Friday, December 30, 2011

Cheers to a New Year!!!

Happy New Years everyone!!! With 2011 coming to a close, I'm realizing how ready I am for a new year.  I'm hoping 2012 is full of many possibilities and opportunities.  I figured what better way to ring  in a new year than with a card celebrating it!!! For my card, I've used one of the Flapper Doodles sets called Cheers to a New Year from MFT.  I've stamped the image in Versafine Onyx Black and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I've watercolored the image with my Tombow Markers (no surprise on that one right?). I'm loving this Scarub Vintage seam binding from the Ribbon Carousel. The sketch is the most recent Card Patterns sketch (which I know I'll be using again). 

Thank you for popping by my blog!!!!

Happy New Year!!! See you in 2012. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

TSG Sneak Peek - Lovebots

WOW WOW WOW!!! I can't believe this year is coming to an end!!  I swear 2011 has absolutely flown by!! I'm looking forward to what 2012 has to bring (hopefully many good things).  What better way to start off a new year with the upcoming TSG release. 

If you loved Friendbots, you’re going to love Lovebots. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Torico has created an adorable set that will have your heart bursting with joy. This adorable mini set will have your creating cards and gift tags that carry your message of love and friendship to all your special Valentines.

This set just brings a smile to my face and I love it!!! I can't wait to play with it more for making Valentines cards.  I'm such a sucker for anything cute I tell ya!!! I've watercolored the image with my Tombow markers (are you surprised? LOL!!!) and went with a fun layout.  DP is from Bella Blvd., Echo Park and Fancy Pants Designs.  The super fun dingle ball trim (that's what I like to call it) aka pom pom trim is available at the Ribbon Carousel.


Lovebots is a 4x4 set that includes a total of 7 stamps $10.
Would you like to win the new Lovebots stamp set?

Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop
challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday December 31st
with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

CAS Colorful Butterflies

Hey there!!! It's been a quiet week on my blog (getting ready for Christmas, working pretty much full time the last couple of weeks and getting organized for a new couch getting delivered) but I'm here for today's challenge at Scrapbook Essentials

This week it's a color challenge and I went Clean and Simple!!!

Once again, I've used our set this month called Whimsical Butterflies 1. I've stamped the butterflies in Regal Rose ink (from SU) and then added some clear rhinestones to the antennae of each butterfly.  Easy peasy I tell ya!!!

This will be our last "Essential Sketch Challenge" this year but we'll be back in January with more fabulous sets!!!

I'll be posting a few cards over the next week or so, make sure you check back to see all the wonderful holiday goodies.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Butterfly in Flight - Essential Sketches 2

Wow! Another week has flown by!!! I can't believe how quickly December is flying by.  I'm back with a cute Springy type card for a new challenge blog called "Scrapbook Essentials BC Challenges". We are sponsored by the online crafting store "Scrapbook Essentials BC" and we will be featuring the products they carry in their online store.


For my card, I've used the set called "Whimsical Butterflies 1"  and I have stamped the butterfly in Versafine Onyx Black Ink that I embossed with clear embossing powder.  The image was stamped on designer paper for a bit of extra dimension.  The DP is an older Crate Paper line that I've been hoarding for way too long... yup I'm a paper hoarder!!! LOL... Each layer of DP has been dry embossed with various Cuttlebug folders. I love the dimension that using embossing folders create on a card.  It just makes your card pop that little bit more.

Make sure you check out what the rest of the DT has created. 

Our Rules for Playing:
  1. Create a NEW project for this challenge.
  2. Be sure to link your blog with a direct link to the post you would like us to visit.
  3. Please put a link on your post to our challenge.
  4. Create a project with only 3 challenges including our challenge.
  5. Feel free to use any stamping products you have!

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Hey there!!! It'll be a little quiet on my blog the next couple of days so I thought I'd show you an 8x8 scrapbook page I made last week for There She Goes Stampbook Saturday. My cousin recently had a baby girl after having two boys so I decided to make a Stampbook page in honor of her new daughter. I searched through some of my cousins' pictures that she had on Facebook (she lives out of town and I haven't met her new sweetheart yet) and settled on this one. I absolutely love her expression in this one and what a cute outfit!

At the top of the page I have stamped a sentiment from the TSG set called "Beautiful Day" and then at the bottom of the page I have stamped the word "girl" using the set "A-Z, 123".  The more I look at this page, I've decided to mount the page onto a 12x12 DP. 

I'm working on a whole scrapbook for my cousin but life's craziness is getting in the way so I have a feeling it'll be after Christmas before I get any more done. 

Thanks for popping by!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

MFTWSC49 Winter Wishes

Hey there!!! This little chicky had a bit of time on Wednesday morning to get my craft on so I just had to play with this week's MFT sketch challenge.  Loving it!!! I've had this cutie pie Holiday Hugs Snowman for a few weeks but no time to ink him up.  Yikes!! The horrors of un-inked stampy goodness. If you only knew how many stamps I have that have never seen ink you'd be horrified too!! LOL....

But you didn't come to hear me complain about un-inked stamps so let's get to my card.  Here are the deets....  I've stamped the image in Versafine Onyx Black and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  This just makes watercoloring so much easier as you're creating a bit of a dam that the colour is hard to pass through.  The image was then watercolored with my Tombow Markers and a white gel pen was used in a few places to add some highlights.  The DP is from this year's My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas (I am loving the colors!!! I'm definitely a non-traditional Christmas girl). The DP works perfectly for this week's Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger challenge that I just had to play along in.  Rather than using the three small circles at the top of the sketch, I decided to add a rhinestone swirl.  I'm such  a rebel!!! LOL!!! And of course I had to add a sentiment, hence the fun sentiment embellishments.  As part of my embellishment, I've made a bow on the back side of the button using Black Jute Twine from The Ribbon Carousel. Loving that stuff!!!

Thanks for popping by today!!! Hope it's a good one!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Exciting new Adventure!!

So I've been keeping a secret!!! And a fun one at that!   I'm so excited to be a member of the Scrapbook Essentials BC DT!! I was excited and honoured to be a part of this DT because it is local!!  Well, an hour and a half away so pretty darn local if you ask me.  LOL!!!

We have a challenge blog located here at Essential Sketches where each week the Design team (the DT consists of only members from Vancouver Island which I think is pretty darn cool) will be having a challenge each Tuesday. We'll be featuring cards using the "Set of the Month" and this month it's a fabulous one called Whimsical Butterflies available at Scrapbook Essentials BC. 

Our first challenge is a sketch for you:

And here is my card:

I've been in such a Christmas card mode that it was nice to be able to make a card using Spring colours (from the Crate Paper Random Collection).  I've stamped the image in Versafine Onyx Black and then embossed it with clear embossing powder and watercolored it with my Tombow Markers.  I really like how this card turned out. 

Check out what the rest of the DT has created.

We'd love for you to participate with us and here are the rules for playing:

Our Rules for Playing:
  1. Create a NEW project for this challenge.
  2. Be sure to link your blog with a direct link to the post you would like us to visit.
  3. Please put a link on your post to our challenge.
  4. Create a project with only 3 challenges including our challenge.
  5. Feel free to use any crafting products you have!
Be sure to post your project to the linky by Sunday, December 11th at Noon (PST).
We look forward to visiting your blog!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

TSG133 Happy Holidays

Have you missed me?  LOL!!! I wish....  It's been a crazy week at the Thomas household with getting ready for the holidays (and my upcoming birthday).  Chances are that many of my posts this month will be DT related which always means fun!!!

Melissa is our Trendsetter of the week at There She Goes and she has challenged us to create a card using the inspiration photo.  As soon as I saw it, my mind went to Cosmo Cricket's Mitten Weather DP which is perfecto!!!

Lucky for me, this month's SFYTT was posted so of course I just had to use it!!  I've used the TSG stamp set called "Wonderful Winter Wishes" and a sentiment from Penguin Pals.  I've watercolored the image with my Tombow Markers and then paper pieced part of the little guys' outfit.  I wanted to add a bit of texture to my card so I've dry embossed the circular panel with the Snowflake Embossing Folder.  I've used some Natural Jute Twine from the Ribbon Carousel threaded through each of the purple buttons.

We'd love for you to participate along with us so make sure you check out all the deets over at the TSG blog.

It's the getting close to the end of the year and I've managed to partipate in all the SFYTT sketches. Wahoo!!! Yeah, I'll be eligible for the grand prize of goodies!! Here are my cards from throughout the year:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November.