Another fun sample

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Here is a quick and easy book mark we made using our snowflake butterfly stamp and snowflake butterfly clear tag. We colored the back of the tag using Shimmering Mist by Luminarte. The shimmer is a little hard to see with the scan. But it has a beautiful shimmer to the tag.

Published in: on October 18, 2007 at 7:24 pm  Comments (1)  

Another Beautiful Sample

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We had too much fun creating this stunning card. Below are instructions for how to create this card.

First we started with blue card stock trimmed to 5.5 by 8.5. Fold in half.

Next start with a panel of 4″ by 5″ watercolor paper. Tear the edges of the watercolor paper down to 4.25″ by 3.25″. Once torn we sprayed different colors of Shimmering Mist by Luminarte onto the paper.

Once watercolor paper is dry, stamp asian text onto surface with VersaFine black ink. We did not ink up our stamp between stamping the image onto surface. This allowed the ink to fade out between pressings.

Set aside, and stamp the Geisha Portrait onto watercolor paper. Paint with Twinklink H2O’s. Let dry and trim close to the image, leaving no border.

Wrap two pieces of 3″ brass wire into shapes as shown. Adding beads along the way. Attach the two pieces of wire with a jump ring. Layer and adhere to card face as show with E6000. Once Geisha image is dry, adhere to bottom right corner of painted panel as shown.

Thanks for looking! And happy stamping!
Nicole

Published in: on October 18, 2007 at 7:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Grab-Bag-O-Rubber!!

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We have added grab bags of rubber to our store. Each bag comes with 25 stamps that is a mix of word phrases and illustrations. They are selling for only 6.75!! That is less than .30 per stamp! Each bag-O-rubber is inspected to be sure that there are no flaws in the rubber, and each baggie is a little different from the next. We only have a limited supply of baggies done up so get yours today!

Below is the link for these grab bags!

Published in: on October 18, 2007 at 6:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fall Clock

This clock is a lot of fun to make and would be lovely on your desk at home or work.

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Here are basic instructions for this project.

1. Using the back side of a cd, be sure that the surface is clean from fingerprints.
2. Dab alcohol inks onto felt that is adhered by a velcro block. I used rust, and butterscotch from the Tim Holtz collection. Daub the entire surface of the cd. This will give a really nice marble look to the cd.
3. One tan (2.25 by 5″) and one brown to (2.5 by 5″) Adhere tan onto brown cardstock leaving a 1/4″ border on both sides. Place on top of cd. Use cd as guide and trim away the excess from the top and bottom of paper.
4. Stamp Maple Leaf Background onto tan cardstock. Paint with Twinkling H20’S, I used brown and pink. After the leaves are painted, I went over some areas of surface with pink and brown chalk to give extra dimension.
5. Next. Stamp the Maple Leaf background again onto watercolor paper. Using versafine black ink. (this ink is great for watercoloring, it will not bleed and you do not have to heat set). Once stamped, choose 8 leaves to paint in. Paint then cut out.
6. I added a layer of ultra thick embossing enamil to each leaf to give a dew drop effect to the leaves.
7. Layer the leaves to your stamped surface. You can use thin pop dots to give added dimension.
8. To finish the pane of leaves,embellish with pearl seed beads and other various beads that match. your color scheme. Once panel is complete you will need to cut a circle into center to allow for the clock piece to be assembled.
9. Last I coiled 6 pieces of 3″ copper wire into 3/4″ coils. I adhered to surface of clock face with E6000 and then placed a bead in the center of each coil. Using jewlery glue again.

Published in: on October 18, 2007 at 6:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wow, these animals are beautiful…

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Mary Boesel of WI, has done it again. These tags she has created using our latest animal stamps are simply stunning. We hope you will agree.

First, Mary stamped the animals and embossed onto the tags. She then stamped the animals on a separate sheet of paper and cut closely to the image creating a mask. She then layered her masks to the tags using repositionable tape. Once in place, she took out her stippling brushes and chose colors from her Adirondack ink pads. She stippled various colors to the tags. When she was done with that task, is when she really pulled out her skills and painted the animals and then free-hand painted the elements in the backgrounds of all three tags. All of the painting was done with watercolors, and the effects are simply stunning.

I hope you enjoy viewing these tags as much as I have!

Happy Stamping!

Nicole

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps
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Published in: on October 5, 2007 at 5:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Just have to share… And just in time for Halloween!

We have received some really wonderful samples from Jean Sunderman of MN. They are all posted with full instructions!

Instructions are as follows.

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Jean Cut out a 6″ card from black cardstock. She then cut her patterned paper slightly smaller. She stamped the cat, cut it out and set aside. She then stamped 3 pumpkins, colored with colored pencils, cut out and set aside. She cut out a 4.5″ by 4.5″ panel of striped paper, and matted to black cardstock. She attached ribbons to underside of black cardstock. She then mounted onto orange/purple cardstock. Once all was layered together she placed her cat onto top panel, and layered pumpkins onto and around the cat. She attached the hat to the cat using foam tape for a layered effect. Then stamped trick or treat to left side of the card front.

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This card is so much fun. Jean achieved a wonderful moody effect by choosing just the right color schemes.

First start with a card the is 5.5″ by 4.25″ in size. Cut orange cardstock slightly smaller, layering onto black card front. Cut patterned paper smaller and layer onto black cardstock, trim, leaving a 1/16″ border. Mount onto orange cardstock. Stamp pupkins on orange cardstock, color with color pencils, and twinkling H2O’s. Cut pumpkins apart and set aside. Stamp and emboss haunted house onto patterned paper as shown. Layer pumpkins as shown onto card front. Pop up the smaller pumpkin with foam tape for added dimension. Stamp “trick or treat” onto orange cardstock. Color with black color pencil. Cut out each word at different angles. Layer onto black tag. Thread ribbon through tag and run along top of card as shown.

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Jean had fun with the Swanky Witch clear tag. And you will to if you choose to make this card. First she started with a black card cut and folded to 5 by 5″. She then cut orange cardstock to fit within the black paper and adhered with brads in all 4 corners as shown. She cut a strip of patterned paper, 4.75″ by 2″ and layered onto black card stock, trimming closely. She centered onto the orange cardstock. She then stamped the phrase onto orange cardstock and trimmed to get a rectangular shape, mounted onto black cardstock, punched a hole and set both layers with an eyelet. She colored one witch tag on the back with alcohol based markers. She layered tag onto green patterned paper, then mounted to black cardstock. She set all into place with a black brad. To give a finishing touch to the card, she threaded a little bit of black and orange polkadot ribbon through the smaller tag.

Published in: on October 3, 2007 at 4:04 am  Leave a Comment