Thursday, February 26, 2009

Make each day your masterpiece

Here's a card I made using the Saturday Evening Post Little Piano Girl stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms.

I opted for a monochromatic look on this card and I stamped my image directly onto some patterned paper. Since I wanted to be able to colour in the girl in the image, I actually stamped it onto some plain white paper and then cut it out (sort of like paper piecing). Then I coloured it with my Copics.
Stamps: Mona Lisa Moments Motivational Centers by Cornish Heritage Farms, Saturday Evening Post Piano girl by Cornish Heritage Farms
Papers: Making Memories
Ink: Versafine Sepia
Accessories: Prima flowers, Offray ribbon, Copic markers
Just a reminder that you still have time to win some Kim Hughes stamps on the Cornish Heritage Farms Creative blog.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Psssstttt....want to win some Kim Hughes stamps?

All you have to do is participate in the Cornish Heritage Farms "Mix and Match" challenge.

You can find more details and all the rules on the CHF Be Creative blog but basically all you have to do is create a project by combining stamp images from at least TWO different stamp sets from the Kim Hughes collection. What I love about Kim's images is that it is VERY easy to mix and match from the various sets so this challenge shouldn't be hard at all.

Upload your creation to the CHF gallery and then link it in the comments section of the Be Creative blog. The deadline is MARCH 1st....some random winners will receive some Kim Hughes stamps and have their work featured on the Be Creative blog!

So what are you waiting for.....go create something!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Last chance for the Thomas Kinkade blitz!!

Here's the sample I created for the favourite way to colour challenge. All of the important details about today's challenges can be found in the TK forum here.

For this card I coloured my image using Pebbles Inc. chalks. I only recently started using chalks to colour my images and I am HOOKED. I love the soft look that using chalks gives. For this card I used some darker shades so the colours are more vibrant. I should also mention that colouring with chalks is FAST. It only took me about 5-10 minutes to colour my image. When I use pencils or markers it usually takes A LOT longer!!!

Today's tip: To "set" images that I colour with chalk I use aerosol hairspray (the cheap stuff from the dollar store!). The colour won't rub off once you set it and since it's for a card I'm not concerned with the archival quality of the sealant I use.

Cardstock: Georgia Pacific
Ink: Versafine Sepia
Papers: Basic Grey
Accessories:Pebbles Inc. chalks (with pom pom applicators), Stickles, Book plate

Friday, February 20, 2009

Thomas Kinkade Blitz "Spotlight" Techique card

Just a reminder that Cornish Heritage Farms is having a Thomas Kinkade Blitz this weekend. You can find more details in this forum. Don't forget the more you play along, the more chances you have to WIN!

This is the sample card I created for the "Spotlight" technique challenge. This is actually the first time I've done this technique and I quite like the look it achieves.

First I stamped the image twice in Versafine Sepia ink. I cut out part of one of the images and coloured it with Copics and added a bit of Stickles for shimmer.

This is a great technique to highlight parts of more detailed stamps.

Don't forget that ALL Thomas Kinkade stamps are on sale for 10% off during the blitz.

I'll be back on Saturday with my sample from the "favourite ways to colour" challenge

Stamps: Thomas Kinkade The Rose Garden by Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink: Versafine Sepia

Papers: Basic Grey

Accessories: Nestabilities dies, Offray ribbon, Pin

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Happy birthday Mom!

Today is my Mom's birthday so I'd like to say a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

In keeping with the theme of birthday, I'd like to share two cards I made using the newest release of Shady Tree Studios stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms.

This first card uses the "Large Floral Vase" stamp. I paper pieced this stamp using the new Basic Grey Marrakesh papers.

The second card is a small note card that uses the new "Perfect Poppies" stamp. I also paper pieced on this card. As you can see in addition to colouring, these stamps lend themselves very well to this technique. Again I used the new Basic Grey Marrakesh papers.

You can see more of the designer samples in the Shady Tree Studio gallery.

Supplies Card 1:
Stamps: Shady Tree Studio Large Floral Vase by Cornish Heritage Farms, Kim Hughes Silhouette Blooms II (Sentiment) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Memories by Stewart Superior
Paper: Basic Grey Marrakesh
Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder, Copic markers (for shading), Pom Pom trim from Bazzill, Fiskars Threading water punch

Supplies Card 2:
Stamps: Shady Tree Studio Perfect Poppies by Cornish Heritage Farms, Kim Hughes Silhouette Blooms II (sentiment) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Memories by Stewart Superior
Paper: Basic Grey Marrakesh
Accessories: Nestabilities dies

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Thomas Kinkade Blitz weekend at CHF starting Feb. 19th

Now here's some exciting news! Check out this thread.

