Sunday, February 26, 2012

Market Street Stamps February Block Party

Well after a whole day of scrapbooking yesterday (my mind is mush now) I was glad to switch over to cards. I haven't scrapbooked in aaaaagggeeess, although I did manage to do four layouts. After those four I had to switch over to cards because the scrapping was started to stump me lol. So I whipped up a card for the block party using the stamp sets Neighborhood and Home Sweet Home, and yes I did another paper piecing. There's something about paper piecing that I find relaxing :)

I used the leftover papers from my other paper pieced card and made another scene, but in the country.
Be sure to stop on over to the Market Street Stamps blog to upload your creations, one person could win a guest designer spot and another could win some MSS goodies!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Friday, February 24, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #41

It's Friday and time to get your pun on over at CAS-ual Fridays! Here's your challenge for this week:

We want to see your CAS puny projects!
Our sponsor for this week is Skipping Stones Design (yay!) I had the opportunity to guest design with them last month and they have amazing stamps. Skipping Stones Design was kind enough to let us have a puny stamp set to work with too :) Make sure you stop by the Cas-ual Fridays blog to see what you can win!

I chose the stamp set Bra Volume #1 and came up with this simple card.

I'm really looking forward to this week's gallery as I suspect there will be a lot of funny cards. Stop on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see what the Girl Fridays have made to inspire you and then play along!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

World Card Making Day Hop Winner

Well I have a winner! From the comments left before the deadline on Feb.20, 2012 at midnight, the random winner is..........

Pam W Merwin!!

Loved your winning card - saw it in the magazine - your card that you are giving away is absolutely gorgeous too - love that background!

Pam, if you could send me your mailing address to, I will mail out your prize package and send your address along to Paper Crafts so they can send you your free magazine. 
Thank you all for the lovely comments and hope you had a fun along the hop :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Market Street Stamps Home Sweet Home Stamp Release

It's that time again! Time for another great release from Market Street Stamps! Tonight we're showcasing the set Home Sweet Home, so be sure to pop on over to the Market Street blog to see all the great projects :)
For my first card, I created a one layer card using a masking technique.

My coloring skills are not the greatest (still getting used to the copics lol) and here is my second card. It's basically the same design except I paper pieced, omitted the picket fence and added a birdie banner :)

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back at the Market Street Stamps blog tomorrow night at 7pm CST for more sneak peeks!

Friday, February 17, 2012

World Card Making Day Winners Blog Hop + Giveaway

*For my CAS-ual Fridays post, please scroll down *

Hello paper crafters and welcome to the World Card Making Day winner blog hop! Lots of new cards to see along the hop and did I mention that for every participant in the hop there is a opportunity to win a prize package??!! If you've come from Carol Bloomberg's blog you're on the right track, if you get lost along the way the complete blog hop list is at the end of this post or if you're looking for the beginning, you can go to the Paper Crafts Connection blog.

First off I'll show you what I created and then we'll get onto the goodies!
Here is the card that I won with in the Christmas category:

And here is my new Christmas card to share with you (it was strange making a Christmas card in February lol). I've been on a stamped background kick lately so I just modified my original design to incorporate a stamped background panel. This card will be included in the prize package as well :) 

Now here is what I have for a prize package giveaway...
(some of the WCMD prize package plus some items I cleaned out of my art room)

See that Paper Crafts magazine popping up in the back? Paper Crafts is letting us give away a free copy of the March/April issue. So one lucky winner here will win all the goodies, PLUS a copy of the magazine, YAY! 

To be eligible for the prize package you must leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm (pacific time) on Monday, February 20th. One winner will be selected randomly from the blog comments and the winner will be announced here on Wednesday, February 22nd.
The next blog to visit on the hop is Kelly Eubanks!

Thanks for stopping by and happy hopping!

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #40 - Tie one on

I loved all the paper piecing cards that showed up in the gallery last week for CAS-ual Fridays! There were tons of ideas :) This week there's a brand new challenge using ribbon!

We want to see your CAS projects using ribbon in a party theme!

Our sponsor this week is May Arts and they were kind enough to supply the Girl Fridays with a bag full of yummy ribbon in all sorts of colors and styles! I for one was extremely excited with the ribbon as you can't find a huge selection of May Arts ribbon here in Nova Scotia, thank you May Arts! Make sure you head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see what you could win!

For my card this week I wanted to try a technique that I've seen cropping up quite a bit lately. An aperture card featuring a shape or text with ribbon in behind as the color.

For this card I just printed out the letters HB in an outline font on white cardstock and then cut them out with a craft knife. Below the letters I stamped "let's party". After figuring out where the cut out letters were going to land on the card base, I adhered some ribbon strips horizontally on the card base and then placed the cut out panel over top with foam tape.

I'm looking forward to how everyone incorporates ribbon into their birthday themed cards. Be sure to pop on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog too look at the inspiration and then play along!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello everyone, today I'm going to share with you a card using a few different techniques rolled into one. A little stamp resist paired with a watercolor look and some shimmer using pearl ex powders along with some stamp layering. Seeing how there is love in the air today, I've made a Valentine's Day card using the stamp set Birds of a Feather and Mesh. Be sure to check out Market Street Stamps to see these fabulous stamp sets.

First off, let's start with the list of materials you'll need:

* watercolor paper
* solid stamp image
* background stamp
* two of your fave ink colors that are close in color 
* white embossing powder
* versamark
* heat gun
* pearl ex powder (I used micro pearl)
* dry paintbrush
* spray bottle with water in it
* some paper towel (it may get a bit messy)
* large acrylic block

The first thing you need to do is stamp your solid image on the watercolor paper and heat emboss with white powder. It's hard to tell in the photo where it's white on white, but it will show up really well once the ink color is on there.

Using the large acrylic block, randomly stamp your two colors over the surface of the block. I have used Tim Holtz distress inks in worn lipstick and fired brick.

Next take your dry paintbrush and dip it in your pearl ex powder. Shake the powder off the brush onto the inked acrylic block (I ended up flicking the brush with my finger as it just didn't want to let go). Spritz the inked block until the ink starts to move around on the block.

Stamp the acrylic block onto your watercolor paper over the embossed image, wipe up any excess water. If there are to many white spaces for your liking, you can repeat the process or spritz water directly onto the paper to get the ink to spread more. It will look something like this. The pearl ex shimmer doesn't show up well in the photos, but when you tilt it in the light it is really shimmery.

While your main panel is still a bit damp, ink the edges with the ink pad. Take a background stamp, I chose Mesh for this, ink it up with your lighter color and stamp right over the panel. Wipe the excess ink from the embossed image.

For the second background panel, I just stamped the scroll image from Birds of a Feather with the worn lipstick color and inked the edges.

After adhering the watercolor panel to two more panels, I topped it off with a sentiment and a white resin rose. Here is what the final card looks like...

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you have a great Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #39 - Love Ya to Pieces

It's time for another fun CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week and it's one of my faves!

This week is all about paper piecing! The Girl Fridays want to see your CAS projects using paper piecing.

Our sponsor this week is The Craft's Meow who was kind enough to supply the Girl Fridays with stamps to play with :)

I thought it fitting to make a snow themed card seeing how it is winter. I see a lot of paper piecing done with patterned paper, but alas I am a cardstock girl to the core, so I paper pieced me some good ol' fashion cardstock and added a touch here and there :)

Seeing how this is one of my favorite techniques to do, I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. Be sure to head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays blog and have a peek at the inspiration and play along!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Something different

I took a break from card making the other day and decided to give wire wrapped earrings a go. I found a simple design in a Bead Works magazine and gave that design a whirl, changing up the bead size and color to suit what I was looking for. I wanted to make the set in sterling silver, but I figured I'd give the copper a go first before I started working with the more expensive wire :)

The top bead is a round faceted amazonite and the rest are all pacific opal Swarovski crystals. It took a while to make these, but I enjoyed the process so much I whipped up some different designs as well.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you're having a great creative weekend!

Friday, February 3, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #39

Another challenge starts today over at CAS-ual Fridays! This week is our guest designer week challenge and we're rolling out the red carpet!

For this week's challenge we want to see your CAS projects that are based on a movie, any movie!

Our sponsor this week is Simon Says Stamps, so be sure to check out the CAS-ual Fridays blog to see what you can win.

For my card I chose my all time favorite movie, Back to the Future. I went with two items that make me automatically think of this movie. The Hill Valley clock tower when the lightning bolt struck it at 10:04 pm and the song "Power of Love" which crops up quite a few times in the movie.

I've had this huge clock stamp kicking around for years and finally got to ink it up. For the font I found a Back to the Future font online and printed my sentiment in red, trimmed around it and popped it up off the clock. Super simple :)

The Girl Fridays are excited to see who will be temping with us next time and I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for their movie themed cards! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February Paint the Town Color Challenge

It's time once again for another Market Street Stamps color challenge. I apologize for my post going up late, but I had my days mixed up as to when the challenge was ( I was a week behind) oops! Check out the fab color combo for this month!

I had some patterned papers in mind that matched these colors perfectly and there just happens to be a Market Street Stamp set that goes along perfectly too!

I used the set Comfort Food for my card and did a little paper piecing. Be sure to stop by the Market Street  Stamps blog to check out all the inspiration and to play along too!You could be the lucky winner this month and win a stamp set!

Baked Fresh Card
Cardstock: (Basic Gray) Stampin' Up!; (luxury white) Gina K. Designs
Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Comfort Food) Market Street Stamps
Ink: (Basic Gray) Stampin' Up!; (tuxedo black) Memento
Ribbon: (Basic Gray organza) Stampin' Up!
Brad: Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

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