Sweet Hauntings

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features several products: Sweet Hauntings, Happy Scenes and Hearth & Home thinlits dies.

I have a friend a Halloween card.  I wanted something a little more sweet haunting halloween card by Stamping with Stacesophisticated…Pinterest was my inspiration. Where else can you go for immediate inspiration?  Ok, so I pretty much cased the card.  I can’t remember the name of the creator, but it was created by one of Stampin’ Up!’s artisan design team.

I had to modify mine a bit since I didn’t have all the supplies to reproduce the card.  I had a brick embossing folder from who knows where or which craft store that I bought who knows when….

I brayered directly onto the embossing folder brayered embossing foler stamping with stacewith Basic Gray ink. Of course this not being a Stampin’ Up! embossing folder; the pattern doesn’t cover my entire sheet of Very Vanilla card stock.  That is why my verse is at the bottom.  I have a piece of 1/4″ basic black ribbon covering the seam and a small smear mark where I smudged the ink.  Hey, haven’t you heard the expression “there are no mistakes, just a chance to embellish”? :)

I stamped my bottles onto a small piece of Very Vanilla card stock. I colored them with a blender pen and Basic Gray and Smokey Slate ink.  I cut the window from Basic Clack card stock using my Big Shot and the Hearth & Home thinlit dies. I used snail to use attach the window over the bottles.  I stamped the cutest little spider from Happy Scenes into the corner of the window.  He is one spider I am not scared of! I layered my card with Basic Black and put it on a Very Vanilla card base.

I really hope my friend is surprised that I thought of her this Halloween.

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May you have Creative Chaos today!

Stace

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Broke Stampers Unite Color Challenge

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features a color challenge from Broke Stampers Unite.  We had to use the colors: Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate chip, Pumpkin Pie and Mossy Meadow.  Oh my goodness.  I normally don’t use five colors on my projects; but the point of doing this was to push us out of our comfort zone.

broke stamper unite color challengeThe first thing I did was to go to Pinterest to find a layout I could use.  Once I did that I stopped panicking so much.  Actually, it became much easier.

I used the Rich Razzlebery for the base and layered it with the Pumpkin Pie.  I used Mossy Meadow as the next layer.  I stamped it with the background stamp that comes with You Got This with versa mark ink pad.  It is a subtle detail.  I used Chocolate Chip ink to stamp the flower image on Daffodil Delight.  Chocolate Chip card stock was used as a layer for the stamped image.

Once I put all my layers together, I felt it still needed a little somethin’ somethin’.  I had some extra large pearls in my stash of goodies.  If you wanted to make a card like this you could use the large pearls in the current package.

Be daring and join us in a color challenge.  You can see Terri’s card here and Carol’s card here.

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Join me next time in my Creative & Chaotic craft room for some creative chaos and possibly chocolate too.

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May you have Creative Chaos today!

Stace

Rejoice- Bokeh Technique with Video Tutorial

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features the Bokeh Technique.  Bokeh is a photography term.  It means to have a blurred, out of focus image.  I tend to think of it as photos of lights that are out of focus and they are fuzzy colored dots.

Rejoice bokeh technique with video tutorial from Stamping with StaceI have been wanting to do this technique FOREVER!  But you know how it is, there is never enough time to stamp everything you want to.  Well, I decided if I really wanted to do this technique; probably people in my stamp club would want to do it as well.  The ladies LOVED it.  I am glad I decided to do this for a project.

It also “forced” me to do a video tutorial (my goal is try to have one every week).  I wanted my friends who couldn’t come to be able to see what it the heck I was talking about.  A cool thing about this card is that no two cards look exactly alike even when you make several at the same time.

You can see how to make this card here. Or watch it below.

Keep in mind this technique can be used with any color combination and and stamp set. It doesn’t have to be just for Christmas.  Heck, you could even used the shaped framelits for a different shape other than circles. Is it a lot easier than you thought?  Give it a try in your craft room.

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May you have Creative Chaos today!

