The Stamps I Use

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ha!

So this is a post I tried to do last night but for some reason, my laptop or blogger or something wasn't co-operating.

I saw these odd/cute shoes last year when I was visiting my home province of Newfoundland. I just had to have them.




Hope you aren't blinded by those fish-belly white legs. But isn't the dead teddy bear face just rockin'? I know....weird. But that's me.

Get well soon...or else!


So dearly beloved asked me why I was giving our neighbour, who just had shoulder surgery, a scary bear on his get well card. Well, I REALLY needed an excuse to use this digital stamp and I know my neighbour will crack up when he sees it! I just love this image - it is a digital stamp from The Greeting Farm - from their designs for House of Mental (totally love that company name).

Just printed the image twice, coloured then cut one of them out to pop up on the other. The sentiment was cuttlebugged.

The sketch is from the April 2009 issue of Sheetload of Cards. There is a link to their site on my left sidebar.



AND....I got more new stamps today. The latest Verve release! This company is so cool. They included a "Smile" stamp to say thank you for the order. How nice is that?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Off Topic - what else is new

Hello bloggers!

A dear friend of mine who celebrates her birthday tomorrow is now a contributor to the Foodies blog. I think she has wonderful insights to share on dealing with meal preparation when you have a child with food sensitivities and about eating HOME made or HOME grown. Be sure to check out her first post!

And ... Well, I do have cards I need to photograph and post. Some are Christmas and some are not...they have to wait a little longer. I am busy trying to get organized for Jenn's all day crop on Saturday, May 2. My first crop!

ta ta for now.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Stamps and Smiles Blog Hop

Stamps and Smiles is hosting a blog hop. Check out the details by clicking the icon on the left side of my blog! Should be a fun time! It's at 9pm Central on May 8th....probably PAST my bedtime but I am sure they will be revealing lots of new goodies!

Add the banner to YOUR blog for a chance to win goodies!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Bellas!!!!!!

Yay.....I'm beginning to get really excited when my dearly beloved comes back from the mailbox with another of those bubble envelopes...today it was Da Bellas! and a Fella! and some Kettos!

My order from Stamping Bella arrived today and I was tickled!!!! Now to get them onto some EZ-Mount and use them!!!!

I just love the Kettos, they are SO adorable!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Time for a card

or two....

This card is a CASE of Jenn's card.... . But much less detailed.



Paper, heart image and sentiment are all CTMH. Ribbon is from Michael's ... awesome sale this week 4/$1. This card was for my dear friend and her husband who celebrated their 15th anniversary just last week. The green panel is cut with my nestabilities.

And finally I got to use one of my new Doodlefactory stamps (no they have not yet all been EZ-mounted...just Beezely). Guess what kind of card this is? Yup....a bee-lated birthday. Isn't that terrible? You would think I would have just raided my stash of cards but no, had to make this instead.


The flower is made with my peony nestabilities - layers of mulberry paper. Toss on a few dewdrops I got from PaperworksCo, some Stickles (also from PaperworksCo) on the wings....and some hand-doodled bee tracks and away we go. This belated birthday card was posted just today to a cousin of mine in Newfoundland who celebrated her birthday a couple of days ago.

Ta da......two cards!

mmmm...take three!

Yes, even more blog candy can be found right here Good until monday!

is your sweet tooth aching yet?

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wow...more blog candy to be found right here until April 23rd!

mmmmm.....

Doesn't everyone love blog candy? Well, I came across this AMAZING one today. It's open until the end of April so be sure to check it out! And maybe subscribe to Debbie's blog while you are at it!

I'm hoping to get back later to show you two more cards that were delivered/put in the post today {finally}!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Finally a card post


I made this card for a {younger} co-worker who celebrated his birthday Friday by taking the day off. So our at work cupcake celebration courtesy of yours truly was postponed until Monday.

The sketch is from the Verve Stamps April Release Challenges. I used sketch VSAPR2, turned on its side. The image is from Inkadinkado. I had to do something rude and funny for him and since I have not yet mounted my new Doodlefactory stamps on EZ-Mount (it just came today in one of those lovely bubble envelopes we all love to get), this one had to do. The papers -- not sure. I've used them before and think they are from an assorted box I got at Costco eons ago.

Hoping to get to more crafting in the next few days as I am once again chained with a pager. Have come to the sad realization that my next several weekends are already booked.

This weekend - stuck on call so don't really plan much of anything.

Next weekend - May 2nd is Jenn's big Crop for the Cure day. Which reminds me I have to get organized with photos for the album I plan to work on.

Following weekend - on call again. Grrrr.

