Monday, 24 December 2012

New Technique and Tutorial Team!

Can you imagine how excited I was to receive a telephone call inviting me to join Joann aka Sassy Raggedy in establishing a Techniques and Tutorial Team for Eureka Stamps and QKR Stampede? Over the moon!

The idea is to post something new every Wednesday on both the Eureka and QKR Blogs which will feature a step-by-step tutorial, or an example of what you can create with a certain product. Readers can come to count on new information every Wednesday which we hope will inspire you to expand your skill base and product knowledge. Is that a big challenge? You bet, and I'm excited about learning new things myself that I can share with fellow lovers of paper arts.

My introductory project is a perfect example. The products the new T&T team is featuring today are Mica Powders. Now, I've tried mica powders before and have not been impressed. I thought they were pretty, but they never stayed where I put them. Little did I realize the beautiful possibilities of mica powders! Thanks to my T&T team, I've learned that there are many techniques using mica powders which give you spectacular results. The above project is a perfect example. I've found that mica powders work really well with a product you likely have in your stash – VersaMark ink.

For this project, I used 1/4 sheet of black Recollections cardstock from Michaels, Eurkea's Partridge in a Pear stamp, and selected a powder from the Iridescent Sparkle collection for this project. Partridge is a big stamp, approximately 4 x 4.75 inches, so it makes a great focal image.

Here's what you do....
  • Ink your stamp well with VersaMark and press firmly onto black cardstock;
  • GENTLY brush mica powder over the image with a soft brush, and let stand a bit; 
  • After allowing time for the ink to set, tap off the excess powder and return it to the container;
  • Dust with a Swiffer dry dusting cloth;  
  • To ensure the powder stays put, spray the image with matte acrylic sealer.

After brushing on mica powder

To finish the card, cut a 5 ¼ by 7 ¼ inch card base. I've used DCWV Shimmer cardstock. Trim the image and mount it on a slightly larger piece of the base cardstock, and then mount all again on another piece of the black cardstock before attaching to the card base.

To fill in the space at the top of the card, use a Scor Pal to add some embossed lines. A black bow and some dots of Liquid Pearl are all the embellishment this card needs.

Check back soon for more ideas with mica powder, such as the following...

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Joyous Cats

This is another in my series of Christmas projects made from non-seasonal stamps. These cuties are Acapella Cats from Digistamps4joy. I love the flexibility and low cost of digital stamps, and they don't need any craft room space for storage. I just need to choose a softward program which would allow me to print the image in colors other than black or gray.

This card base is 5 1/4 by 7 1/4 inch cut from Stardream Metallics. The image was printed on X-Press It Blending Card and colored with R29 Copics. It was cut down and embossed with Spellbinders, and sponged with Distress Ink. Then I added a coat of Judikens Diamond Glaze over the red coloring.

"Joy" was cut with Cricut from Recollections glittered paper. The bottom border was cut with a My Favorite Things die. The flower was hand cut from another page in that paper pack. A small crystal tops it all off. Here's a close-up of the cats.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Here is my last QKR Design Team project for this term. It's been a great experience and I thank all my team members for the encouragement and the all-important sharing of information. Thanks, of course, to the people of QKR Stampede for the great images and all the support you so generously give to your design team. The company has offered me a new opportunity that is really exciting - watch for more info soon.

This project is a 5 1/2 inch square card base cut from Stampin Up cardstock. It features Digi3801 Pear - a beautiful image. This pear was super-easy to color thanks to all the detail the stamp artist included in the image. All those small dots leave clues about where to color your darker shades. Just three shades of YR and three of YG were all it took to color the pear. When it was complete, I added just a hint of gold mica powder to the outside edges of the pear. It's so pretty when you see it in person, but difficult to photograph.

I added some sponging with Distress Inks to give color to the stark white of the paper on which the image was printed. A dark frame cut with Spellbinders and some glittery patterned paper adds a lot of contrast. Tie a bow, and it's done.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Ice Buddies

This pair of very relaxed buddies seems to be enjoying all the cold and snow this season brings. Today's project is a design team entry for today's QKR Stampede Blog Challenge. The theme for this week is Snow Fun, and I'm hoping I can include ice as well as snow - lol.

My project features QKR Stampede's digi image entitled Enjoying the Ride. The image gave me the opportunity to practice my "white" coloring, which is basically shading with a light gray. I colored the penquin and bear nose with a black Copic and topped off the black with a coat of Judikens Diamond Glaze.

The background was more of a challenge than I had anticipated. I had seen a tutorial on brayering a sky, and I thought that the technique was do-able. I was wrong - at least without a lot of practice. I ended up sponging the sky and sea with Distress Inks.

The base of my card is, as usual, Stardream Metallic, cut at 5 3/4 inches square. I topped it with another piece cut at 5 1/2 inches and embossed with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. The centre is cut with a Spellbiner to reveal the image placed behind. Stickles tops it all off.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Exciting News from Daily Window Bag

How cool would it be to have a purse which features your own art or favorite photo? Something that could be customized to match your outfit, your mood or your latest favorite art project would be awesome, right?

I recently learned about the product line at Daily Window Bag in a post by one of my favorite artists Dina Kowal.

Daily Window Bag held a contest where artists were invited to submit a project with a seasonal theme that would fit in their customizable bags.

Summer is my favorite season with it's hot temperatures, fun with friends, flirty clothes, bright colors and beautiful flowers. This bold, bright flower (heat embossed with images from Stampendous and Stampin Up / colored with Copics and Distress Inks) makes me think of summer. It was my entry in the Daily Window Bag contest, and I was actually selected as one of 5 runners-up!

As my prize, I was invited to choose any bag from the Daily Window Bag selection, and the bag at the top of this post was the one that really appealed to me. When I get it in my hot little hands, I'll let you know my impression.

Monday, 10 December 2012

We Three Cats

One of my girlfriends is as cat-crazy as I am, and she also loves giving cat-themed cards at Christmas. I wanted to come up with some different ideas for her to consider this year, so I looked for unique cat stamps that could be made into a Christmas theme. I came up with four different ideas and here's the first. This card features an image from Digistamps4joy.

This card base is cut from Stardream Metallics at 5 1/4 by 7 1/4 inches. I added a panel of lighter weight gold metallic paper from Recollections and a frame cut with Spellbinders and embossed with a Cuttleug folder in DCVW Shimmer Stack purple cardstock. The image was printed onto X-Press It Blending Card and colored with only 5 jewel-toned Copics (that might be a personal best low!). Copics used were YR24, V09, G09, R29 and B18.

Stickles, Distress Stickles and Liquid Pearls add a bit of bling (that's Distress Stickles on their heads). A gold ribbon wraps it up.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Shovel Kitty

Over on the Kraftin Kimmie Blog they are celebrating the season with a weekly challenge entitled Baby It's Cold Outside. This card features Kool Kittie. He reminds me of my husband when he's all bundled up to shovel the driveway. Except this guy looks happier about the whole idea - lol.

This card is a 5 3/4 inch square, cut of Stardream Metallic. It's layered with an unknown light cardstock in burgundy, and Bo Bunny Christmas paper. A Spellbinders die was used for the sentiment. He was colored with Copics and topped off with Stickles.

Kraftin Kimmie offer the cutest stamps that always make me smile. If you haven't been to their site before, pop on over.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

A Little Christmas

 I don't know if it's me, or if it's my camera, but I can't seem to take a perfectly straight photo of a sinle card! Anyway, here's a peak at another cute image from Art Impressions Tiny Tots. There's something about this series of images that brings back the feelings of Christmas I experienced as a kid, and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

This is a large image, so my card is a 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inch base cut from Stardream Metallics. The patterned paper is from Bo Bunny. The snowflakes are cut with Spellbinders.

It took a whack of Copics to color this image. If you're interested, let me know and I'll send you the list. I've started a journal to keep track of what colors I used on each image so I'll always be able to find favorite colors easily.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Ornamental Joy

Besides being a great addition to my personal card assortment, this card was created for the CARDS TV Speaking of Christmas challenge. If you love to create with Cricut, check it out. This card uses the Christmas Noel and Joys of the Season cartridges.

The papers on the card are Stampin Up for the base and the red background. The Glitter Stack is from Recollections. For the word, I used the negative of the cut and let the background show through. A bit of ribbon completed the embellishment. I like the relatively clean and simple result of this design.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Wrappin Elf

This project was created for a challenge on the Kraftin Kimmie Stamps Blog. Kraftin Kimmie images are always full of fun and are great for coloring. Spellbinders were used to cut the image frame and the snowflakes out of some fabulous glitter paper from Recollections. My Liquid Pearls gave me a bit of trouble as the bottle "spit" on the second pearl - oh well, that's life. A bit of ribbon finished it off.

This card will be sent to the Kards for Kids program in support of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. Check out the link if you'd like to get involved in making things a bit brighter for sick kids.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Darling Santa Teddy

What a pretty girl! And I think she knows it - lol!

Today's project was designed for a special friend who is all girl. This charming teddy is a QKR Stampede image entitled Santa Bear digi9501. Yet again, another great image from QKR that's perfect for Copic coloring.

The base for this card is Stardream Metallic cut at 5 3/4 inches. Then a black layer was added at 5 5/8 inches and, finally a beautiful paper from SEI was cut at 5 1/2 inches. Spellbinders were used to cut and emboss the image. For the image black layer, I traced around the Spellbinder and hand cut so the result was a smaller margin of black.

Snowflakes were cut from vellum with Spellbinders. A bit of sparkly ribbon, Liquid Pearls, Stickles and Judikens Diamond Glaze complete the embellishment.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Looks Like Christmas

It's challenge time again at the QKR Stampede Blogspot. This week's challenge features the theme "Looks Like Christmas" and it sure does look like Christmas everywhere I go these days. In my naive youth, I used to think end of November was WAY too early to be doing Christmas events and shopping but, now that I craft almost everything we need and give, end of November is when I start to wonder if I'll get it all done in time!

Anyway, this happy guy is a QKR Stampede digi image found here: Bringing a Tree. As usual, it's a great image to color. My Copics R24, 27 and 29 are really getting a work-out these days. The sentiment is Ho Ho Ho.

The body of this card started with a base card of Stampin Up cardstock folded at 5 1/4 by 7 1/4 inches. Then I cut it with a Spellbinder, placing the cutting blade of the die just outside the fold. Then I cut and embossed another piece of the same card with the same die and adhered it to the card front so the front of the card has a complete die cut. I chose a smaller size of the same die to cut a window in the lower part of the card and slipped a sentiment between the two card layers.

A scrap of Christmas paper (this one from Bo Bunny) cut with the same die and a few strips of contrast card stock complete the cuts. A touch of Stickles gives the card a little sparkle, and we're done.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Luv U, Santa

Another sweet, sweet stamp from the Tiny Tots line at Art Impressions. These images bring back all the wonderful childhood memories I experienced at Christmas - as if the artist was right there beside me back then. I think it takes a special kind of talent to do that.

