Saturday, July 26, 2014

For a Friend

A friend of ours recently lost his beloved dog when she ran out onto the road and hit a car.  He was heartbroken because that dog was his best friend so I thought I should make him a card to let him know we were thinking of him.
The image is Mo Manning's Retriever and this digi could not have been more perfect if I'd asked Mo to make it for me especially for this card.  The card doesn't need much.. the saying is one I found on the internet and I simply added a red gem to match the paper. Then a little Frantage and it was done.
Now I know this card has no product from The Paper Trail but Chelsea has started a brand new challenge blog so head on over and check it out.  The theme is as easy as it gets... it's Anything Goes and you have a chance to win a gift cert from her shop.
Thanks for stopping by!
Bearly Mine - Let's Go Digital
Fab n' Funky - Walk on the Wild Side
Less is More - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
The Paper Trail - Anything Goes

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

LOTV - On the Garden Wall

 Today's card is one I made for a guest design spot at Crafting by Designs.  I was so excited when Doris asked if I would like to join them and jumped at the chance... YES! so thank you ladies for having me.

 This week's challenge theme is 'Hats' so I was on the hunt for something suitable and I came across a sweet Lili of the Valley stamp I have called On the Garden Wall.  I thought this little gal's big hat would be a good fit for the theme so here we are.
Can you believe it?  There's not a single bit of Frantage on here... not a bit!  The image is so sweet and I wanted to keep the design simple so all I did was add some Stardust Stickles to her hat and flowers and then some glossy accents to his glasses.  I was so happy to find the perfect shade of purple for the enamel dots and that little piece of ribbon was from my stash.
Be sure to head on over to Crafting by Designs to see what the talented gals on the team have created and then pop on over to their Facebook page to check out the wonderful inspiration there.  Thanks for stopping by!
Stamp - Lili of the Valley On the Garden Wall
Embellishments - Doodlebug Sprinkles, Stardust Stickles, Glossy Accents
Copics - Bricks C5, C4, C2, C0, R20; Hat YR14, YR24, YR23, YR21, YR20; Dress BV11, BV00, BV000, BV0000
Penny's Challenges - Anything Goes
Fan-tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes
Cards Galore Encore - Use a stamp or digi

Senior-ita Gloria and a DT Call!

Some exciting news to pass along to you.  The Paper Trail is starting a brand new challenge blog (and also having a DT call.  The first challenge begins on July 25th and has an easy-peasy challenge theme of Anything Goes so come on... this is going to be fun!  The Paper Trail also maintains a Facebook page where there's always something happening.  I always say, 'if she doesn't have it, she can get it'.  There's a huge sale going on until the 27th... 35% off plus you get free shipping on orders over $75.
This is Gloria.  Gloria is one of Stamping Bella's Senior-ita gals and I love them!  You can find her here at The Paper Trail.  These are great stamps... crisp, clean images and the sentiments are always included.  Another thing I like about the Stamping Bella images is the size.  These aren't tiny stamps... no, they aren't!  My cards are 6" x 6" so you can see they fill it up.  I didn't add it but this stamp also has a weigh scale... I guess Gloria is eating her cake but there's no calories in it so hence... no need for the scale!
I found the sketch on Stamping Bella's site but was too late to enter my card but I thought it was a great layout and I used it anyway.
I was given the Spellbinder's Floral Ovals for Christmas last year so I paired it with the Petite Ovals Large and set the image inside.  I'm not really liking this card... it seems so drab and frumpy and not at all what I intended it to be because Gloria is fun and one of those great gals with purple hair.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
Image & Sentiment - Stamping Bella's Senior-ita Gloria
Dies - Spellbinder's Floral Ovals and Petite Ovals Large
Paper - Basic Grey Plumeria
Emebllishments - Shabby White Frantage, MME enamel dots, Stardust Stickles
Copics - Slip BG13, BG11, BG10; Gown R24, R22, R20, YR24, YR21; Skin E11, E00, E000, R20; Hair C7, C5, C3, C00 BV11
The Ribbon Girl - Turquoise or Aqua
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore - Use a digi rubber stamp
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hop to It!

