and brads are from my stash.  I stamped the sentiment in white pigment ink.  I hope you enjoy my card.  Head over to the blog to see the rest of the inspiration the DT has made.

Roberto's Rascals August Preview

Today we are previewing the new release of Roberto's Rascals on the C.C. Designs Blog.  These will be available starting tomorrow at 11am in the C.C. Designs store.

This little cutie is Pumpkin Twila.  Isn't she just the cutest!?  I colored her up with my Copic Markers and then cut her out with my MFT pierced rectangle STAX.  The patterned paper is Haunted Manor by Doodlebug.  The Ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The button and black pearls are from my stash.  The sentiment is from the new AmyR Spooked Out stamp Set.  I embossed it with Ranger Detail White Embossing Powder.  I hope you enjoy my card.  Head over to the blog to see the rest of the previews from the other DT members.  Have a wonderful day!

Summer Garden Challenge at the Craft-Room

Hi everyone!  It is that time again for a new challenge at the Craft-Room Challenge Blog.  Hazel is challenging us to create something lovely with the theme of "Summer Garden".  I created a card that I really feel embodies that theme.

Just looking at it makes me feel like I am walking through a beautiful English Garden.  I Really love this stamp set from Power Poppy by Marcella Hawley.  She creates the most beautiful botanical images and I highly recommend checking out her site.  I colored the peonies with my Copic Markers and cut it out with the pierced circle Die-namics from MFT.  I have been coveting this patterned paper from Graphic 45 for a while now, it is called Botanical Tea and it is simply gorgeous.  I decided to cut into some of my collection for this occasion since it fits so well.  The ribbon is from Really reasonable Ribbon.  The button is an old one I pulled from my stash.  The sentiment was from the same stamp set and I embossed it with Ranger Detail Gold Embossing Powder. 

I hope you enjoy my inspiration for this challenge and will join in the fun over at the blog.  Make sure to read the challenge rules as we are changing a few things up.  Have a wonderful day!

CCD August Preview Day 1

I everyone!  Today C.C. Designs is previewing their new stamps for the Month of August on the blog

This adorable new Meoples stamp is called Witches Away.  The sentiment is from the new AmyR Spooked Out stamp set.  These stamps along with many others will be available for purchase starting Thursday August 7th at 11am. 

I colored the image with my Copic Markers and accented with some Stickles.  The patterned paper is from the Tricks and Treats collection by Pebbles. All of the paper is edged with Distress Ink in Black Soot.  The moon is edged in Spiced Marmalade. The ribbon and twine are from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The little Bats are cut from a CC Cutters Die available in the shop and I covered them with glossy accents.  I stamped the sentiment and embossed it with detail white embossing powder from Ranger.

I hope you enjoy my card.  Head on over to the blog to see what the rest of the DT has created!

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Upcycled Challenge

Hi there!  It is time for a new challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous.  Gloria is asking us to upcycle something into a beautiful project. 

Challenge #13 Let's Cycle...Up-Cycle That Is!
Being frugal and going green is what it's all about. Show us how you can up-cycle something using "junk" from your hoard. Most craft hoarders also hoard boxes, tins, packaging, and bits of this and that. Our mantra is, "I can MAKE something with that!" Now is your chance! Up-cycle!

I decided to get messy this time with a mixed media burlap canvas from Canvas Corp.

I used many different paints, stains, inks and sprays from Tattered Angels and Ranger along with some embossing paste and tissue paper from Canvas Crop to create the background.  The "upcycled" portion of my project is a cardboard box that I ripped up, inked with Distress Inks, and covered with Frantage aged aqua embossing enamel.  The digital images are from Altered Pages.  The little girl is matted with part of a package backing from the 7 Gypsies looking glass that I used.  The tag is from Altered Pages and I stamped one of their rubber stamps onto it with Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap.  I hand dies the ribbon from RRR with Tumbled Glass stain and Frayed Burlap Ink. I added some flowers from I am Roses.  I also covered a clamp from 7 Gypsies with the embossing enamel and attached that to the top of the digital image.

This was so much fun to make!  I am a novice at this mixed media thing, but I am happy with how it turned out.  Head on over to the Blog and join in the fun and see all of the other wonderful inspiration the DT has made!