CPS #190 using Lawn Fawn, Spellbinders & American Crafts

Today, I had every intention of making a few Halloween cards.  However, it is just around 100 degrees here, in North East Florida, and I just could not get into seasonal stamping lol.  My bright City Park paper from American Crafts was calling out to me loud and clear.  This line makes me so happy!  From the graphic design American Crafts is known for, to the amazing images, plus they scattered glitter all over it, just screams fun!  To start, I cut/embossed my pattern paper with a Grand Scalloped Square die template, using my handy dandy Grand Calibur.  Die cutting has never been easier or more fun using these new tools!  Okay, so now that my paper is die cut, it was time to score it.  Since the die cut is a perfect 6 inch square, I scored at 3 inches (you have got to love easy math).  Oh, let me back track for a second, I am using the Card Positioning Systems sketch #190, I am a sucker for a great sketch!  Now that my card is scored, it was time to start embellishing it.  The fun sentiment and lightbulb image are in the How Delightful stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  They are actually stamped onto a cut/embossed Spellbinders Labels Fourteen die cut.  The light bulbs were stamped onto white paper, fussy cut out, then adhered onto the card stock.  To finish off the card I added some fun polka dot ribbon, and tied a bow.

Materials Used:
How Delightful stamp set from Lawn Fawn
City Park pattern paper from American Crafts
Spellbinders S4-290 Labels Fourteen
Spellbinders LF-127 Grand Scalloped Squares
Spellbinders GC-001 Grand Calibur die cutting machine
PTI ribbon
American Crafts This to That foam tape
Versafine ink
Palette ink
Memento ink

Laundry basket blues

Happy Monday!
I really should have done all the laundry in the house yesterday, but I really just wanted to veg out.  So, today I will be doing what I avoided.  Instead of doing actual laundry, I colored in this cute laundry basket image (Lockhart Stamps), it was so much more fun than the real thing lol.  Isn't that sentiment so true?  Wash * Dry * Fold * Repeat  I know all of you reading this are nodding your head yes in agreement with me.  Sometimes you just need to rest your body, the laundry is still there waiting, but the rest was so needed and will get me through this week.  But seriously, I think my laundry breeds & multiplies at night, like Gremlins, it just never goes away!
Oh did you all see the SF Giants vs Phillies playoff game the other night?
As a girl born and raised in N. California, I was yelling at the tv cheering them on!
So excited to see them go to the World Series!
They are going to kick some Ranger booty :)

Materials Used:
GinaK pure luxury card stock
Copic Markers
corner rounder
grosgrain ribbon
American Crafts pattern paper
KaiserCraft bling
Lockhart Stamp Co image & sentiment

Christmas Card using October Mint Motif stamps

Now that the holidays are fast approaching, it is time for me to get my Christmas card game on!
You know what I mean?
I am gong to be way ahead of the game this year!
So for my card today I am mixing up the Beyond Borders stamp set and Very Merry Sentiments from Mint Motif.  You can never go wrong with a clean graphic design, white on white card stock and minimal embellishments.  This isn't too bulky, so I am pretty sure it will meet my one stamp requirement.  I put my fancier Christmas cards in with a present, so the USPS doesn't ruin it.   What I love is that, it would be pretty easy to mass produce these if I wanted.  If you all know me I don't really mass produce cards anymore, so mass producing to me is nothing more than 4 lol.  
Well I better go, I have to wake up at O-dark-thirty in the morning, as my oldest has a Cross Country meet to be at, at 6:30 am!  Jeepers!
Have a great weekend!!
Materials Used:
Mint Motif Very Merry Sentiments & Beyond Borders stamp sets
Jillibean Soup bakers twine
Palette Ink
KaiserCraft pearls
White card stock
Cosmo Cricket Chipboard
foam tape

JustRite 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop 7

Welcome to JustRite Stampers’ newest Wednesday feature, 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hops 7!   Every Wednesday up until Thanksgiving some of your favorite designers will be joining some of the JustRite design team for a series of Christmas blog hops, showcasing JustRite’s entire Christmas Collection of stamps!  You also might see some projects from the JustRite design team, using some of their newly released line of CLING stamps!  You can find our new collection of cling stamps HERE.  This week, the designers joining us are most of the Spellbinders and Caardvarks design teams!  So mark your calendars for Wednesdays at 9am Central for great Christmas gift, card & project ideas, starting at the JustRite Inspiration blog!

