Monday, December 20, 2010

Al Loves Winter

I have been wanting to tell you all some exciting news but wanted to have a card to go with it. I have been chosen as one of the new members of the Stamp Fairy design team. Stamp Fairy has also launched a new challenge blog and this week for their second challenge, the theme is anything goes.


I am especially fond of the Christmas/Winter stamps that Gerda has created. For my card I have used this cute little penguin named Al.  Al Loves Winter and why shouldn't he, after all he is a penguin.  I have coloured him with my copics, the snowball has been filled with stickles to make it sparkle like the snow and I have used some liquid applique for even more of the fluffy white stuff.

The designer papers have been chosen from my stash and they are so old that I don't even know where they come from. A few punches for embellishment and a simple sentiment were all that were needed to finish this card and I now have a flat card that is perfect to pop in the mail.

Be sure to pop over to the Stamp Fairy challenge blog and let the design team inspire you. You don't have to use a Stamp Fairy image to play along but there is a fantastic sale going on at the Stamp Fairy shop, all images are now 50% off.


I will be entering this card in the following challenges:


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Z is for Zero Time Left

Good morning, I can't believe that it is December 13th already. Welcome to our Z is for Zero Time Left Blog Hop. If you have come from Melissa's blog then you are on the right track. If not, be sure to go back to the ABC Christmas Challenge blog and start from the beginning, you won't want to miss a thing.  


This week our challenge is Z for Zero Time Left. The object of this challenge is to pick one of the previous challenges and re-play it and finish of your one or two remaining projects. As I discovered the ABC Christmas challenge rather late this year, I have chosen to play one of the early challenges and have chosen "F for Frosty" with the optional extra of snow. This great image of George has been provided by Gerda at Stamp Fairy, isn't he adorable? These little snowmen just melt my heart. He has been coloured with copics and I have used a white gel pen to add some polka dots to his scarf to match the designer papers. I have used some liquid applique to puff up the snow.

We have two great sponsors joining us this week.. 

Simon Says Stamp 

 Photobucket

who are offering 1 lucky participant a $15 shopping spree with free postage.

and

Stamp Fairy



who are offering prizes to 3 lucky participants.
1st place 3 images
2nd place 2 images
3rd place 1 image.

Along the way, some of us on the Design team (we we're not telling who) will be offering up some Birthday surprises too.  That's right, the ABC Christmas Challenge is nearly a year old and you get the gifts. As you hop along to visit all of us, be sure to leave your lovely comments at each stop to be entered into the chance to win.

Also, be sure to collect a letter from each stop along the way. The letter that you should collect from me is I. Once you have finished the hop and collected all the letters, return to the ABC Christmas Challenge blog and leave us a comment with the festive phrase that the letters spell out.

After that it is your turn to choose which challenge from the past year that you want to play again. Make a card or project following the theme of your chosen letter and post it, be sure to tell us which challenge you have followed. Remember, only post your card after you have collected all the letters and posted your comments, you need to do both to win. The challenge runs until January 1st and the prizes will be drawn and posted when we return in the new year with our first challenge of 2011 on January 5th.

Your next stop on the Hop is Delphine who I know has a gorgeous creation to share with you.

Merry Christmas and Have Fun!
Carissa xx

I am entering this card in the following challenges.

Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes Christmas
Stamptacular Sunday - Winter Wishes

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

ABC Christmas - Y is for Yuletide

Oh my gosh, today is the 1st of December. Only a few more weeks to get everything ready. Have you got your shopping done yet?  I have to admit that I am almost finished with that part but I still need to decorate and bake and I also have to mail  my Christmas cards this week so that they will get to their destinations before the holiday.

Thanks in part to so many wonderful challenges I have put together a good collection of cards but don't worry if you are not yet finished, we have another wonderful challenge to inspire you . This week it is Lorraine's turn to host and she has chosen Y for Yuletide. Don't forget to pop over to the ABC Christmas Challenge Blog where you will find some information regarding the meaning of Yuletide and some wonderful cards by the Design Team to inspire you.