Here's a close up of the image. Other than a lot of coloring, this card came together quickly with basic cuts of left-over Christmas paper. Spellbinders dies and Distress Ink sponging were used to give interest to the focal panel. Stickles and brads just top it all off.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Post & Wreathe

Another quick and easy Cricut project. This one is a 5 3/4 inch square card in Stardream Metallic with a square of pretty paper adhered to the front. Then the fun begins!

Cut a sign post from the Cricut Christmas Noel cartridge (I believe this one was cut at 5 inches), adhere to front of card and decorate with Stickles. Cut a circle for the base of the wreathe with Spellbinders. Then cut a multitude of snowflakes (these done with a Cuttlebug die) and attach to the wreathe. Be smarter than I was and add glitter to your snowflakes BEFORE you adhere them - otherwise glitter shakes out of the card forever. Dot with Stampin Up Cherry Cobler liquid glitter. Add a bow and call it done.

Next time, I'll also cut the layer for the sign in a lighter color and stamp a greeting which would show in the centre of the wreathe.

I'm going to enter this project at Oozak's Winter Vibes Challenge.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Christmas Eve Dance

Art Impressions Tiny Tots are some of my favorite images to create with since they are so darned cute!
Can't you just feel the excitement of the little guy on the left?

I've tried to CASE the great talent of Sandy Allnock in her Copic tutorial for coloring a night scene. Some of Sandy's videos can be found now via a link at Oozak home page. Click soon to see the night scene video. This was a new idea for me and I had to color more than one image before I was happy with the results. Do give it a try.

This card is 5 1/4 by 7 1/4 inches, done in crystal Stardream Metallic with Stampin Up cardstock in green and a scrap of Christmas paper (whose origin I've lost track of). The green under the image was cut with Spellbinders Card Creator Fancy Ribbon Threader.

Copic colors for this project were:
Outfits: R27, V25, B 34, R56 / Skin: E11&13 / Tree: G24&Y21 / Sky: BV29 / Shading: C1,3,5&7
A pretty ribbon with some Stickles and Liquid Pearls accents wrap it all up.

I will be entering this card in the Oozak Winter Vibes Challenge.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Watercolor Poinsettia

This just might be my favorite project this season. OK, I might have said that about another one just the other day - lol. Kinda like a mother who loves all her children, I guess.

This Sunshine Designs poinsettia was stamped on watercolor paper with VeraMark and heat embossed with gold. Then I used a waterbrush to dip into drops of Distress Re-Inkers. I started with a light wash of Scattered Straw. On the top petals, I then added Festive Berries close to the centre, and then I squeezed a tiny bit of water over each petal and watched the color run and settle. On the lower petals, I also added a touch of Aged Mahogany before the water. Around the flowers, I add a hint of Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss, blending out with water. After allowing time to dry, I left the watercolor square pressed under a stack of cardstock overnight to flatten.

Stampin Up green cardstock and red Stardream Metallics in text weight complete the papers. Spellbinders were used to cut the fancy frame. The sentiment is heat embossed with Stampin Up Cherry Cobler. Gold ribbon and thread, along with a red crystal complete the card.

Besides using this in my personal card mailout this year, I'm going to enter it into the Oozak Blog Challenge Winter Vibes.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Cricut Christmas Deer

I don't know what it is about me and deer this Christmas, but they seem to be leaping into quite a few of my projects - LOL. Cricut images make quick and easy cards during this busy crafting season. They also make it easy to create masculine projects; in fact, I think this one will be my Dad's card.

Here's how this card came together.
  1. Start with a base card at 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches. Mine is Stardream metallics. You want a heavy card to support the layers;
  2. Add a contrast color at 5 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches (text weight Stardream);
  3. Add a layer of designer paper (The Paper Studio's Christmas Treasures Glitter Stripe) cut at 5 x 7, and adhere all layers;
  4. Cut the deer with Cricut's Christmas Noel cartridge, including Shift and Shadow. Unfortunately, I neglected to note the size, but I'm guessing it was at 6 inches. Adhere all layers and add a small brad for the eye;
  5. Stamp a greeting (this one is Stampin Up) in VersaMark and heat emboss in green. Adhere to a small piece of the contrast color. Wrap with silver thread and adhere to card.
That's it - you're done!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Bright Blue Ornaments

Here's a quick and simple Christmas card idea. This card features QKR Stampede's  digi15706 Christmas Border. It's a perfect image to feature in a frame cut and embossed with Spellbinder rectangles.

I colored the ornaments with Copics and added a bit of bling with micro-fine glitter (which is hard to see here). I used the Scor-Pall to add some detail toward the bottom of the card. A couple strips of scrap ribbon (which I knew I should save for a reason - LOL) add a further bit of sparkle. One of the new Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two fames the silver heat embossed sentiment and completes the card.

Here's a tip: Since this is basically a one layer card, plan the trimming of your image carefully. You want it to be large enough to cover the edges of the blue card stock, when you look at the inside of the card. Does anyone have any good ideas for how to decorate the back of that panel which is visible on the inside?

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Santa is Checking Twice

Welcome to QKR Stampede's First Blog Hop entitled, "Santa is Checking It Twice."

The QKR Stampede design team is showcasing a brand new release just in time for the holidays. This digital image, digi24240 Santa's List ,  is just one of the many beautiful stamps you will find in the QKR Stampede Store.  Come join us as we hop along from each of our designers as they share their fabulous creations using this new digital image. It's amazing how many different creations can be imagined from the same image.

There will be Two Mystery Design Team Members who will each be choosing a winner from the comments left on their hop post! These winners will each win our featured QKR  Stampede digital  image.

There will also be One Grand Prize winner of the hop chosen from comments left on the very last stop, which is QKR Stampede Blog. The Grand Prize Winner will receive 5 new digital stamps of their choice from the QKR Stampede Store.

Our hop will run through Saturday November 17th with winners announced on Sunday November 18th on the QKR Stampede blog. Don't miss the fun and don't forget to leave a comment at each stop!!

Thanks for hopping along with us. You can read the directions for my card below, and your next stop on the hop is the lovely ­­­­­­­­­­Gemma's blog at

Here's how my card came together....
  1. Cut a card base at 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches;
  2. Print image on X-Press It Blending Card and color with Copics as follows: Hat: R37, 39 / Skin: E000, 01 / Fingernails and Mouth: E04 / Glasses: B000 / Shirt: E50, 51 / Vest: E84, 87 / Pants: E87 / Bag: E17, 19 / Socks: E39 / Slippers: E35, 37 / List: E40, 41 / Chair: E31, 34 / Shadows: C0, C1;
  3. Sponge edges of image with Distress Scattered Straw;
  4. Cut window frame with Circut's Christmas Noel cartridge at 7 1/2 inches (trim to fit front of card) and attach image to back of frame;
  5. Cut scrap piece of dark blue to fill the top of the window frame and attach to back of frame;
  6. Cut leaves and flowers with Cricut and layer with loops of gold thread;
  7. Accent with Liquid Pearls and Stickles as desired.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Snowy Cabin in Burnished Velvet

This clean and simple (well, my idea of simple - LOL) card was created for the QKR Stampede Blog Challenge entitled "Winter Wonderland" My card features the QKR Stampede digi image Snowy Cabin. To evoke the image of sparkling frozen flakes, this card is done completely in Stardream Metallic cardstock with the Burnished Velvet Technique.

Here's how it all came together....

  1. Cut a card base in black cardstock to create a 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inch card;
  2. Cut a rectangle in red cardstock at 5 x 7 inches;
  3. Emboss a black rectangle with Spellbinder's M-Bossibilities; Winter Wonders, Design B and trim to 4 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches;
  4. Print the QKR digi image and trim, cover with Scor-Tape, peel off the protective layer, sprinkle over transparent micro-fine glitter, tap off excess and burnish (rub with fingers to enhance shine);
  5. Choose rectangular Spellbinder die which will cut an area to match the size of your image, cut this rectangle out of a piece of red cardstock, adhere resulting red frame over image;
  6. Centre the next larger Spellbinder rectangular die at the top of the black embossed card and cut;
  7. Adhere red layer underneath, and then adhere embossed panel to front of card.
Hint: if you aren't using metallic cardstock, consider running your VersaMark ink pad gently over the embossed panel and heat embossing in clear or a transparent sparkle.

Check out the other DT creations in the Winter Wonderland Challenge, and enter your own work for a chance to win great QKR Stampede images.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Winter Deer

This post may take a while to publish as my cat insists on getting between me and screen, but here goes. Today's card is pretty quick to put together because it has no coloring - quite the exception for me, LOL! It features the fabulous SEI paper collection entitled "Winter Song". It might be a bit hard to see in the photo, but the papers are enhanced with flocking, foil and glitter - not to mention stunning designs.

Here's how it came together....
Cut a base to create a card 5 1/4 by 7 1/4 inches;
Cut a contrast rectangle at 5 x 7 inches;
Cut four pieces of coordinating paper and ahere to the contrast piece;
Wrap with ribbon, tucking ends underneath;
Adhere to card front;
Cut a piece of paper, featuring an interesting bit of design, with Sissiz Framelits Labels Collection;
Create a frame out of another piece of the paper with a contrasting color, using the Framelits and adhere those layers to the card;
Cut a Spellbinder label from the contrast card, stamp a sentiment on a lightly colored piece of the paper and adhere all layers to card. This sentiment was heat embossed with VersaMark and StampinUp Cherry Cobler embossing powder;
And you're done - unless you want to add some stickles to the deer...hmmmm.....

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Elves Not Elvis

I love creating for Christmas. As I plan a project, I think of the recipient, what they like, and how much they mean to me. Then I can make something special just for that person. As fellow crafters, I know you understand. This is a project I created as a DT member for QKR Stampede. I've used digi16709 Need More Elves for this card. How cute is this image?

Here's how this card came together...
Cut a 5 3/4 inch square card;
Cut a red square at 5 1/2 inches;
Cut three strips of designer paper at 1 x 5 1/2 inches;
Print image and color with Copics R24, R27, R29, E01, E02, BG 10, BG11, BG72, BG96, BG99, Y26, C00, C1, C3, C5, C7 and C9;
Trim image and shade edges with scribbles of BG10;
Cut red rectangle just a bit bigger than the image;
Adhere strips to red card, adhere smaller red rectangle, and adhere image;
Add snowflake brad, color with Copics and add Stickles for a bit of sparkle;
Adhere all to card base;
Dot with Stickles, and it's done!

Friday, 2 November 2012

I'm Thankful

The theme of the Weekly Challenge at QKR Stampede is Giving Thanks. Pop on over the to the blog and see the Design Team's work along with the public entries in the challenge. Once again, the challenge prize is cute and quirky QKR Stampede art.

Thanksgiving reminds me of what is really important in my life - family and friends. This card honors the friends in my life. It features QKR's digi9206 Autumn Friends and the sentiment is digi15808 Good Friends.

Here's how this card came together.

