Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sledding Bunny Brings Sweet Gifts

Hi all -

I have one last project for this month that I wanted to share.  This time around I turned a manila tag into a little gift card holder.

It’s pretty easy to make.  I just scored a tag 3.5” from the top and folded in half.  To keep it closed I use a large prima clip – to open, just pull the clip up.

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Recently I picked up the Winter Bunny stamp set from Lawn Fawn and thought he would look cute on the front of the gift card holder.  He’s festive enough for Christmas but could also be used anytime during winter.  The “woo hoo” sentiment is from the Critters in the Forest stamp set. The pretty papers are from the new paper pad So This is Christmas by Carta Bella.

For embellishment I used a button, a bit of red baker’s twine and a few rhinestones.

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Here is a shot of the gift card opened.  As you can see I just had to pull the clip up and it falls open.  I used more of the designer paper to decorate the inside and that was it – I didn’t want the gift card to be too bulky.

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Coupon Alert!  If you are shopping at the Inspiration Emporium you can use coupon code fatcatstamper for 10% off your order. Pictured below are links to some of the products I used to create this gift card holder. :)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fall Shaker

Hi all – just popping in real quick to share a card I posted on the TSG Blog earlier today.

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This one features my new Happy Fall stamp set and a shaker box filled with sequins, glitter, and micro beads.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

SCRSC116: I {heart} skating

Hey peeps – It is time for another Sparkle Creations challenge and I’m continuing the holiday/winter theme. It’s getting cold… I even saw a few snowflakes the other day so this fun card is just in time.

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For all of the details of the challenge, which is to make a side step or center step card, head over to the Sparkle Creations Blog. You can find Sparkle Creations stamps online at the store HERE.

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For my card I used this wonderful tutorial from SplitCoastStampers to make a center step card base.  It only took me three tries to get the cuts and scoring correct – oh yeah, it is not always easy for me. ;)

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Lots of dimension on this card that I just LOVE.  I can’t believe that I waited so long to make one of these cards – even if it took me three tries. Used many of my usual tricks for making this card: Copic markers for coloring, rhinestone bling, ribbon, and some Stickles/Glossy Accents.

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Recipe:
Stamps: Ice Skating Chloe (SCRS).
Paper: Icy Mint (Bazzill Card Shoppe), Kraft (MFT), Navy, Choice Snow White (TE), Winter Fun designer (Carta Bella).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Copic markers.
Accessories: rhinestones (My Mind’s Eye), foam tape, twill ribbon (May Arts), vintage seam binding, Glossy Accents and Diamonds Stickles (Ranger), flower, heavy duty white thread and sewing machine.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Let’s Chill

With the drop in temperatures it is finally sweater season (my kind of weather).  Of course, after sweater season comes snowman season which means it is about time I pull out some winter stamps including this cute one by Paper Smooches.

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I’m still on a texture kick so I broke out some Dylusions Ink Spray and a couple of ink pads to create an inky background (spritz spritz, dry, and stamp). I found some matching designer paper (Authentique) and cut out a portion of a circle that I matted on some burlap paper which was cut with a scalloped circle die.  I pleated a bit of matching paper and distressed the edges before stitching the layers together.  I also stitched the inked up background to a piece of black cardstock.

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Now for the snowman – he was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic markers.  I added Diamond Stickles and once dry I stuck him to the card with an Action Wobble – this really really pops him up on the card. Fun!  I added a few big rhinestones from my stash and a bit of polka dot washi tape to finish the card.

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Coupon Alert!  If you are shopping at the Inspiration Emporium you can use coupon code fatcatstamper for 10% off your order. Pictured below are links to some of the products I used to create this card. :)

Friday, October 25, 2013

TSG Blog Hop: Snowman Soup

Hello! It’s the final day of sneak peeks for There She Goes and we have a super fun set to share today! :)

Snowman Soup Blog Hop Challenge

This set from Chaitali is perfect for all sorts of holiday gift giving needs, from bag toppers, to mini cards, or whatever else you need…with 25 images to chose from, there is something for everyone!

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Snowman Soup is a 4x8 set that includes a total of 25 stamps and will sell for $18.00.

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I used the bag topper, a little image, and a perfect matching sentiment to decorate the top of a paper bag filled with yummy candy.

I stamped the topper image on designer paper and then cut out (I don’t have the matching dies yet but I will soon).  I stamped the topper a second time on the light green cardstock so that I could use it as a guide to cut out a matching oval.  Once cut out I stamped the sentiment, roughed up the edges and embellished with some bumpy rhinestones.  For more detail I stamped the holly image on watercolor paper, colored with Distress Markers, and embellished with Glossy Accents.  Once dry I adhered the cut out image to the topper with a dimensional.

I cut out a slightly wider piece of kraft cardstock that was a couple inches longer to create a flap. After scored I added dots of Liquid Pearls along the front of the flap.,

To attach the topper I folded down the top of the white paper bag and stapled the kraft piece in place.  I then adhered the decorated topper using foam dimensional tape.  Assembling it this way covered the staples on the front of the bag. :)

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Would you like to win the new Snowman Soup set? Here is what you need to do-visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post. 

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, October 26th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

TSG Blog Hop: Pugalicious

Hello hello! I’m back for the third day of sneak peeks for There She Goes!

