Jul 28, 2013

Crazy for Challenges C4C196 Picnic Theme

Hello Stampers!

Here is my card for this week's Crazy for Challenges:  Picnic Theme C4C196!  The timing was perfect for me - as last week's Free Shape of the Week on the Silhouette store was this cute picnic basket & ants!  I cut the elements out on my Silhouette Cameo.

I added one of my favourite Paper Smooches sentiments.  I LOVE their sentiment stamps - just so cute!

Come on over to join in the fun!

Jul 13, 2013

Crazy for Challenges - aquatic theme

Hello Stampers!

I'm thrilled to be joining the Crazy for Challenges blog as guest designer for June!
This week is all about water!  We're being challenged to use aquatic themes in our creation which is perfect for this beautiful summer weather.
I found a cute little anchor on the Silhouette store for my Cameo and combined it with some watery colours (the new Stampin' Up Coastal Cabana & Pistachio Pudding).  I've added a little rope for the true nautical look.
The background is stamped with MFT Abstract Art which I've been dying to ink up for a while now.
Please visit my C4C friends to see a little watery love - and join in the fun this week!


Jul 6, 2013

Guest Designer on Crazy 4 Challenges!

Hello Stampers!

I am thrilled to be the July Guest Designer on Crazy 4 Challenges! This is the perfect challenge blog for me because it inspires me to use my ever-growing stash.

This week, Crazy 4 Challenges asks you to create a card where the sentiment is the focus.  I borrowed this beautiful Unity sentiment from my bestie!

Join me in the fun!


Apr 8, 2013

Grungy Tilda

Hello Stampers!

I've been playing with my watercolouring lately - getting more familiar with my distress inks as it's been a while and I'm teaching a class next month.  I also had picked up the Tim Holtz 8x8 collage paper pad, so this is what came together!  I always feel like darkening my distress inking.  I like to add lots of grey and black around the edges.  So the Tim Holtz grungy look came to mind.

I am loving the fact that Spring is in the air.  My daffodils are out - I just LOVE seeing my Spring bulbs bloom!  So I was inspired to colour this little summertime Tilda.

A fairly simple card.  I didn't feel like a lot of embellishments as I used a very intricate die (which I LOVE by the way!).  So Tilda stands alone here.

Happy Stamping!


Stamp:  Tilda with Summer Flower (Magnolia)
Ink:  Black Archival (Ranger)
Distress Inks:  Various (re-inkers)
Tools:  Tim Holtz watercolour brush
Paper:  Strathmore Watercolour Paper & Tim Holtz Paper Stash Collage
Die:  Garden Lattice Frame (Sizzix Thinlits) & Spellbinders Nestabilities Oval.

Apr 1, 2013

Uptown Girl Audrey - Courage

Hello Stampers!

I've been having a blast the last few weeks working in my art journal.  Now I'm trying to take some of those techniques and experiments and add them to my cards.  This is my first attempt - I had so much fun!

Paper:  Kraft cardstock, Copic X-Press It, UrbanTraveler 6x6 pad (Simple Stories)
Spray inks:  Mallard & Pink Bubblegum (Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist)
Other:  Self-adhesive pearls (coloured with Copic RV69), Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz)
Copics:  Face; E50, E11, E13.  Cheeks & Lips & Lipstick; R20, R22.  Eyeshadow;  BG11.  Hat & Shoes & Gloves; E30, E31.  Purse; YR20, YR21.  Bows; BG53, BG57.  Purse clasp & lipstick tube; C2.  Ground; W3.  Outline; BG10.  Dress; RV63, RV66, RV69.

Mar 25, 2013

Happy Easter Marci Bunny

Hello Stampers!

I am so happy that Spring is finally here and Easter is just around the corner.  I've been adding some spring colours to my house - and to my crafting as well.
Ink:  Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko), VersaMagic Wheat Chalk Ink (Tsukineko).
Paper:  Copic X-Press It, White cardstock, Secret Garden 6x6 pad (Graphic 45)
Copics:  Face – E50, E11, E13, E15.  Lips & Cheeks – R20  Hair – E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, E39.  Bunny Suit – YR0000, YR000, YR00, YR01, YR02.  Ears, Tummy, Feet – R0000, R000, R00, R01.  Egg – YG03, Y00, V01.

Mar 18, 2013

Art Journaling

Hello Stampers!

Happy Monday!  Here in Ontario, March Break has just ended (boo!) and for my family that meant a sunny vacation.  So after a week of wonderful holiday, I was very excited to get back to some crafty business with my girlfriends!  Yay!

At our new "art journaling" class, to be held monthly, Lori & Kim walked us through some super fun techniques!  I completed two layouts and I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.  Plus it was a lot of fun to get inky!

If you're in the neighbourhood, look us up!

