Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Skipping Stones Design - Sadness Flies Away on the Wings of Time

Good Morning Everyone!

Today is my last day as a guest designer for the Skipping Stones Design stamp company :( and I have loved being part of this sweet group of amazingly talented ladies this month! Thank you Heather and DT! This last sketch is from Jami Bova and I loved the three square element of the sketch and thought to use this beautiful stamp set called Healing Wings by Skipping Stones Design . It is always hard to make sympathy cards for me - but this set has beautiful sentiments and images that makes that card making process easier. I love the three different butterfly images in this set and the sentiments that are in this set are simply beautiful - so sweet and encouraging.

I hope to make a few more of these cards and I love this sentiment: "Sadness flies away on the wings of time"....
Card Ingredients:
Paper: CC: Earth Love, Couture Cardstock for the card base
Ink: Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa from Memento
Accessories: ribbon, bling are from stash, corner rounder, thick chunky glitter from Martha, EK Success punch

If you haven't already checked out Skipping Stones Design - please hop on by! Heather's stamps are so full of humor, sweetness and I am sure they will make you smile!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope your day is full of happiness!!!

Sending each of you sunshiney wishes!
big hugs!
Sanakri :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

12 Designers, 12 Spellbinder creations and 5 Winners

Hi Everyone,
I have been having internet problems this weekend - and I am so glad that it is finally up and working (although it was nice to drive to the coffeeshop and use the WiFi and have a latte). As much as I love technology, I also can't believe how dependent I have become on it - which becomes very apparent when it doesn't work! Ack! But, I am thankful that its back and today there is some exciting things going on! Today the Supernovas over at PaperCraft Planet are having a blog hop for one of our favorite products: Spellbinders!!! yipee!! We are showing off the new summer dies (yay! bring on the summer weather!) and hop along with us and you could end up winning one of the new sets!!!

I got to play with the super cute dies: Fresh Fruit Borderabilities Petite and I love these super cute little fruit (apple borders and strawberries) too cute. I made two cards - one using the apple die as a border and one using the apples as little cut outs. This first card uses Mercy's Sketch#66 and uses the apples as cut out and the sentiment You're So Sweet is from the Thankful Accents stamp set from Verve:

The second card uses the die as a border - I put little sheets of patterned paper behind the apples and printed out the sentiment: "You are the apple of my eye" :) I love these little apples all in a row:

We have hidden FIVE prizes among the Supernova blogs, but no one knows which one! So go ahead leave a comment for a chance to win! Blog comments will close on Wednesday at 6pm EST.

Sankari Wegman (that's me :)))

Check out the gallery of all of our projects here over at PaperCraft Planet! And check out all of the new labels and dies over at Spellbinders! I always drool looking at all of the yummy dies :-)
Thanks so much for stopping by !!
Big hugs!
Sankari :)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Let It Snow! (but not really till next winter :)))

Good Morning Everyone,

Today is Friday and that means there is another challenge from the Christmas Stampin' All Year Long blog where this week's challenge is to have fun with embossing (heat embossing, light embossing, embossing folders, faux embossing, etc.) As much as I love getting the glittery embossing powder all in my hair and forehead for the whole day, I went with the embossing folder for today's card creation.

I made this using the Christmas Joy Borders & Centers Oval 1-3/4" x 2-5/16" stamp set from JustRite Stampers. I LOVE this little penguin and as much as I love the sentiment "let it snow" - I really hope that we have seen our last snowfall and that it doesn't snow till winter :) I used the one of the cute oval borders in this cute stamp set and then adorened it with punched out snowflakes and bling. The cutie penguin was stamped six times and then colored, cut out and then popped up on dimensionals :) Here is another picture from the side:

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Choice Snow White from Taylored Expressions, Bazzill basics (blue shades)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Bahama Blue
Accessories: corner rounder, divine swirl Embossing folder, glaze pens, scalloped border from corner rounders, bling from Kaiser, ribbon from TE

I seriously love being part of this awesome group - its been fun to create a little bit of the holidays all year long (and that way, I get to use up my papers so that I can buy more papers without feeling any guilt :))))) Check out all of the embossed beauties over at the Christmas Stampin' All Year Long blog and we hope that you will play along with us!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Center of Attention Product Spotlight - Metal Squares

Good Morning Everyone,

Today, half of the Baker's Dozen and I are showing projects created with these awesome craft metal sheets that come in aluminum and copper (they come in 8 sheets that are 4" x 4" - which is a ton of metal yumminess for an awesome value!) I have to say that I love these craft metal sheets! It is such a fun way to add some texture and uniqueness to your card. They are very thin, which allows you to emboss on them, cut them out and even bend them - all of which makes it very easy to use. You can use them as a place to stamp the main image on or sentiment on, or you can also make it as a background for your card or even bend it to create a little embellishment for your card or scrapbook page. This is also a great product to have for making "man" cards :).

