Sunday with Crissy Guest Post

Hey everyone,

By now, you would have figured out that I am a huge fan of Crissy Armstrong’s images – they are so achingly adorable, I think. I am extremely proud to be guest designing for her today.

Her challenge this month is “anything goes” – make any card you like and go to her challenge blog, Sundays with Crissy, to play along.

I made 2 cards using her images:

Ain’t Rupert the cutest – I left the card without a sentiment so I could use it for any occasion as it crops up. DP is from Basic Grey (green) and I apologize I cannot remember the manufacturer of the yellow dot paper (it’s from my stash). The butterfly pin is from Jillibean Soup – I have the hardest time finding hat pins so if you know of a place to get them, let me know.

My 2nd card is below:

This little cutie (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) is one of Crissy’s newer releases … even the name is cute. I love that she has these pencil drawing too – make the whole images so much softer. DP is from October Afternoon (black menu) and Lily Bee Designs (yellow dots). Ribbon is from Fancy Pants Designs. Flower is from Kaiser Craft.

There is your dose of cuteness for the day. All of these Crissy’s images that I have used can be found at Whimsy Stamps.

Have a fun kind of day!

Challenges entered:

Moxie Fab World – inspired by kitchen (card #2)

Simon Says Stamp

Mark’s Finest – Fav embellie (why ribbon of course)

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I’m in the spotlight …

Today is my spotlight post at One Crazy Stamper (OCS). I’m sharing 2 cards for my post.

The 1st card is a card I made for my son, well actually I might give it to my daughter and make him a superhero one – I’ll figure it out later since it’s everybody’s birthday at my house. I mean every single one of them – I am knee deep in birthday celebration at this time of the year. My DH just celebrated his b’day not too long ago, my little Emma’s turning 2 next week, my affectionate Shawn is celebrating his birthday in 3 weeks after that and my own 2 days after Shawn’s.

Imagine the number of cakes we have in the fridge at this time of the year!! For these couple of weeks only, we eat cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And let’s not talk about presents!

For some reason, all our friend’s birthdays are around the same time too (5 parties in the last 3 weeks) and I use birthday cards more than any other cards at this time of the year. So I make birthday cards whenever I can. Here is card #1:

The little elephant image (Celebrate Big) is from Whimsy Stamps Crissy Armstrong collection and can be found at OCS. He is colored with Copic Markers. Designer paper is from Fancy Pants design.

Card #2, I’m using it for celebrating another relationship, Grandparent’s Day (which is the day after Labor Day):

Sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations; Designer papers are from Crate Paper and the flower is actually handmade and here is a tutorial. You can also find the stamp from OCS. I really enjoyed making these cards for OCS – they carry the kind of stamps I love and I love designing for a team whose products I actually enjoy using – makes designing very easy.

Have a happy November, even if it’s not your birthday!

Challenges entered:

Simon Says Stamp Challenge

Whimsy Stamps Challenge

Moxie Fab World

Penny Black and More

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My 1st Guest Post …

Hello friends,

Today is my 1st guest post with One Crazy Stamper (OCS). OCS is a retailer up north in Canada with a large online presence and since September this year, a brick and mortar store too.

I have grown to love the wonderful stamps they carry – stamps from Whimsy, Stampavie, Crafter’s Companion, Stamping Bella, Bells and Whistles, Just Rite, Heartfelt Creations and alot more – all in 1 place (easy to get free shipping). Needless to say, I shop there too. I also hear from my Canadian friends, they have the cheapest Copic Markers in Canada without the custom duties of buying from the US.

They have a wonderful DT with amazing coloring skills and I am pleased to join them this month as their guest designer.

The challenge theme this month is “food and drinks” and you can win a shopping spree to OCS.

Introducing my foodie themed card:

Of course, none other than my favorite BBQ Bart from Whimsy Stamps Crissy Armstrong Collection. You can find BBQ Bart at OCS too. Designer Papers are from Lilybee Designs, Die cut fence and cloud is from Papertrey Ink. Ribbon is from May Arts. My beloved Bart is colored with Copic Markers.

Have a fun day and don’t forget you have 1 whole month to join in the OCS challenge.

Challenges entered:

4 Crafty Chicks

Moving along with the times

My Time Made Easy

Stampavie and more

Papertake Weekly Challenge

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I’m part of Crissy’s Crew!!

See the badge on the right sidebar – that’s right!!

I am so excited to be invited to join Crissy Armstrong’s Design Team as their December Guest Designer!! Crissy is a very talented stamp illustrator and she draws the cutest images that I love using. She and her team meet every Sunday to inspire each other with their creations. My work with be showcased on December 6, 2011.

Here is where we meet, Sundays with Crissy and I can’t wait to join them. Mark your calendars and hope to see you there. Woo Hooo!!

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Jelly Bean – my sugar overload

Hi there …

Here is a card I created for Crissy Armstrong’s DT call, using Crissy’s own Jelly Bean the elephant image. Jelly Bean is just to adorable for words and I swear Jelly Bean’s got to be the mother of that cutest baby elephant I posted about 10 days ago. And how can a cute little image not go with a card loaded with doily, flowers and pink sweetness …

Here is your sugar overload – Enjoy!! (I enjoyed my indulgence)

Challenge entered:

Cute Card Thursdays

Sundays with Crissy

CR84FN Color Challenge

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My 1st gate fold card …

Hi there …

I love trying new things when it comes to cardmaking. So here is my 1st attempt at a gate fold card.

I also wanted to try brighter colors as compared to my usual earth tones and pastels and what better image to use with a brighter palette than a love card – “love in a bucket” by Crissy Armstrong. It’s got to be those adoring eyes that make her images sing in my heart.

