Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sparkly Christmas Bells!

Ohhhhhh this card was fun to make! When I saw the inspiration photo at FUSION, I'd already been thinking about my Merry Monday card for a few days, and I had nothing. I wanted to use bells in a unique way. I think I did it!

Supplies: Memory Box leaf die; American Crafts silver card stock; silver glitter paper from Dollarama; Silver paint pen; ribbon and bells from stash

I lightly traced a circle onto the paper so I had an idea of where to place the leaves. Using thick card stock made it easy to shape the leaf fronds to curve into a wreath shape. I sewed each bell on, and sewed the bow & silver bells on for the final touch. I even impressed my hubby with this one, which is a tough crowd!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Monster Big Thanks!

This was a super quick and easy card with the help of this cute pre-coloured digi from Doodle Pantry! This time of year I appreciate that even more than usual.

Supplies: image & sentiment from Doodle Pantry; papers from Simple Stories diy Christmas; classic small circle Nesties; big ol' googly eye

When I was working on this, I couldn't decide whether to give him two eyes (the illustration has two small eyes) or between two different sizes of one eye. I asked Riley, my googly-eye guru, and he chose this size. I think it's perfect!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shopping our Stash #178 - Thankful!

It's never a bad time to be thankful, but of course with Thanksgiving approaching in the US it reminds us all to be grateful for the big & small blessings we all enjoy. This week at Shopping our Stash we'd like you to create a project of THANKS - it doesn't have to be Thanksgiving, but it can be :)

Supplies: papers (including polaroid chalkboard piece) from Pebbles; wood veneer arrow from Studio Calico; Spectrum Noir markers

This is one of those great cards that kind of made itself - matching collections are awesome :) I coloured the arrow with a grey marker, and ta-da. 

You know you have many things to be thankful for too - so join us before next Monday,November 24th!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #276 - Diane's Daydream Designs!

Good morning! This week at Tuesday Morning Sketches we have a great sponsor for you, Diane's Daydream Designs  - and a sketch from me :)

I've found it much easier to create sketches based on cards I've already made - I think that's going to be my go-to method from now on!

Supplies: owl & branch stamps from CHF Kim Hughes collection; cloud dies from Paper Smooches; sentiment from PTI; banner die from Wplus9; Brushed Corduroy distress ink; Memento Tuxedo Black & Gray Flannel ink; Spectrum Noir markers; papers from MME; button from stash

I think it's all pretty straightforward - I masked the owl to stamp the branch, and all the layers except the plaid are on foam dots.

Here's me sketch:

This challenge is open until next Sunday, November 23rd hop on over & see what the design team has created for you! We've also got some fabulous guests from the Daydream Designs team:

and the TMS team:

Since I have this great owl on my card, I'm also popping my card in the Fowl of All Kinds challenge over at Open-Minded Crafting Fun! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stella Says Sketch #219!

Look at that, Stella Says Sketch time at Catch the Bug! I've used the sweet Fairy Christmas for my card.

Supplies: Fairy Christmas digi stamp from Bugaboo Stamps; papers and tag from Simple Stories 'diy Christmas'; Spectrum Noir markers; Diamond stickles; red Liquid Pearls; heart buttons from Dress it Up; classic small circle Nesties; Tim Holtz design ruler, embroidery supplies

After colouring I had to add a little bit of shine - I've painted a think layer of Diamond Stickles on the ornaments, and a little dab on her star necklace. I then dotted the holly berries with Red Liquid Pearls. The tag was pierced using the Tim Holtz design ruler - super easy way to get an even cross-stitch.

Here's the sketch this go-round:


Head on over to Catch the Bug to see what the participating designers came up with, and make sure to join in during the next two weeks for your chance to win some awesome Bugaboo goodies of your own!


Monochromatic Love

The challenge at little red wagon this week is to use 50 shades of....any one colour ;) I wanted to play with this beautifully romantic Bugaboo silhouette, so got inky with it. I made two backgrounds at the same time, so I have two cards to share.

Supplies: Love Blocks - Day after Forever - from Bugaboo Stamps; distress inks in Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean; Tattered Angels mists in Turquoise and Sapphire Blue; Studio G clear glitter glue; Versamark; Kaleidoscope embossing powder; Corner Chomper; Cuttlebug embossing folder; bling strips from dollarama

After inking the background of the silhouette, I painted it with Studio G clear glitter glue, and got to work on the background. I used the faux-faux patina technique but with a single embossing powder for the sparkle factor. 

My second card is 5.25" square, and features the background primarily.

Supplies: Distress inks in Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean; Tattered Angels mists in Turquoise and Sapphire Blue; Versamark; Stampendous embossing powder - shabby silver frantage and Moonstone; bells, flower, and bling from dollarama

The frantage powder has a mixture of colours & textures in it, which makes it fun to play with & see what the finished effect looks like. After finishing the faux faux patina, I didn't want to cover it up, so played around with embellishments to see what I could come up with. Once I added the bloom & rhinestone swirls, I thought stitching the bells on would make it a nice subtle holiday card. It jingles :)

I'll be back later on with another Christmas card, this one for the new Stella Says Sketch at Bugaboo!


Is it too late to be good?

I ended up going in a totally different direction than I'd planned with this week's Merry Monday prompt. I hope turquoise/aqua counts as blue ;) And this naughty little kitty is perfect for the current Naughty or Nice challenge to use Festive Furballs. This kitty has the holiday spirit!

Supplies: kitty stamp from Inkadinkado; sentiment from The Cat's Pajamas; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir markers; Bo Bunny paper; classic small circle Nesties; N&T clear sequins; blue sequins & googly eyes from stash; gems & pearls from dollarama

The googly eyes give this kitty an even more "OH CRAP" look at being caught swinging from the tree. For years (before kids and our artificial Charlie Brown tree) we had to tether our tree to the wall & ceiling after all three cats worked together to bring it to the ground :)


Saturday, November 15, 2014

BINGO at Catch the Bug!

It's BINGO week at Catch the Bug! I love bingo challenges, and this one is no exception!

I used the centre horizontal line, TWINE-EMBOSSING-BUGABOO IMAGE.

Supplies: Winter Bird Trio from Bugaboo Stamps; Spectrum Noir markers; Cuttlebug embossing folder; classic small oval Nesties; Timeless Twine; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

After colouring the birds, I used a toothpick & Dimensional Magic to gloss their beaks & the ornaments hanging from the  tree.

I hope to see you play along with us - there are always generous prizes to be had! Check out the other designers & link up over at Catch the Bug.


Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - P is for....(WARNING!)...


OK, you've been warned! There be curse words ahead! The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers can be a crude bunch (which is kinda why we're so awesome) but we realize that's not everyone's cup of tea. Since we're more like Jagerbombs anyhow, though, how could we pass up this opportunity? There are times when "darnit" and "meaniehead" don't cut it!

Supplies: Fluffles stamp from Stampendous; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir markers; Sticko alphabet stickers

Most appropriately, this card made me SAY this a number of times. I'd already planned the sentiment, and when I stamped Fluffles, he smeared. I coloured him anyway, and then I dropped the ink pad lid on the panel. I said "FLUFF IT" (except not fluff) and dropped it a few more times. 

 You are definitely going to laugh out loud at what my sisters have in store for you:

You've got until Friday, November 28th, to join in with us! 

And don't forget to stop by and leave our guest designer LAUREN some love!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Great Outdoors!

The prompt at Jingle Belles this fortnight is The Great Outdoors, and I had to pull out my all-time favourite tree stamps to play along! These are also perfect for the Stamping Sensations "Simply Christmas" challenge. 

Supplies: Salty Ocean distress ink; Ranger blue mist; Tattered Angels Sapphire mist; Stampin' Up Lovely as a Tree; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Versmark; clear EP; Diamond Stickles; Liquid Pearls; blue rhinestones from dollarama; scraps of white glimmer paper; Stampendous sentiment

I used a 1.5" circle punch and a post-it to mask the moon, sponged with Salty Ocean ink; and then sprayed thoroughly with the mists with the mask still in place. 

Supplies: Ranger interference red mist; Tattered Angels Tattered Rose mist; Stampin' Up Lovely as a Tree; sentiment from PTI; snowflakes from MME; Distress inks in Worn Lipstick & Squeezed Lemonade; Memento Gray Flannel; glitter paper and rhinestone strips from dollarama

For the pink card, I sponged only the yellow ink for a glow around the masked moon, and the rest of the colour is from the sprays. SO GLITTERY!

The post-it doesn't provide a solid secure mask (as you can see) but I've made peace with the imperfections, lol!