Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I am absolutely in love with the fairies Crissy Armstrong drew for Kimmie's January release! Oh, they are just gorgeous! I was in one of my local stores and found some beautiful papers by KaiserCraft that were perfect for what I had in mind to create with "Bird Fairy"! I just love when that happens.
I cut the window out with Nestabilites, and used the same set to make the frame for the window. I was also able to play with my brand new Nesties (Doodle Parts and Flower Creations)! The edges of all the papers and die cuts were distressed with brown ink. Those pearls are from the dollar store!!
I stamped "Bird Fairy" on Neenah cardstock and coloured her with Copic markers. The detail in this stamp is gorgeous! I just love all the folds of her dress, and tendrils of hair. This image was so much fun to colour. The little bird is just adorable too! The sentiment used on the inside of the card comes with Bird Fairy.
I seem to reach for my browns a lot when colouring hair, so I've been trying to experiment with different colour combinations. (Funny thing...I have never tried colouring red hair, which is a bit ironic considering I am a redhead. Maybe next time!) This close-up will give you a better look at the little bird! I coloured him as a blue jay, but I think he would make an adorable cardinal too!
So, I hope you hop on over to the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog to see what the Krafty Girls have made this week. Let me tell you, these ladies are so talented...their work always amazes me! You are sure to be inspired after taking a look at their creations. Remember to use a Kraftin' Kimmie image on your submission, and you may just be the lucky owner of the "Bird Fairy" stamp I used on my card today!
See you back tomorrow for another post!
p.s. It has come to my attention recently, that some people have been having problems posting comments on my blog. My apologies for this. I am trying to look into this glitch, but it seems that it may just be a random issue with Blogger. If you are having problems, please let me know! Feel free to email me. You will find the link in my profile. Thanks!
Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie: "Bird Fairy" and sentiment "Let the Fairy in you Fly"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black,Copic markers
Paper: KaiserCraft, Bazzill, Neenah
Embellishments: Pearls from dollar store, flower and swirls made with Spellbinders
Tools: Spellbinders Labels Eight, Flower Creations, Doodle Parts
Friday, January 29, 2010
Also, Phebe still has her amazing sale going on!! Everything at The Town Scrapper is buy one, get the second of equal of lesser value for 50% off!! This sale will be on until February 14, 2010..don't miss out on it!! Phebe's contact information is on her blog (her phone number is in the header, just below her blog's name).
You may use any stamp to participate in the Humble Pie Challenge, but if you do have some Humble Pie stamps, then we would love to see them!
Have fun stampers...can't wait to see what you create!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I chose to work with two different images. The first is called Puppy Love. What an adorable little doggy! This cutie comes with two different sentiments, one of which I used here, as well as two small bonus images (a bone and pawprints). I used the little bone from the set to make the background paper that the puppy is mounted on. I distressed all the edges, and antiqued them with Distress Inks. The puppy was coloured with Copic markers. I hand cut the large bone and antiqued that as well. Finally, the puppy was pop-dotted for dimension.
The second image I worked with is Birdie Delivery. I am totally in love with this cute image!! So, I decided that I needed a whole parade of them!! lol Now, I'm not usually successful with a "clean and simple" kind of look, but I thought I'd give it a go. It usually takes me forever to put a card together, so I was quite pleased that this one came together in about twenty minutes (not including the colouring time). As always, I coloured with my handy dandy Copics! I also had this metal embellishment kicking around in my stash...how perfect!! Gotta love it when that happens!
So, head on over to Sweet 'n Sassy to take a peek at all the new digis! Korin's digital stamps are such a reasonable price. That means you can pick up several without breaking your budget!
Have a blessed day friends!
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Digital Stamps "Puppy Love" and "Bird Delivery"
Ink: Copic markers
Paper: Bazzill, Neenah, Basic Grey, DCWV
Embellishments: Assorted ribbons, dollar store metal embellishment
Tools: Spellbinders, Bow Easy
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
So, if you are a regular visitor here, you will already know that every Thursday new digital stamps are released at Sweet 'n Sassy!! Korin has so many fantastic images, and the prices are incredible!! You are sure to find something to tickle your fancy! So after reading my post, please stop by the Sweet 'n Sassy store to check out all the stamps!! Also, make sure you pop in to the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi blog. A different team member posts everyday, so you are always bound to find fresh inspiration there!
My card today features the two new images "Heart Princess" and "Fenton the Frog". Now, how perfect are these two for a "princess and the frog" theme?? Korin has also released three sentiment sets today. I used one sentiment from the "Princess Seeks Frog" set. (The other two sets are "A True Friend" and "Love Sentiments 1".)
I printed my images out onto Neenah cardstock and coloured them with Copic markers. The trim on the dress was "blinged" up (I love how we can just make up words to suit our fancy!!) with Frosted Lace Stickles, and Fenton received a generous coat of Glossy Accents.
It's a little difficult to see, but I sponged in a sky using a make-up sponge and a cloud template.
Now, we have some extra fun for you all today!! You can hop on over to Paper Craft Planet for Sweet 'n Sassy's Digi Day!! Join in for a challenge, chatting and PRIZES!!! Yup, free digis my friends!! You will find all the details on the Sweet 'n Sassy group at PCP. I'm hoping to hop on for a bit after work, and I'm looking forward to connecting with all of you!
Have a blessed day friends!
Stamps: Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Stamps "Heart Princess", "Fenton Frog", "Princess Seeks Frog" sentiment set Paper: Bo Bunny, My Mind's Eye, Neenah Cardstock,Bazzill Ink: Copic markers Tools: Various Spellbinders Embellishments: Dollar Store ribbon, Prima Hydrangea, flat backed rhinestone, Glossy Accents, Stickles
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Today is the day you have been waiting for stampers!! It's release day for the Dustin Pike stamps at High Hopes Stamps!!! If you have been following the High Hopes Blog, you know that the Divas have been bringing you sneak peeks of the new stamps over the last few days. Well, today we are having a BLOG HOP to celebrate...and there are prizes to be won!! Want to know what you could win?? One lucky stamper will win the grand prize of an entire set of the new release!! There will also be three other winners chosen to win a stamp package!! That's FOUR prizes in all, so make sure to leave comments on each Diva's blog along the way!
If you arrived at my blog from the talented Karen's blog, then you are on the right track!! If not, the HOP starts over at the High Hopes Blog! You will find the order of the hop listed there!
Today, I am showing you a card featuring the stamp "Sir Dustin". This is one of my favourites from the new release!! I also used one of the brand new sentiments from this release..." I may look tough and on "attack", but it's good to know you've got my back!" One thing I always struggle with is making cute boy cards. I LOVE that this new release has many stamps that will be fantastic for making masculine cards!! Of course, they can always be "girlied" up too!!
Check out the look on the little knight's face!! Priceless! lol Not sure he's thrilled to have a dragon backing him up! These images are just so much fun to colour...and the quality of rubber is fantastic! You will have no problems achieving a nice sharp image. I stamped, as always, on Neenah cardstock and coloured with my Copic markers.
Have you picked out your favourites yet?? You still have several Divas to visit, and your next stop is the amazing Jeanette. She is sure to have something gorgeous for you to see! In case you get lost along the way, here's the order:High Hopes Blog
The candy will close Friday 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm EST, so make sure you leave those comments!! You could be the winner of one of the four fantastic prizes !!
So off you go!! You can check out the online catalogue over at High Hopes Stamps. There are links there and on the High Hopes Blog for retailers who will be carrying the new release(look for the little hippo on the right side of the page)!! Several of our Divas have online stores too...so no excuses!! Find a store nearby or get online and order yours now!! The sooner you order, the sooner you can be stamping!!
Have a blessed day!
Stamps: High Hopes "Sir Dustin", "I may look tough and on attack, but it's good to know you've got my bakc!"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Paper: Neenah, Basic Grey, Bazzill, (not sure of the company of the metallic cardstock)
Embellishments: Flat-backed rhinestones (Walmart)
Tools: Spellbinders Circles, Scalloped Circles, Fancy Tags
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Here's my sneak peek:
Monday, January 18, 2010
The set "My Guy Ian" includes two "Ian" images and several sentiments...what a great set to have! Today, I am sharing a card featuring one of these "guys". I stamped Ian and coloured him up with Copic markers...gee, do you all get tired of me saying that?? I decided to pair him up with some fabulous papers from the Basic Grey collection called "Origins" (you can purchase this paper at The Town Scrapper). There are several designs in this pack that lend themselves to a more masculine feel. Obviously with a masculine card, you want nothing "frou frou" on it, so I opted to go with a brad from the Basic Grey Sugar Rush line, twine and a vellum heart. I stamped the sentiment "Hey Dude" on the heart...which is part of the stamp set. Actually, there are several sentiments in this set. It's quite the bargain!
If you are close to Petrolia, Ontario make sure to plan a visit out to The Town Scrapper to check out all the fantastic stamp lines and supplies Phebe carries. If you are too far away to make the drive, give Phebe a call for information about placing an order with her!! You can find her contact information on her blog here. Oh, and I have some great news!!! Phebe is extending her BUY ONE, GET ONE OF EQUAL OR LESSER VALUE FOR 50% OFF sale until February 14, 2010!!! So, no excuses...call her today so you don't miss out on this deal!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
1. The space background.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
My card this week features "Tree Fairy", one of the new January Release images. I did alter her a bit though...I took her off her branch and perched her on these scalloped hearts cut out with some Nesties (which I borrowed from my friend Amy...thanks a bunch Amy!!). She was stamped on Neenah Cardstock and coloured with Copic markers. Her wings were coated with Frosted Lace Stickles. I loosely followed the sketch from Papertake Weekly...which is being sponsored this week by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! (Actually, so is Pink Elephant where the challenge is birthday cards. Why not triple your chances to win some Kraftin' Kimmie stamps, and enter all three challenges!)
Friday, January 15, 2010
I pulled out this Humble Pie image of Maggie holding a strawberry. I stamped her on Neenah cardstock and coloured her with Copic markers. The papers I used are from the new Basic Gray "Sugar Rush" collection (available now at The Town Scrapper!!). I found this fabulous rhinestone swirl at the dollar store (I do love a good bargain!!). I also used clear Dew Drops which I coated with Christmas Red Stickles. It is hard to see on the picture, but I used a Copic Spica pen to shimmer up Maggie's eyes and also to add highlights to the strawberry.
This sentiment is actually from a digital set from Sweet 'n Sassy stamps ("Cupcake Sentiments")...but I felt it was just perfect for making this Maggie stamp work for Valentine's Day!!
So come and play along with us this week! You could be the lucky winner of a prize from The Town Scrapper, exclusive home to Humble Pie stamps!! Hop on over to Humble Pie to find out more details!
MelanieStamps: Humble Pie "Maggie with Strawberry", Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Stamps "Cupcake Sentiments"
Ink: Copic markers
Paper: DCWV cardstock, Neenah cardstock, Basic Gray "Sugar Rush"
Embellishments: Dew Drops, Stickles, Dollar Store rhinestone swirl.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Now, before you take a peek at the inside, I need to ask you to tilt your head a little to the left...more....more...ok, that should do it!! Why?? Well, I noticed after everything was stuck down, that it's all a little off-kilter. :( Now normally, I can tease layers off with some thread...however, I had just run out of my usual adhesive. Since this card was going to be quite thick and heavy, I decided to use my Glossy Accents to adhere everything...very permanently. These papers were NOT budging. So, please humour me and just "pretend" that everything is straight, ok?? lol ( a very wise friend once told me that things being a little crooked is just proof that something is handmade with love...after all, nobody is perfect right?? hee hee)
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I can't wait to show you what I've been working on with these fantastic new images. I know the other Divas are bursting to show you their creations too! Well, the wait won't be long now!
This Sunday, the Divas will be bringing you cards with this brand new release on the Challenge Blog!! The sneak peeks will continue on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday January 20, 2010 is the BIG RELEASE DAY!! We are having a blog hop to celebrate this new release!! Oh, I can hardly wait!
What would a new release be without the chance to win??? Well, here are the details on some amazing candy being offered by High Hopes...you will also find this (along with the blinkie) over on the challenge blog!!
Do you want to win a package bursting with new release stamps? Of course you do :-) Then we would love you to help us spread the news about our blog hop and release on Wednesday January 20, 2010.
To be entered into the draw:
1. Grab our blinkie from the sidebar and place on your blog.
2. Tell your friends about the news, blog hop and release on January 20th.
3. Become a follower of this blog if you aren't already ;-) You don't want to miss out on the fun and there will be tons of prizes along the blog hop!!!
