Friday, December 30, 2011

Hello and You Rock

Wow, that week sure did fly by!  I'm here today to share the last two cards that I created for my week as the Growing in Unity girl.  For my last two cards used the December KOTM sketch again as my starting point and opted for the clean/simple and graphic look.  Just a reminder to leave a comment on all my posts this week for your chance to win a Unity Stamp set.  I'll leave the comments open until 11:59 pm on Sunday (January 1, 2012) and pick a random winner early next week.

My first card is masculine and simple with just a touch of fun (love those moustaches!!).  I'm thinking it would be great for either a man's birthday or father's day.  I used stamps from the July 2011 Kit of the Month.  In order to make the "You Rock" sentiment work with my card I stamped it and then cut it into strips before adhering across the card.  I really had to resist the urge to add some baker's twine to this card but I did it LOL!

I like to call the style of this second card "Paper Crafts (magazine) style".  It's a simple graphic card with a hint of bling.  I stamped the chevron stamp from the December KOTM with a rainbow ink pad and pieced two of them together to form the image panel.  Then I matted it onto black cardstock before adding it to a white card base.  I added some black glitter letters and a scallop die cut glitter strip (created by adding Stickles to some plain black cardstock) and a piece of black ribbon.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Supplies (You Rock):
Stamps:  July 2011 Kit of the Month (chair and sentiment) from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Basic Grey, Echo Park, Making Memories
Accessories:  Dienamics postage edge die from MFT

Supplies:  (Hello):
Stamps:  December 2011 Kit of the Month (chevrons) from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink:  Kaleidacolor by Tsukineko (Spectrum)
Papers: Bazzill cardstock, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Accessories: Spellbinder's Nestabilities die, Stickles (Gun Metal), Thickers letters from American Crafts, May Arts ribbon

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sorry for your loss.....

For today's Growing In Unity card I used the December 2011 Kit of the Month sketch for my design and stamps from the July 2011 KOTM. I usually struggle with sympathy cards but I'm happy with the way this one turned out as it has a touch of colour that seems to sort of "brighten" it up.

To create this card I cut a piece of blue and white wood grain paper, stamped the flower image in grey and then black and then mounted the strip onto a die cut scallop.  I added a strip of ribbon to the card base before adhering the panel and stamped the sentiment in the bottom corner.  I added a nice big double bow (that was created using my Bow Easy) and a black button and voila...all done.

Thanks so much for your kind words this week and don't forget to comment on all my posts this week for your chance to win a free Unity set.  I'll post the winner early next week to give everyone a chance to finish up with their New Year's plans (including myself LOL!).  See you tomorrow with my last two cards.

Stamps:  July 2011 Kit of the Month (flowers and sentiment) from Unity Stamp Co.
Papers:  Lily Bee Designs, Gina K cardstock, Recollections brand card base
Ink:  Ranger Iced Spruce Distress Ink (actually is a nice grey tone), Palette Noir
Accessories:  button, Offray ribbon, Spellbinder's Nestabilities die

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Thank you Unity style

It's mid way through my week in the "Growing In Unity" spotlight and today I'm sharing an elegant black and white card I made using one of the My Little Shoebox co-brand stamp sets (Audrey).  It's a bit difficult to tell but I used a black glitter pen to add a few highlights to my stamped image.  I kept the design pretty simple and added a pop of pink with a paper flower.

I forgot to mention but for all my cards posted this week, I challenged myself to ONLY use Unity Stamp sets that I hadn't used yet.  I actually will admit that I totally forgot I had this beautiful set sitting in my box of "still to use" stamps (insert embarrassed look here!!).  So glad I flipped through the box as I just *heart* this set.

 Don't forget to leave a comment on all my posts this week to increase your chances of winning a free Unity Stamp set AND you can also see my bio today over on the Unity Blog. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  My Little Shoebox "Audrey" set from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Palette Noir
Paper: Making Memories, Gina K Designs cardstock
Accessories: Spellbinders die, Offray ribbon, Recollections flower, Gelly Roller glitter pen (black), SRM sentiment sticker

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

i had a fun time

Today is day two of my week in the Unity spotlight and I'm sharing a card I made with the November 2011 Kit of the Month and some paper scraps form the card I showed you yesterday.

The design is pretty simple.  I just stamped the lady image three times across the card and added some ribbon and twine.  Easy peasy....five minutes or less :)

See you tomorrow with some more Unity inspiration.  And don't forget to leave comments all week for your chance to win a fabulous Unity Stamps set!

Stamps:  November 2011 Kit of the Month (images and sentiment) from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Palette Fuchsia ink
Papers:  My Mind's Eye patterned papers, Core'dinations cardstock, Basic Grey
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, Prima Pearl, Copic marker (to colour pearl), twine from the Twinery

Monday, December 26, 2011

Filled with Unity love

Hello!  Happy Boxing Day.  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

This week I'm excited to be the "Growing in Unity" girl.  All week from Monday to Friday I'll be sharing a creation using Unity Stamps AND at the end of the week I'll be picking a name from all the comments to win a free stamp kit!

So since Christmas is over it's time to get in the mood for Valentine's Day LOL!! Just kidding. I happened to have the new December Kit of the Month sitting on my desk and decided to make something with it right away.  I'm in LOVE with that jar stamp.  I added some hearts to my jar to fill it with love.  Then I also use the LOVE stamp from the kit, cut out the letters and added some Stickles to make them all bling-y.

Hope you liked my first creation.  I'll be back tomorrow and all week with another Unity creation :)

Stamps: December 2011 Kit of the Month (love words and jar stamps) from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Palette Fuschia, distress ink
Papers:  My Mind's Eye patterned paper, Georgia Pacific, Basic Grey, Coredinations cardstock
Accessories:  twine from The Twinery, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Prima pearl, Stickles, Spellbinder's Nestabilities die

Saturday, December 24, 2011

It's Christmas time in the city....

Hello and Merry Christmas Eve!  I have one final Christmas card to share with you today and I think it's my favourite of the season.  I used the awesome new Stephanie Ackerman Trim a Tree stamp set (from Purple Onion Designs).  I do have to apologize in advance for the awful photo but once again winter lighting got the best of me --- I actually asked Santa for a light box so we just might see some better photos in the new year LOL!

The card measures about 4 1/2" x 7" so you can appreciate the size of the image.  I created my stamped panel by creating a little snowy scene.  I stamped some light blue snowflakes all over the image and then stamped the sentiment in two different ink colours.  I accented the entire image with Stickles to make the Christmas light twinkle.

Before attaching the panel, I added some scraps of frilled ribbon to the top and bottom and of course some baker's twine (I just cannot get enough of it these days LOL!)

I'd like to wish you and your family Happy Holidays and thank you so much for all the wonderful comments and support you have shared with me this year :)

Stamps:  Trim a Tree Shop (Stephanie Ackerman) from Purple Onion Designs, Merriness set (snowflakes) from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink ((Festive Berries, Evergreen Bough, Tumbled Glass)
Papers:  Provocraft, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Devine Twine (Whisker Graphics), ruffled ribbon, Offray red ribbon, Making Memories button and rhinestone, Stickles, Copic markers

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Warm Wintery Christmas card

Hello! Happy Friday and Christmas Eve-Eve.  Today I'd like to share with you a nice wintery looking kraft Christmas card that I created using an image from Your Next Stamp

The image was stamped onto some Copic-friendly kraft cardstock (from Gina K Designs).  I coloured the white snow with a pencil crayon and added some highlights with a white gel pen.  The background papers were embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then I ran white pigment ink over the surface to add some white snow.  The twill ribbon was dyed with spray inks and then distressed them a bit before adding a wood button and my sentiment tag.

See you tomorrow for the last of my Christmas cards.  Merry Christmas!

Stamps:  Winter Home from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Joann Essentials white pigment ink, brown distress ink
Papers:  Basic Grey, Gina K kraft cardstock, Georgia Pacific white
Accessories:  Tattered Angels spray, twill ribbon, wood button, beige baker's twine, Making Memories tag, Spellbinder's die, Cuttlebug embossing folder
Copic Colours/colouring media: R29, YG67, E35, B02, C5, white Koh-i-noor pencil, Inkessentials white pen, Sakura glitter pen

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A set of Christmas pillow boxes

Good morning!  I hope your holiday preparations are going well---I still have some shopping to do and some gifts to put together but I'm finally feeling like I'm making progress. 

Today I'd like to share with you a set of pillow boxes that I created using the Sizzix pillow box die and some stamps from Purple Onion Designs.  You could fill the boxes with some candy or a small tree ornament or a gift certificate.  I was able to cram a gift card into them too but you lose a bit of the 3D-ness of them.

The design of all three boxes is very similar:  I die cut the pillow box, stamped on the cardstock (before assembling) to create the background and then added some embellishments.  Scroll down for close ups of each box with a few more directions :)

For this box I stamped some Christmas sentiments in two different colours using the limited edition holiday Distress Inks from Ranger.  Then I simply added a ribbon bow and a piece of a Christmas beaded pick from my junk box.

For this box, I stamped a music backgrounder onto the dark cardstock in white pigment ink.  Then I created this medallion type embellishment using a journalling scalloped circle stamp and a premade accordion sticker embellishment from K and Co.  I added a little baker's twine bow and voila....number two done.
Finally for this box I stamped some white snowflakes onto kraft cardstock.  I die cut a small white scalloped shaped and stamped the snowman image onto it (coloured with Copics).  I then added some baker's twine and a felt snowflake embellishment.

Supplies (Snow man kraft box):
Stamps:  Merriness Set from Purple Onion Designs
Papers: The Paper Company cardstock, Neenah cardstock
Ink: Joann Essentials white pigment ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Devine Twine from Whisker Graphics, Darice felt snowflake, Copic markers, Spellbinder's Nestabilities die, Sizzix Pillow Box Die

Supplies (Dark box with accordian flower):
Stamps:  Early 1900s Music Backgrounder from Purple Onion Designs, Circle Scallop label from Purple Onion Designs
Papers: Bazzill cardstock, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Ink: Joann Essentials white pigment ink, Ranger Distress Ink (Evergreen Bough) Limited Edition Inks
Accessories: Making Memories button and rhinestone, K and Company accordion embellishment, Martha Stewart Baker's twine, Sizzix Pillow Box Die

Supplies (Green and Red box with beads):
Stamps:  Holiday Ticket set from Purple Onion Designs
Papers: Georgia Pacific cardstock
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink (Festive Berries, Evergreen Bough) Limited Edition Inks
Accessories: Christmas bead pick (craft store), American Crafts ribbon, Sizzix Pillow Box Die

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Happy Holidays ornament

For today's last minute Christmas project, I'm sharing a ornament for the tree.  You could also write on the back and use it as a gift tag that can be kept as a decoration for next year.

Again this was a pretty quick project to create.  I covered a wood circle (purchased in the wood shape aisle at Michaels) and covered it in paper.  Then I added some ruffled ribbon trim and pom pom trim around the outside before attaching the stamped images.  The images were paper pieced and coloured with my Copics.  I punched a hole in the top with my Cropadile and then added a ribbon bow and some twine to hang it with.

I hope you're enjoying all my last minute projects!  Up tomorrow I a set of pillow boxes that you can make to fill with candy or a gift card or other small item.

Stamps: Snowman Framed Doodle from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  K and Company, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Wood circle (ornament base), Maya Road trim, white gathered trim (fabric store), Copic markers, Offray ribbon, baker's twine (the Twinery)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday's Tag and a Treat Bag

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Today I have two projects to share with you---a tag and a bag.

First up is a Christmas tag that I created using a mailing tag.  I covered the tag with some patterned paper scraps and then added my stamped images on top.  The tree image was paper pieced and coloured with my Copic markers before adding some glitter accents with Stickles.  I added a bit of baker's twine and pom pom trim to the bottom and a nice big double bow (thank you Bow Easy!!) to the top. 

Secondly, I created this stamped bag.  You could use it for baked treats or even as a gift wrapping for a smaller gift.  To create the bag I took a white paper bag and stamped all over with the gingerbread man stamp (and added a bit of colour with my Copic markers).  Then I created a little accent for the center of the bag using a die cut gingerbread man (from Sizzix) and some more stamped images.  The top of the bag was finished off with a stamped sentiment strip, some scalloped paper and some baker's twine.

Supplies (Christmas Tag):
Stamps:  Christmas Trees Framed Doodle from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Provo Craft, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  twine from the Twinery, Copic markers, Offray ribbon, Maya Road trim, Stickles, Avery mailing tag

Supplies (treat bag):
Stamps:  Gingerbread man stamp from Purple Onion Designs, Holiday Border Tape Set from Purple Onion Designs, Season's Greetings Logo from Purple Onion Designs, Circle Scallop Label from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink, Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers:  Provo Craft, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Whisker Graphics baker's twine, Dienamics scalloped die, Sizzix gingerbread man die, Copic markers

Monday, December 19, 2011

A quick Christmas gift card holder

Well, it's the last full week before Christmas and the chaos has begun LOL!!  For the next couple of days I'll be sharing a few quick Christmas projects with you, just in case you need to whip up some last minute items.

Let's start things off with a gift card holder.  I like to jazz up my gift cards a little so I created this holder in less than 10 minutes (minus the glitter glue drying time) and here's how:

Stamp the Noteblock stamp (from Purple Onion Designs) in red ink and heat emboss with clear glitter powder.  Cover front and back of die cut gift card holder (you could also easily make your own in a few minutes using a strip of 4" x 12" paper) with patterned paper.  Adhere ribbon tie around middle of holder.  Trim and mat Noteblock onto die cut scalloped rectangle (edges were covered in Stickles)  and adhere to front of holder.  Add a large ribbon bow at edge of stamped block, add snowflake accent and add stamping to the inside as desired. 

