Tuesday, August 30, 2011

TIME FOR ANOTHER...

Tute-Day tutorial video!

Today's video actually is a bonus video. Two tips to share - a folded flower {thanks Karen!} and a background stamp suggestion. Watch it and see what you think...



The supplies I used in today's project are as follows:

Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Scalloped Circles {I used 5th one from the center}
Lifetsyle Crafts Nesting Spray {I used the 3rd from the middle}
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Twenty-Three {I used 3rd from the middle}
Hero Arts Background Friend Definition {love this stamp - use it ALL of the time!}
Scrapy Crafts Die-Versions font - A Little Lime {a personal favorite!}
Scrapy Crafts Die-Versions font - Flutterby {such a fun and versatile font!}

Before I run - a reminder that TOMORROW is the deadline for your Stampy Land Fri-DARE-day #3. It's a square card - super simple. Let your crafty reckless abandon run wild - create anything you want, as long as it's on a square base!

Click here to go back to the Friday post describing the DARE details - and add your project picture with the linking system in that post! The prize is a set of nesting dies - I hope you'll play along!

I'll be back Friday with a brand spankin' NEW Fri-DARE-day post. Until then, stay tuned to the fun happening over at our sister site, Scrapy Land. September 1st is going to be a CRAZY BIG day!

Friday, August 26, 2011

FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY...

fun and fresh faces!

Next week I'm going to tell you all about a group of ladies I've asked to join the Stampy Land Challenge family. They are going to share fun projects and great inspiration.

You met Veronica earlier this week - with her awesome stamped scrapbook page. Today I have a gorgeous card from my new friend Maribel...


Maribel LOVES layers, and she's inspired to try some intense layering this weekend. Laying is a great use for the scraps of paper we all have {you have scraps - right?!?!} but it's always a way to get fun textures, colors and even subtle themes into your card front.

This stamped image is Miss Anya from Greeting Farm - which is beautifully colored with Copics. Black hair is a challenge for me, and Maribel nailed it! Lots of fun embellies like chiffon ribbons, adhesive pearls and paper flowers make this card a piece of art!

Thought I'd share a couple of fun stamp sets that I'm adding to my collection this weekend...

Crafty Secrets "Costume Cuties" {love the vintage feel!}
and
Lawn Fawn "Heebie Jeebies" {love the sleeping upside-down bat!}

Can you tell that I've got Halloween on my mind this week? It's because Halloween is usually when we can start counting on cooler days and nights. Right now - it's hot hot hot! Luckily, stamping doesn't really involve moving, so I consider it a "cool activity" - LOL!

Just a reminder that the Fri-DARE-day Challenge #3 is still going on. You have until Wednesday, August 31st to get your submission in. Click ON THIS LINK to find the current challenge, and the linking form to share your creation! Squares are fun because they provide lots of room. 

Lots of room for layers, just like the beautiful square card shown above! Thanks Maribel, for letting me share your talent!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A LITTLE STAMPY...

scrapy, inspiration today!

Because I'm in the car.
Driving.
925 miles before I sleep.

Instead of a Tute-Day via video, to make it a bit more "doable" this week I thought some visual inspiration would be okay. {Fingers crossed that you think it's okay!}

I'll be back home in a couple of day - and life will return to normal. Normal schedule, normal routines, normal postings. WHEW - I can't wait!

I often times forget that stamping on a scrapbook page is A.O.K! It's easy and doable, in fact, it's downright adorable in a lot of instances!

And it's definitely a great way to make your stamps work overtime for you.

I have a few new stampy friends who have agreed to check in and help me out from time-to-time. Veronica is the first of these friends. She's experienced and amazingly talented at using stamped images and patterns on her scrapbook pages. I am inspired by everything I see of hers...


She explained to me that she was at a local crop and the challenge was to make a page with only black and white supplies. Well, she didn't have many black or white embellishments with her, and she didn't have any patterned paper that fit the bill. So she improvised - and scored huge points in the "just make due" category!

She masked off a rectangle of the white cardstock, with a scrap piece of paper. She then misted around the edges of the exposed white cardstock. She then stamped two of the images from the adorable Greeting Farm "Creepin' Kit" and colored them with just Cool Greys for a monochromatic look. Add in the few black buttons and ribbon she had, and some scraps of patterned paper she grabbed from a neighbor - and her black and white page was done!

Stamping on a page - something we should all try! Look at how adorable the Greeting Farm images look on her page! They match her sons perfectly! Almost customizable!

Thank you Veronica - for the necessary reminder that stamps DO belong on scrapbook pages!

Speaking of pages - you realize that a 12"x 12" page is really no different than a 6"x 6" card. Right? Well THAT is the challenge this time around - the Stampy Land Fri-DARE-day that I posted last week is to create a card that is square!

Easy peasie! Looking at Veronica's page - one could almost use it as guide for designing a card! I DARE you to try it!

