Thursday, December 30, 2010

Additional Inspiration

Krisha, one of my team members, adds a couple of inspirational pics.

Stamp from Rubber Stampede, w/ chalked accents, lace, postage stamps and rhinestone.

My Grand-Aunt's wedding picture, with grunge flower and stamped ribbon. Stamps from PSX.

My great-grandfather and his brothers. Stamped images are from Inkadinkado, background paper is from K&CO

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Winner of Challenge #7

Congratulations to Pat Moore.  She is the winner of Challenge #7 "O Holy Night".  Her card was chosen as the one that portrayed the theme the best.

Just above this post is the information about the next challenge.  Please go above and check out what you need to do.  We would love to have you enter.  The winner, chosen by random generator, will receive a package of Unity Stamps.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Challenge #7 -"O Holy Night"

As Challenge No 6 is closing soon I am beginning a new challenge.  This time I am  emphasizing the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Savior.  The name of this challenge is "O Holy Night".  Your creations need to depict the the true reason for the season.  For example you can use angels, the manger, the three wise men or the shinning star..  This challenge will run from now until December 26 at which time the Design Team will pick the one creation that best carries out the theme.  I will not be using the random generator this time.  You may create a special project, a card or create a tag.

To the right is a card using the torn frame technique.  Hopefully it will inspire you to submit an entry into the challenge. The main image is by Stampin' Up and the greeting is by Oogloo.  This card is also using the colors of the Play Date Cafe #59 Challenge.

My sponsor? It is none other than Unity Stamps!   I am so excited that Unity Stamps has graciously offered a package of 11 stamps for the winner of this challenge. You will not be disappointed with these stamps.  Also, if you have a chanc go and check out their store as I am sure you will find something you have to have.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas

The Cheerful Stamp Pad wishes each of you a blessed and joyous Christmas with this ornament using an Artistic Outpost image (which looks a little like us).

Merry Christmas
Vicki & Robert

Friday, December 17, 2010

Additional Inspiration for Challenge

Here are some additional inspirational cards for you to see.  i hope they will encourage more of you to join my challenge.  This is not a difficult theme so let's see what you can create.  i have some great stamps from Unity Stamps that I am sure you will enjoy using.

I have had these two stamps for a number of years.  The "Noel" is not marked.  The angel is from from Rubber Stampede.. I did a background of Highlighted Cuttlebug and used distressed inks on this card giving it a vintage look.

 My card is also being used to enter the the Vintage Challenge on Gingersnap Creations.


I just love this stamp. I think it truly brings out the feeling of Christmas. I am so sad that I don't know who made this stamp. This was a very simply constructed card. I stamped the image in white pigment ink on a dark green background and embossed using white embossing powder. I layered the green panel against a grey panel. The sentiment is a metal tag which I adhered to the green panel

Krisha's Ornament post card

Shaded with Tom Holt's ink, then stamped and embossed with gold. A rhinestone was added to the star and a gold ribbon ran through the holes   Sentiment from Stamp Oasis. Angel from Inkadinkado

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winner of Challenge #6


Juliet A.

Congratulations Juliet!  You have won the Firecracker Designs by Pamela stamps with your cute little reindeer card.  Please contact me with your mailing address and the little mouse, his cheese and all the  other delightful stamps will be headed your way just in time to make a few more Christmas.

As always, thanks to everyone who entered and I encourage you to join another challenge soon.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Challenge #6- Twas the Night Before...& Here Comes Santa Clause

This post will stay on top during the length of the challenge.  For current posts, please scroll down.

I am so please to announce that this challenge is being sponsored by Firecracker Designs by Pamela.  She has some terrific buys.  You have to check them out.  Pam is going out of business and is trying to deplete her stock of stamps.  At these prices, you will have to order a number of these sets and give them as gifts to your crafting friends.  My little zig zag card below uses her stamps

You remeber the story of Twas the Night Before Christmas, don't you?  There are so many images in it- the reindeer, the window sash, the stocking cap, sleigh, toys, and of course Santa. 

Speaking of Santa, there are  many images of Santa Clause available on the market now.  Some are modern; some are vintage, amd the choice is yours.  Let's see some of those images and what you create with them.  You may make a card or a project of your choice.

With this two-part challenge, you can submit almost anything.  However, to get your juices flowing, the DT has made a couple of  samples to inspire you.

