Monday, April 25, 2016

I seriously love this stamp.

Sometimes something so simple can have such enormous potential.

Like these stamps:  Spray and Mini Spray from So Suzy Stamps.

They are flowers, stars, fireworks, dandelion puffs...  LOL

I'm featuring them as dandelion puffs in this card today.  I have such a love/hate relationship with dandelion puffs.  I love how pretty and delicate they are...  in other peoples yards.  Not mine.  LOL

I started with a 1/4 sheet of Fabriano Hot Press 90# watercolor paper and used Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Broken China and Salty Ocean Distress Inks to create a background with my blending tools.  I love the contrast of the blues and orange together.  I added a "ground" of Black Soot  Distress Ink to the lower corner right over my blue.  With a C9 Copic marker I quickly sketched in some stems, leaves and grasses.

I used my MISTI to first stamp the Wish sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black ink, then a second time with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Gina K clear embossing powder.

I used a stamp block to stamp the three "puffs" with Versamark and embossed with Filagree white embossing powder.

I then trimmed the edges by 3/16" on each side, and matted with a white mat onto a black card base.

I also used heat embossing with this next card using the Mini Spray stamp to create a magical background of mini fireworks.

For this card, I began a sheet of smooth-textured Bristol 300 paper.  I added tiny amounts of Indigo, Alizarin Crimson and Violet Colorburst powders in three separate areas on my paper.  I then spritzed the paper with water and let the powders dissolve for 20-30 seconds before using a this straw to blow the colors together, apart and across the page until I was satisfied with the pattern of color.  The colors blended into a warm purple. and left a fun textured look.

I let my paper completely dry before stamping the Talk to the Moon stamp in Versafine, then Versamark and heat embossing with clear embossing powder.

I used a stamp block to add a pattern of 8-10 Mini Sprays across my card in Versamark.  I heat embossed those using Wow! Silver Hologram embossing powder.  I only did one side of the card and heat embossed it, then did the same with the other side, to make sure I could get the powder on before my ink began to dry.  Once I had heat set the silver powders, I repeated the same process, this time embossing with Wow! Persian Indigo powder.  Both of these powders have such a fabulous sparkle.

I trimmed my Bristol panel using one of the stitched rectangle dies from The Ton Stamps.  I cut a lightweight white mat just larger than my focal panel, and swiping my embossing ink pad on the edges, then using the same Persian Indigo embossing powder made my own matching paper to mat with.  I assembled the layers onto a white card base.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Happy Anniversary, So Suzy Stamps!!!

Welcome to the 2nd Anniversary of So Suzy Stamps Blog Hop! We are so excited to bring you some gorgeous projects featuring the Top 10 So Suzy Stamps of all time! We even made a section on the website where you can find the most popular stamps. If you are coming from Martha’s blog, you’re in the right place and if you’re just stopping by you can start here. Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog to be entered into the many drawings for prizes.  

My card today features the Wedding Dress stamp, one of the Top Ten So Suzy stamps to date.

The Wedding Dress stamp is lovely.  It needs no improvement, no fancy embellishments, or even much color.  It's simple, yet elegant;  crisp, yet very feminine.  Today I wanted to highlight just how pretty this stamp is, as is.

I began my card by stamping the Wedding Dress with Versamark ink onto a 3.5' x 5.5" panel of black cardstock.  I also stamped the Confidence is Sexy sentiment stamp in Versamark as well, and heat embossed them both with gold embossing powder.  I love the gold on black.  It's stunning and elegant.

Next I stamped the Dot Splatter stamp repeatedly on the right edge of a vertical folded A2 card base with Versamark and also gold heat embossed that as well.  For the left edge, I just swiped my Versamark pad along the left edge to fully cover the edge with ink, then also heat embossed that in gold, so that all of my images match in sheen, color and texture.

I adhered my black and gold panel to my card base and my card was finished.

Simple, classy and classic.  Just like the Wedding Dress stamp!

To celebrate, So Suzy Stamps has some amazing things to help celebrate the anniversary:

  • FREE shipping on US orders of $25 or more / FREE shipping on INTERNATIONAL orders of $50 or more
  • FREE So Suzy Exclusive Sequins Mix with every order!!

Prizes - Don’t forget to join our Facebook group so you can play along with the many contests going on!

  • $25 gift certificate for commenting on the blogs on the hop
  • Note Card Set from Monica for commenting on her blog
  • MINI MISTI from Justine for commenting on her blog and subscribing to her Youtube Channel
  • Surprise Coupons 
  • 500 Reward Points for the store (must place an order on April 20th to be eligible)
  • $50 Gift Card (Must play the Bingo game on Facebook)
  • Free shipping for 2016 - 5 winners (must place an order on April 20th to be eligible)
  • Entire Set of June Release Stamps (must comment on hop, place an order April 20th, played Bingo, comment on Justine’s YouTube video and put a favourite stamp pic in the Facebook album)

Thanks for stopping by - your next stop is Monica's blog. If you get lost or a link isn’t working, here is the list of blogs:

Chris - You are here!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Spring Spray

Hi everyone!  Today I'm featuring a few of the new April release stamps from So Suzy Stamps.  This springtime release is so much fun to work with.

For my first card, I started with a white Gina K card base and a scrap of black card stock.  I wanted a way to showcase the pretty script font of the Celebrate stamp, so I wanted a clean and simple card with lots of white space.

I first stamped the Celebrate stamp on the scrap of black cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with a white superfine embossing powder.   Then I used a Spellbinders small rectangle die to cut it.  I ended up cutting part of the "tail" off, but for my vertical card, I needed to do that or the balance would just not work.

I then placed the rectangle in the desired position on my plain card base and very lightly traced the outline with pencil to use as a guide.  I used this faint rectangle to show where my stamped images would be in relation to the label when it was finished.  I then stamped a spray of flowers using the Spray and Mini Spray stamps and Playful Pumpkin, Royal Phineas and Buttercup Blast. Once the ink had dried a minute or two, I erased the pencil lines.

I then added Nuvo drops to the center of the flowers and let them dry.  Once they were fully dry, I added the sentiment strip using two layers of foam tape to make sure it fully cleared the Nuvo drops and gave a nice shadowy dimension to my simple design.

My second card was inspired by my scratch paper from making the first card.  I had been using a scrap of paper to stamp my images several times between ink colors to make sure my stamps were clean and that I was getting a true color.  The pattern of these stamps and the mix of colors was really unique, so I decided to use the same stamps to create my own patterned paper!

This time, I used a 1/4 sheet of Gina K cardstock and the larger Spray stamp and Caribbean Coral, Wave Whisper, Mellow Mint and Soft Sorbet to make a random patterned panel for my card.   

Next I swiped my embossing buddy on my patterned panel and used my MISTI to stamp the Talk to the Moon and the Dancing Fairy stamps with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I stamped it twice to get it really thick and coated well with ink, then quickly heat embossed it with clear embossing powder to give a pretty sheen to the images.  I used Versamark ink and Wow! Silver Hologram embossing powder to emboss the Mini Spray image just at the tip of her fingers, as if the fairy is reaching to touch the star.

For this card, I decided to layer my panel, so I trimmed a little from each side, and layered with a piece of Gina K Applemint cardstock and adhered it to a Papertrey Ink black card base.  

Thank you for stopping by today!  Make sure you check out all the fun spring release goodies at So Suzy Stamps, and visit her Facebook Page to see all the fun stuff happening to celebrate So Suzy Stamps' Second Anniversary!

Until next time!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


A few weeks ago, I read Lydia's, Understand Blue blog, where she wrote about her major de-stashing project in her craft room.

I told her it made me cry a little.

But one of the things she mentioned that resonated, was that she had been holding on all that stuff over guilt.

That stuck with me.  I've always KNOWN that I have stuff I should get rid of, because I'm just not using anymore, or just have no interest in using at all.  I've been pondering that guilt and the prospect of a purge ever since.

I've been a Papertrey Ink addict since early 2008.   ADDICT.  I loved their stamps, their blogs...  and I'd get sucked in every. stinkin. time!   I'm always known what I like to create...  there are certain styles that I just don't enjoy doing.  But that's not to say I don't love the results when other people do them.

So each month, I would buy something that deep down I "knew" wasn't really my thing, because I loved what someone else had done with it.   And, I hoped that if I only had "THAT THING", that perfect thing...  surely I would become good at "shabby-chic", grunge, mix and match-y die cutting, using felt... insert whatever style here.  And of course I also expected that the ambition and talent to do those things would come certainly come in the the mail, too.

But it didn't.  But I kept all these things anyway.  For later.  Just in case.  Maybe I would try it again, right?


So welcome to my de-stash.  It's time.  MORE than time.   I am freeing myself from guilt and freeing up some valuable real estate in my bins and on my desk for the things I do love to use.

So here's the list:  A ton of Papertrey Ink, and a few random things at the end.

You can click on the stamp set title to see the Papertrey Ink site images.  If you'd like to see the condition of my particular set that you might be interested in, email me, and I can send you a pic.  I'd really prefer to ship only in the US, but I will consider international, but I will have to charge actual shipping...  which is ridiculously expensive.

You can reach me by Facebook Messenger (search Chris Dayton - my profile pic has a gray/white cat) or email me:

I'll do my very best to respond to emails and messages in the order of arrival.  If you are wishing to purchase, please give me your list and email address in the message, and I'll invoice you through Paypal.  Prices are below, plus shipping charge of $2.75 for the first item; add 75 cents for additional items.

Thanks for looking...  Maybe you can help me re-home some of these.  ;)

A Cheerful Heart $20
The Amazeing Stamp Set $16

Baby Face (vault) $15
Background Basics: Herringbone $12
Background Basics: Rainbows $12
Background Basics: Striped Sweater $12
Background Basics: Wrought Iron (vault) $18
Baker’s Dozen, plus dies and cake plate dies $42
Banner Day Sentiments plus dies $5 
Big Ticket Basics and Additions set plus die $42
Birthday Style, plus dies $18
Boy Basics: Frog and Rocket plus dies $13
Button Boutique and dies $24
Celebrations (vault set) with die $25
Chair-ished $10
Clip Tips, plus dies $15
Comfort Food + additions and dies $17
Desktop File PLUS all three Desktop File dies. $32
Drips and Dribbles $10
Egg Hunt plus egg die $22
Everyday Treats (vault) $22
Faux Ribbon (vault) $22
Falling Leaves (vault) $10
Flipping Out, plus 2 sets of dies $22
Four Square and Die $20
Framed Out series  - complete set of twelve, including all dies. $50
Garden Grace, plus dies $26
Gracious Vases, Mega Gracious vases and dies (vault) $40
Gratitude Journal (vault set) $24
Halloween pin-ups mini kit (stamps/dies/papers never used) $35
Happy New Year $10
Happy Day and die $20
Happy Spooky, plus dies $16
Haunted Borders plus dies $20
Heart Squared plus die $6
Hello Sunshine, plus dies $20
Just Smile, plus dies $22
Little Labels and Jar Labels dies $15
Lock & Key and dies (vault) $20
Love Birds and dies (vault) $15
Love Notes, plus dies $20
Love You to Pieces: Airplane with dies and full paper pack $30
Love You to Pieces: Fox with additions set, dies and full paper pack $32
Made of Snow (vault) $24
Make a Wish plus dies $22
Mod Squad (vault) $22
Mini Scrapbook Series: Library Ledger plus Library Card tag die (partial set: die lines only; no sentiments included) $12
Mini Scrapbook Series: Tabs and tab die (partial set: numbers not included) $8
Out on a Limb, plus sentiment set $36
Papertray (vault) $15
Party Poppers plus dies (vault) $18
Peace Be Still, plus dies $18
Ribbon Tails (vault) $12
School Time (vault) $24
Sentiment Signs $18
Simple Little Things (exclusive 2007 anniversary set) $25
Simple Valentine (vault) $24
Snowflake Medley, plus dies $22
Splat $10
Spooky Sweets (vault) $22
Spooky Sweets II plus dies (vault) $25
Stained Glass, plus dies $18
Stitched Sentiments plus In Stitches dies $24
Sweet Cheeks (partial set - Missing the Hey there, sweet cheeks sentiment) $7
Sweet Spring (vault) and Christmas label die $17
Take Three: Spring (vault), plus die $20
The Best is Yet to Be and dies $20
Tree Tops and dies $10
Trendy Tree Tops and dies $16
Wildflower Garden (vault) $24
Winter Woods $20
Winterberry, plus dies $15
Wishes Come True, plus dies $13
World’s Greatest (vault), plus die $25

Instant Photo Pullout die with matching envelopes (29 cream, 30 white) $35
Oopsie Daisy die $8
Loopsy-Daisy dies $14
One Liners dies $10
Sequin dies $3
Shape up series: Sweater $10

Random other non-PTI stuff:

CTMH A Little Everything $10
CTMH All Decked Out $10
CTMH Classic Capital Alphabet stamps $10
CTMH Let It Snow $6
CTMH Piece of Cake $10
CTMH My One and Only $10
CTMH With Love $10
Hero Arts Beach Fun $10
Hero Arts Colored Layering Bird $10
Hero Arts Sew Stylish $10
Little B number dies $5
Little B pennant dies $10
Mama Elephant My Sunshine $10
Mama Elephant Festive Mice $10
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits $10

Suzy Favorites and Revealing My Secret Obsession

I was going to save this for next week for my Suzy Blog day.  But since this is the start of the SUZY FAVORITES for Anniversary month, I decided to blog it early.  Check out the SUZY FAVORITES  here on her Facebook Page.

But here's a secret.

I have a secret obsession.

Dr. Seuss.

I  LOVE those books.  Seriously love them.  The stories, the colorful whimsy of the artwork.  The original animated The Grinch That Stole Christmas is my all time favorite movie...  I read and read those books to my kids, that I have them near memorized.   I'll be reading them to my sweet little bitty twins soon, too.

So when Suzanne revealed her April release, all I could see in this new Wispy Chrysanthemum stamp, was TRUFFULA TREES!!!!

I know, these stamps are out of stock right now, they are THAT cool and obviously I'm not the only one choosing them as favorites.  But don't worry, they will be back soon!

Now about those Truffula Trees...
The Truffula Trees are from the Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax.  Although it is not my favorite book, (that would be The Sneetches),  it does have a wonderful story and beautiful artwork.

So anyway.   This stamp...  I know it's a flower.  But my mind works differently.  Stubbornly.  Obstinately.

To me, it's not a flower.  It's trees.  Truffula trees...  And this turned out to be my favorite So Suzy Stamps card, thus far.

Here's some detail.  And details.  

Truthfully,  I experimented with making this card a few times.  I stamped and heat embossed the flowers and tried Zig markers on A2 sized paper.  Meh.  Not crisp enough, nor big enough to create a whole Seuss-y scene.

I tried my tube watercolors on a 5x7 card front.  But that seemed too "flat".  The stamp detail was disappearing and it just didn't have that Seuss quality.

So I went to my Copics.  

I stamped the flowers first and then the World of Reality stamp with Memento ink onto a 5x7 piece of Hammermill 80# Digital Cover paper.  (love that stuff for Copics).  I left this one in my MISTI to use again! You'll see why in a bit.  

Then I used a 0.3mm Copic Mutiliner to sketch in the rest of the scene.  Then I just colored.  

Once my panel was done and dry, I put it back into my MISTI and stamped it again with Versamark Ink to darken and crisp up the sentiment.  Then, I trimmed just a touch off the edges and glued it to a 5x7 card base with a very thin black mat.

It's my favorite.

What is your favorite So Suzy Stamps card???  Go to her Facebook Group page to enter yours!

Friday, April 1, 2016

So Suzy Stamps April Release!!

Hello everyone!  I've been a little busy with family things this past week and haven't been posting much lately.   I hope you all had a fabulous Easter weekend, and enjoyed a wonderful weekend filled with family and food!  We sure did.

Today is April 1st, and that means Release Day at So Suzy Stamps!   And this release is all about spring!!

Unfortunately, due to some unavoidable delays, Suzanne didn't receive her stamp order in time to allow shipping for her Design Team to find them in our mailboxes before the release, so I am improvising, or maybe it's called cheating, (with permission, of course), today with my release post.

We as design team members have access to her stamp print proofs early on in the month prior, so I was able to choose this image, Blowing Flower Tree, to use today.

Since I didn't have the actual stamp, I resized and printed the proof image, then foiled it with my Minc using Minc Teal reactive foil.  I then trimmed my foiled image panel to 4" x 5 1/2'.

I then hand cut some wavy masks out of 1" Post-It Tape and adhered them to my panel.  I used these masks to sponge in some areas of color using Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks and a sponge blending tool.

I moved the masks to create the different areas of color.  I wanted to echo the breezy feel of the main image in the ground and the sky.

Once my ink was dry, I used my MISTI to add the Spring Time Hugs sentiment.

I then glued my panel to a darker teal card base.  I then added the dots of color to the center of the swirling flowers with Nuvo Crystal Drops.

I love these Crystal Drops.  You just squeeze out a drop of the thick liquid and let it dry.  It takes a few hours to dry, but you end up with these amazing enamel dots!

Here is the finished card:

Make sure you check out the new release at So Suzy Stamps today.  I can't wait to actually stamp the new florals!

In other general life news...  I have my lovely six pound assistant with me today, as I write this blog post.  He's been hanging out with nana a few days this week.  He's been a hungry little pooping machine today, and of course just when I try to put him to work, what happens??  

He falls asleep on the job.  LOL

I love him so.  

I can't wait until his brother can come hang out with us in my craft room, too.  Hopefully he will be home from the hospital soon.  He's so close!  Really close to being released.  Maybe even today or tomorrow!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.  I'm taking a couple days off to celebrate my niece's wedding this weekend.  It will be fun! 

Until next time!