The Stamps I Use

Friday, April 30, 2010

Blog Candy Winner!

hi folks,

I know it is very late Friday but I have had a long day and am just now sitting down to the laptop.

So from the comments left on the PaperWorksCo Blog hop post from last friday, I wrote down the name of everyone who commented (and wasn't actually a blog hop participant) and gave them a number and told dearly beloved to choose a number between 1 and 30. He chose number 21 .....and that corresponds to the number assigned to Melissa over at My Paper Obsession!

So Melissa, you can get in touch with me via the email link on the sidebar here at my blog with your snail mail address so  I can pop in the post for you the blog candy from Peggy.....and a few extra goodies from me!

Now I need to wind down - I'm still starstruck after taking a class led by Sally Lynn Macdonald herself (I didn't get in to the certification class on Sunday). I still have not gathered my gear for the crop tomorrow...and that starts at 9am. I think I'll be packing bright and early tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Scrappin Great Deals in honour of National Scrapbooking Day

Hi folks,

just thought that I would pass along a link to Scrappin Great Deals as they have a 20% off promotion on everything in the store  (online and in person) until May 1st in honour of National Scrapbooking day when you type in 'NATIONAL' as your discount code. All purchases qualify to win one of over 50 prizes being given away with the grand prize being a brand new Big Shot machine.

The sale includes EVERYTHING in store - of interest to some of you might be their Copic Markers (I picked up a few) and Spellbinders (didn't get any this time). I DID get myself the Glue Glider pro and a couple of refills and.....the Copic Air brush system as I have been wanting to give it a try.

They also have a wonderful selection of stamps so, you might want to check out the store. I shop from here quite frequently and they are SUPER fast with their shipping. I placed the order today and it will probably be waiting on my doorstep on Friday.

Hope you have had a lovely day -- and yes, I did get a couple of naps in today with my kitties. And I watched 'Julie and Julia'. I LOVE that movie! When Paul gave Julia "Larousse Gastronomique" I could have squealed -- my dearly beloved gave me a copy (translated to English) our first Christmas together. Don't you think Paul and Julia were just the sweetest couple?

PWCOSS#30 - Birthday Cupcakes

Hi Everybody!

Well, I have it on good authority that Peggy has received her birthday card so I can share the card I made for her for her birthday (it's tomorrow - April 29th by the way!)





This is a joy fold card and the tutorial I used came from SCS - one caveat - I cut the dp that gets used on the inside and outside of the folding smaller centre cardstock 1/4 inch shorter (3 3/4 inches instead of 4 inches). Either that or you could make the 3x8 piece of cardstock 3 x 8 1/2.


And here is a picture of it somewhat open:




I find joy fold cards are great for gift card holders - that centre panel fits a gift card very nicely. I surprised Peggy with a little card from Starbucks so she can treat herself to a nice big luxury coffee and giant cookie for her birthday....and maybe Mike too!


I used CTMH Bella papers on this card and the stamped stack of cupcakes is from the CTMH February 2010 Stamp of the Month set (at least I think it was February). I'll have to check and correct this post if I am wrong. I coloured the image with my CTMH markers - I rarely use them these days which is a shame as I have all of them.


Notice that big button? That's also CTMH and I have to say that buttons probably make one of the best closures on this style of card. Just attach it with a few glue dots and it will sit high enough to slip the front of the centre panel in under securely.


Since the challenge over at Practical Scrappers this week is to use buttons on your project, I'll be submitting this card to that challenge....as well as to PaperWorksCo's own challenge to use a cupcake on your card.


Hope you all have a crafty day. I'm at home today hoping to catch some sleep after several nights of NOT sleeping. I'm hoping that trying to sleep during the DAY will work out better for me.

night night!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Such a dilemma!

Hi everybody,

no crafty or kitty share from me tonight....I'm doing the laundry I DIDN'T have time to do this past weekend and putting all my newly acquired stamps into their tidy binders. It looks like I need to pick up at least one more huge binder - my TGF stamps have outgrown their current binder as I have just added six new singles and three new sets.

I was happy to hear today that the Copic class at Heather's is still going ahead on Friday night. YAY! Tanya's Mom is taking the class as well so I'm sure we will have lots of fun together! Neither of us was fortunate enough to get into the certification course so we are going to take this class to learn at least a little of what we would have learned at the certification.

And Saturday is the big "Crop for the Cure" all day crop (details on my sidebar if you are local and would like to join us!!!)......and therein lies my dilemma! What do I take with me to the crop?

Last year I worked on a scrapbook. This year I am going to do cards. Unfortunately, I have not yet made up my mind on which cards I want to work. Should I work on my TGF cards for my sister that I have been promising her for months? Maybe do some Christmas cards?.....I bet I will be needing to make Mother's day cards still so...I may wind up doing some of those.

I'm trying to limit what I take with me this year (last year I took way too much with me) so I MAY just take the real basics.
  • prestamped images to colour. There's no WAY I can cart my stamp collection with me....it's embarrassing how many I have actually.
  • prismacolor pencils and OMS
  • copics
  • paper trimmer
  • my funky scissors for cutting out images
  • DP to ensure I colour my images to match
  • Cardstock to match the DP
  • my 6.5 inch square quilting ruler
  • adhesive (that reminds me! I need more! gah!!!!!!)

I would LIKE to also take along
  • my cuttlebug
  • my spellbinders dies
  • my cuttlebug folders

Oh jeepers.....I think I am going to be very busy Wednesday and Thursday night getting my gear ready!  Any suggestions about what I should leave behind.....or that I am forgetting to take?

oh no....I just thought of something! Embellishments! Buttons, flowers, brads, RIBBON!!!

Okay that settles it....I have to commit to making specific cards so I only take what I absolutely need...mind you, the crop is only about 10 minutes from where live so....I can always pop home to pick up anything I forget.

Hope you are having a lovely day....must go check the laundry!

Equal time

So Packet wanted some equal time....





I had cut my blooming daffodils and brought them inside because the weather forecast was for light snow and for once they were right.

Our cats love bouquets of flowers and I only managed to get this one picture of Packet before he ran away as he knows I don't like them eating my flowers.

Now to head to work - I hope. We have our summer tires on the car so the going may be treacherous.

Monday, April 26, 2010

My own little lolcat




My Newton...my own "little" lolcat....cheezburger if you will...

"Spa attendant kitteh caught napping on the job"


Okay so he's not really little....but he does like to keep me company while I bathe so I have to set aside a towel just for him.


When he was younger (and smaller), he used to get IN the tub and splash around....probably where he learned that towels were a good thing for drying off.

Thanks for your votes!

To the 185 of you who cast a vote in favour of Team International Ink in The Greeting Farm's Royal Battle Final Round, on behalf of my team, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks.


To those of you who left such lovely comments on my blog or one of the other team member's blogs - Tanya's, Stephanie's, Sunghee's or Corinne's, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks.


