Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Color Dare Wednesday

This card is being re-posted for Color Dare #90 due to the unfortunate necessity to rearrange dares.....

Another great set of colours to work with this week from Riley. This combo could go in so many directions - but I chose to create a baby card; highlighting the Baja Breeze.

Our Color Dare is: Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, and Very Vanilla.

I had fun with all the circles.....and with the buttons and brads that match - it's all about the matching!!!!!

I hope you take the Dare and create something wonderful with this combination - when you've finished, don't forget to post it at the Color Dare Challenge Blog. Also, when you post your creation on other public galleries remember to use CD90 as your tag.

I'm excited to see what my other design teams members have come up with this week - here are their links so you can take a peak and be inspired too....
Glenda Wyatt
Heather Prince
Joan Jeffery - Me
Marisa Ritzen
Melissa Hubert
Nance Leedy
Riley Fitzgerald

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!!! - Joan

Stamp Set - Baby Bundle
Paper - Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla
Ink - Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze
Other - 1 3/4 Circle Punch, 1" and 3/4" circle punches, Scallop Punch Circle Scallop Die, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Brights Designer Buttons, Brights, Designer Brads

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Color Dare #89

Wow, just a couple more Colour Dare's until the end of the year. It's hard to believe....I'm having blast doing them though and seeing everyone else's creations also. There has been a bit of necessary rearranging with the Color Dare - so this has been renumbered as #89.

This week we're working with Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and Soft Suede. I was happy to use Soft Suede because I really like it!

I used the Northern Flurries Embossing folder with the Cherry Cobbler and then punched out the large scallop circle around the biggest snowflake.

This is a great colour combination for the holiday season, so I hope you take the Dare. Be sure to post your creation on the Color Dare Challenge Blog and when posting to a public gallery be sure to use CD89.

Here are the links to the other members of the Dare Team so you can check out what they've come up with this week....

I hope you are nearing the completion of your holiday preparations and will be able to settle down with friends and family to celebrate the season. Blessings to you all. Thanks for stopping by.....Joan

Stamp Set/s - Dasher, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper - Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Ink - Soft Suede
Other - Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Northern Flurries Embossing Folder, Large Scallop Punch, Modern Label Punch, Victoria Crochet Trim, Antique Brads, sponge dauber, dimensionals.

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Soccer Christmas

Just thought I'd quickly share this card with you.

My husband's family picks names and uses a theme each year for Christmas gifts. This year the theme is Sports and Leisure. My son picked the name of one of his cousins who is very environmentally and socially conscious. We felt the best gift to give her would be a contribution to World Vision - and because of the theme, we decided to give money for soccer balls for children. So - I grabbed my "All in the Family" set and created a group of happy children receiving the six soccer balls. I'm sure she'll be pleased.

We're almost ready for Christmas - still have a bit of wrapping to do. Not many more sleeps now! Thanks for stopping by - Joan

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Triple Shells

Here's the card that I created this week for the Mojo Monday Sketch. It's been a number of days since I've made a Christmas card.....I'll have to work on that for tomorrow.

For the central shell I embossed the image on watercolor paper with gold embossing powder. It was coloured in using reinker and the aquapainter.

Just a quick post for today - hope you are having a thrilling Thursday - one more day till the end of the week and into Christmas break! WoooHooo!

Stamp Set/s - Nature's Nest, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper - Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Elegant Soiree DSP
Ink - Soft Suede, Baja Breeze
Other - Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Oval Punches, Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon (retired - and flipped to the back side!), Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals, Versa Mark, Gold Embossing Powder, aquapainter.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Retirement Tree

My husband and I are getting more and more into the season of seeing our friends thought I should stock up on some cards for those events. This card was also created for the Clean and Simple Challenge this week over at Splitcoast - we were to base it on THIS card by Biggan.

I'm off to the surgeon today for my 6 week check up on my knee (although this is 9 weeks!!!) I'm hoping everything is as it should be.

Hope everything is fine and wonderful in your neck of the woods!

Stamp Set/s - Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper - Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Love Letter DSP
Ink - Basic Black
Other - Circles Scallops #2 Die, Big Shot, Black Satin Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Oval Scallop Punch

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Beary Christmas

Only got one card Saturday - I've found some additional freedom finally - I can drive again for the first time since October 8....Yipeee. So, I ventured into the city. Still don't have the stamina for crowds and lineups for this time of year - but at least I know I can drive where I need to.

This was a fun card - it's full of challenges, but the background was fun and stems from the colours given out by the Play Date Cafe....Here are the challenges:

Sweet Stop - Sketch
Crafty Creations - A Beary Creation - I used the Bear from "Under the Stars" and the Santa hat from "Sock Monkey Accessories". I found that if I placed the hat just right, I could get rid of the bears grumpy face - he still has a quirky smile - but at least he looks like he's in a more festive mood!
Play Date Cafe - Colours - Two blues and a purple.... I think it was just as much the inspiration
for these colours as anything that moved me to create the background I have. I embossed the star in gold on watercolour paper, spritzed the paper with water and then added the colours - Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise and Elegant Eggplant using reinkers and my Aqua Painter.

The ribbons across the middle are both retired - the Pacific Point ribbon had the white stripes through the middle - I like how it looks with the turquoise on top.

Well, here's to a wonderful weekend - Hope you get all the little jobs done that are necessary at this time of year. Thanks for taking time to drop by for a visit - Joan

Stamp Set/s - Under the Stars, Sock Monkey Accessories, Snow Swirled
Paper - Whisper White, Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise, Watercolour paper
Ink - Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Versa Mark
Other - Gold Embossing Powder, Reinkers, Aqua Painter, Tombow Glue, Champagne Glass Glitter, Dimensionals, Pacific Point Ribbon (retired), Turquoise Grosgain Ribbon (retired)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Clean and Simple

It's a clean and simple day today - although I created this a couple of days ago for the following challenges....

Card Positioning System - Sketch
SCS CAS - Bows

I used the Presto Patterns Specialty paper to create the butterflies and also as the small white square in the center. I thought spritzing it with red would help bring some of the design out, but it really didn't.

I know it's a bit early for butterflies - but they'll come around soon enough. Hope you're having a fantastic Friday - and that you move into a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stopping by - Joan

Stamp Set/s - Baroque Motifs, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper - Whisper White, Real Red, Presto Patterns Specialty DSP
Ink - Real Red
Other - Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, Corner Rounder Punch, Red Grosgrain Ribbon, sponge dauber, Mini Glue Dots

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Morning Coffee

Can't say that I've been drinking a lot of coffee since I've been home - but I've been doing a lot of sleeping - so there ya go.

Challenges for today -
Mojo Monday - Sketch - I actually took the sketch and flipped it on it's side because of the wheel I was using.
SCS Clean & Simple - Bows

Any sort of hot brew would be nice today - we had a snowfall last night and the sky is clear and sunny today - so curling up with a warm cup and a book is a marvelous idea.

Hope you find time to relax today in this busy season. Thanks for stopping by - Joan

Stamps - Take a Sip Wheel
Paper - Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Sunny Garden DSP
Ink - Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzaz, Peach Parfait, Basic Black
Other - Oval Punches, Hole Punches, Glimmer In Color Brads, Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Color Dare #88

Happy Wednesday - Color Dare Day!!!

Today's colors are Old Olive, Riding Hood Red and any Neutral - I picked Basic Black and Vanilla because of the DSP I used. I know that this color combo works perfectly for Christmas - but I thought outside the box instead.....

For the tiny little black pearls on the scalloped edge I took our White Pearls and attacked them with a black sharpie pen.....

Whether you work these colors into a Christmas card or an "outside the box" card - don't forget to share your creation at The Color Dare Challenge Blog - and when you post your creations on a public gallery use CD88 as your tag. And now, here are the links to the other fantastic members of this Design Team so you can take a peak at what they've created this week.....

Glenda Wyatt
Heather Prince
Joan Jeffery - Me
Marisa Ritzen
Melissa Hubert
Nance Leedy
Riley Fitzgerald - Our Leader

Thanks for stopping by - Have a Creative Day! - Joan

Stamp Set/s - Artistic Etchings, On Your Birthday
Paper - Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Newsprint DSP
Ink - Riding Hood Red, Basic Black
Other - Scallop Border Punch, Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread, Regals Designer Buttons, Pearls

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Nutcrackers & Snow

I haven't created two cards in one day in a while....I liked the idea of a number of these challenges....and there are quite a few included in these two here we go....

The Sweet Stop - Sketch
Stamp Something - Christmas Color Combo
SCS Free4All - Nutcracker Theme

I haven't been to see the Nutcracker in a quite a few years - however I study it with some of my music classes at school. The dance and music is what I love most about it all...and although I danced, I never took ballet so never got to have a pair of toes shoes. So - I dug out another retired set, "En Pointe", to use for this card because I don't think of the nutcracker itself - I think Ballet!

Card Patterns - Sketch
CCEE Stampers - Use a snowman
Play Date Cafe - Rich Red & Fresh White
SCS Ways to Use It - Letters

Sorry to say, I dug out another retired set for this card - I do miss these Flakey Friends! There is also a wee bit of Dazzling Diamonds on the letters and on the ground beneath the snowmen, but it's not dazzling in the photo - oh well!

The Christmas season got kicked off last night by my attending the Christmas concert put on by the Josephburg Choral Society, - my husband directs the Men's Chorus. Perhaps today I will get the family to lug the Christmas decorations in from the garage. Then I'll procrastinate about putting the lights on the tree - I HATE that part - wish they'd just fly on the tree themselves!!!! Other than that, the house has the chance of getting a bit more spruced up for the season today.

Hope you have things which are helping you to get into the spirit, without adding stress! Thanks for stopping by for a visit - Joan

Nutcracker Christmas
Stamp Sets - En Pointe (retired), Bells & Boughs
Paper - Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Deck the Halls DSP
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler
Other - Ovals die, Big Shot, Scallop Circle Punch, Decorative Labels Punch, Victorian Crochet Trim, Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers
Stamp Set - Flakey Friends (retired)
Paper - Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Brights Patterns DSP
Ink - Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Bashful Blue
Other - Northern Frost Decorative Strip, Big Shot, Naturally Serif Decorative Strip, White Satin Ribbon, Two Way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Paris Amour

I had this card all ready to upload and post yesterday but my ph0to program refused to work. Thankfully, it booted up today - don't know what the problem was - but glad it's back.

Challenges for this card -
SCS Sketch Challenge - Sketch
Color Throw Down - Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip.

This card brings back the memories of the summer and the fantastic time I had there with my husband.

I wanted to add something to the card and finally settled on making my own little charms. I was pleasantly surprised that although the key, crown
and tower images were small, they still turned out okay with shrink paper. I had initially tried to stamp them with the chocolate chip, but the ink didn't really dry well on the plastic, and also didn't show up that well once I opted for good old Staz On. I will definitely be shrinking more images in the future!!!!!

We have a wonderful sunny day here today - I hope your Saturday is going well and is also full of sunshine. Thanks for stopping by - Joan

Stamp Set - Artistic Etchings, En Francais
Paper - Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Neutrals Patterns DSP
Ink - Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Black Staz On
Other - Oval punches, Scallop Oval Punch, Sponge daubers
Non-SU - Shrink Art Plastic, wire

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Antiquated Wishes

Today's card is for two challenges from earlier this week...

Lord Have Mercy! - Sketch
SCS Colour Challenge #299 - River Rock, Real Red and Old Olive.

When I first saw these colors I thought I'd turn it into another Christmas Card - but decided to deviate from the theme....I'm not a big fan of Real Red - so didn't want to have a lot of it showing...

I absolutely love these old antique items!

Hope you are having a wonderful Thursday - and thanks for stopping by for a visit. - Joan

Stamp Set/s - Puns from the Past, Timeless Treasures, Oval All
Paper - River Rock, Real Red, Old Olive, Neutral Patterns DSP
Ink - River Rock, Old Olive
Other - Retired River Rock Ribbon, Metallic Brads, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Color Dare 87

Riley has another wonderful combination in the Color Dare for us this week - these colours are so, so rich together....Perfect Plum, Concord Crush and Chocolate Chip. It almost sounds like a rich Christmas dessert.

The sketch I've used is from November 23, over at Lord Have Mercy!

I'm a bit disappointed that it took me so long to use the glass glitter - of course, if I had purchased at the beginning of the Holiday Mini I'd probably have used two containers of it by now. I absolutely love it - and the TomBow Glue works so well to adhere it!

I hope you take the Dare and use these colours - don't forget to link your creation over to The Color Dare Challenge Blog - you may become our Featured Stamper. Also, if you're posting on a public gallery be sure to use CD87 as your label.

Here are the links to the other members of the Design Team so you can see what they've come up with for this weeks Color Dare....
Glenda Wyatt
Heather Prince
Joan Jeffery - Me
Marisa Ritzen
Melissa Hubert
Nance Leedy
Riley Fitzgerald

Thanks for stopping by - Joan

Stamp Set - Snow Swirled
Paper - Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum, Concord Crush, Chocolate Chip
Ink - Perfect Plum, Concord Crush, Chocolate Chip
Other - Chocolate Chip Jumbo Brads, Champagne Glass Glitter, Gold Embossing Powder, Victoria Crochet Trim, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Oval Scallop Punch

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CAS Friends Forever

Yesterday I got a couple of challenges done on
this one card before delving into the scrapbooking ( and yes, I got two spreads done - one was a single page and one a double - I've left everything out so I can hopefully keep the ball rolling today!)

GRAC (Glenda's Random Amusing Challenge) - Sketch
SCS CAS95 - Flower Accents

I decided to use up some discontinued rub-ons for this card. For the flower I took a piece of Pink Pirouette, spritzed it with water and crinkled it up. After laying it flat again, I brushed it with Pink Pirouette ink and then put it through the Big Shot with the Blossom Party Originals die. I much prefer textured flowers to flat ones. For the centre of the flower I added one single large pearl and then took one of the little "strings" of pearls to encircle it. Lickety Split - you have a wonderful flower centre.

Happy Tuesday to you - and thanks for stopping by! - Joan

Stamp Set - none (retired rub-ons used)
Paper - Whisper White, Concord Crush, Pink Pirouette, Lap of Luxery DSP
Ink - Pink Pirouette
Other - Top Note Die, Blossom Party Originals die, Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Pearls, Tombow glue

Monday, November 29, 2010

Glittery Decorations

Today I'm sharing some cards I created a couple of weeks ago experimenting with glitter and clear packing tape. We had a demonstration at a team meeting creating a "snowglobe" using this same technique, I just decided to try something different.

To create the glittery ornament:
Cut your cardstock to the size you need for the punch you're going to be using. (I can see myself doing this with the large heart punch, and the butterfly punch in the spring)
Punch the paper and add inked images around the outside if you wish.
On the BACKSIDE of the punched paper lay down a piece of clear packing tape so that the sticky side is facing the FRONT of the card.
Lay the whole piece down in a tray of glitter and press so that you get a good layer of glitter. It's so easy!

For the Rich Razzleberry ornament I added some of our new pearls - I love that we have little strings of pearls we can manipulate. I actually ended up securing them with TomBow glue so that they wouldn't pop off. The crinkley ribbon is added on top of a piece of sticky strip.

For the Old Olive ornament, I added little dots of Champagne Glass Glitter....I'm so glad this is being continued in the upcoming Mini! I also added the glass glitter along the top of the scalloped edge. This card is my "last" Christmas card of the season for my Dec 7th Technique
Tuesday class.

I'm sure I'll make a few more Christmas cards yet, but I'm looking forward to looking to new occasions in card making.

Hope you're having a marvelous Monday - Thanks for stopping by! - Joan

Razzleberry Ornament Card
Stamp Set - Vintage Vogue
Paper - Whisper White, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet & Sour Specialty DSP, Presto Patterns Specialty DSP
Ink - Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Other - Rich Razzleberry Taffeta Ribbon, Ornament Punch, Fine Cosmo Glitter, Basic Pearls, Sticky Strip, TomBow Glue, Sponge Daubers

Old Olive Ornament Card
Stamp Set - Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper - Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink - Basic Black
Other - Ornament Punch, Fine Supernova Glitter, Champagne Glass Glitter, Scallop Edge Border Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, TomBow Glue, Dimensionals

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Snowman Christmas

Today's card incorporates two challenges..

Sweet Stop Sketch - Sketch
SCS Inspiration Challenge 260 - The Country Porch - I chose the dessert plates, shown in the thumbnail, from this wonderful "country" homestyle online store.

Of course, once I selected the plates, I realized that I really didn't have any snowmen in my current stamp sets - how on earth did that happen???? So - I went into my retired stash and pulled out Holiday Tag Team for this cute little guy!

I love this sketch and the paper I used could just as easily fit into the challenge over at Daring Cardmakers - using spots and stripes this week. Sock Monkey already entered that though...

Well, today is the Grey Cup Game here in Canada. So, practically the whole country is watching. My husband is at the game - having left the house with three pairs of pants on, three shirts, a heavy duty jacket, blanket, sleeping bag, gloves and mitts. I'm pretty sure he'll be warm enough. Especially since we've been blessed with a windless day. I will be in my stamping room - didn't get the scrapbooking done yesterday so have it set out ready to get to today.....I'm beginning to think I'm a bit ADD. In any case, I hope the right team wins.

Thanks for taking the time to drop by! Joan

Stamp Set/s - Holiday Tag Team (retired), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper - Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink - Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Bashful Blue, Peach Parfait
Other - Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Blender Pen

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sock Monkey Holiday

Oh I truly had fun with this card and all the paper piecing. I thought Sock Monkey deserved to come out and play for Christmas......

This card covers these two Challenges...
Just Add Ink - Sketch
Daring Cardmakers - Create a Christmas card using both spots and stripes. This Jolly Holiday DSP worked perfectly!

I used liquid applique on the Santa hat to add some fluff and glitter to the ribbon on the present. I also colored two of the teeny tiny pearls with a black Sharpie pen and used them for the eyes. For the greeting - I used my black marker to color and stamp only one word at a time so that I could have them fit into this punch - the words are from the "Many Merry Messages" set and are actually side by side.

Hope you have a wonderful Saturday - I'm hoping to get a bit of scrapbooking done.....we see - I'm so easily distracted by other things!
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp set/s - Sock Monkey, Sock Monkey Accessories, Many Merry Messages
Paper - Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink - Basic Black, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
Other - Pearls, Decorative Label Punch, Fine Galaxy Stampin' Glitter, Dimensionals, sponge daubers

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Mojo Throwdown...

WooHoo, It's the weekend. I know that matters to a lot of people....Grey Cup, American Thanksgiving. I'm sort of on a perpetual weekend with this rehab....just about had enough at this point, so I'm glad that I'm managing to spend a bit more time in my stamp room!

I finally got a couple of challenges done rather than other personal stuff...gotta get back into the groove!!!!

Today's challenges.....
Mojo Monday - Sketch
Color Throwdown - So Saffron, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry. (It's nice to get away from the fall and Christmas colors for a bit!)

We're in for some balmy weather this weekend. I've been able to get out a bit more this week into the fresh air and sunshine thanks to a wonderful friend who's agreed to be my chauffeur. I've been told by my physiotherapist that I need to wait until I have at least 90* of bend in my knee before I think about driving. Thirteen degrees to go.....gotta keep doing those exercises!!! Ughhhhh!!!!!

Anyway - thanks for stopping by - hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Stamp Set/s - Priceless, Perfect Punches
Paper - So Saffron, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Inks -
So Saffron, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Versa Mark
Other - White Embossing Powder, Large Oval Punch, Rich Razzleberry Taffeta Ribbon, Pearls, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Color Dare 86

Oh what a fun set of colours we have for this weeks' Color Dare.....Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Baja Breeze and Wild Wasabi.

I used some of my Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz. I really do need to either get the "Color Catcher" or rig something up when I use this spritz. I'm getting used to it, and am thinking I'd like to get some of the other colours.

I'm sorry that the photo turned out so "bright" - the card is a lot richer looking in person.....because these are wonderfully rich colours together - Thanks Riley!!!!

So - If you're up for the dare, be sure to link your creation to the Color Dare site - we'd love to see what you come up with, and you may be the Featured Stamper. Also, when posting to public sites remember to tag your creation with CD86. Now, take some time to see what the other members of our Design Team have come up with for this week. It's always exciting to see everyone's creative interpretations!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Color Dare 85

I have a clean and simple Color Dare card for this week....
the featured colours are: Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride and Pacific Point. What a change from the fall and Christmasy colours I've been using lately. I quite like this combination that Riley has come up with for this week.

I've used the "Just Believe" stamp set - double stamping the tall flowers with with Melon Mambo and Blushing Bride. The floral discs are progressively raised to the top Melon disc which has two dimensionals raising it up.

I finally pulled out my "Tiny Tags" set and punch....the tag is attached with a rhinestone brad - which may not quite match the colours for this week, but blends in.

When you've finished your creation with these colours don't forget to post it over at the Color Dare Challenge blog so everyone can see it - and you could become our featured stamper. Also remember when posting on public sites to label your creation CD85. I hope you play along!

Now, take the time to see what the other design team members have come up with for this are their links....

Sunday, November 14, 2010

CAS Elizabeth

A quick Clean and Simple card today - I used this one this past week for a workshop and will most likely use it for some cards at church too....

I received the prototype from a stamping friend in the form of a get well card. She used the flowering branch from "Thoughts and Prayers". I hadn't used this Elizabeth stamp yet and thought it worked quite well.

Thanks for stopping by - and I hope you're enjoying your weekend.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Reflections and Shadows

At our last team meeting we did a mirroring technique using vellum. By stamping the image on one side of the vellum, flipping it over and restamping, you can create a mirrored (reflected) image quite simply. We brayered the vellum with the Night of Navy ink before stamping the image, and this creates a wonderful night scene.

One of my fellow stampers, Tamara Bertram (Tamara's Paper Trail) found an alternative method to this which I also tried and used at a workshop I held this week. After stamping the image on the piece you're using for your card, you can create the shadow using Tamara's instructions...."... I stamped the image on the clear image sheet from my Stamp-a-ma-jig and then turned the SAMJ over to "blot" most of the image off on a scrap piece of paper. Then I pressed the image sheet onto my card to transfer the light image."

I love how this turned out because it's more like a sunlight shadow than and evening reflection. You should check out Tamara's creation because she has created a wonderful "shore" where the image and shadow meet.

We have no snow yet - temperatures are a bit nippy, but I'm thankful I'm not having to manoeuver through snow yet.
Hope you're having a wonderful day - Thanks for taking time to stop by - Joan

Friday, November 12, 2010

Cased but changed....

In this past month's Stampin'Success Magazine there was a beautiful banner created by Jodi-Danielle Kutz from Sarnia, Ontario. I really liked her creation and decided to case it, but change it a bit. I
created the focal images using Staz-On ink on watercolor paper and, using markers with an aqua painter, coloured in the images. I'm afraid of watercolor, but I found this quite easy to do and was able to play with the images until I got them looking the way I wanted.
Jodi-Danielle's creation was a banner to be hung up - I don't have places for that to occur, so I used the Top-Note die to create an accordion style project that stands up. I think it will work well standing across the top of our piano.

Once again, I have used the Northern Frost Decorative strip. I am so glad I invested in these snowflakes....I have used them a lot this season and dearly hope that they end up in the catalogue next year. The letters are retired sticky letters - it was good to put them to use!

I hope your Christmas preparations are beginning and coming along well. To be honest....this is as far as I've gotten so far.

Have a wonderful day - thanks for stopping by. Joan

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Rudolph & Friends

Another Color Dare Wednesday!!!! This weeks colours are Pear Pizzaz, Night of Navy and Soft Suede.
When I get these fabulous combinations from Riley - our Color Dare Leader - I grab scraps of each colour and either go with the season/celebration that the colours make me feel....or I look through my own "catalogue" of the stamps sets I have and see which set jumps out at me to use the colours with....well , for this combo these little fellows yelled, "pick me, pick me"!!!
Be sure to head on over to the Color Dare blog to post your creation with these colours - and if you are posting on a public gallery be sure to label your work with CD84. Now, please take some time to venture over to the other Design Team members' blogs to see their wonderful creations - I'm always so impressed!

Here's hoping you have a wonderful Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by! Joan

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Snowy Penguin

I feel bad that I haven't gotten much blogging done this past month.....I've been getting some necessary Christmas stuff done in my stamping room and beyond that I can't sit in my chair for too long at a time....not only does my knee end up aching, but my ankle swells up I have to keep my stamping time to a limit. Otherwise, the knee replacement recovery is coming along not too bad.
I did manage to print off some challenges at the beginning of this past week and this little guy covers the Mojo Monday Sketch and an old Play Date Cafe challenge....the Play Date colors from a week ago were black, white and burgundy.
I absolutely love this snowflake die for the Big Shot - the snowflakes are so delicate and you get so many at one shot.
The snow we did get in October has disappeared and we have been able to enjoy some incredible warm fall temperatures here. Hope you are enjoying fall in your part of the world too....if you're in the fall hemisphere!
Thanks for stopping by - have a fantastic Saturday. - Joan

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Perfect Blushing Garden...

It's another Color Dare Day and I found these colours so gentle together....Garden Green, Blushing Bride, Perfect Plum and Very Vanilla.
I tried a technique that I spotted in one of our recent "Stampin' Success" magazines for the blossom of this flower. I wet down a piece of watercolour paper and stamped the flower image in Blushing Bride - classic ink. Once that piece was dry - and the blushing bride colour had bled a bit into the paper, I topped it by restamping the image in Perfect Plum on the dried paper. The tiny bit of pink shows through the blossoms. I then cut out the whole blossom and raised it on the card.
I am loving the self adhesive pearls that we have right now...especially these teeny tiny ones I used in the centres of the tiny blossoms. The yummy Vanilla satin ribbon folds nicely along the bottom!
I hope you have fun with these colours, and once you have your creation, don't forget to post it at The Color Dare for everyone to see. Also, when you post on a public gallery, be sure to label it CD82. Finally, if you haven't seen what the other members of the Design Team have come up with this week, make sure you pop over to their blogs to check out their creations.

Thanks for stopping by! Joan

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wow, the month is coming to a close quickly....unbelievable!
Our last Colour Dare for October is: Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy and Old Olive.

To be honest I struggled a bit with the combo because the Daffodil Delight is so bright. It sort of reminded me of someone's school colours. But I solved my dilemma by adding just a wee scallop of Daffodil along the edge. I love how this card turned out and it's much richer looking in person.

I can't remember what the technique is called...but to get the ink inside the circular section I added ink directly to the embossing folder and then put it through the Big Shot.

Here are the links to the other members of the Design sure you check out what they came up with this week. And when posting on Splitcoast and such, remember to label your creation CD82.....and link it back to the Colour Dare from your blog too!!! We'd love to see what you've created.

Thanks for stopping by - Joan

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Today's colors for the Color Dare Challenge are:
Peach Parfait, Rich Razzleberry, and Sahara Sand.
I'm liking "pizzazzing - up" the base of a card by putting the front half through the Big Shot with an embossing folder - I don't generally like plain-jane backgrounds, but this spruces it up a bit.
I finally got around to using one of my tiny punches too. They get lost in my box and I tend to forget about them. I am also loving these tiny little pearls which Stampin'Up! has now and the satin ribbon is wonderful too.

Please remember to check out the blogs of the other design team members to see what fantastic projects they've created with these colours. When you create your own project with these Daring Colours...don't forget to link your creation to the Color Dare Blog!!! and label it CD81 if posting on Splitcoast and such.
Here are the links to the other design team members' blogs.....

Thanks for stopping by! Joan

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Color Dares and Anniversaries....

Good Day to you all.
I'm not actually sure where I am as this is getting posted. I'm pretty sure I'll be out of the hospital from my knee replacement....but probably not near my computer yet. Thank heavens for technology!!!!!

Our Color Dare today is: Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla. I stamped these images onto watercolour paper and then added a bit of extra ink with the aqua painter to make them a bit more vibrant. I don't do well with the water colour end of things, but I'm happy with how this turned out.

In addition to that, I'll have given it to my husband on the 11th for our 24th anniversary.....Canadian Thanksgiving. Let me tell you, I know I have soooooo many things to be thankful for.

Blessings to you all - and don't forget to check out the other members of the design team to see their marvelous creations.

If you take up this challenge be sure to link your creation back to the Color Dare Challenge Blog and label it CD80 on other websites.

Thanks for stopping by - Joan

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Color Dare 79

Welcome to another Color Dare Challenge. Today's colours are Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi and Marina Mist.
I've used a piece of the Specialty paper for the background layer and I've also used the Smooch Spritz for the first time....on the base of the card.
I do like these colours together because they're so rich looking.... please take the time to check out what the other members of the design team have come up with.
Glenda Wyatt
Heather Prince
Joan Jeffery - Me
Marisa Ritzen
Melissa Hubert
Nance Leedy
Riley Fitzgerald

Remember to head over to The Colour Dare Challenge blog to post your creation and use the label CD79.
Thank you for stopping by - Have a wonderful day - Joan

Monday, October 4, 2010

Three Cups of Hello

This was a fun card to create with Friday's Free 4 All Challenge on Splitcoast. It was to create a card with holes in it. The Olive layer has the circles punched out and is raised above the Vanilla section with the cups. I also incorporated the Color Throw Down for this past week - Riding Hood Red, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie.

Just to let you know, I will be posting my usual Color Dare cards through the next while, but my posts may be sporatic after my knee replacement this Friday. It will all depend on my getting down into the basement. I'll be able to blog hop from my bed with the laptop so at least I'll be able to visit you.

Hope your Monday has been marvelous - thanks for dropping by. Joan

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Trio of Owls

Played around with this one a bit. Couldn't decide what to put in the central section of the "Lord Have Mercy" sketch challenge....decided on the owls.

The colors are from over at the Color Chef...(Kelly Jo's Stamp Pad). The colours are bright green, black and cream.

I just also happen to fall into the category set out by Crafty Creations this week to use Owls in your projects. Whooooo, Whooooo!!!!

Yesterday I commented at a couple of blogs on the way buttons were attached to I decided to give it a try.

Hope you are having a wonderful beginning to the tail end of the week. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Color Dare Wednesday

Color Dare #78 (CD78) this week is Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla.

When I see these three colours together I immediately think of peanut butter and banana sandwiches.....don't know why. Then, of course, when I think of bananas I automatically think of Sock Monkey. I was soooooo sure that he would have a wonderful time sitting in a wagonful of leaves. I'm just hoping he ate his sandwich before playing in the leaves.

I hope you have fun with this colour dare. Don't forget to post your creation over on the Color Dare Blog and if you post it to Splitcoast you can add CD78. Here is the list of the other Color Dare Design Team members for you to visit and see their creations...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Give Thanks...

For the Clean and Simple Challenge on Monday we were to use a card from a fellow stamper for inspiration...Cookiebaker. Her card is shown below.
I used the Season of Friendship set and an old Hostess from last year. I kept most of the colours the same......I was itching to put something on the base of the card, but refrained myself. I do like how it turned out.

We were lucky enough to have a couple of entrepreneur boys rake our leaves and mow our lawn this past weekend......The leaves are still falling.....but it's not quite ankle deep anymore along the sidewalk.

Hope you have some leaves to shuffle through.....have a wonderful Tuesday and thanks for shuffling by! Joan

Monday, September 27, 2010

Grrrreat Stars....

The grizzly bear decided to come out for the Mojo Monday Challenge this week.....before he goes into hibernation! I did it in conjunction with the colour challenge over at Our Creative Corner from Friday - Marina Mist, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.
I always wonder what this little guy is thinking!
I hope you're having a wonderful beginning to your week. Our weather is back to the summer temperatures again - briefly. I do love all the colours!
Ta ta for now! Thanks for stopping by! Joan

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Colour Dare...

Welcome to another Colour Dare Challenge....This week's colours are Not Quite Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Poppy Parade and Pumpkin Pie.

Once again I've made two cards for this challenge because I wasn't sure about the way the first one turned out.....(the leaf one)
I used a lot of the Extreme pieces for the guitar player's card; leaving a sentiment off until later. I know a number of kids I could give this to.

For the leaf card I used some of the wood sheets that we have available for the Big Shot. I stamped the leaf images onto a small piece and then I also cut some of them out to add some dimension.

We have leaves completely covering our front sidewalk, but it's been rainy so they'll just have to sit there for a little while longer. Besides...once they get crunchy they're so much fun to shuffle through!!!!!
Hope you have a pile of leaves to shuffle through - at least until you rake them up. Have a wonderful day!
Don't forget to stop by the other members of the design team to see what creations they've come up with using this week's colours.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Autumn Bird

This weeks colours over at The Colour Chef are
autumn terracotta juniper petal

The Stampin'Up! colours I used are Cajun Craze, Marina Mist and Perfect Plum. I finally got a chance to use this little bird from the Punch Potpourri Hostess set....I LOVE how you can punch out the fancy section of her belly to become her wing. It fits perfectly.

I also have been wanting to try this Crimped Diamond technique. What a fantastic fancy way to use the crimper. I really do appreciate those people who play around with the tools we have and come up with unique ideas. Here is the tutorial for this technique.

I hope you're having a wonderful day - and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Webby Wishes

I love this web embossing folder we have right now. It's just so cool......

This card's sketch comes from the The Sweetest Thing Sunday Sketch Challenge and the colours are from Monday's Colour Chef Challenge of Black, White, Orange and Purple.

Have a thoroughly wonderful Thursday - I'm heading to the mountains for the weekend with my husband.

Thanks for stopping by! Joan

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Two Colour Dare...

Are you ready for another Colour Dare??? I took two stabs at this challenge this week. First I had the Halloween creation in mind.....had all the pieces worked and then set them aside to dry (I used Crystal Effects on the spider "buttons" and I also added some to the you can tell!)
While the pieces were drying I decided to try another angle because I wasn't sure that I'd end up liking the Halloween card - thus the Christmas card came into being.

By the time everything was done, I decided that I liked both of them!!! The Colour Dare Colours this week are:

Old Olive
Elegant Eggplant
Rose Red
Not Quite Navy

Give it a try and drop in on the other members of the Design Team to see the marvelous creations they came up with