See you tomorrow with a tag and treat bag......

Stamps: Happy Holidays Noteblock from Purple Onion Designs, Merriness Set from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Adirondack Red Pepper, Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Crate Paper
Accessories:  Michael's Celebration Ribbon, Darice felt snowflake, glitter embossing powder, Making memories button, die cut gift card holder (I'm not sure where these are available for sale anymore as the place I got them is no longer in business---sorry!!), Spellbinder's Nestabilities die, Stickles

Monday, December 12, 2011

Another Monday with Market Street.....

Just a quick post for today....I'm trying to get caught up on things from a little birthday/anniversary get away last week/weekend.

Here's a card I made using the "Comfort Food" set from Market Street Stamps.  (I just love how you get a little smiley face that you can add to any of the stamps in the set!!).  The papers are from an older Cosmo Cricket collection from my scrap bin.  It's difficult to see but I added some Crystal Lacquer on the pot to make it look shiny.  A nice quick and easy card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Comfort Food set from Market Street Stamps
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Cosmo Cricket, Neenah cardstock, Basic Grey
Accessories:  Twill ribbon, Copic markers, Crystal Lacquer, Fiskars border punch

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

It's a YNS holiday challenge and a blog hop

Good morning!  It’s time for another Your Next Stamp challenge (YNSC57) and this week’s theme is winter/holiday.  Today’s challenge post is a special one:  we’re showing off some of the new December release stamps and celebrating with a little blog hop.  

No blog hop is complete without some prizes, so Karen is giving away 3 gift certificates to the YNS store.  The prizes are randomly hidden amongst the design team blogs (see link list at bottom of post) so all you need to do is comment along the way for your chance to win.  AND of course if you participate in the winter/holiday challenge you also have the chance to win a Merry Mouse Wreath stamp AND a $10 gift certification (a YNS stamp or digi image is required to qualify).

Now onto my card.  I used the new holiday snow globe set to create this winter themed card.  I had a pad of some older Cosmo Cricket paper sitting on my desk so I pulled a few sheets out of it for my starting point.  I went a bit nuts on the stitching on this one (I figured I’d give my sewing machine a work out after not using it in at least 6 months) and even decided to live dangerously and sew in a circle around my image panel.  The sentiments in the set are the perfect size to use with a small tag punch so I made my sentiment into a tag and attached it to the center of my felt snowflake.

 Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to stop by the YNS Store to see all the wonderful new releases (including some new stamp and die sets!!), bundle packs, the awesome variety of stamps in the Bargain Bin and the YNS Deal of the week.  Your next stop on the hop is  Dana.

In case you get lost along the way, here’s the full list of today’s participants:

Veronica –  {YNS December Guest}

Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, Ranger Distress Ink (Evergreen bough)
Papers:  Cosmo Cricket, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Sewing machine, Spellbinder’s die, Copic markers, Stickles, Darice felt snowflake embellishment, The Twinery baker’s twine 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Merry Monday with Distress Stains and Market Street

It's another Monday closer to Christmas and I still haven't even thought about anything Christmas related.  However, I have at least been in Christmas craft mode for the past month so at least *something* will be done LOL!!

Here's a vintage Christmas card I created using some heat embossing and some Ranger Distress Stains.  I took a piece of watercolour paper and heat embossed the argyle background with clear embossing powder.  Then I took some red and green Distress Stains, dabbed them onto my craft mat and then put the watercolour paper on top to create the background.  My colours did get a bit muddled together (which I think might be because of the type of paper I used) so if you want more defined colours then I would recommend spacing the inks further apart and maybe adding a few spritzes of water.  Then the card was finished off with some dyed binding and Authenique papers.

Stamps:  Argyle backgrounder from Market Street Stamps
Ink:  Versamark ink (for embossing), Distress Stain (Fired Brick and Forest Moss)
Papers: Watercolour paper, Authenique Christmas papers
Accessories: Darice snowflake, button, twine, Making Memories tag, Fiskars border punch, seam binding (dyed with spray ink)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Here's to Christmas and a sale!

First the important's time for a holiday sale at Purple Onion Designs!  All stamps are 25% off (now through 12/11).  Use code HOL2011 during checkout to receive your 25% discount.  Michele has even added some new Stephanie Ackerman "neighbourhood stamps" to the web site that you are not going to want to miss!! 

