Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A Very Merry Christmas to You

Merry Christmas Eve to All!!  My card today features another wonderful Stampendous House Mouse image from One Crazy Stamper.

The image is colored with Copics, and then I used a Sakura Glaze pen to add white highlights.  After cutting the image out with a Spellbinders Grand die, I used the gold Viva Décor Pearl Pen to create dimension, and also ran the card base through the Grand Calibur with an M-bossibilites folder.  The sentiment is from Just Rite Stamps, stamped with Ranger Distress Ink crushed olive.  Here's the colors of Copics that I used -

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the Best in 2014!!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Cardinal

Only one more week to go until it's Christmas Eve - where has this year gone!!!  For todays post for One Crazy Stamper I have used the beautiful Christmas Cardinal from Just Rite Stamps.

For this card front, I stamped the image three separate times - the first with brown ink on the gold cardstock which is the base - I cut out the oval in the center of this base to create the opening for the blue background.  The second image was stamped and embossed with brown embossing powder on the same gold cardstock.  After the embossing cooled, I rubbed Old Gold Viva Decor Inka Gold over the raised pattern, then fussy cut the resulting frame which is raised up with pop dots.  The final stamped images are the cardinal and sentiment frame. I colored the cardinal with Copics, fussy cut,  and then attached to the card front.  Sakura's white Glaze pen added the final highlights to the berrries, and the snowflake dots on the blue central oval.

Card Recipe
Reds - R24, R27, R29
Greens - YG93, YG95, YG99
Beak/Feet - E93, E95, E97, E99
Branch - E23, E27

Monday, December 16, 2013

Saying Goodbye is Never Easy

For the last fifteen and half years I have had a beautiful little shadow, who followed me faithfully wherever I went, and loved me unconditionally, and today I had to say goodbye to my first little foo foo!  It is with a very heavy heart that I made the decision to let her leave this world, but for her it was time to say goodbye, and I let her go with all my love and gratitude for her years of love and support!!
Goodbye until we meet again sweet Zoe.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Metallic Chirstmas Tags

It's time for me to share a tutorial with you for One Crazy Stamper, and this month I decided to play with the Viva Décor Inka Golds.  This product comes in a variety of colors and the ease of use is wonderful!!   I have two techniques to show you, and there are lots of photos, so grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy!!! 
 I started by embossing tags with various Cuttlebug and Sizzix folders, then I placed a dab of two different Inka Golds on a splat mat.  By adding a small amount of water to the two colors I brushed over the embossed tags with random strokes of each color, blending them together.

Once the tag dried, I used a piece of paper towel to burnish the Inka Gold blended colors, giving the tag that metallic finish.

For the following tag, I first used the water technique with the Inka Gold, and then placed a mask of a large snowflake over the finished result.  By using the Inka Gold with my fingertip, I placed a heavier layer of the product on the tag front.

 After adding some other embellishments, here's the finished tags.


The next technique, uses the Inka Golds straight out of the jars to add metallic finishes to  various parts of a card.  Using the Grand Calibur, I cut and debossed one of the Spellbinders Imperial Gold Dies ( debossing is the effect of the design being pressed into the paper - not raised ).
I also used the Grand Calibur and a magnetic sheet to emboss all of the Spellbinder Imperial Gold Ivy dies onto a card front.  Using my finger I then rubbed the resulting pattern, highlighting the raised embossing.


To complete the card front I randomly rubbed two different colors of the Inka Gold to get a third color blend.

To finish off the card front I stamped a Penny Black Christmas sentiment from the Glad Tidings stamp set,with Staz - On ink in the center of the gold octagon ( after using the Inka Gold, you will need to use Staz - On to prevent smudging ).  I also stamped a Penny Black Christmas Wishes image and colored it with Copics.  A Memory Box die and some lace complete the card.
Grab some of these wonderful products over at One Crazy Stamper and have fun playing with them - oh yeah, clean up is so easy just some water and paper towels will clean up any mess any may make!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Merry Little Penguin

Here's another Christmas card with yet another Pickles the Penguin image from Wild Rose Studios - lots of layers and extra embellishments finish off this cute card.  Once again I have used Rangers Distress Ink reinkers to color this image!


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Cuddles!!!

 Time to get those Christmas cards out to all of your family and friends, and I can finally show off some of the cards I made earlier this year ( had to plan ahead as I knew that my knee replacement would knock the creative mojo out of me ).

