Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Saturday, 27 December 2008
Sunday, 21 December 2008
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Monday, 1 December 2008
Wow, can you believe that it is already December. Soon Christmas will be here, all the kids will be excited to see what presents will be under the tree on Christmas morning.
I cannot believe that it has been a while since I last posted anything on this blog or at Splitcoast Stampers. I have been really busy at work. 4 co-workers have retired on Friday and all week long I was busy making them some mini albums to take with them so they have something to remember all the years that they have worked with us. It was a sad day to say good bye to the 4 of them on Friday. I am glad it is over and we all can move on.
For today's post, our Team leader, Vicki Chrisman has challenged us to use any of the Christmas stamps... images.. or both for a card, a layout, an altered project.. anything. For this challenge I made 4 items.
The first is a Christmas Countdown Calendar. I used a 12x12 piece of chipboard for the frame on my project. I trimmed down the chipboard to 12x10 and then cut it at 5, 6, 7 inch intervals. I layed all 4 pieces beside one another leaving a gap of about 1/8". I then covered both side with DP paper from Basic Grey. The front portion of the frame was covered with Basic Grey's Wassail and the back portion which is not visible was covered with a DP from Basic Grey's Figgy Pudding. I used some cardstock strips from Bazzill to the top portion of the frame. Then proceeded to use a bind-it-all to punch out the holes for the binding. This was done on the 2 ends of the frame. This was put aside for awhile. Cut out 13 (1-3/4x4") strips of DP also from the Wassail collection of Basic Grey. Stamped the Christmas Ornament from the Christmas Joy stamp set of Crafty Secrets. Stamped the numbers using A Sexy Little No. stamp set, colored the ornament holder with a gold mettalic Sakura pen and added a little glimmer on the bottom portion of the ornament with a glitter Sakura pen. Used the bind-it-all to the top portion of the 13 strps of paper and then proceeded to bind the 2 ends of the frame together with the strips of paper to make a tent. Stamped the work CHRISTMAS downwards on a strip of green cs using the TopHat - ABC stamp set and COUNTDOWN across on another piece of green cs. The 2 strips were placed towards the left and underneath the numbered strips. For the right side of my Christmas Countdown tent I placed another piece of the Wassail DP. Stamped the Holly leaf stamp in a circular pattern to form a wreath. Before stamping the next holly leaves, I would mask the last one stamped. Colored the leaves and holly berries with Tombow markers and cut the DP using a circle Coluzzle. Cut 2 different sizes of scalloped circles with the Red DP also from the Wassail collection using Spellbinders scallop circle nestabilities. Matted the wreath to the scalloped circles and then onto to the background DP. Stamped DAYS in the middle of the wreath with some letters in the Favorite Fellas stamp set and then added 4 green half-pearls from Kaiser to the 4 corners.
Stamp: Christmas Joy, A sexy Little No., Tophat - ABC and Favorite Fellas stamp set from Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps.
Paper: Wassail and Figgy Pudding from Basic Grey and green cs
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Mettalic Gold Sakura pen, Glittle Sakura pen and various Tombow markers.
Accessories: Green half-pearls, circle coluzzle, scallop circle nestabilities and Bind-it-all
For the 2nd, 3rd and 4th projects I made some Christmas Candles. I stamped some images from the Christmas Joy stamp set onto white tissue paper with Onyx Black Versafine. I colored the images with Tombow markers and then cut the tissue paper either with a scallop circle nestability or scissors. I placed the tissue paper images on vanilla candles and then placed wax paper on top of the tissue. Used a craft iron to melt the candle wax and tissue together. I have always admired candles decorated this way and always thought that it would be too completed to make. Realized after making 3 of these, that it was really quite simple. Now my kids want to make some of their own to give away for Christmas.
Stamps: Christmas Joy
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine and various Tombow markers
Paper: White tissue paper
Check out the blogs of the other Design Team Members to see other projects for this challege.
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Today is Tuesday and Tuesday is the Color Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers and it is also the day for the Tuesday Crafty Secret Forum challenge. So I combined both challenges and made one card.
Color challenge was to use Real Red, Basic Black and Kraft and the Crafty Secret Forum challenge's theme was 'thanks'.
Card was made with stamps from the Glamour Girls Crafty Secrets Clear Art set which was stamped on white cs with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Then colored with Copic markers. Hat and ribbon on the image was topic with a Sakura glitter pen. Sentiment was stamped on kraft cs and sponged with Creamy Caramel on the edges. White, black and red cs was but with an oval scallop nestabilities and dotted with a white Signo pen. Background DP is from the Radiant Paper Design collection of Crafty Secrets.
