Sunday, 28 February 2016

Home Is...

It's a mild day where I live. Things are melting and spring is in the air! All the ice and snow we got earlier this week is almost gone - whoo hoo!

To avoid the mud for awhile I have retreated to my craft room to make a card a challenge. 






My card features Horse Love, by Crissy Armstrong and it is available at Whimsy Stamps. I coloured my image with alcohol markers and cut it out with a Spellbinders Label Die. I left the cut out in the die and traced the edge with a marker to create the frame around the image. 
I added a banner piece to the top right corner, a flourish stamp and some patterned paper cut with fish tail banner dies. The sentiment was created on my computer, a couple of flowers were added and some gumdrops finish off my card.

Card Recipe
Stamp: Horse Love (Crissy Armstrong) - Whimsy Stamps
Flourish Stamp: Whirly Gigs - Technique Tuesday
Love Me Some Latte Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp
Dies: Build A Banner - Whimsy Stamps, Fishtail Banners - Your Next Stamp, Large Labels - Spellbinders
Patterned Paper: Paper Pizazz (Denim), Bundle of Joy Dots and Stripes, A New Addition - Echo Park
Sentiment: Georgia font - computer
Flowers: Recollections 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Bark - Versa Mark
Silver Gel Pen 
Spectrum Noir Markers: FS1 FS2 TN2 FS7 TB8 BT9 TB9 TN7 TN8 EB8 BG5 BG7 BG10 DG2 TN3 TN6 CT1 CT2 CT4 GB11 PP1 PP2 PP4 

I am entering this card in Whimsy Challenge 91 - Anything Goes

                    Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

My Therapist

Today I am sharing a stamp from High Hopes called "Brutus".

For me, there is nothing like coming home after a tough day to the smiling face of my dog - I mean who else is that happy to see you every day!? 

                                                         Donna
                                                                



I coloured my stamp with alcohol markers and fussy cut it. Pop dots were added to add some dimension. The sentiment is printed from my computer and mounted on brown card stock. Glossy accents were added to the tag and the frame is from Spellbinders. I used some fun papers from the Bo Bunny Happy Tails collection, some photo tabs from my stash and finished off my card with a few gumdrops.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Brutus (G075) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps 
Patterned Paper: Happy Tails - Bo Bunny
Sentiment: Book Antiqua font - computer 
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Love Me Some Latte Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp 
Pop Dots - Forever in Time
Uniball White Gel Pen
Glossy Accents
Resplendent Rectangles Die - Spellbinders

Spectrum Noir Markers: TN1 E53 (Copic) EB6 BG5 BG7 BG10 CT2 CT4 GB11 BT3 BT5 BT7


Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day! 



Happy Spring Frogs

I can't believe it's the last Thursday in February already! Whoo Hoo for Spring being just around the corner! 

My post today features Froggy Stack. These frogs just exude happiness don't they?!? Although the one in the middle is just a wee bit squished! 

                                         






I started by colouring my stamp with alcohol markers and then you guessed it - fussy cut it out. I restamped the flower numerous times to create my bouquet on the right and used a Spectrum Sparkle pen to add some glitter. The frogs are put on using pop dots. I added some grass, a fence and some flower filled clouds. The card is finished off with a stamped sentiment and my favourite - gumdrops! 
                                  
  Card Recipe 
Stamp: Froggy Stack (T217) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps 
Cardstock: Recollections
Patterned Paper: K and Company
Dies: Chunky Grass - YNS, Head in the Clouds - Die'sires, Step Die - Local King, Fence and Lampost - YNS
Sentiment: Happy Day Sentiments - YNS
Ink: Tuxedo Black - Memento
Clear Spectrum Sparkle Pen
Yellow Gumdrops - YNS
Pop Dots - Forever In Time

Spectrum Noir Markers: CT1 CT2 CT4 LG5 JG1 JG5 LG4 JG3 LG2 PP1 PP2 PP3 PP5 CG1 CG2 DG3 GB5 OR1 GT1 GT2



It's time for our February Challenge!  Join us for your chance to win 2 FREE High Hopes Stamps.  
This month all you have to do is "LEAVE A COMMENT" 
We will choose the lucky winner on the last day of the month from one of the comments posted during the month.
                                 It's that easy to join the February Challenge!!!


There is also an awesome sale going on at High Hopes! 

Save 30% off STOREWIDE until March 31st, 2016 on all stamps!  Get free shipping on orders over $50.00 (before tax & after discount within Canada & the US only)

If you need High Hopes Stamps you can find them here at 
or 


Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day! 

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Bee Happy

                             Happy Thursday High Hopes fans! 

My post today features Bumble Bear. How cute is he with his big flower and heart on his chest!

I decided to get in touch with my CAS (Clean and Simple) side with this card - a definite challenge for me! 

                                                      Donna




Sparkly Wings Close Up




I started by colouring my bear with alcohol markers, adding sparkle to his wings and fussy cutting him out. Next, I figured out the size my piece of white cardstock had to be and stamped a flower splatter with some pink ink to match. I created my sentiment on my computer and doodled the frame around the edge. CAS is a challenge for me but I am happy with how this one turned out.
                                  
  Card Recipe 
Stamp: Bumble Bear (R130) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps 
Cardstock: Recollections
Mini Flower Splatter Stamp - Your Next Stamp
Ink: Cameo Coral - Stampin' Up, Memento Tuxedo Black
Sentiment: Segoe Script and Calbri font - computer
Clear Spectrum Sparkle Pen 
Black Zig Writer Pen

Spectrum Noir Markers: BG5 BG7 BG10 CT1 CT2 CT4 TN1 TN4 TN8 CR3 CR4 CR6 DG1 DG2 DG4 CT2 CT4 PP1 PP3 PP5


It's time for our February Challenge!  Join us for your chance to win 2 FREE High Hopes Stamps.  
This month all you have to do is "LEAVE A COMMENT" 
We will choose the lucky winner on the last day of the month from one of the comments posted during the month.
                                 It's that easy to join the February Challenge!!!


There is also an awesome sale going on at High Hopes! 

Save 30% off STOREWIDE until March 31st, 2016 on all stamps!  Get free shipping on orders over $50.00 (before tax & after discount within Canada & the US only)

If you need High Hopes Stamps you can find them here at 
or 


Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day! 

Udderly Amazing

Welcome back OCS fans! It's Thursday and my turn to post some inspiration for you. It's also one day closer to Fri-YAY!!

Today I am sharing a stamp from High Hopes called Taking A Break. I think this cow would bring a smile to anyone's face! There are some times when someone has done something overly kind or when someone has reached a milestone in their lives that it is nice to send a card to acknowledge it which is where the theme for this card came from.

                                                         Donna


I coloured my stamp with alchohol markers and fussy cut it. I created my scene by cutting some green hills, blue sky and some fence. I added some pop dots to the cow and put my scene together. I edged all of the paper pieces and card edge with Memento London Fog ink.  The sentiment was created on my computer. Some twine and black gumdrops finish off my card. 

Card Recipe
Stamps: Taking A Break (RR505) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps 
Patterned Paper: Thumbelina Collection - Piggy Tales
Sentiment: Georgia Font - computer 
Black Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp
Stitched Rectangle Dies - Your Next Stamp
Fishtail Banner Dies - Your Next Stamp
Memento Tuxedo Black and London Fog Ink
Black Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp 
3D Foam Squares - Scrapbook Adhesives
Bakers Craft Twine
Signo White Gel Pen

Spectrum Noir Markers: BG5 BG7 BG10 1B2 PP1 TN1 EB1 EB2 blender



It's a new month which means a new challenge here at OCS. 
February's challenge is Anything Goes, (except digital stamps). Follow this link to come and add your projects. We can't wait to see what you create.


Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day! 


Sunday, 14 February 2016

My Caffeine

I have a confession......I LOVE coffee! I honestly can't start my day without one..or two..or .......well, you get the idea.

When I saw this set from Your Next Stamp, I knew I had to have it. It summed up pretty much how I feel about my coffee. 

I was getting in touch with my CAS (Clean and Simple) side today. It is very cold where I live, our high today was -20 with a feels like temperature into the minus 30's. A perfect day to hide in my craft room don't you think? 



I coloured my stamp with alcohol markers and cut it out using the matching die that can be purchased for this set. I used a mini heart splatter stamp to add some hearts, added some patterned paper and some gumdrops to finish off my card. The sentiment is part of the stamp set as well. 

Card Recipe 
Stamps: Coffee Right Meow and Mini Heart Splatter- Your Next Stamp
Patterned Paper: Sunny Days Ahead - Echo Park
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pretty In Pink - Stampin' Up
Candy Land Glittered and White Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp

Spectrum Noir Markers: TN3 TN6 TN7 EB6 BT3 BT4 BT5 

I hope you are all having a good weekend! We are enjoying a day off for family day in Ontario tomorrow.....hopefully it will warm up a little!

Thanks for stopping by! 


Thursday, 11 February 2016

Glow Bugs

We have had an extremely mild, snowless winter this year compared to "normal" which puts me in the mood for spring and summer and all things warm and bright! 

Today I am using Jenny's Glow Bugs  from High Hopes Stamps. She is just too cute and has put alot of hard work into catching these bugs!


                                                      Donna





I started by colouring my image with alcohol markers and using a stitched oval die to cut it out. I chose some bright fun spring paper from Little Yellow Bicycle, and you can't see it in the photo but the flower,bow and bug wings have some clear Wink of Stella added to them. The oval is edged with antique linen distress ink, some brads, ribbon and a dragon fly charm finish off my card. I also added a flower border for some added texture. A sentiment will be included on the inside when I have an event I need the card for. 
                                  
  Card Recipe 
Stamp: Jenny's Glow Bugs - High Hopes Rubber Stamps 
Patterned Paper: Hello Spring - Little Yellow Bicycle
Clear Wink of Stella
Oval Stitched Dies - Your Next Stamp
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Ribbon, brads, dragon fly charm - from my stash
Border - Tattered Lace Die

Spectrum Noir Markers: FS1 FS2 TN2 1G1 FS8 CG1 CG2 BT4 BT5 BT7 CT4 G5 OR1 PP1 PP3 PP5 IG2 1G4 1G7 EB6 EB3 EB5 


It's time for our February Challenge!  Join us for your chance to win 2 FREE High Hopes Stamps.  
This month all you have to do is "LEAVE A COMMENT" 
We will choose the lucky winner on the last day of the month from one of the comments posted during the month.
It's that easy to join the February Challenge!!!


There is an awesome sale going on at High Hopes! 

Save 30% off STOREWIDE until March 31st, 2016 on all stamps!  Get free shipping on orders over $50.00 (before tax & after discount within Canada & the US only)

If you need High Hopes Stamps to play along you can find them here at 
or 



Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day! 

Go Ahead......

 Happy Thursday OCS fans! 

My younger brother was a volunteer firefighter for years and although he doesn't do it at the moment, I still think of him every time I see anything with a firefighter on it. 

My post for this week features an older High Hopes stamp called Firefighter Dragon. I have a mini Minc and I know you can use die cuts and run them through to add foil but I wanted to see if you could do the same with something run through an embossing folder....I will share my thoughts/experiences  on that later in the post. 

For now, let me introduce you to Firefighter Dragon!

                                                         Donna




Inside 


Side View


Firefighter Dragon is coloured with alcohol markers and I used a stitched rectangle die to cut out around him. I used some holographic foil on a diamond plate embossing folder, some paper from Authentic and finished off my card with some black gumdrops. The sentiments on the front and inside are from High Hopes as well. The card pattern is from an old issue of Card Maker.