Cut a base card at 5 3/4 inches square;
Cut a contrast card color at 5 5/8 inches square;
Cut a designer paper at 5 1/2 inches square. This one is from SEI;
Print the image and color with Copics: Dress - BV00, 02, 04 /Blouse RV00 / Coveralls B91, 93, 95 / Shirt C1, 3 / Vine G94, 99 / Cheeks R20 / Hat Y21, 23 / Pumpkin YR12, 14, 15, 21 / Skin E000, 00, 01 / Hair 17, 18, 19 and 23, 25, 27 / Shoes 30, 31, 34 / Boots 37, 39;
Cut and emboss image with Spellbinders and sponge with Distress Ink Antique Paper;
Trace outside of same Spellbinders die and hand cut (to give a small border);
Cut sentiment with Spellbinders and trim to fit well.
Add ribbon and dots of Stickles;
Adhere all layers, and you're done!

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Swimming By

As a member of the QKR Stampede design team, I have the opportunity to choose images which provide a coloring challenge. This creation features Digi2303 Tropical Fish, but almost any QKR Stampede image has amazing coloring potential. I had a great time working with the colors for this project on a cloudy October morning since it had me thinking of tropical island breezes, inviting turquoise water and swimsuits rather than my reality of sweat pants, socks AND slippers - LOL.

The "Copic Coloring Guide, Level 2: Nature" by Colleen Schaan and Marianne Walker is one of the best crafting investments I've ever made. Using the tutorial entitled, "Alternative Blending and Shading Groups", I was able to understand the 10+2 rule for shading and how to blend outside one color family. I highly recommend this book.

The colors used on this project were taken right from those suggested in the tutorial. Copic colors for this project are as follows:
Blue Fish: B000, B00, B12, B24, BV00, BV11, BV23, R46
Orange Fish: Y11, Y15, YR15, YR18, R46

Otherwise, this was a very simple project which came together in a snap. Print the image, color it, cut and emboss with a Spellbinder and sponge with Distress Ink. Cut a piece of black card just a bit bigger and adhere to card front. Add a computer generated sentiment, a few dots of Stickles and it's finished!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Beary Godmother

Welcome to the QKR Stampede Blog Challenge #10 Animal Madness! Come join the fun and try to win some great QKR images!

As I might have said previously, LOL, I love QKR Stampede images for their coloring potential. This is Digi24002 Wizard Bear and she's made even sweeter with the Digi22502 Beary Godmother sentiment. Isn't that just it way it goes with wishes granted by somebody wearing baggy tights?

Here's how this card came together....
  1. Cut a card at 5 x 7 inches;
  2. Cut a piece of the same card at the same size and run through the Madison Cuttlebug folder. Trim the edges and cut out the centre panel with a craft knife.
  3. Cut a piece of patterned paper just a shade smaller than the embossed panel and adhere all layers;
  4. Print image and color with copics: #31, E34, RV00, RV11, BG10, Y26 and Spica Blossom. Trim and adhere to card front;
  5. Print sentiment, cut out and emboss with Spellbinder. Sponge with Distress Ink, and adhere;
  6. Finish with Liquid Pearls in Pastel Raspberry and you're finished.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Burnished Velvet Poinsettia

Burnished Velvet is a technique I often choose for a special card. Basically, you cover a piece of light cardstock with wide Scor-Tape, and then rub in transparent micro-glitter. The more you rub, the sparklier (is that a word?) the glitter gets. For this project, I stamped the cardstock first and then applied the tape.

Here's how this card came together...


Heartfelt Creations HCPC 2291 Regal Poinsettia 2 Precut Set
Heartfelt Creations HCD 713 Decorative Lace Border Die
Stardream Metallic Cardstock, red and white
Stampin Up Cardstock, vanilla and navy
VersaMark Ink
Silver Heat Embossing Powder
Distress Ink Sapphire
5" Scor-Tape
Micro-fine Glitter
Silver Thread


  1. Cut red cardstock to 7 1/4  x 10 1/2 inches and score to create 5 1/4 x 7 1/4  inch card;
  2. Cut vanilla cardstock to 5 x7  inch and stamp randomly with Distress Ink;
  3. Cover stamping with 5x7 inch piece of Scor-Tape and remove protective layer. Adhere to red cardstock;
  4. Cut navy cardstock with Lace Die and carefully place over Scor-Tape;
  5. Sprinkle Warm Highlights Micro-fine Glitter over all and tap off excess;
  6. Cut white cardstock with Lace Die. Run ribbon through lace, and adhere over navy lace, offsetting slightly. Trim lace pieces to fit;
  7. Stamp two sizes of flowers and one leaf image with VersaMark on navy cardstock and heat emboss with silver. Trim and shape flowers;
  8. Carefully apply glue to centres of flowers and sprinkle on red Micro-fine Glitter;
  9. Apply small piece of Scor-Tape on front of card and layer rounds of silver thread over tacky spot;
  10. Adhere flowers.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Poinsettia Tri-Color

My creative mojo has been hiding this last month while I nursed my cat through a severe reaction to her annual vaccination. But, after weeks of intensive care, it looks like she's on the mend and my thoughts are more often returning to my craft room. Good thing cause Christmas is approaching - it's already mid-October! This card features three of my very favorite things: Heartfelt Creations stamps, Distress Inks and Spellbinders. Here's how this card came together....


Stardream Metallic Cardstock
Heartfelt Creations HCPC 2291 Regal Poinsettia 2 Precut Stamp Set
Watercolor Paper
VersaMark Ink
Silver Heat Embossing Powder
Distress Ink Set Winter 2011
Water Brush
Judikins Diamond Glaze
Red Foil
Spellbinders Die Templates, Labels 4
Scor-Pal scoring tool
Pop Dots
Fancy Button
Silver Braid

  1. Cut silver cardstock to 7 1/4  x 10 1/2 inches and score to create 5 1/4 x 7 1/4  inch card;
  2. Cut green cardstock to 5 x7  inch;
  3. With Scor-Pal, score green cardstock diagonally, every inch, turn 180 degrees and repeat scoring;
  4. Cut red foil with die and cut in half horizontally;
  5. Adhere foil to green leaving a 1/4 inch gap;
  6. Adhere silver braid to green, wrapping ends to back;
  7. Adhere green to silver;
  8. Cut piece of watercolor paper larger than die. Sponge Distress Inks, graduating each color into the next. Allow to dry;
  9. Stamp Poinsettia with VersaMark and heat emboss with silver;
  10. Place die as desired and cut;
  11. Using Waterbrush and Red Distress Ink, color in flower centre. When dry, adhere crystals and float with Diamond Glaze. Adhere over red foil;
  12. Adhere crystals to background, at each place where lines cross;
  13. Cut fancy shape with any Spellbinders die and top with fancy button.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Down the Chimney

This is one of my QKR Stampede Design Team projects for October. Santa will soon be coming down the chimney so, for those who love creating paper art, it's time to get the preparations rolling. Here's a project that features QKR Stampede's digital image entitled Stockings Hung. I chose this image for the opportunity to try coloring a brick wall with Copics.

Here's how this project came together....

Start with a 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 inch green card base, folded in half. Top with a piece of gold paper cut at 5 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches, and a pattered paper cut at 5 x 7.

Print the image, trim, sponge edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink, and color with Copics, as follows:
Brick: E04, E07, E08
Mantle: E31, 33, 34, 35
Boots: C5, C7, C9, 100
Pants: R24. R27, R29
Stockings: YG67, Y28, R59, B37, E18

Add Marvy Liquid Applique, allow to dry for 24 hours, and heat set to puff.

Using the largest die in Spellbinders Card Creator Fancy Ribbon Threader, cut a piece of gold. String with burgundy ribbon and adhere to left side of card.

Cut a piece of gold paper just a bitg bigger than the image, and a piece of green just a bit bigger again, adhere layers and add image. Adhere to front of card, along the side of the ribbon.

Print greeting with QKR Stampede's digi Merry Christmas. Trim, color with Copics, sponge with Distress Ink Antique Linen. Cut a green background just a big larger and adhere sentiment and backing to card.

Finish with a ribbon bow and dots of black glitter in the fireplace.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Cream Lace

There's just something special about an all-while card. I had a wedding card in mind when I designed this, but it be used for almost any occasion. I had in mind to submit this to Heartfelt Creations Design Team search, so the following information is written in their format.

Products Used:

Heartfelt Creation HCD 716 Layered Swirl Die
Spellbinders Carnations Shapeabilities
Spellbinders Foliage Shapeabilities 
Stardream Metallic Cardstock
Warm Highlights Micro Glitter
Faux Pearls
Tombow Glue


1.      From background cardstock, cut 4.5 x 7 inch rectangle. Apply a layer of Scor-tape to entire piece, leaving top protective layer of tape in place;
2.      Tape large scallop die to top of paper, having bottom of die 2 1/4 inches from the top of the paper. Cut;
3.      Cut two pieces of cardstock at 2 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches, and cover with Scor-tape (leaving ½ inch on outer sides bare), leaving top protective layer of tape in place;
4.      Tape down small scallop dies, matching front of die to inner edge, and top of third scallop to top of paper. Cut;
5.      Score outer edge of smaller pieces at 1/2 inch;
6.      Cut a piece of cardstock at 4 1/4 x 6 7/8 inches;
7.      Centre large elegant swirl die at top of paper and tape at the top of die. Slip a piece of wax paper between die and paper to facilitate easy release of die. Cut;
8.      Cut two pieces of cardstock at 2 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches. Place small elegant swirl dies as close to inner edge of paper as possible and with third scallop at the top of paper. Tape and add wax paper. Trim outside edge and bottom as necessary to fit background shapes well;
9.      Peel off protective layer of Scor-Tape and carefully place elegant swirl pieces on tape. Try not to touch tape. Sprinkle micro-glitter onto visible areas of Scor-Tape and tap off excess;
10.  Adhere sides to back with generous amounts of Scor-Tape;
11.  Adhere ribbon ends to card with Scor-Tape, and tie a bow;
12.  Cut multiple layers of various sizes of Carnations with die. Shape as per Heartfelt Creations video, and layer to create 3 full flowers. Randomly apply glue and more mirco-glitter and allow to dry.
13.  Cut 3 leaf shapes with die and snip one leaf apart at stems;
14.  Artfully arrange leaves and flowers;
15.  Place pearls in the centres of the flowers.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Falling Into Fall

 It's time again for a QKR Stampede Blog Challenge. This week, the theme is Fall Fun, and what's more fun than playing in falling leaves? Check out the Challenge cause there are always generous prizes from QKR Stampede.

Here's how my entry came together. First cut a 5 3/4 inch square card. Cut a contrast layer at 5 5/8 inches, and a patterned paper at 5 1/2 inches. Cut a fancy square with a Spellbinder shape.

Print Digi Scarecrow and Leaves on X-Press It Blending Card. Color with Copics. Trim to fit inside the fancy shape.

Adhere patterned layer to contrast layer and wrap with cotton cord. Adhere to card base. Tie small pieces of the cotton cord through 3 small and 1 large cardboard buttons. Adhere to front of card.

Wrap it up with a touch of gold Liquid Pearls to the hat buckle.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

This a QKR September Design Team project. This one celebrates the beautiful, rich colors of Autumn. This card is full of shimmer which is (obviously) one of my favorite looks. It features the QKR Stampde image entitled Digi Leaf.

This card begins with a 5 3/4" square base cut in Stardream metallic. Next cut four squares in a contrast color at 2 5/8", and another four squares in the base color at 2 1/2". Emboss the smaller squares with Cuttlebug's Bird Call folder. Adhere all layers.

Next, print the leaves in three different sizes onto watercolor paper. I set the images at 8", 4.5" and 4". Sponge Distress Ink onto the leaves in Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick and Vinage Photo. Cut out the leaves. Apply an edge and varied dots with a VersaMark pen and heat emboss in gold. Spray the leaves with, orange, green and gold tones of Smooch Spritz. While wet, krinkle each leaft in your had. Gently open up the leaves and allow to dry or dry with heat gun. Cut stems off two smaller leaves and reserve. Cut the two smaller leaves into two halves. Adhere large leaf to card with a bead of glue down the centre. Tuck leaf halves just underneath the main leaf, and adhere. Glue leaf stems close to main leaf stem.

Create ribbon bow and attach. Finish with 3 cyrstals.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

A+ in Printing

This squirrel looks pretty worried, but he needn't be cause he got an A+ on his first printing worksheet. This idea is near to my heart since my first grade teacher told me if my printing didn't improve, I'd never make it far in life!

This project was created for QKR Stampede and the Weekly Challenge #4 Back to School. Check out the challenge for some very enticing prizes. This digi image is Writing Squirrel. Here's how this card came together...

Start with a 5 3/4" square cardstock base. Cut a 5 1/2" square in a contrasting color (pulled from the patterned paper) and a 5 1/4" square from a patterned paper.

Print the squirrel on X-Press It Blending Card and color with Copics. I used:
Fur: E30, 31, 34, 35, 37, 39. Color the fur first and, when dry, apply a couple of drops of blending solution to a scrap of washcloth and dab over fur to create texture.
Pencil: YR21, 23, 24 and E04
Jeans: B91, 93, 95
Shirt: E07

Trim image to size you desire and cut a square of contrast cardstock just bit bigger.

With Circut's Plantin cartridge, cut an A+ at 1.5" and a star a 1" from a third cardstock color, and cut shadows of these shapes from the original contrast cardstock.

Adhere all layers and dot with Stickles in Spiced Marigold.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Telescoping Roses

This is a project I created as a QKR Stampede Design Team Member. I just love QKR Stampede images for the opportunity they provide to color. I'm Copics crazy, and I'm always looking for that quality in my stamp choices. This beauty is the Digi Roses image.

It's done in a Telescoping Image Technique that was recently featured on the Splitcoaststampers website. Basically, you stamp or print two images. Then you color them, if desired, and cut them out with four increasing larger dies - two per image.

This rose was done in Copics:
V12, 15, 17 and
G20, 21, 24

The dark base is Stampin Up cardstock, and the patterned paper is K & Co. I created a hat pin with Swarovski crystals and faux pears. A bow and dots of Stickles in the flower centres wrap it up.

Also check out the QKR Stampede Blog for more design team ideas and great weekly contests!

Friday, 24 August 2012

QKR Stampede Challenge!!!

QKR Stampede is currently holding their second weekly challenge. This week's challenge is Anything Goes. There are some great prizes: 

2 Digital Stamps of Your Choice From the QKR Stampede Store 

However, if you enter and win using a QKR Stampede Image, You will Win 4 Digital Stamps From the QKR Stampede Store!

Check it out at:

Here's my entry

Here's how this project, I call her Teddy Girl, came together. 

I really like the look you get when you stamp in black and white, and then highlight a portion of the stamp by cutting it out and mounting on a contrasting color.  I have to give credit to my friend Barbie for the great idea of coloring a further portion in that contrasting color. This technique also looks spectacular when the image with the contrast paper completely fills a card front without any further decoration – stay tuned, I’ll demo that on another occasion.

Girl with Bear was simply printed, then I used a Spellbinder square to cut of a portion of the image that I wanted to highlight. Then I cut a slightly larger square in your contrast color. Adhere the layers, add a bow, some flowers and pearls and you’ve created something very special.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Baby's Beautiful Room

One of my girlfriends needed a special baby card, and I remembered a real beauty I'd spotted on Splitcoaststampers by Pat Smethers. So I CASED her work as seen here:

This card base is Stardream metallics. For a tutorial on how to create a side step card, see this tutorial

The dresser is SU Whisper White, cut with a portion of a Spellbinder die to create legs for the dresser (the cut-out part was stamped with SU words and used for the sentiment). I ran it through the Swiss Dot Cuttlebug folder and sponged with Distress Ink Tattered Rose. Then I cut drawers, Cuttlebug embossed with the Madison folder and sponged with Distress Shabby Shutters. The drawer pulls are pearls colored with Copics. The little dress and bow are cut from a stamped image done with Tina Winke's Leanne and Hedgie

The window frame is a Heartfelt Creations die cut. A piece of SU cardstock was stamped with Inkadinkado and colored with Copics. Then the background was sponged with Distress. Liquid Pearls and Stickles complete the embellishment.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Nurse Ann

This is an August QKR Stampede Design Team project – Nurse Ann. Framed art is a great gift for that special someone. Consider it for a very personal memento which will be cherished and displayed for years. This project was named for the featured Raggedy Ann but it was made with my favourite nurse in mind, so I might have titled it Nurse Renee.

Here’s how it came together. Start with a patterned piece of paper cut to fit your frame. If you need to use more than one piece of paper to make it big enough, go ahead and simply cover the seams with a strip of ribbon.

