Monday, October 29, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month, and to mark this important part of the year, Splitcoaststampers have come up with a month-long HYCCT (Hope You Can Cling To) set of challenges with hostesses each day bringing us their unique set of challenge rules. Today is my friend Patty's turn to be a hostess.

Our challenge is "Real Witches Wear Pink" and we're to make a treat holder of any sort for Hallowe'en but with a Pink/Black/Silver theme. Here's what I came up with. If you'd like to play along, upload to the SCS gallery with keyword "HYCCT1229"

This was made for my very dear and special friend, Elaine, who is winning the battle right now as we speak. Love you, and am SO proud of you, Elaine.

I bought pink Ghirardelli squares to fit into this cute little pouch which was made following directions from Angie Juda. It's called a 'Double Pocket Treat Holder'. Here's a link to her video if you'd like to have a go yourself!

Thank you to Patty, not only for being a wonderful hostess today, but for EVERYTHING you do to build Splitcoaststampers as a fabulous online community for papercrafters. Love you!

Stamps : You are Loved
Cardstock : Subtles Paper Pack, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer
Ink : White Craft
Accessories : Decorative Label Punch, White Gel Pen, White Pencil, Pink Pencil, Black 1/8" ribbon

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Traditional Touches for Christmas

A quick and easy  CAS card today using one of our single stamps "Traditional Touches". I stamped the ornaments in Soft Suede and then stamped again using versamark and embossing powders. These 2nd ornaments were cut out and stuck to the originals using tiny pieces of dimensionals.

Stamps : Traditional Touches, Petite Pairs
Ink : Soft Suede, Versamark
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Brushed Gold, Champagne Glimmer
Accessories : Scallop Punches, Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Gold EPs, Dazzling Details

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Decorate a Daisy for a 2 yr Old

My cousin's little girl, Minna, is two shortly. I thought I'd make a fun and bright girlie card for her using today's "Sweet Sunday Sketch".

Stamps : Decorate a Daisy, Papillon Potpourri, Memorable Moments
Ink : Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, World Spectacular DSP
Accessories : Big Shot, Retired Junior Type Sizzlit Alpha, 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" circle punches

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mary's First Birthday

Last October, our friends Stacy and Steve had their beautiful little girl, Mary. I can't believe she's ONE already! I thought I'd make a girlie pink card for her. Isn't that paper bow genius? You can see how to make it here from the talented Connie Collins. So easy to do once someone shows you!!

Here's a closer look at the bow. It really is easy, 2 oval shapes folded in half and secured in the centre. I used a little pink button and topped that off with the 1/2 pearl. The possibilities are endless once you know how to make one ....

Stamps : None
Ink : Pink Pirouette (sponged)
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Pink Pirouette, Fan Fair DSP
Accessories : Oval Punch, Button, 1/2 Pearl, Big Shot, Lacy Brocade & Polka Dot Embossing Folders, Retired Alphabet Sizzlit, Build a Cupcake Punch, Dimensionals, sponges

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Christmas Tree & The Angel

Time for bed, just time to post these 2 cards which we'll be making in my October club, along with the frappuccino bottle. I love this little tree, so sweet and simple. The Very Vanilla layer is popped up over the 'Be of Good Cheer' DSP. I then dotted the 'baubles' on the designer paper with Crystal Effects and added the star. Cute!

Here's my angel. I wonder if Mum will giggle when she sees this ... you know what it reminds me of, Mum? The angel you made for the top of your Christmas Tree when you and Dad were first married ... with the ping pong ball head and silver tinsel wrapped around it. You painted on the face ... JUST LIKE THIS ONE! Once I thought of it I couldn't stop laughing!!! Do you still have her? If you do, we should take a photo to post here. They're twins :)

Joking aside, this is actually a really clever idea. It's a scallop circle trimmed up to look like an angel. Here's the post with instructions. I just added the 'face' and the gold halo.

Recipe ~ Tree Card
Stamps : Scentsational Season
Cardstock : Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Be of Good Cheer DSP
Ink : Versamark
Accessories : Gold EP, Heat Gun, Holiday Collection Framelits, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals

Recipe ~ Angel Card
Stamps : Evergreen
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Pink Pirouette, Gold
Ink : Versamark
Accessories : Gold EP, Heat Gun, Scallop Circle & Small Circle Punches, Fine Pen, Dimensionals

October Club Starbucks Bottle

I'm wrapping up this round of Club with my Saturday morning girls this weekend. I wanted to do something a little bit more exciting and thought it was about time we made a Starbucks Altered Frapuccino bottle. I love how this turned out, so cute ~ we're going to fill ours with hot chocolate mix. Hope the girls love them!

Stamps : Perfectly Preserved, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Scentsational Season
Ink : Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
Cardstock : Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Champagne Glimmer, Be of Good Cheer DSP, Naturals Ivory
Accessories : 1 3/8" Circle & Scallop Circle Punches, 2 1/2" Scallop Circle Punch, Holiday Framelits, Window Frames Framelits, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Banners Framelits, Gumball Sweater Trim, Linen Thread.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

CAS Christmas

I just love this Christmas Stocking, I think it's so fun. This card is truly CAS ~ I just added a couple of strips of glitter cardstock for some 'bling' and then added the sentiment with the new 1" scallop circle punch. Quick, easy and very sparkly :)

Stamps : Open Sleigh, Petite Pairs (sentiment)
Ink : Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock : Cherry Cobbler, Shimmery White, Red & Silver Glitter Paper
Accessories : 1 1/4" Scallop Circle & 1" Circle Punches

Sebastian is 1

My blogging friend, LeAnne Pugliese of Wee Inklings has a GREAT sketch today over on Freshly Made Sketches. I have my cousin's little boy's first birthday coming up next month so (for once) I'm ahead of the curve and decided to make his card with LeAnne's sketch!

I used Storybook Friends DSP and stamp set with this adorable exuberant puppy ~ isn't he cute! I coloured with a blender pen and reinker and heat embossed the image with black embossing powder.

Stamps : Storybook Friends & Memorable Moments
Ink : Versamark, Baja Breeze, Basic Black
Cardstock : Storybook Friends DSP, Crumb Cake, Shimmery White
Accessories : Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, Labels Framelit, Big Shot, Small Oval Punch

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Modern Christmas

Totally outside my comfort zone for this one. Clean & Simple sketches had a double challenge here. I like the sketch, but the colours were hard for me : Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip which are quite modern. Anyway, Sarah said she liked this, so I'm posting it although I'm not so keen! What I am loving are the framelit/stamp set combos we have now. LOVE these ornaments. I used Irridescent Ice to give it some 'pop'.

Stamps : Ornament Keepsakes, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock : Festival of Prints, Celery, Wasabi, Bashful Blue, Shimmery White
Ink : Wasabi, Versamark
Accessories : Framelits, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Banners, Wasabi Ribbon, Irridescent Ice EP, Edgelit, Dimensionals, 1/2 Crystals

Ice Skating

Think I'm finally getting the hang of this new editing software. Maybe a little too light? I need Sarah to give me a lesson when she gets home from school :)

I loved this image the moment I saw it in the Big Catalogue. Wow, my family know what I'm going to say .... we have some old movies (1950's) of my Mum & Dad, Auntie Sue and Uncle Robin skating on the Pond at Great Chilton Farm (where they were all born and brought up in County Durham). These skates are identical to the ones in the old movie. We had them as kids and I tried to get the colours the same. What do you think, mum? I wish I had a photo of mum & Dad in their early 20's skating ... maybe when they're home from their mini vacation, I'll ask mum to fish one out and I'll post it here.

Watercolouring with the 'lid ink' technique and an aquapainter. The close up is a bit scary, look at all the bits I missed! LOL. I wanted some glimmer, so the new Champagne cardstock did the trick and then finally, the technique today on SCS is to make a card featuring 'circles'. Yep, this is quite round!!!

Stamps : Winter Memories, Bells & Boughs
Ink : River Rock, Black Stazon
Cardstock : Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Champagne Glitter Paper, Watercolour Paper
Accessories : Big Shot, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits, Circles #2 Die, Scallop Circle Die, Circle Scissor Plus (retired), Aquapainter, Ink (River Rock, Basic Gray, Soft Suede, Lucky Limeade, Garden Green)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Open Sleigh

I used the sleigh image from this set and stamped it first in Soft Suede. Then I stamped it in Cherry Cobbler and trimmed just the sleigh body which is popped up over the sleigh runners. A touch of Dazzling Diamonds for some glistening snow and the image was done. The bottom of the card was embossed with the Scalloped Edge and then again on the white layer which was also cut with the large scallop die. I took some close ups so you can see the various elements to this card.

Stamps : Open Sleigh
Ink : Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories : Big Shot, Delicate Designs EF, Large Scallop Edgelit, Dazzling Details

Play Date with Dawn Marie

Having a lot of fun today stamping with my friend Dawn Marie! I pulled out the 'Open Sleigh' stamp set and came up with this CAS card. I can't seem to get a good photo of it though, I have a new computer and have switched editing software. I need to practice!

Stamp : Open Sleigh
Cardstock : Shimmery White, Cherry Cobbler
Ink : Cherry Cobbler
Accessories : Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelit, cherry Cobbler Brads, Lacy Brocade EF

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hilary's 70th

My parents live in a tiny village in rural Suffolk, England. When they moved to Elmsett, their neighbours popped in to welcome them and now, 20 years later they are still popping in for coffee, glasses of wine, supper parties, trips to the pub, you name it really! They were around when my daughter was born, they have walked our dog, we even saw the Millennium in with them. You could say we go 'way back'. Well Hilary's 70 on the 6th so I wanted to make a 'special' card for her. This one's special because there's so much bloody hand cutting involved!!! A labour of love, you could call it. Happy 70th, Hilary. See you on our next visit home!

I haven't been able to edit these pics, or add my watermark. I have a new laptop and the photo editing software isn't installed yet ... but you get the idea :)
Stamps : Memorable Moments, Papaya Collage
Ink : Crumb Cake, Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Old Olive
Cardstock : Very Vanilla, Raspberry Ripple, Crumb Cake
Accessories : Labels Collection Framelits, Large Oval Punch, Paper Snips, 1/2 Pearl, Sponge