Sunday, December 21, 2008

One Stamp Challenge

Have you ever looked at a stamp you love and wondered how many ways you could use it? This was my challenge with one of my favorite stamps – Sledding (H0140D). This wonderful stamp is so versatile and can be used to make great cards all winter long! Check out the following three card samples and you will see what I mean!

All three cards use the masking technique which consists of stamping the main image on your card and then again on a piece of scrap paper or a post-it note close the sticky area. Then cut out the paper image just inside the black outline. Finally, if using regular paper, use temporary adhesive on the back of the image and affix over the top of the same stamped image on your card. Now stamp other images around it and over the top.

For Card #1, stamp Sledders on card stock. Mask image. Now stamp Home Sweet Home (HC119F)in the background, slightly over mask.

Color. Add glitter to accent snow.

For the second sample, once again stamp sledders and mask. Create a curved mask from lightweight paper. Place in various locations over the sledders and stamp Pine tree (H0103D) multiple times to resemble a forest. Add glitter to represent snow.

Lastly, the third sample is made to look as if you are looking into the sledding scene through the trees. Stamp Bough from the Bough Duo (H0130G) and mask. Now stamp Sledding. Color. Affix to blue card which has been pre-stamped with Snowflake Border (H0141E) in white ink.

Voila! You have just made 3 different fabulous cards using the same image. Susan Mostek, Designer.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Gift tags

Gift tags are an easy way to make someone feel really special without alot of work.  Starting this week I will make 
tags a few at a time to go on those special packages and on
the cookies and candy we give our neighbors.  This tag was
done on a shipping tag with a dye ink pad, sponge, and a Memories black pad.

Cool Santa

I drew this Santa with glasses.  It is up to you to make them reading, sun glasses, or possible stamp images in the glasses like he is thinking of something (childs face, clocks, toys, etc.).

The stocking were hung

Halloween has passed and Christmas is approaching.  My mind has moved on to Christmas cards.
B Line Designs has come out with Holiday stamps and I made up a few samples.  Color pencil (Berol Prismacolor) and water color are my favorite mediums.  Hope you enjoy, Beverly

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Stocking Christmas Card

As you all hopefully know by now, B Line Designs released their much anticipated holiday supplement earlier this month.

I was set to teach classes at Stamping Details, a wonderful stamp store in Poway, CA., on the 17th and 18th. Well, after playing with the new stamps, I knew immediately that I couldn’t travel there and not teach a class using at least one of the new designs! I came up with a darling design using the Large Stocking HO105E and some pattern paper scraps and created a Mini Tag Bag class. It was a huge hit!

I then took this same design to make this delightful Christmas card which is featured here! Now pull out those left-over pattern paper scraps from previous crafting projects and let’s begin!

Start by stamping the large stocking twice on solid green cardstock and once each on two different pattern papers. Now cut the stocking images from the papers apart, cutting along the seam lines. Make sure the scraps you use for the top sections run all the way up to the top of the stocking.

Glue the pieces randomly onto one of the solid green images. You may want to use a black gel pen to go over the stitching marks. Cut out stocking. Finally, cut out only the top part of the image from the second green scrap. Use a metallic gold pen to highlight part of the image. Now wrap a small piece of gold braid around the top and tape to the back. Attach with foam tape over the previously assembled stocking.

To really add some fun, now add some small craft jingle bells to the top and toe portions of the stocking. Attach stocking to a folded card. Fun and easy!

Susan, Designer for B Line Designs

Monday, October 27, 2008

Festive Flags

Here is an idea that is fun and easy to make but makes a great decoration.
1.  Cut out the flag and circle pattern.
2.  Trace around pattern onto card stock (don't be tempted to cut out yet).
3.  Stamp designs (B Line Design stamps work the best ;)
4.  Color the backgrounds with stamp pads and sponges.
5.  Cut out and add color to the edges.
6.  Punch holes and string together with ribbons.
7.  Add the circles and stamp letters.
8.  Hang at a window or on the mantel.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The web site is up ( and looks sooooo good.  We have been working hard to make the site easier to get around in and more exciting.  Bob is working to get the samples scanned and up (there are some beautiful samples
coming).  We also have added a line of  Christmas stamps.  Go to catalogues and supplements.