Friday, April 30, 2010

Stamper's Dream Sponserd Sketch Challenge for JustRite

Stamper's Dream is hosting the Challenge today over at JustRite Stampers. And today's challenge is a sketch. All you have to do is make a card with JustRite stamps using the sketch, link it at the bottom of the post found HERE, and you'll be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Stamper's Dream found HERE. There will also be 3 honorable mention winners who will get a JustRite stamp set of their choice.

Here's the sketch:

You will have until next Thursday, May 6th at 9am Central to make your project and enter a link to it on the JustRite blog post. Then the winner will be chosen and announced a little later that day on the JustRite Inspiration Blog, as well as here on the Stamper's Dream blog.

What an awesome deal!! Michelle's store is a one stop shop, I'm telling ya. Make one card and have the opportunity to win some fantastic stamps, gorgeous ribbon, fun decorative paper, and rhinestones, pearls and punches.

Okay, here's how I made this card. It's pretty straight forward. I inked up the sentiment, from the set Hope, with Jumbo Java Versamagic, and the frame with Oasis Green Versamagic. They were diecut with the Labels 1 Nestabilities die by Spellbinders.

The dp is Spearmint by Memory Box, the Satin Ribbon is May Arts, the border punch is by Martha Stewart, and the Flower was made with Organza Material. You can find the tutorial HERE, however, instead of adding little beads, I added a clear domed button to mine. Here's a closeup of the flower.

All the papers were ink distressed with Antique Linen Ranger Distress Ink.

Now, head on over to the JustRite Inspiration blog to see how you can participate in this challenge. You'll want to see what some of the other Stamper's Dream girls have done with this sketch too. They're all creative geniuses!! Check it out: Michelle, Amy and Cam.

Thanks a million for stopping by.
Have a super weekend!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Flourishes Limelight

Each month, Flourishes features a Limelight designer on their blog. Well, this month, I have the distinct pleasure of sharing the limelight with two dear friends of mine from the Stamper's Dream Design Team: Amy Sheffer, and Laurie Schmidlin.

I adore Flourishes images with their elegance and fantastic details, and was quite excited when Michelle started carrying them about a year ago in her Stamper's Dream on-line store. To see my complete project, head on over to the Flourishes Blog found HERE. I used one of the newest sets called Fanciful flourishes.

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you're having a nice weekend!
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Life is good!

Just a quick post from me today. Julee just released the newest Verve sets last night, so ya hafta go check them out if you haven't already. They are usual.

For this Clean and simple card, All I did was stamp the various surf boards (from the set Relax)with Versamark onto water color paper, emboss them with Detail Black ep, color them with my tombows, diecut them with the Long Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbindrs) and finally add a bit of shading around the edges with Aegan Blue Versamagic.

The sentiment is also embossed with Detail Black ep.

That's go check out the new sets found HERE.

Hope you're having a fantabulous weekend!!
Happy Stamping!

Stamps: Relax
Paper: Black, White
Ink: Versamark, Sea Breeze (Versamagic)
Accessories: Tombows, Long Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Detail Black ep,

Friday, April 23, 2010

Verve Sneak Peek ~ One Person

Each month, I have the distinct pleasure of working with images designed by Julee the owner and designer of Verve. They are all inspirational and a joy to work with. So I'm excited to be peeking one of her newest sets called One Person today. Head on over to the Verve Blog to see what the other divas have done with this fantastic set, and to find out how you can win this it.

Here's the inside:

A closer look:

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Have a fabulous weekend!!

Stamps: One Person (Verve Stamps)
Paper: PTI White, G.C.D. Studios and Glitz Design
Ink: Black Onyx (Versafine), Sea Breeze (Versamagic), Pumice Stone (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories: Circle and Petite Circle Scallops and Labels 11 (Spellbinders), Tombows, Detail Black ep, Piercing Tool, Border Punches (Martha Stewart), Leaf Punch (EK Success), Rhinestones (Kaisercraft), Ribbon (May Arts), Frosted Lace Stickles, Dimensional Tape (Scotch)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Beach Party and CCEE Sketch

Verve's having a beach party Friday evening, and you won't want to miss it. Talk about fantastic new beachy images with hip surf boards and Julee's signature fonts, flourishes and gorgeous flowers.

