Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Something old, something new

This is one I made tonight.

I've been so envious seeing how some people can capture such soft colours using their Copics. I'm so heavy handed (and obviously tend to grab for the more intense colours first). I'm not 100% happy, but it's certainly softer than my usual work.

The image is The Greeting Farm's "Snuggle". I had to buy her since my 2-year old won't go *anywhere* without her precious "bunny", a well-loved bunny head attached to a small blanket. The head has been sewed on more times than I remember and it's even been dipped in an inkpad (a stain that I CAN'T get out). We've tried to replace it at least a dozen times with close imitations, newer "prettier" bunnies, kitty cats and the like, but I'm afraid it's bunny or nothing.

My biggest nightmare is the loss of "bunny" - she's simply irreplaceable!

Finally getting around to posting some of my older cards

This was my hubby's Valentine's card this year. We are definately not the soppy sort, LOL! (well, he did propose at the tomb of St. Valentine, but I said no...and that's a story for another time!)

I used a stamp from Kraftin' Kimmie, a lovely Canadian company (and perfect for me since I'm *not* known for my patience when waiting for an order to arrive). Artist Annie Rodrigue's images never fail to make me smile. I love this card and all it's swirly nestie goodness - don't you think the die cuts go perfectly with Drucilla's hairdo?

Monday, March 8, 2010

More Amber...with an Irish twist

I printed a couple of copies of the Amber Ink digistamp that I used yesterday, so it was easy to colour another one in tonight. (I told you I'm a lazy stamper)

I dug out an old sketch from Mojo Monday, and old DSP from SU in Certainly Celery, and put my new Amber to work - something(s) old, something new...

All of the St. Patrick's Day challenges on the blogosphere got me headed in that direction, so using a sentiment stamp from Kraftin' Kimmie (more new stuff....shhhhhhh....), this is what I came up with:The "nestied" deckled rectangle is popped up on dimensionals, as is the glorious Amber herself. I've added "twinklies" to her drink (to cover up the icky looking colour it turned out, LOL) and to those fab shoes using Stickles.

So Amber, when's your next release???

Congrats on a gold medal

My daughter's school mentor is called Kaillie Humphries. She often comes in to talk to them about things like bullying, drugs, and always striving to do your best. She also won a gold medal for Canada at the Olympics in women's two-man bobsled.

A couple of weeks ago, Splitcoast Stampers had one of their Virtual Stamp Nights (which tends to run for 2 nights, LOL!) and one of the challenges was to use an Olympic sweater as your inspiration. I thought nothing would be more appropriate than to make a card for my daughter to give to Kaillie - she's hoping to get to see (and hold) the gold medal. Truthfully, I'm envious :)

The maple leaf stamps came from Michael's dollar bin some time ago and the sentiment is from a Just Rite Christmas set.

This is probably one of my favourite cards that I've ever made...and although I'm going to dread giving it away, I'm glad it's going to someone so very deserving.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Amber Stamps!

Get this digistamp set for free and send some love to an awesome stamp designer: www.amberink.com I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

I created the scene in Photoshop Elements and coloured it in with my Copic markers. Don't look too closely at the clouds (or at least ignore how heavy handed things got in the middle, LOL!)

I can't wait to play with this set some more...

Calgary SU! Regionals 2010

What a fun day!

I attended the SU! Regional Seminar in Calgary yesterday. A full day of meeting fun, crafty people who love to stamp. What could be better?

I'm posting pics of the 3 swaps I took to trade. I get bored far too easily to just make a ton of a single design, LOL!

This first one seemed to be the favourite, simply because of my ingenious (hahaha!) use of the ornament punch to make a pagoda border. I must confess that I came about it quite by accident while trying to sharpen the top part of the punch as it was making ragged cuts.

This one was the second favourite. To be truthful, I thought most people would look past it because it was soooooo simple (my favourite type!) I figured that if it wasn't snatched up, I would be that much closer to finishing this year's Christmas cards. Alas, they were all swapped out...but it shouldn't take too long to "whip up another batch".

This was the least favourite. I'm a bit of a lazy swapper and not one to get out there and swap (not that it helped with my back being in such a sorry state and me not wanting to take the painkillers in public - they make me a bit loopy (loopier?) ). Of course, it was also the most labour intense of the bunch - typical! What was I thinking when I decided to make a swap that involved hand colouring a stamp???

You should have seen some of the gorgeous work that was traded out - seriously, some of those cards must have taken forever. But everyone seemed to accept my trades with a smile and I didn't come across any of the dreaded "swap snobs" that I've heard about (and was a little worried about, to be sure).

Fun time, met some great people and got some fab ideas. It's got me all pumped up to start sharing again!