Saturday, August 29, 2015

Christmas Wishes


Hello Everyone, start warming up those caroling voices - today's release from Joy Clair is all about CHRISTMAS!!  Let me introduce you to Christmas Wishes!

I've used a base of Soft Sky punched down one side with Deco Fan punch and then topped with silver and some DP.  Down the side I've attached some white ribbon.  In the bottom corner I've stamped the sentiment from Christmas Wishes in Versafine Black ink.  I've then stamped this cute tree image also from Christmas Wishes in blue ink, cut it out with Circle Nestabilities, matting with silver cut with Splendid Circles.  I've matted this with Soft Sky cut with Tranquil Moments die and then popped it all up on foam tape.  To finish I've added a bow, silver cord and button to the ribbon and a couple of rhinestones to the top corner.

Stamps - Christmas Wishes (Joy Clair)
Paper - Soft Sky, Silver, White, DP
Ink - Versafine Black, Blue
Accessories - Spellbinders Tranquil Moments, Splendid Circles, Circle Nestabilities, White Ribbon, Bow Easy, Button, Silver Cord, Clear Rhinestones

You can find more Christmas goodness on the following blogs.....

Joy Clair Blog Darsie Bruno Eva Dobilas Kathy Jones Michele Kovack

That's all from me today, thanks for visiting and hope you've enjoyed my Guest Designer posts with Joy Clair and that you are all inspired to stamp!  :) 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Going Rustic!


Hello Everyone!  It's Day 5 of the Joy Clair release and today it's all about RUSTIC!  Rustic Christmas and Rustic Sentiments are coming your way - let me introduce you to the set I've used today - Rustic Occasions Sentiments!  This set is choc full of mix and match sentiments perfect for a range of occasions and in particular those dreaded Man Cards!  As you can see I chose the Father's Day sentiment which may be strange for some of you - but for Australians, we celebrate Father's Day on the first Saturday in September, so this was perfect timing for me!  :)

I've used a base of Baked Brown Sugar and layered with Kraft and two pieces of Botanical Tea DP.  Over the join I've attached a piece of ribbon topped with twine and a button.  I've added a small notched tag here as well.  I've taken the branch image from Rustic Occasions Sentiments and stamped them in Memento Bamboo Leaves in a circle.  I've then taken the pine cone stamps and stamped them in Rich Cocoa.  I've then stamped the sentiment from the same set also in Rich Cocoa ink.  I've cut this out with Large Circle Nestabilities and matted with green cut with Small Circle Nestabilities.  I've finished by adding a couple of buttons to the top corner.

Stamps - Rustic Occasions Sentiments (Joy Clair)
Paper - White, Baked Brown Sugar, Kraft, Green, Graphic 45 Botanical Tea DP
Ink - Memento Bamboo Leaves, Rich Cocoa
Accessories - Spellbinders Small and Large Circle Nestabilities, Green Ribbon, Twine, Buttons

There are more blogs with Rustic inspiration waiting for you so make sure you don't miss them!!

Joy Clair Blog Angela Barkhouse  Michele Kovack
Kathy Jones Darsie Bruno

That's all from me today, thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hugs and Smiles

Hello Everyone and welcome to Day 3 of the Joy Clair release! I'm privileged to be a guest designer for this new company. I really enjoyed working with the stamp sets that I used, and I hope that you will like them too!  Today's set is beautiful and you are going to love it! There is a large image in this set that most will automatically reach for - but I decided to give the smaller images in this set a little love. Let me introduce....Hugs and Smiles!

Joy Clair Giveaway Day Three - For your chance to win today's release Hugs and Smiles Clear Stamps, simply leave a comment answering today's question of the day on the Joy Clair Blog Post. What large sentiment and small sentiment would you pair together if you were making your first card using Hugs and Smiles Clear Stamps set?
You have until Thursday August 27th to leave your comment on the JOY CLAIR BLOG. A winner will be announced on Friday's release post on the Joy Clair Blog. (August 28th).

I've used a base of Blushing Bride and layered with White and some Secret Garden DP.  I've added another piece of DP and then overlaid a strip of Blushing Bride punched with Deco Fan Border Punched and topped with yet more Secret Garden DP.  Over this I've attached some pretty white lace and topped with pink ribbon. I've accented with a flower, ribbon and diecut flourish.  I've stamped the sentiment from Hugs and Smiles in Versafine Black across the bottom.  I've then stamped the heart in black and the other two images from Hugs and Smiles in pink ink.  I've coloured the heart and cut the three out with Large Circle Nestabilities and popped them up on foam tape.  To finish I've added a couple of pearls to the top.

