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Friday, July 30, 2010

Lounging by the pool

Hi folks

Well, amidst all the hub-bub in our house (turns out dearly beloved broke a finger last night playing volleyball and it was an interesting adventure getting it set properly today. Men can be SO stubborn!), I managed to make this card for my dearly beloved's sister who has a birthday early next week.




Since she just had a pool installed this summer, I thought "Swimming Lucy" from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps would be perfect for her card. Lucy is coloured with Copic Markers (YR14, YR04, YR02, Y11, E11, E00, RV10, YG11, BG10, E35, E31, E39) and cut out with my Spellbinders Big Scalloped Circle (sm).

Not sure how well you can see in this picture but these papers from the My Mind's Eye Home Collection are all sparkly.

I  hope she likes the card!

Challenges for this card:

Daring Card Makers - It's a Girl Thing (I know the card is not for MY sister, but it is for my dearly beloved's sister so I think that counts!)

Crafty Creations - Summer Lovin' (anything summery, beachy or warm weather friendly)

Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central - Water (since Lucy is floating in her tube, I thought this qualified. ETA - the card doesn't actually qualify though as I didn't use any of the products they carry - no big deal though!)

OCC Sketch Challenge 26 (I interpreted the horizontal panel just with the big polka dots instead of adding embellies along the strip as my image was fairly large and I thought it would be a little too crowded in the space remaining)

Simon Says Challenge : going Dotty! (since one of my DPs is polka dotted....)

Hope you are having a lovely day - I'm having a crafty play date at our house tonight....phew! I need the stress relief!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Playing along with PWCO Sunday Sketch 43

Hi folks

well, Day 2 of my week off from work found it hard for me to peel my butt off the couch. I went out yesterday and saw "Eclipse" with a friend of mine - and wouldn't you know it at 6am this morning the movie network aired Twilight followed by New Moon...so, I watched them - again. Followed by another movie "Swing Vote" - a light comedy but hey...I'm on vacation and so is my brain!


I did get around to making a card today for my dearly beloved's niece who has her sixth birthday this weekend. I think I have reached critical mass in my craft room though and tomorrow I will ATTEMPT to tidy up.....maybe ... I think I spent more time looking for supplies than I did making the card. When that happens, it is definitely time to tidy up! Plus, I HAD wanted to do some quilting while I was off.....so...I NEED to tidy.


Anyways, on to the card!



The image is "Angelica's Heart Socks" from Inky Impressions - I won this as part of a blog candy a while back and this is the first time I've had a chance to ink  her up. Isn't she pretty? I can so see using her on cards for friends or for thinking of you cards.

I coloured the image with Copic Markers (V17, V15, G21, C3,Y23, Y21,Y11, E31, E00, E000, B21), cut it out and the mounted it on the panels that were cut with Spellbinders dies (Blossom and Large Petite Circles).

Those pretty patterned papers are Doodlebug and were in the June PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo. The June kit is no longer available but you can always pick up the current kit here.

The Key Lime Cardstock is CTMH and the paper flower and brad are from my stash.

Did you notice the sketch? Yep, I've been doing well lately with playing along with the Sunday Sketch at PWCO (you can link to the Sunday Sketch post on my sidebar).

Anyways, that's it for me for today. I'm going to head back downstairs now and have some of Danielle's Zucchini Bread which she so generously shared with me today! Yummmmmmmm.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

An anniversary card

Hi folks (second post for today so feel free to check out my earlier post!)

So I am apparently one heck of a procrastinator when I know I won't be seeing someone for a while and I have a reason to make a card for them. My cousin and his wife had their wedding anniversary on July 3rd and I have not yet had a chance to see either of them ... so I am just now getting around to making them a card.


While poking through one of the piles of more recently purchased craft items, I came across the early summer release Cuttlebug folders that I had picked up from PaperWorksCo a while back (yes, unopened, in a pile for two months). The Scrollwork embossing folder caught my eye as a good one to put to use on this card so I went poking around on SplitCoastStampers to see if I might find some inspiration. And, of course, I did in this card by TheatreDiva.


Here's where my inspiration led (the card uses the sketch from the Viva la Verve June Week 4 challenge but none of the inspiration photos for paper choices).





