Zipnby to say Hi

Today I am showing you a fun card I made using the August kit Zipnby to say Hi, stamp set from Avocado Arts.  I am also playing along & providing a sample over at SCS with the Dare to Get Dirty challenge #1 (head on over and join the fun!!).
The other Avocado Arts designers are showing off this set as well, so make sure to visit their blogs and say hello!

On this card, I used a few different techniques, so I thought I would share my design process.  A few of these inks/paints, I have never used before, so I was a little scared, but I really like my results.  It is fun to step out of your "box" every once in a while.  Plus I found a few products I really want to use again, and need more colors of!

I started by gathering some supplies:
Avocado Arts stamps, bubble wrap, textured paper, Jenni Bowlin acrylic paint, strong glue, Spellbinders Die Template, Pigment ink, Cosmic Shimmer products, foam tape.

1.  Apply red acrylic paint onto bubble wrap, then press down onto textured paper.
2.  Take another piece of bubble wrap, and apply Cosmic Shimmer Jet Black Dazzle Paint to it.
3.  Apply the bubble wrap to the paper, make sure to press firm, but not too hard to get the paint down.

4.  Stamp the road sign & stamp sentiment on the inside, using a pigment ink.
5.  Stamp the road way using pigment ink & the car using the same red Jenni Bowlin acrylic paint, let dry.
6.  Using Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Drawing Ink in Silver Sheen & Pearl shine, color in the top part of the road sign.  Then take a Spellbinders Die Template to cut/emboss the paper.  I used the S4-348 Postage Stamps (the largest die).  Cut an extra one for the back side of the card.

7.  Score, using a Scor-Pal,  3/4 inch down, on the die cut that will be used for the back of the card.
8.  Apply a strong adhesive.  For this card I used a Helmar liquid Craft Glue.

9.  I stamped the license plate, and sentiment, cut it out, and then colored the inside and outside parts using the Cosmic Shimmer.
10.  Adhere the license plate using foam tape, and your card is done.

I had never used the Comic Shimmer products before, and to be honest I was a little afraid to use them.  I am okay with inks, but playing with paints is a little out of my league.  I LOVED the Jet Black Dazzle Paint!  It comes in a cute bottle, and the brush reminds me of a liquid eye liner brush.  I had complete control over where the paint went, and was easy to apply. I liked the coverage I got after I laid the bubble wrap down, and once the paint dried, it stayed a bold black.  I love that it didn't fade.  The acrylic drawing ink, is very, very, shimmery and really makes the project pop (in real life, shimmer is hard to photograph).  I plan on getting more colors of both of these paints!

Personalized Notebooks

It is hard to believe summer is almost over, and my children start school in 2 weeks.  How on earth will I have a 5th & 10th grader?  I just can't wrap my head around that one.  My daughter has an especially hard course load this year (so does my son), so we sat down, and I let her go through my pattern paper stash, to re-cover/alter a composition notebook.  We made one for one of her really good friends as well.
Kendall, finally settled on some beautiful Crate paper, and picked out some girly Teresa Collins paper for her friend.  It just made sense to use some Lawn Fawn stamps to personalize the notebooks for the girls.  The larger alphabet set is Quinn's ABC's and the smaller alpha set is the Harold's ABC's set.  I also used the Schoolhouse backdrops set too.  I love that the Harold's set fit so perfect within the lines!!  I colored in the girls names using Copic markers to make the names pop a little more, then accented the letters with a white gel pen.
With all of the school supplies out and on sale at your favorite stores, this is a really quick and simple project to complete.  It is also a great way to use up paper you just have sitting around.
I love the fact that my daughter still likes things pretty and personalized :)

materials used:
Crate Paper
Teresa Collins pattern paper
Lawn Fawn Schoolhouse backdrops
Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABC's
Lawn Fawn Harold's ABC's
2 composition notebooks
strong adhesive (i used some Helmar 450)
Memento ink
Copic markers
white gel pen

A few Lawn Fawn cards

Now that Jess is home, and we are back from vacation, I have had extra time to sit down and play.  If any of you own Lawn Fawn stamps, you know how happy these stamps are!  That is probably why I love to design for this company, it exudes happiness down to the core.
I noticed my stash of cards getting low, so I am trying to fill my basket of go to cards, so I have that special card just when I need it.  
Normally when I create, if I have certain colors out, all of the cards I make will have a similar theme or color scheme going on.  I am really drawn to yellows, reds, pinks, corals, & turquoise colors.  Maybe it is because I live in Florida?  Who knows, but bright cheery colors make me happy, so that is what I am going with.  

