Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sentimental Sundays - Let Us See Some Dimension

Hi and happy Sunday!

It's suddenly got quite cold here - I am actually pondering about putting the heating on and I'm usually the hot-blooded one! At least this sudden drop of temperature forced me to get my act together ans sort out kids clothes - putting away the summer ones and discovering with certain alarm that (surprise!) they have grown since last winter. Anybody want a hefty bag of used winter clothes??? No?? Darn.

Anyways, I decided to use the dimensions challenge at Sentimental Sundays for the card from my kiddos to their beloved nana. The card is in 6x6 format with a little extra front step.

I got those fab little Hanglars from wonderful Faye (a.k.a. Fluff) and had been itching to colour them for a while. I used Copic Markers but stopped writing down the colours sometime in midst of colouring the second image of three. I just used too many markers, lol.

The papers are from Echo Park (totally love their stuff, now if they did smaller format pads as well...) Most of the embellies are from a sticker sheet that came with the papers. I'm lazy like that. Just inked everything with Vintage Photo and I was good to go. This is fast becoming my favorite ink pad, next to Antique Linen.

The punch I used is from EK Success. It's my first time using it and I so love it!! The sentiment is from Whimsy Stamps, the set is called Birthday Letter Seals and is one of my big favorites.

I would like to enter thee following challenges:
Charisma Cardz (3 entries) - anything goes
Dutch Dare (2 weeks, 2 entries) - birthday cards
Creative Inspirations - 2 or more stamped images
Sisterhood of Crafters - birthdays
A Spoonful Of Sugar - anything goes
Karber - food and beverages theme
Stamptacular Sundays - Seasons change 
Crazy Challenge - Cook It 
Cupcake Inspirations

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cause we never have enough stash..

Just to let you now that Nellie Snellen Christmas punches are now on preorder at 7 Kids College Fund.
Tab is also now stocking 6x6 SEI paper pads. Those papers are so much prettier than you can see from pictures with all the glitter and foiled and shimmery papers in the pad. If you order before Sept 29th you can use a code KRISKRINGLE at checkout to get 10% off all SEI pads!
And not to forget Whiff Of Joy holiday collection - cute as ever!

I am really drooling over Sizzix/Basic Grey embossing folders on pre order - that plaid folder alone would make me very happy indeed.
 Now, and on that note I should go and stop another toddler fight that just broke out in kitchen. lol

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Stamp Something - Fall Colour Somethings

I finally did it!! This gorgeous digi from Tickled Pink Stamps was printed on watercolour paper and then actually WATERCOLOURED with distress inks!! Yay!!! (doing not-so-funky-due-to-enormous-bum-dance around the table)

I had tried everything. And I mean every single tip there was to find to stop my printer ink running with water. Nothing worked. Until I found a tutorial by fabulous Rica (who, btw, is one of the coolest colourists EVAH!!!). She actually washes her digis. So did I. Yep. Just wash them, under running tap, rubbing gently. You will loose a little bit of crispness in lines but no more bleeding. And since you get the whole piece of paper wet evenly it will dry totally flat.

Word of warning though - it can only be done with watercolour paper - it's especially designed to withstand copious amounts of water. Any other paper will probably fall apart.

OK, now that I have calmed down - well, almost - couple of words about the card. The papers are from Cosmo Cricket Material Girl pad, all sponged with Vintage Photo. I made the flowers myself from gingham ribbons and punched the leaves with Xcut embossing punch from the same papers. Border punch is from EK Success (love it!!), lace and ribbon from my stash. All I added then was some buttons and a generous amount of flat back pearl. I don't really buy adhesive ones any more, find the non-adhesive ones easier to work with. Tombow glue is perfect for working with those - it has very precise application, never clogs and holds with a death grip.

Check out the gorgeous work of Stamp Something DT and don't forget to enter your project!

I would like to enter this card into following challenges:
Charisma Cardz  - anything goes
Paper Romance - handmade flowers
ABC Challenge  - D is for Distressing
Creative Belli  - embellishments starting with B
Creative Card Crew (2 weeks) - autumn or fall
ColourQ - old olive, peach parfait, so saffron, poppy parade, white
Crafty Little Place - brown, green and orange
Everybody-Art-Challenge - autumn
Paper Playtime - autumn
Paper Sundaes - fall or halloween colors
Scrappy Frogs (3 weeks) - make your own flowers
Lil' Lolita Boutique - stitching (flowers are hand stitched, buttons are stitched to card and BG paper also has some stitching pattern)

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

If you are looking for Phindy's Wnter Cuties Hop...

You can find it HERE

Phindy's Challenge - Thank You card

I love Fridays cause I can show another Phindy card then - boy am I mad about her stamps or what!!

Our new challenge theme is to make a Thank You card or project, any style is fine as long as you use Phindy's image!

I couldn't resist colouring up one of her Summer Cuties - I know it's autumn now but I think the image is perfect for gratitude card!

