Saturday, March 30, 2013

Spring is in the air...

Hey all, I hope you're having a Happy Easter!  This little Lili of the Valley bear is obviously somewhere much warmer than me - the first shoots have just started coming up in my garden, and most of it is still snowed under.  Sigh.  Oh well, it won't be long long now with all the lovely sunshiney days we've been having!
I made this card as a quicky, and I just love how it turned out - so cheerful and fresh.  Here's to hoping my garden looks like this soon!

Sketch - Mojo Monday
Flowers - Brown Sugar Challenge Blog
Bring on Spring - Chocolate, Coffee and Cards
Cute as you Like - Crafts 4 Eternity
Springing Into Spring - Daring Cardmakers
Animals - Simply Create Too
Happy Birthday - Charisma Cardz Challenge

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A huddle of penguins

It's the second week of our Felt/Fabric challenge at ABC Christmas Challenges, and lacking any fabric I stuck with felt.  I kept my card very simple, this image from Lili of the Valley was just was too cute and I wanted to show it off.  I might try and take another photo of it, it looks much better IRL, it's very sparkly!

PS - a "huddle" is a name for a group of penguins - maybe because they all huddle together!

Anything Goes - Christmas Stampin' All Year Long
3 of something - Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
CAS - Christmas Card Challenges
Sparkle and Bling - Christmas Cards All Year Round
No Red or Green - Christmas at Sweet Stampin' (yes, I think I've got it this time!)
Anything Goes - Simon Says Stamp

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

One Crazy Stamper Guest

My last card for One Crazy Stamper was featured yesterday, so I thought I better pop it up here!  I'm on my 5th week of shift work and I still haven't gotten the hang of it yet - one more week after this one and then it'll be back to normal.  And I'll have to come up with a new excuse when my cards go up late, hee hee!

Anyway, I wanted to send an Easter card off to my sister and niece so I grabbed this adorable High Hopes bunny and made a simple card.  I don't usually do Easter cards, but it's Erin's first Easter - can't wait to see pictures oh her with her Easter goodies!

Easter - ABC Challenges
Paper Ribbon - Cards In Envy
Easter - Cutie Pie
Flower Power - Catered crop
Fuzzy Friends - Stamptacular Sunday
Easter - Crafty Sentiments
Spring - Cards and More
Easter - Cuttin' and Stampin' Challenges
Dots and Stripes - High Hopes (I managed to squeeze a tiny bit of stripey paper in there!)  

Monday, March 25, 2013

Whimsy Guest DT spot

Super quick post as I'm heading off to work - taking another stab at the guest DT spot for Whimsy stamps.  I just haven't had time to create a new card, so here is one from several week's ago - one of my all times faves though!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Christmas Mice

"Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."  Hmm, guess the author never spent any time with these mice!  These adorable and busy House Mouse critters are so cute, I couldn't decide which one to use, so I did all three.
The challenge at ABC Christmas Challenges this week is felt or fabric, so I used bright red felt to back my images and some burlap ribbon for the background.  I love, love, love how this card turned out, cute and CAS all rolled into one!

Come join us at ABC Christmas and show us your felt or fabric creations - and don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's fab work!

Ribbons and pearls - House Mouse and Friends (ok, I know it's burlap but it is ribbon!)
Cute and Cuddly - Deep Ocean
Merry and Bright - Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas (Yup, that red is pretty bright!)
Animals - 52 Christmas Card Throwdown
Animals - Creative Moments
Make Your Mark (markers) - Addicted to Stamps and More

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A farmyard hello

A quick post as I'm off to cook up some pancakes for dinner. (don't judge, we also do cereal nights around here)  Trying to ink up some of my unused stamps while waiting anxiously for new stuff - what is it about new stamps that makes all my old stuff seem temporarily boring?  Sigh...

Love this Penny Black stamp, but not 100% with the layout, it was a bit of a tough one.  Hopefully both masculine and springy though!

PS - Joy asked about my cloud background on this post, if you want to know how to do it, just Google "distress ink clouds".  Super easy and you can use any ink - I use my CTMH ink with a few paper stencils.

Sketch - Sketchbook Saturday
Spring into Spring - Penny Black Saturday Challenge
For the boys - Penny Black at Allsorts
Masculine - Creative Card Crew
Easter or Spring - Shopping Our Stash
ROFL (funny) - Top Tip Tuesday
Letter B - Creative Creations (bikes, baskets, buttons, bovines!)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bingo Midweek

Just over halfway through my month of shiftwork and I'm starting to get used to it, and actually managing to get things (like posting on time) done.  I've actually been quite productive, as evidenced by the number of posts going up on the blog, woo!
This card is for the mid week reminder for ABC Christmas Challenge and it's a BINGO card.  Bingo is always an easy one, and I choose a different line this time, ribbon-blue-glitter.  Can't go wrong with glitter right? 

Pop on over to the Challenge blog to see the Bingo board and the rest of the DT's fab work!

Christmas, no red or green - Christmas at Sweet Stampin'
Blue - Inky Impressions
Stitching - Whimsy Stamps
Sketch - Sparkle Christmas Card Challenges
Sparkle and Bling - Christmas Cards All Year Long
Inspiration Challenge - Winter Wonderland (the blue and the snowman)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Head over heels...

 Not feeling very wordy tonight, so here's a cute little card just because:

CAS - Tiddly Inks
Up, up and away - Top Tip Tuesday
Anything Goes - Tuesday Alchemy
In the Air - ABC Challenges
Spring Colours - Creative Stamp Friends
4 Legged Friends - Use Your Stuff (dug out some old stamps for this one)
Linky Party - Make It Monday

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Up, up and away

There's a new challenge over at one of my fave blogs - Dancing in Pajamas - and it's neutrals.  Black, white or kraft plus one other colour plus only one patterned paper and 2 layers.  Hmm, that took some thinking.  I played around a bit and his is what I came up with.

Technically, the 'other' colour I choose was blue, but the paper had bits of green in it as well, although I managed to cut most of it out.  I'm not sure the little bear has the happiest expression on his face as he flies over town - perhaps he's afraid his balloons will pop?

EDITED TO ADD - the paper is Basic Grey 'Wander'

Neutrals - Dancing in Pajamas
Happy Birthday - CAS on Sunday 
Earth, Air, Fire and/or water - Crafting When We Can (I went with air)
Birthdays - Eclectic Ellapu
Fur or Feathers - The Hybrid Chick

Friday, March 8, 2013

A Spring Thing

It's a new month and a new challenge over at Oozak!  This one is a fun one - Spring anything goes.  Spring for me means flowers and pastel colours so that's the way I went.  I picked this 'Spring Stepping' stamp from Whimsy and went to town colouring and paper piecing it, then added Echo Park Sweet Day papers and some cute banners.  I did find this one a bit tricky to colour as I couldn't decide what bits to make which colour, but I think it turned out pretty sweet.

Be sure to stop by the Oozak blog and play along too, we'd love to see your spring creations! (Although if you look closely at my photo you will see snow in the background, sigh.  Hopefully that will be gone soon!)

Die for Dies - 4 Crafty Chicks
Easter/Spring - C.R.A.F.T Challenge
Spring Fever - Cute Card Thursday
Girls Rule - Dutch Dare
Spring Into Spring - Crafting for all Seasons

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Whew, lots of craziness around here - in support of a new computer system at work, I've been working odd shifts and my life is completely out of whack.  Trying to keep on top of things and you know something's gotta give.  (Of course the housework went already!)
Quick post for ABC Christmas Challenges, it's a Bingo week so pop over to the blog to see the Bingo card and play along.  I've used the top row across, not a square-flowers and glitter.  Super fun template from Shape EZ and a cute Stamp Fairy image.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Dreamy Dragon

Hi all!  2 posts in 2 days, don't fall off your chairs in surprise!  This is my second post for One Crazy Stamper, and this is one of my fave cards ever.  It might have something to do with this sweet Whimsy Stamp - Dreamy Dragon that I just got.  I am such a sucker for dragons and this one is soo cute!  I have 3D paper pieced it and added some Stickles for a touch of sparkle.
The stamp seems to be out of stock right now, but I'm sure there will be more soon.  I also used paper from Papermania Happy Days pad and Olba glue and syringes for the paper piecing.

Fairytale/fantasy - 2 Sisters Challenge blog
For a Lady - Allsorts
Anything Goes optional bugs/reptiles - CMC Copic Challenge group (well, he's sort of a reptile...)
Mother's Day - One Stop Craft Challenge
Make Believe - Card Crafter's Circle
Designer Paper - Creative Corner Challenges
Anything Goes - Stamping With the Dragon
Inspiration list - Desert Islands Crafts (spring, flowers, pastels, for Mom, ribbons and bows)
Diecuts - Natalie and Amy's Challenges
Frame It - Catered Crop

Friday, March 1, 2013

One Crazy Stamper Guest DT

It's Friday, it's Friday, yea!  And to make my Friday better, I'm a guest DT over at One Crazy Stamper this month.  One Crazy Stamper is one of my fave Canadian stores, they have great prices on Copics and a huge selection of stamps among other things.

I chose this cute High Hopes stamp called Spring Birdhouse Garden and then went a little retro with the colours in the MME Boy Crazy Paper.  Although some of the patterns are boy specific, there's lots of pattern's that work well with other images too!  The ribbon and the oval tag are from my stash and if ou look closely, there's a few splashes of Stickles on there too.

Have a great Friday and a Fab weekend!

Anything Goes - Craft Us Crazy
Anything Goes with Ribbon - Crafty Ribbons
In the Garden - Ruby's Rainbow Challenges