Friday, September 24, 2010

Sale over at my Etsy Shop, CheekyDIGs

I just realized that several of my digi stamps and digi stamp sets are about to expire in my Etsy Shop, so...

I've lowered the prices on these items, which include Sharkie, my frappuccino sets, the rainy day umbrella and my 'give a friend a lift' hot air balloon. I've reduced the older sets to $3.50 and the individual images to $1 or $2. You can grab the Canadian beaver and donut set for just $0.75. If there's something you'd like to see, please let me know. I had questions about cards I posted on my blog and I'm happy to design unique digis and handmade cards by request. Just ask!!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Monsters in my backyard!

Yes, that's right...I have little monsters 'reeking' havoc in my backyard. I'm not talking about my kids. There's a skunk out there and my dog has had a too-close encounter. She didn't actually get skunked but has a faint musky odour probably from rolling in stink—why do dog's do that? Anyway, this and the red squirrel who torments me out my window as I work have inspired some new images and cheeky sentiments. I just posted them in my Etsy shop. I created the sentiments to fit with the QuicKutz speech bubbles die I picked up yesterday and made this card for a birthday I'm sure to forget...

Here's a peek at the complete set at CheekyDIGs:

Thanks for looking! I'd love to hear what you think of my backyard monsters and my little Etsy shop.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

SSSC86-You're A Superstar!

So here's my card for Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch today. I think I've actually been fairly true to the sketch for a change--it helps that it was a square sketch!! Instead of using patterned paper for the horizontal strip, I embossed a portion of the background cardstock and sanded it to reveal the white inner core of the paper. Both Henri and his little friend who is having her birthday party today were in yesterday's triathlon. They didn't know this in advance and were even in the same wave! So I've used my swirl embossing folder, a wheel-style sticker embellishment and a stitched wave in the background to represent the swim-bike-run event. The heart is for their friendship. Hope you enjoy the sketch and a very sweet Sunday. We're off to a birthday party!!

Last of the napkin sketches...

I’ll have at least one card (I actually have a few ideas on the go) for today’s Sweet Sunday sketch in a second post a little later today. I just don’t have the energy left to stay up, and yes, I do create most of my cards very late at night. I’m also fighting a cold and have to give in. Why? All three of my kids—my 11-year-old twins and 6-year-old—plus my niece were in a triathlon today. Very exciting!! But it’s exhausting running from one transition to another and keeping up with their energy!

I did snap some good photos so I’m working on a scrapbook card with this sketch—after a good night’s sleep that is. Here are two of them at the finish line:

Hope you’ll check back to see. For the Sweet Sunday stampers’ take on the last of the napkin sketches, start with Karen and check out...

Jennifer Tapler

Joanne Basile

Karen Motz

Laura Fredrickson

Lynn Put

Sarah-Jane Kale'

Vicki Burdick


Sunday, September 12, 2010

SSSC85-Three Guitars

Sorry to be a little late for Karen’s Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge this week. I had my card ready but I was in Niagara Falls for my son’s soccer tournament. Karen’s got another napkin sketch for you and I think it’s one that can be used for almost any occasion! The additional challenge this week was to create a birthday card and mail it to Operation Write Home who will then send our cards on to men and women serving in the armed forces to share with their loved ones. We weren’t supposed to use glitter but I hope glossy is okay. I wanted to create a birthday card that would be ideal for either a girl or boy so I used You’re My Hero, one of the Whimsical Wishes stamp sets I designed. I repeated the flame guitar in momento black ink on different patterned papers in the same grungy We R Memory Keepers teen angst collection then covered each guitar head with layers of crystal effects. Here's my card:

The Sweet Sunday Stampers have treats for you...

Thanks for looking...


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sweet Sunday Sketch-SSSC84

It’s so great to playing along with Karen’s Sweet Sunday Sketch! I’m challenging myself to use the stamps and goodies that I bought at CHA so they don’t sit unloved.

So today’s card uses Papertrey’s Enjoy the Ride. Four of my nieces are getting close to driving age (a few are on the road already), so this is a late birthday card for one of them. My MIL drives a VW bug so we could see a young driver behind the wheel. Scary!

I’ve changed up the sketch a little (maybe more than a little), but when Karen showed me the original cocktail napkin I think the elements are there, Baby!

I found a digital tire tread and printed it before cutting with the nestie label. The curved edge on the patterned paper and black mat are just randomly cut with my X-Acto retractable pen knife—love that thing! Other similar knives haven’t really compared for me. The car is stamped in SU summer sunshine rocked with Memento cantelope, then overstamped with the outlined image in Memento tuxedo black. Couldn’t resist the “Student Driver” mini label for the license plate! I stamped first—duh—so I had to cut a template with the bug die before placing the die over the image and everything worked out just fine. I added dots of liquid pearl (for Sankari) and glazed the back window and lights with crystal effects. With the die and solid stamp, this was a quick card!!

I think a few of the Sweet Sunday Gals might not be bloggin today, but start with Karen and enjoy the hop!

Hey, thanks for looking!


Friday, September 3, 2010

Celebrate Halloween!

Today’s the last day of sneak peaks for this release and you can now fill up your cart! I have two projects to show you first.

For my card, I couldn’t resist working with my witch from the Hangin' Out Wicked Wardrobe set again. Lots of paper-piecing here and colouring with copics too. I’ve used SU kiwi kiss and purely pomegranate cardstock, which I think is a yummy colour combo. The sentiment is just a portion of the ‘celebrate’ border in Borderlicious and I’ve reverse masked my Whimsical Wishes a la carté tree, used Take Note Die 2 to cut the shape, then sponged the edge with kiwi kiss ink. Wondering what that border is? It's a Silhouette cut file I created yesterday when I was playing. ;)

Next, I wanted to create a quick Halloween treat bag topper, so I used the cat with attitude in the set and a combination of nesties and TE Take Note Frame 1 to whip this up. Very quick and easy—I could actually make a class set of these without going bonkers!

Can’t wait to see what enticing goodies the Baker’s Dozen has for us today...

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Wicked Wardrobe!

I'm excited to be playing along again today as the Baker's Dozen shows sneaks of Hangin' Out Wicked Wardrobe. This may be my favourite Whimsical Wishes set yet!! I have two cards today and another to share with you tomorrow. I designed the set so the witch's dress could hang on a line or be combined with the sweet witchy head, satchel and hat to create an adorable witch. So... I had to use her in my first card! I coloured my witch with copics and prismacolors/gamsol and flocked her trim and hat with Martha Stewart flocking powder in ladybug, which I hope shows up if you zoom in. I wanted to keep the layout simple but add texture with tulle.

For my next card, I created a lamppost with the arrow, swirl and lantern. The border is a new Martha Stewart edge punch (Spiderweb) for me and the top border is cut from Cosmo Cricket's Haunted: Eerie paper, then lightly dry-brushed with white acrylic paint and sponged with black ink (that would be Memento in tuxedo black, Melissa!). I coloured the lantern and cat eyes with copics and applied crystal effects to make them shine. I couldn't tell which was the better picture, but you'll see the original version and a little later with extra half pearls on the border and glitter glistening in the spider web.

Can’t wait to see what Taylor’s team has cooked up with Hangin’ Out Wicked Wardrobe today...

Thanks for looking...