The colouring is a combination of Copic Markers and Prismacolor pencils with mineral spirit. The papers are from Pink Paislee and I sponged them with Memento Summer Sky and Danube Blue. The stitching was done by hand. I've kept everything very simple to let the image and sentiment take the center stage.

I would like to enter this card into following challenges:
Anything Goes - cute
Color Throwdown - melon mambo, pacific point, river rock
2 Sketches 4 You - SKETCH
Karber - food and beverages theme
Stamptacular Sunday - use a grid pattern
Secret Crafter - anything goes
Sweet Stampin - stitching

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Little Cowgirl - Messy has been playing

I don't usually "do" western theme but this little Ride Em Cowgirl from Whimsy Stamps was just begging to be coloured up!

The colouring is a combination of Copic Markers and Prismacolor pencils with mineral spirit. The papers are from old and forgotten K&Co pad - aren't they lovely. It's therapeutic to go through your old stash once in a while, lol.

I also used a sentiment from Raindrop Echo Designs - it's from Gift Horse set but all of the sentiments in that set would fit the lil' cowgirl perfectly!

All the metal embellies were originally silver, I coloured them up with Copics (combination of YR23 and E37) to get more aged bronze look. I made the flower myself and the flower center is a combination of 4 metal pendants (the loops clipped off) and some acrylic gems.

I would like to enter this card into following challenges:
Anything Goes - cute
Creative Card Crew (2 weeks) - autumn or fall
Digital Tuesday - DIGI STAMP and it's all about the girls
Tuesday Throwdown - paper pleating
Paper Playtime - autumn
Corrosive Challenges  (2 entries) - use some of your unused craft stuff (papers, metal embellies)
Paper Sundaes - fall or halloween colors
Scrappy Frogs (3 weeks) - make your own flowers
Sundays with Crissy (monthly) - sparkly and shiny
Cinema Saturday - use metal
Sweet Stampin - stitching
Alphabet - U is for Unused stash
Stamp Man (2 weeks) - distress

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Totally cheating

Thing is, I really like House Mouse images. Somehow though I have not yet managed to acquire any - surprising really, considering my stash building stamina.

So when I saw there was a blog hop on at House Mouse Challenge Blog, I really wanted to hop along too (admittedly quite smitten by their fab prizes).

But how do you participate in a challenge that requires House Mouse image if you don't own any stamps?

Well, you think. Then you remember you had a sheet of House Mouse decoupage someplace. Then you dig. Then you cut - a lot and badly. Then you stick it all together with oodles of glue gel and put together a card which feels totally wrong and not "yours". But hey, I DID try!!! :P

Because of the shininess and glare of the decoupage sheet I couldn't really show the dimension on the image. It's really built up from tiny pieced and looks very 3D.

Other than that things just didn't come together, I guess I find it hard to "bond" with ready-coloured image, lol

But I'm going to enter it into the challenge anyway. :D

Thanks for looking and happy crafting

Friday, September 17, 2010

Phindy's Winter Cuties - Wooo-Hoooo, We're Hopping!!!

Seriously, you HAVE to see Phindy's Winter Cuties!!! They are so adorable I just know I'm gonna end up getting them ALL!!!

If you came here from Ann's blog - you're on right track. If not - boy, if you have ANY time to spare go back to the challenge blog and start hopping. It's worth it for eye candy only, nevermind the fact that you can WIN yourself some Winter Cuties!! What do you have to do to win? First, you need to visit the DT's blogs and leave a comment at each one. Also, each blog will have a word that you need to collect as you hop along. Put the words together to make a sentence and leave a comment, including your sentence, at the last stop (the challenge blog).

My word is CUTIES.

Now, enough chatting - betcha you are impatient to see the CUTIES:
I used Basic Grey Capella papers on that card, some lace and snowflake punches. And Stickles. Everywhere.

Other than that it's just letting the image do it's work. Happy sigh.
skin E21/00/000/0000. R02/01/00
Boots E47/37/35/33/31/41
hat, gloves, tights YG95/93/91, G0000
Coat E74/44/71/70/41

I would like to enter this card to the following challenges:
ABC Challenge (2 weeks) - D is for Distressing
ABC Christmas (2 weeks) - (christmas cards) S is for Santa
Paper Pretties - pearls, rhinestones or glitter dots
Die Cut Dreams - using a digi, sweet little girls
Aly's Sunday Challenge (2 weeks) - sparkly and glittery
Sundays with Chrissy (monthly) - sparkly and shiny
Craft Your Days Away (2 weeks) - girly and glitter
Our Daily Bread Designs - sparkle
Cupcake Craft challenges - sketch

And my second card, this time I went for warm traditional hues.
Papers are Basic Grey Jovial (GORGEOUS pad), everything else is the bottomless pit that is my stash. I sponged the papers with white ink, just to soften the lines a bit.
skin E11/21/00, R02.01/00
Teddy E47/37/35/33/31/41
hair E49/47/37/35/99/97
jumper, bows, shoes E18/09/07/04/02
Skrt YG99/97/95/93/91

I would like to enter this card to the following challenges:
ABC Christmas (2 weeks) - (christmas cards) S is for Santa
Paper Pretties - pearls, rhinestones or glitter dots
Die Cut Dreams - using a digi, sweet little girls
Lexi's Creations (2 weeks) - flower power
Paper Sundaes - minimum of 3 different types of embellishments (ribbons, bead caps, flowers, felt, bling)
Scrappy Frog (3 weeks) - flower power
Totally Gorjuss - flowers
Sketch and stash - sketch

And now it's time to hop over to LINDA'S BLOG - you are up for a treat!!!

