Friday, July 29, 2011

Join me on Facebook now!

I finally just added a facebook account for all my crafts, home decor, cooking, DIY's, etc.  I really am trying to focus on my blog, my crafting, and my Etsy shop (still in the works!  coming soon!) and hopefully gain some more followers/friends by doing this.  I have learned from many of the talented bloggers out there that you really have to be involved in Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and any other social networks to lead the way to your blog that lots may be very interested in, but just don't know about it yet.  You may not have to do ALL of them, but doing at least one of them does boost your stats.  So click here and add me or click the Facebook button on the sidebar.  See you there!

I just love Fridays!  J gets off at noonish today and we're going to see Cowboys and Aliens!  He's been waiting for this to come out for months now!

Have a super weekend!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thank You!

Thank you for all your sweet comments!  I have some special gifts to send out tomorrow!  In the  meantime, you can follow me on Twitter @StampingStone, or sign up to get updates via email.....just click one or both of the buttons on the right!  Stay tuned for another fun project to be posted soon!

Also, it's not too late to enter the fun challenge at JW Illustrations.  Grab her fun firetruck digital stamp for only $1 and create a project to enter this challenge and win a $10 coupon to JW Illustrations!  Click here to see the post with all the design team projects.  Such fun ideas!

Have a great day!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Home Sweet Home

JW Illustrations has THE cutest clip art bundle called "Home Sweet Home".  I just love the trendy color combo and the fun images.  For this project, I decided to do a card that would be perfect to give to a new homeowner or someone that just moved to a new house.

See the dimension?

I printed out 3 images and cut and pieced it together to create a nice dimension.  On one of the images, I cut out the front door and layered the piece without the door on top to make the door appear to be a little sunken - kind of a reverse 3D I guess!

Inside I stamped a simple "Congratulations".  You could add any handwritten sentiment to that to fit the exact occasion.  I layer the white card stock just like I did on the front.

Next I used the same image and printed out some address labels.  I used my own name and address on these, since we just moved and I needed some myself!  But, as soon as one of my good friends (hi candy!) moves, she'll be getting these beauties!  I made a little matchbook type holder for the labels.

As you can see, I tied a ribbon around the front of the card, so I just used the ribbon on the inside to tuck the matchbook of labels in so they stay put.

Here's a shot of the card and labels together.  I just LOVE Love love these colors!

A few more details that you may not have noticed is the little flower pot.  I cut it out to layer on, tied a little silver cord around it and added some crystal effects to make it shiny.  The little flower is just one that I had and I added a little turquoise brad in the middle.  (You can click on any of the images to see them larger)

Another fun little technique that I did was to use the micro beads some of the shingles.  I love those micro beads!  It's been so long since I used them.....I use to bead EVERYTHING!!  lol!  I just cut out a few random shingles and added the red lined tape and then smushed them in the beads - in this case, I used the clear ones.  Cute, right?!

Click here to see the other images in this clip art bundle.  I hope you enjoyed the project today! 

I linked my project to Tip Junkie - Tip Me Tuesday!  You can link up your project too!

I also added my link to Today's Creative blog.....add yours too!  She is also promoting an awesome deal on the Silhouette with a discount code.  Go check it out!

Remember it's still "Say It" Monday!  Any new comment will get a special gift from me!

Have a great week!

Say It Monday!!!

I'm starting a new tradition on my blog today called "Say It" Monday!  Any new comment left on my blog, on any post, gets a special gift from me!  A little something from my stash....maybe a card, a little notebook, something from my supply just never know!  It will be something that you can use yourself, or maybe re-gift it to someone else.  Re-gifting in this case is allowed!  Please leave a comment with your email, so I can contact you.  Any new followers on Twitter will be accepted also!

So just "Say It"!

Hope everyone has a great week!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Tailgate Party!

I love tailgate parties!  All the fun, excitement, team spirit and the people watching, of course!  The clip art bundle called "Tailgate Party" over at JW Illustrations is PERFECT for any Tailgate party or game day get together.  Some great ideas to use for this bundle are some cute invites for parties or game day BBQ's, some fun printable for soda (or beer) bottles, name place cards, some fun little tags for straws in your drinks, or tags on some toothpicks for finger food.  Ideas are endless and you'll only be limited by your imagination!  I did a fun waterfall card invitation....

It's really hard to photograph these fun cards to really give you an idea of how they work, unless you've seen one before......but I gave it my best!  I love the banner across the top.

After you pull the slide piece all the way out, this is what is revealed.  Fun for an invitation, right?!

