This is SO me!

This is SO me!

Friday, July 31, 2009

More Christmas in July...barely!

I made these cards back in February for submission to the July issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts magazine (my first-ever submission to a magazine). Well, I've given up all hope that they'll be published, so I've decided to go ahead and post them.

The first card uses a High Hopes image called "Woodland Santa". I just love their images! They're so much fun to color! Cardstock is SU's Wild Wasabi and Real Red. The white is GP110 and the image is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics (this was one of the very first cards that I colored using my Copics!) The patterned paper is unknown. It's some I bought in a 'yard sale' bin at our LSS. The "merry & bright' sentiment is from an old SU set.
This second card is made using another High Hopes image called "Stirrin' Milton". This guy has the best face! Again, the image is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto GP110 white and colored with Copics. The candle "glow" is made by sponging SU Summer Sun ink around the flame of the candle. The sentiment is also from High Hopes. All other papers are SU- Real Red, Wild Wasabi and Dashing DSP.
I think both of these cards turned out cute, and I'm a little disappointed when I see some of the cards that WERE published. Oh, well...I'll just try again...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Circle of Friends Award!

Thanks SO much to Vicki for honoring me with The Circle of Friends Award!! Vicki is one of my "Sweet Dreamers" blog group "sisters" and it makes me feel very special that she considers me a part of her circle of friends!! Check out Vicki's wonderful blog here.
Now, I am supposed to pass this award on to 5 other special bloggers who I consider friends. Here are my nominees in no special order:

Jackie- Kreate With Me 2
Michelle- The Silly Stamper
Loretta- Stamping with Loretta
Cheryl- SweeetDesigns
Heidi- Heidishappystamping

Ladies, you are an inspiration to me. Your work is beautiful and I so enjoy browsing through your blogs!

To pick up the Circle of Friends Blog Award: Cut and paste the award logo and use it on your own blog. Nominate at least 5 other bloggers you feel have become part of your circle of friends. Link to your nominees, within your blog post and include these instructions on how to pick up the award in your blog post. To show your appreciation to the person who gave you the award, link back to their blog. Finally, comment on the recipient’s blogs, to let them know they've received the award.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Meade Girls' Ribbon Challenge

Last Friday, a group of Meade Girls met for lunch. It was a fun time getting together- as usual! Then, Amanda pulls out a roll of this nearly day-glow rainbow striped ribbon and made us a challenge. If we were to accept the challenge (and of course, we ALL did!) we had to make a card using all of the colors in the ribbon (red, yellow, orange, green and blue) AND use the ribbon on the card. So....this is what I came up with! Well, it's DEFINITELY bright!! :)
I had just gotten this Whiff of Joy donkey stamp and thought he'd be perfect to use for this challenge card. Isn't he cute!? The card base is YoYo Yellow. The next layer is Pumpkin Pie (no, I didn't have any Only Orange- or if I do I couldn't find any!). Then I cut 3 smaller layers out of Green Galore, Real Red and Brilliant Blue and embossed them in my Cuttlebug using different designed embossing folders. The image is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on GP110 white CS and colored using my Copics. I then sponged around the edges of the image using Green Galore ink. I wrapped the striped ribbon (which Amanda got from one of her ribbon runs to the Offray Ribbon Outlet in Hagerstown) around opposite corners. The yellow 3-D embellishment at the bottom says "Celebrate" and is from Paperbilities. One of my Divine Secret Sisters sent them to me and I thought it would work perfectly for this challenge. I then cut small pieces of the ribbon and attached using silver brads through the holes on each end of the embellishment and attached the entire thing to the bottom of the card using a thick popdot. So... that's my ribbon challenge card...I don't think it turned out too badly and I do believe that it's actually "usable"! Hmm- I wonder who has the next birthday?!? Now I can't wait to see what the other girls came up with!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Just fluttering by to say "Hi!"

