Sunday, January 30, 2011

Stamping Bella Card Share Part 1

Hey all... it's an absolutely beautiful day here in sunny NC!! I was sitting outside on the deck and actually had to come in because I was getting too hot out there in my shorts & tee shirt! Summer's a coming! I look forward to when I can get my hands in the dirt to plant my veggies. That means a summer filled with eating out of the garden. Love it!

Today's share is from Stamping Bella. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these stamps. I have been buying SB stamps way back when they only had a few dozen images and I owned practically all of them! Now, they have stamps available by so many wonderful artists like Christy Croll, Mo Manning, Chichiboulie, and Lori Boyd to name a few. I have several of pretty cards I've made so I'm splitting the post into 2 parts.

As always, recipes will be updated when I get to and find my written recipes. Hope you enjoy!

Supplies: stamps - Stamping Bella Minty Wreath & Holiday Wishes; c/s - unknown c/s & pp (but I think the pp is from Hobby Lobby); AMuse black dye ink pad; Copic markers & Spica pens; Spellbinders regular & scalloped circles; white gel pen; misc ribbon; pop dots; glue dots.

Supplies: stamps - Stamping Bella Pia Puddingtop & Holiday Wishes; c/s - unknown c/s & pp; AMuse black dye ink pad; Copic markers & Spcia pens; Spellbinders regular & scalloped ovals; Martha Stewart red craft seam binding; white gel pen; pop dots; glue dots.

Supplies: stamps - Stamping Bella Chefabella; c/s - unknown c/s & pp; AMuse black dye ink pad; Copic markers, paper & Spica pens; photo corner punch; glitter glue; Bella's baubles; silk leaf; pop dots; glue dots.

That's it for today. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. For those of us in the southern states, not bogged down by all the snow and everything yucky that goes with snow, have a sunny afternoon!

Happy stamping til the next time!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Elzybells Card Share

Today's cards are from Elyzbells which is no longer in business. The owner, Elizabeth, is working with Penny Black from what I understand. I think it's a good fit because I really liked these stamps and I love love love Penny Black! Supplies will be updated when I find the recipes.

I loved making this card after I saw something similar to it on the cover of CardMaker magazine. Since I didn't have enough of the background paper left from Memory Box, I used stamps to create a background that looked almost exactly like the actual pp.

Supplies: Elyzbells, AMuse & Memory Box stamps, Memory Box & misc c/s, white gel pen, Bazzill flowers, Spellbinders scalloped & regular ovals, Copic markers, brads, glue dots, pop dots

Supplies: Elyzbells stamp, Cuttlebug embossing folder, misc c/s, Martha Stewart craft seam binding, Spellbinders scalloped & regular circles, glue dots, pop dots

I'm looking forward to seeing how well "Elyzbells" meshes with Penny Black. Some stamps may already be out, but I'm not sure since I haven't had the chance to go online and look at the catalog. Although speaking of catalogs, the new Hero Arts catalog is something I will have to spend time drooling over! I love those stamps too! I guess I just love lots of different companies! :-)

Happy stamping til the next time!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

AMuse Card Share

Today's share will be some cards I made using AMuse Artstamps. I especially like AMuse even though the stamps are very small and a bit more can go into making the cards. The images are super cute! When, and if, I find the recipes, I will update the supply lists.

Supplies: AMuse stamps (on card), SU! stamps (on envie), Amuse & Memory Box c/s, Marvey rectangle punch, tiny pumpkin punch from Michaels

Supplies: AMuse stamps, AMuse & Memory Box c/s, Copic markers, Spica pens, Martha Stewart border punch, AMuse sheer ribbon

Supplies: AMuse stamps, AMuse & Bazzill c/s, Copic markers

Supplies: AMuse & Printworks stamps, unknown pp, SU! wide oval punch, Spellbinders scalloped oval, corner rounder, misc ribbon

Supplies: AMuse stamps, Memory Box & SU! c/s, AMuse ribbon, Copic markers, dimensional glaze, white gel pen, AMuse ribbon, pop dots, Prima flowers, circle punches

Supplies: AMuse & Savvy or Impress stamps, misc c/s, Stardream gold c/s, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Copic markers, Spica pens, misc ribbon

Hope you liked these cards. I enjoyed making them!

Happy stamping til the next time!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Unity Stamps Card Share

Hey all... back again so soon... Have to go to the doctor's today. As I said in my last blog post, I've been sick with "something" for 3 months now. I am sick of being sick and ready to move on to feeling better and getting some stuff done around the house and with this blog! I'm totally hoping this is just allergies that have kicked my butt, but I'm going to find out one way or another.

I'm going to spend the next few days showcasing cards I've worked on by company. The first company will be Unity Stamps using their Kit of the Month Club for Thanksgiving & Christmas. These really turned out so cute and the coloring is prettier in person than the pic, but you'll get the idea. If I can find the recipes for these cards, I will edit the post later with more details.

Supplies - Unity Stamps KOM; Hobby Lobby cardstock & scrapbook paper; Copics; Spica pens; ribbon from Michael's or ACMoore

This next card was inspired by paper I got in a pack from Papertry Ink. I couldn't wait to use it with this turkey when I got it (the turkey). :-)

Supplies - stamps: Unity Stamps KOM & ?; unknown cardstock, Papertry Ink pp; Copics; Spica pens; unk ribbon; photo corners punch; copper brad.

Well, that's it for today. Hope you enjoyed these cards, I especially had fun with the turkey. He's too darn cute!

Happy stamping til the next time!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Stamp Store Traveling - The Queen's Ink

This post was saved in draft form from early October. As I have been sick since then, I let the blog go to the wayside. But now I'm back with lots to share!! While I have been sick, I have also been making cards like crazy! So many cards that I'm going to have to figure out how to link a photo album to this blog because it would take me too many hours to post them with details. Anyway, enjoy my review on Queen's Ink. I love this store and would recommend to anyone who is traveling to spend the day in Historic Savage Mill; it's unique and has a lot to offer.

I love being able to plan stops at various stamp and scrapbook stores while travelling. I took my first trip up north for the first time in 2 years in late September. The driving was slow going with lots of stops due to the back, but I made the best of it and got a few nice stops in.

On the way up, I got to make an extra long stop at The Queen's Ink in Savage, MD. I had been to the store before, but it was several years ago when they were in another town a bit closer to my family in Clinton, MD. The store was also much smaller than it is now. They are located in Historic Savage Mill which is a very unique shopping area as it seemed to me there were many shops that were artisan related in one way or another.

The shop was a lot of fun, I took bunches of pictures, and got to talk to the owner (who was wearing the crown in honor of her birthday), and one of the workers who was there that day. The Queen's Ink carries tons of different stamp companies and has so many samples of simplistic stamping as well as altered art style stamping. Lots to keep one busy for more hours than I was there! Here is a link to her website:

My favorite find in The Queen's Ink was a trio of Design Originals books for Zentangling. I got Zentangle Basics, Zentangle 3 and Totally Tangled. If you aren't familiar with it, Zentangle is a form of doodling. There's a whole system to how it's done, but by "sectioning" off your paper, you create repetative patterns within those sections that ultimately give you a completed project. It is really neat, addictive and yet creativity at it's simplest. Google the word and you will find all kinds of websites to help you learn this technique. The owner recently completed the Master Zentangle course. Give her a call at 301-497-9449 if you would like to get supplies, books, or sign up for classes at the store. To see a couple of samples of Zentangling, click on the Classes tab, click on a month, then click on any of the Zentangle classes, and scroll down to see the the samples. The best part of this hobby is that you could travel with all your Zentangle supplies in a pencil box! Finally, hubby won't complain about dragging tons of stuff when we travel that he claims I won't/don't work on. I do... he just doesn't realize I do. :-)

I leave you with The Queen's Ink "Q." This picture turned out pretty good, but it looks much "richer" in person. I think it's poymer clay, but not sure and it's BIG. Not gigantic, just big. Very pretty though and befitting of this "Queenly" store.

Happy stamping til the next time!