Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Heartfelt Creations Day

I hope you are enjoying the holidays! Here's a non-Christmas card for ya if you need a break ;) I was inspired by a magazine for this one. I'm not sure I can quite describe how I did this, but I'll try. I started by cutting the butterfly from Heartfelt Creations Decorative Butterfly Border out of my white card front. Then I adhered the cut white cardfront to the pink mat. I removed the main butterfly cut from the die, but left in all the little bits. I added glue to the back of the little bits and placed the die back in the white card front hole. then I ran the double mat, with the die & gluey bits back through my Cuttlebug. I carefully poked the white bits through the die so that the whole thing came out stuck together. If you push too hard, the pink butterfly will fall right out as it is cut. I added lots more adhesive to the back of the double mat, to ensure all the bits of the butterfly wouldn't fall out later. I used a paper piercer to punch the butterfly's trail and added a sentiment, then I glued the whole piece to the card base.

Here's a CAS 5 minute card using Simple Filler Stems. That's just a small scalloped nestability behind the button.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top 10 Cards of 2010 Blog Hop


Welcome to my stop on the Top 10 Cards of 2010 Blog Hop created by Suzi! What a fun idea! I couldn't wait to look through my blog and find my favorite cards.

This one is my favorite "non brand" that I mean this isn't anyone's digi image. It was a free coloring book page I found. I love it for many reasons, not the least of which is that it got me my first Top 3 badge at PlayDate Cafe :)

This was one of my first official PMS design team creations...a window card...and you'd think I'd planned the placement of the window on the front with the sunflower, but I didn't LOL. Kirsten is still one of my most favorite PMS Fairies.

I did this one for a Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS. 
I just loved the design and it was perfect for the little PMS card back fairy.

My very first Doodle Pantry card! 
And hey, I actually sent this one to a friend!

Moody for Holly from of my absolute favorite Moodies...
she just worked so well with this paper & sketch.

This one features leaves from Heartfelt Creations turned upside-down to create the bulbs. I was so darn proud of myself for thinking of this...then I saw that someone else had already done this LOL

Playing with the new window scene die from Heartfelt Creations...
such an easy way to make an elegant card.

My second round application for the Heartfelt Creations DT. 
LOOOVE this image.

My favorite Inktegrity card EVER!

And this is the card that got the most comments this year...a record 497! HOLY COW! I was part of the first ScrapMart blog hop and the response was a-MAZE-ing. The stamped images are from Heartfelt Creations.

Now...what did I learn by picking these???
1. I do a lot of square cards LOL
2. I didn't use my Flourishes stamps enough this year head on over to the next blog and have fun!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Corrosive Challenge - Bling it On!

Today's challenge at Corrosive Challenge is "Bling it On"... a great way to celebrate the New Year, I think. This image from Doodle Pantry was perfect for some bling...I lightly colored the disco ball in grey, then I covered it with stickles...I think these were icicle stickles...isn't is blingerific? Some shiny silver ribbon and silver dew drops finished it off. This is your last chance to play Corrosive Challenge and get entered to win the Doodle Pantry $10 gift certificate, so why not join the fun while you're breaking in some of those new goodies you just received?

Friday, December 24, 2010

PMS M4TW - Thank You

YEEE HAAAW it's Christmas Eve! WOW did this month ever fly by...I barely got ready in time. I am actually pretty sick of making Christmas cards, but at the same time, I'm finding it hard to work on projects for after the holidays that are flowery and pastel colored. I still WANT to be working on Christmas stuff. So I thought, as this week's hostess for the Makeup 4 the Weekend Challenge at Paper Makeup Stamps, I would challenge everyone to make a Christmas Thank You card for a gift you receive today or tomorrow (some people open presents on Christmas Eve). I decided to go with Moody for Presents yet again because she is so great for coloring up with a variety of colors to go with whatever paper you choose. I picked some of my fav Christmas prints out of my scrap heap and went to town! I hope you'll find time to play with some new goodies over the next week and join me in this challenge...oh...and I also challenge you to actually send the card out to someone! LOL

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Heartfelt Creations Day

Have you seen all the cute little "Tussies" around blog land this year? Well, I decided to make a little ornament version of a tussie using my Heartfelt Creations ornament dies. It would hold a special little gift (maybe jewellery or chocolates), but it's pretty small...about 3.5 inches tall. It's quite simple to make... I cut three of the ornaments out of some Christmas paper and scored the sides, glued them together and added a string with a couple of beads on the bottom. I accidentally put mine together with only three sides even though I had a fourth one sitting in front of me. Getting the thing to hang straight with only three sides was the hardest part of the project! Then I added a little cut out ornament and Voila!

And here's one last Christmas card for you from Heartfelt Creations. I figure after this week we'll all be sick of Christmas crafts, so I'll start up with their awesome flowers next week. This image is from Holly Leaves. I stamped with black ink and sponged with green chalk. then I cut out green leaves & berries (they juuuust fit in my su circle punches). The lacy white border is from Decorative Butterfly Border.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Doodle Pantry Release Day & Challenge

Laurie has another release over at Doodle Pantry today and it's full of "new beginnings" which, coincidentally (or not) is the theme for the next Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge! This cute little foal is one of her new images, and comes with a few great sentiments. To play in the challenge, you just need to use a digi image that celebrates "new beginnings", or use something new on your card. Come on over and join the never might just win something! Plus, until December 31 there's a big sale happening...50% off EVERYTHING (except watermarks and gift certificates)...just use the code: MERRYTHANKS.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Corrosive Challenge Goes Non-Traditional

Ok. Ok. So red & white is pretty traditional for Christmas. But is a horse? I don't think so LOL. I made this card for my former co-worker who is a rider. I love how his snout (is it called a snout on a horse?) hangs out over the circle, like he's looking through a window at you. The horse image & the Santa hat are both from Doodle Pantry. Laurie recently released a set called Santa Accessories to help you dress up some of her characters for Christmas. The hat wasn't really intended for the horse, but it works! I did have to cover one ear, but I figure, if you get a hat on a horse, it's probably going to cover an ear anyhow. I also added some Liquid Applique to the hat to give it a nice dimensional look. 

Doodle Pantry is this month's sponsor over at Corrosive Challenge. Come play along with your non-traditional Christmas card and you might just win some Doodle Pantry goodies for yourself!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Heartfelt Creations Day

In today's edition of Heartfelt Creations by Anita (LMBO) I have three cards that all use the same basic layout, but different techniques for the main image. I was inspired, once again, by a magzine, but had several ideas for how to make my own version.  I started with this card. The Holly leaves are stamped on Garden Green with black ink and cut out using the matching die. Then, when adhering the leaves, I curved them up and attached just the two ends so the middle popped up and looked more realistic. Here's a close up side view:

The mat is actually Cajun Craze...only because it was the best match for the buttons I found for the berries. The sentiment is from Holly Berry Filler. Then I thought, that won't mail very can I make it flatter for easier mailing? So I embossed a swirly holly image from the aptly named Elegant Holly Swirls set.

I colred the leaves & berries with my Stampin Up! markers and added a few olive half pearls. Soooo simple! This would be a great one for mass mailing or gift making. But I was NOT done!

Then I went even more simple! I stamped two leaves and the sentiment in Garden Green and added three rhinestones for the berries. just goes to show, the same card can be made simple or complex depending on the time & creativity you're feeling on a given day.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Corrosive Sketch Day

Sketch time again at Corrosive Challenge! Lucky for me (well...and all you too), our sponsor this month is the fabulous Doodle Pantry, for whom I am so honoured to be designing for.

Friday, December 10, 2010

M4TW & Raise the Bar

Today's challenge at Makeup 4 the Weekend is an inspiration challenge:
I immediately picked out the quilt block with all the circles in it and knew of just the right paper to use for this week's challenge. The circle dp is from last year's Stampin Up designer stack. I chose Henry for my image because I thought the colors were kinda boyish. Then I added in Joni's challenge at Raise the Bar, which was an acrostic again:
N-No Ribbon (that was hard!)
O-Only one patterned paper

And see those three rectangles behind Henry? Well, I cut them out to try to decide which one to use...couldn't make up my mind, so used all three LOL! I know it's a really busy time of year, but if you're looking for some relaxation, come play along with our challenges this week!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Heartfelt Creations Day

This beautiful scene is available at Heartfelt Creations. I have to admit...I was inspired to make this all silver card after seeing this card by Laura Frederickson. I had to go out and find a new silver embossing powder though because the one I had wasn't shiny was more pewter I've decided. This one is Tim Holtz silver, in case you're wondering. I stamped the image on vellum, embossed and adhered by the corners to a plain white backing. Then I used my corner punch to cover up the glue dots showing through on the corners ;)

In this version, I embossed with silver on white vellum again, but I colored with my Copics on the BACK side of the image so that it just lightly shows through. This is called the "stained glass" technique on splitcoaststampers if you want to look up other samples.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Paper Makeup Stamps Customer Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the PMS Holiday Blog Hop! If you've just arrived via Kristie Wilson, congrats ;) You're in the right place. I choose the new Moody for Presents for my card because I wanted to do something a little wild with color and I thought the presents would work for that. The purple Copics were my first ones and I hardly ever use them, so I looked for some purple paper and found these two patterns in my Crate Paper Christmas collection LOL

