Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bright Sunflowers

Sorry for the late post. Today is my birthday and I didn't realize that the hubs had things planned  and I was away from the computer all day.
I have found another favorite from Biblical Impressions, This image is fun to color and even though sunflowers are typically yellow, I had fun with this stamp,  35801 - Med Sunflower and made a bright note card set for a gift.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Howling Coyote

I have had this image colored and sitting on my desk for a couple of months so I finally decided to quit moving it around and do something with it! I was feeling a little challenged because it's a pretty large image but I finally decided that the best way to deal with it was to use the out of the box technique to help it fit on a 5 1/4" square card base.

Here is Howling Coyote by QKR Stampede.

I colored the coyote image with Copic Markers.  Kept the card design simple since the image is so big.  This fun image is great for a thank you card, love, or just because and it's available in red rubber or digi.

thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Stunning Silver Angel

Isn't she beautiful?

A few weeks ago Maribeth (Owner of Eureka Stamps) asked her design team to make some samples of some Angel cards for her boards that she uses at the stamp shows she goes to.

I ordered this Angel to play with.  

She is rather large...4" x 5" but she is really all you need to make a beautiful card!  
I stamped her with Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink and colored her with Copic Markers.
Then I colored her dress with VersaMarker and embossed the dress with Kaleidoscope embossing powder by Stampendous. 

I trimmed the image down leaving the top of her wing "out of the box".
This card would be perfect for so many occasions when someone needs to know an angel is watching out for them!

I hope Angels are watching out for you!


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Eureka Patriotic Kitty

Welcome! Today I am featuring a
 Eureka Stamp called Patriotic Kitty
This is the 'companion' stamp to 
Patriotic puppy from my last Eureka post!

I  colored with Tombow markers 
on watercolor paper.
Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bugs and Sunshine!

Hello stampers!
Today I have a card that I made with
Lady bug border (#25302) from Eureka! Stamps
and My Sunshine (#9302) from QKR Stampede.
I wanted to make something from my scrap stash, so I stamped the Lady bug border onto red card stock and used white embossing powder to heat emboss the My Sunshine sentiment.
This is a great style of card to make if it is going in the mail
as it is only one layer and no bulky embellishments to increase the postage or to get crushed during it's journey.
Thank you for popping in today, I hope you will come again soon.
In the mean time, why not pop into the
online stores and see what images you might want to use for your next cards or projects.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Mom's favorite

When I seen this stamp  21301 Iris, I just had to order it because it was one of my Mom's favorite. Eureka has many more to make a Mother's day or sympathy card with.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Bunny Pile

This is one of Eureka’s larger images so it will not fit on the A2 size card (which is a half a piece of 8.5 x 11” cardstock folded in half) however if you want the image smaller you can purchase it as a digital image.

My card front measures 4” x 9 .25” and fits in the business size envelope which is just a bit larger. These envelopes can be found in any store that sells envelopes and most dollar stores will carry them.

The image is colored with Copic markers and I’ll list the colors from the bottom bunny up: 100 Special Black, C00,7, R20, E25,33,35,37, R20, C00,3,5,7, C00,0,1, W3,5,7, E08,09,97, shading around image C0,01, flower center Y15,19

The image has a flower on the bunnies but since I accidently colored one in I decided my Fiskars border punch would disguise my blunder and also add some dimension. I cut a thin strip of cardstock and inserted under the flower section of the punch, punched both ends and trimmed before punching again. 
The flower centers are circles cut with the Cuttlebug die Tiny Tags and they are attached with Aleene’s Paper Glaze to the flowers because the glitter cardstock has a plastic coating so the glitter doesn’t shed. They were cut smaller to suit the area and glued in place with Aleene’s tacky glue.

The Martha Stewart border punch was attached on top of the image panel with the ribbon butting up to the edge with the ends taped to the back.  The K&Company Daisies are precut and packaged, they have sticky pop ups between the layers and for mounting to the card.

This is the Bunny Bottom image I stamped the back of the card with, then I'll add my name under it. Soooo Cute!