I mentioned at the beginning of my post I would share some thoughts on using an embossed image in the mini Minc to add foil.

I used Heidi Swapp toner paper to put in the embossing folder and it did crack in a few spots as it is quite thin but the foil covered them completely. The foil didn't adhere 100% around the raised "diamonds" - it leaves a slight black outline but for this card, I wanted a more masculine, distressed feel so I was okay with that. The foil on the rest of the paper stuck beautifully. 

Running the toner paper through an embossing folder does make it very weak so I broke a few photo corners before getting them on the card. 
So I have come to the conclusion for a rugged, distressed feel to a foiled piece for a card absolutely I would do it again but for something more elegant not necessarily, but I had to try it. I think I will try it again but this time I will try putting the folder through on a lighter pressure so the raised portions aren't as high and see what happens...........stay tuned.........

Card Recipe
Stamps: Firefighter Dragon (S198), Go Ahead...(G303) and Bold Happy Birthday (F087) - High Hopes Rubber Stamps 
Patterned Paper: Tidings - Authentique
Silver Gel Pen 
Mini Minc - Heidi Swapp
Toner paper - Heidi Swapp 
Holographic Foil - Heidi Swapp 
Cupid Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp
Stitched Rectangle Dies - Your Next Stamp
Diamond Plate Embossing Folder - Darice

Spectrum Noir Markers: CG1 CG2 DG2 DG4 CR7 CR11 DR7 1G1 1G4 1G7 TN3 TN5 TN6 TN7 TB2 TB4 TN1 TN2 



It's the beginning of a new month which means a new challenge here at OCS. 
February's challenge is Anything Goes, (except digital stamps). Follow this link to come and add your projects. We can't wait to see what you create.


Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day! 



Saturday, 6 February 2016

Smiles For You

My best friend has been in the hospital recovering from surgery for just over a week. She loves penguins so in between visits I have been working on her card. 

I knew I wanted to use penguins but I wasn't sure about a layout. On Friday, Your Next Stamp started a new sketch and colour challenge and the sketch fit perfectly with the idea I had in mind for my Get Well Card. 



I love to have some bling or glitter on my cards. It is very hard to see in the picture but the hearts on the penguins stomachs and the tips on the umbrellas have Clear Wink of Stella on them so they are very glittery. 

The Sketch


Card Recipe 
Stamp: Waddles Summer Fun (and matching die) - Your Next Stamp
Patterned Paper: Hello Spring - Little Yellow Bicycle
Stitched Rectangle Dies - Your Next Stamp
Fishtail Banner Die - Your Next Stamp 
Clear Wink of Stella 
Candy Land Glittered Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp
Forever In Time Pop Dots

Spectrum Noir Markers: BG5 BG7 BG10 CT4 GB5 OR1 BP1 BP2 BP4 BP7 TB2 1G1 1G2 1G4 

I am entering this card in the Sketch and Colour Challenge #32 at Your Next Stamp.

Thanks for stopping by! Your thoughts and comments are appreciated. 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Hedgy Smile

Happy Thursday High Hopes fans! It is the first Thursday in February and my turn to post some inspiration for you.

My post today features Hedgy in Tulip, an older High Hopes Stamp. 

                                                      Donna



Sparkly Close Up


I started by colouring my image with alcohol markers and using a stitched rectangle die to cut it out. I cut out a piece of red cardstock a little longer then my image and using a stitched scalloped die to cut out the bottom edge. My "cloudy" effect for the background was done by using the chisel end of my marker by colouring in circles. When you move fairly quickly it leaves the light colour and when you move a little more slowly it leaves the darker colour - I really like the effect. After temporarily placing my image where I wanted it to go, I stamped my flourishes on the edge and added the flower - after gluing down my image. A die cut word Smile and some gumdrops finished off my card. 

                                                   Card Recipe 

Stamp: Hedgy In Tulip (S515)
Patterned Paper: Sunkissed - Doodlebug, Piggy Tales - Thumbelina collection
Bazzill cardstock, white gel pen, Copic Xpress It cardstock
Dies: Stitched Rectangle Dies - Your Next Stamp
Whirly Gigs stamp - Technique Tuesdays
Flower: Recollections
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Old Olive - Stampin' Up, Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Red Berry - Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
Cupid Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp 

Spectrum Noir Markers: TN1 EB11 EB2 EB6 EB3 EB5 CR1 CR7 CR11 DR6 CG1 DG2 DG4 BT5 FS8 CT4 GB5 OR1 BG5 BG10 1B1

It's time for our February Challenge!  Join us for your chance to win 2 FREE High Hopes Stamps.  
This month all you have to do is "LEAVE A COMMENT" 
We will choose the lucky winner on the last day of the month from one of the comments posted during the month.
It's that easy to join the February Challenge!!!

There is an awesome sale going on at High Hopes! 

Save 30% off STOREWIDE until March 31st, 2016 on all stamps!  Get free shipping on orders over $50.00 (before tax & after discount within Canada & the US only)

If you need High Hopes Stamps to play along you can find them here at 
or 




Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day! 

Snowbird Birthday

Welcome back OCS fans! It's the first Thursday in February and yes, it's still winter...sigh........

Today I am sharing a card I made for my mother in laws 80th birthday. I think L'il Snowbird from High Hopes Stamps is the perfect image when you need something with a winter theme for life events after Christmas.

                                                         Donna



I chose to use some "brighter" colours to help beat some of the winter blues.  Some glitter gumdrops add some sparkle along with some bright pink paper from Doodlebug.  "Snow" embossing powder adds some texture and colour as well.



Card Recipe
Stamps: L'il Snowbird and Dot Simple Happy Birthday -  High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Sugar Plums- Doodlebug, Necessities: Wood - MME 
Dies: Stitched Rectangle Dies and Fisthtail Banner Dies - Your Next Stamp
Clear Wink of Stella
"Snow" embossing powder - Stampendous
Ice Ice Baby and Candyland Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp

Spectrum Noir Markers: TN6 TN8 EB8 EB6 EB3 EB5 1B1 1B2 1B3 BP1 BP2 BP3 CG4 DG3 JG6 GB8 GB10 EB5 CR7 CR11 DR6 

It's the beginning of a new month which means a new challenge here at OCS. 

February's challenge is Anything Goes, (except digital stamps). Follow this link to come and add your projects. We can't wait to see what you create.


Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day! 



Monday, 1 February 2016

Crazy Quilt Of Life

I can't believe it's the first of February already! Valentine's Day is just around the corner and so is Spring! 

A new month means a new challenge here at One Crazy Stamper. 
I am sharing something a little different with you this month - I decided to ink up Quilt Set from AI. 

This stamp just makes me smile! I have an aunt who owns a quilt store and more then a few other aunts who love to put a quilt in the frame, thread a needle and chat with friends and family. 



The Inside 




Close up of "the girls" 




Card Recipe
Stamp: Quilt Set - Art Impressions
Bling: Clear and Gold Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents
Patterned Paper: We Are Family (Simple Stories), The Sweetest Thing (MME)
Self Sticking Gems (Darice), card layout (Summer 2014 Cardmaker magazine)

Spectrum Noir Markers: FS1 FS2 TN2 TN1 EB1 EB2 EB6 EB4 EB5 CT2 CT4 CB11 DG1 DG2 DG4 FS8 PP4 CR6 BT3 BT4 BT5 BT1 DR5 DR7 1B1 


Don't forget to stop by One Crazy Stamper online or the store for your crafting needs.......or wants

I hope you'll come play along with this month's Anything Goes Challenge. We can't wait to see your creations! 


Thanks for stopping by! Until next time.....