Monday, December 30, 2013

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

So... I haven't posted in MANY days and usually that means one thing: I was freaking busy beyond my wildest imagination!! I had a marathon of concerts last week, a whole bunch of school stuff, a lot of Christmas cards to make and, oh yah... I FLEW TO SASKATCHEWAN FOR CHRISTMAS!! I have never "gone away" for Christmas before, but my parents moved to this "lovely" (frozen) province to a town in the middle of nowhere so this year we flew to them!

So before we left I had to whip up hand-crafted goodies, and here they are:

This was a frustrating card to put together. I stamped the background with a now sold-out There She Goes set and after I did that I sat and stared at it for a while... When I stopped staring I decided I would pull out some random Christmas embellishments and see where they would take me... It turned out pretty will and I happily gave it to my second-cousin-once-removed for Christmas!

I was playing around with random die cuts again and paired them with some awesome Pink Paislee papers and The Twinery Twine.  This happy card is sitting alone on my desk... I am hoping to still give it to someone when I get home. 


These tags were a Christmas Eve rush-job. I used a set called Santa Tags by Technique Tuesday. They sure helped the situation along a little quicker!


Lastly, I made this Greenhouse Society card in my Mom's craft room:
It's so weird crafting in someone else's space..  My Mom uses a lot of different products than I do, and little things like cardstock thickness and colours really threw me.. I'm used to my stuff, my way! Crafters are very particular, aren't we? I brought my new Memento Luxe inks with me to try out and I love them! The stamped image came out so vivid. 


I hope you have a fun New Years! I will be flying home (hopefully.. The weather is horrible!) and will probably be spending New Years with my little puppy and the rest of the gang. 
Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for my "best of 2013" post!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Altered Picture Frame: Be Merry

My farewell TSG post. 

It still makes me sad to think about TSG closing, but what are you going to do. 
I am already so busy with design team stuff that I could probably do with one less team (my husband has urged me to let one or two go) so this may be a blessing in disguise for me. 

So last night my son and I took part in a gift exchange and the poor guy got landed with two of these lucite picture frames with really ugly pictures in them. He nearly cried! lol... I decided to alter one and see what I could come up with:


I used a new set called Be Merry (still in stock!! Get it while it's still available!!!) and coloured it with Copics. I added a few die cut snowflakes to give the project some dimension and that was that! 

Click here to go to the store. 

All stamps are now 25% off. Get them while they're here! 


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Smash Journal

I haven't been very at filling it yet, but I bought a Christmas Smash Journal to record memories from this year's Christmas happenings. My family and I are flying to my parents place for the holidays, so hopefully we'll create some exciting memories for me to share! 

I was drawn to the album because a lot of the pages were really beautiful and really "on-trend" (I hate that term, but it was appropriate) but I just needed to add a few personal touches.. 

This is one of the first pages. It's supposed to be for Black Friday, but 1) we don't have that in Canada, and 2) I'm not going to journal about Black Friday. 

I added some stamps (from Annabelle Stamp's Merry Messages) to personalize: 

Then I journalled: 


This page was really cute to start with: 

But I added a little heading: 


Have a great day!! 

Greenhouse Society: Clematis

December 15th means we are revealing a brand new Greenhouse Society stamp set. This month it's the Clematis and well, just like 99% of the other flowers we've had, I had NO idea what this flower really looks like. So I googled it:
Purple! Super! My favourite colour... Not! But you know what, it's growing on me. Did you know Pantone predicted Orchid as next year's "Color of the Year?" I guess I have to learn to love it! 
So, completely inspired by the photo above, here's my card:
This beauty was coloured with Distress Markers on watercolour paper. I kept the colours rich and dense by using 2-3 markers/colour and not using a lot of water to blend them together. I may have also added a little shading with a chalk pastel pencil ;)

Please say hello to Clematis!
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Thank you for joining me and I'll see you later in the month with another take on this stamp! 

Friday, December 13, 2013

ClearSnap Blog Hop

Welcome to the Clearsnap/Stampendous! bloghop. 
We got to play with a bunch of fun Clearsnap products and I had some fun
with pigment inks. I thought it would be nice to stamp with the wonderful
metallic inks on different coloured cardstock. 

Here's my card: 


I stamped the Train Postcard in Colorbox Silver, then I sprinkled some Shabby White Embossing Enamel and heated it up from underneath. My dad loves trains, I think this will be a great card for him! 

Here's the blog hop list. Have fun!!

