March 31, 2013

Anything Goes Easter Challenge at RCS

I know we've all got Easter on the brain right now.  Well, why not use that inspiration to make a card or project and enter it in this weeks Red Carpet Studio challenge.  It's an Anything Goes Easter challenge and starts March 31 to April 6.  And who is the sponsor this time, you ask?  Why none other than Verve Stamps!

They are generously giving the winner a $30 gift certificate!  They have some great stamps.  Like the Hoppy Easter set they gave us girls on the design team to play with.  Really great quality too.  Here's what I made with the set.

Isn't that bunny just so cute?  The flower and sentiment are part of the same set too.  Check out RCS's blog to see both the design teams great projects.  So many great Easter ideas!  So, come join in the fun and maybe you'll be the lucky recipient of the great prize from Verve.

Hope you all have a fabulous Easter!

I'm going to enter this into the following challenges:

4 Crafty Chicks - Easter
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Scrappy Moms Stamps - Terrific Tuesday Challenge-Easter

March 25, 2013

Riding By to Say Hi!

I managed to get some more time to create this weekend and I made this card for two challenges.  One is Addicted to CAS.  It's my first time submitting a card there but I've been following for a while.  The code word is Spring.  I really love the CAS style.  I find it challenging as I always seem to want to add more.  It's all about practicing restraint and I'm sure a lot of you out there find this as hard as I do!  :-). The second is CASE Study (challenge #133).  Again this is my first time participating.  They have a muse card and you create something inspired by it.  Here's the inspiration card by Julie Ebersole.

Fabulous isn't it?  Anyway, onto my card.

Part of what I like about this card is its all about stamping.  The bike, flourishes, the flowers and hearts all stamped.  I did use some prismacolor pencils to colour in the flowers and basket on the bike though.  It seems to say to me Spring with the colours and flowers and of course the bike.  It's that time of year when people start dusting off their bicycles to enjoy the outdoors.  :-)

Well, That's all I have to share for now.  Hope you all have a fabulous day!

Supplies: bike stamp by Hero Arts, flowers and hello stamps by Imaginessense (I think), flourish by Inkadinkado, heart stamps by Verve, green ink (softly sage), purple ink (perfect plum), blue ink (ballet blue) all by Stampin' Up!, yellow ink by Studio G, pink ink by ColorBox.

March 24, 2013

Easter Wishes

Hello there!  Today I have a card I made for a challenge called A Blog Named Hero.  It's a free style challenge which simply means anything goes.  For this challenge they'd like it if you'd use a Hero Arts  stamp but its not necessary.  I love Hero Arts so I used one of my favourite stamps.  It's called the Tall Flower.  I've had this idea in my head for a while but it took some time to finally be realized.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

I stamped the flower in green then coloured it in.  Stamped the sentiment in brown.  Cut out a portion of it using an oval cutter and layered it on green.  I used a hand made (not by me) doily underneath.  That is overtop a subtly patterned cream paper.  Used a corner punch to to do the fancy corners.  That's layered over more of the green paper and attached to a white card base.  I don't think I've ever used a doily before but I really love it here.

Well, that's all for now.  Have a fabulous day!

Supplies:  white card stock by Recollections, green paper by Dear Lizzy/American Crafts (Neopolitan collection), cream patterned paper is unknown, Tall Flower stamp (K5431) by Hero Arts, sentiment by Verve (Hoppy Easter set), green ink is Mellow Moss and brown is Soft Suede by Stampin' Up!, coloured with Spectrum Noir markers, doily is of unknown origin, corner punch by Fiskars.

"Secret Garden" Challenge at RCS

So, it's time for another card challenge at Red Carpet Studio!  This week it's based on the movie, The Secret Garden.  You have to use flowers in you card.  The sponsors for this weeks challenge prize is Saturated Canary.  They have been generous to put up a prize of two free digi stamps of the winners choice.  You need to check out their digi stamps.  They are fantastic!

The card I'm sharing today for your inspiration uses one of SC's images.  I just love it!  It was so much fun to colour.  Anyway, here it is....

After I printed and coloured my image I cut it out with my oval cutting system by Creative Memories.  I layered green underneath.  On top of the white card base I layered a cream paper which I stamped in green with the flourish and attached to the card base.  I then cut strips of purple, the embossed pale yellow, and white paper, added some pale green ribbon and attached to cream panel.  I cut a strip of green and stamped the flourish in green and added to the bottom of card.  I attached the image and added the flower.  The flower is a combination of three different flowers.  The bottom flower was originally white and I inked it up with some purple.  I'm quite pleased with the results and I hope this inspires you all to join the fun at RCS.

I'm going to enter this into the Spectrum Noir challenge which is all about Spring.

That's all for me for now.  Have a fabulous day!

Supplies:  white and cream card stock by Recollections,  purple paper by Provocraft, green paper by American Crafts,  pale yellow embossed paper by ATD, flourish stamp from dot flourish set by Inkadinkado, digital stamp, "Windy Day" from Saturated Canary, ribbon from Walmart, bottom flower by Creative Impressions, middle flower unknown, top flower by Marcel Schurman Creations, ink used on bottom flower was royal purple by StazOn, black ink for sentiment by Memento, green ink was Mellow Moss by Stampin' Up!, markers used were Spectrum Noir.

March 16, 2013

Got Me Some Goodies!

Went to Michaels today to take advantage of a 40% off coupon.  They also had a 15% off your total purchase coupon too.  So I got some fun stuff and some much needed stuff.  I bought some paper that I can use for my alcohol markers, some more StazOn cleaner, white ribbon, and a 7Gypsies stamp set.  The stamp set was on clearance for 3.99!  Love finding good deals.  They actually had a lot of clearance stamps.  The ribbon was on sale plus the additional discount from the coupon.  :-). Here's a picture of what I got.

I'll be expecting some more goodies at the end of the month too.  My husband let me order some stuff online for my birthday (which is this coming Tuesday).  I'm getting some embossing folders and some more Spectrum Noir markers.  Yay!  We are making an overnight shopping trip to Bangor, ME and will pick up my goodies from our mailbox in Houlton, ME on the way.  My second recent win on the PaperCrafts Blog will hopefully be there too.  :-).

Anyways, I've got to work on a card that is due next week for Red Carpet Studio so I'll leave you with a picture of a card I made recently to inspire people to join in on the recent card challenge going on at Red Carpet Studio.  Leprechaun, use two shades of green.  There's still time to enter.  You have until tonight at 11:00pm CST.

Have a fabulous day!

March 14, 2013

Hero Arts Scramble

So, this past Saturday I participated in my first "Scramble".  Now you may be wondering what the heck am I talking about?  Well, in the Hero Arts Flickr group I'm a part of they do a "scramble" every week or two.  This just means you have 90 minutes to create a card based on the theme the hostess for that week chooses.  You don't find out the theme until its time to create.  I've never had the chance to participate before and I managed to find some time last week.  Unfortunately, I started late and just missed the deadline.  But that's okay cause I had a blast and got a card for my stash too.  :-). I thought I would share my card here as it got pretty good response on Flickr.  Now the theme was to use embossing (either dry or wet).

I use one of my favourite embossing folders and favourite HA stamps.  I coloured the flowers with my Spectrum Noir markers (I really need to get the right kind of paper for my markers.  Hard to avoid bleeding otherwise).  Cut out the flowers with my oval cutter and sponged some purple around lightly then stamped the sentiment.  I layered that on the embossed panel and then the yellow panel and then attached to the card base.  I think it turned out pretty good.  I just love that stamp.  :-)

Anyway, I'm hoping I'll get a chance to join the next scramble.  So much fun!  Hope everyone has a fabulous day!

Supplies: cream card stock by Recollections, light teal card stock by Bazill Basics, yellow paper by Provo Craft, Tall Flower Stamp (K5431) by Hero Arts, sentiment stamp by Fiskars (squarely sentimental set), black ink: (flower) Memento, (sentiment) StazOn, purple ink by ColorBox, oval cutter by Creative Memories, damask embossing folder by Sissix.

March 11, 2013

Oh how sweet.

