Thursday, September 30, 2010

JustRite Stamps: Myriad Pro Font

Hi Everyone,

Ever since our first breakfast date two weeks ago, my DH and I are excited for our next one! I decided to make him a little card for our next breakfast date (fingers crossed that it could be tomorrow :) I picked this photo which is the first picture of us after we got back from our honeymoon almost 9 years ago. My DH's mom snapped this picture and it represents to me our first step back into the reality of being married after our fairytale honeymoon. I still felt so shy to use the word "husband" when I referred to him and so I wanted to use this picture for my card today. I used the Baroque Nested Frames from JustRite stamps to frame the picture of us within it by stamping it on red cardstock and then cutting it out (also added a little bit of stickles to the flourises).

I used the super lovely font set from JustRite stampers called Myriad Pro (this comes in both 95pt Upper & Lowercase font set as well as 50pt. Upper and Lowercase set). For this card today, I used the font set that is the 95pt Upper and Lowercase and used it with the large acrylic block that is the Clear Horizontal Block. I love the font sets from JustRite Stampers because you can easily create your own stamps - and so I created this sentiment: "my rinky" :) When my DH and I were in India where we got engaged, we had nicknames for each other - and his nickname that I gave him was Rinky (long story behind that one  :) (I even got him an engraved keychain that was personalized with his nickname - so I was giggling as I made this stamp for my card for him. As for my nickname that he gave me - well, I think I might have to save that for another blogpost ;)
Card Ingredients:
Paper: Prism cardstock and MME
Stamps: From JustRite Stampers: Baroque Nested Frames and Myriad Pro 95pt Upper & Lowercase font set 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black
Accessories: EK success punch, smooth bling, dimensionals, corner chomper, Prisma colored flowers, liquid pearls white, ribbon from stash.

Check out all the beautiful fonts that JustRite stampers carries here (btw - there is a wonderful font sale going on right now!) I love this picture and I loved creating the personalization with the JustRite font system. Can't wait to give this to my DH at our next breakfast date :))))))

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Sankari :) 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

JustRite 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop #4

Goor Morning Everyone!

Welcome to JustRite Stampers’ newest Wednesday feature, 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hops #4!  Every Wednesday up until Thanksgiving some of your favorite designers will be joining some of the JustRite design team for a series of Christmas blog hops, showcasing JustRite’s entire Christmas Collection of stamps!  This week, it’s the Spellbinders design team!  So mark your calendars for Wednesdays at 9am Central for great Christmas gift, card & project ideas, starting at the JustRite Inspiration blog!

During the last couple of blog hops, I kept seeing this cute little snowman from the Vintage Christmas 3 1/4" stamp set and so I couldn't wait to ink him up for today's blog hop! Sometimes its fun to go out of the A2 box and create a circle card :) and I love how all the JustRite stamps fit perfectly into all the Spellbinder's Nestabilities - that makes it so super easy to cut and layer and dimensionalize (yep, that's my new word :) your card. I went with a blue and pink color scheme and created this card for today's hop:

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Bo Bunny, Bazzil cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Bahama Blue
Stamps: from JustRite stampers: Vintage Christmas 3 1/4" stamp set 
Accessories: Scalloped circle nestabilities, ribbon from stash, liquid pearls, copics, bling and dimensionals

I had so much fun coloring this fun snowman! Its pretty near impossible NOT to smile while coloring this guy! Can't wait to see what all the amazing designer's have created for today's blog hop! Surf on over with me!!!

JustRite Inspiration Blog
Spellbinders Paper Arts
Becca Feeken
Mona Pendleton
Debbie Olson
Ashley Cannon Newell
Sharon Harnist
Eva Dobilas
Kazan Clark
Beate Johns
Kellie Fortin
Margie Higuchi
Kathy Jones
Regina Hanson
Sankari Wegman
Deborah Young
Angela Barkhouse
Michele Kovack
Terre Fry
Barb Schram

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Hope you have a wonderful week!!!
Sankari :)

Gina K Previews and Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone!

Have you seen all the gorgeous previews that have started over at the Gina K blog! Today, I am excited to be able to show you samples from two new stamp sets that will be released this week called: Tea Time and Funny Farm!

I always adore all of Rupa Shevde's creations - her illustrations are perfect and gorgeous and I couldn't wait to play with the new Tea Time stamp set that she has created for Gina K - its beyond TEA-riffic (hee :). I love the stacked tea cup images in this stamp set and colored it in with the colors from the new Pixilicious DP from Cosmo. I added a little glaze to the teacups and then framed it with the labels nestie and finished it off with some ribbon and bling:
Card Ingredients:
Paper: Cosmo Cricket: Pixilicious
Stamps: Tea Time from Gina K.
Ink: Grape Jelly from Memento and Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Spellbinders Labels, Want2Scrap, borderedging stamp set, Eggplant Adirondack liquid pearls, ribbon from stash and glaze.

The second card that I created for tonight also comes from the awesome new stamp set called: Funny Farm that comes with a free card kit upon purchase! How awesome is that!! This stamp set comes with the following ingredients in the card kit:

Card Kit Contents:
* Card stock: Full sized sheet - white and black; 1/2 sheet: navy, little boy blue, red hot, innocent pink, sweet corn, and green apple
*1 yard 5/8" black gingham ribbon
* silver brads
* Instruction sheet (to create all the uber cute cards that are on
Jessica's blog)

I used the Card Kit to create this card using the Funny Farm stamp set. Living in Iowa, I ADORE this stamp set - its full of adorable sentiments and cute images. I decided to use the image of the farm scene since this is exactly what I see everyday when I pull out of our driveway and drive out to work and back :) I created a little sky behind the image by masking it off and then sponging it with some sunrise sky colors :) 

I love the black and white gingham ribbon that comes with this card kit - its perfect for a card from the Funny Farm! lol! 

For more samples with tonight's new stamp sets, please visit these participating designer's blog links:
The entire team would like to cordially invite each of you to our release party this Thursday night, September 30.  We'll have contest questions, challenges, chatter, and lots of samples with the new stamp sets to share during the party. Please make plans to join us from 7-10 central on StampTV!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

JustRite Stamps : Rebirth of Spring

Hi Everyone,

This week has passed me by so quick that I feel like I blinked and September has passed me by! Crazy! The weather is turning fall and  the air is crisp, the mornings cool and the evenings are starting to come earlier - I love the fall season, but it also makes me realize how fast time passes by - why is it that time feels faster now then when it did when I was 15?

I love that hidden within the fall color leaves, lies the promise of next spring and this sentiment: "The Rebirth of Spring"  from the Nature's Nested Sentiments & Verse from JustRite Stamps: was calling my name today. All of the sentiments from this set of nested sentiments easily fit into all the JustRite frames easily that you can find HERE! I paired this sentiment with the gorgeous Beautiful Blossoms: Borders and Centers and decided to go with a  more muted color palate :

Card Ingredients:
Paper: CC and stash
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and copics
Stamps: all from JustRite Stampers: Nature's Nested Sentiments & Verse  for the sentiment and the flower is from the Beautiful Blossoms: Borders and Centers 
Accessories: Butterfly punch from MS, MFT border punch, oval spellbinders, dimensionals, liquid pearls, ribbon from stash and bling

I  love those mornings that are filled with quiet and where stamping and creating is such good therapy for a busy week :) - and I love it when making a card is not only fun but quick and easy too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope your week is a fun one!
Sankari :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

JustRite 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop #3

Good Morning Everyone,

Welcome to JustRite Stampers’ newest Wednesday feature, 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hops #3! Every Wednesday up until Thanksgiving some of your favorite designers will be joining some of the JustRite design team for a series of Christmas blog hops, showcasing JustRite’s entire Christmas Collection of stamps! So mark your calendars for Wednesdays at 9am Central for great Christmas gift, card & project ideas, starting at the JustRite Inspiration blog!

One thing that I love doing for Christmas is to create ornaments (either to keep or to give as a gift). Its fun to see the ornaments that we have created as a family and it makes trimming the tree with the wee ones so much fun. I haven't made an ornament this year yet, so I thought it would be fun to create a framed ornament and used a frame that I had lying around and pulled out the sweet little Nutcracker from the Vintage Christmas 3 1-4" stamp set from JustRite Stamps. I stamped the image onto some BoBunny Christmas paper and then stamped it again on some white cardstock and colored it in with copics, glazed the yellow portions and then attached it to the frame.
Card Ingredients:
Paper: BoBunny
Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black
Accessories: frame, copics, bling, Adirondacks Liquid pearls, ribbon from MayArts, glaze.

I cut out some holly from the same DP and added a bit of glaze and attached it to the corners of the frame, along with some liquid pearls, and bling. I finished it off with some ribbon. Initially I was going to give this cute little guy away as a gift, but now I am not sure if I can give him away - I keep seeing him on our Christmas tree :)

This little nutcracker is such a cute image and comes with other super cute vintage style images in the Vintage Christmas stamp set that are 3 1-4" and are perfect for those who love the vintage style or those who like to give the vintage style their own twist :)

I can't wait to see what all of the amazing creations everyone has created for today's hop! Please visit these designers’ blogs to see what fabulous Christmas projects they have for you on the hop today!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Sankari :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Blast From the Past Blog Hop #4 from Taylored Expressions

Good Morning Everyone!

Welcome to the 4th Blast from the Past Blog Hop from Taylored Expressions, where every month Taylor has a blog hop with all TE fans to create something with their favorite TE stamp sets that was released at least three months ago. The hardest thing about doing these blog hops is trying to pick one stamp set because they are all so cute and sweet! Speaking of sweet, I decided to ink up the super sweet stamp set: Sprinkled with Love which is filled to the brim with sweetness :) I had fun inking up the sweet little cupcake and using some of the fabulous DP from Cosmo Cricket.

I created this little card/envelope set thanks to my girl Lori and her Cricut (love the little doily cut) At first the card could fit into the envelope, but after adding a few embellishments to the card, I realized that its going to be a right squeeze to get it in there :) So maybe I could insert a CD instead into the envie with the card :) I tied some twine around the buttons so that it could open/close easily. One tip - is to use the Best Glue Ever, when gluing down the buttons - wow! that glue is amazing - it about glues the whole house together! It really makes embellies stay put!
Here is picture of the card: I used the sketch for this card and had fun picking the colors from the DP onto card. The bottom of the cupcake is paper pieced (stamped in white) and then glazed it and added some red stickles onto the cherry:

Here is a close up of the card , and yes as you can see, I am addicted to dots:), the swiss dots embossed folder, the line of red bling on the ribbon and the liquid pearls from Adirondacks all around :)

Card Ingredients:
Paper: CosmoCricket
Ink: White Stazon for the cupcake liner, Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black and Ladybug Red.
Accessories: copper eyelet, red stcikles, spellbinders nesites (circles and scallops), glue dots, Best Glue Ever, red bling, glaze, Cuttlebug swiss embossing folder, Cricut, circle punch and Adirondack Dimensional Pearls (Terra Cotta).

I had such an fun time creating this card and envie - I love it when I lose track of time and just enjoy sitting and crafting and watching a Johnny Depp movie - sigh! the little joys in life are wonderful!!!

*******Taylor will be posting when you can sign up for the next Customer Blog hop - and to get you started: Taylored Expressions is offering a special Blast from the Past SALE in order to help you prepare for our next customer blog hop! Our October blog hop is all about Christmas and we'll be featuring past Christmas stamps from Taylored Expressions in our creations. The following select Christmas sets are 20% off through Sunday, September 26th so it's a great time to pick one up and join us on the hop next month. You can find all the details on the TE Blog Hop HERE!

Christmas Blessings
Season's Sweetings
Home Sweet Home
Holiday Wonder
Wings of Joy
Tag Treats

One random hopper from today will receive a FREE Taylored Expressions stamp set (so make sure you sign up for the next customer blog hop!) and another creation will be chosen to be featured in the Taylored Expressions newsletter!

Thanks so much for stopping by today - and check out all the amazing ladies and their amazing creations, who are joining the Blast from the Past Hop today!!!
Big hugs,
Sankari :)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #96 - Ironman

Welcome to the 96th Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, where every Saturday, we pick a movie from which we create a card from. This week we are featuring the 2 time Oscar nominated 2008 movie: IronMan starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, and Terence Howard. This movie is based on the Marvel Comic books character Ironman and is about a wealthy industrialist who builds a powerful "ironman" suit and becomes powerful superhero. This movie was hugely successful after its release and Downey was praised for his acting and his role as a superhero, which prompted the release of Ironman 2. For this challenge we thought it would be fun for the challenge to be to use something with Metal in your creations (a little bit of metal or alot of metal: this can be from sheets of aluminum, brads, bling, eyelets, metallic paper or ribbon etc.)

