Showing posts from June, 2011

Stars and Stripes Forever for the Monkey Challenge

I have to admit that before this challenge I didn't think I had a star or stripe in my body let alone the red, white and blue.  I enjoy vacationing in the US and have American family members but I am Canadian through and through!  But I pulled some out for this week's challenge at A La Card Monkey!  Aren't you proud of me?!

Now, to be fair, Terry and Shirley did not require that we use stars and stripes for our cards this week but I thought that I would stretch myself a little and see what I could come up with.  My son has a little friend who is turning four in a couple of weeks and I decided to get ahead of the game and make a card for him early.  I had a lot of fun with all of my star stamps (who knew I had so many!) and lots of Dazzling Diamonds house is now all glittery!  Man, that stuff gets everywhere!

Here is the Monkey Challenge sketch:

Here's my version:

The colour scheme is Pacific Point, Real Red, Bashful Blue and Whisper White with just a touc…

Clean and Simple Birthday for PP52

I think I mentioned in a previous post how many birthday's and other occasions I have to acknowledge this week...from June 23rd to June 30th there are 4 birthdays, 1 anniversary and 1 retirement!  And because Canada Post has decided to strike (and who can blame them really) that means everything has to be ready tomorrow for when I see everyone : )

I'm really getting into this whole "challenge" thing in the blogging world.  I like that I get a template to work from and that certainly helps get the creative juices flowing.  For tonight's post I've got a really Clean and Simple (CAS) birthday card for my husband's grandfather who turns 85 tomorrow.  I based the design on the Paper Players sketch for the week.  Here's the sketch:

Here's my card:

I began with a piece of Crumb Cake card stock which I sponged in the same colour ink.  I decided to use a cosmetic sponge (one of those triangle sponges one uses to put on foundation) as I find that they give a…

Love Pennants for Try Stamping on Tuesday

Well I seem to have found my stamping mojo again....whew!  I recently began a fan of the "Try Stamping on Tuesday" blog and have entered their challenge for the first time this week.  I usually post on Tuesdays, this week being an exception, so I thought it was fitting that I follow them : )

Here's the sketch for the week:


And here's what I came up with:
First, my apologies to Jenn, one of the designers, I didn't realize how much my card looked like yours until I went back to grab the image of the sketch.   I did have fun creating this card using some of the product from the forthcoming IB&C; Pennant Parade stamp set, the Pennant punch and Just Add Cake DSP.  The colour scheme I used was Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade and Wild Wasabi.  I had fun mixing and matching colours and papers to create the pennants which I strung up using Early Espresso Baker's twine and a needle.

I love the versatility of the Pennant Parade stamp set and I think it will work we…

Happy Birthday

Wow!  Where has the week gone.  I feel like I've been in a bit of a fog lately and just haven't been able to motivate myself to do any stamping.  I finally got back to it this afternoon to create a birthday card for one of 2 important women in my life who have birthdays today.  My mother was the recipient of a card that I hand delivered to her last weekend.  It's a good thing that I've been seeing a lot of family lately because a lot of them have birthday's this week and wouldn't have gotten anything otherwise....thanks Canada Post for striking right when I need to send a lot of mail : /

I've decided to enter this card in this week's Monkey Challenge 61 over at A La Card Monkey.  This week's challenge was to create a "girly" card and while this may not be the "girliest" it's recipient is a strong woman of faith and character.  She has endured a lot in her 87 years but maintains her happy outlook on life and keeps her faith fr…

Best Wishes

Yesterday I hosted a bridal shower for my cousin who is getting married next month.  It was so nice to get together with the ladies of my family again.  We always have so much fun together, especially when we're showering someone with gifts : )

I decided to use the Stamping 411 challenge sketch as part of my inspiration for my card to her.  I also used her wedding invitations and the cards I made for her shower invitations as a jumping off point.  The bride-to-be's wedding invitations include colours similar to Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango and So Saffron.  These are the colours I used throughout the following projects.

For her shower card I decided to lots of layers using the Scallop, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer and 1/2" circle punches.  The centre of the "flower" is using a stamp from the "Bold Blossom " stamp set from the current summer mini with an Old Olive brad in the centre.  I used the "Four Frames" stamp …

Going around in circles

Here's another version of the sketch for this week's Monkey Challenge over at A La Card Monkey.

I love the Play Date DSP and I'm really sad to see it go.  I'm having fun using it up though : )  I decided for this card to play up the flowers on the DSP and to not put a sentiment on the outside.  Sometimes we all need just an all purpose card, don't we?!

So I took the colour combo of two of the flowers on the DSP and recreated them using my Scallop Circle punch and various sizes of circle punches (1 1/2", 1 1/4" and 1/4").  I ran a couple of them through the Big Shot in the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder to change the texture of them.  Then a created stems by using Old Olive card stock and 1/4" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon.  I love the colours used on this DSP (Real Red, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise and Old Olive).

Fun with circles...

I am so honoured to be a guest designer again this week for A La Card Monkey.  I had a lot of fun with this week's sketch and I'm still coming up with ideas in my head for things I can do with it.  Here is the sketch:
So many possibilities!  I came up with 2 cards last night and will likely do more this week. Here's the first one:

   I've been wanting to try a neat embossing/water colouring technique for a while now so I decided to take this opportunity to do it with the round stamp from the "Just Believe" set.  First, I stamped the image with my VersaMark and then heat-embossed it using white embossing powder.  Then, using my Blender Pens, I "water coloured" the flowers and leaves with Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Blushing Bride and Wild Wasabi inks.  There a couple of ways to do this; while your stamp pad is closed gently squeeze it and this will allow some ink to "bleed" onto the cover, then dip your Blender Pen in it and colour away…

Girl's Night Out Sneak Peek

I've been meaning to put this up all week and I've finally gotten to it.  I'm SO excited about the Girl's Night Out @ Cafe M next Friday, June 17th.  I've come up with a couple of great and simple projects to do with the ladies that come out.  Here's a sneak peek of one of them:

I really like this colour combination although I wasn't sure at first.  I've used So Saffon, Baja Breeze and Poppy Parade here.  Lots of layering creates a nice matte effect for the focal point.  The Baja Breeze DSP is from the Subtles DSP pack while the other two layers are Poppy Parade and So Saffron card stock.  I used the "Upsy Daisy" stamp set (one of my favourites, especially for beginning stampers) and did a nice shadowy effect by stamping the image twice slightly staggered. 

Super simple but a really nice card.  Come out to make this and one other beautiful project next Friday, June 17th at Cafe M, located at TheMuseum in downtown Kitchener.  Cost is $10.  Plea…

I'm a Guest Designer

As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm a guest designer for this week's Monkey Challenge over at A la Card Monkey!  I was really excited to be chosen as a runner up for last week's challenge and looking forward to designing an example to go with this week's sketch.  I have to admit, I was a little dismayed when I got the sketch (here it is):

Vintage!  Yikes!  I've never done vintage (really) and had to borrow some supplies from my good friend, and fellow demonstrator, Christy.  I did some research about what "vintage" cards might look like and here's what I came up with:

 Not too sure if it really fits the "vintage" mold, but I like it.  I decided right away to use one of my favourite sets, "Just Believe".  And thanks to some examples posted online (thanks to  I was able to cobble together this card.  I really love the vintage brads and crochet trim ribbon and was glad to have a chance to use them…

Out with the old....

One of the great things I've found about becoming a SU demonstrator is that I get great sneak peeks at new product.  I REALLY wish I could share the sneak peeks of the new Idea Book and Catalogue with you all today. The new In-Colours, stamp sets and DSP look AMAZING!!!!!   I can't wait to share them with you in July.  Stay tuned for more information about my 2011-2012 IB & C Launch Party happening on July 12th!

Along with the new stuff though comes the "out with the old" part.  SU released it's last chance lists today for stamp sets, accessories and definitely decorative products.  There are a lot of great deals in here too....think 20-40% off certain merchandise.  Many stamp sets, all the 12 x 12 card stock, tons of ribbon, all the Designer Series Paper, rub-ons, the Fresh Cut Notes, and SO much more will NOT be available after June 30th!!!!   Be sure to check out the following lists and put your order in TODAY to guarantee that you will get what you want.