The Stamps I Use

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Memories Last Forever

Hi folks,

back with a third post for today with a card I have been avoiding making all weekend but finally sat down to create tonight.



I used this week's sketch from The Sweet Stop and a serene image and sentiment from The Greeting Farm.

A Valentine Pocket Card

Hi again...this is my second post for today so feel free to check out the earlier card as well!

This is the last of my Valentine cards for my nieces and nephews back in Newfoundland.



I made a Pocket Card following the PaperWorksCo Sunday Sketch challenge! ...and here is a picture of it with the tag pulled out so you can see all of "Melinda Blowing Kisses". I picked her up from Michelle's Scrapbooking and More after seeing some of the beautiful cards my friend Tanya makes with the Whiff of Joy stamps.





This card actually works for multiple challenges as well.
  • PaperWorksCo is sponsoring this week's challenge at PaperSundaes - something with a valentine theme! 
  • And the Pixie Cottage has a challenge to use pink or red. I was MISTAKEN when I thought I had picked up some Pixie Cottage stamps from Michelle's - when I went through my stack of new stamps today I found my Whiff of Joy and StampAVie stamps...no Pixie Cottage! You know what that means -- I need to do some more shopping (especially since some of the Hannah images are being released in a smaller size more suitable for A2 cards).
Anyways - what else about the card? Oh, the papers are Bo Bunny Love Bandit. The ribbon is from my stash, as are the cute pink heart brads. The sentiment is from Kraftin Kimmie (from my Lucy and Ricky stamp again). Oh, Melinda is coloured with Prismacolor pencils and I put some super fine glitter on her wings to add a little sparkle.

Phew....I think that's it for me and the valentine cards....maybe.

A fintastic Valentine

Hi folks,

I trust your weekend is going - swimmingly! ba ha ha ha....I couldn't help myself. I decided I needed to use up some of the Mer Ian's (a freebie digi from The Greeting Farm) I coloured up this week and one of them found his way onto this Valentine Card for my nephew.



I used this week's Club Anya and Friends Sketch for the layout. The sentiments are a combination of two different sentiment stamps - one from PaperWorksCo (have a fintastic) and one from Kraftin Kimmie's Stamps (valentines day! from my Lucy and Ricky stamp).

I know it is a bit of a departure to not use pink or red on a Valentine card - but it was for my nephew and with Mer Ian I think it works. Plus, the Cards blog has a challenge to make a lovey dovey card without using pink or red....so...I thought what the heck! I am sorry I can't tell you the manufacturer of these papers - they are all from the "blue" drawer in my paper cabinet and are among some of the first papers I ever bought - some are from M's...some are from a stack I got at Costco when I first started making cards about 3 years ago! Eeep....guess that qualifies this card for this week's challenge at Raise the Bar (the older the better)!

OH! and speaking of lovey dovey, while I was showering this morning I thought to myself that I should ask my sweetie pie if he would like me to make him an "Egg McMuffin a la Sheena"...he said sure....little did he know his egg would be.....



heart-shaped!!! tee hee hee...

Saturday, January 30, 2010

My oldest Magnolia's

Hi ... AGAIN!!! Can you believe this is my third post for today? Trying to get the February occasions out of the way so I can focus on the baby quilt.

The Stampe Shoppe issued a challenge to use your oldest Magnolia and oldest papers. Well, I used one of my oldest CTMH paper packs - the Serendipity Heart of Winter project pack! I have two of them so I figure it is okay if I cut into one of them.

I couldn't remember which was my oldest Magnolia but these two were on the first page of my Magnolia binder - which means they are pretty early purchases. Dreamy Tilda and Giggling Tilda.

 





As you can see, I used the same sketch from KL Stampin and Scrappin for the layout, but just switched up the papers and the images.

Both cards also qualify for the Just Magnolia challenge to use hearts and flowers.
  • the papers are covered in flowers and I have added three lacy flowers for embellishment and
  • my perfectly coordinated eyelets in the upper right corner are actually heart shaped!
AND....we aren't done with the challenges folks! Giggling Tilda actually fits in with the Saturday Spotlight challenge - bigger is better! She is actually larger than the panel on which I have placed her - her little legs are dangling over the edge! Plus...well, both cards are not your average size A2 - they are a whopping 6x6 inches -- that's extra postage here in Canada because they are considered OVERSIZE! That's a shame too because I have been making lots of 6x6 cards lately....

Well, hope your weekend is continuing to be terrific!

Charlotte's Sweet Shop

Hi again,

back with another Valentine card for another of my nieces! I am again featuring Charlotte from the Freckle Love Collection from the Little Loud Stamps line (exclusive to PaperWorksCo).



So nice, I made her twice - this time keeping her hair colour the same!



The papers I used are from the Bo Bunny Love Bandit Collection.

The layout is from this week's Friday Sketchers challenge. I switched out the sentiment element, though, for the cute little flower. That means that this card also fits the Paper Sundaes recipe challenge to build a sundae - using brown, pink, lace and flowers. Actually, if you look closely, one of the Bo Bunny papers has flowers made out of hearts as well AND the lace actually has a blossom pattern!

hmm..now I want an ice cream sundae....chocolate ice cream with cherry sauce and some lightly toasted sliced almonds...and I know I have all of that in the kitchen. mmmmm and some freshly whipped cream (also in the fridge!)

Hope you weekend is continuing to be wonderful! My sweetie is sick so I think I'll be spending the evening in the craft room!

ETA - this is my second post for today. Feel free to check out the earlier post!

Be Loved Charlotte x2

Hi folks,

I figured I should tackle the Valentine cards for my nieces and nephew today. Up first is one for my youngest niece.



Doesn't sweet Charlotte from the Freckle Love Collection by Little Loud Stamps (exclusive to PaperWorksCo) look so cute with these My Mind's Eye Be Loved papers from the January PaperCard kit from PaperWorksCO? So cute in fact that I made two cards!



Now, here is where my goober-ish tendencies show, yet again! I don't think I actually know anyone with black hair to whom I can give this card! I guess I can hope that our new niece will have dark hair like her daddy and that she will make an appearance before Feb 14.

I used this week's Create4Fun Sketch Challenge for the layout AND  the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge was to use Hearts! Since darling Charlotte is holding a heart and has hearts in her hair - I think this qualifies.

Since these are valentine cards, I decided to go with a smaller format - they are 4.25 inches square. The images were coloured with PrismaColor Pencils except for the hearts which are coloured with Smooch Paints in Siren.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Pixie Cottage New Release!

Hi again,

have you seen the new stamps coming from the Pixie Cottage? They are just too adorable - I love the little fairy with the petal skirt - reminds me of my niece!

I do believe I actually picked up a couple Pixie Cottage stamps recently. At least I think I did - isn't that sad....I have so many new stamps sitting in my craft room that I have not yet played with that I don't even know what I have purchased any more! My crafting pal Tanya quite often uses Pixie Cottage stamps on her cards and they are amazing! I think she should be on their DT as her style fits so nicely with the images. If you flip through her blog you will be sure to see some delightful cards.

Oh, and the other exciting news at the Pixie Cottage is that a new SMALLER set of Hannah images is being released for those of us who make a lot of A2 cards since the originals are better suited to larger cards. Good news!

Tales from PollyCraft - blog candy!

Hi there,

just a quick note to tell you about a new release from Pollycraft designs. Over the next few days, they are revealing the new fairies from their latest release and giving away the new stamps to several lucky winners. Be sure to check it out! Day 1 and Day 2 did not disappoint so be sure to wing your way over there!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

PaperWorksCo Sunday Sketch 17

Hi there,

as  I was playing around in my craft room this week I came upon a bunch of Aqua Amigos images I had already coloured up and my hoarded July PaperCard kit from PaperWorksCo.

I  immediately thought to myself that I should whip up a quick card for Sunday Sketch 17 over at PaperWorksCo. So, after getting that grey washed out of my hair tonight, I put together this card featuring Carlos the Crab (I think he is my favourite of the Aqua Amigos).



It is SOOOO cold and blustery here in the Nation's Capital today - white-outs on the drive home, high winds (well, for Ottawa anyway) and FREEZING!!! that I wanted to make something with warm, cheerful colours...and smiling Carlos.

Inside, I did some finishing of the card and stamped the "sending oceans of good wishes" sentiment from the coordinating Aqua Amigos sentiment stamps.

Hope you are having a lovely day, wherever you are!

Have you heard the news?

Yet another of the PaperWorksCo Design Team members has another crafting venture that you have to check out...




Jenny has launched Paper Jewels and you can buy Bildmalarna stamps there....and yes, I have already placed an order! Very cute. I think my sister will like the cards I make with these even more than the Magnolia's as these have mouths!

All of these new stamps and me having to quilt instead! I'm going to have to draw up a crafting schedule and stick to it! Forget sleeping and working!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Once Upon a Time

there was a Prince named Ian - released as a digi stamp by The Greeting Farm! This is the card I made with him!




When I saw today's image I knew I had to find these two 8x8 papers that were in my goodie bag from the Crop for the Cure from last year (graciously donated by Heather's Stamping Haven by the way). I  paired them with a CTMH Olive 6x6 card base and Bazzill Capers textured card stock.

I used my Spellbinders Renaisssance Hearts Borderabilities for the detail along the bottom and the image panels are Spellbinders Nestabilities small and large petite ovals.

I coloured Prince Ian with my Prismacolor pencils.

This card took me way longer than it should have to make ... I have a bunch of pendant pieces (the smaller ones) sitting on my craft table - carefully embossed and inked - that I just could not fit onto the front of the card. Some of them did find their way inside the card though - as well as another of the fancy borders.

I really hope that tomorrow's card does not take me as long to make -- I'm getting that grey washed out of my hair tomorrow night, taking at least two hours of my precious crafting time! I think I might have to go for something simple.

Check out Bella's Store!

Hi there...just popping in to share a tidbit about a fellow crafter's online store.

Bella is one of the talented design team members over at PaperWorksCo and has launched her own store on ShopHandmade.com







You can check it out here! Be sure to check back often as I am sure her inventory will constantly be changing.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Verve Jan Challenge #4

So it looks like I managed to squeeze in the last Verve Challenge for January .... here is my take on the sketch and using photo #2 for my inspiration




The fern leaves and sentiment are both Verve. The black checkerbox paper, black and garden green cardstock are CTMH. As is the ribbon.

Figure I would make a thank you card as it is nice to have one on hand when you need to say thank you to someone.

TGF's CHA Relay - Day 3

So are you managing to keep up with TGF's CHA Relay? Phew - I'm struggling I must admit. I load my card to the gallery the night the digi is released (so far) and then have to remember the next morning before I go to work to leave a comment on the day's post at TGF so that my new digi is waiting for me when I get home. Then I print it out, choose some papers and a layout and then get to colouring.

Today's digi freebie was Toby Cub - perfect for baby cards! And since I know four couples who are expecting -- you can bet he will get used a few times. Notice I said he -- and my card is PINK!!!




Since only two of the couples know the gender - and both are girls - I made a girl baby card. So there!

All of the pink papers are from my stash and the chocolate cardstock is CTMH. Toby is coloured with PrismaColor Pencils.

And I am ready for the next digi!!! Our laser printer which has been warning us for over a year that it is low on black toner (8 percent for a year!!!) finally gave up the ghost and stopped printing today. Lucky me, I bought the replacement toner (ouch $120+) last year when we first started getting the warnings. Dearly beloved replaced it for me and I am good to go...high capacity toner so this one should last much longer!

Hope you are having a great day! I think I will try to whip up the last Verve Challenge card tonight and put the finishing touches on my quilt draft. Yes - I do a scale model layout of my quilts BEFORE I actually do them. And since this is a baby quilt with applique, I will actually translate that into a full-scale model as well. It is going to be so cute!!!

ETA - I forgot to mention. I originally started out with this week's sketch challenge from PaperWorksCo....but I wound up mixing up the pieces once I got everything "together" as I thought this layout worked a little better with the image. But creds to Peggy for the inspiration - if you move the pieces around the elements of the sketch ARE there!!!

And did you notice? I used three different patterned papers on this card! Perfect for this week's challenge over at Practical Scrappers! Using up the stash!

Monday, January 25, 2010

TGF's CHA Relay - Day 2

So did everyone get their Mer Ian loaded up to TGF today to get Charlotte - the latest Wild Sprout Digi? She is so cute! I had a hard time deciding how to colour her so  I did two -- and now I think I need to do an entire series with mixed skin tones and hair colours! Even dearly beloved thought these two looked cute side by side.




And here they are individually....







I think they both look like little Divas with their sparkly Siren Smooch lipstick. They are both coloured with PrismaColor pencils and then layered on top of two Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Nine die cuts. They just need a couple of more friends - a blond and a ginger perhaps!

For the layout, I used Laura's Sketch 44 from 2Sketches4You. The papers are CTMH Emporium. Hope you all find time to play along at The Greeting Farm this week!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

TGF's CHA Relay - Day 1

Hi there! So those of you who are fans of the The Greeting Farm probably already know about the CHA Relay that started today with a digi freebie of Merman Ian. I am hoping that this is a foreshadowing of what is to come this week and hope that the solo Ian's and Anya's are going to get partners - I have Mermaid Anya in rubber already. Wouldn't it be cute if Laddie Ian got a Lassie? Since my dearly beloved is a Mc......you know I already have the Laddie and would so LOVE to have a Lassie for him!

Anyways, on to my card for Day 1 of the relay. Please be kind if you comment -- I am battling a SEVERE migraine today so my card-making skills might be severely -- shall we say dulled -- at the moment.




I think he came out pretty cute. Now, I believe I had an AHA! moment when, after actually colouring four of these, I decided to print him out again so I could do a glitter-y fin. Yup, underneath that pretty sky blue micro glitter fin that I paper-pieced onto Mer Ian is an actual COLOURED fin. Nicely shaded and all but totally covered up. Yep. That's the sort of thing that too much Tylenol will lead you to do.

I used this week's OCC Sketch Challenge for the layout. The papers, except for the CTMH Outdoor Denim Cardstock, are (BELIEVE IT OR NOT) from my August PaperCard kit from PaperWorksCo (Cosmo Cricket Snorkel). The ribbons are from my July kit! Can you believe I STILL have not used up all of the goodies in those kits?

Of course, I could not resist giving Ian some beauty from under the sea. When I won Alica's blog candy from Paper Sundaes' first blog hop, I got these GORGEOUS self-adhesive pearls. Well, Ian is sporting the teeny-tiniest of the pearls on his necklace.

The image panel and sentiment panel are both cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities (Labels Four and Petite Ovals, respectively). Oh, and the sentiment? That's TGF as well - from Down by The Pool. Kind of an obvious choice I know but...I think that ultimately it will work out nicely as I can see giving this card to my nephew the next time he gets an awesome report card (he looks a lot like Ian).

So, there you have it. My Merman Ian. Now I have to figure out what to do with the other three I have coloured. Hmmmm...I wonder if Peggy has any of those PaperCard kits left in her back stock? Or more of the Snorkel papers from CosmoCricket?......

Oh, if anyone is wondering, the glitter I used is called Jewel Glitter Ritz Opaque Micro Fine Glitter in Sky Blue and I got it (and about a dozen or so other colours) from Heather's Stamping Haven here in Ottawa.

Hope you are all having a wonderful crafty weekend. Can't wait to see what digi is up next from The Greeting Farm

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Verve Jan Challenge #3

Hi again....these are the two cards I made using the sketch for Verve's third challenge for January. I used the second inpiration photo for my paper selections - the polka dots.







Card Details:

finished size: 4.25 x 5.5 inches
papers: CTMH Chocolate Card Stock, DP unknown from my stash.
stamps: Verve Wishful Elegance, Wild Thing
ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
accessories: CTMH Chocolate Ribbon

Verve Jan Challenge #2

Hi again  - well, dearly beloved is having a night out with the boys - curling. So I played in the craft room. I set about playing with the Verve January Challenges. These two cards are my take on sketch #2, using inspiration photo #3







Card Details:

finished size 4.25 x 5.5 inches
papers: CTMH Chocolate and Garden Green, Basic Grey Archaic and some others from my stash
stamps: Verve Wishing You
ink: Rich Cocoa
tools: Cuttlebug and Traffic Jam embossing folder

And here is the blankie....

Hi folks...so this is the knotted fleece blanket I made to go with the baby girl card from earlier today. Just finished it about 15 minutes ago.




It measures about 1.5 metres square, is fairly quick to make but boy did it make me sneeze when I was tying all those knots!

Third card from Danielle's workshop

Hi there!

Well, I finally got around to finishing the third card from Danielle's workshop last week.

Ta da!



All I had to do was finish colouring up the image and placing it on the front of the easel. The rest of the card was done at the workshop.

Another baby girl card

Hi there....well, I finally sat down to make a card today. One of my former team members at work is expecting a little baby girl at the end of January. I am making him a knotted fleece blanket for the little one and this is the card that I am going to give with it.




The I used is from the first challenge at Paper Sundaes. Since this card is for a baby girl, the pink colour scheme works great for the C4C21 Challenge over at Crazy4Challenges - Pretty in Pink!

Now to make the blankie!

ETA - you can see the blankie at this post.

ETA - Card Details: 
finished size: 4.25 inches square
papers: CTMH Blush and White Daisy Cardstock, Making Memories Pink Gingham, Pink Parchment
Stamp: Carriage From Sunshine Designs by the Stamp Barn is paper-pieced on pink parchment, Baby from Studio G
embellishments: dew drops, ribbon from CTMH (Blush ribbon rounds)
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, ChalkWriters from EK Success

Friday, January 22, 2010

I haven't fallen off the face of the earth...

oh, that title just gave me a cool idea for a card....using my StarvingArtistamps Doodlefactory stamps that have yet to see ink.....

anyways, that's how easy it is for me to get distracted. I just realized I haven't posted anything crafty since Tuesday so I figured I would just pop in to say "Hi!". Not many birthdays for me from mid to late January. So, I don't have any new cards to show since I am a bit of a procrastinator. Sad thing is, I took Thursday and Friday off this week too!

Granted, yesterday was mostly a wash. Literally. I did laundry and a bunch of other house related chores. Today...I fought the to-do list. Did a couple of things from it....added some more.

I did do SOME crafty things though.

Paid a visit to Jenn this afternoon to stamp some images for the baby quilt for our little niece who will soon be making an appearance! She is going to have THE COOLEST nursery ever. Think of it - uber creative Jenn is her Mom. You KNOW that nursery is going to be unique. I am hopefully going to make an acceptable quilt to coordinate with the nursery. We shall see if my implementation matches my vision!

Before I popped out to Jenn's though I spent some time in my craft room, sorting through my CTMH paper packs. Pulling all the cardstock out of the paper packs (that's a Jenn tip by the way) to organize it a little better. Now to get my dearly beloved to build me ANOTHER cabinet for the craft room....

So...while I was doing that I came to the realization that if the producers of the show "Hoarders" ever saw just how much paper is in my craft room, that I would become an episode. I have never seen the show but one of my coworkers keeps telling me about it. If a tv camera shows up at my door one day, I will know who ratted me out.

In all seriousness though, how on earth do I go about making enough cards to whittle down my current stash? Notice I said current - there's a big order of all the new CTMH paper packs and some cardstock on the way - eep! I only have so many friends and family members to whom I can give cards for birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. I think I may have to start making up my own holidays or card giving occasions. What do you think?  Would my dearly beloved appreciate getting a "Congratulations - you put your dirty laundry in the hamper!" card?

hmmm.....probably not. Maybe I should think about a store on etsy or ebay or shophandmade.....

right after I get the four baby quilts and my own quilt finished!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jacob the Cupid for CPS150

Hi there,

well, tonight I felt like getting crafty so I looked through the various challenges for this week and grabbed a Jacob the Cupid image that I had coloured up and set to making this card with the supplies from my January PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo




Challenges that I am checking off my to-do list for this card:
- CPS150 from Card Positioning Systems
- Challenge #13 - from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps to use Red, Pink, Chocolate and Hearts on your card. I would have used my new Kraftin Kimmie Stamps except they are still waiting to be put onto EZ mount before I can actually ink them up! Soon I hope! Now, this card doesn't qualify for the blog candy since I didn't use one of my new stamps. But the colour challenge was definitely a good one. I think I'll put a rush on getting my stamps mounted so I can do another card!

Stamps and Smiles Free Digi

Hi there...

just thought I would pass along the word that Stamps and Smiles has a free digi up on their store site in honour of the new release coming out this week.


Check it out before it's gone!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

ABC Toys and Crafts Blog Candy Alert!

Over at ABC Toys and Crafts Blog they have an awesome blog candy involving three sets of MS punch around the page sets....this one is my fave!



Be sure to stop by the blog post to see the other sets that are being given away and to find out how you could win!

Baby Congratulations

Hi all,

well today turned out to be more of an adventure than I planned. I left early for the baby shower, map in hand, with plenty of time to spare in case I got turned around. WELL! It would have helped if my map was correct. I learned a valuable lesson - never type a building NAME into google maps. Use the civic address. Let's just say that when I realized that where I was was not where I was supposed to be, I pulled over into some farmer's driveway and placed a distraught call to my sweetie along the lines of "I am so NOT where I am supposed to be right now. Help!!! I think I am in Marathon - I'm supposed to be in Braeside."

His reply? "You're where? That's nowhere near Braeside. How on earth did you get there? Why did you turn there?....." After my explanation of "I used the building name not the civic address" - he gave me new directions. I just had to find my way back to the main highway.

Well, despite his mockery, my knight in shining armour did not lead me wrong. I did get to the baby shower, albeit MUCH later than planned.

Okay...now that you've heard my sad story for the day, here is the card that was delivered with the baby prezzie.




Totally inspired by the card we did on Saturday in Danielle's class  (see previous post) and by this card over on Debbie's Blog -  Thinking Inking.

The great thing about having my class yesterday was that AFTER the class I was able to do some shopping
(okay - LOTS of shopping) at Heather's. I really wanted to pick up some NEW baby stamps as my collection is pretty limited and I will still need to make at least two more cards to welcome our new niece. So....the cute little carriage you see is one of four in a new (to me) set from Sunshine Designs. I think what caught my eye about those stamps is that they could be left plain as I did above (I simply stamped on Pink Parchment cardstock) or they could be water-coloured or paper-pieced quite nicely.

Since the stamp is new for me and the card is for a NEW baby - I'm entering this card into the Raising the Bar challenge for this week...to debut something new!

Hope you are having a crafty-licious weekend! Feel free to scroll down to see my two earlier posts from today.

The second card from Danielle's Workshop

Hi Again,

this is the second card we made during Danielle's card-making workshop on Saturday.




Fancy Schmancy, huh? Love the look of the platinum embossing on the black linen cardstock. Delish. And the cutout hearts add that final little "je ne sais quoi". With a cute little Spellbinders heart attached with an eyelet to hold the front panel in place, this beautiful card will make a lovely display item.

I liked this fold SO much that I used it for the baby shower card today. I will post that one shortly. My third card from the workshop isn't ready to be posted. The other participants and I have taken Danielle's classes together before so we often get side-tracked. We agreed that we would assemble our card in the class and finish our colouring at home. Since I was busy today - my card isn't quite finished....

Thanks for stopping by...feel free to scroll down to see the first card that we made in the workshop.

One of the cards from Danielle's workshop

Hi there,

well, I am quickly writing this as I need to get ready shortly to head out to another baby shower for Jenn. If you follow Danielle's blog then you would have seen her sample cards for the workshop I attended on Saturday. This is the first card we made:




It is a multi-dimensional shadow box card featuring Edwin from the Magnolia stamps collection. We coloured the images with TomBow markers and even put some glossy accents on the windows so they actually look like glass! I don't think I will be able to give this card away and I am pretty sure I am going to have to take my sweetie up on his offer to put a picture rail in my craft room so I can display some of these wonderful workshop creations.

Thanks for stopping by! Must get ready for the baby shower!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Another crafty person's creations

Hi there....I don't have anything of my own to show you today so I thought I would showcase a couple of cards made recently by my dearly beloved's step-mom.

The first is the invitation I received for the baby shower I attended last weekend (there is another one tomorrow).



Isn't this cute? The little onesie must have taken some time to cut out for all of the invitations.

And this is a thank you card I received for lending a hand with the shower. Really, I didn't do much of anything.



I was supposed to help make the invitations but work kept me too busy to free up time when the invites needed to be made. So, my only real contribution was in photographing the day's events for my honorary mother-in-law since I know she will want to scrap-book the occasion. And I made some yummy squares for us to snack on as well.

I love the layered flower she made for this card - the clean and simple lines. Very pretty.

Thanks for stopping by today. Over the next couple of days I will probably post the pics of the cards we made at Danielle's workshop this morning at Heather's Stamping Haven -- and the baby shower card for tomorrow (my camera battery is currently charging so....). I also picked up tons of glitter at Heather's today (12 bottles actually) so there will be some sparkly cards to show really soon!

Hope you are having a fabulously crafty day!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Spellbinders PreOrder at PaperWorksCo

So I had to pass along the news....Peggy has the pre-order up at PaperWorksCo for the new release from Spellbinders! If you were in awe over the new ones that were previewed this week on the Spellbinders DT blogs like I was then you will want to hurry over and check out THE REST OF THE DIES!! Yes, you can see the other dies that they did not showcase on the blogs this week. And, if you are a little miss "I must have them" like me, you will want to place your pre-order. 5% off PLUS the chance to win your purchase.

I showed INCREDIBLE restraint and only ordered eight.Yes, that is how I do restrained. The four new labels (of course) and the two new pendants with their matching borders. So....I need some of my crafty friends to order the ones I DIDN'T get this time....well....YET is probably more like it. So I can borrow them sometime. I love all the new jumbo scalloped dies. I know I'll be getting them at some point as well.....good thing I don't have kids or they wouldn't be going to university!

My two card posts for today are below. Feel free to scroll down and take a lookie!

true love stories

Hi again....back with my second post for today - another Verve Release Week Challenge. This card was made for VSJAN10E - a non-A2 card! Easy peasy - I've been on a square card kick lately so a 6x6 square it is!




I used the Mojo Monday Sketch 121 for the layout and my NEW papercard kit from PaperworksCo. Absolutely no stamping on this card - I used the die cuts included with the kit for the sentiment, flower and the ribbon-y paper strip. Of course, I also had to use some of the yummy dew drops from the kit for a little extra embellie!

I think this card would make a nice anniversary card - I may have to keep it for my 10 year anniversary with my sweetie (coming this May).

With love - and some chipboard!

Hi again...I'm back with another of the Verve Release Week Challenges. This time VSJAN10A - to use chipboard.

I have a selection of celtic knot chipboard from Maya Road that I absolutely love. My favourite thing to do with the pieces is to ink them with black ink and then cover them with black embossing powder that I heat up with my heat gun. The end effect is that the chipboard looks like a piece of wrought or cast iron.



I love this clean and simple look. I used this week's Card Patterns Sketch #46 for the layout. The colour combination of pink (I used two different pinks), black and my neutral white (on the ribbon and corner brads) was inspired by this week's challenge at KL Stampin and Scrappin.

And lo and behold - the sentiment is from Verve! I got my latest Verve order just this afternoon. Perfect timing!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Fabulous Birthday

This is my other project from tonight - actually, I made this one first....feel free to scroll down to see my earlier post of the other project!






Again, this is a multi-challenge card!
- Verve's VSJAN10C colour challenge: Turquoise (cardstock, ink and blingy flowers), Grey
(the metallic grey designer paper) and Black (cardstock, ink and ribbon).
- the sketch is CPS149
- Crazy for Challenges: Birthday  (C4C19) This card will be going to a dear friend who celebrates in early February.
- and Practical Scrappers: Bling! (check out those blingy turquoise flowers!)

I was hoping to do the other three Verve Release challenges but...well, I have to work on Friday so...I don't think I will be able to squeeze in the other three before the deadline. But we shall see!

A Valentine Treat Box

So I played in my craft room tonight and came up with two projects. One of them is this cute little treat box for my sweetie for Valentine's Day




I was aiming for the stars with this one -- several challenges combined:
- VSJAN10B from Verve to make a Valentine favor or treat box
- Stamps and Smiles Project Tuesday challenge to make a one sheet box AND
- PaperWorksCo Sunday Sketch #15 ( I flipped the sketch and replaced the oval with the punch out heart and sentiment)

ALL of the supplies I used for this little project are from the January PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo.

I think my sweetie will really enjoy getting this little treat box filled with chocolates on Valentine's day!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Another pretty card from Steph

Hi there....

well, I wasn't feeling like crafting tonight so I figured I should snap a pic of a lovely card I received from the super-talented Stephanie. Now, my photography skills aren't doing this card justice -- I snapped the pic in my craft room under less than optimal lighting conditions -- hopefully I'll get around to retaking the pic and updating this post...




Steph always makes the prettiest matching envelopes to go with her cards. I wish I was so patient to do the same! Now look at that card! Don't you just love the snowflake borders? And the gems in the centres of all those pretty snowflakes - even on the envie! I'm thinking I may have to steal this idea for some of my Christmas cards for this year....and the layout....scrummy!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cards from Sunday's workshop at Jenn's

Hi there! Well, I think it is safe to say that a good time was had by all at Jenn's card workshop on Sunday. I thought I would show the cards we made.....all are Jenn's design, I just coloured and assembled these cuties...

Since  I don't have kids of my own, I think  I will use this as a welcome baby card or I will have to give it to someone else to give to their child....



I think several of these cards could actually be multi-purpose - not just for Valentine's day.





Wouldn't this one be great for a good friend?



Or your parents?




Definitely for my sweetie....



And I have already given him this one with the cute owls...



it was in his lunch today.

So...if you like what you see, stop by Jenn's blog where you will find a link to her CTMH online shopping and you too can fill your stash with these yummy papers and new stamps - all out in the Spring CTMH catalogue that was just released!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Just a quick post

Just had an email from Pink Cat Studio and they are launching their new digi paper piecing projects. To celebrate they have a freebie and a contest. The details are all here.

Just thought I would pass along before I get sorted out before heading over to Jenn's for a card-making workshop.

thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

For Jenn's little one

Hi all,

well, I am at home now after attending the first of the family baby showers for the fabulous Jenn. I think it is safe to say that much fun and laughter {and food} was had by all. We all got to oooh and aaah over all the pretty girlie outfits and generally cute baby things. There were two AMAZING baby diaper cakes gifted and I am sure that those will come in very handy in the coming months. Dearly beloved and I went the safe route and shopped from the baby registry for a play yard (which dearly beloved insists on calling a BABY CAGE!!! - you have to know him to appreciate his humour) as I am hoping to deliver the nursery coordinated quilt for baby's arrival. Hoping!!! Fingers crossed!!!

Anyways, as expected, I was kind of .... umm... what the heck kind of card do I make for a baby shower....for the uber crafty Jenn of all people? eeep?....Well, I didn't want to do traditional, cutesy baby shower so I went looking through some of my CTMH papers to see what might work. I happened upon a much loved but not often used (okay....hoarded) collection called Key to My Heart. It was perfect for what I had in mind - a twist on last week's Verve Sketch that I used for my Dad's birthday card.



I used the sketch but flipped it on it's side, added a ribbon and switched out the circles for some scalloped nestabilities petite ovals that would fit this simple "baby dear" stamp. Note to self - need to scour through my stamp collection (physical and digi and maybe the cricut cartridges) for something I haven't used yet for next week's baby shower. If anyone local has something that I could borrow...I would be willing to travel!!



Thanks for stopping by....hope your weekend is going well. I get to craft tomorrow -- under the tutelage of Jenn with a bunch of fellow crafty peeps. How neat is that!

Card Details:
finished size 6 x 6 inches
papers: CTMH Key to My Heart
ink: CTMH Juniper
embellishments: CTMH Juniper Ribbon, Sorbet brads
stamp: unknown but it is a clear acrylic stamp. Possibly a studio G Single I picked up at Michaels (?)

Friday, January 8, 2010

goodies!!!

okay, after that last downer of a post I just had to write that my spirits have been lifted.....courtesy of the arrival of my goodies from PaperWorksCo.

Just as soon as this busy weekend is over I am going to be inking up some new stamps and playing with some new papers! Yippee!!!

Two days of cake making...

And I am VERY disappointed but I WILL share just to show you that yes, we ALL have our off days when things just don't come together as envisioned.

By way of explanation, friends of ours have, so far, asked me every year to make their daughter's birthday cake. Well, this was number three and I'm thinking this might be the last time I get asked. This year's theme is "Disney" because they are going to Disney in Florida in early February. Not Disney princess (I wish it WAS!!) but CLASSIC Disney! You would think that would NOT be a problem right? Quite the opposite. See, I was bound and determined not to do a Mickey or Minnie shaped cake - I wanted Disney "inspired". In retrospect -- a three year old would probably have LOVED a Mickey shaped cake. But what do I know? IMAGOOBER!!!

Anyways, I first wanted to do a topsy-turvy cake with the classic Disney character figurines walking up the path around the layers of cake. Well, I could not find a SINGLE CLASSIC disney figurine in all of Ottawa. Grrrr...

So, on to inspiration idea number 2. A Minnie Mouse outfit inspired cake. You know what I mean - her cute little polka dot dresses and bows! And since I wasn't going to be there to put the cake together (going to Jenn's baby shower #1), it had to be preassembled - no onsite engineering like last year.

Well....this is what I finally wound up with.....



and why I'm not happy with the end result?
  • the bottom layer was SUPPOSED to have Mickey Mouse "ears" in black fondant scattered all around. Well....don't EVER try to work with black fondant. That's all I have to say.
  • the "ears" on the top layer were supposed to be sculpted from rice krispies squares and covered with black fondant. See above note. In retrospect - black fondant + little kids would have been messy. So I think it was a good thing my black fondant was not cooperating. I may try making little penguins out of it ... or something.
  • those missing ears were going to have a BIG Minnie Mouse bow - out of the pink fondant. But, well, no big ears, no big bow.
  • I have over 6 lbs of fondant on my kitchen counter - white, pink and black and have no idea what to do with it now.
I also made 36 little matching cupcakes to go with the cake....




why so many? Well, the cake dilemma was compounded by the numbers attending the party - 20 children plus their parents. ummmm. Since the cake is only
  • 2 twelve inch layers on the bottom (with white buttercream frosting and pink fondant polka dots) and
  • 3 eight inch layers on the top (with pink buttercream frosting and white fondant polka dots)
there had to be cupcakes to go with. Since I did the Minnie ears on the cake out of chocolate wafer cookies, I did the ears on the cupcakes with mini-oreos....mini....minnie....get it? oh....and the M works well for the birthday girl ---- {M}aliah!

Anyways, the bright light at the end of two very long days of disappointing cake craftsmanship is that I did make an okay birthday card for the birthday girl in (for me) record time.....




Cuppy is from Stamps and Smiles and is coloured with PrismaColor Pencils to match the CTMH Emporium papers I used. After a couple of rough days, I think my card is okay. In making it, I realized I really don't have enough kiddie papers for birthday cards....hmmm....any recommendations for a good line to have on hand?

Anyways, I still have to clean up in the kitchen and prep for the baby shower tomorrow so that's it for me for tonight! See you sometime soon!