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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sugar Pea Designs Challenge



Soooo this FABULOUS new Stamp Company has just arrived on the Scene

Sugar Pea Designs!!!!

I have had the opportunity to ink up and colour some of these fabulous stamps and here's my first creation~~~~

It's your Birthday!- Gopher it~!

I'm entering my card into the Sugar Pea Designs First Challenge

If you have some Sugar Pea and want to play along, link your creation


This sweet little guy is from one of their newly released stamps


I've included a Colour Map for Touch Twin Markers


Paper from Glitz Design

Sugar Pea Designs will be having a new Release on The 3rd of February

Be sure to join them on their FACEBOOK PAGE

to celebrate and see what they have in store for you~

Happy Stamping

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Zbecky Brown-Modern Christmas Wrapstravaganza




Just a quick idea to use up odds and ends of Christmas Wrap (If you haven't got it all stowed away already!!!! I made this fun purse insert with some Funky Christmas Wrap that I had left over.
Because it was foiled, it was super easy to wrap around the templates



I'll be all ready for my Holiday Parties next year!!!

Happy Crafting!
Monday, January 20, 2014

Krafty Tulips



How are all my Crafty friends today?

I had some time to create, so I combined two Splitcoaststamper Challenges
Using Scallops on a Clean and simple card and Watercolouring on Kraft Paper
I coloured this gorgeous TULIPS stamp after embossing it in white. I used an aquapainter and my Derwent Pencils. The sentiment is from an IOstamps Clear Set: Sympathy Sentiments

I really like the intensity of the Derwent Pencils on the Kraft Paper.

Have an amazing day!


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Hearts Abound-February Mixed Media Art Challenge



In the past few months, I've really enjoyed delving into the world of Mixed Media.
It allows me to go to places i've never been and to experiment with fun techniques.
I'm loving the free expression of my creativity. I've never been what you call a "technique" oriented stamper, but rather preferred colouring, a cleaner style and a more "white bread" approach to paper crafting. So this Art Journalling Calendar Project is perfect for me!!!!

For my page, I started with a Heart Stencil and sprayed using Tattered Angels Glimmer Spray. Taking the advice of my mixed media mentor Kim Pargeter, I didn't waste the ink on the stencil and ended up with that fun white space to the right hand side of the Calendar Page. I found it just a touch too pink, so I used a couple of Impression Obsession Stamps to add a little more depth and then sponged with Vintage Photo ink around the page. The Two stamps I used:


Then I punched out the Circles and Hearts with some Pink Paislee Paper, inked around the edges and adhered it to the background. Using my Foutain Pen and Chocolate Ink, I outlined the edges of the punch outs, to give them more dimension. I added a touch of Doodling, as well as hand lettering the Title. To finish up, I sponged and added the Cupid Die Cuts and the Floral Heart Strip and some Corner Metal Stickers from Close to my Heart. I'm Happy with the way the page turned out.

Art Journalling seems to be my new Solace.

Stay tuned for more...........
Friday, January 17, 2014

Bellarific Friday!



I finally got a chance to play with some of my Super dee DUPER Seniorita Stamps!

I've had them foreva and they were CRYING to be inked!!!!

Sooo, I thought what the heck...... I'll play the Bellarific Friday Challenge!

Wanted to share some news........ 

I was on Blogabella the other day and Em says a new release is on the way!!!!

Yep, FOUR......count em, FOUR new Uptownies!, TWO Senioritas and a whack of Mixed Media and Journalling Stamps!!! Can't WAIT to see and treat myself to a little bit of RUBBA

Make sure you check out BLOGABELLA in the coming days so you won't miss the goods!!!



Here's My Touch Twin Colour Map


Stamps:

The sentiment is from Uptownie Lucille

Happy Stamping~
Thursday, January 16, 2014

I {Heart) You- Impression Obsession Challenge



This week's challenge at Impression Obsession is a Valentine's Challenge

As you know, I am a fan of Hearts!!!

I created this layout in Memory of my Beautiful Grandmother

The Photo is Circa 1939

Grandma was in her 19th year. This picture was taken either shortly before or early into her pregnancy with my Mother. She was an absolutely stunning woman, even into her 80's. Her Bright Blue eyes never fading. I definitely inherited my love of crafting and music from her and am so grateful for that. I know she watches over me and that is a comfort.

For this Layout, I used the following Stamps"

and if you look closely on the tag and banner, 
Hanging Notes. Rather than stamp right down on the paper, I rolled the foam mounted stamp "here and there"

I used Paper from the Paper Loft, Gentler Times Collection and was inspired by the sketch  that I posted on the blog yesterday

The Flowers and "Love Brads" are From Prima Marketing Inc.

I also used some Dylusions Ink Spray to Muddy up the Paper a bit
and 
Vintage Photo Ink for Distressing!

Be sure to play along in the I <3 a="" and="" challenge="" href="http://mitrafriant.typepad.com/impression_obsession_news/" post="" submissions="" you="" your=""> HERE
on the IO Blog

Happy Stamping!
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sweet Honey- The Paper Loft January Sketch Challenge



Good Morning! Hope you're all enjoying the same "balmy" winter weather that we're enjoying here in Eastern Ontario! It's been above the freezing mark for a few days now and quite enjoyable!!!

Today's card Features Papers from Island Sun and Hooked on Fishing

The adorable stamp is from the Bee Benton set at Inky Antics Stamps. How Cute is he!!!

Here is the Sketch for the Challenge and the details below:




 The challenge will run from 1/6/2014 to 1/31/2014. Our Guest Designer will get a $30 Gift Certificate, a special badge and will have their projects featured on our blog throughout the month of March 2014.
 

  To participate:

  Make a project (card, scrap layout or any project that works with the sketch) using the provided sketch and upload it to your blog or online gallery. Leave a link to your project using the link widget at the bottom of this post. The Paper Loft products are not required to participate, but the winner will be chosen from a participant that uses The Paper Loft products somewhere on their project.




Here is a Colour Map to go with the colouring.....I used a touch of Glossy Accents on the Honey to make it look sweet and sticky!

Have an amazing Day!

You can load your sketch project up HERE






Friday, January 10, 2014

Sweet Cherubs-Day 5 Impression Obsession New Release Hop



Today is the Final Day of the Hop!

I decided to save my FAVE Heart card for Last!!!!

Here it is!!!!

Sweet Cherubs!!!!

Isn't it the SWEETEST????





My Central focus for this card is the


the smaller pink heart is the inner piece from the Heart Flourish Die

and of course Heart Dies from the Heart Set
If you click on the picture, you can see that I have stamped the Red Hearts with the Coordinating Hearts from The Valentines Hearts Clear Set which has a fabulous array of hearts along with three sentiments, including the one that I used on the card.

To make the "Cupid Print Background Paper" I simply used the Border around the cherub cut out and Sponged in some soft pink ink.  Super Easy!!!!!


I hope that you've enjoyed the hop this week and wish you luck to win some fabby IO Bucks!

What was your favourite set this week? How about the dies? Any Favourites??

Inquiring minds NEED to know.....lol

I'm the last stop on the hop.........so the next stop is the Beginning , unless you heard mine whines and started with me!!!!  Thank you SO much for your wonderful feedback on my peeks.  It truly means a lot~ Now get on over to the IO Blog to get all the deets on the prizes !!!!


Be sure to visit soon.....you are going to see a LOT more IO Goodness.... I Truly {Heart} this release~

Happy Stamping!



Thursday, January 9, 2014

IO Stamps Release Hop Day 7




Hope that you've been enjoying this amazing hop!

Have you just arrived from Laura's Blog?

I've had such fun creating these cards for you and as you can see.....my Heart Obsession with Impression Obsession Hearts go on!!!! 



For this simple Valentine, I used the following Stamps











This Concludes the end of the Hop!!!

Next Stop, or Start......depending on how you are looking at it is

The Impression Obsession Blog!

Get all the details for winning some fabulous Rubber HERE!

Happy Stamping!
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Love is all you need! Hoppin' with IO Stamps!



How's the Hoppin' ?

I am a TOTAL fan of Hearts! If you know me and see me, you'll know that about 80% of the time, I am donning a Heart Necklace. Most are Sterling Silver, but I have a couple that are off the beaten glass. I LOVE Winter Release at IO Stamps, because Mitra always has new Heart Stamps and Dies for my (and your) pleasure!!!

This card is made with the Love Heart Stamp

&

The Love is all you need Sentiment

You can also get the Love Heart Stamp with some Amazing Sentiments in the


and the Sentiment in the Love Songs 1 set

That's a lot of "Hearty" Goodness.......hehe!!
I love the Clean and Simple Style of this card





To give the sentiment and touch more pizzazz, I Stamped it twice. First on the Card Front in Black.
I then stamped a second time on Pink with Black ink, colouring the letters in red ( I love the pink/red combo) before mounting them on Dimensionals!!!

That's it for today!!!!
I'll be back tomorrow for Day 4 of the Hop

You know what to do.........{Leave a comment= a good chance to win some stamping bucks!}

I'm always the last stop on the Hop...... I could Sigh and Say.....woe is me....or I could over inflate and say "Saving the best 'til last! HA!!!!) No matter what I say....Hop on over to the IO Blog to start the Hop!!!!

The hop will start each day with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST. Each day pay us a visit here and then head over and see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new stamps & dies on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). The more blogs you visit each day the better chance you will have to win!

Every day (Monday Jan 6th – Friday Jan 10th) one of the blogs will be chosen randomly and a winner will be selected from comments on that blog at 10pm CT. The winner will be announced the following day along with the participating blogs for that day.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014






Today is day two of the IO Stamps Spring Release Blog Hop!

I hope that you enjoyed yesterday's creations....all I can say is WOW! We have some talented Designers on this Team!!!!

Today I wanted to Feature  Some of the "Zenspirations" Stamps

This Zenspiration Alphabet is Hot Diggity Bomb!!!! 

I can see myself using it a LOT!

It's very Art Journally, isn't it?

After Making my Background with Ink Sprays from Dylusions, I added some Texture Paste and Glitter as well as a Fun Tree Stencil to create my snowy Scene

I Heat embossed some "Damask" Snowflakes to compliment the Heat Embossed Alphabet! ("A")

In my mind, a Sweet Snowman always compliments a wintery scene!

The Snowman set makes the Perfect Snowman!


Here is an understated yet elegant Sympathy card I created 



Once again, I'm the last Stop on the Hop! 

If you haven't been hopping though, Head on over to the IO Blog to get started!!!


Be sure to leave comments along the way to increase your chances of winning some new Goodies!!!!



Monday, January 6, 2014

IO Spring Release Hop!





Welcome to Day 1 of the Impression Obsession 2014 Spring Release Designer Hop!

 I've used several of the Beautiful new images on this Card


Lots of Stamps on this card and I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it turned out!

The Paper is from Pink Paislee!



We have some beautiful CHA peeks to share AND Gift Certificates to give away each day!!!

The hop will start each day with a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog at 6am EST. Each day pay us a visit and then head over and see our fabulous IO Design Team’s projects with our new stamps & dies on their blogs (only one comment per blog per day please). The more blogs you visit each day the better chance you will have to win!



Every day (Monday Jan 6th – Friday Jan 10th) one of the blogs will be chosen randomly and a winner will be selected from comments on that blog at 10pm CT. The winner will be announced the following day along with the participating blogs for that day.



Two prizes will be awarded on the last day of the hop. One will be for Friday’s comments and another will be chosen from all the comments left throughout the week. So if you miss a day or time deadline your comments will still count for a chance to win a $25 Impression Obsession Gift Certificate! Both Friday winners will be announced on the IO Blog on Saturday.



If you have any questions please email Jeanne.

If you've been hoppin already, you've just arrived from 


'Cause I'm the Last Stop on the Hop!

If you've come here first,  head over to the Impression Obsession Blog to start the Hop!


Today’s  hop list! You can pick up the Links on my Sidebar

Impression Obsession Blog

Anna Wight

Daniela Dobson

Dina Kowal

Ellen Taylor

Jeanne Streiff

Jenny Gropp

Kittie Caracciolo

Laura Fulcher

Vicki Garrett



Thursday, January 2, 2014

Blue for YOU!!! Impression Obsession Challenge




Love, was made for you and me...or is that me and you?? Not sure, but what I DO know, is that it takes two! Two to make it or break it. Two to invest their hearts and energy into a common goal.



I love this verse from Corinthians...it is SO True!!!

Anyway our Challenge this week is to create a Blue Card!

Here's my Blue for you Valentine!



I used the Banner and Sentiments from the You & Me Stamp Set

To set the Background, I used the Fragile Ink Heart

Ink is Bashful Blue and Pacific Point by Stampin Up!

Make sure you head over to the IO Blog to load your entry for the challenge and have the opportunity to win a gift certificate! It's the perfect time to get some new Rubber!

Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Clarity







It's a new Day, a new Year 

Rather than making resolutions, which are often quickly forgotten I choose to allow my focus to draw me to a word. Last Year, I searched and searched for the perfect word. The word carried me through the year in that it gave me a sense of comfort

Over the last few days, I pondered over what word would guide me this year and I was having difficulty really, as there are many wonderful words that can act as a guiding principle. None of them felt just right.





In a moment of tranquility, in the soft silence my word came to me............


Clarity




Clarity is the quality of being clear, in particular the quality of coherence and intelligibility.

Clarity is the quality of being certain or definite.

Clarity is the quality of transparency or purity





This Year, I choose not to search for the answers, but rather pay attention to my Universe

To focus on my spirituality as opposed to my worldly needs.

To nourish my soul in an effort to gain peace of mind, focus and to have a better energy to effect others around me. With Clarity comes a better understanding of purpose: self purpose, purpose of relationships, the purpose of personal goals. 

Letting go of the negative thoughts and feelings that interfere with one's ability to move forward on the path that lies ahead

This year, I will quit searching for answers that perhaps don't even exist

This year, I will allow myself to live with less thought. Not be be less thoughtful, but rather slowing down to just enjoy my moments and interactions rather than missing the emotions as I over process and often attempt to intellectualize my environment, my relationships, my being

2014 is  my Year to be certain


Clarity


What word will guide you this year?