Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Little Princess!

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Hi everyone!
It is time for another Pretties Wednesday Challenge & Blog Hop. If you didn't hop onto my blog via Christi Thorsen's blog then you might want to hop back over to the very start of the blog hop which is at Christie Ortman's blog.
This week our challenge was issued by Jackie Rakoski who challenged us to Alter Something. I decided to alter a note book for this challenge. I also wanted to play with the new Paper Pretties Lady Sophia set. I thought Fleur De Lis went well with Royalty so I used the Fiskars Fleur De Lis border punch to decorate the top and bottom of the pink strip across my book and also used the fleur de lis cuttlebug embossing folder for the dark pink panel.
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Want to play along with us
All you need to do is Alter Something …. anything.
How to Enter: Alter something using any Paper Pretties stamp set(s) you have. Upload the project/card to the Paper Pretties gallery. Please include it in the Weekly Challenges category and use keyword PWC71.
Deadline: 6pm EST Tuesday, October 6th.
Prize: $15.00 coupon to the Paper Pretties Boutique.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Paper Pretties Design team to see what they came up with for this challenge.

  • Christie Ortman

  • Julie Masse

  • Danielle Lounds

  • Charmaine Ikach

  • Jana Weaver

  • Jackie Rakoski

  • Christi Thorsen

  • Frances Byrne (you are here!)


  • Recipe: 
    Stamps: Lady Sophia – Paper Pretties 
    Paper: White; Pinks, DP
     Other: Black Ink;Fiskars Fleur De Lis Border Punch; Fleur De Lis Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Foam Tape; Copics

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    Tuesday, September 29, 2009

    Nestfull of Love!

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    Hi everyone!

    On Thursday, October 1st Paper Pretties will be having their monthly Stampin In Your Jammies party!! The party starts at 8pm EST and will last until 10pm. Besides the chatter, and all around fun, we will also be releasing 9 new sets. Check out the rest of the Design Teams blogs this week for more sneak peeks. Hope to see you there!!

    My card to uses the new Nestfull of Love which is one of the new stamps to be released on Thursday …. isn’t it darling! I love the nest full of snowbirds hehe.

    Recipe:

    Stamps: Nestful of Love – Paper Pretties

    Paper: White; Pink, Blue, Dark Pink; DP – The Paper Attic

    Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Lattice Borderabilities; Snowflake Punch; Blue Candy Dots; Pink Pearls Foam Tape; Copics

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    Nurse Riley

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    Hi everyone,

    My card today is for Hanna Stamps October Release Challenge which this month is hosted by Ilina Crouse.

    The challenge this month is a color challenge, the colors were Rust, Teal & Olive.

    So what's in it for you???? How about a $20 Gift Certificate plus an unmounted stamp of your choice .... sound good! That is what one lucky person who participates in the challenge will win … so why not give it a try.

    Don’t forget to use the keyword HSOCT09 when you post your card to SCS. You can find more details on this challenge here.

    For my card I used Nurse Riley which will be one of the stamps which will be released by Hanna Stamps next Monday night 5th October 9pm – 11pm over on the Hanna Stamps Member Forums of SCS. Check our the rest of the Design Teams blogs this week for some more sneak peeks.

    Recipe:

    Stamps: Nurse Riley – Hanna Stamps

    Paper: White; Rust, Teal & Olive

    Other: Black Ink; Black Brads; Circle Nestabilities; Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Foam Tape; Copics

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    Monday, September 28, 2009

    Beach Babe!

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    Greetings everyone.

    It is Pink Elephant challenge time again and this week our sponsor is “Your Next Stamp”. I have only recently discovered this stamp company and I must say they have some adorable stamps … I especially love the Fun with Fhiona range and can see I will need to spend some money there real soon hehe.

    This week the challenge is a recipe challenge: Something with dots, Use a Punch(es), a Tag.

    Well I decided to make my card in the form of a tag, so I got out my cricut expressions (that is now twice in two days … but you have to wait till next week to see what I made with it yesterday hehe!) to create my tag shape using the tags, bags and boxes cart. For the dots I used some yellow polka dot designer paper and my punches …. well the EK Success Beach Border Punch and the word window punch.

    Don’t forget to head over to the Pink Elephant Challenge blog if you want to play along. You can also see what the other design team members created this week.

    Recipe:

    Stamps: Beach Babe – Your Next Stamp

    Paper: White; Yellow; Orange; Yellow Polka Dot DP

    Other: Black Ink; Word Window Punch; EK Success Beach Border Punch; Circle Nestabilities; Cricut; Tags Bags & Boxes Cartridge; Foam Tape; Copics.

