Archive for ‘Love’

November 17, 2014

STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop – Day One

It’s stamp release month at STAMPlorations! Every day in the next 5 days, the other STAMPlorations girls and I will be sharing projects we created featuring the new stamps. Visit and leave a comment on all the stops on the hop for a chance to win.

FIVE (5) lucky hoppers randomly drawn from the designers’ blogs will each win a stamp set from the November release and ONE (1) lucky hopper randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $25 gift certificate to use towards products in the STAMPlorations shop. You have until Monday, November 25, 11:55 p.m. PST (GMT -800) to comment here and on my fellow designers’ posts for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on the STAMPlorations blog on Friday, November 28.

Today, we’re putting the spotlight on Rosebuds, the stamp set designed by Shirley Bampton. We’ll be picking one commenter to win this set so leave a comment here and on the rest of the STAMPlorations girls’ posts for a chance to win the set.



I just love the doodled feel of the stamps in this set, and I wanted to put the focus on the sweet bouquet. For my card, I cut a piece of watercolor paper, scored it in 1/2″ increments, and swiped Distress inks over it (frayed burlap, vintage photo, brushed corduroy, black soot) to create a faux wood panel. I mounted this onto my card base using foam tape. On scrap watercolor paper, I stamped the rose bouquet in jet black archival ink and die-cut a stitched oval frame from it. I used my Japanese watercolor brush pens to paint the roses and the background. I stamped the rosebud definition in yellow ink, and I repeated this on the card base before stamping the sentiment in Memento tuxedo black ink. And the card is done!

Now I hope you’ll visit the rest of the STAMPlorations girls’ blogs to see the projects they made showcasing this lovely set. Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you’re having a great week!

*** The stops in the hop***

STAMPlorations Blog
Debra | Deepti | Kylie | Maria Monika Nonni | Shery | Shirley Vicki

September 28, 2014

Paper craft project no. 273: Hippie chick

2014-09-28 Hippie girl 613 Avenue Create

Popping by to share my project for this week’s challenge over at 613 Avenue Create. It’s Anything Goes with the optional twist to use a heart. We have two awesome sponsors this week: Lacy Sunshine and Oak Pond Creations. Come stop by the blog to see the fun projects my teammates created!

For my project, I used a delightful image called Eleanor hippie chick from Lacy Sunshine. I gotta tell ya, I’m totally diggin’ this ’60s girl — right up my alley. She was super fun to color with my Spectrum Noir markers. I figured a colorful, psychedelic background is perfect for my hippie chick so I sprinkled different Brusho colors onto mixed media paper, spritzed with water to activate the colors, and then laid a 4″ by 5.25″ white card stock panel over. I dried the panel with my heat gun and then I sponged yellow PanPastel over the area. Stamped some hearts along the bottom, added some fun stickers at the top, and mounted it onto my card base. I used foam tape to adhere Eleanor, after I’d fussy cut her.  This is one of those cards that I ended up falling in love with afterwards because it was so cool ;o)

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September 3, 2014

Paper craft project no. 255: Cherish you one layer card

Hello! I’m here to share a one layer card I made. Late last week, I replenished my card stock supply. Because it was a long holiday weekend, I didn’t get my order until Tuesday. The wait was worth it, though, as I was  pretty pleased with what I got: a ream of 100# (270 gsm) premium heavy classic white card stock, my second favorite card base to use (my top favorite is the 140-lb cold press watercolor paper by Canson); a pack of 165# (660 gsm) double thick card stock (wowza, I am in love with this one — it is really, really, REALLY thick — and so perfect for some mixed media projects I’ve got planned); and a pack of 120# (480 gsm) recycled taupe brown fiber card stock (this card stock is super thick as well and super smooth to the touch!).

I took the taupe brown fiber card stock for a test drive last night and oh boy, did I fall in love with this card stock hard! Inks stamped like a dream. For my card, I stamped and masked the sunflower from the Bloom Sketches set in VersaMagic cloud white chalk ink. (It’s my favorite stamp right now, as I’ve used it so many times in the last couple of weeks alone — here, here, here, here, and here.) I stamped the bold sentiment (from the Boxed Blooms & Bold Sentiments set) in jet black archival ink. I debated whether to add some bling on the card, but decided to keep it simple by adding a border around using my Faber-Castell white PITT artist pen. And the card is done — took less than 10 minutes to make!

