Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Thanks! SSD Sketch Challenge 147

Good morning!

Kim Kesti created one last amazing sketch for us to use this month at Skipping Stones Design.  We are also featuring our Grunge sets this week, so I pulled out Grunge 1 and created the following card:

I used the scallop pattern from Grunge 1 and stamped it repeatedly to create a background. Next, I cut some label shapes using a Spellbinders die and stamped the woodgrain pattern in coordinating ink on the tiles. I embossed the sentiment on the pink tile with white embossing powder. 

Here's a look at Kim's sketch: 

If you haven't already, be sure to stop by the Skipping Stones blog to check out the other amazing cards by our design team and amazing guest this month, Kim Kesti, Laura Bassen, and Julie Ranae Murray. Also, we want to see your take on this week's sketch!  Upload your approach to the Skipping Stones blog by next Monday for a chance to win a free stamp set of your choice! 

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Who's that knocking at my window?

This is my second post for the day, for my Skipping Stones Feature Friday post, just scroll down.


Last week, Neat and Tangled revealed a new and very spookalicious Halloween set, Graveyard Shift!  Check of the Neat and Tangled blog today and tomorrow so see what I and the rest of the team created with this set!

Happy, spooky Friday!

Feature Friday- May all your wishes come true!

Hello and Happy Friday!

This week, I pulled out some recent and older Skipping Stones stamp sets and created a bit of a scene, well a scene on paper, anyways!

This card uses Garden Stamp Kiss, Dandelion Dreams, Beautiful Botanicals and Breathtaking Butterflies. I first cut a piece of cardstock with a wavy trimmer and created a bit of a mask.  Then on a piece of light blue cardstock, I stamped the circle pattern repeatedly to create a grassy hill. 

Next, with versamark ink, I stamped various botanical silhouettes and embossed them with colored embossing powder. To keep the powders from blending together, you will want to do one color or one image at a time.  I did yellow, then white, followed by pink.

I stamped a solid butterfly from Breathtaking Butterflies and embossed with pink embossing powder and stamped the sentiment from Dandelion Dreams in black ink.   Lastly, I debossed the finished panel with a canvas impression plate and adhere to a black cardbase.

I hope you like this little scene I created.... with my stamps!  Thank for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Cheers Blog Hop+ Sketch Challenge 146

Good morning!

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit!  Today, the Skipping Stones Team is hopping with excitement over our newest set, Cheers!  If you are hopping along and arrived from Wendy's Price's blog, you are in the right spot.  If not, visit the Skipping Stone's blog and you can pick up the order from there.

Here's is the card I created for today's hop:

So Cheers comes with about the cutest border of fun glasses you will ever see.  I decided to make it even more fun by cutting off 3 of the glasses from the border.  I used the individual images to stamp the fun background you see behind the Happy Birthday sentiment.  (And it was so not scary and really adds a lot of versatility to the set! I will be back on Friday to showcase another fun idea for using these little stamps....) 

Here's another look at the sentiment: 

 Here's is Kim's sketch that we are all using this week:
Well, I am the last stop on the hop today, so don't forget that we want to see your take on this week's sketch.  Go get crafty and head back over to the Skipping Stones blog to link up your approach.  We can't wait to see what you create! 

Have an excellent Tuesday!  Thank you so much for hopping by!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Introducing Cheers!


This week, Skipping Stones Design is releasing a new set, Cheers!  Several members of our design team took Cheers out for a little inky spin and have some fun projects to share.  Be sure to stop by the Skipping Stones blog to check them out.

Here's a card I created using our fantastic new set:

On a piece of pale blue cardstock, I stamped the olive from Chic Martini repeatedly, adding the pimento center with a copic marker.  The bottom strip of drink glasses was stamped in Riding Hood Red (Stampin' Up) on the coordinating cardstock.  I stamped another martini glass in Fresh Snow ink on a circle of black cardstock.  

I stamped the sentiment in black and added a thin black strip of cardstock along the bottom.  Three gems finish off the card.

The Skipping Stones team and our September guests will be back tomorrow with a fun and fabulous blog hop featuring more inspiration using Cheers and another great sketch from Kim Kesti!  I can't wait!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 7, 2012


Good morning!

I am feeling thankful this morning and wanted to share a card I created using WPlus9's Folk Art Floral set + PTI's German Global Greetings.

I die cut the folk art shapes from very thin balsa wood and colored them with Amuse pigment ink and a daubber.  I love how rich the colors looked!  After determining placement, I stamped the sentiment then embossed the panel with a woodgrain impression plate. I adhered the wooden pieces, punched the bottom and added a bit of twine and a button.  The completed panel was adhered to a card base that I covered with cheerful yellow gingham patterned paper from Lily Bee designs. 

I was kind of aiming for a cuckoo clock feel to the card with the German greeting.  Did it work? 

News to share!
So, I mentioned earlier that I am feeling thankful.  One of the things I am thankful for recently is an invitation from amazing Danielle Walls to join the Neat & Tangled design team!  You can read about the new members of the Neat & Tangled team here. I am super thrilled for this amazing opportunity to work with Danielle and her talented Design Team, and I can't wait to show you the projects I have in mind for Neat & Tangled stamps! Just wait until you see what Danielle has in store in the coming months- it's cute and fab.... which is a pretty sweet combination if you ask me! :o)

Hope your Friday is off to a fabulous start!  Thank you for stopping by! 


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Skipping Stones Sketch Challenge 144

Good morning!

Today at Skipping Stones Design, we unveiled a new sketch by this month's sketch artist Kim Kesti.  Kim is joined by Laura Bassen and Julie Ranae as Guest Designers this month and we are so happy to have them on board!

Here's my take on this week's sketch:

I used Damask Darling ad stamped the Damask pattern repeatedly with red ink on Hibiscus Pink cardstock.  I then adhered the stamped panel to an embossed piece of dark chocolate cardstock and tied a yellow bow where the two colors met.

The sentiment from Pumpkin Seeds was stamped on a banner die in dark brown ink.  A couple of gems finish off the card.

Don't forget that Skipping Stones Design is still having their Labor Day sale this week- buy any 3 sets- get 1 free.  To take advantage of this special offer- email Heather at madebyme33 (at) hotmail (dot) com with your stamp selections and she will take it from there.

Here's a look at this week's sketch:
We would love to see what you create using this week's sketch for inspiration.  Link up your take on this week's sketch challenge to the Skipping Stones blog for a chance to win free stamps! 

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!