Click HERE, or on the logo, to find out all the details about how you can win one of these fabulous sets. And don't forget to stop by the SCS Verve Forum Friday evening at 9PM Eastern to chat.

A few of the Verve Diva's are sneak peeking this gorgeous set called Blessings today, so head on over to the Verve Blog and see what they've done with all the wonderful sentiments, fonts and flourishes. The peeks started Monday and will continue through tomorrow, finishing with the party that night.

Since it's Thursday, I combined this sneak peek with the CCEE challenge this week, which was a sketch designed by Joanne. To see the sketch, click HERE. I turned mine on it's side, and rock and rolled the image with Versamagic color Sea Breeze and Smokey Gray Versafine. The gorgeous paper is all from My Mind's Eye.

Head on over to the CCEE Stampers Blog to find out the details on how you can join us in this sketch challenge this week. We'd love to see what you come up with.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!!

Stamps: Blessings (Verve)
Paper: Lush (My Mind's Eye), PTI
Ink: Black Onyx (Versafine), Sea Breeze (Versamagic)
Accessories: Circle and Big Scalloped Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Layered Arches and Loops Border Punches (Martha Stewart), Rhinestones and Pearls (Kaisercraft), Satin Ribbon (May Arts)

Nurture Yourself

Wow, it's hard to believe we're halfway through the week already. As you all know, the older we get, the faster time seems to fly by. Well, I want to take this time to apologize for my lack of posts the past few weeks. First I was camping for Spring break, then I got a severe case of bronchitis which set me back for a solid week...(I'm still recovering)...and finally, I flew to Iowa as a chaperone with five girls for a college visit this past weekend. Now it's catch up time. So, after the drought, you will be witness to a deluge of brace yourselves. LOL

(Remember, if you click on the highlighted words, you will be taken directly to that product.)

First of all, I used Mercy's sketch for this week. You can find her sketch HERE.

Now, I've long been an admirer of Flourishes images. Their details are fabulous, and their floral images are gorgeous. I love anything nature: birds, flowers, ocean, etc., so when I had the opportunity to work with the set From the Garden, I was thrilled. It has a variety of flower images, wonderful sentiments, and this darling watering can scene. You can have it too. Just head on over to Stamper's Dream. Michelle carries a wonderful variety of Flourishes images, along with fantastic paper, ribbon, inks, and a wide variety of embellishments. Not to mention all the wonderful stamps from companies such as JustRite, Impression Obsession, Studio 490, Darcie's, Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, Northwoods, Sarah Kay, and more. Her store is seriously a one stop shop!!

Okay, now about this card...I inked up the image with Versamark, embossed it with Detail Black ep, and colored it with my Tombows and Aqua Pen. I sponged around the edges with Versamagic colors Sahara Sand and Sea Breeze, and the rich, fun paper is Vintage Love by Glitz Designs.

I punched the borders with my SU! Corner Tag Punch, and the bottom border is a new Martha Stewart Border Punch called Layered Arches. Isn't it pretty? I'm lovin' Martha's new punches. And you can get the borders with their matching corners at Stamper's Dream!!

For my little Nurture tag, I framed it with the smallest Labels 2 nestabilities die by Spellbinders, and I added some Natural Burlap string and a PTI button, along with some Kaisercraft Rhinestones.

That's it. Thank you so much for stopping by.
Stop in again tomorrow to see what I did with one of the newest Verve releases....
Happy Stamping!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tax day get well wishes

It's time for another CCEE challenge, and this week Joanne is lamenting about tax day. Therefore we were to make a "Get Well" card. I just love my Studio 490 Stamp Set Be Inspired, so I hauled out the images again. Michelle has a wonderful variety of Studio 490 images in her Stamper's Dream store, and they are reasonably priced too, especially considering you get a 5x5 bg stamp with the set. I love making my own dp because I can make it any color I want, so this time I played with browns and greens on kraft cardstock.