Stamps - Hugs and Smiles (Joy Clair)
Paper - Blushing Bride, White, Kaisercraft Secret Garden DP
Ink - Versafine Black
Accessories - Spellbinders Large Circle Nestabilities, White Lace, Pink Ribbon, Flower, White Pearls, Deco Fan Border Punch, X-press It Foam Tape

There is so much inspiration just waiting for you today, make sure you pop by these blogs and be amazed!

Joy Clair Blog
Debbie Olson
Michele Kovack
Heidi Blankenship
Darsie Bruno
Kathy Jones
Angela Barkhouse
Kristi Schurr
Eva Dobilas
Marisa Job

We are also happy to also announce as part of our Joy Clair Launch Celebration a special promotion - Receive Free Shipping on all US orders (any size) using the following coupon code at check out Sept-Promo-1 (code must be enter exactly as written with upper and lowercase letters and dashes).
Coupon Code expires Sept. 3oth.

That's all from me today, thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bandana Bits!


Hello Everyone!  It's Day Two of the Joy Clair release and today it's something fun to play with - Bandana Bits is right on trend with the world's craze for colouring with it's intricate swirls and design.  I guess I was trying to channel the 60's with this card using pinks, oranges, greens and touches of purple!

Joy Clair Giveaway Day Two - For your chance to win today's release set Bandana Bits Clear Stamps, simply leave a comment answering today's question of the day on THE JOY CLAIR BLOG. QUESTION - Have you incorporated watercolors into your crafting projects recently and if so what is your favorite watercolor medium? You have until Wednesday August 26th to leave your comment here. A winner will be announced on Thursday's Release release post on the Joy Clair Blog. (August 27th).

I've used a base of green and layered with pink and white (embossed with Paisley Embossing Folder).  I've then added a piece of orange and then created a tag out of Tropical Punch DP to place over the top.  I've stamped the image and sentiment from Bandana Bits in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics (RV52, RV55, YR12, YG11, G21, BV11, BV13).  I've cut this out, matted with pink and popped it up on foam tape.  To finish I've added a swirl clip tied with pink ribbon and a couple of pink candy dots.

Stamps - Bandana Bits (Joy Clair)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Green, Pink, White, Kaisercraft Tropical Punch DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Paisley Embossing Folder, Swirl Clip, Pink Ribbon, Candy Dots

You'll find plenty of inspiration for this set by having a peek at the blogs below!!

Joy Clair BlogMarisa JobSheri Holt Michele Kovack
Eva DobilasKristi SchurrDarsie BrunoKathy Jones
That's all from me today, make sure you swing by tomorrow to see what else is new from Joy Clair!  Thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello Joy Clair


Hello Everyone!  Today I'm joining a talented group of designers in showcasing a new stamp company called Joy Clair!  Today is release day for Hello Autumn and you have the chance to WIN your very own copy!!  For your chance to win today's release set, Hello Autumn Clear Stamps simply leave a comment on the Joy Clair Blog Post telling us where you found out about Joy Clair Stamps (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Blog Post (please tell us which designer).  The winner will be randomly selected from all the comments left on that post by 4 pm EST on Tuesday August 25th and the winner announced on Wednesday in the release post.  Good Luck!


I've created my card using Baked Brown Sugar cut with A2 Valiant Honor.  I've topped this with Pumpkin Pie and Very Vanilla - which has been stamped all over with the leave stamps in Memento Desert Sand.  I've then used the next die in the same set and cut another piece of Baked Brown Sugar and topped it with more Vanilla.  In the bottom corner I've stamped the sentiment in Memento Rich Cocoa.  I've stamped the leaves and nuts in Rich Cocoa onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured them with Copics (YR21, YR23, YG61, R11, R12, R14, E21, E23, E25).  I've fussy cut all the pieces and attached them as shown.

Stamps - Hello Autumn (Joy Clair)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Baked Brown Sugar, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honor

Don't miss all the inspiration that today's designers have for you!

Joy Clair Blog
Debbie OlsonHeidi BlankenshipMichele Kovack Darsie BrunoKathy JonesKristi SchurrAngela Barkhouse
That's all from me today, pop back tomorrow for Day Two of the Joy Clair release for more fun!  Hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

It's What You See


Hello Everyone!!  Today I've been playing with Happy Crabapple by Power Poppy to create a card for today's IC507 challenge at Splitcoast.  I really like this quote by Thoreau, sometimes it seems that we spend so much time looking around but don't really 'see' at all.  I played along with Splitcoaststampers' Inspiration Challenge today and was inspired by the pink/teal colour palette from THIS picture - I really liked the soft teal/blue and white with pops of pink! Soooo pretty!

I've used a base of Baja Breeze and layered with pink and white (pierced) and topped with some Graphic 45 Botanical Tea DP.  Down one side I've added a piece of white punched with the Woodland Branch border punch and topped with more Botanical Tea DP.  Over this I've attached white and pink ribbons.  I've stamped the branch and sentiment from Happy Crabapple in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics (RV00, RV32, RV34, G40, G43, G46, E21, R00, R02, R05, YG21, E81, E84, E87, B0000, B000, B00).  I've cut it out with Radiant Rectangles die and popped it up on foam tape.  To finish I've added a pink ribbon and a couple of tiny white pearls.



Stamps - Happy Crabapple (Power Poppy)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Baja Breeze, Pink, White, Graphic 45 Botanical Tea DP
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles, MS Woodland Branch Border Punch, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, White and Pink Ribbons, Bow Easy, X-press It Foam Tape, White Pearls

That's all from me today, thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!!  :)

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Power Poppy August Release Day!


Hello Everyone! Have you seen the sneak peeks over the last few days just waiting for Release Day to come around?  Well wait no more, the August Power Poppy Release - Color Me Grateful is now LIVE!!!  Today all three sets, Happy Crabapple, Well Played and So Grateful are ready to fly off the shelves........ which one is YOUR favourite???


Today I've used Happy Crabapple for my Hop Card!  This set features a clear stamp version of the Flowering Branches digi that was released a while ago but now is paired up with three small images and four sentiments!! I've used the small flower image - it's just so dainty and pretty!  I actually stamped the sentiment from Happy Crabapple first and then stamped the image four times around it and coloured them with Copics (RV00, RV32, RV34, RV66, G40, G43, G46, E21).  I've then cut it out with Small Circle Nestabilities and while still in the die, I've used my B0000 Copic to colour around the blooms - this will leave a nice crisp white edge that is still in the die.  I've matted this with pink cut with Marvelous Squares. The base of the card is pink, layered with white (pierced around the edge) and some Cherry Blossom DP.  Down the side is a piece of Botanical Tea DP with white ribbon over the top.  To finish I've added a bow and some rhinestones for a bit of sparkle!  :)

Stamps - Happy Crabapples (Power Poppy)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - Pink, White, Kaisercraft Cherry Blossom DP, Graphic 45 Botanical Tea DP
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders Small Circle Nestabilities and Marvelous Squares, White Ribbon, Bow Easy, Clear Rhinestones, Paper Piercer

The Bloomies have some amazing creations to show you today that you won't want to miss, so make sure you pop by and say hello!!
That's all from me today, thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!!!  :)

Friday, July 31, 2015

So Grateful


Hello Everyone! It's Day Three of the Power Poppy August Release and today the Bloomies are showcasing another new set called So Grateful!  This set has two beautiful images and a range of sentiments to choose from.....but I couldn't go past this gorgeous chair and pumpkin scene!  I don't normally reach for the orange/yellow/peach combos, but I've gone outside of my comfort zone for this one to create a more Autumn feel.

http://powerpoppy.com/products/so-grateful/


I've used a base of cream, layered with Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie.  I've trimmed all the corners on these layers with a corner rounder (another thing I don't do very often!).  Around these, I've attached some May Arts Mesh and green ribbon.  I've stamped the image and sentiment from So Grateful in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured it with Copics (E42, E43, E44, E47, E87, G40, G43, G46, YG61, YG93, YG95, YG97, Y11, Y15, Y17, YR12, YR16, YR18, YR09, R00, R02, R05, R24, YR31, YR30, W1, W3).  To finish I've added a green bow and a couple of buttons.

Stamps - So Grateful (Power Poppy)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Cream, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories - Copics, May Arts Mesh, Green Ribbon, Bow Easy, Buttons

The Bloom Brigade have so much inspiration for you today, so make sure you pop by these blogs and have a peek!
That's all for today, pop by tomorrow for the Release Day Hop and join in the fun!  Thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

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