Anyway, I made the card as a reminder project for our current challenge at Time Out. There is still about a week left to join us! We’re having an “Inspired by Words” challenge: “If music be the food of love, play on.” [Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night] All you gotta do is create something inspired by that line. Doesn’t have to be the entire line. For my card, I took my cue from the word, “love”, and created this card that fits many occasions: anniversary, wedding, friendship.

Linking up my card to these 5 fun challenges: CAS on Sunday #41 – Black & White with One Color of Your Choice (my other color is taupe brown);  CASology #111 – Under (I masked my blooms so some of them are underneath the other blooms; then the blooms are under my bold sentiment and border; then my simple border looks like it’s under the sentiment); Stampavie and More #218 – CAS;  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Stamptember Stamp-It Challenge (use rubber or clear stamps; no digis); and Simon Says Monday Challenge – Boldly Go Into Stamptember (use bright ink; a large stamp, or be bold in your stamping — I used a large flower stamp and bold sentiments).

Thanks for stopping by!


August 27, 2014

Paper craft project no. 247: Love mixed media layout [with video tutorial]

2014-08-26 Love mixed media layout

Hello, friends! It’s a brand new challenge over at Time Out Challenges! This time around, we’re doing the Inspired by Words challenge. Ready? We’re going with a quote from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: “If music be the food of love, play on.” What does that phrase trigger for you? It can be the entire phrase, one word, or a couple of words. Music? Food? Love? Play? If you’re at all inspired by the phrase, we’d love you to share your project with us! We’ve got a wonderful guest designer joining us: Rosemary from Hey There…rosigirl. And do check out the projects that my teammates made — see how we each got inspired by Shakespeare!

I went with a mixed media 12″ by 12″ layout for my project. (You’ll see me doing plenty of mixed media layouts in the next few weeks.) I wanted to combine “music” and “love” but since I couldn’t find any papers with musical notes on them and I was too lazy to go through my stash to find the music sheet wood stamp, I settled on just “love”. Now, the photo I used in my project is one of my favorite photos of my husband and me. It was taken in 2003, a year before we got married. [It was a selfie — way before Facebook made it popular haha!] It was a wonderful day and I knew then that I was going to marry him (didn’t matter when…I knew he was THE ONE).

Anyway, rather than describe how I put together this layout, how about I show you how I did it from start to finish? I used a number of techniques and I wouldn’t want to bore you with a long description. (I listed the supplies I used below.) So here’s a video done in my usual style with a wee bit modification: it’s in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart my voice-over narration :o) I know your time is important, so this is a shorty — just a little over 13 minutes. Enjoy!

You can also watch the video directly on YouTube here

I’d like to enter my project to the following fun challenges: Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes; Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #3 – Stencils with Modeling Paste; Crafty Creations Challenge #270 – Use something old from your stash (I used old rub-ons); Fan-Tastic Tuesday Challenge #50 – Anything Goes; and Tuesday Throwdown #210 – Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Supplies: inks (Archival by Ranger; VersaMagic by Tsukineko), paper (The Paper Studio), paints and sprays (Distress Paint and Perfect Pearls Mist by Ranger; Twinkling H2Os), watercolor pencil and white PITT artist pen (Faber-Castell), gesso, modeling paste and gel medium (Liquitex), stencils (Heidi Swapp; Plaid; The Crafter’s Workshop), rub-ons (7Gypsies, a couple out of packaging), stickers (We’ve Got Your Border/Wedding and Sentiment/Love by SRM Stickers), and stamps (Bloom Sketches and Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds by STAMPlorations)

August 17, 2014

Paper craft project no. 240: You are my happy everything one layer card

2014-08-17 OLC You are my happy everything

Hello! It’s time for a new challenge at our cool neighborhood, 613 Avenue Create! This week, it’s anything goes and we’ve got 2 fabulous sponsors: Aurora Wings and Dr. Digi’s House of Stamps. Hope you’ll stop by to see the projects my teammates created and join in!

For my project, I went with a one layer card using the oriental poppies image by Aurora Wings. I printed the image on cardstock andcolored it with Spectrum Noir markers. I stamped my sentiment (from the Boxed Blooms, Sentiment Builders: Happy, and Bloom Sketches sets by STAMPlorations) in Memento inks (tuxedo black and VersaMagic red magic chalk ink). I finished the card by rounding one bottom corner. I debated whether to add some bling and decided to go without.

Convo snippet between the hubby and me:
me: Look, dear! [holding up card from my craft table]
dh: [from across the room] I’m your happy everything!
me: [realizing what I’d just done] Oh darn, now I can’t surprise you with this card anymore!

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Fusion – Bright Floral Celebration (I went with the inspiration photo); Inkspirational Challenge #63 – Red, Orange, Yellow (Uhm, I’m hoping the green is okay since it’s a floral image — and perhaps green can be a “neutral” color when it comes to flower images? To the Ink DT: If it’s not okay to use the green, please remove my entry from your gallery and I’ll try to create something else!); and Brown Sugar #107 – Anything Goes.


Thanks for stopping by!


July 9, 2014

Paper craft project no. 220: You had me at hello

2014-07-08 You had me at hello

This week at The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge blog, we’ve got an interesting challenge: use a line from your favorite flick. I have to confess, however, that Jerry Maguire is not my favorite movie. I haven’t even seen it (not a Tom Cruise fan) and I’m not in the least bit interested in seeing it…ever. So why did I pick that line then? Because it goes with the digi image that was provided by our sponsor, Eureka Stamps. My favorite movie of all time is 12 Angry Men (1957) and the line, “The burden of proof is on the prosecution. The defendant doesn’t even have to open his mouth. That’s in the Constitution” doesn’t really go with the heart bouquet image, ya know? So that famous Jerry Maguire line it is ;o)

For my card, I colored the heart bouquet with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut it. I partially stenciled the Reversed Chickenwire stencil (TCW) on my card base to ground my colored image (mounted using adhesive foam). I stamped the “hello” (from the Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments by STAMPlorations) and then hand-wrote the rest. I finished the card by applying Diamond stickles on the hearts so they sparkle.

A snippet of the convo DH and I had when I showed him the finished card:

DH: [after looking at the card] So did I have you at hello?
me: [thinking] Nah. You had me at hi.
DH: Oh, is that what I said the first time we met?
me: Yeah, and I remember feeling like I was going to pass out as I watched you walk toward me.
DH: Good thing you didn’t. I had my hands full with luggage.

Anyway, enough of the sappy stuff ;o)  I hope you’ll come visit the blog and check out the other projects that my teammates created for the challenge.

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More #103 – Holiday (my card fits Valentine’s Day); CAS(E) This Sketch #83; and Crafting with Dragonflies #30 – CAS Card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


July 4, 2014

Paper craft project no. 215: Missing you one layer card

2014-07-04 OLC Missing you

The July Challenge at the STAMPlorations blog has started! This month, the theme is STAMPS & GLITTER. The super-talented Kimberly Wiener is our guest designer this month so I hope you’ll check out her project, as well as the projects created by the STAMPlorations girls.

For my project, I went with another flower-themed one layer card. I stamped a daisy flower repeatedly to cover the bottom 2/3 of my card base. (This daisy is one of several I’d illustrated and turned into stamps; they’ll be available from STAMPlorations starting August.)  I loosely watercolored the flowers in distress inks (barn door, fired brick, broken china, faded jeans) and Inktense blocks (brown and different shades of green). I have a short video tutorial for a similar project in this post. The link to the video on YouTube is in there.

Next I stamped the sentiment (from the Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments) in Memento tuxedo black before spattering red and blue Inktense blocks. I finished the card by applying some Diamond and Patina stickles on the petals and centers of the flowers. (The glitter may not be so obvious in the photo, but it is very noticeable IRL.)

I’m entering my card to Paper Crafting Journey – Flower Power. It also fits the current challenge at One Layer Simplicity#6 – Wave the Flag. My card is in patriotic colors – red, white, and blue – since we’re celebrating Independence Day today.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Independence Day!


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