Sunday, December 20, 2009

Clothesline...runaway snowman ;-)

I had fun with this. It was done for the stamping boutique how do you show snow challenge, but never finished in time. I adhered it to a box I painted and filled with stamping stuff for my sister. Coloured with copics and I hope you can see the stickles and glitter on the card.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


I loved the ornament a fellow TJ'er made, so chased the links to find directions to make my own. You can see Kathys's here and the directions arefound here. If you scan through the post you will find them. The post previous to this shows another ornament
as well. Try it, it's easier than you think ;^) Ummm, I should have rotated that photo,lol

Monday, December 14, 2009

Copic Junkies Challenge #4-SnowPeople

Check out my challenge for the copic junkies here. It showcases my two projects, lots of links and other peoples work on snow.....Enjoy and have a CREATIVE day! Connie

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Snow, Snow, Snow

I have a confession to make. Shhh, don't tell......I love snow, I love playing in it, building with it, skiing on it, snowshoeing or winter bonfires. But I do love snow. And now, I love creating snowy art! This was fun!! So, thanks again Mel for the inspiration! I made a little box to hold an ornament and created this front for it. So, broken down into small parts :^)The box template is found in the following link too.
The hills template can be found here.
I used a download from Mel for the christmas text and gesso'd over it for the 1st and 3rd layer. The middle layer was gesso'd and imprinted with one of CTMH Jingle border stamps. I then took my glue pen and edged the hills and sprinkled them with glitter.
I used the All Decked Out set from CTMH for the snow flurries and clear embossed them on the front hill and on the sky. I punched holes and stitched the flurries with silver thread on the hill and used a white ink on the sky.
The rest is easy! I silver embossed the tree from Warm Memories (CTMH), adhered my hills, embossed my hat from All Decked Out and coloured it with Copics T6, T8 and T10 and R49 and R43 on the band.
The snow dust in the background is embossing powder in white and clear sprinkled on and heated from beneath to look like fine snow (so it doesn't just blow away).
That cute little bear and snowman is from ILDI stamps. I will add the link when I find where I put it. For the Christmas text too. the snowman is approx 1 1/4 inches high (digital, I love it, any size you want for the project at hand!) Coloured with copics....
Snowman - BG10, hat T8 T10, R59 for the band
Bear - E33 and E37
Cut out and tuck in where they look best.
The background is faux blanket stitched to the box (see the link to Mel for that one!)
Whew, This was so much fun and looks so good when done! I will probably use it on a scrapbook page in the future! Let me know if you try this, I would love to see what you create. Have a wonderfully creative week and join us on our Copic Challenge this week....Snow People!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Beading, Snowmen and Cool Techniques

Wow, this took me longer than I thought! I wanted to try something a la Mel ;^) from Mel Stampz fame. And I wanted to learn to bead. So here is the result.....a little gift basket with beads and fringes. I will walk through what I have done and give you the link to Mel's far more beautiful version.
The snowy hill is made from white cardstock with CTMH December Word Puzzle collaged and embossed in white in the background. I highlighted the Merry Christmas with YG21 copic and beaded around the edges (thanks Mel for the hints and help. I then sewed the edges of the hill for more texture.
I then cut out a toboggan shape and coloured a white ribbon with the YG21 to match, added a bead and glued it down.
The lime green background is white cardstock stamped with an old stampin up alphabet block and coloured with that same marker.

My snowman is from a CTMH build a snowman set, embossed and cut out. The top two balls are raised up for extra dimension. I also used my C1 gray marker to create some shading on the edges. His scarf is from that same set only I cut the fringes off and used double sided tape to add a yarn fringe.
If you follow Mels tutorial here, she poked holes through the background, so I tried that, but it doesn't show up in the picture.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Quilted Cards

It's been a long time since I have been able to create with a Technique Junkies technique! The herringbone technique is perfect for using up scraps that I just can't throw out! I used a piece of faux designer paper (also TJ)that I created when the technique first came out and quilted it all together after. The stamp is from Sweet Pea Stamps and I just love it! Coloured with copics using techniques from Suzanne Dean's blog to get the hair colour and skin tones right. More on skin tones next week as I am preparing to post my Challenge for the copic junkies!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Iridescent Pearl and Copics, mmmhmmmm

I created this card for a recent grad. I used Iridescent Pearl paper to colour on, It's really different as the ink does not absorb at all. I used up my scraps, since they suit this Sweet Pea image to a tee! The sketch is Clear Dollars blog challenge. The fibres are from ctmh. Thanks for looking! For some reason the shine of the cardstock does not come through and the shading on her face is blotchy...not like that in real life!I actually found that I finally had the shading on the face done nicely :(

Monday, November 16, 2009

Wedding Bells!

A wedding card for friends of ours. I created it for the copic buzz sketch challenge over on paper craft planet. I used Paper Temptress's Silver Lustre paper to colour. Uber cool though, the ink slips under the texture...I wish I could show it better.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Copic Junkies Design Team

I am so excited!!!!! and a little nervous......Cuz I am now a design team member for the Copic Junkies! I don't know if I know enough, have never been formally taught, but I AM head over heels in love with my COPIC markers :^)
Watch for more.......or join the copicjunkies at yahoo groups. I don't know how to link that just yet.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Land of Nod

Image from The Stamping Boutique, Coloured with this weeks Copic Colour Challenge Colours G05 R29 Y08. Well.....G 29, R29 and R27 and Y06 because that's what I own! A few Diamond Dust Stickles for stars and liquid glass on the star at the top. I left the nestability on and sponged the edges with Outdoor Denim (CTMH) ink to create the night sky. Off to the Land of Nod! The sketch is from the Stamp Something Challenge Blog as well!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Search for a Solution to Meningitis

This adorable image is from Mo's Digital stamps. It was a fundraiser for meningitis cure as a little boy was taken by this disease. I fell in love with the image and had to colour it right away. The paper is from my scrap pile and the metal embellies are from the dollar store. I think I need to find a 6x6 envelope and share this card with someone. My favourite copics right now are Raw Silk and the W1-3-7 combo, I seem to use them on every card!

The Secret to Staying Young

Well, took me all day with the boys, but I managed to get Papa's Birthday Tin decorated and make an easel card. Now to bake the cookies ;^)
Okay, details......I used a free digi from last weeks challenge on PCP Copic Buzz Group it is a doodlebean image. I added glitter to his edges and coloured him with Twinkling h20s. Added a bit of flower soft to his hat holly. I used some CTMH bling and that's it Folks!

As for the cookie tin, I used a vinegar tube from Epicure Selections ( and wrapped it in Birthday paper and ribbon. I stamped the top with a CTMH saying....The secret of staying young is..... and added glitter. The image is from Louby Lou and is coloured with copics.....My fave colour right now is Raw Silk E53 - I used it on everything today :) and just blended back on itself to deepen the colour, I also had E57 to highlight it. The back of the tin says 'to live healthy eat slowly and lie about your age!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cryogen Blue Paper, mmmm

I had to try this cryogen blue iridescent paper from the paper temptress. It is heavenly to colour on and fit this image from Firecracker Designs perfectly. Coloured with copics, cut out with nesties.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sarah's Art

I came home from work tonight to find this amazing drawing on my boys MagnaDoodle. I couldn't resist sharing what an obviously talented young lady created while babysitting my boys.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I love this little image from Phindy - see PCP - I will add the link when I find it again! I coloured it with copics, cut it out with a nestie, added some bling and words....

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mo's Glitzy Challenge (and her stamp too!)

I love Mo's Digital Art since I discovered her (thanks Mel) and I love Mel Stampz blog too! I saw the silver embossed image there and borrowed the idea. The nestie behind the image is cut from the sealer to a coffee can (yup I get people to save them for me, they are the perfect size and thickness to play with and I Recycle too!) It doesn't crinkle like tinfoil. Coloured the image with copics and glued glitter for snow at the base of the tree. Oh yah, I added a few stickles to bling it up more....This card is gorgeous, but didn't scan well at all :( That's all, I think :)

The first card is essentially the same with a stampavie stamp and no foil, just a scrap of paper :) this card is the best I have made in a while...very elegant, to my eye. And the piece d'resistance....the Paper Temptress ( arrived and I used the Iridescence Cryogen White paper. It shimmers and even when coloured the shimmer shines through! So its sparkly everywhere! I LOVE this paper, gonna haveta get's like dessert ;P

Friday, November 6, 2009

Blog Candy Alert!

Can anyone help me figure out how to post blog candy in the side column?
You can find some here but I can't figure out how to link the picture. I love the image of the little girl and her sled, but don't know how to get it on here to show you!

What's Up Cowboy?

WHew! I have been trying to clean up my desk from all the half done projects lying around! This card base was the jeweled acetate technique from technique junkies. The stamp was a free digi from Paper Popsicles that I did for a challenge and never got posted. He is a cutie.....I will get some mileage out of him. I am trying to not buy, but to use what I have hard is that!

I'm Corn-fused.....

This Card was created from one of Mo's digital freebies on PCP.......I love it! It's a simple card. Paper from my scrap pile, corn metal embellie from the dollar store and the saying is clear dollar stamps stamped onto Mel Stampz gesso paper technique (see previous post)Isn't this little guy adorable?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Shadow Box Card

I love this technique from the latest technique junkies newsletter. However Mel at Mel Stampz totally kicks my butt at making these spectacular! I now have to try to stretch myself and make something more detailed, lol....Stamps are from Firecracker Designs by Pamela, my first rubber stamps instead of acrylic (I still like my clear ones better, sorry!) But I love the scene creations that you get with these. I haven't played with them enough. Nuff said! off the computer and back to stampin' :)

Shaker Card Snowman

Well, the card is cool, but I can't take pictures to save my life :) . I used a free digi image from the Copic Buzz group (doodle bean digital designs is the sponsor) on PCP as the background. Close to My Heart stamped snowflakes in acrylic white paint and on the (too cool) medallion that I made with embossing powder and stamping into it while still hot to get the snowflake image! The Card template and idea is from Technique Junkies Dec 06 newsletter. I coloured the snowman with twinkling h20's so he is sparkly and shiny under that glare! This card is the one I will be giving my nieces and nephews, cuz they will LOVE it! Point to note, I used glitter from the dollar store, not such a good idea as it sticks to the acetate.......

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Paper Pieced MFT Digi Girls-Revised

Well, I looked at the card and looked at it and decided those girls needed a little here it is! The BG for the paperpiecing is the ledger paper, see Mel Stampz blog and posting 2 down from here (I thinks...maybe 3 or so, been playing lots :))I used nesties to cut out the shapes and blinged up the edges with old sparklies that I had lying around. My goal is to use up lots of the embellies that I have been ignoring this season and its working!!!!Make room for more!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Paper Pieced MFT Digi Girls

Deets in the morning....must sleep now :)

Texturized Acrylic Paper

I love this technique!!!!!! I really do! Check out the directions for the background atMel Stampz. I used a digi stamp freebie on the Copic Buzz group at Paper Craft Planet, coloured it with copics for the Copics Colour Challenge Blog, using R20, E33 and YG63 and blending colours (R26, YG67, E37, E39)and a few others I forgot to write down :(. Now I now why people take pictures of the copics they use!. I dyed the flowers with reinkers. The hardest part was waiting for everything to dry. It didn't scan well either, the colour washed out or something.
Using Copics on Acrylic paint is FUN. The ink moves around more or something. It is harder to blend it though. As for the background, Mel does a great job explaining it, but in a nutshell, I printed out ledger paper, overpainted with acrylic paint, waited and waited for it to dry and then ran it through the printer again to print out the digi on top....tried to emboss it, but my paper was still damp or something and it didn't work well.....maybe I need the antistatic bag?? Thanks Mel for an awesome texture technique! Oh yah, out of the box technique do you do that well and get a nice embossed edge with nestabilities? Any hints?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Visit Paper Craft Planet
I love the challenges, the people and the connections you find here!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Recycle, ReUse

\I used a tin seal from a coffee can and painted it with alcohol ink in eggplant and stream as the BG. I used a sweetnsassy digi for the snail and coloured it with copics for practice blending (hence the odd variation in the shell :P) I then raised it with a pop dot off the shiny BG. The ribbon is a scrap from my oddsnends bin and the saying is clear dollar stamps. Drat, I looked at the sweetnsassy sketch challenge and could have used this there, but didn't follow the sketch. Ah well!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Blog Candy Alert!

Chrissy's having a blog candy awesome package! Go see here

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Witches Shoes

This was fun. I wanted to use the free shape template from paper popsicles and then met a challenge to create a love/halloween card. In the bargain, I think i meet the criteria for the stamp something blog challenge BLING!! And I get to challenge myself (use my own writing, yuck! :P and use my bling which I never think to do) I used miscellaneous paper, a SU tag punch, dollar store embellies. The tag says There's something 'witchy' in the air...(inside cont. 'cuz I've been under your spell since we first met!)Inside is decorated too, but I didn't scan it....too much work left to do tonight!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Spooky Crayon Resist!

I used the embossed crayon technique from the latest technique junkies newsletter along with dollar store embellies and CTMH ink. Too much fun and so easy my 4 year old can do it!

Copic Practice and Free Digi

This stamp is free from papergardenprojects as a new stamp venture to try. I coloured it in with copics and set it paper from my scrap pile. I really like this stamp to colour and I think I am getting better! Even my DH can't believe that I coloured it! Still needs work, but my best yet. I entered this card in the challenge atCopic Creations and realized that I probably need practice on my pumpkins after reading the tutorials, lol.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Thank you, Mrs Lockyer

Thank you for being a great teacher, you will be missed! Coloured with copics E33 E39 E59, out of the box technique from technique junkies newsletter, Feltie by close to my heart. Digi stamp by Sweet and sassy stampers.
I used a brad and photo clip for the body of the butterfly.
Created for the stamp something challenge blog.

Al Foil Baby Card

Al Foil technique - technique junkies
Watercolor Markers - technique junkies
Stamp - CTMH
Hooray, I'm an auntie to a healthy baby boy!!! :)

Monday, August 31, 2009

TJ Treasure Hunt and mmm, found Blog Candy!!!

Found some lovely art and blog candy here You have to check out her blog!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge - Summer in 30 Days

I have finally managed to finish my album! Still need to learn a bit more about paper bag albums but I like it! And thanks Cuttlebug Challenges for getting me to put my photos in an album in record time!

True's Gift's From the Heart: More blog candy! This one is to celebrate my "Cuttlebug Challenge Blog DT spot!

True's Gift's From the Heart: More blog candy! This one is to celebrate my "Cuttlebug Challenge Blog DT spot! Check out this blog for some awesome artwork and great candy!

Beautiful Greetings: Blog Candy Celebration!

Beautiful Greetings: Blog Candy Celebration! Never tried creating the link this way before...wish I could show the picture

Friday, August 21, 2009

More Candy

Look here to see some beautiful artwork and candy! I tried to link the picture, but can't

Blog Candy Alert!

Check out Wiccababe's blog candyhere

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thomas memories

This is the start of my summer trip album for the boys. I was following the cuttlebug challenge for summer memories and used a paper bag album (never done this before, I can see the need to print my photos out smaller :), we'll see how it goes!

Look at this Sussie Win!

Look at what I won at scrapbook sussies! Wow, far more than I expected when I posted my layouts! WEEHEEE

Friday, July 10, 2009

My creative venture

I found these windows while cleaning up an old shed and thought, hmmmmm, could I clean these up into something? So....they had all the glass when I started and I am down to one pane :( that is my own carelessness. I thought of charring the front and steelbrushing to bring out the grain and using fabric and corkboard as a message center. I will have to post the final product....months from now, lol

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Copic Practice and Birthday Cards

Well Good Morning!
I had the itch to play this week and it has taken me all week to create one card! I was inspired by the challenges from clear dollar stamps, Kimm's artful sentiments, PCP Sketch challenge and more ;) Any hints on what I can do with my liquid glass so that it doesn't dry out in the tip? I stuck a pin in it, but it dries out below that....I really like the stuff but this is frustrating. Down to business - The stamp is clear dollar and balloons are Firecracker Designs (my son informed me I had to add them and stamped them himself!) Ink -ctmh and copic, Paper- scraps, hooray!

Sunday, May 31, 2009


Thought I would share a page I completed today...I used up two peacock feathers that were given to me and were driving me crazy! I mean..feathers? on a scrapbook page :)But it works!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Jennie, this ones for you!

Jennie, this one's for you, lol....I coloured it with copics, my first attempt! The stamp is from Firecracker Designs. I love the sentiment too.....This is my lesson to live by! I cannot wait to get more copics, as this just used one red, one yellow and one teal green, sigh, not much blending to be done.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Whiff of Joy

Go look at Katharinas sitehere to get an idea of the Whiff of Joy stamps and see her giveaway for the summer stamps! I hope I win, love her stuff :)


Here is another cute blog with those elves......and the Whiff of Joy stamps are one of my faves...ahhhh

MASSIVE blog candy

Wow, I found a lovely blog that has HUGE candy here with copics and everything. It goes out tonight, but is so worth looking at!!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Watching E-friends grow

HEl lo all! I was just over on PCP and learned that our lovely cuttlebug group moderator is stepping down due to a promotion at work. In honour of this, she is offering blog candy here . I will miss her creativity and spontanaity on the site! Go check out her blog!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Scrapbook and Share

Close to My Heart is having a scrapbook and share challenge on their blog, so I submitted two of my favourite layouts, which I will share here. Go check it out here and vote for me or leave me comments :) I might win and share with you! I have been sneaking scrap time but no time to share here...perhaps that will catch up soon! It is gardening season though, so my stamping does slow down until the hibernating months again, lol, tis the season to take the photos

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Blog Candy Alert!!!

Check out the blog here for some awesome blog candy!!! Not to mention a beautiful blog to browse and in ontario too!!! :)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Newspaper Reveal

Stamps- CTMH, clear dollar stamps
Supplies- Ribbons, buttons, flowers, from my stash...
Technique - technique junkies April 09 newsletter

Friday, April 3, 2009

Sheetloads and Cuttlebug Challenge

Check it out here and here. They have the coolest frosted and acetate prefolded cards to play with

Monday, March 30, 2009

Stamp Something Sketch Challenge

Hi, I was madly scrambling to finish my card for the paper garden projects challenge and realized I used the sketch challenge provided by stamp something, resembles it somewhat :) I tweaked the shorter ribbon piece and nested the top two pieces, but I like the result. The background is stamped, the next layer is the stringing along layer from Technique Junkies Feb 09 issue, next is a rolling stamp from stampin up and then my nested Clear Dollar chicken stamp. In there somewhere is yellow ribbon that I divided to frame the Chick'n In saying from Clear Dollar.