Saturday, January 28, 2012

SSS143 Beloved

I had these papers on my table from last night's crafting session, and I loved this color combo so much, I decided to use these again. I'm using a new Sweet Stop sketch (#143) with the same Color Throwdown challenge (#176) that I used yesterday. This great color combo is Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Pool Party, and Rose Red.

I pulled out this gorgeous Small Beloved Carnation stamp from I Brake for Stamps and used the Tissued Color technique (from Technique Junkies) on it. This is a great way to color collage stamps without having to use markers. I sponged the edges with some Kraft ink for that vintage look.

I know you're going to want this gorgeous collage stamp, so please use this code - SAVE10HOLLY - when you go shopping at I Brake for Stamps. This will save you 10% off your entire order, so fill up your cart with stamps, ink pads, 6x6 paper pads, Wild Orchid flowers, and Creative Inspirations Paints. You will have a great time with your new toys! :-)

Stamps: Small Beloved Carnation from I Brake for Stamps
Ink: Rose Red, Pool Party, Dark Chocolate, Kraft
CS: Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Pool Party, White, Restoration dp (Crate Paper)
Other: Dark Chocolate satin ribbon, Scallop Diamond Edge punch (EK Success), Dark Brown Viva pearl pen, Square Lattice embossing folder
TJ Technique: Tissued Color

Friday, January 27, 2012

Non-traditional Valentine Card

TGIF!!!! I am so glad it's Friday - that means I can sleep late tomorrow! :-) I saw a couple of challenges that I wanted to play with this week, but I didn't have time to play until tonight after work.

I used this week's Sweet Stop sketch (#142) and the colors from this week's Color Throwdown challenge (#176) to put this sweet non-traditional Valentine card together. If you look closely at the images in the basket, you will see that they are heart-shaped scones. How cute is that?

This Basket of Heart Scones stamp is from I Brake for Stamps, and I colored it with Copic markers. The Curled Corner technique (Technique Junkies) was used to give this card a fun texture. I used Holly's Tattered Background stamp on the kraft layer along with the sentiment from the Every Day Phrases set (all from I Brake for Stamps). It was fun to play with these non-traditional colors - sort of manly yet sort of girly, too.

I wonder if I should give this to my husband next month or if I should give this to my grandparents?? Hmmmmmmm...........

If you want to go shopping for the stamps I used on this card, you can save 10% off your order by using my code - SAVE10HOLLY - when you check out. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Stamps: Basket of Heart Scones, Holly's Tattered Background, Every Day Phrases (all from I Brake for Stamps)
Ink: Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Rich Cocoa Memento
CS: Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Pool Party, Restoration Collection (Crate Paper), White
Other: Copic markers, Dark Chocolate satin ribbon
TJ Technique: Curled Corner

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Just Sayin' - New Rogue Redhead Designs release

Rogue Redhead Designs is pleased to announce two new releases, Just Sayin' and Carnival Dreams, to brighten up your winter! Each is whimsical in its own way and sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Our Just Sayin' plate is a full-size rubber stamp plate with focal images, sentiments, decorative elements and a full-size background. Its quirky vintage charm lends itself to grace greetings to close friends and family. Order this new full-size plate before February 25, 2012 and get it for the introductory price of $17.60, a 20% savings over its regular retail price of $22.00.

Our second new release is a fabulous new mini featuring the art of New England artist K. Dunn. This newest addition to the Beautifully Dunn range comes just in time for Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day. It features beautiful-drawn free-flowing images of love and enchantment. Romance, mystery and a joyous spirit infuse this collection. Order this new mini collection before February 25, 2012 and get it for the introductory price of $6.00, a 20% savings over its regular retail price of $7.50.

Want both our new releases? During our sale, get our January 2012 Release Bundle including both Just Sayin' and Carnival Dreams for the low price of $22.00! We are also offering our Rogue's Choice Bundle, which includes the popular Relish Reading and Milliner Misses collections, for the same low price of $22.00! For the romantics in the crowd, we have created a Beautifully Dunn True Love Bundle including Snow Hugs, Candy Kisses and Carnival Dreams for the limited-time price of $33.00. Get in on these great deals now! They only last until February 25, 2012!

With the release of these new plates and bundles, Rogue Redhead Designs has also updated our website and added mounting and storage supplies to our product line. Purchase any of our unmounted rubber stamp plates by itself, with a sheet of EZ-Mount Cling Foam or with cling foam and a stamp storage panel - all with one click. Visit the individual pages of each plate for these additional choices. Just need to order EZ-Mount or stamp storage panels? Just visit our new mounting supplies section!

