Gothic?

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Good morning crafty friends!  The end of the school year is coming up in four days, but I am proud to say that even given the chaos I still have a card to share with you today!  I think I have mentioned before that I love being a teacher, but June and September are always a bit overwhelming (even after 15 years).

But enough about that – let’s talk crafty!  Today, over at the Tiddly Inks challenge blog, we have a new one for you – GOTHIC.  Now look, I know that this theme might scare a few of you.  If you have ever had a look around here at SCS, you will know that traditional “gothic” is not really something I do well.  I think it’s beautiful, but I can’t seem to pull it off.  But here’s the great thing about Tiddly Inks stamps – I pulled a stamp from the Gothic Characters section called “Poppy” and I think she is just as cute in a bit of a brighter palette too (I did try to mute things a little bit from my usual Doodlebug brightness). This is actually one of my favouite cards of late!

So, head on over to the store and grab a gothic inspired image (or even just some gothic inspired colours to go with any image you have) and get crafty with us this week. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by!

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May Flowers challenge

Swing-fullIt’s challenge day over at Tiddly Inks, and this time we thought we would go with some flowery goodness.  We all love those flowers don’t we?!!  So perfect for so many occasions too, so  the next challenge is… May Flowers!
 
Swing-closeupGrab your favourite Tiddly Inks stamp or digital image and think along the lines of..
Images/stamps with flowers, making your own flowers,
flower themed papers/ embellies!
(**remember…We love to see any new creation, a card, 3D project, journal page etc
but you must use a Tiddly Inks stamp or image to be eligible for the prize**)
I decided to work with –Wryn Swinging By – a newer release by Christ.  A lot of my cards need to go in the mail, so I like to keep things flat. So while I love making handmade flowers, most of my cards will not include them!  But I do love to sneak the flowers in there, especially through the use of patterned paper.  It’s an easy way to make so many different cards and images fit the theme!  I pulled out my Doodlebug paper for this one, but what are your favourite floral papers?
We sure would love to see you join in on the challenge, and don’t forget to pop on over to the blog to see the amazing inspiration by all of the DT members!
Thanks for stopping by!
Swing-angled

It’s Baby time!

ribbon baby

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I am so excited to share this post with you today!!  Recently, our very own Ribbon Lady welcomed Ribbon baby, and we have been waiting ever so eagerly to celebrate with this hop.  With two little (but growing) gals of my own, everything baby is still near and dear to me, so this project was all about fun with baby!

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One of the first things I learned as a new mom was about something called “Taggie” toys. Everywhere I looked, toys, books and blankets had these little ribbon loops attached.  I had no idea what it was all about until my oldest got a book, and those tags spent tones of time in her mouth.  And boy was that a blessing, because instead of having to fish pieces of cardboard from board books from her mouth, I was simply throwing that book in the wash!  Alleluia!!

So when we decided to do the hop, I knew that I wanted to have some fun with ribbon tags.  I hopped over to the fabric store and picked up some flannel and had some fun cutting out random symmetrical shapes.  With a bit of adorable Twill Chevron ribbon and some of the Double Faced Satin in pretty new colours, my little monsters took shape.

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Oh, and here’s one more secret about these little guys – they CRINKLE!!!  Yes, you heard me – give them a squeeze and they have that crinkly sound that babies (and apparently 4 and 5 year olds) love, courtesy of some cheese slice packaging slipped inside before I finished up the seams. It’s this crazy texture that I have to say I thought I would find annoying until I actually played with one.  And now, every time I pick one up, I can’t help but squeeze!!!

Everyone in my family (including the hubby) has a favourite!  And while I originally had a few new babies in mind for these monsters, I have to admit that I don’t think they are going to leave this house.  They have been adopted.  The good news is that I have more flannel where those came from, and there might be a few new monsters to join the clan!

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Now, if you haven’t stopped by the other blogs today, you really need to get on that!  Our uber generous Ribbon Lady is giving away spools of ribbon from the baby collection to a lucky winner from those who take the time to comment.  Maybe satin and chevron isn’t your baby thing, but I have no doubt that you will find something that is.  So leave a comment, and then get hopping!  I’ll put in a good word for you! Here’s the line up for today:

May Arts Ribbon:

Other product:

  • Flannel
  • Thread
  • Felt
  • Stuffing
  • washed plastic packaging

 

 

Anything Goes

It’s challenge time at the Tiddly Inks blog, and it’s a great one – Anything Goes!  I always love these challenges because it is a great excuse to get some cards done for upcoming events, together with participating in a challenge!  Two birds with one stone is always good for me!

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For this card, I decided to team up the darling Cute as a Cupcake stamp with some paper from Doodlebug.  I tend to shy away from using yellow to colour larger areas on a stamp mostly because it scares me (like colouring red)! ;)  But I almost always love how it turns any card into something bright and cheerful, so I gave it a go!  It probably helps that I just got some refills too (streaky yellow is not pretty).

Once the image was coloured, I topped off the card with some Chevron ribbon from My Arts (you know it is my favourite), and did a bit of doodling – some stitching and a sentiment.  I am not sure if I have mentioned it before, but my Sakura pens are my favourite for doodling (Micron 01).

Okay, there is a ton of inspiration over at the Tiddly Inks challenge blog, as well as all the details on how and where to post.  We always love seeing what you come up with, so make sure you join in and let us see your beautiful work!

Thanks for stopping by!

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