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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Wedding Congratulations~

I love weddings!!!  The promise of love everlasting and the love between a couple is so precious. My 16 year old is involved in a youth group that is close knit and have leaders who love them and walk with them. This was the card I made for the special youth leader couple....then, the music was turned up and the dancing began. What fun!
~SSS82~
Using papers from CTMH, I chose the sketch from SweetnSassy's Saturday sketch to create this card. The theme and colours of the wedding prompted this paper choice. I love how the card turned out. :-)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Happy 235th Birthday USMC~

Our Son recently served in the Continuing Promise 2010 humanitarian Aid to the Caribbean...We are so proud of him! You can read all about the mission here...

 Love this quote that hangs in one of the buildings at Parris Island...

Continuing Promise - 2010
~USS IWA JIMA~

Happy Birthday Marine Corps. We celebrate The FEW and The PROUD!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I thought of You Pearled Flowers~

These flowers are beautiful and so much fun to create! All from a piece of 3x3 paper...mind boggling but such creative fun. I cannot take the credit for it...but thanks to paper crafters who love to share their talent, You can find the directions here thank you Frenchie for sharing your heart with us. :-)

A few weeks ago, a friend from church handed me a bag and said "I thought of you when I saw this..." Inside was a pad of 12x12 K&Co. paper...totally gorgeous!!! It is one of those things that bring a smile to your face when you know someone has clued in to your likes. You can never have too much paper! So, a huge thank you hug to Becky for thinking of me...these flowers were made from that beautiful foil paper of many designs. I have a feeling I will be making many more. :-)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Motivet October sketch~

I bought Hilda at a Stamp expo recently and couldn't wait to debut her....so what better time and place than to show her off with a sketch?  These sketches are fun!
October Sketch

I didn't want her directionally challenged so I flipped the sketch
Here she is...at your service! Isn't she cute? I didn't have a sentiment that fit this image from Motivet so I substituted these from MFT... Adorable. I glammed the flower with a rhinestone strip that I had in my stock. The scallop eyelet border is fashioned from the SU punch that I clipped and formed around the oval. It worked, although time consuming. I didn't have a scalloped oval die anywhere. The papers are from K&Co Amy Butler designer mat pad.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Great is your Faithfulness~

Yet this I call to mind...how many times I have to remind myself that God is Faithful. He never gives us day old mercies, they are new every morning! I love my Father ~



This card came together quick as I needed a birthday card for a friend. Using Our Daily Bread scripture set as my focal point, I stamped it with Baja Breeze and cut it out using the spellbinder die labels nine set.  Then I cut another piece, the same size on Not quite Navy cardstock, cut it in half and layered it behind the white stamped image. Next, I pulled out this awesome 6x6 paper pad from Basic Grey called cappella. I embossed the whole piece with SU's vintage wallpaper folder...so far so good, then I added another strip of paper on the side and finished it off with these cute paper flowers from Prima. My friend loved her card!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nurse Doraline~

Doraline and Dexter from Motivet are the cutest critters one might want to colour...I bought this stamp last year at a Rubber Stamp expo. This year I bought another image that will be forthcoming in a card ;-) Plus, I am "patiently" waiting for a package bringing five unmounted images I won in their comment to win draw...Five!

I coloured Doraline with Tombows and finished the card using Cajun Craze cardstock as my base and pulled out  my scraps and I embossed, trimmed and inked until I got the look I wanted. Love how it turned out. I glued some dew drops for some balance and tied it all with an organdy bow. Isn't she cute?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Clever Mini Roses~

These little rosettes are genius!
I stumbled across these fabulous little creations on this girl's blog...thud, my jaw hit my keyboard. I grabbed my scallop punch and began rolling these little things and made several in one shot. They look so elegant on a card but I needed an embellishment for a box I made in a stamp class, so here is my finished product.

close up of the roses - aren't they darling?

I made this box using the scallop envelope die from SU! You can find directions here on another clever stamper's blog. Love how it turned out!!! the finished size would easily fit 3x3 cards with envies, fill it with chocolate or gift card...enjoy!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Nostalgic Trade Route~

I bought this stamp when a moment of nostalgia hit me on one of those stamping excursions eons ago...I love the realistic look...you see where I grew up, I use to jump into my aunt's canoe to attend school. My brothers and I would paddle across the little bay and walk the rest of the way to school, otherwise we would be wading in our rubber boots in murky muskeg...a little history lesson.


