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I love making cards!

It’s Virtual Stamp Night this weekend on Splitcoast Stampers, so I thought that I would indulge myself in some stamping just for the fun of it.

So, VSN has various challenges under this month’s theme of You Make My Heart Sing. The hostesses are extremely creative with their challenges all relating back to the main theme. Great job ladies!

Here is another card with many more to come:

Virtual Stamp Night


Stampin’ Up! Aviary and Whimsical Words rubber stamp sets

Ranger ink

BasicGrey patterned papers, brads and stickers

Spellbinders dies

Mojo Monday #179 sketch

Color Throwdown #130 challenge

FEB11VSNC challenge

Hello blog readers!

I went to the Stampfest event in Clearwater last weekend – wow, what a FUN time! I love seeing my stamping friends from all over during this yearly trek, seeing new stamping images and goodies! Of course I got a couple things (uh hem, maybe more than a couple) that I’m sure will be cropping up here from different projects that I’ll be doing.

I’d like to catch up on some cards and a mini mailbox that I’ve created lately using Ippity Stamps. I’ve enhanced my Ippity sales blog for a better view of the sets if you would like to take a look at the Product Info page. Feedback is always welcome!

Ippity Stamps

Ippity Stamps

Ippity Stamps

Ippity Stamps

Have a great President’s Day weekend!

I’ve got some more cards using beautiful red rubber from Seaside Stampin’ Ink!

There’s a gorgeous Leonardi da Vinci sheet of rubber that has all sorts of images that lend themselves to collage, background or distress looks. Take a look and enjoy!

Seaside Stampin' Ink Supplies:

Seaside Stampin’ Ink rubber stamps

Ranger distress ink

Viva la Verve January 2011 week 3 sketch VLVJAN2011

Seaside Stampin' InkSupplies:

Seaside Stampin’ Ink rubber stamps

Ranger ink

Mojo Monday sketch #177

Seaside Stampin' InkSupplies:

Seaside Stampin’ Ink rubber stamps

Ranger ink

Border punch

FTL121 sketch

And this last card uses this week’s Play Date Cafe Challenge colors. Hope you like it!

Seaside Stampin' InkSupplies:

Seaside Stampin’ Ink rubber stamps

Tim Holtz Sizzix die

BasicGrey paper

Ranger ink

FTL124 sketch


A couple days ago I posted a cute altered mini mailbox to hold ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). Well, here are some of the cards that go in them! I trade with some local ladies every couple of months. It’s SO fun!

We haven’t met as a Club for 2-3 months, so we had a little catching up to do. November’s theme was “Wonders of the World”, December was “Freestyle” and January was “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”.

For the November theme, I chose the Pyramids since I found a PERFECT stamp in my stash! The Pyramids are from My Paper Moon and the depth background is from Lost Coast Designs. The small frame on the very outer edges is from Starving Artistamps. Lots of layers in this ATC!



My Paper Moon Pyramids rubber stamp

Lost Coast Designs Perspective background rubber stamp

Starving Artistamps Trim rubber stamp

Purple Onion Designs alphabet rubber stamps

Ranger ink

P K Glitz embossing powders

The “freestyle” ATCs were actually all different with the theme of Under the Sea. I used twinchies that I had swapped with the ladies on Rubber Stamp Chat and added a cool Distress Ink background to make it more interesting.



Starving Artistamp seaweed stamps in the background

Twinchies from RSC

The last ATC to share today is the “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” one. I used Stampers Anonymous stamps and layered them once again. It came out pretty cool.



Stampers Anonymous rubber stamps

Ranger embossing ink and embossing powder

Tsukineko ink

Yes, I’m addicted to ATCs – Artist Trading Cards. They are 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and can have any design on them. I trade every other month with a local club and it’s a great time to get together, chat, eat lunch and trade! That’s one of the super FUN things about ATCs, you always trade and never sell them!

I came across these little mini mailboxes at Target in the DOLLAR SPOT, yes only $1! I usually see them around Valentine’s Day, so I grab at least 10 to stash my ATCs in throughout the year. I must decorate each one, OF COURSE! That’s half the fun! The colors that I’ve seen are white, red, pink, metallic pink, silver and a mauve-ish color. It’s all good because it’s super easy to change the look by adding patterned paper, paint or glitter.

Search for “mini mailbox” in the box to the right or click this link to see some other designs in my mini mailbox collection.

Today’s project is using some digital and rubber stamps from Michelle Perkett Studio. There’s a new challenge on Michelle’s blog that you should check out and enter to win free digital stamps!

—->> check it out on the Challenge Blog, due Monday, January 31st.

To make this mini mailbox project, I made background paper using the LOVE word and printing on patterned paper. I then rubber stamped the Ballerina Fairy, colored her with Copic markers and cut her out. I adhered the background paper around the middle of the mailbox and punched 2 borders that I wrapped over each side of the LOVE paper. I added the fairy and a bunch of bling-y hearts and flowers! As a finishing touch, I used my Dymo labeler to make the “my ATCs” tag near the fairy’s leg. Cute isn’t she?

Michelle Perkett Studio


Michelle Perkett Studio digital and rubber stamps (Rubber available at Faerie Song Art Stamps)

Copic markers

SEI patterned paper

Target mini mailbox

Bling, Dymo labeler and heart border punch

I met with my ATC (Artist Trading Card) Club this past weekend. Those girls are SO fun! We laugh and trade stories of our lives over the past month or two since we last met. It’s boggling what can happen over that short period of time!

Our August theme was Victorian and our September was Bling. Since there is only 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ to work on, small stamps and images work best. It is the ultimate to use up those small scraps and embellishments that hang around your work space! I can’t tell you how long I’ve had the self-adhesive hand-dyed silk that served as the backdrop for the chandelier – TOO LONG! I had just enough to make 5 ATCs!

Anyway, take a peek and be inspired by these small marvels!


Victorian Vignettes digital image
Lace and buttons
Starving Artistamps/DoodleFactory Chandelier rubber stamp and sentiment
Kaisercraft bling
Ranger Stickles

Too busy to drive to a store this weekend or want to shop online? Visit the Virtual Stamp Convention at Rubber Stamp Chat this weekend through Monday. It is VERY fun to visit the vendors and do some shopping!

You need to be a member to read the forums (FREE TO JOIN) so head on over there and check it out. There are LOTS of vendors offering specials and discounts. Please check BOTH pages in the convention hall so that you don’t miss ALL the specials!

Some of the vendors participating:

  • Starving Artistamps
  • Purple Onion Designs
  • Judikins
  • Stamp Camp
  • Lost Coast
  • Queen Kat
  • Beeswax
  • Yankiwi
  • And about 15 more vendors!

Another exciting thing happening over on RSC is the special guest section with Mary Jo McGraw, Author and mixed media artist. You can find lots of Mary Jo’s books and DVDs in all the major craft chains as well as online. Now is your opportunity to pick the brain of a pro (in the good way, not in the gross silence of the lambs way 😉 )

Have fun!



Some Odd Girl

Sizzix Blinkie

Origami Owl anyone?