Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!!


From my studio to yours, happy holidays and Merry Christmas!  Be safe, be kind and be happy.  Season’s Greetings!

Friday, December 24, 2010



Don’t these snowmen look warm all bundled up in their scarves and hats?  I had a lot fun colouring this image.  First I stamped with permanent ink on hot pressed watercolour paper and used Tombow markers.  Added some Liquid Applique, Stickles a bit of ribbon and voila!

Thursday, December 23, 2010



A dear cyberspace friend sent me a card using this image and I immediately knew I had to have this stamp (Magenta).  I think it makes the perfect holiday card.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cardinal here in Montreal.  Anyways, I stamped on hot press watercolour paper and used Tombow markers to add the colour, added a few layers and a bit of gold Krylon pen for edging.  Of course, I had to add some gold Stickles before I could say the card was finished.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Snow Globe


Don’t you just love snow globes?  I remember my father buying one for my mother one year for Christmas.  You should have seen the look on her face!  LOL.  Not sure if it is the same year he bought her rubber gloves in size XL (stocking stuffer).  Anyways, too funny.  Okay, back to the card.  I’m not sure who makes this double sided paper, but it is gorgeous!  Perfect for a fuss free card.  The stamps are from Stampin’ Up and I coloured the trees using Prismacolour pencils and mineral spirits.  The main image piece is sponged with Distress inks (my favorite ink).

Have a super day and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Skating Santa


I love this image!!!  I’ve stamped it on Bella’s Bestest Paper and coloured it in with alcohol markers.  Added a Spellbinders Nestabilities scalloped border and mounted to a a yummy piece of Magenta patterned paper.  This is an easel card and I think everything works so well together.  What do you think?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Deer in the Forest


This card uses another bit of leftover silver glittered cardstock.  I really like how the colours pop using the navy, burgundy and silver.  The image (PSX) was coloured with Tombow markers and Pearlex paints from US Artquest. 

Have a great day!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Frozen Pond


I’ve had this stamp for years and every year I use it for at least one card.  Yesterday, I explained how to achieve a mess free glitter technique and I’ve used some of the same silver glittered cardstock here as a layer.  I’ve stamped the image and added some colour using Tombow markers.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cheater’s Glitter!

HPIM1531 HPIM1532

Do you like the look of glitter but hate the mess?  Glitter gets in all the places you don’t want it including on the dog!!!  Actually, this is a mess free glitter technique that I was SO happy to learn.  Wanna know how it was done?????? 

First, take a piece of pre-glittered cardstock.  I used silver.  Next I coloured a silver Peel-Off sticker with a black marker.  You don’t have to use black, but you are going to stick this peel off on to the glittered cardstock, so you need a contrast.  I like the look of black on silver as it resembles stained glass.  And, it looks kind of classy. With me so far?

Okay, so now you’ve got your coloured peel-off sticker stuck to your glittered cardstock.  Make sure you burnish it well and now  you are going to colour in the open areas with an alcohol marker.  I don’t recommend using the brush end of your Copic marker, but a bullet/chisel end will work as will other markers (Touch, Bic, Sharpie).  And, there you have it, a mess free glitter card.

Thanks for stopping by and as always comments are much appreciated. 

Friday, December 17, 2010

Clean and Graphic

I really like the look of clean and graphic cards.  Lots of white coupled with a bit of colour and voila the perfect marriage. 




These 2 cards were stamped on smooth c/s and coloured with Prismacolour pencils and odourless mineral spirits (still one of my favourite techniques).  I added some embossed lines using my ScorPal and of course I had to add some Stickles.

Thanks for stopping by and tomorrow I’ve got a special technique treat for you!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Stockings


I’m really loving the vivid look that Tombow markers produce.  The image was stamped on hot press watercolour paper and embossed with Zing gold embossing powder and then coloured in with Tombow markers.  A few layers of c/s , some Stickles and voila a card I’m pleased to share and send to a friend.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010



This is an image that I watercoloured with Tombow markers and let’s just say that there were some parts I wasn’t happy with.  Because this was a pre-stamped image given to me, and I don’t own the stamp, I really didn’t want to throw it in the circular filing cabinet (aka garbage/poubelle).  So, I made inchies from the “good” parts and put them behind a black punched frame.  I added a little Flower Soft and voila a card that I was happy with.  What do you think?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

6 Cards from 1 Sheet

HPIM1511 HPIM1510





Keeping to my promise, today I’m showing how you can get 6 cards from a single sheet of patterned paper.  These cards are designed by Wendy Sue Anderson and were featured for a Design Challenge in the Dec. 2005/Jan. 2006 PaperCrafts magazine.  I’ve used some of my favourite  sentiment stamps and I chose one of my favourite designer papers from Magenta.  The base cards are made from SU’s Chocolate Chip cardstock.

Hope this inspires you to finish up your holiday cards.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Stripes and Ribbon


I was flipping through an old PaperCrafts mag recently and came across an article entitled 5 cards for $5.  This is a great way to get more bang for your buck and they are so easy to make.  Stay tuned; tomorrow I’ll post 6 cards made from one 12 X 12 piece of patterned paper. 

Stamp:  Magenta

Paper:  Basic Grey

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Simple & Elegant


This card was a really quick one to whip up and I love how the Picasa software captures the gold mirror paper.  Much better than a scan!

The ornament is a Peel-Off and even though the ribbon is a tad big I still like it. (Note to self, next time make a smaller bow).

Saturday, December 11, 2010



I think this is one of the first Christmas stamps I purchased many years ago.  The image has been coloured with Touch markers which are an alcohol based marker similar to Copics.  I’ve added a little glitter pen to highlight and the background has been coloured with Distress ink.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Skating Penguin


This image has been stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured in with alcohol markers and Prismacolour pencils.  I love this background paper but have no idea who it’s by as it was given to me.  (Thanks Holly!).  I’ve added some Liquid Applique to his hat, some Stickes and a little Stardust glitter pen to highlight.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Santa Baby and Hubby

HPIM1504 HPIM1505

I got these stamps last year and never had a chance to use them.  They really make me laugh.  Such a charming couple.

I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured them with a combination of alcohol markers and pencil crayons, added some Polar White Flower Soft for the fur and of course some Stickles.

The main image stamps are from I Brake For Stamps and the “Be Joyful” stamp is from Rubbermoon.

Thanks for stopping by.