Friday, September 30, 2011

NOW WE'RE PAST #5...

which means #6 is up next! Time for a winner, some big congrats and another Fri-DARE-day Challenge!

A super-Essie-thank-you, with hot pink sprinkles on top, to all of our DARE #5 participants. We slowly but surely building up our DARE participation list, so we love referrals. Tell your friends, mention it at your stamp-nights, share the link on Facebook. Maybe we should have a DARE referral party?!?!

The winner of Fri-DARE-day #5 will be announced at the end of today's post. For now, let's go over the specifics for the next DARE!

The prize...

winner of Fri-DARE-day #6 will earn
a $15.00 store credit for Stampy Land.
Shop for any in stock item - and $15.00 is on us! 

Now, let's see the DARE itself...


I love background images! They can be subtle or bold, monochromatic or contrasting, busy or calming. One of my favorite ways to use background images is to heat emboss the stamped image. It's almost like  turning plain cardstock into a patterned paper.

And if you don't have any background stamps - not to worry! Create you own! One single flower or sand castle or flourishy heart, repeatedly stamped all across a card - creates a background image! {I always try to remember to rotate my stamp, stamp some half-off the paper, and try and balance the overall design!}


So this week, show us a card, any size, any theme - but with a background image used. Die-cut a shape, and background stamp that shape. Trim your card base and background stamp that. Die-cut a sentiment with a font, and background stamp the letters! Use a background stamp any way you want, but use at least one!

Here are some of my favorite background stamps from our shelves...

For some Fri-DARE-day inspiration, here is a card I made last night for a friend of mine who has a Halloween week birthday...


This is a 5x5"x 5x5" card, covered with some vintage patterned paper. I stamped the black cardstock with a NEW Tim Holtz Halloween Silhouettes stamp {which is currently out-of-stock everywhere!}. I heat embossed the background stamp with black powder, I love the tone-on-tone look of this. I also stamped my sentiment, with a Pink by Design "Big Thoughts" stamp, and die-cut around it with the LC Paint Swashes.

It's hard to show tone-on-tone embossing in a photograph, but here's a little bit of a close-up...


I hope you can make out the words "fright", "candy" and "bats". It's a great Halloween-word background!

And now - for our Fri-DARE-day #5 winner...

The winner of the Scrapy Crafts "A Little Lime" font is...

Miss Danielle - - - HOORAY Danielle! Congratulations! You can the outside of Danielle's card by clicking here! And the inside of her card by clicking here! What a bright and sunny card. She used an adorable stamp from the C.C. Designs line.  Danielle, please email me {stampylandsusan@gmail.com} and I'll get your information passed along to Dani in the warehouse. He'll get your brand NEW Scrapy Crafts font packed up and shipped out. I will also send you the code for your Golden Essie...


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


Tina, created an adorable candy holder, and decorated both sides of it! Cute cute cute! And she heat embossed parts of her LaLa Land stamped image. I love the dimensional look it gives her image! You can see her creation by clicking here!

And LWebster, is a Diva-ette once again! She's going to want to cash all of her Diva-ettes in and turn them into a prize! She made this super-cute birthday card with a Greeting Farm image, and a Scrapy Crafts My Micro font! You can see her card by clicking here!


Thank you all for stamping along with us for this DARE! I hope you'll join us and stamp a background...or two!

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


Friday, September 23, 2011

TODAY IS THE DAY...

that I dare you to do something different!

Try something new, stretch out of your comfort zone, reach for that imaginary line and cross it!

You know, because it's FUN! And if you're doing these things in your paper crafting, it's relatively safe. {haha}

Today I did just that! I am trying to embrace stamped sentiments more and more. But for some reason they scare me to death. I feel safer with die-cut sentiments. But wow - have you seen some of the great sentiment sets lately? I'm in LOVE...

{You can click on any of the GREEN WORDS and you'll see the product in our store!}

So I'm trying - to stamp sentiments. Just to shake things up, to keep them fresh {and to use all of these that I've been collecting!} So here goes...


