Daily Archives: September 19, 2007

Group Hug…

They arrived today! I’m so excited! I just want to give everyone a big huge group hug! LOL I designed this snowman group hug stamp last year in October and yay! it is finally in production. This group of snowmen just popped into my mind and reminds me of some of my fabulous stamping buddies. A big great group hug to you, my friends! Stamping Bella just released this stamp about a week ago and my mailperson slid it in my box this morning. I just couldn’t resist pairing it up with today’s sketch challenge…never mind that I have a million others things I really SHOULD be doing! There is always time for a hug, right?!

Warm Hugs


I know this card takes a few liberties with today’s sketch challenge. I was really trying to make it work for this stamp! I paired it up with this darling Adorn It paper I’d picked up at the Scrapbook Studio the other week. Sooo cute! I knew I wanted to use my favorite Soft Sky cardstock on this design so I pulled the Blue Bayou color out of the paper as well as Kraft to make it work.

The snowmen are colored with my new Copic Markers. Yay! My other set arrived safely and I just love the new colors. How did I survive without that soft, soft grey for shading?! A little sponging, a little stitching and some fun embellishments finish off the card. Another ultra soft velvet brad from Making memories and a Heidi Swapp ghost shapes snowflake and it was done. 🙂

Wishing you are warm fuzzy group hug kind of day!

I’m loving these stamps!

I was so excited to have the opportunity to review the new Thomas Kinkade stamp line produced by Cornish Heritage Farms. All I can say is wow! Well, actually….LOL….I have quite a bit more to say and if you want to hear it… check out today’s Craft Critique review. 🙂

Pastel Wishing Well


This is one of my favorite designs. I loved pairing up the Make a Wish Cottage Vignette with my pastels and this Stella Ruby 6×6 pad patterned paper. The stamping was simple to do. My black Palette Hybrid ink worked fabulously for inking up that detailed stamp well. The coloring was done with a Q-tip. I simply applied my Stampin Up pastels to the areas and shaded with coordinating chalk. If you are looking for a simple, quick way to color these detailed images, chalking works really well!.

For the main card design, I layered my Stella Ruby paper with Bravo Burgundy…love that warm rich color this time of year!…and mounted onto a 5.25″ square Vanilla card base. I then stitched on a strip of the striped paper with my sewing machine. The main image was them matted with the Burgundy and then one of the plain textured patterned papers from the pad. To hold it all together nicely and to focus in on the image, I added zig zag stitching around it as well.

For my embellishments, I wanted to add to the vintage look so I pulled out my Antique Brass Hodgepodge hardware and added a sentiment in that. Sentiment comes from the retired SU Autumn Leaf Prints set. Tucked under the label holder is a scrap of chocolate scalloped May Arts ribbon. I added a little hydrangea Prima and velvet Making Memories brad to the center and adhered it with a glue dot. Last tiny touch…three little brads in the top left hand corner.

Quick Tip: Glue dots are fabulous for adhering embellishments and small items that can be difficult and need a firm adhesive.

Edited to add…. I was asked if I use a blender pen to add my chalking. Actually, I sometimes do but in this instance, no. I just run it on. Sometimes you need to build it up a bit by adding a few times. I love how this will shade the colors. If your color tends to rub off, use a matte spray fixative from Michael’s or other art supply store to hold your chalk from smearing.

Supply List:

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Bravo Burgundy – Stampin Up

Patterned paper: Stella Ruby 6×6 paper pad – Basic Grey

Stamps: Make a Wish cottage Vignette – Cornish Heritage Farms, Autumn Leaf Prints – SU

Ink: Black Palette Hybrid ink – Stewart Superior, Close to Cocoa – SU

Other: hodgepodge hardware & Stampin Pastels – SU, ribbon – May Arts, sewing machine, Velvet brad & Copper mini brads – Making Memories, Hydrangea flower – Prima Marketing