Any questions or comments about Veronica's cute page, the current challenge, or how long it takes me to drivev 925 miles - just leave a comment below and I'll get back to you from the next rest stop.

Friday, August 19, 2011

THE SECOND IS OVER...

and it's time for winners and another DARE!

A big "thank you" to everyone who participated in our Fri-DARE-day #2. I so enjoy looking at everyone's cards - seeing how each person took the DARE and made it their own!

The winner of the Fri-DARE-day #2 will be announced at the end of today's post. For right now, let's go over the details for the next DARE!

First of all, the prize...
winner of Fri-DARE-day #3 will receive
a SURPRISE die package
valued at almost $25.00 MSRP!
{I can't show you a picture, because it's sitting on my desk.
And right now, my desk is 1,500 miles away!'}
Contents include a Spellbinders Nestabilities from the CHA release!
{I will add a picture when I get home!}

Now, on to the DARE...


sometimes I forget that cards don't have to be 4.25"x 5.5". And I do so love square cards - something about the equal sides and bigger landscape that makes me smile! So make any card, any theme, with any supplies - but at least one item has to be by a manufacturer we carry in the Stampy Land store.

{Essie would like to point out that her favorite wooden handled stamp is square. And while it's big and heavy - it's all hers, and it's definitely her favorite!}

For some Fri-DARE-day inspiration, I made up a square card. I personally like the 5.5"x 5.5" size...


I used my latest Loralie Designs stamp, "Goldie".  I colored her with Copics and cut her out right on the stamped line. She's been pop-dotted on top of a Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Scalloped Rectangle. My sentiment was die-cut using the latest Scrapy Crafts Tide Pool font, and mounted to two graduated Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Frames 8.

And now - for our Fri-DARE-day #2 winners!

The winner of the $15.00 Gift Certificate to Stampy Land, and the recipient of a coveted "Golden Essie" is...

Miss Nancy J. - - - hooray! Nancy's pink-and-green creation is fun and whimsical. Heck, it's even shimmery! You can see her stamped creation by clicking HERE! Check out her card and leave her some comment-love. Please email me at stampylandsusan@gmail.com for your gift certificate code AND the code to your very own...


Our two DARE Diva-ettes for this challenge are...


Miss Nancie Q! {It's Nancy/Nancie week at Stampy Land!} You can see her selected card by clicking HERE. And Nancie - I love how you finish the inside of your cards. I'm going to DARE myself to do that - you've inspire me!

And Miss Karen! You will find her card by clicking HERE! I love the dimension from Flower Soft in the bicycle basket. And while this card doesn't scream hot pink and lime green - it most definitely is a lovely pink and green creation!

Thank you all for stamping along for the DARE! Both of these ladies would love to hear from you, I'm just sure of it! 

That's quite enough for now. You'll find the linking form below - so upload your creation to an online gallery or your personal blog, and add the information. If you have any questions about what to do or how to do it, feel free to leave a comment-question below!

Fri-DARE-day #3 starts right now - hope you stamp some fun with it!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

YESTERDAY WAS MONDAY...

which means today is TUTE-day!

My sincere apologies for missing last week's video. Traveling and packing up computer equipment is not my strong point obviously. I had a video all recorded, but saved it to the wrong external drive. It's saved on the drive I DON'T travel with. {Which I should know by know...but I don't! LOL}

So here is a NEWLY recorded video, of last week's tip. I hope it's one you can put to great use right away!



The Scotch Removable Tape can be found by clicking right here, at our sister-site Scrapy Land. It truly is a great product, one that I use daily for stamping, cardmaking, die-cutting and scrapbooking!

The other Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Dies that you saw in the video can be found here, at Stampy Land:

Inverted Squares
Nesting Frame 7 and
Nesting Frame 8

If you have any questions about "the Scotch Tape Trick", feel free to leave a comment below. I'll respond with a comment-answer as soon as I can!

Thanks for joining me for TUTE-day!

Friday, August 12, 2011

TODAY I HAVE...

a little card inspiration, and a reminder for you.

First up - some pink and green inspiration. The Fri-DARE-day #2 that was posted last week, is all about pink and green. Anything pink and green. Everything pink and green. I've driven 1,500 miles since then, but I brought along some pink and green to show you...


I needed a quick little enclosure card, and this brand new Baby Fairy Flora from Stampavie fit the bill perfectly. I colored her with just a couple of Copics in RVs and YGs, and matted her on some Echo Park papers. The outer most layer was die-cut with one of the NEW Lifestyle Crafts Lacy Edged Squares. I just love these new lacy shapes - they make such beautiful shaped card bases.

For one extra lime green punch I wrapped some Sew Easy Variegated Floss around the middle layer of the card.

