Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January Sketch For You To Try -- Pure Innocence style

Wow, talk about squeezing in a card just before the deadline for January's Sketch for You To Try (SFYTT).  I stayed pretty true to the sketch for this one and used one of my all time favourite Pure Innocence stamps with some Crate Papers.  I've been on a bit of a sewing kick lately so I added some stitching around the outside edges ---- I didn't realize until photographing that they're a tad uneven on the left side.....*sigh*.

Stamps: Pure Innocence "Being Cute is What I Do" from My Favorite Things, Pure Innocence Apple for You (sentiment) from My Favorite Things
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Jenni Bowlin textured cardstock, Crate Paper
Accessories:  Copic markers, Prima flower, Fiskars tag punch, Fiskars border punch, twill ribbon, Spellbinders die
Sketch:  January 2012 SFYTT

Monday, January 30, 2012

There is always something for which to be thankful....

Good morning! I managed to squeeze in a tiny bit of crafting time this weekend and decided to get my new Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month (KOTM) stamps inky and at the same time dig in to some of my new 6 x 6" pads (this one is from My Mind's Eye).  I *LOVE* this house image and it seemed like a perfect image to use for the January sketch on the Unity Blog.  (I did shift my image a tad to the right so that my "sun" part of the paper showed).

I thought this sentiment from the September 2011 KOTM was perfect with the image--especially if you read all the little words in the house.  I added a little heart to my house to match the one in the chimney.  I added a bit of texture to the card by popping the house image with foam tape, a small strip of embossed paper and then stitched around the whole outside of the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  January 2012 Kit of the Month (House image) from Unity Stamp Co., September 2011 Kit of the Month (Sentiment) from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink:  Palette Noir
Papers:  My Mind's Eye Kraft Funday papers, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories:  Baker's twine, Prima rhinestone, Fiskars border punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Celebrate with WOW!

Hello!  It's CHA time again, and that means that WOW! Embossing is making it's big debut.  If you happen to be one of the lucky ones attending, be sure to stop by booth 2700 and check out all the projects using these awesome new products.

In honour of WOW's CHA debut, I'd love to share a card I made using only a piece of white cardstock, Distress Inks, die cuts and WOW embossing powders.

To create the card base I took a piece of plain white 110 lb cardstock, stamped the image twice with Versamark ink and heat embossed with some gold WOW! Embossing powder.  Then I took a Ranger Ink applicator sponge and applied two tones of blue Distress Ink all over the image leaving some of the white to show through.  I also added a bit of brown distress ink around the edges to give it a vintage look. 

In this close up shot you can see how much shine and dimension the embossing powder adds to the card and frame.  I used the regular gold powder on the background of the card and the ultra high on the frame to give it more dimension and lustre.

To create the postage stamp panel, I die cut the frame (from Sizzix) and then heat embossed with more gold powder.  The center of the frame was created the same way as the background but I applied more blue ink to the outside edges to make it stand out.

Stamps:  Call me set from WOW Embossing Powders (available after CHA)
WOW Embossing Powders: Rich gold (pale), Rich gold (Ultra High)
Ink:  Versamark for embossing, Ranger Distress Ink for background (Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Vintage Photo)
Papers:  Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Accessories:  Dienamics postal edge border (from MFT), Offray ribbon, Sizzix postage edge frame, SRM Sticker sentiment

Friday, January 27, 2012

Time for another YNS Fun Friday!

Hello and Happy Fun Friday!!  Be sure to stop on over to the Your Next Stamp blog for some more inspiration and Friday tips from the design team.  For my card today I used Yippee Fhiona to create a spring inspired card. 

My tip for the day is to try stamping your image in a lighter coloured ink.  For my card I used Memento Desert Sand (beige).  When you colour the image it gives it the appearance that you hand painted it.  I've been wanting to try this technique for a while and I'm quite happy with the way it turned out.  Because I was cutting out my image to add some dimension, I added some grey shadow around the outside. 

Just for stopping by my blog today, I also have not one but TWO bonus tips for you:

Tip 1:  Think outside the box when it comes to using ribbons and trims.  For my card, I used some green ruffled ribbon to create "grass".  I've done the same in the past with white ribbon for snow.  It's a great way to use up your ribbon stash for something other than a bow.

Tip 2:  Let your patterned paper do the work for you.  As you can see the main panel (green) of my card is only one layer.  I chose a part of the paper with a floral scroll and used it in my design. 

Well, that's all for today, thanks as aways for stopping by!

Stamp: Yippee Fhiona from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Desert Sand
Papers:  K and Company, Copic XPress It cardstock
Accessories:  twine from The Twinery, Copic Markers, Prima rhinestone and flower, ruffled ribbon, Dienamics scalloped edged die, Making Memories letter stickers

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Stamp giveaway on the Purple Onion Blog!

Just a quick note to let you know that Michele has a stamp giveaway going on over at the POD blog.  So pop on over and leave a comment for your chance to win some stamps.  See you soon with a new card.

Monday, January 23, 2012

A pencil and a dream....

Good morning!  Here's a school themed card that I created for last week's MFT Wednesday sketch challenge (MFTWSC54). 

And I'm on a role for finishing the insides of my cards.  For this one I stamped the image in navy ink and then the sentiment over top in red with a few scraps of paper across the bottom.

Stamps: A la Mode “Talk Nerdy to me” Set from My Favorite Things
Papers: October Afternoon patterned paper, Neenah cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Ruffled ribbon (Etsy), wood button, Martha Stewart baker’s twine, Copic markers, Fiskars border punch
Sketch: MFTWSC54

Friday, January 20, 2012

Eat cake!

Hello and Happy Friday!  I finally got around to inking up one of my new Stephanie Ackerman neighbourhood stamps.  The bakery stamp, with it's cute striped awning, is just perfect for a birthday card.  I used a red and brown theme for my design and added a strip of cupcake paper across the bottom to add to the birthday theme.

I even finished the inside by stamping the bakery in brown ink and then the remaining two sentiments from the set in red ink.  I'm definitely going to try to finish my cards inside and out more often as it's very easy when you already have the scraps and stamps on your desk!

Stamps:  Stephanie Ackerman's Bakery set from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Ranger Distress Ink (Festive Berries)
Papers:  My Mind's Eye, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, Martha Stewart baker's twine, Copic Markers, button, Spellbinder's Dies, Dienamics scalloped die

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

WOW Wednesday

Today I’d like to share with you a heat embossed card that I created using a gradient technique and four different colours of WOW Earthtone embossing powders

To create the embossed panel I stamped the floral background in Versamark ink onto some white cardstock.  Then I applied the embossing powders one colour at a time to the stamped image before heat embossing (I applied all the powder and then heated at the end).

To apply the powder for the gradient look, I tried two different techniques. First I tried masked the image with scrap paper and applied each powder one at a time. This technique worked fine but I found that the paper mask caused some of the embossing ink to be removed from the paper resulting in uneven coating. Then I tried just holding the stamped image at an angle over some scrap paper and pouring the powder onto the image one colour at a time (dumping the colour back into the container after each colour). This method ended up being much more efficient with minimal mixing of the colours.

I applied some distress ink to the outside of the embossed image to add some definition to the panel and then I simply matted onto a piece of scalloped cardstock, added some ribbon and a button, and adhered embossed cardstock base

Stamps:  Flowers backgrounder from WOW! (available after winter CHA)
Wow! Embossing Powders:  Suzy West Earthtones: Paprika, Honey, Olive and Nutmeg
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink (Vintage Photo), Versamark
Papers:  DCVW cardstock, Georgia Pacific white cardstock, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories:  Basic Grey button, SRM Sentiment Sticker, Spellbinder's Nestabilities die, Cuttlebug embossing powder, gold ribbon bow (recycled from a Christmas gift basket)

Friday, January 13, 2012

It's YNS Fun Friday!

Hello and Happy Friday!  Today I have a fun Valentine's Day card to share with you.  And speaking of fun, did you know that there is a new feature for 2012 over on the Your Next Stamp blog?  It's call Fun Fridays---Karen will be sharing some design team creations, tips and tutorials.  So be sure to stop by each Friday to learn something new.

Also, just a reminder that you have until Monday to participate in the YNS release blog hop for your chance to win one of the new Jenny Suchin stamp sets like the one featured in this card (click on release blog hop link to go to my post).

And now for my card.  I used the new Basket Animals set and put two little bears in the basket.  The background was embossed with a Sizzix heart themed embossing folder and lightly sanded.  To play along with this week's Lily Pad card challenge, I added chipboard frame around my image as well as a chipboard heart.  I combined challenges with this week's Simon Says challenge and added some striped gathered ribbon and the dots around the chipboard frame.
Have a great weekend!

Stamps: Basket Animals from Your  Next Stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Ink (Festive Berries)
Papers:  Kelly Panacci K and Co. Valentine's paper, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Kelly Panacci Kelly Panacci K and Co. Valentine's chipboard accents and die cuts, twine from The Twinery, Sizzix embossing folder, ruffled ribbon (Etsy), Fiskars border punch
Challenges:  Lily Pad chipboard challenge, Simon Says spots and stripes

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hop, hop, hopping with Jenny Suchin's new YNS stamps!!

Good morning and welcome to the Your Next Stamp's January release blog hop!!  You should have arrived from Maylee's blog.  (If not, there is a full list of today's posters at the bottom of my post.)

As I mentioned earlier this week, the talented Jenny Suchin has created some super cute new stamps for YNS.  Today I'm showing you an Easter tag that I created using the bunny image from the Basket Animals set.  I wanted to show you how you can cut out the little critters to use with other images or even add to embellishments (for example you could add to the center of a button or other die cuts). 

For my tag I stamped out the Easter sentiment and Fancy Frame tag onto some patterned paper and then cut it out.  To add an element of cute, I stamped and cut out three bunny images to attach to the top of the frame.  The rest of the tag was just layers of scrap paper strips and I added some twine, pom pom trim and a nice big bow at the top.

So how you like a chance to win YOUR CHOICE of one of Jenny's new stamp sets?  Well it's easy---all you need to do is leave a comment on the design team blogs along the way.  One of today's posters is the secret blogger and one lucky person who comments on their blog will win!!  So the more you comment, the greater your chance to win.

Oh and what's a hop without a sale?  To receive 15% off your entire YNS order, just enter YNSJAN2012 at checkout!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now it's time to hop on over to Dana's blog.

Stamps:  Jenny Suchin's Basket Animals (bunnies) from Your Next Stamp, Fancy Frame Stamp (frame and sentiment) and Die Combo from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Palette Fuchsia, Palette Noir, Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: The Girls Paperie, Neenah cardstock
Accessories: button, twine from the Twinery, Offray ribbon, Copic Markers, Stickles, Maya Road trim, Avery mailing tag

In case you got lost along the way, here's a list of all today's posters:
Jenny S. – http://suchins.blogspot.com
Peggy- http://cardcrazy.wordpress.com
Kerri – http://cardsbykerri.blogspot.com
Maylee – http://mayleescreativecorner.blogspot.com {YNS Guest}
Jen R. – http://www.tennisgirl27.blogspot.com
Dana – http://gotjoycreations.blogspot.com
Carole – http://motherslittlehelper.typepad.com
Jenny P. – http://mylittlestampinspot.blogspot.com
Amy – http://inkaboutme.blogspot.com
Jen D. – http://iheart2stamp.com
Diana – http://doodledeedesigns.blogspot.com
Maureen – http://mycasestudies.blogspot.com
Veronica – http://lk2thestarz.blogspot.com {YNS Guest}
Karen – http://yournextstamp.blogspot.com

Monday, January 9, 2012

One dino-mite birthday card

Good morning!  One of my crafty goals this year is to take out all of the stamps in my "to use" pile (and trust me, it's a BIG pile LOL!) and actually use them AND to participate in more stamping challenges around the web.  So this card is a 2 for 1.....I finally inked up my unloved "Little Loveosaurus" from My Favorite Things and I used this week's MFT sketch for inspiration.

The two circles on the sketch threw me off at first and I struggled a tiny bit to get the patterns to work together, but all in all I do like the clean lines and uncluttered look that I ended up with.  AND, you can actually mail this card in a regular envelope (unlike some most of my other creations hee hee).  By the way, I just realized AFTER I took the photo that the button needs to move a bit to the left (which I did) but I was too lazy to take another picture :)

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps: Claire Keay Little Loveosaurus set from My Favorite Things
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: My Mind's Eye, Neenah cardstock, Basic Grey
Accessories: twine from the Twinery, button, Copic Markers
Sketch: MFTWSC53

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Pssssttt.....make Your Next Stamp a set from Jenny Suchin

I have a really cool little sneak peek to share with you today! 

Next week at Your Next Stamp, there is going to be an awesome new release of stamps designed by the talented Jenny Suchin.    Today I'm sharing a card I made using the new basket animals set---the set comes with an empty balloon basket, a number of cute little animals that you can add to the basket and a few sentiments----super CUTE

For my card I used some papers from the Simple Stories birthday line and as you can see in the second photo, I added some glossy accents to the balloons to make them look realistic.

Please pop by on January 11th, 2012 for the release blog hop where you can see all the new sets and of course you can win one of the great new sets.

Stamps:  Jenny Suchin Basket Animals from Your Next Stamp (Available January 11th, 2012)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Simple Stories, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Copic markers, twine from the Twinery, twill ribbon, glossy accents, Basic Grey button, Fiskars border punch

Friday, January 6, 2012

WOW, I actually SCRAPPED!!

Happy Friday!!  Today I'm sharing a layout (yes shocking I know....an actual LAYOUT hee hee!!) that I created for my first assignment using WOW embossing powders (debuting at CHA later this month).  The wood grain background was created using Suzy West Earthtone Pepper powder, Versamark ink and a Crafter's Workshop 12 x 12 template.  I also added some gold accents to my chipboard letters and accents by embossing.

You can see more close ups of my layout and the details on how I created it on the WOW blog today.  Oh, and don't forget to check out the WOW Facebook page for your chance to win some free product :)

Papers: The Paper Company (kraft) cardstock, Bazzill scalloped edge cardstock, My Mind's Eye (woodgrain) patterned paper
WOW Embossing Powders: Suzy West Earthtone Pepper, Metallic Rich Gold
Ink: Versamark, Ranger Distress Ink (Vintage Photo), Maya Road Espresso brown mist spray (Maya Mist)
Accessories: The Crafter's Workshop Woodgrain 12 x 12 stencil, silver metal star shaped brads, Pink Paislee letter stickers, Heidi Swapp chipboard letters, Colorbok chipboard star and journalling block, grosgrain ribbon, Making Memories brads

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My favourite projects from 2011

The past week, I've been inspired by everyone's "best of 2011" posts in blogland and I've decided to do my own.  I've picked one of my favourite project from each month of 2011 to share with you. 
January 2011- A simple paper pieced creation using Unity Stamps and white stamping on kraft paper:

February - A cute little valentine card using a Penny Black stamp:

March - An Irish Princess card for St. Patrick's Day using stamps from My Cute Stamps:

April - A woody-themed card using stamps from Paper Smooches:

May - One of a set of three strawberry themed cards I made using stamps from Unity Stamp Co. and papers from Jillibean Soup:

June - A clean and simple card using stamps from Lawn Fawn:

July - July was not a very productive month as I moved in June but I did like this card I created using stamps and dies from My Favorite Things

August - For August it was hard to pick just one card so I'm going to cheat and show you two (both using Purple Onion Designs stamps).  The second beach card is probably one of my favourite cards I've EVER made (even though it took me a long time to come up with the finished design)

September - A holiday card using stamps from Paper Smooches:

October - A shaped card using my favourite Your Next Stamp stamp from 2011:

November - A Christmas card using a digital poinsettia stamp from the newly launched Cornish Heritage Farms:

December - Wow, this was a tough month to pick a favourite, as I posted a LOT of projects.  I picked this snowman Christmas tree ornament that I made using a wood shape from the craft store and stamps from Purple Onion Designs:

I hope you enjoyed my look back at 2011 and I hope to continue to inspire you this year --- here's to 2012!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Warm Winter Wishes

Brrrrrr!!! It's a c-c-c-c-cold one out there in Ontario today, so I'm going to send you some warm winter wishes.

I created the kraft background for the card base by embossing with a snowflake themed Cuttlebug folder and then added some white pigment ink and white paint to the top surface.  For the rose coloured panel, I took a piece of white cardstock, embossed it and then sponged some Ranger Distress Inks around the outside.  After the ink dried I also added some white paint to make the snowflakes stand out.

The image is from the recent release of Stephanie Ackerman's Winter Kids collection.  I coloured the "Ginger" image with my Copics and then created a little flag for her using a sentiment from the snowman framed doodle set.  To finish off the card I added some ribbon and baker's twine and a few snowflake buttons.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Stamps: Stephanie Ackerman's "Ginger" stamp from Purple Onion Designs, Snowman Framed Doodle (Sentiment) from Purple Onion Designs)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Joann Essentials white pigment ink, Ranger Distress Ink (Victorian Velvet)
Papers: Neenah cardstock, kraft cardstock
Accessories:  Making Memories white paint, Cuttlebug embossing folder, ruffled ribbon, snowflake button, Offray ribbon, Copic Markers, Prima pearls, twine from the Twinery

Monday, January 2, 2012

And the Growing in Unity Winner is.....

And the winner of the free Unity Stamp set from my GIU week is........Blogger

joetterer  who said...

Looks great in black & white!

28 December, 2011 10:51 PM

Please e-mail me so I can let you know the details regarding your prize :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Welcoming in 2012 with a WOW announcement....

Hello and Happy New Year!!  To start off 2012, I have some exciting news to share.  I've joined the design team of a brand new (to the U.S.) company that specializes in embossing powders....it's called WOW! Embossing Powders.  They will be making their U.S. debut at the upcoming winter CHA show.

This photo is a little sneak peek of some of the products and let me tell you they are AWESOME!! 

We'd love for you to stop by the WOW (U.S) blog here and join us on the WOW (U.S) Facebook page here.  You just never know when you might have a chance to win some of these new goodies *wink wink ---- click on link*.

Stop on over to meet the entire design team on the WOW blog and I can't wait to show you some of my creations :)