Created Byhand Challenge - Christmas Tag

Hi there,

The challenge this week at Created Byhand is to make a Christmas tag. I originally made the little tree and 2 layers as a tag, but then decided I wanted to make a card. So I incorporated that tag onto the card. I hope this isn't cheating to badly!

The stamps used on this card are all new releases from Quietfire Design! They are just gorgeous stamps, I have lots more to use and show you! Quietfire Design also has all the new release Christmas stamps on sale at 20% off til Sunday, so if you need some beautiful stamps, you know where to go!

I stamped and embossed the image and sentiment with Vintage Plum embossing powder. Then added some stickles and a swarovski crystal to the tree. I used the nestibilities to do all my layers. The snowflakes are done using a punch, they were glued onto the card, then I spread Star Dust stickles over them. In real life this card sparkles like crazy! You can see much more sparkle if you click on the picture to make it bigger.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!


Quietfire meets Stampsmith

I have been wanting to play with my photostamps from Stampsmith, and as always, Quietfire Design has the most beautiful sentiments and background stamps. They seem to compliment each other so well. For the background, I used the I love you Alphabet, and the sentiment There are two things, both from Quietfire Design. I first stamped the photo image on glossy paper with Ancient Page coal black ink. I heated it to dry it well, then used a sponge to add distress inks to make it look older. I then went in with my phototwin markers and coloured the flowers and bows on the girls. Ran it thru the cuttlebug with my new Nestibilities Label, and ran a background paper thru one size bigger as well. The background was stamped with Light Brown from Ancient Page. The sentiment was stamped with Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink. I then assembled also putting a piece of chocolate brown satin ribbon, and some self adhesive pearls from Kaiser Craft onto the card for interest.

I stamped off a pile of photostamps the other night, so I will be making cards with them in the next while and will add them as I get them done!

We got snow last night! I love it, it's so quiet when it snows. I am not sure if you know what I mean, but to me, it's very peaceful. The snow is all melting now, but I have to say, I am looking forward to winter and the snow I know many of you won't agree with me though!

Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by!

Blogger Award

I am so lucky to have received this award not just once, but twice! I received one from Jennifer at Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink and the other from Kimmy at Stamps, Scraps n' More. Thank you so much ladies, I am honoured that you thought of me!

Now for the hard part! I am supposed to pass on this award to 5 more people! Urgh...only 5?? There are just so many blogs I follow, and so many talented people out there! I will name 5 people, but honestly, I would love to pass this on to all the talented stampers out there! Thank you so much for all the inspiration!

Flower over at Arts by Flowers
Julie Koerber over at Out to Impress
Paula over at Paper Possibilities
Penny over at Penelope's Pitstop
Becca over at Amazing Paper Grace

Thank you again ladies, have a wonderful day everyone!


New product to me! Glitter Ritz

Wow, this glitter is totally amazing! I tried so hard to get a good photo of this card, but it glitters so much it's hard for the camera to capture it all. You can click on the picture to get a better look at the card. I used a Thomas Kinkade stamp and the warm highlight Glitter Ritz. I borrowed the stamp and glitter from Deborah, but I have my own coming, probably tomorrow (thank you Kristy at She Runs with Scissors, link is on the right). The sentiment is from Stamp a Mania. I used a couple brads because it looked a tiny bit empty on the bottom left side, and ribbon under the main image. I also used my new Nestibilities on this card (thank you Elaine)....I LOVE THEM!! lol

Thank you again for stopping by, have a great day!

I am still alive! lol

Well, finally I took some pictures! I made these cards for a local store here in town. They pick out the stamps and supplies, and I create. Sounds like a good deal to me! lol The little monkey from Stampendous is not a stamp I would usually use, but after the card was done, I think it's really cute! I wanted the monkey to be a girl, hence all the pink. I think I have only seen it done as a boy so far! Girls shovel snow too! lol You can't see it too well, but there are some Inkadinkado flurry stamps in the background, the pink I used is so light. I used the Copic markers to colour her in, and spica glitter pens to colour the blade of the shovel. Added tons of Stickles and some gems. I also used my new Nestibilities (thank you Elaine). The snowflakes are done with a Cuttlebug die.

The next card I wanted to keep simple. I just stamped the sentiment on pink, and embossed in silver. Matted with silver shimmer. Both were done with the Nestibilities. Snowflakes are from Inkadinkado, sentiment from Stampendous. Added some gems, and that's it for this card.
This is another stamp from Stampendous that I wouldn't normally use. But I kinda like the way it turned out. I made the die cuts with my new Slice! Oh I am loving that thing! I have so many shapes cut now, just from playing! lol If you look closely you can see me taking the picture in the silver mirror cardstock! Background is the snowflake embossing folder from Cuttlebug. Lots of Stickles on this one as well, and a snowflake die from Cuttelbug.

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

I miss my photostamps!

Good Morning,

I was sitting here this morning thinking that I really miss doing photostamp cards. I think this is what I will be pulling out today and working with. I am posting a couple cards I haven't shown on my blog yet, they are some of my favorites from The Stampsmith. They are so easy to work with, but I get so caught up with other stamps, that I kind of forget that I even have them? Do you all do this too? Time to dig them out! lol
Enjoy your day!


I have a new friend......

Well, I had to return a paper trimmer today and get it replaced as I broke the clear strip that holds the paper in place. So I went to M's and did that. On the way home I thought I would quickly stop by Photo Memories (scrap and stamp store). I really just went in to see if they had any new stamps, and they did! lol...So I picked up a set of Inkadinkado clear stamps, then went to the counter. Guess what they had on display??? Well, you will probably never guess, so I will tell you! The Making Memories SLICE!!!!! Oh boy, it was calling out my name, begging me to buy it!! They just got them in and hadn't even played with them yet. I bought The Slice (my new friend) and 2 more cartridges, came home, plugged it in to charge, and I have already been playing with it! Talk about simple to use, it also cuts like a charm! When they preordered them, the Canadian dollar was high, and they received great pricing. BUT, with the dollar once again being low, the next order The Slice will be about 60 dollars more? The second he said that, I made up my mind and knew I had to have it! I also had 2 - 20% off coupons, and 1 - 10% off coupon. So in the end I bought The Slice, 2 extra cartridges, 1 set of stamps, cheaper than I will be able to buy The Slice when it comes in again. Can you say Happy Stamper??? LOL That's me tonight!

My husband has been away for a few weeks for work, and he flies home tonight! YEAH! It will be so nice to have him home again. I am working tomorrow though, and he is working all weekend. Even though it will be a busy weekend for him, I sure love knowing he is at home at night with me! Looks like I will have some creative time too!

Sorry about my ramblings tonight, I am just excited about my man coming home and my great deal today!!

I will take a picture of my new friend tomorrow afternoon!
Have a great evening!


Christmas - Inkadinkado Style

Good Morning,

I just love the Christmas stamps from Inkadinkado! I am going to be teaching a stamping class, and it's mostly beginners, so I had to be careful with that I chose to do for cards. They had to be quite basic, but I still wanted them to be eye catching. The lady that asked me to do this owns The Scrapbooking Cafe Online, and carries the Cuttlebug and all the folders and dies, as well as the Nestibilities. So, I wanted to include as much of these as possible. I love how they turned out!

The first card uses the Winter Owl from Inkadinkado. He is stamped with Black Versafine, then embossed with Egyptian Gold. I know it's hard to see in the photo, but it does glitter. I cut it out with the Petite Oval Nestibilities, then layered on a larger scalloped oval. I ran a strip thru the Cuttlebug using the Snowflake embossing folder. Then cut a green strip wider, and also used the Cuttlebug Snowflake Die to cut out some snowflakes. The edges of the white paper are all edged with Distress Inks (tea dye). After the card was assembled, I added Stickles to the snowflakes and parts of the owl image. This card glitters so beautifully in real life.

The second card uses the Inkadinkado Reindeer. Isn's she pretty? She is stamped with Chocolate Brilliance, then embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I used the Long Rectangle Nestibilites to cut her out, and also cut out a larger scalloped rectangle. The tag was cut out also using the Nestibilites Ribbon Tags. All edges were distressed using Distress Inks (tea dye). After the card was assembled, I added Stickles to parts of the Reindeer, and it is so it! Almost forgot to mention I used one of the new Martha Stewart border punches as well. It took me a long time to finally buy some of her border punches, but now that I have....well, I am hooked big time!

You should be able to click on either of the cards above to get a better view and see the glitter better.

I have a busy day ahead of me. I just went through a sleep study, because I snore like a man at hunt camp (so my husband says)! lol They discovered that I have sleep today I go in to get a CPAP machine. Not sure I am going to like that mask much, BUT, it would be so nice to wake up in the morning and feel well rested. Some mornings I wake up and feel more tired than I did when I went to bed! lol Then I have some other running around to do...oh the

Wish me luck! lol

Have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by today!

P.S. I almost forgot to share my big news! I had 3 of my cards picked up for a magazine! They won't be published until Summer '09, but I am already excited! I have been submitting like crazy...and finally it happens!! YEAH!


Created Byhand Challenge - Brown or Black Tones

Evening Everyone,

This weeks challenge at Created Byhand is to use brown or black tones. I decided to use browns. For this card I used a Quietfire Design sentiment that I just love. It is stamped with Versafine Sepia, then embossed with clear powder. The background is an embossing folder from Cuttlebug, on Coredinations paper, and sanded. The ribbon is a Martha Stewart ribbon that was in the clearance bin at Mike's for $1.49! What a steal! I kept looking at this card and thinking it needs something else, so I added some Dew Drops to some of the dots! Now the card reminds me of chocolate and strawberries....hmmm.. I think I am hungry! lol

If you have a chance, stop by Created Byhand Weekly Challenges, to have a look at the cards, or play in the challenge!

Have a great evening,

Quietfire Design Quote Book - Sneak Peak

I am not sure if I can share all the pictures yet, so I am giving you a sneak peak! I am posting pictures of the front and back of the book. I have a friend at work that was diagnosed with Breast Cancer this last month. She has already had surgery, and is home getting ready for chemotherapy. I wanted to make her a special little book with quotes, and the Quietfire Design stamps are perfect for this book. I know, the book isn't pink, but I had to change it up a bit! Everything we have been giving her is all pink.

I will post the rest of the pics with the book open when I get the ok.
Thank you so much for stopping by today,

Quietfire Design Frame

Hi Everyone,

I did this frame last month, and realised I had forgotten to post it. I have been trying to do something different lately, not just cardmaking. I am not sure why, but being a bit adventurous! lol Anyway, I painted a frame, then sanded it down. I then stamped and embossed with black embossing powder. I thought it looked a bit to shiny, so I went over everything with the sand paper again. I like the more distressed look. All stamps used on this are from Quietfire Design, as well as the digital collage image.

My g/f Louise was over just when I finished the frame and loved it, so I gave it to her! It sounds bad, but when it was made it just didn't fit the interior of my place, and it suited her much better! Funny how we do that!

Thanks for stopping by today!
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