so I thought I would show another card made with the Love You To Pieces set by GinaK. She has raised almost $3500 for Autism Speaks! How awesome is that?!?! So you are helping a great organization AND getting a super cute stamp set! I tried it out with this week’s sketch challenge. It isn’t my favorite card with this set, but it turned out ok. Maybe I shouldn’t have tried to stamp when I had too many other things running through my head for tomorrow!

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I used the Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl line again because I just love that paper! I stamped the hearts in real red ink on white cs and cut them out. They are layered onto a piece from the Dutch Girl line that has the puzzle pieces stamped on it in versamark. The top heart is on dimensionals. That panel is layered on real red cardstock and then on a card front from the Dutch Girl line. The sentiment is stamped in real red ink on more of the Dutch Girl paper. It is layered on real red and them mounted on dimensionals.

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This is a little 4×4 card I made to accompany my Door Prize for tomorrow. Sorry, I am not showing the prize until after the event! I made this using the Fancy Pants Key Lime Pie paper and Ginak’s flowers in a vase stamp. I love that stamp! I stamped the image in black stazon on white cardstock. I aquapainted it with pixie pink, green galore, and bashful blue. The centers are the A Muse micro mini dot jewels in yellow. After I punched it out with the mega oval punch, I edged it with a black marker. I did the same with the pink scalloped giga oval from the Fancy Pants paper. It’s mounted on a panel of paper from that same line with some apple green grosgrain tied around it. The base is pixie pink.

Okay, I’ve got some more stuff to assemble for tomorrow. I will post my door prize in the morning though!

Oh, and I promised some more answered questions too!

1. Emily, my question is how do you stamp the Winter in Roses so that the flowers really do look like roses?

Well, it’s a combo of things. One is called smooshing. I think it was coined by StamperSharon. When you set the stamp on the paper, you smoosh it. This is done by moving it (while it is still on the paper!) a 1/4 turn in each direction. You do this with each layer and the leaves too. It gives them a nice soft look. I also almost always use shimmer cardstock with the roses….it is better for the smooshing and it’s shimmery! The last thing is trying to choose colors that real roses might be. I will stamp the largest layer (or bottom) off twice, the second layer once and the smallest layer not at all. I’ll try to take pictures sometime, but it’s a hard thing to photograph especially with my left hand!

2. Do you work better in a very organized space or clutter?

Probably in a very organized space. However, my space is rarely organized! It’s so messy from the last few months of craziness in there…..I don’t even know where to start!

3. how do you find time to stamp with three kids around? Do they have a special place in your craft room??

Well, I’ve touched on the first part before, but I mostly do my stuff at night or when they are all at school. And NO, they do not have a place in my room. Actually, my stamp room is OFF LIMITS to little people. They are supposed to knock and ask if they can come in. Not that they follow this rule….which leads back to mostly working at night! I have one who likes to cut with the paper trimmer…..and unfortunately, it’s usually a finished project or some of my beloved paper that gets cut! I do stuff with them, but we usually do it at the dining room table. There’s not enough room in there for all of us anyway.

4. What is your one favorite thing (tool, embellishment, etc.) to use when doing cards or scrapbook pages?

That’s easy. Hands down – RIBBON! I can hardly make something without it! But I also love mini brads, jewels, primas, punches……………………

5. I’d like to know how your align your guide when doing corners and manage to keep them in perfect sync. Meaning EVEN, I waste so much good paper. Do you use removable adhesive tape or something to mark the area?

No, I don’t use anything. I just hold it really tight (or I guess push on it) to keep it in place. This would be why my shoulders are always tense….I get kinda uptight about keeping things straight, etc.

6. Anyway, I would love to know how you go about picking colors for cards? Do you usually use things you see somewhere for color combos, or the color wheel, or are you just that good?

Well, for the color combos – a lot of them are suggested by other stampers. I have a color wheel, but I don’t use it. I will either pull my colors from paper I am going to use or just what I like or feel like at the moment. I love color – not that I have ever done anything artistic besides stamping – but it’s just something I’ve always been into. I don’t venture into the Bold stuff very often, I am a more muted person, lol! It’s also something I don’t really think about, but I find it funny that it’s one of the most remarked upon things for me. I guess it is just something I that flows for me. I like well matched, well blended color. That’s one reason why it was so hard for me to venture into patterned papers. I just started really using them in the last 6-9 mos. I hate when things don’t match PERFECT!