Saturday, December 15, 2012

It's a Wee Chilly!

It's just a wee chilly today on my blog!  OMG!  Aren't these little pine trees just the cutest things ever!  And look at those darling little bare trees.  They're just so little and cute and perfect for a winter landscape.  These awesome little trees are from Wee Scapes and we have had so much fun collaborating with them this past week at Stampendous.

This is my little shadow box I've created using a Tim Holtz Configurations box, some craft paint, Wee Scapes and Stampendous goodness!  Here's a breakdown of what I did.  First I painted the boxes with baby blue and white craft paint.  Next I trimmed my trees to fit and using Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry I added Stampendous Multi Ultra Fine Crystal Glitter on all the trees.  I stamped my images, colored them with Copics and cut them out leaving a tab on the bottom that could be folded to help the images stand alone.  I glued my trees in along with my images and then added Cotton Ball White Fun Flock from Stampendous.  It was a little time consuming but so worth it, I love how it looks completed!  I've included a close up of each individual box.

 As I completed each box, I know my smile just got bigger and bigger!  I really love how this turned out!  The stamp sets I used are Winter Trees Perfectly Clear Stamps (PCS) and Snow Place PCS.  

The flock added just the right touch of fluffy whiteness and really gave it a realistic snow drift kinda look!  I love the little house nestled in among the drifts in the bottom, it just looks so cozy.

So, if you want to be eligible to win one of the prizes this week, you must leave a comment on each blog.  Here's the complete list of my teammates playing along today.  Be sure to check them all out and leave some love as you go along.

Jennifer Dove
Jennifer Ingle
Lea Kimmel (Me!)
Melinda Gleissner
Suzanne Czosek
Wendy Price

We've certainly enjoyed playing along with Wee Scapes this past week.  I hope you've enjoyed the inspiration.  Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you again soon!


P.S.  Please keep the families in Newtown, CT in your prayers and hug your loved ones.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Aloha for Wee Scapes!

Aloha!  Stampendous is doing a collaboration with Wee Scapes, a company that specializes in miniatures.  Tiny trees, itty bitty flowers, even little people, are just a few of the items they make that are perfect for crafting or creating train scapes.  Today, I've created a little project (pun intended!) using their adorable palm trees and some of their tiny little flowers and bushes.  I must admit that when I first heard about the collaboration, I was a wee bit skeptical (more puns!), however, with a little (here I go again!) imagination, you'd be amazed at what you can create!

Here's a couple of shots of each corner:

On this side I used two of the palm trees, a portion of one of the bushes and several flowers.

On this side I used one palm tree, the remaining section of the bush and several more flowers.

Here's what I've done, first I bought a small unfinished wood shadow-style box.  Using Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Picket Fence, I "painted" all four exterior sides.  I did about three coats on each side of the stain.  Using my Boss Gloss from Stampendous, I coated the inside of the box one side at a time.  I coated the top, left and right interior sides of the box with Periwinkle Opaque Embossing Powder.  For the interior back, I used the Periwinkle EP and while holding the heat gun over, I lifted it off just long enough to sprinkle White Opaque Embossing Powder over the blue.  I repeated this process several times until I achieved my fluffy clouds that I liked.  I attempted to create a wave behind my cute little hula kiddo but it just didn't look right so I abandoned the effort!  For the interior bottom I used Golden Sand Embossing Powder.  Using Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry and Gem-Tac, I attached the trees, bushes and flowers.  Once those were dry, I added my Hula Kiddo that I had already colored and cut out.  Using one of my Action Wobbles, I attached her to the back of the box so she looks cute and wobbles, too!  I used a few shells from Pensacola Beach, FL to line her path.  For the outer edge of the box, I used some rough twine and put two rounds of that all the way around, knotted the corner, glued the ends down and added a shell on each corner.  So there you have it!

Be sure to comment on my blog and April Derrick's blog for a chance to win some of these great little pieces of scenery and some Stampendous stamps. If you don't have model builders in your life, head to the Store Locator on the Simi Creative website for where to buy Wee Scapes in your area!

Thanks bunches for stopping by and I'll see you again soon.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Happy Birthday, Laura!

Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday, dearest Laura!
Happy birthday to you!

And many, many more...

For those of you that don't know, Laura Weed's birthday is today!  Laura wears several hats at Stampendous but I think her favorite is Design Team Wrangler!  She keeps us busy creating projects to share with you guys and gals.  She also manages to hook us up with blog collaborations from some of the best companies in the industry.  She is amazing and I don't know how she manages to do all she does on a daily basis while still making our team feel loved and nurtured by her and all of Stampendous.  She is the glue that holds our glitter!  Laura, I love you and I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Here's a card I created for Laura using Cling Jumbo Dahlia and Cling Jumbo Butterfly Trio.  My papers are Bazzill, Neenah and Bo Bunny.  Both images were colored with Copics, however, I did stamp the flower with Memento Desert Sand to minimize visual lines.  That gorgeous ribbon is from May Arts.  I also used a little copper wire for the butterfly's antenna.  Both images were pop-dotted on.

So, Laura, I hope you like your special card!  More than anything, I hope you enjoy your special day and  have a wonderful year ahead.  Here's the complete hop list for Laura's Birthday Hop:

Lea Kimmel (Me!)
Melinda Gleissner

I would like to thank Melinda Gleissner, my fellow Design Team member, for organizing this hop for Laura.  Melinda, you're awesome!  Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you again tomorrow with a special project!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Bowl Full of Lemons Giveaway

A Bowl Full of LemonsIf you haven't found A Bowl Full of Lemons, you're missing out!  Today Toni Hammersley, organizing guru,  is giving away an awesome purse by Grace Adele!  I don't normally post about these things but I'm making an exception because her blog is amazing!  Here's the link to her blog and giveaway:

This is THE purse!  Yep, this is the one she's giving away!  So, whether you want to enter the giveaway or not, go check out her awesome blog.  And, her Pinterest boards are absolutely fantastic so be sure to check her out there as well!  

My daughter turned me on to Toni and A Bowl Full of Lemons and I've been addicted since!  Enjoy!


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Make Mine Metallic!

I don't usually use gold and silver together in this fashion but when the team at Do You Stack Up Challenge Blog (DYSU) put the Silver and Gold challenge out, I answered their call! Stampendous sent them some of our Aged Silver and Aged Gold Embossing Enamels to play with, now I can't wait to see what they do with it! Playing from our Design Team are:
Lea Kimmel - (me!)

Okay, so I will be the first to admit that I didn't use Aged Silver or Aged Gold, instead, I chose to use Detail Silver EP and Detail Gold EP.  They just seem to flatter my chosen images more than the aged would have.  I'm posting four pictures of my card because the angle of the card makes all the difference when using silver and gold powders.  Notice how the house changes from silver to dark gray in the two pics on top?  It's all in the angles when working with metallics!

Also, if you saw my previous post, you know that the Stampendous Monthly Challenge is Clean and Simple (CAS) Christmas Cards.  I'm using this card for that challenge as well and I do hope you will feel inspired to play along!  I've added our awesome link button below to make things easy for you!

So, there you have it!  Two fun challenges and two fun opportunities to win prizes!  What more could you ask for!?

To make this card I used Bazzill for the top-fold base and added some papers from Recollections Sugar Plum 6x6 paper pad.  The images are Scripty Blessings and Snowy Postcard, both from Stampendous.    My images were stamped on Neenah paper using Boss Gloss for the ink.  I trimmed the images and used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in antique linen and tea dye to "age" them.  That beautiful two-toned ribbon is from May Arts.

Thanks bunches for playing along and I hope to see you again soon!  Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, December 3, 2012

It's a Stampendous Clean And Simple Christmas!

Our Stampendous challenge to you this December is to make a Clean and Simple Christmas Card and enter it in our contest (of COURSE we’ll accept your other card-sending, December holidays!!) All you need to do is create a CAS card and click on the Cattus Librum link below or on the Stampendous blog on the right sidebar and add the link to your card or cards. They’ll even count double if you use Stampendous image stamps! (yes, we know your favorite “Merry Christmas” is Stampendous… but we want you to use our images, too!)  So here is my first card for this challenge and it doesn't get much easier than this:

I used red Bazzill for my card base making a top fold A-2 base.  I did a layer of patterned paper from DCWV Four Seasons Stack adding a length of May Arts ribbon I knotted on the right side of the card front.  I stamped my Jumbo Cling Poinsettia (get it at Michael's) with Memento Tuxedo Black, colored it with Copics and cut it out.  I used a jump ring to attach the Tim Holtz Idea-ology word stick that says "Wish."  Seriously clean and simple look that took no time to put together!

I hope you enjoy my card.  Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you again soon!


Saturday, December 1, 2012

3 Ring Circles in a 3 Ring Circus

Yes, my life often feels like a 3 ring circus between kids, work, teaching classes and all the daily business of living.  Crafting keeps me calm and allows me to de-stress while letting my creativity flow whether it's creating a bangle, pair of earrings, card, or, in today's case, a wreath!  I can't even begin to tell you how much fun I've had with this week's collaboration between Stampendous and DIY Bangles!  I used a wreath form from DIY Bangles line of "3 Ring Circles."  This project was especially fun to do as I enjoy creating wreathes.  Admittedly, I don't usually get to combine a wreath with stamps but I did and I like the combination!  I started out with the 3 Ring Circles 12" Floral and Craft Wreath ring.  I wrapped approximately 7 yards of green ribbon around the ring completely covering the bare wood.  I could have just painted it but I had something else in mind and I often go with the flow of creativity.  Next I added strips or white tulle by just looping each piece on.  I have this really cool sparkly May Arts ribbon that I wrapped around leaving  it loose giving it an almost floating look.  For the final touch I added three Jumbo Cling Poinsettias that I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black, colored with Copics and cut out.  This stamp can be found at Michael's. I attached them to the wreath with pop-dots.  It's a very simple wreath but I'm a simple kinda gal!

Here's a close-up of the poinsettias:

I hope you get some time out from your 3 ring circus to do some crafting, maybe even with some 3 Ring Circles! There are several different sizes and widths to choose from but no matter which one you pick, you're sure to love it!  A lot of the design team ladies are playing along today and we've each created a project we hope will inspire you to create your own.  For now, how about a hop?  At each blog (or just the ones you want) leave an insightful comment that lets us know you actually looked at the project and we'll enter you once for each comment in a chance to win some DIY Bangles, beads, or circles plus some Stampendous goodies with which to embellish them.  Now who wouldn't want to win one of those prizes?  Stampendous goodies are always the best kind of goodies!!

We sure hope you've had some serious fun with our collaboration this week! Thanks for joining us. Would you mind sharing our hop on your Facebook page? We'd sure love to grow our audience a bit more to be able to keep bringing you all these great prizes.

Join us as well for our new December Challenge - CAS (Clean and Simple) Christmas Cards. We'll be doing our best to give you last minute card ideas you can complete quickly to fill out your card sending list. We'll be providing simple Christmas card inspiration all the way up until Christmas day, so stick with us. This will be our last challenge of the year and we're mulling over what to do next year, so stay tuned for that as well!

Stick around and we'll announce November Prize winners and the Winners from this hop early next week (once the staff has recovered from their Warehouse Sale and Holiday Party this weekend!).  Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see you again really soon!


Friday, November 30, 2012

Such Charming Bangles!

Hey there!  I've caught the wooden bangle bug and made two more simple bangles to share with you for this week's collaboration between Stampendous and DIY Bangles of Indus Trading Company.  I'm telling you, these are the easiest bangles in the world to create with, it just doesn't get any easier!  First things first, I wanted to give them a natural look so I picked out two Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads, tea dye and peeled paint, and stipple brushed one color on each bangle.  I looked through my stash of Stampendous stamps and there was my Charm Collection Perfectly Clear Stamp Set just calling my name.  It was definitely an "a-ha" moment.  The charm-sized stamps are perfect for these bracelets.  For the larger bracelet I used both butterfly stamps, both bird stamps and the crown.  Using my Jet Black Staz-On, I stamped each image on each one of the flat parts.  For the green bangle I only used the one butterfly stamp.  I really like how these came out, simple but pretty.

I hope I've inspired you to give these a try, like I said before, they're so easy to do!  Be sure to come back on Saturday for the final hop.  Don't forget to leave a comment on my blog today to be eligible to win a prize from either Stampendous or DIY Bangles.  Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

DIY Dangles and Bangles

One of the highlights of being on the Stampendous design team is the opportunity to collaborate with other companies using a mix of their products with Stampendous products.  Indus Trading Company of DIY Bangles has provided the team with a variety of wooden bracelets, beads and wreaths for us to turn our imaginations loose on.  Now how fun is that!  Pretty darn fun, if I may say so myself!

Steampunk is a huge trend at the moment and I must admit it appeals to my funky side.  I grew up in the 60's and 70's so this particular style suits my inner hippie!  Here's my bangle and my dangles!


I made a point of photographing the bangle on all sides so you can see each one.  These were both really easy to make but it did require some patience.  I did the bangle in small sections by covering it with Stampendous Boss Gloss first and then a mix of aged black embossing enamel and aged silver embossing enamel.  I love the texture it created! Once I had the entire outer side of the bangle covered and cooled, I added the gears from Michael's using Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac.  The gears are from Bead Landing's Found Objects line and are in the bead section at Michael's.  The gears are super cool and can be used on a variety of projects.  To finish off the inside, I dusted on some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in black soot.

The earrings, or dangles as I've called them here, were done in a similar fashion.  They sent me the two large teardrop wooden beads that I've covered in the same mix of embossing enamel.  I put jewelry wires up through the middle and added the gears with jump rings.  I added some spacer beads I already had in my stash on top, formed a small loop at the top and put them on the hooks.  These were very easy and fun to create.

Be sure to check back on Saturday when I'll have another project for this same collaboration.  The dt is taking turns throughout the week sharing projects on their blogs and we'll have a blog hop on Saturday.  You can find out who's playing each day on the Stampendous blog.  Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win Stampendous or DIY Bangles goodness.  See you again soon!


Friday, November 16, 2012

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

Ho! Ho! Ho!  Merry Christmas!  Isn't that what every Jolly Santa says!?  Here I've used Stampendous Jolly Santa that can be found this season at Michael's stores.  I love this particular stamp of Santa as he looks like the traditional Santa of my childhood.  I used Bazzill as my card base and Recollections Sugar Plums 6x6 paper pad for my two patterned papers.  I stamped my image on Neenah paper with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored it with my Copics.  I trimmed the image, distress inked the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink in bundled sage and layered it on Bazzill.  I put my layers of paper together, added some ribbon I knotted, pop-dotted my layered Jolly Santa image and finished it off with some buttons from my stash. Well, I almost finished it off!  I decided at the last minute to add some Stampendous fresh green crushed glass glitter to the holly leaves on Santa's hat using Zip Dry from Beacon.  I liked the little touch of sparkle it added which really just completes the card.  Here's a close-up of Jolly Santa:

 I love how this card came out.  There's just something magical about a rosy cheeked Santa that looks like he just got home from a night out delivering wonderful gifts! In my heart, I will always believe in the magic of Santa.  I know he's not the reason we celebrate Christmas but I love the symbolism of St. Nicholas, a.k.a. Santa!

May you find the perfect gift for the warm and wonderful family and friends on your Christmas shopping list.  May you not be trampled while shopping.  May all the register lines be short.  Most of all, when December 25th arrives, may you have the merriest Christmas ever!


Saturday, November 10, 2012

I {heart} Fast Finish!

Really!  I love this stuff and you will, too!  It's so easy to use and just like the name says, it's F-A-S-T!

I went to Michael's earlier this week and picked up this really cool wooden heart.  I've been wanting to create some decorative wall items for my shabby chic-styled craft room.  I'm fortunate to be one of those people that can pick something up and an idea instantly pops into my head as what I can do with it.  Well, as soon as I saw this heart, I knew what I wanted to do!  First, I stamped these images and embossed them with Clear Bark embossing powder on a Lost and Found 6x6 paper pad from My Mind's Eye.

  I used Stampendous images Deco Lady, I Love Paris, and Carte Postale.  I loved the vintage feel of these stamps and knew they would be great together.  (I added a tiny bit of pink and green to Deco Lady with my Copics!)

After stamping and embossing the images on the papers I picked out, I set about doing the background of my heart.  First I covered it with Tim Holtz distress ink in Antique Linen, then added accents in Spun Sugar.  Next I covered it with a thin coat of Distress crackle paint in Picket Fence.   While waiting for the crackle paint to dry, I used my Spellbinder heart and scalloped heart dies and cut out a few hearts using scraps from the paper I stamped my images on.  When the paint dried, I laid the stamped images and hearts out and found a layout I was happy with.  I did end up tweaking it just a little!

Next up was adding the Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage adhesive.  Let me tell you, I love how quick and easy this adhesive works!  I let the first coating dry, added a little more around the edges and sprinkled some chunky glass glitter around the edges for a little vintage sparkle!  For a finishing touch, I added some ribbon and bow to hang it with.   Here's a close-up.

I'm so pleased with how this project turned out and I hope I've inspired you to try this product for yourself.  I'm sure you'll love it just as much as I do!

These are the team members playing along today, so be sure to visit all of the blogs and leave some insightful, kind comments (the kind that let us know you looked at the project) and we'll give some great prizes, sending some of you with U.S. mailing addresses some Fast Finish Decoupage Medium and some Stampendous Stamps. Here we go...
Lea Kimmel (me!)

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you again soon!  Have a blessed day!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Last week was Fran Seiford's birthday.  In case you don't know, Fran is the owner and artist behind all those wonderful stamps at Stampendous.  Happy birthday, Fran!  Anyway, some of us made cards to celebrate her special day and this is the card I created.

The top layer of the cake comes out since I made the bottom layer a pocket!  These cute candles are from the Fifteen Candles Perfectly Clear Set.  I also used a selection of Stampendous glitters, each candle is a different color.

And when you untie the top layer and open it up, it's a mini card with in a card!  I used Timeless Twine to tie the card.  There's a method to my madness, I add the twine to keep the top layer from sinking too far into the bottom layer.  I used Beacon's Zip Dry to adhere the Multi Ultra Fine Crystal Glitter to the drippy goo icing!

And here's the inside sentiment!  This stamp is from the Party Invite Perfectly Clear Set, one of my all time favorites!

Other products used:

Bazzill Paper
Bo Bunny Dots
Bella Blvd Sugar Rush
EK Success Daisy Chain Punch
Martha Stewart Drippy Goo Punch
Queen & Co. Pearls

This is a simple but cute card and I do hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my love for all things Stampendous!  Have a good day and I'll see you back here soon!


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Meow-ry Christmas!

Who wouldn't want this cute little Christmas Kitten from Stampendous for Christmas?  I actually have a cat and a kitten that look just like the one on this stamp, Louie and Cleo.  That makes this stamp extra special for me.

And here's the whole card:

I stamped Christmas Kitten with Memento Tuxedo Black, colored it with Copics and die cut it with Spellbinders Label 17.  I inked the edges of my kitten image with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Dye and then softened that with some Distress Ink in Antique Linen.  My card base is Bazzill and the patterned paper is from DCWV The Four Seasons Stack.  I stamped Christmas Background from Stampendous on a piece of Neenah using my VersaMark pad, I embossed it with Detail Gold embossing powder from Stampendous, inked it with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in a mix of Tea Dye and Antique Linen and cut it to fit in the red stripe of the patterned paper.  Instead of doing the usual ribbon, I thought it would be fun to do a row of small buttons as an accent that I've attached with Mini Glue Dots. Using foam dots, I mounted the kitten on the front and now it's a happy Christmas Kitten! Meow, meow, meee-ow!

That's it for today, I hope you've enjoyed my card.  See you again soon!


Saturday, October 27, 2012

It's Love!

New + Stampendous Stamps = LOVE!  These cute little Kissin Kiddos are no exception!  This adorable smooching duo can be found on page 7 of the new October 2012 catalog.  You should have arrived here from Kristine's blog.  It's always exciting when a new catalog is published, that means there's more Stampendous goodness to get.  Take a peek through the catalog and I bet you'll be making a wish list like me!  So here's my card for the hop today and I do hope you like it:

My card is a 5"x5" square with a base of Bazzill.  My patterned papers are all from the Fancy Pants Designs 6"x6" paper pad called Childish Things.  I don't believe I could have found a better paper choice for this stamp!  My image is colored with Copics, my favorite medium of choice.  Here's a close up of the image:

I love the embarrassed look on his face and the sweet look of love on hers!  I tried to give him just enough of a flush to go with the expression.  The buttons are from my stash and that's Timeless Twine I've used for accent and I've put it all together with Zip Dry from Beacon Adhesives.  Well you have lots of other projects to take a look at so I won't keep you any longer.  There are 3 sur-prizes for today's hop but you are only eligible to win if you leave comments along the way.  Next on the hop is Mary Dawn, one of our new and very talented BlogStars.   Here's the complete hop list:

Lea Kimmel  (me!)

 Enjoy your previews and hopefully I'll see you back here in the near future!  Thanks for stopping by and if you've left me a little love, it's greatly appreciated!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hoping I Stack Up!

Hi there!  Today we are playing along with Do You Stack Up (DYSU) Challenge Blog and I'm hoping my card stacks up!  The theme for this week is "Something Vintage," not actually old in years but old as in vintage style.  Vintage just screams Fran•táge in my book and I love the aged embossing powders from Stampendous.  For my card I used Bird Post and the flourish from Vintage Crowns Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.  I also used Clear Bark embossing powder, Aged Black embossing enamel and Tea Stained Mica Fragments.    Using a mortar and pestle, I ground up some of the Tea Stained Mica Fragments and added them to my Aged Black embossing enamel because I wanted to use the aged black but I wanted it to have a rust colored undertone.  Here's how it turned out:

As you can see, the Tea Stained Mica Fragments that I ground up really stuck to the VersaMark ink I used to emboss with.  I really like the effect it created! I added some Clear Bark ep over a few of the spots on the main image and I used Clear Bark on the large flourish.  I needed a detail powder and Clear Bark added just the right amount of warmth I needed. For the "nest" I created below the bird, I used the same mix but added more of the Aged Black and then threw in a few large mica fragments just for good measure.

I put together my paper layers (Bazzill and My Mind's Eye), added some ribbon to the bottom layer, adhered all the papers and then added a little more embossing enamel here and there around the card.  Next I added some Tim Holtz distress ink in Tea Dye.  For my finishing touch I added this cute little Tim Holtz crown embellishment and a little pearl on each side.

Now, if you want to play along, and you know you do, be sure to post your card on you blog and then link your card to the DYSU Challenge Blog using their Mr. Linky.  Keep in mind that you are not allowed to back link, each card you link must be created during the time frame of the current challenge.  You're allowed to enter up to 3 projects.  Full details are on their blog. Thanks for stopping by.  Happy crafting!


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Core'dinations Comes Calling

Eeeekk!  It's Mumeek!  And, he's surrounded by some seriously goofy Jack-O-Lantern friends.  As I'm sure you already know, there's a blog collaboration between Stampendous and Core'dinations this week and we've have a great time playing with their paper and they've played with our stamps!  It's been a win/win for all!  Speaking of winning, if you comment on my blog, you're entered to win a prize.  If you don't comment, you won't win.  You should have landed here from Kristine's blog.  And here's my card:

I'm going to show you the card in two different lighting situations, this is because of the embossing powder I used and I want you to get the full effect.

Do you see the difference?  Isn't that embossing powder just yummy!?  Here's an even closer look:

I love this embossing powder!  This was so much fun to do.  My Core'dinations papers, both from the Tim Holtz Distressed Collection, are Black Soot and Spiced Marmalade.  That's right!  Core'dinations has a great collection of papers in most of the Tim Holtz Distress Ink colors.  This makes it so easy to coordinate your paper and ink.  Anyway, I took my piece of Black Soot and ran it through my Cuttlebug using a Cuttlebug folder of Jack-O-Lanterns.  Rather than using the embossed side of the paper, I used the debossed side, inked the inside of each Jack-O-Lantern with my VersaMark pen and then embossed with Carnelian Pearluster embossing powder from Stampendous.  Next, I used the Versamark pen inside the leaves and pumpkin stems and embossed with Jade Pearluster embossing powder also from Stampendous.  Once they were all embossed on the debossed side (still following?), I set about doing some light sanding.  The sanding is much more noticeable in the first picture.  I attached this piece to my Spiced Marmalade card base and added my ribbon and bow.  I set this aside and stamped my image on Neenah, colored it with Copics and then added some Tim Holtz distress ink in Black Soot to the edges.  I layered my image on a smaller mat of the Spiced Marmalade and attached it to my card base with pop-dots.  And there you have it!

Here's the complete blog hop list in case you've lost your way or are just starting with my blog.  If you splashed down here from Kristine, then your next stop is at Mary Dawn's blog.  Don't forget to comment if you want a chance to win a prize.

Lea Kimmel (that's me!)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!