Sweet Stamp Shop Grand Re-Opening!

Hi all!  Sweet Stamp Shop is having a GRAND  RE-OPENING of their site & shop today.  I’m happy to share with you a card featuring one of their most recent releases, One Word.

When I first saw this set, I thought of the ads people post with tabs for their numbers — you know for kittens, needing a roommate, etc.  Instead of an ad, I thought of all of the descriptive words of a fabulous person!  I stamped them on flags, alternating between Razzle Berry and Blu Raspberry ink.  I added them to my panel at alternating lengths. I stamped You Are above a strip of washi, covering the stems and added in a colon with 2 pink rhinestones.

Make sure you stop by the new store and the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to see what they all have in store today.  I’m sure it is loads of fabulousness!

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2014 Year in Review

Happy New Year’s Eve!  I decided last minute to do a 2014 Year in Review post.  The tale end of 2014 was quite craft heavy for me.  It started in September with cards for consignment.  October was Hope You Can Cling To on SCS.  Additionally, I was teaching a class at my kiddos’ school.  I then went directly into preparations for a holiday fair.  I also met my goal of completing all of the MFT Weekly Sketch Challenges for 2014. WHEW!!

Without further ado, my favorite projects of 2014.  Grab a cup of tea, coffee or a glass of champagne and take a peek at my faves.  I hope you see something to inspire you!  Thanks for taking the time to stop by!  My best wishes for a happy & healthy 2015!!










I’m linking to my archival month of September.  I pretty much loved almost everything I made in September.  I couldn’t pick.



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Zombie Happy Meal

Hi all!  I’m here to sneak in one last Halloween project.  As I mentioned, I have been teaching a class at my kiddos’ school for the PTA enrichment program after school.  I based my class in paper crafting, obviously, and used the Envelope Punch Board as an additional basis.  This was a super fun project we made.  I found this awesome tutorial for a Happy Meal Box on youtube.

So I created my Happy Meal with some old Stampin’ Up paper. You’d want a decent weight paper to create a sturdy box.

After creating my box, I stamped a panel with Sweet Stamp Shop Zombies.  I kept the panel simple because it was going to be the inspiration for 9 year olds.  I colored my zombies with Copics and then sponged some Distress ink over the top to dirty them up.  My zombie girl has a spider on her head, which is quite fancy with a rhinestone body.

Inside the box, the zombie fingers and cracker fit quite nicely.  I had intended to put in a hamburger box with something, but it didn’t fit, amongst other issues (what to put in the box, box construction).

The “fries” are zombie fingers, which I cut with my Cameo.  I used different colors of Bazzill papers from Michaels for the fingers — they had the nice texture to them, which added to the fingers.

The fingers had a box to hold them up and we put a roll of Smarties in each finger.

Finally, the cracker was filled with Zombie Kisses.  I recently discovered Jaded Blossom stamps and absolutely love the candy stamps.  Super fun!

Challenge Submissions
Karleigh Sue Challenge Blog — #2 Halloween theme 
The Crafting Cafe — Not a Card

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Cherry Blossoms

Happy Friday all!  It’s been a busy start to July around here.  We’ve had birthday parties out the wazoo and I’m in the midst of planning my son’s 6th birthday party.  It’s been very hot, so we’ve spent a ton of time at the pool.  Add in the time spent refereeing kids and they are full days!
I have managed to get some time in my room — I have a bunch of things to share with you.  Actually, I finally figured out an easier way to print on my computer, which means I can print my digital images again.  It came at the perfect time — just in time for Bugaboo’s Christmas in July festivities.  When I received my newsletter earlier this month, I decided it would be fun to do the challenges.  What’s even better is that I was able to complete all 7 — so you’ll see me posting each day over the next week.  It’s odd that I seem to work better with deadlines than without.  
Today I have the card I made for my daughter’s teacher.  We were presenting her with a gift card, so I opted for a gift card holder.   I inked up Sweet Stamp Shop’s Cherry Blossom set for a simple and quick card.  

I’ve been trying to use up some of my older paper pads — I’m sure there will be a dozen more that I’ll just have to have with CHA around the corner.  Since I was dealing with cherry blossoms, I pulled out the Basic Grey Bittersweet to match up with chocolate and rose.  Since I was making the gift card holder and needed 12 inch paper for the inside, my color choices were somewhat limited.  The front was kept very simple — the card is 4×4 — I stamped the branch of cherry blossoms and cut it out with Nesties.  I rimmed it with pearls and added in some stitched ribbon.

