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NEW Printworks Collection…meet Harvy!

Pam Sparks PW Harvy

Hi there! Dogs with personality…that’s what we’ve got here with this release!  SOOOOO CUTE!  This is Harvy…there’s a mini version of him called Harry and some other dogs and cats too!

Over on FB Printworks is showing their card with Winston and a special offer… HERE… Click on the pup and it will open up their latest email newsletter.  Be sure to sign up on the home page of their store site to receive it.  Nicole and Chelsea don’t send them out often so no worries about your inbox getting flooded!

Here’s the release in the store… So, so cute!  Super cute bunnies and sentiments too! I don’t have the Easter stamps yet but I NEED them! lol

The Happy Birthday sentiment is new too.  Stamped in Versafine Black with the Mini MISTI.  LOVE it!

Pam Sparks PW Harvy Close

I colored Harvy and the scene with Zig Clean Color Paint markers… love them I do!  Canson Montval watercolor paper, my favorite for coloring… awesome quality.  I’ll link you up below.  I did mask Harvy to stamp the flowers behind him. They’re new too and oh my, the dirt stamp!  I LOVE the dirt stamp! hehe ok it’s named “The Good Earth”.

I accidentally stamped it in black first but after I stamped it in Rich Cocoa Memento ink a couple times and then ink blended it with Gathered Twigs Distress ink, I was glad for the accident!  Happy surprise!

This is an A2 size card.

Happy stamper here…Thanks for looking today and remember the shopping code for Printworks over in my sidebar!!!

There’s also some other specials at Simon Says Stamp that I wanted to let you know about!  I appreciate it so much that you click from my blog to shop when you can.  I’m an affiliate with SSS,, Blick and Bluemoon. I receive a small percentage when you click from my blog, it doesn’t change the price of the item at all. Your support helps me keep on blogging!  Thank you so much!  😀

Simon Says Stamp… Click the pictures



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Shopping Links to the stamps and products I used to make this card…

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Magnolia, Tilda’s Town Challenge…


Fall is in the Air!  I’m posting for Tilda’s Town Challenges today…Fall Fun…great colors!  Except my orange is looking more red than orange and I don’t know how to fix that in a photo! *ugh*

I stamped Tilda with Broom and masked her to have her sitting on the pumpkin.  I colored with Copic Sketch markers…
Hair – E 50’s
Skin – E000, 00, 01,11, R20
Green – YG93, 95, 97
Orange – YR12, 14, 15, 18, 27, E08
Yellow – YR20, 21, 23, 24, 27
Blue – B90’s

I cut the mats with the Perfect Layering Tools…link over there on the right… so awesome!  1/4 inch and 1/8 inch for this card.

Magnolia Grass Lace DooHickeys die…Simple Stories pattern paper.

I’m linking up to Midweek Magnolias Challenge – Autumn Colors

Click over to Tilda’s Town ChallengesHERE and enjoy the inspiration from the Design Team and enter the weekly challenge!  We’d love to have you!

Each week there is a random winner, chosen by Inlinkz, for a $10 gift certificate to Tilda’s!


Tilda’s Town is a most magical shop specializing in Magnolia Stamps. Over 1,100 stamps in stock at all times. Tilda’s Town offers FREE worldwide shipping on every order, every day. You can also save up to an additional 20% on your purchase by using one of the famous coupon codes. Shop at Tilda’s and live the magic.

Thanks for stopping by today… I’m later than late getting this up today!  Nothing serious happening but one thing after another and here it is, late.  So where does time fly to?  I want to know so I can go get some!!! : )

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Magnolia, Tilda’s Town… Think Spring!


I created a cute little bunny scene for you today!  It’s time for this week’s Tilda’s Town Challenges post…  THINK SPRING!  It’s coming, it really is!

Click over to Tilda’s Town Challenges, HERE and enjoy the inspiration from the Design Team and enter the weekly challenge!  We’d love to have you!  Each week there is a random winner, chosen by Inlinkz, for a $10 gift certificate to Tilda’s!


