Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What? She picked the colours?

I am not a colour challenge gal. It happens occasionally, but rarely on purpose. And yet, when I went to play with Lesley's Challenge #15, I pulled out the colours and forewent the sketch. (forgoed? lol) This is quite similar to a card I posted on my Facebook page earlier this week - but not the same.

Supplies: rabbit image from Your Next Stamp!; sentiment stamps from Paper Smooches; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir markers; Sharpie white paint pen; hot pink heart rhinestone from stash

I printed out two copies of the digi stamp so that I could pop up the paws & heart. The gemstone was a last minute addition because I smudged the white paint ink on the heart (ack!) and it wouldn't blend in for anything.
Here's The Challenge graphic:


Halloween Kitty

First of all - this digi is from years ago, and was before I saved images with the company/artist name in the file. If you recognize it, please let me know so I can give proper credit!
Second of all, the fence made me think of the great inspiration photo at Just Us Girls this week - the decorations aren't specifically Halloweeny but it still spurred me to go print this out & colour it up :)

Supplies: unknown digi stamp; Spectrum Noir markers; PTI sentiment; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; papers from MME

I'm still suffering from a head cold, so sticking close to home & taking lots of naps & eating lots of soup. I found this on Facebook the other day, and every time I think of it I giggle (and then cough, and blow my nose. lol!)


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Shopping our Stash #171 - Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

When it's cold outside, I've got the month of May....I guess you'd say, what could make me feel this way? This week's Shopping our Stash challenge!  (yes, you ARE welcome for the earworm!) We'd like to see you use a SUN, CLOUDS, or BOTH on your projects this week. 

Supplies: digi pup with balloons from Tiddly Inks; alphabet stamps from Lawn Fawn; Spectrum Noir markers; Mustard Seed distress ink; cloud dies from Paper Smooches; classic small oval Nesties

This pup was printed out & hanging around on my desk, and once I got started colouring him I realized he'd make a perfect 'thinking of you' card. I can't quite believe I don't have a ready-made sentiment to say "hang in there" but I don't! 

Ready to create?  Join us before next Monday, October 6th!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #269 - Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet!

Happy Tuesday! This week at Tuesday Morning Sketches we're sponsored by Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet, and I am in love with the digi I get to feature, Belladonna! 

Supplies: Belladonna digi stamp from Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet;  Spectrum Noir markers; Sakura Stardust glitter pen; PTI sentiment; Versamark & white detail EP; classic small circle Nesties; Wplus9 banner die; patterned paper from Simple Stories; glitter buttons from stash

This is my first attempt colouring in greyscale - the shading in the digi made it an easy first attempt. I added some sparkle to her dress, eyes, and hair. I think Belladonna would look amazing coloured green as well :)

To do the bunting, I used a Nestie as a template to pierce the paper, stitched with black embroidery floss, and then added the buttons. 

Here's our sketch, designed by Bonnie - who has decided to step down from the TMS team. She'll be missed, I can tell you!

This challenge is open until next Sunday, October 5th  hop on over & see what the design team has created for you!



Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

It's here! The brainchild of Chaitali & Amy, a blog hop celebrating all things JAVA! 
I've got my fifth cup of the day here before me as I type - and I always have a coffee within 10 minutes of my feet hitting the floor in the morning :) Here's my coffee-themed card:

Supplies: Pre-coloured digi & sentiment from Deedee's Designs; paper from Cosmo Cricket; Wplus9 banner die; buttons from Dress it Up!; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

I printed out two copies of the coffee cup so that I could pop up the lid & sleeve. The straw & heart are glossied up using Mod Podge Dimensional Magic & a toothpick.

Coffee and puns, two of my favourite things!

There are some optional coffee questions to answer, and of course I'll answer them (hello, excuse to ramble on? Yes please!)

1. When did you start drinking coffee? 

When my oldest child was about 4 months old - Connor was not a sleeper. I vividly remember thinking "two week old babies aren't supposed to be interested in things, are they?" He was awake for 6 hours after he was born, and up until he was about 4 years old slept between 6-7 hours a day. What newborn only sleeps 6 hours a day?? At that level of sleep deprivation tea wasn't cutting it any more.

2. What is favorite brand (you can name up to three). 

I assume this is for pre-brewed coffee - I do make most of my coffee at home, and I'm not all that picky when it comes to coffee. In fact, I generally say I make 'gas station coffee.' I do love Tim Horton's, though, and whenever we make the trip into the Big City an hour away I try to grab a Starbucks :)

3. What is the most amazing coffee that you had? Remember where and when?

To be honest, I say several times a week that "omg, this coffee is perfect". It's like my husband says about pizza - even bad pizza is still pizza. I feel that way about coffee. And pizza. 

4. If I don't drink my needed coffee, I will...

The kids sleep more now, but I'm still fairly certain that bad things would happen if I didn't have my brew. I'm not sure contemplating  the what-if is good for my mental health! 