To the amazingly talented member's of my team - you ladies are just that - real ladies. Each of you with her own unique talents. Thank you for letting me be a member of your talented team. I commend each of you for a game well played.


To the top two vote-getting teams - Dream Team and Team MACCK (the winners), I truly thought your projects for this final round were deserving of the top two spots. Your projects demonstrated beautiful colouring skills and amazing creativity.


I could wallow in self-pity at how crushing a loss it was (there were 2746 votes cast in total) and how it feels like my contribution to the team was the ULTIMATE EPIC FAIL!!!! But I won't.....


my craft room is calling - I have birthday cards and Mother's day cards to make.Well...there's ironing and laundry as well...and I need to make dinner....


Oh....I COULD be showing you a card right now --- it's Peggy's birthday (you know...the boss lady at PaperWorksCo) and her card was dropped in the mail today (it's going to be late!). But I'm going to wait until I know she has it (I have the tracking number from CanadaPost so I will know) before I post it. I don't want to spoil the surprise....be sure to drop by the PaperWorksCo Blog today and leave her some love.


Hope you have a wonderfully crafty day!!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Time to vote

the post is up at TGF

http://splendidstamping.blogspot.com/2010/04/tgf-royal-battle-finale.html

if you like Team International Ink's project - I was the creator this time -- please vote within the next 24 hours.

thanks

My fourth PWCO Rachelle Anne Miller card

I know I know ... "shut up already Sheena, go do your chores...sheesh...at LEAST have a shower already!"......

well, what can I say, I made these cards ....  let's see, thursday morning? I could drag things out, showing you one a day but let's face it....these new images from Rachelle Anne Miller for PaperWorksCo are just too cute to keep waiting in the wings.

To see my previous creations you can click through these links:
  • Friday's blog hop post featuring "A Surprise Cheer" (be sure to leave a comment before April 30th for a chance to win blog candy from PaperWorksCo)
  • Saturday's post featuring "Puddles of fun" (okay...every time I type puddles I mistakenly hit the i and type piddles.....gah!)
  • Earlier post from today featuring "Birthday Parade"
or you can just scroll down, maybe check out my TGF Royal Battle post and go vote for my project....I know I know....since when did papercrafting become competitive? I don't think I should do these competition things anymore....I hate the thought that I'm the weak link pulling up the rear who is going to lose this for us in the final round.

oh yeah, the REAL reason for this post:



could you not just squeal at how cute this is? If you have not done the hop yet, you HAVE TO SEE Jenny's card with this image....I wish she lived nearby so she could show me her technique.

Anyways, I  used my Basic Grey  Euphoria papers (again) and Spellbinders Big Scalloped Oval die cut for the image panel. The image is coloured with Copics (YG11, G21, Y13, R29, R20, YR04, YR02, B91, BG10, E00, E31, E35 and E25).

My ribbon and flocked brads were from the December PaperCard kit from PaperWorksCo.

I also used my corner rounder punch and Stampin Up word window punch on this card.

okay, that's it for me for today....probably a few days actually. I'm totally crafted out.....and my craft room is an even bigger disaster.

Moving on....

from the TGF Royal Battle --- it's in the hands of the interwebs now!!! Vote for whichever you think is best....I'm not going to try to bribe you...I could but I won't.


if you are here for the PaperWorksCo blog hop, you can find that post here, be sure to leave a comment as you could win some blog candy from PaperWorksCo! You  might NOT want to jump there directly though as I do have a few other creations with the new PWCO stamps from Rachelle Anne Miller -- take your time, enjoy the view....check out this post and the one from Saturday.....and go see my TGF post....vote for my project!!!   Enough with the strong arming you say?.....okay....here you go.




This card features the Birthday Parade image (and sentiment) from the new Rachelle Anne Miller collection. The papers are Basic Grey Euphoria (which I also picked up at the PaperWorksCo store). The flower is one I had left over from one of the PaperWorksCo monthly papercard kits a while back...so are the dew drops.

I used my Spellbinders Long Scalloped (and plain) Rectangles dies for the image panel and mat.

ETA - I used my Copics to colour this image by the way (E25, E35, E31, E39, E21, RV34, RV32, YR04, B23, B21, B26, G14, G12, Y13, Y15, V15, V17, W1).

Have a great day!

One Day to Vote - TGF Royal Battle Final Round

Hi Everybody......

if you are here for the PaperWorksCo Blog hop - you can find the post here or you can scroll down to my Friday post (after you go vote for my project at the TGF Royal Battle that is!)

so are you curious about what I created for the final round of the TGF Royal Battle? Here it is.






The final challenge was to create a "his and hers" project. Now, while most of the remaining teams went with totally coordinated projects (I've seen them on their personal blogs in case you are wondering) I strayed from that idea in terms of the papers, sort of (I used different hues of the same colours), but kept the premise in terms of the projects I made.


For the "his" I made a trading card keepsake box in the vibrant greens and blues of the CTMH Stardust papers - featuring Batter Ian on the playing field lid with a Catcher Anya ATC for the keepsake.


For the "hers" I made a keepsake/jewelry box in the muted greens, blues and purples of the Basic Grey Euphoria papers - featuring Ballerina Anya in her dance studio with her Prince Ian waiting patiently to join her in his role in the ballet performance.


So same concept - different hues of the colours. I'm not sure how well received the "differences" will be for voting purposes and the competition is pretty stiff.


Anyways here are the details on how to vote in this round (you don't need to go to the galleria and comment with a registered login): Note that at the time I am writing this that the post on the TGF blog is not yet up so...once it goes up I will post again:

: go to the The Greeting Farm Blog right here
: if you like my project for Team International Ink, then choose us in the poll which has been posted
: there is only one day to vote

Now, just in case you would like to see some additional photos of the projects, here are my vanity shots as I call them.

His:



On the Ian box I was kind of inspired by the fabulous girls on the team: Stephanie, Tanya, Corinne and Sunghee. They are all full of  "Team Spirit" with their encouraging words and suggestions - "Go Team!"


Hers:


Now, I could have done a Catcher Anya box to match the Batter Ian but....well, all I could think of was "have you EVER tried to give siblings presents that looked a lot alike?" One of them invariably hates it because it looks like the other's - so I wanted my boxes to be similar but different enough to be distinctly his and hers.


The Catcher Anya ATC:



Batter Ian (please say you noticed the grass...I had to make a template with my MS grass punch and HAND-CUT these with teeny tiny scissors!):



A shot of the front corner of the trading card box:




The front corner of the ballerina box (the brads I used for drawer pulls were made with my i-top)



Ballerina Anya (notice her jewelled tiara -- five itty bitty crystals carefully placed) :



Her dance partner, Prince Ian (sorry for the glare on him....oh well, Anya is the star in the ballet right?) :



Since I am not sure if anyone noticed the reflection in the mirror, I wanted to point out that both Anya and Ian are actually double-sided.

Here's a pic of Ian from behind (I plan to fix my goof so I am not going to tell you what it is - okay it's his shirt tail)




And Ballerina Anya (yes, I had to move the mirror to get this picture):


Don't you think it would be neat if TGF offered the back-sides of their images? Mind you, it wasn't hard to alter these two to get a view from behind ... but still.

So....if you think my project deserves your vote, follow the instructions that I provided above.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Quacking me up!

Hi there! If you have stopped by looking for my post for the PaperWorksCo Blog Hop, please scroll down to yesterday's post or click this link. I encourage you to check out the blog hop post as there is blog candy up for grabs for those who leave comments on the blog hop posts!


Okay, on to today's actual post. This card features another of the Rachelle Anne Miller stamps exclusive to PaperWorksCo. - Puddles of fun





How CUTE are these ducklings? I love all the detail in this image - the little ladybug pull-toy, the little snail on splashy ducks head, the little bee buzzing around...the flowers in the girlie ducklings' hair. (Psst...by the way, the prices on these stamps is just terrific for anyone familiar with Rachelle Anne Miller's stamps with other companies...and by that I mean LESS than what you are probably used to paying!)


I used Laura's Sketch 50 from 2 Sketches 4 You for the layout for this card - I just flipped it for the horizontal card. The patterned papers are Basic Grey Euphoria. I must say - I love these papers. I picked them up from PaperWorksCo with the intention of using them for my mother's day cards.....but....I don't know if  I'll be able to save them for that purpose! I seem to be reaching for them for all sorts of projects.


Let's see, what else about this card?


Oh...the image is coloured with Copics (YR02,  V04, V06,  R20, R29,  E31, E35, BG10, B21, B23 and B24).


The card stock is Prism Prismatics.


I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight for the image panel and the decorative border is an EK Success Diamond Scallop border punch. My Stampin Up Word Window Punch was used to create the window for the sentiment.


I used CTMH Vineyard Berry ink to distress the edges.

That's it for today - be sure to check in tomorrow to see my creation for Team International Ink's entry into the fifth and final round of the Royal Battle at The Greeting Farm. I'm going to be counting on your vote!

And don't forget to comment on yesterday's post!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Welcome to the PaperWorksCo April Release blog hop

Hi everyone!


If you found your way to this post from Cris's blog, then you are on right track. If you just happened upon my blog, then you might want to head back to the start of the hop with Tinla's project. Okay. All sorted out now? Good. I'm glad you found your way here today because have I got a cute card to share with you for the April Release from PaperWorksCo





See? What did I say? CUTE or what? Local illustrator,  Rachelle Anne Miller has joined PaperWorksCo!!!! okay, do your little happy dance....I know I did when I got the new release images.

Would you like to know the card recipe? Well, here are all of my ingredients:



Stamps: PaperWorksCo Rachelle Ann Miller Collection A Surprise Cheer

Paper: My Mind's Eye Be Loved

Colouring Medium: PrismaColor Pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits (946, 928, 929, 1089, 939, 1090, 1033, 922)

Accessories: Spiced Marmalade Distress Stickles, Brown Rick Rack Ribbon, handmade flower

Tools: Xyron Sticker Maker, Corner Rounder Punch, Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight, Renaissance Hearts Borderabilities and Large Petite Circles (to make the twisty flower)


Sketch: SplitCoastStampers Sketch Challenge 276


So, that's today's card from me for the blog hop. Now....keep on hopping over to Stephanie's post to see her gorgeous creation for today's hop. And just in case you get lost along the way, here is the complete list of participants for today's PaperWorksCo hop.


And how's this for an added bonus - Peggy has given each person on the hop some blog candy to give away. Just leave a comment and next Friday, I will draw a winner from everyone who leaves a comment. Be sure I have some way to get in touch with you if you are the winner......


AND ..... double bonus - Peggy is giving away a grand prize candy consisting of the entire release to some lucky commenter chosen from everyone who comments on the blogs along the hop. We don't know which blog will be chosen so be sure to leave comments on EVERY blog in the hop!!!

ta ta.....now....back to the hop for you!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sharing another card I was gifted

Hi folks....

time for me to share another card I was recently gifted on my birthday a few weeks back. This one is from my dear friend Chrissy.



Isn't this card pretty? I love the colour combination and the simple layout and image combination. I think Chrissy knows how much I love CAS cards.

Be sure to pop back tomorrow as I will have a new card creation of my own to share. I am taking part in the April Release Blog Hop by PaperWorksCo starting at 9AM MT....that's 11AM Eastern.

You will definitely want to check out the hop - Peggy has snagged an AWESOME designer for a new line of stamps and there will be candy all along the hop - one lucky commenter will win the entire new release!

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

This week's Club Anya Sketch

Hi folks,

I found the time this week to play along with this week's sketch at Club Anya and Friends.





This card was all about using "new" things for me (and it gave me the chance to wish a fellow crafty peep a very happy birthday -- Happy Birthday Tanya!!!!)
  • my new Stamping Anya from The Greeting Farm, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Prism Simply Smooth cardstock and coloured with Copic Markers
  • my new Material Girl Papers and Buttons from Cosmo Cricket
  • my new i-top Brad Maker
  • my new Big Scalloped Small and Large Ovals

About the only old things on this card are my CTMH Sorbet and Vanilla Cream card stock and Juniper grosgrain ribbon. Oh, and I used my scalloped square nestabilities as well.

Anyways, hope you are all having a wonderfully crafty week! I'm taking the rest of the week off from work since I am not on-call this week...making time to get crafty!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Copic Technique Class at Heather's Stamping Haven

hi all,

just passing along the news to those of you who, like me, did not get in to the Copic Certification Class here in Ottawa on May 2nd.

Heather's Stamping Haven is hosting two technique classes on April 30th with Sally Lynn MacDonald herself!

all the details are on Heather's Store Calendar and on her blog.

I've registered for the Friday night class myself.

Hope to see some familiar faces at the class!

Tanya's Blog Candy alert

Hi folks......shhhh....today is Tanya's birthday! I can't show you her card yet (I'll be giving it to her husband to pass along tomorrow) but I just wanted to let you know that to celebrate she has a very nice blog candy up for grabs until April 25th.


So, be sure to stop by and leave her some well wishes....you might just win yourself some candy to boot!


Oh, the Greeting Farm Royal Battle continues until midnight tonight. For all the details, please check out my post from Sunday. Sunghee totally outdid herself and I think she deserves to have your vote if you have not already had a chance to cast your one vote.


.s.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Anniversary Wishes

Hello everybody,

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

A dear friend and her husband celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary on Friday. I used Card Patterns Sketch 60 for the layout for this card which I made for them to commemorate the happy day.






The papers are all from my stash (from my big cabinet actually that dearly beloved made for me). I used my Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder to create a decorative panel on the darker cardstock, stitched a border around the embossing and then used CTMH Desert Sand Ink to stamp a small background in each side panel with one of the smaller stamps from Verve's Wishful Elegance set.


I added a Spellbinders Renaissance Hearts Pendant to the centre of the card and layered two of the smaller Labels Three dies for the sentiment  (also from Verve's Wishful elegance).


I also attached a wedding bell charm from my stash with some CTMH Bamboo waxy flax to complete the card.


I will be entering this card into this week's challenge at Paper Sundaes to make a card with no people on it! This is actually my favourite style of card - no colouring, just pretty papers, a simple sentiment, some embossing and a fancy die cut for a little oomph. I haven't made one of these in a long time ... maybe it's time to start putting all those Spellbinders of mine to good use! This type of card definitely comes together a lot faster than some of my other recent projects!


Thanks for stopping by today! Don't forget, Team International Ink is still hoping for more votes before midnight Tuesday. All the details are here!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Team International Ink's Round four entry in the TGF Royal Battle

I think the only words I have for Sunghee's creation for our Team for Round Four of The Greeting Farm's Royal Battle is "Holy Moly!"




Can you believe just how much work she put into this amusement park candy display? To truly appreciate all of the details you NEED to check out her blog post on her personal blog to see some up-close shots of each part of the display. It's almost a shame we can only put one picture in the galleria and are actually having technical difficulties yet again so you can only see the thumbnail and not the full-size photo. We are HOPING to resolve those difficulties sometime today before the voting really heats up.


Each of the individual pieces has such a careful eye to detail - my dearly beloved thought the little skirts on the bumper cars were such a perfect touch - I like the little buttons for steering wheels myself.


Well, it seems we are continuing to have technical difficulties with our image in the galleria so....
  • in order to vote you must be a registered user in the galleria. If you aren't a registered user, click on register on the main page in the galleria, fill out the form, wait for your confirmation email, confirm your registration by clicking the link. Now you are ready to login with your one registered user id and vote!
  • this week you are only allowed to vote for one and only one project. We hope you decide to vote for ours.
  • the link to our current image is here
  • if the above link does not work, the link to the Week 4 gallery is here and you can look for the thumbnail for our team or the picture that is labeled International Ink
  • you vote by leaving a comment on the project photo saying that this project gets your vote!


If you think Sunghee's project is top notch and deserves your vote, then I thank you in advance on behalf of Team International Ink. If we make it through this round to the fifth and final round, then I will be making our final project. All I can say is that Sunghee's Candyland Amusement Park is going to be one heck of a hard act to follow!


Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Something to share

Hi folks!

Not sure if you have noticed the new PaperWorksCo blinkie that I have on my sidebar. But.....I just wanted to let you know that I am participating in the blog hop on release day! The fun all starts at 9AM MST (that's 11AM here in Ontario) on April 23rd.

All I can say about the new release is

"OH MY ... OH MY ... OH MY!!!"

You will not be disappointed. So, be sure to stop by on Friday to check out  my creation for the hop and to find the links for everyone else who is participating. There will be candy offered along hop, just be sure to leave your comments on everyone's post!

 And, since I don't have any of my own cards to share today, I thought I would share this one that I received on my birthday a few weeks ago from my friend Dom.







I love how she created an angel from a decorative tassle. And those leaves she used as wings are just so delicate. Very pretty.

Anyways, thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check in on April 23rd for the blog hop!

Paper Sundaes - Sponsor Celebration and Blog Hop

To coincide with their thirteenth challenge, Paper Sundaes is having a celebration to feature their sponsor calendar. They want to thank all of their sponsors, followers, challenge participants, and visitors to Paper Sundaes, by giving everyone a chance to win a little blog candy.


They are providing are providing one of the new hÄnglar & stÄnglar stamps from their spring release as a prize to one lucky participant who plays along.

The details of all the ways you can enter the contest are in this post over at Paper Sundaes. Be sure to check it out!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Another Grillafella

Hi there,

well this card has finally been gifted so I guess I can let the rest of you see it.



Grillafella is from Stamping Bella. The happy birthday sentiment, papers (You Rock) and buttons are all from CTMH.

I used SCS sketch 274 for the layout, I just flipped it ninety degrees to suit the image.

I played a little with the matting for my image - with my  Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled Rectangles I cut out a CTMH Outdoor Denim and Goldrush panel and offset them behind my image, which was also cut out using the same die. Since I used my Nestabilities on this card, I'm entering it into Tamiko's Challenge #2 to use a nestie!

Hope you have a lovely day!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Another StarvingArtistamps Side-Step Card

Hi folks,

I'm scheduling this post for Thursday evening since we are having a family gathering and I will finally see dearly beloved's younger brother (Jenn's Hubby) so we can give him his birthday card.

For his birthday, I made another of those side-step cards, using the DoodleFactory Country stamps from StarvingArtistamps. The card is a bit of an inside joke and I have been waiting for a chance to make and give it to him.




And another photo so you can see the "step" effect a little better



I should mention, I did alter the barn image to remove the water tower so that the rest of the image would fit on the card. I SHOULD have made the card longer to include the water tower.

In case you are wondering, the joke has to do with the fact that the card has a "Brown Chicken, Brown Cow".


I'm sure he will get the joke.

I coloured all of the images using my Copic markers - more practice for me. Notice there is not one piece of DP on the card - I surprised even myself. Just some textured CTMH Olive cardstock.

As with my first step card, I used a Spellbinders Nestabilities Petite Circle die cut to create a bit of a sky background behind the farm.

The sentiment is from one of the stamp sets that I won recently from Totally Stampalicious. I really liked the font and thought it worked well with this card. Oh, did you know that they are having a new release on April 22nd? They have partnered up with Bugaboo Stamps for this next release.

I'll be entering this card for the latest challenge from the Cards For Men Blog - Fancy Folds. Since it is for my honorary brother-in-law and includes the neat side-step fold, I think it definitely fits the challenge!

I am also entering this card in the latest challenge from Paper Sundaes - to make a scene! As you can see in the sidebar - they have a blog hop and new release coming up soon. Be sure to check it out.

ETA - on SplitCoastStampers the side step card was featured as Technique Lover's Challenge 257.  The TLC257 has a link to a tutorial at Julie Davison's Blog here.

Stamping Bella Enabler Alert

Hi folks,

just popping in for a quick little "Just to let you know" post. Stamping Bella has a new release out today and guess who has already been shopping? I was the lucky recipient of $10 in Bella Bucks just for commenting on the bella blog last week and I saved it (even though I had a Bella wish list) because I knew there were going to be some awesome new stamps in this release (oh that same week I won a collection of Jillibean Soup goodies AND a really nifty bobbin tower from two OTHER blogs I follow...how is THAT for lucky!)

