Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Warm Winter Wishes

Well, I haven't quite made it with the night craft session last evening... I sat down at my desk, wondering whether I'd fall asleep before I cut into the first piece of paper... lol
We've all got a bit of a cold, and the weather has been out of its mind - none of this is helping me concentrate. On top of it, I'm swarming with assignments to complete... I need more hours in the day!
Just to make things more complicated, (as I would, hehe), I started today playing with the last Verve sketch for November (VLVNov2011 Week 4). It's a very elaborate one, and quite lovely too. You can find the sketch underneath, and firstly my card:

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Supplies: cardstock: Canson (cream, grey); papers: My Mind's Eye (Lost & Found - Union Square); silver vellum: Grant; stamps: The Craft's Meow (Vintage Ornaments, Vintage Snowflakes); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap), silver; Spellbinders Parisian Motifs/Fleur De Lis Accents/Grommet Tags; Liquid Pearls (Pewter); pearls: Kaisercraft; glitter glue; button; string; lace: May Arts; pearl brad: SEI

I altered the sketch here and there, to suit my needs. I also used the inspiration/colour requirements of TSTR90:



I might not see you again until tomorrow, with the new CASE Study card. I hope you're having a fine day! Cheers,
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Monday, 28 November 2011

TSG132 - Inspiration challenge

Hello, friends! This week's challenge at the TSG blog is this beautiful inspiration, brought to us by Jackie:



On my card, I used one of my favourite sets, Wonderful Winter Wishes. It's Torico's style at it's best...

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Supplies: cardstock: Canson (turquoise, cream); papers: Aunthentique (Journey); stamps: There She Goes (Wonderful Winter Wishes); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black); Copics; Nestabilities Circles/Lacey Circles; Ice Stickles;edge distresser; seam binding; string; button; pearls: Flourish with a Bling

I played with the VLVNov2011 Week 3 sketch. I'm also entering the card into The Ribbon Reel challenge #16 - Anything Goes.



To be eligible for the giveaway, you are to create a card using the recipe, , and then come back to the TSG Blog to add your name and a link to your project in the InLinkz that is located at the bottom of this challenge post. This challenge is open until the winner has been announced on the following Monday (November 21st). The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store!

By participating in this challenge, you may also find yourself in the Trendsetting Spotlight that shines on the TSG Blog every Thursday. We will be on the look out to find challenge cards that stand out and show Trendsetting qualities. TSG stamps are not required to participate in the challenges but are appreciated :)

You do not need to have a blog to be able to participate in the TSG Challenges! You can simply add the URL link from your project after it has been uploaded to your online craft gallery. If you upload your card to an online craft gallery, please use the keyword TSG132 so we can check out your beautiful work!

I'm signing off for the day, but I hope to pop in tomorrow! Have a great day!
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Saturday, 26 November 2011

November SFYTT recap

**Please check out my other recent posts as well! Thanks :)**



Have you played with this month's Sketch For You To Try yet?? You have until the end of the month to play along! Visit this post for the details and to link up your entry. Here's the sketch:



We've got a super cool sponsor this month, Verve Stamps!! Verve is offering a set of choice to a SFYTT participant that uses Verve in their creation. This random winner will be announced with the December SFYTT.



I inked up the Sweet Treats set, for my sample card. It has the cutest little label & tag, and you can also purchase matching dies!

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Supplies: cardstock: recycled kraft, brown and green scraps; paper: Prima (Madeline), Websters Pages (seed packet label); stamps: Verve (Sweet Treats); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa), Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap); Pink Paislee Artisan Elements; sewing machine; ribbon; string; flower: Prima; buttons; ScorBuddy

I'm entering this card into the Product Challenge at Lily Pad Cards (buttons), as well as CR84FN43:



Thanks for bearing this me this weekend, I'm posting a lot! *wink* Thank you for all your wonderful comments :)
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Jay Gee's Nook Challenge #14

With the last Sunday of the month, arrives a new challenge at Jay Gee's Nook!
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We are back with the inspiration board, and a task of creating a Christmas-themed gift or decor! Think tags, wrapping, ornaments, gift bags... you get the drill!



I created another tag, but this time I'll be attaching it to a small treat bag of sweet goodies. The treats are not there yet (heck, I'll start thinking about it in a couple of weeks!), but the tag is all ready :)
I reached for my lovely Waltzingmouse Stamps - again :) In particular the Candy Jar Christmas Fillers. The peppermint candy is coloured with Copics, and the sentiment is stamped on the cute little MME tag.

