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Sunday, August 29, 2010

MTSC88 - with a hut!

Hi folks,

wow, can you believe this? I barely post for two weeks and now I'm busy, busy, busy turning out cards! Three posts today alone!

So, I started colouring this image with the intention of making a "happy nine years in our house" card for my sweetie. But.....foolish me I made the mistake of telling my dearly beloved that I had tried out my Copic Airbrush for the first time (I've had it for months now but...this is the first time using it). He was excited and wanted to see so....I had to show him. Now I have to come up with ANOTHER "house" card before September 1st! This card won't go to waste though - LOTS of people I know have bought or are buying new houses so this card will be gifted VERY shortly.




As you can see, I need lots more practice with the airbrush! But I did get kind of the effect I wanted - I just wish I had used the B000 instead of B00. But, lesson learned. And I need to check out some online tutorial videos about using the airbrush.

Anyways, some details about the card:

Stamped image: The Stamp Barn - Enchanted Hollow Collection "Hideaway House" (I adore this collection!)
Papers: CTMH Splendor (yeah I know, what can I say - the paper is new to me and I like it - there will be more to come!)

Copics: E11, E21, E31, E33, E35, E37, YR63, YG67, G21, YR04, YR00, B00

Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Kassie's Brocade (5x7 - this card measures 5 x 6.5)

Challenges for this card:
Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge - MTSC88
Raise the bar #33 - The hut! (any type of home, dwelling, house, any type of living area)

Oh...and here is the inside of the card!


That swirly is a Magnolia Doohickey die cut (ETA - from All That Scraps).

That's it for me for tonight - you may see me back later this week with another card featuring this same image as I DID colour up two of these. We shall see!

Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend.

SSS71 - take two with a Bella!



Nope -  you aren't seeing double - two posts in one day and both cards look almost identical! My excuse is that I liked the Sweet Stop Sketch #71 so much that I decided it was just as easy to make two cards as it was to make one. So, I switched out the image to this mini Curly Surpriseabella from Stamping Bella and the decorative diecut to a lattice and, easy peasy, another card for an upcoming birthday! I must say - I like this smaller sized Bella - she was in my freebie bag of rubbah that I got when I placed my last order with Stamping Bella and she works great on this size card.

ETA: if anyone is wondering how I attach these finicky Cuttlebug dies I use my Xyron 150 sticker maker. Best $6 I ever spent on a crafting tool. It is great for intricate skinny bits that you need to attach to your cards.


Details:
Copic Markers: E35, E37, E33, B91, B95, E21, YG63, YR02, YR04
Papers: CTMH Splendor
Sketch: Sweet Stop Sketch 71 (I moved the flower embellie a little from what was shown in the original sketch)
Spellbinders: Petite Ovals (Sm and Lg)
Cuttlebug Lattice die cut (Crazy 4 Challenges - use a lattice on your card)
Embellishments: flower, dew drops

Hope you all have a terrific day!

SSS71 - with Izzie

Hi folks,

Well I sat down yesterday and updated my little white board with all the cards that I need to make for September and October and boy - there are lots of upcoming birthdays! Here is one card I made to have on hand for one of those birthdays...




Stamped image: Izzie has a birthday cake from Stamping Bella. Coloured with Copic Markers (E35, E37, E33, B91, B95, E21, E00, E000, R85, Y17, YG67, YR02, YR00, YR04, E13). I have to admit, her curly hair was a bit of a challenge for me but I followed along with a curly hair tutorial on Color Me Copic (Curly hair is also the challenge this week) and I think it came out okay. The secret is NO BLENDING! Just doodle!

The papers are CTMH Splendor (my first time cutting in to them as I  just got them this month) and the layout is from this week's Sweet Stop Sketch 71. Expect to see lots more cards with this paper as I think it is just gorgeous!

And, since this week's challenge over at Oh! Alice is to make a card with a little girl theme, I'll be submitting this card featuring little Izzie!

