Woo hoo! I won a prize on Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog Hop

I noticed this morning that I won a prize from Carolyn on the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. It was a random drawing and I won two new Bella stamps - Crafty Bug and Butterfly kisses.

Doing the happy dance.......!

March 29, 2010

Stampactular Sunday Challenge "Build A Card" Blog Hop

Come and join the fun! Click on title of this post to go hop and see the rules. My card is in the making....

Finally after interruptions for supper, laundry, and watching the gold medal game of the Women World's Curling Championship between Germany and Scotland, here is my card:

Blog Hop "Recipe" Requirements:

-Brown is the main layer
-Rectangle requirement is the layers
-Favourite colour is blue
-Matting is blue
-Stamped images are the flowers (Layers of Colour Stamps),
coloured with Copic markers, cut out and popped with foam dots
-Two additional colours are yellow and pink
-Brown sheer dotted ribbon
-Flowers are the stamped images and the patterned paper
-Charm is the hummingbird
-Sparkles are the half pearls and acrylic embellies in centre of flowers
-Sentiment is the verse "friends are flowers that brighten our day"
(friend requirement)

Hope I have covered everything!

March 28/10

Easter Card -Clearly Vintage Image

Cora at Clearly Vintage has recently posted on her blog some gorgeous vintage Easter postcards for downloading. Go check them out!
Here's a card I made using the sweet chick from March 21st. I sized the image and printed it out on SU cardstock, so that I could cut it with the Nesties Curved Rectangle die. The background patterned paper is embossed with the Cuttlebug Bloom Dots folder. I thought it "echoed" the hydrangea petals.
While there isn't any actual stamping on the front of the card, I used a Stampin'Up! verse inside - "Wishing you all the wonderful gifts of spring".

March 25/ 2010

Cuttlebug Challenge #76- Easter be inspired

Charisma Cardz Challenge #12 - Spring has Sprung

Colour Create Challenge #41 - Your choice of Pastels

Paper Play Challenge Week 12 - Easter

House Mouse Lip Smackin' Relaxin' Birthday Card

I made this card for a friend's birthday following the requirements for SP Colour Combo challenge #40. The colours of Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, and Pretty in Pink were hard to combine at first, but after I went through my stash of paper, I was able to pull it together. Inside the card, the verse reads, "A day spent pampering is a day well spent". The image is coloured with Copic Markers.

-Stampabilities stamps "Lip Smacking Relaxing", and "Day Spent Pampering".
-Imaginisce chocolate dot, and DCWV striped papers, Bazzill cardstock
-EK Success embossed zigzag border punch
-SU Tab punch, verse enjoy, prima flower
-Pink striped thin ribbon
-Pink pearls
-white Liquid Pearl on marshmallows and mouse's lip for dimension
-TH Distress ink Tea Dye on edges of layers, and sponged around mousie
-Nesties Label die

*Other challenges see below - click on highlited title to go directly to blog

SP Colour Combo Challenge #40

Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Pretty in Pink

Die Cuts R Us - Challenge #31 - Recipe:stamped image, two die cuts, 3 jewels, ribbon

Pile It On Challenge #11
- Furry Friends

Penny's Challenges March 17th -Another Birthday Card

Cupcake Craft Challenges #83
- Food and Drink

My card made Top 5 - SP Colour Challenge #38

Wowsers! I was so excited to learn that my Penny Black birthday card made Top 5 in the Winner's Circle for the SP Colour Combo #38

I got a badge to put on the sidebar of my blog in recognition!

Doing the happy dance...... LOL!

March 24/2010

Birthday card

This is a fairly simple birthday card inspired by Tuesday Triggers pic (the colour), though I probably should have used a butterfly instead of a bird stamp.
-Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue ink
-Inkadinkado stamps
-SU patterned paper; SU Shimmer white; SU Blue Bayou papers
-Anna Griffin decorative corner punch
-Oval Nestie
-Sheer ribbon folded in layers.

March 23/10

Twinkles Glow with STamps -Blog Anniversary Candy

Chris is giving away two great goodie packages to celebrate her blog anniversary. Click on this title to go directly to her blog and see what is required.

Blog Candy #1

Blog Candy #2

March 23/2010

Birthday Critters - Penny Black

The sketch for this card is from Mojo Monday #130. It was a challenging sketch! When I was looking through my stamps for the angled layer, this Penny Black one, coloured with Copic markers,fit perfectly.
Sorry about the wonky angle of the picture, but I wanted to show the glitter on the cupcake, so I had to tilt the card to get the bling.
-PB Stamp is from the "Critter Party" clear set.
-Top layer is embossed with Cuttlebug Bloom Dots folder.
-The flowered PP is by Imaginisce, and yellow dotted scrap is from SU 6"x6" pad
-SU Ribbon, and Doodlebug brads
-Circle Nesties, and EK Success Punch "Scalloped Scallops"

March 18/10


Penny Black Saturday Challenge #92 - Spring Colours.

Mojo Monday #130 Sketch

SP Color Combos #39 - Cameo Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Summer Sun, or colors similiar. My main layer is the purple which is hard to see in the pic.

Charisma Cardz Challenge - Something for the Kidz (birthday) The Penny Black critters are too cute!

Play Date Cafe PDCC #21
- Dark & Light Pink and Yellow

365 Cards #18 Plentiful Patterns - Use at least three different patterns

Ohh La La #49 Anything Goes

Crafty Creations Challenge #59 - Spots & Dots Cuttlebug Bloom Dots folder (the pink layer), and SU Yellow Dotted layer.

Hollywood Crop at Cropstop

Yesterday at Cropstop.com there were all sorts of fun challenges re: Hollywood theme and the Oscars.

I entered the Best Song category with this card. Something new I tried was paper piercing all around the border of the Nesties 10 die and hand-stitching with gold metallic thread. Hard to see the shine in the thread, but it's there IRL!

My song is Spring Fever by Elvis from his 1965 movie "Girl Happy"!

I couldn't think of any current spring songs to fit my card, except for "Beautiful Day" by U2. I like anything by U2, but when it comes right down to it, the lyrics are kind of dark for a song about a beautiful day. Go figure. Here are some of the lyrics to Elvis' song:

A little bird, he told me so
He said come on, get on the go
Open your eyes the sky is full of butterflies
The blossoms on the trees stir up the honey bees
Spring makes my fever right
Spring fever comes to everyone
Spring fever, it's time for fun
Get up, get out spring is everywhere

Spring fever, Spring is here at last
Spring fever, my heart's beating fast
Get up, get out spring is everywhere

March 14/2010

Mouse in Egg - Easter Card

I received my new Nesties Labels 10 set on Friday and have been playing with them this weekend. I thought they kind of looked like an egg on a stand, and after I got this card done, I thought it sort of looked like a fish too. Am I warped for thinking this? tee hee hee.

The challenge on the Penny Black site is for spring cards, and this little mouse sitting in the egg is too cute. I designed the background paper to look like a decorated egg. Both the green rickrack and looped edging are cut from a 12" long Sizzix Sizzlets die called "Frills". The striped paper of the loop edging is by Imaginisce. It already had some glitter on it, but I added a bit more with Stickles, and also on the image coloured with Copics. Yellow PP is by SU and it was run through the Bug "Dots" folder.

After the card was finished, I discovered it doesn't stand properly. The weight of the ribbons makes it heavy on the left side causing the card to tilt and fall over.Oh well, sometimes good ideas don't work out. I'm not sure if it would stand tall-ways either.Perhaps a scoreline by the scallops and folded to make little "feet" would help it stay upright. Maybe I'll try that another time.

March 14/2010

*see challenges below

Penny Black - #92 -Spring Colours

There She Goes - TSG #45 -Yellow Flowers -The patterned paper by SU has very faint flowers on it, and there is a yellow layered Prima.

Ooh La La - #49 Anything Goes

Paper Cutz - #32 Anything Goes

Secret Crafter - #74 Anything Goes

Suzy's Sassy Blog - #10 Easter

Rosie D's - #66 Think Spring

Stamping with Fun - #49 Spring

Cute and Girly Blog - Spring in the Air

Creative Card Crew - Celebrations ( Easter )

Tanda Teazer - #137 Spring

Tiffany Doodles - New website for digi stamps

Tiffany Doodles is a new store for digi stamps. There are some beautiful flower ones and freebie's too. She is having a contest to win $10 in digis. Click the title to go directly to her website, and the contest info is in the "cloud" on the right sidebar. If you join her Papercraft Planet group, please use my name as a referral in the comments section. I get two extra chances to win! Once you join PCP, and a friend uses your name as a referral, the same applies. Contest runs until March 15th

March 10/2010

Tim Holtz inspired birthday card for my brother

My brother's birthday is coming up April 4th. Usually I'm last minute trying to create something! This card took a lot longer than I planned because of all the techniques, bit I feel it was worth it!

I used a Tim Holtz mask and Tim Holtz stamps to create the main focal layer. I started with a compass mask using TH Distress inks Denim and Linen on SU Vanilla C/S, over which I stamped the verses, car and small coupon in Brilliance Coffee Bean.Clock is stamped with Brilliance Ivy. Then I tapped the car stamp into the Coffee Bean,Ivy Green and Sunflower Brilliance inks, and cut out the image mounting it with pop dots over the stamped car. I sanded certain areas of the car to highlite, such as the fenders, roofline, etc.with my BasicGrey precision file set. I sponged TH Corduroy around the edges of the layer to give depth. The arrow brad was black, but I dipped it into Versamark, and embossed with Copper EP.
For the background layer, I cut two different papers and randomly sponged TH Distress Linen over the whole surface,stamped an assortment of travel stamps, sanded areas of the paper to remove the ink, and sponged TH Distress Corduroy around the edges.
Also used is a paper clip,ribbon, EK Success index border punch, Rectangle Nesties and verse from Inkadinkadoo which is also sponged around the edges.

March 9th

*See Challenges Below

All Sorts Week #42 - Just for Men

PaperTake Tuesday Weekly Sketch #36- turned sideways.

2RedBananas -Banana Split Sunday - Behind the Scenes I created the background paper with sponging, randomly stamped travel stamps, sanding/distressing

Tanda Stamps Teazer #136 - Transportation Vintage Car

Colour Chef #41 - Colours Yellow, Green, Brown & Cream

Pollycraft #35 - Distressing - Randomly sanded areas of the background paper and areas of the car to highlite; sponged ink on background paper, and on the edges of layers

Spoonfull of Sugar #94 Recycle - I recycled a paperclip and black arrow brad which I coated with Versamark and embossed with Copper EP

Baby Card

My husband's niece Amanda & her husband Shayne are expecting their first child, a girl, on March 18th. I don't have many baby stamps, so I downloaded this clip art from http://karenswhimsy.com/. Apparently the sketch of the baby comes from an old book. I thought it was so sweet! I coloured the image with Copics, and made faux pearl buttons on the baby's jacket with Liquid Pearl.

This card qualifies for challenges as noted below.

March 6, 2010

Our Creative Corner - March 6th Sketch- I turned the sketch sideways

Crazy for Challenges #C4C27 - Paper Piercing

Crafty Creations Challenge #57 - All one colour

KLSNS Challenge #2 - Buttons Real buttons and faux pearl buttons on baby's jacket (Liquid Pearl)

Stamp Something Challenge Fri, March 10th - something girly or pink
What's more girly than a baby girl with shades of pink PP and C/S??? LOL!

Stampacular Sunday Challene #49 - Baby Card

Gingersnap Creations Birthday Blog Candy

Gingersnap Creations is having Birthday Blog Candy. Lots of goodies to win!
Click on the title of this link to go directly and find out the rules to enter.
Love this site. Lots of artsy and vintage ideas!

March 3/2010

Spring Bird

Today, I received a new embossing folder in the mail. It's made by Crafts Too called "Leafy Tree". I embossed it on SU white C/S, coloured the embossed parts with Copic markers, and cut out around the edges of the leaves. Added primas, the verse,a bird cut from Cricut Storeybook cartridge,SU grosgrain ribbon and pearls. Inside, the verse reads, "Happy Bird-day to you!"

I'm not quite sure I like the way the card turned out, but at least it's "spring looking", and hopefully it will brighten the day for my DH's sister in Dartmouth.

March 3/2010
*Challenges - See below

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Triggers Challenge "Sweet on Spring"

Crazy for 4 Challenges - Three Textures