Thursday, 24 November 2011

I'm a cover girl!

...okay, so not in the 'model' sense!  (That would never happen, lol!)  But I am pleased as punch that one of my cards is on the cover of the latest issue (99) of Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine.  My card is the traditional red and green Poinsettia card, and you can also see piccies of the matching bag and box I made in the bottom RH corner of the cover.  My wonderful crafty friend, Jo Nevill, has been a designer for CMAP for a long time now and one of her gorgeous projects is also featured on the front cover - she has done a tutorial to make the most stunning Christmas table decorations and you can see a peek in the bottom LH corner of the cover:


I was commissioned to make 2 cards, a bag and a box for the Quickmakes feature of the magazine which you can find on page 35.  Here's a shot of my ugly mug, lol!  I straightened my hair the day thet piccie was taken.


And finally a piccie of the 2-page spread on pages 36 and 37. The magazine did an amazing job of staging and photographing the cards, box and bag:


As you can see, I used some fabulous Whimsy Stamps rubber stamps for my creations and paired them with some gorgeous Authentique 12x12 Wonder paper.  I used red gingham ribbon, kraft cardstock and Vintage Photo ink to give the projects a warm, traditional feel.

Here is the list of the stamps I used:

Sweet Treats bag - Whimsy Stamps Vintage Christmas (large candy canes & "to and from" sentiment)
Winter Bloom card - Whimsy Stamps Vintage Christmas (large poinsettia)
Vintage Tree card - Whimsy Stamps Christmas Tree in Words

You can buy the stamps direct from the Whimsy Stamps store or from the lovely Elaine at Quixotic Paperie if you live in the UK/Europe.

Thank you for popping by and sharing in my excitement of being published!  I know this is not a new thing for many of you, but it is huge honour for me and I am thrilled! :)

Hugs,

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

SCRSC68: Team Josh vs. Team Oliver


Happy Tuesday everyone!

Today I have my Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps challenge 68 card to share with you.  Our current challenge is "Team Oliver" vs. "Team Josh". With Breaking Dawn out in theatres now, we thought we'd do our own spin on "Team Edward" vs. "Team Jacob"! If you aren't familiar with this, no worries - just use either an Oliver or a Josh image on your card or project! You have until Sunday 27/11/11 @ 9 PM PST to play along.


I'm still on a Christmas card run at the moment and so I chose to ink up Elf Oliver.  I paired him with some fabulous Echo Park paper and followed Jen's November Sketch for You To Try:




Our challenge is open to all players. Each challenge a random winner will be chosen, and challenge 68's winner will receive their choice of either Football Josh or Backpack OliverIn order to qualify for a prize, you must use a Sparkle Creations image on your creation.

Do visit the rest of the DT to see their beautiful challenge creations:


Thanks for stopping by today and hope you have a fabulous Tuesday!

Hugs,

Monday, 21 November 2011

Whimsy Stamps November Release Showcase - Day 5


Hi again and welcome to Day 5 of the Whimsy Stamps November Rubber Die Release Showcase!

On Wednesday (16 November) Whimsy Stamps released this month's rubber designs and new shapeology dies. From then until 23 November the Whimsy Stamps DT and Special Guests are showcasing these fabulous new stamps and dies with a daily mini blog hop and I am part of today's hop!

Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw.

To be entered into today's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts listed below by 12.00PM EST tomorrow. All winners will be announced here on the Whimsy Inspirations blog after 12.00PM EST on 23 November.

To take a peek at today's fabulous new release creations, please click on the links below...

Beate Johns {Special Guest}
Deb Routledge {Special Guest}
Debbie Eastman
Ellie Stover
Erin Bailey
Jacque Beddingfield {Special Guest}
YOU ARE HERE ---> Simonne Clay <--- YOU ARE HERE
Stephanne Maraver
Sylvia Blum

For today's new release creation I have used the stunning Raindrop Echo Designs Sleigh Ride stamp set. I adore Ann's vintage sets - they are so beautiful. The "Winter Wonderland" sentiment comes from the Sleigh Ride stamp set, but the stamped border is from the Raindrop Echo Designs Winter Notables 1 stamp set. I simply stamped the sentiment onto kraft card, used my stamp positioner to stamp the border in the perfect position, and finally I carefully cut out the shape with scissors (...because silly old me didn't buy the Whimsy Shapeology Notables 1 die - duh!).  I used my Whimsy Shapeology Elegant Notables 1 die with brown card to cut out the stunning flourish shape then glued my kraft sentiment on top. 


I designed this card so that I could mass produce it using just one piece of patterned paper each time.  My idea is to simply switch out the patterned paper for another but keep everything else the same! Next time I make this card I think I will be brave and use some green and brown markers to highlight a few bits of the image, but to date I have been too scared to colour on kraft with my Copics, lol!  Here is a list of supplies I used ...

Supplies
Dark brown and kraft cardstock
Tim Holtz Distress ink pad - Vintage Photo
Brown ribbon, 4mm brown flatback pearls

Remember that the entire new release is available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Oh, and don't forget to leave a comment *wink*!

Hugs,

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Whimsy Stamps November Release: Showcase Day 4

Hi everyone and welcome to Day 4 of the Whimsy Stamps November Rubber and Die Release Showcase!

On Wednesday (16 November) Whimsy Stamps released this month's rubber designs and new shapeology dies. From then until 23 November the Whimsy Stamps DT and Special Guests are showcasing these fabulous new stamps and dies with a daily mini blog hop, and I am part of today's hop!

Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw.

To be entered into today's mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT's posts listed below by 12.00PM EST tomorrow. All winners will be announced on the Whimsy Inspirations blog after 12.00PM EST on 23 November.

To take a peek at today's fabulous new release creations, please click on the links below...


For today's creation, I chose to ink up the adorable Wee Stamps for Whimsy Stamps - Wee Florist - isn't she pretty?   I actually messed up the colouring of the parting of her hair (I seem to be having problems with my Copic E50s at the moment - they are turning orange if I colour more than one layer with them?). As I'd coloured everything else, even the background, I didn't want to start over, so I added a rose to cover up my mistake!



I also used my gorgeous Shapeology Double Scallop Tag Die and kraft card to create a sentiment tag that slots behind the main image. I used Vintage Photo ink to stamp the sentiment that reads "You bring sunshine to my life" which is from the stunning Raindrop Echo Designs Vintage Seed Packets stamp set (FYI: the stamps in this stamp set would go perfectly with the Wee Florist image!)

Supplies
Copics
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Tim Holtz Distress ink pads - Vintage Photo (sentiment) and Antique Linen (edges)
Basic Grey 6x6 paper pad - Picadilly (a gift from a friend - thank you SO much sweetie!)
Kraft and white cardstock
Cotton Lace (from Sarahs Cards Ltd)
Ribbon from stash
Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts


Remember that the entire new release is available to buy right now from the Whimsy Stamps store along with all your Whimsy favourites.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check the Whimsy Inspirations blog tomorrow for more new release creations!

Hugs,

Saturday, 12 November 2011

SCRS Preview & Release: Snow Angel Ruby

Hi everyone! Today is the final day of our Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps November release sneak peeks and also it's RELEASE DAY!

Today we are showcasing the beautiful Snow Angel Ruby. All new release stamps are available to buy RIGHT NOW from the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps Store! Yippee!


Sorry for the poot photo - this is so much more sparkly IRL.  The snowflakes are punched/die cut from glittered card and I have used the very fine SU glitter all around Ruby. Hopefully the light will be better later today/tomorrow and I will be able to update the photo complete with glitter that sparkles, lol! :)

Supplies
SCRS Snow Angel Ruby rubber stamp
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
Copics
Coredinations 12x12 Colorcore cardstock
Echo Park 'Wintertime' 12x12 papers: WT7002 Flurry (reverse) and WT7003 Snow
15mm Double-faced Scarlet Berry satin ribbon (from Sew Sweet)

38mm White Eleganza Web Ribbon
Martha Stewart punches: Arctic Snowflake

Spellbinders: Snowflakes Dies and Labels 22
White & Pale Blue glittered card
4mm red flatback pearls
YNS Glittered Skittles
SU Glitter

Be sure to visit all the rest of the SCRS designers for more peeks of Snow Angel Lucy. Sparkle will be giving away Snow Angel Lucy to one lucky person! For a chance to WIN, you need to visit and comment on all of the designer's Snow Angel Lucy blog posts (links listed below), then head on over to the SCRS blog and comment on the Snow Angel Lucy post there. You have until midnight EST tonight to comment.


Thanks for popping by! I hope you've enjoyed our new release!

Hugs,

Thursday, 10 November 2011

SCRS Preview: Snowbunny Lucy

Hi everyone! Today is the first day of our Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps November release sneak peeks!

Today we are showcasing the adorable Snowbunny Lucy who comes with a darling sentiment stamp. All new release stamps will be available to buy from the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps Store on Saturday (12 November)!

I decided to pair Lucy with some fun papers from my Echo Park Holly Jolly 12x12 Collection Kit (I love EP collection kits!!).  This is such a fab kit, and the best bit is it's currently 10% off at only £12.59 from My Mum's Craft Shop (NB ALL EP 12x12 Collection kits at MMSC are 10% off at the moment - yippee!).




Be sure to visit all the rest of the SCRS designers for more peeks of Snowbunny Lucy. Sparkle will be giving away Snowbunny Lucy to one lucky person! For a chance to WIN you need to visit and comment on all of the designer's Snowbunny Lucy blog posts (links listed below) then head on over to the SCRS blog and comment on the Snowbunny Lucy post there. You have until midnight EST tonight to comment.


Thanks for popping by and see you again on Saturday for release day - yay!

Hugs,

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

SCRSC67: White on White

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Today I have my Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps challenge 67 card to share with you.

Before I get to my challenge card, I would like to remind you that from this month (November) we have switched to bi-weekly challenges - this means a new SCRS challenge will be posted every 2 weeks.  Also, the SCRS team has been split into 2 groups - Team A will post their projects on the same day the challenge goes live and Team B will post their projects one week later.  I am in Team B and so even though challenge 67 has been running for a week, it's now time for me to share my challenge creation with you!

Sparkle is sponsoring this week's Party Time Tuesday challenge #41 which is "bling" so I added some pearls to this week's card.

For my "White on White" creation I chose to ink up Relaxing Charlotte:


Remember that My Mum's Craft Shop is now an official UK/European stockist of Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps! So if you're in the UK/Europe, you can buy Relaxing Charlotte right HERE at the MMSC store.

Our challenge is open to all players. A random winner will be chosen to win a fabulous SCRS rubber stamp, and our prize for challenge 67 is the adorable Farming Oliver. In order to qualify for a prize, you must use a Sparkle Creations image on your creation.

Do visit the rest of the DT to see their beautiful challenge creations:


Thanks for stopping by today and hope you have a fabulous Tuesday!

Hugs,