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Thursday, September 22, 2011

QKR Stampede images on a layout!

Hi all you crafty people!

Today I thought I'd show you a layout I made where I used 2 images from QKR Stampede.
I used the "Tree" image (#14501) and "Joy" (#15703)
I stamped the trees onto a few different colors of green card stock then fussy cut them.  I stamped just the bottom of the trees onto brown card stock and fussy cut just the trunk of the trees and used Elmers Quick Dry Glue to add the brown trunks to the trees.
I added some red Stickles to the trees to give them a bit of  'decoration' and used foam tape to adhere them to give them different dimensions.

I stamped the "Joy" image onto white card stock and colored them with water color crayons, trimmed and added it to a green mat and then onto the layout.

I love using stamps on layouts, there are so many different ways they can be used to spruce up a layout. 
Stop in to the QKR Stampede site and see what images you might want to use on some layouts one day soon.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Leave me a comment and let me know if you have used stamps on any of your layouts.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Cornstalk and Pumpkin

Autumn is on it's way and that doesn't make me too happy.  I like the really warm weather and by that I mean 70s & 80s, really warm, well more like hot.

We've been having some early fall-like weather, but today it was beautiful and I hear it's supposed to be more summer-like for a little while.

The one thing I do like about fall is the colors.  I love the oranges and browns, the reds and yellows.  I love all the wonderful fall images that Eureka! Stamps has to offer.

Today I'm showing you a card that I made with the "Cornstalk and Pumpkin" image (#29802) from Eureka! Stamps.
I made this card while I was at a crop at My Happy Place this past weekend.  My friend Jen let me play with her Copic markers and I'm telling you, I loved messing around with them.  Maybe Christmas!  I'll have to put them on my wish list!

I have never used Copic markers before, but have seen many videos and what a joy they were to work with!

Then I played with another new toy, my friend Jen's Slice!  I used it to cut the word Autumn for my card.  It cut so easily and is so easy to use.  My birthday is coming up so I will be getting one from my kids.  It's already been ordered, now I just have to tell them that is what they will be giving me.  LOL!

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you'll hop on over to Eureka! Stamps and see all the wonderful fall stamps they have to offer. 

Leave me a comment if you like and come back again soon.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Nature/Animals QKR Stampede Blog Hop

Hello blog hoppers! 
Welcome to the QKR Stampede Blog Hop!
If you have just happened upon the hop, you may want to start at the
QKR Stampede Blog where you will find a link to each participating blog.  If you get lost along the way or a link doesn't work, you can always go there to get back on track.
If you have arrived from Jessica's blog, you are headed in the right direction.

Our theme this month is Nature/Animals and I have made 2 cards to show you.

For this first one, I didn't use any stamps, I used some of the lovely paper flowers available through QKR Stampede.  There are many color combinations to choose from.  For this card I used flowers from the "Orange 4" packet.

For the basket I used strips of white card stock, cut to 1/4" I used Distress Ink to color the strips then wove them together.
I used tape to adhere the strips to the back of the "basket" and trimmed the corners with my Corner Chomper. 

The flowers are adhered with glue dots and foam tape. 
I used a bit of Stickles in the centers of each of the flowers.

This second card is made with the "Seahorse" (#18708) stamp.
I stamped the seahorse onto some blue paper with VersaMark and covered with Gold Leaf.  Gold Leaf is also available through QKR Stampede and is also available in many colors and combinations.

To give it the "watery" look, which you can see a little better in this picture, I put some blue hair gel in a little plastic bag, sealed it and adhered it over the sea horse.
The bubbles on the front of the card were made by punching out some circles with my Crop a Dile adhering them to the card and covering them with Glossy Accents.

I first saw this hair gel technique when my friend, Jen, used it at
to make invitations for a pool party for her son's birthday.  They turned out adorable and I thought of this when I wanted to do something with this wonderful Seahorse image.

The next stop on the hop is
where I'm sure you will find some wonderful inspiration.

I hope you have enjoyed my cards today and will try using some of the products I have showed you today.  Hop over to QKR Stampede and check out the stamps as well as the other products that they offer.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fall is on the way.

This month our Eureka! Stamps Blog Hop had a fall theme, so I thought I would carry that theme on. 
This is one of the first Eureka! Stamps that I ordered.  As soon as I saw it, it went onto my wish list.
I have two cards to show you today that I made with the
"Tree Losing Leaves" (#34502)  image.
I stamped the image with VersaMark, applied Sticky Powder, heated and then applied Gold Leaf.  You can find a tutorial on this process here.
I cut around the image and layered it onto some card stock from my scrap stash and then onto the black paper with gold stars.  This then went onto a white card stock card base.

Inside I used a the lovely "When I See" (#34902) greeting.
I think this is such a beautiful and loving greeting!
Layering it onto black card stock really makes it stand out.

This 2nd card I used the same process and made it with blue card stock and layered it onto a white card stock base then cut around it giving the card a bit of a different look.

Eureka! Stamps has many wonderful fall images to choose from. Whether it is for a birthday, encouragement, Thanksgiving card or whatever occasion, there are many lovely images to use.  So hop on over to the Eureka! Stamps shop and see what you can find that you like.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Leave a comment if you like.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Eureka! Stamps September Blog Hop

Hello Blog Hoppers!

If you have just happened onto this hop, you should hop on over to the Eureka! Stamps Blog and start there.  It's the best way to be sure you don't miss any of the wonderful projects the design team has to show you.

If you arrived from
you are headed in the right direction.

