Sunday, June 29, 2014

Shadow Resist - AAA Cards Blog Hop

What do you think is something fun about stamping?  
One thing I think is fun about stamping is learning new techniques.  
Here's a tutorial for one that I love to make a card that looks like this . . . 
It's called Shadow Resist.

          Supplies - 
          Stamps - a solid image stamp (larger images work best)      
                you could use Jumbo Butterfly Trio from Stampendous 
                 - Stampendous Loving Messages
          Card Stock - any light to medium color.  I used Very Vanilla
          Ink - VersaMark Ink pad and any other ink you would like.  I used Crumb Cake
          Other - Heat Embossing Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, Stampin' Sponge, 
                 Small Binder Clip, Tissue

Here we go:
1.  Begin with your light-colored card stock and gather your supplies 

2.  Cut a Stampin' Sponge into quarters.  
Cut a wedge about 1/3 of the size from the quarter.  
Cut the wedge in half, removing the narrow end.

3.  Squeeze the sponge lengthwise and place into a 
small binder clip.  This creates a sponge similar to a 
Sponge Dauber, but softer - more linear and less round.

4.  Stamp solid image with VersaMark ink and heat 
emboss using Clear Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool.

5.  Ink up the sponge.  Starting on the embossed image, 
rub small circles towards the edge of the image.  
Keep motions small and gentle so just a 
small highlight or halo of sponging 
appears around the image.  Continue inking the sponge and 
circling at the edge of the embossing until all edges are highlighted.

6.  Once complete, gently rub image with a tissue or
 soft cloth to remove any ink from the embossed areas.  
Then simply continue to stamp and embellish as you wish.

And there you have it!  A stunning card that is Clean and Simple.  
Everyone and anyone will love to get this card.
                                 So . . . what's something you think is fun about stamping?  

AAA Cards Blog Hop 
All the AAA Cards Design Team (DT) members are waiting for a visit from you.
All of our blogs will have a comments contest.
It's so easy to win!!!  
I asked a question at the 
beginning of my blog.  Answer that in the comments and 
I'll select what I think is the best answer.  
The best answer will
 win a Stampendous Stamp!

Meanwhile, the challenge game at AAA Cards will run as
"The MacGyver Challenge" this week. Five items are needed
AND A HOLE.  There are no inspiration cards from the DTs at
the AAA Cards game blog for this one, and the prize is BIG! The winner
 of the game will receive a large flower Stampendous stamp set and
matching dies for each flower!

Blog hop each of the DTs and
look for the image of one of the 5 things needed for the MacGyver cards.
 Create a post at your blog, add in those 5 images and a quick word or
two on your favorite DT visit. Link your post to the AAA Cards Linky.

 Start Hopping Here

Angela Maine "from the tool shed"

Jane Taylor "Purplejet Loves Crafts"

Julia Sager "Julia Sue's Stamping"

Hannelie Bester "Desert Diva"

Linda Beeson "PaperCutting Kind of Day"

Vicki Dutcher "All I do is Stamp"

                                     I hope you have fun today with our first blog hop. 
Chances are good to win a prize, maybe it will be you!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Blog Hop Info - Retrosketches

Just because . . . I love challenges!  
How about you?  They're so much fun.  
I just love visiting everyone's blogs and seeing what they create 
when they've entered.  Soon it will be your turn because 
AAA Card Challenge is having a Blog Hop.  
We'll have games and a super fun time.  It will begin this Sunday, June 29.  
Be sure to get in on the action!  You'll win a few prizes, too!!!
On to today's card -
I joined in with the Retrosketches today with this "Just Because" card.
Love all the layers.  I was in a layer mood, so this was perfect!!
Great sketch.
What I used:

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sending Good Thoughts Your Way

Sending Good Thoughts Your Way - 
That's what I'm doing today!!
Hoping you're having a great day and sunshine.  
Here in northern Ohio, we've got lots of dark and rain right now.  
But to quote an old song, "The sun will come out tomorrow!", right?
Pals Paper Arts is having a great sketch challenge 
this week, and it has to be entered by noon today.
Of course, I made more than one - 'cuz if you're cutting up the paper anyway, 
you may as well make two - one to send and one to keep!
Or both to send - depending on how you roll.
I gave away lots of things at Physical Therapy this morning. since 
I'm stuck going with this torn meniscus 
- may as well make the most of it! 
One lovely lady is going to book a "Mommy and Me" class!  
I'm so excited!!  
Sounds like we'll have loads of fun.

What I used:
Inks - Lost Lagoon (#133644); Mossy Meadow (#133645);

Hope your day is filled with sunshine!  After all - I'm sending Good Thoughts Your Way!!
Thanks so much for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Lace and Pearls - Paper Take Weekly

Lace and Pearls - a very feminine 
combination, wouldn't you say?
Well, that's the theme at Papertake Weekly's latest challenge.

This card fits right in with some lace ribbon and 
lots of pearls, both in the feisty flowers and dotting the card.
See how the flowers sparkle?  
I spritzed them with some Vanilla Shimmer
The lace upon the burlap is a fun texture twist!
I think the colors are perfect for 
a summer birthday, don't you?
Whoops!  I realized today that I had totally forgotten a birthday, 
so I was quick to create this summery 
card for posting right away!

What I used:
Ribbon - Burlap (#132140) and Victoria Lace Crochet (retired product)

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Inspire - AAA Card Challenge

What challenges you?  Have you gone out of your comfort 
level lately and pushed yourself creatively?

AAA Cards has a great challenge (#8) this week of "Inspire".  
Whew!  The card inspired me, all right!
 The inspiration card was done by Vicki Dutcher and is sooooo
 pretty, I didn't know how in the world to CASE it! 
 I really had to think about it for a long time.
I'm so glad I took the challenge, though, because I really love the card I ended up creating!

Get over to AAA Card Challenge and join in right away!  There are always great prizes.
 I can't wait to see what you come up with!!  I love checking out your blogs and leaving comments.  I also like following your blogs!  
 Thanks for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

update - 

Our challenge prize this week comes from our happy sponsor BlueMoon Scrapbooking. Canvas stickers from the Pink Paislee collection "Hey Kid". This prize is snail mailed to your home.

You can visit and shop at BlueMoon Scrapbookings online store! They are quick to answer questions, have LOTS of cool crafting products and have a terrific sale going on right now!



Friday, June 20, 2014

Happy Birthday

WooHoo!  Yes, indeedy! 
 It's birthday time - Happy Birthday to you, Gayle!  
She's a crazy woman - especially to put up with me
 as her friend and co-stamper.  

Yes - we support each other in our 
addiction to stamping and crafting.  
Hope you have a fun and fabulous Friday!

Thanks so much for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hooray - Retrosketches

Hooray!  We have some new neighbors, and I was put in 
charge of welcoming new neighbors to the 'hood 
by the Homeowners Association.  
I'm going to hand this card to them, along with some 
other goodies from our area of Ohio,
 all wrapped up in a pretty basket.
Lucky for me that Retrosketches had a 
great challenge this week with this fun sketch.

Hope you have a wonderful day.  
Thanks so much for stopping by ~~ Happy Stampin' and Scrappin'!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hello - A Dozen Thoughts

What was your weather like last night?  
We had rain - actually, we had a torrential downpour.
Hello - hello - hello!  A bright and sunny 
card after a night of storms.  

I thought I'd play along with the Paper Players today, 
but I misunderstood the instructions.  I thought I could use any 
of the past sketches that I wanted because they are celebrating 
their 200th!  Well - that's not what the instructions are . . . so I'll give
 it another go later on.  But anyway, this is 
what I have to share for today.
Lots of texture and fun shapes and elements.
Areas around our home are flooded and roads are closed.  
Getting to Physical Therapy was a real trick this a.m. since I kept 
taking roads only so far and then discovering it was closed.  
A golf course nearby is a very large lake.  Sure hope people who 
live in those areas are ok and their homes won't require too much
 work to get them back in tip-top condition.

