Sunday, January 30, 2011

My Favorite Things Valentine

To enter my follower blog candy, click here.

My newest Innocence stamp from My Favorite Things arrived last week and I inked it up right away.

I chose to make a gate fold card this time.  I found a tutorial online (I'll link it up later) and really fell in love with the design.  The heart holds the card closed with the use of a small velcro dot.  The card opens up to look like this:

I followed the rules for the MFT Guest designer contest by using 2 cardstock colors(not including the neutral base), one patterned paper, and three embellishments (stickles, rhinestones and a felt heart).  Copics were used to color the image.  I also stamped the image on the inside of the card, along with the sentiment, using momento ink.

Challenges for this card:

My Favorite Things Guest Designer Contest
Mami Doodles
Mark's Finest Papers
Simply Create
Delightful Challenges
Meljen's Designs
A Spoonful of Sugar
Stampavie and More
Charisma Card Challenges

100 Followers! It's time for sweet stuff!

I'm so excited. It's a big day for me as I now have over 100 followers. I've been blogging for just over one year now, and I must say it's been tons of fun.

I do read and appreciate each and every comment that you make here. Thanks for your honesty and lovely words of encouragement.  They do mean alot.

Here's a picture of the sweet stuff that one lucky winner will receive:

Here is the list of all the goodies:
4 stamped Hanglar Stanglar images
10 stamped Magnolia images
1 mini bird punch
1 Tilda stamp
1 Magnolia Doo Hickey die
1 package ribbon
assorted flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts
Prima stamp and rhinestones
I Rock accessory package

Seam binding from wild Orchid Crafts (still in the mail)

What do you need to do to win?  Follow these directions and you'll be entered to win.
1.  Post about my candy on your blog and link it back here.
2.  Leave me a comment that you did this, including a link to your post.
3.  I'll give an extra entry to anyone who refers a friend who then follows my blog. In their comment, they must tell me your name so I can give you the extra entry.
4.  For each 25 more followers I get, I'll add another package of sweet stuff.

Entries close on February 21, and I'll make the draw the next day.

Good luck everyone and thanks again!


Waltzingmouse CASE

If you were on the latest Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog waltz, you'll know that there is a challenge going on.  Participants are asked to CASE a card, and the focus is on spellbinder dies.

I CASED the card found here.  Anya created it and it's a beauty of a card.  I really loved the simplicity of it, and decided to try one out.  Here's my attempt:

Here's the inside:

I used stamps only made by Claire at Waltzingmouse Stamps. I used Victorian Fripperie.  I stamped the images using versamark and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I used my circle spellbinder die to create the embossed circle in the centre of the card.

Claire has a great selection of stamps that fit perfectly with many of the spellbinder dies. If you're a spellbinder lover like I am, these stamps are definitely for you. Be sure to pop over to Claire's store to check them out.

Hope you had a great weekend.  Next post is blog candy!


Love is in the Air with the Creative Cowgirls

It's challenge time over at the Creative Cowgirl's Challenge blog.

This week the theme is
Please create a Paper Craft that is geared towards

Our sponsor this week is Roberta from Prairie Fairy  and she gave the DT 
some wonderful digi's to play with.

Here is the card I created:

Don't forget!
We are having a Valentines Day Love Hop!
Mark you calendars for FEBRUARY 13th!

Would you like to win $50.00 worth of Crafty Paper Supplies??
Here is all you have to do!
1.  Make a post announcing our hop using this badge on your blog telling all of your friends!
2. Ad this badge to  your side bar.
3. Add our challenge blog badge to your side bar
4. Leave us a message letting us know that you have done the above.
5. We would love for you to follow us if you are not already.  It is ok if you don't.
But if  you follow us you will always receive our posts regarding our challenges and winners!

Don't forget to pop over to the Creative Cowgirl's Challenge blog and check out all the eye candy created by my fellow DT members.  Gorgeous work ladies!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Look at my followers.....

I'm so excited!  I wonder when I will hit 100 and who will #100 be? 

Remember, I promised blog candy when that big event happens. Send your friends over. It's going to be worth it.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sweet Stuff

over at Jacque's.  Check it out.

Pretty in Pink

I really am enjoying working with these Bildmalarna stamps....they are definitely cute and have a certain air about them. Flowers are from Wild Orchid.  Copic colors used are R81,83 and 85, E000, 02, 31,33 and 35.  I used the Martha Stewart punch for the fern leaves, and the pearls are from my stash. 

Anyone have any ideas for other punches/dies to cut out leaves? I'm looking for a new one, so I'd love to hear your favorites.

Challenges for this card:
Sketch Saturday #139
Bildmalarna Pink Challenge
Stamp Something--cute somethings
Magical Monday Challenge 14
Fairy Tale Challenge Blog
Everybody Art Challenge My favorite thing
Tip Top Tuesday
Southern Girls   ( dry embossing of the pink background)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tilda in Orange

I'm just loving the bright colors of spring!  Could that be because it's a winter wonderland here and it's freezing cold?  I'm sure that's got something to do with it.  If you're in the same winter stretch as I am, I hope you enjoy these bright colors.

Challenges for this card:
Magnolia-licious Challenge
The Play Date Cafe
Crafty Pad
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge
Stamp Something
Friday Sketchers #138

Saturday, January 22, 2011

New, new, new

A couple of new things for me in this card:  a sketch from a new blog I've never participated in before; using a feather on a card; and a new digi stamp from Kenny K.

The sketch is from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 100  and I stumbled across it last week on my search for a sketch to try out to help my waning card making mojo.

I can't remember which blog it was, but I saw someone showcase one of these new Kenny K stamps, and I love their attitude so I bought one and finally colored it up.  Kenny K's Krafty Girlz also have a challenge up so I'll be linking this card to that.

I'm off to create some new cards. I've cleaned out my stamping area because I lost a stamp and needed to find it for a class next week. Still haven't found it.....sigh.  But, on the plus side, I have a nice tidy area to work in, so I'm going to take advantage of that.  Also, it's -31C outside so this is a great reason to stay put inside.

Supper today is going to consist of Molasses Oat Bread (recipe from a Canadian Living Magazine--not sure which one I ripped it from) and Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Spinach.  (pizza subs for those who aren't   I got the soup from this blog--oh so yummy recipes there. Tomorrow I'm going to make Tortellini Soup, from the same blog.

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 100
Kenny K's Krafty Girlz
Alphabet Challenge--L
Pile It On
Elephantastic --new beginnings--new stamps and challenges
Cropstop Challenge #3
Copic Creations--what's new

Thursday, January 20, 2011

AValentine For You

I used last week's sketch from My Favorite Things to create this card.   I used one of their stamps from the Innocence line as well.  I really love this sketch and it will definitely be one I use again.

Supplies used:

Magnolia Doily Doo Hickey
Cuttlebug Sweet heart folder and heart folder
Frosted lace stickles
Spellbinders die
Copic Markers

Challenges entered:
Penny's Challenges
Lexi's Creations
Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge
Phindy's Place Challenge
Creative Belli--pink 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Some Bunny Loves You

This is my very first attempt at digital scrapbooking. It's been something I've wanted to try for almost a year and just last month I bought the program I wanted to try.  I bought some digi papers and got very frustrated trying to load therm. Contacted my consultant who said that I could only upload digi papers from that company. Swore alot, got quite mad, and then decided to get creative. Voila!  I figured out a way to use paper that wasn't from that company.  HAHA!  (waving my fist at the company and cheering for myself!)

Actually, I totally understand that a company would want you to use their own products. I get that. Really I do. But...I found other digi papers and embellishments that made my heart go pitter patter and I so desperately wanted to try them out. Where there's a will there's a way, right?

Keep in mind that this is my first attempt. It's quite simple, yet I like it.  I used a picture of my boys taken at my youngest grade 12 graduation. (Thanks to all those of you who exclaimed, "Why, Janet, You're way too young to have a child graduating from high school!"  Blessings to all of you!  lol)

Most importantly, I used a digi stamp from Prairie Fairy Designs.  Roberta is having a DT call and I'm entering.  She gave a digi freebie to use, and I've added it in the corner of my page. You can check out the details of the DT call by visiting it here Prairie Fairy Designs is one of my favorite companies. If you scroll back through my posts, you'll see that I often use an image from this company. If you haven't seen any, be sure to pop over to the store or blog to check it all out. The images are to die for.

Thanks for visiting and keep warm. It's supposed to be -41C here tomorrow morning!  Brrrrrr.  It will definitely be a cold drive to work.


Happy birthday to you

I finally made a birthday card. It's been ages.  Here it is:

I've used the cupcake image from Prairie Fairy Designs.  It's a great image and digi stamps are so versatile--you can make them any size you want. I totally love that about digi stamps. 

Supplies used:
Copic markers V04, 09
Stickles--purple and frosted lace mixed together
Stickles--frosted lace on the scallopped circle and embossed background
Happy Birthday Cuttle bug folder
White ribbon

Challenges entered:
Prairie Fairy Birthday Challenge
Friday Sketch #137
Pile it on
Karber Weekly Challenge-ribbon

Monday, January 17, 2011

Prairie Fairy DT Call

I've been a fan of Prairie Fairy Designs ever since I came across them almost one year ago.  I had the opportunity to meet Roberta and her friends at a crop that I popped in---ok--some might call it's a joke of course......but Roberta was kind enough to humor me and we had a little bit of a chat while I saw some of her work first hand. Those three women were very friendly and alot of fun and I've been hooked on her digi's ever since.

If you haven't seen the digi's over at Prairie Fairy Designs, you are definitely missing something great. Be sure to pop over soon and check them out as I think you will be very happy you did.

Prairie Fairy Designs is have a DT call.  Being on this DT is definitely on my bucket list, and I'm trying out for this call.

Enough blathering.  Here is my card:

I used the freebie image provided by Prairie Fairy for this DT call.  I colored him with my Copics---R81, C1,3,5,7,  and E53.  I used my cuttlebug heart dies to cut the hearts out of silver paper, and glued and popped them onto the card. I added a heart button that I had in my stash. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things and is stamped with momento ink.

Thanks so much for all your comments.  I read them all and definitely appreciate them.

Challenges for this card:

Prairie Fairy DT Call
Simply Create
Saturday Challenge
Mark's Finest Paper
Sketch Saturday
Copic Creations

Sunday, January 16, 2011

It's Waltzing Time!

I just love this time of the month---when we get to waltz around the world and feast our eyes on all the beauty....nothing could be better, in my opinion.

The theme for this month's waltz is Valentines \ Love. I chose to create a card around the theme of love, and once again, I decided to use very non-traditional colors.  Without further adieu, here is my card:

I followed the sketch that's available for this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge. I used grey cardstock and stamped it with one of the stamps from the Musical Backgrounds set.  I stamped it in SU Basic Grey ink and them embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I also inked all the edges to give it a distressed, vintage look.  The sentiment was stamped using the same ink and was cut out using one of the Spellbinders Fancy Tag dies.  Before I removed the paper from the die, I sponged the same ink on the tag.  Lastly I added two blue rhinestones to the tag.

Thanks for waltzing by...and enjoy the rest of the waltz. I know it's going to be filled with gorgeous pieces of artwork.

Challenges for this card:
Waltzingmouse Sketch WMSC30
Bunny Zoe's Crafts
Pollycraft--new things--stamps
One Stitch at a Time
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
Phindy's Friday
Pal's Paper Arts

Creative Cowgirls Challenge #5

It's challenge day at Creative Cowgirls!   This challenge at Creative Cowgirls is sponsored by:


You can purchase Tellen's images at her store, by clicking on the link in her name. She's got some great images in her store.   

The Winner will receive:

The Top 3 will receive one image of choice.  The theme is turquoise and black or brown.

Here's the care I've made for the challenge:

Once again I used my favorite copics to color Tellen's image.  I got some new BG colors for Christmas so this was the perfect challenge to try them out.  I used my spellbinders to cut out the image and the oval frame for it.  I added some ribbon and rhinestones for embellishments. I kept the card very simple, as the dp is pretty busy and full of color.  

I hope you like it and it would be great it you'd join us in this challenge. Be sure to pop over to the 
Creative Cowgirls Challenge Blog and check out all the DT's creations--They are gorgeous!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Shabby and Sassy

I'm a big fan of the Simply Sassy stamps from Sugar Nellie.  If you haven't had a chance to check them out, you definitely should.  Today's card features this stamp, called Luv A Latte.  I purchased it from Funky Kits.  It's a great store, and has wonderful shipping, by the way.  The Simply Sassy Blog is having a Guest Design Team call and I'm entering using this card.

I distressed alot of this card using my distressing tool from Heidi Swapp.  I also inked up the edges of the paper to add to the distressing. The image was stamped with Momento ink and colored with my new Copic colors!  I got some new BV colors for Christmas so this was a great time to try them out.  I added some glossy accents to the coffee in the cup.  The flowers on the sides of the image are part of a length of ribbon.

Thia card is also an easel card, so here is a side view of it:

Here is a front view of it.  I decorated the inside of the card as well. I used off white cardstock and trimmed it to fit. I punched out the bottom edge using an EK Success edge punch and them inked it up as well.  I added some brads to help hold the card up to display it.

Here are the challenges I'm entering this card into:
Simply sassy GDT Call
Cupcake Craft Challenges
Stampin B Challenge
Stamp Something
Stamping Scrapping Challenge

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday 100th Challenge Blog HOP

It's blog hop time over at Flourishes! You can click on the picture above and you'll be take to the post with all the blog hop links. They are open until Monday at 6pm, so that everyone can hop along, check out all the beautiful creations and leave comments.

Here's my card for the hop:


I used one of my FAVORITE Flourishes images. It's called Strawberries and it can be found here.  Strawberry picking is one of my favorite annual events, so it's no wonder that I love coloring up this image.  I used my copics to color up the image, another of my FAVORITE things.  I used a sketch for the layout, another FAVORITE, of late.  I used the candy hearts cuttlebug valentine folder to emboss the red cardstock. I used the Magnolia doily die to cut out the white half doily.  The sentiment was stamped with momento ink on white paper and cut out and embossed with the fancy tag spellbinders die.  I inked the edges of the fancy tag and the doily with ballerina pink SU ink.  Lastly I added some white ribbon and pearls as embellishments.

Challenges I'm entering this card into are:

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday 100th Challenge Blog Hop
Flourishes Color of Love Challenge
One Stitch at a Time
Tip Top Tuesday

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Isn't she lovely......

Tilda has been sorely missing from my blog lately. I finally managed to get her out and color her up.  Her she is:

Isn't she lovely?  Turquoise really suits Tilda. This Tilda is called Tilda Throwing Heart Rice and she is available here. Copics were used to color her up.  I used the last of my favorite black shiny paper on this card too. Sigh. I guess I'll have to search online stores to find more. I just love that stuff.

Here are the challenges I'm entering this card into:
Magnolia Stamp Lovers
I heart 2 Stamp
Scrap Creations
Bunny Zoe

Lots of Sugar

I pulled out another sugar Nellie stamp and inked her up. She's been sitting far too long without being used, so it was definitely time to get her stamped up.  She's called Manga Fairy and she's available here.

I'm entering this card into the challenge over at The Sugar Bowl. It's their 2nd Birthday and their 50th Challenge, so I thought I'd take a stab at it.

I must say that Funky Kits is exceptional at shipping!  Imagine my surprise when it took my stamp order 3 days to arrive from their business in Scotland to my mailbox in Manitoba, Canada!  Three to cheers to Funky Kits!

On to the card:

Copics were used to color the image and bling was added with some stickles on the stars and wings.  I followed the sketch provided, and added flower brads.  I really like the bright springy and such a change from winter / christmas colors.

I'm entering this card in these challenges:

The Sugar Bowl
Sentimental Sundays
2 Sisters Challenge

Let's Ink It Up

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Upcoming Blog Hop

Check this out!  Tons of fun is coming your way!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Too Much Cake

It's my Dad's birthday this week and I wanted to make him a birthday card.  I followed the Mojo Monday sketch this week--I really into sketches lately.  Here it is:

I used a Kraftin Kimmie image called Miles the Mouse...isn't it cute?  I believe it's called Too Much Cake. I really love the look on Miles' face while he's passed out in the cake. There's no chance that my Dad will eat too much cake...he's not a sweets type of guy, but he loves humor, so I think he'll get a chuckle out of the image.

I distressed the card using my Heidi Swapp distresser as well as inking the edges of the image with some SU chocolate chip ink.  I added some texture with the swiss dots cuttlebug folder and used my copics to color up Miles.  I added a bit of bling with some stickles for the icing.

Challenges for this card:

Kraftin' Kimmie
Mojo Monday
Craft your passion

Saturday, January 8, 2011

I Won Top 3

for this card.

I'm so excited!  Happy Saturday to you all!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Hearts and Bears

Isn't it funny how we go from one holiday to the next? Christmas is barely over and we're on to Valentine's day already.  I guess it really isn't that strange though. I'm so done with Christmas cards and I'm really itching to make new cards, and those new Valentine images are popping up everywhere, I just can't resist them.

This is the first time I have used an image from Stampfairy...don't you love him!!!!!! I totally love the expression on his face. I used copics to color him, and if you look closely, you'll see that his fur has some texture. That's a neat technique using copic blender solution and a piece of fabric.  What I did was pour some blender solution on a piece of fabric that has some pile to it (like a face cloth) and then blot the image with it.  The blender solution removes some of the marker which creates some texture to the image.  I think it gives the bear some 'fur'.   Let me know what you think of it, or how it's worked for you, if you've tried it.

For embellishments, I've used my cuttlebug folders (2 different folders) to add more texture, as well as some flowers from Wild Orchid.  I also used two different spellbinder dies (heart and scalloped heart) as well as stickles on the heart hiding behind the bear.  I used two different patterned papers and I tried to make the card as bold as possible---aren't the colors wild?  I love the patterned paper colors of green, pink and brown. They definitely are different colors for a valentine.

Thanks for popping by my blog today.  I appreciate the comments you leave.  Have a great weekend.

Challenges for this card:
Wild Orchid
Papertake Weekly
Stamp Something

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A New Baby

Here's a card that would work really well for a new baby:

I used a Prairie fairy image and colored it with copics, and I chose bright green and purple paper. I wanted something different, and didn't want the traditional pink or blue papers for this baby card.  I think it really works with this image.  I added some bling with the stickles and rhinestones in the flowers, which, by the way, were made using the sizzix flower die.

I'm entering this card in these challenges:

Try It On Tuesdays
Fairy Fun Fridays
Do It With Digi's
Quirky Crafts
Creative Card Crew
The Creative Cottage
The Crazy Challenge
Simon Says Stamp
Crafty Ho's
Crazy 4 Challenges
One Stop Craft Challenges
Alphabet Challenge

Monday, January 3, 2011


I am totally enchanted with this little fairy.  Her name is Ebony and she is a delight.  Ebony is part of the Emerald Faery Collection.

Challenges I am entering:
Southern Girls Anything Goes
Play Date Cafe
Friday Sketchers
Creative Inspirations Challenge
Paper Sundaes
Cupcake Inspirations

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Creative Cowgirls Sunday Challenge

It's time for another challenge over at Creative Cowgirls.  Did you see the entries for our last challenge? AMAZING!  WoW!  I'm totally in awe of all that creativity!

This week we are sponsored by Pollycraft.  Pollycraft is providing a voucher to their store to the winner. Woohoo!  The theme for this challenge is Something New.

Here's the card I've created, using a Pollycraft image. Isn't she adorable? Her name is Primrose Fairy and I just fell in love with her.

I used my copics to color her and added some bling with a bit of stickles to her wings. I created my own ribbon flower using Papertrey Ink ribbon I've had in my stash for ages. The paper is from a Martha Stewart paper pack that I received as a gift a while ago as well.  The bling in the middle of the flower is a new button from Bazzill--I saw those at a LSS and just had to have those buttons. I bought one of every shape and have been really stingy using them, but it really works in this card. 

Copics used: BG000, BG15, BG18, BG23, R29, R83, C0, N5, Y00, T02, Y04, Y11, YG07, E00, E02, E33

Be sure to pop over to the Creative Cowgirls Challenge Blog to see all the wonderful samples made by our DT and to get some inspiration so you can join us!  Happy crafting today!

Challenges for this card:

Mojo Monday 171
DigiDoodle Challenge 39
Southern Girls
Crafty Sentiments
CES Challenges
Stamp Something
Digital Tuesday
My Time to Craft Challenges
Catch the bug
Bunny Zoe's Crafts
Mark's Finest Paper

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you and yours! I hope you had a great evening last night, and kept yourselves safe.  We had a very quiet evening here. I've been under the weather, and am now recovering, which explains why my blog has been so quiet.

I've finally started to create cards again and here is the first one I did.  I used a stamp that hadn't seen ink from one of the sets from Bildmalarna.

Copics were used again to color it, and I used a sketch from Sketch Saturday.   I used some silver stickles for bling and the sentiment is from a Papertrey Ink set.

I hope you like it. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

Challenges for this card:
Sketch Saturday
Bildmalarna Blog
Aly's Sunday Challenge
Crafty Sentiments