Wednesday, December 29, 2010

And the winner is......

The winner of my blog giveaway is......

StampinCathy who said... What a fabulous giveaway! I'm a BIG FAN of Tim Holtz's! I would love to have some of his goodies. I just love these emboss folders. Thanks so much for a chance. Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 24, 2010

It's the Christmas Eve edition of FWF Friday (and last chance to win my giveaway!!)

Merry Christmas Eve!  Just a quick reminder that today is your last chance to comment on this previous post (click on link please) for your chance to win a set of Tim Holtz embossing folders and some stamps.

And now onto today's business.....FWF Friday.  Today I thought I'd share TWO shaped cards.  I LOVE to make shaped cards.  For both of these cards I used my Mom's Cricut machine for the shaped bases.  When I make shaped cards I try to keep them less than 5.5" square so they will fit into some of the standard envelopes I have in my collection.

Just a reminder you can find the list of today's participants later today on the Unity Blog.  Look for the Flair blinkie and leave a comment for your chance to win some Unity Stamps.

For the first card I used one of Unity's Itty Bitty stamps:

Stamps: Itty Bitty You're a Real Fun-gi by Unity Stamps
Papers: October Afternoon, Bazzill, Pink Paislee, Jillibean Soup
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Cricut cartridge (Card), Fabric store trim, Cosmo Cricket mini letters, Copic markers

For this second card I created a paper pieced apple shape and if you look closely on the card base you will see that I stamped some apples onto the cardstock in red ink.  Then I added a tag with sentiment and some raffia to give it a rustic look.   All of the stamps are from Unity's fabulous Kits of the Month.

Stamps: Unity Stamps Kit Of The Month (apples-July, and sentiment-Sept).
Papers: Bazzill
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Barn Door Distress Ink
Accessories: K and Co journalling box, raffia, Cricut Friendly Critters cartridge

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Last but not least......

Hello my friends!  You have one more day to comment on this post (click on link) to win some blog candy in celebration of my 600th blog post.

Today I'm sharing the final card (bottom right hand corner of photo) I created using the same patterned paper and quick/simple designs.  When you see all the cards together you can see how I used scraps from one card to create elements of the others.  For example on the snowman card I used a piece of the scrap embossed tan cardstock on the background of my winter scene.  As you can see with a few limited supplies, you really can create a number of unique looking cards!

One quick tip for today:  On the card in the bottom right corner I didn't have any brown bling swirls so I took some plain silver ones and coloured them with a brown Copic marker!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sharing some Eskimo kisses :)

One more reminder that I have a giveaway going on until December 24th.

Here's another of the cards I created using the same sheet of patterned paper.  Again this card was designed to assemble in approximately 10 minutes.  To keep the colouring simple, I used only three shades of my Copic markers.  If you look closely at the bottom, I added a little texture to the simple layers using one of my Cuttlebug embossing folders.

I have one more card to share in the series later this week. 

Stamps: Mo Manning Siku and Shiva by Stampavie
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers:  Prism Simply Smooth, Bazzill cardstock, Autumn Leaves patterned paper
Accessories:  Cuttlebug embossing folder, Making Memories snowflake and brad, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Cosmo Cricket rubon, Fiskars border punch, Copic markers

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Friendship warms the heart

Just a reminder that I have a giveaway going on until December 24th.  Details can be found on this post.

Here's another winter-themed card I created using the same sheet of paper as my previous post.  This time I created a winter scene using one of my Pure Innocence stamps from My Favorite Things.  I kept this card simple by doing monochrome colouring with my Copic markers---I think I only used about 4-5 colours on this one (note to self:  write down colours used for future cards LOL!). 

Stamps: Pure Innocence Merry Kiss set from My Favorite Things
Papers: Autumn Leaves, Georgia Pacific cardstock, Coredinations cardstock
Ink: Memento
Accessories:  Cuttlebug embossing folder, Fiskars border punch, Maya Road trim, Copic markers

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Baby it's cold outside!

First of all, a reminder that I have a giveaway going on until Christmas Eve.  Just leave a comment on the original post here for your chance to win a few stamps and some Tim Holtz embossing folders.

Now onto today's project.....Winter has finally arrived in my area and boy oh boy is it cold!!  So in keeping with the winter theme I thought I'd share a card I made using one of my Purple Onion Designs Noteblock stamps.  If you follow my blog the design might look a little familiar to you---well that's because the overall design is similar to this card that I posted.  With the size of the Noteblock stamps it is a bit challenging to come up with different layouts but switching up the papers does give the cards a different look.  The trims looked so good the first time I figured why change things LOL!

This is the first of four cards I created using the same sheet of patterned paper.  All of the cards were designed to be created in 10 minutes or less.  For this card I simply heat embossed the Noteblock image onto the patterned paper, trimmed it and mounted onto a scalloped rectangle.  I adhered it to a piece of the same paper and embellished with trims and a snowflake.  Stay tuned for the rest of the cards I made using the same papers.

Stamp:  Winter Noteblock from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Versamark (for heat embossing)
Papers:  Autumn Leaves, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Accessories:  Maya Road trim, fabric snowflake by Darice, twill ribbon, Spellbinders Nestabilities, wood button, embroidery floss, white embossing powder by Stampendous

Monday, December 13, 2010

Who's ready for a giveaway?

In celebration of my 600th blog post last week, I have prize to giveaway. 

How would you like to win a package of brand new Tim Holtz embossing folders and two brand new Shady Tree Studios celebration stamps?

I might even sweeten the prize from now until next Friday, so check back again before next Friday.

Just leave a comment on this post and I'll draw a winner (random number generator) on December 27th with the prize being mailed out shortly after.  You have until midnight on December 24th to post.

Happy Holidays!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Some exciting news to share!

I'm super excited to announce that I've been asked to join the Design Team for My Cute Stamps!  I've been a fan of their stamps for a while now so it was an honour to be chosen to be on their design team for the next few months.  I can't wait to share some designs with you!!

For a list of the other selected designers and the design gallery please visit the My Cute Stamps blog and Flickr page.

P.S.  This is my SIX HUNDREDTH blog post (woah, when did that happen!!) and I think it's time for I did a giveaway.....Check back early next week for you chance to some blog candy :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Feel the magic of the season with Gina K. Designs

First off, I'm going to apologize right away for this horrible photo that I had to take using some artificial light---have I mentioned how much I hate this time of year for photographing LOL!!??

Those of you who know me well, know that I *LOVE* to shop for paper craft supplies and need to try everything out there.  So I while ago I ordered some Gina K Luxury cardstock, as I had heard that it worked really well with Copic markers (which it does by the way---not to mention it's AMAZING for card bases too!!).  So, while I was over there I also ordered some stamps which I've had in my "to use" pile for a while now.

I finally pulled out a few sets and made this Christmas card.  The white scalloped card base was cut out on my Silhouette and then I simply layered a few different squares of Scenic Route paper and an embossed sheet of white cardstock on top. I stamped the polka dot label and sentiment circle in red ink and then layered them on top of each other before adhering to the middle of the ribbon. 

I've had a few people ask how I do this type of ribbon treatment---maybe one day if I get a chance I'll do an in depth tutorial but for now----basically I just use LOTS of glue LOL!!  I use Beacon's 3 in 1 glue (I personally think the glue is the key to the success of this treatment as it dries clear and fast) and just fold back the ribbon and glue it down in an alternating fan pattern.  For each of the folds you will need to put some glue on the paper to glue the ribbon down and then a dot on the back of the ribbon to complete the loop.   I repeat the same technique on both sides and then just glue some kind of embellishment in the center to hide the ugly part :)  It's quite easy but just takes some playing around to figure it out---be warned that it does use a fair amount of ribbon!!

Stamps: Holiday Greeting Set from Gina K Designs, Lovely Labels from Gina K Designs
Ink: Ranger Barn Door distress ink
Papers: Georgia Pacific white cardstock, Scenic route papers
Accessories: Michaels ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Marvy circle punch, scalloped card base cut on my Silhouette

Friday, November 26, 2010

Free Spirit FWF Friday

Howdy FWF Friends!  Today I'm sharing a western themed card that I made using the Melody Ross "Brave Girls Boots" stamp set from Unity Stamps.

I dry embossed some kraft cardstock with one of my Tim Holtz embossing folders and ran some distress ink over the top surface.  Then I distressed the edges with my scissors to give it an old paper look. 

To create the distressed image panel I also used distress ink with a stipple brush.  If you've never tried a stipple brush you really should!  It allows you to instantly "vintage-i-fy" an image by applying a thin layer of ink over the entire surface.  The trick is to work in a circular motion and don't use too much ink at once.

I finished off the card by adding some suede trim from the dollar store and a few brads that I wanted to sort of resemble rivets. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.!

Don't forget to check out the Unity Blog for a full list of today's FWF blog participants and details on how you can win some FREE stamps.

Also, Unity has a HUGE sale going on right now that you might want to check out.  All the details can be found on the home page or the blog!!

Supplies:Stamp: Melody Ross Brave Girls Boots set from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Staz On black, Ranger Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Paper: Georgia Pacific cardstock, The Paper Company
Accessories: Nestabilities, Stickles, brads, Tim Holtz embossing folder, western trim

Friday, November 19, 2010

Through the Looking Glass on Bellarific Friday

I picked up this awesome new Alice stamp from Stamping Bella a few weeks ago and I couldn't wait to try her out.

I've been playing around a bit lately with some watercolouring techniques and took the plunge to paint Alice.  I must say that I *LOVE* the way she turned out and it was so fast and easy!!  Please scroll down under the photo for more details on how I coloured her if you're interested.

The card was created using this week's Stamping Bella Bellarific Friday sketch and I used a rub on on the tea cup as my sentiment. 

P.S.  Due to the crappy winter lighting conditions (and the fact that I'm at work during the daylight hours during the week) I have tried scanning this card instead of photographing it.  I did lose a bit of the shimmer on the satin ribbon but overall I think it's a bit better than a poorly lit photo (hope you agree!!)

I stamped the image on some watercolour paper (I use the Curry's Art Supply store brand paper ----140 lb cold pressed) in Palette Noir ink.  Then I used my Peerless watercolor papers for the clothing and hair and a Lyra watercolour pastel for the skin. 

First I dampened the part of the image I wanted to colour with some water (a VERY light application) and then applied the Peerless paints.  The paint wicks itself from dark to light on the pre dampened paper (so make sure you stay in the lines LOL!).

If you're not familiar with Peerless watercolor papers you really need to check them out....they are *WAY* cool!!  Essentially they come as sheets of pigment in a book.  All you have to do is take a damp brush (I use an aquapainter) and touch it to the surface for a really rich pigment.  I dabbed the brush onto a paper towel first and then applied it to the image, pulling the brush and colour from dark to lighter.  Once I got the hang of how the paint behaves it really took me less than 5 minutes to finish the image.  The portability of the Peerless paint book makes it really easy to craft on the go......throw the Peerless book in your purse with an aquapen and some stamped images and you can paint anywhere!!

Stamp:  Alice by Christy Croll from Stamping Bella
Papers:  Watercolour paper (Curry's Art Supply), We R Memory Keepers
Ink:  Palette Noir
Accessories:  Kaisercraft rub on sentiment, Offray ribbon, button, Fiskars border punch, Peerless water color papers

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Quick and Easy Thursday

If you've been a reader of my blog for a while, you probably know that most of my cards are as totally opposite from clean and simple as possible as you can get :)

Well I have challenged myself recently to try making easier and quicker cards since my crafting time is pretty limited these days.

Well here's a quick, clean and simple one from me.  I created the background by stamping the Unity wood grain backgrounder in kraft coloured ink and then simply layered the other stamps on top in dark brown and turquoise.  I coloured the button turquoise with my Copics to match the sentiment colour.

Hope you enjoyed this simple card and thanks for stopping by!!
Stamps: Donna Downey Imagine it set from Unity Stamps (branch and sentiment), Grainy Background by Unity Stamps
Ink: Old Paper Distress Ink by Ranger, Timber Brown Staz On Ink, Teal Blue Staz On Ink
Paper: Gina K Designs Kraft cardstock
Accessories: Brown Twill ribbon, button, Copic Markers (for tinting button)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Super boy strikes again!

I don't often reach for masculine or boy themed images so on the weekend I challenged myself to work on one, and pulled out my MFT Superboy image

For something a bit different than my usual Copic markers, I used watercolour pencils to colour my image.  Well, truth be told I wasn't too happy with how my watercolouring turned out so I ended up trying to salvage the image by adding some Stickles over the red paint. 

Using glitter glue is a great way to hide or cover uneven colouring and at the end I was pretty happy with how he turned out.  Since I did this card I have been practising with my watercolours and it seems that I figured out what I was doing wrong---when I wet the paper first and then applied the colour I have been getting much better images (more projects to follow in the next few weeks)!!

I used this week's MFT challenge sketch from Splitcoaststampers for inspiration for the card.  All the papers are from Scenic Route.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps: Pure Innocence Superboy by My Favorite Things
Ink: Ranger Barn Door Distress Ink (red), Palette Noir
Paper: Watercolour paper, Scenic Route
Accessories: Watercolour pencils, Stickles, Scenic Route Chipboard, Offray ribbon

Friday, November 5, 2010

So Happy it's Unity FWF Friday!!

Hello friends!  It's Unity Friends with Flair Friday and today I'd like to share a very "Happy" card with you.

For this card I took an 8"x 8" sheet of white scalloped cardstock (from Die Cuts with a View) and folded it in half to create my card base.  I layered some green paper and pink paper (embossed with Cuttlebug folder) onto the base and then added my stamped banners.  I used chipboard Thickers in the middle of each letter to spell out my sentiment.  What I love about the Unity Good Times Vintage Banner stamps is that they are nice and big and you can use stickers or chipboard letters in them.  The possibilities are endless!!

For a full list of today's participants, stop by the Unity blog and don't forget to look for the FWF blinkie for your chance to win some stamps!!  The winner will be announced in the Unity Forum at Splitcoaststampers.

Have a great weekend!!

Stamps: Good Times Vintage Banners from Unity Stamp Co.
Papers: DCWV scalloped cardstock (to make base), K and Co, The Girls Paperie
Ink: Adirondack Lettuce
Accessories: American Crafts Thickers, Offray ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing folder (birds and swirls)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Welcome Little One

I just *love* this hanging hearts stamp from Ippity stamps (a division of Unity Stamp Co.) and used it to create this easy baby card (thanks to my friend Lesley for letting me try it out). 

Although the card looks like there's lots of layers and stitching details, it's actually all the work of the paper!! (from the Girls Paperie) I simply stamped the image onto some blue paper from the collection, paper pieced the hearts and matted it onto the floral paper.  The card background was also just two layers of paper but the patchwork look with the faux stitching makes it looks more detailed.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps: Moon Beams and Heart Strings from Ippity (Unity Stamps)
Ink: Staz On Timber Brown
Papers: The Girls Paperie
Accessories: Offray Ribbon

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mugshot Monday.....aka where the heck did a year go???

One year ago today, we welcomed our little bundle of joy to our family.  I can't believe how quickly this year has gone and how far behind I already am with her scrapbook ;)  The photo on the left was taken when she was just hours old and the photo on the right was taken yesterday, one day before her first birthday.

We love you our sweet little Alyssa :)

I'll be back shortly with something crafty for you...thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

It's a bird themed FWF Friday!

Man, I'm such a slacker with the blog these days...I actually have tons of projects to share but just haven't had time to sit down and blog them all.

So to make up for it, I'll share TWO cards that I made using some Unity Stamps.  Both are bird themed cards that I made as part of the Unity WCMD challenges on Splitcoaststampers

For this first card, I took a large manila tag and sprayed it with some blue and green Tattered Angels mists.  Then I stamped the bird cage and sentiment in black and masked it off to stamp the birds in teal.  The tag was mounted onto a card base that I embossed with my Cuttlebug.  It's a little bit shabby with a hint of sparkle and I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

Stamps: Donna Downey "Free to Be" set (birdcage) by Unity Stamp Co, Melody Ross "Brave Girl" set (birds and sentiment) by Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Staz On black, Tattered Angels spray mist, Staz On Teal
Papers: DCWV black cardstock (with white core), Manilla tag (office supply)
Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder, Offray ribbon, Dimensional tape

This second card was really quick and easy.  I simply stamped the sentiment and birdcage onto some patterned papers and then added some embellishments.  The bird was stamped onto some white cardstock and then cut out before attaching.

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!

Stamps: Donna Downey "Free to Be" set (bird and birdcage) by Unity Stamp Co., September KOTM (sentiment) by Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Staz On black, Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Making Memories
Accessories: Pins, Offray Ribbon, buttons and flowers (General craft supplies)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Unity Friends with Flair Friday is here and.....She is

Welcome to Unity's FWF Friday!!  This week I'm going to share a card that I made as part of Unity's World Card Making Day challenges.  This is the card I created for the "Shimmer and Shine" challenge.

This card is a little different for me.  I'm typically a cute-sy/clean type card maker so this grungy/artsy look is a bit outside my comfort zone!!  I created my own background paper using some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists on watercolour paper (pink tones with a light mist of teal blue).   Then I used the image and sentiments from the  Donna Downey "She is" set from Unity Stamps Co.

To really bling-i-fy my card I added some highlights to the image with Stickles and added a bling swirl.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps: Donna Downey "She" set by Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Tattered Angels mists (teal and pinks), Staz On black
Paper: Watercolour paper, K and Co paper
Accessories: bling and flower by Prima, Stickles

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I made the coolest shaker card (if I do say so myself LOL!)

I've been playing along with some World Card Making Day challenges at Splitcoaststampers (for Unity Stamps) and one of them was to make a shaker card.

It's been a LONG time since I've done a shaker card, so I was racking my brain to come up with something.... and then the light went on....I thought why not make a shaker card using salt and pepper shakers?  I was thinking of putting actual salt and pepper in the shaker part but I didn't think it would be thick enough to stay in the card so I opted for some faux snow instead.

So here's a look at my finished card.  I used my new Itty Bitty stamp from Unity and paired it with papers from American Crafts. I must say that it turned out way better than I envisioned!!

Stamps: Itty Bitty What's Shakin' by Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: American Crafts, October Afternoon
Accessories: Faux Snow, Offray ribbon, button, transparency, foam tape

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's the Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, and I have a few Fall/Thanksgiving cards to share. 

The first card I'm sharing today is a photo card.  I've never done a photo card before but I *love* the way it turned out!!  I used some Unity Stamps and Basic Grey fall papers with a photo of my daughter at the pumpkin patch.  I stamped the sentiment directly on the photo using Staz On ink.  This card will definitely be sent out to Nana :)

Stamps: September KOTM from Unity Stamps (Pumpkins), sentiment from unknown Unity set
Papers: Basic Grey, Bazzill
Ink: Staz On Timber Brown, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Photo, Offray ribbon, wood button, Copic Markers

This second card is a mini card (4 1/4" x 4 1/4") that I did using paper piecing and some more stamps from Unity.  In keeping with the fall look, I used some raffia and a wood button:

Stamps: Simple Blessings by Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Staz On Rusty Brown, Staz On Timber Brown
Papers: Cosmo Cricket, Bazzill
Accessories: Wood button, raffia

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Have the happiest of days with the last of the MFT Teasers!

It's the final day of the My Favorite Things Teasers and today I'm sharing the new "Happy Thoughts" sentiment set with you.  There are LOTS of awesome "happy" related sentiments on this set that can be used for all kinds of occasions.

I chose to use my Pure Innocence Birthday Princess image to use with one of the sentiments.  I've been hoarding some papers from The Girls Paperie for a while so I thought they would be just perfect with this stamp.

Don't forget that the release party is TONIGHT from 8 pm to 10 pm at Splitcoaststampers and be sure to stop by Kim's blog at 11 am today for the rest of the teasers from the design team.

Thanks for letting me share again this month!! I know I'll be first in line to buy some of the other new releases when they go live ;)

Stamps:  Pure Innocence Birthday Princess from My Favorite Things stamps,  Happy Thoughts sentiment set from My Favorite Things (available tonight)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black
Papers:  October Afternoon, The Girls Paperie
Accessories:  Copic markers, Offray ribbon, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug embossing folder

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

It's MFT Teaser day!! Introducing Jolinne "I'm Sorry"

As you may remember, I was the guest designer last month for My Favorite Things stamps.  Well, in my package I also received a few sets from this month's release and I was asked if I'd like to participate in the Teasers for the sets---of course I jumped at the chance. 
Today, I'm teasing you with the new Jolinne "I'm Sorry" set.  She comes with two different sentiment sets and one cute image!!
Before I share my project, here are a few more details about this month's upcoming release:
  • The October release party is from 8-10pm on October 6th, at the Member Company Forum on SCS.
  • It's your last chance to enter the November Guest Designer Contest (ends on Tuesday, October 5th at 10 PM EST). The winner will be announced at the release party. Get the deets here.
  • Teasers continue today and tomorrow. Be sure to check Kim's blog at 11:00am for links to designers previewing each day. Every day there will be a prize hidden on two of the Creative Team's blog posts. Leaving a comment on every designer's blog post will give you the best chance of winning every day. The October Hop and Shop will begin at 10:00pm October 6th, with the hop starting at Kim's Blog.

Stamps:  Jolinne "I'm Sorry" set from My Favorite Things (available Oct. 6th)
Papers:  Cosmo Cricket Pixielicious, Prism Simply Smooth cardstock
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, Stickles, button, Copic Markers

Friday, October 1, 2010

A treat for you (a box that is!!)

Did you know that My Favorite Things has a great selection of digital products including files/templates that can be cut on  your electronic cutter (or printed and cut out by hand if you don't have a cutter)?  Well they do and I was lucky enough to play with the new pumpkin treat box template.  The templates are inexpensive and very easy to use.

I cut the components on my Silhouette using some Bazzill cardstock (TIP:  I usually cut over the image twice with the thicker textured cardstock to cut all the way through).  After assembly I added some ink to define the box and added a giant ribbon accent on the top.  I added a tag to the lid of the box which could easily be personalized if desired. 

One other idea I had was to create a box for each person for Thanksgiving dinner and add their name to the front.  You could fill each box with some treats for them to take home.  I don't recommend sending any turkey home in the boxes as there is no waterproof lining LOL!!

Here's the finished box and a few closeups:

Ink:  Dried Marigold Distress Ink by Ranger
Papers:  Bazzill cardstock, October Afternoon paper
Accessories:  Ric rac, Offray ribbon, 3D Halloween stickers

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cardabilities Sept 30th reveal day!!

It's the end of September and it's time for my final Cardabilities reveal (wow, did those two terms ever go fast!!).  I'll be returning to work (after my maternity leave) in less than a month *sniff sniff* and need some time to adjust to the new routine before committing to any further design team work.

This is my take on Sketch #12.  I used my Bessie Lulu stamp (from Stamping Bella) and coloured her with my Copics.  I matched up the colours with some papers from October Afternoon Thrift shop collection and some ribbon from Michaels.  Instead of a stamped sentiment, I used a metal charm from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out all the other designer's creations and the sketch over at the Cardabilities blog.

Stamp:  Bessie Lulu by Stamping Bella
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  October Afternoon, Prism Simply Smooth cardstock, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, metal charm, yellow button, Copic Markers, Spellbinders Nestabilities

Monday, September 27, 2010

Mugshot Monday

This little cutie is the reason I haven't been posting much on my blog.  Alyssa is now 11 months old and keeping me very busy!!

I do have several crafty projects to share with you so please stop by later this week.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Feeling a little festive with my Cardabilities Sept 15th reveal

It's time for another Cardabilities sketch blog reveal (sketch #11) and this time I decided to think ahead a little and do a festive Holiday card.

The gingerbread image is a digital stamp from Whimsy Doodles.  The image was printed onto Georgia Pacific cardstock (I buy it in the States at Walmart and it works great for digi images and card bases!!) and coloured with my Copics.  I added a bit of Stickles for bling and then used papers from American Crafts.

Be sure to stop by the Cardabilities blog to see the sketch and all the designer's creations.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Digital Stamp:  Whimsy Doodles digital image
Paper:  American Crafts, Georgia Pacific Cardstock
Accessories:  Michaels Ribbon, Stickles, Copic Markers, decorative pin

Friday, September 10, 2010

Unity Friends with Flair Friday with some gradient stamping cards

Hello and welcome to Unity's Friends with Flair Friday again!!  Here are a couple of cards I created using my interpretation of "gradient stamping: (and yes, these were created for a recent publication call but got no love LOL!).

For the first card, I created my own gradient background out of distress ink. 

Instructions:  Swipe distress ink pads across white cardstock and blend using paint brush. Stamp image and heat emboss with black powder. Trim and mat onto black cardstock. Add black letter stickers. Adhere to white textured cardstock base.

Stamps: June 2010 Kit of the Month (Fly Free) by Unity Stamps
Ink: Ranger Distress Inks: Barn Door, Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed, Versamark for heat embossing
Paper: DCWV textured white cardstock base, Gina K white cardstock, Gina K black cardstock
Accessories: Kaisercraft black and white mini letters, Ranger black detailed embossing powder

For the second card I created a rainbow effect using all different colours of distress ink.

Instructions: Stamp scallop image in all the colours of the rainbow onto white cardstock. Cut out and adhere over top of each other and adhere to white cardstock base. Add strip of black cardstock at bottom of scallops. Stamp rainbows in black ink onto white cardstock, colour with Copic markers, cut out and adhere to card base. Stamp sentiment in black ink onto bottom right corner of card.

Stamps: May Kit of the Month from Unity Stamps (sentiment), Could I be any cuter set by Unity Stamps (rainbow image), June Kit of the Month from Unity Stamps (scallops)
Ink: Ranger Distress Inks (colors to be provided upon acceptance), Memento Tuxedo black
Paper: Gina K white cardstock, Gina K black cardstock
Accessories: Copic markers

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

And while we're on the kraft and white kick.....

Here's another quick and easy kraft and white design that I created last week using one of the fabulous Noteblock stamps from Purple Onion Designs.


Heat emboss Noteblock stamp in white opaque powder onto kraft cardstock, cut out and mat onto scalloped white cardstock. Dry emboss kraft cardstock with snowflake embossing folder and lightly brush raised surface with pigment ink. Adhere stamped panel to cardstock base. Embellish with twill ribbon, pom pom trim, snowflake and wood button. Mat card onto white scalloped die cut.

Stamps: Happy Holidays Noteblock by Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Versamark (for heat embossing), Joann Essentials White Pigment ink
Paper: Gina K Kraft cardstock
Accessories: Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder, Maya Road pom pom trim, Twill ribbon, Darice snowflake, wood button, Spellbinders nestabilities

Friday, September 3, 2010

Unity FWF Friday!!

It's Unity Stamps Friends with Flair Friday and today I'm sharing a kraft and white creation I made using the sort of new Samantha Walker "Butterfly Garden" set.

This was a nice and quick card....not including drying time for the pigment ink, probably less than 5 minutes!! 

First I stamped the background in white pigment ink.  I used some of the smaller floral stamps from the set to fill in the blank spots.  Then I stamped the round image with Versafine and heat embossed it with white opaque powder.  To make the panel stand out from the card base I mounted it on a white scalloped die cut and then adhered to the card---easy peasy!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT weekend!!

Stamps: Samantha Walker Butterfly Garden by Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Versafine (for heat embossing), Joann Essentials white pigment ink
Paper: Gina K Kraft cardstock, White Prism Simply Smooth cardstock
Accessories: White opaque embossing powder (Stampendous), Offray ribbon, Maya Road pin, Spellbinders Nestabilities

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

It's time for MFT's Shop and Hop!!

It's 10 pm so you know what that means???? RUN to the MFT store to pick up all the wonderful September releases!!  You will find all the new goodies in the "Brand Spanking New" category.

If you're shopping and hopping you should have made your way from Michele's fantabulous blog.  In case you just wandered onto my blog, go on over to the MFT blog to start at the beginning.  Don't forget to comment along your way for some blog candy.

Of course, that means my "crown" as guest designer gets passed on to the next lucky person tonight but it has been a pleasure to share with you and I hope I lived up to the standards of the MFT designers :)

Speaking of crowns, I'll leave you tonight with my final card.....fittingly the Pure Innocence princess stamp.  For this card I cut a fancy gate on my Silhouette as the backdrop and used a rub on castle (Imaginesce) to make a birthday card.

Stamps: Pure Innocence Princess by My Favorite Things, Pure Innocence Birthday Princess (sentiment) by My Favorite Things
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Prism Simply Smooth cardstock, K and Co
Accessories:  Imaginesce rubons, Copics, Making Memories brads, Prima pearls, Stickles, Copic markers, Silhouette Fancy gate shape, Spellbinders Nestabilities dies

It's party time!! Last of the MFT Teasers and the big release party details

Well my reign as guest designer for My Favorite Things is drawing to a close tonight and it's been a pleasure to share my creations with you this week. You will definitely be seeing lots more creations with this month's stamps that I haven't even had a chance to ink up yet, so keep checking in :)

Before I get onto today's project, a few reminders.......first don't forget to stop by the MFT blog at 11 am EST today for a list of all the designers participating in today's teasers.  Leave comments on all the blogs for your chance to win some free stamps.  Secondly, don't forget about the release party tonight at the MFT Forum at Splitcoaststampers.  The next guest designer will be announced AND you can buy all these wonderful new releases at 10 pm.  There will also be a blog hop and shop later tonight.

For the last of my teasers I'd like to share with you a creation I made with the new Flopsey Flies a Kite set.  I had a brand new package of the Echo Park Summertime papers sitting in my "new stuff" pile and I thought that there's nothing like a nice summer day for kite flying :)  As I looked at the cover of the paper package I noticed there were lots of fun elements on the actual packaging that I could cut out and use on the card rather than cutting into a bunch of new sheets.  The sun, clouds, tree, flower strip and banner were all from the cover sheet!!

Today's Tip:  Don't forget to think outside the box when looking at your supplies.  The cover sheets for paper packages just might make a great card and then you don't have to cut into a whole sheet of the new package!!

Stamps:  Flopsey Flies a Kite by My Favorite Things (Available Sept. 1st)
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper:  Echo Park Summertime, Prism Simply Smooth cardstock, Colorbok
Accessories:  Stickles, Copic markers

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

MFT Teasers Day 4---Jolinne Forever Friends

It's the second last day of MFT Teasers and today I'll be sharing the latest Jolinne stamp set with you.  It's called Forever Friends and in addition to this super cute image you get a few different sentiments.

For my card, I broke out my brand spanking new Martha Stewart punch set and created the die cut card base and mat for the image.  I paper pieced the image and used a piece of ribbon that came on a gift basket I received.

Just a reminder to stop by the MFT blog at 11 am EST today for a full link list to the designer's blogs and don't forget to comment along the way for your chance to win some free stamps!!

Stamp:  Jolinne "Forever Friends" set from My Favorite Things (available Sept. 1st)
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers:  Basic Grey, Prism Simply Smooth
Accessories:  Copic markers, Martha Stewart Border punch, ribbon recycled from a gift basket

Monday, August 30, 2010

It's a's a's day 3 of the September MFT Teasers!!

It's day 3 of September's MFT Teasers and today I'm previewing one of the three new Pure Innocence stamps (my personal favourite line!!). 

Just a reminder to stop by the MFT Blog at 11 am EST today for a full list of links to today's Teasers, and of course details on how you can win one of the new sets (just by commenting on all of the stops along the blog).

I used the "Super Boy" set to create this clean and simple comic book-inspired card.  I have been noticing that a lot of people have been colouring images with only Copic grey tones and I love how it looks.  I thought it would be perfect to give a try to make my Super Boy look like he just stepped out of the newspaper comic section.  I only used three tones of greys (C1, C3 and C5) to achieve this look and completed this card in less than 10 minutes (if you follow my blog, you'll know this was a SUPER feat for me LOL!!!)

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps: Pure Innocence "Super Boy" set from My Favorite Things (Available Sept 1st)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Superhero comic paper (Sandy Lion), DCWV, Recollections Cored cardstock
Accessories:  Copic Markers (C1,C3,C5),  Tim Holtz embossing folder, Autumn Leaves button, Offray ribbon, hand cut stars

Cardabilities August 30th reveal day

It's time for another Cardabilities sketch blog reveal (#10)!

I inked up a new Whiff of Joy stamp (well not exactly new but sitting in my pile of "get inky" for months now LOL!) and coloured her with my Copic markers.  Instead of the bracket as shown in the sketch I chose a piece of patterned paper that had a floral flourish coming out in the same relative spot.

To see the sketch and all the wonderful design team creations, stop by the Cardabilities blog.

Also, you might want to come back later today to my blog for a Teaser of the new My Favorite Things stamps.  You could WIN some free stamps just for commenting on the MFT designer's blogs (and mine since I'm the honourary DT member this month!!)

Stamps:  Willow Holding Baby stamp from Whiff of Joy
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers: Basic Grey Kioshi, Prism Simply Smooth cardstock
Accessories:  Fiskars border punch, Copic markers, Making Memories letter stickers, Wilton Doily, vintage lace

Sunday, August 29, 2010

MFT Teasers Day 2---Introducing Fred the Bear Goes Fishing!!

Welcome to Day 2 of the My Favorite Things Teasers.  Be sure to stop by the MFT blog sometime today for links to the Designers participating in today's peeks----and rumour has it that if you leave comments along the hop, you just might win something!!!  And just a reminder that the festivities all wrap up on release day (Sept. 1st) with a release party and Shop and Hop blog hop!!

Today I'm previewing the new Fred Bear Goes Fishing set.  I don't know about you, but I'm always on the lookout for masculine themed stamps to use and this one is cute AND manly all at the same time!!  I coloured the image with my Copics and paired it up with some Cosmo Cricket papers.  I also cut my sentiment apart so I could use it in a smaller space rather than a straight line.  It's easy to put it back together when you do want to use it as it comes in the set.

Today's tip:  Create natural looking grass using the sides of the brush tip of your Copic markers.  I used several shades of green to create the grass for this image.

Stamps:  Fred Bear Goes Fishing by My Favorite Things stamps (available Sept. 1st)
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Ranger Distress Ink
Papers:  Cosmo Cricket, Neenah cardstock, Coredinations cardstock
Accessories:  Cuttlebug Embossing folder, Copic Markers, wood button, twine, Quickutz die (bracket shape that stamped image is cut out of)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Let the MFT Teasers begin with a Tiny Town!!!

First of all, let me apologize for not posting for a while, but I've had a good excuse.....I've been creating up a storm for my Guest Designer stint for this month's new MFT releases!!

And today it's time for the first of FIVE big days of My Favorite Things teasers.  The fun all wraps up with the release party and shop and hop over at Splitcoaststampers on September 1st!! 

Today I'm previewing Stephanie Fizer's "Tiny Town" Halloween set.  This set is just perfect for creating little scenes and would also be great for tags for treat bags or other smaller Halloween projects.

For my project I created a paper pieced Halloween scene using last year's Basic Grey Halloween papers.  To make the images stand out from the busy papers I left a bit of a white border around each of the images.  Then I created a layered ribbon accent across the bottom and some glitter Thickers for my sentiment.
Be sure to stop by the MFT blog today see the links to the rest of the Design Team creations using today's Teaser sets.

Stamps:  Stephanie Fizer's Tiny Town Halloween by My Favorite Things stamps (available September 1st)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Basic Grey, Junkitz
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, Thickers glitter letter stickers, Copic markers.

Friday, August 20, 2010

A sketch-arific Bellarific Friday

It's Bellarific Friday and this week's challenge was to create a card based on the sketch below. 

I'm not feeling too wordy today (shocking I know LOL!) so basically for my card, I flipped the sketch on it's side.  I used my Scarlett the Teacup Girl stamp and added her to a scrap tea pot that I cut for another card using my Silhouette machine. 

Happy Friday!!

Stamps: Scarlett the Teacup Girl by Stamping Bella
Paper: K and Co, Prism Simply Smooth cardstock
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: K and Co chipboard, Offray ribbon, Copic markers, lace, Cuttlebug embossing folder (dots), Spellbinders Nestabilities

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Every Girl Deserves a MFT VIP set (I mean Fairy Tale)

Welcome to your last stop on the MFT VIP blog hop!  You should have arrived from Michele's amazing blog.  If not, hop on over to the Kim's blog to start at the beginning. full list of participants.

In case all you die-hard MFT-ers don't recognize me, I am this month's Guest Designer.  I am truly honoured to be wearing the MFT "crown" for the month and looking forward to sharing with you (and yes, I'm Canadian if you're wondering why I use "u"s with crazy abandon ;)

And now onto my project.......I used the Who's That Girl "Well Read" set to create this retro inspired card.  When I chose these papers from the Sassafras Indie girl collection the floral paper reminded me of wall paper from the 1970s so that was my starting point.  I created a 70s style living room scene complete with a gold couch and some green carpet ;)

Stamps:  Who's That Girl "Well Read" set from My Favorite Things
Papers:  Perfect Paper Panels from MFT, Sassafras Indie Girl, Bazzill
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Prima Pearls and flowers, Cricut Wild Card Cartridge (card base), Copic markers

And now more details about the September VIP kit.......The kit is only available tonight (August 17th) until August 18th at 11:59 PM EST. 

The September VIP kit ($40.75) includes:
  • Who's That Girl (WTG) Well Read stamp set
  • Notebook edge dienamics
  • 10 yards (2 yds each of 5 colors) striped twill ribbon
  • Basic grey basics pad (white)
  • Neutral baby braddies collection (black, white, cream and brown)
In addition, don't forget that there are two new red rubber à la mode stamps available tonight:
Thanks for stopping by and happy shopping!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cardabilities Sketch #9

It's August 15th and that means it's time for another Cardabilities sketch reveal.  We're up to sketch number 9 and it's a very unique one with a fun design.

For my card I first stamped the background with a sewing stitch stamp from Unity.  Then I added some flowers in the corners and a strip of die cut stickers across the middle (all from K and Co).  I finally added a sentiment in a stamped journalling box.  When I first saw this sketch I have to admit that it stumped me but I do like the way it all came together.

Be sure to stop by the Cardabilities blog for the sketch and the other designer's take on it.  We'd also love to see what you can do with the sketch!!

Stamps:  Cosmo Cricket "Get Scrappy with Material Girl" set (background) by Unity Stamps, June 2010 Kit of the Month (Fly Free---sentiment) from Unity Stamps, Journalling box stamp from Unity Stamps
Paper:  K and Co, The Paper Company
Ink:  Versafine Sepia
Accessories:  K and Co die cuts

Friday, August 13, 2010

Blingarific Bellarific Friday

This week's theme for Bellarific Friday is "bling".  Well, as you know, I *heart* bling on my projects!!  In fact if you look at last week's entry you will see that it had it's share of glitter LOL!!

This week I got to use another brand new stamp from the Lulu collection that wasn't even out of the package yet.  I paper pieced Bessie and coloured the rest of her with Copics.  I added some brown Stickles to add bling to the image.  The image mat was also covered with glitter and then I added some rhinestones.  Even though I used some rustic/distressed papers the little bit of sparkle just gives it a little pop.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamp:  Bessie Lulu from Stamping Bella
Papers:  Neenah cardstock, Basic Grey Origins, The Paper Company kraft paper
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories:  Offray ribbon (tinted with Copics), Copic markers, Stickles, Spellbinders Nestabilites, Prima rhinestones and flower.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bon Voyage and some GREAT news!

First of all, the good news---- I'm thrilled to announce that I am going to be the next guest designer for My Favorite Things stamps!!  You may recall this flower shaped card that I created??.....well I entered it in the monthly contest (which was a "floral frenzy" theme) and they chose my entry!!  I'm super excited and can't wait to share my creations with you at the start of next month!!! 

Now onto today's project.  Here's a card I made based on the sketch for last Wednesday's MFT Stamp club.  I used my new Amanda Baird Joy Ride stamp set and some papers from October Afternoon.    I was going for a vintage-y look but I couldn't resist to colour the scooter pink :)

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps: Amanda Baird Joy Ride by My Favorite Things
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: October Afternoon, Prism Simply Smooth
Accessories: Jenni Bowlin letter stickers, Offray ribbon, button, Copics, Stickles

Friday, August 6, 2010

Stampavie Summer challenge #29

Yep, two posts in one day!!  I know it's a miracle but I managed to squeeze out one more project for the week and the deadline is tomorrow so I thought I'd post it while I have a chance.

The current Stampavie blog challenge (#29) was to create a summer-y project.  I chose to use my Gillian Roberts "Looking at You" stamp and coloured her with bright summery tones. 

When I sat down to colour I had a specific paper set in mind (Imaginesce) but I couldn't find enough to make my card (mostly bc my room is a total disaster LOL!)  so I took my 1" square punch and made a collage of the papers I intended to use (the yellows and florals) and mixed in some scraps of Basic Grey and American crafts.  It's a great way to use up small scraps and I quite like the look.  I'll definitely be making more of these scrap canvases in the future!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp:  Gillian Roberts "Looking at You" by Stampavie
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Neenah cardstock, Basic Grey, Imaginesce, American Crafts, Bazzill
Accessories:  Renaissance by Design ribbon, Prima flowers, Copics, button, rub on sentiment by Scrapworks, Marvy square punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities