Friday 26 April 2013

La-La Land Crafts Inspiration Friday - Distressing

Good morning bloggers! TGIF!! We have lots of plans for this weekend, hopefully we get some Spring weather too. It's mighty cold today though :/ 

This week on La-La Land Crafts our theme is Distressing and Team Friday did an amazing job of their inspirational samples. Be sure to jump over to the LLLC Blog to see them all. 

My card today features Marci with Umbrella & the Lotus Die. And for those eagle eyed among you who spotted the filigree corner..... that is from the Wings & Crown Shadow Box kit - It's been inked with brushed corduroy distress inks. 

I stamped Marci onto Make it Colour blending card and coloured her up with copic markers
Skin - E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair - E21, E23, E27
Umbrella/Boots - E40, E41, R37, YG67
Coat - Y13, Y15, Y18
Shir - BG11, BG13
Hat - R30, R32, R35, Y11, Y13, Y17

Papers - My Mind's Eye "Unforgettable"
Cardstock - Papermill Direct
Pearls, Twine & Lace - Stash

Thanks for peeking in!!

TGF Farm Fresh Friday - April Showers bring May Flowers

Woot!! There is a new Farm Fresh Friday up over on the The Greeting Farm blog and this week we want you to use FLOWERS on your projects. 

Today I am featuring Queen Bean from the April Release. This Alice in Wonderland themed collection a limited edition which will not be restocked after April so if you want it, go get it now!!! 

I made one of my favourite things to make - a tag :) Queen Bean has been stamped out onto Make it Colour blending card and coloured with copic markers. I trimmed her out with a scissors and added 3D foam to the back. Once I had everything layered as I wanted it I stuck her down and then added my flowers, and other embellishments. The papers are from Prima's Rosarian collection and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The HELLO sentiment is a die from the Delicate Words set. 

Here's how to play:
You must use a TGF stamp (rubber, digi, or clear) as your main image.
Entries must be uploaded via InLinkz (below) no later than Thursday, MAY 2nd at NOON CST.
You can add a direct link to your entry from your personal blog, SCS gallery, Flickr or TGF galleria. (If the InLinkz tool is missing, feel free to link your submission URL in the comment section!)
The fabulous prize: A random participant will be selected to win their choice of an in-stock SINGLE RUBBER STAMP or a 4x6 set!

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday 25 April 2013

The Greeting Farm May Release Previews Day One

Hi everyone!! It's time for some sneaky peeks at The Greeting Farm's NEW RELEASE for May. Today we are showcasing Anya Strolls and a wonderful new Gate fence die. 

I stamped her out onto Make it Colour blending card and coloured her up with Copic Markers

Skin - E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair - E23, E25, E27, E29
Hairband/Coat - R32, R35, R37
Shirt - Y13, Y15, Y17
Pants - BG13, BG15, BG18
Shoes/Inside of jacket - E53, E55, E57
Dog - C1, C3, C5, R81, R83, R85

The papers are Doodlebug Flower Box and the Pink Sorbet cardstock is from Papermill Direct. The sentiment is one of two sentiments which come with the stamp. 

Hop on over to The Greeting Farm blog to see who else is showcasing these amazing new products!

Case Study - Photo Inspiration

Have a great day

Tuesday 23 April 2013

A Creative Romance Launch & some CANDY!!

Hi everyone!! I'm popping in quickly to share some fabulous news with you!! 
There is a new challenge blog, A Creative Romance,  which will launch on May 1st and I am happy to announce that I am part of their Design Team

To celebrate the launch each of the design team is offering up some candy as they introduce themselves on the blog. 

My candy consists of - 
6x6 Tabbed Bare Chipboard Album
Prima 6x6 Tea Thyme Paper Pad
Yumi & Fumi 'AJ with Dragonfly' rubber stamp
Saturated Canary 'Thank You' rubber stamp
La-La Land Crafts 'Marci with Beret' rubber stamp
Selection of ribbons, lace & charms

All you have to do is:
1) Become a follower of my blog and add your name to Mr. Linky below for your chance to win my candy
2) Become a follower of A Creative Romance challenge blog 

Be sure to check out A Creative Romance blog for all of the Candy on offer :)

Have a great day!!