I started out by stamping this on watercolour paper using versafine ink then I coloured it using prisma colour pencils with gamsol. I wanted to give it more colour so I rubbed chalks to create more shadow and also to create a sunset sky reminiscent of the evening skies where I grew up.  I mounted it onto Basic Grey that reminded me of water...I love how it turned out!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thankful for Antique scallop flowers~

I was delighted to find this tutorial on these how to make these flowers...Loved seeing them in the new catalogue and here was my chance to give it a try!! I have made several of these and added them to little gift bags as an added embellishment.


a closeup view of the flower sporting the Antique brad
Take a scallop punch and begin by folding it in half, then again, do this until you have created "hills and valleys" all around, cut to the centre and refold until you have half a fan. Add another half (or third if you desire) and glue together on one of the pleats. Embellish with a brad, a button or another flower...take time to watch the tutorial it will make more sense. :-)

Here is my finished card...I love this new Designer paper Autumn Spice from the SU mini...and I paired it with Always Artichoke Seam binding also found in the mini. Quite simple with a wow factor!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Autumn Harvest Kindness~

Fall is one of those seasons where the heart comes home...pumpkin spices and cinnamon scents and the changing of colours...I love it! I hold my mug of coffee a little closer in the early crisp mornings...my heart is happy. Ok, on with the card...

I loved this set as soon as I laid eyes on it...The sketchy look and open spaces are invitations for colouring, masking and creativity!  I stamped the centre pumpkin first and then masked that image and stamped the others around it. Masking is really easy...stamp and cut out the image you want to "cover" using a post it note or regular weight paper...begin to work and stamp other images around it and be intentional to overlap..ta-da! you will have created a scene that wows you..this is a great way to get more use out of your stamps if you don't have many to choose from (especially seasonal stamps)

Using Versafine which is a quick drying pigment ink, I took my tombow markers and began to colour and blend. I love the look. I applied some chalking to create more shadow without diffusing my original stamp lines.

I finished my card with SU Autumn spice paper, some rhinestones, layering SU punches...love it! Almost as good as Pumkin Spice Latte.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Poppies & Greetings~

The creative offerings of talented people on SCS make me want to pull out my stamps, colour mediums and create a card...This was the result of the sketch challenge that was posted this week. Come on, I needed a booster to get me going so I jumped on the sketch bandwagon and created this fun card. I began by colouring this cute poppy flower set from Sweet&Sassy stamps I picked up this summer. Love these flowers!

I pulled out some of my hoarded paper stacks from Me&My Big Ideas, embossed the first layer with SU's Elegant Lines folder which created an awesome texture. I coloured the poppies using Tombow markers layering and blending the colours. I need practice. To finish the card I added some flourish pearls and added some on the panels to create a balance. Love the result.

Have a beautiful day! It is gorgeous out there today :-)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Because I care~

This set can be found in the first level Hostess sets in the current SU Catalogue. It came as a thank you gift if the demos preordered a colour bundle during the colour renovation. Yay for me!!

I stamped it onto so saffron cardstock and coloured it in using my prisma pencils...and  then added more colour using the gamsol technique. It gave it the dimension I wanted.    The embossing folder is also from SU...love it. I made this a few months ago for a sketch and colour challenge from SCS.  Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 27, 2010

I won, I won!!


I adore these stamps from Motivet ~ it so happens I drop them a comment every so often when I pop in to check out their creations...their DT has amazing talent!! This week, I am a winner of five sweet images of my choice! wahoo...I left a comment on a tutorial they did on colouring with Tombows. Do check out their website, blog and gallery :-)

Thank you Motivet for your generous rewards! I look forward to recieving my stamps.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dusty Kiwi Invitations~



The invitation/response cards

The beautiful bride made these using the SU's Medallion Background stamp and Friends24-7 stamp set...The fonts on the invitation are courtesy of SU! The fun began in January as we looked through the catalogue and idea book...We matched the SU colours closest to her choice of wedding colours from SU's palette of in-colours - Dusty Durango and Kiwi Kiss. We then quickly moved on with the design. What fun and laughter as we looked at possibilities~ the memories are priceless!

253 flowers later~

The roses were made by rolling paper on a quilling tool, you can easily make one using a pencil or stylus. Apply some glue to the back and allow to dry. I thought the flowers needed some sparkle so I took some of SU's crystal effects and ran it around the petals, then I dipped each flower into diamond dust. The wow effect was enough to make me go back and apply that to every rose...the bride thought I had lost my mind. I promised her I didn't but that the flowers would look lovely glittering on the curly willow.



A year of Dusty Durango ~

I have not been blogging for some time, let me know if you are still with me...I have wanted to post these for some time. My daughter got married in July and some of the eye candy is what you see on the left.

We made around 94 of these silver lotus flowers that we used as part of our centrepieces at the reception. I cannot take credit for the idea but found this on the SU! demo forum as I was looking through the latest and greatest creations. You can imagine my excitement when I realized how easy they were to make and how nice they would look on our tables. You can find the directions here

Another great find was from an online tutorial making paper roses...unfortunately the link is no longer available. The original design used felt to make their flowers. So elegant.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

When I Pray~

This card was especially fun to create! Basic Grey paper is so pretty I didn't want to cover the design and so, I simply added some sparkle by following the lines. I didn't need to stamp anything on the dp.

