Saturday, June 27, 2009

OCC Sketch Challenge!

It's time for another challenge from Our Creative Corner! This week, Jennifer Meyer gave us a sketch to play with!
I'm having a bit of trouble getting on peoples blogs right now, including the OCC so I'm sorry I can't leave any links but I will try to come back later to edit it! In the mean time, here is my take on Jennifer's sketch! A friend of mine is celebrating her 50th birthday and this is the card I made for her! I also had a humorous one made up but I'm not sure how funny she'd find it right now! Maybe I'll give her both!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you'll play along with us! Don't forget to link your creation to the OCC blog and if you upload to SCS, use keyword OCCC! Have a wonderful weekend!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Hello and Happy Saturday! It's time for another fun challenge over at Our Creative Corner and this week Jennifer Meyer has challenged us to use STARS on our creations! I decided to pay tribute to all my American Amigos with this sweet little House Mouse image!! This is actually one of the very first 'images' I ever recieved in a RAK! I got it from Stacy aka Twinshappy about 2 -1/2 years ago! (she sent me several)! It was nice to pull one of these little cuties out and color it up!

The background was created simply by some white strips on a Real Red background and I used a punch to create the stars. I used my Copics to color the image! It is popped up on double dimensionals...major dimension here! lol!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you'll play along with us! Don't forget to link back to the OCC Blog and if you're uploading to Splitcoast, use keyword OCCC.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Hanna Stamps Friday Challenge!

Sandra has come up with a fantastic challenge for us over in the Hanna Stamps Forum! I decided to use my Retro Release Riley (say that 10 times fast!!)...isn't he sweet?!

I used the Slumber Party Specialty paper along with So Saffron. Baja Blue, and Riding Hood Red. The sentiment is from CTMH! I hope you can play along and don't forget to post your creation on the challenge thread so we can all have a peek!

Happy Friday and I hope you all have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Stationary Box and File Folder Album Gift Set

There is a lady that lives in my community that loves the stuff I make and every so often she needs a special gift for someone and she calls on me to make a Personalized File Folder Album for them. She needed an engagement gift (again) but this time she wanted a little extra something so I decided to go with a Stationary set!

I think just about everyone has seen these wonderful sets on Splitcoast and chances are, if you had the inclination, you've probably made one! But I would still like to give credit to the lady whose tutorial I used to make mine! Her name is Jackie Topa and here is her TUTORIAL! I'm not sure if she is the original designer , but she did a fantastic job on here instructions, so thanks Jackie!

I used SU!'s Parisian Breeze Specialty, white textured cs, kraft, chocolate chip, and baja blue papers for the whole project!

Here is the set open. You'll notice the pen is not in there as I ran out of RSVP pens and had to get some last night when I went to town, but wanted to get the pictures taken before I left! The notebook is a mini compostition book from the $ store! I have to credit my friend Becky for that find, and she also has several of these Stationary sets on her blog if you're looking for more inspiration!

Here are the cards I made for the set! There are 6 ~ A2 cards, 4 ~ 3x3 cards, and 4 tags! I don't like to embellish them too much as if they are too bulky they won't fit!

Now onto the Album! I had the idea to use the Once Upon A Time set from SU! and then it occured to me that a Fairy Tale concept for this album would be prett cool!! So you will see by the photos that it is layed out like a story book, including a 'The End' on the very back! I am very happy with the way this turned out...I just hope my customer is as well!!

Here is the cover of the album. I use the Nested File Folder template from Coluzzle! The largest, and second largest files work perfect for this book! The pages are just right for 4x6 photos with a mat and a little stampin'!

The 'story' starts with the traditonal 'Once upon a time' and the flowers bordering are from Thoughts and Prayers. On the next page I used one of the stamps from my very first set of Unity Stamps, I think it's called Together In Unity? It's the set with the really cool tree anyway!

My customer gave two different scriptures from the bible that she wanted included in the album!! They are PERFECT for this! The other scripture is below a few photos!

Here is the last page using '...and they lived happily ever after...' with another spot for a photo. And then I had to put 'The End' on the very back!

Now, as far as putting this album together goes, I simply folded the folders in half and used my Crop-a-dile to punch 3 holes for the 'binding'. I used hemp to tie it together, and I also ran some ribbon through the center (see photo of middle pages) just to fortify the book a bit more in case the twine rips through the holes. There are 12 pages as well as the cover.