I still have a couple of Wild Rose Studios stamps featuring Pickles the Penguin that I never got the chance to color up and make into cards, and this image it one!!  For this Cuddles image I used Distress inks to color them, then added Flower Soft Polar White to the hats to add that extra fluff!!  The ribbon is from the local big box craft store, the white poinsettia are from Wild Orchid, and the dp is unknown ( guess that is what happens when you make things ahead of time ).

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Building a Snowman

Welcome to another Terrifi Tuesday for One Crazy Stamper, and in keeping with the monthly challenge theme of WINTER/HOLIDAY, my card today features one of the adorable Wild Rose Studio stamps entitled Building a Snowman.

After coloring the image with Copic Sketch Markers, I used several designer papers from Bo Bunny Powder Mountain collection, and a Memory Box die - Frostyville Border to add depth and dimension.
You still have plenty of time to enter a project in this month's challenge to win a fabulous prize, so check out the rest of the design teams wonderful creations, then get busy and enter to win!!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Unlikely Friends

Welcome to the first day of the last month of 2013 - where did the year go?  Since it's a new month that means it's time to announce the new challenge theme at One Crazy Stamper, and this month we would love to see your WINTER projects.

For my card today I have stamped up one of the new Stampendous House Mouse designs cling stamp entitled - "Berrying Gifts" with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Copic Xpress It cardstock, and then colored the image with Copics.  To make the scene nice and wintery I used white Liquid Applique and glitter to add all of the snow, and used the Sakura white glaze pen to add white highlights on the berries and eyes of the animals.  The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps Snowflake Mini Letter Seals, and the pine border punch is from Martha Stewart.
Card Recipe -
 Background - BG0000
Pine Needles - BG93, BG96
Bird - light area - E50, E51, E53 (add W2 to beak)
Dark area - E33, E35, E37
Mouse - W1, W3, W5, E70, E71
Eyes - E29
Branch - E23, E27
Berries - BG70, BG72, BG75
Hop on over to the One Crazy Stamper challenge blog to see all of the wonderful projects that the design team have created for your enjoyment, and while there check out the details to enter the challenge to win a fantastic prize.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Happy Hannukah

One of the wonderful things about moving is meeting new people, and just a couple of short months after my move I had new neighbors.  The wife is Jewish, so for the first time I made a Happy Hannukah card, and gave it to them just the other day, to celebrate their faith.

The card features a digital stamp from Mo Manning colored with Copics and mounted on coordinating cardstock.  I handwrote the sentiment and the verse inside of the card.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Another Advent Calendar Done!!!!

I finally finished the second version of the Kaisercraft Advent calendar, and as promised last week, here's the photos.

This version is for my son who loves winter outdoor sports, so I used Bo Bunny's Powder Mountain collection of paper with a white and blue theme.  The center features a gnome ornament holding on to skis, sitting on snowballs - you can't get any more wintery than this!!  Here's a close up of the center -

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hooray!!! It''s time for those Ugly Sweaters!!!

Tis the season for those lovely UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATERS to be dug out from the back of your closet, and to be proudly worn for every one's pleasure.  My card today features this annual event with the use of the Art Impressions Ugly Sweater Stamp set

 After coloring the image with my Copic Sketch Markers, I used a Copic Multiliner to draw the lines on the bells back in, then fussy cut the image and mounted it on the inside of the card with an Action Wobbler.  The image is framed with a cut-out made with a Spellbinders die.  An older  Bo Bunny dp is the card front and inside.  The awesome sentiment is included with the image stamp. 
Card Recipe -
Reds - R22, R24, R27
Greens - G84, G94, G99
Lips - R27
Skin - E51, E53, BV000
Hair - C6
Pants - B01, B02, B04
Gold Metallic Pen   
You still have a couple of days left to enter the monthly challenge at One Crazy Stamper with your Christmas themed project.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

My First Advent Calendar

A few months ago I bought a Kaiser Craft advent calendar kit ( or two ), and I finally took the plunge to put it together.  While the initial prep work of painting, cutting, and pasting is time consuming, the final project is worth the time and effort, don't you think!!!

