Dream It Wish it Do it

Hi everyone.  Been playing around this weekend with stamps from the Rubber Dance

I love this sentiment and wanted to frame it in some way.  So I pulled out my Spellbinders dies and created a set of 3 dimensional elements to use with the stamp. 

To see more of the stamps available, visit the Rubber Dance store.

For more inspiration, please visit the Rubber Dance blog.

Stamps:  Rubber Dance
Ink:  Clearsnap
Dies: Spellbinders
Cardstock:  Bazzill
Pattern paper: Momenta

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Hello with Leaves

Hi everyone, I have fallen in love with the leaf stamps from Rubber Dance.  This set - #NP1-M: I Love Leaves has a variety of leaves in all shapes and sizes. 

I kept the sheet of rubber whole and inked it with assorted colors of chalk ink.

Several leaves were inked and then fussy cut.  A ribbon was tied around the card and a simple sentiment was tied with jute.

To see more of the stamps available, visit the Rubber Dance store.

For more inspiration, please visit the Rubber Dance blog.

Stamps:  Rubber Dance
Ink:  Clearsnap
Ribbon:  May Arts

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Craftwell - Guest Designer

Hi everyone, I am thrilled to be guest designing for Craftwell USA today.  Craftwell is the maker of eBrush, Teresa Cut 'N' Boss, eBosser,  and eCrafter as well as some amazing large format embossing folders.

I received this awesome Theresa Collins embossing folder - Snapshots.  This embossing folder is  approximately 8 1/2" x 12" - I've not seen one this large before and it's the perfect size for a full sheet of cardstock.   The possibilities are endless with an embossing folder of this size. 

I used Core-dinations cardstock for the base, cutting it to fit my card.  Using the embossing folder, I embossed the cardstock, then used a distressing tool over the embossed images.   I added another sheet of cardstock on top, distressed the edges and wrapped yellow ribbon around the panel.  A birthday cake and coordinating sentiment were stamped and embossed, then die cut to fit the card.

The embossing folder created a perfect backdrop for my card.
This 8" x 8" square frame also uses Core-dinations cardstock.   I cut out the center of the paper then embossed the panel.  I again distressed the entire piece and adhered it to the frame with Mod Podge.  For the opening, I stamped a sentiment with Ann Butler's ColorBox Berry Ink and embossed it with Top Boss Clear Embossing Powder. 
Assorted Prima flowers were inked with Berry Ink and added around the opening. 
I think this would be a perfect gift for the upcoming holidays, don't you?
Be sure to stop by the Craftwell blog and check out what their designers have been creating.
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Halloween Gift Bags

Hi everyone.  It's almost Halloween and the Scor-Pal team is creating Halloween projects this week.  Are you ready for the little ones collecting all that yummy candy?  Have they told you what they want to be yet?  Do you have their goodie bags ready?  Well for the big kids, here are a couple of treat bags that are easy to make and fill with all kinds of goodies.

They are extremely quick to make and fun to decorate. 


Start with 12" cardstock and score at  2 1/2", 5 1/2", 8", 11". 
Rotate 180 degrees and score at 3".

Cut up the vertical score lines to the 3" score line.
Cut out the 1" corner piece.

Cut 2 pieces of pattern paper 2 3/4" x 8 3/4" and adhere to the box.
Place Scor-tape along the 1" edge and assemble the box.

Fold in the box bottom, adding Scor-tape along the edges of the outer layer.

To create the handle, cut a strip of cardstock 1 1/2" x 12".
Add Scor-tape to the edges and adhere to the sides of the box.
Tie ribbon to one side of the box.

The cat and witch were die cut from cardstock using my Cricut.  But any die cuts could be used.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to stop by the Scor-pal blog for more tutorials.


Thank You

It's a new challenge at Cornish Heritage Farms, and Frances has asked to create a project based on this sketch.

Sketch Challenge for challenge 23rd September hosted by Frances 
I used the Trees Backgrounder for the background.  Using ColorBox Saddle Ink, I stamped onto  pattern paper so a slight design appears behind the trees.  This is one of my favorite stamps because it is just so versatile.  Stamp it on plain paper or pattern paper for different looks every time you use it.
I reversed the sketch because I was using the Trees Backgrounder, then used a sentiment from Script Essentials.

Spellbinders dies were used to create the circles which were then trimmed to fit.   Petaloo flowers were added tot he center and the panel was added to the card with foam adhesives for dimension.

Don't forget to check the Cornish Heritage Farms Design Team's cards on their blogs:
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Create Your Own Sunshine

Today's card is a quick one using a large stamp from the Rubber Dance.  I love the size of the sentiment - it really takes center stage.  This stamp is from #SET2-M Think Again.

