Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
So, the title of my post talks about the old and the new. I thought that along with a card featuring the new digi release for this week, I would also post a card with an "older" image. First up, we'll have "Be Mine Cocoa". I get so excited each time I see a new Cocoa image! Please keep them coming Korin!!
Can you believe it's already time to start thinking about Valentine's Day? I decided to make a smaller card this week, and used my scalloped Nestabilities to make a shaped card. I paper pieced the envelope, which had to be done a little differently with a digital stamp! I printed out a copy of the image on plain paper and used it as a template to trace on the DP I planned to use. I popped up Cocoa's head, as well as the little heart on the envelope. The "XOXO" sentiment is part of the Valentine Sentiments, which was also released this week.
Up next, we have Feel Better Paulie. This digi was released back in November. I also used a sentiment from Get Well Wishes. I couldn't help myself...I HAD to use some real tissue in poor Paulie's box! I just poked a little hole, and pushed some tissue up from behind. I also coated his water bottle and thermometer with Glossy Accents.
Here's a closeup of Paulie (you can see the tissue better in this pic!):
Have a blessed day!
Monday, December 28, 2009
So, no card today (come back tomorrow morning for that!), but I did want to let you all in on some great sales going on:
The Town Scrapper: Phebe still has that super buy one, get one at 50% off sale! You really must get yourself out to her store to check out all the fabulous lines she carries. Trust me...you will find MANY things you must have!! Some of the stamp lines she carries are Magnolia, CC Designs, High Hopes, Whiff of Joy, Kraftin' Kimmie, Motivet...and more! She also has great papers, embellishments and Spellbinders. Too many things to name here! If you don't live close by, you will find Phebe's contact info on her blog!
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps: Even though Korin has taken holidays, you can still place online orders!! They will begin shipping out on January 4, 2010. There is a Discontinued Set Sale as well as Digi Bundle Sets!! Take a look around the store. She has a great selection of clear stamps, as well as digital stamps.
Skribbles and Scraps: Bob and Jennie are running a pre-inventory sale!! Bob tells me he'd rather sell it than count it! (I might have been in there today...spending a gift certificate my father-in-law gave me!) Lot's of bargains to be found...so go and check them out!!
Ok, before you rush out to shop...let me give you a bit of a teaser! I have some BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS coming up this week!! And before any of you get smart...no I am not pregnant!!! lol Seriously though...these are secrets I've been sitting on for a very long time! (one since September!! can you believe I have had to keep quiet this long?). So stay tuned to find out what they are...one will be announced tomorrow! (however, if you have been looking around my blog and perhaps another I am tied to, you just may already know this one!).
Hope to see you back tomorrow...and later this week too!!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
So, my card today features the image "Gone Fishing". I just LOVE this image by Korin Sutherland!! This bear and penguin are so cute together. This image is so versatile. I love that it can make a great masculine card...which I have to admit, I struggle with. Does anybody else have a hard time with these? You could also use this one for a friendship card, birthday card, winter card...the possibilities are endless! Have a look:
Now, when I saw this image my wheels started turning. I was thinking how funny it would be for this pair to be ice fishing in a teeny tiny hole...but they have no idea what they are about to catch! So, I drew in this killer whale...or orca...whatever you prefer! Just imagine the look on their faces when they try to reel in their catch! (you might need a bigger bucket boys!). I tried to capture the same feel that Korin creates with her adorable characters...her illustrations are so cute! The image was coloured with Copic markers. I also broke out the Polar White Flower soft for the snow on this image. The sky was created with a cloud mask and Memento Summer Sky ink. Finally, I coated the underwater scene with Glossy Accents.
I would just like to take this chance to wish you all a Christmas season full of wonderful moments you will treasure for years to come! God bless you and your family as we celebrate the birth of His son!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Each of these tags only took me about fifteen to twenty minutes to assemble...not including colouring time! However, if you have a bunch of pre-coloured images, then this could be a great challenge to help use them up! Hop on over to the Humble Pie blog to play along. Remember, you do not have to use a Humble Pie image, but we do love to see them if you have them!!
Don't forget about Phebe's sale out at the Town Scrapper...buy one, get one of equal or lesser value for 50% off!! Hmmm....how I would love a Town Scrapper stocking! lol. Phebe carries terrific products, so make sure you give her a call, or send her an email!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Grab a cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa ;), and join the Sweet 'n Sassy team over at our group on Paper Craft Planet for our Digi Day!! This is the card I made to fit in with our challenge...use snowflakes on your project! The snowflakes can be in your image, on your paper, part of your embellishments...let your creativity loose! Korin will be offering up a FREE DIGI for anyone who plays along with the challenge before Monday morning, as well as an earlybird digi for those entering the challenge before 10:00 pm EST tonight!!