The paper I used on this advent is from Kaiser, while the embellishments are all from my stash.  The deer is a Tim Holtz die, and the trees are from a local craft store.
Here's a couple of close ups of the details -

Now I'm off to finish another calendar with a totally different look - keep watching for photos of that version.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Put A Little Joy in Your Life

If you are a regular to my blog, you will know that I adore penguins - big, small, cute and fluffy, just as long as the image is a penguin I will own it!!!  So for today's post for One Crazy Stamper I have used my Copic markers to color up this super cute Whimsy Stamps image "Penguin Joy"

After coloring the image I added Red Viva Décor Pearl Pen to the berries, and white Liquid Applique and Snowdust Stickles to add more dimension and shine.  The card front features designer paper from Carta Bella's So This is Christmas collection.
Card Recipe -
Greens - G21, G24, G28
Reds - R27, R39
Sign Backgrounds - E81, E84
Hat & Gift - E40, E41, E43
Beaks & Feet - YR20, YR21, YR24
Face/Tummy - N0, N2
Body - N5, N7, N9
Please check out the fabulous One Crazy Stamper challenge - the theme this month is "CHRISTMAS", and you still have until the end of the month to enter to win a couple of great stamps.  While you are there leave some love for the entire design team, and check out all of the wonderful products available at the online store.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Winter White

Time to create an all white card with the monthly theme from One Crazy Stamper of Christmas.  I don't make all white cards very often, but when they turn out as well as this one did, I often think why not do this a lot more!

The card starts with a white card base layered with a front created by using a Sizzix embossing folder to create depth.  Over that I have layered a white ribbon, and a Spellbinder die shape that features an all white Memory Box die called "Glowing Candles".  The sentiment was stamped with Versa Mark embossing ink, then embossed with a white emboss powder, while the edges were lightly inked with a silver ink pad.  Simple yet elegant!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Chasing Snowflakes

Another weekend and yet another snowstorm approaching us here in Central Alberta.  The last two weekends we have had tons of snow, making roads and sidewalks icy, and now sometime tonight the snow is suppose to start falling again.  What else can a woman do, but celebrate the white stuff!!!!

Once again I have colored up an adorable Eat Cake Graphics image with my Copic markers - this is Paisley - Jane hitches onto a Snowflake.  Doesn't she look like she's having fun!!!  After fussy cutting the image I mounted it on a card front featuring Echo Park Winter Wishes dp, a Spellbinders Grand die, Joy Crafts Ice Crystal 3 die, and a sentiment from Stampendous.  The finishing touches include ribbon and some sparkly snowflake buttons.
Wishing you all a great day, and if you get any of that lovely white stuff just enjoy it!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Cup of Cocoa

The colder weather is definitely here now, with probably more on the way, and today's project for One Crazy Stamper would be an ideal gift for someone special.

I have colored up the High Hopes image "Snowy's Cup" with my Copics, then fussy cut the image and placed it on a little gift bag that I created using my Scor-pal.  I used the Martha Stewart Snowflake border punch as a decoration around the base of the bag, and added touches of glittler with a Sakura Clear Star pen, and red berries with a Viva Decor Pearl Pen.  The bag is full of hot chocolate mix and a couple of cinnamon sticks to add some extra flavor.  The sentiment "Cup of Cocoa" is the perfecrt way to present this gift!
Please check out the rest of the One Crazy Stamper design teams wonderful projects for this month's theme of Christmas, and then enter your project for a chance to win!

Friday, November 1, 2013

November Challenge Theme

Welcome to a new monthly challenge for One Crazy Stamper, where we would like you to celebrate November with all of your gorgeous Christmas cards.  My card this week has NO coloring!!!!!!  Yes that's right, I did not pick up a Copic marker, or a waterpen and my distress reinkers, to create my card, instead I experimented with Stampendous enamels and color fragments.
I started by stamping several sizes of the Just Rite poinsettia set on to red and jade cardstock with a Versa Mark Embossing Ink pad, then sprinkled them with Ranger Embossing Tinsel and used my heat gun to emboss all of them.  The jade cardstock was put aside, while I fussy cut the red poinsettia's out, then bent and layered the three varying sizes and added a gold brad to form three flowers.  I put those aside, and went back to the jade cardstock and randomly used the Versa Mark Embossing ink pad on the card front, and sprinkled the Stampendous Aged Silver Embossing Enamel over the wet ink.  To add more depth I used both the Stampendous Powder Blue Color Fragments, and the Stampendous Chiffon Color Fragments intermixed in the Aged Silver Enamel, and then heat everything up from the bottom side of the card front.  To finish the card front I attached ribbon and the finished flowers, and a sentiment that I found in my stash - the sentiment was cut with a Spellbinders die.
Since it's a new month there is a new challenge theme at One Crazy Stamper of Christmas projects, and if you enter you could win a fantastic prize - check out the details here.