Sunday, October 30, 2011

Love at first sight?


As soon as I saw this Copica digi stamp from Saturated Canary, I just had to have her.  After all, she is a girl after my own heart :)  My apologies for the dark photos, the nights are definitely getting longer here, and the lighting on this card gave me fits!  The butterfly and matting is a medium-dark blue.


I wanted to keep this non-specific to any particular occasion.  This sentiment from MFT's More Essential Sentiments seemed to fit perfectly.  The butterfly die and tab die are both MFT Die-namics.

As soon as my daughter saw this, she was a bit horrified by the pink hair lol... I just thought that someone so creative should have a creative hair colour!  :)


Now I am going to take a hint from this cutie, and go spend some time with my markers.  I'm having a crafty day!

Challenges:
Saturated Canary - 1 image, 2 patterned papers, 3 embellishments (ribbon, gems, button)
Cute Card Thursday - sketch
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Card Makin' Mamas - Cut it Out

Hugs,
     Christine


You know you're Canadian if...

 You've taken your kids trick-or-treating in a blizzard.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Christmas with Ribbon Hair Tilda


Well, it's now officially less than two months until Christmas, so I'm in trouble!  We always get extremely busy in November and December, even without Christmas, so it makes it a bit challenging.  Therefore, the push continues to get my Christmas cards done!  :)


The stamped sentiment is from C.c. Design's Merry & Bright Sentiments set. 

It's always good to use up scraps, so I dug through my bin and found this old Imaginisce paper from 2009.  The lace is also from my stash.  It almost killed me to use it, I only have a bit left!  A bit of seam binding, some pearls, a Wild Orchid cherry blossom, and away I went.


I've also used some Dazzling Diamonds to add some glitter to the trim on her dress and stripes on her stockings.

Hopefully it's not too plain :)

Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge - V is for Vintage Christmas
Just Magnolia - Merry Christmas
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs,
     Christine


You know you're Canadian if...

 You know the French equivalents of "free", "prize", and "no sugar added", thanks to your extensive education in bilingual cereal packaging.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Comment spamming

(Anti Spam photo © David Hegarty)

Is anyone else having an issue with pseudo comments being left in spam?  The type that say 'Beautiful card' and then has a few links to sites that are guaranteed scams?  Like today's Plastic Cards Plastic cards (both linked to sites I won't link to here).  Or 'Free shirts', yeah right.

I just thought I'd mention it, since it has been occuring more and more both here and on the challenge blog I help run.  I'd highly advise that you either have your comments emailed to you and read them as they come in, or keep an eye out.  I'm finding that some are being left on new stuff, and some are being put on old stuff that they may hope isn't being monitored.

The funniest part?  Today's actually included not only a compliment but also an insult, back to back, with links to crap (pardon my language!)...

Nice!

Rant over, back to original programming :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Hope You Perk Up Soon!


I just had to play along with MFT's sketch challenge this week, and decided to use this adorable A La Mode girl called Miss You a Latte.


The paper is from My Mind's Eye.  I love these colours, I think I should pick up some more of it!  I've kept it clean, and finished it off with some black pearls and yellow gems.

I've paper pieced on her coffee cup sleeve, as well as the center piece in the middle of the sleeve.  The center piece was centered over the top of the blooms from the middle layer of patterned paper.



Now I am off to get my kids from their schools to practice, see you soon!

Challenges:
Lawnscaping Challenge - paper piecing

The Catered Crop - (using patterned papers, polka dots, copic markers, pearls, & paper piecing from the recipe, plus my own ingredients - lots of layers, black, teal, yellow and gems)

Hugs,
     Christine


You know you're Canadian if...

 You can do all the hand actions to Sharon, Lois and Bram's "Skin-a-ma-rinky-dinky-doo" opus.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sundaes on a Sunday


This week at Paper Sundaes, we are featuring our Sundae Bar, which is one of my favorite challenges!  This time, our toppings are black, distressing, flowers and sparkle.  You don't need to use them all, just any two!  Pick your favorite toppings :)  Our sponsor this week is Stamp and Create, so be sure to play along!


Since I am still trying to get ahead on my Christmas cards, I decided to just keep it simple and pick my favorite two toppings, flowers and sparkle, and use this adorable Tilda from the fall Magnolia kit called Tilda with Cross-stitch Heart.  She is sitting on the Sugarplums Bench by CC Designs.


I've paired her up with some Echo Park papers from last year (their Merry Christmas line), some Wild Orchid flowers, and some ribbons from my stash (aka 'the hoard'!)

Challenges:
Crafting Life's Pieces - sketch
Top Tip Tuesday - Layer It Up
Crafting When We Can - Christmas Come Early
By The Cute & Girly - Anything Goes

Wow,  Magnolia posts three days in a row!  I do have a few other projects with other stamp lines in the works, I promise :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, I love reading all of your comments and appreciate your time!

Hugs,
     Christine


You know you're Canadian if...

 Back bacon and Kraft Dinner are two of your favourite food groups.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Halloween


As promised yesterday, I'm back today with another card!  Over the last week, I spent way too much time on this halloween card, because I just couldn't find the 'right' embellishment.  After a trip to Michael's and our local Scrapbook store, I still couldn't find whatever 'it' was, and I wasn't willing to make a trip into the city.  Finally, inspiration struck and I dug through an old pile of Inkadinkado stamps, and voila, a bat stamp!  I stamped it out a bunch of times, cut them out, glazed them with Diamond Glaze, and then shaped their wings gently while they were still wet.  Once dried, they really maintained their shape, too! The wings set hard, lifting off my card.


I created the background scene with a pumpkin carving pattern... it was just the scene I wanted for Mummy Edwin!  I then masked on the moon and the sky around it.  The ribbons were distressed with my airbrush but it doesn't show up in the photos.


The paper is from American Crafts and the pearls and gems are Kaisercraft.  The sentiment was computer generated using MS Word.

Challenges:
Simply Magnolia - Halloween
The Kraft Journal - Spooky Stuff
Color Me Copic - Halloween with orange (My moon and bits of his shirt)
Top Tip Tuesday - Layer It Up
Inky Impressions - Halloween Spooky
Magnolia Mania - small scene

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs,
     Christine


You know you're Canadian if...

 You think sexy lingerie is tube-socks and a flannel nightie with only 8 buttons.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Back To Christmas!

After a two week break where I couldn't seem to get any crafting done, I really need to get a move on my Christmas cards!  I love to send everyone a unique one, but it's so time consuming.  Life has been very busy here, adjusting to back to school, and back to sports... chauffeuring 2 kids to a combined 15 practices a week is time consuming!  Luckily a few of them match up.  Plus the food... before practice breakfast, after practice breakfast (sometimes delivered by me in the car on the way from the pool to school), lunches, snacks for in class, a small meal for in the car on the way from school back to the pool, then a big meal at 7 before homework and off to bed to start it all again the next morning.  Can't imagine how tired my kids are, considering they're the ones working out that much.


While I haven't gotten any cards made, I have spent a bit of time colouring in the nights, when I really should be sleeping.  Last weekend my good friend Shana came over to colour for a few hours, and brought her new Magnolia kit for me to stamp.  She knows how much I love Christmas stamps!


As soon as I saw this adorable Halo Tilda, I wanted to pair her up with this Little Yellow Bicycle paper from last year's Christmas Collection.  I've distressed the edges of the papers with paint and Snow-tex for texture.  The flowers are Wild Orchid, and my typed sentiment was cut out with the MFT File Tab Die-namic.  My apologies, the colour in the main photo is not very true to life.  The colour of the close-up is much more accurate:


Tilda has a generous dose of both Dazzling Diamonds (on her dress trim) and Stickles (on her wings and wand) to give her lots of sparkle.

My thanks to Claudia for picking my name in her Ribbon Candy draw yesterday, what a wonderful surprise that was!  Her kind words were so sweet, and just the poke I needed to get me back into my craft room :)

Challenges:
Fab & Funky - Distressed
Top Tip Tuesday - Layer It Up
Crafting When We Can - Christmas Come Early


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I have another project in the works that should be finished tomorrow!

Hugs,
     Christine


You know you're Canadian if...

 You stepped on someone’s foot. You apologize, then apologize for making them apologize.
(see post below for the first part of this one!)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Don't run away!


Yes, I am torturing you all with another Christmas card!  11 weeks until the big day, you know. :)  My goal is 1 to 2 Christmas cards each week for the next 10 weeks.


I couldn't resist this gorgeous new 'Season's Greetings' paper from Echo Park, it has such beautiful shades of green and red.  I'm definitely going to hit the store and grab some more before it sells out!  The stamp is called Christmas Party Tilda, but she seems to be out of stock almost everywhere.


The flowers are Wild Orchid, and the sentiment on the tag is from PTI's Holiday Button Bits.

Challenges:
Just Magnolia - sketch
Penny's Challenge - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes + something punched (my leaves)
Bearly Mine - 3 Design Papers
Sweet Stamps - Anything Goes

Hugs,
     Christine

You know you're Canadian if...

 Someone accidently steps on your foot. You apologize.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Lots of layers!


This week at Paper Sundaes, our challenge is to use lots of layers.  I've definitely layered up this card, with 12 layers of paper, plus the lace and ric rac.  It's a heavy card :)


I've used LOTV's Maisie Two Balloons as they are our wonderful sponsor this week.

Lili of the Valley also has a 'World Cardmaking Day' challenge on right now, so be sure to check it out!

Now I am off to bed as soon as I get this scheduled!  I hope you will come and join us at Paper Sundaes, and show us your love of layers!  :)

Challenges:
Pink Ink Sketch Challenge
LOTV World Cardmaking Day (with my new card)
Paperplay Challenge - White plus one
Penny's Challenges - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Hugs,
     Christine

You know you're Canadian if...

 You know that Mounties "don't always look like that."

Saturday, October 1, 2011

There's how many weeks left until Christmas?


If you're like me, the last thing you want to do is think about how few weeks it really is until Christmas!  I've decided that I really need to get a move on before life gets even crazier.  Chauffeuring to 15 practices a week, a sick dog, etc... and this is probably quiet in comparison to the next few months.

Usually I start a card by picking out a stamp and then papers to go with, then the sketch... this time I did the exact opposite.  I picked out the sketch, then some new papers by Cosmo Cricket, and actually assembled the base before I even picked up a marker!  This cute stamp is Tilda with Christmas Cracker by Magnolia.


It's a bit hard to see, but I've actually used a bit of Spica gold and silver glitter pens on it.  I think it shows up better in an angled shot, where the light can catch the sparkle better.


If you look carefully, you can see that in this shot, the dots on her hat look white from the reflecting light, but they are actually done with a silver Spica pen.  The Christmas cracker and the stripe in her dress are gold Spica.

I see that one of my bows went astray as I was setting up my photo, something for me to fix later I guess!

And now for a photo of my poor pooch, who definitely isn't feeling up to snuff, and is having a bit of a mope on the sofa waiting for me to take her to bed.  It's been a week now, time to feel better!


Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Scrapalicious USA - Anything Goes
Paper Play - White Plus One
Crafts & Me - Flowers
ABC Challenge - Anything Goes
Copic Creations - Saturated Colours (I think this red is definitely saturated :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
     Christine

You know you're Canadian if...


 You put on shorts as soon as it hits plus 10, even if there is still snow around.
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