Monday, November 29, 2010

Faux Suede Reindeer Card

Quickie post before I go to bed. Created for the Stampendous Holiday 2010 catalog released in July. Stamped on suede Contact paper and shading added.  Embellished with buttons, twine, and stitching. Distressing around edges and torn papers.

Perfectly Clear "Reindeer Swirls" from Stampendous (SSC1064)
Vintage Sepia Versafine from Tsukineko
brown Fabrico Marker from Tsukineko
Bazzill red cardstock
print papers
buttons, twine, suede Contact paper

Sunday, November 28, 2010

STMC34-Changito Cocoa Matchbook

The challenge this week at Stampendous was to create something with a holiday theme using either Fluffles or Changito. Since my week has been beyond wild, I chose to post something that I created for the 2009 holiday catalog using Changito Cocoa. Unfortunately, I only have this one view to show you, so you can't tell that this was done matchbook-style. In other words, the top yellow portion of the card tucks under the scalloped edge. This is a great style of card to create, as you can tuck a gift card, or in this case, a packet of cocoa inside. Another one of those simple, inexpensive ways to let someone know you are thinking of them during the holidays. Changito was stamped and watercolored on the white cardstock, and adhered over the french vanilla colored cardstock that had been stamped and embossed in black. The sentiment was also stamped and embossed and cut out to swing from the ribbon ties. Now remember, the Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge is open to all to play. Just upload your own creation to one of the online sites with a link back to the Stampendous Impressions blog and you could win one of two great prizes from Stampendous. For more inspiration, visit the rest of the design team's blogs as listed at right.

"Changito Cocoa" from Stampendous (D174)
Perfectly Clear "Merry Tags" from Stampendous (SSC1020)
Black ColorBox ink from Clearsnap
Midnight Black Embossing Powder from Stampendous (EP111)
Bazzill cardstock
print scallop-edged cardstock
staples, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 1/2" scalloped circle punch
cocoa packet

Friday, November 26, 2010

OMG! Lizzie Anne Designs Sale!

Hurry! Fix yourself your cup of cocoa with marshmallows, and sit down at your computer NOW! Lizzie Anne Designs is having an amazing sale this Thanksgiving weekend. Skip the Black Friday hoopla, and go online and buy one of each. The entire store is on sale 40% off! Yep, you read that correctly...the entire store is on sale 40% off Friday, November 26th thru Monday, November 29th. PLUS...with a $25 or more purchase, you get a free holiday "single" stamp image. If you need creative inspiration to help you decide which stamps to choose, check out the blogs of the rest of the design team as listed at right, the Lizzie Anne Designs blog, and the Lizzie Anne Designs web site Sketchbook. They have the most amazing variety of images...cute, sweet, feminine, masculine, nature, holiday, plus great sentiments for every occasion. If you choose to create something similar to the project for today's post, you'll need an empty coffee-a-ccino bottle (clean and dry), some cocoa mix, a couple tablespoons of espresso powder (for a mocha flavor), and a pile of marshmallows to fill 'er up! I stamped this darling sentiment and cocoa cup, colored the image with Copics, and added a sprinkle of glitter. The cup was cut out and dangles by the handle from a ribbon tie. The sentiment wraps around the bottle with a sweet ribbon bow. Makes a great quickie gift for co-workers, neighbors, or even as part of a gift basket including cookies and maybe a cute mug or two. To complete this project, you have to hop over to the Lizzie Anne website and order your own set of these darling stamps!

December Mix, "Warmest Thoughts" from Lizzie Anne Designs
Multi Ultra-fine Crystal Glitter from Stampendous (GM220U)
Rich Cocoa Memento ink from Tsukineko
Copic Sketch Markers
ribbon (Michael's)
pink safety pin
empty bottle, cocoa mix, espresso powder, mini marshmallows

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Dreamweaver Stencil's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Kick Off!

In honor of our Dreamweaver Stencil's Dream Team's very first Thursday Dream Schemes and Thanksgiving Day "Parade" of holiday inspiration, I decided to post this card featuring a parade of penguins. Our challenge this week from our fearless leader, Lynell, was to create a holiday card in non-traditional colors. This meant no red and green in any variety. So, I went with wintery white and blue, with the pop of black and some sparkle. For the background, I paste-embossed the Mosaic Swirls stencil over glitter paper for a frosty look. I paste-embossed in black matte the penguins on a white cardstock panel, and covered them in black glitter. When dry, I added soft color and shading with my Copic Sketch Markers. I cut around the end penguin for more of a feeling of movement, as if he were about to dive into those gorgeous swirls. The sentiment was paste-embossed in white and sprinkled with glitter on a corrugated panel of Bazzill Bling cardstock. For those of you who haven't tried paste-embossing with stencils, you are definitely going to have fun with this process. There are so many great colors to play with, and extra ways to embellish the paste...Dreamweaver's Metallic F/X for an iridescent shimmer, glitter, chalks, Paintstiks, inks, etc.
1) Use removable tape to hold the stencil down.
2) Apply the paste across the stencil with a palette knife as if icing a cake, smoothing off the excess.
3) Carefully remove the stencil and immediately clean with warm soapy water.
4) Add glitter over the surface immediately if desired. Set aside to dry for approximately 15-20 minutes for matte finish pastes, or 1-2 hours for glossy finish.
5) When dry you can replace the stencil in order to precisely apply the Metallic F/X, chalks, inks, or paints.

"Merry Winter" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LM252)
"Penguins" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LL560)
"Mosaic Swirls" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LJ901)
White (DEP) and Matte Black (DMBP) Embossing Paste from Dreamweaver Stencils
Multi Ultra-fine Crystal Glitter (GM220U) and Black Ultra-fine Glitter (GM365U) from Stampendous
Copic Sketch Markers
glitter paper, black and white cardstock, Bazzill Bling blue cardstock
double-sided foam adhesive
Be sure to follow the entire "parade" of amazing creativity by hopping to each of our talented team members as listed at right, and back to the Dreamweaver "Dream It Up!" blog. Remember to leave some sugar for each of us, and to hop back again each Thursday for our latest Dream Scheme!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Oh, Joy! A Dreamweaver's Announcement!

Oh, joy! This posting is an announcement of something new with the Dream Team at Dreamweaver Stencils. Starting on Thursday, the 25th, we will be posting as a team each week. We're calling it "Thursday's Dream Schemes". Since we are kicking it off this week, which also happens to fall on the Thanksgiving holiday, we are kicking it off in style with our own version of a "Thanksgiving Day Parade" of brand new holiday inspiration. If you haven't already started to create your holiday cards, tags, and projects, this can be your jumping off point. There will be oodles of great ideas for you. So be sure to join the parade on Thursday (after you eat too much and go into a tryptaphan coma, but before you plan your Black Friday insanity). There will be links to all the DT members so you can oooh and aaaah over all the yumminess.
For today's post, I created this card in frosty blues. I Nestie die cut a window in the panel to frame an acetate panel that I had stenciled "Joy" on using white embossing paste and glitter. The frame panel had been airbrushed with the Copic Airbrush System using several gorgeous shades of blue and lavender. I highlighted the snowflakes with my Quickie glue pen and more glitter. The lacy border at the bottom and the shimmery ribbon bow complete the look.

"Joy" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LL328)
"Snowflakes" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LJ819)
White Embossing Paste from Dreamweaver Stencils (DEP)
Multi Ultra-fine Crystal Glitter from Stampendous (GM220U)
Thermo Acetate from Stampendous (PC75)
Bazzill Cardstock
white cardstock
Fiskar Border Punch
Nestabilities Classic Ovals
ribbon (Offray)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

STMC33-Holiday Glow Ornament

 For this week's Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge, Wendy challenged us to create a holiday project, which could be inspired by many of the amazing projects that the designers at Paper Craft Planet have been posting with Stampendous holiday for a theme this month. Be sure to visit their site to check out their super clever ideas, as well as the rest of the Stampendous Design Team as listed at right. Remember, this is a challenge, so play along and post your own creation to one of the online sites (like PCP) with a link to the Stampendous Impressions blog. For my project, I started with one idea, and switched gears to create this ornament instead. My inspiration for this actually came from the card by Laura Frederickson of Scrapnextras, who won the very first Stampendous "Win Without Warning" contest. Her card used this same stamp, and her coloring was magnificent, so I could only hope to emulate her in that respect. I think I did fairly well. I colored with my Copic Sketch markers, added dots of Copic Opaque White, and Stampendous glitter (of course). The image was applied to Nestie Scalloped Circle and matted with a black
 one. This was repeated with a second set so that I could sandwich a flameless tealight in between. I cut a small hole in front for the bulb tip to stick through, and punched a small hole on the back part of the "sandwich", so that the on/off switch was accessible. I added a ribbon bow and gold cording to complete the look. I think it would be great to hang on the tree, or even the front door as a welcome to guests and family. Each of these tealights has a sixty-hour battery life, and most come with extra batteries. Guaranteed to add extra glow to your holiday projects, without the hazard of a real flame.

Cling "Holiday Light" from Stampendous (CRP030)
Tuxedo Black Memento ink from Tsukineko
Copic Sketch Markers, Copic Opaque White
Multi Ultra-fine Crystal Glitter from Stampendous (GM220U)
Nestabilities Large Scalloped Circles
flameless tealight (Costco)
ribbon, gold cording
3D glue dots

Friday, November 19, 2010

LAD Challenge-GNOME for the Holidays Wreath

 You can't be GNOME for the holidays without a wreath on your door! This month's Lizzie Anne Design's challenge, was to create a wreath or a banner. About a month ago I had this bizarre notion to create a wreath using all my scraps of ribbons and papers. About four hours later I had it completed! However, all the colors and prints provided a very busy looking wreath, which was a challenge to find a way to make the cute Lizzie Anne Designs be the focal point of this project. I broke out my Nesties and layered black scalloped circles with white circles (which I had run through with the Dotted Swiss Cuttlebug folder). I then cut two slits in the center so that a ribbon could be wrapped around the wreath and a candy cane and tied in a bow in front. I had so much fun coloring the bunch of little gnomes (December Mix "Warmest Thoughts"), because personally, I think they are like snowflakes...wait for it,...GNOME two gnomes should be alike! (babumpum.) Puffy Liquid Applique and glitter was added to the beards before I cut them all out and adhered them with glue dots to the centers of my candy cane features. I dangled a couple extra off of silver sparkly rick rack from the center and discovered something else cool about these little can put them back to back! That way if my dangles twist (sounds wrong, doesn't it?), then my gnomes still look cute as a bug's brassiere (yes, that was intentional). Be sure to check out the rest of the  Design Team's wreath and banner creations. You are sure to be inspired to create your own, so be sure to post it to the Lizzie Anne Designs Sketchbook as well as the Lizzie Anne Designs Facebook page.

December Mix "Warmest Thoughts" from Lizzie Anne Designs
 Tuxedo Black Memento ink from Tsukineko
Copic Sketch markers, Copic Opaque White
Liquid Applique from Marvy-Uchida
Multi Ultra-Fine Crystal Glitter from Stampendous (GM220U)
Nestabilities Classic Circles and Large Scalloped Circles
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
ribbon, rick rack, and paper scraps
twine, coated wire hanger
candy canes, glue dots

Thursday, November 18, 2010

LAD Sketch #151-Fall and Rise

 Every Monday, Lizzie Anne Designs does a sketch challenge, and for this week Lizzie challenged us with the sketch at left. Be sure to check out her version as well as the others posted on the Lizzie Anne Designs Facebook Page. Play along and post your own creation there. For mine, I used bands of ribbon, ruffled trim, and strips of white and black cardstock stamped and embossed with the cute vintage lace border from the new December Mix, "Warmest Thoughts". I'm so loving these mix sets as you get such a great variety of stamps. No one particular theme,  but images that can work together or apart, some for holidays and special occasions, and others that are wonderful for those everyday thinking-of-you cards. Be sure to check out the Lizzie Anne Designs site for the opportunity to sign up to receive these monthly mixes. You will find oodles of possibilities with these. Okay, back to business here...I stamped and cut out the hot air balloon, which just happened to be the perfect size to fit behind one of the Tim Holtz Fragments Tags (upside down). I tied a ribbon around it and adhered a pearl sticker for the balloon basket. The perfect sentiment was Nestie die cut and layered with black rhinestone accents and placed over a sheer ribbon bow. See what I mean by perfect images and sentiments that can work for any occasion?

