The Stamps I Use

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Christmas card for 2013

Hi folks,

well, I am closing out 2013 with the last of the Christmas cards I made this year. I have a terrible confession though - I didn't mail out ANY of my Christmas cards this year. Some DID get hand delivered to local friends and family. But any that had to be posted didn't make it - not even to MY family. I feel terribly guilty about that but I just wasn't feeling the Christmas spirit this year and left it too late. But I may wind up making a big batch of New Year's cards tomorrow to send out.

Anyways, this little cutie DID find her way to the daughter of friends of ours on boxing day when dearly beloved paid them a visit . I wasn't up to visiting as I had work the next day - and still wasn't feeling all that much like celebrating truth be told.




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Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you in the New Year!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Yumi & Fumi Handmade Monthly Challenge #3 - Inspiration Photo

Hi folks,

We're back from our holiday break at Yumi & Fumi Handmade! And since it is a Sunday you know what that means - I am sharing my Team Fumi creation for our month long challenge over at the Yumi and Fumi Handmade Challenge Blog.

Our December challenge is an inspiration photo challenge and you have until this coming Friday to link up your challenge entries at the Y&FH challenge post for a chance to win!

Just in case you need a little reminder, here's the photo:



And here is my creation, featuring a golden Winter Fumi.



As you can see, I was inspired by the white and gold colours and by the glimmering golden sparkle of the trees and decorative accents.

card details:
  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base
  • patterned paper: these are REALLY old papers from my stash, back from my earliest days of paper-crafting. I believe they were picked up at Costco as part of a collection of hand-made papers. 
  • stamped image: Yumi & Fumi Handmade "Winter Fumi", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E02, E93, Y00, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, E57, E59)
  • sentiment: Verve "Holiday Greetings"
  • golden brads and embroidery floss from my stash

Be sure to check out the challenge details and the creations from the rest of Team Fumi - you can find their posts by navigating to them from the main post over at the Yumi and Fumi Handmade Challenge Blog or you can follow the list below

Senior Designer, Denice Bartucci:  http://being-craft-de.blogspot.com/
Annemieke Blanken aka Blankina:  http://blankinacreations.blogspot.com/


Remember you can now use ANY coloured images in your creations - with an extra entry if you use a Yumi & Fumi Handmade image! Sorry but sentiment only creations are not eligible to win the prizes up for grabs. And what CAN you win? The challenge winner gets a $10 gift certificate to the Yumi & Fumi Handmade store while the Top 3 get a 10% discount code for their next purchase! Be sure to check the challenge guidelines here for the most up to date information on how your entry can qualify to win!

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As always, thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Mojo Monday 322

Hi folks,

Back to share another card that I made when I made this card for Rosie, one of my fellow team mates over at Yumi & Fumi Handmade. I figured that since I had everything out, it would be quick to whip up another card using the same supplies - but this one without a coloured image.


I used the same sketch - just flipped it to make it a little different.

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As always, thanks for stopping by!


Friday, December 20, 2013

Sister Act Card Challenge #38

Hi folks!

My goodness where HAS the week gone? Can you believe it is Friday already? You know what that means! Time to share my creation for this week's challenge over at the Sister Act Card Challenge!

As you probably know by now, the rules for joining in our weekly challenge are pretty simple - anything goes as long as it is a new card of your own creation! Just join in the fun by linking up to your blog post featuring your lovely creation and you will be in the running for the prize offered by this week's sponsor!

Oh and I mustn't forget to mention our fabulous sponsor this week - it is Just Some Lines. I would definitely encourage you to pop on by the store site and check out the fantastic assortment of images available - there is even a freebie section if you would like to try before you buy!

Anyways, back to my card - it's another Christmas card for my sweetie!




Isn't this Eskimo Kiss image adorable? When I saw it I knew I needed to use it on a card for my dearly beloved.

card details:

  • finished size: 5x5 inches, white card stock base, green card stock mats
  • patterned papers: Echo Park "Very Merry Christmas"
  • digital image: Just Some Lines "Eskimo Kiss", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E51, E23, E25, G82, G85, G46, R35, R37, R46, C1) with a few sparkly accents added to the fur on the girl's coat and the falling snowflakes with my Clear Star Gelly Roll pen. The sky is sponged with CTMH Heavenly Blue ink.
  • sentiment: Verve 
  • Spellbinders Petite Ovals, Verve "Wavy Hearts" die
  • white and green satin ribbons and butcher's twine from my stash
  • layout: Mojo Monday 308
As always, thanks for stopping by! And don't forget to link up your card creations this week over at the Sister Act Card Challenge! I really do look forward to checking out what you've been up to!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Another Snow Queen

Hi folks,

just a quick post today as I wait to catch the bus down town. I'm on course this week and it is simply easier to take the bus than it is to drive and find a place to park. Of course, it just so happens that it is frakkin' cold here in Ottawa this week - it's not quite 7am as I write this and it is only -27°C outside (that's -16°for those that follow the Fahrenheit scale). Makes standing at the bus stop rather bone chilling!

I figure since it is so darn cold, it is only fitting that I share another card using Elsa the Snow Queen from Simply Betty Stamps.



card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base, white card stock mat
  • patterned papers: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found "Oliver"
  • digital image: Simply Betty Stamps "Elsa the Snow Queen", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E04, B91, B93, B99, E50, E51, E53, Y28, Y26, Y23, Y32) with a little shimmer added with my clear star gelly roll pen.
  • sentiment: Verve
  • Spellbinders Petite Ovals
  • wooden snowflake die cuts and a gem from my stash
  • layout: Sketch Saturday 288 (I flipped the sketch)

additional challenges for this card:
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Love to Scrap Challenge #20

Hi folks,

I'm back today with another guest post for the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog. The challenge for the next two weeks is this sketch from Starry Nights Studio



You have two weeks to enter the challenge (until December 29th) and, if you are the winner, you get to choose 5 images from the sponsor of this challenge - Eureka Stamps!



So would you like to see the cards I created with this sketch? That's right - cards! I was still having trouble with my printer when I made the cards for this challenge so I wasn't able to print any of the fabulous digis that are available online in the store so I grabbed a couple of my stamps from my rubber collection.






card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base, white card stock mats
  • patterned paper: Kaiser Craft "Mint Twist"
  • stamped images: The Greeting Farm "Xmas Sweeties", coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, R000, R37, R39, R56, R59, Y28, C1. Ian hair: E21, E23, E25, E35. Anya hair: E50, E51, E53, E31)
  • sentiment: Verve "Ornamental Christmas"
  • Stampin' Up Word Window Punch
  • buttons from my stash
additional challenges for this card:


As always thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

There's always time for Bacon!!!

Hi folks,

I know that this is the time of year when most of our thoughts and preparations are centred around Christmas. Well, it's also time for a little event we like to call "Bacon Appreciation Day". Five years ago, the wife of a friend of ours starting commemorating his birthday by making a meal entirely focused on bacon. Yep - it can be done! Appetizers, beverages, main course, sides, dessert -- the ENTIRE meal!

Of course, I try to make a "bacon" appropriate card for the occasion.....here is this year's offering!





card details:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Teamie!

Hi folks,

Today at Yumi & Fumi Handmade we're celebrating the birthday of another member of the design team - Happy Birthday Rosie!!! Hope you are having a fantastic day and enjoy our creations in honour of your special day!!!





card details:

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Be sure to stop by and check out the cards that everyone else on the team prepared for this special day!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sister Act Card Challenge #37

Hi Everybody!!!!

It's Friday so that means I am sharing with you my "anything goes" card for the Sister Act Card Challenge!

As you probably know by now, the rules for joining in our weekly challenge are pretty simple - anything goes as long as it is a new card of your own creation! Just join in the fun by linking up to your blog post featuring your lovely creation and you will be in the running for the prize offered by this week's sponsor!

Oh and I mustn't forget to mention our fabulous sponsor this week - it is Stamp And Create



a fantastic online retailer of all the things you need to get crafty - stop on by and check out their
fabulous collection of papers, stamps, embellishments - you name it!!!

So, for today's challenge, I'm featuring another Christmas card - 'tis the season after all!




What do you think of my choice of non-traditional colours? I quite like it myself. I hope my sister likes it as this is going to be her Christmas card this year.

Now, be sure to link up YOUR creations this week so the Sister Act DT can check them out! I can't wait to see what you create!

card details:

  • finished size: 5.5 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base
  • patterned papers: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found 3 "Oliver" 
  • digital image: Simply Betty Stamps "Elsa the Snow Queen" (she was a limited time freebie for the members of the Facebook Fan Group), coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, E04, B91, B93, B99, E50, E51, E53, Y28, Y26, Y23, Y32) and a little shimmer was added to the lines on her dress with my Clear Star Gelly Roll pen from Sakura.
  • sentiment: Verve "Ornamental Christmas"
  • paper doily, jute twine, adhesive gem and snow flake die cut from my stash
  • layout: Just Us Girls #218 (I took a few minor liberties like moving my snowflake to the opposite side of the card since my image panel was a little larger)
  • Spellbinders Classic Rectangles to die cut the image panels.
challenges for this card:
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 199

Hi folks,

I'm chilling at home today and thought I would hit up the craft room to make a few more Christmas cards.

I already had this image from Stamping Bella coloured up (from last year) and in my folder of already coloured images so I figured I should use them up. I did wind up changing a couple of the colours (gotta love Copics for that - a year later!) to better match my paper choice...and quick as that, I had two more Christmas cards ready for the post.






card details:

  • finished size: 5x5 inches square, white card stock base, dark red matsChr
  • patterned paper: Echo Park "Very Merry Christmas"
  • stamped image: Stamping Bella "Frostier", coloured with Copic Markers (YR16, YR18, W1, W3, W6, W7, W8, W00, R37, R39, Y28, Yg00, G94, G46, E57, C1)
  • sentiment: Verve "O Christmas Tree" stamped in CTMH Cranberry
  • white buttons and green jute from my stash
  • layout: Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #199
challenges for these cards:
As always, thanks for stopping by. Be sure to come back on Friday when I'll be featuring my card for the latest "anything goes" challenge at the Sister Act Card Challenge Blog!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sunday Shake-Up!

Hi folks,

Normally I would be posting my Team Fumi creation for the current Yumi & Fumi Handmade Challenge today but since the Christmas season is in full swing, we're having a bit of a break by having a month long inspiration challenge instead of a bi-weekly challenge. Team Yumi posted last week and Team Fumi will be posting at the end of the month - and YOU have all month to find some time to play along at this busy time of year.

Here's a reminder for the inspiration photo:



Don't forget to play along.

Since I'm not doing a Y&F post today, I thought I would share a card I made for a friend's 40th birthday.




Hmmm, actually looking at it today, except for the blue/grey it DOES kind of fit with the Y&FH inspiration photo. Well how about that? The kraft, gold, white.....

We gave this card with a little something to welcome our friend to the "Over 40" club....




Yep - a jar of 40 suckers (aka lollipops). Oh yeah, we're mature.

card details:

  • finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches, kraft card stock base, white card stock mats
  • patterned  paper: My Mind's Eye "Lost & Found"
  • stamped image: The Greeting Farm - Paul from the "Roll Call" set, coloured with Copic Markers (E000, E00, E01, E93, Y19, T2, T1, T3, T4 - I can't remember which colours I used on his hair. Probably the E2* series).
  • Spellbinders Petite Circles, Pinking Circles, Cuttlebug Harmony Alphabet dies and a birthday adhesive gem charm from my stash.
  • layout: Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge #464
Challenges for this card:
Thanks for stopping folks! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Sister Act Card Challenge #36

Hi folks,

It's Friday so that means it is time for me to share my creation for this week's Sister Act Card Challenge!

As you probably know by now, the rules for joining in our weekly challenge are pretty simple - anything goes as long as it is a new card of your own creation! Just join in the fun by linking up to your blog post featuring your lovely creation and you will be in the running for the prize offered by this week's sponsor!

Oh and I did mention WHO this week's sponsor is? Why it is none other than Digital Delights by Louby Loo!


If you have never checked out the cute digis available in the store, then you should definitely pop over for a peek. There is even a freebie section so you can try out a digi or two before you pop a few into your shopping card! Psst - and can I let you in on a little secret? Most of the digis are also available pre-coloured - so if you are pressed for time (and who isn't at this time of year) you can buy your images all ready to be popped onto a card!

So - are you ready to see what I found in the store and could not resist?




Say Hi! to Shelf Sitter Bertie and Shelf Sitter Marcie! Aren't they the cutest? You can get each image separately or as a set, coloured or uncoloured - even the shelf. Just go to the store and type "shelf" into the search window and you will see the full list of images here. I elected to get all of my images uncoloured so I could colour them in myself to match my papers.

So - before I go, don't forget - be sure to link up your card creations this week at the Sister Act Card Challenge - and remember "Anything Goes!". I can't wait to see your creations!

card details:

  • finished size: 5x5 inches, white card stock base, red card stock mats.
  • patterned paper: Echo Park "Very Merry Christmas"
  • digital images: Digital Delights by Louby Loo, coloured with Copic Markers
    • Shelf Sitter Marcie (E000, E00, E01, E93, E21, E23, E25, G28, R20, R22, R24, R29, C1), Clear Star Sakura Gelly Roll
    • Shelf Sitter Bertie (E000, E00, E01, E93, C1, E50, E51, E53, E33, G21, G24, R29, Y28)
    • Shelf (Y19, Y28, Y26, R22, R24, R29, E55, E57, E59, G21, G24), Clear Star Sakura Gelly Roll
  • sentiments: Verve "O Christmas Tree"
  • adhesive gems (a lot of them) from my stash
challenges for this card:

Monday, December 2, 2013

Love to Scrap Challenge #19

Hi folks,

For the month of December I am guest DTing over at the Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog. Big Thanks to Leslie for inviting me to spend some time with them over the next few weeks.

Love to Scrap! is a bi-weekly challenge and the challenge for December 2nd to 15th is "Let's Get In Shape" - so you must created a shaped card - no squares or rectangles please!

The sponsor for the challenge is Lacy Sunshine Stamps



The winner of the challenge gets to choose three images as their prize! I highly recommend that you get into your crafty space and make a shaped card for this challenge. Heather has lots of absolutely adorable images in the store - and you can get your images in either digi OR clear stamps. How's that for awesome?

I knew right away what I wanted to do for this challenge - I wanted to make a card that looked like a Christmas ornament! Unfortunately, my laser printer has been acting up and I wasn't able to print an image in time for the challenge but I am hoping to remedy that in the next couple of days! I did, however, wind up creating these two cards.




Making them just involved some careful placement of my Scalloped Circles Spellbinders so that I had an edge on the top. Then I used my Stampin' Up tab punch to make a hanger to cover the fold at the top of the card. I even got out my Crop-A-Dile to add an eyelet through which I tied a bit of ric-rac in case the recipient wants to hang the card on their Christmas tree!

Here's a couple of individual shots of each of the cards:






card details:

  • finished size: approximately 4.25 inch circle, kraft card stock
  • patterned paper: Fancy Pants "Saint Nick"
  • sentiment: Verve "Holiday Greetings"
  • white eyelets and ric-rac ribbon from my stash
  • Spellbinders Petite Circles, Scalloped Circles
  • Stampin' Up Tab Punch
  • layout: Mojo Monday 317
As always, thanks for stopping by!