It's a beautiful but hot day here in Maryland, so I decided to go up to my hide-away, turn on the A/C and make a card for my senior friend, Miss Laura. I decided to try something a little different for me- these definitely aren't my usual colors. When I started making it, I just knew that it would turn out awful, but as I went, I started to kinda like it. What do you think?
The card base is one of SU's retired In-Colors from a couple of years ago- Cool Caribbean, with last year's In Color Riding Hood Red. The 2-sided patterned paper is Pretty Please Pink Floral from My Mind's Eye. The image and sentiment are from a set called Garden Faire by My Sentiments Exactly and are stamped in Riding Hood Red. The white and black flowers are from Irene's Garden and the clear self-stick gems are from Bazzill. The organdy ribbon tied in a bow and adhered using a glue dot is from Michael's.

While I was at it, I also made a challenge card for the stamping group that I'm in called The Meade Girls. More to come about that later in the check back- you don't want to miss it! :)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wow! 2 posts in one day!

I haven't been able to stamp as much this week as I had planned, however, I was able to today. I wanted to apply for the Inky Impressions DT Call (make sure to see the next post titled Inky Impressions 2nd Design Team Call) and was actually able to make 3 cards. Here are the other 2 I made this morning. This image is from Pink Gem Designs and is called Nautical Milly. Isn't she cute? All papers are SU except for the white which is GP110. Milly is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored using my Copics. The red gingham ribbon is SU. The red self-stick half-beads are from Michael's.
This second card is made using the teddy bear image from Sherrod Studio's Gracie stamp set. I need a baby card for a coworker who is due any day now. She's having a boy. I've been wanting to use this teddy bear image for a baby card. The fold is a little different. The bear image panel opens and the blue panel opens to reveal the banana inside where the little moon is stamped (which, by the way I wish now I hadn't have done). All papers are SU- Tempting Turquoise, Barely Banana and Tempting Turquoise DSP. The white CS is GP110. The images are stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics. The moon stamp is from Provo Crafts and the Welcome, Little One sentiment is from Fun Phrases, a retired SU set...which, of course, I got crooked! Other accessories used are the SU eyelet border punch and a sponge to sponge Tempting Turquoise ink around the teddy bear image.
I still need to make an anniversary card for my in-laws and catch up on a couple birthday cards. DH will be working both Saturday and Sunday so I'm hoping to be able to get them done then. I hope you check back again soon and let me know how you like my creations!

Inky Impressions 2nd Design Team Call

Inky Impressions is having their 2nd Design Team Call so I thought I'd give it another try. Luckily if you applied for their first DT call, you can reapply!! In case you're interested in applying, click here for more details.

They prefer that you use Inky Impressions stamps but it isn't a requirement, thank goodness. So far, I don't have any! I just found out that my LSS took my suggestion to get some Inky Impressions stamps in the store and they just came in but unfortunately, I won't get there until after the DT Call ends. Anyway, here is the card that I made for the call. I used a Magnolia image that I had received in an image swap. All papers are SU except for the white, and since I didn't stamp it, I don't know what kind of paper it is. The image is colored using Copics. I also colored her wings using a gold metallic pen. Inky Impressions is very interesting in our coloring skills since their images require a lot of coloring- and if you regularly read my blog, you know that coloring is something I LOVE to do!! I also embossed the patterned paper in my Cuttlebug to give it a little more texture. The ribbons are from Michael's.
I am also supposed to include a photo of my favorite card that shows off my coloring skills, as well as a non-card project. Since most of my non-card projects are name frames or recipe pages, they don't require alot of coloring, so, instead I'm sending a couple of my favorite cards that required coloring along with my application. Wish me luck!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

A Dragon and Lions, oh my!

Happy Monday! I didn't get to stamp as much today as I had hoped due to several appointments, but DH had to work late so I was able to get into my hide-away after I ate dinner.

This first card I made for Ricky. If you remember, Ricky is the son of one of the teachers I work with. He had complications from surgery, and had to endure a 2nd surgery, but after almost a month in the hospital, Ricky is finally home and on the mend. I wanted to send him another get well card. This dragon image is from High Hopes Stamps and I received it in a High Hopes image swap I participated in earlier in the year. These dragons are so much fun to color! I colored the image using my Copics. The bi-plane is from a retired SU set called Up In the Air. The base card is Chocoalte Chip and the dotted DP is from the Certainly Celery DSP set. The wide celery-colored ribbon is from the Offray Ribbon Outlet and the narrow grosgrain is SU's Close to Cocoa. Inside is a computer generated sentiment "I hope that you're feeling "thumbs up"! I know, it's corny, but I think he'll like it!

My parents' 54th wedding anniversary is coming up on July 30th so I decided to use this High Hopes image called "Snuggly Lions", also from the image swap, to make their card. I love the looks on the lions' faces- they're SO in love! :) All papers are SU- Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Bella Rose DSP, except the white cardstock which is unknown since I didn't stamp it. Of course, I colored the image using my Copics and sponged the edges of the image using Old Olive ink. The ribbon is Offray. The red self-stick half-beads are from Michael's- I think they're Reflections. The "lots of hugs" sentiment is from Hero Arts.
Tomorrow I don't have any appointments so I hope to be able to stamp away the day! Ya'll come back now, ya' hear?

Sunday, July 19, 2009

What a fun time!

I had such a fun time at the shoebox swap yesterday!!! We made 20 different cards, but here are 4 of my favorites:

This first card was created by my friend, Gloria. Isn't it cute? I love the pearl 'snowflakes' and the rick-rack. This little girl image is very cute, too! Not sure who makes this stamp, though, but I belive the sentiment is Amuse.
This next card was created by another friend, Kathi. I LOVE the Old Olive and Real Red together!!!! The little red sparkles and the snowflake brad are just the perfect 'extra something'! Love that DP, too! All papers and stamps are from Stampin' Up.
These 2 cards were created by Kim, the owner of Create IT Crafts. They're both made using Amuse stamps. I was never an Amuse fan, but these 2 cards I love and I actually bought the stamps that we used to make these 2 cards. On the first card, the stack of packages is stamped again, cut out and popped up. Love the colors of this- again, the olive and red are great together! I plan on re-creating a similar card to send out at Christmastime.
This last card I think is SO pretty! I guess it's the pink- a very non-tradional Christmas color- that I like. I had a hard time lining up the ornaments on the branch within the size paper that was cut, but I still like it. The largest ornament was stamped again, cut out and popped up. I also made sure to buy some of the pink Amuse DP that we used here, too!
We made out like bandits at the swap, though! It only cost us $15, which included lunch, snacks and drinks, but we each received a 'goodie bag' which contained about $15 worth of stamping goodies and each of us also received a door prize- a stamp set, valued at $15. THEN, since I was the first one finished all of my cards, I received a special prize- a Scor-Mat, again valued at $15. So, for the cost of the swap ($15), I came home with about $45 worth of "stuff". PLUS we received 15% off our purchases! Can't beat that!! :) Create IT Crafts is thinking about having another Shoebox Swap in September with a Halloween/Fall theme. I'm really looking forward to it!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Whiff of Joy Image Swap

Do you love Whiff of Joy stamps as much as I do? They're just SO cute! Well, Ronda over on SCS is hosting a Whiff of Joy image swap. It's a 10+2 swap so that means you send in 12 and receive 10 different ones back. The hostess gets to keep the +2 for her hard work. The only requirement is that you use Whiff of Joy stamps and good quality white cardstock and inks that are Copic-friendly. You can see the thread for the swap here. The deadline is August 31st so go check it out!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Shoebox Penguin

Tomorrow I'm going to a shoebox swap at our LSS, Create IT Crafts. The theme is Christmas in July. This is the card that I'm taking to the swap. I used one of High Hope's penguin stamps. Isn't he cute? I stamped in onto GP110 white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored him with Copics. I then doodled around the edge of the image using the fine point on my SU Basic Black marker. The rest of the papers are from Stampin' Up...Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue and an old DP from a Christmas pack from a couple years ago. I embossed the DP in my Cuttlebug using the Snowflakes embossing folder.
The light blue grosgrain ribbon is from Michael's. I stamped the Merry Christmas image (from Bombshell Stamp's Holiday Accessories set) onto GP110 and punched it out using the medium oval punch from SU. I punched the scallop punch (also from SU) out of Always Artichoke and layered the white oval to the top of the scallop oval, then using pop dots, adhered the sentiment to the center of the ribbon.

It's a simple card but I don't know the levels of the stampers coming to this crop. I hope they like it. One note, though...when I take my supplies to the swap, I'll be taking SU markers for them to color the image with- no way am I taking my beloved Copic markers to let strangers mess them up! :) They'll just have to deal with it!

I'm hoping I'll be able to make some nice cards at the swap that I'll be able to use for Christmas this year! Here it is, mid-July and I only have 2 Christmas cards made!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Happy Wednesday!!

I was feeling in a stampy mood this afternoon so I high-tailed it up to my hide-away, and here's the outcome...

This first card is another made using Bombshell Queen from Bombshell Stamps. I had found this ribbon at Michael's and wanted to use it with one of my Bombshell images. I had a cherry stamp from SU's Just Jawing set that I thought would go perfectly...well, I colored the image with my SU markers and it just wouldn't stamp right- I wanted good solid coverage but it just wouldn't work right, so...her is the outcome without the cherry needs something else, but I just can't put my finger on exactly what...I used SU's Real Red and Garden Green. The Garden Green panel is embossed in my Cuttlebug using the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder. The Bombshell Queen image and the Retro saying are stamped on GP110 cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers. The flowers are Primas and the large black brad in the center is Recollections from Michael's. I used metallic red self-stick half-beads in the upper corners of the image panel. Maybe I'll put some sort of sentiment to fill in the empty space...
I saw this dotted ribbon in the $1 bin at Michael's and immediately thought of this set! The stamp set is a retired one from SU called Frolicking Frogs. This one one of those purchases that I asked myself "WHY did I buy this set?" Anyway, I decided to give it another shot...the card base is SU Chocolate Chip and I embossed a Barely Banana panel in the Cuttlebug using the Bubbles embossing folder. The image is stamped on GP110 cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with...whatelse? Copics! The little crocheted flowers I found at the Offray Ribbon outlet when we made our Ribbon Run last month. I attached them using glue dots. So...what do you think? I think he's kinda cute...
One of the teachers at my school just had her first baby on Tuesday...little Abbigail Cadence. I decided to use one of my Pink Gem Design baby stamps for her card. All papers (except for the GP110) is from Stampin' Up- Pixie Pink, Barely Banana and one of the retired DSP sets. I used my Copics to color the image. The ribbon is Appealing Apricot grosgrain from SU. I really wanted to put lace on this card, but can you believe, I didn't have any!!! Hmm, wonder if I can find a LACE outlet somewhere? :) Anyway, the large flower is from Bazzill, the button is Stampin' Up and I knotted a bit of pale yellow embroidery floss through the button holes and attached the flower using a pop dot. Yes, I know the "It's a girl!" oval is crooked...I wanted to put it on an angel, but half way down changed my mind and this is what I got...darn that mono adhesive sticks good!!
I only have one more day to work this week and then I'll be home for 10 days!! Woo Hoo! I plan on spending LOTS of time in my hide-away!!! Now, let me Google and see if there are any lace outlets in the Baltimore area! :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Cherish your teddy!

I FINALLY got a chance to stamp again!! I was starting to go through withdrawal! :)

This card turned out great, I think! The image is Gracie from Sherrod Studio. Little Gracie is holding her cherished teddy. The card base is SU Chocolate Chip, The next layer is SU Pretty In Pink. The patterned paper is Cheeky from Making Memories. I embossed the patterned paper using my Cuttlebug and the Dotted Swiss embossing folder. I think the Dotted Swiss is my favorite! I found a couple packs of this paper at Tuesday Morning yesterday and couldn't pass it up. There are some great designs in this pack! The image is stamped on GP110 using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics. I stamped the teddy image, colored it with Copics and then cut it out and strategically adhered it so it looks like Grace is hugging the stuffing out of him. The wide pink sheer ribbon is from the Offray Ribbon Outlet and the large and small pink flowers are Primas with a large silver brad in the center. So, whatdya think of little Gracie?
I still need to make a baby card for a friend. Hopefully I can get that done later this evening, but, for now, I'd better go see what I can fix for dinner.

Thanks for looking!!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Bombshell Beauties

Well, today was a MUCH better stamping day for me!! I decided to play a little more with my Bombshell Stamps. They're such fun to stamp with!!

This first card I call "Island Bombshell". The images are from the Bombshell Queen stamp set. The base card is ColorMates Red. The patterned paper is Island Sunset from A2Z. I used SU Basic Black for the border color and GP110 white CS for the image. The image is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics (W1, E00, YR16, R37). I used Memento Tuxedo Black to sponge lightly around the main image. I used the 1-1/4" hole punch to punch out some flowers from the patterned paper and adhered them to black circles that were punched using the 1-3/8" hole punch. I stamped the small flower image from the set and colored and cut them out and adhered to the top of the patterned paper circles. See? The flowers match the flower in her hair! :) They're attached with pop dots. I like this card- probably because these are colors that I don't usually use.
This next card is made using Bombshell's Ahoy, Sailor stamp set. I love this image and I love the way it colors. The base card is SU's Real Red. I used Brilliant Blue for the next layer, embossing it in my Cuttlebut with the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder. The image is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black onto GP110 and colored with Copics (W3, R37, B97, Y06, W1, E00, E29). I used SU's Pretty In Pink and a cotton swab to lightly dab on her cheeks to give her some blush. The yellow star eyelets are from Making Memories. Can I say now that I HATE Making Memories eyelets??? They seem so hard and I always have trouble getting them to set correctly. This time I used my Crop-a-dile and still had trouble...Anyway, I'm happy with this card, too.
My last card of the day (so far) uses Bombshell's Pirate Life and Holiday Accessories stamp sets. I decided I'd try to make a Christmas card. All papers are SU, except the white which is GP110. The image and sentiment are stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics (R37, E00, YG06, B93, RV02, R59, W1, YR16, BG15, 100) and sponged around the edges using SU Real Red. I stamped the packages and colored them, then cut them out and adhered using pop dots. Oh, and her Santa hat is stamped, colored and adhered to her head using mono-adhesvie. It's simple, but fun.
Yes, today was a MUCH more enjoyable stamping day...hopefully I'll get to stamp a little more later today.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Ever have one of those days...

...when you just want to stamp and NOTHING goes right?? Well, that was my day today! I'm on vacation this week and while DH is working I can do whatever I want! Well, I wanted to stamp! I decided to make another card using Sherrod Studio's By the Sea set. First off, I cut my base card too small, then I couldn't decide on which papers to use (I just don't know what I'm going to do when all of this pattern paper is gone- I LOVE it!)...then I decided to use the sand pail stamp as the main image, so I stamped it, then promptly dropped the OPEN ink pad on I restamped it...then while coloring it I had a spasm or something that made me color outside the line- luckily the clear Copic marker took care of that! I laid the cut paper pieces down to look for the brown brads and of course, I had forgotten to close the ink pad and laid it right in it! The ink just got on the back of the Chocolate Chip base card, so I was able to turn it and the inside white layer will cover that...THEN I couldn't get ANYTHING straight- including my scan! Oh,, here is the card that took me all day to make! :)
Like I said, I used By the Sea from Sherrod Studio. This is such a fun summer set!! I stamped the image onto GP110 white CS using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the image with my Copics, sponged around the edges using Creamy Caramel and then used the speckle stamp from Itty Bitty Backgrounds set from Stampin' Up, then layered it onto Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip and Certainly Celery. The base card is Chocolate Chip. The ribbon is 1/4" grosgrain from SU in Certainly Celery. The brown brads are from American Crafts Elements. The DP was embossed in my Cuttlebug using the D'Vine Swirls embossing folder to give it a little dimension. The sentiment was made using 2 seperate stamps from the By the Sea set...and you can see how crooked it is...oh, well, it's handmade so shouldn't be perfect, right?? :) Hopefully my stamping day will go better tomorrow!!!

The Cuttlebug Spot!

I just found this new site- well, new to ME at least! :) AND they're having a contest- the Drive for 500!! They're trying to reach 500 followers by the end of July! So, all you have to do is go to the site (I have a link in my sidebar under "Check 'em out!"), join as a follower, leave a post on your blog with a link to their site and leave them a link on their post of your blog posting and you could win a $50 gift certificate to Custom Crops!! Easy peasy!!! Go NOW and check 'em out!!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Christmas in July??

You betcha! I saw a Christmas Card Sketch Challenge on Sparkle's blog here and had to try it! I bought this Impression Obsession stamp at my LSS Create IT Crafts a while back (isn't he just too cute?!) and thought I'd ink him up. The sketch is quick- the hardest thing was deciding on which papers to use!!! I'm not quite sure these colors work- I was pulling colors out of the DP. What do you think? Defintitely NOT your typical Christmas colors!
I used Bashful Blue for the card base which is 5-1/2 x 5-1/2". The DP is unknown. I received it as part of a shoebox swap door prize that I attended. It has the words to O, Christmas Tree on it. I also used SU Barely Banana and Basic Black. I ran the Barely Banana panel through my Cuttlebug using the Dotted Swiss embossing folder. The image is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto GP110 white CS and is colored with Copics. I then sponged around the edges of the image using Old Olive. The pink panel is from a retired SU DSP pack. The large black brads are from Michael's. One Christmas card down...and how many to go???

This next card is made using a My Sentiments Exactly stamp set that I received as a gift. It has this rose, a couple of butterflies, several sentiments and a couple other flowers. The card base is SU's Riding Hood Red. I also used SU Basic Black, and Bella Rosa DSP. The white panel is GP110 and the image is stamped using Riding Hood Red and the sentiment is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The black organdy ribbon is from Michael's. I'm on vacation this week (DH will be working!) so I hope to be in my hide-away a LOT this week! :) Check back often to see what I'm up to!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Stampin' up a storm!

I was home alone today so thought I'd take advantage of it. While I was catching up on laundry from the cruise, I decided to stamp a little...afterall, I have to wait for the clothes to get out of the dryer before I can put a new load in, so I didn't want to 'waste' time waiting around! ;)

