Sunday, September 30, 2012

Dutch Dare and Stamping with the Dragon Challenges


CAS is the challenge at Dutch Dare Card Challenge this week and Music is the theme at  Stamping with the Dragon. I used the positive and negative of my new Jingle Bell diecut from Memory Box and a fun old sentiment from Stampin' Up to make this CAS card. Very simple but I like how it turned out/

Stamping smiles, Karen

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Paper Pretties and Crafty Sentiments Challenges


Autumn colors is the theme at Crafty Sentiments this week and at Paper Pretties we are to show our Fall Inspired cards. I created this fun card for a child using a digital set from Clear Dollar Stamps called Autumn Wishes. I cut a hole in the front and created a frame with my Nestabilities and attached the owl just behind the circular hole. Here is the inside of the card:


It makes me chuckle so I hope it will do the same for the child who receives the card.

Stamping smiles, Karen

Friday, September 28, 2012

Simon Says Stamp and Perfect Sentiments Challenges


The challenge at Perfect Sentiments this week is to make a vintage Christmas card (with a sentiment on the front) and Anything Goes at Simon Says Stamp Challenge.  I love my new set of holiday sentiments from Close to my Heart and you will be seeing them often from now until Christmas. The medallion is also from CTMH and I embossed it with white embossing powder and sponged some distress ink all around the square piece. The fancy brad in the middle is from Stampin' Up.

Stamping smiles, Karen

Thursday, September 27, 2012

CAS Christmas Cards Using Stamps You can Win!



It's Crackerbox Palace Thursday and today I am sharing some CAS Christmas cards I made with stamps that are available from Crackerbox Palace. You can win your choice of the stamps featured on one of these cards by leaving a comment at either blog. The simple requirements for a chance at winning this week’s blog candy are below.
But first- the winner of last week’s blog candy of the stamps featured on one of the cards last Thursday is                                                       NanaConnie!  Here is her winning comment from the Crackerbox Palace blog:  “WOW, what a fabulous color combo! Being far beyond 40, I love the sentiment. :-D
Connie, please send me or Crackerbox Palace your address and your choice of which stamps you want, so we can get you the stamps you have won.  And remember you can win another CBP stamp of your choice simply by posting a card you made with the stamps you won to your blog or Splitcoast Stampers gallery and sending us a link.
My cards today are CAS (Clean and Simple) Christmas cards. It is time to start thinking of making enough holiday cards to send out to friends and family and these two cards show that CAS cards can be lovely for Christmas. The dove from Crackerbox Palace is one of my favorite stamps and I stamped it after masking and sponging an oval of Victorian Velvet Distress Ink. I added the lovely friendship at Christmas sentiment and made a border with a ek success punch and some liquid pearls. 

My second card features a perfect sentiment and a background made with the Holly Border stamp. I love the script on the Christmas Greetings stamp and framed it with a snowflake wreath from Memory Box. The Holly Border was stamped in Versamark and I added some gems to complete the CAS card.

So would you like to win the fun stamps featured on one of today’s cards? Here is how to win our weekly blog candy:

 1.) We have decided that becoming a follower on both blogs is going to be something we would prefer you do but not a requirement.  My blog is here and the Crackerbox Palace blog is here. 

2.) Leave a comment on either my blog or the Crackerbox Palace blog on the Thursday blogpost featuring CBP stamps.  If you leave a comment on BOTH blogs, you will be entered twice in the drawing.   The deadline to leave a comment will be the following Wednesday at Noon CST. Mr. Random will pick a winner from the comments and he or she will win the featured stamp(s). You must send me (khasheck@gmail.com) or Crackerbox Palace (crackerbox@crackerboxstamps.com)  an email with your home address so the stamps can be mailed to you. If we do not hear from you within two weeks after we announce your win, and we can’t reach you through a blog, your prize will be forfeited.  And if you post a card to your blog or to Splitcoast Stampers with the stamps you won and send a link to Crackerbox Palace, you will win another Crackerbox Palace stamp of your choice!!

I am entering these cards in the Anything Goes challenge at Love to Create and the challenge at Whoopsi Daisy for Things with Wings. 

Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Designer's Choice Challenge at Repeat Impressions



It’s another Designer’s Choice Challenge at The House that Stamps Built, Repeat Impression’s blog. It’s Patti’s turn and she is challenging us to make a card using paper piecing. You can then enter it for a chance to win some awesome Repeat Impressions rubber! Please visit the blog for all the details and to see the other Rock Star's cards for this DCC challenge. 

