Friday, April 30, 2010

Cardabilities Sketch # 2 is up!

Karan created another amazing sketch for us to use over at the Cardabilities blog.  This is the card that I created using my new Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety papers and the Kim Hughes Birds and the Bees stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms.

Be sure to stop by Cardabilities to see the sketch and the other design team creations.  We'd also LOVE to see your interpretation of the sketch!!

Stamps: Kim Hughes Birds and the Bees (sentiment, bees and hive) by Cornish Heritage Farms, Rummage Bin On the Desk (bracket) by Cornish Heritage Farms, Hexagon Tiles backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Adirondack Red Pepper, Ranger Mustard Seed distress ink
Papers: Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Accessories: Stickles, Fiskars border punch, Offray Ribbon

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Have a Scien-tastic day!!

Most of you probably don't know that in my "real" life (as opposed to my crafty one) I'm a total science geek!  I've loved science since I was a wee lass and I have my Bachelor's degree in Biology.  I started my career by working in labs in the environmental field and then moved into pharmaceuticals.

Anyways, one day while I was blog surfing I saw a stamp set that I *HAD* to get:  Chemistry by There She Goes stamps.  Luckily I have a bunch of science geek friends so I knew I'd be able to use this set for birthdays etc.

Here's the first card I made with my new set---it's a birthday card for one of my fellow geeks LOL!.  I used this week's sketch on the There She Goes blog and paired it with my new Nerdy Bird papers from Sassafras.

Stamps:  Chemistry by There She Goes Stamps, Chem. 101 (sentiment) by There She Goes Stamps
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black
Papers:  Sassafras Lass Nerdy Bird
Accessories:  Offray Ribbon, Copic markers, Stampin' Up Notebook punch

Monday, April 26, 2010

I did a layout with NO patterned paper!! And your chance to win a FREE Scrapblock

Here's a no patterned paper layout that I created for a tutorial on the Farm Fresh Creative blog for Cornish Heritage Farms.  I created my own background paper using Shimmerz spray and some stamping.

* Photography by the talented Julie Johnson Vine Images

All the details and supply list can be found on the CHF blog

AND, how would you like to WIN a free 6 x 6 Pin Dot scrapblock like I used on the layout?  All you have to do is go to the CHF blog and leave a comment.  The winner will be announced on Friday.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Some new "mini" backgrounders!!

Cornish Heritage Farms has done it again!!  This time they scaled down their wonderful backgrounder stamps to ATC card size (approx. 2 1/2" x 3 1/2") to add to their All Things Considered collection.  The first release is called Country Charm Textures and includes small woodgrain and crackle textures as well as a sentiment and a barb wire fence stamp.

My first project was this card that I created using an image from the Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety element sheet.  I used the woodgrain backgrounder to create two stamped panels for the top and bottom of the card.  Then of course the "Country Charm" sentiment was perfect for this!! I embellished with a Jenni Bowlin button and some ribbon.

Secondly, I created a fall themed ATC card using the crackle background.  The rest of the stamps are from the All Things Considered Fall Harvest set.  You can see a bit of the barb wire border on the bottom of the card.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

That was then, this is now

Cornish Heritage Farms just released a new "Life" Scrapblock last week.  If you're not familiar with the Scrapblocks, they are 6 x 6 sheets of rubbery goodness that are perfect for both scrapbooking and card making.  I like to use the Scrapblocks to either create my own patterned paper or to add accents to paper on my scrapbook designs.

Here's a layout I created with the latest release.  First I stamped the scrapblock onto the background paper in a dusty rose (see close up) and then I stamped the same scrapblock in darker rose and framed it with the 6 x 6 Bracket Scrapblock.  Most of the supplies for this layout are from a Melissa Frances breast cancer page kit.

Tip:  I needed to introduce more dark rose to this layout to balance the bracket so I inked some plain white lace trim with the same dark ink I used on the paper.

Be sure to stop by the Life Scrapblock gallery for some more samples by the design team.

Stamps: Life Scrapblock by Cornish Heritage Farms, Bracket Block Scrapblock by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink-Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose
Paper: Melissa Frances
Accessories: Breast cancer embellishments by Melissa Frances, velvet ribbon by Melissa Frances, Stickles, Prima flowers, white lace (coloured with distress ink), MLS letter stickers, Martha Stewart punch
Techniques: inking, distressing, sewing

Monday, April 19, 2010

And last but not least Unity invitations

Here are the final two invitations I recently created.  This set uses stamps from Unity Stamp Company.  I opted to do a "postcard" style for these cards (e.g. they don't open up).

Hope you have enjoyed the mass of invitations I've shared with you over the last little while.

Stamps: Unity Stamp Company UK-398A Love Ewe
Papers: Chatterbox, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic Markers, Spellbinders Nestabilities dies, Doodlebug paper frills, Doodlebug rubons, Quickutz invitation rubons, Zig pen

Stamps: Unity Stamp Company USK-192-3 Martini Mania
Papers: American Crafts, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black
Accessories: American Crafts glitter chipboard letters, Quickutz invitation rubons, Zig pen, Copic markers, Stickles glitter glue

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Some more invitations featuring CHF stamps

Here are another group of invitations.  Some of them are for a bit more obscure events, but why not send out fun invitations next time you're asking someone to join you?!?!  This set uses stamps from Cornish Heritage Farms.

Stamps: Kim Hughes Bear Hugs (KH-5048FUM) by Cornish Heritage Farms, Kim Hughes Playful Alphabet (KH-5045FUM) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Memento black, brown distress ink, Versafine sepia
Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Georgia Pacific, K and Company
Accessories: Copic markers

Stamps: Kim Hughes U R A Hoot (KH-5027GUM) from Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Memento Black, Adirondack Espresso
Paper: The Paper Company, Bazzill, DCWV card base
Accessories: Copic markers, Offray ribbon, EK Success Corner rounder

Stamps: Mona Lisa Moments Invitation Essentials (ML-7013EUM) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Joann Essentials gold pigment ink
Paper: Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Accessories: white velvet ribbon Martha Stewart crafts, Liquid Pearls by Ranger, Spellbinders Nestabilities die, Marvy scalloped punch, Prima flowers and pearl center, Quickutz embossing folders

Stamps: Kim Hughes Sweet Spring (KH-5044GUM) by Cornish Heritage Farms, Mona Lisa Moments Invitation Essentials (ML-7013EUM) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Memento black
Paper: Georgia Pacific cardstock, American Crafts Letter box
Accessories: mini pom pom, EK Success mini letter stickers, Copic markers

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Cornish Heritage Farms has a new "Fan" page on Facebook---why not come join us?

Cornish Heritage Farms has a new "Fan" page on Facebook and we'd love it if you could join us!!

You can find the page here (please note this is different from the "Group" page that was previously set up).  I've also added a link on the right hand side of my blog.

We're just getting started but we hope to see you there as you just never know what's going to pop up---sneak peeks, prizes, projects and more!

Feel free to post your CHF projects to the Fan page too so we can all enjoy your work.

Cardabilities is HERE!!

It's April 15th which means it's reveal day over at the new Cardabilities sketch blog!!  Karan's card sketches are just awesome, so you'll probably want to swing on over and check out the first sketch and the designer's work. 

This is the card I created based on the sketch.  Due to the size and orientation of my image, I turned the image on it's side so I could add some ribbon and embellishments.  I used one of my new Stampavie images (Being Together by Gillian Roberts) and paper pieced the image with Basic Grey Kioshi.  The remainder of the image was coloured with my Copic markers. I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of the colour purple, but I'm happy with how this card turned out!!

Stamp: Gillian Roberts "Being Together" by Stampavie
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Prism Simply Smooth cardstock, Basic Grey Kioshi paper, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories: Copic Markers Prima flower, Michaels spool ribbon, Martha Stewart punch, Spellbinders Nestabilites, Quickutz rub on sentiment, decorative pin (sewing supplies)
Techniques: Inking, paper piecing

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

How inviting; some MFT invitations

Since I'm always a two-steps-behind kind of girl, I've never had the time to made my own invitations before.  However, a recent publication call for invitations had me busy creating and I must say, the next time there's an event on the horizon I'm going to do it!!  

If you keep the designs simple and use your computer for the sentiments and typing parts, they really are quick and easy.  I'd say each of the invitations below took 15 minutes or less to put together and if you were mass producing the subsequent invitations would be much faster as it took a while to set up the computer typesetting.

For this set of invitations I used stamps from My Favorite Things

I'll be back later with some more sets of invitations!!

Stamp: “Who's that Girl”-Rain or Shine set by My Favorite Things
Ink: Adirondack Juniper, Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Making Memories, Bazzill, Neenah cardstock
Accessories: Copic markers
Computer Font: Kushie Light

Stamps: Serenity Now set from My Favorite Things stamps
Ink: Memento black
Papers: American Crafts, The Paper Company
Accessories: Computer font, Copic markers

Stamp: Pure Innocence “Heart Stripes” set from My Favorite Things
Paper: American Crafts, Martha Stewart Crafts cardstock
Ink; Memento black
Accessories: Computer font, Copic markers

Sunday, April 11, 2010

This calls for more chocolate!

