Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Freebie

Hello, Blogger Peeps. (Easter pun intended.) We will be celebrating Easter Sunday on April 20th. In my family, that means lots of church activities, lots of Bible reading and study, charity works, and such. We attend church multiple times over the course of the week, ending with a wonderful Sunday Service. We normally have some goodies and a nice meal later in the day. 

My thoughts and feelings about Easter have changed much over the years as my faith has grown. I weep on Good Friday and rejoice on Easter Sunday! I wanted to share the Good News with all of you in the form of a Free Digital Stamp - because the Grace of God and Salvation is also a FREE gift...from God.

I designed this word art for you. Simply right-click on it and select "Save Image As." You can then add it to your favorite word processing or photo editing software and print it out. (You can also use "copy/paste" to add the image to Microsoft Word or similar program, and then size it as needed.)

I decided to make a card with the graphic, too!


I used Adobe Illustrator to create the word art, but I think I sized and printed it with Photoshop Elements. I printed it with my Epson printer onto my "good Copic cardstock." I used Spellbinders circle dies to trim out the sentiment, then I used various inks to "grunge" it up.


The paper is from Carta Bella - from their Baby Mine collection. I snagged some of this last week while on a shop hop with my friends. I love the "old school" look of this paper. It reminds me of old fabric or wall paper! It is a baby line, but....many of the patterns are useful for other things.

I used some lace that I found in my stash, and some lovely flowers to make a cluster on the card. I love flowers!

I wanted to have an "insider" sentiment also, so I created one for you!
I always like to add something to the inside of the card.


When using digital stamps, you do need to think about how to print them out. You can print onto your cardstock or printed paper, or you can use a die cut template to cut them to the size and shape you need. (Or use a paper trimmer.)


This card is a tad on the lumpy side. I use padded mailers to mail my cards. I know that I create lumpy cards, so there is no use making a fuss over postage every time, right?!

I hope you enjoyed this Easter Freebie. May this sentiment bring a blessing to you and yours!

Digital Stamps: Gloria Stengel Designs
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Smooth Pink, Natural; Copic Bright White
Printed paper: Carta Bella Baby Mine
Lace: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts (dark pink and buds); Inspired by Stamping (pale pink)
Die templates: Spellbinders Nestabilities circles
Ink: Ranger Distress Old Paper, Tattered Rose
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Beacon Fabri-tac; Scarpbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Monday, April 14, 2014

One Week to Go!

Make sure to drop over to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog to see the FANTASTIC Guest Designers for April! Plus, there is still time to participate in Challenge #5 - Pick a Stamp, Any Stamp! Here is another peeky at my project. 



See all the details HERE

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Really Reasonable Ribbon April Blog Hop - GUEST


Welcome! I am the special guestie for the April Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop, which starts at the RRR Blog! If you are a long-time follower of my blog, then you know that I was part of the RRR team for a long time. I hated to step down last fall when my back started acting up! Well, Bonnie has been so kind as to offer me the occasional RRR guest spot. Woohoo!

In fact, you should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.)

Here is a peeky at the RRR April Ribbon Club Assortment


I am a huge fan of gray and yellow. Huge! However, once I started to figure out my project, I totally tossed the gray ribbon aside and went with a yellow and brown scheme! (But, the good thing is, I have tons of ribbon to make something else!)


This card has a long story associated with it. I was in a FEVER to purchase this stamp back when it first came out at Taylored Expressions. I finally snagged the stamp set (I think my bestie Melody actually gave it to me) about 18 months ago or so, maybe longer! And then....never used it. {who does that?!} I finally colored this image while I was on my crafty girls' retreat in March. And then it sat on the desk for weeks. {whew, poor little stamp!}


When I saw all the luscious yellow ribbons from the April Ribbon Club, I knew I had to use this image! I used the yellow and yellow check ribbons from the club. I also used the white lace from the ribbon club set across the top of the card.


 I even made a flower with a bit of the white lace and a button! I also used the brown twine from RRR. I stamped a mini sentiment onto some white cardstock and cut it out with a teeny, tiny punch. 


And here is the inside. I used a new stamp set that I just purchased. I love these sort of subway art/chalkboard art type stamps. The pretty yellow paper is from Graphic 45 (naturally).

That's all from me! Now, hop over to Kathy's Blog next!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!



Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Smooth Cocoa; Neenah Natural White
Designer paper: Graphic 45 Secret Garden 6x6 pad
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon April Ribbon Club, Natural Hemp Cord dark brown
Die cuts: Couture Creations Nesting Rectangles, Scallop Rectangles
Stamps: Taylored Expressions Daisy Bouquet, Jillibean Soup Just a Note; My Favorite Things Chalkboard Greetings
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Tuxedo Black; Copic Markers; Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk French Blue
Buttton: unknown
Punch: Stampin' Up
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape runner; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares; Beacon Fabri-tac

Monday, April 07, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #5

Hello and happy Monday! This is my project for Challenge #5 at the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog! Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge! Challenge closes April 20th at midnight PT.

Challenge #5 Pick a Stamp, Any Stamp!
You don't have to be a card maker to hoard stamps! With the popularity of pocket-style scrapbooking (Project Life and Photo Freedom) and the explosion of journaling stamps on the market, many scrapbookers have also become stamp hoarders. Digital stamps are more popular than ever. I am sure that most of us have at least one stamp in our stash! You may "collect" wood mounted stamps, clear stamps, cling rubber, or even digital stamps! Get one out, dust it off, and make it the STAR of your project! We want to see a stamp (sentiment, word art, image, etc.) on your project! Feel free to use more than one stamp, but you must have AT LEAST ONE stamped item on your project. 

One talented participant will receive this prize, donated by Hampton Art! Please note: since this is such a large prize, we will only pick one prize winner for April. We will choose from the entries to both April challenges. 

Over $100 Value  - Product is NOT included

Hampton Art, founded in 1980 in picturesque Long Island, NY, has been inspiring stampers, crafters and papercraft enthusiasts for over 20 years. One of the earliest “art stamp” companies, Hampton has transformed over the years to become a complete provider of creative products such as stamps, inks, papers, kids crafts, stationery, scrapbooking supplies, and card making accessories for crafters of every age and skill level. We focus on working together with other companies through strong, personal relationships and licensing partnerships to consistently bring fun, inspiring products to market. We have a portfolio of brands including Hampton Art™, Studio G™, Diffusion, Ditto™, and our latest addition, Ki Memories®, acquired in 2012. Our products can be found via most national craft retailers at over 5000 stores across the US and Canada. We also ship to 20 different countries across the globe. Hampton was acquired by National Spinning Co, Inc. of Washington, NC, our current home, in 2008. For more information, visit our Website

I am super excited about this challenge, for several reasons. First, I have worked with Hampton Art (on and off) for over three years. Second, I am a (sometimes) stamp designer for Hampton. And third, I love me some stamps and a stamping challenge!

After a few "duds" I came up with this card. I used 6 different stamped images! I had such fun paying with stamps and inks and more stamps! I did have blue hands by the time I was finished, but it was worth it!

First, I created a black, top-fold A2 size card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches). I used peacock feathers distress ink to "grunge up" three different sheets of designer paper. I trimmed each sheet just a tad smaller for each layer.


On the third layer, the striped designer paper, I not only "grunged" it with the blue ink, but I also stamped with the Hampton Art/Graphic 45 Harlequin Background stamp. I inked the stamp with Clearsnap Colorbox Black Pigment ink and stamped the image in the corner of the paper. I then heat embossed with Black Soot distress embossing powder.


The top layer of the card is a stamped image from the Hampton Art/Diffusion Butterflies Are Free stamp set. First, I used Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed distress ink to "color" a sheet of white cardstock. Then, I stamped the image with black dye ink. After the ink was dry, I fussy cut the image and rubbed the edges with Peacock Feathers distress ink. I used foam tape to pop the image off the card.

I stamped the butterfly image from the Hampton Art/Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Three stamp set onto the main stamped image with Peacock Feathers distress ink. I stamped the image again onto white cardstock and fussy cut it. I added a bit of the yellow inks to the fussy cut butterfly. I used some foam tape to pop the butterfly from the main image.


Next, I stamped the butterfly postage image from the Hampton Art/Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Three stamp set onto white cardstock with Peacock Feathers distress ink. I used deco scissors to fussy cut it the postage stamp and then added a bit of the yellow inks. I used some foam tape to pop the postage image from the main image. It is hard to see in the photo, but I added some glitter to the edge of the postage image with a Wink of Stella pen. {Yes, I drank the Wink of Stella Kool-Aid!} 

I decided that the card needed more dimension, so I die cut some flowers and leaves from white cardstock. I inked them with distress inks (Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, Shabby Shutters). I put the flowers together as shown.

