Friday, April 30, 2010

Stamp Simply #137 - A Final Farewell

Hooray for Friday! It's time for another Stamp Simply challenge! I took a little break from the challenges this past month, and have come to the decision to continue that break permanently, so this challenge is bittersweet for me. I recently started on a new exercise program and am trying to eat healthier and lose some weight (I've lost 7 pounds already this month!), and have found that I could use just a little extra time in my week to devote to these endeavors. So with a heavy heart, I have decided to leave the Stamp Simply team. Sharon has always been wonderful to work with, as are all the girls on the team, so I hope you'll continue to play along with the challenges each week!

The challenge for today is to use 3-D flowers! You can dig into your stash of purchased flowers, like Prima flowers. Or you can create something with ribbon, or use your punches and/or Nestabilities and some designer paper to create a gorgeous flower! Let's see your beautiful May flowers!

I decided to use this yummy new paper I just got from My Mind's Eye, and I used my big scallop circles Nestabilities to create my paper flower today. I crumpled up all 4 pieces, inked the edges of each one with Tea Dye distress ink, then secured them all together with a button in the center. Easy-peasy and just a tiny bit of stamping here with the sentiment from Whipper Snapper!
Sharon has a fabulous sample for you on her blog, and the Stamp Simply team has some fabulous inspiration for you too, so be sure to check out their blogs!

Teresa Kline, April Guest Designer

Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your Friday!

Stamps: sentiment (Whipper Snapper "Beautiful Day")
Cardstock: red (Gina K Designs), kraft (Bazzill), designer paper (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Tea Dye Distress ink (Ranger), Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)Accessories: big scallop circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Apron Lace border punch (Fiskars), button (Papertrey Ink), Swiss Dots embossing folder (ProvoCraft).

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Late for the party....

Hey, how about an All That Scraps Wednesday challenge on a Thursday? Are you game? I had this card all ready on Wednesday but just never got around to blogging it, so here is Kiki finally to tell you what the Wednesday challenge is.... to use pink and brown in your creation. So Kiki decided a strawberry/chocolate ice cream cone would be perfect for the challenge!
Stop by the ATS Wednesday blog for all the challenge details, and join us for the challenge! Remember, every week there is a new and exciting prize being offered and in order to be eligible to win, you card must include a stamp that is sold in the All That Scraps online store. Whether it is any of our wonderful in-house designers, or from the various other stamp companies that ATS carries, the choice is yours! Then be sure to link up your creation using Mr. Linky by next Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. EST and only one entry per person, please!

Stamps: Sweet Kiki La Rue (CC Designs), sentiment (My Favorite Things)Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, designer paper (Stampin' Up!), pink (Bazzill), white (Neenah)Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Walnut Stain, Spun Sugar Distress inks (Ranger), markers (Copic)
Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), ribbon, button (craft supply).

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Color Throwdown #90

The weeks are still flyin' by and here we are again, ready for another Color Throwdown! This week, I am hosting the challenge and I chose these colors based on this pretty card I saw on my friend Kim Burmeister's blog.

For my card, I chose to use this beautiful sentiment that I grabbed this past weekend while working in the Rubbernecker booth at the AIS convention. I paired this with some REALLY yummy new paper that just arrived at the store yesterday from My Mind's Eye! The colors are just a little off from the ones I chose for the challenge, but I decided to use them anyway and show everyone that you don't have to use the exact colors... just whatever is similar, because as you can see my olive green ends up being more like sage since I chose to use these papers.
I hope you'll make some time to join us for this challenge! Be sure to leave a direct link to your creation on the Color Throwdown blog. If you need further inspiration, check out my Throwdown sisters' blogs!

Teresa Kline, April Guest Designer

Thanks for stopping by! I hope your week is going well!

Stamps: Prayer of Heaven text (Stamp Oasis from Rubbernecker)
Cardstock: Confetti Cream, Perfect Plum, Sage Shadow, Barely Banana (Stampin' Up!), designer paper (My Mind's Eye)Inks: Walnut Stain Distress ink (Ranger), Pale Plum (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), border punch (Martha Stewart), ribbon, button (craft supply).

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rubbernecker April Release Blog Hop

The Rubbernecker Red Hot Mommas are having another blog hop today to show off some of the great new releases that are in the Rubbernecker store! And just like the last blog hop, there will be some prizes offered! Leave a comment on each of the Red Hot Momma's blogs (they're listed at the end of this post!) and increase your chances of winning. Two lucky winners will win their choice of a set of stamps from the new Vintage line, the African-American line, the Fashion Ladies, the Weeds, the Vines, or the Florals! So get crackin' on those comments! The deadline to enter is Wednesday, April 28th at 11:59 p.m. EST!