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Supplies: cardstock: white; tag: Kaszazz; papers: Basic Grey (Eskimo Kisses); small tag/pearls: My Mind's Eye (12 Days of Christmas); stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps (Candy Jar Christmas Fillers); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Versa Color (Sand Beige), Distress Ink (Pumice Stone); Copics; ric-rac trim/baker's twine: October Afternoon; grosgrain ribbon

I'm entering this into PPA121 (Elements of Style - Pearls).

You will find more inspiration from the DT, at the JG's Nook blog today! Enjoy your weekend,
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Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #39

*Check out also my Waltzingmouse sketch post underneath. Thanks!*

Thank you for all your amazing submissions, for the last week's sketch! You must have liked it, as I had a whopping number of participants. I always LOVE checking out what you made with it!

Today's sketch was dictated by the stamp that I wanted to use - Large Flower from Hero Arts. I'm a big fan of big stamps. LOL
Sentiments, flowers, you name it - they're large, I like them :) So, I've got both on my card.



As the flower stamp is especially showy, I kept both the sketch and my card toned down.
This is one of these timeless layouts, that never goes out of fashion, and always looks good. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do :)

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Supplies: cardstock: Canson (turquoise), white; paper: DCWV (Mariposa); stamps: Hero Arts (Large Flower, Truly Appreciated); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), PTI (Fresh Snow); Copics; black pen; string; glitter glue (Stickles)

Once again, my favourite colour combo in the Hero Arts November contest, spoke to me. I only used a darker shade of teal this time.



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A few things to keep in mind if you decide to use my sketch:
- You're kindly asked to save the image onto your computer first, and if you make a card based on it, please link back to this post.
- If you upload your card to an online gallery, please use the code SSC39.
- Please share the link to your creation via the Inlinkz widget, so that I can come and check it out. I would love to see what you did with it!
- The colours/elements mean nothing towards the card. All styles, colours and supplies, as well as slight alterations of the sketch are welcome.
- A new sketch and sample is posted every Saturday, but you're welcome to play any time! Just leave a link in the comments section after Inlinkz widget closes.
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Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 75

This week's challenge at Waltzingmouse Sketch blog is to design a set of place cards. Right on time before Christmas! I imagine that many of you are planning to have a wonderfully decorated, formal table setting, so these would come is handy!
If you're not after place cards, like me (my family has a very casual style), you can design a set of simple cards to give out as a gift, or do what I did - cook up a few note cards, that come in handy if you want to slip a little note inside a gift bag :)


I combined a couple of stamp sets on these cards: the decorative strip is from Nordic Winter, the holly branch from Festive Foliage, and the sentiment from Compliments of the Season.
Did I mention how much I LOVE mixing stamps??

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Supplies: cardstock: white; stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps (Nordic Winter, Festive Foliage, Compliments of the Season); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black, London Fog), ColorBox (Hunter Green); Sprinkles: AnnaBelle Stamps

There's plenty more inspiration, waiting for you at the Waltzingmouse Sketch blog! The Mischief Makers designed some fabulous sets that you don't want to miss:)
I'll meet you in a bit, for a new sketch from me, and some SFYTT goodness. Enjoy your weekend!
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Friday, 25 November 2011

A Hero Arts tag

Whew! TSG release is behind us, and I've got a couple of days' rest (well... theoretically speaking *wink*), before another fabby release rolls in, this time from The Craft's Meow! I can't wait to share it with you :)

In the meantime, I'll be doing more stamping... as you know. Tonight I'm sharing not a card, but a Christmas tag... I know, right?? Crazy stuff.
I realized that this holly stamp, that I bought especially for this Holiday season, was still uninked. Bad Chupa!
Seeing that November's contest at the HA blog is still on, I decided to make this cute tag. I should make a point of making more, if I don't want to get any store bought stuff for Christmas! *snort*

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Supplies: cardstock: recycled kraft/white; tag: Bella!; stamps: Hero Arts (Classic Holly, Dots and Flowers); ink: PTI (Fresh Snow), Memento (Tuxedo Black); circle garland/die cut/rhinestones: My Mind's Eye: Kraft Funday & 12 Days of Christmas; glitter glue; striped ribbon; satin ribbon/cord: Sullivans; button; Nestabilities Lacey Circles

See you tomorrow, for Sketchbook Saturday and a new Waltzingmouse sketch card! I might start late, as I'm working tomorrow. G'night all! xoxo
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Thursday, 24 November 2011

Glitz Design - Dance In Sunshine

After Vintage Blue and Beautiful Dreamer, I would like to give some more attention to the third fabulous Glitz Design collection, from the last release - Dance In Sunshine.
I love it because it's just as trendy as it is vintage (true to Glitz style). I whipped up these babies...



Glitz Design "Dance In Sunshine" papers: Stripe, Raindrops, Floral
Glitz Design "Dance In Sunshine" Glitzers
Glitz Design "Dance In Sunshine" Clear Stamps
Glitz Design "Dance In Sunshine" Epoxy Words

Other: cardstock: cream; ink: Versa Magic (Turquoise Gem), Versafine (Onyx Black); sewing machine; border punch: EK Success; satin ribbon



Glitz Design "Dance In Sunshine" paper: Raindrops, Floral, Stripe
Glitz Design "Dance In Sunshine" Giant Rhinestones
Glitz Design "Dance In Sunshine" Whatnot
Glitz Design "Dance In Sunshine" Trim
Glitz Design "Dance In Sunshine" Glitzers
Glitz Design "Dance In Sunshine" Peek-A-Boo
Glitz Design "Dance In Sunshine" Titles Cardstock Stickers

Other: cardstock: white; edge distresser; sewing machine; string

I hope you like them! :)
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TSG Warmest Wishes Blog Hop

We're closing this month's There She Goes release, with a simply wonderful set of stamp and matching dies, if I do say so myself! I'm in LOOOVE with this one :)

Torico is in the mood to make winter all warm and cheery. She has illustrated a fabulous set that will keep you in stitches or get you in the mood to make gingerbread houses and sugar cookies. The set includes hearts, stars, and snowflakes to create a one of a kind snowman or holiday tree. This set also includes six dies – so warm up your die cutting machine and let the baking begin. What set wouldn’t be complete without a few sentiments to add to your winter projects?




Warmest Wishes is a 4x4 set that includes a total of 23 stamps and six dies and will sell for $31.50.

I wanted to achieve the warm, glowing look on my card, as if these mittens were really comforting. I had so much fun putting them together! Firstly I die cut the shapes from cream cardstock, then stamped and cut out the mittens from patterned paper. I layered all of these on the circle panel, with foam tape under each layer. Luv me some dimension :)
A length of string, secured with tiny blobs of Glossy Accents, and "Glossified" stamped buttons on top, finished the mittens.

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Supplies: cardstock: PTI (Fine Linen), American Crafts (brown), cream; papers: My Mind's Eye (Lost & Found); stamps/die: There She Goes (Warmest Wishes); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black); Nestabilities Circles; brown pen; Liquid Pearls (Bisque); Glossy Accents; string; checked ribbon; button; border punch: EK Success

I used this beautiful, timeless sketch from FMS12, and just because I don't have enough of the gorgeous inspiration in this week's Tuesday Trigger: Red & Rustic, I let it guide my card as well.



Would you like to win the new Warmest Wishes stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday November 26th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Good luck, and happy hopping!
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CASE Study Challenge #67

This week at CASE Study, is sadly the last week with the amazing Kryssi Ng... I had such a good time, honestly. Who wouldn't have?? Kryssi has this rare talent, that makes any stamp in her hands turn into pure magic. Delight.
I admire her skills of putting together a perfect composition, with every element on her card being just where it should be... like on this week's inspiration below, that is in my top five most favourite cards of her. Evah.



Okay, so I DO love this flower stamp. A LOT. I should really get it :)
BUT, it's that exquisite play of elements, of blank and stamped spaces, that makes the card so well balanced and pleasing to the eye. Then, there's the colours. You know how much I LOVE teal...

With that being said, I knew that I'm going to shamelessly CASE this design as it is. Same layout, just different stamps and a bit tweaked idea... I would have changed nothing at all, but I wanted to throw in a little bit from myself as well :)

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Supplies: cardstock: brown, white; stamps: AnnaBelle Stamps (Backgrounds By Design 4), WPlus9 (Woodgrain Silhouettes Additions, Love Birds), Waltzingmouse Stamps (Big Day Additions); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky, Lady Bug), Versa Magic (Turquoise Gem); pearls: Flourish with a Bling; Spica pen

As you can see, I finally dove in and got some fabulous WPlus9 stamps. I'm so happy! My wish list is much, much longer, but I'm sure I'll get there one day, one step at a time... :)
I paired the birdie and leaves, with the sentiment from Waltzingmouse, and the starry background from AnnaBelle. I covered the leaves with Spica pen, but the brute is damn hard to photograph. They shimmer most beautifully in real life!

I used the colours below, from CTD169. This must be one of my favourite combos from them.



Please visit my sweet and talented DT at their blogs, and check out what they whipped up with this week's inspiration!

Kryssi Ng (November Muse)
Amy Wanford
Andrea Ewen
Clare Buswell
Cristina Kowalczyk
Debby Hughes
Jean Martin
Julie Lacey
Teneale Williams
Teresa Kline

If you'd like to play along with us, hop over to the CASE Study blog, where you'll find all the details, fabulous inspiration and InLinkz tool to link up your creation!
Big inky hugs,
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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

A night session

To view the TSG Holly Jolly blog hop post, please scroll down or click HERE. Thanks!

Here I am, with one more post for today, that I (of course!) didn't want to leave for tomorrow...
There will be three posts tomorrow anyway (last day of TSG sneaks, CASE Study and Glitz Design), so I better even them out a bit :)

I dared to have a 'leisurely' stamping session tonight, which I call working on non-assignment projects, and which also doesn't happen all too often any more.
Here's one classic Chupa-style, and one CAS card...
I tackled the magnificent new stamp set from The Craft's Meow on the first one, called Season's Greetings.
I cut the leaves from felt by hand, and added three big rhinestones, for the berries.

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Supplies: cardstock: recycled kraft, white, brown; paper: My Mind's Eye (Kraft Funday); stamps: The Craft's Meow (Season's Greetings); ink: Memento (Rich Cocoa), Versa Magic (Oasis Green), Distress Ink (Pumice Stone); lace trim: May Arts; rhinestones: Scrapbooking Bitz/Glitz Design; green felt; sewing machine; Cuttlebug embossing folder (Herringbone)

I used the SSS135 sketch (as you can see, I stretched the central panel, and changed the placement of the sentiment), along with the colours of CR84FN43:



Now for the CAS card... with a hoarded piece of my favourite ever cardstock - PTI Rustic White. I've got three sheets left, of both Rustic White and Cream, and it gets harder now to part with even the tiniest piece of those... :)
I know this may seem ridiculous to my American friends, but unfortunately what you can get free postage for in US (provided that you spend enough, which is not a problem, when shopping at Papertrey Ink! lol), I would have to pay postage price so high, that it efficiently scares me off. To the point that I'm not shopping with them at all, and at the rare times that we do a shared order with some friends, it's still quite a big sum for all of us!
There... I said it :) Now that I allowed myself to cry on your shoulder a bit (you're too sweet for letting me do so), let's see the card... finally ;)

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Supplies: Cardstock: Canson (light grey, red), PTI (Rustic White); stamps: Hero Arts (Circle Doily), PTI (Love Lives Here); ink: Versa Magic (Sahara Sand), Memento (Rich Cocoa); felt flower: Maya Road; buttons

This time my inspiration are the fabby FTL167 sketch, along with the (also amazing) inspiration from Tuesday Trigger: Red & Rustic.



Thank you for coming to look these up, dear friends... See you tomorrow! Good night to me, and a good day to you! xoxo
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TSG Holly Jolly Blog Hop

Welcome to the second day of There She Goes release sneak peeks!! Did you enjoy yesterday? I'm sure you must have, for there's nothing better than a bunch of new, wickedly gorgeous stamps, paired with the talent of the Trendsetters... hee hee!!

No two snowflakes are alike…each with a beauty of their own and Melyssa Connolly has captured the beauty of snowflakes in this new Holly Jolly set that are sure to make you wish it were snowing. This amazing set also includes a die! It’s a fabulous versatile set that will surely bring a holiday glisten to your projects – all you need to add is the glitter!





Holly Jolly is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 35 stamps and one die and will sell for $31.50.

And here's my card...
I tucked the die cut with the stamped snowflake, under the panel with the snowman and the sentiment. This particular sentiment comes as single curved phrase, so I stamped it twice to get an effect of an image enclosed in a circle of words.
I also stamped some smaller snowflakes with brown ink, on patterned paper. I like experimenting with different colours of my stamped snowflakes, and so far they never felt wrong - brown, pink, blue - you name it! I encourage you to do so too... so FUN! :)

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Supplies: cardstock: PTI (Ocean Tides), white; papers: My Mind's Eye (Six By Six - Honey Cake); stamps/die: There She Goes (Holly Jolly); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa), Versa Color (Celadon); Copics; distressing tool; sewing machine; twill ribbon; buttons; Nestabilities Circles; chipboard snowflake: Maya Road; pearls/pearl brad: SEI; baker's twine; glitter glue; paper lace

You might have noticed, that I also rebelled with the use of paper... yes, the brown DP underneath is covered with roses! HA! Does it work? I think so, but you tell me :)

The card is my loose take on Cardabilities sketch #43. I'm also playing with RCC30 - Holiday Hoopla.



Would you like to win the new Holly Jolly stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday November 26th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Good luck, and happy hopping!
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