Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

Well, the Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop started up a few days ago... and I've barely had a chance to glance at the entries!  I'm about to change that, as I took a few minutes to make a very simple card to link up.  I haven't missed participating in a hop yet, so here's my simple little coffee card to help share the love:

Now off to visit a few blogs & see what everyone else has come up with!
Patterned papers are Pathfinding, CTMH; Ink and Cardstock are Chocolate, CTMH; Cups of Cheer die, Memory Box, Hello die, Avery Elle; Your Next Stamp Gumdrops in Kiwi & Chocolate.

Old Barn Watercolour

 I had fun painting and distressing today, using the newly released Old Barn Mini Set (Sku #4807) from Art Impressions which is one of the Watercolor Minis collection:
 I love this!  The set includes the barn, the tree, and the fence stamps, so I added in the tiny leaves stamp that is part of Covered Bridge Mini Set (Sku #4808), the tiny grass from WC Foliage Set 1 (Sku #4051) and the Teeny Tiny Flowers from WC Flower Set (Sku #4052)

 After my painting was complete, I grunged up all the edges a little, and sponged some soft brown ink on.  I used my edge distressor to tear up the edges a little, and got out some sandpaper as well.  I added the pewter brads to the corners to make it look like the picture was tacked up on the wall.  Happy stamping!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

One Crazy Stamper Card Kits

I thought I would post these here on my blog also... this is what I've been busy creating over the past couple of weeks!  I designed and assembled card kits for One Crazy Stamper featuring High Hopes Rubber Stamps.  This weekend was Scrapfest here in Richmond Hill, so I've been cutting, sorting and die cutting for months (okay, only weeks...) to get everything ready.  A few sold out, but there are still plenty left for purchase, and they will be up in the One Crazy Stamper store early next week if you're interested.  Here are the six designs:

 Each kit comes with all the pre-cut supplies to make four identical cards, and includes the rubber stamps, an instruction sheet complete with Copic colours and cutting details incase you want to make more cards with your own supplies.  *I'm going to do more cards in the future for OCS... so stay tuned!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cards to Die for!

Cards to Die for is our newest challenge on the Art Impressions blog!  We want to see your projects with die cuts...  The Ai Design Team are also helping to launch brand new Place Card Pals die sets - OMG these create the cutest little critters that can be made into all kinds of place card holders - be sure to see them over on the Ai blog, with all the wonderful creations by my teammates!  Ai is also launching a new Mini Try-fold set called Nativity MTF (Sku #4809) which is what I am sharing with you today:
The Mini Try-folds are a little smaller than the regular Ai TF's... my white panel is 3 5/8" wide, and 4" tall when closed.  They are so cleverly designed, as the two die cut openings in the side panels allow you to see all the way to the inside to see the sleeping Baby Jesus.
 Here is the card with the left panel opened...
And finally the sweet little inside image, along with the sentiment "O come let us adore Him".  I adhered a long piece of organdy ribbon to the back of my card panel, and this is what it looks like when the ribbon is tied up to hold the card closed:
 Don't forget to head over to the Art Impressions blog to see the rest of the DT creations, and you can link up your own die cut project in our challenge, while you're there!

Copics used: Browns - E59, E57, E55, E53, E51, E50
Yellows - Y26, Y23, YR38, YR35, Y11
Greys - W7, W5, W3, W1, W00, C5, C3, C1
Pinks - R20, E000, E00
Blues - B21, B23, B24

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Mini Raccoon Spinner card

I am on the Art Impressions blog today! 
I haven't made a spinner card in a little while, and I had these cute fall papers sitting on my craft desk - so I thought they'd go well with the Mini Raccoon Spinner Set (Sku # 4733):
 I stamped and coloured my images with Copic markers, then used the matching dies that come in the set to cut them out!  I used an oval die to make a cutout through all my layers.  I glued my front & back images together, sandwiching a piece of thread down the middle as I went along, and I attached the thread between my layers so that my raccoon and his cupcake would be suspended in the opening.  I finished off the inside of my card by adding a frame to the opening, and put some warm yellow cardstock behind the opening for some colour.
 The set comes with the three images, one sentiment and the two dies - everything you need to make a cute spinner.  Before I put the card in an envelope, I'll wind each of the images a few times so they'll spin around when the recipient opens it!
Copics used: E57, E55, E53, E51, E50, W5, W3, W1, BG07, BG05, BG02, B00, RV17, RV14, RV13, V06, V04, YG03, Y35

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Inspired By All The Little Things #24

We're back!  After taking a summer break - Inspired By All The Little Things is back for a wonderful season of inspirational challenges.  We're welcoming Karren Johnson to our team of hostesses, and Wanda Cullen is debuting as one of our fabulous weekly designers - so welcome, ladies!  I am this week's hostess, so here is the photo I chose to inspire you:
It's no secret that I love coffee themed cards - so I can hardly wait to see what you come up with!  I also have a partner in crime when it comes to beverage themed cards, and that is my wonderful niece Allie Kostiuk, who I've invited to be my Guest Designer this week.  She is a very talented crafter (and chef! you should check out her blog here to see her cards and recipes), but sadly - we live several thousand miles apart so rarely get to craft together.  Thanks to the internet, we share projects and ideas back and forth.  This summer we spent a few days together at our family cottage and had a wee bit of crafty time:
 And here we are with my Mom, I'm going to say circa 1990... so we've been crafting together for a few years now (yes, that's me in the attractive neon shorts?)
And now for some cards!  I've pulled out my favourite Verve set "Coffee" along with their Coffee die, and made two cards:

Our challenge runs until Thursday, Sept. 22nd at midnight - be sure to check out all the inspiration over on the Inspired By blog, and link up your creation!

Patterned paper is Home Sweet Home by Carta Bella; Stamp set is Coffee by Verve; Coffee word die, Verve; Stitched Banner and Circle STAX dies by My Favorite Things; Ink is Rich Cocoa, by Memento; Distressed with Vintage Photo Distress ink by Ranger.  Copic Markers.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Crop Til You Drop

 Most of us have loaded up our craft supplies and headed off to Crop our little hearts out with our girlfriends at one time or another... and I have the perfect image from Art Impressions for you to use on a card for one of those friends!  Here is Small Cropper (Sku #4094):
 Isn't she great??  I used some pretty background papers, and jazzed her up with a printed flower and a few buttons that I stitched and stuck down with adhesive dots.  I softened the edges by sponging all the papers with a soft caramel colour of ink.
 Copic colours used: E31, E34, E37, E18, E07, E02, R27, R24, R22, R20, Y26, Y23, YG95, YG93, YG91, BG75, BG74, BG71, W1, W00.
Happy stamping!


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