Monday, October 31, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Pumpkins - Take 1

Hello again and welcome back to another installment of one of my Take 3 Challenges.  This is where I use 1 stamp (or item) on 3 different cards, showcasing each on Mon, Tue, and Wed of the week. 

Today's Take 1 card is a Halloween card, of course!  Happy Halloween!! Typically I'm not a real halloween card maker but this year I did create a few (3 to be exact) using this pumpkin from Craftsmart. 

This panel started off white ... believe it or not!  Gotta love distress inks!!  And that soft ribbon is an oldie from Stampin' Up!  Loved it so much back then I bought 2 spools ... still love it and have decided I'd better start using it!!  LOL!!

Drop back in tomorrow to see a TOTALLY different card for my Take 2 card.  Can't wait till you see it!! All you clean and simple (CAS) gals out there, you are gonna loooove it!!! 

Till tomorrow,

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Play Date Cafe challenge #105 - You Did It!

Here are the yummy colours of the latest Play Date Cafe challenge #105.  I just couldn't resist

And came up with this.  I am really getting into these wide banner shaped elements on my cards these days.  You can see another one on THIS card. 

Well, I seem to be on a roll with the challenges today.  This is my third post today.  Scroll down to see my other 2 challenge cards. 


CAS-ual Fridays #26 - sketch

I am really enjoying the CAS-ual Friday challenges and today is no exception!  This week there is a great sketch to inspire us. 

And here is my card.  I have had this idea swimming around in my head for a long time.

A close up of the polka dot background.  I used clear embossing powder for a subtle effect.  My goal was the dots would mimic the holes in the cheese.  So funny!

I did take some liberties with the sketch ... arn't sketches just a guide .. to inspire!!  I know the design team did an outstanding job with this sketch but now I think I'll go see what everyone else did with it.

Thanks for dropping by.

One Layer Wednesday (OLW) 70 - Red and White

So, Susan posted the One Layer Wednesday Challenge #70  - Red and White!  It would make sense for this to be a holiday challenge but that was not required ... so I did this ...

Essentially it is a one layer card since there is no extra layer on top of the card!!  The sentiment is stamped ona  white piece of cardstock adhered to the inside of the card.  I almost stamped it in black ... which would have been a 'no no' according to the challenge!!  LOL!! 

But in my effort to use up my scraps better, I took the heart and made this card which does have black and a second layer ...

There, valentine cards completed for my boys!!  :-)

Hope you are having a good weekend!

Thursday, October 27, 2011


A quick post before I leave for work.  Made this for hubby ... only problem is that he walked in when I was colouring him and said "wow, that's cool!".  The image and designer paper are from my wonderful Secret Sister ... who is supposed to be a secret ... but I know who she is ... thanks Secret Sister - you're the best!

I don't make many Halloween cards usually but this year I've been on a bit of a roll.  Next week's Take 3 challenge are all halloween cards. 

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Foxy - Take 3

Hello and welcome to my Take 3 card using this adorable fox from Imaginisce.  I made the
 focal point of this card based on THIS card from Kristina Werner.  I'm not sure why I love
that so much but I do and had to recreate it. 

I tried to capture the circle designer paper (that I received from one of my Secret Sisters in the past, Banu) because it has soft fuzzy circles on it ... perfect for the sentiment (from Hero Arts)!

Cute!!  I love this little Foxy and I know you will see him lots in the future!! 

Well, another Take 3 Challenge success.  If you decide to try doing your own Take 3 Challenge, I'd love to see.  Just leave me a comment  so I can drop by your corner of the www!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Foxy - Take 2

Hi and welcome back.   Today I bring you Take 2 using this great Imaginisce image ... I like to call him Foxy!  This time, I colored in the image with my Copics and added a bit of designer paper and buttons. 

