Thursday, September 29, 2011

Snips And Snails

Looky looky looky what we have here!  Patterned paper!  I was inspired by the Wee Memories challenge to use patterned paper. This week's sponsor is Echo Park and not only did I  use patterned paper but I used Echo Park patterned paper!  Oh yeah!  I paired my paper with the sketch at The Paper Players and, although it's not required, I wanted to actually use a Stampin' Up stamp so I have broken these out for the first time and inked one up.  Whoop whoop!  I'm also going to enter this in the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge (can you tell how bad I want to win that gift certificate?).  So now that I've busted out the PP I'm going to have to attempt to get a little more creative with it.  Can't spend the rest of my life sticking rectangular pieces of it to card stock!
Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Green, White) Bazzill Basics, (Cajun Craze, Night of Navy) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (Little Boy collection) Echo Park
Stamp:  (Sentiment) Stampin' Up
Ink:  (Night of Navy) Stampin' Up
Dies:  (Nesties Classic Ovals Large) Spellbinders, (Stars) My Favourite Things   

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hello Card, Goodbye Chicken

***This is my third post for today!  Please scroll down to see what else I've been up to!***

This week at Lawnscaping we're getting texty!  I used stamps from two LF sets for this card - the phone and "Hello" from Just My Type and I spelled out the Blah blah blahs with Harold's ABCs.  I used this fun colour combo from this week's Picture Perfect Creations challenge and I'm also going to enter this card in the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge.

I kind of felt like I should be making a sympathy card today because last night Atticus caught his first (and hopefully last!) chicken.  There aren't too many places you can go in Bermuda without running into feral chickens or feral cats.  (And yes, they often hang out together!)  This includes our evening walking route.  The boys always make a mighty effort to get ahold of a chicken but usually their leashes are not quite long enough and the chickens are too quick.  Last night however Atti disappeared into the bushes and reappeared with a hen in his mouth!  Of course, once he had it he didn't seem to know what to do with it and dropped it pretty quickly.  It was still alive but not in good shape.  I would have driven it to work to have it euthanised but as Luis pointed out it might not make it that long (30 minutes not including us getting back home to the car) and I didn't want it to suffer any longer than necessary.  Luckily, Luis grew up on a farm and so knew how to take care of it quickly.  I know dogs are hunters and it's in their nature and I wasn't angry at Atti but I still felt pretty bad for the chicken.  And the dogs will be on much shorter leashes this evening!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Image & sentiment from Just My Type, Letters from Harold's ABCs) Lawn Fawn
Inks:  (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko
Dies:  (Nesties Standard Circles Large) Spellbinders
Impression Plate:  (Linen) PTI
Copics:  R02, R05

Blue Owl

***This is my 2nd post of the day.  Please scroll down for my One Layer Wednesday / All Things Unity post***

This week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge is to use 3 shades of a colour plus brown.  I used stamps from a few different companies today with Purple Onion Designs, Paper Smooches and Lawn Fawn all being represented here.  I paper pieced the lonely owl in 3 shades of blue and matched the sentiment to him.  I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge.  The prize is a $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp which (given the current shopping ban) would be a fabulous thing to win!  :)
Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Owl from Chubby Chums) Paper Smooches, (Branch), Purple Onion Designs, (Letters from Smitty's ABCs) Lawn Fawn
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point) Stampin' Up

Dotty Tag

Inkspirations has a bright, bold colour challenge this week and it just screamed PTI's Dot Spot to me.  I decided to team it up with the latest A Passion for Papertrey challenge - Mad for Tags.  I really should be focusing on Christmas cards right now but I am just burning through birthday cards and never seem to have enough!  I think I mentioned before that I make cards for staff birthdays at work and this is for our newest vet.  When I first started working at the hospital 10 years ago Laura was a high school student helping out in the kennels.  Now she's all grown up and a qualified vet!  She's settled in at work really well and it's fun to get to know her again on a whole new level.  Even if it makes me feel old...  :)

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Sentiment from Little Bitty Bird, Images from Dot Spot) PTI
Inks:  (Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie) Stampin' Up
Punches:  (Tag) Woodware Craft Collection, (1/8" hole punch) McGill
Gems:  Doodlebug
Pen:  Sharpie

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Good Friends Are Like Stars

Although this looks a bit like a kraft card base it's actually yellow - although what specific yellow I couldn't tell you as it was in my pile of random-who-knows-where-the-heck-it-came-from cardstock. The stars and sentiment are both heat embossed and because I embossed on top of embossing I had to do a bit of touching up with a Copic.   Since it's a one layer card and also uses all Unity stamps I'm entering it in this week's One Layer Wednesday challenge (to make the sentiment the focal point) and the All Things Unity challenge (to make a one layer card).  