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Three cards for three design teams - phew

This is going to be a long post again - got three cards to show you!!

First up is

The challenge is obviously to incorporate a tag into your project, easy-peasy!!

Our sponsor this week is Meljens who also kindly gave us the images to use. Aren't those kitties adorable - I'd take them any day. If my dog wasn't cat-eating kind, that is. lol

The flowers on card are also from Meljens - they're called Flower Layers and you get loads of flower shapes and leaves you can paper piece or colour. They're only available since yesterday at Whimsy Stamps. I paper pieced mine and shaped with embossing tool. Left them quite plain because I liked the homespun feel of the card.

Just a message to anybody who wants to order something from Whimsy Stamps - their website is experiencing some MAJOR technical issues and if you want to order something and know what it is, you can just email Denise with your wish and she will issue a Paypal invoice.
The kitties were coloured with my Prismas. I've been admiring gorgeous cards by Dorcas and Tara and it really has made me want to play with my pencils more. Those cute soft "cosy housewife" sort of papers are from Fancy Pants.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Pixie Dust Studio - animals
Some Odd Girl (2 weeks) - 3 or more images
Scrappy Frog (3 weeks) - flower power
Totally Gorjuss - flowers
Sketch Saturday - sketch

Next card is for
Any project involving a digital stamp goes!

We have lots of different digi companies sponsoring - I got this cute image to work with from Wink Wink Ink. It came with several sentiments besides the one I used. I thought it would be fun to really make things fuzzy so dug into my forgotten stash of fibres and roughed up the papers. Lemme tell you, sewing with furry fibre is A MAJOR PAIN IN BUTT. There. I said it.
I coloured the image with Prismas (told ya - playing!) and made the vintagey lopsided flower from lace and Papermania brad. Leaves are made of satin ribbon.  The papers are from Jillybean Soup.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
ABC Challenge (2 weeks) - D is for Distressing
Wild Flower Patch - stripes
Ooh La La Creations (2 weeks) - stripes
Shabby Tea Room - inspired by nature and/or using the color green
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - faux or real stitching
Andrea's Stampin' Moments - thinking of you
Paper Playtime - if the shoe fits, buy one in every color (variety)

And the last but not least
Now, another card for OWH. At least this time I knew what A2 card is. You can find some guidelines for making a card for Operation Write Home HERE.

The papers are from SEI and October Afternoon, I edged everything with silver leafing pen to keep the card reasonably flat but still define the layers. Green strip was put through the paper crimper and then accented with leafing pen again.
It's back to Copics for this card, I'll need more practice to colour hoomans (and fairies) properly with Prismas.
Skin: E13/11/00/000
Boots, tights, hair: E39/37/35/34/33/31
hat, jacket: E79/74/71/70
Dress: E44/43/41/40
Cat: T3/T1, 0

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Paper Romance - birthday or christmas cards for OWH
Paper Pretties - pearls, rhinestones or glitter dots (you can't see them very well, but they're there, in the corner!!!)
Die Cut Dreams - using a digi, sweet little girls
Cowgirl's Sunday Challenge (3 entries) - christmas cards for OWH

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Birthday updates and some cool shopping news

Firstly I want to say big thank you from my and my lil' girl for all the birthday wishes and compliments! Yes, she is a real beauty.

And a neat eater she is too. Seriously, all it took was just bite of chocolate cake from her brothers birthday cake. THAT'S why her birthday cake looked like this:

And now to some really COOL shopping news. Really, folks, I'm almost twitchy with need-need-need!!

Viva Decor Pearl Pens are in stock at 7 Kids College Fund! YAY!!!! Soooo easy to make pearls!! And I LOVE pearls. As you might have noticed. Ahem.

There's also Viva Glitter Liner Pens (oh those are amazing, really, you can make glittery swirls - I've tried and they come out FAB) and Viva Glass Effect Pens - haven't tried those yet but definitely will!!!

AND there's new Basic Grey  in stock too - Jovial, Pyrus and Wander. I have Jovial already - oh it's yummy - and I'm waiting for Pyrus and Wander. Enter code JOVIAL10 to get 10 % off ALL in stock Basic Grey until Sept. 22nd!

There's also some new Popcorn The Bear stamps (can you say "CUUUTE!!!").

And have you seen the new SWALK stamps already? No? Oh, you must have a look, gorgeous artwork!

Now then, and on that note I'll take my leave - very busy day ahead.


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