The Greeting Farm - Double Take Tuesday

Hi!! It's Double Take Tuesday over on The Greeting Farm blog and this week we are following an Earth Day colour inspiration. 

My card features Blush Beatrice and accompanying sentiment. She is stamped onto Make it Colour Blending card with Memento ink and coloured with Copic Markers. 
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair - E53, E55, E57, E59
Green: G40, G43, G46
Brown - E41, E42, E43

As this is an earth day challenge I have used recycled kraft card. I started with a kraft base and then added another layer (which I first embossed) with 3D foam. I added a couple of handcut pennants, a large flossed button & some pearls to embellish. 

Here's how to play:

*You just use a TGF stamp (rubber, digi, or clear) as your main image.
*Entries must be loaded via InLinkz (on The Greeting Farm Blog) no later than April 29th, 2013 at NOON, CST.
You can add a direct link to your entry from your personal blog, SCS gallery, Flickr or TGF galleria. (If the InLinkz tool is missing, please add your URL in the comment section.)

*The fabulous prize: A random participant will be selected to win a digital image of choice from the TGF store.

***But WAIT! Each week, our friends have the opportunity to DOUBLE that prize to either two digis or, you can trade those two digis for a SINGLE rubber stamp of choice, as long as we have 20 or more players each week, so encourage all your friends and family to play along!**

Have a great day!!

Saturday 20 April 2013

WOW! Embossing Powder - Altered Memory Box

Hi!! Today I have an inspiration project for this month's WOW! Embossing challenge, which is Altered or Recycled Art.  

I altered a papier maché circle box to make a Memory Box - perfect for childhood keepsakes. 

First I painted the box with white acrylic paint using a baby wipe to achieve a distressed look. While that dried I made some resin flowers using Melt-It, White Pearl Powder and Pomegranate Powder. To make the flowers I use foil cases, a peg to hold the foil case (it gets hot!!) and my heat gun. 

Once the paint had dried I covered the box with patterned papers, sanding the edges. Then I layered up an inked bingo card with leaves which I'd heat embossed with Olive embossing powder. I stamped out the little girl from the Child's Play clear stamp set. 

I then layered up the flowers before adding some green velvet ribbon and some white peals . 

WOW Products used:
Stamps - Child's Play (Retired)

Don't forget to check out this month's challenge. Enter for your chance to win 12 embossing powders in a handy carry case. You can find all of the details HERE. 

Thanks for dropping by!

Friday 19 April 2013

La-La Land Crafts Inspiration Friday - Butterflies or Birds

Hi everyone!! If you are here for the SCACD new release blog hop then keep scrolling down, or click here.

It's Inspiration Friday over on La-La Land Crafts and this week our theme is Butterflies or Birds. I chose to use both, because picking one over the other would be like trying to decide between my children, lol. 

For my project I altered the  Moon & Stars Shadow Box. I've featured the super cute Quill Pen Marci and the Grass BorderHeart Fence, Flag Banner & Large Flourish Dies

I covered the inside of the box with patterned papers and layered up the moon, stars, Heart Fence and Grass Border before adhering Marci with 3D foam dots. For the front panels I used distress ink reinkers with a dry baby wipe and once it had dried I took a Kaisercraft grid stamp and added it all around the blue layer. 

Copic Markers
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair: E21, E23, E25, E27
Reds: R32, R35, R37, R39
Yellows: Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17
Shoes: C5, C7, C9
Book: E07, E08, E41, E42

Challenges -
Copic Marker Europe - Girls Aloud
Sarah Hurley Challenges - Projects with Character 
Divas by Design - Butterflies and Birds

Thanks for dropping in!

SCACD New Release Blog Hop

Good morning bloggers, so glad to have you here for the SCACD Fairy Dust Collection blog hop. You should have arrived from Dianne's blog, but if not and you would like to hop along, then head back to Kathi's blog where the fun begins. 

Today SCACD is introducing the Fairy Dust Collection. These are 6 sweet and sassy Fairies that just make you smile and brighten the day. Elisabeth Bell sprinkled just the right amount of cute, charm and gorgeous on to these special little fairies. These are stamps for right now but also classics to use years from now!

