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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Skinny Snowman

Hello crafty people!

Are you in an area that got snow this weekend?
If so, I hope you are safe and warm in your home.
Here in the Buffalo, NY area it is cool, but sunny and no snow.
We did have a bit in the air the other day, but nothing hit the ground.

If you are wanting to see snow you have come to the right place.
Today I have 3 cards made with the "Skinny Snowman" image (#13813) from QKR Stampede.
I think this little guy is just adorable and I had a lot of fun playing with him and making different cards.

This card I decided to do some dry embossing.  I used brass stencils and my light box to add the snowflakes around the Skinny Snowman and to emboss the Merry Christmas along the left side of the card.  Sorry that doesn't show up very well in the picture.
The white snowflakes were punched with the Creative Memories snowflake punch.

This 2nd card I used some striped paper cut on a diagonal.  I love these candy striped papers at Christmas time.

This 3rd card I used some TaDa snowflake paper behind the Skinny Snowman that I had fussy cut.

QKR Stampede has a lot of really cute snowmen/women stamps to choose from.  So if you are looking for one to use for Christmas cards pop on over to the QKR Stampede store and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Leave me a comment and let me know which card you like the best.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Filagree Border

Hello stamping fans!

Today I have a card I made using the Filagree Border (#57703) from
As you can see a border stamp doesn't need to be used on an edge as a boarder.  Here I have stamped it onto some Kraft card stock and trimmed it to just the border to be used toward the center of the card.  I used some patterned paper and card stocks from my scraps stash for the other elements.

I used an EK Success border punch for the scalloped edge on the patterned paper.
For the hearts, I freehanded a couple hearts and cut them out.  Then used a Zig pen to put some dash marks around the edge of them.

The edges of the card were inked with Distress Ink.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Leave a comment if you wish.
Stop into the Eureka! Stamps store and take a look and see what different ways you might be able to use the wonderful images they have.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Stamping on ribbon.

Hello crafty people!

I was going through my "inspiration" notebook the other day and got this idea from a layout I had saved.

I used the "Tree" (#14501) image from QKR Stampede for this card.
First I cut 6 pieces of green grosgrain ribbon.  I used ATG Tape to adhere them to my craft mat, so they wouldn't shift.  Using Versa Fine Ink I stamped the Tree image onto the ribbon.

Once the ink was dried I picked up the pieces of stamped ribbon and adhered them to a piece of white card stock and randomly trimmed the ends. 

I used a yellow star brad on the top of the tree then layered it onto the torn red card stock.  I think the white card stock sets off the image nicely.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my stamped ribbon technque.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happy Holidays

Hello cyber friends!
I keep saying I need to start making my Christmas cards and I keep "playing" around with ideas, but haven't decided on a card yet.

Today I'd like to show you one of the cards I made while "playing around"
I quite like it, but I don't think this will be the one I make to send out.
This is a very simple card, just some stripped paper, card stock, buttons and a "Happy Holidays" metallic sticker.

Thanks for stopping by today. Leave me a comment if you wish and come back again soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

October QKR Stampede Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my post for the
If you have come from
where I'm sure she had something wonderful to show you,
 you are right on target, if you have just stumbled upon the hop, you may want to start at the beginning where you will find a list of all the blogs included in the hop.  You won't want to miss any of the lovely work the Design Team has to show you.

This month our theme is Encouragement/Get Well.
I decided to use
"Secrets" (#14312) and "True Friends" (#10205)
from
What is more encouraging than to know that you mean the world to someone else?  To know that your "Secrets" are safe with them? To know they are there for you no matter what?

I love these two rag dolls sharing their secrets with one another.
I colored them with water color crayons and mounted them to card stock that was embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.
I used a sanding block over the embossed dots to bring out some of that core color and give contrast.

Here is a look inside the card, which I stamped and then embossed with the Swiss Dots Border folder.

Thank you for stopping by! 
Leave a  comment if you wish then head over to see what
has to show you on her blog.  I'm sure it will be something lovely.

Once you are done with the hop, make one last hop to the
and see the many fabulous images they have to offer.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Life is Good

Hello!  I hope you've had some time to do a bit of stamping lately.
Today I'm showing you a simple card that I made with one sentiment stamp. 
I used the "Life is Good" (#16307) stamp from QKR Stampede.
I stamped this sentiment 3 times with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.  It's hard to see in the photo, but the words are a nice metallic gold.
Once they were embossed and cooled, I used a circle punch to punch the words out in the circles and also punch out circles in some coordinating papers.
The circles were all put through my Xyron and adhered to a piece of card stock.

The edges were all inked with Distress Ink.
I used an EK Success border punch on the right edge of the card.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Leave a comment if you wish and be sure to come back tomorrow (October 21st) for the
I'm sure there will be some lovely projects to see on the hop.
Hope to "see" you there!

Until next time, Happy Crafting! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Wrapped up Kitty and Puppy

Hello bloggers!
Today I'm showing you an adorable kitty and puppy stamp from Eureka! Stamps called Large Wrapped up Kitty and Puppy (#17802)

I thought I'd stick with the theme that we had for our hop this month and do another dog and cat themed card.  Eureka! has some adorable images of cats and dogs and I thought this one was perfect for a Christmas card.
I used Copic markers to color this image on white card stock.

I haven't started my Christmas cards yet, but I think this one will be going to my Aunt who is a real kitty lover.  I know she will love it.

I hope you will check out all the adorable cats and dogs that Eureka! Stamps offers.  There are images for all occasions, not just Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Leave a comment if you like.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Stamping for a layout.

Hello blog friends!

A while back I got a set of adorable alpha stamps called "Angel Alphabet" (#10502)  and "Watering Hearts" (#8403) from QKR Stampede
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the "Angel Alphabet" and finally did it this weekend.

I stamped out "Kelsie Angel Baby" and colored it with water color crayons
In the center I used the "Watering Hearts" image.
These were perfect for this layout, as we called her that from the time she was born.
I'm way behind in my scrapbooking.  That little Angel Baby is getting close to 22 yrs old now.

I love how this layout turned out.  I love using stamping on layouts and this is a perfect example of one way that it can be done.

The "Angel Alphabet" can be used for so many different kinds of projects.  How cute would it be to use them to make a name plate for a little girl's room?!?!

QKR Stampede and it's sister company Eureka! Stamps have a lot of great angel images.  So pop on over to the stores and take a look.

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

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dogs love Christmas too!

Hello! How are y'all today?
I have an adorable Christmas card to show you today.

I made this card with "Dog Pile" (#17703) and "Piled High Christmas" (#23302) from Eureka! Stamps.

I stamped the image onto water color paper and colored it with water color crayons. I used some Stickles on the star and ornaments and some Glossy Accents on the ribbon on the gift.

The inside sentiment was stamped with black ink and layered onto colored card stock to give it a little pop.

There are many wonderful images in the Eureka! Stamps store, whether you are looking for dogs, Christmas or both or maybe some thing else.

Hop on over and see what Eureka! Stamps has to offer.
I'm sure you will find something you just love!
Thanks for stopping by today, come again soon!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Eureka! Stamps Dog and Cat Blog Hop.

Hello, and welcome to my part of the Eureka! Stamps Dog and Cat Blog Hop!

If you have hopped over from 
you are headed in the right direction. I'm sure you got some great inspiration there! 
 If you just happened to stumble onto the hop, hop over to the start of the hop at the Eureka! Stamps blog and start there. There will be links to all the participating blogs there, so if a link doesn't work or you get lost along the way, check back there and get back on track.
When I saw "Party Poopers" (#14303) in the Eureka! Stamps store, I knew I would love working with it.  Are these little guys cute or what?!?!

They were stamped onto white card stock and colored with Copic markers, fussy cut and adhered with foam tape to the colored card stock.
Brads were added as accents and it all was layered together onto a cream card stock base.

There are many adorable dog and cat images in the Eureka! Store, so once you are finished hopping here, hop on over and check them out.
For now, hop over to 
where I'm sure you will find something wonderful to inspire you.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Leave me a comment and let me know which of these little guys you like the best.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Cronucopia

Hey there fans!

Today I have a card to show you that I submitted for the 2nd round of the card contest on the Practical Scrappers Blog.

I had to make a fall card and include some kind of twine on it.
I just learned that I didn't make the next round, but that's okay, I like my card anyway and had fun making it.

I chose to use
"Cornucopia" (#16305) and "Leaf Background" (#26901)
both from Eureka! Stamps.

The Cornucopia image is colored with water color crayons.

In this picture you can see how this card opens and that I used the
Leaf Background image on the panels that are attached behind the Cornucopia.
I stamped the Leaf Background onto plain colored paper with VersaMark and used a small brush to brush over it with Gold Mica Powder, which is also sold in the Eureka! Stamps Store.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Now hop on over to the Eureka! Stamps Store and see all the wonderful images and supplies they have to offer.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Picking Flowers

Hello crafty people!

Today I would like to share "Picking Flowers" (#11401) with you. 
This is one of the cute 'Girl' images from QKR Stampede.

For this card I stamped her onto white card stock and colored her with Copic markers.  I borrowed them from a friend the other evening at a crop and I definitely will be putting Copics on my birthday and Christmas wish lists.

I used an oval Spellbinders die to cut out the image and mounted it on a larger oval.  I inked the edges of the image cut out and sanded the edges of the outer oval.

The background paper was embossed with a Sizzix embossing plate and my Cuttlebug, then sanded with a sanding block to bring out the flowers.
These were all adhered to an ivory base card and the edges of the card were inked.

I found the flower and butterfly buttons in my stash and added them with foam tape.

I hope you'll pop on over to the QKR Stampede store and see what great images there are to choose from.  These little girls are just adorable and very versatile.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Leave a comment and stop back again soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Got through the first round

Practical Scrappers Blog is having a contest and I submitted my 3 cards and I made it through the first round.  The card had to have pink on it.  The card below made the cut. 
Now the voting begins. 
So if you could hop on over to their blog and check out the cards, if you think I deserve a vote, put in a vote for me.
The rules are on their blog, you may have to scroll down a bit to find the post, as they post something most days and voting goes through October 6th.
The name of the post is "Let the Voting Begin"  I'd give you a direct link but the cards are in several different posts.
Thanks!  I'm keeping my fingers crossed and better go get to work on my next card, so I'll be ready if I make it to the next round!

Two of my favorite fall stamps

Hello friends!

Today I'd like to share with you, a card using 2 of my favorite fall stamps from QKR Stampede.
Last night I made this card using the Leaf (#3901) image and Pumpkin Vine (#18802) that are under the 'Autumn" category in the QKR Stampede store.

I used the Leaf stamp with VersaMark randomly on Kraft card stock and brushed them with gold Mica Powder for my background.

I stamped the Pumpkin Vine on orange and green pieces of card stock and fussy cut them.  If you look at the Pumpkin Vine image in the QKR Store you will see that there is more to the image than shows here.  I chose to only use part of the image.  This is one of the things I love about stamping, you can use all or parts of an image.  Stamps are so versatile.

After piecing the Pumpkin and Vine I used foam tape to adhere it to the background.

The ribbon came out looking very bright in the pictures, but it actually matches much better than it looks.  Sorry for the poor photo, it is very rainy and dreary here today.

I hope you'll hop on over to the QKR Stampede store and see all the fall stamps they have to offer in both rubber and digital format.
Also be sure to check out the variety of Mica Powders that are offered in the store.

Thanks for stopping by today, come again soon.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!