Clear and Simple Stamps June Release: Tweet Notes

5.31.2011


Hello everyone! Today is an exciting day for me and one that will be the start of a much busier blog.
I've been keeping it a secret for a while now (tee hee). And today I can finally share the news with you! Yes, Nicki, co-owner of Clear and Simple Stamps sent me an email asking if I would like to be part of their Design Team!

Now I can finally say that I am thrilled and delighted to be joining the team at Clear and Simple Stamps! Thank you Reenee and Nicki!

So with that, I have a new box of lovely goodies that I've been playing with. I can't wait to show them all to you, but for now I wanted to share a card that I created for the release day of the newest Stamp of the Month at CSS - Tweet Notes.


I used a masking technique to create the tree branch for the little bird to sit and perch while singing her song.


And I just love the typewriter-style font! 


I stitch my patterned paper and added two layers of my favorite ribbon and some rich green trim. Then I adhered some buttons from CSS' Designer Mix - I've got to admit that I love their buttons!



Isn't this new stamp set just too much fun? I loved the different size birds, the flowers, hearts, little music notes, and of course - the branches were my favorite!

Be sure to stop by the other design team members blogs to see what they created with the Tweet Notes stamp set! Thanks for stopping by!


Amber Daigre, Style Watch Editor



Supplies Used for "I Miss You" Card:
Cardstock: (A Blanc Check) Clear and Simple Stamps
Patterned Paper: Webster's Pages
Ribbon: (Shamrock, Sweet Pea) PaperLovesGlue.Etsy.com
Button: (Designer Mix) Clear and Simple Stamps
Stamps: (Tweet Notes) Clear and Simple Stamps
Markers: Copic



Sending You Hugs - Waltzingmouse Challenge

5.30.2011


It's been a little while now, but I am so happy to be playing along in the newest Waltzingmouse sketch challenge. For my creation, I used 100% Waltzingmouse goodness to create my card! 


My label was created by using a Spellbinders die cut and stamping with Holiday Labels No. 14. I used a Copic marker to color in a few spots and give the label a little detail. My sentiment was created with my new favorite - Say It Loud set. I love the possibilities this set has to offer!

And don't you just love that button? It was a great vintage find during a recent flea market stop. Made in Germany, from glass and pure heaven! Why can't we make them like this anymore?


I used the Sweethearts set to create my background paper, then I stitched it onto some soft kraft paper. And here's the finished card...


...following this sketch.
WMSC49

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (Rustic Cream; Kraft) Papertrey Ink
Stamps: (Sweethearts; Say It Loud; Holiday Labels No. 14) Waltzingmouse Stamps
Die Cut: (Labels Fourteen) Spellbinders
Flower: (Maya Road); Leaf: (Prima)
Button: vintage glass finding

With Love. Cardabilities Sketch 32


Hi everyone! Today starts a new sketch over at Cardabilities. And I know you all are going to want to play along with this one!

This week's sketch is a classic that will fit anyone's card crafty style. From clean and simple, to shabby chic, to fun and whimsical - this sketch has the ability to fit it all!

Here's the reveal...


Isn't is lovely? For my card, I decided to go for the shabby chic look by using flowers for the circles in the sketch. Take a look...


I distressed the edges of my patterned paper to give it that vintage look, which I adore, then ran a zigzag stitch over the edge to give it some softness.  


The large white flower was something I had created a while ago using fabric scraps and a candle - an inexpensive way to create your own Prima-style flower. If you haven't seen it before, I posted a tutorial for how to create these fabric flowers - you can read the tutorial here

Then, be sure to stop by the Cardabilities blog to check out what the rest of the Design Team created using this week's sketch. I hope you'll join us and enter your creation in the Cardabilities Gallery!

Have a great day!


Supplies Used for "With Love" Card:
Cardstock: (Rustic Cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Hollywood Vogue) Webster's Pages
Resin Flower: created using mold by Mold Muse
Other flowers: Maya Road and Prima
Stamp: (Sweethearts) Waltzingmouse Stamps



Gee Thanks! Papercraft Star Challenge 47.

5.25.2011


Hey everyone! Ok, I must admit that the challenge this week at Papercraft Star is one of my favorites! 