I am featuring the adorable Little Acorns, Big Dreams.

I found a great tutorial by Beate over on Splitcoast Stampers. I love SCS for all it's tutorials and ideas :D It's a Box Card and is made from one sheet of heavy cardstock sized 8.5" x 11"

You just slip the belly band off and the box opens up. 

Once the box was made I set it aside and coloured up my image with copic markers, and of course, some sparkle for her wings. I cut it out with classic circle nesties and sponged the background with Tumbled Glass distress ink whilst leaving the nestie in place - this leaves a white border all around. Then I cut a scalloped circle from pink cardstock, adhered the image to it and then mounted it onto 3D foam before sticking it down onto the belly band. 

Note that for US readers, the stamps can be found here:
And that Dies by SCACD can be found here:

For international readers:

Thanks so much for joining us today. Next on the hop is Suzanne and below is the full list of hoppers in case you get a little lost along the way.... 

Sandie Dunne (you're here!!) 

Thursday 18 April 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps April Release Blog Waltz

Welcome to the Waltzingmouse Stamps April Release!! You should have arrived here from Belinda's blog, but if not and you want to join us then jump back to Claire's blog where you will find all the links. 

There are THREE amazing sets being released today, and for the past three days the design team have been showcasing them. On Monday we started off with My Kind of Guy, Tuesday we showcased Nordic Baby and yesterday brought Man of the Hour. Today the team are showcasing all of the new stamps and I have a few projects to share... 

First up is a sweet baby tag featuring Nordic Baby
Papers: Graphic 45

Next is a card and gift box set for a Dad featuring Man of the Hour. I found the tutorial for the card on YouTube and the turorial for the box on Splitcoast Stampers.
Papers: My Mind's Eye

Finally I have a layout which I made some time back but when I saw the sentiment in Man of the Hour I instantly thought of the layout and knew it would be a perfect addition to the layout :D 
Papers: Basic Grey

Well that's it from me :) I hope you enjoyed your visit here. Next on the Waltz is Julia. And don't forget - there will be a prize winner from a random drawing from comments left on the blogs, so be sure to comment as you go. 

Happy Waltzing!

Courage is being yourself...

Afternoon bloggers!!  I was searching through my posts on blogger when I came across this one, in draft mode, which was scheduled to go live last week and I have been so busy that I didn't realise it hadn't.. not cool Blogger, NOT cool!!! 

Anyway, I have something a little different to share with you. I recently signed up to participate in a mixed media circle journal and so I tried my hand at making a mixed media canvas as one of my design team projects for Quixotic Paperie

The stamp I've featured is from Susana Loves Stamps' NEW mixed media release, Blank Canvas, and this one is called Flights of Botanica. She has been stamped out using Adirondack paint. 

For the background I used 4 different colour sprays (Glimmer Mist & Dylusions). Then I layered on a white doily, which I painted over, and stamped out my sentiment. I added some Prima washi tape and a metal charm tied with button floss. I cut the butterfly out from some Prima paper and coated it with glossy accents. To finish I doodled on some stitching. 

I love how it turned out and will definitely be dabbling a bit more :D 

Thanks for popping in!

Wednesday 17 April 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps April Release Previews Day Three!!

Well welcome back to day 3 of Waltzingmouse Stamps April release previews. Over the past two days we've seen so many amazing samples by our design team who have showcased My Kind of Guy and Nordic Baby. If you have missed out, jump on over to Claire's Blog where you will find all of the links you need :)

Today, we are showcasing Man of the Hour - another amazing male set designed to make your life easier, lol. 

I made both a card and a mini album cover.... 

Perfect gift for every father out there... and it's never too early to get ahead for Father's Day! 

Here is the list of ladies participating in today's showcase

Have fun!!

Tuesday 16 April 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps April Release Previews Day Two

It's Day Two of Waltzingmouse Stamps April Release previews. I hope you enjoyed yesterday's preview of My Kind of Guy? Today, the design team are showcasing another amazing set - Nordic Baby

I sat down to make a card and kind of lost the run of myself :P I made a card and gift box set for both a boy and a girl. 

