Feb 27, 2012

Moxie Fab - the Cure for the Winter Blues



I absolutely love the inspiration I find on the Moxie Fab Website!


I combined my crafting this weekend - as I had to make my cards for my March Copic Cards class.  I made these three cards for the Cure for the Winter Blues Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.  Go and check it out!





Paper used is Authentique 6x6 Bundle in "Genuine"I used JUSTRITE Stamps Butterfly Garden Set, Birdhouses Set, and Backyard Birds Set.
Copic colours used are:
E39, E37, E35, E33, E31
E17, E15, E13, E11
E09, E08, E07, E02
YG67, YG63, YG11
G21
B37, B34, B32
BG18, BG15, BG13, BG11, BG10
V28, V25, V22, V20




Feb 24, 2012

Moxie Fab Inspiration!


Hello Stampers!

Today I found my inspiration from two sources:



2.  My BFF just moved!

I don't know why, but "congratulations on your new home" stamps are virtually non-existant!  There are lots of "we've moved" and some houses, but they are pretty rare.

This house is from the Stamps of Life.  I've paper pieced it with some SU! Kraft and MME Sweet Caroline. The sentiment is from Unity.  The twine is from the Twinery.

I just LOVE the Moxie Fab World blog!  I always get great inspiration there.  And Cath is so on top of the paper crafting trends!

Happy stamping!


Feb 17, 2012

colouring with distress inks


Hello Stampers!

This is my very first image coloured with Tim Holtz distress inks!  I'm pretty happy that I've finally given it a try - although I certainly need some more practice!  

This is one of my favourite Magnolias, Tilda with Hawaii Flower, who was actually quite hard to find.  I think that Magnolias always look so pretty coloured in distress inks, but I could never get it quite right.

I've used SU! Watercolor Paper and a Zig water brush to finally get a somewhat decent effect.  I made this for my friend Julie's birthday last week.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid, and the gorgeous little chiffon badge I found on Etsy (LOVE Etsy for cute little elements).

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
The Official Magnolia Challenge (3 patterned papers, 2 (or more) different types of embellishments, 1 image)


Sarah
xx

Feb 13, 2012

Valentine's Smooches


Hello Stampers!

Here are a couple of Valentine's Day cards I made with the Paper Smooches Hot Concoctions Clear Stamp Set! On this first one, I've also used a cute sentiment from the Chit Chat set.  (Paper Smooches make adorable and really unique sentiments - fabulous fonts).

What first led me to Paper Smooches stamps, was trying to find stamps to colour with my Copics that were not little people for a change.

What I've discovered that I love - is the ability to paper piece or colour the Paper Smooches stamps!


 This second card also uses a sentiment from the Sugar Rush set.  I've masked off the cups to create a little scene - and I've coloured with my Copics.  I added some distress stickles to the tops of the drinks - and used a Copper Viva Decor Pearl Pen to add the little accents.

I hope you enjoy these cards - and that you'll try out the Paper Smooches stamps as well! 

Happy Stamping!
Sarah
xx

Feb 9, 2012

Paper Smooches Toast


Hello Stampers!

I'm carrying on my roll of Paper Smooches cards!  This is a new style for me and I'm having lots of fun.  I've used the Wake Up set to make this card - which I loved when I first saw the beautiful inspiration cards from the design team last fall!  It was the little toast - that really sold me.

I've used some more of the beautiful new My Mind's Eye release - they've got some beautiful new 6x6 pads out! This is the Miss Caroline "Dilly Dally" which I think is just fabulous.  I've paper pieced all except for the coffee cup - which I've coloured with Copic E25 and a heavy coating of glaze.  I've popped up the middle Toast for fun.

I used some of my beloved twine from the Twinery - a perfect accessory to the fun Paper Smooches stamps!

Happy Stamping!
Sarah
xx


Paper Smooches Scooter


Hello Stampers!

Here is one of my first attempts at my 2012 stamping goal - to try new styles!  I have been a fan from afar of the super cute and whimsical Paper Smooches for a little while, slowly gathering a pile of gorgeous stamps, but not quite confident enough to work with them.  After some online inspiration, an online class, and some practice with paper piecing - I have a first attempt!

