Back to School bookmark

I know many kids have gone back to school already, but here in Calgary, we are looking towards next week with eager hearts!  Actually, today’s project is a bit funny to me.  While a bookmark screams “back to school”, the reality is that I do way more reading when school is out than I do when the school year is plugging along (unless you count professional reading which just isn’t quite as fun to celebrate with a cute bookmark.  But it is challenge time at Tiddly Inks, and the challenge is Back to School, and bookmarks still DO scream back to school, so here we go!


I actually came across this image in the Tiddly Inks store one time totally by accident, and it has become one of my favourites for teacher gifts and cards.  Simply called “teacher”, it is easy to colour and oh so cute!  I teamed her up with some Doodlebug “Back to School” paper (because it is a back to school challenge after all) and then created a fun tassel with twine (I really need to do a tutorial on these).  August-23-cu

I’m not sure if I am keeping this one for myself or giving her away, but since I still have a week before I need to put on my work pants again, I have time!

Make sure to check out all the other great inspiration projects up on the blog today and consider joining the challenge. Celebrate sending the kids back, or scrap those back to school photos!  Whatever you choose, include a TI image and you are all set.  In the meantime, I am gong to go and put my feet back up and have another coffee.  One week…

Thanks for stopping by!

Underwater fun! Peanut Butter and Jellyfish


Ummm – this has to be about the cutest jelly fish I have ever seen.  And of course, what does a Jelly Fish like to eat? Peanut butter! Yup that’s right – this darling image from Tiddly Inks features the cutest little jelly fish holding a jar of peanut butter that you ever have seen!  

Aug-19-cuAs usual, I used my Copics to colour this image – using my BG11/BG13/BG15 cmbination as the base.  I actually use this combination more often to outline images, so this was a fun challenge for me.  I added in a bit of the lilac colour (BV000/BV01/BV02) over top to give that illusion of transparency while still keeping the colours really saturated.  if you like colouring hair on other stamps, you will love tackling the appendages on this cutie too!

I teamed up the image with a pretty set of paper from Doodlebug called Sugar Shoppe.  I used this paper as an inspiration for my oldest daughter’s birthday this summer so I will have more to show you with this one soon.  It’s a great combination of colours (as Doodlebug does so well) and pretty patterns.  At the same time, it is very versatile – not sure it was meant to be used for an underwater themed project, but I think it works great!

Well, that’s it for me today!  Have a great Friday and thanks for stopping by!



Under the Sea Challenge at TI


If you have ever seen any of the cards here at SCS, you may have noticed that I love, love, love to add hand lettering to stamps.  I haven’t always loved to do it, but in the last year or so after finding the right pens (I love my Sakura pens), at least half of my cards have received a hand written message.  I find that it sometimes fills up empty spaces that make things feel imbalanced.  And sometimes, it just because I have an idea for sentiment that isn’t included in the stamp.

August-9-cuSo when Christy released this image in the Tiddly Inks store, I almost squealed with delight.  Not only was this Octopus and her two little ones a great connection to me (I have two little ones myself), but the heart was screaming out to me for some hand lettering.  The best part was when I actually emailed Christy about my excitement…she said that she thought of me when she was drawing it!  So today, I cannot tell you how excited I am to share Octopi My Heart, complete with a and lettered sentiment to match the stamp (because how cute is that sentiment?!)

After a week off at TI, we are back with a challenge.  Does this card give you any hints?  The theme is “Under the Sea”, and there are more that one billion TI stamps that would fit into this one (okay, one billion might be a bit of an exaggeration, but between underwater creatures, mermaids and Wryn and friends enjoying beach time there are no shortage of images to use).  Remember that any type of creation goes – as long as it includes a TI image. I can’t wait to see what you create!

Oh, and if you can think of any other great sentiments, include them in the comments below because this little stamp is going to be getting a lot of use!  Thanks for stopping by!


More bang for your buck!

Last week, I posted some cards created with stamps from Tiddly Inks that I thought were a great deal.  In each case, Christy packaged images together, so one purchase really meant many images to colour.  Well, the image I am featuring today is a brand new set that packs tremendous value – especially if you love mermaids!


Amy and her Mini Friends actually include 6 cute stamps for you to use!  This one was my favourite because she reminds me of a my youngest daugher who is not only a huge fan of Ariel, but also of Nemo! july-29-cu I used my favourite Copic hair combination (E13, E15,E18, R69) to give a auburn look – I love the warmth and depth of this combination. I kept the colouring on the rest of her body fairly simple, although next time I think I would add some purple to the tail to give some more dimension!  All in all, I’m happy with the way this one turned out, and the Pebbles paper that I used is a perfect fit!

We are on a quick Tiddly Ink vacation this week, but will be back on Tuesday with a new challenge – one that this card would actually fit quite well into – stay tuned!

In the meantime, have a great day (hopefully a sunnier one than we have here in Calgary).  Thanks for stopping by!