I adore giraffe's and foxes!  This guy is so cute with his shifty little eyes.  A bit different than my Take 1 card in that you can actually find him ... but still made using orange.  A fox has to be orange, right??!!  Well, maybe not.  To see, you will have to come back tomorrow and see my Take 3 card ... it is totally different from either of these cards.  Like usual, I've saved my favourite for last!!

See  you tomorrow.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Foxy - Take 1

Hello and welcome to yet another Take 3 Challenge!  This week I wanted to use this awesome fox stamp from Imaginisce (one of their Snag 'em Stamps).  Here is Take 1 using the stamp.  I'd love to take credit for this brilliant idea but I can't ... it belongs to Lisa Spangler as seen here on THIS post.  Brilliant, which is why I had to try it too!! 

Talk about Clean and Simple!!   LOL!! 

So make sure you drop back by tomorrow to see my Take 2 card using this cute little fox.  Similar and yet different!!


Saturday, October 22, 2011

One Layer Wednesday (OLW) # 69 - Stripes

I like to try to play along with Susan and Jen for their One Layer Wednesday challenges.  This week, even though she was sick, Jen still posted the challenge -- Stripes.  I had this going around and around in my head.

Made up using 2 great Hero Arts stamps Canvas Stripes and Everyday Sayings.  Colours and sentiment could be easily swapped out for any occassion! 

I wonder what everyone else did .... off to see....


Friday, October 21, 2011

Color Trends Challenge - Thinking of you

I have decided to try and play along with a few challenges.  I really liked the colours on this one at Embellish Magazine.  But then, when I sat down to create ... it took me forever to pull together a card!

Here is the card that I ended up with.  The colours were perfect for this scene from Stupendous. 

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Make It Monday #37 - Layered Mats and Frames

Wanted to play along with this week's Make It Monday challenge #37 - to use layered mats and frames.  Trouble is, I only own 1 Papertrey Ink die (thanks Linda, a great Secret Sister!!).  Regardless, I knew I could be creative!!

I coloured in the small bloom from In Bloom (Papertrey Ink) with a blender pen and Lavendar Moon and Pure Poppy ink.  Cut the frame with Fillable Frames #4 and then the inside with a round spellbinder nestability oval die.  I added some text inside the frame with Background Basics: Text Style (Papertrey Ink).  The sentiment is also from the Fillable Frames #4 stamp set (thanks again to a wonderful Secret Sister, Linda!!).  The background is Hero Arts Decrative Woodgrain. 

This was fun, off to link it up and see what everyone else created!!


Take 3 Challenge - Color Challenge - Take 3

And finally ... here is my Take 3 card using this demask home-made paper and this awesome color combo.

I had spent many nights dreaming of this card ... the colors, the pop of red, the stripes, the demask, the shape.  Gotta love when a card turns out close to what you originally invision!  And this is an example of how you can use partial images/sentiments.  The strawberry actually comes from a house mouse image ... my favourite ... sleeping with strawberries.  I only used one of the berries, obviously.  The sentiments are also from bigger sentiments (both from Mixed Messages).  The "you're" is from the 'you're too kind' and the "Sweet" is from the 'Sweet baby' sentiment. 

That was a FUN Take 3 Challenge.  I might have to do that again.  I know I will be using this colour combo again sometime soon!  Yummy!!

Hope you have a great rest of your week.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Color Challenge - Take 2

Welcome back!  Today I am sharing my 2nd Take on this challenge - using the same color combo and home-made demask patterned paper (trying to stay on top of my scraps since tossing everything a few weeks ago).

This card is just a mini card.  Oh how I love to create mini cards!!

 This card is fairly clean and simple.  I adore the sentiment over the light leaf image (Turning a New Leaf, Papertrey Ink). 

Now you MUST come back tomorrow, becuase like usual, I have saved the best for last!  My Take 3 card was acutally the one that started it all off .......


Monday, October 17, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Color Challenge - Take 1

Welcome to one of my Take 3 Challenges.  If you don't know about them, a number of months ago I decided to make better use of my stamps when I have them pulled out.  So instead of simply making 1 card wtih an image and then putting it away, I decided to always make 3 cards and then post them on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  I have to tell you, this has become so much fun!!  If you are intersted in seeing my other Take 3 Challenges, you can always just click on the "Take 3" keyword and it will bring up all of my previous posts.

Today's Take 3 Challenge is a bit different.  This time, I started out making 1 card but then I decided that I really liked the color combo and wanted to use up the scraps ... and, hence, a Take 3 Challenge was born.  So, this week uses the same home-made demask patterned paper (Demask Designs, Papertrey Ink) as well as the same color combo. 

Here is Take 1:

Arn't those colours gorgeous together??!!  See why I couldn't stop!  
Make sure you drop back tomorrow to see Take 2 ... it is a mini card .. oh how I love to create mini cards!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Less is More Challenge #37 - Cocktail

(Note: Today is my 3rd post ... scroll down to see my One Layer Wednesday (OLW) card
and my CAS-ual Fridays card)

Today I am really getting into some challenges.  This one is from the Less Is More blog.  I don't usually play with them but today's challenge was too good to resist!!  Challenge #37 is Cocktail.

 Inside says " would be a good time for a drink"  LOL  I can imagine this would be a great card when dear hubby arrives home saying he's been laid off ... or when your brother in law comes over to say his second wife has left him ... or when you arrive home from work and your wife says the school has called again about your son who has been suspended again ....

Off to see how everyone else interpreted "cocktails"

Thanks for dropping by!

CAS-ual Fridays #24 - No Orange Halloween

Over at CAS-ual Fridays the latest challenge is to create a Halloween card that does not have any orange in it!  Well, that isn't really so hard now .. is it??!!

Here is what I ended up with ....  I really like it ... but it kinda makes me think of batman ... no it totally makes me think of batman!!  LOL!!

The bat was cut out of Sookwang tape and then covered with black glitter ... here is a closer picture that almsot captures the sparkliness of the glitter:

If you are a regular here you know that I love to create CAS (Clean and Simple) cards.  This is the first time I've played along with a CASual Fridays challenge but I am sure to be there again!! 

Thanks for dropping by,

One Layer Wednesday (OLW) #68 - Triangles

Thanks to Susan R. for making 'triangles' the challenge for her One Layer Wednesday #68 challenge this week.  I've had this idea in my head for weeks and weeks ... and this gave me a chance to actually make it happen!!  LOL!! 

Hehe, isn't it funny!  The trees and trunks are actually shapes from the Fun With Shapes set (very old and very retired from Stampin' Up!).  I added some distressing, a few stars (Out on a Limb Additions, Papertrey Ink) and a holiday sentiment (also from PTI).  I left room on the left to address the tag to a recipient.  And check out that lace on the end .. just found it at a Dollar Store in a neighbouring town!  Love it!!!

Okay, what else can I do with triangles... going to have to give this one another go.

Oh, and here is another tag I made while I was "at it".  Sheesh, should have turned this into a Take 3 challenge... LOL!!

Thanks for dropping by.

Friday, October 14, 2011

October Swap - Farm Fun

Here is the card I created with this great image I received from Vickie.  She wanted us to watercolour the image.  I did with a combo of my watercolor pencil crayons and watercolor crayons. 

My favourite part ... the hen!!  LOL!!!  and the apples, pumpkins, and sunflowers were fun too ... but
I love that little white hen!!

Thanks for stopping by to check  things out! 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hello Pink Butterfly

Hi everyone!  Just thought I'd pop in and share this card I made a while ago!  I used one of my home-made templates to create a "half and half" die like the ones that Papertrey Ink are selling (and I do not own!). 

I saw on someone's blog they were proving that you don't have to 'own it all' to create beautiful cards! 
Here is proof!!

Thanks for dropping by. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Thankful Wheat - Take 3

And finally, here is my Take 3 card using this wheat stamp (First Fruits, Papertrey Ink)

This one ended up being my favorite.  I really like this layout ... with the sentiment seperating the bottom image from the rest!!

Very Clean and Simple and uses 'inchies' which I love.

Well, that is it for another Take 3 Challenge.  I have some AWESOME cards for my Take 3 Challenge next week so make sure you come back on Monday!!  See you then.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Thankful Wheat - Take 2

Welcome back to my Take 3 Challenge.  Here is my Take 2 using this wheat image
from First Fruits (Papertrey Ink)

Decided to try adding some patterned paper (from my wonderful Secret Sister!!).  I also wanted to try this layout ... not sure I am totally in love with this card ... mmmmm

Okay, a better card tomorrow .... very cas and a great new layout!!


Monday, October 10, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - Thankful Wheat - Take 1

Welcome to this week's Take 3 Challenge.  Since today is Thanksgiving in Canada, I wanted to create a thankful card.  So, I pulled out my First Fruits stamp set (Papertrey Ink) and got busy with this awesome bushel of wheat. 

A very Clean and Simple card to say how thankful I am for you ... my visitors who visit me and encourage me here on my little corner of the www !!! 

See you tomorrow for my second take....

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Make It Monday - Trigger Tuesday - One Layer Wednesday

Hi Everyone. 

I wanted to play around with some challenges tonight and ... believe it or not ... I actually combined a few.  I usually am amazed at folks who do this but tonight the 3 challenges just kinda fell together.

First off, this delicious looking image, from Moxie Fab World's Trigger Tuesday, got my taste buds flowing.   Then, I was inspired by Nichole Heady's Make It Monday #35 to create some home-made washi tape.  This is a BRILLIANT idea ... I just cannot afford those yummy tapes (only own 1 roll at this point) so making my own is a great option.  And finally, the One Layer Wednesday #67 was to make a Thinking of You card and donate to a cause of their choice.

So the colours and the stripes come from the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger picture.  Yummy!  The strips are some home-made washi tape using Polka Dot Basics II and Background Basics: Stars (both Papertrey Ink).  The apple is from Teacher's Apple (Papertrey Ink).  The sentiment .. making it a "thinking of you" card ... is from Around and About Sentiments (also Papertrey Ink) which I love because you can create small sentiments.   I know the apple is popped up ... which means it is not "technically" a One Layer Card ... but it is close ... certainly close enough for me!!

Off to camp this weekend!  The last outting of the season.  The van will go away until next spring. 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Forever and Always

Here is a card that could be a wedding card or an anniversary card. 
It is a combination of a rich purple and a soft grey. 
The bottom panel is a piece of purple cardstock with lines made by
 using my Versamark pencil.

Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - A Dog and His Boy - Take 3

Okay, so here is my Take 3 using the October Afternoon set Kite Tales.  Except this time it might need to be called a Dog without his boy.  LOL

I used my mirror image stamp to make a few dogs facing the other way.  Then I could set them around with that adorable sad face, looking like they will miss their friend!!

Wow, that was a fun card to create!

Well, that is it for this week's Take 3 Challenge.  What a fun stamp set to play with!!
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - A Dog and His Boy - Take 2

Here is my second card using this cute little dog and boy image from October Afternoon's Kite Tales stamp set.  It all started with those clouds .. they are rub ons (from Studio Calico) that I got at 75% off at my local scrapbook store.  Love them!!

I adore this cute little scene.  Today, the boy is coloured with Copics while yesterday's
card was paper pierced.
Okay, one more card ... my Take 3 using this little stamp set will be here tomorrow.  It is a very
different take from these last 2 cards.....

See you tomorrow!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Take 3 Challenge - A Dog and His Boy - Take 1

Yup, this week I'm going cute and masculine!!  Here is my Take 1 card using these images from October Afternoon called Kite Tales.

No buttons, no ribbon, no pretty things = masculine card.  A very CAS card as well.

Stay tuned because my Take 2 card will be here tomorrow. Still masculine but done in a different way.