Monday, August 30, 2010

Anything Goes - Masking With MDS.

I made this digital page using My Digital Studio. It is for 2 challenges - the Digital Scrapbook Challenge at Splitcoast, and the "Anything Goes" challenge over at the Paper Players. This week the challenge at Splitcoast was masking. In this project it means highlighting a part of the photo used. I had this great photo from our trip to the Pacific National Exhibition last week. Teagan was running up to Brad and giving him little kisses. Of course she didn't stop so that I could get a photo, and this was the best one I took. But I think it shows her affection and tenderness.
I used the Vintage Overlays stamp set with white 'ink' to make the image fade at the edges.

The Fun Stuff - with My Digital Studio

1. Paper - Blushing Bride Polka Dot DSP
2. Ink - Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
3. Stamps - Always

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pals Throwdown Celebration

Well this should end my run of crazy multiple challenge entries. I've had time to seriously map out each card for multiple challenges, but life is slowly returning to 'normal' as we get ready for return to school. So this card was made for several challenges:
1. Stampin Celebration - check out the photo below
2. Pals Paper Arts - check out the sketch below
3. Color Throwdown - see the colour combo below -I LOVE THIS COMBO

The Fun Stuff:
1. Stamps - Birthday Bliss, The Unbirthday Cake image from Sassy Studio Designs
2. Ink - Pretty In Pink, Rose Red, So Saffron, Pear Pizaazz, Bashful Blue, Basic Grey
3. Accessories - Scallop Trim Border Punch, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder, Basic Grey Brads, Blender Pens, Stampin Write Markers, Stampin' Dimensionals,
4. Paper - Whisper White, Rose Red, Sweet Pea DSP, Retired Wild Wasabi DSP.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Back To School

ONE WEEK LEFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's been a fun summer here at the Farrell house. We've been buried under renovations for a good part of it, but now as they are winding down, the omnious cloud of 'back to school' is on the horizon. No seriously, I absolutely love my job and always have mixed feelings in September. I love going back and connecting again with my friends on staff, and seeing last year's class and hearing about their summers. BUT, going to work means less time to stamp. Oh yeah, and less time with my kids :) Anywyay I came across this back to school image from Sassy Studio Designs so I decided to colour her with blonde hair and blue eyes like me. But there is no way I would ever look so put together and dressed up for work with 7 year olds. And if you're wondering why the black board is white - well in my classroom I have a Whiteboard.

This card is for 5 challenges - yes - FIVE. I'll never get that organized again.
1. Color Throwdown - I LOVE this weeks combo.
2. Techno Stamper - Monday Lunchtime sketch challenge
3. Just Add Ink - add fabric - I used 2 ribbons
4. Little Red Wagon - Back to School
5. Sassy Studio Designs - Back to School
The FUN Stuff:
1. Paper - Whisper White, Sweet Pea DSP
2. Image - from Sassy Studio Designs
3. Ink - So Saffron, Pretty In Pink, Rose Red Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Bashful Blue
4. Accessories - Blender Pens, So Saffron Brads, Pretty In Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon

Friday, August 27, 2010

Players 4U

This card was made for 3 challenges:
1. Inspiration Picture over at the Paper Players
2. The Sketch over at 2 Sketches 4 U
3. Adding Material over at Just Add Ink

Paper Players Photo

2 Sketches for You

The Fun Stuff:
1. Stamps - Oval All, Strawberry Image from Digi Doodle
2. Ink - Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Blushing Bride
3. Punches - 2 1/2" circle, Scallop Oval, Large Oval
4. Accessories - Black Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Black 1/2" Satin Ribbon, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tools and Colour Q

Here's a birthday card I made for my future Brother-in-law's upcoming birthday. (was that a mouthful or what??) Anyway, I haven't played colour Q in a few weeks, so I decided to tackle this week's colour combo.

The Fun Stuff:
1. Totally Tool
2. Paper - In Colour DSP, Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Bermuda Bay, Basic Grey
3. Ink - Basic Grey, Bermuda Bay, Poppy Parade, More Mustard
4. Accessories - Blender Pen, More Mustard Brads, Swiss Dots Textured Impressions folder,More Mustard Grosgrain, Cajun Craze Grosgrain

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Stampin Royalty Challenge #34

This week we have a fun challenge over at Stampin' Royalty. This week the challenge is MONOCHROMATIC NEUTRALS. Now what exactly does this mean? Well, it means pick a colour and then focus on it for your card. So for example, I used brown as my colour. So I used River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, and Early Espresso as my shades, and then highlighted them with white. You could choose blue as your neutral and then use Pacific point, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy with a neutral like white or black or whatever colour you would like.

The Fun Stuff
1. Stamps – Elements of Style, Artistic Etchings
2. Ink – Soft Suede, Early Espresso
3. Paper – River Rock, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
4. Punches – Small oval, Large oval, Scallop Oval, Modern Label
5. Accessories – Antique Brads, Chantilly Lace, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mojo Birthday

This card was made for the sketch at Mojo Monday and the challenge over at Party Time Tuesday which is to make a birthday card for a child. This card was made using most of the latest In Colors. I took the Blush Blossom out of the mix as I wanted this card to be bright and bold for a child's birthday. I gave the card a topsy turvy look to make it more fun. Most things were popped up on dimensionals for more interest.

The Fun Stuff
1. Stamps – Party This Way
2. Ink – Concord Crush, Pear Pizzaz, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait
3. Paper - – Concord Crush, Pear Pizzaz, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Whisper White
4. Punches – 1 ¼” Square, 1 3/8” square, Word Window
5. Accessories – Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder, Concord Crush ½” Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon,

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mojo Punches

I made this card for the current sketch challenge at Mojo Monday. Once I pulled out this paper a few days ago, I started making cards like crazy, and I will post them over the next few days.

The Fun Stuff
1. Stamps – Punch Potpourri, Heard From the Heart (from MDS)
2. Ink – Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Groovy Guava, Crumb Cake
3. Paper – Elegant Soiree DSP, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Basic Grey
4. Punches – Large Heart, Bird, Butterfly, Boho Blossom, Scallop Trim Border
5. Accessories – Oval and Scallop Oval Nestabilities, Chantilly Crochet Trim, Antique Brads, Small Pearls, 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon, Crimper

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Embellishing Lace

This card was made for the Colour Challenge over at Embellish Magazine. As soon as I saw these colours I KNEW I had to play. I LOVE this colour combo. The first thing I did was pull out my Elegant Soiree Paper because it has many of the colours in this challenge.

The Fun Stuff
1. Paper – Elegant Soiree, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
2. Stamps – All Holidays(from MDS), Punch Potpourri,
3. Ink – Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Groovy Guava
4. Accessories – New Large Decorative Label Punch, Large Heart Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Small Pearls, Antique Brads, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Chantilly Crochet Trim

Friday, August 20, 2010

Sweet Sunday Christmas

I've decided to start my Christmas cards. So today I dragged out my box of Christmas paper and stamps. I used this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch for this card. I absolutely fell in love with this patterned paper last year.

The Fun Stuff
1. Stamps – Holiday Collection, Delightful Decorations
2. Ink – Old Olive, Purely Pomegranate
3. PAPER – Very Vanilla, Patterned Paper from Eskimo Kisses
4. Accessories – Ornament Punch, Chocolate Chip Epoxy Brads, Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Old Olive Button, Silver Thread, Stampin Dimensionals

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Smarty Pants and Goofy Stuff

Well I had a TON of fun making this card, and I actually managed to combine 3 challenges with this card. That's a first for me. This was cased from a card made by Michelle Surette. Click HERE for her card. Anyway, this card was made using the sketch from Paper Players, the colours from Color Throwdown and the recipe from Pink Elephant, which happens to be 'ribbons and sparkles'.

This card was made with lots of new stuff. The DSP is from the new catty (nursery suite). I used the new owl punch and the new Decorative Label punch.

The Fun Stuff:
1. Paper – Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Nursery Suite Patterned paper and retired Certainly Celery and Soft Sky DSP
2. Stamps – Smarty Pants
3. Ink – Chocolate Chip
4. Accessories – Rhinestones, Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, Decorative Label and Owl Punches

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Stampin Royalty Challenge #33

It's Wednesday - and time for another Challenge at Stampin Royalty. This week we have a Theme challenge. This week it's all about SCHOOL DAYS. Now as a teacher on summer holidays, I don't really want to think about school yet, but here's what I came up with.

It's a back to school card. I whipped this puppy up in MDS and then printed it out in layers and cut and glued, and popped up everything. This is the result. Check below for more details on how to make this card. Here's a peek at the inside.

Above you will find the jpegs of my actual MDS projects that I printed out.

The Fun Stuff

-Not From My Digital Studio
1. Paper – Basic Grey and Whisper White cardstock
2. Punches – 1 ¼” and ½” round punches
3. Accessories – Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Bashful Blue Button (retired), Silver Thread, Stampin Dimensionals

- Digitally in My Digital Studio
1. Paper – Riding Hood Red, Basic Grey, Whisper White, and Geometric Patterns DSP
2. Stamp Brush Set – School Days

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Beautiful

My daughter's birthday is next week. Shes' going to be 3 years old. I can't believe it's been 3 years since I was last pregnant. One of my friends tells me that she believes that birthdays should be for the mother, because she's the one who did most of the work until that point. For those of you who don't know, my daughter was actually a bit of an accident. When my son was 6 months old, I got pregnant with my daughter. We had just bought our current house and were about to move closer to our families. We didn't think that we would get pregnant that fast given my age (I was 38). But apparently we are very fertile. In Canada we get 12 months of maternity leave, but I needed to go back early in order to stock up for my next maternity leave, so when I was 10 weeks pregnant in a difficult pregnancy, I went back to work full-time, my husband got very sick, and we moved houses. Basically I packed up and unpacked our entire house while my husband lay in bed, I had an 8 month old baby, was 1o weeks pregnant, and working full time. Thank GOODNESS for grandparents is all I can say. I went into labour 7 weeks before she was actually born. It's called prodromal labour and although it's not terribly painful, it's very stressful. So I lay around the house for most of the summer (and it was HOT). But enough about me. In the end we wound up with a beautiful, smart, strong, stubborn, funny, delightful baby girl. She is the light of my life. My son is amazing too, but my daughter and I have such a kinship as she and I come from a long line of very strong viking women, and she reminds me of myself all the time.

Needless to say, I made this birthday card for her. I looked all over the web for a princess stamp and found this one at Digital Delights. She's called Princess Shona. I put her in MDS (my digital studio) and printed her out several times on various patterned paper and then cut out the parts and paper pieced her together. My daughter LOVES pink, so thus the pink dress, and she has blonde hair and blue eyes, so I tried to make the princess look like her.

The Fun Stuff - on MDS
1. Princess Shona - look above for link
2. Text - done in Microsoft Word
3. Colours - So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Concord Crush, Whisper White and Blush Blossom (ink with an aquapainter.
4. Accessories - blender pen, Scallop Trim border and corncer punches, large oval and scallop oval punches, stampin dimensionals, stampin' write marker.

Monday, August 16, 2010

PPA Birthday

Here's my attempt at the latest challenge over at PPA. It's a colour challenge this week and WOW are they bright colours. So I went back to my tried and true formula of using lots of WHITE on a card with bright colours. I decided to use ribbon as my medium. So I went through my retired stuff and pulled out last year's In Colours which are close (or including) these colours. So obviously Melon Mambo is the same, but Tempting Turquoise is close to Bermuda Bay, and Crushed Curry is close to Daffodil Delight. So I pulled out my stash of organza ribbon and matched it as best I could to the grosgrain. The Whisper White was embossed with the wallpaper textured impressions folder. The brads are from my stash, and the sentiment was stamped in Tempting Turquoise, and then punched out with the wide oval punch. Then the matte was punched out of Daffodil Delight with the new Decorative Label Punch.

The Fun Stuff
1. Paper – Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise cardstock
2. Ink – Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight
3. Punches – Decorative Lable and Wide Oval
4. Accessories – Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Organza Ribbon and brads (from my stash), Wallpaper Textured Impressions folder, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Birthday Bots!!!!

Aren't these cards absolutely adorable???? I cut these little robots out of some wrapping paper from Connor's last birthday party. First I pulled colours from the robot for the card. Then I ran some through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder. I punched the corners with the ticket corner punch. The sentiment and the 101110101 numbers are from the set Lots of Bots. I used the Stamp-ama-jig to line up the number stamps. The sentiment was punched with the small oval punch and then I cut the small pointy shape and attached it to the back to look like a talking bubble.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

This page was made using My Digital Studio. The colours come from Stacy's Stamping Stage and the sketch was from Mercy's blog. Although I discovered that I couldn't enter it there as I didn't use stamps from the right company, but I really like the sketch. I might use it again.

The Fun Stuff – All on My Digital Studio
1. Paper – background = Early Espresso, DSP = Summer Splendor
2. Punches – Circle, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Square
3. Colours – Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Earl Espresso, Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzaz
4. Stamps – Greatest Moments II, Vintage Overlays
5. Accessories – Stitching, Paper Daisies, Hodgepodge Hardware

Friday, August 13, 2010

Kind Color Throwdown

This card was made for this week's Color Throwdown. As I've said many times purple and green is my favourite colour combo. This card was cased from a card by Chat. Click here to see her original card. I changed things up a bit and used a different sentiment.

The Fun Stuff:
1. Paper – Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede patterned paper (retired)
2. Ink – Elegant Eggplant
3. Stamps – Echoes of Kindness
4. Punches – Two Step Bird, and Scallop Trim
5. Accessories - Floral Fusion Sizzlit for the Big Shot, Pretties Kit

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Birthday at the Colour Q

This week at Colour Q is a fabulous colour combo. I just couldn't resist it. This card was cased from my friend, and fellow Stampin' Royalty Goddess, Angela McKay. Click here for her original card. This card is also eligible for the Embossing challenge over at Our Creative Corner.

As you can see I couldn't decide on a layout, so I rotated the card and made 2 styles. The gifts are from the fantastic new hostess set Playful Pieces. Each gift was stamped on Whisper White and then cut out and mounted on matching cardstock. The labels were punched out, mounted on coloured cardstock and then carefully cut out with craft scissors.

The Fun Stuff
1. Paper – Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose, Early Espresso
2. Ink - Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose, Early Espresso
3. Stamps – Playful Pieces, Sincere Salutations
4. Accessories – Extra Large Decorative Label punch, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Square Lattice, and Wallpaper Textured Impressions Folder