Sunday, October 31, 2010

scary siblings + OTWC #31


Aren't they so stinkin' cute?!? This is the final Hallowe'en card I made for my niece and nephews. They totally remind me of the boys. When they aren't fighting that is. The youngest loves to tag along with his older brother. And he'll swear up and down that he's not scared of something. But, we all know he is. We just let the little guy keep his game face on. LOL

The paper is from the Toil & Trouble collection by girls' paperie and the digital stamp is from Pink Cat Studios. I can't take credit for this in it's entirety as the road was CASE'd from a sample card on the Pink Cat website. The tension on my sewing machine was a little off (okay, a lot), so please forgive the wonky stitches. I think that this card is gonna be the hardest one to give away.

Happy Hallowe'en, boys and ghouls!!

Paper - midnight flight (tgp), true black & SS white
Stamps - scary siblings (PCS), tt: hallowe'en
Ink - tuxedo black
Other - copics, modern label punch

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

scaredy cat

I can't believe how much fun I'm having with my Copics. This is another fabby digi stamp from Pink Cat Studios. I don't usually get into the Hallowe'en cards but this year I decided to do some for my niece and nephews.

The real inspiration for the card making blitz were these gorgeous prints from Echo Park Paper Co. I went into my LSS for Christmas paper and came out with several 12 x 12's from their Happy Hallowe'en collection. Aren't they fun? And the best part? The reverse side of most prints are usable all year long. So, they are a really good investment. Right? Enabling is good. LOL

Paper: green (SU), spooky dots (echo park)
Stamps: Tiny Treats: Hallowe'en (PTI), cat (PCS)
Ink: desert sand, potter's clay, rich cocoa (Memento)
Other: modern label punch (SU), Copics, brad, sponge dauber, ribbon

Monday, October 25, 2010

PTI October Hop

It's been a while since I've hopped with my PTI forum friends, and I'm glad to be back this month. The challenge for October was to create a card that celebrates an upcoming winter holiday, not including Christmas.

For me, this was a challenge as I have few Christmas stamps and even fewer (okay, no) stamps for any other winter holiday. But, I took the challenge as an opportunity to try out my new Copics on a Pink Cat Studios digital image from their Hanukkah collection.

I've learned a couple of valuable lessons. First of all, I totally understand why people love PTI's Stamper's Select White and why they have SO MANY COPICS. It's really hard to blend, when you don't have the right shades. I also realized that I need to practise. A LOT! LOL Hopefully, my next attempts at Copic-ing will go better. I don't think it could go any worse.

Thanks for taking time to visit my little stop on the hop. And if you like what you see, feel free to follow my blog. I've got a few more Copic-coloured surprises in store that look WAAAAAY better than this.

Cardstock - Stamper's Select (PTI), blue (Bazzill),
Patterned Paper - Winter Wonderful (Best Creation Inc)
Stamps - Star of David bird (PCS)
Other - ribbon, Copics, Labels 14

Friday, October 22, 2010

A PTI Christmas

Just a quickie post of some more Christmas cheer. Even though Hallowe'en is just around the corner, I'm having so much fun using the gorgeous prints from Papertrey Ink's Holiday Vintage Prints paper pad.

I'm trying to wait patiently for my October release goodies to arrive. As much as I love this tree, it would be nice to have a few more Christmas sets to choose from. Although, I am kicking myself for forgetting to add Signature Christmas to my last cart. Oh well. Now I've got a reason to order in November.

Have a great day!!

Details:Paper: solar white (Neenah), pure poppy, lemon tart
Stamps: tree trimming trio (PTI), dove & sentiment (Recollections), teeny tiny wishes (su)
Ink: metallic gold, tuxedo black, bamboo leaves
Tools: tree die, XL ric rac die, label punch (su), 1/2" circle punch (EK)
Other: gold & red embossing powders, buttons, ribbon

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Christmas Pt. 1

Today's card is doing double duty. Since I'm putting together cards for an upcoming fundraiser and spending all of my "free" time making Christmas cards, my time to play along with challenges is seriously limited. But, lucky for me, the set I inked up for this past weekend's card-making blitz, just so happens to be a choice for BethieJ's challenge of the week. The flourish tree in Tree Trimming Trio is absolutely stunning when cut out using the handy-dandy die released last month.

I am absolutely loving the new papers from echo park paper co. at my LSS. This background is from their Merry Christmas collection. Now if only PTI would put out a good music background building set, I'd be on cloud nine.

Thanks for taking the time to swing by for a visit! And drop by any time. I love having company.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Vintage Picnic revisited

The second stamp for Bethie's challenge this week was a personal favorite of mine, Vintage Picnic. This card was done a few months ago for a Paper Crafts mag fall call, but wasn't picked up. Nevertheless, I love the fall colours in it and thought it deserved it's 15 seconds of fame. Hope you like it as much as I do.

Thanks for dropping by. And if you like what you see, feel free to follow me. I've got lots of great Christmas cards to share with you over the next few weeks! Not to mention, I don't always remember to post updates in the PTI forum.

Paper - white (Neenah), rust & dark grey (Bazzill), print (SU)
Stamps - Vintage Picnic (PTI), Forever in Our Hearts (Verve)
Colouring Mediums - all inks (Memento), PrismaColor pencils
Other - circle punch (EK), ribbon & button (from my stash), floss (DMC)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Spooky Thanks

Well, between getting Christmas cards ready for an upcoming fundraiser and life in general, I did find time to break out one of my newest (okay, my only) Hallowe'en set for Bethie's stamp challenge. Thank heavens for long weekends.

Each week over on the Papertrey Forum, we're given a choice of three PTI stamp sets to get the mojo flowing. Since my last PTI order included Hocus Pocus paper, I naturally chose Tiny Treats: Hallowe'en .

I realized after the fact that I forgot to colour Frankenstein, so I added a bit of green for hair and a sickly beige for the skin before Frankie went postal.

The inside and envie got almost as much love and attention as the outside.

I can't wait to see which sets are chosen for next week's challenge. Sketch challenges are great, but having to work from a short list of stamps was awesome. The focus really helped. Thanks for the inspiration & motivation.

Have a spooktacular day friends!!

Stamps: Tiny Treats: Hallowe'en, All Booked Up (PTI)
Paper: true black & Hocus Pocus (PTI), white (Neenah)
Inks: tuxedo black & tangelo (Memento), fresh snow (PTI)
Other: Mat Stack 3, Corner Chomper, ribbon (Offray)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Give Thanks ...

This started out as my card for last month's Petite Challenge. But, when I finally found a sentiment that didn't cover up too much of the background, I realized that my card was better suited for the holiday. So, Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends! This one's for you! Enjoy your time with family and friends.

Paper - white (Neenah), terracotta tile (PTI), certainly celery (SU)
Stamps - French Foliage (SU), Verse (Verve)
Ink - all Memento
Other - Labels 14 (Nesties), Corner Chomper, ribbon (unknown)