Autumn Blessings

Today, I am sharing a card using the October Ho, Ho's & Holiday Blessings stamp set from Avocado Arts.  It has a mix of fall & winter/Christmas images, and since I'm not quite ready to jump full force into Christmas, a fall card it is.  Not too mention, I have a bunch of fall & Halloween pattern paper I need to use up.  The chipboard and pattern paper are both from Crate paper, so I paper pieced a few of the leaves and applied them to the chipboard.  I originally stamped the sentiment onto the pattern paper, but it kind of got lost and was hard to read.  So, I thought about it for a few minutes, and re-stamped it onto white card stock, and I like it much better that way.  
Head on over to the other designer blogs, I am always so inspired by what they create.

materials used:
Avocado Arts October stamp set
Crate paper and chipboard
white card stock
foam tape
copic markers
grosgrain ribbon

Spellbinders & Core'dinations Blog Swap!

Welcome to the Spellbinders and Core’dinations Blog Swap!


This week Spellbinders™ has teamed up with our Core’dinations Color CoreCardstock® to showcase the wonderful ways our products work together! For more details and information please visit the Spellbinders blog.
For my project, I decided to make a trio of tags, using the Ironwork Motifs die templates, with pink & ivory Core' dinations cardstock.  Once I cut/embossed the cardstock, I sanded the edges, which helps in exposing the embossed edge.  The, "Noel" stamp is from the Technique Tuesday stamp set called Believe, stamped in black ink.  I layered the die cuts using foam tape, and finished them off by adding twine and Want2Scrap ivory pearls.
upclose picture of the tags

Sophistication, value and maximum versatility make Spellbinders™ die templates #1. Beautiful Details Inspiring Creativity…Spellbinders unique triple function die templates allow you to cut, emboss, and then stencil through the die template for unlimited possibilities. The Spellbinders Grand Calibur® machine and Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities™ die templates cut andemboss up to 11¾”, taking die cutting to grand proportions. Follow Spellbinders on Facebook , Twitter and the Spellbinders Blog.  

Core’dinations Color Core Cardstock is the only sand able cardstock with acolor core. Sand it, tear it, emboss it and so much more! The Core Essentials line comes in over 160 colors with matching color families. Or maybe you are looking for something a bit more contrasting like the Black Magic or Chocolate Box collections. The sand able core will shine through the unique black and brown colors once it is sanded. Core’dinations has also teamed up with industry leading companies such as Pink Paislee, Basic Grey, Graphic 45 and more to create new and unique pre-embossed cardstock that perfectly accents their patterned papers.  But there is more! Check out Core’dinations website for the new Cardmaker Series, Kraft-Core and various other wonderful card stock lines.Follow Core’dinations on their blogwebsite, and Facebook page.

Check out today’s designers:
Holly Simoni
Latisha Yoast (here)
Windy Robinson

And of course there is winning involved!!!! Leave a comment on each designer’s blog post. Spellbinders will choose two names from all those comments and they will win!

CPS 237 using Clear Snap & Lawn Fawn

This week Clear Snap is sponsoring the sketch over at Card Positioning Systems.  I used the Smooch Pearlized ink to color in the house (lettuce, mocha, plum berry, sweet melon & banana custard), and tree.  I have to admit, I was a little scared at first to use these inks.  They come in super cute bottles that look like nail polish, then once opened, the coloring brush is kind of like a fine point brush.  Once I figured them out (which wasn't hard), I had a lot of fun coloring in the house.  The stamps are from a new stamp set from Lawn Fawn called, Happy Haunting.  

Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Happy Haunting
Clear Snap Smooch Pearlized ink
foam tape
MME pattern paper
Clear Snap Licorice Color Box ink
Black satin ribbon
Bazzill card stock

Starter Tags

Do you ever feel, you just never have enough time?  I feel that way all the time!  With my children sick the last 3 weeks (now much better), and with Kendall in the hospital for one of those weeks.  I really did not have time to do anything but take care of my children.  Sometimes, when I want to create something, but really have no direction, and just want to play.  I will things that I like to call starter tags.  Its kind of like an ATC, but I don't have a set shape or size that I follow everytime.  Usually, I will just grab whatever is in reach, and use that.  I can use these starter tags on cards, layouts, gift bags, or use them as a tag.  They are just little bits of fun to use when I need them.  
All of the stamps used are from Lawn Fawn (Schoolhouse Backdrops, Happily Ever After, & Hello Friend) and the papers are American Crafts (Amy Tangerine) and My Little Shoebox.

Personalized card

A few weeks ago (before the sickies hit our house), my son went to one of his best friends birthday.  When it comes to birthdays for tweens & teens, I just go with a gift card now (however Jacob didn't think a gift card was enough, so we had to get Pokemon cards too lol).  So, I created a fun custom card for a 10 year old boy...bold colors and nothing to foo foo.  
The "happy birthday" sentiment is from the Sophie's Sentiments stamp set, then I stamped "josh" using the Quinn's ABC's set (then colored in the letters using blue copic markers).  I didn't like all of the colors of the star chipboard, so I colored over them with red & blue Copic markers.

inside of the card

Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Stamps: Quinn's ABC's & Sophie's Sentiments
October Afternoon pattern paper
Fancy Pants chipboard
Spellbinders Labels One Nestabilities
May Arts twine
Copic markers
red ink
black ink

Ornate Ornaments & Making Frosty Friends

 Last week was a little nutty (family emergency...everything is better now), so I was unable to post my other cards for the Lawn Fawn inspiration week.  Now that things are settled down, and I have a few moments on the computer, I have time to share them.
The first card I used the Ornate Ornaments set, and on the second card I used Making Frosty Friends.  Whether you like to color in images or paper piece, or just stamp them the way they are, both sets are very versatile.  I have to admit, I loved coloring in that ornament!  Plus I can see myself doing a fun winter scene with Say Cheese with the Making Frosty cute would that be?!?
Did you know there is less than 100 days until Christmas?  So crazy!

Lawn Fawn: Inspiration Week Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum

Welcome to the start of the Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week (for September).  The design team is showcasing a super duper cute stamp set called, Pa-rum-Pa-Pum-Pum.  Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog for all the details on how to win this fun stamp set, then head on and visit the designers to see what they did with this set.

Want to Make it Fabulous blog hop

Want To Make It Fabulous!
 Fight Like a Girl "hope" shaped card

Want2Scrap™Spellbinders™ Paper Arts and JustRite® Stampers Designers have teamed up to bring you an 
amazing four day Blog Hop Event starting Sept 6 -9 .

Each day we will be sharing a link list with you
for the featured designers! 
What would a blog hop be without prizes? Yes, we will also be giving away


Want2Scrap:  Two $25.00 Gift
Spellbinders™ Paper Arts: Two Die Template sets with a value of $24.99
JustRite® Stamper: Two Stamp Sets of the winner’s choice
{How To Enter}
Simply leave me a comment here on my blog, and on each participating blog along the hop. The winners will be drawn from all the blog comments (so be sure to visit them 
all and leave a comment on each one to increase your chances of winning)
 contest for the prizes will be open until midnight Saturday, September 10th
 Winners will be announced on Monday September 12th on the company blogs

If you are new to Want2Scrap, Spellbinders Paper Arts or JustRite Stampers here is a little information about all three of these amazing companies. Each company offeres a unique line of products that work wonderfully together to make some fabulous designs.
Manufacturers rhinestones lines including the specialty Nestabling™ line along with the newly released Nestaboard™ chipboard line that coordinates perfectly with the Spellbinders™ Nestabilities™ die templates. Want2Scrap™ also manufacturers their own line chipboard albums and accents, acrylic albums, and multi-layered laser designs and other fine scrapbooking products. Want2Scrap™ brings ease of use and flexibility in their product lines by offering products uniquely tailored to its customers’ needs. Follow Want2Scrap on Facebook and the Want2Scrap Blog!

Spellbinders Paper Arts
Sophistication, value and maximum versatility make Spellbinders™ die
templates #1. Beautiful Details Inspiring Creativity…Spellbinders unique
triple function die templates allow you to cut, emboss, and then stencil
through the die template for unlimited possibilities. The Spellbinders Grand
Calibur® and Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities™ cut and emboss up to 11¾”,
taking die cutting to grand proportions. Follow Spellbinders on Facebook,
Twitter and the Spellbinders Blog!

JustRite Stampers 

JustRite's® entire collection of stamps are designed to be compatible with Spellbinders™ die templates.  JustRite Original's interlocking stamp system allows you to mix and match borders and centers to create dozens of design possibilites. Since the Spring of 2008,  JustRite Original stamps have been designed to coordinate with the Spellbinders Paper Arts Nestabilities®-Decorative Elements and Basic Shapes.  In January of 2011 JustRite began introducing Cling Stamps Sets designed to coordinate with Spellbinders Paper Arts Nestabilities Labels.  JustRite Cling stamps are deeply etched pre-cut red rubber mounted on Static Cling Foam made in the USA . Cling sets come on a colored 8 1/2" x 61/2" Storage Panel for easy storage in JustRite's  Cling Mini Binder Box.  
For thousands of ideas on projects using JustRite and Spellbinders™ die templates die templates visit the JustRite Design Gallery and the JustRite Blog. You can also follow our blog by following us on Facebook & Twitter.

{Here are the designers in today's hop}

Thank You!  I hope you enjoy the blog hop.  Your comment will count as a prize entry!

Materials Used:
Spellbinders S4-161 Labels One Nestabilities
Spellbinders Labels S5-022Ten Nestabilities
Want2Scrap Labels One light pink Nestabling
Just-Rite Be Strong Stamp set
Worldwin grey cardstock
Black ribbon
American Crafts this to that foam tape
Copic Markers
Memento Tuxedo black ink
Ginak white cardstock

Avocado Arts: Happy Halloween

Can you believe that it's September 1st?  Here in Florida we are still having 90 degree+ weather, so somewhere along the line, summer zipped on by.  I guess it's time for me to start thinking fall/holidays.  Kind of scary how fast time flies.
Anyhow, today the Avocado Arts design team is showcasing the September, Thankful for You stamp set.  It has images/sentiments for both Halloween and Fall (kind of love that), so you will have multi uses for this set.  I created, a card base using the Labels Twenty-Three from Spellbinders, layered it with some My Minds Eye pattern paper, then die cut more MME pattern paper using the Star Circles die set.  I paper pieced the pumpkin onto pattern paper, then colored it in using Copic, and did the same thing with the stem.  To give the card some dimension, I popped up each layer using foam tape.  To finish off the card, I added some natural twine at the top of the card.
If you have time, visit the rest of the designers, I am sure they have some great projects to show you today.

Material Used:
Avocado Arts: Thankful for You
Spellbinders S4-335 Star Circles
Spellbinders S4-347 Labels Twenty-Three
My Minds Eye Lost & Found two
American Crafts this to that foam tape
Versafine Onyx black ink
May Arts twine
Copic markers

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