Monday, January 30, 2012

Sweet Hanglar

So here's another one of those stamps that I just had to have last year, but then didn't do anything with it. ( After looking through my collection of stamps, it's probably going to take me a couple of years to get through them all!! ) 


This little beauty is from Hanglar Strangler, and I thought she would be perfect for a Valentine's card, or maybe a birthday, or several other celebrations, so I didn't put a sentiment on her yet.  I colored her with Copics and then used Prismacolor pencils to darken some of the shadows.  The dp is from Graphic 45's Once Upon a Springtime collection, cardstock and ribbon is from my stash, and the heart border punch is from Martha Stewart.

Kaboodle Doodles - #104 It's All About the Girls
My Craft Spot - Anything Goes
Truly Madly Crafty Challenges - January Anything Goes
Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C121 Layer It On
The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - #170 Ribbons

Friday, January 27, 2012

Crazy Whimsical Blog Hop!!

Today Whimsy Stamps is combining forces with One Crazy Stamper to bring you a Crazy Whimsical  blog hop filled with lots of inspiration and some PRIZES!!

Whimsy Stamps is a family owned rubber stamp company located in the United States. We carry a large variety of exclusive rubber and digital stamps, custom rubber and digital designs, our Shapeology metal crafting dies, and many different crafting embellishments. We have new releases each month for both rubber stamps and dies as well as new digital images. Hop by the shop and see what's new!
One Crazy Stamper is a fantastic Canadian crafting store with an online site as well as a brick and mortar store located in Bolton, Ontario! One Crazy Stamper has the latest products you are looking for! Be sure to check out the One Crazy Stamper shop as well as the OCS blog for your daily inspiration.

Please join our hop featuring projects from the Whimsy and One Crazy Stamper Design Teams.   Be sure to hop around from blog to blog and leave a comment at each stop, because some lucky random commenters are going to win some crafty goodies!!!

For this hop I received this sweet image from Whimsy Stamps by artist Sylvia Zet of Wee  Stamps, entitled "Bird Swing".  I stamped the image with London Fog Memento Ink on Copic Xpress It blending paper, and then colored it with my Copic Sketch Markers.  Using a Copic multiliner, I outlined the birds in black, and also used a silver pen on the frame of the swing.  I had just received the Japanese Garden Lace Oval die by Cheery Lynn from One Crazy Stamper and was looking for any excuse to use it soooooo......here it is - love, love, love it!!!  And the bonus is that the branch embellishments are included in the center of the oval die!!  If you have never used these gorgeous dies you should order a few, and make sure to also order the Metal Cutting plate, which makes cutting the dies so easy and quick!!  I very carefully cut the image to fit the inside of the oval frame, then layered pattern paper from Lily Bee Designs Head Over Heels Tiny Tablet, and cardstock for the front of the card.  The ribbon, sentiment and pearls were from my stash.


Here is the order of the hop! Happy Hopping!
1. One Crazy Stamper Blog- http://onecrazystampercom.blogspot.com/
2. Jacilynn - http://www.jacilynndashwood.blogspot.com/
3. Debbie Eastman - http://debbieeastmancardsimake.blogspot.com/
4. Michelle - http://www.inspirationblooms.blogspot.com/
5. Alberto LoShakerato - http://www.loshakeratoalberto.takingweb.com/
6. Sue – http://craftcreations.ca/
7. Heidy Blom-http://heidysscrappies.blogspot.com/
8. Joni - http://joni52.blogspot.com/
9. Simonne Clay http://semsee.blogspot.com/
10. Madge – http://scrapaholicpaperjunkie.blogspot.com/
11. Iris Wiechmann http://cocoacards.blogspot.com/
12. Shari – http://www.pickledmemories.blogspot.com/ - you're here
13. Beate Johns http://beate.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/
14. Lisa - http://mainlystamping.blogspot.com15/
15. Tammy Louise Cunliffe http://handmadebytlc.blogspot.com/
16. Lora - http://www.onecrazystamperblog.com/

Have fun and enjoy all of the fantastic projects on the hop.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Purple Frog Challenges - Valentines Day/Show Us Some Love
Craft Us Crazy - Valentine/Love and/or Animals
Belli Challenge - #136 Frames
Whimsy Stamps Inspriations Challenge - #23 Pearls or Bling
Anything Goes Challenge - #59 To the One I Love
Cupcake Craft Challenges - #176 All You Need is Love
Paper Creations Ink - #17 Love/Romance
Simon Says Stamps Challenge - Anything Goes
Joanna Sheen Challenge - Celebrations
The Outlawz Copic Challenge - Anything Goes

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Toby Tumble

Cuddly Buddly has beautiful digital images and papers from several artists, and one of my favorites is Pacheal Studio's Toby Tumble.  This mischievous bunny is always busy - this  image is "Toby Tumble - Easter Surprise".


The image was colored with Copics, cut out with Spellbinders and layered on to two digital papers from Cuddly Buddly - the bumble bee paper is from Pachela Studios Toby Tumble Hearts and Flowers collection, and the diamond patterned paper is from Cuddly Buddly Peppy Papers Purple/Lime collection.  Flowers are from Prima, pearls are made with a pearl pen, and the ribbon is from my stash.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

We're Back!!!

Back to business with the The Paper Shelter - both design teams took a break for two weeks while a design team call was taking place to add to our already fabulous teams, and now it's time for Team B to show off our beautiful creations for the next challenge, which is #48 Swirls and Pearls.

This is Magic Bubbles colored with Copics, then cut with a Spellbinders Big Scalloped Circles die.  The bubbles were given dimension with Judikins Diamond Glaze, and blue pearls that are floating up, up and away were made with a Viva Decor Pearl pen.  The digital paper is also from TPS, and can be found in the Gothic Girl collection here.  Chipboard swirls were coated with two different colors of glitter glue, and the sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps.

Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenge - #23 Pearls or Bling
Creative Craft Challenges - The Colour Blue
Dilly Beans Challenge - Have the Blues

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sunday's With Crissy - Beat the Mid-Winter Blues

If you are looking for my One Crazy Stamper post for today, please scroll down to the next post.



Welcome to my card for this month's theme at Sundays with Crissy, which is Beat the Mid-Winter Blues.  The theme has many different approaches - blue card, fun in winter card or maybe like me you want to make a card to remind you of warm weather.  The image is Swingin' Emmylou, an image Crissy created for Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.  I colored the image with Copics, fussy cut it out, added Flower Soft to add dimension, and adhered it to an acrylic card base that I embossed with a butterfly folder and my Cuttlebug.  Cherry Lynn dies were used to cut the decorative flourish and butterflies, and the sentiment if from Whimsy Stamps Spring Letter Seals set.  The dp is from Prima's Celebrate! Jack and Jill paper collection.  Pop over to Sundays with Crissy to check out the other lovely projects by the rest of the design team, and then get creative and enter to win this month's challenge.

Lollipop Crafts - #64 Wing It
Stamp and Create - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps Challenge - #22 Summer in Winter
Let's Ink It Up - #19 Anything Goes
2 Sisters Challenge - #75 Embossing
Frosted Designs - Fabulous Friday - Use Vellum, Acrylic or Transparency

Fred Bear and the Snow Bear

My last post this month for the challenge over at One Crazy Stamper, and as a reminder of the theme of the challenge this month my card is RED/WHITE and the color of my choice, black.

My card features a My Favorite Things stamp entitled "Fred Bear, Snow Bear" one of my favorite images from MFT.  As usual the image was stamped on Copic Xpress It blending paper with Memento ink and colored with Copic Sketch Markers.  The red cardstock and the snowflake were embossed in my Cuttlebug with embossing folders, and the snowflake was inked and glitttered.  The Snow Buddies sentiment was handwritten with Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive and Metal tip, then both the sentiment and the snowflakes were glittered with the Cool Highlights Glitter Ritz.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Little One's Birthday

Recently a friend was looking for an image to use on her granddaughter's first birthday card, and I immediately told her about a digital sweetie from Saturated Canary that would be perfect.  Of course, after I recommended it, I decided it was time to play too, so here's my version of "Baby Cakes - A Ragamuffin".


Oh so adorable all in pink, I colored her with Copics, and paired her with papers from Anna Griffin's Hannah collection, matching cardstock and Tsukineko Pink Petunia ink on all edges.  The sentiment is a combination of a Studio G stamp and my own printing, ribbon is Bazzill, and the flower buttons are from Jesse James.
Stamps R Us Challenges - Just Kidding Around
Truly Madly Crafty Challenges - January Anything Goes
Birthday Sundaes - #40 Birthday card with sentiment on front
Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C120 A Child's Birthday Card
Marks Finest Papers - #91 Birthday Card


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Best Friend Ever!

Another fortnight has flown by, so it's time for the next challenge at Dream Valley, and the theme this time is Animals.  I recently added this stamp called "Lend Me Your Ear" to my growing collection of Whimsy Stamps.  The image was colored with Copics, cut out with Spellbinders Label 3, edges were distressed and inked, the ribbon is from my stash, paw prints were made with a Viva Decor Pearl Pen, and the dp is from Cosmo Cricket Cowboy collection.  Check out the other design team members wonderful creations at Dream Valley, and enter to win a fabulous prize.

I am entering this card into the following:
Sir Stampalot Challenge - Monochromatic
Craft Your Days Away - #37 Distressing
Craft us Crazy - Valentine/Love/Animals
Crop Stop - #54 A Bit Old You Said?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Countdown is on!!!


Stay tuned to this blog, because this coming Friday, January 27th, I will be part of this wonderful blog hop, along with all of Whimsy Stamps and One Crazy Stamper's design team members.  We will be showcasing the newest rubber stamp release from Whimsy, so come and see all of our inspirations, and join in the fun!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Winter's Butterflies

Cuddly Buddly has been adding lots of new products to the store, so make sure to check it out here.  My card this time features another Eline Pelllinkhof image entitled "Sledge", and some great Cuddly Buddly digital paper from the Pretty Mix Red collection - #15 in the set.
Image was colored with Copics, snowflake buttons were from a local big box store, the baker's twine is from My Mind's Eye and the snow under her feet was made with a liquid applique pen.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Love, Hugs and Kisses

It's time for my Terrific Tuesday post at One Crazy Stamper, and this week I've chosen one of the boys from Kraftin' Kimmie's Snips and Snails set to color.
The image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Copic Xpress It paper, colored with Copic Sketch Markers, and cut with Spellbinders Wonky Squares.  The stitches were drawn with a Copic Multiliner, and the sentiments are Whimsy Stamps Mini Love Tickets and matching Mini Ticket die.  The dp is from the Ad Lib paper collection by Bo Bunny, ribbon and brads are from my stash.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Finally, A Saturated Canary!!

So my plan to post at least every other day has gone astray - too many migraines the last few days - that's what happens when exactly one week ago we were basking in +13C, and today it's a whopping -27C.  They always say that if you don't like the weather here in Calgary, just wait 5 minutes, but unfortunately this cold is around for a few more days - tomorrows high is going to be a wonderful -30C!!  Since the weather is just frightful it's a great time to color and create!
On Saturday I had a few friends over to color. and I managed to get quite a few images for upcoming challenges colored, plus a couple of others done just for fun - today I completed four of those cards, but three are for dt work so you will have to wait to see those.  Today I am showing off my first ever Saturated Canary card!!!


Digital artist Krista Smith draws these adorable images and sells them on Etsy through her Saturated Canary site, and this is Peace & Love Hipster.  I stamped her on Copic Xpress It paper with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored her with Copics.  The dp is from the Crush collection by Bo Bunny and I thought that it was perfect for the hippy generation of peace and love - white doves anyone?  I used a pink and a black pen to draw the faux stitches, ribbon was from my stash, the sentiment is from CC Designs, and the pearls were made with the Anthracite Viva Decor Pearl Pen.

Incy Wincy Designs - #129 Bold & Bright
Color Me Creative Copic Challenge - Retro Fun Hot Pink, Blacks & Whitew
Card Makin Mamas - Something New
Do You Stack Up - #54 Pink
Saturated Canary Challenge - #8 Clean and Simple



Thursday, January 12, 2012

Ready, Set, Skate

Cuddly Buddly digital artist Eline Pellinkhof has introduced new toddler images for the winter season, and these little sweethearts are part of the release.  This is Skating printed out on my Epson and colored with Copics.  Both of the dp's are digital papers, also available from Cuddly Buddly, one is from the Lavendar Cottage Collection and the other is from Peppy Papers Purple Lime collection.  Check out all of the wonderful digital images, digital papers and every other craft supply you could ever want at this fabulous online store, and for anyone wondering, the shipping time from the UK is fast.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A DT Call for The Paper Shelter

The Paper Shelter are looking to expand the number of design team members that they currently have, so make sure to hop on over to the challenge blog and check out the details to apply for a dt position.  It's a great team and we are all looking forward to welcoming new team members!
Here's a card made with one of The Paper Shelter's newest images -

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Skating into Your Heart

It's challenge time at One Crazy Stamper, and the theme for this month is RED/WHITE + ONE OTHER COLOR OF YOUR CHOICE.  I choose the gorgeous Magnolia Ice Tilda to color for this card, and made it into a slider card so that she could glide across the pink ice!

The image was stamped on Copic Xpress It paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored with Copic Sketch Markers and then fussy cut.  The pink glittered background papers edge was punched with a Martha Stewart Around the Page punch, snowflakes are dies from Cheery Lynn, sentiment is a LOTV, and the ribbon and snowflake button are from my stash.  The pearls that highlight the sentiment and the border of the card were made with the Ice White Viva Decor pearl pen
Check out the challenge at One Crazy Stamper and enter the challenge for a chance to win the Our Craft Lounge stamp set, Send Love!!
Anything Goes Challenge - #58 Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash - #34 All that Glitters, Sparkles or Shines
Top Tip Tuesday  - #67 Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown  - #80 Baby It's Cold Outside


Monday, January 9, 2012

You're My Favorite!!

    Valentine's day is fast approaching, and when I received this digital image from Cuddly Buddly I thought I should make it into a non-traditional colored card for this upcoming celebration.  The image is entitled "Little Cuddlies - Puppy Hugs" by Pachela Studios, which I colored with Copics then cut, embossed and mounted onto two layers of cardstock cut with Spellbinders Label One dies.  The card base and dp were cut with Spellbinders Grands Label One dies and my Grand Calibur.  The dp and flowers are from Prima.
Lexi's Creations - #56 Anything Goes
Paper Creations Ink - Die Cuts and or Punches
Outlawz Greeting Challenge - GC10912 Sending a Hug & Luvin

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Koala Cuddles !!!

The design team members of Dream Valley Challenges took a break over the Christmas season, but it's time to get back to work designing new projects for your inspiration.  This fortnight our challenge is a nice easy one to get everyone back into the creative mode - ANYTHING GOES!!  My card features the Magnolia Tilda Koala Cuddles stamp, which is exclusive to Australia, and don't ask me how much it cost to acquire this sweetie, cause I won't tell - LOL!!!  The image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Copic Xpress It paper, and colored with Copics.  The doily from Cherry Lynn Designs is Kiwi Doily, the dp is from a DCWV safari themed paper pack, sentiment is from My Pink Stamper's Friend-tastic set, and the seam binding was inked to match the image.  Jump on over to the Dream Valley Challenge blog and check out the other dt members creations, and enter to win while you're there.

Magnolia Down Under Challenges - #128 Anything Goes
Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge - January Anything Goes

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pippi

One of my New Year's resolutions is to start inking all of the wonderful stamps that I have collected in the past year that have not even been out of the package.  For those of you who know me, you'll know that my stamp collection is quite massive, so if I stick to the plan I might make a small dent in my inventory!!!  Here's my first attempt...


This is Pippi Longsocks from Sugar Nellie, colored with Copic Sketch markers.  The dp is from the Bo Bunny Ad Lib Collection, flowers are Prima, ribbon is from my stash, and the sentiment is from a Kraftin' Kimmie sentiment set.  The center of each flower is one of my favorite techniques, a pop up glue dot covered with micro beads, looks just like a licorice allsort candy.
Crafting For All Seasons- #17 Fairies
Flutterby Wednesdays - #184 Open
Top Tip Tuesday - #67 Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant Challenge - #129 Anything Goes
Truly Madly Crafty Challenges - Anything Goes

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Peace

It's only the 4th day of the new year and I'm already making Christmas cards for next year!!  I really wanted to enter the challenge at CMC to create  a card with the theme Holiday Joy - using golds, creams and white - and I knew right away what image I was going to use.  This is "Peace" from Cuddly Buddly artist Kim MacFarlane which I colored with Copics.  Prima flowers, Memory Box dies, Spellbinders dies, a gold embossed sentiment, and ribbon from my stash complete my card.

Color Me Creative Copic Challenge - #33 Holiday Joy - Golds, Creams and White
Crafty Creations - #151 Heat Embossing
Stamp-n-Doodle - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - #67 Anything Goes
Emerald Fairies - #15 Flourishes/Swirls
Lexi Creations - #55 Untraditional Christmas - No Red or Green

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Welcome Baby!

A clean and simple card design today to feature another one of Mary Ellen's Dearie Dolls images.  This is "Baby's Blanket" colored with Copics then cut out with a Spellbinders Beaded Oval die.  The yellow cardstock was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder then inked with a darker yellow ink, and the ribbon and sentiment are from my stash.
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes with New Theme
Bearly Mine Challenges - #26 Anything Goes

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hot Chocolate Anyone?


Welcome to a brand new year and the new challenge at One Crazy Stamper.  This months challenge theme is Red/White + one other color of your choice.  This Copic colored image is "Served With Love" from Whimsy Stamps artist Crissy Armstrong.   I added texture to both hats by using the blender pen to make stripes or dots.  The steam from the hot chocolate was highlighted with a Sakura Stardust pen.  Spellbinders Label 22 frames the image, dp is from last year's SEI Christmas collection, and the ribbon is from my stash.  Hop on over to One Crazy Stampers blog here, and enter the challenge to win.
Robyns Fetish Challenge - #88 Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes - #101 Something Old, Something New
One Stop Craft Challenge - #163 Winter Wishes