Play Ball

Hi everyone.  It's Wednesday and that means its time for a new challenge at Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps.   This week's Simple Salutations Challenge  # 114    is to create with a sports theme.

This card is 3 1/2" x 5" and I stamped baseballs repeatedly across the card.  I've used the Tailgate Party stamp  set.

Don't forget to enter your card here for a chance to win some stamps.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Paulie's Shadowbox - Blog Hop with Fancy Pants and Clearsnap

Hi everyone! For the next few days Fancy Pants and Clearsnap are having a BLOG HOP!   There are lots of amazing projects to be seen!

Check the CLEARSNAP BLOG and the FANCY PANTS BLOG for previews and links to the blogs of participating designers…


I was thrilled to receive Fancy Pants' Burlap and Bouquets collection.  The colors and patterns lent themselves perfectly for an outdoor project.

I found this shadow box and knew it would be fun to create with.  I first painted the frame with a layer of gesso.  Once dry, I spritzed it  with ColorBox Spritzers in Lemon Drop and Putty.  The gesso allowed the colors to show rather than be absorbed by the wood.

Since the spray inks dry very quickly, I was able to then do a secondary spritz with Grasshopper almost immediately. 

In deciding the papers I wanted to use, I found the corrugated paper in this collection would be the perfect backdrop for my photo.  And I thought the burlap paper would add some nice dimension around the frame.  I inked each piece with ColorBox Mix'd Media Leather Inx before adhering to the shadowbox.  A tag was also inked with Mix'd Media Leather Inx and Paulie 2014 was added on top using the included stickers.  The edges of the shadowbox were also inked with Leather Inx to add more depth.  I cut apart the doily paper in this collection to use as an element in the corner of my shadowbox.

Assorted papers were cut, inked with Leather Mix'd Media Inx and added to the shadow box with a variety of foam adhesives for different levels of dimension

Several buttons were added around the photo and assorted stickers were added to the tag attached to the photo.

These Fancy Pants papers were perfect to showcase our furry family member.

Please visit both the Clearsnap blog and the Fancy Pants blog to see all the wonderful projects from both design teams.  And there is a giveaway on the Clearsnap blog so be sure to stop by.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Falling Leaves

Hi everyone, the new stamps from the Rubber Dance are awesome.  This month I received #NP1-M: I Love Leaves.  These leaves are very detailed and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

You can easily cut apart the stamp sheet and use them individually, but I elected to keep the sheet whole.  I inked the leaves with Clearsnap's Chalk Inks in Candied Yam and Creamy Brown.

Stickers spelled out Fall in the corner, and some twine was wrapped around the left side with a tag.

To see more of the stamps available, visit the Rubber Dance store.

For more inspiration, please visit the Rubber Dance blog.

Stamps:  Rubber Dance
Ink:  Clearsnap
Cardstock:  Bazzill

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Monogram Ceramic Plaque with Ann Butler Designs

Hi everyone, and I've got a post on this Ann Butler blog today.

I found this ceramic plaque and wanted to try Ann Butler's Crafter's Ink from ColorBox.  I must say that I love the result.  No smearing.  A perfect impression every time and since I was using 1" stamps around the edge, I was thrilled with the results.

Using KellyCraft's EZ-De's Flourish ABC's, I stamped my initial in the center with Berry Ink.  Then stamped around the initial with Aquamarine Ink

I stamped the Unity 1" Leaves All Over stamp around the edge, holding an oval mask in place so the leaves would flow around the letter. 

Flipping over the oval die cut, I stamped it with the Unity 2" Diamonds and Plaid stamp in Berry Ink.  I did not like the Aquamarine stamped pattern so I covered it with the die cut oval.

I used Sunshine Ink to add dots from the Unity 2" Doily Picnic Stamps over the initial.  Around the edges I painted Earth Safe Finishes in Aquamarine.  As a finisher, I adhered some lovely May Arts ribbon around the oval.

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Birthday blessings

It's a new challenge at Cornish Heritage Farms, and Amber has asked us to create a masculine card.

I've used the  Lighthouse 3  digital stamp (one of my favorites!) which I've colored with Tombow Markers, Gelli pens and Faber Castel Gelatos.

The paper I chose to use was a little dark, so I tore the bottom edge and mounted it on red cardstock before adhering to the card.

Don't forget to check the Cornish Heritage Farms Design Team's cards:

  • Amber Hillman
  • Ann Marie Saunders
  • Irit Shalom
  • Kelly Santi
  • Kristine Reynolds
  • Maureen Russell

  • Thanks for stopping by today.



