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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Sweet N Sassy blog hop

Hi there and welcome to the Sweet N Sassy blog hop. Haven't the projects that the other ladies on the DT shared been just fabulous? If you have missed anything, you can check out the schedule of events with the links on my side bar. There is no release in February so we get to show you some of our previously released sets for this hop.

For my card today, I just had to ink up my new dino-mite set that was released earlier this month. My husband has been a dino fan (specifically brontosaurs) since he was a child and has now passed this on to our children. Oh and by the way, we have all girls and they seriously LOVE them too LOL. Actually, he has given each one of them a stuffed brontosaur from his collection and each of them is named some derivative of Fred (Fred, Frederick, Freddie, Freda to be exact). My youngest especially takes her dino everywhere with her. This card also fits in the for the Verve project parade in which the theme is a kid at heart because I believe I am giving this card to my middle daughter Lindsey whose birthday is on Wed.

Take a look at my card:

I first stamped my dinosaur onto rust CTMH paper, ran it through my cuttlebug folder and then lightly sanded it so the white core would show through. I then cut it out and set it aside. Next, I stamped the tree on white paper and colored it with copics. I distressed and sponged the edges and then attached my dino over the top with pop dots. I sewed my dino strip paper onto the bg layer and also sewed the edges of my bg layer. This designer paper is perfect for these images! It is basic grey archaic and you can find the paper along with the stamps at Sweet N Sassy stamps. My layout was the sketch challenge this week on Splitcoast.

stamps- Sweet N Sassy stamps Dino-mite
CS- kraft, basic grey archaic dp, white
accessories- twine, circle punch, sewing machine, copics, black brads

If you have visited the rest of the DT blogs then your last stop will be the Sweet N Sassy blog where you can enter to win a stamp set. Hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting! Be sure to stop back tomorrow to check out what the new high hopes challenge is for the week along with my sample which I am happy to say is already done too.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Seymore is a feelin a little dragon

Hi there! Today I made a card for the color challenge on SCS. I had the image mostly colored since I have spent so much time on the couch but I left part of it uncolored so that I could coordinate with dp or the color challenge. I was pretty fortunate because one of the colors today was garden green so I hit the jackpot with the green dragon LOL.

I colored Seymore with copics, highlighted around the image with my paint brush which I dabbed in my baja ink pad and then sewed him onto the blue matte which I then distressed with my scissors. I stamped the green strip with the Rx bottle and ice pack, sewed around the edges and distressed it. The baja layer I ran through my tiny bubbles cuttlebug folder and sewed it to the blue matte which I also distressed before attaching to the white card base. I stamped the sentiment and punched with a circle punch. I distressed those too. I finished the card with some dew drops that I colored with my copics to match the card.

Inside of card:

stamps- high hopes Seymore's sick day, tail not waggin set
CS- white, baja breeze, pacific point, garden green
accessories- copics (E31, E33, G21, G94, B06, R46, C1, C3), dew drops, tiny bubbles cuttlebug folder, circle punch, sewing machine

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a good one!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Mojo Monday Week 71

It is Monday and that means it is time for another awesome Mojo Monday sketch brought to us by Julee Tilman.

Here is the sketch and my sample:

I must admit that my mojo was not quite where I wanted it this time LOL. I had a bit of trouble not because the sketch was difficult but because everything I was trying to do would just not cooperate. I made wrong cuts, had trouble with the sponging and numerous other mishaps so it was not my day really. It took me a very long time to complete this card between my mistakes and my ankle. I had to stop and start so I could elevate it between goof ups LOL. So, the card is not too bad.

I pulled out some of my absolute favorite papers for this card- basic grey bittersweet dp (available at Sweet N Sassy stamps) and my all time favorite cardstock- cryogen white. I stamped my sentiment and sponged around it while it was still in my nestie die. I added crystal effects to the two small hearts. I stamped my hearts, painted them with pink poinsettia blingz shimmerz, cut them out and adhered to the square with pop dots. I used my scallop corner punch on the 4 corners and accented each with a pearl.

In the close up you can see how pretty and shimmery the cryogen white iridescent cardstock is. Isn't it yummy? I have been hoarding it because I only had a few sheets left and did not know where I could get it at a reasonable price. Well, now I know! The Paper Temptress has this and lots of other gorgeous specialty papers!

stamps- Verve stamps Sweet Valentine
CS- cryogen white, basic grey bittersweet dp
accessories- pink poinsettia blingz, taffeta ribbon, marvy scallop corner punch, pink pearls, labels one nesties, crystal effects, paper piercer

Don't forget to stop by the mojo Monday blog for more challenge details and to check out the other samples from the mojo makers.

There is a new challenge posted on the Sweet N Sassy blog today so check it out if you have time. I had wanted to have a sample to show you for that but things did not go how I planned them.

A new high hopes challenge with blog candy drawing started yesterday and you have until Saturday to complete the challenge for a chance to win some stamps.

Have a nice day!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Papertrey Ink January Blog hop- Birthday cards

This is my second post today. I usually don't to have 2 posts in one day but today is the papertrey blog hop and I really wanted to participate since the theme was birthday cards. Birthday cards are something that us stampers tend to make and use and I have some pretty simple ones that I want to share today using some of Papertrey's cool stamp sets and products.

I am not going to go into much detail as far as instructions so please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all. I will include supply lists for each though. So here we go:

stamps- PTI honey bees, birthday basics
CS- white, lavender moon, plum pudding
accessories- Me and My big Ideas princess sticker, plum pudding satin ribbon

stamps- PTI It's a Celebration, honey bees
CS- white, sweet blush, berry sorbet
accessories- sorbet satin ribbon, stickles, square punches

Inside of card

stamps- PTI Garden of Life, birthday basics
CS- white, berry sorbet
accessories- scor-pal, paper piercer, sorbet satin ribbon

stamps- PTI honey bees, birthday basics
CS- white, lavender moon
accessories- lavender moon satin ribbon, oval nesties, corner rounder punch

Thanks for stopping by today and happy blog hopping!

High Hopes Heart Challenge

Hello to everyone! Sunday brings us another high hopes challenge and this week I am the hostess. My challenge is not too hard- just to use hearts somewhere on your design. It can be in the image, dp, punches, cuttlebug- whatever your "heart" desires :). You may see a theme here this week LOL. The participants of this week's high hopes challenge will go into a drawing to win 2 stamps from high hopes- matchmakin' Maynard and the light my fire sentiment. I used both of these on my sample for you along with the HH balloon stamp.

I colored my image with my copic markers, sponged around it while still in the oval die, then accented it with stickles glitter glue. The white bg was run through my heart embossing folder. I stamped my middle strip with my balloon stamp in red ink and then also stamped and embossed 4 balloons on red paper. I then stamped the letters L O V E in them, cut them out and tied thread around each gathering the 4 strings together and securing to my card with a glue dot. I had to cover that up so I added some little black heart "scraps" from my border punch to my card. They were each painted with coal shimmerz. I tied some stitched ribbon around the middle and attached the image with pop dots. I used Taylor's cupcake sketch for my layout. She is celebrating a year of cupcake sketches with some prizes from her store so you may also want to check that out.

Here is a closer look:

stamps- high hopes matchmaking Maynard, light my fire, heart balloon
CS- black, red, white
accessories- fruit punch stickles, stardust stickles, white gel pen, heart cuttlebug folder, sewing machine, oval nestabilities, coal shimmerz, fiskars heart border punch, stitched grosgrain ribbon, black ep, thread, brayton font just rite stamper letters, pop dots, copics (G21, G94, RV10, RV11, R32, R27, R37, E31, E33)

I hope to see many of you able to play along with my challenge this week. When you do, please be sure to post a comment with the link to your creation on the HIGH HOPES blog to be entered into the drawing. Be sure to check out the other awesome samples that the divas made this week too while you are visiting the blog.

I know that I have been a bit more quiet this week. My ankle is still pretty sore but it is slowly improving. Anyway, I try to limit my trips downstairs to my craft area and I can't stay down there too long when I am down there because I need to elevate it as much as possible to get the swelling down. So hopefully I can get a shoe on it in a few days. I did venture out of the house yesterday for the first time in nearly a week. I used one of those boots you put over casts that is my mother in laws and my cane. Problem is that living in Buffalo we have snow and ice which are not conducive to my situation LOL. I nearly tripped because the boot thingy is too big and of course the movie room happened to be the farthest one from the door. We took the girls to the cheapy movies yesterday to see Madagascar 2. My youngest also had not been out of the house in almost a week since I could not take her anywhere so I felt badly and wanted her to be able to do something. So, keep praying for my ankle to heal if you would.

Come back tomorrow where there will be a new mojo Monday sketch and a new Sweet N Sassy stamps weekly challenge as well. I am hoping to be able to create some samples today for them so hopefully all will go as I plan.

Have a great day and happy stamping!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sketch challenge 212

Well, I have had an eventful couple of days here. On Monday night I turned my ankle outside and ended up severely spraining my ankle. We were not sure if I broke it or not but it has improved a bit today so I am pretty sure now that it is not broken but boy has it turned some interesting colors. So, I managed to hobble and crawl downstairs to make a card today. I got the inspiration for this card from the roses that are open on my table right now which my dh got for me a couple days ago.

I watercolored my image using my reinkers and an aquapainter which was also the belli challenge on my friend Chris Dickinson's blog this week. It is quite fitting to use her challenge too because she is the illustrator of this gorgeous new stamp set called Love Blooms from Sweet N Sassy stamps. Oh and can I just mention that this stamp set and EVERY stamp set is on sale for 20% off through the end of January. I popped up the roses with foam dots, added stickles for some sparkle, and added pearls to the scallops.

stamps- Love Blooms from Sweet N Sassy stamps
CS- pink pirouette, watercolor, white, pomegranite
accessories- reinkers, aquapainter, stickles, stitched ribbon, silver hardware, silver pearls, swiss dots cb folder, circle nesties, corner rounder punch

Are you looking to invest in some copic markers? Perhaps you have already started collecting them and would like to add to your collection or perhaps you are just starting out. Either way, I want to let you know that Sweet N Sassy stamps is going to be starting a copic marker club that you may be interested in. You can check out the details on how the club is going to work on the blog post. Don't forget to check out the terrific sale going on over at Sweet N Sassy too with 20% off all stamps and 40% off of many other items.


Monday, January 19, 2009

Mojo Monday Week 70

Hello everyone! Monday brings us a new sketch for the week from Julee Tilman (owner of Verve stamps).

Here is the sketch and my sample:

I started by stamping my stem and cutting out the rectangle with my nesties. I then stamped the 2 different sized flowers and painted pink poinsettia blingz over them. Once dry I cut them out and layered them on top of the stem with pop dots between each flower and added a rhinestone to the center. I did the same for the butterfly and pierced a trail for it.

stamps- Verve petals and stems and artful elegance
CS- pretty in pink, celery, white, berry bliss dp
accessories- pink rhinestones, celery brads, paper piercer, pink poinsettia blingz, long rectangle and circle nestabilities, square punches, taffeta ribbon, pop dots

I am sorry that I did not take a picture of the dimension for you like I usually do but I was not feeling well yesterday and I even struggled with finishing my card.

Anyway, be sure to stop by the mojo Monday blog to check out the other samples from the mojo makers and to get the info on how you can play along.

Also, if you are a challenge lover, Monday is also the start of a new challenge on the Sweet N Sassy stamps blog. This week the challenge is brought to us by Chris Dickinson and is an inspiration challenge.

Hope you all have a wonderful mojolicious day!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sunday High Hopes Challenge week 14

Hi there! Hope everyone is doing well and is safe and warm today!

Well, it is Sunday here and that means that a new high hopes weekly challenge is under way. This week the challenge is brought to us by diva Niki Estes and her challenge is to make a "dude" card. Ok, so this is probably not my strong suit since I am a sparkly ribbon addict LOL! But I think I did ok and notice there is NO ribbon on this card. I did use the tiniest amount of sparkle though but I think it fits. Take a peek and see what you think:

I colored my image with prismapencils and blended with gamsol. I added some stickles to the fire which I think is quite appropriate even for a guy card LOL. I distressed the edges of the matte around the image and the edge of the layer adhered to the card base. I distressed the edges with my cutter bee scissors. I used to use an edge distressor tool but I was not completely happy with the results and it took awhile to do. So, I have always admired the way my fellow diva Ila distressed her cards and asked her the method she used and she told me scissors. Well, I love it! It gives better results and is much quicker than my distressing tool. I sanded the rest of the edges on the different sections with my emery board. I embellished my card with brads in the 4 corners and a photo corner in the top corner of the image.

Here is the inside:

stamps- high hopes warm wishes, gina k sentiment, SU sassy susie (inside)
CS- white, buckaroo blue, basic grey cupcake dp
accessories- sewing machine, emery board, scissors, pewter brads, photo corner, diamond stickles, prismapencils, gamsol

Don't forget to stop by the high hopes blog to see the other divas' awesome samples and to see the prize being offered for this week's challenge. A random drawing will be held among all the participants in this week's challenge. And yours truly is the hostess of next week's challenge. Hmmm...wonder what my challenge is LOL?

Have a blessed day and thank you so much for taking the time to come by.

Friday, January 16, 2009

High Hopes Snowlady

I decided to ink up this adorable high hopes snowlady for the color challenge this week on Splitcoast.

I colored the snowlady with copics and cut her out. I also cut the bird out separately. I ran by white bg rectangle through my cuttlebug with the snowflake folder. This was then sponged with baja ink. I tore 4 strips of white paper then inked the edges and accented them with stickles. I adhered them to the cb bg overlapping each slightly. I then attached my snowlady and nestled her in between 2 of the layers. The bird was popped up on her shoulder and stickles were added to accent the snowlady and the cb bg. I finished the card by adding some snowflake punches that I painted with shimmerz. If you click on the photo, you can see a really good close up of it.

stamps- high hopes birdie friend snowlady
CS- not quite navy, baja breeze, kraft, white
accessories- stickles, white gel pen, ms doily lace punch, copics (E31, E33, E37, E29, E47, BG10, BG72, BG75, RV10, RV11, C1, C4, blender), not quite navy inkpad, aquapainter, baja ribbon, ms snowflake punches, angel wings shimmerz

**I was asked which browns I used on the mittens and hat. They are colored with E31 and E33.

Hope you are all safe and warm. Frigid cold temps here again today!


Thursday, January 15, 2009

January Sweet N Sassy Round Up

Greetings from the frozen tundra (AKA Buffalo LOL)! Mega cold here this week but I hope that the couple cards I have to share today warm your heart :).

It's the time of the month where the Sweet N Sassy Stamps DT each showcase a project on the SNSS blog. I created a layered heart framed card for Valentines day.

This card may look complicated but is really pretty easy to make now that I have the measurements figured out. There are 3 heart frames on this card and I used my Fiskars heart border punch to create them. After experimenting I determined that the sizes of the squares needed to make the frames are 2 3/4", 3 3/4", and 4 3/4". When using your punch be sure to move your paper over a little (to the line just after the punch edge) so that you don't end up creating a border. If the paper is cut all the way to the end you get a border not a frame- hope that makes sense. I want to try these with other punches too and see what they look like. Anyway, punch your frames and matte both silver and gold inside of them. In between each layer use pop dots to give your card dimension. The smallest frame I turned on the diagonal to turn the focus on the sentiment. I used gold pearls and gold edged ribbon for my accents. I also used 4 heart "scraps" that came from the negative portion of the border punch.

stamps- Sweet N Sassy stamps Love Blooms (outside sent.), True Friend (inside)
CS- red, white, gold foil from Wal-Mart
accessories- Fiskars heart border punch, gold pearls, gold edge organdy ribbon, pop dots

I have another card to show you that I did yesterday for the sketch challenge on SCS.

I stitched my bg dp to my card base and I stitched the 2 offset panels. My main image sentiment was sponged while in the nestability die and then paper pierced. I tied organdy ribbon around the middle- I chose organdy so the ribbon was subtle and not overpowering. The corners of the card and panels were accented with white pearls. The flowers are actually bridal confetti from Michaels- awesome deal because you get a ton for like $5 and that is without a coupon. They come in different colors but I have white and cream because I figured that I can color them with copics if I want a different color. I used a rhinestone in the center of them.

stamps- Sweet N Sassy stamps True Friend
CS- white, baja breeze, choc chip, basic grey offbeat dp, SU ski slope dp
accessories- white pearls, rhinestones, white bridal confetti, sewing machine, long rectangle nestabilities, organdy ribbon

Now I know that you are going to want to check out the fabulous newly released True Friend stamp set that I used today on my cards. The good news is that through the end of January all Sweet N Sassy stamp sets are 20% off and there is no coupon code needed!!! Is that cool or what? You know what else- they also carry basic grey 6X6 papers like the offbeat I used in the second card and the brand new bittersweet line. So be sure to visit the Sweet N Sassy store website to see all the terrific stamps and accessories they have to offer.

Also be sure to check out the sweet n sassy blog to see the rest of the awesome projects that the DT has to show you- it'll be worth the visit!

Many blessings to you!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

CPS sketch sponsored by DRS designs

Here I am today with two samples using the CPS sketch as I had promised yesterday. Oh and did you remember me mentioning that there are free stamps up for grabs for a random participant in this week's CPS challenge?

Here is the sketch:

One of my samples uses the sketch horizontally:

stamps- DRS designs H303, P219, H1076
CS- white, mauve mist, mellow moss
accessories- copics, stickles, popdots, cb embossing folder, oval nesties, paper piercer, moss taffeta ribbon, corner rounder punch, white pearls

The second card shows the sketch verically

stamps- DRS designs K247, H015
CS- white, kraft, baja breeze, not quite navy
accessories- sewing machine, buttons, twine, white ep, corner rounder punch, martha stewart snowflake punches

Don't forget to hop on over to the CPS blog to see all the info on how you can play along with the challenge and have a chance to win some free stamps from DRS designs.

note: I hope you will forgive me for not writing much about the specifics of the cards. I was having some problems with blogger and now it is very late on Tuesday night when I am trying to schedule this and I am so tired that I need to get to bed. I just really wanted to make sure to post my samples for you. I will try to update this post but I know that I will be away from my computer much of the day on Wed.

Thanks for visiting and I look forward to seeing what you come up with for the challenge. Have a great day!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

DRS challenges with blog candy!

Yes, you read the title correctly! DRS designs is offering free stamps this week as a prize and you have not one but TWO chances to win it! A random drawing will be held to determine a winner from all the participants in the challenges- one of the challenges is the bi-weekly challenge on the DRS designs blog and the other challenge is the sketch this week on the CPS blog. I was supposed to announce that DRS designs is the sponsor of CPS this week on Sunday but I got things a little mixed up.

The first challenge is to use a ribbon slide as a focal point on your card. If you do not have any ribbon slides you can make a ribbon slide out of one of your stamps by just punching two holes in the center of your stamped image to feed the ribbon through. Now DRS stamps are not required but if you have them why not use them? Here is my snowflake slide sample to get you started.

I stamped my snowflake bg stamp for my white bg and sponged the edges. I punched the corners with my tag corner punch. I then stamped my large snowflake (not a ribbon slide stamp) with sky ink, cut it out and cut a matte around it too and then accented with stickles and rhinestones. I then did the same with my smaller ribbon slide snowflake which then was layered on top of the larger snowflake. I fed both organdy and satin ribbon through it.

stamps- DRS designs M238, D932, H015
CS- soft sky, white shimmer, blue bayou
accessories- stickles, rhinestones, organdy ribbon, satin ribbon, tag corner punch

Be sure to visit the DRS challenge post for more info and to see the other terrific samples from the DT.

