Birthstone Challenge & Back to School!

Over at the Shabby Tea Room this week they have challenged us to make a project using our birthstone as inspiration, since mine is ruby I chose a panel of ruby stardream cardstock as my inspiration. The fact that my kids go back to school this week gave me the perfect theme. This weeks challenge is sponsored by Pink Persimmon stamps so you will want to play along and win some awesome rubber, all the stamps I used here are from Pink Persimmon:

I had lots of scraps of school themed papers and I used them to make this card and envelope. I am using a lot of photo corners lately because I just got a great Martha Stewart cut/emboss corner punch, I have been punching all of my small cardstock scraps with this and filing them away, I love the vintage flair they add!

The wagon and books is from the Little Red Wagon set (it was the first set I bought from Pink Persimmon years ago and still one of my faves!) and the ruler is rom the Hello Vintage Girl set. Love how well all of their stamps work together. Here is a look at the sets I used:

I just love back to school time, don’t you? Don’t forget to play along at the Shabby Tea Room for your chance to win some Pink Persimmon stamps! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Masking how-to

Masking is one of the best tricks a stamper can have up her sleeve. It gives depth, perspective and lets you use your stamps in totally different ways. There is an awesome feature on masking in the May issue of Vamp Stamp News (I just so happen to have never-before-seen work featured in that issue too!) so if you want more techniques be sure to pick up a copy at your local stamp shop (I think Barnes & Nobles carries it too) or subscribe on line before it is sold out! Here is a card I made last night using a positive and negative (mortise) mask:

Wow! that card is bright! Paper: DCWV, Stamps: Stampin Up!

Wow! that card is bright! Paper: DCWV, Stamps: Stampin Up!, Watercolors: M. Graham & Co.

Here is how you do it:

Easy masking step-by-step!

Easy masking step-by-step!

Well, I am off to a 6 year old’s birthday party and the card is for him. I know the kid will be more interested in what is in the present than the card but his mom is a scrapbooker and she always recycles my cards of her scrapbook pages so I always try to make something they both will enjoy and I hope you enjoyed it too. BTW the stamp set I used is by Stampin up, it was a splurge for me (around $30) but worth every penny, it is such a fun easy set to use. To color it I used my M. Graham & Co watercolors on plain cheap Georgia Pacific white cardstock. I love the easy fun look it gives it (plus water-coloring is the quickest coloring method I know) and I love the results! Have a great weekend, It is going to be sunny and near 80 in the northeast!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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