Barb Barton collects carousel horses of all kinds. When she saw these Whimsy stamps, she had to have them. She colored with Copic markers and embellished with flowers, star brads, ribbon and designer papers. the patriotic horse would be great for a July birthday, or invitation to a July 4th picnic. The “gift horse” is adaptable for a birthday or any celebration. Thanks,Barb, for making these for the blog this week. You can make them too with supplies from www.stampexpressstore.com.
Looking for a useful gift for the teachers at the end of the year? A box of all occassion cards fills the bill. We sell finished ones at Brushstrokes and Blessings in the West Shore Market in Lemoyne, PA. Or you can create your own. Keep the cards simple because we put 8 in a box with envelopes. Here are some examples: We put 2 matching designer papers on the front and glued a ribbon where the two meet. Then add a stamped image that’s cut out with a Spellbinders die. We colored with Copic markers and decorated some with gems from BoBunny. Don’t make them too bulky, or they won’t fit into the box. We included 2 birthday, 2 thank you, 2best wishes or thinking of you and 2 others (baby, wedding, anniversary,or graduation).
You can purchase your supplies from www.stampexpressstore.com. Get started now. School will soon be out!
These NEW flower stamps from Whimsy are just the best! Today I’m featuring the poppies. They are such fun to color with the Copic markers. For the flowers in the jar, I double matted the image with quality cardstock from Stamp Express. The checked background is a scrap from my stash. The dark green layer is faux stitched by making dashes with a white gel pen. Since my friends say that I always glue on everything crooked, I purposely slanted all the layers. A good trick if you can’t get anything straight. The label is punched with 2 Stampin’ Up punches.
I found the free pattern for the watering can at Waltzing Mouse Stamps website. We are sharing the pattern free on our website too. I cut mine from Colorcore cardstock and embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. Then I sanded to make the design more prominent. I stamped the large poppies and colored with Copics. Then I added a piece from the poppies in the jar stamp. I glued them on with a phrase from SU. Cut the end of the strip to look like a ribbon. The only problem is that you have to find an envelope large enough to put it in. I think 6″x9″ will work.
All the new Whimsy stamps are for sale at www.stampexpressstore.com. More samples will be posted next week.
I could hardly wait to put ink on these new Whimsy stamps. We have fabulous flowers, charming carousel horses, and cute children. I started with the flowers and colored them with Copic markers. This first set I’m sharing has tulips, pussy willows, and some words to go with them. Next week I’ll show you the poppies. The tulip bouquet is for my parents anniversary (their 76th)! Designer paper is BoBunny. The paper doily was in my stash as were the pearls. I had a problem adhering the doily. It must be coated with something and the tape runner didn’t hold it. Finally I had success with Scor-tape. It holds everything. And it is available at our on-line store (www,stampexpressstore.com). The stamps and other supplies are also available there.
The pussy willow card was for a friend’s birthday. I added butcher twine from Stampin’ Up and a spiral clip from my stash. Love these NEW stamps!
We were working on some mini album kits from Quick Quotes. I noticed that some of the techniques used were things we used to do in altered books. So, I picked this technique out and used it on cards. It’s so easy! Use double-sided cardstock or heavy paper. Cut a piece 8&1/2″x 5&1/2″.Fold it in half. The Scor-pal is handy for scoring and folding. Then turn the upper righthand corner down until the edge is almost even with the fold. I glued it down. Then add an accessory like ribbon and flowers, a button, or some kind of medallion. On the brown card I stamped “thinking of you”. For the butterfly/blue card I glued the bottom and right edge so it formed a pocket. Then I added a tag with a clear sticker and ribbon. This one could be used in a scrapbook with journaling on the tag. My double-sided paper is from BoBunny. Check out our website store to order it here.
Send a card filled with love this Mother’s day. Most of us only have one mother, but it would be nice to remember the mothers of our grandkids, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, aunts, and friends who have been like a mother to us. Here is a bright and cheery card made with some scraps I found while organizing my studio. Once again I colored the stamped image to match the designer paper so all is coordinated. The paper is BoBunny, stamp is from Justrite, Copic markers, foam tape for dimension, and accessories from my stash. Products available at www.stampexpressstore.com Happy Mother’s Day!
My friend, Barb Barton, has encouraged (forced) me to clean up my studio so that we can have some classes and workshops. I would have put it off forever if she hadn’t helped. But, what a great feeling with the work we have done.
We filed all the scrap papers by color in hanging files. Already it has helped with choosing matts and backgrounds. Instead of cutting into a whole new sheet of cardstock or designer paper, we are using the scraps we have. We also organized the buttons, flowers, ribbons, and accessories by color. Why didn’t I do this long ago?
We plan to have everything done by June. Then we will invite you all to an open house to see it. Till then you may want to work on your craft room and arrange some of your supplies like we did.
Here is a Mother’s day card I made with the pieces we organized. The stamp is from Justrite, dies from Spellbinders, lace punch from Martha Stewart, colors from Copic, and accessories from “found” items in my stash. You can purchase the spring flower stamps on our website at www.stampexpressstore.com.
It’s that time of year! Time to plant the onions and plan the rest of the garden for summer. You could scrapbook your garden from planting to harvest. Then keep a chart of produce (or flowers) that you preserve for the winter. On this page I distressed a seed packet print and overlaid an image from Stampavie. I colored with Copic markers and accented with a Prima flower that was colored with Copic markers.
Supplies to make garden pages are available at www.stampexpressstore.com Go green!
Barb Barton and I were playing last week. We tried using some of our scrap designer papers and fancy scissors as well as punches to make some interesting borders. We put them on cards, but you could also use them on scrapbook pages. Just make them a bit larger. The manly birthday card was a turquoise basic cardstock. Then Barb added a scrap of brown and butchers twine with a button accent. She stamped the greeting on a piece of scrap woodgrain paper which was cut on the edge with a Spellbinders die. I added the balloons that I colored with Copic markers. The stamp is an original from Stamp Express. This will be my son’s card for his birthday next month.
The pink card uses scraps of designer papers that are not identical, but have the same colors. I cut the edges with the wave paper edgers from Fiskar. Then I topped them with white cardstock punched with the ribbon punch from Stamping Up. The bear is a StampAvie image colored with Copic markers. I layered it on a scrap piece of blue and rounded the corners. The whole thing is raised up on foam tape to give it some depth. Inside it says Happy Anniversary. The flowers are Prima. This card is ready for my son and daughter-in-law who have an anniversary in April.
Use your scraps to make borders. And purchase your other supplies at www.stampexpressstore.com Dig out the paper edgers and punches that you haven’t used for awhile. You may surprise yourself with your creations!
Celebrate spring birthdays, anniversaries, and engagements with these seasonal cards. You can also use the images and diecuts on your springtime scrapbook pages. The stamps are from JustRite and colored with Copic markers. The dies are Spellbinders. Designer papers are odds and ends scraps. The Swiss dots embossing is a folder from Cuttlebug. You can purchase the products to make these cards at www.stampexpressstore.com. Or purchase the cards at Brushstrokes and Blessings in the West Shore Farmers Market at Lemoyne, PA. Happy first day of Spring!