November 26, 2014

Poinsettia Gift Tag

Good Morning!  Today I have something other than a card to share.  It's a gift tag but it's still Christmas!  :-). I was inspired to make it because of Tracey McNeely's 25 Tags of Christmas that is going on at her blog, In My Creative Opinion.  She's almost done now and there has been a plethora of amazing tags made by her and her guests.  It's hard not to be inspired!  She has a lot of great prizes to be won too which is a generous gesture.  Its amazing to see the sheer variety of tag designs that everyone has come up with.  Anyway, here's my tag...

So, I broke out my STAMPlorations poinsettia stamp again and stamped it on the corner of my white tag.  I coloured it in with my Spectrum Noir markers.  The colouring is very similar to what I did HERE in a previous post.  I loved how it turned out so decided to do it again.  Perhaps I should make some more in different colour schemes.  Anyway, I then took a permanent gold pen (Pilot) and splattered it all over.  It's one of those pens you have to pump to get the ink flowing so I did that to get excess ink so I could splatter it.  It's a really nice bright gold colour.  Then I stamped my sentiment (also by STAMPlorations).  I added some ribbon and it was done.  Looks more complicated than it really is.  :-)

I'm linking up to the following challenges:

Merry Monday - red, green and white

STAMPlorations - Anything Goes Challenge (it's an ongoing challenge)
Addicted to Stamps and More - "Holiday"
I'm also going to add it to Tracey's Flickr group.  You should check out all the great tags!

Well, it's US Thanksgiving tomorrow so I want to wish all my US friends a very Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your dinner and time with family!  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day.  :-)

November 24, 2014

A Study in Blue

Hey everybody!  (Ok is it weird I heard that in my head with a Grover voice?  Anyone know what I'm talking about?  No?  Ok, never mind.  LOL).

Okay, one of my blogging friends just accused me of making her crazy!  LOL.  All because I didn't explain what I was talking about above.  Grover is from a popular, long running children's program, called Sesame Street and he's famous for saying, "hello, everybodeeeeeeeee!".  LOL.  So now I've explained it maybe my lovely friend will forgive me?!  :-D.  Okay, now we take you back to our regular scheduled programming.

Today's card is blue.  Very blue.  Take a look...

I used my Slice to die cut my snowflake again, this time out of metallic blue paper.  I attached this to my white panel. I stamped my candle and poinsettia (STAMPlorations) in grey and used my Spectrum Noir markers to colour in my candles and the middle part of the poinsettias.  Then I used some diamond Ice Stickles on the poinsettias leaves.  Then I fussy cut it out and attached on top of my snowflake with some foam dots.  Then I stamped my sentiment (also STAMPlorations) in grey.  Lastly, I attached my panel to my card base with some foam dots.

I'm linking up to the following challenges:

STAMPlorations - November challenge, stamps and layers.  Also adding it to the STAMPlorations "anything goes" ongoing challenge.
Addicted to Stamps and More - make your mark
CAS(E) This Sketch - great sketch this week!

I have a feeling that most of the cards I make for the rest of this year are going to be Christmas ones.  LOL.  Good thing they are my favourite to make.  :-).  Well, before I sign off I thought I would post a couple of pictures of our puppy, Summer.  I've had some requests for pictures, you see.  She's doesn't look like much of a puppy anymore.  She's pretty much full grown now at 7 months.  She's still acts like a puppy though.  Getting into trouble.  LOL.

Apparently, my lap makes a good bed.  LOL.

She loves her pig toy.

They are both watching the birds at the feeders.  :-)

Well, I hope you all had a great weekend and thanks for visiting!

November 22, 2014

Inkspirational - Designer Challenge - Christmas With a Twist

Hello and good morning!  It's that time again for another challenge at Inkspirational.  It was Designers choice this time and it was my turn so I decided to go with my favourite type of card to make.  Yep, you guessed it, Christmas!  But wait, there's more!  There's an optional twist to this challenge.  If you'd like, try making a Christmas card with no red or green.

Yes, I want to see your lovely non-traditional colours schemes!  And if you do choose to accept the options challenge, you will be entered in to win a prize!  Yes!  There's an awesome prize up for grabs!  My fellow teamie, Sandie and I, have put together a great prize package.  Take a look...

Prize package includes the following:

£10 gift certificate to Uniko Studios
Bo Bunny die cuts
Bo Bunny dimensional stickers
Bo Bunny rub ons
A TCW (The Crafter's Workshop) stencil
3 different types of ribbon

All kinds of goodies!  So, in the effort to inspire you to create a Christmas card using non-traditional colours, here's what I came up with.

I don't think I've ever made a black and blue Christmas card before.  Black is not what I would normally think of for Christmas but that's the whole point of this challenge isn't it?  :-). So here's how I made it.  I stamped my snowflake (Inkadinkado) in white on my black panel then embossed using a embossing powder that I would refer to as interference blue.  It's basically translucent with a blue iridescence to it.  Its pretty cool and shimmery which, as usual, is hard to capture in the photo.  I matted my panel on metallic blue paper then attached it to my card base.  I stamped my sentiment (Michael's) the same way as my snowflake.

Well I hope that my card inspires you to join in on the fun.  Please, check out the awesome projects of the other DT members too.  And don't forget to pay a visit to our talented Guest Designer, Janet, of Swanlady Impressions.

I'm linking up to the following challenges:

Time Out Challenge - embossing with the option of sparkle.  My snowflake and sentiment do have some sparkle to them it's just hard to see.  :-)
Christmas Cards All Year Long - no patterned paper.
CAS(E) This Sketch - I changed the circle with my rectangle (it's not quite a square).

Well, I appreciate you stopping by for a visit and I hope you have a fabulous day!

November 21, 2014

Poinsettia Joy

Hi everyone!  I know, I know!  Another card to share!  I managed to get some time in my craft room  and I got a bunch of cards done.  :-). This card came about for a few different reasons.  One, well I needed to make a card for my Christmas stash.  Two, my friend and fellow Ink teammate, Sandie, ever so nicely asked me and some others to play along in a challenge for a stamp company blog that she's now on the team.  Of course I was happy to oblige.  Three, there were some other challenges I wanted to join in on.  :-). So here's my card....

I printed off my free digital image (Uniko Studio) of my poinsettia circle and coloured it with my Spectrum Noir markers (DR1, DR5, DR7, CG1, DG2, DG4, blender). Once that was done I noticed that the sentiment had kind of faded and was hard to see so I traced the letters with a black fine tip marker.  I didn't change how the letters looked at all just made them stand out a bit more.  I added gold in the middle of the flower and around the circle border with a fine tip permanent pen. Then I fussy cut it out and adhered it to a snowflake I had die cut using my Slice.  I attached this to a panel of woodgrain paper which was attached to my white card base.  I'm loving how this turned out.

I'm playing along with the following challenges:

Winter Wonderland challenge blog - "let's be sentimental" have a sentiment on your card.  Mine is small but it's there!  :-)
STAMPlorations - Novembers monthly challenge is stamps and layers
Uniko Studio - it's anything goes with an option to use the sketch.  I decided to use the sketch. There's some new rules too!  You don't have to use Uniko stamps to play.  But if you do, you can win a great prize!  :-).  Hope you'll join in on the fun!

Addicted To Stamps and More - make your mark.
Spectrum Noir Monthly Challenge - November's challenge is Christmas/Winter

Well, that's all for now.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

November 19, 2014


Hello everyone!  I hope you are all doing well on this (rather cold and windy but sunny) Wednesday.  I have a card to share today where I'd like to say I was channeling my inner Heather Telford.  It's not quite a work of art like her cards are but I'm quite pleased with it.  :-).  Take a look...

So, first I masked off a rectangular area on my cardstock.  I like to use some old washi tape as it's not too sticky and peels off easy.  I have one that has a pattern I don't care for so it's what I use.  :-).  I cut a circle from a post it note (they work well for masking as they are low tack and are quite thin) and positioned it on the top left corner of my rectangle.  Then I sponged my inks on.  For this I used StazOn (sunflower yellow, blazing red, royal purple, azure) because I find the colour are really vibrant and solid when sponging.  They do have a tendency to eat away at the sponge so use ones you don't mind throwing away after.  I use makeup sponges cause they are really inexpensive.  Once my sponging was done, I took off my circle mask and added some dark grey with my Spectrum Noir marker then blended it with the blender pen making my moon.  Then I inked up my stamp (Winter Ledge by Penny Black) with black ink.  I removed my washi tape and trimmed my panel which I matted with black cardstock.  I mounted it on my white card base with foam dots.  Lastly, I stamped my sentiment (from Trendy Feathers set by STAMPlorations).  This Penny Black stamp is really awesome.  This is actually only a portion of it.  They've got lots of great branch stamps.  :-)

I'm going to link up to the following challenges:

Penny Black and More - anything goes
STAMPlorations - stamps and layers.  I've got some layers of ink as well as paper layers.

Well, that's it for now.  Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting!

November 13, 2014

Another Tinfoil Card

Hello everyone!  Today I have a card to share where I used tinfoil again. This time a little bit differently.  I still wrapped it around some cardstock but rather than embossing it I played around with my Spectrum Noir markers on it.  Check it out....

So, when you colour on the tinfoil then introduce the blender ink the coloured ink reacts very interestingly.  Some places I just touched my blender marker to and others I dropped ink from the dropper from the refill bottle.  I took my coloured markers and touched them to the blender areas and neat things happened as well.  It was fun to play around with.  I like how the metal from the tinfoil still shows through.  Once it dried I attached my panel to my white card base then added a strip with my sentiment raised up with some foam dots.  It's pretty simple as I wanted the inked panel to be the star of the show.  :-). I'll be playing around with tinfoil some more in the future for sure.  Too much fun not to.  :-)

I'm going to link up to the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More - anything goes
Virginia's View Challenge - all things metallic

Well, I hope you all have a fantastic day and thanks for stopping by!

November 12, 2014

Ombré Reindeer Tag

Hello everyone!  I trust everyone had a lovely weekend?  It was a long weekend here for us as yesterday was Rememberance Day and most things shut down for the day in NB.  My son and husband had Monday off too so it was a nice four day weekend for us.  Unfortunately, my husband and I spent a good portion of it moving and stacking the firewood we had delivered not long ago.  We got it later this year than we would normally like but the place had a waiting list this year.  Oh well.  At least we got it.  Just wish it could stack itself!  Talk about tired and aching.  Well, it could be worse.  We could have to split it!  Anyway, enough about that!  :-)

I'm here today to share a card with you.  It came about because of a few challenges.  Take a look...

Lots of white in the card.  I'm really digging the ombré tag I made.  I took a premade tag (Recollections) and using my Spectrum Noir Markers (BT1, BT 2, BT4, BT5, blender) I created my ombré shading.  Then I splattered the tag with some white acrylic paint.  I then stamped my fancy flourish (Stampendous) and embossed in white.  Using my Slice and the Noel design card I die cut my reindeer.  I attached it to my tag with some foam dots and added some glittery teal wired ribbon to the tag. Using my snowflakes embossing folder (Darice)I embossed a white cardstock panel.  I attached this to my white card base.  Then I attached my tag with foam dots.

I'm going to link up to the following challenges:

Addicted to CAS - code word "Tag".
Addicted to Stamps and More - anything goes
CAS-ology - cue card is "Festive".  Also create a tag if you want.  Well, I've got a tag on my card.  :-)
The Mixed Media Card Challenge - theme is Christmas with an option to use bells.

Fusion Card Challenge - I went with the photo inspiration.  The colours, the ombré, the filigree pattern.

Well, I hope you enjoyed your visit to my part of blog land.  Have a wonderful day and come back soon!

November 08, 2014

Inkspirational Challenge - Word Prompt "Shine"

Welcome to another challenge over at Inkspirational. This time the rest of the fabulous DT and I are showing how we interpreted the word prompt which is "Shine".

I have recently been playing around with tinfoil and thought it would be perfect for this challenge,  tinfoil is pretty shiny.  :-). Take a look at my card...

So, I took some tinfoil and wrapped it around a piece of cardstock. Then I embossed it with my damask folder (Sizzix).  Isn't that a cool effect?  I matted my tinfoil piece with some teal cardstock and wrapped some silver thread around it several time and tied it off with a bow.  I attached this to my white card base and stamped my sentiment (STAMPlorations) in black.  It's a pretty simple card to make. I really wanted to keep it CAS as I wanted the foil to be the star.  :-)

You really need to check out the other DT members projects as they are all fantastic.  Hope you join in and create something shiny!  And please go check out our Guest Designer, Rocky, card and blog, Rocky's Crafting Blog.

I'm linking up to the following challenge:

Virginia's View Challenge - all things metallic

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

November 06, 2014

Snowflakes And Lace

Its a chilly morning today here in Jemseg, NB.  The snow we got earlier in the week has disappeared though.  It's supposed to be a high of 10 degrees celcius today and sunny.  Unfortunately it's rain all day tomorrow and overnight there could be a dusting of snow.  Then on the weekend it get colder.  Winter has barely begun and already I want it to be over.  Not a good sign.  LOL.

Anyways, today I've got a card to share that was made with a few challenges in mind.  Take a gander....

Not quite as CAS as I usually like to do but I still like it.  I stamped my snowflakes (Hero Arts F5793 and LP209 and Flurry set by Technique Tuesday) in white on my brown card base.  Then I added some lace and ribbon.  I added my snowflake (a Dollarama great find), which is clear but I coloured it silver on the backside, and I also added some silver thread loops behind it.  I added a touch of colour with my aqua rhinestone.  It's got a country, homey, grandma's kitchen kind of feel doesn't it?  :-)

I am linking up to the following challenges:

a2zscrapbooking November Challenge - anything goes
Hero Arts Holiday Challenge - this card would fall under the anything goes category.
Merry Monday - create a rustic card using cream, tans, browns
Christmas Cards All Year Round- no patterned paper
Time Out Challenge - inspiration photo

Well, I hope today finds you all happy and well.  Thanks for stopping by!