Hurray for Christmas! Today I decided to take my inspiration from the ColourQ challenge. I think these non-traditional Christmas colors make a great holiday card.
The snowman is from a recent Close to my Heart stamp of the month and the sentiment is from the Old Island Stamp Company (a Canadian company - yay!) The snowman was colored with copics. The papers are all Papertrey Ink and the snowflakes are some left over Basic Grey rub-ons that I had laying around. I used Laura's sketch 66 at 2sketches4you.
So I decided to haul out the old sewing machine to make a couple of receiving blankets for Christmas. I got this super cute fabric from My Mind's Eye and I am just in love with it. This first one is for a very good friend of mine who's baby is due right around Christmas. Here is a close-up of the pattern:
Cute right? I just love the pink side - perfect for a baby girl. Now of course I had to make one for myself too - I suppose I'll just have to keep it in storage until next Christmas :) Here's a pic of that one:
Same red snowman flannelette, but the opposite side has the words to the Twas the Night Before Christmas story. I hope my little man will like it!
And on a side note, I was to share this awesome bib I just received as a gift. It was picked up at the Art Market here in Calgary this weekend. It's made by a Canadian company Mally Bibs - they have a huge selection of supercute bibs! Isn't it the cutest?
So I'm anticipating being in need of quite a few thank you cards in the near future. So today I spent the afternoon making copy after copy of this card. The papers and stamps are from the Close to my Heart twitterpated series. The sentiment and butterfly are Hero Arts. The label was cut from the cricut Calligraphy Cartridge.
Well, this weekend I got the majority of my Christmas shopping done and it really got me in the Christmas spirit. :) As soon as I got all those presents wrapped I ran to my craft room to start making some gift tags. Here is the start of it!
I used my trusty cricut to cut out the tag shape from the Joys of the Season cartridge. Then I stamped and colored away to my hearts content. Oh, and stickled. Yes, I've decided stickled is a word.
I hope everyone had a great weekend (especially with that extra hour of sleep)!
Paper - PTI stamper's select and kraft
Stamps - various PTI and CTMH
Ink - CTMH and memento
Other - ribbon, copics, cricut, white gel pen stickles
So it's the birthday of a very talented friend of mine. Please go check her out at natureofcraftythings.blogspot.com/. I'm sure you'll find some inspiration as well. I'm so lucky to have such a great friend in my life!
After my super long slump, I managed to haul out the old cricut to get the birthday cake cut from the Sweet Treats cartridge.
Recipe Paper - Black and White PTI cardstock, Cranberry CTMH cardstock, Unknown polkadot Stamps - Hero Arts Ink - CTMH cranberry Other - Cricut cut from Sweet Treats, CTMH cranberry ribbon, self adhesive pearls, copic marker, pop dots
Finally I am posting again. After a very long hiatus, which I do not have a good excuse for, I now have a new card to share! This is a card I made for a very good friend for her baby shower. Feels good to made something again. Maybe this will be the start of something good?
I'm submitting this card to the 2 sketches 4 you sketch challenge. Check them out and play along. :)
I hope to share more soon. Thanks to all of you who come to visit me once again!!
So, starting to get back in the crafting groove - hurray!! I made this card for my hubby's boss who hosted a bbq at his house this weekend. I had a great time even though I had to leave early to go in to work.
This card is a change from my normal dimensions - 6.5 x 3.25. I actually like using this size and will be trying it again. The sketch is from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 77 which can be found here. Luckily this card will be hand delivered as there are little parts sticking out both side. I like it - but the postman may not. It's hard to tell in the picture but I used a popdot on the hummingbird to give a little dimension.
Recipe Paper - Cardstock: PTI Stamper's Select White, New Leaf, Lemon Tart. Patternend: CTMH Stamps - Flourishes: Humming Along, PTI: Polka Dot Basics Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black Copics - E29, E55, E57, Y21, Y26, YG11, YG17, YR24 Other - Nestabilites Scalloped Squares, Ribbon, Pop Dot
So, today is my hubby's birthday and I didn't have a card for him until just now. I just haven't had any inspiration at all to create. And I think the pressure of knowing I HAD to make a card for today was just making things worse. So now it's done...and I kinda like it. Please tell me I'm not the only one who gets in these slumps?
The card is based off of the SSSC76 which can be found here. The super cute cupcake stamp is from CTMH and it was colored with copics.
Recipe Paper - Cardstock: PTI Kraft, Select White, and Unknown blue, Patterned: CTMH Stamps - CTMH Piece of Cake, Hero Arts sentiment Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black Copics - B00, B41, B37, E57, Y17 Other - Twill, Button, Hemp
So today I have a super quick and easy one layer card for the OLW9 challenge over at Simplicity. Susan wants us to use a flourish in our design and this is what I came up with. A combination of a Close to my Heart flourish, Papertrey Ink sentiment and Hero Arts bird stamp with a touch of copic markers -- and done.
Oh, the torture I put myself through for this card.... Doesn't seem like it, right? My crafting table is currently covered in buttons, bling, ribbon, paper, embellishments...all which at some point were laid out on this card. In the end, what did I do? Kept the most simple design and chose not to add any 'extras'. I probably could have made a whole new card in the time it took me to make that decision....oh well.
I recently participated in an stamped image swap and received this lovely image. I was very intimidated to color it, as I've never attempted something like this before. Perhaps it's still above my skill level, but how will I learn unless I practice, right?
So, here is the third (and I think final) wedding card I need for this summer. I'm starting to wonder if I can somehow get myself invited to a couple more weddings so I can keep going with these....I'm having so much fun!
The Papertrey Chicks challenge is to CASE a gorgeous card by Debbie Olson. I stuck pretty close to the original - layout, colors, embellishments. I've used another stamp from the Flourishes cherry blossom stamp set. Still really loving it! I don't (yet) have a nestabilities label that would work for this layout so I used the cricut and cut a tag from Gypsy Wanderings.
So, today another wedding card. I used that great Flourishes cherry blossom stamp again, except I made the flowers blue this time! I think the blue is super pretty. Maybe I'm biased because I colored it?
I used the current Taylored Expressions sketch challenge (117). And I used the new Papertrey Paper Dolls color challenge - Hawaiian Shores, Ripe Avocado and Dark Chocolate. I was a little bad and substituted Spring Rain for Hawaiian Shores, only because those were the copics I had. I'm pleased with how it turned out. :)
Recipe Paper - PTI: Stamper's Select White, Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado and Kraft Stamps - Flourishes: Cherry Blossom; Cornish Heritage Farms: Sentiments Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, StazOn Timber Brown Copics - B39, C41, B45, YG67 Other - Ribbon, Nestibilities Scalloped Squares
Lots of weddings coming up this summer! Here is a card I've made for one of them. Very simple...hopefully not too simple? I debated whether to add some bling or ribbon or something. In the end I left it as is...but I still may add a little something before sending it out. :)
I've taken on the OLW challenge - masking a background. I used a Nestabilities label 8 for my mask - then stamped and distress inked it.
Recipe Paper - PTI: Rustic Cream Stamp - PTI: Life, Text Style; Cornish Heritage Farms: sentiment Ink - Memento: London Fog; CTMH: Buttercup; Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Walnut Stain Other - Corner Chomper, Nestabilities Labels 8
Amazingly two years have passed since my wedding. Next week we celebrate our anniversary, so of course I have made a card for the occasion. I feel so lucky to have a husband who supports my habit and shows so much interest in my work.
My card is based off of the mojomonday sketch. My colors are from the Papertrey Chicks Challenge #5 (Pure Poppy, Kraft and White). And one more submission - the Papertrey Paper Dolls challenge #7 is to make your own patterned paper, which I've done using the little stamps from my new flourishes Cherry Blossom Stamp. My border detail was made using two of the Gypsy Wandering borders welded together. I colored the little pearls using my copics so they would match perfectly!
Thank you for all the wonderful comments that have been left recently! I'm really feeling the love today!
Recipe Paper - PTI - Stamper's Select White, Kraft, Pure Poppy Stamps - Flourishes: Cherry Blossom; Cornish Heritage Farms: sentiment Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black Copics - R30, R32, R35, YG99 Other - Cricut, Twill, Pearls
As of yesterday, my FIL is officially retired - so I'm a little late with this card! But I was just waiting for my new stamp sets from PTI to come in the mail! I hope he doesn't mind :)
I'm trying out a new challenge today. The inchie! The sketch can be found here. My color combo comes from the Play date Cafe challenge 31. The best color matches I could find out of my ink stash were CTMH buttercup, garnet, smokey plum and lilac mist. It's hard to see in this photo, but the kraft is stamped with the PTI background stamp text styles. Much better IRL!
Recipe Paper - Cardstock: CTMH Buttercup, Bamboo; PTI: Rustic Cream; DCVW: purple Stamp - PTI: Life, Mega mixed messages, Text Style Ink - CTMH: Buttercup, Garnet, Lilac mist, Smokey Plum
So, I've been having a bit of 'creative block' when it comes to creating father's day cards. After quite a few days of frustration and reject cards, I finally have a card I'm happy with....I think. I finally decided to just keep it simple and not try to overdo it.
I used the FTL91 sketch for the layout. The boat and waves were cut from the Life is a Beach cartridge. And I added just a touch of sparkle with stickles on the flag....I just had to!
My faux embellishment is the stitched flourish that I used as steam from that delicious cup of coffee. The flourish stamp is CTMH. I also used copics with the super cute Hero Arts What's Perking stamp set. The paper is PTI select white, which I have been in love with ever since the amazing Kasia introduced me to the it!
So here is my second attempt ever at a one layer card. It still such a challenge for me. I like the overall idea of this card, but I think I would like to retry it. A few glaringly obvious problems...like the spacing...ah well. What I do like? The colors. Summery, fruity, yummy. :)
My zoo pals again! I love them so much!! Today I introduce you to monkey, panda, elephant and lady vulture. So, a fun and easy card for me today, as I'm going into work tonight. The sketch for the card comes from tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com. Love playing along with those challenges!
I used my cricut to create the scalloped borders as well as cut out the circles (both from Plantin Schoolbook). Who needs punches? I also pop-dotted my stamped images for a little dimension.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Recipe Paper - Cardstock: Green DCWV, White Neenah, Patterned: CTMH (pink) and recollections (green) Stamp - Cornish Heritage Farms - Zooper Fun, Hero Arts - sentiment Ink - Memento tuxedo black, CTMH olive, hollyhock, ponderosa pine Other - cricut, copics, pop dots
So, a certain someone has been pestering me since I've started this blog to make a card for him. Well, it just so happens his birthday is this month, so I've finally done it! These masculine cards really present a challenge for me. I seem to always gravitate towards flowers and such.
The card is based off of the CPS sketch 165. I masked off the middle section of the card so that I could sponge and stamp the leaves in gray ink. The stamps and sentiment are all from the PTI Through the Trees set.
Let's hope Ivan likes it....
Recipe Paper - PTI Stamper's Select White; Black cardstock - unknown Stamp - PTI - Through the Trees Ink - Memento - Tuxedo Black, London Fog; CTMH - Twilight Other - Corner Rounder, buttons, hemp
I decided to get a little cutesy today and pull out the New Arrival cartridge for cricut. I know many people don't like this cart, but I think the images are sweet. And of course that little peachy keen stamp for the face just makes me smile.
Recipe Paper - Cardstock - DCWV, CTMH, Reflections; Patterned - Three Bugs in a Rug Stamps - Peachy Keen Ink - Close to my Heart - Olive, Twilight; Distress Ink - Antique Linen; Memento - Tuxedo Black Other - Brads, Cricut, Copics, white gel pen
Hello and happy Thursday! After a little stretch of working, I finally have some time to craft again! Today I've combined two things I love - coffee and copics. :)
Todays card is based on the CPS challenge sketch - check it out here. I had a fun time putting this one together - and playing with my copics....I've got some more ordered and I can't wait until they arrive. They are very addictive!
Paper - PTI stampers select white; Basic Grey patterned paper; DCWV blue cardstock
Stamps - Hero Arts
Ink - Memento tuxedo black
Other - Copic Sketch Markers; Buttons; Close to my Heart accents
So, here is my submission for the the Papertrey Ink April blog hop! Yay! So what was the challenge you ask? Why, it was to use tissue paper in some form on your project.
I chose to make a card incorporating the faux silk technique. Each block has a stamped image (or a couple) on piece of tissue paper. I used copics on the small tress to give them a bit of color after stamping. Then, I crumpled and smoothed out the paper. Each piece was glued down to white cardstock. Turned out pretty cute I think. On the green cardstock I used another stamp and versamark ink to create a background. I decided to 'pop dot' the tree to give it that little bit extra! The stamps I used are from the PTI Through the Trees set.
