Friday, October 29, 2010

A Super Simple Christmas Card ...

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TGIF hoarding card-makers and welcome to the weekend! And, since it's finally another Friday, it's time for another "Stamp Simply" challenge!

This week, Sharon says: "Clean and Simple is definitely the way to go when we need to mass produce. But it's also a very refreshing and pleasing style to fall back on any time at all. Today let us truly think Clean and Simple ... SUPER SIMPLE! And let's make cards with Christmas OR winter in mind as we inspire each other with all our Clean and Simple creations!

Shut the front door! This is The. Best. Stamp. Simply. Challenge. Ever! I {♥} this challenge! Thanks so much Sharon, for combining my very favorite style and theme!

Sooooo, if super-simple is what you want, super-simple is what you get:

To play along in this week's challenge ... and we hope you do! ... simply create a SUPER CLEAN and SIMPLE card. Then, upload it to your blog or online photo gallery and visit Sharon's blog, located HERE and link your project up to Mr. Linky, located HERE.

When uploading to an online gallery, such as Splitcoast Stampers, SNR, or Paper Craft Planet, please use keyword: "ssnotime163" so that we can find your project.

Need more inspiration? Don't miss the fabulously creative projects created by the rest of the "Stamp Simply" team:

Our Fearless Leader, Sharon Johnson: No Time to Stamp?;

Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits;

Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat;

Janine Orchard: 2 B Krafty;

AJ Otto: The Willow Garden;

Deb Saaranen: Dream in Color;

Barb Schram: Explore. Dream. Discover.; and our talented Guest Designer for October,

Jerri Kay Jimenez: A Touch of Grace.

If you'd like, you can see all of the Splitcoast Stampers gallery submissions HERE.

We can't wait to see your clean and simple creation!

Thanks so much for sharing part of your very busy day with me ... hope you have a fabulous weekend!

~Hugs,


Card Recipe:

  • Card Stock: "Real Red" and "Whisper White" Card Stock by Stampin' Up
  • Stamp: "Make Merry" from "Tags So Much" Stamp Set (Retired) by Stampin' Up
  • Ink: "Real Red" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up
  • Accessory: Red and White Checked Gingham Ribbon
  • Tools: Tag Punch by Stampin' Up; Stampin' Dimensionals by Stampin' Up
  • Finished Size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" (Top-Folded)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Simply Blessed ...

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TGIF hoarding card-makers and welcome to the weekend! And, since it's finally another Friday, it's time for another "Stamp Simply" challenge!

This week, Sharon is reminding us to be thankful for all of our many blessings. And with Thanksgiving approaching, we are reminded to Count Those Blessings! Today's challenge is wide open, but it has to have an overall theme of thankfulness. Some ideas include a thank-you note, a small hostess gift, a project featuring our children, home, friends, etc. Create something that will, in some way, convey thanks for all our blessings ... and please tell us what blessings you're thankful for as you create your project!

I'm grateful for so many blessings, but mostly for a happy home and dear friends ... and rubber stamps, designer paper, and ribbons, of course! Here's my uncharacteristically bright and busy card:

I decided to create a "suspension" card for this week's challenge ... a fun effect that looks like it took forever but is really quite simple. Kid's love these cards!

I followed the directions provided by the l'il voices inside my head, but you can create your own suspension card by using Beate's Suspension Card tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers, HERE.

To play along in this week's challenge ... and we hope you do! ... simply create a card or other paper project following the theme of thankfulness. Then, upload it to your blog or online photo gallery and visit Sharon's blog, located HERE and link your project up to Mr. Linky, located HERE.

When uploading to an online gallery, such as Splitcoast Stampers, SNR, or Paper Craft Planet, please use keyword: "ssnotime162" so that we can find your project.

Need more inspiration? Don't miss the fabulously creative projects created by the rest of the "Stamp Simply" team:

Our Fearless Leader, Sharon Johnson: No Time to Stamp?;

Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits;

Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat;

Janine Orchard: 2 B Krafty;

AJ Otto: The Willow Garden; (AJ is taking this week off)

Deb Saaranen: Dream in Color;

Barb Schram: Explore. Dream. Discover.; and our amazing Guest Designer for October,

Jerri Kay Jimenez: A Touch of Grace.

If you'd like, you can see all of the Splitcoast Stampers gallery submissions HERE.

We can't wait to see your thankful creation!

Thanks so much for sharing part of your very busy day with me ... hope you have a fabulous weekend!

~Hugs,


Card Recipe:

  • Card Stock: "Very Vanilla" Card Stock by Stampin' Up
  • Designer Paper: "Indian Summer" Paper Collection by BasicGrey
  • Stamps: Leaf Stamp by StampCraft; Sentiment from "Falling Leaves" Stamp Set by Stampin' Up
  • Ink: "Really Rust" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up
  • Accessories: Ivory Thread; Satin Ribbon; Rhinestones by KaiserCraft
  • Tools: Bow Easy Tool; 1 5/8" Square Punch; Word Window Punch by Stampin' Up; Stampin' Dimensionals and SNAIL Adhesive by Stampin' Up
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (Top-Folded)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hey, L'il Girl, Want Some Candy?

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Happy Stump Day, hampers ... hope your week is flyin' by!

Today's post is just a quick peek at the cover of my most recent Halloween paper bag album. So, if you're not one of my regular buyers, feel free to look away.

This is the last Halloween altered paper bag album I'll be listing on eBay ... however, I will continue to create and sell custom Halloween albums. So, if you're waiting on your custom Halloween album, no worries ... you'll receive your album on the expected delivery date.

Rather than bore you to tears with all of the photos of this album, I've decided to eliminate all of them except for the cover. Soooo, that's ^ it.

For more details ... or if you'd like to see more photos of this album, you can visit it where it currently lives: on eBay. To visit my eBay auction page, clicky HERE. While you're there, add it to your eBay "Watch List" and see what it goes for!

Thanks so much for spending part of your very busy day with me ... I'll be back on Friday with another fabulous "Stamp Simply" challenge; til then, stay safe!

~Hugs,


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Friday, October 15, 2010

Stamp Simply ... Hard Rock Cafe

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TGIF hoarding card-makers and welcome to the weekend! And, since it's finally another Friday, it's time for another "Stamp Simply" challenge!

This week, Sharon has us rockin' with "hard rocks!" Think metals and stones as added elements for your project including metallic pens, metallic papers, rhinestones, gold, silver, and diamonds. Feel free to use copper, rubies, emeralds, pearls, etc. Use these types of beauties to embellish and enhance your rockin' creation!

I decided to combine the beauty of fall foliage and the "hard rock" theme by heat embossing my stamped images with gold embossing powder, then coloring with an assortment of Twinkling H2O's:

To play along in this week's challenge ... and we hope you do! ... simply create a card or other paper project using "hard rocks" on your creation. Then, upload it to your blog or online photo gallery and visit Sharon's blog, located HERE to link up your project in Mr. Linky, located HERE.

When uploading to an online gallery, such as Splitcoast Stampers, SNR, or Paper Craft Planet, please use keyword: "ssnotime161" so that we can find your project.

Need more inspiration? Don't miss the fabulous hard-rockin' projects created by the rest of the "Stamp Simply" team:

Sharon Johnson, Our Fearless Leader: No Time to Stamp?;

Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits;

Janine Orchard: 2 B Krafty;

Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat;

AJ Otto: The Willow Garden;

Deb Saaranen: Dream in Color;

Barb Schram: Explore. Dream. Discover.; and our fabulous Guest Designer for October,

Jerri Kay Jimenez: A Touch of Grace.

If you'd like, you can see all of the Splitcoast Stampers gallery submissions HERE.

We can't wait to see your heavy metal creation!

Thanks so much for sharing part of your very busy day with me ... hope you have a fabulous weekend!

~Hugs,


Card Recipe:

  • Card Stock: All Card Stock by Stampin' Up
  • Stamps: Sentiment Stamp by CTMH; Leaf Stamp by StampCraft
  • Ink: Versamark Watermark Ink by Tsukineko
  • Color Medium: Various Colors, Twinkling H20's by LuminArte
  • Accessories: Metallic Gold-Edged Ribbon; Super Fine Gold Embossing Powder by Ranger
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Rectangle and Square Dies by Spellbinders; Heat Tool by Stampin' Up; Aqua Painter by Stampin' Up; Stampin' Dimensionals by Stampin' Up
  • Finished Size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" (Top-Folded)
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Friday, October 8, 2010

Simply Back to Nature ...

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TGIF hoarding card-makers and welcome to the weekend! And, since it's finally another Friday, it's time for another "Stamp Simply" challenge!

This week, we're being inspired by Mother Nature! Create something with a natural, earthy feel reflective of any season you enjoy. It's the natural/earthy element we're going for here ... not necessarily autumn.

I grew up in Connecticut and I really miss autumn in New England. My card is a l'il bit autumn ... and a l'il bit wildlife ... in a very clean and simple format:

To play along in this week's challenge ... and we hope you do! ... simply create a card or other paper project using Mother Nature for your inspiration. Then, upload it to your blog or online photo gallery and visit Sharon's blog, located HERE to link up your project in Mr. Linky, located HERE.

When uploading to an online gallery, such as Splitcoast Stampers, SNR, or Paper Craft Planet, please use keyword: "ssnotime160" so that we can find your project.

Need more inspiration? Don't miss the fabulously colorful projects created by the rest of the "Stamp Simply" team:

Our Fearless Leader, Sharon Johnson: No Time to Stamp?;

Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits;

Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat;

Janine Orchard: 2 B Krafty;

AJ Otto: The Willow Garden;

Deb Saaranen: Dream in Color;

Barb Schram: Explore. Dream. Discover.; and our amazing Guest Designer for October,

Jerri Kay: A Touch of Grace.

If you'd like, you can see all of the Splitcoast Stampers gallery submissions HERE.

We can't wait to see your Back to Nature creation!

Thanks so much for sharing part of your very busy day with me ... I hope your weekend is fabulous!

~Hugs,


Card Recipe:

  • Card Stock: All Card Stock by Stampin' Up
  • Stamps: "Just Vine" Stamp Set (Retired) by Stampin' Up
  • Ink: "Pumpkin Patch" Spectrum Dye Ink (Retired) by Stampin' Up; Fluid Chalk Inks by Clearsnap
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Sentiment Die by Provo Craft; Two-Step Bird Punch by Stampin' Up; Corner Chomper by WRMK'ers; Stampin' Dimensionals and SNAIL Adhesive by Stampin' Up
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bingo + Halloween Equals ... This:

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Of course, Bingo + Halloween also means Sunday night Witch Bingo at St. Mattress but ... not today. I really liked the look of the Bingo card on the front of this album, even though Bingo and Halloween are rarely combined. Leave it to me ...

Hello stampers and crafty paper-hoarders! I'm back for a limited run to show you the latest paper bag album I've created. And a lot of my buyers find out about my current eBay auctions here on my blog so ... there you have it.

Okay, so that bingo-card-rusted-thingies-with-black-spiders ^ is the front cover. And,

this ^ spread is pages two and three. Check out the "potions." This album has corked vials of Petrified Butterflies, Moon Dust, and the always popular Graveyard Dust. Not to mention the vial of rare white ants hanging from the hinge ring on the front cover ... right next to the "skeleton" key ... get it?!? Halloween? Skeleton key? That l'il joke is for Reid-the-Wild-Child ...

Moving on,

this ^ spread is pages four and five. That "Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling" card is rare; and v-e-r-y old. And,

this ^ spread is pages six and seven. That's a page from the Rexall Store Almanac for October 1923; and,

this ^ spread is pages eight and nine. Check out the note paper from a "Crime and Death Scene Cleaning" company. I suppose someone has to do it. And, finally,

this ^ spread is pages ten and eleven. The "whee?" I like to imagine that witches ... or ghosts ... have a complete blast haunting houses. If you're a glutton for punishment, you can clicky on the photos for a larger look-see.

This album is currently up for auction on eBay. Sooooo, if you're interested in seeing tons more photos of this album ... including lots of detail shots ... not to mention a better shot of the vial of White Ants, clicky HERE to visit my auction.

If you're interested in purchasing this OOAK, altered art Halloween album chock full of original, vintage ephemera, simply contact me directly. And despite what my eBay listing says, I will ship internationally. The only caveat is that you'll need to make arrangements through me. You can shoot me an email by clicking HERE.

'll be back tomorrow with another exciting Stamp Simply challenge ... 'til then, stay safe and keep smiling!

Thanks so much for spending part of your very busy day with me!

~Hugs,