Friday, 25 November 2011

Stampscapes Christmas - After The Snow!

Howdy Chicks!
First... Hope my friends in the USA are having a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday
Second... What a week!  I'm losing things that are right in front of me.  The dogs don't need extra exercise because they follow me from room to room, doing the same circuit 20 times looking for the thing that's lost, right in front of me!  Don't laugh youngin's!  One day you'll find out!  Saying a prayer to the big guy won't help because it's Mother Nature playing around with your head!!
I went in to the shop today to get some information compiled for Revenue Canada (eegad!).  The shop wasn't as busy which meant that Pearl (my Mexican monster) wasn't being fed her quota of treats from adoptive parents so... while I'm compiling info for the government... Purl is standing up at the back of my office chair and actually hitting me in the head with her paw because I put her on ignore.  I Defintely wasn't feeling the love!
The carpet layers came this morning.  All they did was skim the basement floor twice and will be back Saturday morning to install the carpet and new vinyl which also should have been done today!  Another day that will send me in circles.  Hope I don't get too dizzy!!

Here's my post!
I've been trying to come up with a Christmas card using Stampscapes that is not only easy, but looks pretty kewl too!  Here's the end result and I'm pretty happy with it!   The sky isn't grey and stormy like my earlier ones.  To me, being a Prairie Girl (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth), this is what the sky looks like after a big dump of snow.  The sky was lightened somewhat with Adirondack Lemonade along with a touch into the snow.
I added some extra fine crystal glitter that I bought when the dinosaurs roamed the earth and when MS started putting things in Michaels.  That's probably before most of you were born, or even thought of! 
Here's a close up of the glitter!
Hope you can make it out!
Here's the recipe!

Stamps -
267E  Pines and Rocks
207E  Pine Island
289D  Fence
192B  Bush

Inks -
Adirondack:  Lemonade, Aqua
Memento: Morning Sky, Black, London Fog, Bamboo
Distress:  Walnut

Papers -
Background:  Bo Bunny
Solids: Misc unknown
Glossy White

White paint pen
Crystal glitter fine
Glue pen

Thanks for looking and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, 21 November 2011

Wrapping It Up!

Evening Chickees!
First off.. the photo makes the bright red look coral.  Oh well.. you get the picture!  IRL this definitely looks like a Christmas card!
This is an entry to this week's The Outlawz Monday Greeting Card Challenge.  It was fast and easy to make with papers from last years stash.
Paper:  Basic Grey
Ribbon:  Sheer olive - WalMart
Frayed Burlap Distress ink pad
Clear embossing powder
Thanks for looking and have a wonderful work week!!

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Outlawz CAS Entry

The CAS Challenge this week at The Outlawz is to make a Thank You card in fall colours.  After making one that was totally the wrong them but the right colours for the challenge I came up with this!
The papers are from Recollections, the stamp from Hero Arts and sentiment from Stampin' Up!  I used a Big n Juicy ink pad and embossed with clear powder.  After distressing the edges I added some Distress Frayed Burlap to show them up a little bit.
This is the first card I made that was all wrong for the challenge.  The photo doesn't show it well at all!!  The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo and embossed in gold.  The edges were distressed and added gold tinsel embossing powder to the edges which looks really kewl but you can't even tell.  The gold paper is a shimmer paper from Recollections.  A foam heart sticker was doused in Distress Walnut Stain and then embossed with the same gold as the sentiment.
Thanks for looking and I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Need Gorgeous Stamps At Cheaper Than Cheap??

Good Morning Chickees!

CParsons left a comment on my Stampscapes post that I should check out a stamp store on the web that was having a HUGE sale!  She was sooo right!  I just spent half an hour going through their catalogue and already have a list of about 100 that I'd love to buy!  The company is Rbber Stamp Avenue!  The stamps are absolutely gorgeous and have a section for every kind of card you'd ever want to make!  The scene section has incredibly detailed stamps that would work with Stampscapes!  Some of the sections are Pirates, Fairies, Retro, Mermaids, Sports, Oriental.. you name it!  The stamps start at $1.00!

Here are a couple of blogs that you should definitely visit and become a follower of!

Magnolia's Place - Mixed media and photography.  Do you like quilting?  There are gorgeous examples of paper quilts that can be adapted to card form, framing... etc.!   The other examples of different media really get the creative juices flowing! 

Bella Carta at Art 'n Soul - This blog has gorgeous step by step instructions on the most beautiful cards!  You can also find paper pieced quiling patterns there as well.  DEFINITELY worth a look!

Just thought I'd pass these worthwhile links along.  Visit and enjoy! 


Friday, 18 November 2011

Outlawz Sketch Entry - SC1116

Good Evening Chickees!
Here is the card I am entering into The Outlawz Sketch Challenge.  Here is the sketch we had for inspiration!
My card deviates from the sketch slightly but I tried everything and couldn't make the embellishments for the design work in my favour!
Stamp - Penny Black Sentiment
Papers - Recollections, Staples 110 lb. white
Inks - Ranger Alcohol Inks and Memento for the sentiment
CB Embossing folders
Clear Embossing Powder
Pearls - Dollarama
Thanks for looking and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

Stampscapes - Last Catch Of The Day

Good Evening Chickees!

This Stampscapes card started out as a tutorial.  I took pictures every step of the way.  When I went to post everything... the photos only showed up in the download as an icon!  So.. I'll be trying another one and hopefully it won't screw up as well haha!
This birthday card is for my hubby's ex-wife's father who is the funniest person on the planet!  Also, I will be entering it in The Outlawz Monday Greeting Card Challenge and the theme is for men/boys.
I sized this card to fit in a standard envelope that I use in the office.  Thought I'd do something different that the standard 5X7 or 4X5.  Turned out pretty kewl!

The recipe is as follows:

050E  Lakeside Reflections
048E  Lakeside Cove
267E  Pines and Rocks
040B  Geese in Flight
166A  Row Boat
Stampin' Up!
Paper:  Recollections, BoBunny Forever Fall Foliage
Archival Black
Distress:  Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs, Persimmons
Big n Juicy Foliage
Versa Mark

Clear Embossing Powder
Gold Embossing Powder
White Paint Pen

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Colour Challenge Entry

It's a new week at The Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge !  The colour pallette to design with is...    

Here is my entry for this week.  I'm not ecstatic over it at all but I was kind of in a hurry!
I'm thinking that the white flower on the button just doesn't go with it and if I could pry it off with a crowbar I would!  haha!
The recipe is...
Alcohol Inks Citrus and Purple Twilight
Paper - K& Company and Recollections
Ink - Versamark
White embossing powder
Punch and Michaels bargain ribbon
Bling for the flower centers
Thanks for looking!  I may give this colour combo another shot...

Sunday, 13 November 2011

All That Glitters!

Good Evening Chickees!
After spending hours scraping rubber backed carpet from the stairs that the previous owner was too lazy to do before putting down laminate flooring, (smells like rotten feet!), I decided to check what this weeks requirements were for The Outlawz CAS Sunday Challenge.   This week we are to use our favourite paper and even though I have a huge selection of different faves... my ultimate is glitter paper!  I have sheets of it in the rolling cabinet and they are sooo pretty that I always tend to save them for something special.  Well... after two years of sitting on them I decided to USE them!  Also, I used a shimmer paper for the background that I've been saving as well.  Anxiety pains are happening.. what will I do now that I've taken a chunk out of each??!!
This was an easy card to make.  I brought out the Spellbinder ornaments dies and found that they cut through that thick paper with ease.  I found some CB edge folders that I haven't used so tried them on the ornaments.  The lighter ones show nicely but the larger one can be seen with that trusty old magnifying glass!  Pop dots in two thicknesses (sp?) lifted them up for more definition.  CAS cards shouldn't have too much on them but they looked so boring flat against the background.  Last was a jellyroll pen to draw in the ornament wires because my gold thread is MIA.
Thanks for looking and hope everyone has a wonderful work week!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Stampscapes - Raspberry Sunset

