Thanks So MOOch Card

I came across the Ladies Devine stamp from Penny Black that I had recently converted from a wood mounted stamp to being acrylic-block compatible. It’s a great stamp to have converted because I can easily re-stamp it using my MISTI if I didn’t get a good impression the first time.

I happened to have my Paper Smooches stamps out when I grabbed this stamp and had an idea for a new greeting by doctoring a couple different sentiment stamps. Masking off the unnecessary letters, I was able to create a custom sentiment that matched my image. The result was this “Thanks So MOOch” card. The image was colored with distress markers and the sentiment was white heat embossed.

Thanks So Mooch Card

Here are the three Paper Smooches stamp sets that I put together to create my custom greeting:

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Supplies:
Penny Black Ladies Divine stamp
My Favorite Things Pierced Oval die
Misc Tim Holtz distress markers
Paper Smooches Chubby Chums “sMOOches” stamp
Paper Smooches Chit Chat “so” stamp
Paper Smooches Word Salad “Many Thanks” stamp
Wink of Stella clear glitter brush marker
Versafine ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Mama Elephant Hazel ink
Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain background stamp
Kraft cardstock
K&C Designer Mat Pad paper (pink border paper)
Sakura Black Glaze pen

Paper Smooches October Challenge

I decided to give the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge a try for this week. We were given an image as inspiration (shown below) to create a card using Paper Smooches products as the main focus of the project.

I thought it would be fun to cut apart a new happy birthday die from Lawn Fawn and stagger the words using the adorable Chubby Chums stamps and dies from Paper Smooches to create the curved look across the card. I cut out a second set of paws/hooves to make it look like the animals were holding the banners; a trick I did a couple weeks ago.

This is the first challenge I’ve been part of. I hope I did it right, and that it’s well-received!

Paper Smooches October Challenge

Paper Smooches October Challenge

Supplies:
Paper Smooches Chubby Chums stamp set and dies
Avery Elle Finished Frames dies
My Favorite Things Blue Prints 15 frame die
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders die
Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday Border die
DCWV The Birthday Wishes paper pack
Momento Tuxedo Black ink
Inkssentials Enamel Accents
Inkssentials Glossy Accents
Wink of Stella clear glitter brush marker
Recollections small star punch
Misc Copic Ciao markers

Here is the original image to use as inspiration:

October 2015 Paper Smooches Challengee

SPARKS BADGE

Watercolor Thanks Card

I don’t have a lot of experience with watercolor, but am trying to use it more. I heat embossed this gorgeous butterfly stamp with clear embossing powder over black Versafine ink then used distress inks to color it in. I’m usually don’t have a very “messy” style, but I embraced the distress inks and allowed them to flow outside of the embossed image. I also took my scissors and frayed the edges of the paper to give it more of a weathered look.

I’m really happy with how it turned out. A very simple and flat card design that still has quite a bit of interest.

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Happy Birthday Card with Paper Smooches Critters

I’m really excited how this Happy Birthday card turned out! I used a few Paper Smooches critters, a happy birthday paper pad, and a pierced oval die from Simon Says Stamp to put everything together.  All the images were colored with Copic markers, and I colored and cut out extra cat paws to make it look like the cat was holding the banner.

I was also able to use the Happy Birthday stamp from an Inkadinkado rubber stamp set that I’ve recently removed from the block to use with my MISTI. If I hadn’t converted it from a block stamp, I don’t think I would have even thought to use it. It ended up being the perfect look for the card!

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Supplies:
Paper Smooches Chubby Chums stamp set
Paper Smooches Green Acres stamp set
Paper Smooches Birthday Buddies stamp set
DCWV Birthday Bash paper pack
Simon Says Stamp pierced oval set
Inkadinkado Happy Everything stamp set
Copic markers
Versifine ink
Memento ink
Enamel accents
Sequins

One Stamp, Two Cards

I’ve shown a card I created with this stamp before, but I had a few more stamped and ready to use for a project so I decided to create two very different looks using this one stamp.

Both images were colored with Prismacolor colored pencils but with different color combinations. I also fussy-cut one of them and kept the white background on the other. Sometimes it can be a challenge, but I enjoy seeing how different I can make cards using the same stamp.

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Thanks So Moose Card

I had a punny stamp set from Paper Smooches with a greeting that said “Merry Christmoose”. While going through my supplies, I came across a colored-in moose image that was ready to be used for a project. I also was in need of a thank you card to give to someone at work.

I suddenly thought of a way to take care of both my needs by stretching my stamps. I cut apart the Christmoose stamp, and pieced it together with the words “Thanks so” that I found in a Stampin’ Up set, and voila! I was able to create this cute thank you card using stamps originally intended for Christmas.

Thanks so Moose Card

Thanks so Moose Card

Thinking of You Card

Since I’ve been converting my rubber block stamps to acrylic block stamps (see brief post from 9/5/15), I’ve been finding new opportunities to use stamp sets I haven’t used before due to forgetting I had them or not wanting to deal with a stamp positioner to get a good impression.

After converting the Roses in Winter Stampin’ Up stamp set to being acrylic-block ready, I was able to use the set with my MISTI. I layered on different colors with no concern about impression, and I love how it turned out. It is an elegant, simple design that has become one of my favorites.

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Supplies:
Stampin’ Up Roses in Winter stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Thinking of You die
Simon Says Stamp Mini Hearts die
My Favorite Things Blueprints 13 die
Mama Elephant assorted inks
Glossy Accents

New Stamp Storage

We recently bought a new house, and with my new craft room layout, I needed to be a little more creative with storage. After some research online, I found there are a number of options to convert rubber block stamps to acrylic block stamps.

Not only am I saving space, but I’m now able to store rubber stamps in the same location as the rest of my stamps so they’re not so easy to forget about. One more extremely great benefit of this transition is that I can now use my converted stamps with my MISTI to make for a better stamp impression.

Below are some Halloween stamps on their blocks then those same stamps with my new storage method. I still have A LOT of stamps to convert, but I’m already starting to use my previously block-mounted stamps a lot more since starting to convert.

New Rubber Stamp Storage

New Rubber Stamp Storage

Multi-Layer Wedding Program

I recently designed a multi-layer wedding program for my sister. She wanted to have the wedding information, bridal party information, and the readings in her program, which couldn’t easily be done in a front to back design.

For me, I wanted to create something a little different than I’ve done in the past, which had been a basic front and back design pasted on card stock. She had a sample very similar to what we ended up with that was the perfect solution for what we were looking for.

It took both of us about 7 hours to put all 70 programs together between cutting, embossing the design on the paper, punching the holes, and tying the ribbon, but we were both happy with how they turned out.

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Bridal Shower Invite

Back in May/June, I designed a bridal shower invite for my sister. It was actually quite simple because she was alright with me using basically the same design I created for my bridal shower, just tweaking it a little bit. I printed them out at Office Max, cut them out, and pasted them on black cardstock. They came together really quickly.

Bridal Shower Invite