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Monday, August 27, 2012

I think I can!

Welcome to another challenge post for Eureka! Stamps
Today our theme is "Anything Goes"
I decided to show you another school themed card.
I made this with "I Think I Can" (#5311) from Eureka! Stamps
When my children were in elementary school (they are now 22 & 20)
I used to like to put little cards into their lunch, their back pack, under their pillow, in a shoe, well, you get the idea.
They always seemed to love the little notes of encouragement that they found in odd places.
This card would be perfect for that! 
The card measures approximately
1 7/8" x 1 3/4"

I inked the 'grass' and 'sky' with Distress Ink then stamped the image with Memento Ink.
I then stamped it again on red card stock and fussy cut the train.
The smoke was stamped onto white card stock and colored with  a FlexMarker then fussy cut.
Then the pieces were adhered over the stamped image on the card.

If I were to use this card for one of my children when they were little
I would have written inside "I know you can!"

If you check out the "Teacher Stamps" section in the Eureka! Stamps store you will find many, many of these adorable little stamps that can be purchased in red rubber or digital stamps.
Sure wish I would have had these when my kids were little!

Thanks for stopping by today, leave a comment if you will 
and come again soon!
I hope you'll pop on over the the Eureka! Stamps blog and join in the fun.

Friday, August 24, 2012

QKR Stampede Challenge

Hello blog friends!
Have you come here from the QKR Stampede blog?
If not, you will want to pop over there and read more about our challenges.
The QKR Stampede blog is now hosting challenges
 and this is my first post for a QKR challenge.
Each week some of the design team members will be posting projects as inspiration for anyone who would like to participate in our challenge.
Or if you just love the inspiration,
be sure to check out all the projects the design team members have created.
All the particulars are posted on the company blog.

This weeks challenge is "Anything Goes" and since I am trying very hard to get a good number of my Christmas cards done early, I thought I would make a card with "Med. Winter Moose" (#22302)
I stamped this adorable guy onto white card stock
and colored him with FlexMarkers.
I love moose and this guy is one of my favorites. 
I think he is the sweetest thing!

Thanks for stopping by today, leave a comment if you will and
come again soon.
Be sure to pop on over to the QKR Stampede store
and see what wonderful images they have. 
 Keep a few in mind and if you participate in our challenge, you may be a lucky winner of some of those image in digital format.
QKR Stampede carries unmounted red rubber as well as digital stamps.
I hope you'll join in the fun!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dancing Leaves

Hello and welcome!
Today I have a card that I made with
"Tree Losing Leaves" (#34502) from Eureka! Stamps
For the background I used a couple different colors of Distress Ink.
I rubbed some ink onto my craft mat, spritzed it with water and then laid some white card stock into it.
Once it was dry I stamped the "Tree Losing Leaves" image onto it, then colored it with FlexMarkers.

On the inside of the card I stamped
"When I See" (#34902) also from Eureka! Stamps

Thanks for stopping by today, leave a comment if you will
and come again soon.
Be sure to pop on over to the Eureka! Stamps store and see all the wonderful images and sentiments offered in both red rubber and digital stamps.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Favorite Technique

Hello all!
I hope you're all having a great week.
Today I'm posting about one of my favorite techniques.
Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge this week is "Favorite Techniques"
I have long been a fan of the Simon Says Blog and just recently became acquainted with their challenges.

One of my favorite techniques is stamping on pages from old books.
I love the look of it, the vintagy feel and I really enjoy coloring on these pages.
Here are 2 cards where I have used this technique.
On this card I used "Rose" (#17505) from Eureka! Stamps and colored it with watercolor crayons.  Using these crayons, you must be careful not to use too much water or the paper will literally crumble.

This card was made with a stamp from Stampin' Up, sorry I don't know the name of it, but it was a hostess special a long time ago.
Again I used watercolor crayons to color it and used another of my favorite techniques and 'fussy cut' the image.
I know a lot of people don't like fussy cutting, but I love it.
Where many say it makes them nuts to do all that cutting, I find it to be very relaxing.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Leave a comment if you will then
why now pop on over to the Simon Says blogs and check them out.
I'm sure there will be tons of great techniques to see not only from the design team, but from others entering the challenge, like me.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 13, 2012

School is Cool

Hello everyone!
I'm so glad to welcome you to my first post for a
Our theme is "Back to School"
Seems appropriate with school starting soon.
In my area school doesn't start until after Labor Day so there is a little more time left for the kids around here to enjoy some summer fun. 
But school time will be here before they know it.
The summer aways seems to fly by!

I used "Cool Cat with Shades" (#23902) from
Eureka! Stamps for my card.
He is colored with FlexMarkers, fussy cut and adhered with foam tape.
The "brick" background is some patterned vellum that I found in my extensive scraps stash.
The 'school is cool' was cut with the Sizzix and inked with a bit of Distress ink.

Thanks for stopping by today to see my card. 
I hope you will pop into the other design team members blogs and check out their projects too. I'm sure you won't be disappointed there are some mighty talented ladies on the team.
You can hop right back to the company blog to see the other projects and join in the fun.

I hope you will leave a comment and let me know what you think and become a follower.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Noel

Yep!  I'm getting a few Christmas cards done, but I'm thinking I'll probably end up in a crunch in November or December anyway.  I've only gotten 3 done so far and that's not much of a dent in the 50 or so that I need.
Anyway, here's my most recent one.
I used
"noel" from the "Friends" set of words (#46202)
and
"Snow Star" (#84204)
I colored the Snow Star image with FlexMarkers.
I love the set the 'noel' came from. 
I love the script and the size, just love everything about them.
The "Friends" set has 5 different words. 
friends, joy, love, celebrate and noel
There is also another set titled "Believe" (#46201)
that has 5 different words,
believe, inspire, adventure, create and imagine.
I think that may be one of the next things I order from QKR.
Check them out, there is so much you can do with these word stamps!
These are great for using on your scrapbook pages too.

Thanks for stopping by today, leave a comment if you will
and come again soon!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Ribbon background

Hello!
On my card today I used some ribbon from May Arts.
I was a lucky winner on their blog a few months back and this is one of the ribbons I chose.  May Arts only sells wholesale from their site, but there is a Store Locator on their site, to find a store close to you, where you can purchase some of their wonderful ribbons.
A while ago, I saw a card with a woven ribbon background and loved the look and had that card in mind when I made this one.
I used:
Lg. Jar and Apples (#23105)
from QKR Stampede
I stamped the image onto white cardstock and colored it with
 FlexMarkers.  I fussy cut the image and used Glossy Accents on the jar to give it the look of glass.

Thanks for stopping by today, leave a comment if you wish
and come back and visit soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

"heart" U

One of my favorite blogs is Kristina Werner's, she has some amazing designs and the best videos. I saw a card similar to this on her blog and loved it, so I have used it for inspiration.
I didn't have a U stamp with me when I made this card, so I made my own.
I cut out several U's with the Sizzix and ran them all through the Xyron sticker maker, then layered them onto one another.  I used my Fiskar's Stamp Press and stuck my homemade stamp to it and used Versamark ink to stamp it randomly onto the blue cardstock.
I used a pair of zig zag scissors to cut the paper and adhered it to the white cardstock base.
I stamped one more U onto the blue and cut it out, stuck it to white cardstock and cut it with a bit of white showing.
The heart was punched with a tiny heart punch and the dashes were done with a white pen.
I then stamped the sentiment which is
"Happy Anniversary" from the "Happy Birthday" set
(#22803) from QKR Stampede

I think this is a fun little card and was very simple to make.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you have a crafty day.
Leave a comment and let me know what you're working on these days.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Happy Birthday

It's about birthday cards today!
I have 2 birthday cards that I want to show you. 
The first one is made with
"Sm Basket Weave" (#90402)
"Happy Birthday" (#36314)
When I found this little brown 'bag' in my supplies, I decided that I wanted to make a card with it.  I stamped it using VersaMark ink and the
"Sm Basket Weave" stamp. 
I used a ruler and tore the edges of the kraft cardstock.
I adhered the red cardstock to the kraft and stamped the
"Happy Birthday" sentiment onto it with Color Box Fluid Chalk Ink.
The bag was adhered to the card with ATG tape.

The pull out tag is just the right size to hold a gift card, stamp a sentiment, or just sign your name.

This second card is made with the same "Happy Birthday" stamp as the first. I really love the font and the size of this stamp.
Perfect for a standard A2 card.
I cut coordinating pieces of patterned paper in varying sized strips and adhered them to some white cardstock.
I then ran this through the Cuttlebug in an embossing folder.
(sorry I don't have a clue what the name of that folder is.)
The fiber I tied around it is from my stash, as is the "screw top" brad.
I usually have a tough time with masculine cards, but I think these 2
 turned out very nice.
Thanks for stopping by today, leave  comment if you will.
Come again soon.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!