Other details:

I used Spellbinders Petite Ovals (Sm and Lg) for the image panels and there are dew drops on the sentiment panel and in the flower centre. The swirly embellishment on the bottom panel is a Cuttlebug die cut.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend! My next post will be up shortly and will look awfully familiar!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Side by Side

Hi folks,

Hope you are all having a lovely day - it is a real scorcher here today in Ottawa. So, I am hiding out in the house, with the air conditioning keeping me cool, catching up on some crafting must-dos.

I finally got around to putting my new stamps from Stamping Bella onto EZ mount and put away into their binder, all appropriately labeled with my label-maker of course. And then I decided to make a card just for fun.

I don't know about you, but when I colour an image for a card, I often colour up multiples, sometimes identical, sometimes with little differences. Earlier this month I made a birthday card for a friend of mine using the "Side by Side" stamp from the Rachelle Anne Miller collection from PaperWorksCo. Well, the first image that I coloured did not make it on to her card - I had stamped it on white paper and it didn't really look right with the Cosmo Cricket papers that I was using. So, I set the first image aside to use sometime later. Now, I typically forget about these extra images and they languish in a basket on my desk. But not this time!

When I saw this week's sketch at Card Patterns, I knew I wanted to make a quick card with this particular image. A quick look through some of my DP and I decided that my CTMH Emporium papers would work nicely...



I took some clear, blossom shaped buttons and glued them to the back side of the paper so they would match nicely with the ribbon I chose for an accent (CTMH vineyard berry, 1/8 grosgrain I believe).

Sorry I don't have a list of the Copic markers that I used on this card - I would have discarded the paper they were written on when I posted the first card. But if you check the first post, SOME of the colours will be there....except the blues.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend! I'm thinking I might do a little colouring tonight - dearly beloved has gone to a friend's house to play guitar for a bit so I have a few hours to myself.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Packet!

Hi folks....

so....some of you may know that my dearly beloved and I do not have children - but we do have two fur-babies. Well, today is our oldest cat's fourth birthday - Happy Birthday Packet!! (yes, that is a computer geek name - and please, don't mind the half-painted walls behind him in this pic - I'm a bit of a procrastinator when it comes to painting).




Isn't he a handsome puddin'? And yes, Crazy Cat Lady that I am, I made him a birthday card. Here it is!



Yes, I will really put it in with his birthday present - cat treaties and cat toys.

Anyways, some details about the card.

The stamped image is Surprise Cheer from PaperWorksCo and is coloured with Copic Markers (B21, B24, B00, B000, E00, E31, E33, R20, R24, YR00, YR02, YR04, E25, E27). I thought a mouse on his card would be kind of fitting since he IS a cat and two of his presents are electronic mice toys.

The papers are CTMH You Rock and the sentiment is from the CTMH From Me To You set (D1247).

Challenges for this card:
  • sketch is this week's Sunday Sketch from PaperWorksCo
  • PaperTake Weekly Challenge: 3-2-1 Recipe (I used 3 DPs, 2 buttons and 1 image stamp)
  • PaperCrafts Connection Challenge: Pleats (I pleated a strip of DP to create a nice little effect across the bottom panel).

Anyways, maybe later there will be pictures of him getting into his prezzie and sharing his birthday dinner with his younger sibling, Newton.

Hope you all have a great day!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Time to start thinking about Jenn's Christmas Card Workshop

Hi folks.....

Just putting the call out to my local friends to see who is interested in having the fabulous Jenn come up with a CTMH Christmas Card Workshop for us again this year (to be hosted at my house).


Let me know if you are interested and I will pass along the numbers to her and get us organized - sort out how much it will cost, etc. On a Saturday or Sunday Mid to late October or possibly early November - same as last year. 12 Christmas Cards (with envies) using CTMH papers and stamps.


Oh.....and Jenn also mentioned that there is a pajama party crop at Algonquin College on Oct 15th from 4pm to midnight. If anyone might be interested,  you can contact Jenn for the details (or me and I can pass them along once  I get them from Jenn).

These are the cards we made last year

No complicated colouring or fancy schmancy difficult to grasp or time-consuming techniques since not everyone who attends the workshop is a "hard-core" paper-crafter. Sometimes there are newbies who have been so thrilled to RECEIVE hand-made cards that they want to try their hand at making some themselves. Of course, I NEVER finish my cards during the workshop as I am too busy making sure everyone has lots to eat and helping out when someone doesn't know how to do what they need to do for a card.

We  usually use the new release Christmas papers and stamps from CTMH. Since the fall/winter catalogue is not yet out, I can't show you the papers but as of Sept 1 I am sure you can find them online via Jenn's site.

Anyways, let me know!

Time is running out

Hi folks,

just a quick reminder that it is almost the end of August - and you are running out of time to pick up your August PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo!



This Kit Contains:




12 – 6″x6″ Patterned Paper from Echo Park Papers - Sweet Summertime

4 - 8.5″x 11″ sheets of Prismatics Cardstock

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

2 – 8.5″x11″ sheets of Simply Smooth White Cardstock from Prism

2 - 8.5″x11″ sheets of Bazzill Washboard and Linen Cardstock

Assortment of Buttons from Basic Gret

3 yards of Ribbon from Bazzill Basics

Jewels from Doodlebg Designs

BONUS - 12x12 sheet Border Sheet from Echo Park Papers - Sweet Summertime Collection



And, if you are like me, you MIGHT want to pick up even more of these adorable Echo Park Papers. I could not resist - I had to have one of each from all three collections!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

what have I gotten myself into?

Guess what I signed up for this morning? You'll never guess.....unless you knew me more than ten years ago when I was a total gym rat.

BOOTY camp!

Just the short program - four weeks, two nights a week, starting on September 8th.

I totally blame my dearly beloved for my change from gym rat to couch potato. BEFORE him I spent hours a day working out. And I do mean hours. I would hit the gym and do cardio and weights and THEN go to aerobics classes (cardio kickboxing my fave or an advanced step class). AND I had a private personal trainer on TOP of that who I saw once a week for a grueling workout (she was a sweetheart but a total drill sergeant who would NOT let you ease up one bit). And I used to bike to work on top of all that (I used to live close to work).

Anyways, last night dearly beloved remarked that one of my friends had mentioned on Facebook that she had signed up for this program (not sure if it is the same session I signed up for or not so we may or may not be classmates/recruits in the same class).....that got me to thinking that I should sign up and try to kick my butt back into working out. I HAD actually got back on the exercise wagon a couple of nights ago -- me, exercising at 8pm at night! unheard of.....

Hopefully this WILL be the kick in the pants that I need to shed those unsightly pounds that have found their way onto my body since dearly beloved found his way into my heart!

I'm warning you now as I will probably be commenting about the aches and pains after the first few classes....all the more incentive for me to get the kinks out of these old bones BEFORE the session starts don't you think?

Hope you are all having a great day....I'll probably be back later in the week with some REAL cards -- kitteh #1 has a birthday on Friday and Yes, I am a crazy cat lady and will be making him a birthday card.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Voting has begun!

Hi folks,



just a reminder that the voting has started for the PWCO Ultimate Summer Challenge! Be sure to pop over to the PWCO blog post here to cast your votes for the top three in each of the four categories. And, as a little incentive, Peggy has prizes up for grabs for random commenters as well. The details can all be found in the PWCO blog post.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Kickstarting the Christmas Mojo

Hi folks,

Well, I got distracted by "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" today so I didn't get as much crafting done as I had hoped. I did try to kickstart my Christmas mojo today after I saw the reminder post on JustRite about their sponsoring of the current Caardvarks Challenge to make a Christmas tag or mini-card using your stamps.


Since I am WAY behind on my Christmas card making this year, I decided I could start out small with this challenge.  So, I hit up my Christmas Paper scrap box and pulled out three shipping tags and came up with these three tags:




The sentiment and poinsettia are from Verve's Poinsettia Christmas set.

For each of the Poinsettia flowers, I stamped the outline image four times. I then stamped the fill image four times with CTMH Holiday Red- twice with the image fully inked and twice more with the residual ink. I also used my CTMH Clover Meadow marker to colour the bottom layer so they looked like leaves. I then fussy cut the four poinsettias for layering with glue dots. I then added some pale green gems in the centre of the poinsettias for a little something extra.

Except for the fussy cutting, these tags were fairly easy to make - start with shipping tags and scraps of leftover paper, some ric-rac and away you go!

Hope you are having a lovely day! Imagine Christmas in August - which is also this week's challenge at Sew Many Challenges!

A fabulous Cocktail Emily

Hi folks,

Well, I finally got around to making a card with the extra Cocktail Emily image from Sparkle Creations Rubbers Stamps I coloured up a couple of weeks ago. I coloured the image with Copic Markers (Y13, Y11, Y23, YR23, R00, R20, RV10, RV11, RV13, RV14, C1, E00, E000, YG11, YG17, G21, BG10, B91, B95, B23).



I used the CTMH Cherry-O paper pack as I did with the previous card since I had coloured the first image with those papers in mind. I used my Spellbinders Petite Ovals to die cut the frame for the image. The sentiment is from the Verve Birthday Surprise set.

For the layout, I used this week's sketch from Friday Sketchers.

Since this week's challenge over at Create4Fun is to make a birthday card, I'll be submitting this card to that challenge as this card is intended for a friend of ours who has a birthday in early September.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend! I got distracted from my planned afternoon in the craft room when "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" came on TV. Can you believe I had never seen the entire movie? So, I sat on the couch, one kitty behind me and one kitty on my lap and watched it with dearly beloved. Pretty incredible considering it was released in 1977.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Celebrate with Cupcake Ruby

Hi folks,

well I finally sat down to finish colouring one of the extra Cupcake Ruby images from Sparkle Creations Rubbers Stamps that I started a couple of weeks ago (I still have one more to go!). I've coloured it with the intentions of giving it to dearly beloved's Mom for her birthday early in September - she's a redhead so I gave Ruby red hair as well.




I don't remember which Copic Markers I used for her hair, skin or top of the cupcake (I had written them down but accidentally put the piece of paper into the recycle bin). However, her dress was coloured with BG10, BG11 and BG13. The cupcake wrapper was coloured with R20 and R24.

The papers are from the Key to my Heart Kit from CTMH. I used my (new to me) Spellbinders Fancy Tags for the sentiment panel. I did decorative corners on the papers using a Fiskars decorative four corner punch.

Oh, and the layout itself is from this week's sketch challenge over at Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps.

Hope you are having a lovely day - I have just the weekend left and then it is back to work for me...and I believe pager duty for three weeks straight. Bleh!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Playing along with the Verve Release Week Challenges

Hey folks....well, rather than drag out the five cards I made for the Verve Release Week Sketch Challenges in five separate posts, I'm putting them all into one post. If you are interested in playing along, you can find the details on the Verve Blog here and have until 6pm Eastern to get your cards loaded into SCS and linked in the Verve forum.

I used a mixture of Verve stamps but used only one paper pack, CTMH You Rock, to keep a unified look to all five cards. Who knows? I may decide to give them to someone as a set of cards - or just keep them for my stash of masculine birthday cards since there are a few guy birthdays in the upcoming birthday calendar.

Sketch A:


Sketch B:


Sketch C:



Sketch D:


Sketch E:



Even dearly beloved commented that he really liked these cards. I must say that this IS one of my favourite CTMH paper packs for guy cards.

Hope you are all having a lovely week!

Motivet's Blog Candy

Hi folks....missed me yet? What can I say - no real reason to be crafty lately so I have been enjoying my days off by puttering around the yard, catching up on some reading, doing a little motorcycling and I had a little day trip with a friend and her daughters. Mind you, I will have something to post over the next few days as the inclement weather late this afternoon led me back to my craft room to play along with the Verve Release Week Sketches.

Anyways, over at Motivet there is an awesome blog candy posted for anyone who is a fan of the cute critter images.



All eight stamps from the new release are up for grabs! So, be sure to click through the link above to see how you could win!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

deadline to sign-up

Hi folks...just a reminder that today is the deadline to sign up for the PWCO Ultimate Summer Challenge. You can click through the link to the PWCO blog post by clicking the blinkie on my left side-bar.

For those of you on the fence about signing up because you don't have stamps from PaperWorksCo - Peggy hints in the post that you don't need to worry about that......

And if you don't have a team of your own - you can sign up and be assigned to a team by Peggy consisting of other folks who also don't have a team.

So...go ahead - sign up! I'm not playing along this time myself but I will definitely be cheering on those that do play!

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Blogess - and the red dress

Remember a while back when I mentioned a post from the Blogess about the Red Dress project? Well, there is an update today.....you can read it here.



Be sure to read it, but grab yourself a box of Kleenex or Scotties - or YOUR favourite brand of facial tissue and prepare to shed a few. I could barely choke out to my dearly beloved the details I was so moved!


The original post inspired me to buy a pair of killer red shoes  - I plan to wear them this weekend to a wedding -- whether or not I find the perfect outfit to go with!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Cupcake Ruby for a friend

Hi folks,

Wow - another post for me today! Can you believe it? Well, I needed to get a birthday card made for a friend of mine who celebrates tomorrow. I'm pretty sure she doesn't follow my blog so I think it is okay to post the card before I give it to her....hopefully that will be soon!



The stamped image is Cupcake Ruby from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps and I coloured her with Copic Markers (RV34, RV32, W9, R20, E000, E00, Y15, Y13, E31, E25, E35, E13, E11, YG17, G12, YG11, YR00, YR02, YR04, Y23 and Y21). I then cut her out and mounted the image on Spellbinders Petite Circle die cuts.

The papers are more of the glitter stack of My Mind's Eye Home papers that I picked up for a steal at Michael's a while back.

The layout is this week's sketch from I {heart} to Stamp and since the challenge this week at Crazy 4 Challenges is to use a cupcake on your project, I'll be submitting this card to that challenge!

Well, that's it for me for the weekend - back to work tomorrow! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

A Wedding Card

Hi folks,

a long-time friend of my dearly beloved is getting married this upcoming Saturday so I need to make a card for him and his bride. From what I can gather from what the groom and groomsmen are wearing - there seems to be purple and grey involved in the colour scheme.

So, I fell back on a card design I used earlier this year, along with some Basic Grey Euphoria papers and made this card:


I used the Spellbinders Lotus Pendant, one of the Lattice Borderabilities and Petite Borderabilities. The cluster of paper flowers are from a huge pack of paper flower "picks" that I picked up at Michael's some time ago. Neat that there were some that matched this paper perfectly!

I thought the card needed a little something extra so I added some itty bitty crystals to dot the larger i's on the sentiment panel and in the cutouts in the Borderabilities die.

This week's challenge at Crafty Creations Challenges is Wedding or Anniversary so I will be submitting this card for that challenge.

That's it - quick and easy!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Cocktail Emily - with Cherry-O

Hi folks,

I wasn't expecting to post a card today but dearly beloved advised me this morning that an invitation had been extended to us to join some friends to play a board game tonight .... I was kind of ... meh....I feel mellow...then he tried to lure me with "it's a zombie board game"....uhhh...still meh.....but if you want to go .... sure.....then a little while later .... "there's going to be cake".....okay already!!!


Well, I little while later I found out that this was actually a small get-together to mark the birthday of a friend of the folks who had extended the invitation. Okay...now I know a bit more....sure, I'll definitely go. The birthday girl is a real sweetie.....

So THEN....dearly beloved says "You gonna make a card? Or do you have one upstairs already?"....well of course I have some upstairs but I'm going to make a new one! It's an excuse to use one of my new stamps from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps - dearly beloved even agreed with the one I chose - Cocktail Emily.




I coloured the image with Copic Markers (Y13, Y11, Y23, YR23, R00, R20, RV10, RV11, RV13, RV14, C1, E00, E000, YG11, YG17, G21, BG10, B91, B95, B23). Actually, I coloured up two of these so now I have an extra for another card! This time I'm planning ahead for another birthday in September!

The papers are CTMH Cherry-O with Chocolate and Sweet Leaf cardstock.

I used this week's sketch from Sketch Saturday for the layout.

I'm also playing along with this week's challenge from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps by using my favourite embellishment - BUTTONS!!! These are from CTMH (chocolate and colonial white) and have been tied together with chocolate waxy flax. There is still time to play along - you could win yourself a Cocktail Emily stamp of your very own!


Hope you all enjoy the rest of your day!

Reminder - PaperWorksCo Ultimate Summer Challenge

Hi folks,

just a reminder that the deadline to sign up for the PaperWorksCo Ultimate Summer Challenge is August 12th (that's this coming Thursday).

I have not signed up (yet) as I was not sure if I would have the time to dedicate to doing projects (since I do work full-time) but....I might just be taking some time off during that time frame so I MAY wind up signing up after all....maybe....we shall see.....

anyways...not sure what I am doing today .... I MAY go out on the motorcycle, it is quite lovely outside. But right now I have kittehs clamouring for my lap....they seem to be taking turns this morning.

hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Wow - Check out this blog candy from Amy!

check out this blog candy from Amy at 1000 Sheets



1000 sheets of 6x6 paper....




and a massive pile of stamps.

Check out her blog post here for all the details!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Friends are always by your side

Hi folks,


Wow -- talk about a super crafty week - can you believe all the projects I have posted this week compared to the previous two (this is even my second post for today!)? What can I say - I'm an on-demand crafter (not in-demand -- on-demand...there's a BIG difference! I only seem to be able to create when I have a PRESSING reason .. and even then I've been known to procrastinate!)

Since I wasn't sure if my friend would like her TGF Nahla card  I made for her, I thought I would take the opportunity to ink up one of my new Rachelle Ann Miller stamps from PaperWorksCo.



I had originally stamped the image on white Prism Simply Smooth but when I held it up next to these pretty Earth Love papers from Cosmo Cricket it just didn't work --- so, I stamped it up AGAIN on some Ivory instead and coloured it a little differently (bonus - I have an already coloured image waiting to be used on another card). It still looks a bit light in the photo but in real life it is a slightly better match. I think the lighting is messing it up a bit in the photo.

I coloured the image with Copic Markers (Y13, YR04, YG63, E00, YR02, E35, E39, E31, E11) and die cut it with Spellbinders Classic Rectangles.

Anyways, the layout is all me.....no sketch inspiration or anything for this one. Oh ... the blingy bits (flower, dew drops and ribbon) all came from my July papercard kit from PaperWorksCo.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend - I have one more day of work then I plan to relax, maybe garden. I'm on call again this weekend so no long trips on the motorcycle...can't be any more than 20 minutes from home in case the pager goes off! But I may just have to plot out a 20 minute radius around the house and explore every little side street I can find.

Happy Anniversary to ....

the fabulous Jenn and her hubby, Brooks, (who happens to be the youngest sibling of my dearly beloved!).

So....do you ever get nervous about making cards for other card-makers? I do...ESPECIALLY for Jenn, the uber enable who got me in to cardmaking to begin with. She makes such beautifully coloured cards...as a result, I tend to make "scrappier" rather than "stampier" cards for Jenn and her hubby.

This is the card I made for them to celebrate their wedding anniversary today.




I used this week's sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches for the layout and more of my goodies from Colorbök.

One of my new (to me) Martha Stewart punches was called in to play and I even pulled out one of my old old old Cuttlebug dies for the hearts.

Hope you all have a great day - especially the McMillans!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A Tag and a Joke

Hi folks,

A quick post this morning as I have some extra time before heading in to work (as I have to wait until the car dealership opens to drop off the car before heading in).

My colour-blind co-worker thought my choice of card was funny - we had a great time discussing what colours he thought he was seeing. The reds and greens really messed him up!

The project I have today is also for him and is a bit of a in-joke. At work we tease him about having a coin purse - he calls it a pouch, the rest of us say it is a purse. Well, one of the OTHER guys picked up a very girlie purse for him and I made a tag for it - showing his earliest possible retirement date (when he turns 55).


This is the tag (I used more of the Colorbok supplies, a spiral paper clip and ribbons from my stash - sentiment and date stamps are CTMH).




And this is the tag on the purse.....(the purse actually has a  chain on it as well so it can hang from your shoulder, I tucked it inside for the picture).




I hope he appreciates the joke. The last time we tried to play a joke on him I was in a car accident and wrecked my dearly beloved's car - and nearly killed a co-worker. We are no longer allowed to travel in the same motor vehicle (we are the only two people who carry one of the pagers at work - if we are both taken out, not so good).

Hope you have a great day - off to the drop off the car!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A CPS Anniversary Card

Hi folks

Today I have an anniversary card to show that I made for dearly beloved's Dad and step-mom. It is going to be arriving late as I had intended to give it to them on the weekend at the family get-together on Sunday but we wound up not going due to dearly beloved's broken finger and some concerns about the car's shifter. I'll be taking the car in for the earliest appointment we could get on Wednesday morning...hmmmm, time for a new car maybe? This one IS a 1998 after all....


Anyways, here is the card:



The papers are the same combination I used on the card from yesterday's post - CTMH Textured Twilight cardstock for the base and Colorbök for the patterned paper (from the Earth Tone Florals Punch Out 12x12 Pack).

The sentiment is from Verve's Wishing You set and was die cut using Spellbinders Labels Thirteen. I accented it a little by inking the edge of the die cut and adding a couple of matching Dew Drops.  I also used a new (to me) Martha Stewart Border Punch that I picked up on one of the daily Scrapbook Steals posts. I got three MS punches for $21.99. I thought that was a pretty good deal.

I used this week's sketch from CPS for the layout.


Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I hope you all have a lovely day!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Not your Garden Variety Co-Worker

Hi folks,

If you are here for my TGF 2nd anniversary blog hop post, you can scroll down a couple of posts or just click through here .

Tonight I have another card I made with the July PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo featuring the Garden Variety Collection of papers from Cosmo Cricket (did you see any of the CHA previews of their new collections?- They are definitely must have!).



This card is for a coworker who celebrated his birthday on the weekend, but since I was on vacation last week, I made the card tonight, in, for me, record time (under an hour!). I thought it would be fun to use these bold colours and patterns on his card because he is somewhat colour-challenged. He is actually colour-blind and we often have discussions regarding how we all see colours differently.

Anyways, I THOUGHT I was staying pretty true to this week's Sunday Sketch challenge at PWCO when I made the card but apparently I drifted a little (in my defense, I had left my laptop in the living room when I popped upstairs to make the card). But, sketches are open to interpretation right? I think I did FAIRLY well with working just from memory....I switched up the scalloped accent for a plain ribbon since this IS a guy card and didn't want it to be too frou-frou.

Again,  I pulled out my trusty Verve "Wishing You" set for the sentiment. Tired of all the cards I've been using it on recently? What can I say, I love the font that Verve uses! And they have a GINORMOUS sale on right now and I fear my resolve to curb my crafty spending may fly out the window so I can pick up some of the sets that I have been wanting for some time now.

Oh, and for those of you who MAY be wondering about my adventures in motorcycling - I am progressing. After my embarrassing fall less than 24 hours after buying the bike, I did not get back onto it until last Thursday. I spent about an hour or so in the driveway just getting used to the clutch and then went for a little dash about a quarter of the way up my street. My knee has still been complaining a bit so it wasn't until this afternoon before I got back on it again. Today I was definitely more confident and went driving about the neighbourhood. Low speed - at most 40 km/h, no more than 4th gear. Grand total of 7 km logged on the bike. Next time I'll go a bit further out onto the 60km/h and 80km/h streets.  And yes, EVENTUALLY I will get dearly beloved to take my picture with my pretty little motorcycle.

Night Night for now....back to work tomorrow.....bleh. Note, the next post that shows up will be an auto post so don't be alarmed by the time!

Home is where the heart is

Hi folks,

if you are stopping by for my post for the TGF 2nd Anniversary blog hop, just scroll down to the previous post or you can click through here.

I made the following card for friends of ours who recently moved in to their new home. We finally got to pay them a short notice visit yesterday (as we had a change to our original plans due to dearly beloved's broken finger) so I whipped up this card.




I was looking through my stamps and came to the sad realization that, despite having an awful lot of stamps, I don't have any "new home" stamps! Must remedy that soon! But my new goodies that I won from Colorbök
came in very handy. The pretty patterned papers and the punch out sentiment are all from the Earth Tone Florals Punch-Out 12x12 Pack and were perfect for this card. The textured Twilight cardstock is from Close To My Heart.

And no, your eyes aren't deceiving you, I got my sewing machine out for this one a did a little zigzag stitch around the inside of patterned paper - after I had distressed the edges a little with my CTMH Distressing tool that I finally found hiding in my tool caddy.


Challenges for this card:

Sketch: Get Sketchy #49
Paper Sundaes: Stitching
Alota Rubber Stamps: make a distressed card (I have some really cute new stamps from Alota and hopefully you will see them here on the blog really soon - featuring absolutely the most adorable cow you have ever seen!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Happy Anniversary TGF



Has it really only been two years? Wow. I've loved the images from The Greeting Farm since back in the day when it was known as Pink Poison. I honestly don't remember which images were the first that I purchased but, shall we say, my collection has certainly grown.

Enough chit-chat, though, you're here to see my card for the hop!

I decided to ink up one of the Roll Call images that had yet to see ink - Nahla - as I had a friend of mine in mind when I made this card...




The papers, button and ribbon are from the July PaperCard Kit from PaperWorksCo featuring the Garden Variety Paper Collection by Cosmo Cricket.

Nahla was coloured with Copics (E25, E35, E39, E13, E31, B91, B95, Y15, W9) and then die cut using Spellbinders Petite Ovals (Small and Large).

I used this week's sketch from CCEE Stampers for the layout (it also had a floral twist as part of the challenge which works great given the paper I chose and Nahla's little bloom!).

Thanks for stopping by my little place on the web during the hop, now be sure to head back to the Greeting Farm Blog to find out the next stop on the hop! Or, if you just happened upon my post, go back to the beginning of the hop so you can see all the wonderful creations!

Hope you are having a truly SPLENDID day! This is my second post for today so be sure to scroll down to see my little post about the Ultimate Summer Challenge from PaperWorksCo.

PaperWorksCo Ultimate Summer Challenge

Hi folks,

just passing along a link to the PaperWorksCo Blog for the new team challenge that will be running August 15th to 18th. Just click here to find out how to play along and about all the awesome prizes your team could win!