Happy Graduation

Good morning, Steph here today with a graduation card which is on the Zig Blog  today. This is a time to celebrate as our children start spreading their wings.   It's time to let them fly so I've used a dragonfly stamp which I've colored with Zig Brushable Markers.

The card size is approximately 3 1/2" x 5".
I used Zig Brushables in the following colors:
Powder Blue
Root Bear Float
Spring Green
The Zig Brushables allow you to blend the colors.   Using both ends of each marker, I blended the colors together on the wings.

For dimension, I cut out one of the dragonflies and added it on top of another.  The Coffee Zig Journaling pen was used around the edges of the sentiment and the dragonfly before matting with brown cardstock.

Cardstock:  American Crafats
Stamps: Hero Arts, Marks Finest
Ink:  Memento
Markers: Zig Markers

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Blog Hopping with the Crafter's Cafe Challenge design team

Hi friends. welcome to the Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog DT introduction Blog Hop!

If you have arrived from Deb's blog you are right on track. If you are just happening by, you will want to start on the the Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog.  Stop and leave some love on each blog along the way then leave a comment on our main challenge blog hop post to win one of two FABULOUS PRIZES!

A little about me:
I have been creating for as long as I remember and I have watched this industry change to include so many different and exciting products.  I will often play with my supplies because only then can you truly see what they are capable of.  I love to create cards and can be found in my studio at all hours of the day and night working on my projects. 

This is one of my favorite projects using thePapertemptress cardstock, Heartfelt Creations stamps, Spellbinders dies, Clearsnap Ink, and Copic Markers.:


Your next stop on the hop is the Crafter's Cafe Challenge blog - let them know you've left love for everyone on the hop.
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#1 Dad

Hi friends.

Wow, I completely forgot to post this card.  It was featured on the Zig Blog  for Father's Day.

Using a Woodware Stamp, I stamped it with Clearsnap Ink and accented portions of the sails with a Millenium Marker in Pure Blue.  The hull of the ship was colored with Zig Brushables in Platinum while elements were accented with Zig Fine & Chisel in Pure Red and Scroll & Brush in Wheat.  The Kurecolor Blue Gray was used round the edges of the die cuts as well as the water under the ship.

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Good morning, everyone.  There are so many digital images available at Cornish Heritage Farms you really need to check them out.

Today I'm using the Butterfly 2 digital image which I printed 3 times.    Using Copic Markers, I colored around the outside area  of the butterfly that I planned on using as the base, and colored the other two butterflies completely. 

I cut out the two fully colored butterflies and adhered them to the bottom butterfly with adhesive just along the body because I wanted to wings to be free.

Butterflies always remind me to remember what once was, so I chose that sentiment from Script Essential Expressions.  The flourish is from the Ornamental Beauty stamp set and I just stamped it in green ink randomly on top the pattern paper.

Don't forget to stop by everyone's blog today for more inspiration.

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Belly Band Card

Hi everyone, this week Scor-Pal  and Heartfelt Creations will be sharing projects each team has created.  The die I received from   Heartfelt Creations. is Layered Elegant Swirl (HCD 716), and the stamps I used are Flirty Fleurs (HCPC 3439) and Classic Messages (HCPC 3354).

Using my Scor-Pal, this belly band card was not only fun to create, it was also easy.  This card is the result of playing around with the Layered Elegant Swirl dies!

Cut green cardstock 9 1/2" x 9 1/2".
Score at 2 1/2" and 7".

Center the die along at the top of the center panel and tape in place.
Run through a die cut machine and remove the excess cardstock.
This die was just used to start the initial shape of the card.
Place wax paper across the card and tape the detailed die to the center panel, matching up the scalloped edges from the previous die cut.
Run through a die cut machine.

Repeat these steps around for all 4 sections.

Score along the edges of the die cuts.
Fold inward.
Cut a panel of pattern paper 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" and adhere within the scored lines to complete the interior of the card.

Lightly stamp the Floral image in the right corner with brown ink and emboss with clear embossing powder.
Stamp and cut out 3 tiny flowers and mold into shape.
Adhere atop the stamped image.
Add Dew Drops from the Robin's Nest to the center of each flower.
Stamp sentiment in black ink, mat with matching cardstock and adhere to the upper left edge of the card.
To create the belly band, cut coordinating cardstock 2 1/2" x 12".
Score at 3", 3 1/8", 8", and 8 1/8".
Fold on the scored lines.
Stamp the Floral image randomly across this band and emboss with clear embossing powder.
Stamp and cut out 2 tiny flowers and mold into shape.
Adhere atop the stamped image on the center portion of the belly band.
Add Dew Drops from the Robin's Nest to the center of each flower.

Add Scor-tape to the reverse side and adhere the ends together to create the belly band.

 Another view of the card with the belly band separate.
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On Your Baptism

Hi everyone. 

Have  you checked out the stamps and dies from   Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps yet? If not, you should see the fun assortment of stamps and dies they have in stock.