A small listing of what I used:
Stamp set - Four Frames (#123440); A Dozen Thoughts (#131056)
Inks - Daffodil Delight (#126944) and Smoky Slate (#131179)
Card Stock - Smoky Slate (#131202); Soft Sky (#131203); Basic Gray (#108692); Daffodil Delight (#119683); Whisper White
Glimmer Silver Paper (#124005)

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Perfect Stamp Set for Summer Travels

Summer is the perfect opportunity to pack a bag, sail away, or hop on a train.
It's like a vacation to use this stamp set.
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This stamp set is also just perfect for scrapbooking vacation memories -- or this 
vintage-style travel themed stamp set can be used to decorate a custom journal
for making notes about your summer adventures.
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It's not just for traveling - you'll find that this
Traveler stamp set is perfect for creating masculine cards for birthdays
and other occasions.
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Tip: Create collage backgrounds for cards and scrapbook pages by
stamping a combination of images from the Traveler stamp set in
your favorite color combinations
Traveler stamp set (#134510 wood, #134513 clear)
You can order your Traveler stamp set now and get a
jump start on your summer fun!
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Love Those Pinwheels

Have you got an occasion to celebrate?  
Pinwheels always look festive! 
I made some this weekend with Designer Paper, brads and paper straws! 
They actually spin, too.  
Well, one of the attorneys for whom I work has been with the firm for 25 years!  
That's a long time!!  
The longest I kept a job was 15 years - as a court reporter.  
I thought that was pretty good - but 25?!  Wow.  
Now, I'm sure many of you have had jobs for a long time, too.  
And you deserve a bit of congrats as well.
If I could give you a cookie, I would.
I made some cookies over the weekend, so one was wrapped up and 
decorated with a pinwheel, a little "celebrate" banner with cute paperclip 
and Baker's Twiue.  I'll put this on my boss's desk to let him know I was thinking 
of him and his 25-year anniversary.

What will you celebrate today?

What I used:
June Paper Pumpkin Kit - to order yours, just click on the Paper Pumpkin on the right sidebar.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Embossing With The AAA Card Challenge

Don't you just love to create something new and different?  
Just losing yourself in a little bit of fun and making 
something that is just yours?
This week, on the AAA Card Challenge, we are to create any 2 kinds of embossing 
and some pink on a card that is as CAS (Clean And Simple) as possible.
My two embossing techniques are dry embossing with a folder
 (two folders, actually) and then heat embossing with an Iridescent Ice 
Embossing Powder and Heat Tool.
And I even did the inside with a sentiment!
 The card was so fun and easy that I created two - one for a friend with 
MG and the other for my Chemo Angel.
The something "Pink" is the little heart that I punched out.
There are prizes to be had - so link up and have some fun with your creation.  
Our challenge prize this week comes from our happy sponsor BlueMoon Scrapbooking. A cute set called "Salt to my Pepper". This prize is snail mailed to your home.
You can visit and shop at BlueMoon Scrapbookings online store! They are quick to answer questions, have LOTS of cool crafting products and have a terrific sale going on right now!

I can't wait to see what you make!

What I used:
Inks - Perfect Plum; Early Espresso (#126974)
Punches - 1-3/4" Circle (#119850); Heart (retired)
Embossing Powder - Iridescent Ice (#101930)
Framelits - Banners (#132173)

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Fabulous Friday

Ready for Friday the 13th?  LOL!!
Hey - it's going to be a great day - namely because it is a Friday,
 and those are always fantastic!!  
I'm entering this patriotic-looking card into the Retro Sketches Challenge,
Paper Players, and also the NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff), since I had this
Designer Paper and hadn't used a single bit yet!!
Hope you have a great day!

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