The card base is CTMH Chocolate, embossed with the Cuttlebug Scrollwork folder and then lightly sanded. The DP is from the Bo Bunny Persuasion line - the pink cardstock is Bazzill Smoothies. The ribbon is from the chocolate stack by CTMH. The flower is from Prisma.


The stamped sentiment is from Verve's Wishing You set and was cut out using my Spellbinders Small and Large Labels.

Challenges for this card:
Love and Marriage - this week's Pollycraft Monday Challenge

Hope you all have a lovely day!

Another Verve Card

Hi folks,

Boy it has been a long time since I last ventured into my craft room. I have a simple card - once again featuring Verve's Wishing You sentiment set as this card is for another of my Uncles.



I pulled out some older paper from my stash (Stampin' Up Maine Blueberry Designer Collection), some CTMH New England Ivy card stock (and ink) and CTMH Outdoor Denim Buttons. I like this paper pack for masculine cards - it has a nautical feel to me with the blues and green.

I cut out the sentiment panel with my Spellbinders Labels One dies. By the way, PaperWorksCo has a pre-order up for the new release Spellbinder dies with 5% off PLUS the usual 5% credit to your craft fund - you can check it out here. I did my order this morning and TRIED to behave given the recent big toy purchase. I think I only ordered seven of them but so easily could have ordered about a dozen or so...oh, and the new Cuttlebug release can be found here in case you have not seen it yet.



Sketch: Card Patterns Sketch 74

Hope you all have a lovely day!

Friday, July 23, 2010

A good sale on ribbon at Fabricland and goodies from Colorbök

Hi folks,

no crafty creations from me tonight - I just wanted to pass along to my local crafty peeps what I think was a good deal that I happened upon at Fabricland today (specifically the one at Baseline/Merivale) but I think it is a sale that is on at all of the Fabriclands.

I stopped in because I saw a notice at the Kanata Fabricland that they were soon no longer going to redeem their stamp cards - and I had accumulated enough purchases on mine to get $20 off a purchase. So I figured I had better stop in soon and pick up some notions I could in my craft room - either for sewing or card-making.

Well, they had their hanks of double-sided satin ribbon on sale for 50% off -- and an additional 20% off as they were already reduced. So I picked up these 20 hanks of ribbon, 10 of them are 1 inch and 10 of them are 5/8 inch.



And what did I pay for this huge pile of ribbon? A little over $9....with the discount  (50% plus 20%) the ribbon came to $26...minus my $20 stamp card credit.....$6 plus HST (on the $26 amount). Giddy-up! as one of my coworkers would say. I'm going to have to hone my bow-tying skills and make some fancy-schmancy bows on my upcoming cards.

So I was feeling pretty good when I got home in light of this bargain and then I saw the BIG BOX waiting at the front door! SQUEAL!!!! Could it be? Goodies for me? You betcha!

You see, all this week, Colorbök has been giving away amazing scrapbooking goodies on their blog to celebrate their blog birthday. If you pop over to their blog tonight (Friday) you probably still have time to enter for the last giveaway for the week.

Well, I won the first kit that was up for grabs! How neat is that? Even neater - the pictures on the blog posts don't do justice to all the goodies I actually got in this huge box....want to see? Mind you, my pictures probably don't do the yummies justice either - but I am definitely looking forward to creating with them. To finally creating a scrapbook for me for a change!



A very nice fabric covered 12 x 12 scrapbook album.....



Love the colours in this page kit -- and those embellies...yummo!




And this scrapbooking kit! Love the blues and greens and browns...



A nice thick pad of neutral cardstock...



ANOTHER pad of paper, stickers and punch-outs (love these colours as well)



And another pad of Alpha punchouts - also in neutrals.



Boy there are definitely days when I wish I didn't have a day job so I could spend more time crafting! Can you believe all of these goodies?

Thank you very much to the folks at Colorbök for this very generous box of goodies! I may have to whip up a card or a quick layout or two in the next few days....and me with a new motorcycle to play with! Wherever will I find all the time?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Flipping for PWCO Sunday Sketch 42

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Hi folks,


Well, today I attended a Pampered Chef Bridal Shower Party for a friend of mine. Yesterday I realized that the guests were asked to bring the bride and groom a favourite recipe to start then on their happy journey together.


Oops! I've known for weeks about the party but this little detail kind of slipped my mind. So, I asked dearly beloved which of my recipes I should bring. Since it was a Pampered Chef party, he suggested I bring my biscotti recipe since I actually use one of one my Pampered Chef Stoneware pans EXCLUSIVELY for making this biscotti. And, according to dearly beloved, it is the most "awesomest" biscotti ever. He pretty much refuses to share it with anyone - works for me. I'm not a HUGE fan once it has had the second baking. I like the endy bits only - and only after the first baking.


So, I couldn't just leave it on a plain old recipe card - I wanted to do something a little different from what everyone else would bring. And besides, my recipe won't fit on just one card. I printed it up and it actually took four. I wound up making this....




The front of the recipe uses this week's sketch from PaperWorksCo (I flipped it). The papers and stamped image are both from CTMH. Attached with the binder ring are two more pages.....with the four cards for the recipe.









The binder ring makes it easy to flip the pages for the recipes AND I figure that if they want to, the bride and groom can add more cookie recipes to this little "mini-book" that starts with my favourite biscotti recipe.

Other Challenges for this project:
- Create4Fun Challenge: Anything but a card


I hope you all had a lovely weekend - mine was far too short. I need at least two more days to catch up on everything I needed to do this weekend.

Sunday Sketch at PWCO and new stamp release

Hi folks....be sure to check out this week's sketch at PaperWorksCo (there's a jump in my left side-bar) and play along!

And did you see the new stamps released yesterday for the Rachelle Anne Miller Collection at PaperWorksCo?


Aren't they cute? Yes, I  have already ordered mine along with the July PaperCard kit ( you can also see it on my side bar). This weekend is definitely a great time to stock up on any of the stamps from PWCO as Peggy has a promotional code up to save 10% on any of the stamps...so if you buy the bundle AND enter the code you save 20%! Great deal for some super cute stamps! (Not to mention you still get your 5% in your emergency craft fund bank!)

Just enter the code “PWCO stamps” in the discount section when you check out!  offer ends Monday night, July 19th. – this offer cannot be combined with any other offers, local pickup discount is diasabled.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Today's the Day

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Hi folks, just wanted to remind you that today, Saturday July 17 is the date of the newest release of Rachelle Anne Miller Stamps at PaperWorksCo.

The blog hop starts at the PaperWorksCo Blog and there are prizes to be won along the way.....I've been checking it out and the creations are just fabulous. I'm not going to spoil the surprise but there are truly some incredible projects on the hop....not just those made of paper!

And I had a little more excitement of my own today - I finally bought my first motorcycle! I just have to get it insured and licensed and then I can pick it up - probably not until next Saturday as I bought it in a town about an hour away from where I live. Woo hoo! I wonder if I can do some airbrushing on it with my Copics to "make it my own".

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A new strategy for unused crafting supplies

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Hi folks,


Well, I just wanted to pass this along to my fellow local crafty peeps on behalf of another crafty peep. Stephanie, the long-time girlfriend of one of my long-time co-workers is a fellow crafty person - actually, I have featured some of her projects here on my blog when they have been gifted to me as she is too shy to put up her own blog - despite her OBVIOUS talents. She's a big enabler - because of her I got my first Cricut, my first Cuttlebug and my first Spellbinders dies....and we know where that has led!



Anyways, by days (and more often nights) she works at a residential centre for, shall we say, somewhat troubled youth who are basically being given their very last chance at reforming their "delinquent" ways. Next stop is youth prison. Make no mistake, these kids aren't angels. Steph has actually had broken bones from at least one run with one of the more violent kids.



By night, of course, the kids sleep and she sometimes gets time to have some crafty time. Well, it turns out that some of the kids have expressed some interest in creating with her and are really getting into it! Of course, these creative interests are not going to be funded by any level of government so she has brought in some of her less likely to be used/older supplies to cultivate this interest for the kids.


I have promised that I am going to go through my own supplies as I try to get my craft-room organized (latest round) and even on an "everyday as I create kind of basis" and, anything that I have been hoarding and am obviously not going to use, I'm going to pass along to Steph for the kids to use (paper, ribbon, embellies, ink pads, colouring mediums, whatever).


So, I just thought I would spread the word and, if anyone is local and would like to add their unused/unwanted stash, I would be happy to pass it along to Steph and the kids. I'd be more than happy to pick it up on her behalf! I'm sure they would appreciate it. Don't be shy - no amount of supplies is too small! A partially used pack of stickers, gently used colouring pencils, larger paper scraps....ribbon bits....anything!


Of course, I'm personally thinking of the room  I can make for NEW stuff.....chuckle chuckle.....

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I might be playing

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with my blog layout....so if you happen upon my blog while I'm mucking about.....don't mind the mess.

Monday, July 12, 2010

A Card for Amelia

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so that means if you are Amelia's Mom you shouldn't peek....at least not until she gets this card. 'mkay?


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Okay, so on Saturday we attended a birthday party for a cute little two year old, Heidi, - and there was lots of fun in the pool -- well, for those that swim (I don't even though I grew up on an island - long story, don't ask - I just don't swim).


I think the biggest excitement of the day came when Amelia, who is all of four years old and Heidi's older sister, swam all the way across the pool, from ladder to ladder, without any assistance - with no water wings, no flotation devices WHATSOEVER! She was so proud! She actually did it several times - at least half a dozen, maybe even ten! So, I thought I should make her a little card to celebrate as I think it is a pretty big deal - not to mention that she thoroughly enjoyed being tossed as high as possible into the air to come splashing down in the pool by her Dad and my dearly beloved.


Anyways, here is the card



and the details:

stamped image: Zoe the Swimmer from PaperWorksCo Zach and Zoe Sports Collection II
sentiment: The Greeting Farm Down By The Pond
patterned papers: Cosmo Cricket Snorkel which I picked up at PaperWorksCo
cardstock: CTMH Hydrangea, Colonial White
Copics: E00, E000, V17 (also used to colour the rick rack ribbon to match), BV11, Y13, YR04, G14, BG10, B23, E31, E35, E39
Spellbinders: Petite Ovals
Punch: Martha Stewart Double Ovals

Challenges for this card:
Layout: Sweet Stop Sketch 64
Distressing: Little Paper Shop (I distressed the edge of the papers with my scissors and sponged CTMH Bamboo ink on the sentiment panel)
Bold and Bright: Pollycraft Monday Challenge (I love the bright primary colours on the Cosmo Cricket Snorkel paper)

So there you go...that's what I did tonight! Hope you all had a wonderful evening!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Jade is in the Pink

Hi folks

Well, amidst all the late afternoon chick flicks starring Meg Ryan, I managed to make this card for one of my nieces for her upcoming birthday (I wasn't feeling particularly motivated to do much of anything today).





I took my inspiration for this card from several challenges out there this week:
- layout: Tickled Pink Stamps
- colour scheme (pink, black, white): Anyone for Anya
- lots of layers: Paper Sundaes
- pretty pearls: Quixotic Challenges
- pink it up: Kraftin Kimmie (I'm not eligible for the prize since this isn't a Kraftin Kimmie image - but I'm a fan of their stamps and have quite a few even if I don't have the time to ink them all up!)

So...a few details about the card.
- stamped image: Jade from The Greeting Farm Roll Call Set. Coloured with Copic Markers (E00, E000, C3, C5, C7, C9, RV10, RV32, RV34). I decided to have some fun with her and give her pink hair to match the papers.
- sentiment: from The Greeting Farm Happy Day Set
- patterned paper and cardstock: CTMH - not sure the paper pack but it is a really old one, retired I believe. Working on cutting down the stash and these papers fit the challenge perfectly.
- Spellbinders: Deckled Rectangles
- buttons, half-back pearls and black ribbon from my stash.


So there you have it. Hope you all had a fantastic weekend.

Sunday Morning - Stamp receivers finalized

Hi folks,


Since there were only three folks who left a comment saying they would like a PWCO stamp or two from the ones I had listed, you can each have more than one (if you would like).

Chrissy, Danielle and Rinne.....I'll be emailing you shortly......

Hope you all have a great day!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

A bright birthday surprise

Hi folks,

Today I have a birthday card for an adorable two year old girl - we're attending her birthday party a little later today.




I used "A Surprise Cheer" from PaperWorksCo as well as papers and ribbon from the June PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo. It is no longer available, but I do believe the patterned papers are from Doodlebug Designs. Aren't they the cutest? As it happens, this week's challenge at Raise the Bar is to make a card featuring Baked Goodies. Since the image has a cake and one of the papers has cupcakes, I'll be submitting this card to that challenge.

I coloured the image with Copic Markers (Y21, Y11, T1, RV10, RV11, RV13, G14, G12, E31, E21, E00) and cut it out with my Spellbinders Labels Eleven. The sentiment is from the CTMH Solos "2" set and was cut out with Spellbinders Petite Circles.

The layout is from this week's sketch at Friday Sketchers.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend - whether you get to craft or not!

Friday, July 9, 2010

A Little giveaway

just because....

I have eight, new in their packaging, never-inked Little Loud Stamps from PaperWorksCo left from the mound I successfully bid upon at this year's silent auction for the Crop for the Cure.

No hoops to jump through to nab them.....just leave me a comment saying in order which one(s) you would like to add to your collection. I'll randomly choose from the comments to whom I'll gift them....if I get as many as eight comments then I'll try to give them to eight different people....if I get less than eight comments then someone will get more than one.

ETA - the post is closed to comments now as it is Sunday morning. Chrissy, Danielle and Rinne will each get multiple stamps....if they would like more than one. I'll be in touch shortly.

I'll announce the folks that will be getting the stamps on Sunday morning....leaving the rest of today and Saturday for anyone who wishes to leave a comment. Once I announce the recipients, you can contact me via my email link on the sidebar with your details for shipping them out to you. I'll give you a couple of days but if I don't hear from you then I will gift them to someone else.

Oh.....so I guess I should show you which stamps I have up for grabs huh?

I have all six of the Little Loud Stamps Freckle Love Collection

Jacob the Cupid


Jacob's Table For Two



The First Date




Sweets from Charlotte


Standing Beneath a Tree




Charlotte's Valentine


I also have two of the Christmas Freckle Stamps

Jacob and the Reindeer

Charlotte's Holiday Mail



So there you go....if you are interested in a stamp or two or three or....whatever, just leave me a comment before Sunday morning! And don't worry if you aren't in Canada - I will happily spread the PWCO love world-wide!


Thanks for stopping by! If you want to see some cute cards and projects made with these stamps, just stop on by the Little Loud Stamps Gallery over at PaperWorksCo.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

For my Great Uncle

Hi folks,

Well, I found a little time tonight to sit down to make a card my Great Uncle - he has a birthday coming up and will be eighty-five. His wife, my Great Aunt, celebrates her birthday a few days later and, if I am not mistaken, she is going to be ninety! I saved one of my PWCO Friends and Family Blog hop birthday surprise cards for her happy occasion.



Anyways, on to my dear Uncle's card:




Yes! Can you believe it! I FINALLY found the time to play along with this week's sketch at PaperWorksCo. I knew this one would be great with these Jillibean Soup Old World Cabbage Stew papers - I wanted something that would be nice, masculine and yet simple for my Uncle. I think the stamped sentiments from Verve (Wishing You) finish it off very nicely. Oh - the cocoa cardstock and buttons are CTMH. I used Spellbinders Petite Circles (large and small) and Petite Ovals (large and small).

I'm hoping he likes the card - I have very fond memories of visits from my Great Uncle and Great Aunt - and of visiting them at their cottage during the summer when I was a kid.

Hope you are all having a fabulous day!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Kindergarten Graduation - in 3D!

Hi folks,

I promise this is the last of my posts for today - but you will be happy you stuck with me. Lookie at this!




Remember those Kindergarten Graduation Cards I posted a few days back for dearly beloved's nieces? Well, I FINALLY got around to making the little gift boxes to go with them! Now, isn't this one of the cutest little themed gift boxes you have EVER seen? 

Well, if you are a fan of the uber-talented Sunghee Chon, then you have seen this box before over at her blog Creativity in Progress. She creates templates that are currently available for download via After Five Designs. The templates are very reasonably priced and, if you have a grad in your future, I highly recommend you snag this template right now as I am not sure how long it will be available for download. I easily whipped up two of these in under an  hour - including the time it took to print the templates (bottom and top for two boxes), cut them out, score, fold and adhere together. The instructions are super easy to follow - especially when you print the template on the reverse side of your paper! Now I really regret not taking the time to make one for my niece before I went to Newfoundland - or at least printing the pieces and assembling once I got there. I know she would have loved it.



If any of you are wondering about the tassle - I dashed out to FabricLand to pick them up. They have quite an assortment of colours. I chose pink to go with my CTMH Tulip cardstock but they also have white, blue, etc.


I filled the boxes with lots of little hair baubles for the girls. I would have gifted them with earrings as I did with my niece only I don't know if they have pierced ears or not.

Anyways, that's it for me for tonight...I hope I haven't burnt out all my mojo as I still have lots of cards on my whiteboard list that need making for July! Feel free to scroll down to check out the other three posts from today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Zach is outstanding in his field

Hi folks,

I know, are you tired of me yet? Third post for tonight! What can I say - I have new stamps and I needed to make some cards for our nieces and nephews.


This card features Zach playing baseball from the latest Zach and Zoe collection at PaperWorksCo - Sports Series II.




Zach was stamped with my favourite combo of Memento Tuxedo Black on Prism Simply Smooth cardstock and coloured with Copic Markers (E00, E000, R29, B91, B95, E31, E35, E25, E39).

The papers are more of those American Traditional Designs Sports Paper Collection that I picked up for such a steal ($1 for the pack and it has all sorts of sporty themes in it! - perfect for the Zach and Zoe collections). I also used more of those buttons I had left from my Team International Ink project - aren't THEY coming in handy with all these new sporty stamps I am adding to my collection (yes, I HAD to get the bundle of the Sports Series II - how could I not!).

The layout is courtesy of this week's Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge. Boy, it does feel good to play along with the challenges this week - with all these new stamps! And I still have bunches that I haven't even yet put onto EZ-Mount or into their respective binders! July looks to be a busy month for cards for me so expect to see lots more posts in the next couple of weeks - assuming my mojo doesn't go flying out the window in search of cooler temps!

So, as I mentioned earlier, this is my third post for today. Feel free to scroll down to see the other two cards I posted earlier!

Thanks for stopping by ... one more post to come from me tonight -- and it's in 3D!

Happy Day with Amelia

Hi folks,

I finally had a chance to ink up one of the Amelia images from the Happy Day set from the Greeting Farm. I thought she would be perfect for one of dearly beloved's nieces - who has a birthday next week.




I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black on Prism Simply Smooth cardstock that I picked up from PaperWorksCo and coloured it with Copic markers (E00, E000, E31, E35, E39, R29, YR23, RV32, Rv34, B95, B91).

The patterned papers are from the Material Girl Collection by Cosmo Cricket - I picked the mini-deck up at Multi-Crafts here in Ottawa a few weeks back. The cardstock is CTMH Olive. Now, I know these aren't necessarily the typical colours you would see on a card for a three year old - but I kind of like the combination.

The layout is from this week's sketch at Club Anya and I used my Spellbinders Petite Large Circles and Labels Three for some of the elements of the sketch.

Anyways, thanks for stopping by. This is my second post for today so feel free to scroll down to see the earlier post.

Playing in the Sugar Bowl

Hi folks,


Well, Tanya was such a sweetie and passed along a Sugar Nellie Stamp of which she had a double (ETA - Tanya reminded me that she was lucky enough to have two of these because Sunghee sent her this stamp and she won one as well - don't you love how we all share!)- lucky me! I actually HAD to ink it up the very night I got it - just because. I actually have another sweet Sugar Nellie stamp (also from Tanya) that I have sitting partially coloured since early May on my craft table - just not onto a card yet!




Anyways, I coloured the image with Copics (E00, E000, E31, E35, E39, G07, G09, G21, T0, T2, C3, C5 and C7) after stamping it with Memento Tuxedo Black on Prism Simply Smooth paper.

The patterned paper is from American Traditional Designs (Classic Sports Paper Pack Collection - a steal I picked up for $1 on clearance at Zellers many months ago). The cardstock is CTMH Chocolate.

I thought that the horizontal strip of striped paper was lacking a little something so I added some of the very cool Washi tape that Tanya also gave me.

Notice the soccer ball embellies on the left side of the card? Those are leftover buttons I had from when I did my project for Team International Ink. Trust me I have a LOT of those buttons.

Oh, and the layout is from this week's Sugar Bowl challenge. I only used my Spellbinders Petite Circles on this card. The rest of the layers are simply cut with my paper trimmer.

Anyways, I actually have a few projects waiting in the wings which I have completed these last couple of days - stay tuned! I may actually post them all tonight instead of dishing them out over the next three days....the boys are playing guitar upstairs so I'm plunked in front of the tv watching SPACE (as usual). Keeping cool in this atrocious heat - and, I think, nursing a summer cold....

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Welcome Baby - Mojo Monday


Hi folks!

So my sister's baby shower is this coming Saturday and this is the card I made for her




I used this week's sketch from Mojo Monday - Mojo 146 for the layout.

The patterned papers are DCWV Nana's Nursery - Baby Girl and the card stock is CTMH Blush. The stamped image and sentiment are both from Verve (Practically Perfect). The bunny is stamped with Memento Tuxedo black on Prism Simply Smooth and is coloured with Copic markers (RV32, RV34, RV10, RV11, T0, T1, T2).

I used my Spellbinders Big Scalloped Ovals (Small and Large) to die cut the image and sentiment panels, which are popped up on foam dimensionals.

Overall, I kept it fairly simple. Now I have to ExpressPost it so it gets there BEFORE the baby shower. The gift is already there - a new crib for baby!

That's it for me - if you are local I hope you are managing to keep cool in this tremendous heat -- bleh!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Getting Sketchy with Jillibean Soup

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Hi folks,

Have you ever found yourself in possession of paper so delicious you just couldn't bear to cut into it? Oh my, that is how I feel about this oh so pretty Jillibean Soup Old World Cabbage Stew paper collection that I won as a blog candy a while back. I've been trying to figure out HOW I could make cards for my dearly beloved so I could {technically} keep the cards I made with the paper - but, well, some of the pretty papers just scream girlie cards so I can't really use them on cards for my sweetie.


So this weekend I gave in and used some of them on a card for my dearly beloved's sister-in-law (whose birthday was this weekend so yes, there I go ... AGAIN ... with another late card). I used this week's Get Sketchy Sketch #45 for the layout.




As I mentioned, the patterned paper is Jillibean Soup Old World Cabbage Stew. The dark cocoa twine is also from Jillibean Soup (Bean Stalks - Mini Flowers) as is the pretty butterfly stamp (Handmade). The sentiment is Verve.


I actually stamped the butterfly four times and coloured (Copics YG63, B91, YG11) and cut out three of them for layering (popped up with glue dots for just a little dimension).


I thought that for a little added interest, I would knot the twine through eyelets - my Crop-a-Dile is finally seeing some love again for setting eyelets! Lucky for me I had eyelets in this pretty blue to match the patterned papers!


Since this month's challenge at Caardvarks is to create a birthday card, I'll be submitting this card for that challenge.
Well, that's it for this post, hope you are all having a lovely day! And if you have never picked up Jillibean Soup Papers, I highly recommend them - they are a nice, heavy-weight paper, double-sided patterns and you will be hard-pressed to cut into them once you actually feel them in your hands. Just saying....you WILL be tempted to hoard them.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Wild Orchid Challenge Blog

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Hi folks,

you have to check out the new Wild Orchid Challenge Blog - there is a tremendous candy up for grabs prior to their official launch on July 12 - loads of their pretty flowers and other embellies!

