The Stamps I Use

Sunday, September 26, 2010

An Anniversary Sketch For You To Try

Hi folks,

When I was making Ava's card on Friday I realized that I need a lot of cards for October - lots of birthdays and a few anniversaries. I am really going to have to try to do some paper-crafting on weeknights in order to get the cards made on time.

This card is for my parents, who have their wedding anniversary on October 4th.

I used  the same papers that I had sitting out on my desk for Ava's card. See...just because the papers are branded for a specific occasion, it doesn't mean they have to be used for that purpose. These are from the DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Girl Paper Stack.

I used Verve's Love Story set for the swirly heart and sentiment.  The flower was constructed using CTMH Just Blooms White Daisy Variety Pack and a CTMH Twinkle Brad (Jolly). The card base is CTMH Tulip.

The layout is from this week's Sketch For You To Try. Jen Del Muro always has such nice sketches, don't you think?

Anyways, I must head out now to check out the place where our kittehs will be vacationing while we go on our cruise in January. Yep, my kittehs will be going to Cat's Paradise Spa and Boarding Retreat, assuming I like the place. I know it sounds like they are totally spoiled rotten but we don't really have much choice. All of our friends and family are either allergic to cats, have cats of their own, live too far away to visit the cats twice a day or they will be on the cruise with us so....the kittehs get treated to a little vacation while we are away.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Always there for you - Club Anya Mystery Monday CASE

Hi folks,

Today I have a card for you that I made for Ava as today is the day that I officially become her god-mother!

Now I know this isn't a "typical" christening or baptism card, but it does sum up how I feel about being asked by Jenn and Brooks to be god-mother to their daughter. As she grows up, I hope to always be there for her - whatever she needs, she can count on her "auntie". Tee hee....I can see me teaching her how to make bread and bake pies now...with her own little apron and her own little loaf pan and pie pan. Encouraging her to get her first motorcycle and help me weed the veggie garden!

The stamped image and sentiment are from the Oliver and Amelia "Buddies" set from The Greeting Farm (ETA - I corrected this as I had incorrectly identified the image as from the Happy Day set). I coloured the image with Copics (E000, E00, RV34, RV32, R83, RV02, E31, E33, E35, E37, W1, W3, W5, YG17).

The papers are from the Nana's Nursery Baby Girl Paper Stack.

The layout is CASE'd from this week's Club Anya Mystery Monday challenge.

I got a little crafty with my Peony Spellbinder and made the flower embellishment. I just die-cut the peony and then cut it into a spiral. I inked the edges and then rolled it up curled the edges. Perfect for this week's challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches to use handmade flowers on your card.

I ruffled the satin ribbon that I chose to embellish the card. Easy enough to do - I put down a strip of super sticky transfer tape (I get from Lee Valley) and then I put a strip along the back of the ribbon. Then I just randomly ruffle!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Shopping Shopping Shopping - Serious Enabler alert

Hi folks....just thought I would pass along a few sale tidbits/bits of info in which some of you may be interested....particularly if you are in Canada.

From One Crazy Stamper:
  • Lora has a sale on right now that ends at midnight on Sept 26th. If you have never visited her online store (Canadian by the way!) you will be in for a treat. Copic Sketch markers are regularly priced at $5.50 a marker and this week, with the sale, are only $4.95. Shipping is free on orders over $100. This is a great opportunity for you to expand your collection or to fill in the gaps in your favourite colour families.
  • Lora is also introducing a Stamp Club so you can earn free stamps from the store. The details are on the main store site and also on her blog post here. She carries lots of my faves (including one of MY favourite Canadian-owned stamp companies)
  • and last but not least, there is a open design team call that you can find at this post. All submissions must be received by 12:00am EST, Oct. 29, 2010. I, myself, may or may not apply as I am not sure if I am up to snuff - or can be THAT creative for 6 whole months! You really should browse through Lora's blog - she has some beautifully coloured cards.

From Scrappin Great Deals:
  • I love checking this store's Daily Deals and Weekly sales. I have nailed some pretty awesome deals over the last few months. Until Sunday the 26th, at midnight, everything in the store is 20% off. EVERYTHING! So....if you've been thinking about that Copic Airbrush might want to take a peek. There is also a phenomenal selection of all those rubber stamps we all know and love. Adhesives, Copic Markers.....etc etc etc

From PaperWorksCo:
 From Heather's Stamping Haven:
  • I popped in yesterday to pick up some adhesive and Heather had the new "Mask It" film from Copic in stock. I could not resist picking some up to give it a try with my airbrush. And she mentioned that while she won't be stocking that itty-bitty compressor that everyone recommends to use with your Airbrush, she will be doing special orders for folks that want it. And her price (I think) sounds pretty reasonable. If I am not mistaken - it was $299. But, if you are interested, check with her.
There - that ends my enabling session for today.

Algonquin College Pajama Crop for the United Way

Hi folks,

just thought I would pass along some details for those of you who are somewhat local and who may be interested in attending this Pajama Party Crop at Algonquin College on October 15th from 4pm until Midnight.

The oh-so talented Jenn will be doing some CTMH Make-n-Takes at the event. I will be attending (pager firmly attached to hip) and probably working on my Christmas cards.

If you or someone you know is interested in attending, please contact Carol Ann as indicated in the poster. Hope to see some of you there!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hurricane Igor and my hometown

hi folks,

some of you may know that I am from Newfoundland (just from my online moniker). Well, I am from that area of the province that was rather hard hit by Hurricane Igor. I believe I saw somewhere that 237mm of rain fell in my hometown in less than 24 hours.

Here are some of the pics I have seen of the devastation wreaked by Mother Nature. A little side note: my sister is expecting. Baby was due YESTERDAY. The highways leading from my hometown to the town where the hospital is located where she is supposed to give birth were washed out - in both directions. As of tonight, a temporary structure is in place at one of the spans and is due to be inspected. Only emergency vehicles. Oh...and the local gas stations have run dry. So I hope she has a full tank of gas in her car for when that road opens up and/or baby decides it is time to arrive!

In my hometown, the brook that splits the town in half flooded its banks.

The Ducks seem to be enjoying the weather.

People ask if I grew up near the ocean....ummmm....yeah.

One of the washed out areas of highway....bridge was completely washed away. Just the guardrails remain.

Luckily, no one was crossing when it washed away...There is an alternate route through "cottage country" on a VERY old  bridge that did not wash away.

The other bridge that was wrecked. Apparently it has been temporarily bypassed tonight.

Nasty huh?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

PaperworksCo Sunday Sketch #51

Hi again folks,

back with the last of my posts for the card set. Still with CTMH Splendor papers and, this time, Verve's "Great Friend". For these two cards, I used this week's Sunday sketch from PaperWorksCo.

Card #7:

Card #8:

The flowers were paper-pieced and I moved the sentiment into the square panel and put brads on the card where the sketch shows the sentiment placement. The square and oval panels were cut using my Spellbinders dies.

There that's it for the set! Ta Ta for now!

Create4Fun Challenge #38

Hi folks!

Back again with Post #3 for the card set I made for my friend. Still with CTMH Splendor and more of Verve's "Birthday Bash". For these two cards, I used this week's sketch from the Create4Fun Challenge Blog.

Card #5:

Card #6:

One more post to go for this set!

ICS #83

Hi again folks,

back with cards #3 and #4 from the set I made for my friend for her birthday.

These two cards use the same CTMH Splendor papers and Verve's "Kind Words". For the layout, I used this week's sketch from Inspirational Card Sketches.

Card #3:

Card #4:

I used Spellbinder Labels Nine for the image/sentiment panel - hand-cutting the Goldrush mat since the Labels Nine dies only cut in 1/4 inch increments and I like my mats to leave a 1/8 inch border. The chocolate brown flower is from my stash.

Toodles for now! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #59

Hi folks,

Hope you all have had a lovely weekend. I did manage to get out tonight after dinner for a quick little motorcycle ride. Brrrr.....does it cool down quickly! The reason I did not get out until tonight was because I wanted to make a gift set of cards for my friend for whom I made the Cupcake Ruby card. My next few posts will feature those eight cards - a coordinating set using the same CTMH Splendor papers that I used on her card.

For the first two cards, I used this week's sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Card #1:

Card #2:

I used Verve's "Birthday Bash" stamp set - paper-piecing the balloons to add a little splash of colour. The edges of the papers were distressed with CTMH Chocolate ink.

Three more posts to go for this set! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday Sketchers with Cupcake Ruby

Good morning!

I hope everyone is having a lovely day so far. A friend of mine has a birthday today and this is the card I made for her - using the sketch from this week's Friday Sketchers Challenge and colours from this week's Sparkle Creations Rubbers Stamps Challenge (orange, green and cream).

And look! I actually finished the inside of the card and remembered to take a photo.

The papers I used were perfect for the colour challenge - CTMH Splendor combined with CTMH Topiary, Goldrush and Colonial White cardstock.

Cupcake Ruby is coloured with Copic Markers (W1, W3, W5, W9, R85, R83, E000, E00, E02, YR00, YR02, YR04, YR14, YG17, YG67, YG11, T1, YR23, YR17, Y23, Y21, Colourless Blender) to match the papers. Her black hair was a challenge for me. I actually had a partially coloured image sitting on my desk for a while but I had used the C range of greys and wasn't happy with it. So I stamped a new image and tried it with the W range of greys instead. I think it worked out better for these warm fall colours on this card.

I used Spellbinders Big Scalloped Circles (Sm and Lg) to die cut the cardstock panels for the image.

Oh, the buttons are CTMH as well (in Colonial White).

Other challenges for this card:
Hope you all enjoy the rest of your day! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Check out the fall release at PaperWorksCo

Hi folks,

So did you get a chance to attend the release chat party last night? It was a hoot - what happens when a bunch of crafty women get together? Well - we talk about stamps....and food! I now have a wicked craving for things I can REALLY only get in Newfoundland (thanks Kelly Bee!) - roast chicken chips, pineapple pop, fries with dressing and gravy and Mary Brown's Big Mary!!!

Anyways, the reason for this post is to give you a nudge in the direction of the PaperWorksCo store where you can pick up the newly released Rachelle Anne Miller autumn collection. Oh my goodness, I had to have them - all!

It is hard to pick a fave from these.....I stinkin' cute are all of these? I adore "Sugar and Spice" - the one with the little squirrels baking. Reminds me of my Nan teaching me how to bake pies when I was a wee one. I even had my own special Sheena-size "pie" pan - which, in retrospect, was REALLY a little tart pan. But it always made me feel special that my grandmother had a pie pan just for me.

And those little trick or treaters? And the hoot-owl?...and and and....Yes, my order was placed as soon as the set went live last night.

Here's the deets if you are interested in placing an order (taken from the PWCO blog - I'm sure Peg won't mind me lifting and sharing):
  • The stamps (including matching sentiments) are $7.75.  All are on signature PWCO rubber, and precut for you.
  • Of course for those who want them ALL, there IS a special bundle deal for you!  The bundle price for these stamps is: $41.75 – that's 10% off!
To get these stamps, click here: And a special offer for this weekend – 

Just enter the code “PWCOFALL” in the discount section when you check out!  offer ends Monday night, Sept 20th – this offer cannot be combined with any other offers, local pickup discount is disabled. And YES!!! that DOES include the new stamps AND even the bundle! So if you do the math and get the bundle - you are actually getting the bundle discounted for MORE than the price of one of the of the stamps is effectively FREE!!!!

And while you are filling your shopping bag with the new stamps (and maybe some older ones you don't have yet) - don't forget that Peggy does offer free shipping if your order does reach a certain amount. So, stock up on the September PaperCard Kit, Echo Park and Basic Grey papers, the summer release Spellbinders and Copic Markers that she also has in store. You will be earning 5% for your emergency craft fund!

Hope you ALL have a fabulous day! It's bright and sunny here this morning and  I have to get ready to go run some errands and MAYBE go for a little motorcycle ride.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Reminder - PaperWorksCo Release Tonight

Hi folks, just a reminder to tune in tonight at the PaperWorksCo blog at 8pm Eastern for the release party. The autumn collection from the Rachelle Anne Miller line of stamps is being released and there is a chat party at the blog.

