Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Guest designing for Sweet Stamp Shop

Hey everyone, I was so excited to be able to help Sweet Stamp Shop out with their release this month.  Today I'm being featured over at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog with a few more projects I created with this month's release.

I've got three projects to share with you today.

First a layout using the Calendar stamp set.

These photos are from several years ago when I took Ellie home to attend a friend's wedding.  We snapped these shots just before we left.  Ellie wasn't being cooperative with the photos, so I suggested that she and my mom clap, which worked a little better.

I used the Calendar stamp set to create my own patterned paper for this layout.  It's a pretty busy pattern, so I added a layer of vellum on the right hand side where the pictures were going to soften it a bit.  I love that I was able to highlight the month that I was scrapping with that wood veneer arrow (I added some black ink to it).  Some Studio Calico kraft heart stickers and SRM border stitch stickers finished the layout off.

My next two projects are cards that I created using Chalkboard Sign.

This first one also includes stamps from the Perfect Match set.

It doesn't come across that clearly in the photo, but added some pink/red highlights by using a Faber-Castell big brush pen.  After the initial stamping, I went over the selected portions with the pen, then stamped over top to give it that subtle color.

The frame for my chalkboard is a multi-step rather long process, but I think the results are worth it.

1) Cut the frame first (this one is 1/4" thick).
2) Use an embossing stylus and scoreboard to add the mitred corners on the backside of the frame.
3) On the right side of the frame, on a regular surface, use the stylus to score lines along the sides of the frame, lots of lines. 
4) Sand down the frame to reveal the lines/texture.
5) Add color back to the frame using a sponge/sponge dauber.

And finally another another CAS card.

For this card I created a small chalkboard sign that I could 'hang' on the card. The frame was created the same way as on the previous card, but I changed up the chalkboard technique a little bit.  After the initial stamping, Iused a Faber-Castell Stamper's Big White Pen to add some accents to the stamped imaged,  Then I stamped over top of that and added the smudging.  This is a good alternative to embossing if you want a bolder/whiter look but don't want to fiddle with embossing.

Thanks so much to Nicole for inviting me to design for Sweet Stamp Shop this month.  It was so much fun and I had a GREAT time!

Supplies Used

Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - Black and Colonial White Cardstock; Recollections - Vellum
Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop - Calendar
Ink:  CTMH - Desert Sand and Black; Distress Inks:  Antique Linen and Vintage Photo
Other:  SRM - Border Stickers; Freckled Fawn - Wood Veneer Arrows; Studio Calico - Kraft Heart stickers; Pigma - Black Micron Pen; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Tombow - Mono Adhesive; Doodlebug - Tiny Alpha Stickers; American Crafts - American Crafts - Black Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Journal Foam Thickers

Card 1
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - White Daisy, Black, and Cocoa Cardstock
Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop - Chalkboard Sign and Perfect Match
Ink:  CTMH - White Daisy and Chocolate
Other:  Faber-Castell - Red Stamper's Big Brush Pen; Embossing Stylus; Tombow - Mono Adhesive

Card 2
Paper/Cardstock:  CTMH - White Daisy, Black, and Cocoa Cardstock; MME - On the Bright Side One 6x6 pad
Stamps:  Sweet Stamp Shop - Chalkboard Sign
Ink:  CTMH - White Daisy and Chocolate
Other:  CTMH - Antiqued Copper brad, Dimensional Foam Tape; The Twinery - Maraschino Twine; Faber-Castell - Stamper's Big White Pen;Tombow Mono Adhesive


  1. Woohoo! Congrats on the guest design, Miriam! I love love how you used the SRM Stitching borders! You sure rock this guest DT! Please share over SRM Flickr:

  2. Cute, cute, CUTE! LOVE all the journaling, and you know I'm digging the chalkboards ;)! Congratulations, Miriam!

  3. Girl your amazing.. I just seen your projects.. totally love that layout and the cards are outstanding.. great job and congrats again on your guest design spot..

  4. Love all of these projects Miriam, but especially the layout! You used the calendar set perfectly there!! The final chalkboard card is just darling too, I loved it from the moment I saw it. :-)

  5. You are AWESOME-Sauce!! I love love love your cards and you lo!!! Just gorgeous!!

  6. Congrats on being featured over at SSS! Your chalkboard cards are awesome and I just LOVE your sweet layout.

  7. Hello hmmm...How should I put this? I about fell off my chair with your amazing L.O and cards Miriam! I mean, seriously? so much goodness in one post! WOW!!

  8. Wow! Every single SSS project is perfect. You're a natural with Nichole's designs! I LOVE the fun chalkboard cards...the softened edges of the chalk are so realistic, and that layout is perfect. the subtle calendar background is awesome, i love the colors. and the photos are so sweet :)

  9. I love what you created using the SSS stamps, Miriam! It was so cool that we got to guest design together!

  10. oh wow! such eye candy today! that LO is gorgeous! i love how you made the background and then added the vellum. the chalkboard frame is amazing and the last card is to fun! love your bow too!

  11. Oh my gosh, I LOVE the layout! Sweet photos of your mom with Ellie. Fantastic use of the calendar stamps! And awesome chalkboard cards, too.

  12. What great projects! Those calendars are perfect for journalling. I always pass on those thinking how I never make calendars. Great use you've shown here. And your chalboard cards are so fun too! The mitered corners on the frame are awesome!