I guess I am one of the rare ones that only has ONE Santa stamp! I have tons of Christmas stamps, but only one Santa! So I use him year in and year out, as I really do love this image from Bees Wax. He is stamped on vellum, and colored with markers. I then layered it between the card with a hole cut in it and a layer of stripped paper, also with the same size hole in it. The holy is an other great holiday stamp from Hero Arts and the believe is from Inkadinkado. The holy was stamped on green cs and embossed with a darker green. The berries are colored with red puffy paint, so they really are nice and red and shiny. The snowflake is a cut out from my Cricut with pearls added to it. I finished off the card with alittle gold charm of a Christmas tree. Check out my blog: to see how it looks open with a light behind it.

This is one of my favorite Santa images. It's from Stamper's Anonymous, Tim Holtz collection. To create my card I used the brayered spotlight technique from the December 2006 issue of Technique Junkies newsletter. It's an easy technique, but I think it's quite effective. The sentiment is an outline sticker. The ribbon is attached with a staple. Hopefully my name is on Santa's good list. How about you?


Since the other two gals choose "Here Comes Santa Clause", I decided to go with "Twas the Night Before.."  The is a fun children's story so I went with a fun Christmas creations making the Zig Zag  card from the TJ Fancy Folds CD.

 My beautiful bright red and gold cardstock is from Paper Temptress and the cute little stamps are from my sponsor Firecraker Stamps  Isn't my little mouse cute?  He got hung up in the bows and now he has one stuck to his tail.   The partially-eaten cheese and the greeting which says "and all through the house, not a creature was stirring except this little mouse." are  also from Firecracker Stamps.
Since I didn't get this posted yesterday as planned (running late AGAIN) I am having the ending date of this challenge December 13. 

If you will, please post on your blog my candy and become a follower.

Let's see those Santa images and the different elements of the children's classic The Night Before Christmas!

Challenge Ending

The card is a reminder that my challenge "Here Comes Santa...Twas the Night Before"" is ending soon.  You have one more day to join  the challenge.  I know that there are more Santas out there, but where are they?  You can link your card or project at the end of the post just above this one.  You can use either stamps or digitals like I did on this card.  In any case, please link directly to the post of this challenge and become a follower.

The scan doesn't show, but the background uses the Faux Wall Panelling technique.    The main digital is from Graphics Fairy.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Stitch in Time

This card has stitching all the way around the image and the trim is sewed on.  This will give me an entry into Gingersnaps Creation.  I thought I would never get it done as my sewing machine didn't want to cooperate.  Maybe if I used it more I would have better results.

The image is from a Christmas collection that Inka has in her Altered Artifacts'  store.  I just love this one in particular.  Since she has holly in her bonnet, I decided to embellish my card with glittery holly and berries.  There was no need for a greeting as at the top of the image it says "Merry Christmas".

This post is entitled A Stitch in Time which reminds me I have one more Santa card to put up as a reminder to everyone that my challenge is ending soon. I am hoping more people will enter.  It doesn't have to be a card.  It can be a tag or project of some kind.  Just make sure you link directly to the project and become a follower.   I am giving away a great set of stamps by Firecracker Designs by Pamela.  Pamela is going out of business and has some terrific buys.  Just check her out.

This is for Gingersnaps Creations' "Sewing" challenge and Simon's Stamp and Show's challenge "Christmas Greeting".

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

There is a Santa

My goodies

Yes, there is a Santa and he is coming early to my house in the form of blog candy from Chrissy Dickinson.  Her blog is "Creating with Chrissy" and I happen to be the lucky winner of the above goodies.  Thank you so much Chrissy for hosting the giveaway and I'm looking forward to playing with and posting from  my goodies.  I'm so excited!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Out of the Box "Snowpeople"

I notice a  number of the bloggers are posting cards with "snowpeople".  I have a number of snowmen stamps, but I also like using parts of a stamp.  Here is my card;  I  made an out of the box card with just the cute face of my snowman.

The snowman is by Hero Aarts and the little berries in the corner is by Firecracker Designs by Pamela, for the present ongoing challenge above.  Coloring was done with Copics.

Challenges I am participating in are

Play Date Cafe PDCC#58's  Red and White color theme.
Gingersnap Creations Snowpeople.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Santa, Santa, Santa

Barbara, Washington, one of my team members, posted this tag and description.
Here is a tag which goes along with the "Here comes Santa Claus" challenge theme. I just love the vintage Santa images, so I had lots of fun with this one. I used the film strip die from Tim Holtz to cut the filmstrip frame. The images come from a sheet of Christmas postage stamp transparencies from ArtChix. The fits nicely into the picture areas with very little trimming.