So, I wasn't disappointed with the Bella Release today! You can check out this link to the store to see the new April stamps that were released. On top of that, Em has posted a discount code "welcomemo" for 15% off purchases in today's blog post along with samples featuring some of the new images. The discount code is good until April 20th and there is no minimum order - although orders over $55 get you $4.99 flat rate shipping.

So....you can expect my Stamping Bella stamp list to be updated shortly with new Bellas, a new LuLu, some HuggaBuggs and Mo Manning - in Rubber!

I have another post scheduled for later today - the card I made for dearly beloved's younger brother for his birthday. We should be seeing Brooks, Jenn and baby Ava later today at a family get-together so I can finally give him his card and show you folks what I made!

see you later!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Playing along with PWCO Sunday Sketch 28



Hi folks,

I managed to return to the craft room tonight so now I'm sharing my take on Sunday Sketch 28 at PaperWorksCo. And yes, those are Basic Grey Euphoria papers! I told you there would be more cards using that collection!

As usual, I couldn't leave the sketch alone and had to flip it around a little. I just thought that cute little Harriet the Hippo from the Safari Friends Collection from PaperWorksCo just looked better in the lower right corner of the card. I think Harriet has always been my favourite stamp from PWCO, she has such a happy smile. Although ... with the new release around the corner I bet there's going to be some stiff new competition!

I pulled out my Copic Markers again to give myself some more practice with my colouring (sadly, I did not get into the certification class here in Ottawa in May and the June class in Toronto is on a weekend when I already know I will have pager duty due to my coworker's vacation plans ... big pouts.... ).

I also dug into my stash of Robin's Egg Dew Drops to add a little something extra to the image panel (cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities Small and Large Petite Circles) and the DP.

Not sure to whom this card will be gifted, but I do have the perfectly matched sentiment if I want it to be a birthday card "Hippo-Bird day to you" is one of the sentiments that coordinates with the Safari Friends Collection so....

I'll be submitting this card to this week's Critter Challenge at Totally Stampalicious. I was fortunate enough to win two sets of stamps from them recently (Farmer Hawg and a big set of sentiments) and have a couple of fun cards in mind to make with them as soon as I get a chance. You should know that they are launching four new sets of stamps on April 22nd from Bugaboo stamps and there will be a blog hop to boot!


Hope you had a lovely day!

Finally a card to share!

Hi there folks,

I'm taking a few days off from work now that I'm not on pager duty for the first time in three weeks - woo hoo! So, this morning I sat down to make a card that I can actually share (I have a few waiting in the wings but can't show them to you yet!).


While relaxing this morning, I *starred* a few challenges in my google reader in the hopes of playing along. When I finally made my way up to the craft room, I put together this card:





The image is Yvette from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps and is one of the images I had left over from making my Easter cards and was coloured with Copic Markers. Seemed a shame to have her go to waste so I picked her up from the craft table and put her to good use with this week's CPS162 sketch. I think this card will work beautifully as a birthday card, a thank you card or even a Mother's day card. Someone I know will definitely be receiving this cutie in the next couple of weeks.


The papers are Basic Grey Euphoria and I got those from PaperWorksCo. I'm warning you now, I picked this entire collection up with the intention of using them on my Mother's day cards so there will be more than a few cards showing up in the next three weeks featuring these papers.


Turns out that CTMH Sweet Leaf and Petal are perfect matches for the green and purple in this collection from Basic Grey. So much so that I dug into my Winter Cozy Embellishment set for the metal ribbon sliders I used. Since I did use metal sliders on this card, I'm going to submit it to this week's Quixotic challenge - heavy metal!


Oh, and that ribbon? It started life as white grosgrain and I COLOURED IT TO MATCH USING MY COPICS!!! Why oh Why did I wait so long to start using Copic Markers?


Anyways, there you go....finally, a card post!

Thank you!

 THANK YOU! THANK YOU !



On behalf of Team International Ink, thank you to anyone who cast a vote in favour of Tanya's beautiful scrapbook layout featuring her adorable daughters. We have progressed to Round Four with just twelve teams remaining. In fact, it is so pretty that I just have to show it to you again!




The next round of voting will start on Sunday and continue through to Tuesday midnight. I'm sure the competition will be tough this round - you only get to cast ONE vote this time. And I thought choosing just three teams was hard in the previous rounds!

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone creates for this challenge - candy packaging!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Have you heard the latest from PaperWorksCo



You betcha! It is time for another release! On April 23rd  at 9AM MST to be exact (that's 11AM here in Ontario), PaperWorksCo launches it's next release with a blog hop!


Be sure to tune in on the big day for the big release! Of course, you can always find out the latest news, clues and ways to win over at the PaperWorksCo blog.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

PaperWorksCo Sunday Sketch #28

Hi folks,

just a quick post as my second pan of cinnamon buns should be coming out of the oven shortly....Just wanted to let you know that the PaperWorksCo Sunday Sketch has been posted for this week.




once again, just by playing along you are eligible to win the April PaperCard Kit shown below.




You don't have to use PaperWorksCo stamps to play along - but if you've got them, show them some love!
All the details about how to play along are in the post at PaperWorksCo linked above.

Hope you are having a great weekend - be sure to check out my earlier post from today to see Tanya's gorgeous layout for Team International Ink's entry in Round Three of the Royal Battle at TGF. It's a beauty and you won't want to miss it!

TGF Royal Battle - Week Three




Hi folks.....so isn't this layout by Tanya just too adorable for words? This is Team International Ink's entry for Round Three of the Royal Battle at TGF. Let's see - what do I like about this layout. Well, her girls are just too cute to start with. I think what I really like is how the stamped images really FIT with the photos. They do not detract OR distract from what I think should always be the focus of the layout - the pictures themselves. Then there are the little details - that ruffled ribbon that mirrors the ruffled dresses. The pretty papers. It all combines together to make a very nice layout.


So, if you agree that Tanya's very pretty layout deserves one of your three votes, then please be sure to leave a comment on the photo right here. Be sure to check out the other entries in the Week three gallery and vote for your other two favourites. Don't forget -  you have to be a registered user of the gallery to vote, you only have three votes to cast, and you can only vote on a photo once.


Personally, I found it very hard to vote for just three. There are only twenty-five entries this week with the top twelve moving on to round four. So, every vote really counts.

If you choose to throw your support behind Team International Ink, then I thank you.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend! Now, off to check on my cinnamon buns!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Organizing Spellbinders Dies

Hi there folks,

well, I'm still not getting crafty - and I am still not getting the craft room tidied up. It may have to wait until I take my days off later this week once I go off pager duty.


However, I did make some progress in tidying up - sort of. I finally got around to putting my most recent Spellbinders dies into CD cases. The larger ones have finally made it into the metal cases my dearly beloved picked up for me at Lee Valley.


Just in case you are curious ..... most of my Spellbinders dies are stored in CD cases, lined with magnetic paper I buy at Staples.




Each CD case usually holds two sets of dies - for some of the scalloped die sets though, this isn't the case. With the scalloped dies, sometimes the dies overlap and only one set fits in a case. Basically, every other one on each side .. say 1, 3 and 5 on one side and 2, 4 and 6 on the other.




And these are the metal cases from Lee Valley my dearly beloved picked up for me - a real steal. The small ones were fifty cents each, the large ones were a dollar.




The smaller ones work well for the larger dies, like the long rectangles and the labels eight and ten. I just put scraps of my magnetic paper inside the cases to hold the dies in place as with the CD cases.






The larger cases are PERFECT for the petite borderabilities



the empty spots you see on the top case are because two of my border sets were lent to a friend to possibly use on a project. They will be added and labeled when they return. Each case can hold eight of the borders, four on each side (each set has two pieces). So, one of the cases still has room for four more borders!!


And this is the CD case that holds my other Spellbinders that were already in cases (before today)




There's a few empty slots as I sent those dies off with the borders to my crafty pal for the weekend as well.

I know what you are thinking - yes, I'm a little OCD. And I have a little problem - all those Spellbinders I organized today won't be going into this tidy case. I may have to find another big case to hold all of them. But I really like this one as the CDs lock into place and I can close up the door and just cart the entire box off to wherever I am crafting. Neat huh?

Anyways, see you later, hope you are having a nice weekend.

Friday, April 9, 2010

If you like cute stamps

has Peggy got an offer for you!

On the PaperWorksCo blog today, Peg posted the lastest DT call! If you like to have fun playing/working with the cutest stamps, I strongly encourage you to check out the post and toss YOUR hat into the ring (sorry Canada/US only for now).


I was part of the first blog team at PaperWorksCo and have only positive things to say - a great bunch of folks, lots of fun and it is REALLY cool to play with stamps BEFORE ANYONE ELSE!!!! I know, isn't that terrible of me to say? But it's true! It's like you are part of a special, secret, EXCLUSIVE club.


The DT call ends on April 22 2010 so you have some time to apply.


In the meantime, I'm looking for advice on the inks to use for stamping images for Copic colouring. I have tons of different black ink (from my fabric experiment a few months back) and am wondering which ones are "copic safe". I think I need to get a new Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad as mine seems to be going a little dry (it gets a lot of use and I have managed to crack the case as well). Not sure if I will get out to Heather's this weekend to pick up another so I need to know if any of my others are safe to use until I can get a replacement!

Thanks for any suggestions!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Getting Geared up with Jam Tinheart

Hi folks!

Well, I said to heck with it and crafted AROUND the mess that is in my craft room tonight. Yep, I literally just pushed everything onto the adjoining table and pulled out my Tinhearts from PaperWorksCo to play along with this week's sketch at PaperWorksCo. I had not made a card since Sunday morning and was going into serious withdrawal and needed to make a FUN card!!! Tidying the craft room can wait until Friday night!!

This is what I came up with....





Even dearly beloved thought it was pretty cute when I showed it to him. He said "Wow! Is that a STAMP?"


Jam is actually layered, I coloured three of him and then chopped up two to get the pieces for the layers. His body, head and pincer hands are popped up on dimensionals on the one base image that was left whole.


To add some interest to the image panel, I decided to go with a finely detailed designer paper instead of a plain card stock (all the papers are from the same CTMH paper pack by the way, I think it is called Starstruck?) and layered some of the gears from my new Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix die -- the one that I almost RAN to Heather's Stamping Haven to get when I saw she had them in stock.


You still have time to play along with the sketch challenge - and one person who plays along wins the April PaperCard Kit - which goes very nicely with the Tinhearts by the way. I'm already planning on ordering the kit ANYWAY - I'm just patiently waiting until I place my order for the NEW RELEASE coming later this month!!


I'll be entering this card in this week's challenge over at Practical scrappers - to use markers! As my loyal readers know, I am a very recent convert to Copic Markers so I tried using them on Jam. Using Tanya's tip about laying on the colour from a single marker to get some very subtle shading. Probably too subtle to show up in the picture but in real life you can see the differences on the edges where the colour is a little darker.


I'm also submitting this card to A Spoon Full of Sugar's Challenge 98 - one for the boys! I think these robot stamps are perfect for boy cards - in fact this one is destined for my former neighbour's son - I coloured the image to kind of look like his working Wall-E robot.

Hope you all have been having a lovely week. I am so looking forward to this weekend! This is my third post for today so please feel free to scroll down to read the previous two -- no cards but some information that might be of interest!

What are you doing on National Scrapbooking Day?



That's where I will be! I will be card-making this year - not scrapbooking like last year. If you are interested in attending, just get in touch with any of the contacts listed in the flyer above! It is for a good cause - and trust me, the goodie bag we got was awesome! The door prizes were fabulous!

We were fed ALL day and the silent auction had some incredible items. I personally picked up a pretty set of SU! stamps and papers AND a gorgeous handmade jewelry set - in pretty pink to show my support for Breast Cancer research.

Oh...and the little workshops throughout the day (for a small fee) were great. I may have some of the projects upstairs in my craft room that I could show you (I could  not give them away, what can I say).

Anyways, if you are local and have some time on that day, you should register. You don't HAVE to stay all day but you probably will, the time just flies by! You will no doubt meet lots of new people and make new friends! I certainly did (waving a big HI!!!! to Tanya!!!!)


I have promised for months to make my sister a set of TGF cards so I am setting aside Crop for the Cure day to work on them. I will hopefully find some time in the next three weeks to get everything together so that on the day of the crop I will just have to put everything together - maybe do some finishing touches on colouring the images. I expect I will keep them simple - use my CTMH Wishes card layout book and all CTMH papers/embellies so I can limit the amount of STUFF I have to take with me. No lugging the cuttlebug and all my spellbinders with me this year! Just tape and LOTS OF IT! Hmmm....mental note, must pick up lots of tape and foamies!

I'm REALLY hoping that on May 2nd I will be at the Copic Certification class here in Ottawa....please please please! I think this weekend is the three weeks before when they open it up to the riff raff like me so I'm crossing my fingers that all the spots have not yet been taken up by store owners/affiliates and DT members.

Note this is my second post for today, feel free to scroll down to see the other one....and no, it wasn't a card....

Day 3 of Jigsaw Mania at PaperWorksCo

Hi there....I know. You're saying "what's up, Sheena? no cards!!! how many days now?" I think Sunday was my last card post. My mojo is on a little bit of a hiatus -- not doing too much crafty this week and I can't show you the April birthday cards  (well, most of them) until they get delivered as there are recipients (and/or their spouses who might just get a sneaky peeky if the card goes up here BEFORE it is delivered).

HOWEVER......I do need to let you know about a fun game going on at PaperWorksCo for their next release. Peggy is releasing image sneak peeks in jigsaw puzzle form.