Here is a list of the supplies I used:

Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Thoughts and Prayers, Once Upon A Time, God's Beauty (cover butterfly), Unity Stamps

Paper : Parisian Breeze Specialty, baja breeze, chocolate chip, kraft

Ink: Bayou Blue, craft ch chip, caramel

Accessories: Clear ep, hemp twine, ribbon, nesties, coluzzle, nested file folder coluzz;e template, scor-pal, punches, mini composition album, RSVP pen, pearls, eyelets, velcro

I think that's it! I would love to hear what you think so please leave me a comment and if you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

Thanks for stoppin' by for some Stamps 'n' Coffee!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

OCC Challenge - Woohoo For Border Punches!

It's time for our weekly challenge over at Our Creative Corner! This week, Jennifer Meyer has us creating a card using our favorite border punch! She will also be offering up a fun goodie bag from her store, Stamps and Smiles, to one lucky winner as well, so be sure to post a link of your creation on the OCC Blog!

I decided to ink up one of these cute owls from my new Close To My Heart- You're A Hoot set! The papers are SU! Candy Lane and I finally broke down and bought the Labels 3 set of Nesties! The border punch I used is my newest one! It's one of the newer releases from EK Success! I had fun making many layers!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you'll be able to play along with us and share your fave border punch! Be sure to check out the other ladies' creations from this week as well! I have links to all of their blogs to the right of the screen!!

Well, I have a big a project I'm going to be working on this weekend and I'll be sure to post some pics! I also have a big, giant lawn to mow!! Looks like it's going to be a beautiful day!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

OCC Sketch Challenge

Happy Saturday my stamping friends!!! I woke up to snow on the ground this morning...can you believe it!! It's unheard of for June, even in Alberta!! Anyway, the good news is, we're having another challenge over at Our Creative Corner and Jennifer Meyer gave us this FABULOUS sketch to play with this week!!

Jennifer is also very generously giving away a goodie bag from her store, Stamps and Smiles to one of our lucky players as well! Just make sure you link your project to the OCC site and if you upload to SCS, please use keyword OCCC!

I decided to use this fun image from My Favorite Things! I've also been needing to make something dimensional so I thought I'd make a little jewelry gift box to go along with it!! I thought the splash of red would make it all pop but now I can't help but think it looks a little Christmas-y...*sigh*...NOT the look I was going for!! lol

Thanks again to Jennifer for a great challenge!! Hopefully you all can find some time to play along! If you're looking for more inspiration, please stop by the OCC Blog to see the amazing creations the rest of the DT came up with!!

Stamps - MFT

Paper - Basic Grey, black, core-dinations

Ink - Momento

Accessories - Copics, Ribbon, Bling, Punches, Sizzix Pillow Box Die, jump ring, eyelet

Thanks so much for stopping by and as always, I love hearing your comments!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hanna Stamps Guest Designer Call!

We had a rockin' good time at the Hanna Release Party on Monday night and just in case you weren't there I wanted to let you know about the HUGE news that Kristi and Vicki shared with us!! We are doing a Guest Designer Call for anyone who would like to enter!!! YAHOOO! Here are all the deets:

Are you interested in becoming a Guest Designer for Hanna Stamps?

We're looking for 6 fresh, fun and funky designers to cover our guest designer spots from September through February. Each winner will receive a two month Guest Spot with Hanna Stamps. We'll be having two Guest Designers per month!

Interested? Here's how to apply.

Create your finest card using Hanna Stamps , Hanna Images and Riley's. You may use another image if you don't have any Hanna Stamps, however we'd really like to see what you can do with the Hannas!

Load your card into
THIS FORUM by the 20th of June, with a link to your Blog. Please Post your card on your blog as well, with a Link back to the Guest DT call forum.

8-10 winners will be chosen from all of the cards created.

The 8-10 finalists will be mailed a not yet released set from Hanna Stamps and will be asked to create Three Projects with this set, one being a non/card item (Scrapbook Page, 3D project etc.)

You will then have until August 15th to submit your entries. From those 10 finalists, 6 will be chosen as our next Guest Designers and will be each assigned a two month term.

For information on Guest Designer Requirements, please send
Vicki a PM !Hope to see many many entries and good luck to all!

Pretty cool huh? I am really looking forward to seeing the entries so make sure you get your stamps out and play along!! Here's a card I created using a few of the fun new girls from the 5 Little Dresses set that was just released! They are available now at Hanna Stamps! This also fits the criteria for Vicki's June New Set challenge!

If you're looking for some other challenges to spark your creativity, and you would like a chance to win one of the new sets, check out these challenges here!

Here are a few examples from these challenges!

I created these two for my Take The Scenic Route Challenge! Route 66 is perfect for creating all kinds of fun scenes!

And this card uses Cindy's color combination, apricot, ballet blue, and a color of your choice added in! I added Navy! This Riley is also the Retro Release this month!

Thanks for stoppin' by for a little visit! I'd love to hear what you think so please feel free to post a comment! Have a wonderful day and HAPPY STAMPIN'!!