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Sponsor Spotlight: Maya Road

We have one more sponsor to thank as they've given a generous amount of prizes to give away for this event: Maya Road!  Maya Road has a wide variety of products they manufacture, among them are stamps!  Let's take a look at how their stamps have been used in our gallery...and don't forget to read the details of how you can qualify to win a prize!

The Sew Cute Singleton stamp was used to create this cute mini album "Sisters Sewn Together"

This mini triangle stamp was used in the layout "Welcome Summer"

The snowflake clear stamp was used to make this card by krisspyk:

  

This Bird With Cage Singleton Clear Stamp was used in this home decor piece by jenniwren32:

  

Leave a comment by 11:59 PM CST tonight for a chance to win a prize from Maya Road, and make sure to check out their other products in the Two Peas store here!

 

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Guest Blogger: Karen R....and a Sponsor Spotlight: Maya Road

 

Karen*R is sharing a card with us today as our Guest Blogger, along with a little background behind her stamping!

Supplies: Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Walnut Stain, Dried Marigold, Pine Needles, Martha Stewart: Woodland Branch Edger Punch, Bazzill: Kraft cardstock, Rubber Stamp – Art Impressions: Farm Window, EK Success: Leaf Chain Deep Edger Punch, Embossing Folder: Stampin Up! Lattice, Impression Plate: Papertrey Ink - Wood Grain, Other: Twine

How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as mostly traditional with the occasional touch of elegance. I do tend to add lots of little details.  A project can sit for days on my table until I decide exactly what it needs to look complete!

Tagged Blessings

What steps do you take when making a card? 

I usually start by choosing a stamp or image I want to work with. Then, I choose coordinating cardstock or patterned paper. I usually decide on the embellishments last – they are the little extras that can make a card memorable.

Thinking of You

Favorite techniques

Currently, my favorite techniques are sewing and water coloring with distress inks. I love trying new techniques – it keeps things fresh

Simple Covered Bridge

What are your favorite, go-to tools?

Edger punches, embossing folders and die-cutters (Cuttlebug, Spellbinders, Sizzix, etc.)

Poppy Background Birthday

What are you currently working on? 

Thanksgiving and Christmas cards

 

Cardinal Christmas

How do you organize your supplies? 

Organizing my supplies is a “work-in-progress”. I am currently moving everything to a large, shelved closet in a spare room that I eventually plan to transform into my studio.

Enjoy Coffee

Thanks for sharing with us, Karen!   Be sure to check out the rest of her gallery here!  And join us later today...we have one more Sponsor Spotlight post!

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Sponsor Spotlight: Studio Calico

If you were to search under "Stamps" in the Two Peas store, you'll find we have nearly 1,000 to choose from.  Today's sponsor has a small line of stamps - there are just 13 of them in the Two Peas store - however, this small little collection can go a looooong way.  We wouldn't want them to go unnoticed, and so today we're showing you each and every one!

Let's take a look at how these have been used in our gallery, and don't miss your chance to win (details at the end of this post)!

   

Good News by superflycrapper using Time Flies

   

Bookmarks by reyasunshine using the Pinked Circle stamp

     

Unforgettable by Jennifer McGuire using Doilies

Brains32192 also used the Doilies stamp set in her First Days mini album

   

Kristina Werner used the Sentiments Clear Stamp for her Happy Anniversary card

  

Davinie created a mat for her title work in the layout Biker Chicks using the Labels stamp set

   

My Resolutions by Fevvers using Storytime Numbers

     

Picture Day by walesk using Jet Setter

   

Everyday Life by Allison Waken using the Star/Journal set

   

Oh So Hip by gluestickgirl using Natalee alpha set

   

Happy Birthday Balloons by LawnFawnCards using the Hot Air Balloon stamp

   

Sledding by Stacey Sattler using the Doily Border punch

   

My Halloween Golinz by kburnett using the Button Clear Stamp

And the last stamp to be featured today is the Heart/Tag clear stamp.  We spied an awesome set of Christmas tags and a cute Valentine mini on the SC blog that are definitely worth checking out!

If you'd like to win a prize from Studio Calico, please leave a comment here on this blog post by the end of October Stamping Month on October 31st for your chance to win!  The winner will be announced here on the blog on November 1st, as well as on the stamping board. 

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Super Special Stamping challenge: 5 Things to Try

October Stamping Month is flying by, isn't it?  This is the last of the challenges for the month...and it's a good one!  Are you ready?

I'd like to see you try one of the ideas from our "5 Things to Try" series.  There were 4 posts total, each with 5 things to try, giving you a total of twenty choices to pick from.  For a refresher and example projects, see the links below to visit the posts:

Blog post 1 2 3, & 4

And here is a compilation of your choices:

- Color combo: kraft and white

- Use flocking powder

- Create your own patterned paper

- Use a different object and create your own stamp

- Create a home decor piece

- Embellish a stamped image with buttons, sequins, jewels, etc

- Create a shaped card

- Stamp/emboss on a sticker

- Add texture: glitter or felt

- Create a bulk set of stationary

- Create a cluster with stamped images or embellishments

- Repeat a stamp throughout a project to carry out a theme

- Go mini!  Let the itty-bitty stamps in your collection take center-stage.

- Take inventory of your stamps and try a new combination.

- Use basic stamps like journaling lines, alphas, and numbers as the foundation of your project

- Keep it simple.  Use paper scraps, limited stamps and pop dots.

- Take your calendar stamps by using them throughout a mini project, or using them all on one page!

- Create your own textured background with a scoring tool

- Let your stamped images take the place of paper for photo mats

- Create your own Bingo set

 

Can't wait to see which one you choose!  When submitting to the challenge, please specify which idea you've chosen.  Please submit one project only.  Don't forget to check the appropriate challenge checkbox under "member challenges."  You have until 11:59 PM CST October 31st to enter.  The winner will receive a prize from one of our sponsors and  will be announced on this blog on November 1st! 

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5 Things to Try

Hello Peas!  We have another round of 5 things to try with your stamping.  Enjoy! smiley

This set by Jennifer McGuire was created with paper scraps and limited stamps and embellishments.  The papers were adhered with pop dots to give them more interest.  The results are beautiful with just a few steps!

Altered Mini Calendar by kassedee

2009 Year in Review by fevvers

Kendalls Mom created the argyle background using this technique.

White Christmas by caroscrap

Christmas Bingo by Cutups

Which one from the list are you inspired to try?

Stop by tomorrow as we have another Super Special Stamping Challenge to give with a chance to win!

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Guest Blogger: Laura O'Donnell

Digital Creative Team Member Laura O'Donnell shares a little background behind her work and her creative process using digital stamps, as well as a card she's made just for the event:

Supplies: Fallen by Polka Dot Pixels, Woodgrain and Just Find Me by Hero Arts, Iridescent Glitter by Martha Stewart

 

How would you describe your style?

I like to keep things clean and simple and I’m attracted to fun and whimsical designs.  That being said, if I’m making a sympathy card or a wedding card my favorite owls and hedgehogs might not be appropriate so I like to think I can work with anything.

