Tuesday, July 31, 2012

RCC64 - Christmas in July



Dig out those Holiday stamps. peeps, because our one and only Lindsay Amrhein is challenging us to whip us some Christmas creations for this week challenge!

Here's my card:


I decided to ink up a way too cute There She Goes Clear Stamps set called Ho Ho Ho.  I stamped the image in Momento tuxedo black ink onto X-Press It blending card, colored the image with copics, and cut him out.  I used the MFT-Die namics oval STAX on a random scrap of DSP and adhered Santa.  I stamped the snowflakes in Papertrey Ink vintage cream ink onto the Bazzill Card Shoppe peanut cluster card base.   I ran the wax lips CS panel through the Big Shot in the SU square lattice embossing folder. I adhered it to the card base and rounded the corners with the corner chomper.  I popped up the oval panel with foam dimensionals and then added some of that beautiful red / ivory check ribbon.



Head on over to the Ribbon Carousel blog to play along with us 
and link up your creation there!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #139 - Summer!

Can you believe more than half of the summer has already come and gone?!
Yikes!  It's going by too fast!  

We are celebrating summer with this week's challenge over on the Kraftin' Kimmie blog with this week's challenge!  Show us your creations with some bright summer colors!

Here's my card:


I am playing along with an adorable image and sentiment from the Going Places stamp set. I stamped the image onto X-Press It blending card in Momento tuxedo black ink and colored it with copics.  I paired some DSP from the EP Happy Days 6x6 paper pad with some Bazzill Card Shoppe marshmallow and licorice twist CS.  I added a spiral clip and some black vintage seam binding from the Ribbon Carousel.

Krafty Girl Pam Varnell is this week's hostess with the mostess so be sure to check out her creation this week because the image she used is the prize for the winner of this challenge!

Now head on over to the Kraftin' Kimmie blog and check out what the other Krafty Girls have created for this week's challenge and link up your own project for a chance to win some Krafty "rubbah!"



Friday, July 27, 2012

TSG Blog Hop Challenge - Beach Bum


Welcome to the final day of the There She Goes Blog Hop challenges!  All of the new stamp set will be released tomorrow night at 11:00 PM EST.




Our final set this month is another FABULOUS creation from Torio. Made to coordinate perfectly with the previously released Make A Splash stamp set, this set if perfect for not only making cards, but scrapbooking your family vacations, and summer beach trips!




Beach Bum is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 19 stamps and will sell for $24.00.



HA!  Love that sentiment with this image!  
I paired some Bazzill Card Shoppe peanut cluster, marshmallow, and licorice twist CS with some DSP from the EP Dot and Stripes Homefront 6x6 paper pad.  I colored the images with copics and popped them up with foam dimensionals.  I used the Taylored Expressions wave border die.  I added some sunny yellow cotton twill ribbon.    

Would you like to win the new Beach Bum stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, July 28th with the winner being announced during the release party chat on Saturday from 9:00 - 11:00 PM on the TSG Facebook page. 


ISSC26 - Thinkng of You

There's a new iSpy Sketches Challenge ready and waiting for you!  It's a bittersweet day for me.  Today is my last post as an iSpy Sketches DT member.  While I am excited to be moving on to new adventures as part of the Kraftin' Kimmie DT, I am sad to be leaving such an amazingly talented group of designers.  I'm still scratching my head trying to figure out how in the heck I made it into this group of crafty rock stars led by the one an only Kim Teasdale!  I have had a blast being part of this group of F-U-N women and I am so thankful for having been part of this DT for the past 6 months!


Now, on to the challenge!

Therese Calvird is serving us up with a hefty dose of crafty inspiration for this week's challenge.  It is THIS stunning CAS card of hers that is the inspiration for this week's challenge.

Here's my take on the sketch:



When I saw the sketch, I immediately thought to pull out one of my favorite Hero Arts stamp sets called Delicate Blossoms.  I stamped the image in Momento Tuxedo black ink onto X-Press It blending card.  I colored the image with copics and added some shimmer to the base of the blossoms with a clear At You Spica pen.  I stamped the A Muse Studios woodgrain background stamp on PTI melon berry CS with VersaMark Ink. The sentiment is from the SU Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  I matted the image panel and the background panel with PTI terracotta tile CS and mounted that on a Bazzill Card Stock marshmallow CS card base.  


