Saturday, December 29, 2012

White Deer Card


Today, this inspiration picture


from the SPARKS challenge turned into this mini card


I used this technique to cut out the deer shape, and added some extra bits of cardstock on the back of the shape before gluing it down. By doing that, I wanted to create a small amount of depth, but not as much as foam adhesive would do. The card measures about 3 7/8" by 2 3/4". 

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- Marie
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Friday, December 28, 2012

12 favorites from 2012 - My Cards


This is the last post in my 12 favorites from 2012 series. In this post I will show 12 cards I've made this year that I really like. I enjoy the process of making cards more then I enjoy the finished product, but I did like seeing my older cards again anyways. I hope you will enjoy seeing these cards as well =) You can click on the picture of each card to go to it's original post.
















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- Marie

Thursday, December 27, 2012

12 favorites from 2012 - Papercrafting Products


Today I am continiuing my mini series of sharing 12 favorites from 2012. In this post, I will be sharing 12 favorite products/product lines/manufacturers =)
Here they are, in no particular order:



Paper Smooches Stamps

I love the fun look and great sentiments that are all hand drawn and hand written by Kim Hughes. They are just so quirky and are also such great quality =) You can find the full selection of photopolymer clear stamp sets from Paper Smooches on their website. Here are a few of my favorite stamp sets from Paper Smooches:

"Falling for You"


"Smarty Pants"

 "Simply Said"
( I don't have this set, but I think it has beautiful sentiments =) 


Mama Elephant Stamps

The stamp designs from Mama Elephant are both cute, clean and really pretty. You can find the full selection of photopolymer clear stamp sets from Mama Elephant on their website. Here are a few of my favorite stamp sets from them:


"Nursery Deco"

"Believe In Magic"
( I don't have this set, but I think it is beautiful and awesome! )

"Good Times"
( I don't have this set, but I think it's so cool =)


Memento Ink by Tsukineko

I use Memento ink all the time. It's a fast drying dye ink that works wonderfully with Copics, or by itself =) You can find the full selection of ink colors in the Memento line on Tsukineko's website. Here are a few of my favorite ink colors:

 "Tuxedo Black"

"Rose Bud"

"Pear Tart"



Papertrey Ink White Cardstock

I loooove Papertrey Ink's white cardstock. It is an awesome bright white color, really smooth and is so nice and thick. Perfect for cardbases and to color and stamp on =) You can find their white cardstock on their website



Bazzill Card Shoppe Colored Cardstock

Bazzill Card Shoppe collection of cardstock is just wonderful. It has a rainbow of colors, and the cardstock itself is smooth and thick, making it great for stamping on and making cardbases out of. You can find the full selection of cardstock colors on their website. Here are a few of my favorite colors:

"Cotton Candy"

"Juicy Pear" 

"Robin's Egg"
 

Lawn Fawn Stamps

Lawn Fawn designs some of the cutest stamps out there. I especially like their critter sets, and their ABC sets, which are so easy to use and lign up =)
You can find the full selection of photopolymer clear stamp sets from Lawn Fawn on their website. Here are a few of my favorite stamp sets from them:

"Critters on the Farm"

"Jessie's ABC's"

"Here's the Scoop"
( I don't have this set, but I think it is super cute! )


We R MemoryKeepers Corner Chompers

The Corner Chompers from We R MemoryKeepers are amazing corner rounders. They punch easily through even thick cardstock, and the way they are designed is great for rounding hard-to-reach corners too =) I have both of the corner chompers that round corners, and now I wish I had the Crop-A-Dile II (big bite) as I am sure it's equally awesome too!
You can find the full selection of tools from We R MemoryKeepers on their website. Here are the two Corner Chompers I have:


1/4" and 1/2" corners

1/8" and 3/8" corners


Copic Sketch Markers

I love working with my Copic markers. They give beautifully solid and vivid color on white paper, and they are so fun to blend together to give a stamped image a shaded look =) You can find the full selection of marker colors on their website. I use so many of their colors when coloring, and they are all great! 