For my project today, I used the JustRite Christmas Ornaments Set.  These ornaments are really beautiful and beg to be colored in. I started by stamping my image onto Neenah white card stock, then began to color in the ornament with Copic markers.  Once the image was colored in, I cut/embossed using the Standard Circles Lg.  Next, I laid my Labels Sixteen die down, then in the center of the die, I placed a Standard Circles Small die down.  Once I knew the dies were centered perfect, I placed a sheet of white card stock down, and die cut them.  To get the embossed snowflakes, I picked up the die cuts, (still inside the die) off of the mat, then place the Snowflakes Impressabilities down, then placed the dies on top of the impressabillities, the tan embossing mat, then finally a master mat, and ran it thru the Wizard to emboss.  Before, I started to assemble the card, I cut/embossed a sheet of white card stock using the Classic Lace Border Grand Borderabilities.  Now, that everything is cut, embossed & colored in, I started to assemble the card.  

1. Cut/score black card stock into a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base.
2. Adhere white card stock down. 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches
3. Using scor-tape, adhere the border die cut to a trimmed sheet of card stock.
4. Run red satin ribbon around the panel, & tie a pretty bow.
5. Adhere the panel to the card base using foam tape.
6. Adhere the circle die with the stamped image onto the card using foam tape.
7. Apply the Labels Sixteen die cut, over the stamped image using a double layer of foam tape.

Materials Used:
Neenah white card stock
Black card stock
Copic markers
Red satin ribbon (Offray)
American Crafts this to that foam tape
Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Please visit these designers’ blogs to see what fabulous JustRite Christmas inspiration they have for you on the hop today!

IHP Birthday Bash Scavenger Hunt

Hello and welcome to the i {heart} papers 2nd Birthday Bash blog hop and scavenger hunt!  You should have arrived here from Kimberly's blog.  If you're jumping into the middle (or if you're lost!) be sure to start at Kate's.  You don't want to miss a thing!

Today we’re celebrating two great years of IHP and are delighted to have some fabulous guest designers playing along with our talented design team members to bring some birthday paper-crafting inspiration your way!  Our design team and guests are revealing their creations for this month's design team challenge--to design the "Perfect Pair"--a birthday card and coordinating gift, tag or other presentation item.

We would love if you would join us in making a Perfect Pair of your own (upload to your blog or an online gallery with the keyword IHPBB10).  Be sure to post your link on Kate’s blog so we can see your project and enter your name in our challenge prize drawings.

In addition to today's design team challenge, we've got some fun celebrating in store for tomorrow and Thursday!  Don't worry - you won't have to hop every day!  Kate will be hosting a sketch challenge tomorrow on her blog, and Deb has another challenge for you on Thursday. Winners for each day will be randomly drawn from each day's entries, and everyone who plays along, either with the challenges and/or the scavenger hunt (more on that below) will be eligible for the grand prize drawing that will close the festivities on Friday.

Submitting your challenge projects is not the only way to win!  Tucked into the text of today's blog posts we've provided clues to an easy scavenger hunt (most have to do with our favorite products and tools or hobbies and interests we have) that we invite you to play as you hop.   When you find the answer, click the link to visit the store and collect "evidence" that is listed on that particular product’s page and email your complete list, in blog hop order, to Kate when you're finished.  You can take your time and stretch the hop over the three days of our Birthday Bash celebration...it's not a race, but like any other sale, the earlier you shop, the better the selection!  Deadline to submit your scavenger hunt entry is Friday morning, 3AM EST.
By participating in the scavenger hunt you'll receive an exclusive, one time use 20% off coupon code to use when you shop at i {heart} papers.  (This will be emailed to you after the Bash when entries are checked.)  You will also be entered for your chance to win the grand prize $50 gift certificate drawing on Friday. 
ALL orders placed during the Bash (Oct 19-21) will receive a free goodie bag of surprise merchandise.  The more you spend, the bigger your goodie bag!

Also, there will be random drawings for additional prizes from our PaperCraft Planet group members, our mailing list (sign up on the right side of the homepage) and our fans on Facebook.  If you are on all three, then you’ve got triple the chances to win!

 I decided to make a fun bag, and coordinating card for my project.