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Yellow) Craft supply
Stamps:  (Sentiment and Images from January 2011 Kit of the Month - To The Moon and Back) Unity Stamp Co.
Inks:  (VersaMark) Tsukineko, (Orange) ColourBox
Embossing Powder:  (Clear) Ranger
Copic:  YR68

Monday, September 26, 2011

Play Date Chicks

It feels like I haven't been in Blogland for ages!  I have lots of blog surfing to catch up on.  I hate feeling like I'm missing out on what everyone's been up to.  I had lots of extra work shifts last week and several special orders to take care of but hopefully this week I'll get back to playing along with challenges.  I'm starting today with an entry for the Play Date Cafe's colour challenge and 4 Crafty Chicks' Fall/Autumn challenge.  All the stamps on this card are from the August 2010 KOM - All You Need.  
Yesterday was a gorgeous day.  Luis and I spent the morning putting together our new BBQ - the old one was totally falling apart and really was a death trap.  I was a little nervous about the task as the last time we put a BBQ together the day nearly ended in divorce (and we weren't even married yet!)  However, things went a lot more smoothly this time around and I can't wait to fire up the new grill tonight!  Later in the day we took the hounds for a really long swim.  Unfortunately Jem took in way too much water and was feeling pretty horrible for the rest of the afternoon and evening.  He wouldn't even get off the sofa to eat his dinner!  Thankfully he's back to his wild self today and I'm considering getting him a life jacket which should keep his head higher out of the water in future.  He looked so pathetic and sorry for himself last night that I don't want him to go through it again.  

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Green, yellow) Bazzill, (Kraft) PTI
Patterned Paper:  (Adeline Ave from Garden Grove collection) Scenic Route
Stamps:  (Images & sentiment from Aug 2010 KOM - All You Need) Unity Stamp Co.
Inks:  (VersaMark & VersaFine Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko, (Garden Green) Stampin' Up
Embossing Powder:  (Clear) Ranger

Monday, September 19, 2011

Winter Wishes

I wanted to have another go at one of the sketch challenges over at the Moxie Fab World so this is my entry for the Horizontal Sketch Challenge.  I'm also going to enter it in the Less Is More CAS Anything Goes challenge.  The LIM ladies are attempting to get 1000 entries so I am happy to lend a hand and help them reach their goal!  :)  This week's challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks is to use embossing so I am posting this puppy over there as the snowflake and sentiment are both heat embossed.  And, of course, I can't forget my friends at Use It Tuesdays - here's 5 more previously uninked stamps!

Also, today is Monday and time to announce the winner of my Unity blog candy!  (You thought I'd forget didn't you?)  Not too many comments on that post but I didn't really advertise the blog candy.  I wanted it to be for people who not only were followers but who actually look at my blog regularly.  I hate the idea of having a bunch of people suddenly become followers just do win some free stash.  I also enjoyed reading what products people are enjoying these days although asking for that was a bit of self torture given the shopping ban!!  :)  Okay, let's get to the part you really want to read - without further ado here's the winner!

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Commenter #2 is Jenny from Crafting in the Country!  Congrats, Jenny!  And thanks again to  all of you who stop by and say hello and who in turn inspire me with all your amazing creations.  :)  
Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill, (Black) Gina K Luxury Cardstock
Stamps:  (Flower, sun, leaf from Friendly Flowers) Paper Smooches, (Snowflake from Winter Swirls, Sentiment from Holiday Button Bits) PTI
Ink:  (Memento Tuxedo Black & VersaMark) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Silver & Seafoam White) Ranger
Gems:  Doodlebug
Punch:  (3/4" square) EK SuccessCopics:  R27, YR68, Y17 / Y08, Y38 / YR04, YR07, G99

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Two Tuesdays and a Trigger

***This is my 2nd post of the day.  Please scroll down for my Colour Throwdown/Lily Pad Cards/Use It Tuesday card***

Today I played along with the Tuesday Trigger at the Moxie Fab World and, for the third card in a row, I used previously uninked stamps - hello, Use It Tuesday!  :) (This card also qualifies for the Wee Memories No Pattered Paper challenge).  I was inspired by a lot in the Trigger photo.  I used PTI's Modern Basics to create a green and white pattern like the one on the chair. I used the brown from the table edge and the turquoise from the book (I think it's a book) that the vase is sitting on.  And then there's that gorgeous flower.  If you look really closely there is a touch of pink at it's centre. My flower is made out of parchment paper.  I cut several sizes from the Nestabilities Peony die, scrumpled them all up and then put them together with a pink brad.  I'm really chuffed with how it came out!  :)       
Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip) Stampin' Up, (White) Bazzill
Stamps:  (Shapes from Modern Basics, Sentiment from Fillable Frames #4) PTI
Ink:  ( Chocolate Chip & Garden Green) Stampin' Up
Die:  (Nestabilities Peony) Spellbinders
Copic:  G07

