Cardz TV Stamp Challenge #3 The 3 Rs

This is a fun challenge and I hope you join in - you may just win.  Mary (our crazy card making leader) is giving a set of stamps to the challenge winner. I am a fairly new to stamping with clear stamps.  Mary's stamps are really easy to use and the results are great.  
My project:   I used the X&O's stamp from "Encouraging Thoughts" to create a border at the top of the card!    I really like this stamp set.  I find I keep going back to it for all kinds of cards.  The sayings are versatile and help making those cards you need but don't always like to make (for me: sympathy/encouraging cards) a lot easier. 
I chose to make a card to share love. Who couldn't use some hugs, kisses and love anytime?  "LOVE IS IN THE AIR"  at least waving around on a banner!

Card size A2 (5.5 x 4.25 inches)
  Yellow card stock from Colorbok Pastel Cardstock Pack (5.25 x 4 inches)
  Red (5.25 x 1 inches) and Black (card base) card stock from Recollections
  Designer Paper - K and Company "Portabella Road" (banners)
   "X&O's" from CARDZ TV STAMPS "Encouraging Thoughts"
    Ink - Staz On Black
   Ribbon - 1/4" Black satin WalMart,Yellow Tiny Ric Rac from Wrights
   Rhinestones from Recollections
Cricut Cuts
   The banners and the lettering are cut from Calligraphy Collection.
   The banner is on the "Celebrate" button and was cut at 2.29" high for banner and 2.38" high banner shadow
 The font is on the "Shadow" button and was cut at .87" high
I like this cartridge because it offers so many sayings and images.  I was amazed that I found a banner, and I plan on using some of the other cuts on that page too!  Lyrical Letters is another fun cartridge for amazing images.  So don't forget to check out the images on your font cartridges.  You never know what you'll find!

Check out some my design team sisters' projects here.


Updating my card stash #2 You're Not Alone

Now that I am armed with new card sketches, some creative spark, and a great stamp set, I've added several cards to my stash! Here is one of my spirit lifting cards:
"You're not alone"
I went to Mojo Monday for this design (another miss on the deadline, but I really like this card and it is way out of my comfort zone of design).

Card size A2 (5.5 x 4.25 inches)
   Craft card stock from Recollections
   Pink card stock from Colorbok Pastel cardstock pack
   Designer Paper - K & Company "Portabella Road"
   "You're not alone" and "my friend" are from CARDZ TV STAMPS "Encouraging Thoughts"
    Ink - Staz On Black
   Gems and buttons - both from WalMart  
   Roses from Prima Flowers
Cricut Cut
   I used 50 States for the notched banner and George for the circles.


52 tags in 2012 Tag #1

Over at Pause Dream Enjoy Janis is hosting the 52 Tags In 2012 Series  COME PLAY WITH US
Here are the guidelines:
     *New Question or Tag theme posted every Friday.
     *Submit your Tag at any time during the year for any week.
     *You do NOT have to reveal what you write on the back, but you can if you want to share.
     *Please link back to Pause Dream Enjoy on your post inviting others to play along.
     *One randomly selected winner each month from all participants of that month.
Here is what I plan to do with this series:
Make tags for my home that inspire me.  I will post them on bulletin boards, the fridge, or just put them on shelves and other areas.  Then, when I'm walking by, I hope they will lift my spirits, keep me from getting to overwhelmed with life's day-to-day problems, and just brighten up my life!  So, thank you Janis for a wonderful way for me to refocus on what's important to me and my family.
This was Week #1 (January 6th, 2012):
Love of Self:

Paper: Card stock from my stash.  Both came from the same 8x8 pad, but I no longer have the cover.
The pink scallop is also from a scrap.  The pink inside sentiment (I know it looks yellow, 
but I think there is something wrong with my picture editing software) is from Colorbok Pastel cardstock pack.
Ribbon: hot pink zig zag from Wrights
Flowers: hot pink roses from Prima Flowers
Bling: flat dazzle gems (from Hobby Lobby)
Stamp: "Love" from Encouraging Thoughts by Cardz TV Stamps  Ink - Staz On Black
Cricut Cuts: Elegant Edges swirl 2 oblong both pieces are cut at 5.25".  I joined them together to form a card type tag by adhering the back to the front with score tape inserting the ribbon between the two layers.
I really enjoyed working on this tag.  Thank you Janis for the inspirations.  

Updating my card stash! Outlines Rubber Stamp Sketch

I've had so much fun this weekend adding new cards to my "Card Stash".  Lately I've been a creative slump; probably due t the rush of the holidays.  So, I spent time searching out new card "sketches",  "maps" or "recipes" to rekindle a spark of creativity.  I found this adorable card design at Outlines Rubber Stamps.  Of course, I missed the deadline because I didn't get my post done in time, but I loved making this card.
here's a close up
Card size A2 (5.5 x 4.25 inches)
   Pink and Yellow card stock from Colorbok Pastel Cardstock Pack
   Designer Paper - From my stash
   "Hugs and Kisses" from CARDZ TV STAMPS "Encouraging Thoughts"
    Ink - Momento Hot Cocoa
   Ribbon - Jumbo Ric Rac from Wrights
   Gems from Recollections
   Lillies from Prima Flowers
   Butterfly from Paper Wishes
Cricut Cut
   I made the scalloped border by welding circles to a rectangle (both cut from George and Basic Shapes)