Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Christmas Candle Card

Wow! Even I didn't think I'd be this fast with my next post! :o)

I have made my first Christmas card of the year!
With this card I am participating in the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Special Christmas DT Blog Hop

A little while ago I purchased a couple of wonderful stamp sets and dies from this great company. 
Their blog hop was the perfect inspiration to use a couple of them. 
I must say that I'm super happy with the quality and crispness of the stamps!
You can take a look at their beautiful selection in the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Store.

For my card I used the fabulous clear stamp set called "Christmas Light". 
You can find it in the store HERE.

I coloured the stamped image up with my Spectrum Noir markers. 
Then I cut it out using the Christmas Light Candle die found HERE.

I think a pretty candle like this deserves a window scene.
I used a die to cut out my window frame. 
Then I had to figure out where to put my sentiment where it wouldn't interfere with my scene.
I decided to make a little sheer curtain for my window.
I used Staz-on ink to stamp the verse from the set onto my velum curtain.
Now the verse is easily read and doesn't interrupt my scene.
  I added stickles to the holly, berries and flame, and I put glossy accents on the candle drippings. 
Finally, I added a few pearls to the window frame.


Materials Used:
Papers: K & Company - Yuletide, Recollections - Cardstock;
Stamp: Sweet 'n Sassy - Christmas Light,
Spectrum Noir Markers;
Dies: Spellbinders - Decorative Window Scene;
Sweet 'n Sassy - Christmas Light Candle Die;
Ink: Staz-on - Jet Black, Distress Ink - Walnut Stain;
Punch: EK Success - Arrow Border Punch;
Stickles: Lemon Ice, Candy Cane, Peeled Paint;
Gloss Accents;
Pearls: My Stash.

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Thanks for stopping by again! :o)



IS IT A BIRD?

Happy Wednesday morning, my friends!

Things have been pretty quiet around here lately! How did the end of the month get here so fast?
  I only have a couple of days to enter some challenges that I want to participate in. 
  I hope you'll come back soon to see the rest!  

This first project is a layout that I made for a challenge at my most local scrapbook store...Prairie Chicks.
The challenge is to follow a fun pagemap. I really enjoy following pagemaps!

The other day I was super excited to see five gorgeous Blue Jays in my yard! I LOVE to see them!
One Blue Jay alone can be very noisy but five of them together...what a racket! lol

Here's my layout using a photo from last winter:


Materials Used:
Papers: Fancy Pants - My Family;
Dies: Die-namites - Birds on a Wire, SU - Hearts a Flutter,
Slice Design Card - FaLaLa, Cricut Cartridge - Plantin School Book;
Punches: EK Success - Binding Edge Border Punch;
Ink: Walnut Stain Distress Ink;
Bling: From My Stash.

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Here is the pagemap we were to use:


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I apologize that my blog visiting has been so random lately. 
It seems to be taking some time for me to get back to my usual social self.
I have been feeling quite "hermit-ish" but hope to get out of my funk very soon!
I thank you all very much for your continued support, encouragement and prayers!
I appreciate you all very much! :o)

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Ephemera's Vintage Garden - Mabel's Diary - Project #3


Hello, my friends!

It's time to share my third and final project using the beautiful 
Mabel's Diary Journal Kit from Ephemera's Vintage Garden.

These wonderful kits are so incredibly versatile!
This project is for all of my card-making friends. 
I've made two sets of cards, along with matching envelopes.
They were so quick and easy to put together but with beautiful results. 
They would make great hostess gifts or stocking stuffers.

The set of cards on the left measure 3 1/2 inches square, 
and were made from leftovers from my mini album project.
The set of four cards on the right were made from the journal pages, 
and measure 4 inches by 5 1/2 inches. 



Here is a closer look.
 Just a little bit of punching and gluing and they were done.
I added bling in the colour of the dots under them.
Finally, I added a little picot bow at the top.
The envelopes were made the perfect size using the WRMK Envelope Punch Board.


The set of four cards was made using the printable journal pages.
I used only one side of the page for each card, choosing the ones I wanted for my set.
I distressed the edges and left them un-inked.
I added black photo corners, and a little bow. 
The labels on the pages were blank, so I added the stamped sentiments.
They could say anything you want them to.


For the inside of each card I punched a label from one of the other journal pages.
Again, I made envelopes using the punch board.


Materials Used:
Ephemera's Vintage Garden - Mabel's Diary Printable Journal Kit;
Papers: Recollection Cardstock;
Punches: Fiskars Corner Punch - Lace, 
Martha Stewart - Photo Corner,
Stampin' Up - Decorative Label,
WRMK - Envelope Punch Board;
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp - Card Kit Sets;
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black;
Ribbon: Offray;
Unknown Bling.

