How to Use Line Stamps If You Don't Color - Tip #3

If you are just stopping by for the first time, I am working on a series on how to use line stamps if you don't color.  Line stamps are taking the stamping community by storm and let's face it, not everyone can color.  So I've been working on tips to help others like myself.  You can view my other tips here, here and here.

My third tip...Just Fake It!

Thankfully along with the line stamp trend came watercolor.  With watercolor, you can fake it!   My favorite watercolor technique for line images is to heat emboss first (this contains the water) then add color with Distress or Zig markers and spritz with water (or add water with an aquapainter).  The water does all of the work and you get a beautifully watercolored image.  Here I used Zip Markers and just scribbled a little bit of color onto each leaf.  I didn't color it in, it was just a small amount of color.  Then I spritzed it with water and done!  See, I didn't even have to know what I was doing, I totally faked it.  A Kindergarten could easily master this idea ;)

I used the same technique here.  The results are really stunning!  I hope you'll give it a try!

CAS Christmas with Penny Black

It doesn't get more classically CAS than this!  Penny Black's Snowy Grove stamp set makes stunning Christmas cards, but I can see it being used for masculine cards too.  To make this card, I started by stamping a piece of white card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Next I used a distress tool to add Broken China and Dusty Concord Distress inks to the background.  I trimmed down the piece and placed it on a white card base and then heat embossed the sentiment.  Lastly, I added score lines above and below the stamped image.

Have you started your Christmas cards yet?  This one is great for mass producing and mailing!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Penny Black products used:
40-418  Snowy Grove
30-310 Believe

La Fleur Rouge

Hi All!
I'm up today over at the Penny Black Simplicity blog.  
Here's a peek at my project...

Click here to view my full card, product list and instructions.  I hope to see you there!

Frosted Pumpkins SN Challenge

This week at StampNation we have a fun challenge.  It's called "Frost on Pumpkins", perfect for this time of year when we usually get our first frost.  We had to add "frosting" to our cards.  I love how creative Heather is when it comes to our challenges.  She definitely keeps our creativity flowing. 

I chose to use embossing paste as my frosting.  This is the first time I have used embossing paste on a card.  I tried it once at Catherine's but didn't make anything with it.  I'm VERY late on that bandwagon.  Here's a little a peek of my card...

 I'd love to see you play along with us, but you have to be a member to play!

I hope to see you there!

Happy 3rd Birthday CAS-ual Fridays!

Happy 3rd Birthday CAS-ual Fridays!  I've been a fan of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps since the beginning and I'm honored that I get to celebrate with them today!

In honor of their 3rd birthday, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps has a no code sale going on all week long!  So, shop 'til you drop :)

Today I am hopping along with the CASual Fridays team and some of their closest friends in celebration of their third birthday.  You should have arrived from Kelly Griglione's blog.  If not, head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog and start from the beginning!

One thing that has always impressed me about CAS-ual Fridays stamps is that they fill in a huge gap in the stamping industry.  Michelle is the mom of two buys, just like me and she's created a line of stamps that are perfect to tween and teen boys!  It's hard to find stamps for that age group, I'm so happy that Michelle designed stamps with that group in mind!

After saying that you may be scratching your head because I didn't make a boy card.  Instead I used these stamps to make a girly card, which I have never done.  My youngest son is going to a birthday party tomorrow for a girl so I thought I'd try it out.  Woot Woot works perfectly for girls too :)  I had to be careful with the sentiment, Ethan said nothing too gushy, so "High 5" it was!  I stamped the sentiment on the adorable Scallop Tag.

Time to start hopping along.  Make sure you comment on all of the blogs along the way.  There are some really awesome prizes along the way...

One lucky commenter will win this...

Two lucky commenters will win this...

Next on the hop is Julia.  Head on over to her blog to see what kind of birthday goodness she's created for you!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy 3rd Birthday CAS-ual Fridays!!!

Stamps:  Woot Woot (CAS-ual Fridays)
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight (SU)Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores (PTI) Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White (SU) Sweet Gelato (WP9)
Accessories:  Scallop Tag (CAS-ual Fridays) Sequins (PPP) White Embossing Powder (Ranger) Tuxedo Black Twine (Timeless Twine)

SOA Stamped Patterned Paper

Have you ordered your Stamp of Approval Holiday Magic Collection yet?  From what I hear the supply is limited, so you better get it before it's gone!

Here I used the SOA Holiday Trimmings stamp set to make my own patterned paper.  What a great way to customize your holiday cards!  You could even stamp and entire 4 1/4 x 11 inches piece of card stock and then cut pieces to use on your cards.  Catherine also made her own patterned paper, but she used the snowflakes.  You can see that here.  I'm going to be having a ton of fun with this stamp set during the holiday season.  I'm thinking I need to make some tags with it too!

Don't forget to grab your box before it's gone!  

Stamps:  Holiday Trimmings (SOA - Holiday Magic)
Ink:  Real Red (SU) Simply Chartreuse (PTI) Tuxedo Black (Memento) White (WPlus9)
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red (SU) Black (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Tag Buddies (SOA - Friendship)  Tuxedo Black Twine (Timeless Twine)

SOA Holiday Magic Collection is Available & a Peek

 It's here, it's finally time!
The Holiday Magic Collection is available NOW!

Remember, this collection is limited an is only available while supplies last!

 Want a little peek of another card I made with the SOA Holiday Magic Collection?

This week's challenge at SN is an Anything Goes Christmas challenge.  The SN DT and our Stamp of Approval Designers are used the SOA Holiday Magic Collection on our cards!
Here's a little a peek of my card. (Oh look, it matches the SOA box.  That wasn't planned, haha)

This tree image was created by Danielle from Neat & Tangled for the SOA Holiday Collection.
It is so adorable and fun to stamp with too!  Our designers have done some clever things with this image, I can't wait to CASE them :)

I hope to see you playing along, but you have to be a member...

See you there!

Holiday Magic Stamp of Approval Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stamp of Approval Blog Hop.  Today myself and some of my favorite designers are sharing cards using the Stamp of Approval Holiday Magic Collection!  The Stamp of Approval is an exclusive collection of stamps, dies and accessories hand picked by Catherine Pooler.

The Stamp of Approval Holiday Magic Collection will be released soon, very soon, TOMORROW in fact!!  By the looks of the Wait List, it's going to sell out quickly.  This is a limited collection that will only be available until they are sold out, so make sure that you are on the Wait List to be notified when it is available.  StampNation members that are on the Wait List will be notified first (a little perk of being a member!) then the rest of the Wait List will be contacted!

I've been creating with the SOA Holiday Magic Collection for the past couple of weeks.  I'm thrilled that I finally get to share my creations.

Here you are getting a peek at the Holiday Trimmings stamp set designed by Winnie & Walter and the Happy Holidays die designed by Neat & Tangled.  I started this card by trimming a piece of white card stock to 3 3/4 x 5.  Then I chose the adorable star banner from Holiday Trimmings and stamped it first in Versamark and then heat embossed it in Silver, then I did the same with gold.  The sentiment was die cut from Gold Glimmer Paper and adhered with liquid glue.  I added this panel to a 3 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches piece of Steel Mill card stock and then added that to a white card base.  Lastly I added the sequins from the SOA holiday collection to the banners.

This is such a fun, easy card to make and send for the holidays.  Switch out the sentiment and it works for birthdays or anniversaries!

It's time to start hopping along now!

Make sure to leave a comment on each blog because one lucky commenter will win a Stamp of Approval Holiday Magic Collection of their own.   The more times you comment, the more chances you will have of to win! (If the winner has already purchased a box, they will be refunded!)

You've got until Friday at noon EDT to get those comments in. The winner will be announced on Catherine Pooler's blog!  Good luck and happy hopping!

Stamps:  Holiday Trimmings (SOA)
Ink:  Versamark 
Paper:  Whisper White (SU) Steel Mill (WP9)
Accessories:  Sequins (SOA)  

Stamp of Approval Holly Wreath & Holiday Trimmings

I'm so excited to finally be able to share the cards I have made with the Stamp of Approval Holiday Magic Collection.  Have you heard of the Stamp of Approval Collections yet?  Well, Catherine Pooler has hand picked a collection of exclusive stamps and dies that is delivered right to your door.  You use the contents of the box along with the ink and paper you already have on hand and you can make dozens of projects.  You also receive a PDF download that contains many, many card ideas using the collection exclusively!

 The Holiday Magic Collection goes on sale October 15th at 10AM EDT.  The Friendship Collection sold out in one hour & one minute.  Catherine did her best to estimate how many she'd need this time around but once they are gone, they are gone!  People on the wait list will receive notice as soon as the collection becomes available!

Now on to my card...I used the beautiful Holiday Flourishes stamp set that was designed by Effie from The Ton to make my own holly wreath.  I simply traced a circle die and then stamped the holly leaves around the circle, alternating colors as I went.  Then I went in and stamped the berries and the sentiment from the Snowy Sayings stamp set designed for the collection by CAS-ual Fridays.  Don't forget to erase your pencil line before you put your card together (Don't look too closely at mine!)  As a final touch I stamped a border from the Holiday Trimmings stamp set by Winnie & Walter, for just a little extra pop of color!  All of the stamps used on this card were from different stamp sets and they all work SO well together.  

Thanks for stopping by.  If you'd like to see more projects using the Stamp of Approval Holiday Magic Collection visit Catherine, Jessica, Heather, and Laurel!!  The designers started previewing the collection yesterday and will continue through tomorrow.  Wednesday is our blog hop and then the release is on Thursday.  What a busy and fun week!!!

Stamps:  Holiday Flourishes, Snowy Sayings & Holiday Trimmings (SOA)
Ink:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler (SU) Simply Chartreuse (PTI) Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler (SU) Kraft (WPlus9)
Accessories:  Linen Thread (SU) Sequin (SOA)

Stamp of Approval Holiday Collection Date Announced & A Big Peek

*This is my 2nd post today.  Please scroll down for the LID October Release!

The Stamp of Approval Holiday Magic Collection is ALMOST available.  Stay tuned for the following over the next week:
  • SOA designers will begin showing samples starting tomorrow!
  • Blog hop (with a box to give away!) on Oct. 14th.
  • The collection officially goes on sale 10AM EDT on Oct. 15th!  
The first collection sold out in 1:01!  You'll want to get on the wait list this time around so that you don't miss out.  Catherine has done her best estimating about  how many she will need this time around.  But once they sell out, they are gone.  Click here to get on that wait list and to learn more about the SOA Holiday Magic Collection.

Want a preview of the SOA Holiday Magic Collection?

Eek....I can't wait for you all to see the whole collection!!!!  So many fun products :)

Lil' Inker Designs October Release - Day Three

It's the last day of the Lil' Inker Design Team blog hops.  If you haven't checked out the new release make sure you do so, everything is available now in the Lil' Inker Store

You should have arrived here the Lil' Inker Store Blog.  If not, head over there and start the hop from the beginning.

I still have two more cards to share with you today.  Both are CAS and perfect for mailing.  The first uses the Merry & Bright Holiday Greeting Die.

I love that this is a peek-a-boo die.  When I first got it out to use, I thought it would cut out the square shape as well.  Once I realized it was a peek-a-boo, I was like, "ohhhhhh".  I can't wait to play with this some more, so many possibilities.  I used 1/4 inch stripes of glimmer paper to make my own pattern in the background.  Oh boy, I was covered in glitter head to toe but it was worth it :)

Next, I used the Christmas Word Tag Trio to make a very clean & graphic card!

Rather than use the word dies as tags, I snipped off the loops and just used the words.  The ability to do that makes these super versatile.  I placed the words on a white panel that was cut using the Stitched Rectangles, then I ran it through the Big Shot with the Quilted Stitched Pattern Cover Up.

That's it for me!  Next on the hop is the Amy Kolling.  Head over to the store and place your favorites from the release in your cart.

I hope you've enjoyed my release projects!  I'm excited to start seeing some of these products popping up around blog land! 

Lil' Inker Designs October Release - Day Two

We are back with our second day of design team blog hops for the Lil' Inker Designs October release.  Have you seen all of the fabulous new holiday inspired products in the  Lil' Inker Store?  You must check it out!  

You should have arrived here from Chrissy's blog.  If not, head to the Lil' Inker Store Blog to start from the beginning.

For my first two cards today I am featuring the Oh, Deer Christmas stamps.  "Oh deer" is exactly what I thought when I saw this stamp set.

This may very well be my favorite card, ever.  I don't say that about my own cards often but this one, I love it!  It took a bit of time to do the paper piecing but it was totally worth it.  It almost looks like a snow globe to me.  I know exactly who this card will be going off to for Christmas but I think I'm going to make a few more of these to send!

Christmas is the only time you will see me using a ton of patterned paper.  I just can't resist it!

I love that you can just stamp this image and it still looks awesome!  I just heat embossed it in gold and added a red rhinestone so it looks like Rudolph.

Next up, is Ornamental Christmas & Ornamental Dies.

There are so many ways to use these fun stamps and dies.  I was kind of on a roll and made another rustic card, but I can't wait to make a little banner with all of these images hanging down in a variety of Christmas-y colors.

I'm the last stop on the hop today.  Head over to the Lil' Inker Designs store and shop 'til you drop!
See you tomorrow!

Lil' Inker Designs October Release - Day One

The fun begins today with the first of three days of blog hops for the Lil' Inker Designs October release.  All of the new, amazing products are available NOW in the Lil' Inker Designs Store!

You should have arrived here from Heather's blog.  If not, head to the Lil' Inker Store Blog to start from the beginning.

This month you'll find all of the products you'll need for holiday card making this year.  There are some super cute products, the deer in the header, LOVE!

Before we move on to Christmas, we have one more new product for Fall, Leafy Greeting & Leaf Love die set.

These leaves were so fun to make.  I was going for a nature look and smooshing with Fall colors seemed like the perfect technique to use.  To do this, I pressed Distress Inks onto an acrylic block, then spritzed it with water and pressed watercolor paper into the ink.  I did this several times until I was happy with the result.   Once the paper was dry, I die cut the leaves from my favorite spots.  Some areas got muddy, so I chose the more colorful portions!  I added the leaves to a Rounded Rectangle panel that I also ran through my Big Shot with the Stitched Woodgrain Cover Up die.  All of these stitches make me happy! 

How about a super CAS Christmas card?  I've really been trying to make my Christmas cards flat and have the ideas easilty replicated for mass production.  I think this one fits the bill using All the Christmas You'll Ever Need & Oh My Ornament Dies.

Classic, clean and simple design.  The stitched bow is just fantastic, such a subtle yet beautiful touch.  No bulky ribbons or bows here.  Perfect for mailing!

Time to hop along.  Next up is Chrissy, head on over to her blog to see what she's done with the September release products!