Thursday, January 31, 2013


I had a little Christmas money left over to do some craft shopping in January.  I of course had to get a few new Kraftin' Kimmie stamps (I got lots for Christmas see this post for pics) but, they keep making more so I keep buying more LOL.  With this shipment I got Marilyn and a couple of others.  I decided to use her for the Something Old, Something New challenge.

Marilyn is my something new and the papers are the something old.  I stamped Marilyn with tuxedo black memento ink and coloured her with copic markers ( Y21, 23, 26 - E000, 00, 21, 04 - N0, 1 - BG0000. 10 & R20).  I cut the image and mat out using spellbinders large and small petite ovals. The patterned paper is an from an old line by Kaiser Craft "Spirograph"  I think it must be about 4 years old,  I know I used it in a class I taught in spring 2009 LOL.  I loved the paper line so much I bought a whole bunch of it and still have it in my stash.  I also punched some little flowers out with an old mini flower punch as little accents.  I decided to keep with the Kaiser Craft theme and use their blue grey rhinestones and a greeting from their Birthday mini clear stamp set.
I'm planning a crafting day on Monday so I should have lots to post next week.  I really have to get busy making Valentine cards this weekend.  I can't believe tomorrow is February 1st already!!!  Thanks for stopping by everyone, have a great weekend!!!


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Birthday Monkey!

Here is another birthday card I made this week.  I made this for the All That Scraps challenge and another card for the Simon Says challenge.  The All That Scraps challenge this week was Anything Goes but you have to use a stamp from the All That Scraps store.  This cute little guy is "Birthday Monkey" by C.C. Designs.  The Simon Says challenge this week is paper piecing, and I paper pieced the cupcake and used some diamond stickles on the frosting.

I stamped the image with memento espresso truffle and coloured it with copics (E21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 71, 79, - R22, 24 & N1.  I used the out of the box technique to cut out the image with spellbinders large & small labels (as well as all the mats).  I edged all the pieces with jumbo java versa magic ink. It is really hard to tell in the picture but I covered cherry with rose stardust pen and as mentioned above diamond stickles on the frosting.  The patterned paper on the main part of the card is from Three Bugs in a Rug, the paper on the cupcake is from My Mind's Eye & Basic Grey.  The greeting is from "Flourishes" tag line stamp set and is stamped with the same ink I used for the main image.  I used 3 different coloured rhinestones (pink, blue & green) to pick up the different colours in the paper.

Well that's it for tonight, I'll be back in a couple of days with another card. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Friday, January 25, 2013

Thinking Outside the Box....

....or Oval....

So I'm still working on inking up new stamps and using them for new card designs,  As mentioned in my previous post.  I've even been working on a stamp catalogue so it is easier to figure out what stamps I have without having to look through every single package.  It actually helped a lot with this project... when I was looking for the greeting to use on this card.

I actually looked up some challenges and made a card that would work for 3 different challenges!!!
Kraftin' Kimmie  - A Trio of Embellishments 
Altered Alice - We're All Mad Here, So Anything Goes!!!
Simon Says Stamp - Let's Get Paper Piecing

I started by inking up the Red Queen from Kraftin' Kimmie stamps and colored her with copic markers (E0000, 000, 01, 02, 21, 23, 25 - R20, 22, 24, 27, 29 - N0, 1, 3 & BG0000) and then added a few touches with memento marker rhubarb stalk and stardust pens clear star & red star.  I have been trying to use my red copics more as I need to practice with them. I usually make a mess with them and have to start over.  This one turned out OK, so I was quite happy.  I decided to paper piece the decorative strip on her skirt and her crown.  I used patterned paper from the "swoon" line by Little Yellow Bicycle.
I took this picture at an angle to try and catch the glitter from the stardust pens.  It looks a little messy in the photo but not in person.  I wanted to cut this out with an oval and mat it with a couple of layers.  However the width of the stamp at the bottom posed a problem.  I decided to go with the "outside the box" technique and have the bottom of her dress outside the oval. Then cut a couple of regular ovals to mat the image with.  I took a picture of it so you could see what it looked like without the mats.

I cut mats out in black and red and then decided to use more patterned paper from the LYB "swoon" paper pack for the background.  The paper had sort of a wall paper feel to it with a nice white trim at the bottom but looked kind of plain at the top.  I added a little detail with memento London fog ink and a swirl stamp from the basic grey "flourish corners" stamp set. I cut (cricut - George & basic shapes cartridge) hearts out of the same patterned paper I used on her dress.   The "Love" & "Forever" stamps are from Crafty Secrets stamp sets "mini memories" & "Cherish" the "you" stamp is from the Technique Tuesday "talking in circles" stamp set. I colored the rhinestones with copic R89.

I used 3 hearts and rhinestones in groupings of three for the "trio challenge", but I usually do groupings of three - I just think it looks more balance that way. I love paper piecing - see my Kraftin' Kimmie challenge card from a couple of weeks ago.  I really like how she looks like she is about to step through an archway or perhaps the looking glass!

Well I guess that's it for this post.  I hope to be back with another card in a day or two.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend everyone!


