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Monday, January 31, 2011

Outlines Monday! Designer Challenge-Pick A Posy!


This week, the Outlines DT was challenged to work with the Pick a Posy Stamps! Outlines has a fabulous amount of layered flowers in various shapes and sizes. For my Card, I chose Pointed Posies, in Small, Medium and Large. I stamped my images onto light pink cardstock and then using Copic Markers in the R-80's series, added some shading to add some additional dimension to the flowers. I added some foam dimensionals between each flower layer to pop it off the paper. I used Posy Leaf 1 as Foliage. Just a wee touch of Peony Pink Flowersoft to the middle of the flower finished off the look! I love how the Peony FS matched the colours in the card so nicely!

Make sure you follow the links on the sidebar to check out the rest of the Outline's DT Creations!

And the winner of my little Blog Candy offering from last week is Candi. I so appreciated all your nice comments on that post and for anyone who didn't win and made a comment last week, I'd love to send you one of my handmade cards, if you email me your snail mail address to vickig@kos.net. Again, I can't even express how much your following means to me!

Hugs and Love,

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Crazy4Challenges #72 Vintage Valentine


Today, our Hostess Extraordinaire, Maria has challenged us to create a project in a Vintage, Distressed or Shabby Chic Style! I'm holding a Copics Class next week and this is one of the cards that we're going to create in that class! I created my card by colouring this sweet Magnolia image and Magnolia Rose with Copic Markers. I toned down the brightness of the image, the papers and the wee crocheted flower with Antique Linen Distress Ink by Tim Holtz.



The Designer Papers are also from Tim Holtz. I stamped the circle with Score stamp from the Music of my Heart set from Unity Stamp Co. and distressed the edges of the circle with the Antique Linen ink. The Tiny Tag Punch and Love Stamp are from Stampin' Up!

Make sure you link up your projects to the C4C blog and follow the links on my sidebar to check out the Splendiferous Crazies Creations!

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Stamping of course!
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pretty Butterflies and Sweet Dragon Flies




Love these winged things? These are two cards I created with the January Release Sets from the {Stamps} of Life. The first card features Butterfl2build. I love the level of ease that these sets allow you to accomplish clean and simple cards so quickly.




These two cards are created with the Creations2full stamp set. Lot's of fun creating with these too!!! I'm not much of a techniquey stamper, but I did have fun creating the background for the first card.



In addition to Creations2fill, this set also features Flower2build, which is a fun big flower (the mid sized pink flower, the smaller flower is found in Creations2fill). I really love how Stephanie has designed a lot of her sets to work together! Brilliant!

I have to say that I'm feeling a little bummed about sitting here in Ontario today. As many of my friends have arrived in California for the CHA show, I'm feeling a little sorry for myself ;-(
I hope that they all have the best time there and I'm hoping to catch the Chicago Show this Summer. One saving grace is that I'm off to New York City for a long weekend in May. I'm pretty excited about this as I will be doing this with my DS Jonathon, My Mom and My Dad and some other favourite people! I've never been to NYC and am really looking forward to visiting the Historical Sites, Ground Zero and of course I totally hope to catch at least one Broadway Show as I've always been a great fan of musicals! Ahhh the weekend is coming on fast! Any plans?

This weekend I'm going out to see my Friends' Brothers Band. I think a night of dancing my face off should take my mind off the balmy California weather. I'm also having a couple of my good friends over Saturday afternoon for a little stamping AND if the weather is good, joining some more pals for Ice Fishing. Although we don't have a hut, I'm hoping that it won't be so cold that we'll freeze our hinies off out there! I have a lot planned and am looking forward to next week when I launch my Winter/Spring Classes. I LOVE teaching and having the ladies over to create!

Hope you have a Great weekend!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stampotique Designers Challenge#23 -Pretty Colours!


It’s time for another Stampotique Designers Challenge. This week our very talented Willy is challenging you to use the colour combination of orange andd turquoise in your creation. Please remember, this week is a
Stampotique Originals stamps only challenge so take out your Stampotique stamps and create a project in these wonderful colours.


Come join us for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to shop at Stampotique Originals. Link up your creation on the Designer Challenge Blog and don’t forget: only one entry per person please!


Also, don't forget, it's your opportunity to be our March Guest Designer, details on how to play for your chance to win are here...time is running out though, our contest closes on 1/31/11.



For my card, I used one of my all time Favourite Stamps: Gooseneck accompanying her is Heart Boy the sentiment, I made this is . The Fabby Designer Paper is from Crate Paper's School Spirit Collection............ I love the awesome designs and muted bright colour pallette in this series AND the fact it comes in 6x6.

