Showing posts from February, 2011

iPhone Inserts by the Pampered Stamper!

My hubby just got me the latest iPhone with Verizon. Living where we do in the middle of nowhere, we have to have Verizon. Being serious Mac/Apple people, we were dying to have an iPhone. So, now we do. Love it!!! I'm constantly finding new ways it makes my life more convenient and fun. Today's post demonstrates that I can be creative with it as well. Right after we received our iPhones™, my hubby insisted we go out and by "skins" for them to protect them. I insisted on buying a clear one. Here is why...I can design, stamp, stencil, paper inserts for my clear "skin" to suit my mood, or season, or...just because I can! Using a piece of acetate I created a "template" of the shape for the insert. My first example uses Dreamweaver Stencils. The background was white cardstock (for this you want thinner) using the ink transfer technique of spritzing ink directly on the stencil ("Damask") and placing the paper directly on top. Th…

Beatnik Jugs...Can You Dig, Man?

I call this easel frame/card "Beatnik Jugs" because to me it has that 50's/60's beatnik vibe going. This was created using Stampendous' Perfectly Clear "Vases". The frame is made from chipboard, and was inked all over with Versamark before covering completely in white embossing powder. I did two layers of that. Then I wiped a small amount of talcum powder (prevents the embossing powder from sticking where you DON'T want it) over the surface before layering the stamped images and embossing in black for high contrast. The center portion was black linen cardstock, stamped and embossed in white. I stamped and embossed the sentiment and adhered it to  the back of a Tim Holtz Fragmentz charm. I used more of the black linen cardstock and created an easel for the frame to sit upright, punching the
 edge with my favorite EK edger/punch. I love the graphic look of this project, and the way the embossed surface of the frame created texture on the embossed vase…

Dreamweaver Sketch #3-Leaf Motif Tiles Card

This week for the Dreamweaver Stencils' Dream Schemes Thursday, we have a sketch challenge as seen to the left. Nice clean, simple lines right? You think I can keep it that way? Probably not. Lol. For my version, I ran my tan card through my Big Shot with the new Stripes stencil which embossed the stripes to add texture across the card. I then stenciled a portion of the stripes with green and copper inks down the left side. I had this Leaf Motif stencil that I had been wanting to play with. What's cool about this stencil, is that you can stencil both the negative and/or the positive images of the leaves. I stenciled with the same inks that I used previously on four punched squares, along with the sentiment at the bottom of the card. A jute twine bow was added to finish. The squares were popped up off the card using foam adhesive squares. Be sure to visit the rest of the team's blogs as listed at right, as well as the Dream It Up! blog, for more versions of this sketch. Th…

The Cure For the Winter Blahs!

Everyone seems to be getting itchy for spring, and this card is the perfect antidote to the winter blahs. Featuring some of Stampendous' new released Perfectly Clear images, bright pops of color, cute paper-piecing, all highlighted with white embossing around the edges. Nothing complicated here, maybe a little "fiddley" as my old friend and neighbor, Mrs. Frace used to say, but the end result is definitely worth it. Stamp and emboss several of the flower images on solid and print cardstock. Cut them out, layer and adhere them, popping some up with foam adhesive. The edge of pompom trim and bright buttons finish it off. 
Now, if you look at this card and think to yourself, "I could do something every bit as cute (or better)", then you need to read my previous post regarding the Stampendous Guest Designer BlogStars call out. Hop on it quick, because entries need to be to Stampendous by February 24th...that's THIS Thursday! Come on. Bring it on. Show us what y…


Feelin' crafty? Are your fingers perpetually covered in ink? When you remove your clothes at the end of the day, does glitter fall out? Do you wake up at two in the morning with a brilliant idea that you just have to get up and create? Then you need to read this:
Stampendous BlogStars - Guest Design Team Call
Stampendous is looking for 4 stampers in the blogosphere to serve for 3 months on our BlogStars Design Team. Every 3 months we'll put out a call for 4 new stampers.

What will BlogStars need to do?:
1. Create at least one blog post with a project or card each week during your 3 month term.
2. Complete and submit your post to Stampendous by Thursday of each week.
3. Post your project to your Personal Blog the following week.
4. Upload each project to various forums as requested.
5. Over the length of your term your posts should include one tutorial, one scrapbook page, and one 3D project. The rest of your posts may be any type of project you desire.
6. Upload your projec…

CASE-ing is the Sincerest Form of Flattery!

The Lizzie Anne Designs Team Challenge for this month, was to choose a project posted to the Sketchbook by another designer, and CASE it (Copy And Share Everything), with some change up. The first card was CASE'd from a fantastic card by Wendy Price, using one of the Little Bits sets called, "In the Parlor". Click HERE for the link to her version. For mine, I used the new set, "Teens and Tweens", kept the same color scheme and layout. The guitar was stamped and embossed in white repeatedly across the black panel. I added glitter pink brads between images instead of the rhinestones that Wendy chose. "You Rock" was more suited to the guitars, but I still lined up a row of bling underneath, and added a ribbon tie.

 My second card was CASEd from a card created by Joslyn Neilson, which you can find HERE. You've heard me rave about Joslyn before...I love her clean and simple style. Always pretty with a sense of whimsy. My version of her card uses the &…

Virtual Valentine Blog Hop Winners!

The winners have been randomly selected from the Virtual Valentine Blog Hop. Go to Taylor's blog for the complete list of winners and which blogs they won on. Thanks again for hopping our way, and much appreciation to Taylor Usry and her helper, Cyndi Bundy, for putting it all together. You gotta love all those wonderful sponsors for offering such awesome prizes!

Thursday Dream Schemes-Cocky With Kitsch!

