The Stamps I Use

Thursday, March 28, 2013

You're Egg-stra Special

Hi folks,

Well, I was a bit tardy getting started at my Easter cards - so all of them that have to go to Newfoundland will be arriving a little bit late. But I am sure no one will really mind.

Anyways, I made this card for one of my nieces.

I HAD wanted to have little Miss Anya holding onto the eggs but they were just a little too large. So I decided to just pop them over to the side.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March Viva La Verve Week 4

Hi folks,

Remember yesterday when I said I got crafty? Well, here's EIGHT more cards....yep, EIGHT that I made during my marathon crafting day.

They all use the Week 4 Viva La Verve Sketch. For half of them I kept the original orientation, for the other half I flipped the sketch. Now I have a bunch more cards for my stash and a bunch of Easter cards ready for this weekend!

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, white card stock base, CTMH Buttercup and Indian Corn Blue for the mats
  • patterned paper: CTMH Sweet Home (I am REALLY REALLY working on reducing my stash of papers.....REALLY. These must be at least a couple of years old as they are retired.)
  • stamps: Verve "Eggstra Special". "Easter Joy", "Joyful Blooms", "Birthday Surprise", "Chicks Rule", "Wishful Elegance", "Doodled Occasions"
  • CTMH Buttercup and Indian Corn Blue buttons from my stash
  • butcher's twine
challenges for these cards:
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Monday, March 25, 2013

March Viva La Verve Week 3

Hi folks,

I finally gave myself permission to have a full day of crafting in my craft room and was able to make a bunch of cards.

Up first were these six cards I made using the sketch for Week 3 of the March Viva La Verve Challenges over on Splitcoaststampers - I made four Easter cards and two birthday cards.

I've been trying REALLY hard lately to use of my stash of older 12x12 papers from CTMH. I figured 6 cards using these long-retired Topstitch papers would be a good way to make some progress on that stash-busting goal. Pink and blue for Easter cards or spring birthday cards - sounds like a plan to me!

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, white card stock base, CTMH Baby Pink & Heavenly Blue mats. The brown card stock is from Bazzill.
  • patterned papers: CTMH Topstitch
  • stamps: Verve "Birthday Surprise", "Joyful Blooms", "Hoppy Easter", "Egg-stra Special", "Chicks Rule", "Bunny Shake". Images were coloured with Copic Markers (E57, E41, R21, B00, B01)
  • CTMH Baby Pink, Heavenly Blue, Cocoa buttons from my stash
  • butcher twine
  • Stampin' Up Scalloped Circle Punch, 1 3/8 inch Circle Punch
challenges for these cards:

Friday, March 22, 2013

Knit happens

Hi folks,

I found some time today to get crafty so I put together this card for one of the ladies in my weight loss group. She is an avid knitter so I thought this image would be perfect for her.

card details:

  • finished size: 5x5 inches, white card stock base, CTMH Baby Pink & Bazzill Mocha Divine mats/accents
  • patterned paper: CTMH Topstitch
  • stamped image: Kraftin' Kimmie "Natalie the Knitter", coloured with Copic Marks (E000, E00, E01, E93, B91, B93, B95, R20, R21, R22, E31, E33, E35, E37, E39)
  • sentiment: Verve "Joyful Blooms"
  • EK Success Diamond Lace border punch, Stampin' Up 1 3/8 inch circle punch
  • layout: Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #180
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Monday, March 18, 2013

SCRSC100 - Game on!

Hi folks,

Well, I officially go into the books as bad girlfriend with this one. I HAD wanted to give this card to my dearly beloved for his birthday, but events conspired against me last week and I ran out of time to make my sweetie a birthday card. I wound up BUYING him a card instead. However, since I purposely bought this stamp to use on a card for him, I HAD to make it all the same this weekend and give him a little "after" birthday present as well. Yep, ANOTHER video game.

card details:
  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, black card stock base, grey card stock mats
  • patterned paper: Studio Calico "Classic Calico Collection Volume 2"
  • stamped image: Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps "Video Game Oliver", coloured with Copic markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E04, E50, E51, E53, C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, C6, Y35, B28, R24, G007, G00, G02, G03)
  • sentiment: Verve "Purely Sentimental"
  • Spellbinders: petite ovals, classic squares
  • brads from my stash (those among you are familiar with XBOX controllers might recognize the little pattern that I created with the brads - chuckle, chuckle)
  • layout: Sparkle Creations Rubbers Stamps Challenge #100
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Mojo Monday 284

Hi folks!