Today's inspiration post features one of the four new All Dressed Up launched this month.   The image is Hop to It and what a fun bunch of froggies these are.
Be sure to head on over to All Dressed up blog to check out the rest of the team's creations, and maybe enter the challenge while you are there but remember,  in addition to following the theme, you have to use an All Dressed Up image.
Don't forget to stop by our Facebook Group to keep up to date with all the latest All Dressed Up news, and chat to fellow crafters plus we have a Pinterest Brag Board where you can find lots of inspiration.
Here's a peek of the new images:

A Cuddle Makes it all Better                                                                                      Country Girl

 Hop to It

Summer Swing

Have a good one and thanks for stopping by!
Image - All Dressed Up Hop to It 
Copics - YG09, YG07, YG06, YG03; Spots G24, G21, YG03  
Fab n' Funky - Feels Likes Summer 
Sister Act - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes  

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weeds & More

 I have a couple of sympathy cards to show you today.  Like everyone else, I hate making these and I always put it off and never have any on hand.  I really dislike making them when I 'need' one so I thought making them ahead of time might take some of that pressure/stress off.  The funny thing is that most often when a sympathy card is needed, I go buy one yet I know from experience that I cherish the handmade cards I received.  I am going to try to make more so I have some on hand.
Chelsea from The Paper Trail sent me a set of stamps called Weeds & More by Stacy Stamps. This set has three separate stamps and I've used two of them.  Great quality stamps made out of deeply etched rubber and you get such a crisp image each time.  In addition to the stamps, she also sent me an ink pad of Hero Arts Wet Cement which I used on the card above.  Below, I used Memento's Espresso Truffle which I use on nearly everything I stamp.  I also like the Memento Black but the Truffle is a little more subtle and I love the colour.  I wanted to compare the inks and yes, you do get a different look with each.  I liked the Hero Arts because it gives more of a watercolour look when you stamp it and the Memento is crisper and clearer.
With both images, I stamped the faded areas by first stamping the image on a scrap piece of paper and then on the cardstock and then one crisp one with lots of ink.  The sentiments on both cards are from Stampin' Up's Close as a Memory set.  I sponged in a little of Tim Holtz's Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on the dandelion image and added some Shabby Blue Frantage.  I used Shabby White Frantage for the top card.  That's it... the cards were very simple to make and took maybe 20 minutes each.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Krafty Christmas

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are doing well and trying to get some crafting in during the summer.  We have a new challenge over at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' and this month the theme is Krafty Christmas.  Our sponsor is Stamp Art and the lovely Kathryn is donating a prize of 5 of her digi images.
This will be the first time in ages that I haven't used Copics.  I purchased some of the Spectrum Noir pencils from Chelsea at The Paper Trail and I like them.   As an added bonus, the pencils in her shop are the cheapest I've seen anywhere plus she offers free shipping on orders over $75.  I have a lot more practicing to do but I thought 'baby steps'... this is such a wee image that it's a good place to start.  I used Gamsol for blending and I love how these pencils shade/blended around the lettering.
It's been very warm here for the last week and hard to be motivated to do Christmas cards.  Hard to believe it wasn't so long ago that I was grumbling about winter and the cold but it looks like summer has arrived.
Be sure to stop and check out the challenge and see what the rest of the team has created... it's not going to be long and we will be doing the mad Christmas card scramble so it is a good time to start.
Colouring medium - Spectrum Noir pencils
Sentiment - Technique Tuesday's Believe by Ail Edwards
Image - Penny Black Winter Wonderland
Misc- Star Dust Stickles, We R Memory Keepers enamel shapes
Paper - My Mind's Eye Haunted

Divas by Design - Things with Wings
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge - Christmas Critters
Inky Chicks - Christmas in July
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Prom Princess - All Dressed Up Challenge

Thanks for stopping by.
It's time for a new challenge at All Dressed Up and this one has a theme of 'Your Favourite All Dressed Up Image'.  I have to admit, this is a bit of a cheat because those of you who visit me all know Abi Ballerina is my favourite image.. BUT.. I just used her on our blog hop so I thought I should switch it up a bit.  I do love this leggy gal though and as soon as I saw her, I thought of Audrey Hepburn and 'little black dress' so here is Prom Princess, all decked out in her finest.  She was a newly released image for the month of June and I was anxious to use her.  I found the sentiment on the internet after I googled 'Audrey Hepburn quotes' and it seemed so fitting.  Classy, elegant, graceful and always the utmost in professionalism.
This challenge ends June 15th so you have plenty of time to use some of those All Dressed Up images or snag a freebie from the Challenge Blog.  Please be sure to pop on over to the Challenge site and see the fab creations the rest of the girls have created.  The only rule is to follow the theme and use an All Dressed Up image.  We also maintain a Pinterest Brag Board and a Facebook Fan Page so go have a peek while you have your morning coffee.
Image - Prom Princess
Sentiment - computer generated
Papers - Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics
Misc - I mixed a little Aged Wine Frantage with Shabby White and sprinkled it around.  The brads were covered with Versamark and then dunked into the same mix and heated.  Lastly, I added some Stardust Stickles to the bow in her hair, the belt and flower.
Dress - C10, C8, C5, C3, C2, C0
Skin - E13, E11, E01, E00, E000
Allsorts - Summer Girls
Bearly Mine - Let's Go Digital
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
Sparkle n' Sprinkle - Anything Goes with Embossing or Sparkle
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes

Monday, June 30, 2014

Bella with Friend

Hi to all and a warm welcome to my new followers.  It has been ages since I added a card and although I'd love to be able to tell you I was missing because I was making my house is spotless and alphabetizing the spices, that is not what happened.  To be honest, I'm not really sure where my time went to but I've been very busy at work and then for some unknown reason, I decided to clean out my craft room.  Clean out is not a good term... it was more like rearrange.  Cleaning out implies I got rid of things - I did not.  hahahhaa... I got a new desk so then I had to move things around.  Good grief, it took me days!  I have no idea how I manage to fit everything in this tiny room but it worked.    Anyway... on to my card.
Chelsea from The Paper Trail had sent me a fabulous package of goodies to try out and among the treasures was this sweet little Wild Rose Studio stamp called Bella with Friend.  I do love these little elephants but I'm not so sure why the butterflies look orange when in fact they are pink!
Make sure you check out The Paper Trail's blog to see what the new products are and also the Facebook page.  A heads up... if you are looking for Copic Sketch Markers, Chelsea has the best prices I've seen in Canada, which does make a difference now that our dollar has dropped in value.
Stamp - Wild Rose Studio Bella with Friend
Sentiment - Papertrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages
Dies - Tim Holtz Alterations File Tabs
Paper - Authentique Irresistible
Misc - My Mind's Eye enamel dots, Stardust Stickles
Copics - Elephants C4, C3, C2, C0, C00, R20; Butterflies R85, R83, R81, R00
Pink Elephant - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
7 Kids College Fund - Anything Goes

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Wendy!

 Happy Birthday Wendy!
Today is Wendy Burns birthday.  Wendy is the artist and creator of All Dressed Up and the team is surprising her with a birthday hop.  We want to wish her a Happy Birthday, thank her for her amazing images, and for everything she does.  So... Happy Birthday Wendy and thank you!  You are the best!

We normally have our new challenge on the 15th, but since today is Wendy’s birthday we wanted to do a surprise birthday blog hop and combine it with our challenge. The challenge theme is Anything Goes and it can be any project as long as it features one of the All Dressed Up images.  

I have used Abi Ballerina for my hop/challenge card.  Although I dearly love all of Wendy's images, Abi Ballerina will always be my favourite and she is very dear to my heart.  I first saw this image on Wendy's blog and knew it would be perfect for my grandaughter's birthday so I wrote to Wendy and asked her if she could do it as a line drawing for our Abi.  Wendy, being the kinds, sweet lady she is, sent it to me right away so I could do Abi's card.  That card and my very first All Dressed Up image is in this post.

This challenge has an easy peasy theme of Anything Goes and we cannot wait to see all your fantastic entries.  The winner will receive 3 images of their choice from the Store.  Onto the blog hop, below is a list of the dressy girls for you to hop around….since we have a large team, you have until midnight 1st GMT to hop round to them all.  At the end of the hop two random Dressy Girls will pick someone who has visited and commented on their hop card to receive 2 images of their choice from the All Dressed Up Etsy Store.  Happy hopping!

 The winners of the hop and challenge will be announced on 3rd July on the blog.


We look forward to seeing your creations so please also stop by our  Facebook Group and share them there too plus we have a Pinterest Brag Board where you can find lots of inspiration.
Image:  All Dressed Up's Abi Ballerina
Paper:  Maja Design Vintage Summer
Misc:  Stickles, Shabby White Frantage, pearls from shash, white Prisma pencil to whiten the highlights on Abi's dress
Copic Colours:
Dress:  BV02, BV00, BV000, BV0000; Hair E57, E53, E50, E35; Skin E11, E01, E00, E000, R20
Crafting by Design - Happy Birthday
Sister Act - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes 
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Winter Fairy Manty

This month's theme at Christmas at Sweet Stampin' is Christmas Fairies so I chose to use Mo Manning's Winter Fairy Manty.    I have to say, I do love this Carta Bella paper that my dear internet friend Sandy sent me.  This piece is from the Christmas day collection from the 6x6 pad.  Fabulous paper!
 Make sure you head on over to enter the challenge and check out what my DT mates created.
Thanks for stopping by.  I am having internet issues at the moment and it's terrible... like dial-up speed and I can't stand it!
Copic Colours:
Branches/twigs:  YG99, YG95, YG93, YG25; Pants R29, R27, R24, R22;  Skin:E11, E01, E00, E000, R20
Image:  Mo Manning's Winter Fairy Manty
Sentiment:  Ali Edwards Good Cheer
Paper:  Carta Bella's Christmas Day
Dies:  Memory Box Poinsettia
Misc:  Stickles, Shabby Green Frantage
Jingle Belles - Red & Green
Crafty Girls - Anything Goes
CRAFT - Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes Christmas