Stace

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Monarchs and Milkweeds

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features Butterfly Basics bundle set!  I just love butterflies, so when this bundle came out I knew I had to have it.  Unfortunately, it sat in my craft pile for a long time.

butterfly basics black glitter cardAutumn is here.  The oner day was one of our last warm days.  It was sunny and beautiful. I still have a few flowers in my garden. Ok, so really it’s more of a bed of weeds with a few flowers. It is mostly a bed of wildflowers that are supposed to attract humming birds and butterflies.  I planted three milkweed plants that a friend was digging out of her garden.  This year is the first year any oimagef them had pods.  I’m so excited.

Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed which inspired my card.  I love the new black glitter paper.  It doesn’t have to be just for Halloween.  It adds beauty and bling to this card.  I used my new Precision Plate to help cut the butterflies out.

My card base is Pumpkin Pie card stock.  I layered with Wild Wassabi. I stamped the ferns with Pear Pizzaz.  I used the butterfly thinlit to cut out the butterfly shape.  I used dimensionals to raise it as well. Next, I cut a butterfly out of Basic Black card stock and glued that directly to the Pumpkin Pie base.  I cut a second black butterfly out of the butterfly basics black glitter cardBlack Glitter paper.  I glued the body to the first butterfly.  Fluff the wings for a little dimension.  Ooops, someplace in there I stamped the verse with Pumpkin Pie.  Im not sure if layering the thinlits this way has a special name or not.  If I had to guess, I would call it inlay. That’s what it is called in woodworking.

This card reminds me of summer as resist autumn and winters arrival.  I hope you enjoy it too.

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Join me next time in my Creative & Chaotic craft room for some creative chaos and possibly chocolate too.

All the items for this project are listed below. Click on them to add them to your shopping cart. Creative Chaos never follows a schedule; luckily my online store is open 24 hours a day! Everything you need can be purchased there, except the chocolate.

May you have Creative Chaos today,

Stace

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You’ve Got This Tape Technique

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features painters tape and You Got This stamp set for my first post as the newest member of Broke Stampers Unite challenge team! Don’t you just love their name?? I will give you a little more info on the group after I share my card.

you got this masking/painter tape techniqueSo for awhile now, I have wanted to create a card with the masking/painter tape technique.  It is super easy for when you have a Creative and Chaotic moment.  Every card will be unique because no two backgrounds end up being the same.

The first step is to find a roll of left over painters tape or masking tape from the garage. (Who knows what other stamping treasures you may find while you’re out there.  This dryer tape looks interesting.)

Next, tear of a piece of the painters tape and place it sticky side down in your ink pad.  Don’t worry!  This won’t hurt your ink pad.  Rub it gently to get it all inked up.  Basically, the tape is becoming your background stamp.

painters masking tape techniqueI am using two inch wide tape since that is what I had.  Use whatever width you have.  Make more or less stripes depending on your color choice. If you click on the image to the left, you will see how I am putting my tape right onto my ink pad and how I have place the tape right on my card.  I used grid paper to help keep my lines somewhat straight.  (Don’t look too closely because you will notice the card in this photo is in landscape.  I didn’t like how the colors turned out.  I flipped my card stock over and tried again, but I changed my mind on what image I wanted to stamp as well; so I changed the position to portrait.)

Once you have all your strips of tape onto your card, gently rub the tape down to make sure your ink is transferred.  Peel the tape off your card and you have an unique, one of a kind background. The best part of painters tape is that it isn’t super sticky to begin with, so it won’t damage your card stock.

Finally, I  inked the flower image and verse from You’ve Got This and stamp it in the middle of your card.  Ta-daaaa! An elegant card that take only minutes to make.

Check out other Broke Stampers Unite challenge masking/painters tape techniques with Terri and Carol. Please join us every Wednesday.  Each month there are challenges on themes, techniques, color combos, and stamp sets.  Next week is a color combo challenge.

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

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Scallop Tag Chocolate Holders

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s creative project features Chocolate!

imageOne of my favorite chocolates to craft with is Ghiradelli chocolate!  Perfect little squares to decorate with the Scallop Tag Punch. I have made three today.  Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Actually, the snowman can be used for a winter birthday or any time during the winter.  It could be a spring project as well since he is melting :)

I used a variety of inks and card stock to create each chocolate holder.  However, the measurements are the same.  Cut your card stock 2″ x 5 1/2″.  Score it at 2 5/8″ and 2 7/8″ on the long side.  This is easier to measure before you punch the two ends with the scallop tag punch.

the snowman is not an original idea.  I saw it on Pinterest and I followed the directions of Judi Anderson. I did create my own cheat sheet so I can remember how to make this cute little snowman more than once.image

You can click on the image to enlarge it to see what I used. I colored the rhinestones with a permanent marker to make them look like coal.