The envelope was stamped with the two flower borders you'll find on the images list and colored with Copics.

Paper:Bazzill textured pink and grey, smooth white, Beckett Exrpessions for image

Ink:Memento – Tuxedo Black

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bag of carrots

Hello! This is Jessica B. for Eureka Stamps today! I am so glad today is Thursday as it is one day closer to the weekend! I love the weekends.
Today I have something to share that I am going to use as some little treat bags for Easter. Here is a a little info about the "bag" I used..It isn't really a bag HA! The Kraft paper used on the bag was actually some packing filler from something either I or my husband has ordered recently and there was an enormous amount of..I hated to let it go to I came up with the idea to make some treat "bags" for Easter. This is what I came up with..
 I ironed the paper but it never really straightened I thought something more earthy , organic, for the image...instead of cute. These carrots fit the bill perfectly. I also used this verse stamp and Bismark ink to randomly stamp the back ground. Next up was to put the eyelet in the top flap..add the twine and simple little bag was done. Now I will be very honest, I think it is kinda plain..and i may have  added something else to it..but in reality my kids wont appreciate me *making* a and simple it is for them. If YOU wanted to make one..and jazz it up a bit, there are tons of using decorative scissors around the flap ..or a border punch..using patterned paper..etc..but for my candy hungry children..this will be it! ( Oh the carrots are a solid I used my SU Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive to ink up the carrot..( I only have the it was super easy to ink up..)

If you haven't check out Eureka Stamps recently.. please is FULL of great stamps..I know you will find some you *need* ;)

Have a great day and please drop back in..the rest of the DT is fantastic..I know you will always see something great!

Puzzle Pieces!

I don't know how it is that I missed these cute and versatile images from Biblical Impressions for so long, but once I saw them I knew they had wonderful potential for fun cards! There is a small puzzle-piece border stamp, and a trio stamp of slightly larger pieces; scroll about 2/3 down the miscellaneous page to see/order the images.

For this first card, I used the cuttlebug puzzle template, making white, yellow, blue, pink, and white puzzle sets. Then I assembled the puzzle, and inked the stamp with versamark ink. Then I separated the pieces and used cotton swabs to gently apply colored chalks to the individual pieces. I had hoped to avoid smearing the chalk on the white puzzle pieces, but I couldn't manage to do so. Perhaps if I had used a brush instead of cotton swabs it would have worked out better. For the card, I embossed with white embossing powder.

For the second card, I stamped the background with the floral image with versamark. Then with black ink, stamped it several times, and colored each image slightly differently. Here's one I did not use, just to show you the original image. It's about 2.5" in length:

Then I stamped the larger puzzle pieces on top of the floral images, yielding about five pieces from each. After cutting out and attaching to panel, I stamped thinking of you in the corner.

I also wanted to make a more "elegant" card with the smaller puzzle pieces, using H20's and gold embossing to create the effect. I envisioned placing them down the long side of a cream colored card... But although I really like how they look, well, it just seemed odd to have elegant puzzle pieces! So I went for a cute and glitzy birthday. However, I was really, really tired while coloring the Happy Birthday image, and kept making mistakes. I was doing it on "borrowed time," so I couldn't take time to remake it. So, once again, just to give you an idea of how the pieces make a nice border, I threw the card together without gluing anything down and placed an acrylic mount over it to hold it in place. I do this all the time when laying out card possibilites.

Hope you have been inspired!

Smiling flowers

Hi all!
 Kristie here with a card I made using
"Smiling Flowers" (#17002) from QKR Stampede.
I love this happy image. I stamped it onto white card stock and colored it with water color crayons.
I wanted bright, happy colors because they remind me of spring, which I am hoping will be here soon.
QKR Stampede has a lot of images that will conjure up thoughts of spring. Stop into the store and see what you can find to make a few "happy" cards.
Thanks for stopping by today. Come again soon!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Biblical Impressions- Fishes

Today's post features three 
 Angel Fish 83204, Coral 31809
 and Silly Fish 31807

I started with a small circle and stamped 
the coral on it.
 I stamped and cut out each fish 
and after coloring, 
adhered them with mounting tape. 
I poured Diamond Glaze over the entire image
 to give it a water like look.

