Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Loving Couple with The Stampsmith

Hi Everyone,
Boy, I seem to be so busy lately.  I have a bunch of things ready to go out for magazine submissions.  That takes up a lot of time.  I have to run out to the Post Office today and send them on their way.  I have squeezed in some Design Team projects too.  I have one of those for you today.  I used on of the images from the "Shall We Dance Sheet" from The Stampsmith.

Great images!  I stamped on glossy white CS with black dye ink.   Well, here take a look.

I dry embossed a peice of greenish gray CS (TPC) with a Tim Holtz Texture Fade.  I cut out the inside space made by the dry embossing with a craft knife.  I roughed up the cut edges with an emory board.  I crumbled the piece up and smoothed out.  I distressed heavily with Forest Moss and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.  I used this piece as a frame for the stamped image.  I glued to a dark brown (Bazzill) card.  Next step is to make the hearts.  I stamped one of the images from the "Love Notes" full Sheet.

I stamped with Vintage Sepia Versa Fine ink on glossy white CS.  And, then cut out the hearts.  Here is a close up.

I tied a sheer brown ribbon around the card.  The hearts are glued on with Fabri-Tac glue.  I added Two Prima Flowers and some pearls.  This would be a great wedding or anniversary card.   

I am also entering my card in the 

Have fun stamping!  I better get going to the Post office.  Have a great day.  Love ya.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

More Distress Stain Ideas-Stamp Using Stains 3

Hi Everyone,
I have posted part 3 of my Stamping With Distress Stains on the Blockheads Design Blog.  All the materials and step by step directions are posted there in the tutorial.  Here is the project from the tutorial.

And a detail photo.

This is the inside.  Lots of room for a note or I can add an appropriated sentiment.

Hope you have enjoyed my three tutorials on Stamping with Distress Inks.   I trust you are having a great weekend.  Take some time to get out your stamps and stamp a way!  Love ya.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

More Distress Stain Ideas-Stamp Using Stains 2

Hi Crafty Gals!
I have posted the second part of my Stamp Using Distress Stains on the Blockheads Design Blog.  There is a step by step tutorial over there.  Click over for all the materials and instructions.  There are lots of other great projects there too from Stacey and Leigh.  I made this Fishie project that was stamped with Distress Stains.  This is really a cool technique with lots of "scope".

Here are some detail shots.

And how about a sneaky peek of tomorrow's tutorial?  It is a card covered with daisies.

See you tomorrow with the third and last installment of the Stamp With Distress Stains!  Have a great day!
Love ya.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Ideas For Using the New Distress Stains Part 1

Hi Everyone!
I have a new tutorial posted on the Blockheads Design Blog.  I am showing  the results I achieved from stamping with Distress Stains.  There are step by step instructions there.  So click over and see how I stamped with  the Stains.  Sooo fun.   Just another way to make good use of all your supplies!  Here is the card I made.

And this is how I finished the inside.

I will have another installment of "Stamping with Distress Stains" tomorrow on the Blockheads Design blog.
Sneaky peek of tomorrow's tutorial:

Check out the uber cute Mini Sewing Bag that fellow Design Teamy, Leigh made.  She has even included the template for you!!  Awesome as always!!

So see you tomorrow for part 2!!  Have a great day!  Love ya.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Third Coast Rubber Stamps New Halloween Stamps Released

Hi Everyone.
I have a great Halloween card for you today!  I have used on of the new Third Coast Rubber Stamps Halloween images.  This image is called Witch Bathing.    I love this image.  I like to call this my Girly Witch card.
 My thinking was that this witch would have a very girly bathroom.  Hence the pink wallpaper.   She is taking a bubble bath after all.  LOL

Card Size: 6” x 5 ½”
  1. Stamps: Witch in Cauldron and Cauldron Sentiment – Third Coast Rubber Stamps.  
  2. Card Stock: White from Staples; Dusty Durango, Lavender Lace, Basic Black from Stampin’ Up; Solar White from Neenah Classic Crest.
  3. Ink: Tuxedo Black from Memento; Emboss It from Ranger.
  4. Embellishments: Self Stick Gems from Darice; Dusty Durango Ribbon from Stampin’ Up.
  5. Other: Copic Markers; Labels Four (S4-190) Spellbinders Nestibilities; Black Super fine Embossing Powder from Ranger. 

