Monday, December 27, 2010

My TBS 2010 Favorites

Hello dear friends! Happy Christmas and New Year to you all! I'm "snowed in" at the in-laws in North Carolina and hoping desperately that someone will shovel the foot of snow off my driveway before I get home to Maryland later.

(Ok, so I arranged for that to be done, but it was much more dramatic to add the "desperate" part....) *ahem*

Throughout the course of this year we all have made new projects day after day, week after week. Every time I see a new one I'm thrilled by everyone's talents and "ooh-n-ahh". Then the next day or week there's another one, and then another one. It's easy to forget all the awesomeness that has happened in our crafty community.

This week at The Beary Scrap Design Team and Challenge blog we are celebrating our DT favorites. Each of us had the difficult task of picking one favorite made by our team mates, and one of our own. Oh my, what a fabulous walk down memory lane!

I've posted my favorites HERE. Please take a few minutes to walk with me. From the bottom of my heart I thank you *so* much for a delightful year. I have met so many warm and wonderful people and am amazed at what you all can do with scissors, paper and glue. I look forward to so much from our crafty community in 2011.


Monday, December 20, 2010

TBS DT: Tilda's Swirls of Gems

Well hello, there! It's Monday and the last Monday before Christmas. Er, not significant in general, but it just means I've been running around like a crazy person trying to find the "perfect gift" for my husband. We replaced a couple of kitchen appliances last month and that was going to be our Christmas. Of course, neither of us can go without presents under the tree. :) So, I'm scouring the antique stores for the perfect gift. No luck yet! *sigh*

So this week the Beary Scrap design team girls are showing examples of our current challenge theme - use pearls or gems. Here's my sample:

The paper is Echo Park's "Wintertime" line. EP is doing cool things with paper - they've reduced some of their designs to fit 4 different ones on a 12 x 12 sheet. The background paper here is actually a mini version of the "Flurry" design. The full size "Flurry" is used on the envelope box (see below). Check out the Wintertime line at TBS to see what I'm on about. This mini "Flurry" can be found on the back side of 12x12 "Damask". The middle panel is full-size "Snow", and the top layer - right behind Tilda - is on of the journaling cards enhanced with Stickles. All of the blue layers are "Blizzard Blue".

Darling Tilda is made up of a couple of layers, with loads of Stickles to accent. Her lantern is includes Glossy Accents in the "glass" panels, and her mittens and socks are covered in fuzzy white flock.

I edged the plain white flower with Distress Ink in Weathered Wood and Star Dust Stickles. All the flowers were spritzed with Pearl Glimmer Mist and dotted with the same Stickles.

Here's a view of the inside panel - I enhanced the swirl and snowflake design in the paper with Stickles... I can't stop with the sparkle!

And here's the whole kit and kaboodle. I used another journaling card for the name plate on the front, with a little Stickles on these snowflakes also.

Card Recipe
Thanks for visiting us today! There's still TONS of time to enter our current Beary Sweet Challenge #16 - Pearls or Gems. It doesn't close until 12/31, so I hope to see you there!


Monday, December 13, 2010

TBS DT: Woodland Tilda

Hello friends! It's such a busy season - I hope you found a few moments of sanity! Husband and I went on a Christmas House Tour and had a great time! I'm late writing this post so I'll get to the "good stuff". *wink*

I have another sample from our cool Beary Sweet Challenge sketch. The entry deadline is tomorrow night so there's still time to whip up a fabulous project and enter. You could win $20 gift voucher from The Beary Scrap!

My tag is pure Tim Holtz, although without the practiced hand. *wink* Here is the actual custom ink pad technique from Lord Tim - check it out!

Challenges, Please

Card Recipe

Monday, December 6, 2010

TBS DT: Sketch Sample and Tutorial Link

Update: Thanks so much to the gals at City Crafter for picking this card as a Spotlight card. How awesome is that?

Hello dear friends! I hope you had a great weekend. Husband and I had a crazy busy one and as I write this Sunday night I am exhausted. (But in a good way!) As you read this Monday, it is a new day with new challenges and new crafty projects to conquer!

Today I am sharing my layering technique over at the Beary Scrap Design Team & Challenge blog. It is now just about the only way I can make a stamped image "work" for me. When I look at new stamps or digital images I automatically start layering them in my mind. :) It's a lot of work and requires tons of patience, but I love the way it turns out on my cards. Wanna know how I do it? Go here!

Ok, so here is my card based on our current Beary Sweet Sketch Challenge. The design team will take it a little further this week and add die cuts to our cards. I've used snowflake chipboard as my die cuts. You don't have to have a die cut in your challenge entry, just be sure to follow our simple rules and enter your project by the end of the day on December 14th. You could win $20 gift voucher from The Beary Scrap!

Don't you just love these Bo Bunny "Midnight Frost" papers? Oh my goodness, I am in love! I've added loads of texture with embossing folders and used embellishments from the Midnight Frost collection. You will find more info on other stuff used in the card recipe below.

Challenges, Please :)

Card Recipe
Hey, there's plenty of time to give this layering thing a whirl and enter it into our Beary Sweet Sketch Challenge. I would LOVE to see your layered projects!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Once again, it's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday! I do like to play along but don't always get to comment on everyone's posts. I'm trying, though! :)

So this is what I'm looking at this morning. Actually, I had to shovel everything to the left to type today, but this is how it will return in a minute. The little "staged" section smack in the middle (on the cutting mat) is me getting ready to do a tutorial on my style of image layering. The stamped images on the keyboard are what I thought I'd be working on this morning, but had to shove aside for the tut prep.

I'm really tickled to share these little gems. They unpainted clay was given to me by a new, extremely crafty friend who has yet to blog [*waving at Michelle while also poking her about blogging*]. She found these ultra cool molds and slapped some polymer clay into them. They were baked to a delicious hardness (that really looks like chocolate...) and I painted with Lumiere acrylic paints. I'll use them as flower centers or some such bauble. Neat - thanks again, Michelle!

I have a collection of vintage buttons and now am in search of molding compound to make my own baubles. :) There's porcelain clay out there, just calling to me.

The other thing I want to point out is my computer screen. It's Tim Holtz's first tag for the 12 Tags of Christmas 2010 extravaganza. I stalked Twitter as photos of his work in progress were uploaded last night. I was well asleep when it went live, but it was exciting anyway. Just looking at his tutorial gives me great ideas for products I already have on hand. Love!

Thanks for visiting my workdesk. If you want to play along, check out Julia's post here.


Monday, November 29, 2010

TBS DT: Anything Goes with Wrapped Tilda

Hello hello! Here we are at the end of The Beary Sweet Challenge #14: Anything Goes - tomorrow is the last day to enter your fabulous creations. Hurry HERE to enter for your chance to win a $20 gift voucher to The Beary Scrap!

Ok, so my last project for Anything Goes is a very simple Magnolia using Basic Grey "Eskimo Kisses". Don't you just love the colors?

The paper behind Wrapped Tilda is a glitter paper from my stash. I just love it because the glitter is embedded in the paper, with a clear coating over it. I embossed the holly paper with Cuttlebug dots and the light paper strip on the left with Cuttlebug swirls. I then used Star Dust Stickles on the swirls to enhance them.

Card Recipe
Thanks for visiting today!


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas Shopping? Here are 2 great sales!

Hello dear friends!  I hope my US readers had a warm and happy Thanksgiving and that *everyone* is having a fabulous weekend. Just wanted to pop in and tell you about 2 super sales that you don't want to miss.

Sale #1: all jewelry available at my KILLAM CREATIVE/Studio shop at Etsy is 10% off through Monday night. I also include free shipping within North America and reduced shipping on international orders. Use the coupon code "BlogBF2010" at checkout and your 10% will be automatically deducted.

Sale #2: Magnolia "Merry Little Christmas" stamps are on sale at The Beary Scrap!

Happy shopping friends!


Monday, November 22, 2010

TBS DT: Anything Goes with a Banner

I'm thrilled that this sweet little Tilda is a Top 3 winner at Die Cut Dreams Christmas Challenge blog! Thanks so much!

