Saturday, July 30, 2011

My beautiful balloon

Red, Orange, Yellow, Twinkie & Spykee
I love these colours together! I adore the weird little people designed by Penney and Daniel Torrente. I know Stampotique Original Stamps sell other stamps, but I'm hooked on these characters! Click on photo for larger image.

Technical Stuff:
  • Distress Inks used: Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Brushed  Corduroy around the edge. The technique is the Color Block Technique. YouTube has Tim Holtz demonstrating this technique. Great video.
  • Twinkie and Spykee are both Stampotique Original Stamps.
  • Twinkie was stamped on white CS and watercoloured with DI to match background. Added some matching glitter pens to his clothes. Spykee's head was stamped on white CS and then coloured with glitter pens.
  • The flower is Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die. Used vellum. Sprayed flower and tag with orange and yellow Clearsnap Smooch-Spritz, and Red Velvet Glimmer Mist
  • Kitchen string, sentiment is from computer ; flesh and blush coloured pencils for their faces. Atyou Spica Glitter Pens, which I bought locally at Carsand-Mosher ; Orange and Lipstick.
  • The "balloon" is circle punched from a paint chip! Love paint chips!
The Cutting Garden is back! They are a local scrapbooking store and they just set up a new online site. They are going to start selling Stampotique stamps online! Woo Hoo! Got to start saving my pennies!

Today U2 is playing the last of their 360 World Tour in Moncton New Brunswick, which is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from here (Halifax, Nova Scotia). So, because this is one of my fav songs of theirs and it goes with the "Beautiful" tag, here they are performing, Beautiful Day, in Slane Castle Ireland a few years ago. Sing along! You know you want to! For those of you attending the concert today in Moncton, I hope it stops raining!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Look around and leave a word or two before you go!

Happy and Honoured! I was selected as a "Top 3" for this tag by Kaz at the SDC35: Red, Orange, Yellow Stampotique Stamps Challenge! Thank you and congrats to Sam and Arwen and all participants who entered! A special congrats to the winner of the random draw, Anikraft. Awesome artwork!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Lace, Pearls, Retirement, Belly Dancing....?

And now for my next career...
This card is for my husband's aunt Janette who is retiring...again! Which explains the sentiment on this card. Her last day is tomorrow. She's 60 something going on 30 something! What's next? Belly Dancing, perhaps?!

I'm also entering this card in the MMM Challenge 8 - Vintage - Lace and Pearls. Make sure you go over and see the other fabulous entries. 

Click on photos for larger images. She has bling in her belly button:
Supply List:
  1. Belly Dancer image from Vintage Hearth. Although I have seen it several times in Google Images when you search on: vintage belly dancer
  2. Lace from Walmart
  3. Fabric roses are Tim Holtz Idea-ology Trimmings
  4. Distress Inks used, Tattered Rose around sentiment
  5. Pearls and bling from Michaels
  6. DP is BasicGrey Capella 6" paper pad
  7. EK Success photo corner punch
  8. Sentiment done on computer; can't remember the font!
Couldn't find a good belly dancing video, (go figure!), but this will get you going. A classic from 1976! (Love those Disco years!). KC & the Sunshine Band performing Shake, Shake, Shake (Shake Your Booty)
Get up and shake it!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a look around and leave a comment or two! One more day until vacation!! Woo Hoo! For all you Canadians out there, Happy Long Weekend! HAPPY RETIREMENT JANETTE! 

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Chocolate Lover

"Forget Love... I'd rather fall in Chocolate!"
Yay! I can play! Either I miss the challenges, didn't have a Stampsmith Stamp, or didn't have time to make something. This time I was able to use a Stampsmith stamp I recently purchased, and, I just finished making and posting a vintage wedding card, Going to the Chapel, so I had all the "vintage stuff" out and was able to put this card together. She looks very protective of her chocolates, doesn't she? Click on photo to see larger image.

Lynne is hosting the current Stampsmith Challenge called, TSC18: Vintage - Using at least one Stampsmith stamp. Visit Lynne's blog and you will truly see some beautiful and inspirational vintage creations.

