Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Christmas Tag, by Guest Designer Hilde

Hi again, this is my last contribution and I must say, I have enjoyed being a Guest Designer for
Sweet Stamps.....they have very generously supplied me with a great selection of stamps that I was allowed to chose...thanks so much....

I used the Tim Holtz/Sizzix large tag die cut for this one, I used black cardstock, and chose the left overs from my Christmas Greenery card from last week to make this tag...the ribbons are from my stash and added some red bling for the corners and the centres of the pointsettia...

The stamps I used are 746 E, Corner Pointsettia, and the sentiment Jesus is the reason for the season!, which I love, love, love.....

If you flip the card I have plenty of room to write....
Hope you like it, blessings Hilde

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Challenge #128 Christmas Tag

Happy Tuesday! We hope we've inspired you with ideas for this holiday season during our Christmas in July celebration. This week's theme is something quick and fun that everyone needs for the holidays...
We'd love to see your Christmas Tag creation, so come and join the fun! You could win a $20 shopping spree for goodies at's online store by playing along in our challenge! Click here for our complete Challenge Rules.
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There are still a couple of weeks left to join our current Monthly Technique Challenge {Dryer Sheet Technique} that runs through August 14th. Check out all the monthly challenges here.

Next week our theme is Silhouettes.

Happy Stamping! Have a super sweet week!

Christmas Greenery Winner

The winner of's Challenge #127 Christmas Greenery is...

Please contact me for your winning prize of a $20 shopping spree at

Thank you to everyone who joined in on the challenge, we hope you had fun and will join us again — we have a NEW technique challenge every month, along with a weekly challenge each Tuesday!

Happy stamping!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

An artsy wall hanging

It's so much fun to get crafty when you make items to hang on your wall, don't you think?
Hi, I'm Diana and I'm going to show you how I created a beautiful set of wall hangings!

You'll need some Aleen's Glue, Craft frames, and vintage text pages, to start.

Glue the textbook page onto the back of the frame.

Take two more sheets of textbook paper, and rub a couple of colors of oil pastels onto the page. In layering colors, you'll see how they naturally blend together. Nice, right? Now, spray it with workable fixative, and let it dry.

You can certainly use your own art, but being pressed for time, I opted for a rubber stamp. Use a nice dark color. Let it dry, then cut out the stamped image.

Now you can glue the stamped image onto the middle of your frame. At this point, think of what you want to go around the image. I decided on seed beads and gold sparkle glitter by Globecraft & Piccolo.

Also, I used a little heart shaped bead that I sculpted.
After glueing the beads, I went and used UV Resin, to ensure that they don't go anywhere.

Now, get a sturdy piece of cardstock, and some yarn for hanging, and glue it, sandwiching the yarn in between the cardstock and the frame, and let dry.

You can also use some Glastique finishing glaze around the rest of the piece.
And that's that! Once it's dry, you've got something that looks like this:

You can do a lot with something like this! Even use pictures of your kiddos, if you want.
Happy Crafting! Visit my blog for more ideas: Diana Gonzalez

Christmas Greenery by Guest Designer Emily

Good Morning Friends. Emily here again this beautiful Thursday.  I am a bit late posting this.  We are having VBS this week so I have been very busy.  This week, our challenge is Christmas Greenery.  There is nothing more beautiful than seeing all the fresh Christmas greens adorning the mantels, banisters and light poles.  I chose to use the Large Poinsettia to make my card.

I began by creating my own background by randomly stamping the poinsettia on a panel of white card stock and coloring the images with a Pine Green BIC Marker, a Red Sakura Glitter Pen and a Metallic Gold Gel Pen.  I then stamped the greeting and added another poinsettia swag.  I stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  I matted both the sentiment and the background panel on Red Recollections card stock and used a Dark Green card base.  Before adhering the background to the card base, I wrapped a piece of sheer organza green ribbon around it.  The sentiment is adhered with pop dots.

I hope to see many beautiful Christmas Greenery cards this week here on Sweet Stamps.  Remember to stop in the store and check out all the goodies.  Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Christmas Greenery by Guest Designer Hilde

Hi everyone, it's my turn again, and I have had fun making this card. I am really enjoying using the corner stamps, there are so many ways to use them...
I have used the Pointsettia Corner Stamp ( 746E) and the
Sentiment Stamp Merry Christmas (956 D)
Papers and other items are from my stash, I always use Promarkers for all of my colouring and the die cut around the sentiment is Spellbinders nestabilities labels 23.
and I use the Martha Stewart pine needles punch for the greenery on the corners of the sentiment, and I just added some small red jewels to look like the berries.....
and finished it all off with some sponging.
Hope you like it, blessings Hilde

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Turtle Pendant--Metals and Enamel Gels

It's Laura here.  Today, I am sharing a turtle pendant with you.  It features Globecraft 3D Enamel Gels and Instant UV Resin.  Let me explain how it is done.

Globecraft Acrylic Tag Bezels
Globecraft 3D Enamel Gels in Ultramarine Blue
Globecraft 3D Enamel Gels in Deep Blue Sky
Globecraft 3D Enamel Gels in Blue Green
Globecraft 3D Enamel Gels in Dark Green
Globecraft 3D Enamel Gels in Avocado
Piccolo Instant UV Resin
Piccolo Easy Grip Tweezers
Manicurist UV Light or Direct Sunlight
Large Round Earring
Metal Turtle Chain Link
Wire Cutters
Craft Knife
Paper Towel


 1)  Remove the earring finding from the hoop.

 2)  Chose the bezel that is at least as large and closest in size to your metal piece.

3)  Use a Sharpie to trace around the metal.

4)  Cut on or just inside the Sharpie line.  You will either need patience (which I have none) or scissors (fortunately, I have these) to remove the excess acrylic.

5)  Rub and rotate the edges of the acrylic on the sandpaper.  You are trying to make the acrylic the same size or slightly smaller than the metal.

6)  Remove the blue plastic, wipe and set aside.

6)  Use the wire cutters to remove the "eye" ends from the turtle.

7)  Squeeze the blue Enamel gels onto the acrylic.  You may wish to make the trails "swirly."

 8)  Use a pin to swirl the colors together.

9)  While the enamel is still wet, place the metal on the acrylic and set aside.

10)  Squeeze the Dark Green Enamel Gel over the turtle.

11)  Use a little paper towel to gently rub off some of the Enamel Gel.

12)  Squeeze some of the Avocado over parts of the turtle and blend a little with the pin.

13)  Use the tweezers to place the turtle onto the project while the blue gel is still wet.

14)  Let dry completely.

15)  Squeeze Instant UV Resin over the project and cure under UV Light or in the sun.

16)  Repeat step 15 a few times, alternating between the front and back of the project until you are satisfied.  I used two coats on each side.

17)  Use the bail to attach the project to the chain and wear!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Come check out my blog at any time!

Laura Drahozal
Remembering Life's Moments

Challenge #127 Christmas Greenery

Hello stampers! Is it hot enough where you are? We were just in {hot} Pittsburgh and are now heading to {hot} North Carolina for a show this weekend. Lovely views on this drive!
Hope you had a chance to check out our new release: ArtsyfArtsy! This week, we're back to our Christmas in July theme with...
We'd love to see your Christmas Greenery creation (ATCs, cards, tags, scrapbook pages, and altered art are welcome), so come and join the fun! You could win a $20 shopping spree for goodies at's online store by playing along in our challenge! Click here for our complete Challenge Rules.
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Have you checked out our current Monthly Technique Challenge {Dryer Sheet Technique} that runs through August 14th? Check out all the monthly challenges here.

Next week will be our last Christmas in July theme with Christmas Tags.

Happy Stamping! Have a super sweet week!