Journal:  Dylusions Journal
Ink:  Dylusions sprays in melted chocolatelemon zestvibrant turquoise.  Ranger Archival.
Tools:  Tim Holtz watercolour pens, Ranger mini-mister, white gel pen
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Mixed MediaJust ThoughtsTravel Blueprint

Mar 4, 2013

God Bless

Hello Stampers!

Happy Monday!  Last Monday I posted a card made with the same cute little Unity girl and the same beautiful Memory Box die and the same perfect Paper Smooches sentiments.  I loved the combination so I made another card with those supplies!  This time I used the new Bo Bunny Isabella 6x6 pad (beautiful purple and pink and grey tones) combined with some grey and black card stock.

I've coloured this little cutie with Copics on X-Press it and fussy cut her out.  A little tip - use a black marker to trace around the cut edges to give a polished look!

Ribbon:  Bo Bunny, black cardstock, grey cardstock

Sarah Kipling
February, 2013

Feb 25, 2013

Unity heart

Hello Stampers!

I picked up some awesome new supplies at Scrappin' Great Deals last week - and have had so much fun playing with them this weekend!

I love Unity stamps in general - and the Magnuson's who own the company are sweethearts.  But this little cutie is my new fave!  I also grabbed this new Memory Box die - and I thought they went so well together.  Combined with the newest sentiments set from Paper Smooches - and we have a card!  I am also loving the Prima Engraver line.  Have you seen it yet with all it's coordinating elements?   Gorgeous!  

Happy Stamping!


Stamps:  I will give you my heart (Unity), Spiritual Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, ColorBox Pigment Archival Frost White
Paper:  Prima Engraver 6x6 pad, black cardstock, brown cardstock
Ribbon:  Bo Bunny
Dies:  Astrid Circle (Memory Box), Labels, Majestic (Sizzix Framelits)
Gems:  Prima Engraver

Feb 18, 2013

Uptown Friends

Hello Stampers!

If you don't already know, I am a huge fan of the Uptown Girls stamps by Stamping Bella.  I love colouring the images, giving the cards to friends, teaching classes with the stamps ... they are so much fun.  I especially like the sentiment that came with this particular stamp!

I've coloured these girls with my Copics as usual - on X-Press It paper.

Stamp:  Uptown girls Belinda and Bernadette the Bench Buddies by Stamping Bella (image & sentiment)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo black & Rich Cocoa
Paper:  Crate Paper 6x6 in pad Fourteen
Flowers & Gems:  Prima
Dies:  Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Squares Small, My Favorite Things label, Memory Box Whimsical Flourish

Have a great week!


Feb 11, 2013

Peachy Magnolia

Hello Stampers!

Here is a little Tilda I coloured last week while working on Valentine's cards!  I've been working hard on my ribbon techniques - and feeling much more comfortable with my Bow-easy (what a wonderful little tool).  I've tried to keep the colours pretty soft here, and of course my latest fave thing - a little postage stamp on the corner of the image (this one is Tim Holtz) in Distress Ink (Antique Linen).  I actually took the time to emboss my Nestabilities die this time too - which I rarely do.

Stamps:  Magnolia Tilda with Big Ice Cream
Paper:  Kaiser Craft 6 1/2" paper pad Sweet Nothings
Markers:  Copic
Die:  Cheery Lynn 
Ink:  Tim Holtz distress inks (Antique Linen & Tattered Rose)
Flowers, ribbon:  my stash
Adhesive:  3M Scotch ATG & Scotch Scrapbookers Glue
Additional:  Twinklets Diamond Dust (on roses) & Diamond Stickles (on heart)

Happy Monday!


Feb 4, 2013

Magnolia Valentine

Hello Stampers!

Happy Early Valentine's Day!

Here is one of the new Magnolias.  I LOVE Magnolias.  I love colouring them - they are so fun.

Stamps:  Magnolia
Paper:  Pink Paislee Secret Crush
Markers:  Copic
Ink:  Tim Holtz distress inks (Antique Linen & Tattered Rose)
Jewels:  Magnolia
Oval Doily Die:  Cheery Lynn
Flowers, ribbon & Wood hearts:  my stash
Adhesive:  3M Scotch ATG & Scotch Scrapbookers Glue
Additional:  Twinklets Diamond Dust (on roses) & Diamond Stickles (on heart)


Jan 28, 2013

Saturated Canary - Summer

Hi Stampers!

This is Summer by Saturated Canary, one of my current favourite line of stamps to colour.  The paper is "Ready Set Go" 6" x 6" paper pad by Amy Tangerine for American Crafts.  I love the bright pretty colours in this paper!  And orange has always been one of my faves.  The jewels are by Magnolia and the flowers are from my stash.  I used my Tim Holtz tool to twirl the ends and adhesive dots to adhere them to the card.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches (my absolute go-to sentiment stamps).

