Saturday, May 26, 2012

And the Winner is...

... Me!!!  I'm so excited...I went to the Kraftin Kimmie page this morning to check out the new challenge for this week and found out that I won last week's challenge.  I totally wasn't expecting that and it was a great start to my day!  So this weeks challenge is "Get Sentimental" and here is my card.
I am having fun with all the Wonderland stamps.  For this one I decided to use the "Mad Hatter" and one of the stamps from the "Wonderland Sentiments" set.  I stamped Hatter with tuxedo black memento ink and colored him with copic markers (YR00, 02, 04 - E50, 01, 11 (skin) E13, 15, 17 (hair) - YG91, 93, 95, 97 - BV000, 02, 04, 08, 11 - W01, 02, 04) and memento Danube marker for his eyes. The patterned paper is from the basic grey "out of print" line and I found some flowers in my collection (drawer full LOL) that matched the paper (I think they are prima flowers) and glued some buttons in the middle.  I stamped the sentiment with ranger archival ink and added a few kaiser split pea colored rhinestones to the bottom.  It is hard to tell in the picture but I adhered the sentiment block using dimensionals. Also looking at the picture the card stock and one flower look almost black but it is actually bazzill "capers" card stock and it is kind of a dark olive green and so is the flower.  I edged the white paper and patterned paper with spanish olive versa magic chalk ink.

Thanks so much to Kraftin Kimmie for another great challenge and for the awesome prize.  I will make a project with my new stamp as soon as it arrives and post it on my blog!

Well that's it for tonight.  It's late and I'm really tired and probably making lots of mistakes in this post LOL. I'll double check it tomorrow for errors!!!

Goodnight all have a fabulous Sunday.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Lady Victoria!

I was checking out the Kenny K challenge this week because I have picked up a bunch of Kenny K stamps over the last few months. The challenge this week is paper piecing - I love this technique- so I had to do this challenge. I think I even managed to finish the card and get the posted in time (as usual I discovered the challenge at the last minute LOL)

All the stamps I bought are very detailed so paper piecing is a little more challenging with them.  I decided to go with Lady Victoria and paper piece the main part of her dress and her top hat.  The patterned paper I used is from Creative Imaginations - it doesn't have a line name on it - it's from about 4 years ago I think.  I also used the same paper on the main part of the card.  I colored the rest of the image with copic markers (E50, E01, E11, E21, E25, E27 - YR02, YR14, R22, R24 - W04, C01, C03, C06 & 0)  I also used memento markers black, lady bug & bahama blue and sakura silver star pen (on her walking stick).  I stamped the greeting on the card using a kaiser craft stamp and ranger archival black ink.  I edged the image with pumpkin spice and red magic versa magic chalk ink.  The flowers are from prima and the rhinestones are by kaiser.

That's it for tonight, I'm going to look for another challenge for tomorrow's project.  Have a great Saturday everyone, I'll be back tomorrow night with another post.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Be Who You Would Seem To Be....

I would seem to be late with my post...but not quite.  I'm just in the nick of time for the second week in a row LOL.  As you know I didn't get my last post up in time for the Kraftin Kimmie challenge so I wanted to make sure I got it done on time this week.  I checked their blog today and they had posted the new challenge for this week & voila I'm done.  So I would seem to be late but...I'm actually on time.  Their challenge this week is a sketch which you can find here.  Here is what I came up with!  Sorry the picture isn't the greatest, it's a little blurry but so are my eyes at the moment LOL!

Update: Since this is another Alice in Wonderland project I went and check out the Altered Alice site again and I can also enter it for the "anything goes" challenge".  So I'm going to do that now.  :)

I stamped the Cheshire Cat (kraftin kimmie stamps) on white Gina K 120lb card stock with memento black ink and colored him with copic markers ( BG70, 72, 75, 78 - R00, 02, C3 & Y19).  I cut the image and mat out with spellbinders large & small petite ovals and edged the white oval with versa magic ocean depth chalk ink. I didn't have a ribbon that would match (even though I have 3 drawers full of ribbon!!!) so, I colored a white ribbon with copic marker BG75.  The flowers are by prima and I inked up a inkadinkado script stamp with Aegean blue versa magic ink and stamped it on both the cream colored flowers.  I used kaiser craft blue grey rhinestones on the flowers and on the top right corner for a little more detail.  I stamped the verse stamp on the patterned paper with black memento ink - it kind of gets lost in the picture, looks better up close.  The patterned paper is from the basic grey out of print line.  Oh! I also used a little bit  of clear glaze pen on his eyes.

Well I actually have a day off tomorrow so maybe I'll get a chance to spend some more time in my studio.  Have a great holiday on Monday everyone!


Friday, May 18, 2012

More Stamps!!!

So I'll admit that I'm addicted to stamps as well as paper.  I have a large collection (compared to some craft rooms I've seen on line - my collection is not that big) and I keep adding to it.  I do try to really think through each stamp I buy and have a project in mind when I buy it.  Sometimes though I just have to buy them because they are just so cute!!! My biggest challenge now is to use them!!!  I looked through all the stamps I purchased over the last few months and found the companies I have bought the most from.  Then I decided to go to their websites and look for challenges.

Most of my new stamps are by Kraftin Kimmie (10 so far and I have more on order!!!)  There are so many fun  stamps from this company I just keep adding them to every order I get LOL. I think I have almost all the Alice in Wonderland series now (still missing the red queen) and I also have Drucilla, Mr. Punkin Head, Frank n Kitty and Cheeky Monkey ( I can't wait until my next order gets here & I just found out they have a Wizard of Oz collection - Oh My!!! ).  Anyhow I found the challenge on the  Kraftin Kimmie stamps blog and decided to try it.  I just found the blog yesterday and I knew I probably wouldn't get the card finished and posted before the time ran out but, I really wanted to try it anyway.  Since I was using a Alice in Wonderland stamp I decided to check out the challenge on The Altered Alice blog.- this month's challenge - anything goes!!!

This weeks Kraftin Kimmie challenge really was a challenge for me - a single layer card.  I truly don't think I've ever made one. Even my most simple cards usually have at least 2 or 3 layers.  I knew whatever I did I was going to be coloring with my copic markers so I started with the Gina K 120lb base weight white card stock (fabulous paper-copics don't bleed through at all).  I stamped the Alice and greeting (both by kraftin kimmie) with black memento ink and colored it with copic markers (B000, 00, 01, 02 - E000, 00, 01 - R20, 22 - YR21, 24, 31 - N0, 03).  After I was done coloring the image I made a mask for it and then used a variety of stamps and distress inks (chipped sapphire, tumbled glass & broken china) to create the background.  The clocks and gears stamps are from the Sense of Time set by stampin up and the doorknobs, keyholes and keys are from the hardware set by crafty secrets.  Once I removed the mask I added some diamond stickles to Alice's bow and ribbon and used a red star glitter pen for the gem on her necklace.  I also highlighted one key and doorknob with a clear glaze pen (doesn't show up in the picture) and then added a few rhinestones here and there.

Now I'm off to find more challenges for tomorrow and next week.  I'll be back with another post tomorrow night.  Have a great holiday weekend everyone!!! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Another Mother's Day card....

Well I'm just managing to get this post up in the nick of time.  I had to work all day and then had a lovely dinner  with the girls from Scrap Arts.  Many thanks to Marie for hosting such a wonderful evening and making such a delicious dinner.  We even made a couple of cute craft projects ... I'll post the pics in a couple of days.

Here is another one of the Mother's Day cards I made this week.  It is a very simple one done in the same style  and with the same papers I used a couple of weeks ago for birthday cards.  I used Gina K 120lb base weight card stock for the base and some black bazzill card stock for layering.  I cut the ovals out with the cricut using George cartridge.  I have a few sheets of this patterned paper called daisy downpour that I am trying to use up.  The flowers are from prima and I put a button and rhinestone in the middle to add a little more interest.  I also put some kaiser craft black rhinestones in the corners.
I will have another post in a few days,  I hope to have a little more time in my studio this week.  Have a very Happy Mother's Day everyone & thanks for stopping by.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Making Progress!

I haven't had as much time in my studio this week as I had hoped but I did get some stuff accomplished.  I got a good start on re organizing my studio.  I had to start with my main work area as it was driving me crazy. 
 Here is what it looked like to start.

I took everything off it completely and started with a clean slate.

I took this picture as I was working on it.

This is the final result.

I’m not sure if it is better but, it can’t be any worse LOL.  Actually I had time to sit at the desk and work on some cards when I was done.  It is much more organized and easier to find what I need.  I now have all my dies and cuttlebug folders close to my big shot all my punches are out where I can see them (which means I might actually use them LOL).  All my inks are in visible and easy to reach.  I will post more on how I store most of my stamps later but I did get a lot them organized.  They are sitting on the shelf next to the big shot.

I decided to make a few Mother’s Day cards using layouts from my “all occasion card class”.  I ordered a bunch of the basic grey picadilly paper from a place on line (I was ordering stamps and they had the paper on sale… I couldn’t resist) but, now I have to put it to good useJ.  Anyhow, here are the two cards I made using the paper.

I really do need to get another Happy Mother's Day stamp LOL!  I'm getting really tired of this one!  Well, it's a little to late to worry about it this year but definitely for next year I need to get some different ones.  I cut the butterflies out on the cricut using the indie art cartridge and the greeting block is from the storybook cartridge.  The image stamps on the greeting blocks are from the basic grey insignia stamp set and I used memento tangelo and dandelion ink.  I embossed the white paper on the top card using craft concepts "venus" embossing folder and the bottom one with craft concepts "weaving blocks folder.  I edged all the pieces using tea leaves versa magic ink and covered the butterflies with diamond stickles.

I guess that's enough for tonight.  I will be back tomorrow with another post... I hope!!!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I hope everyone had a fun filled day!  I made tacos, tortillas & guacamole for dinner and we ate way too much food LOL!  Anyway I did get a chance to get another card made tonight and here it is.

Here is project #2 for this week!

This is a variation of a card from my All Occasion Card class.  I really do love the papers from the Basic Grey "picadilly" line. They are double sided and for this card I used both sides of breadbox paper.  The cupcake was cut out using the Home Decor cricut cartridge and I covered the icing part with diamond stickles.  The greeting stamp is from the Amy R Stamp set "It's Your Birthday" and I stamped it with walnut stain distress ink. I cut the circle out using the cricut and the scalloped circle using the petite scalloped circles spellbinders.  I used some jumbo java versa magic ink for some of the edges.  I added a couple of larger brads and covered them with diamond stickles as well (it doesn't really show up in the picture).

I think I might actually get to spend the day in my craft room tomorrow.  I will post pictures of the progress I make ... if I actually make any, LOL!

Have a great rest of the weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by!


Friday, May 4, 2012

Lots of Changes...

...and not just to my blog ( I had to change it up a bit for spring & summer).  I have had to make some other changes as well.  I was working 3 part time jobs and one of them is our own family operated retail store Big Pete's Collectibles (Pete is my DH).  Well, I will be working there more often now so I have to give up one job and cut back on the other.  I will no longer be working at Scrap Arts but I do hope to be able to teach classes there occasionally.  When I have a class designed I will continue to post pics with dates and times on my class page.  It probably won't be until some time in July but I will post as soon as I know more.

I'm also going to change up my personal challenge I had running on here for myself and decide on a some new challenges over the next few weeks.  I think I will go looking for a few challenges on some of my favourite craft sites and see what I find.  I will still update my blog twice a week with new projects though.

Here is project one for this week. 

For this card I used a stamp from the Clematis & Butterflies stamp set by Flourishes.I stamped the image on Gina K 120lb base weight card stock with tuxedo black memento ink.  I coloured the image with copic markers (B000, 01, 02 - YG00, 01, 03 & YR00, 02) then added a bit of diamond stickles to the butterfly.  I used spellbinders large & small petite ovals to cut out image and mat.  The circles for the greeting and mat were cut out using George cricut cartridge ( 1.5"). I edged the greeting and image with versa magic key lime chalk ink.  I added some sheer blue ribbon and honeydew bakers twine (the twinery) and the rhinestones are split pea colour (hard to tell in picture) from kaiser craft. The patterned paper is from one of my favorite lines (I ordered a bunch of this paper) picadilly by basic grey - this one is called breakfast nook.  Both the image and the greeting are popped up with foam 3d dots.

Here is my trusty assistant helping assemble the card LOL!
and here is the chaos that is my desk

This is another area I'm going to have to change up a bit. It needs a total redo this week.  I will post a pic when it is finished.

Well that's it for tonight, I'll be back tomorrow with another card.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!