Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Hop to Stop, Take 2 ...

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and I created another card for The Hop to Stop. This hop is designed to raise awareness about Domestic Violence, which is an issue that impacts 1 in 4 women.

My card features the Rainbow of Ribbons Stamp Set from MHK Designs, one of the Hop Sponsors. To create my card I started by opening a Word document and pulling in the clear ribbon from the stamp set, adjusted it to size the I wanted, then copied and pasted the ribbon to create my background, added the sentiment to the page and hit print. I colored each of the ribbons with my Copic Markers and cut down my background to size, and layered it on my cardbase. Once the sentiment was cut down I applied distress ink around the edges and popped it on my card with 3D foam squares, and then added the enamel dots.

Let's check out all of the amazing Sponsor's participating to help bring awareness about Domestic Violence

For more information about Domestic Violence, its impact, and available resources, visit the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.

Make sure you head on over to our Hostess' Blog for all of the information on how YOU can participate in The Hop to Stopand qualify for one of the Super Sponsor Prizes!

Until next time ... Enjoy!

Products not listed above ...
 - Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, Stampin' Up Vintage Violet
 - Other: Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, Simple Stories Enamel Dots

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Give thanks for ...

Good morning! I'm hosting the Great Impressions Blog today featuring the H219 Harvest Cart and D374 Dimple Things Sentiment.

I really love the image and had a blast coloring it with my Copic Markers. The sentiment is truly perfect for the image, and I agree with it wholeheartedly. 

If you haven't heard of Great Impressions Stamps make sure you hop on over to the Store to check them out. There are so many AWESOME stamps to play with, and all of the Accessories you need to create your projects with!!!

I hope you'll check out our Monthly Challenge, and if you use Great Impressions Stamps make sure you also link up to our Customer Gallery.

Challenges enter ...
 - Eureka Stamps Challenge #161 ~ Autumn Leaves/Colors of Fall
 - TTCRD Challenge ~ Anything Goes
 - Try it on Tuesday Autumn Challenge
 - Fashionable Stamping Challenge #103 ~ Words
 - Stamping Sensations October Challenge ~ Colours of Autumn

Until next time ... Enjoy!

Products not listed above ...
 - Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, AMS French Roast, Echo Park This & That DP
 - Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Ink

Monday, October 5, 2015

Combination Thank You Gift Card Holder ...

Good morning. Today I'm sharing a Thank You Card Gift Card Holder featuring cardstock from the Flavours Gourmet Sample Pack along with the Sheer Organza (Nylon) 5/8" Navy Ribbon, and dies from my stash over at CutCardStock.  

I used to make dozens of cards to thank the staff who worked with my daughter, and always included a Gift Card with those cards. So even though my kids are done with school I decided to make a combination Thank You Card / Gift Card Holder in honor of all of those amazing teachers.

As you can see from the pictures below, my sides are not equal in size or design. This was really done intentionally believe it or not. The base was created with Candied Blue Violet (Navy) cardstock, and the panels were created with Carmelized Mustard cardstock.

Once I added the panels to the sides, I used a ruler and my blade to trim the sides, and then cut off the extra from the top. Slits were made on each side of the card so that I could slide the Sheer Organza (Nylon) 5/8" Navy Ribbon thru, and then placed Chestnut Creme (Tan) cardstock over the ribbon with a strip of Carmelized Mustard cardstock to match the cover.

The apples are made with dies from my stash utilizing the Chili Arbol (Red) cardstock, and Chestnut Creme (Tan) cardstock for the stems which I applied distress ink to add color. I used embossing folders to add texture to the apples, and used a Sakura Glaze White (Opaque) Pen on one of the apples. One apple was applied to each of the panels. The third apple was added to the top of the gift card panel with a 3D foam square to pop it up for sliding in the center of the panels.

Distress ink was applied with a dauble to add a bit of pattern to the card. A removable glue dot was added to the corner of the left panel to hold the panels together while I tie off the ribbon and slide in the gift card panel.

Now the gift giver can either write a thank you note inside the card and panels, or they can write their note on the back of the gift card holder tag. (Note: I added a layer of white cardstock behind the blue panel.)

The sentiment was cut from Candied Blue Violet (Navy) cardstock.

The Flavours Gourmet cardstock is 10% off as part of the Bountiful Saving Sale going on right now.

Until next time ... Enjoy!

Products not listed above ...
 - Ink: Tim Holtz Rusty Hinge, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles & Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
 - Other: Papertry Ink Apple Prints Die Collection & Thank You Die, Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles Embossing Folder, QuicKutz Linear Embossing Folder

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Great Impressions October Challenge ...

Good morning! We have a new Challenge starting today over at the Great Impressions Blog. This months challenge is called "For the Kids".

For today's card I couldn't resist this adorable stamp called Scarecrow & Crow (G345). I stamped this adorable stamp and colored it in with my Copic Markers, and added some distress ink around the image. Once done I cut it out with my of my dies, and layered it on my DP, added the So Thankful for You (B193) Sentiment and some bling.

Here's a closer look at the Scarecrow & Crow (G345) ...

Make sure you head on over to the Great Impressions Challenge Blog to see what the other Designer's created, and for all of the details on how you can WIN this lovely collection of Great Impressions Stamps! If you use our Great Impressions Stamps remember to link them up in our Customer Gallery.

Challenges entered ...
 - Deep Ocean Challenge #113 ~ Autumn

I appreciate you stopping by today, and enjoy reading your lovely comments. Hope you have a fabulous week!

Until next time ... Enjoy!

Products used ...
 - Cardstock: Papertry Ink White, Authentique Thrilling DP
 - Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Rich Cocoa, Copic Markers, Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
 - Other: Quenn & Co. Halloween Gems

Friday, October 2, 2015

Sending you a Whole Latte Love ...

Good morning and Happy Friday! October came in with a bang, which mean Fall has arrived here in Northern, Illinois. Brrrr ....

It's Release Week at Sami Stamps today, and we also have a NEW Challenge for you to play along with for the month of October! 

This week's Release is called Cats in Cups ... 

This adorable image is called Cup Kitty 2. Before printing the image I laid another digital stamp  over the cup. The sentiment is part of the Latte Love Digital Stamp Set that I received from Verve Stamps Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  

Once printed I colored the adorable kitty with my Copic Markers, distress ink and daubers were used to apply color to my cup, and then I fussy cut it out to add to my layout. More distress ink was applied around the edges of my card, and I finished off the card with some enamel dots.

My design was inspired by the Muse Challenge #135 (shown below)

Here's a closer look at Cup Kitty 2 ...

Copics: E93, E95, E97, E99 & E07

Now lets look at all of the New Images being Released this week!

Make sure you hop on over to Sami Stamps Blog to see what the other Designers created with the New Release, and join our current Sami Stamps Challenge. Make sure you head on over to the store to grab some of these lovely images for yourself!

Challenges entered ...
 - Muse Challenge #135
 - 2015 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
 - Tuesday Throwdown #264 ~ Clean and Simple
 - Addicted to Stamps Challenge #164 ~ CAS
 - Crafting by Design October Anything Goes Challenge
 - Southern Girls Challenge ~ Whimsical, Cute and/or Fun

I appreciate your stopping by today, and enjoy reading your lovely comments! Hope you have an amazing weekend.

Until next time ... Enjoy!
Products used:
 - Paper: Neenah Solar White, Papertry Ink Vintage Cream - Treetops Glisten DP - Twig Wreath DP
 - Ink: Tim Holtz Antique Linen, Tea Dye & Walnut Stain Distress Ink
 - Other: 3D Foam Squares, Simple Stories Sweater Weather Enamel Dots