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Friday, May 29, 2015

Who Cut the CAKE at the #Stamping Party...

I had a fun time making this real snarky birthday card last week for my sister using Viva Las VegaStamps! for the "C is for Cake" challenge over at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers {CLICK HERE to see my card from last week}.

While on this sugar high from all the CAKE... I had a little more rubber inspiration that I just had to get out of my head! Woe is a stampers life - LOL! So I made a couple CAS cards on white card blanks with black ink, markers and a bit of stamping/fussy cutting on bright colored papers. Enjoy!

"Hurry or the Party might be over..."

I have a bunch of birthday themed stamps in a baggie. It never dawned on my until this challenge - the combination just seems so right... or is this so WRONG - teeheehee!

I added some quick POPs of color to the hats and balloons by stamping onto bright colorful cardstock and fussy cut the pieces. A glue pen makes quick work of attaching small pieces.

The party streamer stamp was in a really light blue and I went over with my gelly stardust pen, the scanner couldn't even pick it up as its like a watermark. I fussy cut the cake to overlay onto three strips of washi tape - one stamped with the sentiment. **A TIP** Stamp on the washi tape before layering.

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Do You LOVE to STAMP??!
The party is almost over
with the current team
and the call is OPEN!

Thanks so much for dropping by! I'm going to apply to keep my inky post at VLVS!... what about you?? Are you a fellow rubber addict? Here's your chance to join the design team {CLICK HERE for details} and stamp til' your hearts content! GO FOR IT!!!  :) Sb

Monday, May 18, 2015

Congratulations from the #Cre8time Garden... CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop

Hello friends! Today I am bringing you a special project from the garden at Little B® for the CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop. I was thrilled to be invited to design a special project for the upcoming summer show - for this project I was challenged to create something using an assortment of gorgeous and easy to assemble paper flowers and dimensional embellishments from Little B® LLC

Check back all week long to play along to win prizes and see sneak peeks of the latest and greatest from CHA Paper Arts+ Exhibitors and CHA Designer projects.

This basket of paper blooms will be perfect to accompany a gift card for saying congratulations to the Graduate, new Mother or job promotion! My floral bouquet is nestled in a handmade basket made of recycled chipboard, embellished with "The Sweet Life" Hot Off the Press patterned paper, Little B® LLC Black Corrogate adhesive borders and Little B® LLC "Cherry Blossoms" decorative tape. The center is filled with pink recycled packing peanuts and recycled paper crinkle filler. All I need is to add a little card to complete the gift and this bouquet can be enjoyed for the entire summer season {or more}.

The best part about this project is that it will be traveling to be on display at the CHA Paper Arts+ Show July 21-23 in Chicago... so make sure you check it out there are many handmade touches that make ready-to-assemble flowers come to life.

You can WIN $500!

Follow the CHA Paper Arts+ Blog Hop all week on the CHA Blog for updates on new designer blog posts and projects. There will be a “password” at the end of each designer blog post. Make sure you keep track of all of the “passwords.” At the end of the hop you’ll need to use the “passwords” to form a phrase.

The first two people to tweet
CHA @Craftandhobby
the correct phrase will win:

1st Prize: $500 toward travel to the Paper Arts+ Show (trade only)
2nd Prize: $25 AMEX gift card

Here is your “password”: for

Don’t forget, registration is now open for the CHA Paper Arts+ Show in Chicagoland where you’ll see, touch and learn about product, like the flowers and embellishments  that was donated for this Blog Hop by Little B® LLC. Paper Arts+ is A CRAFT FUSION experience with exhibits offering everything from paper to jewelry to mixed media materials.  The industry will be there looking for fourth quarter trends and new product SKUs. Members attend for FREE! For more information and to register, visit

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Thanks for visiting! Stay tuned for more details on how I embellished these gorgeous paper flowers with Nathalie Kalbach Studios stamps by Stampendous. :) Sb

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cooking up some #AlteredBook Fun for Unruly Paper Arts Reader's Art Quest

Hello Everyone... how is it the middle of May already??! Well it's time for some more inspiration for the current Reader's Art Quest at Unruly Paper Arts. This month's challenge theme is "Food Glorious Food" - need I say more. This inspiration board makes me dream of summertime pies topped with loads of meringue.

The Unruly Paper Arts Reader's Art Quest "Food Glorious Food" Inspiration photo and color palette, are perfect for the all sorts of creations and the interesting food holidays are quite fun also.

For this month's inspiration I went back to something I have not done in a while... book altering. This spread I created in an old vintage cookbook for my local round robin group. I really enjoyed this project combining book altering and art journaling.

The page is dedicated to my Dad, his love of cooking and a throw together recipe that my Dad made for me on a visit. Tucked behind the collage clipping of the coffee drinker {from an old baggie of scrapbooking alterables}, I have fashioned a pocket to contain the recipe and the story of his "spaghetti pie." I needed a little something extra to ground my floating pie photo {it was so delicious and no matter how I try, I can't get mine to taste as good}. I got the idea of simpified line drawings from the kitschy images in the cookbook this is created in. The book is "The Fireside Cook Book: A Complete Guide to Fine Cooking for Beginner and Expert" Hardcover – 1949 by James A. Beard. 

I hope you enjoyed my project and that you are inspired to join us in this month's Reader's Art Quest. I would love to see what you create. Please leave me a comment with your link.  :) Sb
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