I have always loved collaged images and when I found this Hero Arts stamp recently, I knew it would be fun to take it apart and rebuild it in different colors. It's really quite fun to do and with Clearsnap's line of inks, it's amazing how beautiful the image can turn out.

Stamp the image three times in Guacamole, Red Barn and Blackbird Ink. Add Clear Embossing Powder on each image and heat set. Using the Guacamole image as the main image, cut apart the other two images, selecting specific sections to use. The clock and mail tag were cut from the Blackbird image and the bird and flower were cut from the Red Barn image.

The clock, mail tag and flower were adhered to the main image using Glue Gloss and foam dimensionals were added behind the bird for a 3D effect. Tearing around the main image, it was then inked with Guacamole Ink.

GCD Studio Antiquities papers were used behind the stamped image and 3 brads were strategically placed as both design features as well as to anchor the main stamped image in place. Firecracker Smooch Glitz was painted on the flower to add a hint of shimmer.

Cutting a piece of cardstock to fit the interior of the card, the sentiment was stamped with Red Barn Ink and then heat set with Clear Embossing Powder.

Clearsnap Supplies:
ColorBox Chalk Ink - Blackbird, Red Barn, Guacamole
Smooch Glitz - Firecracker
Glue Gloss
Top Boss Clear Embossing Powder

Other Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper: GCD Antiquities
Stamps: Hero Arts, The Stamps of Life


What's in Your Purse?

This purse was so much fun to create and decorate. Instead of using it for photos, I decided to use it to document what we have in our purses! I have always loved my Cricut and since Jinger Adams is having a DT call, I decided to audition.

Using the Cricut Paisley Cartridge and the multi cut feature, I cut 4 pieces of chipboard at 7 3/4". Using the Deep Cut Blade Housing for the chipboard created perfect cuts. Pattern paper was adhered to both sides of the chipboard creating a sturdy purse. Clearsnap inks were used to accent each page and Want2scrap pearls were added for some pizzazz. Except as noted, all cuts are from the Paisley Cartridge.

Front cover:

Flowered paper was cut to fit the chipboard. Using the shift + purse created the striped panel. A yellow handle was added and the green flower button was attached. The smaller button was embossed with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and then inked with brown ink.

The interior purses were cut from pattern paper at 7 3/4" and the handles were cut from brown cardstock and adhered over the pattern paper purses. A block of cream cardstock was cut 4" x 5 3/4" and matted with blue cardstock. "Shop til you drop" was cut at 3" from blue cardstock and in shadow from brown cardstock. A pocket page was created using a punch for details. "Receipts" was cut at 1" from brown cardstock using the Plantin Cartridge. The letters were easy to adhere since I ran them through my Xyron Sticker Maker.

Another pocket page was created from cream cardstock at 4 1/2" x 4". "Phone" was cut at 1" and "hi" was cut at 3/4" from brown cardstock using the Plantin Cartridge, then adhered using Xyron Sticker Maker. The phone was cut at 4" from brown cardstock. The layers were created from cream and blue cardstock and the phone was assembled and slipped in the pocket. The IPOD was cut twice at 3 1/2" from the striped pattern paper and the flowered paper. The top layer was cut from cream cardstock and inked before adhering. The note was cut from yellow cardstock and a pearl was added on top.

Little pockets were created from green pattern paper, cut at 1 1/2" x 2". The edges were inked with brown ink before adhering. The keys were cut from at 2" from silver cardstock using the Sentimentals Cartridge. The lipstick was cut at 2" and the nail polish was cut at 3" from green and pink cardstock using the Forever Young Cartridge. The pocket base was cut 3" x 5 1/2" as a pouch for the sunglasses which were cut at 2" from pattern paper and a shadow from brown cardstock. Crystal Effects were added to give the illusion of eye pieces. A smaller pocket was added on top and a pen (cut from the Sentimental Cartridge) was inserted. I printed a calender from the internet and cut it to fit the other pocket, adding some twine to the top. Faux stitching was added around the pocket

The back cover was cut from a paisley paper and adhered to the chipboard. Using the shift + purse created the striped panel to mimic the front cover. A yellow handle was added and the green flower button was attached. The smaller button was embossed with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and then inked with brown ink.

Once I had the purse completed, I bound it with my Zutter Bind-it-All and added some ribbons to the rings.

Tools: Cricut Expession, Cuttlebug
Cartridges: Paisley, Plantin, Sentimentals, Forever Young
Cardstock: Bazzill, American Crafts
Pattern paper: Authentique
Ink: Clearsnap
Embossing: Cuttlebug
Pearls: Want2scrap
Binding: Zutter Bind it All
Adhesives: Scotch ATG, Clearsnap Glue Gloss, Xyron Sticker Maker
Twine: The Twinery
Ribbon: Offray


Happy Easter

With Easter coming, it's time to make some spring cards. This is today's post at thepapertemptress.com

I love the Ruche papers in it's rich colors. I used Cocoa Crepe Ruche as my card base, then used Khaki Crepe Ruche as my second layer which I embossed with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. I tore some Green Crepe for the bottom of the card. This paper holds ink really well, tears easily and embosses very nicely.

I used Ultra High Gloss Glossy cardstock for my Easter Eggs. I first inked the cardstock with a multi color inkpad from Clearsnap called Cakewalk. Then I stamped the Easter eggs on top and punched them out. Pretty quick and easy Easter eggs and no additional coloring is necessary!

Cardstock: thepapertemptress
Ink: Clearsnap
Stamp: Hero Arts,
Punch: Magill


Heartfelt Creations

I am thrilled to have been selected as a semi-finalist for the upcoming Heartfelt Creations Design Team. Here's the post with the list of the talented artists. We all head to the next round and I can't wait. But I do need your help to get to the final round.

Please go to the Heartfelt Creations blog and vote for me. Your input will be welcomed and you will be entered for a chance to win a $50 Heartfelt Creations gift certificate.

These are the cards I submitted as my Design Team Entry:

Saying Goodbye Card
Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamps: Justrite
Ink: Clearsnap

Cut cardstock 5 1/2" x 11"
Score and cut the card base to create the panels
Add pattern paper to the front panels, inking the edges with red ink
Stamp sentiment and die cut the oval shapes for the front panel
Die cut another oval and place on top with foam adhesives for dimensions
Die cut larger scalloped base
Add rhinestones and ribbon

Snowman Card
Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamp: Stamp Happens
Ink: Clearsnap
Markers: Copic Markers

Cut cardstock 5 1/2" x 11" and fold creating a square card
Punch along one edge
Add a strip of punched white cardstock underneath
Stamp image 3 times on navy, pink and gray cardstock
Cut and paper piece the elements together
Add definition to the snowman with markers
Spritz card before adding stamped pieces

Happy Anniversary Card
Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper: DCWV
Stamps: Studio G
Markers: Copic Markers
Dies: Spellbinders

Stamp and color image with Copic Markers
Die cut into circle shape adding a larger circle as a mat
Cut pattern paper to fit card base
Cut assorted tags to fit card front
Machine stitch in place
Add ribbon to tag
Stamp sentiment
Assemble card

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to vote here: Heartfelt Creations blog for a chance to win a $50 Heartfelt Creations gift certificate.

Momenta Card Frenzy

It's a card frenzy Momenta stickers.

Celebrate Card
Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper: GCD Studios
Stickers: Momenta
Ink: Black Memento

These 3 dimensional stickers birthday stickers are beautiful and truly do add a lot of color and dimension to cards.

Laughter Card
Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper: Heidi Grace
Stickers: Momenta
Ink: Black Memento

These clear stickers are amazing. Just adhere them to white cardstock and see the phrases take center stage.

