'Tis the season to start your Christmas cards! I picked up this gingerbread man/die set at Archivers. It is from Hero Arts and was made especially for the Archivers chain. Gotta love those stamps with matching dies!
This image is called "My Kitty" and you can find it HERE in the "Cats" section at the STAMP'N PLUS SCRAP"N online store. If you are a fan of cats, or even if you aren't, there are some wonderful images in this section.
I started by making a 6 1/4" x 4 1/2" card out of white card stock. Then I covered the front with some green design paper from Jillibean Soup. All the papers I used are some of their digital images. I layered the red and yellow papers on white, leaving a small border to help give each layer a bit more definition. I stamped and colored the image and then cut it out with a My Favorite Things die and used a paper ribbon from a Lil' Inkers die, and buttons as embellishments.
It's never too early to get started on those holiday cards. I found some gorgeous new paper called "Nutcracker Sweet" from Graphic 45. It has stamp sets that go with the papers and I was lucky enough to find one of the sets at my local scrapbook store. I ordered another one online and am anxiously waiting for it to arrive.
The colors in this card are not the usual red and green Christmas colors, but since "purple" in all its many shades and hues is my favorite, I totally enjoy this paper!! I colored Clara's dress to match her image on the papers.
I have been totally enjoying some papers I bought recently. They are from Graphic 45 and the colors, weight, and designs are to die for!!!! They also have coordinating stamps which make for a perfect combination.
I love the Vintage look of the papers and stamps.
Some of the pages have things you can cut out and use as embellishments on your projects.
These papers and stamps are from the "An ABC Primer" collection. You can find them at scrapbook stores, online stores and E Bay.
We have kicked off another challenge at the STAMP'N PLUS BLOG today. This month the theme is "Back To School." The Design Team has come up with some awesome projects to inspire you, so be sure and go to the blog and check them out! The rules are listed there too. You MUST use a stamp from Stamp'N Plus or Stamp Affair to qualify for prizes.
I used papers from Graphic 45 that went along with our "Back To School" theme. The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with alcohol markers from Tria and Spectrum Noir and shaded with Prismacolor pencils.
If you have never tried to use chalk to color an image, try it. You may find that it is a fun new way to make your images shine! I have pretty much avoided chalk, except for using it as a blush on cheeks of my images. It works wonderfully for this, as there are no "lines" and it tends to give a softer and more natural look than markers or pencils. I like the "Cotton Candy" shade from the CHALK AH LOT line. Well, I have a drawer full of stencils that I never used, and I remembered seeing a technique using chalk and stencils, so I gave it a try and the image on this card is what I came up with. It was fast, simple and fun! Here's how I did it:
Take a stencil and tape it to your cardstock. I used a Lasting Impressions stencil and Post It Tape, which is removable. I selected some pretty Chalk Ah Lot colors to use. This chalk is powdered and is less messy than sticks of chalk that I have used in the past. I used a blender pen and dipped it into the chalk and just colored--easy. The BEST and MOST FUN part is when you pick up the stencil and see what you have. Next I cut out the image with an oval die (I used a Spellbinders). Leaving the die on the image, I used a small stiff stencil brush to add the blue. Then I just layered it onto some scalloped ovals and added it my card.
There are lots of beautiful colors to choose from and it is not expensive (a major plus) and a little chalk goes a long way. You can find the chalk HERE along with more information on using it. Also, check out theCHALK AH LOT CAFE blog where you will find tutorials and projects to inspire you. Have fun!
Welcome to StampNPlus Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!!
If Julie sent you over for a visit then you are exctly where you are meant to be. If you just happen to be visiting then you should head over to StampNplus at http://stampnplus.blogspot.com/ for the beginning of this fabulous hop! Here is the card I made for the blog hop:
This month we are using stamps from the "Sarah Scribbles" line of whimsical little images. The images I used on my cards are perfect for a card to send to a friend who has moved away. I started by making a 5 inch square card and covered it with various layers of designer papers. I stamped my fairy image and colored her with alcohol markers and cut her out and layered her using some Spellbinder dies. I stamped the sentiment and also cut it out with a die and then using a white pen, I made little dots in the scallops. I finished off the card with embellishments of buttons and a polka dot knot. Sweet and simple. You can find the Sarah Scribbles lineHERE
Here is a second card I did with another of the Sarah Scribbles images. You can't see it much in this photo, but the flower bloom is popped out a bit. I cut an extra bud out and put it on top of the other one.
Now it's time to visit the very talented BONNIE and see what she has made for us today. I know it's going to be great! Be sure to visit each of the blogs listed and leave a comment so that you will be in the running to win two stamps from Stamp'N Plus.