Next, print http://Digi Nurse and color. I used the following Copics:
Dress: YR000, YR00, YR01
Doll Body: E50, E51, R20
Medical Chart: E71, E74
Shoes & Clip: C00, C1, C3, C5, C7
Hair: E17, E18 and Spica pens in Orange and Gold

Cut and emboss the image with a Spellbinder shape, and sponge while still in the die with Distress Ink Dried Marigold.

Pull two colors from your patterned paper, and mat the image with two increasingly larger Spellbinder shapes. My sentiment was cut with Cricut’s Calligraphy cartridge and backed with the second color, but you could easily stamp a sentiment or use the recipient’s name. Fill out the remaining empty corner with a Spellbinder decorative shape, a flower, leaves and a bow in the dress color.

Almost any image can be used to create framed art. Give it a try!

Friday, 17 August 2012

End of Summer and Back to School

It's the first day of a new challenge at QKR Stampede. Check it out, cause the prizes are pretty generous!

Here's my entry. It's all about the downs of summer ending, but all the highs of going back to school and seeing good friends again - and wearing new school outfits! Here's how this card went together.

Print the At The Park image in the original size and color with Copics to match your cardstock choices.

In some of the coloring here (his pants), I used the shading technique of waiting till a portion of color was dried, and then going back with that same color to feather in a second layer and create shading. I’ve used:
Doll body: E40, E41
Pants: B41
Shirt and his Socks: G40
His Shoes: E35, E37
Dress: Y000, Y00
Apron, her Socks, Cheeks: RV000, RV00
Her Shoes: RV19
Hair: E30, E31, E33, E35

Cut a 5 ¼ x 7 ¼ inch card in the first color. Add a panel cut slightly smaller in a second color. Cut 1 ¼ inch squares in a third color, and attach to the image. Add brads in a fourth color. Adhere image to card.

Print Ups and Downs sentiment. Add a triangle and brad in the upper right corner and adhere to card inside.

 Almost any of the fanciful QKR Stampede images could be used in this colourful format especially suited for kids.

Bye, bye summer!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Autumn Splendor

There's a bit of a nip here this morning in beautiful British Columbia, and it has me thinking of Fall with it's beautiful display of the best that Mother Nature has to offer. The people at the Oozak Blog have Autumn on their minds, too, and their current challenge calls for a project all about Fall.
This is my entry.

This card is 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches, cut in Stampin Up cardstock. Another layer of SU card was added.

I went out into the yard and picked a nice leaf, and then traced it onto watercolor paper a number of times with a Copic pen. I then sponged with Distress Ink in Old Paper, Frayed Burlap, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. I misted with water and allowed the piece to dry. I then added random streaks of VersaMark and heat embossed with gold.

I stamped a scrap of the watercolor paper with Stampin Up's Loving Thoughts and heat embossed. I back the sentiment with more of the second cardstock. I then cut a Spellbinders shape from the second cardstock, and snipped pieces from it to decorate the corners and sentiment.

A bit of ribbon and dots of Liquid Pearl complete the project.

Monday, 13 August 2012

My Kind of Weight Watchers

I created this card as an entry for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge for Fan Club Members on Splitcoaststampers. If you want to get in on all fun - and all the inspiration - join the Fan Club! This particular challenge was to create a scene. 
This image is from Art Impressions, Girlfriends collection. I just love their images. However, the idea for this card design came from a My Favorite Things stamp, their Who's That Girl collection. The image and caption just made me giggle. Being a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, I can certainly relate.
The card is 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches, cut in Stampin Up cardstock. The window frame and label are cut with Spellbinders. The awning I cut by hand and scored with my Scor-Pal.
The restaurant layer is SU Whisper White, cut at 5x7. I then drew the bricks at 1/2 x 1 inch with pencil, and then went over them again with Copic V25. Distress Ink Pumice Stone was then sponged over all.
The image is stamped in Memento black on X-Press It cardstock. I like to use a lot of colors on these AI images, cause it's so much fun. Copic colors used here are:
Left Dress: V25 & 28
Right Dress: R22 & 24
Cup and Plate: RV63 & 66
Table Cloth: B66 & 69, with W03 over all
Cake and Right Hair: E21, 23, 25, 27, 29, R24
Left Hair E08, 19
Earrings: G17, YR24
Glasses B00
Skin: E000, 00, 01, 11
Dots of Liquid Pearls and a scrap of ribbon top it all off!
Shading: W1, W3, Blender

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Wonderfully White

I created this card as an entry for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge for Fan Club Members on Splitcoaststampers. If you want to get in on all fun - and all the inspiration - join the Fan Club! The challenge was to use all white.
This card is cut in fabulous Petallics cardstock which is just a shade creamier than pure white, and just a shade smaller than my normal choice at 5 1/2 inches square.
The next layer is cut twice with a fancy Spellbinders retangle and pieced in the centre to create a square. Another piece of cardstock is cut to fit within the fancy square and embossed with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots. The crowning centre is done with Stampendous Jumbo Tulip in VersaMark and heat embossed with Recollections Pearl Snow.
Three buttons with their shanks snipped off were adhered to the corners and a multitude of Liquid Pearls in White Opal completes the card.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Butter Cream

I created this card as an entry for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge for Fan Club Members on Splitcoaststampers. If you want to get in on all fun - and all the inspiration - join the Fan Club! The challenge was to use hand-made flowers on a card.

My favorite rolled flowers are made with dies from My Favorite Things. You can see the results of two different styles here. I've also used Heartfelt Creations dies to create the beautiful lace patterns at the top of the card. Spellbinders foliage and carnations dies complete the cutouts. Stampin Up cardstock is used in this project. Dots of Liquid Pearls and a ribbon die complete the project.