Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Your Next Stamp Challenge 62 - Chirp Up

Hi everyone!

It felt so nice to get into my stamp room and make a card after being sick for the last few weeks!  I pulled out the new Coffee Chicks set to play with again and made a card with the colors from Challenge 62.

All of the little strips were leftovers from other cards or projects.  They just happened to be laying on my desk in a pile after I cleaned it the other day.  Perfect inspiration!  I colored the coffee cup and chick with Copics and added some white gel pen accents as well as some of the new Enchanted Forest Gumdrops.  The "Chirp up" sentiment is from a retired set called "Dynamic Duo".  I stamped it in white and embossed it, then I drew a speech bubble frame with my white gel pen for a fun look.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I hope you'll play along with the challenge, too!


Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Your Next Stamp - April DT Dare

Hello, hello!

The DT Dare this month was to be inspired by books - either a book you've read, a book cover, or just plain books in general.  Well... my daughter is a librarian, and one of the things I love to do is stamp a set of simple bookmarks and let her take them to the library for patrons to pick up when they check out book, so, of course, I made some bookmarks to share!!

These are so easy and so fun to make!!

First I cut out my bookmarks using the second largest die from the Your Next Stamp Bookmark/Tag Large Die Set.  I looked at many, many companies' bookmark dies before I purchased these a few years ago, but I liked this set best.  First, because of the shape of the top of the bookmarks,  and, second, because there are so many sizes to choose from.  I can not only use it for stand-alone bookmarks, but I can use it for gift tags or tags on my cards as well.  LOVE.

After I die cut the bookmarks, I stamped out the cute little chicks from the new Coffee Chick set and colored them with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  The little humming bird from the Sweet Hummingbird set found a home on one of the flowers, too.

When my images were all colored I used a set of three punches that I have had forever to make my little focal images.  You could, of course, use dies for that step.  Stitched circle dies would be adorable!  Then I started to put together my bookmarks.  I used little strips of cardstock or patterned paper to decorate them, along with white embossed words and gel pen accents.  The words are from the sets Coffee Chick, Phoebe with her Wagon, and Happy Dance.  I think my favorite is the one that says, "Pick Me!"  I try to make one with that saying in every set of bookmarks... and often it goes first!! :)

To finish off my set of bookmarks I threaded a 6" piece of ribbon through the top opening and tied it off with a piece of twine for some extra color and fun.

I hope you've been inspired, today!



Saturday, April 01, 2017

Your Next Stamp - April New Release Blog Hop

Hello, hello!  Welcome to my stop on the Your Next Stamp New Release Blog Hop!!  I am so excited about this release, aren't you?  I just loved the HummingBird set that I shared yesterday, and the sweet Purrrfectly Cute set I'm sharing today just makes me happy! : )

I had so much fun coloring up this kitty and her basket of flowers!  I stamped her in VersaFine Black Ink since I was going to color with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  I've been working on my clean and simple card making skills, so, after I got her colored, I used the Curved Scallop Edge Die to cut the top of the panel.  Then I stamped the greeting with Your Next Stamp Black Olive ink onto a strip of yellow cardstock and added that to an orange base along with some twine.  I scattered a few Gumdrops around the image for some extra color and texture.

Be sure that you hop around to all the blogs in the link list below to get lots of inspiration using the new sets and dies (that are all in the YNS Store right now, by the way!!).  And remember to leave comments as you hop to be in the running for a $25.00 gift certificate to the Store!  (By the way, the more blogs you visit and comment on the greater your odds of winning! But you don't have to comment on every blog to be in the drawing.)

Now off you go through the hop.  :)   And remember, as your wish list expands, that Karen is giving 20% off your entire order through April 6th.  Woohoo! I just love that!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  They really make my day!!