Winner of Challenge "Deck the Halls'

Congratulations to Terry of Work in Progess.  She was chosen by the random generator.  Terry, please contact me with your info.
I wish to express my thanks to Wild Frog Creations for sponsoring the blog candy for this challenge.

To everywho joined the challenge, thanks for entering  and if you look at the top post, you will see that I have another challenge running.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Challenge # 5 - Deck the Halls

This challenge will be ending soon.  You still have time to submit your entry.

Christmas is just around the corner.  The first thing each of us usually thinks about is how we are going to decorate the house.  What will we use?  wreaths, holly, candles, poinsettias, or bells?  Boy, this is a very expansive theme!  Let's see how you are going to decorate your card or project.  NO TREES please.  This will be another challenge.

Here is some inspiration from The Cheerful Stamp Pad ladies.  Each gal  has put a description under her creation.

The first holiday decoration I put up is the wreath on the door. I always have a fresh wreath. The smell of pine needles really sets the mood of the season for me. My focal image is from the Artistic Outpost stamp sheet Snowy Woods. I used the brick embossing folder for the background with holly outline stickers as embellishment

The first thing we do at my house is to hang the swags of holly around the railings and the large deck.  Therefore, I choose a digital from Altered Artifacts.  The lady holding holly is accented with holly embellishments.  Greeting is by Oogaloo.  The striking black paper is Lustre Paper from Paper Temptress.


Here is a simple card using Hero Arts holly and Sentiment from Stamping Up. The holly was colored and trimmed, then set onto a dotted embossed background paper. Below that is the sentiment on a double cut out from the Cricut machine. All was mounted onto a glossy red and then onto the card. A little red satin bow finished it off. This should have been a very quick and easy card to make, it took me all morning!!!

I couldn't get a square piece of paper, then I couldn't get the sentiment centered and the....and then.... This is easily a 20 minute card!!!! LOL Some days I need to go back to bed and start over.

This challenge is sponsored by Wild Frog Creations Rubber Stamps. Wild Frog sells unmounted rubber stamps plus a small variety of supplies and embellishments. She closes every year from Dec 18th - Jan 2 to spend time with family. Orders will not be filled during that time frame.

Please submit your challenge entry below. You may be the lucky winner of a Grab Bag from Wild Frog Creations which contains several fancy envelopes, a gift certificate to Wild Frog and several rubber stamps (15 images in total).

Decorating with Poinsettias

I am still decorating.  Again it is with poinsettias.  If you are using images which can be used to "Deck the Halls", now is the time to enter my challenge below as you have only two days left  to join.  I am giving away a grab bag from Will Frog Creations to a random entry.

This time I made a tag using the Colors of Christmas which is Kard Krazy's Tag Tuesday challenge.  The dcolors are red, navy, and tourquise.  The side strip has a background of bleach swipes with a spray of webbing.

This is also being entered into Simon Says Stamp and Show.

This also qualifies for Creative Belli Challenge "R" embellishment.

A Stylish Award

Stylish Blog Award!

I am so honored. I was selected by Nancy Dawson (Paper Dreams and Creative Wishes) to receive the Stylish Blogger Award. To accept, I must tell you 8 things about me personally and play it forward to eight beautiful blogs. Click on the links below to visit hoping you will enjoy their creations as much as I do! Thank you, Nancy!

     1.  I never have enough time to create the cards and projects I want to do.
     2.  I enjoy experimenting with my craft.  I am always wondering "what if" when using my supplies.    
     3.  When I was physically able, I loved to dance.
     4.  I am retired, but I still do a website for an organization parttime.
     5.  I started a group at my church called "Cheermakers".  We make cards for the  homeboand   and those in the hospital.= thus the name of my blog "The Cheerful Stamp Pad".
     6.  I have too many stamping tools and supplies.  I need to use some of them up.
     7.  My children have absolutely no interest in crafting.
     8.  I have a wonderful hubby who says nothing about my spending hours in my craft room.

A Fancy Fold CD Project

If you haven't ordered your Fancy Fold CD from Pat Huntoon  at   , you really need to.  You are really missing some wonderful tutorials. Also it would make a perfect gift for a crafter.   Below is one of the projects from the CD - a stationery box.  One picture shows the outside and the other the inside of the same box.  I have not created any cards to go in it to match the box itself yet.

