Monday, December 24, 2012

"New" Eureka Stamps & QKR Technique and Tutorial Team"

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!


I am so excited to announce the "new" Eureka Stamps and QKR Stampede Technique & Tutorial Team. 

Every Wednesday we will be showcasing new techniques and tutorials using Eureka Stamps and QKR Stampede Products. 

Today, we are showing you examples of what to expect from this new team.  So please be sure and drop by the Eureka and QKR blogs to view our projects.

 For our introductory cards, we are showing you the step by step instructions on our personal blogs.

So lets get to it...First I am going to show you my Finished Card.

Basic Supplies:
  • Rubber Stamp - #22701(611) Bethlehem with Verse - Eureka Stamps
  • Card Stock or Designer Paper
  • Paint Brush - Heating Gun
  • Sticky Powder - Eureka Stamps
  • VersaMark
  • Mica Metallic Collection Powder - Eureka Stamps
  • Dryer Sheet or Swifter Sheet
Step 1: 
  • Apply VersaMark to your rubber stamp.  If you are not familiar with this product it is very sticky.
  • Once applied you will need to stamp whatever card stock of paper you have decided to use.
  • Normally you would use an acrylic block under your stamp to apply to your paper however because the stamp I chose had a printed verse I decided to apply without the block.
 Step 2:
  • Apply your Sticky Powder by sprinkling all over your stamped design.
  • Let set for about 1 minute.
  • Gently shake off the excess powder on a sheet of paper and tap your card stock or designer paper lightly to get any excess off.
  • Fold your paper with the excess sticky powder and put back into your container.
  • This is what your project will look like after you have applied the Sticky Powder.
  • Basically looks like a really white snowy scene.
  • Very pretty but we are going to make it ever better.
Step 3:
  • Now you are ready to use the heating gun on your project.
  • I use mine on low speed and let it heat up.
  • Hold your heating gun away from your project.  You will get the hang of how close you need to be.  
  • Once you see the Sticky Powder start to turn shiny you will need to work fast and continue over the rest of your image.  Do not go back over the image - you just want it to turn shiny.  
  • In this picture you can see the start of the process.
  • As you can see in this photo your image now is all shiny and looks a little wet.
  • Be careful not to touch the image.
  • This is my favorite part - I love watching it change.
  Step 4:
  • Now you are ready to add your Mica Powder. 
  • I chose to use a silver Metallic Mica Powder.
  • Depending on the color of your card stock or designer papers you can use a variety of powders.
  • Take your paint brush (just an inexpensive brush) and lightly dip in your powder.
  • Does not take a lot of powder on your brush.      
  • Gently brush you powder over the image and watch the magic begin!
  • I try not to apply too much of the mica powder at a time.  You want to keep an even texture.
  • Once you have completely covered your image you will see it is a little cloudy. 
  • This is where you are going to use the dryer sheet - some also use a Swifter cloth.
  • Gently rub your dryer sheet across the image to remove any excess powder. 
Tip:
  • Basically you are done with the technique tutorial.
  • Since the VersaMark is so sticky I use "Goo Gone" and it cleans the stamp wonderfully. 
So there you have it....Now you are ready to continue on to make your card!
I started my card with a white scalloped card base.  My designer papers consist of greys, blacks and silver. My embellishments are basically silver and white.  The verse is from Luke 2:10-11.

 I am entering my card in the following Challenges:
 I would like to take this time to invite all of you to join us each Wednesday starting in January for our new design team.  Also if you would like to recommend or request a tutorial or technique please let us know.  We are open to any challenges and techniques.  Leave us a comment and we will get right to it.  

If you are interested in joining our team, please go to the Eureka Stamps and QKR Stampede Blogs and insert your name.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and let me know what you think....

Merry Christmas to everyone and I wish for all my crafting friends a wonderful New Year.   

Sassy Raggedy aka Joann

Thursday, December 20, 2012

"Anything Goes" with Delightful Challenges

 
Thank you to all who participated in last week's "Blingy" Challenge !  We had some wonderful entries.
 
