The Stamps I Use

Monday, July 30, 2012

On the run with Kraftin' Kimmie

Hi folks,

Look at that! I'm back....AGAIN!!! This time with an early August birthday card.

I took advantage of a big sale recently at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and compounded my savings with a coupon I had saved from when I purchased the Going Places set. I picked up a BUNCH of stamps - a BIG bunch. There was one in particular which I HAD TO HAVE to make a birthday card for my dearly beloved's sister.

Not only is she the mother of two and a hard-working police officer - she is EXCEPTIONALLY fit. She teaches boot camp fitness classes and has been known to take part in marathons AND triathlons. So it was with a little tongue in cheek that I made this card for her birthday this year...


and on the inside "You've just been young a LONG time!"  (funny since my dearly beloved is the oldest of all his siblings). And then I wrote our own personal message "it's about time you caught up to the rest of us".....  :)

card details:

  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, white cardstock base
  • patterned papers: Echo Park Paper Co "Playground" (I thought the bunting banner paper was perfect with this image)
  • stamped sentiment: Little Paper Shop (I don't think they are in business any longer)
  • stamped image: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - Carol. Coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E31, E35, E39, E47, R85, BG000, BG01, BG02, B39)
  • layout: Feeling Sketchy Week #16 (too late to enter for the challenge but I liked the layout)
  • CTMH brads (holiday red)
additional challenges for this card:
Thanks for stopping by! That rounds out the last of the cards I made yesterday.....

Another July Birthday!

Hi folks,

back with another of the July birthday cards I made yesterday - this one wasn't late though! The get-together we attended yesterday was for the birthday girl - who actually has her birthday today.



card details:

  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, white cardstock base
  • patterned papers: Echo Park Paper Co "Summer Days"
  • sentiment: Verve
  • stamped image: The Greeting Farm "Sweet Anya", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E50, E51, E53, V000, V01, V04, V06, Y02, Y04, B91, B93, B95)
  • Spellbinders: Petite Circles
  • Stampin' Up word window punch
  • EK Success scalloped scallops border punch
  • CTMH Brad (petal)
  • layout: Sketch Saturday #218
additional challenges for this card:
Thanks for stopping by! You know I love having visitors!

Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge 169

Hi folks,

back again with another of the early July birthday cards (for dearly beloved's niece) that wasn't made until yesterday (oops - but we didn't see her until yesterday so that was okay).



card details:

  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, white cardstock base
  • patterned papers: Echo Park Paper Co "Summer Days"
  • sentiment: Verve
  • stamped image: The Greeting Farm "Roll Call - Summer". Coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E21, E23, E25, RV00, RV63, RV55, RV17, RV19)
  • Stampin' Up flower punch, word window punch
  • CTMH Goldrush brads
  • layout: The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #169
additional challenges for this card:
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a fantastic day!

A July Birthday with Some Odd Girl

Hi folks,

finally back with some cards as there are quite a few birthdays in dearly beloved's family in the months of July/August - two nieces, his sister-in-law and his sister. So the next few posts are going to be girlie!

Up first, this card for his sister-in-law. Her birthday was actually in early July but we didn't see her until yesterday at the big family get-together for one of the niece's birthdays.




I actually didn't make this card until yesterday either. Procrastination is my middle name these days!

card details:

  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, kraft cardstock base
  • patterned papers: My Mind's Eye Lime Twist (Life of the party I think)
  • stamped image: Some Odd Girl - Baker Mae (I have to work on my colouring technique for the S.O.G. stamps - could not get the nose just right like my crafty pal Rinne does so well). Coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E25, E27, E33, E35, E37, E39, E47, E49, R21, R22, R32, R43, YG23, YG13)
  • layout:  just something I threw together because I NEEDED to use the scrap of cupcake paper on this card.
  • Spellbinders: petite ovals
challenges for this card:
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a wonderful summer - I'm currently taking three weeks off work. Relaxing, taking it easy - redoing my craft room....oi! There WILL be photos eventually....

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Simply Betty Digi Stamp Sale for a good cause


Simply Betty Stamps has a great sale on now - 10 digis for $15. Any ten - including those which were limited time releases. Funds raised are to help with the rising costs of her son's medical treatment. If you really want to beef up your SBS digi collection you could always order multiples!

You can read more about it here: http://canadiannickelscrapn.blogspot.ca/2012/07/mid-summer-giveaway-on-cns.html or here: http://maybecreative.blogspot.ca/2012/07/simply-betty-sale-for-cause.html

And you can do your shopping in one of two ways:

here: you won't need to enter the code, just send Betty your list after placing your order

or through the main store link and you will need to enter the discount code 10digis15

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Viva La Verve - July 2012 Week 2

Hi folks,

back with my cards for the Viva La Verve July Week 2 challenge over at SCS.

Here's the sketch:



Once again, I made two cards using the sketch.

The first is a sympathy card for a friend who's Dad passed away recently.



And this is a birthday card for my Great Uncle. His wife, my great Aunt, passed away recently and it just didn't seem right to send a "happy birthday" card.



card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft cardstock base
  • patterned papers: My Mind's Eye sixbysix Paris & Co
  • stamps: Verve "New Mercies" and "Amazing Wishes"
  • Spellbinders: Lacey Circles, Petite Circles
Thanks for stopping by! I have a crafty day planned with Tanya on Thursday - so looking forward to a day to sit down and colour! It's my first day of 3 1/2 weeks off from work. A much overdue break!

Monday, July 16, 2012

July SFYTT x 2

Hi folks,

I had some time to sit down and craft this weekend. I decided it was time to make my card (as it turns out cards - plural) for the July SFYTT challenge.

Here's this month's SFYTT:



And the two cards I made

The first one is a 6x6 sympathy card:



The second one, is a 4.25 x 5.5 card for my sweetie (it was in his lunch today)



I find it's just as easy to make two cards as it is to make one (most of the time) - you have the papers and everything out all already.

card #1details:

  • finished size: 6x6, CTMH Chocolate cardstock base
  • patterned papers: CTMH That's Amore, edges ink distressed with CTMH Chocolate Ink
  • digi image: Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Tulips. It is coloured with Copic Markers but I will have to come back to list which ones since I had it in my pre-coloured image folder already coloured and ready to use.
  • sentiment: Verve "New Mercies"
  • Spellbinders: Petite Ovals
card #2 details:
  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, CTMH Chocolate cardstock base
  • patterned papers: CTMH That's Amore, edges ink distressed with CTMH Chocolate Ink
  • sentiment: Verve "Love Notes"
  • Verve Jotted Heart Die

challenges for these cards:
  • for card #1: Sugar Creek Hollow #20 - a vintage/shabby chic/primitive style Sympathy card. I've always found this particular paper pack from CTMH to have a vintage feel - maybe it's the brocade
Anyways, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Fairies and Rainbows - TGFSC22

Hi folks,

today we attended a birthday party for the cutest little girl - she is now all of four years old. She had a rainbow themed birthday party - her Mom totally rocked it with a rainbow cake, huge rainbow pom-pom tissue paper flowers and a rainbow slushie. Little birthday girl is totally in love with My Little Pony and Fairies right now so her birthday card from us featured Eva of the original rubber TGF Fairies.



You will have to forgive my photos of my cards for the next while. I'm trying out GIMP (again) and trying to get the hang of it. Oi!

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, purple card stock base (from one of my PWCO papercard kits)
  • patterned paper: Echo Park Paper Co Summer Days
  • stamped image: The Greeting Farm Fairy Eva. Coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, Y000, Y00, Y02, Y04, Y06, E21, E23, E25, E27, V0000, V000) and some sparkly accents on her wings with my Clear Star Gelly Roll pen from Sakura
  • CTMH Sunkiss Yellow card stock
  • sentiment: Pink Cat Studio
  • buttons from my stash
  • Lilac twine from The Twinery
  • layout: TGFSC22 over on SCS
additional challenges for this card:
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

TGFSC21

Hi folks,

I finally returned to colouring .... with this card for my niece for her birthday



I hope she likes it

card details:

  • finished size: 6.5 x 5 inches, black card base
  • patterned papers: DCWV The Rockstar Stack
  • stamped image: The Greeting Farm WS Riley, coloured with copic markers (C00, C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7, RV000, RV00, RV02, RV04, RV06)
  • ribbon: DCWV Rockstar
  • Spellbinders: Petite Oval
  • layout: TGFSC21 on SCS
additional challenges for this card:
Sorry not a lot of chit-chat....it's been a long week and I am just exhausted. And also frustrated that Picasa is no longer working on my laptop since it has been upgraded to the latest and greatest version of  ubuntu. No more Linux support for Picasa and it is not playing well when I try launching the windows version with Wine. oh well. C'est la vie. 

I did a quick edit on this image with Shotwell but could not figure out how to watermark my image. Will have to get my trusty tech support (my oh-so patient sweetie) to install gimp for me so that I have something semi-decent to work with. Or maybe use my other laptop for photo editing. There IS always that option until it gets updated to the new version of ubuntu.

Anyway, hope you are all having a lovely day! Weekend is almost here...yay!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Viva La Verve July 2012 Week 1

Hi folks!

I'm back! Has anyone else been finding it hard to get into the mood to create lately? I certainly have been avoiding my craft room - the garden, the kitchen, pretty much ANYTHING else - has been beckoning.

But my hiatus REALLY has to come to an end as I definitely have some (overdue) cards to make.

So, I got back into things with a little Verve - no surprise there - and a little MME (aren't you GLAD I didn't say Basic Grey Marjolaine - given that ALL my cards since May have been BG Marjolaine?).

I used the Week 1 Sketch for the July 2012 Viva La Verve Challenge over on SCS



and made these two birthday cards (one feminine, one masculine)

The feminine version (for a dear friend)



The masculine version (for another dear friend)



I quite like the layout and may have to keep this one in my pile 'o sketches for Christmas cards.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft cardstock base
  • patterned papers: My Mind's Eye "Paris & Co" SixBySix
  • stamps: Verve "Small Celebrations" (BTW - Verve has a BIG sale on right now 20% off their stamps + a goody bag for order over $75 -- ooh, tempting!)
  • Spellbinders Petite Ovals
  • embellishments: ribbon from my stash, half-back pearl (1st card),  Stampin' Up button (2nd card), CTMH Bamboo Waxy Flax (2nd card)
additional challenges for these cards:

thanks for stopping by! I do appreciate your visits and, if things go as I hope tomorrow, I be getting crafty!