Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween.  I just love Halloween, I decorate my house at the beginning of September so I can enjoy them longer!  It is my favorite occasion to decorate my house in...yes I like it even better than Christmas.  LOL 
I also just these little monsters.  They are sooooo cute!  They also make me smile when I look at them.  Haha.  I like to color or paint so when I first seem this stamp set I knew I wanted to color them with my Blending pen. 
This is very easy to do but it does take a little practice ...just like anything else.  You can see the blending pen here
First off I stamp my image with Black Archival Ink.  This will not bleed when you use the blending pen with it.  If you use just regular dye based ink your ink will bleed into your coloring and you will have a mess.  So, use archival ink.  Staz On would work too.  For the color I take the Gypsy (or any other color I am working with) and squeeze the ink pad together to transfer some of the ink to the lid of the ink pad.  Then with my blending brush I pick up a small amount of ink from the lid of the ink pad and start coloring my image working from the outside towards the inside.  Then I pick up more color and continue the process until I am satisfied with the coloring.  To clean my blending brush swipe it on scrap paper until no more color comes off the tip and then you are good to use it on another color.  This will take some practice as the amount of ink you pick up will determine how dark your coloring is...if that makes sense?  So to get your shading right you will have to practice...but do not give works great! 
Anyhow here is the items I used for the cards...All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted. 

Let's Party Clear Card:
Clear Card Z1309
Hooligans Paper Packet X7129B
Party Animal Stamp Set D1437
Black Ribbon
Blending Pen #3174
Pear, Gypsy and Sunset Ink
Nesties Circle and Scalloped Circle
Corner Rounder #Z578
Black Archival Ink #4475

Party Animal:
Hooligans Paper Packet X7129B
Party Animal Stamp set D1437
Black Ribbon
My Legacy Writer Black Pen #4275
Black Archival Ink #4475
Blending Pen #3174
Pear, Gypsy and Sunset Ink
Martha Stewart Spider Web Punch

Waving Monster:
Same supplies are above but also includes the Nesties Circles and Inverted Circles 

Christmas Card Workshop

Christmas Card Workshop:
Saturday November 6th
at 1pm
Phone me before Wednesday to participate. 
Space is limited so book early. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

It's A Beautiful Day

 Welcome back to another edition of Maggie Monday. 
This little cutie is called Flower Girl with Petals #3040 from Magnolia.  She can be used on a variety of cards not just wedding cards.   One of the things I did was used my Liquid glass as a paint.  I squeezed out a small amount onto some wax paper and picked up some on a fine paint brush and painted her shoes after I colored them.  It is hard to see in the photo, but they have a real nice shine to them.  They look like satin shoes.  I also took the guard off my corner rounder to make the scalloped edge on the paper mat.  This is not hard to do, just turn the corner rounder upside down so you can see where you are punching and line up the edge of the paper in to corner rounder.  It is easier to do than to describe how to do it.  Trust me.  LOL

All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted.

Caboodle papers X7121B
Colors are Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf, Sorbet and Vanilla Cream
A Beautiful Day stamp set D1450
Colonial White Brads
Corner Rounder Z578
Prima Flowers
Paper Shapers Scalloped Circle punch
EK Success Circle Punch
Flower Girl with Petals #3040

Hair: E55, E53, E51
Skin: E02, E00, E000, R11
Dress: YG13. YG11, YG0000
Basket: E27, E25, E21, Silver Spica
Petals and Hair Accessory: R22, R21, R20 Fruit Punch Stickles, Red Spica
Shoes: R0000, Liquid Glass

This is the inside of the card.  Simple. 

Thanks for stopping by...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Share The Magic

 I am a little late with these cards.  They are made with the October Stamp of the Month, Share the magic.  I thought I had already posted these.  Oh well, better late than never. 

Mistletoe Paper Packet X7130B

Desert Sand, Bamboo, Colonial White and Garden Green cardstock
Desert Sand and Cocoa Exclusive Inks
Share the Magic Stamp Set D1443
A Timber Stamp Set A1110
Clear Sparkles Z1104
Sparkles Red Assortment Z1326
Desert Sand Organdy Ribbon (retired)
Nesties Large Standard Circles

Mistletoe Paper Packet X7130B

Desert Sand, Bamboo and Colonial White Cardstock
Black and Desert Sand Exclusive Inks
Share the Magic D1443
All The Best B1357
Mocha Opaques Z1333
Cranberry Buttons Z1285
Clear Sparkles Z1104
Desert Sand Organdy Ribbon (retired)
Quickie Glue pen
Nesties Labels Four

For the hat and scarf I stamped the image onto the patterned paper and just cut out the parts I wanted and glued them onto the whole stamped image with my quickie glue pen.

TIP: When working with the opaques, it is really helpful to pick them up off the backing sheet with the tip of your paper piercer. The fine point of the paper piercer makes it easy to pick up and transfer to your artwork.

