Sunday, October 31, 2010

Autumn is a Second Flower

Hi Everyone,

The one thing that I love about fall is taking a walk in the park, admiring the autumnal colors and crunching the beautiful leaves. Growing up on the east coast, we would take drives across Sky Line Drive just to see the trees decked out in autumnal splendor - and since I have moved to the heartland since then, every year, one of my BFF's from back home sends us a box every year with some fall treats and always includes gorgeous leaves in her package, so I can have a feel of home. This year, I wanted to make her a package and decided to make a card with this gorgeous sentiment from JustRite stampers: "Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower." which is from the new set of cling stamps that JustRite is offering (check out all the cling stamps here!)

I stamped the pumpkins from the Hangin' Around stamp set in a row using my stamp-a-majig and then colored it and added some grass. I stamped leaves from this stamp set by paper piecing them and adding them in the corner. I added the sentiment from the A Day In the Country stamp set which is filled with such lovely country scenes and sentiments.
I finished by sponging the edges and adding a little bit of bling on the scalloped edging and tied it off with a bow. I saw a little flower from Prima that matched the colors of the card and added it with a little glue dot.

I love the way this card came together so quickly - I am really enjoying all the lovely new cling from JustRite - you can check out the JustRite blog for more details about all the new things going on!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Happy Fall ya'll!
Hugs :)))
Sankari :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

JustRite Friday Challenge 042 (Inchie Arts sponsored!)

Hi Everyone!

JustRite stamps just announced on the blog that they are coming out with a new line of JustRite Cling Stamps!!! These are red rubber stamps with cling cushion and are easily mountable onto your clear acrylic block. Today over at the JustRite stamps blog, Inchie Arts is the sponsor and the winner from this week's challenge will receive $50.00 worth of assorted Inchie Arts product and 3 honorable mention winners will receive $20.00 in Assorted Inchie Arts products! 

These matteboards come in 3 different sizes and fade resistant, acid free, lignin free and have a solid core (they are great for watercoloring, chalks, inks, pens, etc.) I couldn't wait to use mine with the sketch that is provided on this week's JustRite Friday challenge!!! I kinda tweaked the sketch a little and layered my Inchies together.. I took the bottom Inchie (1 and 1/2") and embossed it with my Swiss Dots and then sponged the 1" inchie with some yellow cream ink - I love how sturdy these inchies are how they add such an instant focal point to any card! I used the snowflake from Sparky the Snowman and layered it with the smaller snowflake and sentiment from the Sparky and Friends stamp set. 

I wanted to keep a neutral palate to go along with the Inchies and I wanted to create a design that I could replicate very easily for my Christmas cards. I was so amazed at HOW quickly this card came together  with the Inchies already cut and ready to go! I can't wait to get my Christmas card assembly going! 

I finished off the card with a button from my stash of button jars and twine from Ranger. Please hop on over to the JustRite blog to read more details about the cling rubber stamps, about the wonderful sponsorship from Inchie Arts and more details about this week's challenge!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Hope you have a wonderful and safe halloween weekend!
Sankari :)

verve New Release Spotlights Day 5

HI Everyone,

Welcome to the 5th day of the Verve New Release Spotlights where today we are showing and previewing one of the newest features that Verve stamps will be offering: Verve dies!!!!  I can't even tell you HOW excited I was to be using the "A Cut Above" Verve Die for the Sweet Scallop tag (this tag die coordinates with two of the tag stamp sets from this month's release). Check out all the details about this newest feature from Julee over at the Verve Stamps Blog!

I was searching for some holiday paper for today's card, when I came across some DP that must be at least 2 years old! I immediately couldn't wait to use these fun colors, the new Scalloped tag and the sentiment: "Happy Holidays" (which is from the stamp set from Verve Merry Wishes - which contain sentiments that you can mix and match up!)

I used one of the Spellbinder's labels and decorated it and added the word "Happy" and then using the Sweet Scalloped tag stamp, I stamped and cut out the image with the Sweet Scalloped die and then stamped it again but this time  cut the inside part of the tie out and popped it up on dimensionals after a little sponging :) I Love the way that this Sweet Scalloped die cuts! I seriously had waaaay to much fun making this card - the holiday music was on, I had a cup of fresh homemade chai next to me - and some time before everyone came back from school - talk about stamp therapy - just what the doctor ordered for  cold and windy day!!

I used the snowflake from the Glad Tidings  stamp set as one of the embellishments for this card. I stamped the medium snowflake in Aquamarine on green paper and then cut it out and and added a little wee button with some gold string in the middle. I also curled the ribbon (with a curling iron and then stuck the curls in place with glue dots) for a fun look after making the card - here is close up:

I simply loved creating this card, I know I am excited to hop on over and check out the amazing creations that the Divas have created for today's hop!!! 

****  Plus, as with our other hops this week, we've hidden a PRIZE on one of the participating blogs, so leave a little comment love as you hop around to be entered into a drawing to win today's featured die and coordinating single stamp!  Deadline for comment entries is 7PM Eastern tonight!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!!!
And hope to see you at 9 pm EST in the Verve Forum for our Release Party!
Sankari :))))

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Verve New Release Spotlights Day 4

Hi Everyone,

Everyday over at the Verve Blog, the Divas are peeking all the amazing creations that Julee has created for this fabulous release and today is Day 4 of the Verve New Release Spotlights, where today we are peeking the knockout gorgeous stamp set called: Glad Tidings which is seriously jam packed full of amazing images and sentiments - ohmyword!!!

I don't possess the skillz of kraft magic, but I when I saw this stamp set, I wanted to try the color combo of white, kraft and aquamarine. The snowflakes in this stamp set are gorgeous and I created the background by stamping the large snowflake in aquamarine and adding a pearl in the middle. One of my FAVE stamps in this set is the stamp that also coordinates with the Sweet Scalloped Die that also coordinates with the Sweet Scallop die that was peeked yesterday  - but in this stamp set, the sweet scallop stamp comes with part of a snowflake on it. I stamped my tag in white ontop of kraft and then stamped it again and cut out the snowflake and popped it over the first snowflake:
Here is a closer view of the tag - I also added some liquid pearls along with some Kaiser pearls onto of the snowflake. I added the sentiment "Just For You" and the tag and then matted it a few times with the colors of the card.

Here is a closer view of the tag - I also added some liquid pearls along with some Kaiser pearls onto of the snowflake - it was so much fun to cut out part of the snowflake on the tag and curled it over a bit :) I LOVED stamping with these gorgeous snowflakes. I can't wait to hop around and check out the gorgeous samples that the Divas have created for you today!!!!

1. Amy
8. Tosh
2. Jackie
3. Mercy
10. Teresa
11. Jen T.
5. Lynda
12. Andrea
13. Amber
14. Julee

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!! Stop on by tomorrow for the last day of the Verve New Release Spotlight!!! Please come on by tomorrow !!!
Huge Hugs,
Sankari :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

JustRite 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop #8

Good Morning Everyone!!

Welcome to JustRite Stampers’ newest Wednesday feature, 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hops 8! Every Wednesday up until Thanksgiving some of your favorite designers will be joining some of the JustRite design team for a series of Christmas blog hops, showcasing JustRite’s entire Christmas Collection of stamps!  And don’t forget that JustRite has some Christmas stamps in their newly released CLING line of stamp sets -- you can find them HERE.  This week, the designers joining the JustRite design team are the Flower Soft and The Shabby Tea Room challenge blog design teams!  So mark your calendars for Wednesdays at 9am Central for great Christmas gift, card & project ideas, starting at the JustRite Inspiration blog!

For my card today, I used the lovely Christmas Nested Sentiments and paired it with the sweet sentiment from the Christmas Nested Sentiments and Verse stamp set. This sentiment reads: "May beautiful moments and happy memories surround you with Joy this Christmas". Isn't that sentiment just lovely! I stamped the nested frame and then colored it with copics and dotted it with red dimensional pearls and sponged the inside. I cut it out by hand and paired it with a Nestie that I placed at an angle on the cardstock. The sentiment was cut with labels and was sponged and liquid pearlized :)

Card Ingredients:
Paper: PTI cardstock, DP from Making Memories and Bo Bunny
Stamps: JustRite stamps: Christmas Nested Frames and the Christmas Nested Sentiments and Verse stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and LadyBug Red
Accesssories:MS snowflake punch, Spellbinders labels 14 and curved rectangles, EK success border punch, pennant made by cutting out the triangles on the DP, Adirondack Liquid Pearls, bling from Want 2 Scrap, Sponger and dimensionals

I finished the card off by adding the pennant border by hand cutting the triangle pattern that was on the Making Memories paper - I cut it out in such a way that it could be a pennant hanging (which I had to add a little bling to :) I can't wait to see all the lovely creations for today's blog hop - there are some amazing designers from some companies that are hopping along today!!! Please visit these designers’ blogs to see what fabulous JustRite Christmas inspiration they have for you on the hop today!

JustRite Design Team:

Flower Soft Design Team:

The Shabby Tea Room Design Team:

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

Verve New Release Spotlights Day 3

Good Morning Everyone!

Welcome to Day 3 of the Verve New Release Spotlights - today the Divas are peeking a beautiful stamp set called Merry Wisheand a gorgeous new tag called the Sweet Scalloped Tag. I love the sentiments and font in this gorgeous stamp set (especially the way that you can mix and match the sentiments! How awesome is that! For my sample peek today, I used this stamp set with the beautiful Vintage Oval Frame that was peeked yesterday. I love all these tags and frame that Julee has created - they make it so much fun to create and stamp sentiments and images in! I chose the sentiment: "Joy to the World" and the whole time I was making this card, I was humming the song in my head. 

I stamped the oval frame twice on embossed green cardstock and white cardstock and then popped up the green on the vintage oval frame). The sentiment "Joy" was stamped and cut out at an angle with the oval nesties and then I added the sentiment: "to the world" - I added the sweet holiday flower to the corner after coloring it with copics and then cutting it out. I put these ontop of a vellum layer of paper and then finished it off with a silky creamy bow :) 

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Martha Stewart and PTI cardstock
Stamps: Verve: Merry Wishes and Oval Frame stamp set from 
Ink: Memento Ladybud Red
Accessories: Adirondack dimensional pearls (Lettuce) , ribbon from stash, cuttlebug embossing folder, vellum paper, Oval nesties from Spellbinders, EK success scalloped punch, bling from Want 2 Scrap and corner chomper.

I know that you are in for a special treat as you hop along these amazing blogs filled with Vervey goodness!!! *** Don't forget that you could win some Verve-y stamps just by leaving a little love in the comment section of each blog! Hop on over with me and check out these gorgeously sweet Merry Wishes creations!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!!
And come on back for Day 4 of sneak peek samples tomorrow!!
Woo-hoo! Happy Weds.!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Verve New Release Spotlights Day 2

Hi Everyone!

I am so excited for Day 2 of sneak peeks for the newest release of Verve stamps (mark your calendar for the release party this Friday at 9pm EST over at SCS!). Yesterday the preview samples included 4 new stamp sets along with 2 Plain Janes!!! And Today, the party continues with 3 more stamp setsRichly Blessed, Joy for the Journey and the Oval Frame stamp set!!  

For today's sneak peek sample, I couldn't wait to use the stamp set: Joy for the Journey - there are such beautiful and sweet sentiments and they are simply perfect for encouraging those you love on this lovely journey of life! I picked the sentiment: "all things are possible" its such a great sentiment - so inspiring and is perfect for so many occasions! I loved making this card and as i made it, i kinda daydreamed a little bit about all the things that I want to do and felt inspired to go for it!!!!

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Joy for the Journey from Verve Stamps
Paper: October Afternoon (Fly a Kite), border from Bo Bunny
Ink: Colorbox Chalk Tangerine
Accessories: Spellbinders Nesties, bling from Want2Scrap, ribbon from stash, Adirondack dimensional pearls (terra cotta and mushroom), button from stash, dimensionals, EK success scalloped punch and die punch, corner rounder

You know what is funny - I was going to keep the card simple, but then I started adding layers and dimensionals and I had to laugh out loud for real, when I finished and then picked up the card - talk about extra postage!! There are more lovely sentiments in this stamp set, the Joy of the Journey and in the Richly Blessed stamp set!!!! I can't wait to see the gorgeous samples that the Divas have created for today's hop:

Sankari <-- you are here :) !

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!  There's more Verve release yumminess tomorrow - so come on back!!

Have a wonderful day! 
Hugs :D

Monday, October 25, 2010

Verve New Release Spotlights Day 1

Hi  Everyone!

This week is release week at Verve Stamps (WOOT!!!) and each day on the Verve Blog the Divas are showing samples from all the gorgeous and beautiful stamps that Julee is releasing this Friday (Mark your calendars for the wonderful release day party on SCS at 9pm EST!!! Today the Divas will be sharing samples from 5 different stamp sets!: Winter Mittens, Holiday, Friendly and Munchkin pieces Stamp set!!! I wanted to use the stamp set: Winter Mittens because I couldn't wait to paper piece those mittens!! Using my nesties, I stamped the sentiment and mittens and arranged them using the Mitten Weather from Cosmo Cricket, I created the card below.

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Bazzill mettalic red, PTI cardstock, Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather
Stamps: Winter Mittens 
Ink: Colorbox Cranberry Red
Accessories: Kaiser Rhinestones, Cranberry dimensional pearls, Spellbinders, ribbon (twill), Martha Stewart snowflake punches, want2scrap bling, dimensionals.

I loved making this fun card - and can't wait to meet more!!! I kept the layout pretty simple so that  I wish I had mittens like that (that matched!)  The sentiments and mittens are SO lovely to use IRL!! Julee is SO sweet and generous  **** each day we will be giving away of one of the featured stamps that from each day to one random commenter :) There is a cut off for comments which is 7pm EST on Friday - and the winners will be announced that Friday night at the Release Partayaaaay!

I can't wait to see what gorgeous samples the ladies have created!!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  
Tomorrow is filled with more stamps sneak peeks - so come on by!!!
Big hugs to all,
Sankari :)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Blast From the Past Blog Hop #5 from Taylored Expressions

Hi Everyone,.
Every month Taylor hosts a Taylored Expressions Customer Blog Hop - its such a great way to give all your Taylored Expressions stamps lots of love and at the same time, hop around and get wowed with everyone's TE creations!!!  This month's theme was to create Christmas/Holiday cards using any of the Taylored Expressions that weren't recently released. I couldn't wait to play along - I put some holiday music on and started stamping away! I used the sweetest stamp set called : Holiday Wonder and using the BFTP #5 sketch, I created this card using the papers from the Snow Day Project Pantry kit (I love the colors of this Snow Day Project Pantry - they make creating holiday cards merry & bright! :)))
I cut out a rectangle piece of with my nesties and then sponged one corner with some Summer Sky ink and then stamped the tree a few times on the bottom of the rectangle. After coloring the trees in, I cut out a few more trees and then popped them up on dimensionals, stamped Santa and his reindeer from the Holiday Wonder stamp set and then added some snow with some liquid pearls. The sentiment is stamped and then punched out with a circle punch and added it under the image panel.

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Taylored Expressions: Snow White Cardstock and Snow Day Project Pantry
Ink: Memento: Summer Sky, Tuxedo Black and Rose Bud
Accessories: dimensionals, liquid pearls, copics, sponge dauber, glitter, stickles, circle punch and brads from stash

I had so much fun creating this card and I can't wait to see what everyone has created for today's hop!!! Taylor is also giving away a PRIZE, where one random hopper will receive a FREE Taylored Expressions stamp set of choice and she will also be choosing another creation to be featured in the upcoming TE newsletter!!!! Stay tuned to Taylor's blog for more details of the next hop, but in the meantime, come on and hop with me!

Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

JustRite 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop #7

Hi Everyone!!

Welcome to JustRite Stampers’ newest Wednesday feature, 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hops 7!   Every Wednesday up until Thanksgiving some of your favorite designers will be joining some of the JustRite design team for a series of Christmas blog hops, showcasing JustRite’s entire Christmas Collection of stamps!  You also might see some projects from the JustRite design team, using some of their newly released line of CLING stamps!  You can find our new collection of cling stamps HERE.  This week, the designers joining us are most of the Spellbinders and Caardvarks design teams!  So mark your calendars for Wednesdays at 9am Central for great Christmas gift, card & project ideas, starting at the JustRite Inspiration blog!

For this week's blog hop, I wanted to make some fun tags that I could add to my gifts. I always always always mean to make homemade tags, but by the time the holidays roll around, I always forget! So, today I thought I would make some fun and cheery tags to have on hand. I kept the layout pretty simple so that its easy to duplicate and make more :)

I stamped the sentiment "Merry & Bright" from the JustRite Christmas Nested Sentiments and Verseand cut it out three times and stamped the sweet snowflake from the JustRite  Whimsical Christmas 2" set three times and punched it out with a 2" punch and then sponged the edges of all of them and adhered them to the tag (CM tag punch). I finished it with some embellies, pearls and sponging and tied up some ribbon - ready to be tied to a gift for someone special this holiday season!

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Crate Paper: Festive papers and clay cardstock from Bazzill
Ink: Memento Ladybug Red and Grape Jelly
Accessories: copics, bling, dimensionals, CM tag punch, adirondack dimensional pearls  (yellow)

It was a lot of fun to make these merry and bright tags! Please visit these designers’ blogs to see what fabulous JustRite Christmas inspiration they have for you on the hop today!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sankari :)