Thursday, November 27, 2008


Hello all, Sweet & Sassy stamps is celebrating their one year anniversay, and there's tons blog candy being offered! Follow this link to enter to win a huge prize from Sweet & Sassy Stamps. And if you visit Faith's blog, there's a link to all the participants of the Sweet & Sassy November blog hop in the top right hand corner.

Have a Great Day!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Rock-On H&M sketch & colour challenges

Hello everyone, well it’s Thursday almost the end of the week, and we have snow on the ground! Boohoo…winters here!
I made this for the challenges at H&M stamps. I wasn't sure if we were to include all the colours, I have no red, hope that's ok! if not that's ok too! lol
This card is also for my daughters friend, he’s turning 16. His Mom has enlisted my Daughter in helping to plan a surprise party for him & his twin brother on Saturday! I made a card for the other brother using this set a while back. I’ll try to find that pic & post it too!
The card base is chocolate chip, with a layer of kiwi kiss, and dp from DCWV rockstar stack. The word 'music' was in the dp so I lined it up to fit on the bottom.The dp across the middle has guitars, which luckily are covered, because I glued the panel upside down!
I stamped the main image from the ‘Rock-on’ set was stamped with burnt umber onto vanilla. I stamped it close to the bottom of my piece, then used a ruler & exact knife to cut a straight line across the top inbetween his limbs. Then I cut around his limbs. This panel is popped up. I stamped the sentiment in kiwi kiss, and sponged the edges with cool caribbean. The circles were cut with punches & nesties. The smaller circle with the hand is popped up too.I added 3 brads to finish it off.
aha I found a picture of the other card

This card uses the same stamp set as above.

The card base is chocolate chip, with a layer of old olive, and a layer of coredinations dp embossed with the allegro EF and lightly sanded.The image is from H&M's Rock-on set. I stamped the rocker in blush onto vanilla. The I stamped it in old olive, & brown, cut out the top and pants & glued inplace. The hair was coloured with a creamy caramel marker. The guitar was stamped with bravo burgandy craft onto vanilla, and embossed with clear EP.The music note is from a inkadinkado set, of course I can't remember the name! I stamped it in versamark onto old olive, attached an eyelet & cut it out. The trim is faux leather from the $ store.

Have a great Day!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I Love Bird Ornaments!

Hello, I made this for Faith's (Markie's Mom) Tuesday chat challenge on the Flourishes forum. We were to use stamps from more than 1 set. Well mine isn't as creative as Faith's example, The bird (I love), and the branch were from 'All that Glitters' & the sentiment is from 'Poinsetta & Boxwood'.

The card base is always artichoke, with a layer of this beautiful glittery paper from flourishes. I stamped the bird in versamark onto white & embossed with gold EP. Then I masked the bird, and stamped the branch with always artichoke craft. Then I embossed the branch with clear EP. Sue if you're reading this I know you'll think I'm crazy, but I made a mask of the branch & stamped it again! It really wasn't that hard.

I coloured the image with SU markers, and cut out with rectangle nesties.The sentiment was stamped with versamark & embossed with gold. I used a circle punch, & circle nesties.

I bought the beads at Michaels a few weeks ago thinking I could use them on Christmas cards, but hadn't used any yet. So I decided I had to use them today. I used a corsage pin, and to hold the beads in place I used crystal effects. There's tiny gold brads in the corners, and the finishing touch was the ribbon. I couldn't believe how well it matched!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, November 17, 2008

GinaK November Release Challenges

All of my items posted today were made for the challenges leading up to & after the November release on the GinaK forum.

The first picture is a chocolate lovers birthday card! We were to use 3 or more stamp sets from GinaK. Luckily I have lots!!!! This card uses Just so Sporty, Little Tee’s & Retro Boutique.

I love making fun cards, and this one certainly was! I used my scor-pal for the first time and covered the brads with iridescent ice EP, they look like they’re covered in sugar.

The second card was made for a sketch challenge posted by Jessica (Jessjean). I really liked this sketch, and I’m sure I’ll use it again. I may even make more poinsettia cards in different colours! The poinsettia is from Melanie’s set ‘A year of flowers’.

I just wish the beads in the center had been a solid white, I think that would have looked better. I was going to use liquid pearl, but I can’t seem to get it to look round on top…it always looks pointed! If anyone has any tips on getting a more rounded look, please let me know.

The first challenge on the Ginak forum for the release party was hosted by Erika (SunshineMama). When I first saw it, I was totally discouraged. I’ve never done a scrapbook page on my own before…and with a deadline!!! But since Erika mentioned we could make it the size we wanted, I decided to try an 8x8 page.

Of course I couldn’t find the picture I wanted to use, it may still be on the computer somewhere! So I flipped through some loose photos we had out, and decided on this one. I used to sew, like many other papercrafters. The photo was taken on Canada Day in 2000, I made them all something to wear that day, tops for the girls, & shorts for Andre. I’m really like how this turned out.

Melanie Muenchinger posted a challenge on the GinaK forum before the release night, for a chance to win one of her 2 new sets. The 1st challenge was to use Just so sporty, or Little Tee’s. I used the Little Tee’s set and made this t-shirt of hope with a pink sparkly ribbon.

The second challenge was to make something using any of her other stamps. I hadn’t used the poinsettia from “A year of Flowers’ at this point, so this is the first card I made with it, and I won a free set!!! Gotta love that!

I also used the colour challenge on SCS that week, CC192 pacific point, certainly celery, and basic grey.

Well that’s it for today…I hope you have a great evening! I’m going to check & see if the winners have been posted.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Warm & Cozy

Hello, I made this for Heather's sketch & colour challenge on the H&M stamps blog.The card base is chocolate chip, with a layer of dp from basic greys figgy pudding.

The top triangle piece is baja breeze embossed with the snowflake EF. I stamped the image in noir black onto watercolour paper, and the dp.

The cat is coloured with SU crayons. I cut out the bed, and with a craft knife, I cut around the cats tail. I attached the bed to the image, slipping the bed under his tail, and his tail is attached with a glue dot. The whole image is outlined with copic W-1The ovals were made with nesties.To finish it, I used snowflakes made with a Martha Stewart punch, the cuttlebug snowflake die #2. & some stick-on pearls.

Doesn't he look cozy!


Pink Flourishes Tree

Hello, this is last weeks sketch challenge, and I used Faith's (Markie's mom) Tuesday colour challenge on the Flourishes forum. We were to use pink & brown. I love these colours together!

The card base is chocolate chip, with a dp panel on the bottom, the dp has pink foil hearts!The image from Forest of Trees was stamped with versamark onto white, and embossed with copper EP. Then I sponged pixie pink on the tree with a dauber. The top panel is pixie pink stamped with matching ink, and the top of the tree to give it some texture. The sentiment is from 'Garden Silhouette' I stamped it in versamark & embossed with copper. The finishing touch is the copper clip (which I'm never sure how to attach) and some pink ribbon & copper cord. The ribbon looks to me like it should be going the other way, I may have to change that!

Thanks for stopping by
Have a great day


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Hanna Challenges from Mom & Daughter

Hello, these are my entries for the November release challenge on the Hanna Stamps Forum.

#1 was a sketch challenge hosted by Candice. I used diet Sophie for the first time, she totally reminds me of myself!

The dp is from the DCWV sweet stack. I stamped her on white & coloured her with koh-i-noor pencils and oms (odorless mineral spirits) This is currently my favorite way to colour Riley & Sophie. I also stamped on soft sky dp & cut out the scale, then I stamped of white & cut out the dial of the scale, and I coated this with crystal effects so it would look like glass. The muffin is covered in dazzling diamonds glitter. The main image is popped up.

The sentiment is computer generated!

#2 challenge hosted by Beth (MyPrecious) was to make a non-traditional baby card, NO pastels.

I used the Stroller moose stamp. I chose the dp first, and picked out orchid opulence & green galore to go with it. The dp had hearts so I used the heart block EF and stamped little hearts on the card base. The heart stamp & the sentiment are from SU Short & Sweet.

The image was stamped onto white, coloured with koh-i-noor pencials & oms. I also stamped on green dp, and cut out the stroller. The main image panel is popped up.
#3 is for the Friday challenge on the Hanna Stamps Forum, there’s a new challenge every Friday! This weeks was hosted by Bev (TexasGrammy), we were to use chipboard.

I don’t have much in the way of Chipboard! I do have a big letter set, so I decided to use the Sleepy Time Riley for the first time. He is so adorable!

I picked the dp first again, and went with some paper from the Basic Grey two scoops pad. I used the koh-i-noor pencils, oms and SU markers to colour him in. I goofed & went outside the line in a couple spots cause I ran out of small blending stumps so I was using one that was too big on the pjs! Hopefully you didn’t notice til I mentioned it!

I used the letter Z, and covered it with dp & then stickles.

My Daughter Olivia (8) is always hoping to catch me working on a challenge so she can join in! I don’t have the heart to say no, and she has some great ideas.

For the chipboard challenge Olivia really was faced with a challenge because she had an idea, but we didn’t have chipboard to make it! She wanted a Riley sitting at a desk, with letters, like a,b,c, behind him. So she settled for school Riley and made her chipboard. The black strip is cardboard, taken from the recycle box, covered with black & then she added sticker letters!

I think my favorite is her non-traditional baby card! The before & after is so funny! She used Expecting Sophie, and stroller moose stamps.

Hope you like them!
Have a great day

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

New Paper Site

Hello everyone, I just wanted to pass on the news, and a link to the Paper Craft Planet. I just joined and everyone is welcome. It looks like another terrific crafting site & forum!

Be back later

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Some Christmas Cards

Hello Everyone, having been the lucky winner of the Parade of Stamps contest at H&M Stamps, I having been receiving LOTS of new stamps. I LOVE getting packages! So here’s some of the things I’ve made recently.

The first is made from a stamp from H&M Stamps called Percy Builds Frosty, he is even more adorable when you actually have him in your hand!!! I paper pieced his mitts, hat & scarf. I also couldn’t believe it when I realized I had paper I bought last year with almost the exact same design as the new EF called snow dots, so I had to use them together. And of course the dazzling diamonds for snow always looks so nice & sparkly!

The second card is also made with a stamp from H&M Stamps, it’s from the set ‘Christmas is a time for Cookies’. I’m really happy with the way this turned out, and it reminded me of the plate of cookies that is of course important to leave for Santa. That’s what led me to create the ‘Hi Santa’ sentiment with the Justrite roman font. I also love the way the punched edge reminds me of a lacey tablecloth.

The third card is made with the new Flourishes set called ‘Sleighride’ This deer is very similar to the deer in the “Flourishes Christmas’ set, except he’s smaller & facing the opposite way. Isn’t he elegant!

I made this for Faith’s (Markies’ Mom) Tuesday Chat challenge. Every Tuesday Faith posts a challenge on the Flourishes forum at SCS. There’s also a chat at 7pm every Tuesday, you should check it out!

I have admirerd Faith since I first found SCS. She has influenced many of my stamp purchases, and now Paper! I just love the Basic Grey figgy pudding paper. I first noticed it last year on Faith’s creations, and I finally have a pkg of my own, it arrived last week! I’m so proud of myself for actually using it, I’m terrible for saving the stuff I love best, it’s habit I’m trying to break!

I hope you all have a great day,
Don’t forget to vote!


Thursday, October 30, 2008

HOT Flashes!!!

Hello, I made this card for the Friday Challenge Hosted by Cindy Haffner on the Hanna Forum.

We were to use snow of some kind!Well I think it's time for a funny card! Laughter can be the best medicine sometimes. Hopefully I still have a sense of humor when my turn comes!

The Lazy Days stamp set, combined with snow reminded me of the commercial a while back, where the woman comes outside on a snowy windy day to turn on the AC! I can’t remember what the commercial was for, only that it had something to do with menopause & hot flashes!

The card base is blue bayou, with a layer of ruby red. The image was stamped with burnt umber onto watercolour paper. I coloured her in with SU markers, and then masked her so I could stamp the bricks. Then I coloured the bricks, and covered them with crystal effects.

The trees, SU Lovely as a Tree, were also stamped with the burnt umber, and I used a light wash of soft sky for the sky! The snow is covered with a subtle sparkle that you can't really see in the photo. I washed water over the snow, and then spread around the stardust pen with the water brush. Some areas are also covered with dazzling diamonds.

The sentiment was made using the justrite letters. My original plan was to have her surrounded by snowbanks, but then I decided I liked the snowflakes!

