Thursday, 15 February 2018

Light Those Candles

This cute little fireman and his dog are racing in to save the day and help you put out your birthday candles!

My younger brother was a volunteer fire fighter for years and he loved doing it. I don't think I ever saw him with a Dalmation tagging along but I did hear some fun stories over the years. 

I also don't think he would have volunteered to help me put out my birthday candles with his fire truck and hose.........well actually - he would have - he does like to bug and tease me...sigh......




I coloured this cutie with my alcohol markers and cut it out using a stitched square die and added it to some fun party paper from Photo Play. The sentiment was masked off (it is only part of a sentiment), stamped and cut out using a circle die. Some fun matching enamel dots finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamp: L'il Fireman - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Go Ahead - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Party Boy - Photo Play 
Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Misti, stitched square die - Your Next Stamp, silver gel pen, Carta Bella enamel dots

Spectrum Noir Markers: FS1 FS4 TN2 BG5 BG7 BG10 EB6 EB3 EB5 CR7 CR11 DR6 CT1 CT2 CT4 GY4 CT2 GB3 GB7 IG1 IG2 IG3
Copics: B02 B04 B06
                                                                        
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Saturday, 10 February 2018

100 % Outrageous Joy

Sometimes you just have to stop and play with one of your favourite stamps right?!  That was the case for me this morning! It is cold and snowy out so I banished myself to my craft room! 

The "Krash The Horse" stamp from Your Next Stamp was one of the first horse stamps I ever bought and I used it to play along in my first ever Your Next Stamp challenge back in 2013. Today I am using the stamp for Sketch and Colour Challenge #82.

This stamp is very near and dear to my heart because it is named after my horse - Krash. He has passed on now but I can say ... he did like to have a bucking fit and kick up his heels now and again - just to keep my on my toes of course....




The Sketch 


I chose to follow the sketch for the challenge and make a fun shaker card. After colouring my stamp with alcohol markers I cut it out using the matching die. 
I cut out my oval shape for the shaker portion of the card and added some fun butterflies using the mini butterfly stamp and some Stampin' Up. I used the same ink to edge all of my card pieces.  I stamped the sentiment and added it to my card. Some twine, a wood horseshoe and my fav gumdrops finish off my card. 

Card Recipe
Stamps: Krash The Horse, Mini Butterfly Ink Splatter - Your Next Stamp
Sentiment: Waddles Rainbow Fun - Your Next Stamp
Ink: Creamy Carmel - Stampin' Up 
Love Me Some Latte gumdrops - Your Next Stamp, 3D Foam Pop Dots - Forever In Time, twine, seed beads, sequins, silver gel pen

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers: GB8 GB10 EB5 EB6 EB3 IG2 IG3 IG5 MB1 MB3 MB4
Copics: RV11 RV32 RV34

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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Hockey Penguin Valentine??

Yes folks, you read that right - my post today features a hockey playing penguin for a Valentine's Day card. 
I have a number of friends who's spouses love hockey. They live and breath it, the TV is always on a game when there is one on and don't touch the remote! 

So I got to thinking.......if I had a spouse who loved hockey - what kind of Valentine's Day card could I make that would get his attention.....and voila! A non-traditional hockey playing penguin.....why not!? and of course the perfect play on words sentiment to match



I found some Valentine feel papers in my vast array of paper and coloured my stamp to match. I added some twine, a wood heart coloured to match and some black gumdrops. It is a more simple layout but I think has a masculine touch to it and the heart and heart paper count for Valentine's Day right?

Card Recipe 
Stamp: Penguin's Pastime - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Ice For You - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: True Love - Reverse Confetti
Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Misti, stitched square die - Your Next Stamp, twine, wood heart - the Stockade, black gumdrops - Your Next Stamp

Spectrum Noir Markers: IBG5 BG7 BG10 IG2 IG3 IG5 MB1 MB3 MB4 AP1 AP3 AP2 GY1 GY3 B02 YG1 YG2 YG3 VB1 VB2
                                                                        
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Friday, 2 February 2018

Very Present Gift Bag

I love when you get to play with a new stamp and it brings back fond memories. "Very Present Helpers" from the new digital release did just that for me!

I used to have a cat named Smokey who loved to "help" me wrap presents and tie the bows. I had to double check more then once that he wasn't literally being wrapped in the present.

I used this super cute stamp to make a gift bag and some dies from Whimsy were perfect to make my gift tag. (links below)






I coloured my stamp with alcohol markers, added some glittery stickles to the bow and set it aside. I made my gift bag based loosely on a card purse tutorial I found on Splitcoaststampers. I cut and assembled my bag - paper from the Fantasy Papers 1 digital paper set were perfect. Next I cut my tag shape and added my heart and paw print die and stamped my sentiment. 

Card Recipe
Stamp: Very Present Helpers - Whimsy Stamps
Sentiment: Everyday Mini Sentiments - Whimsy Stamps
Patterned Paper: Fantasy 1 Papers - Whimsy Stamps
Dies: Furever Friends die set, Stitched Tag dies - Whimsy Stamps


Spectrum Noir Markers: IG2 IG3 IG6 FS6 FS8 HB1 LV1 HB2

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Thursday, 1 February 2018

Full Bloom

We are in the throws of winter where I live....okay honestly as I type this it feels more like Spring and there is grass showing which is not normal! I am sure Mother Nature will bless us with more snow so I decided to play with a flower this month. To me, nothing says warm weather and sunshine like flowers. 

I chose to make a CAS (clean and simple) card with the "Large Open Flower stamp from High Hopes Rubber Stamps.  CAS style cards are not in my comfort zone and I found myself literally sitting on my hands to keep from adding things. 







I coloured "Large Open Flower" with alcohol markers. Then I took a deep breath and partially fussy cut only part of the image. I slipped a stitched rectangle die behind it and ran it through my Big Kick. I had set the sentiment on before hand to make sure that everything would fit properly before die cutting my rectangle.

My Misti was the perfect tool to place my sentiment exactly where I wanted it and voila! I added all of this to a white background with embossed polka dots. A few clear gumdrops which I felt looked like dew drops finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamp: Large Open Flower - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Life In Full Bloom - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Misti, polka dot embossing folder - Cuttlebug, stitched rectangle die - Your Next Stamp, Crystal Clear and Sparkle gumdrops - Your Next Stamp

Spectrum Noir Markers: AP1 AP2 AP3 AP4 YG1 YG2 DG4 GY1 GY2 GY5
                                           
                               
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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Eclipse Note Cards

My news feed on Facebook has been full of gorgeous Eclipse cards lately. Truthfully this type of card fascinates me....it would be totally out of my comfort zone but I had to try one! 

A couple of weekends ago I was playing around with some ink blending and stamping. I made some backgrounds to have some on hand in case I needed a quick note card or two. 
I decided they would be perfect for me to use to try an eclipse card with. I used some scripty word dies I had on hand .....and honestly I knew they would be a challenge to get popped up and they were! Next time I think I will try some thicker letters



I started by doing some ink blending and then using a darker colour to stamp my flowers. I found this stamp at a destash I went to so I'm not sure who makes it. I added some clear glitter to the larger, darker flowers on both cards. 
Next, I die cut my words and popped them up with foam. The finished size on is 3.25" x 3.25" and it was a great way to use up some of my cardstock pieces. 

Card Recipe
Ink: Stampin' Up and Distress Inks
Die: Scripty Words Dies - Your Next Stamp
3D Foam - Forever In Time 

I hope you have enjoyed my post today! Thanks for stopping by! 





Thursday, 25 January 2018

In The Air

We have been in a deep freeze for at least a week - honestly I've lost count for how many days that have been a feels like temperature of -30 or colder. 

All this cold weather has turned my thoughts to wishing for Spring! My dog won't stay out for more then 5 minutes to do his "chores" so he is wishing for Spring too! 

My friend "Willard Weather Ant" from High Hopes sure has his eye on the Spring weather to come doesn't he?!? I chose to colour him in some bright, Spring feel colours - you know.....with thoughts of Spring and sun and all......



Our friend Willard is coloured with alcohol markers and cut out using a hand stitched die. Paper from the Echo Park Spring collection were perfect fro my Spring theme. The sentiment was stamped and cut out using a stitched oval die. I added a banner with a butterfly cut out to match the theme. Some ribbon and gumdrops finish off my card. 

Card Recipe 
Stamp: Willard Weather Ant - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment: Spring Is In The Air - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Spring - Echo Park
Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Misti, stitched oval die - Your Next Stamp, hand stitched nested rectangles die - Whimsy Stamps, build a banner die - Whimsy Stamps, Be Creative 3mm Sookwang tape, Best Glue Ever - ScraPerfect, candy corn gumdrops - Your Next Stamp

Spectrum Noir Markers: IG2 IG3 IG5 IG1 BT3 BT4 BT5 PP3 PP5 DR3 CT1 CT4 GB5 OR1 DG3 CG4
                                                                        
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