Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mark you calendars and come and join us!



I was recently asked by some people I've "known" on line for a while now to join a new stamping forum/gallery site called Stamp Haven. It's a wonderful (and friendly site) for learning and sharing about all things stamping (of course!). The best part is that it is not affiliated with any specific web sites or companies so we are basically free to chat to our hearts content about anything (disclaimer: please read the TOU) and any web sites we want without our posts randomly being deleted (some of you know what I mean LOL!)

Anyways, Stamp Haven is having a week long winter stamping event called WINTERHAVEN from Feb 14th to Feb 22nd. There will be lots of fun challenges, chat and classes. There will also be lots of RAKs/draws to be given out to participants.

I will be hosting a few challenges and have lots of fun stamping related goodies to give away so be sure to stop by the site to check it out and we hope you'll join and play along.

Please note in order to qualify for the RAKs/draws etc. you will have to upload your creations into the gallery on the site (e.g. become a registered member). Hope to see you there!!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I've been framed


Here's a quick card I did using only cardstock and stamps.

I stamped the new Paisley pattern Scrapblock onto dark brown cardstock and then added a strip of paisley embossed cardstock and a scalloped border. I created four inchies (using the Rummage Bin Inchie style stamps), matted them with lighter cardstock and added them to the card.

Finally, I took a metal frame and accented the angel stamp.

Supplies:
Stamps: Paisley Pattern Scrapblock by Cornish Heritage Farms, Rummage Bin Inchie Style by Cornish Heritage Farms
Cardstock:Prism, Bazzill
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Accessories: Cuttlebug Paisley embossing folder, Fiskars Threading Water punch, Metal brad/frame

Friday, January 23, 2009

Hello again from Tulip Girl


Here's another card I made with the new Saturday Evening Post Tulip girl stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms.

Once again I used papers from the Cosmo Cricket Dutch girl collection. This time I stamped and cut out the image and mounted it onto the distressed blue oval. I did a bit of recycling on this card as the large red ribbon was from a gift basket I received for Christmas. It was perfect for embellishing the card!

Supplies:
Stamps: Saturday Evening Post Tulip Girl by Cornish Heritage Farms, Kim Hughes Tag You're It by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl
Accessories:Copic markers, Nestabilities, Ribbon (recycled from a Christmas basket), Safety Pin (tinted with Copic)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bear with me again :)


Here's another card I made with the new Kim Hughes Bear Hugs and Spring tree sets. The entire card was paper pieced (e.g. stamped onto patterned paper and cut out). It took a LOT of time but I love the way it turned out!!

I promise I'll TRY not to post any more bear cards for a while (but I'm not promising LOL!)

Supplies:
Ink: Memories by Stewart Superior
Paper: K and Co, Cosmo Cricket
Techniques: Paper piecing

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Have a look at January’s Stamp of the Month

Cornish Heritage Farm’s January Stamp of the Month (SOTM) is a beautiful freesia stem with a wonderful quote. For the month of January you can purchase this set for only $7.99 (unmounted). The stamps will still be available after this month but the price usually increases.

I found this set to be very versatile. You can either stamp and colour the image or use it as a pattern to stamp on top of patterned paper for a different look.

On the first card I went with a vintage look. I took the stamp and stamped it onto a Prima journalling sheet. To bring out the red in the paper, I stamped one of the flowers in a cranberry ink, cut out and pieced on top of the stamp. For the card base I used the new Paisley pattern scrapblock…..LOVE the look it gives for a background!!


On the second card I used the freesia stamp in a more traditional way. I coloured the image with Copic markers and then applied some stickles for overall shimmer. I’m not 100% sure I’m loving this design but the colours work at least LOL!Be sure to check out some of the designer’s samples on the CHF Be Creative blog and in the SOTM gallery.



Supplies card 1:

Stamps: January Stamp of the Month--Freesia and sentiment from Cornish Heritage Farms, Paisley Pattern Scrapblock by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Memento Black by Stewart Superior, Adirondack Cranberry

Patterned paper: Prima journal sheet, K and Co. vintage papers

Accessories: Ribbon, lace buttons

Supplies card 2:

Stamps: January SOTM--Freesia by Cornish Heritage Farms, Kim Hughes Silhouette Blooms II (sentiment) by Cornish Heritage Farms

Cardstock: Georgia Pacific

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey

Accessories: Ribbon, buttons, sewing machine, Stickles

Monday, January 19, 2009

Guess what I got last week?!?!


My new Kim Hughes Bear Hugs set!! So be prepared to get sick of it because it is so cute and has knocked the Birds and Bees set off my desk LOL!!

Here's my first creation with the set. My card is Valentine's day inspired so I decided to make my bear super lovey dovey by paper piecing out of some scraps of Basic Grey paper. Most of the Kim Hughes stamps lend themselves well to this technique and that's one of the reasons why they are so fun to play with.

Supplies:

Stamps: Kim Hughes Bear Hugs by Cornish Heritage Farms

Ink: Memories by Stewart Superior

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey

Accessories: K and Co die cut hearts, Prima flowers, MM fabric die, Cuttlebug embossing folders (hearts and Swiss Dots)

Techniques:Sewing, Paper Piecing

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Introducing Shady Tree Studio!


