Monday, June 28, 2010

The Stamping Boutique DT Post - Christmas in June?

Well I decided long ago that I needed to start making Christmas cards earlier in the year so that I'm less stressed come Christmas time!  Today's post is the first Christmas card I've made in a while so I better get busy!  Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE SNOWMEN!  When I first saw this image "Snowman Scrapbook Journal" at The Stamping Boutique I knew I had to have him!
I coloured him with copics and then used a rub-on sentiment for his sign by Little Yellow Bicycle.  I used glossy accents on the sign (I LOVE THIS STUFF) and added a few rhinestones for some bling!  The DP is also from Little Yellow Bicyle & the cardstock is Bazill.  I embossed using a snowflake embossing folder with my cuttlebug and the ribbon I've had in my stash forever so it was really great to finally use it!  I used the sketch from Crazy 4 Challenges #43 and will also be entering it into the challenge over at Sparkle Creations Christmas Card Challenges where we are asked to make a card based on your favourite Christmas Song.  Mine is Frosty the Snowman, of course :)

The Stamping Boutique - Blog Candy

I just had to share since this is some AMAZING Blog Candy to be won!  If you head over to The Stamping Boutique Challenge Blog you can enter to win this candy valued at over $250.00!  It includes COPICS (yes, that's right), a set of 36 Ciao markers to be won.  It also includes:
Basic Grey Capella line: 12 designer papers, 5 matching cardstock, 2 doilies, chenille flower, felt sticker, epoxy sticker, diecut shapes, and fabric flowers. Doodlebug chipboard butterfly, Scrapworks vinyl appliques, Jolee's boutique dimensional stickers, acrylic paint dabber, embossing powder.
Check it out for more details!  You don't want to miss out on your chance to win this one!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Paper Sundaes Challenge #24 - Birthday's with Stamp & Create!

Happy Sundae!  This week's challenge over at the Paper Sundaes Blog has a theme:  BIRTHDAYS!  Who doesn't love creating birthday cards?  We are sponsored this week by Stamp & Create & Lacey was wonderful enough to let the design team play with some of the new images from the latest Wags n Whiskers Release "Let's Party".  These images are super cute so be sure to check them out!  I used the image Buddy's Balloon for my card:
The birthday paper I used for the background was my Imaginisce line called "All Kinds of Happy - Chatty Cake, Chatty Cake.  The image was coloured with copics and I airbrushed the background but when I took the photo it kept coming out looking uneven due to my flash (and bad lighting).  I used glossy accents for the balloon and for Buddy's nose because I wanted it to look wet.  Other supplies used:  circle & circle scallop nesties, MS border punch & Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.    My son even had some fun playing with this image, he coloured the same image and gave it to his Uncle Brian for his birthday this weekend!  I love it when he wants to colour with me!  Here is his creation:

I love how he decided Buddy needed a brown eye patch, SUPER CUTE!  Be sure to check out the other DT creations at Paper Sundaes they are AMAZING!

Friday, June 25, 2010

The Stamping Boutique Blog Hop - You're Sew Sweet!

I'm so excited to be participating in this super-fun blog hop for the first time as a DT Member for The Stamping Boutique!  The theme of our hop is sewing in case you haven't guessed and the design team members are showcasing 3 different images along the way which you can pick up over at The Stamping Boutique store.  Be sure to visit every stop along the way and see all the amazing creations!  In case you didn't start at the beginning of the hop you will want to head over to Kym's blog and go from there.   If you arrived here from Heather's Blog you are on the right track!  Here is my card using the super cute image "Cynthia's Wing Repair Shop":
I coloured the image with copics and spica glitter pens and used cardstock and paper from my scraps.  Being as the theme is sewing I decided to incorporate some on my card.  Since I didn't have any pink thread I decided to use my DMC floss and handstitched the border around the outside of the card (shhh.....I NEVER said sewing was my strong point but it was fun)!  I added some buttons and pink ribbon from my stash as well!  I couldn't decide on a sentiment so I left it blank for now but I think I will add " are sew sweet" when I send it out later!  Isn't this image just adorable? 

