Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Amber Ink - Passing The Torch

Yes...It's that time...Torch Passing Time at Amber Ink!!

I have to say a HUGE thank you to Pam and Amber for running such a flawless show.  My month long journey with Amber Ink was simply joyous and wonderful.  The gals I worked with were great and I was so inspired by everything everyone did.  Such a great group of artists and women alike.  I'm honored to have been able to carry The Torch.  

 And as sad as I am that the month is over I am SO excited for you to meet the wonderful artist who will be taking the Pink Torch from me!! May I introduce you to the wondeful gal who is taking the Pink Torch from me, Jenn Borjeson! If you have not been to Jenn's blog, Stampin' Angel you must go say hi and check out all of her beautiful creations!!
So join me in welcoming Jenn with a big warm HELLO!!  Thank you again to the lovelies at Amber Ink.  I know I will be seeing you ladies in the very near future!!

Before I leave, I wanted to share with you a farewell creation that I've made using the CUTEST image - Love Bunny - Sharing Time:

I used scraps of DP that I had lying around to pull this fun card together.  I colored the sweet bunnies in with my Copics and Prisma markers.  I used a large chipboard ampersand (I have a "thing" for symbols) - that I coated in Brilliance ink and heat set using clear embossing powder.  I scattered pearls here and there and voila!  ;)  I hope you enjoy!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Dilly Beans Give-A-Way!!

Hello Paper Canteen friends!  Happy Monday!  The lovely Megan - owner and illustrator of Dilly Bean designs is having a fabby freebie and give-a-way starting today!  Come by the challenge site and grab up this crazy adorable Snowman Family digi for free!

The challenge is to use this awesome image in any creation of your choosing, link it up at the Dilly Beans Challenge blog by December 19th for a chance to win some super duper crafty swag!! 

I've kept my creation simple and sweet.  I've stamped my card base with a Hero Arts background stamp design.  I've inked up in Versamark and then heat set with white embossing powder.  I printed out my image four times.  Once on white stock, then three more times on patterned papers.  I colored my image with my Copics and then paper pieced hats and scarves as well as the heart on the belly of the snow person in the foreground.  SOOOOOOOOOOOO cuteeeeeeeeee!!!

I stitched using red thread around my Nestie cut circle and then backed it with self-adhesive cork.  I added to my card adding self-adhesive rhinestones scattered about.  I took a strip of PTI DP, cut the ends to create a banner of sorts and used a MFT sentiment to finish it off.  As a lasting touch, I added Glossy Accents to all of the buttons on the snow people as well as the heart. 

I can't wait to see what you all create over at the Dilly Beans Challenge Blog!!  Come on over and play!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Bombshell Sale!!

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Just use coupon code "CYBR30" at check out!
Happy Shopping!

OCL - Cute Critters

Happy Friday!!!  I hope you all had a very festive, fun, and wonderful Thanksgiving!!  I know I did celebrating with family and friends.  A great day to reflect on all the wonderful things we have to be thankful for.

Today at OCL we are hosting a Cute Critters challenge.

When you play along you are entered to WIN any one stamp set of your choice from Our Craft Lounge 

You have until 11:59pm Thursday, December 1st to enter.  Participate as many times as you like!   A random winner will be selected and posted on the OCL blog at the beginning of next month.

Here are the rules:
* use any stamps that you wish – get BONUS POINTS when you use OCL stamps!
* link to your card/project at the bottom of this post using the link tool provided on the OCL blog – **be sure to link DIRECTLY to your challenge card – not a general blog or gallery link & add the appropriate photo.**
* use the challenge as your inspiration – do whatever inspires you, but please base it on the challenge
If you upload to SCS, please use the Keyword OCL93.

For my creation today I've used a set called Penguin Fun.  It's totally adorable!!  I've colored my penguin with my Copics and Prisma markers.  I've paper pieced her hat and scarf using sweet papers from Jilly Bean.  I matted my striped paper with self adhesive cork and used some Bazzill Swiss Dot Kraft cardstock as my base.  I kept my card simple and sweet using "Happy Holidays" as my sentiment.

I hope you can join us over at The Lounge!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I've Been Waiting To Tell You!!

Come here and check out my VERY exciting news!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Amber Ink - Black and White

Hey Amber Ink Fans!!  Right now Amber Ink is sponsoring a Black and White challenge over at the Totally Papercrafts Challenge blog!  Yes...right here...come play with us!!
Today I've used Amber Ink's Goosey Girl.  Isn't she hysterical!?  I've paper pieced her dress - of COURSE and used a super fabulously and snarky sentiment from a wonderful MFT set.  I pulled out my very favorite Love, Elsie paper that I've had for years and used the front and back of it for the doily dies (listed below!). 

I added a scattering of pearls and rhinestones and a fluffy black, twill tape bow to finish it off.

I hope you can come join this great challenge over at Totally Papercrafts!! 

Have a fantastically creative day!

OCL - Thankful

Hi All!!  Here with you today bringing you the newest challenge over at the OCL blog.  The newest challenge is "Thankful".  You must use a 'Thank You' sentiment on your creation. You will see that I have started using the Inlinkz tool below to link all of my supplies.  Such a fun tool!!

Anyhoo - As you can see I've used three different OCL stamps sets (linked below!) to create my clear embossed background to the "You Rock" panel. I kept my background simple choosing squares of SU! DP.  I have pleated my ribbon on the left and given it a "V" cut on the right as a finishing touch.

My main panel is popped up on foam adhesive.  I hope you can come join us over at OCL for this perfectly timed challenge, what with Thanksgiving right around the corner!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Some Odd Girl - Sweetest Wishes

Greetings everyone!!  I'm popping in today with another submission into the Some Odd Girl Guest Designer contest.  Today I've inked up Gwen (so cute!) onto a circle cut with my nesties.  I colored her with my Copics and have paper pieced her dress.  (can you tell how much I LOVE paper piecing these gorgeous girls?!?)  I embellished her dress with two metallic self-adhesive pearls.  I stamped her matching sentiment "Sweetest Wishes" in the circle with her.  I then set her aside and worked on my card layers.

My cardbase is SU! textured cardstock from an old, OLD Simply Scrappin' kit.  I layered using papers from my scrap bin so I know that some of them are Making Memories and Recollections brand but not sure of all of them!  LOL!  I kept my background basic and crisp.  I made the butterfly embellishments using a Martha Stewart punch.  I punched five butterflies out of each of my designer papers - green, blue gingham and text lined paper.  I used my Glossy Accents and adhered the five butterflies together and then fluffed up their wings to give them added dimension.  I adhered them to my card and fluffed them up even more.

I tied an extra fluffy, double loop bow as a punch of color and then added Gwen on 3-D foam adhesive. 

I am so loving Kristy's Odd Girl Stamps and can't wait to grab more of them up!!  I hope you have a wonderfully creative day!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bombshell Monthly Challenge - Waste Not!

Good Morning Bombshell Friends!!  I'm here with you on another wonderful Wednesday bringing you this month's Bombshell Challenge brought to you by the fantastic Ms. November - Celina!  She issued this challenge HERE

The challenge is to use scraps only!  Well, since I have TONS of scrap DP and Cardstock I was able to easily dive in and accept this challenge.  I have my scraps color coded in their own bins so I grabbed my blue/green bin and started creating.  I kept my card design simple yet fun with lots of different papers.

I paper pieced her tail, added a cork heart and a bunch of self-adhesive pearls in small clusters to embellish and called it a day.

