Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fall Thank You Cards

I haven't done much stamping lately, and I've been thinking how much I have missed it. If you want to see what I've been up to, you can pop over to my non-stamping blog here. I have become obsessed with knitting socks of late. I can't get enough of it, but I still need to make time for stamping. I was in desperate need of a few thank you cards, so I dusted off my stamps and my stamping table (literally), and got to work.

  • Paper: Papertrey White, Stampin' Up! Really Rust, Basic Grey Marrakech, Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip
  • Stamps: Verve Abundant Blessings, Inkadinkado Birds Galore, Riley Sentiments
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, and Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: Kaiser Pearls in Chocolate, 3/8" Satin Ribbon in Chocolate, Gold Cord
The Marrakech paper is cut into 5 1/4" x 3/4" strips, with a space between the strips for the ribbon. I adhered the ribbon and the gold cord onto the back of the main panel, then tied smaller pieces of gold cord around the longer cord after the card was assembled. It's much easier this way than to actually tie the cord around the card, plus it wastes less cord.

I inked the bird stamp in Pumpkin Pie, then rolled the edges in Ruby Red before stamping onto white cardstock. The edges of the white oval are sponged in Really Rust, and Pumpkin Pie is sponged over the entire surface. Background is stamped in Really Rust on Really Rust paper for a watermark effect. The sentiment is stamped in Chocolate Chip.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Guess that Costume Contest!!

I haven't been stamping much of late. It was a busy summer for me and my family and I've been busy with a new obsession....knitting! We are in the middle of adopting a little boy, who turned 6 in the summer. That gives us 5 boys in all, though one is nearly 20 years old. Watch for photos of my knitting projects I've been working on. I'm also working on a couple of fun stamping goodies as well.

Now, to my contest....

In the above photo you see the complete ingredients for my Halloween costume. My hubby and I are attending a Halloween party tonight. I wanted something simple, and I have a quirky, "punny" mind. My costume will consist of everyday clothing, and the above two items: a tiara, and a Hawaiian lei. Can you guess what I am going as?

The first person to e-mail me with the correct guess will receive a nice goodie box from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts. Up to 5 runner's up will receive 500 free brads in my choice of colors. Get your thinking caps on and send your guesses to

Good luck!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

An Anniversary Card and a Dollar Spot Box!

I've been a bit neglectful of my stamping in the past month or so. It's been a busy month around here. To see what I've been up to, see my other blog here.

I found these gift boxes at the Target Dollar Spot a few years ago. They had this one, a hot pink flowered one, and a lime green & black cheetah print one. They all have a stack of paper inside the boxes. The boxes measure about 4" x 4" x 1.5".

  • Paper: Stampin' Up! Lovely Lilac and Whisper white
  • Ink: Stampin' Up! Lovely Lilac, Versamark
  • Stamps: Aspiration (CTMH)
  • Accessories: Embossing Powder, 3/8" Grosgrain in Lavender ($.20/yd.)
My hubby has been on a business trip to Israel for nearly 2 weeks. He will finally be coming home on Sunday, just two days before our 20th anniversary. Israel is our second home. We lived there from 2003-2006 and grew to love the foods, the culture, the people, and the land. I've been pretty jealous of his adventure, even though he is working; this is especially true because I've been holding down the fort at home with our 4 sons, the dog, and a couple of cats. I hope I get some chocolate out of this deal; they have the best chocolate over there!! I made this anniversary card for my sweetie....hopefully he's too busy to take a peek at my blog this week. I know it's pink and he's a guy, but pink is my thing, so he doesn't mind.

To make the swirly piece of cardstock, I used a piece of the textured Coredinations cardstock, ran it through the Cuttlebug, then sanded the raised portion of the piece. The heart is stamped with Versamark and embossed in black, then cut out and mounted on a piece of black cardstock, then cut out again.
  • Paper: Stampin' Up! Pretty in Pink & Basic Black; Papertrey White (card base), Coredinations
  • Stamps: Soul Mates (CTMH)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
  • Accessories: Cuttlebug, Sanding Block, Black Embossing Powder, 5/8" Striped Organdy in Black ($.10/yd.), Black Licorice Oregon Raindrops ($1/jar)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Embossed Shimmer Snowman

This card employs a technique called Embossed Shimmer. The technique was one of the Technique Lover's Challenges and you can find the directions here: Embossed Shimmer

In a nutshell, basically you smoosh Lumiere paint and ink around on one side of acetate, wait for it to dry, then run it through an embossing folder, and what you end up with is this wonderfully shimmery, shiny piece of acetate. The paint/ink side of the acetate goes face down, so you are left with the nice shiny side facing out. I love this technique. It's very easy, and except for the waiting time, doesn't take very long either. It's also very impressive!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Limited Supply RAK Challenge

The limited supply challenge today was to make a Christmas card and send it as a random act of kindness to someone. I chose to send it to a little boy who is dying of cancer and will not live until Christmas. He is 5 and his name is Noah. His family is having an early Christmas and his one wish is to get lots of cards in the mail. They told us about his story on SCS today and I had a strong desire to make a special card just for him. I thought this stamp would bring a smile to his face because it always brings a smile to mine!
  • Paper: PTI White and Chocolate; SU Dusty Durango & Frosty Days
  • Stamps: House Mouse, Take a Bough (PTI)
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Accessories: 5/8" Grosgrain and Chocolate Pearls from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts, Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol, Art Deco Glistening Snow Writer, SU Glitter
If you want to send him a card, hand stamped or not, here is the address:

Noah Biorkman
1141 Fountain View Circle
South Lyon, MI48178