Wednesday, September 28, 2011

DYSU #39 - Swirls

Welcome back to a new challenge here at Do You Stack Up?! We are very excited to announce two of our new DT members today!  They are Jan Garber and Mary Eason and we are SO happy that they've joined us!

Back to the challenge at hand...this week, we want to see you create a project using.....

This week's Sponsors:

Dearie Dolls
Dearie Digi Paper Doll and Four Outfit Pages for Different Holidays and Everyday

Stitchy Bear Designs

Prize Package

Here is my card for this week:

This time around, I was given this cute digi by Stitchy Bear called Sunday Morn to use.  I coloured it up with Copic markers, cut it out with one of the Spellbinders Classic Squares dies  and threw it on top of this beautiful Lacey Squares die-cut that I also cut out with Spellbinders.  I adorned the Lacey Squares die-cut with lovely Light Coffee pearls that I got from Pizzazz Aplenty.  I used this beautiful swirly DP from the MME - Stella & Rose - Hattie 6x6 paper pad.  To add even more swirly goodness, I added this yummy latte coloured pearl flourish from Recollections...last week when I made a trip across the border to do some crafty shopping with my mom, I got a bunch of Recollections bling and flourishes at Michael's...all Recollections embellishments were 50% off PLUS I had a 20% off coupon for my entire purchase so I think I scored a 2-pack of these flourishes for $0.79!  Gotta LOVE those sales!  I always keep an eye out for deals like this...otherwise, I'd be BROKE with this hobby....Ok, I STILL am but, I have a lot more to show for my money!  ;)

If you'd like to know any of the products I've used, I am including a detailed Supply List at the bottom of this post.

Anyway, I really do hope that you'll head on over to DYSU and check out the inspiration that the rest of our talented gals have for you as well as welcome our FABULOUS new DT members!  Oh, and of course, I would LOVE to see what you can do to incorporate SWIRLS into your project!

Supply List:
Cardstock: Kraft - Misc.; SU! - Very Vanilla; White - Neenah
DP: MME - Stella & Rose - Hattie 6x6 Paper Pad
Digi: Stitchy Bear - Sunday Morn
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Old Paper
Copics: E40, E41, BG10, BG11, BG13, Colorless Blender
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Classic Squares, Lacey Squares
Accessories: Ribbon - Celebrations (Michael's); Crochet Lace Trim - Misc. (Joann); Pearls - Pizzazz Aplenty - Light Coffee; Pearl Flourish - Recollections (Michael's); Flower - Misc. (Dollar Store); Smooch Accent Ink - Moonlight

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    West Coast Native Art by Peter Wayne

    Hi everyone!
    Just a quick note about my dad's new website!  He is an Aboriginal artist and does North West Coast Native carvings.  He just got this site up and running and will be adding more photos in the near future but, I'd REALLY appreciate it if you checked it out!

    Here are a couple photos of his artwork:

     Owl Mask

    Raven Mask with custom stand

    Here is a photo of me with one of his carvings:

    I commissioned this 3-foot Salmon carving (Western Red Cedar w/Abalone) for my friend's wedding present.

    If you'd like to learn more about Peter Wayne, you can read this article on Squidoo...

    Anyway, I hope you'll go and take a look at his site, he would be thrilled and any support is much appreciated!  

    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    DYSU #38 - Duo

    Hi All! So glad you are back for our next challenge at DYSU! Before we get to it though, we want to take a moment to say goodbye to two of our Design Team Members. Frances, who brought her beautiful style and coloring skills, and Tenny, who not only brought us cards, but also gorgeous scrapbook pages. You will both be missed and we wish you all the success and happiness you both deserve.

    Which brings us to our next item of business – our Design Team Call! If you are interested in joining this wonderful team, please link up!

    This week our theme is Duo! So we want to see your design elements in twos or pairs.

    This week's Sponsors:

    Stretch ‘n Bubbles
    Winner’s Choice of 4 Digis

    The Stamping Boutique
    Winner's Choice of 5 Digis

    JLJ Designs
    $10 Gift Certificate
    Here is my card for this week:

    Thanks so much for reading...I hope you'll come and join us at DYSU this week!

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    Fairy Dust is a Must...

    Hello everyone!
    It's a lovely day, here in the Vancouver area, lots of sunshine but, BRRRR, does it ever feel cold!  I can tell that fall is upon us...only a week ago, it was gorgeous HOT summer weather but, last week, the temperature suddenly dropped!  I can tell you that I have pulled out my Uggs and have been rocking my gas fireplace lately and, my two cats couldn't be happier!
    Today, I have for you, a circle card.  I used one of the cute little fairies by The Greeting Farm.  The set is called, "Fairy Princess", and is from their new clear stamp line that just debuted last month.

    Here it is:

    I think this card is super straight forward so, I won't go into all of the details...I'll just include a Supply List below.  If you would like to make a circle card, but, don't know how, you can find a tutorial by Julee Tilman on her blog, here.  

    I entered this card into the TGF W.O.W. challenge.  
    This week, the challenge was to use this sketch:

    Thanks for looking, I hope you liked my offering, today!