Now if you missed Day 1 and Day 2,  not to fret. I've got your back! If you follow the instructions in the Day 3 Jigsaw Mania post to become a fan on facebook, leave a message on the blog post saying you became a fan and that I sent you, then Peggy will send you the Day 3 puzzle pieces. In turn, you are allowed to send them to me and I can send you the Day 1 and Day 2 pieces. That's how it works - nothing underhanded about it - that's how the game is played. Teamwork!


Oh....and I have to say I am so tickled!!! Bright shiny new toy in the mail today! FINALLY! My itop brad maker arrived, along with the two larger punches, the brads to go with, the big brad adapter and the templates.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A quick Thank You

Hi folks,

just wanted to drop a quick line to say, on behalf of my Team International Ink, thank you if your vote was one of the ones cast that help put us through to Round Three of the Royal Battle over at TGF.

The field has been narrowed down to twenty-five teams and the next challenge is a scrapbook page. Lucky for us, we have a super scrapper on our team who is rising to this challenge. So far, I haven't been a contributing team member - I'm making up the cheering section. Good thing I'm loud and spirited! If the cheer squad alone was enough to get us through, then we would be a sure thing for the next round as I can drown out pretty much anybody when you get me going!

But, since my loud cheers won't be enough, and I can't vote for our own team, be sure to check out the Week 3 galleria sometime between Sunday and Midnight of next Tuesday and look for the entry from Team International Ink. If you like it (and I am already guessing you will!!!!), please consider using one of your three votes for our team.

So, that being said, there HAS been some controversy over the votes being cast. I was thinking about this myself and I think one way it could have been avoided (or avoided in the future) would be if ONLY the people on the teams were allowed to vote...and you HAVE to use all of your votes. Otherwise, if you don't vote, your team gets docked a vote for every vote team members do not cast. Oh, and every team has to have the same number of members. The advantage would be - a lot fewer votes to count and probably easier to verify all the votes being cast. I certainly don't envy the folks at TGF the nightmare of trying to make this contest fair to everybody. Funny how these things always wind up this way, huh? Poor Marie, I thought of sending this suggestion to her for next time but I am sure she is being inundated right now with emails etc so I probably won't.  I would not want to add to her headaches during what I am sure is turning out to be a stressful time.

I sure hope that the experience with THIS contest doesn't put a damper on all the neat contests they run for their fans at TGF. It is definitely fun to play along and make new friends along the way. And just seeing all the diversity in the creativity of the submitted projects is amazing. I actually DO hem and haw over my three votes....typically wishing I could vote for more projects! Just call me Miss GoodyTwoShoes....I WANT TO VOTE FOR EVERYBODY!  I think I will be needing to go back AFTER this contest is done (or maybe just after the closing of votes for each week) and be popping a quick comment on all of the projects that I did not get to vote for but were still incredible. I think that would be a nice thing to do, you know?

Anyways, must go make dinner....guitar night at our house should be commencing soon....

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Just a reminder - Team International Ink would love to have your vote!

Hi folks,

just a reminder that voting ends tonight for Round Two of the Royal Battle at the Greeting Farm.

Corinne did a fabulous job with our team's entry don't you think?





If you have not already used all three of your eligible votes, we would really appreciate it if you would consider voting for our team's card, just follow this link to Team International Ink in the gallery and leave us ONE comment on our photo. You can comment on up to THREE photos, but only one comment per photo.

This week the pool is down to 45 teams so every vote we get goes a long way to moving us forward to Round Three and the possibility of winning a REALLY awesome set of stamps from The Greeting Farm!


Thanks in advance for your support!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Tickled Pink Stamps

Hi folks....hope you all have had a lovely Easter Weekend so far. I did not get around to reorganizing my craft room yesterday (maybe today) but I did do manage to do some yardwork AND tackle the linen closet to do a little purging to make room for some things from my craft room! Our stack of things for Giveaway Day here in Ottawa on the first weekend in June is growing! Although, I don't know if I can wait that long so I may just post the items on the local Freecycle/Freestore website to see if there are any takers.

Anyways, just writing this post to let you all know that Magnolia Down Under now goes under the new moniker of Tickled Pink Stamps. There is an awesome blog candy currently posted that is open until the end of the month of April. Just follow the hyperlink to get all the details.

Hope you all have a lovely day - this is the last day of my four day weekend and I am hoping to make some inroads into cleaning up in the craft room.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

PaperWorksco Sunday Sketch #27

Hi folks....back again for my THIRD post today! Please scroll down to see the earlier posts - especially the first one! Team International Ink NEEDS your vote!!!!

Anyways, the reason for this post is to let you know about today's sunday sketch challenge at PaperWorksCo. It is PERFECT for using up all  of those scraps you have lying around on your crafting table!



Peggy's a real peach with the PWCO challenges - you don't HAVE to use PWCO images on your entry (but if you have them why NOT use them?)

AND....here's the "you are so going to want to play along this week" gotcha. The prize for one lucky person who plays along with the sketch challenge!!!



Yep! You got it! The April PaperCard kit! Click on the link to find out just what is included in the kit. Perfect for those Tinheart stamps you may have picked up from PaperWorksCo from their most recent release!

So, take some time, make yourself a card, add it to the PWCO gallery or SCS or your blog but be sure to let Peggy know you played along by leaving a comment on the challenge post (link is above).

Hope your Easter is all it is cracked up to be!

Hi folks, this is my second post for today so if you would like to see the card that Corinne created for our team's entry into the TGF Royal Battle, just scroll down to the early post. There's a link in the post so you can vote for our card!

Anyways, it is a good thing I'm an early riser and get up HOURS earlier than my dearly beloved. I didn't get around to making his second easter card until this morning (I kept one of the Easter Anya cards for him but wanted to make a bunny card for him as well).

I really procrastinated on this one, which was silly since I even knew exactly what I wanted to do with the card.
  • one of my Bildmalarna Easter Bunny images from Paper Jewels that I already had coloured
  • the PaperWorksCo Sunday Sketch #26 (I'm a day late with my entry to the challenge but that's okay - there's another terrific sketch up today) and
  • papers from the March PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo

And here is the card!



The THREE DPs (the plaid, the pale blue and the pale green) are all DPs from the kit - so they are from the Animal Stackers line by 3BugsInARug. If you missed out on your chance to get the kit, you can still get those papers from PaperWorksCo. Just click on the name of the papers above.

I actually did TWO of the stamped images. The bottom layer is the full image and the top layer is just the bunny popped up on dimensionals. I don't think you can see that very well in this photo.

The ONE big yellow button is also from the kit - from the very generous embellishment pack that Peggy always includes. I think the yellow button ties in very nicely with the yellow coloured egg in the image. Since I included a button I will be submitting this card for the OCC challenge this week - to break out the buttons! And, even though I have already done one card for the AlotaRubberStamps challenge this week, I'm going to submit this one also (it's another 3-2-1 challenge) as you can submit as many entrie as you like for that challenge!