What I used:
- Image stamp is "The Chocolate Lover" from The Stampsmith Art Rubber Stamps
- Sentiment is from a quotes page on web 
- Jet Black StazOn Ink and glossy paper
- DP is BasicGrey Cappella 6" paper pad
- Spellbinders Nesties Labels 4
- Cloth floral trim is Tim Holtz Trimmings
- Pearls and small flower from Michael's 
- Photo corner punch

This woman is amazing! I love her whole "look" and of course her chocolate recipes! You may want to check out her website after you see this. Sorry. Not a sing-along video this post! You might want some chocolate to nosh on though!

 Thanks for stopping by! Have a look around before you go, and leave a word or two! Hope you are enjoying your summer! 

I'm very excited! I was featured and randomly picked as the winner of this challenge: TSC18: Vintage - Using at least one Stampmith stamp Challenge  Thank you so much Lynne for a great challenge!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Going to the Chapel

"May your Happily Ever After begin with a beautiful today"
I think my second favourite style is Vintage/Shabby Chic. My first being distressed, grungy dirty and inky. Great fun making this. Click on the photos to see larger images.

First off, this card is for 3 challenges:
  1. Sunday Stamper-Week 163 - Build Me Up Buttercup. Hels has asked us to build our own flower embellishment.
  2. Our Vintage Affair. The July challenge is a card or altered item done in a Wedding theme and of course, vintage.
  3. MMM Challenge 7 - Vintage Shabby Chic, Torn or Crumpled
What I Used & What I Did:
- DP is Butterfly Garden Collection pack. For you locals, I bought it at Carsand-Mosher
- border lace, pearls, & tulle from Michael's
- the flower is made from the same DP, using Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die as the base, then tearing circles of DP, for the top two layers. Flower edges were inked with Distress Ink, Vintage Photo, folded up a bit, and glittered up with Distress Stickles in Tattered Rose and Scattered Straw. Before gluing to card I arranged some tulle on card, and then attached flower.
- the butterfly was cut out from same paper and popped up; glittered up with Distress Stickles Tattered Rose
- Nesties Petite Ovals Large
- photo corner punch
- sentiment stamp is from Stampin' Up! the Ever After set.
- the Vintage Bride & Groom image is from this site: BlissTree. It looks like it originally came from this site: Chicks57 on Flickr, but it doesn't appear to be there anymore.
- folded some tulle around photo and tucked underneath photo and then glued down onto card.

Some closeups:

I hate math. I had problems all through school with math and numbers. When I make cards, I kind of wing-it or eyeball the sizes. "If it ain't crooked, it ain't handmade" is what I always say! 

So, I have problems with envelopes; my cards don't fit most of the time. I know, I do have a Scor-Pal, and someday I will figure out how to make envelopes. This is why I married an engineer! He's good with numbers. Maybe I'll get him to figure it out for me!

Anyway, I found these bags. They are perfect and I like the look of them. They are not like the lunch bags you buy at the Supermarket; they don't have expandable bottoms. I can't say where I "found" them. Let's just say, when I toast my bagel in the cafeteria at work, they have a basket with bags to put your bagels in.

Have a look:

You can decorate them to match your card, and I think they are vintage looking. I used  the Spellbinders Fancy Tags die, so you can write the bride and grooms names. Punched a hole with my slot punch and added ribbon. Better than an envelope!

Here's a good video. Billy Idol singing "White Wedding". Great "get-up-and-dance" song! Great exercise! Sing along if you want to! You know you do!


Thanks for stopping by! Have a look around and leave a comment before you go! Have a great week and stay cool!

I'm very excited and honoured! This card was chosen as one of the Top 3 in the MMM Challenge 7 - Vintage, Shabby Chic, Torn or Crumpled! Thank you so much, and to Jacqueline for an awesome challenge!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

SDC34: Flower Power, Lucy Maud & Mick

What luck and great timing! I just made this card for a co-worker's daughter, who graduated from college, and I noticed Stampotique had a new challenge posted called, Flower Power

This is going back to "my roots" so to speak. There's no distressing, ripping or tearing going on here! The quote is from a famous Canadian author from Prince Edward Island, Lucy Maud Montgomery. For those of you who don't know who she is, she wrote the Anne of Green Gables books. Have a look here for a bio and history.

The Supply List:
- DP are KaiserCraft Le Chateau Collection set
- Nesties Labels Four- Cloth white rosette flowers are Tim Holtz Trimmings, Distress Ink Vintage Photo
- Photo corner punch
- Light blue flowers, pearls and bling from my stash of unknown origin!
- Lucy Maud sentiment is from a 5 sentiment stamp set called Krafty Quotes #2 from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps

Ok. The Stones are my all time fav band EVER! Here is a concert video from 1995. The song is "Dead Flowers". I know, it's not a very cheery title, but it is about flowers, and, it's a really great tune! Mick's playing guitar too! So have a look and listen. Sing out loud and strong!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day! Look around and leave a comment or two!