I used CLR032 - Clear Crosses; D032 - Cross Die.  The clear set has several different styles of crosses as well as sentiments which are perfect to use together or separately.

I scored the card to allow the lovely Core-dinations cardstock to show.  Then used sand paper around the edges.

The crosses were stamped in white ink and then embossed and then die cut.  I find I get a much better image this way.
Cardstock: Core-dinations
Ink, Embosisng Powder:  Clearsnap
Stamps: Prickley Pear
Dies: Prickley Pear, Spellbinders
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It's a new challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs   and we need to keep it Krafty while also using Cheery Lynn dies.  I love Kraft paper and this is the design I came up with.

I used the Mesh die and created corners for my card by folding the mesh to the back of the card.  Then I used the trellis die and added some flowers on top.

A Hero Arts sentiment stamped in Clearsnap Ink says it all.

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Time to reflect

Today is my day to host a challenge at Cornish Heritage Farms. 

For the "anything goes" challenge, I wanted to do something different with the  Woodgrain Backgrounder Stamp along the theme of Graduation.    With my son graduating from high school in two weeks, I wanted to give him a card that would allow him to reflect on what has been and what his next steps will be.

After stamping the background on white cardstock with raspberry ink, I decided to cut the stamped image into squares, and place the squares back in a random pattern on black cardstock.  This creates a really unique background.  Backgrounder Stamps are amazing because they are extremely versatile.  You don't have to use them as is - play around and see what you can create.

The sentiments are from A Time To Stamp.  I die cut Time into an oval shape using Spellbinders dies and added a larger oval as its background mat.  The smaller sentiment was added to the card front with foam adhesives for dimension.

Just remember that every stamp has so many possibilities - so take them out and play with them.

Please check out what the other designers have created:


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Happy Mothers Day

Hi everyone. 

Have  you checked out the stamps and dies from   Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps yet? If not, you should see the fun assortment of stamps and dies they have in stock.

I know that Mother's Day has passed, but I wanted to show you another card using Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps and dies.

I found this lovely pattern paper in my stash and decided to cut around the large flower and use that as the focal point.  Using the Gears Dies, I die cut them from chipboard and covered with several colors of embossing powders, trying to simulate the center of the flower.  I used the Happy Mothers Day sentiment, but you can easily use the Happy Birthday sentiment or any other sentiment of your choosing.

Under the flower, I used a Cheery Lynn Mesh die which I matted on kraft cardstock before adhering all the elements to my card.

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Just Because

Hi everyone, this week's blog challenge at Oozak.com is to focus on a sentiment.

I'm using this sweet Magnolia stamp - Tilda with Flower Pot.  I stamped her with Memento Tuxedo Ink on Copic Xpress It Cardstock, then colored her with Copic Markers.  The background papers are from Graphic 45's newest collection - French Country - which is full of fun colors and patterns.

The sentiment is from Justrite Stampers Grand Sentiments.  To add a little more interest, I used Tim Holtz's Old Paper Distress Ink  around the image and sentiment before matting them with cardstock.

Don't forget to stop by the blog  and enter your creation for a chance to win a prize.


Ranger Craft Cardstock:  http://www.oozak.com/products.php?cat=815
Graphic 45 pattern paper:  http://www.oozak.com/proddetail.php?prod=GRA4500648
Tim Holtz Ink:  http://www.oozak.com/products.php?cat=503
Memento Tuxedo Ink:  http://www.oozak.com/products.php?cat=284
Copic Xpress It Cardstock:  http://www.oozak.com/proddetail.php?prod=COPXPBC25&cat=578
Justrite Stampers Grand Sentiments: http://www.oozak.com/proddetail.php?prod=JRSCR-03885
Copic Markers:  http://www.oozak.com/products.php?cat=462

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Happy Father's Day

It's a new challenge at Justrite Stampers  and it's time for a masculine project.

I used the Anchor's Away stamp set, along with the coordinating Nested Oval Medallion Dies.

The image was stamped with Clearsnap's Arctic Deep Chalk Ink and then embossed with Clear embossing powder.   I then colored the rope with a Zig Scroll & Brush pen and the background with a Zig Kurecolor Marker.

The ship was stamped with Clearsnap's Mix'd Media Inx and embossed with Clear embossing powder and Arctic Deep was used along the edges.  The sentiment was stamped with Arctic Deep on the banner die after it was die cut.  I find I get a much better effect this way.
Stamps: Justrite Stampers
Ink, Embossing Powder: Clearsnap
Dies: Spellbinders
Markers: Zig
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Skating Day

It's time to showcase another Thomas Kinkade stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms and I am using this wonderful Skater's Pond   rubber stamp.   I first stamped the image with Clearsnap's Ice Blue Chalk Ink on white cardstock and embossed with Clear embossing powder.  Chalk Ink is the best ink to use to get the details of the Thomas Kinkade stamps to really stand out. 

