Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cookie Cutters & Christmas Holly Stripes! JustRite Day Four August Release

Good Wednesday Morning! Welcome to Explore.Dream.Discover. I hope this day finds you well and wonderful! We are on Day Four of JustRite's August Release! Today I have two adorable ornaments to share!  They are simple, fun and can be embellished to your hearts desire!  Let's get started!

The Gingerbread Girl and Boy measure 2" in height and 1 3/4" wide across the arms.  I found these cutters after Christmas last year at our local hardware!  On clearance, of course!  Luckily they had four girls and one boy, just what I need!  The ribbons and embellishments can be as little or as much as you desire!  All product I used today is in supply list at the end of this post!  JustRite is featuring two background stamps, Christmas Holly Stripes and Holly Frame.  Below is an outline of how I made altered these cookie cutters into ornaments!

  • First step, stamp this lovely background stamp, Christmas Holly Stripes onto white card stock. 
  • Next, lay Cookie cutter flat onto stamped card stock, tracing the inside of cutter before scissor trimming. (For this size cutter, I can get five out of one stamped background!)
  • Decide if you will cover outer sides of cookie cutters.  If you do, place Scor Tape onto metal, pressing & trimming ribbon.  (I suppose you could easily use designer papers or stamped paper too, but I like ribbon!) 
  • Because metal cookie cutters can be odd shaped and become slightly mis-shaped as you work, I apply trim on the front edge to help camouflage those edges. To accomplish this, place 1/8" scor tape on the very inner edge of the cookie cutter front and press on trim.  (I used new mini cording on mine, LOVE it!)
  • If you want to color stamped image, it is easier to color before placing the shape into the cookie cutter. (For these, I used a sponge dauber with ink to apply a bit of color to the stamped design)
  • Use a CropAdile or tool that can cut through metal, to punch hole in top of cookies cutter.  Thread preferred ornament hanger of your choice through hole and knot allowing the knot to stay hidden behind the stamped card stock and up inside the cutter.
  • You are now ready to embellish!  Use die cuts, ribbons, trims, flowers, some sparkle, etc. to add your own special touch. 

For more Christmas Background Stamp Inspiration and goodness check out what the following designers have waiting to show you!

STAMPS: Christmas Holly Stripes Background (JustRite)
INK: Memento Cottage Ivy, Memento Summer Sky, Angel Pink (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
PAPER: White, Pink, Blue & Green  Card Stock Scraps
DIES: Spellbinders Classic Hearts (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Spellbinders Classic Stars Five (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Spellbinders Little Leaf Sets (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
ACCESSORIES: Adhesive Rhinestones (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Seam Binding (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Denim Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Faux Canvas Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Center Stitched Sheer Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Mini Cording (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Sponge Dauber (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Scor Tape (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), CropAdile, Sparkle Pom Poms (Michaels), 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

It's JustRite's August Release Day Three! Blue Skies Ahead!

Welcome to Day Three of Justrite's August Release!  Today we are featuring Becca Feeken's Amazing Paper Grace dies and stamps and I have a card to share!  A note regarding the umbrella handle.  The lower curved end is a die cut from Spellbinders Nested Tea Cups which I just realized is discontinued.  However, any set of a flower or leaf curl would work well.  I added a strip of white card stock to match the width of die cut to extend up and under the umbrella.  The seam binding bow hides the connection!

Looking for a Sign is a clear set featuring seventeen stamps.  I chose the Blue Skies sentiment along with the one decorative stamp for my tag embellishment.  All ink shading is accomplished using sponge daubers. 

I used the smaller Filigree corner die for my creation.  With the white card stock, I embossed the design, and also cut it using the designer red/white paper.  Other dies and items used are listed below in supply list. I hope your skies are blue today where you are! I will be back tomorrow with some Christmas goodness!  See you then!

Click on designer's names to take you to each respective blog!  And enjoy the inspiration!  

STAMPS: Amazing Paper Grace Looking for a Sign (JustRite)
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ladybug Red & Summer Sky (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
PAPER: White & Red card stock (PTI), Melissa Frances Countdown to Christmas (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
DIES/PUNCHES: Spellbinders Filigree Corner Dies (JustRite), Grand Ovals One (Spellbinders), Spellbinders Labels Twenty (JustRite), Spellbinders Antique Labels One (JustRite)
ACCESSORIES: Seam Binding (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Mini Cording (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Sponge Dauber (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Kaisercraft Adhesive Pearls (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Therm-o-web Foam Dimensionals (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Monday, July 29, 2013

Day TWO, JustRite August Release, Just Because!

It's all about the DOILY today for Day TWO of JustRite's August Release!  I have two cards to share and have to say, I had a LOT of fun creating these.  I hope after you check these out, you will give this technique a try too!  I first started with white paper doilies!  I then took my Faber-Castell Markers and quickly colored the inner portion of the doily.  I then misted water on it before the marker ink dried, that is key.  If it dries before you get water on, the ink will not bleed.  And that is what we want it to do!  

Samantha Walker's Dainty Doilies is a clear set featuring 17 stamps.  The combinations of stamp usage are endless!  After the water misted doilies were dry I stamped my images.  After that step I cut doilies apart and adhered to card stock.  I then mod podged the doilies to cardstock.  

For this doilie, I cut the entire doilie out once adhered to red card stock and placed it upon another piece of red card stock before adding my ribbon & embellishments!  The edges of this doilie is trimmed using a metallic Faber-Castell pen.  

The following talented designers have inspiration to share!  Click on designer name to take you to each respective blog!  Enjoy!

STAMPS: Samantha Walker Dainty Doilies (JustRite), Samantha Walker For All You Do Vintage Labels Four (JustRite)
INK: Faber-Castell Big Brush Pens (JustRite), Memento Ladybug Red, Cottage Ivy Green, LuLu Lavendar, Sweet Plum
PAPER: White, Red, Green & Pink Cardstock (SU)
DIES/PUNCHES: Spellbinders A2 Card Creator A Dies (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Spellbinders A2 Card Creator B (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Spellbinders A2 Fancy Weave (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

August JustRite Release Begins Today!

Welcome to Day ONE of JustRite's August Release!  There is so much goodness to share for this release!  The designers have been busy and I know you are going to be wowed when you see what they have been creating!  Let's get started!

I created a square card for Day One utilizing the size of the square die as my guide! The simple Christmas sentiment is found in JustRite's Christmas Labels Twenty, stamped with Adirondack Currant ink and cut using an oldie SU Punch! The Silver Leaves are trimmed down before being pinched & glued at one end. I then glued the pinched ends in a circle to create a wreath and included the tiny green leaves in the round!  

Silver paper is cut using the spectacular dies found in Lacey Tiers Dies.  They are just exquisite, no? I used the two largest dies from this set with silver paper from Michaels. Be sure to visit the following JustRite Designer's BLOGS for inspiration galore!  Click on their  individual names to take you to each respective blog. Enjoy!  Stop back tomorrow for Day Two!

STAMPS: Christmas Labels Twenty (JustRite)
INK: Adirondack Red Currant
PAPER: Purple Cardstock (PapertreyInk), Silver Paper (Michaels), Webster's Pages Royal Christmas (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
DIES: Spellbinders Amazing Grace Lacey Tiers Dies (JustRite), Lacey Circles (JustRite)
ACCESSORIES: Silver Metallic String (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Silver Metallic Leaves (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Green plastic mini leaves (Impress Rubber Stamps), Misc silver brad & red crystals 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Christmas in July! Cardinal on Pine Branch!

It's still Christmas in July! I love creating for the holidays in July!  The frantic last minute feeling is not in place, yet, and is a bit more relaxed!  So, today I have a Christmas/Winter card that can easily be used for the holidays or well into the winter season!  Isn't this the cutest cardinal image ever?
Stampavie Cardinal on Pine Branch Stamp, designed by Tina Wenke is found at 

It is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers. Shadowing is created using a sponge dauber loaded with Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Ink.  The stamped image is cut using a Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight die as is the white outer decorative frame.  The red and green panels are cut using Spellbinders Label Eight dies.  The ribbon embellishment is created using 3/8" red/green grosgrain ribbon, tied with tan mini cording. Atop the bow is two faux suede leaves, (red & tan) along with two single satin trees!  So love the many color choices of these elements that enables perfect coordination!  I used the Sig Painty White Chisel edge marker for that perfect white dot for the cardinal's eye!

Be sure to check out Sharon's Blog, No Time to Stamp? HERE regularly for store product updates along with project ideas & inspiration! 

STAMPS: Stampavie Cardinal on Pine Branch (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
PAPER: White Cardstock (PapertreyInk), Red (My Favorite Things), Green & Tan (unknown)
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
DIES: Spellbinders Labels Eight (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store) Decorative Labels Eight (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
ACCESSORIES: Copic Markers R20, 22, 24 & 29, YR20 & 21, YG61, 63 & 67, E23, E30, 31 & 33, Red/Green Grosgrain (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Satin Tree Trim (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Faux Suede Leaves (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Mini Cording (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Kaisercraft Adhesive Pearls (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Sponge Dauber (Stamp Ribbon Store), Therm-O-Web Foam Dimensionals (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Zig Painty Chisel Edge White Marker (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store) 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Boxed Card, Bag & Tulle equals A Great Gift Presentation!

