The Stamp Man challenge - Embellish It!

Embellish It!... is the current challenge at The Stamp Man. I must admit I never like to 'over' embellish my projects... just enough that it enhances my work or in some cases covers up the mistakens I made :) Finding the right items is not always easy but definitely the most fun!

I thought as we just had Chinese New Year I stay in the oriental zone. I used a Hero Arts background stamp to emboss the Chinese (Thank You) text on creme cardstock. I then covered it with red distress stain. I do love this ink... it is so easy to use and colours your projects perfectly.

I found an oriental image on the web and cut it out using the spellbinders die. I layered the card on some black card stock and added a black organza ribbon. And here comes my modest embellishment... on top of the bow I attached a chinese coin.

To compliment the card I created a pocket with red vellum. Red is considered a lucky colour in China, in fact on special occasions - like the Chinese New Year - they give each other red envelopes with money for luck. I don't know about the red... just the money is welcome for my craft funds ha ha.

Materials I used are;
Chinese Coin - The Stamp Man Embellishment Kit
Vellum Pack 12 x 12 - Bright Colours
Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Aged Mahogany
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Walnut Stain
VersaMark - Watermark Ink Pad
Stampendous Embossing Powder - Clear
Card stock - black, creme
Hero Arts Cling Stamp Chinese Thank You (CG121)
Black organza ribbon
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Postage Stamps (S4-348)

You can find the materials at The Stamp Man

The Stamp Man Challenge - The Colour Red

Vix is hosting the Stamp Man challenge this time and she has chosen the theme 'The Colour Red'. What a great start and a perfect colour to create something for valentine :)

I actually managed to create a card, not something I would usually do. In fact I created 2!

I used paper from the Prima Botanical 6x6 pad to cut out 9 squares and collaged them onto some creme cardstock. Then I used the woodware Daisy Punches to create some flowers and stamped the lips (Non-Sequitus Across The Miles) on the middle square. I used Versamark and embossed it with Lindy's Embossing Powder in my favourite colour. Inside the card I used a frame stamp from Aspect Of Design - Artistic Elements and another stamp from the Non-Sequitus Across The Miles.

As I was on a roll I created a matching calendar for 2012. I found a tutorial for this calender card here. You can make a card like this in any size embellishing it in any way you want. Mine is in valentine style with a little pocket on the back to add notes. You can easily send it so someone because it folds up flat and fits in an envelope :)

Materials I used are;
Prima Paper Stack 6x6 - Botanical
Card stock - Creme, Red and Kraft
Non-Sequitur Plate 43C - Across The Miles
Aspects Of Designs - 62-Artistic Elements
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations - On The Edge Die - Scrollwork (656624)
Lindy's Stamp Gang Moonglow Embossing Powder - Terracotta Plum
Self Adhesive Pearls - Red
Woodware Daisy Punch Set

You can find the materials at The Stamp Man


Life Book 2012 - Part 1

This is the first part of my Life Book - Celebration your Inner Goddes Powers (or as I see it positive sides). It is not easy to validate your good qualities as most of us are much better connected to our inner critic.

For more information on the Life Book Project: