Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Sari by Kelly

My friend Kelly made this gorgeous sari for my oldest daughter, Alexandria, last year for Halloween. She got all dressed up to go to a costume party the other night, I even did her make up all fancy for her. She had a blast and said she felt like a real Indian Princess. So cute. :)

Here's a close up of her make up.
Both my girls went to their Halloween party for Brownies tonight. Alexandria was a Vampire and Natalia was a Vampiress. Oh, the Twilight, vampire craze, eh? I'll share more pics of their costumes soon.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Butterfly Kiss Altered Cigar Box

I started this altered box last month at our local crafty group get together. Louise led us in using a wooden cigar box from the Dollarama and we glued patterned paper of our choice to it, sanded the edges and sponged it with distress ink. For my main image, I used a precious photostamp from The Stampsmith called, Butterfly Kiss.

Here's a front shot to show you the little feet and the dimension of the flower that I made and the butterfly that I cut out.

Here's a side angle...

and a close up of the flower...

This was a fun project...I think this will make a nice little gift when filled with something special.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: Butterfly Kiss (The Stampsmith)
Cardstock: Chocolate Brown (CRS), White Glossy Cardstock (CRS)
Patterned Paper: Velvet Floral Paper, Scarlet Rec Daisy - Scrapbook Walls (Chatterbox)
Ink: Ancient Page - Chocolate (Clearsnap), Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tea Dye (Ranger)
Tools: Peony Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Sponge (SU), Clear Shimmer Smooch Spritz, Wooden Spindles for feet (Michaels)
Embellishments: Pearl Brad (K & Company), Chocolate Pearls (Dollarama), Handmade Paper Flower, Lace (Dollarama)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Stampsmith Challenge #2

We have another challenge for you this week over at The Stampsmith Challenge. This week we're asking you to create a card or project using 'black and white plus one other color.' We hope you decide to play along in the fun for a chance to win some new rubber from The Stampsmith! :)

For my Design Team card, I chose to use a hint of red with my black and white wedding card. I used a photostamp of a beautiful bride and handsome groom along with a Shakespeare sentiment from the Wedding Bells plate by The Stampsmith.

Here's a close up of the sentiment.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: Wedding Bells (The Stampsmith)
Cardstock: Flat Black (CRS), Flat White (Staples), Dusty Durango (SU), White Glossy Cardstock (CRS)
Ink: Ancient Page - Coal Black (Clearsnap)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Textile Texture Embossing Folder (ProvoCraft), White Lace (Dollarama), 1/8" Dimensional Squares
Embellishments: Black Bling (Dollarama)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends celebrating this weekend! We're about to have a big Ham Dinner with Spiced Raisin Sauce and all the fixings. Yum! Yum! I'm thankful for the wonderful family that I have, for wonderful friends that surround me, for my fulfilling job at a children's charity, food that's always on my table and for my house that's full of everything that I need - including the stuff that I don't really need, like all craft supplies in my studio! :)

I giggled while I made this card last night. This Stampsmith photostamp of Serena is such a beautiful image and she looks like she's thinking about something...hence me adding this funny Stampsmith sentiment from Twosomes - Say What? for a bit of humour! :)

Just a reminder that you have until this Thursday, Oct. 14th to submit your entries to our first Stampsmith Challenge for a chance to win some new rubber! The theme is "All Dressed Up." The winner will be announced on Friday, Oct. 15th along with samples for our next challenge! Please come on over and play along in the fun!

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: Serena (The Stampsmith), Twosomes - Say What? (The Stampsmith)
Cardstock: Flat Black (CRS), Lime Green (CRS), White Glossy Cardstock (CRS)

Patterned Paper:
Bohemia - Backyard "Adventure" Dragonfly/Brown (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Ancient Page - Coal Black (Clearsnap)
, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Old Paper (Ranger)
Tools: 1/8" Dimensional Squares
Embellishments: Lime Green Satin Ribbon (Michaels), Pale Green Pearls (Dollarama)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Happy 9th Birthday, Alexandria!

Just a quick post to share the fun card that I made for my daughter, Alexandria's 9th birthday tomorrow! I can't believe she's 9 already...where does the time go?

We're waiting until Jim gets home to have her birthday party, but she's super excited to be able to open her gifts tomorrow from her grandparents and me. Hey, who wouldn't want to have two parties with cake and presents at both? :)

I'll post the supplies I used soon...

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Monday, October 4, 2010

My 15th Anniversary

I thought I'd bring you a taste of Paris for today's Stampsmith Design Team card. I made this card for my hubby, Jim, for our 15th wedding anniversary this week. Perhaps some day we'll actually be able to go to Paris to celebrate our anniversary! Unfortunately, it won't be for this one as Jim's away at sea right now, but we'll celebrate when he gets home. Oh, the joys of military life...

This gorgeous Eiffel Tower photostamp comes from the Paris plate. The flower is another one that I made when my friend, Val came over for some crafty therapy time. We had a great night making a bunch of these flowers using different die cuts and patterned papers. You can achieve such a different look just by the patterned paper and the die cut that you use. In case you'd like to try making some of these flowers, here's a link to the tutorial that we followed.
Here's a close up of the Stampsmith Sentiment. It's also from the Paris Plate.

Feel free to check out some beautiful samples from the rest of the Stampsmith Design Team by checking out the Stampsmith blog. Also, a reminder that we just started up a new Stampsmith challenge blog, for an opportunity to grow your Stampsmith rubber collection just by playing along in the fun! So, what are you waiting for? Pop on over and join us! :)

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: Paris (The Stampsmith)
Cardstock: Flat Black (CRS), Chocolate Brown (CRS), White Glossy Cardstock (CRS)
Patterned Paper: Elegant Black, Brown and Gold Swirl (Dollarama)
Ink: Ancient Page - Coal Black (Clearsnap)
Tools: Labels 4 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Shapeabilities Blossom (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, Scissors
Embellishments: Handmade Paper Flower, Antique Copper Rimmed Clock (Dollarama)

Friday, October 1, 2010

It's all about the bling, Dahling!

It's all about the bling, Dahling!

Yes, our very first challenge on our new Stampsmith Challenge blog is going to be all about dressing up. Whether it's for a party, a masquerade, a wedding, Halloween or a themed event, you're going to need just the right outfit with matching accessories! This challenge celebrates suits, dresses, crowns, masks, tiaras, bling, shoes, purses, feather boas or whatever costume is appropriate for the occasion. Feel free to create any type of project inspired by this theme (card, 3d object, altered project, art jewellery, etc.)

For my Design Team card, I chose to use a gorgeous photostamp of this fabulous lady of Bling. Isn't she fabulous? I created this flower using a simple tutorial, patterned paper, diecuts, glue, glimmer spritz, distress ink and a sponge. These are fun little flowers to create and I can see they're going to be addictive, too! I'll share the link to the tutorial soon along with some other flowers that I made at the same time. :)

Here's a close up of the Bling Lady and the flower that I made.

We really hope you decide to play along in the fun! Please pop on over to the challenge blog to check out the fabulous projects from the rest of the Design Team.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: Bling (The Stampsmith)
Cardstock: Aqua (CRS), Flat Black (CRS), Flat White (Staples), White Glossy Cardstock (CRS)
Patterned Paper: Lost & Found - Portobello Road "Party" Looking Glass Paper by Jen Allyson (My Minds Eye)
Ink: Ancient Page - Coal Black (Clearsnap)
Tools: Oval & Peony Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Shapeabilities Pendant in Spades (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Clear Shimmer Smooch Spritz
Embellishments: Handmade Paper Flower, Blue Bling (Dollarama)