Inspire Me Friday {Holiday Sparkle}

Welcome back to the blog on this happy ‘Inspire Me Friday’!  Working with the Christmas Stamp Set again…I just keep finding fun new ways to approach this set!  Ever since I first saw the sweet ornament image,  I wondered how it would look in water color…and this week I had a chance to find out…

What do you think?  All those pretty shades of pink came from a single pink pencil and water!  Gotta love that!  Personally, I think I could become addicted to this kind of ‘painting’.  It’s extra fun on water color paper, but this was just normal card stock.  And I’m no pro…but it’s a technique you can have fun with even when you’re not!  I layered the embossed and embellished ornament on a pretty Hero Arts wreath…

…and used a couple sentiments and the candy cane stripe border to add some color and contrast to the bottom portion of the card…

…and that’s it, I think!  Besides Christmas music…I think the sparkling lights of the season are my favorite…such a symbol of hope…and I wanted to bring some of that sparkle and light out on this card!  Hope you’ve enjoyed it, and are inspired to create a little Christmas for yourself or a loved one this weekend!  Thanks so much for visiting!

Continue Reading

Create It Wednesday {such an angel}

Happy Wednesday fellow crafters!  Are you in the mood for creating something for the holidays today like I am?  The ideas are piling on my desk, from cards to handmade gifts.

After a couple of days looking for one tiny item in my crafty bins, I came across a few chipboard and wood pieces that would make for the perfect holiday ornament or decorative piece…a sweet little angel.  Used both the Christmas and Positive Thoughts stamp sets to create the base, wings, heart and crown.  A little lace trim for the dress, twine for her hair and wire for the arms.  Also came across a few polymer clay candy canes I had made last year which added the perfect accent to this piece.

Have a great day creating, wherever your artistic side takes you!



Continue Reading

Design It Monday {Merry Christmas}

Hey everybody!  It’s Laurie here with another Design it Monday.  Today I have a very CAS and very mass produce-able card!  🙂

When we make our Christmas cards, there is always LOTS to make!  So what a better way then to make them easy but so fun!  I love this Merry and Bright stamp and I thought it would be perfect for the background.  I actually inked it up in red and then stamped off once, and then on to the card base.  It was easy to randomly stamped them down the card.  Then I added a kraft banner with the sentiment and finished it off with twine.  Easy peasy right?  🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Soapbox Creations

Continue Reading

Festive Layers for Your Friday Inspiration

Thanks so much for making time to pop in on this ~black Friday~ (in  the States)!  The good thing is we can officially be festive and Christmas-y from here on out!  YEAH!!!  And to celebrate, I’ve chosen some festive holiday colors for today’s project.  Maybe not so traditional, but very ~merry and bright~…

Love that little image up there from the Christmas Stamp Set!  And loved the look of layering it in multiple colors.  In the next photo you’ll see how nicely the ‘Happy Holidays’ sentiment fits into the little tab-style frame…and some more cheery layers…

Did you notice that little dab of the ‘Merry and Bright’ image showing up on the star embellishment?  I like the interest it adds  and the way it helps tie everything  together.    Finally, below you can see all those layers together in the finished project…

There’s something about those colors that just makes me happy!  Hope you like them too!  I had a great time playing with the images from this sweet set again, and really appreciate you dropping in to take a peek!  Looking forward to next time!

See you then!


Continue Reading

Design It Monday {Merry Christmas}

Welcome back to Design It Monday!  I am excited to be back with another Christmas Stamp set card. This time I changed it up a little…a card and a gift…all in one!


I’ve had this beaded ornament for years and always knew what I wanted to do with it, I just didn’t have the right card until today!  I used the candy cane border to make the edge of the card and then stamped the sentiment.  I attached the ornament with small pieces of glue dots, so it can easily be removed.  Then I toped it off with a bow!

I hope you like my little creation today!  Thanks so much for stopping in!

Soapbox Creations

Continue Reading

Chalkboard inspired {Saturday Creations}

Hi friends,

Are you lovin’ the chalkboard trend in decorating?  I think this is the one time in my life when I was trendy without knowing it: we installed a full chalkboard wall in our kitchen about 5 years ago, and it’s the perfect backdrop to any party 🙂  But, since we’re papercrafters, how about some different inspiration?

I’m thinking *this* may be our Christmas card this year… or maybe *this one*…. or *this one*… I can’t help it – I love them all!

My card today draws inspiration from both the subway art that is so popular, and these chalkboard designs:

Creating this card was as simple as loading up different sentiments from our Christmas stamp set, and stamping them in white ink onto a strip of black cardstock.  I added some white snowflakes to the white card-base, and separated the white and black with a dainty red scallop cardstock trim.  For a fun accent, I created a snowman by stringing up 3 different sizes of white buttons, and tying a little scarf of black & white gingham ribbon around his neck.

I hope you like what I’ve created!  Until next time…

Continue Reading

Inspire Me Friday {Merry Christmas}

Happy Friday, everyone!  So happy to be back with you all for a little more inspiration using the Christmas Stamp Set!  I’ve so enjoyed playing with these sweet images, and I don’t know about you, but so often for me,  ‘playing around’ with my stamps is THE easiest way to be inspired.  Last week, when experimenting with the images to figure out what I wanted to do for my first project, I stamped the little striped border from this set in red and remembered thinking…’looks like a peppermint stick!’  So you can guess what little idea has been lurking in my mind since then…

Yep…turning that little border into a candy cane!  Now sometimes (MANY times, actually),  those little ideas in my head don’t translate onto paper so well.  But I was pleased that this one did!  I dressed up the two candy canes with some holly and berries (PTI), and a little twine bow, of course…and added glitter to the red one for some extra sugary sweetness.   And for the sentiment, I inked up one word at a time from the ‘Merry Christmas’ phrase to create two little banner greetings.  I liked the way the two filled the space better than the single long phrase…

I gave it a snowy white die cut and woodgrain impressed background with some subtle stamping, and placed it atop some Kraft cardstock, with just  a strip of pretty festive patterned paper peeking out.

Hope you like it, and I hope you’ll be inspired to look at the stamps you have with a new creative eye and see what new designs YOU can come up with!

Thanks so much for visiting today!


Continue Reading

Announcement: Back In Stock!

** Click HERE to see today’s adorable Christmas project – using the Christmas Stamp Set**

I’m so excited and happy to announce that our Calendar Stamp Set is now back in stock! There are tons of possibilities that you can do with this set, specially this coming holiday! Love it!^_^

Check our gallery or pinterest to see some fun project ideas that you can do with this set.

I hope all of you are having a fun day so far and keep on smiling!^_^

Continue Reading

Project Thursday {quick and easy tags}

Hello there! Clare here today with two quick tags you can whip up in a pinch!

The ornament stamp from the Christmas stamp set is just begging to be made into a tag, so that’s exactly what I did! I quickly made these two tags using some previously die cut doilies, some glitter and pearls, and then some twine and ribbon to tie things off.

A brighter version…

and a softer version…

Seriously easy and simple tags that look so neat!

Thanks for stopping in with me today and have a great week!

Continue Reading