Friday, October 31, 2014

CHECK MEOW-T! {Art Impressions Design Team}

Happy Halloween! Wow, October 31st is here and I am on my way to work. I am a primary school teacher and today is a very special day to my students. We will be enjoying a costume parade and a class Halloween party! I wanted to share two cards I made using the super hilarious set called Check Meowt Set (Sku#4522)Doesn't she look pleased with herself!? Coming up with a costume as an adult is tough stuff. 

I have just discovered Project Life cards and I am using them today on my cards. They are the main "rectangles" for my images. I also love that the AI sentiments fit into my oval punches! BONUS!! 

Supplies Used:
Papers: Early Espresso (SU!), Project Life Cards, the designer paper is from my scrap bin
Inks: Copics, Memento Tuxedo Ink, Early Espresso Ink (SU!)
Tools: Large Oval Punch and Scallop Oval Punch (SU!)

I wish you and yours a happy and safe Halloween! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

CASE this Sketch {Joyous Season}

Good morning! Although we are only one day away from Halloween, I just HAD to make a Christmas card today. One of my favourite Christmas "symbols" is the poinsettia. Again, I love flowers and the bold Cherry Cobbler by Stampin' Up is my favourite paper to use when making my poinsettias.

A few weekends ago, I picked up some card fronts from Simple Stories. These are cut to fit an A2 card. I loved the patterns of the papers and the poinsettia paper caught my eye right away. So I went to work and created the card using today's sketch. The paper had a lot of small dots on the greenery, so that represents all the dots in the sketch. This was such a simple card to throw together.

My poinsettia was created using the retired 5 petal punch. All you need to do is to punch out two flowers and layer them on top of each other. Then using the Boho Blossom Punch (also retired) punch out the largest flower and the smallest flower. Then I use dimensionals between each "bloom" to give the poinsettia some dimension. Then punch out a 5 petal bloom from Old Olive paper and add one half to the side of the poinsettia to be the "leaves". I adhere the green part with a glue dot.

Here is the sketch at CASE this Sketch...I hope you will come and play along with us this week!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Purple Onion Designs Stamp Release

Hi Stamping friends! I am excited to share a card I made for the new Purple Onion Designs stamp release! These stamps from Stacey Yacula are ABSOLUTELY the cutest and I was thrilled to see this adorable snowman in the mix! I went to work and coloured him up with my copics and used some snowflake designer paper behind him to create my "scene". 

There is a introductory set price for the stamps.  The entire 16 stamp collection plus 3 sentiments (wishing you a wonderful holiday season, warm wishes and merry & bright) can be purchased for $75.00.  This special price is only available for one week.  It will end on Wednesday, November 5th. Click here to order the entire set!

For a limited time purchase the entire A Charming Winter Collection all 16 stamps plus 3 sentiments (warm wishes, wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and merry & bright).

Monday, October 27, 2014

Merry Monday #132 {Neutral Snowflakes}

Hooray! I am happy to be hosting the Merry Monday Challenge today! I have taken some time off from designing for the team and so it was nice to get back into the Christmas swing of things! I really do enjoy making Christmas cards. The challenge this week is to use Snowflakes, Dry Embossing and Neutral colours. I hope you can play along with us!

I went pretty simple with my card and used grays, black and white. The sentiment is from MFT and the snowflakes are from Lil'Inker (I think). I added a sequin to the middle of the two flakes, so it shines. The embossed folder is from Darice and is one if my favourites.

Come and play along with us at Merry Monday!

Sugar Sketch #15 {What's Mew?"}

I absolutely LOVE this clever sketch that we have up at the SugarPea Designs blog! I used it for my card but had to tweak it a bit to fit my image. 


I wanted to play with the adorable set called 'What's Mew"! I love how adorable that wee kitty and the little girl are is a breeze to colour and the sentiments are "purrr"fect!


Come and play along with us at the SugarPea Designs blog! You do not need to use a SugarPea image to play but remember that each project you link up and share below is an entry to WIN a Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs Online Boutique worth up to $15!  One randomly selected winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs Online Shoppe.  However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $15!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Alley Way Guest Designer for October {the final week}

Wow, October has flown by and this is my last week as a Guest Designer over at The Alley Way stamps! I would like to thank Chrissie and Alison for having me guest with them! I decided to ink up the Priceless Joy Stamp set again and I combined it with Tweet Spots. I hope you have enjoyed my cards and that you will visit the TAWS website to see the amazing designers she has!

I also played with the adorable set called FRAMED. This is my absolute favourite stamp set from The Alley Way Stamps. I love that it comes with a Polaroid stamp and the sentiments are fun!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Art Impressions {Mice and Sweet}

Today I am sharing a "spooky" but fun Halloween card over at the Art Impressions  blog! I fell in love with the cute little mice in this set and couldn't wait to ink them up!! They look like they are having a ball, trick or treating!

I hope you will stop on by to see the rest of my card!

Click HERE to visit...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

CASE this Sketch #97 {Joy}

 It is time for a brand new sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch

Isn't this an awesome sketch! I decided to use some new Simple Stories Christmas Chipboard and some paper scraps in my bin! This card took me minutes to make!

Hope you can play along at CAS(E) this Sketch!

Art Impressions {New AI People-Punny} & Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge

God morning crafty friends and welcome to a brand new challenge and stamp release for Art Impressions! This challenge is all about PUNS and I was happy to ink up this new stamp called "Gutter-ly Incredi-Bowl".

I used the fun sketch over at Splitcoast Stampers! Instead of the three dots, I used three little flags that I punched out. 

Hope you will come and play along with our Punny Challenge over at Art Impressions!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SugarPea Designs & Retro Sketches {Give Thanks}


Today we have a brand new theme challenge over at SugarPea Designs of Give Thanks! You are welcome to make a festive Thanksgiving card or a regular thank you card! I used the sketch over at Retro Sketches. I played with the sweet stamp set called "Teacher's Pet".


I wanted to create my own background, using the stamps from the set. I positioned all the smaller images on a larger clear block and then inked them all at once in black ink. Then I stamped onto my kraft paper. It made a quick and easy background for my card.

A clean and simple thank you card for my stash. 


Come and play along with us at the SugarPea Designs blog! You do not need to use a SugarPea image to play but remember that each project you link up and share below is an entry to WIN a Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs Online Boutique worth up to $15!  One randomly selected winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs Online Shoppe.  However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $15!

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Challenge #17 {Meet Maura}

Sketch Dimensions
(this is only a suggestion)
Card Base: 4.25 x 5.5"
Middle Strip: 2 x 5.5"
Square: 3 x 3"

Welcome to The Challenge! Every other week we bring you a colour/sketch combo! You are welcome to combine the colours and sketch or just use one part of the challenge! It is totally up to you! The design team have created inspiring samples to get you into the crafting mood! Come and join us!

This week I am excited to announce the addition of one more designer! Please welcome, Maura (aka Beesmom) to the team! Maura has consistently played at The Challenge and I love her inspiring work! Maura does not have a blog but uses a Splitcoast Stampers Gallery to share her work. I asked her to share a bit about herself! This is what she said...

About 7 years ago, a good friend of mine asked if I wanted to join a card-making club with fellow teachers from my school.  I thought to myself, hmmm, not so sure about the card-making, but it would be great to do something fun with my colleagues.  Little did I know… I loved the time with friends, but fell head over heels in love with card-making, and as they say….. the rest is history!  (Can you say, “addiction”?)

Welcome to the team, Maura! The designers have created inspiring work to get your creative juiced flowing! Have fun!

Boo Y'All card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from The Cat's Pajamas

The Challenge Winner and Top Three Picks!

So many amazing cards in the linky this week but Karren's clean and simple beauty was one I could not ignore! I love the use of the stitched dies, the clean lines. Such a soft and pretty card!

Congratulations, Karren. I hope you will join us as a Guest Designer for The Challenge! Please email me by clicking on the envelope icon in the top of my blog banner for more information!

I also chose three other cards from the challenge to be our "Runner-Up's"! 

(In alphabetical order)

This adorable card with the sponged sky was too cute to spook! 

Lee Ann's gorgeous card took my breath away! Love that stenciled background!

Sheryl's pretty card and cool sponged background caught my eye! The pop of red is beautiful!

Please join us in one hour, we will be back with a brand new challenge for you! Would you like a head start? Here is the next challenge!