Happily Ever After

Another combo sketch today!  This card uses the colours from The Colour Throwdown and the sketch from Lily Pad Cards. Also, it's the first time these two stamps have seen ink so that makes it eligible for Use It Tuesday's challenge to use a previously uninked stamp.  Nothing too wild and crazy going on here but I think it may be my first window card - or at least, the first one in a really long time.  Must check out the archives...    
Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Pacific Point, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black) Stampin' Up, (White) Bazzill
Stamps:  (Image & sentiment from July 2010 KOM - Happily Ever After) Unity Stamp Co
Ink:  ( VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Gems:  Craft Supplies for Less
Die:  (Nestabilities Standard Circles Large) Spellbinders
Punch:  (2" circle) Marvy Uchida

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Share The Joy

When I woke up this morning I thought that it was much earlier than it actually was as it was so dark outside.  Yes!  It was a gorgeous, grey, thundery, rainy day!  Whoo hoo!  So I abandoned hubby and the dogs and high tailed it to the Craft Cave for some much needed crafty time.  I started with this week's ColourQ colours and decided I would also play along with Use It Tuesday's challenge to use an uninked stamp.  ETA:  Neither of these stamps had been inked before.  (Actually, I could probably enter that challenge every day for the next few months!)  My card is also eligible for the Wee Memories challenge to not use patterned paper.  Triple challenge score!  Whoop whoop!  I stamped, embossed, fussy cut and paper pieced the Unity image and then coloured the gems with Copics to match.  Wasn't sure at first about having that much grey on a Christmas card but I like it! What do you think?

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Poppy Parade, Basic Grey) Stampin' Up, (White) Bazzill
Stamps:  (Image from October 2010 KOM - Take Time to Laugh) Unity Stamp Co, (Sentiment from Get Merry!) Hero Arts
Ink:  (VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Clear) Ranger
Gems:  Craft Supplies for Less
Copics:  R17, YG03, BG05

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Feast or Famine

**This is my second post of the day.  Please scroll down for my CAS-ual Fridays post**

It really is feast or famine around here.  No posts for days and then 2 in one go.  Typical!  This is a dual challenge card using embossing for the Lawnscaping challenge and the colour palette from the Paper Players challenge.  Pretty self explanatory I think so I won't spell it all out except to say that the letters are in the order of the letters on the keyboard.  Yes, I am a geek.  A geek who is off to make another batch of the chunky twix cookies she discovered on Kirsty's blog today.  You must try them - they are amazing!!!  (If I'm gonna get fatter I'm taking you all down with me!!!)

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (Rich Razzleberry, Basic Grey, Old Olive) Stampin' Up, (White) Bazzill
Stamps:  (Image  & sentiment from Just My Type, Letters from Smitty's ABCs) Lawn Fawn
Ink:  (VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black) Tsukineko, (Old Olive (Stampin' Up)
Embossing Powder:  (Clear) Ranger
Impression Plate:  PTI
Die:  (Nestabilities Standard Circles Large) Spellbound
Corner Punch:  Marvy Uchida

Falling For You

It wasn't as grey and rainy as I hoped it would be today - just really humid.  Yuck.  Hopefully once TS Maria goes by tomorrow the humidity will lift. I managed to get into the Craft Cave for a bit this afternoon and put together a card for this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge - a fall themed card using paper piecing.  I think SU's Cajun Craze is a perfect fall colour and goes really well with the Basic Grey papers.  Short and sweet for now.  I'll be back a bit later with another challenge card!      
Supplies Used:

Cardstock:  (Cajun Craze) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper:  (Mandarin & Citrus from Ambrosia collection) Basic Grey
Stamps:  (Leaf from When I Am With You - Aug 2010 KOM) Unity Stamp Co, (Letters from Smitty's ABCs) Lawn Fawn
Ink:  (Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso) Stampin' Up
Embroidery Floss:  Janlyn

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rockin' Babies and Medical Thanks

I don't have cards for any particular challenges tonight but I have a couple of recent special orders that I made.  They were both a little "different"...
First up is a baby card requested by a coworker.  Her friend is apparently very rock and roll and not into anything particularly girlie.  So my coworker requested a baby card for her that wasn't "too fluffy -perhaps  something with a skull and crossbones!"  LOL!  Definitely not your typical baby card.  I had fun putting it together though and thanks to my DCWV Rock Star paper stack it wasn't too difficult.
This card took a little more thought.  My friend Julie and her newborn spent the first month of the baby's life in hospital in Canada as her baby had some issues with her trachea.  Now that little Maisie is 6 months old and thriving Julie wanted to send a thank you card to the staff at the hospital.  She wanted it to reflect pediatric medicine in some way and not just be a generic thank you card.  I have no medical/doctor/nurse type stamps so finally settled on the red cross symbol and a teddy bear.  I wasn't sure if it was quite what she wanted but thankfully Julie's really happy with it.
If tomorrow is anything like today (grey and rainy) then I'll hopefully get some serious work done in the Craft Cave.  Tropical Storm Maria is due to pass by us on Thursday so that should mean good crafty weather for the next few days!  :)

Supplies Used:
Baby Card
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill Basics
Patterned Paper:  (Rock Star) DCWV, (Le P'Tit Bloc) Toga
Stamp:  (sentiment from Petite Cherub set) Rusty Pickle
Ink:  (VersaMark) Tsukineko
Embossing Powder:  (Silver) Ranger
Gems:  Doodlebug

Thank You Card
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill Basics, (Cherry Cobbler) Stampin' Up
Stamps:  (Teddy from ClearDesign: Baby) Hero Arts, (sentiment from Big & Bold Wishes) PTI
Inks:  (VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black) Tsukineko  
Other:  Copics

Monday, September 12, 2011

Candy Time!

For any of you who read my last post you know that this post should have appeared on Friday.  Unfortunately work and life got in the way and I haven't had much quality time with my computer.  The card from the last post used stamps from Unity Stamp Company's August Kit of the Month.  Thanks to Emily I have become a huge fan of Unity stamps. Their stamps are fantastic quality, deeply etched red rubber and they have a huge range of images and sentiments.  As well as their own fabulous team of in-house designers, Unity co-brands with a number of other companies (such as Echo Park, Jillibean Soup, Bella Blvd and Cosmo Cricket) which brings even more diversity to the company.  I subscribe to their Kit of the Month program and have yet to receive a set that doesn't have at least one stamp that appeals to me.  There are regularly fantastic deals to be found in the Unity store and their customer service is outstanding.  If you've never checked out Unity before then today is the day to do it!  
So here's the candy part!  I recently ended up with 2 sets of Unity's August Kit of the Month and I thought that it would be great to share some Unity with my bloggy friends.  Also, this morning I was thrilled to discover my 50th follower!  So as well as just sharing the Unity love I want to celebrate that milestone with my first ever blog candy - Unity's August KOM. I am so grateful for everyone who has visited and supported me as I've learned more and more about this fabulous craft of ours.  This really is an amazing community of people that I'm thrilled to be a part of.  So, in order to receive this fabulous kit leave me a comment by midnight on Sunday and tell me about a company or product that you've been excited about recently ('cause we can never have too much on our wish lists right?).  I'll announce the winner next Monday - I promise!  :) 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fun Fun Fun!

Last week ColourQ celebrated it's 100th challenge and this week Just Us Girls has also reached the 100th challenge milestone!  They've brought out their inaugural sketch from October 2009 for their 100th which I think is a cute idea.  It was fun to look back at the first DT entries and then see what they're doing now.  I'm not so great with sketches but as with ColourQ I couldn't miss out on the 100th challenge so I sucked it up!  For my card I turned the sketch sideways.  I used stamps from Unity's August Kit of the Month and an old ColourQ colour combo.  I love this ferris wheel image and if you come back and visit tomorrow you too could have some Fun Fun Fun with it!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  (White) Bazzill Basics, (Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry) Stampin' Up, (Green) Craft Supply
Stamps:  (Polka dots from Polka Dot Basics II) PTI, (All others from What I Know - August 2011 KOM) Unity Stamp Co
Ink:   (Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry) Stampin' Up, (VersaMark) Tsukineko
Impression Plate:  (Linen & Canvas) PTI
Embossing Powder:  (Seafoam White) Ranger
Dies:  (Nestabilities Standerd Ovals Large) Spellbinders, (Stacking Stars) Die-Namics
Punch:  (1/2" Circle) Marvy Uchida
Other:  (Glossy Accents) Ranger