Sunday, October 30, 2011

Japanese Wishes

Our challenge this time at Dream Valley Challenges is a great one - "Anything Goes".
Join the dt in showing off your project, and enter to win a great prize.
I recently opened my home to International students studying English at the University of Calgary, and have welcomed two young ladies from Japan.  So when I was leaving comments on a blog recently, I saw this cutie and knew that I had to find the source. 
This is Yuki from Sister Stamps,  just one of the designs available, colored with Copics, mounted on two Spellbinders Fleur de lis pendants, and popped up on paper from the Bo Bunny Blitzen collection.  The sentiment is from Whimsy stamps.
I am entering this card into the following:
Christmas Inspirations - #35 Die Cuts or Punches
Come and Get It Challenges - Anything Goes
I Did It Creations - #79 Oriental Ladies
Bah Humbug Christmas - #43 Die Cuts

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Snowflake Beauty

It's time for Team Buddly to show off their projects for Cuddly Buddly's Let's Keep Creating Challenge, and our theme for the next fortnight is White on White.  For this challenge I get to work with a Karen Middleton digital image, so I chose "Christmas Ladies - Snowflake".

The image was colored with the four grey families of Copic Sketch markers, except for the eyes and lips which have a touch of color added to them.  Glitter was added to the snowflakes, and snowflake buttons from Jesse James were attached to both layers of the easel card.  The card was cut with Spellbinders Grand Labels 11, and the paper that the image was attached to was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, then trimed with diamond dust.  The sentiment from Waltzingmouse was embossed with silver, then covered with a holographic embossing powder.

Challenges I am entering this card into:
Charisma Cardz - #43 Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog Challenges - #27 Sparkle
Crimbo Crackers - #1 Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - PCJ #22 Use a Digi
Paper Pretties - PWC177 Embellish
Scrapbook Sisters - #58 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamps - Anything Goes
My Time to Craft - #163 Quite White
Ooh-la-la Creations - #91 Let It Snow
Christmas Inspirations - #35 Die Cuts or Punches

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Autumn Wishes

If you haven't noticed, I love Crissy Armstrong's collection of images, whether their digital or rubber, so for my card this week on One Crazy Stamper's challenge blog, I used the adorable Pum Kinnie Fairy from Whimsy Stamps, and available here

The image was colored with Copics, cut with a die from Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ornate Artisan Tags and Accents, and layered over designer paper from the Bo Bunny Forever Fall collection.  All of the edges were distressed with Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade Distress ink, and the pearls were made with a turquoise Viva Decor pearl pen.  Although it does not really show in this photo, the wings were painted with Smooch Pearlized Top Coat, to add a touch of glimmer.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Forever Friends Challenge - Anything Goes with an Animal
Kaboodle Doodles - #90 Halloween/Fall
The Squirrel and the Fox - #3 One for the Girls
2 Sisters Challenge - #62 Pumpkin Patch
Color Me Creative - #29 Fun Fall Coloring/ Fun Halloween
Send a Smile for Kids - For the Girls
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - #104 Happy Birthday

Monday, October 24, 2011

Act of Kindness

Good morning everybody!  I hope you are all having a wonderful day - do you realize that Christmas is only two months away?  Wow, how time flies when you're busy coloring!!  Today it's my turn to post a card on the Sundays with Crissy blog and the theme for October is Thanks or Thanksgiving.  Since the Canadian Thanksgiving was celebrated a couple of weeks ago, I decided to make a Thank You card using the digital image "Rose Butterfly" available here at Whimsy Stamps.