This week we are having one of our most popular Challenges "Anything Goes"
 
And with Christmas coming up next week our Challenge will run for two weeks!
 
"Anything Goes" is one of my favorite challenges and I chose this cute little "Winter Bird" image for my card. 
 I colored my images with Copics and used some "Stardust Stickles" for sparkle and shine.  I used orange and green designer papers for a different look since I have used a lot of greens and reds lately.  
I cut my "birdie" and "birdhouse" out and added a sentiment "Baby, it's cold outside!".  I inked the edges of the mat of my sentiment with Memento Ink in Cantaloupe.  I added a border of snowflakes as well as a fancy snowflake with blue gems in all.  
The upper half of the inside of my card has a snowflake wreath, blue gems and a white bow. The bottom personal message area has a miniature birdhouse along with a snowflake.
My Card Recipe:
Image - "Winter Bird" & "Christmas Birdhouse" - Digital Delights by LoubyLoo
Sentiment - "Cold Outside Sentiment" - Digital Delights by LoubyLoo
Dies - Spellbinders - "Beaded Ovals" - Hobby Lobby
Dies - Impression Obsession -"Snowflakes" - SCACD
Border Die - Memory Box - "Frosty Border" - SCACD
Wreath Die - Memory Box - "Frostyville Wreath" - SCACD
Everything Else - My Stash
 
I want to thank everyone for stopping by today and I hope I have inspired you in some way.  Please be sure and join us at Delightful Challenges for our "Anything Goes" Challenge. I would like to wish all of my crafting friends and their families a wonderful Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah....

Sassy Raggedy aka Joann

"In Honor of Sandy Hook" with Digital Delights

Hi everyone....As I promised I am back today with a very cute card in honor of all the beautiful little children and faculty lost in Newton, Connecticut. 

"Digital Delights" is offering a "freebie" to all those who would like to send a card in honor of those lost.  I will post the addresses at the end.  Below is the "Angel Donita freebie" that Wendy is offering.

 
 And this is my card that I made to send.  It is not fancy or anything.  I used Christmas red and green as my main colors.
I chose the black and white image as I always enjoy coloring my images.  I thought Wendy chose the perfect image for us to use since so many sweet little angels were lost. 
As I said I left my card pretty plain using just a sentiment on the inside "Glory to God in the Highest Peace on Earth Goodwill toward men."  I will sign the personal message area before I mail my card.
I added some punched snowflakes and white corner dies all with red gems.  I used Spellbinders dies to cut the mats for my image and inside sentiment.
My Card Recipe:
Image - "Angel Donita" - Freebie - Digital Delights by LoubyLoo
Sentiment - "Peace On Earth" - Christmas Sentiments Set - Digital Delights by LoubyLoo
Dies - Spellbinders - "Labels Eleven and Twelve" - Hobby Lobby
Corner Dies - "Shapeology Corner Die Set" - Whimsy Stamps
Punches - Martha Stewart & Fiskars - "Lg. & Sm. Snowflakes" - Hobby Lobby
Everything Else - My Stash

I hope you all will take advantage of Wendy's offer at Digital Delights and make a card to send to everyone in Newtown, CT. Below are the addresses of where to send your cards.

Sandy Hook Elementary School - 12 Dickerson Drive - Newtown, CT.  06482

Messages of Confolence - P. O. Box 3700 - Newtown, CT. 06470

I am entering my card in the following Challenges:
I thank you all for dropping by and as always I love your wonderful comments. 

Sassy Raggedy aka Joann

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

"I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day"

Tonight I am sharing with you a special card I made to send to Sandy Hook Elementary School. 
This past Sunday our Pastor had us sing "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day".  He based his sermon on this special song and related it back to the sad events in Connecticut.  I will never forget that sermon, as there were many, many tears throughout the congregation.  After the sermon was over he had us again sing the beautiful carol.  Only this time - I think we all sung with more meaning and heavy hearts.  
I made the computer generated sentiment out of the most meaningful part of the carol.  That is the most meaningful to me.  Now, whenever I hear "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" I will always remember the precious little angels who died and those who gave their lives for them.

