Friday, April 12, 2013

Spring Yard Sale date...

Stamped Designs will be holding a Spring Yard Sale on Saturday and Sunday - June 1st and 2nd.  We will only have items out on those 2 days and will be picking up the items after June 2nd.  This is where you can sell your items for Stamped Designs store credit.  We charge a $5 flat fee to get into the sale - you can bring in as many items as you wish.  When you register, you will get stickers with a unique code for your items.  Price your items and bring them to the store.  You can drop off items between May 18th and May 30th.  All left-over merchandise must be picked up by June 16th - any items remaining after June 16th become the property of Stamped Designs.  Stickers will be available for purchase starting on Thursday April 18th.

So, start cleaning out your stamping/scrapbooking area and look for items that you are interested in selling.  Please ensure that all items are in working order - paints and inks should not be dried out.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Where does time go?

Wow!  It has been almost a month since I posted to the blog!  Yikes!  I swear days are going by at warp speed these days.  I will try to be better about posting.

This card is a wonderful dogwood image from Impression Obsession.  Flowers always seem to be "go to" images - you can always use them.  For this card, I started with a kraft-like cardstock - it is called Fossil from The Paper Cut and in many ways, I like it better than a standard kraft stock.  First, I took the honeycomb background stamp (also from IO) and stamped it with VersaMark ink on the fossil cardstock.  Then I stamped the dogwood image in black VersaFine ink and colored it with Prosmacolor pencils - starting with white and then adding the pink accents for the flowers.  Add some ribbon and layers, and you have a wonderful card.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fancy Glitter Cards

These are the 3 designs that we will be using in Saturday's Fancy Glitter Cards class.  I managed to get 2 of them made into cards yesterday - hopefully the 3rd will be completed on Wednesday - assuming that the snow stops falling out of the sky.  If you want to learn how to color glitter with Copic markers, this is the class for you!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Cupcake Birthday Card...

When you need a card for someone who likes cupcakes, what do you do?  Make them a cupcake card, of course!!  This is a simple card - a little fussy work with the candles and bows, but nothing difficult.  Started with a Martha Stewart Crafts cupcake punch - which punches out 2 pieces, the top and bottom of the cupcake.  Just used various orange/yellow tones from the scrap drawer.  Then did some mixing and matching.  The candles are from an EK Success border punch - used the same colors and also punched the pattern in yellow to cut out the pieces for the flames.  Added some cardstock trim and layered with some striped cardstock - stamped the sentiment from Printworks in Pinecone Versacolor ink and layered away!

What else are you going to do when it is snowing - AGAIN!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Distress Stains Applied Directly to a Stamp

This is similar to one of the cards we will be making in the "Distress Stain Mania" class.  I used the stains to ink the large background stamp used in this card (it is a Hero Arts stamp).  The beauty of the stains over apply ink direct to the stamp and then spritzing is that the stains are so fluid that the colors simply blend together - you do not need to add water for blending.  You can add water - either before or after stamping - I did not in this case.  The flower image is from Flourishes and I colored the image with PrismaColor pencils.  The ribbon is from May Arts - simply tied the 2 colors together to make the bow.

Thanks for coming by...

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Gerber Daisies...

This is another card we are making in our "Flourishes Splendor" class this month and next.  I started with a pre-cut circle from a Spellbinders die.  Then I stamped the daisy image so it was off the circle.  Now you put the circle back into the die and apply Ranger's Vintage Velvet Distress Ink with a foam applicator around the white edge of the circle, up to the flowers.  When you remove the die, it leaves that nice white edge - which sets off the image nicely.  Then it is a layering game with a bow attached in a corner arrangement.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tips on coloring and shading red with Copics

Red is sometimes one of the more challenging colors to work with - and this is no exception with Copic markers.  Check out this tutorial by Kristy Dalman from  It is timely in that it shows how to shade a classic heart - just in time for Valentine's Day!


Monday, January 28, 2013

Charlie Brown and Snoopy - You Cannot Go Wrong!

Need a quick card for a guy who is a dog lover?  Here's a quick card that brings a smile to everyone's face! The Peanuts stamps from Stampabilities have always moved out of the store well and appeal to everyone!  Especially the Baby Boomer generation.

This was a quick card - stamped and colored with Copics and then layered with some Spellbinders dies.  Add a "Wish Big" sentiment and it makes a great birthday card.

Thanks for making us part of your day today!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Paper Piecing with a Die

Now, not everyone likes to paper piece, but when you use a die cut, it is a lot easier.  On this card, I started with a Memory Box die and cut it first from a base green color, then cut the flowers from various patterned papers and attached them over the first cut out.

To create the "frame" look, I layered the black cardstock over a white trim layer with a thin black layer to set it off.  The flower sprig is then attached over the black with foam tape.

Simple and very effective.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

You Rock!

My apologies for being so "out of touch."  Just don't know where the time went.  Weddings, Christmas and recovering from CHA took a toll on me, I guess.  So, hopefully I am back to regular posting.  I chose a card for the upcoming "Laugh with the Oldies" class to salute you, my readers, for being patient.  In my eyes, you rock!

This is a fun image from Art Impressions.  I especially like this one and can picture myself a few years down the road like this!  After a tough nine holes of golf on an executive course!  HA!  The image is stamped with VersaFine ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils.  Cut out with a circle Spellbinders die and layered to some fun striped DP by Canvas Corp.  Added a bow for embellishment and a couple Candi dots!