Remember this baby card HERE?  When I went to gather the baby gift items and place them in a gift bag,  I decided to utilize these fantastic clear boxes from The Stamp Simply Store and place the card inside!  The clear boxes come in three sizes and are an economical choice that creates a presentation WOW!

Since my card measured 5" square, I chose the 5.5" x 5.5" size square clear box.  They come flat, so after forming the box I closed the bottom flap.  Next step was to place two strips of 1/2" Scor Tape onto the back of the box.  I measured my gift bag, and placed the clear box upon the gift bag to adhere it, keeping my hand inside the box to press securely.  I then inserted the card and closed the top flap.

The pink tulle bow was very easy to accomplish!  I tied it directly on the bag handles before gluing a Prima Interlude Pink flower atop the bow center. This pink tulle is 6" wide, comes on a roll of 25 yards for only $4.29!

There you have it!  A real economical, simple & doable gift presentation idea that will sure to wow the recipient!  I LOVE how this turned out!  Sharon is a master at using these clear boxes for her card presentations!  She has several up on her blog today!  HERE is the link!  Enjoy the inspiration!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

For My Friend

Good Morning!  I'm blogging for The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store and have a card "For My Friend" to share with you today!  I love Samantha Walker stamps and dies!  And that is exactly where my inspiration came from for this creation!  

I created my own designer paper for this card using Samantha Walker's Sweet Lace Background stamp! The butterflys are also from this stamped image.  The sentiment is found in her Bunting & Banners Set.  I used a dauber to rub onto the dry embossed area of the die cut frame.  The dies for the frame, interior area, and butterflies is Samantha Walkers Spellbinders JR Butterfly Corner Set.  Embellishing with a Prima Fairytale Rose, Seam Binding, Velvet Ribbon, Kaisercraft Pearl Flourish, and a fabulous Darsie Bruno stick pin!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out Sharon's Blog, HERE for all the latest store additions, awesome creations & inspiration!

STAMPS: Samantha Walker JR Sweet Lace Bkgrd Stamp, (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Samantha Walker JR Bunting & Banners Stamp Set (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
PAPER: Cardstock (PapertreyINK)
INK: VersaMark WaterMark (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), VersFine Onyx Black (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Aqua Martha Stewart (Michaels)
DIES: Samantha Walker Spellbinders JR Butterfly Corner Die Set (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Spellbinders Labels Eight (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
ACCESSORIES: Darsie Bruno Angels Set Stick Pin (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Sponge Dauber (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Prima Fairytale Rose (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Kaisercraft Classic Pearl Flourish, Seam Binding (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), 1/8" Teal Velvet Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Santa's Workshop!

Today is the final day of JustRite's July Release!  I hope you have enjoyed all the wonderful creations from our exceptionally talented designers.  It has been such a great release chocked full of inspiration!  Today I have a card to share with one of the two new sets being featured!  Let's get started!
Santa's Workshop is a standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card using basic stamping!  I LOVE all the sequins popping up all over! And The Stamp Simply Store has many to choose from HERE! They are such an economical embellishment too!

Christmas Gifts Vintage Labels Two is the perfect addition to your holiday stamp collection!  This is a JustRite Cling set featuring 10 stamps designed by Amy Tedder..  I love the darling stocking image too!  Be sure and visit today's designers as you will see it being used!

LOVE coordinating die sets!  Here is the one that coordinates with Christmas Gifts Vintage Labels Two and I love the ease of paper crafting with having the matching already done for me!  Enjoy your Saturday friends!  I thank you for stopping by today!  Take Good Care!

Enjoy today's inspiration!  JustRite Designers are so talented and such an inspiration to me!  I know you are going to love these creations!

STAMPS: Christmas Gifts Vintage Labels Two (JustRite)
INK:  Martha Stewart Green & Red (Michaels), Memento Tuxedo Black (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Ink (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
PAPER: PTI Cream & Green Cardstock, My Minds Eye Remarkable Designer Paper (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
DIES/PUNCHES:  Spellbinders Custom JustRite Vintage Label Two Dies (JustRite), EKSuccess Circle Punch
ACCESSORIES: Sequins (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Canvas Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Seam Binding (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Sponge Daubers (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Poinsettia Flower (Petaloo)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Merry Christmas Cardinal Background

My card features one of two stamp sets being featured in JustRite's July Release today!  The Christmas Cardinal was colored using pastel chalks and q-tips!  Pastel chalks is one the first art mediums I used and I'm still loving them today!  I always mist my finished chalk work with Krylon Matte Finish to prevent the colors from smudging! I scissor cut the colored image before gluing it to the top card panel.

Christmas Cardinal is a deeply etched red rubber background stamp that is mounted on static cling foam.  I stamped the image twice, once with PTI Fresh Snow Ink and once with Memento Black Ink.  I proceeded with some fussy cutting and used Therm O Web foam dimensionals to lift the stamped panel and allow the coordinating designer paper peek through behind the cardinal. Kaisercraft rhinestones, and a bow made with seam binding and faux canvas ribbon complete the card embellishing!  Designer paper used is from the new Kaisercraft Holly Bright paper pad!

Check out the following JustRite Designers for more inspiration!  Enjoy!
Kathy Jones 
Sheri Holt  
Kristi Schurr

Heidi Blankenship
Kazan Clark  
Angela Barkhouse 
Marisa Job

Barb Schram
Margie Higuchi 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Noel Christmas in July!

Welcome! Today I have a trio of package tags all packaged for gift giving!  You will find the Noel Christmas Ornament Stamp Set and dies I used for this creation at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store along with many other products utilized!  

It's Christmas in July at The Stamp Simply Store!  Sharon has been filling the store daily with all the new goodies!  Be sure to check out the store HERE for all Christmas products and her blog for ongoing inspiring ideas HERE.

For my project, I utilized JustRite's Noel Christmas Ornaments Set to stamp three ornament shaped tags. Love the variety of sentiments in this set too and used three different ones on each stamped ornament!     
One of the advantages to the Noel Christmas Ornaments Set is that is includes three different ornament shapes.  A GREAT option, all in one set.  And it happens to be on sale too at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store!  The tag body and tag front are cut using Spellbinders Heirloom 2011 Dies
The designer paper used on this creation is from Graphic 45 French Country 8" x 8" paper pad. As you begin your holiday creating, don't forget about all those papers that are not necessarily considered holiday papers but will work well for a project such as this.  
Kaisercraft adhesive rhinestones are the perfect and easiest embellishment, no?  They come in various colors and sizes, you can find them HERE.  I adhered all papers, borders and embellishments using Scor Tape. This superior tape comes in many widths and is found HERE. I stamped and die cut a Noel tag for the container top utilizing the sentiment Noel along with a border included in the set. A silk bow, with faux canvas ribbon and a few rhinestones finish the package nicely!  Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you're having a terrific Thursday! 

STAMPS: JR Noel Christmas Ornaments (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
INK: Memento Black & Rhubarb Stalk (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store) MS Green
PAPER: Graphic45 French Country (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), SU White, Wine Cardstock
DIES: Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornaments (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Spellbinders JustRite Custom Nested Medallion Labels (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Spellbinders Classic Edges Two (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)
ACCESSORIES: Scor Tape (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), 1.25 Silk Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Faux Canvas Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Kaisercraft Adhesive Rhinestones (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), round aluminum container (Papertreyink), Copic Marker

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Christmas Inner Thoughts! JustRite on Day Three!

Welcome to Day Three of JustRite's July Release!  I am thrilled the JustRite Faber Castell sale is now going on, 20% off all Faber Castell product from July 8-15, because   I just happened to have used Faber Castell product on my creation today!  Let's get started! 
My Christmas card measures 4 3/4" x 5 1/2" and uses My Minds Eye Notable designer paper for the two top panels. The top panel was cut using a Spellbinders A2 Card Matting Basic Die. The Want2Scrap chipboard trees are one of my favorite papercrafting items right now! I used Faber Castell Metallic Teal gelato stick to randomly cover the chipboard and proceeded to rub the application with my index finger. For the trunk I used a Chocolate Gelato stick. The white on the tree edging and dotted on the trees was accomplished using the Faber-Castell Stampers Big Brush White Pen.  I LOVE this pen, it was the first time using it, and I had a difficult time putting it down! (I actually have more of these trees colored and ready to!) 

My Christmas Inner Thoughts sentiment image was stamped using VersaFine Black Onyx ink onto the gold designer paper after cutting an opening to let it peek through the top layer! A Beaded Oval die cutcenter cut with a classic oval die perfectly frames the stamped sentiment wonderfully! This JustRite Christmas Inner Thoughts is a cling set containing 11 stamps and is designed by Amy Tedder.

Visit the following JustRite Designer's blogs for inspiration after inspiration!  Enjoy!

STAMPS: Christmas Inner Thoughts (JustRite)
INK: VersaFine Onyx Black (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Martha Stewart Green 
PAPER: My Minds Eye Notable Designer Paper (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), SU Cardstock
DIES/PUNCHES: Classic Oval Die (Spellbinders),Beaded Ovals (Spellbinders), A2 Card Creator Matting Basic Dies (Spellbinders)
ACCESSORIES: Faux Canvas Ribbon, White paper cord & ThermOWeb Foam Dimensionals (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Faber Castell Metallic Getatos & White Marker (JustRite), Copic Markers, Tiny Twinkle Gems (Taylored Expressions), Aleene's Tacky Glue, Chip Board trees (Want2Scrap), Copic Marker