Sunday, July 24, 2011



This is my entry for the HMF Challenge #100 Buttons, Bows & Bling.  I decided to make a Christmas card, so this makes 2 xmas cards done and many many more to go.  At least its a start.  I guess I could call this card Christmas in July.  I used copic markers to color this little buy.  I just love the color you get from copics.  I used black ink around the image to give it a bit of a dark frame to make it stand out a little better.  He is placed on Spellbinders red foil that I cut out with a Spellbinders Herloom Ornament die and then ran through the cb with a snowflake embossing folder.  A hole was punched at the top of the ornament and I placed a crystal brad there.  The green & silver ornaments were made by using versa mark with green and silver ep.  The Ho Ho Ho ribbon along the top is from Michaels and I added some Xmas buttons with white ribbon bows in the centres.  There is an opal type ribbon running down from the buttons to the ornaments and then silver stickles added along it to add some sparkle. The dp is from SU.  The holy was cut out with a sizzix die and then I added christmas red stickles for the berries.  EK & MS border punches were used to gussy up the bottom of the card.

I must say that I have been having a great time making cards for the HMF Challenges and love to see what all the DT have come up with.  This was my first time doing a blog hop so that was fun as well.  

Thanks so much for taking a look at my cards and visiting my blog.  Have a wonderul day!  Now I'm off to look at all the wonderful entries for this Challenge. 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

HMF #99 - Swiss Cheese Bate

This is my submission for the HMF Challenge #99 'Make A Splash'.  I have been really enjoying the HM challenges.  My daughter & I both have a lot of HM stamps and I have been using her's for the past couple as she seems to have a lot of stamps with fish & water.  I thought this image was so cute with these little guys using swiss cheese to catch the gold fish.  The gold fish don't seem interested in it at all. 

The image was stamped on Manga Artist paper with Memento black ink then colored with copics.  I used some of the new SU dp & cs that I got a couple of weeks ago.  Love the new colors they have.  The corner treatments were made with a new spellbinders die I received called beaded ovals and then I added some purple ovals to the centers.  To finish it off I added brads along the top & bottom with an oriental brad in the center at the top and a punched flower in the center along the bottom.  I decided to add a little sparkle to the goldfish to brighten the main image up a bit.  Here are the ingredients for this card:

Stamps: House Mouse - No Cheese Please

Paper: SU dp, concorde crush, pear pizzazz & peach parfait cs and recollections beige cs
Ink: Memento black & tea stain distressing ink
Accessories: Orange stickles, copic markers, spellbinders dies, marvey flower & corner punches & brads
Techniques: Alcohol markers & dry embossing

Well, our Calgary Stampede is coming to a close today and we finally had some nice weather over the weekend for all the folks who attended.  I would have loved to have spent today sitting next to a nice cool river doing some fishing or having a nice cool swim in a lake and 'making a splash'.  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and lots of nice weather.  Thank you so much for taking a look at my blog. 


Sunday, July 3, 2011

HMF #98 - The Lazy Daze of Summer

This is my 2nd submission for the HMF #98 - Here Comes Summer.  This is also a 2nd borrowed stamp from my daughters HM stash.  Since I had to root around the storage room looking for Fish Tales which I used in my 1st submission, I decided I might as well borrow a few more and have them stamped and ready to color. 

My office window overlooks the Bow River and it is such a beautiful view.  All summer long I am able to see people floating down the river on their rubber dingy's, canoes, kayaks and pretty much anything else that will float.  It's a great way to enjoy those long hot summer days. 

This little guy is supposed to be doing an Autumn Cruise but I have changed it to a Summer Cruise and he is floating lazily down The Bow.  Here are the ingredients:

Stamps:  HM Autum Cruise
Paper:  SU dp, pear pizzazz, daffodil delight & peach parfait cs, Recollections grey cs, Coredinations dk green & dk blue cs, & Manga artist paper.

Ink: Memento - black
Accessories: MS punch around the page & border punch, spellbinders dies, dots ef, Marvey corner punch, butterfly brad, primas, ribbon, copic markers & white gel pen
Techniques:  Alcohol Markers & Dry Embossing

I am really enjoying making cards with these little mice as you can tell by my SCS gallery.  I hope to do many more in the coming weeks.

I have been enjoying the Canada Day long weekend which is coming to a close.  Our friends to the south will be celebrating their day tomorrow and I wish them all a Happy 4th of July!

Take care and thanks for looking.