Monday, November 30, 2009

Blog Candy #5 - It's a Turtle of a set!

So....everyone knows by now that I have a thing for turtle stamps - especially the Inky Antics turtle sets.
So this week's Blog Candy #5 is the Inky Antics Birthday Turtle clear stamps set - see it HERE on their site.  You need to enter Birthday Turtle into the Search field on their site.  It is such a great stamp set!

To enter - simply leave me a comment - anything at all (no special question to answer) on this post or any of the others I do this week.  I will do the draw on Friday night and post the winner then!

And so that you can see this stamp set in action - here are some cards from the past that I have posted using this set.  Just click on the photos to see a close view of each if you wish.









Until next time - have a great day!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Blog Candy #4 WINNER!

And the winner of Blog Candy #4 is...............
Jackie B who said:
I get to go to my brother`s for another Christmas, so no shopping for me. I have actually had many good buys already. So I won`t complain.

Congrats Jackie - it's on it was to you this weekend!  Enjoy!
I'm going to wait until Monday to post Blog Candy #5 - I'll put that up for Monday bright and early, along with a new card too.

And for your weekend chuckle - here is some Reindeer Poop!



And a closer look:



Materials: CS (Bazzill); Paper - Accademia (Fabriano); Ink - StazOn Black (Tsukineko); Stamps - Reindeer cube (Sunshine Designs, Stamp Barn); Tombow markers, paint brush, adhesive, cello bag, Gold Smooch, Chocolate covered raisins.

Here is the poem in case you want to try these yourself!
I hear that you’ve been naughty
So listen, here’s the scoop.
I’m running short on coal this year
So you get Reindeer Poop!


Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

More cards in the same theme! Blog Candy REMINDER!

Just a quick reminder for you to leave me a comment to enter into the draw for the BLOG CANDY #4 shown HERE (Post below this, at the end).  I will do the draw tomorrow night - and also post the weekend Blog Candy #5!
What I asked was:
Let me know if you plan on going out Boxing Day shopping, in light of the fact that Christmas is on Friday - the sales will be in full swing on Saturday - and the discounts will be huge this year (if the pre-holiday sales are any indication!).

Now on to 2 cards that used similar paper from CTMH as in the post below.  I was on a roll!
Roly Poly Snowman:



Materials: CS, Designer Paper - (CTMH); Paper - Accademia (Fabriano); Ink - StazOn Black (Tsukineko), Twilight (CTMH); Stamps - Roly Poly Snowman (Sunshine Designs, Stamp Barn); Tombow markers, paint brush, adhesive foam tape, Grosgrain ribbon - Twilight (CTMH), Small white brad (CTMH), Snowflake punch (Martha Stewart), Gold Smooch.


Fancy Skater:


Materials: CS, Designer Paper - (CTMH); Paper - Accademia (Fabriano); Ink - StazOn Black (Tsukineko), Twilight (CTMH); Stamps - Fancy Skater (Sunshine Designs, Stamp Barn); Tombow markers, paint brush, adhesive foam tape, Sheer ribbon - blue (Offray).

Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Blog Candy WINNER! Teddy Bears and Blog Candy #4.

And the Winner of the Blog Candy #3 from THIS post is.............

Christine Dol - and make sure you click on that link to see her blog!  Her colouring is so wonderful, her layouts are fanastic - and take a look at her version of the Placecard Holders!!!  WOW!  I actually met Christine at a watercolouring class I did a few years ago, and what I remember most is GLITTER!!!!!!
Christine said:
I put my decorations up after my sons birthday which is Dec.9th. Usually that means there is snow on the ground and the music is playing on the radio and it definetly puts you in the holiday mood!

So, Christine, send me your mailing address and the little stamp set and card sample will be on their way to you!

Now on to today's card and the Blog Candy #4 in the same theme.  It's all about the Teddy Bears.

Teddy in a Stocking:


Materials: CS, Designer Paper - (CTMH); Paper - Accademia (Fabriano); Ink - Versamark (Tsukineko), Twilight (CTMH); Stamps - Teddy Stocking HOH 030G (House on a Hill, Stamp Barn); Tombow markers, paint brush, adhesive foam tape, satin ribbon - white (Offray), detail goldr embossing powder, White button, Hemp twine, foam tape.

This card uses some lovely coloured cardstock and patterned paper from CTMH - the Twilight colour is so nice!  To colour I used the Tombow markers, but also used the ink pad Twilight to get it to match as closely as possible to the paper.  The little bear was stamped a second time so that I could cut him out and pop him up on the original image.  Such a happy looking bear!
I have a few other cards that I did in this same colour theme - it was really working for me - so I will post those in the next few days too.

Blog Candy #4:
In light of the little teddy bear in the card today - I am giving away an alphabet stamp set that has little bears on each letter, and a couple of adorable little bears too.  It is a full alphabet from My Sentiments Exactly.


All you need to do is leave me a comment and let me know if you plan on going out Boxing Day shopping, in light of the fact that Christmas is on Friday - the sales will be in full swing on Saturday - and the discounts will be huge this year (if the pre-holiday sales are any indication!).

You have until Friday to leave a post or send me an e-mail (on any of the postings this week, if not this one) to be entered in the draw.  And I think I will post another weekend Blog Candy (It's #5) too - so make sure you drop back in!
Until next time, have a great day!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Santa I can explain - and Blog Candy #2 Winner! And Blog Candy #3

It's Friday!!!  Can't believe how quickly time is whipping by these days - are you feeling the same??
This Post has the winner of Blog Candy #2, a post of Blog Candy #3 (it's a quick one until Monday only!) and a new card too!

First things first:
Blog Candy #2 Winner from THIS post is............Jackie B who sent in her comment via e-mail.  She said:
My favorite colour for the season is AQUA. It looks terrific with some greens and is very subtle with white or silver. It reminds me of frozen ponds in the winter and the sky just before sunset.

So Jackie - I will make you a  place card holder in your favorite colours for this season and send along with the stamp set.  How's that?  Congratulations!

Now moving on to Blog Candy #3 - it will be a quick one with the name being drawn on Monday night (and Blog Candy #4 being posted on Monday too!).  So make sure you leave me a comment by Monday night on this post or via e-mail and I will draw the name then.  What I want to know is:  When do you normally put up your Christmas decorations in your home?  YES - mine are all up inside and out!!!  Makes me smile.  Here is Blog Candy #3 - a little stamp set (great for borders!) and a sample card with it - nice and easy:



And now for.........a new card.  Dear Santa, I can explain...
Today's card is one of my favourite Sunshine Designs images from a few years ago.  It is Whimsey Santa - and I think he is such a great looking Santa!


Materials: CS - (Bazzill); Paper - Accademia (Fabriano); Ink - Versamark (Tsukineko), silver pad, Stamps - Whimsey Santa, Snowflake from Christmas cube (Sunshine Designs, Stamp Barn); Tombow markers, paint brush, adhesive foam tape, silver jump ring, Oval punch (SU!), black belt ring, LIquid Applique (Marvy), Grosgrain ribbon - white (Offray), detail silver embossing powder, Stickles glitter.

I just love the sentiment "Dear Santa, I can explain...." - makes me imagine what my little ones would say if questioned by Santa!

Until next time, have a great day!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

North Pole Friends - and Blog Candy REMINDER

Here is another Christmas Card – this time using Stamp Barn’s House on a Hill image called North Pole Friends – such a cute image.

And just a reminder that I posted Blog Candy #2 yesterday – see below or use the quick link HERE. Leave me your comment and let me know your favourite colour this season.
I will announce the winner on Friday – AND I will post a Blog Candy just for the weekend as well – so make sure you keep popping in here! You can’t lose!!!















Materials: CS - (Bazzill); Paper - Accademia (Fabriano), Patterned Paper Christmas Pad; Ink – Stazon Black (Tsukineko), Stamps – North Pole Friends HOH 033I, CU (Stamp Barn); Tombow markers, paint brush, adhesive foam tape, Sheer ribbon - white (Offray), Photo corner Punch, Oval punches (SU!), white brads (CTMH).

Just wanted to thank Claire – for her comment asking for more Tombow Marker tutorials / colour charts. I will for sure get some more done for the Christmas cards and get them posted for you. How’s that? I do hope everyone else finds them helpful as well.

Until next time - have a great day!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Christmas Placecard Holders – Blog Candy #2

It’s Monday – so that means Blog Candy! It’s #2 Candy.

Here is a little project made with the Sunshine Designs Christmas Mini cube stamp set. It’s a set of 4 Placecard Holders for your Christmas table. OR – you can put a photo in the clip at the top and use it on your desk too.


