Friday, August 6, 2010

He Loves Me (and a little CANDY!!)

Good morning friends!! Make sure to read all the way through my post today, as I've got a bit of CANDY to give away to one lucky stamper!!

Are you all ready for another new challenge at Wags 'n Whiskers? Your hostess today is the lovely and amazingly talented Chris Olsen. Her challenge is called "Triple Play"...use any element in groups of three! Chris has left this up to your interpretation, and the possibilities are endless! You could use 3 stamps, 3 papers, 3 flowers, 3 ribbons or even 3 techniques (ie embossing, die cutting, distressing)...the list goes on and on!

We would also like to welcome some brand new members to the Wags 'n Whiskers Design Team. Our new permanent member are Tracy, Debbie, and Angelique!! Joining us as guest designers for August and September are Emma and Louise!! We are so thrilled to have you on the team ladies and look forward to seeing your gorgeous creations!

For my project today, I used "He Loves Me", one of the gorgeous WnW stamps by Crissy Armstrong. I've used "3's" in several ways on this card. There are three different patterned paper layers (Basic Grey Porcelain), a little group of three flowers in the bottom right hand corner of the stamped image, a cluster of three Prima Hydrangeas (LOVE these flowers) in the lower left hand corner of the card (plus, the centre flower is made with three different sizes of these gorgeous flowers), three rhinestones in the flower centres and groups of three pearls in various spots on the card.

Oh, and see that pretty punched edge?? That's one of my brand new MS punches that I got this past weekend! I've been wanting this Arched Lattice punch for so long. Let me tell you...I really lucked out! I took a trip to London for a bit of back-to-school clothes shopping for the kids, and made a couple of crafty stops along the way. I went into Michaels with my 40% off coupon in hand for this exact punch...but when I got to the aisle, it was no where to be seen. So I picked out another punch I liked. Then, I spied a clearance rack...with a few MS punches on for amazing prices!! Here is where I found my long awaited Arched Lattice punch, for $9.99!! I also scooped up two other border punches (one priced at $12.99 and one at $6.99) and one co-ordinating corner punch (priced at $6.99)! Gee...almost felt like Christmas! lol

I coloured the sweet image with Copic markers, but I decided to use some of the Porcelain BG papers to paper-piece the dress and the flowers. I added some shading to the paper-pieced areas to create depth.

We'd love to have you participate in our challenge this week! Remember, you will have two weeks to enter! There is always a great prize up for grabs, but you are only eligible if you use a Wags 'n Whiskers stamp...either rubber or digital! In need (or want! lol) of a new stamp?? Click HERE to go shopping!

Ok, so I promised some BLOG CANDY...are you interested?? I've decided to celebrate this month! I've got so many reasons to birthday is very soon (trying to ignore that the numbers are creeping up), I've had the opportunity to work with some amazing stamp companies, I've made so many lovely friends through blogging over the past year and I've now reached over 200 followers on my blog...although I prefer to say "friends"! I'm so grateful to all of you who stop by my blog to see what I've been up to. I know we're all busy, so it really means a lot to me that you take the time out of your day to stop by for a little visit. So, I'd love to thank you (with the help and generosity of some fantastic companies) by offering up some candy throughout the month!!

Today, I have two beautiful stamps donated by Wags 'n Whiskers that are just waiting to find a new home!! These stamps are high quality deeply etched red rubber that give a clean, crisp image every time.

These lovely stamps are called "Millie With Cupcake"and "Magical Friends". Wondering how to get your inky fingers on these gems?? Just leave me a comment on this post, and make sure that I have some way to contact you (either through your blog or by email). This candy will remain open until Monday August 9, 2010 at 11:59 pm (EST). The winner will be announced on August 10, 2010!! Easy peasy. If you would like to spread the word, please feel free too! (but I won't insist, lol) Good luck stampers!!

Blessings friends, and thanks so much for stopping by!


(ps...keep checking back with me, as I'll be posting more blog candy soon!!)

Stamps: Wags 'n Whiskers "He Loves Me"
Ink: Memento, Copics, Bundled Sage Distress Ink
Paper: Neenah, Basic Grey, Bazzill
Embellishments: Prima flowers, pearls, rhinestones
Tools: Martha Stewart border punch


Patricia said...

So cute card I love it your coloring is amazing hope i can learn to color like you someday.Thanks for the chance to win

♥Rach♥ said...

Congrats on your crafty deals, don't you just love that? Love your card, the shading on her dress is wonderful and what a nice candy, Happy (early) Birthday!

Wilfreda said...

Really pretty card. I just got this punch too, but I haven't used it yet. It looks great on this card.

gea said...

wow what a loveley stamps ! I like a chance to win..

Robin McK said...

Mel -
Your colouring is stunning, as usual! I love the colours that you put on the wing! TFS

Sugar said...

Your coloring is amazing!
What darling stamps :) I would love to be entered and Happy Early Birthday!

Renkata said...

Hi Melanie, wow your card blou me away such a beautiful design and colour combo.

Margo said...

I love your work, and check your blog daily to see if you have new inspiration for me!

Those stamps are adorable, - I would love to work with them!

Michele said...

Such a beautiful card Melanie. Your colouring of the image is just amazing. Hugs Michele x

Emma and Susan said...

WOW! This is gorgeous sweetie!!! your image is adorable and your colouring is perfection! thankyou for the chance to win these gorgeous stamps!!
Love and hugs
Emma and Susan

Crystal said...

Melanie WOW your coloring is GORGEOUS!!! BEAUTIFUL CREATION!

6 wacky women said...

Gorgeous card, Melanie
As always your colouring is awesome!

Karen x

Sharon Caudle said...

Oh my gosh, Melanie!!! I just drool over your cards every time I visit you!! This is sooooo stunning! The colors are so rich and yummy! Love, love, love it!!! And a huge SCORE on your punches! WOOHOO!!! Don't ya just love a good sale! Have a great weekend!

Yvonne Russell said...

What lovely work... inspirational.

Thanks for the chance to be part of the candy fun. Love those stamps.

Tasha said...

Oh this is beautiful, i love the paper you have used and layout
love tasha xx

Louise said...

This is gorgeous, great layering and awesome colouring.

ms.espresso said...

So pretty! I'm jealous of your deals on punches- can't wait to see what you do with them :)

Bunny Zoe's Crafts said...

Oh wow, Ansley looks amazing Melanie, I love all the fabulous texture you achieve with your colouring, Your Medieval card is so cool! Hugs, Nikki x

Lacey Stephens said...

This card is just amazing!! I know I say this every time, but your coloring really brings these stamps to life. I am always in awe of your cards...especially the ones of my daughter (sigh)!!
I hope you are having a wonderful summer. Only 1 more week before my kids go back to school!