A Home Away from Home!

We're currently away on a mini vacation right now... in the very vehicle I'm showing you today... our Boler trailer!

This week was Heather's turn to share a sketch with the Let's Capture These Sketches team! You can see this week's awesome sketch HERE. Heather also challenged us to do our layout about something other than people or pets so I chose to talk about our little Boler.

Home Away from Home

supplies: patterned papers, brads, chipboard pieces, Bo Bunny; ribbon, WRMK; stamps, myStampBOX (snapshot), mini alphabet letters, Making Memories; letter stickers, Doodlebug; pen, Copic; die cut ticket, Sizzix; ink, Ranger; other, thread.

I couldn't resist using my new collection of Bo Bunny "Mama-razzi" line of papers for my page this week. They just suited the feel of my photos!

Another close up of the details of my page...

Make sure you check out the LCTS blog for more inspiration using Heather's sketch this week!

Sketchy Catch Up!

I forgot to post last Friday's sketch from Let's Capture These Sketches since we were out camping.

Last week Guylaine shared a fabulous sketch with the team and this is the layout I creating using some of the fun Bo Bunny "Peacock Lane" collection.

You see Guylaine's sketch HERE.

After the Storm

supplies: patterned paper, Bo Bunny; stamps, myStampBOX (Wishing You Sunshine); silver pearls, Micheal's; edge punches, EK Success; embossing powder, Hero Arts; alphabet stickers, American Crafts; tools, Klic n Kut; other, thread.

Here's a close up of journaling spot....

For my title, I cut the word STORM using my Klic N'Kut machine and then cut a black backer for it to make it stand out a bit from the back ground.

I hope you'll join the Let's Capture These Sketches team and play along with us for the remainder of July. We're giving away a prize for Kustom Die Kuts!


Let's Plant a Garden

Today on the myStampBOX blog, the entire mSB Team is showing off some fun creations using our myStampBOX stamps! You can see the blog post here.

My card is a fun one... a garden with a fun tag!

Miss You

supplies: stamps, myStampBOX (Funky Flowers, Small Greetings - Small Box); patterned paper, Funtape, Kiki Art; cardstock, Bazzill; pearls, Kaisercraft; embossing powder, Hero Arts; ink, Versamark; corner punch, We R Memory Keepers; die cut shapes, Spellbinder's; other, ribbon.

I first cut out my window using a Spellbinder's scalloped rectangle die. I then created a fun envelope out of a piece of vellum. I used Versamark ink and created my garden scene (using my Funky Flowers stamp set) and then added my white embossing powder to make it bright and bold.

I created a fun tag using some bold and bright Kiki Art papers (Hot Air Balloons). I stamped my simple greeting using my myStampBOX Small Greetings - Small Box.

I used the cut out shape from my window as a spot for journaling on the back of my tag. The fun mini swirls are another fun Kiki Art product called Funtape. This stuff goes on so smooth and so easily!!!

Make sure you mosey on over to the myStampBOX blog and check out all the other fellow mSB team creations today!!!

Choo! Choo!

This week had a super fun sketch from Tara at Let's Capture These Sketches. I love anything with a circle in a sketch.

You can check out Tara's sketch on the LCTS blog here. Tara also challenged us to use some kind of stitching on our pages.

Here's the layout I created using Tara's fab sketch...

No Longer A 'Lil Engineer

Supplies: patterned paper, chipboard pieces, tags, stickers, adhesive ribbon, BasicGrey; cardstock, Bazzill; mini letter stickers, Making Memories; alphabet stickers, American Crafts; die cut track, Kustom Die Kuts; pen, Sharpie; other, thread, ribbon, staples.

Here are a few close ups...

I attached my track die cut by Kustom Die Kuts using simple staples.

I used a fun stitch around the main piece of patterned paper of my layout.

I built up my photos using foam adhesive so I could stick my cute BasicGrey journaling tag behind one of them.

Make sure you check out the Let's Capture These Sketches blog for my fellow DT creations using Tara's sketch.


Let's All Eat Cake!!!

It's Thursday... time for a new creative prompt at Creative Prompts 4U!

This week it was Debbi's turn to challenge us and she chose a collage of 9 beautiful wedding cakes. You can see the image here.

I took inspiration from the cake on the left side, middle row. I loved the ribbon wrapping of the cake so I used the same idea for my little anniversary card...

Happy Anniversary

supplies: patterned paper, Basic Grey; die cut shapes, Spellbinder's; ribbon, Prima, Espirit, misc.; cardstock, Bazzill; tool, Klic N'Kut; other, thread.

I hope you'll join the rest of the Creative Crew this month for our 4 challenges. You could have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Let's Capture Our Memories store.

Come and check out the rest of my fellow Creative Crew creations here!


Call for Designers!


myStampBOX is looking for a few new Designers to join our team this Fall. If you are enthusiastic about our stamps, love to stamp and know a thing or two about blogging, you are the right match for us. We are interested in designers with a variety of styles who can creatively showcase myStampBOX designs in their cards, altered art and scrapbook layouts. No previous design team experience is necessary.

Here are the details for our call:

Term is 6 months from October 1st, 2010 to March 31st, 2011.

Team requirements:
* 4 projects per month
* 1 blog entry per month including good quality photos of a project and instructions/tutorial
* Upload all projects to the myStampBOX website gallery and 2 other online galleries
* Submit at least 4 projects per term for submission to print magazines of your choice
* Occasionally help with additional design opportunities – new stamp sets, classes, newsletters, etc.

Team benefits:
*bio and picture on the website, with links to your blog
*a starter kit of stamp sets and additional stamp sets throughout your term
*other free scrapbooking supplies from product partners as they become available
*30% discount on purchased myStampBOX stamps during your term

Include in your application:
*personal information (your name, address)
*a short paragraph about yourself and why you think you’d be a good fit for myStampBOX.
*link to your blog and gallery
*5 examples of your work showcasing your stamping ability and style

Call ends Sunday, August 16, 2010.
International applicants are welcome to apply.

Send your application to bettina@mystampbox.com

myStampBOX website: www.mystampbox.com

We can't wait to hear from you!


0021: Mission to Create

I'm having a great time creating along with my extremely talented Mission to Create design team! This week we have a fabulous guest designer, Natalie Elphinstone. You can check out Natalie's blog here for lots of fabulous pieces inspiration.

Here are this week's concepts:
Deborah - use a bingo card
Jocelyn - use tissue paper
Nicole - Ink it up!
Vanessa - Sanded Photo(s)
Natalie - handmade flowers

Here is the card I created using all 5 aspects of this week's mission:


Supplies: cardstock, Bazzill, Prism; patterned paper, Bo Bunny; stamps, Flourishes; bingo card, Jennie Bowlin; inks, Copic, Versamark, Ranger, Stampin' Up!; buttons, Jennie Bowlin, BasicGrey; pearls, Kaisercraft; edge punch, EK Success; brad, BasicGrey; twine, Stampin' Up!; glitter, Ranger; tool, Klic N'Kut machine; embossing powder, Ranger; other, tissue paper, thread.

Here's the inside...

Here's a close up of the front panel. I stamped and coloured in my pansy image by Flourishes using Copics and then I inked up the panel. Then I sponged on a layer of Versamark ink and sprinkled a layer of UTEE. Once I heated the UTEE, I pressed a layer of crinkled tissue into the hot UTEE and then carefully added another layer of UTEE over top of the whole thing again. This gave my image a vintage and distressed feel...

One piece of our mission this week was to make a homemade flower so this is how I made my own pansy.

Pansy Tutorial

Step 1: Cut or punch 3 butterflies shapes and one circle with a small hole (approximately 1.5 inches in diameter) punched in the center. Cut 2 smaller petal shapes from one of the butterfly shapes, one from each wing.

Step 2: Cut your other 2 whole butterflies in half. You will only need 3 large halves for your flower.

Step 3: Ink up your individual petals, concentrating your ink towards the bottom of the "V" of each petal.

Step 4: Distress the edges of all of your petals. I used my Tim Holtz distress tool for this.

Step 5: Apply Scor-Tape (or another strong adhesive) to the backs of each petal, right down the center.

Step 6: Adhere 2 of your 3 larger petals over lapping to your circle. Use the hole in the center as your guide to glue them down.

Step 7: Adhere your 2 smaller petals at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions; overlapping the 2 large petals at the top.

Step 8: Adhere your final large petal at the bottom of the circle. You should have this configuration when you are complete:

Step 9: Add fine, detailed lines using a fine tipped pen to each petal randomly. Add glitter to the top 2 petals. Add a coloured brad to the center and your homemade pansy flower is complete and ready to adhere to your next project!

Make sure you take a moment to visit the Mission to Create blog and check out what the rest of my fellow card team members have created this week!


Christmas in July!!!

It's Christmas in July over at Creative Prompts 4U today! This week was my turn to challenge everyone with a creative prompt and so I chose to celebrate Christmas... in July!!

You can check out my creative prompt image here.

I decided to create a card this week due to lack of mojo...

Happy Holidays

*all supplies from the WeScrap Limited Edition Christmas Kit
except ribbon and Magnolia image.

Here is the inside of my card... VERY simple...

Come on out and check out what my fellow Creative Crew did with this week's prompt. They all did such a fabulous job!


Design Team Call!

Tomorrow is the LAST DAY to submit your application for one of our two positions on the Creative Crew here at Creative Prompts 4U! Applications are due at 12 noon EST.

Click here to find out how to apply.

Good luck!


WIN with WeScrap!

Come and found out how you could win a personalized mini album kit from Kustom Die Kuts from WeScrap.com!!!! Check out the details HERE!


It's Sketch Time!

It's Sketch day over at Let's Capture These Sketches!

This week we are honoured to have the lovely Amelia joining the Sketch Team and she hooked us up with a fabulous sketch to design with this week. You can check out Amelia's sketch here.

Here is my take on Amelia's sketch this week...

You're a Star

supplies: stamps, myStampBOX (Review Time, Road Trip); patterned paper, chipboard, die cut images, stickers, BasicGrey; ticket die cut, Tim Holtz by Sizzix; ink, Close To My Heart, Ranger, Stampin' Up!; pen, Sharpie; other, thread.

I hope you'll join Amelia and the rest of team and create a page using this week's sketch. We have a fabulous prize package donated by Kustom Die Kuts for our prize this month.


Achoo! A Tissue Please!

Wanna find out how I went from this.... plain tissue...

... to these fun flowers!!

Check out my fun tutorial on the myStampBOX blog today (here)!!!


It's Thursday!!! That means a new prompt at Creative Prompts 4U!

This week, it was Nicole's turn to share a creative prompt and she chose an image from an internet site, Maria Filo, as the inspiration piece this week. You can see the image posted here.

Here's is my take on Nicole's chosen image. I chose to stick with the images colour scheme and a few of the images details like the clouds.


supplies: stamps, myStampBOX; patterned paper, Echo Park; cardstock, Bazzill, Couture Cardstock; pen, Ranger; ink, Copic, Versamark, Stampin' Up!; spray, Tattered Angels; pearls, Queen & Co.; alphabet stickers, paper ribbon, button, BasicGrey; twine, Stampin' Up!; other, ribbon, thread.

I used a variety of my myStampBOX stamps throughout my layout.

If you look ever so closely at my back ground, there are X's and O's on it. I used the alphabet stamps from the Mini Alpha stamp set and some Versamark ink.

For the clouds, I used my Versamark ink, some white embossing powder and my Wishing You Sunshine stamp set.

For the main word of my title, I cut out my word using my Klic N'Kut machine after I stamped a pattern of dots from my Itty Bittys stamp set on my yellow cardstock.

The tag is also a fun stamp from myStampBOX. It's from the Road Trip stamp set. I masked off the inner tag lines and then stamped the sun image from the Itty Bittys stamp set.

I added one final detail to my page... a date stamp from the Passport to Adventure set.

Check out the rest of the Creative Crew's creations for Nicole's challenge here!

Overall I love my challenge page! Come and play along with the rest of the Creative Crew this month. You could win a gift certificate to the Let's Capture Our Memories store just by sharing your inspirational project! Good luck!

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