Well, I finally made it back into the craft room today - I came down with a cold on Wednesday of last week and it has really socked me a good one. I was really disappointed by that as it meant that, with just over two weeks to go until end of fiscal, I took my first sick day of the year on Thursday. And I had been so proud of my "not a single sick day this year" status. I jinxed myself! I did go back in to work on Friday as I was feeling much better but that was a joke as I have been much more sick all weekend. I REALLY don't do sick very well, AT ALL!

Anyways, back to a couple of cards I managed to make today based on the Mojo Monday sketch for this week.

For the first one, I stuck with the original orientation of the layout and made an anniversary card for my Aunt and Uncle.

For the second one, I rotated the sketch

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base. Kraft card stock mat and Bazzill Mud Pie for dark brown mats. I've been noticing a trend lately of doing a base mat ever so slightly smaller to match the card base and popping it up with dimensionals. I decided to try it out on these cards and quite like the effect.
  • patterned paper: My Mind's Eye "Market"
  • stamps: Verve "Love Story", "Doodled Occasions"
  • CTMH Sorbet brads and ricrac ribbon from my stash
  • flowers built from hydrangea petals in my stash
  • Spellbinders Petite Circles
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As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you have had a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Use it Tuesday #51 - Dies, Punches or Cut-outs

Hi folks!

This week I get to play along as a guest over at Use it Tuesday for another fantastic challenge to help us  all dig into our hoarded stash of crafting supplies. This week's challenge is to use dies, punches or cut-outs on our creations!

If you frequent my blog on a regular basis, you KNOW I love my die cuts and punches. Most of the cards I make use at least one or the other, sometimes both. And, more often than out, I also cut-out my images or use a pre-cut die image as an embellishment (I've been loving the wooden die cut embellishments which have been popular of late).

For this card, I went all out and actually used all three elements of the challenge.

I've used my Spellbinders Petite Circles Dies, the Pennant Trim Die from Verve Stamps, a corner rounder punch for the sentiment panel AND I stamped the little cupcake image on a couple of different pieces of patterned paper before cutting them out and layering them together.

I absolutely adore this paper pad from Studio Calico and have to confess to hoarding it in my stash until I can get back to my LLS and hopefully pick up another one (or two) of these paper pads. I think this may be only the second (or third) card I've made with these papers. Anyone else do that? Buy supplies and then not use them because they are so pretty? Yes, you say? Well, come on then and join in with this week's challenge over at Use it Tuesday! You'll be glad you did!

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base. CTMH Cocoa card stock for mats
  • patterned paper: Studio Calico "Classic Calico"
  • stamps: Verve "Big Wish""With Love" (cupcake is stamped on two pieces of patterned paper, cut out, layered and popped up with foam dimensionals. Parts of the cupcake coloured with Copic markers E79 and E51) 
  • dies: Spellbinders Petite Circles, Verve Pennant Trim Die
  • corner rounder punch
  • butcher's twine which I coloured to match my Cocoa cardstock using my Copic E79 marker. Frugal Sheena tip: buy regular butcher's twine for your kitchen and colour it to coordinate with your projects with your markers!
  • layout: Viva La Verve March Week 2
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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Little Brother Birthday Wishes

Hi folks,

my "little" brother celebrates his birthday early in March - since he is currently at sea, I've kind of procrastinated in making his birthday card since he won't be back home until later in the month.

I'll always call him "little" brother - even though he surpassed me in height around the time he turned 14 but he IS younger than me so I still get to call him "little".

This is the card I finally sat down to make for his birthday.

I'm having a little bit of fun by using this image from "Yumi & Fumi". My brother would NEVER be caught wearing a jacket and tie - he is more of a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy. He IS getting married later this year so he is going to have to cave on THAT little fashion issue when he says "I do". I figured it would be fun to remind him of that so it doesn't come as too much of a shock when the time comes.

card details:

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Mojo Monday 283

Hi folks,

Back today with another set of sample cards I made for my inaugural card-making workshop for this year's Light The Night fund-raising walk in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma society of Canada.

I went with another clean and simple design using the Mojo Monday 283 Sketch - though I am beginning to think that if I am prepping 16 cards and making 4 samples, I'm going to have to keep things a little simpler. This one has embossing, die cutting AND fussing cutting of the star - and I did it for all 20 cards!

As you can see, I stuck with my formula of two paper combinations with a birthday card and a thank you card for each paper combo. I also switched up the orientation of the layout and the positioning of the star. I think these came together nicely as suitable masculine cards.

card details:

  • finished size: 4 x 5.5, white card stock base
  • CTMH Outdoor Denim, Goldrush and reverse side of textured Outdoor Denim for mats/accents (edges distressed with scissors)
  • patterned paper: CTMH "You Rock"
  • stamps: Verve "Doodled Occasions", "With Love", "Birthday Bash"
  • die cuts: Spellbinders Petite Circles
  • Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Stars
challenges for these cards:
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

March Viva la Verve - Week 1

Hi folks,

Well, I have today and tomorrow off work so I get a four day weekend! Yippee! I am actually taking the time off to hopefully get the prep work done for my inaugural fund-raising card making workshop for the Light the Night Walk.

If you are a regular reader, you know I have participated in this walk for couple of years now, since my Mom was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. The walk is a fund-raiser in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.

This year, my team is starting our fund-raising early in the year and I am hoping to be able to host a few card-making workshops with all the funds raised going to the campaign.

I'm going to try to keep the cards fairly clean and simple in style in order to maximize the number of cards the participants can make in the time we have for the workshop. Colouring will most likely be kept to a minimum.

I've asked my friends for their opinions on the types of cards they would like to make and they all seemed to be pretty unanimous - birthday cards for grown-ups and thank you cards. So, I figure I will do two variations of each card and the participants can choose to use a birthday greeting or thank you for their sentiment.

So, with that in mind, I decided that the first card I would prep for the workshop would use the Week 1 Sketch for the March Viva La Verve Challenges over on SplitCoastStampers.

Here are the four samples I made - two birthday cards and two thank you cards - two styles by mixing up the accent dies and patterned papers.

It is surprising how long it actually took me to make the four samples and prep the supplies for the workshop. I'm optimistic and limiting the kits to eight of each style of card. So, I prepped eight of the cards with the floral die and eight with the butterfly. I figure I can accommodate eight card makers comfortably in our front room (I have hosted workshops before at my house) and, even if I don't get eight sign-ups, I can offer the extra kits as take homes OR I can make and sell them myself to the non-crafty peeps OR they can go into my stash (yay for stash!).

Anyways, that's enough yammering from me for now. Here are the card details:

  • finished size: 5x5 inches, white card stock base. Style #1 also uses CTMH Desert Sand, Bamboo & Colonial White mats. Style #2 also uses CTMH Indian Corn Blue & Outdoor Denim mats.
  • patterned paper: CTMH Pemberley. Style #1 I distressed the edges of the papers. On the first card, I inked the edges, on the second I roughed them up with my scissors.
  • die cuts: Spellbinders Petite Circles, Style #1 also uses Verve's "Joyful Blooms" die. Style #2 also uses Verve's "Flutterby" die.
  • stamps: Style #1 uses Verve "Joyful Blooms", Style #2 uses Verve's "Chicks Rule" and "Amazing Wishes"
  • ink: CTMH Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue
  • butcher's twine
challenges for these cards:

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to be back again over the next few days with more cards!