I've shown you a couple of sneak peeks of the new Just Sayin' set, and here's another one for you. I created both cards with the same stamps and layout, but I changed the colors to show the versatility.

The first one is a bright and fun card perfect for a teenager or a fun-loving girlfriend:

I stamped the border stamp with three different colors and I used some Lemondrop Baker's Twine (The Twinery) for the spirelli technique (Technique Junkies) around the sentiment.

The second one is a more rustic version:

I stamped this one with Razzleberry ink and I used linen thread for the spirelli technique (Technique Junkies) around the sentiment. Isn't it neat how changing the color can change the whole "feel" of a card?

Head on over to the Rogue Redhead Designs store to order this awesome new Just Sayin' stamp set as well as the whimsical new Carnival Dreams set. If you haven't picked up the Milliner Misses set yet, what are you waiting for? That one is my absolute favorite set, and you'll be seeing some samples with those in the coming weeks. :-)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Butterfly Circle Card

I saw the new challenge over on the Cheery Lynn Designs blog today and I just had to make some time to play tonight. I pulled out some dies and stamps and put this together to enter this in their Dry Embossing challenge.

Instead of a regular ol' card, I was inspired by the sample on the Cheery Lynn blog and I made a circle card instead. I used the Cuttlebug Highlights technique on the background and colored the butterfly image with Copic markers.

Sandy Hulsart did a wonderful tutorial on the Cheery Lynn blog showing how she makes those beautiful flowers, so I followed her tips and instructions when I made the three white flowers on my card. Sandy's directions were perfect - look how these flowers turned out!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Stamps: Botanical Butterflies (Just Rite stamps - purchased from Classy Cards 'n Such)
Inks: Rich Cocoa Memento, Baja Breeze, Fresh Snow
CS: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, White, Wasabi
Cheery Lynn Designs dies: Olive Branches, Fanciful Flourish, Cuties 3, Dancing Doily Lace Border (purchased from Classy Cards 'n Such)
Other: Copic markers, circle dies (Spellbinders), Finial Press embossing folder (SU)
TJ Technique: Cuttlebug Highlights

Hot Pink Flowers

Good morning! I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Today I am sharing a fun card with some hot pink flowers - are you ready for this?? If you're not awake yet, you will be after you see these:

Isn't that fun?? I love the contrast of the soft greens and blues with those bright and sparkly pink flowers. These flowers were stamped with Versamark and then I covered them with Deliquesce Super Sparkle Pink embossing powder from Creative Inspirations Paint. You can see the sparkle in this close up picture:

This week's challenge on the Creative Inspirations Paint blog is to have pink on your project. I hope you join us and share your pink project with us this week!

Creative Inspirations Paint embossing powder: Deliquesce Super Sparkle Pink embossing powder
Stamps: Flower Fusion #1 (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versamark, Spring Moss, Tuxedo Black Memento
CS: Aqua Mist, white, Spring Moss patterned paper, kraft
Other: Aqua Mist buttons, kraft tafetta ribbon, Dotted Wave edge punch

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sneak Peek 2 - Rogue Redhead Designs

Howdy! I'm glad you've come back this weekend to see my second sneak peek for the new Rogue Redhead Designs release. As promised, this is a wild departure from the card I posted on Monday. :-)

I decided to go fun and funky with this retro geometrical stamp. I stamped it three times in different directions, and then colored the squares with some bright neon colors. I've used the Faux Designer Brads technique from Technique Junkies on the green square in the middle.

The sentiment and the squares are from a new stamp set called Just Sayin'. This will be released on January 25th along with another fantastic set over in the Rogue Redhead Designs store. You can catch some more sneak peeks by checking out some of the posts on the Rogue Redhead Designs blog.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Neon Sledding Bear

Good morning, folks! I bet you're awake after seeing this adorable bear in neon colors. Hee hee hee!

Have you checked out the blog hop that I Brake for Stamps had yesterday? You still have time to hop through and leave comments on each blog for a chance to win an awesome prize. Just start at the IBFS blog to see all the adorable new Winter Bears.

This one is the brand new Sledding Bear stamp - a Rick St. Dennis exclusive rubber stamp only available at I Brake for Stamps. I colored this with Copic markers, and I couldn't resist adding some bright green dots to the neon yellow snowpants. The background is the Cuttlebug Highlights technique from Technique Junkies. I've kept this card very clean and simple so it will be perfect for mailing.

Would it be really mean to send this card to someone who's been snowed in up north?? Hee hee heeeeeee!

You can order this Sledding Bear as well as the other Winter Bears from I Brake for Stamps. Go fill up your shopping cart with stamps, inkpads, 6x6 paper packs, and Creative Inspirations Paints, and then use this code - SAVE10HOLLY - when you check out. Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 20, 2012

I Brake for Stamps - FIRST BLOG HOP!!!

Welcome to the first ever I Brake For Stamps Blog Hop!! Today, we are hopping in honor of a BRAND NEW release from Rick St. Dennis. These Rick St. Dennis Exclusive stamps are now available in the I Brake For Stamps store!

If you haven’t started the hop from the I Brake For Stamps blog, you’re going to want to do so. We are offering a $15 IBFS Gift Certificate to a random hopper. In order to qualify, you must leave a comment on each designer’s blog including the IBFS blog. Tell us which bear is your favorite AND anything else that might make our crafty hearts smile.

You’ll also have your chance at winning a bear of your choice when you participate in the current challenge over on the IBFS Challenge Blog. Our current challenge is Fancy Fold cards. Please see the Challenge Blog for all of the details.

Are you ready to see some adorable Winter Bears?? Let's start off with this sweet little Snowman Bear:

You should have heard me squealing when I saw that cute little snowman in the shape of a bear! Eeeeeeeeee! I just fell in love with this stamp! I colored this with Copic markers and used the Curled Corner technique (Technique Junkies). Some snowflakes and sheer silver ribbon were added to balance the card.

My second card is this darling little Skating Girl Bear:

She's so cute and so girly with that ruffled skirt and the bow on her head. I colored her with Copic markers and I used the Out of the Box technique (Technique Junkies).

You can order these brand new stamps from I Brake for Stamps today. Save 10% off your order by using this code - SAVE10HOLLY - when you check out. This code is good for your entire order including stamps, inks, papers, and Creative Inspirations Paints.

The Design Team has been joined by some very talented guest designers for this inaugural IBFS blog hop. You'll probably recognize this next lady as one that I've had the pleasure to be on several design teams with over the years. Please hop on over to Kristine Reynold's blog to see what she is going to share with you today. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

IBFCC #17 - Fun or Fancy Fold challenge

It's time for another challenge over on the I Brake for Challenges blog, and today we are having fun with Fun or Fancy Fold projects.

I was inspired by the blue background paper that I used here. It reminded me of the beautiful Delft plates that my mother collects. I used this sweet scene from the Rare Image Garden Sheet (I Brake for Stamps) and stamped it in blue. I sponged the edges with some Antique Linen distress ink to give it an aged appearance.

You're wondering what the "fancy fold" part of my card is, aren't you? I used the Double Gatefold Card technique (Technique Junkies), and you can see how this card opens in this picture below:

The sentiment inside is also from the Rare Image Garden Sheet. I love the way this card opens up - so unexpected. :-)

Check out what the other Design Team members created over on the I Brake for Challenges blog. We'd love to have you play along!

You can order this stamp sheet and the Antique Linen distress ink from I Brake for Stamps. Save 10% off your order by using this code - SAVE10HOLLY. This code is good for your entire order, including stamps, inks, 6x6 paper packs, flowers, and Creative Inspirations Paints. Happy shopping!

Stamps: Rare Image Garden Sheet - I Brake for Stamps
Ink: Marina Mist, Antique Linen distress ink (my FAVORITE)
CS: White, Marina Mist
Other: sponge
TJ Technique: Double Gatefold Card (Fancy Folds & Motion Paper Crafts cd)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Love Scones

Have you seen the new rubber over in the I Brake for Stamps store? This Basket of Heart Scones is one of the newest ones, just in time for Valentine's Day. I had so much fun coloring this one with Copic markers in pastel tones.

I used the Wisped Frames technique (from Technique Junkies) for a soft pinkish hue on the image after I colored it. The sentiment comes from the MS102 Full Plate - a wonderful source of sentiments for Valentine's Day, anniversaries, weddings, and general love cards.