Hello

Hugs

What steps do you take when making a card?

 I really like digital stamps because they can be printed out and colored with markers or paper pieced, and resized or flipped to suit the project you want to make.  Besides digital stamps there are a lot of great kits that include die cuts and papers that can be shrunk and resized perfectly to fit on a card, and then printed out as many times as you like.  The digital kits are instant downloads and are stored on your computer, taking up no physical space.  You don’t have to buy them until you actually plan on using them, which cuts down on hoarding.  What’s not to like?

To print out digital images I’ve found that Matte Presentation Paper looks the best, but for coloring outline images with Copics I use Neenah cardstock.  And if you want images to look like a painting, printing on textured cardstock looks great.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

For the card I made to share today I really liked the leaves and the worn label in the Fallen digital kit by Polka Dot Pixels.  They’re so elegant and seasonal!  Right away I thought of my Hero Arts Woodgrain Pattern stamp and sentiments from the Hero Arts Just Find Me set.  For the digital items I left the leaves sized as is and resized the label to 3 ½” on the long side and printed everything out on Matte Presentation Paper.  I gave the leaves a coat of Martha Stewart Iridescent Glitter and cut them out with microtip scissors.  The rest of the card just uses basic supplies (natural white cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and Memories Artprint Brown ink) and simple stamping.

 

What are your favorite, go-to tools?

I love my corner rounder and all of my border punches from Fiskars and Martha Stewart Crafts.  I use my microtip scissors all the time.  I also have a good collection of Nestabilities dies and Cuttlebug embossing folders.

Celebrate Your Blessings

This is the Day

What are you currently working on?

As of today (9/30) I’m getting ready for World Cardmaking Day on October 2nd and I’m also preparing for the Stamptoberfest challenges here at the 2Peas Stamping Board that are starting on October 2nd and run for 2 weeks.  I’m hosting a Paper Piecing challenge for Stamptoberfest and I’m looking forward to playing along with the other member challenges.

A Kiss From the Sun to You/Paper Piecing

Season's Greetings

How do you organize your supplies?

I don’t have my own craft room.  I do most of my projects early in the morning on the island in my kitchen.  I have some furniture pieces in my dining room and living room that I use to store my supplies.  Because of my limited space I purge a lot and often over-think every purchase.  In my dining room I have a sideboard  (pictured) with bins and boxes underneath that hold stamps, inkpads, embellishments, etc.  The drawers hold works in progress and I’ve got some favorite stamps and supplies in the serving dishes on top of the cabinet and also my netbook.  In our living room I have a dark wood cabinet with doors that houses paper and cardstock storage, more stamps (in binders), tools, markers, etc.  In my pantry in the kitchen I have some plastic tubs with the messier supplies, like Glimmer Mist, Mod Podge, paint, gesso, glitter, etc.  I also have some less used supplies stored in our basement that I’m not sure if I want to purge.

Thank you for sharing with us, Laura!  Be sure to check out the rest of Laura's work in her Two Peas gallery.

We hope you'll stop by tomorrow we have another round of 5 Things to Try! smiley

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Garden Girl Spotlight: Kristina Werner

Today we're highlighting another one of our stamping Garden Girls - Kristina Werner!  Kristina never ceases to create beautiful cards, and with her clean design and helpful videos - she has a wide following of people who are inspired by her simple approach and find themselves making beautiful cards too!  

Kristina leads the monthly class, "A Year in Cards" (found under 'Education'), and shares a card idea each week in her "Finally Friday" videos (found under 'Designer Garden').  Let's hear  from Kristina as she shares a little about herself!

 

How would you describe your style?

Sweet and simple.

Happy Holidays

- What steps do you take when making a card (or project) using stamping? Do you use a sketch?

What came first, the card or the sketch? :) For me, it really depends on what I'm creating. If it's for a specific purpose (the holidays, a birthday), I scour my stash looking for products that would lend themselves to that theme. On the other hand, if I don't have a specific reason for making a card--I just want to get my fingers inky--I'll reach for stamps or other supplies that just catch my eye. But always after picking out my supplies, I'll draw a quick sketch so that I know where I'm headed when I start cutting paper and putting the card together.

Hello Friend

- What are a couple of your favorite stamping techniques?

I've always loved heat embossing and using outline stamps that can be colored in. :)

Happy Birthday

- What are your favorite, go-to tools?

Stamp-a-ma-jig, a good paper trimmer (I use the Tonic 12" Guillotine Cutter that's sold in the TwoPeas store), and taper runner adhesive (Tombow Mono)

You're My Cup of Tea

- What are you currently working on?

Besides my usual Finally Friday videos for TwoPeas, and random projects for my blog, I'm currently in the middle of filming 25 holiday card video for the Holiday Card Series 2010, which TwoPeas is one of the sponsors! So you know they'll be some awesome holiday products and prizes! It starts November 1. :)

September Year in Cards Class

- How do you organize your supplies?  Can you share a picture of your workspace?

I have to have everything out and visible, or I forget I have it. LOL! So, I have two Clip-It-Ups that have everything but heavy wood stamps and paper on them.

Kristinas has shared the video she uploaded for her blog in past months answering questions from her readers:

Thanks so much, Kristina!

Join us tomorrow as we have another guest blogger joining us! smiley

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Holiday Thinking Inking Week 4

A new set of cards from Jennifer is up today!  This week's focus is paint.  Take a look here!

Congrats to the following challenge winners from last week:

Joy to All by bearpaw14

Happy Holidays by mary dawn

Merry Christmas by Hannah Nicole

I will be in touch with you shortly regarding your prizes!

Play along in the challenges from Week 4 by November 1st. for your chance to win!

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Guest Blogger: Prospurring

Let's welcome Prosurring today as she shares how to make a Holiday Candle Gift set and the background behind her stamping work!  Anne is one of the many friendly and active community members on the Stamping board - you are probably familiar with her inspiring work!  smiley

"It is an honor to be invited to create a Guest Post here at Two Peas for Stamping Month! I decided to create a stamped candle and matching card to share with you. It was easier than I thought to do the stamped candle. And it is a great gift idea for the coming holiday season!

Inexpensive candles seem to work better than high-quality expensive ones for this technique. They seem to melt better. The stamping is actually done on white tissue paper (the kind for wrapping gifts; not facial tissue). Big, bold stamp designs work well.

To make the candle, I inked up a stamp from Hero Arts CL431 Watercolor Petals clear stamp set. I used two shades of Tsukineko Brilliance pearlescent ink which each have a pretty shine. I used Jade for the stem and leaves and Rocket Red Gold for the flower itself.

I placed my tissue paper on a non-stick craft sheet to protect my work surface, because some inks can bleed through the tissue paper. I stamped the flower onto the shiny side of the tissue paper. I repeated the process of inking the stamp and stamping on tissue paper until I got four good impressions. Then I inked the stamp one last time and stamped it onto plain white cardstock and set that aside for the card.