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So there you have it!
These fabulous printable journal kits have something for EVERYONE!
They're perfect for all your paper-crafting needs!

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Also, here's another little bit of happy news.
Debbie is now selling the printed journal kits!
Those of you who are not able to print them yourselves can find them in the Etsy Shop HERE.

Head on over to Ephemera's Vintage Garden and look at all the fantastic printable kits available!
Consider picking up this wonderful Mabel's Diary Kit for your own use!
Oh, and don't forget to go to Debbie's blog HERE to sign up for her newsletter. 
Debbie is very generous with her gorgeous freebies! :o)

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Ephemera's Vintage Garden - Mabel's Diary - Project #2


Hello, my friends!

I'm back with my second project using this great Journal Kit from Ephemera's Vintage Garden.
This kit is called Mabel's Diary, and it's wonderful!

It's probably no surprise to you that I have made a mini album.
It's a fairly small mini measuring only 3 1/2 X 5 1/4 inches. 
It fits perfectly in my hand.

This weekend is our Canadian Thanksgiving. 
With that in mind, I turned this into a sweet little "Remember Gratitude" book.
It's full of tags and ephemera that I can write on and fill up with all the things I have to be thankful for.
Given recent circumstances in my life, it's important to spend time remembering gratitude! :o)

Okay, here's how I did it.

The kit will normally print "fit to page" to create a 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inch page.
What I did was fit 2 printable pages on one 8 1/2 X 11 paper.

I cut the pages all out and then adhered them back to back only on three sides. 
I kept the tops open to hold the tags.
On the last page-set I left the side open instead of the top.
Then I trimmed two of the tags down and inserted them side by side. 
I like to have little bits extending beyond the page.

For the front and back covers, I cut chipboard 1/4 inch bigger than the page. 
I inked the edges, adhered the cover pages, and then adhered them to the inside pages, 
on both the front and the back.
 I wrapped a piece of lace around the spine, and adhered some decorative pieces to the cover.



Here's a side view:


Here's the back:


This is the inside front cover. 
Isn't the distressing fantastic?
Lots of room to write.


Such pretty pages!
On the right side I added a little band.
The band holds a little envelope full of some great ephemera bits.
This envelope is only 1 3/4 inches wide...so cute!


For these pages I added a heart to one corner for a pocket.
In the pocket is another wonderful envelope.
It measures almost 2 1/2 X 2 inches.


More beautiful artwork!
On the right-hand side I fussy cut the images from a second printout. 
I then layered them on top of the page, leaving it partly loose to hold the cute little tags.


Here's another heart pocket holding more ephemera bits. 


Here, on the left-hand page is another belly band. 
I fussy cut three little tags, attached them together with a flower brad, and tucked them in.


Isn't this pretty?
On the right is another little tag pocket full of goodies.


Here is the back inside cover, which is the same as the front.


This picture shows how I decorated all of the tags.


Materials Used:
Ephemera's Vintage Garden - Mabel's Diary Journal Kit,
Walnut Stain Distress Ink,
#5 Shipping Tags,
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher,
Offray Ribbon,
Unknown Lace.

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Head on over to Ephemera's Vintage Garden and look at all the fantastic printable kits available!
Consider picking up this wonderful Mabel's Diary Kit for your own use!
Oh, and don't forget to go to Debbie's blog HERE to sign up for her newsletter. 
Debbie is very generous with her gorgeous freebies! :o)

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I'll be back soon with a third project using this kit! 
Have a wonderful weekend! :o)


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

All Dressed Up - Birthday Blog Hop

Hi there, Dressies!
IT'S PAAAAAARTY TIME!!! 

We've just passed our birthday and we have some very exciting news.
Wendy, the owner and designer of All Dressed Up, will now be selling her gorgeous images as both rubber and digital stamps with none other than


whooop whoop whoop!!!!

Please pull up a chair, grab a cuppa and a slice of cake, as you'll be here a while.
We're having a mahoosive blog hop with us Dressy Girls and some of the Sugar Nellie Design team too.

AND an extra challenge for all you  Dressy fans.
Oh, and better than that we have this gorgeous freebie,
 along with the numbers (just in case you want to change it),
 designed especially for the celebration.



...and what is a hop without prizes?
We'd like to thank everyone who donated a prize.  
Lot's of lovely goodies are up for grabs girls but you must follow our two simple rules :)

1. You must complete the hop and leave a comment for every one of us Dressy Girls and of course the Sugar Nellies too
2. You must create a card using the freebie and add it to Mr Linky on the main blog.  