Week after That - is the May TwoFour weekend (yes, it is only May 15th but what the hey, that's Canada for you). I'm redoing my motorcycle training course to extend my M2 another 5 years since it expires June 20 and there is NO way I am ready for an exit exam after only being on a bike as a driver maybe twice since I got the license. Broken toes kind of scared me off for a long time.

Week after That - back on call again.

By then....we're almost June and I suspect there will be planting still going on in the garden!

Phew....I'll be ready for a Vacation!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Why things never go as planned

Our two fur babies are quite insistent on getting comfy where THEY want to get comfy. Packet is all about the cuddle spot. If dearly beloved is gaming, then Packet has to be on the recliner part of the couch. It is HIS spot. Newton, on the other hand, is all about the amount of real estate he can occupy. If he can touch BOTH of his hoomins, all the better. And he was until I got up to take this picture. This was Friday night.



Saturday morning, MY lap. Notice the laptop has been pushed out of IT's normal position?

Packet insinuated his way in first. Then Newton had to crowd in as well. MMM hmmm...we stay here. You no go anywhere --- unless you are getting us treaties. There was flannel. They love flannel.


Later that day after retail therapy, pizza and a nap. These two decided my lap was still their favourite spot.


How could I possibly get up to craft with these two cuddled in for the long run? So...only one card got made this weekend. Late on Sunday night. I'll get around to posting it on Monday I imagine.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Super Excited

Yippee!!!!!! So, if you saw my post earlier this week about the Anya blog hop and hopped around and checked out all the other cool projects you would have come across Kim Nath's blog . Well, Kim did some truly AWESOME Anya and Ian projects. Of course, I let her know how cool I thought everything in her post was and guess what - I won a cute Elf Anya!

Eeep! This news totally rocks since I took the day off and did not get to ANY stamping even though all my new Greeting Farm and Doodlefactory stamps were calling. Not to mention the Verve Stamps release week challenges. I expect I may hibernate in the craft room tomorrow since my body will likely protest all the cleaning, painting and yard work that was crammed into my day. Sad news is, dearly beloved was not pleased with the painting so now all the baseboards are going to have to be sanded and repainted ... AGAIN! Oh the glamourous life I lead.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Not one, But Two

I was tickled today when dearly beloved came back from our community mailbox...he had two of those lovely bubble envelopes in hand! Yippee......goodies (and by goodies I mean STAMPS, STAMPS and more STAMPS) from the Greeting Farm and Starving Artist Stamps.

So, with me having a self-induced three day weekend starting tomorrow and tons of cards I need to make, I am GOING to squeeze in some play time between the house cleaning, painting and (maybe) yardwork.

Posts will surely follow!

VSAPR3 - Happy Birthday



Verve Stamps is holding another week of challenges .

Conveniently, I need to make a few cards! This is my interpretation of VSAPR3. CTMH papers and a Verve Stamp for the sentiment!

The card has already been given away to my coworker's girlfriend. She's a sweetie and was the recipient of the previous post (Geisha Anya Gift Bag) as well. The papers for the card were chosen to coordinate with the gift bag.

Now to decide what to do for the other four challenges!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Anya Blog Hop

Hey there everyone who is hopping by as part of the Club Anya Blog Hop. My Anya post for tonight does not really fit one of the judged categories but I had this little project in mind for a co-worker's girlfriend's birthday. She's a crafty person too and I am fairly certain she will like this! A departure for me - it is not a card!



Geisha Anya adorns a little gift bag I cut out with my Cricut Expression. Even the panels were cut with my Cricut. I played around with the Cricut Design Studio software to manipulate the images to just the size I wanted and presto....there you have it. A cute little gift bag. If anyone would like to have the cut file, drop me a line and I will find a way to share it with you!

The papers are all CTMH (don't you think they look GREAT with Geisha Anya?) as are the inks. Geisha Anya's hair is a separate layer, inked with Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder. A little white gel pen was used to redraw her hair-lines. Her face was coloured with watercolour pencils. The kanji symbol and english phrase I thought went just perfectly with Geisha Anya.

The brads serve a structural as well as decorative purpose. I don't trust just adhesive tape runner to keep my bags together so I decided to toss on a few strategically placed brads for extra security.

Recipe: Cricut Cartridges: Accent Essentials (Panels) and Tags, Bags, Boxes and More (Bag)
Paper and Ink: Close To My Heart Unforgettable Paper Pack and Co-ordinating Inks
Stamps: The Greeting Farm Digital Geisha Anya, CTMH Wisdom Stamp Set
Embellishments: White Brads

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Anya

This is the Easter card I spent Saturday afternoon making for my dearly beloved.




The sketch is #46 from Sketch Saturday . I modded it a little by flipping it clockwise.


The sentiment is from Pink Cat Studio .

The image is the digital stamp Easter Anya by the Greeting Farm with just a little mod. I "trimmed" her locks so that HER hairstyle more closely resembled MINE, right down to the colour. Well, sort of, truth be told, mine has more grey that mysteriously disappears from time to time!

If you have seen any of my earlier easter card postings you will recognize the papers and ribbons used here. Not sure why, but purple and yellow say Easter to me. Maybe it has something to do with the flowers that are peeking from the ground in my yard.

Now, the colours in the photo are a little off. Anya's dress is supposed to have a skirt that is CTMH Hydrangea in colour but I find it looks more blue in the photo. Oh well, blame Mr Easter Bunny for the picture quality. Not only did he NOT bring me a DSLR, he apparently forgot to get me ANY chocolate. Not even a CARD! In protest I walked to Starbucks this afternoon for a Grande Cappucino and a REALLY BIG cookie! It was as far as I could go from the house what with being chained with two pagers and all for the long weekend. Yes, a civil servant's job is SOOOO cushy {read with sarcasm}.

Did you notice that the bunny ears are fun-flocked? Had to do something to liven them up a little.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Phew...that was fast


The above card was a VERY quick make. By that I mean under 10 minutes, with a false start as I first did the background with the paper on the panel...doh! I *THOUGHT* I had another hour and a quarter before my dearly beloved left yesterday for a day of D&D ... but I was mistaken. I had about 15 minutes! So I ran up the stairs, grabbed some paper that was lying around from recent card makes and tossed this number together. Considering I find masculine birthday cards hard to make at the best of times, I think this quickie came out okay.

The sentiment is from Verve Stamps. No fancy schmancy nestabilities or cuttlebugging here...But I HAD to put on a little ribbon...well, two ribbons! But what the heck. I hope the birthday boy liked it okay. He was the host for the afternoon...well, for every D&D get-together actually.

After that quick make, a dear friend called to take me up on the offer (read: took pity on sad, lonesome me) and came over to craft the afternoon away. I did my enabling bit and hooked her on the cuttlebug and I got the bases for FOURTEEN christmas cards done. While WE were having fun, her awesome husband did hard labour doing a surprise favour for my dearly beloved by hefting a LOT...and I do mean A LOT of wood from our garage down into the basement. I'm betting his legs, arms and back are killing him today. Dearly beloved was in awe when he got home from D&D -- I did not take credit for moving the wood (tee hee) even though he woke me up to comment on the fact that it was no longer in the garage.

Anyways, time to make dearly beloved's easter card and maybe get some more work done on those christmas cards. I have limited mobility for the long weekend as I am stuck on call for THREE 24/7 systems so there will be much crafting this weekend. I'm hoping to work on Quilt-zilla tomorrow and monday. We shall see.

Hope the Easter bunny fills your basket with lots of chocolatey goodness....or peeps....mmmm....peeps.....microwaved peeps.....yes, I have had some already today!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Pot Of Blooms


This card was made using the Technique Lover's Challenge TLC215 over at SplitCoastStampers. The blooms are cut using my new Shapeabilities. The easter eggs along the bottom are a stamped image from Pink Cat Studio. The folded over edge of the pot is punched with the EK-Success border punch scalloped diamonds.

Easter Bunny Basket


This Easter card was made for my dearly beloved's Dad and step-mom. The image is from Pink Cat Studio, coloured with my CTMH and Chalk Writer markers and popped up on nestabilities panels. More paper from my {scrap} stash!

Happy Easter to my Sister


This pretty in pink number is for my sister for Easter. The image is from Pink Cat Studio, coloured with my Chalk Writer Markers to pop up the colours and popped up on the panels that were cut with my nestabilities. The pink background is cuttlebugged.

More Easter goodness

These are the cards I made for my nieces and nephew back in Newfoundland. I kept them all fairly simple. This one uses that cute little bunny from Pink Cat Studio again.

This one uses a bunny image from CTMH. The sentiment is Pink Cat Studio.

This little bunny is from the same CTMH set. I believe it is "Some Bunny Loves You". The papers are CTMH.
This last one also uses the bunny from Pink Cat Studio.

These cards were a good excuse to use my nestabilities for the panels.

Hoppy Easter


This is the Easter card I sent to my brother and his girlfriend. I love this little bunny from Pink Cat Studio. The sentiment is from the same set. I do think that yellow and purple are my favourite colour combination for easter cards. There is something so happy about those colours. That and the crocuses that are now peeking out from the flower beds in my front yard are yellow.

The sketch is from the January 2009 issue of Sheetload of Cards. The papers are from my stash {of scraps!}.

Mr Bunny was coloured with my CTMH markers using a blending pen.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

hopping in to easter...

