Sunday, January 31, 2010

My tough little niece

I'm so proud of my niece Jamey, who, at age 9, has just earned her yellow belt in karate. She is new to the sport but has really progressed quickly. I made the following card to congratulate her:

I was inspired by a Mo's Digital Pencil challenge (to do a card in "shades of grey") and used a Copic Buzz challenge sketch.

Digital stamp - Mo's Digital Pencil
Paper - Basic Grey
Copic markers
Embellishments - pearls

Friday, January 29, 2010

Another wonderful Mo's image

I'm absolutely in love with Mo's newer set of images based on the "Terrible Two's". In particular I can't help using the tantruming (is that a word?) kids for birthday cards. This one tickles my funny bone with the cute sparkly tutu and princess tiara along with all that attitude. The sentiment inside says "it's just another birthday".

Challenges that helped inspire this card include:
Image - Mo's Digital Pencil
Copic markers
Paper (including paper ribbon) - freebie from crafting magazine
Spellbinders nestabilities
Glossy accents

I also had fun working with this new image from Wink*Wink*Ink. As you see the card has an opening that shows the horse's face and then opens up to show the entire horse.

Image - Wink*Wink*Ink
Copic markers
Papers - Basic Grey
Spellbinders nestabilities

And finally, I decided to go back to my roots as it were and use colored pencils for this adorable Stamping Bella stamp. The card design was inspired by a Scrap N Stamp sketch challenge.  

Other challenges that helped inspire this card are:

Image - Stamping Bella
Paper - Basic Grey & digital

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Happy birthday Dad

Just a quick post to share this card that I pulled together for my Dad's birthday. He loves fishing and there was just something about the grin on this Dustin Pike digi-stamp that just reminded me of him.

I used a Paper Maniac challenge (use texture, faux stitching and non-round buttons) as my inspiration. The stitching is added to the fisherman's suspenders & hat. Texture is achieved with addition of some twine. And the fish he is holding is actually a wooden button that I've had sitting around forever.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Valentine's Day is approaching

I can't believe it is half-way through January already! I am ever so rapidly losing control of my time, and yet I still manage to find time to craft. It's the only thing keeping me sane!!!

Anyway, today I have a couple of valentine's day cards to share - I'm not sure which one (if either) my husband will get.

This first card is made for 2 challenges:
  • Dustin Pike's first ever challenge at his new challenge blog (he even provides a free random stamp to use)
  • Copic Creations challenge #19 to colour fur

I used two Dustin Pike stamps - the bear and the background (from his pirate set). The images are coloured with Copics (of course). I followed Marianne Walker's Tutorial - Coloring Fur for the bear. I need lots more practice but I think the result is still more realistic than I usually achieve.

Digital images - Dustin Pike
Paper - Basic Grey, Lemonade
Ribbon - scrap, unknown
Other - glossy accents, heart brads

This second card uses a digital stamp from a brand-new company called Wink* Wink* Ink. The image is a freebie and it is just soooo cute.

Digital image - Wink* Wink* Ink
Paper - Basic Grey, Granola

Monday, January 11, 2010

It's your party ...

I had the best time making this card. When I saw that the latest challenge on Mo's blog was to create a birthday card, I immediately knew that I had to use this sweet (cranky) little girl. And it just seemed so obvious that it had to go with that old classic song "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to" (the inside of the card has the additional sentiment "but it's just another birthday").

I ended up combining quite a few challenges into this one card which is a rarity for me:

Mo's Digital Pencil - challenge #13 - birthday

One Stop Craft Challenge - challenge #61 - something beginning with "B"

Polka Doodle - week 1 challenge - A song title

Cute Card Thursday - challenge #94 - All new (I'm using a new stamp and also a birthday is a new start to the year)

ABC Challenge - L is for Layering

Truly Scrumptious Challenges - challenge #23 sketch

The recipe

Digital image "Two" from Mo's Digital Pencil
Paper from Basic Grey "Lemonade"
All colouring with Copics
Flowers from Prima and altered with Copics

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Winter birthday card

Just finished this card for the Pollycraft Monday Challenge. The theme was "winter birthdays" which worked out perfectly for me as I had to make a card for my dear friend Kathleen's birthday in a couple of weeks. I chose this cute little bear "Bronson Star Gazing" from Tales of Pollycraft. I coloured Bronson with my Copic markers, using pinks and other feminine shades to make Bronson more girly. The background paper is from Basic Grey's "Euphoria" line. You can't tell in the picture but there is white flowersoft added to the hat, boots and mittens. I added an outline sticker star and finally, a sprinkling of Stickles for snow (you can't have a finished project without glitter!) and the card is done.

The card has a tri-fold - when closed you see the simple front with the sentiment "wishing upon a star" and then once the right flap is opened you see the sentiment continue along with a detailed border.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Some Christmas layouts

I always enjoy my post-Christmas scrapbooking of photos sent by friends & family. It seems like the photos are barely out of the cards before I am setting up the layouts.

This first layout shows 3 generations (wow!) of my brother-in-law's family. I didn't want to do the traditional caption with all their names so instead cut out the presents from a patterned paper, then added computer-generated tags with each person's name. There wasn't really any aesthetically pleasing way to lay out the gifts so that you could tell which name matched which person so I settled on a jumble. The title is just some old alpha stickers coloured (with Copics) to tone down the whiteness.

Supplies: Martha Stewart border punch

These gorgeous kids belong to my friend Corinne. I used these adorable cardstock stickers and then jazzed them up with Stickles so that they would sparkle like the kids' smiles. The background paper is actually just plain brown card that I stamped snowflakes on (using Versamark).

Supplies: Versamark ink, miscellaneous snowflake stamps, Stickles glitter glue, Reminisce "Santa's Workshop" stickers

This last layout shows my husband's niece Amy along with her daughter Stephanie. I can't get over how much Stephanie is looking like her Mom! The scan doesn't really do this layout justice as there is tonnes of shine & dimesion that isn't apparent. I added glossy accents to all of the flourishes as well as to the ribbons/bows of the gifts. I cut the top curlicue enough to insert the picture corner then I scanned and fussy-cut another curlicue for the bottom left.

Supplies: Glossy accents, BoBunny "Holiday Cheer" patterned paper