Tilda’s Town is a most magical shop specializing in Magnolia Stamps. Over 1,100 stamps in stock at all times. Tilda’s Town offers FREE worldwide shipping on every order, every day. You can also save up to an additional 20% on your purchase by using one of the famous coupon codes. Shop at Tilda’s and live the magic.

Magnolia stamps are 30% off and DooHickeys dies are 20% off right now at Tilda’s Town!  An awesome sale!

I stamped Little Bunny Tilda first on Copic X-press it card-stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink,  masked her with Eclipse masking paper, then stamped the Spring Fence  positioning it with the stamp a ma jig, then masked the fence with Eclipse masking paper  and THEN stamped the Bunny Background over both masked images using the stamp a ma jig to postition it where I wanted it.

whew! stamping fun!  Do you know how to mask?  use the stamp a ma jig?  I have a few tutorials HERE,  HERE and HERE.

I used my Perfect Paper Layers tools to cut the mats for the image and for the pattern papers.  Link below or in the side bar!  LOVE these tools!

skin – E0000, 000, 00, 21, 11 – cheeks diluted R20 (diluted with R00)
hair – E27
bunny and bunny body – E40, 41, 42, 43
pink – R81
green – G40, 43, YG91
tree – E35, 37, 39, 27, 29
sky – BG0000, 000
fence – E43, 44, 47, 49
egg – BG53, 57
butterfly  and daffodils – YR 20, 21, 23, 24


Thanks for stopping by today!  I love having you over and appreciate your comments and friendship!

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Paper Smooches and Artistic Outpost…

Now there is a contrast in companies!!! lol  oh well… both cute cards!  You know I LOVE cute!


Yesterday was day one of the Clean and Simple Cardmaking 2 Class…. the heart tree card is my take on the homework we were assigned…


I used five sets from Paper Smooches (to get enough different hearts) and a couple older clear sets from Hero Arts for the birdie and the sentiments.   Links below to the Paper Smooches sets…

Dot pattern paper is by Paper Studio.  The main image mat is cut with the Perfect Layers tools!  Link in the sidebar or below in the supply links.

This is an A-2 size card (4.25 x 5.5)

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Next up is a stack of snowman ATC’s (artist trading cards).  The snowman image is from Artistic Outpost, He is painted with Distress reinkers,  the sentiment from Paper Smooches,  the snowflake border is a Martha Stewart punch and the washi tape is from My Minds Eye!  Cute!  love him!

This ATC is 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in.

I’m linking my ATC to the Artistic Outpost January Referral Program…Anything Goes!  yea!  Hope I win! hehe

It’s a dreary day here (weather wise)… working on laundry…need to send a couple cards (imagine that)!  Are you like me?  Making cards but have a hard time getting them in the mail… ugh! Oh and then back to class!  I do love CAS cards almost as much as coloring cards!   Thanks for looking at my post again… I love hearing from you and seeing what you’re up to! Holler if something doesn’t make sense… ‘Email me’ tab under the header!

Stamps and supplies I used to make these two cards…

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Tilda’s Town Challenge… Name Your Technique!

Time for Tilda!  Tailor Tilda that is!  I love this image… sewing has always been near and dear to my heart and   our 3 daughters like to sew and even a couple of the granddaughters are sewing already!  So FUN!  I’m sure if I hadn’t found stamping in 1994,  I’d still be sewing my heart out!

I stamped her with Memento Tuxedo Black ink,  masked her with eclipse tape and used my stamp a ma jig to position the school desk.  Colored with Copic Sketch Markers.  The Magnolia Kurbitz corner is stamped with Broken China ink… 2nd generation stamping.  October Afternoon pattern paper… think it’s the Thrift Shop pad.

My techniques for today’s card are masking, distressing with the Tim Holtz paper distresser and distress ink and ink blending tool, stitching with the sewing machine and embellishing die cuts.  I used the Tim Holtz sewing border die.  I cut it out of mirror card-stock and kraft card-stock… trimmed off the different pieces and layered them up.  Wound buttonhole thread around the spool a couple times.   The sentiment is an old Hero arts stamp… love it!