I spent this past weekend working at the Adventures in Stamping convention in Akron in the Rubbernecker booth, so for my cards today I have incorporated a little bit of the techniques that I demonstrated. For the backgrounds on both of these cards, I applied Distress Inks directly to a teflon craft sheet, spritzed with water and then dragged my cardstock through the puddles of ink. I did this 2-3 times, drying between each time with my heat gun for a really neat, aged look in the backgrounds.

For my first card, I used the new Vintage "At the Shore" stamp, combining it with Distress Inks in Broken China and Bundled Sage for the background, and stamping the image with Stormy Sky. The main image was embossed with clear embossing powder. I also used my French Script background stamp across the bottom corner, stamping it with Frayed Burlap ink. It reminded me of back-in-the-day when folks used to write directly on their photographs, the names of people in the photo and the date.... early scrapbooking! The diamond pattern you see in the background is also a RN background stamp, the Victorian Diamond Panel.
The background panel for this card was inked with Rusty Hinge, Tea Dye, and Wild Honey Distress Inks, and my classic car was stamped in Walnut Stain ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. The designer paper here is from Basic Grey's Boxer collection, and I was so thrilled to finally be able to use some grungeboard that I've had forever on this card... the key! My sentiment is computer-generated.
The Red Hot Mommas participating in the Blog Hop today are...

Remember, leave comments on every blog for the best chance of winning, and the deadline is tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11:59 p.m. EST! Good luck!

At the Shore card...
Stamps: At the Shore, Victorian Diamond Panel, French Script (Rubbernecker)Inks: Broken China, Bundled Sage, Stormy Sky, Frayed Burlap Distress Inks (Ranger)
Cardstock: dark aqua green (Bazzill), Sage Shadow (Stampin' Up!), white (Neenah), designer paper (My Mind's Eye)Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), brads (Making Memories), ribbon, button (craft supply).

Classic card...
Stamps: Model T (Rubbernecker)Inks: Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Tea Dye, Walnut Stain Distress Inks (Ranger)
Cardstock: Kraft, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up!), dark brown (Bazzill), designer paper (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Grungeboard key (Tim Holtz Idea-ology).

Friday, April 23, 2010

Fabulous Friday Challenge #11

It's time for another Fabulous Friday challenge with the girls on the i {heart} copics team! You can find all the details for this challenge by visiting the group forum at Paper Craft Planet, and you can also upload and link your own creation there!

For the challenge this week, we're using a "recipe" for our creation. Two designer papers, three embellishments (brads, buttons, flowers, ribbon, etc.) that are colored with Copics, and an image colored with Copics (of course!) For my card, I used this sweet image from Stampavie that I recently got at the store. This is "Picking Cherries" by Jillian Roberts. I paired my image with papers from the Quite Contrary collection from My Mind's Eye. The floral lace was originally white and I used my Copic airbrush to color it with BG45, as well as the formerly white button in the center of the flower. The flower is from Petaloo and was also white until I colored with my R81 Copic marker. The layout for my card is from Mercy's Tuesday sketch challenge #70, but I turned the sketch 90 degrees to accommodate my image. I used classic oval Nestabilities to cut out my main image. (All above highlighted products are available at i {heart} papers!)
So, stop by the i {heart} copics group at Paper Craft Planet and play along! We'd love to see your recipe creations!

Stamps: Picking Cherries (Stampavie), sentiment (Whipper Snapper)
Cardstock: Cool Caribbean, Old Olive, Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!), white (Neenah), designer paper (My Mind's Eye)Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)
Accessories: lace, Nestabilities (i {heart} papers), flower (Petaloo), button (craft supply).

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

ATS Wednesday Challenge - In Stitches!

We've got a FUN challenge for you today at All That Scraps! Today we're keeping you in stitches, by creating cards with stitching! Anyone can join in on this one, because even if you don't have a sewing machine or even a needle and thread, you can still do some faux stitching, too!

For my card, I have used Birgitta on a Tree Stump and used colors to match my designer paper. And that fabulous designer paper... it comes from my awesome friend Kristin, and it's her Pretty Impressions Printables digital paper that she designs for My Time Made Easy. This is from the Fun Flowers pack, and comes in eight different colors for your crafting enjoyment! I LOVE having papers like this available in a variety of colors! You can see my stitching for the challenge in the zig-zag border around the outer edges, and I also used this as an opportunity to try sewing pleated ribbon to my card! I love how this looks, and it was so easy to do. I'll be adding this to my cards again very soon!

Here's a close-up so you can maybe see better the sparkle! I used Diamond Dust on her wings, and some Spica glitter pens on the flowers and mushrooms!

Stop by the ATS Wednesday blog for all the challenge details, and join us for the challenge! Remember, every week there is a new and exciting prize being offered and in order to be eligible to win, you card must include a stamp that is sold in the All That Scraps online store. Whether it is any of our wonderful in-house designers, or from the various other stamp companies that ATS carries, the choice is yours! Then be sure to link up your creation using Mr. Linky by next Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. EST and only one entry per person, please!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Birgitta on a Tree Stump (CC Designs/All That Scraps), sentiment (Impression Obsession)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Cool Caribbean, Old Olive (Stampin' Up!), markers (Copic)
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery (SU!), white (Neenah), designer paper (Fun Flower Pretty Impressions Printables)
Accessories: flower (Petaloo), button, ribbon, oval punches, brads (SU!).

Color Throwdown #89

It's Wednesday again, chickies! Time for another Color Throwdown! This week LeAnne is the hostess and she's chosen colors inspired by the Wisteria paper from Basic Grey. Now, of course you don't have to have this paper to play along, and you don't even have to have these exact colors, either! Just use whatever you have that is similar and have fun! Try though, to stay with just these colors and a neutral! We don't want to see any rainbows! ;)

I decided to use some more of my Florals and Weeds stamps from Rubbernecker for my card, inking the stamps with Tombow markers. I cut out the image with a square Nestabilities, then inked the inside edges with Bordering Blue ink.
And speaking of Rubbernecker.... who's going to the Adventures in Stamping convention this weekend in Akron? I'll be working in the Rubbernecker booth all weekend, and I expect you to stop by and say HI!

My Color Throwdown sisters have some beautiful inspiration for you today with these colors, so be sure to visit their blogs and take a peek!

Teresa Kline, April Guest Designer

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Wednesday!

Stamps: Florals, Weeds (Rubbernecker)
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Bordering Blue (Stampin' Up!), white (Neenah), designer paper (Basic Grey)
Inks: Bordering Blue (SU!), markers (Tombow)
Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), brads (Basic Grey), ribbon, button, silver thread (craft supply).

Monday, April 19, 2010

Whipper Snapper New Release!

It's another big day in Whipper Snapper World, as Anna Wight has designed two more amazing cling-mount stamp sets, and they're available today! Anna has captured the cuteness factor again with the fabulous new stamp sets, and you'll find that they both go quite well with the two new releases from last month! I'm just thrilled to death to get to spend another month showing you some samples from these great stamp sets, so I'll stop chatting and get down to business!

For my first card, I had quite an Aha! moment when I thought of my design. Remember last month, I made this card using the bird from Anna's Beautiful Day stamp set? Well, while I was cutting out the stamps for the new set, called Celebrate Nature, I noticed there was a little baby bird that closely matched the bird from Beautiful Day! And I thought about a baby bird following the mama bird, but then the wheels in my mind kept turning and I thought about a whole line of baby birds following the mama bird! You know where I'm going here, right? Who remembers The Patridge Family???

Sing it with me..... "C'mon Get Happy!" I just couldn't resist! Now yes, my little flock of "patridges" are going the opposite way, but that's OK... it's my version! It will never cease to bother me though, why they didn't balance the colors of those "Patridges" out a little better? The littlest bird is yellow, just like the mama! There needs to be some green or orange in that line-up, don't you think? ;)
Anna's got another great set too, called Woodland Critters, and are they CUTE! Here I've used the squirrel and perched him atop the tree stump from the set and gave him a balloon! The sentiment is also from the set, and I used new October Afternoon papers for my card.

The other Featured Designers for this month have some great creations for you to see today using the new sets, too! Be sure to pay them a visit, then head on over to the Whipper Snapper store and get your sets of stamps!

Hope you're ready to start a great week! I have the day off today, and have many things on my agenda to accomplish, so I'd better not waste any daylight! Have a good one!

A Happy Hello
Stamps: Celebrate Nature, Beautiful Day (Whipper Snapper Designs)
Cardstock: white (Neenah), Black OP (Bazzill), red (Gina K Designs)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)Accessories: Swiss Dots embossing folder (ProvoCraft), Nestabilities (Spellbinders).

Enjoy Your Day
Stamps: Woodland Critters (Whipper Snapper Designs)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron (Stampin' Up!), cream (Neenah), designer paper (October Afternoon)Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)Accessories: border punch (Martha Stewart), ribbon, brads (SU!), flower punch (Carl), button (Basic Grey).

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Congrats to......

...the winner of new stamps from Rubbernecker, who left a comment here on my blog during the blog hop this week! The winner is....

craftymom205 said...

Great cards. I especially like the first one.

craftymom205, there is no contact information attached to your profile, so I cannot reach you. Please email me (through my profile at the bottom of my blog) by Saturday, April 17th at 9:00 p.m. EST to find out how to claim your prize, or a new winner will be chosen!

Many thanks to everyone for the comments and visits! I appreciate hearing from you each and every day!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

All that Scraps Wednesday Challenge - Distressing

Greetings! Since it's Wednesday, that means we've got another challenge for you at All That Scraps! This week, we're so distressed! Wait, no... that's not right. We're getting distressed! On our creations, that is! Whatever you interpret as distressing on your card, that fits the bill today.

Stop by the ATS Wednesday blog for all the challenge details, and join us for the challenge! Remember, every week there is a new and exciting prize being offered and in order to be eligible to win, you card must include a stamp that is sold in the All That Scraps online store. Whether it is any of our wonderful in-house designers, or from the various other stamp companies that ATS carries, the choice is yours! Then be sure to link up your creation using Mr. Linky by next Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. EST and only one entry per person, please!

For my card, most of the distressing is done by way of using Ranger Distress Inks to shab it up a little. I also did pull out my not-often-used distress tool, and grunged up the edges of the Cool Caribbean panel behind the brown polka dots. Even my orange dotted ribbon got the distress treatment, as I sponged quite a bit of Vintage Photo ink on it.

The image I've used for my card is the newly released Swiss Pixie "Nora on a Swing." I'm so partial to stamp that involve swings lately, so I just had to have this one! I used Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #69 for the layout.

This card is actually going to go out to our Sunday School teacher's wife. She's under a lot of stress right now in her job, and I want her to know we're thinking about her and praying that things all work out for the best.

Thanks for stopping by again today! I appreciate your visits and comments very much!

Stamps: Nora on a Swing (CC Designs/All that Scraps)Cardstock: Cool Caribbean, Melon Mambo (Stampin' Up!), white (Neenah), designer paper (October Afternoon)Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug die (ProvoCraft), ribbon (Creative Impressions), glitter (Gary Burlin).

Color Throwdown #88

Another week has gone by and we're ready for another Color Throwdown. This week, after a little break spent moving, Kristin is back and is hosting the challenge with these pretty colors! I have to admit, I love me some orange but I had my doubts about this color combo. I didn't know what she was thinking, but now that I've used the colors, I LOVE this combo! I'll be turning to it again in the future, for sure!

I have used my Whipper Snapper "Think Happy Thoughts" cling set from Anna Wight. This was one of the newly released sets in March, and is such a great stamp set. I especially like all the sentiments this set comes with. I used some new October Afternoon Fly a Kite paper on my card, and that pretty flower is something new I recently got at the store. These are white hydrangea flowers from Petaloo, and I love them because I can color them with Copics to match my designs perfectly! I started out using the Mojo Monday sketch for my layout, but ending up drifting from the actual sketch somewhat, so it's a very loose interpretation! Smiley from
Stop by the Throwdown blog for all the challenge details, and then stop and see what my Throwdown sisters have created, too!

Danielle Kennedy (taking the week off)
Teresa Kline, April Guest Designer

Thanks for stopping by today! It's an especially special day for me as my hubby and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary. It's so hard for me to believe that I've been married for 20 years! What's even more incredible is that he's put up with me for that long! Smiley from

Happy stamping!

Stamps: Think Happy Thoughts (Whipper Snapper Designs)Cardstock: gray (Bazzill), So Saffron, Tangerine Tango (Stampin' Up!), white (Neenah), designer paper (October Afternoon)Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)
Accessories: ribbon, button (Stampin' Up!), flower (Petaloo), Nestabilities (Spellbinders), dew drops (Robin's Nest).