Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WOW! Wednesday. Yep it's another layout!

Hello!  Today I have a layout to share with you.  It's really nice to get back into scrapping again and I'm looking forward to catching up with the past 2 years of my daughter's photos. Only a few more hundred thousand layouts to go LOL!!

For my layout I created the background using a piece of kraft cardstock, a plastic 12 x 12 stencil, all of the colours from the WOW! Embossing Candy Counter collection and some white spray ink.  I used some white baking doilies as accents and embellished with some stamped butterflies and Prima flowers.

Since my photos were full of bright colours, I decided to create a rainbow background with my embossing powders.  I used the hexagon stencil and applied some Versamark ink to get my pattern onto the cardstock.  Then I applied all of my embossing powder colours one at a time.  After all of the embossing was complete I sprayed the paper with some Mr. Huey white spray ink so that some of the white of the doilies was pulled into the background.

Here is a close up of the top of the layout.  I simply attached a half a doily and then created a little cluster of embellishments.  As you can see I added some colour to my stamped images using some Stickles and Copic markers.

This close up shows the nice shine that the embossing powder adds to the base of the layout.


I used some felt Thickers to add even more texture and my beloved mini alphabet stickers.  I think I have hoarded enough of these to last for several years LOL!

Stamps: Build a Butterfly set from WOW! Embossing
Ink:  Versamark (for embossing), Palette Noir, Palette Fuchsia
WOW! embossing powders (Candy Counter collection):  Suzy West Cotton Candy (blue), Suzy West Whirly Pop (dark pink), Suzy West Sour Lemon (yellow), Suzy West Berrylicious (purple), Suzy West Bubblegum (pink), Suzy West Gummy Bear (Green)
Papers:  The Paper Company cardstock, Georgia Pacific cardstock, Coredinations cardstock
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Stickles, Making Memories stickers, Baker's twine from the Twinery, KI Memories word stickers, Prima Flowers, Wilton doily, Paula Deen doily, Crafters workshop stencil template (Punchinella), American Crafts felt Thickers, mailing tag, Mr. Huey white ink spray

Monday, February 27, 2012

MFT Monday

Today I'm sharing a clean and simple card that I made for one of the My Favorite Things weekly Wednesday sketches (#55) over on Splitcoaststampers.

I pulled out some of my newer October Afternoon papers and chose to go with a teal, beige and grey colour palette.  I added some grey pearls (tinted with my Copic Markers) to the center of each of the beige felt rolled roses and added twill ribbon and a bow to embellish the card.

Stamp and Die set:  Framed Greetings and die set from My Favorite Things
Ink:  Versafine Smoky Grey
Papers:  October Afternoon, Making Memories
Accessories:  Rolled rose dies from My Favorite Things, craft felt, Prima pearls (tinted with Copic marker), Fiskars border punch, twill ribbon
Sketch:  MFTWSC55

Sunday, February 26, 2012

A WOW! wedding congratulations

Hi!  Today I'm sharing an elegant congratulations card I created using some heat embossing and some dry embossing.  I envisioned this being a wedding congratulations so, when designing my card, I used lots of pearls and elegant looking embellishments.

I took some vintage looking papers and heat embossed the postage edge image with WOW! Earthtone Pepper powder.  Then I embossed a Maya Road chipboard cameo with WOW! Bubblegum and Earthtone Pepper powders.  The card base was embossed with a demask Cuttlebug embossing folder.

And here's a close up of the embossed cameo chipboard.  As you can see after embossing the oval with pink WOW! I inked the edges and stamped on it with Staz On ink with the script stamp from the Call Me set.  I also added a few pearls to accent the silhouette image.  A few pearl pins, some fancy trim and a few flowers and elegant congratulations card.

Stamps:  Call me set from WOW Embossing (postage edge script)
Ink:  Versamark (for embossing), Ranger Vintage Photo, Staz On Timber Brown
WOW! Embossing colours:  Candy Counter Collection - Bubblegum (pink),
The Pantry Collection – Pepper (brown)
Papers:  Making Memories, Basic Grey
Accessories:  Maya Road chipboard cameo, Maya Road flower trim, brown twill trim, Maya Road pearl pins, Prima pearls, Copic markers (tinting pearls), Prima flowers, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Fiskars scalloped edge punch, Wilton lace doily, SRM sentiment sticker

Friday, February 24, 2012

Riding by to say hi and a YNS Fun Friday tip

Hello and happy Friday!!  As this post goes live today we're supposed to be getting the snow storm of the winter in Ontario so I thought it would be great to share a nice cheery spring card.  I coloured Fhiona Riding a Bike from Your Next Stamp using some nice bright shades of purple and pink and matched her up with some papers from Jillibean Soup.

As you can see I added a nice trail of bling behind her to give the feeling of movement to my card.  The bling swirl was actually a left over piece that I had trimmed to use on a different item.

Which brings me to my tip of the day:  Keep a small dish or container on your desk for all your little bits and pieces of embellishments.  I had to cut this small piece off of one of my bling swirls to make it work with the other project and I was left with two small curls.  I dug through my rummage bin on my desk and thought they would be perfect with my card.

As a related tip:  Don't be afraid to cut apart your embellishments or items to use as you need them.  A half a doily or a strip off some bling swirls might be just perfect for your project and you can use up the rest of it at a later time.

Be sure to stop by the YNS blog today for some more Friday tips AND there are still plenty of awesome deals in the YNS bargain bin.

Stamp:  Fhiona Riding Her Bike from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Papers:  Jillibean Soup, Neenah cardstock, Basic Grey
Accessories:  Prima bling swirl, Fiskars border punch, Doodlebug rub on letters, Stickles
Copic colours
Skin:  E00, E93
Hair:  E37, E97, E49
Clothes/Helmet: BG05, E43,V04, RV66
Bike/other:  YG17, R29, C5, R43,B000, E33

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Vintage style WOW!

I have a vintage dress form card posted over on the WOW! Blog today.  Head on over and check out all the details on how I incorporated heat embossing into my design.

Stamps: Call me set from WOW Embossing (postage edge script)
Ink: Versamark (for embossing), Ranger Distress Ink Vintage Photo
WOW! Embossing colours: Candy Counter collection – Cotton Candy (blue)
Papers: Making Memories, Basic Grey, Georgia Pacific white cardstock Accessories: May Arts ribbon, Prima flower, Maya Road brown ink spray (to colour chipboard), Maya Road Chipboard dress form, Micheals ribbon, brown button, sewing machine, Cuttlebug polka dot embossing folder, Dienamics scalloped edge die from MFT

Monday, February 20, 2012

An egg-citing start to the week

Hello and Happy Family Day to my friends in Ontario!  Today I have a short and sweet post for you.  I'd like to share an early Easter card I made this weekend, and let you know about a great sale at Purple Onion Designs.

See that Easter Chick (Cracked Egg Chick) on my card?  Well, Michele has an awesome sale going on right new where you can get that stamp and two of the other Stephanie Ackerman Easter stamps for $8.50 for all THREE (regular price is $6 each!!).  The other two in the set are super cute so check them out :)

Stamps: Stephanie Ackerman - Cracked Egg - Chick from Purple Onion Designs, Easter Noteblock from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Adirondack Pink Sorbet, Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers:  Bazzill cardstock, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Ribbon, Copic Markers, white gel pen, button, Crafts Too floral embossing folder, button, Fiskars scalloped edge punch

Friday, February 17, 2012

Bellarific Friday with my Uptown Girl Claudia

Hello!  Here's a card I created a few weeks ago for Bellarific Friday.  I used my favourite Uptown Girl stamp and some papers from Echo Park.  What I like the best about this stamp is that you can use it for a number of occasions depending on how you colour and embellish her.  I added a little "make a wish" sentiment to her lollipop to make a birthday card.