And in despair I bowed my head:
There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men."

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, no doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With Peach on Earth, Good Will to Men."

My Card Recipe:
Sentiment - "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day" - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Dies - Spellbinders - "Labels One" & "Fleur De Lis Rectangles" - Hobby Lobby
Leaf Die - "Pine Branches" - Cheery Lynn Designs
Flower - "Poinsettia" - Digital Delights by Louby Loo 
Everything Else - My Stash

I am entering my card in the following Challenges:
Tomorrow I will have another remembrance card to showcase for all of you.  So please be sure to stop back by.  I would love your comments - they mean so much to me.

Sassy Raggedy aka Joann

Love to Create "Winter Fun"

Well guess this is my "Merry Christmas" post since this is our last one for this year.  And what a year it has been! We have seen some really great creations this year and we are so thankful we got to know so many of our crafting buddies.  So for all my Love to Create friends I wish all of you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Now for our last Challenge this year let's have some "Winter Fun"

We have two wonderful Sponsors this Challenge!



Today as promised, I am showcasing my card from "Dearie Dolls".  I used non-traditional colors, mainly pinks and Memento Ink in "Angel Pink" to even tint the snowflakes and edges of my image.
I started with a white scalloped card base and added a layer of bright pink designer paper followed by pink and reddish pink striped paper.  My image is colored with Copics and a few "Stardust" stickles were added.
I added a bright pink chain trim across the top of my card.  My snowflakes are doubled with pink gems in the center.
On the inside I stayed with the same designer papers, added a wonderful sentiment by Dr. Seuss, What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?" I added some snowflakes to the personal message area.
 My Card Recipe:
Image - "Snow Fun" - Dearie Dolls
Front Sentiment - "Merriest Christmas Wishes" - Pink Petticoat
Inside Sentiment - "What If" - Dr. Seuss - Paper Makeup Stamps
Snowflake Dies - "DIE024-X" - Impression Obsession - SCACD
Dies - "Classic Rect., Lg Deckled Rect., Circle, Scallop Circle" - Spellbinders - Hobby Lobby
Crinkly Ribbon - "Petal Pink" - My Craft Spot
Punch - Martha Stewart - "Bangle Chain Trim" - Hobby Lobby
 Punches (Inside) - Martha Stewart & Fiskars - "Snowflake" & "Sm Snowflake" - Hobby Lobby
Everything Else - My Stash

Be sure to stop by Love to Create Challenges and enter your creations in our last challenge of the year. Remember the theme is "Winter Fun" The other DT's have made such wonderful creations so please be sure and see all their cards as well.
Sassy Raggedy aka Joann

Monday, December 17, 2012

"Christmas Spirit" at Eureka Stamps Challenges

Hi everyone, it's a new Challenge over at the Eureka Stamps Challenges!  This is Challenge #19 for us and we would like to thank all of you who joined us last week for our "Sparkle and Shine" Challenge.  We also would like to thank CG for her lovely card as our Guest Designer for the month of December.

Our theme this week is "Christmas Spirit"

Can you believe Christmas is almost here!  And I have nothing wrapped....lol  But for my card today I found a wonderful image from Eureka Stamps that had the sentiment combined with the image.  I knew it would be easy to put a card together with this one and that is what I needed....
I colored my image with Copics and Prisma Pencils. Believe me when using any reds you can't even breathe.  lol  I added some "Starburst" stickles to the berries and I also added some ornamental embellishments.
I inked the edges of the image with Distress Ink in "Barn Door".  I left the inside of my card very simple just using the same designer papers and a personal message area. 
I love the way the sentiment is included in this image. Such a pretty font!  As you can see I added 2 layers of designer paper to mat the image.
My Card Recipe:
Image - "Season's Greetings #22901" - Eureka Stamps
Everything Else - My Stash

I am entering my card in the following Challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you will enter your wonderful creations in our "Christmas Spirit" Challenge.  Also, our Guest Designer Positions are now Monthly.  If you are interested please add GDT after your name and I will be in touch with you soon.

Sassy Raggedy aka Joann

"Winter Fun" with Love to Create Challenges

Well guess this is my "Merry Christmas" post since this is our last one for this year.  And what a year it has been! We have seen some really great creations this year and we are so thankful we got to know so many of our crafting buddies.  So for all my Love to Create friends I wish all of you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Now for our last Challenge this year let's have some "Winter Fun"

We have two wonderful Sponsors this Challenge!



So for my "Winter Fun" card for today I am showcasing the image I chose from QKR Stampede.  It is called "Bringing a Tree" and is adorable....
I started my card with a red cardbase and colored the image with Copics.  I used some Spellbinders Dies to mat the image as well as the sentiment, which also is from QKR Stampede.
You can see more of the glimmer and sparkle on this front picture of my card.  I added some punched snowflakes and two Christmas Tree Dies with pearls on the trees. 
This is just a quick picture of the inside of my card.  I added another sentiment along with a personal message area.  
My Card Recipe:
Image - "Bringing a Tree #13811" - QKR Stampede
Front Sentiment - "Merry Christmas #13806" - QKR Stampede
Inside Sentiment - "May The Spirit of Christmas" - Paper Makeup Stamps
Dies - Spellbinders - "Labels Seventeen" - Hobby Lobby
Dies - "Christmas Tree - LR0174" - Marianne Designs
Punch - Martha Stewart - "Snowflake" - Hobby Lobby
Punch - Fiskars - "Sm. Snowflake" - Hobby Lobby
Everything Else - My Stash

I am entering my card in the following Challenges:
Be sure to stop by Love to Create Challenges and enter your creations in our last challenge of the year. Remember the theme is "Winter Fun" The other DT's have made such wonderful creations so please be sure and see all their cards as well. Also stop by tomorrow when I will showcase my second card for this challenge.
Sassy Raggedy aka Joann

Friday, December 14, 2012

"Snow" with QKR Stampede

First, we would like to thank all of you who joined us last week. The entries were fantastic. And we hope you all will join us again this week for our new Challenge. 

Our Theme this week is "Snowmen, Snow Angels, Snow Balls, Snow Fun"

We also are fortunate to have Vicky Fortier - "Crafting Vicky" 
joining us this month as our December Guest Designer!

Be sure to stop by the QKR Stampede Challenge Blog to see
 what Vicky and our wonderful Designers came up with this week.

I am using a wonderful image from QKR Stampede on the front of my card called "Merry Christmas".  What a cute little snowman.  I colored the image with Copics and used red and green designer papers.  I added a snowflake die along with some snowflakes. The final touch was to add red pearls to the snowflakes. 
 On the inside of my card I used another image called "Best Friends" and then added a personal message area along with two more of the snowflakes. 
I loved working with this designer paper and images. The red and green makes my card so festive. Here's one more look....
My Card Recipe:
Images - "Merry Christmas #8517 & Best Friends #23502" - QKR Stampede
Dies - Spellbinders -" Rectangle, Circle, & Scallop Circle" - Hobby Lobby
Snowflake Die - Memory Box - "Frostyville Wreath" - SCACD
Snowflake Punches - Martha Stewart & Fiskars - "Lg. & Sm. Snowflakes" - Hobby Lobby
Everything Else - My Stash 
 I am entering my card in the following Challenges:
I hope you will play along with our Challenge this week over at QKR Stampede Challenges. We would love to have you join us. So remember to enter your "Snowmen or Anything Snow" creations this week.

Also if you would like to join us as a Monthly Guest Designer please add GDT after your name and I will be in touch with you. Thanks for stopping by today and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Sassy Raggedy aka Joann
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