I'm sorry there wasn't a Tute-Day this week. I had one all recorded and saved, but I saved it to the wrong external drive at home. The non-portable external drive. So when I went to upload it Tuesday it wasn't with me. And I soon discovered that a video is way too large of a file to email - LOL! So that means I'll be re-recording the tutorial this weekend. My apologies - hopefully it will be worth the wait!

If you haven't created a card yet for the DARE, I hope you will do so! There's a great prize up for grabs, and all it takes is a little pink and green card!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. Otherwise, scroll back to last Friday's post and link-up your creation. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Friday, August 5, 2011

THE FIRST IS OVER...

and it's time for the next. I love how time just keeps moving on!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our first ever Fri-DARE-day Challenge! We had a great turnout for a brand new challenge blog - onward and upward is the only place to go from here! So spread the word, share the news, invite your friends - DARE them to play along!

The winner of Fri-DARE-day #1 will be announced at the end of today's post. Until then let's go the details for the next Fri-DARE-day challenge.

First of all, the prize...

winner of Fri-DARE-day #2 will receive
a $15.00 gift certificate to Stampy Land!
Use it for any in stock stamp of your choice.
Let's hear it for FREE STAMPS that YOU PICK yourself!

Now, on to the DARE...


we like our logo colors so much we decided to make it this week's challenge. Any card, or any stamped project, any size, made with any supplies of your choice. But it'd sure be nice if at least one supply in your project list is from a manufacturer carried by Stampy Land

{Essie wanted to submit herself, but her ears only cover half the challenge colors. She's obligated to get green into her project somehow!}

For some Fri-DARE-day inspiration, I worked with pinks and greens myself...


I used my first ever Kraftin' Kimmie stamp for this card. Her new set "Bench Friends" melted my heart when I saw it. My daughter is headed to college next week and guess what the first thing was in her suitcase? Sebastian, her 18 year old teddy bear *SIGH*!

I colored the image with Copic markers {tangent - do you all want to know Copic colors? Do you want to know the specific colors I used to color specific areas? Or are you good with just "Copics" listed as a supply?} and used some Distress Inks to sponge in the background. One image is colored, cut and pop-dotted on top of another image that was rough-colored underneath. I love this look.

The entire image I cut out with a NEW Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Lace Oval, that was then matted on a NEW Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Oval. I love that all of these new shapes worth together, to make matting and layering effortless.

The sentiment from the Bench Friends set was stamped on a scrap of white paper, that was cut with the NEW Nesting Lace Rectangles.

The card might look a bit odd in this shot, but it's because it's a gate-fold card and opens in the middle...


My pink and green cardstock is all American Crafts and the pink floral paper is from Echo Park. Add a little Copic-colored bling around the lacey edges and this card is ready to stick in a certain college-bound girl's first care package!

And now - for our Fri-DARE-day winners!

The winner of the first Stampy Land challenge ever, recipient of a $15.00 Stampy Land gift certificate AND the proud owner of a coveted "Golden Essie" is...


Miss Carolyn! Be sure and check out her blog for her winning card and leave her some comment-love on her beautiful two toned, seashell creation! Congrats Carolyn. Please email me at stampylandsusan@gmail.com for your gift certificate code AND the code to your very own...


Our two DARE diva-ettes for this challenge are...


Miss Leslie! You can see her card right here. Cute! Almost suitable for this week's DARE - LOL!  

Miss Beccy! Beccy's beautiful card can be seen right here. Great dimension, just gorgeous!

Everyone's cards will be on display in our DARE gallery {which right now is still being organized...details coming soon, I promise!}

That's it for now. New DARE - check! New inspiration - check! Winners announced - check! New linking form - check! If you have any questions about what to do or how to do it, feel free to leave a comment-question below.

Fri-DARE-day #2 starts right now - hope you stamp some fun with it!


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

IT'S "TUTE TUESDAY" TIME...

stemming from a couple of questions I have received. I LOVE getting questions, and being able to answer them in a video. If you have questions, don't be afraid to speak up and be heard. Leave a comment or shoot me an email {stampylandsusan@gmail.com} and ask away!

As for today's video, here ya go...



Sometimes I think simple ideas are the best ones {inexpensive doesn't hurt either!}.

If you have a great idea for stamp storage, or think you might try this one for yourself - I hope you'll leave a comment and let us know! I think it's always fun to hear what others do when it comes to "organization".

Now for a Stampy Land Public Service Announcement! Tomorrow is Wednesday, August 3rd - and that means the first DARE is due at 11:59pm PDT. We currently have eight stunning entries- let's give everyone a run for their money. We've got a $15 gift certificate up for grabs AND a Golden Essie. {LOL!}  So grab your favorite beach themed materials and whip up a card. We'd love to see it!

Here is a link to the Fri-DARE-day post, just to refresh your memory. When you click on the card submissions at the end of that post, leave them some comment-love on their own blog. Comments make the world go 'round!

Winners announced on Friday, new Fri-DARE-day challenge AND I just received some brand new stamps. Looks like I'll be getting inky today!