The sketch is based off of the challenge at Tayloredexpression. I think it's a fun one, and will be trying it again soon!
Thanks for hopping by! I can't wait to see what everyone else has created!
Recipe Paper - PTI cardstock in Stamper's Select White, Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avacado and Sweet Blush Stamp - PTI Through the Trees Ink - Memento ink - Tuxedo Black, London Fog, Angel Pink; StazOn - Timber Brown; Close to my Heart - Olive, Versamark - watermark Other - Copic Sketch Markers - E35 G21; Tissue Paper; Foam Squares
I came across this challenge blog - crazy4challenges - and seems just perfect for me! I am crazy 4 challenges :) The current challenge is to CASE something or everything from the awesome cards created by the DT. I chose Barbara Anders card to CASE.
The background paper is stamped kraft - I used 2 Close to my Heart stamps with Sunflower and Twilight ink. I stamped the sentiment onto PTI Ocean Tides cardstock then paper pierced below it.
I hope I did justice to the original. Thanks for taking the time to check out my interpretation!
Recipe Paper - Kraft; PTI - Ocean Tides Stamp - Close to my Heart - Love is in the Air, Enjoy the Journey; PTI - Through the Trees (sentiment) Ink - Close to my Heart - Sunflower, Twilight; Memento Tuxedo Black Other - Twill Tape; Button; Hemp; Corner Rounder, Paper Piercer
So, this is me trying out a monochromatic card (this is the challenge at Caardvarks!) I went for green for Earth Day. The layout is based on the sketch at clean&simple. Both great sites if you're looking to have some fun and participate in a challenge.
The flowers were cut from the Pagoda, Sweet Treats, and Forever Young cricut carts.
Hope everyone is having a fabulous Earth Day!
Recipe Paper - Shades of green cardstock pulled from stash Stamp - CTMH Ink - CTMH olive, Colorbox lime pastel Other - buttons, cricut
So, today I noticed little green buds on the trees and I got pretty excited. I love when everything starts to turn green. So, that is what inspired my card today.
So, the color scheme is from the ColorQ challenge 29. The layout is from the CPS 163 sketch. Also, in honor of Earth day, Frosted is challenging crafters to use a tree in their project. Yup, managed to sneak three challenges into this one. :) When I stamped the tree it turned out much more yellow than I had anticipated, so I ended up going in and adding a touch of green to each leaf with a copic.
Well, hopefully this has a 'springy' feel to you too. Hopefully we have seen the last of snow!
Recipe Paper - White cardstock PTI, colored cardstock and patterened paper CTMH Stamp - PTI Through the Trees Ink - CTMH pansy purple, sunflower, Stampology citrine, Colorbox lime pastel Other - Brads, corner rounder, copics
Good morning!! So today I am continuing with the tea theme. I really love this stamp set. I'm also really loving my new patterned paper from PTI - pink and pretty! Today's card is based on the Taylored Expressions sketch #109. Check it out and play along. :)
I managed to sneak a little cricut into this card - the scalloped edge and circles were all made with the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. Thanks for coming to have a look and hope you're having a fabulous day!
Recipe Paper - Patterned:PTI pink patterns, Cardstock: CTMH colonial white Stamp - Flourishes Let's have tea Ink - Memento tuxedo black Other - cricut, twill ribbon, tea bag, copic markers
Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I have a new card to share. :) This card is based off of the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 65. It can be found here if you're looking to give it a try! So for this card, I had Mother's Day in mind, as well, I wanted to practice my copic coloring.
Recipe Paper - PTI Guide Lines collection, Cardstock Neenah & DCWV Stamp - Flourishes Let's have Tea Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black & Distress Ink Antique Linen Other - copic markers, CTMH Just Blooms paper flowers, CTMH filigree charm, Martha Stewart punch, corner rounder punch, buttons
No, I didn't get sent back to kindergarten. :) But I did take a copic class from Sherrie Siemens at my LSS today. We got to make some pretty cute cards! I like the coffee/toast hero arts stamp set so much I bought it! I think its so cute! I enjoyed the class, but it's one of those things where when I'm at home if I mess up I just start over. Here I just had a live with those ugly mistakes. Oh well. So, no the cards aren't perfect, but they are still pretty cute. :)
I hope everyone has a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by!