Thursday, December 20, 2012

Fat Cat with attitude

While snooping around one of my fave blogs the other night, I noticed a few cards using this "Fat Cat Fred" character.  Being nosey, I immediately googled him, only to turn up a whole sheet of free digis!  Score!  There's a whole bunch of images and I had to make a card right away using this fun guy.  Go here to get your own.



On a side note - anyone got any tips for colouring areas with lots of fiddly bits, like around the holly?  Looking at it now, I didn't do such a fab job...

Challenges:
Sketch - Sweet Sunday
Fave die cut - ABC Christmas Challenge (Oh so many faves, I really like this simple bracket tab today though!)
Anything Goes - Christmas at Sweet Stampin'
Christmas - Creative Belli
Christmas - Penny's Challenges
Merry Christmas - Simon Says Stamp
Christmas Anything Goes - Celebrate the Occasion
Traditional Christmas Colours - Anything Goes Challenge Blog






Monday, December 10, 2012

Woodland scene

Eeek, isn't this stamp from Crafter's Companion the cutest?  It could almost be a picture of my backyard except the local racoons aren't that cute when they're rampaging through your garbage! 
Anyhoo, must keep this brief as I have to start writing Christmas cards, I haven't sent any yet, yikes!  Don't know where my head is this year...


Challenges:
Winter Friends - Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge
Die Cuts - Christmas Card Challenges (star, banner)
Christmas - Dream Valley
Christmas - No Matter Which
Summer or Winter - The Squirrel and the Fox
Fave Holiday Stamp - Crazy 4 Challenges 
December Holidays - Card Crafter's Circle

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Vintage-ish...

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you may have noted that vintage and I are not the best of friends.  However, it's good to play outside the box every once in a while so I thought I'd play along with the Cat's Pajamas 'vintage' challenge and this is the result.  Not really vintage but hopefully close enough!  Lots of inking helped and some lovely CTMH blue and brown wintery paper - what do you think?


Now I'm off to go play at Splitcoast and see if I can remember my password - it's been awhile!

Challenges:
Vintage - Cat's Pajamas
Sketch - One Crazy Stamper (flipped sideways)
No red or green Christmas - Celebrate the Occasion
Snowmen or Ladies - Crafty Sentiments (or snow bunnies?)
So this is Christmas - Deep Ocean
Let It Snow - Oldie but a Goodie (I've had this paper pack since last year)
Anything Goes - Papertake Weekly 
Holiday Spirit - Ribbon Carousel
Snow/winter - Shopping Our Stash

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Crazy Chickens!

Oh my, I'm still working my way through my new Penny Black stamps and this one just cracks me up.  The candles.  The chickens.  The fire extinguisher - ha!  And I found the perfect sentiment to go with it too.  In case you're not psychic the inside reads "the candles cost more than the cake!"


I'm still working on taking good winter photos - I have a light box but I'm just not happy with the colour.  I took my cards to work with me today and photographed them on the windowsill at noon.  My co-workers think I'm nuts but that's par for the course, and although this isn't perfect it's not bad.

Challenges:
Anything Goes - Creative Card Crew
Anything Goes - Party Time Tuesdays
Anything Goes - Through the Craft Room Door
Anything Goes - Tuesday Alchemy
Lots of Layers - Tuesday Throwdown
Anything Goes - ABC challenge blog
Anything Goes - Paper Playtime

Wow, it's just an 'anything goes' kind of week, huh?


Whimsy guest spot hopeful

Eeee - I just found out that Whimsy Stamps is having a guest designer call for their January release, so exciting!  Unfortunately, I didn't have time to whip up a new card before the deadline, so here's one of my fave's from earlier in the year.


I absolutely love the Wee stamps line and would jump at the chance to play with a new release. And of course they have tons of other fabulous stamps too.  Thanks so much for the opportunity, I have my fingers crossed!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I'm back!

Hi all my sweet bloggy friends, I hope you've missed me cause I've missed you!  It's been a whopping 2 weeks since I last posted and I'm feeling a tad guilty about the neglect.  However, I had a lovely visit with my sister and the new baby, Erin - it's not everyday you get to spend time with a newborn.  Especially when you're not hormonal and sleep deprived!


This card is not a total original - I've see a bunch of these beautiful inked cards around so I decided to whip one up for myself.  I'm thinking these may be this year's Christmas cards - simple and elegant.  If you want to see some stunning cards in this style, check out Heather Telford here - her work is just amazing and I stalk her blog all the time!

Challenges:
Winter Colours - Crazy Amigo Challenge
Winter - Scrap Creations
Winter - Bunny Zoe's Crafts
Blue Christmas - Fashionista Challenge
Christmas - Heart 2 Heart

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sweet baby

Yea, congrats to my sister and my new niece, Erin Elizabeth!  Lucky me, I'm going down to visit them this weekend and see the baby while she's still tiny.  They change so fast when they're little...

So it's pretty obvious who this card is for, and I don't have to worry about her seeing as I unlinked my blog from Facebook.  Really, it's a bit silly to have them linked cause everyone gets to see what cards they're getting!  A very simple card, with a sweet stamp from SU as the focus.

Just warning you, it may be a bit quiet around here in November as things are getting super busy.  Not sure how much crafty time I'm going to get, but I will try!


Challenges:
No flowers - Crafty Creations
Colouring - Little Red Wagon
Special Occasion NOT birthday - Creative Craft Challenges
Anything Goes - Loves Rubber Stamps
Anything Goes - Papertake Weekly
Fave Colouring Medium - The Pink Elephant (copics!)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

More Christmas...

Whoop whoop, I think I'm up to a grand total of 3 Christmas cards.  Only 50 days until the big day...gah.  I think a few people may be getting last year's leftovers!

Anyway, this card was a bit of a struggle, the original paper I had picked out just didn't go and the green card on it's own was a little blah.  But then I found this piece of clear packaging (not really sure what's it's from) and embossed it and wow!  I've seen this before but never done it - embossed plastic looks awesome!
I'm afraid I took a few liberties with the sketch from Merry Monday, it was very hard to work with such a loong image!  I hope you can still see the bones of the sketch there...


Challenges:
Sketch - Merry Monday
Cute Christmas - Penny Black Saturday Challenge
Die Cuts - Penny Black and More
Anything Goes - Christmas Stamping All Year
V for Vibrant Colours - ABC Christmas Challenges
Traditional Christmas - Stamping Sensations (not sure if this is quite traditional enough?)


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Party till the cows come home

I've always loved this Elzybells sentiment stamp and I'm glad I managed to get a few before they closed down.  A bonus is that it goes perfectly with my new Penny Black stamp, which I absolutely adore.  I finally found a place in North America that carries all the PB range, so if you're a fan try PB Stamps.  John was even nice enough to un-mount all the stamps I ordered to save on shipping - sweet huh?

I kept this card pretty simple to let my fun image shine - although I think it still needs something, bling maybe?


One last thing, on a candy note - please check out Wickdy's Creations for a great one.  I'm not normally a blog candy person, mainly cause I'm too lazy to post them all, but a gift certificate to Whimsey stamps was hard to pass up.  Fingers crossed!

Challenges:
Sketch - Penny Black Saturday Challenge
Animal Magic - Penny Black and More
Animals - Fab N Funky (my it feels different to be on the other side of the fence!)
Ribbons and/or buttons - Penny's Challenges
New to You - ABC Challenges (brand new stamp!)
Happy Birthday - Lollipop Crafts
Animal Friends - Addicted to stamps


Saturday, October 20, 2012

It's magic...

Ever have an idea about how a card should turn out and then actually have it work?  I'm not always so fortunate, sometimes my inspirations exceed my abilities!  This slider card came about as I was looking through my Cat's Pajamas Stamps and thought that literally having a bunny coming out of the hat would be fun.
The hardest part was finding the template, as there's a bunch of different slider cards out there.  (Sorry, I should have saved the link and now I can't find it again!)  To make this card, you cut 2 slits in your paper and add a loop of paper through them that will slide up and down.  Then you just have to make sure you don't put any sticky behind the slits or it won't work!  (If you look closely, just can see the slits behind the pull tab.)  Pure magic!

Slider tucked in

Slider pulled out
Challenges:
Inspiration Photo - Dancing in Pajamas (fall colours, although I think that challenges is over)
Sketch - Pals Paper Arts
Don't Worry be Happy - Daring Cardmakers (This is a happy birthday card, although magic makes me happy too!)
Anything Goes - Fussy and Fancy
Z for Zoo - Alphabet Challenges
Animals Gone Wild - Mema's Crafts
Setting an Example (matching quote/picture) - 365 Cards
Add some bling - Papercrafting Journey


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Poorly pup

This card was also made last Sunday - gotta love those lazy, rainy weekends.  Unfortunately, the recipient of this one is my Nanny - she had a stroke and is in hospital.  She has made some improvements and is heading for several weeks of rehab so we wanted to pass along our best wishes. 
And for some strange reason, I have not used this stamp before.  It may have something to do with the sheer numbers of stamps I have...Funny story, I gave my husband my stamp book to flip through and pick an image for a card he wanted.  After about 10 minutes, he says "Wow, you have a lot of stamps.  How many of these have I paid for?"  Ummm...


Challenges:
Sketch - Unscripted Sketches
Get Well - Crafty Creations
Get Well - Sisterhood of Crafters
Anything Goes - Deep Ocean

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Special delivery

Oh, what a gloomy, rainy Sunday it is here in Ottawa - a perfect day for crafting I think!  I finished my 2nd Christmas card of the year (whoo hoo!) and I thought I better get my butt in gear and post it since I have not posted in a week.  I have noticed that with no DT deadlines to make, the call of the horizontal position on the couch has been quite loud and I have not been crafting as much.


This card was for the October Sketch for You to Try - I found it a bit tricky as I couldn't figure out what bits to stick out from behind my image.  After playing around a bit with envelopes, I dug out this Portobello Road postage set that my Mum brought back from England.  The postage stamps and the 'happy mail' sentiment really went well with the Lily of the Valley image, and I think it turned out pretty cute.  Two Christmas cards down, many more to go!

Challenges:
Sketch - October Sketch for you to Try
Classic Christmas - Lili's Little Fairies
Anything Goes - 2 Sister's Challenges
Touch of red - CMC Copic challenge group
Anything Goes - Christmas Stampin' All Year Long
Dogs + dies/punches - Fun with Shapes and More (postage stamp border die)
Simply Cute - PaperPlay challenges
Snowflakes - Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge


Monday, October 8, 2012

Sheepish...

I seem to have missed World Card Making Day yesterday - hubby is away for the long weekend and so for a treat, I took the kid's to Saunder's Farm.  It's a local 'pumpkin patch' type place (that has long since grown beyond the pumpkins!) which I have avoided in the past because it's rather spendy.  It turns out it's well worth the dollars, we spend the entire day there and I had to drag the kids out kicking and screaming.  Wagon rides, haunted barns, tons of mazes, play structures and more.  The best part was the jumping pillows - giant inflated pillows set into the ground.  Most of the parents stood around and watched, but there was a small group (myself included) jumping and laughing hysterically.  Seriously, way too much fun!

My youngest jumping up a storm
 However, I did manage to make a card the night before we went - not last night as I passed out soon after the kids did!  This is for the Cat's Pajamas Sketch Challenge - I'm still working my way through my new Cat's PJ's stamps I got a month back.   Love this sheep almost as much as the bunnies, and the sentiment just cracks me up.  Hat head anyone?



 Challenges:
Sketch - Dancing in Pajamas
Stitching - Gingerloft
Animal Magic - Penny Black and more
Anything Goes - Craftymess




Friday, October 5, 2012

First Christmas card

This was supposed to go up last night, but an unexpected power outage derailed my plans.  We suspect someone hit a pole as the phone lines were also down.  It was kind of nice to have an excuse to go to bed early - I needed that!
Luckily, I had finished this card the night before - my first Christmas card of the season!  I paper pieced the image, and then kept the layout simple to showcase it.  I think a little dab of sparkle might brighten it up a bit though - Christmas cards are better with bling!


Challenges:
Sketch + ribbon and bow - Christmas Challenges
Anything Goes - Papertake Weekly
Cute and Cuddly - Tuesday Throwdown
Christmas - Created With Love
 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Free range chicken

You may be wondering about my post title as my card obviously has nothing to do with chickens.  It's in reference to me - I have resigned both my DT spots and I'm now a free range scrapper.  I'm a little sad at leaving such a great bunch of ladies, but I was beginning to get a little squirrelly about the cards I had to make, so it was time for a break.  Not sure what the future holds - for now, the goal is to continue to post 1-2 times a week, although we shall see how that goes!



For today, I found a super fun challenge at CAS-ual Fridays - to be inspired by your blog design/header. Such a neat idea, and this card came together super fast.  I went with a a very literal interpretation - the lovely gradation of colours.  I also pulled out a SU stamp I bought and never used, shame on me as this stamp is so gorgeous!

Challenges:
Inspiration - CAS-ual Fridays
Anything Goes - Challenges 4 Everybody
Down in the Garden - Joanna Sheen
Floral - The Crafty Pad
Freestyle - Hiding In my Craft Room
Sketch - Clean and Simple
Use a sketch - Opus Gluei

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fire and flames

It's my last challenge at Fab N Funky and it's a fun one - things that start with F!  I decided to stay away from the more obvious F's (flowers anyone?) and go a different route - a Fire breathing dragon done up in Fall colours.
This cute Your Next Stamp dragon went perfectly with my Simple Stories paper - the s'more the merrier, hee hee!  He does actually have a bit of bling going, it's just hard to see in this pic.