For this first card, I cut out the aluminum metal sheet with my nesties and then embossed it and used it as a background. The ingredients in this card comes from the February Key Ingredients kit (you can click here to learn more about these wonderful kits). I used the sentiment "Your friendship is blessing to me" from the Branching Out stamp set to create this card for a very special person who inspires me every single day - she is such a sweet blessing in my life and I loved making this card because I was making it for her :) I kept the palette black and white with a pop of green and embossed the silver sheet to create a shiny swirly background for the yummy flower:For this next card, I used the stamp set: You're My Hero which is part of the Giving Tree program that Taylor has created, where every quarter a stamp set is released, with some of the proceeds going to benefit a different charity. This stamp set was released earlier this month and goes to benefit the CureSearch organization, which unites the world's largest childhood cancer research organization, the Children's Oncology Group and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation through their mission to cure childhood cancer. You can read more about the inspiration behind this stamp set here on Taylor's blog.

I used the awesome papers from the Rock Star Key Ingredients kit and stamped the sentiment You Rock with Stazon black ink onto the metal sheet. The silver embellishment was created from the Easter Blessings stamp set (I stamped the image twice and then cut out the flower and popped it up with dimensionals and curled the edges - I love that this is thin enough to do that!)
Here is how the embellishment looks from the side (I added a little bling to the center):

I had so much fun working with these awesome metal sheets! Can't wait to make more projects!!! Please check out these amazing ladies who have created some amazing works of art with these awesome craft metal sheets!

Taylor VanBruggen
Jeanie Witmer
Carolina Buchting
Karen Motz
Alex Maldonado
Jackie Pedro

Also, from now through the 28th of March- these metal sheets will be on SALE! (they will be 15% off) over at the Taylored Expressions store) so if you haven't tried it out yet - now is a great time to check it out - or stock up on it!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
(Are you ready for Friday as much as I am??!)
Big hugs!
Sankari :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Day 2 - March Mega Blog hOp

Good Morning Everyone!

Today starts Day 2 of the JustRite Mega March Blog Hop - and seriously - it is WAY mega - not only are there 88 Designers participating in this 3 day blog hop extravaganza, but there are a TON and I mean a TOn of prizes that you could win! Each day there will be FIVE shopping sprees - and no one knows where the prizes will be! Each day will also hold FIVE Mystery Blog Candy Prizes with a total retail value of $600 (WOW!!). The five mystery blogs will be selected each day of the hop and randomly allocated to each of the shopping sprees - and for your chance to win: Simply leave a little love (a comment) on each of the designer's blog starting over at the JustRite blog!! Comments will remain open for three days and all the winners will be listed on the JustRite blog on Friday! If you missed all the yummy creations yesterday over at the JustRite Inspiration Blog, you can click here to see all of the Day 1 of the blog hop details!

Today, I feel sooo completely honored to be amongst these Rockstar designers - WOW! And stay tuned for tomorrow as the blog party continues with more designers and more fabu creations! For today's blog hop, I created a little giftset using the Breath of Spring Borders & Centers 2 (1/4" x 3-1/16") stamp set and the Loving Thoughts Centers 1-5/8" from January/February release from JustRite Stampers. My friend had a leftover bag template that she had left over from a birthday party (that I think she cut out from a Cricut cartridge), So, I used it to create this little set:
Here is picture of the card - I first stamped the flower images (twice - one for the card and one for the bag) and then colored them (or copic-fied them :) and then cut them out. I stamped the oval border and cut that out too. And then popped the flowers on the orange circle center with dimensionals and popped up the whole thing with dimensionals onto the card and bag.
One of my favorite accessories are liquid pearls and I used it to decorate around the card and around the sentiments, ovals, hearts and circles in the card and on the bag. I love these beautiful flowers and I love the versatility of the way you can combine the borders centers and sentiments in all of the JustRite Stamps.

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Prism cardstock, Bazzill cardstock, Basic Grey
Ink: Memento Inks in the colors: Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa and Ladybug Red
Accessories: corner rounder, white gel pen, red grosgrain ribbon, Recollections bling, Adirondack dimensional pearls and circle punches.

I used the SCS sketch for today for this card and had so much fun creating this little giftset :) Please hop on over to see these amazing creations and for a ton of chances to win!!! Check out all of these chances to win:

Today during the JustRite Mega March Blog Hop (Day Two) JustRite and our sponsors will be giving away the following five prizes:

· $200 JustRite Shopping Spree
· $100 Spellbinders Shopping Spree
· $100 Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Spree, and
· Two additional $100 JustRite Shopping Sprees!

Have fun hopping! I know I am off to hop now too!!!
THank you so much for stopping by today!
Big hugs!
Sankari :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Skipping Stones Design - Happy Snowman

Happy Tuesday Everyone,

Hope you had a great weekend! Our weekend ended up with me getting a little under the weather, which is not so good when the weather outside is starting to be so bright, beautiful and sunny - no fun at all!
But speaking about fun - here is a fun card using the awesome sketch from Jami Bova for Skipping Stones Design. I used the new stamp set with the cutest snowmen with both hilarious and awesome sentiments - the sentiment on this card reads: "Snowmen fall from heaven unassembled" - I love that! (there is another sentiment in this set that simply cracks me up - but I will save that for another time ;)

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Bazzil, American Crafts: MerryMint
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa
Accessories: scalloped square punch cut in half, snowflake punch from MS, ribbon from stash, glue dots, spellbinders, copics, sliver stickles, rhinestones from Want2Scrap and button from Summer buttons from Bag O'Buttons.

Please hop on over to the Skipping Stones Design blog and check out all the wonderful cards using this sketch! Heather who is the owner of Skipping Stones, designs such awesome sentiments that are both hilarious and beautiful for her gorgeous stamps!

I hope you guys are having a wonderful day!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #71 - 13 Going On 30!

Hi Everyone!
Every Saturday, my friend Brooke and I run the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge where we pick a movie and then create a card inspired by it! This week for our 71st challenge, we picked the movie: 13 Going on 30! starring Jennifer Garner :) I remember watching this movie in the theater when it came out and I loved watching it because I grew up in the 80's - so all of the references, music, and little "jokes" were something that I totally got. I had to sing along to Pat Benatar's Love is a Battlefiled song - wow did that bring back memories!

One of my favorite parts of this movie was when she asked her mother if there was something that she wished she could do over again - like if she had made some mistake and wished she could re-do it. Her mother gave her such a beautiful answer I thought - which was that those moemnts give us an opportunity to figure out how to make things right. This movie I felt was about sometimes what we think we wish for might not always be what we really want and its about a chance to be true to ourselves.

Its an interesting thing to look at our lives sometimes - There are moments that I wish I could re-do - and moments that I wish I could re-live, but I don't ever think I would go back and change anything about how I got to where I am right now. I love the journey that I have been on and its always amazing to me how the the twists and turns of life bring new possibilities, new friendshis, new ways of understanding your self, new ways of being present to yourself and those around you. More than anything right now - I am grateful for my friends and family - especially when things have been rough - it is a blessing to have that connection and support. Speaking of friendships, my card was inspired by the sweet friendship between her and her childhood best friend Matt:

Card Ingredients:
Cardstock: Snow White Choice cardstock from Taylored Expressions
Stamps: Stampology and Making Memories
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: EK success, corner rounder, star punch from CM, Spellbinders, liquid pearls, rhinestones from Want2Scrap

She later realizes that it is Matt whom she has always loved but never gave him a chance. Their childhood friendship is so sweet and he truly sees her for who she is - a wonderful, happy, caring and beautiful person. Sometimes, we can take for granted our friendships and our family because you know they will always be there for you, but it is so nice to make sure they know how much you appreciate them! This card is for one of my best friends and even though we have grown a bit far apart over space and time - she will always be one of my BFFs :)

I hope you are having a lovely and wonderful start to your weekend! We got hit with an end of March snowfall - so I think its time for one last sledding outing that ends with some hot cocoa goodness!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! Stop by the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge blog for more details and I hope you have a chance to play along!!!!

Big hugs!
Sankari :)

Friday, March 19, 2010

CSAYL#44 - Wings of Happiness

Good Morning Everyone,

Every friday over at the Christmas Stampin' All Year Long blog, there is a fun new challenge to help inspire and keep us motivated all year long with making holiday cards and I can't tell you how much I am so happy to be part of it... especially as the weather gets warmer and it is hard to pull out all the snowy goodness of craft winterland :) Today, for the 44th challenge, Debbie has come up with a wonderful inspiration that is kind of springish for our challenge today - which is to create a card based on the pic that a) uses the colors in the photo, b) has lots of white space and c) has a bird! LOve that! And isn't this inspiration picture soooo lovely!?! I {heart} Pottery Barn - as much as I wish our house looked like the catalog, the reality is that it wouldn't last more than 20 seconds before my kids made it umm... "lived in"... Here is my card based on this inspiration picture using one of my fave images from the Wings of Joy stamp set from Taylored Expressions. - and it was really nice to be able to keep a lot of white space :)
Card Ingredients:
Paper: Choice Snowwhite cardstock and Prism cardstock Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Ladybug Red and Tuxedo Black
Accessories: liquid pearls, corner rounder, may arts ribbon, spellbinders, cuttlebug embossing folder, snowflake punch from MS, rhinestones from Want2Scrap.

I loved using this sweet inspirational picture and am glad to add another card to the pile - yay :) If you have a chance to play along please check out all the details at the Christmas Stampin' All Year Long blog and see all the lovely cards for this week's challenge!
Happy Friday! Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hope Your Birthday RockS!!

Hi Everyone,

It finally feels like Spring is here! And I have been spring cleaning - I can't believe how the change in weather can inspire me to clean (because really, that is not what I would rather do!) Yesterday when I was cleaning out my craft corner (which is stuffed to the gills right now!) I came across this fun MVP paper from WRMemory Keepers and I immediately stopped cleaning and sat down to make a card :) I based this on Taylor's Sketch Challenge #104 and used the newly released You're My Hero stamp set to create this.
I love using this set because part of the sales from this stamp set benefit the CureSearch which unites the world's largest childhood cancer research organization, the Children's Oncology Group and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation through their mission to cure childhood cancer.

Our niece's birthday is next week and she loves American Idol and all things musical (dancing, singing, being in the school band, etc.) so this was the perfect stamp set for her birthday card - and the only thing that I hope is that it is "cool" enough for her :) - she is going to be 15! Yikes!

Well, I am off to keep cleaning (yes, I can't believe I wrote that sentence myself!!!! LOL!) but first a cup of "energy" :) Hope your day is springalicious!!!
Big hugs,
Sankari :))

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Gray Hares are Cute!

Good Morning Everyone!

Welcome to the Skipping Stones Design's Blog Hop to celebrate the release of two new Spring/Easter Inspired Sets. If you just happened upon my blog today, you'll want to go back to back to the beginning at Skipping Stones Design. Combined with the blog hop today, its also Skipping Stones Sketch Tuesday which means the Design Team is showcasing another great creation from Jami Bova aka St.Stamper. We'd love for you to play along with the sketch, just use the keyword SSD016 if you are uploading to any online galleries or link your card at the Skipping Stones Blog. We'll be looking soon for Guest Designer's so you never know....!

For my card today, I used the super cute bunny set with such fun sentiments -my favorite sentiment is this one: "Don't worry about getting older, Gray hares are cute!" LOL! Love it! I used the papers from MME Bloom and Grow with Jami Bova's beautiful sketch for this card:

How about a prize today? In addition to the fabulous eye candy, our DT has blog candy up for grabs , so make sure to leave comments on every single post so you have a chance to win!!!!

Skipping Stones Design
Sankari Wegman (you are here :)

Your next stop is to Mary Giemza's beautiful blog!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Gina K Previews and Blog Hop!

Happy monday Everyone!

Its sneak peek time over at Gina K. and you might have seen a peek at some of the new sets that were peeked yesterday (so beautiful!) and today, we are showing you some more sneak peeks from the stamp sets: you seen all of the wonderful preview: Happy Spring stamp set and By Your Side stamp set by Aslea Hopkins.

The stamp set that is part of the Card Kit this month is the Happy Spring stamp set! This month there is a change in the card kit where each kit will receive the Happy Spring stamp set and instruction sheet along with 4 sheets of pure luxury cardstock, 1 sheet of exclusive patterned paper with 4 different designs, 1 yard of ribbon and brads (the cardstock will not be precut). The card below uses the digi paper that will be available through GinaK. and I have to say that I love the fact that it is already measured to the A2 size - so all you have to do is print and cut :).

The Happy Spring stamp set comes with such sweet sentiments and images and I love this image of the well and the water coming from it - I couldn't help pair it up with the sunny sentiment: "Hey Sunshine" :)

The second card is from the stamp set that is being sneaked peek is from the "By Your Side" stamp set that is illustrated Aslea Hopkins. I LOVE the images in this set, especially the sweet little Koi fishes - and the sweet sentiment: By Your Side Always:
I used the pure luxury papers for this card and I love how heavy it is to hold up my super layered koi pond :). Here is a closer look at the Koi pond (after coloring it in, I popped up a sheet of embossed acetate so that it would reflect some shadows into the "pond" :
I absolutely loved working with these darling stamps and can't wait to ink them all up :)

Tonight, we are having a blog hop that is featuring creations from these two stamp sets and I know that these ladies are going to blow you away with their gorgeous creations!!!
start with

and then find out more about the card kit here:
and then check out these designer's blogs:

StampTV is celebrating it's first birthday and the festivities are in full swing with this month's release! We'll be holding this month's Release party on StampTV and couldn't be more excited about all that Gina has planned for everyone! The party kicks off this Thursday, March 18th starting at 7pm and ends at 10pm (CST) when all the new products will be available for purchase at the GinaK Designs Store!

