Saturday, October 31, 2015

Make It Monday #228

Happy Halloween!

We're off to Central Canada Comic Con (C4) in Winnipeg today,
but before we leave, I want to share a card that I made for this week's 

I stamped my leaves in the background using my Songbirds leaf stamp
and my Zig markers, which I coloured onto my stamp and then spritzed with water
before stamping it onto my PTI rustic white cardstock panel.

My sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp's Congratulations stamp set.
For my birds, I inked some soft stone cardstock with some soft stone
and Mama Elephant Smoke inks and diecut the birds (using the Songbirds dies.)
I inked the coordinating stamps in the Perfect Pearls medium and then
brushed on the Perfect Pearls.
I stamped their eyes in black and then used Glossy Accents to adhere
a rainstone over top.

I realize that I did vary slightly from Lizzie's technique,
but I'm pretty thrilled with how they turned out!

Thanks for looking! 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Five for Friday

I've had a few projects in the works this week...

1. We started carving our pumpkins on Tuesday.

Here are the ones we've finished...

Austin carved the Pokemon at the top,
I did the TARDIS in the middle and Sage carved the cat & owl.

We still have three left to carve.
One is started -- it's a Boba Fett helmet. I just haven't finished it yet.
Two white ones are hallowed out and ready to be made into owls....
I'm sure we can get them finished today. ;)

2. It's spirit week at Jonah and Sage's school, so they've been dressing up
(most days) all week: pyjama day, sports day, wacky day, hero/legends day....

For the Heroes/Legends day, Sage wanted to be Hera, 
the Greek Goddess of marriage and family, so we put this costume together.

Austin doesn't have school today (parent/teacher conferences),
so they had costume day yesterday. 
He's an anime character called Kirito.
I think his costume is so cool -- it makes him look so tall!

3. Jonah wanted to go as Boba Fett for Halloween,
but he was disappointed in the helmet he bought... so we painted it.

I think it turned out okay.
He and Sage dressed up for school today in their costumes.

Sage is going as Hermione Granger from Harry Potter.

4. I had an accident with the book I have all of my inks stamped in...

I had put a wet baby wipe down on it accidentally and it soaked through...

and wanted to so something similar, but I wasn't feeling inclined to 
spend money on ordering coin holders.
I also wanted something a little smaller.

So, I decided to make my own book, using some We R Memory Keepers
Waterfall pages for pocket scrapbooking and my WRMK fuse tool.
I sectioned each waterfall page into eight sections.

Then, I printed out all of the names of my ink onto some Bazzill white cardstock.

I cut these all up and sorted them by colour family.

Then, using my MISTI, I stamped on each one with the fox image
from PTI's Wee Folk stamp set.
(I chose this image because it shows how crisp each ink is with 
solid images and finer lines.)
Once each colour family was stamped, I added them to my book.

Here are my pinks, with a couple of my oranges peeking out from the next page.

And some of my blues (I have a lot of blue ink!)

I bound them together using some Bazzill Black Board and my WRMK Cinch.

It's sized to 5" x 6.5",  which is a great size for me!

5. And lastly, as I mentioned in #2, Austin has parent-teacher conferences
this week, so I made some butter crunch for his teachers using some Reverse Confetti products.

I just realized that used a new tag from Reverse Confetti that will be released next month! 
Well, it's a fabulous size -- 
be sure to check back next week for the release from the 5th to the 8th for more details! 

These were super quick and easy to make!
I diecut four tags from white cardstock and two from black.
Then, I diecut the "treats" diecut from Treat Tote Confetti Cuts four times from patterned paper.
Then, I placed the "treats" confetti Cut on an angle over one of the black tags & diecut it.
(I repeated this on the second black tag.)
Then, I put them together, by either adhering the black part of the tag at the bottom
or the top of the white tags.

On the black tags, I heat embossed the sentiment from Sweet Thing in white.

And on the white tags, I stamped the sentiment from Sweet Thing in black.

And, for Austin's drama teacher who doesn't eat sugar, I bagged
up some mandarin oranges.


Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

CAS(E) This Sketch #147

Today, I have a card to share that I made for
 CAS(E) This Sketch #147 designed by N@ Ali:

I decided to make a Halloween card using the sketch:

I created some masks (for the ground and the moon) with post it notes
and applied my inks using a Tim Holtz blending tool.
I diecut the PTI Picket Fence die and  PTI Scent-imentals pumpkins.
I also stamped some of the leaves from the pumpkin stamp on the ground.

I diecut a PTI Double-Ended Banner die and stamped
Visit CAS(E) this Sketch to see the rest of the DT's takes on the sketch 
and to play along, if you'd like.
You have until Thursday, November 5th to link up your card.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

On the Bazzill Basics Blog

Just popping in to let you know that I have a post
on the Bazzill Basics Blog today.

Halloween: Too Cute to Spook Leigh Penner @leigh148 @bazzillbasics #bazzillbasics #cardshoppe #cards

Click here to see the fun technique I used to colour in

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

CASEing Kelly Blog Hop

Today, I'm excited to be hopping along with the CASEing Kelly Blog Hop!

Many of you probably know Kelly Latevola...
She's a very talented stamper who started doing a feature on her blog, 
You and Your Big Dreams called CASEing Genius.
I had the honour of being featured earlier this year (*click*).

In her feature, Kelly chooses three cards from the artist she's CASEing,
and then created a card inspired by these three cards.

Well, the "geniuses" that Kelly has been CASEing have decided
to create a blog hop where we all CASE her!

Here are the cards that I chose from Kelly:

Aren't they pretty?
Kelly loves colour -- the bolder, the better!
She also loves flowers, 
so I decided to create a bold bouquet on my card using 
MFTstamps' Fall Florals.

I was inspired by Kelly's first card to stamp the flowers
and add a banner (Wplus9's Basic Banner).
Kelly often seems to add colouring behind her flowers and I loved
on her middle card, how she added two different colours,
so I did the same.

Kelly loves to colour and stamp with white embossing,
so I mimicked this by using white diecuts and stamping on them.

Here's a list of the other "geniuses" hopping along with me today:

What is a blog hop without some fun prizes?! 
Leave a comment by 11:59 pm EDT on Thursday, October 29th 
along each stop in the hop to increase your chances of winning a prize from one of our sponsors: 

Winners will be notified by email after October 29th.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 26, 2015

CAS(E) This Sketch #146 -- Take Two

Today, I have another card to share that I made for
 CAS(E) This Sketch #146 designed by Chrissy Larson:

I love how the sentiment and stripes are on an angle like that
and felt badly that my first card didn't comply.

Austin toured a couple of weeks ago with the Central Manitoba Youth Choir,
so I made him six thank you cards to take along to give to the owners
of the homes where he was billeted, his conductor, etc.

Here's what they looked like:

I stamped the music notes from Clearly Besotted's
in two colours, using the rock and roll technique.

Then I added my sentiment (from SSS So Many Thanks).

These were so quick and easy to make using my MISTI!

There's still time to play along with this week's CAS(E) this Sketch!
You have until Thursday, October 29th to link up your card.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop

It's the 25th, which means that there are two months left until Christmas.
Have you started your shopping yet?

It also means that today is the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop. :)

This month's challenge is an inspirational photo:

I was inspired by the tags and the greenery on the tags. 
I also love the woodgrain background!
I decided to use my brand new Holiday Folk mini-kit to make my card...

I started by running some soft stone cardstock through my Big Shot with my 
woodgrain impression plate.
I diecut three Fillable Frames #10 tags from some white linen cardstock.
I diecut the tree from a printable in the kit and stamped
the other two tags with stamps from the Holiday Folk stamp set.

I added some pure poppy tag toppers, some button twine
and a stamped/diecut banner from Tinsel & Tags.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Make It Monday #227

Hey there!
Just popping is super quick this evening to share the card
that I made this afternoon for this week's Make It Monday at Papertrey Ink: Focal Clusters:

Make It Monday 227 Leigh Penner @leigh148 #cards

I decided to make my focal cluster using one of my favourite sets: Twig Leaf.
I stamped the sentiment from Choose Joy is Dark Chocolate.

Make It Monday 227 Leigh Penner @leigh148 #cards

A trio of buttons and button twine finish it off.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Five for Friday

1. So, I had a fabulous time in Minneapolis last weekend!
I traveled there with 38 women from my church to attend the
Women of Faith Conference: Loved, the Farewell Tour.

 We got there Thursday evening, which gave us a free evening at the Mall of America.
I bought this top in black, & a short sleeve orange V-neck from Macy's.
I also picked up these cowboy boots for Sage -- who loves them!
(I'm bummed that her feet are now bigger than mine, so I can't borrow them.
They're pretty cool...)

 The next day, we had our bus driver take us to the Eagan Outlet Centre
-- what a great mall!
Originally, my best friend and I were only going to shop there for the morning
and return to the Mall of America, but by the time the bus was suppose
to take us back, we were only in our third store! LOL!
So, we stayed there for the day.
I got a sleeveless top from Banana Republic and a black puffy, hooded vest
for Sage, as well as a pair of jeans and a few tops.
But the best deal I got was a new winter coat from Calvin Klein!
It's nice, looks warm and it was regularly $340, but with all
the discounts I got, I ended up paying $138 -- and there's no tax in Minnesota!

2.  The conference was very good!
Once again, I started crying during the first song.
(Something about this conference has the same effect on me as a flashmob --
I just get all teary! It's crazy!)
There were so many great speakers who make you laugh, but also make you think.
I bought this book by Glennon Doyle Melton and I am determined to read it.
(I tend to be more of a fiction reader than non-fiction.)
I'm also determined to tell my story.
I'm not sure what exactly that will look like, but it will probably happen here
on my blog, so stay tuned.... ;)

3. Another highlight of the concert was seeing the band Building 429 play.
I decided to buy their CD for Austin and a T-shirt for Jonah.
Then, I realized that they would be signing autographs,
so, knowing how much Austin would love to have it signed,
I stood in line for 45 minutes to wait.

They said we couldn't take photographs with the band,
but I noticed a woman a head of me get one.
So, while I got this nice shot of the lead singer,

I decided to ask if I could get a photo with him.
He said, with a very nice smile: "Well, we're not suppose to take photos."
"But that woman ahead of me got one," I replied.
"Well, we make acceptions for family," he said.
So, I said: "But I'm your sister in Christ."
He smiled and said: "Well, that's true. How about a hug instead?"
He was very sweet, as was the rest of the band members.
And the CD is great, too! ;)

4. We got back late, late Saturday night, like after 1am. 
Sage and I drove to St. Francois Xavier on Sunday afternoon to this lovely old church.
(Look, Sage is wearing her new boots!)

There, we got to watch Austin perform with the Central Manitoba Youth Choir.

They had actually taken the stage a little early, because their choir manager had read the time wrong.
They decided to wait until 3pm to start, so I asked: "Can we take some photos while we wait?"
So perfect!
And their performance was amazing!
Laughter, tears, wonder and chills..... it was so fabulous!
I'm so glad Austin could be a part of such a talented group & 
have such a great experience touring with them!

5. Lastly, I have a card to share that I made using some Reverse Confetti products

Now, I probably should have made a Halloween card for this challenge,
but I made a thanksgiving one instead....
I was inspired by the owl on the perch, the woodgrain & the fun foliage.

I decided to use my Pumpkin Patch stamps & coordinating Confetti Cuts.

Fusion All Hallow's Eve Leigh Penner @leigh148 @reverseconfetti #reverseconfetti #fusion #cards

I started by inking the back of my white cardstock panel with some
Altenew Frayed Leaf ink.
I trimmed a piece of Crate patterned paper to create my shelf.
I stamped my leaves (from Pumpkin Patch) on my background and onto diecuts,
using a rock 'n roll technique with Frayed Leaf and Altenew's Forest Glades.

Fusion All Hallow's Eve Leigh Penner @leigh148 @reverseconfetti #reverseconfetti #fusion #cards

I repeated the same technique on my pumpkin using
PTI's orange zest and terracotta tile inks.


Thanks for looking!