Monday, September 30, 2013

Catching up with Prickley

Boy, where has this month gone! September is almost over and I have some catching up to do! I just got back from a wonderful Disney trip, but now it is time to get things back to normal!

I have my last three Prickley Pear cards that have been shared on the Prickley Pear blog!

CLR024A Mini Owl Clear Set, CLR018A Oak and Maple Leaf Clear Set

 CLR033 Spring Flourished Ovals and FF0168 Leaf Spray

Check back next week when I finally get back to schedule and normal life!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Get, Inky! Challenge #13 Inspiration

Hello, Get Inky! friends! Have you seen our current Get, Inky! Challenge? It is a fun one! It's all about the Birds, the Bees, flowers, trees, etc!

Here is my card that I created using the Joyful Jars, Sew Sweet Cupcakes and Buzzing Bees stamp sets:

We hope you will stop on over to the Get, Inky! Challenge blog to enter your latest creation!

Feel free to stop by my blog, Kissin' Krafts, to see more Get, Inky! Stamps creations.

Have a great day!


Get, Inky! Stamps - Joyful Jars, Sew Sweet Cupcakes, and Buzzing Bees

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sweet Tutorial Tuesday

Welcome to another SWEET Tutorial Tuesday! I know that we stampers know how to use our stamps the traditional way. But have you ever thought about using the back sides of the stamps? Don't know what I am talking about? Continue to read more! I have fallen in love with this technique!

It is SUPER simple! First, ink up the back of the stamp and stamp onto the paper.

Next, turn the stamp back to original side and ink, stamp, done...

If you are not great at coloring (like myself), this gives an easy way to color an image to match paper, etc. This technique leaves a smudgy ink look...not sure the correct way to describe it, so I hope you talk my language ;)

So I made a few of this tickets to complete my card. As you can see below, I stamped a design on the side tickets, using the stamp color ink. I love how it stands out!

I would love to hear some ideas of tutorials that you would like to see in the future! I love to learn new and fun ways to use Sweet Stamp Shop's stamp! Please leave a comment with your AWESOME ideas!

The fun Admit One and Chalkboard Sign stamp sets was used in today's card:

Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, September 19, 2013

It's my Trendy Twine Day!

It's my day on the Trendy Twine blog! Today's project is part of the month long cross promotion with Fleurette Bloom!

Here is a sneak of my card using the AWESOME Cherry Lemonade Twine:

I am in love with Cherry Lemonade! The red and yellow twine just POPS off the card!

Stop on over to the Trendy Twine Blog to see the entire project!

What to hear the latest Trendy Twine news? Join us in Facebook. We would love to see your Trendy Twine  creations! Show us on our Facebook group, Twine It Up!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sweet Stamp Shop Tutorial Tuesdays

Hello SWEET friends! Are you ready for another installment of Tutorial Tuesdays?  It's Jessi here to share with you 'how to add dimension' to your card or project. There are so many ways to make your card POP!

My favorite way to add life to a card is paper-piecing. Large images (like the large pinwheel from the 'Wheely Like You' stamp set) make this a simple technique to complete. All you have to do is stamp the image on a variety of papers and cut out the different layers of the image.

Another way to add dimension, is by adding different layers/textures to the design. As you can see below, the thickness of the button, foam letters, layers and the banner adds to the POP factor on the card.

Used is today's card, Wheely Like You:

Do you enjoy paper piecing? Do you have any tips about adding dimension to your projects? We would love to hear your thoughts? And would love to see you projects added to our Flickr group! And since you are uploading you projects to Flickr, why not add the project to Sweet Stamp Shop's Use What You Have Challenge (new challenge starts on Wednesdays)!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Make a Wish mambi card

Happy Friday, everyone! Who is ready for the weekend? I know I am! I have craft time scheduled, so how can it get better than that!

Today, I wanted to share this card I made using mambi (me and my BIG ideas) Soft Spoken Sticker embellishments:

I am still new at using this types of embellishments on projects. But let me state...I AM IN LOVE! 

