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I actually made this card about 2 months ago (it’s a CASE – I don’t like to share those on the blog) but didn’t get today’s card finished in time for the blog candy comments so I’m popping this one into the blog for the sake of an entry today.

Very “Hero Arts”…I’ve noticed that my card styles are somewhat dictated by the brand of stamps I’m using – which makes sense as the stamps have a distinctive style.

This guy was quick to make.  I stamped the coffee cup directly on the card then stamped it twice on two pieces of Basic Grey paper (can’t remember the line…Urban Prairie?  Doesn’t sound right) and used a larger piece of one of the papers matted on black cardstock for the bottom of the card.  Quick, clean, simple.

Now I’m going to get a coffee and watch a t.v. show with my husband.  This is the last night to comment for blog candy and your chances of winning are HUGE as I don’t have that many comments.  🙁

Oh well,  I do the blog thing for me…

I Want My Mummy

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Yup!  Another lame post title.  Someone needs to write a book on clever titles.  I would buy it…well, I’d certainly borrow it!

I made this card last weekend and the reason I’m only just posting it is last week was the kind of week where I really did want my Mummy…work was crazy busy, my husband was/is not feeling well, I think I’m getting a cold, I actually had some social “obligations” (are they obligations if you want to do them?) and life has been all-around crazy based on my normal routine.  If you’re still reading this, it’s time to move on to the card:

My little guy is extra distressed because I dropped an ink pad on him and had to cover the damage (I’d already mounted the image on my mat so I wasn’t doing it over!).  The stamps are both from Michael’s (the mummy is this year’s and the sentiment was maybe 2 years ago).  I was quite impressed by how deep the rubber is on the mummy stamp.  It made a crisp, clear image.

The paper is from the K&Co stack I bought at the beginning of the year.  There are several cute lines of Halloween paper out right now and I really want them but I have no need for Halloween cards – the only Halloween stuff I do is my yearly treat for my co-workers (just started thinking about this year’s treat…I’ve got my “stuff” but don’t have the presentation down yet.)

I used my newest punch for the circles on the green cardstock – I thought it worked well with the dots in the patterned paper.  It’s one of the EK Success folding punches.  Great for storage and they punch nicely.  The only thing I don’t like about this specific punch is that it leaves too much “unpunched” area underneath the row of dots (I actually trimmed about 1/4″ off the bottom of the cardstock after I punched out the dots).

There’s still time to enter the draw for BLOG CANDY.  Tomorrow’s your last chance!

Fluttering By…

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…with a birthday “hi”…

I’ve had this High Hopes image for some time and have only used it once.  It’s amazing how just a couple of years ago I had very little in the way of card-making “stuff” but now I have enough that it takes me ages to reuse the same stamp. (not that I make hundreds of cards per year but I still seem to have a lot of things that I haven’t gotten my money’s worth out of yet)

I had a request to make a card using a butterfly or a fairy.  The only fairy stamps I have are teeny-tiny fairy sized stamps so the butterfly it is!!  I also had some butterfly paper that I purchased over the summer that really needed using too so I paired them and the paper dictated my colour choices:


I used some Prima flowers that were also sadly neglected plus a brad that I purchased at Joanne when I was in the States about 2 years ago…I’m really trying to share the love with my toys and I think I did well today…of course, I need to make about 4000 more cards to truly get my money’s worth from my stash of paper and stamps.   I’ll keep trying!!!

Don’t forget, there is still time to enter for BLOG CANDY…just leave a comment on any post from September 27-30th.  Each comment is one entry in the draw!

Spirited Santa (and Blog Candy too!!!)

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I’ve finally managed to squeeze some time (and energy!) into posting my blog candy details…they’ll be at the end of this post.  First, I’d like to share another Christmas card with you (I really like how it turned out!)

This card uses two of Anna Wight’s new cling mounted sets (Whipper Snapper) – Spirit of Christmas and Winter Quilt.  I’ve also chosen some amazing Basic Grey patterned paper (Wassail – last year’s release) to go with the image and I think the result is very country and cute:

I am having some difficulty taking good pictures today (it’s gloomy  ETA: The sun is pretending to shine…I took a slightly better picture and I’ve updated the blog…I am just not a good picture taker!) but I hope you can see the detail in my card.

Santa’s beard, hat and cuffs are all covered in a thin layer of fun flock (didn’t want to lose any detail from the stamped image) and the star on the tree is glittered (though I don’t think you can see that)  The four corners of the card are watercoloured quilt squares from Anna’s set.

I inked the edges of all the papers just because I enjoy distressing my cards!  The embellishment is made from punching out two snowflakes and covering the top one in some Martha Stewart snow glitter.  If you’re making Christmas cards this year I highly recommend picking up a bottle…it goes a long way.  I added a red button tied with hemp. (’cause if it’s an Anna card it’s gotta have a rustic embellie…it’s the law!!!)

I’m going to try to take a better picture later and will update when I’ve got one (the sun is debating showing itself so there’s a chance of getting some light in the house today).

