Friday, November 16, 2012

Handmade Holiday Blog Hop - Day 1

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2012 - FINAL

Calling all crafters! We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all of the thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could create for the holidays, all in one place, during our second annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!

To sweeten the Hop, we’re offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors! Use the Rafflecopter widget on the Clearsnap blog to gain extra entries each day:

We will be giving away some awesome prizes! Be sure to like us on Facebook for an extra entry!

Handmade Holiday Prize 1


Handmade Holiday Prize 2


Handmade Holiday Prize 3

Visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov 27, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST. Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!

Nov 16

Clearsnap – (you were here)

Hampton Art - (you are here)

Graphic45 – (head here next)

Fiskateers -

Donna Salazar Designs –

Tombow USA –

Authentique Paper

The Twinery -

Eileen Hull for Sizzix

Globecraft Memories –

Kristin Wilson – Graphic 45 -

Jennie Garcia - Tombow -

Gini Williams Cagle - Hampton Art -

Shhh sneak peek…

Sabrina Alery – Clearsnap –

DeeDee Catron - Globecraft Memories -

Michelle Grant – Donna Salazar Designs -

Emily Lanham – Authentique Paper -

Emma Jeffery – Fiskateers -

Natalie Clause – The Twinery -

Alberto L Juarez – Graphic 45

Vivian Keh - Hampton Art -

Shhh a little sneak peek …

Jennifer Priest – Clearsnap –

Heather Conklin – Authentique Paper -


Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!

Happy Hopping!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Christmas in July: ‘Tis the Season cards

Today’s post is a 2 for 1 :) haha Two cards for the place of one!  Designer Adora Concepcion created a beautiful set of cards using Graphic 45’s new Christmas Emporium set!



Hampton Art licensed Graphic 45 - ‘Tis the Season Christmas Emporium 3 (1C0128)


Color Box Pigment Ink Pad – Aqua & Espresso

Other Supplies: 7Gypsies, MakingMemories, Pink Paislee Paper and Unknown-Red Polka dot paper. Martha Stewart Punch


Designer Notes:

1st Card - Color the base of the card with Aqua and Espresso, then stamp the image directly onto the card. Add embellishments as shown.

2nd Card – Layer papers for the base of the card; stamp directly onto the paper; embellish with a bling and handmade banner.

Christmas in July: Modern Merry Christmas

Happy 4th of July! We are so thankful to live in the US and we take today to celebrate and remember our nations independence.  Enjoy your cookout or day at the pool/beach with family and friends! And this AMAZING Christmas card :)

Modern Merry Christmas Card

modern merry


Hampton Art We Wish you a Merry Christmas Tree wood stamp (PS0210)

Hampton Art Merry Swirl wood stamp (PS0490A)

Clearsnap: Archival Dye ink (Golf Course, Fireberry)

Other supplies
Paper: DCWV for Recollections "Jingle Bells" stack (with elements).
Cardstock: DCWV
Tools: Spellbinders' Grand Calibur and Grand Labels Eleven, Fiskars' Paper trimmer and scissors, (yellow) Le Pen Marker
Adhesive: Dimensional tape, Scrapbook Adhesives Tape runner
Ribbon from Hobby Lobby

Designer Notes:

1: Make card from cardstock. Die cut large labels, layer and adhere to cardbase.

2: Fussy cut tabs, borders, and note card elements from the paper stack.

3: Stamp Tree image and sentiment onto note cards, color stars, and attach tabs.

4: Layer note cards with tabs and borders to create “stacked” look. Finish with ribbon.

Christmas in July: Merry Christmas card

Here’ another fantastic card by designer Nina Yang! Don’t you love the combination of kraft paper, machine stitching and white embossing!?

Merry Christmas card

merry christmas card

Supply List:


Hampton Art wood-mount stamps: Distressed Merry Christmas (PS0461), Elegant Snowflake (PS0462)

Ink & Embossing Powder

Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Ink: Frost White

Hampton Art Embossing Powder: Glitter White from Pastel Set.

Other Supplies

Cardstock: Red and Kraft

Heat Gun



Sewing Machine

Designer Notes:

I puffy heart this snowflake! It looks amazing embossed white on red cardstock. I used glitter embossing powder:


I made yesterday and today’s cards for Hampton Art new catalog. Here is a group shot of the products I used:


There are more Christmas cards coming this month…Stay tuned!

Christmas in July: Santa Stops Here

Well happy July!!! We here at Hampton Art, in beautiful NC are experiencing our 4th day in a row of over 100 degree heat, so we decided to think happy thoughts of cooler weather by doing a month of Christmas projects! Go ahead and get a jump start on your Christmas cards and enjoy the inspiration!

Christmas in July


We will also be doing an AMAZING CHRISTMAS GOODY GIVEAWAY on

Friday, July 29th! 


1. Check the blog DAILY to see the awesome Christmas inspiration.

2. Keep your eyes out for a few “non-Christmas” projects that sneak their way into the mix.

3. Thursday, July 28th email us with at least 2 different days that you didn’t see us in the Christmas spirit and you will be entered for a chance to win one of our 3 goody boxes full of Hampton Art, Ki Memories, Graphic 45, and Hot Fudge Studio Christmas stamps!!!

Don’t worry about the details now… just hop on the sleigh and enjoy the ride!  Our first project is a precious card from designer Nina Yang

Santa Stops Here card

Santa stops here

Supply List:


Hampton Art wood-mount stamp: Santa Stops (PS0493A)


Ink by Hampton Art: Red (SP7004)

Other Supplies

Cardstock: White, Red and Kraft

Label Dies


Foam adhesive

White gel pen


Designer Notes:

Do you make a bunch of Christmas cards every year? Me too! We want it to be quick and easy, right? Red, white and Kraft is a safe color combination that works for any age. A cute stamp like “Santa Stops” works for both genders. I stamp it on some scrap and die cut it out with a label die. I just hand cut the red label - it does not need to be perfect - no one will notice it but the extra layer adds a lot more detail to the outline and makes the stamped image pop. Tickled? It is never too early to start making Christmas cards :) Happy Crafting!

TGIF: Unforgettable Memories card

Hampton Art design team member Wendy Morris is glad to share her “Unforgettable Memories” card with y’all today… don’t you absolutely love it!?

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Supply List:

Hampton Art licensed Art Warehouse cling stamp set - Hot Air Balloons (IC0165)

Studio G (“unforgettable memories”)

Hampton Art Ditto: Stamps (“The Best Things In Life Are Free”)

Doodlebug Designs: Slim Tangerine Sunburst Card #2875

Clearsnap Colorbox Cat’s Eye Ink: Archival Dye - Wicked Black

Jolee’s Boutique: Steampunk Flying Machine

Wood Veneer Stars: Studio Calico

Metal Clockwork Parts: Advantus - Tim Holtz

Designer notes:

1. I really love the shape of this card from Doodlebug Designs and the color of the card inspired me of sunshine, summer, and hot air balloons. So, I decided to use the Hampton Art - Art Warehouse - Hot Air Balloons stamp set. The shape and height of the card really allowed a sweet setting of hot air balloons. I mixed up the different size hot air balloons for depth to the card in using a range of the large, medium, and small balloons. I like to stamp/create in “odd” numbers for balance. So, I stamped 4 balloons and then added the 5th element with a dimensional hot air balloon sticker.


2. Then, I stamped a sentiment (“unforgettable memories”) from one of the Studio G collections. Additionally, I embellished the card with sprinkles of wood veneer stars and a metal clockwork part for a steampunk feel that draws interest to the dimensional sticker that also has a play on steampunk.


3. Another thing I really love about this card is the inside view that folds out for a perfect backdrop for a stamped greeting using the “The Best Things In Life Are Free” stamp from the Hampton Art Ditto collection.



Thinking of you Thursday: Sweet Baby card

Designer Linda Abadie has a precious card for a new addition to share with us today.

sweet baby

Supply List:

Hampton Art Graphic 45 licensed cling stamp set - Little Darlings 3 (IC0138)

Cardstock: American Crafts, Recollections

Patterned paper: Echo Park, Prima

Ribbon: May Arts

Acrylic Paint: Liquitex

Designer Notes:

1. Distress cardstock background with acrylic paint.

2. Stamp lace image, fussy cut, and apply on the top of the card using foam tape for 3D effect.

3. Add head pins and tie little bells with the ribbon for accent.

A Practical Gift for your Man

Hampton Art design team member Vivian Keh, has a great project to share with you today for the special guy in your life.  Enjoy!

So my man and I make a great pair for many reasons. One reason we jive is that our individual strengths lie at diametrically opposed ends of the spectrum of human abilities! Of course that means that occasionally I have no idea what he's talking about and vice versa. But it also means we can help each other grow in profound ways. I was pleasantly surprised recently when my beloved made a request of me. A CRAFTY request, at that! He wanted a bookmark so that he could keep his place in his computer programming TOME. You couldn't pay me to read this type of material, but that's beside the point.


For functional reasons, I couldn't add the dimension I normally do. So I decided to go casual and very cute - something that would remind him how much I adore him. I immediately reached for my Hampton Art/Doodlebug SC0474 Stamp Set as I knew it would do just the trick.

                                               Hampton Art/ Doodlebug SC0474

Isn't it ADORBZ? Normally, my projects involve a ton of fussing, arranging, and/or altering. But it was so refreshing to venture into CAS (Clean and Simple) territory and then to find myself actually pleased with the results.

This little heart patch shown below is the first stamp in the set that I noticed and one that I just had to have - so simple and super cute!

First Bookmark

I stamped with a red pigment ink and then heat embossed with a clear embossing powder. I cut out the square shapes, sanded the edges a bit, then adhered the pieces to cardstock tags that I had die-cut. To up the cuteness factor, I did some faux stitching with a white gel pen. Then I cut out several lengths of twine and knotted them through the hole at the top.

I made my beloved another bookmark using a wonderful sentiment that came in the set, filling in the heart using red acrylic paint.

Second Bookmark

Such truth in that sentiment! Repurpose your tags as practical bookmarks for your man! I think they'd make great gifts for teachers, as well. It was an honor to visit with you here, folks. Until next time!

Cardstock: White and Kraft - Recollections, Enchanted Evening - PTI
Stamps: Hampton Art/Doodlebug SC0474 Stamp Set
Ink: Cranberry and Frost White Pigment Ink - Clearsnap
Embossing Powder - Ranger
Die: Tag, Layered - Sizzix
White Gel Pen - American Crafts
Red Acrylic Paint - Jenni Bowlin
Twine - Cappucino, The Twinery

Seek Joy

Life can be tough sometimes; sickness, hardships, and other things always find a way to get us down.  Designer Gini Williams Cagle has a beautiful card to share with us today reminding everyone to “Seek Joy”.

Seek joy card

Supply List:

Hampton Art wood stamp - Butterfly Banner (PS0527)

Hampton Art, Art Warehouse licensed clear stamp set - Carpe Diem (LE-5549M)


Colorbox Archival Dye: Wicked Black

Colorbox Chalk Ink: Creamy Brown

Authentique Paterned Paper: Gathering

Worldwin Cardstock: ColorMates Mist

Cheery Lynn Designs Die: French Flair Doily Stacker, Lace Corner Deco H

May Arts Lace

American Crafts Ribbon

Faber Castell Gelatos

Tools: Grand Callibur, paint brush

Adhesives: GlueArts Glue Glider Pro – Perma Tac; U Cut It Dimensional Adhesive

Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive


Designer Notes:

1. Stamp the Butterfly Banner on white cardstock, using Wicked Black. Use the Seek Joy sentiment from the Carpe Diem set, to stamp onto the blank banner.

2. Use gelatos and a paintbrush to watercolor the stamp.

3. Ink the edges of all papers with Creamy Brown.

4. Assemble the card as shown.


Make it Monday: Celebrate Card

Designer Adora Concepcion has a gorgeous card to share with you today!  Who knew Clearsnap Smooch was so versatile!? WE LOVE IT EVEN MORE NOW!

Celebrate Card




Hampton Art licensed Graphic 45 cling stamp set - Old Curiosity Shoppe 2 (IC0140)

Hampton Art licensed Doodlebug Design clear stamp set - You Said It (SC0473)


Clearsnap smooch Ocean Soul, Kiwi and sweet melon

Designer Notes:

1. Using an applicator blending tool, ink the base of the card with 2 color ink.

2. Stamp and cut out the “curiosity stamp” into a white cardstock. Color it using Smooch. ( For a more vibrant look – apply 3 coats allowing each coats of ink to dry)

3. Stamp and cut out the sentiment (celebrate).

4. Add the 7G tape as shown on the card.

5. Adhere stamped bottle using pop dots for dimension.

TGIF: Color My World Mini Book

by Wendy Morris


Supply List:

Hampton Art Stamps:

Studio G (“pucker up”, “xo”, “carefree & fun”, “laugh out loud”, “tough guy”, “lazy day memories”, “defining moments”, “here’s my heart”, “unforgettable memories”, “smile...”);

7 Gypsies (“beyond measure”, “24/7/365”, “priceless”),

Art Warehouse (Background Border I - SC0163)

Hampton Art Ditto: Stickers (“it’s today”, “all smiles”, “don’t forget this”, “think happy”, “gotta celebrate”, “notes”, “this is the good life”); Stamps (“the best things in life are free”)

Hampton Art Embossing Powder: White

Doodlebug Designs: Create-a-Card (cards) [these cards were used as the pages to the mini book]

Doodlebug Designs (Paper: Sugar & Spice: Sweetie Pie Stripe #3250, Blankie #3245, Bundle of Joy #3242; Petite Prints: Limeade Daisy Stripe #2519; Bumblebee Dot Grid #2530; Tangerine Daisy Stripe #2517)

Doodlebug Designs: Pearls & Bling

KI Memories: Stickers (“wow”)

Clearsnap Colorbox Cat’s Eye Ink: Archival Dye - Wicked Black, Grasshopper

7 Gypsies: Tapes

Heidi Swapp: Letter Stickers - Day Glow Neon Letters (“color”, “world”, “home”, “gym”)

Lily Bee: Letter Stickers (“italy”, “you”, “me”, “ti amo”, “cozy”, “time”, “best”)

Martha Stewart: Stickers (“seaside getaway”)

Studio Calico: Doilies

Clearsnap: Embossing Rubons (“enjoy”)

American Crafts: Thickers (“my”, “xo”, “1”, “ha”, “yum”, “music”)

Bella Blvd: Stickers - Sunshine & Happiness - Miniatures #443; Paper - Sunshine & Happiness - Happy Clouds #438, High Five Alphas (“buds”)

My Mind’s Eye: Wood Accent (“all time best day ever”)

Hambly: Transparencies (rain clouds, chevron, “makes me happy”, “no.”, “&”, “made with love”)

Creative Imaginations: Narratives Stickers (“smart funny adorable...need I go on”)

A Life Handmade ( Flair Buttons (“snap shot”, “click”); Page Tabs (“hello today”, “favorite”)

Ormolu: Page Tabs (“he said”, “all smiles”)

Melody Ross: Chipboard Accents (“soulful”)

K&Co: Smash (“do not forget”, “love”)

Evalicious ( Good Day Tags

Ranger: Distress Ink (Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade)

Avery: Manila Tags

Quotable Cards: ( [quotable greeting cards used as pages in the mini book]

Zutter: Corrugated Book Board, Pink Bind It-All Coils [used in binding of book]

Mini Popsicle Sticks: Local Craft Store

Chatterbox: Rubons (“this is very good”)

Tools: Ranger (Tiny Attacher), Zutter Bind-It-All, Zutter Distrezz-It-All

Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives (tape runner), American Crafts (pop dots)


Designer notes:

1. The Doodlebug Designs: Create-a-Card (cards) are not only great for cards but also easily do-able for a mini book! As soon as I saw these colorful cards, they instantly inspired my rainbow color choice and theme and I wanted to “step-out-of-the-box” and cut them apart (as shown) and make them into a mini book. You could also include the matching envelopes too as an add-in as a fun mix-in for some hidden journaling pockets.



2. The Hampton Art Ditto line is a fun and stylish way of flair to your mini projects and perfect for mini albums and cards. I love the fun & colorful embellishments from chipboard to a variety of stickers that I mixed into my mini book.






3. The Hampton Art Embossing Powders are perfect and in beautiful color choices for adding some interest to your titles and captions. I used the Clearsnap Embossing Rubons that are basically quick & easy embossing. Simply cut out the image of choice, apply the rub-on of the embossing image to your page/card, shake on the embossing powder of color choice, and heat set to emboss with your heat tool. Done!



4. I used LOTS of the Hampton Art Studio G series stamps! Love these mini stamps and they are just the perfect touch to capturing the moments in this mini.








5. Additionally, I used inks to dye some doilies and also dyed some mini plain wooden popsicle sticks to mimic fun & summery popsicles. Such an eclectic twist, colorful, and whimsical flair to the theme of my mini.



Want to see more pages & creative tidbits to this mini, “Color My World”?

Hop over to my blog, ScrapNspire ( to check out all pages revealed up in this mini book!