Sunday, December 29, 2013

Fire and Ice Tags

The swap last month with Lefty Productions was to create and swap Fire and Ice tags.  I used the Prima Paper Doll stamps by Julie Nutting, which totally remind me of my Nanny who used to draw paper dolls for us.


 I used Distress Paints to sponge through a stencil onto the background of a vanilla cardstock tag (above), and then I sponged Distress Inks over the background and the paint acts as a resist (below).  Next I sponged Distress Ink on top through another stencil and then added some stamping with black ink and used Brilliance ink in blue and pink to stamp a scroll stamp on each stamp.  I love this ink, it's so shiny!

 For the dolls, I stamped them with brown waterproof ink onto watercolour paper and then water-coloured the skin and hair with Distress Markers.  I paper pieced the dresses and added glitter to the headbands. After gluing down the dolls to the tags I added some embellishments and a piece of yarn to the top.

 Hope you all have a chance to get some crafting done this weekend!


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Bling it on!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Penguin

I wanted to share an adorable little penguin card I made for the playgroup teacher and her little daughter where Erica and I go.  The little girl who's about 18 months absolutely loves penguins so I thought this would be perfect!

 I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge for the ornament card, which I cut in a pool colour and heat embossed white snowflakes on, using 3 different stamp sizes.  I added some Snowcap paint dauber to the bottom for snow and cut the cute penguin and the string of lights using the Create A Critter cartridge.  I added a holly sticker to the scarf and some sparkly Stickles on the scarf and lights.

I used the Martha Stewart Scoring Board to create a square envelope, which I created from patterned paper with a white back side and stamped snowflakes on the front.

The inside envelope view showing the patterned paper. 

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Bling it on!
Die Cuttin' Divas - Happy Holidays

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and are enjoying a very pleasant holiday after!


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December 2013 Sketchy Challenge

Wow, how did December fly by so quick?!!! In November I felt like I had everything under control and now I feel like I'm scrambling.  But, of course, I have a list (a long list) so I feel like I'm progressing :).

I just had to make a layout for the December Sketchy Challenge at Canadian Scrapbooker, and I pulled out some pics I just took after an early November snow this year when the girls headed outside to play. 

Erica is so excited to get outside and experience snow, since, of course, she doesn't remember last winter! It is very exciting to say the least.  

The background paper is from the Heidi Swapp Believe collection, and the smaller patterned papers are from the Simon Says Stamp December card kit. I also used the stencil from this kit and sponged snowflakes with Distress Ink, as well as the really cute mitten stamps from the kit.

I stamped the mittens on striped paper, then the little heart stamps in the set on the mittens and used a white gel pen to highlight the zigzags. 

I used some snowflake die cuts from the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, which I sponged with Distress Ink and added Stickles to.  The letters are by Kelly Purkey, included in the SSS December kit.

The little tags are cut out of the Heidi Swapp paper.

 Just love this little snowflake stencil, which came in the SSS Dec kit!

I think the snow is here to stay so I can foresee lots of snow pages this year!

Canadian Scrapbooker - December Sketch
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Bling it on (use something sparkly!)
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Use a stamp

Happy Holidays,

Friday, December 6, 2013

Holiday Sketch

I recently picked up the Believe Christmas paper by Heidi Swapp and I just love it! I used the sketch at Die Cuttin Divas to create this cute card and used this paper pack.  The gingerbread man and scalloped rectangle is a cut from Just Because Cards Cricut Cartridge. 

I added the white icing with a Gellyroll white pen and used black Enamel Accents for the eyes.  I had to have some Stickles on there, of course, and used them for his mouth and buttons.

Hope you are all enjoying the Holiday Season - I must start mailing out some of these cards now!

Happy Crafting,

Snowflakes and Mittens

There is a great sketch right now at Die-Cuttin Divas. I pulled out the snowflake stencil from my Simon Says December 2013 card kit and sponged with Distress Inks to create a cool background.  The so cute little mitten stamps came with the kit as well, and I stamped on some AC cardstock, which has texture on one side, creating a neat fabric effect when stamped on.

I die-cut the scalloped rectangle from the Just Because Cards cartridge and sponged a little ink around the edges before popping it up with some foam dots.

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - make your own background
Die Cuttin Divas - Sketch Challenge

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Snowflake Stencilled Card

I am really enjoying the Simon Says December Card Kit! It is the first kit I have received from them and am so pleased with it.  I love that there are so many samples and videos from their amazing design team to get ideas from, and there are enough supplies to make a lot of cards!

For this card I used May Flaum's example - this cute snowflake stencil is amazing! I used Distress Ink to sponge over the stencil, around the sentiment (also included in the kit) to create a background.

 The pretty little sequins are perfect for adding to cards and I stuck them on with Glossy Accents. Simon Says Wednesday Challenge this week is to create a background without using patterned papers - so I think this qualifies :)

The next card I make was inspired by a video by Nichol Magouirk, using the supplies in this kit.  I used the pretty polkadot paper included in the kit and stamped the string, mittens, and hearts on white cardstock. As you can see we have started opening the Lego Friends' Advent Calendar...

I used a white gel pen to create dots on the hearts and scattered the sequins around, gluing with Glossy Accents. I popped up the stamped piece as well as the sentiment banner, both sponged with pink Distress Ink.

 You can check out the gallery at Simon Says Stamp to see more inspiration!

Happy crafting!

Blueprint Christmas Tags

I just love these Tim Holtz blueprint stamps! I decided to try out my new Distress Markers (Christmas gift to myself!) and thought they would make cute tag fronts.

I first stamped with Archival ink in black on watercolour paper and then used the Distress Markers to watercolour in the images.  I absolutely love how these markers blend.  I still really like my Tombows, but these are much softer colours and give a completely different look.

After colouring the images in I sponged on Distress Ink around the edges and tied on some Baker's Twine.


This week's challenge at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog is to create a background without using patterned papers.  Check out the amazing samples the design team has put together!

Snow Globe Make 'n Take

The Make 'n Take I did this week was an amazingly cute Snow Globe card that was die-cut with Impression Obsession dies. The background was a stamp we coloured in with Tombow markers and then placed these adorable little deer onto.  We then covered the globe with acetate that had been die-cut the same size and embossed with the Swiss Dots folder.

We used Stazon to stamp JOY onto the gold metallic paper and added a couple gems.

A snow scene fitting for Calgary right now! We have a lot of snow and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere for a while.

Happy Crafting,