Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Good morning & Happy Easter! I realized that I still had a few Easter cards to share (and three challenges to pop them in to) and so I figured I'd combine everything in one monster post :)

Supplies: Doodlebug bunny sticker; MME papers; Martha Stewart fringe scissors; Pink Cat Studio sentiment; Paper Smooches cloud dies; 1" and 1 1/8" circle punches

Supplies: Doodlebug bunny sticker; Fancy Pants papers; Stampendous medallion stamp; Inkadinkado Easter sentiment; Worn Lipstick distress ink; Memento Gray Flannel ink

Supplies: Stampendous chick stamp; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Bic markers; Corner Chomper

Supplies: Doodlebug stickers; classic small circle Nesties; Tim Holtz bubble stencil; Dreamweaver embossing paste; Corner Chomper

Still futzing with my camera - getting better with it, but I find it hard to photograph white still. To do the grass I cut out two partial circles and free-hand cut them, popping up the top layer and the chick for some fun dimension.

The challenges I'm entering:


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #6 - E is for...

...EMBELLISHMENTS! The Snarky Sisters want to see you use at least 2 embellishments on your project - you can use two different ones, two of the same kind, a billion or so of the same kind....we're easy that way :)

Supplies: Bunny stamp from Unity; sentiment from Cloud 9 Designs; Memento Gray Flannel ink; Spectrum Noir markers; ALL THE BUTTONS!

I was actually thinking I'd make something snarky this time around, but then I got sidetracked with a project that started as a card and turned into a mixed media/altered art frame - and thus ran out of time. I can't wait to share that with you, though :) And isn't it funny - I use embellishments on pretty much EVERYTHING, but when it came to a challenge to USE embellishments? Brain farts all around. 

Want to get embellishy? The linky will be open until Friday May 2nd,  and you should definitely go check out what the other Sisters have been up to:

And for our Guest Designer this challenge, we have the lovely Princess Judy, who rocked it! 


Friday, April 18, 2014

Merry Monday on a Friday

I haven't forgotten about my New Year's resolution to play along in the Merry Monday challenge all year, but I did get really far behind after being gone for March - and I'm still behind, really. I plan to catch up during the summer & play with the ones I've missed, but thought I'd at least try to get back on track by jumping back in!

Supplies: Penny Black sticker; Paper Smooches twine; Cuttlebug embossing folder; Colorbox Frost White pigment ink

After embossing the kraft panel, I swiped the raised parts with the white ink, and let it dry. These Penny Black stickers are gorgeous - so much detail!

Here's the Merry Monday graphic:


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Seize the Sketch #18

Thank you!

I just recently bought my first bunch of Tiddly Inks digis, and this SWEET little girl was perfect for Jessica's sketch at Seize the Sketch!

Supplies: digi image from Tiddly Inks; papers from Fancy Pants; classic small oval Nesties; Spectrum Noir markers; Doodlebug Crushed Velvet flock - white & pink; button from my stash; Tumbled Glass distress ink

After colouring this little cutie, I added flocking to her costume. I do love a touchable card :) I also sponged Tumbled Glass ink around  the edge of the panel to make it pop a little more.

Here's the sketch:

The linky is open until Sunday April 27 - be sure to check out what all the gals have been up to!


Shopping our Stash #147 - Tax Man!

In honour of it being income tax deadline day in the US, Shopping our Stash is bringing you a number challenge this week! We want to see numbers on your project - I dug through to find what I think might really be the oldest number stuff in my stash. I won this collection as a prize in early 2011, and these overlays are the last of it kicking around (well, the last I can *find*)

Supplies: PTI sentiment; Brushed Corduroy distress ink; Simple Stories acetate overlays; staples

I stamped the sentiment on my white card base, and then stapled the overlays in place - one has the numbers, and one has the balloons & swirls. Easy peasy guy card!

 Come & play along with our NUMBERS challenge until next Monday, April 21st hop on by & leave the rest of my teamies some love!


Tuesday Morning Sketches #245 - Sami Stamps!

Good morning! We have a fun new sketch for you to try this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches, and a brand-new sponsor - Sami Stamps! You can find Sami Stamps store HERE and her blog HERE.  The prize is a voucher for $12 which would equate to 3 digis of the winner's choice.  

I tried a new-to-me technique, inlaid die cutting, and made the eggy panel resting behind that sweet little chick (available here)

Supplies: Sami Stamps Easter Chick digi; Memory Box egg die; Wplus9 banner die' American Crafts cardstock & patterned paper; Bic Markers; Doodlebug flower stickers; Adirondack Citrus ink; classic small circle Nesties

I had some issues getting my coloured eggs to fit well in the spaces I'd cut, likely because I'd cut over the edges of the panel & so the white card stock piece became a little too flexible - I'm looking forward to trying this again. I sponged the edges of the Easter Chick panel with Citrus ink to give it a bit more pop.

Here's the sketch, designed by Melissa:

This sketch is open until next Sunday, April 20th  - be sure to hop around & see what the rest of the team created!

Because I used a whole whack of dies on my card, I'm also entering it in the April Challenge at Stamping Sensations: dies & punches! 


Monday, April 14, 2014

Playing with Easter Stencils

I still can't figure out how Blogger is making my photos look better than they do on the computer, but I will TAKE IT! While I was in Vancouver I bought some embossing paste & a couple of stencils to try out, and I am loving the messy fun! Now to branch out & try something other than just paste on paper :)

Supplies: Tim Holtz stencil; Dreamweaver embossing paste; Doodlebug stickers; American Crafts card stock; classic small oval Nesties

This was my very first stenciled background, so I trimmed along the edges whimsically to feature the parts of it I liked ;) To create the little scene, I cut out two partial green ovals and freehand cut some hills - the top one is popped up on foam tape so that the chick & bunny could be tucked behind. 

This is perfect for the current Simon Says Stamp challenge to make Easter cards! And now back to my regularly scheduled (ha!) cleaning of the bathroom. I shared this on Facebook but in case you missed it, you might get a chuckle:

Connor: MOMmmmmm, can you come dry Mimi off? She's soaked!
Me: I'm cleaning the toilet right now
Connor: But she's really wet!
Me: OK, you come clean the toilet & I'll dry her off
Connor: bathrooms is really not my speciality (exactly how he pronounced it, lol). I'll dry the dog.

Ah, kids are fun. Sometimes ;)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Camera Woes

Oh, my camera. I haz a sad, a big sad. I also haz three cards for the current Anything Goes challenge at Paper Smooches SPARKS, but I am most unhappy with the pictures I've managed to take. Keep your fingers crossed that when we finally get my good camera into the shop, that they can fix it! The first photo was taken with the now-ailing camera, and  the second was taken with the kids' *koff* crappy camera. The third was taken with my phone. Sigh.

The dying camera (which, somehow, uploading here it doesn't look so bad in draft....hmmm...)

Supplies: Paper Smooches kitty, 'hee', shadow, yarn ball & paw print stamps; CTMH haha! stamp; Unity 'you.are.old' stamp; Spectrum Noir markers; Memento Tuxedo Black & Gray Flannel inks; distress inks in Evergreen Boughs, Spiced Marmalade, and Tumbled Glass; WPlus9 banner die; classic small circle Nesties

The kids' camera:

Supplies: Paper Smooches birdie, puhleeze! stamps; AC Thickers; Bic Markers; MME paper

My phone:

Supplies: Paper Smooches Zoo Crew; Bic markers; AC Thickers; Recollections pleated ribbon; MME papers; Corner Chomper

It took me a long time to be happy with the photos I was taking - and now that I'm not, I'm kind of surprised at how upset I am about it! I haven't wanted to sit at my desk & make much, and I'm having a most unladylike snit about the whole thing. Oh well. I'm not much of a lady anyhow ;)


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Seize the Sketch #17 Reminder


There's still lots of time to play along with Seize the Sketch #17 - I'm glad I got to play along in time for the reminder post! 

Supplies: Paper Smooches kitty; Lawn Fawn thank you bubble; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Peacock Feathers distress ink; MME papers; 1/4" Corner Chomper; Bic Markers; Liquid Pearls

Here's the sketch, designed by Jen:

The linky is open until Sunday April 13 - be sure to check out what all the gals have been up to!


Shopping our Stash #146 - Pieces of April

This week at Shopping our Stash we want you to revisit a technique that I know I hadn't done in a while - paper piecing! I used to do so much of it, and now that I'm happier with my colouring I've been doing more of that. It took me a while to think of what I wanted to do!

Supplies: stamps from Paper Smooches; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; MME papers; stickers from Doodlebug; classic small oval Nesties

Surprisingly (to me) I don't have many Easter sentiments, so adding the eggs & jelly beans 'Easters' up this card :)

So, ready to do some paper piecing?  Come & play along with this challenge until next Monday, April 14th hop on by & leave the rest of my teamies some love!