I stamped a scripture on a coordinating cs and layered it twice to pull the colours together. I pulled my spellbinder dies to layer my stamped piece, added some bling and ribbon and it was complete.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Elements of Style For You~

This is my new favourite from the SU mini...Believe it or not I ordered it so I could colour it. Who does that, you might ask? A woman with copics ;-)

So, I pulled my colours from this pretty BoBunny paper and coloured to my little heart's content. Only, I am never satisfied with my colouring...practice makes perfect they say.

I layered it onto a coordinating DP, tucked in a piece of labels die cut on the side, a strip of vintage lace at the bottom...added a few pearls and I called it good.

Thank you for visiting and bearing with me. Have a blessed day!

Friday, April 30, 2010

A Matter of Moments~

This BoBunny paper shouted exhuberance for life! I picked them up at one of my favourite LSS . Love for paper puts me in a creative mood.

This card began with the layers of coloured paper, die cut, embossed and inked. Next, I chose the 5th Avenue rose that I coloured with my copics.

Upon finishing my card, I realized I had picked up my die cut, coloured rose with ink on my fingers!!! ugh...but the beauty of paper crafting is you can fix as you go, so I added these fine swirly pearls on the smudge. I had to convince myself that it was meant to be there.

Thank you for visiting...Enjoy your day!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Spirit of Power, Love and Sound Mind~

Another card I made using ODBD Scripture set. I was aiming for a masculine card and so I used square brads along the top and bottom of the scripture.

The plaid paper is MME sponged with chocolate chip ink after I ran it through an embossing folder. I adhered this onto Bazzil Bling CS that I picked up somewhere. I never used this CS before and discovered that when I folded the paper it "broke" the fibres, leaving it with frayed edges. A little trimming fixed it.

Thank you for looking! Have a great day.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I Thank my God~

I love these scripture stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs. Not only are they beautiful with the combination of fonts, but I can pair them with any image I want.

For this card I wanted to make the scripture the focal point with an added dimension. I thought this flower from Embrace Life was perfect.

I chose the papers from Basic Grey and sponged the edges, embossed and added the top note die cut for my main image.

I love how it turned out!

Materials used: ODBD, SU Embrace Life, Basic Grey papers, CB embossing folder, BigShot die.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Bella Bleu Scalloped Wedding

Wedding bells ring this afternoon for my husband's nephew - scallops, pearls and ribbon were all in the works for this card! One of my favourite "go to paper" is Bella Bleu...the name has a ring of innocent glamour. I paired this with the shimmer white and lovely white organza ribbon! I ran the Manhattan flower through my big shot and added touches of pearls here and there. The little tag is SU's modern label cut in half.
Enjoy your day today!


Thursday, March 18, 2010

My Dear Kind Friend's Birthday~

Spending the evening with friends is always my kind of fun!! A birthday is always a great excuse to throw a party for casual get-togethers so I needed a quick card! This card came together quickly...I love using flowers for quick coverage and they add the right texture and element to any design. wooo!!!

Here is a close up of the card.  A card is never done without some kind of bling...so I added these stones as they were the right colour! I pulled out my spellbinder dies to frame this sentiment. Loved it.
Thank you for looking! Have a great evening!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Our Daily Bread Favourite Challenge~


Love this scripture from Scripture collections I...out of the two ODBD sets I own, this is my favourite of the two. Check out their website and see all the fantastic offerings.
Though I uploaded too late in the day, I still enjoyed participating! Looking forward to other participant creations.

Have a great evening!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Motivet Week 7 Challenge~



The sketch challenges that Motivet have on their blog are always calling my name...The paper artists never cease to amaze me! Not only are the images adorable, they are fun to work with, if you are into colouring. ;-) Found these at a Regional Stamp show in October and have enjoyed looking at their blog challenges.

I used Nurse Doraline for my card and the sentiment I recieved when I made my purchase back in October :-) The idea is that we are not always available for our loved ones when they are under the weather, so the sentiment worked for this card! I love how it all turned out! I wasn't too sure about the symmetrical flowers but it worked.

thank you for looking!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sweet Spot Sketch 43~


I have been wanting to join in the fun over at Sweet&Sassy stamps...A need for a birthday card prompted me to do just that. It needed to be "manly" so this had to suffice without alot of details. Thought it turned out great.

this was a great sketch to jump on the bandwagon with :-) Hopefully I will have time to play again soon in the near future. Thank you Girls!

Have a great day!

Saged butterflies~


For some motivation and inspiration, I logged onto SCS and hopped on their yummy colour challenges. Took a bit of time to get my creative juices flowing but managed to eek this one out. Seems my creativity went on hiatus....

I love the colour combo here, so then I went to sketch challenge #267. Sounds easy enough right??? However, my progress was slower than molasses....enough said.

The new butterfly embosslits have been begging for some action, so I tried them out. They are darling, I layered them using the small tip of Tombo Multi purpose adhesive. such drudgery, I know ;-)

Thank you for looking....anyone, out there??

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