Stamp: Glamour Girls
Paper: Radiant Paper Design, white, black, red and kraft cs
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Black, Coral, Carmine, Raw Silk and Sand copic markers
Accessories: Oval Scallop Nestabilities from Spellbinders
Monday, 17 November 2008
Sunday, 16 November 2008
My friend Darlene honored with this award. She is such a sweet lady. She herself, has received 2 of this awards and is very deserving of it.
Here are the instructions on this award:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees
I will be updating this post later on to list my five nominees deserving of this award.
Once again, thank you so much Darlene.
Here are the blogs I am nominating for this award:
- http://vickichrisman.blogspot.com/ - Vicky
- http://shabbychickjunk.blogspot.com/ - Lisa
- http://sherrie-cardcreme.blogspot.com/ - Sherrie
- http://stampingalatte.blogspot.com/ - Jodi
- http://stampinwithmarkiesmom.blogspot.com/ - Faith
Go check their blogs out and you will find lots of inspirations.
Saturday, 15 November 2008
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Friday, 7 November 2008
Monday, 3 November 2008
Thursday, 30 October 2008
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
For today sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers, I used stamps from the Glamour Girl stamp set of Crefty Secrets Clear Art stamps. The stamps were just perfect for the sketch. Each of the 3 images was stamped on white cs with Onyx Black Versafine. Cut into a square then matted onto red cs. Used DP form the Radiant Paper Designs of Crafty Secrets for the background. Then stamps the corner stamp and sentiment which came from the same stamp set. Pretty simple card.
Stamps: Glamour Girls Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps
Paper: Radiant Paper Designs
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Here is yet another card made using this set. This card was made for the Tuesday Crafty Secret Forum challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Friday, 24 October 2008
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Monday, 20 October 2008
In keeping up with Breast Cancer Awareness month, out design Team Leader Vicki Chrisman, has challenge us to create something with that theme in mind. We are to use the "Support the Girls" stamp set from Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamp or the Girlfriends Images and Journal Notes or both. This stamp set was designed to help raise funds for the Susan Koman foundation for breast cancer research and Crafty Secrets is donating $1.00 for every set ordered.
For this challenge I made a card using an image for the Girlfriends Images and Journal Notes and also used the Breast Cancer Ribbon stamp from the Support the Girls stamp set. The image was mounted on to a Purely Promegranate cs. Used the Martha Stewart Lace Border punch to cut the cs mat. This was them mounted on to my BG designer paper manufactured by K&Company from the line of Brenda Walton - Chelsea Pink Flat Paper. I sprayed Glimmer Mist's Tattered Rose all over the layers of my card and sponged the edges with Purely Pomegranate and Walnut Stain to distress the paper. I also cut out some flowers from the dp and added it on to the corners of the image panel and topped it off with liquid embossing. Stamped the Breast Cancer ribbon stamp onto my dp, cut it out and added some liquid embossing. This along with some ribbon was added to the left side of the card. Used a Gold mettalic gel pen to the enges of all the layers of the card to further distress the look of the card.
Do check out the blogs of our other Design Team Members. They have created more projects using stamps or images from Crafty Secrets.
Friday, 17 October 2008
Check out the Heartwarming Vintage blog, Sandy has 2 free giveaways. All you have to do is leave a comment and you could be 1 of 2 winners. Great stuff that she is giving away. And you could be one of the first to receive the 2 new sets of stamps that will soon be available. Hurry on, you have until Sundy, October 19th for this chance to be a winner.
Have a joyful weekend, everyone.
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Monday, 13 October 2008
Here is a card I made for the Technique Lover's Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. Today's technique challenge is a Stair Step/Accordion Card.
I have never tried making a card using this technique and when I saw the challenge this morning, I new that the Birthday Kids Stamp Collection from Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamp would be the perfect stamp set to use. I stamped all the images on white cs with Black Soot Distress Ink. Then colored the images with various copic markers to match the colors on the background DP I would be using. When I finished coloring the images I cut them all up with scissors. Then I got a 10.5 x 5" white cs and scored it at 1.25, 2.5, 4.25, 6 and 8.25. Then folded the score line in an accordion fold. I cut out the blue DP from the Cupcake paper pad of Basic Grey and glued it to the various layers of the accordion fold. Then I cut different patterns from the same paper pad and glued it on top of the blue DP letting 1/8th of an inch showing. The I proceeded to glue on the different parts of my Birthday scene. I attached the balloons to a flexible wire with tape and attached it to the last layer of the accordion fold. I stamped the sentiment on the green DP again from the same paper pad, added red brads to the 2 ends and glued it on to chipboard and attached it to the first accordion fold of the card.
