Thursday, May 29, 2008

Cupcakes ALWAYS help!

Cupcakes ALWAYS help, yup they do!! I did this card for Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #17
I love Cupcakeabella from Stamping Bella...toooo cute. Hmmm, don't I start EVERY Bella card off like that?! Well, I can't help it...I love them all! This one I coloured in with my Copic markers and added Stickles to the blue stripes and the cherry on top (or whatever that thing is!). I inked Mountain Lake Versacolor around the edges and matted it to pink paper from the Basic Grey Two Scoops 6x6 pack. All papers on this card are in fact from Two Scoops (except the white of course, Papertrey Ink Stampers Select). Brads are Two Scoops also! I love that Basic Grey made coordinating brads...it really helps! The sentiment is from Inkadinkado. I've actually used this combination of stamp and sentiment before I just realized, but I love them both together so much! That's the joy of cardmaking- no two cards are alike!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Who says I'm normal!!??


This sentiment I've used just cracks me up. Isn't it the truth some days?! :) I saw it on a rubber stamp at River City Rubber Works and decided to print it off myself on Microsoft Word...probably not good to do that, but oh well! I'm sure they didn't come up with the saying themselves!

The image is Pmsabella from Stamping Bella, and was coloured in with Copic markers, with Stickles on her hair band and socks. I used a Sakura gelly roll marker for shine on the candy wrapper, chip bag and pop can. I inked the edges with Cyan Versacolor and matted it to pale pink Bazzil cardstock. The dp is from Crate paper (yes, you've seen it before on a few other cards I've done recently...) and all other cardstocks are from Bazzil. The ribbon is misc. from my stash and the brads are from the Cupcake line by Basic Grey. The rectangles were both punched out using my Marvy punches (plain AND scalloped)
The sketch is from SCS176 on SCS.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Bella Baby Bubble Bath tongue twister

I think this baby is one of the cutest images out there by Stamping Bella. I just smile when I see it! I've mentioned before, I have FOUR girlfriends expecting (must be something in the water) so I better get making baby cards! Of course, none of them know what they are having, so I'm trying to make my cards as neutral as possible. This one is probably more appropriate for a boy, but if I make enough of each, I should be covered! My inspiration came from the ribbon which I've been dying to use since I bought it, and finally saw the chance with this card.

The image is called Bella Baby Bubble Bath (say that 3 times fast!) and I stamped it in Brilliance Graphite Black ink and coloured it in with Copics, using my Spica glitter marker on the bubbles. I inked the edges with Pinecone Versacolor and matted it to Aqua Mist cardstock, then brown Bazzil cardstock. The brads are misc. from my stash. The card base is cut to 5 1/4 " square and uses brown Bazzil cardstock for the base, with Aqua Mist and a minty green Bazzil cardstock layered over. The mint I ran through my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder. The sentiment is from the She's Having a Baby set by My Favorite Things, and is stamped in Pinecone Versacolor and cut out using Nestabilities. Ribbon is from the Paper Pickle- my fave local LSS which is too tempting offering up big jars of beautiful ribbon right at the checkout counter! :)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Have a beer, fella!

This image is Beerfella from Stamping Bella. He's kinda cute, in a laid back, relaxed way! :)

I coloured him in with my Copic markers and added some shading detail to the bottom with Cool Grey no.5. He's matted on brown cardstock, and the side panels are from the Father Knows Best 6x6 patterned paper pack by Papertrey Ink. The three panels are matted on Lemon Tart cardstock (PTI) and the card base is Summer Sunrise (also PTI) The sentiment is from the Birthday Basics set by Papertrey Ink. Flower is by Prima, and the bauble for the flower centre is from Stamping Bella.

The card follows BSC27 over on SCS. I think it's a nice man's birthday card, probably one my dad would like!! :)

Friday, May 23, 2008

Blog Candy Winner!!!

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Okay, so #6 was Allison!! Congrats Allison- you won a Spring Blooms stamp set by Gina K. Designs. Email me at marciesharp@hotmail.com with your mailing address and I'll send it right out. Thanks so much everyone for participating in my first challenge...it was fun seeing all YOUR cards. Stay tuned for MY card with NO STAMPING. Although...sniff, sniff, I LOVE to stamp so I'm not sure if I'll do anymore like that haha!!

