Monday, September 15, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #16

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #16 posts today!  Remember, you have two weeks to play in the new challenge, which closes September 28th at midnight PT.

Challenge #16 Who Loves School and Office Supplies?
Most paper crafters also love school and office supplies. We love crayons, markers, shaped paperclips, notepads, folders, and more! If you hoard school and office products, get them out! Use them up! Use at least one item that is really a school or office supply on your project. 

Yes, I sure do hoard school and office supplies! We are a homeschool family, which means we "need" lots of school and office supplies. Right?! I used some of my hoarded items for this scrapbook layout.


I also have a "thing" for old stuff, including old cameras. I found this photo on the Pottery Barn website a few years ago and saved hoarded it. I decided to print it onto cream cardstock and use it as my focal point for this layout. This layout is for my "book of me" album, where I scrapbook about all sorts of stuff that makes me happy.

I even dragged out my poor, sad Cricut Expression to cut the title for this page! I have had that thing for YEARS and rarely use it. I have been discovering some new love for it and even purchased a few new cartridges!


I used a lot of office supplies on this page: staples, paper clips, a memo pin, a mini file folder, a label from a label-maker. I also used paper that would make you think of school, including a bit of actual graph paper from my son's notebook! I used the clock paper (Graphic 45 Times Nouveau) because I wanted to convey the idea of time moving along and that photos are snapshots in time. {corny, but true}

I used the Prima distressing tool to rough up the paper edges. I also used a notebook edge punch to punch a few of the paper edges, for that "school-ish" look.



Talk about hoarding...I used up some of my hoarded washi tape, too! I don't even like washi tape, so I am not sure why I have a whole bin of it hoarded! I used some of it on this layout and it is really fun! One kind has the days of the week printed on it and the other looks like bits of old book paper. 



I wanted to make sure that I used our sponsor product, so I printed some digital papers from Crafty Secrets and used them to create the flowers. (A few of the other printed embellishments are from Crafty Secrets, too.)


I used Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower stamps and die template and the Sun Kissed Fleur stamps and die template to create the flowers. I stamped the images onto the Crafty Secrets digital paper with brown ink, and then used the die templates to cut them out. (I printed the digital papers onto cream cardstock.) I like the mix of black and dark brown on this layout. It gives it that sepia tone so common in true vintage photos.


I inked the flowers and leaves with distress inks, and then misted them with a bit if Lindy's Stamp Gang mist. The mist (or plain water) will make the flowers easier to shape. You only need a bit of moisture! Don't soak the poor dudes! Once the paper dries, the flowers will keep their shape and be a bit "stiff."

I used a foam pad and a few stylus sizes to shape the flowers and leaves. I really want THESE tools from Heartfelt Creations! They are on my wish list! For now, I am making do with what I have in my stash. 


I combined the flowers and leaves to make a fancy "photo corner" for my photograph. I tucked in a few bits, like tiny light bulbs and a clock, plus some small images. I added some gems to some of the flowers for centers. 

Challenge Rules are HERE. Make sure you LINK your project up using the Link Tool on the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog

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

Amber Milone

Christy Butters
Debbie Seyer
Donna Idlet
Ginny Nemchak
Pam Bray

One talented participant will receive this prize donated by Lindy's Stamp Ganga $30 Gift Certificate to the Lindy's Stamp Gang store!



Lindy’s Stamp Gang is the creative” baby” of Lindy Plakinger. She passed away in 2008 after bravely battling illness. She was a self-made cartoonist, loved drawing, crafting, designing new products, and creating her funny cartoon characters! One of her greatest joys was traveling to stamping and scrapbooking conventions across the US, demo-ing to her heart’s content with her sister, and giggle partner, Vicki!

Lindy’s Stamp Gang will continue, as was her hope, and dream. Her husband and daughter have taken over the company keeping her creativity alive. Tracey, (her daughter), has always been a “jar filler” in the background of Lindy’s Stamp Gang, but is now trying to fill some incredible shoes!

Lindy's luscious luster is all uniquely two-toned! With vibrant shimmery sprays, flat sprays, vintage sprays, embossing powder and lots more!

For more Lindy’s Stamp Gang please visit!

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/lindystampgang

For more information about the design team sponsor companies, and their links, please see the end of the Craft Hoarders post HERE.

REMEMBER - you have until September 30th to vote for your favorite designers in the Heartfelt Creations Semifinalist contest! Cick HERE to read about it and vote for your favorites. You have a chance to win a $50 HC gift certificate just for voting! I would love your vote!

Craft Secrets Products:
Vintage Typography CD #3
Sew Decorative CD #7
Travel Creative Scraps

Heartfelt Creations Products:
Sun Kissed Fleur PreCut Stamp Set
Sun Kissed Fleur Die
Classic Sunflower PreCut Stamp Set
Classic Sunflower Die

Other supplies:
Cardstock: Neenah Natural White; WorldWin Treasures Black
Designer paper: Simple Stories Smarty Pants; Graphic 45 Times Nouveau; graph paper
Journalng cards: Project Life
Bingo cards: Maya Road
Washi Tape: Ki Memories, Tim Holtz
Embellishments: light bulbs, clock, staples, paper clips, memo pin, gems from hoard
Label: Dymo
Dies: Sizzix File Folder
Stamps: Ki Memories Flashback Click Click
Title: Cricut Graphically Speaking cartridge
Distressing tool: Prima
Edge Punch: Stampin' Up
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Shabby Shutters, Aged Mahogany, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick; Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - Autumn Greetings

It is my day to post on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog. We just had our BIG September Release on Friday! Click HERE to read about that! What a sweet collection of autumn-themed stamps and dies!

I made a simple tag and pocket project to share with you today, using some of the new goodies!


I found this kraft envelope, (3 1/2 x 6 inches) in my stash. I actually found 3-4 of these guys, and while I was tempted to HOARD them, I made a gift card and tag holder out of one instead!


To decorate the envelope, I started by rubbing the edges with Vintage Photo ink. I stamped the leaves from the Falling Leaves stamp set in various colors of orange, red, and gold ink across the center of the envelope. To achieve the look of multi-colored ink, just tap various ink pads to the stamp. Be careful to use your light colors FIRST to avoid a mishap such as getting red ink on your yellow ink pad!


I die cut the tree from the Forest Silhouettes die set out of brown cardstock and "planted" it to look like the leaves had fallen off the branches. I cut the fence from the Fence and Grass die set out of cream cardstock. I rubbed the fence with a bit of tan ink and added it to the envelope with foam squares.

I stamped the sentiments from the Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set onto gold paper with brown ink. I trimmed the sentiments to look like signs and added them to the envelope with foam squares.


To make the matching tag, I trimmed a Graphic 45 regular kraft tag a tiny bit on each side to make it fit into my envelope. 


The kraft paper was the same shade, which made this a perfect match! {grin}


I rubbed the edges with ink and stamped the sentiment from the Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set with brown ink in the center of the tag.


I used the leaf dies from Leaf Silhouettes die set to trim out a few paper scraps. I rubbed the leaves with ink and added them to the corner of the tag. I tied some ribbon and twine to the top of the tag. The back of the tag is blank to enable me to add a gift card or write a message. 


Make sure to check out my newest stamp set, released by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps: So Grateful.

Thanks for looking!

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps products:
Forest Silhouettes die set
Grass and Fence die set
Autumn Mum Greetings stamp set
Leaf Silhouettes die set
Falling Leaves stamp set

Other products:
Envelope: Hampton Art
Tag: Graphic 45
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers scraps
Other dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics Sentiment Strips 2
Ink: Stampin' Up Close to Cocoa, Real Red' Close to My Heart Goldrush, Orange; Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Ribbon, twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Button: unknown
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue; Glue Dots; Scotch 3M ATG tape

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps - September Release


Hello, Sweet 'n Sassy friends! Welcome to the September 2014 Release! This release is a little different from those in the past as some of the items have already been released to Sweet Perks Club participants, but now, there are a few more Fall surprises we have to share with you! {This is a BIG post, so make sure you scroll down to see the project and the blog hop contest!}


And these bundles, previously released to the Sweet Perks Club, may now be purchased separately
 Autumn Mum Greetings Stamps and Dies

 Flowers in Bloom Stamps and Dies

 Forest Silhouettes Stamps and Dies

 Leaf Silhouettes Stamps and Dies

I am super excited about this release, because my stamp set, So Grateful is part of this September Release! I designed this "build your own sentiment" set to be used for Thanksgiving, but also for any event where you need a "thank you" message.


Here is a graphic of some of the ways you can use this set. You can combine the sentiments, and even change the ink color for each word in your sentiment! Here is a card I made using the So Grateful sentiment set.


I created a fall-themed card, using lots of printed papers and some lovely plaid ribbon.


I stamped the individual words with black ink to create a sentiment. You can used a stamping block with a grid to position your words, or you can stamp each word separately. It is pretty easy to get them to line up. But, be careful, as some of the words are small! I lost "you" and found it later, sticking to my pants! 


I also stamped the Falling Leaves background to create a piece of designer paper. I inked the stamp with various ink colors, and stamped it a few times to create the background. You can see a bit of it peeking out here at the top of the card.


This card has a lot of dimension, and it is so pretty with all the fall colors.


I hope you enjoy my newest stamp set, So Grateful. This is my second set to be produced by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps! I am quite proud of it. The set includes 24 words, measures 4 x 4 inches and sells for $11. That's a pretty good deal. {grin}

I have a second card for you today. I used the Leaf Silhouettes Stamps and Dies. This bundle was part of the September Sweet Perks Club, but now each item can be purchased individually. The stamp was previously released, but the dies are BRAND NEW!


This card is in a more modern style. I layered some papers with a sheet of old book text, and added the bright, die cut leaves from the set.


Using matching stamps and dies is sort of new to me. I have been that one, lone  hold-out who insists on using the stamps "as is," or I have been hand cutting each image! But, I got with the program, and used the matching stamps and dies from Leaf Silhouettes Stamps and Dies! And how CUTE are they?!


I stamped all the leaf images, using different inks, onto cream cardstock. Then, I used the dies to cut them out...easy peasy! I stamped one of the sentiments directly onto the designer paper. Another thing I don't do very often because, if you mess up, you MESS UP! This turned out great on the first try!


I stamped another of the sentiments from this set on the inside of the card. Then, I stamped one of the leaves onto the book paper, and cut the leaf out with the matching die. It's so awesome!

It wouldn't be a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Release without fun prizes and a blog hop, so here are the details!

One random commenter from one of the Design Teams blogs will be selected to win a 
$10 Gift Code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.  You have until Thursday, September 18th, at midnight EST to leave your comments.  The winner will be posted on the 
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, September 19th! So zip on down and leave a comment!

Our Release Challenge this week is: Create a Fall-themed Card!  You have until Thursday, September 18th at midnight EST to enter. One winner will be randomly selected to receive a $10 Gift Code to be used at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.  If we have 25 participants (not including the DT), 2 winners will be selected to each receive a $10 Gift Code, so invite your friends to play along!  The winner (or winners) will be posted on the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Blog on Friday, September 19th(Guidelines for the challenge are listed on the Sweet 'n Sassy blog!)

Just add your card to the gallery using the linky tool below. To be eligible for the prize, we ask that you create a new card (no back linking, please) and enter your card in no more than 3 challenges. Remember, you don't have to use a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps image to enter, although we sure love when you do!

Please use code SNSSept2014RC when uploading to Splitcoaststampers or other galleries.

Thanks for joining us today!








Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and Dies: 
So Grateful Stamps
Falling Leaves Stamps
Leaf Silhouettes Stamps and Dies

Cardstock: WorldWin Treasures Black, Kraft; Stampin' Up Very Vanilla
Designer paper: Graphic 45 French Country; Authentique Enchanted; Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor; book paper
Other dies: Spellbinders Labels Eighteen
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Dried Marigold; Stampin' Up Really Rust, Real Red, Close to Cocoa, More Mustard, Certainly Celery; Close to My Heart Orange, Goldrush, Citrus Leaf, Olive, Autumn Terracotta
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Doily: Wilton
Sequins: Craft Medley
Buttons: unknown
Cheesecloth: unknown
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Glue Dots

Thursday, September 11, 2014

September Guest Designer for Leaky Shed Studio!


I am very excited to be the September guest designer at Leaky Shed Studio! I want to thank my pal Tracey Sabella for inviting me to be part of the Leaky Shed Blog this month! I love chipboard, and Leaky Shed has some of the BEST! 

I crated a 9 x 7 inch, Halloween home decor piece to share with you. I make at least one new fall or Halloween item every year. My husband does not celebrate Halloween, but I have a "thing" for vintage Halloween images. So....we compromise! I keep it tame and he lets me put it out for a few weeks in October! {grin}


I love Halloween colors. The oranges and greens are just so lovely. When I saw the Julie Nutting Designs Spooky doll in my chipboard pack from Leaky Shed, I knew what I wanted to do with her! I wanted to really deck her out! However, once I got going, I decided to keep her rather plain, and deck out the rest of the project! {funny how that happens!}

I started by cutting a piece of chipboard to 9 x 7 inches, and inking the edges with black ink. I added decorative paper (Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale) as the background. I trimmed out the pumpkin border (Graphic 45 A Place in Time October) to span the top of the project.


I colored the 8-inch Spooky doll with a white pencil, just to give her that pale, spooky glow. I colored her hair and mask with Copic markers. I added some glitter to her hair with a glitter pen. I added glitter to her mask and to the little spider webs with glue and loose glitter.

I created her dress out of paper, edged with black ink. (Graphic 45 Happy Haunting)


I nestled the Clock #1 next to the doll. It fit perfectly into the curve next to her hip! I inked the clock chipboard with black ink and then dabbed it with Delicata Silvery Shimmer pigment ink. This brand of ink dries very quickly and is a beautiful color. {Be careful with this ink. The lids don't stay on very well. Do NOT pick them up by the lid! I dropped mine repeatedly and it landed face down on the hardwood floor! Yikes!} I used the same ink for the clock hands and the Watch Parts.


I  backed the center of the clock with decorative paper (Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale). And then I added fussy cut images all around the bottom of the clock. Once I had all the images placed where I wanted, I decided to add dimensional pieces. I used olive pigment ink to ink up the Small Flower Corner, which I trimmed in half in order to use it in two locations.


I added paper flowers and the Watch Parts chipboard, plus a few other fussy cut images to the display. I wanted this to look full and dimensional. I wanted to fussy cut more items and add more layers, but my arthritis had other plans! So, I cheated and went with pre-made flowers!


I used some foam squares to pop some items. I also added some "vines" by curling the flower stems that I cut off the flowers. Nothing goes to waste in my studio!


I finished off the piece with a polka dotted bow and a "button" that I cut from some of the paper. To give the "button" more dimension, I stacked it on top of 3 cardstock circles.

Thanks for reading! I enjoyed my guest spot today!


Leaky Shed Studio products:

Other products:
Designer paper: Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale, Happy Haunting, A Place in Time
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon September Ribbon Club
Markers: Copic, Sakura, Zig
Pencil: Prismacolor
Ink: Tsukineko Delicata Silvery Shimmer, Memento Tuxedo Black; Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Olive
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Chipboard tag: Graphic 45 Happy Haunting
Brad: Tim Holtz Idea-ology long fastener
Glitter: Hampton Art
Circle punches: Stampin' Up!
Scissors: Fiskars
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Glue Dots





Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Heartfelt Creations Design Team Semifinalist!

Wow! It has been a while since I tried out for a "high powered" team and actually won a spot! I am so giddy! Heartfelt Creations has been one of my bucket list teams for a long time. It is one of those companies where I sit back and drool over the creations made by their talented team. At every CHA or Expo I visit their booth, just to gaze at the samples!

And now, I am a....

DT Semifinalists: Today we are pleased to announce the Heartfelt Creations Design Team Semifinalists. Choosing from such great talent and diversified submissions is very difficult and we appreciate all the applicants that participated in the design team call. Without further ado, here are the semifinalists: 

Karen ConnerMaureen RussellKaren LetchworthSusan SmitJoyce ErbAmanda ReedShellie GeigleDebbie SeyerJolande van OosterhoutArchana JoshiShona RatliffRobin TharaldsonCandy SlabaughMallika KejriwalMarzena ZiuziakowskaTracey FehrSusannah McManusAnne Harada,Shena GartonSandie DunneNupur Priya, and Gloria Stengel

Oh, yeah! that is me right there at the tail end! I have to make a few more projects to submit for judging, plus, I have to have YOUR votes for this round. While I think that part of promoting a company's product is about promoting yourself, I am a bit shy about doing this in such a forward way. It is easy to joke with my friends about "how great I am," but in reality, I am shy about self-promotion. If all of you would take a look at my blog, and take a look at all the Semifinalists, and then vote for your 5 favorites, I do hope that you will decide to vote for me! 

Vote for your favorite Semifinalists: We would love to have you participate and vote your 5 favorite semifinalists. Review each one of their blogs and then CLICK HERE to submit your vote. When you vote, you will also be entered into a drawing to be eligible to win a $50 HC Gift Certificate. You can only vote one time and you have to select 5 or more to be eligible to participate. Voting ends on September 30th, 2014.

To sweeten the pot, I want to share a few projects with you. Some of these are the projects that I submitted to Heartfelt Creations as part of my design team application. 

A huge part of what I will do as a potential design team member for Heartfelt Creations will involve making flowers from their stamps and matching die cut templates. So, here are some examples of projects I made with handmade flowers!


I used Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed Fleur stamps to stamp the flowers for this card. I don't have the matching die cut template, so I cut all of them out by hand! I inked each flower and shaped it to form the blooms. {Rest assured, I ordered the die template the next day!}


This is a 2 x 12 inch layout that I made for one of the Graphic 45 CHA booths a while back. I made all of the flowers from die cut shapes or from pre-made flat flowers. I inked and shaped them all to create this flower element on the layout.


I created this Artist Trading Block for WorldWin papers. All of the flowers are handmade from shimmer cardstock. I die cut all the flowers and then used a water technique to shape them into blooms.



This card shows another type of flower. I used several, unrelated flower die cut templates from various companies to cut all the shapes from cardstock. I inked each layer, and then assembled flowers.



I made this card a while ago, for Graphic 45. I used Heartfelt Creations Aztec Gold Sunflower stamp set (which I think is retired) and the matching Spellbinders die template (the name of which escapes me!). This was one of the first time I ever used a matching die and stamp set! 

I hope you enjoy checking out all of the Semifinalists. I sure would love to have your vote! CLICK HERE to submit your vote. Voting ends on September 30th, 2014.