December Mix "Warmest Thoughts" from Lizzie Anne Designs
Onyx Black Versafine ink from Tsukineko
Versamark ink from Tsukineko
Midnight Black (EP111) and White (EP100) embossing powders from Stampendous
Best Creation Basic Glitter Paper print
black, white cardstock
ribbons, ruffled trim
pearl and rhinestone stickers
Glossy Accents
Nesties Labels 4
double-sided foam adhesive

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More Warm Thoughts from Lizzie Anne Designs

 As promised, here is another creation from the new release of Lizzie Anne Designs, December Mix "Warmest Thoughts". A really appropriate name for this set when you see the four stamps that I used for this gift card. Don't you just love the marshmallow guy? The sentiment was inspired by a Johnny Mathis Christmas carol. So true as who doesn't love cocoa with marshmallows (or whipped cream...or both!) during the winter? So cozy! For this project, I stamped the cocoa cup with Rich Cocoa (perfect, eh?) Memento ink and colored with my Copics. I added white Liquid Applique to the marshmallows, heat it to puff, flattened them slightly, and added a little toasty color to them. The marshmallow dude was stamped randomly over a DP panel. I had some cute ribbon with the pinks, browns, and mint greens that I had used for coloring. The inside of the card has a little pocket to hold a packet of cocoa mix. (I found these Starbucks ones at Marshall's. They carried a variety of flavors, and I love the simplicity of their packaging.) I added the warm sentiment and another marshmallow dude that I had colored and glittered. This makes a
cute little quickie gift that won't break the bank, but let's the recipient know that you cared enough to create the very best (apologies to Hallmark!). Happy holiday stamping!

December Mix "Warmest Thoughts" from Lizzie Anne Designs
Rich Cocoa Memento ink
Copic Sketch Markers
Multi Ultra-fine Crystal Glitter from Stampendous (GM220U)
Bazzill Basics Bling pink cardstock
DCWV dark brown cardstock
white cardstock
print paper (unknown)
Liquid Applique from Marvy-Uchida
cocoa packet
double-sided ultra sticky tape
double-sided foam adhesive
ribbon (Michael's)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Lizzie Anne Designs December Mix Release Day!

 Hip hip's Lizzie Anne Mix Release Day! I had the hardest time trying to decide which of the wonderful stamps in the December Mix, "Warmest Wishes", that I wanted to feature today. As soon as I received these in the mail (after haunting the post office for three days), I sat down and created three cards and one gift project. I decided to post this one for release day. Having three men in my household (four if you count Smokey the cat), I'm in constant need of stamps for masculine cards. Therefore, I jumped at the opportunity to go with this monochromatic color scheme for this card. I spritzed the beige cardstock with rubbing alcohol and crumpled it before distressing the edges and brushing ink over the wrinkles to highlight them. I stamped the tree and sentiment on the panel before adhering it to my dark chocolate card with the houndstooth print paper, and finished off with the buttons and stitching with twine. I instantly knew who would be receiving this card for the holidays. My hubby and I have a great friend
 living in Montana who always loves my handmade Christmas cards, and living where he does, he loves the outdoors as well. I cut and folded a long beige panel to fit inside the card, and stamped the holiday sentiment over a soft-colored stamped tree image. Eric, you're going to love this! To all of you surfing in blogland, be sure to visit the rest of the Lizzie Anne design team as listed at right, as well as the Lizzie Anne blogsite for more inspiration. Then head to the Lizzie Anne site to order this great mix of stamps! Come back to see the rest of the cute stuff I've been creating with this new release, as I will be sprinkling them over the next few weeks.
December Mix 'Warmest Wishes" from Lizzie Anne Designs
Rich Cocoa and Sand Dune Memento ink
Bazzill Java cardstock, beige cardstock
Graphic 45 print
buttons, twine, needle, corner rounder
rubbing alcohol, sanding block

Saturday, November 13, 2010

STMC32-Tag...You're It!

 Welcome to week 34 of the Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenges! It was my turn this week to challenge you, so please play along. Remember to post your creations to one of the online sites with a link on the Stampendous Impressions blogsite. Visit the rest of our amazingly talented team for more inspiration and leave some love, we thrive on it! The challenge this week is to design six tags, all different and yet using the same elements. In my case, I chose the Perfectly Clear "Holiday Home" set of stamps. I added red Dot Sparklers for bling, and a sprinkling of my favorite glitter. I did a little paper piercing on each tag, added antiqued brads and used the same papers on each, but in different ways. I had a blast with my Nesties on this one, as you can probably tell. You can never have enough gift tags for the holidays, and Stampendous has oodles of great stamps and stickers to create them with. As you can see by the tags that I made, it's easy to have an unlimited
variety and therefore never become bored creating the same thing over and over...unless that is what floats your boat! Good luck with the challenge and remember, each week there are two winners that receive some great product from Stampendous!