I added lots of texture to my card using an embossing folder and I added some pearl accents around the outside of the frame with my new love----Viva Decor pearl paint pens :)

Stamp: Uptown Girl - Claudia Has a Candy from Stamping Bella
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Echo Park, Neenah cardstock Accessories: Baker's Twine (the Twinery), Sizzix die, Copic Markers, Prismacolor pencils, Stickles, SRM Sticker, embossing folder, Offray ribbon, Prima pearl, Viva decor pearl paint

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Thanks CPS for two weeks of crafting inspiration!

Well, I did it!  I finished all 15 of the CPS Anniversary sketches!  Thank you CPS for two weeks of inspired creativity and now my card stash has been replenished!  So here are the last two cards for the challenges.

This first card was based on the sketch from Day 13.  I had a bit of fun with this one and created my old little apple feltie using stamps from Paper Smooches.  I stamped the apple image with Palette Noir ink onto some regular craft felt (e.g. the cheap stuff LOL!), cut out and pieced together.  I kept with an apple theme on the card and used a Lifestyle Crafts/Quickutz embossing folder for the background and some school themed papers from October Afternoon.  One day, hopefully soon, I'll learn how to sew in straight lines LOL!

Stamps:  Falling for You set (apple) from Paper Smooches, Vegtastic (sentiment) from Paper Smooches
Ink:  Palette Noir
Papers:  DCWV cardstock, October Afternoon papers, Bazzill cardstock
Accessories:  Craft felt, twine from The Twinery, Lifestyle Crafts/Quickutz embossing folder, Spellbinder's die, Fiskars tag punch, red brad
Sketch:  CPS Anniversary Sketch Day # 13 (CPS # 121)

This second card was created using the sketch from Day 4. I flipped the sketch upside down and shifted one of the elements a bit so that my shamrock embellishment didn't hide the Noteblock image.  I kept the colours simple (kraft and green) and added a pre-made shamrock embellishment and some green twine to the card.

Stamps: St. Patrick's Day Noteblock from Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Adirodack Meadow
Paper: Bazzill cardstock
Accessories: twine from The Twinery, Cuttlebug embossing folder, felt shamrock (Darice), Wood button
Sketch: CPS Anniversary Sketch Day 4 (CPS # 220 ), Spellbinders scalloped rectangle die

Make a wish.....

Happy Valentine's Day!  I'm totally tapped out on love cards to share today but I do still have a few creations that were made with love hee hee.

I was recently ohhh'ing and ahhhh'ing over my Mom's new Cricut cartridge so she cut out a whole bunch of black silhouette images for me to use (from the A Child's Year cartridge)---thanks Mom!.  For this card I used the fairy image and made it into a birthday card. 

The card layout is based on the CPS Anniversary sketch for Day 15, but instead of the square panel I substituted with the round doily.  I originally tried using just the pink paper on it's own but it needed a little something to pull in the dark colour from the die cut, so I stamped the background paper with the vintage music backgrounder from Purple Onion Designs in black ink and then matted onto some black and white polka dot paper to pull the whole design together.

I can't wait to use more of these super cute die cuts on future cards.  Thanks as always for stopping by!

Stamps: Early 1900s music backgrounder from Purple Onion Designs
Ink: Palette Noir
Papers: Kaisercraft, Making Memories, black cardstock (Michaels)
Accessories: SRM Sticker sentiment, Dienamics scalloped edge die and ribbon die, button, Offray ribbon, Wilton doily, Cricut silhouette image

Monday, February 13, 2012

Some Jane's Doodles creations

So I'm going to warn you up front, the two cards in this post totally clash but I wanted to show you the new Jane's Doodle stamps that I received in the mail this week and to check two more of the CPS Anniversary sketches off my list of posts (only a few more to go!) :)

My first card is for CPS Anniversary sketch Day #9.  I used some papers from Recollections and My Mind's Eye for this paper pieced creation.  How cute is that little snail?

Stamps: Garden Friends set from Jane's Doodles
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers: My Mind's Eye, Recollections, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Accessories:  Prima pearls, Copic markers, twine from The Twinery, Fiskars border punch
Sketch:  CPS Anniversary Sketch Day #9 (CPS Sketch #5)

And for my second card---CPS Anniversary sketch Day #10.  Oh my, this sketch literally took away every ounce of mojo I had left!  All of the panels in the sketch were so tricky to figure out that I ended up looking at other people's creations to get some ideas for my own card LOL!  All in all, I'm actually really happy with how it turned out but it wasn't easy.

Stamps:  Garden Friends set from Jane's Doodles
Ink:  Palette Noir
Papers: K and Co, My Mind's Eye, The Paper Company, Echo Park
Accessories:  Cuttlebug embossing folder, wood button, Spellbinder's die, Copic markers
Sketch:  CPS Anniversary sketch Day #10 (CPS # 26)

Happy birthday from Jack and Suzy

I'm in the home stretch to completing all 15 of the Card Position Systems anniversary celebration sketches---so bear with me for a few more posts LOL!.  It has been a fun and productive couple of weeks and I totally enjoy using their sketches as a jumping off point.  So on to today's card....

Jack and Suzy would like to say happy birthday.  These are two of the seasonal "kid" images that Stephanie Ackerman created for Purple Onion Designs.  I used the autumn kids and just cut them out (the original images have them standing in some pumpkins).  It's a great way to get more use out of your stamps!  If you look closely you'll see that I added a piece of die cut denim (scallops) across the image panel to match the kid's denim outfits. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Autumn Jack and Autumn Suzy from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Echo Park
Accessories:  SRM Sticker, denim fabric, Dienamics scalloped edge die, twill ribbon, Copic markers
Sketch:  CPS Anniversary Sketches Day #14 (CPS # 45)

I miss you and a jar full of thanks

Good morning and welcome to the start of a new week!  Today I have a few more cards I created from my scrap bin and my December 2011 Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month (KOTM).  The layout of both cards were based on two more of the CPS Anniversary sketches (Day 11 and Day 12).

For this first card I made my own sentiment by selectively inking parts of one of the stamps from the kit.  I lined it up using an acrylic block with grids and used the bottom of the panel as my guide.  The original sentiment said "I miss seeing you." but as you can see I edited out the seeing part for my card.  The papers are all from October Afternoon---I love the grey and blue tones of that collection.  I flipped the inspiration sketch for this card.

Supplies (chair):
Stamps: December 2011 Kit of the Month from Unity Stamp Co (chair and sentiment)
Papers: October Afternoon, Bazzill cardstock, Coredinations cardstock
Ink: Versafine Smoky Grey
Accessories: Offray ribbon, Prima flower, Dienamics scalloped edge die, Fiskars scalloped edge punch
Sketch: CPS Anniversary Sketches Day 11 (CPS # 170)

For this second card I used the jar image and filled it with some pink branches from an older KOTM.  It's a bit hard to tell from the photo but I added a bit of Stickles to the branches to give then some shimmer.  For this card I used scraps from Crate Paper and My Mind's Eye papers. 

Supplies (jar):
Stamps:  December 2011 Kit of the Month (jar with sentiment) from Unity Stamp Co., August 2011 Kit of the Month (branches in jar)
Papers:  Crate Paper, My Mind's Eye, Neenah cardstock
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Ranger Distress Ink Spun Sugar
Accessories:  Wilton Doily, Offray ribbon, Prima flower
Sketch:  CPS Anniversary Day # 12 (CPS # 118)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Ippity "LOVE" challenge and a CPS sketch

Today I'm showing you a card I created for last week's Ippity (by Unity Stamps) release party challenge---there are some super cute new stamps released that I'd love to get my hands on.  The challenge was to create a "L.O.V.E" card; with each letter standing for something on your card.

So here's my take:  L for is for lavendar (my colour palette), O for is for oblong rectangle/one bow, V is for vintage (the style of my card), and E is for embossing (I used an embossing folder on the bottom part of the card.

The design of my card was using CPS Anniversary sketch Day 7.
Stamps:  January 2012 Kit of the Month (butterflies) from Unity Stamp Co., November 2010 Kit of the Month (sentiment) from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink, Pallette Noir
Papers:  Bazzill cardstock, Basic Grey, Coredinations cardstock
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, paper clip, Tim Holtz embossing folder
Sketch:  CPS Anniversary sketches Day 7 (CPS # 242)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

One more set of quick and easy Valentine's Day cards

Hello!  Here's the last of my quick and easy Valentine's Day cards that I whipped up last weekend.  For this set I also kept the design simple and also used up some really old papers from my basket full of slabs (circa 2000!).

For these cards I stamped this super cute bumble bee image from Purple Onion designs, coloured, cut out and matted onto a scalloped circle.  I stamped some patterns onto the large die cut heart in pink ink and printed out the sentiments using a fun font (SNF Goody) .  Finally I added a baker's twine bow. 

I hope these cards give you some inspiration in case you need some last minute Valentines.

Stamps:  Stephanie Ackerman's "Love Bugs" set from Purple Onion designs, Heidi Grace Kress swiss dots backgrounder stamp from Purple Onion Designs, Heidi Grace Kress Candy Strip background from Purple Onion Designs, Sweetheart words from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Provocraft, Neenah cardstock, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Accessories:  Wilton baker's twine, Spellbinder's scalloped circle die, Lifestyle Crafts/Quickutz heart die, Copic Markers, Computer font (SNF Goody)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Nutty for you

I'm on a role today in the creative department LOL!  Here's another card I created for this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge.  To see the inspiration photo check out the PS Sparks blog.

I had so much fun playing around for this card.  I wanted to try stamping and colouring on some canvas fabric (to mimic the look in the inspiration photo) with my Copics and boy, I LOVE how it turned out!  I stamped the image in Palette Noir black ink and then lightly coloured with my Copics.  I was surprised at how easy it was to use Copics with little to no bleeding.  I even was able to add a bit of shadowing at the bottom of the image and by adding a darker shade to parts of the image.

I die cut the image into an oval shape and sewed it onto a brown felt scalloped die cut using some embroidery floss.  I added a twine bow and just adhered it to a piece of wood grain paper.

Stamps:  Falling for You set from Paper Smooches
Ink: Palette Noir
Paper: Cosmo Cricket
Accessories:  brown felt, twine, embroidery floss, button, Copic markers, canvas fabric

A SPARKS Valentine and a sketch

This week's Paper Smooches sparks challenge put me in the Valentine's Day mood and I pulled out one of my very first sets of Paper Smooches stamps and some scraps on my desk to create this card.  I was inspired by the large heart in the inspiration photo (see PS blog for photo).

For the card layout I used one of the CPS anniversary sketches (Day 8)

Stamps:  Falling for You set from Paper Smooches
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  K and Company, Provocraft, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Copic markers, twine from The Twinery, button, Cuttlebug embossing folder (dots), Sizzix embossing folder (hearts),  Fiskars border punch, Lifestyle Crafts/Quickutz die cut heart, Dienamics die (for sentiment), computer font (SNF Goody)
Sketch:  CPS Anniversary sketch Day 8 (CPS # 102 )

Some quick and easy Valentine's on YNS Fun Friday

Hello and Happy Friday!  Today I'm sharing some quick and easy Valentine's cards that I created for my daughter's party at preschool.  The full instructions with measurements can be found at the bottom of the post in case you would like to whip up some yourself.

Tip:  Making your own cards is a great way to use up some of your older items.  For these cards I used some papers from a slab that I bought when I first started scrapbooking way back in the early 2000s (yes, it's time to purge LOL!!).  You could also use up your scraps and create a bunch of different cards with the same overall design.

Tip:  The key to mass producing cards is keeping them simple and do them assembly line style.  To add more interest to my card I added some embossing which is quick to do, but adds a lot more than just using the plain paper (because I was using thin paper I was able to emboss FOUR sheets at a time !)

One other thing I had to keep in mind when I made these was the age group.  I didn't want to add too many embellishments or anything that a young child peel off and choke on (e.g. no buttons!)

Stop on over to the YNS Blog today to see some other YNS Fun Friday tips from the Design Team.

1.  Stamp cupcake image onto white cardstock, colour with Copics and cut into circle (I used a circle punch).  Mat onto red scalloped circle.
2.  Cut piece of white cardstock to 4 1/2" x 3 1/2".
3.  Cut piece of pink paper 4 1/4" x 3 1/4", emboss with heart themed embossing folder and mat onto white cardstock.
4.  Cut 1" x 3 1/2" strip of floral paper and adhere across card.
5.  Print (or stamp) sentiment onto white cardstock and cut out.
6.  Adhere sentiment banner and stamped image to card.  Embellish with ribbon bow and glitter glue.

Stamps:  Chocoholic set from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Provocraft, Georgia Pacific cardstock, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Computer Font (SNF Goody), Spellbinders scalloped circle die, Offray ribbon, Copic Markers, Stickles, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Dienamics die (for sentiment)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

You're not're vintage

Hello!  I think I've set some kind of posting record with the number of projects I've shared this week.  It feels really good to have so many projects to share and to replenish my card stash!

Today's card is another for the Card Positioning Systems anniversary celebration (Day 6).  This was actually my second attempt at using the sketch....the first one found it's way to my recycle bin because I just couldn't get it to work.  For this attempt I pulled some really old Autumn Leaves papers that I was hoarding for my wedding album and created this vintage inspired card using a stamp and die set from My Favorite Things. I just love how you can customize the "paper" coming out of the top of the typewriter.  For once I stayed really true to the sketch and I'll definitely be using this layout again.

Thanks so much for stopping by. And be sure to check out my post below for your chance to win some Your Next Stamp new release stamps :)

Stamp and Die set:  Just my Type stamp and die set from My Favorite Things
Ink: Palette Noir, Distress Ink
Papers:  Autumn Leaves, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Accessories:  Twill ribbon, Prima flower, Spellbinders edge die
Sketch:  CPS Anniversary Sketch Day 6 (CPS #37)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Konnichiwa from Kichiro and Miyuki --- the YNS Februrary release blog hop is here (PRIZES)!

Konnichiwa (hello!).  Welcome to the February release blog hop for Your Next Stamp.  You should be arriving from the talented Kerri's blog.  If not, please scroll down to the bottom of my post for the blog hop order.

Today I'd like to introduce you to Kichiro and Miyuki from Japan -  two of the new World Kid collection stamps.  I always get nervous when I work with ethnic stamps as I want to make sure that I accurately represent the culture.  I did a search of Japanese kimonos on line and was in awe at all the beautiful colours that the Japanese wear.  I decided to choose purple and I coloured both of the images in different purple tones.  The papers are from one of the older Basic Grey collections (Kioshi).  To add some texture to my cards I added some Viva Decor pearl paint to the female image and an embossed panel to the male card.  I looked up some common Japanese phrases and printed out the sentiments on my computer before cutting them out into little banners.   Both card layouts were based on sketches from Card Position Systems (CPS).

Supplies (Japanese Girl):
Stamps: World Kids Miyuki from Japan from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Basic Grey, Neenah cardstock
Accessories: Copic Markers, computer font (for sentiment), Dienamics die (for sentiment), Viva Decor pearl pen, Prima pearl, Twine from the Twinery, Fiskars border punch
Sketch:  CPS Anniversary sketch day 5 (sketch #28)

Supplies (Japanese Boy):
Stamps: World Kids Kichiro from Japan from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Basic Grey, Neenah cardstock
Accessories: Button, Copic Markers, computer font (for sentiment), Cuttlebug embossing folder, Dienamics die (for sentiment)
Sketch:  CPS Anniversary sketch day 1 (sketch #136)

Thanks for letting me share my creations with you. It was fun to practise colouring the darker hair and skin tones.  Next up on the hop is Peggy!

Karen is giving away one of the new World Love stamp sets.  One of the YNS DT Members is the secret blogger and will pick a random winner from all their comments.  So the more blogs you comment on, the greater your chances of winning.  You have until Monday, February 13th at midnight (EST) to leave your comments and the winner will be posted on the YNS blog on February 14th.

