Sunday, February 28, 2010

CCCW56 with CCC53: Expect Great Things

I hope I can get this card in under the behind on crafting this week! I stupidly thought with my husband away for a week and my kiddo in camp I would have a ton of time to create - now I know better!

I had a lot of fun with Crafty Creations' Cut It Out and Pop It Up Challenge! I chose the colors from Copic Colour Challenge #53: YG03 - Yellow Green , Y17 - Golden Yellow and C7 - Cool Gray No. 7.

Expect Great Things

Stamps: Water Lily Skiing (Penny Black); sentiment (River City Rubber Works)
Paper: Morrocan Floral - Curry (Daisy D's); Willow from Simple Sponge line (Making Memories)
Cardstock: Gable Green and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Ballet Blue, Yoyo Yellow, Rose Red and Pumpkin Pie (Stampin Up)
Copics: C0, C1, C3, C5, C7, E57, R11, Y05, Y13, Y15 (close to Y17 I hope), YG03, and YG11

I took this second photograph to show where the image is popped up. The butterfly is popped up and the mouse as well as a second layer of water lily leaves.

Wishing you a day where you can expect great things!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

GC44: Birthday

We are closing in on our first year over at Gingersnap Creations so our Random Redhead Challenge today is to make a birthday greeting!

I learned this great ribbon border from a tutorial by GC Design Team Member Erika Taylor! I am getting hooked on the Out of the Box technique from Technique Junkies. Not sure this one counts completely but the technique was my inspiration for the card.

Here's what I put together:

Birthday Style
Stamp: woman from Twenties No. 1 plate (The Artistic Stamper)
Paper: Wedding Cakes (Karen Foster)
Cardstock: Cameo Coral, Riding Hood Red, and Very Vanilla (Stampin Up)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Copics: E00, E19, R32, R35, and R37
Embellishments: satin-covered button; 1/2" Berry Sorbet grosgrain ribbon (Papertrey); feather
Other: oval cutter (Creative Memories)

I love these fabulous art deco style stamps from The Artistic Stamper! Jennie of The Artistic Stamper generously sponsored Gingersnap Creations for the month of February. I had the pleasure of interviewing Jennie earlier in the month and she is a delightful person and talented artist.

If you want to see some other stylish birthday greetings, head on over to Gingersnap Creations and check out the beautiful samples from both the GC Design Team and The Artistic Stamper's Design Team! We hope you play along!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Play Date with a Midnight Madness Rooster?

It was a very busy week for me which unfortunately did not include any stamping or crafting. Today, however, I got a chance to play! I've been dying to try out the color combos over at Play Date Cafe and I saw a great sketch on Midnight Madness so I was off and crafting.

The colors for this week's Play Date Cafe Challenge (PDCC17) were Red, Brown and Linen. I was searching through my red paper drawer when I came across some fun rooster silhouette paper which made me think of a cool rooster image my good and lovely friend, Debby, had sent me. I then remembered another paper with a similar motif that would fit the linen color criteria. Voila! But what to do with all this stuff? That's where the Midnight Madness Sketch #41 came in. I had to flip the sketch a bit so my chickens would show but I think it still works.

Here's my take on these two challenges:

Keep Crowing
Stamp: rooster (Squigglefly)
Paper: No. 261 (Steve's Pages); Les Poulets (Reminisce)
Cardstock: Real Red (Stampin Up); white
Copics: E09, E13, E15, E19, E55, E57, E59, R24, R27, Y38

Hope you had something to crow about today!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Masculine Valentine

This card is for my wonderful, fabulous husband who happens to have had a moustache for as long as I have known him.

I just love this paper with its hearts. They are perfect for popping images into.

Once in a Lifetime
Once in a Lifetime (Stampers Anonymous), Be My Valentine and Je T'aime (Penny Black); Love (Magenta); face (River City Rubberworks); flourish (DeNami Design)
Paper: Lovely Hearts (Rusty Pickle)
Cardstock: More Mustard (Stampin Up)
Ink: Timber Brown (Stazon); Really Rust (Stampin Up)

If you are feeling like more Valentines, join in the Gingersnap Creations Valentine Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous weekend! I'm off to spend mine with my incredible family.

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

Hope everyone is having an excellent Valentine's Day!

This is a card I made for my sweet little girl! I got inspiration from Theme Thursday's current Flowers Challenge and Penny Black Challenge #88 involves using at least one Penny Black sentiment with the theme of Happy Valentines. Think I have both covered.

She just loves teal. Making this cutey a redhead was a bit of a challenge but I think I got it.

Sweetie for my Sweetie
Stamp: girl with flower (HAnglar); sentiment (Penny Black)
Paper: scrap from a stack (Provocraft)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, and Tempting Turquoise (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Black marker (Marvy)
Copics: B12, B14, BG45, BG49, E00, E51, E53, R29, Y15, Y19, YG95, YR14 and YR18
Tools: magic mesh

In the mood for more Valentines? Just take a wander through the Gingersnap Creations Valentine Blog Hop! You have a chance to win our Valentine giveaway by playing along, but you have to hurry as it all ends on February 20, 2010.

Hope you have a day filled with love, sunshine and flowers!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

GC Valentine Blog Hop Stop #8!

Welcome to the Gingersnap Creations’ Valentine Blog Hop and Hop Stop #8!

If you’ve already been hopping then hopefully you have just come from Lynn at Trash to Treasure Art. If you are starting here, welcome! It's a loop so you can start anywhere along the way!

At each stop, you need to collect a word! There are 9 stops in all starting and ending with the Gingersnap Creations blog where you can get all the specific information and get a peak at the the goodies in the Valentine Giveaway including some treats from The Artistic Stamper.

When you get all your words, 9 in all, unscramble them to form a quotation about love. Once you have your guess at the quote, email it and your name to by February 20, 2010.

We will be picking one lucky winner at random from the correct entries to win the Valentine Giveaway package!

If you visit all the stops, you should end up right back at Gingersnap Creations with 9 words! Unscramble the words to come up with a love quote and email it on to That's all there is to it!

If you get lost along the way, you can see the entire route at Gingersnap Creations.

My word is "at".

Here's my Valentine:

Stamp from the new 20's Ladies plate from The Artistic Stamper.
Paper: BasicGrey, Heidi Grace and Stampin Up.

Your next stop on the hop is Jennie at The Artistic Stamper Blog. Have fun and good luck!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Yet Another Pink Valentine

I broke out one of my favorite Technique Junkie techniques for this one, block collage!

I am still loving these new Artistic Stamper stamps so here is another image from the 20's No. 1 set with lots of lovely hearts from the Roses are Red plate. The sentiment came from the newly released 20's Ladies set.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend and an awesome Valentine's Day! Don't forget to join us at Gingersnap Creations for our Valentine's Blog Hop on February 13th!

Gingersnap Creations Design Team Call

Want to join a great team with lots of freedom to create and very few rules?

Gingersnap Creations wants you! There are 2 full-time design team spots as well as a Guest Designer spot available on our team!

Gingersnap Creations is dedicated to papercrafting fun in a low-stress environment and the Design Team is run on those same ideals.

We love imagination and dislike loads of rules. To be on our team, you can use things that you already have on hand and have a lot of freedom in your creations. There’s no specific products to buy, no specific stamp sets to use, and what we hope is a reasonable time commitment.

Join us for six months of challenges, tutorials and projects! Head on over to Gingersnap Creations to find out all the specifics!

It’s easy to apply. No prior Design Team experience required. Creativity is your best qualification.

Applications by email will be accepted from February 12th through March 12th, 2010!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Having Fun with Fibers

Yesterday, Gingersnap Creations announced its latest Spicy Supply Challenge - Lace and Fibers!

I used wool to create some faux fur trim for this lovely lady from The Artistic Stamper. I also added this sweet heart lace, using double-sided tape, around the edge of my mat to create a doily-effect.

Vintage Valentine Beauty
Stamp: woman from Twenties No. 1 plate (The Artistic Stamper)
Cardstock: Purely Pomegranate, Regal Rose, and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics: E02, E11, E13, E15, E19, R11, RV13, RV19, RV21, and YR00
Other: oval cutter and heart punch (Creative Memories); heart lace; double-sided tape (Stampin Up); white wool; #13 yarn needle; 1/8" hole punch

To see more on how I did the faux fur trim and to see two more samples using the same technique, you can see my tutorial on Gingersnap Creations. Don't forget to check out the Challenge while you are there!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Brrr...It's Cold Outside

Last Sunday's card used an image sent to me but a sweet friend and so does this one, but different sweet friend!! Thanks again, Deb C!

I am getting sick of the freezing weather, but I still love this cutey!

Snow Sweetie
Stamps: a Hanglar cutey; sentiments and flourishes from Poochie Christmas (Cat's Pajamas)
Paper: Moroccan Floral - Eggplant (Daisy D's)
Cardstock: Glorious Green (Stampin Up); white
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Glorious Green (Stampin Up); Peony (ColorBox)
Copics: E02, E11, E15, E19, G05, G07, G09, R20, V04, V06, V09, and YR00
Other: piece of wool (Patron's); shipping tag; mini heart punch (Marvy)

Hope you are staying warm and toasty!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

It's All Going Swimmingly

I am so happy to have had time to craft just for fun! What a great feeling!

I had a lovely surprise in the mail last week. A gorgeous card by my fabulous friend Debby Boltman and some fun images to color. You can see her amazing card on her blog, Debby's Stuff.

Here's a quickie Valentine (yes, another pink one - no idea what the matter with me is) I made using one of my new images, this delightful swan, and a Technique Junkies' technique called Out of the Box. Being me, I had to not do a box...hey, I haven't completely changed!

Rosy Swan
Swan (Squigglefly)
Paper: scrap of pink gingham
Cardstock: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Copics: Boo, RV10, RV11, RV13, and RV14
Other: heart cutting system (Creative Memories); bubble punch (Martha Stewart)

Here's hoping that your day leaves you feeling rosy inside!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

GC41: Romance

I must be having a mid-life crisis! I made another Valentine using pinks... what is going on? I will try and be more creative in colors over the weekend.

In the meantime, I just had to try out my amazing new stamps from The Artistic Stamper! I totally adore vintage images especially of the 20s and 30s so when I got these great stamps it was love at first sight! They were the perfect for the new Romance Challenge on Gingersnap Creations.

Griddy Love
The 20s Ladies plate and Roses are Red plate (The Artistic Stamper)
Cardstock: Bravo Burgundy, Regal Rose, Rose Red and Pretty in Pink (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Have you feel in the pink today!

Monday, February 1, 2010

It's the Month of Romance

Just some quick paper piecing and cuttlebug highlights (a Technique Junkies technique) for today's card!

A new month means a new theme over at Gingersnap Creations and for February we have picked Romance! We'll also be focusing on adding lace (which I did) and fibres to our creations.

Twenties Something
Stamp: vintage twenties woman and hearts (The Artistic Stamper)
Paper: two co-ordinating sheets of Real Red - I think - patterned paper (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Real Red, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White (Stampin Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pretty in Pink (Stampin Up); various copic markers
Other: lace (Joanne Fabrics); double-sided adhesive tape (Stampin Up); cuttlebug machine and embossing folder
Hope you are having a lovely day!
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