I'm already putting things in my shopping cart before the release goes live so I'll get those yummy stamps in my hands as soon as possible. Did you see that Peggy has some new Basic Grey Paper in stock? YUMM!!!!!

I'll be there at the party - dearly beloved has D&D tonight so it's just me and the kittehs vegging on the couch all night! Hope to chat with the rest of you at the party!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mojo Monday with Christian

Hi folks!

Long time - no card! But I do have one tonight! If you are a frequent visitor, then you know that my dearly beloved plays D&D (Dungeons and Dragons). Well, in their little group, one of the players is actually second generation. Yes, nerds beget nerds. Dad and son both play. Well, son turns SIXTEEN tomorrow and I thought I should make a card to celebrate (his younger sister will be fifteen next week and she does NOT play - I'll be working on her card sometime this week).

For his card, I decided I needed to use Christian from Simply Betty Stamps. I just thought he would be a cool image on a birthday card for a teenager.

I hope he likes it!

The image is coloured with Copic Markers (E00, E000, E25, YG63, YG67, G21, E35, E37, E39, C1, C3, C5, C7, T2, YR04, YR02). Not sure how well you can see it in the photo, but I added a little shadow around Christian with the C1 and on the ground with C1 and C3. In my list of markers, you might see that I used T2 (toner). I added that to the left side of his hat to give the colour a little more depth. I think I should have used T1 though. For the shading on his clothing I stuck with simply blending two (or three) marker colours from the same family. I was trying out my shading skills for this week's challenge over at the Copic Creations Blog - Shading on and around your images.

I used this week's sketch from Mojo Monday for the layout. I switched out the ribbon/bow treatment in the sketch for a simple sequence of brads to match the CTMH outdoor denim cardstock. I figured this was a LITTLE more appropriate for a teenage boy.

Notice how I offset the image and the two cardstock mats for the image? I should do this more often as I really like the look. In this case, though, I did it to accomodate the biggest of the brads I wanted to use. If the image and the mats had been centred I would not have been able to squeeze them into the border.

Oh, the sentiment is from one of my sets from The Greeting Farm (I think it's from My Guy Ian) and the patterned papers are CTMH You Rock. I'm beginning to think that someone should do an intervention - or at least confiscate the last of my "You Rock" paper pack. I can't help using it whenever I have to make a masculine card! And ---- I STILL haven't used up the entire paper pack - I still have one or two sheets uncut and several half sheets ....and tons of scraps. Maybe I need to do a marathon use up the "You Rock" paper session just to get rid of it all.

You will probably see another card featuring Christian showing up on my blog soon - I coloured up a second image of him using the same colours tonight - but switched up the shirt and hat. So, I have an image on hand already to play!

Hope you are all having a fabulous week - I can't wait for the weekend!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

StarvingArtistamps Week Two Blog Candy Alert

Hi folks,

just a reminder that this is week two celebrating the new release over at StarvingArtistamps and this week you could win the Doodlefactory Gourds and Pumpkin set! Just check out this post over at the StarvingArtistamps blog to see how!

I think this is a lovely autumnal set - great for making thank you cards if you get invited out to Thanksgiving dinner!

Hope you are all having a lovely week!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Party Princess by Sunghee

Hi folks, just relaxing tonight after my second Booty Camp workout (we narrowly missed a thunderstorm by the way) and I just HAD to send you over to Sunghee's blog to check out this post :  Party Princess

trust me you won't be disappointed if you click through. Now I want a princes party of my own (tee hee hee)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Woo hoo!

I was very excited to see that PaperWorksCo has another Rachelle Anne Miller Release coming up this week! Yay! All this week, the design time has sneak peeks going up their blogs. You can find all the details over at the PaperWorksCo Blog.

And I do believe that on release night (Friday, September 17th) there is going to be a chat over at the PWCO blog.

Sorry there is no card share from me today. I've been nursing a massive headache all day today - and not because I partied too hard at the bachelorette party last night. Quite the opposite - I was an iced tea totaller only. I've spent my Sunday sleeping, cuddling with my kittehs (they seemed to know mama wasn't feeling well), watching movies and popping Tylenol and Advil.  NOT what I had in mind for today. I DID feel well enough this morning though to place an order for some new stamps from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps.
Sparkle's new release was available for purchase this weekend and I had a few on my list that I wanted from both this release and the previous one - AND I was a lucky winner of one of the new stamps to boot. Can't wait!