Soooooooooo pull out your Stampotique Stamps, show us your finest creations and you could have some new rubber in your hot little hands soon!

Happy Stamping!
Monday, January 24, 2011

Just wanted you to know.......................

No projects to share today...........just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your visits to my blog. Your lovely comments mean so much to me. Sometimes I feel horrible that I don't reciprocate as much with visits to your blog. With only so many hours in a day, working full time, playing taxi driver to my dear son, designing, doing classes and such, It's hard to find time to spend on the internet.

I have met so many wonderful people through stamping........online, face to face and just through acquaintance. This community is such a huge part of my life and it's the wonderful relationships that mean so much to me. I'll try to be better about squeezing some time in to visit you.

Leave a little comment and I'm going to send out a wee token of my appreciation to one random winner as a little thank you for your support and following. I'll be picking on Sunday!

Back on Wednesday with another project!

Happy Stamping!

Outlines DT and a Totally Stampalicious Challenge


Ahhhh Monday............here it is again. The weekends seem to roll by so fast and before you even have time to enjoy it, it's time to get back into the Work and School routine!!! Oh well, I guess we can look at it as only four more sleeps until Friday! lol...........I'm sharing two challenge cards with you today. The first one is the Outlines DT Challenge, which is to create a square themed card. For my card, I used Candles Square Large. I love that you can either colour the entire image, or as I've done, stamp it multi times onto different coloured paper to make interesting layers.



I coloured the candles with Copic Markers and added a wee bit of glitter to the flames for some zippy pizzaz! I then used the Viva Decor Pearl Pen (silver), available HERE at the Outlines Store. The card base is a precut embossed card from DCWV. Make sure to follow the links on my sidebar to see what the uber talented design team has created. Bev is taking this week off as she's a little under the weather.........if you wish, it would be lovely if you could send some feel better soon prayers her way!



My second card is brought to you by TOTALLY STAMPALICIOUS! They have a fun challenge each Monday and today it's a Pink and Red theme. I used Stampalicious Scarlette as my Main Lady today. The neat thing about this fun stamp set is that she's not available for purchase, but can be yours with every $50.00 purchase. I also coloured her up with Copic Markers and used a little Pretty in Pink Craft ink to sponge the edge of the Nestabilities Die. If you want to see all the details of the challenge and how you can win a prize by playing along, head on over to the TS Blog and of course the Stampalicious DT have the yummiest creations to share with you........just follow the links!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

C4C71-It's Sketchy!


This week, Maria brings us a fabulous Sketch to play with! I love sketches and think that I should use them more often! I usually free lance it when it comes to designing cards, but I find that having a sketch for inspiration can give me some great ideas in a pinch! For my card, I used this fabulous set from the {Stamps} of Life -Shamrocks4us. I especially like the sentiment.......Kiss me I'm Irish......well at least for today! Way Cute! DP and Ink are from Stampin' Up! I found the sweet ribbon at Michaels a couple of years ago, but am only getting around to using it now!



Here's the Sketch if you'd like to play along! Make sure to link up your creation on the C4C Blog! and follow the links on my sidebar to see what my fellow Crazies have created for you. I've had a sneak peeks and all I can say is WOW!!!!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Flower Soft and Pretty Bold and Bright Blog Hop and anything goes challenge!

 


Flower Soft is releasing some Fabulous New Products at CHA and the Design Team is holding a hop to show off some great ideas with them!


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For my first project, I wanted to show you these fabulous Die Cut Dimensions-Wildflowers. What a quick and easy way to create an elegant card!


I simply added some Peony and Ultrafine Sage Flower Soft to add some dimension to the pretty print on the topper! 


 


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And on the other end of the scale, we go from pretty to Pretty Bright! Check out the new Neon Orange Ultrasoft Flowersoft.It will be available very soon on the FS Website. I created this fun border and fuzzy flower to pick up the neon colours in this summer themed Designer Paper from Archivers! The sentiment is from The {Stamps} of Life-greetings4birthday


If you’d like to play in the challenge link your creation up to the Challenge link in the SCS Forum. 


The blog  hop prize prize (and SCS prize) will be a each be a $50 gift certificate to
shop at Flower Soft) How cool is THAT???

Comments and SCS challenge will stay open for until 6am February 4th. The winners will be announced on the Flower Soft blog on February 4th.
**Notice we are changing the challenges to every other week.

Don’t forget that there is a new episode of Flower Soft TV every Friday. To register for announcements, contests and specials at Flower Soft TV go to


http://www.flowersoft.tv/#information.html .

Here is the link for the entire list for the Flower Soft Hop !


Now hop on over to one of my best friends-Jeanne to see her fabulous creations! 


Happy Stamping!


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Monday, January 17, 2011

Outlines Monday Design Team Challenge-Sweet Cakes

 

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This week over at Outlines, we were challenged to create a Sweetheart Themed card.  This Tall Heart Cakes image is perfect for a sweetheart themed card!. I think it’s a gorgeous image. The XOXO sentiment is simply adorable and I love the ability to change up the look of these sentiments based on their layered look.

Make sure you check out the fabby DT cards by following the links to the Outlines Team on my sidebar.

Believe it or not, I used Autumn themed paper from Basic Grey on this card, the soft pinky mauvy muted colours matched the chocolate coloured cake with the yummy pink candy hearts.

Have a wonderful week! I’m coming down with a bit of a cold and resemble rudolph or W.C. Fields with my big red nose! I’ve been pretty lucky to avoid the flu and colds so far this winter, so I guess I’m due!

 

Happy Stamping!

Vicki-Animated-Signature

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Krafty Girl and Guest January Release Blog Hop!

 
 
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Today Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps is releasing their
new JANUARY images! We’re kicking 2011 off with a bang as we
have SIXTEEN new stamps for you!! As you’ve seen over the last
few days in our Krafty Peeks,Annie Rodrigue has created some
incredibly sweet BERRY GIRLS!! There are six images in the complete
set and they are Abigail Apple, Andrea Acorn, Lily Lemon, Olivia Orange,
Rebecca Raspberry and Stella Strawberry!

Each one comes with a coordinating accessory stamp AND a bonus sentiment stamp!!


We ALL have baby cards to make every year and this month,
Steven Leary has brought us the mostadorable BABY images!!
There are babies,teddy bears, ducks and a pair of little mice you might know!
They are Baby Bubble Bath, Special Delivery, Tiny Miles and Maisie,
Buggy Full ‘O Ducks and Teddy Bear Trio!! Two of them
also come with matching sentiment stamps!!

Also this month we are excited to be sharing the last five stamps from our past
artist, Crissy Armstrong! These stamps are just full of cuddly cuteness!
Check out these adorable ANIMALS!! They are Buster the Bulldog, the Froggie Family,
Cheeky Monkey, Stripes the Zebra and Tickled PinkPiggies! Each one comes with a
coordinating sentiment stamp also!!
We are thrilled to have ALL THREE of our amazing artists joining in the hop today!! If you want to
start from the beginning, just head over to the Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge Blog!
As you hop from blog to blog, be sure to leave a comment at each and every stop because some lucky stampers will win packages of stamps from the new release!! And when you’re done hoppin’,
be sure to head over to the
Kraftin’ Kimmie shop,because ALL the new images are NOW available!
For my card, I used Acorn Andrea! She is just full of Autumn Goodness!!
I used BG as a base for my card and coloured sweet Andrea in with Copic Markers…
..speaking of Andrea, the “real life” Krafty Girl Andrea is next on the hop!
If you’ve been hopping already, you’ve arrived here from Sweet Suzanne’s Blog.
I’m sure that she’s had something Super Duper to show you~!
I just love her sweetness and her stuff~

For a Full Link List, please head to the Kraftin’ Kimmie Blog!
Again we’ve got ‘Gimme Kimmie’s Kits’ for those of you who just HAVE
to have all the new images! We’ve grouped each line of stamps together and
called them the ‘Gimme Kimmies Kits’!!! Instead of clicking on each image that
you’d like, you only have to click once to pick up a Gimme Kimmies Kit AND
it’s at a discounted price!! What could be better???
 
Have fun shopping!
Vicki-Animated-Signature



Saturday, January 15, 2011

Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Sneak Peek and Fancy Florals Challenge and Crazy4Challenges 70

 

Wow! There’s a LOT going on here today! Today of course is the third day of Kimmie Sneak Peeks and I’m pleased as punch to be joining the Krafty Girls in sharing some samples for this release. Today we’re featuring images from the Super Talented Annie Rodrigue. It’s also Challenge Day over at Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps and the theme-Fancy Florals.  You can get all the details for the challenge here on the Kraftin’ Kimmie Blog and while you’re there, you can see who’s revealing peeks today.

 

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Today, I’m sharing Lily Lemon with you….Isn’t she just dashing? Lily is one of several new Berry Girls that Kimmie is releasing this month. I think she’s scrumptious!

The Crazies Maria is hosting a Thank You Challenge, which is also being sponsored by Flower Soft. Check out the C4C Blog, where you can get all the details of how you can win these fabby new colours of Flower Soft, plus some FS Glue!

