Jingle Bell Rock

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Today’s card uses Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge 301 and one of the newest Rachelle Anne Miller stamps from PaperWorks Co.  This one is called Angelic Choir and I think it’s my favourite from the release.  I have a few other samples of the new collection to show you in the next couple of days as well as my halloween treat offering this year (I’ve been too busy making them to blog them plus I have so many fun Whipper Snapper stamps to ink up so I’m busier (forgive me!) than a “bayman with two woodstoves”. (that was a little local flavour for you)

I used last year’s Cosmo Cricket Christmas paper line.  I received it in the post a bit too late to do a lot with it (had most of my Christmas cards designed by that point) so I’m happy to have some left over this year.  I’ll be using it up along with last year’s MME line (new to me…I only bought my MME paper this year but that’s okay – you’ll all be wishing you could still buy both papers by the time I’m finished working with them – you might find a couple of sheets from both lines in the clearance section at PWCO – at 40% off too!)

On to the card:

See?  Bet you want some of that Cosmo paper now. 

I was following the sketch, of course, but I flipped it on its side after debating for a few minutes.  That’s today’s tip – when you’re working from a sketch, don’t forget that you can orient it differently to make it work better for you or to simply make your card a little different from all the other cards made with the same sketch.  I always draw the sketch on scrap paper and look at it both landscape and portrait before starting my card.  It’s surprising how that can open up your design options.

Another little tip…the patterned paper I used has built in aging (yellowed edges) so when I cut a piece of paper down in size at least two sides are a bit more white than the others.  I sponge some distress ink on all the edges to even out the tones.  This leads me to another tip…if you are investing in distress ink for this purpose you don’t need to buy every colour under the sun.  I only have two colours – walnut and linen (dark and light)….no red, no green, no blue…sure it would be fun to have all those colours but I don’t NEED them and I’ve always managed just fine with the two I have.

I ran a zigzag stitch around the edges of the card and attached 5 jingle bells to tie in the music theme.  The bells are attached by punching two small holes for each bell and tying them to the card for extra holding power.  The recipient could use this card as a musical instrument if they wanted to.  The bells are not going to fall off like they probably would if you just glued them on.

Off to work on more Halloween goodies…enjoy your weekend (and check back tomorrow!)

Boo Boo

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Yay for me!  My Whipper Snapper stamps finally arrived and they are even cuter in real life – I’m sooooo glad Anna invited me to take a spin on the design team again this year. 

I know I’m a little late to the party but here’s my first design offering of one of Anna’s newest cling mount sets “Happy Haunting“:

If you’re thinking this is not very Halloween-like, you are absolutely correct.   With a little imagination, you can sometimes turn a holiday stamp into an “every day” stamp.  When I saw this chicken wrapped up like a mummy, I thought of a get well card and first aid kit almost immediately.  I didn’t think of using the word “Boo” for a “boo-boo” until I was altering the bandaid tin and thinking about what to use for wording…works for me!

The sentiment on the card reads “I do all my own stunts” and it comes from another of Anna’s sets – “His Favorite Things“.  I thought it was quite appropriate for a chicken in a full body cast!

The contents of the bandaid box are simply a little kit I bought at a dollar store.  The contents look MUCH cuter in my embellished tin than they did in the yucky store packaging. 

In addition to Anna’s stamps I used some awesome Echo Park paper (again, I’m using the more solid reverse sides of all these papers but the fronts are cute too!) and I couldn’t resist using a banner in true Anna Wight style on my card.  I tell ya, I’m not worthy!

Here’s a peek at the contents of the first aid kit:

…and here’s one of just the card:

 

If you missed the projects the rest of the team created, you can re-visit them as follows:

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

Dawn Lusk

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/DawnL
Blog: http://dawnanewday.blogspot.com/

Denise Marzec

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/peanutbee
Blog: http://thepaperlandscaper.blogspot.com/

Kecia Hicks

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/littleseaotter
Blog: http://stampingdeets.blogspot.com/

Holly McMillen

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/toy
Blog: http://toyzhaven.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

 Anna Wight

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/sweetmissdaisy
Blog: http://sweetmissdaisy.typepad.com/

…and (finally) ME!

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/kellybee
Blog: http://kellybee.ca

PWCO Sneak Peek

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Just a tease peeps…

Paperworks Co.  has a release on Friday the 15th.   Peggy will be debuting a bunch of adorable new Winter stamps.  There’s a chat party Friday night at 8 Eastern (9:30 in NL) and I’ll be there – just go to the PaperWorks Blog on Friday night at 8 Eastern to find the chat.