So, do you love coffee? Wanna play? Visit this post on Chaitali's blog to see all the rules & the fabulous creations linked up!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Last one for today...I think :)

OK, I think this is the last card I've got that's for a challenge ending soon. Four posts in a row should be enough for the morning, anyway :) The Pink Elephant has a sketch challenge this week, and after several attempts I managed to make a card for it - several more cards started out and then took other turns than following the sketch :) 

Supplies: stamps from Unity; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Spectrum Noir markers; yellow glitter fabric paint; papers from MME; orange lace from Recollections; button from stash

I stitched the lace to the horizontal green panel - it's not going anywhere!

Here's the sketch:


Give Thanks!

I haven't played along at The Kraft Journal in a while, and I love this week's sketch! I decided to make another Thanksgiving card, since Canadian Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away. I'm also entering this card at Little Red Wagon's Fall challenge. 

I was inspired by my Snarky Sister (and Evil DoubleMint Twin) Chris, who shared a card here using pencil crayons on kraft. I haven't done that in ages, so I dusted off my Prismas and got busy. 

Supplies: Stamps from The Craft's Meow; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Prismacolor pencils; Lily bee papers; Claudine Hellmuth orange paint; classic small circle Nesties; buttons & green rhinestones from Dollarama

See that horizontal strip? That was a whoopsie. I'd dotted it with orange paint, and then when I set it aside to dry, stuck my big ol' thumb in the wet paint. AUGH. Luckily I noticed right away, so I went back to the drawing board & used a toothpick to make it look more like I meant to do that. Once it was dry, it seemed to need a little extra something, so I added the gems. Opportunities for embellishment, people, not mistakes ;) 

Here's the sketch:


Fluttering Leaves

When I saw this week's CASology prompt, FLUTTER, my first thought was butterflies. I wanted something a little less obvious, though, and when I spied this Mo Manning image I thought BINGO! I'd already printed it out to participate in the Cats & Dogs challenge at Chocolate, Coffee, & Cards. 

Supplies: digital stamp from Mo Manning; lead stamps from Jane's Doodles; Happy Fall stamp from The Craft's Meow; Spectrum Noir markers; Distress inks in Brushed Corduroy, Fired Brick, Mustard Seed.

The stamped leaves were all done by stamping off the first impression to get lighter colours. I cut the sentiment stamp in half (!) because it wouldn't fit once I'd trimmed the panel. 


Merry Monday Bingo!

Best-laid plans and all that...I know I promised a whole bunch of new stuff, and then life. So instead I have a bunch of posts for you today, and a sinus cold. I'm almost relieved about the sinus cold, because I thought I was still suffering from TMW (too much wine)!

Merry Monday has a Bingo challenge this week - that is one of my favourite types of challenge! For my card I used the top row - Sparkle, Pattern Paper, Emboss.

Supplies: paper from Bo Bunny; PTI sentiment; Labels 5 Nesties; Versamark, Festive Berries distress ink, clear EP; Tattered Angels glimmer mists in Pearl, Candy Apple Red, Key Lime Pie; bells & twine from stash

I decided to glitz up my patterned paper with a thorough spraying of Pearl mist, and then added some splats of red & green. I used my heat gun to speed up drying so that the paper stayed more or less flat. The sentiment is heat embossed - first inking with Versamark, then Festive Berries, to get the red colour I wanted. And with this sentiment, of course I had to use bells as an embellishment!


Friday, September 26, 2014

SoSS - First Annual SSSOBH!

Now how is THAT for a title? We have something SUPER exciting for you today - the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers' First Annual Spectacular September Snark Off Blog Hop!!!!!

We are sponsored by the lovely Bibi of Rubber Dance Art Stamps, the creator of this stamp set made with the Sisterhood in mind (well, at least, PERFECT for us!) 

We have found our people!
There is a one woman company, Rubber Dance Art Stamps, in far off Norway that speaks our language. I don't mean English. I mean SNARK! She makes a whole rubber plate of snark! This divine product of snarkitude must be shared, and we have accepted that challenge.
The plate is called "Sarcasm Superpowers" and it is obviously perfect for our Sisterhood. We want to share this awesomeness with you, so we our hosting our first blog hop, the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers First Annual Spectacular September Snark Off Blog Hop!

Here are the hop rules. 
Leave a comment on each blog, beginning with Lee, and ending with Bibi herself.
You have until September 28 at 11:55pm EST to complete the hop.
We will use some sort of free computer tool to pick a random winner and announce it on Wednesday, Oct 1. The winner will receive their very own Sarcasm Superpower set!

OK, now time for me to share my creation with you!

Supplies: KARMA stamp from Rubber Dance; Pinch Me stamp from The Stamping Chef; Spectrum Noir markers; paper from MME; home made enamel dots; hand-cut banner; Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Are you ready to hop???? Here's the hopping order:

Jessi (You are here!)
(If a link is broken, don't despair! A couple posts haven't gone live yet)