Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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If you do want to consider demoing, you get access to an abundance of resources and you get to go to crazy fun meets like the one we had last night. It was a shoebox event. Everyone came with a card and everything to make it in a shoe box. Then we went around and made each other's cards! Here are some of the fun cards including a "diorama" card and a "card that never ends"!

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Curtain Call Colour Challenge: {Act 58}

First I need to say a big thanks to Stacey and her Curtain Call Crew for having me as their guest this month. A fantastic group of ladies to work with and I have so appreciated their wonderful comments this month. As November comes to an end this will be my last week with them. I have really enjoyed myself. THANK YOU CURTAIN CALL!

So without further ado... here is Stacey's challenge for us this week. Loved this one!!!

And my card... I used Just Add Ink Sketch 45.

It's suitable that this is a thank you card this week. Did I already say thanks to Stacey? This one is for her!

The Curtain Call Crew has samples to show you today, too, so make sure you stop by to see:

Christina MacLaren at Seaglass & Sentiments
Jean Martin at Stampin' Scrapper
Julie Lacey at Stamps & Taxes
Laurel Seabrook at Seabrook Designs
Makiko Jones at MakInk Studio
Monika Davis at M.A.D. Stamper
Piali Biswas at Touch of Creation
Silke Ledlow at My Life
Teresa Kline at Enjoy the VA Sunshine

...then play along with us and post your Curtain Call Color Challenge creation using Mr. Linky back here at Stacey's Stamping Stage.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Stampin' Royalty #47

We've got a sketch for you at Stampin' Royalty this week. Play along by creating a card, scrapbook layout or 3-d project using this sketch, then link up at Stampin' Royalty here.

Here is my take on this sketch...

I was inspired by my technique club project that we made just this Sunday. We learned the Black Magic Technique and of course I had to add "the twist"! My flower stamp is from the set Petal Pizzazz. I stamped it on Basic Black cardstock in Whisper White Craft Ink. Once it was dried I coloured it with Watercolours Pencils. Then I quickly ran over it with my Blender Pen. The twist is where I picked up some Whisper White Craft Ink with my Aqua Painter and outlined the edges of the flowers. Once that was dry I ran a very fine outline with a white gel pen.

I finished the flower off with a 1" circle in Whisper White, a Basic Black Button and 2 Basic Rhinestones.

The background is the background stamp, Tres Chic, stamped with Versa Mark and then Clear Embossed. I roughed the scallops with my scissors and sponged the tips with Concord Crush ink. My sentiment is from the Broadsheet Alphabet. I love that every letter is a little different in this set. I gave it a little sparkle with a few Basic Rhinestones.

Now it is time for you to check out the rest of the awesome creations from the Design Team at Stampin' Royalty and play along. See you there!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pals Paper Arts 69

Fabric! That's what Pals Paper Arts is asking to see on our projects this week. The idea was to showcase the fabric so you were supposed to keep the card CAS!
Well that was my aim with this one. A one layer card with not much for stamping.

I used fabric, dsp, and a button from the Candy Cane Series. That sweet sentiment is from the stamp set A Cute Christmas. I sponged the edges a little with Crumb Cake to age it just a little.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

First Snow

I just had to share this. She thought this was the cat's meow. Lucky for me she was choosing to eat from somewhere semi-safe. The trampoline (which is still up! Oops!). She just couldn't get enough of it. I think she almost bit her fingers here.

She loved the snow and was the last one inside and cried when as I took off her snow gear.

Curtain Call Colour Challenge: {Act 57}

Another toughy for me. I am not ashamed to admit I have a tough time with cards when the colours are not my favourites. The photo looks so inviting and and Stacey makes it look so easy. I had to go out of my comfort zone on this one and go a little abstract. Not sure about the end result. You will have to let me know what you think.

I still love this background stamp Tres Chic and love it as a backdrop in Chocolate Chip on Cajun Craze. One of my new favourite background stamps is Teahouse which I stamped on Tempting Turquoise and punched out with the New Designer Label Punch.

The Presto Patterns Specialty Paper is alot of fun. It's kind of like a choose your own adventure kind of thing. Sponge it with whatever colour ink you want. I chose Basic Grey. I topped off the focal point with a little Petal Card stamped with Tres Chic again and finished it with an Antique Brad.

The Curtain Call Crew also has samples to show you today, too, so make sure you stop by to see:
Christina MacLaren at Seaglass & Sentiments
Jean Martin at Stampin' Scrapper
Julie Lacey at Stamps & Taxes
Laurel Seabrook at Seabrook Designs
Makiko Jones at MakInk Studio
Monika Davis at M.A.D. Stamper
Piali Biswas at Touch of Creation
Silke Ledlow at My Life
Teresa Kline at Enjoy the VA Sunshine

...then play along with us and post your Curtain Call Color Challenge creation using Mr. Linky back here at Stacey's Stamping Stage.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Technique Club

It's club Sunday again and I am so looking forward to crafting with friends. It has been a slow 2 weeks for crafting due to my knee surgery and so this is a little late. But I am really excited about the projects I have for us to make. This is one of the cards I wanted to share with you.

I just love this card. I have made an elegant one and a fun one. You can leave it as a card or you could easily turn it into a gift card holder. Perfect for anyone!

Want to join us? You can either drop in for a $10 fee or put in a $25 order that night and get the class for free. Please contact me to reserve your spot. Can't wait to see you!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Paper Players #24

It's time for a colour challenge from the Paper Players.

I have completely run out of Always Artichoke due to the fact that I used it all up for my Mom's Christmas cards and my last few workshops so I substituted Old Olive in. Here is the original card I made to give along with a huge basket of Christmas things for a fundraiser.

I really like the card, however, I could not leave it alone with out stepping it up just a notch. So here is that version.

I added a few layers and a little extra ribbon and bling.

I used the Petals-A-Plenty Embossing Folder (item #116824) and sponged it with Cherry Cobbler. All the corners have been rounded (item #119871). The holly is from the set Hostess Peaceful Season. My sentiment if from Teeny Tiny Wishes (item #115370). I added another image punched out with the Decorative Label Punch (item#120907). I just love this Seam Binding Ribbon (item #120992) and first made this bow on this card here. You will find the link to the tutorial there. I topped off that bow with a button from the Deck The Halls set (item #121002) and put two Basic Rhinestones in the middle to finish it off. My final touch of bling was a little bit of Silver Glass Glitter (item #120995) adhered with a Two-Way Glue Pen.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Stampin' Royalty #46

This week Stampin' Royalty has a recipe challenge for you - patterned paper! Create a card, 3-d project or scrapbook layout and play along. Here is what I created to share with you.

I haven't made an Easel Card in a very long time but once I had the main image idea in my head I knew it would look fantastic on an Easel Card. I started off with Cherry Cobbler Cardstock and Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper. I used the Tag Punch for the corners and then the 5/8" Circle Punch for the wreath. I popped a few circles up on dimensionals for a little added dimension.

I used Kerin Sylvester's tutorial for the puffy bow and put a Very Vanilla Button in the middle to dress it up. I found these little bells at our local dollar store and tied them on with some Linen Thread. The finishing touch was spraying the whole card with Champagne Shimmer Paint.

Check out the rest of the Design Team's creations and then play along.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas Classes

Christmas is fast approaching and I have 2 classes to help get you ready!

The first class is a Stamp-A-Stack on Tuesday, Nov. 30th @ 7:00pm. Class fee is $25 for 12 cards with matching envelopes. There are 4 designs. You will make 3 cards of each design.
Please RSVP by Monday, Nov. 22.

Class #2 is my Winter Critters Class on Monday, Dec. 6th @ 7:00pm. These are perfect for table settings or gifts for classmates or friends. You choose which critters you want to make and how many of each. Fee is $2 a critter. All supplies including candies are provided.
Please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 26.

Email me @ to reserve your spot.

Monday, November 15, 2010

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Curtain Call Colour Challenge: Act 56

Stacey has another fabulous colour challenge for you today. I loved this one and man it was a breeze putting these together. These are some of my favourite shades! These actually remind me of the first time I played with Curtain Call. Check it out here. That was one of my favourite cards. Well here is what I did with them this time.

I decided to make it a roughed up card again and used Card Patterns Sketch #90 for my layout. The dsp is from the Level 1 Hostess 6x6 In Color paper stack. Then I embossed the Whisper White cardstock with the Elegant Lines Folder. I roughed up all the edges with my scissors and sponged everything with Chocolate Chip ink. I sprayed the corners with water, scrunched them and then quickly dried them with my heat gun to set the crinkles.

My Chocolate Chip ribbon is the Satin Ribbon from the Summer Mini. You would not believe how it saddens me that there is absolutely no Chocolate Chip ribbon in the cattie. I stocked up before it was all gone. I threaded some So Saffron buttons with Linen Thread and twisted it a little each time before adhering them down.

The sentiment is from On Your Birthday. You might notice that I actually changed the shape of the Designer Label Punch a little. I wanted it to hug the words a bit tighter. More roughing up the edges with the scissors and sponging again. To top it all off I added a few butterflies from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit. I layered a few to spruce them up a bit.

The Curtain Call Crew has samples to show you today, too, so make sure you stop by to see:

Christina MacLaren at Seaglass & Sentiments
Jean Martin at Stampin' Scrapper
Julie Lacey at Stamps & Taxes
Laurel Seabrook at Seabrook Designs
Makiko Jones at MakInk Studio
Monika Davis at M.A.D. Stamper
Piali Biswas at Touch of Creation
Silke Ledlow at My Life
Teresa Kline at Enjoy the VA Sunshine

...then play along with us and post your Curtain Call Color Challenge creation using Mr. Linky back here at Stacey's Stamping Stage.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sneak Peek

Paper Players #23 has a snowman theme challenge this week and I was dieing to play along however knee surgery has been keeping me from making my way down to my craft room. Well today (using great care) I made it there and played for a short bit while my girls napped.

This is actually a sneak peek at my Christmas critters class coming up but I just had to share and play along with the girls from Paper Players.

Once I am more mobile I will make my way to the store for some Christmas M&M's. I think they are a little more Christmasy than Jelly Bellies. But this is what I had so it has to do for now. Everything but the nose is a punch so it was easy to put together.
I can't take full credit for this snowman. I saw something similar on a website for SU demonstrators and had to adapt mine a little cause theirs was better than my original. Anyways hope you like and check back soon for the rest of the "family"!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Stampin' Royalty #45

This week is Remembrance Day and Stampin' Royalty is challenging you to a photo inspiration challenge.

Play along by making your own card, 3-D project or scrapbook layout using this photo for inspiration. Pull a colour, theme or maybe just a flower from the photo to help you create your own craft. Use Mr Linky at the bottom of the post here to show us your creation.
Here is my take on the photo.

I decided to keep my card super simple. I started with Natural White Cardstock and rounded the corners. Next I wanted to make some poppies and found that using the Butterfly punch that most people having been making their pansies with worked well. After I punched out the butterflies I worked the cardstock to break up the fibers and peeled the paper in half. This makes the paper much softer and lighter. I sponged the edges using my Sponge Daubers and put 2 punches together with a black Glimmer Brad. The stems for the flowers is from the stamp set Flowers Awash.

My sentiment is from Word Play. The original sentiment says "Remember When", but I just eliminated the "When" for a more suitable sentiment for this occasion.

Check out the rest of the Design Team's cards at Stampin' Royalty and hope you play along. Have a great day!