Happy Birthday to You

Hi everyone, I am so excited to share that I am now a part of the Skipping Stones Design Team.  Today the design team is participating in a blog hop.

I've used the Green Birthday stamp set to create a birthday card.  Who doesn't love cake or cupcakes for their birthday?

All the elements were matted on black cardstock and then adhered to a paper doily.  Happy Birthday was inserted amongst the cakes.

Here is the blog hop list.  Please stop by and see what the team has created.

Steph     you are HERE

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Halloween Bats with Clearscraps

Hi everyone, one of the items included in the Clear Scraps October kit is a Bat mini album with 5 acrylic bats.

Removing the acrylic from one side of each bat, I roughly painted each bat.  After they dried, I removed the acrylic from the other side and roughly painted each one.

Rather than create a mini album, I added twine to each bat and hung them from my fence.  They are wonderful Halloween decoration and are light enough to blow in the wind.


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Etched Spooky Treats Plate

Hi everyone, Halloween is around the corner and it's time to decorate.

Using etchallⓇ etching creme, I've created an etched Spooky Treats plate to hold all kinds of Halloween goodies.

Using left over stickers I spelled Spooky Treats along the edges of the plate.  Then I used my Cricut to die cut the hand from vinyl - I thought that would be a fun element in the middle of the plate.

Once all my elements were adhered, I use etchall etching crème, covering the plate with a nice layer of etching crème.  You can never go wrong with the amount of etching crème you use because it is reusable.

I waited 15 minutes, then scraped the etching crème back into the jar.

Next I rinsed off the plate and removed the stickers and vinyl under running water. 

Taking photos of glass is a little tricky so I put the plate amongst the pumpkins on the front porch.  I think it makes a nice Halloween décor piece too.

How fun is this?

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Prima Gift Bags

Hi everyone, I love decorating bags to give as little gift packages.

I used Ranger Distress Ink to ink the bags.  Layers of pattern paper from Prima Marketing's Julie Nutting's 6" x 6" paper pad were added to the front.

Using some of the papers in the collection, I cut them to a variety of sizes, inked them and matted with Bazzill Peanut Cluster Cardstock.

The sentiment is from WPlus9 and was die cut and tied to each bag with Baker's Twine.

These are such fun projects to make whether you need something for a small gift or even a gift card to make it more personal.

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Baby Cards

Hi everyone, I have some fun cards on the Topflight blog today.  I used Craft Emotions - Lovely Baby, Vintage Toys.  I thought these would make great new baby cards.

I began by die cutting white circles and placing them in the MISTI.  Using the MISTI allowed me to add several colors of inks for definition on each buggy.

 Finally I added black ink for the wheels and stamped with the MISTI.

Using papers from my stash I created the cards.  A scalloped circle was added behind the image on the pink card.  Celebrate is from the Studio Light - Butterflies stamp set which I slipped behind the image.

A simple circle was added behind the image on the blue card.   Celebrate is from the Studio Light - Butterflies stamp set which I slipped behind the image.

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World Cardmaking Day with Joy Clair

Hi everyone, did you know that we are celebrating World Card Making Day on the Joy Clair blog with lots of challenges?  Pop on by the blog and see all the challenges.

My challenge is to pick 1 item from each column and create a card.

For my Technique I chose inking.  For the trend I chose paint.  For the theme I chose Christmas.

I used a Gel Press with assorted colors of paints to create a variety of backgrounds.

Once I had the background I wanted, I dry embossed it then added the panel to my card.

I used the MISTI to align the images stamping in an assortment of colors.

I wrapped a pattern panel with Whisker Graphics twine and added it to the card with foam adhesives.  Then I die cut the sweater panel, adding it on top.

The phrase is from Joyful Wishes and was added to the right corner.

Stop by the Joy Clair blog to see all the challenges today.

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Fall in Love Collaboration

Hi everyone, welcome to World Card Making Day.  Please stop by the Joy Clair blog for challenges throughout the day on the Joy Clair blog.    In addition, the design team has gotten together and created with a variety of Joy Clair stamps which we then cut apart into inchies and sent them to the rest of the design team.  Follow along as we show you what we've done.

After receiving my inchies, I cut white cardstock 3 3/4" x 3 3/4", then scored each at 1 1/4" and 2 1/2" so I could accommodate the 9 inchies.

