Saturday, December 29, 2012

Only 4 more sleeps....

.....until the challenges start at still addINKtive!  Make sure you drop by & visit.  :)


Something crafty without cardstock!

No, I didn't make the Canadian Club, but I did do the etched monograms on a set of whiskey glasses!


I created some vinyl stencils with my digital die-cutter, applied the etching medium &, voila!, personalised glassware!  Now I want to etch everything in sight, lol!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Still addINKtive is here!

Only 9 more sleeps until the fun begins at still addINKtive, a new challenge & resource site, created by Bronwyn Eastley & co-hosted by Kathy Tanner (two incredibly talented papercrafters)!

I am very excited to be one of the first Guest Designers for Bron's new site.  You can check out the rest of the team & find all the challenge details here.

Looking forward to seeing you all on January 2 for the first ever challenge.  :)


Monday, December 17, 2012

The Paper Players Challenge #126 - It's Time to Say Farewell

Well, this post is a little sad, as it is time to farewell the lovely ladies at The Paper Players (Ann, Anne Marie, Jaydee, LeAnne & Nance), who have welcomed Amy, Dawn, Jen & myself as Guest Designers for the past six months.  This entire group of ladies are so sweet & are such a talented group of crafters, it has been a pleasure working with them each week.

Anyway, this is the final Paper Players challenge for 2012 & Ann is hosting, with a wonderful, seasonal theme:-


& here is my project:-


I have used an MFT snowflake die to cut two snowflakes from my main shimmery white panel, which has then been popped up on dimensionals & layered over some gorgeous teal glitter paper.  I've cut another snowflake from SU's glimmer paper & popped that up on a dimensional.  Rhinestones & tiny crystals have been added to the centres of each snowflake:-


Hope you can join us with this extended challenge (closes December 28).  The rest of the Team have some beautiful snowflake creations for you:-

Ann Schach - The Stampin' Schach
Anne Marie Hile - Stampin' Anne
Jaydee - Jaydee's Stamping
LeAnne Pugliese - Wee Inklings
Nance Leedy - Canopy Crafts
Amy White - White House Stamping
Dawn Easton - Treasure Oiler Designz
Jen Arkfeld - Stamped Silly

A big congratulations to the new Guest Designers too -
Amy O'Neill, Brian King, Jen Nelson, Justin Krieger & Sandy Mathis.

Hope everyone has a safe & wonderful Christmas season.

Thank you to everyone who has visited this year & especially to those who have taken the time to comment.  Your support is very much appreciated. See you in 2013!

♥ Helen  :)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Paper Players Challenge #125 - Colours from Nance!

This week Nance is our Hostess at The Paper Players & these are her pretty challenge colours:-


& here is my card:-


I've used a mix of old & new here, stamping the leaf image from Summer Silhouettes over the En Francais background.  To give some interest to the background panel, I stamped the blossoms in Versamark & then embossed them with Cherry Cobbler EP, adding a small pearl centre to each.  The retired sentiment (sans the swirls at the top) fitted perfectly into the framelit, which is raised on dimensionals above the ribbon & also finished off with pearls.


We hope you can join us at The Paper Players this week!  The Team have a fabulous range of beautiful creations to inspire you:-

Lesley Croghan (taking a well earned break) - Always Playing with Paper
Ann Schach - The Stampin' Schach
Anne Marie Hile - Stampin' Anne
Jaydee - Jaydee's Stamping
LeAnne Pugliese - Wee Inklings
Nance Leedy - Canopy Crafts
Amy White - White House Stamping
Dawn Easton - Treasure Oiler Designz
Jen Arkfeld - Stamped Silly

Don't forget that the Team are still on the lookout for a new crop of Guest Designers to join them for the next six months!  Just add "GD" to your entry to be in the running.  :)

Card Components (all SU)
If you would like any details, please ask.  :)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Paper Players Challenge #124 - Snow Much Fun!

This week's theme from Ann over at The Paper Players was so much fun, I just had to make:-


Here it is:-


Recently I have been making little treats with SU's long, skinny cellophane bags, & thought they would look kinda cute with snowmen on top.  Here is my little trio up close & personal:-

(you can click on the photos to view them larger)

I used the smallest Holiday Ornament die to make the snowmen, trimming off the hanger section & the point at the bottom.  I used a bunch of punches to add their bits & pieces (see below) & trimmed some branches from a tree die-cut (courtesy of the lovely Bronwyn Eastley *waving madly to you Bron*) to make their arms.  The eyes are the smallest size pearls, coloured with a permanent marker.

Here is a list of their bits:-

Body: Small Ornament die
Arms: Twiggy Tree Die (not SU)
Red & Green Hat: 3/4" Circle punch
Red & Green Hat Band: Small Oval punch
Pompom: Itty Bitty Flower punch
Buttons: Owl Builder punch
Noses: Blossom Petals Builder punch
Snowballs: Owl Builder punch
Green Hat: 3/4" Circle punch
Scarf: Small Oval Punch
Scarf Fringe: Finishing Touches Edgelit die
Top Hat Crown: Hanger Section of largest Ornament die
Top Hat Band & Brim: Word Window punch
Heart: Owl Builder punch
Tags: 2.1/2" Circle punch


I forgot to take a picture, but the rear face of the tag has "to" & "from" stamped on it.  :)

I used colours to co-ordinate with the Smarties, set on a Bashful Blue background which has been sponged with white craft ink.  The snowmen are cut from White Shimmer cardstock & are sitting on a pile of Dazzling Diamonds.  :)

We hope you can join us at The Paper Players!  To get you all inspired here are the links to the Team's sweet, snowy creations:-

Lesley Croghan (taking a well earned break) - Always Playing with Paper
Ann Schach - The Stampin' Schach
Anne Marie Hile - Stampin' Anne
Jaydee - Jaydee's Stamping
LeAnne Pugliese - Wee Inklings
Nance Leedy - Canopy Crafts
Amy White - White House Stamping
Dawn Easton - Treasure Oiler Designz
Jen Arkfeld - Stamped Silly


Don't forget that the Team are searching for a new crop of Guest Designers to join them for the next six months!  Just add "GD" to your entry to be in the running.  :)

Card Components (all SU except as noted)
White Shimmer, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Pacific Point & Lucky Limeade cardstock, 
punches & dies as listed above, Dimensionals, White Taffeta Ribbon, 
White Craft & Early Espresso Ink, Fabulous Phrases Stamp Set, Dazzling Diamonds, 
Glue Pen, Cellophane Bags, Pearls