Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Big Hugs

This card reminds me of a postcard you would send from summer camp! Debi used a variety of products to create this card. The background was embossed using an embossing folder and the Tim Holtz Ornamental movers & shapers die in which she stamped the ledger background stamp by Hero Arts to create the notebook paper feel. The little girl is the Spring Emma Sugarplum who she made sitting on some Island Scrapbooking fern laser cuts and embellished with prima flowers. The "Big Hugs" sentiment is by Hero Arts and the card was topped off with some birds on a wire punch (Martha Stewart).

Here's a close up of Emma...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Enjoy Life!

Aaaah Summertime! Time to relax and enjoy the sunny weather! That's exactly what Honey is doing in her little inner tube. Debi made this Surprise Pop Up card using the new Honey stamp by CC's Designs.

When you pull the ribbon, the card pops up to reveal the sentiment underneath. The "Enjoy life" sentiment is also a combination of two new sets by CC's Designs. The small sentiments coordinate with the large sentiments for a neat look.

  • DP- October Afternoon
  • All stamps- CC's Designs
  • Flower- Prima
  • Ribbon

Monday, June 28, 2010

New TGF Stamps!

Did you have a nice weekend? Well, if you haven't stopped by recently, thought I'd let you know that the new Cheekys are in by The Greeting Farm.

Also in are just a couple of sets of the new "Roll Call" set shown here. The set includes 10 kids and 6 sentiments. Sets are limited, so hurry in if you want one!

Thinking Of You

Yes... more distressed cards! Used a Hero Arts cling background stamp over the distressed background and covered it with gold mica powder. The flash only lit up half the image.. you really need to see it in real life. Thinking of You sentiment is from a Hero Arts set.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Aged Effect

Sometimes you just want to go vintage... Debi turned this Hero Arts gal into a vintage looking card by adding some distress inks to the edging of the oval and card base. The girl was embossed in black embossing powder on cream cardstock. She added vintage lace and pearls as accents.

Here you can see the girl up close and that she is embossed.

  • Hero Arts "Sending Smiles"
  • Inks: Ranger Distress Antique Linen, Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Versamark Watermark
  • DP: Making Memories "Fifth Ave. E-Foiled"
  • Spellbinders: Petite Ovals Large, Petite Scalloped Ovals
  • LargeLace, Black Embossing Powder, Cardstock

Saturday, June 26, 2010

A Different Look

OK so I'm not the best photographer... Hopefully you can see the image that was stamped and covered with mica powder? I used the Delicate Blossoms set again from Hero Arts. Wanted to show you the versatility of this stamp by using different techniques. In yesterday's post, the stamp was just colored with Copics, but this post shows the same stamp in a totally different look!

Distressed the background using Barn Door (red) and brown- sorry can't remember if it was Walnut or Vintage photo! I think it was Vintage Photo, but don't quote me on that. Stamped the background words using the same brown and then stamped the flower using versamark and covered it with mica powder.

  • All stamps- Hero Arts
  • Distress Inks- Ranger
  • Mica Powder
  • Cardstock- Bazzil

Friday, June 25, 2010

Delicate Blossoms

Guess I'm getting old because I'm starting to buy less "cutsie" looking stamps and going for a more mature look. I knew I had to have this set called "Delicate Blossoms", which is new from Hero arts. Its a clear set that comes with one more large stamp. These are great for coloring w/copics!

I've also shyed away from stamping with colors other than black and stamping on paper other than white. Well, I saw Tracy stamp this image in brown on ivory cardstock and I was sold! Love this look! I will definitely have to try this more often on my non-people projects. Thanks Tracy!

Topped the card off with the Friend sentiment that is part of the CC's Designs set featuring all different sentiments in a large font. Love this set for its simplicity.

  • Cardstock- Bazzil
  • Delicate blossoms stamp- Hero Arts
  • Friend sentiment- CC's designs

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New Asian Cuttlebug Embossing Folders

OK- so this is not a good photo- Sorry! Had difficulty taking a picture of the metallic cardstock with the flash. This design was actually CASE'd by Diane. She made this same design using the new cuttlebug folders that are in stock now. There are actually two different sets to choose from but you will probably want them both. You can't see the black cardstock well, but its also embossed in an asian print as well. Love the koi embossed in orange metallic paper... Thanks Diane for a great idea!

