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