Monday, August 29, 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie stamps and a fun Halloween card

Happy Monday everyone! We are starting the back to school countdown at our house. One more week till I get to choose the music and tv shows during the day- yippee! One thing that my kids enjoy about Fall coming is that Halloween is not too long after back to school time. Probably because we celebrate it for most of October lol! My hubby is obsessed with scary things and scary movies and quite honestly it creeps me out. I prefer the cutesy Halloween images but I am not allowed to help decorate. Sigh. So instead I make fun Halloween cards for my family and friends as many of them have this holiday as their fave too. 

I made this card this past weekend while at my fave store SGD during the crop and I used the KKS stamp Kreepy Kitty and coloured him orange so that I could use the Echo Park sticker "Beware of black cats" as a tongue in cheek kinda thing. It made me laugh anyway lol! I also used more of the Echo Park stickers and 6x6 papers from the Apothecary line that my black cat sticker came from. I then added clear glaze using my clear Viva decor pen to add texture to my images and card. Love that pen as it dries so much quicker than other thick glazes. My moon is paper pieced with this shimmery thick plastic paper that has an opal sheen in real life. I am saving it to also use on fairy wings in the future. 

I even went crazy and decorated the inside of the card- whoa settle down there Andrea!! Yep- I was full of tea and feeling wild lmbo! I used the matching KKS sentiment and more stickers from the EP pack. 

I am also entering this card in the following challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown- Dimension and texture (my bat and sticker labels)
The Poodles Parlour- Anything goes
The Pink Elephant Challenge blog (TPE 114) - Paper Piecing (my shimmery moon)

Hope you get to have a crafty day! Andi

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My new DT role for Gilli stamps!

I am so excited to share that I am now part of the Gilli stamps design team! I was introduced to them at CHA from my partner in crime Suzanne Dean and I just instantly fell in love with Anary the owner and her whimsical images. I threw myself around kicking and screaming until she agreed to let me play with her stamps hee hee! Seriously- when she emailed me after we met and asked me if I wanted to join I was over the moon! She has some amazing Gilli images that I really enjoy colouring.

Today is my first post over at the House of Gilli challenge blog. If you already have some Gilli stamps and wish to play along pop on over and upload your card featuring the sketch above. I used Fairy 2 Gilli on my card and coloured it with my copics using the new techniques I learned from Suzanne Dean. Let's just say it was like relearning how to colour all over again. This image is my first time using my new mad copic skills and I am happy with how she turned out. I changed the sketch slightly to move the embellishments from below the image panel to have her holding flowers instead. Want to know why??  For those of you who know me whenever I cut out an image, paper piece, creative placement of embellishments, etc. it means that Andrea messed up.

Can you see it?
Look closely at her thighs...yep she has blue thighs. Not.on.purpose.
It seems that when I used an extreme amount of blue ink on her dress that I apparently grabbed some with my skin colour and smeared it all around. Of course I did. And no matter what I tried I couldn't erase it or blend it in. So..she gets a pretty bouquet hee hee!

So pop on over to the House of Gilli blog to see more creations. Feel free to leave a comment on my post today telling Anary how awesome I am. I will pay you..lmbo!!!!

Cheers, Andi

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

High Hopes Challenge- use Fall colours...*gasp*

This week's challenge by HHS is to use Fall colours on your card. I have to admit it took me aback a bit but I prepared myself for the challenge by burning an apple crisp scented candle and within minutes I was ready for apple cider and pumpkin patches. On my card today I used the cute "Teddy for Tea" stamp and the "me n you" sentiment. If it is about tea I love it. Tea granny anyone hee hee! I used my beloved stash of Kaiser Craft Peachy Keen 6x6 paper and followed a sketch posted by the Card Positioning System's blog. A layout challenged girl's best friend let me tell you!

Even though if you are like me and hanging on to Summer as best as you can this is a fun challenge to do! I love Fall colours all year round and they are great to colour up. Come on and join us over at the High Hopes Stamps challenge blog and play along. You can do it...I swear it won't make Fall come any faster lol!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

High Hopes Stamps and Farmville together equals one cute card...

I haven't posted much at all this Summer as we have been SOOOOO busy with the kids at home that is has been crazy! Except for cleaning my craft room to organize my newest crafty purchases I haven't done much creating at all. While I missed it I have to say it was a good break for my mojo. Playing with the kids helped me relax and find my creative outlets again.

Which leads me to the inspiration for my High Hopes Stamps challenge card.......


I have a secret....I am addicted to playing Farmville. It is actually not much of a secret as those who know me have teased me endlessly about it. I have tried to stop...tried to walk away but dang it they keep coming up with new challenges and cute new virtual animals and my farm just reels me back in. My kids tell strangers that I love my 2-D chickens more than them. I don't of course...but let's hope I never have to choose ;). I have also made some really cool Farming friends- Cathy, Luane, Vilma, Cindy, Nancy....just to name a few. Oh and I can't forget my newest gaming buddy Chris 'Sparklepuff' Diedrich- this card is in honour of all of you.

I spent a long time colouring up this older HHS image- Clarabelle and Riley- and it felt sooo good to have my markers back in my hands. I even cracked out the pencils and OMS to try my hand at decent grass. Not too shabby for a first time! I also included a pic of the copics I used at the bottom of this post for those of you who are interested.

This week's challenge is so easy anyone can play along! The challenge is to use anything High Hopes. Maybe you want to make a Farmville card like me? Or perhaps a Cityville, Mafia Wars or Treasure Isle card lmbo!!! Come on over to the High Hopes Stamps challenge blog to see some fantastic cards from the HHS Divas and also to add your card to our challenge.

Y'all come back now- ye hear! Andi