Let's get together

Hi everyone. It's Wednesday and that means its time for a new challenge at Marks Finest Papers and Stamps.    And, I'd like to add that I was thrilled to be offered the chance to be the hostess of these Simple Salutations challenges.   Come on and try them, you'll love them and there is a chance to win some awesome stamps from Mark's Finest Papers and Stamps.

This week's Simple Salutations Challenge #73 is all about embossing.

Would love to see your creations.



Thinking of You

Good morning everyone.

I am loving the digital images available at Cornish Heritage Farms.   When I saw Laura in the store, I  knew she'd be perfect for this card.  She appears to be walking along and thinking of someone far away.

I colored Laura with Copic Markers and used a sentiment  from Script Essential Expressions.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Spellbinders Platinum Party Blog Hop - Day 2

Hi everyone.  I am so excited to be participating in the Spellbinders Platinum Party blog hop.  Be sure to start at the Spellbinders blog to see all the participants for each day. Remember, you must visit all the participating blogs to be eligible for the grand prize.

Photo: **EXCITING NEWS** 2 DAY EVENT! Platinum Party Blog Hop! | We'll be featuring our Platinum Preferred Product Partners and giving YOU a chance to win some great prizes! Please, share the news with your friends. Here's the details: http://bit.ly/PPPParty

I received some new dies from Spellbinders and some wonderful stamps from The Stamp Doctor.  Did you know that The Stamp Doctor creates many of their stamps to work with Spellbinders dies? And did you know that Spellbinders creates The Stamp Doctor dies?   Check out what I've been able to do with products from these wonderful companies.

Merry Christmas Card

I used the Spellbinders 2013 Heirloom Ornament die.  It's the perfect die to create cards with.  Just line up the largest  die on the folded edge of the cardstock and run it through your Grand Calibur. A perfectly shaped card has been created in no time.

Die cut the next layer from red cardstock, then stamp the sentiment - it fits perfectly around the edge of the ornament!  Cut the next size die from red cardstock and adhere to the larger ornament.  Die cut a reindeer and ink it before removing it from the die (love this effect).  Add to the top ornament with Glue Dots so that it is slightly raised from the surface.  Now die cut the Holly Twigs and Leaves, inking them before removing them from their dies. Add them to the side with foam adhesives for dimension.

Tie a ribbon to the largest ornament and add this piece to the card front.

Die cut the 3rd die from white cardstock and add to the interior of the card.  Stamp a sentiment from The Stamp Doctor inside and adhere.

Keep Your Spirit Bright


This next card uses my Scor-Buddy to create a gate fold card.  Simply cut cardstock to 5 1/2" x 11" and score at 2 3/4".  Rotate the card and score again at 2 3/4".  Fold inward.

Add assorted pattern papers to the front, inking first with ColorBox Warm Red Chalk Ink.  Die cut a  red and smaller white ornament from the 2013 Heirloom Ornament die using the 2nd and 3rd dies, stamping the StampDoctor sentiment on the white one.  Adhere together. Tie ribbon to the top ornament and adhere to the left side of the card only.

Die cut the 2 wreaths and bows from Spellbinders' new Holly Wreath die and be sure to emboss the top layer.  Using a dauber, ink all the pieces with ColorBox Guacamole Chalk Ink, then assemble the wreath, offsetting it slightly so you can see both layers.

Using Glue Dots, center the wreath  on top of the stamped ornament. 

Add some bling with the Best Glue Ever to create the berries on the wreath. 

Here is today's list of participants:

Richard Garay -  http://www.myfunstampersjourney.com/
Allie Gower My Card Party - http://mycardparty.com/2013/11/20/sb-holiday-blog-hop/
(for Want2Scrap)
Eva Dobilas -   http://evafromca.blogspot.com/  (for JustRite)
Kathy Roney - www.joyfullymadedesigns.blogspot.com  (for Heartfelt Creations)
Emily Lanham - http://createserendipity.blogspot.com/ (for Tsukineko)
Steph Ackerman - http://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/ (for The Stamp Doctor) HERE

Thanks for stopping by today.   Enjoy the hop and be sure to click here for your entry into the Grand Prize drawing.


Cardstock: Bazzill, Papertemptress.com
Pattern paper:  Teresa Collins
Dies: Spellbinders
Stamps: TheStampDoctor
Ink: Clearsnap
Dew Drops: The Robin's Nest
Scoring Tool: Scor-Pal
Adhesive: Glue Dots, ScraPerfect


Happy Birthday Mechelle

Hi everyone. It's the Stamp Doctor Mechele's birthday today so we wanted to send her lots of happy birthday wishes through a blog hop. Happy Birthday Mechele.

The flower stamp is the Rose Bouquet from the Stamp Doctor and I colored it with Copic Markers.

Here's the blog list. You should have gotten her from Luisa's blog. If not, start at Lizzie's blog and follow along.

Hope you'll stop by to say hello and happy birthday to Mechelle.

Steph HERE

Thanks for stopping by.


Noel Outhouse

Hey everyone, it's a new challenge at The Crafters Challenge Blog.  Today's sponsor is Rick St. Dennis and the challenge is metal.

I found this metal paper in my stash - it must be at least 7 years old!!!!!  The store that sold it went out of business a long time ago and I knew I'd use it sometime.  Well that time has come!

It did seem a little plain until I scored the metal with my Scor-pal - wow what a difference that made - it really brought the metal to life.  I tied a ribbon around it before adding it to the card front.

The image is the Noel Outhouse, which I thought was too cute, all decked out with it's own holiday flair!  I colored the image with Copic Markers, then die cut it, adding it to the card front with foam adhesives for dimension.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Happy Holidays

Hi everyone. It's Wednesday and that means its time for a new challenge at Mark's Finest Papers &Stamps.    And, I'd like to add that I was thrilled to be offered the chance to be the hostess of these Simple Salutations challenges.   Come on and try them, you'll love them and there is a chance to win some awesome stamps from Mark's Finest Papers &Stamps.

This week's Simple Salutations Challenge #72 is all about Holiday cards


Give Thanks

It's a new challenge at Cornish Heritage Farms   and I'd love to see you create a Thanksgiving card.

I chose to work with the Fall Harvest  rubber stamps.  This collection has 18 assorted stamps and can be used for all your fall themed projects.

I created the background for the card by stamping the Gingham Backgrounder Stamp  on orange cardstock.  Using brown ink, I purposely did not ink up the entire stamp, opting for a very distressed look. Once stamped, I randomly tore the edges and then inked around the entire piece with more brown ink.

I stamped all the elements in brown and orange ink and embossed each with clear embossing powder before fussy cutting them.  A ribbon tied around the card adds to the fall look.

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

Thanks for stopping by today.



Winter Wonderland

Good morning everyone, it's a wonderful day for a blog hop. I am thrilled to be participating with the teams from Scor-Pal and Magnolia-licious.

If you are just joining this hop, please start at the Magnolia Challenge Blog and get all the details, then follow us as we show you some wonderful projects.  There are prizes to win, so be sure to follow along closely, pick up the secret letters as you pass by and comment on everyone's post.  You are going to be amazed at the projects that have been created for this hop!

You should have arrived here from  Julie's blog.

My project is quick and easy, but was lots of fun to make.  And who doesn't need a new ornament for their tree?



Using my Scor-pal, I began my project by creating a rosette from Graphic 45 pattern paper. Once I had the strips cut, I scored each at 1/2" increments, then folded to create the larger rosette. To create the smaller rosette, I cut the strips smaller and then scored at 1/4" increments.

Mimi, Betsy and Snowy were stamped on Cryogen White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored with Copic Markers. The image was fussy cut and Scor-tape was used to adhere the elements together.   See, I told you it was quick, didn't I?

Now, onto the rest of the hop. 

My letter is A. 

Be sure to stop by all the blogs on the hop and gather all the clues. If you get lost along the way start at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog.

Your next stop on the hop is Patti Jo's blog.

Happy hopping.



Christmas Elf

Hi everyone, it's a new challenge at Oozak.com and we'd love to see your  Holiday themed creations.

I chose this awesome LaLaLand stamp - Marci Elf - to work with today.  She is just so sweet and is perfect for all your holiday creations.

Using my Scor Buddy, I created a gate fold card, then added pattern paper to the front of the card.  A Spellbinders die was cut from white cardstock and adhered to the left side creating the perfect mat for Marci.  A smaller mat of Graphic 45 pattern paper added a touch of Christmas green.

Marci was colored with assorted Copic Markers, then fussy cut.  For a little more dimension, I placed foam adhesives behind her.