Materials Used:
Ribbon: Jillibean Soup Bakers Twine (HINT, HINT)
Ink: Versafine Black ink, Color Box Tangerine & Tim Holtz Distress ink
Paper: Teresa Collins Pattern Paper & Neenah white card stock
Stickers: American Crafts This to That foam tape 
Die: Spellbinders Star Nestabilities

Your next stop on the hop is Laura.  There's a list of all of the participating designers on Kate's blog just in case you get lost along the way!

Mint Motif October sneaks: Very Merry Sentiments & Beyond Borders

If you are here for the Flourishes A Gift for you blog hop scroll down to the next post

Today the Mint Motif stamp sets Very Merry Sentiments & Beyond Borders are revealed!!
So exciting!!
You can buy them exclusively at i{heart}papers.
Make sure to visit the rest of the design team and their amazing projects.
You will also want to leave comments, one person will win the Beyond Borders set & another lucky winner will win the Very Merry Sentiments set.  Cool right!?!

For my project today, I decided to make a set of tags.  These are the perfect item to make using all of your scrap card stock hanging around.  Just like cards, you can never have enough tags, especially Christmas tags for all of those gifts!
1. Trim tags down to size.
2.  Stamp border, to create a pattern.
3.  Color in the ovals with a Copic marker.
4.  In two of the rows fill the ovals in with glitter.
5.  Cut/emboss Spellbinders Lacey Circle die
6.  Stamp sentiment, adhere to tag with foam tape.
7.  Punch hole at the top, run bakers twine thru it.

Materials Used:
Martha Stewart fine red glitter
Spellbinders Lacey Circles
kraft card stock
foam tape

Flourishes A Gift for You Blog Hop

Flourishes has invited the Spellbinders Design Team to take part in their new release, here is a little info about the stamp set.

If you’ve been searching for a perfect set that could give class and elegance to your Christmas gift packaging, search no more! Today, Flourishes is sneak peaking a brand new set called, A Gift for You, and some of the Spellbinders’ team is joining them in the fun! This set was designed not only to coordinate with some of Flourishes best-selling Christmas stamp sets but with more than a handful of Spellbinders Template Dies! A Gift For You - drawn by the ever-so-talented Marcella Hawley - offers 8 different tag styles and 8 different mini sentiments to fit inside! To make sure your tags come out with a regal style and design, this set coordinates with Spellbinders Labels 14, Labels 15, Labels 16, as well as some of the new circular and square shaped designs like Lacey, Eyelet and Beaded Circles and Lacey or Eyelet Squares! The customizable options are endless.  Would you like to win this set? Simply leave us a comment here on this post!  Flourishes will draw a winner and announce this coming Saturday in their Winner's Circle on their blog!
If a peek didn't whet your appetite enough, head on over to see what some of the Spellbinders and Flourishes designers whipped up today. I promise, you won't be disappointed!!

·  AJ Otto
·  Latisha Yoast (me)

Here is the card I created using this stamp set.  
I started by stamping the label image onto Flourishes ivory card stock, cut/embossing with the Spellbinders S4-290 Labels Fourteen.  I colored in the wreath at the top using Copic markers, and then chose the Happy Holidays sentiment to stamp in the center.  Before adhering the label down with foam tape, I embossed the card stock using the Spellbinders I2-1003 Snowflake Impressabilities, then distressed it with some brown ink. 

Materials Used:
Flourishes A gift for you Stamp set
Flourishes ivory card stock
Copic markers
red satin ribbon
Kaisercraft red pearls
Spellbinders Labels Fourteen
Spellbinders Snowflake Impressabilities
Versafine black ink
Memento ink
red satin ribbon
foam tape

Mint Motif October sneak: Beyond Borders

Happy Monday!
Today I get to sneak a brand new set from Mint Motif called Beyond Borders, available on Oct 14th.
What is so wonderful about this set, is that is is a background builder set.  It can be used on any project you can dream of, all year round.  I really enjoy stamping on my scrapbook pages, so I used one of the stamps from this set, to stamp a great background instead of using pattern paper.  Only stamps could have given me this look.
I started out with a 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of kraft card stock.  I then took out some Crackle paint, spread it on part of the card stock, and let it dry.  Once dry, I stamped my image with Palette ink, I did this three times to create a nice pattern.  I then adhered gems down, partly over the crackle paint and stamped pattern.  The gems were originally clear, but I took out a Copic marker, to coordinate & customize it with the ink.  I then adhered a picture of my daughter, that was the inspiration of this page.  A while back I bought these awesome kraft flowers from Graphic 45 called Flower Staples, so I opened up the package, inked up the edges, adhered them down, and added some bling to the centers.  The title is a rub-on from American Crafts, which just finished off the page perfectly.
Visit the rest of the design team for more sneaks using one of two stamp sets being released this month:

Materials Used:
Mint Motif Beyond Borders, sold exclusively at i{heart}papers
Palette ink
Graphic 45 Flower staples
Copic markers
Prima gems
Distress crackle paint
American Crafts rub on
Micron Pen

Tuesday Trigger using Mint Motif

I decided to play along with this weeks Moxie Fab Tuesday Triggercalled a Funky Fall.
The inspiration pieces always seem to get my mojo jump started!
I was inspired by the colors the most in the above photo, especially the green.
There are so many beautiful fall pattern papers out there to choose from, which would have been amazing to use.  However, I love the City Park line from American Crafts, and the sheet of pattern paper that I chose just worked perfectly.  I also needed to make a happy birthday card that I wanted to be non-seasonal.  The sheet of paper is actually embossed and has a really great texture to it.  After I adhered the pattern paper (floral and solid green strip), I grabbed my Mint Motif stamps.  The white label die cut was cut/embossed using the Spellbinders Labels Sixteen.  The sentiment is from the Very Square Sentiments stamp set, and the green pattern underneath the sentiment was created by using one of the square back ground builders from the Very Square stamp set.  Both sets can be found at i{heart}papers.  The rhinestones in the bottom corner were a clear color originally, but I decided to color them with a Copic marker, so they would match the pink in the pattern paper.  That fun bakers twine is actually made by Jillibean soup (so fabulous)!

Materials Used:
Mint Motif Very Square stamp set
Mint Motif Very Square sentiments stamp set
PTI kraft card stock
white card stock
Kaisercraft rhinestones
American Crafts City Park Liberty Grove pattern paper
Copic markers
Memento ink
American Crafts this to that foam squares
Spellbinders Labels Sixteen

Lawn Fawn Oct. sneak: Winter Bunny

Today is the last day of the Lawn Fawn October sneaks.
This cute little fella is a single stamp called Winter Bunny.
I stamped the bunny and colored it in with Copic markers.  I know a lot of you might be afraid to color or use Copics, but with a little practice you will love them.  Because this is a smaller image, it was very easy to color in!  The snowflakes are from the Frosties set, shown yesterday, and the tag (and sentiment) are from the Bow and Holly stamp set, shown just the other day.  The fun die cut the bunny and snowflakes are on was cut/embossed using the Spellbinders Labels Seventeen die set.  To give the card some dimension, I popped the bunny up with foam tape.  The label die cut, is also popped up with foam tape, it is much easier to adhere a label over ribbon if it is popped up.
Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, and leave a comment to win this set.
Also, visit the rest of the design team for more great projects with this cute winter bunny.
 guest designer

All Stamp sets will be available October 7th, 2010

Materials used:
Lawn Fawn Stamps: Frosties, Bow & Holly & Winter Bunny
Copic markers
white card stock
Basic Grey Jovial 6x6 paper
foam tape
Spellbinders Labels Seventeen
May Arts Twine
May Arts twill

Lawn Fawn Oct. sneak: Frosties

I am giving you a sneak peek, of a stamp set called Frosties from Lawn Fawn Stamps.
This is a great twist on a snowflake stamp set, that is distinctive Lawn Fawn style.  For my project, I decided to make a cut tag set.  Besides making cards, I really love to make tags.  Tags just give a gift that final touch of class.  These were super simple to make (directions at the end of the post).  Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog for a chance to win this stamp set.
Stop by the rest of the design team blogs to see their fantastic Frosties projects.
 guest designer

1.  Cut/emboss white card stock using the Spellbinders S5-25 Labels Seventeen.
2.  Stamp snowflakes in a blue ink.
3.  Distress the edges with ink.
4.  Cut/emboss vellum using the Labels Seventeen.
5.  Trim vellum, and stamp sentiment in red ink.
6.  Punch hole in tag, string ribbon through, tie with twine.
7.  Add gems to the centers of the snowflakes.

Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Stamps
Palette ink
Versa Fine ink
Kaiser Craft rhinestones
Spellbinders Labels Seventeen
Distress ink
May Arts ribbon
white card stock

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