26 August 2014

Count Maxwell the Candy Vamp

Mouse Vamp

I got my first House Mouse stamps in the mail recently from Stampendous. HOW have I missed out on these cuties for so long?!? I was lucky enough to receive a few Halloween ones, but I am definitely going to need some Christmas ones, and then some everyday ones. Well, errr...... maybe ALL of them! I feel a new obsession coming on! 

I colored this little Count Maxwell with my Spectrum Noir markers:

Fur: GB9, GB8, GB6, GB3, GB1
Feet/Ears: TN2, GB1
Cape: IG8, IG6, IG4
Pumpkin: OR2, OR3, FS9
Ground: BG6, BG4, BG2

I let my little guy help pic out the papers, ribbon, and bling to go with him. We added a sentiment from the 'Tricky Words' set which matched this sweet stamp perfectly. It's on some leftover cardstock that was spritzed with Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Fireworks! in Tangelo and Bamboo Leaves and also some Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Gold. I die cut it using Die'sire Essentials Squares and Scalloped Squares. 

I think this fun card works for the current House Mouse challenge, which is about food. He's after some candy, right?!



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25 August 2014

Over the Rooftops

Be Merry

Crafter's Companion US released three fabulous new Create a Card dies as part of their seventh birthday celebration! Have you checked out the range of Create a Card dies? They make it SUPER easy to whip up a fancy card in no time!

I used the 'Over the Rooftops' die to make this 6x6 card.... and it took about six and a half minutes. Pinky promise! How fab does the Shimmering Cardstock look with it?!?

Want to see how you can totally step this die up a notch or ten? Check out this card from Lori Barnett:



She made a SHAKER CARD. That's right....  a shaker card, becuase she is a genius! Stop by her blog to leave her some love and check it out:  http://bit.ly/1sZGvb2

Here's a look at produc used on these cards:




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21 August 2014

Distressed Willow Tree

Distressed Willow Tree

This month the Artists-in-Residence at Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko were challenged to upcycle.... and I struggled with that! Maybe because we've recently moved and I don't have a lot of re-purposable stuff around the house to upcycle? Whatever the reason, I ended up stretching the rules and creating this card using some found objects. 

Stop by the Imagine Crafts blog to see my step-by-step process for creating this card, using stamps & papers from the 'A Little Bit Oriental' collection by Sheena Douglass for Crafter's Companion. And of course, my found objects.... buttons and a PENNY. Yep - a penny. Because why not?



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20 August 2014

Imagine the Possibilities Bookmark

Kn0wledge Bookmark

It's my daughter's first day of school today. If you didn't know, we moved the day after her last day of school this past May. Actually, we left that afternoon. So she's taking some big steps today... first day of fourth grade, first time riding the bus (she made the decision to not be a car rider this year), first day surrounded by all new people. I wanted to make her a little present to send her off - did you see this card I shared recently? If not, here it is: 

Imagine the Possibilities

I also made her the bookmark I'm sharing today to go with it, based on the same color scheme (which I stole from this card I made forever ago!)

I colored the bookmark almost the same way I colored the books on that original card, with Spectrum Noir markers:

Grey books: BG2, BG4, BG6 
Yellow books: GB4, GB6, GB7 
Turquoise Green books: JG3, JG4, JG5 
Pages: EB1, BG1, blender 
Shading under books:  BG6, BG4, BG2 BG1, blender
bricks on tag: TN1 TN2, TN3, IG1 (outline)

Our "theme" for this school year is 'Imagine the Possibilities' - last year was tough for her, so our move to a new area represents a whole host of fabulous opportunities (for all of us). We're focusing on the positive, being encouraging, and looking forward to great things!!

I've played along in the Crafter's Companion challenge with both this card and the bookmark. The theme this month is school... and a bookmark works perfectly! Play along for your chance to win a £30/$30 voucher to Crafter's Companion UK or Crafter's Companion UShttp://a.pgtb.me/7bJW4d




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19 August 2014

Hello Turtle!

Hello Turtle

Time for another fun challenge with Lawsncaping Challenges! This week we're all about Texture.... you should play along! I inked up Lawn Fawn's cute little turtle and colored him with my Spectrum Noir markers (BT2, BT4, BT4, CG1, CG2) on kraft cardstock. I added a sentiment with Memento LUXE ink. 

Hello Turtle closeup

To add texture to my card, I started by using Dreamweaver Stencils Pearlescent Embossing Paste with a stencils from The Crafter's Workshop on Vertigo from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko (these two patterns are available at Simon Says Stamp, but I used a different one). The paste dried on the Vertigo within an hour and looks SO cool!  To enhance the fun texture and play on the 'dot', I adhered the Vertigo with my Xyron Mega Runner - see the adhesive dots peeking through? They look like clear stencils - love!

I also die cut the Die'sire Essentials Stars (to create the frame, I simply placed the smaller die inside the larger one when I ran it through my eBosser) and embossed the smaller one (continuing with my dots theme). To finish my card I sprayed some Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko irRESISTable spray in Pear Tart on the patterned paper and threw a few sequins on! 


Be sure to visit the blog and play along with us! You could win a FAB prize from Lawn Fawn (including the new release products!)

I also had the current Simon Says Stamp challenge in mind when I made this - these are summer colors, right?!


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