Thanks for stopping by...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Scrapbooking Class

November Scrapbook Class

We will be using the NEW Memory Protectors Flip Flaps 12 inch assortment. These enable you to place lots of photos on the two pages. I have 9 photos on my layout but you can place lots more instead of the stamping.

You can see in the top photo how your layout will be placed in your album.


This is the left page opened. The flip flaps are placed on the left and right sides of the layout to open up like a gate or doors.

 This is the right layout opened. It opens up on the top and the bottom.

This layout is really easier to do than it looks, but there is lots of cardstock that needs to be cut for this 2 page layout. For that reason, I will have the cutting done for you so you can concentrate on putting it together and doing the stamping.

Class Date: Thursday November 11th at 7pm.
Cost for this 2 page layout is $18 to cover the cost of the page protectors and flip flaps.
You must pre-register by Monday November 8th by calling me at 854-2928

Thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Little Thanks

Here is a simple card I made a while back to give out to everyone who purchased off my website.  I had lots of orders that month so I had to make many of these cards.  Thanks to all who used my website to make their purchases. 
All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Cherry O Creative Basics Paper X5810
Blush and Colonial White Cardstock
A little Thanks Stamp Set D1444
Just Blooms Summer Posies Z822
Pearl Opaques Z1336
Original Sketch Book Overview Page 102
EK Success Scalloped Diamond Border Punch

Thanks for stopping by...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Another Maggie Monday!

 Yes, Christmas is coming...and it will be here before you know it.  I am trying to get some Christmas cards done early.  I colored this little one a long time ago but never made her into a card until recently. 
All Supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted.

Colors Olive, New England ivy and Cranberry

New England Ivy patterned paper (retired)
Father Christmas D1449
Annotations D1307
Olive waxy Flax
Red ribbon,
Nesties tags 5
Martha Stewart branch punch
Flowers Unknown.
Tilda with Xmas Cracker #3021 by Magnolia

Shirt, hat and socks: YG 96, YG93, YG91
Skin: E11, E00, E000
Hair: E55, E53, E51
Pinafore: E40, E0000
Shoes and Ball: E37, E35, E33, E31
Spica Lipstick for hat band and on ball.


Here is the indside of the card.  Very simple. 

Thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, October 14, 2010


These are more pictures from my travels to Europe two years ago.  Wow...time flies. When we were in Amsterdam, I found this BIG leaf that looked like the Maple Leaves we have in Canada only 10 times bigger.  It turned out it was a Sycamore leaf.  I just couldn't get over the size of it.  Anyways, if you do happen to travel to Amsterdam, I would recommend to go in the fall it is really beautiful there that time of year.
All supplies are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Magic, Magic Act Sketch page 90
Olivia Paper Packet X7128B
Timeless Stamp Set B1355
Posterboard Alphabet E1014
Designer Brads Shimmer Z1349
Colors are Barn Red, Pear, New England Ivy and Colonial White

Monday, October 11, 2010

Maggie Monday in Fall

 Doesn't this little girl entice you to go for a walk in the wilderness to gather up some colored leaves?  It does me. 
This is the inside of the card. 
All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted.
Passages Paper X7126B

Colors are Barn Red, Bamboo, and olive Green
Olive Green Ribbon
Timeless Stamp Set B1355
Martha Stewart Scallop 3 dot punch
Standing Fall Tilda by Magnolia

Copic Markers
I cannot find my paper on the colors of Copics I used on her. Sorry.

Thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

My Travels to Germany

I posed this layout a while ago when I showed you what you can make out of one paper packet here.  I also promised you that I would revisit these projects and tell you all the items used to make the layout.  So here is the recipe:
All supplies used are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Imagine 3 part harmony Sketch
Olivia Paper Packet X7128B
Timeless Stamp Set B1355
Classmate Alphabet D1303
Save the Date Stamp set D1386
Designer Brads Shimmer Z1349
Foundry Bookplates Z1147
Mini Medleys Pewter Z1243
Colors used are Barn Red, Smoothie, Sunset, Pear and Cocoa. 

Thanks for stopping by...

Monday, October 4, 2010

Another Maggie Monday

 How adorable is this cutie!  It is from Magnolia Stamps called Snowman with bells.  It was a little challenging to color as white is hard to replicate (is that a word?) I knew that I was going to use the Aspen papers so I colored the snowman with a blue tinge.  I hope you like it as much as I do. 
The inside was left rather simple. 
All supplies are from Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted. 
Aspen Paper Packet X7103B

Colors Indian Corn Blue, Bamboo and White daisy

Indian Corn Blue Ink Z2130

Snow Days C1420

Sparkles Blue collection Z1327

Finger Daubers

Snowman with bells Magnolia

MS Himalayan Snowflake Large

MS Arctic Snowflake

MS Stars Border Punch

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Copic Markers

Snowman: B00, B0000

Bells YR21 YR0000

Leaves YG11, YG0000

Round Balls R00, R0000

Ribbon R02, R00, R0000

CoatE31, #000

Fur W2, W0

Button B00, B0000

Thanks for stopping by...