Make a top fold card from White CS and completely cover the card front with Black CS.  Layer the card with Lavender Lace CS.  Cut a piece of Solar White Classic Crest CS; stamp Witch with Tuxedo Black ink.  Color the Witch image with Copic Markers.  To make wallpaper: draw lines with a Pink Copic Marker.  Make the floor by coloring in the bottom of piece with the chisel end of a brown Copic Marker.  Cut a piece of Black CS and glue the stamped piece to it.  Wrap the ribbon around this piece and tie in a bow.  Add stamped piece to the card front using dimensional adhesive.  Apply the self stick Gems to side edges of stamped piece.   Cut a slit in the top fold spine of card.  Stamp the sentiment on Dusty Durango CS with Emboss It ink; heat emboss with Black embossing power.  Cut with die and insert in the slit at top of card.  Apply a little glue to tag so that it is adhered to the back side of the front of card.  

Here is a peek at the inside.   Just add a Happy Halloween on the inside and what a great card for all my girl friends.

Isn't this a fun card!!??  Well, now I have to make a whole bunch of them.  LOL
Hope you are having a great  week.  Love ya.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Winner of the Blockheads Faux Fabric Challenge

We have a WINNER!!!   Random generator pick #4 - Susan Suds!!!!  Susan has won a $25 gift certificate to Blockheads Paper Arts!!  Here is Susan's Entry.  Her project uses the Faux Denim Technique.   Wow, Susan really rocked our Challenge!!  Great job Susan!!

CONGRATS SUSAN!!!!   GRAB THE WINNER GADGET.  Please email me to claim your prize.


I will be posting a new tutorial on the Blockheads blog later today or tomorrow showing you ways to use the new Distress Stains.  They are really fun to work with and I have some cool samples for you.  So, check back later for that.  Have a great day!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Blockheads Challenge #2 on Facebook


This is a sticky post and will remain at the top while the challenge runs: August 1-21.  Please scroll down for my new posts.  

Hi Everyone!
Today is the start of the Blockheads Challenge #2 on Facebook.  I am hosting this challenge and have selected the theme.  I have been doing a series of tutorials on the Blockhead's Design blog.  I thought it would be fun to base the challenge on the series of Faux Fabric Techniques that were posted on the blog.

Your challenge is to create a project that incorporates a Faux Fabric Technique.  You can use one of the ones I did or any other Faux Fabric Technique you may enjoy doing.  

You will have THREE WEEKS to complete your project.  Please link it up on the Blockheads Facebook Page by August 21.  You may use any stamp manufacturer, but there is a bonus for using Blockhead Stamps.   One participant will be chosen at random to receive a $25 gift certificate to Blockhead Paper Arts.  Stacey, owner of Blockheads Paper Arts, has also added a  bonus of $15  if you  use Blockhead Stamps.  So, that  is a $40 gift certificate for using Blockhead stamps on your project!!  Wow.  How cool is that.  Stacey, you really rock!!  

Now, to get you started, I have some links and photos for you.  There are detailed instructions on the Blockheads Design Blog for the Faux Fabric Techniques.
These are the tutorials that I posted with their links:
Faux Silk

Faux Linen

Faux Batik

That should give you lots of ideas.  I am so excited to see your interpretation of the techniques.  Okay, so check out the instructions and create your project.  Be sure to link it up on the Blockheads Facebook Page!!
Have fun!! Love ya.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Child's card With Stampavie and Copics

Hi Everyone,
How is your weekend going?  I have to get this post in before going out and mowing the lawn.  I made this cute card using a stamp from Stampavie.  The image is stamped with black dye ink and colored with Copic markers.

I used a Spellbinders to die cut the image and one layer of Aqua CS (Bazzill).  The card base is made from the same CS. This paper was in a blog candy and I don't have the source, but it was perfect for this card.  I added a polka dot ribbon and some gems for accents.

Hedgie in the Rain is entered in the following challenges:
I Copic Lover: blog hog and Children's themed Challenge
I Copic Lover: Color Challenge -Blue and Orange
Stampavie and More: Card for a girl
Copic Creations: Use Blue/Green Copics

Well, I guess that is it for my today.  Have a super weekend!  Love ya.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hostess Gift Set with Impression Obsession

Hi Again!
Wow, I am back again today.  I wanted to post this cute little Hostess Gift set.  I made this for the Impression Obsession Challenge which was  to make a Hostess Gift.  

Stamp:  Zinnias  E2313  
I gathered up some pastel scraps of CS and, used two Sizzix dies to cut the cards and matching envelopes.
Here are all the cards together.


I used a dark brown marker to stamp sections of the stamp.  I only wanted one flower on each card.   I stamped on a square of white CS and added to the inside of each die cut card.  I colored with markers and a blender pen.


I stamped the full image on the envelopes in a light ink color.

And, here they are all wrapped up with a ribbon.  I think this would also be a nice party favor too.

Okay, now that really is it for me today.  Again, I hope you have a great weekend!!  Love ya.

Stampsmith Lovely Lady

Hi Everyone,
Today, I have a Lovely Lady image from The Stampsmith.  This image is from my new set: Flappers #3.  I thought that this image looked like a high school graduation picture.  So, I used some papers that were reminiscent of school.  The image is stamped with black dye ink on glossy white CS.

The card base is made from Not Quite Navy CS from Stampin' Up.   The DP is from TPC Studio and I included the one that looks like graph paper...the school feel.  The sentiment is from the Stampsmith set Those Were The Days.

I added a touch of color to the flower with Broken China Distress ink.  For accents, I used a  piece of lace with adhesive on the back from Hero Arts, a wide sheer gold ribbon , and beige pearls from Kaiser Craft.  I left the inside fairly plain so I could write a nice note.  The inside:

Well now, how about a few challenges for my Lovely Lady.

Simon Says Stamp and Show: Bling.  I added pearls and my Lovely lady is all decked out in bling.  
Art Impressions: Anything goes
365 Cards: Vintage plus blue
Crafts and Me: Blue
Paper Take Weekly: bingo-I used Pearls, Ribbon, and Free Spot

That's it for me today.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!  Love ya.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Vintage Bird Images

Hi Everyone!
I am back today with some projects using another new release from Blockheads Paper Arts.  This set it called Vintage Bird Illustrations and is right up my alley.  The images are just fab!! This is the whole set.  Each stamp is also available individually.

I have been in a tag mood and I continue to make tags this week.  I made this one using the Nest and Bird #1 from the set.

Pre-cut Tags
Inks: Vintage Sepia - VersaFine
        Tea Dye Distress Ink -Ranger
Sprays: Gold, Peach, and  Log Cabin Brown Smooch
Watercolor Crayons
Blue and Cream Cardstock

Start with the Pre-cut tag and stamp the nest with Vintage Sepia.  Stamp again on a scrap of CS and cut out.  This will be used as a mask.  Cover  the nest with the mask and spray the tag with the Smooch and glimmer sprays.  I used the mask because I did not want the nest to be sparkly, only the background.  Stamp the bird on cream CS and cut out.  Color the bird, eggs and nest with Watercolor crayons to add a touch of color.  Layered the tag on a piece of Blue Cs.  Add all the fibers.  I used a scrap of cotton fabric, twine, and pearl cotton.  Add the brad to the corner.  Here is a close up of the tag.

On to project #2.   I made a card using the other bird and the large egg.

