Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

I hope everyone is having a very happy Halloween / Samhain (whichever you celebrate). We usually dress up and go out for a bit and visit the local gardens they decorate for Halloween.  This year the weather is just to terrible to go out though.  It is raining buckets out there.  So instead we are staying in and eating homemade chicken noodle soup I made this afternoon.  I think this is a good compromise.

I know I said I had one more project to post for Halloween but sadly my computer died today and all my pics are on my computer.  So I won't be able to post anything until I get my computer up and running.  My DH is going to take it to the shop tomorrow.  I think I will have to send some back up files to his computer just in case it happens again.

Here is a picture from a couple of years ago.  I posted it before but I just have to have a picture to post for Halloween.

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween everyone!! I'll post the other Halloween card as soon as my computer is up and running.
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Autumn Leaves!

Well I found another challenge I wanted to do over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog.  I love Autumn, as I've mentioned many times and I especially love the colors.  This challenge was for "Autumn Leaves" so you could use Autumn Leaves product or just go with the Autumn Leaves theme.  Since I love the colors so much I decided to go with that.

I made a card similar to this last year but I decided to change it up a bit.  I cut the leaves out on the cricut using "A Child's Year" cartridge.  I inked them up with Tim Holtz Distress Ink (wild honey, rusty hinge & barn door).  I embossed the background piece with the craft concepts "Venus" embossing folder and edged it with the rusty hinge and barn door ink.  I wanted to give the leaves a little more dimension so I crinkled them up a bit.  The greeting is from the Bo Bunny "apple cider" stamp set and I used memento Morocco ink.
I'll be back with another post for Halloween later on today.  Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy & Safe Halloween everyone!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Mumford the Mummy!

OK, October did not turn out to be as productive as I thought it would least where crafting is concerned.  I did not get to spend nearly as much time in my craft room as I thought and therefore did not get to post as much as I wanted.  That seriously needs to change over the next two weeks as I have a craft show to prepare for. I really need to spend every evening in my studio getting as many cards ready as possible.

I thought I'd check out some more challenges this week as well and when I found the one for All That Scraps I decided to try it.  I ordered a bunch of stuff from them a couple of months ago and this cute Halloween stamp Mumford the Mummy was one of them. I just had to have this Mummy stamp it is just too cute.  Anyway, the challenge this week is anything goes and here is the card I came up with yesterday.

I colored the image with copics (N0, 1, 3 - E0000, 000, 00 - R02 - BG75 & 93).  The patterned paper is all from the Authentique "Enchanted" Collection .  I added a few details to the distressed paper behind Mumford using stamps from Basic Grey and the greeting is from the Halloween Fun set by Crafty Secrets.  I die cut the fence using the Tim Holtz "on the fence" die.  I inked all the patterned paper edges with black versa magic ink and added a few pewter brads for a little more detail.  I really like the way this one turned out.

I was up really late finishing this card and Kit decided it was time for me to pay attention to her.  This is how she gets my attention when I'm so focused on crafting.  Step one...hop onto my desk - step two....lay down on whatever it is I'm working on.  You can see this card underneath her in the picture.  She is just so cute that I can't get upset with her for doing it.  I just reach for the camera and take her picture.

Anyhow that is enough for now.  I really do hope to be able to update my blog more frequently over the next couple of months.  I have found a few new challenge sites that I like and want to take part in them as well.  Have a great evening everyone.

I do hope everyone on the East Coast stays safe during this awful storm.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

It's SKULL-tastic

OK...I'm a bit of a nut for Halloween.  I love, love, love it!!! I have been stockpiling Halloween crafting supplies for the last few months just waiting for a chance to use them.  Up until yesterday I had only made one card.  Last night I got all my supplies together and started thinking up some new designs for this year.  I popped over to the Kraftin' Kimmie blog and this weeks challenge....SKULL-tastic.  The skull doesn't have to be in the stamp, just somewhere on the project.  Although oodles of their stamps have skulls on them. Although funnily enough with about 35+ of their stamps I only have 2 that have skulls on them...I think I may have to remedy that soon LOL.  Well since I used one of those stamps for last weeks challenge I decided to break out my Voodoo Lady stamp....I've been wanting to use her for awhile now and just haven't had the this was perfect.

I stamped her with black memento ink and colored her with copic markers (E02, 11, 21, 25, 27, 29, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 47 & 50 - W1, 2, 4, 6, & 8 - YG91, 93, 95 & 97).  I added some white gel pen to her tooth belt and some clear star glitter pen to her bead belt and the smoke rising out of the skull.  You can't really see it in the first picture.  Also I added some green perfect pearls to her dress which shows up better in the light.  I embellished a few areas with a green star dust pen and a sepia multi liner.   The skull on the striped paper is from the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Halloween stamp set and I used memento espresso truffle ink. The patterned paper is all from the Carte Bella "All Hallow's Eve" 6x6 paper pad.  All the papers are edged in midnight black versa magic chalk ink.  The decorative edge under the skull paper was made using a fiskars edge punch.  The greeting which is normally one long line is stamped with archival black ink. I added a little more detail to the card with some brads a rhinestone.
I can't wait to get back in my studio and make some more Halloween cards!!! Happy Friday everyone and thanks for visiting my blog.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy World Card Making Day!!