Valentine's Day will be here in less than a month. You can save 10% by using this code - SAVE10HOLLY - when you order this Basket of Heart Scones and the MS102 Full Plate love sentiments sheet. This code is also good for everything else in the store - stamps, 6x6 paper, flowers, and Creative Inspirations Paint. Have fun shopping!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sneak Peek - Rogue Redhead Designs

Happy Monday, folks! I have some exciting news for you today. I have joined the Design Team for Rogue Redhead Designs!!! They have some wonderful stamps that appeal to a wide variety of tastes, from eclectic and vintage to fun and funky. It's a great mix of styles, and this sneak peek shows off a couple of stamps from one of the new sheets that will be released on January 25th.

I've used the Antique Glimmers technique from Technique Junkies in the background and I colored that sweet little flower to match. Since the sentiment says "Sorry," I wanted to keep the card appropriately low-key. Both the flower and the sentiment are from a new sheet called Just Sayin'. It will be available at Rogue Redhead Designs on January 25th.

Come on back here this weekend for another sneak peek. The next one is a wild departure from this low-key card! :-)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Stampin' Companion blog hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Companion blog hop! If you have arrived here from Hetty's blog, you are on the right track. If not, please start at the Technique Junkies blog so you don't miss any of the wonderful inspiration that we are sharing today.

As you may have heard, Technique Junkie Newsletter has just released a brand new CD: Stampin' Companion: 70 Tutorials exclusively using Stampin' Up! products. Every tutorial uses ONLY Stampin' Up! products, from the trimmers to the stamps and everything in-between. It is only $17.95 (US and Canada) ($19.95 for overseas addresses). If you are a Stampin' Up! demo, this CD is a great resource for workshop and stamp camp ideas. If you are a technique junkie like me, you will love the great techniques and artwork on this CD.

Are you curious to see what the tutorials look like? You can check out the FREE tutorial of the Blended Marker Technique by clicking on this link:

For my project, I combined two of the new techniques: Faux Quilted Diamonds and Disassembled Jumbo Wheels. I love that gorgeous quilted background. The sentiment is from the Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel. How did I stamp that without the rest of the wheel surrounding it? It is easy to do when you follow the Disassembled Jumbo Wheels tutorial.

A list of all 70 tutorials is on the Stampin' Companion page. The CD will begin shipping on Friday, January 13. To order this fabulous CD, go to the Stampin' Companion Page, or click on the "Buy Now" button below:


Are you ready to see more eye candy? Please hop on over to Jane Bosi's blog - you're in for a wonderful treat!

Stamps: Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Baja Breeze
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, Basic Pearls

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Old Friends and Treasures

This will be a fun card to give to an old friend. The purses are created using various punched shapes and silver pearls, and I stamped this beautiful sentiment from this Victorian Lady plate (MS81 Full Plate from I Brake for Stamps). I used some Faux Stitching (Technique Junkies) around the edges - y'all know I don't sew. LOL!

I'm keeping this short and sweet today. Life has been crazy - it's always hard to get back into a schedule after Christmas and the New Year's Day holidays. If you are in the mood to go shopping, please use my personal code - SAVE10HOLLY - to save 10% off your order at I Brake for Stamps. You can use this for your entire order, including stamps, flowers, 6x6 paper pads, and Creative Inspirations Paints.

Come on back tomorrow to see what I've created for a special Stampin Up ONLY blog hop! We've got some great techniques and awesome SU artwork to share with you.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!! We are back with new challenges on the I Brake for Challenges blog, and today we are easing back into challenge mode with a CAS (clean and simple) project.

I pulled out this Bird Houses set (btw - it's on sale!) and inked up this cute birdhouse with the birds flying around. I went with some bright colors and I used the Embossed Image technique from Technique Junkies. You can see the woodgrain embossing folder that I used if you look closely at the image.

There's no flourishes or flowers or buttons on this card today. Just a simply tied ribbon is all I used for this CAS card. Head on over to the I Brake for Challenges blog to see what my fellow team-mates came up with. Hopefully we've inspired you to create your own CAS project, and we've love to see what you've come up with. Share your creation for a chance to win some free rubber from I Brake for Stamps! :-)

Stamps: Bird Houses Set (I Brake for Stamps - use this code SAVE10HOLLY to save 10% off your order)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento
CS: Olive, Limeade, white, Melon Mambo dp, Olive dp
Other: circle dies, woodgrain embossing folder, Melon Mambo ribbon, Copic markers
TJ Technique: Embossed Image