Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Brand New Company On The Horizon

Nikki Fairbairn and Lacey Stephens have joined forces from across the Atlantic Ocean to create their own Stamp Company called Wags ‘n Whiskers Rubber Stamps!! The images are based on their wonderful children and furry pets! The images are brought to life by the super talented Crissy Armstrong!! YAY!!!

Nikki, Crissy, and Lacey all met while on the Design Team for High Hopes Rubber Stamps. Which is one of my favorite stamp companies. I just got a whole load of new rubber from them so stay tuned as you will be seeing a lot of High Hopes stuff for a while to come as I have a lot of stamps to christen. When Crissy stepped down as their illustrator this summer, Nikki and Lacey couldn't let her slip away!! And so Wags ‘n Whiskers Rubber Stamps was born. The stamps are going to be for sale in their own online stores.

Sneak Peaks will start popping up on their design members blogs as well as the Wags'n Whiskers blog as of October 7th. The big release is scheduled for October 9th. They have a lot planned to celebrate this awesome occasion including a blog hop.

In addition to this they are looking for guest diva's. All details are on the new blog so head on over there and check it out. QUICK!!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Jessica Lynn Original

I would like to introduce you to Brentwood. He's a cute little owl that loves to dress up. I'm sure a few of you may have seen him before on other blogs. I found him via one of my followers. He was just sooo cute I had to go check out the online store . I recently bought my first stamps and a digi download from this wonderful company and am very excited to have finally inked up my first stamp and made a card.

The blog that accompanies the store has started doing a sketch challenge and I decided to play along for this card. This card is for Challenge #3. You have until Wednesday Sept 30th to play. You can use any stamp you like it doesn't have to be a JLO stamp. But you get extra credit if you do ;-)

Cardstock is not quite navy and real red. The DP is S.E.I and is called En Route. As well as Brentwood I used my unmounted SU tire print wheel. The sentiment is from TAC and is embossed. Thanks for looking.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Oh, Christmas Tree

I'm playing catch-up on the Christmas Challenges over on Tracy's blog again. This is for last month. With our big trip to the UK I missed the deadline for this one but I still want to get my Christmas cards made in advance this year so I did the challenge anyways.

The challenge was to make Designer Paper our main image and to make 5 the same. I saw my friend Maria make the coolest tree shaped card a short while ago and was inspired by it. I chose not to make the card in the shape of the tree but to place it on a card instead.

Cardstock is night of navy which I stamped with snowflakes and a red from archivers for the pot which I put through my crinkler. The shiny green 2-sided DP was by reminisce. Red star buttons and some metalic decor from hero arts pulled the card together. Thanks for dropping by.


Monday, September 21, 2009

Megan's Thankyou Cards

These were super quick to make. Megan wanted to help so she got to pick which princess would be our theme. I then stamped her out a bunch of them so she could color them in. I made them more of a postcard than a card to save on cardstock. Martha Stewart punched the edges of the yellow and stuck it all together. I also printed off labels for the back so all she had to write was who, what and her name. She was very excited when they were finished. I have never seen her write thank you cards so fast.

Oh and I almost forgot to show you what else we did the other day. Megan had to make a this is me poster for school. They were supposed to make it into a shape and she chose a shoe. This is how it turned out. Lots of jewels and sparkles to show off Megan's character and help her teacher learn all about her.

Thanks for looking


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Flight Of Fancy

Been busy in the garage lately. Trying to sort out all the boxes of stuff we have accumilated. Making good progress. Have been to Goodwill twice in the last 2 days so getting there slowly. obviously no crafting as I have been too tired by the end of the day. Fear not though as I did manage to make something over the weekend, for a swap over on Joani's group.

I found the most beautiful stamp set I have ever seen. I love it. It's called Mindscapes and it's a clear stamp set by Inkadinkadoo. There are hidden images inside each of the images. The one I chose for this card is the butterfly. If you look closely you can see Fairies, flowers and toadstools. Isn't that cool.

I used Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze for my colors. I used a new Martha Stewart punch along the edges. I distressed the edges of the blue and the vanilla. With a brown flower and a blue button. My DP is actually another image from the set. I stamped it all over a piece of Baja Breeze in Chocolate Chip. Can you see the butterflies in the flower. Did I mention I love this set? I took a picture to show you the other images.

Thanks for looking


Friday, September 11, 2009

Sewing Project #2 (Purse)

It was my friend Lucy's Birthday this week. Tuesday in fact so I have no cards to show you as I have been busy with a surprise for her. She makes the most beautiful things over on her blog and I wanted to show her that I do more with my sewing machine than just have it around gathering dust.

This idea came to me when my son wore through the knees of his jeans. I cut off the legs to make them into shorts. I am one of those people that cannot throw away anything and I had an idea pop into my head as to what I could co with the left over legs, hole in the knee and all.

First thing I did was sew the bottom closed. I folded over the top so that the inside part where the hole was is on the outside. I had picked up a fabric quart from Jo-Ann's in Lucy's favorite color (purple). I measured and cut how much I would need for lining the purse and cut the rest into strips leaving just enough for a pocket on the front. I sewed the strips together into a long length and then folded it so the inside was on the outside and sewed it along the length. Once I had turned it right side out I had my strap which I then attached to my bag.

The pocket on the front was next, then the lining. The lining was not co-operating with me when I tryed to attach it with my sewing machine so I sat down and watched some TV while hand sewing it into the pouch. I bought a magnetic snap to hold the bag closed. That and the stitches for the handles are all hidden under the fold over at the top. I got Megan to pose with it for me and she liked it so much I now have to make her one only in pink.

I finally found some mojo and made a card today so will post that soon. Hopefully my mojo will hang around for a while as I have a lot to catch up on. BTW I was grinning from ear to ear when Lucy told me how much she liked it. I'm so glad it turned out so well. Thanks for looking.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sarah's Cards Part 2

Here are the rest of the cards from my friend Sarah's card class. I have been working on some sewing so no other cards to show you yet and my sewing project has to stay a secret till my friend Lucy gets it in the mail. That reminds me I have to go to the post office to mail it. In the meantime here for you viewing pleasure are the cards I made with Sarah's second kit.

Card One

Card Two

Card Three

Card Four

I hope these give you lots of inspiration. As before Splitcoast was probably a source and therefore worth a look too... the gallery is awesome for ideas when you have a lull in mojo.

Thanks for looking


Thursday, September 3, 2009

New Home Congratulations

Gosh I'm a bad blogger lately. Sorry about that. Just can't seem to get back in the swing of things since being back. I did set myself a task at the weekend and got it finished too so here is what I have been working on. It is a New Home card for our friends Chase and Amy. They just bought their first home so it's very exciting.

The image is made up of numerous stamps from a Stampendous set I bought before we went away. These fish are so cute I could not resist them. I then water colored the images. My water coloring is not that good. Sometimes that works in my favor other times not so much. LOL. I cut a slit at the top and bottom of the bowl and then cut a piece of acetate the same shape as the bowl and threaded it through top and bottom to give the glass bowl effect. By threading it through I was able to tape it in place and not have it show through the acetate.

Cardstock is Pacific Point, Baja Breeze and Tangerine Tango. The tangerine I put through my cuttlebug. The sentiment is from TAC. I stepped out of my comfort zone just a little to make a square card which I don't normally do but the image needed a larger card.

My kids are back in school already infact this is week 2. Here are some pictures of them in front of the school also my daughter celebrated her 7th birthday and hubby and I celebrated 12 years of wedded bliss, so as you can see I have been busy... just not in my craft room. Thanks for coming by.