July 31, 2008

Yummy Magnolia Blog Kandy from Kraftin' Kimmie's Korner!!!

Look what I won!!! Yay!!! Yippee!!! Yahoo!!! Yummy!!!

I just wanted to add a quick post saying how excited I am that I was the lucky random winner of some yummy Kimmie Kandy!!! I am soooo thrilled!!!

Thanks so much, Kimmie, for providing wonderful inspiration on your blog with your fabulous creations and a chance to win some adorable stamps and goodies from Magnolia!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

July 21, 2008

Kraftin' Kimmie's Magnolia Challenge...The Lazy days of Summer!

I started colouring the Tilda image for this card and had a Copic colouring emergency, lol!!! I started to run out of ink in my Skin White Copic marker. I know it isn't the end of the world but let me tell you I was freakin' out!!! I couldn't refill it cuz I haven't bought any of the refillers yet! I guess I will be making a trip to Curry's Art Supply store today and then I will have to figure out how to refill my marker. I didn't want to throw in the towel on this card, so, I used some other copic markers, like, babyskin pink and milky white, for the skin tone instead. I am pretty happy with how it turned out!

I made this card to enter Kraftin' Kimmie's Magnolia Challenge! It was sooo much fun and she has great Magnolia blog candy for the lucky person! Go check out her blog if you haven't already!!!

I have to tell you I just love Kimmie's style!!! It is so fresh, with clean-lines and understated beauty! Every embellishment is placed just so, I love her colour combos and her colouring technique is just flawless. She is a great inspiration!!! I pretty much lifted everything from her original design that she used to make her date book.

Again, I used the new 6X6 pad of BG Euphoria pp and Bazzill Basics Monochromatic cardstock in Maraschino for the base and Sweetheart for the mat and scalloped oval. I cut out the oval and scalloped oval on my Silhoutte. I used my Tim Hotlz Tonic paper distressing tool to rough up the edges of the pp and added some grosgrain ribbon. (The ribbon was from the dollar store and was very wrinkled from the way the package it. A quick tip for "ironing" wrinkled ribbon is to run it through your flat iron a few times. I did it and it worked like a charm and took no time at all!) I stamped Tilda with Lace Skirt on Georgia Pacific paper with Archival Brilliance Graphite Black ink and coloured her in with my Copic markers then cut her out. I added the Prima flowers that I got a Micheals and a big MM brad. I love the white frosting stuff on some of the flowers...they look so yummy! The sentiment is a Mellisa Frances rub-on. They are the best rub-ons on the market. I just love the "font" that is used for these rub-ons and I discovered that it is actually Sherelle Christensen's handwriting, WOW! She is my favourite DT member for Melissa Frances. You should check out her blog she is an amazing photographer and papercrafter/scrapbooker.

I hope you have a great sunny week and hopefully you will have your own lazy day of summer!!! Not sure when I will be able to stamp and blog again with all the business of summer so but I sure hope you have lots of fun stampin'!
Thanks for stopping by and having a wee look-see!

July 20, 2008

Friday Sketchers #11...Thinking of you!!!

So, I have had a lot of time this weekend to stamp, make cards, scrapbook and hang with my good friend, Dana, it has been so much fun!!! I was also very happy to be able to play along with this weeks Friday Sketchers. This weeks sketch is by one of my favourite stamper/cardmakers out there in the blogoshpere. Claudia is a very talented lady and I am often in awe at her creations as she makes such complex stamping scenes, has such stunning colouring technique with Copics and is so creative in the use of her stamps. I visit her blog regularly and learn sooo much from her as she is always willing to share her knowledge and creativity with us through her tutorials. So, It was great being able to work with one of her sketches and it was a blast!!!

I made this card again with my BasicGrey Euphoria pp and Bazzill Basics cardstock Monochromatic Juneberry and Sweetheart. I only have two sets of Circle Nestibilites so I cut the scalloped rectangle out of Bazzill Basics cardstock on my QK Silhouette using a GSD file that I bought and downloaded from Kreations by Katie. I stamped Tilda with Flower Jeans, from the Magnolia summer Stampclub, on Georgia Pacific paper with Archival Brilliance Graphite Balck ink. I coloured her in with my Copics and cut her out. I added a little Stardust gelly roller pen to her wings and the swirls on her jeans. I stamped the Magnolia chair stamp on the Georgia Pacific paper and cut it to fit the scalloped mat. I coloured the chair with my Copics again and then adhered Tida with pop-dots. I wasn't sure if this Tilda was a bit too big for this chair but, oh well, I don't think it looks that bad. I thought it looked like she is resting her foot on the rung of the chair,cute! To embelish this card I cut the butterfly with a QK die out of the plastic packaging that the QK dies come in and coloured around the edges with a Ranger paint dabber. The sentiment is from those great little 1.50 Studio G stamps that you pick up at Micheals...gotta love them and the ribbon is American craft.

Well, my head is starting to ache and my tummy is growling, so I guess I should eat. I just realized I haven't done that yet today, it sooo gets in the way of all my stamping and blogging,lol!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

playin' catch up with Friday Sketchers #10!!!

So, I finally got my summer Stampclub set and they are all sooo adorable. I have to tell you it was terrible to abandon them last weekend to go camping, smile. At least I was able to get them mounted on EZmount before I went. I am not sure if you all know about this tip for mounting stamps with EZmount but I will share anyways,smile. I found a cool video on YouTube showing how to mount your stamps on EZmount using a hot knife tool, check it out here if you are interested. I tried it and it worked fabulously!!! Now, maybe I am being overly picky but I was a tinsy winsy bit disappointed when I got my stamps. I only got 5 angles and not the 6-7 as promised on the Magnolia Stampclub website and I got two of the breadbaskets, well I guess you can never have too many breadbaskets. Oh no, that is you can never have too many stamps, right, got it!!!...Oh well, they are still my absolute favourite stamps in whole wide world and I just love this Edwin serving drinks. It make me think of a song that they have been playin' on the radio and it really gets me dancin'...."Love in this Club", by Usher. I really like this line in the song and thought it would make a sassy little sentiment.

I used a new 6X6 pack a BG pp that I picked this week. It is called Euphoria and I just love, love, love it!!! It is just sooooo much fun to work with...love the colour combos. The card base measures 6x6 and I stamped Edwin on Georgia pacific paper with Archival Brilliance Graphite black ink and coloured him in with my Copics and cut him out. I cut the Euphoria pp into a circle with my cuttlebug and the classic circle Nestibilites die and cut the blue bling cardstock with the petite scalloped die. The sentiment is computer generated with one of the many fonts that I have from Two Peas in a Bucket. I also stamped the little cocktail drink with the strawberry, coloured it in with the copics, added some diamond glaze to it and cut it out.
Thanks for having a look....I have a few more posts to make today so that I will be pretty much caught up!!!
Thanks for stoppin' by!!!

July 08, 2008

Summertime musing and a little heartfelt thanks for FS # 9!

Well, perhaps you have stopped by over the last few weeks and noticed that I have been rather delinquent in my stamping/posting duties. Well, its not like I'm a daily blogger like my good friend Kraftin' Kimmie (I honestly don't know how she does it all and soooo fabulously, I might add, smile) but I was making a concerted effort there to post at least once a weekend. Now that summer is finally here I think I may have to reevaluate that stamping/blogging goal. You see, we camp, well, the kids and my husband camp and I trudge along somewhat begrudgingly. Yes, it does have some good points, I will admit, I get to take some great pics of the kids and us convening with nature and frolicking on the beach (well, they frolic, I read) and I guess we get to spend "quality" time together, if that is what you would call all that sibling bickering, fighting and squabbling (I do hope this stage passes soon) but really I guess it isn't that bad cuz I insisted that dh buy a trailer or it would have been a no go for sure. I am not sleeping on the ground...yuck!! So, that is where I have been, camping not stamping, sigh! So, we still have a few more stints at various other provincial parks here in beautiful Ontario...if you see that I fall behind in my posting duties again, go stamp up something real cute and think of me, smile!

So, now do you wanna hear about the darn card or what, he he he!!! I made it following along with this weeks FS sketch #9 by Carole from England! Great sketch as they all are, smile! So, I thought I would do something a little different and try to shake up the creative juices, so to speak. I have been dying to use these cute Magnolia angle wings stamps that I got in my last big order but have been struggling to come up with a good way to use them on a card. I thought I would do a little blurffing for some inspiration and see how others have used these angle wings. Well, no luck, I didn't find one card that actually used the magnolia angle wings stamp, strange, but I did get inspired by Luaren Meader's post about the mother load of Magnolia stamps she just got (can we say jealous!!!) and her beautiful creations that she made with them. Especially, this adorable card that inspired me to NOT use a magnolia "angle" but just the angle wings. I stamped the wings with Archival Brilliance Black Graphite ink on a cloud like blueish sheet of pp from the Prima Marketing Shasha Collection 5X7 pack, cut them out and add crystal stickles. I made the card according to the FS sketch again using the Prima pp Shasha collection and the cardbase from Bazzill Basics fuchsia bling cardstock. I inked the edges of the pp and cardstock and then cut the heart from some fuchsia felt (get it heart-felt, chuckle) with my QK and stitched around it with embroidery floss. I then added my old trusty Melissa Frances rub-ons, oh, the word "thanks" is actually a QK rub-on...I love them too. I then assembled it all and used some pop-dots to give it some dimension and I am quite happy with how it turned out, yay!!

The best part is that my daughter told me she really, really likes this card and I know it's true cuz then she asked me who I was going to give it to, smile. Sometimes she offers up some rather harsh criticism of my cards and for some strange reason she isn't that fond of the little Magnolia angles like me (she is weirded out that they don't have mouths, whatever, I love them!) so, I am thankful to receive that heartfelt compliment from her!!! I also, have to say that my dear Hannah is growing up. She turned 9 when we were on our camping trip last Thursday...I can't believe it...wow,the time has just flown by!

So, I thought I would sign off with a few pics from our camping trip at MacGregor Point in Midwestern Ontario...it was beautiful and in spite of the squabbling, bugs and not such great weather (I like it real hot and it is windy on Lake Huron) we did have a great time together as a family and even though I didn't get to create anything crafty we created some wonderful memories and for that I am truly thankful!

Well, I am going to check the mail...I'm crossing my fingers that my Magnolia summer stampclub kit is here. I have seen a few other stamper out there have got theirs already. I hope it at least comes before we go camping again.

Thanks for stopping by!


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