Our Thomas Kinkade Blitz starts this Thursday February 19th so be sure to mark your calendars and play along for some fun! We'll kick off our Thomas Kinkade Blitz with some fun chat and a challenge Thursday evening and follow through Friday and Saturday as well. I'm sure you're all familiar with Cornish Heritage Farm's incredible line of Thomas Kinkade stamps. The detail and beauty of these stamps is beyond description! Whether you stamp them monochromatically or color them, they are sure to impress.

If you missed our previous may be wondering what exactly that entails. This Blitz will focus on Cornish Heritage Farms Thomas Kinkade line. We'll have some fun chat, great giveaways and we'll have daily challenges with designer samples. We'd love you to play along too!

Design some Thomas Kinkade line projects and upload them to our CHF gallery. The more samples you upload the better, because it increases your chances of winning some of our Thomas Kinkade stamps. Each day, two names will be randomly drawn from the Blitz Challenge submissions and each winner will receive a Thomas Kinkade stamp. Sound like fun?!

We're also excited to release a brand new Thomas Kinkade rubber stamp this Friday so stay tuned. You'll soon be seeing some great samples. Now because we really want you to play along...we're giving you some advance notice of the challenges. That way you can work around YOUR schedule. We know how busy life gets. It doesn't really matter when you create your challenge designs, you can start now. Simply upload the challenge card or project to our gallery on that challenge date for a chance to win.

The Thomas Kinkade Blitz kicks off this Thursday evening at 7 pm EST (February 19th) in the CHF Forums. Make sure you stop by for a chance to win then as well. Challenges start that evening, and follow through each day including Saturday February 21st.

The list of challenges is below:

Thursday February 19th -Challenge #1 (TKC01)-Monochromatic Challenge, simply stamp your TK image in a single color of ink for a beautiful monochromatic image

Friday Feb 20th - release day and 2 challenges to participate in
Challenge #2 (TKC02) - Spotlight Challenge - use the spotlight technique to spotlight a part of your TK stamped image
Challenge #3 (TKC03) - Multiple Inks Challenge - try using two or more colors of inks on your Thomas Kinkade image...think Spectrum pads or inking with two different inks

Saturday Feb 21st - our final challenge day
Challenge #4 (TKC04) - Embossing Challenge - whether you emboss your stamped image or try out a cracked glass technique, we'd love to see some fun embossing for this challenge
Challenge #5 (TKC05) - Methods of Coloring challenge - What's your favorite way of coloring the Thomas Kinkade Images?! They are so flexible! Do you like chalks, Copics, watercolor, colored pencils? For this challenge color in a Thomas Kinkade image with your favorite method. We can't wait to see them!

- Use Thomas Kinkade stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms
- Upload your project to the Cornish Heritage Farms Gallery using the appropriate keyword
- Please post a link to your design back in the CHF forum thread for that day
- You may double up your challenges but please submit your design to only ONE of the challenges to keep the chances fair for everyone. One project = one chance to win
- You can create as many designs as you wish for each challenge

Music Gives you Wings (Rummage Bin Collage)

"Music Gives you Wings" is the most recent Rummage Bin collage image from Cornish Heritage Farms.

What I love about these collage images is that they look fabulous just stamped in ink (like on the first card) or you can add colour to make it pop (like the second card).

For this first card I stamped the image in deep pink ink onto a piece of patterned paper from the same collection as the rest of the papers used in the card (Kaisercraft).

On this second card, I stamped the image in black onto plain white cardstock and tinted the image with Pebbles Inc. chalks and added some colour to the words with Copic markers. I created a music themed card with this image using some paper from Creative Imaginations (Christine Adolf papers).

Today's tip: I think I've mentioned this before but if you want some custom coloured bling or rhinestones, just take a Copic marker and colour it! On this card I coloured the clear Prima bling swirls and the clear rhinestone brad in the center of the flower.


Card 1:
Stamp: Rummage Bin Music Gives by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Palette Fushia
Papers: Kaisercraft
Accessories: Buttons (general sewing supplies)

Card 2:
Stamps: Rummage Bin Music Gives You Wings by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Versafine black
Paper: Creative Imaginations Christine Adolf
Accessories: Prima flower, MM brad, Prima bling swirl, Copic markers, Pebbles Inc. chalk

Monday, February 16, 2009

Kick up your heels, it's Mojo Monday!!

