Monday, May 30, 2011

Bowtie At The Cabaret


Does anybody else think that "Bowtie" screams Cabaret or Burlesque? Maybe it's because we just watched Burlesque on the weekend, (loved it BTW!), but when I was trying to decide what theme to do for this challenge, I immediately thought of Cabaret when I saw him. I had to find a bowler hat for him to wear to complete the look! 

For those of you who are not familiar with Bowtie, you can purchase him in rubber at Stampotique Originals.  They also sell other stamps like him by artists Jill Penney & Daniel Torrente as well as other fab rubber.  I want them all!

Anyway, here's the techno babble:

I sprayed various colours of Glimmer Mists and Smooch Spritz on a piece of acetate and then dried with heat tool. Attached to white cardstock, then to black cardstock. Added Cuttlebug Die Corners using black cardstock. Lyrics from computer using Jazz font. Added a ticket from Tim Holtz Lost & Found Paper Stash. Coloured his jacket, pants and bowtie with Spica Glitter Markers. Added some black pearls for buttons and his bow. 

Isn't he handsome? Go have a look at the other entries in the Stampotique Designers Challenge: Acetate, Stampotique Stamps Only.

But first.....You know how I like to have the perfect video to go with my posts, so I will not disappoint! Sing along if you want! You know you want to.....




Thanks for stopping by! Stay as long as you want and feel free to look around! Leave a word or two before you go...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fears, Dreams, Wishes


Fears & Dreams


Wishes Are The Magic
This is a card and tag I made at the Crop For Cancer event I attended in March. The lovely lady is from my favourite site, The Graphics Fairy. Lots of free vintage graphics. Check it out if you haven't already. The left side was blank, which was perfect for a stamp. I just bought this stamp and I thought it went perfect, as it looks like she is deciding whether or not to go if her dreams and fears were in the same place. Great sentiment! It's a Tim Holtz stamp. The background paper is from Basic Grey, the Curio collection (Needle Lace). Crochet lace from Dollar Store, buttons and pearls added with photo corners.

The tag has a watercolour background, using Distress Inks Victorian Velvet, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade. Same colours used on the torn tag with TH sentiment, which is from the Good Thoughts collection. Checkerboard stamp is TH from the Ultimate Grunge collection. Key from Dollar Store, butterfly stamped, coloured, then popped with foam square.

Since we're talking about dreams, here's a video from 1977 of Fleetwood Mac singing their classic song, "Dreams". I was fortunate to see them in concert in 1977 in Toronto. Have a listen and sing along. You know you want to....




The weekend is almost here! Have a good one! For those of you in the US, have a great long weekend! TFL!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Grungy Monday 07: Distress Ink Color Blocking

Thinking Of You 
This tag/card (I attached the tag to a card), is for Auntie Rose, who is under the weather. She lives in Ontario. The Distress Inks used are: Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Fired Brick and Victorian Velvet. The large butterfly is from Close To My Heart, Find Your Style set, smaller butterfly and sentiment unknown. Flourish is fromTH Flights of Fancy set. Flower is from Michael's $1.50 bin, which started out white. I sprayed a little Glacier Glimmer Mist after I did the colour blocking and stamped a splatter stamp with Vintage Photo, here and there. Great technique! Will be using this one again for sure! Entered this in the Grungy Monday Distress Ink Color Blocking Challenge 


Here's a look at Mr. Holtz in action:

Have a great long weekend and TFL!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

SDC - Recycle - Coffee Sleeve Mini-Album

I entered this mini-album made of coffee sleeves in the  Stampotique Designers Challenge - Recycle that local gal Val is hosting. I attended a coffee sleeve mini-album class at Photo Memories this past Friday, taught by the fabulous mini-albums guru, Sue! The coffee sleeves are covered with paper of your choice,  and sealed on the bottom with really good sticky tape, leaving the top open to put more photos and memorabilia. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube.

I decided to do a mini concert album using leftover ticket stubs (saved Mike's ticket stubs too!), and add some photos. I already have two 12x12 scrapbook albums of concerts from 1975 to the present, but thought I would make this little "coffee table" album, with 5 concerts we attended. Really glad I saved my ticket stubs! Great memories! Make sure you see the back cover!


Check out the "Volume" button. It's in a bottle cap, with TH circle fragment on top of it.  It's part of the Inkadinkado Music Inchies set. The ticket is TH Odds & Ends set. Zutter Bind-It-All was used to join pages together (Got to get me one! Love this little pink toy! Mike, if you're reading this...). Photo Memories in Halifax carries Bind-It-All and all the accessories. 

Love Chris Isaak! I never thought he would ever come to Halifax! Had second row seats!

As you can see, I collected Beatles Trading Cards. Although in my day we called them Bubble Gum Cards! Yuck! That gum was horrible! Tasted like cardboard. Never did get a complete set.

Included here, is the Toronto Star concert review. Mike surprised me last Christmas (2009) with tickets to see Bon Jovi in Toronto. He was amused at all the middle aged women and their teenage daughters at the concert! Kid Rock opened. He was great too. Fabulous trip! We lived in Toronto for 14 years. I hadn't been back since '92, so it was great to tour around our old neighbourhood and play tourist! Mike has been back on business trips since we moved to Halifax in '90. We meet in a bar (where else!) in Toronto in '79. Love TO! Had a great visit with family and friends. 

Just like seeing the "real thing"! They were awesome!

It's Twinkie! He's with the band!
Poor Twinkie! I had to stamp him, then scan him in to the computer so I could shrink him to fit the back of the album!



Here's a reminder of what a coffee sleeve looks like. Great little project. Start savin' up those sleeves. Possibilities are endless!




One of my all-time favourite Beatles song. Here's some trivia on the song Get Back. Paul sang it in his encore set, when he played in Halifax July 11, 2009.  Day before my birthday! Awesome birthday present! Have a look and listen.
Sing along if you want to! You know you want to!

Spicy Supply Challenge - Twine


One of the cards I made at a Crop for Cancer Saturday, here in Halifax. It was an all day crop ;  9am to 11:30pm. Didn't quite make it to 11:30! I arrived at 9am, and ended up leaving around 8:30. Great fun. Crop 'til you drop! Thanks to Karen and her crew.

I did the watercolour background technique, using Distress Inks. Used TH new Visual Artistry set, Seamless Experience, TH Good Thoughts sentiment, Stampin' Up! dresses stamp, TH Idea-ology Hanger, and Philosophy Tag, "Simplify 7526". The 2 large buttons on the bottom are actually stickers from TH Salvage Stickers: Crowded Attic. The belt around her dress is twine. Check out the other entries at the Gingersnap Creations twine challenge.

I was selected as one of ten Ginger Gems for this challenge! I am honoured! Go see GC102 Twine Challenge

Here's a video showing how to make your own dress form:


Have a great week, and thanks for looking!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Calliope The Mermaid

This beautiful mermaid card was not done by me. It was done by Grace, a co-worker. She made it for Catherine who turned 12 years old. The stamps are Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, (a Canadian Company, I might add! Yeahhh!). Her name is Calliope, and she comes with her friend the octopus. Grace used Distress Inks, Broken China, Peeled Paint & Faded Jeans for the watercolour background. She paper pieced Calliope and the octopus, then popped them up with foam dots. Dew Drops were placed on top of the bubbles to give them a 3D look. Copics and coloured pencils were also used.

Here's a closer look:
Awesome card, Grace! Thanks for letting me post this!

Ok, time for a sing-along! Go ahead! You know you want to!!

I heard you! Not bad! Not bad at all! Thanks for looking! 
Leave a word or two before you go!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

I Won!

I am so excited!! I won a giveaway!  The giveaway was on The Blog Guidebook. Look at what I won:
The prize contains Clear Art Stamps, Vintage Creative Cuts and Girlfriends Journal Note Pad from Crafty Secrets. Awesome site. Love their stamps and vintage products. I can hardly wait to play with them! If you haven't been, check out The Blog Guidebook. Great ideas and "stuff" for bloggers.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sharp Dressed Men

My second tag! Entered this in the Sunday Stampers - Week 152 - Sharp Dressed Man challenge. Used my new Tim Holtz stamps, Steampunk. Watercolour background technique using Distress Inks: Bundled Sage, Vintage Photo (my fav!), Wild Honey, Broken China. Also used some Glimmer Mist: Bell Bottom Jeans and Tattered Leather. All hardware except eyelet and metal square are TH. Really like the TH tissue tape  The large gear stamp and key are from Inkadinkado Steampunk stamp set.


Here is a closer look:

You can see them popped up here:

Thanks for looking! Love to hear from you!

SDC29: Sketch Challenge

Do I LOOK like a freakin' people person#$!
Here's Spykee from Stampotique Originals. I entered her in a challenge over at Stampotique Designers Challenge. The "rules" are you have to use Stampotique stamps only and  this sketch:



I don't have very many of their stamps. I plan on getting more. The sentiment stamp is also from Stampotique. The paper is Tim Holtz Idea-ology Lost and Found Paper Stash. I paper pieced Spykee, used Spica glitter pens on her, coloured pencils (flesh, blush). Added some bling and photo corners. Love the humour in this! 


Have a great day, and leave me a word or two!
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