And finally, the Hop Special: 15% off your entire order – online code is YNSFEB2012 (code valid until Feb 15th).  Check out the bundle deals and fabulous YNS Bargain Bin too!

List of blog hop participants incase you get lost along the way:
Jenny P. –
Kerri –
Jen R. –
Susan –
Amy –
Jen D. –
Diana –
Maureen –
Veronica –
Wendy –
Karen –

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Thanks bunches!

Next up on today's menu....a clean and simple card using some yummy stamps from Paper Smooches

The images were watercoloured with some watercolour pencils, cut out and adhered to some plain white cardstock that I embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  Minus the watercolouring and cutting out of the images, the card was done in 3 minutes or less---yeah!

The design for this card was based on CPS Anniversary sketch day 3 (CPS sketch #54).  I did take a bit of creative liscence because I just couldn't find a scalloped card base big enough for my image and I just wasn't feeling the tilted panel.  Overall the one large panel and position of the sentiment of the sketch is what inspired me.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  Vegtastic set from Paper Smooches
Ink:  Palette Noir, Staz On Jet Black
Papers:  Watercolour paper, Georgia Pacific cardstock, Echo Park
Accessories:  Watercolour pencils, twine from The Twinery, wood button, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Fiskars border punch
Sketch:  CPS Anniversary sketch day 3 (CPS sketch #54)

A tag on Tuesday

I'm back today to share another one of my creations for One Crazy Stamper.  Just a reminder that they have a love challenge going on all month --- play along for your chance to win a great prize (some Krafting Kimmie stamps) from OCS.

I created a vintage tag using this fabulous image from Stampavie.  After colouring my image I realized that the blue colour was pretty difficult to match to my papers and embellishment so I just coloured some scalloped edges and a paper rose with the same colour I used for the image. 

Today's Tip:  Using your Copics is a great way to customize your embellishments/papers to match your project.  I've used my Copics to create coloured pearls that match my project, change the colour of buttons, tint flowers etc. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp:  Penny Johnson Friendship stamp from Stampavie
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers:  Copic Xpress It cardstock, Basic Grey, Making Memories
Accessories:  Twill ribbon, Prima flower (tinted with Copic marker), Copic Markers, wood button, Fiskars border punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Avery mailing tag, white gel pen

Monday, February 6, 2012

Have a blooming good Monday!

Good morning and welcome to the start of a new week.  This weekend I had a chance to start playing along with the Card Position Systems (CPS) anniversary celebration and this is the card I created for the day 2 sketch (CPS #166).

I inked up another one of my Stephanie Ackerman village themed stamps from Purple Onion Designs.  I just *LOVE* these stamps.  Each stamp comes with a coordinating set of sentiments but they can all be interchangeably used with other stamps in the collection.  In keeping with the flower theme of the image, I used some papers from Echo Park and a floral embossing folder from Crafts Too.

Stay tuned for more of my CPS creations later this week and thanks as always for stopping by.

Stamps:  Stephanie Ackerman "Flower Shop" set from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Neenah cardstock, Echo Park
Accessories: Wilton doily, Copic markers, Crafts Too embossing folder (Sweet flowers)
Sketch:  CPS #166 (Anniversary sketch celebration day 2)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

All you need is love...

Well, it’s that time of the month again...time for some new Your Next Stamp releases!  Today I’m giving you a little peek at one of the new stamps/stamp and die sets.

My inspiration for this card originated from the new “World Love” globe stamp (available Feb 8).  It got me thinking along the lines of a travel themed card which could be used as a good bye/good luck card, a Valentine card or even just a note card.  I used the postcard and stamp images from the new stamp die set (the coordinating dies make cutting out the images so quick and easy) with the globe image and created my collage onto a postage edged piece of paper. I added part of one of the images from the stamp/die set to the center of my ribbon bow.

Be sure to stop by the YNS blog for some more peeks from the design team and join me back here on February 8th, for the release blog hop---where of course you can win some of these new stamps.

Stamps/Dies: Your Next Stamp February release (Small Postcard stamp and die set and World Love stamp set)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Neenah cardstock, Making Memories postage edge paper
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, Copic Markers, SRM Sticker sentiment, Making Memories sticker, white gel pen (Ranger)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Make a wish with SFYTT

It's time for the February Sketch for You to TryYour Next Stamp is this month's sponsor so Jen asked us if we'd like to play along for the sketch reveal and how could I say no?

For my version of the sketch I flipped it on its side and used one of my favorite YNS stamps (Star Cuties), some Lily Bee papers and some ruffle trim.  I used a clear SRM sticker for my sentiment and adhered it over top of my ribbon to make it look like it's printed on the ribbon itself.  The image was coloured with my Copics and I used my white gel pen to add some white accents.

To see the sketch and all the details on how you can win some fabulous prizes, click on over to Jen's blog post for the Feb. SFYTT.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Star Cuties from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Lily Bee, Copic XPress It cardstock
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Offray ribbon (yellow), ruffled red ribbon (Etsy), Prima flower, white gel pen, SRM sentiment sticker
Sketch:  February SFYTT

Friday, February 3, 2012

Happy Bear-thday and a give away

Two posts in one day---that'a pretty rare LOL! 

First things first....Michele is doing a giveway over on the Purple Onion Designs blog.  You could win some fabulous love themed stamps just in time for Valentine's day--just go over and leave a comment.

And now onto my card for today.  I used a few Stephanie Ackerman's stamps (bear and cupcake) from Purple Onion Designs and some papers from Simple Stories to create this vintage-y but cute card.  I embossed the background kraft cardstock to give some texture and adhered the images with dimensional adhesive to pop them off the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  Olive and Sam set (bear) from Purple Onion Designs, Cupcake Framed Doodle from Purple Onion Designs, sentiment from Purple Onion Designs
Papers:  The Paper Company kraft cardstock, Simple Stories patterned papers, Neenah cardstock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Cuttlebug embossing folder, twine from the Twinery, button, Copic markers

Unity Stamps FWF Friday

Good morning!  For today's card I'm sharing an elegant and monochrome design I created using an older Unity Stamp Co. Kit of the Month (December 2009) and lot of Viva decor pearl paint.

I took an embossing folder and added a drop of pearl paint to the center of each design.  The Viva pens are totally amazing and they look exactly like the half pearls when dried --- and you don't get that pointy top like with other similar products.  The image panel was created by stamping the script stamp in light blue ink onto the panel and then I stamped the flower image on top.  I added more pearl paint to the flower centers.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Be sure to stop by the Unity blog for more projects from Unity fans and the design team and as always, you have the chance to win some free stamps if you leave comments along the way :)

Stamps: December 2009 Kit of the Month (script background and flower) from Unity Stamp Co.
Papers: Bazzill cardstock, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo)
Accessories:  Viva Decor liquid pearls (bronze), Copic Markers, Offray ribbon, Prima Pearl, Lifestyle Crafts/Quickutz embossing folder

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sending you Snow Kisses....with One Crazy Stamper

Hello!  I can't believe it's February 1st already....where does the time go??? 

This month I'm thrilled to be the Guest Designer for one of my local stamping stores --- One Crazy Stamper (OCS).  OCS was an online retailer until last summer when Lora opened a bricks and mortar store in Bolton Ontario (and she continues to operate the online store too of course).  They have an awesome selection of products, great customer service and a price match guarantee.  Definitely one of my favourite places to shop locally!

This month's challenge on the OCS blog is to create something love themed.  For my project I used the "Snow Angel" stamp from My Favorite Things.  Even though the stamp is winter themed it had a cute snow kisses sentiment so I made it into a Valentine's card.  Pop on over to the blog to check out the challenge and of course play along for your chance to win a great prize.

See you later this month with some more creations for OCS.

Stamp:  Pure Innocence Snow Angel from My Favorite Things
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Joann Essentials white pigment ink
Papers:  Bazzill cardstock, K and Company patterned paper, Copic XPress It cardstock
Accessories:  twine from The Twinery, Quickutz heart die, Sizzix embossing folder, ruffled ribbon, Fiskars border punch, Copic markers, button