Thursday, May 31, 2012

{iSSC18} Krafty Kate

Today the iSSC girls have been inspired by LeAnne Pugliese (LeAnne Pugliese at SCS). We loved this card by LeAnne. Here's Kim's sketch interpretation of that original card:

Okay. I admit it. I cheat. Not on tests or my husband or anything like that....but my hands don't always listen to my brain when it comes to art;) So I did take a few detours through this amazing sketch! My card follows the same basic design, but with some variations. I didn't add a sentiment. I only have three rectangular elements, which I changed to banners btw, instead of four. And my circle is seriously out of scale! LOL!

Today I am using a brand new to me line of digital stamps (which I normally hate, because my printer is an evil tyrant). But I couldn't resist these beauties! This is Krafty Kate by Saturated Canary, and I {heart} her!!
I used MFT dies for the banners, and black jute twine from the Ribbon Carousel. The buttons are OA, and the DP is a mix of BG and Fancypants.

I usually don't post Copic colours, just cuz I put them back and forget! Not because I'm a tip-hoarder! But I found a new brunette combo that I am really liking and I can remember it! It's E21, E27 and E47. It's my best brown combo for hair that I've done, I think;)

Okay, check out the iSSC blog for more inspiration, as well as all the info for linking up your card:)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

{TCPTUES212} Pleated Paper

Ahoy there! It's Tuesday, and I am on the ball this week with a TCP challenge from Julie. She wants us to paper-pleat! It's actually kinda fun and I think I might have a new addiction:)
If you would like a tutorial, then you can check out the one that our very own Amy Rohl did HERE on SCS.

I used one of my all time favorite TCP stamp sets A Whale of A Time. I paper-pieced the whale and hat, and added a dark brown baby braddie to his eye. I used grey copics to shade the DP and the hat is popped up on dimensionals. The clouds were made using the Cloud Border Cutup and I love that you can easily snip these clouds appart to make undividuals! They are sponged with distress ink and popped up at various heights with dimensionals.

I cut two 1 1/2 x 6" pieces of dp and scored them at 1", 1.5", 2.5", 3", 4", 4.5", 5.5". Then you fold the strip, mountain-valley style and adhere the two together and trim the edges to fit the card front. I sponged the edges to give the pleats more definition. The brown strip in the centre was cut with the Big Scallop cutup and topped with Orange Divine Twine and a button.

This set comes with some really sweet sentiments, but I chose to leave them off, as I am finding lately that when I am in need of a card, it seems like the sentiments aren't matching the occasion! So I think I need some 'generic' cards in my stash! lol
 Here is a side view, where you can see the whale, hat, and clouds dimension. You can also see the pleats a bit better. With the measurements I gave you above, your pleats will measure 1/2 inch. You can change the measurements to suit your project. Just remember that the smaller number needs to be half of the larger to keep your pleats equal widths.

Link up your paper-pleated project to The Cat's Pajamas Blog for your chance to win weekly Catcash as well as a shot at the title of Swanky Stamper of the Month! Use the keyword TCPTUES212 when uploading to SCS.

Sketch- Mojo 241

Friday, May 25, 2012


Hi there! Remember a few weeks back when I made a little wall hanging for the niece that I was expecting? Well, she did make her entrance into the world, and her and her mommy are doing great and she is the cutest lil bean!! Her name is Evyn Melissa and talk about a dolly! She has the thickest head of dark hair and smells delicious.... I am in need of a snuggle just writing this! Hopefully I'll see her tomorrow:) I used the MFT guest DT sketch challenge as my opportunity to make her mom a card. When I saw the sweet MFT PI stamp Boy and Baby, I knew that I'd be using on this card, as well as some big plans for scrapbook pages.
I love me some sketches, so this months challenge was just what I needed....people are making some amazing projects the last few months, and not to say that others aren't super busy as well, but I just have no time to devote to huge projects! I thought that this simple sketch challenge was totally do-able;)

Here is the sketch:

I did a masking tecnique to create the scene, using the Pure Innoncence  Boy and Baby and PI Naptime sets. The boy holding 'baby Evyn' represents my nephew Brody and the little girl in her jammies and blankie represents my niece Elli! I paper-pieced all of their clothes and her blankie and coloured the rest. I shaded the paper-pieced bits with my grey copics to add depth. I added mini SU pearls as buttons on her jammies.
The vertical sentiment, stamped on one of the mini tabs foursome dienamics  is from the PI set Baby Lamb In The Manger. I anchored the tab with zigzag stitching and machine straight-stitched around the main panels. I added some copper brads to the stamped panel.

