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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bosley & Milo

I had to share these pictures of my Bosley (the schnauzer) and Milo (the boxer), my sister n' law's new puppy. I'm sitting him this weekend, what a little sweety!! Just like being a new mom again, getting up through the night, letting him out, listening to him whimper ..........

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Merry Christmas Dear Friend

Okay......... I'm just firing them off here! I believe this is number 15 of the 20 (which is now 22, I forgot two more I need). I decided to enter another card in The Crafty Pad's Challenge #98 Green and Red and I also used the layout from Paper Sundaes Challenge #45 - A Sketch again. In case I haven't shown you the sketch yet, here it is.This time I decided to use this SEI dsp. I'd been wanting to try it and this seemed like the perfect time. Again, I cut out the tree and used Nestabilites Labels Four to cut her out. I also embossed the larger size to frame her in red. I used Liquid Applique again on the trim of her outfit and this time threw on a little Stampin Up Dazzling Diamonds. She's so much fun to colour!

Paper: SEI Kris Kringle dsp, Stampin Up Ruby Red and Garden Green cs
Stamps: Stamping Bella Jinglebella, Stampin Up Cute & Curly, Amy R's Christmas Card Greetings
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up Ruby Red
Accessories: Stampin Up Dazzling Diamonds, Marvy Liquid Applique, Nestablities Labels Four, Red Glitter

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

This week's Bellarific Friday Challenge was to make an all white card. Only the image could be coloured. This definately required some thought, but the snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder seemed to pull everything together since I didn't have any white dp! The image was coloured with copics and then layered over Leaf coloured glitter cs and then another layer of white. The CTMH Twinkle brads matched perfectly and of course I had to add some glitter to the outside of the embossed cs! And for the final touch I added some Glossy Accents to the buttons. I have to start using that more often. I could actually make a few of these, since I didn't have to fool around with coordinating dp's and colours and designs.........Yes, I think I might do a couple of them. Maybe with the Polar Bear Circle??!!
Paper: White cs, AC Leaf Glitter cs
Stamps: Stamping Bella Snowman Circle, Amy R Stamps Winter Sentiments
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, copics
Accessories: CTMH Twinkle brads, Stampin Up Dazzling Diamonds, Glossy Accents, ribbon from stash, nestabilites large circle, large scalloped circle, petite ovals and scalloped petite ovals

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Vintage Merry Christmas

Just a quick post today - I'm happy I was finally able to use this Vintage Christmas set from CTMH. I embossed the image with Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder in Aged Mahogany - too bad you can't feel it! It's a very gritty rough texture, like sand paper. I also used Vintage Photo Distress Ink on the edges of the image and the CTMH Mistletoe dp. The brads and the poinsetta are also from the CTMH Mistletoe set. I am entering this card in the Paper Sundaes Challenge #45 - A Sketch and The Crafty Pad's Challenge 98 - RED and GREEN.

Paper: CTMH New England Ivy, Cranberry and Colonial White cs, CTMH Mistletoe dp
Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Stampin Up Always Artichoke
Stamps: CTMH Vintage Christmas
Accessories: Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder Aged Mahogany, CTMH Mistletoe Assortment

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Snow Friends

Here's a cute little card I made last night. I picked up the Fancy Pants dp one day because I just loved it and put it aside. Then one day I started playing with my Stampin Up Water Color Crayons and an aqua painter and the Snow Friends stamp set from CTMH, and after mixing a couple colours came up with this really cool reddish/burgundyish colour. I was only playing around and I didn't even use water colour paper as it was just supposed to be a rough go but I ended up loving it so much that I kept it the way it was and eventually realized it went great with this dp. When I began to put it together I chose the blue snowflakes in the dp to coordinate with a cardstock and came up with the Brocade Blue from the Stampin Up Rich Regals paper collection. I then did some faux stitching around the dp with the white gel pen and tied that into the scalloped square. Of course I had to add something sparkly so I pulled out the Diamond Stickles and outlined the square. I popped up the stamped image with some dimmensional stickers and once I got to the sentiment inside, I decided to try a very subtle pop and used some Glue Dots glue lines on the white paper to give it a very slight lift from the blue cs. I have to admit I wasn't sure at first about the blue cs but it all seemed to come together and I kept it fairly simple (partially because I didn't have any ribbon to match, lol). I like it!! I'm going to enter this in The Crafty Pad's Challenge #97 Christmas Sparkle as well.

Paper: Fancy Pants Holiday Sentiments dp, Stampin Up Brocade Blue cs
Stamps: CTMH Snow Friends
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up Water Color Crayons
Accessories: Diamond Stickles, Liquid Applique, Large Square and Large Scalloped Square Nestabilities, Labels Four Nestabilities, Inksentials White Gel Pen, clear Bella Bling dots

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sleigh Bells Ring

Hi there - how come everytime I make a card it becomes my new favourite?? This one is soooo sparkly and blingy!! I used Waterfall Stickles, Stampin Up Dazzling Diamonds and a little bit of Heirloom gold Perfect Pearls mixed with water in a spritzer. I chose this dp because it's blue and I love the snowy squalls and I wanted to enter it over at Paper Sundaes for Challenge #44, Pick Your Sundae Toppings (Punches, Embossing, Ribbon and the colour Blue). I used three of the four! I'm also entering this in The Crafty Pad's Challenge #97 Christmas Sparkle. The CTMH stamp set came with the blog candy I won from Monique over at For the Love of Paper. I believe this is card number 11 of the 20 I need for Christmas. Getting there.......

Paper: Fancy Pants Tradition Strips dp, kraft cs
Stamps: CTMH Magical Season
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, copics
Accessories: MS Snowflake punch, Marvy Snowflake punch, Stampin Up Dazzling Diamonds, Ranger Perfect Pearls heirloom gold, Basic Grey brads, Waterfall Stickles, ribbon from stash

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Christmas Countdown - 3 special cards

The countdown is on now for me to finish my Christmas cards. According to my count, I need 20 cards - I have 10 so far - better get my butt in gear. Today I wanted to share three special cards. These cards were made at some classes I've attended recently at Dat's Scrapbooking and were designed by Ellena using Stampin Up products. They are special because sadly she is not with us anymore. I only met her once, at the Charity Pajama Stamping Party. She was not well enough to teach the classes but her friends stepped in and we were able to make the cards anyway. I think it will be hard to let these go.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ho Ho Ho

Presesenting Jinglebellabella!! This was sooo much fun!! I'm entering this card for Bellarific Friday over at Stamping Bella's Bloggabella and also over at Paper Sundaes Challenge #43 Let It Snow. I finally got to use some of these great sparkly buttons I picked up - can't remember what brand they are though. And this is the first time I've inked up a Bella Stamp I beleive! Of course I had to add some glitter to the tree. I also used a technique I learned from Amy Rysavy by cutting out the tip of the tree before using the nestabilities to cut out the image! That is something I'll probably use a lot. Did you notice the glossy stipes in the dp and the snowy accents on her outfit??
Paper: Imaginisce Cottage Christmas Peppermint Stick dp, Stampin Up Real Red cs
Stamps: Stamping Bella's Jinglebellabella, Amy R's Winter Sentiments
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up Real Red, copics
Accessories: red glitter, buttons from stash, red emboidery floss, Liquid Applique, Petite Oval and Petite Scallop Oval nestabilities

Monday, November 08, 2010

Deck the Halls

I finally finished the third and final christmas card using the Bo-Bunny Winter Joy dp. This one was a little tougher for me to finish. I had such a hard time figuring out what to do for the sentiment - nothing looked right, it was always too big and I have this issue with not wanting to cover up too much of the dp so I opted for stamping directly on the dp instead. I couldn't find a sentiment any bigger that wasn't too big for the space so I settled for the 'deck the halls' stamp from Amy R's Winter Sentiments set (I love this stamp set by the way and the 'settling' had nothing to do with the set, lol). I can't say I'm too impressed, I like the overall layout and the embellishments but I wish I could have come up with something better for the sentiment. Oh well, more challenge for next time.

I am impressed though with the copic colouring. I tried something new this time. Usually I colour with the lightest colour first, make my shadows with the darker colour then go over the entire area with the lighter colour. Since the purples I have are little deeper than I wanted, I put down the shadows first with the darker colour and then blended the edges with the lighter colour and then went over the whole thing with the lighter colour. So even though I only have the two colours V15 and V17, this technique made it seem like I was using a mid colour as well. And to finish it off I used the clear Spica pen for Birgitta's wings and some Frosted Lace Stickles on the fur around her hat.

Oh yes, something else I tried new this time was to outline Santa Birgitta with the BG000 copic. I liked how that that turned out too. I think it gives her a sweet little glow. I'm entering this card in the All That Scraps Weekly Wednesday Challenge - Double Challenge Week.

Paper: Bo-Bunny Winter Joy dp, mauve cs, white Bella cs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up Chocolate Chip, copics
Accessories: Bella Dots, ribbon from stash, Frosted Lace Stickles, Clear Spica pen

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Sugar Pea Designs Blog Candy!!

Check out the blog candy available over at Sugar Pea Designs until December 4th, 2010 in celebration of Wendy's 100+ followers, her birthday AND anniversary!! She does some really lovely work and is one of my inspirations!
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