Challenges this week:
Sketch - Retro Sketches (I turned the banner sideways though)
Anything Goes - Your Next Stamp
Fall Colours - Crafty Sentiments
More than 2 colours - Deep Ocean (brown, orange, green, yellow)
Fall colours - Tuesday Throwdown
Inspiration pic - (Pin)spirational (seriously, that tree looks like a massive bonfire!)
Animals - Cards for men (I know he's technically not an animal, but he is a creature?)



Sunday, September 23, 2012

A 40th anniversary


Sorry for the wordless post, I have now corrected that.  Apparently, I need to stop making assumptions about internet access when I travel!  For some reason, although my sister's internet worked perfectly, Mr Blogger would not place nice with Internet Explorer and I couldn't add any text to my post.
Anyway, this is a fun anniversary card for my Mum and Dad's 40th anniversary - yea for them!  This is for Pile It On's Fabric or felt challenge and the cute elephants are from the sponsor, SK Digis.  The grass was a real pain to cut out because it's so detailed, but after a little (ok, a lot!) of cursing, I got a good cut. 
FYI - Don't try and put sticky on your felt, it will tear. (yup, that may have accounted for some of the swearing!)

Challenges:
Animal companions - Corrosive Challenges
Celebrations - Dream Valley
Celebrate the Occasion - The Squirrel and the Fox


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday afternoon

I'm sneaking this post in a rare moment of silence - DH has taken the boys and the dog out for a walk and it's blessedly quiet around here.  Despite the fact that it's a sunny fall day, the Wii has been going non-stop and the constant 'pew pew' noises are driving me nutty.  (those of you with boys who like Star Wars will know what I mean!)  I have turfed them all out though, and I have my fingers crossed it will be a loong walk!

Still struggling a bit with a lack of mojo, but I made myself sit down and play last night, and I quite like this card, so I think I'm back on track!  This set from TSG is so much fun, for Halloween or any other occasion, like a missed birthday.  Seriously, those mummies are adorable!  


Challenges:
Sketch - Retro Sketches
Black and white + one other - CAS-ual Fridays
Back and white + one other - Two Sisters
Knot now - Catered Crop (knot sure if a bow counts, hee hee!)
Die cuts/punches - No Matter Which Challenges (the squares and the postage border)
Less is more - Stamptacular Saturday
Anything Goes - The Squirrel and the Fox
Bling - That Craft Place

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fall frenzy

Phew, it was a hot and sunny day here, it's hard to believe it's fall already.  But the leaves are coming down, the geese are flying south and the kids are in school (yea!) so it must be true.  The challenge this week at Fab N Funky is Harvest Festival - something we see lots of round here in the fall.  We always go to one and the boys love it because they get the pay one price bracelet - ride till you puke!

In other news, I got my root canal, yea!  Probably not something you hear everyday, but the constant toothache was really starting to be a drag.  Perhaps the mojo will make a reappearance now...


Stuck to a simple card this week, a fun little squirrel frolicking in the fall leaves.  Fun!

Challenges:
Sketch - Sketchbook Saturday
Keep It Simple - 365 Cards
Leaves - Crafty Sentiments
Things that make you go awwww - Papertake Weekly
Autumn Colours - Lexi's Creations
Fall Fun - Eureka Stamps

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Up and Away

 My oh my, must make this short.  I have pulled something in my hip (hip flexor maybe?) and sitting is decidedly uncomfortable!  The upshot of it is that I haven't really noticed the pain in my tooth the last little bit.  Sigh...
In other news the challenge at Pile It On this week is to use patterned paper - easy peasy right?  I used a new Cat's PJ's stamp and some fun paper from the Echo Park Hello Summer collection.  Cute huh?




Challenges:
Dancing In Pajamas - Sketch
Stamping With the Dragon - It's all about Babies
Forever friends - Ribbon
In the Pink - Pink plus anything but square 
Papercarft Star - Something Girly
Dawn's Crafting - Breast Cancer Awareness/think pink
Catered Crop - In the Pink 





Thursday, September 6, 2012

Shades of fall

Hi everyone and welcome back to another week at Fab N Funky.  We're thinking fall this week, as in fall colours.  I decided to go with a monochromatic look, all in brown.  Still haven't figured out what sentiment to put on the front, probably a Happy Birthday for my Dad. 


Not feeling very chatty today so I will keep this short and sweet.  Have  good week!

Challenges:
Sketch - September Sketch for you to try
Anything Goes - My Mum's Craft Shop
Monochromatic - City Crafter
All about the boys - Creative Craft Challenges
Things with Wings - Deep Ocean
Anything Goes - Papertake weekly
Anything Goes - Tuesday Alchemy
Vintage - Everybody Art Challenge

Monday, September 3, 2012

Fishy fun

I picked up this cute stamp set while on vacation and while I think it's more a scrapping set (I have soo many beach/water pictures to scrap) I thought I'd try a CAS card with it first.  I used strips of paper as I'm short of colours in the washi tape department, I was aiming for a simple and colourful card.



I finally managed to get some crafty time in today - we've been busy with back to school stuff all weekend and the mojo has temporarily walked off.  It may have to do with the fact that I have to go back to work tomorrow after almost 2 weeks off.  My oldest boy has been throwing hissy fits about returning to school and I feel like joining him.  Wah!

Challenges:
Summer - Bunny Zoe's Crafts
Beach/sea - Card Mania
NO flowers - Cutie Pie Challenge
Use patterned Papers - The Pink Elephant
Anything Goes - Natalie and Amy's Challenge
Pop It Up - The Hybrid Chick

Friday, August 31, 2012

Back to Reality...

Whew, what a crazy couple of weeks!  We spent 7 days at my Mum and Dad's, then drove home and spent one night there and then headed out camping for a few nights.  In a massive fluke we ran into some friends who were camping 2 sites up from us, so we had a great time.  However, all good things must come to an end including my vacation!  We have a few days to recover and get ready for back to school and then reality hits...bleh.  I am looking forward to getting crafty again, I have new stamps and papers and I'm ready to play!



This is one of the things I did on my vacation - I stencilled my sister's room for the soon to be niece or nephew.   I used digi images from Meljen's, printed off the size I wanted and then traced onto plastic.  Cut them out and voila - custom stencils.  Obviously I left off some of the details, but I think they turned out very neat.  Next up is shower invites featuring Mama and baby whale - a girl's work is never done!

PS - No, the clown fish is not a Meljen's image, he was a custom request.  I stretched the pink fish, modified the tail and added stripes - cute huh? 

Challenges (I know this isn't a card, but I wanted to show them off!):
Meljen's - Anything Goes
Craft Punked - New baby
Inspire Me Fridays - Linky Party
Simon Says stamp - Anything Goes

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Penguins and polkadots

I must apologize, this post is rather late and I didn't manage to get my card up on the Pile It On blog.  Being on vacation mucks up your schedule for sure, even when you try and plan your posts in advance!
So the challenge at Pile It On this week is the Letter P - anything that starts with P is fair game.  I went with penguins and polka dots, a good combo I think.  Join us over at Pile It On and let's see your P's!


Challenges:
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Stampin Sisters in Christ - Punches and Dies
Sketchy Colour - Colour scheme
A Gem of a Challenge - Animals or Teddies (I know a penguin's not technically an animal, but they're fun!)
Challenge Up Your Life - Christmas in Summer

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bunny Bouquet


Playing along over at Dancing in Pajamas again and this week it's a colour challenge.  I think of these colours as 'ice cream' colours - soft and yummy!  Maybe I eat too much ice cream though...
Not sure if I'm going to be able to play along much until September gets rolling.  What with the ongoing toothache, (yes I need a root canal, and no it's not until Sep.18! Arg!) the whole back to school thing (my oldest boy is kicking and screaming all the way) and a last minute camping trip there's not a lot of time for anything else around here!

See you on the other side...

Challenges:
Colour Scheme - Dancing in Pajamas 
Anything Goes - Divas by Design
Anything Goes - The Crazy Challenge
Anything Goes - Lollipop Crafts


Green growing things


The challenge this week at Fab N Funky is leaves.  Hmm, that one made me think!  I had to do some digging to pull up this leafy stamp set, and the green background paper.  Of course I found the brand new, never used bamboo embossing folder after I finished the card...ah well, I know where it is now!  This cute image is from Bugaboo, our sponsor this week.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Anchors Aweigh...

This has kind of been a dud week for me, I've been trying to be crafty but fighting a nasty toothache which is bringing me down.  I'm almost done the antibiotics and I'm finally starting to feel a bit better - not sure whether to look forward to or dread the visit to the dental surgeon next week.  A root canal may very well be in my future!
So this morning I managed to squeeze out a card - and surprisingly for me, this card only took about 1/2 hour.  I've seen a new challenge blog for 10 minute cards - I don't think I'll be playing there anytime soon!


Very excited as the Cat's Pajamas had a sale and I have new bunny stamps coming my way!  Sorry the colours are a bit washed out - I will try and take another pic tonight when the sun's gone down a bit.

Challenges:
The Cat's Pajama's - Washi Tape (the wood grain tape made me think of picture frames)
CAS-ual Fridays - the ocean (hope this is CAS enough, it turned out a bit busy)
Alphabet Challenge Blog - N for Nautical
Crafts 4 Eternity - Splish Splash Splosh


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Fairy Time

I'm not really a fairy person, dragons are more my thing.  And I'm not really into super girly images either, having 2 boys.  But I'm really enjoying these Wee Stamps, enough so that I bought another one after I tried my freebies.  This one was a hoot to colour, I took my Copics camping and I had all the parts stamped on little bits of paper, I'm pretty sure my friends had no idea what I was up to!  I think I'm going to take more images camping, colouring under natural light is wonderful.


Image is a Wee stamps freebie, papers are MME, die cut is MFT and darned if I can remember where the lovely canvas tag is from, but I need to find out cause I want more!
Almost forgot - the fairy card is for the challenge at Fab N Funky this week, the challenge is Angels and Fairies!

Challenges:
Crafting for all Seasons - Bright colours
Whimsey Stamps Challenge Blog - Lots of layers (there's 4 layers in her wings alone!)
Creative Belli - Things with Wings
My Mum's Craft Shop - Kraft It
Divas By Design - Sketch (I changed the oval to a rectangle)
Shopping Your Stash - Technique Time (my new fave technique, 3D images)
Love to Create - Sparkle
Marker Pop - Bright Colours


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Basket of bunny

This week at Dancing in Pajamas, the challenge was a colourful inspiration photo.  But I also wanted to play along with the Catered Crop's All in white challenge.  Hmm...
I decided to do an all white card and just highlight the colourful eggs (and the bunny's nose) for fun.  I forgot how much I love all white cards, I must do more!  They're so crisp and clean, like laundry hanging out to dry.  And now you know I'm nuts, comparing crafting to laundry!  


Challenges:
Dancing in Pajamas - Inspiration photo
Catered Crop - White on White
Creative Inspirations Paint - Monochromatic
No Matter which Challenges - Anything Goes
Penny Black and More - Whiskers and Wings
Sentimental Sunday - CAS
Retro Sketches - Sketch
Crazy 4 Challenges - White On White


A camping we will go...

A happy Sunday morning to you all!  It's a bit drizzly here, having not rained for the entire month of July and put us into a drought, Nature seems determined to make up for it with endless rain for all of August!  I might actually have to go out and mow the lawn, assuming that it, that it dries up for a bit!
We just came back from a weekend camping and I took my Copics and some images with me.  This is one them, luckily we didn't see any real skunks although we did smell one!
A simple card so I could showcase this fun High Hopes image, papers are MME.


Challenges:
Try Stampin' On Tuesday - Sketch
Bloggers Challenge - Use texture (fibres, layers)
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Daring Cardmakers - Get Knotted
Fairytale Challenge Blog - Friends
Simply Create Too - Anything Goes
Stamping For the Weekend - Monochromatic (not quite all one colour, but pretty close!)
Cute Card Thursday - Tag You're It!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Pearls of wisdom...

It's a pearly, sparkly week at Fab N Funky - we're looking for pearls or rhinestones or even both if you're feeling adventurous!  I stuck with the pearls, I wanted something simple to add to this CAS card.  I love this SU stamp set, it's so pretty, but I'm thinking I should have gone with grey and yellow as there's a bit of a Halloween vibe going on with the orange!


It's a rainy night here, so I'm off too my girlfriends to scrap - gotta love that kind of weather.  Have a good week!

Challenges;
Cards and More - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Clean and Simple
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Focus on the Ribbon
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Coming Up Orange
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

More 3D

I was going to hold off posting this until tomorrow, but we're camping this weekend so tomorrow night will be busy with packing, last minute planning and where the heck did I put that-ing.  Fun and games, really!  So here we are, second post for today, please scroll down for my Fab N Funky post.


More 3D fun, although this one didn't go quite as smooth.  If you look close, you can see a smear of glue on the bunnies paw where I mucked up.  I also had to fudge the sketch a bit, once I started putting the card together, I realized the image was far to big to allow me to put the circle in.  Turned out very fun and colourful though, and again, I'm loving the 3D look.

Challenges:
Sketch - Dancing in Pajama's
Anything Goes - Deep Ocean Challenges
Vacation/travel - Creative Belli
Things with Wings - Scrapbook Sisters
Dies and Punches - Crazy Amigos
Anything Goes - Die Cuttin' Divas
Anything Goes - Party Time Tuesdays
Free for all - Twisted Tuesdays

Anything but a card!

This may possibly be the first time that the theme "Anything but a card" has not sent me screaming for the hills.  Our sponsor at Fab N Funky this week is Flonz Stamps and we got to pick out some stamps from the store to play with.  I picked this great construction themed set and immediately set to work making wrapping paper.


I just random stamped all over plain brown wrap and volia - unique, one of a kind presents!


Geez, if only I could be this creative every time this challenge rolls around!  Anyway, join us at FnF this week with your 'anything but a card' creations, let's see what you can do!

Challenges:
Anything but a card - Ruby's Rainbow
Let's Not be Square - Anything Goes Challenges
Anything But A Card - Incy Wincy
Anything But A Card - Come and Get It Challenges

Monday, July 30, 2012

3D fun

Me again, back with another card.  I've been eyeballing some beautiful 3D creations around the web lately, and finally found Mariska's blog and her tutorials.  Make sure you check out her blog, as her work is stunning.  Mine is nowhere near as good, but I'm pretty happy with my first attempt!


Close up of the 3D effect
 It does take some time to figure out what layer goes where and to plan everything out and colour it, but the results are so worth it.  I will definitely be doing this again!  I kept the rest of the card very simple to showcase the image, and I just love this card!

Challenges:
Sketch - Retro Sketches
Anything Goes - Critter Sketch
The Great Outdoors - Cupcake Craft
Anything Goes - Paper Playtime
2 or more DP - Paper Pretties
Summer - Dream Valley
All Girl (no digis) - Let's Ink It Up
Linky Party - Make It Monday

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Pretty in pink

Hi all, another gorgeous sunny day here.  Just having a lazy Sunday, the little guy is off to a birthday party, so that gives us lots of time to sit down and work out a budget.  Yikes, just what I wanted to do this weekend!  Seriously though, with the dog's surgery and an emergency plumbing call, we're pretty skint and knowing where are money is going will help a lot.  Although DH doesn't really need to know how much I've spent on stamps....oh, I'm in trouble!




Challenges:
Card Crafter's Circle - Clean and Simple
Crafty Catz - All that Glitters
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Pattie's Creations - Animals or Insects
Charisma Cardz - Monochrome
Hanna and Friends - We celebrate


Friday, July 27, 2012

Beary fun

My youngest is heading to a birthday party for his buddy this weekend, so I whipped up a quick 'boy' birthday card.  This was originally supposed to be a bit more CAS, I think with the embossing and the chevrons, it turned out a bit busy.  Still fun though and I love this cute Bo Bunny paper, so bright and boyish!



Challenges:
Use a TCP bear - Dancing in Pajamas (I don't have any TCP dies, hope that's OK)
Sketch - Try Stamping on Tuesday
M for men - Alphabet Challenge
Brilliant Birthdays - Crafts 4 Eternity


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

NO stamps!

The challenge this week at Fab N Funky is NO stamping.  Um, hello, whose idea was this challenge anyway?  No stamping, not even a bit?  Sigh...



It started out so well, I was super inspired to use up some of the 'stuff' in my stash.  Maybe I could make a whole bunch of cards and clean things out.  Then I started working and realized something.  Maybe there's a reason that some of this stuff has been in my stash forever unused.  Long story short, this is the third card and the first and only one I'm happy with.  One good thing?  I've been inspired to go through my stash and clean out a bit...I'm sure the boys will love a few cheesy stickers right?

Challenges:
Celebrations - Unstampabelles
Happy Birthday - Divas By Design
Anything Goes - Simon Says Stamp

Monday, July 23, 2012

Finally...

Well, it's finally raining here, although it's nowhere near enough to end the drought.  And I'm finally getting this image onto a card!  I stamped this ages ago, just after I got them and it's been patiently waiting for me ever since.  I love, love, love these little mice from Lily of the Valley, they just crack me up.


I used some fun MME paper, added a big bow and this celebrate sentiment I got at a retired SU sale.  The photo is a tad washed out due to the very early morning light (as in 6:30am on my way out the door to work early), it's actually a bit brighter than this.

Anyway I'm off to walk on the grass before it dries up and gets crispy again - the rain's already finished and the sun's come out.  Have a good week!

Challenges:
Sketch - Deconstructed Sketches
Animal Crackers - Joanna Sheen Challenges
To Die For - Stamptacular Sunday (MFT postage edge and bracket tab)
Lot of Layers - Hiding in my Craft Room
Baby or Birthday - Fashionista Challenge
Let's Party - Incy Wincy
Animals - Truly Madly Crafty Challenges

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Flying High

Geez, I haven't been around in over a week and now I'm back 2 days in a row!  My sitter is off this week, which means I'm off this week - yea!  We're having a really relaxing couple of days, my dog just had surgery to remove a tumour from her neck (she looks a bit like Frankenstein) so we're home keeping an eye on her.  I think we'll head down to the beach this afternoon (sans dog, sand and surgery do NOT mix!) the hardest decision I want to make today is what to drink!


This card is for last week's TCP challenge - teal, red and kraft.  I have this Cosmo Cricket paper pad that I wasn't so sure about, but it fit the colours perfectly.  I think it turned out pretty good, especially the banner.
Love my bunnies!

Challenges:
colours - The Cat's Pajama's
Tags - Crafty Creations (I hope you can see it, it's hiding under the bow and button!)
Anything Goes - Diva by design
Cute Animals - Ruby's Rainbow
Anything Goes - Perfect Sentiments

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

DIY flowers

Morning all, I'm back!  I've been out of touch for a bit, packing for a 4 day camping trip, then camping, then recovering from it.  (mountains of laundry, yikes)  I'm still not feeling very crafty, I think because it's just so darn hot here.  If you look closely at my card, the yellow stuff in the background is my lawn.  Or what used to be my lawn...


Anyway, the challenge at Fab N Funky this week is make your own flowers.  Feeling not very creative, I just made some simple lollipop style flowers out of die cut circles.  The cute birdie is from our sponsor, Doodle Pantry.

Challenges:
Sketch - July Sketch for you to Try
Circles - Top Tip Tuesday
Buttons - Tuesday Alchemy 
Wings - Card Cupids
Use a Doodle Pantry image - Doodle Pantry

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summertime BBQ

Mmmm, BBQ.  Great food but a tricky theme seeing as I didn't have any BBQ type stamps from One Crazy Stamper.  Improvisation can be fun though, which is how I ended up making a Canada Day themed invitation using this cute High Hopes stamp.  This is one I had to buy as soon as I saw it - there's not a lot of great Canadian stuff out there!



Hope you'll join us over at the One Crazy stamper blog for the July challenge, it's actually BBQ/food so not as tricky as I initially thought!

Challenges:
Show Your Countries Pride - Crazy 4 Challenges
Party - Our Creative Corner
Bust Out the Rubber - Card Makin' Mamas
Here Comes Summer - Totally Papercrafts (nothing says summer like a BBQ!)
Fun in the Sun + Sparkle - Crafty Calender Challenge
Anything Goes - Catch the Bug

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Stars and Stripes

Pardon me for a bit of overuse, but this is the third card I've made in the last few days with the MFT star die.  Can't quite figure out how i made stars before as I don't have any punches...anyhoo, very happy to be getting my money's worth out of this one!


The reason for the stars is the challenge at Fab n Funky this week - Stars and Stripes.  Easy peasy, non?  I used this Greek inspired image from Tickled Pink - isn't she fierce?
On a side note, I can't believe how green my backyard looks in this picture.  In reality, it's been so dry that my 'grass' is crunchy and my flowers have all wilted.  I like summer and all, but wow is it hot here.

Challenges:
Sketch - Sweet Sunday
A Day at the 'Parthenon' - By the cute and Girly (hee hee, fun theme!)
Recipe - Desert Island Crafters (teal, sketch, glitter)
Anything goes, bonus glitter - Papertake weekly
Sparkle - Critter Sketch

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Guest DT spot

Yea me, I get to be a guest DT at one of my fave stores, One Crazy Stamper!  I'm a little slow putting this up, I was waiting for the post to go up on the One Crazy Stamper blog and somehow the whole day just got away on me! 

Anyhoo, the challenge this month is BBQ/food.  I dug through all my stamps and picked this cute Meljen's image.  I also used my Copics and This and That Graceful paper from Echo park.  Fun! Can't wait to do some shopping, I just have to pay off my current purchases first!

Quirky crafts - Make us laugh
Crafty Calender - Flowers in Bloom
Alphabet Challenge - Kitchen (food or drink)
Joyful Stamper - Linky Party
Stampin' for the Weekend - Show us your style (clean, graphic)