If you know me or follow my blog, you know my favorite coloring technique is paper piecing! I do not like to color and shade and will always choose paper piecing if I can. So Thanks Patti for an easy and great challenge this week! I chose the fun Santa Kitty to paper piece and I also paper pieced her Santa hat. I used white flock on the white part. I used a square nestie diagonally to frame her and used another nestie for the lovely sentiment also from Repeat Impressions.

I am entering this card in the challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox to Celebrate the Occasion.  

Stamping smiles, Karen 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Stampin' with the Dragon and Sentimental Sunday Challenges


Fall Colors is the theme at Stampin' with the Dragon Challenge this week and at Sentimental Sunday the theme is Autumn using a sentiment. I made this card last year but never blogged it, so will try hard to remember what companies products I used. It is an easel card with the leaf piece popped up to hold up the top part. The border punch is from Martha Stewart and I put fall colored card stock behind the leaf holes. The tree silhouette stamp is from Inkadinkado and I masked a moon and sponged the rest in orange. The sentiment and the leaf stamp are from TPC Studios. I attached a couple of the leaves from the cut outs to complete the fall card.

Stamping smiles, Karen

Monday, September 24, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Snowman from WTSHTF!


When the Scrap Hits the Fun has a new CD available called Mr. and Mrs. Snowman Collection and it is amazing! You get a bunch of really cute snowmen (and snow-ladies:), many fun sentiments and some awesome digital papers. I loved the green snowflake paper the best of the choices of digi paper and that is way outside my usual comfort zone. Snow can't be green, right? Just look at the background on this card- love it, right?! This card was an experiment after seeing something similar on Pinterest. The front piece has an opening in the center that shows the snowflake dp on the inside as well. The Hot Cocoa Snowman was simply printed and layered on a blue piece and attached on the right side only. It is held down but a sweet sentiment ticket that is attached with a pop dot.


I couldn't wait to use this fun Snow digi from  the set and so I designed two cards right away. The red swirly paper is another digital paper from the set. I started with a kraft card with rounded edges and layered another layer of kraft and distressed all the layers with brown distress ink. I was thinking of paper piecing the letters and may still make a card that way, but the blue "Snow" is colored so perfectly I decided to go the easy route and print one of the pre-colored versions. I added some mini punched snowflakes to complete the card.

I am entering these cards in the challenges at Crafty Mess Challenge (distressed or aged) and  Ladybug Crafts (anything goes.)

Stamping smiles, Karen

Sunday, September 23, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays and Stamp n Doodle Challenges


The challenge at CAS Fridays is Fall Fun and Anything Goes at Stamp n Doodle this week. I sponged one of my new templates from The Crafter's Workshop with red distress ink. Then I stamped the script leaves from a beautiful fall set by Just Rite on colored card stock pieces and cut them out. I attached and added a pine cone button in the middle. I layered that piece on a large dark red square card.

Stamping smiles, Karen

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Simon Says Stamp and Paper Crafting Journey Challenges


Embossing is the challenge at Simon Says Stamp this week and Paper Crafting Journey wants us to use a sentiment on our card. This is my favorite of the Christmas cards I have made so far and it is because of the beautiful embossing and sentiment. The sentiment is from a new set I recently purchased from Close to my Heart. The whole front of the white card was embossed and die cut together with a folder by Marianne's Designs. Then I layered white poinsettias that I cut and embossed with Nestabilities and some white pine needles cut with a Martha Stewart punch. I put a shiny red piece behind the cut outs to complete the card.

Stamping smiles, Karen

Friday, September 21, 2012

Sweet Stamps and Bearly Mine Challenges


Shades of Autumn is the theme this week at Sweet Stamps Challenge and at Bearly Mine they want to see our fall colors. I am sharing a fall card I made with some great digital stamps I purchased from Dollar Graphics Depot. All their digital stamps and files are only $1.00 and you get whole sets of digis not just one! I used a couple of the sweet Pumpkin Girls by Rajiv's Design and Autumn Tiles by Cheryl Seslar for this CAS fall card for one of my kids at SAS4Kids. I printed the digis and followed a fun sketch I found on Pinterest. I added some faux stitching with my Scor-Buddy and Scor-bug and a thin black marker. A pine cone button in the center completes this CAS card.

