Saturday, November 27, 2010

New to You Challenge

Our local group of crafty gals are getting together tonight and our challenge this time around is to use a 'new to us' stamp that we got from Kim. At our last crafty night, she passed along some older stamps that she doesn't use anymore and this is one that I got from her. I love butterflies and dragonflies, so I had to take this one. Thanks again, Kim! :)

This is the sketch that I followed from Crazy 4 Challenges:
I'll be sharing the project with you soon that we made tonight. Stay tuned...

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: Dragonfly - P1-622 (Stampers Anonymous)

Cardstock: Wild Wasabi (SU), Ivory (Staples), Avocado (CRS)

Patterned Paper: Classic K McKenna (K & Company)
Digital Patterned Paper: Subtle Watercolour Background (Art Creations Friday)
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)

Tools: Edge Distressor (CTMH)
Embellishments: Green Bling (Dollarama), Tim Holtz Distress Stickles - Peeled Paint (Ranger)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

It's all make believe...

I had some fun tonight playing with this fun image of Marilyn. Ya gotta love her, eh? :) I found the quote online and printed it off to fit inside this Spellbinders 'Fancy Frame.'

Here's a close up of the lovely Marilyn.

Here's a close up of one of her quotes.

Just a reminder that we have a new challenge up over at The Stampsmith Challenge. The current challenge is to make a card or project with 'Gratitude' in mind. I hope you decide to join us in the fun for a chance to build on your Stampsmith collection with a $15.00 gift certificate to the The Stampsmith Shop!

I'm also going to enter this creation for the SDC19: Girly Girl Challenge over on the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog. This challenge is open to Stampotique stamps or stamps of your choice, and it doesn't get more girly than Marilyn, so I figured this would be perfect.

The next few days are going to be very busy on my end, but I'll be back soon!

Thanks for stoppin by! :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

TSC4 - In honor of Thanksgiving, a Thank You card

This is my DT card for our current challenge over on The Stampsmith Challenge. This time around, we're asking you to make a Thank You card, in Honor of Thanksgiving, using a stamp by The Stampsmith. I hope you decide to play along in the fun with TSC4 for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to The Stampsmith Shop!

For my card, I used a photostamp from The Mountains plate - found under Landscapes in The Stampsmith Shop. I wanted an image that painted a quiet, serene picture in your mind to go with the beautiful quote that reads:

There is a calmness to a life
lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.
--Ralph H. Blum

Here's a close up of the Gratitude quote in case you can't read it above...

In Canada, we celebrated Thanksgiving last month, but I'll like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who's celebrating it this month. I wish you a wonderful holiday spent with family and friends, whom I'm sure your grateful for! Safe travels if you're travelling to be with them, as well.

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Lest We Forget

As a proud Canadian, who comes from a long line of military serving family members and who's also married into the military, I pondered long and hard over this remembrance montage. I used the leaves photostamp from The Mountains plate found in under Landscapes created by The Stampsmith. My card depicts Canadian soldiers, the famous poppy and the sentiment, Lest We Forget under it. The most important element in my card which isn't meant to fade into the background, though, is a snapshot of a few of the names of the 11,285 Canadian soldiers who died in France and whose remains were never found. The towering, 10-storey, white limestone Vimy Memorial Monument is located at Vimy Ridge, near Arras, France. The striking memorial features a 30-tonne limestone figure carved from a single block, a hooded figure representing Canada herself, gazing down on a single tomb overlooking the Douai plain.

I've created this 5" x 7" montage to be added to the bulletin board at my daughter's elementary school. One of the teachers has took it upon herself to add pictures of all the Canadian soldiers of the current war in Iraq with the province they came from. It's very moving to look at all the pictures and think how their families lives have been affected. It's my hope that these families have found some comfort in the fact that their loved ones didn't die in vane, but by fighting for our freedom. For that, we will all be eternally grateful.

In order to create the Canadian flag for the bottom corner of the soldier image, I used the Julius Gray font and re-sized it to the size I wanted. This is a free download and you can use either the flag or just the maple leaf image from the flag. Once you download the font (tff), move it to your fonts folder. Choose the Julius Gray font, then type 1 for the flag or type 5 for just the maple leaf. The link above gives more info on this, if my explanation isn't clear.

With Remembrance Day coming this November 11th, I hope you will take the time that day, and every day, to remember our fallen soldiers and those who currently serve to protect our country, and the freedoms that we are so fortunate to have.

With Remembrance,

Monday, November 1, 2010

TSC3 - Using Ovals - Audrey Treasure Box

Our challenge over at The Stampsmith Challenge blog this time around is "Using Ovals." I made another Audrey Treasure Box, nearly identical to the one I made a month ago, but with a couple slight differences. I've been busy lately with work and life in general, so I'm cheating and using this as my Design Team project. :)

Here's a close up the beautiful, Audrey.

A different angle of the altered paper maché box.
I hope you decide to join us over at The Stampsmith Challenge! With every entry, you have a chance at winning some new rubber from The Stampsmith! So, what are you waiting for? Come on over and join in on the fun! :)

Thanks for stoppin' by! :)

Stamps: Audrey (The Stampsmith)

Cardstock: Chocolate Brown (CRS), White Glossy Cardstock (CRS)

Patterned Paper: Lost & Found - Portobello Road "Family" Brocade Paper by Jen Allyson (My Minds Eye)

Ink: Ancient Page - Chocolate (Clearsnap), Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tea Dye (Ranger)

Tools: Oval and Scalloped Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug, Sponge (SU), Edge Distressor (CTMH), Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz

Embellishments: Pewter Antique-Look Hardware (Tim Holtz), Handmade Paper Flower, Grungeboard Flourish (Tim Holtz), Lace Doily (Dollarama)