OCC Stretch Your Stamps 2 | Giveaway!

Look at your stamps in a whole new way! Back by popular demand, join Online Card Classes for another great installment of Stretch Your Stamps!

Join instructors Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Debby Hughes, and friends (including me!), to discover just how far you can stretch your stamps—whether you’re an expert stamper or just getting started.

In Stretch Your Stamps 2, you’ll learn how particular styles of stamps can be used in a variety of creative ways to expand your card-making skills. Over the course of this two-week session, you’ll be introduced to techniques and concepts through expert instructor videos, and then build on your new knowledge with the help of inspiring guest artist examples.

Stretch Your Stamps 2 includes over 30 videos and 40 card ideas, along with instructional PDFs, a forum, galleries, shopping discounts, prizes and more.

For more information Stretch Your Stamps 2 from Online Card Classes, click HERE. Class starts August 4, 2014, but you will have lifetime access to the content.


Would you like to win a free spot in this class?!?
Just leave a comment on this post by Saturday August 2, 2014 and I'll randomly draw one winner just in time for class to start on Monday!! ;)

See you in class!! ;)


You Matter Very Much | Stamping Flowers

Hello! Today I have a card to share that features the new Friendly Flowers stamp set from Simon Says Stamp's latest This Is The Life release.

I love these flower stamps because they stamp a solid image rather than an outline. I really love outline stamps, but solid stamps are awesome for a completely different look and fun techniques. ;)

To create the flower image on my card, I first stamped the leaf image in the background twice. I wanted the leaves to show completely around the flower, so I stamped it once and then stamped it again on the opposite side so they form a circle type shape. They overlapped a bit in the center, but I didn't worry about that since I knew the flower would cover that.

I stamped the actual flower onto white cardstock with Doll Pink ink, cut it out and adhered it directly on top of the leaves with foam adhesive. I also stamped on a stem and a small leaf.

I used a sponge dauber to add some green colour to the center of the flower and then added some detail with a white gel pen. I love the depth and dimension that it gives the flower. To complete the card, I added some sequins (I can't seem to create a card without them lol!!) and a few gems. ;)



Love Is The Bridge | Creating A Scene

Hello! It's a new week with new projects to share!

I spent a lot of my weekend doing some cleaning and organizing in my craft/work space. I find that it's a never ending process, but one that I really enjoy! Who knew organzing could be so fun lol!! ;)

I ordered some new storage pieces to better utilize my space (a few more Studio 3 Solutions Color Cubbies and an ink pad storage system from Organize More) and moved some things around. I also purged a bunch of stuff, which I love to do every few months to get rid of the things that I'm just not using. So I'm starting off the week feeling refreshed and inspired in a cleaned up space! ;)

I did find time to make a card in the midst of all my organizing - I pulled a bunch of products from some different companies that I thought would work together and played around with them until I came up with something I liked. ;)

I combined the Simon Says Stamp On The Road die with the Paper Smooches Backdrop Builders dies to create a city scene. To complete the look, I added a Mama Elephant sentiment and bridge image (stamped on vellum and cut out) to the card.

I love combining different things to come up with scenes like this. Sometimes they come together really quickly and sometimes it takes a little longer to get the look I'm going for. When that happens, I usually just leave it on my desk and move the elements around until I like it. ;)


I also have to announce a couple of winners:
The August Simon Says Stamp card kit is Eileen D (please email me you mailing info!)
The cardstock and ink prize pack from the SSS This Is The Life release blog hop is Chris Weber (you've been emailed!)



SSS Paper Doll Feature Sneak Peek!

Today I have a fun post up on the Simon Says Stamp blog featuring two of my favourite things: Prima Mixed Media Dolls and my awesomely talented crafty friend Nichol Magouirk!

Here is a peek of the 6x8 page I created:

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/paper-doll-love/For details on how I created the 6x8 page, close-up photos and a complete supply list, you can visit the Simon Says Stamp blog here for the full post!

The page Nichol created is amazing, amazing, amazing!! As soon as I saw it, I was in LOVE with it and I'm so excited that her and I created these pages, based on the same quote. Such a fun feature to do with someone so awesome!! ;)

Nichol's page, close-up photos, supplies and a video are also on the Simon blog today here.

Before I go, I also wanted to mention that there are new Prima Mixed Media doll products available now at Simon Says Stamp! I used the new BOY paper doll in my page above as well as one of the new girls! I am so excited that there is a boy doll stamp now! ;)

New Prima Product