The Stamps I Use

Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Viva La Verve - Week 3

Hi folks,

back again with the last of my cards for the February Viva La Verve challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.

Here's my take on the week 3 sketch - I swapped out the heart shapes for hexagons to match the design in the patterned paper.



card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base, CTMH Cocoa card stock mats
  • patterned paper: My Mind's Eye - Follow Your Heart "Be Happy"
  • stamps: Verve "Tag Time" (I needed a REALLY small thank you sentiment and this set came through!)
  • dies: Spellbinders Hexagons
additional challenges for this card:
As always, thanks for stopping by!

February Viva La Verve Week 2

Hi folks,

I managed to squeeze in an hour of crafty time tonight to finish off the last two cards for the February Viva La Verve challenge that I still had waiting to be completed.

Here's my take on the week 2 sketch:




Clean, simple. My favourite type of card.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base, CTMH Cocoa card stock mats
  • patterned paper: My Mind's Eye - Follow Your Heart "Be Happy"
  • stamps: Verve "With Love"
  • die cut: Verve Ribbon Banner Die
  • seam binding from my stash

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Farm Fresh Flowers and the SCS Lovefest

Hi folks!

I've been trying to find time this week to complete more of the SCS Lovefest challenges. This card is for the Lovefest challenge from The Greeting Farm - a love to die for AND for TGF's own Farm Fresh Friday challenge to use flowers.



card details:


additional challenges for this card:


Thanks ever so much for stopping by!

February Viva La Verve Week 4

Hi folks,

I found myself with some time to get crafty yesterday so I made my card for the week 4 Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge. I still haven't done my cards yet for week 2 or week 3 but hopefully I will have time. I'm also doubling it up with the Verve challenge for the SCS Lovefest. The aqua + brown + yellow colour challenge. I know in the photograph my pale aqua looks more green, but trust me on this...it's pale aqua in real life.




card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base
  • patterned paper: My Mind's Eye "Sunshine", edges inked with Memento Rich Coca
  • stamps: Verve "With Love"
  • golden yellow brads from my stash
  • EK Success Scalloped Scallops Edge Punch
Additional challenges for this card:
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sparkle Creations Challenge 99 - Lace

Hi folks!

Yay it's Tuesday and today marks the beginning of a new challenge over at Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps and I get to play along again as a guest DT! How cool is that?





For this challenge, we would like to see you use lace on your projects. That could be a pretty lace ribbon, a lovely lace flower, a lace panel, a lacy patterned paper, a lacy doily, a lacy edge punch, a lacy die cut......whatever strikes your fancy as long as it is lacy!

I recently saw a tutorial posted online over at Really Reasonable Ribbon about making rosettes from lace ribbon. As luck would have it, I have oodles of self-adhesive lace ribbon in my stash from a deal I picked up on Pick Your Plum some months ago (saved me one of the steps in the tutorial!). So, I decided to try my hand at making my little lace flower for this card.



If you look carefully you will see that the panel behind the Celebrating Chloe image has a scattering of lace doilies as well!

Be sure to check out the rest of the inspiration projects from the design team back at the Sparkle Creations blog. Then, get crafty and link up your project using a Sparkle Creations image before the challenge deadline to be eligible to win some new Sparkle Creations rubber for your collection!

And don't forget, Sparkle has a fantastic sale on right now so be sure to place your order before it ends!



card details:
  • finished size: 5 x 6.5 inches, white card stock base, CTMH Cocoa card stock for mats
  • patterned paper: My Mind's Eye - Follow Your Heart "Be Happy"
  • stamped image: Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps "Celebrating Chloe", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E21, E23, E25, E27, E81, R00, R22, R21, R20, R27, BG10, BG11, BG13)
  • sentiment: Verve "Borderline"
  • lace ribbon, twine and button from my stash
additional challenges for this card:

Sunday, February 24, 2013

SCS Lovefest with StampingBella

Hi folks,

well, as usual, I did not get to spend nearly as much time in my crafty space as I had hoped. Absolutely none yesterday as I started out with the household errands and chores and just never made it into the craft room. Today, I did things in reverse. Into the craft room before 7am to make a couple of cards. Good thing too! I came out at 10:30am and never found my way back.

Anyways, I had wanted to play along with a couple more of the Lovefest challenges going on over at SplitCoastStampers. I saw the "Bring on the Bling" challenge from Stamping Bella and just had to play along.



card details:

additional challenges for this card:
thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Mojo Monday 281

Hi folks,


Well, this card did not turn out quite the way I had imagined it.