Please feel free to come join us here at the Bombshell Blog and play along!! 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Some Odd Girl - Grow Everyday

Happy Monday All!!  I'm back after a relaxing and creative weekend away with my family.  I'm popping in to post another creation I made to submit to the Some Odd Girl Guest Design Challenge.  My creation today uses Grow - one of the newest members in the Some Odd Girl family.  The Nouveau collection is simply BEAUTIFUL!!  I've inked her up using my Momento ink and colored her in with my Copics.  I paper pieced her outfit using papers from MME's Lost and Found Two - Sunshine pack.  In order to make the depth of her left arm seem real, after piecing her top, I then stamped her again, colored her arm in and trimmed it out and added on top of her shirt so that it has the proper perspective.  This is a trick that I learned from my darling IRL friend Joanne B.  She's insanely clever that one!  ;)

I added a few self-adhesive metallic pearls to her hair and one to the tie on her beautiful top.  I stamped her on a Sizzix die and then backed it and hand trimmed it out in Chocolate cardstock.  The clouds and corner embellishment are from the same stamp set.  I inked the clouds and hand trimmed them out.  The main layer as well as the clouds are popped up on foam adhesive.  I added scallop strips of text paper, rhinestone flourishes, red self-adhesive pearls, ribbon and a bit of vintage lace trim as my embellishments. 

I love Kristy's beautiful images and have been totally enjoying myself creating for this challenge! I've also entered this into this week's SOG challenge here!! 

I hope you have a beautiful day and have been inspired to create!  I know this little sweetie will be headed into my DD's lunchbox tomorrow!!  It's the perfect message for a young girl...just so sweet!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Some Odd Girl - Holiday Fun!

Good Sunday morning Paper Canteen fans!  So glad to be with you!  I'm lucky enough to be on a mini-vacation this weekend with my darling hubby and kiddies enjoying the country, the cold and the upcoming winter season!!

I've learned through trial and error that even when I go away for a few days, I cannot NOT bring my stamping and art "toys"!  I first pack my children's things - all of their very favorite bits and bobbles and then all of our important things - dog toys, camera, music, etc and then last but not least I pack my stuff!  I've tried to leave it behind in the past but I simply cannot handle the withdrawels and end up shopping at wherever I can find art supplies so I can create anywhere I am!

The dilemma you ask?  It has always been what to pack!?  Because I want to bring all of my stuff with me...and well if you've seen my stash/studio you know that it's SIMPLY not possible.  I'd need another vehicle!  So, I tried to do some advance planning.  There are some things that I really would like to bring but it borders on the ridiculous, my Big Shot?  my sewing machine?!  We might need an intervention if I start schlepping those with me...hmmmmmmm?!  ;)  So I did my best to do a bit of planning before we left.  I did a bit of cutting shapes with my nesties and cutting basic color cardstock pieces with my favorite MFT Die-namics - label and bracket dies, fancy flourish, as well as my Tim Holtz rosette die.  I did these only in white, cream, kraft and light blue cardstock.  I allowed myself a large Rubbermaid tote - and that's it.  Whatever I could fit in there could come with - everything else had to stay.  So I had a 12x12 box of DP - lots of scraps - basic color cardstock, my Copics and Prisma markers, a few basic punches, a zip top bag of ribbons, and then my art caddy filled with the basics.  The basics being snips and large scissors, adhesive, Glossy Accents (a MUST!), my Exacto knife, self-adhesive rhinestones and pearls, a couple of acrylic blocks, baby wipes and a couple of stamp sets.  My creative efforts were dedicated to my new Some Odd Girl Acrylic stamps!  I've been collecting Some Odd Girl digis for a while now but have recently purchased some of Kristy's acrylic stamps and I have to tell you they are FABULOUS!!  Super reasonably priced and they stamp beautifully!!  I recently purchased Grow and HollyDay Gwen.  The images are perfect size for coloring and paper piecing and they come with the cutest sentiments and accents!  I have a few creations to share with you but today I've used HollyDay Gwen. 
My card measures 4.5" x 4".  I started by coloring Gwen using my Copic markers.  I accented her hair bow and dress with self-adhesive metallic pearls and rhinestones. 

My card base is SU! Chocolate Chip cardstock.  I've layered it with light blue DP followed by the chocolate, red and blue striped DP from a DCWV holiday matte stack - 'Tis The Season.  I used the larger of the two holly berry stamps that come with the set to accent my rosette flower. I used a bit of twine behind the holly berried to pull the embellishment together.  I used one of my pre-cut brackets along with a Martha Stewart loopy scallop punch to complete the grouping on the left side of my card.  Lastly, I added my sentiment "Holly Jolly" as a finishing touch. 

Oh she is just so sweet!!  I had such a great time creating with her!  I am submitting her into the Some Odd Girl Guest Designer Challenge here!  Fingers and toes crossed!  I LOVE Kristy's designs as well as the unbelievably amazing Design Team that she has!

I hope you have enjoyed and been inspired!!  Be back with another creation soon!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Amber Ink - Lovin' The Rain

Hey Y'all!  I'm here with another Amber Ink creation using the so sweet Amber Girls line - Rainy Day in particular.  Isn't she beautiful?  I paper pieced her coat with the Seahorse Paisley iPaper.  {swoon}  I colored the rest of my image with Copics and then coated her boots and umbrella with Glossy Accents.  I then let it dry overnight.  I LOVEEEEEEE how her patent leather boots look and her umbrella is see through!  I have this exact umbrella.  It's a huge, dome umbrella that is totally clear.  It's fabulous! 

Anyway - after it was dry I used a Sizzix die that I have to cut her out.  I added a sentiment of simply "just saying hi".  I hand trimmed a mat around the back of my main panel and then layered it onto green and white check DP.  The check paper is stitched to the ivory stock below it with a white top thread and red lower thread.  I love how the red lower thread pops through just showing a peek of red.  I used a large teal ribbon tied simply in to a bow.  As a final touch I added green self adhesive pearls scattered about. 

I hope you come oogle the gorgeous creations and images over at Amber Ink!

Have a great weekend!  I hope you have been inspired to create!

OCL - Fairytale Inspired

Greetings and Happy Friday!!!  I'm here with you today bringing you a new creation using my fabulous Our Craft Lounge stamps!!  I've combined Tea Time, Flower Power and Say It Big to create a crisp and simple Fairytale Inspired birthday card! 

My card measures 5.5x5.5".  I used a large Sizzix label die (Making Memories polka dotted DP) that I then adhered to blue cardstock and hand trimmed around giving my label a nice mat.  I used my circle nesties to cut out my DP (yellow and pink flower) for my main layer.  I stamped the HappyHappyHappy Birthday sentiment in Black Colorbox ink and then heat set using black embossing powder.  I stitched around the edges with black thread for an extra pop.  

I did the same stamping and heat embossing with the small flowers from the Flower Power set and hand trimmed them all out.  I added self adhesive pearls to the centers for a bit of extra bling.

I used the teapot (very Beauty and The Beast-esque) colored with Copics and trimmed out as an additional punch of color and design.  I sparkled up the teapot and added a pearl as well. 

I hope you enjoy my Fairytale Inspired creation and hope to see you over at the OCL challenge blog!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

MFT - Wednesday Stamp Club

Hello and Happy "Friday"!  LOL!  I'm all thrown off this week due to the Friday holiday but I'm rolling with it!  =)  

It's another great sketch week over at MFT!  You won't want to miss it!  The sketch is above and my interpretation is below.  I also combined this with MFT's newest Design Team Creative Challenge - Lush Vintage Style

I've used my brand new PI - Holiday Hugs Snowman combined with my Fancy Flourish, Tag You're It, and (new) WoNkY Scallop Die-namics dies.  (totally SCRUMPTIOUS!!)

I pulled papers from a really great DCWV 'Tis The Season Matte Stack (last season) and combined them with a new mini Martha Stewart holiday paper pack that I recently grabbed at Michael's.  I colored the cutie snowman in with my Copics and paper pieced his scarf.  The big, center tag die only comes in one size but I adhered it to patterned paper and simply (and slowly) cut around the edges to create a mat.  I used yarn from Wal-mart to create my bow and the tails are held in various places with Glossy Accents.  I used my sewing machine to create the cool stitching you see below and a few red pearls to accent the corners.

I hope you have enjoyed and are inspired to create today!!

Bombshell Sketch - November!

Greetings Bombshell Fans!!  So glad to be here with you today!!  It's sketch time over at the Bombshell Challenge Blog so head on over and see what the fabulous Bombshell team has created to inspired you!! 

Today I've used Mermaid Treasure as my focal point.  My sentiment is from the Hula Girl set.  The sketch was super fabulous as a jumping off point and you can see I've paper piece my darling mermaid's tail!  All DP is from Martha Stewart and the cardstock is Recollections (Michael's house brand).
I used some black twill tape behind my sentiment.  The shape of my sentiment was cut with the Brackets Tab Die-namic from MFT.  I used Momento Ink and my Copics for my image.  As you can see I drew fabulously long and dramatic lashes on her!!  hehehe!

I hope you have enjoyed my creation and have been inspired to create today!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Amber Ink - Less is More Sponsor

Hey All!!!  Popping in today with another Amber Ink post!!  This month AI is sponsoring over at the Less Is More challenge blog.  Each week there is a different CAS theme.  This week's theme is Red and Orange.  I've used a brandie new image from AI called Gumdrop Penguins.  They are CRAZY cute!!  I started by pulling out my very favorite Neena white cardstock.  I dry embossed the front of my card with my Swiss Dot folder from Cuttlebug.  I used orange cardstock to back the new and fabulous Crackle Dot iPaper - also from Amber Ink to make a sweet little "v" ended panel - popped up with foam adhesive.  I colored my penguin with my Copic markers making her tutu fluffy with a mixture of oranges and reds!
These little guys and gals totally make me giggle!!  The color inspiration for her skirt came from one of my favorite places to grab something really special for my kids when the occasion calls.  I always drool over these skirts...
I know they are for children but I'd really like one for myself as well!  =)

I hope you have enjoyed my creation and are inspired to create CAS!!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Amber Ink - Sweet Snow Bunnies

Hello everyone!!  I'm popping in with another fun Amber Ink creation!  Truth be told...I'm addicted to these bunnies.  Seriously?  Simple, sweet and crazy CUTE!!  I've used the tiny and gorgeous Tiny I <3 Carrots iPaper, the Tiny Snowflake Lace iPaper as well as the Love Bunny - Kiss, Kiss Fluffy Bottom image.  As you can see I paper pieced my image using PTI Swiss Dot paper.  
I used my Versamark pen to color in their super fluffy tails.  I then coated the Versamark with white embossing powder and heat set.  I did this three times so it would be thick and super glossy and fluffy looking! 
I used Kraft cardstock as my 5.5"x5.5" cardbase.  Using my circle Nesties I cut a large circle out of the front of my card.  I used a large Hero Arts background stamp, Versamark ink and more white embossing powder for the fun and wintery swirls.  I cut a circle (the next nested size down) out of the Tiny Snowflake iPaper as a background for my bunnies.
 As you can see, I've actually put the bunnies on the interior of my card but when it's folded closed the bunnies and their background pop out of the front of the card. 
As you can tell, I love to cluster somewhere on my card so here I've done it on the left hand side.  I've used some brilliant coral ribbon from Michael's, the fancy flourish Die-namics die, the Rolled Mum Die-namic and the Notched Tag Set - all from MFT.  I added an SU! sparkly brad in the center of my flower and a felt heart (felt is from PTI) on my tag.  I clustered it all together to compliment the colors of my bunnies and iPaper.  I used the Tiny Carrot paper for the flourishes as well as the flower.
I just love the adorableness, simplicity and sweetness of all the Amber Ink papers and stamps!!  Come on over and play along, shop and hang with us on the blog!!