I randomly rubbed the following Versamagic colors directly onto the CS: Gingerbread, Jumbo Java, Aloe Vera and Hint of Pesto. I then inked up the plaid image with Jumbo Java and stamped it onto the now colored kraft cs, and ink distressed the edges with Frayed Burlap and Brushed Corduroy Ranger Distress Ink.

For the leaf branch, I used two colors. I first inked it up with Hint of Pesto (VM), and then added a bit of Jumbo Java (VM) randomly. Since the colors are pigmented, they blend seamlessly when stamping them. Love that!!

The sentiment is a JustRite image (I know, shocked aren't you...LOL) from a retired set 10 Designer Centers and Borders. There's a fantastic Get Well Image in the set Just a Note, but I was in a hurry and this is the first one I found. I actually like the other one better with this card. hmph...wish I wouldn't have been so impatient. *sigh*

I used the Optic Dot Punch (Martha Stewart) on the side of my felt panel, and another Martha Stewart punch along the bottom. I used some natural Burlap String to gather the weaved ribbon at the top and to sew along the felt piece, and I added a PTI button and some piercing to finish it all off.

I used Mercy's sketch found HERE.

We'd love to see what you've come up with for a Get Well Card. Just head on over to the CCEE Stampers blog for all the details.

Thank you so much for dropping by!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A CCEE Silhouette challenge

Wow, it's Thursday already. That means it's time for another CCEE Stamper's challenge. This week, Joanne challenged us to us a silhouette as a focal image. I chose the flowers from one of last month's released Verve sets called Love's Flower, and the sentiment is from a recent Verve release called Feel the Sun. The yummy dp is Venice by 7 Gypsies, the gorgeous Crocheted Flower is by Prima, and the wonderfully fun Rhinestone Flourishes are by Zva Creative. I also added some Kaisercraft Pearl accents, some Martha Stewart Ribbon, and a couple of EK Success border punched edges. All the edges were ink distressed with my new fave Ranger Distress Ink, Pumice Stone. It has a smokey look to it. It's hard to explain, but it works with both grays and browns. Talk about versatile!!

Oh, I almost forgot the fantastic frames. I'm a Spellbinder~a~holic. Seriously, every single project of mine includes one of their shapes. This time I used two of their newest ones: Labels 11 and Labels 13.

Here's a view of the card at a different angle. The rhinestones show better here.
I also added some gold Spica Pen ink to the berries on the wildflower image.

Now, we'd love to have you join us in this challenge. All you have to do is go to our CCEE Stamper's blog and link your card with Mr. Linky. I can't wait to see you come up with.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Look Mom, no dp!! And nature...

I love Wendy Vecchi's work, and literally all the images by Studio 490. So when I got this Be Inspired set from Stamper's Dream, I couldn't wait to start playing with it. I love dark, rich colors, but was in a softer mood today, so this is what I came up with.

This fantastic cling set has a wonderful 5"x5" plaid bg image so I immediately decided to make my own dp. I started with Ivory Simply Smooth cs, and took my Ranger Distress Ink pads and rubbed them directly on the cs: Bundled Sage, Old Paper, Milled Lavender and Spun Sugar (Plaid piece), the blue piece has all the afore colors with Stormy Sky and Pumice stone added. The plaid bg was stamped with Sage Versamagic, and the sentiment was stamped with Midnight Black (Versamagic).

The flower was stamped onto the same dp with Smokey Gray Versafine twice, cut out, and curled with the end of a paint brush. All the edges were ink distressed with Pumice Stone and Bundled Sage, the flourishes are SU! diecuts, and the Pearls are from Zva Creative.

I added a touch of sparkle to the flourishes and key words in the sentiment with a Quickie Glue Pen and Ultrafine Glitter (Judikins).

That about sums this card up. I just got back from 3 1/2 glorious days of camping. I'm in awe of God's beautiful work with flowers and animals. I've included a few photos below of what we had the pleasure of experiencing.