Countdown for tonight...

Yippee for blog candy!! Don't forget to link your card(s) with NO STAMPING on it to this post. Winner is randomly drawn TONIGHT!!! Have em' up by 8 p.m. EST and the winner receives a Gina K. stamp set! Woohoo! Exciting! Thanks to all of you who have entered already...your cards look awesome.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Text messages!

Sorry about the fuzzy picture- must have been having some sort of mental block with my camera today! This cute little cell phone stamp is Gina K.'s Text Messages. I bought it because I'm beginning to sell (or should I say, CELL) some of my cards and this one kind of lends to the teen girl birthday...or at least, for all the teen girls I know! :) I stamped it in Brilliance Graphite Black and coloured it in using my Copic markers, then going over it with a pink Sakura gelly roll marker that gave it a nice sparkle. The 'screen' of the phone is covered in Crystal Lacquer to give it that 'glass' look. BTW (that's my text lingo)- the set comes with many messages that you can stamp on the screen...pretty cool eh!? I inked the edges black and matted it on two layers of Bazzil cardstock. The patterned paper is from my stash from looooong ago, so who even knows who made it!!?? The flowers are Primas and the brad is from Making Memories...all in all, a bright, sassy card if I do say so myself!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Congrats on your new job, and don't forget my blog candy!!

Yippee for blog candy!! Don't forget to link your card(s) with NO STAMPING on it to this post. Winner is randomly drawn on Friday, May 23. Have em' up by 8 p.m. EST and the winner receives a Gina K. stamp set! Woohoo!

Here's a card for you! I made this one for my brother-in-law who will be starting a new job in a few weeks. I stamped the open leaves in Brilliance Graphite Black ink, and the solid trunk in Pinecone Versacolor. Both are separate pieces from Papertrey Ink's Father Knows Best stamp set. I used a couple of different colours of Copic markers to colour in the leaves and the grass at the bottom. I inked the edges black, and matted it to a scalloped rectangle cut out using my Nestabilities. The matting and the card base are both the same paper- the opposite side of the designer paper I've used, which is Crate paper. I love it! The soft greeny colour is from Bazzil and I inked all edges of the papers with Pinecone Versacolor. The brads are Making Memories, and the 'Congratulations' sentiment is from My Favorite Things' Essential Sentiments set.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

And the winner is...

Oops, not yet!! That's right-I've extended the blog candy to Friday, May 23rd. Show me some cards that have NO STAMPING on them. Have em' ready by 8 p.m. and I'll take a look and draw a random number from all the cards submitted. Winner gets this Gina K. stamp set!! Good luck! Thanks to the folks who have already posted a link to their cards- awesome ideas!

This sympathy card was made using Papertrey Ink's Spring Moss colours, and the Nature's Silouette's stamp set by Kim Hughes (from Cornish Heritage Farms). I stamped my images (the butterfly is a separate image) in black ink and added Spica glitter to the butterflies. I sponged Spring Moss ink around the edges, and matted it to Spring Moss cardstock. The card base is also Spring Moss, the patterned paper is from the Everyday Blessings 6x6 paper pack, and the ribbon is stitched Spring Moss. The sentiment comes from the Mixed Messages set by Papertrey Ink.

Monday, May 19, 2008

I've been tagged!

One of my SBS17 sisters has tagged me! Thanks Kylie! :) So are 6 things about me:

1) I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes) when I was 4 years old and it has brought about all kinds of experiences and circumstances that have changed my life forever- summer camp for diabetic kids, fundraising challenges, getting my insulin pump...Living with diabetes is not easy, but taking good care of myself has ensured that I'll be around a loooong time!

2)I recently graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, ON with a B.A. in History, minor in Women's Studies.

3)I have been married for 5 1/2 years to my husband Jared and we went away to Varadero, Cuba and were married at the Sandals resort there...sooo beautiful and romantic!!

4)I have lived in the same area (besides the years I was away at school) all my life. In fact, last year, my husband and I bought a farm RIGHT next door to where I grew up, so my parents are my neighbours.

