Monday, April 15, 2013

My card for the Butterfly Kisses Challenge 264 by Cute Card Thursday.  This is my first experience using embossing powder (I usually use embossing paste).  I really enjoyed making this card and made sure I didn't leave the class without buying embossing powder.  Yes, I took a little mini class for this card.  You can always learn something.  My sister Jan has been using embossing powder for years, but I've always preferred the paste.  Now, I will be using BOTH -- this card was so much fun to make!!  Thanks Hero Arts!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Many cities across the US were still digging out from early spring snow storms when Easter arrived. In honor of them, here is my Easter card, my entry into the Easter with Challenge # HMFMC141

The basic card stock is out of the Jingle Jelly set by Recollections. It is really a Christmas card stock collection, but with the gummies, I couldn't pass it up for Easter.  Tiny snowflakes in honor of both loved ones and strangers digging out from their March snowstorms.

The House Mouse design is Mudpie Holds Jelly Beans (HMD1007) colored with Copic markers, edged with Orchid Pastel ink from Color Box Cat's Eyes on regular green paper (with pop dots).

Basic green ribbon tied around the front of the card.  The Tulip Yellow flower is from the Mulberry Paper Flowers collection by Petaloo.

The two bunnies are created with Martha Stewart punches using metallic papers.  

The sentiment stamped in Forest Green staz-on ink and edged with Aquamarine Color Box Cat's Eyes ink is from the Eggcelent set by There She Goes.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The next time you visit Washington state, there are several scrapbooking stores you have to visit.  Many I have already mentioned on my blog.  This weekend, my husband and I, my sister Jan and her 9-year-old son, made the 90-minute trip to Bellingham to visit Stampadoodle & The Paper Cafe.  We have not been to this store in 3 years, so we were long overdue for a visit (and our receipt proved it!).

To entice you into this wonderful store, here are some photos of what to expect:

Loads of paper and ribbon! Each scrapbooking store has paper that everyone else has, and each has paper no one else has.  This store is no different.  In fact, it does carry a paper line I have never seen at any other store.  As they are also into bookbinding, they have always had this unusual paper.  You gotta come in to see what I'm talking about.

More paper, larger rolls of twine, and card/envelope packages.  There are many more shelves of paper than what is shown here.

Many choices in brass templates for embossing and fancy paper for origami.

Hundreds of rubber stamps, which is what this store is famous for!

Large selection of die cuts!

Need ink?  They have it in all shapes and sizes.....

More ink....

Samples of using their products are all over the store.  This one is hanging above the brass templates for embossing.  (And you can take photos of their samples!)

Into metal work?  They have supplies for that as well.

They has so much in their store, that it is impossible to put it all here.  You just need to drive up to Bellingham to see it all!

And the staff are very helpful!