I love these chocolates and the scallop punch to make these holders!  It is such a quick and easy creative chaos idea for those last minute gift giving moments.

The products I used to make today’s project are listed below. Click on any of them to add them to your shopping cart.  My online store is open 24/7. After all, Creative Chaos never follows a schedule!

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Until you can join me in my Creative & Chaotic craft room for some creative chaos (and possibly chocolate too) have a marvelous day!

Creative Blessings,

Stace

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Autumn Sheltering Tree

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative & Chaotic craft room! Today’s project features the stamp set Sheltering Tree.

sheltering treeAs much as it pains me to say, summer is gone and autumn is here. (Please don’t remind me snow will be here before we know it.  Snow is a dirty four letter word in my book :) !) I can sorta handle autumn when it is at least warm and sunny during the day.

Once I created my Thanksgiving Day card, I went on to create this card.  It was such a fun card to make; sometimes simple is best.  This card is all layers simply applied with snail adhesive.  It uses one stamp set Sheltering Tree with several colored inks.  The inside of the card reads: Thankful for you!  I am not sure who I am going to mail this card too.  I am so grateful for so many people in my life.

I’d love to hear what type of cards you make for the people you are thankful for in your life.

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Until you can join me in my Creative & Chaotic craft room for some creative chaos (and possibly chocolate too) have a marvelous day!

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Creative Blessings,

Stace
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Happy Scenes Thanksgiving

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Usually in Maine schools have snow days.  This month we had a rain day.  It rained so thanksgiving fall card happy scenemuch school buildings were damaged and road ways were washed out.  I got to go back to bed and sleep for awhile, do some laundry and even play in my craft room!  It felt like a Saturday in someways.

I had a Thanksgiving Day swap coming up.  Here is my creation.  I love the new Happy Scene bundle.  The trees are absolutely wonderful!

I stamped on Whisper White card stock with memento ink.  Next, I colored the pumpkins with a Pumpkin Pie marker.  I sponged Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, and Old Olive inks with sponge daubers.

I used my Big Shot and Deco Label framelits to cut the image out.  To get an embossed look to the edge, I cut the image with the largest framelit. Then, I took the next largest framelit and place it on top of the image using my magnetic platform with the cutting edge facing up.  This is very important.  You don’t want to actually cut your image a second time.  With the cutting edge facing up, the back presses into them image to emboss it.

imageMy card base is Tangelo Twist card stock stamped with the Hard Wood background stamp using Early Espresso ink.  I added a layer of Early Espresso card stock to the inside as well as the outside. On the inside, I stamped a verse from Banner Blessings.

I really hope my swap partner enjoys this card.

 

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

Frankie Pillow Box with Video Tutorial

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Do you every find a imageproduct  that you just love and sit and play with it over and over and over?  I am having a ball with the new Square Pillow Box die! I have made all sorts of of boxes with this die.  One of the first ones I made was a  Frankie boxes.

Not long ago someone posted a Halloween treat using a name brand of chocolate.  I thought, hmmmm I could make something like those!  They would be so cute inside Frankie boxes!

imageCan you see what my special treats are?  Rice Krispies treats with green food coloring added to the marshmallow mixture. Once the treats hardened, I cut them into squares.  I melted a bowl full of chocolate chips in the microwave (30 seconds at a time).  I dipped the heads of my treats into the melted chocolate.  The eyes are white chocolate candy melts.  I didn’t want to melt them and draw circles, so I did something a little bizarre.  I meltedimage one side of them and then stuck them onto the rice squares.  Chocolate coated candies are the eyes.  A yummy Frankie treat to go in your adorable Frankie box.

I wrapped each one in a cellophane bag. A bit of silver cording tied into a bow closes the package.

So would you like to see how these boxes are made? Check it out here:

What an easy way to create a super special treat for some special at Halloween.  My daughter helped make these and she had a super fun time making them.  They’re as much fun to make as give!

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

Sweet Halloween Hauntings

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative and Chaotic Spa!

imageHave you ordered anything from the Holiday catalog yet?  So far one of my favorite purchases has been the Square Pillow Box die!  I have had a ball with this die.  The possibilities are endless! It can make a simple pillow box or really go all out!

In this particular pillow box I have kept it simple.  It is made with Happy Hauntings Designer Series Paper and Basic Gray card stock.  A little stamping on Vanilla card stock using a stamp from Sweet Hauntings. Don’t you just love the verse “Death by Chocolate”??  (I could really go for some chocolate right now!)

Would you love to see just how easy this pillow box is to make?  Check it out here.

See, I told you it was easy! A cute, creative project for the chaotic holiday season. You could whip a dozen of these off in no time at all.  And don’t you just LOVE the new tear and tape? It’s so easy to use and doesn’t get your scissors all yucky. I hope you have as  much fun with this die as I do.

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

Brewing Something Sweet!

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Have I told you how much I love the Holiday Catalog??  I want one of everything! imageDon’t you?? Once I saw Sweet Hauntings in the catalog, I knew I had to have it.  I mean it has stamps about chocolate for one thing! Also, being a huge Harry Potter fan, I love the potion bottles.

Here is my creation of a cute Creative Chaos card.  To make things easier when life if chaotic, I started with the Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes.  I added a layer of Crumb Cake card stock. I stamped it with the Hardwood background stamp. I sponged the edges with Crumb Cake ink for an aged look.

I stamped and embossed the poison bottles with silver embossing powder and heat tool. I used my aqua painters to color the bottles with the 2014-15 Incolors. The Happy Scenes Bundle set was used to make the shelf, and I used the cute little spider to add a bit more spookiness. I stamped the envelope with the spider as well.

Inside, I stamped “Brewing Up Something Sweet” on the inside.  I just love the play on words.

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Stace

Winter Window Box Card

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I have been away from my computer for a few days and I have been SO anxious to get back to it.  I have made a video that I have been itching to share with you. It all started when I saw a box card on Facebook.  I knew I wanted to make right away.  Then, I had a club member that asked if I could come up with a card using the Happy Scenes Bundle.  It instantly came to me what I wanted to create for a stamp club project! A box card with a window opening looking outside. And we know how much I love these bundles! Who doesn’t like saving 15%??

You can watch it here:  Winter Window Card Box Tutorial

 

 

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

2015 Holiday Catalog is Here!

Hi Stampers! Welcome to my Creative Spa.  Guess what I TOTALLY forgot to stampin-up-holiday-catalog-481x600post last week?? The 2015 Holiday Catalog! Yes, I am hanging my head in shame.  I have been playing with items that I got to preorder and haven’t shared any of it.

Let me know if you haven’t received a copy from me.  Or you can download it here.  It has soooo many stinkin’ cute items.  I can hardly stand it.  I want one of everything!!

My first project I made was a sour cream container.  I have a kids class coming up soon and this is a great project to get kids started wit paper crafting and stamping.

imageI love the Designer Series Paper (DSP).  It’s called Happy Haunting.  The designs are wonderfully spooky on one side.  The other are wonderful fall patters so it doesn’t all have to be used by Halloween. The pattern I used is so cute with the headstones and ravens.

I used the stamp set Sweet Hauntings.  I love the verses: Death by Chocolate, A Treat Worth Dying For, Happy Happy Halloween along with all the poison bottles.  (Being a complete Harry Potter fan, I can use these bottles for all sorts of things.)  I stamped an image that coordinates with the Note Tag punch.

Anyhow, back to my project.  This sour cream holder was made by cutting 12″x12″ Designer Series Paper into four 6″x6″ squares.  You can make 48 treat holders from one package of paper. How awesome it that??? Pretty awesome in my book.  Friends and family will be surprised to find candy inside these.  My favorite is Lindt Chocolate Truffles. I think I eat more than what gets placed in the packages.

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

Where Has the Summer Gone??

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I cannot believe I haven’t posted all month!  Where has the time gone?  I start work today.  I’m not even sure when the last time I stamped- Eeeek! My only excuse might be I have enjoyed the end of the summer with my daughter.

