Tuesday, May 26, 2009

High Hopes Challenge #32

Okay, where did spring go--it's freezing here in southern Ontario--I need my woolies today & I am not impressed!! Anyway, just another excuse to retreat to the craft room and do this week's challenge! Over at High Hopes Tab has challenged us to use pink and brown in our layout which just happens to be my favourite colour combo...

Here's my card...

I used "Brayden's Backside" & and the sentiment "Little Behind" both from High Hopes to create my apology card! It never hurts to have one of those in your card stash just incase you need to apologize for something you did of forgot to do...hey it happens to all of us and I think it's nicer sometimes to say your sorry with a card.

Here's the inside...

The stuff I used:

  • Prismacolor Markers: 11-Deco Peach, 95-Light Tan, 99,101,102-all Warm Greys
  • Copic Marker: WG4--Warm Grey
  • CS: Bazzil Papers
  • PP: Not sure--has been in my stash for a few years now
  • Die Cut Letters: Quickutz--Diesel (w/shadow)
  • Flowers--Hero Arts

Thanks for stopping by to take a look & thanks Tab for a great challenge this week!!



Friday, May 22, 2009

High Hopes Challenge #31

This week's challenge from the amazing Karen was to doodle. I kinda did 2 challenges in one so to speak--the first for High Hopes, the second for the 20th anniversary of my first date with my husband--wow, what to put on a card like that?! Well I love the Leo the Lion stamp and decided to use him--he reminds me of my husband's personality--strong, brave and loyal!

Here's my card...

The stuff I used...
  • Prismacolor Markers--70-Sand, 23-Cream
  • Prisma Pencils with mineral spirits
  • Copic Multi Liner--for the doodles
  • PP--Me & My Big Ideas
  • CS--Bazzil Papers
  • Die Cuts--all Quickutz--Diesel Font, Lips, Love Letter

Here's the inside...

...and the back...

I don't usually do anything on the back of my cards except stamp the "Stamped with High Hopes Stamps" logo on them but...for me this is a pretty special day and I wanted to have lots of room to write on the inside.

Thanks for stopping by--and thanks too to Karen, my buddy and source of great inspiration from the Rubber Room--this was a fun challenge!


Thursday, May 14, 2009

High Hopes Challenge #30

Good morning everyone! Well I finally got my card done for this week's challenge despite track and field, science projects, a sick kid and technical difficulties with my camera. I practically had to stand on me head to get pics of this card but finally managed to take a couple. This week's challenge was "One for the Boys" by Design Diva Anna Wight.

Here's mine...

I used the "Fearless Knight" stamp from High Hopes. I coloured my image using the following alcohol markers:

Prismacolor--23-Cream, 99-Warm Grey 10%, 101 Warm Grey 30%, 132-Jasmine, 142-Brittany Blue, 198-Muted Turquoise, 202-Sky Blue Light and

Copic--WG4-Warm Grey.

I used Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp the image.

The ornate corners are a die from the Sizzix Architectural Accents Set. Sorry...I don't know what the actual name of my DP is...I've had it for a couple of years just waiting for the perfect project. I used my Nestabilities to make the background mats for the front and inside of my card. The sentiment on the inside is "Shining Knight" from Stampendous and the gems on the shield are from Hero Arts.

Here's a look at the inside...

The knight and the shields on the inside are all popped up on 3D foam.

Thanks for coming by to take a look at my card! Have a blessed day!


Friday, May 8, 2009

Bella Joins the Army

My best friend is a medic with the Canadian Armed Forces and I wanted to make her a card to show her my appreciation for what she does! She has completed 2 tours of duty in Afghanistan and 1 tour in Bosnia. She has also completed 3 DART (Disaster Assistance Response Team) missions to Honduras, Turkey and Sri Lanka providing emergency medical care to the local people who have been hit by natural disasters. Needless to say I am very proud of her--she is one of the bravest people I know and has a heart of gold.

There aren't a lot of military themed stamps out there so when I saw what Alex Maldonado at fairyblossoms.typepad.com had done with Cosmobella from Stamping Bella (see her May '07 archieves) I thought I would give her fun idea a try. The original stamp has Bella in capri pants & flip flops holding a martini glass--with a little masking and some hand-drawn art I was able to give Bella a military makeover with with a Canadian touch. The flag is part of the High Hopes stamp--Canadian Friends. I used Prismacolor pencils with mineral spirits to colour the image.

Here is another similar card I did for a soldier serving overseas to send home to their loved one(s). The "Much Love" stamp is from Michael's

Thanks for stopping by--have a great day!



Thursday, May 7, 2009

Copics with Joe!

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to hang out with my friends Joe & Cathy Siroski at the Rubber Room for a class using Copic Markers. Joe's amazing when it comes to colouring stamped images and Cathy helps him put his finished work of art in the perfect "frame" so to speak!

These are two cards I made after the class using a variety of alcohol markers using some of Joe's helpful hints!

This is Luigi from High Hopes Stamps--one of my favourite stamps Crissy Armstrong has ever designed!! He's so easy to colour and has such a cute, kind face! I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink & stamped on Strathmore Bristol Smooth 100 lb paper. The markers I used were Prismacolor #23-Cream, #71-Buff, #102-Warm Grey 40%, #132-Jasmine, #151-Raspberry, #198-Muted Turquoise, #202-Sky Blue Light and Copic YG25-Celadon Green, and WG4-Warm Grey. My cardstock is Bazzil and my DP is Basic Grey--Urban Prairie--Harvest. Dew drops are Robin's Nest.

This next image is from Q.T. Hooty Owl Plate 1 from Pink Cat Studios! Again...lovely images for colouring! I used Prism paper for this image stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The markers I used were Prismacolor #15-Yellow Orange, Copic #B02-Robin's Egg Blue, #B04-Tahitian Blue, #RV14-Begonia Pink, Touch #35-Lemon Yellow, #75-Dark Blue Light, #P83-Lavender & Letra Set Lime Green. Cardstock is Bazzil, border punch is Fiskars and scalloped circle made with Cuttlebug.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!!

Stop by the Rubber Room website where you can find these stamps and much more!! Here's the link--http://www.rubberroom.ca/

Check out Joe's Blog at--http://www.1crazyjoe.blogspot.com/

Have a blessed day!!


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

High Hopes Challenge #29

Hello all! It's challenge time again and this week Ying has encouraged us to use heat embossing somewhere in our projects...it's Mother's Day this coming Sunday and I thought the stamp "Busy Momma" was very fitting for my mom who was brave enough to have 6 of us...and by the way she still has hair, which to me is a feat in itself!!

I used Prismacolor markers to colour my image (#11-Deco Peach, #23-Cream, #70-Sand, #71-Buff, #95-Light Tan, #133-Deco Pink, #134-Deco Blue, & #202 Sky Blue Light). I stamped the image on Prism paper and used Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The DP is Daisy Doodles by Doodlebug and the cardstock is from Bazzil Papers. The "Happy Mother's Day" stamp is from Inkadinkado and the inside sentiment is from High Hopes. I also used Prima flowers and dew drops to embellish.

You may ask...where did she heat emboss...well...I don't know if you can tell or not from the picture but the sentiment on the front is heat embossed as well as the pocket on mama's dress and the hair ribbons on mama and baby girl bunny. The pockets and ribbons are also raised somewhat with silicon and I added a second ribbon to the little girl bunny's outside ear. The inside sentiment is also heat embossed. If you look closely I also watermarked the "Busy Momma" image on inside of the card where I plan to write my greetings.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look & to all you busy mommas out there--Happy Mother's Day!!! May your day be blessed with sunshine and time well spent with those you love!