Another sketch blog that I stalk weekly is the "Mojo Monday" blog. If you haven't checked it out, you should because the sketches are FABULOUS and there is always tons of great inspiration.

For once I actually had time to play along (it's "Family Day" holiday in Ontario so I'm enjoying my day off in my craft room). This is my interpretation of sketch number 74.

I still had the Kim Hughes' February Stamp of the Month set (Happy Trails) sitting on my desk so I used it with some more Cosmo Cricket scraps. To add to the western theme of the card I used my sewing machine for stitching and some twine. The sentiment is from the Rummage Bin Shoe Boutique set.

I'm quite happy with how this card turned out.....YEEE HAAAW!!!

Stamps: Kim Hughes Happy Trails (Feb. SOTM) from Cornish Heritage Farms, Rummage Bin Shoe Boutique (sentiment) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Adirondack Black, Staz On black
Paper: Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: Cosmo Cricket chipboard, Copic markers (for shading), twine
Technique: Machine Sewing, Paper piecing

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Check out this new Scrapblock!

I just received my new "Vintage City" scrapblock from Cornish Heritage Farms and oh boy, I LOVE it!! This one is going to be used a lot on my travel layouts. If you're not aware, the Scrapblocks are a HUGE 6 x 6 stamp which makes them perfect for scrapbooking as well as for cards!!

For this card, I stamped the Scrapblock onto a sheet of ledger paper in Pesto green ink. Then I layered that onto the postage stamp paper I used for my card base. Most of the accessories are from the Making Memories travel line.

Stamps: Scrapblocks Vintage City by Cornish Heritage Farms, Rummage Bin Journal Box (Postmark stamp) by Cornish Heritage Farms, Mona Lisa Moments Motivational Centers by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Adirondack Pesto (for map stamp), Adirondack Espresso
Papers: Making Memories
Accessories: Making Memories ribbons, vintage stamps, ticket die cut, flower and buttons

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy trails to you (CPS 102)

Two posts in one day....don't get too used to it LOL!!!

February is already half over *sigh* but it's not too late to get this month's super cute Kim Hughes Happy Trails stamp set from Cornish Heritage Farms. For the month of February it's only $7.99!!! Great value and super cute (did I say that already???)

I did this card for this week's CPS sketch (sketch 102).

I'm getting kind of sad after finishing this card, because I'm almost out of my Cosmo Cricket Wanted paper. I know this is a really "old" line by scrapbooking standards but it's one of the few lines that I've used practically every.single.scrap. Maybe I'll get lucky and find some more one day.

Stamps: Kim Hughes Happy Trails (February Stamp of the Month) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Adirondack EspressoPalette Noir
Papers: Cosmo Cricket
Accessories: Making Memories brads, Copic markers, Leather fringe from dollar store, Marvy scallop punch

Simple and graphic

This card is a bit different that what I consider my "normal" style but I like the clean lines and the simplicity of this card and definitely will try more of this style in the future.

I combined papers from the Scenic Route Appleton line with Kim Hughes Making the Grade stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms.

Today's tip: Don't be afraid to stamp your images in different colour inks. As a scrapper turned stamper, I tend to use blacks and browns but have been trying to branch out a bit more. I started off buying basic colours (Adirondack Dye inks) and then adding more shades as I got more comfortable stamping with them. Try stamping your floral stamps in pinks or reds for example. It's a very easy way to add more pizazz to your designs without detailed colouring or cutting out!!

Stamps: Kim Hughes Making the Grade by Cornish Heritage Farms (stars, apple,books, sentiment, pencil)
Ink: Palette Noir, Adirondack Denim, Staz On Blazing Red
Patterned Paper: Scenic Route (grid), Scenic Route Appleton (red and ruler)
Accessories: Copic markers

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hasta la vista!

Well, unfortunately I'm not going on a vacation any time soon but I decided to crack open my new Collage Press pad and came up with this travel themed card. I love the colours in the Camden collection. The red and blue look wonderful together.

I simply layered my papers, stamped my images and sentiment from the Kim Hughes Paradise Found set (Cornish Heritage Farms) and hand cut a flower out of one of the sheets and voila....card complete!

P.S. If any of you are looking for a Canadian Source for the Collage Press papers (I personally have found them hard to find) I got mine at Stamping Bella in Toronto. They have a wonderful selection of all the latest and greatest papers/embellies in their store!!

Stamps: Kim Hughes Paradise Found (plane and sentiment)
Ink: Staz On Blazing Red, Memories black by Stewart Superior
Accessories: Making Memories fabric brad, Offray ribbon

Sunday, February 8, 2009

A little ahead of the game but Happy Harvest!

One of the downfalls/challenges of submitting to magazines or other publications is that you usually have to think 6 months down the road. So in the dead of winter you have to think of fall and or Thanksgiving! Sometimes I have a hard time doing this but the last few weeks I've been trying to work on some summer/fall projects for upcoming calls.

This is a fall themed card I did using Kim Hughes' Let's Get Stuffed set and some of Kim's Mocha Chica papers. In keeping with the rich fall colours, I used some burlap ribbon from SEI. The cornucopia and acorns were coloured with Copic markers.
Stay tuned for some more fall themed projects LOL!

Stamps: Kim Hughes Let's Get Stuffed by Cornish Heritage Farms (sentiment,pumpkin, horn of plenty, acorn)
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific
Patterned paper: Kim Hughes Mocha Chica by Cornish Heritage Farms
Accessories: Twine trim by SEI, Copic Markers

Friday, February 6, 2009

My final So Sketchy card

Well, my term as a card artist for So Sketchy has come to a close and this is my final card. Thanks to Ally for providing all the fabulous sketches for me to create with.

Be sure to stop by the blog to see the other interpretations of the sketch as well as the new design team for the next term.

Stamps: Kim Hughes Birds and the Bees by Cornish Heritage Farms, Kim Hughes Pretty Birds (sentiment and branch) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Adirondack espresso, Palette Noir
Cardstock: Coordinations
Patterned paper: Basic Grey
Accessories: Stickles, Copic markers, ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Cuttlebug heart

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Just a note (new Saturday Evening Post image)

This is the second Saturday Evening Post stamp being released this Thursday (Feb 5th) at Cornish Heritage Farms.

This image is called Piano girl......isn't she a cutie?

For this card I opted to stick with a black and pink theme and used my new Making Memories Sabrina collection. In keeping with the music theme, I used the Aged Sheet music Scrapblock. I masked the piano stamp and first stamped the sheet music in pink ink onto the image panel. Then I also used the same sheet music stamp in black on the background. The image was coloured with Copics.

Be sure to check out the CHF Be Creative blog this week for more samples.

Stamps: Saturday Evening Post Piano Girl by Cornish Heritage Farms, Aged Sheet music Scrapblock by Cornish Heritage Farms, Mona Lisa Moments Classic Essential Expressions by Cornish Heritage Farms
Cardstock: Prism Smooth
Patterned Paper: Making Memories
Accessories: Copic Markers, Prima Flowers, Offray Ribbon

Monday, February 2, 2009

Ahoy matey!!!

Here's a peek at one of the two new Saturday Evening Post stamps being released this week at Cornish Heritage Farms (Thursday February 5th).

This stamp is called "Little Pirate" and would be a great stamp to accompany the "Shiver Me Timbers" set from the CHF Classic collection.

I paired this image with some papers from Rusty Pickle and the sentiment from the Shiver Me Timbers set. I coloured the image with a combination of Copic markers and some Pebbles Inc. chalks. I really like using the chalks to give a soft blue sky around the image. The small pom poms included with the chalks are perfect for getting into those tight spots!!

Stamps: Saturday Evening Post Little Pirate by Cornish Heritage Farms, Classic Collection Shiver Me Timbers (sentiment) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, Ranger Vintage Photo, Rubber Stampede Sepia
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
Patterned paper: Rusty Pickle
Accessories: Buttons, Copic markers, Pebbles Inc. chalks
Technique: Machine sewing

Sunday, February 1, 2009

A hybrid valentine card (So Sketchy)

For one of my last sketch assignments at So Sketchy, I was asked to create a heart shaped hybrid card using Jennifer Balding's "This Kiss" digital kit from Divine Digitals.

I printed the pink polka dot paper (used for the heart) and the little bird tree from the kit to use as my base. I added some Basic Grey paper and KI lace cardstock.

Tip: To create a heart shaped card I find it easiest if you leave the back of the card "normal" (e.g. square) so the card easily stands up. I basically cut the heart card base out first and then attach to the square card base. Then just trim the excess cardstock from the front of the card only.

Digital kit (polka dot paper and bird tree): Jennifer Balding's "This Kiss" digital kit from Divine Digitals
Traditional papers: Basic Grey bittersweet, KI lace paper
Accessories: Prima flower, brad, K and Company tag
Stamp (sentiment): Kim Hughes Birds and the Bees from Cornish Heritage Farms