Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wyatt's Snow Day - MFTWSC48

Well the timing couldn't have been more perfect for this snowman card - it snowed today!  Our first snowfall this season, although I'm pretty sure there won't be enough to make a snowman like this one!

For this week's MFTWSC48 card I used Wyatt Just Chillin'.  I remember when I was little - getting all bundled up in my snowsuit to go outside and play - I could barely move with all the layers but I was so toasty warm.

I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured it with copics.

Wyatt's snow pants are paper pieced and I kept the colour combo very simple - red, blue and green.  I used the swiss dots embossing folder and some stickles on Wyatt's hat.  The paper is MME The Merry Days of Christmas.  I didn't have the same MFT die from the sketch, so I improvised and cut out the image with a nestie instead.  I made a snowflake from Let It Snowflake Die-namic and added a little bonbon in the middle. 

This was a cute sketch and certainly a fast one - I'll be making more with this!


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Ski Bunny - SSSC145

Well, we don't have any snow here - in fact yesterday I was raking leaves!  Karen has a great sketch for this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge SSSC145.  It has a snowflake in the image so you just know I was leaving that in - I love my snowmen and my snowflakes :)

I stamped Ski Bunny from The Cat's Pajamas in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured him with copics.

There wasn't much colouring to do but I did paper piece his scarf and pop it up for some dimension.  The paper is Saint Nick by Fancypants Design.  The dies are all from MFT: First Place Award Ribbon for the sentiment banner and Let it Snowflake for the snowflake which has a red bonbon in the middle.  I added some blue rick rack and that was it.  Oh and some sewing too - for my sister to inspect :) .  I know just the skiing couple this is going to!


Friday, November 25, 2011

Bellariffic Friday - Freeform - Happy Birthday Janet

Today is Freeform Bellariffic Friday - so any Stamping Bella image will do!  Here is the birthday card I made for my friend, Janet.  I hadn't used Izzie has a Prezzie in so long and I just love her hair and wanted to keep practicing LindaBella's hair colouring technique found here.

I stamped Izzie in Tuxedo Memento Black ink and coloured her using copics and then did some extra shading with pencils and gamsol.  I tried some very pale blue shading like LindaBella does and some shading to 'ground' her too.

I added some Black Glaze pen to her cute little shoes and a tiny bit of glitter to the presents and her belt.  I put some pale pink bonbons on the Medium Simply Scallop Die-namic from MFT and used my new Big Scalloped Rectangle die to mount her on.  The paper is Imaginisce Fairest of Them All, Magic Meadow.  I love the glittery line through this paper!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Candy Cane Kisses - MFTWSC47

Oooh, we're just over a month until Christmas Eve - where does the time go?!  I really liked the sketch for this week's MFTWSC47.  I used the ultra chic Candy Cane Kisses.  How sweet is she?  No pun intended :)

I stamped her in Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured her with copics.  

The paper is MME Be Merry and I used the Textile Rectangle die and the new Icicle Border die with some stickles added to it for some sparkle.  I used a red copic atyou glitter pen on her candy cane and two large sparkly dots at the top for even more sparkle.  Some lovely satin pink ribbon and this chic chick is ready for the holidays!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sweet Little Lampchop - SSSC144

It's time for another Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge SSSC144I used the sweet little PI lamb from this month's MFT release.  I had this card of Karens in front of me to try and get the shading on his wool perfect and I'm really pleased with it!

I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured it with copics.  I tried very hard to colour and shade a little 'pink' into his ears and face like Karen did on her card today.

The paper is Echo Park Season's Greetings and I paper pieced his jacket and trousers.  I was "forced" into sewing on it but I know the more I sew, the better I'll get or so I keep telling myself :)

The starry background was done using the TE Stars Impression plate which I've never used before but love the look of.  I used an oval nestie for the image and backed it with the MFT Oval Decorative Doily die-namic and the Little Open Scallop Strip.  I do love this little lamb!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Bellariffic Friday - Savyshopabella Sketch

Yay, it's another sketch from Ebruabella this week - that makes it so easy to whip up a card!  I needed another birthday card and this was for my beautiful God-daughter who has just turned 18.  I was present at her birth and I was the one who yelled "it's a girl"!!  I just cannot grasp that she is now 18 - how does that happen?  I knew the perfect image for her would be Savyshopabella because, really, what 18 year old doesn't like to shop? :)

I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it with copics (sorry forgot to take that photo).  The pattern paper is Echo Park Little Girl and the solid paper is SU Kiwi Kiss and Rich Razzleberry.  I used Swiss Dots embossing folder and a trio of tiny twinkles in the top corner.  The bow wasn't working at the top - it covered her face, so I moved it to the bottom and I like there.

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Happy Trails Janet & Neal - MFTWSC46

Our friends Janet and Neal are moving across the country and I made this card for them using the MFTWSC46.  I hate "goodbyes" so made it as if they're just going on a trip - because I know we'll see them again :)

I stamped the sweet little PI Are We There Yet in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured her with copics.  I didn't take a photo of the copics as it was just her skin and her flip flops.  All the paper and embellishments are from the TE Spa Key Ingredients kit.  I love the bright colours of this kit.  I also used the MFT Simply Scallops Medium Die-namic and a couple of prima flowers.  PI girls are a dream to paper piece, so I did her purse, her t-shirt and suitcase - oh how I wish my carry on case was that cute!

Even thought this little PI is wearing shorts and flip flops, they are not moving to a hot climate but they are moving to beautiful British Columbia.  Safe travels Janet and Neal - we'll see you soon!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Cousin Philip

My cousin in England can nap anywhere, anytime so I thought using MFT Fred Bear Catches Some Zzz's was the perfect image for him.  It may seem like an odd choice for a birthday card but he loves to nap - what better gift than to be able to nap on your birthday!  It's my first time using a Fred image.  The colouring scared me a bit but I followed Karen's card here and I'm happy with it. 

Fred is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with copics (E21, E23, E25, E27, N4, N6).  For Fred's body, I made tiny dots starting with my lightest colour and then added more with each darker colour.  The pattern paper is Basic Gray Life of the Party - which is funny because Fred seems to be sleeping through this party!  I cut two strips of grass from felt using MFT Fresh Cut Grass Die-namic and layered Fred in between.  I paper pieced his pillow and the Zzz's in the bubble are from MFT Say What Die-namic.  The sketch is SC357.  I kept it pretty simple with no embellishments to make it "Canada Post friendly".

Happy Birthday Cousin Philip!  Your card is in the mail - honest! :)


Sunday, November 13, 2011

My stamping accident

As with most accidents there is a "before" moment, and "oh crap" moment and the "rescue" moment.  I thought it would be fun to show you my recent accident.

Here's the "before" card, beautifully stamped image, perfectly paper pieced lab coat, all photographed and ready to post on my blog.  It's a duplicate from this post.
Here's what happened JUST after I stamped my name on the back of the card!!!!
Can you see that NASTY ink pad mark? Not only did I drop the ink pad but it bounced and made TWO marks!  That was my "oh crap" moment!  I couldn't bear to start again plus it was quite late on a work night so I left it on my desk for a few days.  Then the "rescue" came - in the form of a completely new PI image, Lily of the Valley.  Here's the "rescued" card.

Although the Girl Doctor wasn't able to save herself, Lilly of the Valley came through and all was well in the world!!


Friday, November 11, 2011

Bellariffic Friday - Holiday card

I'm squeaking in another Christmas card - only 6 weeks until Christmas!  I used the SSSC136 for my layout and changed it to a regular size card rather than a square card.  Snowfight is one of my favourite images from Stamping Bella.

I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it with copics.

The cardstock is SU Baja Breeze, Real Red and Garden Green - a colour combo I just love for holiday cards.  The embossing folder is called Snowflake and I used the Open Scallop Border Die-namic with some SU Real Red satin ribbon.  The snowflake is a combination of punches and I love those donuts and bonbons in the middle of a snowflake - they just seem to make it sparkle that much more!  Speaking of sparkle, I spritzed some Marshmallow Glimmer Mist over the embossed panel but it's hard to see in the photo.  The snowballs have several coats of clear glaze pen.  I put some liquid applique on her trim and, as we all know, no snowman card is complete unless you have glitter!

*Please take a moment today to remember all the soldiers who have fought and continue to fight for a better world. 


Friday, November 4, 2011

Bellariffic Friday - Snow

Snow?!  I know some of our Bellababes have experienced it already in the last week but I'm not ready for it yet.  Yikes, I don't want to even think about snow.....except on Christmas cards!  My card for this week's Bellariffic Friday uses Frosty from Stamping Bella.

As usual, I stamped him in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured him with copics.

It was a pretty simple card after that.  The paper is called Winter Soulstice and I have absolutely NO idea where I got it from  - how sad is that?!  Frosty is mounted in a scallop circle nestie that I paper pierced.  The red looks a bit orangey but trust me - it's red!  I punched out a couple of snowflakes and used a donut with a bonbon in the middle.  There's lots of glitter - both fine and chunky for the snow.  In keeping with the "snow" theme I used my Snowflake embossing folder too.  Here's hoping nobody gets any snow this weekend!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

You had me at Woof - MFTWSC44

Here's my card for this week's MFTWSC44.  I love a sketch and for this one I thought I'd put the dog outside the oval instead of a flower.  I have been on a bit of a "buying" spree and it was time for me to start inking some of my purchases!

I stamped this sweet little Claire Keay image, You Had Me at Woof, in Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloured her with copics.

As with most of the MFT images I love to paper piece and adore the look of her little wool coat.  It looks cute and toasty warm but the hat....that makes me laugh - it's so big :)

The pattern paper is Basic Grey Max & Whiskers and I used the Open Scallop Edge Die-namic along the bottom.  I added some Tiny Twinkles for her buttons and one on the dog collar.  Her shoes are shined with several coats of clear glaze pen.  Her legs aren't really tanned - they're brown tights :)

I know exactly the dog lover this card is going to!


Sweet Sunday Sketch - Happy Birthday Mo

It was my dear friend Mo's birthday and I needed a special card for her.  This week's SSSC141 was perfect.  I wasn't going to flip the sketch but after looking at Dana's card I decided to go for it although I left off the little scallop bit.

I stamped the adorable PI girl Lily of the Valley in Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured her with copics.

The base card is SU Pretty in Pink and the pattern paper is MME Lost & Found Madison Avenue.  I paper pieced her sweet dress and I added a couple of TE Tiny Twinkles to her shoes.  I didn't want to leave the lily of the valley completely white so added a little gray (C1) to the edges and a layer of clear glaze pen on top.  The Pretty in Pink satin ribbon is from SU and the Simply Scallops Die-namics is from MFT.  I ran the brown piece through my SU Perfect Polkadots embossing folder and it made almost a sanded look to the paper!

Happy Birthday Mo!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pumpkin contest at work

We had a pumpkin contest at work last week and I was asked to make the winning medals. 

I used the Die-namics First Place Award Ribbon set from MFT.  I LOVE this set - it's so fast and easy to make up these little medals - they loved them at work and I can see me making more for future contests :)

The paper is more of the Cosmo Cricket Matilda and the ink is SU Pumpkin Pie.  I added a piece of sticky strip on the back so it could be adhered to the winning pumpkin.  Christal and I created a breast reconstruction pumpkin! 

We called it Pretty in Pink.  It didn't place 1st, 2nd or 3rd....but it did come in a very close 4th.  Did you know that the breast reconstruction ribbon has a double loop - like a figure 8?