Pugalicious Blog Hop Challenge

We love our animal stamps here at There She Goes, and we love it even more when you can dress up your animals for the holidays! Who doesn’t like putting antlers on a pug, anyway?!

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Pugalicious is a 4x6 set that includes a total of 25 stamps and will sell for $15.00

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I’m a cat person… but I can set aside my bias for just a bit to say that I love these cute pug images that Torico drew.  Their faces are just so expressive!

I kept the card layout simple so that the pug would be front and center.  But I did spice things up a bit with embossing, sequins, and a few pearls.

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Would you like to win the new Pugalicious stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post. 

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM EasternTime Saturday, October 26th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

TSG Blog Hop: Give Thanks

Hi all – I hope you enjoyed all of the fabulous samples yesterday – I was wowed by the team’s creativity. :D  And guess what?  We have three more days of fabulous stamp sets to share with you!

Give Thanks Blog Hop Challenge

Our second release from new designer, Chaitali, will have you ready for all your fall cards. The clean and simple images, and sentiments will help you create gorgeous cards.

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Give Thanks is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 7 stamps and will sell for $9.00.

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I used one of the small leaf images to create a little focal point behind the sentiment flag. After that I just needed to layer on some pretty designer paper and add a few of my favorite embellishments.  Easy peasy with this sweet little set!

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Would you like to win the new Give Thanks set? Here is what you need to do-visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, October 26th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

TSG Blog Hop: Happy Fall

I have some exciting news to share with you today. I switched hats a bit this month and used my trusty black pens to draw some sweet images for There She Goes. I’ve always been fond of doodling and started sharing some of my sketches a while back and after chatting with Jessica we decided to turn some of them into stamps.  Woo hoo.  And today we are featuring my first TSG stamp set: Happy Fall. I can’t wait to hear what you think and I’m excited to see what you do with the images. :D

Happy Fall Blog Hop Challenge

Our first set from long time designer, and now ILLUSTRATOR, Danielle Lounds! (that’s me!), Happy Fall is full of fun images, and awesome sayings and fonts, perfect for all your Fall scrapbooking and card making needs.

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Happy Fall is a 4x6 set that includes a total of 16 stamps and will sell for $15

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I used the funky pumpkins from the set to create a surprisingly colorful fall card.  I had a bit of watercolor paper left over from a prior project on my desk so I decided to stamp the image in Archival Jet Black ink and then watercolor using Distress Markers.  I’m still on a texture kick so I die cut a leaf from burlap paper and added twine and burlap ribbon.

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Would you like to win the new Happy Fall stamp set? Here is what you need to do-visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post. 

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, October  26th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Skellie House

There are some strange birds making themselves at home in my neighborhood. They only come out this time of the year and in a couple weeks they will disappear like they never existed. I did a bit of sleuthing and actually caught one of them on film. And here he is; the elusive skellie bird.

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Lol.  Okay, he may not really exist in nature but he’s got the run of my house for the next couple of weeks and I even built him a skellie house. ;)

I thought you might like to see a bit of the process since I was all about layering different mediums on top of each other.

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First up I painted the bird house with white gesso and then painted with Forest Moss Distress Paint.  Once dry I began shingling the roof with strips of designer paper cut out using the Ribbon Flags Decorative Strip Die (this die made the cutting so fast!).

I painted a wood spool with Brushed Pewter and Black Soot Distress Paints.  This spool would act as a stand for the house to sit on.

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Once the roof was complete I stamped some images from CMS134 Halloween Blueprint and CMS136 Mini Blueprints in Jet Black Archival Ink.

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I brushed more of the Brushed Pewter here and there over the house, including the shingles on the roof. 

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If you thought I would stop there… well no.  I then coated parts of the house and the wood spool with Rocky Candy Crackle Paint.

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I still thought it needed more grunginess (it is for Halloween after all) so I sponged the edges of the house and spool with Black Soot Distress Ink.

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Once the painting and inking was done I pulled out some spooky embellishments: a crossbones for the top of the roof and hologram black sequins to decorate the roofline on the front. I’m still addicted to glitter so I added Black Soot Distress Glitter here and there using Glossy Accents.

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I created a rosette from Black Soot Distress Cardstock and used it as a spacer between the house and the wood spool. I needed to balance out the heaviness of the house so I added a big bow around the wood spool using polka dot black grosgrain ribbon.

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Finally, to finish the front I stamped the skeleton from CMS171 Poisonous and cut him out (minus the legs because he was too tall).  I then used a couple layers of dimensional tape to adhere the skellie inside the house.  To create a house number I stamped the background from CMS171 Poisonous on white cardstock and cut out a portion.  I die cut the numbers from grunge paper using the Vintage Market Bigz Sixxiz die. After painting with Rusty Hinge Distress Paint and sponging the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink the numbers were layered on the placard using foam tape.  Once the house numbers were taped to the house I coated them with Glossy Accents.

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So what do you think?  I’m really excited about this addition to my Halloween d├ęcor and I would love to hear your thoughts.

Coupon Alert!  If you are shopping at the Inspiration Emporium you can use coupon code fatcatstamper for 10% off your order. Pictured below are links to some of the products I used to create the skellie house. :)