Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Anniversary Celebration: Sketch Challenge by Julia Stainton

This is my creation for the Anniversary Celebration Sketch Challenge by the talented Julia Stainton.  Ellen is celebrating her 5th anniversary with some great prizes and challenges.  You really should check it out!

The Night Before Christmas was always our children's favorite story as they were growing up and they never grew tired of hearing it over, and over and over.....so I decided to make my own wee version of the book. 

It is hard to see in the photo but the book does have several pages.  I distressed it a fair bit, added a bookmark and hand stitched it down the centre - just like the original books were made. This was just way too much fun to make!

Here is the link to Ellen's blog if you would like to join in the challenges:

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Unscripted Sketches #134

SarahKaye has given us another fabulous sketch to work with this week!

love this background stamp that I chose for this card....it is so elegant and wedding appropriate!  I embossed the image with Silver Pearl (CTMH) powder for a rich and elegant look suitable for a wedding card.  The bride and groom are probably a wee bit too contemporary for this card but it was the only wedding stamp that I have!

Please click on the link below to check out the inspirational buffet that the DT has prepared!  The sky is the limit with this sketch so get busy crafting and share your creations with us at Unscripted Sketches!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

colourQ challenge #111...

Another beautiful color combo!  I am always so inspired by the rich 'earthyness' (a new word I made up!) of colors like these.

I kept the card quite simple.  I stamped the tree and sentiment with Crumb Cake but it just didn't pop, so I very carefully stamped over the images with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder.  This deepened the color just enough to give it a bit of depth. You can see the gloss better in the real life card. 

I punched the dots from Pear Pizazz, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry and randomly glued them on the tree.  The Pear Pizazz doesn't show up well in the photo...but it is there.

You just have to visit ColourQ and check out the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G cards that have been submitted.  Honestly, I would like to CASE them all!  Here is the link if you would like to join in this week's color challenge:


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy Sunday.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Unscripted Sketches #133

Another fun sketch that had my head spinning with ideas!  This is a piggyback challenge as well.  The piggyback challenge is to not use any pre-printed patterned paper so I chose my snowflake Cuttlebug folder for my mat.

I wanted to use non-traditional colors on this card.  I punched a donut shape from an adhesive sheet to use as a base for the wreath.  I layered the punched branches (aqua, silver, aqua) onto the adhesive circle.....an easy peasy way to assemble the wreath in no time at all!

A bit of ribbon, a bit of  bling for the berries and a punched sentiment.  Ta da - done!

We would love to have you play along with us this week at Unscripted Sketches.
Just click on the link below and check out what the other designers have created.  Prepare to be inspired! 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Unscripted Sketches #132

I am beyond thrilled to have been asked to be part of an amazingly talented design team at Unscripted Sketches!  Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that an opportunity like this would be offered to me.  Honestly, I was sure that Arielle had the wrong e-mail address when she contacted me. I sincerely hope that my projects will help to inspire your imagination & creativity! 

I love working with sketches!  I find that I waste so much time sitting at my craft table trying to decide how to lay out my card.  Sketches provide a starting point for my project and can allow great versatility in interpretation just by flipping/rotating the sketch.

The snow has fallen here in Manitoba, so these cute little penguins seemed most appropriate!  Heat embossing the penguins gave them a nice rich, dark black color and really makes them pop!  The stamp set is Winter Wonderland (Recollections).

I really get excited when I get mail so please feel free to drop me a line anytime!

This is another version of  the sketch.  I popped a wee chickie into the line-up instead of the penguin.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

colourQ challenge #109...

One day later...added the wee fish, tweaked the oyster a bit and added a star fish!

A fun card for today's challenge.  Indigo Blue made me think of ocean, so this is what I came up with!

The clam is made from my scallop circle punch.  I would have liked it to be just a wee bit smaller but this was the only size I had.  The pearl is four - 1/2" circles glued together and then covered with Frost White All Purpose Liquid Ink (Stampin Up)....looks like a real pearl!  The fish are all made out of circle and heart punches.  The scales on the fish are from a wee banner punch that I had - how perfect are they?

I covered the sand at the bottom with a clear sparkle dust just to give it some zing.  The waves are from my new MFT Large Scallop Die (love it!).  Card base is Soft Suede.  The sentiment (although a bit cheesy!!!) is computer generated.

Here is the link if you would like to play along:

Have happy day everyone!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Playing in Paradise #39

A second entry into Playing in Paradise Challenge #39 - Masculine cards or projects! This is a card that I pulled from my stash and is one of my all-time favorite guy cards. I love the different 'masculine' features on this card - the cork mat, the embossing folder, the metal brads, the twine, the stamped image.....

Note: I am having major troubles with Blogger right now so I have switched to the old photo editor (a suggestion I found in the Help section). I really do hope this uploads properly as I already have THREE "where has my photo gone to" issues on the Scrapper's blog. If I have messed up yet again, I apologize and thank you for your patience.

Here is the link if you would like to play along:

All supplies are from Stampin' UP!