Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Shopping our Stash #162 - Triple Threat!

This week's challenge at Shopping our Stash is a fun one! We've got a list of supplies, and we want you to use AT LEAST three of them (you can use more, you can use them all, but at least three!) Make sure you list them for us :) 

Here's the list:
Ribbon, flowers, lace, pearls, sprays/mists,  punched elements or die cut elements, rhinestones, doilies (stamped will work too), dry embossing or scoring OR use three of one type of embellishment.

I ended up using four - flowers, pearls, die cuts, and a doily - to create a 50th anniversary card:

Supplies: PSX sentiment stamp; Versamark & Pirate Gold EP; AC gold textured cardstock; handmade gold paper; vellum; classic small & lacy circle Nesties; Prima flowers; brads from stash; Wilton doily; pearls from Dollarama

This was a hard card to photograph with all the metallic elements - and I notice now that these photos were BEFORE I fixed the pearl strip trying to make a run for it behind the flowers. HUMIDITY HOW I LOATHE THEE. 

So, are you ready to take on the triple threat? Check out the design team creations & join us 


Tuesday Morning Sketches #260 - Your Next Stamp!

Good morning, sketch fans! It's my turn as sketch artist over at Tuesday Morning Sketches, and for once I found it super easy to work with my own sketch :) We're sponsored by Your Next Stamp this week, and I am in love with Cuddles, the sweet little bunny!

Supplies: Cuddles digi stamp from Your Next Stamp; Spectrum Noir & Bic markers; Barn Door distress ink; Paper Smooches sentiment; Doodlebug & misc. twine; rhinestones from Dollarama

I printed out two copies of Cuddles so that I could pop up the paws & heart - I really enjoyed colouring this cutie! To keep the twine in place, I notched the cardstock with a small hole punch.

Here's my sketch:

This sketch is open until next Sunday, August 3rd - be sure to hop around & see what the rest of the team created! I hope you get to play along - I always LOVE seeing what people come up with!



Monday, July 28, 2014

Taking a Header

I am no stranger to the OTHER meaning of taking a header - it's been a couple of weeks, BUT in the last month I've fallen flat on my face 3 times. Once courtesy of a dashing dog, and the other two from plain old lack of attention to surroundings. At Christmas I fell twice as well, two weeks apart, right onto my knees. One of those times was slipping on unexpected water in the basement, and I broke a toe. I'm honestly amazed that that is the worst damage! I must have bouncy bones.

BUT I digress. I have a card for the current Jingle Belles challenge to be inspired by their blog header, and it's Christmas - so perfect for little red wagon's Christmas in July challenge.

Supplies: papers from Cosmo Cricket; Wilton doily; Flourishes sentiment;Versamark & Moonstone EP; classic small circle Nesties; silver paint pen & pearl strips from Dollarama

jingle belles

I was inspired by the 'vintage purple' colour, the silver sparkly letters, pearls, and the doily/lace elements. Now to hope the humidity dies down a bit so that the pearls stay stuck for good - we've had humidity over 80% for weeks, and over 95% at times, but hardly any rain. Makes for icky sticky days - but not for sticky stuff. Just for things you DON'T want to be sticky. I'm possibly looking forward to autumn. *koff* don't yell at me!


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fairy Journal

Oh, did I ever have fun with this project! I've altered a plain spiral-bound notebook:

Supplies: spiral-bound notebook; Sweet Pea Stamps fairy (ching chou kuik); Spectrum Noir markers; Sakura Stardust glitter pen; AC yellow glitter; Sharpie White paint pen; Studio G clear glitter glue; white pearl Liquid Pearls; Martha Stewart butterfly punches; Cuttlebug embossing folder; Versamark; Shabby Blue & Pink Frantage EP; vellum; embroidery thread; pearls & gems from Dollarama; Basic Grey brad; jewelry wire & beads; Offray ribbon; glitter buttons; flowers from Michaels; feathers found in the yard :) 

I think I remembered everything I used! The blue vellum at the top was spattered & embossed with Shabby Pink frantage EP, and then stitched to the cardstock piece, and then glued to the journal. I used loose glitter for the yellow, and painted the wings with clear glitter glue. To bead the binding, I used jewelry wire - this way the book can still open - and I've added a ribbon tassel to act as a bookmark.

I created this especially for the Sweet Pea Stampers Fairy challenge, and for the Catered Crop vellum recipe swap :)


Merry Monday Buttons & Bows

Do you ever see a challenge, one that really isn't a challenge to you because you do/use whatever it is ALL.THE.TIME., and then completely blank when it comes to making your card? That would be me this week with the Ribbon & Button challenge at Merry Monday. All the time. I use them all the time! And I just could not make it work this week.

Supplies: tag stamp from Basic Grey; sentiment from PTI; Evergreen Bough distress ink; Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Tattered Angels Route 66 glimmer mist; paper from MME; twine, fiber, gems, button from stash

The tag stamp is NBUS for me - and it needs conditioning, methinks. I tried to fix the patchiness by spraying with a subtle glimmer mist (fail), I tried to use a ribbon for the bow (also fail - no colour matches). Even the diagonal patterned paper pieces aren't parallel to one another, which (fail). Augh. All that said I kind of like the wonkiness. Not really, but I'm willing to live with it ;)


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - L is for...

LAYER. As in, one layer. One single, measly, flat layer. Enough to strike fear into a stamper's heart.

To make it a bit more fun for the Sisters, Lee created Flat Edna for us - and we took her to show her the sights!

The terrific rugs you see above are all created by my friend Lisa Remington - so many creative designs! Edna loves  texture, and pretending to be a moose's willy. She loves the farmers market, but didn't particularly care for the giant rat at the car show - or for waiting interminably at the doctor's office. Currently she's having a wee snooze in my purse - I think she may've overindulged a bit. When Edna lets loose, she REALLY lets loose!

To make a left turn, my card for the one layer challenge is not at all fun or drunken - although I did use alcohol markers...

Supplies: stamps from Wordsworth, Annabelle Stamps, and PTI; Memento Gray Flannel ink; Spectrum Noir markers; Tumbled Glass distress ink

You've got 2 weeks to link up (by August 8th)) - and stop by & say hello to my sistahs:

And don't forget our fabulous guest designer, KAROLA! 


Friday, July 25, 2014

Catch the Naughty Bug!

This has been a tough week. And I just deleted 3 starts-to-telling-you, lol. We had to find a new home for Mimi, because the boys were not adapting well. My husband & I had fallen in love with her, but the boys were having daily meltdowns. It was a heartrending decision to give her up, and we'd determined NOT to send her to a shelter but to re-home her privately. After nearly 2 months I'd given up on it, really, and then the perfect home came along. She's settling in really well, and is in a beautiful home with someone who loves her. After only a few days it's very obvious that we made the best decision for the kids, but it still sucks.

We'll always have goofy memories of her - and next week I'll have an entire kitchen floor again. 

Anyhow, onto my card - this one is for two challenges, the Bingo challenge at Catch the Bug, and the Mixed Media challenge at Naughty or Nice.

Supplies: Bugaboo Image & sentiment; Spectrum Noir markers; Dreamweaver embossing paste; stencil from Wal-Mart; Mod Podge Dimensional Magic; AC blue glitter

Immediately after removing the stencil I added glitter - after it dried a lot of the glitter decided not to stay, but I like how it turned out & actually brushed off as much as I could to enhance the sorta distressed glitter look.  Of course, Stella is glossed up :)

I've used the last vertical row in the Bingo - blue, no designer paper, and texture. 


I played with quite a few stencils & glitter while creating this background, so I just might be back with a nicer entry for Naughty or Nice :) 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Seize the Sketch #25!

Mona is our sketch artist this week at Seize the Sketch, and I decided to go for a baby card! 

Supplies: bunny stamp from Unity; sentiment & cloud dies from Paper Smooches; Memento Gray Flannel ink; papers from Doodlebug; Spectrum Noir markers; button & twine from stash; 1.5" circle punch

I had fun playing with the very palest markers to create the sky. The button was threaded with twine & then I perfected the bow before sewing the button onto the card with embroidery floss. 

Here's the sketch:

Check out what the rest of the amazing DT did!


Shopping our Stash #161 - Five a Day!

Five a day? Why of course, we want you to showcase your fruits or veggies this go-round at Shopping our Stash!  I actually had to really hunt for something to use for this challenge - finally I remembered this NBUS stamp from a PTI set:

Supplies: Stamps from PTI; papers from MME; Shabby Shutters & Picked Raspberry distress inks; classic small & lacy oval Nesties; Wilton doily; sparkly buttons from dollar store

The buttons are indeed two shades of pink - it just worked :) No idea why I hadn't used this cute cherry stamp before, but it'll be put to use again soon I'm sure. 

So, got fruits? Got veggies? Need inspiration? Check out the design team creations & join us 

Tuesday Morning Sketches #259 - DRS Designs!

Good morning! This week at Tuesday Morning Sketches, DRS Designs is our sponsor. As soon as I saw Glow-Worm I knew I *had* to choose that one - my oldest friend used to write a version of the little poem in notes to me when we were in high school. I think I know where this card is headed!

Supplies: DRS Designs Glow-Worm and Glow-Worm Greeting; Bo Bunny patterned paper; Corner Chomper; AC yellow glitter; Spectrum Noir markers; Sakura Stardust glitter pen; googly eyes & black rhinestones from Dollarama

Here's the sketch:

This sketch is open until next Sunday, July 27th - be sure to hop around & see what the rest of the team created!