Good Evening Chickees!
I was wracking my brain trying to think of a card to submit to the Outlawz Color Challenge that also has a twist!  We had to use the colors shown below and also add plaid or houndstooth paper.  Yikes!  I had neither in colors that would coordinate with the challenge colors so made my own with a plaid stamp. 
Things came together when I pulled out my Stampscape stamps!  The sunset is mainly Raspberry and the white is used to frame the scene.  The scene was stamped in black.  I also used some other colors to  bring it to life. 
First off, I brayered the background starting with Pink Sherbet and then darkened everything with Raspberry and then Wild Plum.  The stamped images were then added using Memento Tuxedo Black.  This time around I didn't stamp a test scene on scrap paper first and you can tell.  The rocks at the bottom of the stamps don't line up as well as they should so it doesn't look as natural.  Oops... better luck next time!
To add some depth and hints of color I used a stylus.  First off I went  back to the Wild Plum and framed the edges of the brayered scene, blending in the darker edges. Memento Black was used along the outer edges to give the illusion of an evening scene.  I blended in some Lemonade to the lower edges of the sky along with parts of the water.  Frayed Burlap was used on the rocks and then topped off with Weathered Wood on the water.
Here's a close up view of the trees and sky showing where I put the white highlights!  It doesn't show tooooo well so grab your magnifying glass and do some squinting exercises! 
Here's the recipe!

Background - Impression Obsession - Gingham
Stampscapes - 267E  Pines and Rocks
                       207E  Pine Island
                       175A  Paddlers
                       302A  Gulls
Memento - Tuxedo Black
Adirondack Dye Ink - Pink Sherbet, Raspberry, Wild Plum, Lemonade
Distress Inks - Weathered Wood, Frayed Burlap
White Paint Pen
Brayer and Stylus

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, 10 November 2011

Black & Gold Christmas

Good Evening Chickees!!
I finished my card tonight that I'm entering into the Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge.  Now that you've seen what I came up with, I will show you  the sketch I tried to follow...
This card was fairly easy to put together other than trying to figure out the measurements late at night after a 4 a.m. start this morning.  I must admit that my mojo is working a wee bit better tonight!  Could it be the lack of sleep the last few days??
Here's the recipe!
Stamp - Inkadinkadoo
Ink - Versafine black
Clear embossing powder
Paper - Prints are Graphic 45 and the Gold shimmer from Crafty Capers and the Black - Recollections

Thanks for looking and don't forget to join us at The Outlawz !! 


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Another Distress Christmas Card/Tag

 Good Afternoon Chickees!

I started this the other night and remembered to take a picture of it last night!

I'm on a distressing kick (a newfound kick) and here's another creation.  The snowflakes are embossed and I used Tim Holtz crackle and Distress Stickles to add some fun to the distressed ink colours.

Here is a side shot of the tag.

 Here is a shot of the back of the tag.

Someone I know well is going to receive this card for Christmas.  She's a 'lurker' and hopefully won't figure out I'm talking about her!  haha!

 The recipe is as follows:

Distress Inks.. Broken China, Something Glass lol, Frayed Burlap, Walnut, Honey
Snowflake stamp... I'll get back to ya!
Sentiment Stamp... Inkadinkadoo
Blue Distress Stickles
White embossing powder
Versa Mark
Ribbon & Wool

Thanks for looking!


Outlawz CAS Challenge Card

Good Afternoon My Chickees!

Here is my addition to the Outlawz CAS Challenge  for November 6th!

I'm not sure if I like this but my mojo couldn't mojo so this is how it ended up!   After looking at it for quite a bit I think now that I should have called it a 'Tree Hugger Christmas Card.'  This photo makes it look so dull yet the gold paper is actually quite shimmery!

How did I come up with this monstrosity of the week??  Easy grasshopper!  Cuttlebug folder that still looked dull after embossing.  Brought out the distressing inks to give it some dimension.  It still looked duller than silver not polished for 10 years so brought out the gold stickles.  Can you see it??  Nope!  After sitting there with a neon question mark flashing from my forehead I decided to mount it anyway.  Dang... where's my mojo??!!

So... There you have it!  If you are looking for a dull card to send to any tree hugger that lives on an island and only uses an outhouse... this is it!

Thanks for looking!  Hope you have a wonderful evening and aren't just sitting there wondering which planet I flew in from!


Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Stampscapes Christmas

Afternoon Chickees!
Here is a Stampscape that I played around with a week ago and am just getting to post it now.  The papers are from last year's stash but the Spellbinder is new for me.  I thought this shape showed this scene of better than the next card shown.  I thought Christmas lights would look kind of kewl on the fence but the bulbs are a bit big... maybe they are 60 watts each!  Hmm... good thing I won't have their hydro bill!  There's only two stamps used on this.  If I remember correctly, the one is Pine and Rocks that I taped off along with Crooked Fence taped off and stamped crooked to level the wire lines.

