Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Thankful for..... Your Next Stamp DT opportunity

As the end of June approaches (WOW, that month sure flew by!!) my guest designer position with Your Next Stamp draws to an end.  Thanks to Karen, for letting me showcase her stamps this month :)

So today I'd like to share the last of the YNS creations I completed this month using the Fhiona "Thankful for You" stamp set.  For this card I picked the background text paper (from October Afternoon) before I started colouring my image, and then I pulled the colours for the image from the coloured parts of the text.  I should mention that the actual image has a lady bug sitting on the flower on the right.  I totally messed up the colouring on the bug so to salvage all the colouring that I had one already I just cut it off---embrace your mistakes LOL!

Thanks for letting me share my YNS creations with you this month.  And P.S.  I just read on the YNS blog that Karen is having a big sale from today until Friday.  Check it out :)

Stamps:  Fhiona Thankful for You set from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  October Afternoon, The Paper Company kraft cardstock, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, rhinestones, Copic markers, Stickles

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Purple Onion is MOXIE FAB!

Hello!  Paper Crafts Magazine is featuring Purple Onion Designs stamps today on their Moxie Fab blog so today I'd love to share a recent project I made with some of the new POD Stephanie Ackerman stamps. 

This card was a bit of an experiment for me---I was playing around with a colour combination that I wasn't quite sure would "work" and then I tried playing around with the stamped image a bit.  I think the finished card has an art journal kind of of look, don't you think? 

I coloured the flower image with my Copics and to change up the look of the image, I took the music backgrounder and stamped on top of the flower part of the image before adding the flower center.    Since I had decided to add a pop of blue to the center of the flower I decided to work with some blue and more purple on the card base.  I stamped the same music backgrounder stamp onto some Core'dinations cardstock and distressed and sanded the edges before adding the panel to some purple cardstock that I embossed with a Tim Holtz music themed embossing folder.  The sentiment on the ribbon is a clear sticker from SRM---they adhere really well to surfaces other than paper. 

Don't forget to stop by the Moxie Fab blog to check out the Purple Onion Designs stamps and rumour has it that there are some free stamps up for grabs :)

Stamps:  Stephanie Ackerman Mixed Middles Flower from Purple Onion Designs, Early 1900s Music Background stamp from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Palette Noir
Papers:  Bazzill cardstock, Core'dinations cardstock, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, SRM sentiment sticker, Copic markers, Tim Holtz embossing folder

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Black and white plus one YNS challenge (YNSC45)

This week's challenge on the Your Next Stamp challenge blog is to create a project using black, white and one other colour (excluding hair and skin----phew!).  For my card I chose to use green as my "plus one".  I coloured the Fhiona Riding a Bike image using a few tones of grey and green Copics.

To create the card, I layered some black and white papers from an old DCWV pad (that I think has been in my stash since the beginning of time LOL!) onto a cardstock base and added a panel of white cardstock at the top (embossed with Cuttlebug folder).  I added a strip of green satin ribbon and bow across the bottom and popped the image and one of the flowers with some dimensional adhesive.  The black and white flowers were hand cut out of a sheet of paper from the pad.

Hope you'll stop by the YNS challenge blog to see all the other designer's examples and play along for your chance to win a prize (note that YNS are not required but if you have them, we'd love to see them).

Stamp:  Fhiona Riding a Bike from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  DCWV (patterned papers), Neenah cardstock, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Accessories:  Copic markers, Cuttlebug embossing folder, SRM Sticker sentiment, ribbon from Creative Bag, Bow Easy (to tie the bow)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Fast FWF Friday.....Oh my, it's a SINGLE layer card!

A few weeks ago over at My Unity Place, they had a challenge to make a single layer card.  And what a challenge that was for me---I think I can count on one hand the number of times I've made a single layer card.  It actually probably took me longer to THINK about how to make one than if I had made a dozen of my "normal" style cards LOL!

So, here's what I came up with.  The bird image from the May 2011 Kit of the Month sort of reminded me of a Halloween crow so I went with it.  I just stamped the sentiment (from the September 2010 KOTM) and bird image onto a piece of Halloween themed paper, inked the edges and added a bow.  I have to admit I did cheat a little wee bit and add a strip of striped paper and a scallop across the card.  I was planning on just adding some ribbon but it just didn't quite go so I did opt to add the strips to complete the design.  *Phew* that was a hard one LOL!

Be sure to stop by the Unity blog today for Friends with Flair Friday.  Have a great weekend!

Stamps: Bird from May 2011 KOTM by Unity Stamp Co, Sentiment from Sept 2010 KOTM by Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Palette Noir
Paper: Making Memories, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories: Offray ribbon, Spellbinders scalloped rectangle die

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sending happy thoughts your way with YNSs June release

Hi!  Today I'd like to share a card that I made using one of the new June release images from Your Next Stamp.  For my card I went with a total bicycle theme using the new Fhiona Riding a Bike stamp, a gear motif Cuttlebug embossing folder and some bicycle paper from Jillibean Soup.  The sentiment is a sticker from SRM (I'm loving these for my cards these days---great variety of sayings without having to have a billions stamps on hand).

O.K. so how would you like to win one of the new June stamps???  Well, be sure to stop by the Your Next Stamp blog today to see all the new releases, some more wonderful creations from the design team and of course the giveaway.

This is also a great time to stop by the YNS store and advantage of a summer 10% off sale.  The sale is from June 15th to June 20th – just enter online code YNSJUNENR for your discount.  (I totally have my eye on some of the Fhiona World Kid Collection that might just find their way home with me).

A bit of detail.....as you can see the image panel was adhered with dimensional tape and you can see the texture on the cardstock and the wrinkled ribbon.

Also a tip:  See the grass and pavement?  Well I created that using my Copics.  I use the side of the brush nip to create grass using a few tones of green.  Then I just filled in below with some grey tones to make the pavement. 

Stamp:  Fhiona Riding a Bike from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Core'dinations cardstock, Neenah Cardstock, Jillibean Soup papers, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories:  Seam binding (dyed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist), Recollections flower, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Cuttlebug embossing folder, SRM sentiment sticker, Copic Markers

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Congrats on your bun in the oven (Card Patterns #119)

Hello!  I hope everyone is having a nice weekend so far. 

Today I'd like to share with you the card I made for this week's Card Patterns sketch (119) for which I am very thrilled to be featured as the guest designer.  To see this week's awesome sketch and to check out all the other designer's samples, please stop by the blog.

For my card I used Lawn Fawn's "Plus One" set.  I used the oven as my central focal image and then part of the mobile image for the side accents.  To add some texture I embossed the panels before stamping my sentiment directly on top.

Thanks so much Card Patterns for the chance to be the guest designer this week!!

Stamps:  "Plus One" set by Lawn Fawn
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black
Papers:  DCWV (Linen Closet), Bazzill cardstock, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, button (Dollarama), Cuttlebug embossing folder, Spellbinders Nestabilties, Copic makers, Stickles
Sketch:  Card Patterns #119

Friday, June 10, 2011

It's fruity Friday again....

Hello and Happy Friday!  Today I'd like to share with you the last of the cards I made using my homemade strawberry embellishments (I promise this is the last one!!).

The reason I didn't share this card earlier is because I entered it in the Page Maps Anniversary card contest and guess what?......I was selected as the winner!  I love using Becky's sketches for both card making and scrapbooking so it was an honour to be selected.  The theme was "celebration" so I turned the card into a birthday card by adding some rub-ons to the front of the sentiment.  You can see my card as well as the winning layout featured in the June newsletter.

My tip of the day:  why not create a set of cards using the same supplies?  For this set of cards I had already made three of the felt strawberries and had everything else sitting on my desk so it was really easy to use everything at once to make a matching set of cards.  I definitely want to use this strategy more in the future and it's a great way to minimize scraps!!

As always, be sure to stop by the Unity blog for Friends with Flair Friday.  Have a great weekend!

(Excuse the green tinge on this card.  At the time I was photographing we had two weeks of rain and the lighting was awful so I had to adjust a bit and ended up with a bit of green around the edges)

Here's a look at the full set of three cards:

And another closeup (the double bow was created using my new found love---the Bow Easy):

Stamps: Jillibean Soup "Sweetest Day" Itty Bitty from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Palette Noir ink
Papers: Jillibean Soup, The Paper Company kraft cardstock, Bazzill cardstock,
Accessories: Spellbinders Nestabilities, craft felt, Stickles, Prima bling, Prima flower, Offray ribbon, Daisy D's Rub-on letters
Sketch:  PageMaps March 2011 sketch
Challenge:  Unity "Tooty Fruity" challenge

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Perfect Pair of challenges --- Lawnscaping meets Simon Says

I recently got a few sets of the fabulously fun Lawn Fawn stamps and popped on over the Lawnscaping Blog challenge to motivate me to get them inky.  This week's challenge (#11) was to create a  CAS (clean and simple) card. I also opted to use a fruit theme to play along with this week's Simon Says "Let's get fruity" blog challenge.

So for my card I simply stamped the image and sentiment onto white cardstock, coloured it (with my Copics) and mounted onto a die cut scalloped circle.  Then I took a plain piece of green cardstock, embossed it with a pear themed embossing folder and added a ribbon bow.  The card took me all of five minutes at the most to make....four of which were looking for cardstock and the embossing folder LOL!  I'm LOVING these quick and easy cards---I'll definitely be trying more in the future.

Stamps:  My Silly Valentine from Lawn Fawn
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Bazzill cardstock, K and Co. paper, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, Spellbinders Nestabilities die, Cuttlebug embossing folder

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Your Next Stamp shaped card challenge

Hello!  For those of you who follow or view my blog regulary, you know that I *love* to make shaped cards so this week's Your Next Stamp challenge to make a shaped card (no rectangles or squares) was really no challenge at all for me.

I used a round scalloped card base that I cut on my Mom's Cricut machine and then layered it with some patterned papers from the latest Basic Grey birthday collection.  The birthday Fhiona image was paper pieced and coloured with my Copic markers.  I "popped" the balloon part of the image with some dimensional adhesive and some twine from The Twinery.  To finish off the card I added some Stickles and cut some of the mini banners from the patterned paper.

Thanks for stopping by!  We'd love to see you participate in this week's challenge....you could even win a prize :)

Stamps:  Birthday Surprise Fhiona from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Georgia Pacific cardstock (base), Neenah cardstock (image), Basic Grey papers, Core'dinations cardstock
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, Stickles, twine from The Twinery, Cricut Card cartridge

Friday, June 3, 2011

'Tis not really the season but....

Hello and happy Friday!  I know technically it's not really "the season" (as the sentiment indicates) but I today I'd like to share with you the first creation I made for my guest designer stint at Your Next Stamp

This card illustrates that you don't need a huge collection of Copic markers to colour images.  For this card I only used a total of five Copic markers (one brown for the hair, one for the skin, one for the ice and two for the clothes).  Oops, make that six, I also used grey for the skate blades.  I chose purples to colour the clothing to match the non-traditional winter colours of the Cosmo Cricket "Mitten Weather" collection papers.

Be sure to stop by next week for another YNS card I created for the biweekly challenge.  You can play along to win some great prizes :)

Stamps:  Skating Fun Fhiona from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Neenah cardstock, Cosmo Cricket patterned papers
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, button, Copic markers, Spellbinders die, Quickutz die (bracket shape that holds image), SRM Sticker sentiment, Stickles

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Welcoming in June with Your Next Stamp

It's June 1st and I'm happy to announce that I'm the Guest Designer this month for Your Next Stamp.  I'll be sharing creations all month long, joining in on the YNS Challenges AND wrapping up with some creations using the NEW RELEASES.  You don't want to miss it :)

See you soon with some YNS creations and in the mean time stop by the YNS blog for lots of great projects.