The second challenge is a sketch challenge brought to you by card positioning systems blog. The DRS designs DT will have their samples posted on their blogs tomorrow for you including me but here is the sketch to get you started.

Their are some samples from the CPS DT on the CPS blog if you would like to check them out and find out more info on how you can enter the challenge to win the prize of the free DRS stamps.

Today is also my day to post on the DRS blog so I have 2 additional cards posted there.

Have a blessed day!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Mojo Monday is Sweet N Sassy!

Today is mojo Monday and that means Julee has another awesome sketch for us! Here is the sketch and my sample for this week:

I used some fabulous newly released stamps from Sweet N Sassy stamps for today's projects. The scripture is from a new set called Love of a Friend. I embossed my sentiment and showcased it in a circle medallion frame. The edge of the frame is embossed with silver too. You can see instructions how how to make it in Becca's video tutorial which is awesome! They are really pretty simple to make. The only difference in mine is that I use the second largest die and Becca used the largest. I embossed my vellum with my cuttlebug folder to create my bg. I accented my frame with silver pearls and liquid pearls in the scallops.

stamps- sweet n sassy stamps love of a friend, true friend (inside)
CS- silver foil, pink shimmer from Wal-Mart, white shimmer PTI
accessories- heart punch, wrought iron corner punch, cb floral fantasy folder, silver pearls, silver e

note: I did try to take a picture of the inside of the card but for some reason it keeps coming out blurry. I will try again later. I used a new sentiment from true friend that I would love to show you.

ETA: I decided to make a matching origami box with a cover

I have another card to show you today. The first card was kind of elaborate and this one is simple and elegant.

I used another newly released set called Love Blooms from Sweet N Sassy stamps. I first stamped my heart rose image in red and then embossed the sentiment over the top of it in black. I framed my image by paper piercing it and using some yummy glittery red ordandy ribbon. The corners of the card were punched with a scallop corner punch and a red sparkle sticker was added.

stamps- sweet n sassy stamps Love Blooms
CS- white, black, red
accessories- paper piercer, red ribbon, stampendous sparkle stickers, Marvy scallop corner punch, black ep

I hope you have enjoyed my cards today. Don't forget to stop by the mojo Monday blog and see the other awesome samples from the mojo makers. If you decide to play along be sure to add your link to your creation using Mr.Linky on the blog and use the keyword mojo69 if uploading to SCS.

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit!


Sunday, January 11, 2009

High Hopes challenge 13 and a new POTM too

Happy Lord's day Sunday to you all!! Today the sun is shining here in Buffalo and even though the temperature is cold it just really uplifts my spirits with the bright sunshine. Today I have 2 projects featuring high hopes stamps that I would like to share with you.

First is my card for this week's challenge which is brought to us by the "head diva" the talented Kim Reid. The challenge was to use dry embossing on your card. I was really pleased because one of my favorite tools to use is my cuttlebug with the embossing folders. Today I used the birthday folder on my card for the bg.

I colored my image with copics and accented it with a white gel pen and some stickles. I used the sketch on SCS this week for my layout and Gavin is cut out as is the balloon which is also on a pop dot. I used brads and ribbon as my embellishments.

stamps- high hopes Gavin the givin dragon, PTI sentiment
CS- jersey shore dp, bashful blue, white, brilliant blue
accessories- stardust stickles, pop dots, orange brads, blue grosgrain, copics (G21, G94, B21, B23, B24, R20, prisma- yellow ochre, poppy red, orange)

Would you like to win some high hopes stamps? You would- great!! A random winner will be drawn from all the participants in this week's challenge to receive some free stamps. You can see the deets on how you can enter and what the prize stamps are HERE

Every month high hopes offers a collection of around 3-4 coordinating images and offers them at a 25% discount- this is known as the project of the month (POTM). I created a cute little tooth fairy box for my middle daughter who has her first loose tooth using the January POTM.