IMG_1814We have had a lot of fun.  Most days were spent with cousins in the pool at Auntie’s house.  I watched the kids swim and I read about 10 books from this spot.  We also went to the York Wild Kingdom Zoo.  There were so many animals to see.  My girlfriend, who is a second grade teacher, took lots of photos of the rain forest animals the zoo had.  She has a large unit on the rain forest each year. I am not sure what section of the zoo I liked best.  It was all fun.

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My daughter and I have also been painting.  She just loves painting with acrylics.

11891252_10205543295407779_3016487721297032151_n Here are some small painting we did together on ourIMG_1855 living room floor. Her flower painting came out so much nicer than mine.  Mine became muddy looking after awhile.  Most recently, we went to a painting class fundraiser.  Part of the money went to Paws on Parade, an organization that helps the humane society.  Of course my daughter wouldn’t smile nicely. Her painting has a bird and a dog in it. Mine (which I don’t have a photo of) connects to it to make one large painting.  My painting only has a bird.

Today, we start our fall schedule.  Work, school, soccer, cross country track, and homework. My daughter isn’t sure she wants to go to school to learn, she wants to see her friends though.  I feel the same way.  I am looking forward to all the new year and all the new things that it will bring.

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

Throw Back Thursday-Yippee Skippy

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I have another Throw Back Thursday.  I have been on vacation somewhat.  I was imagegone for four days , hanging out with my BFFs.  Soon, I will have photos to share of York’s Wild Kingdom.  Until then, here is a card project using up some retired designer series paper (DSP) and card stock.  It features another one of my favorite retired stamp sets called Yippee Skippy.

I used a card base with a layer of retired DSP.  I used my Big Shot and Banners Framelits Dies to cut the banner from some yellow card stock. I stamped the verse on some whisper white card stock and punched it with the 2 1/2″ circle punch.  The little flowers are punched using a punch from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. I added a pearl to the center of the flower.  I made several of these to send out to friends and family.

Have you been sharing your beautiful designer series paper with your friends and family?  I sure hope so.

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

Happy Birthday VCRocks!

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This weekend is Stampin’ Up!’s Convention weekend.  It also why VCRocks was created.  Virtual Convention Rocks.  This is VCRocks 15 birthday.  We have swaps etc just like you would if you really went to convention.  We chat, stay up giggling just like you would with real convention.

We also have blog hops.  This weekends blog is celebrating birthdays.  You would think I would make a birthday card of some sort.  Nope, not this time.  I decided to imagemake a celebration wreath!  I decided this for two reasons.  One, it gave the opportunity to use up some more of my retired Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Two, I was chatting on VCRocks that I couldn’t wait for my Stampin’ Up! order to come because I want to get some new Christmas DSP Merry Moments, to make some paper wreaths with.  Someone asked if I would share how to make a wreath.  Sure, why not.  Hmmm, did I really want to type that many steps?  Nope, a video must be easier to follow along with.

This type of wreath can be made with simple supplies.  Designer Series Paper and coordinating card stock depending on the reason for your wreath.  I made this for Christmas, Halloween, spring, and now a birthday.  A styrofoam wreath.  I used a 9″ wreath today.  It requires four full sheets of 12″x12″ designer series paper.  For a twelve inch wreath use six full sheets of designer series paper. You’ll also need basic straight pins from the sewing department of the store. Your paper cutter, scoring tool, and a bone folder. I used my Big Shot with the Butterflies Framelits and my beloved magnetic platform.

imageThe project takes a couple hours total.  Sometimes I can sit and do the entire project in one setting.  Other times I do it sections.  Placing the strips of paper in a plastic container and take it with me to my daughter’s activities. The rosette is the part I usually make last. A large bow could be placed on the wreath, or it could be left plain if you like.  That’s the great thing about crafting, you can make your project to fit your style.

Here is a video to watch:

I hope this video inspires you to use some of your pretty designer series paper.  Hang it on the wall where you can enjoy it everyday!  Make this for a friend for a birthday or baby shower.  Add a couple pieces of chocolate for good measure.  If you need more inspiration, visit VCRocks blog hop.

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

Throw Back Thursday -Awash with Flowers

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Do you remember me posting awhile back about using up my DSP (Designer Series Paper)?  That I need to share my love of pretty paper and not hoard it in a drawer?

I have been working hard on it.  I made a set of cards using up some paper from lasimaget spring.  I also used one of my stamp sets that I just love even though it is retired.  Awash with Flowers.  It was an awesome two step stamp set.  I also used the retired Angle Tag Topper punch.  The red fringe is made with the Fringe Scissors.

The inside is stamped as well.  I like to use outline stamps on the inside of my cards.  This way you can continue to have room to write your message.

imageI stamped the inside with Feel Goods stamp set.  I think it is such an uplifting  stamp set.  Who can’t use a little uplifting every now and then?

This design can be copied with any Designer Series Paper.  It is a very simple layout.  Current tag topper punches can be used, a new stamp set can be used.  Or do like I did.  Pull out some of that pretty paper you are hoarding and a favorite stamp set.  Share you pretty paper can creativity with someone! Keep the chocolate for yourself :)

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

White on White

imageHi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Spa.

I recently joined a group on Facebook that has swaps. One swap is White on White.  Oh my goodness, how do you put  a sentiment on a card that has to be all white? I have completed monochromatic color challenges.  Key word COLOR! Using multiple shades of one color.  Plus I wanted it to fit my style of card making: Quick, Creative, and Cute!

Most of my idea hit me at once. My favorite tool, the Big Shot. Lucky me, I had just ordered the Greetings Thinlits Dies.  I love it when an idea comes to me so quickly, don’t you?  All I had to do was to decide which embossing folder to use for texture.  I chose the Polka Dot embossing folder.

A few tips I have tried lately when cutting with thinlits has been using wax paper in-between my card stock and die.  The same with dryer sheets.  With this card, I tried the latest tip (which is also free).  Cut up a plastic grocery bag and layer that around your card stock.  It worked wonderfully.

I like this idea because I have a plastic bag filled with plastic bags from the grocery store.  The only reason I have ever bought wax paper for is for crafting.  I want to use my dryer sheets for my laundry.  Now I have an item I can use up that normally just takes up space on my counter.  I need that space for chocolate after all.

What types of challenges have you taken part in lately?

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

 

More Cutie Pie Cuteness

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imageI have one more day of Cutie Pie projects that are dealing with the holidays.  Specifically Christmas.  It has been the hottest this year in Maine, and I am working on winter projects.

When I posted Rudolf a bit ago, I was challenged to make a Santa.  I wasn’t sure about doing a punch art face, so I decided to do his belly.  I used a 1/4″ strip of grosgrain ribbon for his belt.  A piece of gold glimmer paper for his belt buckle.

Then I decided there needed to be a snowman to go with the group.  What is winter without Frosty?  I embossed whisper white card stock with the Decorative Dots embossing folder to give a snowy effect.  The Cutie Pie die includes the die that creates the bow Frosty is wearing.  His buttons of coal are made with the owl punch. The hat is a strip of black card stock, and a piece punched from the one inch square punch.  The leaves and heart are also punched with the owl punch.  I had some small googley eyes and a scrap piece of orange for the nose.  He is so stinkin” cute.  Fill him with some chocolate and he will be the hottest snowman this winter :)

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Creative Blessings,

Stace

Monochromatic Challenge

Hi Stampers, welcome to my Creative Spa,

Lately I have had to find inspiration from all sorts of places.  One of them was a Virtual Stamp Day challenge.  It is a day that you are given a challenge and you are supposed to post your photo to the group in an email.

FullSizeRender_2The first challenge was a monochromatic card.  I had been stamping a little earlier that day and I had a stamp set, Work of Art and Gorgeous Grunge, on my desk and my black Stazon ink.  You guess it, a black and white card!

To get the gray tones, I stamped off (stamp on scrap paper before stamping on your project) first.  The verse I stamped full strength on the card. I believe the inside of the card I just used a thank you from the Work of Art set.  I added a little bling of rhinestones on the bottom.

Everyone in the group loved it.  They even convinced me to join a masculine card swap. The only changes I made were: I left out the heart and instead of rhinestones, I used candy dots. I can’t wait to see what the other stampers created. I should be getting them back in the mail within the next week or so.  I will share everyone’s creative ideas with you when they come in.

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Creative Blessings,

Stace