Card #1
materials used:
Canvas Corps kraft card stock
White card stock
green Bo Bunny card stock
turquoise card stock
Orange Tim Holtz ink
grosgrain ribbon
memento ink

Card #2
materials used:
Canvas Corps kraft card stock
yellow card stock
Twinery Bakers twine
foam tape
The Girls Paperie pattern paper
memento ink
Copic marker

Card #3
materials used:
Bazzill yellow card stock
Copic markers
memento ink
The Girls Paperie pattern paper

Homecoming...some pictures.

Sorry for the little blog break.  My husband came back from a January-July deployment, and we took off to Disney World for a week with the kids.  Bethany Walter, who owns Mady Joe Photography, was there to capture all of the emotion and smiles for Jess' return.  Thank you again for all of your support, it means so much.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from our homecoming.  I literally could not chose which ones to post...
Right now I am just so happy to have my family together :)

The kids waiting in the hangar

Jacob and his sign

Kendall and her sign

helos flying over us

there they are!!

I'm starting to realize he is home.

Jacob ran as fast as he could in flip flops to get to hid daddy.

first kiss back...planning a scrapbook page for this :)


A news crew was there interviewing Jake and they are just having a little moment
they were on the news a few times, it was kind of neat to see them on tv

Jacob waiting for the interview to be over

all together

If you are in need of a wonderful, thoughtful photographer who finds her way into your family, I cannot give enough praise to Mady Joe Photography!  Bethany captured a moment in my families life that is so special to have in photos.  

Avocado Arts August Sneak

Today, the Avocado Arts pit crew is sneaking a little peak of the August stamp set.  I have to tell you, when I was sent the first three months of stamps, I was so excited for this set!  There are so many elements that are just so cool!  Make sure to visit the AA blog, as well as the rest of the designers to check out their sneak peeks.  

For my card, I started out with a red card base.  Then on the textured card stock, I stamped the road, car and hearts from the August set, then the sentiment is from the July set.  To see the last few months sets check them out here.

materials used:
red card stock
white textured card stock
Avocado Arts stamps
memento ink
corner rounder
twinery bakers twine
palette ink
foam tape

Lawn Fawn: Critters...Farm style :)

Today the Lawn Fawn designers are showcasing a new "critters" set, this one is called Critters at the Farm.  Such a perfect addition to this series of stamps.  I made a fun scene using stamps from Critters at the Farm & in the how they can be used together.  All of the images were colored in using Copic markers.
Make sure you head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, Kelly is giving away a few stamp sets.  Also, be sure to visit the rest of the designers.

Lawn Fawn: Quinn's ABC's & some talky talk

Oh, how I have waited months to show this stamp set on my blog!  I was completely in love with this stamp set from the moment I saw it.  It is a larger scale alphabet set, that is perfect to color in, paper piece or just stamp alone.
In a little over a day, my husband will be coming home from his deployment.  Most of you know, he is a helicopter pilot in the US Navy, and this deployment was really rough.  It has been a little over 6 months since me or my children have seen him, so the anxiety level in my house, is through the roof right now.  
I plan on writing him a little note inside this card, and placing on his side of the bed.  I will probably apologize too for being a bed hog until I get used to him being there again lol.  
With each hour of this deployment coming to a close, I feel a release of sorts.  For the last 6 months, I have had to be the Mom, Dad, friend, disciplinarian, coach, teacher, taxi driver, money hander-overer, tear wiper, among other things.  I have had to be strong, when I felt like falling apart.  There were moments where I missed him so badly, I would have sold my soul to the devil just for a hug.  I have willingly devoted my entire adult life to him and my children, so to have him be gone for so long, was incredibly lonely.  There wasn't a moment of my day when my thoughts didn't go to him.  So I guess that release I feel, is just me not having to be strong anymore, and that is a great feeling.  
I want to take a moment to thank all of my friends, family, fellow designers, companies I design for and you the blog readers who have made my days brighter.  I had a few rough parts during these 6 months, and a few you all really stepped up.  You have laughed with me, cried with me, let me vent and just listened.  I know who my true friends are, and they mean the world to me!  I could not have made it without all of you, thank you doesn't fully equate the emotion and love that I am trying to express, but I have no other words. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but there are a few people I need to single out.  They called me every. single. day. and are the truest of true friends, and I love them so much.  AJ, Nicole & Kelly thank you for being my anchors and keeping me steady...xoxo...t

Well, back to the this is for my husband, I missed him just a little lol.  The pattern paper is from Crate Paper, and the alphabet was colored in using Copic markers (r27, 559, bg13 & bg18), and I bought the rope in Greece, but Canvas Corps has something very similar.

Make sure to visit the Lawn Fawn blog, as well as the rest of the designers to see what they cooked up using this fabulous set!

materials used:
yellow card stock
Lawn Fawn's Quinn ABC set
Crate Paper
corner rounder
Copic markers

Lawn Fawn: Clear to See

It is inspirational week over at Lawn Fawn the next few days, so head on over to the blog for your chance to win some stamps, plus Kelly always has awesome videos!  Today the designers are showcasing the stamp set called, Clear to See.  It is this super fun set of glasses and punny sentiments.
Don't forget to visit the rest of the design team, and their projects!

For my card, I used some textured card stock taped together, then stamped one of the glasses over the card stock in Versamark ink, I did this to create a funky background.  The textured paper makes it look really neat (i think).  I then cut/embossed a Spellbinders Labels One die, and then stamped glasses onto the die cut.  Before adhering the die cut down, I placed it where I would want it, then stamped my sentiments.  I did it that way, because I planned on adhering the die cut down with foam tape.  It is just makes things easier.  To finish off the card, I added some bling in the corner, and rounded the bottom corners.
I hope you all have a great Monday and a fantastic week!

Materials Used:
white card stock
Spellbinders Labels One die
Lawn Fawn Clear to See stamp set
Versamark ink
memento ink
foam tape
Bazzill card stock
corner rounder

Get the Knowledge! Blog Frenzy

Spellbinders Paper Arts
Get the Knowledge! Blog Frenzy
July 6 - 14, 2011

Welcome to the second day of the Spellbinders Paper Arts
Get the Knowledge! Blog Frenzy!

Spellbinders™ Paper Arts is absolutely thrilled to bring you one of the most exciting die releases to date! These new collections are some of the most innovated and beautiful die templates in the world! The Get the Knowledge! Blog Frenzy allows you a sneak peek of the products we’re introducing at the Craft and Hobby Association trade show later this month.

     • Win today’s new Spellbinders die templates!
     • Be eligible to win the Grand Prize by entering each day (see schedule below)!
     • One entry per person, per blog please, on the designated days!
     • Each blog will accept entries for 48 hours!
     • You have from 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time July 7, 2011 to 12:01 a.m. July 9, 2011 to enter my contest. See the official rules.
     • Today you can enter my contest and Becca’s contest.

Thank you, Spellbinders Paper Arts, for sponsoring this contest!

Spellbinders is thrilled to introduce a new line of Edgeabilities® die templates! The new Edgeabilities come in sets of three, and include one Edger for beautifully detailed edge cutting and embossing, and two Decorative Inserts for sophisticated cut and embossed border lines. Mix and match between sets for maximum versatility. The six themed sets combine for over 70 design options!

(If the embedded video is not showing up for you, HERE is a link on YouTube.)

Let me show you how I’ve used them today.  With the projects below, I am introducing E8-002 Classic Brackets and S4-347 Labels Twenty-Three with you.

Missing You So Much card

1. Using a Scor-Pal, score the card stock in half.

2. Take the Spellbinders E8-002 Classic Bracket Edger die template, and the Fleur de Lis Decorative Insert and place them at the bottom of the card, and run it through a Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine, to cut/emboss.
*Designer through 2 inches, then back out to cut or emboss only an edge.

3. Using the E8-002 Classic Bracket die template, cut a border onto purple Bazzill card stock using a Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die Cutting & Embossing Machine.

4. With a Scrapbooks Adhesive by 3L EZ-Runner, place adhesive onto the die cut.

5. Adhere the die cut to the inside front flap of the card.

6. Using die #3 from the Spellbinders S4-347 Labels Twenty-Three set, cut/emboss white card stock using a Spellbinders Grand Calibur Machine.

7. Using black ink, stamp the Flourishes Chrysanthemum flowers from the Year of Flowers 3 stamp set, onto the die cut, color in the flowers using Copic markers.

8. Stamp sentiment from the Flourishes Tag Lines stamp set.

9. Run black ribbon around the card front, and tie a pretty bow.

10. Using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, 3D White Foam Squares, apply the foam squares on the back of the Labels Twenty Three die cut, then adhere to the card.

Add some Want 2 Scrap bling, and make a pretty tag to match your card, and your project is complete.

E8-002 Classic Brackets
MSRP: $19.99
Edger 5/8 inches by 8 inches
Decorative Inserts: Hearts ¼ inches by 8 inches, Fleur de Lis: ¾ inches by 8 inches

S4-347 Labels Twenty-Three
MSRP: $24.99
1: 1 1/8" x 1 1/2"
2: 1 1/2" x 2"
3:  2 1/2" x 2"
4:  2 3/8" x 
5: 2 7/8" x 3 5/8"
6: 3 3/8" x 4 1/4"

The possibilities are endless with these die templates, so here I made another card. Perfect for that special little man in your life.

See the official Spellbinders Paper Arts Get the Knowledge! Blog Frenzy rules.

My contest is open for entries from 12:01 a.m. July 7, 2011, to 12:01 a.m. July 9, 2011 Eastern Standard Time.

     1) Send your email entry to: Contest is now closed.
     2) The subject must be Classic Brackets & Labels Twenty-Three
     3) Send!

Be sure to visit all the Designers on their contest dates:

July 6

July 7

July 8

July 9

July 10

July 11

July 12

July 13

July 14

Daily contest winners will receive an email within 24 hours of the contest’s closing. The winners will have 72 hours to reply to that email to claim prize. If a winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
To be eligible for the Grand Prize, enter each contest within its designated time period. Use the same email address to send the entry email. The Grand Prize has a retail value of over $1400, and includes the complete Spellbinders line of die templates released at the 2011 Summer CHA show, and a Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting and Embossing Machine!
While I truly appreciate comments,  a comment here
does not count toward a contest entry,
so be sure to enter as explained just above
the name list
 and then leave a comment if you wish!
If you have any questions, please e-mail
Thank you for visiting and good luck!

Avocado Arts: July Socks :)

The Avocado Arts Design Team is showcasing the July set, Hello Friend again today.
So, the sentiment I used on this is so cute, I could just cry over it.  I am so blessed with all of the amazing woman who have been brought into my life.  The older I get, the more I so appreciate these relationships.  Sorry for getting sappy, it has just been one of those weeks.  Little sleep, lots of work to get done, and murphy's law making everything that could go wrong, go wrong.  TGIF right?
Woot to that!
Make sure to visit the rest of the design team to check out their projects, as well as the Avocado Arts site to pick up some stampy goodness.

materials used:
yellow card stock
Avocado Arts Hello Friend stamp set
scoring tool
foam tape
Crate paper
corner rounder
memento ink
rope cording

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