Friday, December 30, 2011


Hello there! Wow--can you believe it's almost the end of the year? For me, it was a whirlwind year with both sad and happy occasions. But that's life, huh?

I'd like to share a card using the Sweet Victoria set from Sweet Stamp Shop. I used the chandelier with lots of bling and the sentiment from Hero Arts. The background is stamped with Hero Arts' Raindrop Background.

Thanks to all of you for your blog visits and for leaving such sweet comments. You really do make my life sparkle!

Wishing you and yours a safe and Happy New Year!

Supplies used:

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A blooming good day

Hi there! Today I'd like to share a card made with some new images from Stephanie Ackerman for Purple Onion Designs. Her Hometown collection features different buildings, which are so popular now, along with some matching sentiments.

For my card I chose the Flower Shop. I colored the shop with Copics and stamped the sentiment below it.

I used Martha Stewart's hydrangea border punch and drew some faux stitching lines around the edge. The piece was mounted on an embossed card and tied with some rayon seam binding.

Please visit Purple Onion Designs and see the selection of buildings and store fronts in the Hometown collection. Thanks for visiting today, and have a blooming good week!

Stamps: Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Memento, Ranger distress inks
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Other: Copics, Sizzix dots embossing folder, Prismacolor pencils, Martha Stewart hydrangea border punch, rayon seam binding, dimensional adhesive

Friday, December 23, 2011

A very Merry Christmas!

Hello, and Mele Kalikimaka to you! I'd like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and thank you for your visits throughout the year.

Thank you, too, for your cards that have been sprinkling in. My mail carrier gets just as excited as me when he sees the the return addresses from my friends in different states and countries.

I wish you all a safe and happy holiday and I hope that Santa brings you everything you wish for!

Stamps: Hero Arts
Cardstock: Canson watercolor paper
Ink: Hero Arts chalk ink
Other: Memory Box Country Landscape die, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Frosted Lace Stickles

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Peace, love & joy

I so admire my stamping friends who are awesome fussy cutters! I've been known to change a hairdo or amputate an image--ouch! It must be my scissors...

And because I'm "scissors impaired", I love that some of my favorite stamp companies are coming out with dies that match some of their stamps.

Here's a quick card that I made using Poppystamps' new penguin stamp and die.  I clear embossed Hero Arts' Starry Sky Design Block--which kinda sorta looks like snow--then ink distressed with two different shades of distress inks.

The penguins are supposed to represent my hubby (green scarf) and me. It was quite addicting to stamp and die cut them. I have a whole army of penguins waiting to be attached to cards or tags.

Thanks for taking the time to visit today. I hope you're having a stress free week as the countdown to Christmas begins...

Stamps: Poppystamps. Hero Arts
Ink: Memento, Ranger distress ink, Fresh Ink, Versamark
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Other: Clear embossing powder, Poppystamps penguin die, Martha Stewart snowflake punch, 
Frosted Lace Stickles, dimensional adhesive

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cups of Joy

Hi there! Today I want to share a new stamp by Heidi Grace Kress for Purple Onion Designs, called Cups of Joy. As soon as I saw it, I knew that I wanted to make a gift card holder.

I stamped the image on some watercolor paper and colored it with Copics. The sentiment is from the Handwritten Holiday set. I adjusted the measurements to fit a gift card and attached a small piece inside to hold the card.

To give some subtle texture to the card, I stamped Hero Arts' Envelope Pattern over the image. I rounded the corners and ink distressed with Antique Linen distress ink. Some faux stitching and a bit of twine finished it off.

This was so much fun and so simple to make. I may be commissioned by my daughter (again!) to make some for her friends who are avid Starbuck's fans.

Visit Purple Onion Designs to see more of Heidi's Clever Handmade line and be sure to visit her blog to download some wonderful Christmas papers--for free!