Yes-sir-ee!

I like that this challenge has everything that I love to use when creating cards - flowers, bling, and a mix of patterned papers. That's my recipe for some card creatin' good times!

Here is what I came up with for this week's challenge...


I decided to create a fun little, rustic-looking card using the new Waltzingmouse stamps that just arrived in my mailbox - Back In the Saddle. I can't believe how quickly they arrived at my doorstep - all the way from Ireland to California in less than a week! I also thought it was kind of cool that the postage stamp on the package said, "Royal Mail". How fancy! 


I added layers of ribbon and some lovely flowers. And my favorite part....that perfectly beautiful button. It's vintage, made in Germany, and consists of hand-painted glass. Per-fec-tion!

If only everything were made like this...we'd have heaven on earth!


And look at that! The stamp from Waltzingmouse just happened to be the perfect size to fit on my little ticket stub from Tim Holtz. A perfect match!

So, you see....I had the best time playing along in the challenge this week! Everything just seemed to work together and I was able to create this card in just a few minutes. I really enjoy these crafty moments because sometimes finding that cohesive balance can be tricky. 

Yes. Today was a good crafty day! 

I hope you get a chance to play along with us. Here are the details so you can get crafty too...


Challenge 47: 1-2-3 Recipe

Use this sketch as inspiration to create your project for this challenge and use the following recipe:

1 Color Cardstock
2 Colors Patterned Paper
3 Pieces of Bling


You have until Sunday, May 29 at 9:00 p.m. (eastern) to enter your creations and have a chance to win some fun prizes, win the People's Choice Award - yes, that means we all get to vote for the winner, and have some fun while playing along!

Now what are you waiting for? Let's see what you create! 



Supplies Used for "Gee Thanks" Card:
Cardstock: (Kraft) Papertrey Ink 
Patterned Papers: (Portrait Collection) Crate Paper
Flowers: Prima
Stamps: (Back In the Saddle) Waltzingmouse Stamps

Delightful Dahlias - Papercraft Star Challenge 46

5.18.2011


Today opens a new challenge at Papercraft Star! And this is my perfect opportunity to break in my new (older) stamp set from Papertrey Ink - Delightful Dahlia.


I chose the blue gingham paper, Birds of a Feather by The Girl's Paperie and stamped the background using Tin Types. I love the combination of the two different patterned together. It has a country-home kind of style that I find refreshing. 


Now although we are playing along with a sketch layout this week at Papercraft Star, I decided that focusing on the circles from the sketch would work to create this card. I'm more of a card kind of girl. Although I love a good mini album too. I guess it's scrapping on a smaller scale that really draws me. 

So, whether you're a card maker or layout scrapper, this sketch challenge will fit anyone's style! Here are the details for you to join us at Papercraft Star.


Challenge 46: Liz Chidester Sketch

Create any project you wish using this sketch as your inspiration. 


You have until Sunday, May 22 at 9:00 p.m. (eastern) to enter your creations and be eligible to win the People's Choice Award, well deserved bragging rights and some fun prizes! Good luck to everyone!





Supplies Used for "Dahlia Birthday" Card:
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Birds of a Feather) The Girl's Paperie
Stamps: (Background Basics: Tin Types; Delightful Dahlia) Papertrey Ink
Die Cut: (Delightful Dahlia Collection) Papertrey Ink
Markers: Copic
Ribbon: Michael's


Thinking of You - CR84FN

5.17.2011




Wow! What a day I had today! It was a doozer. Although technically, I am not sure what a "doozer" is, but that's how the saying goes anyway. Ha!

Tonight I want to share a new card I created to play along with the latest CR84FN color challenge. I normally don't use the colors red and yellow, but the inspiration photos from CR84FN looked so inspiring together. I think this will be a color combo that I will want to use again.

Here is the color inspiration...


Aren't the flowers and jars of jam so pretty? Makes me want to have an outdoor picnic.

Here is my take on this weeks color challenge...


I used some more of my new stamps sets. Ooh how I love to play with new stamps! For this card, I used the Larger Than Life stamps and matching dies for the focal point. For the background, I mixed a few different postcard stamps. 

With the red and yellow, this card totally reminds me of a summer picnic. Oh I can't wait for the weather to warm up and welcome in the summer sunshine!


Of course, I added some stitching around the edges. For me, I always feel like my card is more complete with stitching. Don't you think? 


Last, I added layers of ribbon, twine, and a little handmade resin heart-shaped locket I created using a mold by Mold Muse.

If you haven't tried creating your own resin or clay embellishments, I definitely recommend Mold Muse. I have lots of their molds and they are unbelievably easy to use! Just add your clay or resin - let them shape by baking the clay or allowing the resin to harden - then, just pop them out! (and no, they did not pay me to say that!)

I have my eye on this little bird for my next purchase from Mold Muse. Take a look. Isn't that sweet? 

Anyway, thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my card for the CR84FN challenge. Playing along sure made my day feel soooo much better!



Supplies Used for "Thinking of You" Card:
Cardstock: (Lemon Tart) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Kitch) The Girl's Paperie
Floral Stamp and Sentiment: (Larger Than Life; Through the Trees) Papertrey Ink
Post Card Stamps: (Postcards) Tim Holtz; (Timeless Romance) Tattered Angels
Locket: handmade resin locket by Mold Muse



What A Dear!

5.16.2011


It's been so long since I've played along at the CASE Study Challenge. I follow their blog and always enjoy seeing the participants link up their projects each week. I have seen some really pretty cards based on their weekly muse and am glad I was able to participate this week.

When I saw the card for this week's muse by Sarah Martina, I knew I had to play along considering Sarah's card is gorgeous and because I had nearly the same embellishments, flowers, and cameos in my stash. So here is the card I created for the CASE challenge...


I started by sewing a zigzag stitch around my patterned papers from Pink Paislee, then adhered a journal die cut from Papertrey Ink which I hand stamped.

Recently, I purchase a ton of new stamps from my local scrapbook store during National Scrapbooking Day. Can you believe they had stamp collections on sale for only $2.50!!! Isn't that generous of them? Believe me...I stocked up big time and used several of my new stamps on this card. I just love new stamps! It's always so fun to ink up a new set!


I must admit that I enjoyed playing along in this challenge. I just love creating with lots of layers and embellishments and this challenge provided just that. I can't wait to see what the next challenge will bring!

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used for "What A Dear" Card:
Cardstock: (Sweet Blush) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers: (Nature Sanctuary) Pink Paislee
Die Cut: (Spiral Notebook) Papertrey Ink
Stamps: (Hello There) American Crafts; (Carte Postale) Unity; (Calendar) Lil Davis Designs
Velvet Flower: Maya Road
Fabric Flower: Prima
Ribbon: Ocean Mist

That A Boy! - Cardabilities Sketch 31

5.15.2011


Look what I did!

Yep!

I created a card for a boy! My boy. To be exact!

He has been doing so good lately at cleaning his room and getting perfect grades in school that I felt the need to create something special just for him. Plus, it was easy to create based on this week's sketch at Cardabilities!


Almost everything on this card was created using Crate Paper's Toy Box collection. I really love this line and have had so much fun creating little things for my little man. I will share more soon - I promise!


Aren't those little buttons so adorable? Another fun find from the Toy Box collection.

Here is the sketch we are playing along with at Cardabilities...


I hope you get a chance to play long with this sketch because I sure had fun playing along. I can't wait to see what you all create! 


Supplies Used for "That A Boy" Card:
Cardstock: (Lemon Tart) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers: (Toy Box) Crate Paper
Buttons: (Toy Box) Crate Paper
Sticker: (Toy Box) Crate Paper
Die Cut: (Big Scalloped Circles SM) Spellbinders


Hope Your Day is Fabulous - Papercraft Star Challenge 45

5.11.2011


Hello out there! Today begins a new challenge over at Papercraft Star! We've been seeing some really great creations lately from everyone who has joined us in the challenges. It's always fun seeing your interpretation from each challenge.

This week we are playing along with an inspirational photo and recipe to create our projects. I was inspired by the pink and green colors of the photo. Plus....I really wanted to use my new papers from Cosmo Cricket's Upcycle line. They are bright, cheerful, and just perfect for today's challenge.