I used a new Belles n' Whistles stamp that is available right now over on our sister-site Scrapy Land {it'll be available here soon!} My daughter has just started doing her own laundry at college, so this card is going to her. {Notice the red piece of laundry - inside the card I will reminder her of the "reds by themselves" rule!!}

My sentiment is from the Hero Arts "Essential Messages" set. The sentiment comes as one long string of text, but I made it a double-decker sentiment with a quick Scotch Tape trick. Maybe I'll show you how next week for the Tute-Day tutorial if you'd like?!?!?!

I die-cut the image and a mat with LC Nesting Circles and LC Nesting Eyelet Circles. Love these two shapes together!

Just a reminder - you have one more weekend to work on your Fri-DARE-day challenge entry. I know you can do it! Look, I did the inside of my card today...


and if I can do it - you can do it too! 

If you have any questions about my supplies or the DARE, please leave a comment-question below. And if you're interested in the Scotch-tape trick for altering sentiments, comment as well!

Challenge yourself, and see what you can do! I bet you'll impress yourself!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A WEDNESDAY "TUTE"...

because this morning when I filmed it, it was still Tuesday.

Seems people are always wondering what to do with their stamped images that are "sitters". Well here is my go-to solution, in a pinch...



Supplies used for this project:

Here is a picture of the finished project, after I shizzled it up...


and since this week's Fri-DARE-day #5 is to embellish the inside of your card project, I obliged...


There is still lots of time to get your DARE entry into the mix. CLICK here to read all about the requirements and how to enter. An Scrapy Crafts font is up for grabs this week - and you each get two entries! You've got nothing to lose, I hope you'll stamp along this week!

Friday, September 16, 2011

FOUR IS OVER AND DONE...

and it's time for a winner, some kudos and another Fri-DARE-day Challenge!

A "super-Essie-thank-you" to all of our DARE #4 participants. We are still looking for more participants, so we would love to have you spread the word. The more participants we get, the bigger the prizes we can hand out, the more often we can hand out prizes, and the more inspiration there is for everyone!

The winner of the Fri-DARE-day #4 will be announced at the end of today's post. For now, let's go over the specifics for the next DARE!

The prize...
winner of Fri-DARE-day #5 will receive
"A Little Lime", one of our Die-Versions
original fonts! This is a great font {as you'll see below}

Now, let's see the DARE...

I've seen lots of great cards lately, and a growing trend is to not just stamp a sentiment inside your cards, but to further embellish, decorate, layer, color and shizzle them as well.

I'm trying hard to make it a new habit. And so far - I'm doing okay. Usually I'm choosing to re-stamp all or part of my outside image, and add scraps of paper left over from the outside. It really goes pretty quickly. So this week we would love to see any card, any size, any theme - with an outside AND an inside. That means uploading/sharing two pictures. But that also means you get two entries for this week's prize! Let's hear it for double-dips!

OH - and we oh-so-love it when you use lines carried here at Stampy Land. It's inspiration and enabling at its finest!

For some Fri-DARE-day inspiration, here is a card I made last night for a special college girl...


This is a 5.5"x 5.5" card, covered with some awesome Bo Bunny patterned paper from Scrapy Land. I colored Cheerleader Marci with Copics {I'm forcing myself to use red, so I get better, go me! All of this red was done with R20, R22, R27 and R29} and then I cut her out and foam-dotted her so she's popped off the grey LC Nesting Oval and the LC Nesting Lace Edged Oval as well. Some black gems were I-Rocked around the lace edge, I thought the bling matched the glittery pom-poms that were accented with a Red Spica pen from Copic.

I die-cut my sentiment with two brand NEW Scrapy Crafts fonts, My Micro and A Little Lime. I love these two fonts together!

And for the inside of the card...