I hope dearly beloved likes his card ---- I know he will enjoy all of the dark chocolate Lindt bunnies I got for him.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Round 2 of the Royal Battle at TGF

Happy Easter Sunday folks!

The entries are in for Round Two of the Royal Battle at the Greeting Farm.

This week, Corinne stepped forward for the challenge to make an easel card.


I think her card is way more creative than anything I could have come up with! Are you a card-making trend watcher? Corinne hit so many of them on this card - her use of fabric, her use of felties,  her use of the flag banner, her retro 80s Anya, I could go on and on. Just fabulous!

To see just how talented a crafter Corinne (aka Rinne) is, just check out her blog My Bliss. You WILL be blown away by her creations.

If you would like to cast your vote for our team's card, just follow this link to Team International Ink in the gallery and leave us ONE comment on our photo. You can comment on up to THREE photos, but only one comment per photo.

This week the pool is down to 45 teams so every vote we get goes a long way to moving us forward to Round Three!

Thanks in advance for your support - I know I am going to have a difficult time placing my three votes. The easel cards from all of the teams are just amazing!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

A new challenge blog for TGF fans

Hi folks,

I'm back but with nothing crafty - I was just too busy today. I was a "bad" girl and went to Wallack's - where  I bought another 16 Copic markers. I apparently have little to no self-control. Actually, I think I did good - I didn't buy ALL the copics they have in stock that I don't have in my collection (yet). As I said to dearly beloved "I KNOW I am going to wind up buying all of them eventually so I'm not just going to buy a couple at a time, I'm going to make the drive worthwhile." okay - it's like 7 minutes from my house -- but on a saturday, on easter weekend, the traffic WAS annoying. I HAD to reward myself appropriately....tee hee hee.

Anways, on to the reason why I am writing. I was catching up on today's blog reading when I saw a post about one of the DT members of Magnolia Down Under departing due to her commitments to her newly started Anya Ink Challenge Blog. They just put up their first challenge on Friday - anything goes!

So, if you are a fan of TGF stamps, you might want to add this to your blog reading list. I did - hope to put my most recent purchases to good use once they arrive!

Hope you are all having a fabulous Easter weekend - I'm on call so sticking close to home
*** read: going to tackle reorganizing the craft room on Sunday/Monday. Maybe purge some of my unused supplies ***

Pixie Cottage New stamps and blog candy

Hi folks,

just a quick post to let you know about this post over at the Pixie Cottage. The new collection of stamps are in and Michelle has some yummy candy up for grabs.

My personal faves are the Girls of  the World....the Scottish one is just too cute...


I think I will have to add her to my stamp collection - and colour her tartan sash in the McMillan clan colours of course!

Hope you have a fabulous day! Not sure if I will get back today with any crafty creations or not....

Friday, April 2, 2010

Third post for today - Pink Cat Studio DT call

Hi all, just passing along news of another design team call - this one is for Pink Cat Studio. You can find all the details here at the post on the Pink Cat Studio Blog.

I won't be applying even though I LOVE their stamps. I still have quilting projects, etc that need to be started/completed so just keeping up with making the cards I NEED to make to celebrate the special occasions of friends and family is a challenge.

But, for those of you who like those cute images as much as I do, apply! And if you are local and would like to borrow some of my PCS rubber to do some cards for your DT application, just contact me via my email link on the sidebar. My Pink Cat Studio list of stamps can be found via the link in header at the top of my blog.

If you have missed my posts from earlier today, feel free to scroll down. If I do say so myself, you won't be disappointed if you do!

Have a lovely evening.

A card fit for a Princess

Princess Amelia that is -- soooooo.....if you are Amelia's Mom and you don't want to know what the card is before she opens it.....TURN AWAY NOW!!!!  Really.....I mean it......I don't think the pictures do it justice.


Okay.....everybody except Chrissy still here? Tee hee hee....I could not wait to share this card. I am SOOOO pleased with myself (there I go, being immodest again). And really, I could have saved this post until late Saturday afternoon, after the Princesses and Princes party, I did post a Fella card earlier today after all.


I was totally bummed this morning when I realized "Oh....Amelia's birthday is all about princesses! And I don't have Princess Anya! (she's on the way though with my April release order from TGF). What am I going to do?" I thought of hitting up some of my local TGF fans to see if they might have the stamp already. Then I was thinking of a few of my favourite digi sites who have just released a bunch of princess images and was going to go for one of those when I remembered my StarvingArtistamps Doodlefactory FairyTale set! Woo hoo! Of course, I got distracted and TRIED to do my inventory page of StarvingArtistamps. I had it FINISHED, all the entries LINKED...and then blogger CHOKED when I tried to save the page. LOST EVERYTHING!

Anyways, got back to making the card. I Knew I HAD to do a sidestep card with a little fairytale scene so  THEN I  had to find a tutorial. SCS does have a link to a fabulous one by the way. The actual tutorial is here and the SCS blurb about it can be found here in the TLC257 challenge.

Now that I have written enough that Chrissy didn't accidentally see the card.....here it is....Please forgive the photography. I find the dimensional cards hard to photograph.


A semi "from above from the front" picture so you can see the side-step scene.




I think it came out quite nice (there I go, no modesty today!). The small bits of DP are CTMH Daydream - a perfect pack of paper for princess projects (ba ha ha .... it's alliteration day!). Oh and the sentiment is from Pink Cat Studio (the Fairy Friends set).

Another picture to show you from the side....



This isn't a big card.....the card base is a 5.5 x 8.5 sheet of CTMH Sweet Leaf. The neat folds just make it look a lot bigger. Pretty cool, huh? I got a LOT of practice with my Copics. And realized I need more shades of green, pink and lilac. I might have to pay a visit to Wallack's again tomorrow (sketch markers for $5.99, their selection isn't huge but I might find a few more).

Let's see some detail shots.....


The Frog Prince Mortimer, popped up on dimensionals, even has itty-bitty gems on his crown (tip - these are from the "extra" gem alphas I had a couple of years ago for a project from my niece. I just cut them off the letters I am least likely to use on future projects. They are so tiny and are a real pain to attach - thank goodness they are self-adhesive!)

The star of the card - I tried to colour her to look like the birthday girl.




Princess Winifred. She has some bling as well....two more of those teeny tiny gems are sparkling up her dress. Since I did add some "diamonds" to this card,  I am going to submit it for the "Diamond for April" challenge over at Daring Cardmakers.

Oh, and one more shot to show you why this card took me some time to make.




The castle consists of the three layers, each of which was fully-coloured before I chose which would be each layer. Again, the pictures really don't do the card justice.

Anyways, that is my second card post for today. If you would like to see the Grillafella card I made this morning (with one of the stamps Chrissy gave me for my birthday!), just scroll down!

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