Thursday, 30 October 2014

MFT Sketch Challenge

Hello my dear blog friends,

A short while ago I purchased my first stamp set from My Favorite Things. I am now following their blog and they have a sketch challenge every week and I decided that I would participate this week.

I have for you a card tonight which uses the the Better Get Better stamp set. She is just so cute and I love the little teddy bear. I used up all sorts of paper from my scrap basket and followed the sketch pretty much exactly. I coloured the image with Copics and the colours are shown below. I fussy cut out the image as I do not own any of their dies yet. I used some seam binding as ribbon and made a bow from it also to which I added a simple button.

Thanks so very much for stopping by. Love to hear from you all. Have a great day. Cheers.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

PapertreyInk Make it Monday Challenge

Greetings to you my dear blog friends,

I have a card for you today which is for the PapertreyInk Make it Monday challenge, which was to stamp onto die cuts.

As soon as I saw the video of the challenge I knew exactly what I was going to do.

I used the PapertreyInk Wonderful Words die "Snow".

Using a basic white card base, I added some soft blue cardstock which I stamped using the PapertreyInk stamp set "Snowflake Serenade" using Versamark ink and embossed with white detail powder. I used their dies on the bottom of the card to create snow drifts and I sponged a very light blue ink from Memento called Summer Sky to create some shadows. I die cut the words SNOW from navy cardstock and also stamped the snowflakes and embossed them in the same manner. I mounted the words up on pop dots for a bit of dimension. And there you have it.

Thanks so very much for stopping by today. Please do leave me your comments as I love to read them. Have a terrific day. Cheers.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Power Poppy Peep of the Week Challenge

Good Monday morning to all of you. Thanks so much for stopping by.

I have a card for you today which uses the wonderful Power Poppy stamp set "Countryside Bouquet Deluxe". There have been so many truly wonderful cards made with this set so I took a long time to decide how I wanted to tackle it. In the end, I decided on my recent favourite colour scheme of oranges and reds. I even planted out a ton of orange tone tulips in my garden this year. It has never been a favourite colour but for some reason I am just loving it now.

So, I used the main focal image and stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it with lots of Copics. The numbers are shown below. I wanted to give it "A Glow".  I cut out the image with Spellbinders Lacey Circles die and then sponged in some Memento Dandelion ink to further the glowy look. :)

All the paper is from the Graphic 45 collections Raining Cats and Dogs and Twas the Night Before Christmas. The ribbon, the flower embellishment and the bling I grabbed one day at Michaels. The sentiment is from the Power Poppy set Peonie/Tulip Duo. It was also stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, cut out with a Justrite die and a little more of the Memento Dandelion sponged on to continue the theme. Here are the Copics that I used.

This has absoluted nothing at all to do with my card but this is a nightly ritual at our house. Both our fur babies love their nightly belly rub from DH. Sometimes they each wait patiently and sometime they don't. This is an examble of both trying to get all the attention at the same time. There is a lot of mumbling and mock growls and then ......

                   .... it is all over and they are completely relaxed. It really is a dogs life !

Thanks ever so much for stopping by. Please leave a comment if you like as I love to read them and thank you for your support. Cheers.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

PapertreyInk Make it Monday Challenge

Good Day to you my blog friends,

This card is for the PapertreyInk Make it Monday challenge which was to do Faux stained glass. I really love the look. I did not have any "clear cardstock" on hand so I had to improvise and I used vellum instead. I also chose to stamp the image with Versamark ink and emboss with Black detail powder.

The image is from PapertreyInk Year of Flowers: Mums set and I stamped in on the coordinating die cut. I coloured on the reverse side with an assorment of yellow and orange Copics as noted in the picture below.

The card base is from an old package from DCWV Multi Pack in Yellows. I really love that mustard shade. I have layered on two of the pattern papers from the PapertreyInk paper pack "First Fruits". I tied on some brown gingham ribbon with a very simple knot and added an orange button tied up with some brown butcher twine. The image is on a pop dot on a piece of scrap paper from my stash on top of another stash find which I cut with Spellbinders Picot Circles die. That is also popped up to give a bit if dimension. Lastly, the sentiment is from PapertreyInk stamps set Think Big Favorites #19, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Well that is it for me for the moment. It is a miserable rainy day here today so I think a nice hot cup of tea is called for.

Thanks very much for stopping by. Have a great day. Cheers.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Justrite Friday Challenge

Greetings my blog friends,

I decided to try again and make a more restrained card for the Justrite Friday challenge. This one could not be more different than the first one. I have a definite preference right now for white cards.

This one starts with a card base of dark red cardstock, then a piece of white which I have run through an embossing folder by Cuttlebug. So sorry but it does not have a name on it. I wrapped some white ribbon around a few times and made a messy bow. The image is from Justrite Charming Christmas stamp set. I just love that little charm image with the holly berries. I coloured it with Copics keeping it fairly subtle, not to bright and cut it out with the co-ordinating Spellbinders die. Mounted the image with a pop dot and added the bow just above it. Subtle and restained. More my style.

Thanks so much for visiting. Please leave a comment if you wish as I love to read them.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

PowerPoppy Peep of the Week Challenge

Good Morning to you all,

As I sit here at my computer writing this to you all, I can look out the window of my studio and what do I see?  SNOW FLAKES !!  There are not many of them but there diffinitely was snow falling. The temperature dipped to the freezing point here last evening and DH, who is a VERY avid skier, had a huge grin on his face when he saw the fluffy white stuff.

Enough about that. Thankfully it has stopped and is all gone and the sun is trying to peek out.

I have a card for you today which features one of the newest stamp sets from PowerPoppy named "Poinsettia". I have been waiting to use this new set and wanted to do it justice as I think it is one of the most beautiful that Marcy has drawn.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock and coloured very subtly with Copics. The colours are shown below. I really wanted this to look like a winter wonderland card.

The base of the card is white cardstock cut using the Spellbinders Timeless Rectangle die. I then added, with pop dots, another white layer cut with Spellbinders Elegant Ovals die. Popped up on this is the Poinsettia image. I added the sentiment which is from the same stamp set, added a single pearl and a white silk ribbon bow at the top.

Thank you for joining me today. Have a wonderful Sunday. Hope to see you soon. Cheers.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Justrite Stamps Friday Challenge

Hello there dear blog friends,

I decided to participate in the Friday Challenge with Justrite Stamps which meant making a Christmas Card. Easy peasy, right. Not so, my friends.

Now, do not get me wrong. Justrite has absolutely wonderful Christmas stamps. That was certainly not the problem I decided to use the "O Christmas Tree" set and decided upon the word PEACE as the focal point of my card. All was well, up until this point.

Every so often, a card simply gets away from me. I try my best to keep things on track but no go. I do not usually make "over the top" cards. I like things to be a bit more restrained but not this time.

Started with white cardstock, added a green holly patterned paper over which I layered some gold cardstock which I ran through an embossing folder from Couture Creations called Intrinsic. Added a strip of white along the bottom cut with a Martha Stewart punch. I coloured the pennants in much the same colours as depicted on the stamp set, added letters cut with my Cricut Storybook cartridge from the same gold cardstock and tied it up with some lovely gold ribbon.

Simply could not stop there so added the sentiment from the Noel Christmas Ornaments stamp set by Justrite,  cut that out with Spellbinders Devine Eleoquence die and dusted with Pebbles Pearlescent chalk for a subtle (!) dusting of gold. Still unable to stop, I added three poinsettias cut from Spellbinders dies with a small gold crystal in the middle. OMG!!! I am nearly blinded from looking at all that gold.

Here are a couple shots of the card in all it's overabundance of bling, etc.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy your day. Cheers.

Friday, 17 October 2014

PapertreyInk October Blog Hop

Good Evening blog friends,

I think you have probably realized by now that I really like PapertreyInk stamps and dies. However, this is my first time participating in one of their Blog Hops. It is not until the 25th of October but I wanted to get the card done early.

The challenge was to make a holiday card using a colour scheme that was not the traditional red and green. The one I choose uses 3 various blues and a raspberry pink. And let me tell you, this was a challenge for me.

I used a dark blue cardstock for the base, a pale blue pattern paper over which I layered a bright blue ribbon. I used PapertreyInk's "Wonderful Words" stamp and die set for the sentiment. The snowflakes are by Spellbinders and they are Create-a-Flake Five and 2013 Snowflake Pendant. I took a couple of pictures because I want you to be able to see that everything is covered in glitter. Nothing says snowflake sparkle quite like glitter. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by. Please leave a comment if you like as I do so love to read them. Cheers.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Make It Monday

Greetings my dear blog friends,

Today started off dull, rainy and gloomy but the sun finally came out to reveal all the glories of the colours of Autumn here on our farm. I love this time of year the very best. But I digress ....

This card is for the Make It Monday Challenge at Papertray Ink. It will also be a thank you card to my very dear friend Jocelyne as I stayed at her house recently while visiting my old home town. I know that she follows my blog so she will see it online before she gets it in the mail!!

The base of this card is paper from Crafters Companion Fairyopolis collection and the other two pattern paperies are from my stash. I cut out the butterflies from scrap paper and vellum using the PapertreyInk Beautiful Butterflies die set. I rubbed Versamark ink along the edges and embossed with silver embossing powder. I slightly offset the butterlies when I attached them to the card. A button on each tied with some bakers twine finishes them off. The sentiment is from the PapertreyInk Beautiful Butterflies stamp set. I popped up one of the butterflies for a bit of dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great day. Cheers.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Greetings my dear blog friends,

I have not posted for a while as we have had my DH family visiting here with us on the farm. We celebrate Thanksgiving today here in Canada and we actually had our turkey dinner yesterday to allow family time to travel to and fro.

To all of you who are my fellow Canadians, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for living in this country.

Back with a new blog post and more cards shortly. Right after I deal with the turkey carcass !

Have a great evening. Cheers.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Get Well Kevin

Good Evening my dear blog friends,

As I have mentioned before, I live out in the country on a small hobby farm. We are very fortunate to have wonderful neighbours here. We heard today that one of them has had the misfortune to injure himself while cutting wood. Everybody around here heats their homes with wood in the winter. So I thought I would make him a Get Well Soon card. I always struggle with masculine cards. I guess there simply are not as many "man" stamps as there are stunning images for women.

I ended up using an old Personal Stamp Exchange image. I cannot recall the title now but as you can see it is botanical. Leaves and branches. It seemed appropriate since he injured himself cutting wood.
I stamped the image with a combination of Memento inks, namely Toffee Crunch, Desert Sand and Potter's Clay. After stamping the image I sponged on a bit of the three aforementioned inks just to soften the image a bit. I fussy cut it out and matted on some scrap paper. I found another bit of paper with a bit of a polka dot on it which I cut with Fiskars Paper Edgers "Deckle". These scissors have not seen the light of day in I do not know how long but I seem to be on a roll for using up old items. I stamped the sentiment from the Justrite Stamp set entitled "Get Well Labels Twenty", cut it out with Spellbinders Ribbon Banners and used a little sponge of ink for dimension. A wee twine bow at the top did not make it too cute so I think it is masculine enough for Kev.

The sentiments I stamped inside are from the same Justrite stamp set. Kevin has a wonderful sense of humour so this is perfect for him. My two fur babies, Amber and Teally were keeping me company while I worked. They are brother and sister but you would not know it as Amber is so very gray in the face.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great evening. Cheers.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Justrite Stamps Revisited

Good Evening friends,

If you are anything like me you cannot resist buying new sets of stamps when they come out. We use them right away and then we file them away with all the rest of our collections. Does anyone ever pull out the old ones again because a lot of them are simply terrific. Gosh, I have old stamps from the Personal Stamp Exchange days and that is a long time ago but they were wonderful images. So, tonight I pulled out an old Justrite set entitled Spring Rose Medallions. I love the main image which is what I have used on my card.
I have coloured the image with Copics and cut it out with the corresponding Justrite die which I then matted on some yellow cardstock and fussy cut around the edge. This was popped up on Spellbinders Elegant Labels 4 on top of a Cuttlebug embossed piece of card. I really must stop trying to take photos at night as the light is dreadful. I usually do my cardmaking in the evening but I guess I should wait until morning to take the photos. I am sorry that you can barely see the embossing. I tied a bow and added a flower made with Spellbinders Rose Creations and a wee pearl. I kept thinking that it needed something else but could not think of what so I stopped making myself crazy and quit.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great evening. Cheers.