To keep informed of all the party plans and activities, check out this link:

Thanks So much for stopping by tonight!

Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #70 - Dear Frankie

Good Morning Everyone!! Every Saturday over at the Cinema Saturday blog (ps - I can't believe this is our 70th challenge already!) Brooke and I pick a movie from which to create a card! This week the movie that we picked is the little known gem: Dear Frankie! As much as we love the big blockbusters, we also love featuring movies that might not be that famous but are just amazing! If you haven't seen this movie - you MUST! It is just a gem of a movie! Seriously - this is one of the most heartwarming movies that we have both seen - you will fall in love with it! The challenge requirement for this movie is to use a little bit of a map is because that is how Frankie (the little boy) keeps track of his father's voyages. I can't express enough - how beautiful of a movie this is --- it is full of love stories (the love between a mother for her daughter, the fierce love of a mother for her child, the love that grows between two strangers and the love of a "father" for his son) - its just beautiful and I know you will love it!

For my card today, I used the sketch that the beautiful Susanna Boyd has created for Paper Craft Planet (keyword SK031310) andd used the lovely color challenge (with the requirement for cloth) from the uber fab Embellish magazine. I loved how these colors came together and I love how Frankie kept a map and tried to find his dad in everything through all of his journeys in the letters that he received. It was so sweet to see the way he tracked him and from that I came with the inspiration for this card of a trail of hearts over the Scottish seas (errr.... Lochs).

I used the Wood Stamper that is 2-3/8" which comes with a Bonus 25pt Font & Center to create the sentiment "I'd Follow You Anywhere" and I think that is one of the main reasons that I fell in love with the Just Rite stamp system is because I could create my own sentiments - gotta love that flexibility!... Frankie gets very attached to his "father" and it is just the sweetest thing to see the connection between those two! (Gerard Butler is in this movie (before he became super famous) and I adore the interaction between him and Frankie - so sweet! I remembered loving it the first time I saw it but honestly, after having children - it pulls at my heart strings even more - and I totally relate to how fiercely Lizzie protects her son Frankie and only wants the best for him. Seriously, even more in love with it :)

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Prism cardstock in the colors: Intense Kiwi and Island Mist Dark and paper is from a map of Sweden that I printed out :)
Inks: Memento Aquamarine and Chalkbox Yellow Ochre
Accessories: white gel pen, heart punch, buttons from Whirligig, MS heart punch, dimensionals, scorpal, spellbinders, kraft, ribbon from stash, felt accent.

The bond that Frankie has with his "dad" and the way he observes things and puts things together is beyond sweet... he would follow him anywhere. The challenge from Embellish called for cloth - my "cloth requirement" is the felt accent over the ribbon. I absoulutely loved this movie and highly recommend it! Hop on over to the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge blog to find out more details! We would love for you to play along!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Joyeux Noel!

Good Morning Everyone!
I am so excited its Friday :) Yipee! Every Friday, at the Christmas Stamping All Year Long Blog, we have a different challenge to help get the holiday mojo lasting through the year, so that its not a mad dash of stressful cardmaking towards the end of the year :) This year, Patty has come up with a wonderful challenge: to create a card that is "out of the box" or basically to create a card that can be of any shape other than the regular A2 card that we all are used to.

I made a circle card using the lovely and versatile stamps from Just Rite Stampers, where you can mix and match your borders and sentiments. I created this stamp set from the Merry Little Christmas Borders & Centers Round 1-5/8" and I love the sentiment: "Joyeux Noel" :)

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Prism cardstock, DP from GCD studios
Stamps: Merry Little Christmas Borders & Centers Round 1-5/8" from Just Rite Stampers
Inks: Memento Tuxedo black and Ladybug Red
Accessories: spellbinders, liquid pearls, MS punch, silk ribbon, bling from Want2Scrap

I had so much fun making this festive card - although I have to say that as the snow starts to melt and the weather starts to get warmer, I might have to put on some holiday music as I make my Friday holiday cards :) And on that note, I leave you with the song: "Dashing thru the snow, on a one horse open sleigh......."

Check out the lovely creations that the wonderful DT has created for this Shape Challenge!
Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs!
Sankari :)