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January 31, 2013

DT Thursday With Hostess Julie Koerber

You heard me right!!! Our Design Team member hostessing today's DT Thursday is Julie Koerber.  She has a beautiful card to share with us.  Take a look at the sneak peek below and then hop on over to her blog, HERE.  When you get back you can check out the details of our next challenge below her sneak peek.

 

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Shades Of Green Challenge

Starts on February 7.  How fun is that for freedom of creativity and inspiration.  For those of you who aren't familiar with our challenges, the guidelines are below:

  • Ending time for this challenge is Wednesday, February 13, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format at the end of the February 7 post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our on-line store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted with the DT Thursday post on February 14.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to create too, have a stamping party and/or create your card using all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the 02/07/13 challenge post.  If you have questions please email me.

If you need inspiration you can check out the 2012/13 Card Galleries at the top of the blog.  Also, there are direct links to their their DT posts and more card samples in our on-line store too! 

 See you here next Thursday for our challenge!!!  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!

 

 Shirley

 

January 29, 2013

Tuesday T&T Lacealicious

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I have no idea if 'lacealicious' is even a word, but it says a lot about how I like the lace stamps in the new supplement.  This is another one of a group of cards I am working on.

Image:

  1. Stamped Beauty Roses with Delicata Gold Glitz on white cardstock twice, used heat gun to dry.
  2. Painted with Twinkling H2O's, cut out, flipped over and embossed with a stylus on an embossing mat.  Cut out the center of the top second rose and mounted with 3D pop-dots on the forefront rose.

Die Cut Background:

  1. Used Spellbinders Ribbon Threader die and Neenah Natural cardstock for the cut and embossed too.
  2. Placed die over the die cut and stamped Crochet Border 1 with Brilliance Pearlescent Biege, used heat gun to dry the ink.
  3. Threaded green grosgrain ribbon through the ribbon slots.
  4. Added pearl stickers and set aside.

Background Cardfront:

  1. Inked Cover-A-Card Crumpled Lace with Pearlescent Beige and stamped on white cardstock.
  2. Cut to 4.25"X5.5".

Assembly:

  1. Mounted the image to the die cut, stamped Thinking of You with Memento Cottage Ivy in the lower right hand corner, and mounted to the Crumpled Lace background with 3D pop dots.
  2. Added pearl stickers with Glossy Accents so they wouldn't come loose.
  3. Added bow to flower.

*** - Did you know that if you use Glossy Accents and it smudges, when it is dry you can erase it with a clic non-abrasive eraser pen with no damage to the cardstock or paper.  That's one of the reasons I use it like glue for a lot of things when using cardstock or paper.

Thanks for stopping by to look.  Don't miss out on the new stamps in the online store HERE.  See you here  for DT Thursday!!!

 

 

 Shirley

 

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January 24, 2013

Our Sweet Thoughts Challenge Winner And Our DT Host!

The winner of our "Sweet Thoughts Challenge" is  Tera Fujan at Stamp Queen.  Congratulations, Tera.  Thanks for joining in the fun and happy shopping too!  Our new stamps start HERE.

Our Design Team member hostessing today's DT Thursday is Daniela Dobson.  She has a wonderful and creative card for us.  Take a look at the sneak peek below and then hop on over to her blog, HERE.  When you get back you can check out the details of our next challenge near the bottom of the post.

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Our Next Challenge

On February 7, we start our "Shades of Green Challenge".  How fun is that for creativity inspiration.  For those of you who aren't familiar with our challenges, the guidelines are below:

  • Ending time for this challenge is Wednesday, February 13, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format at the end of the February 7 post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our on-line store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted with the DT Thursday post on February 14.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to create too, have a stamping party and/or create your card using all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the 02/07/13 challenge post.  If you have questions please email me.

If you need inspiration you can check out the 2012/13 Card Galleries at the top of the blog.  Also, there are direct links to their their DT posts and more card samples in our on-line store too! 

 See you here on Tuesday with a surprise technique.......!!  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!

 

 Shirley

 

January 17, 2013

Sweet Thoughts Challenge

Check out what the DT's 'Sweet' creations by clicking on their links below!  They will be using images from the New Spring/Summer Collection, now in our online store HERE.  Grab some inspiration, then come back and join us in the fun by posting your card at the bottom of this post between now and next Wednesday.  Then check out the details for our DT CHA Winter Blog Hop at the bottom of this post.

Sweet can mean a lot of different things.  It can be cupcakes, cakes, ice cream, candy, bees, etc., even flowers!!!  For those of you who aren't familiar with our challenges, the guidelines are below and at the bottom with our Inlinkz directions:
  • Ending time for this challenge is Wednesday, January 23, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format at the end of this post your all IO stamps card.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our on-line store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted with the DT Thursday post on January 24.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to create too, have a stamping party and/or create your card using all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post.  If you have questions of any kind please email me.

If you need inspiration you can check out the 2012/13 Card Galleries at the top of the blog.  Also, there are direct links to their their DT posts and more card samples in our on-line store too!

 

 Shirley

 

January 15, 2013

Tuesday T&T Watercolors and Dye Inks

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This is a really easy twisted easel card.  I had a 6"X4" cardfront and wondered how hard it would be to do a different size.  It was easy peasy. 

You will notice that the card has no sentiment yet and the die cut on the bottom is empty.  I have been making a series of about 35 cards and this is one of those, to be finished when I receive some charms I ordered for it and the others.

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I stamped Camellia Bouquet with Memento Northern Pine dye ink and painted with watercolors.  Some think you can't paint over dyes with watercolor because it will bleed.  Well, when I watercolor, I like it to blend!!!  :-)

Image:

  1. Stamped Camellia Bouquet with Memento Northern Pine and painted with watercolors.  Drops of dye inks on a plastic surface can be used like watercolors too.
  2. Cut the image out, turned it over, and embossed on an embossing mat.
  3. Die cut is Spellbinders Floral Doily Motif and white cardstock.
  4. Traced the circle center using the same die as a stencil with a piece of ivory/bone/natural cardstock, cut it out, and mounted in the center of the white die cut.
  5. Used 3d pop-dots on the back of the Camellias and mounted on the die cut.

Background/Cardfront:

  1. Stamped Petite Rose Print Background twice on a piece of ivory/bone/natural cardstock with Memento Northern Pine.
  2. Die cut is from Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles and white cardstock mounted on ivory/bone/natural cardstock.
  3. Same die as a stencil to trace the center with the Petite Rose Print Background and mounted in the center of the white die cut.
  4. Added ribbon to the cardfront and added image and bow.

Assembly:

  1. The formula for any twisted easel base is - determine the length (6.0") and the width of your cardfront (4.0") and that total will equal the length of your cardstock.  The width remains the same so:
  2. I cut a piece of cardstock 10"x4" and scored at 4".  Then I went HERE to get the fold correct.
  3. Mounted the cardfront to the top of the card fold (4" piece).
  4. Opened the card and mounted ivory/bone/natural cardstock, followed by a piece of white cardstock, image from camellias, pieces of Petite Rose Print, and embellishments.

That's it until I have the rest of my embellishments. 

Sweet Thoughts Challenge

Don't forget we have the Sweet Thoughts Challenge coming this Thursday, January 17.  If you need the details go to the bottom of the post HERE.  Have some fun, invite a friend to create too, have a stamping party and/or create your card using all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the 01/03/13 challenge post.  If you have questions of any kind please email me.

If you need inspiration you can check out the 2012/13 Card Galleries at the top of the blog.  There are direct links to their their DT posts and more card samples in our on-line store too!  Thanks again for all of the participants in our hop and get on back here for the challenges too!!!

Thanks for stopping by to look and share!

 

 Shirley

 

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January 12, 2013

Our Winners for Day 5 and 1 though 5

It has been a really fun week.  Thanks to all of you for making it that way.  All of the cards are posted to the Galleries if you can't remember where you saw a stamp you wanted.   Go too New 2013 Spring/Summer Stamps Gallery.

The winner for the Day 5 drawing is Patti J. at Each Precious Day.  The winner for the Monday though Friday drawing is Katie Bondroff and her gallery is HERE.  Thank you for playing, ladies, and have fun shopping!!

We would like to extend an invitation to all of you who use IO stamps to join us in the challenges.  They are listed in the left hand side bar.  We also list the winners of the challenges and hops under that tab at the top of the blog.  The details for preparing for our next challenge are below:

Sweet Thoughts Challenge

On January 17, our "Sweet Thoughts Challenge" begins.  Sweet can mean a lot of different things.  It can be cupcakes, cakes, ice cream, even flowers, etc.!!!  For those of you who aren't familiar with our challenges, the guidelines are below:

  • Ending time for this challenge is Wednesday, January 23, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format at the end of January 17 post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our on-line store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted with the DT Thursday post on January 24.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to create too, have a stamping party and/or create your card using all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of the 01/03/13 challenge post.  If you have questions of any kind please email me.

If you need inspiration you can check out the 2012/13 Card Galleries at the top of the blog.  Also, there are direct links to their their DT posts and more card samples in our on-line store too! 

Also, I will also be using some of the NEW STAMPS that are now in our online store HERE. for this coming Tuesday T&T on January 15.  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!

 

 Shirley

 

January 11, 2013

CHA Winter Blog Hop Day 5

Welcome to Day 5 of our CHA Winter DT Blog Hop to preview our Spring/Summer  stamps.   Our winner for yesterday's hop is Diane H. at Nellie's Nest.  Congratulations and happy shopping too!

You have been previewing some of our new stamps before Mitra introduces them at CHA at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, CA, January 11 through 15.  Start with the DT line-up below then come on back and click on the direct link to the new stamps in the last paragraph below, if you haven't seen them already:

Here are the details for you to be eligible for the $25 Gift Certificate drawing for today, Friday, with an extra one for Monday through Friday participants:

  • To be eligible to win today leave a comment on the IO and each participating DT member's blog for today. 
  • Posts are closed for today and the week at 10 p.m. for today's two drawings.
  • The winners will be announced in a post tomorrow.
  • To be eligible to win on the extra drawing today you must have commented on each participating blog for each day (Monday through Friday).  Posts close at 10 p.m.
  • (You can go back and catch up on comments to be eligible for the 5 day drawing today.)
  • If you have any questions please email me.

As mentioned above, winners will be shopping with the new stamps already in the on-line store.  You can take a look at all of them HERE for rubber stamps and HERE for Clear Stamp sets.  So join us for today and you can still catch up for today's 2 drawings, tell your friends, and have fun.

BTW, all of the new cards and the latest dies are in the galleries under that tab at the top.  If you saw a card and can't remember where you saw it go to the 2013 NEW SPRING and SUMMER STAMPS Gallery and find it. There will be a direct link to the DT member's blog for the details and names of the stamps.  The same is true for dies you might have seen too.  You can also access them by going to the online store in the tabs above.  If you still have questions, email me.

Thanks for stopping by to look and share!!

 

 

 Shirley

 

January 10, 2013

CHA Winter Blog Hop Day 4

Your Choice Challenge Winner

Also, I would like to invite all of you to take part in our 2 monthly challenges on the first and second Thursdays.  Our latest winner for the challenge that started on January 3 and ended last night at 10 p.m., EST, is Shona at Dog Fur In My Glue!!  We use Random.org for all of our drawings.

Day 3 CHA Blog Hop Winner

And Day 4 Hop

Welcome to Day 4 of our CHA Winter DT Blog Hop to preview our Spring/Summer  stamps.   Our winner for yesterday's hop is Craftyfield at Cardmaking and Scrapbooking, Etc.  Congratulations, Chris, and have fun shopping too!!

You are seeing our new stamps before Mitra introduces them at CHA at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, CA, January 11 through 15.  Start with the DT line-up below then come on back and click on the direct link to the new stamps in the last paragraph below, if you haven't seen them already:

Here are the details for you to be eligible for the $25 Gift Certificate drawings today and Friday, with an extra one tomorrow for Monday through Friday participants:

  • To be eligible to win each day leave a comment on the IO and each participating DT member's blog for that day. 
  • Posts are closed for each day at 10 p.m. for that day's drawing.
  • The winner(s) will be announced in the post for the next day.
  • To be eligible to win on the extra drawing Friday you must have commented on each participating blog for each day (Monday through Friday).  Posts close at 10 p.m.
  • (You can go back and catch up on comments to be eligible for the 5 day drawing on Friday.)
  • If you have any questions please email me.

As mentioned above, winners will be shopping with the new stamps already in the on-line store.  You can take a look at all of them HERE.for rubber stamps and HERE for Clear Stamp sets.  So join us for today and tomorrow at least, you can still catch up for tomorrow's 2 drawings, tell your friends, and have fun.

Thanks for stopping by to look and share!!

 

 Shirley

 

January 09, 2013

CHA Winter Blog Hop Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of our CHA Winter DT Blog Hop to preview our Spring/Summer stamps.   Our winner for yesterday's hop is Nancy K. at Seaside Creativity.  Congratulations, Nancy, and happy shopping.

You have been seeing our new stamps a week before Mitra is introducing them at CHA at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, January 11 through 15.  Start with the DT line-up below then come on back and click on the direct link to the new stamps in the last paragraph below, if you haven't seen them already:

Rules for Drawing Eligibility

To be eligible for the $25 Gift Certificate drawings, today through Friday, with an extra one on Friday for Monday through Friday participants:

  • To be eligible to win each day leave a comment on the IO and each participating DT member's blog for that day. 
  • Posts are closed for each day at 10 p.m. for that day's drawing.
  • The winner(s) will be announced in the post for the next day.
  • To be eligible to win on the extra drawing Friday you must have commented on each participating blog for each day (Monday through Friday).  Posts close at 10 p.m.
  • (You can go back and catch up on comments to be eligible for the 5 day drawing on Friday.)
  • If you have any questions please email me.

As mentioned above, winners will be shopping with the new stamps already in the on-line store.  You can take a look at all of them HERE.  So join us for the week, tell your friends, and have fun every day.

Thanks for stopping by to look and share!!

 

 

 Shirley

 

January 08, 2013

CHA Winter Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of our CHA Winter DT Blog Hop to preview our Spring/Summer stamps.   Our winner for yesterday's hop is Denise Bryant.   Have fun shopping and hope you continue to join us in the fun too!