Cream, Brown and Kraft Cardstock
Inks: Vintage Sepia - VersaFine
        Tea Dye Distress Ink -Ranger
        Vintage Photo Distress Ink- Ranger
Black Ribbon

I stamped the egg multiple times on Cream CS with Vintage Sepia ink to create a background.  Distress the edges with both Distress inks.    On the Kraft CS stamp the bird three times and distress the edges.  Add this to the center of the egg background.   Wrap black ribbon around the CS on the top and bottom of the bird piece.  Add to a dark brown card base.  Tie a bow and glue to card.   This bird is just too cute!

On the inside, I stamped a sentiment from the Verses-Special Delivery set.    I stamped one bird and distressed the edges.


There are still four days left to enter the Blockheads Faux Fabric Challenge on Facebook.   Go check it out!  There is a fabulous prize!   

Hope you are having a great day.  We are experiencing much nicer weather here.  Not so hot.  It has been in the 80's instead of 90's everyday.  Take some time to stamp today!  Love you.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Stampsmith Sketch Challenge

Hi Everyone,
Happy Monday!  It time for a new Stampsmith Challenge.  This time we have a sketch for you created by the lovely Val Wilson.

And as it is the 15th of the month, to be eligible for the prize you will have to use at least one Stampsmith Stamp.  The winner will be announced on September 1. 
I think this is a great sketch and I had fun with it.  I just selected my image and a few papers and the whole thing came together so easily.  Here is what I came up with.

This image is called Rose Background and is available as a single stamp.  The DP's are from SEI and Basic Grey.  I stamped the image on glossy white CS with Black Soot Distress Ink.  
I added a splash of bright greenish yellow with the card base, one layer, and the wide ribbon.  Here is a close up.

So, have fun with this sketch!  You have until August 30 to make your project and link it up on the Stampsmith Challenge blog.  Glad you stopped by!  Love ya.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

DeNami Mini Cards Blog Hop

Hello Everyone,
Welcome to the next stop on the DeNami Mini Cards Blog Hop.  If you just popped in or lost your way, click over to the DeNami blog for the complete list of blogs.

Just the facts Mam':

When: The blog hop starts on August 14 at 6 AM, PST. However, you have until August 15, 2011, 11:59 pm PST, to leave comments on all the blogs (to be eligible for a prize).
Why: To be inspired by beautiful creations featuring DeNami Design stamps and also the chance to win mini shopping sprees on the DeNami Design website!
Prizes: DeNami is  giving away THREE $20 gift certificates to our website! .  We'll be giving away one gift certificate to a random participant (DT members not eligible) and then we'll also be giving away TWO gift certificates to TWO people who comment along the hop!

So be sure to leave a comment on each blog!

You should have arrived here from the lovely Jenny's  blog.   I am sure you enjoyed her great project.

So, on with the hop.  I have four mini cards today.  They are all made with DeNami stamps.

Let's start with the Mimi Mini Cards.  I used Sweetheart Mimi for the first two cards.  I went with summery colors and colored with markers and a blender pen.  The spotlight is on Mimi for the first card
(2 3/4 x 4 1/2").  I stamped on the aqua CS with Stazon Black ink and again on white CS.  I punched out a scallop circle on the white CS and colored.  I put a ribbon loop that could be used to hang on a gift basket or a wine bottle.

And here is a peek at the inside.

The second Mimi card (2 1/2" square) has Mimi stamped and colored.  I punched the scallop squares and layered onto a lavender card base.   I added a ribbon loop to this card too.

And, the inside.

And, then I thought I would spread a little "Chickie" love and made two cute Chickie card.  The first is cut with a Spellbinders and the stamp is Best Friends Chickie (4 1/2 x 2 1/2").  The chickies are punched.  I used some Cosmo Cricket paper.

And the inside.

And finally, Firefighter Chickie.  I used Spellbinders to cut all the pieces in bright red colors (3 1/4 x 2 1/4").

The inside.

Your next stop on the hop is the talented Andrea's blog.   Enjoy!

Have fun on the hop and don't forget to leave a comment.  Have a great day!  Love ya.