Friday, December 31, 2010

myStampBOX: DT Showcase


The Design Team at myStampBOX has an awesome showcase of stamped projects on the blog today. Be sure to stop by and get some great ideas!

2010 sure has been an exciting year with new opportunities and adventures. I can't wait to see what 2011 brings. Have a safe and happy New Year!

Scrapbook {Express}ions Sketch Challenge

I'm hosting a fun sketch challenge at the Scrapbook {Express}ions blog this week. Come play along!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Very Purple Christmas

I'm not usually one for non-traditional Christmas colors, but this card has me gaga for purple! It was made for my best pal Cheryl of Purple Bow Crafts fame. I used three types of Core'dinations cardstock including Cosmo Cricket Naturals, Vintage and my very favorite Black Magic.

I stamped the background using embossing ink and myStampBOX's Winter Flakes set covered with pale green Pearl Ex powder. The purple sentiment is from the Straightforward set which, in my opinion, is a must-have for any cardmaker.


The ornament is from the Deck the Halls set - embossed with silver glitter Zing! powder, embellished with a Maya Road crystal pin and finished with silver ribbon I recycled from a birthday gift. In the end I think this is one of my favorite Christmas cards ever!

The card was made to accompany a gift I made for my friend Cheryl that was inspired by this post from my stamping pal Stef. I decided to make my own version of this awesome Christmas wreath with yarn balls featuring Cheryl's favorite color (purple) with touches of white, silver and aqua. Here's how mine turned out:

Isn't that fun? I'm hoping that Cheryl will hang this in her craft loft and enjoy the sparkly goodness well into the new year. Our husbands say that we must have been separated at birth because we share a brain (which both delights us AND terrifies them.) I just want her to know how much she means to me and my entire family. She is the best!

Merry Christmas, Cheryl!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Scrapbook {Express}ions Title Tip

I posted a quick tip for making a striking title block as well as links to all the yummy supplies over at the Scrapbook {Express}iosn blog today. Check it out!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Scrapbook {Express}ions Sketch Challenge

I'm hosting a new sketch challenge at the Scrapbook {Express}ions blog this week. I dug into some of our Universal vacation photos for this layout and used some of the new Harry Potter collection of scrapbook products. Come play along!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

myStampBOX: Butterfly Birthday

Now that we're in the full holiday swing, I have been crafting with fall and Christmas colors mostly. I needed a birthday card this week and decided to pull out some old Basic Grey papers from my stash and embrace a fresher, spring-like color palette just for fun. The butterflies my myStampBOX Colorful Companions set were inked with multiple colors of Tim Holtz Distress Inks then sprayed with a Mini Mister of Perfect Pearls water for subtle shimmer. I wish photos could show how pretty it is! The sentiment is from the Straightforward set. So if you have an occasion that needs a card such as a birthday or thank you, don't get too tied up with the colors around you.

Don't forget our 12 Days of Christmas myStampBOX event starting on Wednesday December 1st. The details are posted at the top of my blog!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

myStampBOX: Stamped Bracelet

I'm sharing a new stamped jewelry project at the myStampBOX blog today. Come and see all the details!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Scrapbook {Express}ions Technique Challenge

I'm hosting a technique challenge at the Scrapbook {Express}ions blog this week. It's an easy one, so come see my full layout and all the details. We give away a $25 store gift certificate to one lucky winner each month. We'd love to have you join us!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

myStampBOX DT Share

Come see all the fun projects designed by the myStampBOX team on our blog share today!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Scrapbook News and Review: Featured Artist


I was honored to be chosen as a featured artist at Scrapbook News and Review. Check out my article about making jewelry from stamping and scrapbooking products.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Scrapbook {Express}ions Magazine Challenge

It's challenge day at the Scrapbook {Express}ions blog! Come see the magazine article that inspired this layout and get the details about the $25 gift certificate we're giving away. Come play along!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Crafts 'n Things Sneak Peek

The holiday issue of Crafts 'n Things magazine goes on sale on October 12th (our wedding anniversary ) and is packed with great ideas! Here's a sneak peek of two projects I have in this issue. Check back next week for the full project photos, or better yet pick up a copy of the magazine!Let Crafts 'n Things® show you how to make the 2010 holiday season your creative best! Hand-crafted holiday cards and gifts, quick-and-clever ornaments and dazzling décor ideas abound in the December issue. Check out the Budget-Savvy Gifts section for a dozen handmade gift ideas that fit your budget and don't scrimp on style. Go directly to the top of Santa's "Nice List" when you give homemade decadent treats -- from heavenly cappuccino truffles to beautifully packaged chocolate chip banana bread, every morsel packs a dollop of holiday happiness. New this year, don't miss our special 30-Minute Ornaments showcase. Whatever your style, you're sure to find at least one special addition for your tree. Happy Holidays!

P.S. I'm wearing a new blinkie in the right margin with pride.

Friday, October 1, 2010

myStampBOX Welcome Blog Hop

It's a WELCOME BLOG HOP today at myStampBOX, and we are thrilled to introduce our new designers to you. Come visit all of our returning design members' blogs, and you will be introduced to our new team members one by one. Make sure to leave a comment on each participating blog and another one once you are back at mSB. On the way enjoy our welcoming cards made with our fun myStampBOX stamps.

But first we would like to thank all the wonderful and talented designers that are leaving our team. A BIG thank you goes out to:

Jing-Jing Nickel
Lynda Lindley
Gudrun Loennecken
Cherie Nymeyer
Tracey Taylor
Leica Forrest
Virginie Delbecq
Monique Liedtke
Ellen Sosnoski

Thank you for your hard work over the last 6 months. You’ll always be a part of the myStampBOX family.

Best wishes from all of us in your next endeavors!

Now… let’s find out more about who will be joining the myStampBOX design team. Follow the blog hop and visit each of our returning designer blogs. Each team member will be introducing a new member of our team. At each stop, please leave a comment and when the blog is complete, return to the myStampBOX blog and leave one final comment to have a chance to win a myStampBOX stamp set of your very own!

Allison Cope
Jolene Johnston <-- You are here

We hope you enjoy our little welcoming blog hop! Don’t forget to leave a comment on each one of the design team blogs and the mSB blog for your chance to win. Good luck - happy hopping!


Here's my card to welcome the new designers. I embossed and sanded some fabulous Black Magic cardstock by product partner Core'dinations (my favorite of theirs!) and stamped the sentiment from Everyday Lines directly onto the ribbon. Add a few pearls, and you're good to go!

I am proud to introduce the very talented Cari Locken.


"Hi there! My name is Cari Locken and I live with my amazing husband and our three children in Langley, British Columbia. I started scrapbooking in 1997 and it has become a passion of mine! My family and surroundings are my inspiration and I love to scrap the everyday-type of events. I love teaching scrapbooking classes at conventions and various retreats throughout the area. My style is clean, classic with a touch of fun & whimisical details. You can find my work in Canadian Scrapbooker magazine, Cards, Paper Crafts, Scrapbook Trends, Scrapbooks etc (BH&G), and Creating Keepsakes. I'm thrilled to be a part of the myStampBOX team!"

Be sure to check out Cari's blog that's packed with colorful inspiration. Cari, we are lucky to have you join our team!!

Now…. Check out our next new design team member and a fun card at Agata's blog!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Exciting Karen Foster News!

It's official! I am a new member of the Karen Foster Design Team! I am completely thrilled to be working with some incredibly talented people such as my dear friends Maryfrances Fabbri and Carolyn Lontin.

I was given two lines from Karen Foster's new October 2010 releases to design projects. You can check out all of the October 2010 releases on their Facebook page. You can also see projects from the other designers using the new releases HERE. Such awesome work!

I received the Grandpa and Cancer Survivor lines. Here's what I made:


















Thanks for checking out my new projects!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

myStampBOX Blog Hop: Coming Soon!


Join us on Friday, October 1st at 10 AM EST as we welcome some new designers to the myStampBOX team. There will be a blog hop and lots of inspiration. See you then!

Friday, September 24, 2010

myStampBOX Designer Showcase

Today there's a bonus post at the myStampBOX blog that's loaded with designer inspiration! Check out some fun ideas for cards and scrapbook pages using our awesome stamps. I made this fun little keychain for my youngest son, Matthew. He just loves robots, and the Programmed Robots set of stamps was perfect for this fun project. Enjoy!

Monday, September 20, 2010

myStampBOX + Core'dinations = Yummo!

Join us at the myStampBOX blog today for some project inspiration. We teamed up with Core'dinations to create some great stuff. Be sure to leave a comment there and on the Core'dinations blog (their post goes up at noon EST) for a chance to win some prizes. Good luck!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Back to School Giveaway!

Stop by the myStampBOX blog this week and leave a comment for a chance to win free stamps. Tune in next Monday for a designer showcase between the mSB Design Team and the Core'dinations team. There will be giveaways at both blogs then, too!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Scrapbook {Express}ions: Gettin' Krafty!


It's challenge day at the Scrapbook {Express}ions blog, and it's all about using kraft. Come play along!


I used three sets of myStampBOX stamps on this layout. I used the a ring from Funky Circles to circle some words on the background paper. I used the arrow from Road Trip to point out the circled text and an important photo. I also used the Mini Alpha set to help journal some of the details about the photos. This might be my most-used set of alphabet stamps from myStampBOX - they are so great!

Come play along at Scrapbook Express. Our monthly prize is a store gift certificate, and who wouldn't want to win that? Happy scrapping!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

myStampBOX: Card Inspiration

Fellow myStampBOX design team member Tracey Taylor recently posted this super cute card using products from our partner companies Kiki Art and Helmar. I knew that I needed a birthday card for a little girl we know, so I decided to put my own spin on this card.


I chose a different girl and hot air balloon from the Kiki Art paper and handstamped the greeting using the Lines of Life set of myStampBOX stamps. I loved Tracey's idea of adding stamped clouds to the card to match the background paper, so I decided to add a bit more texture. I adhered white felt to white cardstock and stamped some clouds from Wishing You Sunshine onto the cardstock backing. I handcut the clouds and adhered them to the card front, layering the hot air balloon over the top. I love how this card turned out, and the birthday girl loved it, too. Inspiration is everywhere, just keep your eyes open!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

myStampBOX DT Share


Head over to the myStampBOX blog today for some end of summer projects by the DT. Here in Indiana our summer has been over for a few weeks. The kids went back to school in mid-August, so our minds are already on teachers and spelling lists. You'll see a variety of projects on the blog - enjoy!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Scrapbook {Express}ions: Cork Project




Today's my project day at the Scrapbook {Express}ions blog. I made this super cute door hanger for my son Matthew. We have been talking about privacy and how it's appropriate to knock if a door is closed, so this punny "whoo's there?" sentiment is perfect as a reminder. Check out the blog for all the step by step photos and the supply list.
Have a great day!