Thursday, February 28, 2013

Twinkle, twinkle little Star

I decided to play along with the Mojo Monday sketch challenge this week.  As it is the last Monday of the month, we are to create a round or square card.  Here is the sketch:

Here is the card I created using the sketch:

 I used a Provocraft star embossing folder.  The houndstooth pattern is from my stash and I stamped the small stars on white cardstock with a background stamp.  Ink I used is Colorbox - Chianti. The sentiment is from Verve which I stamped with the same ink as the background stamp. I punched out the large star from silver glittered paper.  The 2 smaller stars are flat back clear rhinestones but they appear to be blue in the photo.  I really like this card.

I made this card for my 2 yr. old granddaughter who loves Sesame Street.  Her favourite Sesame Street character is Elmo.  I dug out an Ernie doll I had and tossed him into the wash with the idea that Amber (my 2 yr. old granddaughter) would like him.  I thought I had checked him out all over but apparently I must have missed a hole as here is what poor Ernie looks like now:

Is there a doctor in the house??  I'm glad that I had put him in the washer by himself.  He is leaning against all the stuffing that I hauled out of the washing machine.  On the positive side, he is nice and clean and smells very nice as I used fabric softener when I washed him.  I still haven't decided yet if I will perform major surgery or not.  He is also missing one of his ears.  


Monday, February 25, 2013

Kards for Kids HSC on line cardmaking day - Warning - long post - picture heavy

I had a blast this weekend and made 9 cards for Kards for Kids HSC on line cardmaking day!  Bela has been organizing Kards for Kids since 2005 and it has grown a lot especially in the last 2 years or so.  There are currently 16 Smiley Ladies  making cards.  Won't you please consider joining us in this venture?  You can visit the Kards for Kids for HSC and email Bela to get all the details. Kudos also go to High Hopes StampsYour Next StampKraftin Kimmie Stamps and my favourite store to shop - One Crazy Stamper in Bolton our generous sponsors.

We went on a Virtual Cruise on the SS Smiley of the Seas Cruise ship.  Isn't this a beautiful Cruise ship?

Our beautiful Cruise Director Bela had sent us several card kits complete with stamped images and paper.

We departed from Halifax and crossed the Atlantic to visit some cities in Europe!  I made sure to pack lots of papers, coloured pencils, embellishments, punches and stamps. Our first challenge was to make a card - Bon Voyage.  Here is the card I made.  I am sitting on the deck on my suitcase anxiously waiting to be assigned to my cabin.  (Man, I wish I looked this good in real life!  LOL) Bela provided us with the image and die cuts.  I fussy cut the image and coloured her with my Prisma coloured pencils and gamsol and then popped her up with some 3D dimensionals.

I was assigned to cabin #469 and it was just beautiful with a very comfortable queen size bed, a large desk for making cards, and best of all - a Tassimo with lots of Tim Horton's coffee and a selection of delicious baked goods and lots of fresh fruit!  After everyone got settled in, we went to the buffet table and our assignment there was to make a card using this image as inspiration.  

Bela had provided us with some die cuts as well as a stamped image which I fussy cut and popped up on the card.  Here is the card I created:

I also finished the inside of this card:
The design paper is from a 6 x 6 paper pad from Dove Craft - Tea Party.  The doily inside the card is from my stash.  The sentiment is also from my stash but I do not know who the manufacturer is.  

After resting for a bit, we headed over to the Lido deck to go swimming in the pool.  Man, I could sure go for a dip in that gorgeous pool and then sit on a lounge chair with a Pina Colada to drink and some fresh fruit and yogurt for a healthy snack.  

Bela provided us with the design paper, image from Your Next Stamp (again, which I fussy cut and popped up) and some die cuts.  Here is the card I created:
I have no idea, how that starfish got into the pool!  I know it wasn't me that put him/her there!  Hmm, maybe it was one of the other members of the Smiley Team!  

Our first stop was Spain and we had to create a card using a photo as our inspiration.  The photo (which I cannot provide here) had lots of pink, red and black.  Here is the card I made:

The design paper is from a 6 x 6 paper pad - Echo Park For the Record 2 - Tailored.  I used 2 different scallop squares and my favourite Making Memories butter fly punch to punch out the butterflies on glittered paper.

Our next stop was Gay Paree!!  Bela provided us with the papers, the girl stamped image from Kraftin' Kimmie and some die cuts.  The sentiments and other images are from my stash.  Here is the card I created:

I am such a lucky woman cuz hubby provided me with an unlimited credit card so I shopped til I dropped!  Here is the inside of the card:

Our next stop was Greece and our challenge was to make a card using this image for inspiration and it had to be a summer card.
 Here is the card I made:
This is a mini Your Next Stamp image which I received as a thank you gift when I placed an order with Karen from Your Next Stamp a long time ago.  The design paper is from a paper craft magazine that I bought just last week.  I thought it was perfect for this card.

Now it's on to Venice - a city I would love to visit!  Our challenge here was to create a card using this photo as inspiration:
Here is the card I came up with:

Design paper is from Echo Park 6 x6 paper pad - For the Record 2 - Tailored.  I also used a border punch which I blinged up with some rhinestones.  Ribbon is from my stash and so is the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment on a punched shape which is from Fiskars.

Now, it'\s back to the ship to celebrate with some good ole Rock & Roll!  My son, the disc jockey who spins records on a double turntable (note, I said records - not CD'S) at several night clubs in Toronto would approve!  He loves Rock & Roll!!  Bela provided the Kraftin Kimmie girl image (fussy cut and popped up) and the design papers.  Other image and the sentiments are also from Kraftin' Kimmie which I just happened to have on hand.  Here is the card I created:

Oops!  Looks like I made a bit of a boo boo!  The girl rockin' to the beat is actually the outside of the card - not the inside.  I also added some stars which I cut with my star punch out of red glittered paper.

Phew, are you still with me?  If so, you deserve kudos!

Last, but not least, I was assigned an image & some die cuts to make a Summer card.  Here is my creation:

We also played some games during the day and I won Showcase #1 in the Price is Right game which consisted of 2 packages of stickers and a cute stamp which I will be looking forward to receiving.  Here is the stamp  I won:

I want to thank Bela for all the hard work & time she put into organizing this card challenge.  I enjoyed it thoroughly and I'm sure the other 11 Smiley Team Members enjoyed it as well!
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Sunday, February 17, 2013


I just love it when I can use a sketch and combine it with a theme for a challenge.  The challenge on the Allsorts Challenge Blog is things with wings.  This is right up my alley as I love butterflies!
Here is the sketch I followed which is from Operation Write Home:

On this particular OWH blog post there is a card which was created by a lady by the name of Ann Merkin who doesn't have a blog but does have a Flicker Photo Gallery which can be seen here.  I loved Ann's card and had it pinned on my pinterest board as inspiration for this particular sketch.  Here is Ann's beautiful card.

And here is my card:

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so I hope Ann doesn't mind that I cased (Copy and share everything) her card.  I embossed the white panel with SU's Petals A Plenty Embossing folder and used my Fiskar's scallop circle punch to punch out the pink circles.  I  used some double sided Scor Tape on the different coloured cardstock and applied glitter and then punched out the butterflies with my Creative Memories Butterfly punch.  The Design paper is from First Edition - Spring Drop and it also has some glitter on it.  The pink ribbon is from my stash and I used it to hide the seam where the embossed paper meets the design paper. I love this card as it reminds me that Spring hopefully will soon be here.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy Anniversary

If you are a follower of my blog you know by now that I love sketch challenges.  Some of the challenges can be really challenging and have me "thinking outside the box." and take me out of my comfort zone.  I love punches and dies and have found a lot of inspiration on the internet and especially in the gallery on Splitcoast Stampers.  This week's My Favorite Things Wednesday sketch challenge had me stumped but not for long!

Here is the sketch:

Here is the card I created:

Card stock is from my stash.  Design paper is from a 6 x 6 paper pad from Papermania - Burleigh Blue.  I love all the papers in this paper pad and also have the Pinkstone Pink and Lincoln Linen as well as the matching buttons and ribbons.  As this was an Anniversary card, I couldn't resist adding the small row of hearts on the banner which was created using my EK Success punch.  The flower was cut using a My Favorite Things Dienamics Die - Layered Rose.  I love this die and I`m sure I will be using it a lot.  The row of tiny hearts is from a Flourishes Stamp Set - Heartlines.   The Anniversary Sentiment is from a Stampendous stamp set - Special Messages which I have had for a very long time. The blue flat back rhinestone is also from my stash.  I love the colours on this card and it will probably be sent to either my daughter in April or I might give it to hubby in July when we will be celebrating our 41st. anniversary.
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge

I decided to play along with the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge this week.  I made 2 cards for the challenge.  Without further ado, here is the sketch:

And here is the 1st card. 

I randomly stamped the rose stamp with Versamark on the cardstock.  I also die cut the same rose stamp from Taylored Expressions.  The leaf stamp and die were a bit too big so I punched out 2 leaves with my Martha Stewart Leaf punch.  The sentiment which was also from the same Rose stamp set from Taylored Expressions was stamped with Versafine Majestic blue ink.  I used an EK Success scallop punch.  The ribbon, crochet flower & pink flat back pearl are from my stash.  I could not get a good picture of this card - it's actually more of a coral than red colour.

Here is the 2nd card:

This is not a very good picture of this card at all.  It is so much prettier IRL.  I was so disappointed with the photo.  The card stock is from my stash - the designer paper is from Papermania - 6 x 6 paper pad - Lucy Cromwell.  Some of the papers in this pad are glittered which is what I used for the top panel.  The ribbon is also from my stash.  I used a Creative Memories butterfly punch to punch out the butterfly from paper that I had applied glitter to using some double sided adhesive.  The sentiment was stamped with Versa Color - Hyacinth.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Easter cards

When I saw this week's sketch challenge at Split Coast Stampers, it just screamed Easter at me.  How could you not think of Easter with this sketch?  I think the oval shape might have had something to do with it.  This is a very clean and simple sketch which is what I really like.  I made 3 cards using this sketch.  One for each of my 3 granddaughters and used different colours for each of them.

Here are the 3 cards I made:

Card stock & ribbon is from my stash.  I've had the stamp for so long and I don't have the packaging anymore so I'm not sure which company produced it. The Filagree & Classic egg dies as well as the buckle die are all from Memory Box.  I should have kept the negative for the yellow egg like I did with the other two but didn't realize until I cut the other 2 just how much of a difference it made. Looking at it again, it doesn't look all that bad.  Patterned paper is from First Edition 6 x 6 paper pad - Spring Drop.  The design paper is glittered and if you click on the photo, it will show up better. I love these cards and I hope my 3 granddaughters will love them too.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Have a Great Day!

I've played along with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge before.  I knew exactly how I wanted to interpret the sketch when I first saw it.

Here is the sketch:
And here is my interpretation:

Card stock & ribbon is from my stash.  Design paper is from First Edition 6 x 6 paper pad - Spring drop.  The stamp is from Inkadinkadoo.  The butterfly die is from Whimsy - Elegant butterflies which I glittered up. Ink is Memento - Grape Jelly.  It's no secret that I love buterflies and this sketch was perfect for both the paper and the die.

Tuesday Morning Sketches

I found another sketch challenge that I really like so decided to play along with The Tuesday Morning Sketch  Challenge.  

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

I rotated the sketch.  Card stock is from my stash.  Design paper is from Dovecraft - 6 x 6 paper pad - Princess fairy tail.  As soon as I saw the butterflies (which I love) I knew that I could not pass up this paper pad.  The butterfly die and Angel wings are both from Memory box.  I used the Vivienne butterfly and the Daria Butterfly angel wings and attached them to a Spellbinders Nestibility Pinking Circle Die.  Ink I used is from Versa Color - Mountain Lake.  I am very pleased with this card.


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sunday Sketch and Stamp

When I saw this week's sketch on the Sunday Sketch and Stamp Challenge blog, I wasn't sure if I wanted to  play along or not.  I decided today to make a card but I rotated the original sketch to fit the image that I chose.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

The image is from Stampavie and is titiled "Being together."  The sentiment is from Close to My Heart from the Happy Moments stamp collection.  I have had this image for a very long time and have never inked it up until today.  I used Versa Fine - Majestic Blue to stamp the image and the sentiment.  The cardstock is from my stash as are the crochet flowers and pink flat back pearls. I have switched up the blue and pink flowers since I took the photo.  The design paper is from First Edition - Sweet Owl 6 x 6 paper pad.  I love the papers in this pad and will be using more of them in the future.  The image was coloured with my Prisma coloured pencils and OHM.  I really like this card but I still have a long way to go in the colouring department.  


Challenge cards for My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club

I love sketch challenges and when I saw the My Favorite Things sketch challenge I wanted to play along.  Here is the sketch:

I made not one but 2 cards for this challenge.  Here they are:

Card stock on both cards is Bazzill - paper on both is from Papermania (love this paper)  Embellishments are from my stash.  The oval shapes were cut on my cuttlebug and are from My Favorite Stamps - Dienamics Oval Open Scallop Doily Duo and I used the smaller one.  Ink on the top card is Versamark - Olympia Green.  Ink on the second card is SU -Purely Pomegrante.  Sentiment is from a set that I bought years ago and I do not have the packaging anymore so I do not know who made it.  It is a clear stamp.  I popped up the sentiment on 3D foam squares.  I love both cards.  I used an EK Success Ruler to measure and mark the middle to center the elements but I see on the pink card that the long striped rectangle isn't quite centered so I will have to fix that.