The image was colored with Copics, cut with Spellbinders Label 15 leaving the wings on the right outside of the die.  The orange dp is from Bo Bunnys Forever Fall 6 x 6 paper pad, and the sheet music is from Authentiques Glowing collection.  I distressed the edges of the dp's and inked all the elements with brown.  The ribbon is seam binding that was inked, wrapped with jute, and I attached a heart charm from my stash.  The sentiments are from a Flourishes stamp set. 
Head on over to Sundays with Crissy, check out the other design team members beautiful creations and enter the challenge to win 5 digital images.
Challenges for this card:
Die Cut Dreams - #101 So Charming
Stamps R Us Challenges - Nature's Gift
Scrappy Frogs Challenge - Something that Flies
Sugar Creek Hollow - Colors of Fall
Wags n Whiskers - #65 Fall Colors

Friday, October 21, 2011

Checking His List

Santa is checking his list to see if you've been naughty or nice, and guess what - you made the nice list!!!  My card features a new digital image called " Santa's to do List" from Cuddly Buddly, that I colored with my Copic Sketch Markers, then cut out using an older Spellbinders die frame.  The frame was inked with red and Vintage photo distress ink and popped up with foam squares.  The sentiment was from Waltzingmouse, dps are from Basic Grey's Wassill paper collection, and the ribbon and beaded cord are from the local big box craft store.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Bearly Mine Challenges - #21 Easel Does It

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

TPS Challenge Time

It's time for The Paper Shelter Challenge, and the theme is "Harvest Time- Use Orange, Green, Yellow and Brown".
If you enter the challenge and you used a Paper Shelter image, and you are randomly selected in the drawing, you could win a $20.00 gift certificate to spend in The Paper Shelter shop.  If your creation is randomly selected, but you did not use a Paper Shelter image, you could still win your choice of one digi image from The Paper Shelter shop.  Isn't that great!?  That means that everyone can play!

This cute image is "Halloween Spirit" colored with Copics, then cut with a Spellbinders Floral Accent die.  The patterned paper is also from The Paper Shelter - "Gothic Girl" digital paper pack.  The swirls were cut with one of newest addtions to my die collection, Memory Box's Elegant Scrollwork, rhinestones and fringe trim were from my stash.

Challenges for this card:
City Crafter - #79 Harvest Festival
Deep Ocean Challenge - #10 Fall Colors

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I'm So Excited!!

This past June I had the wonderful experience of my very first Guest Designer spot at a fantastic Canadian online store, One Crazy Stamper.  I had a great time,and was thrilled when Lora of OCS contacted me recently and asked if I would like to join the Design Team.  Without hesitation I said a definite YES!!!.... so here's my first official DT card for One Crazy Stamper.  Woohoo, a Canadian girl working with a Canadian company!

My card features the beautiful "Mizuki" from Kraftin' Kimmie, stamped on Copic Xpress It paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored with Copics.  The background was airbrushed with the same Copic colors, then the image was cut with Spellbinders Wonky Squares.  The designer paper is from Authentique's 6 x 6 Collection - Glowing.  All of these items are available at OCS.

If you haven't checked out One Crazy Stamper yet, just jump on over and check out all of the fantastic products available online - and guess what? - in September Lora opened a retail location in Bolton, Ontario, so now you can shop at the store or online.
Thanks for joining me today, and you still have time to enter this months OCS challenge "Halloween or Fall", so get creating and join in the fun!

I am entering this card into the following:
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - #100 Use Your Favorite Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp
Crafty Cardmakers - #54 Cute, With a Dark Twist
Addicted to Stamps - #15 Halloween
Gingerloft Challenge - #27 Halloween or Fall
Paper Sundaes - #91 Halloween or Fall

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Happy Haunting to You!!!

Halloween is just around the corner, and to get everyone in the Spooky mood the challenge this fortnight at Dream Valley Challenges is Halloween, and our fabulous sponsor is Robyn's Fetish.  The dt have created many wonderful projects so check them out here.

I printed out my background paper from Robyn' Fetish Fright Night Digi Paper Collection, and then added the witch on her broom using an older Inkadinkado stamp, which was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with a wonderful black glittery embossing powder.  The edges of the card were also treated with the same embossing powder.  My image is Marky Mummy also from Robyn's Fetish, which is colored with Copics, fussy cut and adhered to the front of the card.  I found the cat and halloween bag buttons in my stash, and they completed the design, along with a sentiment from my ever growing collection of stamps.

I am entering this card into the following:
Challenge Up Your Life - #54 Halloween
Craft Your Days Away - #31 Halloween colors
Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C109 Upcoming Holiday with Heat Embossing
Designed 2 Delight - Halloween
One Stop Craft Challenge - #153 Halloween
Card Makin' Mamas - #31 Halloween

Friday, October 14, 2011

Baby Jacobs Ladder

It's time for another challenge at Cuddly Buddly and this week the theme is "Anything but a Card".  I have made a Jacob's ladder brag book, which flips over and over again - instructions can be found here.   The image is from artist Eline Pellinkhof and is entitled "Baby with Bear & Basket", and is colored with Copics.  Check out the other great projects that the dt has made for the challenge, and then enter your project to win!

Stamp Insanity - #77 Anything but a Card

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Eliza's Christmas Wish

The newest release at Cuddly Buddly is now available online, and this week I was honored to work with this adorable Cuddly Buddly image called "Eliza & Bro Christmas Stocking", which I colored with Copics.  The dp is digital paper from Cuddly Buddly's Winter Warm Wishes line, and the sentiment is this weeks free digital stamp which was printed out, punched with a scallop circle, and given dimension with Diamond Glaze.  The die is Marianne Design Creatables Snowflake, ribbon was from my stash, and the image was cut out with Spellbinders Label Eighteen.
Challenges for this card:
I Brake For Challenges - IBFCC11 Girl Power
Whimsy Inspirations - #10 Die Cuts and/or Punches
Anything Goes Challenge - #51 Diecuts/Punches or both

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Celebrate Autumn!

Autumn has arrived, the trees are all turning beautiful colors and the days are cooler here in Alberta.  In honor of this colorful season, I pulled out an older Magnolia stamp and colored it with Copics.  After fussy cutting the image I mounted her onto the card front dp which is from Bo Bunny's Forever Fall collection.  The sunflower die is a Spellbinder and the sentiment is from My Pink Stamper Friend-tastic set.  The center of the die flower, dp's flower and three dots were all made with brown micro beads.
I am entering this card into the following:
ECP Challenges - #48 Autumn of Thank You
One Stop Craft Challenge - #152 Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Challenge - Fall or Halloween
Stampin for the Weekend - #18 Colours of Autumn
Paper Play Challenges - #40 Autumnal Colors
Little Darlings Challenges - #8 Fall or Halloween

Monday, October 10, 2011

We Interrupt this Blog for a Very Important Message!!

Okay, do we look excited?!!!   According to our Mom, there will be no more lying around in this house, because she had the nerve to go out and find a new addition to our little family - how dare she!!!  The countdown is on she says, only two more peaceful, quiet days left and then wham - she arrives!!  Who is coming........well here's the only photo Mom has of her - we sure don't remember being asked about this!!

Apparently, she will be arriving late Wednesday night and her name is Nova.  We can hardly wait!!  :((

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Christmas Elegance

As part of the Cuddly Buddly  pre-release team I get the chance to work with the images before they are available on-line, and this past week I was given one of Karen Middleton's images that is available for purchase now.  This elegant image is "Holly and Ivy" and was printed out on water color paper, painted with Tim Holtz Distress Inks, and then I did the burnished velvet technique with a clear glitter.

The image was cut with a Spellbinders Scalloped Oval, popped up with foam dots onto the dp which is from Basic Grey's Figgy collection.  The dies were all cut with Tim Holtz's Festive Greenery, and rhinestones from my stash added the final touch.
Cuddly Buddly is also giving away over 100 free digital images from their archives so hop on over to the store and check out the super cute digis.  While you're there also check out the newest releases and all of the other wonderful products that you can purchase from this awesome on-line store.

Challenges for this card:
Anything Challenge - #51 Die Cuts/Punches or Both
Paper Crafting Journey - #20 Die Cuts and/or Punches
Crafty Card Makers - #53 Anything Goes

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

All Hallow's Eve

Welcome to the latest challenge at The Paper Shelter!  The challenge this fortnight is Halloween, and I colored the image with Copics - this image is "Studies of a Witch" and is available here.  The dp's are also from The Paper Shelter's  "Studies of a Witch" digital paper collection.  The dots on the dark blue sky were made with the Copic blender pen, then covered with Diamond Glaze.  Sentiments are from an older Pink Paislee stamp set, and the halloween themed buttons are Jesse James.

 Fabulous news!!!   The Paper Shelter has increased their prize to -

This is because Veronica and Pedro not only have a fabulous variety of images for you to use, but also stunning, beautiful coordinating papers and accessories on their website "The Paper Shelter" , so they felt that it would be appropriate to raise the prize to $20.  If you have used one of their products on your card you will be eligible for the whole amount if you are picked by random number org.  If you haven't used a Paper Shelter image you will still receive one of their images of your own choice if your design is picked by random number org.

Check out the other dt members cards at The Paper Shelter and join in the challenge.

Challenges I am entering this card into:
The Pink Elephant - TPE119 Trick or Treat
Come and Get It Challenges - Happy Halloween
I Did It Creations - #75 Halloween
Lollipop Crafts - #51 Halloween
Tuesday Throwdown - #69 Halloween

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Save The Hooters!!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so in honor of all of those wonderful ladies in our life's who have fought the battle - this one is for you!!!

I found this cute image this past weekend while surfing the net - it's from Whimsy Doodles and is called "Save the Hooters!", and it comes with the sentiment.  I colored the image with Copics, cut it out with Spellbinders Reverse Wonky Rectangles, attached a crocheted, beaded ribbon around the edge, and then mounted it on to brown cardstock.  The dp is from Prima's Sparkling Spring collection, and I used a Martha Stewart eyelet border punch along the bottom edge, before mounting it onto pink cardstock.  The pink pearls are mounted on the brown cardstock that is the inside of the card, the Think Pink sentiment is from MFT, and the charm is from Charm Gallery that I colored with Copic RV06.

I am entering this card into the following:
Lexi's Creations - #50 Pink for Boobies
Crazy Challenge - #87 Think Pink
My Sheri Crafts - #70 Think Pink
Cutie Pie Challenge - #2 Bingo Board ( Charm, Something with Wings,
Ribbon or Lace )
Celebrate The Occasion - #33 Breast Cancer Awareness
Party Time Tuesdays - #36 Breast Cancer Awareness
And a Very special Challenge at
Touched by a Butterfly - Link Up For Pink

Sunday, October 2, 2011

My First Sugar Nellie!!

Yes, I finally gave in to the desire to add some of the super sweet images from Sugar Nellie to my collection!  My first Sugar Nellie card features "Wish Upon a Star" and was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Copic Xpress It paper, and then colored with Copics.  All of the markers I used are from the "E" family of colors, except for Y26, Y28 and R89 for the stars.

I used a bronze gel pen to highlight the flowers in her hair, details on the wings, the bells, and the trim on the bottom of the skirt.  The layers of papers were distressed with an edge tool, inked with Vintage Distress Ink, and outlined with bronze glitter glue.  The Prima flower was brushed with the same bronze glitter glue, and the sentiment was embossed with copper.  Coffee colored pearls and Prima lace complete the card.
This is my card for the dt at Dream Valley Challenges - this fortnight the challenge is Monochromatic.  Please check out the beautiful cards that the rest of the team have designed for this challenge, and then play along with us!!!

Card Challenges:
Flutter By Wednesdays - #170 Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - #39 Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - #102 Things with Wings
Glitter Geeks - Shabby Chic
Simon Says Stamps - Anything Goes
Crafty Emmas Store - Totally Gorjuss/Pretty Girls
Sparkle Forum Creations - #21 Something that Sparkles
Playing in Pardise - #35 Distressing Techniques

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy Holidays Elf

Happy World Card Making Day to everybody!!!  We have had a wonderful September and now as hard as it is to believe, October is here!!  Where did the year go?  Only 3 months left which means that Christmas is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate then to create a card using brand new Lilyboo digital stamps.  This card features "Dress Up Elf" and "Christmas Elf" both available here at Cuddly Buddly, colored with Copics and mounted with foam squares onto the card front ( I also curled the images to give them more dimension).  The dp is from Basic Grey's Figgy paper collection, glitter and punch are Martha Stewart, stars, twine and sentiment are from my stash.  Stitching lines were hand drawn.
This card is being entered into:
Do It With Digis Challenge - #17 Too Early for Christmas?