Friday, September 30, 2011

Sister Stamps Christmas Release - Day 3 Shimo-san

Welcome to the third and final day of Sister Stamps Christmas release.  I hope you're enjoying the new images and the wait is almost over - these stamps will available tomorrow!  To find out where you can purchase them, hop on over to the Sister Stamps blog and see the list of retail stores on their sidebar.

My card today features Shimo-san.  I loved this image from Denise's first sketches and it has turned out to be such a fun and playful stamp.  You'd think it would take long to color, but it's faster and easier than you'd think.  The girl and boy aren't very big so not much to color, the scarf and hat are simple to do and only a little shading on the snowman and snow - and the final result...cute, cute, cute!

If you like a chance to win Shimo-san here's all you have to do:

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Winners will announced tomorrow, October 1 so don't forget to come back and see if you're a lucky winner!

For more blog candy check out the Sister Stamps blog and for more sweet inspiration hop on over to the awesome Amy Young's blog.

  • Stamps: Sister Stamps Shimo-san
  • Die: SU Top Note
  • DP: Carolees Creations
  • Copics, PTI Button, Ribbon, Rhinestone, Stickles

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sister Stamps Christmas Release - Day 2 Yuki

It's day 2 of Sister Stamps Christmas release and today, my project introduces you to the adorable Yuki.  I love this image because it depicts the pure joy a child experiences at Christmas.  With Christmas music playing in the background, I was inspired to create a holiday ornament.  I used QuicKutz's Nesting Bloom dies and I found I like these dies because the largest die is bigger than most of the standard Spellbinders.  Sometimes you want a bigger die for a project and I used the two largest ones for this.
Here's a close up of the image.

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Winners will announced on October 1.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the Sister Stamps blog and guest designer Amy Young's blog.

  • Stamps:  Sister Stamps Yuki
  • Dies: QuicKutz Nesting Bloom
  • Punch: 3" Circle
  • DP: October Afternoon
  • Copics, Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Red Rhinestones

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sister Stamps Christmas Release - Day 1 Setsuna

It's an exciting day as we kick off Sister Stamps' new Christmas releases - woo hoo!  And here's my first card with Setsuna dressed up like Santa - isn't he a cutie!

I tried the center step card for the first time and it was fun and pretty simple to do.  I love using red and pink together for Christmas because it makes me think of sweets like candy cane and gingerbread - so yummy!  I had the perfect Doodlebug DP and combined it with Spellbinders' tree die and a Lawn Fawn banner.

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Winners will announced on October 1.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to stop by the Sister Stamps blog and guest designer Amy Young's blog to see what they've got cooking!


  • Stamps: Sister Stamps Setsuna, Lawn Fawn Banneriffic, Lawn Fawn Cozy Christmas
  • Die: Spellbinders Nested Pine Trees
  • DP: Doodlebug
  • Copics, Bakers Twine, Rhinestones

Monday, September 19, 2011

Flowers For Your Birthday

Here's a simple birthday card I made and cased a creation by the talented Betsy Veldman.  I love the PTI Flower Fusion sets which are so economical ($5) and they come with coordinating dies ($5).  I need to experiment more with stamping in different colors because there are so many possibilities.

Hope you don't mind this quick post, but my little one wants me to "get ready" so we can go out in mommy's car.

Thanks for stopping by!


  • Stamps - PTI Flower Fusion #7, Hero Arts Sentiment
  • Die: PTI Flower Fusion #7, Spellbinders Labels Eighteen
  • Bakers Twine

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Baby Boy #3

Our friends just had their third baby and he is boy #3!  Testosterone will rule the roost but that's okay...boys are fun, right?!   This is the card I designed for them and I inked up this cutie from Inkadinkado's Baby Love.  The images from this set are irresistibly cute!


  • Stamps: Inkadinkado Baby Love, SU Tiny Tags
  • DP: My Mind's Eye
  • Punches: SU Tiny Tag, EK Success Mini Star, 2" Circle, SU 2-3/8" Scallop Circle
  • Die: SU Top Note
  • Bakers Twine, Copics

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sending You Smiles

Today's card features C.C. Designs' Hawaiian Birgitta which I colored up for a class I taught a while ago.  I finally designed a card for her and this is the result inspired by something I saw on Amy Young's blog.  I love how the woodgrain looks stamped in white.

Also, the following two winners have not claimed their Sister Stamps blog candy yet. Please email Jenny at by September 15.  If prizes are not claimed by the deadline, new winners will be drawn.
YOKO stamp - winner is Amy 
AYAKO stamp - winner is Idemello 

  • Stamps: C.C. Designs Hawaiian Birgitta, Dandelion Designs sentiment, Hero Arts Woodgrain
  • Punch:  MS Layered Arches
  • DP:  Bo Bunny

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Got Shave Ice?

Shave ice is what we called it growing up on Oahu, but here in Hilo, they call it ice shave.  But no matter what you call it, really fine shaved ice with good syrup is delicious!  And who wouldn't want some to celebrate a birthday?

For this card I used Dandelion Design's elephant stamp from the Bubbles & Smiles cling set.  I cut off the bubble he was blowing and added the yummy shave ice.  I created some mountains and was even able to position the bird on the cloud paper to fit nicely into the scene. The sentiment is from Hero Arts' Sending Smiles Messages and this set is great because you have typical sentiments with nice add ons to complete your greeting.

Thanks for stopping by!


  • Stamps: Dandelion Designs Bubbles & Smiles, Dandelion Designs Shave Ice, Hero Arts Sending Smiles Messages
  • DP: Jillibean Soup
  • Copics

Monday, September 5, 2011

Silhouettes are Pretty

Happy Labor Day everyone!  Hope you're relaxing or doing something fun with friends and family.  Because today's a holiday, I got to stay up late last night and and here's what I was up to.  I used Hero Arts' Three Silhouettes stamp set and embossed the images in black.  I used my Spellbinders to cut them out in ovals and backed each image with black cardstock.  Then I trimmed around them to give them a slight contrasting frame.  I stamped a brocade image in various colors and cut them out with Spellbinders Labels Four.   It was fun choosing colors and trying out different inks for this.  Using Brilliance pearlescent inks was the most stunning.   I cut pennant-like pieces in black to back each image.  I stamped the sentiment and adorned each girl with jewels.  I absolutely love how pretty and vintage-like these images are.  Above is the first image.
Here's the second image.
And here's the third image.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

  • Stamps: Hero Arts Three Silhouettes, Hero Arts Antique Brocade, Hero Arts Sending Smiles Messages
  • Dies: Spellbinders Ovals, Spellbinders Labels Four
  • Inks, SU, Archival Brilliance, Versamark Watermark
  • Embossing Powder: Stampendous Midnight Black
  • Pearls, Rhinestones

Friday, September 2, 2011

Sister Stamps Blog Candy Winners - And a Baby Card

Thank you to all who played along for Sister Stamps blog candy over the past four days.  I really appreciate you stopping by and thank you for your sweet comments.  Congrats to the following winners:

MIYONO - haumeaola
(Miyono is so cute. Your card is great - I love the ribbon too. Can't wait to start making my own Miyono card. I'm still learning to use my copic - hope my hair looks like yours.)

YOKO - Amy 
(Beautiful card and I love how you added some cranes to the inside! Love your work!)

AYAKO - Idemello 
(love, love, love the umbrella :) such a cute card!!!)

NOBU - Kris 
(Sweet!! He does look great with the alteration since it perfectly matches your theme!! =D Great project!)

Please email Jenny at with your address and she will mail you your prize!

And on to today's card:
One of my best friends had a baby girl back in July and I got one step closer to mailing out her gift today....I made the card.  Still have to wrap it and get it to the post office, but I made progress.  It's such a challenge to get gifts mailed out on time these days.

I found this cute baby stamp set a while ago and finally had a reason to ink it up.  Chose the sweet bunny image and put an "s" sticker on the little bundle which stands for Sienna.  Sweet name!  I used PTI's Turning a New Leaf stamp and die for the leaves and this is a set I got to often.  Love!  Hopefully I get the gift in the mail this weekend!

Happy Labor Day weekend!

  • Stamp: Inkadinkado Baby Love
  • Dies: PTI Turning a New Leaf, SU Top Note
  • Punches: 2-3/8" Scallop Circle, 2" Circle
  • DP: American Crafts
  • Copics, Pink Baker's Twine, Button

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sister Stamps Release Day 4 - Nobu

Welcome to day 4 and the final day of Sister Stamps September release!  Four new stamps are available today at various retail stores (see Sister Stamps blog for list).  Today I introduce you to Sister Stamps' first boy image, Nobu.  Isn't he adorable?!   I need to start by telling you I altered him a tiny bit and changed the toy in his hand to a lollipop, so see below for the actual image.

I decided to do something with a Halloween theme and created a glassine treat bag.  Glassine bags are a favorite of mine - like the look and they're also somewhat nostalgic.  I created the tag with some cool bat DP and a PTI tag die.  I altered the toy and made it a lollipop by using an image from SU's Sweets for the Sweet and punched it out with a 1/2" circle punch.  I wanted a little bling so I covered a small clothes pin with orange glitter paper and also punched out some bats from black glitter paper.  Did you notice the tiny bats on the glassine?   I tried stamping these bags for the first time and StazOn ink worked well.  It takes a steady hand to stamp on the the slightly slippery surface, but it's worth the effort.  So fun!  
Here's a close up.
Here's the actual image.

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Winners will be announced tomorrow,  September 2.  Be sure to check out  Sister Stamps blog and guest designer Mama's blog for more inspiration.

  • Stamps: Sister Stamps Nobu, Hero Arts Bat, SU Sweets for the Sweet
  • DP: Making Memories
  • Dies: Cuttlebug Halloween, PTI Tag Sale #3
  • Punches:  1/2" Circle, 2-1/2" Circle, SU Bat
  • Copics, Ribbon, Glassine, Clothes Pin