Stamps: Purple Onion Designs, Hero Arts
Cardstock: Canson watercolor paper
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Other: Copics, corner chomper, twine

Monday, December 12, 2011

Meet Ben and some Mistletoe

Hello, hello! Today I'd like to share a couple of cards that were featured on Michele's blog last week.

First up is one of Stephanie Ackerman's Winter Kids named Ben. After coloring him with Copics, I thought he looked a little "flat", so I added some shading with Prismacolor pencils.

I went around the edge of the card with a Sharpie, and drew the wonky lines alá Julie Ebersole that she shared here. It was a lot of fun and adds to the playfulness of the image. Thanks, Julie! After stamping the sentiment, I added some gemstones which look like Christmas lights when the card moves.

Next up is a card using Mistletoe Ball from carolyn draws. I colored the image with Copics and drew those wonky lines again.

I showed this card to my hubby and asked him what it was. Staring intently, he asked me if the "ribbon is supposed to be like that" and I said yes, I didn't DRAW the image, I just COLORED it.

It took a while for him to answer until I pointed to the sentiment and he said, "Oh!! Mistletoe!" Yay for him. Little does he know, it's his Christmas card and he'll be seeing it again in a few weeks.

You can find these and many more holiday images at Purple Onion Designs that help make quick and simple cards.

I hope that your holiday cardmaking is in full swing. Have a great week and thanks, always, for stopping by!

Stamps: Purple Onion Designs
Cardstock: Canson watercolor paper
Ink: Memento
Other: Copics, Prismacolor pencils, Sharpie pen, gemstones

Friday, December 9, 2011

It's a steal!

Hello, friends! Here's a heads up for you. Scrapbook Steals is offering a steal today, for just twelve hours starting at 9:00am MST.

They're featuring a choice of three different stamp bundles of Sweet Stamp Shop's stamps up for grabs at an incredible steal! It's your chance to get your hands on Nicole's hand drawn stamps for a great deal! And all of the sets will be retired once they're gone so now is the best time to get 'em before they're gone forever!

Here's my card that's being shared on the Scrapbook Steals blog.

I used Cool Scoop and paper pieced the scoops of ice cream. Nicole's images make for fun and easy paper piecing and I find myself doing this often, rather than coloring.

Visit the blog to see the rest of the Sweet Tooth gals' amazing cards and projects and then hurry over to Scrapbook Steals for the 12-hour steal!

Thanks for stopping by today....have a cool weekend!

Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop, Hero Arts (Large Canvas Stripes)
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Versafine, Ranger distress ink
Paper: My Mnd's Eye
Other: Spellbinders Labels 8, twine, pearls

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Three stockings

Hello there! Today I'd like to share two cards and also remind you about Purple Onion Designs' annual Holiday Sale with all stamps 25% off.

Stamps used: 3 Stockings, Handwritten Holiday

I used 3 Stockings, an older stamp from last season and colored them in non traditional colors of pink and green. The white card is a simple one layer card with a bit of twine and a rounded corner to finish it off.

Stamps used: Happy Holidays noteblock, 3 Stockings

The green card was stamped with the Happy Holidays noteblock in Versamark ink, and the stockings were attached with dimensional adhesive. Two different looks from the same stamp.

You have until Sunday, December 11th to take advantage of great savings on all Purple Onion Design stamps. Simply enter code HOL2011 upon checkout. Happy shopping!

Stamps: All Purple Onion Designs
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (white), Flavours Gourmet (lemongrass)
Ink: Memento, Versamark
Other: Copics, corner rounder, twine, dimensional adhesive

Monday, December 5, 2011

Most wonderful time

Just a quick post to share something "other than a card"--a stamped candle! My creative friend and Penny Black designer, Elizabeth Allan, inspired me to try this after seeing her samples and following her great tutorial on her blog.

I stamped and trimmed out  Mademoiselle Noel but she was a tad too tall for my candle, so I performed some minor surgery. I trimmed off less than 1/4" off from her legs, and she became a perfect fit! Can you tell? Probably not, because this technique is very forgiving.

I was equally surprised that when I heated the white tissue paper with my heat gun, it magically "dissolved" into the green candle and there wasn't a hint of any paper. It's truly magical!

I added some gemstones and was quite pleased with how the candle turned out. I was even commissioned (by my daughter) to make some for her friends for Christmas. Stamped candles make for a quick, festive, "last minute" gift, with endless possibilities using all your holiday and non holiday stamps.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you're all off to a great week!

Stamps: All Penny Black
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Other: tissue paper, candle, waxed paper, gemstones, heat tool

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Holiday Sale + Heidi Grace Kress!

There's a Holiday Sale happening at Purple Onion Designs! From now until Sunday, December 11th, receive 25% off all stamps--old and new. Enter code HOL2011 upon checkout.

Michele has decided to release Stephanie Ackerman's Hometown Collection--some wonderful buildings and matching sentiments you can view here.

And Michele is adding another line of stamps by Heidi Grace, under the name Heidi Grace Kress. Check out her adorable stamps here. Heidi is also offering free downloads of some Christmas papers on her blog, that match the new stamps perfectly.

The design team will be sharing cards and projects made with all the new stamps in the coming weeks. Stay tuned, and meanwhile, happy shopping!

Friday, December 2, 2011

December stamp preview and release!

Hi there! Thanks so much for visiting all three days and checking out the new stamps that will go on sale today in the Sweet Stamp Shop store. And starting today through the weekend, Nicole is offering a 25% discount on a set of your choice with coupon code NRD25.

Today we're featuring the Buddy Bee stamp set, which has a puppy dog theme. Here's my card, welcoming a new pup into a household.

I paper pieced the dog food bowls with Basic Grey's Oliver papers and adhered them to the card with dimensional adhesive. The background was stamped with pawprints and ink distressed with Antique Linen distress ink. I rounded off the corner and tied a bit of Cappuccino twine and the card was done.

If you want a chance to win this stamp set, visit each designer's blog and leave a comment. Here's the list of blogs:

                       Donna -- you are here!

Please note:  Some people are having issues with Blogger, 
and if you can't visit all the blogs, please come back again to leave a comment. 
Thank you!

If you have a Facebook account, you can get an extra "entry" by sharing about the giveaway and let us know that you shared by posting on Sweet Stamp Shop's wall.

You can see the full reveal of all three stamp sets and the store is now open. Remember to use the code NRD25 to receive your discount on any one set, old or new, through Sunday. Many of the sets are running low and once they're sold out, the set will be retired.

I hope you love the new release as much as we do! Please share your cards and projects in the SSS Flickr group or SCS gallery. We'd love to see your work!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy shopping and good luck with the giveaway!

Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop
Cardstock: Paper Accents
Ink: Versafine, Ranger distress ink
Patterned paper: Basic Grey's Oliver
Other: Twine, dimensional adhesive, corner chomper

Thursday, December 1, 2011

More Sweet previews

Hello there! Welcome to the second day of Sweet Stamp Shop's December previews. I hope you arrived here from Lindsay's fabulous blog. Today we're featuring cards and projects made with the new Spectacle set, and here's my card.

I went with a simple design with lots of bling to match the sentiment. I stamped three pairs of eyeglasses and simply added gemstones and pearls on each. I realized later that the glasses look more like something Elton John would probably wear...

Here's the list of the rest of the design team.

               Donna--you are here!

Please note:  Some people are having issues with Blogger, 
and if you can't visit all the blogs, please come back again to leave a comment. 
Thank you!

Nicole will be giving away one stamp set every day so be sure to comment on each blog for your chance to win. If you have a Facebook account, you get an extra entry if you help spread the word about the release and post it on Sweet Stamp Shop's wall.

The full release of all three stamp sets will be shown here tomorrow and the shopping will begin! Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to see you tomorrow for the third and final preview.

Now let's head over to Geny's blog to see what sweetness she's created....

Stamps: Sweet Stamp Shop
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Versafine
Other: gemstones, pearls, corner chomper