Perfectly Clear "Holiday Home" from Stampendous (SSC1067)
Class A' Peel Dot Sparklers from Stampendous (AC672HSR)
Multi Ultra-fine Crystal Glitter from Stampendous (GM220U)
Cottage Ivy, Rhubarb Stalk, and Sand Dune Memento ink
Cosmo Cricket, Creative Imaginations, and DCWV papers
Creative Impressions Brad Fasteners
Nestabilities, Sizzix dies
piercing tool, Tsukineko dauber, twine

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Printed Poinsettia Card

Here's another version using that great Poinsettia stencil from Dreamweaver's Stencils. This one uses the inking-the-stencil-first technique. In other words, apply the ink directly onto the stencil before running the stencil and (in this case) printed paper through the Big Shot. The ink settled in the nooks and crannies and provides an extra highlight to the embossed image. The sentiment and the background were also run through the Big Shot to emboss. So easy and looks great! A few rhinestones and ruffled sparkly ribbon for bling, and voila! One more holiday card completed! Woo hoo!

"Poinsettia" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LG700)
"Big Dots" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LJ804)
"Happy Holidays" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LS93)
Rocket Red Brilliance ink from Tsukineko
Bazzill cardstock
Pebbles in My Pocket-Tree House Collection "Merriment"
MME polka dot print
rhinestones (Kaiser)
Big Shot, corner rounder
ribbon (Michael's)
double-sided foam adhesive

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mojo164-It's Cuppa Time!

Monday night I decided to play along again with Mojo Monday for this week, and chose to use a couple more cling stamps from Lizzie Anne's November Mix, "The Key to Happiness". This set has a couple of cute teapots and the little English expression, "Time for a Cuppa". The funny thing is that I wanted to go with a cute, kitschy kitchen look, so I chose this darling paper from October Afternoon. It reminds me of my grandmother's kitchen, except hers was aqua and light yellow. Anyway, what was funny about this was that after I completed the card, I went on the Lizzie Anne site to see what the rest of the team had created with these stamps, and lo and behold (strange expression), Anya had also used this same paper with one of the teapots! Great minds think alike! So, be sure to check out the sketchbook at LAD to see what she and rest of the gals have done with this darling set. As for version went something like this: Following the Mojo Monday #164 sketch, I stamped the teapot in Warm Red chalk ink on ivory cardstock and cut it out. The cute stripe is actually the coordinating back side to the other print, which I die cut with the Nesties, and scallop-matted with the aqua cardstock, and punched holes around the scallops. I also used the piercing tool around the edge of the circle to mimic stitching. These layered circles were then framed on the card with the red gingham square. The ivory card was run through the Big Shot with a Cuttlebug folder. All the elements were aged and distressed slightly with Antique Linen Distress ink. I even smudged ink on the ivory lace. The red velvet bow and the sentiment were the final additions. Now, go fix yourself a "Cuppa", and get stamping!

November Mix, "The Key to Happiness" from Lizzie Anne Designs
Warm Red ColorBox Chalk ink from Clearsnap
Antique Linen Tim Holtz Distress Ink
October Afternoon, "Thrift Shop" DP
gingham, ivory, and aqua cardstock
Nestabilities Classic Circles and Scallops, Shapabilities Labels Trio
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots
1/16" hold punch, piercing tool
velvet ribbon, ivory lace
American Crafts brad fastener
double-sided foam adhesive

Monday, November 8, 2010

Happy Snow Triptych

Here's another quickie post featuring a card previously made for the Stampendous Holiday '09 catalog. I plan on posting several from this particular catalog for a couple of reasons. Chances are unless you were a store owner and happened to have this catalog, you probably have never seen many of these samples. Also, I'm rather fond of them still, and had a lot of fun creating them! The focal point of this card is this cute "Happy Snow Trio", which were stamped and watercolored, and of course, I had to add pompoms on their hats! The three panels in the background were stamped with "Snowflake Symphony" and embossed using three colors of embossing powders. A simple ribbon knot and swirl paper clip complete the card. I would love to see what all of you are creating for the holidays, so please leave me a comment (I love comments) with a link to your latest creations!