The colors of my box are the ones on the Play Date Cafe  PDCC#57 challenge-brown  grey and on my box a hint of silver.

Card by DT Member Krisha


Here is a card created by Krisha. She did some distressing on this Christmas card  Even though it does not follow the theme for the current challenge "Deck the Halls",  I wanted to post it becuase of the beautiful distressing. 
Speaking of the challenge theme, have you joined the challenge yet?  I am letting it run until December 1 as I was late in posting it so you have plenty of time to create something and post.

The prize is a grab bag of stamps and some other goodies from Wild Frog Stamps. 

Also with this post I would like to wish everyone a most thankful THANKSGIVING!


Ornaments for the Hall Decorations

Continuing with my "Deck the Halls" challenge I created this card with an ornament.  I like to mix ornaments in with my greens.  The background of this card is Bleach Swipes with a spray of gold webbing on top.  The ornament and sprig of cedar are by Stampin' Place.

The colors of the card are the ones in the Play Date Cafe challenge this week.  They are red, olive green and turqouise.

Studio L3's Compendium of Curiosities challenge is on using the Alcohol Ink Splatter technique.  This is my interpretation.

Finally, Simon Says Stamp and Show is requestion samples of what makes us happy.  Hangin ornaments and seeing the relection of lights in them is what makes me happy at Christmas.

Still Decorating for Christmas

Following the theme of my current challenge "Deck the Halls" I also chose poinsettias.  Krisha in the previous post created a delicate card using poinsettias.  I used a little different approach on mine.  I chose to make  them bold by coloring the poinsettias with Copic markers.  The stamp is by PSX and the beautiful gold matting is by Paper Temptress.  The tag uses highlighted cuttlebug.
Won't  you go back to the top post and enter Challenge # 5 "Deck the Halls"?  There are manty ways you can deck the halls so pull out those Christmas stamps.  The prize is a grab bag and a gift certificate from  our sponsorWild Frog Creations.

More Christmas Decking the Halls

We continue the Deck the Halls challenge theme with poinsettias.  This card, which is accented with a lovely bow, was created by Krisha.

Giving Thanks Challenge Winner

Congratulations to #5 chosen by the random generator,.  She is Judy Parlin.  Judy send me an e-mail  at and give me your address so i can forward it for your prize.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Drawer Box

this a very short post as I just had eye surgery and I can't see what I am typing.  Here is my entry to The Play Date Challenge for this week.  It is a drawer box with a digital image.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Time is Almost Up

Time is almost up for joining the challenge "Giving Thanks" as it ends at midnight this Sunday. Won't you come and join the challenge below? I'm giving away a great pack of paper from Paper Temptress.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Another Guest Designer and Challenge

This post will stay on top while the challenge is on-going.  For more recent posts, scroll down.
The Cheerful Stamp Pad is thrilled to announce another Guest Designer.  She is Barbara Washington. 
Barbara's sample is for the new challenge "Giving Thanks".

Barbara Washington
How exciting it is to be asked as a Guest Designer.  I am a mother of two grown girls, 25 and 24. I have 2 grandchildren. My grandson) is 4 and my granddaughter 5 weeks. They all live with me. I early retired in 2002 and have never regretted it. I was a college librarian (and anything else they could add to my plate). I've lived in and around Chicago all of my life, except for the two years I was in the Peace Corps serving in the Philippines.
I have been a crafter since I was a little girl, but of course the crafts have changed over the years. I have been a stamper for more than twelve years. I never considered myself an artist until I had been stamping awhile. Somewhere along the way I realized that it isn't drawing that makes one an artist; it is the creating. I get so much joy from working on various projects in my studio. I am presently on two other design teams. One is for Artistic Outpost, a stamp company. One is for Creative Inspirations, a shimmery paint product. And now I'll be working here with a challenge site. I am really enjoying what I'm doing and look forward to working with this team. I am on several Yahoo groups and also participate in a number of challenges each week.

This is a card I created for the Challenge 4 theme Giving Thanks. The background is done with the Antique Wallpaper technique from technique junkies. The sentiment is a stamp from Club Scrap. I love this saying because I think it is so meaningful. I can't wait to see what you come up with for this challenge.
 Please link your entry befow.  I would be appreciated if you were also a follower of this blog.

Challenge # 4

Giving Thanks

This challenge is being sponsored by Paper Temptress.  If you are looking for specialty papers, this is the website to visit..  They have beautiful Mica, Lustre, and of course cryogen (great for Copics).  Submit an entry below.  You may be the lucky winner of a pack of paper from Paper Temptress.  I am sure you will not be disappointed.

Design Team

Recently I have had two Guest Designers, LaCretia Ogle (Krisha) and Barbara Washington.  Both of them have agreed to come aboard as Team Members. .  They will be posting anytime they feel in the mood and from now on they will help me choose the creation that best suits the challenges instead of  using the random generator. They will also be helping me pick themes for future challenges. Please welcome them in the comment section as I am resally pleased to have them working with me.

Below are designs for Thanksgiving by the  Design Team for The Cheerful Stamp Pad


I chose a wild turkey inage for my Thanksgiving card.  The turkey image is by Inkadinkado and the greeting is by VAP Scrap.  The tan background area uses the chalk lines technique.   Inmages are colored with Copic markers.



It's exciting to be a part of this new Design Team. Here's a turkey card I created. Since Thanksgiving is coming upon us quickly, this handsome fella came by to wish you a Happy Harvest. All of the stamps used are from Kitchen Sink Stamps. I love how realistic the image looks. This look is created using the Kitchen Sink Stamp multi-step stamping system.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Perfect Distress

This is my entry into Studio L3's  Compendium of CuriositiesChallenge on Perfect Distressed.  Another challenge I am entering is Simon's Stamp and Show.  Their challenge is to Show Your Favorite Tim Holtz Stamp.  All ink and stamp are Tim Holtz.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Clipped Corners

Clipped Corners is one of my favorite techniques.  Here I have morphed the technique just a little.  The card has some fall cherries waiting to be picked before the snow falls.  The stamp is by CE Rubber Stamps.  If you visit my site often you will notice that I like to leave the front of my cards void of a greeting.  I really prefer to put my greeting only inside.  Coloring was done with Copics.

Winner of Challenge #3


The winner of Challenge #3 "Autumn Leaves" is No. 5 picked by the random generator.  That is Barbara Washington.  She wins a packet of paper from Paper Temptress.  Congrats to you, Barbara

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Autumn Leaves - Challenge #3

  This week the Guest Designer Krisha (LaCretia Olge) has design a piece for our newest Challenge "Autumn Leaves" I think you will agree with that the colors are beautiful. If you have a chance drop down and leave her a comment.


Fall is here is all its glory and there are leaves all round in an enormous array of colors. This challenge is to see what colors you see in leaves. Please post your link directly to your entry and not to your blog itself. Entries should be new and not from previous posting.

Notice that each challenge last two weeks so that gives you plenty of time to put in an entry. If you haven't made an entry into Challenge #2, please find that posting below.

Stamp Pad Challenge # 3
Autumn Leaves

I am pleased to announce that I have a sponsor for this challenge. It is Paper Temptress.
Paper Temptress carries an extensive inventory of speciality papers. Among them is Laser Lustre Package, which they are giving to the winner of this challenge.

To qualify for the challenge, please post your link to your entry and not your entire blog.  Also, it would be great if your chose to be a follower of my blog.

Challenge #4 Giving Thanks

So glad Halloween is over and I can now legally think about turkey and pumpkin pie!

Leaves Challenge and Giving Thanks

It's truly autumn now and the leaves have turned colors. Our focus now turns to Thanksgiving. My card actually fits both challenges that are presently running. The leaves challenge ends November 7. The Giving Thanks challenge ends November 14. The stamps I used are from Kitchen Sink Stamps. The background is pulled glimmers from the Jun/July 2010 Technique Junkies newsletter. Barbara Washington-designer

Monday, November 1, 2010

Black, White and Burgundy


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 the "Autumn Leaves" or "Giving Thanks"

challenges, please email your link

Black, white, and with a hint of burgundy are the colors for the Play Date Cafe Challenge #53  this week.  This is my entry.  I really like the way these colors came together on this card.  I went with a classic clean design but used multiple black and white prints to offset the solid colors.  The flower is made with a Tim Holtz die.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Creative Day

Krisha, finishes up her Guest Designer time with the following post and her last card gives us a hint of the next challenge.

After cleaning and sorting I got busy and created four new cards. The first two will qualify for the Gingersnaps GC67 challenge. The challenge is three colors: pumpkin, eggplant and avocado.
The next card is just an Autumn card where I was just trying different things and was happy with the results.My So Thankful for You also qualifies for a Ginger Snap challenge: Only one stamp.  I love sunflowers and this background print is one of my favorites
Hope you enjoyed my creative progress for the day.