Wednesday, July 28, 2010

1 card - 2 challenges!

I coloured this gorgeous girl last night, and managed to put this card together today in a quiet moment.

Digital Stamp - Download Diva, Kenny K
Design paper - KI Company
Bling - Kaisercraft
Everything else from my de-branded stash :D
Coloured with copic markers - E00, E02, E04, E71, E74, E77, RV000, RV02, RV04, B00

This card is for the following challenges:
Kenny K's Crafty Girls challenged us to use a sketch (check!)
Dare U 2 Digi Stamp challenged us to use stitching (check!)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

1 card - 4 challenges

I remember when paper piecing was cutting out a bunch of shapes then putting them together to make a multi coloured & designed easter bunny (or some such thing). I used to be pretty good at it too, so I was intrigued to see the Mo Manning challenge for this week ... paper piecing. But, oh my! Paper piecing is different in the stamping world, and I love it!!!

So ... this card is for 4 challenges.

Mo Manning has challenged us to use paper piecing (check!)
Friday Sketchers has a lovely square sketch that I adapted to a standard rectangular card (check!)
Stamp Challenges have challenged us to make something flowery (check!)
Digital Tuesday has challenged us to Dazzle me (check!)

This sweet little 'Angel with Kitten' is by Mo Manning, and I have printed her on SU whisper white cardstock and coloured her with copic markers. The pattern paper is from a cheap & nasty stack I bought for the kids at Big W,and I've used some teeny gems at the top, a big Bella gem brad on a Prima flower at the bottom right, and the ribbon is by Making Memories.

Copic markers: E50, E51, E53, E02, E31, E33, E35, W-1, W-3, W-5, W-7, G94, R20, B00, C-1

Friday, July 23, 2010

Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar


It was chaotic fun at Erina Scrapbook Store this morning, teaching 8 lovely ladies how to make this cookie sheet advent calendar. As promised, girls ... here is a close up of the numbers so you can see how I cut them out. Some are popped up with foam tape, and others are just stuck down with double sided tape. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink 'Vintage Photo' to colour up my numbers and title (and everything else!). I have also included the 'countdown to' section. If you just click on it (below) and right click save it to your computer, you can print it right out for your project :)


1 card - 2 challenges

Kenny K's Crafty Girls challenge - sketch (OK, so I diverted from the sketch just a bit, but I just couldn't bring myself to put scalloped edges on a masculine card LOL. I stamped a faux stitched border instead.)
Dare u 2 Digi Stamp challenge - stitching.

Everything here is from my stash, and the stamp is the awesome Kenny K golfer. I coloured him with copic markers. The greeting is from 'Short & Sweet' by SU. The Faux stitch border is a Heidi Grace stamp.

Copic markers: E31, E33, E35, E50, E51, E53, E02, R20, R22, R27, B00, W-1, W-3, W-5, W-7.

Card for Challenges!

Add ImageThis was a card I threw together quickly, but I think it's really cute. I've been making a lot of these crochet flowers lately, and when I picked up this DCWV baby boy stack at Big W this week, I was really happy to find they went together perfectly!!!

So ... I'm entering this card in the following challenges this week :D

Paper Sundaes - challenging us to make our own flowers (check!)
Inkurable Stampers - challenging us to use Lime & Lavender (check!)
Papertake Weekly Challenge blog - challenging us to be cutie patootie! (check!)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Blog Candy - winner & giveaway

There were only 2 entries, which made it quick to pop the names into a little box and let my girls draw one out. The winner is Nikki! Thanks so much for entering the 'Anything Goes' challenge over at the The Town Scrapper, and entering for my blog candy. Please email me with your snail mail address so I can get your prize in the post :)

This is the lovely altered box that Nikki entered in our challenge.

The Town Scrapper is on haitus until 10 September, and we will be returning with some really cool challenges for you then. The DT will still be posting on their own blogs, so feel free to check them all out from time to time for a bit of inspiration. You can find links to the rest of the DT over on the right side of this blog :D

Now to someone else's blog candy. Again, Kellie is offering up some scrummy blog candy! Happy up-coming birthday Kellie! As always, go check out her blog (it's a feast for the eyes!), and check out the awesome stamps in her online store too

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Good things do come in small packages

I had already brought the mail in, so what was that envelope in my letterbox? Had the postie forgotten one and come back to deliver it? Hmmmm ... no. There's no address, just my name. Ooooo ... hand-delivered post. Was it a cheque for Guides? NO! Inside was this BEAUTIFUL card from my lovely friend Sarah Not only is she rocking the copics, but I'm digging the embossing, and how the heck can I make my handwriting look as funky as yours???!!! LOL So now this beautiful burst of colour is sitting high and proud on my desk where I can see her all the time :D Thank you Sarah! You can see more of it on her blog ... here.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Crochet Cuties

I packed up a large batch of crochet flowers and hearts last night, and designed these cute little bag toppers. Well, today Miss 9 helped me to fold the toppers and I attached them to the right bags. I think they look cute, and they should sell well at the upcoming Handmade Craft Markets. You will find me (and my Crochet Cuties) there on Sunday 22 August from 9am-2pm, at Erina High School, in the hall. Packs of 3 are $1.50, and packs of 5 are $2.50. Always happy to make custom colour packs on request :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Kellie Winnell rocks!

