10.30.2013

Santa's Sleigh:


Good morning all!

 This week's inspiration photo challenge at Papercraft Star is:

Suggested Inspiration:
Tags 
Postmarks
Stamps
Fleur de lis
Fabric

My Inspiration:  tags, stamps, postmarks

We are having a bit of a holiday and will be back in December for some fun Christmas challenges - see you then!!!

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: ??? found somewhere last Christmas - sorry!
Papers:  MME, BasicGrey
Cardstock: Recollections
Bits/Bobs: Wild Orchid flowers, Celebrate It burlap, 7Gypsies metal stars, Prima button, random twine and seam binding
Tools: sewing machine, Circle Nestie, Making Memories edge distresser


I created this card for the following challenges:  Shopping Our Stash - stitching, The Pink Elephant - paper tearing/distressing, Merry Monday - Santa


Don't forget to check out the rest of my teamie's super fantastic creations:
  and Sue!

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10.29.2013

Jake's 1st Snowball:


Good morning all!  Well it certainly is starting to feel like early Winter out there - I've waited as long as I dare, it's time to pull out the mittens this morning.  With the windchill it is -18C (-0.4F) out there - wowzers!  Maybe I need to pull out the winter boots too!


 StampFairy is sponsoring Creative Card Crew's teddy bear picnic - use a teddy bear challenge.

I am still working on my Christmas cards, usually I am able to complete close to 100 in a year.  This year I will be lucky if I crack 50.  Oh well, there is always next year ;)

I kept Jake rather simple and chose not to use any embellishments:


Card Ingredients:
Stamps:  Stamp Fairy Jake, JustRite Signed Sealed Delivered (background), Simon Says Stamp! Cupcake Party (background), Studio G sentiment
Inks: Prismacolor pencils, Craft Smart Chocolate and Gold, Tim Holtz Old Paper
Papers:  American Crafts
Cardstock:  DCWV, Recollections
Tools: sewing machine, blending stumps and mineral spirit


I created this card for the following challenges: Christmas Challenges w Sketches - sketch (do not display sketch), Crazy 4 Challenges - favourite stamp set (Jake!)



Have a snuggly and warm Tuesday!  Cheers!



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10.26.2013

Merry and Bright:



Good morning all!  Hope you have been enjoying your weekend so far.  We still haven't sold our house, now it's only been Day 11, but it FEELS like Day 369!  Please send luck our way!!

 StampFairy is sponsoring Sketch Saturday's sketch challenge:


I, of course, made another Christmas card - hard to believe Christmas is two short months away!

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Marianne Designs StampFairy Reindeer, JustRite Signed Sealed Delivered (background), Simon Says Stamp! Cupcake Party (background)
Inks: Prismacolor pencils, Craft Smart Chocolate and Gold, Tim Holtz Old Paper
Papers:  American Crafts
Cardstock:  DCWV, Recollections
Bits/Bobs: Dress It Up embellies, American Crafts twine
Tools: sewing machine


I created this card for the following challenges:  Sweet Stampin' Christmas - for men, Scrapping 4 Fun - Christmas, Aud Sentiments - Christmas sentiments


Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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10.23.2013

Folksy Santa:


Good morning all!

 This week's inspiration photo challenge at Papercraft Star is:



Suggested Inspiration:
Witch
Broom
Cat
Hat
Checks / Polka Dots
 
My Inspiration:  checks, polka dots, and folksy/country style
 
 Now my card may not look too much like the Halloween inspiration, but I knew exactly what kind of card I wanted to make the minute I saw that inspiration photo.

FOLKSY/COUNTRY STYLE!

I can turn any inspiration photo into a Christmas card.  The great thing about Papercraft Star is it's what YOU see and interpret.  
In fact I applaud Papercraft Star for not making me create a Halloween card.  Halloween cards would literally collect dust in a drawer until I toss them in the garbage :S

I had an old pack of Christmas cards that I had saved knowing that they would come in handy at some point.  And they did!  I fussy-cutted the sentiment and Santa's mustache:
Card Ingredients:
Stamp:  recycled card image
Papers:  MME

Cardstock: DCWV, Recollections
Bits/Bobs: Lawn Fawn Into the Woods sequins, American Crafts twine
Tools: Oval Nesties, sewing machine


I created this card for the following challenges:  Unscripted Sketches - sketch:




Don't forget to check out the rest of my teamie's super fantastic creations:
  and Sue!

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10.18.2013

Toffee Bits:


Good Friday morning all!  It has been a very busy few weeks over here.  We have been getting the house ready to be put on the real estate market and looking to move.   Well if any of you know me on a personal level, you know I am a perfectionist.  Not only with my crafts, but everything I touch.  It's been tiring, but in the end I hope my hard work has paid off.

*Wish us luck*

When I do get a moment (after sitting, relaxing), I run into the craft room and get my paper crafting "fix".

 StampFairy is sponsoring Crafty Catz' a gift to remember challenge.

Last year, I had made some upcycled gift jars that went over fairly well.  So I thought I would give it another whirl.

Jar Ingredients:
Stamps:  Stamp Fairy
Cardstock: DCWV, American Crafts, Recollections
Bits/Bobs:  American Crafts jute, Celebrate It burlap, Dress It Up jingle bells, Recollections gems,  Christmas tree ornament
Tools:  Oval and Scalloped Oval Spellbinders

I created this card for the following challenges: Charisma Cardz - food.


I hope you have a super fantastic weekend!!


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10.17.2013

Mixed Media Wedding:



Today I have a special post, the Papercraft Star team was asked to join A Mixed Media Color Challenge this week.  So very exciting!!




I do have to admit that I was quite terrified to play along as I have never dabbled in the mixed media arts.

I grabbed everything in my craft room (including home improvement supplies, really), sat down, and this is what I came up with:



I used joint compound that one would use to fill cracks and holes in walls.  I grabbed a stencil and a joint compound spatula and added some texture.  I also used acrylic paints, shimmer mists, and inks.



I was lucky enough to receive the Tropical Sensations stamps and dies collection (thanks again Mona!), which I used on the background paper and also for the flower embellishment.

Card Ingredients:
Stamps:  My Favorite Things Tropical Sensations, Waltzing Mouse sentiment, JustRite Signed Sealed Delivered and It's Sew Vintage (background stamps)
Inks: Craftsmart Gold, Craftsmart Chocolate Brown, Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Desert Sand, Memento Potter's Clay
Papers:  House of Three

Cardstock: DCWV, Recollections
Bits/Bobs: Bead Landing metal flower, MME pearl brad, Celebrate It twine, Simon Says Stamp! Moroccan stencil, Simon Says Stamp! wooden hearts, Ranger Altered Orange acrylic paint, Lewiscraft Sandy Bay acrylic pain, Smooch Spritz, Orange Copic, joint compound
Tools: EK Success Corner punch, sewing machine, Die-namics Tropical Sensations dies


I created this card for the following challenges:  ABC Challenge - xtra special, The Cheerful Stamp Pad - use a stencil.



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10.16.2013

merci:

Good morning all!

 This week's inspiration photo challenge at Papercraft Star is:

Suggested Inspiration:
Cats
Pumpkins
Orange and Black
Scary
Halloween


My Inspiration:  orange and black


I have a "Bah Halloween Humbug" attitude towards Halloween.  Don't care for it much :)

So, with that said, here is my "Halloween" card ;)
Card Ingredients:
Stamps:  Inkadinkadoo
Inks: Color Box Frost White
Papers: MME
Cardstock: Recollections
Bits/Bobs: Stampendous! White embossing powder, Studio Calico wood piece
Tools: sewing machine, heat embosser, Spellbinders Whimsy diecuts


I created this card for the following challenges:  Top Tip Tuesday - black, white, splash of colour, Cards 4 Eternity - CAS, Created With Love - stitching.




Don't forget to check out the rest of my teamie's super fantastic creations:
  and Sue!



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10.11.2013

Peace on Earth Jake:



Good morning all!  Happy Friday to you and to all my Canadian friends I hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend.


 StampFairy is sponsoring Friday Sketch Challenge





Today I am sharing sweet lil Jake - I just can't resist his pudgy tummy!!

Card Ingredients:
Stamps:  Stamp Fairy Jake, JustRite Signed Sealed Delivered (background)
Inks: Craft Smart Chocolate and Gold, Tim Holtz Old Paper
Papers:  MME Lost & Found Christmas Special Edition
Cardstock: Recollections
Bits/Bobs:  American Crafts jute, Lawn Fawn Into the Woods sequins
Tools:  Circle Spellbinders, sewing machine, mineral spirits and blending stumps

I created this card for the following challenges:  MilkCoffee - spots/dots, Divas by Design - 3/more layers, Bearly Mine - twine, Crafty Cardmakers - cute/furry, Created With Love - holidays.



Just a note, StampFairy is having a sale AND also a new release, George!







Have a wonderful holiday weekend!  Cheers to you all!



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10.09.2013

Sequins Thank You:


Good Wednesday morning all!!!

This week's inspiration photo challenge at Papercraft Star is:


Suggested Inspiration:
Pumpkins
Fall flowers
Scarecrow
Wood grain

My Inspiration:  wood grain, fall colours

I needed something that could be given to a gent - are the sequins too much??
Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp! Life is a Journey
Inks: Color Box Frost White
Papers: Lawn Fawn Into the Woods Cardstock: Recollections
Bits/Bobs: Lawn Fawn Into the Woods sequins, Stampendous! White embossing powder
Tools: EK Success Corner punch, sewing machine, heat embosser


I created this card for the following challenges:  Come and Get It - thanks



Don't forget to check out the rest of my teamie's super fantastic creations:
  and Sue!


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10.04.2013

Merry Mittens:



Oh Friday - I will give you a big hug *HUGS*  Aren't Fridays just the best?!?

Between staging and cleaning our house to be put on the real estate market, I am trying to get in to my craftroom a few times a week.

I went with CAS, you know, the keep word being simple.  I would like to say that this card took 10 minutes.  It didn't.  I searched high and low for polka dot papers.  I finally found some bits the size of three of my fingers put together but had to find a way to put them through my printer to print off my digis.  I finally figured out that if your paper is too small, my printer won't accept it, so I taped my small piece to a big piece and in the end, had a larger piece of paper.  Long story right?  It took longer in real life LOL.

I found these cutie-tootie freebies at Paper Smooches:

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: The Alley Way Stamps
Papers:  MME
Cardstock:  DCWV, Recollections
Bits/Bobs: Recollections pearls
Tools: sewing machine, EK Success Corner punch


I created this card for the following challenges:  Merry Monday - colours, CAS(E) this Sketch - sketch







Have a fantastic Friday!

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10.02.2013

Christmas Wreath:

Good Wednesday morning all!!!

This week's inspiration photo challenge at Papercraft Star is:



 Suggested Inspiration:
Fall
Fall colors
Circles
Berries
Front Door
 
My Inspiration:  festive wreath

Leave it to me to turn any photo into Christmas inspiration :)

Card Ingredients:
Stamps: Hero Arts
Inks: Versafine Onyx
Cardstock: DCWV, Recollections
Bits/Bobs: Recollections gems, Celebrate It ribbon
Tools: EK Success Corner punch, CC Designs Olive Branch cutters


I created this card for the following challenges:  Holly Jolly Christmas - no pattern paper, CCAYR - preparing for Christmas ( I put up 5 wreaths)


Don't forget to check out the rest of my teamie's super fantastic creations:
Jan
Ros
  and Sue!


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