Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sketchbook Saturday #78

I have a square Christmas card for you today... With the yummy new Handmade Holidays papers from Simple Stories & my favourite Verve snowflake.  I used Chupa's Sketchbook Saturday sketch:
Patterned papers are Handmade Holidays by Simple Stories; Cardstock is Black & Colonial White, CTMH; Stamp set is Glad Tidings by Verve; Inks are Barn Red, Olive, Garden Green, Bamboo & Black - CTMH.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Play Date Cafe #150

I haven't done a colour challenge in a while... and loved this week's colour palette from The Play Date Cafe:
My lighter colour was a little more peachy than caramel... but here was our inspiration:
Patterned papers are Lost & Found, Rosy by My Mind's Eye; Cardstock is Cocoa & Colonial White, CTMH & Bazzil peach; Inks are Tulip & Cocoa, CTMH; STamp sets are Vintage Oval Frame & Blessings by Verve; Flower & Ribbon, Key Ingredients kit.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Merry Monday Challenge #33

Time to get moving on a few Christmas cards... so I am playing along with Lesley's Merry Monday sketch challenge for this week.  I popped up the inner rectangle on pop dots, and then popped up the snowflake in the middle - I love that it looks like it's floating!
Patterned papers are Silly Season by Kaisercraft; Martha Stewart snoflake punch; Organdy ribbon, CTMH.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Mojo Monday #259

I'm using my August Key Ingredients kit for this week's Mojo Monday sketch... I love the fall feel to these papers :o)
Patterned papers are Doodle Deux, by Prima; Flower, Prima; Bazzil Cardstock; Trendy Tape by Queen & Co. - all Key Ingredients Kit; Stamp set is Blessings by Verve; Charming Oval die, Verve; Ink is Tuxedo Black, Memento; Black Hemp, CTMH.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Freshly Made Sketches 1st Anniversary

For Freshly Made Sketches 1st Anniversary, they've asked us to use any of the sketches from the previous year... so I went with Sketch #1!  I was inspired immediately, and decided to do a Christmas card.  Unfortunately the Stickles that I added to the snowflakes don't show up in the photo - but they're quite sparkly in person:
Patterned papers are Wonderland; Cardstock is White Daisy & Twilight; - all CTMH; Sentiment is Seasonal Remedies, Waltzingmouse Stamps; Ink is London Fog, Memento; Large Snowflake is the Cricut Artiste cartridge, CTMH.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Dictionary card

This summer, I bought a huge dictionary for $1.00 at a used book sale...  So today I had the urge to do something a little more artsy than the norm for me.  I sponged 5 colours of ink randomly onto the page, did some tricky cutting... then tried out 3 of the paper flowers with the new Artiste Cricut cartridge.  I used Artiste to cut the vine, too - then "shadow stitched" (new technique that I thought up!) around the vine in black thread - and glued it all down with a little Baker's Twine.
Patterned papers are Lucy & Miracle - CTMH; Cardstock is Black, CTMH; Inks are Sunset, Creme Brulee, Sky, Pear & Cotton Candy - CTMH.  Baker's Twine, The Twinery.  Die cuts are from the Cricut Artiste Cartridge - CTMH.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Big Card for Heart2Heart

This week's Heart2Heart Challenge was to make a card larger than 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"... so mine is 5 1/2" square.  I love the new CTMH burlap ribbon!  It's a trend I've been seeing all over the place.  Here's my card:

Patterned papers are Florentine; Cardstock is Twilight, Cocoa, Brown Bag & Vanilla Cream; Inks are Cocoa & Creme Brulee; Just Blooms paper flowers; Mocha Opaque Pearls; Natural Hemp; Burlap Ribbon; Stamp set is Avonlea WOTG - all Close To My Heart.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Yoga Yolanda

This is another Art Impressions stamp that I picked up at One Crazy Stamper last week, I thought Yolanda was hilarious, but when I read the caption, it sealed the deal.  I've been having a fabulous time working on my Copic colouring, too.
Products from One Crazy Stamper: Stamp set is Yoga Yolanda, by Art Impressions
Patterned papers are Woodland Park, October Afternoon;
Ink is Tuxedo Black, Memento;
Copic Markers
Other products: Cardstock is Colonial White, Outdoor Denim & Ocean, CTMH.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

August Humble Artist's Swap

This is what I made a few weeks ago for the August Humble Artist's Swap - even with the minimum 8 layer requirement, I wanted to keep it a little "CAS" looking.... so I was a bit creative with my tag layers!  I've also seen many lovely negative die cut cards recently, so made that part of my design. 
-Minimum 8 layers
-Use ONLY neutrals and one colour
-Use one stamp set with the word “Background” in it
-Use one stamp set with the word “Borders” in it
-Have at least 2 other different stamped images
-Use at least 3 Art Philosophy shapes
-Minimum 3 embellishments
-Card must be at least 4 ¼ x 5 ½

and here is a view of it standing up:

Cardstock is White Daisy, Grey Mist, Grey Wool & Creme Brulee; Stamp sets are Universal Backgrounds; Abundance Borders, Card Word Puzzle & Card Chatter, Love; Inks are Grey Mist & Grey Wool; Just Blooms paper shapes; Licorice Opaque Pearls; Creme Brulee Twine - all Close To My Heart.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Mojo Monday #257

I opted for a simplified version of this week's Mojo Monday sketch...  It's a masculine birthday card which came about after seeing Laurel's inspiration photo on the Inspired By blog this week:
Patterned papers are All Spiced, My Mind's Eye; Ink is Rich Cocoa, Memento; Sweet Scallop Tag die and Embossed Oval die, Verve; Seeing Stars dies, Taylored Expressions; Mini Monarch border die, My Favorite Things; Stamp set is Happy Birthday, CTMH; Natural Hemp, CTMH.

Friday, September 7, 2012

One Crazy Stamper

I have another project to share today as the September Guest Designer on the One Crazy Stamper store blog!  I REALLY love this project, it's probably one of my favourite things ever to make in the cardmaking world :o)  This sentiment really cracks me up... I actually bought it first, and then went back to the OCS store to get the image set to go with it.  And of course, with such a fun card, I just had to make a little cupcake pick & wrapper to go with it...
One Crazy Stamper has an amazing selection of paper, stamps and accessories... not to mention a full range of Copic products, so you may want to check out the store here!
Products available from OCS: Patterned papers are Cakewalk, October Afternoon; Stamps are Out to Lunch and Happy 29th from Art Impressions (Girlfriends line); Tuxedo Black ink by Memento; Copic Markers.
Other products: Colonial White cardstock, Red Button & Black hemp all CTMH. Pinwheel and cupcake wrapper are cut with the Cricut Artiste cartridge, CTMH.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

September Sketch For You To Try

Yay!  I'm nine for nine so far this year in completing the monthly SFYTT sketches!  And... I broke into my August Key Ingredients kit, and... this is the first time I've ever used Washi tape on a project.  So here we go:
Patterned papers are Doodle Deux by Prima, Trendy tape, Queen & Co.; Doodle Deux paper flower, - all Key Ingredients kit; Stamp set is Cute-a-tude, My Favorite Things; Ink is Tuxedo Black, Memento; Copic Markers; Cardstock is Black and Colonial White, CTMH.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I'm a Headliner!

Well after a busy Labour Day weekend, and then the start of school, I only just had a chance to peek back at The Paper Players blog this morning, only to find that I was a Headliner last week with my little cupcake card!  Yay me!  Here's another peek at it:

Monday, September 3, 2012

Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #75

It's back to some bold colours today, in an effort to boost my birthday card stash.  I've used my May Key Ingredients kit along with this week's Sketchbook Saturday sketch:
Patterned papers are Pebbles Fresh Goods; Cardstock is Bazzil; Canvas flowers are Key Ingredients kit by Taylored Expressions; Ink is Moonlight, CTMH; Stamp set is Say it in Style, CTMH; Buttons CTMH; Dies, Verve & My Favorite Things. Leaf is cut from the Cricut Artiste cartridge, CTMH.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

OSC Guest Designer!

Well, this is a pretty exciting post for me!  I was asked to be one of the Guest Designers for the month of September for One Crazy Stamper!  If you're not familiar with OCS - it is a fabulous online store with hundreds (thousands?) of stamps, plus all the papers, inks and doo-dads you could ever want.  They also have a full range of Copic products, with great prices, so check out the store here when you get a chance.  Now, lucky me lives only a short drive from their bricks & mortar store, so I get to go and peruse the goodies whenever I like :o)  The OCS store blog has a monthly challenge, and for September we are doing projects using Red/Black/Kraft.  I decided to do a little gift set of six 4 1/4" square cards, plus a cute little file holder to put them in:
This cute little stamp set by Inky Antics features 3 little baking penguins, and Christmas/Holiday sentiments.  And even though I fully intend to use these a few months from now, I wanted this set to be just for birthdays - so I did some creative cutting with the acrylic stamps to remove "Christmas" and just stamped a "Birthday" in it's place.  When I want to make holiday projects, I'll just position the word that I cut out back in position on the block before stamping.  Here are individual pics of the cards:
And a shot of all three:
Products available at the OCS store:  Stamp set is Baking Penguins by Inky Antics; Ink is Tuxedo Black by Memento; Patterned papers are Baby Jane Mini-Deck by Cosmo Cricket; Copic Markers; X-Press It white cardstock;
Other products: Kraft and Black cardstock is CTMH; Buttons, Brads & Ribbon all CTMH; Mini Chalkboard clips, Studio 18 at Michaels;  White pigment ink, CTMH. File Folder is the Cricut Artiste cartridge, CTMH.


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