 

I used a  touch of Ultrafine Ocean to the centre of my yellow flower.

 

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The sentiment is also from Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps. The Thankful Sentiments set is perfect for those cards that you wish to send out in gratitude!

Are you ready for the big hop tomorrow? Make sure you come back to see the final peeks before tomorrow nights release and to leave some love in order to get a chance at winning some new Rubber!

Happy Stamping!

 

Vicki-Animated-Signature

Friday, January 14, 2011

Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Sneak Peek Day two~

 

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Today Kimmie is featuring sneak peeks from Steven Leary.

I got the pleasure of working with wee Baby Bubblebath.

Isn’t he just a cutie pattootie? You can see more of Steven’s sweet babies by hopping over to the Kraftin’ Kimmie Blog to see which of the Krafty Girls and Guests are playing today.

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I’ve been trying to use my Cricut a little more. I originally was going to cut a card in the shape of a sailboat, but I really loved the precut card from the Life is a Beach Cartridge. The Frame is cut out allowing one to fill the interior of the card. I used a Rub On from SU~! for the sentiment and created a white dot border with a Signo Gel Pen. I just adore the little ducky on Baby Bubblebath’s head.

I’m off to see the other peeks? Want to join me? Just click HERE

Happy Stamping 

Vicki-Animated-Signature

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Kraftin’ Kimmie January Release! Sneak Peeks Day One!

 

 

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Are you all ready to see some fabulous new artwork from Kraftin’ Kimmie’s Stamps this month? I am thrilled to be reuniting with my favourite Krafty Girls this month to share some samples for this month’s release.

Today we will be sharing Krafty Peeks featuring all five stamps from one of our past artists, Crissy Armstrong.  These sweet animals are so much fun!  All the Krafty Girls and Krafty Guests are excited to show them to you, so be sure to pop over to their blogs today to check them all out!!  Then come back tomorrow for more peeks from another artist.....you'll have to wait and see which one!! 

You can get the links for all the participants over at the Kraftin’ Kimmie Blog.

I used Cheeky Monkey for my card! I just love his sweet little face! I coloured him up with Copics, doing a combined background of Prism Pencil and Sponged Ink.

The cute little sentiment is included when you purchase this image! Can’t wait to share some more fabulous images with you over the next few days. Don’t forget that Saturday is the Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge and Sunday is the huge hop for prizes and of course the release!

Happy Stamping!

Vicki-Animated-Signature

 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Stampotique Designer Challenge 22 Put your best Mask On!

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I’m really excited to be hosting Stampotiques very first challenge of 2011. As you know, Stampotique has just had a Design Team call……..watch for some fresh new Designers to compliment some of our seasoned stampers!

I’m challenging you to use an type of Masking Technique on your card……….Put on your best mask!

For my card, I started out with a plain white Card. I cut a piece of Cardstock 6"x6" to match the size of the card front. From that 6x6 sheet, I cut a circle in the middle, allowing me to use the cardstock and the circle as a mask. First I adhered the circle to the middle of my cardfront. Then I took Tim Holtz Tea Dye ink and sponged the entire front of the card. I then took the honey comb background stamp and stamped over the front of the cardstock in Tea Dye to create a tone on tone look. I then took the Button Stamp and stamped the upper half of the card in Walnut Stain ink. Then it was time to remove the circle from the middle of the card and place the 6x6 cut out mask over the borders, so that I could work on the central images on my creation.

First I stamped Leopard Queen in the circle and on a Sticky Note. I then lay the mask over her and stamped in the Mushroom Group around her. I coloured her with Copic Markers and added some stickles to her wings for some additional bling!

Make sure that you peek down to see the rest of the DT creations, you'll see various sorts of masking in all it's glory!

 

Now onto the rules of the Challenge:

Since it's the first challenge of the month, you are welcome to use stamps from any company. Of course, if you have Stampotique images, we'd love you to include them in your project! Just add your project below to be included in the draw for a fabulous $30 gift certificate to the Stampotique Store!

*only one entry per person please, additional entries will be deleted*

hope you'll play along,

Vicki

Monday, January 10, 2011

Outlines Design Team Monday Challenge and Product Highlight-Viva Pearl Pens

 

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Today, the Design Team challenges you to create a Valentine’s Themed card. What better image to convey love, than Sparkle Love

I coloured the image with Copic Markers. Cerise Looks very pretty shaded with Red! To add a wee bit of dimension to the plain card base, I used the Large Dotted Background stamp. It just happens to be 20% off at the Outlines Online Store now

This week, we’re also featuring the Viva Pearl Pens. I love the way the pen allows you to create pearl shapes and the fact that the pearl keeps it shape and doesn’t take on the look of soft served ice cream cone! I used the Lilac Pen on my project, but you can find all the pens HERE

Don’t forget to follow the links on my sidebar to see all the fabulous design team creations and if you’d like to learn more about the DT, follow this LINK

This is my second post for today, so if you’ve missed something, keep scrolling down!

Happy Stamping!

Vicki-Animated-Signature

A Totally Stampalicious Challenge!



 

Good Morning! Hope that you all enjoyed a nice weekend..........ahhh back to the grind this week, all festivities are over at my house.........looks like Gus and Gus are back in action too!  This weeks challenge is to use two different TS Stamp sets in your creations! These two images are from Totally Stampalicious..........Mr. Fixit and New Truck Gus.



I created the scene by Using a Top Note Diecut as a mask to create a border for the sky and grass. I then sponged in Green, Grey and Blue Ink. Grass was made by using strokes of Green Copic. Additional dimension was created in the grass by using some Ultrafine Sage Flowersoft. I love how just a sprinkle of Flower Soft here and there can add so much to a creation!

Make sure you check out the Totally Stampalicious Blog to get all the deets regarding the challenge and to check the side bar to be sure to look at all the fabby creations created by my dt sisters!


Happy Stamping!
Vicki-Animated-Signature

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Crazy4Challenges 69



Hey it's that time again! Maria is back with another challenge! Hope you are all having a fabulous Saturday! Are you ready to be challenged? Well, this week IMaria decided that a color inspiration challenge would be fun. I found a photo with colors I really liked. I just thought it was a pretty picture so this week's challenge is to create a card using the colors in the photo inspiration.

If you would like to play along with us, all you have to do is create a card/project, and upload it to your blog and/or to your SCS Gallery using the keyword C4C69. Don't forget to come back here and link it on Mr Linky so that everyone else can see it too.

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The inspiration photo exuded Romance to me and what caught my eye was the Pink and Ivory Motif. I was going to incorporate some brown into my creation, but apart from the hair, I just couldn’t fit it in with my theme.

Pretty Ballerina Maggie is coloured with Copic Markers and the large flowers that adorn the card are also from Magnolia.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

 

Vicki-Animated-Signature

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Totally Stampalicious January Release Blog Hop!

 
 
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Welcome to Third STOP of the January Release Blog Hop!! If you’ve been hopping already, you’ve arrived from the Super Talented Stacey’s Blog!

As usual we will be releasing THREE NEW SETS from the Totally Stampalicious Bugaboo Line
which are AVAILABLE NOW at TOTALLY STAMPALICIOUS!We are also VERY excited to announce thebeginning of a Brand New Promotion today!
Totally Stampalicious is pleased to introduce
Stampalicious Scarlette!
Stampalicious Scarlette
Isn't she FABULOUS?!!! We had the incredible Jodie Mackrell, Owner/Artist of Bugaboo Digi Stamps, draw her up SPECIAL for us!
She knows just what to say and is oh-so fashionable with her Rolling Cart and markers in hand!
And the BEST part is you can have her for FREE with any purchase over $50!Stampalicious Scarlette is NOT for sale! She is only available at Totally Stampalicious through this special promotion!
The first card I’d like to share with you is made with the Cute Turtles Stamp set. Aren’t these little guys the sweetest? Speaking of Sweet…….check out Stella starring in Stupid Cupid!
 
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I hope you enjoy our FIRST Blog Hop of 2011 and be sure to comment on all of the DT's AWESOME CREATIONS to increase your chances of winning one of these AMAZING PRIZES!!

1st Prize - All FOUR New Stamp Sets Including Stampalicious Scarlette
2nd Prize - $15 Gift Certificate
3rd Prize - $10 Gift Certificate

Now it's time to HOP on over to my super cyber friend Joanne’s Blog to see what eye candy she has in store for you!
The Hop starts at the Totally Stampalicious Blog and you can get the hop info in it’s entirety there!
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

There’s no place like home

 

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If you’ve been a follower of mine, you must know that the Wizard of Oz is my all time FAVOURITE movie! and if you know that, you must know that I was over the MOON when I saw these fabulous Wizard of Oz images over at Mo’s Digital Pencil.

I created this card for the Mo’s Challenge Blog Challenge 63, Bless the Beasts and Children

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I coloured sweet Dorothy with Copic Markers. The Yellow Brick Road was freehanded. Designer Paper is from Stampin’ Up! and the sentiment is from The {Stamps of Life}  Thanks2you set

I have purchased all of the Stamps in Mo’s Wizard of Oz line and hope to share some more creations soon!

Happy Stamping!

Vicki-Animated-Signature