Thanks for Stopping by!


Saturday, October 4, 2008

Hanna Hanna Hanna

Well what a whirlwind of activity at my crafting table the last couple of days! Stamping & challenges seem to have taken over my life!!! I bet you can relate!

This card was made for a challenge on the Hanna Stamps forum, during their release week. We were to use 2 or more embellishments. I also used the CC186 colour challenge at SCS, we were to use chocolate chip, really rust and baja breeze.

The baja breeze was sponged with close to cocoa and the edges distressed.

With Thanksgiving (in Canada) and Halloween coming, I decided to use the Trick or Treat mini for the first time.

The card base is chocolate chip, with a layer of really rust, and a layer of baja breeze.

I stamped the scrarecrow on the baja breeze, dp from basic greys archaic, and watercolour paper. I also stamped it on blue bayou which had already been stamped with the canvas bg stamp and was a scrap leftover from another card.

I cut out all the pieces and layered them on the baja breeze, popping up his head.

The bale of hay was made with a piece of cardstock wrapped with raffia.

Two of the bats are stamped in the background, and one was cut out & glued to the sentiment which was punched out & popped up.

I used a spiral clip with ribbon & some buttons with raffia for embellishments.

For the third challenge, we were to do some kind of embossing, either dry or heat. I managed to do both without trying!

I was really pleased with how this turned out! The card base is ruby red that was stamped with the weathered bg in black.

I ran a piece of the black/red coredinations cs through the CB with the skeleton scroll EF. I used some of this to back the images. I love this cs, it only need light sanding to bring out the other colour. I also distressed the edges.

Pirate Riley was stamped on watercolour paper, and cooured with SU ink & a Koi water brush. The sentiment was stamped on watercolour paper with versamark & embossed with black EP. I sponged lightly around these images.

The sentiment has 4 tiny brads in the corners, & it’s popped up.

The bats are from the Martha Stewart punch.

There is a weekly challenge every Friday on the Hanna Stamps forum, for HSC36, we were to make a 3-D Halloween project! I decided to make a candy jar for my Husband. I love these jars, I actually bought a whole box of them at a local liquidation place.

For the top, I stamped the skull & swords from the pirate Hanna in versamark onto a white circle I found in my scrap bin. I embossed it with black embossing powder, then sponged on some more mustard & creamy caramel to dirty it up! I used my circle nesties to cut a slightly larger circle from the black/red coredinations. I distressed the edges, layered them & glued to the top.

Pirate Riley (he’s so cute) was stamped on watercolour paper, then coloured with SU ink & a koi waterbrush. I used the oval nesties to cut him out & layered him on a slightly larger black oval. The edges are also distressed and sponged to dirty it up. The bats are from a Martha Stewart punch, and I just bent up the wings & glued their bodies down.

I put a black eyelet in the top of the oval, threaded so black faux leather through & then added ribbon to hang it from.

For the last project, every month during the release party on the Hanna Stamps forum, there is a challenge posted.. This challenge usually involves using one of the new sets released that night, and has to be entered before the party the following month!

Last Month we were to make something using the new Kiss the Cook Hanna..

My SIL Wendy, likes to bake and often makes cookies or treats for the dogs. She’s even given them as gifts…lucky dogs!

A while back, my SU demonstrator Sue, showed us how to make a clear envelope photo book, you can find the tutorial on SCS here. I decided to make one but I turned it into a recipe book for dog & cat treats!

The book was made with black for the back, and DP from the DCWV Pet Stack. I also added a strip of DP along the front edge and the inside cover is lined with paw print dp.

All the stamps are from Hanna Stamps. I stamped Hanna (Kiss the Cook), the cat (Cats Hanna) and the dog ( My best friend) onto watercolour paper. Everything was coloured with SU ink & markers except Hanna’s apron which is paper pieced. The dog has little rhinestone gems on his collar, and all the images are layered on black. I used the nestie scallops circle & oval for the animals. I added the brad bone so it looks like that’s what the dog is looking at!

I used the jumbo brads from SU and threaded the double face satin through & tied.

Inside I added recipes I found on the computer. They were printed on white cardstock, and matted with colours that co-ordinated with the DP cover. I used some of the other stamps from the sets to decorate the pages as well.

That’s it for me today! Now I have to clean my house that was neglected for stamping!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Any comments are appreciated


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Wow! What a Week!

Wow it’s a busy week, and I have lots to tell you! First, a huge Thank You to Heather owner of H&M Stamp Co. she had a huge give away recently called ‘The Parade Of Stamps’ and I was the lucky winner. Also Thank You to all the companies that donated the prizes, I will be a happy shopper this month!

Two of my favorite stamp companies are releases there new stamps this week, Hanna Stamps, and Gina K Designs. This is my favorite time of month, because I love playing along with the challenges and seeing what wonderful creations the design teams come up with!

My first card today was made for the Flourishes (another favorite) Tuesday chat challenge hosted by Faith (aka Markie’s Mom). We were to use an animal in our card. I used the deer from Flourished Christmas, and this weeks sketch challenge SC195.

The card base is Not quite navy, stamped with the weathered bg stamp in the same colour.

The 3 panels are really rust and old olive embossed with the leafy branch EF, and baja breeze. All the panels are sponged with the matching colour and layered on chocolate chip.

The sentiment is also from Flourished Christmas, stamped onto more mustard & punched out with the 1” circle punch & layered on a 1 ¼” circle in chocolate chip. The sentiment is popped up.
All the leaves were made with 2 different Martha Stewart leaf punches.

I used the SU polytwill ribbon, and a stick pin with some co-ordinating beads to finish it off!

The second card was made for Andrew a friend of the family who just turned 12. Andrew loves sports and plays on several teams, but I know he plays soccer almost year round, so I decided to go with the soccer theme.

The card base is black, with a layer of white, and then glorious green for the grass. I searched online for a diagram of a soccer field & that’s what I used to decide where to cut the green pieces. I also ran it through the cuttlebug with the tiny bubbles EF for some texture.

The soccer shirt is from Melanie’s Just So Sporty set, which can be found at GinaK. I added the number 12, (his #) and the stripes, which I coloured with markers.

The words are also from the ‘Just So Sporty’ set, stamped on white & punched out with the SU large star punch. I glued them to the blue & cut around them to make a mat.

The soccer ball is from a See D’s rubber stamps #50016, it has lots of different sports balls & sayings.

The inside is also decorated because it’s a spiral pop up card. If you haven’t tried one yet, you can find the tutorial here.

I put a layer of white inside, and cut out the the circle springs. Then I added stars & soccer balls.

Lastly, I have a card I made for my Niece Carly. She turned 2 this month, and because she loves sweets & is so sweet, I used the Sock Monkey & his cupcake!

The card base is metallic cardstock from Michael's & if I remember right, it's called seafoam. Then a layer of pretty in pink, and a layer of the DP.
The canvas bg stamp was inked up with pretty in pink, and stamped on both white & pretty in pink cs. Then I stamped the sock monkey in brown onto both pieces. I cut them out & layered on circles made with the nestabilities. I made the monkey a girl by adding eyelashes! The whole thing is popped up on dimensionals.
The cupcake was stamped on the metallic paper for the bottom, and then pink for the top which was cut out & glued together. I coloured the candle flames with yellow marker, and added crystal stickles to the top & flame.
I used circle punches to make the tag with the #2 stamped in pretty in pink.The ribbon is dbl. sided satin from Michaels.
I Hope You have a Great Day! It's rainy here, a perfect time to check out the new sneak peaks at SCS and maybe get some stampin done!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


This card was made for World Alzheimer’s Day, and the Heart to Heart blog candy challenge Carolyn (Cammie) is hosting on her blog.

Carolyn’s Grandmother was a victim of Alzheimer’s, and recently passed away. Carolyn designed a stamp set called Whimsical Autumn, which is sold at GinaK, with all the proceeds going to The Alzheimer’s Association. Now she’s come up with another fabulous idea, and is offering the chance to win an extremely huge blog candy prize. All you have to do is make and send a card to a caregiver, for a chance to enter. The full details can be found here on Carolyn’s blog.

This card was made with the new Whimsical Autumn set.

The card base is wild wasabi, with a layer of metallic sea foam on the bottom, embossed with distressed stripes EF. The top layer is SU DP, the fiskars edge punch was used on this piece.

The image was stamped on water colour paper, I used a soft sky ink pad & Koi water brush to colout in the water. Each pussy willow has a dab of the white from the inkssentials pen, and then glue to adhere the fun flock. This panel is popped up.

The ribbon is wild wasabi tied through a buckle from the stylized silver HPH.

The sentiment was stamped in black, and layered with the small oval punch, and popped up.


Have a great day!

H&M Challenge

Well I finally had time to join in one of the challenges hosted by Heather, owner of H&M Stamps. Heather recently released a huge amount of stamps, so if you haven’t checked out the new ones, you should click on over to H&M when you get a chance!

I made this card with the new set, Lil’ Behind, for both the HMSC14 sketch challenge, & the HMCC11 colour challenge which can be found here.

I had a hard time finding paper in these colours that didn’t remind me of Halloween, but I decided to look through my scrap bin, and there was the perfect paper in the amount I needed with a tiny bit to spare!

The card base is black, with a layer of purple, and the white strip I used the fiskars edge punch on.

The threee middle panels are white layered with DP from Amanda Blu.

The cow was stamped 3 times on white and coloured. The first panel only has the udder, the neck and the bell showing, the second layer is just the cows butt and legs, and third part is the head which is popped up. The bell was coloured with a pumpkin pie marker and then some stardust pen on top.

The sentiment was punched with the 1 ¼” and 1 3/8” punches and popped up.

I had to turn the sketch on its side, I hope that’s ok!

I’ll be back later with another entry.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Live to Sk8, Sk8 to Live!

Hello out there, my Husband asked me to make a card for the son of someone he works with. I’ve never met him, but I do know he’s in Gr. 9 and likes to skateboard. The only skateboard stamp I have, is this one from the ‘Whatever Floats Your Boat” set by Rupa Shevde from GinaK Designs.

I was worried this image may not be cool enough for a boy his age. My Daughter Rachel is 15, and is/was into skateboarding too, so I decided to take some ideas from her clothes & favorite store West49.

The first thing I think of when someone mentions skateboards, is the fancy boards with bold graphics, skulls & crossbones, and the roughed up worn look, so that’s pretty much how this card came to be!

The card base is black, with a layer of old olive, and a layer of riding hood red that was run through the CB with the skeleton skull EF, and then the edges were distressed. Both the green & red layers have black sponged on the edges.

The image was stamped with noir black palette onto white, & onto water colour paper. The flames were hand drawn onto the board & coloured in with SU markers. I used SU markers, ink & a Koi water brush to colour the turtle. The turtle was cut out of the water colour paper, and I added a coat of crystal effects to his shell. I made him a hat with black cardstock, and the glasses are a brad. He’s popped up. I also used big brads for the skateboard wheels.

The sentiment was stamped in riding hood red ink, & cut out with the oval nestabilities.

The finishing touch was this really cool leather from offray that I found in a discount bin! See I knew I could use it some day!

So that’s my story! I hope he likes it!

Have a Great Day!


Monday, September 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Murray!

Hello, I made this card for our Friend Murray, today is his birthday! A week or two ago, Murray went away with his Dad & Son down East to New Brunswick, to a badminton tournament. When I first started this card, I thought that Murray had played, but later learned that is was only his Dad, who is in his 70’s, that played in the tournament. But Murray was out buying tennis balls with his Son, when I found out he had not played, so I added tennis balls! That’s the story behind the card, I was trying to make it funny, I hope he likes it!

The card base is real red, with DP from DCWV summer stack on the bottom, apricot appeal embossed with the new argyle EF on the top, and a strip of real red across the center.

The image from Under the Stars, was stamped 2 times on white, coloured with SU watercolour crayons and a Koi water brush. Then I cut him out, and layered him on bashful blue, and wild wasabi that were made with the rectangle nestabilities. The bears head is popped up, and I added a sweatband by using 1 strand of 3 ply yarn. This whole panel is popped up.

The racket was made with the 2 smallest oval nestabilities, run through the cuttlebug together. I hand drew the handle, and the mesh is actually drywall tape. The birdie was made on a scrap of white that had a triangular point. I drew the lines with a marker, and the bottom is half of a circle made with a hole punch. The tennis balls are made with a regular office size hole punch, and I drew lines on with the white inkssentials pen.

The sentiment is from Circle of Friendship, I popped up the center circle.

Have a Great Day Everyone!


Friday, September 12, 2008

8 Daisy's for Daisy!

Yeah it’s Friday!

The card I’m posting today was made for my Daughter’s friend Daisy, who is turning 8 tomorrow. Since I needed a card & wanted to play in the waste not want notchallenge jess jean(Jessica) was hosting in the Ginak forum, I decided to combine the two!

I used the daisy from the ‘Flowers for Daisy’set, designed by Asela Hopkins, it can be found at GinaK Designs. It’s a beautiful set! I decided to make 8 Daisy’s since she is turning eight.

The challenge was to use a whole 6x6 piece of designer paper, which I’ve never done before. Mostly because I am a self proclaimed DP hoarder! So I’m proud of myself, I used the whole entire piece!

The card base is white, with a layer of pretty in pink dp.

I cut all the pieces as described in the ‘Waste not want not’thread. That’s how I started anyway! I did end up cutting the 2x2 piece into 4 triangles, and the 2x4 piece into 2 - 1x4’s.

I used the Martha Stewart Doily lace edge punch on the white strips.

I stamped 8 flowers with the noir black palette ink. The centers of the flowers are colored with a pretty in pink marker, and the petals are covered with the stardust gelly roll pen. I love that stuff! You can actually see it in this photo. I attached 6 of the flowers with clear glue dots just in the center of the flower, and I also covered the centers of the flowers with diamond stickles. The last 2 flowers were popped up with dimensionals. Added some ribbon & da da! A pretty shimmery bouquet!

I had to add some of the dp inside, I’ll add a photo of that so you can see what it looks like.

I hope you all have a great day!


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

3 New Ones

Well I’ve been slacking off on keeping my blog up to date, so I have 3 cards to post today! The first 2 were made using Flourishes stamps. Flourishes is one of my new favorite stamp companies, they just released 3 more new nets today, so you might want to check that out! Their stamps are beautiful!

The top picture was made with the’ Summer Blossoms’ set. I also made it for the challenge Faith (Markie’s Mom) hosts every Tuesday on the Flourishes Forum at SCS. The challenge was to use white dots on at least 2 layers. Here’s a link to this weeks challenge.

To make the flowers, I stamped them 4 times on white. Then I coloured them with copics, and I thought they still looked kind of blah, so I added stardust gelly roll pen, you can see that better in the second picture. I also added white with the inkssentials pen to the centers, and each flower is two layers, with only the center of the top layer attached with a glue dot.

The second card is made with the ‘Thank You” set from Flourishes. I love this card…can I say that…lol… it turned out exactly as I hoped!

I found this really cool paper at our local scrapbooking store, it’s called ‘coredinations’ it came in several colours, & the neat thing about it is it has a lighter shade inside. That means if you emboss with your cuttlebug, or tear or sand it, another lighter colour shows through! Plus it’s textured…can’t remember if it’s textured on both sides or just one! I’m definitely going to get more colours!

So this card was made with a black card base, a layer of white, & then a layer of the coredinations cardstock. I embossed in with the Script EF. The tulip was stamped on white 2 times. I cut the flower head out of one, and popped it up. The flower heads also have stardust gelly roll pen on them, again you can see it better in the 2nd photo. I love that little bit of shimmer.

Another new element that was new for me was the corsage pin. I love the way they look, they just seem to add elegance! I added a few glass beads I picked up at Walmart. I had held off using them, because I wasn’t sure how to cover the end, but in this case, it’s just tucked under the sentiment.

I also added some stick-on rhinestones, and there you have it!

My final card is made with Expecting Sophie, from Hanna Stamps, again another great company with great stamps. I love all the Riley’s & Sophie’s. I made this for a challenge that was on the Hanna Stamps Forum. We were to use flowers.

I decided to use this image of Sophie, and I absolutely love this DP from SU, it’s called ‘Sweet Always’, and it’s in the new catalogue. I have to admit I love buying DP as much as I loved buying material when I sewed & PJ pants with cute designs! I tend to buy the paper and then I don’t use it, just in case there’s a better use down the road, and what if I don’t have enough, what if they don’t sell it any more! What would I do….so you see using this DP was a huge step for me! Lol

I stamped Sophie on white and then coloured her with SU ink & an aqua painter, I’ve been using creamy caramel for her body, and close to cocoa for the antlers & hooves. I coloured & painted an extra arm so I could layer in on top of the dress which is DP from the same pkg.

The flowers were made with the fiskars flower punch, and I added flat back stick-on pearls. If I remember right, I bought them at a liquidation place & they were sold for decorating cell phones & ipods. The sentiment is popped up, and the bottom edge was made with a Martha Stewart edge punch.

I hope you all have a great day, I’m glad to see some of you are starting to leave comments! And wow I’m almost up to 500 hits…hopefully they’re not all me! Lol

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, September 5, 2008

GinaK Release Party Tonight!

You can come in your PJ's if you like!

Today’s the Day! Yep today is the release party for the 5 new GinaK stamps, they’re being released for purchase tonight after the party…want to join in, everyone is welcome!

Come join us on the GinaK forum tonight at 7-10 pm central. They’re always a blast, you don’t have to own Ginak stamps, but I’m sure you’ll want to when the party is over! There’s sneak peaks, games, challenges, prizes, you get the picture!

Here is a card I made with a stamp set released last month called Little Tee’s. The set is designed by Melanie Muenchinger and sold at GinaK Designs. Melanie has several sets now, and they are all truly fun and easy to work with, and the possibilities are endless.

So I started out wanting to make a card that reminded me of fall, and that to me means warmer comfy clothes like flannel…shirts pj’s you know what I mean! But I like pj’s with cute prints so I ended up using some Daisy’d bambino paper. Unfortunately, in the end, my card doesn’t really look like fall, but sometimes you start out one way and end up another right!

The pants were made using the Tee stamp as well, I can’t take credit for that though, Melanie did it first on her blog!

You’ll want to check out all the designers blogs today, and make sure you stop by Gina’s and Melanie’s, they both have blog candy to give away. All you have to do is stop by and leave a comment for a chance to win. I’ll warn you now, I’m hoping to win Melanie’s…she has a scor- pal & scor- pal mat to give away! I think it might have my name on it! LOL


I’d also like to mention, that Carolyn King (Cammie) has designed a new set being released tonight at GinaK. Carolyn is generously donating all the proceeds to the Alzheimers Association, in loving memory of her Grandmother who passed away in July. From the sneak peaks so far, it looks like a great set for a great cause.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!Laurie

School's In!

I’m a few days late in posting this! School started here on Tuesday, so I made a welcome back present for some of the Teacher’s at my Daughter’s school. The cards were made using Hanna Stamps, and the mugs were using the Riley stamp, also from Hanna Stamps.

The card base is real red, with a layer of dp from the DCWV summer stack on the bottom, and a piece of black on the top.

I stamped the Hanna Teacher on white cs, and coloured in using SU inks and markers. I added a stck on gem for her necklace, and stickles for her bracelets.

To put the stamps on the blackboard, I used a large acrylic block and placed some of the small stamps on so they surrounded the Teacher. This way you only have to ink them up & stamp once for each card. I used SU white craft ink.

The circle stamp in the bottom corner, was made with one of the $ clear stamps from Michael’s.

The mugs were bought at our local Dollarama, I thought the colour was perfect, and they’re nice & heavy…actually the rim is so thick I wouldn’t want to drink from it!

Riley was stamped on white cs, and colured with SU ink & markers. I used the circle/scallop nesties to cut him out. Then I punches a hole on both sides, and threaded the ribbon through. To hold the image in place, I put clear glue dots on the back, & also one on the back of the ribbon so it didn’t slide down the mug. Tie the ribbon and voila! Actually fill it with pencils & then Voila!

I forgot to mention, I also used the Riley stamp to make a card for the Principal and the Secretary, I've included a picture of that as well.

Hanna Stamps just releases 4 new sets last night, along with a new Ballet Sophie stamp. All the proceeds from the Ballet Sophie stamp are going to a great cause, read more about it on Kristi's blog.

TIP: if you’ve had trouble getting a clear image from clear stamps, specially those $ store stamps, Kristi, the owner of Hanna Stamps has a great video on how to solve this problem.

Have a great Day!