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    End of Summer!

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    Hi everyone!

    It is time for another challenge with my CCEE Stamper friends. This week is a Supply Challenge, as I am the hostess for this month it was my job to supply the supplies for this weeks challenge. This week I decided to do something a little different rather then posting designer papers or stamps to everyone, which is what we often do.

    Digital Stamps or images (whatever you wish to call them) are becoming very popular in the stamping world so I thought that I would send everyone the same image (which I purchased 7 times) for everyone to create their cards.

    I found this adorable “End of Summer” image recently while browsing the net at Mo’s Digital Pencil. She has some wonderful digital images for sale on her site. I thought the name of this one was very appropriate as it is the end of summer for many of you. Of course as it is only Spring here, I still have summer ahead of me :).

    I used sketch SC246 from SCS for the layout of my card. I masked the image and then used my copic airbrush to color the grass and sky.

    Don’t forget to check out the rest of our cards over on our CCEE Stampers blog which goes live at 12.00 AM.

    Recipe:

    Stamps: End of Summer – Mo’s Digital Pencil

    Paper: White; Pink; Purple; Lemonade DP – Basic Grey

    Other: Black Ink; Moroccan Screen Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Purple Grosgrain Ribbon; Brads; Foam Tape; Copic Airbrush; Copics

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    Sunday, September 27, 2009

    Gliding By With a Winter Hi!

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    Hi everyone

    Happy Sunday to you all. My card today is one I made some time back for Paper Pretties but I never uploaded it to my blog.

    I used the Paper Pretties stamp “Gliding By” for my card.

    Don’t forget that on Thursday 1st October Paper Pretties will be releasing 9 new stamp sets and will also be revealing the next SOTM. So make sure you check out the rest of the Paper Pretties Design Teams blogs (you will find the links on my side bar). I will have another sneak peek to share with you all on Tuesday.

    Recipe:

    Stamps: Gliding By – Paper Pretties

    Paper: White; Pink, Brown, DP – Kaisercraft

    Other: Black Ink; MS Lace Doily Punch; Snow Flake Punch; Pink Ribbon; Word Window Punch; Paper Piercing Mat & Tool; Tag Corner Punch; Foam Tape; Copics

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    Saturday, September 26, 2009

    Just Sittin’ Here!

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    Happy Saturday everyone!

    Of course Saturday’s mean challenge time over on the Crazy 4 Challenges challenge blog. Thanks to everyone who played along with us all last week, we are really thrilled you are enjoying our challenge blog and love seeing your creations each week.

     Cindy Haffner our challenge hostess for this month has supplied us with another fantastic sketch to use, to finish off our September Sketches theme.

    This week I used Sugar Nellies Gorjuss Girls “Sitting”. I have been wanting this stamp for ages and finally was able to get around to ordering it. I also used the eyelet borderabilities for the horizontal strip across my card.

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    Don't forget to check out the rest of the C4C Designers cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog.

    Recipe:

    Stamps: Sitting Gorjuss Girl – Sugar Nellie; Sentiment – Impression Obsession

    Paper: White; Pink; DP

    Other: Black Ink; Eyelet Borderabilities; Square Nestabilities; Sizzix Texture Plate; Pink Brads; Foam Tape; Copics

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    Warm Winter Wishes!

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    Hi Everyone,

    Paper Pretties have a new release coming this Thursday 1st October. They will be releasing 9 new stamp sets and will also be revealing the next SOTM. Keep an eye on the rest of the Paper Pretties Design Team this week to see what sneak peeks they have in stall for you.

    My card today uses the new Warm Winter Wishes stamp set … this snowman is such a cutie! I used Beate’s Weekend Sketch Challenge from 12th September WSC97 to create my card. I substituted a labels nestabilities for the circle in the sketch but otherwise it is the same.

    Recipe:

    Stamps: Warm Winter Wishes – Paper Pretties

    Paper: White; Brown; Red; DP

    Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Labels Nestabilities; Red Grosgrain Ribbon; Eyelet Border Punch; Snowflake Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Foam Tape; Copic Airbrush System; Copics

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    Friday, September 25, 2009

    A Fall Thanks!

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    Hi everyone!

    It is challenge time over on the Hanna Stamps Member Forum of SCS. This week it is my turn to host the challenge and I decided to make it a color challenge using fall colors to create your card.

    I used Hanna Stamps new Fall Hanna set to create my card using just the little pumpkins image from the set. I also used Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #39 (MTSC39) for the layout of my card.

    Recipe:

    Stamps: Fall Hanna – Hanna Stamps

    Paper: White; Brown; Rust; DP

    Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Brown Buttons; Brown Grosgrain Ribbon; Foam Tape; Copics

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    Thursday, September 24, 2009

    Double Double Toil & Trouble!

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    It is Elzybells challenge time over on the Elzybells Art Stamps blog. This week the challenge was to CASE another Design Team Member’s card.

    What a fun challenge!!!!!!! While browsing the other Design Team Member’s blogs to find a card to CASE, I found this one on Charlene’s blog that she created for last month’s sneak peek.

    For my card I wanted to use the new Witch that was released last week. I changed the colors to make them more appropriate for a Halloween themed card and also added the spider web from the Mini Messages – Happy Haunting set also released last week.

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    Don't forget to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.

    Recipe:

    Stamps: Witch & Mini Messages –Happy Haunting – Elzybells Art Stamps

    Paper: White; Black; Green; Orange; Yellow; Purple

    Other: Black Ink; Modern Label Punch & Die; Sewing Machine; Foam Tape; Copics

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    Tea For Two!

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    Hi everyone!

    It is time for another MFT Stamps sketch challenge over on the MFT Stamps member forum of SCS. Can you believe we have reached 100 sketches …. wow it doesn’t seem that long ago when Kim (MFT Lady) posted the very first sketch over in the forum.  And of course not long after that Cindy Haffner took over supplying the sketches and then I joined her as host approx 12 months ago. Of course I had been playing the sketches way before that.

    It is my honor to be able to host this week’s MFTSC100 sketch hope you will be able to play along with us.

    This week I used the new Who’s That Girl Coffee? Tea? which was released by MFT Stamps earlier in the month.

    Don’t forget you still have time to enter the 100 sketches competition you can read all about it in the thread here

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    Here is the sketch. Cindy and I would love you to play along. Don't forget to upload your card to the MFTSC100 gallery on SCS to be in the running to win a $5 gift certificate.

    Recipe:

    Stamps: Coffee? Tea? – MFT Stamps

    Paper: White; Kraft, Blue & DP

    Other: Black Ink; Blue Grosgrain Ribbon; Oval Punches; Blue Brads; Foam Tape;  Copics

     

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    Wednesday, September 23, 2009

    Everyday’s A Picnic!

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    Hi everyone!

    It is time for another Pretties Wednesday Challenge & Blog Hop. If you didn't hop onto my blog via Christi Thorsen's blog then you might want to hop back over to the very start of the blog hop which is at Christie Ortman's blog.

    This week our challenge was issued by Christie Ortman who challenged us to create a card using fun foam. It is been soooooo long since I used fun foam and I only had one color which was a yellow, which didn’t look all that nice. After some thought and looking through my collection of dies I decided to cut out the fun foam using an ant die I have. After cutting out the ants I then used my copic airbrush system to color my fun foam black.

    Of course what goes with ants but picnics …. so I used Paper Pretties Every Day Picnic set to create my card.

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    Want to play along with us

    All you need to do is create a card using fun foam.

    How to Enter: make a card using fun foam and any Paper Pretties stamp set(s) you have. Upload the card to the Paper Pretties gallery. Please include it in the Weekly Challenges category and use keyword PWC70.
    Deadline: 6pm EST Tuesday, September 28th.
    Prize: $15.00 coupon to the Paper Pretties Boutique.

    Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Paper Pretties Design team to see what they came up with for this challenge.

  • Christie Ortman
  • Julie Masse
  • Danielle Lounds
  • Charmaine Ikach
  • Jana Weaver
  • Jackie Rakoski
  • Christi Thorsen
  • Frances Byrne (that's me!!! which means you are at the end of the blog hop.)
  • Recipe:

    Stamps: Everyday Picnic – Paper Pretties

    Paper: White; Red, DP

    Other: Black Ink; Labels Nestabilities; Eyelet Border Punch; Fun Foam; Ant Die; Label Tag Die; Foam Tape; Copics

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    Tuesday, September 22, 2009

    A Couple of Pretties Cards!

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    Hi everyone,

    Here are a couple of Paper Pretties cards that I created earlier in the month for the Paper Pretties Pyjama Party challenges. 

    For my first card the challenge was a color one which was to use the colors: Melon Mambo; Crushed Curry & Soft Suede or colors similar to this if you didn’t have those colors.

    I used the new  Paper Pretties Pilgrimage set which was released at the beginning of the month.

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    My next card was for another challenge which was to create a card with a view, that could be a window, viewfinder card etc.

    I decided to use my window & shapers note card die to create my window card … love this die! After cutting out the card shape I embossed the front of the card using a fiskars texture plate which had a brick texture, this was then airbrushed using my copic airbrush system.

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    Here is the inside of my window card. I used the new Paper Pretties Pullin For You set for my card. Isn’t he a cutie!

    Recipe:

    Stamps: Pilgrimage & Pullin For You – Paper Pretties

    Paper: White; Rust, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry & Soft Suede

    Other: Black Ink; Eyelet Border Punch; Oval Nestabilities; Grosgrain Ribbon; Modern Label Punch & Die; Sizzix Movers & Shapers Note card Die; Word Window Punch; Foam Tape; Copics

     

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    Monday, September 21, 2009

    Happiness Is A Journey!

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    Hi everyone!

    I have one more card to share with you all today, which is for this week’s Pink Elephant challenge. This week the challenge is a sketch challenge, now you know these are my favorite type of challenges hehe!

    Today is also my DH’s birthday, so I decided as I needed to make him a birthday card that I should use this sketch for his card …. I didn’t need to make yet another card ... I don’t need more cards I have plenty hehe!

    Anyway I finally got to use this Happiness is a Journey set …. I purchased this ages ago when it was first released but it has taken me until now to actually get it out and use it …. oops. Well he only has one birthday a year ya know LOL!

    Anyway a while back I remembered seeing a card Lisa Somerville created using this set and a technique called Newsprint Faux Batik, I really liked the effect so I decided to try the technique myself.

    For those who haven’t seen this technique before this is what you need to do.

    1. Stamp your bold image onto some newsprint( I created my own using my word program, but you could use old books, newspaper etc) using versamark ink.

    2. Cover with clear embossing powder and heat set.

    3. Cover the whole area with black ink, I used black brilliance for mine.

    4. Place stamped image between a sheet of folded photocopy paper. Iron over top of photocopy paper until embossing has melted and it is easy to remove the photo copy paper from the image. Trim and use image.

    This was a fun technique and great to use with bold images. The only thing I would do next time is add some old paper ink over the top of my white newsprint that I created. I actually added this after ironing to tone down the white. If you were using old books or newspaper of course you wouldn’t need to do this.

    PE-happiness-journeyin-wm Here is the inside of my card. I used the Martha Stewart train border punch to create the train border.

    Wow I just realised, both cards I shared today I didn’t use copics on either of them ….. I always use copics LOL!

    RobinWillis#8 Here is the sketch …. can’t wait to see what you do with it.

    Don’t forget to head over to the Pink Elephant Challenge blog if you want to play along. You can also see what the other design team members created this week.

    Recipe:

    Stamps: Happiness Is A Journey – SU; Happy Birthday - PTI

    Paper: White; Blue; Crabapple Dark – Prism; DP – Unknown

    Other: Black Ink; Versamark Ink; Clear EP; Blue Grosgrain Ribbon;  Foam Tape.

     

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    Life In Full Bloom!

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    Good morning everyone and welcome to another CCEE Stampers Challenge.

    It is my turn again to host the challenge this week so I decided that the challenge would be to create a Flower Pot Pocket card. You can find a fabulous tutorial on how to create one for these here.

    It’s spring down here in Australia right now so I wanted to put something spring in our challenges this month and what says spring better then flowers! I have been meaning to create one of these Flower Pot Pocket cards ever since it was a technique challenge (TLC215) over on SCS. So I figured now is as good a time as any to do it and why not get the other CCEE girls making one too hehe!

    I used one of the flowers from the MFT Stamps Boho Blossoms set to create my flowers. Stamping them twice on white card using pink, blue & yellow inks. I used my bone folder to curl up the petals and attached the two same colored flowers together using a gem brad. The sentiment on the inside of the card is from the Can Ya Dig It stamp set.

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    Here is another pic showing what the card looks like when the tag is pulled out of the flower pot. This was lots of fun to create, why not have a go too.

    Don’t forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the CCEE Stampers creations this week. You will also find details on how you can play in this challenge.

    Recipe:

    Stamps: Boho Blossoms & Can Ya Dig It – MFT Stamps

    Paper: White; Brown; Pale Green; DP – Unknown

    Other: Black Ink; Blue Ink; Yellow Ink; Pink Ink; Brown Ink; Blue Grosgrain Ribbon; MS Embossed Scallop Border Punch; Leaf Punch; Gem Brads; SIzzix Mini Tag Die; Foam Tape

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    Sunday, September 20, 2009

    You’re Out Of This World!

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    Hi everyone,

    It’s the 20th today which means it is Celebrate MFT Day! I received the new September MFT Kit (Mr Roboto) in the mail on Friday so of course I had to play and create something with that set for today.

    Did you know each month MFT Stamps offers a brand new kit that you can purchase. Here is what you get if you purchase the September MFT Kit this month:

    • Exclusive, UNRELEASED Love Machine mini stamp set ($9.00)
    • Mr. Roboto digi paper pack (5 printable patterns, $3.95)
    • 6, A2 gate-fold cards with tag flaps ($6.00)
    • Approx. 100 brads in an adornments case (25 teeny tiny silver, 25 teeny tiny pewter, 25 mini silver, 25 mini pewter, $5.95)
    • 6 yards of coordinating poly-twill ribbon (3 yards 3/8”, 3 yards 7/8”, $3.00)
    • 12 Perfect Paper Panels ($1.95)
    A $29.85 value, for $25!
    A special, exclusive offer toward a future purchase

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    Here is a pic of the inside of my card and the belly band I created to help keep the card closed. The majority of this card was made with the contents of the kit, the only extras I used were a little bit of black card, and orange card for my layers and belly band and of course a few punches. It was lots of fun to make.

    Enjoy your day!

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    Saturday, September 19, 2009

    Sweet Little Mouse!

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    Hi everyone and happy Saturday to you all.

    It is time for another fun challenge over at Crazy4Challenges! Following on with our September Sketches theme, Cindy Haffner has created yet another fabulous sketch for us. I hope you have time this week to play along too.

    Don’t you just love this cute little mouse. This is a digital image created by Lori Boyd. Lori had this little mouse up on her blog as a freebie but it has now been removed.

    C4C3 To play along create a card using this sketch and upload it to your blog and/or to your SCS Gallery, using the keyword C4C3. Then link it up to Mr Linky, on the Crazy4Challenges Blog!!!

    Don't forget to check out the rest of the C4C Designers cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog.

    Recipe:

    Stamps: Ballet Mouse – Lori Boyd Designs

    Paper: White; Pink; Brown; DP – Unknown

    Other: Black Ink; Herringbone Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Rectangle Nestabilities; MS Embossed Scallop Punch; Brown Grosgrain Ribbon; Green Brads; Foam Tape; Copics

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    Friday, September 18, 2009

    It’s Pumpkin Pie!

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    Hi everyone!

    TGIF! Yes it’s Friday which means that it is challenge time over on the Hanna Stamps Member Forum of SCS. This week it is Cindy Haffner’s turn to host the sketch and Cindy has challenged us all to create a Genie Bag. You can find the tutorial on how to create one of these here.

    For my bag this week I used Farmer & Mrs Riley and this time round Mrs Riley has been baking pumpkin pies!

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    Here is a side view of my bag. We would love you to play along too!

    Recipe:

    Stamps: Farmer & Mrs Riley – Hanna Stamps

    Paper: White; Chocolate Chip & Pumpkin Pie – SU; DP – Unknown

    Other: Black Ink; Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon; Orange Grosgrain Ribbon; Circle Nestabilities; Bag; Foam Tape; Copics

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    Thursday, September 17, 2009

    Elzybells Release!

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    Hi Everyone,

    It is release day over on Elzybells Art Stamps, so I have a couple more sneak peeks to share with you today.

    My First card uses one of the new Christmas individual Red Rubber stamps. This one is Teddy & snowman, I am loving these teddy stamps! I also used the new Bubble Greeting set, this set has a variety of bubble type words and script type words that you can mix and match. The fun thing about the bubble font is that you can even paper piece it … what fun.

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    And finally another Halloween card. This is Trick or Treat Trio and I paired it with a couple of the stamps in the Bubble Greetings set again.

    Don’t forget that the rest of the Elzybells design team will also have some sneak peeks to share with you today so check them out too.

    Recipe:

    Stamps: Teddy & Snowman; Trick or Treat Trio; Bubble Greetings – Elzybells Art Stamps

    Paper: White; Black; Green; Red;

    Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Lattice Arch Border Punch; Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Oval Punch; Green Ribbon; Orange Ribbon; Foam; Copics

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