Saturday, February 23, 2013

Guest Designing at Sweet Stamp Shop (and giveaway!)

I might as well warn you - this post is INCREDIBLY picture heavy! It was my day to guest design at Sweet Stamp Shop - and I kind of had lots of fun playing!'ve been warned! (However...if you make it to the bottom, I have a little something "sweet" to share!)

So...wanna geek out with me?

My first two cards use this set called Spectacle:
I made this card to be more of a guy card - used 3 different PTI inks to stamp them, then added some wiggly eyes in each pair of glasses. 

My pattern paper is from Basic Grey (green) and We R Memory Keepers (brown and words) - and all the edges are inked with Tim Holtz distress ink.

I stamped the sentiment, and colored in the word "geeks" with my Copic markers, then added a twist of blue jute twine on the bottom.

The next card uses the same set - but is decidedly feminine!!!

For this one, I started off with some watercolor paper, rubbed 3 different PTI inkpads directly on the surface, then brushed over with a water brush to give the watercolor background effect. I let it dry very well, then stamped my glasses and sentiment on, added a bit of bling, and Glossy Accents on the glasses lenses - a little hard to see in the picture, but totally fun!

Added some fun Echo Park Happy Day collection papers - that went perfect with the retro feel of these glasses, and finished off with some Baker's Twine and an October Afternoon button. All the layers are assembled with foam adhesive - so this card is full of dimension! 

I carried on the watercolor paper on the next couple of cards, just used a different set of stamps: 

For the next few cards, I used this fun set called Across the Miles:

There is just something fun about a map stamp, don't you think? For this, I did the same watercolor background technique, rubbing 2 different PTI inkpads directly on some watercolor paper, then brushing over with a water brush and allowing to dry. Then I stamped my map piece over the top and fussy cut it out.

I layered some Authentique 6x6 papers for my card base, then stamped my sentiment and the tiny hearts from the kit on the bottom of one panel. 

Next I attached my cut out US map with foam adhesive, and layered some Studio Calico wood veneer people, along with a heart cut with a Fiskar's punch and covered with Glossy Accents.

Finished off with some twill ribbon on the top, and some inking with my distress inks around the edges.

The next one with this set is totally clean and simple! I love how it came out - and plan on making lots of these to keep on hand, since we just moved about 6 months ago from all our family and friends - I have a feeling I could use lots of these! 

I used a simple white cardbase, stamped the map image with black Versafine ink (great coverage!), then added the hearts, arrows, "I'm here" and "You're there" sentiments - the red is distress ink in Barn Door. I also added the compass stamp image, and stamped "I Miss You" repeatedly across the bottom, also with distress ink.

To finish it off, I sponged distress ink in Broken China around the edges - LOVE how simple it is, but how perfect and finished it made it!

Finally, I made one more - using a sentiment from the set above, but also adding in one more set:

The hot air balloons on this card came from the set called Old Fashioned Afternoon:

I had lots of fun making the background for this one. I rubbed some PTI ink on my nonstick mat in a large square, then sprayed on some Glimmer Mist. I then smooshed a piece of Watercolor paper right onto it, until it was well saturated. I let that dry (once again!) and then stamped my hot air balloons on top of it. I wish I could get the subtle sparkle to show better in the pictures - it is so soft and pretty!

I made a blue cardbase with Bazzil cardstock, then layered on some white and pattern paper (I think it is My Mind's Eye - but it was in some random paper I bought without a name, so I'm not sure!)

Tucked a doily under the watercolor paper, stamped the sentiment with some PTI ink, and tied around some jute twine to finish the whole thing off.

Whew! Incredibly long post, I know! If you made it all the way to the bottom, I have a little something sweet that I would like to give away!!! This sweet set called Sweet Tooth! Just leave a comment at the bottom, letting me know what's your favorite of the *many* cards above!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a fabulous day!!!


  1. Fabulous work! I love your take on it all! Totally smiled at being geeky together :)


  2. I love your "Love Across the Miles" card with the U.S. Map stamp the best! I love that stamp and the guy and girl elements. Cute as can be! Love the inside, too!


  3. Love them all, the "let's be nerds together"is my fav!! Lee-Ann :)

  4. WOW Heather !!!! These all rock, I love the one with the USA the clean and simple one !! Would love to make one of these for my brother and his wife and my nieces :) they are in the military so we don't see them they are stationed down in floridia !! These just rock !!!!

  5. I really love the "Let's Be Geeks Together" card. It speaks to the true science nerd in me and also reminds me of my 2 younger sisters. One is studying engineering and the other has the pi symbol tattooed on her wrist!

  6. Congrats for being a guest designer, my favorite card is the second one. Great idea using glossy accents.

  7. Great cards. I like the googly eyes with the glasses and the watercolor backgrounds you created. My favorite card is the Hot Air Balloon card. Hot Air Balloons make me smile and I like the doily and polka dots.

  8. Oh my, choose which i like best? After thinking about it for a bit, i think i'll go with the hot air balloon! Everything about it is charming. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on your DT status.


  9. OH my favorite is definitely the balloon card, I have been wanting to do one and yours is wonderful and gr8t inspiration!!

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  10. I *love* the hot air balloons and the Old Fashioned Afternoon stamp set. Cute cards!

  11. These are awesome, but the love across the miles has really won me over! I love the colors and the paper choices! Fabulous work, I saw it over on their blog first and left a comment there too! Congrats on guest designing, you knocked it out of the park!