Fabulous Finds Friday — Boo!

These birds aren’t very scary, but they sure are cute! I love this Halloween stamp from Inkadinkado. I got it last year, but it was too late for Halloween cards. So today I am putting it up right on time!

Halloween birds

(Tree branch by Stampscapes; flower by Prima; gem by Hero Arts.)

And because one card is just not enough to make a decent post, here is a simple Thanksgiving effort:

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This pretty stamp (Hero Arts — I think it is discontinued) was stamped and embossed in black. I stamped it on a panel that was already dry embossed (see the pretty edge?) I used Sparkling H2O in gold and copper on the wheat. Too bad you can’t see the subtle shine. I edged the white section in copper metallic marker and mounted it on dark green then peach.

Happy Halloween!

Out with the Old…

I think it’s time to splurge and get a new embossing pad:

embossing pad, old

This pad must be 15 years old. It was one of the first ink pads I bought when I started stamping. It has finally started to deteriorate.

I finally broke down and bought a new pad — a VersaMark pad this time.  A new pad for a Fabulous Finds Friday! Let’s break in the new pad with a quick card:

pink flower green background

This is recycled card stock — it’s a piece I saved from …. uh, something! Found it on my (messy) desk, along with green and pink scraps. I stamped and embossed the flower (Hero Arts) on the pink, cut the leaves using a Sizzix die and stamped and embossed Enjoy (Hero Arts). Wow, so quick!

Now I must force myself to throw away the old pad….

Random Cards

Cleaning off my desk is a good thing! I found a few random images and decided it was easier to put them on a card than to try to find a place to store them.

To make a suitable resting place for the two butterflies (which were cut and embossed using a Cuttlebug set), I simply ran my plain white card through the Cuttlebug text embossing folder, attached the butterflies with dimensional foam, stuck on a sentiment (Hero Arts) and … done! 

I had already layered the four pretty birds (Crafty Individuals) on a piece of black scrap cardstock, so all I needed to do here was stamp a quick background (flourish by Hero Arts) and add the sentiment (discontinued Hero Arts stamp, but I love it!).

Fabulous Finds Friday — Bodacious Borders

Borders add such a nice touch to a card — especially when they are already cut for you. I’ve been a big fan of Bazzill Paper’s “Just the Edge” cardstock strips, and now they’ve gotten even better by using a dotted swiss cardstock.

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Here’s a card made using the flower border:

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(Dotted swiss background stamp, gemstones by Hero Arts; ruffled butterfly by Stampendous! Bit of glitter on wings is diamond Ice Stickles by Ranger.)

More Bazzill borders:

 borders hero duo

(images by Artistic Outpost)

For more info, go to www.bazzillbasics.com