Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Little Red Wagon # 243 Animal Antics

Yeah it's Wednesday and that means it's again time for another challenge over at Little Red Wagon!

For this week's challenge Janice is our hostess and her challenge is call ANIMAL ANTICS. So that means we are looking for an animal(s) to appear on your project.

For this week's project I created my first book card. I was in awe when I first saw one of these cards and I need to give credit for the inspiration to the super talented Sharon Caudle (blog Gramma's house of cards). You can see her last book card here and a great photo tutorial here.

I created this book card for one of my BFF's for her daughter's recent baptism. Although the animals are not the main focus on the card there are a few to be found on the outside and inside of this card including, the cute bunny, paper punched butterflies and a tiny ladybug which you can't see in the first picture (note the black dot on the bunny's ear).

The image is True Friendship from Sassy Cheryl's Digital Stamps. This image is actually a rubber stamp that was previously available. The digital image of True Friendship is still available at the Sassy Cheryl's Digital Stamps website. The image reminds me of my youngest daughter as she has a little bunny which she's had since she was a baby.  It's her absolute favourite toy and she takes it everywhere.

I used the gorgeous Simple Stories Hello Baby collection to decorate the book card. I see a lot of potential with this set outside of baby projects.

I wasn't sure at first what I was going to include in the frame portion, until I saw the perfect quote on one of the cut apart pages in this set. I added a blank card in the inside pocket for my friend to record details of the baptism or just write a small note to her daughter to enjoy later.

Here is a closer look at this adorable image coloured with Copic markers. I wanted to keep the colours soft like those in the paper collection.

I used 2 different butterfly punches on some of the patter paper and card stock to create a layered butterfly. I added a glue dot between each layer in the centre and popped up the wings with dimensional adhesive.

I hope you are WILD about this week's ANIMAL ANTICS challenge. Hop on over to the Little Red Wagon blog to link up your project and remember to check out the inspiration from other girlfriend.

Thanks for visiting me today and have a wonderful and crafty Wednesday.

Simon Says Monday Challenge: I ought to use this more (the stamp I haven't used before and I love this image and my butterfly punches - I love the layered look)
Curtain Call: Inspiration Sweet Pea
Allsorts Challenge: 264 How does your garden grow.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Decorated Notebook - Geek is Chic!

I'm back again with my second altered notebook, this one for my youngest daughter's teacher as a end of year thanks! The notebook will be given with a note holder that I made for her in April (see here).

The notebook measures 5x8 and I created my own cover for the top of the pad by cutting heavy weight card stock. I decorated this cover using paper from Echo Park "Paper & Glue" collection. The cover is scored about a 1/4 inch from the top and taped down to the notepad using black electrical tape. This will allow the book cover to flip open. I covered the electrical tape with washi tape.

The notebook is personalized for the teacher, which was very poorly removed in editing.

The image for my altered notebook is Smarty Pants from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. For this image I fussy cut and did a bit of paper piecing with the book and desk. The library card is called "Overdue Library Card" along with the push pin and faux washi tape which are from a die set called "clip it die set" are from Your Next Stamp.

Thanks for having a look at my teacher's gifts for this year.

Happy crafting everyone.


Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: June Krafty Crop Challenge # 2 - Paper Piecing

7 Kids College Fund: Anything Goes


Sunday, 22 June 2014

Decorated Notebook - Nerd is the Word!

It's the final week of the kids in school and I am just wrapping up the teacher gifts. In addition to the note holder I made (here), each of my daughter's teachers will also be getting an altered notebook.

For the first note pad I cut a cover from heavy card stock to fit the top of the pad (5x8) and decorated it with paper and stickers from Simple Stories Smarty Pants collection. The cover was secured to the notepad with black electrical tape which I then covered with washi tape.

The image is from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp and is also called "Smarty Pants". I wanted to create a chalkboard effect with this image so I heat embossed the image onto black cards stock. I then added a bit of white pigment ink around the image for the additional look of "chalk".

The notebook was personalized for the teacher (the name is was erased in editing).

The apple was also heat embossed using white powder onto white card stock. I then coloured the image with Copics and fussy cut it for a pop of colour.

The cluster to school supplies are all stickers from the Smarty Pants collection. I added clear acetate sheet to the glasses to create lenses.

I used the sketch from the current challenge over at Sassy Cheryl's digital stamp as my inspiration for the cover the book. If you look closely you should see the key elements from the sketch. This is also the last challenge on the Sassy Cheryl challenge blog. I have not yet won with her challenges, so I am crossing my fingers that this one is my lucky one!

Thanks for dropping in today.


Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: June Krafty Crop Challenge #3 Unconventional colours. Although Chalkboard is not unconventional for school I used an unconventional way of "colouring" my image with just the embossing. (Not sure if that counts)

Sassy Cheryl Digital Stamps Challenge: #211 Let's Get Sketchy.

7 Kids College Fund: #102 Anything Goes

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Little Red Wagon # 242 - Wedding

It's time for another wonderful challenge over at Little Red Wagon.

This week Joanne is hosting our challenge and she would like to see projects with a WEDDING theme.

Although I don't have any weddings yet for this year, it is nice to have these cards ready in my stash. For my card I went with a simple design and chose a colour scheme that will work for most weddings.

Black and white with a pop of red.

The background is embossed with the Cricut D'vine Swirls embossing folder. The "Love" was cut with a great die from Your Next Stamp called the Journal Card Bracket Insert Die. The set also comes with the words smile, family and today.

Using a die from My Favorite Things, I cut out the heart in my white card stock. I also cut a heart from red card stock to layer behind the white. The red heart I ran through my Xyron and then applied Glitter Ritz microfine glitter to the sticky side.

When it was time to finish off the card, I quickly realized that I did not own any sentiment stamps related to weddings. Of course I could have used a simple congratulations, however I did find a sentiment in a stamp set from Your Next Stamp's called Dance Fhiona that worked rather well .

I hope that you will join this weeks WEDDING challenge over at Little Red Wagon. While you are there check the other Girlfriends projects to see more fabulous wedding inspiration. You will not be disappointed.

Have a wonderful Wednesday and happy crafting everyone!


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Father's Day Card

Just stopping in a with a quick post to show the card I made for my husband for Father's Day. This is a rare time when I created a card without a stamped image.

I used paper from the Simple Stories Hey Pop line along with the Tim Holtz gears and "Riveted Metal" embossing folder.

I used a number of the elements cards from this set to decorate the card inside and out.

Thanks for taking a peek. Tomorrow I will have another card for this weeks challenge over at Little Red Wagon.


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Little Red Wagon # 241 - Teacher Appreciation

Thanks for joining me today on my blog, it's time for another challenge over at Little Red Wagon. Come and play along!

This week Jodi is our challenge hostess and for this week she is asking us to show some TEACHER APPRECIATION. Create a card, tag or a creative gift to say thank you to a special teacher.

For some of you, your kids may already be enjoying their summer break. My children however still have another 13 days left of school. I know my kids are super excited about finishing school. Since I am still working most of the summer, what I am most excited about is 2 months of not having to make lunches! WHOO HOO!!!!!

For this weeks challenge I made a note holder for my oldest daughter's teacher. This is a remake of a project I made in April which was for my youngest daughter's teacher (see post here). This note holder features a super cute digital image from Sassy Cheryl's Stamps called BACKPACK MAX. The paper is We R Memory Keepers Hall Pass.

The holder fits 3x3 notes. The box for the notes was cut to 4 x 4 inches and scored a half inch on all sides. The base of the holder was cut at 4 x 11 and scored at 5.25, 5.75 and 8.25 inches.

Max is coloured with Copic markers. If you were looking to make this project for a female teacher you could use consider using Backpack Maddie.

I added a few faux stitching line on the base of my holder and stamped a pencil on each of the note pages.

Since this may sit on the teacher desk I decorated the back of the holder so it was nice to look at from all views. The sticker is also from the Hall Pass collections.

Join this week TEACHER APPRECIATION challenge over at LITTLE RED WAGON. Link up your projects over at the blog and while you are there check out the wonderful projects by the other GIRLFRIENDS. So much inspiration worthy of an A+!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful and crafty day!


Sassy Cheryl's Digital Stamps: Challenge # 210 Doodle it Up (my faux stitching on the base and a small doodle on the tag)
Papertake Weekly Challenge: For the Boys

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Kraftin' Kimmie Guest Designer Contest - with Pippa Popcorn

Yeah, I am so excited to see there is another Krafty Guest Contest over at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. I just finished with Kraftin' Kimmie as a Guest Designer in May. It was a lot of fun and KKS has some of my favourite images to work with.

This is my entry for another chance to be a guest and work with Kimmie and her super talented design team. If you want to see more about this great opportunity check out the Kraftin' Kimmie post here.

For my card today I used the fun Pippa Popcorn.

I was happy to finally have the chance to use my Simple Stories Say Cheese paper. The 6x6 pad is so much fun and worked perfectly for this card. I also added a few buttons to coordinate with the colours in the paper and tickets from Maya Road and the filmstrip from Tim Holtz.

The image is coloured with Copic Markers. I stamped the image twice. Actually to be truthful my popcorn box didn't turn out on the first stamp and since I didn't want the image to go to waste I stamped Pippa again, coloured the popcorn box and fussy cut it out adding dimensional adhesive.

For the inside of my card, I again stamped the popcorn box and fussy cut it out, added more tickets, the sentiment from this set and more coordinating paper.

If you feel like getting your Krafty Groove on join this challenge for an amazing opportunity to be a Krafty Guest. You won't be disappointed.

Have a Krafty Day!


Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Krafty Guest Contest

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Little Red Wagon # 240 Food For Thought

Hey everyone, it's the middle of the work week! Yeah! That means it's also time for another Little Red Wagon Challenge.

This week I am hosting the challenge and my theme this week is FOOD FOR THOUGHT! Sound like a tasty challenge? What is this challenge all about? Well I am asking for you to create a project that is featuring FOOD. Whether it's from stamps, die cuts, pattern paper with pictures of food. Go for it. Have some stickers or embellishments featuring a tasty treat, that works too. Dig into your stash and create a project featuring something Yummy.....or not so yummy if you want to show off something like brussel sprouts.

Now for my delicious card. I used a sweet image from Your Next Stamp called Ellie Loves Ice Cream. I love ice cream chocolate chip is my favourite. With my image I used fun paper from Pink Paislee "Hey Kid" collection. The sentiment (You're TOO Sweet) is from MFT Lollipop Pure Innocence stamp.

The image is coloured with Copic markers. I added a bit of glitter to her hair band using Glitter Ritz micro fine glitter.

Inside the card I used the sentiment from the Ellie Loves Ice Cream set along with others from Tiddly Inks and My Favorite things.

I hope that you will join this weeks tasty FOOD FOR THOUGHT challenge over at Little Red Wagon. If you want to see some inspiration, feast your eyes on the creations by the design team Girlfriends.  FAB-U-LOUS! Don't forget to link up your projects at the Little Red Wagon Blog. On Tuesday check back on the blog for the featured projects!

Have a deliciously fun and crafty day!