The first card is made using an image I received in an image swap on SCS. The image is "Daisy" from Sugar Nellies. She's just so sweet. The Thinking of You is from Sherrod Studio's Gracie set. All papers are SU (not sure what the white CS is since I didn't stamp the image). Daisy is colored using Copics. Embellishments include Prima Flowers, Glitter Adornments by My Favorite Things and black organdy ribbon from Michael's. This is a simple card but I think it turned out nice.
My second card of the day is made using Bombshell Stamps' Bombshell Angel. Boy wish I were built like that! Again, all papers are SU- Riding Hood red, Certainly Celery, Basic Black and Bella Rosa DSP- except for the white which is GP110. The image is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics. I sponged around the edges using Riding Hood Red. The Bella Rosa panel is embossed in the Cuttlebug using the Dotted Swiss embossing folder. I used Prima Flowers and Glitter Adornments from My Favorite Things on this card as well, along with self-stick red half-beads. I love this card!
My last card of the day (so far!) is a Get Well card for Ricky. Ricky is the son of a teacher at my school. Ricky had surgery on June 14th and, due to complications, is still in the hospital. His mom hasn't left his side the entire time that he's been there. We decided at school to do a card shower for Ricky. I think he'll really enjoy getting lots of "happy mail"! This card also used an image from the image swap. This image is from Whipper Snapper. All papers are SU except for the white which is GP110. I colored the image using my Copics and then doodled around the edge using my SU Basic Black marker (fine-tip end). This is such a sweet image. Ribbons are from Michael's. I attached self-stick red half-beads to each corner and popped the image up on dimensionals. I hope Ricky likes it and I hope he's home from the hospital soon!! Now I think I'll need to make his mom a 'hang in there" type card...
Okay, guess I'd better get back to the laundry and maybe do some cleaning...well, maybe not... :) I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Ahoy there!

I love Bombshell Stamps. I bought this set a while ago but hadn't done anything with it. I noticed on PaperCraftPlanet that Bombshell Stamps is having a Nautical Card Contest, so I figured it was time to pull out the set and put it to good use! This set is called "Ahoy Sailor". I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black onto white GP110 cardstock and colored it with Copics. The base card is Bashful Blue. The layering panels are Basic Black and the western-themed retired SU DP. There is a white weathered star pattern on the paper and I embossed it with my Cuttlebug and Distressed Stripe embossing folder. I used dark blue star brads and laced natural-colored hemp through the brads, tying knots in the middle. The main image is popped up with dimensionals. I also stamped the USS Bombshell life preserver with Memento Tuxedo Black onto GP110 white cardstock and colored with Copics. I then- as carefully as I could- cut the life preserver out using my very, very sharp paper snips. I cut out all that I dare to! :) The life preserver is also popped up with dimensionals.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Even more from Sherrod Studio

Here are two more cards that I made using Sherrod Studio's brand new stamps. The first card is Ella. I just can't get over how sweet she looks! All papers are SU- Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana, retired DSP. The image is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on GP110 white cardstock. Ella is colored using Copics. I speckled the image with Creamy Caramel to match the speckling on the DSP. The flowers are Primas and the antique copper brads are from Reflections.
This second card is made using Gracie. All papers are SU- Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, and retired DSP. Like the card above, the image is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto GP110 white cardstock, colored using Copics and SU markers, and sponged with Certainly Celery. The ribbons are Offray (yes, from my ribbon run stash) and the large flowers are unknown. The Glitter Adornment in the center of the flower is from My Favorite Things and attached with Crystal Effects.
I hope you have enjoyed the cards that I, along with the Sherrod Studio Design Team, have made. I have really enjoyed 'playing' with these stamps. They are just TOO cute! :) Have YOU checked out the Sherrod Studio website, yet? Well, what are you waiting for??

RUN, don't walk!!!

Sherrod Studio's website is officially open for business!!! Make sure to check 'em out!! There are 4 fabulous stamp sets to choose from- Peace & Comfort, Birthday Ella, Gracie and By the Seashore. Each set is jam-packed with wonderful images and sentiments. Orders placed July 1st through July 7th will receive FREE SHIPPING (your free shipping will not show up at checkout, but don't worry- it will be deducted when your order is processed by Sherrod Studio.)

Sorry I was a little late posting this, but AOL was acting wonky this morning and this working every day stuff sure interferes with my fun! :)

Make sure to check out all of the other design team member's blogs to see some fantastic artwork using Sherrod Studio stamps. Check back here often to see what I create using these adorable images!!!

Click here to go to their brand new website... new stamp sets will be added the first of each month, so make sure to bookmark the website so you can go visit often!! You wouldn't want to miss anything!