Showing posts from January, 2011

Recollections and Resolutions-LAD Team Challenge

It's Lizzie Anne Designs team challenge once again! This month our challenge was to create something based on a New Year's resolution. Personally, I'm not really into NYRs. I feel that if you need to make changes in your life, make them NOW rather than starting at some designated day. But, whatever works I guess. I really had to think long and hard on this subject. So many habits that I need to change, etc., but since my main focus lately has been caring for my MIL in her last days, I've really come to appreciate living life to the fullest. Therefore, my resolution is to be more adventurous in my life. Somehow when you hit the age of 50, you tend to become more timid about life. I want to challenge myself more, try new things, new experiences, travel to new places. These images from Lizzie Anne Designs "Lucky in Love" mix are perfect representations for this new adventurous
 spirit that I am aiming for. What are you resolved to do differently this year? For …

Dream Schemes Sketch #2-A Celtic Valentine

This week's Dream Schemes is our second sketch challenge. I went with a Celtic Valentine theme. The focal point Celtic Heart Knot was paste-embossed in glossy white on a Nestie die cut circle and framed with a second Nestie Lacey circle. On the main body of the card, the Love 2 stencil was embossed in part red and part black glossy pastes on designer print paper. Paisley ribbon and black rhinestones finish off the design. I apologize for the short post. I know those of you regulars are used to me rambling on and on. Life is just getting away from me right now. Been staying at my MIL to care for her, and crafting in my free time. Access to a computer has been sketchy, so on this one day that I ran home (a two hour drive), I decided to complete this project, photograph it, and pre-post for the blog. CHA is only a couple of weeks away, and I'm still hoping that I will be able to go and check out all the latest. For those of you that will be there, and for those of you who want t…

Let's Go to the HOP!!

Welcome to Stampendous! Rubber Stamps’ first official Blog Hop! We’re so excited that our stellar Design Team was up for this challenge so soon after the grueling work of producing all the samples for our January 2011 Catalog. Here’s your chance to see some really wonderful projects from BOTH the October 2010 Valentine, Easter, Spring Catalog (just uploaded to our website for your purchasing pleasure) and the January 2011 Catalog premiering at CHA at the end of this month (soon to be available in your local store for your wish list making pleasure). We’re so excited you can join us! There will be four prizes drawn at random from the eligible hoppers... We’ll give away two of the Busy Bunnies set from the October Catalog and two flower sets from the January Catalog!  All blog hoppers who comment on all the blogs will receive an email with a really cute bonus project and directions!!

Here are the
Official Rules:
1. Start the hop at the Stampendous! blogthen hop through all t…

Hop on over this Saturday!

What's this you say? These are sneaky peakies of what you'll see tomorrow! Stampendous will be doing an amazing blog hop this Saturday, beginning at 9 am EST. Be sure to start from the Stampendous blog and follow the "Hoppian Way", packed with cute stuff and inspiration for all your papercrafting. You'll have the opportunity to view some "sneak peaks" of brand new, soon-to-be-released images, as well as the opportunity to win one of four prize packages from Stampendous, plus each commenter will receive an emailed special project to create yourself with some of the new images. Come have a Hoppy Saturday with Stampendous!

Dream Schemes-Lesson Learned

Fortunately for me, this week for the Dreamweaver Stencil's Thursday Dream Scheme, is a free-choice week. Since I am going to be helping my MIL for awhile, it helped that I had a card on my computer that I hadn't posted as yet. It also helps that you cardmakers are moving into Valentine mode, which this card would obviously work for, or for a wedding, anniversary, or some other smoochy celebration. Now, here is where I have to admit that I made a big boo-boo when I created this card. I was attempting to use a version of the "Double Glitter" technique made popular by Dreamweaver Stencils, but I did a man thing...I didn't read the directions first! So, before attempting that technique, I HIGHLY recommend that you follow the instructions. Instead of using glitter, I used flock and embossing powder. This was NOT the boo-boo. Hmmm...I guess I'll tell you what I SHOULD have done, and then I'll tell you my mistake. First of all, you place a piece of double-sided…

Muchas Smooches!

The card for this post is based on the Monday Sketch Challenge designed by Joslyn Nielsen of the Lizzie Anne Designs team. What I love about her creations, is that she's never afraid to leave white/blank space on her cards. They always have a deceptively CAS look to them. I tried to do the same with my card, but as usual, it just didn't happen. I always feel like I need more...more color, more texture, more stuff. Maybe that needs to be one of my New Year's leave some blank space. On my cards, on my pages, in my home, and in my life. Hmmm. It's worth a try!
For this card, I tried to just stamp one heart on the white panel. Then I added a black heart, but that was like a gaping hole. So, I cut out a print heart center and adhered it on the fold for dimension. Still seemed like too much white space, so I cut another print heart in half and adhered each half on the sides. I intended to just stamp the sentiment three times across the card, but since they d…

A Hug and a Squeeze

Quickie post as I head down to take care of the MIL. This card was created for the Stampendous October catalog 2010, which featured new release stamps for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter. So many super cute designs with bunnies, Changito, owls, chicks, etc. Head over to the Stampendous site to view them all! I'm into a paper piecing thing lately, so I selected a variety of small prints. I free form cut the heart on the front, cut a white scalloped mat for it, and even punched 1/16" holes in all the scallops. Crazy, but cute. Changito Squeeze was stamped on five papers, some with pastel blue embossing to highlight the images. Parts and pieces were cut out and adhered to the image on the blue paper. A few bits were popped up with double-sided foam adhesive. This cutie would obviously make a fun Valentine card, but would also be perfect as a "just because" card. Who doesn't want a hug and a squeeze?

Perfectly Clear "Changito Squeeze"…

I'm a CHICK!

Yeah, I know you are either going, "Huh?", or "Duh!", am I right? But...I'm just a little excited! Today was the announcement on the InStyle Stamps blog of their latest design teams. I'm fortunate enough to be included with some amazing talent. There will be three teams...Chicks, Chickies, and Chicklets, and all will be having a blast creating with the InStyle Stamps designs, including brand new rubber stamps as well! For more info on their big announcement, head over to their blog. Keep checking back for new inspiration and new designs!

"It's a New Year, It's a New Day, It's a New..." LAD Singles Release!

Happy New Year! Happy Lizzie Anne Designs Singles Release Day. Hard to believe we are now in 2011. Why is it the older you get, the faster time seems to go by? Time is kind of my theme for today's post. Lizzie Anne Designs just released two new Singles stamps, "Love You a Latte" and "Wise Man's Treasure". Obviously, the second is the stamp that I am featuring. I love the old-fashioned clock/watch style of it, and somehow it made me think of a man's pocket watch, so that's what I created with it. For the vest, I used this Graphic 45 paper that I love (and just ran out of!). The pocket slits are actually strips from the Nestabilities "Wonky Squares". I
attached a chain from an estate sale grab bag to the stamped, cut out, and distressed image with brad fasteners, and tucked it into the "pocket". The edges of the "vest", as well as the rest of the card were distressed with ink as well, and I used a piercing tool to create …