Wow, this really took a long time to make and it is a good thing that it is Thanksgiving Holiday here in Canada. I love the way this card turned out and the picture does not really do it justice. I still have to learn how to take pictures with my daughter's camera. That is why most of my cards are scanned and I tend to stay away from projects that require the use of the camera.
For all Canadians, Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you all are enjoy time off and spending it with Family. Just a soon as I finish with this post, I am off to making our Thanksgiving dinner.
Stamps: Birthday Kids Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps
Ink: Black Soot Distress Ink and various Copic markers
Paper: Cupcake from BasicGrey and white cs
Accessories: Red brads, chipboard and wire
Sunday, 12 October 2008
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Friday, 10 October 2008
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Sunday, 5 October 2008
Monday, 29 September 2008
Vicki Chrisman our DT leader has given our DT Team another challenge this month. Challenge is for us to use the Artsy Alphabet stamp set in a project. So, for this challenge I have made 2 projects. Guess what, it is not a card.
First one is a Journal Book entitled "Journal of Hope". I bought this pink journal book at the clearance section of Michael's for $1. Not a bad deal. I immediately thought of doing something for the upcoming 'Run for the Cure' that is happening this coming weekend, October 5th. My daughter Nicole is joining her co-worker's from La Vie en Rose in an effort to raise money for this worthy cause. If any of you would like to support a participant like my daughter you can do that online here. Now back to my project. I covered the front of the pink journal with DP from the Radiant Paper Designs of Crafty Secrets. Stamped Journal of Hope with the Artsy Alphabet stamp set on a pink cs with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Sponged the edges with the same Distress Ink. Mounted the Pink cs on Gold cs. Stamped the 'J' on a another pink cs and cut it out and distressed the edges with a distressing tool and sponged some more Walnut Stain. Cut a strip from another DP from the Radiant Paper Designs and glued it to the left side of the journal. Layered some Prima flowers and held it together with a pink brad and glued it to the left bottom portion. Added some green punch ferns to the flowers. Stamped 2x the pink ribbon from the Support the Girls stamp set(symbol for many Breast Cancer causes) on pink cs and added some clear liquid embossing and cut it out with scissors and mounted it on top of the flowers and to the top of the title. On a pink tag, stamped some more ribbons in pink and Support the Girls in Walnut stain. On another DP stamped the image of the bra, cut it out and mounted it on to the tag. Then tied a pink polka dotted ribbon to the tag. Stamped the image of the girl on white cs and on DP from Crafty Secrets. Colored the body with Skin White Copic markers and cut out the underwear from the DP and glue it onto to the white cs.
Stamp: Artsy Alphabet and Support the Girls Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps
Paper: DP from the Radiant Paper Designs of Crafty Secrets
Ink: Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Onyx Black Versafine and Copic markers
Accessories: Prima flowers, pink brad, clear liquid embossing, distressing tool and punch ferns
For my second project I made a picture frame. Used a picture frame from the $ section at Michael's. First of all, I painted the frame with a peachy pink acrylic paint. Let it dry. Then cut the DP from the Classic Paper Design of Crafty Secrets in an oval shape. Glued it to the frame. Outlined the edges with a gold gel pen. Stamped a small flourish border stamp from the Frame It stamp collection all along the edge of the oval frame that did not have any paper with Walnut stain Distress Ink. Added a sheer ribbon on the bottom on the frame. Stamped the Rose from the Cherish Stamp set 6x on white cs with Walnut Stain. Colored the rose with Rose Tombow marker and added clear liquid embossing. Set aside to dry. Once dry, used scissors to cut the whole rose and also the layers. Mounted the different layers on top of the ribbon and added some punch ferns. For the top of the frame, added some DP from the Classic Paper design onto a chipboard piece. Stamped the letter MOM with stamps from the Artsy Alphabet set with Walnut stain on another DP. Topped it off with clear liquid embossing and let dry. Once dry, mounted it onto the covered chipboard, added the other rose layers and finished it off with some punched ferns. I will add a picture of my mom to the frame and with update this blog once done.
Stamp: Artsy Alphabets and Cherish stamp set Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamp
Paper: Classic Paper Designs Crafty Secrets and white cs
Ink: Walnut Stain Distress ink, Rose Tombow marker and gold gel pen
Accessories: ribbon, punched ferns and clear liquid embossing
Make sure to go check out the blogs of the rest of our talented Design Team members for more projects using the Artsy Alphabets.