For this challenge I decided that I wanted to do something a little bit different and felt that giving my card a vintage feel would be appropriate. I have not used traditional stamping for the image on this card. Instead, the images are photoshop brushes from House of 3. I played around for a while to get an arrangement that I liked, I printed it out from my computer using brown ink and then went to town with my distress inks and Copics to add some colour and age the paper a bit.
To make my card base, I have used Prism cardstock and a portion of a paper from Bo Bunny that already looked as though it was layered. I have stamped a sentiment and some soft snowflakes then added a flower and some stickles to finish it off.

Our wonderful teammate Lacey is sponsoring us this week with this wonderful prize, four of the most popular digital Christmas stamps from Wags and Whiskers.

So now it is your turn. We want to see your Yuletide creations.

Please use 1 or all of the following things to create your card or project
Holly & Berries
or
Red & Green
or
Candles

This card will also be entered into the following challenges:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Country Craft Christmas

Good evening to you all. We had our first snowfall today, it didn't amount to much but I was not happy to see it. Who wants to go outside in the cold? Not me. Lucky thing that there is a great sketch over on the Whiff of Joy challenge. It was the perfect reason to stay warm and create another Christmas card.


I have decided that this card will be for my neighbours. It has that country craft feeling that I know she likes. I have once again used Henry and Friend on Candy Cane and colored these cuties with my Copics. I knew that I wanted to use Kraft paper but it was looking a little flat so I have stamped the Hero Arts starry sky background with versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. All the edges have been inked with Vintage photo distress ink. The patterned papers are from 7 Gypsies and K and Company. The large red flower has been handmade and there is even some cross stitch to add to the country charm.

This card will also be entered into the following challenges:

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!


This little snowman from Stamp Fairy is all ready for it. Shovel in hand, he is all set for a day in a winter wonderland of the fresh white stuff. I have coloured him with my copics and shaded the background with Prismas. I then applied a good dose of stickles to the snow for some holiday sparkle.



This wasn't my original card idea but when it dawned on me that I could set this cutie in his very own land of snow I decided I would have a try at making my very first shaker card. I had purchased some little shaker box pouches a few weeks ago from my local scrapbook store and they had been sitting on my desk waiting for just the right image. I have used tinsel glitter from Martha Steward to create the snow.

The card has been put together usingpaper from a K and Company stack that I picked up yesterday. A few punches and a simple sentiment were all that were needed to finish it off. I can almost hear him singing now... Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow!

This card will be entered into the following challenges:


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thankful for You

Good morning to you all and Happy Tuesday. The sun is shining here and I am on the mend, it is a wonderful day. Wild Rose Studios is holding their first blog hop and they have a little sketch challenge going for us to participate in the event. I have taken this opportunity to make a thank you card to send to someone special for their well wishes.


This image is from Lili of the Valley as I don't currently own any of the Wild Rose Studios stamps but they are cute so that may need to change soon. I coloured little Rosie Posy with my copics a while back now and have been trying to figure out what to do with her. The sketch for this challenge was the perfect solution. I have chosen one of the Prima flower papers for the background of my card and made the matting using several colours of distress inks. If you look closely at the mat, you will see a ghost image that was made by stamping the distress inked paper with a Hero Arts background stamp that had been misted with water. I love this technique as it is so subtle that it just adds a little texture. I have made a little banner for my sentiment and finished off the card with just one glittery flower as embellishment.

I hope that you will take a few minutes and participate in the blog hop, they have some great prizes to be won and the DT has made some lovely cards to inspire you.

I will also be entering this card into the following challenges:

Monday, November 22, 2010

Penguin's Present

I have been out of commission for the last few days but I am back now with a card that I want to share with you.


My card uses this adorable little penguin with gift available from Mo's Digital Pencil. I knew when I first saw this little guy that he was going to need to become part of my collection. I have coloured him using my Copics and punched him out with a Spellbinders label die. I have inked the background with antique linen distress ink for contrast.



The card has been put together following the themes of three different challenges. At Stamp, Scrap, Doodle the challenge is to make a card with no flowers, as the challenge at Anything Goes this week is let it snow, this snowflake paper from MME is the perfect choice and works wonderfully with the colours I have used on the image. A scrap of Basic Grey damask paper added the perfect contrast to balance the blue. I have stamped and embossed my sentiment and finished the card with minimal embellishment to keep it simple. The challenge at DP2 was to use three punches. I have punched and layered a scalloped circle and several snowflake to create an embellishment and topped it with a little snowflake button for some sparkle.

I want to thank you for stopping by. I hope that you too will have a chance to try some of these challenges. Happy crafting and have a great day. 


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

X is for Xmas at ABC Christmas

Hello and happy Wednesday!  You have all been very busy, there were so many beautiful cards for the Winter Wonderland challenge. It is time for another challenge on the ABC Christmas Challenge blog. This week it is Lacey's turn to host and she has chosen the theme X is for Xmas with the optional extra of flowers. This is an easy one to help you along and build up your stash. We want to see all of your gorgeous Christmas creations.



My new Christmas Magnolias arrived in the mail last week so of course I had to ink them up right away. I have masked the lovely Sitting Angel Tilda on the Peppermint candy cane. Isn't she just darling? She has been coloured with Copics and I have added a generous dose of Stickles and Glossy Accents to the candy cane to give it some sparkle and shine. I have used my distress inks to soften the background and added a few tiny snowflakes and some pearls for a little added touch.


For the card, I have again used paper from the Countdown to Christmas collection from MME, it is so sparkly and yummy that it is hard to resist. This has been layered with a doily from the dollar store, some spellbinders snowflakes and of course completed with some flowers from my stash.

Our challenge this time has been generously sponsered by Wild Orchid Crafts. As you can see from the photo below they have provided some gorgeous candy for one  randomly selected, lucky participant, it could be you.



Be sure to stop by the ABC Christmas Challenge blog, the design team has created some gorgeous Christmas creations to inspire you. Now what are you waiting for? Go get crafting!

This card will also be entered into the following challenges:

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Sparkle and Shine
Creative Inspirations Challenge - Christmas
Lili of the Valley Challenge - Anything Goes
Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Glittery Christmas
The Stamp Man Challenge - Christmas

Monday, November 15, 2010

Wishing You a Mousey Christmas

This week the challenge over at the Whiff of Joy blog is to create a Christmas card.



I have opted to use the adorable Henry and Friend on a Candy Cane. I coloured these little guys between visitors on Halloween and had almost forgotten about them. When I stumbled across the completed image yesterday, I knew that I had to put them on a card.


For my card base, I have used Prism cardstock and designer papers from Basic Grey. The image has been cut out using a Spellbinders die and popped up for dimension with pop dots. The green strip behind my image has been embossed for added texture using one of the new Basic Grey embossing folders from Sizzix, they are gorgeous and I had a hard time picking just one.

I want to thank you for visiting today. I hope that you will pop back on Wednesday when the DT at ABC Christmas will have another great challenge for you to participate in. I look forward to seeing you soon.

This card will also be entered into the following challenges:

The ABC Challenge - H is for Holidays
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bringing Gifts

I have come to the realization that if I want to take photos for my blog I am going to have to do it on the weekends as it is now dark when I leave in the morning and dark again when I get home. I wanted to remind you that you still have just under three days to participate in the Winter Wonderland challenge over on the ABC Christmas challenge blog. I have been making some new cards and I have another wintry card to share with you today.




This is another of the adorable digital images that are available from Cuddly Buddly stamps.Isn't he just the sweetest little bunny that you have seen? I have used my Copics to colour this little cutie with his gifts in tow and added some flowersoft to mimic the look of fresh snow.



I have kept my card mostly white with a hint of icy winter blue. My background papers have been made using my snowflake embossing folder from cuttlebug. I have used my Martha Stewart punches to add some layers of lace to the bottom of my card and also some punched snowflake embellishments. Lastly, I have finished my card with a white poinsettia and some pearls and ribbon that pick up the touch of blue that I used as an accent.

I hope that you will choose to play along with us. We would love to see your winter wonderland creations.

I will be entering my card into the following challenges:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

W is for Winter Wonderland ... my first DT post

Hi all, I am glad that you stopped by today. this is my first official post as part of the design team over on the ABC Christmas Challenge Blog and we have a wonderful challenge for you today.

This weeks challenge chosen by Annie is Winter Wonderland with an optional theme of white. You can of course use colour for your image and a little for your matting but we want to see a snow white winter wonderland come to life on your creations.

For this challenge we have been sponsored by Simon Says Stamp and one lucky challenge participant will receive a $15 gift certificate spend at the store. Who wouldn't love the chance to do a little Christmas shopping for themselves as we gear up for all of the holiday rush?



For my card I have chosen to use this adorable digi image from Cuddly Buddly. I have coloured it using my Copics and added a generous dose of stickles to give it the glisten of fresh fallen snow. I really enjoyed the challenge of trying to make an all white card, it was a great opportunity to pull out my embossing folders which never seem to get enough use. As you can see, my glittery paper which looked white on it's own has taken on a pink sparkle when placed with the true bright white of my stamping cardstock. A sparkly white ribbon and some punched snowflakes and pearls have finished off my card.

I will be entering this card in the following challenges;

Stamp Artic - Glitter/Christmas
Bah Humbug - presents
Die Cuts Dreams Christmas - Christmas Digi
A Spoonful of Sugar - Embellish
City Crafter - Digi
Totally Papercrafts - Bling it on
Simon Says Stamp - All white
Stamp and Create - tis the Season

Our DT and  Guest designers have made some wonderful winter creations to inspire you so be sure to pop on over to the ABC Christmas Challenge blog and check them out.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fairy Wishes

Hello, I have a card to share with you today.


I have coloured this wonderful fairy image from Lily of the Valley with Copics and given her wings a generous helping of stickles. This because, all fairies should sparkle don't you agree?


Once again my background paper is handmade using the same emboss resist technique that I used for my card last week. This time I have inked it up using barn door and shabby shutters distress ink. I was going for a Christmas feel, funny that this card didn't turn out Christmas at all. I have then cut and reassembled the paper following a great sketch over on the Truly Scrumptious blog. The other part of this challenge calls for pearls, petals and pins so I have applied a small dose of each of these to embellish and finish off my card.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you will join me again Wednesday morning when I will share with you my first card for the ABC Christmas Challenge.

This card will also be entered in the following challenges;

Simon Says Challenge - Punches and Diecuts
Secret Crafter - Anything that Flies
ABC Challenge - G is for Glitter

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Joy

It has been a few days now since I shared my last  card with you. I had been intending to post more this week but things have been a little crazy and time is just flying by. There never seems to be enough hours in a day and somehow it is already the end of the week, .


I had so much fun with Antoinette the other week that I decided to give it another go . This time I have used my Copics and coloured her in more traditional Christmas colours. Over on the Kraftin Kimmie Challenge Blog, they have provided a great sketch which I have used to assemble my card.


The papers that I have used are from a MME stack called Countdown to Christmas.  I am really enjoying working with this paper line as there are so many papers that go so nicely together. It makes it really easy to co-ordinate everything. For embellishment, I have used my bow-easy and some ribbon that was left over from last Christmas. I also punched a few snowflakes that I have layered for dimension and a tiny cute tag on which I stamped a little sentiment.

I hope to have a few more cards to share with you over the weekend. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you will come again soon.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Exciting News

I have been walking around on cloud 9 all day.  What is the reason for my happiness? I will tell you in a moment. First I would like to take a moment and say thank you for all of the lovely comments that you have been leaving on my blog posts over the last few days.I really do love hearing from each and every one of you.

Now for the news ... I have been selected to join the Design Team over at the ABC Christmas Challenge Blog. I am super excited at the thought of working with this great group of ladies. The fact that Christmas is my favourite holiday of the year makes this a perfect fit for me. I would also like to extend my congratulations to Delphine and Dorte who were also chosen to become new members of the team and to the two guest designers Tanja and Paula who will be joining us in some of the upcoming challenges.