The digi I chose to use is Sweet Cocoa. Honestly, how adorable is this little mouse? This was just the perfect image to use, since Cocoa's mug has snowflakes all over it! After colouring with Copic markers, I gave the snowflakes a coat of Stardust Stickles and added Glossy Accents to the candy cane. I really found myself wishing I had some liquid applique for those marshmallows, but alas...I have none!! So just pretend with me that the marshmallows are all fluffy!
I had a few patterned papers with snowflakes in my stash, but I wanted to go with something other than Christmas papers. I love the patchwork pattern of this paper, and the muted colours. I decided to run my burgundy cardstock through the Cuttlebug with some Snowflake Spellbinders...however, I only embossed this time. I highlighted the embossed background with white ink, and followed with more Stardust Stickles. The sentiment from Hot Cocoa Sentiments.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The image was printed off on Neehah cardstock and coloured with Copic markers. I used lots of layers on this card, topped off with a bit of machine stitching. The sentiment is actually just part of the DP. Hmmm...does "meow" count as a sentiment?? lol. Since Sleepy Kitty is snoozing in a basket of knitting, I thought it appropriate to use balls of yarn as embellishments. I pulled out my stash of embroidery floss, chose coordinating colours and wrapped it around little cardstock circles.
As I am typing this post, I'm looking at all three of my kitties snoozing away on the couch. Must be nice!! I've always got a "to-do" list a mile long, so no cat naps for this stamper!
If you haven't been over to Sweet 'n Sassy, you MUST!!! There is a fantastic sale going on right now. Trust me, you will not want to miss out! This image is on sale for 25% off...that's only $2.25 (USD). Remember, with digi images you can shop without even leaving your house...and be printing off images in no time! Take some time to look around the store. Korin has a great selection of Digital Stamps, as well as clear sets too! (some discontinued sets are on at a whopping 70% off!! But, only while supplies last.)
Blessings ladies (and maybe gents?? sorry, didn't mean to be exclusive. lol)!!
Image: Sleepy Kitty(Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Stamp)
Paper/Cardstock: Neenah, Bazzill, Rhonna Farrer
Ink: Memento, Copic markers
Embellishments: Ribbon from Walmart (yup, I'm a big spender!!), DMC embroidery Floss
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Humble Pie Challenge : Dry Embossing Post #2 for today!! (Don't forget to keep scrolling down for the 1st!!)
I've been busy with so many projects lately, that I was able to post TWICE today! Under this post, you will find some cards and information on a fundraiser we've been holding at our church. Feel free to take a gander at that post while you are here! (although, maybe grab a coffee first!)
Well, with another Friday comes another Humble Pie challenge! This week we are looking for projects featuring dry embossing. For this, I pulled out my trusty Cuttlebug. This is a tool I highly recommend adding to your crafting room. I chose this cute little snowman from the latest Humble Pie release. Remember, the only place you can find Humble Pie stamps in at The Town Scrapper.
I stamped the snowman...or perhaps it's a snowgirl in this case!...on Neenah cardstock and coloured her with Copic markers. The background was embossed with the Swiss Dots folder and highlighted with blue ink. That Polar White Flower Soft somehow found it's way onto this card too! lol I also used some Spellbinders Labels to cut out my focal mats. Spellbinders are another of my favourites! Not only do they cut, but they also emboss your paper and can act as a stencil too. The purple strip of Bazzil Bling (which was also used as the card base) was embossed with the Swirls folder. The DP is from a Christmas DCWV stack. The sentiment was printed off my computer. As a finishing touch, I added some flat-backed rhinestones for a bit of bling.
So, hop on over to Humble Pie and link up your project for a chance to win a great prize. You do not have to use a Humble Pie image, but if you do have them then we'd love to see them!
Have a fantastic Friday!
I'm showing you a sample of some cards I made for Miracle on Maxwell this year (our church is located on Maxwell...clever, no??). I needed images that would work up quickly, which is quite a feat for me, as I take FOREVER to colour images!! I bought this beautiful set from Flourishes (All that Glitters). I am in love with these ornament images...so beautiful! I stamped them on some leftover Prism Simply Smooth (which I never seem to use anymore), and coloured with Copics. I kept these very simple, as I needed quite a few. They were paired up with papers from DCWV, and satin ribbon from Walmart.
Here is a closeup of one of the cards. I added some Martha Stewart glitter to the ornaments on this one:
Here are a couple made with one of the new Christmas sets from CC Designs. I had bought this set, and almost didn't ink it up this year! I think they are perfect for our program! These too worked up very quickly, and I love that they focus on the "reason for the season"!!
Giving to those less fortunate is just one way that we can show others the love of God. During this beautiful season, it is easy to get caught up in all the hustle, bustle and materialism. It is important to remember to slow down, and take time to reflect on the meaning of Christmas. So, while out shopping for our loved ones, let's try to remember to drop our change in the Kettles, or pick up an extra bag of groceries for your local food bank. How about that "mitten tree" at the mall? There are so many ways to show our love for others...think about how you can bless another person today!
Hope you all have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to be back soon with a new post...I've been a busy stamper lately!!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Just wanted to remind you all that Friday is challenge day over at Humble Pie. Today's challenge is to lift one of Baker Kim B's cards. Hop on over there for the details, to see who won last week's challenge and to see the prize up for grabs this week.
Also, Phebe at the Town Scrapper is still running her sale of buy 1 get the 2cnd of equal or lesser value for 50% off!! Awesome sale Phebe. Hurry in stampers, because stock is flying off the shelves with amazing prices like these. Phebe not only carries Humble Pie stamps. She carries CC Designs, Motivet, Greeting Farm, Whiff of Joy, Magnolia, Kraftin' Kimmie and more! (so many of my favourites!) She also has a beautiful selection of design papers, cardstock, flowers, embellishments...oh the list can go on and on! Don't miss your chance, because trust me...you will regret it! Hey ladies...why not give your husband a detailed shopping list. Send him over to Phebe and I'm sure she will be happy to help him out!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
It's Digi Day! Drop in anytime between 10 am and 10 pm EST. There will be a challenge, a free digi for playing along and sneak peaks of upcoming digis! There will be an earlybird freebie as well for those playing by 10 pm EST. Not only that, but if the group reaches 200 members, there will be a bonus free digi!!
So don't wait! Hop on over to SNR to play along!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I will be entering this card in Cute Card Thursday this week, as they are asking for cards made for boys.
Gee, hopefully Cory does not find his way onto my blog and get a sneak peak at his card that will be arriving in the mail shortly!!
Hope you all have a great day.
p.s. I apologize for all the spacing issues...sometimes Blogger does not publish posts the same as they appear when I type them! Honestly, I do use paragraphs! lol If any of you know how to fix this silly problem, I would LOVE to hear how!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Ready for your closeup, Cocoa?
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Hop on over the the Humble Pie blog for the new challenge, and to find out if you won last week! This week, we are calling for altered items. Remember, you DO NOT need to use a Humble Pie image, but if you have them, by all means ink those babies up!!
You will only find the Humble Pie line at The Town Scrapper. Give Phebe a call. She also has a great SALE going on: Buy one item, get the second of equal or lesser value for 50% off!!! Time to stock up stampers! Phebe will be running this sale until the middle of January 2010! As a note, The Town Scrapper will be close from December 11 to December 21, 2009. Happy shopping!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
So, this morning I've got a card that I made for the High Hopes Challenge this week. It's a recipe challenge 3-2-1...3 flowers, 2 brads and 1 sentiment! I inked up my brand new Party Cow...love this stamp! I have a few other items she can be holding too, but thought it would be fun to have her presenting some flowers as a thank you gift. The flower stamp is also from High Hopes. I wanted to keep this card fairly simple. I also stretched myself on this one...I don't usually do such bright colour combos! But this cow is just so happy, that she needed a bright and cheery background. These papers are from a small pack I picked up at Winners...seriously, you need to keep an eye on their scrapbooking section because sometimes they get great items in there! Unfortunately, I cannot remember the company name!
I wasn't sure that my stamped flowers would count for the recipe, so I layered three flowers and added a little rhinestone centre. The two brads are holding my sentiment, which is from a Popcorn the Bear stamp set. Check it out...that sentiment is cut out with my brand new Labels 8!!! I have been wanting this set for so long, and finally picked it up from Skribbles n Scraps in Sarnia. This is such a simple recipe to follow that you have no excuse! If you have a High Hopes image, then hop on over there and play along! As always, I stamped my images on Neenah Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and coloured with Copics.
Thanks for stopping by! Let me know you were here so I can pop by your blog and see what you've been up to!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
How Do You Fit a Hippo in a Box??: HH Challenge #51(Post #2 for today....scroll down for the Humble Pie Challenge)
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
So, grab a cup of coffee or tea and off you go now on the hop. Here is a list of all the Bakers participating today.
6. Kim S.
11. Melanie (You are here!)
Remember to comment at all of the Baker's blogs so you have a chance to win the grand prize! Check in at the Humble Pie blog to play along with our current challenge. A new one will be posted on Friday!
While you are here, feel free to stay a while and have a peek around my blog. I love visitors!
(p.s. Is anybody else having issues with the spacing on Blogger?? Know how to fix it?? Let me know please! I honestly did have separate paragraphs in this post...not just one big one! lol)