Materials: CS - (Bazzill); Paper - Accademia (Fabriano), Patterned Paper Christmas Pad; Ink – Stazon Black (Tsukineko), Stamps – Christmas Mini Cube RSM001 CU, Festive Wishes sentiment from RSW003 CU (Sunshine Designs, Stamp Barn); Tombow markers, paint brush, Large Binder clips (Staples), adhesive foam tape, Sheer dotted ribbon - red (Offray), Circle Punches, Word Window Punch (SU!).

I have also used the stamp set many times to make my own Christmas backgrounds.  Lots of uses - so you definitely need this stamp set!
And for today’s Blog Candy – I have this cube Christmas Mini cube in a cling pack version and a mini acrylic block to use the stamps with! AND you get 1 placecard holder with it!! Here’s a picture of the 4 little images you get in the cube:


All you need to do is leave a comment (or send me an e-mail) any day this week before Friday and let me know what your favourite colour is this year for the holidays! I personally love the Kraft colour and red or green (a country Christmas look). That’s what I have chosen for my wrapping paper this year with a little raffia for the bows.
On the comments you leave on the blog - I have had to add in the feature of confirming with a scrambled word - to help to prevent the SPAM that has been adding into the comment lately.  You know the ones selling those lifestyle drugs!!  Anyway - just a little added step you will have to do, to help to curb the SPAM.

And YES – I have my Christmas lights up – and YES the Christmas tree too! And I am almost done my shoping too! I LOVE IT!
Until next time - have a great day!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Blog Candy #1 - WINNER!

And the WINNER of Blog Candy #1 is.............

Claire!
Who says she likes winter sceneries or a lamp with a glowing light and fallen snow, a door with a wreath - for the warm and welcoming feeling.

So Claire - send me your snail mail address and the little stamp set and card will be in the mail to you!

And don't forget to drop in again on Monday - for a new card and a new Blog Candy and sample card - it's Blog Candy #2! So another round of chances to win!!

Until next time, have a great day!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Meet Cayla! And a BLOG CANDY REMINDER!

First off - A REMINDER - make sure you leave a comment on any of the posts letting me know your favourite Christmas stamp (Snowman, Angels, etc.) all this week before Friday night when I will draw for the BLOG CANDY shown HERE. And Blog Candy will go out each week - so keep popping in!

And here is today's project - a little gift bag or purse to hide a little gift for a special little girl. This project used two stamps from the Christmas Enchanted Hollow line from the Stamp Barn: Cayla and Cayla's branch.


Materials: CS - (Bazzill); Paper - Accademia (Fabriano), Patterned Paper Pad; Ink - Versamark (Tsukineko), Stamps - Enchanted Hollow (Stamp Barn); Tombow markers, paint brush, Brown paper lunch bag, adhesive foam tape, Satin ribbon - red (Offray), detail silver embossing powder, Stickles glitter, Velcro adhesive dots.
Cayla is a very sweet little Fairy - perfect for a little girl - she is SO SWEET! The bag flap is held closed with a Velcro adhesive dot, and folds flat for safe keeping. It is just a regular brown paper lunch bag that is cut down to 4" high.
Until next time, have a great day!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Christmas Cards and Blog Candy #1

As promised, today is the start of the Christmas Card Parade and also the start of the Holiday Blog Candy as well!

Here's the first Christmas Card up on the Parade - let's go shopping!!!


Materials: CS - (Bazzill, CTMH); Paper - Accademia (Fabriano); Ink - Versamark (Tsukineko), Stamps - Sunshine Designs; Tombow markers, paint brush, white tissue paper, Scor-pal, sandpaper, adhesive foam tape, Sheer ribbon - white (Offray), detail gold embossing powder, Stickles glitter.

On this card I popped up the bag with some dimensional tape and then inserted a little tuft of white tissue paper - to make it look like a nicely wrapped gift bag all ready to deliver to someone special! Here's a closer look at that.

And the bow was done using the Bow-Easy - hey, PITA , have you used yours yet???!!!
That thing makes some wonderful looking bows and it's so easy to use too! A real treat for those who are "Bow challenged". Yes, PITA, that's you!
Here's a closer look at the bow.

Now for the Blog Candy!
Every Monday I will post a new Blog Candy for you - and you will have until the Friday of that week to write me a comment or send me an e-mail (PITA, since you don't know how to leave a comment!). I may even sneak in one on the Friday too and give you until Monday to comment - so keep watch!

For the comment I would love to know what your favourite kind of Christmas stamp is - is it a snowman, a Santa, a tree, etc. You get the idea.....
Then, every Friday I will randomly pick a comment - to win the Candy. The Blog Candy will be a little Studio G Holiday stamp set and a "Quick 'N Easy" sample card to show you one way to use the stamps. Anyone can comment, I will ship world-wide.

Here is the Blog Candy #1 - and the sample card for it. Warm and Cozy!


And here is a close up of the little card.

I cut out the card base free-hand is the shape of a little snow globe. I stamped the little snowman twice - once on the base circle and the second on a scrap of paper so I could cut him out and pop him up. A bit of ribbon in a bow, and some Liquid Applique on the brim and pom-pom on the hat and it's done. "Quick 'N Easy"!

Remember to leave a comment or e-mail by Friday and if you are randomly chosen - its yours!

Until next time, have a great day!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Last of the summer cards - promise!

And then it will be on to the Holiday stuff - my fav! We'll fire up next week with holiday images, and Blog Candy! Let's do Candy on Mondays and Fridays - how does that sound?

For these last ones, I tried to use as many different techniques as possible to do the cards - so that they would appeal to a wide range of crafters - regardless of what they prefer to do on their cards. Some of us like to colour, but others don't - and that is OK! Solid stamps are usually not my first choice (since I do love to colour) but these were a nice change.

Bird on Branch - using an embossed image and sponged background.

To get the Moon, I punched a circle out of a Post-it™ note and stuck it to the cardstock before sponging my background.


Double Swiped background with a solid image.

Just rub your ink pad across your neutral cardstock - making sure you turn the paper 180 degrees between each colour so that you have nice coverage. This uses my absolute 3 favourite colours from CTMH: Breeze, Cocoa and Sweet Leaf!!! Love, love and LOVE those colours!


Poppy Misted.

I coloured my stamp with my watercolour markers then misted it. I re-misted between the stamping - seeing the different effects the water had.

Rock and Roll Pears - an oldie but a goodie technique!

Until next time, have a great day!

Monday, November 2, 2009

More catch up!

If you have just popped in, make sure you see the first post tonight, right below this one.

Edited to add - just noticed I posted the glitter frames - so here is the link to that post with the colour charts for you to try out yourself!

http://parisestates.blogspot.com/2009/08/tree-for-all-seasons.html

On to more catch up cards from the summer!

Here is a fun make and take gift item - a potted plant! All you need to do is drop a packet of seeds or even a bulb into the little clay pot and you have a fun little gift for someone. This was originally an idea I saw on SplitCoast Stampers - and this is my version of it:

This is done putting watercolour markers direct to the stamp, colouring with the lightest marker first, then randomly layering on a darker shade for accents. A small spritz of the stamp with a fine water mister and then stamp on the paper.


Now for Glitter Frames on a Tree for All Seasons:


Spring
Summer

Fall
Winter (now that's a bit more timely a card!)

These were made with Terrifically Tacky Tape (1/4" wide) all around the border of my watercoloured image. Then I sprinkled Martha Stewart glitter over the tape and pressed down to seat the glitter all around. Quick and easy - and definitely holds there well!


Until next time, have a great day!

Playing catch up from summer??!!

Well, it certainly has been a while - oooppps! Time certainly has a way of just moving right along! Can't believe it is November already. We went out to a store on November 1st and they already had the Halloween decorations down and the Christmas stuff up! WOW! They can come to my
house anytime they want - that is GOOD!!!
So - for today's post I will just load up a bunch of the card samples I didn't finish loading back in September - all in the efforts to now move on to the HOLIDAYS! I have a ton of Christmas cards to show you already - AND there will be some fun Christmas Blog Candy on it's way over the next few weeks so stay tuned. Some fun little stamps with card samples to go out with them - and there are quite a few of these little packages ready to go out to you! More details will come with the holiday cards.
Here are some of the September cards that I didn't get posted.
Let's start off with the Roly Poly line - makes me smile!
There's Bea (who's a bee!)
There's Cupcake
There's Teacup
There's Sunflower

All of these were done with the watercolour markers (Tombow) and the paint brush. Easy as that!
That's it for this first post - I'll do another tonight and see how far we can get through these.
Thanks for popping back in!
Until next time, have a great day!