Here is the sketch:





Special Agent, O'Connell
Over and Out!


Here's how to play:
  • Create a paper crafting project (card, scrap book page or 3D item), based on the sketch provided.
  • Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code ISSC26), and link it up over on the iSpy Sketches blog.Please provide a direct link to your post - not the generic link to your blog.
  • A new challenge will be posted every Friday at 12.01 AM EST, and you have until noon on Wednesday EST to submit your entry.
  • You may enter as many times as you like, but please provide a newly designed project with a new link for each additional project.
  • We will choose the top 2 creations to be featured in our "Top 2 Thursday" post where we will announce who we have picked :) The winners will receive their very own iSpy Sketches blog badge!
  • Don't forget that you may combine our challenges with others and use supplies from any company that you wish :)
  • Have fun and we look forward to "spying:" your creations!
Be sure to check what the other Special Agents have created for some additional inspiration!







Thursday, July 26, 2012

TSG Blog Hop Challenge - Enjoy Life

Have you been enjoying the past two days of sneak peeks of the new There She Goes stamp set that will be released Saturday night?  Ready for day three of four?!  

Here we go!



No sweeter treat, or better way to Enjoy Life in the summer time than an ice cream cone, am I right? Well, Torico has made a FABULOUS set of mix and match patterns of ice cream, and their cones, for you to custom make your own YUMMY treats! And even better, we have custom made our own Die’s to go along with this FABULOUS set!!! They are a set of three dies including two ice cream tops, measuring at approximately 1 1/4" and 1", and one cone measuring at 1 1/8".



Enjoy Life is a 4x4 set that includes a total of 11 stamps and will sell for $10.00. 
The Enjoy Life dies will sell separately for $8.25.




I used Bazzill Card Shoppe peanut cluster, cotton candy, butter mints and candy bar CS and a strip of DSP from the MME Love Me 6x6 paper pad.  I die cut the cone and ice cream scoops, stamped the pattern in versamark and then heat embossed them with clear embossed them with clear embossing powder.  I stamped the sentiment in Momento rich cocoa ink.

Would you like to win the new Enjoy Life stamp set and matching Dies? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, July 28th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Paperplay Challenge - Olympics theme

Whose got Olympic fever?!  I do!  I do! 

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps is sponsoring this week's
Paperplay Challenges and the theme is Olympics!

I riffled through my expanding stash of Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps for something that would work with and I came across the Going Places stamp set.  
PERFECT!  Go Team USA's cycling team!


I chose some DSP from the Dots and Stripes Homefront 6x6 paper pad that reminded me of the American flag.  I paired it with some Bazzill Card Shoppe licorice twist and marshmallow 6x6 cardstock.  I stamped the image in Momento tuxedo black ink onto X-Press It blending card and colored it with copics.  I used the Sweet N' Sassy Stamps Stars die, added a blue button and adhered this onto the the red cotton twill ribbon bow.

Hop on over to the Paperplay Challenges blog and link up your creation for a chance to win!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

TSG Blog Hop Challenge - Happy Trails

Ready for day 2 of 4 of the There She Goes Clear Stamps blog hop challenges?


Torico has created another super cute character for us to love, and this adorable little guy is hitting the road! Perfect for your kids leaving for college, the military, or just for moving on to another path, this set, and its coordinating sentiments, will send them off the right way. 



Happy Trails is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 5 stamps and will sell for $7.00.



Ack!  I just love this little hobo! I stamped the sign post onto Bazzill Card Shop butter mints CS and colored it with copics.  I stamped the hobo on X-Press It blending card, colored him with copics, cut him out, and popped him up with foam dots.  I added some DSP from the We R Memory Keepers"Autumn Spendor" 6x6 pad and and matted everything with Bazzill Card Shoppe candy bar CS before mounting it all onto a peanut cluster CS base.  I added some PTI terracotta tile twill ribbon, a wooden button, and some natural jute.  

Would you like to win the new Happy Trails stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, July 28th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Ribbon Carousel and Kraftin' Kimmie Blog Hop




Oh BOY!  Hang on to your hats!  We have a TREAT for you today!

The Ribbon Carousel Crewmates are so excited to be teaming up with the designers from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps to bring you a blog hop that is sure to knock your socks off!  


I am particularly excited about this hop because my worlds are colliding! In case you missed my post a few days ago, I am not only the Design Team Coordinator of my beloved  Ribbon Carousel, but I am also a new appointed Krafty Girl!  Yep, I am also on the Kraftin' Kimmie Design Team!  


Here is my card for the hop:


I have the honor of showing off one of the newest Kraftin Kimmie images from the Birthday Lulu stamp set.  I paired some Bazzill Card Shoppe wax lips, licorice twist, and marshmallow CS with some DSP from the Simple Stories Summer Fresh 6x6 paper pad.  I added some beautiful gold silky crushed ribbon.

Lets talk prizes!

Hop along and leave some blog love for our designers for a chance to win one of two great prizes!  The Ribbon Carousel will be giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to the store and Kraftin' Kimmie will be giving away a winner's choice of 1 stamp set or 3 individual stamps!  The winner of the carousel will be announced on the Kraftin' Kimmie blog and the winner of the Kraftin' Kimmie stamps will be announced on the Ribbon Carousel blog!  

Ready to hop? 

All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge - Paper Piecing

Have you played along with the paper piecing challenge on the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge blog yet?  What are you waiting for?!  There's still time to play!

Have you ever tried paper piecing?  It's so much fun and it's a great way to add a pop to your images without coloring them.   In case you've never tried it, there's a fabulous tutorial on SCS you can check out >> HERE <<

I decided to do a little paper piecing with the sweet


I gave a sweet summer dress using some DSP from the Fancy Pants Designs Country Boutique 6x6 paper pad.  I paired it with with some Bazzill Card Shoppe peanut cluster and candy bar cardstock.  I stamped the image in Momento tuxedo black ink onto X-Press It blending card.  I colored the image with copics prior to do the paper piecing and then cut the image out.  I used the MFT Die-Namics oval STAX 1 and 2, tore some DSP for the sand, and then popped the image up with foam dimensionals.  I added some gorgeous ivory silk ribbon and natural jute to embellish.  


Ready to play?
Here's what you need to know:
  • Your project must include a stamp that is sold in the All That Scraps store.  It will be deleted if not.
  • Link up with Inlinkz by July 31st.  This challenge will run two weeks.
  • Prize for this challenge is 3 C.C. Designs rubber stamps of the winners choice

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

TSG Blog Hop Challenge - Maidbot

The day has finally come!  Today marks the first of FOUR days of There She Goes blog hop challenges where we give you some sneak peaks of  the new sets that will be released on Saturday night!  



Another FUN addition to her SUPER CUTE robot line, Torico is back with this month’s Maidbot. I know we all WISH we had one, and well, now you SORT OF do!!!! Imagine the fun cards and scrapbook pages you can make with this cutie, and her cleaning tools!



Maidbot is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 6 stamps and will sell for $7.00.


I paired some Bazzill Card Shoppe marshmallow, licorice twist, and wax lips CS with some DSP from the Echo Park Happy Days 6x6 paper pad.  I cut out and matted my images using the MFT Die-Namics Circle STAX 1 dies.  I also used the MFT Die-Namics Fishtail Flags dies.  I added some faux stitching with a white gel pen. 

Would you like to win the new Maidbot stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, July 28th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.


Monday, July 23, 2012

TSG166 - Sketch Challenge

Calling all you fellow sketch-o-holics out there!  
It's a sketch challenge this week over on the There She Goes Blog
C'mon and play along with us!

Here's my card:




I played along using the adorable Jungle Out There stamp set.  I paired some Bazzill Card Shoppe peanut cluster and candy bar CS with some DSP from the Bo Bunny Camp-a-lot 6x6 paper pad.  I stamped the image onto X-Press It blending card and colored it with copics.  I stamped the image a 2nd time, colored just the face of the monkey, cut it out, and layered it over the original image with a foam dimensional. I added some fun orange sheer two tone stripes ribbon and some silver brads to embellish.

Here is the sketch:


To be eligible for the giveaway, create a card or project using this sketch, and then head on over to the TSG Blog to add your name and a link to your project in the InLinkz that is located at the bottom of the challenge post. This challenge is open until the winner has been announced on the following Monday (July 30th). The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store!
TSG stamps are not required to participate in the challenges but are appreciated :)
If you upload your card to an online craft gallery, please use the keyword TSG166 so we can check out your beautiful work!



Sunday, July 22, 2012

CMC Copic Challenge sponsored by Kraftin Kimmie

     Just in case you missed my bog news yesterday, I am going to shout it from the roof tops again today!   

I'm a Krafty Girl!  
Kim Reid invited me to join the Kraftin Kimmie Design Team!  

The design team is crazy talented, of course, but also slightly crazy so I feel very at home with my new teammates!  It's a great feeling!  I am definitely going to have lots of F-U-N working with my new peeps!


As part of my debut week as a Krafty Girl, I am participating in the CMC Copic Challenge which is being sponsored by none other than Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!  
It's an "anything girly" challenge.


I went  little nutty and did some serious damage to my Pay Pal account once I got my DT discount code from Kimmie and all of my new stamps showed up the other day.  I think I had an anxiety attack trying pick which image I was going to in ink up first, but in the end I decided on the new Moonlight Whispers Marilyn image which was SO fun to color!

***  Good news!  This image is back and stock and selling like hot cakes so go and grab your now if you've been waiting! ***


I used the PTI Background Basics: Houndstooth stamp to create the grate.  
Here are the copics I used:

Skin - E11, E00, E000, R20, R30
Hair - YY21, Y23, YR21, YR24
dress and shoes - E43, E41
Eyelids - Y28, Y26 (with  clear Star gelly roll pen for shimmer)

I embossed the sentiment from the Kraftin Kimmie Everyday Sentiments stamp set with white embossing powder and added that gorgeous antique gold silky crushed ribbon from the Ribbon Carousel.

The Ribbon Carousel is sponsoring this week's Dude Time Doodles Challenge which is an "Anything Goes" challenge as long as the card is for a "Dude."  I think this fits!  :)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

My BIG NEWS!

Today is the day I can finally share my BIG NEWS!


Kim Reid invited me to join the 
Kraftin' Kimmie Design Team!


Yep, that's right!  I'm a Krafty Girl!   Joining the current ridiculously talented Krafty girls was A-MAZ-ING as it was and then I found out that Kimmie added not only me but 3 other new Krafty Girls to the team!  Go check out who they are over on the Kraftin' Kimmie blog!  I'm SO excited!  I will give you one hint.......Meatball.  That's all I'm saying. 
Go look for yourself!

Today is my first day participating in the weekly challenges as a DT member! (wiping tears of joy from my eyes).  Kraftin' Kimmie is also sponsoring this week's challenge over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and we have identical challenges this week so be sure to play along and link up your creations for an extra chance to win some "rubbah" from Kimmie! 

Today the Krafty Girls are challenging you do to do some stitching (real or faux) on your creations for the KKS138.  For those of you you who have a sewing machine phobia like I did, get over it!  I got the Janome Sew Mini for Mother's Day and that scary thing just stared at me for weeks from its box.  Finally, I got brave enough to try it while watching the Stamp TV four part video tutorial series that actually begins with taking it out of the box.  EXACTLY what I needed!   I was sewing in less than 45 minutes.  I still am working on straight lines and perfecting this skill, but I'm doing it!  I'm sewing!  This is actually only the 2nd card I've made with stitching.  If I can do it, you can, too.


I inked up one of the adorable images from the Spingtime Lulu stamp set.
I paired some Bazzill Card Shoppe peanut cluster, marshmallow, and candy bar CS with some DSP from the EP Sweet Day.  I stamped the image in Momento tuxedo black ink onto X-Press It blending card and colored it with copics.  I attached my tag with some natural jute.

Krafty Girl Kerry Johnson is our hostess with the mostess so the winner of this week's challenge will win an assortment of trinket stamps.  Hop on over to the Kraftin' Kimie blog to see the crafty eye candy  Cheryl and the other Krafty Girls have created this week!
  

Friday, July 20, 2012

Lets talk Bazzill


Have you tried the Bazzill Card Shoppe Card Stock yet?! 

 Bazzill has been working with its paper mills to create the perfect premium, smooth, heavy-weight cardstock that will be a sweet treat for every card-maker. Now available in 28 coordinating colors. The paper is a stout 100 lbs. and folds with a crisp edge. It won’t warp when used with markers, inks, or mists, and can handle loads of embellishments without sagging.

Did you know that we carry all 28 colors at the Ribbon Carousel store?!
The Ribbon Carousel Crewmates have fallen in love with the stuff!  

We are thrilled to be teaming up with Bazzill today to show off their amazing new card stock!  Today is National Lollipop Day so the Ribbon Carousel Crewmates have created some crafty eye candy with this theme!

Here is my card:


I paired some marshmallow, candy hearts, cotton candycandy bar, and peanut cluster card stock with some DSP from the Echo Park Happy Days 6x6 paper pad.  The image is the C.C. Designs Lolli Beatrice. I paper pieced her lollipop with some cotton candy CS, added some shadows with my copics and added some Diamond Glaze to make it glossy.  I embellished with 3 silver brads and some yummy walnut brown vintage seam binding.

Bazzill donated 3 sampler pack of the Card Shope card stock for us to give away!
Here's what you need to do:

1. Leave a comment on this blog post.
2. Head on over to the Bazzill Facebook page to "like" them and tell them the Ribbon Carousel sent you and then head back over to our Facebook page and tell us you did!
3. SHARE this post on your blog or Facebook page and let us know you did here OR on our FB page.  If you share on your blog, be sure to leave a direct link to the post so we can stop by and thank you!

Now head right on over to the Bazzill blog to see what the other Ribbon Carousel Crewmates have created AND there you find a info on a special SALE for the Ribbon Carousel store!



There She Goes Again - Snowy Days

This week is There She Goes (Again) week on the There She Goes blog.  We've been re-visiting a few of our formerly  released stamp sets and showcasing cards from the past, but today we are showing you NEW cards we've made wit these oldies but goodies!

I decided to ink up and image and sentiment from Snowy Days!


I chose some DSP from the My Mind's Eye "Be Merry" 6x6 paper pad and paired it with some Bazzill Card Shoppe marshmallow, wax lips, and licorice twist CS.   I used the MFT Die-Namics circle STAX 1 to cut out the image after coloring it with copics.  I then cut a 2nd identical circle out of some DSP.  I cut away the background from the image panel and adhered it onto the DSP.  I added some red brads to the sentiment panel.  

Be sure to hop on over to the There She Goes Blog 
to see what my fellow Trendsetters have created!



ISSC25 - Monkeying Around

Happy Friday and welcome to the latest and greatest iSpy Sketches Challenge!

This week the talented  Elzbieta B. is in our spotlight.  You can see her entire Splitcoast Stampers gallery HERE, but it it is THIS card that is the source of our inspiration for this week's sketch.

Here's my take on the sketch:



I inked up the There She Goes "Jungle Out There" stamp set to play along with this challenge. I cut out the  monkeys using one of the MFT Die-Namics circle STAX 1 dies and colored them with copics.  I paired some Bazzill Card Shoppe peanut cluster and candy bar CS and a piece of SU old olive DSP.  

Here is the sketch:


Here's how to play:
  • Create a paper crafting project (card, scrap book page or 3D item), based on the sketch provided.
  • Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code ISSC25), and link it up over on the iSpy Sketches blog.Please provide a direct link to your post - not the generic link to your blog.
  • A new challenge will be posted every Friday at 12.01 AM EST, and you have until noon on Wednesday EST to submit your entry.
  • You may enter as many times as you like, but please provide a newly designed project with a new link for each additional project.
  • We will choose the top 2 creations to be featured in our "Top 2 Thursday" post where we will announce who we have picked :) The winners will receive their very own iSpy Sketches blog badge!
  • Don't forget that you may combine our challenges with others and use supplies from any company that you wish :)
  • Have fun and we look forward to "spying:" your creations!
Be sure to check what the other Special Agents have created for some additional inspiration!