The Stamps I Use

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Feeling the mojo - finally

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Hi folks,

Well, I finally made the effort to go in to my disaster of a craft room (it still has not been set to rights after my trip to Newfoundland) and made a {belated} card for my uncle who celebrated on Friday. Note that I was a good niece and CALLED to wish him a happy birthday but I still wanted to send him a card as this is my Uncle who delivered freshly caught fish to us at 9am the previous Friday morning which we had for dinner that night! The absolute highlight of my visit!

Anyways, this is the card I made for him (using this week's Mojo Monday sketch - MOJO145).





The papers are my favourite CTMH Stardust papers (at least for guys) and the stamps are from Verve.
I used my Spellbinders Petite Circles and Classic Rectangles for the die cuts.

And since this week's challenge over at Paper Sundaes is to make a birthday card, I'll be submitting this birthday card for my Uncle for that challenge!

Hope you are all having a lovely week! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A new stamp company on the horizon

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Hi folks,


Just wanted to pass along some fabulous news for those of you who don't already follow Sparkle's blog.

On July 10th, she is launching her own stamp company called Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps - the company blog is here.

To celebrate, in the days leading up to the actual launch, she is offering up blog candy to visitors to the company blog.


Be sure to check out the blog as I am sure the sneak peeks of the images will be amazing.

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend - here's to a short week thanks to Canada Day on July 1st!

Friday, June 25, 2010

A Tilda Ballerina

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Isn't Tilda as a Ballerina just too cute for words? I picked up this stamp at Heather's Stamping Haven here in Ottawa just before I went to Newfoundland with the intentions of making a card for my sister's youngest daughter who had her end of year ballet recital two days before I went home. However, I did get to watch the video of the recital while I was at home. Those little five year olds were pretty cute "dancing" around the stage during their part of the program.

I made this card the morning after I arrived and gave it to her that afternoon with a little very sparkly Ballerina Barbie (who by the way has changed a LOT since I was little). The image is coloured with PrismaColor Pencils and the papers are CTMH Cherry-O. Those half-back pearls came from the card kit I had picked up from Scrappin Great Deals.

Again, no internet access so the layout is one of my own design. No puffy layers or anything fancy - limited supplies on hand (although I DID take more than one whole suitcase full of crafting supplies with me - most of them were for making the onesie invites).

I'm pretty sure she liked her card.

Anyways, hope you all have a lovely weekend - I STILL have yet to unpack that suitcase full of crafting supplies so hopefully I will get around to doing that (yes, I have been home since Tuesday evening and I am still not settled back in).

Oh - and since this week's challenge over at Sew Many Challenges is "Anything Goes", I will be submitting this cute little card!

for my Mom's birthday

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Hi folks,

as I mentioned previously, I went to Newfoundland because my Mom was turning 60 on her birthday. With the limited supplies I had with me, this is the card I made for her.




The papers are from a card kit I purchased from Scrappin Great Deals and stamped image and sentiment are CTMH.

To add a little dimension to the flowers, I curled them by hand around a pencil. They were coloured with my PrismaColor pencils.


Since this week's challenge at Practical Scrappers it to use flowers on your project, I will be submitting this card to that challenge.

My two younger nieces wanted to make cards for their Grandma as well -- so I let them choose the papers and the stamp they wanted on their cards. They coloured their images (yes I let them use my PrismaColor pencils) and I assembled them into cards for them. They decided where everything was placed though....and I just adhered the pieces for them. Those Stampin Up punches I had taken home for the onesie cards came in handy for these two cards as well....

This first one was created by my ten year old niece, Tamara.




I think she did a lovely job with her colouring.


And this second card was created by my five year old niece, Hayley.




She was enthralled by the 120 pencils at her disposal and probably would have used ALL of them if her Mom didn't intervene! So she was VERY creative with her colouring.

Hope you all have a fabulous day! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The first kindergarten grad card

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Hi folks!


