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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Turtles through the year!

REVISION ADDED 02-01-2012:  I WON, I WON @ For Fun Challenges!!!! So VERY Happy!  Thank you For Fun Challenges for choosing my Turtle Calendar as your winner!

Hello there!  I know that you read the title and are wondering what I mean, right? ......... Well I am not talking about the chocolates, I am talking about a keepsake calendar that I made using all turtle images for a friend of mine that is in LOVE with TURTLES (crazy is probably a better way to describe it,lol).

Just to prepare you, you may want to go get a cup of joe or some cocoa as this will be a lengthy post =), I sure hope that you take the moment to go through the whole post........ so once your ready, here we go!

Here is a picture of the actual calendar, this is the front of the calendar;
 As you can see the calendar was a Christmas present. The Year of Memories Keepsake Calendar is a 6x6 top and bottom.  I pulled out my Quickutz Holiday set and cut out the Merry Christmas and the pine trees to decorate the front a little bit (and to hide the logo on the front of the calendar).  I took my Sakura sparkly pen and coloured in the "Keepsake Calendar" wording to give it some bling and I also put a little dot using the pen over the black dots that were on the design of the calendar front.

Here is a photo of the back of the calendar where they gave you space to put your name on it under the "Handcrafted By" section. Again here I used my Sakura sparkly pen and blinged up the words.

All the turtle images you are about to see are from Bugaboo Digi Stamps and they all were so fun and easy to colour. All the turtles "bodies" are coloured in the same copic coulours throughout: YG97, YG95 & YG93, so under each picture I will only note the shell colours and any other colours used on the month's picture.

We will start off with JANUARY(of course) is a photo of the whole page open so you can see what the calendar would look like hanging on the wall, but I am only showing this style of picture this month as the post will be long just showing you the adorable tutles =). For each month I put a co-ordinating cardstock or printed paper on the bottom part of the calendar to tie it all together as I did not have calendar months small enough to put in that space. For wach calendar month I used my "Quickutz Calendar Months Cookie Cutters Set" as you will see in each month photo and all cardstock is from Michaels Recollection 8.5x11 cardstock packs.

JANUARY Turtle...he is so cute in his toque and scarf!
BACKGROUND PAPER:  BoBunny Snowfall 6x6 Collection
DIE CUT: Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles

Here is a close up of the colouring...
Foot Pads:  E44, E43, E42
Shell:  E44, E43, E42, E41 + Sakura clear star pen
Hat & Scarf: B97, B95, B93, B91
Snow:  BG000, B0000

FEBRUARY Turtle...Do you feel the Love?
BACKGROUND PAPER:  BoBunny 6x6 Crazy Love Collection 
DIE CUT: Spellbinders Nestabilities Lacey Circles + Sakura Rose Pen
Here is a close up of the colouring...
Foot Pads:  E44, E43, E42
Shell:  E43, E42, E41, E40
Vase:  R85, R83, R81 + Sakura Glaze Pen
Roses:  R39, R37, R35, R32, YG67, YG63, YG61
Hearts:  R37, R35, R32

MARCH Turtle...Do you feel like some Green Beer?
 BACKGROUND PAPER:  Echo Park 6x6 Holly Jolly Christmas 
DIE CUT: Spellbinders Nestabilities Ovals

Here is a close up of the colouring...
Foot Pads:  E44, E43, E42
Shell:  E44, E43, E42, E41
Clovers:  G17, G16, G14
Top hat & Buckle:  G17, G16, G14, C7, C5, C3 + Sakura Goldstar & Clear Star pens

APRIL Turtle...So cute dressed up as the Easter Bunny!
 BACKGROUND PAPER:  Creative Memories Celebration 8x8 Max kit
DIE CUT: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven

Here is a close up of the colouring...
Foot Pads:  E44, E43, E42
Shell:  E44, E43, E42, E41
Bunny Ears:  C5, C3, C1, R83, R81
Grass:  YG67, YG63, YG61
Paint Splatters & Eggs:  Y15, Y13, Y11, R85, R83, R23, R21, YG07, YG05, V17, V15, YR16, YR14

MAY Turtle...This is my friends Birthday month so I decided to make the page reflect her =)
BACKGROUND PAPER:  BoBunny 6x6 Sweet Tooth Collection
DIE CUT: Spellbinders Nestabilities Circle

Here is a close up of the colouring... 
Foot Pads:  E44, E43, E42
Shell:  E44, E43, E42, E41 + Sakura Clear Star pen
Birthday Hat, Horn & Balloons: B16, B14, B12, R85, R83, R81

JUNE Turtle...All the flowers are blooming and Summer is on it's way!
BACKGROUND PAPER:  6x6 paperpack I got at my local Dollar store
DIE CUT: Spellbinders Nestabilities Circle + Lacey Circle

Here is a close up of the colouring... 
Foot Pads:  E43, E42, E41
Shell:  E43, E42, E41, E40
Lady Bug:  C9, C7, C5, R37, R35, R32
Flowers:  V17, V15, V12, R85, R83, R81, E44, E42, YG09, YG05 

JULY Turtle...This month is by far my favorite from the whole calendar.  My friend is Canadian but she has many friends and some family members that are American so I wanted to be sure to show off both countries for this month and I think I nailed it! (tootin' my own horn, LOL toot toot!!)
BACKGROUND PAPER:  Jillibean Soup 6x6 Christmas Eve Chowder
DIE CUT: Spellbinders Nestabilities Circle

Here is a close up of the colouring...  
Foot Pads:  E43, E42, E41
Shell:  E43, E42, E41
Canadian Flag:  R29, R27, R24
American Flag:  R29, R27, R24, B39, B37, C3

AUGUST Turtle...Summer has arrived, lets go to the beach!
BACKGROUND PAPER:  Creative Memories Celebration 8x8 Max kit. This paper was perfect for this month!
DIE CUT: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eight

Here is a close up of the colouring...
Foot Pads:  E44, E43, E42, E41
Shell:  E44, E43, E42, E41
Umbrella:  B16, B14, B12, R29, R27, R24, E37, E35
Pail:  B16, B14, B12
Shovel:  R29, R27, R24
Sand:  E33, E31, E30
Visor:   B16, B14, B12 

SEPTEMBER Turtle...The leaves are begining to change..
BACKGROUND PAPER:  Creative Memories Harvest 8x8 paper pack
DIE CUT: Spellbinders Nestabilities Lacey Circle

Here is a close up of the colouring... 
Foot Pads:  E44, E43, E42, E41
Shell:  E44, E43, E42, E41
Bird:  C9, C7, C5, YR12, Y15
Leaves:  R08, R05, R02, YG67, YG63, YG61, E35, E33 

OCTOBER Turtle...I know that in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October but I really wanted to do a Halloween page for my friends calendar, and with her having friends and family in the USA I figured I can do Thanksgiving in November and Halloween in October, plus I just love this image of the turtle.
BACKGROUND PAPER:  Creative Memories Halloween 12x12 addition
DIE CUT: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven

Here is a close up of the colouring...  
Foot Pads:  E44, E43, E42, E41
Shell:  E44, E43, E42
Pumpkin:  YR18, YR16, YR14, YR12, Y17, Y15
Eye Patch:  C9, C7
Sward & Strap:  C9, C7, C5, C3, C1
Bandana:  C9, C7, C5, YR18, YR16 

NOVEMBER Turtle...Give thanks!
BACKGROUND PAPER:  Creative Memories Harvest 8x8 paper pack
DIE CUT: Spellbinders Nestabilities Circle

Here is a close up of the colouring... 
Foot Pads:  E44, E43, E42
Shell:  E44, E43, E42, E41
Pumpkin:  YR18, YR16, YR14, E37, E35, E33, YG67, YG63, YG61
Hat:  C9, C7, C5, E42, E41, E40 + Sakura Goldstar pen
Leaves, Flower, Corn & Apple:  R08, R05, R02, YR12, Y19, Y15, E37, E35, E33, YG67, YG63, YG61, R29, R27, R24

DECEMBER Turtle...HO HO HO, the man in Red is on his way!
BACKGROUND PAPER:  My Minds Eye 6x6 12 Days of Christmas
DIE CUT: Spellbinders Nestabilities Lacey Square 

Here is a close up of the colouring... 
Foot Pads:  E44, E43, E42
Shell:  E44, E43, E42, E41
Present: R37, R35, R32, G07
Santa Hat: R39, R37, R35 + Sakura White Glaze Pen
Candy Cane:  r37, r35 + Sakura White Glaze Pen
Holly:  G28, G07, G24

And here is a view of the final page in the calender.  I wanted to show you this one as I added a HO HO HO HO HO cutout from my Quickutz Holiday Set on the bottom portion of the calendar.

So that is my calender, what did you think? 

Again I am sorry for the long post but I am so proud of this calendar that I wanted to show it to you! 

When I was out and about shopping this past weekend at one of my local scrapbook stores, I found more of these calendars and bought all their stock, got 4 more! whoo hoo,  I can't wait to get to work on them for gifts this coming Christmas for my friends (not going to name names), but I will have to keep one just for me, so I have 3 gifts to work on this year =)

Please feel free to leave a comment as I love to hear from you.  Thanks for reading my post and I hope you enjoyed it.

I would like to enter this calendar in the following challenges:

* My Sheri Crafts Challenge-77 (new things) this calendar is new for 2012

* For Fun Challenges (lots of fun - farm animals) well I did the whole TURTLE farm!  Saw a turtle farm in Florida so I know they are out there lol!

* Simon Says Stamps Challenge (anything goes)

*Sweet Stamin Challenge Blog (animals) well I guess I would have to say TURTLE!

Until next time, keep crafting!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tilda Birthday Wishes

Hello again!  I hope that you are having a good week so far?!? The weather here is pretty weird, from down right bone chilling cold, then up to 9 degrees (celsius) then back down and flurries.  My body is sooooo not enjoying this up and down temperatures.  Thank goodness Friday is getting closer so that I can be at home and play in my pink palace this weekend wearing my pink snuggie!! LOL

This week another girl at my work, Devi,  is celebrating her birthday.  I made this cute "Tilda with Daffodil" image for her and even tried a new technique! I was so proud of myself as I usually just stick to what I know and afraid to try somehting new incase it turns out poopie, lol. 

Here is a picture of the card....
* White A2 card & envelope
* Magnollia Stamp "Tilda with Daffodil"
* Michaels $1.50 bin Birthday Sentiment
* Stampin' Up Melon Mombo Embossing Powder
* Versa Mark Ink
* Heating tool
* Michaels $1.50 bin Yellow pigment Ink (for boarder of sentiment)
* Copic X-Press paper
* Coipic Markers (colours listed below if interested)
* Smooch Spritz - Pink Sprinkles
* SmoochSpritz - Vanilla Shimmer
* Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 8 to make the shape of the card
* Yellow Peeko Ribbon (from my stash-sooo old)
* Pink Ribbon (from my stash)
* Creative Memories Delightful White/Yellow Paper Flower
* The Twinery Yellow/White Twine
* Pink Button (from my stash)
* 3D pop dots

The new technique is that I used Smooch Spitz to create my background for this card instead of using a patterned paper  or cardstock (which is not rocket science by any means at all, I was just too afraid to spray this stuff in my pink palace in case I got it everywhere, especially on my image!).  I took out the Spellbinder Nestability that I cut the shape of the card from and layed it on the card, then I taped it down on the outside edges so that it would not move (but it did a bit of course-Murphy's Law right-we are best buds sometimes), then I used one Smooch Spritz then the other Smooch Spritz till I got the effect I was looking for.  I had a few drops that came out instead of a nice fine mist and some ran down in the white area I wanted to keep white (grrr) so then I just grabbed my white gel pen and went over the spots after they were dry and then they were gone (mostly).