The latest Saturday Evening Post set from Cornish Heritage Farms is called "Weighty Matters" and it has some super cool images and fun sentiments.

Here are two cards I made from the set.  The set comes with the two different images below plus several sentiments that I know I'll be using over and over and over.

For a look at the whole set and some fabulous designer samples, check out the CHF gallery here.

Stamps:  Saturday Evening Post Weighty Matters by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink:  Versafine Sepia, Memento Tuxedo black
Paper:  Basic Grey, Prima journalling spot (image stamped on it)
Accessories:  Twill ribbon by My Mind's Eye

Stamps:  Saturday Evening Post Weighty Matters by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink:  Versafine black
Papers:  Basic Grey
Accessories:  Staples, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Martha Stewart punch

Friday, April 9, 2010

Bellarific Friday with Ivy Ketto

This week's Bellarific Friday challenge was to create a card based on a sketch.  This is the sketch and my take on it. 

I flipped the sketch upside down and I didn't want my image panel floating so I made it join the bottom part of the card---other than that it matches perfectly LOL!!  Stop by the Bella blog later today to see all the other contributors.

Stamps: Ivy Ketto by Stamping Bella, sentiment from Billboardabella set by Stamping Bella
Ink:  Brown distress ink, Memento black
Papers:  Georgia Pacific cardstock, K and Company Carolyn Gavin Greenhouse papers
Accessories:  Prima flowers, wood button, Copic markers, Martha Stewart edge punch, Marvy corner rounder

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Can you stand ONE more deer card???

This is the last of the cards I created with Cornish Heritage Farms Stamp of the Month for April (Fawn in the Grove).  Just a reminder that the stamp is available at a discounted price for the remainder of the month!!

For this card I had in mind to create something really "woodsy".  I came up with the idea to try to make it look like a tree and that you would be peeking through a hole in the tree to see the deer.  This is what I came up with.  I used a Wood grain backgrounder on two different colours of brown paper and added lots of distressing and sewing to add texture. 

Stamps:  April 2010 Fawn in the Grove SOTM by Cornish Heritage Farms, Wood grain backgrounder by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, Memento black
Papers: The Paper Company cardstock, Prism Simply Smooth cardstock
Accessories: Heidi Swapp edge distresser, sewing machine, Copic markers, Offray ribbon

Monday, April 5, 2010

Verve Vintage Balloons

This is a card I made a while ago using the Up and Away set from Verve Stamps.  I opted to try a vintage look for this card and I used some Making  Memories papers and lots of distress ink.   To add a bit more interest to the card I added some chipboard letters instead of just stamping the sentiment. 

Design tip:  when you create a card look at the patterned paper to see if there is any interesting paper that does the work for you.  The paper on this card is just one layer.  I cut the paper so that the music motif was at the bottom and I think it looks sort of like the ground.  You can save yourself from layering just by making the paper work for you!!

Stamps: Up Up and Away by Verve Stamps
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black, brown distress ink
Paper:  Making Memories
Accessories:  Colorbok "&", Making Memories mini letters, Copic markers, American Crafts chipboard letters

Friday, April 2, 2010

Foto Friday

From our house to yours.....Happy Easter!!  See you next week with some actual projects.

I know the photo isn't the greatest but we had to improvise at play time yesterday ;)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

For my deer friend (April's SOTM)

Wow, I can't believe it's April already!!  As I mentioned earlier this week, this month's Stamp of the Month (SOTM) at Cornish Heritage Farms is called Fawn in the Grove.  As soon as I got the stamp it reminded me of an image from a vintage children's book, and that's where the inspiration for this card came.

I coloured the image with my Copic markers and then added some distressing ink to age the image.  I layered the image with lots of papers from Making Memories Vintage collection and used mini alphabet letters for my sentiment.

Just as a reminder, the SOTM is available at a reduced price for the entire month it is featured so make sure you pick one up during April!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamp: April 2010 Stamp of the Month (Fawn in the Grove) by Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Memento Black, Distress Ink
Papers: Making Memories Vintage Findings, Prism Simply Smooth cardstock
Accessories: Copic Markers, Making Memories metal brad, Prima Flowers, K and Company decorative strip, Making Memories stickers