Thursday, 25 May 2017

Best Dirt

For this week's post, I gave myself a challenge. The challenge was to pick a sentiment and find a way to use it in a way that wasn't "normal". 

It is gardening season so I picked a gardening themed sentiment and went through my stash to see what stamp I had to match the theme. I had quite a few gardening type stamps but I didn't want a "typical" stamp......and then I came across "Gordon Groundhog".......

Now, growing up we often had groundhogs dig holes in our yard and every year my Dad waged war on them......I don't remember him ever winning the battle but I do wonder if one of them was as cute as Gordon if he may have backed off a bit? 
Gordon just makes me chuckle and he brings out a bit of the dry, cheeky sense of humour I've been known to have  




Gordon is coloured with alcohol markers and cut out using a stitched rectangle die. The image didn't quite come to the edges of my die so I coloured some more dirt and used my Tuxedo Black Memento marker to draw the dirt line to the ends. I decided on a fairly simple layout for this card - I wanted Gordon to be the star of the show! Some patterned paper run through a polka dot embossing folder added the perfect texture. A Spade embellishment with a bit of twine and gumdrops finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Gordon Groundhog  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: The Best Dirt - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper:  I Love Family - Echo Park
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMistiBest Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, Sterling Silver Spectrum Sparkle pen, Polka Dot embossing folder - Cuttlebug, Fishtail banner die - YNS, Twine - American Crafts, garden spade - stash, Love Me Some Latte and Candy Corn gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Markers: BG5 BG7 BG10 1G1 TN5 TN6 TN7 TB8 BT9 TB9 OR1 OR2 CR8 CT4 GB5 CG1 DG2 DG4 BT6
Copics: E31 E34 E37 B00


 Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. There are three chances to win click here for the details: May Challenge

If you like to play along using a sketch, this month's sketch is below.




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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Beautiful Day

Happy Wednesday OCS Fans! 

I had the honour of meeting up with a fellow DT member this past Saturday. It is was awesome to be able to meet up, have a coffee and catch up. We traded some fun gifty things and since we met at OCS, of course we had to do a little shopping. "N" is my favourite shopping stalker and it is easy to chat and shop in the relaxed environment that Lora has created in the OCS store.

Ginger reminds me of "N" with her dark hair and her beautiful smile - she is holding a coffee cup so...what's not to love about this cutie!?! 



My card layout is based on this month's challenge sketch. After colouring my image with alcohol markers I cut her out using a stitched rectangle die. After playing around to find the perfect patterned paper combination I cut each piece out to match the sketch. The sentiment was stamped and cut out using a stitch and piercing mark die. A flower, some "greenery" and glittery gumdrops were the finishing touches for my card.

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Ginger - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Have A Beautiful Day - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Bella Rose Collection - Bo Bunny 
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, white gelly roll pen, Holiday Greens mini die - Sizzix, Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, Circles with Stitching and Pierce Makers - YNS, Flower - Recollections, Candy Land Glittered gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Noir: FS5 FS2 TN2 TN1 EB1 EB2 DR5 DR1 DR7 EB6 EB3 EB5 BT3 1B3

A new month = a new challenge! Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. Here's the link: May Challenge

Here's The Sketch 


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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Little Missy's Smile

Happy Thursday High Hopes Fans!

For this week's post, I would like to introduce you to an older High Hopes stamp called "Little Missy". I think she is totally adorable and would be perfect for a card for sooo many different occasions.

My card layout is based on this month's challenge sketch (below). I love using sketches when my creative brain is in hibernation - it definitely gives it a kick start! 



I started by cutting a tag out  and cardstock background with my Cricut and stamping my image. After colouring her with alcohol markers I used a white gel pen to add some fun polka dots to her dress and bow. The sentiment was cut out and a crystal was added to the dot on the "i". Some twine, a flower and glittery gumdrops finish off my card.

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Little Missy  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Journal Card and Bracket Insert die set - YNS
Patterned Paper:  Hello Baby - Simple Stories
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, White Gelly Roll pen, Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, Ocean Mist Glittered Gumdrops, flower - Prima, fishtail banner die - YNS, Cyrstazzi crystal, George and Basic shapes - Cricut

Spectrum Markers: FS5 FS2 TN2 FS8 CT1 CT2 CT4 GB11 1G2 1G3 1G5 1G1 BT4 BT6 BT7 CG1 DG2 DG4 FS6 CR3 CR1


 Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. There are three chances to win click here for the details: May Challenge

If you like to play along using a sketch, this month's sketch is below.



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Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

CAS Smiles

Welcome Back OCS Fans! 

This week I decided to challenge myself just to shake things up a little in my crafty world. I have alot of patterned paper - yes it's an addiction - but I also have alot of little pieces -you know the ones that are trimmed off an edge of a sheet and you just can't bear to throw it out - gasp! 

My challenge was to use some of these smaller pieces as well as create a CAS (clean and simple) card. Double whammy and challenge accepted! I decided that "Blossom" from the new Darling Diva's release at High Hopes would be perfect for my card. 



To start this card I cut out my white background using a stitched square die. The stitched scallop border edge was cut next using a die. I used my Misti to place the stamp and sentiment in the perfect spot and inked away - LOVE my Misti! After colouring my stamp with alcohol markers I added the patterned paper edge.  I used a brown marker to add some freckles to puppy's cheeks and some sparkly Stickles on the heart and dress collar give me a touch of bling. 
All of this was mounted on some cardstock and voila - double challenge met...I think...

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Blossom  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Sending Smiles - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Spring - Echo Park
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, Crystal Stickles, white gelly roll pen, My Creative Time die, Stitched Rectangle die - YNS, brown marker to add puppy freckles

Spectrum Noir: FS5 FS2 TN2 EB6 EB3 EB5 CT1 CT2 CT4 FS8 CG2 PP1 PP3 BT3 1B2
Copics: E31 E34 E37 C0

A new month = a new challenge! Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. Here's the link: May Challenge

Here's The Sketch 


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Monday, 15 May 2017

Dropping By Kitty

Welcome back Whimsy Fans! It is the 15th of the month so it's time for a new challenge at Whimsy Stamps.

This month's challenge is Anything Goes - with an optional twist of flowers. You can choose to play along with the twist or not it's totally up to you and can use and Whimsy stamp, Digi stamp or paper that you like to play along.

My inspiration post features "Kitty Balloon" along with some digital paper and enamel dots. All the links are provided below.




My bestie is a cat lover and her Birthday is coming up soon so this is the perfect stamp for her don't you think?
After colouring my stamp twice with alcohol markers, I fussy cut them using my trusty cuticle scissors. The digital paper was printed and I stamped and paper pieced the balloon and bow for both images. 
The main stamp image is popped up with foam dots to add some dimension and a few enamel dots (my fav) finish off my card. 

Card Recipe
Stamp: Kitty Balloon - Whimsy Stamps
Patterned Paper: April Showers, Mint Green Dark - Whimsy Digital Papers
Sentiment: Calibri font - computer
Summer Breeze Enamel Dots, stitched rectangle die, classic circle die.

Spectrum Markers: 1G1 1G3 1G5 PP1 PP3

Have you got your stamps out yet? Here is the link to come play along!


Don't forget to pop by the Whimsy Stamps website to see all of the amazing stamps they have to offer

Thanks for stopping by! Have a super fantastic day!




Sunday, 14 May 2017

There's Something Beautiful

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there! 

I have had this digital Stamp called "Beautiful Day" for quite awhile and I have been just waiting to colour her up. This adorable young lady is from Miss Daisy digital stamps and is one of my favourite stamps! I have used digital paper on this one too - so fun!



I started by printing off my stamp and colouring her with alcohol markers,and cut her out using a stitched rectangle die. Next I printed off the digital paper I wanted to use, cut it to the sizes I needed and mounted it on cardstock. The sentiment is from the Beautiful Day sayings set and was printed and cut out using a stitched oval die. I added some clouds with baby blue ink and a dauber. Some crochet lace and gumdrops finish off my card. 

Card Recipe
Stamp: Beautiful Day - Miss Daisy Stamps
Sentiment: Beautiful Day Sayings - Miss Daisy Stamps
Patterned Paper: We Are 3 Miss Daisy Collection digital paper
White gelly roll pen, Crystal Stickles, crochet lace ribbon - stash, Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, stitched rectangle and oval dies - YNS, Cupid and Love Earth gumdrops - YNS, Baby Blue ink - Memories

Spectrum Noir Markers: FS5 FS3 TN2 CG1 DG2 CT1 CT2 CT4 BG11 
Copics: B24 B23 B28 RV11 RV32 RV34 E31 E34 E37

I am entering this card in the Miss Daisy Create and Share group Anything Goes challenge on Facebook 

I hope you have enjoyed my post - your thoughts and comments are always appreciated. Thanks for stopping by!




Thursday, 11 May 2017

You Got This!

I can't believe it's Thursday again already and my turn to post some inspiration for you! 

This week I am having a hard time keeping a straight face while I was colouring and fussy cutting "Are We There Yet?". These two just make me giggle! 

Add to that, my sister in law has decided she wants a tandem bike so trying to figure out which one she would be and which one would be my brother just adds to the humour for me. 

I also chose to use the "Don't Worry" sentiment with this.......I mean, we all need a little encouragement from our friends once and awhile don't we?



I coloured these two up with alcohol markers and then started fussy cutting them. It was honestly one of those ..uh oh, what was I thinking moments but I grabbed my xacto knife and cuticle scissors and kept going - you can't take back the first cut after all! These two buddies are popped up with pop dots too. 

I had some cloud background paper made from another project so I cut it out using a stitched square die and added some cement for a sidewalk, grass and a fence to create a little scene. 
The sentiment was stamped, cut and mounted on matching cardstock. All of this fun was put on some bright, fun paper from Doodlebug and finished off with my favourite - gumdrops. 


Card Recipe 
Stamps: Are We There Yet?  - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Don't Worry - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper:  Sunkissed - Doodlebug
 Tuxedo Black ink - MementoMisti, Stitched Square Die - YNS, Fence and Lampost die - YNS, Chunky Grass die - YNS, Baby Blue ink - Memories, Best Glue Ever - ScaPerfect, 3d Pop Dots - Forever In Time, White Sugar & Sparkle gumdrops - YNS

Spectrum Markers: EB6 EB3 EB5 TN1 EB1 EB2 TN7 TN8 EB8 TN3 TN6 TN7 PP1 PP3 1G1 1G3 CR7 CR11 DR6 BG4 BG7 BG10 CT4 GB5 OR1
Copic: B02 B04

 Join us for our Anything Goes challenge. There are three chances to win click here for the details: May Challenge

If you like to play along using a sketch, this month's sketch is below.



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Have a fantastic day!