Well, this is one of the cards I made shortly after arriving in Newfoundland. My sister's youngest graduated from Kindergarten the week before I went home so I brought home a little graduation gift for her (big girl earrings as she had her ears pierced recently) and I made this little card to go with it. I must say, she was quite excited to receive her little present.




I had very limited supplies with me but I did take a sheet of the digi Graduate Lily images from Pink Cat Studio with me to colour and my new CTMH Cherry-O papers. Lily was coloured with PrismaColor Pencils (I did not take my Copics with me as I have a much larger selection of colours with my pencils) to match the gown my niece was wearing in her official grad pic.

The layout is of my own design (no computer with me, no internet access at my parents' house).

So...that was another card I made in addition to those baby shower invites.


I'll be back again over the next few days with a few more cards. But for now, would you like to see something most of you probably don't see every day? Well, except on the latest news broadcast about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.





This is an ocean going oil drilling platform. These monsters are brought in from the Hibernia or White Rose drilling operations out on the Grand Banks for servicing in a neighbouring town. On the drive to my home town, we had to pass through the area so we stopped so I could take some photos.




This is a wider angle shot so you could get a perspective on just how big these beasts actually are in real life - in the bottom left hand quarter of the photo there is a minivan - you have to look really close to see it. THAT'S how big these things get.




This is a shot of the opening to the bay. The rigs are towed in through here and docked at the wharf.


And another, wider shot of the servicing area. The ship that is docked next to the platform is actually quite large as well.




And one last photo so you can get an idea of just how far away I was when I was taking these photos.


I was at a rest stop/overlook created specifically so folks could get off the highway to take photos. And boy was it FRAKKIN cold - the winds were high -- you can see the ripples on the water and the air temperature was pretty cold. I was very grateful that at the last minute I had tossed a jacket into my luggage.


thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a lovely evening!

Boy did I miss a lot of things while on vacation

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Good day folks!

Wow....when you take a vacation and don't use a computer for a week you miss out on a lot of things going on in crafty land! I'll be getting around to visiting my usual sources of inspiration over the next few days but I wanted to mention, in case you missed it as well, that PaperWorksCo launched a new Zach and Zoe Sports Collection last week!

There was even a blog hop for which I have not yet been able to visit everyone's posts. I must say though - the first image that I HAVE seen of Zoe the Swimmer is just too cute.

Anyways, for those of you who have not seen the collection, I just lifted this from the PWCO site



Isn't it just too cute? I, of course, placed my order yesterday as soon as I saw there was a new collection. And for those of you who have the first Sports Series, there is a new bonus stamp that goes with it as well and you just have to let Peg know that you would like to have it to go with your already purchased collection.

Anyways, I will be back over the next few days with a few post of the other cards I made while I was visiting my family in Newfoundland - heck, maybe I will even have some photos from my visit!

Hope you are all having a great day - and that we don't have ANOTHER earthquake here in Ottawa today!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

tap tap tap

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is this thing on?

Ah yes, I have finally returned from my little jaunt to Newfoundland where I celebrated my Mom's birthday and Father's day and.....believe it or not....finished the 300 baby shower invitations (plus a few other cards while I was there).

Want to see? Well, these are the four colour schemes that I used....




A pink base with yellow accents (100 of these)



A white base with pink accents  (my favourite - 50 of these).



A white base with yellow accents (50 of these).



And a yellow base with pink accents (100 of these).



yep. Three hundred of them.




So....would you like to see some additional math?

  • 900 eyelets (set with my crop-a-dile - ouch....900 hole punches, 900 eyelets set)
  • 1800 1 3/8 inch circles punched - 2 leg openings X 2
    (opening and trim) , one image panel and a neckline (opening) per card
  • 750 scalloped circles punched - one image panel, one for leg opening (cut in half for the two leg openings and trimmed) and 1/2 for the neckline
  • 300 baby girl images stamped (CTMH image by the way)
  • 2 rolls of 1 inch Sookwang double-sided tape (for the adhesive for the neck and leg openings). Totally awesome tape by the way.
  • 1 Glue glider Pro permanent tape refill (really like - will buy more), 1 Glue glider Pro repositionable tape refill (don't like, won't buy more when the two I have are used up)