Stamping smiles, Karen

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hexagons and Crackerbox Palace Sentiments



It's Crackerbox Palace Thursday and today I am sharing some cards I made with hexagons and sentiment stamps that are available from Crackerbox Palace. You can win your choice of the stamps featured on one of these cards by leaving a comment at either blog. The simple requirements for a chance at winning this week’s blog candy are below.
But first- the winner of last week’s blog candy of the stamps featured on one of the cards last Thursday is                            Marla!  Here is her winning comment from my blog:  “Fabulous cards - Fabulous images - Love everything!!
Marla, please send me or Crackerbox Palace your address and your choice of which stamps you want, so we can get you the stamps you have won.  And remember you can win another CBP stamp of your choice simply by posting a card you made with the stamps you won to your blog or Splitcoast Stampers gallery and sending us a link.
I have been inspired by the hexagon trend I have seen all around blogland and Pinterest, so when I finally got some hexagon dies, I had to play with them right away. But the best parts of these cards are the sentiments from Crackerbox Palace. Whenever I make a card, I always start with “What is the card trying to say?” I love sentiment stamps and Crackerbox Palace has so many that are just perfect for the right person. I have many friends and relatives who would appreciate the sentiment on my first card. I am a pretty “old fiddle” myself…I accented the great sentiment with some “fiddle” die cuts and hexagons which were also embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

My second card features a beautiful Thank You stamp and a sweet “Straight from my Heart” stamp. I continued the hexagons and CAS style on this card too.

So would you like to win the fun stamps featured on one of today’s cards? Here is how to win our weekly blog candy:

 1.) We have decided that becoming a follower on both blogs is going to be something we would prefer you do but not a requirement.  My blog is here and the Crackerbox Palace blog is here. 

2.) Leave a comment on either my blog or the Crackerbox Palace blog on the Thursday blogpost featuring CBP stamps.  If you leave a comment on BOTH blogs, you will be entered twice in the drawing.   The deadline to leave a comment will be the following Wednesday at Noon CST. Mr. Random will pick a winner from the comments and he or she will win the featured stamp(s). You must send me (khasheck@gmail.com) or Crackerbox Palace (crackerbox@crackerboxstamps.com)  an email with your home address so the stamps can be mailed to you. If we do not hear from you within two weeks after we announce your win, and we can’t reach you through a blog, your prize will be forfeited.  And if you post a card to your blog or to Splitcoast Stampers with the stamps you won and send a link to Crackerbox Palace, you will win another Crackerbox Palace stamp of your choice!!

I am entering these cards in the Anything Goes challenge at Creative Craft Challenge and the challenge at Paper Playtime to use punches or diecuts and a sentiment.


Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What If? Wed. Sketch Challenge



It's time for another fun sketch challenge at The House that Stamps Built and we are challenging you to make a card using the sketch below and link it up for a chance at some great Repeat Impressions rubber! For all the details on what you can win and to see the other Rock Stars cards using this sketch, please visit our blog.

For my card, I stamped Repeat Impression’s Foliage Positive after inking the various leaves and pinecones with markers of different colors. I layered on several fall colored cardstocks and then added some red burlap for color and texture. Of course the perfect sentiment and pumpkin are from Repeat Impressions too.

Here is the sketch for you to follow when you create a card for our challenge. You do not have to use Repeat Impressions stamps to join our challenges, but you get an extra chance to win if you do!


I am entering this card in the challenge at Tammy’s Scrapin’ Corner for Anything Goes.

Stamping smiles, Karen


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Scrapping Memories Halloween Card and More Candy to Win!



It’s another Scrapping Memories Tuesday here and I am happy to share another fun card featuring digital stamps from Scrapping Memories and to offer some more blog candy you can win! The simple rules for entering our blog candy contest are below.  But first I am announcing the winner of the blog candy drawing from the comments made on my last Scrapping Memories blog post.

The winner of 5 digital files (cutting or digital stamps) is                            Marla! And her winning comment was:” Karen, I love this card!!! These little guys are so adorable. As soon as I saw it, I immediately thought of my dad and his brother when they were little boys, Thank you for the inspiration!!!!

Marla- please contact me at khasheck at gmail dot com and I will put you in touch with Scrapping Memories to claim your prize!

My card today features a super cute digital stamp from Scrapping Memories called Oscar’s Halloween Jar. Isn’t he sweet? I simply printed him, rounded the corners on that piece and the gold piece and attached to an orange card. I added the sentiment (from Crackerbox Palace) and some doodling and a sticker to complete the CAS card.

Right now Scrapping Memories has a 50% off sale on everything in their store! And a chance to win every file they post for a year in a raffle to help a brave cancer patient. Read all about it here

I am entering this card in the challenge at The Crafty Pad for Autumn Colors.

How can you win the Scrapping Memories blog candy? Every other Tuesday I will post a new card and contest.   And each time I show you a project featuring some of their fun digital files, we are going to be offering you a chance to win some blog candy! Just leave a comment below sometime in the next two weeks and you will be entered for a chance to win 5 digital stamps or cutting files from Scrapping Memories!!  If your comment is the winning one picked by Mr. Random AND if you have the Scrapping Memories blog badge on your blog, you will win TWO MORE free digital stamps or cutting files!!  (It is not required to win the blog candy that you have the blog badge on your blog, but you can win more if you do.)

Here is the code for putting the Scrapping Memories’ blog badge on your blog:
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I will announce the winner of the blog candy the next time I post (trying for every other Tuesday) and you have two weeks to email me at khasheck at gmail dot com so I can put you in touch with Scrapping Memories to claim your prize.  I will try to contact you to let you know you have won, but if I am unable to reach you through a blog or email, and you do not contact me within the two weeks, your prize will be forfeited. 

Stamping smiles, Karen


Monday, September 17, 2012

Repeat Impressions Stamp of the Week



The stamp of the week this week at Repeat Impressions is this regal Queen stamp, and it is available this week only for 50% off with the discount code found at Repeat Impressions blog. What a deal! Please visit the blog for all the details and to see the other Rock Star's cards using this stamp.

For my card, I started with two different patterned papers that I hope look kind of regal. I stamped our queen and cut her out with a fancy circle nestie. Then I paper pieced her gown and colored the rest. The sentiment is also from Repeat Impressions of course and seemed perfect for this image. I used another fancy Nestabilities die to frame the sentiment.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Challenges 4 Everybody.

Stamping smiles, Karen

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Crazy 4 Challenges and Digi Doodles Shop's Best Challenges


Anything Goes at the last challenge at Digi Doodles Shop's Best and likewise at Crazy 4 Challenges with a Fall Twist. I will miss Digi Doodles challenges and they were also a great sponsor for us over at Send a Smile 4 Kids.

I love to make fall and Halloween cards and recently bought this new set from Just Rite called Shabby Chic Autumn Leaves. The leaves stamps in the set have either musical notes or script on them and are just beautiful. I made a version of the triple time stamping that is all over Pinterest and blogs these days using different fall colors and stamps from this set. The red leaf at the bottom was cut out and raised to cover a mistake, but I love how it is raised to create dimension over the rest of the card. Sometimes mistakes lead to even better cards:)

Stamping smiles, Karen

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Anything Goes 4 Kids at Send a Smile 4 Kids!


It’s time for another fun challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids and this time our theme is Anything Goes 4 Kids.  We have three very generous sponsors this week so you have three chances to win a random prize! Kenny K. is giving their winner 3 digis of their choice! Stamp Shoppe Creation’s prize is a $15 gift certificate! And Prairie Fairy is also giving their random winner a $15 gift certificate!   TEAM S.A.S will be choosing their favorite cards for our top three and the winners will receive a blog badge and an opportunity to be a guest design team member on a future challenge.

My first card above just makes me go awwwww- sweet...The little girl and boy are from Prairie Fairy and they are just so sweet I had to use the Sweet sentiment from Crackerbox Palace with them. They remind me of my little girl and boy when they were so sweet and young and still got along with each other- later they didn't for years and now as adults they get along just great. I cut the fun shape of the card free hand after cutting and attaching the white piece. I printed the sweet kids, did some coloring with my copics and paper pieced their outfits. 


I decided to make the monkey from Stamp Shoppe Creations a silhouette on this card. I  love silhouettes and sometimes I just decide to color an image all black and make it one. The fun sentiment is also from Stamp Shoppe Creations and I punched some vines on the sides with a Martha Stewart punch. I added some sparkly vine bling to complete the card.


My last card features a girl reader from Kenny K. I thought my older girls in a children's hospital might appreciate the sentiment and the fun image. Of course she was paper pieced  mostly with a little coloring and doodling too.

