Thursday, June 30, 2011

Canada 'Eh' early

I'm celebrating Canada Day a day early over here because tomorrow I have a fun card to show you for a guest designing opportunity that I had!  So here's something patriotic for you to get ready for tomorrow!
I submitted this in the Paper Crafts Card-a-Day publication, but it wasn't chosen.  Don't feel bad for me though...because I DID have one picked that you can see when it comes out in November! Yeah!!

I hope everyone has a fun, happy and safe holiday weekend!
As a side note- now that I'm using the 'new' Blogger I find I have to upload my pictures at their original size or else they come out that's why it is SO BIG!

Stamps: Background Basics: Argyle (PTI); Canada (Michael's)
Ink: True Black, Pure Poppy (PTI)
Cardstock: White, Pure Poppy, True Black (PTI)
Other: Circle punch (EK Success); Scalloped Circle punch (Marvy); rhinestone flourish (Prima)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hoedown #22

It's time for another Hoedown! Head on over to the challenge blog and get the details for this week's fun challenge, which is to use a Hambo image with a dog tag or dog bone on your card!

The design team worked with Doghouse Blues-digi, and I tried to pair it with more masculine colours this week, since last week's card was SO bright!!  After colouring my image with Copics, I cut it out and popped it up on some October Afternoon Campfire papers.  The shutters I coloured from a second image, then cut them out, and popped up a little bit so it looks like they are open and kind of flapping in the breeze.  My little 'dog tag' is hanging from some twine and held in place with a teeny glue dot so it doesn't twist and turn all over the place.   Thanks for stopping by, and now go check out what the rest of the team has come up with!

Stamps: Doghouse Blues-digi (Hambo)
Ink: Copic markers; Chai, Chamomile (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Ocean Tides, white (Papertrey Ink); Campfire collection (October Afternoon)
Other: Twine (Papertrey Ink); metal charm (misc.)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

#1 Teacher

I made this for my son's teacher; something a little 'school-ish' to give to her on the last day of classes. Here in Ontario, at least for my son's school board, they go right up until June 29th! Sounds like a long school year, but he doesn't start back until after the Labour Day holiday in September.  He's pretty excited to have summer holidays, but is also looking forward to seeing all his friends again come September, and starting Senior Kindergarten.
For the card, I used stickers, rub-ons and papers from the School Spirit collection by Crate Paper.  SUCH a lovely collection, although I added the scalloped border and ribbon to make it a little more 'girly' since he has a female teacher.
Stamps: Library Card (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Chai, Chamomile (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); School Spirit collection (Crate Paper)
Other: Stickers, Rub-ons (Crate Paper); ribbon, twine (Papertrey Ink); button (misc.); Scalloped border punch (SU!)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Let's Fly Away ATU#34

 Welcome back to my 2nd and last challenge as a June guest designer for the All Things Unity challenge blog!  Click on this link to check out my first creation from a few weeks ago.

This 2 week challenge features BUTTERFLIES...well, that's my favourite kind of stamp to use!! (Did you know I have 2 butterfly tattoos?) 

Unity and Ippity have TONS of butterfly stamps to choose from, so grab one and play along with us. Hop on over to  ATU#34 and check out the details.  The fabulous sponsor this month is Plaid and I got to play around with some amazing Mod Podge products and more.

I created a notebook that uses a Kaisercraft notebook from their Beyond the Page collection, Fancy Pants papers and some gorgeous Unity stamps.  I used a Plaid paintbrush to apply the 'original gloss' Mod Podge as a glue (it's very easy to apply and smooth out!) and sealer, and then also used a LOT of the glitter Mod Podge to cover the entire notebook cover.  It's very sparkly and pretty IRL.   

Stamps: The Artist in You, Life is Fabulous (Unity Stamp Co.)
Ink: Black StazOn (Tsukineko); Antique Linen (Ranger)
Paper: Lavender Leaves from Lilac House collection (Fancy Pants Designs)
Other: Alterable Notebook (Kaisercraft); glue, sealer, glitter by Mod Podge (Plaid); ribbon (misc.)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

It's your Day!

I love when paper collections include all those fabulous goodies like stickers, die cuts, alphabets, borders, etc.  It makes my crafting a whole lot easier AND more fun!! The Alphabet Soup- Girl line by My Mind's Eye has all that stuff included so that was my go-to choice when I needed to whip up a quick birthday card for a little princess.  :) A few paper strips in various patterns, plus the little girl and flower die cuts kept this card simple and was fast to put together.  The flowers I crumpled a bit to give some dimension, and the little girl I popped up.  It's hard to see in the picture, but I used my B000 Copic marker  to colour in the sentiment.
Have a GREAT weekend everyone!

Stamps: Hello Friend (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Copic marker
Cardstock: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Alphabet Soup-Girl collection (My Mind's Eye)
Other: Buttons, twine (Papertrey Ink)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thanks teacher!

A card made easy with a fabulous journalling card! The 100 Days of Summer collection by Simple Stories is just wonderful.  Pretty, girly, summery- it all screams my name! I loooove paper piecing that cute little apple and the gingham paper works perfectly for that.  I've used this line NUMEROUS times lately, so look for it lots in the next few weeks. :) Hope you don't get sick of it...haha.  Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to check back in on Sunday (and sooner I hope!) to see my final project as a June guest designer for the All Things Unity challenge blog.
Stamps: Teacher's Apple, School Time (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Chamomile, True Black (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Kraft, Sweet Blush, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: 100 Days of Summer collection (Simple Stories)
Other: pearls (Kaisercraft); Doily die (Papertrey Ink); Circle punch (EK Success); Stickles (Ranger)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Somebody Squealed...

It's Wednesday and that means it's Hoedown time! Head on over to the Hoedown blog to see what the Bacon Bits have come up with this week for Hoedown #21 featuring fibers, twine, string or thread but NO RIBBON.  I used the adorable Pig Inmate and coloured her up in non-traditional prison colours. :) The inside of the card reads, "...that it's your birthday!" I bundled up a few colours of twine that matched my bright colour scheme and tied them around the length of the card.  The 'stitching' around the edges of the card was doing using a paper piercer and a black marker.
Stamps: Pig Inmate-digi (Hambo)
Ink: Copics; Black marker (Zig)
Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst, white (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Summer Days (Echo Park)
Other: Oval, Big Scalloped Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders); twine (The Twinery)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Feelin' Groovy on Father's Day

Excuse the awful picture; I took this with my iPhone in the middle of a very sunny day and it just seems very BRIGHT! But hey, the sunny weather this gorgeous weekend was really appreciated; it was chance to do a bit of gardening and get a little tan! :)
This card was for my dad on Father's Day.  He's a Volkswagen junkie.  No lies, if there is a scrap piece of a Volkswagen bus, truck or bug he will find it!  Here he is with my two goofballs in a car he's restoring.  So needless to say, any sort of stamp that is Volkswagen related will work for him!  Him and my mom invited us over for a delicious prime rib dinner for Father's Day and I brought a homemade cherry cheesecake...mmmm! My dear husband was away on business, so we'll celebrate when he gets home!
I stamped the bus 3 times in different colours, and gave the bottom half of the card a 'grunge' sort of look with different coloured inks.  One layer and still colourful and cool! :)
Stamps: Feelin' Groovy (Taylored Expressions); My Hero My Dad, Grunge Me (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Smokey Shadow, Hawaiian Shores (Papertrey Ink); Platinum Planet, Night Sky, Turquoise Gem (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Stamper's select white (Papertrey Ink)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Fairy good birthday

This sweet birthday card just screams colour doesn't it?  Who doesn't love a little fairy granting your wish for a very happy birthday? :) I'm in love with Echo Park's Summer Days collection; it's so bright and bold and cheerful.  All the things I love in a paper pack.  Rainbow-ish colours and themes really get to me. Not a very fancy card; quite simple really, but I'm hoping there's a little girl out there who will be delighted by it!  Have a great day everyone!
Stamps: Believe in Magic- Pure Innocence line (My Favorite Things)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Copic markers, Spica glitter markers (Copic)
Cardstock: White, Hibiscus Burst, Royal Velvet (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Rainbow from Summer Days collection (Echo Park)
Other: Doily Details die, ribbon (Papertrey Ink); circle punch (EK Success); gems (Basic Grey); Stickles (Ranger)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hoedown #20

It's time for another Hambo Hoedown!!  Week #20 means using the colours Red, Teal and either Kraft, white or ivory.  Definitely don't forget to use a Hambo image!!!
The design team worked with the Laughing-digi and it just cracks me up.  I can think of a lot of friends I'd love to give this card to! :)
I gave my best attempt at colouring with my Copics.  I've taken a few classes and have decided I just. don't. get. it. Oh well, it's fun to keep trying!  Head on over to the Hoedown to get all the nitty gritty details and see what the rest of the Bacon Bits came up with!

Stamps: Laughing- digi (Hambo Stamps)
Ink: Copic markers; red glitter gel pen (Sakura)
Cardstock: white, kraft, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: 2009 Bitty Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Other: Ribbon (misc.); border punch (Fiskars); Bow Easy tool; gems (Basic Grey)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Parisian Anthology wedding!

This was a special creation for a friend who specified "orange and gray" as the colours needed on a wedding shower card.  I love special orders as it really stretches my creativity!  I've had these Parisian Anthology flower by Pink Paislee for AGES in my stash drawer just begging to be used, so I figured this would be the perfect time.  It's a little fancy for a shower card, in my opinion, but my friend liked it so that's what matters!
Stamps: Hello, Friend, Background Basics: Newsprint (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: True Black, Orange Zest (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Orange Zest, Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Other: flower from Parisian Anthology collection (Pink Paislee); pearl flourish and resin flower(Prima); border punch (Martha Stewart); Scor Pal

Sunday, June 12, 2011

All Things Unity Guest Designer for June!

I am SO beyond excited to share a little crafty news with you...I am a guest designer for the month of June over at the All Things Unity challenge blog! Challenges run for two weeks and there is always a sponsor for the month.  Keep in mind, that of course, you need to use only Unity or Ippity stamps on your creation when entering the challenges. 

June's fabulous sponsor is PLAID- the makers of Mod Podge, Folk Art paints and Extreme Glitter products (and waaayyy more)!!! Check out the prize package for one lucky winner!!

Now onto my project... So the challenge this time around is to get MANLY.  I busted out my October 2009 Kit of the Month (one of my faves- a definite 'go to' for me) and created a picture frame of my favourite rock star. :)  I covered the frame with my patterned paper using 'Original Gloss' Mod Podge as my glue, then once dry I trimmed the over handing edges with a craft knife. The tiny paint brushed shown in the prize package work perfectly for this! I stamped on my musical note image with black StazOn ink, then covered the entire frame once again with 'Original Gloss' as a sealer and shiny top coat. I did use a teeny tiny bit of the sparkle Mod Podge as well, but not too much since I wanted it to be MANLY! :) The Original and Sparkle both come in the starter kit shown in the prize pack.  I stamped the guitar onto patterned papers then cut it out and adhered it.  The rest is pretty self explanatory.  Edited to add: The picture of my son Jake was done by Glenda Cochran- click on the link to see her fabulous work!

I do know that anytime I want to alter anything from now on- I'll be using Mod Podge products.  They are versatile and easy to use and a little goes a long way!

Head on over the All Things Unity challenge blog to get all those fine details about entering this challenge and play along with us! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Guitar, musical notes, sentiment from Oct. 2009 KOM (Unity Stamp Co.)
Ink: Black StazOn (Tsukineko); White gel pen (Sakura)
Adhesive: Mod Podge original, gloss, sparkle (Plaid)
Paper: Joy Ride collection (Cosmo Cricket)
Other: Twine, button (Papertrey Ink); Star punch (Fiskars); rhinestones (Kaisercraft); paint brush (Plaid)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Mr. and Mrs.

Happy Saturday everyone! Today is a work day for me later on, but that's ok.  I just love my job; being a librarian is a dream job when you are an avid book reader! Surrounded by books all day AND encouraging children to read through exciting programs is ALL fun! Hopefully before I head in I'll have time to get crafting, but if not, I'll share another creation with you now.

This is a  soft, lacy, frilly, blingy wedding card I made just for fun awhile back.  The Echo Park Springtime pack has a few papers that are very versatile, like this pale blue polka dotted piece.  I used it paired with some Prima goodies and a big ol' sentiment from Papertrey Ink

Stamps: Big & Bold Wishes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Smokey Shadow, Chamomile (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Stamper's select white (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Springtime collection (Echo Park)
Other: Ribbon, lace trim, crystals, pearls (Prima); border punch (Martha Stewart)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hoedown #19

 It's Wednesday, so that means it's time for another Hoedown with Hambo (when I hear the word hoedown, all kinds of Jeff Foxworthy jokes come to's the redneck in me)!  This time it's a sketch to play with along with a MASCULINE theme.  So a) use a Hambo image, b) the sketch and c) make it manly.  Don't forget if you play along, you'll get a free digital stamp to use for the NEXT challenge...good deal! 
My MANLY card uses the Three Ties-digi image paired with Social Club papers from Cosmo Cricket.  I printed the digi off on patterned paper twice, then cut out the tie and glued it to the shirt, then glued that whole piece to white cardstock and ran it through my die cut machine (I use the Grand Calibur by Spellbinders).  Inked edges, letter stickers, a photo corner punch and voila! Done. :)
Enjoy your day, and head on over to the challenge blog to see what the other design team members have come up with!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sunny Spring Days

Here is a clean and simple card I made using the 2010 anniversary set that Papertrey Ink sent out to customers who purchased at least 12 sets in 2010.  Well, I received TWO free sets.  What does THAT tell ya!? I told my hubby that this was a free set I used, and I think he's caught on now to me..."Free? Doubtful." :) I love him!

Supplies: (all Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: 2010 Anniversary set
Ink: Orange Zest, Terracotta Tile, Ripe Avocado, Chamomile, True Black
Cardstock: Vintage Cream
Other: Stickles (Ranger)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

So Happy For You

A friend requested a bridal shower card and to me, a shower card should be bright and cheerful! The bride-to-be will probably receive 100 or more white/cream wedding cards so this one was going to be very cheery!  I used my new doily die cut from Papertrey Ink and paired it with a sentiment from Scattered Showers.  Papers are from the pretty Springtime collection by Echo Park.  I'm almost out of this collection because I have used it so much lately!!

I mentioned my 'new' doily die cut that I used on this card.  I loooove getting new supplies to use, but I have to keep them organized in a particular way...this won't surprise those who know me. :)  When I receive (ahem, BUY) something new, I put it in this pretty bin that sits on my work desk.  This applies to stamps, paper packs, embellishments, but not glue, other adhesives or things like ribbon and buttons I use all the time.  Only "special" new product I can't wait to try out.  Then, once I get around to using it for the first time, it can then be moved to its 'regular' spot with the rest of my supplies just like it.... :) Complicated maybe, but it works for me, ensuring I don't buy stuff, put it away and forget about it!!!

Stamps: Scattered Showers (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Simply Chartreuse (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Plum Pudding, Raspberry Fizz, White (Papertrey Ink); Springtime collection (Echo Park)
Other: Ribbon, button, twine, Doily Details die (Papertrey Ink); Scalloped Circle punch (Marvy); Circle punch (EK Success); gems (Zva); foam dimensionals; Bow Easy tool

Friday, June 3, 2011

Butterfly Thanks

Stamp free today!! AND a non-square card...ooooooh! :) It's easy when everything you need comes in those fabulous Echo Park kits...This time the Springtime collection.

In other news- is anyone else having horrible trouble with Blogger?? My goodness it's making me want to throw stuff at my formatting is all wonky and I can't comment on any other blogs without coming up as anonymous. It's driving me CRAZY!!!

Cardstock: Lavender Moon, Spring Rain (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Springtime collection (Echo Park)
Other: Butterfly stickers, sentiment die cut from Springtime collection (Echo Park); Blossom and circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); gems (Zva); Stickles (Ranger)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My exciting news...

Recently Hambo Stamps had a design team call, and being familiar with their awesome digis more so than their rubber images, and loving digital images in general, I applied and today I am so very, very thrilled to announce that I am now a BACON BIT.
Whhhhhaaatt??!! Screech in delight with me, like I did when I received my email saying that I had been chosen for the Hambo Stamps Design Team... So YOU can celebrate with me by playing along with us each Wednesday in the Hambo Hoedown. The Hoedown is awesome because if you play along, then you get the NEXT weeks challenge digi FREE (yes, FREE!). There are lots of other talented crafters on the team with me, so look for their links to appear on my sidebar in the next day or so! :)
This weeks challenge is to use BUTTONS but there is more than that, so head over to the Hoedown for all the pertinent details! Trust me- you'll be in awe of what the design team has come up with. And I'm not just saying that because I'M on the design team now... :) Here's my creation using this very cute Carrot Kid.
Stamps: Digi (Hambo Stamps)
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Pinefeather, Kraft, Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Garden Variety 6x6 pack (Cosmo Cricket)
Other: fence punch (Martha Stewart); circle punch (EK Success); Scalloped Circle punch (Marvy); buttons (misc.); twine (Papertrey Ink)