Thursday, March 31, 2011

Party OWL Night

Hi everyone,

When making personalized greeting cards, it's sometimes challenging to find the proper sentiment. This card below is for a 17-year-old girl who loves to party. I didn't really have anything in my stamp collection that would fit (yeah, hard to believe!). So I used my computer and printer and came up with my own sentiment. 

The photo above is a little too light but I didn't have time to fiddle around with it too much. I wanted the title to be vanilla  to match the color of the background paper but obviously printing in this color was out of the question. So I created a text box and filled it with Tempting Turquoise using an RGB code and selected the Very Vanilla RGB code for the text. Success!

I'm laughing at the above picture because if you look closely at the rhinestone you can see my reflection taking the picture through the opening of the light box. LOL

Have a nice stampin' day !!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Easter bunny

Hi everyone,

For today's card I was inspired by the pop-up standing card that CeeCee made here. I wanted to make one too. Easter bunny was an obvious choice for me, so here's what I came up with:

then when you pull on the little heart...

It magically pops up !! I simply followed the tutorial of Kim score on SCS for the base of the card. The bunny was created by mixing 3 differents punch art bunnies from web.

Have a nice stampin' day !!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Video: Show & Tell of Arts & Crafts Supplies Binder

Hi everyone,

No card today -- a video instead! You can watch directly from YouTube here or below. Enjoy! 


Have a nice stampin' day !!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

beary 1st birthday wishes

Hi everyone,

I had this image (from the stamp set Beary Best Friends by Stampin' Up!) in my pile for a while and it was even matted to another print... it didn't work for me so I decided to revamp it and do some paper piecing. 

The dress was stamped on a piece of DSP (retired from SU) and layered over the watercolored image. I did the same for the gift bag.

I blinged the dress and the bag with Dazzling Diamonds.

The balloon is actually stamped directly unto a piece of handmade glitter paper then cut out and popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals. The number one is from a set of die-cuts from Basic Grey.

Have a nice stampin' day !!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Birthday owls

Hi everyone,

Yesterday my dear friends Marie-Pierre and Catherine came over for dinner and we really had a blast. Since I was working, I could follox them to their Shopping spree to the scrapbook store :O( But they brought me the cutest 6X6 paper pack, it's from Jillibean soup and it's called Spotted owl thanks so much girl for that thoughtfull gift and for that amazing night, love you a lot. Here's the card I created playing with my new toys :

Since I really wanted the focus to be on those cute owl I kept the rest very minimal, CS punched circles, a button and a simple and classic sentiment.

Have a nice stampin' day !!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

keeping track of supplies

Hi everyone,

When you're a compulsive collector like me, it's no surprise that it extends to your hobby. In my case, it's everything that has to do with arts and crafts. But you accumulate so much paper, stamps, markers and all kinds of fun and colorful goodies... and then you lose track of it all. Then you buy duplicates and feel stupid for doing so... you give some away ...  Does that sound familiar?! 

One of my fav things to do is, without a doubt, organizing my craft room and my supplies.  I've been wanting to start this project for a couple of years now but always put it off because there were always more pressing matters to attend. Well, I cracked last week. I did it! I've started my Little Inventory Book of Arts & Crafts Supplies. And I love it so much!

The base of my book is a Sara Binder from Hot Off the Press. It's a small raw chipboard 3-ring binder. I painted the spine and sides with a Ranger Dauber and covered the top, bottom and inside covers with old Basic Grey patterned paper (gotta use your stash!).

The chipboard letters were also painted with a dauber then covered with Crystal Effects. The flower next to the title was put there to cover up a stain -- it wasn't my intention to have something there. The Sara Binder system also has dividers, ruled sheets, plain sheets and envelopes. I used my label maker to type the names of the dividers.

Here's an example of one of the items I keep track of. Oooooh, aren't those colors pretty?

I love my little book and it's small enough to fit in my purse. I took it for a test drive today and bought one bottle of Stickles and 2 bottles of Liquid Pearls that were missing to complete my collection. Love it!!! And I'm always referring to the embossing section to see which powder I'm going to use since I know exactly how it's going to look like by looking at my swatches.

It's a work in progress and when it's all done, I'll do a show-&-tell video. Stay tuned!

Have a nice stampin' day !!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Baby steps

Hi everyone,

Meet today's card:

I'm back to basics with a very soft and simple baby girl card. Polka dots pattern paper is from PTI while the ribbon, CS and elephants are from Stampin' Up!

Have a nice stampin' day !!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

wedding bells for the newlyweds

Hi everyone,

Wow, I got so involved in what I've been doing for the part few days that I completely forgot to post yesterday! Here's a wedding card that I managed to squeeze in.

I used some wedding papers I bought a long long long time ago for a wedding album project; it's a DCWV paper pack called Wedding Prints. The rest is pretty simple... some light pink Bazzill CS that I had lying around, a little bit of green moss to highlight the stamped image and a scallop square mat.

Where I had the most fun was with experimenting with my Twinkling H2o's to color the image. I first embossed it in silver than I colored in with Pink Cloud, Moss Green and Oyster. I also added a bit of silver Prismacolor pencils on the tolls of the bells. I love the shimmer of the H2o's.

Have a nice stampin' day !!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Digital welcome

Hi everyone,

Today I have a double page digital scrapbook layout.

The layout on the first page is from a class I took at Jessica called photoshop friday #3, I really love her classes and templates.

Then I modified the same template to make the second page:

All the papers and elements are from the Springtime collection from echo park co. papers.

For those of you who can read french here's the journaling :

7 octobre 2009 18h09, 8 h de contractions, 1 épidurale, 40 min de poussées, 8 lbs et 8 oz d'amour, 21 ¼ pouces de délicatesse, ma précieuse petite fille, TOI.

Have a nice stampin' day !!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

sitting amongst the tulips

Hi everyone,

Today, I got to play with a different color combo: perfect plum, dark pink and fluorescent green. My inspiration was the polka-dot paper in the background. This is my last Easter card made for a customer and I'm itchin' to move on to another theme. It was fun while it lasted but I'm so done with it now :-)

The girl image is a Magnolia stamp borrowed from my friend Angelle and the bench and flowers are two of my own stash, all from Magnolia. I love the fact that they have sitting characters that are separate from other elements making it easy to layer the images. The tulips were stamped directly on the white CS and the bench and girl were stamped separately, colored, than cut out.

When coloring the hair, I ran into some problems with my brown Copic marker so the left side of her hair is a little bit muddled. Instead of fiddling around with it by using the colorless blender, I decided to leave it alone. I'm going to investigate to see if other people have had a similar problem... it seems that my E49 started pooling on the paper but only after I've finished coloring the bench and the right side of the hair. hmm.... So this image is entirely colored with Copics except for the shadows under the bench and the grass line -- those were done with Prismacolor pencils and OMS.

I accented the stamped flowers on the hat by adding 3 punched flowers out of my homemade glitter paper and added a rhinestone in the middle. This card is definitely very dimensional.

This is how I've added the sentiment inside the card. It's from Stampin' Up!'s Well Scripted set. I added some rhinestones for interest.

Have a nice stampin' day !!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

color Q flowers

Hi everyone,

Today I decided to play along with the Color Q challenge # 76, here are the colors I had to use:

Here's my creation:

A very simple card. Whenever I do a lot of coloring, I always love to keep the layout very basic and the card clean, because it emphasise even more the hard work I put in it...

I stamped this flower pot from a gift for you hostess level 1 stamp set from SU! in brown stazon on watercolor paper and then simply added life by using my watercolor wonder crayons and an aquapainter.

Have a nice stampin' day !!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Hi everyone,

Sometimes I feel the need to do monochromatic work. But monochromatic doesn't have to be boring. I quite like the big polka dot paper -- it's fresh and funky! 

The house stamp, though, was too uni-dimensional to me. So I first stamped it with Pear Pizzazz ink on Pear Pizzazz cardstock. Then I stamped the same image with VersaMark ink and embossed it in white. By cutting out just the houses and adhering it over the 1st stamped image with Stampin' Dimensionals, it brought the image to life.

A few rhinestones and Poppy Parade ribbon brings the eye directly to the focal image. It came together in a snap!

Have a nice stampin' day !!!