Saturday, April 30, 2011

Come Fly With Me...

Time Flies
I entered Violet in a challenge called, Sunday Stamper - Week 51 - Wind Beneath My Wings Isn't she somethin'! Violet is a new digi stamp I bought at The Octopode Factory.The artist is Lily Chilvers, and I just love her weird and wonderful little people! Go see! Awesome artist! 

Violet is one of 4 Steampunk Ladies I purchased. The flying clock stamp is from Inkadinkado's new Steampunk set. The sentiment stamp is SandyLion Clear stamp set, "Time Flies". Paper is from Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante paper stack, hardware is TH. Used coloured pencils to colour Violet (browns, reds), flesh and blush for face. Spica glitter pens in brown, gold and peach.

The flying clock is layered. I also used a TH circle fragment on the clock face. Here's a closer look:

Thanks for looking! Leave a comment before you go! Have a great weekend! Is spring finally here, do you think?

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Funny Papers

LAUGHTER is the shortest distance between two people
 ~ Victor Borge

The Stampotique Designers Challenge is newsprint/old book pages, any stamps. Have a look at the contenders:  SDC28:Newsprint/Old Book Pages (Any Stamps) 

How perfect is this?! I'm the Library Manager at The Chronicle Herald Nova Scotia's only provincial newspaper, and Canada's only family owned newspaper!  We are NOT a chain!  Now THERE'S a plug! 

My first tag! I made a tag before, but it was for the inside of a card. I've never made a free standing tag. It looks like a very large bookmark for a coffee table book! I decided to go with the comics page and use my favourite "birds with attitude" stamps from the Bird Assortment set by Amy Smyth at  Inkadinkado The "Laughter" sentiment stamp is from a set with some fabulous sentiments, but unfortunately, I do not know what company they are from. Anyone?

Technical stuff:
- Watercolour background (my container of  pretty paper is really angry with me! (Damn that Tim Holtz and is awesome inky techniques!) 
- Used Distress Inks: Broken China, Dusty Concord, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade. Dried with heat tool. Inked edges with Vintage Photo, my fav!
- Spritzed a little Smooch Spritz Carmel Latte on top. Heat tool again.
- Stamped birds and sentiments on white cs; inked it up ; hand torn; glued on black cs; hand torn and popped up with foam squares. 
- Paper pieced the birds using scrap paper. "HA HA" is cut from comic page
- Some turquoise and black Spica glitter pens here and there. 
- Added some rainbow coloured bling
- Fibre from Dollar Store ; purple eyelet 
- Viola!

A closer look. Gotta love the attitude!

Thanks for having a "look see" Drop me a word or 2!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

An Easter Parade of Cards!

When I saw these vintage ladies on various graphics sites,  I immediately thought of that song from  the Judy Garland and Fred Astaire movie,  "Easter Parade". This lovely lady with the feather in her cap (found in a drawer!),  is from Maries Freebies. Music paper from Graphics 45 Curtain Call paper stack. 

Trailer from the 1948 movie.  Watch it right here, right now! Sing along if you want to! 

What a hat! My head hurts just looking at her! This lovely lady is from Magic Moonlight Studio. I found this paper in my stash. It's from  DCWV Specialty Mat Stacks. Love the vein pattern in it.

Pink or Yellow?  Another young lady from Maries Freebies. Paper from DCWV Specialty Mat Stacks. Added a stamp border on the sides and pearls at the top and bottom, with small flowers on the corners.

Gotta love the matching outfit! This dancer is from The Graphics Fairy Background paper and music paper tape is Tim Holtz

Too cute for words! This image is from Magic Moonlight Free Images. Added some lace I got from The Dollar Store.

Easter Blessings! Image from Vintage Catnip

Happy Easter! Watercolour background using Distress Inks. Mr. Rabbit is Tim Holtz, along with the flowers and butterfly. Popped up the butterfly and coloured with Spica Glitter Markers; my favs! Sentiment stamp unknown. Dragonfly stamp from Hampton Art Dandelion stamp set. Used Spica Glitter pens on his jacket and scarf. Dew Drops in corners. The Artful Stamper's White Perfect Puff on his tail.
Mr. Rabbit again. Used different colours for background.  

These cards were great fun to make! Hope you enjoyed them! Leave a word or two before you go and have a great Easter!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Birthday Boy!

Who can resist Twinkle? Made this card for a co-worker who is turning the big 5-0. The brick wall is Tim Holtz Texture Fade Brick. I did the watercolour technique using Distress Inks, Age Mahogany, Fired Brick and some Black Soot. I applied the same inks after with my trusty felt applicator until I got the look I wanted. Twinkle (from Stampotique Originals),  is paper pieced. Use flesh and blush colour pencils on face and hands. "You're turning 50" are from the stamp set, Stampendous. The other words are from computer. Grounded him on gray cs. His hat I drew free-hand on striped paper and then cut out and added some blue fibre. Happy Birthday Bruce! :)

Entered this card in the Grungy Monday Challenge at Studio L3

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Stampsmith Challenge #11: The Female Of The Species - Using Any Stamp Company

The Female Form - Beautiful
My entry for the The Stampsmith Challenge #11: The Female Species. I didn't think I'd get this in on time! Used the alcohol ink background technique. Adirondack Alcohol Inks used: Sunset Orange, Pink Sherbet, Lettuce. Ribbon inked with same colours as well has my handmade flower. Glitter buttons, and bling. Stamps are from Close to My Heart. 

I must credit a co-worker by the name of Debbie (great name btw!), with the slant of my card. We attended a crop together and she made a card with the matted stamped image hanging slightly off the main card. I loved the idea, so I borrowed it! Thank you Debbie!

GC98: Spicy Supply Challenge - Mists

Vintage LoveEntering this card in the Gingersnap Creations: CG: Spicy Supply Challenge - Mists Background is a flourish mask from Hampton Art Spritz Screens, sprayed with Smooch Splash Spritz. The LOVE tag, hearts and button are sprayed with Glimmer Mist Red Velvet and Smooch Splash Spritz. Background red is sprayed with Red Velvet Glimmer Mist. Heart doily is inked with Distress Ink, Vintage Photo. LOVE stamp and flourish bottom left are Tim Holtz. Love script border stamp, unknown. Found in drawer! Have a great evening!

Let me know you were here. Leave a word or two....

I was chosen as one of ten Ginger Gems for this challenge! Thank you so much! I am very honoured! Go see here: GC 98 - Mists

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Cycling Through Life ... Enjoy the Journey!

 I made this card for a co-worker's husband's birthday. I decided to try a little Steampunk  The gentleman on the bike is a free graphic from The Graphics Fairy. Awesome site! You have to go! I would say this is a "soft" Steampunk card, as I have seen a lot of very "heavy metal" cards and scrapbook pages out there! They make great male cards. 

The sentiment inside reads:  "Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use!" ~ Charles M. Shultz

Consider yourself Steampunked!

Supplies used:
- Watercolour background technique using Distress Inks, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sprocket Gears; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Game Spiners. Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adhesive Tissue Tape.
- Hinge is Tim Holtz Grungeboard Plain Elements; inked with Vintage Photo and "smooshed" with my finger some Vintage Photo Distress Stickles
- Sentiments from computer
- Metal squares (on corners) Michael's $1.50 bin.

Here are a couple more. Same layout, slightly different colours and hardware:

PS - What do you think of my new layout? 
Shabby Chic Vintage, perhaps? The lady in the header is "Matilda". She reminded me of the old movies from the '40s, which I love! The background and header is from Cute and Cool Free Backgrounds By Itkupilli I thought it went perfect with my blog title!

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