Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Anniversary Card - with a Twist :0)

Here is a card which is up on the Penny Black blog today. This card started off when I saw a piece of fabric - printed as a reverse toile (a white image on a red background) with an occasional charcoal image printed over the top. It was so elegant!

I love this floral stamp from the Winter Whites and Greens clear set - it's gorgeous for Christmas, but it reminds me somewhat of a bridal bouquet too. I found that it repeat stamps beautifully - the curve just fits into itself perfectly ... and so the card started to come together :0)


Just a dash of sparkle and one of my favourite kinds of sentiments ....

Anniversary Deet

With some buttons and stitching to finish it off!

Thanks for popping in - I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! We are having snow flurries off and on here .... with the sparkle of the house lights across the street ... and our Christmas music playing, life here is feeling pretty mellow :0)!

HUGS and Best Wishes Peeps!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Cozy Christmas

I have a quiet sort of card here - in the midst of a snowy day! I'm popping this one in at 2S4Y - for Laura's 66th Sketch - which is just a perfect sort of composition for a card in my book!

Cozy Christmas

This is just full of stamping! The background plaid stamp is one of my all time loves ... the greenery is new from Waltzingmouse's last release.

Cozy Christmas Deet

Some sparkle - because it IS for Christmas!! (But not *too* much - this could still work for a guy card - don't you think? :0)

Thank you so much for popping in - if you're in the States I hope you're enjoying this long Thanksgiving weekend!

If you're not - I still hope that your weekend is going to be an absolute goodie - we're about to decorate for Christmas and the excitement in our home is running *high*!! We'll be having our first eggnog of the season on Sunday! Wooohoooo!

Best wishes to all! :0)


Stamps: Plaid (Off Beat Backgrounds); Pine Branch (Festive Foliage), Text (Text it) - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Frame: Framed - Papertrey Ink

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Christmas Tags and Gift Wrap

Poor Jenyfur who co-ordinates things for the Penny Black blog is completely and totally snowed under with no power at the moment :-0!

But as it turns out today she has managed to get a little power from a generator. Here are my projects that are up - for Jenyfur's challenge to make Tags and Gift Wrap ...

Ginger Tag

This little guy was a given for a tag don't you think ;0)! I really adore this image - it has so much volume! By colouring him - piecing the holly and punching a hole for some ribbon he really turned into a tag all by himself (and by switching out the icing and colours "he" can be a "she" in the twinkle of an eye :0)

Gift Bag

This is just a Walmart, brown paper bag that I added some details to. The background is stamped with Penny Black's "Snow Scroll" stamp, and the flower is "Christmas Star". The poinsettia is embossed with gold embossing powder and then painted with Irridescent Gold Glimmer Mist - lots of lovely shimmer here and a few pearls to finish it off!

This was one was made with the Hunkadorus in mind! i.e. - CAS! I'm loving all of the layered tags around blogland at the mo - but they really aren't for him ... :0)

Masculine Tag

LOL! I think he'll like it!

So there it is - there are more deets on the projects and supplies listed on the Penny Black blog today - and Carole also has a project posted - looooove her beautiful work! Mmmmmm!

Thanks for popping on by! Hope you're having a wonderful day that just gets better all the way through! (And hugs to Jenyfur - who probably isn't surfing at the mo - but I *AM* thinking of you!!)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Hanukkah!

A little more than a week to go! This card is off to bring good wishes to a very dear lady named Patty!

For Patty

With every best wish for the most beautiful and joyous Hanukkah celebration!

For Patty Deet

The star was cut with a craft knife and then coated with gold foil. I scored the lines over the top of it when the foil had been applied.

Our family has just finished reading a synchronised account of 1st and 2nd Maccabees with the writings of Josephus and other historians of antiquity. Everyone's eyes were sparkling and their cheeks glowing as the reading went on! What an amazing epic surrounds this Festival! We were really blessed by our time learning about it!

I wish every joy to all those who are preparing to celebrate it!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wee Memories Challenge

Jenny over at Wee Memories has a fun challenge on at the mo - to use patterned paper on your card! The idea being that you should be using up that stash ... and the prize this week is being able to buy more :0) (Makes sense right!)

So here is my offering...

Baby Wreath

Now to be PERFECTLY HONEST I didn't make this card for this challenge specifically. It was made about a month ago and I never blogged it ... but that is Basic Grey Sugared paper on there (yes really - how old is that now :0) so it really does fit this challenge and I think it belongs in there!

Baby Wreath Deet

I used silk ribbon embroidery to create some flowers on the wreath and a touch of heat embossing for the flourishes.

So there it is - last day to play is tomorrow!

Hugs and thanks for popping in! Hope you have a great evening ... we're due for snow tonight. Eeep! I can't believe it's here already!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Waltzingmouse November Bloghop

O.K. so I'm playing truant from school prep and getting in a little crafty time and a Blog Hop here :0)!! Feels pretty good too - heeee!

This is my first time playing along with WMS - and I'm pretty excited to be dancing along! The challenge this month is to create a Christmas themed card - and the Very Sweet Postman recently left me some delectable WMS Christmas goodness ... so it wasn't too much of a stretch!

Sleigh Bells

With a sentiment like that, I couldn't resist the bell :0) ...

Sleigh Bells Deet

These colours make me happy - and I think this Bo Bunny paper is absolutely GORGEOUS ... but the DP does most of the work in this card. So there is one more, with more "hands on" stamping ....

Christmas Plaid

Love the colours in this one too - and they're inspired by Claire herself! One more deet shot for those peeps who find them helpful ...

Christmas Plaid Deet

So there it is :0) Thank you sooooo much for waltzing in and stopping by for a while! May your dancing shoes continue to hold up well - no worn soles before the end! LOL!


Stamps used:

Holiday Labels 14
Compliments of the Season

Off Beat Backgrounds
Sewing Box Christmas
Compliments of the Season
Text it

Monday, November 15, 2010

Cards - Inside and Out.

Jenyfur had a GREAT idea to challenge the Penny Black design team to create cards that were finished inside and out for the blog today! I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone has come up with - our styles are so different and I know I'll be inspired by something someone else has thought of!

I embossed this tree with Stardust embossing powder - and in reality it really shimmers and twinkles like *crazy*! The sentiment is embossed with silver embossing powder ...

These snowflakes fitted perfectly into this scallop and I thought they added an understated touch to the inside of the card ....

I'm longing to go and see what the other ladies have been up to now .... :0)

My apologies to everyone for being a terrible blogging buddy at the mo - I have had a hyoooooge amount of research work to do for school and it hasn't left me much time for the fun stuff .... I really hope to catch up with you all soon!!

Have a totally outrageously fabulous day :0)!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembrance Day

Hi everyone. I don't usually post anything that isn't card/craft related, but really wanted to share this video, written and sung by Canadian Terry Kelly. It has become a part of our family's Remembrance Day every year. (If you're like me, you may need some kleenex.)

If you're interested in the story behind the video, more information can be found here - http://www.army.forces.gc.ca/land-terre/news-nouvelles/story-reportage-eng.asp?id=71

Blessings to you all.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Little Bells ....

Here is a card I made with Penny Black stamps - it's up on the PB blog today :0)

It all started with this cutie dinky little bell which I thought would be a *darling* addition to a card!

The colours are simple - but rich ...

Don't you love that sentiment? It says so much with such a small little word!

The background stamping is a mixture of pigment (snowflakes) and dye (script) inks ... and the flourish is embossed with gold embossing powder. All of the edges are inked - white on the background cardstock and vintage tones on the cream.

And while this post goes up, we're off to go and do a spot of early Christmas shopping! Seems *totally* appropriate don't you think ;0)

Hugs Peeps! Thanks for visiting me - have a *totally* fabby, happy kind of day!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Moxie Fabulous Damask

Hi everyone :0)

Cath has a Moxie Fantabulous Damask Challenge on right now - Diggin' Damask ...

I really wanted to play along - but didn't want to use a Damask stamp - that just happened, here ...

So out came this embossing folder instead.

Moxie Damask

Now the embossing folder used is called Kassie's Brocade - which led to the question - what's the difference between Damask and Brocade?!!

I looked them both up in a dictionary and found that Damask originally came from Damascus in Syria. Brocade wasn't given a place of origin. Otherwise the descriptions of the fabrics and patterns was much the same. Anyone else have any ideas?

Moxie Damask Deet

Here is a deet shot. I'm feeling pretty crazy about tags right now (waiting for this to arrive :0)

Apart from the sentiment - there is no stamping on this card *gasp*. They say that a change is as good as a holiday - but I'm sure Hawaii feels more exciting than that ;0)?!!

Heee! Blessings to you!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

W Plus 9 Colour Cue

Hi everyone!!

Firstly a HYOOOOOGE thank you to EVERYONE who left me such kind words of encouragement after Monday! I'm feeling blessed out of my little socks :0)! Thank you a hundred times over!

Just a whizz through here to pop a card on the blogaroo for the last W Plus 9 Colour Cue Challenge - it was in honour of Breast Cancer Month - and I really wanted to play and support the cause ...
I was initially going to make my card all white with small dashes of the other colours ... it would be so light and pretty ... but then I thought of something almost completely pink for a change - and that's where it went :0)

Wplus9 Nov

And to add to the different feel of the card I made the butterflies dark grey and embossed the leaves in silver (hopefully that counts as grey too?!) leaving the white for small touches in the background stamping, ribbon and flowers ...

Wplus9 Nov Deet

So there it is! Thanks to W Plus 9 for a *gorgeous* set of colours for a *really* good reason ... I want to play with them again!

Blessings peeps - have an awesome day!

Monday, November 1, 2010

The BIG News :0)

Well, I have been pretty much BURSTING to share my BIG NEWS with everyone and today is "THE DAY" :0)

Today I make my debut on the Penny Black Blog as a new member of their incredible Design Team! I just cannot tell you what a wonderful privilege it is for me to be among these talented ladies - or how exciting to have the opportunity to help showcase Penny Black's wonderful line of stamps! It's back to the thrill of woodblock, with cling and transparent stamps as part of the mix .... mmmmmm!

Right now they are counting down to Christmas - and I got a box of goodies filled with Seasonal Fare to tempt the creative juices ... so my additions to their blog today are as follows ...

This cutie image called "Ginger Joy" - with paper pieced 'icing' and glossy accented holly ....

And this gorgeous bush -  with french knots for berries ....

I have another card up, and all the deets on which stamps these are, can be found on the Penny Black Blog today!

Thanks for popping in and letting me have a little gush ... I'm pretty jolly tickled :0)