Stampendous! Blog

Thursday, December 12, 2013

ClearSnap and Stampendous

Hi there! This week the team from Stampendous! is joining forces with the people from Clearsnap.
Rich, bright pigment inks from Clearsnap have long made embossing with Stampendous premium embossing powders simple. The slower drying time of pigment ink is perfect for holding embossing powders to paper while heating with an embossing heat tool. Pigment inks are also gorgeous for colorful, fade-resistant stamping, but the slow drying quality requires some patience and on some surfaces they will never dry. 
So I did a little playing around with the pigment inks on "Specialty Stamping Cardstock" from Ranger. The super-smooth surface of the paper let me blend the inks around until I got the look I was desiring...


I divided my Cat-eye inks into two different colour schemes and started to play.



I added colour direct-to-paper but also used some sponge daubers to blend. 


This is how the blue one came out... I ended up liking this one better than the red/green one so I continued on to making this into something! 


As mentioned earlier, on some surfaces pigment ink won't dry. So before I stamped the image, I covered the whole square with Detail Clear Embossing Powder. Once the embossing cooled off, I wiped of the remaining ink with a baby wipe and was left with those cool white spots. Then, I stamped Cling Rocking Horse in black pigment ink and embossed that again. 


This came out pretty sweet! Thank you Clearsnap for your generosity!!

Go take a look at what other Stampendous Design Team members are creating today with Clearsnap products. Be sure to leave comments as you go so you can be entered for our PRIZES!! Also take time to visit the Clearsnap Blog and check out what their designers are doing. While you’re at it, we’d love it if you’d like us all on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, and even Pin our projects on your Pinterest Boards! Thanks so much for being fans!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Topical Tuesday: Chalkboard Ornaments


Hi there,I'm here with a fun kid-friendly Topical Tuesday for Annabelle Stamps!
I bought a package of plain, clear Christmas ornaments knowing I wanted to decorate them somehow, so really this was all just playing around... 

First, we painted our ornaments with Black Gesso. Yes, there's BLACK gesso! It dries matte so I figured it would look just like chalkboard paint (because I didn't have any...). 


Next, using a few stamps from Holly Jolly Christmas, I stamped in white pigment ink onto the ornament. Hint: don't mount the stamps on anything. Use your fingers to help the stamp hug the curves of the ornament. 


So when all was said and done, I liked the clean-and-simple look of the black and white (with a touch of red) better than my attempt at colour: 


I still have a few ornaments left to decorate, I wonder what I'll do with them??!! 

Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoyed my post today!


Monday, December 9, 2013

Copic-A-Looza


I am SO excited to announce a workshop I've had in the works for a while now and it's called: Copic-A-Looza! It will be a two-day extravaganza of Copics, colouring, and probably a few belly-laughs along the way! If you live near me and would like to take an in-depth approach to my favourite card-making tool, then join me for the fun! 

Or call Clipper Street to book over the phone.

*There's limited space so book quickly! 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Annabelle Stamps Monthly Challenge


Hello all, thank you for joining us tonight for the very last challenge of 2013!  This month it's all about colour, and these would be perfect for lots of different occasions including Christmas!  So grab out your stamps and join in with us!!

Here's my card for the challenge: 

I tried and tried to find some papers that matched the colour-scheme, but it was no good... So I went about finding some PanPastels that worked.. I don't have a lot of them so I had a compromise on a couple of the colours, but that's ok, right? Instead of using regular cardstock I used Ranger's "Specialty Stamping Paper." It's basically a low-gloss glossy paper. It was interesting to try to get the PanPastels to show up (the blues didn't like it at all) but once I found some colours that worked it ended up looking kind of like marble... 

I used stamps from the Holly Jolly Christmas set and used a little wire twine to string them together. Do you like the glitter paper?? I can't resist using it around the holidays.. 

Want to play along with the challenge?
Head on over to the Annabelle Stamps Blog to check out the DT samples! Remember to be eligible for the $20.00 Discount Coupon you must use AnnaBelle Stamps and follow the guidelines HERE!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Goodbye to There She Goes


It's sad, but true; There She Goes is closing their doors... 
I started designing for Jessica shortly after meeting her and a few other girls in 2011 at a stamp retreat and from there we became close friends. I've been down to visit her and her family a number of times and I am so thankful that because of STAMPS I made some really great friends.  

As you may recall, I have a few TSG sets that I designed and that was a cool and humbling experience. To see my designs on other people's cards is a trip!! Anyway... Jessica is clearing out all of her sets and once they're gone, they're gone. 

My favourite TSG card: 


Man, I'm going to miss the excitement of getting new TSG stamps in my hands... 

So head over to the store and get them while they're hot!