Monday, September 30, 2013

One Sketch Three Ways - October SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the October stamp of the month blog hop! If you've arrived here from Helen Onulak's Hooked on Stamping blog, or if you're just starting out here, you're in the right place. After you're done checking out my project, we'll head over to my awesome downline Pamela Ellison's blog, Pam's Clearly Crafty Corner. I'm sure she has something neat up her sleeve for this month.

I personally love this Stamp of the Month, Scandinavian Wishes.  A big chunk of my family heritage is Swedish, so the designs feel familiar to me.  Also, they are pretty versatile, and I am thinking of several ways to use them.  For today's hop, I found I couldn't stop at just one card, so I made three different cards! They all started with the same Mojo Monday sketch, and even though the design is the same I think they all feel pretty different.

First I made a lovely card that is nice if, like me, you have friends of various religions on your holiday card list.

I used Pacifica pigment ink for most of my stamping, and embossed it with Clear Detail embossing powder.  I love the rich color achieved with pigment inks, and the nice shine and quick drying when using embossing powder.  I created a bit of a background for my "Peace" stamp by stamping it multiple times in 2nd generation Pacifica (regular dye-based ink).  I also edged all of my papers in coordinating dye ink with sponge daubers and colored my Color Ready Seam Binding with it also.  The pattern paper is from Babycakes, and cardstock is Pacifica and Honey. Circles & scalloped circles were cut using Art Philosophy and my Cricut.

Here's this weeks Mojo Monday sketch on which I based my cards. (Yes, I was a bit behind making my project this month!)

For my next card, I went with the more traditional red & white color scheme, adding a little silver for sparkle.

I used red pigment ink for the hearts, and again the Clear Detail embossing powder. I used White Daisy pigment ink for the sentiment, and I didn't realize until after I sprinkled on the embossing powder that my stamp pad needed re-inking, so it's not as clear as it could be. Lesson learned - always test the white first! I used White Daisy and Cranberry cardstock, and Silver glitter tape.

Finally, I wanted to do something reminiscent of Swedish folk art, but with an updated twist.

So, I stamped the same heart in Black pigment ink this time, embossing again with Clear Detail embossing powder. Then I colored in the image with alcohol markers. Since the Laughing Lola papers have so many exclusive colors, I just used the markers I have that were closest.  My sentiment is from a discontinued set in my stash, and is stamped in Black pigment ink and embossed.  I added some sparkly Glitter Ribbon from American Crafts from my stash. I also used Black and White Daisy cardstock with the Laughing Lola pattern paper.

I hope you like my ideas for this stamp set. I have a lot of other ideas for the other images in the set as well, so I hope I find more time to play this month so I can share them with you!  I'd love to see your comments, then let's head over to Pam's Clearly Crafty Corner and see what idea she has for us. If you're ready to shop first, head on over to my website now - this link opens in a new window so you can come back here and continue on with the hop at any time!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Easy stamping with Mini Stamps - DT Post

Aack! This is what happens when you forget to hit "publish" - this was supposed to post on Monday and with work I forgot to check on it. Be sure to go show Lisa some love to make up for my mistake!  As an upside though, since I was delayed, I can tell you that Lisa's post is a perfect example of how well CTMH products work with whatever other brands you use as well.

Today is another Design Team Day, and Lisa has made some cards to share with us.  I can see from her sneak peek here that she used Babycakes papers and one of our cute Mini Stamps.  Can't wait to go see the entire thing, because they look really cute!

Go check out the full project over at Lisa's My Creative Endeavors blog.  If she inspires you to go shopping, please be sure to click the link that says "Lisa's My Creative Endeavors sent me" before you finalize your order.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Simply Spooky Scrumptious Shop - Creations by AR Blog Hop

Welcome to September's new release from Creations by AR! This month's release is the Simply Scrumptious Shop, a super cute treat or gift box with inserts for all kinds of possibilities.  Maybe some cookies for a bake shop, some K-cups for a coffee shop, or whatever else you can imagine.  You can win your own copy of the files, which come in DXF, SVG, and PDF forms, and this one looks pretty easy to cut by hand. I cut mine with the Silhouette Cameo, and I fit all the same color pieces on one sheet each.

I decided to take this template a different way - we have no school the day after Halloween this year, so we are having a party! I thought this might make some cute family favors to take home, so I tried it out as a Spooky Magic Shop.

I added black ink distressing, some glitter cardstock gooey drips, some "magical creatures", and made one of the shutters crooked. I thought it turned out super cute!

The green glitter cardstock is from Close To My Heart and punched with a Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch. The orange cardstock is Bazzill and the purple and black cardstock is Close to My Heart.

The owl and frog are clear stamps from the Fright Night "Clearly Swanky Set" by The Cat's Pajamas, stamped with Archival black ink from CTMH and colored with Copic markers.

The box opens by taking the roof off and opening the front downward.  I currently have one treat holder in the box, because I haven't decided what we're going to put in them! Something yummy? Something spooky? Something fun? I don't know!

This insert has a circular opening, to hold something like a K-cup, votive candle, etc. There is also a solid insert that has one end open, perfect for sliding in a cookie or some other flattish treat. And you can stack up multiple inserts in the box.

Now, since I know you can't wait to get your hands on this, here's how you can win the files for yourself:

Comments accepted until September 22 (12:00 noon EST)
One random winner will be announced September 23:
AR PCP Group:
AR Blog:

Make sure you visit everyone's blogs and leave a comment so you can win! Here's the list:

Lori: <<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>


Monday, September 16, 2013

Thank You Sarita - Design Team Share

Hi there! Today I have another beautiful project post from Amber at Sew-Ink, featuring Sarita papers and a simple thank you stamp.  Here's a sneak peek of her project:

Now I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see these in their entirety! Let's head over to Amber's blog at Sew-Ink and check them out. Be sure to leave her some love, and if she inspires you to shop on my website be sure to let me know at checkout by clicking the link that says "Amber from Sew-Ink sent me!"
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