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Monday, January 28, 2013

Eureka! Stamps Challenge - Teal or Turquois

Hello blog friends!
It's time for another Eureka! Stamps Challenge.
For all the particulars check out
This week our theme is
"Teal or Turquoise"
I decided to use
"Peacock Feather" (#6301) and
"Happy Anniversary" (#9004)
I stamped the Peacock Feather randomly on a piece of white card stock with VersaMark ink.  I then brushed mica powders over the stamped image.
Mica powders are available through Eureka! Stamps.
When you go to the online store, search "mica powder" and you will find several different color sets to choose from. 
I used the same technique for the sentiment, then added a bit of extra powder and rubbed it on with a make up sponge to color the background.
I find if you just brush it on lightly it will stick to the VersaMark,
but if you give it a good rub, it will stick to the paper.
Once I was happy with the coloring, I sprayed the pieces lightly with hair spray.  Yes, you read that right, hair spray.  It works as a fixative, just be sure to use an aerosol spray, not a pump style.
It only needs a very light spray.

I know this isn't a very good picture,
but I wanted you to see the shimmer of  the mica powders.
 
I hope you've been inspired in some way and will join the challenge.
Now pop on over to the Eureka! Stamps Store and see what set of mica powders you might want.  They really are a lot of fun to use.
 
Thanks for stopping by today. Leave a comment if you will and
come again soon.
 
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Eureka! Stamps challenge

 Hello!
Today starts new challenge on the 
This week the theme is 
"Anything Goes"
I decided to make a Valentine with 
Lg. Filagree Heart (#24601)
I made the background with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink
(watch for a tutorial in early February on this technique)
I stamped the heart with VersaMark ink 
and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
I then inked over it with the same Distress ink as the background.
The embossing resists the ink and shows up beautifully.
You can see the embossing clearly in the picture below.
I love the shiny-ness of it!
I fussy cut the heart, adhered it to white card stock and then fussy cut it again.
I used foam tape to give it a bit of dimension on the card.
Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have been inspired in some way.
Pop on over to the 
 to get all the particulars about the challenge and I hope you will join in the fun.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Eureka! Stamps Challenge

Hello!  
How's your weather?
Here in the Buffalo, New York area we are having some unbelievable weather!
I can't believe it is January and we are having 60 degree temps.
Isn't it supposed to be cold at this time of the year?
I'm not complaining though, I'm not a cold weather person!
Today's card is all about the cold.
This weeks Eureka! Stamps Challenge theme is
"Layer It Up and Let It Snow"
To find out more about the challenge check out the
Eureka! Stamps Blog
For my card I have used 3 different rubber stamps 
(these are also available in digital format) from
"Snowy Christmas Tree" #39401
"Snowman To and From" #23705" and
"Group of Snowflakes" #16806
 
For the trees I used "Snowy Christmas Tree"
I stamped the image onto scrap paper 2 times and fussy cut them to make masks.
Then I started to make the background panel.
I stamped with 2 different colors of Distress Ink.
I did one tree at a time and as soon as it was stamped 
I quickly covered it with clear embossing powder and heat embossed it.
 I then covered the tree with the mask and repeated the process until I had a forest.
For the sky, I used the masks again to cover the trees in sections 
and colored the sky with a blending tool and Distress Ink.
The "Group of Snowflakes" was cut apart into separate flakes.
I stamped them onto the sky with VersaMark ink
 and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
To be honest, I'm not crazy about the snowflakes in the sky.  
I do love the images, but just think they are too large for this particular card.
Oh well, guess I need to show my not so great ideas too.
I stamped "Snowman To and From" onto white card stock 
and colored him with FlexMarkers and fussy cut him.  
This isn't the entire stamp, but I just wanted to use the snowman.
The snowman is layered onto the card with foam tape.
To finish up the card, I used some Frosted Lace Stickles 
to give some sparkle to the snow on the trees.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you've gotten some inspiration 
and will join the 
Eureka! Stamps Challenge this week.
Leave a comment if you will and come again soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sorry everybody!!

I'm sorry to say that I have had to turn on word verification.
I hate word verification!
 But I've been getting so much spam
 that I feel it necessary to add the verification.
In the past I would get the occasional spam and the spam catcher would pick it up and I'd just delete it, but now I'm getting
15 - 20 spam a day and many of them are getting through.
I don't know how these people/companies feel they have the right
to do this, but they do.
Hopefully, after a while I will be able to turn off the verification,
but for now, we're stuck with it.
I hope you will still read and comment.
Thanks for stopping by, come again soon.
 
Until then, Happy Crafting!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Eureka! Stamps Challenge-Make it Sparkle

Hi and welcome to my post for the
This week our theme is
"Make it Sparkle"
For all the particulars about the challenge visit
For my card I chose to use
"Snow Background" (#27301)
"Snowman Balloon" (#11805)
"Snowman To and From" (#23705) and
"Hi!" (#digi4506)
 For the background I stamped
"Snow Background"
onto black card stock with VersaMark ink. 
I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
I got some fine craft glitter ready then reheated the embossing,
while it was still hot, I sprinkled it with the glitter.
Since the embossing is hot, it is sticky and the glitter sticks to it.
Both of my snowmen are only parts of the image.
The smaller snowman is
"Snowman Balloon"
I stamped him onto white card stock,
colored him with FlexMarkers,
used a glue pen to cover him with glue,
added Sticky Powder
(also available through Eureka! Stamps)
heated it and while it was hot and sticky,
I added glitter. 
I fussy cut the snowman,
cutting off the bottom, gathered part of the balloon.
I used the same process to make the larger snowman from
"Snowman To and From"
and fussy cut the parts that I wanted to use.
I adhered the snowmen to the black background,
 then layered it onto a white card stock base.
The "Hi!" was printed onto white card stock
from my computer and cut to size, dash lines added
 then adhered to my card.
I hope you can see all the sparkle and shine on this card.
And I hope you won't be afraid to use glitter,
it really perks up a card or project.
Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you have been inspired
and will join in the fun of the
Eureka! Stamps Challenge.
There is plenty of inspiration from our design team,
so I hope you will take a few minutes
 to check out their blogs and leave a little love
for them while you are there. 
We all love getting comments!
Come again soon!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tutorial at Mashed Potatoes and Crafts

Happy New Year!
Today I have a tutorial posted at
Here's a sneak peak
Now hop over and see that tutorial and let me know what you think.
Thanks for stopping in!
Come again soon!
 
Until next time, Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!
The new year has begun and so has a new term for the
Eureka! Stamps Design Team!
Maribeth, the company owner gave us
"Father Time" (#24347)
to work with and as a freebie for our fans
So be sure to hop on over to our facebook page and download it,
it will only be available for New Years Day!
Some of the members of the team have made projects with this digi image to celebrate the new year and kick off this term as a design team.
Here is the card that I made.
I colored this fun image with FlexMarkers
then went over the "magic dust" with a
Perfect Medium Pen
and embossed it with gold embossing powder.
Then simply mounted the image to make this adorable card.
Thanks for stopping by today.
And be sure to stop in at
and see what other wonderful projects the team has to inspire you.
Be sure to stop back here and the Eureka! Stamps blog often
for more inspiration.
And stop in at the
 and see the wonderful images offered. 
 
Until next time, Happy Crafting!