This is from the Spiffy Scooters stamp set - and I've used the gorgeous new My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline "Dolled Up" 6x6 paper pad.  I've also used some Mister Huey's colour mist in Heirloom Blue (I used Post-its to mask off the card area) and some twine from The Twinery.

I've added some glaze to the fenders & seat.

Happy Stamping!
Sarah
xx


Feb 7, 2012

Old ladies at the beach


Hello stampers!

This is my idea of the PERFECT winter scene!!!  I really hope to be one of these old ladies one day - I truly do!  I aspire to spend my old age sat on a beach drinking cocktails, gossiping happily with my girlfriends!  We should all be so lucky.

This stamp just make me smile - I love it!  Thank you Sheila for pointing it out to me.

I've stamped my ladies on Copix XPress It with Memento ink in tuxedo black.  I've coloured with Copics (see colours below) and accented glasses & drinks with a glaze pen.  I FINALLY unpacked my fabulous brand new Copic colours - hurray!!!  LOVE!!

The card stock is an old orange-y colour from SU! and the paper is from the brand new My Mind's Eye Fiddlesticks.  I found it just a little too bold to stamp the sentiment (which came with a Unity snowman), so I inked it up with Ranger acrylic paint dabber in snowcap - just along the bottom right.  Then I stamped the sentiment with Versafine.

I distressed all the edges with my distress tool - then with some distress ink in Old Paper - and then rubbed some Stickles in Platinum along the top edges and corner.

The ladies have been punched out with a Spellbinder Nestability - and inked around the edges with distress ink in Old Paper.  Then I rubbed some Distress Stickles in Rock Candy around the edges.  I've used a Copper Viva Decor Pearl Pen to add a finishing touch.

I'll add this to the following challenges:

Happy Winter!
Sarah
xx

Copics:  V28, V25, V22, V20; YR27, YR24, YR23, YR21, YR20; RV19, RV17, RV14; E13, E11, E02, E01, E00, E000; R20, R22; BG13, BG11, BG10, BG0000; C4, C1, C0; B60.

Feb 4, 2012

Copic card class


Hello Stampers!

I'm back with some more Copic creations for you - for my February cards class.  

I had an AWESOME class with six lovely ladies on Saturday morning making teapot cards with My Favorite Things stamps & dies.  As I mentioned to them - please share your suggestions for other classes!  I'm always open to ideas.  Next Saturday Kim P & I are teaming up to teach you some fabulous Tim Holtz techniques in a Valentine's Day card class.

These little cuties are from the Inky Impressions range of stamps - and I can tell you they are a JOY to colour!



I've stamped all three in brown Memento ink for a change from black.  You'll see that it gives a slightly softer look, which seemed to suit these little kiddies.

I've used a beautiful new line of paper, designed by London's own very talented crafter, Julia Stainton, for lilybee design.  There is a coordinating stamp set which I've used as well.



All my sentiments here are from the Paper Smooches line.  Check out these stamps - BRAND NEW to SGD - if you haven't already.  GORGEOUS sentiments in fabulous fonts - and super cute whimsical stamps.  I love them!!  Thanks to Sheila for agreeing to bring them in for us!!  I'll be teaching classes with these stamps in March for sure.



If you're into following trends in the paper crafting world, you'll note a few that I've used here:
  • clean and simple style
  • Kraft cardstock
  • Baker's twine
  • Faux stitching (I've used the brand new to SGD tool)
  • Banners
  • Music notes
  • Teal & brown colours
  • lace
  • doilies


Happy stamping!
Sarah
xxx



Inky Impressions Mischievous Christopher Rubber Stamp
B97, B95, B93, B91
C5, C3, C1, C0
YG67, YG17
E57, E33, E31
E11, E01, E00, R20
BG000
BG10
 
Inky Impressions Lili Cake Rubber Stamp
BG09, BG07, BG05
C3, C1, C0, C00
BG000
E57, E33, E31
E11, E01, E00, R20
R85, R83, R81
 
Inky Impressions Lili's Egg Hunt Stamp
YG67, YG17, YG25, YG03
Y17, Y15, Y13
B04, B02, B01
RV25, RV23, RV21
E37, E35, E31, YR20
E11, E01, E00, R20