Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Spring?!?

Well I know it is February, but it was 7 degrees Celsius here today... it is supposed to get really cold again, but we have almost NO snow left which is an amazing improvement from last year. I have been really lazy in terms of crafting lately and have gotten a total of ZERO layouts done, I did host a fundraising card class in support of Operation Smile on the weekend and was showing off some of the fantastic new papers, stamps and their matching Thinlets and was asked to put together a class. So I did! These cards all use the Penelope Paper pack, matching washi, Spring Critters Stamp set and matching Thin Cuts. I am really impressed that the thin cuts come not only in their own little envelope but are also on a magnetic backing!

I stamped in Archival Black on watercolour paper, and then used the watercolour paints, blend-able watercolour pencils and some ink to colour them up. Once coloured I cut them out and started to play. Since Easter is coming I thought that there should be a hint of it in the set, so I used the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. We are going to make 8 cards (2 of each) for $16.


The only thing I wish was that I could have captioned the chick with "Getting Chicky With It" but not everyone has my weird sense of humour...

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

OMG Dartmouth Ferry Stamps!!!

Well I am a Dartmouth, NS girl born and raised. I may have gone off to NB for a few years, but the Halifax Harbour is in my heart! That is why I was so unreasonably excited when I saw this Ferry Stamp set from Briana Corr Scott at one of the Etsy Shows in the summer. I regretted not buying it on the spot for MONTHS and then went to hunt one down, but I was told in no uncertain terms by one of the besties (and my partner in craft shows) that I was NOT allowed to buy anything for myself until after Christmas. Well Hubby done good and the stamp set was in my stocking!! I finally got it all inky and made a card for my brother in law's birthday. It uses Close to My Heart Paper and inks, a few touches from the My Anchor Stamp set and I have no idea the maker of the amazing octopus die (sorry). Hopefully next year Briana will have a Tufts Cove stamp to go in the background!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Share the Love

February there is a special stamp available from Close to My Heart in support of Operation Smile (which fixes cleft Palates and hair lips in developing countries). I am going to do a card class using this set with a donation to Operation Smile for each workshop. 

I am going to do 8 cards for $20 (I will donate $5 to Operation smile from this) OR you can do the class for FREE if you purchase the “Share the Love” Stamp Set. (works out to be 26.56 all in). I also have a D-Sized Stamp to draw for at the event. If you just like the stamp, you can check it out here 

Here are the cards I made!!
 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Fond Farewell

Several weeks ago Lynette McAsh broke the news that Sweet Pea Stamps would be closing, and as any of you who have followed me know that they are my favorite. They will be sorely missed, but I think that the amazing images will live on for a long time on the blogs and in the hearts of many. So the facebook fan group has organized a big "Farewell Blog Hop". If you following along, then you are on your 3rd stop, so I hope I don't disappoint!

I couldn't decide which of the 60 or so Sweet Pea images I own to share with you for this event, but I narrowed it down to a seasonal image and one that I just love to colour... The first is Katerina Koutiotis' "Hope for the Holidays",  I am pretty sure the 2nd one is Rachel Anderson though I don't know the name. Both of my images are coloured with Copics.

This first image utilizes a bunch of the Close to My Heart White Pines scraps that I had out on my workspace (yeah still working on Operation Use Some Scraps)


The 2nd card I have uses some old Prima Firefly paper, some Viva Pearl Pens, a few tulips I  found and a Heartfelt Creations build a flower that I dusted with "Wink of Stella" (which may be the greatest scrapbook creation this year). Obviously I wanted to throw  some glitter ritz on the gorgeous fairy to show things out in style.


I will miss Sweet Pea, and I have been loading up on digis the past few days, so I encourage you to do the same thing! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your trip around the blog world, you are off to see Suzi next  http://suzannebakermckenzie.blogspot.com!!

Here is the complete Blog list!!

1, http://sweetpearubberstamps.blogspot.com  (You already did this)
2. Holley's Blog http://holleybarnhartsblog.blogspot.com (This too)
3. Colleen Dewis http://stressedisjustdessertsbackwards.blogspot.ca/ (you are here now silly)
5. Cindy van Oorschot http://cmvanoorschot.blogspot.ca
10. Olivia Rivera-Marmara http://www.ormcraftynights.blogspot.com
11. Winnie A Ludvigsen http://norwayscrapper.blogspot.no/
12. Tera Thelma Borer- Fujan http://www.stampqueen.blogspot.com
16. Samantha Aguilera http://designsbysammy.blogspot.com/
17. Angelique Engeldesignsscrap http://engeldesignsscrap.blogspot.nl/
20. Hilde Larsen http://tindaloo.blogspot.com
25.   Ria ZonneStraaltje http://dragonmagicscrapkaarten.blogspot.nl/
29. Christina Gudgeon http://craftieangel.blogspot.com.au/

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Do you LOVE Planners?!? How about one that doubles as a scrapbook?!?!

Well, as you may or may not know, Close To My Heart will be launching the next "Seasonal Expressions 1" Mini-Catalog in January. As a fantastic sneak preview, December is all about the PLANNER which are SO hot right now. But this planner is extra special because it not only is going to be super fun to decorate but it will also be perfect as a scrapbook for the everyday. Just add in pictures, mementos and your handwritten thoughts in and BOOM! Scrapbook done. If you want to check out Monica walking you through all the cool features, you can also check out this video . It almost makes me want to try to get organized!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Stamp a Stack of Holidays!!

So I have only now realized that none of the posts I though I had scheduled to go up during my exams didn't go up! So my apologies for not being on the ball catching that. But the good news is I am all finished my comprehensive exams, just waiting to do the oral defense.

This Saturday I am teaching a fun card class of 6 designs, making 4 of each design for $50. I posted it a little late, so it may just be me and one other person, but that is ok. If you would like to join us, let me know!! They are a fun combination of the great Close to My Heart stamps, papers, and of course some of the fun Cricut items. I even incorporated a little bit of the new water colour to make one of the backgrounds. I mean, how cute are the penguins?!?



Thursday, August 27, 2015

Party Time!!!

Well the other day was my birthday, and later this week is one of my girlfriend's 50th so we had a little celebration on the weekend, at the yacht club. We had a lovely time, but I obviously needed to get crafty for some of the decor items! She wanted things simple, but her colours were pink, purple and white (you can see why we are friends with those colour choices!!) so I pulled out some of the hopscotch and celebration papers that I had. I cut each one in half so the piece was 6 by 8 inches, then I cut a dart in, and punched some holes.

I cut out the letters and accents using the Cricut "Artbooking" Collection. I inked up the edges with Glacier to make them stand out on the busy papers, and then added some of the fun self sticking sequins for bling. I strung the whole thing on Pixie Extra Thick Twine, and hung up with some washi tape so there wasn't any damage to the walls. Sorry that the pictures aren't super, but I forgot to take some before I left the house.