One off-set stamped image and a strip of paper from the front - done! Still plenty of room for my "you go girl" message inside! I do hope you'll like the idea of dressing up your cards' insides. And, more than anything, I hope you'll share them with us. Together we have lots of ideas!

And now - for our Fri-DARE-day #4 winner...

The winner of the Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Scallops, valued at almost $25.000 MSRP, and the recipient of a coveted "Golden Essie" is...


Miss Nikki - - - hip hip HOORAY! You can see Nikki's card by clicking here! Nikki's cute boy card was the first time she's ever tried the masking technique. Great job. She used the little Spring Trevor stamp from C.C. Designs and the coordinating Park Bench stamp. Nikki please email me your shipping address and I'll get your LC Nesting Scalloped Circles out to you on Monday. {stampylandsusan@gmail.com} I'll also send you the code for your Golden Essie...


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

 

Mimi, our winner DARE #3, created a cute card that you can see by clicking here. What a great plaid coloring job!

And LWebster did the amazing card you can see by clicking here. Love this little guy's blue hair! 

Thank you all for stamping along with us for this DARE!

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

I've got stampy plans this afternoon, so it's time to get busy. I hope you'll join us for an "outside AND inside" card creation DARE!




Wednesday, September 14, 2011

IT'S TIME FOR A VIDEO...

that's jam packed with quick-tips! Tricks with teflon mats, distress inks and American Crafts clear stamps!

Here is the card that I'll be showing you in the video...


And here's how it was made...



CLICK HERE to see all of the fabulous American Crafts stamps. The specific ones I used to make the cards in the video are this set for the "congratulations" sentiment and this set for the "thinking of you" sentiment. These are all available now at Stampy Land, and for great prices. For under $10 you get a large set, or for under $6 a small set. Lots of images, sentiments, flourishes and borders!

The Distress Inks I used are available at our sister site Scrapy Land. The colors I used for this particular project include: Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Barn Door.   I love this combination of pink and reds. And if you're going to try this technique, definitely use the Inkssentials Blending Tool and the replacement pads. LOVE using the distress inks with these little foam pads. Pure perfection!

There is still time to get a card uploaded for the Fri-DARE-day "BOY" challenge. We hope you'll join in the DARE!

If you have any questions about inks or stamps or blending - leave a comment below with a comment-question. Otherwise, share you favorite ways to use Ranger Distress Inks!

I'll be back Friday morning with Fri-DARE-day #5!

Friday, September 9, 2011

MY MOM ALWAYS TOLD ME...

not to cry over spilled milk. But she never mentioned what my reaction should be to an exploding Viva Decor Sunny Yellow Pearl Pen...


I started coloring my Greeting Farm Summer Fun stamp this morning, and I was so happy with how he was coming together. I shadowed his swim ring, I colored his hair through his swim goggles - and while I am still perfecting my Copic red techniques, I thought everything was looking pretty great!

I die-cut a couple of new Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Lace Ovals  and added some Echo Park papers under them. I was going to make the noon mail pickup at my local post office with plenty of time to spare.

That's when I decided to add "just one more thing! I wanted just a couple of yellow Viva Decor, sparkly accents on either side of the sentiment. No problem, easy peasie, and plenty of time to dry before it hit the mail.

SPUUUU-LHAT!


Seems I had a small clog, and didn't realize it until a nano-second too late! 

The paper! The die-cut mats. The colored image...


But when you've spent time on a card, and have a recipient in mind - I think even an "accidentally altered" card in the mail is still better than no card in the mail. Good mail is good mail - always! So I scraped off what I could {which wasn't much - haha!} let everything dry, signed the inside and dropped it in the mailbox.

I might send a follow-up card tomorrow. Sort of explaining the yellow haze on this card. Or I might not. It could be fun to see if the recipient mentions it!

There's still plenty of time to enter a card in the Fri-DARE-day #4 challenge. Anything boy themed - any size, any project, any subject. But geared towards a boy. And if you don't have an actual boy to stamp - how about bugs or vehicles or sports equipment? Those are boy themed and would all qualify your project!

In fact, put a yellow haze on anything and I might just think that's good enough! {HAHAHAHA!}

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

TODAY SNUCK UP ON ME...

after the long, holiday weekend. Luckily I received a great question last week that I could quickly turn into a TUTE-day Video this morning!

If you ever have stampy-questions, feel free to email me at stampylandsusan@gmail.com. There might just be a TUTE-day Video in your answer!

Here is the method I use for making a perfectly lined up "aperture card"...



All of the brand new, CHA Winter released Spellbinders can be used in this manner. Some of my new favorites being...

the Spellbinders Netabilities Labels Twenty-Three,
the Spellbinders Natabilities Post Stamp, and
the Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornaments

But of course, any nesting die-shape will work the exact same way. Lifestyle Crafts has some great new Nesting Shapes, one of which is our prize for the current Fri-DARE-day Challenge #4. For more details on that, CLICK HERE!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment-question below. I will leave a comment-answer, or add it to my list of video ideas {wink, wink}!

Friday, September 2, 2011

THE THIRD IS OVER...

so that means it's time for a few winners and another Fri-DARE-day Challenge!

A super-Essie-thank-you" to everyone who participated in our Fri-DARE-day #3. The number of participants is slowly growing - and that's good progress! Square cards are obviously popular - lots of good creations to look at!

The winner of the Fri-DARE-day #3 will be announced at the end of today's post. For now, let's go over the specifics for the next DARE!

First, the prize...

winner of Fri-DARE-day #4 will receive
a Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Shape
Lifestyle Crafts has donated this prize,
and it's a surprise which one they are sending.
{Don'tcha just love surprises?!}

Now, let's see the DARE...


since my daughter is away at college, I'm alone in a house of all boys! I'm greatly outnumbered {even our dog is male!}. So with boys, boys, boys, all around me - I decided it's time to focus on boy appropriate cards. Oftentimes they are difficult for me. No bling, no flowers, not a lot of my favorite colors. However, there are TONS of great boy stamp images! So create anything, any sized, any color, just make sure at least one image on your project is a boy!

OH - and we love it when you use lines we carry here at Stampy Land!

For some Fri-DARE-day inspiration, here is a card I just made for the youngest boy in my house ...


I used one of our very own Scrapy Crafts stamps, "Handsome in Plaid Dan". He's colored with Copics and matted on a Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Inverted Squares.  {I love these LC Inverted Squares, but I really needed a rectangle. To create one I sliced an inch off of the left side and simply spread the shape out under the brown-and-blue dotted patterned paper. Instant faux inverted rectangle!}

I die-cut my sentiment with two Scrapy Crafts fonts that were just released on September 1st. "DUDE" is the Castaway font, and "you totally rock" is the My Micro font. {1/4" die-cut letters - this font is awesome!}

And now - for our Fri-DARE-day #3 winners!

The winner of the SURPRISE die package, valued at almost $25.00 MSRP, and the recipient of a coveted "Golden Essie" is...

Miss Mimi - - - YAY Mimi! Mimi's cute square card would actually have also worked for this week's challenge - LOL! Her Greeting Farm image is one of my faves! You can see her card by clicking HERE! Check out her card, and leave her some comment-love. Mimi - please email me your shipping address at stampylandsusan@gmail.com and I'll get your prize headed your way AND I'll send you the code for your Golden Essie...

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


Miss Anne! You can see Anne's card by clicking HERE! I love how her stamped image just JUMPS off of the card. The dark background is just gorgeous!

and

Miss Divine! Who has her card displayed RIGHT HERE! Such a fun take on a square card. Love the decorated top edge, and how she layered paper over her stamped trees for added dimension! 

Thank you all for stamping along with us. 

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

It's time to start the long-weekend. I hope you can carve out some crafty time for yourself. Fri-DARE-day #4 starts right now - ENJOY!