Shut the front door! Oh how I love these new Hero Arts + Studio Calico stamps! YAH!

What I don’t like? The wind! I took this card “on location” to photo it and the wind knocked the card over and a gem fell off the right side. I didn’t notice it then, oh darn. So, pretend like it’s there, okay? Okay.

So, I thought I’d share a little trick I love to do with frame stamps like this one from I Love Books (ST506): make a reverse mask and stamp on the inside! Just grab a Post-it note, stamp the frame stamp, and cut out the middle like so:

You can cut right through the frame, no worries — it will work just fine. Then stamp something on the inside — in this case, I stamped the house from the Home Sweet Home set (ST513). Then I left the frame in place and sponged on Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass Distress inks using an ink applicator from Ranger.

Then I broke out my trusty Copic markers and colored the house and trees.

And I just gotta share one last trick today! See how the “shut the front door” message is underlined? Well that’s a line stamp from My Happy set (ST508). LOVE this set, it has the sweetest clouds! One is even woodgrain! GAH! Here’s a little peek at the stamps I used:

Now, want a chance to win FIVE Studio Calico + Hero Arts stamps? Of course you do! Just leave a comment here. Winners will be announced on Saturday, July 16th!

Want even more chances to win? Well, then, hop around and leave comments on all the stops on today’s hop! I’m the 6th stop on today’s hop, and you should have landed here via the amazing Kelly Noel. Here’s the whole hop in case you’ve missed any or need to catch it from the start:

  1. Studio Calico
  2. Hero Arts
  3. Kimberly Neddo
  4. Tami Hartley
  5. Kelly Noel
  6. Lisa Spangler <– YOU ARE HERE! :)
  7. Lisa Truesdell

Your next stop for today is the super talented Lisa Truesdell! I just love her style, wait until you see the fun layout that she made!

Happy hopping,

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