I wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Years, and all the best in 2009! I am so thankful for all the bloggers out there, for all your inspiration and friendship!
On another note, I am so tied up in knots! I applied for a design team, and SO WANT to be on this team! The stamps are so my style, and the other designers are out of this world! It would be a huge honour to be picked. The winners will be announced tomorrow. In my head I know I probably won't make it, but in my heart I am wishing!! lol So, wish me luck, and keep everything crossed for me!!!! I think I need it!! lol
See you next year!! lol
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I did want to post these yesterday, but I was called into work. Then I worked today and took pictures when I got home. I have been going crazy trying to get all my Christmas cards done! I am beginning to think I must like stress, cause I seem to always be doing things last minute, why do I not start these cards in July or something? lol
The 4 following cards were done in one evening. I did 3 of each. I really needed to make some fast cards, and the cuttlebug was my best friend that evening! lol All folders and dies are Cuttlebug. The stamped card uses a sentiment from Cornish Heritage Farms. The insides are just stamped with black ink, saying "Christmas Blessings". I wanted to keep them very simple and hopefully elegant. Of course, I had to add a ton of stickles!!! The squares on the 2 cards were done with the nestibilities. Dazzling Diamonds glitter was used on the snowflakes over top of clear glue.
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You will be missed Auntie Gail, I love you.
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We had a Christmas Ornament Exchange over at a stamping friends last week. We were to make an ornament, then bring it over. We put numbers in a bowl, and whoever got the highest number got to pick out of all the ornaments, and tell why they picked that specific ornament. At the end each person had to tell which ornament they made. It was alot of fun! This is the ornament I made for the exchange. Catherine kindly took a picture of it when she got home, because I forgot! lol Thank you Catherine!
I used chipboard ornaments from Basic Grey. The backside is swiped with versamark ink, then I used pearl lustre embossing powder on it. On the front I glued on a piece of patterned paper. Stamped my angel image on white c/s, then coloured it in with Copic Markers. I went over parts of it with Spica Glitter Pens as well. I then distressed her with distress inks. Then I cut her out and curved her wings with my fingers and mounted her on the ornament. The edges of the ornament are also distressed with distress inks.
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I saw this stamp and fell in love with it! My bf Flower gave it to me!!!! When I opened my mail I was floored!! Thank you so much Flower! I will treasure this stamp! She is stamped on glossy c/s, then painted in using a watercolour brush and tombow markers. I just swipe some colour from the markers onto a piece of plastic and use a wet brush to pick the colour up and paint parts in. After I painted in what I wanted to, I went over everything with Tim Holtz Distress Inks, going darker as I got closer to the edges. The background paper is also distressed. I then stamped the sentiment from Quietfire Design. I thought it went perfectly with this image. I randomly stamped a couple little stamps from Inkadinkado. Then punched some flowers and added them, putting tiny pearls in the centers of them. I really like how this card turned out! If you click on the photo to make it bigger, you will see more of the colouring and detail up close.
I bought a couple more Stampsmith plates last Friday and they came this past Friday! What awesome service Estelle gives! When I saw this new Marilyn plate I know I HAD to have it. She looks so naughty and sultry, I thought this sentiment from Quietfire Design went perfectly with her! Marilyn is stamped with Black Ancient Page, then distressed with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I only used a touch of pink on her lips. I had intended this card to be for the Created Byhand challenge, red and green, but the green distress inks don't show up very well. I used it on the main layer that Marilyn is on, then over all the striped patterned paper. In person it shows up, but not in the photo. I am submitting it as is because I don't have time to try again right now.
Have a wonderful evening,
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Rest in peace Grandpa,
I love you,
Edited to add: Grandpa's funeral is on Tuesday December 9th. Here is his obituary. I am heading to Moncton tomorrow morning, so I probably won't be around for a few days. My Grandma isn't doing the best, she has Alzheimers they believe. It was sad to find out she doesn't know who I am, or the rest of us grandchildren really. I kinda feel like I have lost 2 grandparents. Anyway, will go there tomorrow and help my Aunt's in anyway I can. Thank you so much for all your kind words, it means the world to me. I will be posting a few cards tonight that I had already made. So, after I upload, I will see you in a few days.
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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!
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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.
Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
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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!
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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 sparkly...love 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 apnea...so 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 joy...lol
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!
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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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Thanks for stopping by today,
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Have a great day!
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Thank you for stopping by today! I was so excited that my awesome bf Flower made me a new blog!! I did like the one I just had, but it seems like everyone was starting to get the backgrounds, and I wanted something in my own colours and taste. Something a bit more personal I guess. So anyway, this is what I came home to today! I just love the soft pink, grey and black together! The leaves are perfect, and OMGOSH, check out that bling??? Now what girl doesn't love bling! lol
I am going to be doing a bit of stamping tonight, so hopefully I will have something to share with you all later!
Thank you again Flower! You are amazing!!!
Have a great day everyone!
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Has anyone else been having this problem? They keep saying my blog is a spam blog, but it's not! lol
Hopefully I will be back later to post some cards!! Wish me luck with blogger! lol
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Anyway, one of the stores had asked me to make some store samples for them, using their stamps and papers, and any other supplies. So I played today and dropped them off tonight. These are the cards that I made for them, all using Stampendous stamps.
This snowman was stamped with versafine on white, then I used clear embossing powder to emboss. The image is coloured with Copic Markers, and I used some Martha Stewart Glitter on his hat, pom pom and mit cuffs. I also went over the tree, star, and ornaments with the spica glitter pen. I really like how this card turned out. I used the Nestabilities for all the circles.
The next card turned out pretty bright, but those are the papers I had to use! It is quite cheery though when you see it in person, and full of bling! Same again, stamped with versafine and embossed with clear powder. Coloured with Copics, and tons of Stickles!! I used some of the Hero Arts gemstones, cuttlebug snowflake background and die cut snowflake.
This last card is really like an ornament. It doesn't open. I am not sure about this one though. I spent alot of time colouring in the image, and blending colours, shading, then I decided it needed a bit something else, so I put versamark all over it and poured glittery clear embossing powder over it. It lost alot of the detail, but they seemed to really like it at the store, so who knows? I think it looked much better before...
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The stream in front of the restaurant and behind the distillery.
This is the view off our balcony at the hotel.
We then went for a walk and went to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. Wow, I never realised how much Mr. Bell had invented, and all that he taught. I was seriously amazed and would love to go back there soon! Below is a picture of the lighthouse in Baddeck. This is the lake that Alexander Graham Bell's airplane first flew over in the dead of winter. I believe it was the first flight in Canada.
Thank you so much for dropping by and sharing this time with me! I just had such a fabulous time. My husband was so patient with all of us, and stopped wherever we wanted. I am very lucky to have him in my life! It was an awesome time for all of us!
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