I inked each inchie with brown ink, then added them to my panel between the scored lines.  I then added the panel to 3 layers of cardstock.

The card was created from green cardstock and Whisker Graphics twine was wrapped around the card.  The panel was added on top with foam adhesives for dimension.

The phrase from the Fall Leaves stamp set was stamped on white cardstock then die cut.  It was matted with the same cardstock as the panel and added to the card with foam adhesives for dimension.

As mentioned, we have a fantastic line-up and three Special Guest Designers joining us today, all of them had been winners of our Challenges!!!. Check out the Hop order below: 
Steph Ackerman  You are HERE
Helen Gullet  Go here NEXT


We're giving away three Stamp sets from Joy Clair Store! Just leave a comment on every destination along the Hop for a chance to win!
WCMD 2017
Comments close at 23:59 EST on 7th October 2017.

Don't forget that we have a lot more going on throughout today on Joy Clair blog too! We hope to see you back here for the rest of the events - there will be lots of opportunities to be inspired and to get crafty with us!
Happy hopping!
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Pumpkin Pouch

Hi everyone, the Clear Scraps October kit includes a 6" x 6" Swirl Pumpkin stencil and a canvas bag from Canvas Corp. 

Using stencil spray, I was able to adhere the stencil to the canvas pouch so it stayed in place while I added color.  Using an art dauber, I colored the pumpkin with several shades of orange ink, then colored the swirls with assorted colors of green ink.

Removing the stencil, I had this wonderful design.

This is a perfect Halloween pouch - simply fill it with candies and give as a gift for a special someone or let someone take it trick or treating for their own goodies!

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Vintage Collage Cards

Hi everyone, it's World Card Making Day and I've got 2 collage cards to share today.  The stamps are from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps and are amazing.

The first is a vintage card using Paris Fashions

Using assorted colors of Ranger Distress Inks, I colored the image one section at a time.

Before matting with cardstock, I added additional ink to the edges of the panel.  The sentiment is from Sentiments 1.

For my next card, I created a vintage travel card.  I stamped the image 3 times using the Travel Background 2 stamp. Using several colors of Ranger Distress Inks, I colored all three panels.

I used one of the stamped images as the background.  I cut tickets out of the second stamped image, then cut the tiny tickets out of the 3rd stamped image.  Each layer was matted with black for a more vintage look.

Life is a Journey is from the Sentiments 3 stamp set.

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World Card Making Day with Topflight Stamps

Hi everyone, it's World Card Making Day and I have a wonderful card for you today using stamps from the  Topflight store.  Did you know they have lots of amazing stamps from around the world? 

I love this butterfly stamp from Studio Light.  I wanted her bright and beautiful so I colored her with assorted Copic Markers before fussy cutting her.

I used a tag sheet and added molding paste for a little dimension.

Once dry, I inked the panel and added it to cardstock.  Next, I wrapped Whisker Graphics twine around the panel before adding it to the card.


Adhesive was added to the body of the butterfly, allowing the wings to fly free.

Remember to stop by the Topflight store and check out all their amazing stamps. Also stop by the Topflight blog for lots of inspiration.

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Halloween Mask with Makin's Clay

Hi everyone I've got a creepy project on the Makin's Clay blog just in time for Halloween.  Halloween is only 3 weeks away so it's time to start creating Halloween projects.

Makin's Professional® Cutting Mat
Makin's Clay Tool Set
Paper mache mask
Whisker Graphics Twine - Red Solid

I began by conditioning white clay.  Using a paper mache mask as my base I formed the white clay over half the mask using my fingers to create definition.  Once I had the clay as I wanted it on the mask, I allowed it to sit for several days before continuing.  As it dried, the cracks and crevices became more conspicuous.  Then I painted the clay with gold paint and the paper mache mask with white paint.

I added some brown metallic paint randomly about the mask, then for a bit of a creepy effect, I added red paint to the eyes and along the edge of the clay mask.  I placed tulle in the eye sockets and added a bunch of flowers to the corner.

I used the pick from the Tool Kit to poke holes in the clay and the mask.  Then I used a needle with Whisker Graphics twine to create suture lines.   I'm ready for Halloween. Are you?

Please stop by the Makin's Clay blog for more details on this project.
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