Since I was matting the image with 2 layers of cardstock, I didn't want to add any additional bulk, so I used the  Gingham  background rubber stamp with brown ink directly on a white card to create the background.

I added some Glossy Accents on the pond - love how it appears on this card.

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Happy Monday everyone.  It's time for another reveal from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps..

With Father's Day looming, have you gotten your cards done yet?  Today, I'm using Fishing With Dad as the focal image of my card.  It was perfect to pair with this fun word paper I've had in my stash forever!!!!!  Add the Flourished Die cut (D033) as a backdrop and a card is ready in no time!

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You're Unique

It's a new challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs and they are asking for projects using red, white and blue along with their dies, of course.  I've started collecting Cheery Lynn dies and I am impressed with how detailed they are. 

On this card, I've used FRM115 - Lattice 2  as the backdrop, then used DL244 - Rum Punch Tiny Doily to hold the chipboard butterfly.

To help the Lattice stand out, I matted it with blue cardstock.  The Rum Punch Tiny Doily is quite detailed, and since I wanted to use 2 layers, I cut away the edges of the red doily and mounted it on the blue doily. 

The chipboard elements were inked before adhering to the card.  Since I didn't have the right color of twine to use with my flag elements, I thought adding a sentiment across the flag elements would alleviate the need for adding twine.

Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs
Cardstock:  Stampin Up
Ink: Clearsnap
Chipboard: Ruby Rock-it
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May Arts DT Call

Hi everyone, did you know that May Arts is having a DT call?  I am thrilled because I would love to work with this team.  And, having a wonderful supply of beautiful ribbons on hand wouldn't hurt either!!!!

My samples for the call include:

Catty Christmas card
Love this wonderful May Arts ribbon in pink - awesome  that I could "shed" it as if the cat got a hold of it before I used it on my card - simple but effective don't you think?

Happy Mothers Day card
Loved this wood grain pattern paper, but wanted a more feminine look - out came May Arts crocheted trim - the perfect finishing touch.  Love that the cream color of the trim worked well with the pattern paper I chose.
Hello card
May Arts Crocheted trim adds texture, color and dimension to this sweet card.  The trim "gives" a little so you can stretch and tie it as needed, and it still retained its shape.

Baby Buggy Favors 
Nothing screams baby shower like a baby buggy
Adding May Arts lace trim and little bits of ribbon were the perfect finishing touch to this little party favor and it was so easy to make!!!


And finally, a tutorial for my Friendship Box using May Arts lace and glitter ribbon.

Cut blue cardstock into a 9” square.
Score at 3” and 6”.
Rotate cardstock 90 degrees and score at 3” and 6”.
Turn cardstock so that the points are at the 6” spot and score from the point to the first score line.
Repeat for each corner.
Fold on score lines, folding the corners inward.

Using a floral rollagraph wheel, roll over white cardstock with Pinkolicious Ink.

Cut floral cardstock into 5 squares – each 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”.
Ink edges with Pinkolicious Ink and adhere 4 of them to the outside base within the scored lines.

Using a wordy rollagraph wheel and Squash Ink, roll across white cardstock.

Cut cardstock into a 9” square.
Score at 3” and 6”.
Rotate cardstock 90 degrees and score at 3” and 6”.
Cut out the 4 corners, creating a "T" shape.
Cut the corner pieces on a diagonal and trim to fit the corners of the base.
Ink edges with Squash Ink and adhere with the words showing.
Using the white side of this piece, ink the edges with Squash Ink.
Trim to fit.
Add Scor-Tape to the center panel and adhere, leaving the other flaps free.

Stamp 6 assorted sentiments on white cardstock with Very Berry Ink and emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.  
Cut, ink edges and mount 5 sentiments on blue cardstock.
Add 4 sentiments to the interior white flaps.
Stamp flourish on the center flap with Squash Ink and emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.
Die cut a sentiment into a circle and add to the center with foam adhesives.

To create the box top:

Cut blue cardstock 5 1/8" x 5 1/8” and score 1” around this piece.

Adhere the remaining floral panel to the center.
Cut along score line to the next scored line on each side. 
Add Scor-Tape to the smaller flaps and fold in to create the box top.

Add Scor-Tape around the edge of the box top.
Add Eyelet Trim  lace around the edge.
Clip at the corners so the ribbon lays flat.

Add Scor-Tape to the pink ribbon.

Place pink ribbon on top of the lace ribbon, pulling off the Scor-Tape in sections as you work.

Adhere the final sentiment to the box top.
Stamp a butterfly with Very Berry Ink and emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.
Add dots of color to the butterfly with Smooch Ink.
Adhere to the top with foam adhesives for dimension.

Add pearls around the box to finish.

Scoring tool:  Scor-Pal
Adhesive:  Scor-Tape
Ribbon:  May Arts
Ink, Smooch, Rollagraph, Embossing Powder:  Clearsnap
Cardstock:  Bazzill
Stamps:  The Stamps of Life, Hero Arts
Dies: Sizzix
Pearls: Hero Arts

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