"Happy Snow Trio" from Stampendous (M167)
"Snowflake Symphony" Perfectly Clear from Stampendous (SSC623)
Baby Blue Pastel (EP162), Lilac Pastel (EP182), and Blushing Pink Pastel (EP163) embossing powders from Stampendous
Multi Ultra-Fine Crystal Glitter from Stampendous (GM220U)
Versamark and Onyx Versafine inks from Tsukineko
Bazzill Basics cardstock
white cardstock
ribbon, swirl clip, pompoms (Michael's)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mojo163-Polar Flakes

I found myself with a tiny break in deadlines, so thought I'd play along with the Mojo Monday sketch for the week. Even better, it turns out that this is the week for the contest! In any case, even if I don't win, I've won anyway 'cuz I had so much fun creating this card and have now completed one more card for my stash of holiday cards to mail out! On top of that, most of this card was created from my "Kibbles & Bits" know, the stash you have of parts that didn't work for something else but too cute to throw away? I had previously made a card with the Stampendous "Polar Gifts" stamp and usually if I'm coloring one, I'll at least color one extra just in case. I had created the large flake using Dreamweaver Stencil's "Gothic Snowflake" with a new technique that I was trying. Using ink directly on the stencil, spritz with alcohol, run through the Big Shot with cardstock, and the ink colors the background leaving the stencil popping out. Pretty cool, huh? The panel on the bottom of the card was done in a similar way using the "Snowflakes" background stencil with remaining ink, and cardstock just laid on top. This way creates a more watercolor effect. Also cool. Of course, being the holidays and going frosty, I had to add some bling with the rhinestones, glitter, and a sparkly pompom. (Note: if you trim off the back of the pompom, it lays a little flatter.) I was really happy with the final design, so either's a winner!
"Cling Polar Gifts" from Stampendous (CRM248)
"Gothic Snowflake" from Dreamweaver (LL396)
"Snowflakes" from Dreamweaver (LJ819)
"Large Dots" from Dreamweaver (LJ804)
Multi Ultra-fine Crystal Glitter from Stampendous (GM220U)
Danube Blue Memento ink from Tsukineko
Copic Sketch Markers
French Blue, Prussian Blue, Aquamarine ColorBox
 Chalk ink from Clearsnap
ribbon, brad, pompom, rhinestones (Michael's)
double-sided foam adhesive

Saturday, November 6, 2010

STMC31-Little Dude Scrap Page

 Yep, it's Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge, week 31. So, Cyndi gave us a slightly bigger challenge this week...creating a scrap page with this suggested sketch to the left. I love to do scrap pages, but I have to admit, inside I was groaning. Scrap pages usually take me a looooong time. I want to find the perfect pictures. Then the perfect stamps, stickers, papers, and embellies. I have been in real holiday mode for at least a month now, but I had no holiday pics printed out (gotta get a new color printer). So I went through the pics that I did have, and came across this group of shots that my hubby took of our oldest son, Bryan, when he was about a year old. I was loved these pics as they captured all the many faces of Bryan. Bryan is now 24 years old, so these faces have changed a tad since then. It's always fun to go back and scrap those old memories. In this case I used the Perfectly Clear "It's a Boy" set. I recently bought this cute plaid paper, which I stamped and embossed the large star from the set using Pacific Blue embossing powder. Stampendous has the most amazing variety of colors of embossing powder! This was how I created my own embellies for this page. The extra stars and the brackets were embossed and cut out before popping up on the page. I created my own background paper by stamping the various toys for boys from the set. I created stamped and embossed blue borders as well with Lettuce and Chinese Red embossing powders. I added the
Velvet Ric Rac Class A' Peel stickers for the fresh clean look of a pop of white, and cute little buttons randomly over the page. Having the sketch layout already planned made this page come together a lot quicker than I thought it would. Now it's YOUR turn to play along. You know the drill...create your own page, upload it to one of the online sites, go to the Stampendous Impressions blog and leave the link to your design. You have the opportunity to win one of two great prizes! For more inspiration, be sure to check out the rest of the team's blogs as listed at right. Happy scrapping!


Perfectly Clear "It's a Boy" from Stampendous (SSC131)
Class A' Peel "Ric Rac Border" from Stampendous (AC653VW)
Pacific Blue (EP114), Lettuce (EP512), and Chinese Red (EP210) from Stampendous
Versamark ink from Tsukineko
Lime Pastel and Tangerine ColorBox Chalk ink from Clearsnap
Bazzill Basics green
white, orange, blue cardstock
KI Memories-Heirloom Paper Pack
Nestabilities Shapabilities Label Trio
buttons, jute twine
piercing tool
double-sided foam adhesive