Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sweet Baby Card

I love this sweet little image called "Noah's Ark" by The Stamping Boutique.  It remind me of sweet little things like babies so I decided to make a CAS baby card.  I coloured the image with copics and paired it with some papers from my scrap pile.  Boy is sure feels good to be using my scraps :)
I had this glittery yellow button that I've been wanting to use for a while and added a rub-on sentiment from Making Memories.  It was a quick and easy card to make and now I have a baby card on hand.  Now I just have to know someone having a baby, LOL.  This may be in my stash for a little while longer :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

SOS Challenge #10 - Buttons, Blooms & Bananas

It's time for our 10th Challenge over at SOS (Shopping our Stash)!!  This week we want to see Buttons, Blooms or Bananas:

Let's gather up those odd buttons and blooms that have been waiting to be called into service!  Do you have a button jar full of old or mismatched buttons or scads of paper flowers?  How about coming up with a new way to use your buttons or blooms?  If that doesn't do the trick for you, how about digging out any vegetable and/or fruit themed stamps, papers or embellies? 

I went with Buttons & Blooms for my card and was able to use up some scraps & some felt flowers & buttons by Making Memories that I've had for quite some time.  I do have to confess that I used a new digi image from Arty Pants Digital Stamps for the sentiment though!  I LOVE this digi set too!!

The only thing was that I was wanting to distress the die cut with more red but the ink kept smudging so I left it.  I think I needed to let the ink dry a bit longer.  I'm just too impatient LOL!!  Be sure to check out SOS and play along with us this week :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Got Snow?

OK so we aren't having much of a summer weather-wise here in Beautiful BC Canada so I figured I would make a winter card featuring this cute little image called "Chubby Snowman" from The Stamping Boutique.
I coloured him with copic markers and then used my snow marker to add a little bit of texture on his little hat and for the snow.  I paired it up with paper from Fancy Pants Designs, added a couple of snowflakes using a Martha Stewart Punch and the Got Snow? sentiment is from another set I have which I think is a Kraftin Kimmies set.  I love snowmen and this one is no exception he's just too cute!!

Critter Sketch Challenge #75 - Sketch Time

It's time for another challenge over a Critter Sketch Challenge Blog and Challenge #75 is a sketch by our very own April:

Here's my take on it (I rotated the sketch):
I used some of my Bo Bunny Papers & my favourite colour PURPLE!!  I coloured one of my favourite Sweet Pea images called "Time Flies" with copics and you can find her over at Stamp & Create our sponsor this month!  I also added some purple flowers and purple glittery brads and cut a tag out using one of my Cuttlebug dies.  The "Thanks" sentiment is a Making Memories rub-on that I've had for awhile.  

I hope you'll check out Critter Sketch Blog & play along with our sketch this week!

Oh Baby!

It's been awhile for me posting for The Stamping Boutique.  This month has been a little crazy but I do have 4 projects on the go so you'll see some from me this next week.  The first card I've been working on is using a Princess Jennifer Latte image by TSB called "Latte's for Two".
I coloured the image with copics and then cut out with one of my nestie dies.  I paired it with this paper I've had for a while in my scrap bin and the sentiment is one that I picked up from Michaels $1.00 bargain bin.  I actually stamped it with versamark watermark ink but it wasn't showing up too well so I added some clear embossing powder and heated it to make it stand out a little more.

I really need to do more embossing, I love the look of it and then maybe my embossing supplies won't feel so neglected :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

SOS Challenge #9 - Technique Turn Back

Boy was I super excited when I found out about Challenge #9 at SOS (Shopping our Stash) Challenge Blog!  It's called Technique Turn Back:

Challenge 9- July 19 Technique Turn back- do you have some supplies gathering dust for a special technique that you haven't used in awhile (or ever)?  Perhaps some Dreamweaver stencils, quilling, alcohol inks, shaving cream backgrounds, brayer techniques,  melted crayon backgrounds, microfine glitter and scor-tape, even coloring with a different medium than you usually use?   Dust off those supplies and create something new!  You aren't limited to those suggestions, but be sure to tell us what technique you are using.

I was excited because not only did I know which technique I was going to use but also because I couldn't wait to see what the other girls would come up with.  They had some great ideas & I can't wait to try out some new techniques.  For my card I decided to use the technique called "Glitter Masking with Outline Stickers" & HERE is the link to the tutorial I used.

The tutorial was really easy to follow & I've had the outline stickers for quite some time now as well as the glitter so it was nice to finally use them up.  The hardest part of the whole thing was deciding which colours to put in each section!  I really love the way it turned out & I kept the card fairly simple just pairing up with my Bo Bunny paper & adding a few sparkly rhinestone brads.  I will definitely be doing more of these.

I will be entering my card into the following challenges:

I hope you'll play along with us at Shopping our Stash this week so I can learn a few techniques to try!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Paper Sundaes Challenge #78 - Christmas in July

It's Christmas in July over at Paper Sundaes this week for our 78th Challenge!  I love Christmas in July challenges because it means one less card I'm rushing to make when I leave it to the last second come the holiday season!   This week we are being sponsored by our monthly sponsor Simon Says Stamp so be sure to play along for your chance to win a gift certificate to their store!

