Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #34

I thought this little guy with his iced mocha would be great for this MMSC#34 sketch. I had these Petaloo flowers in my stash for a while. They seemed too big for most cards, but tucked under the image, they work great. I used a Nestabilities label to create fancy corners and stitched them with my white Signo gel pen to brighten them up. I wanted to use the Bo Bunny dot paper for the background, but it was too small. The solution? Cut it in half and have a space between. It worked!! Thanks for checking in!

Monday, December 28, 2009

New Year's challenges

I did double duty on this card for challenges. Here is the last Mojo sketch challenge for 2009 and the Cute Card Thursday with a New Year's theme. I figured Sidney toasting in 2010 with his fishy Martini would be a fitting New Year's card. I used the Cosmo Cricket papers for the base of this card. Then I colored the inner tube the same colors as the paper...using Copics, of course!! Hope you have a Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Friday Sketchers Christmas Challenge

Here is the Friday Sketchers Christmas Challenge for this week. Be sure to do this sketch challenge this week and link it to your blog for a chance to win stamps from Stamp Shoppe Creations!!! Then join the blog hop to see the beautiful cards from the Friday Sketcher's Design team. You can start with Claudia and just hop your way through...

Here is a sample of my sketch for this week. I used a sample of the stamps that I will be giving as the prize for this week. I am not planning on winning, but I love to do the challenges and I also wanted to encourage you to try too! Have fun with the blog hop and I hope to see some of your cards!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #33

Here it is...My Tuesday sketch! This was outside my comfort zone, but I liked the results. I used just the Santa head from my Santa's Presents stamp and colored it. Then I used the 2 biggest Label 3 nesties for the frame, but it was too bid, so I used the next size smaller. Now I had the other label sitting on my desk and decided it would be perfect if I cut it in half and used them as my diangle strips of paper. Talk about using all the scraps :) All papers were from Graphic 45, giving the card a more vintage feel. I still felt that it was too plain, so I added the pine branchs punched out from McGill. Then I used 3 red brads to add for berries. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mojo Monday challenge #118

I am falling a little behind this week. Here is my Monday challenge on tuesday. I stamped Ellie the Elephant on the white strip and stamped the peanut three times, using a mask to overlap them. The images were colored with Copics. I added the extra strip of white paper to put the sentiment on, otherwise it would have gotten lost in the flowery Cosmo Cricket background paper.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sketch Saturday #82

Here's my Sketch Saturday challenge...a little late, but I guess they say "Better late, than never!" I decided to do something besides snow for this card. I was thinking that if I had the sentiment, it could be a Valentine's card..."Wood you be mine?" I used the new Martha Stewart double edge punch for the strip along the side. I had the pine branch punched out of the green paper for another card and decided to see how punching out a circle around the cut out would work. I liked it because I thought it went with the wood them. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friday Sketchers Challenge #83

I am running a day late, but here if my Friday Sketchers challenge! I wanted a silent night look for my snow guy, so I got out my airbrush from Copic. Did that ever work great! I love the look and it was the look I was wanting to achieve. I stamped "Here's Trouble" on my paper, then made a mask of him. Then I made a mask for the snow. I used my B23 and C7 Copic markers and airbrushed the sky. After I was done with the airbrushing, I removed the masks and colored the image and added white dots with my Signo White Gel pen. I noticed after I removed the mask that there was some airbrushing on the image, so I used my Copic blender and faded out the ink. Then I added some glitter to the snow. I also had the chance to use the new Winter borders from Nestabilites on two of my strips of blue paper for the background. I wasn't liking the different layers of decorative papers and I didn't like the just plain cardstock. The cuttlebug did the trick!! I made this into a square card. It gave me the extra room to add all the layers. Hope you have a great weekend!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A New challenge!

I just found this new challenge. When I saw the name of this challenge, I knew it was for me!! Cute cards-Yay! This challenge is theme oriented. The challenge is to make aperture cards, which when I looked up the definition was...an opening, as a hole, slit, crack, gap, etc. I don't often make window "aperture" cards, so it was fun to do one again! I used the Martin the monkey for the inside. Then I masked him and airbrushed a mountain and skyscape for a background. Then I stamped Martin Swinging with extra leaves which I colored with Copics and cut out for the outside of the card. I stamped the swinging sentiment on a nestabilities label and attached with a ribbon.
Here is a better view of the inside:
Check out this challenge blog. I would like to see some of your ideas!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Jacque serves Christmas cookies