And there is some even more exciting news at POD......Heidi Grace is launching a new line of products under the name Heidi Grace Kress.  Purple Onion Designs will be offering her adorable designs in stamps!  The first collection is for the holiday season.  You can see them here: Heidi Grace Kress Stamps

Wow, I can't wait to get my hands on some of those new designs :)  And finally onto my holly themed card.  You can see all the product details below.  Thanks for stopping by!  

Stamps:  Christmas Toast sentiment from Purple Onion Designs, Merriness set (Holly border) from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Adirondack green ink, brown distress ink
Papers: Authenique Wonder collection
Accessories:  Dienamics rolled rose die, Quickutz/Lifestyle Crafts holly die, craft felt, ruffled ribbon (from Etsy), Spellbinder's dies

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Skating by to say thank you.

Well, we're experiencing our first true snowfall of the season today so what better time to share a winter-y thank you card that I made using Skating Fun Fhiona from Your Next Stamp.

I used a pretty simple design on this card.  I just used the pink background paper as my "canvas", cut out my coloured image and added some trims, twine and a felt snowflake.  The sentiment on the bottom is an SRM Sticker.  Enjoy! 

Stamps:  Skating Fun Fhiona from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Neenah cardstock, K and Company
Accessories:  felt snowflake, button, pink baker's twine (The Twinery), Offray ribbon, Stickles, SRM Sticker sentiment, Fiskars scalloped border punch

Copic colours:
Skin:  E00, E01, RV21
Hair:  E27, E23
Dress:  R85, R83, R81, B04
Other:  B000, B01, YG61, C03 (accented with Sakura glitter pen and Stickles)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Good morning!  Today I'd like to share a kraft and white based Christmas card I created for the Scrapscene Christmas card a day feature.

The Snowman Framed Doodle Image was stamped onto kraft cardstock and coloured with white Koh-i-noor pencil crayon and Copics. The background was embossed with a Basic Grey embossing folder and white pigment ink swiped across the surface to make the snowflakes pop out.  I added some red and green papers as accent colours and some pom pom trim to add my own snowballs :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Tip:  when colouring with white pencil crayon on kraft cardstock, I find that using a smooth cardstock really helps to achieve overall coverage (I used Gina K cardstock which is also Copic friendly).  The Koh-i-noor pencils are nice and soft and give a wonderful coverage without having to using anything to blend.  I purchased my pencils at a local art store (my local DeSerres sells them individually and in sets) and you can get them in sets at Michaels.

Stamps:  Snowman Framed Doodle from Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Joann Essentials white pigment ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Provo Craft, Gina K Designs, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories:  Maya Road pom pom trim, Sizzix Basic Grey embossing folder, Offray ribbon, Making Memories tag, Fiskars edge punch

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Market Street Stamps Sunday

Hi!  Not too long ago I learned about a relatively new stamp company called Market Street Stamps and instantly knew I had to get a few of their backgrounders.  Well, I was selected to be the guest designer for November and today on the Market Street blog you can see the projects I made! 

Today I'm sharing a wedding card I made using the Celebrate Cake set.  What I love about this set is that you can totally customize it for any occasion.  I used it to create a wedding cake.  I added some Liquid pearls to the image and made my own topper with some Prima flowers and pearls.  I was cleaning out my scrap paper bin and found these beautiful SEI papers that were the starting point for my colour palette.

Thank you so much to Market Street Stamps for chosing me to be the Guest Designer this month!

Stamps:  Celebrate cake set from Market Street Stamps
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers:  SEI, Prism Simply Smooth cardstock
Accessories:  Michaels ribbon, Fiskars border punches, Prima pearls and flowers, Liquid Pearls, Copic markers

Friday, November 25, 2011

FWF Holiday Friday!

Well today marks *MY* official kick off to the holiday season and I still have a ton of cards to make for everyone on my list.  So today I'm sharing a quick and easy card I made in some non-traditional colours using a Basic Grey embossing folder (by Sizzix) and a stamp from the Unity Stamps November 2010 Kit of the Month.

I simple embossed some dark pink (white cored) cardstock, sanded the surface and added my stamped sentiment and some trim.  One card in less than 5 minutes!

As always on Friday, stop by the Unity blog to see everyone else's fabulous creations and comment along the way for your chance to win some free stamps.  Happy Holidays to all my Unity friends!

Stamps:  November 2010 Kit of the Month (sentiment and frame) Unity Stamp Co.
Ink:  Palette Claret (pink), Palette Noir (black)
Papers:  Core'dinations cardstock, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Accessories:  Sizzix Basic Grey (Dearly and Frosty set) embossing folder, Sizzix snowflake die, Prima pearl, trims from Etsy, twine from The Twinery

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Time for another YNS Challenge!

Hello!  It's time for another Your Next Stamp challenge ---this week's theme is DIE CUTS.  Of course I decided to use my Happy Holidays stamp and die set to create this card (which originally started off as a tag but I just kept going LOL!). 

As you can see I paper pieced the tree images and then added a bit of shading with some Copic markers.  I also used the sentiment block from the set to create a band across the card. 

We would LOVE to see your die cut creations this week (note that any die cuts will do on your project as long as you use a YNS rubber or digi stamp).  As always there is a great prize up for grabs.  Stop by the YNS challenge blog for all the details and lots more die cut inspiration from the design team.

Stamp and Die set:  Happy Holidays stamp and die set from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink (Pine Needles), Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Basic Grey, Georgia Pacific
Accessories:  Twill ribbon, Maya Road pom pom trim, baker's twine, Making Memories tags, Avery mailing tag, Fiskars scalloped border punch
Copic Markers (for shading tree and tree trunk): YG17, E47

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

CHF Blog Hop Winner

Thank you so much for all the kind comments you left on my CHF blog hop post.  Like most of you, I'm thrilled to see CHF back :)

And the winner is......

Shelly Schmidt who said...
Beautiful card- wonderful background for your pretty poinsettia. Love the ribbon and tag too!

Shelly, I have e-mailed you for more information on how to claim your gift certificate.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Did you hear the news??? CHF is back and celebrating with a Blog Hop

Well, it's official!  Cornish Heritage Farms images are back and today marks the grand opening of the digital image store!! (and yes, the new owner is intending to produce rubber as well).

Today we're celebrating with a blog hop to showcase some of the new digital images.  I used a beautiful poinsettia image.  The image was coloured with my Copic Markers and then accented with a Sakura glitter pen (for the bells) and some Stickles.  I cut out the image and mounted it onto some embossed kraft cardstock.

And what's a blog hop without PRIZES??  Visit and comment on each of the blogs on the hop (links below). Each poster will randomly draw a name from the comments left in the first 24 hours to win a gift certificate! That means you have 8 different chances of winning!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Here is a list of all of the designers participating in today's blog hop:

Cornish Heritage Farms Blog
Frances Byrne –
Holly Brown -
Lisa Silver –
Jean Franks Beck -
Dawn Lusk -
Laura O’Donnell -
Jennifer Roach –

Digital Stamp: Poinsettia Digital Stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms
Paper:  Neenah cardstock, The Paper Company, Bazzill Cardstock
Ink:  Joann Essentials white pigment ink (for distressing)
Accessories:  Sakura Star Dust pen (for colouring the bells), Stickles, Copic Markers, Offray Ribbon, Making Memories tag, Cuttlebug embossing folder

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Say cheese and cheers!

Here are two quick, clean and simple cards I created last week using some of my new POD stamps.  If you follow my blog regularly, you know that my cards are usually pretty detailed with lots of layers, but I've been trying to produce some simpler cards to become more comfortable with them and to appeal to people who like simpler designs.  I will admit that coming up with ideas for the plainer (CAS) cards takes me a lot longer but then if I had to reproduce the design it would be quick.  Both of the cards in this post could be made in less than 10 minutes.

For the first card I used some Marvy Liquid applique paint to make foam for the beer (just heat it up after it dries with your heat gun and it puffs up).  To keep with the bubble theme, I used an embossing folder and swiped some white pigment ink across the top to make the bubbles stand out.  I think this would be a perfect masculine birthday or congratulations card.

For this second card I simply stamped and coloured the image onto a die cut piece of white cardstock.  To make my background look like swiss cheese I embossed a piece of yellow cardstock but then adhered it with the embossed surface down so that my "holes" are going into the paper.  

Supplies (Say Cheese):
Stamps: Michelle Clement The Wine Shop set from Purple Onion Designs,
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Neenah cardstock, Bazzill cardstock, The Paper Company cardstock
Accessories:  Twine from the Twinery, button, Copic Markers, Cuttlebug embossing folder

Supplies (Cheers):
Stamps: Michelle Clement Mixed Drinks set from Purple Onion Designs
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Gina K cardstock, Neenah cardstock, Basic Grey paper

Monday, November 14, 2011

Like fine get better with age

Good morning!  To start the week off, I'd like to share with you a very vintage looking card that I made using the cracked glass technique.  I started off by stamping the wine barrel image and colouring it with light shades of Copic markers to give it a sort of watermark look and then stamped my sentiment over top in black ink.  I distressed the edges with both purple and brown inks and then did a cracked glass treatment on top (see below for instructions).  After cracking the "glass" I rubbed some brown distress inks into the cracks to add more age. 

I wanted to keep the card design simple to showcase the technique so I just adhered the image panel to a mailing tag and added some vintage dyed seam binding, a wood button and some twine.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Crackled Glass Technique: Apply embossing ink (Versamark or similar) to cover entire surface of stamped image.  Dip image into Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (that has been poured into a shallow dish) and fully cover.  Using heat gun, melt the UTEE and allow to cool.  Repeat this process several times until desired thickness of clear coat is achieved (for this card I used approximately 5 to 6 layers of UTEE).  Allow to cool and crack image by randomly bending. 

Note that for the first application of UTEE, the image will likely not have an even coating of melted embossing powder (will appear bumpy).  Subsequent applications of UTEE will even out the clear layer.

Alternate method:  Melt Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (Melt Art/Ranger) in melting pot and dip images into molten enamel to form a uniform layer.  Repeat several times until desired thickness of clear coat is achieved.  Allow to cool and crack image by bending.

Tips:  Cooling images in the freezer before final cracking speeds up the process.
Stamps:  Michelle Clement's The Wine Shop from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Versamark (for embossing), Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Ink (purple, brown)
Papers:  Prima Marketing, K and Company, Neenah Cardstock
Accessories:  Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel UTEE, Avery Mailing tag, twine, wood button, seam binding (dyed with Tattered Angels mist)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wow, where to begin.....lots and lots of new stamps!

Michele at Purple Onion Designs has been one BUSY woman the last few weeks and has put together an AMAZING set of new release stamps.  The design team has also been busy putting together some awesome projects with them---check out the POD blog!  All of the new release stamps are in the store in the What's New section.

So let's start with some of the new Stephanie Ackerman designs.  I haven’t been able to put down the new doodle frame stamps since they showed up in my mailbox J.  In addition to these cuties there is a new set of "kids" stamps and some soon to be released "village" stamps (see the POD blog for a little sneak peek).  I also noticed on Stephanie's blog that she's giving away some of the new check it out.

Today I’d like to show you a simple one layer card (a pretty rare type of creation for me LOL!) using the new snowman stamp.   Scroll down below the photos for the full instructions and supply list.  Thanks for stopping by and see you soon with lots more projects using the new stamps.

1.       Stamp the snowman onto a piece of kraft Copic friendly cardstock and colour the image with Copics and a white Koh-i-noor pencil crayon (this brand of white pencil crayon works awesome on darker papers!  You can use Gamesol or baby oil to blend if needed but I found on this brand of cardstock that it’s not required). 
2.       Mask the image and stamp the sentiment all over card base in brown/kraft toned ink. 
3.       Die cut two strips of scallops out of white vellum paper and embellish with foam snowflake, wood button and twine (Note:  I slightly distressed the white snowflake so that the white wasn’t to stark)
4.       Distress edges of card base with light brown ink.

Ink:  Distress ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Gina K kraft cardstock (Copic friendly!), white vellum
Accessories:  Dienamics scalloped die, Darice foam snowflake, twine from the Twinery, wood button, Copic markers, Koh-i-noor white pencil

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It's all about Friendship (YNS Challenge #55)

This week’s YNS Challenge (#55) is all about FRIENDSHIP.  For my project I created a card using my Super Hero Ellie stamp and the matching “super friend” sentiment.

I was reorganizing my scrap bin and I found some pieces of a comic book themed paper (from EK Success).  I decided to make Super Ellie look like she popped out from the comic pages.  I coloured her with my Copics using only grey tones (C00, C1, C5, C7 and C9).  I quite love this technique and look of the monochrome grey image --- and the best part is that if you colour from light to dark you really don’t have to worry too much about bleeding or going outside the lines hee hee.  I find the only tricky part is figuring out how many different tones to use to make the image look like it has enough "colours".

We’d love for you to play along with this week’s challenge.  All the details, rules and more great designer’s samples can be found on the YNS Challenge blog.  Ass usual Karen is offering up a great prize for the winner of this week’s challenge (Fhiona and Her Best Buddy Fhinn stamp set).  Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

Stamps:  Super Hero Ellie (image and sentiment set) from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  EK Success superhero paper, Bazzill cardstock, Neenah cardstock, Kaisercraft paper
Accessories:  Devine Twine (sampler pack available in YNS store), button, Spellbinder's dies, Copic markers

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Creating some autumn decor using Ranger Distress Stains

This month the design team at Purple Onion Designs was challenged to create a Thanksgiving themed decor item.  Since Thanksgiving was last month up here in Canada, I opted to create a fall themed decoration for my fireplace mantel.

I love the smell of scented candles and have several of the large jar style.  The label on the jars are rather retail looking when you leave it sitting out, so I created a canvas wrap with an autumn theme using the fall Noteblock stamp and some distress inks and stains.  The wrap easily slides on and off so you could create a new one for each season (and also I would recommend removing it temporarily if you’re burning the candle *just in case* since it’s made of fabric and paper)

To create the wrap I ripped a strip of canvas fabric (I like the more rustic look to the edge versus just cutting) and stamped all over with a pumpkin stamp in orange distress ink.  Then I added a border of scallops of fall paper to the top and bottom using fabric glue before sewing the back closed.  I tied some raffia around the wrap before adding the stamped panel and embellishments. 

For the Noteblock panel, I took some of my yet-to-be opened Tim Holtz Distress Stains, applied them to my craft mat and used it as a stamp pad of sorts.  Because the stain is watery you will miss out on some of the details of the stamp but I love all the different colours together on the one stamp.  You could easily use the same technique with the regular Distress Inks and a spritz of water if you don’t have the stains.  To finish off the wrap, I added a fall flower with a wood button center as well as a twine bow.

Happy early Thanksgiving to all my American readers J

Stamps:  Fall Noteblock from Purple Onion Designs, Pumpkins (Michele Clement stamps) from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Ranger Distress Stains (Forest Moss, Fired Brick and Wild Honey), Ranger Distress Inks (Dried Marigold)
Paper:  Georgia Pacific cardstock, Provo Craft fall themed paper
Accessories:  Canvas (fabric store), raffia, wood button, fall flower, twine, Spellbinders die, craft mat

Sunday, November 6, 2011

be Merry with Stamping Bella's Uptown girl

Hello!  Well, now that Halloween is behind us, it's time to start producing more Christmas cards.  I usually make them year round and then come December I have a decent selection of one of a kind cards.  I generally don't make more than two of the same ones --- I'm not a fan of mass production :)

This is a card I created a few weeks back using one of the new "Uptown Girl" stamps from Stamping Bella.  It's not actually designed to be a Christmas stamp but by adding some red and white twine to the candy pop I think it looks rather seasonal.  I used my pencil crayons on the dress of this card (rather than my Copics).  To make my candy I took some Beacons 3 in 1 glue and covered the candy before winding the twine in a circle.  You just have to use a pair of tweezers to get it started but it was pretty easy.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp:  Uptown Girl - Claudia Has a Candy from Stamping Bella
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  My Mind's Eye
Accessories:  Baker's Twine (Wilton), Spellbinders Nestabilities, Copic Markers, Prismacolor pencils, Making Memories snowflake, button, red poinsettia, Stickles, button, SRM Sticker

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My little cupcake and her pink party

Hello!  Last week was my daughter’s 2nd birthday (wow does time ever fly) and we had a small party for her last weekend.  Even though the party was a bit of a last minute decision, I had to add a few of my crafty touches. 

My inspiration for the pink cupcake theme came from the cupcake dress that I picked up a few months back. We managed to convince her to wear for her portrait session but she refused to wear it for the party or for her Halloween party at daycare (oh well! *sigh*). 

I purchased the pink polka dot cupcake stand from Homesense (it’s made of a very study coated chipboard so you can reuse it).  I created the little flags for the top layer using some dies and stamps from My Favorite Things.  I’ll be honest and say I was attempting to create flags for ALL the cupcakes but I just totally ran out of time.  Scroll down for the simple directions and supplies for the flags (they’re relatively fast to make if you do it assembly line style)

My Mom created the scalloped banner using her Cricut machine.  We decorated the banner with some ribbon bows and some 3D flowers that my Mom also cut on the Cricut (from the Flower Shoppe cartridge).  The rest of the pink decor on the table was just from the dollar store. 

Instructions for the cupcake flags:
1.       Cut out flag out of white cardstock using the tail of the Die-namics First Place Award Ribbon Die & Stamp Set. 
2.       Stamp polka dots in pink ink and sentiment in dark pink ink (both from Die-namics By The Numbers and Stamp Set).
3.       Cut the number two out of dark pink cardstock
4.       Attach flag to bamboo skewer using double stick tape and adhere “2” to front of flag

Stamps and Dies:  Die-namics First Place Award Ribbon Die & Stamp Set from My Favorite Things (for the flag), Die-namics By The Numbers and Stamp Set from MFT (for the number “2” and all the stamps
Ink:  Palette Claret (dark pink), Ranger Distress Ink Spun Sugar (light pink)
Cardstock:  Coredinations, Georgia Pacific
Accessories:  Bamboo skewers