    Mini Beach Canvas

    Hi everyone, this mini canvas was posted on the Rubber Dance blog last week.

    I started by first inking the canvas with 3 colors of Clearsnap chalk ink - blue for the sky, cream for the center and tan for the ground.

    Next, I used the #BM1-5D: Sea Mesh stamp, inking it first with Candied Yam Chalk Ink and stamping the canvas.  I then inked the stamp again with Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink and stamped over the first image.

    The #BM1-L: Retro Beach sentiment was stamped on a scrap of paper with Rose Coral Chalk Ink and the #BM1-5D: Sea Mesh was stamped lightly on top of the sentiment.  I then tore it, inked it and added it to the canvas with foam adhesives for dimension.

    I stamped the #BM1-6F: Beach  shells in Licorice Ink  across the bottom of the canvas.

    This canvas may be small, but it was fun to make and is a perfect reminder of summer fun.

    To see more of the stamps available, visit the Rubber Dance store.

    For more inspiration, please visit the Rubber Dance blog.

    Stamps:  Rubber Dance
    Ink:  Clearsnap

    Thanks for stopping by today.




    Reach for the stars

    Hi everyone, I've got a post on the Art Anthology blog today.   I love working with these paints.

    I started with an inexpensive wood frame. You can find them in all shapes and sizes and with the holidays approaching, it's a great time to get started on your gifts.

    I wanted the wood grain to show on the frame, so I lightly painted the frame with Portobello. I placed the Twilight Stencil on the left side and painted it with Lemon Tart and Tiger Eye. On the right side I used the Dottie Stencil with Mayan Gold.

    Once the paint was dry, I used Colorations Sprays with the same stencils, but put them on the opposite sides for contrast.

    For the insert, I used the  Dottie Stencil with Glorious Colorations.   Modeling Paste was used with the Take Flight Stencil.

    I finished the insert by lightly painting the birds with Aloha Velvet, then added some Lemon Tart, Mayan Gold and Chocolate around the birds.

    I typed the words and cut them into sections, spritzed them with Timeless Colorations using the Dot Matrix Stencil and then lightly painted the edges with Mayan Gold and Chocolate.  The words were added with foam adhesives for dimension.

    For more dimension, I realigned the Timeless Stencil and used Champagne and Blizzard Dimensional Crystals randomly around the frame.



    Love Your Decisions

    Hi everyone. 

    Today's card uses another wonderfully large sentiment stamp from the Rubber Dance.

    I embossed the background of the card and added several smaller elements on top.

    The stamp is from  #SEW1-M Something Wonderful  which was stamped in pink ink then added  to the card with foam adhesives for dimension.
    To see more of the stamps available, visit the Rubber Dance store.

    For more inspiration, please visit the Rubber Dance blog.

    Stamps:  Rubber Dance
    Ink:  Clearsnap
    Embossing:  Cuttlebug
    Thanks for stopping by today.



    Out on the Town

    Hi everyone.  It's Wednesday and that means its time for a new challenge at Mark's Finest Papers &a Stamps.   This week's Simple Salutations Challenge # 113 is to create a card using one image, 2 flowers, 3 papers and 4 brads.
    I used Out on the Town stamp set.  Torn papers and a flower with brads just finish off the card.
    Thanks for stopping by today


    Storage ideas with Scor-Pal

    Hi everyone, it's a new month and that means a new  Scor-Pal challenge.  This month we've created some fun storage ideas.  So easy and fun to do when you use your Scor-Pal.       

    I created a tall box that could easily hold pens and pencils or an assortment of left over embellishments we all seem to collect.



    Step 1:  Cut cardstock 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" (I forgot to do this till step 2!).
    Step 2:  Score cardstock at 2 3/4", 7 3/4"

    Step 3:  Rotate once and score at 1/2", 3 1/4", 6", 8 3/4"

    Step 4:  Cut along the score lines as shown and trim the 1/2" edge from the top and bottom

    Step 5:  Cut coordinating panels of cardstock 2 1/2" x 4 3/4" (save scraps)
    Cut pattern paper panels 2 1/4" x 4 1/2"
    Ink edges with Clearsnap Mustard Dye Ink before assembling
    Add Scor-Tape to the cardstock and adhere to the center panels of the box (it's easier to do this while the box is flap)

    Step 6:  Find the center of each top panel and cut to form triangles

    Step 7:  Add Scor-tape to the 1/2" panel and assemble box

    Step 8:  Remember the left over scraps from the cardstock panels?  Adhere one to the bottom of the box to provide some additional support.

    Step 9:  Punch holes in the tops of each piece and run ribbon through and tie together.

    Step 10:  Add assorted flowers and leaves to the box with glue dots. 

    Thanks for stopping by today.


    Rubber Dance September Challenge

    Hi everyone, Rubber Dance is having monthly challenges and we would love for you to join in the fun.  This first challenge is all about the colors of fall - reds, greens oranges, etc. 

    This month I am working with the awesome  #NP1-M: I Love Leaves.  This stamp set includes 17 different sizes and shapes of leaves.  I've kept my stamp sheet whole so I can use it as a background piece as well as individually.  So I fussy cut a number of leaves and inked them in a variety of Clearsnap chalk inks.  Because they have a longer drying time, chalk inks were perfect to use because they are easily blendable.  Think Chestnut Roan, Guacamole, Creamy Brown, and Rose Coral - perfect fall colors.

    The background is the #BK2-2E: Burlap stamp which was stamped several times with Candied Yam Chalk Ink.  The card was also edged with Candied Yam before mounting on the card.  Some ribbon and twine were tied around the card and the leaves added with foam adhesives for dimension.  The sentiment is an acrylic panel I found in my stash - "passing time with good company".

    Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to stop by the blog for details about this challenge.

    Stamps:  Rubber Dance
    Ink:  Clearsnap
    Cardstock:  Bazzill


    Graphic 45 Family Clipboard

    Hi everyone, I've got a post today on the eClectic Paperie blog.

    This 12" x 12" wood clipboard was a fun find and  I picked it up knowing that I'd figure out what to do with it at some point!  When I saw these awesome Graphic 45 papers, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the clipboard.

    I started by inking the clipboard in ColorBox Wisteria Chalk Ink.  Then I added  Art Anthology's Velvet paint in Orchid on top to get a nice mix of color.

    I chose several patterned papers from the Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments collection.  This paper is double sided so I was able to use both sides for some nice contract.  I know it's a lot of flowers, but follow along and see what I was able to create.

    I added cardstock between the flowers layers for some dimension and contrast.   Because the paper is so busy, I added several cardstock mats in coordinating colors on top for the photos.  Since I'm giving this as a gift, I've left room for the recipient to add the photos.


    The title was cut with my Cricut and I added Petaloo flowers to the "i" in Family as well as  around the large photo mat. 


    I think the Petaloo flowers provide a nice pop and 3-d effect.  What do you think?
    Thanks for stopping by today.


    It's time to pary

    Hi everyone.  Summer is coming to a close and that means lots of outdoor activities and parties for the Labor Day weekend.  This project is on the Clearsnap blog today.

    There is nothing better than creating a party themed ensemble to display at your home or better yet, create one for a party and take it with you.  I think the hostess would be thrilled to get this ensemble.



    I found this red plastic bucket at a local store and thought it would be fun to decorate.  I die cut an assortment of different sized stars from white cardstock, spritzing the largest with Stephanie Barnard Sprays in Sky and Blueberry and the medium sized stars with Guava and Strawberry

    Once dried (this took awhile since I sprayed quite heavily!!), I used the Say What? Rollagraph Wheel using ColorBox  Kettle Dye Ink to create dimension on the stars.  The edges of the stars were also inked with Kettle Dye Ink using an Art Dauber - so easy to get into the tiny spaces!

     Then I just randomly added the red and white stars around the bucket with Glue Dots.


    The banner was die cut from 2 layers of cardstock.  The white layer was then embossed with an embossing folder to add just a little bit of dimension.  In keeping with the red, white and blue theme, I inked the edges of the white layer as well as the embossed areas with Graphic45 Decades Ink in Triumphant Red - a dye ink that dries very quickly (I was quite impatient by this time!).  Once all the layers were ready, they were assembled together with twine.  The blue stars were added to the banners then red letters were placed on top.

    Add strips of Glue Dots around the rim of the bucket and adhere the banner to the bucket.  The banner can then be removed and hung separately if so desired.


    And just because, I created pinwheels from white cardstock, then spritzed them with Stephanie Barnard Sprays in Sky and Blueberry.  I used the  Dots Rollagraph Wheel and ColorBox  Kettle Dye Ink and then inked the edges of the pinwheels with Graphic45 Decades Ink in Triumphant Red using an  Art Dauber.  Easy to assemble with large brad and then I adhere them to skewers with Glue Dots.  Very easy to do and so much fun!

    Mix the pinwheels  amongst the goodies in the party bucket and you are ready to go.

    What party creations will you create today?