  • Embossing Folders- Cuttlebug
  • Metallic cardstock- American Crafts
  • Cardstock- Bazzil

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Embossed Sympathy

Although no one likes to make sympathy cards, we've found that the CC's Designs sympathy stamp set has a great variety of sentiments in one set. It also comes with the cherry blossom stamp that is featured on this card made by Debi. Love how she kept it fairly simple and let the words speak for themselves. This set sells out everytime, so hurry in if you want to pick one up. Also in are Thank You sentiments, Friends Sentiments, and a butterfly set.

  • All stamps- CC's Designs
  • Cardstock- Bazzil
  • Stickles

Saturday, June 19, 2010

You Make My World Happy

This Sweet November Mermaid stamp is made by CC's Designs and comes with the cute little turtle! Debi made this card using Doodlebug paper. Love how she colored the mermaid's fin! She used Copics and then added stickles to part of the fin. Great technique! To finish it off, she added pearl accents to simulate bubbles.

  • Mermaid, turtle stamps- CC's designs
  • Sentiment- Hero Arts
  • Pearls- Kaisercraft
  • Cardstock- Bazzil
  • DP- Doodlebug
  • Stickles
  • Wave border punch- Fiskars

Friday, June 18, 2010

See Ya Later Alligator!

Isn't teamwork great??? Donna and Tracy came up with this card and box combo that coordinates so well together (just like them!). Donna made the alligator (or is it crocodile?) card using a sizzix die and then embossed him using a cuttlebug embossing folder to give him his alligator like skin. Love it!
Then she punhed grass from one of the new Doodlebug papers (I'll need to try that one day) and topped it off with some Prima flowers. Here's a close up of the alligator...

Tracy used the pie box die by Sizzix for her project and decorated it in the same paper and color scheme as Donna. Don't you just love it when projects coordinate together? Thanks girls!

Alligator die- Sizzix
Pie box die- Sizzix
Embossing folder- Cuttlebug
Grass punch- MS Crafts
DP- Doodlebug
Cardstock- Bazzil
Flowers- Prima
Dew Drops

Monday, June 14, 2010

More New Arrivals

More new stuff has arrived!

Embossing Folders: New Tim Holtz (2 pack) and two different asian sets by Cuttlebug (4 pack).

Distress inks: Re-orders of colors that sold out and more new colors in stock... including ink refills! Craft mats used in Debi's class are also in stock, along with new Distress embossing powders and stickles.

Martha Stewart Punches: re-orders of popular items that sold out.

Copics: new expanded assortment of colors now in stock.

Adhesive chalkboard, corkboard, and sticky back canvas are now available for your 3-D projects.

Prima Flowers- roses and cannister of wildflowers are back in.

And other miscellaneous items you'll want to see for yourself! Hurry in for best selection!

Friday, June 11, 2010

My Little Piece of Paper Heaven

Hi Everyone!

For more inspiration... check out one of our customer's blogs... My Little Piece of Paper Heaven! Michele is a great customer and organized the Crop For A Cause last year that we helped to sponsor. Show her some love by checking out her new blog!

Monster Pop Up Scrapbook Card!

Hey Lil' Monsters! Wanted to share this pop up scrapbook card that I made recently using the Hero Arts Monster stamp set. All stamps featured here are from this set.

Here's the inside of the card...

Here's the top view of the card..

Stop in to see this sample in person!
  • Monster stamps- Hero Arts
  • Cardstock- Bazzil
  • DP- Doodlebug
  • Ribbon
  • Circle & Scallop Circle punch- Marvy

Thursday, June 10, 2010

June Craft Night Make 'N Take

Just wanted to share the make 'n take we did at last week's Craft Night. We had such a great turn out this month that we ran out of kits! Overall, customers had fun learning a new technique for using mica powders with this easy peasy card.

Hope you can join us next month for a fun night of crafting!

  • Cardstock- Bazzil
  • Iron Gate Punch- Martha Stewart Crafts
  • Versamark ink
  • Mica powders
  • Flourish stamp- Hero Arts
  • Sentiment- printed from computer

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New Arrivals and Update on Summer Store Hours

New Arrivals

Come in and see some of our new arrivals! Just in today are new CC's Designs stamps and some re-orders.. Including new Honey stamps including Liberty Honey that you can only get at retail stores, new Say Cheese rubber stamp set, new Swiss Pixies, monkeys, new AmyR Sentiment sets, reorders of Heidi among flowers, benches, fences, Sympathy sentiment set, and much more... Yes, we went a bit crazy this time, but there is so much cute stuff to choose from we couldn't resist!

Also just in are new release Hero Arts stamps. New clear sets: Let's chill, Good Thoughts, Sending Smiles, Delicate Blossoms, and more! Hurry in for best selection.

Summer Store Hours

Effective immediately, we will be closing at 2:00pm on Saturdays during the summer. Please plan accordingly for this change in schedule- thank you for your understanding! There will be some execptions when there is a scheduled class (so on 6/19 the store will remain open till 5:00pm). Please check back later for other updates. If you have any questions regardings the change in store hours, please contact the store.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Flutter Tent Card

Hi Everyone!

Hope you had a great weekend! Decided to get a little funky with this card by coloring Flutter Anya's hair green. Guess I was inspired by Noe, who always colors Anya's hair in punk rock colors. I chose Flutter because she has wings and would work nicely dangling from this tent card.

Here's a close up of Flutter..

Oh yah- forgot to mention the flower accents- made the one that looks like a daisy using the cosmo punch by Martha Stewart. Just punched out several of them out of cardstock and attached them with a brad- then lifted them up to give them more dimension. I made the rose by punching a scallop circle and cutting a spiral out of it and then rolling it up to look like a rose.

  • Flutter Anya- TGF
  • DP- Doodlebug
  • Cardstock- Bazzil
  • Flourish Punches- EK success
  • Cosmo punch- MS Crafts
  • Scallop circle punch- Marvy
  • Stickles
  • Ribbon
  • Jump rings
  • Brad- American Crafts

Monday, June 7, 2010

Happy Father's Day Card

One of our favorite customers, Belinda, made this awesome Origami card for our Card Drawing at Craft Night last week Friday (this is the card Michele received from the swap). When you open it up- the inside is just marvelous!!
She layered the background using various papers to make it look like a beach scene. Love it! Sentiments were made on her computer and then cut out using Spellbinder nesties. Thanks Belinda!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

See The Flowers Smiling

Have you seen these neat punches by Martha Stewart? The large one is called chrysanthemum and the smaller one is called pop up water lily. The petals actually pop up off the page!
She paired up the flowers with my favorite Hero Arts girl stamp. Background paper is by Basic Gray called Kioshi and sentiment is also by Hero Arts.
Here's a close up of the cutie...

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Large Flower Card

When I first saw this card I thought it was a secret way of opening it up, but its all just a facade... Tracy tricked me with this cool layout. Love the way she colored the large flower (Hero Arts) with her Copics... wait till you see the inside of the card....

Ta Da! I just love it! I never spend time on the inside of my cards and I really should... look how sweet this turned out! Thanks for sharing this idea Tracy!

Large Flower stamp- Hero Arts
Cardstock- Bazzil
DP- Basic Gray (Kioshi)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Happy Days Are Here!

Have you checked out our selection of new Ranger Distress Inks we have in stock? Debi did a class this past weekend and showed students different techniques using these versatile inks. The coolest thing about them is their blending ability. They are like really big Copics!
Debi blended the background of this card using Distress inks. She used a book page as the background and just blended the inks over it. Love it! As you can see, these inks come in a lot of colors and believe me, you'll want them all! Happy days are definitely here!
Here's a close up of the Swiss Pixie Brigitta.

Brigitta- CC's Designs
Scallop Square die- Spellbinders
CS- Bazzil
Pearls- Hero Arts
Flowers- Prima
Distress Inks by Ranger
Book page
Happy Days sentiment- Your Next Stamp