 My papers are from Prima and the cardstock from Papermill Direct. I used Nestabilities labels to cut out the sentiment which I stamped out with Victorian Velvet Distress ink and Archival Black ink. I layered 2 kinds of lace over the paper and then I stuck the sentiment down with 3D foam dots on top. 

The gift boxes are designed like pizza boxes and the tutorial can be found on Splitcoast Stampers. All you need is one sheet of 11" x 6" card and patterned papers/embellishments of your choice. They are so much fun to make. 

On this one I added some ribbon, lace, a doily, ribbon, a flossed button and a punched butterfly. 

On the Boy set I again used Prima papers and used the same design as for the girl card, except instead of 2 layers of lace I used lace and a punched border. 

I just adore the baby shoes stamp :D 

Below is the list of ladies participating in today's previews.. 

Thanks for dropping in!

Monday 15 April 2013

Waltzingmouse Stamps April Release Previews Day One

It's Waltzingmouse Stamps previews time and today the design team are showcasing an absolutely FABULOUS set of stamps. I {heart} these stamps so much, it's not even funny. Actually, it is kind of is funny because, for the past few days, at my house, we are all about 'I say old Bean...' in our best uppercrust voices. Wonder how long before we bore each other silly :P

Anywhoooo.. today's preview set is My Kind of Guy - and I had a lot of fun playing with it. 

On my first card I used what have to be my absolute FAVOURITE sentiments (ask me again in 2 weeks after I've been driven crazy by the teen saying "I say old Bean....." :/ ). I started with a kraft card base and used foam tape between the base and the white card for a little dimension. The border has been stamped out with SU Mellow Moss and for everything else I used Archival Ink. I also layered on the bowler hat image with 3D foam. To embellish I added some pearls and a button. 

For my second card I used some patterned papers from my 'I have no clue what brand these are' drawer. I liked the colours. I stamped out the frame and sentiment to coordinate. I used distress inks - Spiced Marmalade & Faded Jeans - and also Rich Cocoa Memento. To embellish I've added some pearls, die cut flourishes and buttons flossed with button twine. 

My third card .. this is one I saw on Pinterest recently and thought it was a wonderful idea so I CASE'd it. It works so well with the sentiment - I'm thinking this would be perfect for a groom ;) 

I am so happy with this card that you would think I came up with the idea, lol. 

All of my cardstock, apart from the Kraft, is from Papermill Direct

Well that's it from me.. below you can find the list of ladies who are also showcasing My Kind of Guy today.... 


Sunday 14 April 2013

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps April Release Blog Hop...

Well welcome back!! It’s Krafty RELEASE Day at KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS!! And we’re celebrating with a KRAFTY HOP!!

Over the last few days in our Krafty Peeks, we have shared lots of AMAZING new stamps from all our artists! We’ve got something for everyone!! We've got TWO sweet new sets with the kiddos from Cheryl Alger........A SUNSHINEY DAY and LET'S DISH THE DIRT!! And of course we have an amazing new set of SIX awesome stamps in our NURSERY RHYMES collection with a coordinating FABULOUS FRAMES 2 set and they are simply A-mazing! OH and don’t forget the incredible new set of TRINKETS .... BFF TRINKETS!!

You will get to see most of the new images today as you sit back and enjoy our APRIL Krafty Hop! As you hop from blog to blog, be sure to leave a comment at each and every stop because some lucky stampers will win packages of these incredible stamps from the new release!! And when you’re done hoppin’, be sure to head over to the Kraftin’Kimmie shop, because ALL the new images are NOW available!

And of course, as always, we have our Gimme Kimmies Kits available for those of you who ‘need it all’!! The stamps are grouped together by artist and are available at a discount, but only for a limited time!! 

And there ain't no party like a Kraftin' Kimmie PARTY!! I told you we'd be rockin' it with another ONLINE PARTY, didn't I??!! Well, we're doing it again with another LIVE online RELEASE PAR-TAY!!!!

If you aren't already a fan of our KKS Facebook page.....head on over and 'like' us and that's all you have to do to hang out with the cool kids at the party! Just show up at the facebook page THIS AFTERNOON and come ready to party!

Come hang out with us on Sunday, April 14th at 1pm EST where you can chit chat with Kraftin' Kimmie and some of the AMAZING Krafty Girls And you can chat with each other and get to know some other Krafty fans!! We'll share pics of some of the new April stamps and sets that will be going LIVE on the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps shop at 2:30pm EST that afternoon! 
Join in the chatter, answer some fun trivia questions and YOU could WIN some new rubbah!!! 'Cause that's what it's all about, no? 

So tell your honey to watch the kids, grab some yummy snacks and make plans to hang out with the Krafty Girls on SUNDAY!!!!! See YOU there!!!! 

Now let's get hoppin' and shoppin'!!

Saturday 13 April 2013

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps April Release Previews Day Four & New Challenge

Welcome back to Day FOUR of the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps April previews!!! Now how CUTE were those sets by Cheryl Alger yesterday??? The Krafty Girls cards were SO awesome!! Wanna know the random commenter who is getting a set of those cuties?? Well, ALL the winners of this week will be announced at the LIVE online RELEASE PARTY TOMORROW!!! Go HERE to get all the details!!!

So are you here for a new challenge or are you here to check out some more brand new stamps for APRIL 2013???? Well, not to worry! We've got BOTH!! Not only do we have a new weekly challenge but we also have SIX new AWESOME stamps!!!

Today we have a FABULOUS collection ...... NURSERY RHYMES!!! Oh these sweet images bring back such memories and the sentiments are fabulous for some great creations!!! 

Check out all the sweet designs by the Krafty Girls featuring Jack and Jill, Little Bo Peep, Little Boy Blue, Little Miss Muffet, Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary and Mother Goose!! It's another incredibly fun release!! You will love it! There are lots of amazing creations on today's hop in combination with this week's challenge!! The lovely JENNY is our hostess this week and her challenge is ANYTHING GOES!! We want EVERYONE to play along and have a chance to win the new Jack and Jill stamp, as featured on Jenny's gorgeous creation!! We really hope you are inspired by this week's challenge and share your inky creations!!! We SO enjoy seeing your beautiful designs inspired by our challenges!

Below you will find all the Krafty Girls and Guests who have goodies to show you today and while you're visiting their blogs, be sure to leave some love at each stop because TWO lucky stampers are each going to WIN a package of today's stamps!! Woohoo!!!

ALL of our APRIL stamps will be available TOMORROW afternoon at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Shop!!! We'll be celebrating tomorrow afternoon at our ONLINE RELEASE PARTY!! It's over at our KKS Facebook fan page! Join us for all the fun!! You can find more details here!! 

Friday 12 April 2013

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps April Release Previews Day Three

Welcome back to day three of our APRIL Kraftin' Kimmie Peeks!!! Today we are excited to share TWO supah cute new sets by artist Cheryl Alger!!! You'll recognize these characters from previous sets.....Lulu, Lexi and Lucas! And they are just as cute as can be, perfect for springtime!!! These new sets are.......A SUNSHINEY DAY and LET'S DISH THE DIRT!!

Would you like to know who won the new stamp set that we previewed yesterday???!! Well, you'll just have to wait until Sunday afternoon at this month's ONLINE RELEASE PARTY!!! Hope you can join us for all the fun and excitement and prizes!!! You can read all the details about how you can join us RIGHT HERE!

My first card features Lulu from A SUNSHINEY DAY.....

and my second card features Lucas from LET'S DISH THE DIRT and one of the fabulous new BFF TRINKETS.

All the Krafty Girls listed below have lots of super sweet designs to show you, so be sure to hop over to each of them! And while you're there, be sure to leave a comment because we are giving away one of EACH of the new sets!!! You could WIN one of the new A SUNSHINEY DAY or LET'S DISH THE DIRT stamp sets!!!!! {All of this week's winners will be announced at the online party on Sunday afternoon!}

Then come on back tomorrow to check out MORE new stamps we have to show you with a fabulous new theme.... along with a new CHALLENGE!!! And ALL the new stamps will be available on Sunday afternoon at the KKStamps Shop!!

Happy kraftin'!