I added more circles in graduating sizes,
 adhered them to a embossed panel,
 then onto the card.

Thanks for visiting today!
Hope to see you again!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

blossoms and pearls...

Happy Tuesday.!! This is Jessica B. for QKR Stampede  with a CAS ( clean and simple) card for you today. I love CAS..
For my card I used this oh so pretty blossom. If you haven't checked out QKR recently might want to. It is full of cute as well a pretty stamps..

 I stamped the blossom in a pale green ink so it would be light enough to color. Then I used my Prismacolors and OMS. I cut an oval out around the image and matted it onto some dp from my stash ( I have no idea who made was from a swap), then put some tiny pearls on it, then matted it to a piece of pink satin ribbon and adhered that to a premade prescored card base.Very simple..( side note:  I know it looks like I was trying to put the pearls *around* the oval and went all crooked on it..BUT it in reality there were tiny little dots on the paper that I * thought* would be a cute backdrop for the pearl..HA!..I really could have put them around the oval in some kind of order..LOL..I just didn't realize how wonky it looked UNTIL NOW ;))

So that is it for me today! My flower beds are calling my name! I hope you are having a great week!

As the Deer pants for the water Psalm 42:1 - Eureka and Biblical Impressions

I love this verse, I especially love it when its sung at church. My inspiration for this then was very easy. I used spring colours in the grass and card stock. Diamond White Card, Saffron Bazzill and a sheer white ribbon to hang this from my wall as inspiration.

I stamped the image in Chocolate Chip ink and ran over the image in a light fawn flex marker, it really didn't need any more than a quick brush. The image is very detailed and the stamp is so deep that there are no smudges.

The hardest thing was to line the text up straight. The text stamp can be found here 

and the Deer image can be found here

I have used two different companies here Eureka and Biblical. and both tie in beautifully don't you think?? 

Super Simple Scripture Card

I love to make backgrounds from my stamps, but sometimes it's really handy to have printed papers; it's a bit challenging to focus on cardmaking at the moment. Our seventeen year old niece, Meredith, just went to be with the Lord after a sudden diagnosis of brain cancer last month. My prayers for the family (in addition to her parents, she had nine younger siblings) are, as with this blessing of Aaron, priest and brother of Moses, for the Lord to bless and keep them, to make His face shine upon them, and give them continuing peace.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Caring Thoughts

Today I wanted to share a card I made using the Tulip Frame stamp from Eureka Stamps. This great image comes in two sizes. I used the larger of the two. I love this image, because it pretty much makes the card with just one stamp. I stamped this one on cream CS, and colored with water color crayons. I trimmed it down, and layered onto a purple CS square, and a pastel green base. For a sentiment I used a sticker. Such a pretty spring image!

Light of the World

Hi there. Wow...what a weekend! We had some gorgeous unseasonably warm weather. I swear it hit almost 80 yesterday. Here is WNY, we usually have snow still! We spent our entire weekend enjoying the outside fresh spring air. Bikes, scooters, basketball, walks, sidewalk chalk...oh I love it! Well I did manage to take a few minutes to sneak off to my craft room and create a pretty Easter card using the John 8:12 stamp from Biblical Impressions. I found the cross PP in my stash left over from a project I made last year. I thought it went perfect with this stamp (and it was already cut to fit a card front exact!). I layered the PP onto some kraft CS, and added the ribbon. The image, I stamped onto some silver metallic CS, and added some glitter to the tulips. I love the simple colors of this card.
Well that is all for now. Have a fabulous week!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Happy Mothering Sunday for the UK Mums

Today I am sitting in my friends house crafting, we have sent the men to the pub to watch football (soccer) and my daughter Katie is lying on the sofa, I was treated this morning to a lovely bunch of flowers and a cute card. I then had to make my own coffee and roll n bacon!