Windy is stamped on X-Press It paper, cut out with a Spellbinders Nestabilities label die, and inked with Antique Linen distress ink (my standard technique).

I've coloured her with Copics, and added little touches of white gel pen as well as Copic Atyou Spica pens.

Happy Stamping!


Jan 25, 2013

highlights from CHA - part 4

Hey there Crafty Gals!

Few more highlights from CHA!

First a little flair - cause I can't get enough.  And this is the super awesome Dyan Reaveley from Ranger!  LOVE!

Meeting Jessica from Greeting Farm stamps!  So funny cause I facebook and cityville with her hubby!  Tee hee!  LOVE her stamps - especially the new release stamp & colour stamps with lil' matching dies!  Cuteness!

Here is the Doodlebug booth.  Isn't it just adorable?  Yummy.

And here are some of their new release stamps sets with matching dies.  SUPER cute!

Happy Crafting!


highlights from CHA - part 5

OK - saved the best til the last.

Yep - fully admit it - huge, crazy, weak-kneed fan of Tim Holtz!  I just love his style - and how he makes everything look so easy.  You cannot be around this guy and not feel like crafting!

Had to get my photo-op in of course!  He is always super, super gracious, no matter how many of us crazies are wanting photos & autographs!  Just lovely.  Have to say - this man is the demo master - he could sell anything!

Watching the man at work (again).  Yep - might have spent a little (lot) of time at the Ranger booth!  Here Tim is demonstrating his new Distress Paints which were (no surprise) one of the Top 20 products at CHA.  Of COURSE they are super cool and amazing and of COURSE I need them all - like yesterday.

Just one more pose - cause you know - I can!  Shoulda' taken a pic of Tim's shoes.  The man wears cool shoes.  But - that might have been just a tad stalker-ish...

The new paints.  LOVE.  You can layer them, unlike the distress inks.  They have no texture or grit once on the paper.  You can make them translucent or opaque.  Super cool.

Happy Crafting!


Jan 23, 2013

highlights from CHA - part 3

Hello Craftys!

Here are some more highlights from CHA!  So much fun and so many incredible sights to pack into one blog post.

I LOVE Gorjus girls!  I first got hooked on them when I went to the UK to visit my in-laws.  This is at the DoCraft booth.  They are a huge supplier in the UK - and newly launching in North America!  They distribute through Notions and this was their first CHA.  They also gave away the most beautiful distressed Union Jack bags (LOVE) and UK magazine with stamp set! 

Cute little images at LaLa Land!  I haven't coloured any of them for a while, but they had the sweetest little make & take card that inspired me!

And just a little more CHA flair - cause you know - I collect it.  Interesting to come all that way and spend all that money to attend the show ....

Happy Crafting!

Jan 22, 2013

highlights from CHA - part 2

Hello Crafty Peeps!

Here are some more highlights from my amazing trip to CHA last week!
First, here is the incredibly talented Dyan Reaveley and superstar Ranger artist.  I could have watched her work all day long - she is awesome!  Of course now I NEED all her sprays - and her journal with it's amazing paper - and her new stamps & masks!

My name in lights - hee hee!  Had just the BEST time teaching two workshops for 3M.

There are some AWESOME sights at CHA.  I love it.  I like call it flair - I collect it.

More flair.  LOVE.  IT.

Happy Crafting!

Jan 21, 2013

highlights from CHA!

Hello Crafters!

I thought you might like to see a few highlights from Winter CHA 2013 - Anaheim - where I was last week!

This is me setting up the make & take at the 3M booth.  Prima was wonderful in supplying all the gorgeous papers and embellishments to make the mini-albums I designed!  We had a ball.  You can see the white room in the background where attendees could play with all of the amazing new Washi tapes (50+ designs!) and stick them onto vases, walls, furniture, etc.

Here you can see some of the beautiful new designs!  Some super cute tape and Post-it dispensers too (dog, compact, iguana, margarita glass).

Here I am with fellow SGD diva, Jeanne Streiff!  We had the most AMAZING time together!  Jeanne knows everyone who's anyone in the crafting world - so we mixed & mingled with so many amazing people!  Phew, were we tired at the end of the week.

Here are ladies in one of my two workshops that I taught for 100 people for 3M.  They are loading the new wide width 3M tape glider.  It is just like the pink glider, but has 1/2" wide tape instead of 1/4".  It is a MUST have!

A MILLION times thank you to my incredible crafty friends Suzanne Dean and Jeanne Streiff for helping me with my workshops!  I could not have done it without them. And what a great time!  Honestly, crafty people are just the BEST.  I am so happy and grateful to have been introduced to this amazing world!

Happy Crafting!