Brilliance pearlescent ink is a pigment ink, so I let the stamped images dry for quite a while to be sure I wouldn't smudge them. Then, I carefully cut out the images stamped on the tissue paper. You want to leave a little bit of space around the stamped design and cut in loose, flowing lines, with few sharp corners. This will help the edge blend and disappear when you add it to the candle.

I held the stamped tissue paper cut-out against the side of the candle and adjusted it until I liked its placement. Then I held it in place with my thumb, and wrapped a piece of parchment paper around the candle, carefully removing my thumb while holding the cut-out in place. The parchment paper should be longer than the candle is around, so that there is extra at the back to hold like a handle when you are heating it.

I turned on my heat tool and let it get warm, then I used it to heat the tissue paper and candle. Having the parchment lets you hold the image in place without getting your fingers too hot. Keep the heat tool moving the whole time. You will begin to see the white of the tissue paper disappear.

When you have gotten some of the tissue paper to disappear and you are certain that it will stay in place, you can remove the parchment paper and continue heating. Keeping the heat tool moving, continue to heat the tissue until all of the white part melts into the candle and disappears. I included a "before" and "after" photo so you can see the difference.

Let the heat tool and candle rest and cool a bit between adding images. I started by placing one image, placing the second directly opposite, and then putting the other two images roughly in the middle of the first two, to space them pretty evenly around the candle.

To finish the candle, I added facet cut gems from Dress It Up (color #16) which match the Rocket Red Gold ink well. I adhered the gems using glue dots. Then I tied a ribbon around the bottom of the candle. These finishing details really help the look of the candle.

For the matching card, I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Curved Rectangles to die cut the stamped image from white cardstock. I was lucky to find some American Crafts ribbon and patterned paper to go with the Jade ink. I selected a stripe called "Soft Tints Green Stripes" by Paper Pizazz / Hot of the Press for the card base.

Supplies: Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet (either size - I own both!), Ranger Heat It Craft Tool, Hero Arts CL431 Watercolor Petals clear stamp set

How would you describe your style?

That is a tough question for me. I think it is easier for someone else to describe my style, because I can be too close to my work and not see patterns or similarities. I like to use lots of color, try lots of new techniques, and just have fun. I often use images of animals or images from nature. Other people have told me that I make "happy, cheerful, joyful" work.

Happy Thoughts

What steps do you take when making a card (or project)?  Describe your process or any favorite techniques.

When I make a card or project, I usually am making it with someone in mind, or with a certain stamped image in mind. Based on that, I will select colors that I think will look good together that will show off the stamp or appeal to the person I have in mind (or both). Then I let the colors and patterns sort of percolate in my head into a design and then create it.

Sometimes this can take a while. When I first saw the Hero Arts Dandelion Frame cling stamp I knew I had to have it. Once it arrived, the first thing I thought of was to stamp it in Staz-On White on an acetate card base. Then I set the card base where I could look at it. It was three months before I figured out how to use that stamped acetate card!

Acetate Butterflies

Other times I will stamp images that I can cut out to use on future cards. I might stamp butterflies on watercolor paper and color them with Distress Inks and cut them out. Or stamp flowers onto alcohol inked backgrounds and cut them out. Having some pre-cut embellies on hand can make a card come together more quickly.

Alcohol Ink Embellishments from scraps

I love to share the techniques I learn and the process I use on my blog, Gaal Creative, at http://www.gaalcreative.com.

What are your favorite, go-to tools?

I don't think I could live without my Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet or my Heat It Craft Tool. I love embossing and use my heat tool all the time. My favorite is to emboss with Ranger seafoam white embossing powder to get a nice opaque white that you can't get with a stamping ink. I also emboss with clear a lot.

Card Lift

Because I love embossing, my Tsukineko VersaMark watermark ink stays out on my desk all the time. My four favorite inks are VersaMark, Ranger Archival Ink (which is waterproof) in black, Tsukineko VersaFine Vintage Sepia pigment ink, and VersaColor raspberry.

I also love using Distress Inks. You can achieve so many looks from them. You can make backgrounds in a lighter shade of the ink and stamp over that with the same ink and it shows up darker. You can dye white ribbon or twill tape to match a project. You can tone down bright patterns. They are very versatile!

Autumn Tree ATC

And I like to use punches and die cuts. I like to add layers to my cards and projects and it is fun to cut those layers into different shapes and designs. I also use my EK Success Cutter Bee scissor and my ATG 714 adhesive gun with ATG Gold 1/4" adhesive all the time.

What are you currently working on?

My mother came for a visit last summer and dropped off a shoebox filled with the negatives of all the family photos from when my siblings and I were little - photos that I thought had been lost forever. When we moved one time, all of our family photo albums got lost. So, it was a real treat to see that she had kept many of the negatives separately and that they still existed.

I've been organizing them and putting them into protective sleeves. And getting ready to send them to a scanning service, which will scan all of the negatives and professionally correct them for scratches and dust, color, and red-eye. Then we will have all the family photos available to us digitally on DVDs, to print and use in scrapbooks or to use in digital design. It's so exciting!

How do you organize your supplies? 

I am lucky enough to have a whole corner of a spare bedroom dedicated to my crafty space. In the former closet, I have a set of drawers from Best Scrapbook Shelf. In the corner, I have a tower made from grid squares which holds most of my 12"x12" paper in plastic cases by Iris, and then I have an 8 foot craft table with storage shelves above that.

My craft table usually holds a simple but sturdy wooden cassette tape organizer, that I got at a thrift store, which holds lots of my frequently used inks. And a Making Memories carousel. My ATG gun is usually on the table and a roll of paper towels, too. So my working area is just a portion of the total table space - a little larger than the large sized non-stick craft sheet.

Most of my supplies are organized in the drawer system. The drawers come in 1", 2", and 3" heights which is perfect for most craft supplies. Wood stamps fit nicely into 1" drawers. All my supplies like glue dots, punches, ink pads, Distress Ink blending tools and foam, and alcohol inks are in these drawers. It makes it really easy to pull out what you want for a project and then put it back away. I can't say enough good things about this system! I adore it!

My hubby, who is also an artistic type, has a matching table and shelves. He is a potter and does watercolors and has ham radio equipment on his desk. Sometimes I can have a crafty buddy over and she can use his desk, if he is nice enough to clear it off. The other side of the room has bookshelves, a nice chair to sit and read in, and room for our two kitties to hang out with us when we are in there. It is my favorite room in the house! Except for when it doubles as a guest room, with an Aerobed in there taking up most of the floor space. Then I miss it! :-)"

Thank you so much for sharing, Anne!  Be sure to check out the rest of Anne's work in her Two Peas gallery. :)

Join us tomorrow as Jennifer McGuire shares another set of Holiday Thinking Inking!

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Sponsor Spotlight: Imaginisce

Today we're highlighting October Stamping Month Sponsor: Imaginisce!  With every collection they release, Imaginisce never fails to come out with stamps that are both affordable and irresistible (hence, the appropriate name "Snag 'Em Stamps").

 

The papers, stickers and stamps in their designs are great for both cardmaking and scrapbooking.  Let's take a look at the collections in the store and how their stamps and products have been used!

Apple Cider

   

Give Thanks

Thankful For...

Cottage Christmas

 

  

Holiday Cards

Winter

Love & Cherish

     

   

Love | Anniversary Card

Our Love Story

Birthday B-Bash

   

Make A Wish

Two

Dino Roar

   

On the Hunt

Nature Boy

Live Loud

  

Live Loud

Dance

Splash Dance

   

Splash Dance Card Set

Star Fish

Shew!  There's a lot of ideas here - hopefully there's something here that will inspire you to get stamping and scrapping!  That concludes today's sponsor spotlight... If you'd like to win a prize from Imaginisce, please leave a comment here on this blog post by the end of October Stamping Month on October 31st for your chance to win!  The winner will be announced here on the blog on November 1st, as well as on the stamping board. 

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Challenge

Super Special Challenge: Stamp & Cut

 

For this challenge I'd like you to stamp & cut!  Here are some ideas to get you started:

Hang in There by Kristina Werner

Back to School by vickypgr

In Life's Adventures by Jen Gallacher

Share your card or project in the member gallery by October 31st.  The winner of this challenge will be announced on the Stamping board, as well as this blog, on November 1st.  Be sure to check the appropriate challenge box under "member challenges" when uploading.

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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5 Things to Try

Time for another round of new things to try!  Mix up your creative process by trying these ideas...

The cluster of butterflies in this card by mabelm is unexpected and stunning!

Jennifer McGuire has created a cluster that includes a sentiment.  The card is hinged on its sides so that when opened, the cluster separates:

Flowerflora groups flowers and stamped images to create this beautiful scene in her layout "Life is Like a Tree."

Get some mileage out of a stamp by repeating it and making it the central theme throughout a mini book like revlie, or try a set of cards, gift set, journal, anything!  Look for stamps with text in the Two Peas store here!

Simple Card Set and Mini Stamped Layout by Jen McGuire

Jen Gallacher did not plan to pair the Hero Arts Bee & Flower set with the Honeycomb stamp from Prima when placing her Two Peas order, but when she began working on her layout - she found they worked together perfectly!  Are there stamps in your stash that you could pair in new ways?

Jill Hornby challenged herself to keep a personal journal for the month of May, and to encourage herself to meet that goal - she made something pretty!   Using basic stamps with numbers and journaling lines, she created a page for each day's entry.  You could also take this approach with a calendar, planner, memo book...there are lots of possibilities!

I hope you enjoyed this new set of things to try - which one has you inspired?  What do you think you'll do next?

Check back tomorrow as we have a new special challenge with a chance to win! smiley

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Guest Blogger: Kathy Martin

Let's welcome Digital Designer, Creative Team member, and all-around-crafty-and-talented Kathy Martin as our Guest Blogger today!  Kathy's brand is called "Digital Doodles;" the products she creates are great for printing out and coloring in like stamps.  A lot of her work below features these designs, including the card she's shared with us today:

 

How would you describe your style?

I'm most comfortable with a clean and graphic style, but because I like most styles I challenge myself to try them all.

Thankful

What steps do you take when making a card or project?  

I usually start a card with a stamp or embellishment that I want to use, then I find coordinating papers and additional accents such as ribbon and buttons. The design is usually the last think I think of.

All Hallows Eve Tags

Night Before Christmas

What are your favorite, go-to tools? 

I love die cut machines! I love the Silhouette and my new favorite is the Wizard. The Nestabilities dies are perfect for card making.

Thankful

Autumn Crafts

What are you currently working on?

Being on the Digital Creative Team and a Digital Designer at Two Peas in a Bucket, I've always got something I'm working on. I also try to squeeze in a scrapbook page whenever I have the chance. Now with the holidays around the corner, I'm starting to work on Christmas cards and my yearly ornaments that I make for family and friends. My scraproom never gets a break!

Night Before Christmas

 

Framed Leaves

How do you organize your supplies? 

I like to call my workspace a controlled mess! :) It's organized, but not pretty as a picture so I'll save you the graphics! I have ladder type shelving that has graduating shelves with the largest at the bottom. I store my paper on the bottom larger shelves and use a lot of plastic containers with drawers to keep different types of embellishments on the rest of the shelves.

Thank you so much for joining us, Kathy!  See the rest of her gallery work from her profile page, and check back tomorrow for another post of 5 Things to Try!

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Garden Girl Spotlight: Kandis Smith

Today we're highlighting a Garden Girl who frequently incorporates stamping into her designs: Kandis Smith!  We know you'll be inspired by the projects she has to share and the background behind her creative process.

How would you describe your style?


I like to mix colors to make unique combinations, mix manufacturers, stamping on everything, and office products--I'm always drawn to brads, journaling tags, etc.



Swim Party

What steps do you take when making a card or project using stamping? 

For cards I start by going through my odds and ends drawer, finding things that go well together. For layouts it really depends on the pictures I'm using. If I'm using a group of photos it really helps to start off with a sketch--then I can get an idea of where the pictures will go. Then I start off by picking out my papers and cardstock and arranging them how I want them. Last is my embellishments--stamps, brads, etc. 

Birthday Boy

What are a couple of your favorite stamping techniques?
    

I just learned about stamp kissing--so fun! I'm doing it on everything now! I also love to heat emboss--I love the solid bright color that it gives my stamped images.

April

What are your favorite, go-to tools?


My Hero stamps, my corner rounder by EK Success, Kraft paper, and of course... my glue gun!

Mr and Mrs Smith 

What are you currently working on?
 

We just went to the pumpkin patch so I've been throwing around ideas on how to arrange my layout. I'm also a huge Halloween fan, so I've been coming up with some fun Halloween crafts for the house.

 

 

How do you organize your supplies?

       Our LSS recently went out of business and I was able to pick up a turning paper rack by My Mind's Eye for $30. It's perfect for holding my paper collections and the matching embellishments! I also have a giant pegboard to hold my product so that it's in front of me and I can see what I have to work with.

Be sure to check out the rest of her gallery here, and look out for a card lesson in our next event from Kandis very soon!  Thank you, Kandis!

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Holiday Thinking Inking Week 3

We have a new batch of holiday cards from our Guest Designer Jennifer McGuire - have you seen them yet?!?

Check them out here: Season Flowers, Merry Snowflakes & Be Merry Deer

ETA: Congrats to the winners of the challenges from Week 2:

Harvest Blessing by jfm4him

Snow by jillianfoster8210

Peace by Scrapitgal

Thank you everyone for playing along - we're loving seeing all of the Thinking Inking projects in the gallery!

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Guest Blogger: Joy131275

We're excited to have Australian Pea and talented stamper, Joy 131275 sharing today as our Guest Blogger!  She's created this adorable Halloween card and answered a few questions for us.

 

How would you describe your style?

My style, well it has taken me awhile to find what I am comfortable with and for now I think that my style of clean and simple is really me.

Thinking of You
What steps do you take when making a card(or project)?  Describe your process or any favorite techniques.

I generally don’t have a process as such when creating a project, I usually just sit in my little craft room and play and then one thing leads to another and before I know it I have created something I am happy with.  It is very rare that what I plan out in my head turns out, but when it does I am always super excited.

Time to Celebrate

What are your favorite, go-to tools?

I suppose the most used tools at present for me to use is my Fiskars, Stamp Press, I love the fact that I can hover over where I wish to stamp without ruining my creation and then stamp. The other go to tools that I like, would have to be my Trimmer and my Foam Blending Tools.

Wishing You Everything Good

How do you organize your supplies?

I am what you might say anal when it comes to organising my craft supplies, I have been very lucky to have my partner custom build all of my craft furniture (one talented guy) I am planning on painting my room out within the next week and will be sharing a video tour on my blog. 

Thanks so much for joining us, Joy!  Check out the rest of Joy's gallery to see more of her work!  Check back on the October Stamping Month Event page tomorrow for three new projects from Jennifer McGuire!

Supplies for today's card:

Hero Arts Stamps - Hello Flags, Monster Fun, Happy Letters, Graph Background and Flourish Background

Ink - Ranger - Distress Ink - Black Soot, Memento Tuxedo Black, Hero Arts - Soft Lilac

Copics

Hero Arts - Note Card - Lilac

Spellbinder Die - Classic Circles

Googly Eyes

Rhinestones

Dimensionals

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Sponsor Spotlight: Hero Arts

Today we're highlighting a stamping company that is a favorite to many: Hero Arts!  We have nearly 1,000 products by Hero in  the store including stationery, gems, ribbon, digikits - but the majority of those products are stamps!  Today's post will cover just a few of these stamps with examples of how they can be used.  

Notice the wide range of designs - some can be used as backgrounds, while some are used as the focal point of a project and still others can be combined to build a scene.

Creative Trees: You're in My Thoughts by scrapperjjb and Run and Play by Amy G

Flourish Pine (on sale!): Joy by Alice W and Sending Warm Wishes by Jennifer McGuire

Lace Frame Woodmounted Stamp: Thank You by Vanessa 1978 and You Are So Goofy by Kandis Smith

Raindrop Background:  Pink Butterfly by Kristina Werner, Simply the Best by Nichol Magouirk & To the Moon & Back by whendeeb

Happy Birthday Cupcakes: Happy Birthday to You by weememories & Cupcakes Set by mizz_kitty21

We hope you enjoyed today's feature.  If you'd like to win a prize from Hero Arts, please leave a comment here on this blog post by the end of October Stamping Month on October 31st for your chance to win!  The winner will be announced here on the blog on November 1st, as well as on the stamping board. 

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Guest Blogger: Sheri R

We are excited to have Sheri R as our guest blogger today as she shares a layout using stamping, as well as her creative process and studio space!  We think you'll love taking a look at her work...

Dream Big

 

How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as being relatively clean and streamlined. When it comes to patterned papers, I love cheerful designs in bright, happy colors, but prefer more neutral shades of cardstock. I purchase Bazzill white and kraft in bulk!

My journaling is always done on my computer, and nearly every design I create consists of a little bit of stamping, a decorative edge, and a few carefully chosen embellishments. I also love adding a digital touch here and there.

Oh, Christmas Tree

What steps do you take when making a card (or project)? 

When designing a scrapbook page, I almost always start with my photos. My papers and embellishments are then chosen, based on their colors or theme. Very rarely do I have a plan in mind, or create a sketch in advance.

Occasionally my designs come together relatively quickly, but the majority of the time,  I rearrange things over and over (and over), until I'm happy with the results.

When it comes to cards, I generally use those left over bits and pieces that remain on my desk after creating a layout. This makes the process generally quick and simple.

Lovely

What are your favorite, go-to tools?

I simply can not get enough of my border punches!

I love how they add interest, and that special finishing touch, to a page that otherwise consists mainly of straight lines.

Another favorite...stamps and white embossing powder.

Across the Miles

What are you currently working on?

I have so many wonderful photos that were taken this past summer, that I just can't wait to scrap. While I have years worth of catching up to do, I find I always tend to reach for those recent faves first. I just finished printing a bunch of photos to create a mini album of our family vacation to Florida. Whatever photos don't make the album , will be sure to show up on a layout in the very near future.

So Exactly...Mini Album

How do you organize your supplies? 

 

I may not necessarily have the best organizing system, but it seems to work well for me.

It's a system based largely on memory...anyone else would be absolutely lost in my studio! LOL

I organize my cardstock by color, and my patterned paper by either company, or simply based on my love of the product. Brands that I have a lot of, such as American Crafts, Basic Grey or October Afternoon, have their very own open shelves, while other shelves house a mix of recent favorites. My older patterned papers are stored mixed together in lower drawers.

        

   

My favorite wooden stamps are displayed on open shelves. I like having easy to access  to them, and being able to see exactly what's there. The remainder of my wooden stamps, along with my Hero Arts clear and cling stamps,  are stored in a small, closed door bookshelf, beneath my Silhouette Machine.  (My clear and cling stamps are stored in labeled photo boxes.)

My Autumn Leaves stamps are stored within my cube storage unit, and I have a bunch of miscellaneous stamps that are stored in decorative boxes on top.

I have several clear drawers lined up side by side underneath my countertop. They may not be the most glamorous, but I like being able to see what's inside. I try to keep the front items neatly arranged for appearance, but in behind, things tend to get a bit messy.

 

      

   

   

I have a large drawer for paper scraps, another for my everyday tools and adhesives, several for punches, one for my dies and embossing folders, one for inks and embossing powders, and the others hold older patterned papers, 8 x 8 paper pads, letter stickers, rub ons, etc.

Within my cube storage unit, I have 6 baskets in total. Two of the top ones consist of newer embellishments, while the other one is entirely full of Making Memories product. The lower 3 baskets consist of older embellishments and ribbon.

The middle shelves hold my Autumn Leaves Stamps, my Cuttlebug machine, and several miniature storage drawers that are full of everything from journaling tags to buttons, to die cuts and twine.

I also have a large closed door storage unit that holds my cardstock and seasonal patterned papers.

I also store my brads in here, along with chipboard shapes, 8 1/2 x 11 papers and many miscellaneous odds and ends."

   

Thanks so much for joining us, Sheri!  Be sure to check out the rest of her beautiful work in her gallery!

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5 Things to Try

A little bit of inspiration for you on this Thursday of Stamping Month!

The small touches of embellishments on these stamped trees make this set really pop!  A great way to use those small pieces in your stash.  Mini Thank You Cards by Lucy Abrams

Candy Corn by lauralooloo

Cupcake shaped card by charityj

Love from Our House by weememories

Cindy Liebel has stamped on circular label stickers and embossed over top of them in her layout "The Christmas Gifts."

Happy Birthday to You by inglishrea

Just Saying Hello by Joy Taylor

Bookmark Set by Aly D

Butterfly Lace Stationery Set by prospurring

Thank You Gift Set by prospurring

What are you going to try, or what have you tried?  We'd love for you to share a link to your project in the gallery!

Tomorrow we have a post from another Guest Blogger - we can't wait to show you what she has in store. smiley

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Guest Blogger: Darlene003

Darlene003 is our guest blogger today and she has a special card we know you're going to love!  Darlene just joined Two Peas this year and is beginning to fill her gallery with one beautiful card after the other - we're so glad she can share another one with us as part of October Stamping Month!

Darlene creates these fun videos set to music and created one for us today demonstrating how this card was made:

And now, to learn a little more about her process...

How would you describe your style?

Definitely clean.  I like to keep one focal area and leave some empty space.  Sometimes it's hard not to keep adding things, but I try!

¨What steps do you take when making a card(or project)?  Describe your process or any favorite techniques.

I usually spend a day or two envisioning it in my head, mostly when I'm trying to sleep or when I'm in the shower.  Once I have a pretty good vision, I usually sketch it out on a post-it.  Then, I go to my room and start creating.  Sometimes it comes out exactly the way I envisioned it, but sometimes it's completely different!!

What are your favorite, go-to tools?

Versamark is probably the product I use the most.  I love to emboss and I love the tone-on-tone look for a background.  I also use my white gel pen a lot.  As far as tools go, I love punches!  They make it so easy to create shapes.  And, of course, my heat tool for embossing.

What are you currently working on?

Every week I create a new card-making video for my blog, so I am ALWAYS working on that!  It takes a lot of time to design the card, record, edit, find music, etc.  I try to incorporate new techniques as much as I can.  Last week I spent a bunch of time experimenting with pop-up cards, so I posted 2 videos on that.  Oh, and scrapbooking - it just never ends.  I am working on a special scrapbook for my 20th anniversary vow renewal with my husband and kids that we did in June.  I got the Basic Grey Cappella collection.

Thanks so much for joining us, Darlene!

Check back tomorrow for more inspiration and tips to try!

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Garden Girl Spotlight: Nichol Magouirk

Today we are spotlighting one of our designer Garden Girls again who often uses stamping in her work - Nichol Magouirk!  We're excited to highlight some of her work, hear a little bit about her process and take a peek inside her studio!

 

How would you describe your style? Bright & fun with lots of detail and layers.

Good Things

- What steps do you take when making a card(or project) using stamping?

I almost always start with a product I want to use (usually a stamp) and go from there. It's funny, I almost always use sketches with scrapbooking but rarely with card-making.

Punched Hearts Card Set

- What are a couple of your favorite stamping techniques?

Hands down my favorite techniques are masking and coloring in images.

- What are your favorite, go-to tools?

Stamp-a-ma-jig by Inkadinkadoo, Masking Paper by Inkadinkadoo, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and White Smooth Cardstock.

- What are you currently working on?

I am working on a card I am working on a card class for Two Peas and I am creating stamped projects for a Fall/Halloween Video Tutorial Series on my blog and also a Holiday/Christmas Video Tutorial Series on my blog.

Thanks So Much

And now we get a peek inside Nichol's studio...

  

Nichol teaches a monthly class on using die-cutting machines - you can find her class here.  Be sure to check out the other items in her gallery as well!

Check back tomorrow for our next Guest Blogger - she has a video to share! smiley

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This week's Holiday Thinking Inking & Challenge Winners

Hello all!  Who's ready for another week of Holiday Thinking Inking?

If you've not yet taken a look at the three new lessons (with a video!) from Jennifer, don't miss them!  They can be viewed here!

Congrats to the following winners of the first week's challenge:

Joy to the World by rene sharp

Frightful & Delightful by sm3b

Make Your Season Bright by pixiedustforme

Thanks to all who commented and wished Jenny, our guest blogger, a happy wedding day from yesterday!  The randomly selected winner of a Two Peas gift certificate from Jenny goes to....

   

Mommy Calypso!  The gift certificate will be emailed to the address in your Two Peas account shortly.

Join us tomorrow as we spotlight one of our stamping Garden Girls!

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Guest Blogger: weememories

We're excited we get to welcome weememories as our guest blogger today, not just because she has something fantastic to share - but this day is special because it is her wedding day!  10.10.10 - a great day to get married, don't you think?!

Jenny's cards are ones that easily bring smiles, as you'll see in her gallery here and I think the project she has to share today will be no exception.

"Hi Peas! I’m so excited and overly ecstatic to be here. And a plus I get to share my project with you today. I love, love, love stamping and I am here today to share a project with you showcasing my favorite pastime, STAMPING! I love giving a fresh stamp its first inking. I love taking a stamp image and turning it into a lovely card by adding my touch to it.

With the upcoming holidays, we all are getting our Holiday cards and gifts ready for our friends and family and we also look for that perfect gift bag to go along with it. Its time consuming to decorate both so I thought why not make the card the decoration!! Saves a little time for me since I have so many to do. I have a gift on the table at each family members table settings to say “Thanks for being my family” so these are perfect for doing just that.

 

All I did was adhere the card to the bag with removable tape so the card could be saved if they didn’t want to save the bag, and also so they can take it off and read it. Under the card is still the background decoration I did on the bag. So the bag still looks cute even after taking the card off. It will save me tons of time!!"

Supplies for this project:

Stamps: Hero Arts Magical Background, Hero Arts So Thankful set, Hero Arts Happy Thanksgiving set 
Paper: Papertrey Ink cardstock 
Ink: Versamark, Memento, Copic Markers, Hero Hues
 Other: Scotch Adhesive dot roller, Raffia, Gift bag, Tissue Paper, EK Success 1” circle punch

Jenny has also answered a mini questionnaire for us:

How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style to be cute and fun. And I love to scene build. I always think of a story in my mind and try to base my card and style on that.

What steps do you take when making a card(or project)?  

When I’m doing a project I like to first pick out the stamp set I want to use. Then I look at it for a couple minutes and try to think out a scene I want to build. Once I have the idea, I sketch it out in my sketchbook. Then I gather all my supplies I want to use in a basket (like shopping every time) and I go to work or should I say go have fun!

What are your favorite, go-to tools? 

Oh there are a few of those. I would have to say my most used tools are my ATG glue gun, Making Memories paper piercer, Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors, and my Acrylic Stamp blocks.

 

What are you currently working on?

A card for my challenge, which is themed Tutty Fruity. Another card for my Father’s birthday and a card for my fiancés birthday.

How do you organize your supplies?  

Ooh, that’s the best part. I love organizing. I label everything!! It makes it so easy to find what I need. And after my wedding, which is on 10-10-10, I can focus on redoing my studio closet for more space.

Thanks so much for joining us, Jenny!

But wait, there's more to share!  Jenny has a $10 gift certificate to Two Peas she'd love to pass on to a Pea.  Leave a comment here on this blog post for your chance to win!  A randomly selected winner will be posted here tomorrow and the gift certificate sent. smiley

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Super Special Challenge: Recommend a favorite product

Today's super special challenge is an easy one!  Go to the Two Peas shopping section and find an item you've purchased and know others would love to use.  When you click on the product to view it by itself, there will be a link that says: recommend this product.  Recommend the product and leave a comment here letting us know!  The randomly selected winner will receive a prize from one of our sponsors and will be announced on the Master List of Challenges thread on the Stamping Board, as well as this blog, on November 1st.

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Super Special Challenge: 15 minute & 30 minute card

For this challenge I'd like you to make two cards in the same design, but one in a simpler version taking you only (about) 15 minutes to create, and another in a more complex, or in-depth version, taking you (about) 30 minutes to create.  The cards will be similar in sentiment, color, papers, etc - but those tiny details will differ.  

Share your two cards in one upload (just use two images in the same upload) in the member gallery by October 31st.  The winner of this challenge will be announced on the Stamping board, as well as this blog, on November 1st.  Be sure to check the appropriate challenge box under "member challenges" when uploading.

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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5 Things to Try

Just a little inspiration for you today to get those wheels turning... a list of 5 things to try!

1.  Try the color combination of kraft & white:

In her layout Spring, Kelly has stamped white ink onto kraft cardstock multiple times, and then cut the butterflies out and layered them onto her page.  She added just a few gold butterflies into the mix to add interest.

In this set of cards, Jennifer McGuire has stamped onto kraft cardstock and then colored in the images, but then adds highlights with white pencil to make the images stand out.  She also recommends stamping just white onto kraft cardstock for a great look!

2. Use flocking powder!

Garden Girl Mary Mac dresses up a snowflake with white flocking powder in this miniature card she attached to gifts.

Garden Girl Nichol Magouirk creates an elegant card when using a glue pad, background stamp and white flocking onto grey cardstock.

3. Create your own patterned paper.

Don't be afraid to create your own pattern or border like Shannon did in her layout.  And who says you have to use the same color of ink?  Try mixing it up!

Kelly Purkey uses the same stamp we saw in the first example, but goes for a totally different feel in this layout.  She stamped her own background and made a pattern with a tone-on-tone look.

And Vanessa1978 creates her own background in this very pretty Christmas card!

4.  Use a different object and create your own stamp.

Garden Girl Mary Mac paint her son's feet and stamps them onto her layout!  Look around you and find objects you can use...the rim of a glass, bubblewrap, etc!

5.  Create a home decor piece.

Garden Girl Jen Gallacher created this simple yet stunning frame set by repeating the same stamped image and giving variety with different colored cardstock.

And Help Me Rhonda stamped, layered, and pieced elements together to create this beautiful Holiday collage for her home.  The piece gives extra meaning by including a passage that is meaningful to her family.  The same could be done with a sentiment stamp, or printing out a poem or verse on your computer!

And if you'd like to take the list with you, just download the PDF of 5 things to try from here!

Have fun!  I encourage you to try these things and share your creations with us; and if you do, be sure to leave a comment linking us to your gallery piece!

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Guest Blogger: Alice W.

Today we're welcoming Digital Creative Team Member Alice W. as our guest blogger.  We're excited about the fun card she's created and a peek into her life as a cardmaker!

She's combined the use of stamps with digital products from Two Peas that she's printed out:

 

Here is the list of supplies for the card:
 
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (card base, stamped images), Neenah Classic Solar White (digital paper print outs)
Stamps: Hero Arts Silly Scape, Hero Arts Thoughtful Messages
Digital stamp: Fun in the Sun Drawings by Holly Brooke Jones (sun)
Digital kit: The Apple Of My Eye by Vinnie Pearce (patterned paper)
Markers: Copic
Dies: Spellbinders (ovals), Sizzixe Tim Holtz Alterations Scallops
Dit-cutting machine: Cuttlebug

-How would you describe your style?

I think my style leans to the "cute" side. I love and am addicted to anything cute and I think that reflects on the cards that I made. I do get inky and distress-y at times, but most of the time I make cute cards.
 
- What steps do you take when making a card? Describe your process and any tips you'd like to share.
I have never thought of this question seriously. LOL! I thought about it and I think this is how it works for me: I first decide on what I am going to use as my focal point/image. It could be a physical stamp or an element from a digital kit. I then decide which of the 500 (ok, not that many but I have more than enough if you count the digital kits) paper collection that I want to use. I then color or stamp the main image according to the color scheme from the paper collection/digital kit that I picked. After the main image is colored/stamped and cut into the shape that I intended to use, a card design forms.
 
I think to keep an open mind is important. Don't commit yourself to just one design with your project. Sometimes just by rotating your paper, your will find an A-ha moment. Just play, have fun and enjoy!

- What are your favorite, go-to tools?
Various dies. It's a very easy way to add a little interest to your projects. I usually use them for the card shape/base or to enhance the main image (you will see this on the card that I am sharing today). 
- What are you currently working on?
More cards. LOL! I am working on a couple of guest design projects and a couple of projects just for myself and for fun.
 
- How do you organize your supplies?
I am using one half of our dining table as my working table now, so it's really horribly messy since I have very limited space. I am basically surrounded by my supplies. LOL! Here is a photo:
 
It's VERY messy, but I do know where everything is! =) There are more things behind and under my chair and to the right. Sorry for the bad photos, I had to use flash. I arrange my supplies according to brands and collections. Since I only make cards now (yes, I started as a scrapbooker!), I have lots of 6x6 pads. If they have been used, I just put them into a zip bag (a quart size bag is perfect for a 6x6 pad) and all the scarps from the same collection goes in the same bag.
 
And because we couldn't resist sharing some more...
Happy Holidays using this stamp (now 50% off)
Joy   
 
Raise your hand if you would love to get one of these cards in the mail!!  Or to be the giver of one of these special cards...smiley  Thanks so much, Alice, for joining us!
 
See the related products below to see the main focal images used in the cards pictured, or click on the links below the cards to see all products used!
 
And a note, the event calendar has been revised a bit, adding a guest blogger to the 10th and the 24th.  Make a note, or just download a new version!
 
Join us tomorrow for a special ideas and inspiration post...

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Garden Girl Spotlight: Jen Gallacher

 

On our design team of Garden Girls you'll find some who love stamping and use it often in their projects.  One stamping expert is Garden Girl Jen Gallacher.  Today we're spotlighting her in a mini questionnaire and taking a look at some of the amazing stamping work in her cards and layouts!

- How would you describe your style?

Clean lines, bright colors, lots of embellishments, mixing and matching from different companies.

The Magic of Christmas using this stamp.

Thanks So Much Candy Jar using this stamp (on sale)

- What steps do you take when making a card(or project) using stamping?

I tend to work backwards picking a product that I've been dying to use. Then I select my colors and additional embellishments based on the first product. I rarely use a sketch. I let the product tell me how it will best work.

New Year, New Me using this stamp (on sale)

- What are a couple of your favorite stamping techniques?

I've fallen in love with Copic Markers. They are expensive so I use the few that I do have and mix them up with traditional stamping markers.

Super Happy using this stamp and these markers! (both on sale)

- What are your favorite, go-to tools?

Scallop scissors or border punches. Circle punches. Brown stamping ink to ink the edges of my cards. And twine.

All Day Everyday using this stamp (on sale)

- What are you currently working on?

A Halloween project, a Cricut Vinyl project, and a couple of layouts about punches.

Our Chills and Thrills

- How do you organize your supplies? 

I organize according to the way that I design: tools on my desk, paper within reach of my desk, printer and computer behind my desk. Most used items within reach of my rolling chair.

Inspired yet?  We thought so!  Thank you, Jen, for sharing your process and perspective!

Jen's work can be viewed in her gallery; and if you've not checked it out already, she also teaches a monthly mini album class at Two Peas that can be found here!

The products used in the projects above have been related below!

Join us tomorrow for a new project from one of our guest bloggers. smiley

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Guest Blogger: Lucy Abrams

We're excited to have Lucy Abrams as our guest blogger today!  She is a teacher from the UK with a talent for making cards...the card she has to share today shows off that talent! 

 How would you describe your style?

I guess my cards would be described as simple.  I really like clean cards, with space and symmetry and balance.  Almost all my cards feature stitching, and I love to incorporate patterned paper into my designs.

What steps do you take when making a card(or project)?  Describe your process or any favorite techniques.

I must admit, I am a sketcher.  I have a beautiful notebook I got on a recent visit to the US and I love it.  My best cards are products of careful sketching, although when in the mood, I love to just play.  

Once I have a basic sketch prepared, I just go for it - however, I usually spend a long time choosing which papers and stamps to pair. 

My favourite technique has to be stamping, especially stamping onto patterned paper and paper piecing. Love it... I am not a good colourer...

What are your favorite, go-to tools?

Definitely my sewing machine. I rarely make a card without stitching.  And when I do, I always feel it is missing something. :) 

I also love my Tim Holtz ink blending tool.  Distressing is one of my new favourites... the more I play, the more I love this technique. (Thanks Jennifer McGuire) :)

What are you currently working on?

I always have several cards on the go in my mind.  I am lucky enough to be on several design teams, so usually have a list as long as my arm of things to do.  I love the drive this gives me.  Right now, I have some cards to make featuring stickers, not something I find easy, but I do love a challenge.

How do you organize your supplies? 

 My workspace (the spare room) is under construction at the moment, so I am temporarily homeless.  Luckily I have a very forgiving husband who tolerates the mess.  I confess I am no organiser.  Most things have "a place", but when I see photos of gorgeous American style craft rooms, I am very jealous.  A recent sort out of all my patterned papers did me the world of good - I got rid of about 80% and found some forgotten supplies hidden in the pile.  I think I work better with fewer supplies, but I'll never tell my husband that. :) 

Thanks so much for joining us, Lucy!  Be sure to check out the other cards in her gallery!

And now it's time to announce the winner of yesterday's World Cardmaking Day challenge...

2Pea-or-not-2Pea said: "I make cards because it's cheaper than therapy... and I enjoy giving paper hugs. :)"

Congrats!  A prize pack from one of our sponsors will be sent to you shortly!

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World Cardmaking Day - a special challenge!

Today I have a special challenge for you in celebration of World Cardmaking Day!  By participating you just might see your comment pop up in a special series on the website coming soon, OR you might win a prize from one of our sponsors?

Are you ready?!

Leave a comment below filling in the blank: "I make cards because..."  Your comment must be just one sentence!

I can't wait to hear from you and hear all different perspectives!  Leave your comment by the end of Worldcardmaking Day, October 2nd, for your chance to win!  The winner will be announced here on the blog tomorrow!

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Today is it...An Introduction to October Stamping Month and today's guest blogger!

Welcome to the first day of October Stamping Month at Two Peas!  Get ready for new challenges, new projects from our Guest Designer, Jennifer McGuire, guest bloggers, and loads of inspiration!  To celebrate the first day

I've created a few special challenges for you...you have the whole month to work on them!

Challenge #1

Challenge #2 

Challenge #3

I've also created a calendar for the event:

Download a printable PDF of the calendar here!

I've also created a special button for Peas wanting a graphic for Stamptoberfest:

And if you have a question regarding how events, including October Stamping Month work, here is a video with a brief overview:

Thanks so much for joining us this month!

And now...let's welcome our Guest Blogger: StampingCafe as she shares a new card she's created just for the event, as well as a peek into her life as a stamper and her studio!

A little about our guest:

"I started scrapbooking two years after my daughter was born (2004), and I just totally fall in love with it. I discover Two Peas in a Bucket in 2005. I love scrap booking for the creative and artistic outlet it gives me - I start to get itchy if a few days go by without my sitting down to play! 


I have another hobby which I dearly love. Card-making! It is a great way to use scraps left over from scrapbooking."

Today's card:

 

How would you describe your style?

Ummm... I'm not really sure about my style, I guess is shabby vintage with a punch of color! :)

What steps do you take when making a card or project?

I always start with a sketch, then is color combo, and finally look for the embellishments for my project. I love embossing, both dry and heat... they just add such wonderful texture to a project!

What are your favorite, go-to tools?

I would have to say my Cuttlebug die cutting machine.

What are you currently working on?

I'm working on some scrapbook pages... I haven't been able to scrapbook for awhile because it is time consuming, hopefully I will be able to share them soon! :)

How do you organize your supplies?

I store my supplies in the Kitchen storage units that I found at Ikea, I absolutely love them!

    

   

You can view Kiara's other gallery work here - thanks so much for joining us!

Be sure to check back tomorrow as we celebrate World Cardmaking Day!

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Welcome to Stamping Month! Challenge #3

 

Challenge #3 is to create a card using your own sentiment with alphabet stamps.  Get creative in your greeting!

You have until the end of Stamping Month, October 31st, to upload your project to the member gallery, be sure to click the "Welcome to Stamping Month! Challenge #1" challenge checkbox under 'member challenges', and let us know which product it was!  If the item can be found in the Two Peas store, be sure to relate it on the final step of uploading.

The randomly-selected winner of this challenge will receive a prize pack from one of our sponsors and will be announced on the Education board November 1st.  Have fun!

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Welcome to Stamping Month! Challenge #2

Challenge #2 is to create a set of cards that are cohesive in theme, but each have a different color scheme.

 

You have until the end of Stamping Month, October 31st, to upload your project to the member gallery, be sure to click the "Welcome to Stamping Month! Challenge #2" challenge checkbox under 'member challenges'!

The randomly-selected winner of this challenge will receive a prize pack from one of our sponsors and will be announced on the Education board November 1st.  Have fun!

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Welcome to Stamping Month! Challenge #1

Our first challenge for Stamping Month is to use that stamp or supply you've been itching to use!  Maybe it's a new ink color, a new stamp or tool.  

You have until the end of Stamping Month, October 31st, to upload your project to the member gallery, be sure to click the "Welcome to Stamping Month! Challenge #1" challenge checkbox under 'member challenges', and let us know which product it was!  If the item can be found in the Two Peas store, be sure to relate it on the final step of uploading.

The randomly-selected winner of this challenge will receive a prize pack from one of our sponsors and will be announced on the Education board November 1st.  Have fun!

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