I coloured my Magnolia - Tilda Santa's Little Helper image with copics and then paired her up with papers from my Basic Grey Jovial 6x6 paper pad.  I cut out the main image & the sentiment using Nestabilities Labels 4 dies and the Merry Christmas sentiment is from a Hero Arts set called "Holiday Cheer Messages".  The felt pointsettias are also by Hero Arts and I distressed the edges of the image with Tim Holtz distress inks.

Now that I've started on Christmas cards all I can think about is Christmas baking YUM :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

SOS Challenge #8 Out with the old OR In with the New

It's time for another fun Challenge over at Shopping our Stash Challenge Blog!  For our 7th Challenge we've called it "Out with the Old - In with the New which means we want to see you:

Use your paper and/or embellishments that you have "saved" because it was special or find your oldest designer paper and use it OR break out your newest items and use them!   Be sure to tell us what you are using in your post!

Sounds easy & fun, right?  I mean who doesn't hoard their favourite line of DP or embellishments because they are just too pretty to use or because you are waiting for the perfect moment to use them.  Well NOW IS THAT TIME!!  If you saw my post on Sunday and saw the gardening journal I made you would know that I hoard tons of stuff and am finally letting loose and using it :)

For my card today I used some DP by Dream Street (Wonderland-Let it Snow line) that I've had for awhile.

I don't know what it is but I tend to hold on to Christmas paper and not use it.  This pretty snowflake paper is one I've been holding onto for so long.  I thought it worked perfectly with this super cute Magnolia "Snowman with Snowflake" image that I've had coloured for quite some time and never made into a card.  I used some Snow Marker to add texture to the little guys hat, snowflake and snowbank and added a rhinestone in the snowflake centre for a little bling!

Now all I want to do is make Christmas cards or at least cute little cards with snowmen on them!!  Can't wait to see what you come up with and what your favourite embellishments, papers etc to save are!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Critter Sketch Challenge #73 - A Sketch

It's time for our 37th Challenge over at Critter Sketch Challenge Blog & this week it's a fabulous sketch by our very own Melanie Newby:

Here's my card:
I used this image I coloured with copic markers by Stamping Bella called "Cosmobella" which is available over at Stamp & Create who is our sponsor for the month of July over at Critter Sketch.  I love this store because they carry so many great lines of stamps as well as many other supplies, embellishments etc.  Be sure to check them out!  For my card I used DP from Basic Grey's Lemonade collection & Bazill Cardstock.  I used one of my souffle pens to add some shine to her martini & added some misc ribbon & a Making Memories sentiment I've had for ages.

Can't wait to see what you come up with using our sketch :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Find Your Happy Place to Plant & Bloom

I purchased this fabulous digi image by Michelle Perkett Studios ages ago because I love the sentiment and think the image is fantastic!!  At the time I purchased it I always new I wanted to use it for a gardening journal or journal of some sort so when I saw that the challenge over at the Michelle Perkett Challenge Blog was "Anything but a Card" I jumped at the chance to make my journal:
I used a blank journal that I had picked up in a bargain bin at Michaels awhile back and thought that the image would work perfectly with the Basic Grey Green at Heart design paper I've been hoarding.  I don't know why I do that.....I mean I bought it to use it, right??  I mean WHO DOES THAT???   I can't be the only one :)

I coloured this fantastic image called "Mary, Mary" with copics and then added some Making Memories Buttons and binder clips to use as page markers.  The pretty flower is by Petaloo.  I think this will make the perfect gift for a gardener I know :)

Will also be entering in the following challenges:
-Phindy's Place Challenge #63 Buttons
-Charisma Cardz Challenge 27 - All about Flowers
-Paper Take Weekly - Anything goes with option of buttons

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  I'm just getting over the flu and still don't feel 100% so I'm off to go back to bed for awhile.  Check back tomorrow for the latest Critter Sketch Challenge!

Paper Sundaes Challenge #77 Paper Piecing

It feels like forever since I've posted, it's been a crazy couple of weeks for me.  This won't be a super long post as I've got the flu and feel horrible so I'm headed back to bed shortly.  I love our Paper Sundaes Challenge #77 theme of paper piecing and I love using this technique on Heather Ellis images!!  I seriously want all of her images, they are just too darn cute.  Heather Ellis also happens to be our sponsor this week over at Paper Sundaes so be sure to play along for your chance to win a fabulous prize!!

Here's my card for this week:
I used a digi image Pure Innocence #23, not sure if it has another name but that is how it is listed on the Etsy site!  I coloured the image with copics and then paper pieced her dress using the Bo Bunny polka dotted paper to match the background.  I'm not sure the manufacturer of the flower DP since I pulled it from my scrap pile.  I used a SU photo corner punch, ribbon & pearls to complete it.

Be sure to check out Paper Sundaes as the Sundae Girls have some fabulous paper pieced creations for you!!