Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Skipping Stones Designs Inspiration Challenge!!!

Good morning!!
Today is Tuesday and that means an Inspiration Challenge from the Skipping Stones Designs Design Team!!!

While the rest of the team followed directions and was creating with this months Featured Set, Cupcake Cuties, I decided to not bother with instruction and just go with the picture.  *SORRY REST OF THE TEAM*




















I realized this mistake as I was sitting down to write my post and happened to glance at my Google Reader and saw some of my teammates posts regarding Cupcake Cuties.  Oh well, one of these days, I will figure it out! Ha!!

I was inspired by our darling photo this week and created THIS.....










     

















I used two different sets,  Breathtaking Butterflies and Pumkin Seeds Sentiments.  I stamped the card panel with Pumkin Sentiments with Brilliance Moonlight White and Turquoise Gem Versamagic inks.  I then stamped a solid butterfly from the Breaktaking Butterfly set on white card stock and stamped the matching butterfly image on music score tissue paper.

I followed along with today with Paper Craft Planet's Sketch Challenge, created by our own Wendy Price.





















I hope you can find the time in this crazy summer to play along!!!
Link up your original creation to the Skipping Stones Designs blog for your chance to win a free set of stamps!!





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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Stampendous! NEW RELEASE Week Blog Hop!!!

Have you been following the Stampendous team this week as we showcased the new Stampendous Release?  Talk about knock your socks off amazing!!!  I am so proud to run in this crowd of talented ladies!!!  If you just came from Suzanne's blog, you're in the right place!!

I created this 3D Card using the new Cling Jumbo Amaryllis.
























Instructions
Stamp focal image twice on white cardstock and color both images with preferred coloring medium. 
Cut flowers out from one of the images and set aside. Trim the second colored image to fit front of card panel. Cut coordinating card panel for focal image mat. Adhere mat, colored image onto card base.
Adhere the flowers that are cut out on top of the other colored flowers on card panel with a Glue Dot. Bend flower petals to for dimension. Apply Glossy Accents to flower petals for a glaze look.
Stamp border stamp from Cling Jumbo Amaryllis stamps set onto crepe ribbon with Olive Stazon. Place a strip of double sided tape onto card from and adhere ribbon to double sided tape. Apply pearls at the end of the ribbon and the center of the flowers. 



Supplies
Stamps: CRS5057 Cling Jumbo Amaryllis
Paper: Classic White Solar Crest (Neenah), Clay and Hilary (Bazzill Basics Paper)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Olive Green Stazon (Tsukineko), R000, R22, R24, Y000, G40, G43, G46 (Copic Sketch Markers)
Extras: Adhesive Pearls, 1.5” Crepe Ribbon (Creative Impressions), Glossy Accents (Ranger), double sided tape (Elizabeth Crafts Designs)


Thank you for taking the time to stop by today!!!





Taylor Usry (has additional blog candy)
Lea Kimmel (has additional blog candy)
Pam Hornschu (has additional blog candy)
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps Friday Digi Challenge!!


It is time for another Sweet ‘N Sassy Digi Challenge!!
Hope you are ready for playing along with us!


Today’s challenge is:
*Flag, You're It!*
 Use flags/banners for your project

Just a few things to keep in mind as you play.... 
Please use digital images ONLY for the challenge.


~You don't have to use SNS digi images to play along but we sure do love when you do!
~Please share a link to your creation using the Linky Tools feature at the end of this post. If Linky Tools is down, please add a link with your comment. 


~When uploading to online galleries, please use keyword SNSDC64.
 Now that the specifics have been shared, here are some samples to help get your creative juices flowing. 


I used my Tim Holtz Distress Markers for the first time on the fairly new,  Gold Finch Collage Digital Stamp.  It turned out "different"  I may need to practice a bit before I through something on a project.
The sentiment is from the Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps set Rose Collage.
My banner is a Spellbinders die.




Now that you've been inspired,
grab your digi stamps (SNSS Digis if you have any) and show us your creation!!

Every card you enter throughout July, you will get one entry to be eligible for winning 3 digis of your choice from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps store. Be sure to play along every week.


 One of the featured participants throughout July will also have a chance to be a Guest Designer for the month of September! 
Every week, we spotlight one participant who uses SNSS digi images for their card or project.
We strongly think those of you who love to use our digital images should be recognized a little more.
  

Have you checked new Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps Digi Challenge FACEBOOK page? We will give away THREE digital stamps (3 winners, each gets 1 free digi of their choice) when we get to 100 LIKES!!


And Lastly, our July Digi Release Blog Hop winner is ...

Congratulations!!


Please E-mail to Ceal

(Insert “SNSS Digi winner” in the subject box of your mail) to claim your free digis!!







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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Stampendous July 2012 Release Week!!!!

Welcome to Day Three of our FABULOUS Stampendous Designer's showing off all of the fabulous new stamps that Stampendous just released in Chicago!!

Today I am going to share Stampendous! Cling Kiddo Hayride...




















This was such a fun image to color!!  I spent so much time on perfecting the color of the straw, when in the end I covered it with the TWO new colors of Stampendous Color Fragments,  Carmel and Ochre.

I made my own straw (with the help of more Color Fragments for the road and my own grassy lane between the tires with Stampendous Green Glass Glitter.

Supplies: 
Paper: Bazzill
Stamps: Cling Kiddo Hayride (Stampendous)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Copic Sketch Markers
Extras: Carmel, Ochre Color Fragments, Green Crushed Glass Glitter (Stampendous)


A few of my teammates are showing off new products from Stampendous as well! Not only do some of them have their own blog candy, Stampendous will be drawing a winner for this great prize pack.



How do you win it? It's easy! One of the featured bloggers today will be choosing a random commenter from her blog, and that lucky person will be announced on the Stampendous blog tomorrow. The more places you leave a comment, the better your chances are to win! Below is the list of team members who are sharing inspiration today:

Stampendous Impressions
Lynn Mercurio 
Cyndi Bundy
Susie Moore
Lea Kimmel
Wendy Price

Melinda Gleissner
Wendy Jordan



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Monday, July 23, 2012

Stampendous! JULY 2012 RELEASE!!!

Good morning!!
Welcome to Stampendous! RELEASE WEEK!!
I can tell you, the entire Stampendous Team has been so excited for this week and to finally show the world this fabulous release!!

Without further a do....


The Cling Holly Basket stamp was such a fun stamp to color!!!  I embellished the stamp with fun dies from Spellbinders and a giant May Arts ribbon that screams Christmas!!

Stampendous! New Release stamps will start showing up in your local stores any day and will be available online very soon!!!


A few of my teammates are showing off new products from Stampendous as well! Not only do some of them have their own blog candy, Stampendous will be drawing a winner for this great prize pack.




How do you win it? It's easy! One of the featured bloggers today will be choosing a random commenter from her blog, and that lucky person will be announced on the Stampendous blog tomorrow. The more places you leave a comment, the better your chances are to win! Below is the list of team members who are sharing inspiration today:

Stampendous Impressions
Cyndi Bundy (has additonal blog candy)
Kristine Reynolds
Jennifer Dove
Taylor Usry (has additional blog candy)
Jan Garber
Wendy Jordan
Lea Kimmel
Rhea Weigand
Wendy Price





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Friday, July 20, 2012

Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps Christmas In July Digi Release

Welcome to Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps Christmas in July Digi Release and Blog Hop.  If you just came from Stephanie Wright's blog, your in the right place.  If you just so happened upon my blog today, start at the Sweet 'N Sassy Digi Challenge Blog to complete the Hop in it's entirety. 


This month Sweet 'N Sassy is really knocking your socks off with these fabulous must have images!!!

poinsettia-watermarked

immanuel-watermarked


and so many more!!!!



I chose to color the Sweet 'N Sassy Digi, Poinsettia.  I colored two and cut them both out.  The second image I only cut the flower out and added to the second image which had the beautiful leaves.

The Copic colors I used are R32, R35, R37, R39, G40, G43, G46.

Every card you enter throughout July, you will get one entry to be eligible for winning 3 digis of your choice from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps store. Be sure to play along every week. 

Every week, we spotlight one participant who uses SNSS digi images for their card or project.

One of the featured participants throughout July will also have a chance to be a Guest Designer for the month of September!

We strongly think those of you who love to use our digital images should be recognized a little more.
  Here is our Spotlight from last week's challenge (SNSDC62) - Fun Folds!

 Have you checked new Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps Digi Challenge FACEBOOK page? We will give away THREE digital stamps (3 winners, each gets 1 free digi of their choice) when we get to 100 LIKES!!

Now run off to see something amazing at Korin Sutherland's blog!!





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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dreamweaver Stencils Summertime Challenge!!!

Good morning and welcome to Dreamweaver Stencils Thursday!!

Today I am sharing a project that I made for Dreamweaver Stencils May Release.



































Here are the supplies that you will need:

A few instructional steps:


Lay your craft mat on your work surface and place a few drops of different Color Solutions Alcohol Inks  on the craft mat.  Place your glossy card stock, glossy side down into the ink.    Swirl the glossy paper into the inks, you can pick up the card stock and place it is a different direction if you choose.  The idea is to get coverage on all over the paper.  Color Solutions Inks are Alcohol so they will dry very quickly.


Once your Color Solutions Alcohol Inks are dry, place the stencil of your choice over the inks and paste emboss with Glossy Black Embossing Enamel.  While the paste is still wet, sprinkle Metallic FX over the wet paste and set aside to dry.  Once dry, the excess will shake off easily with a Glitter Magnet.


Using your die cut machine, dry emboss the card base.  The sandwich formula I use for Dry Embossing  Stencils in my Vagabond and Big Shot is: platform, stencil, paper, rubber embossing mat, and two acrylic plates.   The same sandwich also applies to the Cuttlebug.  


Supplies:
Stencils: Flourish LJ896, Delicate Star Flower LL3027 (Dreamweaver Stencils)
Paper: Glossy  & White (Bazzill Basics Paper)
Inks. Thistle & Green Gourd Color Solutions Alcohol Inks (Dreamweaver Stencils)
Metallic FX: Ivy Green (Dreamweaver Stencils)
Embossing Paste: Glossy Black Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver Stencils)


I hope you have a chance to try this technique, with our Summertime theme challenge!!  Upload your summertime card to Dream It Up blog for a fun prize!!


Here is a sneak peek of one of the stencils that we are presenting to the retailers at CHA Summer (our bi-yearly trade show). And you could win this stencil if you join our challenge. We are giving away two. A #1 prize to the person who best interprets the challenge and #2 winner for best use of Dreamweaver products. So see?....you don't even have to use Dreamweaver products (of course we are thrilled when you do.)








Don't forget to visit the other team members for more Summertime inspiration.


Lynell Harlow
Pam Hornschu
Laura Drahozal
Liz Martin
Georgia Sommers
Lee Kellogg
Kristi Van Doren
Jessie Hurley
Louise Healy
Cherylynn Moser
Terrece Siddoway


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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Skipping Stones Design Inspiration Challenge #136

Good morning!

Welcome to Skipping Stones Designs Inspiration Challenge #136!!

Here is your inspiration...















I love these colors and this MAP!!


Here is how I answered this challenge....




















I used the fabulous SSD Victorian Summer set.  Gosh I love this set.  You can never go wrong using it.

I added some Distress Inks to the background paper, and in true distress fashion, sprayed it with water to blend the colors together!!

Would you like more INSPIRATION??  Check out what the fabulous design team has created this week...

Katie Gehring

Karen Baker

Wendy Price

JoAnn Valderama

and our guests

Laurel Seabrook

Deb Felts

Now it is your turn to inspire us!!  Using our Inspiration photo, create and upload your creation to the Skipping Stones Designs Blog.  Next week a winner will be chosen at random to win a free set of stamps!!!

I also need to announce the WINNER of Cupcake Cutie, Skipping Stones Designs Featured Set of the Month.

Drum roll please....AMANDA!!!! Congrats!!!

Send me an email with your mailing address and I will get your set sent to you right away!!

Have a beautiful day!

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Stampendous & EnviroTex Resin Finally Meet!!

We're so happy you found us today! We've been enjoying the fun crafting potential of combining our fantastic stamp images with EnviroTex Jewelry Resin from Environmental Technologies. 

We've prepared some fantastic projects to inspire you today.  We hope you'll run over to your local Michaels or other craft store and pick up some resin and some Stampendous stamps and get playing. 

I want you all to know, that it took me longer to plan these projects than it did to make them.  The resin takes quite a while to cure, set and get solid.  

I started with a Tim Holtz Fragment that has a hole in the top for a jump ring.  I stamped Psalm 46:10 from the Stampendous Inspired Verse Perfectly Clear Set (SSC066), onto the clear fragment with Stazon Ink from Tsukineko.  I let the ink sit for a moment, and I mixed my resin together and added just a hint of Silver Halo Glitter to the resin for a slight sparkle.

I started adding resin with the stir stick that is provided in the EnviroTex Resin package. The resin applied almost with the same consistency as honey.  



The amazing thing about resin, was I was able to move it around the area I wanted to be protected and it never poured off the edge.  It is thin enough to apply, but thick enough to not run everywhere.


Carmi sent this darling leopard bottle cap with our resin.  I love leopard print, so I mixed Stampendous Black, Champagne, Bronze Crushed Glass Glitter  and Gold Halo Glitter together, trying to mimic the colors of a leopard with the Crushed Glass Glittter.  Here is a quick and shiny refrigerator magnet.


Here is this sparkler in action...



Carmi Cimiata of the Resin Crafts Blog has helped us learn so much about how this product works, what it can and cannot do. We're so appreciative of her and the folks at ETI who sent us all some resin to play with. {big round of applause!}  

If you make something fun, please take a picture and put it on our Facebook page! We'd love to see what you're doing! 