The Journey Awakens the Soul

This is an awesome technique! I'm still a newbie, as far as Tim Holtz techniques goes. I really like this one. 

This tag is my entry for 3 challenges:

1. Grungy Monday #15 Challenge over at Linda's place, Studio L3. The technique called the Rusty Noel Tag on Tim's site is from 2007.
2. The Stamp Man Challenge # 27 - Anything by T!m!
3. DragonsDream Tag It On: T10 #87 Project Tim Holtz

Stuff I used:
- Distress Inks: Shabby Shutters (green), Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge (orangey), Dusty Concord.
- Clear embossing powder, heat tool
- Sentiment stamp is from TH Mini Muse set; bird is from TH Flights of Fancy set; compass is from Clear Art Stamps, the Journey set. TH circle Fragment on top of compass
- Hardware, Reinforcer, Tissue Tape all TH

Couple of closeups:

Here ya go. A video. Train singing Soul Sister. Acoustic. Sing!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Flight of Fancy

I made this tag/card for my dear friend Roxanne, for her birthday which is coming up in August. She's not into "computing", so I'm pretty sure she won't see this post. She lives in Ontario in a pretty little place called Niagara-On-The-Lake, which is about 5 min. from Niagara Falls Canada. Both of us were born and raised in St. Catharines Ontario.

This tag fits 3 challenges:
1. Sunday Stamper Week 162 FLYING Theme Challenge over at Hels blog, Ink on My Fingers.

2. Try It On Tuesday: Tag - Birds and Bees

3. Theme Thursday Challenge - Wings 

The How-To's and What-Not's:
- Stamped tag with Distress Inks, Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo using Tim Holtz colour block technique, then stamped with music background stamp, and a few squirts of Glimmer Mist Coffee Shop.
- Music Tissue Tape and pin are TH also.
- Lace and ribbon from Dollar Store
- Sentiment and bird stamp are Close To My Heart, Find Your Style set.
- Bling from Michael's

A couple of closeups:

Here's a video that's a good fit for the FLYING theme. A funny music video by The Foo Fighters, performing their song "Learn To Fly". Have a look and listen. Sing along if you want to. You know you want to!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a look around before you go and leave a word or two!

Friday, July 1, 2011

TOFF #1 - Alice and Company

Happy Birthday from the Cheshire Cat
This is the first challenge of The Octopode Factory Friday Challenge. I am really excited about this challenge! Thanks to Lily and her DT!

Lily Chilvers is a very talented artist and has created these adorable, weird and wonderful little creatures in digi stamps, collage sheets, and some rubber. Check out her blog, The Octopode Factory, here, and her Etsy Shop, here.

The first challenge is all about Alice In Wonderland. Being a cat lover, I couldn't resist The Cheshire Cat! I coloured worn and torn kitty in the colours of our precious Abby, who is an Abyssinian. Here she is here:

The pinwheel and cat print stamps are from Michael's $1.50 bin, the sentiment and number stamps are from sets of unknown origin. The corrugated cardboard frame is from a set called Corrugated Shapes and is by a company called,  Jillibean Soup. For you local folks, I bought them at Carsand-Mosher. Really like them a lot.

The background newsprint is from 
The Graphics Fairy. Inked up with Distress Ink Vintage Photo. Used various coloured pencils on cat, pinwheel, bandages and ear. Shot of Glimmer Mist Coffee Shop on newsprint.

So, if you are not familiar with The Octopode Factory family of weird and wonderful little creatures, visit Lily's blog and her Etsy store! Go to the challenge blog and see the other entries. The links are in the comments!

And last but not least, a video! I always like to have a video of some sort to go with my post. Either a music video or a technique video. For this post, I thought Al Stewart performing his hit song "The Year of the Cat" would do nicely. It's from around 1977. 
Have a look and listen. Sing along if you want know you do!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a look around while you're here and leave a word or two before you head off to The Octopode Factory Friday Challenge #1: Alice In Wonderland! Have a fantastic weekend, and to all you fellow Canadians, HAPPY CANADA DAY!
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