Mar 27, 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie's Krafty Quotes

One more card for the weekend!

I've used SU! cardstock and Prima Jack & Jill paper (6x6 stack).  This quote is from Kraftin' Kimmie, and the sentiment is from SU!.  I've included some paper piercing, and used the SU! Top Note die (three times) as well as a Prima flower, and a Pearl brad, and some SU! self-adhesive pearls.

I've created this card for the following challenges:

Happy Spring!

Tilda goes shopping

Ola amigos!

Long time, no blog!  We were in Mexico for March break - having a wonderful relaxing time!

Here's my card for today:

This is Tilda goes shopping.  I stamped her - and the background image on Copic XPress and coloured with Copics.  I've used two MFT dies for the background details - and some Prima flowers, with self-adhesive pearls.  I used a SU! flower brad to hold my Tilda up.  This is actually my first easel card, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

Copics:  B91, B93, B95, B97, B99.  V99, V25, V17, V15, V12.  R89, R85, R85, R83, R81.  E29, E25, E27.  C7, C6, C5, C4.  E25, E35, E31, YR20.  E11, E00, E000, R20.

The cardstock is SU!  Perfect Plum, and the paper comes from Prima Sweet Fairy Collection 6" x 6" paper stack.

I created her for the following challenges:

Happy Sunday!

Mar 13, 2011

Kimmie's Krafty Quote

Ahh - it feels so good to get back to my craft room after such a busy week!

And this card - I'm just thrilled with - it took me about 5 minutes to complete!  Crazy!  I am REALLY appreciating the simplicity of a beautiful quote on a pretty background.  This type of card could be used for so many different occasions!

This quote comes from the Kraftin' Kimmie Krafty Quote Series #1.  And I'm MOST excited about these fabulous Bo Bunny Gabrielle papers!  I'm really happy that I ordered them online as soon as Sheila got them in stock at Scrappin' Great Deals, so I didn't miss out.  And the coordinating bling, buttons, etc - omg - FABULOUS!  I just went and ordered the Timepiece set tonight as well!  Talk about making coordinating a card easy!  I've used everything, except the Prima flowers from that.  And I used one of my favourite dies, the Stampin' Up! Top Note Bigz Die to punch out the central piece.  I've used Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip as my cardstock, and stamped the sentiment in Memento dark brown ink.

I've created this card for the following challenges:
ABC Challenge:  P is for Pearls
Card Positioning Systems Challenge:  CPS 209
Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #69:  Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge:  Anything Goes

By the way - if you're looking for some awesome blog candy - go and check out this beautiful blog by Angela!
Hope you have a great night!

Penny Black Hedgehog

Happy March Break friends!

We've had an action packed few days.  My little man, Samuel turned SEVEN!  I can hardly believe it!  He is our miracle baby, a 28 week micro-preemie who spent 91 long days in the NICU.  So for me his birthday is often a teary, emotional day (as it was again this year).  Here you can see what a long way our little fighter has come, from his 2 lb 5 oz start to life.

He was delivered by emergency c-section when I developed sudden onset pre-eclampsia, which quickly became toxemia, and then HELLP syndrome which effectively shuts down your liver and kidneys and will quickly kill you if the baby is not delivered immediately.

My first time seeing Samuel, day three
Samuel's first photo, day two

So we've come a LONG way!  And my little sweetheart is now a happy, healthy, energetic, and very smart boy in grade one.

Happy 7th Birthday Samuel!
My little boy's SEVEN!

And then we had a huge party for 17 children - which was great fun - but very exhausting!  And now, we're happily packing our suitcase for a week in Mexico - ahhhh.  Bring on the vitamin D!

SO - onto my stamping!

Today I created this little card for the following challenges:

This is actually my first round card - I'm not typically a fan of "round" in cards.  But I kind of like it!  I think I'll have to get some bigger Nesties!  I've used a cute little Penny Black hedgehog stamp (I LOVE all things Hedgehog) which I've stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Xpress paper and (of course) coloured with Copics.  I've used some Nesties to cut out the layers.  The paper is from my new Prima Sweet Fairy 6x6 stack (OMG - how cute are these!) and my cardstock is Perfect Plum from Stampin' Up!.  I've added a little "bling" with some of my fave new Prima plastic flowers - they're adorable!

Copics:  E57, E35, E34, E33, E31, E29, E27, E25, C4, C2, V17, V15, V12, RV17, BV00, YG67, YG63

I hope you like my cute little Hedgehog!


Mar 6, 2011

Magnolia Pirate Tilda

I love lazy weekends when I actually have time to stamp!

I even got time to visit my favourite store, Scrappin' Great Deals today - and check out the reno's!  SO nice!  And I was REALLY excited to pick up my set of the new Copic colours!!!  Unfortunately, I've only  managed to use one of them here (E23), but they are all so pretty!  Two more of my beloved BG's and some gorgeous RV's.

This is Magnolia Pirate Tilda!

I created her for the following challenges:
Card Positioning Systems, CPS 208 Part 1
Just Magnolia Challenge Blog:  Anything Goes
Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog:  Pink, Brown, or Baby

I stamped Pirate Tilda on Copic XPress blending paper, with Memento tuxedo black ink, and coloured her with Copics.  I used Rose Red & Pink Pirouette SU! paper, and Bazzil brown, as well as My Mind's Eye paper.  I've "blinged" my little pirate friend with some Prima flowers and lots of self-adhesive rhinestones, as well as some silver glitter glue on her buckles, earrings, and eyepatch!  I've used the SU! corner rounder to round all my edges, and then embossed the pink paper with a Cuttlebug hearts embossing folder.

Copics:  Boots:  E79, E77, E74, E71, E42.  Pants:  E29, E27, E25, E23.  Hat & Soles & Earrings:  C9, C7, C5, C3.  Shirt, Patch, & emblem:  R89, R85, R83, R81, RV02.  Hair:  E35, E31, YR20.  Skin:  E11, E00, R20.  Outline:  C0.

Back to work tomorrow - happy Sunday everyone!


Kraftin' Kimmie Puddle Love

I was so happy to get home from Halifax last night!  It was a busy couple of days.  But I had a great time, traveling with my colleague Jill, and training a group of wonderful physiotherapists from across Atlantic Canada on compression therapy bandaging for lymphedema.  I am truly a Maritimer at heart, having spent four years at UNB Fredericton, so it always feels like coming home!  The people are SO wonderful, and I especially had a blast with the Newfoundland ladies.  They are so much fun!  We hosted a dinner for them one night, and people just didn't want to leave - they were having such a great time.

But - it's always nice to come home.  And my wonderful husband surprised me with the most delicious homecooked dinner of BBQ chicken, Spanish rice, and garlic fried shrimp!  YUM!  He'd even poured me a glass of wine for when I got in the door!  Am I a lucky girl or what?

And, once my Samuel was tucked into bed, I was able to get back to my craft room!  YAY!

So I combined the following fun challenges, which coordinated SO well:
The ABC Challenge:  P is for Pink (I was SO excited to finish in the Top 5 last week with O is for Ovals!!)
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps:  Challenge #68:  Twine or Floss 
Copic Creations:   Challenge #45 - Complementary Colors
Cute Card Thursday:  Challenge #154 - Signs of Spring

First, I stamped the super cute Kraftin Kimmie stamp "Puddles of Love" in Memento, Tuxedo Black, on Copic XPress Blending Paper.  Then I coloured her with Copics.  I cut her out using Nesties, and used SU! Rose Red to cut with Nesties a background, which I embossed with an embossing folder.  I used My Mind's Eye Gertie 6x6 paper pack, and then cut with my Nesties a label in SU!  Certainly Celery.  I've used foam squares to mount my image, and the message (I like to use French messages, I think it is cute).  I've used three strands of twine around the pink paper, and added some Prima flowers.  I then applied some self stick pearls in a kind of pattern running away from the flowers - it made me think of water, and kind of goes with the water in the main image.  When dry, I used crystal effects on the water to make it "pop".  I inked around the saying label with some brown chalk ink.

Copics:  Dress:  R89, R85, R83, RV02.  Coat, Hat, & Boots:  YG67, G24, G21, YG06.  Buttons & Boot Soles:  E79, E77, E74.  Water:  B95, B93, BG01.  Hair:  E35, E31, YR20.  Skin:  E11, E00, R20.  Outline:  BG000.

Have a great end to your weekend everyone!


Mar 2, 2011

Stampin' Up Owls

For my friend Carie, a Stampin' Up demo who's very excited to be soon going to the Montreal regional event!

She had asked me to add more Stampin' Up! cards to my blog.  Stampin' Up was my first love, and my first entry into stamping and cards over 8 years ago, but I've just added to my repertoire since then, and expanded into other brands of stamps, and in particular Copic markers.

Anyway - here is my latest creation, made almost entirely with Stampin' Up products (I do still go to a Stampers 10 by the way, with my beloved hostess-with-the-mostess, Annette - and LOVE it!).  I have to say - I LOVE Stampin' Up cardstock - and Designer Series Paper - and dimensionals.  I will do a separate post one day on adhesive options and why the SU dimensionals are my favourite.  Incidentally, I actually worked in technical service and in marketing for adhesives for 5 years - as I'm a chemist by trade.  So I do actually know a little about the topic!  I actually used to teach seminars on the chemistry of adhesives.

Anyway, back to SU!, we made a project at Annette's with this owl punch and I fell in LOVE instantly!  I had to had this!  And then of course, I had to have the coordinating stamp set which was in the Sale-a-Bration catalogue!  Not to mention my new favourite paper, the Elegant Soiree designer series paper, which uses my favourite combination of brown, ivory, blue, and grey.

This card includes a lot of die-cutting.  I absolutely LOVE my Big Shot.  I hesitated for a long time before investing in this, but now I couldn't make a card without it I don't think!  Just today, I organized a workshop for my crafting friends at my house on how to use the Big Shot and the different options for it.  Because I do think it can be a little intimidating and overwhelming for someone who is new to it.  There are so MANY options, tools, brands, techniques...

I've used the following SU! products in this card:
Sale-a-Bration punch bunch, Basic Gray ink, Elegant Soiree DSP, Very Vanilla, Basic Gray, Baja Breeze cardstock, Bigz Top Note Die (I LOVE THIS!), Owl punch, Scallop punch, Jewels Basic Rhinestone.  And non-SU! ribbon & Flourish Sizzlet die

Well - I'm off to Halifax for work for a few days!