As you visit each blog, you'll be entered in our drawing for a great prize package when you leave a comment! If you don't tell us you were there by commenting, we can't include you in the drawing! We'll pick a winner from today's comments separate from the commenter's throughout the week. Get hopping!




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Friday, July 13, 2012

Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps Friday Digi Challenge


Happy Friday everyone!!


It is time for another Sweet ‘n Sassy Digi Challenge!!
Hope you are ready for playing along with us!


Today’s challenge is:
*FUN FOLDS*
 Use a creative fold in our creation!!!


Just a few things to keep in mind as you play.... 
Please use digital images ONLY for the challenge.


~You don't have to use SNS digi images to play along but we sure do love when you do!

~When uploading to online galleries, please use keyword SNSDC62.

I used this digital die cut from my Silhouette Cameo.  This 6 x 6 card was completely cut out and perforated using my Silhouette Cameo.  

I used this beautiful sentiment from the True Friends Digi Set.
What a great set for all your friends.

The inside of the card with the sentiment, corners punched with a Martha Stewart beauty and border dies from Spellbinders.


The greeting card opened.



All folded up and ready to be sent to my BFF.


Thanks you so much for taking a peek today.  
Check out what how the rest of the team "folded up" this challenge.


Every card you enter throughout July, you will get one entry to be eligible for winning 3 digis of your choice from the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps store. Be sure to play along every week. 

Every week, we spotlight one participant who uses SNSS digi images for their card or project.

One of the featured participants throughout July will also have a chance to be a Guest Designer for the month of September!

We strongly think those of you who love to use our digital images should be recognized a little more.
  Here is our Spotlight from last week's challenge (SNSDC61) - Beach & Sand!
 Have you checked new Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps Digi Challenge FACEBOOK page? We will give away THREE digital stamps (3 winners, each gets 1 free digi of their choice) when we get to 100 LIKES!!
Add the direct link to your project below!



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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Dreamweaver Stencils Summertime July Challenge

Good morning,
Thursday again and the Dreamweaver Stencils team is showcasing their July challenge, Summertime projects!!

This week I chose a new technique just brought to us by a wonderful artist Jenn Dove, called Molten Magic.  It is a fun mix of embossing paste, Metallic FX and heat.





Here is a closer look...





















Here is a quick step by step:

Paste emboss your stencil with Pearlescent Embossing Paste.  While the paste is still wet, apply Metallic FX as desired.  Heat paste until it bubbles and drys.  The bubbles will add gorgeous texture to your image.

Supplies:
Stencil: LL585 Romantic Rose (Dreamweaver Stencils)
Embossing Paste: Pearlescent (Dreamweaver Stencils)
Stamps: Stampendous July 2012, 
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko), Distress Ink (Ranger)
Extras: Metallic FX (Dreamweaver Stencils), embossing powder (Stampendous)
Die Cuts: Silhouette Cameo



Here is a sneak peek of one of the stencils that we are presenting to the retailers at CHA Summer (our bi-yearly trade show). And you could win this stencil if you join our challenge. We are giving away two. A #1 prize to the person who best interprets the challenge and #2 winner for best use of Dreamweaver products. So see?....you don't even have to use Dreamweaver products (of course we are thrilled when you do.)




Don't forget to visit the other team members for more Summertime inspiration.


Lynell Harlow
Pam Hornschu
Laura Drahozal
Liz Martin
Georgia Sommers
Lee Kellogg
Cyndi Bundy
Kristi Van Doren
Jessie Hurley
Louise Healy
Cherylynn Moser
Terrece Siddoway


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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Skipping Stones Design Challenge #136 and a NEW RELEASE!!!



Good morning!!  Welcome to Skipping Stones Designs Inspiration Challenge and the release of Darling Damask.

This is a beautiful set.  I could see this set making elegant greetings, even wedding invitations.

I made a very quick card this week.  I made my own version of Washi Tape with paper medical tape.  I simply stamped in London Fog ink right on the paper tape.  Ha!  Easy.



Our Inspiration for this week came from this beautiful picture....


I can't wait to see how you answer this week's challenge!!  Link you original creation to the Skipping Stones Designs blog for your chance to win a free set of Darling Damask.

Do you need some more inspiration?  Check out these fabulous gals...




This week I will be giving away a set, just for leaving a comment on my blog.  July's featured set of the month is Cupcake Cutie's, so I think I will give that set away.  Please leave a comment here by July 15th at midnight MST and I will draw and post the winner next Tuesday (July 17th) on my Skipping Stones Designs post.



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