Saturday, October 2, 2010

Christian Vamp

Call me crazy but the 12 days of Halloween from Simply Betty Stamps sounds like fun! I'm not sure if I can do all 12 days but cheer me on! ;D I made this card using Christian Vamp from Simply Betty Stamps. I combined challenges: to create a card or project which included skull(s); color with orange; a Halloween/Spooky theme; anything goes; and one for the 3 B's: Boy, Button, & Black. They're tiny... but those bats are buttons!

Simply Betty - 1st Day of Halloween
Challenge: Copic Creations - Challenge #36 Challenge: 365 Cards - Day #213
Challenge: Make It Crafty - Anything Goes
Copic Oz - Challenge #3
Main Stamp: Christian Vamp (SBS)
Patterned Paper: Blackbird (MME)
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E11
-hair: C0, C1
-other: YG13, YG23, YG29, YG93, YR12, YR15, YR18, T0, T01, T03, TO5, YR12, YR15, YR18, T05, Y07, T09, C1, C3, C5

Did you know? The term nursery rhyme is used for "traditional" songs for young children in Britain and many other countries, but usage only dates from the 19th century and in North America the older ‘Mother Goose Rhymes’ is still often used.
[Nursery Rhyme,]
"On the First Day of Halloween My Ghould love gave to me... One smiling Skellington Head!"
Update: I made the top twelve at Simply Betty Challenges for this card!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy Day

I have some really great news!! I'm excited to announce that I'll be a Wag's N Whiskers Guest Designer for the next two months! I was thrilled when I found out and I'm excited to bring you lots of inspiration and sneak peaks. It will be fun to work along side some old friends and meet new ones too! ;D
I made this card using Happy Day from Wags'n Whiskers and this week's challenge is to create a card or project based on a Vintage Shabby Chic theme. My favorite part are her sparkly shoes!

Sketch: Whiff of Joy - Katharina's Card
Challenge: Wags'n Whiskers - Challenge #34
Main Stamp: Happy Day (WnW)
Patterned Paper: Just Dreamy (MME)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Scalloped Circles and Whiff of Joy Magical Tag
Copic Colors:
-skin: E00, E11, R20, R22
-hair: E50, E51, E53
-clothes: YR12, YR14, YR18, G82, G85

Did you know? The Great Dane is a breed of domestic dog known for its giant size and one of the world's tallest dog breeds. The current world record holder, measuring 109 cm (3.6 ft) from paw to shoulder; 220 cm (7.2 ft) from head to tail.
[Great Dane,]

Marvin the Bat

I made this card using Marvin the Bat from The Stamping Bazaar designed by Marina Neira. Don't forget about the double digi giveaway happening now at The Stamping Bazaar blog! On this card I added a few subtle details such as the looped earrings and sparkles over the stars on the background. This little guy is so versatile and I love the contract those bright pumpkins give... it's feels like the middle of the night, a perfect time to play for Marvin. ;D

Theme: The Stamping Bazaar - Review
Challenge: Paper Sundaes - Challenge #37
Main Stamp: Marvin the Bat (TSB)
Patterned Paper: Halloween (K&C)
Dry Embossing: Fiskars Texture Plates Leather
Copic Colors:
-BV20, BV23, BV25, BV29, C7, 110, E04

Did you know? Bats are the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight. By contrast, other mammals said to fly, such as flying squirrels, gliding possums and colugos, glide rather than fly, and can only glide for short distances. Bats do not flap their entire forelimbs, as birds do, but instead flap their spread out digits.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Christmas Blessings

As you might have noticed, I often make more than one post in a day! But now is the time you've been waiting for and using, the WINNER of the BLOG CANDY is...


Contact me with your mailing address and I'll get it right out to you. Thank you everyone for becoming a Follower and leaving such wonderful comments for me to read!!

I made this card using Christmas Blessings from Whiff of Joy. I made this card for the Whiff of Joy Challenge blog which theme this week is Thank You. The other challenge is to color an animal with a technique that was demonstrated on the challenge blog.

Although the card doesn't explicitly say "thank you" it is my way of saying Thank You for the wonderful time I had being a Guest! My Guest DT term has ended with Whiff of Joy and this is my last official post as a design team member... however, it's certainly not going to be the last Whiff of Joy creation I make!

Thank you Katharina and all the wonderful gals on the Whiff of Joy Design Team - I had so much fun!

Theme: Whiff of Joy - Challenge #88
Challenge: Color Me Copic - Challenge #5
Main Stamp: Christmas Blessings (WoJ)
Patterned Paper: Winter Pretties (WoJ)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Peony
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11
-hair: E55, E57, E59
-clothes: E41, E42, E43, E44, YG93, YG95, R46
-donkey: N1, N3, N5
-other: E57, E59, Y23, Y26

Did you know? The Granny Ramsey Smith green apple is a tip-bearing apple cultivar. It originated in Australia in 1868 from a chance seedling propagated by Maria Ann Smith. It is thought to be a hybrid of Malus sylvestris, the European Wild Apple, with the domestic apple M. domestica as the polleniser. Granny Smith apples were not introduced to the United Kingdom until 1935 and then to the United States in 1972.
[Granny Smith,]

Update: I was the showcased at Color Me Copic for this challenge!

Fashionette Lil Lolita 50's Lilith

I made this card using Fashionette Lil Lolita 50's Lilith from Tickled Pink Stamps. This challenge this week at Lil Lolita Boutique is to create a card or project based on the sketch provided. I rotated it and used it to decorate a notebook I had available.

I used paper-piecing on most of it and made sure to glue everything down instead of using tape. Now it really is stuck together and great for using! The other challenge is about the letter G and to create a card or project using these three things: Girl, Green, Glisten. For glisten, I sprayed a shimmering mist over the notebook and also used Crystal Effects on the skulls and shoes!

Challenge: Lil Lolita Boutique - Challenge #17
Challenge: 365 Cards - Day #212
Main Stamp: Fashionette Lil Lolita 50's Lilith (LL&L)
Patterned Paper: Heartwarming Holiday (TPS)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E00, E11, R20, R22, G94, G99
-hair: W2, W4, W6, W8, W10
-clothes: E40, E41, E42, R35, R37, R39, G94, G99

Did you know? A poodle skirt is a wide swing felt skirt of a solid bold color displaying a design appliquéd or transferred to the fabric with the hemline at the knee or just below it. The poodle skirt remains one of the most memorable symbols of 1950's Americana.
[Poodle Skirt,]

Welcome Winter

I made this card using Welcome Winter from Softpencil. The challenge this week at Lollipop Crafts is to create a card or project using Glitter, Sparkles or Gems - should be easy as pie so come join us! I used glitter on the snow and for a little detail I added stitch marks to the bunny so it would like the girl's snuggle friend.

Challenge: Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #9
Main Stamp: Welcome Winter (Softpencil)
Patterned Paper: unknown scraps
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled Edge Rectangle
Copic Colors:
-skin: E00, E11, R20
-hair: Y32, Y35
-clothes: R00, R21, R22, RV11, RV13, B12, B14, B00
-other: B0000

Did you know? A strudel is a type of layered pastry with a filling inside, often served with cream. It is most often associated with Austrian cuisine but is also a traditional pastry in the whole area formerly belonging to the Austro-Hungarian empire. The oldest Strudel recipe is from 1696, a handwritten recipe at the Viennese City Library, Wiener Stadtbibliothek.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Shane Playing Basketball

I made this card using Shane Playing Basketball from The Stamping Bazaar designed by Marina Neira. This is an excellent stamp for both a boy or girl but it also has some sentimental history too which really made it fun to use!

I've decided to also send this one to Operation Write Home along with the other cards I made. I figured they probably need lots of boy cards! Together, my Mom and I pulled a bunch of cards from our stash to bundle and hope it helps out.

Challenge: Sparkle Creations - Operation Write Home
Main Stamp: Shane Playing Basketball (TSB)
Patterned Paper: Homeroom (TPSS)
Copic Colors:
-tiger: YR12, YR14, YR18, E04
-clothes: B95, B97, B99, E57, E59, W1, W3
-other: E19, E18, E57, E59, W1, W3

Did you know? Jumping spiders are have a very interesting tarsal section. At the end of each leg they have hundreds of tiny hairs, which each then split into hundreds more tiny hairs, each tipped with an "end foot". These thousands of tiny feet allow them to climb up and across virtually any terrain, even glass.
[Jumping Spider,]

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Perfect Poison

I made this card using Perfect Poison from Kraftin' Kimmie. I couldn't resit doing one more card and wasn't sleeping well anyway. So, the challenges are to create a card or project with a spooky/Gothic or Halloween theme and to use a pumpkin. I've have a stack if Kraftin' Kimmie stamps that I haven't gotten to yet and this was a perfect opportunity!

** BLOG CANDY ** Just a last reminder, today is the last day to qualify for some blog candy! Go to my Blog Candy - Whiff of Joy post to get all the details. Good luck! **

Challenge: Quixotic Inspirations - Challenge #42
Challenge: Mark's Finest Papers - Challenge #22
Challenge: Stamps R Us - Challenge #5
Main Stamp: Perfect Poison (KK)
Patterned Paper: Matilda (CC)
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E00, E11, E13, YG91, YT93, YG97
-hair: YR20, YR21, YR23
-clothes: W00, W2, W3, W4, W6, W8, W10, YR12, YR14, YR18
-other: W1, W2, V12, V15, V17

Did you know? In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Adams, 1979), a race of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings built a computer named Deep Thought to calculate the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. The answer: 42.
[Phrases from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,]


I altered this notebook using Tracy digi and Label 1 rubber stamp from InStyle Stamps., Tracy is also available in a rubber stamp. I experimented with animal skin patterns and had fun coloring the stool's cushion and phone in a Zebra print. I think the contrast worked out well so I'll be trying it again. ;D

Main Stamp: Tracy & Label 1 (ISS)
Patterned Paper: Just Dreamy (MME)
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R20, R21
-hair: E31, E34, E35, E37
-clothes: BG11, BG13, BG15, R00, R11, T2
-other: W1, W3, W5, W7, W9

Did you know? Stephen William Hawking, CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA, is a British theoretical physicist and cosmologist, whose scientific career spans over forty years. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a lifetime member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and in 2009 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.
[Stephen Hawking,]

Town Girl

** BLOG CANDY ** Today is the last day to enter yourself into the drawing pool for some blog candy! Go to my Blog Candy - Whiff of Joy post to leave a comment and read all the details. There are currently 88 Followers but only 15 Comments on that post so your chances are high - Good luck! **

I made this card using Town Girl by InStyle Stamps. The challenge is an anything goes theme and I experimented with a single-layer white card. Using the border embossing folder really adds the final touch to complete this card. I only wish the embossing folders were just a tad bit bigger as I always have to trim my card down about 1/4" to fit the design.

All the Challenges Submitted:
Pile it On - Cute & Charming
Make it Crafty Challenge - Anything Goes
AiFactory Challenge #49 - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz Challenge #38 - Anything Goes
Tuesday Taggers - Fall Colors by The Craft Barn
Stamp Something - Fall Colors
Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Week #17

Main Stamp:
Town Girl (ISS)
Dry Embossing: Cuttlebug Embossing Folders Grace's Frame
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R20, R21, R22
-hair: E55, E57, E59
-clothes: YR12, YR04, YR07, YR09, E50, E51, E53, E55, E57, E59
-other: W1, W3, W5, W7, W9, BG000, 0, G40, G82, G85, Y11, YR20

Did you know? Ice, technically, may be any one of the 15 known crystalline phases of water. It appears in nature in forms of precipitation snowflakes, hail, icicles, glaciers, pack ice, and entire polar ice caps. Ice is an important component of the global climate, and plays an important role in the water cycle. Furthermore, ice has numerous cultural applications, from ice cooling of drinks to winter sports and the art of ice sculpting.

Update: "I topped it!" at Make It Crafty for this challenge!

Monday, September 27, 2010


I made this card using Snuggle from The Greeting Farm. We're hosting another challenge over at Lollipop Crafts starting today and the challenge is to create a card or project using Glitter, Sparkles or Gems. What could be better than snuggling a cuddly sparkly bunny!?

Challenge: Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #9
Main Stamp: Hope & Grace Snuggle (TGF)
Patterned Paper: Imaginary Friends Monster Mash (My Little Shoebox)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
-hair: Y21, Y23, YR21
-clothes: YG21, YG23, YG25, G40, G21, G82, R20, R21, R22, 0
-other: G40, G21, G82

Did you know? Dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide and is colorless, odorless, non-flammable, and slightly acidic. The low-sinking, dense clouds of smoke-like fog that is created is from a process called Sublimation. Sublimation is the transition of a substance from the solid phase to the gas phase without passing through an intermediate liquid phase!
[Dry Ice,]

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hope & Grace

I made this card using Hope & Grace from The Greeting Farm. The challenge is to create a card or project using some of their older stamps. I don't see Hope & Grace around very often so I though this would be a good reunion. I made the flower from felt wool and cut out three size circles, clipped the edges and bunched it together.

Challenge: The Greeting Farm - Kick'n It Old Skool
Main Stamp: Hope & Grace (TGF)
Patterned Paper: Best of K&Company (K&C)
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
-hair: E55, E57, E59
-clothes: BG72, BG75, BG78, E40, E1, E43

Did you know? Without ultrasound or other special tools, determining if a sheep is pregnant is difficult because ewes only begin to visibly show a pregnancy. However, by fitting a ram with a chest harness called a marking harness that holds a special crayon (or raddle), ewes that have been mounted are marked with a color.
[Domestic Sheep Reproduction,]

Sammy's First Christmas

** Don't miss out on the fabulous Whiff of Joy blog candy I have going on! It's easy to join so check out all the details and good luck! **

I made this card using Sammy's First Christmas from Whiff of Joy. I love these new little tykes - this image does a great job to capture the sheer joy of ripping wrapping paper! The first two challenges are a Christmas theme and the second challenge is for stitching (faux in this case).

Challenge: Aimee's Challenge #12
Challenge: Christmas Card Challenges - Week 43
Challenge: Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays Challenge
Main Stamp: Sammy's First Christmas (WoJ)
Patterned Paper: A Heart-Warming Holiday (TPS)
Spellbinders: Nestabilities Big Scalloped Rectangles
Copic Colors:
-skin: E11, E13, E15
-hair: W3, W5, W7, W9
-clothes: R22, R24, R27, R29, T1, R20, R21, BG93, BG96, BG99, E53, E55

Did you know? The Beothuk were the native inhabitants of the island of Newfoundland at the time of European contact in the 15th and 16th centuries. They were known for using red ochre which is derived from naturally tinted clay containing mineral oxides. Chemically, it is hydrated iron (III) oxide.
[Beothuk & Ochre,]