Sunday, May 30, 2010

Paper Sundaes Colour Challenge - Kraft and Blue

We've got an easy challenge for you this week at Paper Sundaes - it's a colour challenge to use Kraft and Blue.

I decided to make a card using one of my favorite House Mouse stamps:

Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamps, and they do carry a large selection of House Mouse stamps, some incentive for you to pay along with us this week, since one lucky randomly selected participant in this weeks Paper Sundaes challenge will win a prize from Simon Says Stamps.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday Freebie at SCH

Hi folks,

Here's an impromptu card I made on the spur of the moment earlier this week.  When I got a sneak peak of this digi which is a freebie right now (this week) at Sugar Creek Hollow I just had to drop everything and make a card with it.

It could be I was procrastinating on exam studying LOL! still, I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I left space in the lower part to put a tag with a sentiment when I'm ready to part with it.

Have a great weekend!

Recessed window card

Here's a card I made using a Sugar Creek Hollow image, one you've seen here a few times now--I'm loving how fun this image is to colour and use!  This week our DT was challenged to make a Recessed Window Card, for which you can find a tutorial at Splitcoast.

Check out the other Design team members sites to see their take on the recessed window cards:

Stephanie   ~   Loretta   ~   Cheri   ~   Sarah   ~   Dani  
Tracy-Owner   ~   Kelly   ~   Linda   ~   Marsha   ~   Joan   ~   Nancy     
 Donna   ~   Cassie   ~   Joseline   ~   Bernadette, May Guest Designer

I'm very excited to tell you that on Sunday I will be attending the Copic Certification class!  I hope it will teach me some great new colouring skills (and hopefully how to colour black hair LOL!).  

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tea time thank you

It's Tuesday again and I'm pleased to  share with you another Paper Jewels card using the Pie and Jam stamp, my favorite stamp lately.

The image is coloured with copics.  I used a doily on here, my first card using a doily, and really liked how it came out.  The DP and ribbon are SU. 

Monday, May 24, 2010

A child is momentous

Today I have a special card to share with you.  So many cards I make are made to meet design team or other challenge requirements, and then there are the bursts of creativity, but once in a while I need a special card for a special friend for a special event, and this is one of those.

As you can likely guess, a friend of mine is expecting, and I'm so happy and excited for her as she and her husband have wanted this for quite a while.  So it is a very special thing, and needed the bestest card I could make.  So I dithered and dithered for weeks about what to make.  Finally, in my search of all possible images, I came across this Mother to be image from Mo's that seemed just perfect.  Then I needed the best sentiment possible, so I went and checked out what Raindrop Echo Designs might have, and got this one that is carried at the Whimsy store.  Lastly, I needed a layout, and then I saw this weeks OCC sketch layout and suddenly inspiration hit.  I modified it a bit as I wanted to use the velum layer.

If you want a better look at it, particularly the sentiment, you can click on the image to make it bigger.

As you who follow my blog know, I rarely have the patience to decorate the inside of the card, but this time I made that effort, and here's what the inside looks like:

So it's been passed to my friend now, and I am wishing this soon to be family health and happiness.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Challenge card - Written inspiration

Today's challenge at Paper Sundaes is a fun one to get you thinking of all your favorite books.  The theme is to make a card based on written inspiration--using a book or poem to inspire what you create.

I decided to make a card based on Heidi by Johanna Spyri.  With summer coming, I liked the idea of making a card about a young girl who loves nature and spends her time in mountainous meadows.

This weeks sponsor is Spesch, and I've used one of their images for this card, called Kei with flower.  I coloured her hair brown, like Heidi's, and used bright colours that I like to imagine she wore.

I hope you play along with us, I can't wait to see what written inspiration you choose and how it turns into a card :-)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Paper Jewels Nostalgia

Here's another card I made this month using the Nostalgia image from Paper Jewels.

It's been a tough week, with a cold/flu sucking up all my energy, so glad the long weekend is here, hopefully some rest and recuperation will happen.  Enjoy your long weekend too!

Fabulous Friday with SCH - my favorite SCH digi

Welcome weekend (soon!)!

This week the design team at Sugar Creek Hollow was asked to make a card using our favorite SCH digi.  I think it'll be interesting to see the variety of cards and which images each of us likes best!  For myself, I love these dogwoods--they can be used for just about any type of card, and are quick and easy to colour, a pretty good combo in my eyes :-)

I used some of my new coordinations paper, which has a white core, and am loving it.  In case you haven't used it, or don't know what I'm talking about, with this paper once you dry emboss your image (ie. through your cuttlebug or whatever) you can then sand the surface of the raised bits and white or another contrasting colour will show through.  I sure love how it looks in the background!  And, by the way, in case he is looking, Thank you to my hubby for spending 2 hour on a Sunday driving into the middle of nowhere to pick it up for me so I didn't have to wait for Canada Post to deliver it!

In case you are curious which images the other design team members chose as their favorites, here are links to their sites:

Stephanie   ~   Loretta   ~   Cheri   ~   Sarah   ~   Dani  
Tracy-Owner   ~   Kelly   ~   Linda   ~   Marsha   ~   Joan   ~   Nancy     
 Donna   ~   Cassie   ~   Joseline   ~   Bernadette, May Guest Designer

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Romantic Nostalgia

Happy Tuesday again!  I'm happy to get a chance to share another Paper Jewels card with you today.  This weeks card is using a Sweet Pea image called Nostalgia.

The image is coloured with copics, and then I embellished it with lace and flowers etc.  I really liked how easily it came together.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Easel Fold Challenge at Paper Sundaes

Happy Sunday all!  Can't believe it's already the middle of May, Summer's almost here!

This week's challenge at Paper Sundaes is an Easel Fold card.  I've seen lots of these online, and they are all fabulous, if you haven't made one before, don't be intimidated, it's super easy and there's a tutorial at Splitcoast.

Today's card was made for a friend of  mine who works in a tax office.  January to April are always super busy for her, and I wanted to send her a card to celebrate the end of tax season, Yay!!!   If you have any tax accountants in your life, maybe you might want to send them a card to celebrate too :-), they'll surely appreciate it (and chocolate, wine....)

Anyway, I better go focus on some homework so I don't get too far behind in my course, but don't worry, I'll find time to come and visit all your blogs too this weekend.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Summer Thank you

Friday again, ahhh, big sigh of relief!

Today, I have a cheery summery Thank you card to share with you, made using two of the May new releases from Sugar Creek Hollow.

This was a nice and easy card to make, the images are digis so I sized and placed them just so and printed, then coloured using copics.  I hope you like it!

Check out the other cards made this week by our Sugar Creek Hollow design team:

Stephanie   ~   Loretta   ~   Cheri   ~   Sarah   ~   Dani  
Tracy-Owner   ~   Kelly   ~   Linda   ~   Marsha   ~   Joan   ~   Nancy     
 Donna   ~   Cassie   ~   Joseline   ~   Bernadette, May Guest Designer

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cherry Pie with Paper Jewels

Hi folks,

Another Tuesday has arrived where I have the chance to share with you a card made using stamps from Paper Jewels.  This one is using the same image I used last week, Pie and Jam from Bildmalarna.  This has become my current favorite stamp!

You'll notice I coloured one of them as blueberry jam and this was because I wanted to enter this months Clearly Delightful challenge, which is to use blue and green in the main image.  Laurie is providing a lovely digi image free to folks who participate, so you might want to do so too.  It could be a sweet little girl wearing a green and blue dress, or something like I've done.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Tiffany Doodles Design Team

I've got three beautiful cards to share with you today, that I created as part of my application for a new design team.  Tiffany Doodles has a design team call on right now (thank you to Carla for the heads up!).

I hadn't heard of Tiffany Doodles before, but when Carla mentioned it I went to take a quick look out of curiosity, and fell in love with the gorgeous images in her store.  Here are three cards I made using some of her images.

My first card I made using one of Tiffany's images was using the Path image.

I printed the image and then sprayed around it using the airgun, and coloured direct to paper as well with my copics.  The sentiment was printed on the velum using my printer too.  The doily was an accidental workspace was super messy and the doily fell overtop of the card when it was almost done, and I decided it looked great there so I added a piece.

Here's the layer under the velum to give you a better glimpse of the colouring.

The second card I made is using the image called 2 butterflies, which is a freebie you can download.  I used the OCC Sketch this week, OCCSC14.  The butterflies wings are coloured with Spica pens and sparkle in the light.

My last card was made using an image called Flower with mushrooms.  As soon as I saw this image I knew I had to have it and what I would do with it.  For this card, I printed the image in a fairly large size, and used distressing to give it an antiqued look.

So tell me, which one is your favorite?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sunday with Kraftin Kimmie

Sunday is here again!  I hope you all have sunshine and some outdoor plans.

In the Spring mood, I've made a flowery card for you today :-)

This week at Paper Sundaes we've got a sketch challenge for you, and here's my card using that sketch:

The image is a Kraftin Kimmie, and it's been coloured with copics.  Kraftin Kimmie is this weeks sponsor, and is offering one player in this weeks challenge a free stamp, so come and join us at Paper Sundaes!

I dug out my velum to use for the sentiment, sure do love that stuff, and some SU designer paper.

I hope you'll join us this week with our sketch challenge.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Flowery saturday

Saturday is here, I hope it is a happy creative day for you!  Last week was very productive for me--in some ways.  I got very little homework done {groan!}, and was obviously procrastinating, and managed to make a lot of cards, get caught up on swaps, and even do some house cleaning.  Funny how a fridge can be grungy for a while, but when there's schoolwork to be done suddenly cleaning it out seems imperative, LOL!

Anyway, here's one of my creations from this creative phase:

I dug out my stampin up markers to do the direct stamping technique, and used my copics and airgun for the background.  Thank you again to Alica for the fabulous butterflies!

I made a number of cards the day I made this one and when hubby looked at them all, and I asked the dreaded question as to which he liked best, this is the one he picked....not sure why, think he liked the colours, it always surprises me which ones we picks.

So, dear readers, I am off to the Copic Certification class in a couple of weekends, and have to start thinking of the questions I want to ask/techniques I want to make sure I work on/learn.  Any ideas you have to get me started brainstorming on this?  is there a technique you think I should improve, or something you want to know about that I can go and learn and report back here on?  Let me know!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

May New Releases at SCH

Ooh, there is not only a new fancy dancy website for  Sugar Creek Hollow
but also a bunch of fabulous new releases!

If you haven't seen them, go take a look, and while you're there, browse through the new store.  They've got us covered for summer relaxation, picnics and Father's day too.

Here's my first card using one of the new releases:

I used the tutorial on Splitcoast to figure out how to do the easel card, and boy is it easier than I expected!  The main image and sentiments are both digis from SCH which I layed out in Word and then printed, then coloured with copics.

Friday's here, and so here's a cheer to the weekend, Yay!

Check out the other design teams sites to see some of their creations using some of the other new releases:

Stephanie   ~   Loretta   ~   Cheri   ~   Sarah   ~   Dani  
Tracy-Owner   ~   Kelly   ~   Linda   ~   Marsha   ~   Joan   ~   Nancy     
 Donna   ~   Cassie   ~   Joseline   ~   Bernadette, May Guest Designer

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Country Thank you

The first Tuesday in May is here, and so I have the opportunity to share a Paper Jewels card with you.  You can find this card and other cards by the design team at the Paper Jewels Blog.

Today's card is using the Bildmalarna stamp called Pie and Jam.  I love using this image for thank you cards, it's just so cozy!

The image is coloured with copics.  As for the cardstock in the background, I've used a linen background stamp on it, tone on tone, to give it texture. 

You've probably noticed my blog's been a bit quieter the last couple of weeks--I've been doing some "part time" courses in addition to working so it's been a bit hectic.  Luckily it's only for a few more weeks, and then we'll be back to normal :-)

Oh yes, and not to forget the important things,
for hubby:  "Go Canucks Go!"
and for my French Canadian heritage: "Go Canadiens!!"

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Paper Jewels May Challenge

This month we have a new challenge from the Paper Jewels Blog.  In case you don't know, Paper Jewels is a local Western Canadian online store that sells rubber stamps including Bildmalarna and Sweet Pea, as well as some other items and stamp lines.

This month, the challenge is pretty straight forward, it's a colour challenge to make a card using Navy, Yellow and Wine.

Love the colour combo.  In hindsight, using yellow for the background instead of white would have looked even better, but I still like it.  It's coloured with copics, and the ribbon and cardstock are SU.  The image used is Tossa Garden, a Bildmalarna image that is carried here in Canada by Paper Jewels.  

Play along with us this for this months challenge!

Sunday with Bells and Whistles

Happy Sunday!

Hopefully you had a chance to sleep in and eat a big yummy breakfast....those are my favorite Sundays!  I'm happy to say my mid-term is now behind me--yay!

Paper Sundaes has another challenge for us this week, this time it's a colour challenge to use the colours Red, Green and Yellow (this would be pretty good for Christmas cards, wouldn't it!?).  I decided to use this image from Bells and Whistles, who is this weeks sponsor.

The image itself involved a lot of colouring, despite that I would use it again--it makes me think of the little picnics my sister and I used to have in our front lawn/back yard with all our dolls and teddies.  How we loved those Summer days!  

The photo wasn't so good, I think the background sheet was too dark, so you can't see what it actually looks like (big sigh!)  The sky is airbrushed with light blue and the yellow is a bit more subdued than it seems here.

Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Just My Sketches May Challenge

Have you played along with Just My Sketches before?  It's a newish challenge blog that's quite different than the others, and very fun to play with!

For this challenge site, you are given one of 5 songs to pick from PLUS a sketch.  I go and listen to the songs on itunes and let my mind flit to what stamps I have that might work with the ideas of the songs, and then simply follow the sketches, which are great.

So, for this one, I picked the song FROM A DISTANCE by Bette Midler.  When I listened to it I heard these words and knew what I would do with the card:

From a distance the world looks blue and green,
and the snow-capped mountains white.
From a distance the ocean meets the stream,
and the eagle takes to flight.

And here's my card:

The image is one from my stash of snagged images, coloured with copics, accented with gold finger paint, and using a white watercolour to accent the snow.  I thought the feather caught the idea of a bird flying overhead, too.

I hope you'll play along with us this month!