So, this weekend we went to Zellers before doing some other shopping to see if there were anything we could find at a great sale price.  As, some of you may know, Zellers is closing out so lots of discounts.  I love getting things on sale.  Especially, a REALLY good sale.  Ended up spending more than we planned but what great deals we found.  My son, of course, scored some cool toys and I got my supply of forks for my Christmas decorations.  If you are not familiar with what I'm referring to, I'm talking about my reindeer forks and santa forks.  Here, let me show you.

(I don't seem to have a great photo of the santa fork sorry)

The trick to the reindeer fork is to not have it snap when you bend it.  I had an issue with this last year but I think the forks I got this time will be better.  :-)  Got a fabulous deal, in any case.

Anyway, I digress.  I really wanted to post about the card I made for my niece.  She'll be turning the big 16 this year.  I'm not sure I'm in love with this card though.  I may yet try a different design and colours.  I've got the time.  Her birthday isn't until July.

What do you think?  It's fairly simple.  Dry embossed the beige paper and did some die cuts using my Slice.  The ice cream cone is from a patterned paper and I just cut it out and added some glitter and raised it up with some foam dots.  Anyway, like I said not in love with it.

Well, that's it for now.  Have a fabulous day!

Supplies:  Cardstock all by Recollections, orange polka dot paper and ice cream cone from Dear Lizzy Neopolitan collection by American Crafts, glitter is Dazzling Diamonds by Stampin' Up!, paisley embossing folder by Sissix.

March 10, 2013

RCS "Two Shades of Green" Card

Welcome to the next card challenge at Red Carpet Studio.  This weeks challenge is inspired by the movie, "Leprechaun" and runs from March 10th to the 16th.  You are required to make a card with two shades of green.  Don't feel like it has to be a St. Patrick's Day card either.  The movie is just inspiration.  This weeks sponsor is Clearly Digi Stamps.  

They are offering up a prize of a $15 digi gift certificate.  You could get quite a few digi stamps with that!  Don't forget that by participating in the challenges makes you eligible for the March Lucky Link-Up Contest.

So, here's my card and I hope it inspires you!  :-)

This is a pretty straightforward card.  I used my Fiskars circle cutter to cut all my circles.  I stamped my tree stamp in black StazOn on cream circle and layered it on a black circle.  I attached my two shades of olive green circles to my cream card base and then attached the tree with some foam 3D dots.  Stamped the sentiment in black StazOn and glued the buttons on.  I figure this card could be used for either a guy or a gal.  :-)

Well, I hope you all had a great week and have a fabulous weekend!

Supplies: cream, black card stock- Recollections, olive green card stock- Bazill Basics, tree stamp from Inkadinkado's Utopiary set, sentiment stamp from Fiskar's Squarely Sentimental set.

March 08, 2013

Snow Time

Today I actually completed two cards.  I'm going to do two separate posts to avoid confusion for challenges.  The first is a snowy Christmas card.  I'm linking up to two of my favourite Christmas card challenges again.  :-). Festive Fridays (element challenge, use a snowflake) and Jingle Belles (Stick-y and Sweet challenge, use stickers).  It may seem strange to still be making Christmas cards but they are my favourite and I just don't get bored making them.  :-).   In any case, here's my card.....

So, how I made this was to cut out some snowmen from some Recollections Christmas paper and I shaded them a little by sponging on some blue ink.  Attached them to the "snowflake" panel and created snowy hills with some white card stock and glitter.  Then I used some letter stickers I had in my stash.  I got these from my Mom and I'm pretty sure they came from the Dollerama.  Sometimes you can find some great stuff at that store and the price is sure right!  I then put a little white foam snowflake sticker in the middle of the "O".  Then attached everything to the white card base.  I'm quite pleased with the results.  :-). Who doesn't love happy snowmen?

Well, I've got another post to write for my second card (although I think I'll wait to post until tomorrow) so I'll sign off for now.  Hope you are all having a great Friday and have a fabulous weekend!

Supplies:  white card stock and snowmen from Recollections, patterned snowflake paper I think is Basic Grey but not sure, stickers from Dollerama, blue in for shading snowmen is Ballet Blue and glitter is Dazzling Diamonds from Stampin' Up!.

March 05, 2013


So, I've been playing with the look of my blog this morning.  I grew tired of the layout and I think I like what I've come up with.  I'm pretty sure I like the colours and background picture.  It is very possible that stuff could yet be tweaked a bit more.  We'll see.  I like the overall layout better though. Seems less crowded.  I may eventually make some pages to lessen the clutter more.  But not today.:-).  Tell me what you think of the new look.  I'd love to hear your thoughts!  Since I don't have a card to share with you today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite art.  I'm a huge fan of the Group of Seven and have some lovely framed art prints in my living room.  I think these are my top favs.  I hope you all enjoy them as I do.  Have a fabulous day everyone!

A. Y. Jackson

Tom Thomson

A. J. Casson

March 04, 2013

Snowflakes of a Different Colour

Wow.  This card was inspired by so many sources.  I've only ever linked up to two or three challenges at most but this time I've got five!  They all played a part in the creation of this card to varying degrees.  So, here are the challenges I'm linking up to:

Festive Fridays-Element challenge, use a snowflake.
Christmas Cards All Year Round-Sparkle And Bling challenge.
Jingle Belles-Stick-y and Sweet, use a sticker challenge
The Play Date Cafe-colour challenge, tangerine, apricot and mint.  Here's the inspiration picture:

Muse-challenge #7. Here's the inspiration card:

I was inspired by the Muse card with the Kraft card base and the stamping in white.  Plus the rounded corner.  I rounded two of my corners though.  Even the apricot colour ties in.  I think it's probably pretty clear how the other challenges inspired this card.  :-)

I die cut my snowflakes in the tangerine, apricot and mint and put some glitter on one layer.  I used a foam snowflake sticker on top of the die cuts and added some bling.  I stamped the sentiment and flourishes in white, adhered the snowflakes and then added more bling to the flourishes.  A very untraditional colour combination for a Christmas card but I really like it.

Hope you all enjoyed my card.  Have a fabulous day!

Supplies:  card stock- kraft by Recollections, tangerine and mint by Bazill Basics, apricot by American Crafts (Dear Lizzy Neopolitan collection), white ink by StazOn, sentiment Stamp by Hero Arts (Joy to All set), flourishes by Inkadinkado (dot flourish set), glitter is Dazzling Diamonds by Stampin' Up!,  bling is from the Dollerama.

March 02, 2013

Lucky Leprechaun Blog Hop!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Lucky Leprechaun Blog Hop, brought to you by the card design team of Red Carpet Studio!

If you've come from Tonya's blog, you're in the right place. If you've just come across the hop and would like to start at the beginning, please visit Red Carpet Studio.

This hop was put together to share with you fun and creative ideas for St. Patrick's Day projects along with introduce you to our new design team members AND officially announce our March Lucky Link-Up contest!

Before we get to all that fun information, I'd like to share my project with you. I created...

So, for this card I used some Recollections Washi tape that I just tore off on one end.  Haven't used much of this but quite like it here.  The jar from Dear Lizzy Neopolitan collection (American Crafts) was stamped with Jet Black StazOn and fussy cut out.  The shamrocks are not actually shamrocks.  They just look like it.  They are a small part of a larger stamp call Butterfly Flowers by Hero Arts.  I stamped in black then coloured them with my Spectrum Noir markers then fussy cut them out.  I attached the jar with some 3D dots.  The sentiment is a combination of two from Fiskars Squarely Sentimental set.  Hope you all like the card and are having fun with the blog hop.  :-)

And of course we have some wonderful sponsors giving away prizes to those who comment both days on every stop of the hop. :)

3 digis of winner's choice

6 digital image sets

5 digital stamps

$10 gift certificate

Winners will be announced at Red Carpet Studio on Tuesday March 5th along with the winners of our wedding/anniversary card challenge.

And now for our March Lucky Link-Up announcement! Each challenge entry in March will enter you to win over $200 in gift certificates to all sorts of online scrapbooking stores, from stamp companies, to paper piecing, to digital scrapbooking sites, and more. Check out the Lucky Link-Up page on the blog for a complete list of sponsors and details about the contest. We're also listing ALL of our March challenges in advance so you can get a head start on all your projects. :) 

We'd also like to give a warm welcome to our new card design team member, Kim! She is sharing her first project as a DT member in this hop with you. :) 

Your next stop is Anneliese's blog

Thanks for hopping with us! :)