Wafer Thin Dies

It seems like the selection of wafer thin dies has been getting rapidly larger and larger this year. Many companies has started making them, and I love that! Some of the companies who produces dies I love are My Favorite Things (Die-namics), Papertrey Ink, Simon Says Stamp, Memory Box, Poppystamps and Wplus9. Just click on each manufacturer's name to go to their website =) Here are a few dies I like, but don't yet have in my collection: 


"Falling Stars" by Simon Says Stamp


"Petal Party" by Memory Box


"Teardrop Tree" by My Favorite Things


Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

I have begun using this awesome glue more and more this past year. I love how the glue gives me a little wiggle room and adjustment time from when I put the element down onto my project, until it sticks down permanentely. I also love how easy it is to apply to any size or shaped paper piece, because of it's small opening on the tip =) You can go see more about this glue on Tombow's website. Here's how the bottle looks: 


The Alley Way Stamps

The Alley WayStamps are so fun, quirky and cute! I love how whimsical their stamp designs are =) You can find the full selection of photopolymer clear stamp sets from The Alley Way Stamps on their website. Here are a few of my favorite stamp sets from them:

"Castaways" 
( I love the fun sea critters in this set, especially the fish with the "light" )
 
"Trees Company"
 ( I don't have this set, but I love the different trees and images to create trees =)
"NO Peeking"
( I don't have this set, but I love the fun santa, reindeer and penguin! )


Echo Park 6"x6" Patterned Paper Pads

While I don't actually use patterned paper often, I really do like many of Echo Park's paper lines. I am so drawn to their clean and simple patterns and pretty, fun and bright colors =) You can find the full selection of 6"x6" paper pads from Echo Park on their website. Here are a few of my favorites from them:
"Hello Summer"
( I love the bright colors and fun patterns in this pad =)
 
"Dots and Stripes - Candy Shoppe"
( I love the simplicity and how versatile the patterns in this pad are! ) 
 
"So Happy Together"
( I don't have this pad, but I think the colors and patterns in it looks great )




That's the 12 products I wanted to share today! I hope you enjoyed this blogpost =) I'll be back with the last installment of this 12 favorites mini series tomorrow!



GIVEAWAY
The wonderful people at Bazzill Basics Paper have generously offered to give away a sample pack of the Bazzill Card Shoppe collection to one of my readers! The winner will get 2 sheets each of all the 28 colors of cardstock in the Card Shoppe line =) For your chance to win, please leave a comment on this post telling me some of your favorite cardstock colors in the Card Shoppe line. I will draw a winner on January 3rd, and announce it on my blog soon thereafter. Good luck!



Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

12 favorites from 2012 - Cards


As 2012 is coming to an end soon, I decided I wanted to share some favorites from this year. So today, I'll be sharing 12 favorite cards from some very talented crafty people =) I had a tough time narrowing things down to only 12, because there's sooo many fabulous cards out there! But in the end, I came to these 12 cards, in no particular order:


This card by Meghan is simply stunning! I love the negative diecut, the colors, and the cute button in the middle of the snowflake =)



I love the subtle, yet wonderfully vibrant and festive effect the little confetti pieces gives on this card, made by Chunyuan =)



I love the amazing colorful quilled swirls coming out of the letters on this card by Jennifer =)



This card is just so pretty! I love the soft colors of the stamped circles, and the way Cristina overlapped some of them to create almost a colored bubbles effect =)



I adore the fun scribbled background behind the cute stamped image on this card by Amy R =) So cute!

 
The background on this card made by Chari really has a wow effect! I love how vibrant it is =)



This card made by Laura is so colorful, and I love the small circle style of banner she made on this =)



I love how Stephanie made "plain" and fancy flamingoes on this card, and how the black beak of the flamingo makes it look so classy =)
 


I love the fun colorful pawprints all over the card, and the dog itself too, on this card made by Isha =)



I love the layout and idea of the stars hanging from the clouds like this, and the beautiful color scheme on this card made by Danielle =)




I loove the beautiful background Britta made for this card! It's a wonderful color and has such a pretty subtle stripe effect =)


That's all 12 cards! I hope you enjoyed looking through them =)


Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
- Marie