Now on to the blog candy (I took this picture a couple of days ago so you can probably see the contents):

My blog candy contains:

8 metal christmas charms from Making Memories

8 felt Christmas shapes (they are self-adhesive but I always end up gluing them)

4 12″ lengths of Christmas ribbon

2 packages of Christmas stickers (Added Touch and Jolee’s Boutique)

various scraps of Christmas paper from last year’s Stack from Michael’s

All you have to do to win my blog candy is leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite Christmas card embellishment. (or Christmas scrapbook embellishment if you don’t make cards)

You get a bonus entry (or three!) if you leave a comment on either of my next three posts (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday).  I will use a random number generator on Thursday to pick the winner.  Please include your email address so I can contact you if you win.  This contest is open to EVERYONE.  I will ship worldwide.

Sweetest Day (have I done that one?)

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Wow, I really need to come up with better titles for my posts.  Oh well…at least there are new cards to share.

This card is for an “old” school friend who is celebrating a milestone birthday very soon. (I can’t share the milestone because I’m going to hit it in a couple of months too!)  We reconnected a while ago thanks to Facebook.

She doesn’t really strike me as a pink person but I’m sure she’s a cupcake person (who isn’t???)  Plus, she has two sweet girls (and a son) who might find the card cute. (I sort of made it with them in mind instead of their mom…only just realizing that as I blog it!)

The image was watercoloured with SU markers and an aquapainter and I made the embellishment by tying some ribbon together with a piece of string and glue dotting a prima flower and a rhinestone on top. 

I’ve got to get this in the mail tomorrow!!!  The rhinestone is popping up a bit on the card so I don’t know if it will survive Canada Post.  Hope so!

Totally different topic – here’s a sneak peek at my blog candy (it really does exist!!!).  I will be posting it the next time I blog so keep checking back…

Enjoy the rest of your day!

You Keep Me In Stitches

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Hmmm, seems I’m enjoying the dark yellow cardstock lately.  Adding another note to self – try new colours!

This is another sample from one of the new Whipper Snapper Cling Mount releases (by Anna Wight, of course!)  This is from the “Homespun Quilt” set.

The card was a little bit of a challenge for me as I am not a quilter but it’s nice to try something outside your comfort zone and I’m actually quite pleased with how this turned out.

I have been hoarding this scissor-shaped button for about 2 years (my standard hoarding time!) and thought now was the perfect time to use it.  The button in the centre of the quilt is the second-last one that I recovered from altering a duvet cover…I will be sad to see the end of them but I’m glad they were repurposed.  I rubbed some distress ink over the button and the cardstock.  I do enjoy my distressing/antiquing!

Sorry the picture is a little dark – it does show up the tracing wheel lines quite nicely though!

Back tomorrow (I hope – I do have a card to share but I’ve also got a “date”…) and that blog candy is ever closer!

Ahhh, Nuts!

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This is actually a get well card – I can’t say for whom…yet!  You never know who might be reading the blog.

It will come as no surprise that this is a Whipper Snapper stamp and I love it!  It’s quite long and fun, yet easy, to colour (you don’t need many colours!)  It didn’t quite turn out the way I planned and the monocromatic scheme might be a touch boring but  I couldn’t resist using this acorn paper that I had in my stash (I believe it was a gift from my SIL when I first started making cards!).

The recipient is male (am I giving it away?) and I hope he likes it.  My colours are certainly masculine and I kept the embellishments to a minimum using a quick twine wrapping technique and sticking a button on the card with a glue dot (note to self – need more twine and glue dots – sure wish I could get my hands on some PTI twine!).

Here’s the card in all it’s brown-hued glory:

Must motor…lots to do before bedtime and it’s already after 10:30.  Please stop by tomorrow.  I’ve got another card and you never know when the blog candy will hit.

How Exciting!!!

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I received the most wonderful email a couple of weeks ago – from my idol, Miss Anna Wight!!!  That, in itself, is exciting to me. (what can I say, I adore her work!!!)  Imagine how much my excitement multiplied when I realized the purpose of her email was to invite me to be a Whipper Snapper Guest Designer for her September/October releases!!!

Of course I said “is this a joke?” YES!!!

I’m so honoured and thrilled to have been asked to participate.  Anna (along with Whipper Snapper) has a wonderful design team concept in that you are invited to be a guest designer for two months and then a new group of designers is chosen for the next two months.  It’s a great way to showcase the work of many talented paper crafters (and there are LOTS of you out there!).

The other great thing about Anna’s team is that *she* comes to *you* so she knows she is choosing someone who ENJOYS working with Whipper Snapper’s wonderful images.  If you take a peek back through my blog you’ll constantly see references to how much I love Whipper Snapper stamps.  They are my favourite so it’s a double thrill to be working with my favourite designer AND using my favourite stamps.  It’s impossible not to be inspired!!!

May I present my first official guest designer project:

Here’s a solo shot of the card:

As two of my projects used glass, it was difficult to get a picture without a lot of glare.  I had to ask my husband to take a picture with his spiffy camera.  Thanks, babe!

The framed snowman is a shadowbox from Dollarama that I painted with blue paint and distressed with some Ranger Distress Ink.  The image was stamped on the OUTSIDE of the glass using Stazon and I coloured the INSIDE of the image with some Bic markers and then covered it all with white embossing power.  I ran my tracing wheel around the wood in true Anna style and couldn’t resist a signature Anna banner sentiment using a felt star and button.  Some MS glitter on the inside of the shadowbox gives it a little more interest.

The image on the ornament was coloured/embossed in the same manner as the shadowbox using a piece of acetate as the stamping surface.

I created the card with Anna in mind so I tried to give it just a touch of the country charm she is known for and I think I pulled it off.  Anna has shared so much of her time, talent and technique with the card-making world and I have learned so much from her.  When I discovered her blog, I learned to be comfortable with my clean style of cards.  I now embrace my simple cards and have learned some great tricks from Anna on how to give them more depth without bogging them down with “stuff”.  

The snowman image I used is just one from the Spirit of Christmas stamp set that Whipper Snapper is releasing today.  Anna is actually releasing 3 sets this month and I will be back in the days and weeks to come with a few more samples.  Here’s a picture of the set that this stamp came from:

 Please take a moment to visit the other talented members of the design team.  I’ve linked their blogs and their Splitcoast Stampers galleries here:

The Who’s Who of September/October Featured Designers:

Danielle Lounds
SCS Gallery:

Jeanie Witmer
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Katarina (Kathy) Menzies
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Kelly Bee (that’s me!)
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Stephanie Kraft
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and last but not least  –  Anna Wight
SCS Gallery:

Be sure to check back all week…I’ve got more to share (plus blog candy at some point this week)

Autumnal Mood

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So…I was making a loaf of yummy date bread yesterday as part of my Aunt’s birthday gift and I bought the really good, fresh dates from the supermarket instead of buying that sticky brick of dates that I usually buy.  As a result, I only had enough dates to make one loaf of bread. 

As the bread was baking (and making the house smell delicious!) I decided I’d have to make something else so Rich and I would have a treat in the house.  A quick scan of the limited supplies in my pantry made the decision – pumpkin loaf. 

While the house was filled with the smell of pumpkin pie spice etc. I decided that my Aunt’s original birthday card (made a few weeks ago) was no longer worthy of the Fall smells in the house so I whipped up another card with lots of colour and a Fall theme:

It’s a little funky and colourful but I actually like the colour combo.  The lime green and soft blue create a new spin on a traditional Autumn palette.  Of course, I enjoy the Carolyn Gavin line of papers by K&Co immensely so that didn’t hurt!  A cheerful card for my cheerful Aunt. (it’s the same aunt I’ve mentioned on my blog before – she just makes me feel awesome whenever I visit her and she is worthy of handmade gifts.)

I have a lot of projects to finish up before work tomorrow so this is a short post.  PLEASE stop by tomorrow for an awesome post and don’t forget, there is blog candy in the future very soon.  (I just need to get some goodies together)

Love Birds

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Whew!  I’ve just returned from a trip to Halifax/Dartmouth.  What an experience!  I was attending two conferences (Atlantic and National) PLUS I survived a presentation that I was part of PLUS I visited our Dartmouth office for a couple of days to say hi to my peeps.  The conferences were packed with workshops, presentations and social events.  I did manage to sneek in a few shopping sprees (mostly by skipping some social events) while I was there and I did have fun but I’m sooooo tired right now.

I had an anniversary card order on the back burner that I really needed to get done ASAP so I put this guy together last night – normally this one would be a two-nighter for me – stress can be a great motivator.

I hope you can see my cool stick pin.  It’s the first time I’ve used one on a card.  I bought them in my last eP order (some time ago) but was trying to source the clutch that goes on the bottom of the pin so you don’t stab yourself.  I know a lot of cardmakers don’t bother with the clutch but I just couldn’t imagine giving someone a card with a lethal weapon as a decorative touch!  I bought some earring backs at M’s and am using them instead of a clutch.  I put a drop of glossy accents (that stuff I used to make the bubbles shiny on a few recent cards) on the bottom of the pin before attaching the earring back and it will act as a glue so the back doesn’t fall off the pin.

You may have noticed I’m a bit of a one-trick pony with this bird stamp.  I really liked the touch of glitter the last time I used it (a while ago, admittedly) so I did it again.  It’s just fun!

This is a larger 6.5 X 5″ card so I used a large heart-shaped die to make the small stamp take up a lot more space.  I am really drawn to larger stamps these days but don’t want to neglect all my smaller ones (plus they were a huge investment – I would be afraid to add up the value of my craft stuff!) so it’s nice to find a way to utilize the things that are not my current “style”.

The background paper is from Basic Grey – I thought the pattern was very elegant but still cute enough to pair with the bird image.

The image was stamped with Palette Hybrid Noir (my go-to ink) and watercoloured with a combination of reinkers and markers. (I really need to order some ink)

Must toddle…I need extra sleep time to get me through tomorrow and then I can recharge over the weekend.

Keep checking back…I have some new stamps that I’ll be sharing on Monday (plus I might throw something else on the blog before that) and I’m getting ready for blog candy too!

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