Monday, September 25, 2017

Who do I LOVE? The Jingle Belles Tic-Tac-Toe!!!

I just can't resist a tic-tac-toe challenge and the one at the Jingle Belles Rock is so much fun, I'm in need of holiday cards to take to a rally in October so I'm taking advantage of  the challenge. This time I used the center horizontal line Glitter, Cardstock, Stocking.  I would have done the top horizontal line but just couldn't bring myself to put a flower on my card.

Of course when "stocking" was said I just had to use a house mouse stamp of two in a sock. I chose not to do a border on it as I wanted to showcase the absolutely gorgeous square snowflake die (which btw was a "joy" to  cut and pick)  The image is offset as that was a spot that didn't cut well. The red glitter layer is some adhesive backed glitter but it will not cut images or sentiments so I'm using it as backgrounds.  The snowflake die and red glitter layer are both NBUS items. 

Finished the inside with a leftover frame and a sentiment from Printworks (love their sentiments)

I am entering this in:

Jingle Belles Rock ~~ Christmas Tic Tac Toe

NBUS Challenge #4 snowflake frame and red glitter paper are the NBUS items.

House Mouse & Friends Monday challenge ~~ going with Anything goes,

Thanks for checking my blog today and I'll see you Tuesday for Shopping Our Stash!!!

Happy Birthday Harry

It's my Hubby's birthday today, I left his prezzie at home so he will get another birthday when we get home although one card is enough.  The NBUS challenge is on now and wowsers did I use a lot of nbus items on this card!!!

First I used the NBUS faux suede cardstock I bought at $$ rama and ran it though the mustache embossing folder, the mustache paper was also a nbus along with the mustache brads from the eyelet outlet.

The diecut stitched squares were mounted on fun foam before adding the brads so it popped them up.

I used the left over paper and a scrap of cardstock, added the arrow washi tape (eyelet outlet) to the edges just for interest, 

Entering this in:

There you have it for now don't forget to check back later there is another Jingle Belles to be blogged.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

So Many Ways to Play Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe at the Jingle Belles Rock!!!

This time I went with the middle vertical line  Snow/Cardstock/Blue. I used one of my favourite stamp companies ~~ House Mouse Designs but this time I used a "gruffie"

Since I was crafting at the cottage I had limited cardstock, I had lots of white but not too many "holiday" colours, but had that scrap of Pacific Point cardstock  The background was embossed with "softly falling" from Stampin;up Let it Snow is a die from Elizabeth Craft Designs and the ovals are Spellbinders classic ovals, large. The fur on his hat and the snow is liquid pearls and stickles.

The inside was finished with a sentiment from High Hopes Rubber Stamps  which is perfect for "snowy cards"

I would like to enter this in:

Jingle Belles Rock ~~ Christmas Tic-tac-toe

Thanks for checking my blog today and have a wonderful day!!!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Reminder of the Lost and Found Challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.

Lost and Found......well I had many ideas for techniques that I hadn't tried for a long time and it's Cracked Glass!! It had been so long I had trouble getting it to work perfect but as with all crafters  only another crafter will see the imperfections.

I did google "purple" roses and there are real purple roses so I coloured the rose purple from  with my alcohol markers. Layered ultra thick embossing powder three times then put it in the freezer for a few minutes and then cracked it although it didn't work the first time and I couldn't seem to get the glaze to stay smooth but I'm happy with the results.

Close up of the "cracks"

I just purchased a new sentiment for the inside, it's from Printworks, their website is under construction but they have a facebook page click HERE.  I have three other sentiments from them and use them all the time. I like this because it can be used for many occasions, anything that is celebrated once a year.

I would like to enter this in:
Seize the Birthday ~~ Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by today, remember you still have until Friday September 29th at 11.55 EDT to enter the Lost and Found at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Jingle Belles are Rockin' a Christmas tic-tac-toe challenge!!!

I had a very productive week at the cottage, not only did I get 4 design team cards (3 are posted)  2 Holiday cards, a birthday card and a Smile tag, some will be posted at a later date.  Back to the Jingle Belles Rock challenge it's a Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe challenge and there are so many lines to be played (just like the lottery)

I chose the diagonal line Red/Cardstock/Bling and one of my favourite holiday flowers the poinsettia and the stamp I used is a long retired PSX (miss them) stamp.  I coloured this with making a faux silk card but it was way too pretty to cover with tissue and glue stick. The image was cut with an Elizabeth Craft Designs stitched rectangle and layered on red. The gold layer is strips of a  sticky glitter sheet from the $$ store. It comes in beautiful colours but sorry to say it will not die cut images but is great to use for a background.

Close up of the image , I used some stickles for the centers of the flowers.(I hope this passes for bling)

Finished inside with a favourite holiday sentiment.

I would like to enter this in :

Jingle Belles Rock ~~ Christmas Tic-tac-toe

Christmas Cards All Year 'Round  Use Leaves (poinsettias are all leaves)

Thanks for visiting today and come back again soon.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Time for a New Challenge at Shopping Our Stash!! and for me it's a TWO-FER

Can you believe it's over half way to the end of the month, these days are going faster than I want but for September the weather is beautiful really warm during the day but cools off at night.  On with the challenge at Shopping Our Stash and it's "the Apple of my eye" ~~ Schools back in session so create something with an apple or apples on it, it might be an apple pie or apple blossoms or really go rogue like one of our design team and make a pine-APPLE.  I was almost stumped, I was sure I had a house mouse with an apple but alas I was dreaming so I did the next best thing....and here it it.

I used Tim Holtz blueprint apple for my image, I coloured it and for some reason or other the red ink was not working well and became very shiny so I added a bit of acetate to make a "picture".  The embossing folder is autumn leaves and I might have used it once before and it's over a year old.  No inside sentiment right now as I wasn't sure on who I was giving it to,

Since I was having a time with those markers I made a second card (I needed a birthday card for a friend)  so I went a totally different way with this one.

Apple Blossoms I also tried a new technique (which I need practice with)  "colour lifting"  I also used a sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  I really did some stash busting on this one, all papers and vellum were sitting on my table.  Celebrate is from a set that has never seen ink. 

Close up of the celebrate.

Finished inside with some left-over paper.

I would like to enter this in:


Thanks for looking at my blog today and don`t forget to head over to the  Main Blog and check out what the rest of the Design team have made then get out your crafty stuff and join in the Apple fun.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

L is for ~~ Lost and Found ~~ Challenge #93

It's Saturday and time for a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, L is for Lost and Found, it's not what you are thinking....we want you to revisit a technique you haven't done in a while or even a card fold you haven't used for eons.  With many ideas running wild ~~ I settled on Shaving Cream background.  I found my original can of foam shaving cream and some "who knows how old" glossy cardstock and had a messy bit of fun.

I planned on making a muted background to use for a Winter sky so I used Taken with Teal and Tempting Turquoise reinkers from Stampin'up.

Now you see why I wanted a Winter sky!!! I wanted to use my super cute Snowman die from Gina Marie Designs. His hat and scarf were cut separate and paper pieced, the rest was coloured with markers and the buttons are Bling strips from Eyelet Outlet. The snowflake border die cut is also from Gina Mari and the super cute trees are from Impression Obsession.

Close up of the "winter sky"

Finished the inside with the snowflake border and a super cute sentiment from High Hopes

I would like to enter this in:
Sparkles Monthly Challenge ~~ Dies and/or punches

Thanks for joining me here today and head over to the main blog and check out what the rest of the design team have "lost and found"

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Emboss Like A Boss!!!!!

Challenge #320 at Shopping Our Stash is "emboss like a boss" we want to see both wet and dry embossing on your project. Not sure about you but other than doing some emboss resist I haven't done wet embossing in a long time and it was so much fun to pair it with a cool embossing folder.

First I made the background with distress oxide ink and then ran it through the music embossing folder from Darice. 

Using tips from Jennifer Maguire I  cut 3 Hero Arts large snowflakes in white and glued them together, then using versamark watermark I embossed it in clear embossing powder 3 times, just look at that shine. I added a Eyelet Outlet clear bumpy bling dot to the center. You can just see the music background in the picture.

The let it snow die cut is from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I also cut three of these in a teal cardstock and embossed it in clear then I heated it up and sprinkled some Art Glitter Agean blue glitter (if was a freebie I got at last 7 years ago) 

Finished the inside with a 2005 Stampabilities Christmas sentiment.

Not only was this card inspired by the challenge it was inspired by the current challenge at the 
Jingle Belles Rock 

I am entering this in"

Jingle Belles Rock ~~ Your favourite Christmas music option use sheet music.
I used a music embossing folder

That was a lot of fun and mess to make this card,  when you wet emboss three times it sure makes the image smooth and shiny.

Thanks for hanging  here today and head over to the main blog and check out the rules and see what the rest of the awesome design team have made.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

What's Trending?

Shopping Our Stash challenge #319 is What's Trending? I'm not sure what is trending and in quizzing around I got lot's of answers so I picked one that I had everything for on hand.  Of course the Oxide inks are not really old but I had two in my stash that had never been used, in fact I took the plastic off the ink pad to use it. I also have seen a lot of flamingos lately and I had a couple that have only been used to send a flamingo lovin' friend a few. The acetate is also old not sure where I even bought it and not only did I have one project case with it I had two.  Anyway I'm happy with what I think is trending.....and here it is.

I had a lot of fun making this card, I made one in a class a couple of weeks ago and wanted to try one on my own. The background is done by smooshing broken china ink on my teflon sheet, spritzing it with water and dragging the cardstock through it until I liked how it swirled. All the dies I used are unbranded ones, with the exception of the IO clouds and the happy birthday.

The inside of the card.

Side view

And a beach scene wouldn't be complete without some super cute Eyelet Outlet seashell brads.

I will add the sentiment to the back of the card or maybe a short sentiment on the inside.

I really enjoyed playing with the oxide ink and look forward to getting a few more colours. Now it's your turn, what do you think is trending? we would like to know so enter your project at Shopping Our Stash Blog before Monday September 11 @ 11.55 EDT.

I would like to enter this in.

Seize the Birthday ~~ colours Blue/Green and or Aqua

Tuesday Throwdown ~~ dies and/or punches

Thanks for spending time here today and have a fabulous week.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers Challenge #92 ~~~ J is for Jumble

Wow another two weeks has flown by and it's September already, beautiful days and cool nights. Well I`m not sure who`s brilliant idea for the challenge was but it sure had me in  a panic,  J is for Jumble or make a collage. To some the idea of collage is easy peasy but for me it was that "Deer in the headlights" look. I did have some help with it by following some very good pointers from a fabulous collage maker, Lauren.  So without further chit chat here it is.

One of my first Stampin'up stamps was the stippled rose and still one of my favourites.   The card talks for itself, Three scraps of paper one doily, some stick on lace and a fussy cut image which has a touch of wink of stella on it as well as some tiny blue gems dotted around.  The Hello was cut twice once in black and once in white shimmer paper and popped up as was the rose.

Close up of the Hello.

I don't seem to be able to see the sparkle but it's there

Since I decided this could be used for any occasion I left the inside blank.

Thanks for stopping by and check out the main blog and see what the rest of the design team have "jumbled" up.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

What's Your Favourite Season? That's Challenge #318 at Shopping Our Stash!!!

Shopping Our Stash challenge #318 What's your favourite season?  Now I like all seasons but I picked Spring because the first flowers of the year are PURPLE, crocus and lilacs which I love.  For my card I use an image I had in my stash, already coloured and cut with an oval, and even though I love to hoard blingy things I used some on my card.

It was getting a bit late in the day to be photographing so you will see shadows. I used some Eyelet Outlet narrow glitter washi tape, and some clear blingy sworls also from the eyelet outlet. And I used my favourite colour of cardstock which was already cut in my "file"

Although I had finished the front of the card last weekend I left the inside for when we came back to the cottage and after getting the sentiment all lined up and stamped I realized I had used a Holiday sentiment, so back to the scrap file and layered the Birthday sentiment on another layer of purple.  I think my mind was on the Jingle Belles Rock challenge I want to enter before Wednesday.

Well there you have it another episode of what can go wrong today!!

I would like to enter this in:

Thanks for stopping by today and  let`s see what season is your favourite, don`t forget to head over to the Main challenge blog, check the rules and see what seasons the rest of the design team love.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Another Very Vintage Christmas for the Jingle Belles

In my stash of pre-used Christmas cards I saw this beautiful image of three birds and knew I really wanted to recycle it into a "new" card, I started with a 5 1/4 X 5 1/4 square base layered it with blue and a snowflake patterned paper. I cut the image with an EC stitched circle  I cut two large intertwined circles (also EC designs) glued one down and added the image then attached the second intertwined clrcle on top.

Who doesn't love chickadees? I love when they come to the feeder in the winter. 
I added some red glitter enamel dots (Eyelet outlet) on the circle. 

closer look at the enamel dot and how I trimmed the bird's tail to go outside the circle.

Finished inside. 

I would like to enter this in 

Thanks for visiting and have a fabulous day!!

Very Vintage Christmas.......

Still ahead of the game this week, the Jingle Belles Rock challenge doesn't end until Wednesday!!! I do have a few, hmm maybe quite a few vintage "old" stamps but I saw this pre-used card in my stash and thought I can recycle this into a lovely card, it's such a shame these beautiful store bought cards go to waste.

I cut the image with EC stitched circles and I cut the sentiment with a rectangle when I looked at it I though wow a snow globe!!  The background is falling softly Stampin'up embossing folder and I elevated the snow globe with some foam.

This is a close up of the image, check out the sparkle.

I haven't finished the inside yet as the sentiment I want to use is at home.

I would like to enter this in:

Thanks for checking my blog today and have a fabulous day!!!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Wood is Good.......

Shopping Our Stash challenge #317....Wood is Good ~~ use wood or woodgrain on your project. Seems a rather easy peasy challenge this time. I have a wood panel background stamp that hasn't seen ink in a while so I was happy to get it inked up. The challenge is timely since I'm really low on cards for men.

I inked the background stamp with versafine sepia and stamped it on crumb cake layered it on some ancient shiny paper then on an Espresso base.  My bluenose stamp is one of my very first stamps and is a PSX dated 1999. I love making the rickrack looking frame for this stamp. There are pictures below how it is done.  I have taken a hint from Jennifer Maguire  to use fun foam on the back of my images I want to raise it makes them much more stable to mail. Check out Saturday's post for pictures.

This shows the elevation you can get with using fun foam to elevate the image. You can see the picture tutorial HERE. on Saturday's blog post.

I finished the inside to match the front and used a favourite Penny Black sentiment.

Here is the picture of how the frame was made.

I use a spellbinders scalloped circle and a spellbinders inverted scallop circle for the frame. I then turn it over and dry emboss the frame with a rubber mat and the plates.

Thanks for visiting today and we would love to see your wood themed project. Remember to check out the "wood" projects the rest of the design team have made.