This Christmas card is done using the Lakeside Cabin Stampscapes stamp and the crooked fence.  I used painter's tape to mask off for snow and used a Jelly Roll pen for the lights. And.... I goofed on this one!  May have to give it to my brother or one of my left-handed boys!!  Seems put the top layers on the card backwards so it now opens from the left.  They'll laugh like heck when one of them gets it! 

Inks used:
Adirondack Dye Ink Pads:  Aqua
Memento Dye Ink Pads:  London Fog, Black, Bamboo
Distress Ink Pads:  Frayed Burlap, Walnut

Thanks for looking!  I hope to find some winter scenes on the net so I can try something different.


Send A Smile 4 Kids

Good Morning!
Just thought I'd share some of the cards I've been making to send to Send A Smile 4 Kids who in turn package them up and deliver them to Children's Hospital in Vancouver. 
I'll be adding to the pile for the next week and then ship them off!

The glitter cards below were messy but fun to make!  I think I have glitter throughout the house, all over my dogs and lining the washing machine!!  Really felt like Christmas with all the sparkly stuff around!
The octopus and seahorses are made to wiggle.  I had some thin wire ribbon that I coiled around a pen and adheared it with Glossy Accents.  The stamps and paper are 'Recollections.'

I love Penny Black and I used her stamps for the Hedgies and Pup.  The paper is from last year. 

Thanks for looking!!


Monday, 7 November 2011

Outlawz Challenge Card

Happy Monday Morning!!
I had fun making this card that is for one of our employee's birthday this coming weekend.  The papers were from my stash and the gorgeous butterfly is a sticker that I picked up at WalMart the other day.  The stickers are from a series called Bride's Own and aren't hanging in the scrapbooking aisle.  I stumbled upon them by accident and went back for all they had once I played with them.
The sticker was transparent so I mounted the sticker on white paper and cut it out.  I then used pop dots under the wings to give it a 3d effect.
The papers are unknown from my stash!
Thanks for looking!

Outlawz Challenges - Wednesday - Sketch

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

It's Tuesday But Feels Like Thursday

Morning Chickees!

The skies are beautiful and clear this morning and the temperature is below zero.  I've had to scrape the windshield quite a bit lately!

To all of my Blogger friends in Eastern Canada and the Eastern USA... What a wild snowstorm you had and the damage... wow!!  I've been watching everything transpire on the news the past few days and am not jealous of your weather at all!!  Hope everyone is safe and staying warm.

Well, I checked my lottery tickets this morning and the digital reader still says I'm a loser.  I had such high hopes that it was my time to win the 30 million but that never came to fruition.  One bright note is that it has gone up to 40 million for this Friday... 40 is better than 30 right??!!

If you have read my post from two weeks ago you'd have seen that we had sewage backup in the basement.. not once but twice in one week!  Things are half ripped out and I'll be working on the rest this week so that the drywallers and flooring people can come in next week all going well.  Can hardly wait to be finished!

Now a word of caution from first hand experience!!  We plugged in the battery for the big drill to charge.  That was fine except it was done in the basement.  I took the dogs outside and was bringing them in again when I smelled something awful!  (Why is it that I discover all of these terrible things when I'm bringing in the dogs??)  I went downstairs and couldn't smell anything until I headed into the laundry room.  Bam!  It hit me and I could hear sizzling and popping coming from the battery charger.  This thing looked and sounded like it was going to explode.  I ran upstairs and grabbed my Ov-Glove (love that thing) and grabbed the charger and battery and ran up the stairs to put it out in the yard.  That thing sputtered and spewed smoke and stink from the battery for a couple of hours.  If I hadn't of found it... I'm sure our house would have gone up in flames.  Moral of the story... only plug in the battery chargers when you are home and... only in a spot where you can access it quickly!

So, that's three things that have gone wrong lately.  Usually three is the magic number so that means that things can only get better!  Maybe I will win the lottery this Friday night after all!!

Have a wonderful day and I'll be back with a card post sometime later today.