Friday, November 19, 2010

TGIF!!!


TGIF!!!! Truer words have never been spoken! This week has been very loooong. I've been at work everyday this week, and winter has arrived in Alberta with a bang. It started snowing Monday afternoon, and has been snowing off and on ever since. We now have about 6 inches of snow on the ground, and it is here to stay.

This card uses Jen del Muno's SFYTT from this past Saturday. The stamp is one that I found at Scrapbooker's Paridise, and is from a Canadian company called The Stamp Barn. As soon as I saw the Shakespeare quote, I knew I had to have it.

I stamped the image in black Staz On ink on watercolor paper, and used my aqua painter and distress inks to watercolor the image.

Here's the recipe:
Card Sketch : Jen del Muno's SFYTT
Stamps: The Stamp Barn - Shakespeare's Blessing
Paper: Enchanted Evening, Watercolor paper, Lavender Moon, Bo-Bunny DSP - Midnight Frost
Ink: Staz On Black, Distress inks - Vintage Photo, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Victorian Velvet, Forest Moss, Aged Mahogany
Accessories: Aqua painter, Cuttlebug, Shapeabilities - Snowflake Wonder, rhinestones, dimensionals
Techniques: watercolor painting, dry embossing

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Believe

If you've ever checked out my gallery at Splitcoast Stamper's, you know how I love patterned paper, especially Basic Grey!! I think I have owned just about every 6x6 collection that Basic Grey has released. Here is another Christmas card that I made using Basic Grey's Jovial collection. I think the card is pretty self explanatory so I'll leave you with the details.

Here's the recipe:
Card Sketch: SCS306
Stamps: PTI - Holiday Button Bits, Background Basics: Christmas
Paper: Simply Chartruse, Pure Poppy, Basic Grey DSP - Jovial
Ink: Versamark, Black, Distress Ink - Old Paper, Vintage Photo
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities (Circles, Pinking circles), gold EP, clear EP, buttons, DMC floss, dimensionals
Techniques: embossing, sponging

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Peace Be Still

I think it's safe to say that I am in full Christmas card mode! This card uses Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge 99. The only thing stamped on this card is the sentiment, which I think is a first for me.

The dove is die cut from Vintage Cream felt, the circles are cut using nestabilities, and the die cut border is Papertrey Ink's Victorian Lace die. I cut the border out of Bermuda Bay twice, and offset it before adhering it to the back of the Jovial decorative paper. The Aqua Mist background is embossed with the bookprint impression plate, which is also from Papertrey Ink.

Here's the rest of the details:
Card Sketch: MTSC 99
Stamps: PTI - Peace Be Still
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Aqua Mist, Basic Grey DSP - Jovial
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Fresh Snow
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities (circles), PTI Victorian Lace die, Peace Be Still Die, Bookprint Impression plate, vintage cream felt, Kaiser black pearls, clear rhinestones, aqua mist buttons, cream button twine, dimensionals
Techniques: dry embossing, sponging

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Ghost of Christmas (Releases) Past

While I am waiting with breathless anticipation for Canada Post to deliver the latest Verve release, I got out some Verve from Christmas releases past.

I love this snowman from the Snow Wonderful set. He is soooo cute and easy to cut out. I stamped him on kraft cardstock, and colored him with Fresh Snow ink from Papertrey Ink, using a Q-tip. His scarf and nose are colored with Copic markers. His top hat, eyes and buttons are highlighted with Ranger Black Enamel Accents. The sentiment, snowflakes, and snowflake wreath are from Christmas in the Air. The decorative paper is from the 6x6 pad of Midnight Frost by Bo-Bunny Press. This collection has all sorts of different shades of blue snowflake prints, with a hint of burgundy.

P.S. Both these Verve sets are now on sale!!

Here's the rest of the recipe:
Sketch: Jen's SFYTT
Stamps: Verve - Christmas in the Air, Snow Wonderful
Paper: Enchanted Evening, Kraft, Bo Bunny DSP - Midnight Frost
Ink: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Fresh Snow, Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities(Circle, Label 4), white EP, Scarlet Jewel ribbon, Ranger black enamel accents, sewing machine, dimensionals, Copics
Techniques: sponging, embossing, Copics

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge - Marigolds

Good Monday morning! I can say that because I have the day off! Yesterday, between walking Will in the Alberta sunshine, and preparing dinner for my parents, I made this card using Karen Giron's SSSC 92.

As soon as I saw the sketch, I saw this marigold image from Papertrey Ink's Year of Flowers set for October. I colored it with Copic markers (something I need to use more!), and matched it up with some Basic Grey Pyrus paper. The sketch calls for a large embellishment where the glazed brads are, but I wanted the flower to take centre stage, so I exercised some artistic license and used the brads instead.


Here's the recipe:
Sketch: SSSC92
Stamps: PTI - Year of Flowers:Marigold, Signature Greetings
Paper: Always Artichoke, Orange Zest, Wild Wasabi, White, Basic Grey - Pyrus
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities (Square, and Scalloped Square), Copics, Basic Grey glazed brads - Pyrus, Woodgrain Impression plate, dimensionals
Techniques: dry embossing, Copics

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Jingle All the Way

Good Morning all! Here's my card for Viva la Verve for the second week of November. As you can see, I went with the red and cream color scheme again in the second photo. I did however use a tiny bit of blue from the first photo, so we'll call this a doubly inspired card! (LOL!!)

The snowflakes are from PTI's Peace Be Still set. I placed five of the snowflakes on one acrylic block so it was quick and easy to stamp the snowflake ovals. The plaid mat, bell, and sentiment are from PTI's Tiny Treats Christmas set (which is SUPER CUTE!) I colored the bell with Copics, and mounted it on a pinked circle of Pure Poppy felt cut from PTI's Limitless Layers circle dies.

That's all for now. I'm off to church this morning. We are having a mass said for my Grandma who passed away 4 years ago. I hope to spend the afternoon stamping before my Mom and Dad come over for supper.

Here's the recipe:
Amber's Sketch for November Week 2

Stamps: PTI - Tiny Treats Christmas, Peace Be Still
Paper: Pure Poppy, Very Vanilla, white, Rustic Snowflakes DSP
Ink: Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy, Tea Dye Touch Duo, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Mat Stack 1, Limitless Layers circle dies, Nestabilities oval dies, Copics, Pure Poppy felt, dimensionals
Techniques: sponging, Copics

Saturday, November 6, 2010

MOJO Saturday

It's Saturday!!! It's been ages since I've been able to play with Julee's MOJO Monday sketch challenge. This week's sketch really caught my eye. It is very simple, so there are oodles of possibilities!

I've been following Jennifer McGuire's Thinking Inking Christmas series over at her blog, so I was inspired to dig out my distress inks and blending tools to make the main background. The nativity stamp is from Stampendous which I picked up at my local scrapbooking store, Scrapbooker's Paradise. It is stamped in Versamark on some Basic Grey Jovial paper, and then embossed with chocolate embossing powder. The Merry Christmas sentiment is from PTI's 2010 Holiday Tag set. The little charm dangling from the ribbon is a Tim Holtz fragment with some more Jovial paper.

Now it's time to take Puppy Will to Three Mile Bend for a walk, and then I'm going to see the movie version of The Tempest with Christopher Plummer, that was filmed at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival this past season. I was fortunate enough to see this production in person in September during my yearly visit to Stratford. It was AMAZING so I've had today circled on my calendar for a long time.

Here's the Recipe:
Sketch: MOJO163

Stamps: Stampendous - Sacred Silhouettes, and Music Score, PTI - 2010 Holiday Tags
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Basic Grey DSP - Jovial
Ink: Versamark, Distress Inks - Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities (long rectangles, scalloped rectangles, labels 4), White EP, Chocolate EP, Cranberry Crisp stitched ribbon, Tim Holtz Fragment, dimensionals, gold cord

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Christmas Wishes

Happy Wednesday! It's that time of year where I start to think about Christmas cards. I don't know about you, but I LOVE Christmas stamps. Every year I add to my collection, and this year is no different. This card uses PTI's Big & Bold Holiday Wishes, and Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 91. I kept this card super simple so that it is easy to mass produce. In the past, I would decide on one design of Christmas card, and that's what everyone on my list would get. Recently though, I've started making fewer cards of the same design, to allow me to show some lovin' to all my Christmas stamps. I don't make a different card for everyone, but I am making a bigger variety of Christmas cards. KWIM?? I made 6 of this design which are probably destined for my church's craft sale.

Here's the recipe and link to Karen's Sketch:
Stamps: PTI - Big & Bold Holiday Wishes
Paper: Pinefeather, Blueberry Sky, Christmas Print, Distressed Dots, white
Ink: Pine Needles Distress Ink, Pure Poppy, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Red Rhinestone, dimensionals
Techniques: stencilling, sponging
Sketch: SSSC91

Monday, November 1, 2010

You Make Me Smile


Well, it's the beginning of another new month, so it's time for a new addition of Viva la Verve. My card this week uses some new Verve (at least new to me!), and a red and cream color scheme. Dawn McVey did a fantastic set of tags in this color scheme which you can check out HERE. Then a few posts later, she created this AMAZING CARD.

Here's the Recipe:
Amber's Sketch: VLVNOV2010 - Week1
Stamps: PTI - Quilter's Sampler Additions, Fillable Frames 9, Verve - Fabulous You, Stampendous - Music Score
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pure Poppy
Ink: Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Beautiful Blooms Dies, Fillable Frames 9 die, Pure Poppy, and Vintage Cream felt, SU Neutral buttons, red eyelet, MS Baker's Twine, DMC floss