Sunday, September 24, 2017

Art Impressions & Stamptember!

Art Impressions has created an exclusive custom stamp set for Simon Says Stamp as part of the Stamptember celebrations!  The Ai Design Team are all sharing projects today to help kick off the launch, along with a few projects on the SSS blog.  Here is what I came up with using "To Perfection":

 A classic Ai Girlfriends stamp!  I used the pretty Heart of Home papers by Jen Hadfield, and was trying to make it look like the gal on the right is drinking a glass of rose wine, but it looks more like pink lemonade!!  Oh well, you get the idea...
The stamp can only be purchased over on the SimonSaysStamp.com site - so head over and grab it while you can :o)  Visit the SSS blog today to see inspiration from the rest of the Ai Design Team.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

One Crazy Stamper Card Kits

I have designed a brand new batch of Card Kits that are available in the One Crazy Stamper store (available through the website also!).  Six different kits in total - all Christmas themed.  Each kit has all the supplies to make four identical cards, and features the newest High Hopes Rubber Stamps release - Seasons of Celebration.  You'll get the main image stamp, and a sentiment, card bases, envelopes and all of the cut pieces and diecuts ready to assemble.  There is a full colour instruction sheet showing the completed card, along with colouring suggestions.  Here are the first two:
Card Kit #15 featuring Teddy Gift and Script Merry Christmas
 Card Kit #17 featuring Wise Men and Oh Holy Night
It's time to get started on your Christmas cards!  And the OCS Card Kits are a great way to kick off your stash - oh, and all of the measurements to make more are included in the kit, if you want to cut your own.  Each kit is just $22... you can find all of the OCS Card Kits here in the One Crazy Stamper online store.  I'll be back next Saturday to share two more.  Happy stamping!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Flowers & Foliage

The Art Impressions Design Team are back with week 2 of our Flowers & Foliage challenge - and we are helping to launch the newest collection of Ai Watercolour sets.  (If you didn't see last Thursday's post on the Ai blog - check it out, our Watercolour Design Team posted some gorgeous creations!).  I made a special card today for my wonderful niece, who just completed her Masters degree - an achievement in itself, but she also did it while teaching full time, and building a new house with her husband.  Yes, she is Superwoman.  I couldn't be happier for her!  She also got a very cute new puppy named Axe recently... so when Ai came out with the cute little puppies set in their watercolour line - I new what I was creating!
I started by stamping one of the puppies from WC Dogs Set (Sku #4959) and added an eye patch just like Axe has...  Then I masked him and stamped the milk pail from WC Containers (Sku #4111).  The bits & pieces in the pail are all from the WC Fall Set (Sku #4963) - love these!!  And then I used one of my favourite new Ai products - the WC Fence Dies (Sku #4967).  I die cut the fence out of a scrap piece of paper and used it as a mask behind my images, and then painted around it to create my grassy hillside.  I added some shadows to the undersides of the fence boards to give it some dimension.  (If you take another peak at the Halloween Shadow Box that I shared a few weeks ago, you'll see that I used the Fence dies to create my creepy fence!).  The grasses are from Foliage Set (Sku #4051) and the sentiment is from WC Sentiments Set (Sku #4903).


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Farm Window

 I have an Art Impressions Windows to the World card to share with you today, in wonderful fall tones.  Here is Farm Window (Sku # M3180):
 I have sort of a "mottled" (non-blended) style of colouring with Copic markers, which I think worked fairly well with this image, as it gives more of a textured look to the grass and foliage.  It's also a quicker way to colour - so this card came together in no time!  I love plaids that are on the diagonal, and they worked well with the square image.  I used a couple of stitched dies to cut out the image and a small banner.
Happy Stamping!
Copics used: Greens - YG95, YG93, YG91, YG03, YG01, YG00
Oranges - YR18, YR07, YR04, YR02, Y11
Reds - E18, E07, E41
Blues - B93, B91
Greys - W3, W1
Browns - E47, E44, E43, E41, E57, E55, E53


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Watercolour Birthday

It was my Mother-In-Law's 89th birthday yesterday, and I thought she would enjoy a pretty watercoloured card.  I had painted my scene a little while ago using the Art Impressions Watercolour stamps and my Tombow & Marvy markers.  I used WC Series 7 Set 2 (Sku # 3545), along with a few of the flower and foliage stamps, and Verve's Happy Thoughts for the sentiment.  The papers are ancient ones from Close To My Heart!


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Second Coffee Card

Here is my second card for the Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop - using Freshly Brewed by Tim Holtz, and the Coffee stamp set and die from Verve:
Here is my card with the coordinating one that I made yesterday:

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

Time for my favourite card making event of the season!  It's the 2017 Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.  I'm working on a set of coffee themed cards as a gift, so here is the first one that I'm sharing:
I used Freshly Brewed by Tim Holtz along with Coffee and the Coffee word die from Verve, and some old CTMH papers that I love.  I'll be back with the second one tomorrow!  Happy hopping :o)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #305

A quick Christmas card tonight - I love the new Freshly Made Sketch, so many ways to interpret it!  I used some new (to me!) Echo Park papers and an old CTMH stamp... along with my new stitched snowflake dies from Memory Box, which I've been dying to use:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Happy Fall

 It's September already!  And while I never want to wish away the summer... I adore the fall!  And a new season always means a fresh new crafting theme - warm, rustic colours and fall themed papers!  I was inspired to make a card with this sweet scarecrow from Art Impressions - the set is called Happy Fall Set (Sku #4525):
 I stamped him and the sentiment on some cream card stock, then coloured the image with my Copic markers.  I used some stitched dies to cut them out, then mounted the image with an off-kilter patterned square underneath.  I matted the sentiment and adhered it with pop dots.
 I hope you pull out those fall papers and get working on some warm, rustic projects, too!  Our current challenge is Off Kilter!  We want to see your angled panels - hope you can join us.
Copics used: Browns - E47, E44, E43, E41, E40, E57, E55, E53, E51, E18, E15, E13, E00
Greens - G26, G23, G21, YG11, YG03, YG01, YG00
Oranges - YR18, YR07, YR04, YR02, YR00
Reds - R27, R24, R22, R21
Yellows - Y26, Y23, E50


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #304

Can you tell that I'm on vacation??  Three posts in a week - it's heavenly to have some cardmaking time that is simply for me, so I decided to play along with this week's Freshly Made Sketch, and made a birthday card for my sister.  I used the gorgeous Heart of Home papers by Jen Hadfield (love these colours!) along with a background flower from Verve's Simply Amazing set that I coloured with pink Tombow markers and spritzed with water before stamping on my circle.  I overstamped the flower with a Close To My Heart sentiment.  A little stitching in a soft grey thread, some sequins and done.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Another Crafty Girls card

I was on a roll with this stamp set, so I put together another card using Crafty Girls Set (Sku #4890) - one of the Art Impressions Girlfriends stamps, along with some Lawn Fawn papers:
 Copics used - Skin tones E13, E11, E00, E000, E34, E31, R30
Hair - E18, E07, E02, E55, E53, E51, E50, C3, C1, C00, Y26, Y23
Pinks - RV17, RV14, RV13, RV10
Greens - YG03, YG01, YG00, BG18, BG15, BG13, BG11
Yellows - Y38, Y35, Y32, Y11
Oranges - YR18, YR16, YR15, YR12
Browns - E57, E55, E53, E51, E50
Greys - C7, C5, C3, C1, C00

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Crafty Girls - Art Impressions Girlfriends

 The Art Impressions Design Team are swapping with Marvy this week!  So I am using some wonderful Marvy markers on today's project using one of the newest Girlfriends sets - here is Crafty Girls Set (Sku #4890):
 I used the Marvy Le Plume Permanent markers - in six different flesh tones to colour in the skin tones of my Girlfriends (these are wonderful alcohol based ink markers).  I also used the wonderfully sparkly Deco Just Glitter Premium gold marker to add a little glitter to one of the cards and an earring - here's a better shot so that you can see the glimmer!

 Our current challenge here on the blog is "Off Kilter" - we want to see your tilted panels on your creations.  Hope you can play along!

Join in the fun and enter our Product Swap giveaway!
Happy Stamping!


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