4. Leave a comment on this post with a link to your blog post sharing our news.
The contest ends 8pm EST (Midnight GMT) on January 22nd!!
I can hardly wait!! I hope you all are excited too...see you Sunday!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Did you all know that every Sunday, a new challenge is posted on High Hopes?? Did you also know that with every challenge, there is a fantastic prize up for grabs?? That's right...all you need to do is make a project following the challenge topic, but it MUST include a High Hopes image. This week, the challenge is brought to us by the talented Karen, who is asking you to include a bow on your project!
For this challenge, I chose to use "Girl Talk"...what a cute stamp!! (my daughter LOVES this image!) The image was coloured with Copic markers...all except the nightgown of the little girl on the left. I paper-pieced that, and added some shading with my Copics for depth. The little "Giggle" embellishment was a find at the dollar store! I don't know a single stamper who doesn't scour the dollar store for a good card treasure! Actually, I was there today, but sadly left empty-handed this time :(. I also had some little wooden heart tags, so I covered one with design paper and mounted the "sentiment" on it. The bow was made with that fabulous little tool, the Bow Easy! I love this tool now...but I have to admit, it did not seem so "easy" at first. It took me a bit to figure it out!
I hope you find time this week to join in the Challenge over at High Hopes. The High Hopes Divas have some great examples posted on the blog, so come on over and take a look...then link up your entry for a chance to win!!
Have a wonderful Sunday!
Stamps: High Hopes "Girl Talk"
Ink: Copic markers, Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Bazzill and Bazzill Bling cardstock, All My Memories, Kaisercraft
Embellishments: Wooden Heart Tag, Metal Dollar Store Embellishment, Walmart Ribbon
I know you all have been waiting, especially with all the fantastic sneak peeks of these new images...but wait no longer! It's RELEASE DAY over at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!! This new release is jam packed with so many incredible images and sentiment sets! There are four new fantastical images from Crissy Armstrong, four new fun and funky images from Annie Rodrigue, four adorable images from Jean Grant and two new sets of coordinating sentiments!! You’ll get to check out all the images throughout our fabulous blog hop!! You might as well just buy them all, and save yourself the decision making!
So, if you have come here from Betty's blog, then you are on the right track. If not, start over at Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge Blog and follow the links along the hop. Kimmie has posted a list for the order of the blog hop at the Challenge Blog, just in case you get lost along the way!
2. The first 50 orders of $75 or more before shipping and taxes, will receive the special little surprise PLUS a free Oliver stamp!!
3. And as usual, EVERY order over $100 will receive free regular shipping!!
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Dapper...yup, that's what I think of when I look at "Chester"! I immediately fell in love with this character when I saw him! How can you resist him in his suit and top hat? I decided to use Chester to make yet another Valentine's Day card...'cause he looks like he's dressing to impress some lady friend, don't you think?? Imagine Chester showing up at your door...looking so very snazzy! I paired Chester up with papers from My Mind's Eye and Bazzill cardstock. The little sentiment tag was part of the MME paper kit. I have had these metal snaps in my stash for quite some time, and have been waiting for just the right project to use them on. I also had this entwined heart brad kicking around in my collection too...how fitting!
So, are you game?? Play along with Tara's "Heavy Metal Challenge" and you just might find yourself the winner of a terrific prize. Hop on over the the Challenge Blog for all the details, but remember, you MUST use a Kraftin' Kimmie image to be elligible for the prize!
Tomorrow is the big day! The new January Release will be available for purchase!! Not only that, but Kimmie and all the Krafty Girls are having a blog hop to showcase the new images! You will find all the details of the hop and links to the blogs tomorrow over at the Challenge Blog. See you again tomorrow!!
Friday, January 8, 2010
I'll try to find the link and add it here later, or perhaps to another post.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Ok, did you land on my blog today courtesy of Cute Card Thursday?? Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps is the sponsor this week!!! You are probably wondering why you are not finding the card posted there, hmmm??? Well, I can explain. You see...I have a "sneak peak" planned for tomorrow of the brand new January release...as do many of the Krafty Girls!! As the theme over at CCT is "new", many of the DT are showing their cards featuring the "new" images there today! (so technically, you could get a "sneak peak of my sneak peak"...hee hee)
I PROMISE if you come back first thing tomorrow morning, I will have not only pictures posted here, but also details about my card that is up on CCT!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!!