Monday, July 30, 2012

3D fun

Me again, back with another card.  I've been eyeballing some beautiful 3D creations around the web lately, and finally found Mariska's blog and her tutorials.  Make sure you check out her blog, as her work is stunning.  Mine is nowhere near as good, but I'm pretty happy with my first attempt!


Close up of the 3D effect
 It does take some time to figure out what layer goes where and to plan everything out and colour it, but the results are so worth it.  I will definitely be doing this again!  I kept the rest of the card very simple to showcase the image, and I just love this card!

Challenges:
Sketch - Retro Sketches
Anything Goes - Critter Sketch
The Great Outdoors - Cupcake Craft
Anything Goes - Paper Playtime
2 or more DP - Paper Pretties
Summer - Dream Valley
All Girl (no digis) - Let's Ink It Up
Linky Party - Make It Monday

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Pretty in pink

Hi all, another gorgeous sunny day here.  Just having a lazy Sunday, the little guy is off to a birthday party, so that gives us lots of time to sit down and work out a budget.  Yikes, just what I wanted to do this weekend!  Seriously though, with the dog's surgery and an emergency plumbing call, we're pretty skint and knowing where are money is going will help a lot.  Although DH doesn't really need to know how much I've spent on stamps....oh, I'm in trouble!




Challenges:
Card Crafter's Circle - Clean and Simple
Crafty Catz - All that Glitters
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Pattie's Creations - Animals or Insects
Charisma Cardz - Monochrome
Hanna and Friends - We celebrate


Friday, July 27, 2012

Beary fun

My youngest is heading to a birthday party for his buddy this weekend, so I whipped up a quick 'boy' birthday card.  This was originally supposed to be a bit more CAS, I think with the embossing and the chevrons, it turned out a bit busy.  Still fun though and I love this cute Bo Bunny paper, so bright and boyish!



Challenges:
Use a TCP bear - Dancing in Pajamas (I don't have any TCP dies, hope that's OK)
Sketch - Try Stamping on Tuesday
M for men - Alphabet Challenge
Brilliant Birthdays - Crafts 4 Eternity


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

NO stamps!

The challenge this week at Fab N Funky is NO stamping.  Um, hello, whose idea was this challenge anyway?  No stamping, not even a bit?  Sigh...



It started out so well, I was super inspired to use up some of the 'stuff' in my stash.  Maybe I could make a whole bunch of cards and clean things out.  Then I started working and realized something.  Maybe there's a reason that some of this stuff has been in my stash forever unused.  Long story short, this is the third card and the first and only one I'm happy with.  One good thing?  I've been inspired to go through my stash and clean out a bit...I'm sure the boys will love a few cheesy stickers right?

Challenges:
Celebrations - Unstampabelles
Happy Birthday - Divas By Design
Anything Goes - Simon Says Stamp

Monday, July 23, 2012

Finally...

Well, it's finally raining here, although it's nowhere near enough to end the drought.  And I'm finally getting this image onto a card!  I stamped this ages ago, just after I got them and it's been patiently waiting for me ever since.  I love, love, love these little mice from Lily of the Valley, they just crack me up.


I used some fun MME paper, added a big bow and this celebrate sentiment I got at a retired SU sale.  The photo is a tad washed out due to the very early morning light (as in 6:30am on my way out the door to work early), it's actually a bit brighter than this.

Anyway I'm off to walk on the grass before it dries up and gets crispy again - the rain's already finished and the sun's come out.  Have a good week!

Challenges:
Sketch - Deconstructed Sketches
Animal Crackers - Joanna Sheen Challenges
To Die For - Stamptacular Sunday (MFT postage edge and bracket tab)
Lot of Layers - Hiding in my Craft Room
Baby or Birthday - Fashionista Challenge
Let's Party - Incy Wincy
Animals - Truly Madly Crafty Challenges

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Flying High

Geez, I haven't been around in over a week and now I'm back 2 days in a row!  My sitter is off this week, which means I'm off this week - yea!  We're having a really relaxing couple of days, my dog just had surgery to remove a tumour from her neck (she looks a bit like Frankenstein) so we're home keeping an eye on her.  I think we'll head down to the beach this afternoon (sans dog, sand and surgery do NOT mix!) the hardest decision I want to make today is what to drink!


This card is for last week's TCP challenge - teal, red and kraft.  I have this Cosmo Cricket paper pad that I wasn't so sure about, but it fit the colours perfectly.  I think it turned out pretty good, especially the banner.
Love my bunnies!

Challenges:
colours - The Cat's Pajama's
Tags - Crafty Creations (I hope you can see it, it's hiding under the bow and button!)
Anything Goes - Diva by design
Cute Animals - Ruby's Rainbow
Anything Goes - Perfect Sentiments

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

DIY flowers

Morning all, I'm back!  I've been out of touch for a bit, packing for a 4 day camping trip, then camping, then recovering from it.  (mountains of laundry, yikes)  I'm still not feeling very crafty, I think because it's just so darn hot here.  If you look closely at my card, the yellow stuff in the background is my lawn.  Or what used to be my lawn...


Anyway, the challenge at Fab N Funky this week is make your own flowers.  Feeling not very creative, I just made some simple lollipop style flowers out of die cut circles.  The cute birdie is from our sponsor, Doodle Pantry.

Challenges:
Sketch - July Sketch for you to Try
Circles - Top Tip Tuesday
Buttons - Tuesday Alchemy 
Wings - Card Cupids
Use a Doodle Pantry image - Doodle Pantry

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summertime BBQ

Mmmm, BBQ.  Great food but a tricky theme seeing as I didn't have any BBQ type stamps from One Crazy Stamper.  Improvisation can be fun though, which is how I ended up making a Canada Day themed invitation using this cute High Hopes stamp.  This is one I had to buy as soon as I saw it - there's not a lot of great Canadian stuff out there!



Hope you'll join us over at the One Crazy stamper blog for the July challenge, it's actually BBQ/food so not as tricky as I initially thought!

Challenges:
Show Your Countries Pride - Crazy 4 Challenges
Party - Our Creative Corner
Bust Out the Rubber - Card Makin' Mamas
Here Comes Summer - Totally Papercrafts (nothing says summer like a BBQ!)
Fun in the Sun + Sparkle - Crafty Calender Challenge
Anything Goes - Catch the Bug

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Stars and Stripes

Pardon me for a bit of overuse, but this is the third card I've made in the last few days with the MFT star die.  Can't quite figure out how i made stars before as I don't have any punches...anyhoo, very happy to be getting my money's worth out of this one!


The reason for the stars is the challenge at Fab n Funky this week - Stars and Stripes.  Easy peasy, non?  I used this Greek inspired image from Tickled Pink - isn't she fierce?
On a side note, I can't believe how green my backyard looks in this picture.  In reality, it's been so dry that my 'grass' is crunchy and my flowers have all wilted.  I like summer and all, but wow is it hot here.

Challenges:
Sketch - Sweet Sunday
A Day at the 'Parthenon' - By the cute and Girly (hee hee, fun theme!)
Recipe - Desert Island Crafters (teal, sketch, glitter)
Anything goes, bonus glitter - Papertake weekly
Sparkle - Critter Sketch

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Guest DT spot

Yea me, I get to be a guest DT at one of my fave stores, One Crazy Stamper!  I'm a little slow putting this up, I was waiting for the post to go up on the One Crazy Stamper blog and somehow the whole day just got away on me! 

Anyhoo, the challenge this month is BBQ/food.  I dug through all my stamps and picked this cute Meljen's image.  I also used my Copics and This and That Graceful paper from Echo park.  Fun! Can't wait to do some shopping, I just have to pay off my current purchases first!

Quirky crafts - Make us laugh
Crafty Calender - Flowers in Bloom
Alphabet Challenge - Kitchen (food or drink)
Joyful Stamper - Linky Party
Stampin' for the Weekend - Show us your style (clean, graphic)

Shining Star

So far, it's been a super lazy Canada Day here.  2:30 in the afternoon and I'm still in my pj's.  We'll probably head into Dunrobin for some Fireworks later, but nobody has the energy to tackle the big party downtown.  The kids are decked out in their red T shirts, ready to go...guess I should get my butt in gear!


So, this card is totally not Canada Day related - I made it for my sister and my impending niece/nephew to be.  It's actually pretty unusual for me to make a card with almost no colour - I do love my bright colours!  Turned out great though, I just love this bunny from the Cat's Pajama's.  Paper is MME.

Challenges:
Inspiration photo - the Cat's Pajama's
Sketch - Sketchbook Saturday
Stars and Sparkle - Just Us Girls
Scallops - Sweet Stampin
Use something new - Stampin' Sisters in Christ (new paper pad and newish stamp - first inking!)
Soft tones (pastels) - Fairy Tale Challenge blog
Cute/cuddly - Poodles Parlour

Men, men, men...



Other than the crooked sentient, this card turned out pretty good - the image and rosette cover up the bottom of the panel where my first attempt at printing a sentiment is hiding.  It's not really a good idea to stick multiple pieces of paper together and then try and run them through the printer...hopefully the printer will work next time!
I'm going to cut this short as it's hot, hot, hot here - I need to get a curtain to put over the patio door as sitting down at the computer is a bit like sitting in a sauna right now!

Forgot to add - this card is for Pile It On's Manly/Sports themed challenge!

Happy Canada Day Weekend to all my fellow Canucks out there!

Challenges:
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Sports
Cards For Men - sports with a sentiment
Cutie Pie Challenge - For the Guy
Simon Says Stamp - Sporty or Patriotic
Totally Papercrafts - Use a Digi
Charisma cards - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Use Kraft