Things I learned while making these invites
  • you can use nail polish remover on Q-tips to clean tape adhesive (Sookwang) from your punches. I put the tape on my paper BEFORE I punched the circle and scalloped circle as putting adhesive on AFTER would have been harder. But boy does it make it hard to punch...and you have to stop a LOT to clean the gum off your punches. Oh, and baby wipes. I used them as well.
  • Stampin Up punches are amazing....they survived the intense punching without getting dull or breaking. And that was a LOT of punching. I could be a point of failure tester for Stampin Up. These haven't broken yet!
  • okay, maybe I couldn't be a tester--my hands did NOT survive all that punching with the punches and my crop-a-dile. I had difficulty opening bottled water after a couple of days of a lot of punching. And lifting a mug by it's handle. My knuckles and fingers are still swollen, two days after finishing the cards.
  • sometimes, you have to compromise. After I realized I did NOT like the repositionable Glue Glider tape, I did NOT add the trim on the arms that I had planned. Not at home, no other tape available. I also left the little image plain - uncoloured. I kind of like the little stick figure but would have liked to have added a little coordinating colour to the bib, bow and diaper....but since I finished these at 8:30pm the night before I was leaving to return to Ottawa - and did NOT bring my matching CTMH markers or Copics. Well, I'm sure my sister won't mind.
  • I'm nuts. No one in their right mind should EVER take on a project this large in such a short time frame.


Oh, credit should be given to the source of the design for these. Lauren Meader has this post on her blog that shows you how to create these on your own.


ETA - turns out this week's challenge over at the Create 4 Fun Challenge blog is to make a baby card -- well, I made 300 of them so I am entering this challenge.
Anyways, that is it for me tonight. Over the next little while I will hopefully find the time to show the other cards that were made during my visit - by me and my nieces!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Father's Day card Number Four

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Good Morning folks,

well I am off to visit my folks in Newfoundland today - so you won't be seeing much from me in blog land for the next week. I have not yet been able to convince them to get internet access at their house - I think my Mom hates computers because that's what I studied at university and led me to leave Newfoundland almost twenty years ago.


Anyways, this is the last of my Father's Day cards for this year - for Jenn's hubby (dearly beloved's youngest brother).





I thought that since this is his first Father's day, I would make him a card to commemorate the occasion.


I used Beerafella from Stamping Bella and coloured him up with my Copics. And, yes, those CTMH Stardust papers are making another appearance!


The image and sentiment panels are Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles and I used this week's layout from Sketch Saturday.


And since this week's challenge over at CCEE Stampers is one for the males, I'll be submitting this card!
Ta Ta for now!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Father's Day card Number Three

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Hi there faithful readers!

Back today with the third of this year's Father's Day cards - this one is for my Dad.




Mr BBQafella is, of course, from Stamping Bella and I tried colouring him up with my Copic Markers. I think I did an okay job. The coolest thing about Copics has to be that you can use them to create perfectly matched embellishments - like the ribbon on the card. It WAS white until I coloured it to match my cardstock.

The papers are CTMH Stardust and the sentiment is also CTMH.

Oh, the image panel is cut with my Spellbinders Petite Ovals.

The layout is from this week's Create 4 Fun Challenge. I took a little liberty with the bow portion of the sketch - replacing it with buttons and a panel for the sentiment.

And since this week's challenge over at Totally Stampalicious is all about celebrating Dad's, I'll be submitting this card to that challenge!

Hope you have a lovely day!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Father's Day card Number Two

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Hi folks,

Well, here is another of the Father's Day cards I made this year. This one is for dearly beloved's Dad.






His Dad has a restored 1950s pickup like this, so I had to "pick-up" this stamp from Little Paper Shop (I think I actually got the stamp many many months ago). The Dad sentiment is from the CTMH June Word Puzzle set (now retired I believe).