Next time I try this again I will use my repositional tape around the whole Spellbinder instead of here and there, as when the paper got damp it started to curl and that is what caused my little drops to run.  I do think that I will definaltely try this again as the glimmer effect that I got was pretty cool =)  Could even spray on patterned paper or cardstock just to add a little bit of pizzaz!

Here is a close up of Tilda and the Copic colours I used.....
* Skin:  E13,E11,E00 (needed to go for a "brown" skin tone on this card)
* Hair:  W9,W7,W5,E749,
* Shirt:  RV10,RV00,RV000
* Jeans:  B99,B97,B95
* Shoes:  W7,W5,W3,W1,W00
* Daffodil:  YG67,YG63,YG61,Y18,Y15,Y13,Y11

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (Check them out and play along!);

* Birthday Sundaes Challenge #40
(birthday word/sentiment on front of card)

* My Sheri Crafts Challenge #77
(new technique, new for Christmas, new new new)

* Sundays with Crissy Challenge #25 
(Beat the Mid-Winter Blues) I used happy spring colours =)

* My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette #44-Pink, Daffoldil & Melon
(Pink-my shirt, Daffoldil-flowers, twine and ribbon, Melon-background)

* Inky Impressions Challenges IIC42
(Shape it up! Any Shape but a square) my shape is Spellbinders Labels 8 =)

* Charisma Cardz Challenge #2
(Clean & Simple)

* Truly Scrumptious Challenge #72
(Something forgotten) my yellow ribbon
I hope that you enjoyed this post and will be back to see more cards soon =)    I always love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment.

Please let me know if you know of a better way to use the Smooch Sprtiz other than the way I mentioned above, I know there has got to be an easier way to do it with out dripping into the areas you want to keep "clean", right??

Till next time, keep crafting!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Pink isn't just a color,it's an ATTITUDE!

Hello there! Today I have a special card to show to you.  I had such a blast making this card and the image was  so fun to colour.  I found this image on  Little Scraps of Heaven Designs  and immediately fell in love with it.  I am a BIG supporter of Breast Cancer and as soon as I saw this image I knew that I needed to download and colour it!  Isn't the bear just the cutest??!!

I decided to make an easel card for this image and used my favorite colour - PINK!!! (can you tell I like pink, just a tiny little bit). 

I followed a few challenge guidelines in order to create this adorable card: follow a sketch for LSHD (check), use pink, navy & white (check), favorite colour (check-pink!), anything goes (check-easy!), digital image-anything goes (check & check), make an easel card (check) & make your own flower (check).  Wow that is a lot of stuff but I think the card turned out wonderfully! 

Normally I am my worst critic but I have to say I LOVE MY CARD! LOL!

Here is a frontal view of the card......

A view to see the easel....
* 5X7 White Card
* Digital Image Bear with Ribbon from Little Scraps of Heaven
* Pink sentiment from C.C. Designs
* Navy & pink cardstock from Michaels-Recollections
* Pink pattern paper is from a 5x7 pad I got at Zellers in their clearance bin
* Creative Memories Custom Cutting System - Oval (for behind the bear)
* Spellbinders Nestabilites Scallop Ovals (for behind the bear)
* Creative Memories Paper flowers
* Creative Memories Cirlcle Punch (for the center of the lower flower using the printed paper)
* Stampin' Up Melon Mambo Embossing Powder for the PINK sentiment
* Spellbinders Nestabilities Lacey Circles (used on the lower flower)
* Brest Cancer Ribbon Brad (from my stash, used on the top flower)
* Navy Ribbon (from my stash)
* Pink Peeko Ribbon (from my stash)
* Navy Button (from my stash to make the center of the lower flower)
* Pink Floss (from my stash to tie on the button)
* Copic Markers and Copic X-Press Paper
Here is a view of the flower I made using the various supplies I listed above.....

Here is a close-up of the adorable Bear with the Breast Cancer Ribbon (sooooo cute!).....
* PINKS: R85, R83, R81
* BROWNS: E47, E44, E43, E42, E41, E40
(I think this is the shortest list of Copic colours that I have ever used on a card before, Holy Moly!)

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges (based on the notes I put above in the post);
* Little Scraps of Heaven (card sketch challenge) so happy they had a card challenge, whoo hoo!
* My Time Made Easy (pretty palette #43-pink, white & navy)
* The Pink Elephant Challenge (TPE131-favorite coour - PINK)
* Daisy Doodles Creative Challenges (#51-anything goes)
* Totally Paper Crafts (make your own flowers)
* Winter Wonderland Challenge (an easel card)
* Ribbon Girls (pink & blue)

I sure hope that you enjoyed seeing this post and I'm so sorry it was so long.  Please feel free to leave a comment as I LOVE to hear from you!  Have a great weekend and I will see you soon.

Keep Crafting!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

It's Melissa's Birthday and she has presents for us!

Hello friends,  Melissa over at "Creating from the Heart" is celebrating her 40th Birthday and is offering an amazing present for us to enter in. 

Check it out, it is amazing! See a copy of her post shown below then click on the link I have added to the bottom of the notes of her post so that you can comment on her blog!

MELISSA'S POST:Wednesday, January 18, 2012♥ My Birthday Giveaway! ♥
Well, today is the day that I thought would take forever to get here! My 40th Birthday! How am I 40 already? Wasn't I just playing with my Barbie dolls a few hours ago?? How did this happen? Well, I guess there is nothing I can do about it unless one of you want to give me a time machine or youth serum for my Birthday?? No, ok, well I guess that just leaves me to give something to you then!!

What's up for grabs this time????

~ Michaels Gift Cards totaling $140.00!

~ 1 Kaiser Crafts 6.5 x 6.5 Vintage Timeless Paper Pad

~ 1 Maya Road Chipboard Love Banner Set
~ 1 May Road Love Banner Stamp Set

~ 1 Fancy Pants 6x6 Love Story Paper Pad

and 1 Inkadinkado Birthday Fun Clear Stamp Set

All you have to do is leave me a comment on my post telling me what your favorite birthday gift was that you ever received and also link my giveaway on your blog! And you know the drill, if you don't have a blog just tell me how you will spread the word!  Easy Peasy! This giveaway will stay open for 2 weeks. It will close on February 1st! I will announce a winner a day or two after that! Good Luck everyone!!

Now I'm off to have some fun today! I don't normally pamper myself on my birthdays but this year I don't want to do anything!! No laundry, no cooking, no dusting, no vacuuming, no nothing!! hehe Not even any crafting! Just taking it easy with my family, going out to lunch with my mom and dinner with my husband! Love it! ;)

Have a wonderful day!
I am entering Melissa's giveaway and I hope you do too!  Good luck to all that enter =)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Drink Old Wine, Date Young Men!

Hello fellow bloggers!  I have a fun card to show you today.  I made this card for a friend of mine for her Birthday and she thought it was a perfect sentiment for her  =) She loves wine and younger men, he he he.

Here is a view of the front of the card...
Stamp is from There She Goes Clear Stamps
Wood Grain stamp from Close to my Heart
Creative Memories Red Gigham Pattern Paper
Kraft paper cardstock from Recollections
Copic Xpress Paper
Copic Markers
I*Rock Bling
Glaze Pen for wine glass, table leg, chair, lips and eyes

Here is a close up of the image coloured.....
* SKIN:  E00, E000
* HAIR: E29,E37,E35
* EYES: E37,E35 
* LIPS:  R37,R35
* SHOES:  R39,R37,R35

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges;
 * There She Goes Stamps: TSG138 Paper Piecing (I paper pieced the table cloth)
 *  One Crazy Stamper: January Challenge - Red, White + another colour
 * Cute Card Thursday: Challenge #199 "Your Having A Laugh", somthing humourous
 * Sassy Studio Designs: DTBST#107, Lets celebrate (birthday card)

I hope that you enjoyed this card  =)   Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Till next time, keep crafting!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Toronto Maple Leaf Birthday Card

HOLY MOLY, 2 posts in 1 day!  Be sure to scroll down to my previous post after reading this one :)

As you know from my profile, you can see that I am from Ontario, Canada - and Im a HUGE Toronto Maple Leaf Fan.  I made this birthday card for my sister-in-law Cathie as she is a TML fan too and this stamp called Melanie, looks a lot like my sister-in-law.

What I LOVE about this stamp from Kraftin`Kimmie is that you can also use this stamp to make a Team Canada jersey too.  Being from Canada it is just a give in that you have to LOVE hockey, and I do! :)  I think it is pretty cool too that the CN Tower is in the background.

And here is Cathie`s Birthday Card....
* Stamp: Melanie by Kraftin` Kimmie
* Copic Paper
* Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
* Copic Markers (colours listed below)
* Spellbinders Circles
* Spellbinders Lacey Circles
* Michaels Recollections cardstock
* Creative Memories Patterned Papper from the Winter Addition
* Michaels $1.50 Bin Happy Birthday sentiment + sister sentiment
* Close to my Heart Star Spangled Blue Ink
*Sakura GLAZE pen
* 3D pop dots for image and sentiment

A closer look at Melanie`s colours....
SKIN:  E11,E00,E000
HAIR:  YR23,YR21,Y21
MOUTH:  C7,R24,R22
PANTS & PURSE: E42,E41,E40
SHOES:  C9,C7,C5
CN TOWER AND SKYSCRAPERS: C5,C3,C1,C0,0 + glaze pen on all windows
I really enjoyed making this card, and colouring the image. For me the card is kind of plain but I think this image is classy enough to pull it off - GO LEAFS GO!
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (please visit these sites to check out their posts);
* Top Tip Tuesday - No.67, Anything Goes
* Kraftin`Kimmie - No.110, Time to shape Up - use 3 shapes on your card
* Sassy Studio Designs - DTBS 106, Something New - My Stamp is new!
* All That Scaps - Anything Goes, stamp must be sold in their store
* Aud Sentiments Challenge - No.45, Use your scraps (ALL my papers from my scrap box)
 I hope that you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed making this card :)  I`d love to hear from you so feel free to comment if you like, what is your favorite NHL Team?
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Fairy Birthday Card

This is my first post of 2012, and I hope that you had a safe and Happy New Year!?! 

I have been working on a few projects over the holidays that I will be posting this month, but to start off today I have a very cute birthday card to show you that I made for a girl at work using a stamp I bought using my Christmas money from hubby!

* Stamp: Isabelle by Kraftin'Kimmie
* Copic Paper
* Tuxedo Black Memento Ink
* Copic Markers (colours listed below)
* Cuddlebug Devine Swirls Emossing Folder
* Spellbinders Label 11 (with Fairy)
* Spelbinders Lacey Circles (for sentiment)
* Creative Memories Cranberry Cardstock
* AAW Print works Happy Birthday sentiment stamp
* Michaels $1.50 Bin Red Chalk
* Star Dust Stickles
* Dew Drops x 6
* Ribbon from my stash

A closer look at Isabelle's colours....
SKIN:  E11,E00,E000
EYES: E41,0
HAIR:  E29,E27,E23
WINGS:  E42,E41,E40+stickles
DRESS: R39,R37,E35,R32
SHOES:  R39,R37,R35

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (please go to these sites to check them out);
* Kraftin' Kimmie - No.110, TIME TO SHAPE UP: use 3 different shapes on your project
* One Crazy Stamper - January Challenge: Red, White + one more color of your choice. I used Red, White + Green.
* Some Odd Girl - BLING ME CHALLENGE - must use 2 types of BLING (stickles & dew drops)
* Flutter by Wednesdays - No.184, Open challenge, but must have wings
* All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes,must use stamp sold in store
* Top Tip Tuesday - No.67, Anything Goes
* Sassy Studio Designs - DTBST 106, use something new - MY STAMP IS NEW!!
* Little Miss Muffet Challenges - No.26, Something new - MY STAMPIS NEW!

I hope that you enjoyed this card, and maybe I gave you some insiration to go play in your craft room too :)  Until next time, keep crafting!

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