Kellogg's® Corn Flakes does not have the only rooster in town. Dreamweaver Stencils just introduced this cocky fellow at CHA in January, and he is sooooo much fun to play with. I have to admit, roosters have really never been my thing. I inherited a pair of California pottery roosters from my mother and never knew quite what to do with them. Now I have a kitchen with all kinds of space above my cabinets to display all my antique kitchen gadgets and knick that's where they go. They're kind of starting to grow on me...just like this stencil did. A week ago I posted a bright colored card paste-embossed with him. Today's post has a more old-fashioned kitcheny-kitsch to it. This is a version of stenciling with a crosstitch appearance, but far less time-consuming. I placed the stencil down on the cardstock and taped just the top edge with removable tape to act as a hinge. This helps you to continually check your progress as you go. Next I taped down a piece of sc…

The Key to Happiness

If you landed here for the Virtual Valentine Hop from Cathy Wallington's blog, please scroll down to the February 14th posting, or click HERE.
 Today was my first opportunity to post the blog for Lizzie Anne Designs. Each week a Design Team member pulls design samples from the "Sketchbook" and writes up what they think is particularly cool about these. In most instances, the member will also post a new creation of their own as well. The theme I chose to work with was using the sentiment of the card for the focal point. Lizzie Anne Designs has some wonderful sentiments that are perfect for this...some sweet, some funny, some simple, some thought-provoking, for every occasion or for no occasion at all. I guess that is the category that my card falls into. Just a fun little message to make the recipient smile. This particular sentiment can be found in the November Mix, "Key to Happiness". I used some gorgeous background papers, a bit of red for interest, corrugator…

"Love, Love, Love...I Want Your Love"! (Apologies to Lady Gaga)

Welcome to the Virtual Valentine Blog Hop instigated and promoted by the most patient and creative person that I know...Taylor Usry. If you are just beginning your journey, be sure to hop over to her blog, The Quiet Moments, to start from the beginning...not a requirement, but far more organized. If you hopped here fromthe amazingCathy Wallington's blog, you are on the right track. Have you seen how many are taking part in today's hop? This is almost as big a love-fest as Woodstock...not that I would know...kind of before my time...sort of. Since I know you will be madly hopping and, of course, leaving lots of love along the way, I will refrain from giving you an abundance of details on my projects. However, if you have any questions regarding these projects, please leave your email address with your comments, and I will get back to you. I tried to cover each of the teams that I am fortunate enough to design for. The first card was created using Dreamweaver Stencils, with som…

Love for today, and Sneak Peeks for Tomorrow!

Ever have one of those mojo moments when you just happen to have the perfect scrap of paper, laying on top of another scrap of paper on your desktop, and you go hmmmmm...that could be cool? Well, this little project is one of those epiphanies. The background paper was something I was working with on a different project, only the opposite side (double-sided DP...gotta love it!), and the strip of black was sitting just under it. Since both scraps were long and narrow, this tag/pocket for a gift card idea came to me. I love black and gray with a punch of red. It works for everything and everyone, just like gift cards do! Of course, it would be easy enough to tuck "love" coupons inside, or a mushy note, but the gift card was handy as I'd just recently bought some to give to the many wonderful people who helped us while my MIL was so sick. I love the graphic simple look of this little quickie project. Will have to keep that in mind for future gifts.

Stampendous Scroll Heart …

Saturday Morning at the Paris Bistro!

Mon dieu!Since I missed out on the opportunity to play with the new release images from Lizzie Anne in time for the sneak peeks, I'm trying to make up for lost time now. I love the new Bonjour set of stamps...Eiffel Tower, Fleur de Lis, Bistro Set, and great sentiments to go with. I had the perfect background paper to create a harlequin look, which I stamped and embossed in gold the Fleur de Lis, as well as on the turned up corner. I stamped the Eiffel Tower on crumpled up kraft paper, embossed the torn edges, distressed the edges of the card. Finally, I stamped and embossed the Bistro Set on a Tim Holtz Fragmentz tag, and attached with twine and a ribbon. I had so much fun playing with this plan on more in future posts! Mais oui! Meanwhile, be sure to come back for another visit on Monday, the 14th, for the Virtual Valentine Hop. Great inspiration, great prizes, and lots of "LOVE-ly" creations!

Lizzie Anne DesignsBonjour stamp set
Versamark ink
Stampendous Pirat…

Monday the 14th-Virtual Valentine Blog Hop!

Come hop along with the over forty participants in the "Virtual Valentine Blog Hop", on Monday, the 14th, beginning at 8 am. So far, around twenty prizes are available for the hoppees. The more hopping that you do, and the more love you leave at each stop, increases your opportunity to win one of these great prizes including stamps from Stampendous, paper packs from Scrappy Chick Boutique, a gift certificate from Lizzie Anne Designs, and a stenciling gift pack from Dreamweaver Stencils, plus so much more! Mark your calendar, leave Post-its all over your house, tie a string around your finger...whatever it takes to remember to join in the fun!

Dream Schemes Colorway: Pink & Brown

This week's Dream Schemes challenge was a colorway, specifically pink and brown. I decided to keep in the Valentine mode, and chose the fun Cupid and the new release Tole Heart. Both were paste-embossed using a mixture of Pearlescent Embossing Paste and Cocoa Metallic F/X. Photography does not quite do this combo justice. There is a beautiful sheen which also seems to add to the texture of the paste. The background paper was created using the Damask stencil, also a new release at CHA last month. I used my Copic Airbrush System with a deep shade of brown and pink for the variations in color. I also airbrushed some extra color over the Prima flowers. A wispy effect from tulle and a satiny ribbon knot complete this card...just waiting for Cupid to deliver it to that special someone! Flit with him over to the rest of the Dream Team's blogs as well as the Dream It Up! blog for more inspiration using pink and brown and gorgeous stencils from Dreamweavers. Be sure to leave some comm…