OK, this is one seriously talented stamper/colourer/papercrafter, people! Kellie Winnell is made of 100% creative genius, and I drool on my keyboard when I look at her blog and DT creations. Now she's gone and made herself even more awesome in my eyes by offering up the biggest piece of blog candy I have ever seen!!!!! Check it out ... see that photo? THAT is the candy.

So ... pop on over to her blog and do yourself a favour and cruise around and look at her beautiful cards. It's time well spent :)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Kenny K's first challenge!

I know I'm just squeaking it in, but this is my entry for the first Kenny K challenge, which is PASTEL!

I used Download Diva as a headshot, and coloured her with the only pastel-type copics I have, and stuck to lighter hair. I coloured a white prima flower with the same copic markers, as well as the circle with the stamped sentiment (SU Taggers Dozen). The paper is from my scrap heap as is the pearl heart. I just got my clear Spica pen, so it's all over everything (even if you can't see it in the photo, it really is!)

Go check out the awesomeness that is the Kenny K Crafty Girls here and try not to drool on your keyboards!

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Town Scrapper Friday Challenge

It's challenge day!!!!! Head on over to The Town Scrapper and see what the Design Team has done this week. Amazing! The challenge this week is 'Anything Goes!'.

This card is super simple and quick to make, and the base is from the one-sheet wonder class I am teaching next month. The paper is Kaisercraft, the greeting is printed from the computer and the stamp is CC Designs Spring Emma coloured with copic markers. The tiny crochet heart is made by me :D You like? Good ... because there'll be some exciting news about these little crochet goodies at the end of this post.

This card is made from a very old scrap of pattern paper with bazzil cardstock, prima flowers and Kaisercraft droplets. The stamp is Kraftin Kimmie Lavinia and is coloured with copic markers.

Both of these stamps came to me all the way from Phebe's shop in Canada!

This is our last challenge for the month before we take a summer haitus (which is weird for me in the middle of winter LOL). Not only is there an awesome prize on offer over at The Town Scrapper, but I am offering up a little blog candy too!

To be in the running for a set of 12 tiny rainbow crochet hearts, here's what to do:

Go to The Town Scrapper blog here and read the challenge rules.
Go to your scrapping desk and make a cool card (don't forget to photograph it!).
Go to your blog and show us what you made.
Go back to The Town Scrapper blog and use the Inlinkz blue frog to enter.
Come back here and leave a comment on this post with a link to your blog entry.

I can't wait to see the awesome cards you're all going to be making! The challenge ends at midnight 22 July (Canadian time), and I will have my daughters do a random draw to select a winner of the blog candy before they go to school on 23 July, before announcing the winner. Don't forget to check back in to see if you've won!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Scrap It TV

I can't believe it was March when I taped a segment for Scrap It TV Series 3! The new series starts tonight, 8pm on the Aurora Channel. If you'd like to see a preview of the series, click here. If you look closely you'll even see me!!!!

We shot 4 segments at Erina Scrapbook Store with Tony and had a ball! Rachel Greig (of Darkroom Door) and Stacey Howes (inventor of the incredible Line It Up tool) also filmed some segments. This is a great photo that Rach took of me on the set.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tiny crochet goodness!

Here it is ... my new favourite way to keep busy whilst at the doctors office, chatting on the phone or watching tv. Crochet.

My goal is to fill these tins for the Handmade Craft Markets next month. I think I can do it LOL. They look so cute on cards, scrapbooking pages, hairclips, amigurumi or handmade dolls.

My next challenge is to set a price for them, and decide whether I should bag some up, or just leave them loose :D

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Town Scrapper Monday Showcase

It's showcase day! Wait until you see what the rest of the design team has in store for you over at The Town Scrapper!!! This is my card for Monday. Again, I've been rummaging around in my stash, trying to use up years of leftover paper goodies & embellishments.

This is a beautiful new Victoria Case stamp, carried by Phebe at The Town Scrapper, called Magical Sophie. Isn't that puppy just the cutest?! Here's the full ingredient list:

Stamp - Victoria Case, Magical Sophie
Copic markers - E50, E51, E53, E31, E33, E35, E71, E74, E77, C-1, C-3, C-5, BOO, RV95, RV000, RV02, RV04, BV00, BV02, BV04 and a pink Spica pen
Greeting stamp - Studio G
Design paper - Making Memories
Purple ink
Gems & ribbon from stash

Now ... get on over to the blog and see what the rest of the show! Want to know more about Phebe's products? You can contact Phebe by email at or by phone at 519-882-0623 (that's in Canda, people!)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

DT Call!

Your Next Stamp is looking for new DT members!

This is an open design team call, so anyone of any age from anywhere can apply! The new DT term will run for 6 months from September 1st 2010 through February 28th 2011. You must have a well-maintained blog on which you would be willing to share your YNS creations each week, be able to take good quality digital photographs of your work, and possess great coloring skills.

The stamps over at YNS are just adorable, and my dd'
s have put in quite a wish list already. Just perfect for a quick, cute card :)

So ... I thought I'd show off some of my favourite stamped & coloured creations for YNS, and just maybe they might consider me as an applicant for
their design team ;)

This mini card was made using goodies all from my scrap folder. The CC Designs stamp was coloured with copic markers, and I even put my new Cricut to good use for the sun & tiara combo and matted word.

This card I made for a sketch challenge, using the gorgeous Shy Tilda stamp by Motivet. This cute little hippo is also coloured using copic markers, and assembled from papers in my scrap folders.

Last, but certainly not least, is another copic coloured card. This Mo Manning image is the spitting image of my oldest daughter!

As you've probably guessed, I like bold colours and shading. Oh, if only my budget would allow me to expand my copic collection more rapidly LOL. I'm a sucker for cute, and I don't discriminate when it comes to stamps ... rubber, acrylic or digital ... they're all good!!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

It's Challenge Friday!!!!

Friday is challenge day at The Town Scrapper. This weeks challenge is Monochromatic! I may have been a little liberal in my interpretation, but stuck (mostly) with yellow green. I love working monochromatic ... I don't have to think so much about which colours to combine LOL. So if you want to have a go, pop on over to The Town Scrapper blog, get the details, and join in the fun!

Here's a list of my ingredients:
Stamp - Victoria Case, Sophie with Daffodil
Copic markers - E50, E51, E53, E04, Y00, 602, YT00, YT03, GG05, B00, R20, Colourless blender
Cuttlebug die - Friend
Flower - Prima
Brad - Bazzil
Cardstock, paper & ricrac from my very old stash.
Foam tape - Martha Stewart

I embossed the carstock, cut out the 'friend' sentiment and used foam tape to pop it up. I also used foam tape under the stamped image. The dots on the ribbon around the pot were made with my colourless blender. I also "inked" around the embossed cardstock with my YG03 copic marker.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Kraftin Kimmie challenge!

NOTE: This is my 2nd post for today.

I was thrilled to find that the Kraftin Kimmie challenge #36 is a sketch challenge! I wanted to play with a 'head shot' style of stamping, and Lavinia (from the steampunk collection) really fit the bill for this card. Definately go check out what the design team have put together for this sketch challenge over at the Kraftin Kimmie blog ... wow!!!

For this card I used:
Copic markers: E50, E51, E53, E02, E31, E33, E35, W-1, W-3, W-5, W-7
Stamp: Kraftin Kimmie, Lavinia
Ink: Memento, Tuxedo Black
Distress Ink, Vintage Photo
Design papers - KI Memories (background), K&Co (faux stamp)
Cardstock - Bazzil
Button, twistel and thread from stash

Play time!!!

Here is a peek into the box of tricks I took to my friend Stacey's place last night. All I did was colour some pre-stamped images, but the other girls were playing with nestabilities, cardmaking, scrapbooking and generally catching up in a child-free atmosphere. It was really nice ... and there were fresh baked jam drops! Mmmmm ... thanks Stacey!!! Big thanks to Sarah for doing the driving too.

In my box of tricks were my copic markers, fave new stamps from CC Designs, Clip Art & Scraps, Kraftin Kimmie, Mo Manning, Whiff of Joy and The Greeting Farm. It was nice to be able to socialise with the other teachers from Erina Scrapbook Store and share a few laughs over mountains of paper & rubber LOL.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Wicked is ... well ... wicked!!!

Today I had a special girls day with my 8yodd. We baked cookies and a banana cake, and listened to the soundtrack of Wicked. The whole family went to see it last month, and my 8yo princess is totally obsessed with it (not unlike myself LOL). She wanted to add a page to her scrapbook album about the day we saw Wicked, so we did that as well. Then we watched video clips of Wicked on YouTube. Ah, how we would love to go back and see it again, but how sad that it's ending in September :( Jemma Rix is my hero, and maybe I'll be able to get around to that stage door before Wicked leaves Sydney forever.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Town Scrapper Friday Challenge

Our challenge for you today over at The Town Scraper is 'Tent Cards'. Come on over to the blog and see the gorgeous inspiration cooked up for you by the Design Team. You can make a tent card of your own and enter it into the challenge for the chance at a great prize!

For my card I have used the beautiful 'Beary Sweet' Victoria Case stamp (exclusive to The Town Scrapper). Yes ... dug into my stash again, and here are my other ingredients ...

Copic markers - E50, E51, R20, R22, R27, B00, B02, E43, E47, E31, E33, E35
Bazzil cardstock
Design Paper - Kaisercraft
Flower - prima
Kaisercraft Droplets
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Vintage Photo