Wow, these make cardmaking so SIMPLE! And that is my favorite kind! To add more dimension (even though some of the stickers already have some), I attached them to the card using foam dots. I love how it looks like one of the balloons is floating of the card.

What to learn more about mambi? Stop by their website, HERE!

Thanks for stopping my today! Have a great weekend!

me and my BIG ideas - Birthday Stickers
Lily Bee Design - Handmade
Foam dots

Thursday, September 12, 2013

ReFRESHing fun with Fresh Squeezed Stamps

Hello, all! I have another FUN card to share with you today! Now that the kiddos are back in school, I am able to get more crafting done... insert smiley face here ---> :)

I have had this idea for a card for a while now and am so pleased with how it turned out! I used the fun Fresh Squeezed Stamp- Weather Though set to make this card:

I love using the backs of stamps on cards! The blue clouds are made using the back of the cloud stamp in the set. To highlight the clouds, I offset the outline clouds just a little! I used same idea with the sun stamp. The back of the sun stamp was inked in yellow and stamped onto the cardstock. The front of the sun is inked in orange and stamped on top of the yellow. As I cut the sun out, I left some of the yellow trim on the rays to make the sun POP.

If you haven't heard of Fresh Squeezed Stamps, stop by HERE to learn more about them and their amazing stamps!

Fresh Squeezed Stamps - Weather Though

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

SWEET September Release Day

Are you ready for yet, another awesome release from Sweet Stamp Shop? It is a good one! There are 3 fun sets being released today, so let's get started!!!!

The first set up is the fun, Easily Distracted stamp set:

I laugh every time I see 'Squirrel!!!' Cannot wait for the perfect project for that one! Let's just say that my oldest son gets distracted VERY easily and this is screaming to go on a layout! 

Any who, on to the Easily Distracted project for today:

Next up is the SUPER amazing Super Mom stamp set:

I tried to make it look like someone spilled something on the paper,
 the 'oops' and 'sorry' are from the Easily Distracted stamp set.

BAM, that bomb stamp, is well... THE BOMB! I love it!

The last stamp set of the release is perfect for those handmade gifts!

Thanks for stopping by today! Please stop by the Sweet Stamp Shop's blog to see more AMAZING projects from the talented DT members! I am sure you will be inspired! I am!

Are  you loving the new stamps from today's release? You can get them 25% off using the Release Sale coupon code-- NRS25! The coupon code is good until Thursday noon PST time!

Interested in hearing the latest news from Sweet Stamp Shop? Stop by an 'LIKE' the Sweet Stamp Shop Facebook page!

Have your on SWEET creations? We would love to see them! Join the Sweet Stamp Shop Flickr group and show off those projects!

Have a SWEET day everyone!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Prickley Pear Monday is Back

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a fun and relaxing weekend! 

Have you heard of all the fun, new things going on over at Prickley Pear? If not, you should! There is a new store format, which makes shopping online EASIER! Check out the new store website HERE! You can even see the newest stamps from the latest release!

Here is my card for today:

Today's card uses Prickley Pear's Spring Crosses Clear stamps, Cross Die and Baby stamps! That Baby stamp has been screaming "Paper-piece me!!!"

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Prickley Pear Stamps - Spring Crosses Clear Stamps CLR031, Cross Die D032 and Baby FF0157

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Crafting Fresh and Neat Today!

What a great weekend! Getting inky is so much fun!!! Today, I am playing with Neat and Tangled and Fresh Squeezed Stamps! I love the chalkboard look and knew as soon as I saw the latest Little Tangles challenge, that I needed to play along! Stop by the Little Tangles blog to see the details about the current challenge - CHALKBOARD!

Here is my fun creation using some fun stamps:

My original idea was to leave it black and white, but once I finished the card I knew it need a pop of color. Bring on the sequins!!

Off to create some more, will share soon!

Neat and Tangled - Kindness Matters
Fresh Squeezed Stamps - Weather Through

Playing along with:
Little Tangles - Chalkboard

Friday, September 6, 2013

Gettin' My Craft on with Unity and Trendy Twine!