This card is actually one of the projects that we made at Jenn's workshop in Rideau Ferry. It was so pretty that I had to send it to my parents for Easter. My photography skills suck if you haven't figured that out already - or maybe I just need a DSLR....hear that Mr. Easter Bunny?




The card has an acetate base, a painted background on the front {inside} and then all the paperwork is on the outside. An awesome design by Jenn. She's my paper-crafting hero. You should check out her blog . She always has something amazingly cool or cute to ooh and ahh over.

It's getting late for me....tune in tomorrow when I'll post another half dozen or so Easter cards I made this week.

The disaster that is my craft room

This picture was taken before I ventured into my craft room last weekend to quickly make a few cards....


It hasn't got any better. And I NEED to quilt this weekend......I sense a problem here.

Another April Family Birthday

My Mom's eldest sister celebrates a birthday on Easter Sunday and I was inspired to make this card in celebration. The sketch is from a sketch from Sheetload of Cards (see the link on the left side-bar).

The paper and ribbon are all CTMH. I had an excuse to use my new EK-Success border punch for the cute edge on the front flap.
Those little flowers on the right are a find for $.75 at Zellers (for a pack of four) and they worked just perfectly with the colours on this card.


I used one of my nestabilities circles to draw the semi-circle on the inner panel and then simply cut it with my scissors -- which have since gone MIA in my craft room (more on that later).


And here you can see the sentiment stamped on the inner panel. This one is from Verve Stamps. I love the flourishes on these birthday sentiments. I'm going to work on conditioning my non-CTMH acrylic stamps so they pick up the ink from my CTMH ink pads a little better. I believe it was on SCS that I was reading (maybe from Beate) that you could do this with a pencil eraser. I will let you know how that goes.

So...I liked the card and hope my Aunt does too!

Another early April birthday

My neighbour down the street celebrated his birthday last weekend as well. I found the inspiration for his card from one of the Sheetload E-Zine issues. I took a slight liberty with the sketch but I think the tilted balloon panel works.


I cuttlebugged the card base front and used DP from the CTMH "It's a Guy Thing" paper pack. The stamped images are from Verve Stamps.

I've also decided I need to work on jazzing up the insides of my cards. So...here is an attempt at doing that.


No fancy punches for those photo corner fakes. Simply cut a couple of 2inch squares on the diagonal and then cut out the little bit with a ruler and a craft knife. Who says I need all those fancy-schmancy tools?...ooops...that was me.

Well it's about time....

I have apparently been making cards and just not finding the time to post them. So now it is time to play catch-up.

My dearly beloved's younger brother had a birthday last weekend and ALL week I had this idea in my head for his birthday card. Really, it is inspired by a running joke. Who (?) is the black sheep in the blended family - or just how many of them there are!





The card didn't quite turn out as I had envisioned. Once I got stamping all the cute little Pink Cat Studio black sheep I just wanted to keep using black paper! So I managed to dig out of my {shhhh....ever-growing} stash some plaid {gotta keep it scottish you know}. Some ribbon {shhh...slightly smaller stash}. Then I just HAD to ...I mean HAD to use my brand new Nestabilities die I got just that morning from Heather's Stamping Haven.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Shout Out To SheetLoad

So, no card from me today but I do have an AWESOME site to share.

Sheetload of Cards publishes a monthly e-zine with a sketch and cutting diagrams to maximize getting a bunch of cards from just a few sheets of paper. How cool is that?

Personally, I think it is AWESOME since I have resolved to A) use up some of my paper stash B) give tons of cards away to people just because C) make 10 christmas cards per month for the first 11 months of the year.

The reason I found this awesome site is because of The Greeting Farm - they are featured in this month's e-zine!

I hope it is okay that I am including the front page of their e-zine here. If not, please someone from the site let me know and I will edit the post.






Anyhow, don't take my word for it, check out the current issue . On the site there is also a link on the left sidebar where you can find their previous issues! Awesome goodness!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Practically Perfect - Welcome Baby

That's not me being immodest - it is the name of the stamp set used for this card. I was one of the lucky winners of one of the March Release Stamps sets from Verve Stamps. When the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance to use the cute little bunny. A dear friend was looking for a Welcome Baby card at the card stores and could not find one....so I volunteered.
This cute little number only took about 20 minutes to make and mostly assemble. The bunny I finished this morning - maybe another 5 minutes. I think I will have to make a few more of these - boy, girl and generic just to stash or toss into the sets of cards I like to give away.



The card is 5 x 6.5 inches. The round panels are nestabilities die cuts and the bunny was coloured with watercolour pencils (twice) with the second image cut out and popped up. Good to finally start using some of my stash of papers.