You will be seeing our new stamps a week before Mitra is introducing them at CHA at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, January 11 through 15.  Start with the DT line-up below then come on back and click on the direct link to the new stamps in the last paragraph below, (really, they are really there) :-) if you haven't seen them already:

Here are the details for you to be eligible for the $25 Gift Certificate drawings, Tuesday through Friday, with an extra one on Friday for Monday through Friday participants:

  • To be eligible to win each day leave a comment on the IO and each participating DT member's blog for that day. 
  • Posts are closed for each day at 10 p.m. for that day's drawing.
  • The winner(s) will be announced in the post for the next day.
  • To be eligible to win on the extra drawing Friday you must have commented on each participating blog for each day (Monday through Friday).  Posts close at 10 p.m.
  • (You can go back and catch up on comments to be eligible for the 5 day drawing on Friday.)
  • If you have any questions please email me.

As mentioned above, winners will be shopping with the new stamps already in the on-line store.  You can take a look at all of them HERE.  So join us for the week, tell your friends, and have fun every day.

Thanks for stopping by to look and share!!

 

 Shirley

 

January 07, 2013

CHA Winter Blog Hop Day 1

Welcome to the first day of our CHA Winter DT Blog Hop previewing our Spring/Summer  stamps.   You are seeing them this week and Mitra is introducing them at CHA at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA, January 11 through 15.  Start with the DT line-up below for today, then come on back and click on the direct link to the new stamps in the last paragraph below:

Rules for Drawing Eligibility

To be eligible for the $25 Gift Certificate drawings, Monday through Friday, with an extra one on Friday for Monday through Friday participants:

  • To be eligible to win each day leave a comment on the IO and each participating DT member's blog for that day. 
  • Posts are closed for each day at 10 p.m. for that day's drawing.
  • The winner(s) will be announced in the post for the next day.
  • To be eligible to win on the extra drawing Friday you must have commented on each participating blog for each day (Monday through Friday).  Posts close at 10 p.m.
  • (You can go back and catch up on comments to be eligible for the 5 day drawing on Friday.)
  • If you have any questions please email me.

As mentioned above, winners will be shopping with the new stamps already in the on-line store.  You can take a look at all of them HERE.  So join us for the week, tell your friends, and have fun every day.

Thanks for stopping by to look and share!!

 

 

 Shirley

 

January 06, 2013

Impression Obsession CHA Spring Peeks Day 1

January 03, 2013

It's "Your Choice Challenge" And...

Check out what the DT did by clicking on their links below!  They will be using images from the Valentine Spring Collection, now in our online store HERE.  Grab some inspiration, then come back and join us in the fun by posting your card at the bottom of this post between now and next Wednesday.  Then check out the details for our DT CHA Winter Blog Hop at the bottom of this post.

What a fun time to be had with a  "Your Choice Challenge", which means any card for any occasion as long as you use all IO stamps!! For those of you who aren't familiar with our challenges, the guidelines are below:

  • Ending time for this challenge is Wednesday, January 9, at 10 p.m. EST.
  • Use the Inlinkz thumbnail format at the end of this post.
  • The drawing is for a $25 Gift Certificate for use in our on-line store.
  • The winner is picked using Random.org.
  • The players are notified of the winner by email that night.
  • The winner's name will be posted with the DT Thursday post on January 10.
  • All entries are posted in the Customer Card Gallery under Card Galleries at the top of the page.

Have some fun, invite a friend to create too, have a stamping party and/or create your card using all IO stamps, and then post it using the Inlinkz at the bottom of this post.  If you have questions about anything, including how to use Inlinkz, please email me.

If you need inspiration you can check out the 2012/13 Card Galleries at the top of the blog.  Also, there are direct links to their their DT posts and more card samples in our on-line store too!

CHA Winter Blog Hop

Here are the details:

  • Starting next Monday, January 7 and through Friday, January 11, we will have our CHA Sneak Peek Week with designs by our IO DT Only.
  • The rest of our NEW SPRING CATALOG images will be previewed for you by the DT and they will also be available to you in our online store!!!
  • We will have a $25 Gift Certificate drawing every day (for those people commenting on all DT participating blogs, starting with the IO blog.
  • There will be an additional drawing on Friday for those people who participated every day of the hop.

In addition:

  • If you (1) post the above information about the hop on your blog starting Friday, January 4, and no later than Sunday, January 6, with a link to our blog,
  • And (2) send me the link to your post with the information,
  • Then (3) I will give you an extra chance in the drawing for every day you participate next week.  :-)

If you have any questions on how to word it, I will have a post on my personal blog this Friday so you can see how I did it.  So spread the word and let's have some fun.  Thanks for stopping by to look and share!

 

 Shirley

 

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