Thursday, December 31, 2009

Favourites of the Year

I have been taking a little break from stamping over the holidays but today I thought I would post 10 of my favourite cards from 2009 that were made before I started my blog on September 1st. (I have two blog entries for today so keep reading after you're done this first one) It's fun to go back and look over older works and critique them and to see all the techniques I used. I've noticed that my camera skills have improved over the year, now that I have a light box and play with the settings on my camera. Enjoy the show!

I'm a leaf stamp addict, need I say more!

Love the textures and layers plus the fuzzy body is so fun!
Beautiful background colours with Distress Inks and Perfect Pearls.
A really different card for me and I love how it turned out!
A maple leaf, simple and beautiful! 

Fold-out photo card with fantastic colours!
Red, black and white are always great together and love the shine of the metal butterflies. The black mesh is window screen, this was made for a recycling challenge.
Very fun garden of Spirelli or String Art flowers!

Please keep reading, I have two entries for today. Below is my entry that shows some of my favourite cards by other stampers.

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Favourites Part 2

These are some of my favourite cards made by fellow stampers this past year. I picked cards from the Hero Arts group but it was extremely difficult as there are many in my favourites stash.

by Lin
So charming and elegant

by Silvakelly54
Fantastic design

by Shelly,
Fun pink undulating hills

by Jill
Love the colours and speckled background

by Anne
The swirling colours in this background are amazing

by Heather
Love the black with the background colours

by Tracey
Fantastic design and great mix of patterns

by Kathy
Gorgeous butterfly and love the heart trail

by Kryssi
So charming and love the real branch

by Jacqueline
Dreamy background colours

by Kathy
Love all the dots and white lines

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and have a safe and fun holiday filled with family, friends and scrumptious food! I would also like thank everyone who stops by to visit my blog and leave wonderful comments, I truly appreciate every single one. Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Giving Cards

The challenge for the next two weeks at Hero Arts is to incorporate a gift into a card or project. It can be a gift card, money, photos or a small gift. I made two cards that hold gift cards.

For this card I coloured vellum with alcohol inks and embossed the flourish design ontop with white embossing powder. I put it through the Cuttlebug and attached it to purple cardstock.

The pic for this card shows it with and without the gift card. It's for my nephew for his birthday that is coming up very soon. I tried to give it a masculine feel with the distress inks and patterns that I used.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Busy Christmas Season

I haven't had a chance to post because I've been busy with holiday things. I've been doing a little bit of baking (made Butter Tarts and Chocolate Shortbread), a little bit of shopping, a little bit of gift wrapping. But I did manage to squeeze in some time on Friday for Hero Arts Blog Hop featuring their new 2010 stamps. There's still time to check it out here. They've released a lot of new stamps and they are gorgeous! Can't wait to buy some and play!

I made a few really simple and quick holiday cards. The last ones for the season. I'm ready to move onto other holidays now.

This one was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. The snowflake was punched out of paper I had coloured with Twinkling H2O's. Just added a sentiment and an embellishment.

These tree images (Denami Designs) were embossed, one in gold one in malachite, and mounted on metal paper.

There was a bit of embossing on this one with the sentiment and cloisonne tree (Michael Strong Rubber Stamps). The tree was mounted on text paper that has the definition of Happy and Joy on it.
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Sunday, December 13, 2009


I was playing around with some Hero Arts Digital Kits and came up with this card. The leaf is from a digi kit as well as the flowers on the pink background. The sentiment was curved and stamped and the butterfly embossed and punched out.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sneak Peek #2

Another card for the Hero Arts challenge. This time I was inspired by the colours pink and brown and by the round scalloped shape.

The background is stamped with Versamark while the flowers were black embossed and coloured with Stardust pens for a little shimmer. I used a couple of border punches and some pretty ribbon I've had for awhile. Finally I added some gems and a button.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sneak Peek Week Challenge

It's Sneak Peek Week at Hero Arts. The challenge is to make a project inspired by one of the sneak peeks of the new catalog (it's coming out on Dec 18th). It can be a design, an element, a colour. My card is inspired by the colours green and turquoise which was in one of the sneak peeks. I used a fun technique which I learned from Jennifer McGuire.

I embossed the fern in white ep on white glossy cardstock and coloured over the fern and paper with alcohol inks. The inks stain the embossing but once the inks are dry, sand over the image and the colours start to come off and the white shows through. The more you sand the more white shows through. I wanted to have the image kind of mottled so I didn't sand all the way. If you run your fingers over the card you can still feel the raised fern but not as much as when originally embossed. So fun!
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Another one for SPCC

I enjoyed playing with the SPCC colours so much (see colour chart below) that I made another card, this one with some more colour to it.

I stamped the PTI butterfly with white Staz-On onto acetate, attached it to a Cuttlebug background and used a Hero Arts sentiment.

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Colour Challenge

I came across SPCC (Scrapmaster's Paradise Color Combos) through Kelly Marie's card on the Hero Arts Flickr site. I haven't done very many colour challenges and when I saw the colours for this challenge I was a bit surprised. I would never have put red and lavender together but thought I would give it a try. So glad I did because I love these shades together!

These colours made me think of love so this is the card I came up with. I did use a lot of white and red with just a hint of purple.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Blog Candy

Head on over to Jennifer Biederman's blog to win some great stamping goodies and stay awhile to look at the amazing projects that Jenn creates. She is very talented! Here is one of my recent favourites. Isn't that snowman card fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway Jenn!

Christmas Tags

This week at Hero Arts the challenge is to make a holiday tag. These stockings are a paper mosaic technique that I saw Judi Watanabe from Judikins demo. You can see step-by-step instructions here. It's a very easy project and you get to use up scraps of paper and ribbon! Yippeeee! Scraps are taking over my craft space!

The stocking has a quilted kind of look to it. The next one has an added cuff which was made from paper embossed in the Cuttlebug.

This is a super quick tag with a little stamping and punching. Very easy.

The last tag has a Cuttlebug background and a paper pieced tree over a Hero Arts stamp.

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