Make a WISH

This is the layout my club members are going to make this Saturday night. I love this paper! It is from the Good Times Level 2 pack from CTMH. I got the layouts from the Reflections Scrapbook Program that CTMH sells. I used the layouts on pages 44 & 45. I love this program, because it has so many one page layouts that you can combine with each other to make great double page layouts.

I used chipboard letters for the WISH and stamped them with a polka dot in chocolate, sweet leaf, twilight and buttercup.

Check out the flower on this page. I love using my punches and this is definitely easier than it looks. I got this from Donna at SCS. Here is her tutorial. Fun to make! The tags that were left from making the flower, I used on the side of the layout for more embellishments.

Layout recipe: All products CTMH unless noted. Paper - Good Times Level 2 paper; Ink - white daisy pigment, sweet leaf, chocolate, buttercup, twilight; Stamp Set - Say It In Style; Accessories - Punchs from SU - small & regular tag, star punch, scallop square punch, 1" punch (EK Success), white gel pen (SU), white eyelets (unknown), white daisy sassy strands, chocolate bigger brad, chipboard letters, chocolate grosgrain ribbon.

See you Saturday night, Stampers!

Happy Stamping!

Shining Star

About a week ago, I was playing around with this Shining Star set from CTMH. I wanted to emboss the biggest star with all the detail in the image. At first, I embossed it with clear embossing powder on white and then I remembered how much I love black embossed images on black paper. These have been sitting on my desk every since and didn't make cards out of them until today. I wanted to keep them simple like the one layer cards I made here & here.

The first one was made by sponging watermelon ink over the clear embossed star and out just a little to give it a glow. Then I traced around the star with watermelon marker. I topped it off with the sentiment a little pink bling and pink ribbon.

This one was even easier. I traced around the black embossed star with white gel pen. Then I stamped the sentiment in white pigment ink added white pearls and white ribbon. Viola! Done!

Don't ya love the detail on this star?

How do you like the pics? I have been playing around with Photoshop a little and thought I would make my pics a little better.

Card recipes: All products CTMH unless noted. Paper - white cardstock (Walmart), black cardstock; Stamp set - Shining Star; Ink - Versamark, white daisy pigment ink; Accessories - embossing powders (clear & black), pink crystals & white pearls (Mark Richards), white daisy & bubblegum organdy ribbon, white gel pen (SU)

Happy Stamping!


This is the other card I made at the card party I attended last week. Isn't it yummy! Not only the cupcake is delicious, but the colors are too. I added the pink bling when I got home. I couldn't resist.

I didn't have time to create today, because I was busy with my online photography class. I am on my second week. We are learning about apetures this week. These pictures were taken in aperture mode on my camera, which is AV. Check out how lucky I got catching the bee lifting off the flower. You can barely see him in the first picture. I hurried between settings to catch him on the flower again. Viola! He decided to take off and I caught him. YAY!

Notice how the background is blurry in the second photo. Soooo cool!

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Owl Always Love You

We have a really fun challenge for you today -- it's a product challenge, sponsored by MyGrafico. To play along, create ANYTHING using one of the MyGrafico images -- they have a ton to choose from, but if you're trying to cut costs, here's a link to some free images.

Post your project in the Paper Craft Planet photo gallery, and use the tag "PCPgrafico". (Here is a tutorial on adding pictures to the gallery, if you need it.) MyGrafico has generously offered a $10 gift certificate to the store to one of our lucky challenge players.

Here is my card:

I wanted you to see how I cut my image away from the paper with an xacto knife, so the owl was sitting up on the branch. Isn't he cute?

Here is another view.

The Supernovas used Forest Friends digi stamp set for our cards. I picked the owl image. I love owls and I knew I wanted to add the sentiment "Owl Always Love You" for my DH. I printed the owl on Neenah Paper and colored it with my copics.

Just a note about working with digital stamps:

  • You do NOT have to have a photo editing software. You can just open and print these jpg images.

  • If you have a photo editing program, the images come in both jpg and png files. You can resize the images and combine them into scenes with just a click of the mouse.

  • Digital images last forever and require very little storage space!

  • There are several great tutorial videos over on Paper Craft Planet that will show you how to use digital images, if you have any questions.

Here is what the rest of the Super Novas came up with:

Now, it's your turn! Take the challenge and let's see what you make!

Happy Stamping!

With Sympathy

Last week, I went to another stamping party. I am a sucker for stamping parties! We made two cards and this is my favorite of the two. I like the other one, which I will show you later this week. We played with new colors from SU and the stamp set Lovely As A Tree. We were showed how to use our brayer again to make a background. Wow! I love those colors! Of course, mine is not as good as the demo. When I go to these parties, it seems like I don't remember how to stamp. LOL!

Isn't this card sooo pretty? I love trees! I decided to make mine a sympathy card, because I am out of these types of cards. You can see how the front of the card is cut out just right for the sentiment to show through from the inside of the card. This is sooo cool!

I am working on a project for Paper Craft for tomorrow, so I will be back tomorrow to show you what the Design Team has been creating.

Happy Stamping!

Christmas Color Challenge

This is the last Christmas card challenge I have finished. I am sure I am behind again...LOL! This card is for Debbie's Color Combo Challenge #17. I don't have the exact Stampin' Up colors that she listed, but these CTMH colors are very close. The colors she listed were Sage Shadow, Apricot Appeal and Chocolate Chip. When I remembered this snowflake pattern paper from CTMH's Aspen pack, I knew I was in business. The colors I used from CTMH are Twilight, Taffy and Chocolate Chip. Pretty close, eh?

Card recipe: All products CTMH unless noted. Paper - Aspen pattern paper, chocolate cs, taffy cs, white daisy cs, twilight cs; Ink - chocolate, twilight; Stamp set - Bundled Up; Christmas Scripts; Accessories - chocolate ric rac, white pearls (Paper Studio), small oval punch (SU), snowflake embossing folder (Cuttlebug), pop dots (SU)

Happy Stamping!

Christmas Sketch Challenge #19

Back to my Christmas card challenges. Just two more left. This one is for Sketch Challenge #18. If you click on the link you will see the sketch I had to follow. I turned the sketch on its side, because my image is portrait. I really like the cranberry pattern paper I used with the Basics Evensong Collection paper. This paper is from Route 66 and goes well with holiday patterns. In addition, I made this card 6 x 6, because of the size of my main image. This one will have to go into a gift bag, since the post office is so particular these days.

Card recipe: All products CTMH unless noted. Paper - Basics Evensong Collection; cranberry cs, white daisy cs, new england ivy cs; Stamps - Holiday Joy; Ink - cranberry, new england ivy; Accessories - new england ivy designer ribbon, new england ivy bigger brads, red bling (Paper Studio), scallop circle punch (SU), 1 3/8" circle punch (SU), white gel pen (SU), pop dots (SU)

Happy Stamping!

Bombshell Stamps

OK, we have a really fun challenge for you today -- it's an inspiration challenge, sponsored by Bombshell Stamps. To play along, simply pick something that you think is "the bomb" and make something!

Post your project in the Paper Craft Planet photo gallery, and use the tag "pcpbomb". (Here is a tutorial on adding pictures to the gallery, if you need it.) Shannon, at Bombshell Stamps has generously offered TWO stamps sets as a prize -- Pinstriping and Speed Shop.

For this card, I was inspired by the CTMH paper pack It's A Guy Thing. I knew I wanted to use the word pattern paper. I used my prismas and gamsol to color this classic.

Of course, I don't think of classic cars without thinking of bright yellow. That was my inspiration for this one. This set just screams for metal hinges and brads. I used my copics to color this bad boy. Love it!

This particular stamp is from the King of the Road stamp set. It is a great classic car set. Perfect for any masculine card or for anyone who loves cars (even the ladies out there).

Here is what the rest of the Super Novas came up with:

Adela Rossol

Lynn Mercurio

Melanie Muechinger

Wendy Price

Jen Tapler

Diana Gibbs

Erika Martin

Lori Tecler

Jessica Fick

Sankari Wegman

Susanna Boyd

Now, it's your turn! Take the challenge and let's see what you make!

This challenge ends Wednesday, July 22, 2009.

Happy Stamping!

Merry Wishes

Continuing with my Christmas card challenges, I have an eyelet challenge to show you today. This is for Debbie's Eyelet Challenge #21. I remember when eyelets came out and I loved using them. I don't seem to use them much anymore. I am a "brad" girl. I showed my club this card on Saturday night and Patti commented that I had more brads than eyelets. See the cute little mini brads on each one of the reindeer, except Rudolph. He needed a big red brad. I love this image. I told her I know, but I did use some eyelets on the background paper. Hee Hee! I tried right?

I colored my image with CTMH pencils and pop dotted my image on cranberry cs.

See these little cuties up close! Love it!

Card recipe: Paper - Basics Evensong Collection (CTMH), Evensong Level 2 paper (CTMH), cranberry cs, white daisy cs and new england ivy cs (CTMH); Stamp sets - Holiday Line Up (SU), Lots of Thoughts (SU); Ink - cranberry (CTMH), black (Memento); Accessories - mini brads (CTMH), cranberrry bigger brad (CTMH), red eyeles (unknown); scallop square punch (SU)

Tomorrow I will interrupt my Christmas Challenges with a special project for Paper Craft Planet. Check back and see what the Design Team has been doing.

Happy Stamping!

I'm Dreaming of a...

White Christmas. You see it Bing! Oh, what a great song and movie. This card is for Sankari's Challenge #23 - I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas. This card was fun to make. I added a little silver for accent. The sentiment was embossed in silver and I added silver vellum behind my embossed snowflakes.

Card recipe: Paper - white daisy cs (CTMH), silver vellum (CTMH); Stamp set - So Many Scallops (SU); Ink - versamark; Accessories - silver embossing powder (CTMH); pop dots (SU), scallop punch (SU), white organdy ribbon (Sheer Creations), white brads (Paper Studio), Snowflakes embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

Well, I have been busy taking online classes again at I am taking two right now. Photo Editing: Frame-ups and Special Effects was a free course Jessica offered, which is really cool. We are on day 9 of this class. Yesterday, I started Oh Shoot! Digital Photography with Candice Stringham. Our first lesson was about shutter speed. I finally took my camera off automatic mode. YAY! Below are the pics I took to put in my book to show the difference in a fast shutter speed and slow shutter speed. I think this class is going to be a good one too. I can't wait to learn more about my SLR. I am ready to switch to manual mode.

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No Stamp Christmas

I have a lot of Christmas cards for you this week, because I finally am caught up on all of the challenges from the blog Christmas Stampin' All Year Long. YAY! When my club members were working on their two page layouts and other projects on Saturday night, I focused on my Christmas cards.

The first challenge I took was Vicki's Challenge #24 - The Stampless Challenge. We could not stamp on our card at all. Many times I turn to my Cuttlebug embossing folders for this type of challenge. The Lace Tree folder is perfect for this. I inked the tree in Olive and the trunk in Cocoa. Then I added bling! Now, I had to figure out how to get my sentiment on my card without stamps. I rumaged through my goodies and came across this "JOY" sentiment attached to ribbon. Perfect! Finally I layered my image on olive cs, gold vellum and cranberry cs. The pattern paper is from the Basics Evensong Collection by CTMH.

Have a great day!

Happy Stamping!

Funny Face

You know how I have been writing about organizing my stamp sets. Well, I came across the Pick a Petal stamp set by Stampin' Up and remembered why I bought it. I saw a card that Dawn from Dawn's Stampin' Thoughts made over 1 1/2 years ago. It was a cute get well card. I loved it! After looking through my archives of saved card pictures I want to make, I found it. I have never used the set and am trying to use what I have, so I made the same card. I tried to use similar colors that Dawn used, but I don't have any SU colors. These colors are all colors CTMH inks and paper. The sentiment is from Best Wishes (CTMH).

Isn't he so cute?

Card recipe: All products CTMH unless noted. Paper - taffy cs, black cs, white daisy cs, sunflower cs; Ink - black, sunflower, taffy; Stamp sets - Pick a Petal (SU), Textured wheel (SU), Best Wishes; Accessories - black grosgrain ribbon

For those of you who only buy acrylic stamps, I made this one from CTMH stamp sets Best Wishes, Playful Petals and Rustic Flowers. The paper, ink and accessories are all the same.

Happy Stamping!

Never to many.....

Cupcakes! I must be in the mood for cupcakes this week. I know I have been eating enough carbs, so maybe that is the reason...LOL!

This is another Lockhart Stamp Company image Barb sent me. She is the sweetest! I am having so much fun coloring the images she sent me. This image is Best Cupcake. I used my copics and finished the frosting off with my clear spica marker. I wish you could see the sparkle on the frosting. I love this marker, but it doesn't show up the best in photos.

When I looked at my image, I knew I wanted to use my long rectangle nesties. This is the first time I used them. The tall think stack of cupcakes called for these frames. I popped the image with pop dots and started layering. The colors I used matched this Emporium Level 2 paper pack perfectly. I used one pattern for my background and punched out the flowers from another pattern for accents. Yummy!

Mom cam
The blue accents are crystal stickers from Mark Richards Company.

Card recipe: All products CTMH unless noted. Paper - Emporium Level 2 paper, cocoa cs, crystal blue cs, white daisy cs; Stamp set - Best Cupcake (Lockhart Stamp Co.); Ink - copics; Accessories - crystal blue stickers (Mark Richards Co.), vineyard berry organdy ribbon, heavenly blue brads; long scallop and regular rectangles (Nestabilities)

Have a SWEET day!

Happy Stamping!

You're Sweet

I decided to make a couple more single layer cards yesterday for thank yous. This time I used the stamp wheel Cupcakes from Stampin' Up. The first card I used watercolor pencils on regular white cardstock. The second card I used watercolor paper from Archivers and used my blender pen and ink from the lid of my ink pads.

The glitter shows up really well in person, especially on the watercolor paper card (second one). Now, when I need a quick card, I know I can make a single layer ones and have a great bunch of cute cards.

Card recipe: Stamp - Cupcakes stamping wheel (SU); Paper - white cs, white watercolor paper, baby pink cs (CTMH), heavely blue cs (CTMH); Ink - crystal blue (CTMH), blush (CTMH), sunny yellow (CTMH), holiday red (CTMH), topiary (CTMH); Accessories - word window punch (SU); watercolor pencils (CTMH); prisma glitter; Sentiment is printer from Microsoft Word

Happy Stamping!

Thanks a melon

I purchased the stamp set, Summer Sweetness, a long time ago and finally...finally used it. YAY! I saw on a blog eons ago where someone used watermelons with the sentiment "Thanks a melon". Loved it! Well, I was totally out of thank you cards, because one of my friends came by yesterday and purchased my last ones. I needed to make some quickly and was inspired by some cards Dawn has made at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts. She has made no layer cards and I love how they look. So clean and fresh! SO EASY!

My boys helped me pick out a couple of colors for these cards. Tate liked the bright pink one and Tanner liked the red one. Which one do you like best?

I didn't have a stamp that read "Thanks a melon", so I made my own in Word and printed them off on matching paper.

Card recipe: Paper - white cardstock (Walmart), watermelon cs (CTMH),topiary cs (CTMH), cranberry cs (CTMH); Stamp set - Summer Sweetness; Ink - black and topiary (CTMH); Sentiment - Microsoft Word; Accessories - window word punch (SU)

Happy Stamping!

Fun in the Sun

Here is the layout for my July scrapbook club. We meet this Saturday and will complete this two page layout and crop until midnight. I wanted to use the same color scheme I used for the card club here. This is the Level 2 Boom-Di-Ada paper pack, which is very bright and cheery. Since it is summer and the colors are so bright, I wanted to make a summer layout. The two mats I have for this layout are for a 5 x 7 photo and a 4 x 6 photo. Club members will be able to make whatever size mat they need for their pics.

These layout ideas on from CTMH's Reflections book (pages used are listed in the recipe below). I think this is my favorite scrapbook program they sell right now. I love combining the one page ideas with each other. This book gives you cutting dimensions and different photo options. If you don't have any of their scrapbook programs, this is the one I suggest to buy.

Here is a close up for the first page title. I used various fonts from CTMH's chipboard letters. I like combining different fonts for "fun" titles. The paper flowers are the perfect color for this layout. I punched out a hollyhock flower to add to the middle with a sunflower brad. I sponged the chipboard with sunny yellow and then sponged the edge in sunflower ink. Don't ya just love ric rac?

Here is a close up for the second page title. I didn't have a sun stamp, so I improvised. I used the flowers from the Gratitude stamp set and layered them with pop dots. Love it! See the photo mat? I got this idea from the Reflections book (CTMH). They cut a bunch of paper and tucked it behind the photo mat to frame the picture. This was so easy and adds a great frame for a special picture.

Layout recipe: All products CTMH unless noted. Paper - Boom-Di-Ada Level 2; Stamp sets - Gratitude, Boutique Alphabet; Ink - hollyhock, olive, sunny yellow, sunflower; Accessories - sunflower bigger brad and regular size brad, garden green brad, solor chipboard letters (F, U, N, S), hollyhock ric rac, just blooms paper flowers, boho blossoms punch (SU), Reflections Book layouts on pages 17 (Title Topper - Heading) and 18 (Title Topper - Equal Portions).

Happy Stamping!

God Bless America!

Happy Independence Day!

Today, is such a great day here in America! Celebration time! I hope all of you have a great and safe holiday! God bless all of you and those of you who have family serving in our great military protecting all of us!

Here is one of my favorite times I have heard our national anthem. I get chills every time!

Oh, I almost do you like my new banner and sidebar? Cute, huh? This is blog in a box created by Zoe Pearn at Sweet Shoppe Designs.

Have a great day!


July Card Club

Our July Card Club meets July 7th and I finally got the card created that we will be making that evening. I really like how this one turned out. Again, I am loving my new organized stamp system. I don't think I would have used the frame stamp around my sentiment, if I didn't browse through my stamp binder first. That frame is from the set Autumn Splendor. I love it! I double stamped the sentiment. The first time in buttercup and then in garden green. Isn't the little yellow flower cute? It is from the new Heartfelt Whimsy Die Cuts from CTMH. It comes with three - 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 sheets of whimsy felt die cuts in buttercup, garden green and tulip. These are awesome!

Mom cam

Card recipe: All products CTMH unless noted. Paper - Creative Basics Boom-Di-Ada Collection, hollyhock cs, buttercup cs, garden green cs; Stamp sets - Autumn Splendor, Best Wishes; Ink - hollyhock, buttercup, garden green; Accessories - garden green brads, pink brad (Paper Studio), Heartfelt Whimy Die Cut, hollyhock ric rac; buttercup buttons, watermelon waxy flax; buttercup organdy ribbon, pop dots (SU)

Thanks to all of you who took the time to vote on my two polls. Looks like those of you who visit my site use Acrylic the most and I am glad to see I am not the only addict with over 500 stamp sets.

Happy Stamping!