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 bird....it's a plane....it'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

The sky's the limit with Bella

It's Bellarific Friday on the Stamping Bella blog and this week's challenge was to do some paper piecing.  Since that's one of my favourite techniques, I couldn't resist playing along.  I used my brand-new-yet-to-be-inked-but-sitting-on-my-desk-for-months Daisy Balloon stamp and created a shaped card base (yes AGAIN LOL!!) using my Mom's Cricut.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps:  Daisy Balloon by Stamping Bella, Kites 2 Fly by Stamps of life (Sentiment and clouds)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: K and Co, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Accessories:  Copic markers, Stickles, K and Co die cut, Renaissance by Design ribbon, Marvy circle punch,  Cricut Wild Card cartridge, Fancy Pants pin

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Home Sweet Home with IO

On my last trip over the border, my awesome husband was so kind as to let me stop in at Buffalo Stamps while he waited in the car (let's face it, it's better that way so he doesn't catch on how much these stamps cost LOL!!).  I saw this house stamp by Impression Obsession and I *LOVED* it---somehow it found it's way home with me.

I've had this image coloured for a while now but finally got around to making it into a card (yes, usually I colour first and then try to match it up with stuff from my gianormous stash!!). I used some Jillibean Soup and October afternoon papers to go with the image and I finished off the card with some ribbon and a pin (again---hee hee!!).

Stamp: House with Porch (H1747) from Impression Obsession
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper: Prism Simply Smooth cardstock, Jillibean Soup, October Afternoon
Accessories: Jenni Bowlin letter stickers, Renaissance by Design ribbon, Maya Road pin, Copic markers

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I made you a mixed tape

Here's something a little different from me---a hybrid card that's a bit funky. 

Today is my hubby's birthday and I wanted to make him a cool card.  He is a totally 80s guy so when I saw this cassette tape digital freebie (from SJ's Musings Freebie Friday) I knew it was *PERFECT*.  The "I made you a mixed tape" sentiment is 80s code for "I love you"---remember that??? 

I added the text to the .png of the image using Photoshop and then assembled my card using some older masculine Basic Grey papers, a music themed Cuttlebug folder and my dymo tape gun.  I used this week's 2 Sketches for You (sketch 58) to pull it all together.

Stamps:  Digital stamp freebie cassette tape from http://scrappyfairy.blogspot.com/
Papers:  Basic Grey, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Accessories:  Dymo labeler, Cuttlebug embossing folder, distress ink

Monday, August 2, 2010

Have a 3D blooming good day!

If you're looking for the Verve blog hop post, please scroll down.

Well as you can probably tell by my last several posts, I got my Silhouette machine up and running again.  It had been gathering dust beside our new computer for a while now so I finally hooked it up, upgraded it for Vista and got it running.  Boy oh boy, I am totally back in love with it!! The designs available on the Silhouette web site are amazing and soooo cheap (less than $1 each) compared to back in the day when I paid $10 for ONE design!!

Anyways, here's another card I created with my Silhouette---I think it's definitely one of my top 5 favourite cards that I've created.

I bought the flower shaped card template from the Silhouette store and cut it out three times with different papers:  one for the card base out of thicker cardstock and twice out of patterned paper to decorate.  I assembled the card and made it sturdy by layering the papers onto the cardstock base.  The card was then dressed up with a Pure Innocence stamped image, some die cut mats and ribbon.  The sentiment was stamped onto the ribbon with Palette Noir ink.  For the inside I cut a sage mat and matted it onto a dark pink floral scallop. 

Thanks for stopping by!!

A glimpse of the inside:

Stamps: Pure Innocence Flower Girl by My Favorite Things, Owls and Bluebells (sentiment) by My Favorite Things
Paper: K and Co, Prism Simply Smooth cardstock, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, Palette Noir
Accessories: Prima flowers and pearls, Renaissance by Design ribbon, Stickles, QK Silhoutte (template from the Silhouette store), Spellbinders, Copic markers, Cuttlebug embossing folder

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Anni-VERVE-sary Blog Hop

Welcome to the Anni-VERVE-sary Blog Hop! Verve turns three today and we’re celebrating with a hop, hop, hop! If you've already been hopping along, you arrived here from Charmaines's blog (Oodabug Alley). If not, head on over to Julee's Blog (owner of Verve), for all the info on how to win prizes (after all, what's a party without presents?), and to start hopping from the beginning. If there's a hiccup along the hop, you can always head to the Master Hop List to get the full list of links.

Here's the card I created using the Cup of Life set.  I cut out a teapot shape on my Silhouette as the focal point of the card and then I created a hanging tea bag with one of the stamps and some embroidery floss.  The set was also used on the inside as you can see in the second photo.

Stamps: Cup of Life by Verve Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Adirondack Raspberry
Paper: K and Co, Georgia Pacific
Accessories:  Quickutz Silhouette (teapot shape and scalloped card --- both downloaded freebies from various sources), Prima flowers and pearls,  embroidery floss, K and Co die cut, Fiskars punch

Thanks for hopping by! Now it's time to hop on over to Melissa’s blog (INKclinations), for a little more Verve-y goodness.