Thursday, May 28, 2009

Summertime Fun

I did a challenge this week! The challenge was to use the colors...Orange, sunshine yellow and kiwi green. These ice cream girls seemed to fit in perfect with the color scheme. The glitter paper from Doodlebug and Spica glitter pens from Copic add some bling to the card. With these Inky Antic stamps the images are very detailed. The Spicas can color in a small area easily and also adds some sparkle!! The flowers are from Prima. Use colored flowers to compliment the card. I used a flower in the center of the larger flower creating a new look entirely. Hope this gets your creative juices flowing!! Maybe you can try the challenge too!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

High Hopes!

This critter has High Hopes for a Happy Birthday! This image is adorable using the *out of the box* technique. Stamp your image on white cardstock and color with Copic Markers. Highlight with a white gel pen. Then cut a portion of the white your image is *out of the box!*
The desiger paper is by Heidi Grace.

One last TIP: Pull our your markers and match them with a fun sheet of's easier to match them *before* you color them!!

Hope you all had a Happy Memorial Day Weekend! ~michelle~

Thursday, May 21, 2009

More about Hambo

Jane Bosi has come up with another awesome class with Hambo stamps. There are a few spaces left in her May 28th class. The cheese louise card has a pocket with the birthday sentiment on the pull out card. The pig has a fun game element on it that makes it a great card for kids. And of course...father's day is coming soon, so here's a great idea for Dad! New Hambo stamps will be arriving soon at The Stamp Shoppe. Come in a see them! We will be posting ideas with the new stamps as well.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Black & White Challenge

Here is the challenge material that we had to work with in our Stamp Club for the month of April. All was in the black and white theme. We had black and white paper from Cloud 9, six black and white square brads from Karen Foster, clear buttons from Junkitz and a black slide mount from ScrapWorks. We could use any stamps that we wanted. These are the three that I came up with. Keep in mind, I needed a couple Mother's day cards and so that is where my thoughts went:
I used the nestabilities and cut out my pieces for the card below. Then I used the scraps from the cut outs on this card. There happened to be this seafoam green card laying on my table (imagine that!) and I thought that they would go together. Using a Penny black stamp, I colored the flowers to match the card and added pearls to the center of the flowers. The border was punch with a new EK Success border punch and the piercing was done as an accent with the Scor Bug. Then I used double sided sticker paper to adhere the matching paper to the back of the clear circle button and threaded ribbon into the button holes.

Here are the nestabilities cut out and stamped on. This was another Penny Black stamp that I inked with VersaFine. The VersaFine makes a clear impression with the solid images. On the surface of the brads, I used alphabet rub ons to have a personalized message to "MOM"

Another Penny black stamp! Again I used a black square brad for an accent. The purple was from the back side of the black and white striped paper. Scallop can be cut out from the long rectangle nestabilities. Mother's Day sentiment was from Printworks. Come in and see what the other members did. All cards are on display at The Stamp Shoppe through the month of May!

Friday, May 15, 2009


That's what I said when I saw this cutie!! Image is by Stamping Bella,I believe. She's colored in Copics and higlighted with a white gel pen. Dress it Up glitter dots bling it up a bit!

HINT: Use your Nestabilities in a whole new way.....make a frame...and then use it for and embellishment rather than a frame!! FUN!

Gorgeous Prima Flowers and doodling around the image finish the card! I stand by my original reaction...this is just CUTE!! ~michelle~

Monday, May 11, 2009

Birthday Surprise!

This is one of the sample cards Heidi and I created for the Sayner Stamp Convention. She colors the image and hands it to me with a piece of designer paper....I get to make the card! She deprives me of sleep....and provides me with caffeine until we both crash!

The image on this one is Whipper Snapper, is colored with Copics and highlighted with Inkssential White Pen.

I added doodling to the image to define it. I used the corner punch in a different way, tucking it under the image for just a little added pop of color. Nestabilities were used for the sentiment, which was popped up on a foam dot. Prima flowers, gems and some metallic ribbon add a festive feel to the card. Designer paper is Cloud9 Design. ~michelle~

Thursday, May 7, 2009

What a Beautiful Mess!

What a beautiful mess!!! ....reminds me of mine!!!! I love it!!! GRIN!
So here is a little image from Stamping Bella that Heidi handed me all colored....I got to dig and forage in that *beautiful mess* posted above and finish the card! I cut the image out and popped it up on foam tape. The image is colored with Copic Markers and highlighted with both Spica Glitter Pens and a white gel pen. The sentiment is simply cut out and attached with brads.
Hint: Use large abstract patterns as *scenery*. In this case I see mountains! ~michelle~

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Birthday Bella!

Check out this little cutie from Stamping Bella! Nestabilities frame her so nicely.
HINT: Use different shapes of Nestabilities to make interesting frames for your images! It's fun to coordinate your frames with your designer papers!
Adhesive pears, glitter dots and prima flowers finish the card. ~michelle~

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

You Take The Cake!

The Stamp Shoppe featured Whipper Snapper stamps at the Sayner show as well. These images are adorable and easy to color with Copic Markers and highlighte with the white Inkssentials pen. Nestabilities add lots of interest without taking away from the image. Designer paper is by Cloud9 Designs. ~michelle~

Monday, May 4, 2009

Hunny Bunny

Just wants to say "HI". We had a good show up at the Sayner Stampede this weekend. We were featuring the *NEW* Scor bugs from ScorPal. Do they ever work great!! When you do as much faux stitching on cards like we do, it is the greatest invention. The scor bugs run in the grooves of the ScorPal, piercing holes as you go, then you just connect the holes with the black fine line pens. I also used the clear pearl stickers on the centers of the flowers. They needed some extra color, so I used the Copic markers to color them. The darker colors show up the best on these pearls. Add a little glitz with the Spicas on the flower petals and few circle scallops with the nestabilities and the card is complete. Wishing you a very sun- shiny day. Thanks for stopping!!