On the inside is all the deets on the party.

I would love to see any projects that you do with this fun clip art bundle from JW Illustrations.  Just leave a link in the comments section.  I would be happy to share measurements and instructions with anyone that's interested.

I also added a link to this post to a really fun website called I Heart Naptime.  She does a Sunday Scoop every week that you link up a project so people can check it out.  There are plenty of really neat ideas - go check out all the links and link yours up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I'm gonna do it too.......

Hi all!  I've finally decided to take the plunge and open an Etsy shop.  I've thought about it many times, and been to the sight to purchase stuff many times, and I'm going for it!  There are many talented folks on there that I visit often and drool over their products, and I think, "I'm not THIS good", or "I probably won't sell anything", and many other negative comments that I make to myself every day.......why do I do that?!  I'm know I'm not the only one that does that, but I'm going to do it.....just do it, right?!  I've already begun the process and I have to tell you it's hard work, and I admire all the people with successful shops on there, because I'm starting to realize how hard they work to do it.  I'm in the process of getting projects together and photographing them, deciding what to put on there, what items I would have more success with, deciding prices, etc, etc, etc.  It will be a few weeks until it's open, but I will make sure that I post to announce my grand opening and have some specials going on to hopefully create some buzz.  I'm working on a few things right now that I will list on here first for sort of a "preview", before listing them on Etsy.  I have to admit, now that I've made up my mind, the butterflies are gone, and I'm so excited about it!  So, keep checking back!!  I'll keep you posted on my progress!

I also have several really fun projects to post this week.  I'm soo excited about them - maybe I'll throw in a tutorial for you too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget to sign up to get updates in your email so you don't miss anything!  Have a great week!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hot Tamales!

Hello everyone!  My project today is for JW Illustrations using her super cute Firetruck Digital Stamp from the Firefighter Kids clip art bundle.  Click on the link to see the whole bundle.  So cute, right?  So, I was trying to think out of the box and ended up turning the firetruck INTO a box!

I printed out the firetruck twice and colored it using some stamping markers.  Then I cut apart one of the images and used a few of the pieces to layer on the other truck using dimensionals to give the truck some dimension.

What better to put in the firetruck than Hot Tamales!  One of my favorite movie snacks!

To create the truck on the back of the box - I flipped the image and then printed it and colored --- but not before coloring one and cutting it out and realizing that it needed to be flipped!  DANG!

This is what it looks like with the treat bag out of the box.

Go to Jessica Weible Illustrations website to see what the other design team members did with this image and to join the challenge!  This adorable firetruck digital stamp image is available for just $1 - can you say WOW!!  So grab yours, create something and post your link.  Keep checking back - there will be more projects coming with the other goodies that we got to create with this month.  If you subscribe to my blog via email, you won't miss out on any new posts!  Just new project spam!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I can't believe the weekend is almost over :(  Have a great week!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


As you can see by the cute little button on my right sidebar, that I am now on the Jessica Weible Illustrations Design Team!  I'm so excited about this!  In her shop she has clip art, digital images (stamps, papers, clip art bundles, and much more) The images are so have to check them out!  Go ahead, click on her name above....I'll wait here.  (tapping fingers on desk)

Cute, right?!!!  OK, so what are you gonna get first?  You can check back here on the 18th to see my first creation using one of her digital stamp images - I can hardly wait!  I will also post links to the other design team members blogs so you can see their creations too.  What will you make?  Post your links in my comments - maybe I'll have something pretty to send you :0)

To start things off, she's having an awesome sale!!!  Who doesn't like BOGO's??!!!  Go ahead, click on it....

Stay tuned for a few more exciting announcements on my blog!  Please add your email and subscribe to my posts - you'll know everytime I post something new - WILL NOT share your email, or send out spam....only announcements of new blog posts.

Have a great July day!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Love You.........

This is my card to submit for the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #9.  It was a super easy card to make with one of my fave color combos!  The challenge was to create a masculine card using Kraft color paper.  I've always loved the striking look of using the Kraft with Black.  It creates a very clean, crisp and simple look to your projects....especially the masculine ones.

The black and white striped piece is actually a piece of ribbon I had that was just the perfect size for this card!  NEVER throw away scrap ribbon - you can always find room for ribbon, right?!  The image was stamped in white craft ink and the "love you" sentiment is a rub on....LOVE those rub on's, they are so simple to use!

Click the link above to see the other projects submitted for this challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment - love those!  Have a great rest-of-the-week!