I colored my angel with copics and accented the wings with angel wings shimmerz of course! I also used some stickles on the stars and rhinestones for the wand and wings. I cut my fairy out and curled up her wings just a little. She was placed on top of my labels one nestabilies which was sponged white in the die. I created a glitter frame by using some strong red line sticky tape around the border in which I used glitter on top of. The box measures approx 4"X4" and I used this tutorial to create it.

inside of box

another view

stamps- high hopes January POTM (candi the tooth fairy, floss, toothbrush, tooth)
CS- brilliant blue, bashful blue, white
accessories- labels one nestabilities, red line tape, rhinestones, angel wings shimmerz, stardust stickles, blue grosgrain ribbon, copics (B21, B23, B24, E31, E33, E00, R20, deco yellow prismamarker)

This set is not only good for tooth fairy cards but also goes great with the I believe in angels sentiment too. Be sure to check out more info on pricing and to see some more awesome examples from the other divas HERE.

Have a wonderful day!

new Sweet N Sassy blog candy winner!!

I did not hear from the winner of my sweet n sassy blog hop candy winner so since 9 days have past I decided to draw a new one.

Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2009-01-11 20:18:20 UTC

So the winner of the newly released True Friend stamp set from Sweet N Sassy stamps is:


Valarie (vampme3) said...
What a beautiful valentine...and I love those new sentiment stamps!!

JANUARY 2, 2009 6:01 PM

Congrats Valarie and please contact me at with your address so Korin can get your set out to you

Friday, January 9, 2009

Hanna stamps January new releases

Hi there! Today Hanna stamps released 3 new stamps sets and 2 rileys. I thought I would share with you some cards I made using 2 of the new sets. I really like these sets and they are quite versatile.

First up is ahoy there:

I colored the image with copics and then sponged baja breeze for the water and soft sky for the sky using the nesties as a stencil. I used my white gel pen to draw in some waves. I accented the white of hanna with a spica glitter pen and used crystal effects on the shield of the boat- cool huh?

stamps- ahoy there from hanna stamps
CS- soft sky dp, soft sky, red, white
accessories, copics (Eoo, R20, R46, ultramarine, C1), spica glitter pen, labels one nestabilities, crystal effects, white gel pen

Another card using ahoy

To make my bg I started by tearing a piece of paper to use as a mask for the ground and a circle punch to mask off the sky. I then sponged most of the paper with sky, went back over some of it with the darker shade of baja. I then used a post it note to create the horizon line and sponged bayou from the line of the post it toward the bottom edge of the bg. I finsihed the sky by sponging bayou, navy and black to the left side because that would be the dark side since it is blocked by the lighthouse and because the moon would light up the right side. To make the ground I sponged caramel, cocoa, choc chip and black again making the left side the darkest. To tone down the moon I did streak some sky over it and then stamped by birds over it. After the bg was finished, I pieced my lighthouse onto it and stamped the sentiment. I could have stamped the lighthouse first, colored it and embossed with clear then did the bg but I as a bit pressed for time so I chose to eliminate the emboss step and just piece it. This was my first attempt at creating this kind of bg scene so I was rather happy at how it came out. I tried to use a brayer and use the "zindorf" method but after several attempts I just could not get the brayering to work right and so I decided to sponge it instead.

stamps- ahoy there hanna
CS- soft sky, white
ink- sky, baja breeze, blue bayou, not quite navy, black, caramel, cocoa, choc chip
accessories- sponges, bayou ribbon, paper piercer

Last card using Garden Hanna set

I stamped my bg with the sunflower stamp and colored it with copics, same with the main image. I used my piercabilities border to create the scalloped edges. I stamped the sentiment and pierced a row along the bottom. I used my dot cb border to emboss the middle strips.

stamps- garden hanna
CS- white, choc chip
accessories- copics, grosgrain ribbon, cb border folder, piercabilities border, rectangle nesties, paper piercer

Arn't these new sets awesome?!! Well, I know that you are going to want to add these stamps to your collection so in order to help you do that Kristi is generously offering you a 10% discount off of your entire order! How cool is that? So in order to receive your discount- please enter the code SUPPORT when placing your order on

Have a terrific day and thanks for bearing with me through the long post.