The last Kindergarten Grad card

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Hi all,

This is the third kindergarten graduation card I needed this year - for another of our nieces! Yes, we have three that are the same age! The funny thing is - I think little Lily from Pink Cat Studio kind of looks like all three of them - I just have to colour her hair differently! So, yes, I used the digi Graduate Lily stamp again.





I coloured Lily with my copics (E000, E00, Y13, Y21, C9, RV34, RV32) and popped her up with foam squares (as well as the panel on which she is mounted and the sentiment panel) for a little added dimension for this week's challenge at Bee Crafty - 3D. I'm not sure if the picture shows this very well, however. I think you can kind of see the shadows from the pop-up.

Anyways, the papers are CTMH Topstitch and the sentiment is also CTMH (express postage).

I used this week's sketch from SFYTT for the layout. To add a little more interest to the layout I used my Spellbinders Label Eight for the side panel and image panel. Petite Circles were used for the sentiment panel.

I also decided to dress up the inside of the card for this week's challenge at Alota Rubber Stamps - Inside Out



I added another half of a Labels Eight die cut and a little strip of the border-y paper. I think it finishes up the card quite nicely.

Hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Another Kindergarten Grad Card

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Hi folks,

above is the second of the kindergarten graduation cards I needed this year for another of our nieces. Of course, I missed the actual date as I was in Newfoundland so this will arrive a bit late, but still filled with lots of love.

The image is a digi from Pink Cat Studio and is coloured with Copics (E000, E00, E31, E35, C9, RV34 and RV32) and the sentiment is CTMH Express Postage and is cut out with Spellbinders Petite Circles.

Papers are CTMH TopStitch.

The layout is from Sketch Saturday and I will also be submitting this card for this week's challenge at Practical Scrappers to use your border punches - I used my scalloped scallop EK Success Border punch for a little added detail.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend!

PaperWorksCo July Paper Card Kit

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Hi folks...another month means another card making kit from PaperWorksCo. If you are a fan of the fun colours and patterns from Cosmo Cricket then you will love this month's selection - Garden Variety. Perfect for those fun summer cards or even scrap-booking layouts!





I lifted the photo and details from the PWCO store, where you can purchase your very own!


This Kit Contains:

  • 12 – 6″x6″ Patterned Paper from Cosmo Cricket’s– Garden Variety Collection



  • 5 – 8.5″x 11″ sheets of Prismatics Cardstock



  • 2 – 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of Cardstock from Bazzill Basics’s Smoothies Line



  • 3 – 8.5″x11″ sheets of Simply Smooth White Cardstock from Prism



  • Assortment of Buttons from Cosmo Cricket



  • 3 yards of Ribbon from Bazzill Basics/Doodlebug



  • assortment of dewdrops from Robin’s Nest



  • Prima Flowers 





  • BONUS – 12×12 sheet Border Sheet from Cosmo Cricket’s Garden Variety Collection



    As always, this kit contains enough materials to make at least 10 full size cards.
    All this for $11.99!!!
    This kit will be sold for the month of  July, while quantities last..
    GET YOURS TODAY!

    Friday, July 2, 2010

    PWCO Blow-Out Sale

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    Hi folks,

    Just thought I would pass along the news that PaperWorksCo is having a big sale - 40% off selected items in the store.



    Just click through to this section in the store to see what is on sale. I would check it out sooner rather than later - once the items are gone, they're gone!

    Thursday, July 1, 2010

    Trying my hand at this week's SFYTT

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    Hi folks,

    well I managed to tidy the craft room surfaces enough today that I could make a couple of birthday cards using this week's Sketch For You To Try.

    For the first one, I took a little liberty and moved an element of the sketch to the right instead of the left.






    If you are a regular visitor, you will recognize the stamped image as it is a duplicate of the one I used on a birthday card back in early June - Flob from StarvingArtistamps Doodlefactory Creatures II. In fact, I think these are the same papers - CTMH You Rock. I also used a stamp from the CTMH Cherish the Moment set.


    For the second card, I stayed a little truer to the sketch, using the same papers but different stamps, this time from the CTMH Set "Celebrate the Everyday".



    Since this week's challenge at Crafy Creations is Ice Cream and Cakes, I'll be submitting this second card to that challenge.


    So, that's it from me for today - hope you all are having a fabulous day.