Sunday, January 20, 2013


So I know it has been just over a week since my last post but I haven't forgotten about updating it....I will be doing that tomorrow.  I had a few things come up this week and just haven't had the chance.  I did get another couple of cards made this week and will post them later.  I really wanted to take part in the Kraftin' Kimmie guest challenge so I am going to post that card today.

For this challenge it was pretty much anything goes but, you did have to use a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp of your choice and some sort of metallic embellishment, paper or colour.  Well since I do have lots of Kimmie stamps it was a challenge to decide which one to use.  I decided to make my DH's Valentine's day card for this challenge.  I coloured Artemis with copics (will post colour list as soon as I find it in the mess on my desk...LOL).  I added a bit of red stardust pen to her hair piece but it doesn't show up in the picture.  I decided to go with a pewter metallic colour and used papers that picked up on both the red and pewter,  they are from the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found 3 "Ruby" collection.  I then added a few pewter brads and a pewter heart charm.  I edged all the pieces with red versa magic chalk ink and popped the main image up using 3d dots.

Update (Jan 21/13) ... Ok I  cleaned up my desk and found the elusive copic colour list...I really must learn to always have my notebook handy.  Anyway here is the list for Artemis (E000, 00, 01 - R 20, 22, 24, 27, 29 - Y21, 23, 26 - B000 - E71, 74, 77 & 79).  I am also trying to use a variety of patterned papers on projects. I have so much patterned paper and I really need to use some of it up. My other goal is to ink up all my new stamps and use them for projects...with the amount of new stamps I have I'm going to be very busy.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week everyone!!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Animal House

Well I have a house that is ruled by an animal...a really cute adorable fuzzy it's all good.  I am going to put this post up quickly and then add the details later.  I am running way behind and I have about 20mins until this weeks challenge closes over at Kraftin Kimmie!

Here is the card I made using Jayne cuddling with her cat.  Kit loves to sit on my shoulder so this reminds me of her.

Update (Jan 21/13)...Sooo it took me a little longer to get this update posted but I found my notebook (finally!) and here are the details for this card.  The patterned paper is an old Marah Johnson paper from Creative Imaginations!  I stamped the image with memento tuxedo black ink and coloured the image with copic markers and did some paper piecing for the dress.  The copic colours I used are as follows  E000, 00, 01, 13, 21, 23, 25 - W1, 2, 4, 6 - R20, 17 &35.  The patterned paper for the dress is the reverse side of the background paper.  I cut the image and mat out with spellbinders large and small petite ovals and I edged the papers with versa magic red brick and midnight black chalk inks.

OK!  Here it is ...I'll be back later to update this post.


Friday, January 4, 2013

What's New?

Well I really wanted to post all this info when it happened but I totally ran out of time over the Holidays!!! I always think I'll be able to get things done with lots of time to spare...I never do LOL!!! I was up until 3:00am on Christmas Eve (well Christmas morning technically) finishing my DH's present (as usual).  I make him a calendar every year and every year it gets finished in the wee hours of Christmas morning.  I really need to start this project in November or something LOL.  Anyway, I haven't had any time to spend in my studio since then...everything in there is how I left it on Christmas morning...a mess!!!

The main things I wanted to post on my blog in December are as follows:

I got a message on my blog around the first of December from a local shop owner expressing an interest in my cards.  She had seen them at La Lucy and wanted to know if I could make some for her shop as well. So I was super excited to have my cards in a new shop for Christmas.

I was also very excited to see that I was featured as a Customer Show N' Tell on the All That Scrap's Blog!

This is a picture of some of the new goodies I bought in December.  I picked up some more Kraftin' Kimmie stamps, of course, card stock, glue refills and patterned paper.
 Here is a picture of the fun stuff I got for Christmas.  My wonderful DH bought me the limited edition Copic marker set!!!(hooray!!!) and my sister in law & family got me all these Kraftin' Kimmie stamps!

Well I guess that about sums it up for now!  I guess my next step is to clean up my studio and get back to work on some new cards and challenges!  Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!!!

I hope everyone had an excellent holiday season, mine was wonderful but very busy.  I really planned on posting more during the holidays but I just didn't have time.  I have a lot to post over the next little while to catch up on everything that I didn't get a chance to post over the holidays.

To start here is the card I made for the The Simon Says Stamp .... Anything Goes challenge...I will have to post the rest of the information for the card later. The stamp is "reindeer lights" from C.C. Designs and the greeting is from Bombshell stamps. I coloured the image with copic markers (will post colour list later).
Update:  Here are the copic colours I used for this card (E21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 43 - R24, 27 - G82, 85 - Y35, 38 & W2), I also used a glaze pen on his nose and the lights.  The patterned paper is from Kaiser Kraft.  I stamped the greeting with memento rhubarb stalk ink and also used it for edging the paper.  I coloured the rhinestones and brads with copic R89.  I used spellbinders large & small labels to cut out the image and mat.

I will be back later with more details and updates to what I have been busy with lately.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has a very wonderful, happy & healthy 2013.