Last week, Cornish Heritage Farms debuted a new line of art stamps called Shady Tree Studios. There are five individual stamps available in the first release.

You can see all the design team samples in the Shady Tree Studios gallery.

Here's is a card I did with the Artsy Blooms stamp. I coloured the image with Copic markers and did a simple background using the French Script backgrounder and the Cuttlebug script folder.

Stamps: Shady Tree Studio Artsy Blooms by Cornish Heritage Farms, French Script backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Memories Black by Stewart Superior, Ranger Dried Marigold distressing Ink
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific
Paper: Scrapblocks Paper Pack from Cornish Heritage Farms
Accessories: Chipboard sentiment: K and Co., Cuttlebug script embossing folder, Copic Markers, Fiskars Threading Water punch

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Let's go Dutch!



As soon as I stamped the image I knew I'd have to pair her up with the Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl papers sitting in my stash.
I coloured this little cutie with Copic markers and then used Pebbles Inc. chalks around the outside of the image to give the blue background.

You can see all the other wonderful design team samples for this new stamp in the CHF Saturday Evening Post gallery here.

Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Dutch Girl
Accessories:Prima bling swirl (tinted red with Copic), Copic markers, Pebbles Inc chalk (for tinting around the image), Felt tulip unknown (American Crafts????), Nestabilities

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Thanks teach----no patterned paper *gasp*!!


Here's a card I recently did for a publication call (but it wasn't selected---oh well!!). The challenge was to use baby blue, red and tan as the colours and houndstooth as the pattern. This is what I came up with. It was A LOT trickier than I thought to come up with something that met all the criteria!!

Since I was too lazy to try to find patterned paper that fit all the requirements I went with a cardstock only card (rare I know LOL!). I used stamps from the Kim Hughes' Making the Grade set and the Fine Houndstooth Scrapblock all from Cornish Heritage Farms.

Supplies:
Stamps: Kim Hughes Making the Grade by Cornish Heritage Farms, Fine Houndstooth Scrapblock by Cornish Heritage Farms, Kim Hughes Tag You're It set by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Adironack Pitch Black, Staz On Blazing Red
Cardstock: Bazzill
Tools: Cuttlebug Houndstooth embossing folder, Nestabilities ovals, Fiskars threading water punch
Accessories:Autumn Leaves buttons, Copic Markers, Prismacolor pencils/Gamesol, Stickles, Doodlebug rubons

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Wonder is Best When Shared

There is a wonderful new Rummage Bin collage stamp being released at Cornish Heritage Farms next week (Tuesday January 20th) and it won't disappoint! Stay tuned for some samples with the new stamp.

In the mean time I'd like to show you two cards I did with the last Rummage Bin release which is currently available in the store. The stamp is called "Wonder is Best When Shared". There are several designer samples in the CHF gallery.

On the first card I stamped in Espresso ink onto water colour paper and then took a water brush and went over the stamped image (I think this is my newest fav. technique LOL!). Even though it's hard to tell from the photo you get a nice soft image that looks like a watercolour painting. I used Basic Grey paper for my background and hand cut some of the flowers out of the paper as embellishments.


For the second card, I used the same water pen technique and then tinted the image with Pebbles Inc. chalks. Using chalks is a great way for the inexperienced colourer to tint images. All you have to do is apply the chalk with a pom pom or sponge for a nice soft look. Papers are also from Basic Grey.


Supply lists:
Card 1
Stamps: Rummage Bin Wonder is Best When Shared Collage by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Cardstock: Strathmore water colour paper
Patterned paper: Basic Grey
Accessories:Water pen, Making Memories brads

Card 2
Stamps: Rummage Bin Wonder is Best When Shared Collage by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Cardstock: Strathmore water colour paper
Patterned paper: Basic Grey
Accessories: Water pen, Pebbles Inc. chalk, Nestabilites dies, Offray ribbon

Monday, January 12, 2009

A new line from CHF and a chance to win!

This week at Cornish Heritage Farms a new line of stamps called "Shady Tree Studio" is being released.

Head on over to the Be Creative blog for some sneak peeks AND your chance to win a few of the new stamps!

I'll be back with some samples from this new line later this week :)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The mightly elk/caribou


This is a card I did a while ago using the Saturday Evening Post Elk/Caribou stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms.

This was a really quick and easy card. I heat embossed the image in black embossing powder onto a piece of Thomas Kinkade paper (masculine series). Then I added some white flocking and added some gingham ribbon.

Supplies:
Stamps: Saturday Evening Post Mountain Elk by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Versamark (for embossing)
Cardstock: Bazzill black
Patterned Paper:Thomas Kinkade Masculine Series Paper pack by Cornish Heritage Farms
Accessories: Offray ribbon, Black embossing powder

Friday, January 9, 2009

Will you BEE mine?

Another card using the Kim Hughes Birds and Bees stamp set from Cornish Heritage Farms. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this cute little set (if you couldn't tell already LOL!!!)


I decided to go with a round card and used the new Basic Grey Bittersweet papers (again LOL!). I cut out the images and coloured them with Copic markers.

Supplies:
Stamps: Kim Hughes Birds and the Bees by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Memories Black dye ink by Stewart Superior
Patterned Paper:Basic Grey Bittersweet, Scenic Route (hearts)
Tools: Cuttlebug floral die, Coluzzle Circle cutter
Accessories: Copic markers, Stickles

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Hello Honey! 2S4Y card

Well last night I decided to give this week's 2 Sketches 4 You (2S4Y) sketch a whirl and this is what I came up with. I'm sure you've all heard of this challenge blog by now but if you haven't you really should check it out. Each week there are two sketches and lots of wonderful design team interpretations. I've been subscribing to this blog for a while now and just gave it my first go....but certainly not my last :)




This card uses Kim Hughes' Birds and Bees set from Cornish Heritage Farms. This set is just the CUTEST and only costs $9.99 to boot!! You'll be seeing more of these cute little bees in a few days :)



Today's Tip: I have mentioned this before but don't be afraid to cut apart the sentiments that come with stamp sets. For this card I cut apart the "Hello Honey" which come on top of each other in the set. By CAREFULLY cutting between the two I am now able to use them in a line OR put them back together on my block like they originally came.

Supplies:
Stamps: Kim Hughes Birds and Bees by Cornish Heritage Farms, Hexagon Tiles Backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Memories Black Dye Ink by Stewart Superior
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey
Tools: Cuttlebug embossing folder, Nestabilities scalloped circle
Accessories: Offray Ribbon

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

CPS sketch 98 Wedding Style

I've been stalking the CPS blog for a LONG time now and I finally decided to play along with this week's sketch (sketch 98).

I was inspired to do a wedding card using the new Basic Grey Bittersweet paper and some wedding stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms. The card is really sparkly in real life!

Here's a quick tip to share. I didn't have a rhinestone brad that matched the papers I was using so I took my deep red Copic marker and tinted the rhinestone brad (see the center of the flower). This is a great way to customize your embellishments to work with any papers!!

Stamps:
Kim Hughes I Thee Wed by Cornish Heritage Farms, Pin Dot Scrapblock by Cornish Heritage Farms, Mona Lisa Moments Wedding Centers by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Versamark (embossing), Adirondack Espresso, Adirondack Pastel Pink, Palette Fuschia
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Bittersweet, Scenic Route
Tools: Nestabilities dies
Accessories: Prima flowers, Making Memories Brad, Stickles, Darice rhinestones, Copic Markers, Ranger embossing powder

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Is anyone ready for spring yet?

Well, I know I'm DONE with winter and was inspired to make a few spring cards to hurry winter along.

Both of these cards use the new Saturday Evening Post Easter Basket stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. Hop on over to the CHF gallery to check out the other designs created by the CHF design team.

On the first card I cut out part of the image with the Nestabilities label die and used Rusty Pickle white chocolate bunnies papers. I love using pink and brown together!



Supplies:
Stamps: Saturday Evening Post Easter Basket by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Adirondack Espresso
Patterned papers: Rusty Pickle
Accessories: Offray Ribbon, Bead pin (sewing supply), Nestabilities die
On the second card, I coloured the bunny image with my Copic markers and some Pebbles Inc. chalks and used Imaginesce papers.


Supplies:
Stamps: Saturday Evening Post Easter Basket by Cornish Heritage Farms, Rummage Bin So Happy by Cornish Heritage Farms ("Easter" sentiment), Rummage Bin Art of Framing by Cornish Heritage Farms ("Happy" sentiment)
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, Versafine Sepia
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific
Patterned Paper: Imaginisce (For Peeps Sake)
Accessories: Nestabilities die, Prima Flowers, Autumn Leaves Button, Copic Markers, Prisma colour pencils, Stickles, Pebbles Inc chalk

Monday, January 5, 2009

Attention Kim Hughes fans!! Want to win some stamps?

Have you been checking out all the peeks at the FOUR new Kim Hughes stamp sets being released tomorrow (Jan 6th)? Well if not, you really should get over to the Cornish Heritage Farms Be Creative blog RIGHT AWAY!!

While you're over there, be sure to enter for your chance to win ALL FOUR of these MUST have sets.

And if you don't win them, you can buy them tomorrow at CHF....I can't wait to get ALL of them ;)

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Happy New Year!!


Sorry I've been slacking in the blogging department over the holidays but I've been enjoying my time off from work and getting lots of organizing done around the house. But I'm back now and I'm looking forward to sharing lots of crafty projects with you again in 2009.

Here's a card I created for today's So Sketchy sketch.

I hand cut the geared circle from a sheet from the Cosmo Cricket Cogsmo collection. I stamped and cut out a few robots from the Kim Hughes Little Guy set and stamped a sentiment from the same set.

Supplies:
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket Cogsmo collection
Accessories: Stickles, Copic Markers, American Crafts ribbons