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

Friday, June 6, 2014

Wildflower Beauty

I had a birthday card to make for a very special little gal who is turning six.  She loves the Disney movie Frozen and I think her favourite character is Elsa.  I hunted around for an image that might work and then stumbled across someone's blog who had used the Wildflower Beauty image from Sami Stamps and I thought it worked perfectly!  Then my next quest was to find some pretty, icy and blue paper and I found that at Bearly Mine with the Winter Swirls Collection.  The card is fairly simple and I managed to put it together in a very short time so I hope she likes it.

 Copic Colours:
Hair - E43, E42, E40, E33, E000
Dress - B23, B21, B00, B000
Skin - E11, E01, E00, E000
Image - Sami Stamps Wildflower Beauty
Sentiment - Stampin Up Circle of Friendship
Paper - Bearly Mine Winter Swirls digi paper
Dies - Impression Obsession Snowflake Die Set, Simon Says Stamp Simple Numbers
Misc - Shabby Blue Frantage, Blue Stickles, Stardust Stickles
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Crafting by Design - Anything Goes
Southern Girls - Sparkle n' Shine with a Bit of Bling

Monday, June 2, 2014

Twinkle Toes - All Dressed Up Challenge

Time for a brand new challenge at All Dressed Up and the theme for this one is Use Some Bling.  Who doesn't like glitter, gems, sparkle so what a perfect challenge!
For my card, I used Twinkle Toes which is available on the Facebook fan page as a 400 follower freebie and what a little cutie she is. 

This card is for a special lady who is having a birthday.  I made one of those envelope boxes to send it in so the flowers wouldn't get crushed and it was easy peasy to do.
 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.
Have a good one and thanks for stopping by!
Copic Colours:
Dress - G05, G02, G00, G000, G0000, G17, G14, G11
Skin - E11, E01, E00, E000, R20
Hair - E35, E33, Y23, Y21
Image -  All Dressed Up Twinkle Toes 
Sentiment - Verve's So Happy
Paper - Prima 6 x 6 Nature Garden Collection
Dies - Die-Namics Fish Tail Flags, CC Designs 5 Point Flowers
Misc - Glamour Dust, Star Dust Stickles, Shabby Green Frantage
The ABC Challenge - Monochromatic 
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Card Mania - Flowers

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Paper Trail Product Review - Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off Stickers

I have a couple of projects I want to show you today and they feature the Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off Stickers.   Chelsea from The Paper Trail sent these to me and asked that I use and give a review of them.  There's so many to choose from but these are the Gold Dragonfly ECD2394. 
Well... I looked at these and was completely stumped as to how to use them because I am normally a card maker and use Copics to colour, flowers, brads and Frantage to embellish so... what to do, what to do?
I decided I should first of all stay within my comfort zone and make a card.
What I made:
I thought I'd keep it fairly simple because this was new territory for me and I'm actually quite pleased with how it turned out and it was quick too!  I simply peeled one of the flowers and some of the circles off and stuck them down.  Then I took some Stickles and filled in the lines... like colouring with glitter and who doesn't like to do that?  Next step was to sponge in some distress ink colour, add a sentiment, use my Copic Multiliner to do some doodles around the edge and then finally add some Frantage.

Then I decided to try one of those little pop up boxes I see all over the internet so I went hunting for a tutorial and found one at Splitcoaststampers. This was a little more work because to make sure the images were sturdy enough to stand, I stuck them down on a piece of card stock and then cut around the gold outline.  Then various colours of Stickles were used to fill in the lines.


What I liked:
Surprisingly, I did like working with these stickers and yes, I will use them again.  I have some black ones which I will do up at a later date.  I like the look the sticker gives... as you can tell with the sentiment, it's a very different finish than you will get with embossing.  The stickers adhere really well but you are also able to easily pull them off if you decide on a different placement.  Also, the gold outline did not lift or pucker at all as I added the stickles.  Lastly, the price is so reasonable that you simply can't go wrong.  The package was $2 and for that I got the card, the box and have a few left over. 
What I didn't like:
Once I got over my initial nervousness about using the stickers, I found I quite liked them and there's nothing I don't like about them.  Different projects for me and I'm glad I got to try something out of my ordinary.  Think out of the box... that's what I had to do.
Card Supplies:
Sentiment - CC Designs Birthday Sentiment
Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off Stickers - Gold Dragonfly EXD2394
Misc - Tim Holtz Weathered Wood distress ink, Shabby Blue Frantage, Copic .3 Multiliner, Stickles

Pop Up Box Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off Stickers - Gold Dragonfly EXD2394
Sentiment - Lili of the Valley Dreamy Days Sentiment
Dies - Cheery Lynn Fancilful Flourish
Paper - Imaginisce Baby Powder Tiny Tantrum
Misc -  Golf Embossing Powder,  Stickles