5)When I was 17 I travelled to Osaka, Kyoto and Tottori, JAPAN for a school trip and I came home to NO HOUSE- it had burned down while I was away. (Thank goodness everyone, including pets were okay)

6)I can quote virtually every line from the movie The Princess Bride- I love, love, love it and my 19 month old son has been forced to watch it twice already. :) I can't urge you enough to watch it, it's AWESOME! :)

Okay, so now I'm going to tag 2 more of my SBS17 sisters...Claire and Ev.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Seeing stars and BLOG CANDY!!

This card is a case from Amy Sheffer's blog, Pickled Paper Designs. You can see her card here. I kept some elements similar, and others I omitted....well, mostly because I was lazy. I used kraft cardstock for my card base, Aqua Mist for the Swiss Dots "Cuttlebugged" part, and all others are Bazzil. The stars are from Verve Visual's Seeing Stars set. and I cut them out each individually with a white border showing. The scalloped border I did with my corner punch with the guard removed...a neat trick I use often. I think this card would be a great grad card, or maybe a masculine birthday card...? What do you think?
Don't forget my blog candy!!! You have to read to the bottom of this post for details... Show me a card you have made that has NO stamping on it. :) Maybe I didn't give you enough time, so I'll extend the challenge to Friday, May 23. Have em' ready by 8 p.m. and I'll take a look and draw a random number from all the cards submitted. Winner gets a Gina K. stamp set!!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

A flowery thank you AND blog candy!

Oooo did you see my post from the other day, offering up some blog candy??!! A beautiful Gina K. stamp set, and all YOU have to do is leave a link on THAT post to a card you have created using NOOOOOOO stamps at all :)
This card is based on a sketch by Lauren Meader...yeah, I didn't actually finish it in time to enter it in her birthday bash a week or so ago, but I wasn't going to let the sketch go to waste!!
I used Bazzil cardstock for all papers (the white is Papertrey Ink white stamper's select cardstock), and Brilliance Graphite Black for ink. The image is from Sunshine Designs and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Don't know what it's called, but I love it! :) The "thanks" sentiment is from My Favorite Things (the Essential Sentiments set) and the ribbon is from a huge pack my mom picked up at Costco awhile back. I coloured the image in with my copic markers and used Stickles for a little extra sparkle on some spots. The red photo corner was 'dotted' using my white Sakura glaze marker. Note the Swiss Dots embossing on the blue card base. I omitted a part of the sketch because I didn't really see how I was going to fit it in on my already busy card! I like this sketch, and I'll have to use it again sometime...don't forget about linking your cards by Monday for the blog candy!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Almost no stamping...but not quite!

This is a card that was super quick to make, but I almost feel ripped off because there is hardly any stamping on it at all! I loooove to stamp, and almost all of my cards include images from rubber or acrylic stamps, but I realize there are a LOT of fantastic ways to make a card with no stamping at all.
I started with some reallllly pretty specialty paper that is soft and sparkly and cut it slightly smaller than my card base (Bazzil cardstock). I attached it using glue dots because 'wet' glue really shows through this particular paper and leaves a yucky stripe. Then I tied on some ribbon from my stash trying to use coordinating colours and to include some of the same sparkle that's in the paper. The white shimmery ribbon is Offray from Walmart. THEN came the focal point, my sentiment from River City Rubber Works was stamped in Adirondack Mushroom ink and cut out using my oval Marvy punch. I matted it on white Doodlebug Designs glitter paper and handcut the oval out myself. The final touch was a scalloped circle cut out with Nestabilities in the same colour of cardstock as the card base. Easy peasy and I do have to say, it looks much nicer IRL.
Why don't you all show me a card that doesn't have ANY stamping on it at all?! Just leave a link to your new card on your blog in my comments for this post and I'll check it out! On the morning of Monday, May 19 (a holiday for us Canadians!) I'll draw a random number from all the submitted cards, (note- all the cards, not just all the comments) and the winner will receive a "Spring Blooms" Gina K. stamp set!!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Thoughts of you

Here's another card made from my hand-stamped paper from a few days ago. It's great when you cut it into pieces (I cut 4 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 pieces). Then you can see where you might like to add some more detail if needed.
For this card I used Papertrey Ink's Spring Moss cardstock as my card base. I cut a piece of white cardstock (also from PTI) to slightly smaller than the card base, and ran the bottom part of it through my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder.Then I glued on the hand-stamped paper, which was cut slightly smaller than the white. Around that piece I tied Berry Sorbet (PTI) satin ribbon, and then used my word window punch to cut out a piece of Sweet Blush (PTI) cardstock. On that window I stamped my sentiment "Thoughts of You" from the Essential Sentiments set by My Favorite Things. Done!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Sit back and relax...

This image is called Adirondack Chair by Lockhart...gee, what a creative name for it! :) It's actually my mom's stamp, but like I've said before, she's nice enough to let me stamp her stuff when I need to, and vice versa of course! So- to make the card- the image was stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black and coloured in with my Copic markers. I cut out the image and it's mattings with my Nestabilities. Ribbon is from Costco, and the embossing was done using the Swiss Dots embossing folder by Cuttlebug. Super quick and easy, and one I'll be sure to reproduce many times over!!
I hope everyone has a great Mother's Day- my husband is away on business and my little guy doesn't yet understand the concept of "let mommy sleep in on Mother's Day" so I'm sure it will a day just like any other. And that's okay. :)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Why don't you give it a try?

That's right- go ahead and try making your own patterned paper. It's not as hard as it looks. :) I saw the idea on Nichole Heady's blog awhile ago, and passed it off as too difficult for me to try...then my mom pretty much handed me the supplies and said "WE'RE GOING TO TRY IT" and of course, I'm too scared of my mom to argue. :)
I started with a piece of Sweet Blush cardstock and stamped a flower from the Garden of Life set in Berry Sorbet ink. I added the flower centers seperately, and then the leaf (stamped in Spring Moss). Then I stamped the flower outline in white ink overtop of the base flower image but not always quite on center. I did it randomly all over the paper and voila! Your own designer paper.
Additionally, for the rest of the card I cut Spring Moss as my card base, and then layered over it my designer paper matted on white cardstock. I used Berry Sorbet stitched ribbon, and my nestabilities to cut out scalloped squares in white, Sweet Blush and Spring Moss paper. Then I stamped my sentiment from the Verve Visual Wonderful Wishes Remixed set. As a final touch, I added some Diamond Stickles as accents to the center of each flower. All other materials are from Papertrey Ink.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

This is where I make magic :)

Small isn't it?? Yup, this tiny space is what I call my craft area. But I love it! :) The only thing I would change (well, besides having an entire 20x20 ROOM to myself) is I would love a door to keep my pesky 18 month old son OUT!! He LOVES to unravel rolls of ribbon...*sigh* it could be worse. :) It works for now, but if we have any more kids buh bye craft area and all our 'office' stuff moves down here.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Happy Birthday you man, you!

Um, weird post title, I know...but really, how many times can you name your post "Another Birthday card"?? This is the first card I've made using my new Father Knows Best stamp set from Papertrey Ink. I stamped the tree trunk in Pinecone Versacolor, and the leaves with Bamboo Versacolor. Then I used the single stamp 3 times and cut ito out, popping it up with popdots on the tree. The grass I coloured in using my Copic markers, and over top I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment in Pinecone. It's matted on dark brown cardstock, while the card base is more of a beigey-brown colour- kinda card to describe! Patterned paper is SEI from the Dill Blossom line, and the ribbon is Summer Sunrise stitched ribbon from Papertrey Ink. Brads are from Making Memories. Not my best effort, but I'm getting used to the new set...yeah...that's my excuse! :) All in all, it will make a good masculine birthday card.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Laugh every day!

Ugh, sometimes it feels hard to laugh every day doesn't it? Luckily I have my own source of pure happiness- my 18 month old son Jake who cracks me up many times a day with his goofy personality and new discoveries. This card captures the essence of "laugh every day". I cased it from dougnat's gallery on SCS. Don't those monkeys look like they are having a blast??
This image was sent along in a Pay It Forward package by Ellen from Petrolia- one of ladies I met up with for lunch many weeks ago. The monkey's are the cute Changito Amigos from Stampendous. I coloured in the monkey's with my Copic markers and stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts in Brilliance Graphite Black on the bottom. All papers used (except for the white) are from Basic Grey's Cupcake 6x6 paper pack. I did some faux stitching around the edges, and added some Summer Sunrise stitched ribbon from Papertrey Ink, the rest you can figure out for yourself! :)

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Make A Wish!

This card is pretty much a direct case from the My Favorite Things gallery- Jen del Muro made the original card, and I have only changed a few little things from her great creation. I used orange paper from the Basic Grey Romani 6x6 pack for the card base and Romany patterned paper from the same pack. Black Bazzil cardstock was used for my other layers. My image was stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black and coloured in with Copic markers. I used Diamond Stickles on the cake's icing and Lemon Stickles on the candles. The oval I punched out with a Marvy punch, and trimmed the black matting by hand. The sentiment comes from the same set as the image- You Take the Cake from My Favorite Things...LOOOOVE that set!!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Holy pink giraffe...

Woah- is she ever pink!! I think I went a little overboard with my pink Copics when I started colouring this cute giraffe in, but it was my only stamped image of it (given to me by my mom and I have NO idea what it is!?) so once was all I got! All patterned papers on this card are from DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Girl glitter stack (that was a mouthful!), and the pink (Sweet Blush) and white are from Papertrey Ink. I inked around the image edges with Sweet Blush ink, and matted the image. The rest is pretty self-explanatory! :) Buttons are misc. from my stash, the sentiment is from My Favorite Things She's Having a Baby set, and the clear bauble is from Stamping Bella.
A cute little baby card for when that little girl arrives...I have 4 girlfriends who are pregnant, so I'm going to cross my fingers that ONE of them has a girl!!! They need to give my little guy a future girlfriend!! :)

Thursday, May 1, 2008

I'm not a Copic snob!!

I decided to prove to myself that I CAN use other methods of colouring in an image than my beloved Copic markers. :) So on these two cards I dug through my supplies and found my Twinkling H2O's and chalks. Both these cards use the same image, a Lockhart Sunflower, from Ellen Hutson's store, and it's my mom's stamp but she's nice enough to let me stamp any of her stuff when I need it :) Awww love you mom!
This first card uses Lemon Tart cardstock, Father Knows Best patterned paper, and Lemon Tart polka dot ribbon all from Papertrey Ink. The white cardstock (Bazzil) I ran through the Cuttlebug Textile Texture folder. I painted the image with Twinkling H2O's which I bought here. The image and the cardstock it's matted on were both cut out using Nestabilities. The sentiment is from the Essential Sentiments set by MFT (which has some new releases soon!! Yahhhhooo!)

With this card I used my chalks to colour the image in- a softer look. Once again I used Lemon Tart cardstock, as well as Aqua Mist and Spring Moss. (All from Papertrey Ink) I used my ticket punch from SU on the corners of the Aqua Mist, and the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder on the Spring Moss. The image and matte are cut out using Nestabilities. Ribbon is stitched Lemon Tart, and the sentiment comes from the Wonderful Wishes remixed set by Verve Visual.

Thanks for looking!! Have a great day everyone-it's pretty rainy and dreary here, so I think I'll have a stamping afternoon at least until my son wakes up from his nap!

To a Groovy Girlfriend :)

I notice that my mom posted a savvyshopabella card today also, but I pinky swear I made mine first, she just copied me :) Anywhoooo...I stamped her a long time ago at my mom's house, and finally dragged her out of my image pile, and started colouring away with my Copics. :) I sponged ink around the edges, and used a black marker to doodle. It's matted on Lemon Tart cardstock from Papertrey Ink and the card base is Lemon Tart as well. All other cardstock is Bazzil. I stamped my Splatter Pattern stamp by All Night Media in Lemon Tart ink on the card base and layered all my other pieces over top. Ribbon and brads are misc. from my stash. The sentiment comes from an awesome MFT set - Grateful Greetings- that I have had for awhile and finally cracked open to use!!

Little boy birthday!

This Stamping Bella image works wonderfully for little boys- and that's exactly what I've used it for- a little boy birthday card. I stamped my image and coloured it in using my Copic markers. I used a Sizzix circle diecut in my Ellison Big Shot machine to cut the image out, and then my Nestabilities for the Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink) cardstock that it's matted on. The patterned papers are from Nana's Nursery Boy line by DCWV. Ribbon is misc. from my stash, and the brads are Making Memories. I used one of the Happy Birthday's from the Birthday Basics set by Papertrey Ink. And done!
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