ABC Christmas is a bi-weekly challenge where each challenge is inspired by a different letter of the alphabet. If you would like to join me in this adventure be sure to pop over and visit. Right now there is a great sketch challenge going on for V is for Vertical. I hope to see you there.

Carissa

Monday, October 25, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Welcome to the Magnolia-Licious Christmas All Year Long Blog Hop. If you have made your way here from Nadyne, you are on the right track.  If you have just stopped by to visit be sure to start from the beginning as you won't want to miss any of the lovely creations that we have to share with you today.



 It would be fair to say that this card came about as a series of happy accidents. Back in the summer I came across a card on a blog (I wish that I could find it again to share with you) and decided to try and copy the background paper. It was done using an emboss resist technique that I had just learned how to do. The paper turned out great, almost the same as the one that I was copying but it sat on my desk unused for months until one day a glittery snowflake happened to land on it and an idea started to form.


Once I had the idea, this card came together pretty quick.  I chose to work with one of my favourite Magnolias, Tilda and Edwin Skating, Diana has this stamp in stock over at the Magnolia-Licious store. They have been coloured using Copics and given an icy sparkle using stickles. A few more punched snowflakes and a shimmery ribbon was all it took to make this icy winter wonderland come to life.

I hope that you have enjoyed your little visit here and I hope that you will come back soon. Now be sure to hop over to Tanja's blog and see the wonderful creation that she is sure to have to share with you.

This card has also been entered into the Challenge at Fussy and Fancy Friday.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

V is for Vertical


This week the theme over at the ABC Christmas Blog is V is for Vertical. They have provided 2 great sketches to work with and have challenged us to use as many items beginning with V that we can think of. Let me tell you that I had to go through the dictionary for this one.


For my card I have chosen to work with this VERY cute digital image from Prairie Fairy Designs called Mistletoe Kisses. Gillian here has perched herself under the mistletoe and is waiting patiently to give someone a great big smooch. 


For my card I have used one of the 2 Vertical sketches provided.  To add to the VERTICAL theme, I have opted to make this an easel card. I selected a couple of VIBRANT Christmas papers from a new paper pad that I picked up this week. To complete my card I have added a simple Christmas VERSE and a few simple VARICOLOURED snowflakes that I have punched using my Spellbinders and a Martha Stewart punch.

I hope that you will all pay a visit to the ABC Christmas blog to see all of the lovely V creations.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Peace, Love and Joy

Oh Skip to my Lou it's Christmas. I had the opportunity to go to Scrapfest in Oshawa this weekend. I've loaded up on lots of crafty goodies that I will put to good use in the next coming months.


 The first purchase that I had to use was Annette, a great stamp by Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. To make this even more fun, they have a great challenge going on over on their blog to make a Christmas Card using non-traditional colours.


I just happened to have these great papers by Zoe Pearn, they had been released by MME but are also available in digital format over at Sweet Shoppe Designs. I coloured Annette with my Copics in colours that would match the papers and then re sized the papers using Photoshop to fit my card and I love the end result. I have kept the embellishments to the minimum using a simple white poinsettia that I have lightly inked around the edges and layered with some snowflakes and leaves that I have punched from cardstock.

I have had so much fun with Annette that I just may find myself having to get a few more of these stamps. I hope that you will pop over to the Kraftin' Kimmie blog, they have the new October stamps set to be released tomorrow, I can't wait to see the blog hop that their design team has in store for us.

I will also be entering this card into the following challenges.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Better with a Friend



Thanks for stopping by again. I really appreciate all of the lovely comments that you have been leaving on my posts from the last few days. As promised I have something new to share with you all today.



I love this adorable little brother and sister stamp from Magnolia.  I had coloured these little cuties the other day but couldn't decide what I wanted to do with them at that time. Yesterday I happened to set them on some of the Capella paper from Basic Grey and it all just started to come together. I have inked all of the edges with distress ink to help the background blend with the designer papers. The only embellishments that were needed to finish off the card were a sentiment about friendship and a few flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.

This card will be entered into the Magnolia challenge that is on now over at the Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge Blog. I hope that you will stop by and take a peek as there are many crafty ladies who have posted their pretty creations as well.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Something's Under the Tree


Okay, so it may be a little early for wrapping Christmas presents and I usually like to get past Halloween before I put up the tree. I was having some fun today in my craft room and the challenge over at ABC Christmas this week is Under the Tree so this is the package that someone will find under my tree this year.



I have once again used my Copics to colour the new Sneaky Tilda from this year's Christmas release. She is a cutie and it is nice that she will be so versatile, I can see her being used on many Birthday cards in the future. I added some Candy Cane Stickles to the bow on her present because Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a little sparkle and shine.



I have matted Tilda using papers from a couple of the Basic Grey Christmas collections. I love that I can purchase some of the papers each year and they often work together so nicely.  The circle mat has been popped up so that I could add some lace from my stash to give the bag some frill. I have added more frills to the top of the bag using some of my Martha Stewart punches.  The Poinsettias have been stickled for some extra sparkle and I have used some rhinestone flowers for the centres to really make them shine. Lastly I created a little tag on which I have stamped and embossed a little sentiment.

I hope that you will all join me and create a little something for under your tree this year. Like I said at the top of this post, I was having fun today so be sure to pop by again tomorrow and see what else I have to share.

I will also be entering this into the following challenges.



Sunday, October 10, 2010

Traditional Christmas


Good morning everyone.  Today I wanted to show you a traditional Red and Green Christmas card that I have created for this weeks challenge over at the Totally Tilda Challenge Blog. I decided that this time I would do something a little different, so I have made my first easel card. I really like the look of these cards and with the help of some instructions I have successfully pulled it off.


Tilda with Gifts has been coloured with Copics and Prisma pencils then accented with Stickles to give her a little sparkle. I have cut her out and popped her up in front of a background that I cut using my spellbinders and inked with Distress inks.



The card has been put together using some of the new Basic Grey Jovial collection (I think that this is my favourite Christmas paper ever as the colours are so rich and traditional). The border has been punched using the new Martha Stewart snowflake border punch which is destined to become a favourite of mine. I have stickled around both sentiments for some extra sparkle and added a bow and some Prima poinsettias. To add one last traditional touch I have punched some leaves and added some red pearls to resemble the fresh greens that we hang every year.

I hope that this card has put you all in the Holiday spirit. Have a great day and stop by again soon.

I will also be entering this card into the following challenges.
ABC challenge - E for Easel
Bah Humbug - Christmas Cuties
A Spoonful of Sugar - Sparkle and Shine
Hanna and Friends - Christmas Cards
Anything Goes - Christmas has come Early
City Crafters - Hooray for the Holidays


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tilda Goes to the Pumpkin Patch

Well, it has been a while now since my last blog post. Vacation was great all be it a little wet. I have been having fun the last few nights playing in my craft room and thought that I would share one of my new cards with you all.


I have created this little scene of Tilda at the pumpkin patch by masking together two of the Magnolia pumpkins. I have then popped Tilda up in front of them as if she were posing for her picture. All images have been coloured using Copics in nice bright fall colours.


I have put together the card using some of the Basic Grey Max Whiskers collection. To add a country touch I have used some buttons and felt flowers that I bought with the good intentions of using a few years ago now (glad to finally put them to use).

This card will be entered in the following challenges.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Spreading Joy


As I am currently away on vacation, I was not able to participate in this month's Blog Hop over at the Magnolia-Licious Christmas All Year Long Blog.. I did want to share this card with you that I had been intending to use if I had participated.



Tilda has been masked in front of the trees and coloured with Copics. I then used flowersoft to add a fresh blanket of snow and create a winter wonderland effect. I have matted the card using some of my favorite Martha Stewart border punches and Basic Grey paper from the Eskimo Kisses line. Lastly I have embellished with some shapes that I punched out of this fantasic glitter paper. I don't know who makes the paper but it adds a rich shimmer to everything which makes it perfect for Christmas cards.

I hope that you will take the time to Hop on over to the Blog Hop as the ladies have lots of lovely Christmas inspiration to share. Be sure to leave them all some love.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sketch with a Spin

The Sweet Stop is have a wonderful challenge that they have called a Sketch with a Spin. In this case the spin was that you needed to use the colours mustard yellow and red. I just happened to be colouring an image in these colours when this challenge came up and the timing couldn't be more perfect.


This little Hanglar cutie has been coloured up with my Copics. I wanted to try my hand at something nice and bright and this image was perfect for it. I had to tweak the sketch a little and leave off one of the elements in order to fit such a large image on my card but I don't feel that the element is missed at all by leaving it out.
The papers that I have used are a mix of Basic Grey from various collections and some October afternoon that I had picked up just because I thought that it would be great on a card.

I hope that you will go over and take a peek at the challenge. There is a lot of great inspiration there from the design teams and many wonderful designs that have been submitted.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Special Birthday Wish

Wow, it has been a while since my last post. Time sure does fly. Over the weekend I did manage to get some crafting done and I have a few cards to show you over the next few days. The first card that I will share with you has been created for Challenge 29 over at Basic Grey Challenges. They have a wonderful sketch this week by Tara G to base your card on.


I knew as soon as I saw this sketch that it was going to involve Tilda sitting off to the side of the circle. As soon as I settled on using some of my new Basic Grey Capella papers, this card came together in a flash. I know that this sketch is going to be a favourite of mine.



This time I decided to do something a little different and give my Copics a break. Tilda has been coloured using Prismacolour pencils and mineral spirits. I must admit to loving the way that the colours blend so nicely. The only accents I have opted to add to the sketch were a Prima flower and some leaves. The sketch is so pretty as is that I didn't see the need to fill it up with lots of little embellies.

I hope that you will join me and have a go at this sketch.  Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check back tomorrow as I have another card to share.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Celebrate the Holidays

It is time to celebrate the Holidays over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog. The challenge is to create something with the theme of Hallowe'en, Thanksgiving or Christmas. I have chosen to ink up Silent Night Tilda and make another Christmas card. I figure the more that I make now the less likely that I will be scrambling when December rolls around.



I had a lot of fun putting this card together. It is based on another a fantastic sketch by Dawny P over at Just Magnolia and has been put together using more of my favourite Basic Grey papers.


Tilda has once again been coloured with Copics. I have added a little chalk around the edges of the background although it is difficult to see in my photos. Polar White Flower Soft has been used to provide a blanket of fresh fallen snow and Stickles add some shimmer to the snowflakes that are still falling.

If you get a chance be sure to have a peek at the Hop over to Simon Says Stamp as they are running a blog hop with this challenge and the designers there have lots of lovely inspiration that is sure to put you in the Holiday spirit.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Paper Piecing, Give it a Whirl

What a week, I have been busy moving my scraproom from our spare bedroom to a new room in our almost finished basement. I will post pictures of my new space another day when I have finished setting it up. Right now I am making cards on my dining room table while the stairs to the basement are being varnished. It is about all I can do with limited supplies. Hopefully I can get some images coloured and they will be ready to turn into cards when I can get back downstairs.


I decided that I would try my hand at paper piecing today. I have chosen to colour this lovely Hangar image with my Copics and then I have paper pieced her hat and shirt with some of the paper from the Basic Grey Sugar Rush collection. I love the end result. The polka dotted paper had the shading variances that are typical of Basic Grey paper and worked out perfectly to give her some shading. I added a tiny bit more with my copics to ensure that it was all in the right places.


The card has been put together using more of the Sugar rush collection. I have based the layout on a sketch over at The Sweet Stop. I have not added a sentiment at the moment as I am unsure of what I will use this card for. I hope that you have enjoyed looking. Stop back soon.