Sunday, September 30, 2012

CTMH: October Stamp-of-the-Month Blog Hop

Hello again!  Welcome to another Stamp-of-the-Month blog hop.  If you came from LeAnne's lovely blog, you're on the right track.

I apologize if I come across a little different today.  I'm pretty tired because I'm writing this coming off my son's birthday party.  12 little children invaded our home and our neighbourhood park (since it didn't rain, Thank you ,God!) and now that they've left, I'm crashing.  Dino parties can do that to you.  Okay, any kind of birthday party can do that to you!  On top of that, I'm coming down with my hubby's cold.  (Thanks, Chris!)

I've been busy making goody bags with the Artiste cartridge (I'll post those later) so I didn't have a lot of time to create the way I wanted to with this set.  Here is what it looks like:

It's super cute and perfect for all those Christmas cards and gift tags you need to make.  We put 'em out early so you have lots of time to create with these gorgeous images.  I love all the patterns on the images and they just screamed "Simple card!" to me.  So, here's my card:

And a nice close up so you can see the sparkle!

I used pigment inks for the image, inking up the different parts with the little ink pads.  If you look closely you can see where the green got on the gifts, but I'm okay with that.  I used Ruby and New England Ivy.  They dried very quickly while I stamped the sentiment in Black dye ink.  Then I just added tiny bits of Red Glitz Gel and I was done.  Very simple, but striking and easy to mail.  I just might make more of these and maybe use sponge daubers to ink next time.  Maybe this will even make it into our Team Christmas Card Workshop next month.

Supplies used:
Black ink

It's now time to hop on over to Jen's blog and check out her fabulous work.  Thanks for visiting!  

Happy Creating!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Rough and Tough Masculine Cards

I had a fabulous evening on Friday, with a great group of ladies, all working on some masculine cards.  We had a great time.  Even my mom and sister came out!

Here are the cards we made. Most of the cards were inspired by others and the links are under each photo.

Inspired by Beth's Creative Block 

Inspired by: Courtney Lane Designs

Inspired by Pink Petticoat

Inspired by Amusing Michelle

And here is the box, cut with the Artiste cartridge, we made to put them in:

Supplies used:
It's Your Day  This stamp set is only available until Sunday!  Contact me to place your qualifying order and get it for $5.
Black, Pacifica, Whisper, Barn Red
Dakota paper packet and White Daisy cardstock
Art Philosophy Cricut Collection (for star card only)

I hope you enjoy these and are inspired by them, too.  I'd love to hear which one is your favourite.

Happy Creating!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cross Canada Blog Hop: The Bracket Frame

Welcome to the very first Cross Canada Blog Hop!  Our plan is to have one of these every month, on the 15th.  Although I may not be participating that often, I'll be sure to link you up to it.

If you came from my fabulous team member, Joanne (Jag), you're on the right track.  If you're just starting here, you can keep on hopping until you get back, but if you want to follow us across Canada then you can start at the beginning and join Deanne in Newfoundland.

This month we are having fun with the My Creations Bracket Frame, which can be found on page 132 of the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book (or just click the link to go to my website) and it's only $8.95!  Isn't it great?

There is so much potential in this little product!  I made a very special project.  A high school friend of mine got married a couple weeks ago.  She had a little wedding in her back yard, so I wasn't invited, but I wanted to send her a special gift.  She has a very bohemian, eclectic style and I knew we had some fabulous products to match that look exactly.  She also used to refinish old furniture, turning them into pieces of art.  Here is what I created for her:

What do you think?  Did I manage to capture that style?  This is definitely a mix of old and new products.  I dug into my stash to find the perfect paper.  I used Bliss (retired) to cover the frame as well as making the large flowers.  The brads in the middle of those flowers are from an old Designer Brads package.  I also used Roxie paper, that fabulous zebra print, for the rolled flowers.  The black images are actually rub-ons from a few years ago, including the words.  All the paper flowers have been cut from the Artiste cartridge.  And any sponging you see was done in black ink.  I used a hot glue gun to put everything together.

Here are a couple of close ups of each corner: 

The black sparkle flourish on this corner is taken from my stash.  I've had it for so long, I don't remember where it came from.

I should explain why I put that yellow flower in there.  My friend and her new husband had a sunflower in a pot sitting where they said their vows because it holds significance for them.  It bloomed the day of their wedding!  Of course I had to put that in there somehow.  :)  I used retired Sunflower textured cardstock and sponged the edges with Sunflower ink before spraying it and crunching it up a bit.

And here is a close up of one of the other flowers I made.  I have to thank Mandy Leahy for the inspiration and tutorial on how to make those as well as the burlap flowers.  You can check them out here.   

I love the depth of this frame.  It doesn't show up in the photo of the frame but I hope you can see it in the photos of my artwork.  There is a good inch of space between the front and the back of this frame.  It doesn't come with a backing, so I just attached my paper to a piece of cardboard I have hanging around for just these reasons.

Here is a list of the current supplies I used:

I hope you like what I've made.  I can't wait to get it in the mail to my friend.  I hope she loves it!  

Now it's time to hop on over to my friend and upline, Sheri at Just Scrap It.  If you get lost along the way, check out the list below.  Join us again next month when we showcase the My Creations Journal.

  1. Deanne ~
  2. Stephanie ~
  3. Michelle S ~
  4. Suzette ~
  5. Joanne ~
  6. Krista ~  You are here!
  7. Sheri ~
  8. Brae ~
  9. Michelle M ~
  10. Tara ~
  11. Kathy ~
  12. Nancy ~

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Fabulous Technique

You have got to check out this video about a really neat technique!

Would you like to try this at a workshop sometime?  Let me know and I'll try to fit it in.