The card is 4" x 5 1/2".   I used an assortment of scraps on the card, then the sentiment was placed on top with foam adhesives for dimension.

To see more of the stamps available, visit the Rubber Dance store.

For more inspiration, please visit the Rubber Dance blog.

Stamps:  Rubber Dance
Ink:  Clearsnap
Cardstock:  Bazzill
Pattern paper:  October Afternoon

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Clearsnap and Walnut Hollow Blog Hop


Welcome to the Clearsnap and Walnut Hollow blog hop.  I am so excited you are here.  Please visit everyone's blog and see what they've created.

I received this awesome Roomy Box to work with  from Walnut Hollow.  Walnut Hollow has tons of amazing products to work with including boxes, plaques, clocks and more.

I began by painting the box with ColorBox Crafter's Ink in Stone.  Placing the ink on a craft sheet, I spritzed it with water so I could use it with a paint brush.  Then I used ColorBox Crafter's for Ann Butler in Berry to stamp a pattern across the top with EZ-De's Stamps - Checkered Woven Hearts.  I was going for a slightly aged look, so I was not concerned with the "missing" spots you can see about the top.

Earlier this week, we blogged with Fancy Pants Designs.  Still having some papers from the Burlap and Bouquets collection on my table, I used a sheet of corrugated paper and spritzed it with ColorBox Spritzers in Putty for an aged appearance.

The corrugated papers were inked with Stone Crafter's Ink and adhered to the box top and bottom.  Then I selected assorted papers from the Burlap and Bouquets collection to decorate the interior, cutting them to fit and inking with Stone Crafter's Ink before adhering.  I cut several doilies from the paper collection and added them under a piece of torn paper.

To finish, I stamped the same pattern around the bottom of the box.  Along the top edge, I used Ann Butler's flower stamp strip from EZ-De's Stamps - 1" Rail Fence Set A, also in Berry Ink.  Stone Crafter's Ink was used along the edges using the inkpad directly on the wood.  It provided a nice darker finish to the edges.

Now my dilemma was finishing off the top.  I knew I wanted some dimension, but wasn't too sure how to proceed.  I pulled out Ann Butler's 2" Flourish Stamps from EZ-De's Stamps and stamped my initial in Berry Ink on white cardstock.  I then mounted it on a piece of corrugated paper.
My initial was just the right embellishment I needed to finish my box and mounting it atop a Spellbinders die cut just completed the box.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Please stop by all the designers and see what they've created today.


Play Ball

Hi everyone.  It's Wednesday and that means its time for a new challenge at Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps.   This week's Simple Salutations Challenge  # 114    is to create with a sports theme.

This card is 3 1/2" x 5" and I stamped baseballs repeatedly across the card.  I've used the Tailgate Party stamp  set.

Don't forget to enter your card here for a chance to win some stamps.

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Paulie's Shadowbox - Blog Hop with Fancy Pants and Clearsnap

Hi everyone! For the next few days Fancy Pants and Clearsnap are having a BLOG HOP!   There are lots of amazing projects to be seen!

Check the CLEARSNAP BLOG and the FANCY PANTS BLOG for previews and links to the blogs of participating designers…


I was thrilled to receive Fancy Pants' Burlap and Bouquets collection.  The colors and patterns lent themselves perfectly for an outdoor project.

I found this shadow box and knew it would be fun to create with.  I first painted the frame with a layer of gesso.  Once dry, I spritzed it  with ColorBox Spritzers in Lemon Drop and Putty.  The gesso allowed the colors to show rather than be absorbed by the wood.

Since the spray inks dry very quickly, I was able to then do a secondary spritz with Grasshopper almost immediately. 

In deciding the papers I wanted to use, I found the corrugated paper in this collection would be the perfect backdrop for my photo.  And I thought the burlap paper would add some nice dimension around the frame.  I inked each piece with ColorBox Mix'd Media Leather Inx before adhering to the shadowbox.  A tag was also inked with Mix'd Media Leather Inx and Paulie 2014 was added on top using the included stickers.  The edges of the shadowbox were also inked with Leather Inx to add more depth.  I cut apart the doily paper in this collection to use as an element in the corner of my shadowbox.

Assorted papers were cut, inked with Leather Mix'd Media Inx and added to the shadow box with a variety of foam adhesives for different levels of dimension

Several buttons were added around the photo and assorted stickers were added to the tag attached to the photo.

These Fancy Pants papers were perfect to showcase our furry family member.

Please visit both the Clearsnap blog and the Fancy Pants blog to see all the wonderful projects from both design teams.  And there is a giveaway on the Clearsnap blog so be sure to stop by.

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Falling Leaves

Hi everyone, the new stamps from the Rubber Dance are awesome.  This month I received #NP1-M: I Love Leaves.  These leaves are very detailed and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

You can easily cut apart the stamp sheet and use them individually, but I elected to keep the sheet whole.  I inked the leaves with Clearsnap's Chalk Inks in Candied Yam and Creamy Brown.

Stickers spelled out Fall in the corner, and some twine was wrapped around the left side with a tag.

To see more of the stamps available, visit the Rubber Dance store.

For more inspiration, please visit the Rubber Dance blog.

Stamps:  Rubber Dance
Ink:  Clearsnap
Cardstock:  Bazzill

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Monogram Ceramic Plaque with Ann Butler Designs

Hi everyone, and I've got a post on this Ann Butler blog today.

I found this ceramic plaque and wanted to try Ann Butler's Crafter's Ink from ColorBox.  I must say that I love the result.  No smearing.  A perfect impression every time and since I was using 1" stamps around the edge, I was thrilled with the results.

Using KellyCraft's EZ-De's Flourish ABC's, I stamped my initial in the center with Berry Ink.  Then stamped around the initial with Aquamarine Ink

I stamped the Unity 1" Leaves All Over stamp around the edge, holding an oval mask in place so the leaves would flow around the letter. 

Flipping over the oval die cut, I stamped it with the Unity 2" Diamonds and Plaid stamp in Berry Ink.  I did not like the Aquamarine stamped pattern so I covered it with the die cut oval.

I used Sunshine Ink to add dots from the Unity 2" Doily Picnic Stamps over the initial.  Around the edges I painted Earth Safe Finishes in Aquamarine.  As a finisher, I adhered some lovely May Arts ribbon around the oval.

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Birthday blessings

It's a new challenge at Cornish Heritage Farms, and Amber has asked us to create a masculine card.

I've used the  Lighthouse 3  digital stamp (one of my favorites!) which I've colored with Tombow Markers, Gelli pens and Faber Castel Gelatos.

The paper I chose to use was a little dark, so I tore the bottom edge and mounted it on red cardstock before adhering to the card.

Don't forget to check the Cornish Heritage Farms Design Team's cards:

  • Amber Hillman
  • Ann Marie Saunders
  • Irit Shalom
  • Kelly Santi
  • Kristine Reynolds
  • Maureen Russell

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    Mini Beach Canvas

    Hi everyone, this mini canvas was posted on the Rubber Dance blog last week.

    I started by first inking the canvas with 3 colors of Clearsnap chalk ink - blue for the sky, cream for the center and tan for the ground.

    Next, I used the #BM1-5D: Sea Mesh stamp, inking it first with Candied Yam Chalk Ink and stamping the canvas.  I then inked the stamp again with Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink and stamped over the first image.

    The #BM1-L: Retro Beach sentiment was stamped on a scrap of paper with Rose Coral Chalk Ink and the #BM1-5D: Sea Mesh was stamped lightly on top of the sentiment.  I then tore it, inked it and added it to the canvas with foam adhesives for dimension.

    I stamped the #BM1-6F: Beach  shells in Licorice Ink  across the bottom of the canvas.

    This canvas may be small, but it was fun to make and is a perfect reminder of summer fun.

    To see more of the stamps available, visit the Rubber Dance store.

    For more inspiration, please visit the Rubber Dance blog.

    Stamps:  Rubber Dance
    Ink:  Clearsnap

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    Reach for the stars

    Hi everyone, I've got a post on the Art Anthology blog today.   I love working with these paints.

    I started with an inexpensive wood frame. You can find them in all shapes and sizes and with the holidays approaching, it's a great time to get started on your gifts.

    I wanted the wood grain to show on the frame, so I lightly painted the frame with Portobello. I placed the Twilight Stencil on the left side and painted it with Lemon Tart and Tiger Eye. On the right side I used the Dottie Stencil with Mayan Gold.

    Once the paint was dry, I used Colorations Sprays with the same stencils, but put them on the opposite sides for contrast.

    For the insert, I used the  Dottie Stencil with Glorious Colorations.   Modeling Paste was used with the Take Flight Stencil.

    I finished the insert by lightly painting the birds with Aloha Velvet, then added some Lemon Tart, Mayan Gold and Chocolate around the birds.

    I typed the words and cut them into sections, spritzed them with Timeless Colorations using the Dot Matrix Stencil and then lightly painted the edges with Mayan Gold and Chocolate.  The words were added with foam adhesives for dimension.

    For more dimension, I realigned the Timeless Stencil and used Champagne and Blizzard Dimensional Crystals randomly around the frame.