Stamps: Be Inspired (Studio 490)
Paper: Simply Smooth Ivory cs
Ink: Bundled Sage, Milled Lavender, Spun Sugar, Old Paper, Pumice Stone, Stormy Sky
Accessories: Flourish diecuts (SU!), Leaf Punch (Punch Bunch), Border Punch (EK Success), Pearls (Zva Creative), Button (Making Memories), Glitter, Quickie Glue Pen, Sewing Machine, Dimensional Tape (Scotch)

Poppies and Mustard

Purple Lupine and Lake Lopez

Deer ~ a regular visitor to our campsite

Woodpecker ~ our " rooster wannabe"....woke us up at 6:30 am each morning...on the dot.

Buzzard drying off his feathers after a snack.

Thanks for dropping by. I hope you're having a wonderful week, and that you had a blessed Easter!!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Four Seasons during Impression Obsession week at Stamper's Dream

It's the final day of Impression Obsession week with Stamper's Dream, and today I have this fabulously versatile Tree and Swing to share with you. The Crepe Myrtle trees are in a blooming frenzy right now with soft purples and pinks, along with some fushia. So I decided to make my tree a Crepe Myrtle. Now, traditionally, they're not a sturdy enough tree to hang a tire swing on, so I'm taking creative liberty and saying my Crepe Myrtle was grafted with a solid Oak. Thus it can handle a tire swing...*grin*

This image is wonderful for using Versamagic Dew Drop Inks with. I started off by inking up my tree with Gingerbread, then a bit of Memento Tuxedo Black, and then a layer of Jumbo Java to soften up the black. The grass was inked up with Key Lime and Hint of Pesto. After stamping the tree, I added the leaves. For this first image, I used only Pixie Dust. I'll show you how I inked up the tree for the other seasons after explaining the sentiment.

I used JustRite's 50pt Brayton Font and the Harmony Rectangular Stamper inked up with Smokey Gray Versafine. The papers are Memory Box, and I did a bit of piercing on the sides. I added some sparkle to the bg with a fabulous new toy that was introduced at CHA this year. It's made by Tsukineko and it's called Shimmer Spritz. I used the Sparkle. It's very subtle and shimmery. I tried to pick up the shimmer with my camera, but this is the best I could do:

Here's the tree in Summer: Versamagic inks ~ Key Lime and Hint of Pesto

Here's the tree in Fall: Versamagic Inks ~ Thatched Straw, Pumpkin Spice and Red Brick

Here's the tree in Winter: I used liquid applique on the branches
That's it for me today. Here's a list of this weeks Impression Obsession features:

Mon. - Leslie (our newest dream team member!!! WOOT!), Laurie, Becca
Tues. - Cindy, Amy, Denise, Dawn, Michelle
Wed. - Silke, Cam, Amy, Michelle, Me
Thurs. - Cindy, Leslie, Denise, Dawn, Michelle
Fri. - Laurie, Silke, Michelle Me

Thursday, April 1, 2010

My Silly Critter for April Fools Day...

It's Thursday!! Already!! The week is almost over!! Man does time fly!! Well, since it's a new month now...April 1....yikes!! Charlene has some fabulous challenges lined up for us. This week, we were to use some silly critters in honor of April Fools day. Well, I don't own many critters. Doesn't an owl in diapers constitute as silly? Well, I think she's just absolutely adorable too. I LOVE this tree with the little carved heart on it. And this sweet little owl? There's a little boy owl, buggy, squirrel and bird in this Night Owl set (My cute Stamps) too. Everything was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored with Copics. Pretty easy.

Now I have to admit something too, that some may have noticed already. I tried my Copic airbrush for the first time. Now I've had it for probably half a year, but I'm really bad at trying new tools without being shown how to use them. I'm not going to be getting better at that anytime too soon either. I had a horrible time with that thing....splotches, splotches, splotches, no matter what I did. Anyone wanna come to California and give me a demonstration? That thing gave me FITS!!! You can see by the tree that that baby had something against me. *sigh*

Okay, enough whining, you should really go check out what silly critters the other CCEE girls have been working with. We'd love to see what critters you have on hand too. Just link up your creation with Mr. Linky on the CCEE Stamper's Blog found HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I hope you've been having a fantastic week!!
Happy Stamping my friends!
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