I am entering these cards in the challenges at Crafting for All Seasons School Days/For a Child, and Divas by Design for a child, and Celebrate the Occasion for shaped cards. 

Stamping smiles for our kids, Karen 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Hambo Hoedown and Bearly Mine Challenges


Anything Goes at Hambo Hoedown and at Bearly Mine Challenges this week so I am sharing a card I made with a Hambo stamp I won earlier this summer for being published with Hambo stamps.

Did you know that if you are published with many companies stamps you win more stamps in addition to getting a free magazine with your card in it? Hambo, Raisin Boat, Repeat Impressions, Kitchen Sink Stamps and many others reward you for promoting their stamps when you get published! What fun!

This Halloween checklist from Hambo is soooo true in my house. My husband buys the candy a month in advance and little by little it disappears so a few days before trick or treat, he always has to go buy a bunch more. Especially if it is chocolate! We have never  turned out the lights on the kids yet, but he has chased to a close by store in the middle of the trick or treat hours for more candy:) (If you can't read it clearly, click on the picture to enlarge it- it is good for a laugh!)

I saw the ribbon ghost on Pinterest and just had to try it- so easy and so cute. The goo border punch is from Martha Stewart.

Stamping smiles, Karen

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Crackerbox Palace Thursday and Yes There is Blog Candy:)



It's Crackerbox Palace Thursday and today I am sharing some cards I made with Halloween stamps that are available from Crackerbox Palace. You can win your choice of the stamps featured on one of these cards by leaving a comment at either blog. The simple requirements for a chance at winning this week’s blog candy are below.
But first- the winner of last week’s blog candy of the stamps featured on one of the cards last Thursday is                      Nana Connie!
Here is her winning comment from the Crackerbox Palace blog:  “I absolutely adore the cat peaking through the card! The fish is also delightful, but since cats are more my style, he's the one who really grabs me. Love both these fabulous cards!
Nana Connie, please send me or Crackerbox Palace your address and your choice of which stamps you want, so we can get you the stamps you have won.  And remember you can win another CBP stamp of your choice simply by posting a card you made with the stamps you won to your blog or Splitcoast Stampers gallery and sending us a link. 
My first card above features several of Crackerbox Palace’s fun Halloween scenery stamps. I especially love the tree and will use that again on a non-Halloween card. The candy corn with googly eyes was made out of a pennant die and was an idea I found on Pinterest here


My second card features a cute parade of Halloween Kids and a sentiment that just cracks me up. “Booo”gie Nights- don’t you just want to stand up and dance and sing? The front center piece (just two inches wide) opens to the inside which is Halloween pumpkin designer paper.

So would you like to win the fun stamps featured on one of today’s cards? Here is how to win our weekly blog candy:

 1.) We have decided that becoming a follower on both blogs is going to be something we would prefer you do but not a requirement.  My blog is here and the Crackerbox Palace blog is here. 

2.) Leave a comment on either my blog or the Crackerbox Palace blog on the Thursday blogpost featuring CBP stamps.  If you leave a comment on BOTH blogs, you will be entered twice in the drawing.   The deadline to leave a comment will be the following Wednesday at Noon CST. Mr. Random will pick a winner from the comments and he or she will win the featured stamp(s). You must send me (khasheck@gmail.com) or Crackerbox Palace (crackerbox@crackerboxstamps.com)  an email with your home address so the stamps can be mailed to you. If we do not hear from you within two weeks after we announce your win, and we can’t reach you through a blog, your prize will be forfeited.  And if you post a card to your blog or to Splitcoast Stampers with the stamps you won and send a link to Crackerbox Palace, you will win another Crackerbox Palace stamp of your choice!!


I am entering these cards in the Anything Goes challenge at Try It On Tuesday and the  Creative Card Crew challenge to use trees on our cards. 

Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Designer's Choice Challenge at Repeat Impressions




It’s another Designer’s Choice Challenge at The House that Stamps Built, Repeat Impression’s blog. It’s Joy’s turn this time and she is challenging us to make a card that is note card size – anything less that A2 size-  and enter it for a chance to win some awesome Repeat Impressions rubber! Please visit the blog for all the details and to see the other Rock Star's cards for this DCC challenge. 

For my card, I started with a 4 x 4 base and embossed it with my favorite embossing folder, Swiss Dots by Cuttlebug. I folded the top in half down to create a mini easel card. I embossed the beautiful Daisy and Butterfly stamp from the Beautiful Days collection found here with white embossing powder on shimmer paper. Then I dropped reinker colors on according the technique shown in this tutorial. After it dried, I cut out and attached. The easel top is held up with a Beautiful Days sentiment piece cut and embossed with nesties and attached with pop dots. I stamped the butterfly one more time on blue velum and attached with a glue dot.

I am entering this card in the challenge at The Squirrel and the Fox  for Anything Goes.  

Stamping smiles, Karen 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

2 Sisters and Tammy's Scraping Corner Challenges


Fall is the theme of the challenges at 2 Sisters and Tammy's Scraping Corner this week and I love to make Fall cards so this is perfect for me. I saw a card on Pinterest that used orange and green clouds and just had to try it. I used an old cloud template from Stampin' Up for the clouds. The geese were done with a new template from Crafter's Workshop (from Crop Stop) and the stamps are from a fall set from TPC Studios that I found at JoAnns. I just love how this turned out:)

Stamping smiles, Karen

Monday, September 10, 2012

Paper Crafting Journey and Delightful Challenges


Anything Goes at Paper Crafting Journey this week and at Delightful Challenges they want to see our Halloween cards. I love to do Halloween cards:) I saw this little guy and the sentiment by Endless Creations last year at my local stamp shop and just had to pick him up. It reminds me of the time I wrapped my son in tp to be a ghost for Halloween and then it rained- what a mess! But the memory makes me smile (and my baby is turning 32 the end of October). I used some actual medical gauze on the card and a goo border from Martha Stewart.

Stamping smiles, Karen

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Aud Sentiments and CAS-ual Fridays Challenges


The challenge at Aud Sentiments this week is to make a Christmas card with a sentiment and at  CAS-ual Fridays we are to use embossing. If you know me and my style, you know I use embossing on almost all of my cards. If you look closely, you will see I used embossing three times on this card. The background was double embossed with a swirly pattern first and then my favorite embossing folder - Swiss Dots by Cuttlebug. And the white ornament was cut and then embossed with a Nestabilities ornament die. The fun light bulbs and sentiment are from a set I won from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Don't the Christmas lights look real? That comes from a series of stamps and ink colors that is the trademark of Kitchen Sink Stamps.

Stamping smiles, Karen

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Cute Card Thursday and Love's Rubber Stamps Challenges


Anything Goes at Love's Rubber Stamps this week and at Cute Card Thursday they want to see our Fall cards. I made this card for a sketch and theme challenge at my local stamp club. We meet once a month and I can't wait until the meeting next week! I recently discovered a new website called Dollar Graphics Depot where all their digital stamp sets and cutting files are $1.00! For that price you can load up, and believe me I did:) These two cuties are from a set called Pumpkin Girls by Rajiv's Design. I cut them out and layered on some fun fall ribbon. The pumpkin in the center is made with oval nesties and a little sponging.

Stamping smiles, Karen

Friday, September 7, 2012

WTSHTF Scrap-ling Cards


Marion from When the Scrap Hits the Fun recently shared some of the sweetest bugs and sentiments from her Cute as a Bug Collection with us lucky ladies on her design team and I had so much fun playing with them! Have you heard of scrap-lings? It is a cute card shape that I have been seeing more and more on Pinterest. The card base is 1 1/4" x 4 1/4"- so can be made with scraps and then you decorate with stamps and embellishments as desired. Because Marion's designs are digital, we can choose to make them as big or small as we wish. On the one above, I printed the butterfly on purple and pink dotted and paper pieced the purple body part. I colored a little with gel pens and attached with mounting tape to raise. Same idea on the ladybug. On both cards I started with a white piece that I embossed with my favorite Swiss Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug) and printed the sentiment piece on yellow card stock and cut out.


My second scrap-ling was made the same way- aren't they cute?  Please visit When the Scrap Hits the Fun for these darling digital stamps and many others.

I am entering these cards in the challenge at Digital Tuesday for shaped cards and the Anything Goes (with a non-square base) challenge at Paper Take Weekly.

Stamping smiles, Karen

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Crackerbox Palace Animal Cards and More Blog Candy!



Hey Karen here and today I am sharing some cards I made with animal stamps that are available from Crackerbox Palace. You can win your choice of the stamps featured on one of these cards by leaving a comment at either blog. The simple requirements for a chance at winning this week’s blog candy are below.
But first- the winner of last week’s blog candy of the stamps featured on one of the cards last Thursday is                    Marilyn!
Here is her winning comment from the Crackerbox Palace blog:  Both of these cards are great! I like that pillow box technique and am going to check that out and give it a try. It's a really nice image and the background is perfect for it. Now I really do like that stamp on the second card and the barb wire border. My Dad used to ride bareback in the local rodeos so this brings back a lot of memories.

Marilyn, please send me or Crackerbox Palace your address and your choice of which stamps you want, so we can get you the stamps you have won.  And remember you can win another CBP stamp of your choice simply by posting a card you made with the stamps you won to your blog or Splitcoast Stampers gallery and sending us a link. 
My first card above features a favorite cat stamp called Peeking Cat and another favorite CBP sentiment stamp. I stamped the cat on the white layer and also on the orange, then cut away the orange to make it look like it was torn away by the cat. I tore and sponged around the sentiment. My husband loves his kitty and orange is his favorite color, so I used this card for his anniversary card this year (22 happy years celebrated early in August). 


My second card features Buddy the fish, a splash stamp and a perfect sentiment. I cut a hole in the front of the card with a circle nestabilities, created a circular frame also with nesties and placed some cool water dp in the inside of the card.

So would you like to win the fun stamps featured on one of today’s cards? Here is how to win our weekly blog candy:

 1.) We have decided that becoming a follower on both blogs is going to be something we would prefer you do but not a requirement.  My blog is here and the Crackerbox Palace blog is here. 

2.) Leave a comment on either my blog or the Crackerbox Palace blog on the Thursday blogpost featuring CBP stamps.  If you leave a comment on BOTH blogs, you will be entered twice in the drawing.   The deadline to leave a comment will be the following Wednesday at Noon CST. Mr. Random will pick a winner from the comments and he or she will win the featured stamp(s). You must send me (khasheck@gmail.com) or Crackerbox Palace (crackerbox@crackerboxstamps.com)  an email with your home address so the stamps can be mailed to you. If we do not hear from you within two weeks after we announce your win, and we can’t reach you through a blog, your prize will be forfeited.  And if you post a card to your blog or to Splitcoast Stampers with the stamps you won and send a link to Crackerbox Palace, you will win another Crackerbox Palace stamp of your choice!!

I am entering these cards in the Anything Goes challenge at Papelito’s Stamps and the  “All about Boys” challenge at Creative Craft Challenges


Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What if? Wed. Sketch Challenge



It's time for another fun sketch challenge at The House that Stamps Built and we are challenging you to make a card using the sketch below and link it up for a chance at some great Repeat Impressions rubber! For all the details on what you can win and to see the other Rock Stars cards using this sketch, please visit our blog.

For my card, I stamped Repeat Impression’s Rebecca stamp on white and cut out with a nesties oval die. Rebecca is one of my favorite Repeat Impressions stamps and I just love to paper piece her outfit and hat. The sketch reminded me of a tri-fold card with the curved line at top a flap that opens to the inside. (Card is 5 ½” x 10- score at 4” and 8” lines and use a large oval die to cut curved edge- or a plate or whatever you have.) I closed the flap of the card with velcro, and added some colored pearls to complete the card.

Here is the sketch for you to follow when you create a card for our challenge.


I am entering this card in the challenge at Catch the Bug for Anything Goes.

Stamping smiles, Karen


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Scrapping Memories Tuesday and More Blog Candy!



It’s another Scrapping Memories Tuesday here and I am happy to share another fun card featuring digital stamps from Scrapping Memories and to offer some more blog candy you can win! The simple rules for entering our blog candy contest are below.  But first I am announcing the winner of the blog candy drawing from the comments made on my last Scrapping Memories blog post.

The winner of 5 digital files (cutting or digital stamps) is …………………………………   Diane R.! And her winning comment was: “Very cute ! I still don't know how you keep coming up with all of these Ideas ! Very nice and Thank You again for having this web site to go to for the ideas when we're stuck !”  Diane- please contact me at khasheck at gmail dot com and I will put you in touch with Scrapping Memories to claim your prize!

My card today features Daddy’s Dress-up Fella both in the colored version which I just cut out and in the non-colored version which I reversed, printed and paper pieced with a little coloring. Can you tell which is which? I am really happy with how cute they are and I think one of my kids will love them:) I added a sticker sentiment and a train border (Martha Stewart) to complete the CAS card. 

I am entering this card in the challenges at The Squirrel and the Fox “For the Men” and 2 Sisters Challenge to use Primary Colors.

How can you win the Scrapping Memories blog candy? Every other Tuesday I will post a new card and contest. And each time I show you a project featuring some of their fun digital files, we are going to be offering you a chance to win some blog candy! Just leave a comment below sometime in the next two weeks and you will be entered for a chance to win 5 digital stamps or cutting files from Scrapping Memories!!  If your comment is the winning one picked by Mr. Random AND if you have the Scrapping Memories blog badge on your blog, you will win TWO MORE free digital stamps or cutting files!!  (It is not required to win the blog candy that you have the blog badge on your blog, but you can win more if you do.)

Here is the code for putting the Scrapping Memories’ blog badge on your blog:
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I will announce the winner of the blog candy the next time I post (trying for every other Tuesday) and you have two weeks to email me at khasheck at gmail dot com so I can put you in touch with Scrapping Memories to claim your prize.  I will try to contact you to let you know you have won, but if I am unable to reach you through a blog or email, and you do not contact me within the two weeks, your prize will be forfeited.  

Stamping smiles, Karen 


Monday, September 3, 2012

Repeat Impressions Stamp of the Week



The stamp of the week this week at Repeat Impressions is this Cute as a Button stamp, and it is available this week only for 50% off with the discount code found at Repeat Impressions blog. What a deal! Please visit the blog for all the details and to see the other Rock Star's cards using this stamp.

For my card, I decided to go CAS using embossing folders- as is my style. I stamped the Cute as a Button twice, cut out the gingham one and raised it with a pop-dot. I added a row of mini buttons after embossing with a cute baby folder from Sizzix.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Natalie’s and Amy’s Challenge.

Stamping smiles, Karen

Sunday, September 2, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays and Digi Stamps 4 Joy Challenges


It's Back to School in Wisconsin on Tuesday and that is the challenge theme at CAS-ual Fridays and Digi Stamps 4 Joy this week. I made this CAS card for my grandson who is starting 1st grade on Tuesday. I have found a new favorite place to get the cutest FREE digi stamps! Everyday Dearie Dolls posts several of the sweetest digital stamps- and you always have the option of choosing colored or non-colored versions! I simply printed the colored version of this sweet boy and cut him out. I put a triangle of brightly colored dp with a border from ek success. I gave the cute boy a balloon with a baker's twine string. The sentiment is an old one from TAC.

There are so many awesome free digis at Dearie Dolls that I have started saving them in a Pinterest board here for future use. Take a peak, or go to her site. But be prepared to spend some time- there is page after page after page of her awesome talented drawings.

Stamping smiles, Karen

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Cute Fall or Halloween Cards 4 Kids at SAS4Kids



It’s time for another fun challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids and this week our theme is Cute Fall or Halloween Card 4 Kids. You may wonder why we are encouraging you to make this type of card this early. It is because we would like to encourage you to consider sending in your cards for our kids who are inpatient in children’s hospitals over the Halloween holiday. We need to receive them early enough to get them to the 8 children’s hospitals we now serve in time for the holiday. You do not have to send in your cards to participate in our challenges, but our kids would sure love it if you did! And please remember- no tombstones or scary Halloween cards- keep them fun and appropriate for children of any age.

SAS4Kids has three very generous sponsors this week so you have three chances to win a random prize! Whimsy Stamps is giving their winner 5 digis of their choice! Crackerbox Palace’s prize is a $15 gift certificate! And Clear Dollar Stamps is also giving their random winner a $15 gift certificate!   TEAM S.A.S will be choosing their favorite cards for our top three and the winners will receive a blog badge and an opportunity to be a guest design team member on a future challenge. Please visit the blog for all the details and to see the fantastic cards by the SAS4Kids design team. 

My first card features a fun Halloween car and joke from Crackerbox Palace. This set was one the first ones I bought from Crackerbox Palace because my grandson loves to tell jokes, so I figured many of our kids would love it too. Here is the punchline: 

Ha-ha:) My second card is a CAS autumn card with a great pumpkin image and sentiment from Clear Dollar Stamps and some burlap for the background.

Football is starting and school is starting and I am getting in the mood for fall and Halloween cards. How about you?

I am entering these cards in the Celebrate challenge at Divas by Design (celebrating fall and Halloween) and the challenge at The Perfect Sentiment for anything goes with a sentiment. 

Stamping smiles, Karen