I used all the recipe required by using a die cut, stamping, a button, and two patterned papers. Super easy, right? Especially because almost all of us use these on our cards anyway. 

The only technique I would say is different for me is that I used my die cut in the center of my patterned paper, stamped my sentiment directly onto the card base, then adhered the paper using foam tape for dimension. 

It's a technique I haven't used in such a long time, but thought it was long overdue. Fun, isn't it?


So are you ready to play along with us in the challenge? Here are the details...


Challenge 45: Inspirational Photo and Recipe

With this photo as your inspiration, create a project that includes:

1.) at least one die cut or stamped image;
2.) a metal element or button;
3.) and, two different patterned papers.

You have until Sunday, May 15 at 9:00 p.m. (eastern) to enter your creations and be eligible to win the People's Choice Award - well deserved bragging rights, and some fun prizes! Good luck to everyone!


Supplies Used for "Hope Your Day is Fabulous" Card:
Cardstock:(Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers: (Upcycle) Cosmo Cricket
Twine & Button: (Lime Twist) My Mind's Eye
Chipboard Flower: (Emma's Shoppe) Crate Paper
Stamp: (Signature Greetings) Papertrey Ink
Die Cut: (Labels Four) Spellbinders

For You, Friend.

5.08.2011

***If you are here for the Polkadot Door Designs Bloghop, click here or scroll down.

Well, it's been a busy weekend and I am finishing up my chores. Of course, I had to find time to craft in between all the business! So I spent some time playing along with the current color challenge over at Embellish using a square shaped card. 


I just loved the colors this week and what the design team came up with for inspiration. I chose papers from Melissa Frances to create a friendly little shabby card. 


And here is the inspiration photo and color theme. Aren't the colors pretty? 


Well, that's it for now. I'm off to finish more chores before the week begins. 


Supplies Used for "For You Friend" Card:
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers: Melissa Frances
Die Cut and Stamps: (Mat Stack 2) Papertrey Ink
Ribbon: (Sweet Pea) paperlovesglue.etsy.com
Resin Flower: Recollections

Polkadot Door Designs Challenge & Bloghop

5.07.2011



Hello everyone! Polkadot Door Designs is celebrating its first blog anniversary! And to celebrate the occasion, Rebecca and Sarah (owners of Polkadot Door) are hosting a new inspirational challenge and blog hop for everyone to play along. Plus, they are giving away lots of goodies along the way!

When Rebecca asked me to participate in this challenge and blog hop celebration, I quickly said, "YES"!  And I am so glad I did because I love to see my blog friends grow in their new adventures, wherever it may take them.

So let's start the fun...

I am your first stop along the blog hop! You should have joined me from Polkadot Door Designs. If not, please start there to see all the details, prizes to be won, and challenge details. Then, come back to start the blog hop!


Rebecca and Sara have created this fun inspirational challenge to get creative using the elements: pinwheels, crochet flowers, or sentiment. You can combine all three, two, or just use one - it's your choice!

Here is my card that I created for this challenge. My choice of element is the crochet flower and an accordion  version of the pinwheel...


I added some velvet leaves, seam binding ribbon, and a painted chipboard tag with a softly stamped sentiment.


Now before you go and hop along to the next stop, I wanted to remind you of the prizes to be had...

American Crafts Acrylic Stamp Set and Ink Pads!
Win it by voting for your favorite designer you saw along the bloghop. 
If you cast your vote for any of the designers along the hop, they have a chance to win something too!

Kit from April Strings Kit Club!
Win it just by participating in the bloghop.

$12 Gift Certificate to Um Wow Studio Etsy Shop!
Win it by playing along in the inspirational challenge.

Win a Spot on the July Design Team!
Win it by playing along in the inspirational challenge.
Six to eight of the most creative entries will be selected.

Page Kit from Polkadot Door Designs!
One person from the selected July Design Team will win this kit!

Wow! That's a lot of stuff to win! So what are you waiting for? Your next stop on the hop is....


Have fun on the hop!



Supplies Used for "Live Your Bliss" Card:
Cardstock: (Lemon Tart) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Papers: (Emma's Shoppe) Crate Paper; (Good Day Sunshine) My Mind's Eye
Velvet Leaves: Prima
Crochet Flower: Prima
Chipboard Tag: Maya Road
Stamp: (Mega Mixed Messages) Papertrey Ink
Button: Vintage Flea Market Finding

Find Your Sketch - Papercraft Star Challenge 44

5.04.2011


Today begins a new challenge over at Papercraft Star! This week we are creating projects based on sketches that you have found in a magazine or any other blog. This is your time to show off your creations by sharing your favorite sketches!

Here is my creation...


I created my card using a recent sketch that was posted over at the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge blog. I was really inspired by this sketch, but I didn't have time to play along and missed the deadline. Bummer for me, but not such a loss since I was able to use it for the challenge at Papercraft Star this week. Yay!

Here is the sketch from Waltzingmouse. Isn't is wonderful?

I used my Rescue Remedies stamp from Waltzingmouse, but did a masking technique to only include the border and the flower vine. Then I replaced the inside of the stamp with a sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Signature Greetings set. I just love the handwriting from this set and think Dawn McVey does a great job creating these types of stamps. 


I added a cluster of pink flower Rose Ribbon trim from American Crafts and velvet leaves from Prima. To compliment the leaves, I found the perfect velvet trim from Webster's Pages (I think?). I purchased it by the yard and now I can't seem to find a link to it anywhere. If you know who makes this trim, please let me know and I will edit to add the info here. Sorry!


So are you ready to play along with us at Papercraft Star? I hope so! Here are the deets...


Challenge 44: 
Simon Says Find Your Own Sketch to Create a Card or Layout

Simon says create a card or layout using a sketch you found somewhere else (i.e. in a magazine or on another blog). Be sure to tell us the source of your inspiration. 

You have until Sunday, May 8 at 9:00 p.m. (eastern) to enter your creations and be eligible to win the People's Choice Award - plus well deserved bragging rights! Good luck to everyone!


Supplies Used for "You Are A Blessing" Card: 
Cardstock: (Sweet Blush, Vintage Cream, Fine Linen) Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: (Nature's Sanctuary) Pink Paislee
Stamps: (Rescue Remedies) Waltzingmouse Stamps; (Signature Greetings) Papertrey Ink
Trim: (brown velvet and lace) Webster's Pages; (pink flowers) American Crafts
Velvet Leaves: Prima
Die Cut: (Labels 4) Spellbinders

Mellow Yellow

5.01.2011


Hello out there! I just wanted to share with you my latest card that I created for the CR84FN Color Challenge. This week, the colors are kraft, pale yellow, and gold. Hey! I have those colors!

I thought I'd create a card to keep in my stash and save for a rainy day. Actually, strike that. I know exactly who I am going to give this card to! But I am keeping it a secret for now because I don't want her to know it's coming in the mail (and she reads this blog). Hee hee! I love being a bit sneaky.


This card was created entirely by using up some scraps in my stash. It worked out perfectly, because I was able to follow a simple grid style for each piece of paper. 


Even the corrugated kraft paper was leftover in my scrap stash. I used the Beautiful Blooms II die from Papertrey Ink to create a layer of flowers. Then, I adhered a gorgeous vintage mother-of-pearl button that I found at a flea market. I love finding little treasures like this!


Before I go, I wanted to share with you this photo I took last week at our house. It was just about dinner time, when we noticed the sky glowing from our window. We stepped outside to find a large rainbow centered directly over our home! How awesome is that? Not only was the rainbow centered over our home, but it was a FULL rainbow! I thought that was a rare occasion making it all that more special. Thought I'd share it with you because it might not ever happen again!


Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies Used for "Thinking of You" Card:
Cardstock: (Vintage Cream) Papertrey Ink
Patterned paper scraps: (Portrait) Crate Paper; (Stella & Rose) My Mind's Eye; (Distressed Dots) Papertrey Ink
Stamps: (Bannerific, Sophie's Sentiments) Lawn Fawn
Ribbon: (Rose Ribbon) American Crafts
Die Cut: (Beautiful Blooms II) Papertrey Ink