All Dressed Up
Prize: the four new digital images

 Crafty Ribbons
Prize:  £10 voucher
crafty ribbons

Prize:  Petal Lu Lucky Dip, which will be a box of 50 blooms

Prize:  $30.00 gift certificate

Prize:  goody bag or gift voucher

Prize:  2 prizes, each one being a magazine subscription from the time it is entered to June  
Scrap n' Art Online Magazine

Prize - online voucher to a class
Prize - Make It Crafty blending card
Prize - £10 voucher

Now I guess you're all desperate to see these new images. 
So, let's hop!!!

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Welcome!!

I have created a simple canvas using this gorgeous new image called "Full of Grace."

I simply spritzed the blank 8" X 10" canvas with a number of mists.
I added a little bit of texture stamping in black.
A piece of lace was adhered across the bottom of the canvas.
Then I added my flowers and some bling.
Finally, I adhered the coloured image and the fussy cut sentiment that comes with it!

Here it is:


Materials Used:
8" X 10" canvas;
Image: All Dressed Up - Full of Grace,
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Sprays: Glimmer Mist - Kraft, Chocolate Covered Cherries, Wheat Beer,
Perfect Pearls - interference red;
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink - Black;
Stamps: Recollections - Script, Stampin' Up - Punch Potpourri,
Tattered Angels Screen Prints - Tattered Textures;
Paper: First Edition - Boho Chic;
Punch: Boho Blossoms;
Pearls: Prima - Say It In Pearls;
Lace: My Stash.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Now hop on over to Lisa to see what she's created

Here's the entire list in case you get lost:

You are here> * Nancy * < You are here

The hop will run for two weeks.
So you have until 21st of October to get your card made and comment on all of the gorgeous cards :)

Lastly, a huge congratulations to our lovely designer Wendy.  
We are all thrilled to be a part of your new journey and wish you loads and loads of success :)

Don't forget to leave a comment on every blog girls.  
We can't wait to see your creations.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Ephemera's Vintage Garden - Mabel's Diary - Project #1

Happy Friday, my friends!

It's time to start sharing some fun using a new Printable Journal Kit from Ephemera's Vintage Garden.
This kit is called Mabel's Diary, and it's wonderful!

I started working on one project using the kit but then was totally inspired to make this layout first.
It all began right after I finished fussy cutting these lovely images from the kit.
 They print out in black and white with a pretty touch of cream in them. 
In light of this, I printed my photos out using sepia tones. 
The cream in the photos matches the digital images perfectly.
I used a cream cardstock for my base layer, 
then I punched around the black to create this pretty shape.
I added two clock around the photos...a sort of capture of time
...then adhered all the images to the page. 
Finally, I cut out a little cream envelope for my journaling. 
The envelope opens right up and contains some private journaling. 
Then I cut a little slit to tuck the flap into.

These photos are more of the gorgeous mountain shots I took at Elbow Falls the day after my Mom's funeral.
The layout really depicts the feelings I had on that day.


Materials Used:
Ephemera's Vintage Garden Printable Journal Kit - Mabel's Diary;
Papers: Bazzill - Black and Cream;
Dies: Tim Holtz Alterations - Weathered Clock,
Sizzix - Envelope w/Ornate Flap;
Punches: Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page - Cherish.

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Head on over to Ephemera's Vintage Garden and look at all the fantastic printable kits available!
Consider picking up this wonderful Mabel's Diary Kit for your own use!
Oh, and don't forget to go to Debbie's blog HERE to sign up for her newsletter. 
Debbie is very generous with her gorgeous freebies! :o)

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I'll be back soon with another project using this kit! 
Have a wonderful weekend! :o)


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Lia Stampz Challenge #74 - Distressed & Kraft

Hello again, my friends!

Today begins a fun new challenge over at Lia Stampz.
This time it's "Distressed + Kraft" and that's easy enough for you to all participate! 


For my card I used this wonderful Lia Stampz image called "Boys". 
You can find it at Whimsy Stamps right HERE.
Isn't it fun? It reminds me of my brothers! ;o)
I coloured the image, cut the layers, and then distressed all the edges with both a distressing tool and ink.



Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock;
Corrugated Board - My Stash;
Image: Lia Stampz - Boys,
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Ink: Distress Ink - Walnut Stain.

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Come on over to Lia Stampz and join in the fun!
You could win an image or be chosen as our Featured Artist!
If you use a Lia Stampz image for your project, you can enter twice!

You can find all of Lia's great stamps in the Whimsy Shop HERE.
Also, Lia has just opened her own Etsy shop which you can see HERE.


I hope to see you all again very soon! :o)