Thanks for hopping along and your next stop on the hop will be Jan's Blog.  Have fun :)

PS - Don't forget to join us this Saturday, June 26th from 7-9 pm CST over at SNR for our digi day celebration.  The theme is Summer Fun.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Craftalicious Challenge #2 - Audrey with Birthday Cupcake

The Stamping Boutique is sponsoring another challenge this time over at Craftalicious!  Challenge #2 is to create a monotone card and here is my creation:
The image I used is from The Stamping Boutique and is called "Audrey with a Birthday Cupcake".  Isn't she a cutie?  I'm still getting used to the monotone cards so I kept this one very simple.  My cardstock is Stampin Up and so are the felt flowers.  I used some miscellaneous ribbon and brads from my stash and a SU scallop border punch.  The images was coloured with copics (E00, E11, E13, E15, E17, E19, E21, E31, E35, E37, E41, E43, E44 and E53).  The Stamping Boutique has many super cute Audrey images so be sure to check them out as I promise you they are all equally adorable!   Have a great week everyone :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Paper Sundaes Challenge #23 - Pretty as a Princess

Happy Sundae!  I had sooooo much fun with this week's Paper Sundaes Challenge of which the theme is "Pretty as a Princess".  At first I thought I had to use a princess image for this card but quickly learned that it basically means show us your "girliest girl card".  Being as I have one son I don't have a lot of reason to make girly cards all the time.  I do however have the most adorable niece Katelyn who is super cute & I chose this image by Magnolia called "Sweet Tilda" because it totally reminds me of her!  You can pick up this image at Simon Says Stamp our monthly sponsor who carries not only tons of Magnolia stamps but many other lines like Penny Black, Greeting Farm, Whiff of Joy, MFT and so many more!  Here is my card:
All paper I used was from My Mind's Eye Totally Girl Collection & the cardstock is Bazill.  I used copics to colour the main image (RV0000, E00, E02, E11, E21, E31, E33, E35, E40, E41, R02, RV32, RV34, W2 & YG03) and used my white Inkssentials pen to add a highlight to her cheeks.  The larger flowers I used are from Wild Orchids Crafts however they were originally white but I airbrushed them in copic RV34 and then sprayed them with Pearl Glimmer Mist.  I sprayed the smaller flowers & the pine leaf punches with the Glimmer Mist as well.  The butterflies were punched using a Martha Stewart punch and I added the Queen & Co Orchid pearls to accent them.  The rhinestone swirl is from Recollections.  Isn't she just so adorable?  And here's my niece Katelyn who's even cuter :)
I will be entering this into the following challenges:

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Princess Gwendolyn - Card Patterns Sketch 69 Sponsored by The Stamping Boutique

The Stamping Boutique is sponsoring this week's Sketch Challenge #69 over at Card Patterns Challenge Blog.  I absolutely love this sketch:

For my card I decided to use the "Princess Gwendolyn" digi image which you can pick up here.  She is also available in rubber if you prefer.  As soon as I saw this image I new I had to have her as she is simply adorable and perfect for a card for a little girl.  I coloured this with copics & cut out with my nesties.  Unfortunately I had multiple projects on the go and my workspace was a HUGE mess so all my copic colours got mixed up and I didn't keep track of them.  The design paper I used was from Best Creation Inc and it is so sparkly but I couldn't get that to show well in my photo.  I used primas with some mini pearls and a "Sweet" sticker sentiment which I stuck on to paper then cut out and used pop-up dots to raise it up.

I've entered this into the following challenge:

Check out Card Patterns to play along with this sketch and REMEMBER:  If you use one of The Stamping Boutiques images please enter it on the TSB Challenge Blog for the June Challenge for your chance to win 5 free images!  Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Pink Butterfly - Fussy & Fancy Challenge Sponsored by TSB

Happy Friday :)
The Stamping Boutique is sponsoring a challenge over at Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge Blog and the theme is "monochromatic with a twist"!  The twist is that your image must include something with wings!
This is the first time I've ever created a monochromatic card so I'm not sure I've done it completely right so don't be too hard on me!  Here's my card which I created using The Stamping Boutique image "Butterfly".
I love this image it's so whimsical!  I coloured it with various pink copics and then used my pink spica glitter pen to highlight certain parts.  If anyone can give me tips on taking photos so that glitter/sparkle shows up better I would LOVE to hear them as I always have a problem capturing the shimmer!  Have a wonderful weekend everyone, happy crafting!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Paper Sundaes Challenge #22 - Sketch Challenge All that Scraps

Happy Sundae!  This week's Challenge over at Paper Sundaes is a sketch challenge created by our very talented Christine and is being sponsored by All That Scraps.  Here is my take on the sketch:
I chose to use the image of CC Designs Sugarplum Tulip Trevor for my image & the sentiment is two different stamps from the Amy R set "Big Words & Handy Additions" both which are available at All That Scraps!  I coloured the image with copics (E00, E11, E41, E43, E33, E35, E39, R22, R24, R29, E44, B41, B23, and B21) and then airbrushed the background of my oval with my airbrush system.  The flowers I got from a secret sister swap from Danielle and the ribbon & pearl brad are from my stash.  I managed to use up some scrap paper I had in my scrap pile but I'm pretty sure this is from Bo Bunny!

Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday today!  We finally got some nice sunny weather this weekend maybe that means SUMMER is finally here!  Have a great week everyone and be sure to pop over to Paper Sundaes and play along in this week's challenge :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Serenity - With a little help from a Special Someone!

I was colouring some of my images from The Stamping Boutique tonight and my son Tyler asked if he could help me make a card.  Of course I said YES!  He loves to colour with me but when it comes to cardmaking he'd much rather skip it and go watch cartoons, read a book or play a game!  So here is what he helped with!
I coloured the image "Serenity" with Copics & Spica glitter pens and used the current sketch from Card Positioning Systems.  My son wanted to add all the stars so it has lots of bling which fits into the current challenge at Meljen's Designs which is #11 Sparkle, Glitter & Bling.  I had fun creating with him and even if it isn't exactly how I would do it, it was a labour of LOVE and that's what makes it extra special :)

Don't forget to head over to The Stamping Boutique Challenge Blog & show us your TSB creations for your chance to win some free images in our new monthly contest!

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Stamping Boutique - Cynthia Gathering Mushrooms

I'm excited to post another card I made for The Stamping Boutique!  Today TSB is sponsoring a challenge over at 2 Sketches 4 you and this is my creation.

For my card I'm using a new digi image "Cynthia Gathering Mushrooms" which you can pick up over at the TSB store.  I coloured the image with copics and added a fair bit of sparkle with my spica glitter pens however it isn't showing up too well in the photo.  Other supplies used:  oval & oval scallop nesties, felt flowers by Hero Arts, Bazill cardstock, and Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I love this fabulous DP which is from my scraps so I'm not sure of the manufacturer.  It's so pretty with all the glittery flowers!  Ooooh I almost forgot!  If you join us at The Stamping Boutique Group here over at Paper Craft Planet you can get this image for free!   All the details are on the group page so be sure to check it out!  REMEMBER:  The Stamping Boutique is now offering a monthly challenge so be sure to check out the website and show us your creations using TSB images for your chance to win free digi images of your choice!  The link is here!

This card will be entered into the following challenges:
Digital Tuesday Challenge #61 - Let's Get Trendy (trend-flowers)
Charisma Cardz Challenge #22 - Flowers
Alphabet Challenge Blog - F is for Flowers
Paperplay Challenges - Flowers & Sparkle
Stamp Something - Use digi image
Meljen's Designs - Dry Embossing
Delightful Sketches - Texture (embossing folder & felt flowers)
Craftalicious - use something new (digi image)
Penny's - Fruit or Veggies
The Corrosive Challenge Blog - die cuts (nesties)
The Busy Beauties Creation Station #5 - Anything goes
TSB Monthly Challenge

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Paper Sundaes Challenge #21 - Summer Fun with Sassy Cheryl's

It's time for another Paper Sundaes Challenge - #21 and we would like you to create a card with the theme of SUMMER FUN!  What could be more fun than a PARTY to celebrate summer?
This week Paper Sundaes is being sponsored by Sassy Cheryl's!  As soon as I saw this image "Sassy Cinco de Mayo Cheryl" I knew I had to have her!  This image is SO MUCH FUN!  I love that it's a digi image so I can size it to whatever fits my needs but I think she would be great for scrapbook pages, party invitations, you name it!  I coloured her with copics (E00, E11, E13, E15, E17, E53, E55, Y15, Y17, YR14, R22, R24, R29, G14 and G16).  I used my Lemon spica glitter pen to colour part of the star necklace & trim on her dress and added glossy accents to her maracas.  Other supplies used:  Cuttlebug swiss dots folder, SU corner punches, & Crimped Alpha Stickers from Momenta.  Hope you play along with us this week at Paper Sundaes as we would love to see your "Summer Fun" creations!

I managed to enter a record (for me) # of challenges this week:
Pink Elephant - Bright, Fun Colours
Papertake Weekly - Fun, Fun, Fun
Craftalicious Challenge #1 - New
Delightful Sketches & Challenges - Texture (cuttlebug folder & crimped letters)
Meljen's Challenge #10 - Embossing

Saturday, June 5, 2010

SCS Swap Card - Paper Makeup Rose the Fairy

My Splitcoaststampers Swap has finally come to an end so I can post the card that I made for the swap.  I chose to use Paper Makeup's "The Rose Fairy" for my card.  Isn't she so pretty?
The design paper is Basic Grey Lemonade and all cardstock is Bazill.  The image was coloured with copics and other supplies used: SU border punch, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Folder, Oval nesties, dew drops, Wild Orchid Craft Flowers, and leaf punch.  I will be entering this card into the following challenge: 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

My First TSB Blog Post - Happy Father's Day

I'm super excited to be posting my first ever card as a member of The Stamping Boutique Design Team!
The digi images are super adorable and as soon as I saw this one "AJ with Sign" I knew I had to have it as it reminds me of my son!  I made this card for my son to give to his Dad on Father's Day.

All design paper I used was from Basic Grey's Wisteria Line and the cardstock is Bazill.  I distressed the edges with Palette "Burnt Umber" and used my EK punch for the wavy border.  I added some ribbon and buttons from my stash and the sentiments are Making Memories Rub-ons.  The image was coloured with copics (B21, B23, B37, R02, E00, E11, E41, E43, E53, E55, E57 and E59).   I also used my Lemon Spica Glitter Pen for all the little stars & dots around the image.  I will be entering this into The Card Patterns Challenge Blog Sketch 66 as I used their sketch for the layout.  Also will be entering in the One Stitch at a Time Challenge Blog - where the challenge is to create using something new.  Since this is a new digi image for my first TSB post I'm sure it will count!   Hope you like it :)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Logan's First Birthday

Here's a quick card I made tonight for my nephew Logan's first birthday on Thursday.  Being as he's only turning one I kept it simple.
The image I used is from Karen's Doodles and is called Herbert Birthday Cake.  I paired him with the #1 from the Herbert Birthday Candle Set.  This set is amazing as you can change the numbers so you can use it again & again.  This is a great digi image set for sure!  I coloured with copics and the sentiment is one that I picked up from Michaels along time ago.  Other supplies used:  EK border punch, Lemon Spica Glitter Pen.


Will be entered in the following challenges: