Monday, November 30, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge: Holiday Cards

Today is the beginning of the Jacksonbelle Embellishments 12 Days of Christmas celebration!

Each of the Design Team members will be bringing you 12 days of holiday inspiration to jump start your holiday card making, gift packaging and much more!! You can see the creations each day on the Jacksonbelle Store Blog!

Today we're kicking off the 1st day with holiday themed cards!

 I thought about a couple things when designing this card. 1) I wanted to use my Silhouette because I just bought a BUNCH of new shapes over the weekend 2) I wanted to use up some scrap paper I had laying around and 3) I didn't want to colour anything!! So this is what I made:


I used some May Arts Grosgrain Ribbon, My Mind's Eye paper, SU! cardstock, and some kraft paper. The snowflakes are an old amuse stamp..

Check out the rest of the girl's holiday creations!!

Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Jimmi Mayo ~ Stamping & Shopping
Michelle Philippi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho
Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic
Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious
Lindsey Botkin: Embellished
Trudee Sauer: Follow Your Bliss
Heather Lee-Reppen: The Best in Life
Keri Lee Sereika:  Pink Lemonade

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Countdown to Christmas


I finally did it. I made an advent calendar. I saw the calendars at my LSS (Melissa Frances) and I said to myself, "This is the year you're going to do this for Phoenix (my son)" and I did! I used all My Mind's Eye products (paper and chipboard shapes) to decorate, and used the number stickers included in the kit. It took me two hours from beginning to end, so it was a relatively "quick" project to pull off..


Using a folded and stamped piece of PTI paper I created a back-drop for some of the larger die-cut shapes. I used flower-soft in Polar White on the ground.



And here's the finished calendar:



Now I have to go shopping for goodies to stuff inside! I think Phoenix is going to really enjoy this for years to come!

Bye for now!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge

Hmmm... What's my favourite product at the Jacksonbelle store? That's the challenge today! Create a project with my favourite product which is..........I would have to say...............there's too many products to choose....... okay, I pick Basic Grey!! I had some papers from last year's Christmas collection laying around and because I need to make way for NEW Christmas product I used that. I made 3 cards, and here they are:






Look, ma! No stamping! I used stickers in the paper pack as well as some ribbon, and some Prima "glitter spray." (the shiny leaf on the last card)...

To celebrate our favorites (and Thanksgiving), Lindsey has a HUGE sale going on in the Jacksonbelle store. EVERYTHING is 25% off. As a bonus, for every order you place between now and the end of the month you get your name entered into a drawing for a HUGE Jacksonbelle goodie package worth over $100!

Be sure to check out the blogs of all of the Jacksonbelle Rockstars:
Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Jimmi Mayo ~ Stamping & Shopping
Bethany Paull ~ It’s Not All Black & White
Michelle Philippi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho
Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic
Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious
Lindsey Botkin: Embellished
Trudee Sauer: Follow Your Bliss

Heather Lee-Reppen: The Best in Life
Keri Lee Sereika:  Pink Lemonade

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Featured Stamper Challenge at SCS


I had a lot of fun creating this card. I don't usually RIP my heavily-guarded Papertrey Ink paper, but for this background I think it was necessary.
I "cased" this card that was created using encaustic painting so I had to find a way to replicate the colours of the background. I stamped "rain" onto the blue that's barely visible in the photo, and I also sponged ink in the same blue colour and cream to create texture in the sky.
The tree and ground have glossy accents on them for the wet and rainy look.


The tree is a die-cut shape from Silhouette. It was originally printed on Kiwi Kiss cardstock, but I sponged most of the green away with brown ink. Now the green is just peeking through here and there...

Stamps: My Favorite Things (rain drops, sentiment)
Paper: papertrey ink
Ink: aqua mist, vintage cream (PTI), Jumbo Java Versamagic
Accessories: Glossy Accents (ranger), pearls (Kaiser)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge

This week's challenge was to pick a dress from this cute collection 
of girl's dresses. I wasn't a dress-wearing girl, but pieces like these make
me have a few regrets. *sniff, sniff*




This is the dress I chose. I saw layers of ruffles on a card RIGHT away so I got to work.





Each layer of ruffles were folded, sanded, glued, embossed with UTEE, then adhered
to a piece of cardstock with brads because they were SO THICK!
 I also embossed the image!



Supplies: Stampavie image, Pink Paislee paper (brown), American Crafts
ribbon, Bazzill paper, PTI Paper.

Check out what the rest of the girls did, and PLEASE! Play along!!

Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Jimmi Mayo ~ Stamping & Shopping
Michelle Philippi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho
Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic
Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious
Lindsey Botkin: Embellished
Trudee Sauer: Follow Your Bliss

Heather Lee-Reppen: The Best in Life
Keri Lee Sereika:  Pink Lemonade

Monday, November 16, 2009

Just my humble opinion...

This is a comparison of two inks that are great to USE WITH COPIC MARKERS! I have been using Nick Bantock ink in Lamp Black (by Ranger) for a LONG time. It was the ink I first used with Copics.. Then everyone said, "Try Palette!! It's the best!!!" and it wasn't... So I went back to Nick. Then everyone said "Try Memento! It's definately the best!!!" So I did.. And it's not! I'm sorry... Here's why:


"My ink" is just darker. A true black. And trust me, I stamped the same way and both
pads are juicy!

Memento:





Ranger:



And side-by-side.


I think the results are pretty clear! Give this ink a try and let me know what you think!!
(And NO I don't work for Ranger... I WISH! I just wanted to let you know what I like
about "my ink.")

Bye!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

November VSN!

Everytime there's a VSN (Virtual Stamp Night) I try to fit in a few challenges and as per usual I fit in 4. So here are the cards:


These cards (and 6 more of the same) were made with a Unity set I won at SCS
from World Card-making day. Isn't it so perfect? I paired the stamps
with some American Crafts papers I've had hanging around for a while and
viola!


Cracked glass technique. Love it. 3 layers of UTEE (Ultra thick embossing enamel) heated
then allowed to cool. BREAK! (My favourite part) Stamps and all cardstock
is Papertrey Ink.


Very interesting Christmas papers by Pink Paislee.. When I first saw them I was like,
REALLY? Christmas? But when the project is done the papers make the card feel warm
and cozy.. The stamp is a Bella (duh) and the sentiment is Papertrey.


This last card was made again with Pink Paislee papers and a new-to-me stamp by Stampavie.
I grabbed the wrong paper so it was kind of finicky to colour, but it turned out
nice and warm like I wanted it to! Love those Copic markers... Here's a close-up
of the image:



Remember all Inkadinkado and Martha Stewart products are 40% off at Jacksonbelle!  As an added bonus…Lindsey is also giving away a huge prize package of goodies to one lucky customer during the month of November.  You can see the prize and details on how to win HERE.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I don't know my animal facts...

This was my idea of what a penguin looks like:


I was sitting there at my craft table thinking "Penguins are black, right??" hahaha...
This is a penguin:


 Cute!!!! But totally makes me look like an idiot! haha

I finished the whole card, and everything!


Most supplies are from Jacksonbelle Embellishments: Stampavie Penguin, Jenni Bowlin paper, Ribbon, and cardstock. Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

When you make a purchase at Jacksonbelle Embellishments this month you will be
entered into a draw for a serious prize package! Check it out!


Monday, November 9, 2009

Jacksonbelle Challenge: Holiday Gifts!

The challenge for this week was to make a holiday gift item, so because I have about 20+ coffee bags (and I actually love using them for gifts) I thought I would get a head start on my Christmas stash..



I stamped on the coffee bag with Vintage Cream ink (Papertrey) and an old Stampendous snowflake. I stamped the adorable Stampavie penguin in Memento ink on Papertrey white paper and coloured with Copics. A couple dabs of flower soft here and there completed the image. (sentiment is Papertrey ink). I cut out the circles with the Creative Memories cutting system and scraped the edge of the red circle.


 Wait 'til you see my funny version of this guy tomorrow. I kinda FORGOT what penguins look like (they're not really native to my area, hahaha) and I kinda well...... You'll see. hahaha.. anyway. Take a look at the rest of the team's gifty creations:

Keri Lee Sereika:  Pink Lemonade Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Jimmi Mayo ~ Stamping & Shopping  Bethany Paull ~ It’s Not All Black & White
Michelle Philippi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho  Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic   Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious  Lindsey Botkin: Embellished
Trudee Sauer: Follow Your Bliss  Heather Lee-Reppen: The Best in Life

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Just Because!

Do you ever make cards "just because?" I need to do it more because 1) I have a bunch of deadlines coming up and I need more cards, 2) it's nice to make something just for the heck of it and 3) there's no pressure to make it GREAT! It is what it is.....


I used all the same supplies as yesterday's card, just with a different stamp set. I used a really cutesy Unity Stamp set and paper-pieced the cupcake tops! All paper is Papertrey Ink, as well as the Polka Dot Basics stamp set. "Thanks" is a Kaiser rubon, and ribbon is American Crafts.

Have a great day!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Jacksonbelle Tuesday Challenge: It's a sketch!

I dug into some Papertrey ink paper for this one. Why do I guard it like it's gold? It's actually very inexpensive paper, even with the exchange, so why do I hoard it? I don't know.. But I pulled out 3 random colours and went to work. Now.... My bad on the sketch. I didn't add a "star" element, so I hope you J-belles aren't mad! It just seemed full enough when I was done with everything. Please play along, and if you do, link it to the Jacksonbelle blog, and tag your creation with the keyword: JBE078. Here's my card using an Inkadinkado set that's on clearance baby! (It's all 40% off!)



I used a small image and stamped it in multiple colours (Berry Sorbet, Vintage Cream, Landscape, and Auqa Mist, all Papertrey Ink) on the white, then again on some scrap so I could punch the buggies out! I adhered the punched-out parts with dimensional squares and added the trails with Copic Spica pens!


The polka-dot background was stamped with Polka Dot basics (PTI) in Vintage Cream ink.  Take a little time to check out the rest of the girl's creations, and have an awesome day!!



Keri Lee Sereika:  Pink Lemonade Stephanie Hargis ~ Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Jimmi Mayo ~ Stamping & Shopping  Bethany Paull ~ It’s Not All Black & White
Michelle Philippi ~ Inside My Own Private Idaho  Carly Robertson ~ Paper in Bloom
Shemaine Smith ~ Scraptastic   Lynda Benden: Stamp Act
Jill Dunn: Ink Genious  Lindsey Botkin: Embellished
Trudee Sauer: Follow Your Bliss  Heather Lee-Reppen: The Best in Life

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hallowe'en at the Crawford's

Here are some favourite moments from the last two days in preperation for my second favourite holiday (after Christmas, ofcourse!).

Right now I can hear firecrackers being set off by teenagers at the elementary school across the street as two humungous bowls of Phoenix's candy sit in front of me on the counter...staring.. taunting.... must look away....

At left is one part of my neighbour's Haunted House extravaganza!! It's very cool to live right beside a local Hallowe'en destination. It helped all of us get in the mood! 

 Phoenix made these sucker-fronts (we stuck them to Sour Suckers..) from My Mind's Eye
chipboard and patterned paper. They turned out better than I'd hoped.
Here's a close-up of one:




After carving the pumpkin we always save the seeds and bake them up with some
olive oil and seasoning salt. Yummy!!


This was our entrance way this year. I was pretty happy with it, again, considering
I was too sick to buy anything new this year!!

 Pumpkin:


Our cute lone pumpkin... Donation from Ian's mom.



And lastly my scurvy pirate son who got too much booty for his own good!!!

Happy Hallowe'en!! Remember to turn those clocks back! ;)