Don’t forget her DT call still going on till the end of the month – another week or so to go. Click here for more info.

Challenge entered:

Sundays with Crissy – DT Call

Cute Card Thursdays

Stamp Something

Our Creative Corner

Shabby Tea Room

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I’m in love …

This is the image that makes my heart melt and remind me of my little baby girl (although she denies being my baby elephant). It is illustrated by Crissy Armstrong – and she is having a DT call this month. I get Crissy’s images from Whimsy stamps and they are having a 25% off digi sale this month (although this specific “Baby of Mine” image is only in rubber.)

 

Patterned papers are from the new Authentique collection. Swiss dot paper was embossed using the Cuttlebug textured folder.Shapes were cut using Spellbinders Nestabilities dies. Image was colored using Copic Markers. Sentiment is from Crafter’s Companion – Popcorn the Bear Collection. Flowers are from Prima, pearls are from Hero Arts and the “baby” clip is from Making Memories.

Challenge entered:

Sundays with Crissy

Shabby Tea Room

A Spoonful of Sugar

Copic Creations

Inspiration Emporium

Simon Says Stamp

The Pink Elephant

Cheery Lynn Designs – DT Call

7 Kids College Fund Challenge

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BBQ Bart …

Summer is the time our family grill out quite a bit at our house or at friends’ houses. I’ve been looking for a fun card for such grilling events – either to thank our friends for having us over or to invite them to our house.  BBQ Bart that Crissy Armstrong has drawn is so perfect. So here he is.

I have always colored Bart with Copic markers – but my coloring of him has always been rather flat. Recently, I found that Crissy actually did an amazing tutorial on her website about how she created scales on Bart and her coloring of Bart is absolutely divine. So I’m going to try and give Bart some life by trying out Crissy’s blender pen scales effect. I hope it brings some justice to Crissy’s awesome illustration.

And don’t forget to try out for Crissy’s Team – click here for more info.

Added on July 14 @ 10.30pm – Bart Take 2:

I love coloring Bart so much I decided to color him again – in pink – just to see if he looked nice as a girl (sorry Crissy, I changed his gender). And this time, I also gave him a pina colada. Here he/she is …

Challenge entered:

Sundays with Crissy – DT Call

Meljen Challenge

Color Me Creative

Pile it on – blender pen scales

Simon Says Stamp

Tuesday Throwdown

Fussy and Fancy Challenge

Copic Creations

The Shabby Tea Room

Simon Says Stamp

Pile It On

 

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Lovely daisies …

I’m addicted to card making (and shopping for it too). Phew!! I got that off my chest … Every time, I see a stamp I like, I buy (doesn’t matter if there are 20 other stamps on the same set I never set eyes on). For my husband’s sanity, I have tried a 2 step recovery program (sorry hun, step 2  – stop buying stamps – doesn’t work.)

So here is step 1: use as many stamps on the set as possibly.

Here are as many cards I could dream off using Crissy Armstrong’s Darling Daisies stamp set. I love how versatile that set is – you can use it for any occasion.

 

Here is another from the same collection – this collection is really a card designer’s dream.

 

And another …

 

And they are all going into Crissy’s DT call – her design team call is all month long – I could make hundreds of cards by that time!! I have another 6 more Crissy Armstrong stamp sets I haven’t even gotten to yet (and that’s not even including digi stamps)!! If you love her strong, fun and versatile images like I do, you can get it at Whimsy Stamps.

 

Challenge Entered:

Inspiration Emporium

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday

Sundays with Crissy – DT Call

Meljen challenge

Cute Card Thursday

Waltzing Mouse Sketch Challenge

 

 

 

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Happy Card …

Good morning friends …

I’d like to share this happy card I made for Crissy Armstrong’s DT call. I love clean and simple cards (CAS) with 1, maybe 2 layers – they are not easy for me to make because there are many nice embellishments out there just begging to be used. I also like cards with balance and strong design element to it and Crissy’s images are strong enough to stand on it’s own on a CAS card. On to the card:

Yellow bands on card are airbrushes with Copic marker (Y04, Y08); Elephant and sentiment images are Crissy’s illustrations, sold at Whimsy Stamps (BTW, they’re having a 25% digi sale all month long). Elephant was colored with Copic Markers (BV01, BV02, BV04, R20, R29, B01, B04, Y04, G05, G07, V12, V15, O)

Have a fun day …

Challenge entered:

Sundays with Crissy – DT Call

Less is more

Pile it on – airbrushing

Color Me Creative – airbrushing

 

 

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Happy 4th of July!!

I love long weekends!! The kids play till they are worn out and I get to make cards while they are napping.

Here are the cards I made today. It’s the 1st time I’m using digital stamps and I love it!

The meadow is from Whimsy Stamp Crissy Armstrong’s Collection. I love how versatile the stamp is for many different images. Of course, everyone recognizes Tilda. I believe she is new from the 2011 sweet rainbow collection. I love how bright and colorful this card turned out that I didn’t even have to photo edit it at all.

My next card is also from the Crissy Armstrong Collection. I just adore this little girl and her puppy – I love that she looks so vintage. Quite a different look from Tilda. And she is so easy to color – all the shading spots are already highlighted on the stamp! Thanks Crissy.

I’m off to make more cards since the kids are still asleep and Crissy is having a design team call!! (scroll down to see blinkie on sidebar)  Have a happy 4th everyone!!

Challenge entered:

Pixie Cottage

Sunday’s at Crissy – design team call

Magnolia Stamp Lovers

CMC challenge

Just Magnolia

7 Kids College Fund

Tuesday Throwdown

Magnolia-licious Challenge

The Pink Elephant

The Shabby Tea Room

Our Creative Corner

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