Thursday, March 24, 2011

Two More Challenge Cards

This card was made for TLC316 ~ Let's make a Trellis~ on Splitcoaststampers. The challenge is to make a card featuring a homemade trellis. My trellis was made with my Cricut Expression and Sure Cuts A Lot software. It is a free svg file found here. I used SCAL to resize it to fit the card and then cut it out with my Cricut. Then I applied 3 layers of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) this gave it a backyard trellis look I think...what do you think? Then I added the flowers a pretty ribbon, the tag and bow and voila! Hope you like it!

My second card was made for TLC317 ~ Newsworthy ~ (03/21/11) which challenged us to make a card featuring newspaper somewhere in the design. I chose to use it as my main focus along with Hero Arts Clings stamp; poppy background. I used the embossed resist technique and think it turned out rather nicely, don't you?

Sunday, March 20, 2011


Hey there! Is there anybody out there still?
It's been a while since I posted, time can really get away from you sometimes!

Even though I haven't posted I have been creating! Here are some of the cards I have created! I hope to get back into regular posting now.

This card is one that I made for the technique lovers challenge - TLC314 ~ Handmade Tickets ~ (2/28/11) ( 1 2) at SplitCoastStampers. Splitcoast is one of the best resources on the internet for paper crafters. I have been a member since I first started stamping in the fall of 2006.

The challenge was to make a card featuring a homemade ticket.

Card Recipe

Image – digi-stamp from Sassy Cheryls called Loves Healing Hands, she also has a version with a little boy. The coupon stamp is a $1.50 stamp that I purchased at Michael's. I have just started using Digital Stamps and find I enjoy the ease of access to new images and the adaptability of them in that you can change the size. The only thing that I have found a challenge is colouring them. They pick up ink from my printed image I have tried Copics and watercolour pencils but it happens with both mediums. If anybody has found a way around this, please let me know!

Paper – The paper company

Techniques – colouring with copics, distressing

Tools – Copics, Cricut Expression, Sure Cuts A Lot. Embellies – ribbon, button, fibre.

Hope you like it!

My next cards are ones that I made for the VSN at Splitcoaststampers. VSN stands for Virtual Stamp Night and they are lots of fun. This was the first one that I had a chance to participate in a very long time and it sure feels good to be back!

My thank you card was made for the first challenge of the night - FEB11VSNA - A Heart Start! The challange was hosted by Denise who is known on Splitcoast as Resqbarbie and it was a sketch challange.

 Here is the sketch:

Denise is a New York State Certified Paramedic. She designed her sketch to get your heart pumping with 4 chambers just like your heart!

We could use any shape we wanted but had to make sure we kept the four chambers.

I was thinking about things that get your heart pumping and at once, I thought of coffee, my favourite beverage as well as my nemesis! I have this great set of stamps that I think I have only used once. So I pulled them out and inked them up and here is what I came up with!

My Card Recipe:

Stamps – Coffee Break Set – A Muse

Paper – Recollections- spice market

Tools – Slice, Gel pens

The background was stamped all over with the coffee bean stamp from the A Muse Set. I used my slice to cut out the squares and the sentiment panel. The images are coloured with gel pens and I embellished with crystal hearts in keeping with the theme.

Hope you like it!

The next VSN Challenge was hosted by LuvLee & Ashley FEB11VSNB - Heart Song which was an inspiration challenge. They challenged us to be inspired by out "Heart Song" which in my case was my Wedding song – Feels Like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk.

The first concert George and I went to, along with my son Joshua, was Chantal Kreviazuk. At that time she was just becoming known with her song Leaving on a jet plane. At the end of the concert she introduced her newest song, "Feels Like Home." It was at that point, holding hand with George that I knew that we were together for life and I really had found my home.

Years later when we were married there was no doubt in my mind what song would be playing as I walked down the hallway of my home to stand in front of the fireplace next to my soon to be Husband. By the time I reached my destination there was not a dry eye amongst the 50 plus people we had managed to squeeze into the living room on that December evening, including George. I peaked sideways at him to see tears rolling down his cheek. I was definitely home.

My card reflects all that the best I could. The house in winter nestled in amongst snowflakes softly falling behind it and hearts puffing happily out of the chimney. It has been 8 years now and I still feel that way, if anything I love him even more.

My Card Recipe –

No stamps!

Image – Cricut and Sir Cuts A lot with Free SVG file I found on the net.

Paper – recollections and AC Speciality paper (Silver Foil)

Tequnique – die cutting and embossing, Tools – Cricut Expression, Sir Cuts A Lot, Cuttlebug, Embellies – ribbon and glitter.

Well that is enough for now! I still have a couple of more cards to share and I will soon! I think I have thrown enough at you for one day!

Be Happy and Be Kind!