I can't believe I actually have time to post this today!!! Mind you, it is pretty late.  I even found a few minutes to spend in my studio today.  I didn't have time to finish a project today but hopefully tomorrow.  Here is a card I made last week.

This is a variation of a card I made in the spring.  The dino stamp is from hot off the press and I colored it with copic markers (YR21, 23, 24, 31 & 14, E21, 25 & 29)  I cut the greeting piece and mat out with spellbinders large and small labels.  I used the leaf and star stamps out of the dino set to stamp the design on the greeting piece (memento new sprout & summer sky).  The greeting is from the MFT "Oh Baby" stamp set (Ranger black archival ink).  I used some honeydew baker's twine, a button from my stash and some random brads for embellishments.  The patterned paper is called "dinos all over" by Little Yellow Bicycle, I edged it and the greeting with versa magic mango madness chalk ink.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!!! I know I'm going to enjoy a wonderful Turkey dinner tomorrow.  I hope to be back in a couple of days with another card.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge

What a challenge...pick your favorite Kraftin' Kimmie stamp.   Changes all the time,  they are all so fabulous.  Well since my DH bought me a bunch for my birthday I went with the one of my favorite from those.  I am in a bit of a hurry at the moment and will post the rest of the details later but I wanted to make sure I got this up in time for the challenge.
Update added Oct 6th.  OK here are the details for this card.
Stamp - Priscilla by Kraftin' Kimmie
Greeting - Flourishes Tag Lines stamp set
I stamped the image with memento tuxedo black and colored her with copic markers (E00, 01, 02, 25, 27, 29 - R35, 39 - N0, 3, 5 - C1, 3, 6 & W2, 4, 6, 8).  I paper pieced her pants with some red patterned paper (I think a random little piece of paper ended up on her pants in the picture, there is not really a white dot on her pants), I added added a little white gel pen to the skulls on her books.  I edged the image piece with red magic chalk ink and the patterned paper with black chalk ink.  The patterned paper is an old creative imaginations marah johnson paper (double sided - used the back side for the band across the middle).  The black rhinestones are from kaiser kraft. 

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

More Thanksgiving Cards!

This is going to be a busy weekend for me so I thought I better get this post up today.  It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and I will have lots to do. I know I have to do some baking, I might be able to sneak in my studio while the pies are in the oven.  Did I mention I love this time of year!!!  The temperature is just right, sun shine and crisp air and the colors are beautiful.  You can actually cook nice meals without melting in the kitchen  I always feel very creative and energetic this time of year.  I also want to redecorate and organize everything  LOL!  I will probably start on that after the holiday weekend.  Kit is never happy when I do this (she has her favorite spots and she doesn't like it when I move them).  

Anyhow, here are a couple more Thanksgiving cards that I made last week.  The first one is another card I made with the patchwork pumpkins (details in this post).  Again the paper is from the Bo Bunny "apple cider" line.  I stamped some leaves on the edges of the patterned paper and the greeting using a stamp from the inkadinkado Fall Season stamp set and memento rich cocoa ink.  I cut out the greeting and the mat with spellbinders labels two.  I used Tim Holtz distress inks (scattered straw, barn door, tea dye and walnut stain) to ink the greeting square and then stamped the greeting using rich cocoa (memento) ink.  For the greeting I used the "happy" stamp from the flourishes tag line stamp set and the "Thanksgiving" is from an old Anna Griffin stamp set by plaid.  I colored a few pearls with copic markers YR18, Y38 & YG97  for a little bit more detail.
 For the second card I decided to use up the some older paper I had left over from the "apple cider" line by Imaginisce (this paper is from 2010). I had some scraps left from another project and cut out some of the trees and a little raccoon and popped them up with foam dots.  I cut out the ovals using the cricut machine and edged the greeting one and the patterned paper with pumpkin spice versa magic chalk ink.  I stamped the greeting with memento potter's clay ink and added a couple of Kaiser craft rhinestones.  I used some sew easy cream soda baker's twine and attach the greeting using some foam dots.
Here is another picture I took while up at Whistler last week.  I can't wait to go again!!!  I think I'll take my other camera and get a couple of video's.

I hope to be able to get another post up before Sunday but just in case I don't, Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!!! Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Was a very busy and hectic month and I didn't get to post as often as I wanted. I took a couple of classes and got my copic standard certification  My wonderful hubby took me to Whistler for my birthday and bought me a whole bunch of new crafting goodies (see pic below).  I even got to spend a day or two in my studio crafting.  I just didn't get time to get pics ready and posted on my blog.  I will fix that this month by making sure I post something a couple of times a week. 
Birthday Goodies!!!
Here is another card done with the patchwork pumpkins I made a couple of weeks ago.  The paper is all from the Bo Bunny "apple cider" line.  The pumpkin  and greeting are both from the Bo Bunny "apple cider" stamp set.  I cut the rectangle and mat for the greeting out using the cricut.  I inked the greeting piece with antique linen, edged it with versa magic jumbo java and stamped the greeting with memento rich cocoa ink. The ribbon is a random piece from my stash and the rhinestones are from Kaiser craft.

This is a picture I took at the top of Whistler.  It really doesn't do it justice.  It was so beautiful up at the peak of the mountain.  It was like being on top of the world.  I will post more pics over the next few weeks.
Well I must go get some work done.  I will attempt to post a couple of times a week from now to Christmas.  I will be making a lot of cards over the next couple of months.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.