Friday 23 March 2012

Fleur Anya

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! Is it Spring yet? I can't tell because we just got another 6 inches of snow yesterday. A few days ago I saw and heard a few Harley's on the road though, so I'm a little confused.

 I just wanted to post this cute little card using a Greeting Farm stamp called Fleur Anya. A few weeks ago my bff, Jan came over with her collection of cling stamps, and I stayed up through the night stamping up about 30 sheets of my Copic paper with images.(Jan lasted till about 2:00 A.M and crashed) Little Fleur Anya was one of the 60 images I stamped. Funny how when I was stamping most of  Jan's images I was thinking to myself...I'm for sure buying this stamp for my collection!! And I don't know why because out of my hundreds of mounted and unmounted stamps I own I've rarely stamped the same image more than once or twice. I'm thinking that out of all my stamps more than 50% have never even been stamped once!.  I just find my style changes so much from the time I'm collecting certain stamps to when I actually start creating with them. This year I'm going to try to stamp every single stamp I own! Plus all the new ones I'm sure to buy! (insert delusional laugh here) Well they do make a great display in my craft room and are great drawer fillers :) I'll post a few pictures so you can see what I mean.

I just started taking an online Copic color classes with Suzanne J Dean over at Color Me Creative Classroom and this week she's celebrating the 2nd year of her site with a birthday party bash. Lots of games and prizes to be won. The gand prize being a Sizzix Vagabond machine. Yeah, that would be sweet!! One of the birthday events was to do a sketch challenge so this is the card I made using the sketch that was provided.
I thought little Anya was going to be too little for one of my regular 6x6 cards so I decided to put her on a standard 4A size card.(4 1/4x5 1/2) Wow was I wrong.  That little body is really an illusion because her head took up half the card.  I used papers from Teresa Collins Canvas Fabrications. At first I had colored all the flowers in Anya's hair orange and didn't know how I was going to pull in the turquoise color that was in the paper, so I stamped out another image and colored the flowers with orange and teal, cut it out and pasted it over the original stamped image. She's so sweet she just puts a smile on my face!

This is how I store my wood mounted stamps...the chest of drawers are chockablock full of SU stamp sets. All double layers.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Purple Frog #37 Anything goes
Scrapbook Sisters Anything goes #76

Copics used:
Dress:V12,V15,V17(then added some RV's to match the paper better)
Flowers BG23,BG72,BG75

Monday 19 March 2012

Kraftin' Kimmie Gadget Girl

I just love the Kraftin Kimmie Moonlight Whispers stamps! This image called Gadget Girl is one of my favorites. It might have something to do with my love of masks, shiny thigh high boots, and black evening gloves! I may be a superhero in my own head. I'm just going to blame the whole mask fetish on watching too much Batman as a child. I wanted to grow up to be Cat Woman. Didn't we all though?

Over at the Krafty Girls blog there's a sketchy challenge going on that I wanted to take part in.
I'm amazed at how much faster a card comes together when you have a sketch to follow. The hardest decision I had in making this card was choosing the papers.  After about an hour of contemplation I just decided to use some of my favorites that I had been hoarding for a while. The lovely leopard print paper has a velvety embossed texture to it. The sparkly magenta is a heavily sparkled,thick card stock that just makes me happy looking at it! The purple background panel is paper that I made using my dye inks and a page protector.  
I used crystal effects to shine up Gadget Girl's mask, gloves,and boots. When I started to sponge up the oval Spellbinders die, the ink was a little darker and heavier than what I was going for but it ended up having a furry appearance so I decided to just go with it. I glued down a piece of map overlay on the sponged die cut with some crystal effects to give my Gadget Girl a global feel.
I hadn't intended to sparkle up her super hero suit but one of the pink Copics I used was really dark and I was having a hard time blending it out. I believe you can never have too much sparkle and bling so it was all good in my world. All good until I realized I didn't have the sentiment I wanted to use on my card. This rubber stamp set comes with a generous 4 sentiments. "LOL"," Text Ya Later", "TTYL", and "Byte Me".  When I mounted this set on cling foam, along with a bunch of other Kraftin Kimmie stamps I must have thrown out "Byte Me". Ugh! I remember thinking that I better be careful that I don't end up throwing a piece of mounted rubber sentiment away, but that's exactly what happened! And of course it had to be the sentiment I really wanted to use!  Yeah, Byte Me!

