December 30, 2012

Happy news and a challenge!

So, I have some exciting news.  Well, it's exciting for me.  :-). I've been invited to guest design for Red Carpet Studio Challenge blog for the month of January.  I decided on a whim to apply for their design call and I got in!  I have to create two cards and I'll also be participating in a blog hop.  I received some complimentary digi stamps from the sponsors which is cool.  You should check the blog out.

And now for the card.  I made this card solely for the Avery Elle AEI♥U challenge.  They are a pretty new stamp company and they've got some cute stamps.  I used the free digi stamp they provided to make my card.  I treated it the way I would any stamp and tried to come up with a unique way of using it.
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I cut the oval out and the frame in half.  All of the stamp is there just arranged in a different way.  I coloured in the frame with my Spectrum Noir markers.  Patterned papers used are from Stampin Up in Perfect Plum.  Die cut made using The Slice.  Used Creative Memories rounded corner punch on corners of card base.  I think it turned out pretty good.  Could be done in a variety of colours too.

Now, it's supposed to reflect my personal style.  What is my personal style, you ask?  Honestly, I'm not sure.  Lately, I've been drawn to the CAS style.  I love the simplicity of it.  But it can still be a struggle for me to pull it off.  Sometimes I just feel like it needs more and more and....well you get the idea.  I think mostly I make a card based on inspiration I get from various sources (blog, Flickr, magazines etc.).  I like to think my style is constantly evolving.  All I can really hope for is ill feel good about the results and maybe others will too.  :-)

Well, that's it for me today.  Hope you all have a lovely New Years.

December 27, 2012

10 Minute Dash

Hello all!  Hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas.  Mine was wonderful.  Spoiled as usual.  Got some great crafty things including Imaginesience's I-Magicut ribbon cutter and sealer.  It's so cool!  LOVE it.

Anyway today's post is really about my latest card that I created for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge #83 and Pretty Pink Posh blog's 10 Minute Dash Challenge .   These two blogs teamed up and created a challenge that could be difficult for anyone.  Create a CAS holiday card AND do it in 10 mins.  I find both things difficult at the best of times but I managed to pull it off.  Check out CAS-ual Fridays challenge HERE and Pretty Pink Posh's challenge HERE.

So, here's my card....

The snowflake stamps are from Inkadinkado and Technique Tuesday.  The large snowflake in purple is a foam stamp and I have no idea who made it as it doesn't say and it was a gift.  Inks I used were, Perfect Plum, Mellow Moss and Bermuda Bay by Stampin Up and Dove Grey by StazOn.  Also used VersaMark and embossing powder Winter Wonderland by Stamp-n-Stuff.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts Joy to All set.

I think it turned out pretty good and only took 10 mins to make.  Just randomly stamp snowflakes along edge of card base.  Emboss the few snowflakes after all the other and then stamp sentiment.  Easy peasy!

Well, that's it from me today I hope you all have a wonderful day!

December 21, 2012

All Is Quiet....

Well, I think this may be the last card I make before Christmas.  I have a lot of ideas clamoring around in my head but I just don't have the time to do them.  :-)  Today I'm going to make some cookies with my son and just enjoy the holidays.

So, the card.  I used and old Hero Arts stamp for this one.  It's a limited edition from 1991.  It was time to let it see the light of day again.

Its call Peaceful Eve (L774).  It is really a very cute stamp.  I coloured it in with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  Love those markers!  Added some Stampin Up dazzling diamonds glitter to the wings of the angel, the garland on the tree and the bottom edges of the window.  I used a Creative Memories square punch to make the window as I didn't have a die to do so.  It worked okay, I think.  I sponged on some Stampin Up soft suede ink on the window using the masking technique to give it dimension.

I'm entering this card into a few challenges.  First is for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog.   The challenge is Merry Christmas.  Also, entered into a couple of Flickr challenges.  One is with the Hero Arts Flickr group, the other is Paper Crafts Magazine Blog December Challenge.

Anyway, that is all for today.  Probably won't be posting again until after Christmas.  Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.  Happy Holidays!

Oh the weather outside is frightful.....

So, we finally got a big dump of snow here.  Wet, heavy snow.  Now, generally, I'm not a big fan of snow.  However, I took my 4 1/2 year old son outside yesterday to play.  Well, I have to say his excitement was infectious.  We built a snowman (I did most of the work while he threw snowballs at me.  Little goober.), made snow angels (well, he did), and threw snowballs at each other.  I have to say we had a blast.  Anyway, I don't have any pictures of cards today.  Just my yard full of snow.  :-)

Oh joy! (Not).

I got some exciting news today!  I won a prize package from the PaperCrafts Mag blog!  Never did I think I would see my name there!  So very excited.  Just had to share.  Would recommend reading their blog.  It has great info and its full of inspiration.  Just by commenting on the right posts you can win great prizes too.  Love them!  Okay, I'm done gushing.  :-)

Well, that's it for me today.  Will try and post again at least one more time before Christmas.  Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!  Have a fabulous day!

December 17, 2012

Two birds with one stone

So, I've made a card for two different challenges today.  The first is for Cas(e) this Sketch challenge #9.   See here:

Also made for Cas-ual Fridays challenge 82: Even the Score

Here it is:
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Have to use scoring somewhere on the card.  There's some along the edge of the card and both red hearts have some random scoring on them.  Hearts are die cut using MM the Slice and Basics 1 design card.  Sentiment and glitter from Stampin Up.  It was fun to make.  I'm fairly new to making cards in a CAS style and I find it challenging but very fun.

Have a great day!

December 12, 2012

New Project

Just finished making my new Christmas card holder.  I really like it.  I've entered it into a few challenges too.  Simon Says Stamp challenge
Supposed to use your favourite thing which mine would be my Slice digital die cutter.
Also entered in CAS-ual Fridays challenge which is all about using knots.  
Lots of knots in this project!

Here it is:

Anyway,  two posts in one day.  Amazing!  Have a great day!  Again!  :-)

Only 13 More Days!

Can hardly believe it'll be Christmas in less than two weeks!  My son is so excited he's starting to drive me crazy!  LOL.  We've got some snow on the ground and we're supposed to get more so maybe this year we'll have a white Christmas.

So, I have another card to share.  This card was inspired by Kim Hamilton's tree card she posted on Flikr.  Here's the link:
Here's my card.

I didn't have the stamp she used but it made me think of an old stamp I bought back when I first started stamping. No idea who made it as it doesn't say on the stamp itself. To put all the bling around the branches I used Stampin Up's dazzling diamonds glitter with a glue pen, white pearls, clear rhinestones and made silver dots with a silver gel pen. Changed the layout a bit and the colours (paper is Bazill basics). I think it turned out pretty good. :-). Picture quality could be better but our computer is still being set up and I don't have a photo editing program on it yet.

Anyway, hope you're all enjoying the holiday season so far.  Have a super day!

December 11, 2012

Another Christmas card

Here's another Christmas card I made recently.  I was inspired by Sarah Ashley Posch's Snowy Day Thanks card from CardMaker Magazine's November issue.  I made a few changes (I didn't have the stamps she used for one thing) but overall it's pretty much the same.  She made such a lovely card I just had to CASE it!

What do you think?  Now to choose who gets it.  LOL!

Have a lovely day!

December 05, 2012

That time of year

Well, things have been a bit busy the last week with getting decorations up, wrapping gifts, getting parcels ready to mail off and doing some baking along with all the regular chores and running around after my son.  I haven't had much time left over to work on some cards.  I started one but have yet to finish it.  Part of the problem is my son is finally growing out of his naps and hasn't had one for the past week.  Sigh.  I loved those naps.

So, looks like I will be participating in another craft fair on Dec. 16th.  Kind of last minute but table price was pretty good and I've got stock left so.....  Hopefully, it will be as successful as the others.

Anyway, I hope you all are having a good holiday season so far.  Have a great day!