This month our theme is "Fall" It's not quite here, but we need to be thinking about getting those fall themed cards and projects done.

Today I have a card that I made using the "Pumpkin Background" (#26601) image from Eureka! Stamps.
For this card I stamped the image twice, once on kraft card stock with VersaMark  and once on white watercolor paper with brown StazOn ink.

I used water color crayons to color parts of the image and fussy cut them to adhere over the image on the kraft card stock.  I used foam tape to give the images dimension.

I wanted the images to stand out so I layered them onto white card stock.
I then added the brown embroidery floss and layered it onto a kraft card stock base.

What says "Fall" more than pumpkins?

Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment if you like and then hop on to
where I'm sure you will find something lovely.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tender Thoughts from Eureka! Stamps

Hello!  Hope you are having a better than average day today!

Eureka! Stamps has a wonderful line of stamps called "Tender Thoughts"  These images are a set of 3 that work together.  The stamps can be purchased individually and used separately or together.
 Today, I am showing you just one part of the set, I have used "Butterfly & Sunflower" (#20801) on 2 different cards.
This image from the set can be used as a "stand alone" image or when used with the "On My Heart" (#55901) it would be used as a layer over the "On My Heart" image.  The third part of the set is a sentiment for the inside of the card.

These Tender Thoughts sets are very versatile and absolutely beautiful.
For both these cards I stamped onto watercolor paper and colored with watercolor crayons.

I used the "out of the box" technique to cut the purple image. 
You can find a couple great tutorials on my fellow design team member, Roxie's blog (Here or Here)
She does a great job of explaining 2 different ways to achieve this look.

The sentiment is "Just a note" (#6505) also from Eureka! Stamps

On this 2nd card I added a little "Niji Pearlescent Watercolors" that gives the butterfly some shimmer and shine.
I decided to make this card simple, I cut the image to size and rounded the corners.  A simple but beautiful card, ready for any occasion. 

To see this "Tender Thoughts" image and all the others that Eureka! Stamps has to offer pop into the shop, click on the "go shopping" link at the left side of the page and then the "Tender Thoughts" link.  There are several different sets, one more beautiful than the next.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoy my cards as much as I enjoyed making them.  Leave a comment if you wish.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

I love this product, King's Hawaiian!

My blog has been chosen to be one of the ones to bring news from the King's Hawaiian company.  If you have never tried King's Hawaiian breads, you are missing a real treat.  I totally love their products.

Below is a press release about their new rewards program, so read on. 
Then get ready for your chances to win some of their products.


Online program gives fans the opportunity to win King’s Hawaiian bread for year, earn badges to showcase their love of the product, and play Hawaiian-themed family games.

TORRANCE, Calif. (August, 30 2011) – Building on the success of its social media pages and email newsletters, the world’s #1 brand of Hawaiian Sweet Bread announces the King’s Hawaiian Rewards program at This program is designed to reward fans for sharing the Aloha Spirit and officially goes live on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at Noon Hawaiian time. Within King’s Hawaiian Rewards, fans use their creativity, intelligence, social behavior and digital community involvement to collect points, badges and downloadable prizes for completing fun and interactive activities for the entire family. One lucky winner will also win FREE King’s Hawaiian bread for a year*!

King’s Hawaiian wanted to give back to their existing passionate and loyal fan base by spreading the Aloha Spirit, a way of living life that is based on sharing, and mutual expressions of kindness and respect with others. King’s Hawaiian Rewards offers fans points and badges for actions they already love doing, such as sharing favorite recipes on Facebook and Twitter, learning about King’s Hawaiian and watching cooking how-to videos. King’s Hawaiian also created a wide array of new, custom downloadable assets and prizes such as Hawaiian themed calendars, recipe cards, coloring books, tropical evites, e-mail signatures and party accessories available only through the Rewards program.

King’s Hawaiian Rewards is the first program of its kind in the company’s 60+ year history. This is yet another exciting step forward into the digital engagement space for King’s Hawaiian, where they have already proven success in creating relationships with fans on social media platforms like Facebook with more than 65,000 Likes and Twitter with more than 3,500 followers.

Starting Wednesday at Noon Hawaiian time, fans can start collecting points and badges, and complete all the required badges to be entered to win a free year’s supply of King’s Hawaiian Bread*!

*Prize consists of fifty-two (52) $4.99 coupons for King’s Hawaiian Bread.

Kings Hawaiian Rewards Sweepstakes. No purchase required. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Sweepstakes runs July 26, 2011 to October 26, 2011. Must be resident of continental US or DC, 18 years or older. Void where prohibited. For more information, please visit the Official Rules and the Privacy Policy.

About King’s Hawaiian Founded 60 years ago in Hilo, Hawaii by the Taira family, King’s Hawaiian Bakery continues to be well known as a family-owned producer of “irresistible, original-recipe foods made with Aloha Spirit.” In addition to operating a dynamic 150,000 square-foot bakery facility, the company continues to expand its distribution of bread products into stores nationwide with an appreciation for quality ingredients and great taste. King’s Hawaiian’s signature bread products are used in dishes at a number of restaurants, including the Disneyland Resort, Dave & Busters, Ruby’s Diner, among others, and the company owns and operates two Torrance, Calif.-based restaurant locations including the King’s Hawaiian Restaurant & Bakery, which opened in 1988, and a fast-casual restaurant concept, The Local Place, which launched in 2002. For more information or recipes, visit the company’s web site at, like King’s Hawaiian on Facebook or follow King’s Hawaiian on Twitter.