Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Shirley

Hello and hope your Sunday is going well!

Today I am using one of my new stamps from VersesRubberStamps. com. It's "The Rose Speaks". 

I took an online class to learn how to make these roses. There a lot easier than they look! As you can see you get different shapes and a CD with the pdf file so I could just cut out the petals with my Zing. I don't know what I would do with out my Zing Cutting Machine. It makes light work of cutting out lots of little things like this. Here is a link for more information on the incredible Zing!

Here is a quick pic of some of the shapes I learned how to use with the class. Can you guess which ones I used to make the rose?  (Post your answer on this post to win a fun blog prize. I'll draw for it next Sunday) Good Luck!


Now for some details on how I made this card. First off I used Versamark ink to stamp the Old Olive base card. I love the soft watermark detail it gives to the background. I used a stamp from Close To My Heart set called Happy Valentines Day. It was one of there stamps of the month. 

I then stamped the sentiment from  in Memento Tuxedo Black and cut out with Labels Collection Framelits. I then cut out the next layer size up and used the matching piercing mat from Stamping Up. What a great way to add even more texture to the matting! 

I punched out two different colors of greenery using Martha Stewart's tiny pine branch and Little Leaves Sizzlits from Stampin Up. I like the contrast of the Certain Celery and the Old Olive together.  So then it was just a matter of putting all the pieces together. I added pop dots to the layered sentiment. I doubled up the pop dots so I could give it a bit more lift off the card base. That way I could layer the greenery from under it to give it a bit more depth. I love how that turned out. I used glue dots to adhere the greenery and rose. The only thing I wished I had done was maybe use a sponge dauber with some soft pink on the rose petals. I feared doing afterwards because I just knew I would smear the card! LOL Now I will have to make another and see which way I like it better. :0)

I can't thank Connie and Kat from Verses Rubber Stamps enough for their faith in me to use their wonderful stamps and choosing me to be part of their fabulous design team! I'm having a ball! By the end of next week I should have a decent picture sent to them and my bio to be put on their website! WOO HOO! It's all so exciting!!! 

So here you go. Enjoy the pictures!(remember you just need to click on any given picture to enlarge it if you need to see it a bit closer)

And NEVER worry about mailing thick embellished cards! These clear boxes from Clear Bags are a blessing! Not only does it make receiving the card fun it protects them so well. And you know the postal carries love seeing our works of art! :0)

Well, that's it for this Sunday. Have a great week! I hope you have time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Don't forget to post your guess on which shape I used to make the roses.(oh and the pearl centers are from the wedding dept at JoAnn's)

Till my next post...

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Shirley & The Blog Winner Is...

Hello Everyone!

Let's get the blog winner out of the way first. :0) I want to thank everyone who commented on last weeks blog post. I drew the winner from the 8 people who commented. The winner is...

Jennifer M.

Jennifer, if you would please email me with your address. I will mail it out as soon as I hear from you. Thank you again for your kind comment! Here is a picture of what you won. A 25 count pack of cards and envelopes, a fun set of clear acrylic stamps from Stampendous and 5 packs of self adhesive bling from Want 2 Scrap. Enjoy!

And now for my cards for this Sunday. I used the verse stamp "The Woods" from and the wooded background stamp from Northwoods Rubber Stamps. I got the wooded background stamp from Simply Said Rubber Stamps in Loveland, Ohio. It's the cutest little stamp store! I enjoyed meeting the owner, Joan. And her husband was there too. He was hard at work. You have to love a hubby who is such a great support to his wife! :0)

This first card I used dies from Memory Box(pictured) and the grass was a die from My Favorite Things. I loved using the brown and pinks together. I guess I was feeling like having a bit of Spring finally, even if it was only on a card! It took a bit of time to gently glue each little leaf and flower but I think the end result is simply lovely.

 And for my last card I used "The Woods" stamp from Northwoods Rubber Stamps with the same verse stamp. Two different looks but I think both lovely. I used copic marker C00 to shade the trees(which doesn't show up too well in this picture) and three shades of green markers to color the greenery and chose the matching Lucky Limeade green shade cardstock from Stampin Up To use as the border. I'll be sad when they discontinue this color of green. It's one of my favorites right now. 

 Well, that's all for this Sunday. I always enjoy reading your comments. Let me know which card you liked best. 

Take care and I wish you a week filled with creativity and of course some time for stamping!

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sunday Stamping With Shirley

Hello Everyone!

Has a week gone by already?! I have had a busy week stamping. I can't wait to post a few more of my cards in the next few days. But even better was a trip down with Betty Scott(Joe Rotella's sister) to actually see Verses Rubber Stamps warehouse and meet Kat in person! I have to say it was GREAT!!! Let me tell you I have a new appreciation for the work that goes into the stamps I receive when I order from them. The warehouse is very clean and so organized! Even though Kat has a very busy schedule she was able to fit Betty and I in for a little tour and lunch with us. It was a great trip. We also stopped by a new rubber stamp store. You'll have to wait till my next post to here all about it along with a card I made with a stamp I bought there.

Today I would like to share another card made with stamps from This is such a versatile stamp. On my last post I talked about using an oldie but goodie stamping technique. It's called "Omit Stamping".  I'm sure many of you know it's when you only ink up part of the stamp and use it. When I saw this stamp I knew immediately I could use it with this technique. As you can see this stamp has a great Happy Birthday Font. Perfect alone or with the sentiment.

On the first card.I went for bright vibrant colors in shades of orange, turquoise, and red. I stamped a few of the words in those colors and popped them up and used matching papers and buttons to tie it all together. I needed white dots on the paper but sometimes you just have to improvise. So, I colored the pink dots with a white gel pen. It made all the difference.

On the second card I used the omit stamping technique and used a black marker to ink up just the "Happy Birthday" portion of the stamp. Isn't it a great font! I love the look of it. I think it works well with the cute image from Penny Black Stamps and the chicken wire background stamp from Stampin up.

So without further ado...two cards made with the same stamp. Let me know what you think of using just part of this stamp. Next Sunday I will draw from your comments for a very fun blog candy give-a-way! Good luck all!

Take care all and have a wonderful week filled with time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...