Seeing as it is Mothering Sunday I was allowed time to craft and have spent a rather peaceful day with my die cutting, inking and stamping supplies, Helens son has been giving us coffee refills every other hour or so and its really nice :) I will go and make dinner in a little while but wanted to share with you the sample I had made.

The sample is a white on white card with a hint of peach. I used the beautiful Matthew 6: 26-27 stamp (which can be bought here  and I can only apologise in advance for the photographs, Scottish Springtime involves a lot of bright light but at 6 degrees centigrade outside its still chilly.

I hope you all have a wonderful day and for the UK mummies, many blessings xx 


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Paddy's Day

I don't have a "green" card to share with you today but may the luck of the Irish be with you! 

I needed to build up my baby card stash and Biblical Impressions has some of the cutest stamps to make baby cards. I used 30208 - Bundle for my card. Just because their name is Biblical Impressions doesn't mean all they offer is religious stamps (they are some good ones of those) , there are so many others you should check them out.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

For the Birds! QKR Stampede Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to the "For the Birds!" QKR Stampede Blog Hop.
This month the design team is featuring some of the wonderful bird images available at QKR Stampede
Here is a little sneak peak at one of the projects you will see on the hop.
If at anytime during the hop a link isn't working, hop on back here and you will find links to all the participating blogs.
Now you can hop on to our first design team gal
and see what she has to show you.
Have fun!
Here are all the participants.  Once you are finished, please come back and let us know how you liked the hop.
Thanks for joining in the fun.
QKR Blog (that's here)

Joy Fold Easter Card

Hi All...

Easter is right around the corner and will be here before you know it!  Eureka Stamps has a bunch of adorable Easter stamps for all your stamping needs!

For today's project I made a Joy Fold Card.

I used Large Chicks in Egg from Eureka Stamps.
The paper is from Hobby Lobby and I colored the image with Copic markers.

Here's another look at it as it opens up.

 And here's the inside.  I used Happy Easter sentiment by Eureka Stamps.
It's a length wise stamp but I just inked up the "Happy" first and stamped it and then I inked up "Easter" and stamped it underneath!

You can check out the great selection of Easter Stamps by Eureka Stamps HERE.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Eureka Patriotic Puppy

Today's card is a stamp from 
Eureka called Patriotic Puppy.
Stamp # 33103

Image was stamped onto watercolor paper 
then colored with Tombow markers.
I used a little bit of Signo pen 
for the white spots on his scarf.

Thanks for stopping today!
See you next time!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gatefold Cake Card

Happy Tuesday!

I posted this card on my blog a couple of weeks ago but I thought I would post it here too just in case you missed it.

  I had made this card for my sister when she got married last November but then when it came time to send off her gift I couldn't find where I had stashed it.  Of course I found it shortly after.

I used a die cut Gate Fold card from Creative Cuts & More cut from grey paper to begin with.

The cake is from QKR Stampede stamps.  The sentiment is from Eureka Stamps.

The "bling" is Nestabling by Spellbinders.

Here is a closer look with the band pulled off.

And a look at the inside.

And in case you were wondering about the color choice for this card....
these were her wedding colors!

Here is my sissy and her 13 (yes, I said 13!) bridesmaids!
My daughter and I are in there somewhere!!!

Hope you have a great week!


Come Sail away....

Happy Tuesday! This is Jessica B with a card for Biblical Impressions today. I don't know about anyone else but this time change isn't working so well with my inner clock ..of all things we need to change in the US..can Daylight Savings  be one?? HA! Ok I know you didn't drop in to hear me ramble about losing sleep so I will get on with my card...
I used three stamps for this little number. You can find them here, here,and here. I must admit that I struggled to come up with a design this time..well not really the design..had that in my head, but how to add color to it. I love to color but sometimes struggle to find the medium I need to use to get the result I have in my mind.I think one calls that arguing with oneself?? LOL. I have done a scene similar to this one if you remember back in January, but the possibilities are endless with these types of "scenes building " stamps..I LOVE them. And Biblical Impressions is brimming with them! If you want to expand your creativity and would like to make things that resemble mini pieces of really go go check out the store! Anyway...this is what I came up with
Ok..where to start...I got the mask I had for the schooner out first. Then I grabbed a piece of water color paper and went to town :) I used a bit of SU! ink as is is water based...but let me tell you , if you stamp then go make dinner and come back a couple of hours later..the ink isn't so easily manipulated with water. I needed to grab water color pencils for that. I stamped the back ground ship in yellows..and the one in the foreground in blues..and used a tiny bit of teal to give it a little glow.I really wanted this card to have a "sun lit" look to it so I kept the waters bright and the sandy area bright as well. I also made a touch of the rising sun over the cluster of trees. I did put that bright blue line in front of the trees to show a bit of depth in the water at the edge and did the same thing with the beachy area. I decided to keep a neutral base for this card so as not to detract form the painting itself and used a light gray card stock for the base. I know that sounds kind of complicated but really it wasn't. I enjoyed the whole process ( you know, once I figured out what i was doing with it :))

Ok, that is it for me today! Thanks for dropping by and please keep checking back here to see what the other DT members have for ya! Have a great Tuesday!

Jessica B.

Lg Cross with Flowers

Hi all!
Kristie here today with a lovely card made with
Lg Cross with Flowers (#13403) from
I thought this was a beautiful image and even more so, once it was colored with water color crayons.
I also used a bit of home made "flower soft" type material and some Stickles.
Isn't this a beautiful card for Easter time?
There are many Easter images at Eureka! Stamps. Some religious, some cute and some just plain beautiful. So be sure to stop in to the
Eureka! Stamps store and take a look.
Thanks for stopping by today, leave a comment and let us know what you think. Then pop over to the Eureka! Stamps site.
Come again soon!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Eureka Stamps March Blog Hop

Come Hop into Spring!

Welcome to this months Eureka Stamps Blog Hop!

This month we are celebrating
all things Spring so that you can have plenty of time to get some great new stamps for your Spring and Easter projects!

Eureka Stamps has a ton of awesome Spring and Easter images available in unmounted red rubber and in digital and you are sure to be inspired to create something special for your loved ones after this hop!

We are starting off the hop with Large Bunny with Egg by Design Team Leader, Kristine.

Large Bunny with Egg by Eureka Stamps
Neenah White card stock
The Paper Studio patterned paper
Bazzill Basics card stock
Memento Tuxedo Black die ink
Copic Markers
Webster's Pages lace trim

If you are looking for more Spring and Easter  inspiration you'll want to check out this months Blog Hop!

Next stop on the hop is Barb Best .

If you get lost on the hop or one of the links is bad come on back here to see the order:

Jessica S
Jessica B

Thanks for hopping with us!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Names Of The Father

I love this Eureka Stamps background Stamp  32401 Names Background and with Easter coming it makes a great Easter card. I stamped the entire image which is 4 X 4.75 but then used  a Spellbinders die and cut it to a smaller image, then sponged the entire image while it was still in the die. I then inked the edges to give it a more aged look.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Biblical Blog Hop ~ Spring Is In The Air

Hi there and welcome to the Biblical Impressions Monthly Hop, our theme this month is Spring Is In The Air. aren't you ready for spring I know I am. 
Here are a few snippets of what is in store as you hop along. Please leave a comment on each members blog as we all need a little encouragement.

 You will start with Barb and hop along. The hop line up is below in case you get lost along the way you can always come back here and find where you need to go.

Hop Order

Happy Hoppin

Spring Tulips

Here's a wonderful combo of colors using the Tulips image from Eureka Stamps.

Copic markers were used for coloring: Y15,17,19, V12,15,17, YG61,63,67, BG0000,000,10

EK Success punch was sued to cut the buckle and covered it with Aleene’s Paper Glaze to create a shiny finish and it also adds stability. The ribbon that wraps around the right side of the panel is taped to the back side. I thread the ribbon though the buckle before attaching it to the card and the ribbon is secured to the card panel with the Paper Glaze product on the left side of the buckle. The buckle is attached with double sided tape and a touch of Aleene’s tacky glue to each side.

Perfect Layers tools from Perfect Paper Crafting was used to cut the even borders.

Scor-Pal was used to emboss lines across the envelope stopping at the image. 

Image: Images: Eureka Stamps - 28502 Tulips
Paper:colors – Bazzill, unknown white for large panel, Beckett Expressions: Iceberg for image
Ink:Memento – Tuxedo Black
Tools not mentioned above: Cuttlebug and Seeing Spots embossing folder

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thanks.... for sticking your neck out!

Hello fellow stampers!
Kristie here today.
Today I'd like to share a thank you card with you.
I used the "Turtle" (#16315) stamp from
to make this cute card.
He was stamped onto white card stock and colored with watercolor crayons.
The 'thanks' was cut on my Cricut Expressions from the Opposites Attract cartridge.
Inside I will write
"for sticking your neck out!"
If you're a turtle fan, or even if you aren't stop in to QKR Stampede and see all the adorable turtle stamps available. You may end up being a turtle fan after all.
Thanks for stopping today, come again soon!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A breath of spring....

Good morning ( or afternoon depending ) ! This is Jessica B. with a card to share for Eureka Stamps. I have to say the image I chose for this card is probably one of my favorite stamps...and I have a lot of stamps too. It is just so pretty, so simple and yet so fun to color. I am sure I didn't color this type of flower correctly..but that is what I call using my "artistic licence" LOL.

See...isn't that a pretty image? I stamped it in Versafine black on Neenah paper ( that was cut and embossed) and colored with my Prismacolor pencils and OMS . Then I did a bit of sponging with SU! daffodil delight ink while it was still in the die. I then layered the image onto a piece of pale yellow card stock that I had punched a border onto. Next up was the ribbon which I had in my stash but it is just a piece of pretty cream colored sating ribbon, then I layered all of that onto a piece of DP then onto the card. Pretty simple..yet so light and fresh looking at the same time.

If you haven't checked Eureka Stamps out in a while, please do! It is full of wonderful stamps just like the one above.

I hope you enjoyed my card today, and please keep checking back in here on the blog to see what he other talented DT members have to show off!

Have a great rest of your day~
Jessica B.

Best Wishes

I hope your are having a great week so far.  I meant to post this here on the 1st when I had it on my blog but forgot to get over here and post it.

Better late than never!!!
I made this one with a stamp from the Tender Thoughts line of stamps from Eureka stamps.

The Tender Thoughts  stamps are so pretty that you don't need to do much to them to create a beautiful card.  Just let the image be the star of the show!

This is Hibiscus and Bee and Best Wishes from Eureka Stamps.  They are both available in Digi or unmounted red rubber.  I like this image because it  can be paired with many different sentiments. 

Hope your enjoyed today's card!

Have a great rest of your day!!!


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tea Time

A friend at church this Sunday told me she is making something for all the women at our ladies' spring banquet this year that involves something with teacups, and will include two teabags to encourage fellowship. She asked if I had any text stamps that might go along with it. How funny ... I had just made this card Saturday!

The teapot image comes in two sizes; I used the smaller image as a backgrounder for the Patsy Clairmont text.

Monday, March 5, 2012

True Friends...

Hi there. Quick post for me today. Gotta run to work...uggggg. I wanted to share a card I made using the Eureka Stamps True Friends stamp. I have some wonderful friends in my life right now that are helping keep me together. SO this stamp made me think of them.

I stamped the image onto cream CS, and trimmed it down. I stamped again on white CS so I could make fluffy clouds. I used watercolor crayons to color the rainbow, and layered onto pink CS. I used some rainbow CS for the background and layered onto a cream CS base.

Well I am off to work...lucky me! LOL