Enjoy the inspiration and challenge over on the Tilda’s Town Challenges blog, HERE.  The TT Design Team gals do an awesome job creating fabulous cards for you to enjoy… drop in and we’d love to hear from  you too!  Hope you can play in the Name Your Technique Challege!

Happy stamping and stitching!  See you again soon!

Challenge list…

Midweek Magnolias – photo inspiration
Simon Says Stamp – anything goes
Cute Card Thursday – Distressing
Do You Stack Up – For a Friend
Inky Impressions – use dies or punches

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CCDesigns…A Little Bit of Magic Fairy and Sentiments

A fairy step card for you today!  oh what fun coloring these dinky little fairies from Sweet November… scroll down to my post from yesterday to see another card using this new kit!

I stamped using my stamp a ma jig for positioning… video under the tutorial tab above.  Papertrey Ink card-stock and Hammermill.  I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Sketch markers.  The sentiments are stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink… the best stuff on the market for stamping sentiments… so clean and crisp… be sure to allow time for it to dry though… a few minutes at least.  I used the stamp a ma jig to position on the banner die cuts… how to in the same video.  I used the Versafine cube ink pad to just ink up part of the sentiment for the loving wishes.  I love all the stuff you can do with a handy, dandy stamp a ma jig!

Copic colors I used..

Dresses, BV 11, 13, 15 – YG 01, 03, 05 – R81, 83, 85 – B000, 01, 02
Hair,  C’s – E50, YR31, 21, 23, 26 – E30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 37 – E97, 08, 18, 19
Skin,  E0000, 000, 00, 11 and diluted R20 for cheeks

Capture the magic today and happy weekend to you!  I’m off to stamp club this afternoon.  It’s gonna take a trunk to pack up all this show and tell!  Wish you could come!  Wouldn’t that be fun!  I ran out of time last month to take any show and tell.  Hopefully I can get it together for today and pack up what I need for the program too!   Take care and talk to you soon!

Linking up to these challenges…

Fun with shapes and more – Summer
Inspire me Friday – Always anything goes
Simply Create Too – Summertime 

Stamps and Such…

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Bloomin’ … using a stamp-a-ma-jig

Fabulous NEW stamps from Printworks Collection, HERE!  I stamped on watercolor paper and colored with Printworks stamp pads/ink.  Squeeze the lid to pool the ink on the lid making the lid the paint palette.  Pick up the ink with a wet paint brush and color away… the trick for me is… how much water to use! eek!  I need to practice more!

The inside… a wonderful New PW sentiment honoring Mother’s! (I added the flower, its from PW too)

Here’s a 3 min. video on how I masked and positioned the images together….


Spring has Sprung and Printworks has risen to the occasion with this wonderful new collection of images!

Check them out HERE!  Thanks for stopping by!

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This email newsletter just came tonight from Printworks…

PrintWorks Collection, Inc., 9960 Bell Ranch Dr. #107, Santa Fe Springs, CA,
PrintWorks in Sacramento!
Come join us in Sacramento this Saturday!  PrintWorks will be at the Original Rubber Stamp Convention at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center this Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.
Original Sacramento Rubber Stamp Convention
Scottish Rite Masonic Center
6151 H Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-2604
916-452-5881 directions only
For those of you not able to attend the show, we would like to offer you FREE shipping on our website
PrintWorks would like to offer FREE shipping on orders $20 or more!  ($5 shipping on orders under $20).  Please typeSPRING2012 in the comments section.

Happy Stamping!

Don’t forget…New products being added daily…
We are still working on adding more and more of our products every day.  So if you don’t see what you’re looking for today, check back in the next few days and you may find it or something else you can’t live without!
If there is something in particular you can’t find, drop us an email and we’ll move it to the top of the list.
We hope you like our new designs and website, we’re so excited to bring them to you!
Thanks for reading,
Nicole and Chelsea

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Let a leaf be your umbrella on a rainy day…

Another month of Swiss Pixie adorable-ness!  This is beautiful Rainy Day Birgitta… sweet, sweet, sweet… keeping dry under her leaf umbrella!  Birgitta is illustrated by Christine Wooden for her stamp line CC Designs. I stamped Birgitta with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored her with Promarkers.

I’m sure you’re dying to know about the new dies I’m showing today!!!  Well… I’m dying to tell YOU!  Aren’t they awesome?!!!  Awhile back Christine asked the Design Team gals on our forum what ideas we had for dies!  Guess what I asked for… hehe.. yep… a flower border!  I couldn’t be happier!  It’s totally charming!

The Grass border is separate from the Flower border and then there is the Fence… purely fun! I will make a video on how I shaped it for dimension. Easy, I promise and the video will be short! I stamped the fence with a woodgrain stamp… so cool and then inked the edges with Walnut Stain distress ink and the ink blending tool. I added some copic colored grass to the grass border die cut and some copic pink to the flowers in the flower border… I did do some paper piecing to the dies also… yep… true love… I ❤ these dies!

The Happy Spring Words and Hello sentiments are from a new for this month AmyR Stamps sentiment set called So Wordy…. cool name even and fun fonts too!  The flowers I used in the word border are from the NEW Watering Can Logos set we’ll be showing tomorrow… I know… I got a head… just a bit! hehe   I used my trusty ‘ole stamp a ma jig to do the word/flower border… no pattern paper was harmed in making of this card!  Oh,  there are two flower stamps…one solid and one outline… cool… more stamping!

The die cut clouds are CC Designs Cutters cloud dies.  I also cut one of the top one to use as a mask to make a cloud background. Following Tracy’s tutorial on the ATS blog,  HERE… only I reversed it… used blue paper and white distress stain!  I really liked it when I was done too… there is always that chance, it’ll be a bomb ‘ya know… so happy when it isn’t! hehe   Always fun to try something different anyway!

Thank you for visiting…

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Sweet Stamping Pixies Challenge #1 – Spring…

So excited to tell you about a brand NEW Challenge blog created by Jay Jay from Germany for Pixie and Fairy images!  Sweet Stamping Pixies Challenge blog is HERE and we’d love to have you link up with your Pixie and Fairy images.  It’s once a month… the second Monday with THREE awesome stores sponsoring the challenges!  You’ll want to play along each month for a chance to win!  This month’s theme is Spring!

I decided to use this Swiss Pixies Butterfly Nora and the Swiss Pixies Wheelbarrow for our first post.  I LOVE her!  I was looking back through my blog and saw this one that I’d made in April of 2010 and I just wanted to post it again! lol  I stamped Butterfly Nora first,  masked her and then stamped the wheelbarrow… just like my tutorial in the April 2010 post.

I used the Five Point Flower,  die cut one layer and for the centers I did a swirl thing with some lightweight paper cord stuff I picked up at JoAnns last year and glued it on … I’m pretty tickled with how it turned out… just clever I thought!   Don’t you love it when you amaze yourself!  I know,  quit laughing… I can be pretty cheesy!  Gotta admit… it’s fun for a change! = )

Then there is a brand NEW Butterfly die this month called Wings from CC Designs… and a cool Wings stamp set to match it!  I just used the die for this card but the stamp set has mega potential for fun creating!  They’re in the store HERE.

oooh… long post today…one more picture and I’m off to make a card for tomorrow’s Tuesday Review… OH,  I should tell you to make time to go to All That Scraps blog too!!!  Lesa has a tutorial for us today and you’ll want to bookmark it because it’s on die-cutting your stamped images… pretty cool!  AND easy too!  You’ll need it for your Wings stamp set and die! Check it out!

I was just at the store… HERE… tons of new product… If you need to shop…I know a good place! lol

Thanks for dropping in to find out about the new challenge blog on the “block”!!!   Happy Stamping and talk to you soon!

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Through the Night…

One of the new CC Designs Swiss Pixies… All Through the Night… I love her… so pretty…makes me want to go Christmas Caroling!  I love Christmas Carols!  Glad Tidings we bring, to you and your kin…good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year! So Fa la la la la! All Through the Night!

And one of the sentiments from the new Amy R Stamps Snowman Sayings set on the inside….

Linking up to the Everybody Art Challenge blog – Christmas Card is the theme… Shopping Our Stash Challenge blog wants to see Christmas or Winter related….Top Tip Tuesday Challenge blog they want to see more than one fold!

A couple side shots of the Front Panel Stair-step design – more on this style card on these posts, HERE and HERE.

I inked up the Stone Wall stamp and wiped away the butterflies, flower and grass, stamped it, inked it up again and wiped away then stamped with the stamp a ma jig to position them right the two images tight up against each other.  All I had to do was draw in a few lines then…I stamped a light dot pattern from Printworks with Pumice Stone Distress ink after I colored the wall with warm gray copics. The background sky is Chipped Sapphire Distress ink applied with the Tim Holtz ink blending tool on a craft sheet.  A few light spritzes with H2O and some teeny snowflakes and fine glass glitter from the Art Glittering System.  The snow on the trees is a Snow Marker from Marvy and a little fine glass glitter again.  The chipboard Christmas pieces are from K & Co. Brenda Walton Evergreen Icons.  The border piece inside is from K & Co. Elizabeth Brownd Visions of Christmas border pack.

Today is November Release Review day on the All That Scraps blog… click over to see all twelve cards and projects by the ATS DT gals… you won’t be disappointed!

Stamps and Supplies I used on this card…

So much to be thankful for!  Family, home, friends and especially stamping friends!  Have a wonderful week!  Make memories!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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CC Designs…Cleverly Cute and Classic

I’m posting a card I made with CC Designs Sugarplums Take A Seat kit.  I also made a tutorial for masking with it,  so I’ll post it today too!

Here’s Sunflower Emma sitting on the wagon from the kit…Emma says pink is a great Fall color! lol

Here’s the tutorial for masking Emma sitting on the wagon…

Masking an image to create a scene…

#1 – I start out by stamping my focal image on my card-stock and again on a piece of eclipse tape (thin paper with post it note type adhesive on the back side).  The eclipse tape image will be my mask.

#2 – I cut out the bottom part of my focal image, cutting inside the stamped line on the eclipse tape. I like to pretty much cut the black line away so I don’t have a halo around the image after I’m done.

#1                                                                                             #2


#3 – I’ve placed my mask over the stamped image on my card-stock, making sure to keep the mask inside the stamped lines of the main image stamped on the card-stock.

#4 – I have an old Stamp a ma jig!  They are an aqua color now but both work exactly the same! Here I’ve placed the imaging sheet on my work surface and aligned the “jig” up against the bottom corner of the imaging sheet.  Ink up the stamp and bring it into the corner of the “jig”,  making sure nothing moves… very easy!  You can touch the “jig” with your stamp/block and then go down to stamp.  This leaves a stamped image on the imaging sheet.

#3                                                                                #4


#5 – Remove the stamp/block and see the image.

#6 – Move the “jig” away and pick up the imaging sheet and place it over your masked image on the card-stock.  You will be able to see where you want to place the wagon in this case for Emma to sit on. Line it up,  just how you want it.

#5                                                                                            #6


#7 – Bring the “jig”  back up to the bottom corner and fit it up against the imaging sheet adjusting to where you want the wagon to end up.

#8 – Holding the “jig” in place,  carefully remove the imaging sheet.

#7                                                                                            #8


#9 – Ink up the wagon stamp. While holding the “jig” in place,  bring the stamp/block over to the “jig”, fitting it into the corner.  Stamp and lift.

#10 – It looks funny!  You’ve stamped over the eclipse tape.  Go ahead and remove the mask/eclipse tape

#9                                                                                                 #10


Here she is… Sunflower Emma sitting on her wagon!  So CUTE!

My original post for this card is HERE.

Thanks for visiting today!  I hope I inspired you to take up masking if you haven’t already!  Holler if you have any questions!  ttul!