My husband thinks I'm a freak because he caught me taking pictures of my mask collection on my lovely leopard bed spread. I told him I wanted to share it on my blog and he just shook his head and walked away...haha! Blogs are for sharing... and  I just wanted to share my mask collection with you.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Kraftin Kimmie Stamps Sketchy challenge #120
Make it Monday Anything goes #81
Simon Says Stamp and Show Handmade background
CMC challenge blog Anything goes#39
Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge Fave technique copic coloring
4 Crafty Chicks Chicks rule
Cute Card Thursday Happy Birthday
DYSU #63 Favorite color-Purple/magenta
The Sisterhood of Crafters Birthday
Papertake Weekly Bingo Gems.Diecuts.Flowers

Copics used:
Skin: E000, E00,E11,R20
Hair: E50,E31,E25
Super Hero suit: R89,R85,R81
PC: RV00,R81,R85, C0,C2

Friday 9 March 2012

Born To Ride- Harley Boy

Hi everyone!  Today I'm excited to share a card I made for Prairie Fairy Fridays as a guest designer . Last week one of the cards I made and entered into a challenge at PFF won top spot and I was honored with the privilege of designing a card using one of the three PFS digis I won. That's pretty exciting stuff for me! The theme this week is Distress.  All Roberta's images pull at my heartstrings. They are so adorable and cute!  Harley Boy was one of the images I chose because my husband and I love to spend as much time on our Harley in the summer as we can.  Here in Canada the season is short and we usually only have about 5-6 months to ride so we make the most of it. You know when Spring has arrived here by the sound of all the bikes rumbling down the roads.  We've been on 4 big bike trips in the last 4 years since we bought our Electra Glide Ultra Classic.(That's the chariot of Harleys.) We've rode to San Fransisco, Montana/Wyoming, Vancouver/Victoria, and last summer to Vegas where we got married.  I'm not sure where we're going this year, I guess wherever the wind takes us.  Even though I ride on the back of our bike and have no desire to ride my own.  I love everything about riding. Bikes, bikers, and the culture.  I was definitely Born To Ride!
Here's a picture of me and the Harley. Coming home from Vegas last September.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:
Paper Creations Ink Spring is in the air 
Divas by Design Favorite things-Copic coloring and Harleys
Creative Craft Challenge Boys will be boys
Make it Monday Linky party #79
ATC's & Cards with attitude #8 Anything goes 
Jellypark Challenges Favorite technique-Coloring with copics
Polka Doodles Let's hear it for the boys
Totally Paper Crafts  favorite things-Harleys and copic coloring

Copics used:

Thursday 1 March 2012

Kraftin'Kimmie Alice in Wonderland

Today I'm sharing a card I made using a Kraftin' Kimmie image called Alice in Wonderland. I'm playing along with the Krafty Girls and this weeks challenge is a sketch.

When I got this stamp I just couldn't wait to color up her hair.  She was a lot of fun to color with all her wisps, folds, and pleats.  I had this really kewl Halloween Wonderland paper that I wanted to use for this image so I used the colors in the paper. Even though Alice is traditionally blonde I love her with this fierce red hair. Once I had her done, she reminded me so much of my youngest darling daughter, Stevie with her beautiful red flowing locks and freckles.(yes that's her given name and named after Stevie Nicks) My Stevie is turning 21 on the 21st of June this year. She's a Summer Solstice baby and I always told her that made her extra special. Sharing the sun signs of both Cancer and Gemini. I decided I'd make this her birthday card and save it until then. Wow, I feel so ahead of the game! Maybe I should get started on birthday cards for my other three kids, and 5 grandchildren.  Ohhh that's a whole lot of Birthday cards coming up.
Here's a picture of my Stevie.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:
Alota Rubber Stamps Black Jack 21 pnts (2die cut 16, Rubber 5)
The Emerald Faerie Garden Dry embossing
Aud Sentiments Happy Birthday
Paper Crafting Journey Paper anything
Paper Play Challenges Something old something new(new paper and stamp/old ribbon/embellishment
Divas by Design Stripes/spots
Penny's Paper Crafty challenge blog Photo inspiration
The Pixie Cottage Sketch/anything goes
Simon Says Stamps Challenge Anything goes
Perfect Sentiments Challenge Anything goes w/diecut
Celebrate the Occasion Birthday Bling
Ribbon Carousel Challenge Anything goes
Always Crafting Anything goes 
 Party Time Tuesdays #57 Anything goes
One Crazy Birthday

Copics used: