Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Joy Ride Luggage Card!

A quick card today for a young lady from church! She's at church camp this week and I told her I would send her some snail mail! Our church provides scholarships to all our kids who want to attend summer church camps! This particular young lady is one I started mentoring in our public school when she was in first grade. She is now in middle school!
Can't get much easier than using chipboard adhesive stickers from Cosmo Cricket! Love the coordination of all their products! I cut the camp name from the brochure and added a luggage tag. She'll get a kick out of that! I punched (with Crop a Dile) around the luggage handle to add the mini lanyard hooked tag! The hook is the kind used in jewelry making and was purchased at Hobby Lobby.
There you have it! A simple but fun card that I hope will bring smiles to a very special young lady! Take good care! I hope you are enjoying this gorgeous summer weather!
PAPER: Cosmo Cricket Material Girl & Garden Variety Paper, JOY RIDE chipboard stickers (Joan's Gardens), PapertreyInk Ocean Tides Cardstock
DIES/PUNCHES: SU large corner rounder
OTHER: Glue Glider Adhesive (Joan's Gardens), Sewing machine, Crop a Dile, Silver string, Lanyard hook, PTI ribbon

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Shabby Tea Room Happy Birthday!

A 4" x 4" Happy Birthday card for this weeks Shabby Tea Room #16, challenge! HERE are all the Popsicles & Pinwheels challenge details! For my card, I chose to use Cosmo Cricket Delovey papers, the colors captured the challenge colors perfectly!
The Happy Birthday sentiment can be found in JustRite's, Barouque Nested Frames. The beauty of these newer nested sets is you can pull out the sentiment, use the sentiment with one or both frames, or use the frames alone! I know, I've said it before, the JustRite possibilities are endless! Closeup of the stitching detail down the middle of the twill. I used a larger stitch and pulled at each end to gather. Been wanting to try this, and the twill is perfect in weight and sturdy to hold it's shape. The little pearls stickers that outline the circle are a dollar store find. They are all connected, so it made placement a snap! And another angle of the card! I just smile looking at these beautiful colors! A side note about the sentiment banner, I found THIS IDEA intriguing, and wondered how some designers created what appears like another size die cut. I kept looking at my dies, wondering if I was using them properly! LOL So, that is how I got the perfect cut frame for my Happy Birthday banner!
Hope you are having a terrific Tuesday! A little shopping today is my plan! Haven't been doing much of that this year since the broken ankle! We'll see how it goes! Take good care, thanks so much for stopping by!
STAMPS: JustRite (JB09200) Baroque Nested Frames
PAPER: GinaK white, Cosmo Cricket Delovely (Joan's Gardens)
INK: StazOn Black, Memento
DIES/PUNCHES: Spellbinders Labels Trio #2, Classic Circles( Large & Small) #5, Big Scallop Border, Flower Creations Die
OTHER: Sheer Polka dot ribbon (Stamp Simply Store), Twill (Stamp Simply Ribbon), Kaiser adhesive pearls, Mark Richards pearl stickers, TomBow Mono Multi Glue, Glue Glider Adhesive (Joan's Gardens), Kassies Brocade embossing folder (Joan's Gardens), Sewing machine

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Simply Dressed in White Blog HOP!

STAMP SIMPLY DRESSED IN WHITE (and Ivory) BLOG HOP! Today several of The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store designers are creating white on white creations with white ribbon (or ivory) especially! Sharon has put together RIBBON KITS of Everyday Whites, Fancy Whites, Bridal Whites and two Ivory Sets, available in The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store! And to top that off, The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store is running a SPOOL RIBBON sale, 15% OFF any SPOOL (not cut yardage) of White or Ivory Ribbon. Sale begins today running until 8 a.m. EST Wednesday, June 30.
How about a clear acetate card today? My stamped image comes to us from the Clearly Wordsworth Stamp Set, I'm So Glad found in The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. It contains one heart image, I stamped it twice to get the image you see on my card! So easy to do, since the stamps are clear you can see the exact placement! A closer look at the detail, I dry embossed my image, then cut out using Spellbinders dies. I cut two of each die shape, so I could attach one to the front side and one on the backsides, to hide all adhesives! The 1 1/4" gorgeous silk ribbon is double looped adding a bit more fullness. I cut the acetate out within the frame creating a window using my craft knife. And a peek of the card inside, this view reveals the backside of the frame, and the inside image. The swirl gems are stickers! So, really a very simple clearly white on white card! I know there is glare on the photos! What was I thinking, clear acetate along with rhinestones! Extremely hard to photograph! Take good care and have a blessed weekend everyone!
******************************************************************** Check out the white on white creations our Stamp Simply Ribbon Store designers have created, just for you!
Barb Schram, Explore.Dream.Discover. YOU'RE HERE!
PAPER: Clear Acetate, GinaK White Cardstock
OTHER: Silk Ribbon from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store, Taylored Expressions Tiny Gems, Kaiser adhesive pearls, TomBow Mono Multi Glue, Foam dimensionals, Spellbinders Nestabilities rectangle & scallop rectangle dies, Making Memories Wedding Deco Pins, Recollections Rhinestone swirl Stickers, Kassie Brocade Cuttlebug folder

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Happy Birthday

Today I have a Birthday card using new JustRite product! LOVE the larger sentiment as the focal point, and you can't go wrong with the October Afternoon The Thrift Shop paper! JustRite Victorian Nested Frames contains 3 Large Borders, 3 Small Borders and 3 Sentiments. On my card I used the bottom larger frame and cut out using my craft knife.
JustRite All Occasion Nested Sentiments & Verse is the set I used for my Happy Birthday sentiment. It is stamped with StazOn black ink! This nested horizontal centers set contains 2 Large Phrases, 4 Medium Phrases and 3 Small Phrases.
JustRite's Clear Horizontal Stamper is a wonderful addition in the JR lineup! The clear stampers have see through grids for exact image placement. Sizes included: 1-3/8" x 2-1/2” and 2-3/8" x 4”. For my card I utilized the larger clear stamper.
A peek of the machine sewing detail. I followed the paper's line and LOVE how it adds just a bit more texture!
And another pic of the card! LOVE the colors, layout, and focal point! It's a card I can easily create and switch out the focal point to another sentiment or image. Hope you are having a great week! We are busy this week with vacation bible school! I'm teaching the bible story each night! So I best go and get tonight's lesson finished! Take good care!
INK: Martha Stewart Red, StazOn Black, Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Ink
OTHER: The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store ruffled suede ribbon & Jute String, Taylored Expressions Tiny Gems, Sewing machine, craft knife, 3/4" EKSuccess circle punch, TomBow Mono Multi Glue, Foam dimensionals, glue dots, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Six #3

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Have I got good news for you! One of my favorite JustRite sets last year was definitely Which Way to the Treats. It's back in the new JustRite Catalog and available for purchase HERE! In celebration, I've a card for you made with the pumpkin center & trick or treat border from this set! I can't recall the DP source, cardstock is SU, sheer ribbon, and a chipboard letter B complete the card. Here is the front cover of the new JustRite Catalog & Idea Book! Info on how you can get your hands on this wonderful resource is HERE! It's an inspiration guide of 84 pages with 127 Design Team project ideas, and complete supply lists for over 75 projects! I know I can't wait to get mine! And speaking of inspiration, check out the JustRite blog for your daily dose! Take good care!

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Stamp Simply Sketch Challenge #144

Our Stamp Simply Challenge this week is a sketch challenge, courtesy of Sharon! You can go clean and simple or fancy the sketch up! Totally up to you! Just have FUN! For my card today, I chose a page from my Crafty Secrets Homemade Images and Journal Notes pad. Actually the focal image is the bottom piece of a page. I did add color with my chalks! The cardstock is SU and the patterned paper is October Afternoon's Road Map. A few buttons with jute string, punched strip of paper and we are good to go! I went clean and simple! This is one of my hubby's birthday cards! We hope you can join us this week! Please use keyword ssnotime144 when uploading to a public forum. And don't forget to upload on Sharon's Mr Linky! Let us know when you post to your blog, we want to see your fabulous creation! You may play any time, as many times as you please! Easy and fun! Thanks for checking in! I love it when you visit!
Check out the Stamp Simply talented designers and see how they interpreted this weeks Stamp Simply sketch!
Julia Aston, Create With Me- JUNE GUEST DESIGNER Deb Neerman: Paper, Ink, Scissors & Stamps Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat. Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty AJ Otto: The Willow Garden Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Just For You, JustRite!

I have a card to share that uses two of JustRite's newest sets! They are revealed in JustRite's new catalog along with all new (and current) fantastic products! If you haven't already, be sure and check out all the new product goodness coming our way! And YOU can purchase your very own catalog too, all the details HERE! Now onto my card details, I stamped my sentiment from this new set, JustRite's All Occasion Nested Sentiments and Verse. The number of sentiments that can be used alone or combined with each other makes the use unlimited! I LOVE that!
I chose the top larger frame from JustRite's Barouque Nested Frames for my card, stamping with Versafine, Vintage Sepia ink on Papertreyink kraft cardstock. The sentiment utilizes the same ink, stamped on Papertreyink's vintage cream cardstock, brown cardstock is also PTI. Designer paper is October Afternoon's The Thrift Shop.
Here is my block set up! I do trim my rubber to eliminate all the inked edges that sometimes occur. I am a messy stamper so I need all the help I can get! I know you noticed the new JustRite clear stamper! JustRite has just introduced this honey of a product too!
Martha Stewart border punch for the card front bottom edge, adhesive pearl embellishments, and gorgeous silk ribbon add punch to the overall card! I used Tim Holtz Distress Old Paper ink with my dauber around paper edges. Miscellaneous button sewn with a good ole' needle and thread holds the ribbon embellishment together. To cut my stamped border, I used my kraft blade, Spellbinders Mega Oval LG Nestabilities # 1 and #2 dies cut my ovals.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I really do appreciate it & your comments, it makes my day a happy one! For all the updates on JustRite products, new release sets, and project ideas, visit the JustRite BLOG for the very latest! Make it a daily stop so you do not miss a thing!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Paper Globes

I found these wonderful Paper Topiary Globes HERE. What a great blog discovery! I fell in love with this paper globe idea and tucked it away for "someday"!!! Well, someday has arrived! I'm not making the paper globes into topiarys, just leaving them, well, as paper globes! I told you some time back, our daughter recently married and now we are having a celebration in July! The color theme is pink and brown, so you will be seeing lots of pink and brown items now and again as we create! But for now I present, my version of Heather Bailey's paper globes.
I used papers from my stash, both cardstock and patterned paper. Most patterned paper is from October Afternoon's Ducks in a Row, Graphic45 On the Boardwalk, pinkpaislee Queen Bee & Bayberry Cottage. You can see and purchase these paper pads HERE. There are a few pieces of some K & Co. (thinner DP pieces), sorry I don't know the name of those papers. Cardstock is mainly SU. Just using thin DP does not work well, too flimsy. But a combination of both a thin DP and cardstock create a pretty sturdy globe.
Here I pictured the 1 3/4" circle EK Success punch that was used to create the smaller globe. (above is pictured with the scallop punch used) I stuck with punches I already had, we are on a budget!!! And table decor is one of those things that mostly get thrown away. I think we will will encourage kids (there will be lots of children at the party) to take these home and use as a ball, until of course they are destroyed and can be disposed of.
A photo of the small and large globes for comparison. They will be set in groupings along the length of rectangle tables atop tulle, with balloons stemming upward! Yes, they are time consuming, but once I created a couple, I developed my own little system and it goes pretty fast! And again, we will use what paper is in the studio!!! Really, I'm not cheap, I'm being fiscally and environmentally responsible!
Thanks so much for stopping by! You know, it makes my day when you visit here! THANK YOU! I HAD the best time at the COPIC Certification class this past Saturday! Meeting Debbie Olsen was beyond expectations. What a terrific, sincere, and beautiful woman, inside and out. Of course, I forgot my camera in the flurry of it all! I do have her autograph on my certificate though!!! Learning about the Copic products was beneficial to me, as I had purchased a few markers at my local Hobby Lobby before, and colored with them, (as you have seen on my blog) but never really knew HOW to utilize them to the extent they should be used. AND all the spectacular Debbie Olsen tips, and demos of her Copic usage is invaluable to say the least! Thanks so much Debbie! So, I will be sharing as I continue to use my Copic markers and pass along what I have learned right here at Explore.Dream.Discover.

Give it a Chance! Stamp Simply #143

You still have time for your chance to win this blog hop candy! It ends Friday, June 11 at 6pm eastern standard time.
For Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Challenge this week, we are digging into our drawers, boxes or bags of those rejected or unfinished pieces. Pull out a piece you started at some other time and for whatever reason you just never finished it and it ended up in that "ahem" collection! We look forward to seeing what you rescue! I chose to rescue papers that get thrown into this drawer! Please tell me I'm not the only one with a drawer like this!!! LOL

There is no stamping on this card, all patterned paper is from Graphic45, On the Boardwalk. Cardstock is Papertreyink. I even cut out the patterned paper's little page title to adhere to the GinaK buttons! The beach focal point piece is cut from one of the pages in the paper pad. Kaiser adhesive pearls, along with brown jute string add to the card's embellishments. I should go digging in that drawer more often! I really like the card! Thanks so much for stopping by! I LOVE it when you do! Tomorrow is the day I go to the Copic class! Taught by the one and only Debbie Olsen! I will share details on Sunday!

Please use keyword ssnotime143 if you upload to Splitcoaststampers, your blog, or any public forum. Be sure to upload to Mr Linky on Sharon's blog too! You may play as many times as you want, whenever you want! Just remember, have FUN! Check the super talented Stamp Simply Challenge Designers to see what they have been up to this week!

Sharon Johnson, No Time To Stamp?

Julia Aston, Create With Me- JUNE GUEST DESIGNER Deb Neerman: Paper, Ink, Scissors & Stamps Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat. Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty AJ Otto: The Willow Garden Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color, not playing this week

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Sweet Smells of Summer!

The Sweet Smells of Summer is the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Blog HOP theme this month! The weather has been gorgeous here and summer is so welcomed after a long cold winter and spring! Pictured above is a new kit The Stamp Simply Store is featuring. And some lucky commenter has the opportunity to win this wonderful blog hop candy!
To receive this prize package in your mailbox, just leave a comment. Leaving a comment on EACH blog in the Hop increases your chances of winning, though it is not required to enter. will be used to first select which of our 7 blogs will be used to select the winner. will then be used again to select the winner from the chosen blog. The Blog Candy winner will be selected at 6 p.m. EST on Friday, June 11. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I chose to make a sea shell card! We visit friends at their cottage each summer and I wanted a Thank You card for their gracious hospitality! Can't you just sense the beach and all the terrific sights, sounds, and smells?
I used an image from JustRite's By the Sea set. All JustRite products are 20% off in The Stamp Simply Store through Monday morning, 8 a.m. EST, June 14. Prices reflected on the Store page are the full price. Your discount will be reflected on your invoice. Now is the time to stock up! I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic colored. Patterned paper is from the Cappella Basic Grey paper pad in the kit!
A peek of the card inside! I used my Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Border Petites and layered more of the Cappella papers. The sentiment image is from a Rubber Soul/Wordsworth clear stamp set, I'm So Glad found in The Stamp Simply Store and can be seen on this page.
CHECK out the talented Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Designers to see what sweet summertime creations they have to share!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Sweet Stuff! Stamp Simply #142

For today's Stamp Simply challenge, it is all about the SWEET STUFF and comes to us from fellow team member, Jenny Gropp. Jenny wants us to create a card or project featuring something SWEET.... a cake, cupcake or candy! It can be using a sweet embellishment, stamps, paper, just anything that's sweet!!! I had this wonderful little Halloween candy pillow box that fit the bill! I love this adorable pillow box from GinaK Designs! The stamps are JustRite, and various punches are used for the cardstock circles. Ribbon is from Michaels, decorative straight pin is from Singer.
Remember to use keyword, ssnotime142 if you upload to a public forum and upload at Sharon's Mr Linky! We would love to see what sweet creations you are making!!! ************************************************************** On a personal note: Missing in action again! But for good reason, unfortunately we had to put our dog down last Thursday. It was one of the hardest decisions to make, we miss him so. Then a couple days later, my hubby went into the hospital. He is doing much, much better. Prayers are welcome as we work at getting life back to somewhat normal! Take good care! I so appreciate when you stop by! ************************************************************** Check the super talented Stamp Simply Challenge Designers to see what they have been up to this week!
Julia Aston, Create With Me- JUNE GUEST DESIGNER Deb Neerman: Paper, Ink, Scissors & Stamps Barbara Anders: Paper Pursuits Jenny Gropp: One Krafty Kat. Janine Orchard: 2bKrafty AJ Otto: The Willow Garden Deb Saaranen: Dream In Color