Don't get me wrong. I REALLY like it. But I sat down to make this card for a friend of mine for her birthday. I wanted to use the Mojo Monday 281 sketch AND I wanted to use the colour inspiration from the Splitcoaststampers Lovefest challenge. But, when all was said and done, this card came out a little too masculine looking for me to give to my friend. So into the stash it goes for an upcoming male birthday.


card details:
challenges for this card:

Thursday, February 21, 2013

TPE 187 with a new stamp

Hi folks,

one of my co-workers had a birthday this week so I took the opportunity to make a card with one of the new stamps I recently acquired from Stampotique thanks to a wonderful Christmas present from my crafty pal Tanya.




Inside the card I took the opportunity to joke about the fact that now that he has reached the magical age of 35 he might have trouble "holding things together". The rest of us in my group at work are older than him and are all well experienced with things falling apart after we hit 35.

card details:
  • finished size: 5x5 inches, white card stock base, black and olive card stock for mats/layers/accents
  • patterned paper: Pink Paislee "Hocus Pocus" (yes, I know that's a hallowe'en paper collection but these particular papers worked well with the image and the colours I wanted to use)
  • image: Stampotique "Hug Monster" by Kira Nichols, coloured with Copic Markers (V01, V04, V05, V06, V09, YR16, YR18, YG13, YG23, YG21). My first attempt at using the pointilism technique that was demonstrated on the MFT blog in this post.
  • sentiment: Verve "Small Phrases"
  • Spellbinders: petite ovals
  • EK Success Edge Punch
  • CTMH Olive button from my stash. Black and orange buttons also from my stash.
  • layout: The Pink Elephant Challenge 187 sketch
additional challenges for this card:
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mid-Challenge Reminder - Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps

hi folks,

Just a reminder that it is week #2 of Challenge 98 over at Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps

The current challenge is a colour challenge - yellow, brown, light pink and bright pink.



There is plenty of inspiration again this week from the DT so be sure to stop by and check out their creations.

And don't forget that Sparkle is having a fantastic sale until the end of February - a great opportunity to add to your stamp collection!


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sweet Pink Valentine

Hi folks, and now for the last Valentine's Day card - for my eldest niece



card details:
  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, red card stock base
  • patterned paper: My Mind's Eye "Blush"
  • sentiment: Verve "Hearts on Fire"
  • Martha Stewart Confetti Hearts punch
challenges for this card:
Thanks for stopping by and putting up with all the Valentine's day card posts today!

Q-Pid has her eye on you!

Phew! Are you tired of all the Valentine's day cards yet? This one is for another of my nieces.






card details:
  • finished size: 5 x 5 inches, white card stock base, red card stock mats
  • patterned paper: My Mind's Eye Lime Twist "Life of the Party"
  • stamped image: The Pixie Cottage "Q-Pid", coloured with Copic markers (E000, E00, R81, R83, R85, E21, E23, E25, E27, E29)
  • sentiment: Verve "Love Notes"
  • Spellbinders: Petite Ovals
challenges for this card:

Beary Sweet Valentine

Hi folks,

back with yet another Valentine's Day card - this one was for my nephew


card details:

  • finished size: 5 x 5 inches, white card stock base/mats, red card stock mats
  • patterned paper: My Mind's Eye Lime Twist "Life of the Party"
  • stamped image: The Pixie Cottage "I love you Beary Much", coloured with Copic Markers (E23, E25, E27, R81, R85, R00, colourless blender for the furry effect)
  • sentiment: Verve "Love Notes"
  • layout: Cupcake Crafts Challenge #229

additional challenges for this card:

Even more hearts!

another Valentine's day card - for my brother and his fiancee



card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, red card stock base
  • patterned paper: My Mind's Eye "Blush"
  • stamps: Verve "Love Notes"
  • Spellbinders: Hearts, Scalloped Hearts
  • Martha Stewart Confetti Hearts punch
challenges for this card:

Valentine Wishes

Hi folks,

back with yet another Valentine's Day card - this one for my sister




inspired by this card by KellyBee

card details:
  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, red card stock base
  • patterned paper: My Mind's Eye "Blush"
  • stamps: Verve "Love Notes"
  • seam binding and ribbon from my stash
  • Spellbinders: Hearts, Scalloped Hearts



Lots of hearts


Hi folks,

back again with another Valentine's Day card - this one for my parents.




I was inspired by this card on Pinterest.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, red card stock base
  • patterned paper: My Mind's Eye "Blush"
  • stamps: Verve "With Love"
  • red and white butcher's twine from Divine Twine
  • Spellbinders dies: Hearts, Scalloped Hearts

Hearts Galore

Hi folks!

(ETA: if you are looking for my Use it Tuesday post for March 12, please click through here)
You will have to forgive me and my flurry of Valentine's day cards that are about to be posted. I spent two nights this week making cards - four each night (a record for me) and I figure I will just go ahead and post them as time permits rather than drag them out over the next week.

This little cutie is for my youngest niece for Valentine's day.




card details:



challenges for this card:
Thanks for stopping by!

Viva La Verve February Week 1

Hi folks,

for my first Viva La Verve card for February, I made a Valentine's day card for my sweetie. I figure it is only appropriate that I post it to my blog ON Valentine's Day.



card details:
  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base
  • patterned paper: My Mind's Eye. I deliberately cut the J'Adore paper so that the phrase would be framed perfectly in the layout.
  • stamps: Verve "Love Notes"
  • Verve "Wavy Hearts" die
challenges for this card:

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day with Yumi

Hi folks (if you are here for my SCRS post, please scroll down or click through here)

Well, I have had a busy couple of nights this week getting a few Valentine's Day cards made so there will actually be posts on the old blogarooni for the new few days or so. All about sharing the love!

Up first is a card I made for one of my nieces.



card details:

  • finished size: 5x5 inches white card stock base, red card stock mat
  • patterned paper: My Mind's Eye
  • stamped image: Yumi & Fumi (just the Yumi part of the stamp), coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E23, E25, E27, E29, R85, BG10, BG11)
  • sentiment: Verve "Love Notes"
  • Spellbinders: Hearts, Scalloped Hearts
challenges for this card:

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Big News with SCRS98

Hi folks!

So I have been just about bursting with excitement for .... well, some time now, as I was asked a little while ago if I would be interested in being a Guest DT for the month of February for.....

Sparkle Creations {Rubber Stamps}


Interested? Oh yes! You betcha! If you have been a follower of my blog for any length of time, you KNOW I love to use the images from SCRS. Truth be told, my collection is constantly growing and there are very few of the SCRS images which I don't already have (even if they haven't yet seen ink in my craft room).

The current challenge over at the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps Blog is a terrific colour challenge!




Yummy! Yellow, brown and two shades of pink. So, get your thinking caps on and start digging through your crafty stash! Or, if you are like me, pop out to your favourite LSS and pick up a little crafty treat for yourself. I indulged myself with a new paper pad for this challenge!



I picked up the "In Bloom" 6x6 paper pad from My Mind's Eye and, to my delight, it had these three wonderful papers. I fell in love with the pretty flowered paper - with it's shades of pink and barest hint of yellow. I matched it up with the pretty two-toned pink paper on the bottom and the soft yellow as a background for Bookworm Ruby. Then into my stash for the bright pink lace ribbon I picked up some time ago as  "Pick Your Plum" deal and the CTMH Blush curly paper clip.

Be sure to stop by the SCRS blog for more inspiration from the DT. You can also find their posts here on their personal blogs:



And don't forget to link up your own creation (featuring an SCRS stamp) back at the SCRS98 challenge post for your chance to win the monthly draw for some SCRS rubber of your very own! You have until February 24th!

card details:
  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, CTMH Cocoa card stock base
  • patterned paper: My Mind's Eye "In Bloom"
  • stamped image: Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps "Bookworm Ruby", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E50, E51, E53, E23, E25, E27, E35, E49, E57, E59, RV17, R81, R83, YG95)
  • sentiment: Verve "Amazing Wishes"
  • layout: Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #177
  • self-adhesive lace ribbon I picked up from a "Pick your plum" deal a few months ago
  • CTMH Blush curly paper clip from my stash
additional challenges for this card:
Oh....and don't forget, Sparkle has a fantastic sale on for the month of February! A great time to snap up any images that are missing from your collection!


Monday, February 11, 2013

Daisy, Daisy ....

Hi folks,

back with a quick post with the card I made for dearly beloved's youngest niece for her third birthday.





Doesn't little Daisy from TGF look adorable? Almost as cute as the little birthday girl!

card details:

  • finished size: 5 x 5 inches, white card stock base, CTMH Blush card stock for mats.
  • patterned paper: Echo Park Paper Little Girl
  • stamped image: Wild Sprout Daisy from The Greeting Farm (first time inking this little cutie!). Coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E30, E31, E50, E51, R81, R83, R85, I'll have to come back with the Blues.....)
  • CTMH White Daisy button from my stash
  • Pink & White and Blue & White twine from Divine Twinery.
  • layout: Sketch Saturday #245 (with a few minor layer changes)
challenges for this card:

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Time for Tea Designs

Hi folks,

my crafty pal, Rinne, has a post on her blog today featuring a beautiful card she made with an image from a new digi company - Time for Tea Designs.






So ...  what you should do right now is go check out Rinne's post and then go check out this post at Time for Tea Designs. You might win yourself a new digi!