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