Make sure you're leaving some love on everyone's creations along the way...besides the fact that it makes us feel good ;) it gives you a chance to win some great PMS Goodies! One lucky commenter will win a grab bag of PMS stamps just for commenting! Now, hop on over to Christi Snow. And in case you get lost along the way, here's the list of blops!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Corrosive Challenge Day & Doodle Pantry Release Day

If you're looking for the Scrap Mart blog hop post, please click HERE
or scroll down a couple of posts :)

Red & white for Christmas is the theme today at Corrosive Challenge! Lucky us, Doodle Pantry is the sponsor for this month, so run over there and play along for your chance to win some DP goodness! This was me yesterday as I untangled the lights for our Christmas tree... and will be Dave today if it stops raining...he hasn't put up the outdoor lights yet! And hey... there's a new Doodle Pantry Release today, too.

I'll admit...I had to look up Chamomile online to see what color it is LOL...I was surprised to find out that it's white with yellow centres... looks like a daisy to me! Anyhow, sure made this one easy to color. I used this week's Sweet Sketch Wednesday layout, too. Here's the full Chamomile set being released today at Doodle Pantry.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Wizard of Oz at Neptune Theatre

If you're looking for my ScrapMart Blog Hop post, 
please click here, or scroll down one post.

I followed, followed, followed, followed, the yellow brick road last Wednesday with my colleague Kim and we ended up at Neptune Theatre's production of The Wizard of Oz. Now, if you want to read a really funny, eloquent review of this production and the political nature of the story (WHO KNEW), then click here for Jon Tattrie's review in Halifax Magazine. Having never written a review before, I'm feeling a little out of place LOL.

Where to start? How about my most memorable moments from the show? Definitely the crows. OMGosh they were hilarious! And perfectly timed. There are two parts of the movie I don't remember--the crows and the monkeys. I'll be watching for them both next time. 
After their cackling was done, and they moved off to the corn field to eat, I nearly forgot they were there until Kim poked me. I looked over and they were unwrapping the corn cobs and in a very unified manner eating the corn like they were synchro-typing. I can steal hear their "CAAAAAWW, CAAAAAWW" ringing in my ears.

Then there was Nathan Lane...oh wait...I mean Andrew Scanlon. He played Zeke & the cowardly lion, but you'd swear he was separated at birth from Lane...especially in the "Lion King" reference (um, yeah, I know... Lion King was a long time after, but you'll understand when you see it). For a theatre novice like me, I thought his timing was absolutely perfect (that's a good thing, right? LOL)

Another true highlight was the children...the munchkins. Maybe it's because I'm a mom, but these kids were fabulous and funny. I loved their bright blue hair and costumes, and I just thought they did a fabulous job all around! Glinda, on the other hand...I don't want to be negative because Neptune generously gave me these tickets, but she was just freaky weird LOL What was with the bobble-head action?

Of course, Butch, playing Toto, stole the show. The poor little puppy was bounced and bobbled for two hours and hardly made a peep the entire show! His little head bobbed to the music as Dorothy "Followed the Yellow Brick Road", and he almost seemed to enjoy it. KUDOS to Blair Irwin for keeping control over a live animal for two hours, and for not letting him de-straw the Scarecrow.

If you're a fan of Wizard of Oz, you're sure to enjoy Neptune's production. It run through until January 9, 2011 so you've got lots of time to get tickets.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Scrap-Mart Blog Hop

Please scroll down for my Makeup 4 the Weekend & Raise the Bar post!

Welcome to the First Annual Blog Hop! If you are just joining in please go to the Scrap-Mart blog to start from the beginning. There are 31 blogs participating in the hop and you will find some great prizes along the way. You must comment on THAT blog post to be eligible to win that prize. There are also some Grand Prizes posted on the Scrap-Mart blog. You must comment on EVERY blog throughout the hop to be eligible for the Grand Prizes. Comments will remain open until midnight CST on Sunday, December 5th.  Winners will be chosen at random for each individual prize and will be announced on the Scrap-Mart blog on Friday, December 10th. You may only win once. We'd like to thank our sponsors for generously donating all the prizes for this hop:  Making Memories, Spellbinders, JustRite Stampers, Sizzix, Heartfelt Creations, Lifestyle Crafts, The Stamps of Life, Boss Kut, Unity Stamps, October Afternoon, Copic, Silhouette America.

If you've just come from Karen Maldanado's blog, you're on the right track! Hello to all the new peeps who I've not "met" before :)

Can I just say... "I LOVE THIS CARD!" It is sooooo me...bright colors, a little scallop...SQUARE LOL It's a fabulous way to use up scraps, of course, and I have a few of those. I even put this card through my sewing machine...yes I did. I really do love the look and need to do it more often. All the stamped images are from Heartfelt Creations Designs. I know...these are only little snippets of some of their great images, but I wanted to show you that their stamps can work for many different styles! The Joy to the World music image is from HCPC3346 Joyous Noel, and the three other images are from HCPC3335 Ornament Medallions.

Ok...I know this is a big hop, so bop along now to Bev Gerard! Thanks for stopping in, and good luck in the prize draws :)

Raise a Tree @ Raise the Bar

We're putting up the Christmas Trees over at Raise the Bar Challenge this week! We did our tree here at my house last weekend...Christmas is coming so fast now! How will I ever get it all done! This sweet image is from Doodle Pantry.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Heartfelt Creations Day's December! YIKES is all I can say. This last couple of weeks has been quite a blur what with my big Radiothon for the YWCA, getting ready to move our offices to a new building, Christmas shopping...sigh... anyhow... I did find some major mojo for Heartfelt Creations recently. I was inspired to make these two cards by a card I found in the 2008 issue of Holiday Card Creations. Yes, I really do keep all my old cardmaking magazines...and especially at Christmas I pull them out and look at previous years for inspiration. Sometimes it takes me a year or more to get the supplies I see in the magazines, so when I look at them later, I go "HEY! I have that paper!" LOL

I am in LOVE with this card. It's so bright & fun! Those bulbs are made from a medium sized flower petal from the Open Petals set. Soooo easy, if a tad time-consuming (if you wanted to make a bunch). All I did was stamp the "bulb" with black on scraps of cardstock to match the papers I was using, cut them out using the Heartfelt Creations matching die Perfect Petals. Pop up on foam, add your "cord" and layer papers as desired. The sentiment came from the Holly Berry Filler set, and I used my black marker to ink up just the "Deck the Halls" part of the sentiment as I didn't want the whole thing (no holly on this one LOL).

Now this card uses the same technique...but the "ornaments" are from Perfect Petal Medley. I embossed the petals with black or white and cut out using the dies, again. I added the gold cord through a hole, taping down on the back of the ornament. Then I popped the ornaments up on foam tape, and pulled the cord very loosely to the back of the panel so that the cord would curl for dimension. I taped the cord down really well on the back as I've had this stuff come loose before.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Let's Get Moving @ Corrosive Challenge

Today's challenge at Corrosive Challenge is something that moves...well...whether you take that to mean that your card has to physically move in some way, or the image is something that moves, there are lots of options. Today I got to work with an image from our fabulous sponsor Shirley's 2 Girls. I sure hope that goldfish can move! This layout is from Friday Sketchers.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

It's a Black, Black Friday at Paper Makeup Stamps

Happy (belated) Black Friday, to all my US friends... we don't really get the same excitement happening here in Canada around this weekend. Probably because we've been Christmas shopping for a month already as our Thanksgiving was in October. The best sales we will get will be the ones we can take advantage of from the US LOL. Lisa asked the Makeup Artists to make a shopping themed card for this week's Makeup 4 the Weekend, and throw in a little black if you can. I used a purse & sentiment from the Everything a Girl Needs bundle. That purse is just MADE for paper piecing! This layout is for the FTL118.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Heartfelt Creations New Release Day

There's a new release in town and it's gonna knock your socks off! This beautiful die cut is part of the new Create a Window Scene collection Heartfelt Creations will be releasing on Friday Today the HCDC design team are all featuring this incredible new collection and you will be amazed an inspired by the projects on the blog. Living in Canada has a few "cons" and one of them is the mail can take forever to get here from the US. So, while my fellow team mates have had this to play with for a couple of weeks, I only got mine a couple of days ago and only go the one project done on time.

To create this card, I stamped the background image in Cherry Cobbler on a 4 x 4 inch square of white and set it aside. I cut & embossed the window die on white and laid it down on a 4 x 5.25 piece of Cherry Cobbler. I used a pen to trace the inside of the window die onto the cherry cobbler (colors are different in my tutorial pics, sorry if that confuses you): 

Then I cut out around the lines, about 1/8 of an inch on the outside of the line to make sure it wouldn't peek out around the frame edges. I had to go back and clean them up a bit in a couple of spots. When I was done, it looked like this:

Then I glued the embossed frame onto the mat, creating this:

And here's what it looked like on the back side: 

Then I simply added foam tape all around the window and carefully positioned it over my stamped image. I added some tape to the back of the image and stuck the whole piece down on the white card base. Using the foam tape gives just enough space between the die cut and the stamped scene to really make it feel "window-like". I added some lace, flowers & a hat pin to finish as I wan't sure what sentiment I wanted to put on it LOL

This collection goes on sale Friday at 12:01 am! And that's Black Friday so there's sure to be lots of people out shopping online...get yours fast!