For the interior, I cut Graphic 45 pattern paper to fit, then added a white mat on top with the sentiment.


ScorBuddy - http://www.oozak.com/proddetail.php?prod=SCOSP104
LaLaLand Stamp - http://www.oozak.com/proddetail.php?prod=LLA5147
Memento Tuxedo Black - http://www.oozak.com/search.php
Copic X-Press It cardstock - http://www.oozak.com/proddetail.php?prod=COPXPBC25
Copic Markers - http://www.oozak.com/products.php?cat=462
Stickles - http://www.oozak.com/search.php

Thanks for stopping by today.



Happy Birthday

Hi everyone. It's Wednesday and that means I'm hosting a new challenge at Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps.    Come on and try the challenges.  I think you'll find them fun and challenging plus there is a chance to win some awesome stamps from Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps.

This week's Simple Salutations Challenge #71 is to create a feminine birthday card.    I love this Butterfly stamp - it's great for creating backgrounds. 

I created the background using an assortment of inks from Tim Holtz, then running my paper through the inks.  Then I stamped the butterflies on top.  Love how the patches of color created in the background show through the butterflies.

I fussy cut around the top of the butterflies, matted with yellow cardstock, then added to a pink frame before adding to the card front.  I left the top open so I could insert a tag inside.

I also inked the edges of the tag then added my sentiment in the center.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Good morning everyone.

It's Thomas Kinkade week at Cornish Heritage Farms.  This week I'm using Streams of Living Water stamp which is an incredibly detailed stamp.  I stamped the image with Clearsnap's Blackbird Chalk Ink.  Giving it a few minutes to dry, I then  added color using Clearsnap's Paintbox Inks and Styllus tips to apply the inks exactly where I wanted color.  I wanted to "frame" the chapel with color so that it stood out from the background.

I selected some cardstock that would coordinate with my ink choices and matted the image with kraft and blue cardstock.

The sentiment from Ornamental Beauty , was stamped with Clearsnap's Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink and embossed with Clear embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Thinking of You

Hi everyone

I have a new project posted on the Basically Bare blog using some amazing products from Basically Bare and Art Anthology.  Check out how a few products can be used very effectively.

Check it out here.
Thanks for stopping by.


Grill Time

Hi everyone. It's Wednesday and that means its time for a new challenge at Mark's Finest Papers &Stamps.    And, I'd like to add that I was thrilled to be offered the chance to be the hostess of these Simple Salutations challenges.   Come on and try them, you'll love them and there is a chance to win some awesome stamps from Mark's Finest Papers &Stamps.

This week's Simple Salutations Challenge #70 is all about creating a background with your stamps.


Get Well Wishes

Good morning everyone.  It's a new challenge at Cornish Heritage Farms   and Anne has asked us to create a get well card.

So, I thought this Teacup Digital Stamp would be perfect.  I chose to color it with Zig Markers, adding a little Gold Lame Smooch Ink to the edge of the honey spoon. 

The sentiment is from the Script Essential Expressions stamp set which has so many different sentiments to choose from - there is sure to be something for everyone.

The background was embossed with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and I used a Spellbinders die to cut the background behind the tea cup.

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

Thanks for stopping by today.



Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Welcome to the Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop!! The best crafters, designers, and makers have come together to create and share a series of thoughtful, handmade gifts for the holidays during this 3 day blog hop. Our goal is to inspire you to create something from the heart this holiday season as well as share how to use our products in fun, innovative ways. We intend this hop to serve as a resource to you for this holiday season and for years to come.

Hop along to each blog in the list. Each day, from November 1 through November 3, 2013, we’ll be posting a brand new list of blogs to hop to. Comment on each blog, share your favorite posts over social media, and then use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of each post to enter to win the Grand Prize, a gift basket filled with crafty swag from the companies on the hop! We’re ready to inspire, share, and create – are you ready to hop?

I am thrilled to be participating in the third Handmade Holidays blog hop.

My projects today include products from Clearsnap and Walnut Hollow.

I received this cute mini crate from Walnut Hollow and knew it would be perfect to hold items I use constantly.

I first spritzed it with ColorBox's new Glacier Lake Spritzer which is a dye ink spray.  Since I always make a mess when using sprays, ColorBox's Color Catcher is the perfect surface to catch all that extra ink!!!  The ink dries very quickly so  I was able to continue working on the crate. 
I gently sanded the crate then used Surfacez Ink in Fudge to add swipe additional color on to the crate.  This ink adheres to most surfaces easily and I was able to create an aged appearance as the ink got into the grain of the wood.
Next, I used Clearsnap's Design Adhesives and Designers Foils to add details to the crate.  The gold foils really added a nice pop of color.  And this crate perfectly holds my collection of Design Adhesives and Designer Foils.

This next project is Walnut Hollow's Small Lancaster Trunk and it's a beauty!!  So many possibilities exist when working with it.

I inked the entire piece with Fudge Surfacez Ink.  Since this ink adheres to most surfaces easily, it was perfect to use for a hint of color.  I didn't want to use paint because that takes too long to dry and since Surfacez Ink dries almost instantly, I could continue working with no down time.  Once I get involved in a project, I want to keep working on it!

I used assorted papers from Graphic 45's Secret Garden papers, cutting each a little smaller than the box then inking the edges of each with Fudge Surfacez Ink.  I wanted a bit of the wood to show throughout and the inking on the paper allowed it to blend together beautifully.

Once completed, I added some potpourri inside.  Wouldn't this be lovely in a woman's room - just remove the top to allow the aroma to run free. 


I hope you are enjoying the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop.  Please leave comments on each post along the way for your chance to win some great prizes.

Here is today's hop list:

Clearsnap http://blog.clearsnap.com
Craft Attitude  http://www.jonathanfongstyle.com/blog/
Smoothfoam http://www.smoothfoam.com/blog/
Donna Salazar Designs  http://donnasalazardesigns.blogspot.com/
Walnut Hollow http://walnuthollowcrafts.wordpress.com/
100 Proof Press http://www.100proofpress.com/_blog/Blog
Graphic45 http://g45papers.typepad.com/
ICE Resin http://iceresin.com/icequeen/
Stampendous http://stampendousblog.wordpress.com/
Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/
Graphic 45 – Romy Veul - http://scrapstuffandmore.blogspot.nl/
Clearsnap – Steph Ackerman http://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/     HERE
Sizzix – Tami Mayberry http://tamimayberry.blogspot.com/
100 Proof Press – Vicki O’Dell http://www.vickiodell.com
ICE Resin - Cindy Cima Edwards http://www.cindycima.com/
Donna Salazar Designs – Nadia Canizzo http://samnadia.blogspot.com/
Graphic 45 – Susan Lui  http://luv2scrap-pages.blogspot.com/
Sizzix - Lorine Mason http://lorinemason.com/blog/
Smoothfoam – Lindsay Obermeyer http://loops.typepad.com/serendipity/
Donna Salazar Designs – Tracey Sabella http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/
Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu http://meihsia.blogspot.com/

Thanks so much for stopping by today.



Laugh a little

Recently Clearsnap and the Robin's Nest combined for a cross promotion and I was thrilled to be a part of it. I love it when I can combine wonderful products together. For the hop, I created a gate fold card.

Cut black cardstock 5 1/2″ x 11″. Using the Scor-Pal, score at 2 3/4″ and 8 1/4″, then fold on the scored lines creating the card.

Cut 2 pieces of pattern paper 2 5/8″ x 5 1/4″ for the exterior panels.
Cut 1 piece of pattern paper 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ for the interior.
Using a Stylus, ink all edges with pink ink.
Adhere all three pieces to the card base.

Using a Sizzix die, die cut a large black scalloped circle.
Using the reverse side of the pattern paper, cut a smaller scalloped circle.
Using a stylus, ink the edges with pink ink and adhere to the left panel.

Die cut a smaller circle from black cardstock.
Stamp sentiment in black ink on white cardstock and die cut into a circle.
Using a stylus, ink edges with pink ink and adhere all circles together.
Adhere some Dew Drops around the card panels.

Using the reverse side of the glitter paper, stamp a sentiment in black ink.
Cut the panel into a 4″ square and ink the edges with pink ink using a stylus.
Mat with black cardstock and adhere to the card interior.
Add Dew Drops to the interior panel – above and below the sentiment.

Wouldn't you agree that these companies products work very well together? Check our both the Clearsnap blog and the Robin's Nest blog for amazing projects by all the designers.

Thanks for stopping by today.