Sunday, January 31, 2010

Red Hearts

Today's card features ©ching chou kuik's Red Hearts from Sheet 6, Plate 28. Isn't she absolutely beautiful?
I colored her using my copics. I also used Ranger's Distress Inks and a foam pad to blend the stark white down a bit- blend it in a little more. I must confess, that as much as I love love love reds, sometimes I get it right when coloring and sometimes I don't. (lol, copic certified or not, I have off days). However, with these gorgeous stamps, one can't go wrong.

I generally do the light type of cards, as in white with touches of color - 'clean & simple' but do try to step outside my comfort zone and used dark gray as the card base. The DP is from my scrap basket.

I did not add a sentiment (from Plate 28) yet because these images really can go with any occasion. I generally add the sentiment when I know what occasion the card will be used for.

You will want to make sure and check out the other images that come on Plate 28. Absolutely gorgeous!

Don't forget to swing by the Sweet Pea Stamps shop to check out ALL of the wonderful stamps available.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Follower Contest Continues! Today's Winner:

 There were 34 links and 133 followers today's winner is: marysanders123! Please contact Jennifer with your mailing information.

All of our followers are entered into a contest. The prize is 2 cards from our designers. On the 15th and 30th of the month, we will draw the name of one lucky follower of the design team gallery (this blog) and post to their blog that they have won. The winner can contact Jennifer with their mailing address and your prize will be on the way!

Additional entries can be earned by spreading the word about our contest! Just enter the link of the post below - an additional entry will be given for each verified link on the day of the drawing.

*Now you can use these wonderful blinkies to spread the word!

Good Luck!

Connie-Hot, Hot, Hot

Careful!  This card is HOT!!  I interpreted the scene as a volcano rather than water......
......and the tail as lava ripples.....
Supplies used:
"Rising Flame" image from Sweet Pea Stamps Plate #24
Designer paper by Basic Grey "Bittersweet"
Red rhinestones by Queen & Co.
Copic markers
Orange organza ribbon by Reasonable Ribbon
Cardstock by Bazzill Basics
I trimmed and layered it all and added some tiny red rhinestones on the corners and an even tinier one on her forehead....can you see it??

Blog Hop Recap!

Today we are featuring all the wonderful cards our design team shared with you during the blog hop Thursday. We hope you enjoyed this event as much as we did.

Jennifer used Spring Luna from the newest ching chou kuik Fantasy Art sheet:

I stamped the image twice, colored the tail and clothes of the main image with pencils and added Sakura Clear Glitter pen highlights. The hair and skin were colored with Copics. The second image was sprayed with Stamp Zia Chroma sprays - Lava, Cherry and Sun - these are wonderfully rich colors! I trimmed the mermaid out and layered her on the sprayed background. Matted the image on hot pink mulberry paper and attached to a pink mica cardstock. The flowers are Primas and the bling are from Queen & Co. The flourish was created using some of the leftover background paper and a stencil with a touch of glitter pen. The sentiment came from K&Co.

Alex created these two cute cards with the Gumdrop Gang Easter images:
Randi created this beauty using Nostalgia from plate #30:

 Traci's beautiful card features the Thousand Years Waiting image from plate 30:

Micki created this beauty with Easter Ocean from plate 30:

Holley's sweet card features the Gum Drop Gang's Easter Sheet:


Our last card is from the wonderfully talented Mag who created this adorable card with the Gum Drop Gang Easter Sheet:
We hope you have enjoyed the many beautiful creations our design team featured and would again like to thank you for making our hop such a success and for all your kind words!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Blog Hop Winners.......

First, the winner for the Blog Hop badge winner (the persons who placed the badge on their website to help me promote the blog hop is......
...... Michelle Rivera! Michelle wins her choice of any one of the sheets I sell.

The two winners for the blog hop are:
***Day one is........
......Coco! Coco wins a $10 dollar gift voucher
***Day two is.....
......Mary Gile! Mary wins a $10 gift voucher

Michelle, Coco and Mary, can you please email me at

Thank you to all who partaked in the blog hop. Also thank you to my wonderful, talented design team for making the work out for me.

Mag DT card 8 - Come Softly

Hi everyone !!!
Here is another Ching-Chou Kuik's card.
I hope you will enjoy the altering :)

Stamp : Ching-Chou Kuik's Come Softly from plate 25
Papers : Bazzill and Basic Grey
Corners : Cuttlebug Dies
Frame : Spellbinders Frameabilities Classic Frame
Pearls : Kaiser
Flowers and leaves : Prima
Copics used :
Skin : E50, E01, E11
Dress : E04, R20
Hair : Y32, Y35, Y38, YR18
Butterfly : YG21, YG25, YG95, Y35, Y38, E99
Background : E44, E47, E49

See you soon !!!

Thank you very much for all your lovely words :)


Blog Hop Revisited!

Today is a recap of the beautiful creations our design team created and shared with you Tuesday. Thank you for making our first blog hop a great success!

The first card was created by Randi, she uses the Haiti Relief stamp:

The next card was created by Connie, she uses the Love is Gone image from Plate 29:

This is my rendition of Sweet Pea Stamps Love Is Gone from Plate 29 by Ching-Chou Kuik:

Spellbinders Labels One
Spellbinders Ribbon Tags Trio
Organza ribbon-Reasonable Ribbon
Sequin Waste-stash
Pearls-Queen & Co.
Stardust pen-Gellyroll Sakura
Rub Ons-Cosmo Cricket "Beautiful You"
Copic markers
Foam tape
Sponges, dye ink pads
corner rounder punch by SU!


Image was masked and sponged around with dye pads & torn paper scraps, then colored with Copics
Cut with Labels One dies & adhered over sequin waste also sponged for color. Rub on words applied to ribbon tag and ribbon bits tied before affixing with foam tape. Small pearls were attached to arm jewelry and corner. Gellyroll glitter highlights added to hair & corners rounded on card.
I hope you like it. I had a blast with this beautiful image!

Our next card was created by Mag, she uses the the Fairy of the Night image from Plate 29:

These two cards were created by Jennifer, the first is Midnight Waiting from Plate 29.

This card was created with Cupcakes and Presents:

Micki uses the Cupcakes and Present sheet for this great card:

Chrissy was quite busy with the image Black Rose Fairy from sheet 29:


We hope you enjoyed the hop and will share with us your beautiful work during our first ever customer blog hop the second week of February - just create an ATC to share, upload it to your blog sometime between 2/7 and 2/13 and provide your link in the MrLinky tool!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Welcome to Day 2 of the Sweet Pea Stamps Blog Hop!

Welcome to day two of the Sweet Pea Stamps DT blog hop! If you would like to start at the beginning of the blog hop, please start here at the Sweet Pea Stamps blog.

Today is the last day of the hop and the DT will be featuring more images from Sweet Pea Stamps newest releases, available for purchase today!

Please be sure to visit all the blogs on today's hop, because you need to leave a comment at EACH DT member's blog to be entered to win a $10 gift card from Sweet Pea Stamps! One winner will be picked from Tuesday's posts, and one winner will be picked from Thursday's post. So be sure to leave a comment on each blog, each day for a chance to win. Comments must be posted by 12am EST. Friday, January 30th. Winners will be announced on the Sweet Pea Stamps blog.

Complete list of today's blog hop participants:


Also, please check out the beautiful Haiti relief stamp available here. Lynette, the owner of Sweet Pea Stamps is graciously donating 50% of the proceeds to Doctors Without Borders.

Thousand Years Waiting

Red Hearts in Black & White

I am absolutely in love with how this card turned out. I used Cosmo Cricket paper for the background and colored the image with Prisma Markers in grey scale. I really like coloring in grey scale and think the end result is just so different. The moon is done with a Stardust pen and shimmers and shines as do her earrings and bracelet. A little bling on the sides and some lace and she is ready to go!

I would LOVE to see you create with one of the Sweet Pea Stamps in a black and white theme.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Oriental Tranquility

I have loads of this DP from Heidi Grace and just love the tranquility of oriental letters. They are so .... I don't know how to describe it...... peaceful and beautiful. I created this card a couple of weeks ago but completely forgot to share it here with you.

As is becoming my habit, I colored "The Serene Night" one evening sitting on the couch in the family room, with my copics. Generally I just pick colors that happen to appeal to me at the moment, however for this image, I knew I wanted to pair it with this DP. To add some visual interest, I added the red rhinestones. I almost always design a layout by what looks right to me - if I don't use a sketch. Now that doesn't always work out but in this case it did.

I stamped both the mermaid and the sentiment with Momento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah Classic Solar White card stock. The Serene Night and the sentiment is part of ©ching-chou kuik's Fantasy Art Collection Sheet 4, plate 24. And if you haven't already checked out the store, you are missing out. So make sure to head over to Sweet Pea Stamps to see all of the beautiful stamps available.

Happy Valentines Day!

Here's a card I made to give out for Valentine's Day. I used one of the adorable images from Sheet #23 and paired it with a Bible verse from Plate #17.

I started by stamping the Valentine image and the text with Memento ink onto white cardstock. I used Copic markers to color the image. I outlined the final image in grey to help it stand out. I layered both the image and the sentiment on bright red paper. I selected flowers that would match the red paper. I used pink colored bling as an accent.

Hope this card gives you some inspiration for your Valentine cards.
Cheers, Holley

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Welcome to Day 1 of the Sweet Pea Stamps Blog Hop!

Welcome to the very first Sweet Pea Stamps DT blog hop! If you would like to start at the beginning of the blog hop, please start here at the Sweet Pea Stamps blog.

Today and Thursday, the DT will be featuring images from Sweet Pea Stamps newest releases, available for purchase today!

Please be sure to visit all the blogs on today's hop, because you need to leave a comment at EACH DT member's blog to be entered to win a $10 gift card from Sweet Pea Stamps! One winner will be picked from Tuesday's posts, and one winner will be picked from Thursday's post. So be sure to leave a comment on each blog, each day for a chance to win. Comments must be posted by 12am EST. Friday, January 30th. Winners will be announced on the Sweet Pea Stamps blog.

Here is a complete list of today's blog participants:


Also, please check out the beautiful Haiti relief stamp available here. Lynette, the owner of Sweet Pea Stamps is graciously donating 50% of the proceeds to Doctors Without Borders.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to visit the Sweet Pea Stamps blog on Thursday, 29th, for the last half of the Sweet Pea DT blog hop!

Ching Chou Kuik Collection 4 Examples

These cards were made with images from the ching chou kuik collection sheet 4 Plate 24. All of the images were stamped with VersaFine Onyx ink and colored with Copic Markers. The flowers are Prima, the rhinestones ane pearls are Queen & Co.

This card uses Paperwerks printed papers, Stampin Up rub-ons, and a few dragonfly shaped brads for embellishments. The image was matted on metallic specialty papers.

This card was created using a dark purple base. A piece of blue metallic printed card stock (DCWV) was attached to the base, off centered. Then a piece cloud printed vellum was over layed on top of blue cardstock and the edge was torn, it was then added to the left side of the card. The image was neatly trimmed out and matted on a piece of blue printed paper (Basic Grey). After attaching it to the card, a strip of embossed, pearl colored vellum was attached and large rhinestones were added for embellishment.

This card was created by layering mulberry papers (distressed with bottle colored Adirondack ink), printed paper scraps and vellum onto a card front and attaching with brads from Club Scrap. The chipboard flourishes are K&Co., they were inked with Adirondack inks (pool, bottle and denim). The trim on the garment was painted with a gold Krylon paint pen, the glitter is a Sakura Gel pen.

Customer Submission

Angela Sowell sent us this beautiful image from Ching Chou Kuik's Fantasy Art collection Plate #29. She uses the Midnight Waiting, thanks Angela for this gorgeous creation!


Monday, January 25, 2010

Blog Hop!!!!

Don't forget to attend our blog hop on Tuesday and Thursday this week. We will be unveiling 3 new sheets of stamps, one on Tuesday and two on Thursday. We will be having a drawing for (2) $10 gift vouchers for those that partake. More details on Tuesday.

Customer Submission

Carla Hiebert created this beautiful card, she uses ching chou kuik's Fantasy Art image Merry Season. Thanks Carla for sharing your work!

January Project of the Month: An Altered Tin

Today we are featuring our Project of the Month. On the fourth Monday of each month we hope to bring you a project that will inspire you to get stamping! Our first project was created by Chrissy - enjoy!

Let me show you how this ordinary tin can become a beautiful gift!!! It's easy!!!

I started with this tin that measures 4 1/4 x 3", and 3/4" deep. Using alcohol inks and a felt applicator I applied color to the top, sides, and bottom of the tin. I actually did this twice as sometimes the first application doesn't result in the textured look I was trying to achieve. There is no need to wait between applications since alcohol inks dry so fast. By the time I was finished with the first application I was able to start on the second application. I used sail boat blue, twilight purple, and silver inks.

To decorate the top of the tin I used one of the ching chou kuik images found on Sweet Pea plate #21. I stamped the image using India black ink onto a piece of glossy card stock that I had colored with various alcohol inks. After trimming the image I used a corner rounder and then edged it with blue Marvy Metallic Markers. I attached the image to the center of the top of the tin with double sided tape. I used silver glitter glue and glossy accents to embellish several areas of the image.

I attached some decorative metallic trim all around the edge of the top cover. I used red line tape to attach the trim so that it would hold up to someone opening and closing the tin.

Before finishing off the inside of the tin I applied alcohol ink to the sides of the top and bottom using a piece of felt. I just wanted to cover the silver with a little color.
I had some white glossy card stock that I colored with alcohol inks using the 'polished stone' technique. I traced the top of the tin on the glossy card stock, cut it out slightly smaller than the tracing marks, and taped it to the inside top. I have a bunch of vellum booklets that contain pre-printed sayings and words, so I chose this saying, tore it out of the booklet and attached to the inside top using vellum tape. I placed a dragonfly button embellishment inside the top using a couple of glue dots.
For the inside of the bottom of the tin, I cut a piece of background paper I had created using white glossy card stock, alcohol inks, and VersaMark ink. I had stamped onto the white glossy card stock using VersaMark, let dry or dry with a heat gun, and then apply alcohol inks with a felt applicator. To get the piece of card stock to fit the bottom of the tin I just placed the tin on top of the paper and traced around it. Then I cut it out slightly smaller than the tracing. I attached the piece with double sided tape. I tore the vellum piece that was pre-printed with "Dream" and taped that down using vellum tape.
And now it is ready to give away!!! Fill it with a few pieces of chocolate and it makes a great gift to give and a great gift to receive!

A diagonal tri-fold card

I used 2 images and one of the sentiments from Sweet Ppea Plate #17 when creating this diagonal tri-fold card.
The basics of this card design are:
- a 3 1/2 x 10 1/2" piece for the base. This piece is scored at 3 1/2 and 7" with both ends folded to the middle
- then score each end of the base piece on a diagonal, with both scores performed in the same direction. At each end of the base these are folded to the front of the card. This is confusing and may be better understood by looking at some of the following pictures.
- cut a piece of decorative card stock to 3 1/4 x 3 1/4". This will be used on the front panel. Then cut this piece in half on the diagonal and adhere to the 2 triangles that are the front panel of the card.

The angel image I used on the front panel was stamped with India black ink onto a piece of card stock that I had sprayed with homemade color mists I created using water and pearl ex.
The angel image attached to the front panel is only attached to the upper left triangle of the card front. To open this card untie the ribbon and then flip the left side open.
When I created this card I taped the ribbon onto the card behind the image used on the card front. You wouldn't need to permanently attach the ribbon.

Now, flip open the right side and you can see how the card looks opened. I used another image and a sentiment from the same plate (#17). The angel image is a duplicate of the image used on the front panel... just in miniature form. And the sentiment is perfect for this card and for someone special... "We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another."
The miniature angel images were stamped with black India ink onto an alcohol ink created background. I stamped the sentiment with denim adirondack dye ink.
Here's another look at the open card so that you can see how the folds work to create this card. I think that if you Google 'diagonal tri-fold card' you may find other examples of this design.
I'm sure there is someone in your life that would love a specially designed card like this. It is really easy, give it a try!