I remember watching this movie and thinking that Robert Downey Jr. totally rocked the role of this Marvel comic book character Ironman - he was so good at the "dry" humor and more than anything, it was good to see him comeback from all the hard things he has gone through in his life. In creating this card, I thought I would make something inspired by Pepper Potts and IronMan - that they both say how they other is "all they have" - and so I thought I would make a little love card inspired by the "heart ring" that he has to wear in his heart. This is what it looks like:
and so I created my card inspired by that design and in the center of the heart I put a little flower inspired by the flowering love between Potts and Tony. The sentiment reads: "It's always been you":
The center of the flower has metal and both the black and gray are metallic sheets. It was fun to create a love card inspired by the movie. The girls over at the Cinema Saturday Blog have created some SUPER cute cards inspired by this movie! Hop on over and check them out - and then play along with us!!!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you have a chance to play along with us and have great weekend!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mojo Monday 156 - Love is a Friendship caught on Fire

Good Morning Everyone,

A couple of mornings ago, I got to do something special - I got to have a little breakfast date with my DH :) I think I can count on one hand all of the times that we have done something - just the two of us - since the kids were born. But totally spontaneously, my DH asked me out the night before because he had a cancellation at work and he wanted to know if he could take me out to breakfast :) Awww :) With both of our wee ones in school, it was so awesome to go out in the morning after we dropped them off and spend a little bit of time together catching up :)

I wanted to make a little card for him to tell him how much our marriage, his friendship, love and support mean to me - so I created a little card that I could give him at the coffeehouse :) I used the gorgeous Mojo Monday sketch #156 and used the beautiful stamp set from Verve called Love Story for my card. I think this is one of the best stamp sets for weddings, anniversaries and just your everyday "I love you" card :) I went with the black and white theme and added some red as a pop of color.
This sentiment: "Love - a friendship caught on Fire" is one of my most favorite sentiments. I feel so lucky that my DH is my bestest friend - ever since the beginning we have had an awesome friendship, and being married to my best friend is such blessing :) I paper pieced the elegant hearts with some scraps of DP and then added a little bit of bling, stickles, liquid pearls and ruffled up my ribbon. Here is a close up of part of the card:

And here is a picture of us at the coffeehouse where I surprised my DH with his little love card :) He loved it and it was so cute that he wanted me to tell him how I made it :) LOL - so sweet!

I think we decided that we might just have to make this a tradition! Maybe next time, he could make a card for me :))))) lol!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Have a great day!
Sankari :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

JustRite 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop #2

Hi everyone,

Welcome to JustRite Stampers’ newest Wednesday feature: 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hops #2! Every Wednesday up until Thanksgiving some of your favorite designers will be joining some of the JustRite design team for a series of Christmas blog hops, showcasing JustRite’s entire Christmas Collection of stamps! This week, it’s the Stamper’s Dream design team! So mark your calendars for Wednesdays at 9am Central for great Christmas gift, card & project ideas, starting at the JustRite Inspiration blog!

There are so many lovely stamps that JustRite carries that its super fun to mix and match - so I decided to use a combination of stamps to create this Christmas card. I used the sentiment from the Nature Nested Sentiments & Verse and inserted it into the Baroque Nested Frames. I LOVE the clear block acrylic stamper that makes it super easy to mix it up! I paired it with the lovely cardinal from the BackYard Birds 3 1/4" stamp set.

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Bo Bunny
Stamps: All from JustRite stamps: sentiment from: Nature Nested Sentiments & Verse, and then matched with the Baroque Nested Frames, cardinal is from the BackYard Birds 3 1/4" stamp set.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ladybug Red
Accessories: Spellbinders, Adirondacks Lettuce, Red Pepper dimensional pearls, ribbon from stash, glue dots, copics, sponge dauber, scalloped die cut from MFT and dimensional foam.

I adore the sweet birds in the BackYard Birds stamp set and love that it is versatile to be mixed with a Christmas sentiment - love that versatility!!! The little berries were made by rolling some red DP and the holly was freehand cut and dotted with my fave liquid pearls :) Please visit these designers' blogs to see what fabulous Christmas projects they have for you on the hop today:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Loving Memories....

Good Morning Everyone,

Hope you had a lovely weekend, I am always amazed at how fast time flies! Can't believe that its tuesday already! My sweet aunty called me last week to see if I could create a card for a dear friend of hers who had lost her daughter and I felt honored that I could create a card for her.

Its always hard to create a sympathy card - somehow it always feels so sad - but it felt nice at the same time to create something handmade and from the heart. I used two gorgeous and beautiful stamp sets from Taylored Expressions called: Summer Afternoon and Care and Comfort to create this card:

Card Ingredients:
Paper:Choice ButterCream cardstock and MME (So Sophie collection)
Ink: Memento Ink: Rich Cocoa and Summer Sky
Accessories: Best Glue Ever, MS butterfly punch, pearls from Want2Scrap, Adirondacks Liquid Pearls (Terra Cotta), Spellbinders Circle and Scallop Nesties, Flower from Prima and ribbon from May Arts.

The center image is a circle of vines with butterflies and dragonflies is from the Summer Afternoon stamp set. The lovely thing about the Care & Comfort stamp set is that they can perfectly fit into the center of this circle vine (either directly stamping it into the center - or in this case by adding dimensionals to the center circle which allows it to pop up).

I stamped onto Choice ButterCream cardstock the circle vine image in VersaMark and then Memento Rich Cocoa and embossed it in clear EP and then sponged the edges with Memento Summer Sky. The image was cut with the circle nesties and then adhered onto the scalloped nestie and then the center sentiment was popped up with dimensionals. Because I was mailing this to my aunt, I really wanted everything to stick together really well, and so I added just a touch of the Best Glue Ever to everything (it really is the best glue ever! Wow, is it ever sticky!!)

I can't imagine what my aunt's sweet friend has had to go through and I hope that this card brings some comfort. Its always hard to know what to say - but this sentiment is so sweet and uplifting. Check out all the beautiful sentiments in the Care & Comfort set - they really express such beautiful feelings from the heart at such a difficult time.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Hope you are all having a lovely Tuesday!
Sankari :)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge #95 - High Noon

Welcome everyone to our 95th Cinema Saturday Challenge, where this week we are featuring the 4 time Oscar winning movie: High Noon - starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. We realized that we had never done a "western" before and wanted to honor this genre with this amazing movie. According to Wikipedia: "in 1989, High Noon was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" , entering the registry during the later's first year of existence. The film is #27 on the American Film Institute's 2007 list of great films." The challenge requirement for this is rather simple: to create a something that has a Western inspired feel.

*** If you haven't seen this movie, its really very powerful - some have called it one of the best Western movies of all time - one that tells a tale of civic responsibility without having frontier violence or tribes of marauding Indians. It tells the story of a lone marshall, who feels compelled by his duty to face dangerous criminals who come back to town to get rid of him at high noon, and as he turns to the town for help, everyone refuses him any assistance. This tale is one of internal struggle to do what is right, without any support from anyone - as you struggle with your own conscience.

This is one of my favorite all time movies - yes - you heard that right :)- I have watched this movie every year with my father ever since I was 15. My father loves this movie with Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly and so it became a tradition after a few times that we would watch it together every year. The opening song: "Do not forsake me O my Darling" is forever stuck in my heart - this song is the FIRST Oscar winning song that is not from a musical! There is something about Gary Cooper asking everyone for help and no one comes to his aid that really inspires me because he has to face these men by himself. He didn't run away from the conflict - he faced it head on, alone - and that just makes me admire Marshal Will Kane. In making my card, I decided to focus on Grace Kelly's character Amy. In this movie, Will marries Amy - who is a Quaker and therefore a pacifist - she refuses to help him as he returns to town to fight the criminals but in the end comes to his aid. I don't want to ruin the end for you - but her appearance and what she does which is 100% opposite to her belief is what saves his life. Grace Kelly later on became a "real" princess as she married the Prince of Monaco, and so this card is a tribute to that - as well as to the fact that she is definitely brave and comes to help.
Card Ingredients:
Accessories: dimensional foam, scalloped border from MFT, brads, Adirondack liquid pearls, twine, cuttlebug embossing folder and ribbon from stash

I am not a very good "western" card maker, but I had fun playing with pink and making it a pink western card :) I hope that you all will play along - I know that Western movies is not a favorite genre for all people, but I promise that this one is really amazing - one of my all time faves - Hope that you will play along with us this week - can't wait to see what ya'll will make!
You can check out more details over at the Cinema Saturday blog!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Sankari :)