Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sweet November Spotlight on Leanne!

Good morning friends!

How about it... are you ready to see the new September Sweet November previews? We've got some creepy and kooky new characters to start peeking tomorrow but before we get to them I want to shine the Sweet November Guest Gal spotlight on a fantastically talented card maker. Can paper crafters be fearless? I think so, and I think that this gal is as fearless and adventuresome with her crafting as anyone I have ever seen. She is constantly amazing me with her creativity and each card or creation that she makes seems to have a sense of happiness about it which I think can only come from her very own happy and joyful spirit. Please say a big hello to Leanne Poe! :)

I have been a follower of Leanne's work from early on in her blogging adventure and it has been so much fun to watch her style grow and evolve over time. As I mentioned before, Leanne's enthusiasm for stamping and card making is evident in everything that she creates which almost seems limitless! Not only does she make fantastic cards but her altered projects and other paper crafts are just as wonderful. She never seems afraid to try new things and incorporate new techniques into her repertoire of coloring skills and crafty tricks... I really love and admire that about her! And I am SO excited to have Leanne joining us this month!

Now it is time for Leanne to answer the Sweet November questionnaire... which is always a blast to read! :)

1) What color do feel represents your personality and why?
I think I'm a green kinda girl. Actually I'd say it's more a combo of blue and yellow which makes green. Blue for serenity, calmness and peace. I loved Krista's description about the different colors of blues and I can see myself relating. Must be because I'm a Virgo. Yellow for sunny disposition, I tend to always have a good outlook on my day, but of course there are those times when I just want to pull the covers over my head and just be a clam. And green because it's a combo of both and that is my favorite color.

2) Is your style of dress/ home decor similar to your style of card making?

My style of dress/home decor is pretty casual and simple. Of course there are days when I put on something bright and cheery, but most of the time I'm in black or dark colors. If I could, I'd be in jeans or shorts and a t-shirt with my slippahs. My home decor is definitely casual. Nothing overstated, just simple and comfortable. Yes I guess my style of card making also reflects that. Sometimes I surprise myself with splashes of WOW! :)

3) What one thing always puts you in a good mood?

Hearing laughter, especially little kids. They have that kind of laugh that just makes you want to hug everyone around you. I think that would put even the grumpiest person in a good mood.

4) If you could visit any time in history when would it be?

I would love to go back to 14th century Europe. I love reading about the fashion and intrigue that goes on in the Kings' court and with all the lords and ladies. Would love to be there to see and experience it. Also, this time period doesn't have any stereotypes of how fashion is looked at today, so I would definitely fit in back then. hahaha

5) If you were a mythical creature ie. fairy, elf, mermaid, troll, wizard, witch etc., what kind would you be and why?

I would love to be a half-breed. A Fairy-Elf. I'm not one to cause mischief, but to be able to spread some lovely cheer with a sprinkle of fairy dust would be wonderful. And I think elves are just those noble creatures that love all things and people. They seem like they would not judge anyone harshly and are skilled at many things. They both live within nature so they would definitely be able to adapt to any situation. Plus I think it would be really cool to have those pointy ears.

Bonus question
6) If you are a fellow Gleek, which character from McKinley High do you most identify with? Mercedes. She's so caring and sensitive. Will go out of her way to help a friend and not care what others will think. She's shy, but when she's passionate about something she'll use her voice. She knows she's one of the top gals, but I think she's still insecure about some things. That's me in a nut shell, well except for the exceptional voice.

Boy, would I like some cool pointy ears as well... LOL! ;)
Ok, just look at this awesome frame featuring Darby and Bumbles that Leanne created! I love the bright and happy color palette and how she sprinkled the flowers from the upper left corner with the bees down to the lower right, leading the viewers eye right to her adorably colored Darby. And while I may not be much of an alterer myself I could still find plenty of inspiration in the design of this frame to inspire my card for today.
I wanted to keep within the Halloween theme of the upcoming release so I chose to ink up last year's cutie, Baby Tricks or Treats Witch. Then I followed Leanne's layout by placing the moon up in the corner and using a batty mask along with a sprinkling of silver star stickers in the background leading down to the li'l witch. Finish it all off with a bit of bling and ribbon and I had a wonderful Halloween card all ready for the holiday!

Alrighty then, Leanne will be joining Nancy, Rachel and myself in the September Sweet November sneak peeks starting tomorrow! "Beware the spooks" is all I'm gonna say for now, LOL! See ya then! :)
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- Karen Foster (white moon)
stamps- Sweet November (Baby Tricks or Treats Witch), CC Designs (Halloween scene), Hero Arts (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox black pigment

Heidi Swapp bats mask
Making Memories ribbon and stick pins
Stampendous diamond dot star stickers
Studio G gems
Copic markers:
skin- YG00, G20, G40, G82
hair- YG25, YG67, G29
clothes- Y38, YR04, YR18, C5, C7, C9, V06, V09, BV29, E81, 0
owl- E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, Y35, Y38, YR24

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Laugh just for you

Good morning!

I'm just popping in with a quick post as it feels like I've got a million and a half things that all need to get done today. Ok, ok, maybe I'm exaggerating just a bit... its only a million things. ;)

But I wanted to get this final Laugh card up on my blog before all of the September ATS sneak peeks start up later this week... man, where did this month go!?
So by now I think you know that I'm a big fan of these new girlies and little Flower Laugh here is high on the top of my fave list. I just think she is adorably sweet and her curly-q pigtails are fun with a capital 'Awww'. :)

I totally raided my scrap stash for this card, mixing up different patterns from different companies. Sometimes this can be a bit tricky for me but I really like how these papers play together. Plus I figure even if they were a bit kooky looking they would still fit the mood of these quirky Laugh cuties, so why not go for it?

Alrighty, well I hope to see you back here tomorrow for an always enjoyable Sweet November Spotlight on September's Guest Gal!

XOXO Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- October Afternoon (polka dot), Doodlebug (paisley floral), unknown pink stripe
stamps- CC Designs (Flower Laugh and Laugh Lines Postage Stamp)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox creamy brown
CC Designs Fairwee Tiny Scallop border die
Heidi Swapp bling
Prima flowers
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, R20
eyes- BG09, BG000, 0
hair- E50, E31, E25
clothes/flowers/stamp- Y11, Y21, YR30, RV63, RV55, RV04, BG0000, BG000, 0, RV10, RV21, RV32, Y000, Y00, YG11, YG03, YG17

Monday, August 29, 2011

I'll get you my pretty...

Oh Monday, Monday... do you ever think of the days of the week as having personalities and poor Monday is always wondering why everyone dreads it so much? Or perhaps Monday is actually a bit devilish and relishes making all of us moan and groan... I tend to think it would be the second scenario, LOL!

But before I head back out to the daily grind I have a card that was actually started last week when I used the images for a few coloring videos that you can check out here or on Color Me Copic. I was waiting to get my hands on the new Bella Blvd papers and once I did I had to put them to use finishing off this card. I actually used a mix of the 'Too Cute to Spook' and 'Finally Fall' lines with sweet little witchy Birgitta because the colors went perfectly with the way I had colored up the scene. The circle design came about when I decided to cut the scene into a circle but didn't want to cut into the moon. So when I cut around it as well and laid the whole thing down on the black card base I thought it would look cool to just keep adding layers of different sized paper circles. Once they were down I added seasonal bits and bobs to pull everything together, a few leaves here, a spider there... have I mentioned lately that I love making Halloween cards? ;)
And luckily for me I've got more than a few coming up later this week when all new Sweet November previews begin... wink, wink!

Later gators! :)

Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- Bella Blvd (Too cute to spook and Finally fall)
stamps- CC Designs (Halloween Birgitta, Halloween Scene and Fall Scene)
ink- Memento tuxedo black, Tim Holtz Dusty Concord distress and Colorbox black pigment
Kaiser Craft rub-on stitches and pearls
Making Memories and CTMH paper leaves
Karen Foster skull brad
Martha Stewart epoxy spider sticker
Bella Blvd sentiment stickers
Divine Twine
May Arts ribbon
Sakura stardust glitter pen
Copic markers:
skin- YG00, G20, G40, G82
hair- YG25, YG67, G29
clothes- C5, C7, C9, 100, V06, V09, BV29
pumpkins- Y38, YR04, YR18, E19, YG63, YG67, G29
sunflowers/leaves- Y13, Y35, Y38, E55, E57, E59
moon- Y000, Y00, 0

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Smile and Laugh

Hello friends!
I hope that you are having a lovely weekend and getting lots of fun crafty time in. :)

I'll be at work today but before I head out I wanted to share another of the new Laugh girls from CC Designs. This is "Laugh" and again, I made this card for the CHA show booth back in July. I was so excited to work with these new images from Christine as soon as I saw them! Now I keep pestering her to add more to the collection 'cause I'm totally addicted to their quirky, cartoony, cuteness! And those perfectly coiled curls are so much fun to color... they remind me of when I was little and watching "Little House on the Prairie" after school, I was always so jealous of Nellie Olsen's bouncy curls, LOL!
Yes, yes, I'm a complete nerd and I totally own that. ;)

Anywho, back to the card... I paired this little cutie up with some Doodlebug prints that I actually recycled from cutting up one of their old catalogs. I love me some Doodlebug but they have a very specific look that can be hard to work with some of my stamps. But I'm happy to report that they are a wonderful match for Laugh here. I keep saying it but I think it is because she looks like she could be a cartoon character. There's also another Kid Quote stamp on this one (I'm addicted to them) and I accented the card with one of the Laugh Line Postage Stamps which I think just adds to the cuteness.

Well, I guess I should go... thanks so much for stopping by today! :) Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- Doodlebug Designs
stamps- CC Designs (Laugh Laugh and Laugh Lines Postage), Inkadinkado (kid quote sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox dark brown
Martha Stewart border punch
Jolee's sticker flowers
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Kaiser Craft pearls
Sticko epoxy ladybugs
Sharpie white marker
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E15, R00, R20
hair- E95, E11, YR14, E07
eyes- E57, E59, BG0000, 0
clothes/postage stamp- RV00, RV02, RV63, RV04, RV06, RV55, Y15, Y35, Y38, YR04, YG01, YG05, BG11, BG13, BG10, E55, E57, E59

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Make it work!

It must have been kismet that I would be watching the latest episode of Project Runway when I read the announcement of a new Farm Fashionista contest over at The Greeting Farm. Right away my mind began to spin and think of the perfect TGF characters to transform into a PR model and contestant because the incentive to try and win those super cute new Miss Anyas that they are also peeking is just too much to resist!

Something about Wild Sprout Odette has always said "seamstress" to me so she quickly became my contestant vying for top designer. Then I thought it would be fun to create a model out of the Creeper Crew... I'm not sure exactly why, could be those big expressive eyes and crazy hair. :)
I ended up doing the most altering on the model by combining Halloween Bride's face and crown of hair to Creeper Sasha's full head of curly hair and a VERY altered Piper body. I paper pieced the dress out of some funky Basic Grey paper because Odette is trying to think outside the box and present a fabulous rainbow colored zebra print evening gown to the judges... that is one fabric I think she would have been better off leaving on the shelves of Mood... oy!

At first this was all I was going to do but when Tim Gunn came on the screen I had the epiphany that would pull the whole card together... I needed a 'Tim' saying, "Make it work." LOL
So I was back on the hunt for the perfect 'Tim' character. As soon as I saw Wild Sprout Dressy Daniel I was sold... with just a bit of tweaking to his hair line and the addition of some glasses and his signature crossed arms I was that much closer to a finished card.
Can't you just imagine him, eyebrow raised, as he points out Odette's messy work station... look at all those fabric scraps strewn about! He probably also has something to say about her over-use of the PiperLime accessory wall (that I tried to hint at with the background papers) considering all of the bling on her model. Hopefully Odette can pull the look together and avoid hearing Heidi tell her, "You're out!" ;)

Ok, ok... my apologies if you aren't a PR fan, I've probably bored you to tears by now. But this card was a blast for me to concept and put together so forgive me if I got a little carried away with my PR enthusiasm.

And now I'm 'out' as it is time for me to get ready for work... ciao!

Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- Basic Grey (Lauderdale)
stamps- The Greeting Farm (WS Odette, Creeper Piper, Creeper Sasha)
digi stamps- The Greeting Farm (WS Dressy Daniel, Halloween Bride Creeper)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
Kaiser Craft gems
My Favorite Things dress form and scissors dies
Computer generated sentiment
Copic black multiliner pens 0.1 and 0.3
Copic markers:
(Tim) skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, BG0000
hair- E40, W1, 0
clothes- T5, T7, T9, C5, C7, C9, C1, 0, R24, R29, E19
(model) skin- E23, E25, E27, E07, YG01, YG03
hair/shoes- C5, C7, C9
(designer Odette)- E00, E21, E13, R00, R20
hair- W5, W7, E74, E77, E79
clothes- RV14, RV17, RV19, Y35, Y26, C5, C7, C9, E81, 0

Friday, August 26, 2011

The music of the night...

Hi guys!

Well, I'm a day late in getting this up here on my blog but there is still plenty of time to participate in this week's challenge
over on the Tickled Pink challenge blog and it is to USE A MUSIC SHEET on your card or project.

I knew that I had this great piece of music sheet looking paper from Hambly that was black with silver printing... very classy and elegant. Because of the black background I thought I could make it work for another Halloween card, so I pulled out Vampire Lestat and was going to pair him up with the Vampire Lilith digi from last year's release. But when I was going through my digis, Ghost Willow caught my eye and something about her long flowing hair made my mind go in a different direction. So I took a second look at Lestat and realized that with just a few swipes of the baby wipe across his face I could draw in a mask and easily turn him into a cool looking Phantom of the Opera. Talk about working even better with the challenge theme... I totally had to give it a try!
I love how he turned out and with just a bit of altering to Willow's hood, sleeve and dress hem I also had a very respectable looking Christine to go along with him.
If you would like to see how I colored up the Phantom's cape (and you have a half hour to spare... oy, LOL!) then you can check out my video here... or on Color Me Copic. :)

I also want to thank Kristy for her tip that I saw on Youtube about adding some warm greys (W5, W7) to a dark brown hair color combo (E74, E77, E79). I used it on The Phantom's hair and it really did darken it up quite nicely, adding just a bit of extra drama to him!
AND, I recently saw this technique that Carisa did of coloring an image without black lines. I ended up giving it a try with the rose image because I didn't have a single line art rose stamp in my entire collection. What I did have was a clear stamp from Basic Grey of a polka dot rose. So I stamped the bud with red ink and the stem with green ink and then I proceeded to color over it with Copic markers to give it shading and get rid of the polka dots. I think it turned out alright though I don't know if I'll be braving this technique with a larger more involved image any time soon, LOL!

Alrighty, back to the challenge! If you would like a chance at winning your choice of 1 rubber or 2 digi stamps then why not play along? Don't forget that your card must feature a Tickled Pink stamp in order to qualify for the prize... these include: Lil Lolitas and Lads, Pinkettes, Pink Pets and Cherries. All of which can be found in the Tickled Pink store.

Good luck!
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- Hambly (music sheet)
stamp- Tickled Pink (Lil Haunt Vampire Lestat), Technique Tuesday (sentiment)
digi stamp- Tickled Pink (Lil Haunt Ghost Willow)
ink- Memento tuxedo black, Tim Holtz distress shabby shutters and barn door
Kaiser Craft pearls
EK Success gold pen
Sharpie white marker
Copic Multiliner black pen 0.1
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11
eyes- E47, E49
hair- W5, W7, E74, E77, E79
clothes/mask- N0, N1, N5, N7, N9, 100 E40, E41, C5, C7, C9, R37, R46, R59, E18
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, R20
hair- E35, E37, E59
eyes- G99, E57, YG95
clothes- R0000, R000, 0
rose- R35, R37, R46, YG67, YG95, G29

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I fall to pieces...

Hidee-ho stamp-a-rinos...

Today I've got a card for the new Paper Piecing Challenge over at Some Odd Girl. Yep, that's right... we want to see you gussy up those SOG characters in some extra fancy duds! This technique of stamping the same image on different pattern papers then fussy cutting out the clothes and what-not can be done with both digi stamps and traditional stamps. Though for me, I have better luck getting the parts of the patterns I want to show when I go traditional.

That's why when it came time to choose an image, I went with Sweet Thinkin' Mae. She's one of the fab clear stamps that Some Odd Girl has recently added to their stamp offerings, which I loooove. :)

As I was picking papers for the card and Mae's dress I came across one of my new paper pads from Authentique and I really liked the color combo. At first I dismissed the pattern that I ended up using on her dress because it wasn't a fave, but when I really looked at it I liked how the print kinda reminded me of a funky Amy Butler or Heather Bailey type fabric. Now I wish that I had a stylin' little dress just like this, LOL!
And look how perfectly that crinkled ribbon, that Kiara made for me, matches the color scheme. I even used the cute little strip of text paper with the pearl and twine that she used to package each of the ribbon colors because it was too cute of a touch to throw away. Thanks again Kiara!

Alrighty, time for you to take on the challenge! You've got until September 6th to enter a card for a chance at winning a fab prize and while you don't have to use a SOG image to qualify, you do get an extra name in the hat come drawing time if you do. :)

Have fun and good luck!
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- Authentique (Splendid)
stamps- Some Odd Girl (Sweet Thinkin' Mae and sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox dark brown
crinkled ribbon from Kiara
Kaiser Craft pearls
Martha Stewart birds on a wire punch
My Favorite Things notebook edge die
Sharpie white marker
Copic markers:
skin- E00, E21, E13, R00, R20
hair- E30, E31, e33, E35
eyes- YG95, G99, E57
clothes/sign- E44, E47, E49, Y11, Y13, E31, E34

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

You're special

Happy hump day my stampin' peeps!

Ready for a new Wednesday challenge at ATS? This week we've got a color combo to play with...brown, blue and moss green. If these earthy colors don't get you thinking towards a fall cool down I don't know what will. :)
These colors together totally had me thinking 'boy card' so I used Trevor from the Take a Seat set and with a little bit of masking have him hanging out on a park bench, perhaps after concluding his first day of school. The muted color palette isn't my usual go-to but I figure that is the whole point of a challenge, to shake ya up a bit and help you avoid creative ruts. And that cool hazy evening colored sky in the background was inspired by another bloggin' buddy of mine, Leanne. After seeing hers on this bookmark she got me to start thinking outside of the "blue sky box" that I was in... love it! :)

So, I know you want to play along right? Of course you do, because every week there is a new and exciting prize being offered and in order to be eligible to win just be sure that your project includes a stamp that is sold in the All That Scraps store. Whether it is any of our wonderful in house designs or from the various other stamp companies that ATS carries, the choice is yours. Then be sure to link up your creation with Mr Linky by next Tuesday at 10pm est and only one entry per person please!

Later gators!
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Paper Trey Ink
paper- Basic Grey (Granola)
stamps- CC Designs (Take a Seat Trevor and Park Bench), Hero Arts (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black, Tim Holtz Antique Linen and Colorbox dark brown
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, R20
hair- E74, E77, E79, E49
clothes- E55, E57, E59, E44, E47, E49, BG93, BG96, BG99, E40, E41, 0
bench- E30, E31, E34, E57, W3, YG67

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Have you seen a butterfly laugh?

Howdy folks!

Well, it's another Tuesday and with this month winding down I am starting to get anxious for the return of my all time fave show... sing it with me now... Glee! :)
My fellow Gleek and bloggin' buddy, Kadie, turned me on to the Glee Project reality series this summer which turned out to be one of the extra nice benefits of finally having high-speed internet. I've been watching the shows here and even though the finale took place this past Sunday, I have to wait until Thursday before I can watch the episode online and see who won (because I refuse to peek early and spoil the surprise). ;)
I have my favorites and hopefully one of them will win and then I will be really excited for the new season to start already!

Ok, ok, enough TV talk... onto today's card. This is actually one of the new Laugh girls that I colored up for the CC Designs booth at Summer CHA. I know that I've mentioned before how these new cuties have quickly become my faves of Christine's designs and I can't wait to watch the line grow and expand with all sorts of new Laugh characters. This card features Butterfly Laugh and with her arms spread out wide like that she looked to me like she was wanting to give someone a BIG hug... thus the sentiment I paired with her.
I also used one of the new CC Designs Daisy Chain cutters up along the border. Because I had so much color and pattern going on with Butterfly, the embellishments and the background paper, I kept the border kinda tone on tone with just a bit of inking on the edges to help it stand out. All in all this card makes me smile... hope it makes you smile too. :)

Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- The Girls' Paperie (Jubilee)
stamps- CC Designs (Butterfly Laugh), Inkadinkado (Kid Quote sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox creamy brown
Prima flowers and leaves
CC Designs Daisy Chain cutter
The Twinery twine
Kaiser Craft pearls
Creative Cafe rub-on stitches
Sharpie white marker
Copic Spica glitter pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, R20
hair- YR30, Y21, Y26, E35
eyes- B23, B26, BG000, 0
clothes/wings- YG00, YG01, YG03, RV11, RV32, RV34, YR04, YR07, YR09, Y11, Y15, Y35, E40, E41, 0

Monday, August 22, 2011

Everybody is weird...

Good Monday mornin' to ya... hope this new week is off to a good start for everybody. :)

So you may have seen me coloring up these characters on a couple Youtube videos that I posted this weekend and now I've got them feeling right at home on a spooky little Halloween card.
Altering these Greeting Farm images into zombies is actually something that I did for the first time about two years ago but I thought it would be cool to revisit the idea and film most of the process to share with anyone who might be interested in some 'different' skin tone and hair color combos... LOL! You can also find all three videos over on the Color Me Copic blog as well.

Oh! And if you are a fan of the Kid's Quote sentiments from Inkadinkado I am excited to say that they finally have some new holiday themed ones that are available now! There are three Halloween and five Christmas ones that I have come across. As you can see, I've used one of the Halloween sentiments on this card and I just love how they pair up with cutie little kid-like character stamps. Now if only Inkadinkado would pull their past retired Kid's Quotes out of the vault and re-release them as some more clear sets I would be a VERY happy camper! :)

Between the fun sentiment and my little zombies it didn't take much else to finish off this card. A couple spider stickers with some faux webbing that I created simply by pulling apart a cotton ball and a stamped spooky tree in the background and this one was done... or should I say "done for"? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

Alrighty, stay classy San Diego!
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- Basic Grey (Stella Ruby)
stamps- The Greeting Farm (WS Hugh, WS Dahlia, WS Jade, WS Ebony, Toxic Creeper), Hero Arts (spooky tree), Inkadinkado (Halloween Kid's Quote)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox black pigment
Kaiser Craft rub-on stitches
Martha Stewart epoxy spider stickers
Cotton ball (for faux web)
Copic black multiliner pen 0.1 and 0.3
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E70, E71, G82 (dahlia eyeshadow) W3, W5
dahlia hair- W3, W5, W7, W9, YG99
hugh hair- E43, E44, E81, YG97, YG99
clothes- T5, T7, T9, E44, E47, E49, BG93, BG96, BG99, BV23, BV25, BV29, C1, 0

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A happy birthday hop!

Hi friends! (If you are looking for the big 1000 sheets give-away please scroll down.)

Today the ATS girls are blog hopping to celebrate Christine's birthday! Christine is the wonderful illustrator of CC Designs images and co-owner of the All That Scraps store. Happy Birthday girl! :)

The hop starts at the ATS blog and if you've arrived here from Pam S.'s awesome blog then you are in the right place. We are so glad you hopped over to see Christine's birthday eye-candy!

What can I say? Without Christine there would be no Sweet November Stamps. She is the one who saw something in those first few drawings that I posted and took a chance on turning my crazy imaginings into rubber stamps. And for that I will always be completely grateful to her. Christine is an inspiration and a wonderful person and mentor that I look up to in so many ways. The least I can do is wish her all the best on her big day today... hope it is the best one yet Christine! ♥ :)

And I thought this card would be fitting as I combined a couple of the SN Fairwees with Christine's Swiss Pixie Bouquet Basket. Not only are her characters super cute but I think Christine has some of the best accessory stamps out there... I just love using them with so many different stamps.
Oh, and I've gotta give Kiara a shout out because she totally inspired me to add the tiny butterfly to Emaline's hair... that girl is SO creative. Thanks Kiara! :)

Ok, so your next stop on the hop is Rach's fabulous blog. Enjoy the hop and if you ever get lost along the way just check out the master list over on the ATS blog. Thanks for stopping by!
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- Basic Grey (Urban Prairie)
stamps- Sweet November (Fairwee Emaline and Daphne), CC Designs (basket), Amy R (magical wishes sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black, Tim Holtz tumbled glass distress and Colorbox dark brown
The Twinery buttercream twine
Martha Stewart 3-in-1 butterfly punch
Clearsnap Smooch Illuminate
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, R20
hair (emaline)- R000, R00, R21
hair (daphne)- YG0000, YG00, YG01, YG03
clothes/wings- BG13, BG18, Y11, Y21, Y35, YG25, YG17, G000, G00, 0
basket/grass- R81, R83, R85, YG03, YG25, YG17, Y00, Y15, Y35, BG0000

Saturday, August 20, 2011

1000 sheets for A thousand sheets... again!

Today is a very special day here at the A thousand sheets of paper blog. :)

Remember last year when I kept track of how many different sheets of paper I cut into as I crafted, then celebrated reaching 1000 sheets along with my blog-o-versary with some super special candy? Well... I did it again and this year not only did I miss my July 16th blog-o-versary date, it also took me a couple weeks longer to reach the 1000 sheet milestone. What can I say? I must have been playing more with scraps. ;)
But we are here now and I am so excited to share my paper crafting craziness with all of you for a second year in a row, LOL!

Because I'm in the mood to celebrate (and clear out some paper) I've got A THOUSAND 6x6 sheets of paper that I'm giving away! Wanna see what 1000 sheets of paper looks like? Take a look-see...
That's a lot of paper, huh? Perhaps just a bit much to send all to one person, so I'm breaking it apart into five candies of 200 sheets each. And the fun doesn't stop there! I couldn't celebrate another wonderful, exciting, fantabulous and simply amazing year of stamping and blogging without throwing some stamps into the mix as well! So I have collected stamps from some of my most favorite companies into one MEGA CANDY!
Wanna know what all is included? There is:

  • Tickled Pink Lil Steampunk Lilith and others
  • Kraftin Kimmie Clarabelle, sentiments and others
  • The Emerald Fairies Larakins
  • Some Odd Girl Balloon Kaylee and Mooey
  • My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Book in Hand
  • The Craft's Meow Frieda stamps
  • Stamping Bella Arthur and Annie
  • Unity/Bella Blvd house
  • The Greeting Farm Wild Sprouts that I designed (Stella, Ruby, Chelsea and Gigi)
  • CC Designs Birthday Gretel
  • and a Sweet November stamp from each release of this past year (Raspberry Flitter Friend, Briar and Sonata, Princess Isadora, Splash and Wave, Penelope and Juniper, Gemini, Darby and Dazzle, Milk and Cookies Christmas boy, Neva snowflake fairy, Fairwee Josie, jar and sentiments)
Wondering what you need to do for a chance to win all of these plus some yummy paper? Well, because this is pretty big and I'm pretty excited about it, I really want to spread the word sooooo... in order to be eligible to win the grand prize you have to post about the 1000 sheets blog candy on your own blog (feel free to right click and use the paper photo above), linking directly back to this post. Once you've done that, just leave a comment here and you will be entered... easy peasy! Like always, I will ship anywhere so all are welcome to play! :)

I will leave this candy open through Friday, September 23rd then random generator will pick a winner and I will announce on Saturday, September 24th.
Don't have a blog? Not to worry, there is still a chance to win a little somethin' somethin', check it out... one random commenter (blog or not) will win 200 6x6 sheets of paper and Sweet November Fairwee Emaline.One random commenter (blog or not) will win 200 6x6 sheets of paper and Sweet November Blackberry Flitter Friend.
One random commenter (blog or not) will win 200 6x6 sheets of paper and Sweet November Princess Ilyse.
And finally one random commenter (blog or not) will win 200 sheets of paper and Sweet November and Sandy Breakwater with Mama Crabby.
Whew! That's it, that's all I've got, except for a big giant... THANK YOU soooooo much for joining me on a second year of blogging and crafting fun! You all truly delight and inspire me each and every day and I LOVE being a part of that creative exchange... stampers ROCK!
Big hugs and smooches to you all and good luck! :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Move over Cinderella...

Hey guys!

Today I'm hittin' ya with another Halloween card that I had an absolute blast creating! You see, Spesch Designer Stamps just had a new release and as soon as I saw this Cinderella image I fell in love. And while I think she makes for a completely adorable pre-ball princess, my first thought was that she would be a totally awesome hip and modern looking little Halloween witch. So I just had to run with that idea. :)

I printed her out kinda big, about 5" tall so that I could really play and have fun coloring her up, plus I wanted her to be able to hold her own against the busy papers that I knew I wanted to pair with her. I loved giving her black lipstick and dark smoky eyeshadow around her big gorgeous eyes plus I couldn't resist a funky purple streak in the front of her hair. This is one stylin' witch I tell ya! And the only altering that I really did was fussy cut the glass slipper off of the broom handle... SO easy! Now it looks like she is ready to hop on that broom and join her ghost and crow friends for a flight across the moonlit sky... hope she stays out of trouble but something about that impish look on her face says otherwise. ;)

Well, thanks so much for stopping by today... I'm off to enjoy the sunshine and lake for awhile.
Oh and be sure to come back tomorrow because I've got something big to share... 1000 sheets big if ya know what I mean!

Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- Authentique (Glowing)
digi stamp- Spesch (Cinderella)
Colorbox black pigment ink
Making Memories die cuts/sentiment/ghost sticker/felt crow
Martha Stewart epoxy potion bottle
Kaiser Craft pearl and gems
The Twinery twine
Sharpie white marker
Copic black multiliner pen .1
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, R20, W1, W3, W5
hair- C5, C7, C9, 100, V06, V09, BV29
eyes- G07, G29
clothes- C5, C7, C9, YR04, YR09, E19, YR30, YR20, YR21
broom- E55, E57, E59, E79, Y15, Y21, Y26, YR23

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Witching hour...


Well it may not be Friday yet but I'm doing a little happy dance because I've got a couple days off... woot, woot! So much to do... I wonder what I should tackle first?

Before I go do anything though I have a card for the new challenge now up over on the Tickled Pink challenge blog and it is ANYTHING GOES! Easy peasy right? Just pull out a Tickled Pink image and go to town! :)
With this latest release I have been starting to get the itch to make some super fun Halloween cards so I actually went back to last year's digi Lil Haunts and printed Witch Lylah out "big head" size. Then I thought it would be cool to create a circle card with lots of circular elements for her to live in. I gotta say that I love how this one came out... it was one of those rare times when everything came together exactly how I envisioned it.
And even though we are still enjoying the end of our summer days I'm kinda getting anxious for fall to hurry up and get here now. That way if I can't control myself and start dressing up like a spooky witch or something it won't look quite as odd. Ok, ok... that would still be weird but if I could look as good as Lylah here in a pointy hat and black lipstick, I'd be sportin' that look all over town, LOL! ;)

But I digress... back to the challenge! If you would like a chance at winning this week's prize then why not play along? Don't forget that your card must feature a Tickled Pink stamp in order to qualify for the prize... these include: Lil Lolitas and Lads, Pinkettes, Pink Pets and Cherries. All of which can be found in the Tickled Pink store.

Good luck!Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- Authentique (Glowing), The Girls' Paperie (Toil & Trouble)
digi stamp- Tickled Pink (Lil Haunt Witch Lylah)
Colorbox black pigment ink
Making Memories die cut moon, bats and pumpkin
Kaiser Craft gems
computer generated sentiment
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, R20, W1, W5
eyes- BV23, BV25, BV29
hair- YR30, YR20, YR21, YR24, E97
clothes/jack o'lantern/spider- T5, T7, T9, YR04, YR09, E19, Y35, Y38, E55, E57, E18, C5, C9, R29, R46, V25, V99, Y21, Y26, Y28, Y11, Y13

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hello, hello...

Howdy folks!

Are you up for a new Wednesday challenge at ATS? This week we've got a fab sketch by Janneke to play with that is sure to get your creative juices flowing. :)
I used Fairwee Josie just chillin' out in the Mason Jar for my card today and I actually pulled my colors from the mini yo-yos that I made (I'm sooo addicted to making those little things now and already have a bag full!). I also paired her with the giant butterfly die from The Cat's Pajamas to really reinforce Josie 'fairwee' small size. Hmmm... as I'm looking at this card now it is making me crave some citrus sherbet real bad, LOL!

I've also had some requests to do a tutorial on how I color up the Mason Jar stamp with the brassy colored lid and I was able to get one done on my last day off. You can find it on my Youtube channel here AND I was feeling ambitious I guess because I also filmed a tutorial on how I colored up Fairwee Josie here. Fair warning on the Josie vid... I just squeaked it in under the 15 minute mark, LOL! Or if you like, all of my recent coloring videos have also been added to the Color Me Copic blog for easy access as well. Anywho... I hope you enjoy the new tutorials and as always, if you ever have any specific requests just give me a shout either here or by email... I'm always open to suggestions.

Now back to this week's challenge, I know you want to play along right? Of course you do, because every week there is a new and exciting prize being offered and in order to be eligible to win just be sure that your project includes a stamp that is sold in the All That Scraps store. Whether it is any of our wonderful in house designs or from the various other stamp companies that ATS carries, the choice is yours. Then be sure to link up your creation with Mr Linky by next Tuesday at 10pm est and only one entry per person please!

TTYL! :) Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
paper- BoBunny (Orange), October Afternoon (text), unknown green
stamps- Sweet November (Fairwee Josie, Mason Jar), Hero Arts (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Colorbox creamy brown
My Favorite Things grass border die
Cat's Pajamas butterfly die
handmade fabric yo-yos
Divine Twine
Kaiser Craft pearls
Signo Uniball white gel pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, r20
hair- E21, E23, E27
clothes- YG00, YG21, YG95, Y13, Y35, Y38, E55, E57
wings- G0000, G00, 0