Inside is the gift card holder — I had found a tutorial HERE a few years ago and I really like this format.  I dressed up the inside with some more Bittersweet papers and added a sentiment from the Cherry Blossom set.

Challenge Submissions
Sister Act Card — #15 Anything Goes

Cherry Blossoms
Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop Cherry Blossoms
Paper: Dark Chocolate (PTI), Regal Rose (SU), Cryogen, Basic Grey Bittersweet
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Copics: RV00, RV10
Other Stuff: pearls, ribbon, Nesties

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It’s Raining…

Happy Tuesday and Happy Birthday to me!  It’s been a low key day celebration-wise given my daughter ended up with strep throat — not exactly the type of present I was hoping for!  But, at least we know what it is and she’ll be on the mend quickly.

Today I have for you my card for the Use What You Have challenge over at Sweet Stamp Shop’s blog.  Now, I know I’m not alone in saying I have a number of stashes!  I recently picked up their It’s Raining set — for some reason, I love umbrellas and I love paper piecing them.  Maybe because we keep having days full of rain lately! LOL!  I opted to use this set on my card and new I had some rain drops in my stash some place.

First, my card…

I decided to keep this very simple — the card base is Stardream Metallic Silver.  I stamped my umbrella on Cryogen and then paper pieced it with a fun pattern from the American Crafts Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm paper pack — did you know this is 36 pages of 36 different designs?  I knew I had rain drops in my stash and they were a touch on the green side (acid rain??).  I cut out a cloud in silver using a PTI cloud die and added some twine underneath.

I really like the subtleness of the silver — not as dark as gray card stock! Oh — looking at this I realize I forgot to add a pearl or rhinestone to the top of the umbrella!  Oops!

My stash that I used came from two different things — first up is the rain drops.  I think I’ve had these for a good number of years.  Here’s a picture of one of my stash drawers.

In here are mainly adhesive embellishments.  Lots of rhinestones, stars, pearls, etc.

The other stash is from my twine stash.  Below you can see two upcycled candle jars (I love these jars!) chock full of twine. I also have a glass jar from the dollar store full of twine!

My selection came from a bunch of MME twine I ordered when a shop was going out of business.  I had to have all of these colors, you know!  Most haven’t even been started yet!  Oh well — if I didn’t have the stash, I wouldn’t have had the right color for this card! LOL!

Challenge Submissions
Sweet Stamp Shop — Use What You Have #4
Through the Craft Room Door — Anything Goes

It’s Raining…
Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop It’s Raining
Paper: Stardream Metallic Silver, Cryogen, American Crafts Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other Stuff: rain drops, twine, glossy accents, PTI cloud die

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Cityscape — Bendi Style!

Hi all!  Don’t fall over now!  I know, two days in a row!  Today I have a card, which is ultimately rather simple, but definitely not in the construction.  The other week when I received the Wednesday Tutorial email from SCS, my chin dropped.  I couldn’t believe that gorgeous cherry blossom card.  I’ve been a bit in love with them since we went to Washington DC and MISSED them being open!  Mother Nature and all of her wacky behavior this year had them opening late!

Anyway, I’m off track.  The tutorial was for a Bendi Fold card.  It looked gorgeous without being overly complicated — it isn’t simple, you just need to be concise.  I knew I wanted to try the fold and had the perfect set to do so.  The Cityscape set from Sweet Stamp Shop was screaming “use me!”

After cutting my base and flap pieces, I stamped two stretches of buildings.  I wanted it to be a pop of color in the fireworks, so I chose to do black and silver for the buildings.  After stamping the buildings, I adhered them to the flaps and then cut around the buildings to create the skyline.

Inside I stamped another row of buildings and then masked them off to sponge the sky.  I used a*muse studio inks — I so love these ink pads.  They are so juicy and a nice size to accommodate larger images.    Here I used Navy and Blueberry.  I then stamped the fireworks with Versamark and embossed them with some red embossing tinsel.  To finish it off, I had to add in a few “stars” or sequins in this case.

Now, this set comes with a bunch of awesome sentiments, but I opted to leave it sentiment free.  I’m not even sure I would want to write on this card.  Maybe just use it as decor!

Challenge Submissions
Challenges 4 Everybody — #21 Anything Goes
Great Impressions — June challenge – leave a little sparkle

Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop – Cityscape
Paper: Cryogen
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Color Box Silver, a*muse Navy & Blueberry
Other Stuff: embossing tinsel, sequins

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