Using the MMSC32 sketch challenge with the holiday "baking" theme. I thought that Jacque was just the one to use, but I didn't want the cake. I wanted a plate of Cookies. The Whiff of Joy had the girl with a plate of cookies, so I stamped just the cookies, then stamped Jacque on another piece of paper and cut him out. Then I glued him down where the plate of cookies were. After that, I colored him and cut him out with the circle nestabilities. Because we were doing a baking theme, I decided I had to use the yummy chocolate box paper from Core'dinations. Running the paper throught the cuttlebug folder, then sanding it so the red showed through. I used the red side of the paper and punched the scallop border and glued it to the embossed paper. This sketch was a challenge for me, but I love the way he turned out!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Mojo Monday challenge #117

Wow! What a fun sketch from Mojo Monday's Sketch challenge!! I had Jacque the lion already colored and ready to use on a card and here was the perfect sketch right away, this Monday morning. I used the Chocolate Box paper and ran it through the Happy Birthday cuttlebug folder. Then I sanded the embossing to have the terra cotta color show through the brown. The sketch doesn't really have a place for the sentiment, but I thought this guy needed "Ze birthday saying". Hope you have a great week!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Friday Sketchers Challenge #82

As I was surfing some of the different blogs and card ideas, I noticed the friday sketchers challenge. I thought it would be a great one with my Martin the monkey stamp. I stamped extra palm boughs to use as my floral embellishments...call it a little creative license :) I flipped the sketch to work for this card. The papers were some of Magenta's decorative paper and all stamps are Stamp Shoppe Creations. Hope you all had a great weekend!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Saturday Challenges

Here is a card I made to match two card challenges today. I used the sketch from the Sketch Saturday challenge and the blue and brown colors from the Stampin for the Weekend challenge. Iused the Angel Wishes stamp from Sugar Nellie. These are some really cute images. The background paper is from Cosmo Cricket and I used some of our new Chocolate Box paper from Core'dinations. After I cuttlebuged the strips with the new Winter borders, I sanded it showing some of the light blue background through to the front. Then I colored the image with Copics to match the paper and sponged the light blue paper and sentiment tag with Vintage Photo distress ink. I stamped the sentiment from Stamp Shoppe Creations on the tag. I added the glitter flowers from Heidi Grace and centered them with the small snowflake shapeabilities. I love these challenges. They help me to think outside the box.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Vintage Christmas

Here are some new stamps we have just in time for Christmas from Sugar Nellie. I used the Cosmo Cricket christmas journaling cards. There are six different cards per 12 x 12 cardstock. I thought this postcard background worked great with "Santa's letter" stamp from Sugar Nellie. I colored the image with the more vintage colored Copics to match the paper. I used the "Mistletoe" stamp from Sugar Nellie on the card below: The sentiment on the top of this journaling card was perfect with the Mistletoe, since that is one of our Holiday Traditions. With the scallop top, it makes an easy card to throw together with not much work...yet it looks great. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Happy Anniversary

Here I used two different stamps to create an anniversary card. I just love this Cosmo Cricket paper and wanted to use it with my card, so I colored the kids in colors that would compliment the paper. Using the framed flourish cuttlebug folder, I embossed the corner and sanded it to bring out the swirls better. I made the stamen in the center of the flower with the starburst punch from McGill. It was a little big, so I cut the pieces down to fit the flower. I cut out a heart and popped it out above their heads...making it an anniversary card :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

We have a Blog Candy Winner!!

Peggy Kautza is our lucky winner of the blog candy! Thank you all for you comments. It's good to hear who is your favorite. I am also using the the Midnight Madness sketch MMSC31 for my card. It's not only a sketch, but is to follow the winter wonderland theme. I used the snowflake background on a marble blue background paper to have the feel of falling snow. Then stamped the signs of winter penguin with the Winter greeting and colored it with Copic markers. Adding a texture of snow with the Snow marker and glitter also add to the feel of freshly fallen snow. I scuffed the edges of the matting cardstock and added glitter around the rough edges. I love these challenges!! Again...congratulations to Peggy and you can pick up goodies!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Mojo Monday challenge #116

The Mojo Monday sketch has inspired me again! This little Stamp Shoppe Creations Penguin was sitting on my desk, colored and ready to be used on a card. When I saw the sketch, I thought the circles needed some snowflakes to back set the image. Then with all the snowflakes in the air, the "there's no days like snow days" sentiment worked well this card. I just love these spellbinder snowflakes. They add the perfect embellishment to winter cards. Thanks to Mojo monday for their weekly challenges...they are SO inspiring and thanks for looking!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Saturday Sketch 80 - Small Mr. Frost

I used Stamp Shoppe Creations' Small Mr. Frost for my focal point for the Saturday Sketch 80. I colored the image with Copic Markers and distessed the edges of the panel with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The snowman's scarf is actually our Candy Cane image....tucked neatly around his neck.

Designer Paper: Graphic 45
Ribbon: May Arts
Flowers: Making Memories
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Candy Cane
Images: Stamp Shoppe Creations
Signo White Gel Pen
Making Memories Distressing Tool

Saturday, December 5, 2009

MMSC30 - Thanks A Ton

This card is for Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 30, which was a fun one! Ellie the Elephant is the star, colored with Copic Markers and highlighted with a Signo White Gel Pen. Early Bird Cosmo Cricket designer papers set the theme. Each panel is Cuttlebugged with the Distressed Stripes embossing folder. Thanks A Ton is stamped on the Nestabilities Ribbon Tags, which was altered by cutting the slides off. For a fun touch, the Nestabilites Label Six has been faux stitched with the white gel pen for a different look. All images are by Stamp Shoppe Creations!

Mojo Monday 115 - Best Fishes!

Just loved the Mojo Monday 115 challenge. It was fun to use my new snowflake nesties as and accent on my Nestabilitie Ribbon Slide tag. The velvet May Arts Ric Rac coordinated so well with the Scrap Within Reach Designer Paper. Using the Candy Cane Cuttlebug, I embossed part of the paper and used the Scor-Pal to create and edge along the embossed impression.
I colored Sidney Fishing with Copic Markers and accented it with Art Institute Glitter. Topped off my snowflake with the Best Fishes sentiment that coordinates with the main image. Images by Stamp Shoppe Creations.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Holiday Planner & More--Up Coming Class

I decided with all the hustle and bustle of the season, to plan my December class as a useful AND relaxing tool for you! In this class, you'll make a Holiday Planner--perfect for housing all of your lists, menus, receipts, etc. You'll also make a few items perfect for your gift giving and decorating needs. The three projects will also provide you with instruction in the use of the Big Shot, Bind it All, Scor-Pal and copic markers.

You can read more about this project here.

Class will be held December 8th at 6pm--you can reserve your spot today!

TTFN, Jane

Monday, November 30, 2009

Just waitin'

Check out this cute sample that was done by Lisa Noland, a customer of The Stamp Shoppe. See more of her work on her blog. The snowflakes were glittered with ultra fine glitter. The Penguin was colored with Copic markers. I just love the way she poped the penguin with the cool blue Copics around the image. The snowballs are 3D with the snow marker. Very cute card Lisa!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009


It's time for Blog Candy! All you need to do is click on our store blog link on the right and view our stamp line. Then come back to this blog and tell us which stamp is your favorite. On December 7th, I will draw a lucky winner of some fun winter stuff including three of the Stamp Shoppe Creations stamps! I look forward to hearing about your favorites. Be sure to check back on the 7th to see if you won!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mr. Frost Sends Snowy Greetings!

It's raining here today....but if it were a bit colder we'd be seeing the white stuff! I just love large Mr. Frost....he's adorably cute and perfect to send Snowy Greetings to someone you know! Copics and Spica glitter pens are all you need to dress him up! Use your paper scuffer to distress the edges for a fun frosty feel! Glitter dots from Dress It Up! will add some glitz to your snowflakes!

Pop down to the Stamp Shoppe and check out all of the new images from Stamp Shoppe Creations and Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I needed a quick birthday card recently. My son is pretty particular about such things---it's very important when you are 11 to be "cool." Heidi's new stamp line did just the trick, however, and got rave reviews from both the giver and receiver! I'm thinkin' if this duo of "Teddie" and sentiment can impress a bunch of 11 year old boys, it's a definite must have!

While I colored some parts of the image with Copic markers, I paper pieced Teddie's clothes. It's a fun and precise technique that soothes my soul from time to time!

You can find the entire Stamp Shoppe Creations stamp line in the brick and mortar store or online here!

To see more of my creations, visit my blog here!
TTFN, Jane

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Is it Ze Birthday?

A friend of ours is 82 today, and so I made this card for her. Making the waiter wear pink, makes it a little more feminine. With the sentiment it's a little humorous, without being too far out. The stamp comes with the cake, but no candle. I stamped a small candle on it from Amuse. Using one of my new sizzlits border dies, I added some vines for the flowers. We hope ze has a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Introducing Jacques

Is Jacques not the cutest lion ever??? I knew the moment I saw him, he was a must have--I'm certainly not disappointed at all after his first inking! Truely fun to color and a hoot when combined with "ze sentiment!" I often struggle with masculine cards and think this image will be a favorite for guys no matter what their age!

I used Copic markers to color Jacques Serves and the Out of the Box technique to finish off the image piece. My background was done using the Simple Green Spritz technique and was just the right amount of interesting to pull the whole card together! To learn more about these techniques and others, join me for one of my technique based classes or see here.

Happy Stamping :)


Friday, November 6, 2009

Brayer Technique Class Coming Soon!

Join Jane Bosi on Tuesday, November 10th at the Stamp Shoppe for a Brayer Technique Class. Class will be held from 6-8pm. In this class, you'll learn a variety of techniques and find new uses for items you already own! This will be your chance to play with the brand new Stamp Shoppe Creations stamps and practice your copic coloring! To see all of the class samples and reserve your spot, visit the Stamp Shoppe today!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Blog Candy???

Next week our Store blog should be up and running!! As soon as it is, we will be announcing some blog candy...so keep checking out this blog. Here is my Relaxing penguin. It was a request from my friend Jane and he has been popular in the store. NOTICE the strip of embossing is from the new cuttlebug winter border set. We have all our new Christmas folders in, so be sure to check them out before they are gone. I used a previous MoJo Monday sketch challenge for the layout. The penguin is colored with Copics and accented with some Spica pens. If you are in Wausau, Wisconsin this weekend, be sure to come to the Stamp & Scrap Expo. We will be debuting our stamps there!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Meet Marvin!

Meet Marvin. He is a mischievous little guy. I used one the the label nestabilities to cut him out and layered it over an oval nestie. Using the prima flowers and some flower gems from Dress It Up to embellish him. It still seemed it needed something more. So I decided to add some of my black dot-dash lines. So...hello from Marvin.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Monkeying Around

Here is Martin the Monkey wanting to wish you a Wild and Wonderful Day. This is another image from Stamp Shoppe Creations...one of my favorites. This should be available by the early part of next week. I have the glitches figured out. Now I just need to cut and package the stamps. We will be debuting at the stamp show in Wausau on November 7th. If you are wanting to go to the stamp and scrapbook show, we have $1 off coupons at the store that you can pick up!! This guy is colored with the Copics and put on Prima Marketing leaf paper. The sentiment is cut out with the nestabilities and popped up on the New nestabities label. I didn't have a ribbon wide enough, so I just used some cardstock and then added a ribbon to the strip of paper.
Have a great day!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Backgrounder Class

Background stamps are great for covering a lot of cardstock quickly, but that is just the beginning! Backgrounders lend themselves to a variety of techniques--techniques you'll have an opportunity to learn when you join Jane Bosi on Tuesday October 27th at the Stamp Shoppe! Jane's background class features three different techniques, use of Copic markers, Nestabilities dies, The Big Shot, and Impression Obsession's Mega Mount and Cover a Card Background stamps. It's a jam packed class you won't want to miss!

The card shown here features the Faux Flannel technique as well as stamps from Paper Bag Studios and Impression Obsession. To see the remaining projects, visit the Stamp Shoppe or Jane's blog!

Make sure to sign up in advance for this fun class!

Sneak Peak #4

Here's a sample of the kids from the new Stamp Shoppe Creations line!! I colored this image with the Copic Markers. With hair, you can use a feathering technique that makes the hair look more streaky. I added some Prima flowers and a glitter bug from Dress It Up to use a few embellishments. The stamps will be here later than we expected. There have been a few learning experiences for us with making stamps, but we will be sure to let you know when they arrive! It will be SOON though!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sneak Peak #3

Here is Santa from the Christmas collection. I used the new Snow Marker from Marvy on the fuzzy parts of Santa's suit. When you add glitter to the wet Snow before you heat it, the glitter becomes part of the snow. I colored the image with Copics and added highlights with the white gel pen. The May Arts ribbon that I used had some gold thread in it to add some glitz as well. The green paper was embossed with the holly cuttlebug folder and distressed with sand paper. So, HO HO HO, getting ready for Christmas!!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sneak Peak #2

Here's to the Pittsburgh Penguins who won again tonight. My son is a huge Penguins fan, so of course I needed to draw some penguin stamps. Here is one of those guys sending a snowy greeting your way. I know...the snow can wait a little longer!! I used the snow cuttlebug folder on the purple cardstock. Because this is regular cardstock, I couldn't sand it to get the white to show up, so I used my Memories White dye ink pad and rubbed some white color on it. Then I used the new Snow marker from Marvy to add some dimentional snow to the words and attached the greeting with some snow brad. Don't you just love penguins!!!

Sneak Peak #1

We at The Stamp Shoppe are busy designing some images of our own to sell. Here is a sneak peak of one of our images that will be in stock, hopefully by the end of this week. There will also be some kids and winter images as well as the animals. This is a new and exciting venture for us and we hope that these images will bring a smile to your face!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sweet tiny girl.

Here's another adorable Sarah Kay stamp. This works great for baby cards. The image was colored with Copic Markers to match the background paper. Tiny Girl Sentiment was stamped on a Sizzix paper clip. I felt that there was too much open space, so I used small rub-on letters and added the word sweet. Using the Scor-bug, I add the faux stitches and embosses stitches that you see. Add some baby color flowers and...it's perfect for baby!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Awww Shucks...

You shouldn't have! These are the sentiments that come with this Stamping Bella stamp. I love these images. Not much coloring with these and they are done and oh so lovely!! I used the nestabilities to make a scallop frame and accented it with Prima flower. I don't know if you can see from this picture, but the flowers on the paper are embossed. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Happy Haunting

This little bee is dressed up for Halloween. What a cute stamp from Whippersnapper. The image is colored with Copics and highlighted with a white gel pen and blinged with the Spica pens. Background Halloween paper is from Bo Bunny. Extra accents are made with the orange glitter dots and the distresser. Hope your day is Boo-tiful!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

These Stampavie images are just SO much fun to color with the Copic Markers, I love how they just bring them to life!

A fun touch on this card is the Cuttlebugged background piece that I stamped with a texture stamp for some added interest. Then huff and re-stamp your background stamp on another piece of cardstock for a totally different look! Cuttlebug Kissing!!

The flourishes are a Sizzix Die cut and the decorative brad is from Making Memories.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Little Girl Blue

This little girl is a Rachelle Anne Miller stamp from Stampavie. I colored her with Copics and did some additional coloring with my Prisma Colored Pencils. Then I used my Copic Air Brush with the nestabilies to add some blue color in the background. Here is a sample of the new Label five nestabilities. It's hard to see from the picture, but I used the dotted swiss cuttlebug on the center of the label and edged the embossing with scored lines from the Scor-pal. Using the Scor-Bug I did the faux stitches around the outside of the card. I added some flowers and brads to finish the card!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Flower Soft

We now have flower soft at The Stamp Shoppe. Here is a sample using AJ's stamps and Copics along with flower soft. The background is with the new cuttlebug flourish folder. This addes a great frame for stamped images. Then using the white memories dye ink pad, I highlighted the embossed image. Look for flower soft classes in the future!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Another Label

Here is a sample of Label nine. It is cute to add a different shape other than just a square or circle. Using the new star cuttlebug folder, I embossed only part of the pink paper. Then I used the Scor-Pal and and scored two lines and then using the ScorBug I added some stitch lines. Wow, what a cool background! You don't need much else and your card is done. I colored this mouse from Whiff of Joy with the Copics. Check out our other new stamps from Whiff of Joy.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Nestabilities has new Labels!!!

Using the Label six nestabilities, I glued half of the label to the decorative paper before running it through my cuttlebug. This is an older cuttlebug folder with the space for a word. I then used my ScorBug and embossed stitch lines. Then I cut a separate piece for my sentiment and attached with brads. These cuties are from Whippersnapper. I colored them with Copics and added highlights with my white gel pen. Adding some flowers and gems...finished! I have also used this label six die to make tag toppers.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New Class with Watercoloring

I will be having a class with watercoloring. In these two samples, I used the Distress Reinkers and waterbrush to color these images. In the class that I offer, you will learn where to leave hightlights, white spaces and shadowing. The next class will be October 22. Using the Distress inks, the images look more vintage and soft.

Monday, September 7, 2009

You make like SWEET

This sweet teddy is from Whippersnapper. This is one of the cards that we make in the Whippersnapper II class. We use Copic markers and white gel pen for the coloring. The frame is with the Labels 4 Nestabilities and the Copic Airbrush. I think I really like the airbrush system from Copic! My husband got me set up with an air compressor now, so I have been doing a lot of experimenting. We do have airbrush classes coming up at The Stamp Shoppe. One will be taught by Jane Bosi on Sept. 24th at 6:00. Give us a call if you are interested!!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Copic Class II

Saturday morning's class with Kathy Sanders was Copics with Colored Pencils. We colored this teddy bear in that class. Using the colored pencils to give "texture" to the bear and to create the illusion of transparency on the balloons. I finished my card with the oval piece that Kathy demonstrated on, in the afternoon with the Nestabilities and Copic Airbrush, and one of the NEW nestabilities Labels. The funnest birthday saying is from Amuse and seemed to fit with the "light" feeling of the card. Again, there was lots covered in this class. The coloring wasn't exactly how I wanted it to turn out, but remember...Practice makes perfect!