Monday, January 31, 2011

Chocolate Rain

I love this colour combo!  Use Chocolate, Teal & Cream is the Whiff of Joy - Challenge #96.  That's not all though!  This sketch is the challenge over at Friday Sketchers #139.  This sketch was so fun to put together.  The elements look so interesting arranged like this!  

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Card Recipe:     
Ink:  Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Copics:  Hair - E99, E97, Y21  Brown in shirt and pants - E99, E34, E21  Blue on pants, shirt & umbrella - B95, B93, B91  Dots on Umbrella - E34, Y21  Skin - R20, E21, E00, E000
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up - Very Vanilla, Tempting Turquoise, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Neenah Cream Cardstock
Accessories:  Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Up Paper Daisies, Stampin' Up 1/2 Pearls

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Emily's Baby Sister

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I always love Emily's scrapbook pages because they have so much life!  Her energy is so evident in her pictures!  Of course, this particular day she had reason to be excited.  Her baby sister had just been born!     

Layout Recipe:
Patterned Paper:  Little Yellow Bicycle - Snugglebugs Collection, Stampin' Up - Soft Sky Designer Series Paper
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up - Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Tools:  Spellbinders - Sunflowers Set One
Accessories:  Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Caribbean

Friday, January 28, 2011

Yay For Me!

Yip-yip-yippee!  I made it onto the Hambo Stamps Design Team!  We're called The Bacon Bits!  So you'll see me posting a lot of cards made with the super-cute Hambo images!  This one is their Spring Bunnies - digi.  It was given to me to make a project for my Design Team application.  This is what I came up with!

You'll also see me frequenting Hambo's new challenge blog:  Hambo Hoedown!  You can head over there right now and find out how you can earn a free digi!  The first challenge kicks off on February 2nd!

Have a fantastic day, everyone!
Card Recipe:
Cardstock:  Stampin Up! - Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip
Patterned Paper:  Little Yellow Bicycle - Snugglebug Collection
Stamps:  Spring Bunnies - digi by Hambo Stamps, Stampin' Up! - Short Order Alphabet
Embellishments:  Fine and Dandy - Tickled Pink Trims, Stampin' Up! - Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder
Tools:  3/4" Circle Punch
Copics:  Bunnies left to right: (1) E34, E21, E00  (2) R24, R20  (3) E99, E35, E34, E21 
(4) E99, E97, Y21

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Halloween Birthday!

Okay, it's not really for a Halloween Birthday.  My sister is a Halloween fanatic!  So even though her birthday is in February, I always make her a Halloween card.  She loves it! 

I'm entering this card in a couple of challenges.  The first is a Happy Birthday challenge at Prairie Fairy Fridays.  Have you seen their digi stamps yet?  They are so cute!  The second Challenge is the Simon Says Stamp and Show a Childhood Memory.  As a child, Halloween was one of my favourite times of year!  I always thought that any holiday that you get to dress up AND you get a bunch of free candy was the holiday for me! 

This cute image is Hallo Witch and you can find her over at The Greeting Farm.  Her hair, face and broom are coloured in with my Copics (E99, E97, Y21, E21, E00, E000, R20, E35, E34, YR21, YR20).  I am still quite limited in my colour choices for Copics, so I used my Stampin Up markers (Basic Black, Lavender Lace, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie) for the dress, hat and boots.  The paper by Stampin' Up is called  Wicked Fun Designer Series Paper

Do you think she'll like the card?  Have a fantastic day!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Score Big!

Up here in the Yukon, hockey is huge!  Every time I go into the recreation centre, I see kids of all ages in hockey gear.  My girls are getting interested in the sport, so I've put them in skating lessons!  You've got to keep busy during these cold winters!

I don't do a lot of boy cards, so it took me a little while to get this one going.  Once I got the cute image coloured, it came together quite quickly!  The image is Wee Henry Hockey from Hambo Stamps.  I used my Copics (E97, E95, E93, E91, E21, E00, E000, E99, E97, E35, E34) to colour Henry in.  The patterned paper is from Stampin Up, just some scraps I've had a while.  The sticker across the middle is an element from Basic Grey's Olivia collection. 

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Tasty Read

After the kids went to bed last night, I managed to get down to my craft room for some much needed papercrafting!  I just downloaded this image (A Tasty Read by Elizabeth Bell) and wanted to play!  She's coloured with my Copics ( E000, E00, E21, E34, E35, E97, E99, R20, R24, R27, R29, Y21, YR20, YR21) and I touched up the grass with pencil crayons since I don't have any green Copics yet.  The patterned paper is from Basic Grey's Olivia Collection.  The edges of the cardstock pieces are all sponged with Stampin' Up ink.  I added some detail with my white gel pen to finish it off!

After I coloured my image, I went looking around for challenges that I could enter as I made my card.  I found these three and thought they were perfect!  Here they are in no particular order:

Simon Says . . . . . . Bingo!  For this challenge, we were given a bingo card and then we got to choose any three items that were in a straight line on the bingo card.  I chose Ribbon, Die Cuts, and Embossing (heat or dry).  This card has white taffeta ribbon, flowers from Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals Die, and I used my Scor-Pal to emboss lines around my image.

Copic Creations - Challenge No. 42 ~ What's New?  As soon as I got my first order of Copics (just last week), I found this Copic challenge blog!  This challenge is easy:  use anything that I have that is new!  So, my Copics are new (my first batch, actually!),  the image is also new!  When I found A Tasty Read at Elizabeth Bell Designs I just HAD to get it!  She is so sweet and reminds me so much of my daughter, Taylor!

Friday Sketchers: Challenge #138  Make sure you go check out this sketch!  It's a wonderful sketch to work with!  It made making a beautiful card, so easy!

Well, I'm off to get some time outside!  Today is a rare Yukon winter day with the temperature only at -1 degree Celsius!   I hope you all have a delightful Saturday!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Christmas Gift Album

Here's the last of the Christmas Gift Posts!  Every year, I make a small album for each of the Grandparents of our family.  It usually covers the highlights of our year and is saturated with pictures of the kids!  On occasion, I have bought an album and filled it with pictures when I've been short on time.  But this year, I wanted to do something special (and save a little money)!  I even recycled! 

I started with cut up cereal boxes!  The thin cardboard of cereal boxes was just perfect for this project!  I went through my paper stash and found some remnants of coordinating paper packs that had been sitting there a while, and found enough to make four albums!  So using Mod Podge, I adhered paper to the front and back of each piece of cereal box.  I had to put them all under heavy books for a few minutes to flatten the pieces back out.  Then I ran my ink pad directly around the edges. 

The embellishments are from Tim Holtz's die Tattered Florals.  All the edges of the flowers have been sponged with ink.  The centres are basic Rhinestones.

To bind the album, I used Tim Holtz Idea-ology D Rings and then dressed them up with every ribbon that I had that matched. 

Here's the rest of the pages:

Have an absolutely wonderful day!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Love Bunny

Prairie Fairy is having a design team call!  The requirements were to make a project with this cute little guy!  Prairie Fairy has a lot of other super-cute images so it would be divine to be able to be on their design team!  Of course, I love challenges too!  So this colour combo is for the Just Us Girls Once Upon A Springtime Colour Challenge!  I would love it to be spring already, but I'm afraid I have a bit of a wait up here in the Yukon (-28 degrees Celcius today)!  So instead, I'll have to keep imagining spring while I make my cards!

I coloured in the bunny with my Copics (R20, E00, E34, E99, B91).  I LOVE the way Copics blend!  Because I ended up printing him out a little larger, I kept the card simple.  The patterned paper is from Basic Grey's Olivia collection and the trim is from Fine and Dandy - Tickled Pink Trims.  Now, for any of you that may have the Tickled Pink Trims, you'll notice that they have a velvety (it's a word if it conveys meaning!) finish to them.  I find this impossible to make stick with my regular adhesive, so I used my glue gun.  It worked like a charm!  On his tail, I glued some fluff from a cotton ball.  The inside of the card says, "If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you. - Winnie the Pooh."

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 17, 2011

It's Raining Sweetness!

I just recieved my first batch of Copics!  I knew I would need a cute image to practice on so I bought this sweet Willow with Umbrella by Whiff of Joy Stamps!  I couldn't wait to start colouring!  This was my second attempt ever at using Copics!  So fun!

I made this card with two challenges in mind.  They are both from Simon Says Stamp!  At Simon Says Stamp and Show, the challenge is to Show Some Polka Dots!  That was easy with the polka dotted umbrella, but I added some cute dotted ribbon too.  The challenge at the Simon Says Stamp blog is Sketch Time!  It was a little difficult to get the flourish in there with such a big image, but all in all a very beautiful sketch to put together!

Supplies Used:
Copics - E21, E00, E000, R20, E97, E99, Y21, B97, B95, B93, B91, R29, R27, R24
Accessories - Prima Flowers, Ribbon and Cardstock by Stampin' Up!
Stamp - Willow with Umbrella by Whiff of Joy

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Dad's Christmas Present

My Dad's Christmas Gift had a western theme.  I think if he'd had to choose, my Dad would have been born a cowboy!  When Stampin' Up! came out with the Bronc Buster stamp set, I just had to get it so that I could make stuff for my Dad!  Since I was giving my Mom a notecard set, and I didn't have time to come up with a completely different idea, I made my Dad a notecard set.  The notecards are cut out with Tim Holtz's Baroque Sizzix die.  I swiped my Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad directly onto the paper around the edges of the shape.  This is something that I particularly like about Distress Ink Pads as my other brands of ink pads don't leave quite the same effect.  I made the box similar to my Mom's.  I made a simple box for each component, and then a box to put them all in. 

As I thought about my Dad, I kept thinking about camp fires.  He loves a good fire (although he is extremely careful with them).  So I wanted to incorporate that on the box.  So I cut a couple of wavy pieces of paper to use as a mask and sponged several different yellows and oranges onto the paper.  I wasn't sure it would turn out, but I think the result is fantastic!  In the corner is one of the images from the Bronc Buster stamp set, embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  I rubbed the Vintage Photo Ink Pad directly onto the paper and then lightly spritzed the image with Log Cabin Smooch Spritz to give it just the slightest hint of shimmer.  I wanted it to look a bit like a belt buckle.  I then added several strips of hemp twine to hold the ribbon slid in place.

Oh!  I almost forgot!  I also cut a small piece of paper and rolled it up into an RSVP pen so that he had a matching pen.  I really don't know where the patterned paper is from.  It's been in my stash for years!  I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sweet Sunshine

When I saw this little sunshine girl stamp, I just had to get her!  It's such a cheerful image!  I love anything to do with sunshine!  Here in the Yukon, we don't get a lot of it in the winter, so this is my warmth today! 

I've entered this card in a couple of challenges.  The first is:  Hot or Cold . . . Choose Your Extreme! at the 7 Kids Challenge Blog.  The second challenge is:  Bright & Bold Color Challenge for Colour Inspiration for Card Makers Week in the Moxie Fab World. 

I'd been looking at the Faux Tile Technique over at Splitcoaststampers and thought that this Sunshine S.W.A.L.K. Collection stamp from Crafter's Companion would make the perfect scene!  I used my pencil crayons to colour in the image and sponged the edges of all the squares with light blue ink.  After distressing all the edges and covering the squares with Glossy Accents, I topped it all off with this wonderful velvety (is that a word?) trim from Fine and Dandy. 

Have a delightful day and hey, try to create something today!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Happy Childhood Reading

When I got home from my trip, I started browsing challenges for some inspiration.  The decorated envelope is part of the Envy of the Envies Challenge over at Just Us Girls.  They always have such fun challenges!  Then I looked at Splitcoaststampers and found a Mojo Motivator Challenge!  The challenge is to choose a technique challenge, a sketch challenge and a colour challenge from the last year and combine them.  So I chose  TLC265 - Childhood Memories for the technique,  CC291 - Razzleberry Saffron Tangerines for the colour combo, and SC309 for the sketch.  This is the end result!

I used Betty the Bookworm by Stamping Bella.  She is coloured in with coloured pencils.  From Stampin' Up! I used stamps from Baroque Motifs and Everyday Flexible Phrases.  For added detail, I pierced along the paper edge and stitched with white embroidery floss. 

I remember reading these comics under the covers with a flashlight when I was supposed to be in bed!  What fun!  Have a fantastic day!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Mom's Christmas Gift

Wow!  I only managed to get one post done in the last week!  I didn't realize how much help my family needed for my sister's wedding reception!  We spent many hours building favour boxes and cutting food for trays of meat, cheese, etc.  Anyway, it left very little time for posting!  So the next few posts will be the parade of homemade Christmas gifts!

This gift has been in planning mode for well over a year now.  Occasionally, I'd do a little work towards it, but then I'd set it aside again for several months.  I figured it was high time I finished it!  My mother is a violin teacher, a beautiful musician, and a lover of music.  So when I saw the Elegant Notes stamp set from Stampin' Up! (I think it's retired now) I bought it with this gift in mind. 

For starters, I wanted a little note set.  So when my friend Karlene, came over to craft with her Top Note Die I cut out 50 cards before she left!  I stamped the treble clef on each note and sponged the edges with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.  One of the really awesome things about distress ink is that it stays wet long enough to be able to emboss with it!  So, immediately after stamping, I sprinkled Iridescent Ice sparkly embossing powder over the image and heated it with my heat tool.  I love the subtle sparkle!

The labels say "This music belongs to".  I really needed bigger labels (hubby got the wrong size) but I was completely out of time at this point so it was these or nothing!  So I stamped the image on as best as I could and sponged the edges.

I used the Beaded Pen technique found on Splitcoaststampers to make the beautiful pen.

The box I designed myself.  It's just a simple box.  I made a seperate box for each element and then a box to put them all inside of.  That's how it ended up looking like it had dividers!  It was a struggle to get them all to fit just perfectly, but in the end I was pleased with the results.

This picture of the box really shows the shine on the Crackle Accents and the shimmer of the Glimmer Mist!  The top of the box is simply decorated.  I printed out my mother's favourite hymn (There Is Sunshine In My Soul Today) and dyed it using the same technique Tim Holtz used in this Christmas Tag.  I smeared Aged Mahogany over my Craft Sheet and spritzed heavily with Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist.  After dragging the paper through the colour and making sure it was completely covered, I dried it with my heat tool and sponged the edges with the Aged Mahogany Ink.  I stamped the Treble Clef on a small rectangle of cardstock and covered it with Crackle Accents.  I topped the whole thing off with some beautiful Crochet Trim.

Have a delightful day!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Engagement Gift Album

My sister got married yesterday!  It was so beautiful!  I put this card and album together as an engagement gift for her and her fiance.  When I saw this sweet Kissy Kissy image from The Greeting Farm, I knew I just had to use it!  I've been watching a lot of Copic colouring tutorials online to prepare for my upcoming purchase of some Copic markers and I thought, maybe I should go ahead and practice the colouring techniques!  It has completely changed my colouring!  I love the shading and highlights! This image was coloured using my 36 pack of Crayola Coloured Pencils (Canadians say "Pencil Crayons" but I didn't think anyone would know what I was talking about!).  The background was embossed with my Cuttlebug Embossing Folder D'Vine Swirls.  I used Spellbinders Scalloped Squares.  Prima's Say It In Crystals were for the accents and the ribbon is by Stampin Up! although I think it's retired.    

I coloured another, smaller copy of the digital image from The Greeting Farm for the cover of the album.  The paper is an old Creative Memories paper pack.  I bought the vellum quotes from Creative Memories ages ago.  The accents are cut from Tim Holtz's die Elegant Flourishes and trimmed to fit the pages.  Here are the rest of the pages:

Aren't they cute?!  They are so happy together!  I love you, Deni & John!  Congratulations!
Have a fantastic day, All!


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