Hope everyone else has had a terrific weekend...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Corset Bachelorette Card

Hi folks,

Well tonight I am off to a bachelorette party - I'm not taking part in all the festivities - just the dinner and bowling. The pre-dinner burlesque lesson and after bowling bar hopping aren't really my cup of tea.

I did come up with this card though - that I thought was in the spirit of the evening celebrating the bride-to-be.

The corset (a Cuttlebug die cut) holds a gift card ....fittingly for a local lingerie store.

And this is a photo of it without the gift card...

The corset is die cut from a paper that is somewhat translucent with a starbust pattern embossed on it. The black lacy ribbon is actually from an old choker I had lying around that I had figured I would one day use on a card such as this. The sentiment is from the Wild Sprouts collection from The Greeting Farm.

I used this week's Sketch for you to try for the layout. I really like how this card turned out and I hope the bride-to-be enjoys it as well. Very girlie - very dramatic.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Something old, something new - with Verve!

Hi folks,

well after my crazy Hallowe'en spurt of card-making on the holiday weekend (what's up with that? Two months early?), I finally sat down on Monday night try to make one of those "quilted" cards I've seen around for months now. You know what I mean - they are made with either little squares of paper or stripes (for the log-cabin effect - ooops, sorry for you non-quilters out there who don't know what a log cabin is).

Anyways, there WERE four card fronts made but my first one had to be tossed. My original sentiment panel was WAY TOO BIG and covered up too much of the "quilt" for my liking. Of course, I didn't figure that out until I had stuck it to the front with sticky foam squares. Say hello to the recycling bin Mr Card Front....grrrr.

So here are the three cards that DID make the cut......

The papers are CTMH Emporium (Level II paperpack and Creative Basics).

The stamp sets I used for the sentiment and frame are:
something new - Verve Love Story (swirly frame around the sentiment)
something old - Verve Birthday Surprise and Verve Wishful Elegance

Making these cards perfect for this month's Verve project parade challenge - something old, something new.

I used Spellbinders Label Eight (the biggest one) for the front panel and layered two of the second smallest Label Eight die cuts to back the stamped Swirly Frame.

I have been really wanting to make one of these quilted cards for some time now - quilting is a common hobby in my family and one of my very talented Aunt's has a birthday next week. So one of these birthday cards will be hers.

You will probably see more of this type of card showing up on my blog - maybe even some Bargello inspired patterns if I am feeling really creative - maybe even with instructions on how to do it yourself!

Thanks for stopping by, hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Rock Star Anya - Rockin the holiday

Hi folks,

Well, I decided to play along with another of the extra images I had stamped up for the image exchange - this time I went with RockStar Anya to give you all a break from my Hallowe'en-y cards. But you don't get a break from the orange! (technically it's CTMH Goldrush to match the You Rock papers)

I coloured RockStar Anya with Copics (YR00, YR02, YR04, YR14, E15, Y17, E000, E00, E02, R20, R83, BV11, BV13, V15, YG11, YG63, G21). And I added a little glimmer to her hair and guitar with some colour matched sparkly gel pens. Her headband got the once over with a clear sparkle pen.

I embossed the star panel using a Cuttlebug folder and then added a distress look by sanding the paper to expose the white core of the card stock.

Challenges for this card:
  • Club Anya - Mystery Monday: Case of Peggy Meyer. I tried to stick as close to the inspiration photo but I had to drop the extra embellies. I originally had some cuttlebug die cut stars on the card but I felt they just made it too busy with all the patterned papers and embossing already going on.
  • Practical Scrappers - white/color core cardstock. I sanded my embossed CTMH Goldrush so you could see the inner white core.
  • Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - distress it. As I said before, I distressed the embossed panel by sanding it.
Hope you are having a lovely day - my plans to go for a little motorcycle ride this afternoon got squashed by the rain I am in the craft room!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Trick or Treat with Sprat

So I am apparently in a Hallowe'en card making mood this weekend. I blame it on the fact that I had a request for an image share so I had stamped up a bunch of Doodlefactory Creatures. Some of them were not perfectly stamped for sharing (or I stamped a few extra) so rather than toss them I made a few quick cards with them.

Here's another card with Sprat (from StarvingArtistamps Doodlefactory Creatures II):

Sprat is coloured with Copic Markers (YR00, YR02, YR04, R29, G14, Y13, YG17 and YG11).

The papers are (once again) last year's Recollections Hallowe'en collection. The sketch is this month's sketch from Crafter's Companion.

I must say, I really have enjoyed making these little 4.25 inch square cards. They all came together really quickly and the colouring was easy to do because with the Doodlefactory Creatures - any colour works!

Hope you are STILL having a great day -- feel free to scroll down to see my other posts from earlier today.

Skoober says .....

Boo! ... although I really think he should be saying "plllllleeeeh" (okay that's me trying to translate the sound of a raspberry...and doing a bad job of it I think).

I  used this week's sketch from the Sketch and Stash Challenge blog for the layout and used last year's Hallowe'en papers from Recollection (again).

Skoober is from the StarvingArtistamps Doodlefactory Creatures I collection and is coloured with Copics (G14, G12, Y13, YR04, V15).

The sentiment is from the (now retired) CTMH October Word Puzzle and I cut out the sentiment panels with my Spellbinders Petite Circles.

Life is Good - PWCO Sunday Sketch #49

Hi Everybody,

I hope that everyone who has a holiday weekend this first weekend of September is having a great one so far! Mine started out great (on Friday) when I got my order from PaperWorksCo of all the new Echo Park Papers that Peggy now stocks. Have you seen these yummies for yourself? You really NEED to (enabler alert - at the time I wrote this post the Echo Park Papers were showing at 40% off in the might want to snag some ... and tell Peggy I sent you!). Gorgeous colours, gorgeous patterns and DOUBLE-SIDED!

You see I was REALLY HOPING they would show up before the weekend because I had been asked to be a guest contributor for this week's Sunday Sketch (after submitting a card for Sunday Sketch #47) and really REALLY wanted to use these papers after I saw the sketch with which I would be working. You can find it over at the PaperWorksCo blog today (and you can see it in my sidebar as well).

Okay, enough chit-chat I's my card featuring..... long-time favourite "Harriet the Hippo". I figured that if I used Harriet I would be more likely to stick with the original layout of the sketch (if you are a regular reader you know I quite often move things around or flip the sketches with which I work).

I DID substitute a Spellbinders Peony die cut for the oval shape but I think I did pretty good otherwise for sticking with the original sketch. Don't you think? I DID emboss it but I thought it needed a little something else. I hate that the shapeabilities only do 1/4 inch increments don't you? So, I grabbed my white gel pen and dotted just inside the inner edge of the die to add a little more interest to the Bazzill cardstock I used.

I even kept the horizontal strip where it was supposed to be -- more or less. You might notice that this Spellbinders Eyelet Borderabilities die cut is a pretty good match for the paper I chose. No coincidence, that. I selected the paper first (Echo Park, Life is Good, Simple Stripes (the reverse side) and then went looking through my rather vast collection of Spellbinders for a border I liked. I turned out to be this one! I figured the strip needed a little something so I also pulled out one of my Cuttlebug dies and added the cream coloured lattice (the other half of the die cut - the swirly bit - is on the inside of the card).

I stamped Harriet three times - once on the cream coloured image panel and twice more for layering the image. I coloured her with my Copic Markers (C1, C3, R85 and R29) and then cut out the full image and adhered it to the image panel. Then I cut out just her head and popped it up with foam dimensionals. The (partial) sentiment comes from the Safari friends Sentiment set.

So there you have it - my take on this week's Sunday Sketch at PaperWorksCo. Be sure to play along this week - you might find yourself as the guest designer two weeks from now if you do!

Thanks Peggy for asking me to play along - I hope I didn't disappoint!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Goonter wants his candy

Okay so I think this is REALLY post #666 -- so I have another card featuring a horned creature from StarvingArtistamps Doodlefactory Creatures II. This time it is Goonter and apparently, he REALLY wants some candy (sentiment is from an older StarvingArtistamps Hallowe'en set).

Goonter is coloured with Copics (Y13, Y15, Y17, YR04, YR00 and V15). The papers are more of the Recollections Hallowe'en papers that I used in the previous post (you will probably see lots of these on my Hallowe'en cards this year as I try to use them up).

I used my EK Success Bat border punch for the vertical strip on the side and the layout is this week's sketch from Card Patterns.

If you are interested in reading the details of two fun blog candies that StarvingArtistamps has running right now, be sure to check out my earlier post from today...just scroll down....there you go.

And be sure to pop in tomorrow to see a PaperWorksCo Sunday Sketch post from me - I was invited to be the guest designer to be showcased with tomorrow's Sunday Sketch!

Ta Ta for now!

A Little Devil for post #666

What can I say? I could not resist this - earlier this week I noticed that I had 665 blog posts on my papercrafting blog. I knew then that I could NOT do another post until I had a chance to do a card with Sprat from the StarvingArtistamps Doodlefactory Creatures II set.

And how lucky for me that, to celebrate their latest release, StarvingArtistamps is sponsoring this month's sketch over at RubberStampChat. You know how much I love my Doodlefactory stamps so I HAD to play along for a chance to win four of the stamp sets from the Backlit Blooms collection that was just released. If you want to play along, just click through here to find the details. You will also find a discount code good for 15% off your orders during the month of September. And since there have been several releases since my last order, I think I'm going to be picking up some new stamps this month!

I should also mention that every week in September, StarvingArtistamps is giving away a new blog candy - this week you could win the new Doodlefactory Ghoulies collection! It's perfect for Hallowe'en! So be sure to check it out and pass along the news - you could win a set!

About the card:
- it measures 4.25 x 4.25 inches
- papers: Recollections Halloween that I picked up from Michael's last year
- the image is coloured with Copic Markers (Y13, Y15, YR04, V12 and V15)
- I'm not sure how well you can see it in this photo but I added some sparkle to Sprat's horns and tail with a golden sparkly gel pen (I really should use these more) so this card qualifies for this week's challenge over at Oh, Alice! (to get shimmery, sparkly and fabulous with your creation). Since I plan to give this card to one of my nieces for Hallowe'en, I thought Sprat should have some girlie glimmer.

So there you have it -a cute little devil of a card for post #666.

Hope you are having a lovely holiday weekend!

eta - ah phooey - I had some posts in DRAFT status so this isn't post #666 after all. Well, close enough!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Enabler alert - big sale at Heather's

I had to pass along this note for the local crafty peeps - Heather's Stamping Haven has 50% off previously released Spellbinders shapeabilities/borderabilities/frameabilities/pendants and previously released Tim Holtz embossing folders and die cuts. Not the most recent releases (and not the nestabilities)....but the previous releases.

So if you've been hankering for some of these products - be sure to stop by!

our happy home anniversary

Hi folks,

well, today is the ninth anniversary of my dearly beloved and I moving into our current house - the first home we purchased together. So, I had to mark the occasion with a card for him like I do every year. For this one, I DID use the second "Hideaway House" image from The Stamp Barn that I coloured the other day - even though he HAS seen the image.

I used this week's Sunday Sketch from PaperWorksCo for the layout but made a horizontal card instead of a vertical card (it measures 5 x 6.5 inches). If you haven't played along yet, there is still time! You could be the next guest designer - just like me! I will also have another PWCO Sunday Sketch card for you this coming Sunday as I was selected from last week's participants to do a feature card using the sketch. Isn't that neat?

Before I forget, the sentiment on the front was composed using the CTMH Solos "O" and "Y".  And the handwritten inscription inside finishes the sentiment ... "make our house a home". Awwwwwww...yeah I know. Now you don't need any sugar for your coffee or tea, right?

Other card details:

Copics: E11, E21, E31, E33, E35, E37, YR63, YG67, G21, YR04, YR00, B00s,
Spellbinders: Deckled Rectangles
Papers: CTMH Splendor with CTMH goldrush and chocolate cardstock

Anyways, this is a scheduled post as I don't know if dearly beloved follows my blog and I wanted to make sure this didn't go up until he had received the card. By now he SHOULD have found it in his lunch.

Hope you all have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!