This card was featured at the Little Red Wagon's Banner challenge. :) Thanks ladies!

Hello hello! This week the Beary Scrap design team continues with our BSC #14 "Anything Goes" samples, but with a twist! Our task is to jump on the banner bandwagon and include some kind of banner in our project.

Don't you just love the My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly line? This particular paper inspired me to create an outdoors scene. Here, darling Tilda is sitting on her bench, wishing for... more snow? Peace on earth? Pants? I'm not completely sure what's on her mind, but she's awfully cute anyway!

Both Tilda and her bench are colored with a combination of Copics and Prismacolor pencils with OMS. Her coat is covered with flocking powder to create a velvet texture. this is the first time I've tried flocking, and I like it!

The paper is dotted with Diamond Stickles. I've used a few different Stickles colors throughout: Star Dust (boot laces, accenting the Candy Cane Stickles on mitten, scarf, hair bows); Crystal (holly leaves); Diamond ("merry", branches paper, medallion); Frosted Lace (socks and hat); Candy Cane (coat trim, hair bows, scarf, hat). Phew! Is that all?

I created the "merry" banner and "bright" medallion on the computer. I really wanted the letters to look like they were hanging from the branch... It didn't turn out as well as the design in my mind, but it's still cute. :)

Challenges, Please :)
Card Recipe
  • Stamp: Magnolia
  • Paper: Bazzill Mud Pie; My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly - both sides of "Winter Branch"
  • Medium: Copics; Stickles (see list above); Prismacolor pencils with OMS; ColorBox Fluid Chalk in Chestnut Roan; DecoArt Snow Writer (at base of bench)
  • Embellishments: Holly Jolly trim pack; pins from stash; Holly leaves cut from Cricut; Prima felt branch
  • Adhesive: Glue Dots 1/8"; Scor-Tape; silicone
Thanks so much for stopping in! Our Beary Sweet Challenge #14 - Anything Goes! - can be found HERE. Please take a minute and join in the fun - you could win $20 voucher from The Beary Scrap!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Chelsea Has New Gurlee Girl Blog Candy

My dear friend Chelsea's art is delightful, and I am so tickled she  has new Gurlee Girls in her shop. Oh, how I love these sweet little girls! Of course, there's also blog candy: Now through December 6th you can enter your name to win all three of these lovely ladies. Can you believe it?!

You can see Chelsea's beautiful samples at these links:

  • Cammy with Gifts (oh man do I love this one!) is HERE
  • Christmas Angel Avie (the wings! ::swoon::) is HERE
  • Lexi Praying (that sweet little face - oh my!) is HERE
Be sure to head on over to the shop and check out all the beautiful Gurlee Girls!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Philadelphia Flyers and Layering Chalk Ink

Update 11/22/10: This card has been entered at Make It Monday Linky Party for a possible weekly feature at Michelle's Pink Paper Paradise blog. In Michelle's words: "Its a great way to showcase your favourite card or project to new people. You can even revive an old post. So come along link up and check out the other submissions and remember is all about just sharing the creativity and you may even find yourself making some new blog buddies." How great is that? Thanks Michelle!

Hello crafty friends! We made it over the hump (day). Yay! Today I want to share the last of a series of birthday cards made for a dear friend to give to her granddaughters. I have loved the work, but admit it was challenging, too. Generally, my cards are made to tickle my own fancy. These cards were made for specific teen girls whom I've never met but know a little about.

The most important thing I needed to know about Tiana is that she "bleeds Flyers orange". For a while I had no idea how to translate this onto a card ... until Kenny K released his All-Starz line. Hello Hockey Girl! I used Kenny K's images for the twins in July and the first November birthday. Kenny K has been very good to me and he doesn't even know it!

The ticket is my own design (duh) and the numbers are Tiana's birthday and age. I thought this was clever... *ahem* Susan=Dork.

What's up with the pennant, you ask? Weeelll, about 10 years ago I made this huge, wonderful Washington Redskins banner for friends. Each colored piece was hand-cut and layered from felt. I wish I had a good detail photo - sorry.

Then I made a Baltimore Ravens one for my husband, which I don't seem to have a photo of... (although it's hanging in the attic so I could show you if you want to make your own). This is a long way around to tell you sports teams and felt are in my blood. Ha! I figured since I could make these banners, why not a little pennant for the Flyers? Well , let me tell you, there's a biiig difference between a 30" x 40" banner and a 2" pennant. *sheesh* I am the queen of biting off more than I can chew! It worked out, though. I think it's cute, if obviously hand-cut! *grin*

Anyway, Hockey Girl is layered twice - the hat, left arm and left leg are all popped up. It kinda makes her a little more sassy, don'tcha think?

Oh, I wanted to share an example of layering chalk inks. I've talked about it before, and remembered to snap it in progress so you could see what I've been blathering on about. 

I first "edged" the paper in orange chalk, but it seemed too orange, so I added a little dark brown to the very edge and over the orange a little. 

See? The orange peeks through but has a little dimension now. That's the great thing about chalk inks - you can layer!

So here's the finished card with gift box. Honestly, I'm a little sad that it's all over. Julia, thank you *so* much for your friendship and your trust. You haven't seen this last card yet, so I hope with all my heart it makes you happy.

Challenges Entered
Card Recipe
  • Digital Stamp: "Hockey Girl" from Kenny K Downloads
  • Paper: Bazzill Basics in Mud Pie and Navel; Basic Grey Ambrosia in Tangy, Quince and Fresh Squeezed for the envelope
  • Medium: Copics for skin; Prismacolor pencils with OMS; Stickles in Icicle, Spiced Marmalade, Star Dust; Versa Magic chalk ink in Orange Spice and Jumbo Java
  • Embellishments: Kaisercraft Pearls; Ivory satin and sheer ribbons from stash; Mulberry flowers from Prima and The Beary Scrap; Pins from Grandma
  • Tools: Scor-Pal; Cutter Bee scissors; sewing machine; printer
  • Adhesives: Scor-Tape; Silicone glue; Glue Dots - I'm really liking these 1/8" ones in place of the normal foam dots I use. I suspect the foam dots don't stay on as long. I know heat affects them.
So,  there you have it! Thanks for stopping in today.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #76

Ok, so Sunday I had a thorough cleaning because I couldn't stand it any more. This is my second WOYWW posting and it looks to *you* like I'm neat and tidy. I *promise* you I can have every inch of this table (and all the surrounding floor!) covered in a New York minute when the craftin' is hot and heavy.

My last three cards are on the table... Santa isn't finished on the inside and Thankful for You needs to be listed on Etsy. It's awfully late, though. I'm thinking I should have sent it to my mother-in-law for her birthday instead of the Hallmark one I actually sent. Pick your jaws up, dear friends. :) Sometimes poor planning means I  have to rely on Hallmark. *sigh*

I decided to do some last-minute Stickling on the Philadelphia Flyers card this morning. Then I had to dry it and send it off. The white ceramic tray is filled with unused bits that need to be put back in their place - mostly flowers so it doesn't bother me.

Oh! Go to the Stamping Ground for more WOYWWers. Fun fun fun!

I'll post the Flyers (ice hockey) card tomorrow. See you then!


Monday, November 15, 2010

TBS DT: Jolly Old St. Nick

Hello hello blogging friends! i hope you had a spectacular weekend in your neck of the woods. Husband and I visited a dog show so we could stare at all the beautiful Dobe Boys and Girls. Ours runs more toward the Dobe Goof side of the breed family, and we love every bit of him. It is nice to see the ladies and gents, though. *wink*

After that I hunkered down in the studio. I managed to finish 2 cards from weeks ago and create today's card and a commissioned Philadelphia Flyers (professional ice hockey) card for a girl. I'm really pleased with it and will share here later this week.

Today kicks off a new Beary Sweet Challenge, and our theme is 
Anything Goes! 
Haha - I love this kind of challenge since it allows me complete freedom. Of course, this was a no-brainer for me since I started designing this card in my head waaay back when I first got my mitts on the My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly papers. With this challenge I was finally able to use it.

Santa is too delicious to be *just* a background element, don'tcha think? I had 2 of the same sheets and cut one Santa out. I painted him with Distress Crackle paint and layered him onto the second. Oh, I also I lightly inked the cut-out edges before painting with the crackle. I used Stickles on the holly and berries in his hat, too.

Here's a little note about Stickles - I have both the "Christmas Red" and "Gold" but find that "Candy Cane" and "Diamond" are much more suitable. When compared side by side, the former seem too bright.

The delightful ribbon is new to The Beary Scrap and I *love* it! I used 2 strips and wove gold embroidery thread through the centers. It was a bit of a brainstorm, and I'm really happy it hit me. I have tons of embroidery thread from years (er... decades?) ago that I've never used. Now it will be put to a good use! Yay!

The tag and tag holder thingy are Tim Holtz... stay tuned for TH products at TBS. *verybiggrin* The holly leaves (edged in Diamond Stickles) and red gems are from stash.

Challenges Entered
Card Recipe
  • Paper: My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly "Jolly Old St. Nick"; Bazzill Basics Mud Pie and (Dark Green)
  • Medium: Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan; Stickles in Diamond, Candy Cane, Green; Distress Crackle Paint in Rock Candy
  • Embellishments: Lace (available soon on the website); Embroidery floss, holly leaves, gems from stash
  • Adhesive: Scor-Tape, sewing machine
Thank you *so* much for visiting me today! I really hope you join our Anything Goes challenge at the Beary Scrap Design Team Blog - I'd love to see your projects!


Monday, November 8, 2010

TBS DT: Thankful For You

Hello friends! Hope you had a great weekend. We had a little family gathering to celebrate Grandma's 89th birthday. Now my wonderful in-laws are visiting and doing a little granddog sitting while Husband and I have a wee midweek fling in Philadelphia. *grin*

This week the design team is using the BSC #13 sketch with a little added challenge just for us: Apple, Pear, Pumpkin. This is open to interpretation and could be the foods themselves, their colors, or a combination of the two. Or even something I can't think of right now. :) See? It's all open to interpretation *and* imagination... 

I had a little problem at first... 'specially since I'm dying to use my new Christmas papers which have nothing to do with apples, pears or pumpkins. I poked around my paper bins and found the awesome Pink Paislee 365°. Of course, it's absolutely perfect so I opted for "sketch plus colors".

You'll notice I barely layered on this one. *gasp* I was unsure about a green dress so I figured I'd try it on the bottom layer first. (Normally I don't completely color the bottom layer - just the edges.) It turned out so well that I decided to use it.

Card Recipe
  • Stamp - Magnolia
  • Paper - Bazzill Basics in Mud Pie; Pink Paislee 365° 6x6 pad and "Be Free" (stripes) in 12x12
  • Medium - Copic E0000, E01, E11 for skin; Prismacolor pencils with OMS; Colorbox Fluid Chalk in Chestnut Roan and Creamy Brown; Stickles Crystal and Diamond; Distress Stickles in Spiced Marmalade
  • Embellishments - Kaisercraft Pearls in Snow; May Arts Crocheted Lace (brand new in store - call to order); Satin ribbon (large and woven into lace) from stash; ticket - my design and Kimm's sentiment (thanks a bunch!)
  • Tools - Scor-Pal; Cuttlebug Embossing Folders
  • Adhesives - Scor-Tape and 1/8" Glue Dots
Hope you can find inspiration from this... and while you're feeling so inspired *grin*, please join our Beary Sweet Sketch Challenge! It's going on now through November 14th. See you there!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Inking Pink Blog Candy Winner!

Hello hello! Wow, I am overwhelmed at the response to this hop. I've read so many warm and wonderful comments all over the hop. This really drives home how we are a community.

So I've been pulling all the entries into a spreadsheet during the hop to make my life easier when it came time to pick a winner. Honestly, it was the *most* brilliant thing I've done lately. :) There were 4 ways to enter, and many of you did 2-3. Wow! I really appreciate that you took the time to find Killam Creative on Facebook and Twitter. As my schedule calms down I will find you there, too!

On to the winner! I had 346 entries and picked the number for

Congratulations Janis! Please email or shoot me a message @ Killam Creative on Facebook with your mailing address and I'll send your goodie pack on it's way!

Thanks again, everyone!


Monday, November 1, 2010

CLP #31 Sketch

Please scroll down for my Beary Scrap Challenge #13! I will announcee my Inking Pink Blog Hop winner tomorrow - thanks so much for hopping along with us!

It's November 1st and time for another Crafting Life's Pieces Sketch Challenge! Yay! We have another gorgeous sketch and fabulous samples from the design team. I love working with these talented ladies! Please be sure to check them out HERE. :)

 I used the delightful Puppy Post - isn't he the cutest little guy? the papers are Bazzill solids and Basic Gray Wassail. I received the stamp digitally (they are unmounted rubber stamps in the store) and printed on the new Copic X-Press. I'll write more in it another time, but just know that I LOVE it with my Prismacolor pencils and OMS. Oh yea, it works with Copics, too. Haha!

He is layered - #1 is the full image, #2 is the post box (to give it a rounded effect) and the puppy, and layer #3 is the ears and letter. I used silicone glue in between the layers. 

And here is Chelsea's beautiful CLP Challenge sketch. I hope you can use it and join our challenge!

This month we're sponsored by Lili of the Valley, a UK Company which has a simply gorgeous range of unique un-mounted rubber stamps. The winner will be getting a £10 gift voucher to spend at Lili of the Valley.

Come join us!


TBS DT: Birthday Girl for Sketch Challenge

Hello! Hope your weekend was great! We had a bit of a warm spell Sunday and got tons of yard work done. Yay! Sunday night we were entertained by trick-or-treaters. We saw some really fun costumes and absolutely adorable wee ones!

Here is my card based on the sketch challenge that starts today - it's made for a friend's granddaughter.

Challenge Entered
Card Recipe
  • Stamp: Kenny K
  • Paper: Bazzill Mocha Divine and Guacamole; Basic Grey Kioshi
  • Medium: Copic Sketch markers for skin tones; Stickles Lime Green, Crystal, Star Dust, Milled Lavender; Chestnut Zing! Embossing Powder; Prismacolor pencils
  • Embellishments: Mulberry Roses; Lace, pins and ticket from stash
  • Adhesives: Scor-Tape and Glue Dots
 Today starts the new Beary Sweet Challenge - we're on #13! Can you believe it? Here's the sketch:

 If you'd like to play along with our sketch challenge, go HERE for all the details - you could win a $20 gift voucher to The Beary Scrap!

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bewitching Tilda

Hello! Wowzers - I love posting everyday. It means I've been productive, right? Hee hee. Today I have a beautiful bewitching Tilda to share with you.

Great non-traditional Halloween colors, no? Or are they? It seems that it's perfectly normal to me! Before I go any further I have to send a special secret shout-out to Gini. Thanks, sweetie!

I love the layering on this Tilda - especially the hat... and the pocket. Can you see it?

Here is the "inside" of the easel card. See the swirly thing in the bottom right corner? It's made from Pink Paislee's Artisan Elements. It started out white, and I colored it with a Black Soot Distress Ink reinker. It took a looong time to dry in the crevices (OK, days to dry), but it was worth it.

And here's the whole kit and kaboodle!



Friday, October 29, 2010

Edwin's Pirate Costume

Hiya! Here I am again with another Halloween Maggie. Isn't Edwin the cutest? I'm including a lot of photos - please let me know if it takes too long to load and I'll fix it for future viewers.

He's layered, of course. I also layered the sign - it's hard to see, but the sword handle and the bottom roll are both popped off the base layer. The sword and the skull and crossbones are covered in Glossy Accents.



I colored skin tones with Copics and the rest with Prismacolor pencils. I finally have more Copics in color families so I can start practicing. Just need to make the time!