    Supply List:
    Cardstock: SU! Melon Mambo; Green - Bazzill - Misc.
    DP: MME - Lush
    Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; SU! - Melon Mambo, Kiwi Kiss (sponging on sentiment)
    Copics: BG0000, E33, E35, E37, RV21, RV25, YG93, YG95, YG97, YR0000, YR000, E11; Multiliner 0.5mm - Black
    Dies: Spellbinders - Circles, Scalloped Circles, Rectangles, Scalloped Rectangles
    Embellishments: Pearl Flourish - Recollections; Rhinestones - Recollections; Rhinestones (small) - Misc.

    Friday, September 16, 2011

    Give Me a Squeeze!

    *** This is my 2nd post today.  Please scroll down or click here to look at my previous post titled, "Wishing You a Day of Joy"...I am particularly proud of it...probably my new favourite!  ;) ***

    Here is a quick card that I made for the Flourishes "It's a Bit Sketchy" challenge.  It only took about 40-45 minutes for me to make (this HAS to be my all-time record) but, I had already used this sketch yesterday for another card, "Thinking of You", so, that sped up the process A LOT...normally I spend HOURS on each, and I mean HOURS!

    Here is the sketch:

    Here is the card that I made with this fabulous sketch:

    Thanks for looking!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Supply List:
    Cardstock: SU! - Very Vanilla; White - Neenah
    DP: SU! - Paisley Prints (green), Autumn Meadow (neutral pattern)
    Stamps: Flourishes - Life, Love and Lemons
    Ink: SU! Crumb Cake (background); SU! - Soft Suede (sentiment); Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Old Paper
    Copics: YG93, YG95, YR31, E44, E47
    Accessories: Embossing Folder - SU! - Vintage Wallpaper; Pearls - Kaisercraft - Latte; Flower - Misc.

    Wishing You a Day of Joy...

    Hello my lovelies,
    I just have a quick post for you today as I am in a hurry to get this card entered into the Flourishes Colors of Fall challenge...and then go down to do some craft shopping in the US...woohoo!

    Here is the inspirational photo:

    So, the challenge is to use one or more of this fall's "in" colours which are pictured above.  I used Emberglow, Nougat, and Coffee Liqueur.

    Well, here it is:

    This card was pretty straight forward...I used clear embossing powder on the main image which is from a Flourishes set called "Kids Play" and used the resist technique with SU! Crumb Cake ink...I used SU! Silver Glass Glitter on the mat...and I used the "Porcelain Bisque" technique with Crumb Cake ink, Whisper White cardstock, and the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder...all by SU!  You can see the tutorial for this technique here.  The sentiment is also from the Flourishes "Kids Play" set and it is stamped in SU! Soft Suede.

    Well, that's about it...I hope you like it...I will be back later to add a Supply List to this post...

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Thursday, September 15, 2011

    Thinking of You...

    Hello Everybody!
    Today, I have for you, a card that I made for the TGF Farm Fresh Fridays challenge - "You're Hot and You're Cold"...the challenge this week was to create a project with either a hot theme or a cold theme...I made a cold/autumn themed card and boy, does this image make me want to pull out my Uggs and slip those cozy things on!...well, that and the fact that my feet are freezing in my house today!  Vancouver had GORGEOUS weather these past few weeks and was in the 30's...Celsius of course!  That's high 80's-low 90's in Farenheit!  However, it clouded over yesterday and now it's about 15 degrees Celsius..that's about 59 degrees Farenheit...burrr!

    Well, enough chit-chat, here it is:

    I used three different TGF stamps on this card...Special Autumn, Blush Bonnie (sentiment), and I don't think it's very noticeable but, if you look closely, I used Blush Hello on the background paper with the blue grid...I wanted it to be subtle so I stamped it with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Old Paper which I also used to distress each piece of paper!  This card is pretty straight forward, I just distressed all of the edges using the CTMH Edge Distresser and then used my nails to distress them even more and curl up the edges, assembled the card base and background papers, coloured this cutie with Copics (see supply list below) and cut her out with my Tim Holtz by Tonic scissors and craft knife (for the inner parts), and popped her up with pop dots...added some pearls, a sentiment which I also stamped with Distress Ink in Old Paper and finally, a matching flower which I also inked with that same Distress Ink, and Voila, done!

    Supply List:
    Stamps: TGF - Special Autumn, Blush Bonnie (sentiment), Blush Hello (background)
    Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Old Paper
    Cardstock: SU! - Very Vanilla
    DP: SU! - Autumn Meadows
    Copics: Hair - E33, E35, E37; Skin - YR0000, YR000, R20; Shirt - BG000, BG02; Jeans - BG02, BG05, BG09; Hair Accessories - BG02, BG05; Vest - E44, E47; Scarf - E17, E19; Boots - E33, E35
    Embellishents: Flower - Recollections Mulberry Paper Flower; Pearls - Kaisercraft - Latte

    Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    DYSU #37 - Silver

    Hello all! Well, the weeks seem to just keep flying by...and I cannot believe that it's already time for another challenge at DYSU!  
    This week our challenge for you is Silver! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

    This week's Sponsors:

    Robyn’s Fetish
    Winner’s Choice of EITHER 5 digital stamps OR 4 digital stamps and 1 paper pack

    Digi Darla
    Digital Stamp Club One Month’s Membership

    My Divine Inspiration
    Prize Package

    2 Digital Images

    Without further ado, here is my card for this week:

    Well, let me tell you...this was a tough one for  me, this week!  I rarely buy any silver or gold (but, especially silver) cardmaking supplies and I was determined to use what I had..also, I was given this sweet image by Digi Darla to use so, I had to make it all come together nicely..So, I scrounged up what I had....silver glass glitter and this beautiful ribbon flower with a jewelled center which I thought would accent the glass glitter nicely...
    I printed the digi onto Neenah cardstock and coloured it in with grey Copic markers...I then went over the wings, halo, harp, shoes, and waistband with Smooch Illuminate Top Coat to add some shimmery highlights.  Next, I cut out the image with Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 20, being careful to cut around the parts I wanted to go outside of the frame and then flipping those parts over the backside of the frame so as not to cut them off.  I used the Spellbinders die as a stencil and sponged the image with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Old Paper.  Next I cut out the next biggest Labels 20 on white cardstock and coated it with the SU! Glass Glitter in Silver.  From there it was quite easy.  I used a patterned paper from Crate Paper on the background, making sure to sponge the edges with the same Distress Ink then assembled the card.  If you would like to know the specifics on the supplies that I used, please look at the bottom of this post for a detailed Supply List.

    I really hope that you will come and join us this week at DYSU, I'd really love to see what YOU would do to incorporate SILVER into your project!

    Supply List:
    Cardstock: SU! - River Rock; White - Neenah
    DP: Crate Paper - Cottage Collection - Porch
    Digi Stamp: Digi Darla - Annie Angel
    Ink: Tim Holtz Distress - Old Paper
    Copics: C1, W2, W4
    Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels 20
    Accessories: Smooch - Illuminate Top Coat; Crochet Lace & Ribbon trim - Misc; Ribbon Flower - Jolee's Boutique - Dimensional Stickers; Pearl Stickpins - Pizzazz A Plenty; Pearls - Recollections

    Monday, September 12, 2011


    Hey everyone,
    Just wanted to share the good news...I was just in my Blogger Dashboard looking over my, "Reading List", of blogs that I follow and noticed a post by Lilypad Cards and saw the photo of my card that I entered into one of their challenges!  I can't believe it but, I WON a sketch challenge that they had last month that was sponsored by one of my all-time favourite stamp companies, The Greeting Farm!  I am ECSTATIC!  I have never fully WON a blog challenge before (based on merit, not I have been a "runner up" a few times...Anyway, I am super excited and thought I'd share!  I think I won my choice of stamp from TGF and the more stamps that I can add to my growing TGF collection, the better!

    Here is the may remember it:

    Thanks for reading and wherever you are, I hope you had a WONDERFUL weekend with lots of SUNSHINE!

    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    DYSU #36 - Texture

    Good morning and welcome to a new challenge at Do You Stack up?! We're so glad you can join us again. Our challenge for you this week is "Textures". There are lots of ways you can do this including embossing, adding fabrics, textiles, distressing... the possibilities are endless!

    This week's Sponsors:

    Love To Stamp
    Winner’s Choice of 1 Little Darlings Rubber Stamp

    Digi Doodle Shop
    $10 Gift Certificate

    Pizzazz Aplenty
    $10 Prize Package

    Here is my creation for this week's challenge:

    For this challenge, I was trying to work with what I had already...I didn't have much that was textured and I felt that I was sort of playing out the burlap, lol, so...I embossed and scored all of the papers and used textured cardstock for the card base.  I used SU! Crumb Cake and Soft Suede inks and rubbed it over the embossing and scoring to enhance the textured look.   I used this adorable image by the Love To Stamp - Little Darlings collection.  It is called, "Let's Do Lunch", and you can buy the rubber stamp here.  I coloured it with Copic Sketch markers and attached it over the other layers.  I then added twill ribbon, a wooden button, and twine to give more texture.

    On another note, I'd also like to wish our team member, Peggy, all the best in her future as she just finished her last challenge with us as a DT member.  Peggy has been with DYSU since the beginning and we'll all miss here dearly and we are sad to see her go, but, I hope we'll continue to see her around blogland!

    I hope that you will join us at DYSU and play around with some texture...this definitely is a fun one!

    Supply List:
    Cardstock: Bazzill - Misc. Red, Misc. Green
    DP: October Afternoon
    Stamp: Love To Stamp - Little Darlings - Let's Do Lunch
    Inks: SU! - Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
    Markers: Copic Sketch
    Embossing Folders: SU! - Square Lattice; Tim Holtz for Sizzix - Woodgrain
    Accessories: Twill Tape - CTMH; Wooden Button - CTMH; Hemp Twine - CTMH - Natural