Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Moxie Fab Doily challenge: a whimsical hello

Hello!  We've made it half way through another week and I have a quick and easy card to share with you that I made for the Moxie Fab doily challenge.  I hit the jackpot a few weeks ago at a local party store and found some square, oval and other wonderful shapes of doilies for only $1 a package!!  I used part of a square doily on a recent layout and had a small strip of scrap from the bottom.  I thought it would look good across the bottom of the card so that's what I did.

All of the images are from the Stephanie Ackerman Neighbourhood collection from Purple Onion Designs.  I stamped them in Versamark ink onto some tan cardstock and heat embossed with some WOW! Embossing powder.  I added some tan twine and a sentiment tag to finish off my design.

Stamps: Stephanie Ackerman's - Bakery, Flowershop, Schoolhouse and Doctor's Office stamps (buildings) from Purple Onion Designs, Cracked Egg bouquet (sentiment) from Purple Onion Designs
Paper:  Stamping Up cardstock
Ink:  Versamark (for embossing), Palette Noir
Accessories:  Baker's twine from The Twinery (Flax), button, square doily (party supply store), Fiskars tag punch, WOW! Embossing Powder (Opaque Bright White WL01)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Strike up the grill! Going gingham with Moxie Fab

Hello and Happy Memorial Day to all my American friends.  In Canada we celebrated Victoria Day last weekend which to me means the kick off to outdoor fun and BBQ season.

Here's an invitation I created using lots of gingham (for the Moxie Fab Gingham challenge).  When I was colouring the images for this I was thinking of the classic red checkered table cloths that are used at picnics and used that for my inspiration.  All of the images were coloured with my Copic markers and cut out.  I then arranged them onto the main panel and stamped out my sentiment at the bottom.  The red white and blue theme would also lend itself well to 4th of July or Canada Day celebrations.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Michelle Clement "BBQ set" from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Lily Bee, Provocraft, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  twine from The Twinery, button, Fiskars border punch, Copic Markers

Friday, May 25, 2012

And the winner is.....

And the winner of the free 3 month trial membership to Paper Crafter's Library (via random number generator) is:

 Kathie who said...

I love your idea of embossing a store-bought paper doily to make it the color that you want it to be. I will definitely give this a try as I love the option of having a decoration or embellishment that fits the design perfectly. Thanks for sharing! You do beautiful work.
23 May, 2012 11:45 PM

To claim your prize, please contact: with the subject line of PCL WOW Winner from Jennifer Roach and provide them with you address and phone number in the email.


Fore You Dad

Hello and Happy Friday!  Today I have a golf themed Father's Day card to share with you using one of the "Scene" stamps and matching sentiment set from Your Next Stamp. 

Let's face it, most of the men in our lives don't appreciate need a fussy card so I kept this one clean and simple.  I stamped and coloured the image with my Copic markers.  To break up all the green I paper peiced part of the image only to realize when I was done that all of the dots looked like little golfballs LOL!!  So I took my white gel pen and coloured the ball to make it stand out more.

After matting onto some of the polkadot paper, I used a kraft tag as the base of my design and layered on the sentiment, some twine, a felt die cut cloud and a wood button before adhereing to a scrap of plaid paper.

Even though it's a masculine card I added a twine bow for that outdoor look.

My tip for today:  Check out the gardening section of your local dollar store this summer.  I got a HUGE roll of the garden twine I used on this card for only $1.  It does require some trimming once the bow is tied to get rid of some of the fuzzies but it's a great value and a "must" have for the card maker.  To make my triple bow I use the Bow Easy....another "must have"!!

Stamps and die:  Golf Box Scene from Your Next Stamp, Scene Sentiments Set from Your Next Stamp, Puffy Cloud die from Your Next Stamp
Papers: Cosmo Cricket, Recollections, Georgia Pacific cardstock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, brown distress ink
Accessories:  Wood button, garden twine, white gel pen, Copic markers, white craft felt, Ranger kraft mailing tag

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WOW! week at Paper Crafter's Library (and some chances to win!!)

WOW! Embossing Powders are being featured this week over on the Paper Crafter's Library blog.  For the feature, I created a layout and used some glitter embossing powder to add bling to some pre-made scrapbooking flowers and chipboard letters.  I also used some dark pink embossing powder to create a doily photo mat. 
So now is your chance to win some cool stuff.  I'm giving away a three month free membership to Paper Crafter's Library (for more information about PCL, just scroll down to the end of my post) AND you can also win some WOW! products.  To win the free membership to PCL, just leave me a comment and I'll draw a winner on Friday. To win some WOW! products.....hop on over to the Paper Crafter's Library blog and leave a comment AND check out the WOW! blog and Facebook page for even more chances to win!!

Here are a few peeks of my project:

A Bit About Paper Crafter’s Library:

The world of paper crafting is HUGE! Whether you are a beginner, or you’ve been creating for years, the sheer number of different products, tools, techniques and project ideas can be overwhelming.After spending 6 years helping thousands of paper crafters around the world become more successful in the creative space through her series of kits, digital tutorials and online classes, Andrea Walford began looking for a new approach to education. In 2011 she launched Paper Crafter’s Library – the first, and still to this day, only website that provides an all-in-one learning solution for paper crafters. With almost 800 videos currently in their library and 4-5 new videos added each week, Paper Crafter’s Library offers comprehensive training on products, tools, techniques, and project ideas. From beginner through to advanced, whether your interest is in stamping, card making, scrapbooking, creating 3D items or altered art – you’ll find all the resources you need to navigate the world of paper crafting in ONE place, organized and indexed so that it’s quick and easy to find.

WOW! Embossing Powders:  Suzy West Candy Counter Collection - “Whirly Pop” (SW-WK00), Neutral Ultra Shimmer (SW-WS02)
Papers:  Fancy Pants Designs (Wishful Thinking Collection), Recollections (green polkadot)
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress embossing ink (Ranger Industries)
Accessories:  Rectangular paper doily (party supply store), Heidi Swapp Chipboard Letters, Prima burlap flowers, Prima pearls, “Blossom” baker’s twine from The Twinery, manila mailing tags, Kaisercraft mini letter stickers.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Getting Moxie Fab with Angie girl on FWF Friday

Hello Unity Friends!  It's Unity Stamps FWF Friday and today I have a single layer card (shocking I know!! LOL!) to share with you using one of my new Ippity Stamps sets designed by the talented Angie Blom. 

I took a piece of thick kraft cardstock and stamped my image in Versamark ink before heat embossing with WOW! Primary Bark (dark brown) embossing powder.  I then coloured the image with some Copics and added some white accents with a white gel pen.

I masked the image and stamped over top with the She art backgrounder (from Unity Stamps) in a dark kraft coloured ink.  I decided to get messy and add some splatters for the  Spatter Technique Challenge in the Moxie Fab World  using two colours of spray ink (white and glacier blue).  I was hoping for a bit more splatter but I didn't want to ruin my card LOL!
And here's a side shot so you can see the awesome shine/texture that heat embossing your image does.  I also heat embossed the main sentiment to make it pop off the page.

Stamps:  Ippity Dream with Your Heart Set from Unity Stamp Co. (Ippity), She ART Print Texture from Unity Stamp Co (background text)
Ink:  Versamark (for embossing), Adirondack Hazelnut ink, brown distress ink
WOW! Embossing Powders: WH07 Primary Bark embossing powder
Papers: Gina K Designs kraft cardstock, Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Accessories: Prima flowers and pearl, Mr. Huey white mist spray, Tattered Angels Glacier glimmer mist, Spellbinder's Nestabilites die

Thursday, May 17, 2012

YNS Fun Friday (on Thursday) with Flying High Fhiona

Good morning!  It's a day early this week, but it's time for another YNS Fun Friday post.  Today I have a nice bright birthday card for you using Flying High Fhiona.

I have two tips to share today:
  • It's hard to see in my photo but I added some Glossy Accents to the balloon, the heart and the center of the flower in Fhiona's hair.  Adding Glossy Accents adds a nice shine and more texture to your cards.  I recently was able to buy some Glossy Accents in a small bottle (same size as Stickles bottles) so it makes it easy to keep on your desk and use more often than the larger bottle.
  • My second tip for today is to take a new look at your die/stamp sets and see what else you can use them for.  For my card I used the die that comes with the YNS Small Postcard stamp set.  When you cut it out it's own without the stamp it makes a great little scalloped mat (I can't take 100% credit for this idea as someone at Scrapfest pointed this out while I was helping out at the YNS booth).  Another idea might be using the tree die from the YNS Holiday Dies set to make a banner.  I'll have to try that one later :)
Be sure to stop on by the YNS blog for more fabulous creations from the design team.

Stamps: Flying High Fhiona from Your Next Stamp, Basket Animals (sentiment) from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers:  Basic Grey (Indie Bloom 6 x 6), Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  Glossy Accents, Copic Markers, Small Postcard Die from Your Next Stamp, baker's twine from The Twinery, Prima rhinestone

Monday, May 14, 2012

Happily ever after

Good morning!  Today I have an elegant-yet playful-wedding card to share with you.  The "Little Church" stamp set is one of the recent additions to the Stephanie Ackerman  Hometown Collection from Purple Onion Designs.  I coloured the image with my Copic markers, cut it out and matted it onto a fishtail die cut (yes, I'm obsessed with these!!).  I added some pearls all along the outside of the image panel and a big vintage seam binding bow.

Here's a close up to show all the pearls that I added with the Viva Decor pearl pen (LOVE these things!).  You can also see that I accented the image with some white gel pen.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  Stephanie Ackerman's "Little Church" set from Purple Onion Designs
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers:  Neenah cardstock, Basic Grey
Accessories:  Copic markers, seam binding (dyed with Tattered Angels mist), K and Co. pearl brad, Viva Decor pearl paint pen, Dienamics Fish Tail die, white gel pen

Saturday, May 12, 2012

"SHE" Saturday

Hello!  I hope everyone is having a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all you Moms out there! 

Today I have something a bit different to share with's my first "SHE" project.  I've been a long time admirer of Christy Tomlinson's "SHE" art but I'll admit that it kinda terrified me to try it on my own because I'm not much of a mixed media/ messy type.  Now of course, Unity Stamp Co. has a line of Christy's stamps available, so I decided to give it a try.  So much fun to step outside my comfort zone!

I attempted to do a mixed media looking card.  For the background I stamped the SheArt Print Texture stamp onto some kraft cardstock in kraft-ish ink and then use my Mr. Huey white ink spray (LOVE this stuff).  I then paper pieced the "She was a daughter" stamp with some of the Pink Paislee "SHE" papers and coloured the rest with my Copics.

I added a touch of bling to my creation with some Stickles and a glitter "dream" sticker and then another strip of the She text across the bottom.  I can't wait to try some more "SHE" type creations and I might even try some mixed media so stayed tuned :)

Stamps:  SheArt Print Texture stamp from Unity Stamp Co., SHE was a daughter from Unity Stamp Co.
Paper: Pink Paislee She Art (6" x 6") pad, The Paper Company kraft cardstock
Ink: Adirondack Hazelnut, Palette Noir, brown distress ink
Accessories:  Fiskars scalloped edge punch, red twill ribbon, Stickles, KI Memories "dream" glitter sticker, Studio Calico Mr. Huey white spray mist, Copic markers

Friday, May 11, 2012

You are such a joy (Unity NSD Sketch Challenge)

Hello Unity friends!  Today I’d like to share with you the scrapbook layout I did for the Unity NSD sketch challenge.  I used two of favourite Unity Stamps on this one:  the banner from the March Kit of the Month  and the “Smiles” sentiment from the Donna Downey Insightful Meadows set (along with a few others).  All of the papers are from My Mind’s Eye (LOVE LOVE LOVE this line ---- LOL!) with the exception of the doily in the background which is from Wilton.

I hand cut out some of the Polaroid type frames from one of the sheets of paper in the collection and then printed my photos to fit inside (that was no easy feat let me tell you!!).  I also used some Photoshop Actions from The Pioneer Woman to make my photos look aged to blend with the paper.  I also modified the sketch a little and used some hexagon paper under my photos instead of the scallops like in the sketch.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Donna Downey Insightful Meadows set ("Smiles" sentiment) from Unity Stamp Co., March 2012 Kit of the Month (Banner) from Unity Stamp Co., July 2011 Kit of the Month (On this day), year.o.graphy- banners (Be Happy on photo) from Unity Stamp Co.
Papers: My Mind's Eye (Follow Your Heart - Be Happy Collection)
Ink: Versafine Grey
Accessories: grey baker's twine (The Twinery), Prima flowers, Wilton doily, American Crafts Thickers, Cosmo Cricket clear number stickers
Photoshop Action:  The Pioneer Woman "Soft and Faded" and "Quick Edge Burn" Actions

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A sweet photo holder with some added WOW!

Last month I purchased a spool photo holder project kit at a local scrapbooking convention.  I wanted to jazz it up a bit so I added some stamping and WOW! Embossing powders.  I'm going to be taking this to work to put on my desk :)

There are more details and close ups over on the WOW! blog todayThanks so much for stopping by!

WOW! Stamps: Brocade Backgrounder, Gratitude set (ticket stamps)
WOW! Embossing powders: Suzy West Pantry Collection - Blueberry (SWWJ06), Suzy West By the Bay Collection - Tea Garden Green (SWWH03)
Ink: Versamark for embossing
Papers: The Paper Company kraft cardstock, Core'dinations kraft cored cardstock
Accessories: Kaiserkraft number stickers, MFT Dienamics Rolled Rose dies, craft felt, twine, Maya Road wood spool, ticket dies, KI Memories stickers, Viva Decor pearl pen, Prima pearls, office clip (kit for project purchased from Two Scrapbook Friends)
Photo by: Danielle Alderman Photography

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Meow-y Christmas

It's never too early to get started on Christmas cards so here's one I created with the cute Mavis Wearing Holly stamp from Stamping Bella.  I dug through my scrap bin to find this really old Basic Grey paper that went perfectly with the colours in my image.  I added a bit of holiday Devine Twine, an old Making Memories Christmas tag and more Christmas card for my pile!

Stamps: Tiddly Inks Mavis Wearing Holly from Stamping Bella
Papers: Basic Grey, Bazzill dotted cardstock, Neenah cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  baker's twine from Devine Twine, button, Copic Markers, Making memories tag die cut, Spellbinder's Nestabilities dies, white gel pen, Stickles

Monday, May 7, 2012

Ring ring.....some upcycled cards

Good morning!  I had a super busy weekend and I forgot to show you these cards from Saturday's team post over on the WOW! Embossing blog (stop on over to see all the other Powder Puff girl's great creations).

I did some upcycling on these cards using pages from an old phone book and the WOW! Call Me stamp set.  I die cut a whole bunch of flags out of pages of the phone book and then stamped and embossed on top of them.  You have to be a bit careful when heat embossing on the papers because they're quite thin and can burn easily.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  "Call Me" set from WOW! Embossing
Ink:  Versafine Smokey Grey, Versamark (for embossing)
WOW! Embossing Powders: Suzy West By the Bay Collection - Cable Car Red
Papers:  Old phone book pages, Jillibean Soup, Provocraft, Basic Grey
Accessories:  Maraschino twine from The Twinery, button, Dienamics fish tail die from My Favorite Things, Spellbinders die

Friday, May 4, 2012

Smiles are proof of everyday miracles (FWF Friday)

Hello Unity friends!  Today I have a few "cracked glass" technique cards to share with you.  The full supply list and instructions on how to create these are at the bottom of this post and I'm thrilled to have these cards featured in this month's Stamper's Sampler magazine for a cracked glass feature (Pages 68 to 71 if you have a copy).

For my first card I created a cracked glass accent embellishment out of a circular peice of cardstock.  The sentiment on this card is one of my all time favourite sentiments :)

And a close up of the cracked glass accent:

For this second card I stamped and distressed a mailing tag before covering the whole thing in embossing powder and cracking it.  It was fun to play around with different sizes and types of materials for creating the cracked glass.

Supplies (bike card):
Stamps:  Melody Ross "Love Life" set from Unity Stamp Co., August 2011 Kit of the Month (Sentiment) from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, Versamark (for embossing), Rubber Stampede chocolate brown ink (for distressing)
Paper: Basic Grey
Accents:  Twill ribbon, Prima flower, Avery mailing tag, MFT Dienamics Scalloped edged die, Sizzix embossing folder, Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel from Ranger, Copic Markers

Instructions (bike card): Stamp bicycle image and sentiments in Espresso Ink onto manila mailing tag, color with Copic markers, distress edges and emboss with 6 layers of UTEE using Versamark ink and heat gun.  Allow to cool, crack and adhere ribbon and flower accent to tag.  Distress edges of beige paper and dry emboss with circle embossing folder.  Mat onto dark brown paper and then onto cardstock base.  Add three strips of die cut scalloped strips that have distressed across bottom of card.  Adhere stamped image to card base with dimensional adhesive.

Supplies (flower card):
Stamps: Donna Downey Insightful Meadows set from Unity Stamp Co., Worn Music Backgrounder stamp from Unity Stamp Co.
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, Rubber Stampede chocolate brown ink (for distressing), Versamark (for embossing), Ranger Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Papers: Basic Grey, Georgia Pacific Cardstock
Accents:  Offray brown ribbon, Prima flower, Fiskars scalloped border punch

Instructions (flower card): Stamp floral images and sentiment in espresso ink onto teal paper, distress edges and adhere to card base.  Add strips of floral patterned paper and scalloped brown paper to card.  Stamp music backgrounder in blue ink, floral images in espresso ink onto white cardstock, ink edges and add 6 layers of UTEE using heat gun and Versamark ink.  Allow to cool and crack.  Add strip of ribbon, image panel and embellish with bow and flower.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

B is for button, bunny and banners (Catered Crop)

Hello!! Purple Onion Designs is sponsoring this week's Catered Crop "B" challenge and giving away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky (random) participant --- click on the link for more details on how to play along. 

So here's my card for the "B" challenge.  My "B"'s are: bunny, banners and button.  I used one of the new Stacey Yacula "Sweetest Day" stamps from POD, watercoloured the image with my Peerless watercolor papers and cut the cutie out.  I created the background paper on the top by stamping the "oh happy day" sentiment in a light tan ink onto some distressed beige paper and adhered my image on top.  For the bottom I created a bunch of banner flags out of some strips of scrap papers and used a small square punch to create notches.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  Stacey Yacula's "Poppy" the bunny from Purple Onion Designs, The Sweetest Day sentiments from Purple Onion Designs
Paper:  Watercolour paper, My Mind's Eye papers,
Ink:  Staz On black, distress ink, Memento Desert Sand
Accessories:  Square punch, twine, wood button, rub on sentiment, Peerless watercolour papers

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Some exciting news for Your Next Stamp! And a little hop to celebrate.

Hello! Today is a very special day at Your Next Stamp. We are so excited to announce that YNS is the newest Splitcoaststampers Member Company!!! Woohoo!!! To celebrate, we have put together a special blog hop filled with all of our favorite things from Your Next Stamp! We have 3 hidden prizes along the way, so make sure you comment on all of the DT blogs for your chance to win (There is a full list of today's blog participants at the bottom of my post incase you get lost around the way).   If you arrived from Jen's blog, then you're right on track.

The hop will run from today, May 1st at 11:00 am (EST) until Sunday, May 6th at midnight (EST). Winners will be announced Monday, May 7th on the Your Next Stamp Blog and the YNS Splitcoaststampers forum.

Now onto my projects.  First up is a super quick and easy vintage inspired wedding card using the Fancy Frame stamp and die set.   The set comes with a bunch of fabulous sentiments making it easy to whip up cards for any occasion in a few minutes!

I heat embossed the frame with some WOW! Embossing Powder (Primary Bark) and then inked and popped out the sentiment panel with some dimensional adhesive. The embossing adds a nice shine and glimmer to an otherwise simple design.  The centers of the flowers were accented with some Viva Decor pearl paint.

For my next project, I started off creating a tag with one of my favourite recent releases (World Love set).    While colouring the globe image I was thinking along the lines of Earth Day and went with a kraft and rustic theme.  I stamped the people image in kraft ink onto my tag and coloured the hearts with a kraft toned marker.  I added some wood buttons and garden twine.

After completing my tag I stamped a coordinating kraft gift bag.  I simply took the globe image and stamped it repeatedly with kraft ink.  (My apologies for the differences in colour between the tag and bag images but they were both shot with different lighting conditions).

Karen (YNS owner) is also in the process of moving, so she is having a MOVING SALE! Quantities are limited, so shop early to grab the stamps and dies you want at a fantastic deal! There is also a Retired Stamp Bin (70% OFF!!!) and a Bargain Bin so make sure you check out all of the awesome deals at the Your Next Stamp Store!

Now it’s time to hop on over to Kelli's amazing blog! Thank you for celebrating with us and happy hopping!

Supplies (wedding card):
Stamp and Die set:  Fancy Frame stamp and die set from Your Next Stamp
Ink: Versamark (for embossing), Memento Rich Cocoa, brown distress ink
Papers:  Basic Grey
Accessories:  Offray ribbon, WOW! Embossing Powder (Primary Bark), Prima pearl, Fiskars border punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder

Supplies (tag and bag):
Stamps:  World Love set from Your Next Stamp
Ink:  Hero Arts Java chalk ink, Memento Rich Cocoa
Papers:  The Paper Company kraft cardstock, Bazzill cardstock, Neenah cardstock
Accessories:  kraft paper bag (dollar store), garden twin, wood button, manila mailing tag, Copic markers, white gel pen

Here’s the hop list:
Jen R- <------YOU ARE HERE