What a day! I was kid-free for a few hours and was able to make 5 cards! Yippee! That was fun! Some are for future DT assignments and some were just for fun! 

I could not wait to share this one using Unity Stamps and of course, some amazing Trendy Twine!

I have been sitting on these stamps for a few months now and finally was able to get inky with them! (Hooray, for school being back in session!!!)

So, I now that my coloring skills are not at expert levels, but I am excited to try more and more things with my Spectrum Noir markers! This fun rainy-day scene from Unity's Just Be You stamp set, was so much fun to color! I paired the scene with a simple sentiment from Unity's Remember Happiness stamp set.  To help bring out the awesome colors, I paired the card up with some fun Trendy Twine colors (Cranberry, Orangesicle, and Lemon Tart)!

I am excited to be playing along with the Unity's Friends with Flair Fridays! I have been eyeing it for a few weeks now!

And since I am focusing on Unity stamps and Trendy Twine on this post, I would like to share the card I made earlier this week for a Trendy Twine post, HERE!

This fun and colorful card is using Trendy Twine's newest color, Cherry Lemonade, and Unity's Learning Year by Year stamp set.

Hope you have a fun and relaxing weekend ahead! See you around next week!

Playing along with:
Unity Stamps - Friends with Flair

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sweet Tutorial Tuesdays!

Hello, Sweet fans! It's Jessica here from Kissin' Krafts! I am excited to be part of the Sweet Stamp Shop's Tutorial Tuesdays for the next few months!

Today, I am talking WATERCOLORS! My newest addiction! I mean it! Cannot get enough!

So before we continue, let me give you a quick tip about watercolors. You need to 'prep' watercolors to get the most vivid colors possible. How do you do that you ask?
Using lukewarm water, form a pool of water on the colors that will be used on you project. Once the water starts to soak in, it is time to get to work!

Today's watercolor technique is card 'Straw Watercolor Painting'. This technique is so simple and tons of fun to do! Reminds me of fireworks! Which brings me to this SWEET card using the Cityscape stamp set...

So where to you start? Using watercolor paper, add a puddle of watercolor on the paper. Using a straw to determine airflow direction, blow air moving the paint in a variety of directions. Repeat with as many desired colors for your project.

This is a very simple technique that is great to add fun colors to any project! Have you seen any current trends or techniques that you want to learn more about? Leave a comment on this post with a suggestion and it might show up in a future Tutorial Tuesday! Cannot wait to here what you come up with!

Today's project was created with the Cityscape stamp set:

Image 1

Who is ready for the new September Release? One more week! Join us on Facebook for more details!

Sneak Peek of Trendy Twine....

Happy Monday...scratch that, Tuesday, everyone! Are you ready for another sneak of my latest Trendy Twine project?

Today's project is using one of the newest colors from Trendy Twine! Cherry Lemonade!

Cherry Lemonade - Red & Yellow Bakers Twine

Here's my sneak:

Hope you will hop on over to the Trendy Twine blog to check out my project and to learn more about this month's Trendy Twine Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Get, Inky! Challenge - CUPCAKES

Happy Labor Day, everyone! What is on your agenda for today? Cookouts, swimming, parties? How about time to craft?  Today starts a new Get, Inky! Challenge and it is all about CUPCAKES!

Here is the card I created using Sew Sweet Cupcakes that will hopefully get you in the crafty mood!

I hope you stop by the Get, Inky! Challenge, HERE, to check out the rules and enter your cupcake project! Cannot wait to see what you create!

Looking for the Sew Sweet Cupcake stamp set and the other amazing stamps from Get, Inky! Stamps? Shop by their ETSY shop to see the fun selection!

Get, Inky! Stamps - Sew Sweet Cupcakes
Lily Bee Designs - Handmade Collection
Trendy Twine - Cranberry Twine
Cuttlebug - Divine Swirls Embossing Folder
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink