A crowd of critters!

Another quick blog post today. I’m crazy getting ready to head to the states soon for some family time and my to do list is long & getting longer!

I am lucky enough to have lots of Lawn Fawn stamps and can’t seem to find time to play with that many of them. But, I decided to make a card using a whole lot of them just to spread some inky love!

So, this little cutie is for the twine challenge over at Wee Memories & also the current Hero Arts challenge. The background Hero Arts stamp was from a super generous prize package I received from them – thanks so much Hero Arts! This card is also very kid-friendly, so I’m entering into the current Simon Says Stamp challenge.
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A floral frenzy

It feels great to finally have a quick chance to blog something. I have lots of cards to share, but no computer at home is making it very difficult!! I am going to hopefully get a few blog posts scheduled now though so I can get caught up….

So, just a quick one for now. I finally had a chance to ink up one of my fave new 2011 Hero Arts stamps – Large Flower Blossom. I bought the larger, wood mounted version as I wanted it more for backgrounds. It is so fun to emboss resist! Sorry for the dark photo – not home during daylight hours enough at the moment!

This is for the current challenge over at The Paper Players – using blue, pink & espresso.

Thanks for stopping by and check back later for more!

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Marker fun..

Well, I’m back from a great weekend away learning all about Copics. I am complete beginner with Copics but have always been so hopeless using them, so decided it was about time to get some real lessons. I met great women who are all so talented – I was blown away by their skills.

Anyway, the card today pre-dates the Copic retreat and is actually for the Moxie Fab World Stamp-It Stamping with Markers challenge.  I love this new sympathy set from Hero Arts and inked up the flower with my Marvy markers. I did learn how to use Copics direct to stamps though and can’t wait to give that a try next :-) This card is also for the Anything Goes challenge over at Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by & watch this space for lots of Copic cards coming soon!

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Rejection Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone! Happy Sunday.

First of all, congrats to everyone who had cards accepted into Paper Crafts Go-to Sketches. I didn’t have anything picked up, but trying to see the silver lining – plenty to go on the blog this week! I’m sure like many other crafters, it is hard not to be discouraged, but going to dust myself off & try again. I was so excited to see a great idea for a rejection blog hope on Amber’s blog & delighted to join in!

I had a few cards that I really enjoyed making and I thought I would post them here. They are really patterned paper heavy – I love patterned paper, but do try to keep things simple. For this particular call I wanted to use lots of the newest stuff available.

Here is my card for sketch 59:

I’m also submitting this card for the current Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge & the Color Q challenge. Let me just say – this flower was a real labor of love – lots of paper scoring and folding!
Another card I really loved making that is full of Basic Grey Hopstotch goodness is this one for sketch 55:
There is much more to come this week for reject cards so stay tuned!
Thanks for visiting & thanks again to Amber for this great idea!ο»Ώ
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My green thumb…

Well, not exactly….
This card was for the ‘Grandmother’s Garden’ category in the last Paper Crafts Call and unfortunately didn’t make the cut, but I thought I would share it here.
It uses one of my favorite new stamps, Flower Bird Garden, from the 2011 Hero Arts Release. I used the embossed resist technique – this is my absolute fave! The background of the image is stamped with the Hero Arts Friend Definition, but it is hard to see in the picture. 
As the card uses embossing, I’m entering it into the Wet Embossing challenge over at There She Goes Clear Stamps. It is also a monochromatic color palette, and therefore being entered into the current Just Add Ink challenge and uses ribbon, so submitting it over at Wee Memories current ribbon challenge as well!
Thanks for visiting!

Card details:
Cardstock: Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Stamps: Flower Bird Garden, Friend Definition, Designer Woodgrain (Hero Arts), sentiment from Through the Trees (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versamark watermark ink, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade & Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Pear Tart, Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Accessories: label (Cricut Expression), die (Papertrey Ink), button (Papertrey Ink), twine, lace (The Ribbon Girl), ribbon (Papertrey Ink), foam adhesive
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A challenging challenge…

To get back in the swing of things after the break for the holidays I thought I would use some challenges to get me inspired. I chose the current sketch challenge over at Card Positioning Systems and used the colors from the Just Add Ink. The card is also for the background basics challenge over at A Passion for Papertrey – love the cards they came up with for the challenge. I found these colors very difficult, but still took a stab at it. Here are the sketches & color:

I don’t know if I *love* the card, but I had fun making it and using some new stamps, dies, glitter & felt!

Thanks for stopping by – I really appreciate it!!
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Embossing, ribbons and sparkle…

Oh how I love thee…

Today’s card uses another one of my favorite go-to stamps – simple & bold, it doesn’t require much else. I made a whole set of these cards – they look lovely all lined up! I thought it would take me a long time with all the sewing, embossing and bows, but managed to do a set of 10 in one evening after work (that is quick for me!).

This card is for the Wee Memories Bowtiful Ribbon challenge (I could submit an endless amount of cards to this fab challenge!) and also for the Paper Players Wet Embossing challenge. I use a lot of embossing in my cards, especially white embossing on dark or bright colored cardstock, so may have a few more submissions for this fun challenge before Friday.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card details:
Paper: card blank (Woodware), cardstock (Blade Rubber Stamps)
Stamps: Starburst Lace (Hero Arts), sentiment from Get Merry! (Hero Arts)
Ink: Cardinal (Versacolor)
Accessories: ribbon (The Ribbon Girl), rhinestone (Hero Arts), white embossing powder (Stampendous), sewing machine
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You can never have too much pink…

Well, maybe you can, but not for this challenge!
I have another entry for the Wplus9 Color Cue Challenge.There are some amazing entries in this challenge – I especially like the card by Nancy McKinney – her work is gorgeous. I ordered the PTI Sunshine Impression Plate after seeing it on her card – stunning!

This card inspired me to make a whole set with all the PTI colors – I stamped the same flower pattern on the envelope as well.

Heading home soon for some dinner & TV with my other half…and maybe some late night card making….

Card details:
Paper: card blank (Woodware); card stock (Ryman, Bitty Box – Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Tattered Rose (Ranger Distress Ink)
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A busy day of card making!

Hi everyone & thanks for stopping by.
I’m so happy its the weekend. My other half is out of town and I’ve been card making all day. Our flat is a big mess, but it has been worth it. I have made quite a few cards for various challenges that I’ll be sharing over the next few days.
My first card today is for the Embellish Magazine challenge – creating a vintage card using green, rust and yellow. The card is also for the Card Positioning Systems Sketch #190. Vintage does not come naturally to me, but I gave it my best shot!
Here are the fabulous colors for the Embellish challenge:

And here is the sketch for the Card Positioning Sketch challenge:
Here is the first card – I used an old book to create the flower – something I’ve seen on quite a few blogs and in magazines lately. The layout is also inspired by a card I saw in Create: Stamping by Belinda Chang Langner.
Here is a detail of the flower – I die cut scalloped circles and inked the edges with Distress Ink.
I have another card to share as well – this one is also for the Embellish color challenge (again!) and also for the 2Sketches4You challenge – I love their sketches, but always struggle to finish cards in time to take part! Here is the sketch:
And here is my take on the sketch:
Thanks for visiting – I really appreciate it! Stop back tomorrow for some more entries for the Wplus9 challenge!
Card details:
‘Thank You’
Paper: card blank (Hero Arts); patterned paper (Thrift Shop, October Afternoon, Bitty Box and Bitty Dot, Papertrey Ink)
Stamp: Sentiment (American Crafts)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie Chalk Ink (Versamagic); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Ribbon (Papertrey Ink); button (Woodware); twine (Ribbon Girl); book pages, corner chomper

‘Best Wishes flower’
Paper: card blank (Woodware), patterned paper (Porcelain, Basic Grey, Bitty Box, Papertrey Ink), carstock (Papertrey Ink)
Stamp: sentiment (Hero Arts); leaf (Hero Arts)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Ribbon (Papertrey Ink); brad (Basic Grey), border punch (EK Success); fabric flowers (Petaloo)
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