Friendship Card
Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper: Heidi Grace
Stickers; Momenta
Ink: Black Memento

The stickers are beautiful and have great dimension. They aren't your normal flat stickers!


Scor-Pal and American Crafts Blog Hop

We are blog hopping today with Scor-Pal and American Crafts. You should have arrived here from Heidi Sonboul's blog. If you didn't, just start at the Scor-Pal Blog and see what everyone has created today.

I was lucky enough to be able to work with American Craft's CHAP line. This is a great line to use for masculine projects with it's shades of browns, blues, yellows and greens.

I created a center fold card with my Scor-Pal using American Crafts cardstock. Using the reverse side of the Scott pattern paper, I cut it to fit my front panels. The right side of the Scott pattern paper was cut to fit the inside of my card and was cut into a scalloped circle for the front closure. I added a die cut circle to this onto which I added my image. This Magnolia stamp was colored with Copic Markers and then cut out and mounted to the front with foam adhesives for dimension. I added several buttons and pearls from this kit to the lower right corner.

Cardstock, Pattern Paper, Buttons, Pearls: American Crafts
Stamp: Magnolia
Markers: Copic Markers
Dies: Spellbinders

This bunny card would be perfect for anyone on your list. I cut Blue American Crafts Cardstock 6" x 12", then used my Scor-Pal to create a top folding card. Cutting the Jim pattern paper to fit the card front, I added Scott on Gray Cardstock which was cut to 5" x 5".

After coloring my image with Copic Markers, I scored lines around the image for a little bit of dimension. The tag and brad are coordinated perfectly with this collection and finished off this card nicely.

Cardstock, Pattern Paper: American Crafts
Markers: Copic Markers

This next card uses a variety of American Crafts papers and Clearsnap Inks to create a fun birthday card.

The Scor-Pal makes it so easy to create just the perfect score lines. This 3D card is so much fun to make and can be created for any occasion.

The card base is Brown American Crafts cardstock which has been scored and cut. Mike pattern paper has been cut to fit the base card and Jim has been placed on top.

I lightly inked the image with Clearsnap Inks and a Styllus, then added Clearsnap Smooch Ink for some shimmer on the balloons, the hat and the plate. The sentiment was stamped and embossed on a Journaling Card from the Justwrite package which I cut and adhered with foam adhesives.

Cardstock, pattern paper: American Crafts
Ink: Clearsnap Graphic 45 Decades Ink; Clearsnap Smooch Ink
Digi Image: SewManyCards
Stamp: MSE

Remember to stop at the Scor-Pal Blog because there are prizes involved.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Your next stop on this hop is Jenny Chesnick and I know she has something amazing to show you.


Nothing is harder.....

This week's JustRite Friday Challenge is a color challenge . . . add your choice of one color to punch up a black & white color palette!

I decided to use red as my color choice. I love the combination of black, white and red. I think it's such a striking combination.

This is my card:

Using black cardstock as the base of my card, I created a step card with my trusty scor-pal. Black and white pattern paper was used on top and inked with red.

The stamp is from Justrite's Thinking of You set and was stamped in red ink. I then cut it into an oval shape and added it to a larger die cut scalloped oval. Needing a little more dimension, the oval border was die cut and placed on top with foam adhesives. Rhinestones were added for a little sparkle.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper, rhinestones: Recollections
Stamps: Justrite Stampers
Ink: Clearsnap
Scoring tool: Scor-pal


Doodle Mania

Do you like to doodle with nothing specific in mind to create? I think it actually helps the creative process don't you? The latest challenge at Kuretake is called Doodle Mania.

I pulled out my Zig Markers and created a piece for my art journal. Since we are desperately hoping for Summer and wishing to see the flowers blooming once again, that is what I doodled about.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Markes: Zig Textile Markers; Zig Scroll & Brush Markers; Zig Writer


Scor-Pal and Skipping Stone Stamps

We are blog hopping today with Scor-Pal and Skipping Stone Stamps. You should have arrived here from Jennifer Ingle's blog. If you didn't just start at the Scor-Pal Blog and see what everyone has created today.

I am thrilled to have been playing with the Sassy Shoes stamp set and I had fun creating these cards.

"Born to shop, forced to work was stamped" on a pink cardstock panel in pink ink and then embossed, creating a very subtle background for my image.

The image was stamped in Denim Mix'd Media Inx and embossed with Pearl Embossing Powder. I then "painted" the image with several colors of Smooch Ink before cutting it out and adding to the pink panel with foam adhesives.

Using my Scor-Pal, I created a box around the pink panel.

The rhinestone swirl was added for a touch of bling and several of the rhinestones were colored with Smooch Ink.

For my next card, I cut my cardstock 5 1/2" x 11", then simply scored a straight line at the 5 1/2" point to create the perfect crease for my square card.

The shoes were stamped on cream cardstock, then the bows were colored with pink markers. The sentiment was stamped and then die cut with Spellbinders dies and adhered over the twill.

These stamps were perfect to use for the interior sentiment too.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Your next stop on this hop is Wendy Jordan.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Scoring tool: Scor-Pal
Stamps: Skipping Stones
Ink, embossing powder: Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx; ColorBox Cocoa Pigment Ink; Smooch; Top Boss Pearl Embossing Powder
Rhinestones: Want2Scrap


Favorite Shoes

Nothing beats a great pair of shoes, except perhaps some awesome papers to use behind the shoes! This is today's post at thePapertemptess.com

Die cutting the Black Licorice Glossy cardstock was easy and it's such a beautiful, slick color that it can stand on it's own with no other embellishments. I added it to the card base with foam adhesives for dimension, then I added the shoes on top and a small sentiment in the corner because I wanted the focus on the paper.

Cardstock: ThePapertemptress
Stamps: Skipping Stones
Ink: Clearsnap
Dies: Spellbinders


Cornish Heritage Farms

Check out this post at Cornish Heritage Farms.

It's time to announce the new Cornish Heritage Farms Design Team!

Anne Harmon
Barb Gmitro-Best
Barbara Bruder
Cindy Haffner
Dawn Bennett
Debbie Standard
Deneen Treble
Dianne Beans
Frances Byrne - DT Coordinator
Holly Brown
Jacqueline Smith
Kris Chirhart
Kristine Reynolds
Lisa Silver
Michele L
Petra Amico
Silke Kittmann
Steph Ackerman This is ME!!!!
Vicki Davis

I am so excited to be a part of this team. This is the card I submitted using a CHF digital image.

I used my Copic Markers to color the image and added rhinestones throughout. I created the card with Spellbinders Grand Calibre dies.

Check back in April when the first blog hop will show off some amazing stamps.


Altered Basics Blog Hop

Welcome to the Altered Basics Blog Hop! The Clearsnap Design Team is inking and altering our Basic Necessities, a variety of packaging materials and containers released at the CHA-W 2012 show in Anaheim, CA earlier this year. These "Basics" allow you to create custom inkpads, mix your own color combinations of Smooch Spritz and glitter, as well as provide a blank canvas for cute altered gifts, like the adorable tins our My Frist ColorBox Stamps are packaged in. You might recognize packaging from some of your favorite Clearsnap products like the salt shaker style jars from the Donna Salazar Designs Fairy Dust Glitter, an uninked ColorBox inkpad, and the Clear Boxes our Smooch Spritz Assortment Packs are packaged in. We think these Basic Necessities will allow your creativity to soar! We're also excited about giving away a set of select Basic Necessities items as prize for one hop commenter! Just click on the blogs each day, browse through the post and check out the "Altered Basic", and then leave a comment about your favorite Basic Necessity to be entered to win. For an extra entry, post the secret phrase "I love the Basics!" on our Facebook Page here: http://www.facebook.com/Clearsnap. We'll choose one winner from all of the comments on March 9, 2012!

March 7, 2012
Clearsnap Blog - Tami Sanders - http://clearsnap.blogspot.com/
Sabrina Alery - http://sabrinaalery.blogspot.com/
Mary Dawn Quirindongo - http://mypinkmexico.blogspot.com/
Jean Okimoto - http://davebrethauer.typepad.com/inkollage/
Daniela Dobson - http://danieladobson.blogspot.com/

March 8, 2012
Clearsnap Blog - Jean Okimoto http://clearsnap.blogspot.com/
Steph Ackerman - http://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Priest - http://hydrangeahippo.blogspot.com/
Charlotte Jenkins - http://suepup.blogspot.com/

Don't forget to leave a comment about your favorite Basic Necessity on each blog in the Hop. Happy Hopping!--the Clearsnap Design Team

For my first project, I decided to alter the Fairy Dust jar with the Spooky Design Adhesives. So I gathered an assortment of Designer Foils, Glitter and Embossing Powders and went to work.

I cut apart the Design Adhesives and placed different images on each side of the bottle. I used Lucky Penny and Winter Sky Foils on the tree.

I used Black Embossing Powder on the cat and Seaport Designer Foils on his hat. Then Lucky Penny and Cherry Pie on the stars.

I used Lucky Penny Foils on the candles and Cherry Pie Foils on the candelabra. Since I pulled a little too quickly, I had a missing spot, so I used some Emboss Gloss on the candelabara and added Silver Lining Glitter on top.

I used Lucky Penny and Irish Eyes Foils on the pumpkins and Black Embossing Powder on the bats.

I decided to add candy in my jar once I was done because I thought it would make a great table setting for Halloween.

For my next project I used the Smooch Spritz bottle. Using Dancing Hearts Design Adhesives and assorted Designer Foils, this was a fun bottle to alter.

I cut apart the hearts and placed them randomly on the bottle one at a time.

I added assorted colors of Designer Foils randomly on each heart. I was looking to create a fun effect.

Clearsnap Supplies:
Design Adhesives - Spooky and Dancing Hearts
Designers Foils - Lucky Penny, Winter Sky, Irish Eyes, Cherry Pie, Pink Punch, Seaport
Top Boss Embossing Powder - Black and Clear
Silver Lining Glitter
Emboss Gloss
Fairy Dust Glitter Jar
Jumbo Smooch Spritz Bottle

Your next step on this hop is Jennifer's blog and I know she has something fabulous for you.


For You

Today's challenge at SMC to use this sketch.

My card:

Cardstock: Bazzill
Die: Spellbinders, Nestabilities
Image: SMC
Markers: Copic


Forever in Our Hearts

Today's post at Scrappin Stuff .

Use pre-made card and cut green cardstock to fit card front
Cut pattern paper slightly smaller and ink with brown ink
Attach to card base
Cut pattern paper 5 ½” x 4” and ink with brown ink
Cut a mat from black cardstock and adhere
Add to card front
Adhere sentiment sticker to green and black cardstock
Add sentiment to card front

Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper, Sticker: Reminisce
Ink: Clearsnap


FotoBella DT

I am totally thrilled to have been invited to be a part of the FotoBella Design Team. The full announcement of the new Design Team is on their blog.

FotoBella has an awesome store and I am looking forward to working with them. Click on this link to the Store and check out the amazing products they have in stock.


Birthday Wishes

The newest challenge at Justrite Stampers is to create a birthday card and who doesn't always need a birthday card or two.

I used Justrite's Topsy Turvy Cakes clear stampset, coloring the cakes with Copic Markers, then die cutting with Spellbinders Nestabilities. A ribbon with a hanging sentiment completed the card.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper: Making Memories
Stamps: Justrite
Ink: Memento
Ribbon: Offray