The patterned papers are Jillibean Soup Old World Cabbage Stew that I won a few weeks back from their blog and have finally found some time to sit down to use them. I think these papers are just delightful - I love the colours! The "No.1" is from the co-ordinating sticker sheet that came with the papers, as is the green strip.


The cardstock is a mix of CTMH Cocoa and Prism Prismatics (from PaperWorksCo).


I used my Spellbinders Petite Ovals for the image and sentiment panels and my EK Success Border punch for the slotted edge strip.


Oh, and the layout is Card Patterns Sketch 68.

And since this week's challenge over at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge is a tribute to all fathers, I'll be submitting this card!
Hope you all had a lovely weekend -- now to watch the season premiere of True Blood!!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Have you snagged your June Kit yet from PaperWorksCo?

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Look at all those yummies! I'm sure Peggy won't mind that I snagged the picture of the kit -- I just ordered mine this morning, along with some new Copic Sketch markers!


This Kit Contains:


12 – 6″x6″ Patterned Paper from Doodlebug's– Various Collection

4 - 8.5″x 11″ sheets of Prismatics Cardstock

4 - 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of Cardstock from Bazzill Basics’s Smoothies Line

2 – 8.5″x11″ sheets of Simply Smooth White Cardstock from Prism

Assortment of Buttons and Brads from BasicGrey

3 yards of Ribbon from Bazzill Basics/Doodlebug Doodlebug Jewels

assortment of dewdrops from Robin's Nest

BONUS – Blossom Braddies from Doodlebug (various colors)



Be sure to grab yours here before the end of June!!! I think some of these papers would go just great with the new Rachelle Anne Miller Collection....and of course sweet Harriet the Hippo!!!
 
 
I guess I should have flagged this post with an enabler alert, huh?
 
hope you are all having a great day!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Copics at PaperWorksCo

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Hi folks,

just passing along news that PaperWorksCo has restocked some of their Copic Markers and Peggy has a special offer:


For the next 24 hours, enjoy a bonus 5% discount on copic markers.  Just put "copics" on your discount code to redeem it!   This discount is on top of the Copic Club deal (buy 15 get one free!) and your usual 5% rebate on your craft fund.  (offer cannot be combined with any other offers, not valid for those using local pickup).



I'm probably going to kick myself for passing this along as I do need to add to my Copic Collection but am so pooped right now that I need a nap. So don't you all go order the ones that I need....okay? Order all the rest.


Oh and for the local gals, you need to checkout Multi-Crafts on Thurston (near St Laurent and Conroy) here in Ottawa. Tanya mentioned to me on Sunday that the cute Fancy Pants paper she was using on one of her projects came from Multi-Crafts.


Wow -- it has been years since I went there but I popped in today in the hopes of buying the 900 eyelets I need for the baby shower invites (I managed to get 720 in case you are wondering). They have quite the selection of supplies now for paper-crafting. I picked up a couple of mini-decks as well - Cosmo Cricket Material Girl and Sassafras Amplify -- oh special note - the Sassafras Amplify line has at least one paper that is music inspired. And I saw some other decks there as well that were music related.


Oh -- and I got 50 6.25 inch square envelopes for $11.  Which I think is a pretty good deal considering what I HAVE paid for them at DeSerres in the past (I think more than that for half as many envelopes).


If you go, be prepared to spend a lot of time there. I went with a purpose during my lunch break so I didn't browse too much....or spend too much!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Deliciousness

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not from my craft room but from my garden




We don't usually get to eat the strawberries in our garden because they are either

  • buried under mounds of dirt and gravel by the groundhogs who excavate our retaining wall every year
  • eaten by the suburban wildlife (squirrels, raccoons, skunks.....any number of critters)

But this year....I got to nom one!!





Ha! A perfectly ripe strawberry! Take THAT critters!!!

PaperWorksCo Friends and Family Blog Hop Winners

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Hi folks,

the big announcement has been made !Be sure to check out this post at the PaperWorksCo Blog to see if you are one of the lucky winners from the Friends and Family blog hop!

And don't forget to play along with this week's sketch for your chance to be a weekly guest designer!

And once again, thanks for everyone who voted for my Geek Girl Anya - she was not the top vote getter but it was totally cool that she in the voting to begin with!


toodles!

Happy Father's Day for my Brother

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Hi folks,

Today I have the first of this year's Father's Day cards - this one is for my younger brother.




He really enjoys the outdoors so I had picked up this stamp of an ATV some time ago from Little Paper Shop. The sentiment was created using two sets from CTMH - Moments (Happy) and the June Word Puzzle (Father's Day).

Again, I used the CTMH "You Rock" papers and my Spellbinders Pinking Circles/Regular Circles to add a little interest to the image and sentiment panels.

I coloured the ATV with my PrismaColor Pencils to try to match his green ATV (he has a red one as well but the green goes well with these papers).


The layout is from this week's Sketch 106 from Sketch Saturday.

Since this week's challenge at Cards For Men is Father's Day, I'll be entering this card!

Hope you all have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

ETA - this is a scheduled post so I don't know how my little Geek Girl Anya concept for TGF fared in the polls. But I would like to say thank you to anyone who took the time to vote for my little idea. Honestly, the entire gallery was full of EXCEPTIONALLY creative ideas and I don't know how they managed to narrow it down to just the five that were selected. It truly was an honour just to get into the final five -- I jumped out of my chair at work when I saw that she was in the running! Good thing I'm the early bird and there wasn't anyone else around! It made my own little geek girl heart very, very proud. After all, except for the piggy tails - she's pretty much me!

Monday, June 7, 2010

OH MY GOODNESS - my Geek Girl Anya needs your votes!!!

My little Geek Girl Anya made it into the voting round over at the Greeting Farm!!!!

Voting is only open for twenty-four hours and is via poll on the The Greeting Farm Blog.

There are four other Anya's up for voting - if you like mine please cast your vote for Geeky Anya!!! Oh...and tell all your friends!

Oh I am so excited! I wish I was at home so I could send out a Facebook message to all my Facebook contacts as well!!!

A Happy Birthday from Flob

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Hi folks,

back again with another of the cards I made during my play date today with Tanya. This one is for my one relative who also lives here in Ottawa - my older cousin!




Getting a feeling of deja vu? You betcha - same papers (CTMH You Rock), same sketch (CPS170 with a slight alteration to add the sentiment) but a different image. This time I used Flob from the Doodlefactory Creatures II Collection from StarvingArtistamps.


Cute little flob was coloured with my Copic Markers (YR00, YR02, YR04, B91 and B95).


Oh, I used my Spellbinders Pinking Circles and Regular Circles for the sentiment panel and for the little circles in the sketch.

ETA - I just found out that my crafty cyber friend Rinne is now a part of the DT for Let's Capture our Memories! Congrats Rinne! Their challenge this week is to create a birthday card! So guess what? I'll be entering my Flob birthday card for the challenge!
Hope you have a great day!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Star Wars Birthday

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Hi folks,

hope you all had an enjoyable weekend in your neck of the woods. I had an awesome crafty play date with Tanya today and made three cards!

Here's the first one - for a fellow nerdy co-worker.




He's a big fan of Star Wars so I thought I would make him a card with this little Han Solo image from the Galactic Friends Collection by Alota Rubber Stamps. The image is coloured with Copic Markers but I coloured it so long ago that I don't know which ones I used.

The papers are from the CTMH "You Rock" Paper Pack - a great package of papers for guy cards.

I also used this week's CPS170 Sketch for the layout.

Oh, I used my Spellbinders Pinking Circles and Regular Circles for the little circles in the sketch. I stamped my sentiment directly onto the patterned papers and high-lighted the "long" since my coworker IS older than me.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Baby Shower Invites - Phase 1 Completed

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Hello faithful readers!

First, thanks for your suggestions for quick make cards - if I tire of doing the onesies, I may very well switch to your suggestions. They would also work very nicely for thank you cards - as I think my sis SHOULD send thank you cards to everyone who does come out for the baby shower.

Anyways - believe it or not - phase 1 of the "Sheena's Crazy Baby Shower Invitation Project" (or SCBSIP) is complete - after only about 3 or 4 hours of work.





The 12x12 coloured cardstock (yellow and pink) have been cut down to 8.5x11 and, along with regular white cardstock, printed with the shower details (for two invites - you can't see the printed side in the photo) and then cut in half to produce the bases for the invites (4.25x11). That stack of paper is about 3 inches thick -- 300 card bases.


Now for phase 2 - scoring them at the midpoint for the tent-fold.

ETA: To answer Peggy's question, I didn't score the paper before cutting 'cause I'm a goober! Doh! That would have been much smarter now wouldn't it? Since they have to be scored three times - once for the centre and then again on both ends for the foldie up bit. Triple Doh!

I PVRed "Bladerunner" earlier this week so I'm thinking that when Newton wakes me up for his pre-dawn feeding, I will probably get up, turn on the movie and score the card bases. Maybe THIS time I will actually see the movie from start to finish. For some reason, I always seem to fall asleep whenever I try to watch this movie.


Anyways, hope you all have a great weekend! I have a crafty play date with Tanya on Sunday and I'm planning on using that time to work on my Father's day cards and some kindergarten graduation cards for our nieces.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Looking for ideas for baby shower invites

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Hello faithful readers!

okay if you aren't a faithful reader but happened upon my blog looking for my PaperWorksCo Friends and Family blog hop post, you can find it here. Be sure to click through and leave a comment as Peggy is giving away some lovely stamps collections to five random commenters on the blog hop posts.

and back to my faithful readers (I'm a big fan of Stephen King, can you tell?).....

I'm looking for suggestions. I offered to make baby shower invitations for my sister as she is expecting in September. The shower is in early July (scheduling issues prevent it from being later) and I offered to make them thinking that baby showers at home were like the baby showers I have attended. MAYBE 10, 20 or even (gasp!) 30 people. Boy was I wrong!

My sister said I might want to reconsider the offer as she was thinking there might be 100 to 125 people invited. Then she got back to me a little later to let me know that her boyfriend's Mom already had a list of 125 people...so the final list might be closer to 200. Well, I was in shock but...I'm up for the challenge. WELL!!! After talking to my Mom this weekend, the list is probably going to be closer to 300!!! Gah!!! I honestly would be hard pressed to think of 10 people I could invite to a party in my honour. 10!! And this shower is probably going to have over 200 invited (now realistically not EVERYbody will be able to attend ...but still).


Anyways, the dilemma. I would like to stick with something relatively simple and easy to make. I don't have to make ALL of the invitations the same. They can be different. So I am trying to come up with a few different ideas and would LOVE to have your suggestions -- if you have made something yourself that would be a quick card for me to CASE that would be great! Link it up in a comment (if you have it online on your blog or in a gallery) or send me an email via the link on the side.

Here is a mock-up of the first design that I plan to make -- not sure how many of these I will get done before my hand gives out from all the punching!




A little baby onesie that is actually pretty simple to make. I found a great tutorial  by Lauren Meader that makes these a breeze to whip up. This is just a mock-up though made from scrap cardstock just lying around. I have pretty CTMH pink, yellow and green (and probably white) cardstock to use for my base for these as well as some really nice DP from which to make the accent pieces. And I expect I will use an assortment of stamps for the central medallion. Oh, the mock-up is missing the eyelets that will be on the bottom foldy-over bit.

Anyways, I look forward to seeing your suggestions!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Just passing along a little note

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Hi everyone!

if you are here for my PaperWorksCo Friends and Family Blog hop post, you can find it here. If you haven't checked it out yet, I encourage you to do so as there are prizes to be won for random commenters on the hop.

Anyways, I just thought I would pass along the latest Copic Creations Challenge - it's about animals. I was just thinking that with all the cute critter stamps from PaperWorksCo, if you have them in your collection this might be a great chance for you to showcase your Copic skills.

Just thought I would pass it along -- if I find myself feeling crafty you might just see a creation from me entered into the challenge!

ta ta for now!