I stamped a sentiment from the Hampton Art/Authentique Keep Me Posted stamp set onto white cardstock. I trimmed out the sentiment with a die cut template and inked the edges with the blue distress ink. 

I always decorate the inside of my cards. I added some of the blue striped paper and some off-white (inked with the yellow distress inks) to the inside. I stamped the sentiment from the Hampton Art/Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Three stamp set with black ink. 

I hope you had fun today! Make sure you stop by the Hampton Art Website or Blog  or Facebook and tell them hello! They are our AMAZING sponsor for April! Thanks for looking! 

Challenge Rules are HERE. Make sure you LINK your project up using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. PLEASE DO NOT LINK YOUR PROJECT TO MY SCRAPS OF LIFE BLOG! (Yes, that was shouting, sorry.)

Make sure you visit the Design Team and check out what they have to share!

Amber Milone

Christy Butters
Debbie Seyer
Donna Idlet
Ginny Nemchak
Glenda Brooks
Gloria Stengel - YOU ARE HERE
Jan Marie Ennenga
Karen Zueger
Pam Bray
Tammi Bennett



Hampton Art:
Studio G i craft tag cards white (used instead of white cardstock)
ki memories Enchanted designer paper
Hampton Art/Authentique Keep Me Posted
Hampton Art/Diffusion Butterflies Are Free
Hampton Art/Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Three, Harlequin Background

Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Treasures Pitch Black

Ink: Ranger Distress Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters; Colorbox Clearsnap Pigment Black; Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black
Glitter: Wink of Stella Clear
Die cut shapes: Memory Box Fabulous Phlox; Sweet n Sassy Stamps Mini Tags
Other designer paper: Authentique Flourish
Embossing powder: Ranger Distress Black Soot
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Monday, March 31, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Fifth Monday Feature - March

Craft Hoarders Anonymous is having some extra fun this week! For every month that contains a fifth Monday, we will do a FEATURE WEEK and a LINKY PARTY! The next challenge will post on Monday, April 7th. 

ETA: The Challenge #4 winner and favorites have been posted. Come and see if it is you. Click HERE!

This week the design team members will share how we store our hoard! Three designers will share each "fifth week" during the year! You will get to peek into the designer team's craft spaces and see how they manage to "contain" their hoarded supplies! 

Plus you will have the opportunity to share your own storage solutions, tips, ideas, etc., by joining our Linky Party HERE! One RANDOM WINNER will win this prize:


For March the designers who are sharing their storage tips are....

Gloria - Monday, 3/31- YOU ARE HERE!
Pam - Tuesday, 4/1
Tammi - Friday, 4/4

Which means I am up first! I have tons of supplies. If you doubt me, check out the video at the end of this post! I shot the video last spring, and it does a pretty good job of showing most of my supplies. Not all...as I was embarrassed to show it all. Plus...I am pretty sure more stuff got added to the hoard since last year!


I wanted to chat about my favorite storage solution...clear totes! I love my clear totes more than any other item in my storage arsenal! As you can see from this set of shelves...there is a lot of tote action going on! I have 81 of these totes in various sizes, and they hold everything from reinkers to embossing powder to glitter to chipboard to stamps to everything in between!

My favorite size of clear tote is the "shoebox" size, which are roughly 14 x 8 x 4 1/2 inches.


The best feature of the "shoebox" totes is that they are inexpensive! You can find this size at most discount stores for under $2, including the lid. Many times they go on sale for a 10 for $10 deal. The other great feature is that these boxes are stackable. You can see how I have them stacked, one on top of the other, on book shelves. 


I also love that the boxes are clear! I can see what is inside! I do have them labeled, but...just in case I don't label them (or if they contain more than one type of item), it is so easy to see what's inside!



The totes are very sturdy as well. I can cram a bunch of  heavy items inside and the boxes work perfectly. I even have boxes filled with small punches and wood mount stamps. They work for all my crafty items!



The totes also work for odd-sized packages. There are many things that are easier to deal with when they are kept in their original packaging (like self-adhesive pearls and gems). The boxes are a great for things like packages of bling, fancy brads, flowers, and more!



I also store my 6x6 paper pads in the totes - I just toss the lid (or don't bother to buy the lid). The pads fit perfectly! I can get approximately 35 pads in one box! (Dare I say that I have 4 boxes of 6x6 pads?!)


I love that I can pull the box I want and carry it to my work space! This box contains my metal "do-dads." I have all sorts of things in here that just won't fit into my little bin storage containers. When I have some metal items that are bulky or that I don't have a place for....I stick them in this box!

I know that these plastic bins are not pretty or fancy, but they hold tons of product and are super easy to use! I love them! In fact, I may need to buy more...

Here is a peeky at that video from last year. Have fun watching. Some things have changed since then, but you can still get a feel for my space!




Remember, the Linky Party closes on April 6th at midnight PT. Click HERE to join the fun! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Let's Hear it for the Boys!

Masculine cards normally very difficult to create. Most of the "bits and bobs" that are available for paper crafting have a more feminine flair (flowers, ribbon, gems, pearls). I never have enough boy cards, and I do keep a lot of boyish goods in the hoard! So....why....not sure....

Here is one that I made for WorldWin Papers blog. Using a new to the hoard background stamp and an older but never used image stamp! (I love old tractors!)


1. Cut ColorMates Smooth and Silky Cocoa cardstock to 11 x 4 1/4 inches. Score at 5 1/2 inches and make into a top-fold card.

2. Trim Kraft cardstock to 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches. Using dark brown ink, stamp a wood grain image onto the kraft cardstock. Attach the wood grain panel to the card front.

3. Use a die cut template to trim a sentiment strip from Original ColorMates Light Totally Tan cardstock  (or trim a 1/2 x 3 inch strip of cardstock). Stamp the sentiment onto the cardstock strip with dark brown ink.

4. Attach brads to the ends of the cardstock strip as shown. Attach the strip to the bottom of the card front. Use foam tape for extra dimension.


5. Using glue, attach a length of twine to the left center of the card.

6. Cut an inverted scallop circle from  ColorMates Smooth and Silky Cocoa cardstock. Attach the circle to the card with foam tape, overlapping the twine.

7. Using dark brown ink, stamp the main image onto Original ColorMates Light Totally Tan cardstock. Die cut the image with a circle template. Lightly sponge vintage photo ink around the image as shown.

8. Attach the image to the inverted scallop circle with foam tape.


9. Using strong glue, attach three metal gears to the upper right corner of the card as shown.

10. Trim Original ColorMates Light Totally Tan cardstock to 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches and line the inside of the card.

Thanks for looking!

WorldWin Papers:
ColorMates Smooth and Silky Cocoa
Original ColorMates Light Totally Tan
Kraft

Ink: Tsukineko Memento Rich Cocoa; Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Stamps: My Favorite Things Wood Plank Background; Stampin' Up Harvest Blessings; Hero Arts Everyday Sayings
Die cut templates: Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Large Classic Inverted Scallop Circles; My Favorite Things Sentiment Strips
Twine: May Arts
Gears: Tim Holtz Idea-ology; 7 Gypsies
Brads: unknown
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Beacon Fabri-Tac

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Color Throwdown #285

This is my last guest post with Color Throwdown! I have enjoyed myself so very much! I do hope they ask me to guest again! Such a fun challenge blog! 

Here is the color scheme for this week.


As soon as I saw the colors for this week, I did the happy dance! I love these colors! I have tons of papers in this color scheme! Woot!


I ended up using Graphic 45 Botanical Tea paper (because it was already on my desk). I love the pinks, greens, and browns in the paper. So pretty! I got all the colors in there! I am IN LOVE with the fishtail flags. {sigh swoon} I want to use them every day! 

I added some extra pizzazz with the "fake brads." They are not brads, but are a product called Candi Dots from Craftwork Cards. (You can get yours HERE.) The are made from paper, and you attach them with a foam square or foam dot! Recently, I was discussing with a friend how we had HOARDS of these Candi Dots....so I dragged them out and used them! 


I used a bit of hoarded choco-licious ribbon.  The stamp is a BRAND NEW item to the Gloria Hoard. My friend gave me the set for my birthday! So I made a birthday card. 


The innie stamp is from my hoard.


Make sure you go to the Color Throwdown blog to see what the DT has made. Here is the list of Color Throwdown bloggers. Make sure you check them out!
Monika Davis
Gloria Stengel – March Guest Designer - that's me!
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Light Pretty Pink, Cocoa, Dark Spring Green; Neenah Natural White
Printed paper: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Candi Dots: Craftwork Cards Chocolate/Marshmallow, Choc-a-Mocha
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Rich Cocoa
Stamps: My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings; Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments-Birthday
Dies: My Favorite Things Fishtail Flag; Spellbinders Labels Four, Labels Four Small
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Beacon Fabri-tac