There are prizes…and I really will be there so you don’t want to miss it!

Here’s my little sneaky peeky…


If you’d like another little peek at this image, please stop by my team member Steph S’s blog for another look.

Give Thanks

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I made this card for the TLC (Try a new technique) Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers this week.  I chose the image because I thought it would look good divided in thirds – it’s simply serendipity that it’s appropriate for the Canadian
Thanksgiving weekend.

I’ve also posted it on the PaperWorks Co blog if you’d like to dart over there for a visit.  I’ll be visiting there today to give some love to some awesome cards that have been posted this week.

I used RAM’s cute little cornucopia stamp and paired it with some Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg paper.  I even pulled out a couple of primas for your added viewing pleasure.

I just got back from a walk in the woods with Rich and Jack and I am wiped so I will end things here.  I should be back tomorrow…I have TONS of new patterned paper to play with and it is very inspiring!

Pirate Journals

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Ahoy!

I wanted to share a couple of journals I created for two children who are lucky enough to be on holidays in Florida this week (it’s getting cold in Newfoundland!).

Their dad requested these travel journals (I’ve made them for his children in the past) and I thought I was going to have some trouble making them as I have no Disney stuff in my stash.  Also, when I asked what his daughter’s favourite colour is the answer was “black”….wowzers!  He further explained that she is into the Twilight series (she’s a bit advanced for her age) so I decided black and red would be the way to go for her.  That, in turn, inspired me to do a pirate theme journal for her and her brother and this is what I came up with:

Rebecca’s Journal:

Noah’s Journal:

The inside has some journaling pages, games to play on the plane (word search, jumble, hangman, tic tac toe, etc.) some pages for autographs at Disney and some cardstock pages for pictures as well as some blank pages for anything else they would like to put in there.

You can’t see it in the picture on R’s journal but the skull and crossbones are embossed with black EP and there are some star shaped rhinestones around the image for a little bling.  I think it’s age-appropriate and just dark enough to satisfy her current tastes.

N is a little younger so I kept his journal simple but not baby-ish.  Luckily, I had enough of this patterned paper left in my stash to create these journals.  I’ve probably had the patterned paper for 4 years!

Speaking of papers I’ve had for a while, I also got to clean out some of my stash this week.  Our office sends donations to the Presentation Sisters in Dominica each year so I gathered up some duplicate papers, unloved papers, outdated papers, cardstock, stickers, partly used pens (they do get use out of these – the children they teach have NOTHING), some colouring pencils I picked up in the back to school sales specifically for this purpose and a few other odds and ends and had to literally cram everything into a box.  I’m sure these items will be put to better use than just gathering dust in my craft room.  I could really do to cull more paper from my collection but it’s a time-consuming process and I wanted to make sure I got the package ready in time for the donation.

Gotta jet…see you tomorrow?

Bling Bling

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I’m really loving this Echo Park paper (which I bought at PWCO so if you’re Canadian, there’s a source for you!).  Funnily enough, I’m using the patterns on the back of the paper more than the patterns on the front!  I think this is the Walk in the Park line…I bought a sheet of everything they have in the store (and I’m hoping they get the adorable Christmas line soon too!).

Today’s card is a congrats on your engagement card.  I used a $1.50 stamp from M’s and put versamark on the ring portion first, then embossed it with gold EP and then using my stamp-a-ma-jig, I put versamark on the diamond and embossed that with silver EP.

Once that was done, I used a gold gel pen to fill in the band and covered that with a sakura stardust pen.  I filled the diamond with glamour dust.  In real life it’s very sparkly!

My ribbon is some wrinkle ribbon that I dyed a so saffron shade of yellow but I went over it with some pumpkin pie ink and a sponge to make it match this card.

The curved paper was done by laying a circle nestability die on the back of the paper and tracing it then cutting it out (very low tech).

See you tomorrow! (this weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada so after work tomorrow I start a three-day weekend!)

A Romantic Tale

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I was asked to make a card for a special wedding (yes, yes, all weddings are special) for a couple that has been together for 25 years but never married.  They decided to get married this year on 10/10/10.  Their respective families are very pleased to see the legal union of this couple and they are all quite excited about the big day.

The card that my client wanted had to be “not too masculine” but still wedding like and she wanted golden tones.  As it is Autumn, I thought a warm, orange-yellow tone would be just the ticket:

The addition of 10-10-10 on the front of the card was also requested.  The happy couple are quite proud of that date.

Sadly, no stamps were used to create the card but it’s personalized and I hope the newlyweds enjoy this card and their big day. 

If you are interested in some of the tips and tricks, read on.

This is a larger 5X6.5″ card.  These can be tricky to make as many of us are using the 6X6 paper pads these days.  The paper I used on the card is actually one 4.5X6.5″ piece of patterned paper – here’s what I did…

I printed the 10.10.10 in the center of the 4.5X6.5″ paper and die cut it with a nestie heart.  I then die cut a second larger heart leaving as much of an outside margin as possible.   Yes, the larger heart had a smaller heart shaped bite out of the middle.  Not a problem as the champagne coloured cardstock heart covers this.

That left me with a 4.5X6.5″ rectangle with a large heart cut out of the middle.  I knew the embossed champagne coloured panel would cover the missing piece but I needed the patterned paper to be a quarter inch taller to use it as a mat for the embossed panel.  To do this, I cut the patterned paper in half, adhered the top half to the back of the embossed panel, then adhered the bottom piece to the bottom of the panel.  This left a small gap in the middle of each side of the panel.  The gap is covered by the wrinkle ribbon.

Must dash!

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Hello again.

I’ve got another RAM sample from PaperWorks to show you today.  This was also debuted at the chat release in September and it’s practically criminal that I haven’t shared it on my blog yet but you know how these things go…

I also used some really cute Echo Park paper that I bought at PWCO – I bought all three lines so I have some work to do to use it all up!  EP paper is double-sided which makes for quick coordination on crafting projects.  MME and K&Co are still my favourite PPs but Echo Park is creeping higher and higher up the list. (Basic Grey used to be my favourite but I find I don’t use much of it – I still can’t help buying all the 6X6 packs though!)

This image is perfect for Thanksgiving AND for Halloween and the paper is more nature inspired than Halloweenish but the colours are versatile enough to use for this “holiday”.

I punched a flower out of the PP to dress up my button.  Easy peasy. 

Enjoy your day!

Happy Owl-O-Ween

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Is it just me or does every card maker LOVE buying Halloween themed items even though they are probably the least likely cards you’ll need?  The colours are just so inviting to a papercrafter and the embellishments are darn cute/spooky!

Anyway, this is a card I made for the Fall RAM release at PaperWorks Co (all the stamps are adorable – you should check them out).  I have another one to share later this week. 

I was trying to do something a little different with my patterned paper thus the reason there are two different lengths…I’m not completely happy with the results but ya gotta try new things!

The buttons and the foam bat are from Michael’s so this card has completely Canadian sources should you wish to emulate the design…

Gotta go…work awaits!

And So It Begins…

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Apologies for “going dark” for a few days.  Life has been crazy and the blog is always the first casualty.  Once this weekend is over I should have a lot of things off my plate and I am really looking forward to that.

Before showing you today’s card, I wanted to share that Anna Wight (a Whipper Snapper stamp designer and my IDOL!) has invited me to be a featured designer again.  Of course, I was thrilled and honoured and responded with a resounding YES as soon as I read the email.

Unfortunately, my stamps haven’t arrived in time to show you a project today so you’ll have to be patient just a little while longer (though I’ve got dozens of ideas sketched and hope to turn them into a reality soon).   I will show you the stamp sets though – as well as listing the blogs of the other designers that I am proud to be working with for these next couple of releases:

First the stamps (Anna’s bees, just for me!!!!):

…and here’s where you can go to see some AWESOME samples using the above images:

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

Dawn Lusk

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/DawnL
Blog: http://dawnanewday.blogspot.com/

Denise Marzec

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/peanutbee
Blog: http://thepaperlandscaper.blogspot.com/

Kecia Hicks

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/littleseaotter
Blog: http://stampingdeets.blogspot.com/
Holly McMillen

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/toy
Blog: http://toyzhaven.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/


Anna Wight

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/sweetmissdaisy
Blog: http://sweetmissdaisy.typepad.com/

…and (eventually!!!) ME!

SCS Gallery: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/go/kellybee
Blog: http://kellybee.ca

 If you’re still reading, here’s a card I did earlier this week for the PaperWorks Co SS Sketch #52:

 

I used a PWCO stamp (Christmas Freckle collection), MME paper (cause it’s awesome!) and my copics (I need more…haven’t added to the collection in a while but I’m trying to hold off until Christmas/Birthday season)

I have to go do grownup stuff right now…see you tomorrow!



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