The flower element was made using the Perfect Petal Trio dienamic. The smallest flower was cut from MFT cork sheets. The twine (in brown and pink) and Prima wood button are from The Ribbon Carousel.

The inside sentiment is also from the Boy and Baby set. I added another flower with the Perfect Petal Trio and another copper brad.

Okay- wish me luck! I am really excited about the way this card turned out and I can't wait to give it to my sister-in-law!! She is a crafter, so I know she'll appreciate all the work that went into this one;)

Thanks for stopping by, and I'll leave you with a picture of my gorgeous niece....she is Blog-Famous now;)
My talented SIL made her headband too, if anyone is interested in her business, just let me know and I can hook you up!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

{iSSC17} This Life.....

Hi there!! I CANNOT believe we are on week seventeen of the iSpy Sketch Challenges! Wow- time flies!
This week we have been inspired by one of my stampin' buddies, the uber-talented Amy Rohl (rohla @SCS)! We used this amazing card that Amy created....Isn't it gorgeous!?!

I used the new My Favorite Things Vertical Greetings II Stamp and Die set, and kept it pretty simple, adding detail with brads, ink and stitching. I added a paper flower made with the Retro Rolled Flower dienamic and a flourish from the Fancy Flourish dienamic.

The Prima Wood Button and purple jute twine are from the Ribbon Carousel.

Head over to the iSpy blog to see what the other Secret Agents have created! We'd love to see you play along this week!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

{RC/TGF} Blog Hop!

The Ribbon Carousel Crew is happy to be teaming up the the designers from the Greeting Farm today for blog hop that is sure to impress!

"Sprouting sunshine and smiles through stamping since 2008, The Greeting Farm is proud to bring you a cute and charming cast of characters that suits your every whim! Whether it's a sweet and lovable Anya or Ian (Anya has been our "company mascot" since the beginning!), Cheeky chic, or something a little more edgy mixed with a fun beat or two of punk, TGF is your one-stop shop for all your rubber stamping wishes! Our line has expanded from the Anya and Ian character line to some cute and cuddly animal friends, and numerous other icons such as Wild Sprouts, Cheeky Cherry girls, our bit more edgy/artsy Creeper Crew, and the lovable Oliver and Amelia who bring childhood nostalgia to everyone they meet! Our newest release, the "Beans", offer a magical, whimsical twist on a fun new character line in clear stamps and have been widely well-received so far. Thanks for visiting The Greeting Farm, where we grow smiles and bright, crafty days!"

I kinda liked the magnetic fridge art (is that a real thing?? lol) that I made the other day, so I thought I would use another bingo card from my stash to make another! I have a certain friend in mind for this one;) I used The Greeting Farm's Cheeky Mate! Isn't she a knockout! LOVE her!

That fabby thick satin centre olive ribbon is from none other than the Ribbon Carousel, as well as red and natural jute twine. I also used some really neat Antique Ruler can't see it very well, but it's peaking out from under the green satin bow;)

Now, lets talk about the prizes!

One lucky blog hopper will win a ribbon carousel and one will win a choice of two 4x6 stamp set in either the clear or rubber line from The Greeting Farm!

There are TWO MORE prizes up for grabs! We will be giving away a $10 gift certificate on our Facebook page and The Greeting Farm will be giving away a 4x6stamp set on their Facebook page (winner's choice!)

Here's what you need to do to qualify for the Facebook prizes:

1. Head on over to our Facebook page, look for the post about this blog hop and say hello there! Be sure to "like" us if you haven't already!
2.Head on over to The Greeting Farm's Facebook page and say hello there, too! Be sure to "like" them, too!
3. Come back to our Facebook page and tell us you've done it!
4. Share the post on our Facebook page about this blog hop with a friend for an extra
chance to win!

Lets get hoppin'!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

{RCC54} Miss You Like Crazy

This week our fabulous Crewmate Andrea Ewen
is challenging us to make some flowers out of ribbon, fabric, felt, or burlap! (Or you can just add pretty flowers to your project!)

We would love for you to play along with us! Up for grabs is a $5 gift certificate to the Ribbon Carousel Store!

I used a few Verve sets (I know!! I am on a Verve roll!), Hope Blooms and Tag Time, as well as the Tagged Rectangle Die and Floral Circles A Cut Above Dies.
I used a Viva la Verve sketch.
I've used the Satin Scalloped Edge ribbon and Twinery bakers twine from the Ribbon Carousel store.

Your creation can be anything from cards, quilts, sewn items,paper crafts, paintings! *** Be sure to have ribbon, bakers twine, jute twine,lace, thread (basically anything that comes on a spool). ***

We'd love for you to join us this week! Here are the details:
  • Make your NEW creation following the ribbon carousel challenge of the week. Any submissions made prior to the challenge date will be deleted. Be sure to include some type of ribbon, twine, hemp, lace....basically, anything that comes on a spool.
  • Load your creation up onto your blog or a public viewing forum like Splitcoast Stampers, (use the keyword RCC54) with a direct link back to THIS post. Including the challenge graphic isn't a requirement, but sure is appreciated! (A participant of our very first challenge didn't link back or mention our challenge and couldn't be named Top Spool, so don't let that happen to you!)
  • Link up your creation using the Inlinkz button at the bottom of this RC Blog post. Your image may take a little while to pop up, but don't worry, it will appear shortly.
  • Come back the Friday after the challenge ends to see if YOU are a Top Spool!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

{KKS Krafty Hop} Tessa Tassel

Do YOU know what day it is??? It’s Krafty RELEASE Day at Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps!!! And we’re celebrating with a KRAFTY HOP!! There are SO many incredible new stamps to SEE this month, so let’s get started!

Over the last few days in our Krafty Peeks, we have shared lots of ADORABLE new stamps from all our artists! We’ve got something for everyone!! Lulu is back from Cheryl Alger.....we know how much you love her!! So we have a new set called LULU ON THE MOVE! We also have TWO fantastic sets of whimsical FAIRIES from Emilie Goulet called FLIRTY FAIRIES 1 AND FLIRTY FAIRIES 2!!! And of course we have an amazing new set of six EVERYDAY GIRL stamps from Annie Rodrigue, featuring stamps for the teacher, nurse, wedding/anniversary, graduation, I love you cards and get well cards!!!

You will get to see most of the new images today as you sit back and enjoy our MAY Krafty Hop! If you want to start from the beginning, just head over to the Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge Blog! As you hop from blog to blog, be sure to leave a comment at each and every stop because some lucky stampers will win packages of these incredible stamps from the new release!! And when you’re done hoppin’, be sure to head over to the Kraftin’ Kimmie shop, because ALL the new images are NOW available!

And of course, as always, we have our Gimme Kimmies Kits available for those of you who ‘need it all’!! The stamps are grouped together by artist and are available at a discount, but only for a limited time!!

I used Tessa Tassel from the Everyday Girl Collection.

I used some MFT rolled rose die flowers, as well as an MFT doily border die....The large ribbon and crystal brads are SU!

I added some tiny twinkles to her hat, necklace and diploma band. Spica buttermilk pen was added to the gold bits on the hat. I paper-pieced her dress.

And here is the inside with a sentiment that comes with the set,

Up next on the hop, is Krafty Girl Sandie! Thanks for hopping on by;) If at any point you get lost or want to start at the beginning, go to the Krafty Blog.

{KKS New Release} A Challenge is the Best Medicine!

Oh my goodness!!! This is the set I have been waiting for and wanting since I very first found Kraftin' Kimmie stamps....I have *mentioned* it a few times, like a gentle cramp in the side every once in awhile....and FINALLY, a NURSE image by Annie Rodrigue is HERE!!!!! So tickled pink!! Were you one of the lucky few that tuned in on Facebook and were able to see Annie draw this up in real time? It was amazing!! I am in even more AWE of her now than ever! lol
So, without further ado, I proudly present to you Nurse Nightingale (whom I shall be calling Nurse Jenny in the privacy of my own home;)hehe) Along with a Nurse, there is also a bunch more characters in the newest installment of Everyday Girls (and a few boys;)

Oh yeah- in my excitement,  totally forgot to mention that today is a new challenge! As always, our Annie-Saturday is always a sketch challenge (#129) and this one a keeper, folks! Print it off and file it away, save it to your hard drive....whatever you fancy! Trust me, you'll be glad you did!

Yep- this is totally what I look like when I go to work *wink*....her old fashioned uniform is actually what I like about her best! So Ernest Hemingway!

I used MFT flower dies, SU brads and some neat striped twill ribbon (you can find that here at the Ribbon Carousel) that I thought looked like bandage cloth! I paper-pieced her apron and nurse's cap and just added a bit of depth to her whites, using grey copics.

Here is the inside. I used MFT alphabet dies for the RN and another flower. I sent this to my girlfriend for her birthday, which happened to be smack in the middle of Nurse's Week!

Okay- sorry for the picture overkill!! I'm just so darned excited about this image, LOL!! If you would like to win some Everyday Girls, just leave comments on the designers posts! A few lucky stampers are going to walk away with prizes!
And we'd love for you to play along with us this week..Just link up your cards to the Krafty Blog!

Friday, May 18, 2012

{KKS New Release} Fairies

Today, the girls and guests over at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, are previewing some adorable new stamps by the artist Emilie Goulet. You've seen her cartoony animals and then we had the gnomes (I was in LOVE!) and now she has come up with an assortment of FAIRIES!

Yeah- I told you she was adorable!! This card is for my lil niece Harley, who turned 4 yesterday! I can't wait to give it to her, because it is so glittery IRL and I coloured the fairy up to look like her! I used a spellbinders die for the circles and the fancy circle, and cut her antenae 'out of the box'. The heart trio die is from The Cat's Pajamas and the sentiment flags are MFT dies. The glittery brads are SU! and the jute twine (in Ivory and Pink), as well as the Fancypants paper are from the Ribbon Carousel.

Here is a closeup and you can see some of the sparkle, achieved using spica clear glitter pen, and some pink sakura glitter pen on the heart antenna and pink on the wings.

Leave some love along the trail for your chance to win the new Fairy set! The Krafty Blog has a complete list of designers previewing today:) See you tomorrow with a Krafty Challenge and Annie's images!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

{KKS New Release} Lulu's

Hey there! So I think we had some great response to the new trinket line!! Your comments were all so sweet~ thanks for that:)
Today we are showing you some new Lulu images by artist Cheryl Alger. This is a set of three Lulu's (tricycle, hoola hoop, and roller skates), plus six sentiments and it's called Lulu On The Move.
I used a bingo card measuring 5x7" and since that is to big to make a card, I matted it with black CS and fastened a magnet to each corner and it is currently stuck to my refridgerator! I am eventually going to give it to someone, but for now it can greet me every morning!

I combined Lulu with one of the birthday Trinkets that we featured yesterday, this time using the positive image and colouring in bits. It was punched with my SU circle punches and matted on a MFT die and attached with a SU library clip. The larger circle is also from MFT and the ribbon is the gorgeous new Silky Crushed ribbon (in Parrot Green) from Ribbon Carousel. It ties THE most amazing buttah, I tell ya!! I used some bakers twine for the tassels on the trike handles, and just unravelled the twine, and coloured with the chisel end of a copic marker (the orange and white are the original colour. Then I simply pierced a hole in the end of the handle, and threaded the 'good side' through, fastening the back with double sided tape.
Glaze pen and spica clear glitter pen add some zing, as well as tiny twinkles (TE) as buttons! I added a scattering of freckles to her cheeks and nose using a wine copic mulitliner. I LOVE Lulu with freckles!!

Alright, thats it for me! Check out what the other Krafty Girls have in store for you today, and keep commenting for your chance to win this set!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

{KKS New Release} Trinkets

Hey there! Today the girls at Kraftin' Kimmie are showcasing a new line of stamps we are introducing this month, called Trinkets! They are simple sentiments that are designed to fit in the circle dies and punches that you already own! And they are designed with both the positive and negative images...this means you can either have more of an outlined image to colour in or use coloured ink for a bolder stamped image!!
The new set is called Everyday Trinkets, and was designed by Krafty Girl Nicole Aspinall! There are 8 circle sentiments in the set, half fittingy your 1 3/8" punch and half fitting 1 3/4" punch! The sentiments are themed Birthday, Friendship, Thank you, and Just Because.
This line offers a quick and easy way to make cards that pack a punch. This card took me literally no time to make!! I haven't made a card this fast in ages! And I think it still has a nice effect and doesn't look 'slapped together in two seconds'! lol

I used the newest iSpy Sketch for this one...The trinket just fit so perfectly into this sketch!! We are already on sketch #16! Can you believe it!! This week we were inspired by this card by Dyane Fogleboch (Precious Stamps @ SCS).

I stamped the sentiment circle once with crushed olive distress ink and then a second time in SU's early espresso ink, just cutting out the 'For You' and popping it up with dimensionals. The stamped image was cut out using an SU! circle punch. It's layered on a cherry cobbler circle (cut with a nestie) and then a scallop circle cork layer. The fun die cut edge was made using a Stampin' Up edgelit die. I added some brown brads and  natural jute twine from the Ribbon Carousel.

Head over to the Krafty Blog to see a list of designers previewing today! And don't forget to comment for your chance to win this fun new set!

And join us at iSSC! We'd love to see your take on this weeks sketch!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

{TCPTUES210} Fan{TACHE}tic Day!

Today we have a fun sketch designed by the Lovely Leigh. Leigh is on a little stamping break, so Amy Sheffer is taking over this week as our hostess.
I used the fun new Mustache Cutup die and the coordinating The Mustache Set for the sentiment on the inside of my card.
I've seen tons of pics on Pinterest and all over the web lately of photos taken with these little stick mustaches and thought that would be a fun idea for my little boys birthday thats coming up soon! He is a little card and is always dressing up and preforming for everyone, so I know he'll like the playing with this mustache! And I made the mustache removeable from the card so he can do just that!

Here is a close-up of the rosette embellie, using the Easy Rosette Cutup and diecut number six and a wooden button tied with a fun Cherry Divine Twine bow.

And here is the card front, with the mustache stick removed! Seriously, FUN!

Alright, here is a quick step-by-step photo tutorial to show you my process. Although it really isn't rocket science;)
I used a Wilton lollipop stick that I had in my baking supplies, divine twine, double sided tape and adhesive sheets, felt, black CS and of course the Mustache die and my bigshot.

Cut a piece of black felt with the largest of the Mustaches, then cut another from a piece of black CS that has been adhered to one side of a double sided adhesive sheet (I use the Sookwang brand). Next, adhere two lengths of double sided tape up both sides of a lollipop stick. Remove the paper backing a bit at a time and wrap with the Divine Twine.

Now place the finished stick on the backside of the felt. Remove the paper backing from the adhesive sheet/CS mustache and sandwich the lollipop stick in between.

Now you can add the velcro dot (put the soft side on the mustache and the scratchy side on the cardfront). Self explanatory- who wants an actual whisker rub on their upper lip? I attached them to the mustache together and then I knew where to position the dot on the cardfront. Just lay down the mustache where you want it, and when you pull away, the scratchy side is left on the card.
Note: You will need to use a fairly strong adhesive on the portion of the card that the velcro is attached to (again, I find the sookwang tape is the strongest)

Here is the finished front again, as well as the inside.

 And here is my youngest son, Hayes, being my slightly uncooperative model;) Let's just say Baby Gap won't be calling us anytime soon with this kids posing skills! But you get the idea how fun this could be for kids (and maybe some adults alike;)!! up your sketch challenge creations to the Dancing in PJ's blog for your chance at Fame and Fortune!