Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years: Sealed with a Kiss

This is my debut as guest designer at One Crazy Stamper. A friend of mine suggested I apply for a guest designer spot at this fabulous website and I was fortunate enough to be chosen. The challenge for January is Red, White, and another colour. This was definitely a challenge as I only wanted to use three colours and most of my stamps called for more than that. However, when I saw this cute Crissy Armstrong stamp from Whimsy, I knew it was perfect for this challenge as well as a card I wanted to get done for my dear husband at Christmas.

First I stamped "Sealed with a Kiss" by Crissy Armstrong with momento black ink. I coloured the seals with Copic Markers W00 and W1 and then blended them out with my blender pen. I added little black noses with Sakura black glaze pen and used polar white Flower soft to create the ground. Then I die cut out the image with my Spellbinders Labels 18. I used grey cardstock as the base of my card and layered red, and white cardstock, as well as design paper from Basic Grey's Little black dress line. I finished the card with ribbon and charms from my stash. Super simple but I think it really makes a statement.

If you have never checked out the One Crazy Stamper you really should. They have amazing prices and the service is top notch. Not only that but you are supporting a Canadian company. Head on over to their website to check out their store and challenges at: One Crazy Stamper.

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:
Basic grey challenge 59-Anything goes
Whimsy challenge 19 charms

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy Early New Years 2012

These last few months have flown by. I love all things holiday and New years is no exception. I have so much to look forward to this year.  I plan on keeping up with my blogging even if I have only one follower. Its a digital journal of where my crafts have come from and how they have developed over time. I have learned I love clean lines and simple but elegant or cutesy styles. My Husband and I are expecting our first child and I am anxiously awaiting that. My parents are coming down to Calgary and I can't wait to show them our home as they have never been here. That's just to name a few. In honour of this special celebration of things to come I have prepared not one but two cards. Enjoy.

Card one: I stamped MFT's A la Modes "Cheers" with momento ink. Coloured in the image with my copics and added some tiny rhinestones as bubbles. I layered the image on cardstock and DP paper by Basic Grey's Lauderdale and Picadilly 6x6 pad. To finish it off I added a brown bow using my bow easy and ribbon from my stash.

Card two: I stamped MFT's A la Modes "Cheers" stamp in momento ink and coloured the image with my copics. I once again added tiny rhinestones for bubbles and red rhinestones to her dress. The image is layers on cardstock and Prima Design paper from their reflections line.

I am entering Card one into the following challenge:
Basic Grey challenge 58-Anything goes

New Challenge for myself

I wanted to challenge myself to do something I had never done on a card before. Most of my stamps and images have always been coloured with blonde or brown hair and fair skin. For this card I challenged myself to actually do black hair and African American skin tones. I think it turned out well for a first attempt.

I stamped the image "Baby Fairy Ayana" by Mo Manning in momento black ink. I then coloured her with my copics (Colours listed below) and added some shimmer to the wings and her dress with a Sakura stardust gel pen. I used Prima's Sweet Fairy 6x6 pad of design paper, a ribbon from my stash, a little baby charm I found in a jewelry store and four purple rhinestones for the finishing touches.

Colours used:
Hair: C3, C5, C7, C10
Skin: E25, E13, E11, E21
Cheeks: R32
Dress, flower: BV13, BV17
Wings: V000, V01
Grass, stem, leaves: G94, G99
Rocks: C1, C3
Water: B000, B00

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Whimsy challenge 19-Charms

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Old Fashion lace

I was a lucky winner on The Paper Shelter's blog hop last week and wanted to share a card I have made with one of their lovely images.

I stamped the image "In the 20's" in momento black ink. I used my copics to colour in my image. I love basing my colour choices on the paper I plan to use so this time I looked for inspiration with Authentique's Gathering collection 6x6 designer paper pad. I loved the turquoise, oranges, and browns. I finished it off with a piece of ivory lace from my stash, a blue flower, and ivory pearl.

Colours used:
Skin: E50, E51
Cheeks: RV10
Hat, Jacket, Shoes: E70, E74, E77, E79
Dress: BG72, BG 75, BG78
Leaves: G94, G99
Flower, bow, purse: YR02, YR04, YR07

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

With the in-laws settled into our guest room a.k.a. my craft room, a fridge full of yummy goodies, and the presents all wrapped and under the tree, I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. We have quite the busy day tomorrow with present opening starting at 10 and then a family dinner starting at 4. I know I won't be able to finish any of my creations until boxing day...since I ran out of adhesive tonight. Rest assured there will be quite a few coming within the next few days.

Till then, enjoy the company of family and friends.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Oh Baby!

Just had my 32 week check up and when I got home I was definitely in the mood to craft for Baby. I decided to get a head start on my announcement cards, something I have been saying I would do for months now. I purchased a MFT stamp a long time again and have been itching to use it but unfortunately just haven't had  much time. I couldn't choose which colour combination to post so I am posting both of them to let you decide which one you like best.

I stamped the My Favourite Things "A la Modes Bundle of Baby" both in momento black ink and coloured them using my copic markers. The sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.

On the purple card I used E00, E01 (Skin), RV10 (Cheeks), E25, E49, E53, E59 (Hair) V12, V15, V17 (Dress, shoes, hairband, rattle band) R81, R83, R84 (Pants, Baby blanket, Rattle).

On the Green card I used E00, E01 (Skin), RV10 (Cheeks), YR 23, Y23, E35 (Hair), YR12, YR14, YR16 (Pants, baby blanket, rattle), YG21, YG23, YG25 (Rattle band, headband, dress, Shoes).

Once coloured I fussy cut them out leaving a white boarder. I matted them on cardstock and design paper from Basic Grey's Kioshi 6x6 paper pad. I also used my spellbinders labels 8 to cut out one of the layers. I completed my card with some buttons to match my colour scheme.

I am entering my cards into the following challenges:
Basic grey challenge 59-Anything goes
Scrapbookers paradise Challenge 46-Buttons
Art impressions challenge 44-Buttons

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Touched by Love at Christmas Time

Hi Everyone,

This is my first post ever as a guest designer. I am happy to have been given an opportunity by Whimsy Stamp Challenge to be their guest designer for the Add a Charm Challenge. They have so many cute stamps to choose from it was so hard to narrow it down but in the end Crissy Armstrong's Touched by Love stamp won my heart. Hopefully it wins you over too.

I used the following to create my card:
*Crissy Armstrong's Touched by love stamp
*Bo Bunny Snowfall Collection 6 x 6 pad
*Best Creations Glitter cardstock in Opal white
*Bazzil cardstock for the base of my card
*Copic Markers in E50, E51, RV10, E35, YR23, Y23, B21, B23, R35, R37, BG72, BG75, G21, G24, E44, E47
*Hero Arts Snowflake sequins
*Queen & Co Snowflake pearls
*Love charm left over from my wedding invitations
*Ribbon and RicRac  from my stash

Check out all the great deals and challenge details on the Whimsy challenge blog at:

I am also entering this card into the One Crazy Stamper Christmas/holiday theme challenge at:

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Holiday wishes and Merry Christmas

After a much needed get together with a dear friend tonight I came home ready to create. I am running low on Christmas and Holiday cards as neighbours have been dropping by to pick up cards here and there to send off to loved ones. Not that I am complaining but my stash is getting rather low and I have yet to mail my own cards out. So I decided to get to work in my workshop.

For the following card I stamped Crissy Armstrong's stamp "Snow fun" in momento ink and coloured with my copic markers. I layered teal and red card stock and attached some pattern paper from Bo Bunny's Snowfall collection onto the top half. I then tore some white cardstock to create snowy hills. I finished the card off with Hero Arts Snowflake sequins, red, teal and white pearls, and stardust stickles.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Onecrazystampers Christmas/holiday theme challenge at:

Whimsy challenge 18 pattern and pearls challenge at:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Lili of the Valley Challenge 123 Anything but a Christmas card

While I can't take all the credit for the creation today. My little Yorkie Poo Roxie was a big "help" sitting on my lap while her mom coloured and put things together.

For the following card I stamped Lili of the Valley's Bunny Cupcakes stamp in momento ink. I coloured the image using my copics and then added some Rhinestones for the little decorations on the top of the frosting. The DP is from Authentique's Uncommon 6x6 bundle and the ribbon is from my stash. I tend to not put sayings on my cards that way if I need one in a pinch I can add whichever saying I need to suit my needs.

I am entering this card into Lili of the Valley's Challenge #123 Anything but a Christmas Card found at:

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Minimal colour card

This is the first time I have ever reduced the amount of colour on my card creations. I have to say that I liked the effect I got and it challenged me to be even more creative. I am most definitely going to have to do this again.
For this card I used White card stock, Star dust stickles, White pearls, clear rhinestones, Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder on the bottom half of card, Sizzix icicles embossing folder on the top of the card, and of course Penny Black's adorable Snowy stamp. The picture really doesn't do it justice as you can't see all the glitter added but trust me its cute.

I am entering this card into the following two challenges:
Penny Black's Whiteout challenge week 180:
Onecrazystamper's Christmas/holiday theme challenge:

More Christmas challenges

Before I had to dismantle my craft room to move it to its new home, I managed to create a few cards for this coming weeks challenges. Not sure when my room will be up and running again as moving it while 6 1/2 months pregnant is quite the challenge. It sure will be nice when its done though. It also means I can start decorating the nursery.

This card features A Greeting Farm's stamp from their Rain, Snow, and Shine collection, designer paper from Bo Bunny's Midnight Frost Paper Pad, Best Creations glitter paper, Martha Stewart's Aspen around the page punch, copics and some purple rhinestones. I just love the non-traditonal Christmas colours.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Anyone for Anya Christmas Challenge:
One  Crazy Stamper's Christmas Holiday theme challenge: